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Cabinet learns ASG’s starting wage is higher than mandated minimum

Other Cabinet news includes Flag Day preparations

It was a proud moment for the Lolo and Lemanu Administration when Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson announced the American Samoa Government’s new pay scale’s starting rate is higher than the new minimum wage set for American Samoa. During the cabinet meeting Le’i said ASG is now using a new pay scale, the last revision was back in 2003 however with the new one ASG has added 15 new steps.



Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after Department of Health laboratory test results from four samples sent off for evaluation were confirmed positive for the Zika virus — and among those is a pregnant woman.
This was revealed during a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the Department of Health Tafuna Clinic. Lemanu who’s Acting Governor called an emergency meeting with his cabinet where he called for a territorial clean up starting today (Friday), involving both departments and agencies.

Hormel recalls certain cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew


Hormel Foods Corporation, a Tucker, Ga. company is recalling approximately 450 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials such as a broken flashlight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this this week.

Aumua chairs Veterans hearing on home loans

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata chaired a House Veterans Affairs, Economic Opportunity Subcommittee hearing regarding the Veterans Administration’s (VA) Home Loan Program, which focused on how the program can be expanded and improved to provide greater access and opportunities for veterans to purchase a home.

Alleged sex crime victim under care of Child Services


Child Protective Services (CPS) has taken into its care a 12-year-old female, who’s alleged to be the victim in the sex case involving her stepfather that was dismissed recently by the High Court after being informed that the victim was leaving the island.
The victim walked into the police station with a family member, after concerns surfaced that the victim was living in the same house with her stepfather, who had since returned home after the case was dismissed. To protect the victim in this case, Samoa News is withholding the name of the stepfather.

Retirement Fund hearing canceled despite 8 thinking they voted to continue


Last week Senators were so outraged that Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie threatened to issue subpoenas when board members of the Government Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) failed to appear for a hearing they called following Samoa News reports on the “forensic audit” of the retirement fund. Now yesterday when the hearing finally took place, the hearing was postponed — with Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli citing an on-going investigation into the retirement fund.

Record temperatures set


The National Weather Service in Tafuna has recorded “record high temperatures” over the last three-days — reaching 95 degrees, says meteorologist Carol Baqui, who also recommended that residents continue to drink lots of water.

Customs collects excise tax on hospital supplies, despite AG’s ruling

Customs Chief Officer says purchases with grant funds subject to excise tax

Although he is not an attorney and does not to have a law degree, Chief Customs Officer Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava told senators that he imposed excise tax on LBJ Medical Center’s medication and other medical supplies based on his experience and knowledge provided by God.

ASG pays some outstanding legal settlements with Series B Bond proceeds


Just over $1 million in outstanding litigation settlements have been paid by the American Samoa Government, a week after the American Samoa Economic Development Authority's Series B Bonds sale was finalized on Jan. 29.
In an ASEDA information sheet presented to the Senate early last week, around $2 million in Series B bond proceeds will be use to pay outstanding ASG litigation settlements for the Attorney General’s Office.

Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga to represent territory at ‘Self Determination” forum


A forum on ‘Self Determination in American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Guam’ will be held later this month in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the annual meeting of the federal Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA), where leaders of territorial government and other federal officials meet to discuss a wide range of issues important to the insular areas.

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