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2SAMOAS TRADE FAIR & FASHION SHOW SLATED FOR TERRITORY’S FLAG DAY WEEK

To be held at the Su’igaula o le Atuvasa Park- Utulei, American Samoa
Based on a media release

The American Samoa Government and the Government of Samoa in partnership with their public-private organizations are co-hosting the 2Samoas Trade Exhibition in American Samoa as part of the celebrations of the American Samoa Flag Day in April 2015.

 

Departments and organizations co-hosting the event are the ASG Department of Commerce, ASG Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, American Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Samoa Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, the Samoa Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce.



Lolo says Samoa’s entry permit fee is “up to them”

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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the issue on the fees that target only American Samoans rests with the Samoa Government and it’s their prerogative as to what fees they wish to implement. “It’s up to them… we cannot dictate how the Samoa Government conducts their business, we don’t have the power to do that. All we can do is ask the State Department to make a request… and that’s it,” said Lolo.
 



Fourth suspect in Leone shooting found and charged

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The fourth suspect in the shooting in Leone, Joe Palagi aka Solia Mosegi, who’s been at large for over two weeks, has been arrested and made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday.
 
Mosegi is facing charges of conspiring with Lefatia to commit two counts of assault second degree and property damage, in connection with the shooting of the Leone substation last year November. The other three suspects are Sinapati Tu’ufanatu, Manu Lefatia and Tuliese Taliu.
 



Man who defrauded Whitehorn with bond scheme sentenced

Almost five years plus restitution should send “clear message”
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A Florida man — the instigator in a multi-million dollar forged surety construction bond scheme where one of the victims was Whitehorn Construction, the original contractor for the Airport Road project — has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.
 
Eric D. Campbell, who has been in federal custody since his arrest, was indicted in May last year by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, charging him with three counts of wire fraud; two counts of aggravated identity theft; and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
 



Fono News

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ASG SEEKS TO REPEAL ECON DEVELOPMENT FUND STATUTE
 
The Lolo and Lemanu Administration is seeking to repeal the Economic Development Fund statute, ASCA 28.108 known as the Economic Development Fund, and amend title 11 ASCA known as the Income Tax Revenue Account which says that the funds thereafter collected by the Treasurer are to be deposited into the Economic Development Fund, to be remitted to the Development Bank of American Samoa.



Angry over longliner ruling, senators call to involve UN

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The United States is ruling American Samoa as a colony without taking into consideration input from territorial leaders, and American Samoa should look at taking this issue up with the United Nations, which looks after the interests of the people of the remaining non self-governing territories of the world.
 



Amata and DOI asst. sec. Kia'aina spar over issues

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Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina and Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s exchanged remarks in what could be viewed as ‘straight talk’ about the positions that the U.S. and American Samoa are taking regarding federal regulatory matters and policies, including funding, during a House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing held last week in Washington D.C.
 



Update: Langford pleads guilty to fraud and bribery in federal court

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The former director of the ASG Department of Human Resources, Evelyn Langford, has pled guilty to two charges at the federal court in Oakland, California for accepting more than $200,000 from an official of Native Hawaiian Holding Company (NHHC), which was awarded a multi-million dollar contract under the federal National Emergency Grant program of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
 



Malaeimi couple held on allegations of assault

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A couple, in their 40s, has been arrested and are being held behind bars on a no bail status on allegations that they assaulted a man who was stabbed in the neck during an altercation.
 
Tuasivi and her husband Sionesipa Faoliu of Malaeimi spent Sunday in jail, and the couple is facing charges of third degree assault and public peace disturbance, however the Attorney General’s office is looking at filing additional charges in this matter.
 



Lack of local school bus service due to nine of the buses being ‘in the shop’

Senate urges DOE to get a maintenance plan in place
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Department of Education is hopeful that its ten new buses will arrive on island before the current school year ends, and also hopeful that nine of the buses currently being contracted to a local company for repairs will be back in service soon.
 



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