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CoC won’t wait for ASG, establishes tax reform committee


Unconvinced that the Lolo Administration will move to update the current tax code, the local Chamber of Commerce plans to establish a Tax Reform Committee charged with reviewing the current tax laws and make necessary recommendations to the government.
Chamber chairman David Robinson revealed the establishment of the committee during the Chamber’s general membership meeting held last Thursday evening at Goat Island restaurant at Sadie’s by the Sea.

Andrew Ah Young earns Doctorate from UCLA


He could very well be American Samoa’s first doctorate-degree-holding scientist.
Andrew Ah Young graduated from Tafuna High School in 2005 as valedictorian and his achievements didn’t stop there.
Recently, he graduated with his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree in biological chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Disappointment over no publicity on min wage hike


The Stronger Economy for American Samoa Coalition have voiced with the Chamber of Commerce its disappointment over the lack of publicity on the minimum wage issue coming out of American Samoa as the next federally mandated wage hike takes effect Sept. 30 this year.
Chamber chairman David Robinson shared the Coalition’s concerns during a Chamber general membership meeting last Thursday evening where one of the issues discussed was the minimum wages.


Source: Media release from Pago Pago Rotary

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago held a banquet earlier this month for 11 high school seniors and their proud parents at Sadie's Goat Island Club to recognize their being selected by their fellow students to receive the Club's Annual Four-Way Test award.

LBJ files lawsuit against Samoa government


LBJ Medical Center has sued the Samoa government owned Samoa Shipping Corporation for failure to pay more than $11,000 in medical bills for a crew member of the MV Lady Naomi treated at the hospital.
The lawsuit was filed early this month in the High Court by the ASG Attorney General's Office on behalf of LBJ.
According to the suit, it was about Nov. 11 last year, that LBJ provided medical services at the request of Samoa Shipping to treat an employee of the Samoa government corporation.

Memorial Day observance event only at Satala this year, with ocean laying of wreaths


American Samoa joins the rest of the nation Monday observing Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
Extended to a three-day weekend, it is a federal and local holiday for most of the nation’s workers. It also marks the official start of summer.

Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele takes plea agreement


Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele will be sentenced on June 25, 2014 after he admitted to being in unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. The defendant and his co-defendant, Lorenzo Rodriguez, 20 , were caught with more than 20 marijuana joints, and are held on bail of $25,000.

IRS warns about reporting $10K cash transactions


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses in U.S. territories of federal requirements to file appropriate forms when they engage in cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
Form 8300 must be filed within 15 days of the transaction, the IRS said in a national news release this week, but it didn’t elaborate further as to the reason for the warning to businesses in U.S. territories — including American Samoa.

Parents call on government to make Iliili road safer for school children


A traffic accident this week in which a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle has re-ignited calls by Ili’ili residents and parents of students attending the school, for the government—including Tualauta lawmakers— to do something that will reduce the speed of cars traveling on the Ili’ili-Airport road that runs in front of the school.

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