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External reviewers of local min wage hikes raise concern over “negative” economic effects

fili@samoanews.com

The US Government Accountability Office sought and received comments from four “external reviewers” on the latest report by the investigative arm of the US Congress, dealing with minimum wages increases in American Samoa.
 
GAO released last Friday a 110-page report, which cites “two basic approaches” for increasing American Samoa’s minimum wages to keep pace with the cost of living in the territory and eventually equal the federal minimum wage.



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

TAO LIU
 
The High Court has continued to Jan. 6, 2017 the status hearing on the government's case against Tao Liu, and hopefully at that time, both sides will have reached and signed a plea agreement.
 



Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2016
 
The Lolo Administration’s annual Senior Citizens Christmas Program for this year, kicked off yesterday morning at the Pago Pago Youth Center, where it was packed with the territory’s elders, who were praised by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for their service to the government and people of American Samoa.
 



Reflections on Samoana Jazz Fest 2016 — “It’s a balancing act ..."

Young and old, the past and the future, Jazz and the Pacific

When you hear the words “Jazz Festival”, it’s a good bet that remote islands, tropical breezes and palm trees don’t immediately come to mind. But the Samoana Jazz Festival held this year in the South Pacific for its third annual run— during two weekends and within two island-countries — is starting to change that perception.
 



StarKist calls for local “sustainable wages”

fili@samoanews.com

StarKist Co. is calling for the establishment of an American Samoa “sustainable wage rate”, which factors in the globally competitive industry, as the territory’s canneries continue to face stiff competition from other countries, with low wages.
 



Tsunami Watch canceled

reporters@samoanews.com

Just before 8a.m. today in American Samoa, local officials canceled the “tsunami watch” for all islands of the territory, while there was still some confusion for residents, on whether it was a watch or warning despite local radio stations announcing that it was a “tsunami watch”.
 
The tsunami watch was the result of an earthquake in Solomon Islands that had an initial preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and later downgraded by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawai’i to 7.8.
 



Deeds of Cession with US are the focus of federal hearing next month

fili@samoanews.com

American Samoa’s two separate Deeds of Cession with the United States are the focus of a federal court hearing next month in the Territory of American Samoa’s lawsuit against several federal officials over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area in waters of the territory.
 



Aumua issues statement on 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement on Wednesday to observe the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI by Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941.
 
“Today marks 75 years since that most infamous day when Japanese bombers viciously attacked the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing over 2,400 and injuring another 1,700 American Servicemen and women.
 



Dr. Pato selected as new ASCC president

On Friday, December 2, Board of Higher Education Chairman Rev. Dr. Leanavaotaua Sekuini Seva'aetasi addressed an internal memo to the administration, faculty staff of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to inform them that Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato has been chosen by the Board as the College’s new President. 
 



MASI prez praises Antonina and support group”

joyetter@samoanews.com

Apia, SAMOA — “Antonina has made all of American Samoa proud, because it’s been a long time since we (American Samoa) have had such a high placing in the (Miss Pacific Islands) pageant, for the longest time and its something to be proud of,” said Meafou Imo, President of Miss American Samoa Inc.
 
She told Samoa News last week, after the pageant, that all the glory is to God for his tremendous love and care since their group arrived in Samoa.



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