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Tax Office Manager advises they will be going after businesses that have not filed


The Treasury Department will be going after businesses who have not filed their taxes says Tax Office Manager Richard Jimmerson. “The Tax office has been able to acquire all the names of businesses that have contracts with ASG and its agencies and in addition we have been able to screen all businesses that recently filed for business licenses.” 
He told Samoa News that they are reviewing these to determine which businesses have not filed taxes. “We will be contacting these businesses to determine their situation.”

Samoan game show ‘Ta’u Mai’ to launch Tuesday


The Office of Public Information (OPI) is launching next week the revival of the popular game show ‘TA’U MAI’, the Samoan version of the popular American game show ‘Password’. KVZK-TV started airline promos this week on Channel 2, saying that Ta’u Mai will be launched at  7p.m. next week Tuesday.
OPI director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde had first revealed to Samoa News early last year  that KVZK was in fact working on the revival of Ta’u Mai and fine tuning the show, before the official announcement was made.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted another 30-day cabotage waiver allowing Polynesian Airlines to continue to provide air service for American Samoa’s domestic route.
Owned by the Samoa government, Polynesian Airlines has been providing service between the territory’s main island of Tutuila and the Manu’a island group since last September, because there is no U.S. carrier for such service.

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Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Leatualevao Asifoa is concerned with the complaints by the public who have issues when they try to bring over cooked food from Samoa, however they are told it is banned.
The explanation by the Department of Agriculture is the reason lies with American Samoa that has put a stop to cooked food from Samoa.

Senators hear Charter Bank will have no FDIC initially

FDIC Insurance possible in 2-3 years says legal counsel

While supportive of the government’s quest to set up another bank in the territory through a new ASG entity, there are some senators who have expressed concern that there is no guarantee — at this point — that customers’ deposits will be protected through proper insurance, similar to that provided by commercial banks through the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Gov says progress made in reducing ‘high risk’ findings


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says American Samoa has addressed some ‘high risk’ findings and the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has commended ASG for efforts in addressing concerns dealing with federal grants.
After taking office in January 2013 and learning of the serious issue faced by ASG in addressing the ‘high risk’ designation on federal grants, the governor appointed the High Risk Task Force, which has since completed and submitted all outstanding reports due to USDOE, the governor said.

Weather Service issues high wind advisory for Am Samoa


The National Weather Service Pago Pago has issued a wind advisory that is in effect until Saturday afternoon.

Strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph are   expected for all American Samoa islands.

Motorists should exercise caution especially when driving on the main road. Strong gusty winds can break tree branches and interrupt electrical and phone lines.  

Female alleged to have had sexual relationship with minor appears in court


A woman was charged yesterday for allegedly having sex with a minor boy.
Carmen Galumalemana Hunkin, in her 30s, made her initial appearance in District Court yesterday and was charged with rape, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree, sodomy and child endangerment.

Costly study cautions against offending Hawaiian Air

Hawaiian Air would “vehemently” object & Pacific carriers not interested in market

An air transport marketing study has cautioned American Samoa against moving forward with legislation to exempt the territory from federal cabotage law, saying that two major Pacific airlines are not interested in cabotage service, and any legislation for exemption will be strongly opposed by U.S. airline labor unions as well as  Hawaiian Airlines.

Lawmakers attempt to stop SPED changes over objections from DOE director


The move by the House Education Committee, led by Chairman Vaetasi Tu’umolimoli  Moliga, asking Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last Friday to stop DOE from decentralizing SPED, is not sitting well with Department of Education Director, Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau.

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