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Before action on any revenue bills, Senate wants info on ASG work force

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Before the Senate makes any decisions on tax bills submitted by the administration, Sen. Galea’i Tuufuli says it's important that senators receive testimony from Human Resources director Sonny Thompson on the current status of personnel costs and total workforce since the start of fiscal year 2015, which commenced  Oct. 30, 2014.
 



Man arrested for public peace disturbance has outstanding warrants

Three year old robbery cases come to light
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Freddie Fa’aoso Viliamu was arrested on a public peace disturbance charge last week and when he appeared in court, it was discovered that he had two outstanding arrest warrants from 2012 — both involving charges of robbery.
 
The first case against Viliamu charges him with second degree robbery, which carries a jail term from five to 15 years, and a stealing charge, which is punishable up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $20,000, or both fine and jail time. In this matter, Viliamu is being held on bail of $30,000.
 



Flag Day preps underway, including Island Wide cleanup

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At the cabinet meeting last week, Governor Lolo suggested to the Flag Day Committee to hold two heats for the fautasi race, and then have the final race on Thursday, the day before the territory’s 115th Flag Day. In response, Western District Governor, Lualemaga Faoa said that he would speak with the captains about the request.
 
However, Lualemaga noted that the Governor had wanted Flag Day to be a one day event and dedicated to the Veterans who served and are currently serving.
 



Marine Sanctuary eco-tour demo a big hit

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More than 150 people — young and old— took part in the first Eco-Tour Adventure held at the Fagatele Bay in Futiga this past Saturday. The event was hosted by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) as part of its Get Into Your Sanctuary (GYIS) program.
 



Local hotel owners offer views, recommendations on room tax

Why target one industry, they ask
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Tradewinds Hotel has offered two major recommendations to counter the Lolo Administration’s proposed 5% room, or occupancy tax, which affects hotels, motels, and other lodging places in the territory.
 



New asphalt plant opens

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A new asphalt plant has opened in the Tafuna area, owned and operated by ICON Pacific Construction Inc.
 
The company produced their first asphalt mix last Wednesday.
 
Company co-owner Jim Higgins told Samoa News that their first mix was used as a sample in the yard and “it came out good!”
 



Laulii kids join special guests for SPED wave

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Chief Operating Officer of BlueSky Communications Rep. Puleleiite Tufele Li’amatua and Rev. Father Aselemo Aselemo Jr. from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish stood by the roadside waving at passing vehicles last week. The two were special guests during a brief ceremony held in Laulii Fou last Friday to officially mark the closing of Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

 



ASCC MARINE SCIENCE STUDENTS EMBARK ON QUEST OVER SPRING BREAK

If you could make the ocean your classroom, would you? Students in the ASCC Marine Science Program have. As part of the MSC 280, Marine Science Special Projects course, five ASCC students gave up their spring break to participate in the Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST) field course, held from March 9-14, in Nu’uuli.
 



Gov. Lolo looks to AG for next step in longliner battle

Says DOI should have more input on this issue
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the next step American Samoa can take on the issue of the Large Vessel Protected Area, which is reserved for local alia, but has been recommended to be amended to allow for fishing by the longliner fleet.
 



Captains reject two heats; just nine fautasi in race

translation from Samoan story below

Now that only nine fautasi will be competing in the 2015 Fautasi Race regatta, the captains and representatives of villages who have boats in the race have rejected Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s recommendation to hold two fautasi races.
 



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