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ASG payroll officially moved to HR, effective today

Sanctuaries have also been moved — to DMWR
joy@samoanews.com

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga made announcements during the last cabinet meeting for FY2014, of two major transfers that are happening — the transfer of the American Samoa payroll system from the Treasury Department to the Department of Human Resources and the transfer of the sanctuaries from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources.
 



Governor signs budget bill — includes funding for pay hike

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga yesterday signed into law the American Samoa Government fiscal year 2015 budget, which begins today.
 
The total FY 2015 budget of $424.48 million remains intact after Fono approval, and the governor did not line-item veto the one major change made by the Fono, in which $65,000 was slashed from the American Samoa Visitors Bureau budget and reallocated to the Governor’s Office to pay for the proposed pay hikes for the governor and lieutenant governor.
 



Gov promotes support for override veto at Cabinet Meeting

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Supporting the veto override referendum, payroll transfer, teacher substitute pool, end of the fiscal year; two-year performance reports, vehicle policies and an organizational review committee were among the issues discussed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, at the cabinet meeting yesterday, held at the VA center in the Sen. Daniel Inouye Industrial Park.
 



Lolo says, 'be mindful of 1st Amendment' as he signs election bill into law

fili@samoanews.com

Although he signed an election bill into law, which provides major changes to election campaigning and the distribution of free food on election day, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga shared with lawmakers his concerns about this bill possibly infringing on an individual’s right to free speech.
 
The original language of the bill, as submitted by the administration to the Fono, bans the setting up of tents on election day to distribute free food — including BBQ plates — at polling places.
 



Police Academy entrance test set for next Tuesday

blue@samoanews.com

The new ‘revised’ police academy entrance examination will be offered next Tuesday, October 7, at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei.
 
The exam is for new recruits interested in securing a slot in the next police academy, set to start later this month.
 



Le Fatuga competition set to kick off later this year

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If all goes as planned, a continuation of the Le Fatuga competition will be held before year’s end.
 



Family Beach Day wraps up Coastweeks 2014

photos: Jeff Hayner & Teri Hunkin


Lawmakers call for "healthy debate" on office allowance bill

Their stand may help voters decide the election
reporters@samoanews.com

Two lawmakers have called for the Senate bill to hike the office allowance for Fono members to be brought to the House floor for review and debate, so that everyone has an opportunity to voice their opinions.
 
The bill, which increases Fono member's office allowances by $10,000 annually across the board, was passed three weeks ago by the Senate but is still pending in the House Budget and Appropriations Committee.
 



TAOA hot meal program not popular, says director

Evidenced by big decline in number of participants
joy@samoanews.com

Due to the decrease in the number of elderly citizens who are attending the TAOA’s hot meal program, Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Director Ale Tifimalae said they have added an additional day for the meals to be distributed at the sites. The meals will be served three times a week instead of twice a week.
 



Court Report

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WIFE OF DECEASED HAS NOT FORGIVEN ERIC NAIULI
 
The wife of a man who died in Afono last year as result of a fight, told the court that it is very hard for her to find forgiveness in her heart for Eric Naiuli, as it was his actions that took her husband away.
 
Naiuli, who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, admitted that he struck the victim, who had intervened to stop a fight during a drinking session.
 



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