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Anetipa tax fraud case set for trial in May


A federal judge in Alaska has declared as “complex and unusual” the U.S. Justice Department cases against an American Samoan accused of making false tax claims against the U.S. government by using tax forms from people residing in American Samoa who are not entitled to tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason at the federal court in Anchorage rescheduled for later this year, the federal case against Pepe Anetipa, who was charged early last month under a 28 count indictment.

ASG expects over $10 million in new private capital from small biz initiative


American Samoa anticipates generating just over $100 million in new private capital for local small businesses under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding allocation which was designed by the federal government to help states and territories strengthen existing loan and equity programs and/or create new programs that support financing small businesses.

Governor nominates Save as new DPS Commissioner


Director of the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation (OFPI) Save Liuato Tuitele has been appointed Commissioner of Public Safety and his name has been submitted to the fono for approval. In a letter to the fono, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga asked the lawmakers to confirm him as the next DPS Commissioner.

Opening of Tri Marine’s STP operation fulfills CEO’s vision


Tri Marine International inaugurated over the weekend its Samoa Tuna Processors, Inc. cannery operations at the Atu’u facility and the ceremony has been described by a company official as the fulfillment of the chief executive’s vision to set up a canned tuna plant in the territory.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the company’s investment for the tuna canning plant is $70 million — the biggest one for the territory for some time now.

PBS channel hopefully back on air this weekend


If all goes according to plan, Office of Public Information director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde says KVZK-TV’s PBS channel is expected to be back on air this weekend.
As previously reported by Samoa News, a power outage on the night of Jan. 5 caused all KVZK channels to go off the air, and when the power was restored that same night, a surge burned out the circuit boards in the satellite receivers and decoders.

First House Veterans’ Affairs hearing examines VA construction program’s longstanding legacy of mismanagement and waste

Media release from Aumua Amata's office

This week has been extremely busy with the President’s State of the Union Address and our very first House Veteran’s Affairs full Committee hearing this year.  Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended both events.  

Catholic Schools Week focuses on value of Catholic education


The Dioceses of Samoa Pago Pago invites the community to be part of the National Catholic Schools Week in American Samoa starting Sunday with the Mass at Fatuoaiga. The annual celebration is marked by Catholic education systems across the U.S. and runs all week, Jan. 25 - 31.

Polynesian seeking another 30-day waiver for Manu’a service


As there is still no U.S. carrier to operate American Samoa’s domestic air service,  Polynesian Airlines has again requested of the U.S. Department of Transportation another 30-day cabotage waiver in order to continue flying between Tutuila and Manu’a.
The Samoa government’s current waiver exemption expires Jan. 30, and the airline— in a Jan. 16 letter—requested cabotage approval through Feb. 28, saying that there is a clear need for continued service for an additional 30 days.

Girl swept to sea


A 17-year-old junior at Leone High School was swept out at sea while sitting on the rocks Friday afternoon at Sogi, according to police. 
It was first reported that the incident took place at Leala but later information confirmed she drowned at Sogi.

Senate, DPS leaders divided on move to arm police officers


While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved the arming of police officers, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie told Public Safety officials that he is against such a move and urged DPS to work closely with traditional village leaders to identify trouble makers before problems occur.

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