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Las Vegas company looks to Am. Samoa as possible site for new business

Workforce could include 2,000 employees by late 2017

If selected as the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) contractor for a major U.S. company, the Las Vegas based Aviana Technologies is looking at setting up BPO operations in American Samoa with an initial workforce of just over 200 this year, with the goal of 2,000 employees in two to three years time.

TCF disagreement only ‘verbal’ says Commish


Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele says that it was a verbal altercation between an inmate and a corrections facility officer that led to numerous police officers responding to the Tafuna Correctional Facility, “nothing more.”
Samoa News received calls about numerous police vehicles passing by — close to 10 police vehicles that responded to the TCF and an Emergency Medical Services vehicle was parked near the jail.

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Cops from the Dept. of Public Safety will be cracking down on drivers of vehicles that blare loud music on the road, as well as those litterbugs who continue to trash the island.
Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele has announced that enforcement will be carried out, and those found in violation will be issued a citation.

All renewable energy predicted for Samoa by 2017

Samoa’s electricity is planned to operate on 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2017.

This is the claim from Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C) Project Manager, Perelini Fonoti Perelini in response to a question posed during a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce members over a proposed new multi-year tariff for 2015-2018.

The meeting was held on Friday at the Millenia Hotel.

La’a ASRU i le isi la’asaga atina’eina o le lakapi i AS


O le toe taliu mai ai o le Ta’ita’ifono o le Iuni Lakapi a Amerika Samoa (ASRU) i fanua, ua aloaia le avea o ia ma Ofisa Fa’amasino (Judiciary Official) mo ta’aloga lakapi, ua atagia mai ai la’a atu o le ASRU i le isi sitepu i le atina’eina o le ta’aloga lakapi i Amerika Samoa.

Fefiloi lagona ni isi tagata faigaluega lafoga o oloa malo


Ua fa’aalia e ni isi o tagata faigaluega i nisi o pisinisi ma kamupani tua i le atunu’u lo latou le mautonu, i le fuafuaga a le malo lea ua fa’alauiloa mai, o le taofia lea o le lafoga o totogi e 2% o lo o alu aga’i i le falema’i o le LBJ, pe afai ae pasia le pili tupe e fa’ae’e ai lafoga i luga o oloa i le atunu’u (sales tax).

If sales tax passes, 2% wage tax will be eliminated says Tax Office


The government is looking at collecting around $18 million annually under a proposed sales tax measure, currently being worked on by the Tax Office, with the hope of having the proposal sent to the Fono in July, or else in January next year.
ASG’s sales tax proposal was first revealed early last month by government officials who testified on some of the administration’s tax measures. No details were provided at the time, although Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli suggested a sales tax so that everyone pays the same thing.

Update: DOT fines Hawaiian Air for violation of federal regs


Hawaiian Airlines been fined by the U.S. Department of Transportation for violating federal rules on liability for mishandled domestic baggage and full-fare advertising that was made through the airline’s VISA Signature credit card program. According to Hawaiian, corrective actions have already been implemented.
USDOT announced last week Thursday the fine of $160,000 levied against Hawaiian and ordered the Honolulu-based carrier  to cease and desist from further violations.

ASPA receives national recognition for high degree of reliable service


American Samoa Power Authority has been given a three-year designation by the nation’s utility association — with more than 2,000 members from states and territories — for “providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service”.
The American Public Power Association (APPA) presented the Reliable Public Power Prover (or RP3) designation to ASPA during the association’s May 18th Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, California.

Pasia le toe taoto suiga Fa’avae ASNOC se’i toe iloilo


E le i taunu’u le fuafuaga mo le sailia o se Sui Peresetene mo le Komiti o Ta’aloga o le Olimipeka a Amerika Samoa (ASNOC), lea na fa’amoemoe e faia i le Fonotaga Lautele (General Assembly) i le aso Tofi na tea nei, aso 21 Me 2015, ina ua pasia le mau e toe fa’ataoto ai suiga o le Fa’avae lea na pasia i le isi Fonotaga Lautele a le Komiti ua mavae atu.

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