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Federal wage subsidy for StarKist not likely says CEO

Tells Lolo he is sending “wrong message” to Congress
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Federal wage subsidies for the manufacturing industry “most likely” would violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, and such a subsidy could take time to get US Congressional approval, says Andrew Choe, president and chief executive of StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa Inc. in American Samoa.
 



Inmates complain over lack of parole board hearings

Parole board says TCF warden not cooperating
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The delay in conducting hearings with the Parole Board is not only due to the lack of a quorum but also due to incomplete paper work being provided by the police and staff, says Father Vaiula Julio, Chairman of the Parole Board. He confirmed that it’s been months since they last held a hearing.
 



Bill to require drug testing of gov’t employees has no funding source

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Attorney General Talaeuaga Eleasalo Ale and Acting Human Resources Director, Eseneiaso Nafanua Liu are in support of the move for the territory or political subdivision employers to require applicants, appointees, employees, elected officials, and independent contractors to submit to drug testing, to be administered by Human Resources Department.
 
Talauega however said that what is missing in the proposed measure is a source of funding to carry out these drug tests.
 



Talitou Fetui Jr e le o lava tapena Vaega Fuimu mo fa’alavelave

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Na taua e le afioga i le ali’i Sui Fofoga Fetalai ia Fetu Fetui Jr i se iloiloga sa faia ma le Pulega o le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele i le taeao ananafi, o le le mafai e le Vaega Fuimu ona fa’asao le fale lea na mu i Fagatogo i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ua lava lea e ta’u mai ai i le atunu’u e le o taitai lava tapena le Vaega Fuimu mo le foiaina o ni fa’alavelave tetele e ono tula’i mai i le atunu’u i le lumana’i.
 



Amata aloaia iloiloga Fono mo le paketi malo vaiaso fou

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O le aso Gafua o le vaiaso fou lea ua fa’atulaga e le Komiti Tu’ufa’atasi o le Paketi a le Fono Faitulafono, e amata aloaia ai le latou iloiloga mo le paketi a le malo mo le Tausaga Tupe fou 2016.
 



Olaga Le Tumau

Vaega: 73
 
Taeao manuia i lou alafa’i mai i lenei taeao fou i le tausiga alofa a lo tatou Matai oi le lagi, e ao ai ona o tatou fa’afo’i pea le vi’iga ma le fa’amanu i le Atua e le aunoa, ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala, ae ia manuia faiva ma tiute o le a feagai ai.
 



“Play Music on the Porch Day” this Saturday, a celebration of life

“Go outside and play music … just enjoy the moment”
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Local musicians can help put American Samoa in the international spotlight — in a very positive way — through participation in a global event that starts tomorrow in Samoa (Saturday in Samoa) and ends in American Samoa the next day (Saturday local time in Pago Pago) — which is on the other side of the International Dateline.
 



DOC presents draft proposal on min. wage to be sent to U.S. Congress

Says cost to ASG and private sector: approx $11MIL
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The three federal bills that were introduced by Congresswoman Aumua Amata, dealing with minimum wage in American Samoa, most likely will not make it out of committee, unless they fast track them, says the Fono’s Legal Counsel, Nathaniel Savali.
 



Fono News

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LOLO APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION
 
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of long time educator Dr. Moreli J. Niuatoa to the Board of Higher Education, the governing-body of the American Samoa Community College, was introduced yesterday in both the Senate and House.
 



Fa’asea Faipule mai Manu’a i le fa’aletonu atina’e faiga faiva

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O le tele ai o fa’asea mai le aufai faiva mai Manu’a i le leai lea o se fesoasoani a le malo i le atina’e ma le fa’aleleia o faiga faiva i Manu’a, na mafua ai ona tula’i le afioga i le ali’i faipule ia Vesi T. Fanutanu ma fa’aleo lagona fa’asea mai le itumalo i luma o le maota o sui i le vaiaso nei.
 
I le tele ai o fa’asea, na valaau ai loa e le Komiti o Femalagaaiga se iloiloga e fesiligia ai le Faatonusili o le Puipuiga o le Gataifale ma le Vaomatua ia Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga e uiga i lenei mataupu.



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