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External reviewers of local min wage hikes raise concern over “negative” economic effects

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The US Government Accountability Office sought and received comments from four “external reviewers” on the latest report by the investigative arm of the US Congress, dealing with minimum wages increases in American Samoa.
 
GAO released last Friday a 110-page report, which cites “two basic approaches” for increasing American Samoa’s minimum wages to keep pace with the cost of living in the territory and eventually equal the federal minimum wage.



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

TAO LIU
 
The High Court has continued to Jan. 6, 2017 the status hearing on the government's case against Tao Liu, and hopefully at that time, both sides will have reached and signed a plea agreement.
 



Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2016
 
The Lolo Administration’s annual Senior Citizens Christmas Program for this year, kicked off yesterday morning at the Pago Pago Youth Center, where it was packed with the territory’s elders, who were praised by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for their service to the government and people of American Samoa.
 



Aloaia e le malo tautua a Tama ma Tina matutua

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O le taeao ananafi na fa’ataunu’uina ai e le malo la latou polokalame masani lea ua 4 tausaga o fa’agasolo mai pea, o le tufatufaina lea o meaalofa e aloaia ai le tautua a Tama ma Tina matutua i le atunu’u i le masina fa’ai’u lenei o le tausaga, lea na fa’ataunu’uina i le maota o Tupulaga Talavou i Pago Pago.
 



Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga

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MOSEGI SOLIA JR
 
Ua mae’a nei ona saina se maliliega i le va o le malo ma le ali’i o Mosegi Solia Jr, ma le fa’amoemoe o le maliliega lea e fa’amuta aloaia ai loa taualumaga o le mataupu o lo o tu’uaia ai e le malo ia Solia Jr, pe afai ae talia e le fa’amasinoga maualuga tuutuuga o lenei maliliega.
 



Onosa’i I Mea Tiga

Vaega: 29
 



Deeds of Cession with US are the focus of federal hearing next month

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American Samoa’s two separate Deeds of Cession with the United States are the focus of a federal court hearing next month in the Territory of American Samoa’s lawsuit against several federal officials over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area in waters of the territory.
 



200+ criminal charges filed against Samoa Police Commish yet to be finalized

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Apia, SAMOA — Although more than 200 criminal charges has been filed against the police commissioner the Samoa Attorney General’s office has yet to finalized them and this was revealed during the status hearing for suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil in the Supreme Court earlier this week.
 



Aumua issues statement on 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement on Wednesday to observe the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI by Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941.
 
“Today marks 75 years since that most infamous day when Japanese bombers viciously attacked the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing over 2,400 and injuring another 1,700 American Servicemen and women.
 



Fautuaina Fa’atonusili tausisi tulafono fa’a faigaluegaina tagata

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Na fautuaina e le afioga i le Kovana ma le Lutena Kovana afioga i Faatonusili o Matagaluega ma Ofisa a le malo i le fonotaga a le Kapeneta i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ina ia mulimulita’i i tulafono o ta’iala e fa’atatau i le fa’a faigaluegaina lea o tagata faigaluega a le malo, ina ia mautinoa e leai se fa’afitauli e ono alia’e mai i se taimi o i luma.
 



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