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CoC won’t wait for ASG, establishes tax reform committee


Unconvinced that the Lolo Administration will move to update the current tax code, the local Chamber of Commerce plans to establish a Tax Reform Committee charged with reviewing the current tax laws and make necessary recommendations to the government.
Chamber chairman David Robinson revealed the establishment of the committee during the Chamber’s general membership meeting held last Thursday evening at Goat Island restaurant at Sadie’s by the Sea.

Samoan Language Week celebrated in NZ

A primary school teacher in Auckland says allowing students to speak Samoan at school, helps with their confidence to learn in the classroom.

Samoan is the second most commonly spoken language in Auckland, and the third most spoken in New Zealand.

Samoans make up the second highest percentage of students at South Auckland's Weymouth Primary School.

As part of Samoan Language Week this week, the children are being encouraged to dress in their traditional cultural wear, and Samoan learning activities will be held throughout the week.

TPP talks 'in the end-game'

The United States is optimistic a deal to set up a free trade zone across the Pacific will be concluded soon, with sensitive issues likely to be ironed out when its Congress resumes sessions, the top U.S. trade official said on Sunday.

"We are very much in the end-game," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters after a two-day trade ministers' meeting on the Philippine island of Boracay.

Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga


O le aso 22 Iuni 2015 lea ua toe tolopo i ai le ulua’i iloiloga o le mataupu a Aialani Foster, ina ua talia e le fa’amasinoga maualuga se talosaga sa fa’aulu e lana loia ia Tala Uiagalelei i le taeao ananafi, mo se avanoa e toe tolopo ai le mataupu a Foster mo se isi tolu vaiaso, ae se’i fa’agasolo le iloiloina o mau fa’amaonia ua la tauaaoina mai i le malo.



Cutting through weather jargon key for new SPREP project

With climate change and disaster management at the top of the agenda for Pacific nations, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program has a project to reduce the vulnerability of island communities by helping weather bureaus around the region to improve their communication.

Leading the project is Dr Neta-tua Pelesi-koti director of climate change for SPREP, and she says it is hoped the project will help locals cut through the weather jargon.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr Neta-tua Pelesi-koti, Director of Climate Change for SPREP

LBJ files lawsuit against Samoa government


LBJ Medical Center has sued the Samoa government owned Samoa Shipping Corporation for failure to pay more than $11,000 in medical bills for a crew member of the MV Lady Naomi treated at the hospital.
The lawsuit was filed early this month in the High Court by the ASG Attorney General's Office on behalf of LBJ.
According to the suit, it was about Nov. 11 last year, that LBJ provided medical services at the request of Samoa Shipping to treat an employee of the Samoa government corporation.

Memorial Day observance event only at Satala this year, with ocean laying of wreaths


American Samoa joins the rest of the nation Monday observing Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
Extended to a three-day weekend, it is a federal and local holiday for most of the nation’s workers. It also marks the official start of summer.

Fa’amamalu tulafono mo le saogalemu i va’a i le Lalolagi

O le vaiaso lenei ua taualoa ma fa’amamalu atili ai tulafono mo va’a femalaga’i, atoa ma le saogalemu i feoa’iga i va’a e afua mai le 13 futu se’ia o’o lava i va’atetele o so’o se ituaiga, i le lalolagi atoa. Ua fa’apea fo’i ona faia ai le sao o le vaega a le US Coast Guard ma le Marine Patrol a le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele a Amerika Samoa mo tagata lautele.

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