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Governor Lolo urges ASEDA to make charter bank a priority


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has relayed to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority board the importance of setting up a Charter Bank in the territory as a priority because of its impact on economic development.
Lolo has sought another financial institution for the territory since taking over the helm of government in January last year, because Bank of Hawai’i is leaving as soon as a second bank is operational here.

AG seeks $500 per month stipend for Immigration Board members

“…or such other amount…”

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale is proposing to create a stipend for members of the  immigration board, and wants the stipend to be included in the American Samoa Administrative Code.
The current law only states that the board Immigration Board shall meet at times and places determined necessary by the chairman for conducting business of the board, but there is nothing pertaining to compensation or stipends offered.

Ombudsman says both police and father failed jailed boy

Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, has blamed both the Police and the father for contravening the rights of a three-year-old boy, recommending the demotion of the officers involved.

This was noted in a report he wrote following an inquiry his Office conducted into the detaining of the child, two weeks ago. A copy of the report has been obtained by the Sunday Samoan.

The inquiry was launched when a complaint was made by the boy’s parents - the father involved in the matter, Sauafea Tiava’asue and his wife Mareta, Maiava.

Amata urges U.S. House hearings on conservation zone

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — Aumua Amata has sent a letter to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) urging him to hold early hearings on a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) to prevent President Obama or future presidents from unilaterally restricting usage of any additional vast areas of land or sea resources under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Scientists make recommendations to WestPac Fishery Mgmt Council

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) concluded its 117th meeting this past Thursday in Honolulu and has passed on its recommendations to the full Council, which meets this week.
The recommendations are based on acceptable biological catches (ABCs) and these figures will be used to develop the 2015 annual catch limits (ACLs) for the fisheries.

Biz Beat: Brand names come to American Samoa


A new business offering authentic brand name clothing and shoes has opened up in Avau.
Owned by Asoleaga and Alicia Toalepai, Tri-Elements has everything in stock for the stylish folks living in the territory. If you like to ‘dress to impress’, Tri-Elements has everything you need at prices you can afford.



E le i talia i ni vai e afioga i faipule o le maota o sui le fa’aiuga a afioga i senatoa i le aso Tofi na te’a nei, ina ua latou teena tofiga a le kovana mo le afioga i le alii faipule ia Timusa Tini Lam Yuen e avea ai o ia ma totino o le komiti fa’afoe a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, ae na latou tali mai fo’i i le taeao ananafi e ala i lo latou teena o tofiga a le kovana mo le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Tuiasina Esera e avea ai fo’i o ia ma totino o lea komiti i le palota e 4 palota ioe ae 10 palota leai.

Hearing for Port fee hikes set for Oct. 30


The Dept. of Port Administration has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Oct. 30 for all Port users and interested parties to review the proposed revisions to increase the current motor launch and tug fees.
The hearing will be in the Port conference room inside the Main Port Terminal Building in Fagatogo.

NRL stars in Brisbane for Four Nations questioned over fight at Hot Gossip nightclub

Several NRL players have been questioned following a wild night in a Brisbane VIP nightclub booth.

North Queensland Cowboys centre Tautau Moga was arrested while Canterbury Bulldogs veteran Reni Maitua is understood to have been at the nightclub when the incident occurred.

Members of the Samoan rugby league team competing in the Four Nations tournament were brought in for questioning after an incident with police at Hot Gossip nightclub in Fortitude Valley.

Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 countries blockade world’s largest coal port

Newcastle, AUSTRALIA — Thirty Pacific Climate Warriors were joined by hundreds of Australians to peacefully blockade the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle this past Friday and called on the country to stop its destructive expansion of fossil fuels causing climate change.

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