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Cabinet learns ASG’s starting wage is higher than mandated minimum

Other Cabinet news includes Flag Day preparations
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It was a proud moment for the Lolo and Lemanu Administration when Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson announced the American Samoa Government’s new pay scale’s starting rate is higher than the new minimum wage set for American Samoa. During the cabinet meeting Le’i said ASG is now using a new pay scale, the last revision was back in 2003 however with the new one ASG has added 15 new steps.
 



FFA says new offer on tuna comes at cost

A new offer from the Pacific to the United States on tuna fishing will still leave the region out of pocket, the head of the Forum Fisheries Agency says.

The FFA member states met in Nadi this week with a focus on trying to conclude a deal with the US and mitigate the financial impacts of the US backing out of the Tuna Treaty.

The US pulled out last month saying it could not meet the financial commitment in the deal and wanted to cut the number of fishing days it had originally agreed to buy.

The US's reneging had cost the Pacific more than $US68 million.



Talia afioaga Nu’uuli valaaulia mo le pese & siva o le Fu’a

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Ua talia aloaia e le afioaga o Nu’uuli suiga lea ua faia e le Komiti o le Fu’a mo lenei tausaga, i lalo o se fautuaga mai le afioga i le alii kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, ina ia aveese mai le pese ma le siva lea sa tu’uina atu i le afioaga i Masefau latou te tauaveina, ma fai ai i latou ma sui o le Falelima i Sasa’e mo fa’afiafiaga o le fu’a i lenei tausaga.
 



Popole Fono tulaga fa’aletonu o lo o i ai tupe maua malo

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Ua fa’aalia e ni isi o senatoa ma faipule o le fono faitulafono i le vaiaso nei so latou popolega tele o lo o i ai, i le tulaga fa’aletonu o lo o i ai tupe a le malo i le taimi nei, fa’atusatusa lea i le ripoti lea sa tauaao atu e le Ofisa o le Tupe a le Fono i le vaiaso na te’a nei, i le maualuga sa o o i ai tupe ao a le malo mo le Kuata muamua o le tausaga tupe lenei, lea e aofia ai Oketopa, Novema ma Tesema 2015.
 



Tolopo iloiloga Senate mo le Litaea se’i mae’a suesuega Leoleo

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Na fulisia le maota maualuga i le aso ananafi e lagolago le mau na fa’atula’i e le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli, ina ia tolopo le iloiloga a le senate sa fuafua e fesiligia ai le Komiti o le Litaea a le malo, se’i mae’a su’esu’ega a leoleo o lo o fa’agasolo e uiga i lenei mataupu.
 



Olaga Le Tumau

Vaega: 131
 
Fa’afeiloa’i atu ma fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u i lenei taeao fou, taeao toto’a, taeao manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o lo tatou Matai oi le lagi, e ao ai ona o tatou fa’apea ifo, “Le Atua e, o au afioga, o le sulu lea i o matou vae ma le malamalama i o matou ala, ia vi’ia pea Oe e fa’avavau, fa’avavau lava. Amene.
 



Customs collects excise tax on hospital supplies, despite AG’s ruling

Customs Chief Officer says purchases with grant funds subject to excise tax
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Although he is not an attorney and does not to have a law degree, Chief Customs Officer Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava told senators that he imposed excise tax on LBJ Medical Center’s medication and other medical supplies based on his experience and knowledge provided by God.
 



ASG pays some outstanding legal settlements with Series B Bond proceeds

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Just over $1 million in outstanding litigation settlements have been paid by the American Samoa Government, a week after the American Samoa Economic Development Authority's Series B Bonds sale was finalized on Jan. 29.
 
In an ASEDA information sheet presented to the Senate early last week, around $2 million in Series B bond proceeds will be use to pay outstanding ASG litigation settlements for the Attorney General’s Office.
 



Zika virus scare has negative effect on Samoa tourism, says PM

Tuilaepa says fear-mongering tactics are being used
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Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielagaoi has moved to set the record straight regarding reports on the Zika virus in Samoa. As Samoa News reported last month, Samoa’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that they had three confirmed ZIKA virus cases in October 2015, several month ago. This was according to a press statement issued regarding the ZIKA virus.
 



Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga to represent territory at ‘Self Determination” forum

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A forum on ‘Self Determination in American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Guam’ will be held later this month in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the annual meeting of the federal Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA), where leaders of territorial government and other federal officials meet to discuss a wide range of issues important to the insular areas.
 



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