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Bonds’ proceeds deposited into a New York bank

Sale of Series B Bonds delayed due to negative publicity flooding the airwaves
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As of 2a.m., Thursday morning, a total of $55.2 Million was deposited into a New York bank, says Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who further stated that all the proper documents for the bonds are in place and taken care of, except the one of the three series, which is allocated for the charter bank, which will not be finalized until sometime next week.
 



DOH employee claims “no grounds for termination”

Accuses director of harassment, bullying
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Mickey Reynolds, Federal Grants Management Specialist over the Health Resources and Services Administration grants of $1.4million awarded to DOH, has alerted their division financial integrity auditors following an email sent by DOH Employee Vasati Ieremia, a Quality Assurance and Improvement Manager, after she was allegedly terminated by the DOH Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua.
 



‘Off Island Referral’: Fa’amaonia sa malaga Mase & Tofaeono

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MASE: Ou te le i pepelo
 
I ripoti na tauaao e le Komiti o le Falema’i a le Senate i le taeao ananafi ua fa’amaonia ai, sa i ai taimi na malaga ai Leilua Mase Akapo ma Dr. Victor Tofaeono i tupe a le polokalame o le ‘Off Island Referral’, e ui sa fa’ailoa e Mase i luma o le Senate i le iloiloga sa faia i le vaiaso na te’a nei, e leai se taimi na malaga ai i ni tupe a le polokalame.
 



Homeland Security probes alleged human trafficking

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The Department of Homeland Security is looking into a possible “human trafficking” case after a Fijian woman filed an official complaint against her sponsor and the woman she was living with for the last three months while making $80 weekly, working six days a week and alleging that she was verbally abused.
 
The investigation into this matter has been confirmed by DHS officials.
 



“Junk bond” purchase has Senators riled — after the fact

Chair of Retirement Board signed off on the deal this week, according to a senator
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Once it’s confirmed that Retirement Fund board vice chairman Sonny Thompson is back on island, the Senate Retirement Committee will immediately move to schedule a hearing on the bond-purchase deal that Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli says is being “shoved down our throats” by those who were involved in the purchase — an action which has outraged several senators who want to question the Retirement Fund board.
 



Taunuu atugaluga a le Fono i le alii Kovana

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O le feiloaiga fa’apitoa a le afioga i le alii kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga ma ta’ita’i o le Fono Faitulafono i le taeao ananafi, na fa’aoo aloaia ai loa e ta’ita’i o le fono i le alii kovana, atugaluga o afioga i senatoa ma faipule, e fa’atatau i le mataupu lea o loo vavao ai le fono ma le atunu’u i tupe o le pone faapea ai ma le puipuiga o tupe a le Ofisa o le Litaea.
 



Thompson says he is again a Retirement Fund member

Senate still investigating his status
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As of the last ASG pay period, Human Resources director Sonny Thompson says he is once again a member of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund and therefore, he is a Fund member.
 
Thompson, who is currently off island, is one of the board of trustees that the Senate seeks to question pertaining to his signing — as vice chairman — the bond-purchase-deal between the Retirement Fund and the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA). 
 



Dept. of Parks & Rec director tenders his resignation

Will stay on to see budget approved by Fono
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Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Tamaaiga Pili Gaoteote has submitted his resignation letter to be effective September 30, 2015. The letter leaked to Samoa News was submitted last month, after he returned from the XV Pacific Games in July.
 
In his resignation letter the Director stated that although he has decided to resign, he felt it was necessary to stay and get the Parks and Recreation 2016 Budget approved by the Fono. “After much soul searching I have decided to tender my resignation as of September 30, 2015.
 



Tumu afioga Senatoa i le le fiafia Komiti Litaea

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O le tele o finagalo fa’aalia mai afioga i ali’i senatoa i lenei vaiaso, a o felafolafoa’i ai e fa’atatau i le mataupu i le pone ma le Komiti Fa’afoe a le Litaea, ua atagia mai ai le tumu o ali’i senatoa i le le fiafia i le auala o lo o fa’atautaia ai galuegaa le Komiti a le Litaea.
 



Retirement Fund board member tells Lolo to back off

The fund was successful long before his Admin took over, Aumua-Langford says
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Retirement Board Member, Aloma Aumua-Langford did not mince words when telling the governor to “withdraw his plans for direct or indirect control of the (retirement) fund,” in a letter she sent to the governor following their meeting last week, where Lolo suggested having his legal counsel be his “eyes and ears” at the Retirement Office.
 



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