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Amper facing a lawsuit from local minority shareholders

As Bluesky Pacific Group owner Amper SA seeks to sell Bluesky to a Fijian company in lieu of an offer from a local investor group, Amper is also facing a lawsuit in Spain filed by its local minority shareholders.
 
Amper and Fijian telecommunications company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH) are still in the process of obtaining necessary approvals to complete a pending purchase of Bluesky after passing over a competing offer by the current Bluesky management group, Bluesky employees, and local investors.
 



Amper declines local investor offer to buy Bluesky

Opts to sell to Fiji govt controlled company instead

Samoa News has learned that an investor group that includes local residents and Bluesky management made a competing bid to purchase the Bluesky Pacific Group last month, but that Bluesky’s present owner, Amper SA (Amper) decided to sell the company to a Fiji government controlled company instead.
 
The sale of Bluesky Pacific Group has not yet taken place, pending needed endorsements from various parties including regulatory approvals in the United States and in each of the countries in which Bluesky operates.
 



TBAS chair responds to many of community’s concerns

FDIC insurance, correspondent bank, directors’ personal financial status, gov’t owned…
fili@samoanews.com

The Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already adopted a policy that forbids lending to directors or senior management of the government owned financial institution, at all, says Chairman of the Board Utu Abe Malae, adding that’s one step further than required by TBAS statute. Utu addressed public concerns about the bank as it is set to open operations early next month. Among the concerns is that TBAS is still working to secure “routing numbers” or a (US) correspondent bank — after the original one, Zions Bank, faced with their own issues could not help TBAS.



ASG may sue Amper SA over ASH Cable Agreement

fili@samoanews.com

The American Samoa government has voiced concerns with the parent company of the Bluesky Pacific Group over violation of the American Samoa Hawai’i Cable (ASH-Cable) agreement by failing to among other things, notify ASG before accepting the offer from Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH). Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo told Samoa News that “ASG has informed Amper that it is considering legal action to enforce its rights under the ASH Cable Agreement.” 
 



DOC: Position statement on ASG's Territorial Bank

Says bank support from community would affirm that we believe in ourselves…
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From an “economic development perspective”, Commerce Department, through its director Keniseli Lafaele, yesterday issued a “position statement” on the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa, which is slated to open the first week of October this year.
 
“Money lending is the lifeblood of an industrial‐technological society. Most importantly, it allows those without wealth access to acquire capital and resources to achieve economic independence,” the statement says.
 



Chief Election Officer responds to Faoa

Concludes with his hope the Election season will continue to remain fair and successful
fili@samoanews.com

Chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has responded to the “urgent matters” cited in a Sept. 1 letter from candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia. The letter alleged voter ID fraud, petition fraud and a possible conflict of interest by Uiagalelei in his position as chief election officer.
 
VOTER ID
 



House Speaker says media should be thankful they are allowed in to Fono sessions

fili@samoanews.com

Rep. Fatulegae’e Palepoi Mauga has accused a “newspaper” of inaccurate reporting, while House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale says the news media should be thankful they are allowed to sit in and observe House proceedings. This took place during the House session last Thursday (Sept. 8th).
 



Update: Teacher answers to charges of sexual assault

joyetter@samoanews.com

Apia, SAMOA — A teacher from Pope Paulo High School has been arrested and will be charged with sexual assault involving female students. This was confirmed during the police press conference where Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu said the matter was reported to the police by the school’s principal. Su’a said the teacher would make his initial appear in Supreme Court on Monday (today in Samoa). The Catholic’s School teacher who is behind bars is Vili Sapati Vili of Mulifanua.
 



Bluesky Pacific Group purchase far from done deal

rhonda@samoanews.com

The purchase of the controlling interest in the Bluesky Pacific Group (“Bluesky), by Fiji-based Amalgamated Telecom Holding (ATH) from Amper SA is far from a done deal, although both companies have earmarked this month to sign formal agreements to a transaction that is “subject to requisite regulatory approvals and consents being obtained.”
 



Faoa raises issues of voter ID fraud, coerced petition signatures, CEO partiality

Asks issues be taken seriously and resolved immediately
fili@samoanews.com

Candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia has raised with the chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei, what the former lieutenant governor describes as “urgent matters, which require your immediate attention and resolution.”
 
Faoa’s Sept. 1 letter points out several times the phrase “our opponents” but never identifies the opponents by name as there are three gubernatorial teams in the race including the Faoa and Sanitoa team.
 



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