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Fuel surcharge drops in line with fuel prices, says ASPA

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“If you review your bill, you will see the fuel charge has dropped from about 30 cents last year to about 21 cents this month (February),” said American Samoa Power Authority CEO Utu Abe Malae in response to Samoa News queries over the weekend. There have been numerous complaints by the public about the drop in fuel prices, yet they don't see that drop reflected in their ASPA bill.
 



Ioe Stephania Sulusulu na ia gaoia silia $11,000

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O le aso 1 Me, 2015 lea ua fa’atulaga e fofogaina ai le fa’asalaga a le fa’amasinoga maualuga fa’asaga ia Stephania Sulusulu, i le mae’a ai lea ona ia ta’utino i le fa’aasinoga, e fa’amaonia tu’uaiga fa’asaga ia te ia, i lona fa’aaoga fa’agaoi lea o le silia i le $11,000 mai le kamupani o le GHC Reid Company sa galue ai o se tali tupe.
 



IRS revokes tax exempt status of Alliance for Strengthening Families

Financial person “dropped the ball”
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The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the 501(c) 3 for the Alliance for Strengthening Families, which has led to the Alliance office letting go of all of their employees.  This was confirmed Thursday by Dr. Oreta Crichton, a board member for the Alliance, who also said it’s “temporary”.
 
A 501(c) 3 status is given to non-profit organizations, allowing them to be tax exempt in the United States and its territories. The tax status is among the requirements when seeking grants from the federal government.
 



Tuligasi’a a le Faamasinoga ma le Ofisa o Femalagaiga

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O le ali’i mai Samoa lea o lo o ogatotonu ai nei tuligasi’a a le Faamasinoga Maualuga ma le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, i le tau sailia lea pe na fa’apefea ona toe ulufale mai i Amerika Samoa, ao lea sa poloaina o ia i le 2011 e aua ne’i ona toe ulufale mai i le atunuu mo le umi e 7 tausaga, ua ia ta’utino i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso nei, e fa’amaonia tu’uaiga i lona le usita’i lea i poloaiga a le fa’amasinoga sa tu’uina atu ia te ia.
 



ASCC responds to WASC- ACCJC “Show Cause” order

At assemblies for faculty and staff this past Thursday, and for students this past Friday, American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Acting President Dr. Rosevonne Pato explained that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC ACCJC) has issued an order for ASCC to Show Cause.
 



Tofu mataupu ali’i faipisinisi Asia i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga

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Ua tofu atu nei i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga le mataupu fa’asaga i le ali’i faipisinisi Asia, lea o lo o tu’uaia i lona taumafai e totogi tupe tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Lafoga, ina ia mafai ai ona fa’amagalo se vasega o lafoga o lana pisinisi o lo o aitalafu ai i le malo o Amerika Samoa, ina ua fa’amalieina le fa’amasinoga i mau sa tu’uina atu e le malo e lagolago ai tu’uaiga fa’asaga i lenei ali’i.
 



Hawaiian's Pago route nets high margin of profit

Despite ‘modest volume’ of passengers
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The current average one-way fare on Hawaiian Airlines for the Pago Pago route is just over $500, which is twice as high as the airline’s fares to the U.S. west coast, according to a federally funded air transport study, which also confirmed the airline’s long standing concern over the high percentage of empty seats on the Pago Pago flights.
 
However, the study also points out that the route has a “high margin” of profit, despite a “modest volume” of passengers due to the airfare it charges.
 



Retirement Fund’s total net up, as is unfunded liability

Vailoata says envelopes distributed to lawmakers were lunch money, not “lafo”
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Chairman of the House Retirement Committee, Vailoata Amituana’i dismisses rumors that on top of their $3,000+ per diem given to House reps to attend the Retirement Fund meeting, they also received a “lafo” or cash gift in envelopes, while the latest audit report says Retirement Fund net is up, but so are unfunded liabilities — which “as of October 1, 2013, for every dollar of benefits due, we have approximately $0.64 of assets to cover it.”
 



Fa’amalumalu fa’asalaga fa’a falepuipui mo Viena

Ua fa’amalumalu e le afioga i le ali’i fa’amasino ia Fiti Sunia le tu’uina atu o Duke Viena i le falepuipui i Tafuna mo le 10 aso, ae ua nofovaavaaia o ia mo le umi e 24 masina i lalo o poloaiga e tatau ona ia usita’i i ai, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le solitulafono mama o le fa’atupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele i le taeao ananafi.
 



President of teachers federation cries FOUL

Especially in light of salary upgrade for teachers from Samoa
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Some veteran educators are threatening to ‘walk out’ of the Department of Education if DOE does not upgrade their salaries in accordance with the teacher’s new base salaries set by the Governor, as DOE has already done for the teachers from Samoa, wrote P. Ben Te’o, President of the Federation of American Samoa Educators (FASE) in a letter to Governor Lolo M. Moliga, DOE Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin and Human Resources Director, Sonny Thompson.
 



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