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TEO tells solar company to end “false advertising”

Company CEO responds, it’s a misunderstanding

With concerns raised by the public about La O Samoa — a Division of Help U Solar LLC — a company, which is getting people to sign up for “free solar panels with free installation” the Territorial Energy Office (TEO) Director, Ali’itama Sotoa told the company to stop the drive and advertisements, and stop “signing the locals with false advertisements and contracts.”

Rowdy off duty cops at local nightclub, not arrested


It’s unclear as to why two off duty detectives, who are with the Criminal Investigation Division, and involved in an incident Saturday night at a night club in Pago Pago, were not arrested for property damage and disturbing the peace. This was the question posed by a family member of the club that was damaged.

LOMU: Afai e le o malepe, e leai se mea e fai ai fua


Ua fa’aalia e ni isi o tagata palota i Amerika Samoa o latou lagona tete’e i le mataupu lea o lo o unaia e le Fono Faitulafono ma ua lagolagoina fo’i e le ali’i kovana, le ‘Veto Override’, ona e talitonu i latou, afai o lo o lelei ma maopoopo le Fa’avae Toe Teuteu a Amerika Samoa na fausia mai e tuaa ua tofafa mai tiasa, e leai se mafua’aga e toe taumafai ai fua le Fono Faitulafono po o le Kovana e sui, e pei ona fa’aalia e le faletua ia Aitofi Lomu i le vaiaso na te’a nei.

Samoa warned about fake currancy being passed

A man from Luatuanu’u, Pauli Mika, has warned members of the public to be on the look out for people using fake international currency to con them of their Samoan tala.

Mr. Mika approached the Weekend Observer yesterday to alert other people after a man at a petrol station tricked him with fake Australian money.

He said the man approached him, asking for help.

“He told me that he really wanted to go home but he had no money. All he had was foreign currency – an Australian $5 dollar,” said Mr. Mika.

“I felt sorry for him and I quickly got out $10 and gave it to him.”

Update on Airport Road project, it's only 2 lanes


The Airport Road Project is expected to make its target completion deadline of mid-January 2015. Nearly 50% completed already, the project has resulted in traffic changes in the Tafuna area, along the stretch from Triple S Gas Station to the PX Troop Store intersection.

DPS entrance test results once again disappointing

Only six out of 86 pass

Six out of the 86 potential police cadets who took the new ‘revised’ police academy entrance test earlier this month passed. Add that to the ten people who passed the first testing that was conducted over two sessions during the summer months and the Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) now has 16 possible law enforcement officers.

Only one of 4 immigration board nominees confirmed


The House has endorsed two of the four nominees to the immigration board. Approved was the nomination of Fagaima Solaita in a vote of 12-2, along with Rep Timusa Tini Lam Yuen with a unanimous vote of 14-0. However, Timusa’s nomination was rejected in the Senate this week, which means despite his being passed by the House, he is still rejected.
In the meantime, while the Senate passed Senator Tuiasina Esera, he was rejected by the House, with a vote of 10- 4, yesterday, Friday. This means his nomination is also still rejected.

E le na o ni ‘non rez’ o lo o aitalafu i le falema’i


O le saunoaga a le afioga i le ali’i faipule ia Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava i le vaiaso na te’a nei e fa’apea, e tatau ona fau se tulafono ina ia aafia ai ‘non resident’ ma latou sponsor o lo o nonofo aitalafu i le falema’i, e le i nofo lelei i finagalo o ni isi o le atunu’u, ona e talitonu i latou, e le na o ni ‘non resident’ o lo o aitalafu i le falema’i o le LBJ, ae o lo o nonofo aitalafu uma ai tagata o lo o aumau i Amerika Samoa.

Senators urge caution on proposal from Filipino biz

Specter of Daewoosa looms in background

Sen. Mauga Tasi Asuega has called on the government not to rush into making a final decision on a proposal by a Philippine company wanting to invest millions of dollars in American Samoa, with the promise of creating more than 700 new jobs.
A.V.M. Bernardo Engineering made a presentation last week to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Fono leaders and some lawmakers and other ASG officials. The company wants to invest $106 million to set up a “multi-line food processing plant” focusing first on frozen fish-based sausage, ham, nuggets and patties.

Visitors Bureau’s report has answers about the money


Last month, during the budget hearing for the Visitors Bureau, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie called the American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau’s proposed $900,000 budget “heartless” and posed a question about the director’s salary, asking “What does American Samoa get out of this $80,000?”

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