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Retirement Fund chair says he did not stop audit

Says the ASGERF audit will reveal ‘who's right, who's wrong’

ASG Employees Retirement Fund board chairman Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta told senators the reason he ordered that an audit of the Fund be delayed is because several issues - including the scope of work for an audit - are not clear.  He also says to save the Fund money, an internal audit should be conducted by the local government’s Internal Audit Office, not the off island auditor.
He did insist that he wants to move forward with the audit.

Deep concern locally about proposed NCAA ruling

Island athletes in danger of missing out on exposure and recruiting

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) with the Department of Education are throwing in their support to stop the proposed ruling for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) who will be voting in just a few weeks to exempt Football Subdivision (FBS/FCS) coaches from working at non-institutional football camps.

Moso’oi Kirikiti-suiga mai le polokalama sa mua’i fuafua

Ua tulata ina amatalia le Vaiaso o le Moso’oi 2015 i le masina fou, ua tulata fo’i ina mae’a le ta’amilosaga o le kirikiti o lo’o fa’atautaia mo le fa’amoemoe e sailia siamupini mo lea fa’agatama.

Senate will no longer allow Thompson in its chamber

Gaoteote: ASGERF seat occupied by Thompson is a ‘waste’

Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie declared yesterday that “as long as we are sitting here” and the world comes to an end, the Senate does not accept and will not allow in its chamber, ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund Board of Trustees member Sonny Thompson, who is also the government’s Human Resources director.
Gaoteote’s statement was made during a Senate Government Operations hearing, where Retirement Fund board chairman Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta was called as a witness to answer questions on matters pertaining to the Fund.

Lolo names Fono liaisons to help “do the Lord’s work”


Two officials from the Governor’s Office, retired Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and former lawmaker Paopaoailua Joe Fiaui, have been appointed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to “liaise with the Legislature to ensure that concerns of the Fono are quickly brought to my attention.”

Lolo: If drawdowns are not timely, you won’t get paid


For Fiscal year 2016, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a new policy suspending the payment of employees from departments or offices that have not drawn down their federal reimbursements for two consecutive months. This was revealed in a letter sent out last week to all department and office directors. Lolo said that starting October 1, 2015 directors administrating federal grant programs will be held accountable to ensure that reimbursements are drawn down promptly.

Legal opinion: Bond purchase should be deferred

Fund’s Investment Policy would have to be amended to approve the purchase

A US based attorney has recommended that the territory reconsider the bond purchase deal between the ASG Employees Retirement Fund and the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, saying that he has concerns and that the purchase deal “should be deferred.” 
In the meantime, the Retirement Fund board chairman Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta has told senators that the bond deal violates the Fund’s investment policy statement.

Mana’omia pea e le AS DOE fesoasoani a Samoa


O le malaga a le Faatonusili o Aoga a le malo ia Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau i Samoa i le vaiaso na te’a nei, fa’atasi ai ma ni isi o sui mai lona Ofisa e feiloa’i ma fono ma le Pulega o le Iunivesite a Samoa i le Papaigalagala (National University of Samoa), na fa’amaonia mai ai e Vaitinasa le fa’aauau pea lea ona mana’omia e le Ofisa o Aoga a le malo a Amerika Samoa le fesoasoani a le NUS i tulaga tau aoaoga mo faiaoga.

ANZ card machines double charge over 1,000 swipes


Approximately 1,500 duplicate transactions occurred when non-ANZ cards were used on ANZ Point of Sale terminal machines, according to ANZ Teres Salumbides, country head for American Samoa Fagatogo Branch. This comes in response to Samoa News queries after the paper was bombarded by calls with complaints from the public and from businesses saying they were double charged for transactions by the bank.

Request to amend LVPA came from local fishermen

Accusing locals, U.S. citizens of threatening to rob local waters “careless” & “defamatory”

Tautai-O-Samoa Longline and Fishing Association legal counsel Sen. Afoa L.S. Lutu has written to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga outlining “facts for consideration” following the governor’s opposition letter to the federal government over a proposal by the National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) to allow large longliners to fish in certain portions of the Large Vessel Protect Area (LVPA) in the waters of American Samoa.

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