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Hokule’a voyagers make port in Pago harbor today


The long awaited Hokule’a voyage will arrive in the territory today and an elaborate — but traditional — welcoming ceremony will be carried out at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei.
The traditional vessel, Hokule’a, is being accompanied by the Hikianalia, a floating laboratory powered by solar panels.

Gov. comes down hard on abuse of gov’t-funded travel

He and Lt. Gov will personally review every TA from now on

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has put his foot down concerning government travel, telling his cabinet last week that government employees who travel on government funds must file expense reports and give their mileage to the government’s airline mileage program if they want any of their future travel authorizations to be approved.

Court frees four Indonesian men detained at TCF

Judge signs writ saying they were improperly detained

Department of Public Safety Commissioner, William Haleck dismissed allegations that the four Indonesians were being held as prisoners. Instead, he said, “They were staying in one of the offices here at the jail.” In response to Samoa News queries, Haleck stated that the four men were released Tuesday afternoon following an order from the High Court to their sponsors.

Election Office needs more funding for Nov. election


Chief Election Officer Tuaolo M. Fruean has officially proclaimed Nov. 4 the date of the general election in American Samoa, but has told lawmakers that additional money is needed to fund this year’s election, which includes a referendum to amend the American Samoa constitution.

Fishing boat agencies unhappy with crew bonds

No time to adjust; no hope for speedy refunds

Several of the fishing vessel agencies are looking at a petition appealing to Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to rescind the recently issued order by Chief Immigration Officer Peseta Dennis Lutu Fuimaono, “for every crew member entering American Samoa”, a bond of $500 for each person is required.
This order was sent out to all the fishing agencies in the territory, and some are not happy with this move.

Lolo’s cabinet discusses government transparency

Is it transparency, or invasion of privacy? asks Utu

American Samoa Power Authority Chief Executive Officer, Utu Abe Malae raised “with alarm” the issue of letters and personnel information being leaked to the media. His concern was voiced during the cabinet meeting last week, where he pointed out that, from his observation it’s “one’s understanding of transparency verses what is decent, and the rights of an employee, like a director or a CEO.”

CDC issues ‘chikungunya’ travel advisory for territory


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory for American Samoa following reported cases of Chikungunya, or chik virus, in the territory.
In its advisory issued yesterday, the CDC said that for the first time, locally transmitted cases of Chikungunya have been reported in American Samoa. Additionally, local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Chikungunya and are now spreading it to people.

Gov Lolo proposes increased pay for Cabinet members


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is proposing for every director of ASG departments and agencies an increase of $3- 5,000 to their paycheck, and this was revealed during the Budget Hearing for the Department of Human Resources.
This came to light when Senator Laolagi Savali Vaeao pointed out that in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015, there’s a change in director’s salaries. For example, Laolagi said “the Treasurer’s salary was $70,000 and the current salary is now $73,000” according to the budget book.

Day 1 of Budget hearings

Treasury revenue report the “official” ASG document, not Budget Office report

Revenue forecasts, the 2% wage tax payment, and the difference in reporting revenue shortfalls by the ASG Office of Budget and Planning and the Treasury Department, were some of the many issues covered during day-one of the fiscal year 2015 budget hearings, which began yesterday and will last until next week, Thursday, Aug. 28.

ASTCA board terminates CEO just before he resigned


Members of the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority board did not honor the resignation letter submitted by ASTCA CEO, Moefauo Bill Emmsley on Thursday, the day after the board voted to terminate Moefauo’s month-to-month contract, according to several board members, who did not wish to be named.
They said Moefauo’s contract was terminated during their board meeting on Wednesday, however on Thursday they received copies of Moefauo’s resignation letter, which was given to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

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