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Wife of missing fisherman disappointed in slow response by DPS

joy@samoanews.com

The wife of one of the fishermen lost at sea since last week Wednesday has not lost hope, clinging to the belief that her husband is still “out there somewhere”. Mrs. Judy Lagai, mother of three, spoke to Samoa News at the wharf, where she voiced her disappointment with the Department of Public Safety for not heeding her request for help. She filed her complaints last week Wednesday night with DPS over the missing fishermen.
 



Temporary release of inmate raises outcry from prisoners

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The release of inmate Fuala’au Tuua from jail yesterday to attend the signing of their family business contract with the Federal Aviation Administration for landscaping stirred up anger among inmates inside the Tafuna Correctional Facility (TCF).
 



Gaoteote: Aua tou te amanaia tala a le Faipule

ausage@samoanews.com

Na fautuaina e le afioga i le ali’i peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau afioga i ali’i Senatoa i le aso ananafi, e “aua le fa’atauaina” pe “amanaiaina” fo’i saunoaga a le afioga i le ali’i faipule, e fa’atatau i le pili e sii ai alauni a senatoa ma faipule lea ua pasia e le Maota Maualuga, ae o lo o fa’atali ai pea se fa’aiuga a le Maota o Sui.
 



ASG Retirement Board passes retroactive COLA increase

Quid pro quo?
joy@samoanews.com

The Retirement Board has unanimously approved a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0.5% increase for retirees whose date of retirement occurred prior to October 1, 2014, said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a letter sent to the Fono.
 
Lolo said this COLA increase is to be first paid on October 1, 2014 and is retroactive to October 2, 2012.
 



Budget debate maintains FY 2015 budget ceiling

Tourism budget targeted for cuts to fund gov & lt. gov raises and Medicare match
fili@samoanews.com

The Fono Joint Budget Committee has agreed to keep the fiscal year 2015 budget ceiling of $424.48 million — which includes just over $106 million in local revenues — however,  two major changes will be made: One to allocate funds for the proposed pay hikes for the governor and lieutenant governor and the other to pay Medicare matching funds.
 



Gaoteote: E le aumai le muimui taofi ai galuega Fono

ausage@samoanews.com

Na taua e le afioga i le alii peresetene o le Senate i se vaega o lana saunoaga, ao fetufaa’i le komiti soofaatasi o le paketi a le fono e faatatau i le paketi a le malo i le taeao ananafi, tusa lava po o ai finagalo le fiafia o le atunuu e faatatau i siitaga o totogi a le fono, e le avea lea ma itu e taofia ai galuega lelei e tatau i le fono ona fai.
 



Gov’s Office launches online petition for Cabotage waiver

Hopes grassroots approach will engage entire community
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The Governor’s office has launched an online petition, appealing to Congress to rethink the application of the Cabotage Policy on the Territory of American Samoa, says Governor’s Executive Assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira in response to Samoa News queries.
 



MOU opportunity for locals to study fishery science

Honolulu, HAWAII — A partnership between fishery management agencies and higher education institutions will provide opportunities for U.S. Pacific students to study fishery science and management.
 



Tete’e Faimealelei pili si’i ai alauni a senatoa ma faipule

ausage@samoanews.com

E le gata ua fa’alauiloa e le afioga i le ali’i faipule mai le afioaga o Aua lona teena o le pili e si’i ai alauni mo senatoa ma faipule, ae sa ia fa’ailoa fo’i i luma o le maota o sui ananafi lona lagolagoina o finagalo fa’aalia o le atunu’u e tusa ai o lenei tulafono taufaaofi.
 



Community unhappy with hike in Gov's pay and Fono office allowances

fili@samoanews.com

A move by the Fono to increase the annual salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor as well as hiking the office allowance for lawmakers has been called "inappropriate" by Leone High School principal, Ben Te’o, who also voiced concerns with the pay hikes for cabinet directors included in the fiscal year 2015 budget.
 



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