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Young and old turn out to protest Fono pay raises

fili@samoanews.com

“No, No to the pay rise” of the Fono, was again echoed yesterday morning as over 100 participants of all ages gathered at the Fagatogo Malae across the street from the Fono compound, as a sign of their opposition to the proposed salary increases for lawmakers.
 



Lolo dismisses rumors that Lemanu will run separately

“In God’s eyes we were not made to run separately,” he says
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Rumors that Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga are running separately in the upcoming 2016 general election should be dismissed, the governor said during his cabinet meeting held at the Agriculture Conference Room in Tafuna yesterday morning.
 
Lolo said he had received a call from the media asking him to confirm rumors that he and Lemanu will be running separate campaigns. “Nothing like that will be happening,” he stated.
 



After complaints, lawmakers conduct site visit at LBJ

Cash flow is the “bottom line” problem, says CEO
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Complaints from constituents have led House members to conduct a site visit at LBJ hospital this week and they were informed first hand about the cash flow problems and how the hospital’s pay scale is mirrored to the Federal Government’s payroll.
 



Testing of possible diabetes cure fast tracks

(AP) — Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

They've already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.



Gaoteote: "Ou te ofo i le faiaoga na pueina lea ata ma fa’asalalau..."

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O le ata i le tamaititi aoga o lo o nofo i luga o se fa’aputuga tusi sa pu’e e se faiaoga ma fa’asalalau i luga o upega o fesootaiga fa’aonaponei i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma mafua ai ona tele fa’asea fa’asaga i le fa’aletonu o mea e a’oa’oina ai fanau aoga ae o lo o naunau le Fono e si’i o latou totogi, na taua ai e le afioga i le ali’i Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau e faapea, e talitonu lona loto e le o i ai ni tulaga fa’aletonu fa’apea o a’afia ai aoga i le atunu’u.



Public voices opposition to pay raises for lawmakers

Protestors’ chants heard in Fono chambers
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“No to Fono pay raise” was a statement called out and echoed by protestors who are opposed to a House bill raising lawmakers’ salaries by $20,000 annually. The protest rally was organized by newly formed local group United Citizens of American Samoa.
 



TBAS on its way with $15 million of bond proceeds

Series B Bonds sale finalized last Friday
fili@samoanews.com

With legislation redirecting a certain percentage of taxes on tobacco, cigarettes and beer to repay the bonds issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority signed into law and the Series B Bonds sale finalized, the government is now forging ahead with the establishment of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS).
 



Congress moves to cut off aid to Tuna Treaty countries

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Because the Pacific Islands Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) is no longer issuing fishing licenses to the US fleet, a California congressman has introduced federal legislation prohibiting the US government from using Congressionally approved funds as aid to Pacific Island countries who are parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty.
 



Charter Bank moves forward after funding secured

BoH not slated to leave right away
fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is reviewing names of individuals to sit on a board of directors, which will oversee a new ASG entity that will govern the proposed charter bank to be housed at the current Utulei location of the Bank of Hawai’I and owned by ASG.
 
The law creating the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), states in part that the bank will be managed by a new ASG entity, the Territorial Bancorp Holding Company, to be overseen by a seven member board appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Fono.
 



Lawmaker calls for more perks — a phone allowance

fili@samoanews.com

Because cabinet directors of the Lolo Administration get cell phone usage allowances, Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli now suggests that lawmakers get an identical allowance and requests that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee find funds in the governor’s fiscal year 2016 supplemental budget to cover phone allowances for senators.
 



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