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ASCC responds to WASC- ACCJC “Show Cause” order

At assemblies for faculty and staff this past Thursday, and for students this past Friday, American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Acting President Dr. Rosevonne Pato explained that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC ACCJC) has issued an order for ASCC to Show Cause.
 



Tofu mataupu ali’i faipisinisi Asia i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga

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Ua tofu atu nei i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga le mataupu fa’asaga i le ali’i faipisinisi Asia, lea o lo o tu’uaia i lona taumafai e totogi tupe tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Lafoga, ina ia mafai ai ona fa’amagalo se vasega o lafoga o lana pisinisi o lo o aitalafu ai i le malo o Amerika Samoa, ina ua fa’amalieina le fa’amasinoga i mau sa tu’uina atu e le malo e lagolago ai tu’uaiga fa’asaga i lenei ali’i.
 



Hawaiian's Pago route nets high margin of profit

Despite ‘modest volume’ of passengers
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The current average one-way fare on Hawaiian Airlines for the Pago Pago route is just over $500, which is twice as high as the airline’s fares to the U.S. west coast, according to a federally funded air transport study, which also confirmed the airline’s long standing concern over the high percentage of empty seats on the Pago Pago flights.
 
However, the study also points out that the route has a “high margin” of profit, despite a “modest volume” of passengers due to the airfare it charges.
 



Retirement Fund’s total net up, as is unfunded liability

Vailoata says envelopes distributed to lawmakers were lunch money, not “lafo”
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Chairman of the House Retirement Committee, Vailoata Amituana’i dismisses rumors that on top of their $3,000+ per diem given to House reps to attend the Retirement Fund meeting, they also received a “lafo” or cash gift in envelopes, while the latest audit report says Retirement Fund net is up, but so are unfunded liabilities — which “as of October 1, 2013, for every dollar of benefits due, we have approximately $0.64 of assets to cover it.”
 



Fa’amalumalu fa’asalaga fa’a falepuipui mo Viena

Ua fa’amalumalu e le afioga i le ali’i fa’amasino ia Fiti Sunia le tu’uina atu o Duke Viena i le falepuipui i Tafuna mo le 10 aso, ae ua nofovaavaaia o ia mo le umi e 24 masina i lalo o poloaiga e tatau ona ia usita’i i ai, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le solitulafono mama o le fa’atupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele i le taeao ananafi.
 



President of teachers federation cries FOUL

Especially in light of salary upgrade for teachers from Samoa
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Some veteran educators are threatening to ‘walk out’ of the Department of Education if DOE does not upgrade their salaries in accordance with the teacher’s new base salaries set by the Governor, as DOE has already done for the teachers from Samoa, wrote P. Ben Te’o, President of the Federation of American Samoa Educators (FASE) in a letter to Governor Lolo M. Moliga, DOE Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin and Human Resources Director, Sonny Thompson.
 



Bluesky expands reach, buys 60% of Telecom Cook Is

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Bluesky Communications has expanded its reach in the South Pacific by acquiring a majority share of a telecommunication firm in the Cook Islands, and the purchase is being financed by a regional financial institution.
 
in a news release on Monday this week, Bluesky Group announced that its Cook Islands subsidiary, Teleraro Ltd, has completed the purchase of a 60% interest in Telecom Cook Islands from Spark New Zealand.
 



Malolo le faamasinoga ae su’e faila a le Ofisa o Femalagaiga

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Ua toe topolo i le masina o Me le iloiloina e le fa’amasinoga o le mataupu i le tau sailiina lea, pe na fa’apefea ona toe ulufale mai se ali’i na poloa’i e fa’asa ona toe ulufale mai i le teritori, ae ua poloa’i e le fa’amasino sili ia Micahel Kruse le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga a le malo, ina ia tu’uina atu fa’amaumauga e fa’atatau i le ali’i ua molia se’i iloilo e le fa’amasinoga.
 



ASCC accreditation placed on "Show Cause" status

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The American Samoa Community College has been placed on “Show Cause” due to “deficiencies” identified by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which recently released a “Public Disclosure Notice” about the accreditation of the territory’s only institution of higher education.
 



DPS leadership got big pay boost under Haleck

Rank and file DPS officers wait for raises
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It’s unclear when the Lolo and Lemanu Administration will implement the salary increases for police officers, says Department of Public Safety Commissioner Save, however he confirmed that the Deputy Commissioner, Chief of Police and all the Commanders in the police force have already received raises.
 
These raises occurred before Save was appointed as Commissioner — was done during former Commissioner William Bill Haleck’s tenure.
 



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