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Surprise! “Tausani” conducts test flights to Fitiuta

joy@samoanews.com

After being down for over two years, the N684AS Tausani plane — formerly the Segaula, the government owned plane that was leased to newly established Tausani Airlines— was seen landing in Fitiuta twice this week. Samoa News was questioned by the Fitiuta residents, who were surprised to see the N684AS Tausani plane landing at their airport, and they asked as to when it will officially fly to Manu’a on a daily basis.
 



CoC prepares assessment of min.wage hike impact

Maintains its position — min. wages should be set locally, not federally
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The Chamber of Commerce is preparing a response to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga's request for an assessment of the financial impact of minimum wage increases, with the next 50 cent hike per hour effective Sept.30.
 
In a letter Tuesday this week to Chamber chairman David Robinson, the governor requested an assessment, saying that the federally mandated minimum wage issue will go into effect and require a collaborative effort to develop a territory-wide position.
 



Finagalo Lolo i totogi maualalo tuuina atu ia Aumua Amata

Ua faasoa atu e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga i le faipule a Amerika Samoa i le Konekeresi sona manatu i le si’itaga i totogi amata maualalo (po’o le minimum wage), lea ua fuafua le isi siitaga e 50 sene i le itula ia Setema 30 o le tausaga lenei.
 
O le manatu o le afioga i le kovana sili, ina ia i ai se vaega tupe mai le malo fetarale e faatupeina si’itaga o totogi maualalo, ae afai e le talafeagai lea tulaga ona toe faafoi mai lea o le mataupu lenei i le teritori e iloiloina e se komiti faapitoa e vaavaaia e le fetarale.



Police officer charged with assaulting pregnant wife

joyetter@samoanews.com

A police officer made his initial appearance on Monday in the District Court on charges of third degree assault and public peace disturbance on allegations that he assaulted his pregnant wife. He was summoned on misdemeanor charges, each one punishable with up to one year on jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both fine and jail time.
 
In the interest of protecting the victim’s identity Samoa News will not name the defendant in this case.
 



Kruses’ attorneys object to transferring case to Hawai’i

Say transfer “would be far from ideal” for their clients
fili@samoanews.com

Defense attorneys for John Emil Kruse and his wife Elaine have objected to having the jurisdiction of their cases, currently under the federal court in Washington D.C., transferred to the Honolulu federal court, arguing that it's not in accordance with federal law, and “would be far from ideal” for their clients, as they have put considerable effort in “developing a relationship of trust and understanding with them.”
 



Am. Samoa not affected by Niagara spring water recall

joy@samoanews.com

Department of Health’s Chief Compliance Officer Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu confirmed during a press conference last Friday that Niagara brand water supplies now on island are not affected by the recall that was issued last week by the Niagara Bottling company due to concerns that one of its spring water sources had been contaminated with E. coli.
 



DOH tells nurse to stay home until paperwork is done

DHR official: “Shouldn’t have told the nurse to come to work in the first place”
joyetter@samoanews.com

The Filipino nurse who has been working for the Department of Health for almost six months without getting paid was told by DOH Director of Nursing Margaret Sesepasara not to come to work, effective last Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
 
Prior to her being told to stay home, the nurse had already reached out to the Department of Labor’s local office for assistance, after she was told by DOH Personnel officials to come to work in February — yet to date she has not been paid.
 



Sapaia to’atele tagata faiga- luega finagalo ali’i kovana

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E to’atele ni isi o tagata faigaluega o lo o totogi i totogi maualalo ua latou fa’aalia i le Samoa News lo latou lagolagoina o le finagalo o le ali’i kovana, i le tatau lea ona fa’aauau pea le siitaga o totogi maualalo lea ua fa’atulaga mai e le Konekeresi mo Amerika Samoa, ae talosagaina le malo feterale latou te fa’atupeina le isi vaega o le siitaga o totogi.
 



UPDATE: Langford sentenced to nearly two years

Plus restitution of $260K “due immediately” to ASG
fili@samoanews.com

Former ASG Human Resources Department director Evelyn Langford will self surrender at a designated federal prison in September after being sentenced to serve close to two years, last Friday at the federal court in Oakland, California.
 
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has promised it will not hesitate to probe allegations of federal crimes in American Samoa.
 



CoC head “doubtful” min wage subsidy would be extended to private sector

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The territory’s Chamber of Commerce is doubtful that the U.S. government will include the local private sector in any federal subsidy to help pay for the federally mandated minimum wage increase in the territory, says Chamber chairman David Robinson, who is also chairman of the ASG Shipyard Services Authority, which oversees and manages the government owned Satala shipyard.
 



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