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Update on alleged harassment by Immigration


Attorney General Talaeuega Eleasalo Ale says that anyone who signed up for the Amnesty program is protected from deportation until his or her case is denied by the Immigration Board.
The AG was responding to Samoa News following receiving documents and information from a woman who claims she was harassed by immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year.

ASNOC votes to amend constitution; adds a VP

One member questions ratification process

The American Samoa National Olympic Committee is planning to amend its constitution to reflect that the new position of vice president will be established within the executive board, and the post will be an elected one.
The ASNOC held a meeting last Friday evening to vote on the amendment but the vote has been postponed until a later time. The vice president post is one of the proposed amendments to the ASNOC constitution which was presented to sports associations and federations earlier this year for review and comments.

TANOA JR: Ua leva ona ou moemiti i le avanoa lenei


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  • Woman alleges harassment by Immigration Office

    Immigration says woman overstayed, tried to bribe CIO

    A Filipino woman feels she’s being "harassed" by Immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year. This is alleged to have occurred after the official from the immigration office allegedly told her that her amnesty application had been denied in June 2014. According to the woman, the Immigration official told her that she had to go to Apia and come back.

    Amata on Min Wage: We must fix the mechanism

    Chamber of Commerce says Congress needs told of our plight, loud & clear

    Congresswoman Aumua Amata has responded to Samoa News’ questions concerning the federally mandated minimum wage in American Samoa, which is set to rise another 50¢ this year on September 30. The local Chamber of Commerce has said they are “disappointed that there hasn’t been enough... action from our government and from our Delegate about what they may be contemplating to try and prevent this further increase from going on.”

    Memorial Day: E taua fo’i le tautua a uo ma aiga


    A o pisi ai le malo i ana sauniga e fa’ataua ai tautua a le toatele o alo ma fanau a le atunuu sa tautua i totonu o vaega ‘au a le malo o tele o Amerika, ua masa’a lo latou toto ona o le tautoga sa latou ofoina atu, na taua ai fo’i e ni isi o aiga i le atunu’u, lo latou fa’atauaina fo’i o le tautua a uo ma aiga i totonu o aiga ma le atunu’u i le Aso Tu’ugamau i lenei tausaga.

    Disappointment over no publicity on min wage hike


    The Stronger Economy for American Samoa Coalition have voiced with the Chamber of Commerce its disappointment over the lack of publicity on the minimum wage issue coming out of American Samoa as the next federally mandated wage hike takes effect Sept. 30 this year.
    Chamber chairman David Robinson shared the Coalition’s concerns during a Chamber general membership meeting last Thursday evening where one of the issues discussed was the minimum wages.

    LOLO: Ia manatua fitafita o le taua i lau tatalo


    Na fa’ai’u le saunoaga a le afioga i le ali’i kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, i le feau fa’amanuia mo le Aso Tu’ugamau o lenei tausaga, i lona talosagaina lea o le atunu’u atoa, ina ia manatu i a latou talosaga fitafita o lo o tautua i soo se vaega o le lalolagi, atoa ai ma aiga o fitafita na maliliu i le taua.

    DOT fines Hawaiian Airlines for baggage, ad violations

    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that it fined Hawaiian Airlines $160,000 after discovering the carrier violated federal rules on liability for mishandled domestic baggage and full-fare advertising.

    A DOT investigation following a customer complaint revealed that Hawaiian was limiting reimbursement for damages associated with delayed baggage to $30 a day for a maximum of three days. This is far less than the $3,400 minimum level required by federal law, the DOT said.

    IRS warns about reporting $10K cash transactions


    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses in U.S. territories of federal requirements to file appropriate forms when they engage in cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
    Form 8300 must be filed within 15 days of the transaction, the IRS said in a national news release this week, but it didn’t elaborate further as to the reason for the warning to businesses in U.S. territories — including American Samoa.

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