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Church ministers' “alofas” will be taxed says ASG


The Department of Treasury will be taxing the church minister’s salaries or “alofas,” said ASG Tax Office Manager, Richard Jimmerson in an interview with Samoa News over the weekend. He told Samoa News that church ministers are considered “self employed” and they need to pay their dues and taxes to the American Samoa Government.

Video: Tri-Marine CEO warns of competition from EU

“Celebrity Fish Cleaning” segment adds focus on skilled work force

While the canned tuna industry is already faced with the low price of fish affecting the cost of canned tuna products — and stiff competition from low wage countries — the local industry is facing a new threat that Tri Marine International chief executive officer Renato Curto says will “create for us a new power competitor” — referring to the European Union (EU).

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Update: 17-year-old Vailoa girl drowns in Sogi


A 17-year-old girl from Vailoa drowned after she and her two friends were swept into the ocean when they were struck with a wave in Sogi, say police officers, who are currently conducting further investigation in this matter.
There are conflicting stories as to the account of what occurred. According to reports from authorities, police received a call last Friday afternoon from a family member informing police that his sister and two friends who were taking photos on the rocks fell into the ocean when they were struck by a wave.

Governor nominates Save as new DPS Commissioner


Director of the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation (OFPI) Save Liuato Tuitele has been appointed Commissioner of Public Safety and his name has been submitted to the fono for approval. In a letter to the fono, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga asked the lawmakers to confirm him as the next DPS Commissioner.

Opening of Tri Marine’s STP operation fulfills CEO’s vision


Tri Marine International inaugurated over the weekend its Samoa Tuna Processors, Inc. cannery operations at the Atu’u facility and the ceremony has been described by a company official as the fulfillment of the chief executive’s vision to set up a canned tuna plant in the territory.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the company’s investment for the tuna canning plant is $70 million — the biggest one for the territory for some time now.

Fesiligia faipule finagalo Soliai tupe o lo o fa’aaoga maliu Fono


Ua fesiligia e ni isi o faipule o le Maota o Sui i le aso Faraile le finagalo o le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, i le le tatau lea ona toe fa’aaoga e le Fono tupe e fai ai meaalofa mo taimi o maliu o senatoa po o faipule, ona o tupe ia, o le afu a le atunu’u o lo o aumai e fa’atupe ai galuegaa le Fono Faitulafono.

Girl swept to sea


A 17-year-old junior at Leone High School was swept out at sea while sitting on the rocks Friday afternoon at Sogi, according to police. 
It was first reported that the incident took place at Leala but later information confirmed she drowned at Sogi.

House Speaker reveals BoH plans to leave in June


The bombshell dropped yesterday by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale that Bank of Hawai’i will be leaving the territory at the end of June this year sparked a flurry of comments and questions from lawmakers. The Speaker’s announcement came as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Larry Sanitoa was scheduling a hearing following the introduction of a bill allowing the establishment of a government owned Charter Bank.

ASG looking to hire a new Chief Customs Officer

That’s the 4th one — within the last 17 months

The Department of Treasury is looking into hiring a new Chief of Customs, while the current Chief, Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava has been assigned as Acting Chief of Customs, says Treasurer Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a in response to Samoa News questions.
Last week Friday, Samoa News received calls from Customs officers claiming that Moetulu’i had been removed as Chief, however Tonumaipe’a dismissed these allegations noting that Moetulu’i has been assigned as “Acting Chief until we find someone else.”

Molia le teufale faia uiga mataga tama’ita’i 14 tausaga


O le ali’i e 21 tausaga le matua lea sa galue o se teufale i le Fatu o Aiga, ua taofia nei i le toese i Tafuna, ona o tu’uaiga i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se tama’ita’i e 14 tausaga le matua.

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