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Governor Lolo urges ASEDA to make charter bank a priority


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has relayed to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority board the importance of setting up a Charter Bank in the territory as a priority because of its impact on economic development.
Lolo has sought another financial institution for the territory since taking over the helm of government in January last year, because Bank of Hawai’i is leaving as soon as a second bank is operational here.

AG seeks $500 per month stipend for Immigration Board members

“…or such other amount…”

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale is proposing to create a stipend for members of the  immigration board, and wants the stipend to be included in the American Samoa Administrative Code.
The current law only states that the board Immigration Board shall meet at times and places determined necessary by the chairman for conducting business of the board, but there is nothing pertaining to compensation or stipends offered.

Amata urges U.S. House hearings on conservation zone

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — Aumua Amata has sent a letter to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) urging him to hold early hearings on a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) to prevent President Obama or future presidents from unilaterally restricting usage of any additional vast areas of land or sea resources under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Two selected for Emerging Pacific Leaders


The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) 2014 is a one of a kind event held every four years that aims to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific region's future leaders. It seeks to manage Pacific challenges collaboratively, positively and creatively by promoting a culture of leadership across the Pacific region that is aligned with democratic values and good governance, while developing participants’ leadership skills and broadening their horizons.

TEO tells solar company to end “false advertising”

Company CEO responds, it’s a misunderstanding

With concerns raised by the public about La O Samoa — a Division of Help U Solar LLC — a company, which is getting people to sign up for “free solar panels with free installation” the Territorial Energy Office (TEO) Director, Ali’itama Sotoa told the company to stop the drive and advertisements, and stop “signing the locals with false advertisements and contracts.”

Rowdy off duty cops at local nightclub, not arrested


It’s unclear as to why two off duty detectives, who are with the Criminal Investigation Division, and involved in an incident Saturday night at a night club in Pago Pago, were not arrested for property damage and disturbing the peace. This was the question posed by a family member of the club that was damaged.



The second annual Commencement Program for the Hawaii-American Samoa Argosy University, which was held last Thursday evening at the Gov. Lee Auditorium was greeted by a full house, which included parents, families and friends of the 48 graduates, who received doctorate, masters and bachelors degrees during the ceremony.
Their theme: “Today’s Achievement is Tomorrow’s Greatness” — highlighted the graduates — whose ages ranged from young adults to grandparents, all determined to do great work with their academic successes.

Hearing for Port fee hikes set for Oct. 30


The Dept. of Port Administration has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Oct. 30 for all Port users and interested parties to review the proposed revisions to increase the current motor launch and tug fees.
The hearing will be in the Port conference room inside the Main Port Terminal Building in Fagatogo.

Update on Airport Road project, it's only 2 lanes


The Airport Road Project is expected to make its target completion deadline of mid-January 2015. Nearly 50% completed already, the project has resulted in traffic changes in the Tafuna area, along the stretch from Triple S Gas Station to the PX Troop Store intersection.

House OKs admin bill amending business sponsorship of foreign workers


In a vote of 11- 1 the House approved this week Thursday an administration bill, seeking to amend provisions of current law dealing with businesses sponsoring foreigners to work in their locally based companies.
The House version of the bill, which is one of the issues on the agenda for the Special Session called by the governor, is now pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee for review. A Senate version of the bill is also pending in the same committee.

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