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District Court Judge Elvis Pila Patea has set a bail of $15,000 for Mulu Maluia Jr who’s charged with first degree burglary and stealing. He made his initial appearance in court this week, and is represented by the Public Defender’s Office while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Robert J Pickett.

ASPA working around the clock to find & repair water leaks


Between January and June 2015 the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) reported 132 leaks and a total estimated water loss of 1,868 gallons per minute (gpm), as confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae.
Responding to Samoa News queries regarding the leaks, Utu said that fixing our aging water infrastructure is essential to developing a sustainable water system that provides reliable water supply for the community now and well into the future. He told Samoa News the ASPA water system consists of over 150 miles of water main pipes (4” diameter and larger).

PNA CEO urges members to plan for tuna revenue declines

Source: www.pnatuna.com newsletter

While enjoying the benefits of the current surge in fisheries revenue, PNA member countries need to prepare for future downturns in revenue to avoid shocks to government finances and services dependent on this new source of funds, said Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) CEO Dr. Transform Aqorau.
“We can’t be complacent about the income we’re receiving now,” said Dr. Transform Aqorau in Majuro this week. “One bad year of fishing will have a huge negative impact on our economies.”

New batch of tax refunds to be released today at 1pm


In a brief news release yesterday afternoon, ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a said the next batch of tax refund checks are ready to be issued to the public beginning at 1p.m. today (July 2).
All tax filings as of March 30, 2015 are included in the distribution, he said, but didn’t reveal the total amount of the latest tax refund batch.


Ua talia e le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga se talosaga a le malo ina ia solofua moliaga ma muta ai loa le mataupu faasaga ia Yamasaki Bernard, lea sa tuuaiga i lona fai aiga faamalosi i se tamaita’i i le 4 tausaga ua te’a.


Mai le to’a 22 o i latou o sui mai teritori ma motu tumaoti o Amerika i le Pasefika na fa’au’u mai i le Kosi o le Executive Leadership Development Program, alo e toatolu o Amerika Samoa ua aofia i lea vasega.

Lolo shares strategies for dealing with minimum wage with Congresswoman Amata


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has shared with Congresswoman Aumua Amata his preference on dealing with minimum wage, in which the federal government would provide a subsidy to help pay for the federally mandated wage hikes.
However, if it's not feasible, the governor prefers the previous method, wherein  local wages were determined by a special industry committee under the purview of the U.S. Labor Department (USDOL).
The minimum wage of the territory is set to rise on September 30, this year.

Court Report


“The government has recently learned new information that prevents it from meeting its burden at trial,” says Assistant Attorney General Jessica Bargmann in her motion to dismiss their case against Yamasaki Bernard who is charged with rape, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree and burglary first degree, which are all felonies. The motion was filed earlier this month prior to the jury trial for this case.

"High Risk" status removed from two DHSS grants


The high risk status for the Department of Human and Social Service’s two grants from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention has been removed.

Fautua Tauiliili i Fitafita tuai ina ia fa’amaoni pea latou Tautoga


Ua fautuaina e le Peresetene o le Asosi o Fitafita Tuai a le Navy ma le U.S Coast Guard, fitafita tuai uma mai vaega ‘au eseese a le malo tele o Amerika, o loo tautua i vaega eseese o le faigamalo a Amerika Samoa i le taimi nei, ina ia latou manatuaina pea la latou Tautoga sa faia i luma o le malo ma luma o le Atua, latou te tausi ma fa’amamalu i soo se tulafono i aso uma o lo latou soifua.

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