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With ta'ovala are Soane Ramanlala and Penisimani Vea, the Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the Aotearos-Tonga Forest Product Ltd, 12 September 2017, Apia, Samoa. [Matangi Tonga photo]
A deal worth US$205,000 for Tongan Caribbean Pine power poles was signed last week in Apia, between American Samoa and Aotearoa-Tonga Forest Products Ltd, a former Tonga Government public enterprise. The deal is a two-year supply agreement for 500 30-foot Class 4 and 100 40-foot Class 1 Caribbean...
Senate President ProTem, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua (left) lookong on, as Senate legal counsel Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase reads for senators, local law which requires Fono approval of money in the law enforcement fund to finance purchases of new police vehicles. [photo: FS]
Some senators have voiced their displeasure over the Department of Public Safety using  revenues from the $10 collected by the court for traffic violations to purchase brand new police vehicles without following the law, under which the use of this fund is subject to Fono approval. The issue was...
 South Pacific Distribu¬tors general manager Mike Tolmie, G.H.C Reid & Co. acting general manager Cherith Lober, G.H.C. Reid president Olivia Reid-Gillet, TMO vice president Francine Gaisoa-Liulevaega, appeared Tuesday during a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing on three of five administration bills in the Fono. [photo: FS]
Locally-owned TMO company, has joined G.H.C Reid in opposing the proposed 7% sales tax, but if the government insists on such a tax, the companies suggest lowering the percentage to 2% as a starting point. TMO vice president Gaisoa-Liulevaega wonders how the government would ensure that each and...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with President Hilda Heine in the Congresswoman’s Washington, D.C. office. [courtesy photo]
$175,000 HHS GRANT FOR AM SAMOA HEALTH DEPARTMENT Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome the announcement of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant of over $175,000 for the American Samoa Government. “I appreciate this financial support for American Samoa, particularly for...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
With an estimated 7% loss in local revenues for the government due to the upcoming five-week closure of StarKist Samoa cannery operations, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has advised directors of all ASG departments and agencies to “practice diligence in expending local funds”. Pittsburgh-based StarKist...
An 8-year-old girl is very far from her American Samoa home as she undergoes what will be a life-altering operation. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — An eight-year-old girl is very far from her American Samoa home as she undergoes what will be a life-altering operation. Lourdes Iputi is from American Samoa. She has cataracts in both her eyes and can't see. She's getting them removed for free - thanks to the Spring Valley...
ASG Task Force chairman, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, is pushing for the passage of an administration bill that updates the local tax table, saying it will benefit local taxpayers.  [photo: AF]
ASG Task Force chairman, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has asked House members to seriously consider the Administration's bill that updates the local tax table, because if the Fono approves it, taxpayers will benefit. He said many discussions on the issue were held amongst task force...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
DBAS BOARD MEMBER GETS SENATE ENDORSEMENT In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Senate on Monday confirmed the governor’s nomination of Talalemotu Mauga to the Development Bank of American Samoa board of directors. Mauga, who has served as Legislative Financial Officer for many years, is the last DBAS...
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued five violations, four of which are considered “serious” - and fines totaling more than $35,000 - following the deaths of three men who were electrocuted earlier this year at the Manu'a Store compound at the Tafuna Industrial...
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House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale says he can vouch for the effectiveness of the multi-million-dollar scanner system at Port, because the machine was able to detect items that were hidden inside a vehicle that was shipped from off island, under his name. Savali's comments were made yesterday during...

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