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As Bluesky Pacific Group owner Amper SA seeks to sell Bluesky to a Fijian company in lieu of an offer from a local investor group, Amper is also facing a lawsuit in Spain filed by its local minority shareholders. Amper and Fijian telecommunications company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH...
The Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already adopted a policy that forbids lending to directors or senior management of the government owned financial institution, at all, says Chairman of the Board Utu Abe Malae, adding that’s one step further than required by TBAS statute. Utu addressed...
Samoa News has learned that an investor group that includes local residents and Bluesky management made a competing bid to purchase the Bluesky Pacific Group last month, but that Bluesky’s present owner, Amper SA (Amper) decided to sell the company to a Fiji government controlled company instead....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has signed into law three administration bills including legislation that would increase the annual quota of foreigners to apply for permanent residency annually from “50” to “100”. In signing the bill into law, the governor informed the Fono leaders in a Sept. 15 letter...
TRIAL FOR LEONE SUBSTATION SHOOTERS CONTINUED TO DECEMBER The High Court has continued to December this year the trial of four men accused of shooting at the police substation in Leone in October 2014. This is to await the complete police report in the case, after one of the defense attorneys...
Hundreds of Portuguese Man-Of-War (jellyfish) were spotted yesterday morning at one of the coastal areas of Tutuila, prompting the Department of Marine of Wildlife Resources to issue a notice to the public of what to do in the event they encounter or get stung by these harmful creatures. In a news...
From an “economic development perspective”, Commerce Department, through its director Keniseli Lafaele, yesterday issued a “position statement” on the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa, which is slated to open the first week of October this year. “Money lending is the lifeblood of an...
Unruly behavior by a juvenile held at the local Juvenile Detention Center has led to an investigation and drug testing, which uncovered that the male juvenile allegedly had methamphetamine or ice in his system. This is confirmed by reliable police sources, as efforts to obtain direct comments from...
Several senators disagree with the X-ray scanner fees proposed by the Lolo Administration in a bill, which authorizes the Customs Office to use scanners for customs inspections, arguing that it’s the public that will end up paying these fees. The Senate is looking at reducing some of the proposed...
Utulei, AMERICAN SAMOA —In late 2012, Bank of Hawaii (BoH), one of the two non-local banks serving American Samoa, announced plans to cease operations in the territory and close their two retail branches in Utulei and Tafuna. This looming departure of BoH would have left the local residents with...

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