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“There is no refund. There is no refund,” declared Senate Transportation Committee chairman Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai, to residents who claim to have been overcharged over the years when renewing registration for their vehicles. Paepae’s public declaration was made towards the end of the yesterday’s...
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A young man who was convicted of stealing in connection with a store robbery in Malaeimi during which a handgun was used to threaten the cashier, has been sentenced to 28 months in jail. Fa’asi'i Aupaau, 19, was initially charged with first-degree robbery; but under a plea agreement with the...
The now closed Fono building awaiting demolition. [SN file photo]
The Lolo Administration is planning to set up a new sales tax unit at the Treasury Department to specifically deal with enforcement and collection, if the proposed 7% sales tax measure is enacted into law, according to testimony by Deputy Treasurer of the Revenue Division, Keith Gebauer during...
Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea [SN file photo]
Although there are allegations of a beer importer bringing in large shipments of beer that don’t match the invoice, Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea told a House committee there is no proof, or evidence. Deputy Treasurer for Revenue, Keith Gebauer added that an investigation by Customs was carried...
The two local businessmen who worked together to pull up the sunken Fo’isia vessel yesterday at the Malaloa Marina: (l-r) Iupeli Kava and Timothy Jones Sr., together with Timothy Jones Jr., and a bystander. The government owned Fo'isia sank - for reasons unknown - earlier this year in May. [photo: AF]
The government owned Fo'isia vessel, which sunk at the Malaloa Marina on Wednesday, May 7, 2017, was finally pulled out of the water yesterday by local businessman Iupeli Kava and the crew from P.J. Corporation. The vessel, which cost the American Samoa Government $300K and purchased in 2009 during...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has revealed that excise tax collection on cigarettes “took a dive” in the current fiscal year because of contractual issues with off island vendors and market contract forces, but they’ve since normalized; and that funding has been committed to “beef up” revenue...
The now closed Fono building awaiting demolition. [SN file photo]
The Senate on Tuesday approved in final reading two bills, sponsored by Sens. Magalei Logovi’i, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga, and Paepae I. Faiai. Both bills now go to the House for consideration. One bill, supported by the Election Office, deals with campaign activities on Election Day; and the...
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G.H.C. Reid & Company has voiced its support of the Lolo Administration’s proposal to change how the government imposes the import tax on beer — based on volume, not on value. ASG officials told a House committee hearing this week, the proposed amendment is to standardize the imposition of the...
Pacific Islands Remote Marine National Monument  [Photo: Beth Pike, Marine Conservation Institute via Wikimedia]
A retired US based scientist has voiced her strong opposition to any reduction of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), which includes the entire Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. Ann Hobbs is among the more than 98,000 whose comments were released on the federal portal — www....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga believes the Trump Administration’s initiatives, such as the reconsideration of ocean monument expansions will benefit American Samoa. He said US President Donald Trump is committed to reducing the size of the federal government, and the same is being suggested for the...

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