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Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele told House members this week that the reason why governor Lolo M. Moliga was trying to stop the sale of the two ASG tugboats and barges to Samoa, was based on different information her office received. She said when she received...
Ready to see something really cool? Forest firefighters (aka hotshots) are, as you can imagine, some of the bravest men in the world. Their job is incredibly difficult and dangerous, yet they never say “no” or “that fire’s too big.” These Samoa hotshots also hold a secret hidden talent, but you’re...
Increased consumer consumption of electricity is one of the three issues American Samoa Power Authority executive director Utu Abe Malae says has resulted in some people thinking there is an electric rate hike, when none has taken place. “We cannot implement any electric rate hike, without a public...
A Conference Committee of three members from each Fono chamber convened yesterday to debate changes the House made to the Senate version of an Administration bill seeking to make several changes to provisions of local statute pertaining to excise taxes. The conference was called after the Senate...
AMATA RELEASES STATEMENT TO COMMITTEE ON AMERICAN SAMOA SMALL BUSINESS Congresswoman Aumua Amata released prepared remarks to the Small Business Committee regarding small business tax reform and American Samoa’s employers. “It’s a privilege to raise awareness in Congress about American Samoa’s...
The ASG Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF) is still freezing the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for retirees, until the funded status improves to at least 60 percent. The actuary report presented at the February meeting in Honolulu showed that the funded status of the Retirement Fund was 46%....
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale believes there is no need for the American Samoa Government to apologize to the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles (LA), for the incident that resulted in ASG officials arresting and detaining a Chinese man who showed up at the Post Office to claim a box with...
Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata was the lone opposition vote on a measure, which gives the Fono authority to override the governor's veto. The proposed amendment to the Constitution now goes to the House for consideration. The Senate Joint Resolution was approved (14-1) during third and final reading...
While the Territorial Bank of American Samoa awaits federal approval of its routing number, TBAS continues to carry out operations, including “active car activities”, in which the bank has taken over car loan portfolios from local car dealers. This is according to Utu Abe Malae, chairman of the ASG...
The Dept. of Commerce is inviting the public to attend an economic development seminar 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Lee Auditorium.  The seminar is being held in partnership with the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center Program and the keynote speaker will be Nikolao Pula, Director of the...

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