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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered flags in American Samoa to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel.
Peres died early this week at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke two weeks ago, and he will be laid to rest today, Sept. 30, according to The Associated Press.

A heads up on Tyson Chicken Nuggets recall


Tyson Foods Incorporated is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic. This is according to a notice received by Samoa News from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items were produced on July 18, 2016.
The following products are subject to recall;

Task force established to review DoH nurses’ salary reclassification proposal

DoH nurses submitted proposal to governor

Through a Sept. 27 general memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed an eight-member task force to review Health Department nurses’ salary reclassifications, following a proposal by the department’s nurses.
The governor appointed his special assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira to “coordinate and expedite this assessment with the report containing recommendations transmitted for our review and decision” within 30-days after the issuance of the memo.

Complaints filed with USDOT over new HA seating policy


Two local businessmen have filed separate complaints with the US Transportation Department over Hawaiian Airlines’ new policy in which passengers can no longer pre-select seats via the airline’s website or kiosk in its Pago Pago flights.
Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News on Tuesday that the airline had just finished a survey of the Pago Pago route and the survey “showed an increase in average passenger weight, which required us to redistribute weight in our Boeing 767 cabins to meet manufacturer’s guidelines.”

Good news if Fiji Air agrees to operate to & from PPG

US DOT approves expansion of Am Airlines and Fiji Airways code-sharing agreement

The US Department of Transportation has granted approval of a joint application filed in July by US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline designator and flight number, as part of its published timetable or schedule.

ASAA Surf-Guards save man and kids last week at Utulei Beach

Source: ASAA media release

Last week Saturday during the DOC Annual Coastal weekend celebration, a man with no life jacket or swimming skills was rescued from the waters in front of the DDW Café area, Utulei Beach, during a kayak-racing event, by the American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA) Surf-Guard.

Fagatogo fire destroys old Asifoa building


In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Department of Public Safety’s Fire Department worked hard to try put out a huge fire at around 3a.m. at the Asifoa building in Fagatogo, located behind the ASTCA communications building. Luckily, the Fire Department contained the fire from spreading to nearby houses and businesses.


ASCC Phi Theta Kappa holds Fall 2016 Induction

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Alpha Epsilon Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society held its fall 2016 induction ceremony on Thursday, September 22, welcoming 15 new members who took the oath of allegiance into the prestigious nationwide organization. Family and friends of new and existing PTK members and representatives of the ASCC administration all gathered to help celebrate this prestigious event, which was themed “Good as Gold”.

Seven new DPS police officers will serve as “community officers” at schools

Commissioner Save: It doesn’t help with the police officer shortage at DPS

Seven new police officers to be recruited for the Department of Public Safety, and whose salaries are funded by a federal grant, will be serving as community officers at schools, says Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) director Keith Gebauer during a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday.

AG charging people on what “they can prove” has lessened caseload, says PD


The caseload currently handled by the Public Defender’s Office has decreased compared to the past case load, and Public Defender Douglas Fiaui believes the reason for the drop in cases is that the Attorney General’s Office is charging people on what “they can prove.”
It was revealed during a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing that the caseload handled by the Fiaui’s office has gone down and Fiaui told the committee that in 2013 there were about 260 felony cases.

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