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EOB jumper highlights need for mental health care facility in territory


Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD) is working together with the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health for a long term plan for individuals with mental illness who are walking the streets of American Samoa, says OPAD Deputy Director Brian Thompson. 
This move came after a young man, in his 30’s, allegedly jumped from the third floor of the Executive office Building (EOB) landing on the ground floor last week.

Senators share strong concerns over dual language with DOE director

“Parents send their children to school to learn English”

Some senators are not convinced that dual language — using Samoan and English — in classroom instruction for public schools is the best solution to improving test scores for local students and have insisted that English should be the only language used for teaching. 
The senators, during a recent Senate Education Committee hearing, also insisted that the law does not ban the use of Samoan language in classrooms, but is used as a way to clarify subject matter, and to help students better understand.

School violence on the rise, says DYWA deputy director

Response should include cultural conflict-resolution practices

“School violence is on the rise in American Samoa. If not addressed immediately, it will continue to have a negative and detrimental impact on our closely knitted community,” said DYWA Deputy Director, Pa’u Roy Ausage during the two day mini conference named “Youth Empowerment”. Pa’u was speaking at one of session classes which had more than 20 members of the youth last week.

Cancer patients receive help after Coalition fundraiser


The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition held a fundraiser recently at the Deluxe Cafe, where they raffled off many great gift items alongside a lovely wine and cheese tasting event. ASCCC organizers report that after all expenses were paid, they net $3,000.

Love Your Coast Program kicks it up to Manu’a Islands with Clean Team partnership


The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) Sport and Environment Commission (SEC) and the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) took their partnership to a new level this past week by taking 25 athletes and coaches from the ‘Clean Team’ to the Manu’a Islands to participate in the cleanup efforts of the Love Your Coast Program, which had begun on June 9 around the Pala Lagoon area.
The Love Your Coast Program is a local working partnership by ASNOC/SEC and ASPA in an effort to help clean up American Samoa.

Daughter Facebooks mom in Texas for help after father’s alleged attack in Kokoland

Mother emails Homeland Security to report assault

Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested a man over the weekend on allegations of assaulting his daughter in the presence of her minor children. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday morning with bail set at $500.
To protect the identity of the victim Samoa News will not name the defendant who is the victim’s father.

Manu’a Airways slated to be up and running Oct 2014

…if all goes as planned

Earlier this year Executive Vice President of Inter Island Airways, Barney Sene told the Fono that Segaula and Manu’a Airways would be up and running by April this year, before Flag Day. It did not happen.
Responding to Samoa News queries, Sene says this time that — with all final inspections completed — the airplane will be up and running in October. He stated, “When I provided an update to the Fono in March, it was with a caveat that it depended on FAA inspections and certain avionics equipment that needed to be replaced in the aircraft.

Local students in HI for Hokule’a student exchange


Faga’itua High School student O’Riley Siona Le’au and Patricia Penitito of Manu’a High School are currently in the Aloha State, representing Tutuila and Manu’a with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in a Hokule’a Student Exchange Program with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Hawaiian Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, the Papahanaumokukea National Marine Monument, and other partners in both the private and public sector in Honolulu this week.

Fono’s proposed FY 2015 budget calls for more money… more employees


The Fono’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is an increase of over half a million dollars compared to last year’s FY 2014 budget, and as in past years, the Fono’s budget is expected to draw a lot of public criticism for its large amount — with the increase also reflected in more job positions.
According to budget documents the Fono’s FY 2015 proposal is $7.68 million with 216 job positions while the FY 2014 budget was passed at $7.06 million with 169 job positions.

FY2015 budget proposal: funding drops, but ASG workforce increases


The American Samoa Government will increase its workforce with close to 300 employees, according to the budget cover letter for Fiscal Year 2015 Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga sent to the legislature last week. In the meantime, the budget document indicates Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funding is dropping by 7%, Enterprise Funds by 11%, as well as overall revenue collections.

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