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West Pac holds summer course for students


The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) is at this time holding their annual high school summer course with the focus on fisheries, marine resource management and environmental science. There are a group of 12 high school students in the summer course this year.
According to Nate Ilaoa, who is the council's coordinator for American Samoa, throughout the course of this three-week class the kids will learn and be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid, as well as learning water safety.

ASG gives assurance of compliance with fed prison rape law


American Samoa has given the federal government assurance that the territory is committed to ending prison rape and working towards compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards, according to U.S. Justice Department documents.
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga gave American Samoa’s assurance in documents submitted recently to USDOJ, which says that FY 2014 was the first year of implementing the PREA standards.

Dog trapping begins this week in Tafuna and town area


The Department of Agriculture is out trapping dogs, which are roaming on government land in the Tafuna High School area and along the main road between Utulei and Pago Pago.  It bagan Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
The public is asked not to touch the cages. Please do not feed or release the trapped animals, or put other dogs into the cages.

Meleisea Vai Filiga assumes Acting Chief Election Officer post


In a memo effective this week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed Meleisea Vai Filiga to assume the post of acting chief election officer, who oversees the Election Office.
Meleisea will serve on the post until a permanent Commissioner is appointed, said Lolo, who asked all ASG directors to extend the same courtesies to him as well as work collaboratively to provide support when assistance is requested.

No special activities planned for Youth Day today


Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs deputy director Pa’u Roy Ausage confirmed on Friday that there are no scheduled activities set for today, the 4th of July, to mark Youth Day in American Samoa.
Pa’u said the government is looking at putting together events and activities for youth for the dedication and the official opening sometime early next month of the Pago Pago Community Center, where DYWA will be housed.

Portuguese Man-of-War washing up onshore


by Samoa News staff
Jellyfish or ‘Alualu’ in Samoan have been washing up onshore of some villages on Tutuila, and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources suspects that this is due to high winds, which have continued in the territory since last week.

DOH dengue update: 85 reported cases, but numbers going down


The Department of Health reports that there have been 85 reported cases of dengue fever to date, with 30 that have been hospitalized, according to a statement issued by the DOH yesterday afternoon.
The prevalence of this disease has grown in recent decades and is now endemic in more than 100 countries. DOH says there are currently only two other regions reporting Den-v-3 cases—the Solomon Islands and Tonga. This week DOH reported 15 suspected cases of dengue, which brings the average to 18 cases per week.

USDOL proposes to increase level for salaried employees

Public encouraged to submit comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to hike by nearly $400 a week the “special salary level” for salary workers— who are considered exempted ‘white collar’ employees in American Samoa— but the increase will be lower than at the federal level, due to low minimum wage levels in the territory, according to USDOL’s notice of proposed rule making (NPRM).

Acting HR director reiterates executive order on transfer of employees

There is a 6-month wait between change of jobs in ASG

More than 200 teachers have resigned from the Department of Education in the span of three years and some have taken up positions with other departments, according to an official of the Department of Human Resources.
On Wednesday, Acting Human Resources Director Eseneiaso issued a memorandum reinforcing the transferring of government employees to new positions within the American Samoa Government.

Community Briefs


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has declared Friday, July 3rd, a holiday for the territorial government in observance of the 4th of July, which falls on a Saturday. Under local law, the government takes Friday as a holiday, if the actual holiday falls on a Saturday. And if the actual holiday falls on a Sunday, ASG takes Monday off as a holiday.

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