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Current cabinet directors expected to all submit resignations by late next week


Cabinet directors for the Lolo Administration will have to submit their letters of resignation by late next week, while most deputy directors will take over the leadership role as the administration prepares to transition into a new 4-year term.

Selection of senators and district governors continues peacefully


Two former senators have been selected by their respective counties to serve in the Senate when the new 35th Legislature convenes in January next year, while a current senator has been selected as the Manu’a District Governor while Western District Governor Lualemaga Faoa will continue for another term in office.

Dana Love-Ili celebrated as 2017 Territorial Teacher of the Year


Educators, administrators, family members and others gathered last Friday evening to celebrate and honor the 2017 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY), Dana Love-Ili, who says that teaching was always in her heart, although at the outset others influenced her to look at other professions, because teachers are not appreciated — and are underpaid.


Tsunami bill sent to President Obama to be signed into law

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Act earlier this week, which included the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015.

Some info in Leone shoot up case allegedly erased

Ordered by Commissioner Save police officer testifies
Samoa News staff translation

In a new twist in the government’s case against four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago, a police detective testified that he was told by Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele to erase some information from the police report on the shooting.

Fisheries treaty allows how many days to purchase

Can be paid semi-annually, cost of days locked-in for 4 years

The US purse seiner fleet can choose the number of fishing days to purchase under the newly signed six-year Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries, in which the US fleet pays $12,500 per fishing day, says American Tunaboat Association (ATA) executive director Brian Hallman.
The Treaty document, also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, was signed between the US government and 16 Pacific island nations on Dec. 3 in Nadi, Fiji (Dec. 2 in American Samoa.)

USDOL appeals court decision on salary wage exemption


The US Department of Labor is appealing a federal judge’s decision, which blocked the federal agency’s final rule that was to go into effect yesterday, raising the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and American Samoa.

Extradition hearing for U.S. citizen wanted in Tonga set for January


The federal court in Honolulu has scheduled an extradition hearing in January for an American citizen, wanted in Tonga for the murder of his wife, and the fugitive remains jailed in Honolulu following a detention hearing yesterday after it was postponed from Monday.
Fifty-four year old Dean Jay Fletcher, while in custody of Tonga police after being arrested for the July murder of his wife, escaped the island kingdom on Sept. 29 and headed to American Samoa on his sailboat.

South Pacific Tuna Treaty signed over the weekend

U.S. State Dept. says it provides “important economic benefits” for American Samoa

The US State Department has confirmed a newly signed Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with sixteen Pacific island nations is now in place for six year and signing of the document allows the continued operation of the US fleet in the region.
Signed Dec. 3 (Saturday) in Nadi, Fiji, the State Department says the continued operations of the fishing industry provide “important economic benefits” for American Samoa, according to a department statement over the weekend.

ASDOE mandated to provide additional SPED training and notice to parents


As part of the settlement agreement with the federal government, the local Department of Education (ASDOE) is being required to provide “notice and training” to all teaching and administrative staff regarding new ASDOE policies and procedures pertaining to students with disability attending public schools.

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