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Update on Tropical Cyclone Tuni — now Category I


Fiji Meteorological Service announced on its Twitter feed and online that Tropical Depression 03F that has been affecting the Samoan islands since yesterday have been upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone named “Tuni” — a Category One hurricane.

Fiji also updated its weather report online with the tropical depression now named Tropical Cyclone Tuni.

Storm Watch upgraded to Tropical Storm Warning


American Samoa is now under a Tropical Storm warning as Tropical Depression 03F intensifies and moves closer to the territory.
In a Hurricane bulletin at 12-noon today (Friday) the National Weather Service in Pago Pago says the tropical watch that the territory has been under since late yesterday afternoon, has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning effecting for all islands of American Samoa.

Court Report


A man is being held behind bars on bail of $15,000 on drug charges, after police found three rolled marijuana joints in his possession. Tassel Kuresa was arraigned in the High Court this week, facing charges of unlawful possession of the controlled substance of marijuana and unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, which are both felonies.

Voc-Tech receives equipment, supplies from DOC funds

With funding from the local Commerce Department, under a memorandum of understanding with the Education Department, the Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School received tools, equipment and supplies on Tuesday that will be used for student learning in their trades area.
A ceremony was held at the school campus where DOC Planning Division manager, Line Kruse, who is also the Territorial Planner, presented the tools and equipment, to school principal Tupa’i Roderick Atafua, as well as faculty, staff and students.

Storm Watch still in effect


A Tropical Depression located some 500 miles from American Samoa late yesterday afternoon and intensifying, prompted the National Weather Service in Pago Pago to issue several watches and warnings — which continued as of early this morning, Friday.
Last night into early this morning, heavy rain bombarded the main island of Tutuila and there were some areas reporting strong winds.

HR continues citing unpaid OT, this time at DPS


The Department of Human Resources has launched another investigation into overtime incurred by the Department of Public Safety, says HR Director Nu’utai Sonny Thompson in response to Samoa News queries.
In September 2012, the American Samoa Government was cited by the USDOL in the amount of $916,063 for overtime to ASG employees with 92% or $839,667 owed to employees of Public Safety.

A semi autonomous ASDOE on the horizon

This and other plans revealed at territory-wide PTA meeting

Local Education Department (ASDOE) director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau is still looking at a semi autonomous entity to oversee, manage and operate the public school system, as an independent Education Department on its own, instead of as an Executive Branch department.

TEMCO: Tropical Storm Watch

Source: TEMCO

This is a special bulletin from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO issued at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 26, 2015.

The National Weather Service has issued a TROPICAL STORM WATCH for ALL islands until Friday morning at 7:16 a.m., November 27, 2015. This is due to a Tropical Depression located near or about 510 miles Northwest of Tutuila and slowly tracking East-Southeast. The public are urged not to panic as NWS and ASDHS-TEMCO continues to monitor this Tropical Depression.

Consecrated Life seminar held at 3 parishes


Dozens of faithful Catholics representing the eastern zone of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, comprising three parishes (Laulii - Sts. Peter and Paul, Sailele - St. Chanel, and Alao - Sacred Heart) gathered this past Sunday in Laulii for a seminar that focused on the "2014-2015 Consecrated Life" program, which kicked off last November.

Thanksgiving Day — an opportunity to appreciate each other


American Samoa joins the rest of the United States and Americans around the world today to celebrate Thanksgiving Day; a federal and public holiday, celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Like the rest of the nation, many local residents mark Thanksgiving with prayers and celebration in gatherings that include families and friends, as well as religious traditions.

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