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Tsunami Watch canceled


Just before 8a.m. today in American Samoa, local officials canceled the “tsunami watch” for all islands of the territory, while there was still some confusion for residents, on whether it was a watch or warning despite local radio stations announcing that it was a “tsunami watch”.
The tsunami watch was the result of an earthquake in Solomon Islands that had an initial preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and later downgraded by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawai’i to 7.8.

Deeds of Cession with US are the focus of federal hearing next month


American Samoa’s two separate Deeds of Cession with the United States are the focus of a federal court hearing next month in the Territory of American Samoa’s lawsuit against several federal officials over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area in waters of the territory.

Aumua issues statement on 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement on Wednesday to observe the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI by Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941.
“Today marks 75 years since that most infamous day when Japanese bombers viciously attacked the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing over 2,400 and injuring another 1,700 American Servicemen and women.

Dr. Pato selected as new ASCC president

On Friday, December 2, Board of Higher Education Chairman Rev. Dr. Leanavaotaua Sekuini Seva'aetasi addressed an internal memo to the administration, faculty staff of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to inform them that Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato has been chosen by the Board as the College’s new President. 

MASI prez praises Antonina and support group”


Apia, SAMOA — “Antonina has made all of American Samoa proud, because it’s been a long time since we (American Samoa) have had such a high placing in the (Miss Pacific Islands) pageant, for the longest time and its something to be proud of,” said Meafou Imo, President of Miss American Samoa Inc.
She told Samoa News last week, after the pageant, that all the glory is to God for his tremendous love and care since their group arrived in Samoa.

Jailhouse ruckus brings charges against two

Samoa News staff translation

Additional police units and officers as well as a fire truck were called to the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend to prevent a fight among inmates inside the jail compound from escalating any further and to keep the facility safe, according to documents filed by the government in its case against a current inmate and another who was released on Tuesday.

ASPA Update: Possibility of reduction of hours vs. layoffs

Utu thanks ASPA employees “for their understanding”

The American Samoa Power Authority has not ruled out the possibility of reduction of working hours instead of layoffs early next year as the ASG semi autonomous agency has accumulated too much debt — accounts payables — over the years.

Governor cautions his cabinet to “stay awake, be prepared”

Due to coming new federal admin, changes may happen

With possible changes looming in the federal government, through the new administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on his cabinet to be prepared for any impending federal changes that will trickle down to American Samoa, impacting the local government.

Governor responds to GAO report findings

Takes issue with certain findings — not capturing the cultural idiosyncrasies…

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recommended the creation of a US Department of Labor-constituted committee to set minimum wages appropriate for American Samoa, based on prevailing economic conditions, which also takes into account local cultural practices.
Federally mandated law set minimum wages for American Samoa in 2007 but prior to that, it was through a special industry committee (or SIC), whose members — both local and off island — were appointed by USDOL.

DMWR director speaks on local economy being highly dependent on fisheries


Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources Director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga told delegates at the 13th Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission meeting in Fiji that American Samoa’s economy is highly dependent on fishing and sustainable fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific ocean areas.

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