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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.


Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Pago Pago – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, joined a group of Army Reservists on Monday for their induction ceremony to officially become United States citizens.


The emotional ceremony included remarks from several guest speakers, including Congresswoman Amata and other leaders from the island, and U.S. Army. The new citizens were also presented with a certificate to mark the momentous occasion.


Feds urged to give special recognition to ASG homeport fishing vessels registry

Shows vessels of economic-value" to the local economy vs “transitories”

As of this week 17 purse seine fishing boats have enrolled with the ASG registry, overseen by the government’s Board of Marine Inspector, according to board chairman Moefa’auo William, who has called on the federal government for special recognition of fishing vessels homeport in American Samoa.

DHR: ASDOE hiring unqualified teachers, accruing unapproved OT


ASG Dept. of Human Resources is warning The Dept. of Education about hiring individuals that DHR deems as unqualified while also citing the department is turning in timecards with unapproved overtime.
“It has come to our attention upon further review that your agency and assigned personnel has elected to hire employees who were interviewed and deemed not qualified as instruction educators,” Human Resources Deputy Director, Eseneiaso Liu wrote to the Director of Education, Dr. Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau in a letter leaked to Samoa News.

Reports Gov Lolo at LBJ after appendicitis operation


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is reportedly recovering in the Surgical Ward at LBJ Medical Center following an appendicitis operation.
Samoa News understands that the governor was admitted to the hospital around 8p.m. Tuesday and underwent surgery for more than an hour. He was then released to recovery at the Surgical Ward.

Aumua hosts Youth Town-Hall Meeting

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Pago Pago — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, hosted a town hall meeting this past Friday that focused on the island’s youth, and how they can become empowered and get more involved in their communities.
“It is always a true pleasure to speak to our young people,” said Amata.  “Our young people are our greatest resource and I am always encouraged when I see our young people getting involved in their local communities,” continued Amata.


Source: Media Release Dancing Fingers

Peseta Uta — Lovers of old-time gospel standards such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ can now sing-along with the Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers during its first-ever public performance at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Mrs. Cynthia Moliga are among the invited guests for this pre-Thanksgiving celebration for all families of American Samoa.


Freeze on annual increments lifted, admin announces

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The Lolo and Lemanu Administration announced that it has lifted the freeze on annual increments. The announcement came yesterday morning during the Cabinet Meeting and was made by Human Resources Director Sonny L Thompson. While the announcement was just made yesterday, the official date it was lifted was October 1, 2015, the beginning of Fiscal Year 2016. The freeze had been in effect since January 2013.

Traffic accident results in charges of DUI, reckless driving and drug possession


LJ Solo was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning, facing criminal charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. According to the government’s case, on November 11, 2015 police launched an investigation into a traffic accident in which they allegedly uncovered marijuana during an inventory of a vehicle believed to be involved in an accident.

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