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Death in cargo hold of fishing vessel under investigation by OSHA


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of an Asian man in the cargo hold on a fishing vessel, last month. This is according to Roger Forstner, OSHA’s Honolulu Area Director in response to Samoa News queries. “We are investigating a fatality that occurred in the cargo hold on fishing vessel Chiuan Fa Cheng 166,” he told Samoa News.

Teacher shortage continues to plague AS-DOE


A major challenge faced by the Department of Education is the “high rate” of teacher resignation, which Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says affects the stability of younger children in the classroom, when there is a continual change of teachers in the classroom.

Court Report


A Manu’a man who’s facing several sex related charges in connection with allegations that he performed sexual acts upon his wife’s two nieces from Samoa has accepted a plea offer by the Attorney General’s office.
Tau Malae is facing two counts of sodomy, two charges of first degree sexual abuse, and two counts of deviate sexual assault and rape.

ASCC prepares for October WASC-ACCJC visit

Since February of this year, when the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) received word it had been placed on Show Cause sanction by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the ASCC administration, in tandem with the Board of Higher Education and a number of standing and ad hoc committees, has been working to address the 10 recommendations that WASC-ACCJC specified as areas of concern when issuing the sanction.

Lolo: If drawdowns are not timely, you won’t get paid


For Fiscal year 2016, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a new policy suspending the payment of employees from departments or offices that have not drawn down their federal reimbursements for two consecutive months. This was revealed in a letter sent out last week to all department and office directors. Lolo said that starting October 1, 2015 directors administrating federal grant programs will be held accountable to ensure that reimbursements are drawn down promptly.

Legal opinion: Bond purchase should be deferred

Fund’s Investment Policy would have to be amended to approve the purchase

A US based attorney has recommended that the territory reconsider the bond purchase deal between the ASG Employees Retirement Fund and the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, saying that he has concerns and that the purchase deal “should be deferred.” 
In the meantime, the Retirement Fund board chairman Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta has told senators that the bond deal violates the Fund’s investment policy statement.

High Court denies telecommunication authority motion to dismiss Newton suit

Case goes forward this week

The Trial Division of the High Court has denied the motion by American Samoa Telecommunication Division Authority (ASTCA) to dismiss the civil lawsuit that was filed against them pro se by Pago Pago Consultants, dba John Newton. The suit was filed on allegations of breach of the contract and willful breach of its contract causing great damage, says the 45- page claim that was filed in the High Court in July, 2015.

Community Briefs


The school children in Aunu’u got a treat last week, when the Department of Education shipped over a brand new van for them to use as transportation to and from A.P. Lutali Elementary School.
Deputy Director Philo Jennings, who made the presentation on behalf of DOE, explained that the work that went into acquiring the van was ‘not easy’ but everything fell into place, according to God’s timing.

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Source: Media Releases, Aumua Amata's office

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  • ‘Principles of a Democracy’ theme for Close Up Summit


    “Many times politicians like me use the phrase ‘the youth are the future leaders of American Samoa’ and while our youth may tire of hearing that phrase, it is true — and leaders today are hard pressed to ensure that we do as much as we can to ensure that you will be ready to take over the reins of leadership in your homes, churches, schools, villages and government,” Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga told high school students attending the 5th annual Close Up Youth Summit last week.

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