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LOLO ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED FOR FORMER ISRAEL LEADER PEREZ
 
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered flags in American Samoa to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel.
 
Peres died early this week at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke two weeks ago, and he will be laid to rest today, Sept. 30, according to The Associated Press.
 



Samoa Court Report

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INMATE ESCAPES JAIL CAUSING FEAR AMONGST PUBLIC
 
Apia, SAMOA — A 24-year-old male from Vaiusu and Aele — an inmate at the Tafa’igata Prison — has escaped from police custody as of last week. This was confirmed by Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu during the weekly police press conference. He said it’s unclear as to how he escaped but what’s certain is that he’s been seen by members of the public who have been reporting the matter back to police.
 



Task force established to review DoH nurses’ salary reclassification proposal

DoH nurses submitted proposal to governor
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Through a Sept. 27 general memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed an eight-member task force to review Health Department nurses’ salary reclassifications, following a proposal by the department’s nurses.
 
The governor appointed his special assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira to “coordinate and expedite this assessment with the report containing recommendations transmitted for our review and decision” within 30-days after the issuance of the memo.
 



Manatua pea tiga ma manu’a o le galulolo 2009

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I le atoa ai i le aso lenei o le 7 tausaga talu ona tuana’i le galulolo na afatia ai Amerika Samoa i le aso 29 Setema 2009, lea na fa’aleagaina ai le tele o meatotino atoa ai ma soifua e 34 na maliliu ai, na taua ai e le afioga i le ali’i kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga i lana saunoaga e fa’amanatu ai lenei aso mata’utia i le tala fa’asolopito o le atunu’u, e ui ua tuana’i atu lenei aso faigata, ae manatua pea ona tiga ma manu’a.
 



Leai se fesoasoani tau tupe Ofisa CJPA mo le Ofisa o le Loia Fautua

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A o taumafai ai le maota o sui e tau saili ni isi auala e fesoasoani ai i le Ofisa o le Loia Fautua mo Tagata Lautele i le itu tau tupe, na fa’amanino e le Fa’atonusili o le Ofisa e Puipuia Solitulafono i le atunu’u (CJPA) ia Keith Gebauer i se iloiloga sa fa’ataunu’uina i le taeao ananafi, le leai lea o se auala e mafai ai ona fesoasoani lona Ofisa i le Ofisa o le Loia Fautua.
 



Seven new DPS police officers will serve as “community officers” at schools

Commissioner Save: It doesn’t help with the police officer shortage at DPS
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Seven new police officers to be recruited for the Department of Public Safety, and whose salaries are funded by a federal grant, will be serving as community officers at schools, says Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) director Keith Gebauer during a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday.
 



AG charging people on what “they can prove” has lessened caseload, says PD

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The caseload currently handled by the Public Defender’s Office has decreased compared to the past case load, and Public Defender Douglas Fiaui believes the reason for the drop in cases is that the Attorney General’s Office is charging people on what “they can prove.”
 
It was revealed during a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing that the caseload handled by the Fiaui’s office has gone down and Fiaui told the committee that in 2013 there were about 260 felony cases.
 



“iCanConnect” program for territory coming — probably next year

Provides communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind
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In making a permanent program that provides communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind, the US Federal Communication Commission has also extended the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to residents of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, according to an FCC order on Aug. 4 and public notice published Monday this week on the federal portal [www.regulations.gov]
 



Visitors to Samoa continue to increase —U.S. and Am Sam lead growth

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is seeing an increase of visitors, this is according to Samoa Tourism Authorities (STA) statistics where year-to-date numbers stand at 65,274 (compared to 58,559 in 2015). “In June alone, 12,773 visitor arrivals were recorded, representing growth of 10% versus the same period last year.”
 



Tele isi fa’amatalaga fou fa’asaga ali’i pagota na maua maliu Umukuka

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E tele isi fa’amatalaga fou ua mafai ona maua e le Samoa News e fa’atatau i le fa’alavelave lea na maua ai se ali’i pagota o lo o maliu i totonu o le umukuka a le toese i Tafuna.
 
O ni isi o ia fa’amatalaga e aofia ai le fa’atamala o ali’i Leoleo sa tiute i le po na tula’i mai ai le fa’alavelave, ina ua talosagaina se fesoasoani e ave ai le ali’i pagota ua maliu i le falema’i, peita’i na mumusu i laua e ave le ali’i pagota i le taimi na tigaina ai lona gasegase.
 



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