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Fonotaga a le Kovana ma lana Kapeneta


O le vaiaso na te’a nei na tapunia ai mo se taimi le tumau le Falepuipui o Fanau laiti i Tafuna, ina ua amata galuega mo le fa’aleleia o ni isi o vaega o le falepuipui ua moomia e le Matagaluega o Leoleo le fa’aleleia.

Pediatric dept without services of Dr. Marrone

Saleapaga refuses to negotiate

Chief Medical Director, Dr Iotamo Saleapaga is standing by a non-negotiable contract offered in compensation for Chief of Pediatric Services, Dr James Marrone. The contract was offered back in April of this year and no new contracted has been forthcoming since, making today Dr Marrone’s last day.
The Hospital Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina in response to Samoa News queries has confirmed this.

After Cyclone Tuni


Department of Public Works crews and equipment were out early Saturday morning clearing up the roads and also in Gataivai where a landslide affected the residence of the CCCAS pastor that is located next to the church. This follows the heavy rain and strong winds Friday night from the Tropical Storm Tuni that passed south of American Samoa on Saturday. The Tropical Storm Warning was cancelled at 5:28 p.m., Saturday, after a night and day of flooding and power outages around Tutuila.

DHR points out hiring delays and misinformation by ASG


The Department of Human Resources took up issues with various ASG departments regarding “delaying of hiring of school bus drivers” by the Department of Education and concerning “misinformation” on vacancy announcements by the Department of Public Works. This was revealed in two separate letters sent by the HR Director, Nu’utai Sonny L Thompson to the directors with DOE and DPW recently.

Tropical Cyclone Tuni moves south of American Samoa

Update: Sat., Nov. 28, 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning for Tutuila, Aunu’u, Swains and Manu’a islands at 05:28 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 2015. Tropical Cyclone TUNI is now 150 miles South of Tutuila and moving Southeast at 12 mph with maximum sustain winds near 45 mph.


The National Weather Service has also advised the continuance of the High Surf Warning for all islands until Sunday afternoon, and a Wind Advisory until 10:00 p.m. tonight.

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.

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.

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