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Dep AG: Mercy cannot rob justice in Siaumau case

“Peace was shattered in the territory” by this crime
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In arguing for consecutive life sentences for the three charges that Siaumau Siaumau Jr., pled guilty to last month in connection with the shooting death of a police officer nearly six years ago, Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase told the High Court that the defendant’s action shattered peace in American Samoa and brought changes to the territory, such as the requirement for metal detectors in court buildings.
 



Public schools closed today, staff to report for cleanup

Island-wide cleanup called for all ASG employees
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All public schools will be closed today, Apr. 25, after a weekend in which American Samoa once again escaped another storm, when Tropical Cyclone Amos, moved south late on  Saturday.
 
The hurricane passed over the territory, around 5:30a.m. Saturday morning, leaving behind several areas of Tutuila with fallen trees and debris on the main highway, and power outages, which were resolved as soon as possible, as power authority crews worked their way through each problem area. No water supply disruptions were reported.
 



Tears, apologies, forgiveness at Siaumau sentencing

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An American Samoan man, who prosecutors say did not show any mercy when he shot and killed a police officer, and injured two other officers nearly six years ago, will spend the rest of his life at the Territorial Correctional Facility, according to his sentence handed down last Friday by the High Court.
 



Yet another qualified doctor at LBJ shown the door

“Budget restraints” said to be the reason
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Due to budget restraints, the hospital has opted not to renew the contract for Dr. Ivy Clemente, chief pathologist at LBJ, says Taufete’e John Faumuina, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. He said the decision came from Chief Medical Officer Dr Iotamo Saleapaga, because there are currently two pathologists at the hospital, and Saleapaga contends the hospital only needs one. According to Taufete’e, Dr. Clemente’s contract will expire in May.
 
The CEO did not name the remaining pathologist. 
 



Samoa's Prime Minister in New York for historic deal

While the country braced for Cyclone Amos, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, offered his prayers from New York.

He is among leaders from 175 countries gathering there to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.

The signing took place on Friday, to commemorate Earth Day.

Speaking about the signing, the Samoan chief at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary General, Tupua Ban Ki-moon hailed the occasion as “historic progress.”



Hurricane warning cancelled as Amos travels away

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The National Weather Service in Pago Pago has cancelled the hurricane warning, with a gale warning in effect for Manu’a waters until 3 pm Saturday. A small craft advisory for all Samoa islands remains in effect.

American Samoa was in luck again today as TC Amos skirted past the territory with hardly a ripple, despite predictions of a serious storm.



Eye of TC Amos has passed over Tutuila and Aunu’u

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While the eye of Hurricane Amos has passed over Tutuila and Aunu’u, forecasters cautioned that strong winds and heavy rain associated with the storm are still expected to impact local residents into late this afternoon.
 
Just before 1a.m. today, the National Weather Service in Pago Pago upgraded the tropical storm status for Tutuila and Aunu’u to hurricane warning, with Hurricane Amos to pass over the two islands late this afternoon into the evening. At the time, the storm was moving at 10mph, much faster than earlier this week.
 



Samoa News is checking out latest NWS bulletin

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As of 5:30a.m. today, Saturday, the National Weather Service at Pago Pago is reporting the center of Hurricane Amos is over Tutuila and Aunu’u (near Lat 14.3, Long 170.7W) and on this track, the hurricane will move farther south from the islands this evening, according to the bulletin issued at 6:30a.m today.

However, Tutuila and Manu’a are still under a hurricane warning, due to expected strong winds.

Samoa News is checking this information and will have more details soon.



Hurricane warning: Amos set to track over Tutuila

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Based on the latest weather computer models, the National Weather Service in Pago Pago is now forecasting Hurricane Amos to move over American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila this afternoon, Saturday afternoon, into early evening.

 



Weather Service: TC Amos picks up speed

update as of 6:30p.m. Am. Samoa time
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As of 5:30pm. today, the center of Hurricane Amos was about 190 miles northwest of Tutuila and 270 miles northwest of Manu’a and the storm was moving southeast around 13 mph, according to the National Weather Service bulletin issued at 6:30p.m. today (Friday).
 
Additionally, a southeast motion in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours. And on this track, the core of the hurricane will move close to the southwest through southeast of Tutuila and Manu’a through early tomorrow (Saturday) evening.
 



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