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Tropical Cyclone Tuni careens toward Niue

Niue's government issued an alert for the country's residents on Saturday advising them to board up their homes and stock up on supplies as Tropical Cyclone Tuni moved towards the island, a day after it caused flooding and landslips in Samoa and American Samoa.

The category one cyclone intensified on Sunday as it slowly moved at about 17 km/h through Tonga's northern waters and was predicted to pass within 60 km of Niue overnight, with the island's meteorology department saying there was a chance it could veer off course and hit the country directly.

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.

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.

Tutu fa’atasi le aufai fa’atoaga lagolago a latou fa’aiuga fai


Ua fa’aalia le tutu fa’atasi o le aufai fa’atoaga a le atunu’u e lagolago a latou fa’aiuga fai, e ala i lo latou le lagolagoina lea o le aufai pisinisi lea ua faamanuiaina i le tauofoga a le polokalame o le School Lunch ae leai ni a latou fa’atoaga.

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