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DoH: LBJ Emergency Room packed with flu cases

American Samoa is experiencing an outbreak of flu cases which has prompted the Department of Health to issue health warnings.

The LBJ Hospital's Emergency Room has been filled with patients with symptoms of the flu after two weeks of wet weather.

The Director of Health, Motusa Tuileama Nua, said those affected should avoid contact with others and practice good hygiene such as regularly washing hands.

The Director said if people's symptoms didn't go away after three days or if conditions worsened patients should seek medical attention at any health center or the hospital.

Samoa warns unnamed disease can be deadly


There is a deadly disease spreading through urine of infected animals according to the Ministry of Health in a public announcement signed by M.O.H. Acting Chief Executive Officer, Frances Brebner, last week. The bacterial infection disease that has yet to be given a name and it is unclear if the local Department of Health was informed by the Samoa Government about this announcement.

USDOJ petitions feds to dismiss LVPA lawsuit


The US Justice Department has asked the federal court in Honolulu to dismiss with prejudice the Territory of American Samoa’s lawsuit, which seeks to overturn a ruling made in February this year by the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that reduces the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) from 50 miles to 12 miles in the waters of American Samoa.
(A dismissal “with prejudice” would mean the plaintiff — in this case, ASG — would be barred from bringing action on the same claim again.)

Celebrating UN Int'l Jazz Day — Samoan style


Music as a force for good — what a concept. Yet, given its ability to bring people together in unique forms of cooperation and understanding, Bob Marley’s words may ring true — he said that if we let it, music could heal the world.
The iconic American jazz musician Herbie Hancock concurred. He said, “Music has throughout the ages proved to be a powerful vehicle for communication.”

U.S. tuna industry objects to new NMFS final rule

Increases operational costs to canneries, doesn’t give additional protection to dolphins

Tri Marine International, whose local operations include a tuna cannery, and National Fisheries Institute (NFI) both contend that the new interim final rule by the federal government on dolphin safety labeling is due to a recent sanction of the US by the World Trade Organization in a long standing case which pits the US against its neighbor, Mexico. They say it is an unfair and unproductive burden to U.S. seafood companies that does not resolve the protracted WTO litigation, nor improve on the existing dolphin-safe operational performance.

Independence Day Fautasi Race may be cancelled

Due to lack of interest…

Unlike the recent Flag Day Fautasi Race in the territory, which saw 13 fautasi sign up, making it necessary for the Flag Day Race committee to divide the boats up into heats to find which fautasi would race in the final, Samoa is facing the opposite problem with its Independence Celebration Fautasi Race. According to the Samoa Observer, there seems to be a lack of interest.

UN Decolonization Committee welcomes Lolo’s move forward on status


The United Nations Decolonization Committee will hold the Pacific regional seminar on decolonization from May 31 to June 2 this year in Managua, Nicaragua — a country with both a Caribbean and Pacific coast. It was also Nicaragua that hosted last year’s Caribbean seminar, which is rotated between the Pacific and Caribbean ever year.

Luatua enters “not guilty” plea at arraignment


Former executive director of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund Office, Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua has entered a not guilty plea to the 20 charges leveled against him, and his next court appearance is set for early July this year.
Luatua appeared yesterday in High Court for his arraignment after his case was bound over from District Court on Monday. Through his attorney, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde, the defendant waived a public reading of the charges against him and entered a not guilty plea.

Dep AG: Mercy cannot rob justice in Siaumau case

“Peace was shattered in the territory” by this crime

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

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.

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