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Update: Tropical Cyclone Tuni — Sat., Nov. 28, 5 a.m.


As it intensifies Tropical Cyclone Tuni got closer to American Samoa around 12 mid-night, with heavy rain bombarding many areas of Tutuila island, resulting in many reports of flash flooding called into the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security’s (ASDHS) Emergency Operation Center (EOC).


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.

Farmers petition gov over School Lunch, marketplace

New Farmers Association formed

Close to 100 farmers have signed a petition calling on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to roll back the decision on acquiring produce by the bidding process for the school lunch program along with petitioning him to open the market place, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This petition addressed to Governor Lolo, is spearheaded by Taimane Johnson who was present at a meeting between the farmers and the Agriculture yesterday at the Agriculture Conference Room in Tafuna.

Bumble Bee jumps into fray on effect of fishery rules


Bumble Bee Seafood president and chief executive officer, Christopher D. Lischewski has claimed that the local canneries have never provided a legitimate commitment to continue to operate in American Samoa, despite the support from the people and government American Samoa.

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