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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.

Aumua hosts Youth Town-Hall Meeting

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Pago Pago — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, hosted a town hall meeting this past Friday that focused on the island’s youth, and how they can become empowered and get more involved in their communities.
“It is always a true pleasure to speak to our young people,” said Amata.  “Our young people are our greatest resource and I am always encouraged when I see our young people getting involved in their local communities,” continued Amata.


Source: Media Release Dancing Fingers

Peseta Uta — Lovers of old-time gospel standards such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ can now sing-along with the Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers during its first-ever public performance at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Mrs. Cynthia Moliga are among the invited guests for this pre-Thanksgiving celebration for all families of American Samoa.


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.

Traffic accident results in charges of DUI, reckless driving and drug possession


LJ Solo was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning, facing criminal charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. According to the government’s case, on November 11, 2015 police launched an investigation into a traffic accident in which they allegedly uncovered marijuana during an inventory of a vehicle believed to be involved in an accident.

Hines: US should assert historical rights and reclaim high seas fishing days

Argues for help for ALL vessels of the U.S. purse seiner fleet

J. Douglas Hines, a partner and owner in Ocean Global LLC, and Sea Global LLC, has made the call for “the U.S. to assert its historical rights and reclaim all the high seas days relinquished in 2013” in order to significantly help all vessels of the U.S. purse seiner fleet.
Hines was the first to provide comments on the new US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed rule-making for the territories and the comment period ended at the close of business on Nov. 23.

Pre-Thanksgiving events include morning Turkey Run and evening concert


Pre Thanksgiving Day events this Wednesday before the holiday include Leone High School’s Annual Turkey Run, which started at 4:30a.m. Following the run is a Zumba, performances by Samoan artists, and other events at the school campus.

Get-away driver in Gold Conda robbery gets 15 years

Attempts to withdraw his guilty plea

Chief Justice Michael Kruse and Associate Judge Muasau Tasina Tofili handed down a 15-year sentence for one of the three defendants who robbed Gold Conda store at gunpoint. Falefatu Asi who’s charged together with Alatuna Simi and Sam Wright planned to rob the Gold Conda store last year May. Asi was in court for his change of plea hearing and he entered a guilty plea to the amended count of conspiracy to commit robbery first degree, and in return the government will move to dismiss the stealing charge.

Lightning blamed for Saturday's extended power outage


Hundreds of homes on the eastern side of the island were without electricity for several hours this past Saturday, after the Satala power plant experienced a blackout at 5a.m. that day.

Weather service urges residents to heed LOCAL weather bulletins


Because of different terminology used by weather offices in Samoa and American Samoa, the territory’s broadcasters have been asked by the National Weather Service and the local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) to help get the message out to residents to listen to local radio and television stations when there is a disaster instead of the Samoa government owned Radio 2AP in Apia.


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