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Flag Day fautasi 'fiva' coming up!

jeff@samoanews.com

The crew members of the Manu’a fautasi Matasaua I & II are in training at this time, as they were seen this past Tuesday at the Utulei Beach Park, running in sand and swimming in the water, getting themselves ready for the upcoming 2012 Flag Day Fautasi Race — the biggest event of the annual Flag Day festivities.

Samoa News will be providing pre-race ‘fiva’ coverage in the coming weeks, leading up to the Flag Day event. There has been no official word as to when the 2012 Flag Day festivities will begin.



Op-Ed: Health Care System: ‘Free’ Ideology vs Sobering Reality, Part 3

A Historical Overview, Implications, & Recommendations

Implications

FIRST, the delayed US recognition of American Samoa explained the US unpreparedness to administer the territory after securing the Pago Pago Harbor from Britain and Germany in the Treaty of Berlin. This reflected the slow, piecemeal, and episodic development of the health care system during the first seventy years of the territory. 



LBJ medical staff march on EOB called off

Supplemental Appropriation for hospital approved by fono
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A planned peaceful march at 9a.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012) comprising medical staff of the LBJ Medical Center did not go off as scheduled after new developments early this morning surfaced from the government. The half-mile march from Utulei Beach to the Executive Office Building was to call the government’s attention to the current financial plight faced by the hospital, which has implemented fee hikes and is poised to start laying off more than 200 workers starting tomorrow.



LBJ: Still stalemate after Fono conference committee ends

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Senate conferees were adamant that a $3 million appropriation bill for the LBJ Medical Center be a direct payment, because the hospital is in a “critical financial crisis”, but House conferees refused to back down, as they argued that this money should be a loan from the funding source, the ASG Workmen’s Compensation Account, which has a balance of $4.5 million.



IN THE HIGH COURT: Rapist receives 12-year sentence

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A father who had an on-going sexual relationship with his 16-year old step-daughter has been sentenced to prison for 12 years - straight. Sentencing was handed down by Associate Justice Lyle Richmond who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. yesterday in High Court.

To protect the victim on these types of domestic and sexual violence cases, Samoa News does not identify the defendant. The 49-year old step-father was initially charged with rape, incest, deviated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.



MED STAFF MARCH TO EOB: “THE MESSAGE IS THAT PEOPLE WILL LIKELY DIE ..."

Senator says up to 300 staff, including doctors, nurses face furlough
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The LBJ Medical Center plans to carry out in stages the furlough of more than 200 workers starting this Friday (tomorrow), while the hospital’s medical staff will have a peaceful march at 9 a.m. today from Utulei Beach to the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building.

At the same time, a letter from hospital personnel, including doctors and nurses, was sent yesterday to Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who has been asked to assist in remedying the current “financial crisis” at the hospital. (Click on attachment at bottom of story for text of letter.)



COOL STUFF: Polynesian Health Awareness Concert

A Message of Health in a Sea of Polynesian Pride...Be there!
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Polynesian entertainers, Ala Moana, Tribal Theroy, Seedless & Zhen, with an opening act by Polynesian Fitness Icon Ms. Anna-Rita Sloss of HOT HULA Fitness, will join South Pacific Royalty, athletes, community leaders and health advocates for a celebration of pride with a message of an ever improving healthy lifestyle Thursday 8pm February 9th at the Polynesian Health Awareness Concert, South Point Hotel, Las Vegas.  



Cruise Ships Just Keep Coming…

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The second of  three cruise ships scheduled to visit the territory this week arrived yesterday morning. The cruise ship Costa Deliziosa, along with its 2,828 passengers and 1,100 crew members visited the territory during beautiful, sunny weather, and is the biggest ship to visit so far this year.



Manu 7s hit Las Vegas

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Manu Samoa coach Steven Betham and staff —Monte Famaoni, and Nick Pulemata finished their team walk through at Sam Boyd Stadium yesterday in preparation for the Las Vegas International 7's Rugby Tournament.

Coach Betham indicated that the Manu Samoa transited to Las Vegas after flying in to Los Angeles on Air New Zealand Monday. Tuesday night the Manu Samoa players met fans at a local Las Vegas Samoan church.

Pictured, the Manu Samoa 7's team arriving to enjoy dinner last night at the glitzy Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada.



Governor appoints two senior officials to review LBJ finances

Bill to return hospital to DOH still not introduced in Fono
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Gov. Togiola Tulafono has appointed two senior officials from his administration to conduct a financial and personnel review of the LBJ Medical Center on behalf of ASG, as the governor forges ahead with plans to return the hospital to the government.

The governor’s proposed legislation to return the hospital back to ASG Department of Health has yet to be introduced in the Fono, as of yesterday.