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LBJ audit report shows increase of $2.6MIL for salaries

Also operating at a loss — $20.6million for 2014 and $20.3million for 2015

The LBJ Medical Center operating revenue reported for 2014 is $24.5million while the 2015 revenue stands at $30.4million — an increase of $5.8million, according to the hospital’s audit report by Moss and Adams for fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. On the flip side: there was also an increase of $2.6million for salaries of the hospital personnel, according to the audit. 
Salaries, wages and employee benefits for 2014 were $24.6million — however for 2015 it increased to $27.2million.

Insular Cases have no bearing on Citizenship Clause says attorney

Calls them rulings “infused with indefensible racial biases”

Lead attorney for the five American Samoans and a Samoan organization in California in the US citizenship lawsuit case have urged the Supreme Court of the United States to grant its petition for ‘writ of certiorari’ because the case “undisputedly presents a constitutional question of tremendous importance,” according to the plaintiffs’ brief filed on Monday.

Pacific Arts delegations received with open hearts

Not enough water and food issues are being addressed

HAGATNA, GUAM — Two major issues have arisen during the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Piti and Hagatna, Guam, and government officials and the Festival committee are working together to fix them, with the people of Guam stepping up to the plate to help. One group that helped said, “It is our responsibility to step up and do something for our Pacific family… this is from our heart for all of you Pacific islands.”




The Home of the Flames graduated 23 young people — 8th graders — yesterday morning, during a brief ceremony held in the school chapel in Malaeimi.


Dozens of proud parents, grandparents, family members and friends were in attendance, to witness a milestone in the lives of the graduates who will enter their first year of high school after summer break.

LBJ CEO finally told hospital assessed $2.9MiL fine

CEO hopes the public won’t panic, “Ua ou masani i mea taufa’afefe”

LBJ Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina has confirmed that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services assessed a $2.9million fine against the hospital and this was due to the delay in sending in their “Cost Report”, however he has also pledged that this matter is being resolved. Taufete’e apparently was not aware of the CMS fine when Samoa News first contacted him for comment.
Taufete’e calls upon the public not to panic, as he has it under control.

Teacher of Year calls trip to DC "a dream come true"


Meeting President Barack Obama in person at the White House was something local educator Rosita Esene Sola never thought would happen — and it was a dream come true, says the Territorial Teacher of the Year, who teaches at Tafuna Elementary School.
Recently returned from her trip to Washington DC, Mrs. Sola of Iliili, told Samoa News that the trip was very rewarding for her. Responding to Samoa News questions, she stated that the trip “felt like winning the Global Awards.” She said the best thing about the trip was meeting President Obama.

Court Report


Bail of $20,000 has been set for Taauso Fa’afetai Siliga on charges of child molesting, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the government’s case, a 12-year-old girl was hanging out with the defendant, who’s 19 years old, behind a private school in Leone at 11pm at night. It’s alleged the defendant kissed the girl and touched her inappropriately.

White Collar employees in Am. Samoa to see pay hike under new law


The “special salary level” for salary workers — who are considered exempt ‘white collar’ employees in American Samoa — will get a hike of nearly $400 a week under a US Department of Labor final rule published yesterday in federal portal, regulations.gov and the federal registry website, under the heading, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.

Governor serious about resolving ASG debts to locals

Deadline to provide details of outstanding unpaid invoices: May 31, 2016

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given companies, which are owed money by the government until the end of this month to provide to the ASG Treasury Department details of outstanding unpaid invoices in an effort by the Administration to resolve outstanding ASG debts to vendors.

Pacific Horizons graduates largest class yet


Pacific Horizon School saw its biggest graduating class yet –  8 Seniors — bidding farewell to PHS staff and faculty, after receiving their diploma's and turning their tassels to open a new chapter in their lives. The ceremony, which was filled with families and friends was held at the Lupelele Church of Christ American Samoa, in Il'ili.


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