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Coast Guard suspends air search for Babar Suleman

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman who went missing during a plane crash last Tuesday in the waters off American Samoa.
 
In a statement Sunday, the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard says the search - using its C-130 aircraft, which was dispatched from Hawai’i last Wednesday - was suspended Saturday.
 
Commander of the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, says the decision to suspend a search and rescue case is a difficult one.
 



PAUL IETI MAKES THE CUT, HEADS TO NEW YORK TO PERFORM AT RADIO CITY

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American Samoa’s singing soldier Paul Ieti has survived Judgment Week on America’s Got Talent and he is now heading to New York to perform at Radio City Music Hall for a chance to win the grand prize of $1 million.
 
Ieti, the son of Maua and Akenese Ieti of Aoa, made the initial cut during the auditions last month and had to perform again this past Wednesday, where the final list of performers was officially announced.
 



DPS still short of target number for police academy recruits

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DPS Commissioner William Haleck said yesterday that a make-up test date for the dozens of people who were scheduled to take the police academy entrance exam this past week but didn’t show up is uncertain.
 
Whether there will be a make-up test date at all is also not known, he said.
 



Children’s Cultural Maintenance Summer Program closes

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The 2014 Children’s Cultural Maintenance Summer Program ended yesterday with a special performance of Samoan memory verses, songs, and dances that were well received by the proud parents who were in attendance on the front lawn of the Jean P. Haydon Museum in Fagatogo.
 



ASDHS sponsors two-day training

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The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security held this week a two-day, 16-hour direct delivery training course aimed at promoting awareness and understanding the hazards involved when incidents affecting the local healthcare system occur.
 
Mike Gavin and Vince Slominesky from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducted the training.
 



Memorial Service at sea for Haris Suleman set for Sunday

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The American Samoa Government will be holding a memorial service at  sea at 1pm Sunday afternoon in memory of Haris Suleman who died in the crash of his single engine Beechcraft airplace this past Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport. Search and rescue efforts for 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on the around-the-world flight, continue.
 



DoH confirms three cases of "Chik Virus" in territory

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Department of Health has now confirmed the presence of chikungunya — sometimes called the "Chik Virus" - in American Samoa with three cases confirmed as health officials urge the community to clean their surroundings where mosquitoes could breed.
 



LBJ Board does not mince words about ex-CEO

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In the letter from the LBJ Board of Directors that forced the resignation of Medical Center CEO Joseph Davis-Fleming, an evaluation of the CEO’s performance by the board members is cited and attached as part of the reason he was found “unfit to continue as CEO for LBJ hospital,” after a majority vote by the board.
 
Samoa News was able to obtain a copy of the letter, which is dated July 21, 2014. The form used by the board for the CEO’s evaluation is from the LBJ-Human Resources Department and the board members are not identified by name.



Family pleas for help in rescue efforts to find Babar Suleman

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Family and friends of Babar Suleman made a public plea for help in the search and rescue efforts.

Babar and his 17-year-old son Haris were flying around the world when they crashed off the American Samoa coast Thursday morning. The pair was attempting to break a Guinness World Record. Suleman was trying to become the youngest pilot to make the trip in 30 days.

Haris’ body was found, but there have been no signs of Babar.



Cost-U-Less is open

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After making major improvements to health and safety issues cited early this week by the Department of Health, the popular Cost-U-Less was reopened after 12-noon yesterday with final DoH inspection set for early next week.
 
Cost-U-Less was ordered temporarily closed on Monday — for five days — by health officials following an inspection that found the facility had “unsanitary conditions”. The inspection also came on the heels of public complaints to DoH of rats in the store-warehouse.
 



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