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Dialysis staff may not be vaccinated for Hepatitis B


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report regarding  noncompliance of the Dialysis Unit (or Endstage Renal Disease facility) at LBJ  Medical Center indicates that the unit did not show evidence of vaccinations against Hepatitis B for susceptible patients and staff members.

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The American Samoa Environmental Protection (AS-EPA) played host to an entourage from the USEPA and representatives of other local agencies during a three-day training focused on addressing issues involving land-based sources of pollution.


Kruse tosses burden of limited facilities onto Admin

Third defendant in Gold Conda robbery sentenced to deportation, probation

“I just want to restate — the court’s jurisdiction on sentencing is not going to be curtailed at the executive’s convenience because of the lack of facilities. I don't want that silly argument again. If we give out a sentence and there is no facility, it’s on the executive to find one,” said Chief Justice Michael Kruse, during the sentencing of a robbery defendant last Friday.

2016 fishing day limits posted without prior notice

Says didn’t anticipate high level of U.S. fishing effort in the area

The US National Marine Fisheries Service, which has set for the year 2016 a limit of 1,828 fishing days — the same limit set in 2015 — for US purse seine vessels to fish in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (U.S. EEZ) and on the high seas area known in federal regulations as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine, or ELAPS, according to an interim rule which became effective yesterday, although NMFS is accepting public comments up to June 24.

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.

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