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Snag in system delays test results for suspected Zika cases


Health Department epidemiologist Magele Scott Anesi acknowledged there is a “breakdown in communication” causing a delay in sending out suspected Zika virus specimens for testing, which he says is a complicated process, but with the support of the US Center for Diseases Control and Prevention such problems will be addressed.
There have been reports of shipment problems causing the delay of specimens being sent off island for testing and confirmation. The shipment of 25 samples of suspected Zika virus cases is now expected to go out this weekend.

Senators hear $10 Million Rapiscan project is not a “done deal” yet

“Why don’t you let Homeland Security buy this?” Tuaolo questions

Following concerns raised by senators over the use of $10 million in bond proceeds for the Rapiscan project, ASG Deputy Treasurer Tina Va’a told a Senate committee hearing that the governor has called for a delay in moving forward with the purchase, with the contract not yet signed and “not a done deal” yet.

Citizenship plaintiffs ask Supreme Court to hear their case


Through their attorneys, five American Samoans have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear their citizenship lawsuit, which was dismissed by the federal district court and the appeals court, both in Washington D.C.

Young and old turn out to protest Fono pay raises


“No, No to the pay rise” of the Fono, was again echoed yesterday morning as over 100 participants of all ages gathered at the Fagatogo Malae across the street from the Fono compound, as a sign of their opposition to the proposed salary increases for lawmakers.

Lolo dismisses rumors that Lemanu will run separately

“In God’s eyes we were not made to run separately,” he says

Rumors that Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga are running separately in the upcoming 2016 general election should be dismissed, the governor said during his cabinet meeting held at the Agriculture Conference Room in Tafuna yesterday morning.
Lolo said he had received a call from the media asking him to confirm rumors that he and Lemanu will be running separate campaigns. “Nothing like that will be happening,” he stated.

Talofa Airways looking to start flights between Samoa and Pago


A new Apia-based airline, which plans to launch air service between Samoa’s islands of Upolu and Savai’i is also looking at American Samoa to expand its route later in the year and has already approached territorial officials for office space at the Tafuna airport.

Sportfish and recreational fishing not adversely affected by new rule says NMFS


The US National Marine Fisheries Service has responded to commenters who expressed concern that allowing large longliners into the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) in waters of American Samoa “would be detrimental to the recreational fishery and the growing sportfish tourism industry in American Samoa.”

Fa’afoi Palepua named new GM at Samoa Tuna Processors

Herman Gebauer retires

Tri Marine International’s local Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., cannery has a new general manager, effective yesterday, the company said in a brief statement.
It says that general manager Herman Gebauer has announced that he will retire from Samoa Tuna Processors effective April this year. Gebauer, who was previously in management at COS Samoa Packing before the cannery closed here in American Samoa, joined Samoa Tuna Processors at its startup in the territory.

After complaints, lawmakers conduct site visit at LBJ

Cash flow is the “bottom line” problem, says CEO

Complaints from constituents have led House members to conduct a site visit at LBJ hospital this week and they were informed first hand about the cash flow problems and how the hospital’s pay scale is mirrored to the Federal Government’s payroll.

CPO pledges to change requirements for SLP bidding

Only farmers to be allowed to bid on produce

Chief Procurement Officer, Dr. Oreta Crichton pledged to the Fono that they will change requirements for the bidding process for the School Lunch Program (SLP) and they will note on the Request For Proposal (RFP) that those who are allowed to bid are required to be farmers. Her pledge was made during a hearing last week before the Agriculture Committee chaired by Rep Su’a Alexander Jennings.

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