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AOGA SAMOA I AFIO’AGA PROGRAM CLOSES
 
The Aoga Samoa I Afio’aga (ASIA) summer program, sanctioned by the American Samoa Department of Education in collaboration with several ministers and their wives from the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, officially ended last week. Closing ceremonies were held at each one of the numerous ASIA centers across the territory.
 



Aumua sees potential for American Samoa in App Industry

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Following a hearing of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health & Technology this past week, Chairman Aumua Amata expressed her optimism on the potential for high tech companies to operate and greatly impact the economies of rural areas like American Samoa.
 



TERRITORIAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR HONORED AT PACIFIC ED CONFERENCE

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American Samoa’s Territorial Teacher of the Year, Monica Lynn Lui of Samoana High School was honored during the 29th Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) which kicked off at the College of the Marshall Islands in Majuro yesterday.
 



Soloali’I named to head Am Samoa Office in Hawaii

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In a July 29 memo, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga appointed Soloali’i Fa'alepo Fa'alepo Jr. as director of his office in Hawai’i - also known as the Amerika Samoa Office Hawai’i (ASO-Hawai’i) which was previously headed by Afimutasi Gus Hannemann, who passed away January this year in Honolulu.
 
According to the governor’s memo, the appointment becomes effective today Aug. 1 and Soloali’i will oversee the governor’s office in Honolulu and shall be responsible to carry out the mandated functions for this office.



SEN. SAOLE MILA PASSES AWAY, DESCRIBED AS A “HUMBLE PERSON”

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Sen. Saole Mila, who is described by a fellow senator as a “humble person” passed away Wednesday this week in Seattle, Washington where he along with his wife were visiting family, according to a family chief and also confirmed by others relatives contacted by Samoa News yesterday. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
 



Budget submission will be in ‘electronic’ form, says Budget director

FY 2016 budget for most ASG entities set 10% less than last year
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The Fono reconvenes Monday following a two and a half week recess, which was to save session days while awaiting the Executive Branch’s submission of the fiscal year 2016 budget. According to Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua, she is looking at sending the budget to the Fono next week and it will be sent in electronic format.
 



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ROTARY HOLDS ANNUAL CHANGEOVER NIGHT
 
The Rotary Club of Pago Pago held their annual Changeover of Club Officers for the 2015-2016 Club year at the Sadie Thompson Inn last Saturday evening.
 
The banquet was well attended with member’s family and friends. In addition to introduction of the incoming Club Officers, Past President, Mrs. Jacqueline Hall was honored and recognized as the Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow and Past President and Treasurer Jim Mahoney was recognized as Rotarian of the Year.
 



Amata takes part in VA bill floor debate

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

For the hotly contested floor debate on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, which split Members largely along party lines, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), who managed the debate for the Majority, selected Amata as one of only eight speakers to speak in support of the measure during the half-hour allotted to the majority side.
 



Local child with serious heart condition needs medivac

Hawaiian Air cannot take him, and Hawai’i hospitals refusing case
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“Unfortunately, LBJ does not get involved with medivac arrangements because of financial reasons,” was the explanation given by hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e Faumuina in response to Samoa News queries with regard to the case of an eight-year-old boy who has been in the Intensive Care Unit for three weeks, fighting for his life as he suffers from heart problems, and cannot be taken on the Hawaiian Airlines.
 



Faoa is legal counsel for Retirement Fund, hired by former board

Says recused himself from current investigation of Fund’s director
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The former Retirement board hired former board member Faoa Aitofele Sunia as the fund’s legal counsel last year, said American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Director Luatua Filisouaiga Ta'afua. who has been placed on 30-day annual leave.
 
This has also been confirmed by Acting Director, Caroline Wendt, responding to Samoa News queries, and while she and Luatua both declined to divulge his salary, several of the board’s members confirmed that he's working on an $80,000+ salary per year.
 



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