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One Poly plane down again after “scary” runway incident


One of Polynesian Airlines’ Twin Otter aircraft experienced an incident at Fagalii airport, last Friday (our Thursday) and Polynesian Airline Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala confirmed this in a statement issued to the media yesterday afternoon.
According to Seiuli, on Friday, July 25, 2014, “One of its aircraft experienced a controllable runway excursion at Fagalii airport.”
(A runway excursion is an event in which an aircraft veers off or overruns the runway surface.)

Deputy Treasurer nominated as next ASG Treasurer


Deputy Treasurer, Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a, who’s been with Treasury for over 20 years, has been appointed as Treasurer and his nomination was submitted to the Fono leaders last week Tuesday. In a letter to the Fono, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga noted that due to the untimely passing of late Treasurer Dr Falema’o Phil Pili, the duty falls upon the administration to nominate his successor.

Coast Guard suspends air search for Babar Suleman


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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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