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Gov tells DOE assembly: “A wise leader is driven by compassion”


“Where there is compassion, there is patience, tolerance, forbearance, and understanding,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga during the assembly which begins the school year for the Department of Education.
The annual assembly was held at the Tafuna High School gymnasium on Monday morning before some 500+ teachers.
According to the governor’s speech obtained by Samoa News, Lolo welcomed DOE Director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, the management team, principals, vice principals and teachers.

Fono News


The Senate Health/LBJ Committee has urged LBJ Medical Center board to work together with the management team of the hospital to address the many violations cited by the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS).

Utu explains status of east side water system


Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae has confirmed that the water for the water distribution system from Aua to Onenoa (AO) is brackish, especially Aua.
Utu was responding to Samoa News queries triggered by complaints from Aua residents claiming that the ASPA water there tastes ‘bitter’ and ‘salty’.
Earlier this week, Utu appeared before the Fono for a budget hearing during which Aua faipule Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen expressed his concern about the brackish water in his village.

Community Briefs


In American Samoa, when it rains, it pours. Such has been the case during the past few weeks but the Dept. of Public Works is certain that the Airport Road project will be completed by the mid-January 2015 deadline.
McConnell Dowell workers are about 40% into the project already and most of the work should be completed by December.

LBJ Dialysis Unit to get $8K from Bluesky Communications


The LBJ Hospital’s Dialysis Unit will be receiving $8,000 thanks to Bluesky Communications and its fundraising efforts.
On Saturday, August 16, Bluesky employees participated in a walk-a-thon and altogether, they were able to raise $4,000 through monetary donations on their walk-a-thon sheets. Bluesky made good on its promise to match whatever amount was raised and donate it to one of three local organizations/charities, based on which one acquires the highest number of text votes.

CMS: Add-on dialysis unit an “immediate jeopardy”


The add-on dialysis unit at LBJ Medical Center, which was converted from a conference room to a temporary dialysis treatment area — without regional office notification or approval until later — has been labeled what Center Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) term an “immediate jeopardy (IJ)”, according to its survey, taken from June 23-26 this year.
IJ is a situation in which a hospital’s non-compliance with one or more requirements has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury.

DoH budget addresses gov’s vision for primary care

Hires “Dr. Sean” to spearhead this mandate

Health Department director Motusa Tuileama Nua has moved to address Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s “vision” for primary care by placing it under the jurisdiction of Health with the hiring of a U.S. medical doctor to spearhead this mandate.
Motusa made the statement at yesterday’s DoH fiscal year 2015 budget hearing when introducing his staff, who accompanied him to the witness table.

Manu'a may see some air transportation relief

Poly Air applies for temp exemption

Based on a request from the American Samoa government, Polynesian Airlines has filed for a temporary exemption with the U.S. Department of Transportation, in order to be able to operate commercial flights between Tutuila and the Manu’a island group.
The exemption is required due to federal cabotage law, which forbids any foreign carrier from operating between U.S. ports. The Samoa government owned airline has in the past applied for, and been granted, an emergency exemption when no other U.S. carrier operated  domestic flights.

Paul Ieti's semi-final performance

The pressure was on last night on America’s Got Talent 2014, as the first 12 acts performed in the semifinals on AGT 2014 and that pressure seemed to get to Paul Ieti on America’s Got Talent Season 9.

He has a great voice and has a great story, but he seemed to fall apart at Radio City Music Hall last night and the AGT judges 2014 were not impressed.

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Pacific auditors meet in AmSam


The 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors (APIPA) is being held at this time at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium for those in the auditing and finance professions, and the opening day, yesterday saw close to 100 in attendance.
Some of the topics to be discussed this week will be Writing Tools for Auditors, Basic Auditing Standards and Developing Performance Audit Findings. The conference will end on Friday.

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