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WHA donates $5,000 To RHD project


The Women’s Hospital Auxiliary represented by Gretchen Makaiwi, Pauline Young and Helga Lefiti, present a donation of $5,000 to the LBJ hospital on Friday, November 21, 2014. The WHA gave the funds to enable the pediatric cardiology team from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)—in collaboration with LBJ Pediatrics clinic and ASG Department of Health—to follow through with their ongoing Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) eradication project initiated a few years ago by LBJ Pediatrics department.

LBJ 4th quarter report says 6% increase in revenue due to Pink Eye and Chik virus


The recent outbreak of Pink Eye and Chikungunya led to an increase of cash revenues for the Emergency Room, outpatient clinics and the main lobby for fiscal year 2014, according to LBJ hospital’s fourth quarter performance report, which states that outpatient visits for FY2013 totaled 115,986 while in FY 2014 visits increased to 118,184. 
The in__crease seen in FY2014 vs FY2013 was caused by more patients (about 6%) seeing the doctor due to pink eye and chikungunya, says the report.

Police officers object to preferential treatment for Miss American Samoa


Commanding Officer of the Traffic Division for the Department of Public Safety, Lt Siaosi Aiono confirmed with Samoa News that a bench warrant was issued for Miss American Samoa Annelise Sword, however she was not arrested but instead was called to come into the court.
This move did not sit well with police officers, who believe that once a bench warrant has been issued, that person must be arrested. Police officers, who were not authorized to speak to media, told Samoa News that the bench warrant was issued last month in Ms. Sword’s name.

Tackling the problem of impaired driving subject of latest meetings, grant funding


During the recent Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) meeting held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the three people who represented American Samoa were able to hear  updates on what’s in store for the local highway safety program, as approved by Congress for the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) — which is OHS's funding source.

Community Briefs


As of last Thursday, over 148 local farmers had already registered to participate in the 2014 Territorial Farm Fair, set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.
Registration is ongoing at the Dept. of Agriculture’s main office in Tafuna.
This year’s event will feature live entertainment, produce showcases, display of livestock, and of course, live cooking sessions.

Flash flood watch and small craft advisory in effect

Based on a Press Release

The National Weather Service is continuing the FLASH FLOOD WATCH and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY for Tutuila, Aunu’u, Manu’a and Swains Islands. Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Tuesday, November 25. 2014. Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop to Flash Flooding.

The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO will continue to monitor the situation and we will issue further bulletins if necessary. Report any flooding or landslides to the EOC at 699-3800 or the Police at 633-1111.

Source: ASDHS media release

Governor unhappy with DOL threats to ASG


The move by the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor — that has threatened to close down government departments that are in violation of labor laws — did not sit well with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, and he noted this during the ASG cabinet meeting Friday, when he spoke on the issue of overtime and compensatory time.
Lolo said that he “went hard on the labor people — but they were right.”

DPS again urged to safeguard students crossing Airport Road


Rep. Larry Sanitoa has asked Chief of Police Maiava Vaimaga for support with the presence of police officers at the very busy intersection of the main road and airport road in Nu’uuli due to safety concerns of students crossing this intersection heading to and from Manulele Elementary School.

Treasury concerned over low pay for collection officers


While additional revenue collection tax staff is needed, Treasury Department says the pay scale for some workers, raking in thousands of dollars a year, is a concern that Treasury is trying to address, according to Treasury’s fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report.

Parks and Recreation taking up more special projects


In its fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report, the Department of Parks and Recreation director Tamaaaiga Pili Gaoteote revealed that the department has been asked to help with ASG special projects, but the department lacks sufficient staff, including management staff, and has a shortage of heavy equipment.
According to the director, the department is short 12 employees when compared to its organizational chart and it needs to hire more workers to fill the shortage so that “we can put more people at the work sites.”

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