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Gaoteote: “We begin to learn about freedom and justice” by serving in the military

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“It’s a great day to be a solider. It’s a great day to be a military veteran. And it’s a great time to be in American Samoa,” declared Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, a military veteran, at the start of his Flag Day Address last Friday.
 



Hawaiian Air finally departs

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Passengers for Hawaiian Airlines’ flight last Friday night didn’t depart American Samoa until yesterday afternoon, while the airline will be adding a third weekly flight on the Honolulu-Pago Pago route during the summer months.
 
FRIDAY’S FLIGHT
 



Update: Manulele Tausala I of Nu’uuli takes first place

The Manulele Tausala I fautasi of Nu’uuli is the unofficial winner of the 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race, held this morning after it was postponed twice due to bad weather, according to the Flag Day Fautasi Committee.  Manulele Tausala won last year’s race.
 
Perhaps the big battle, was between the Don Bosco 200 fautasi of Samoa and Fealofani Samoa III of Fagasa, once the race was inside the Pago Pago Harbor vicinity. The two battled for second and third place.
 



Fautasi race committee says today’s the day

Link to live feed here on the website — click on the "Big 2"
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With traffic into town already at a crawl, the  first reports from the starting line of the fautasi race around 7a.m. say its a sem- rough seas, but committee chairman Lualemaga reaffirms the race will start at 11a.m. and if boats are in line before 11a.m. they will start early.
 
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga sayid on Saturday that this is the first time the fautasi committee has handled the race with honesty and fairness compared to many races in the past.
 



Manslaughter charge has man held on $100K bail

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The Attorney General’s office has arrested and charged Erasi Valusaga in connection with the death of Namu Tuamasaga Aetui, 67 in an incident that occurred last week in Futiga.
 
Responding to Samoa News, Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop confirmed that an arrest has been made in this case, however Jessop declined to comment on the matter, as Valusaga will make his initial appearance in the District Court today.
 



Revenue bills signed into law; changes effective in June

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga on Thursday signed into law three of his revenue measures endorsed by the Fono. All three measures, approved by the Fono before the 1st Regular Session ended last Tuesday, take effect in the later part of June.
 
BUSINESS LICENSES
 
In a statement announcing the revenue measures signed into law, the governor says the business license fee legislation will adjust business license fees that were set 50 years ago, with the cost of processing and monitoring far exceeding the basic $25 business license fee.



CMS approves final issues in LBJ corrective action plan

Will conduct unannounced visits to ensure compliance
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The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) have approved the last four remaining non compliance issues for LBJ Medical Center, and chief executive officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina says CMS plans to conduct unannounced visits to ensure all matters in the corrective action plan have been addressed.
 
During a Senate Health/LBJ Committee hearing last week, CEO Taufete’e told senators that one of the major issues faced by management is to address all of the non-compliance issues which had been cited in the CMS report.
 



Territory’s corals experiencing mild bleaching say scientists

Source: DMWR media release

A team of scientists from the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) presented preliminary data collected on coral reef status during the recent month-long expedition in the Territory aboard the research NOAA ship Hi‘ialakai. The presentation was conducted during a debriefing for the Coral Reef Advisory Group at the Sunia Ocean Center last April 2.
 



HAL’s Friday night flight rescheduled to fly today

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Passengers for Hawaiian Airlines’ flight from Pago Pago to Honolulu last Friday night are still in American Samoa as of this morning and are now scheduled to depart Pago Pago this afternoon, Sunday, Apr. 19.
 
Hawaiian’s flight last Friday night arrived as scheduled from Honolulu but the outbound flight returned to Pago Pago not long after it was airborne. Two passengers on the outbound flight told Samoa News over the weekend, that it was less than two-hours after the plane was in the air when they returned to Pago Pago.
 



Public and some private schools closed on Monday

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Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says all public schools will be closed tomorrow, Apr. 20, the rescheduled date for the 2015 Flag Day fautasi race, while Department of Education personnel are still to report to their respective work places. As well there is no school
today for alll catholic schools and  Kanana Fou high school. Classes will resume Tuesday.
 



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