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A man has been sentenced by the court to serve 45 days — without release — at the Territorial Correctional Facility, after violating conditions of his probation from a previous case.
At sentencing last Thursday, District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea says that Sano Magauli was sentenced to 16 months probation, after being convicted in July 2015 for public peace disturbance.

Fiji School of Medicine to accept five local students, says hospital’s board chair

He says, negotiations a “success”

Apia, SAMOA — Chairman of the Hospital Board, Filifa’atali Mike Fuiava has confirmed that negotiations with the Fiji School of Medicine regarding American Samoan students were a “success”. Responding to Samoa News questions during a brief interview at the Fagali’i Airport, Filifa’atali said their negotiations were a success and the Medicine School has accepted five students from American Samoa to attend beginning in 2017.

LBJ’s 3rd qtr performance report shows nothing new

Short on operating revenue, over on operating expenses

LBJ Medical Center received a new cash infusion during the 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2016, thanks to money from the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) bonds, according to LBJ’s third quarter performance report — for Apr. 1- June 30 — which also shows the hospital received less money than budgeted in the 3rd quarter from the 2% wage tax — a contentious issue between the hospital and ASG Treasury Department.

Soliai calls for strict monitoring of money sent off island


Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono has called on the government to be diligent in monitoring locally operated and managed Asian businesses sending money off island, a move, he says is taking money away from the local economy.
The Ituau senator made the call during a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing last week on an administration bill dealing with businesses and witnesses were ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea and Tax Office assistant manager Vaaimamao Poufa.

FAA does not release airport acreage to ASG

Instead allows “Land-Use Change” with conditions…

The American Samoa Government has promised a subsidy of up to $2.5 million annually for the Pago Pago International Airport, as part of its corrective action plan following a land use audit of the Tafuna airport released two years ago by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Summer program focuses on empowerment for women

Source: American Samoa Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

A special program to empower American Samoan women’s effective participation and contribution to the development of families and local village communities was one of the main initiatives of the American Samoa Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ASCADSV) held at its main office, located at Tolu Street, in Tafuna — across from Pala Lagoon-Lions Park.

ASPA projecting a decrease in revenue for three divisions


American Samoa Power Authority is projecting a decrease in revenue for three divisions under its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which shows that only the Solid-waste Division is forecasting a slight increase in revenue collection.
ASPA’s proposed FY 2017 budget totals $80.58 million with 471 employees compared to the approval FY 2016 budget of $124.59 million with 441 employees. ASPA’s budget is listed under the Enterprise Fund budget category, which includes ASG entities that earn revenues from their operation.

Tava’esina dies from oil spill at Malaloa dock


A hazardous oil spill was recently spotted in the ocean at the Malaloa dock, and Boating Access personnel Tovine Leifi from the Department of Marine and Wildlife (DMWR) noticed a bird struggling in the oil and immediately alerted the DMWR Wildlife Division.

Hearings on proposed FY 2017 budget start Monday

Again, the hearings will be a joint-Fono budget review

The Fono leaders have requested the administration for an updated financial report on revenue collection and expenditures for current fiscal year 2016, as the Fono prepares to begin next Monday, hearings on the American Samoa’s proposed FY 2017 budget, for two and half weeks.
And despite some House members’ wishes for each chamber to hold their own budget review, this year’s budget hearings, as in the past couple of years, will be a joint-Fono budget review.

Land Grant partners with DoA promoting healthy pigs

Over the summer, the Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR, also known as the Land Grant Program) division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has observed the first positive results of its ongoing effort to address major health issues among American Samoa’s swine population.

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