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LIONS CLUB EYE CARE DOCTORS AT LBJ

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Members of the Lions Club of Pago Pago were on hand Saturday morning, Nov. 22 to greet the visiting team of doctors and nurses from Oregon Health Sciences University and Casey Eye Institute of Portland, Oregon, who are here in the territory as part of the Lions annual Eye Care Project. LBJ CEO Taufete’e warmly greeted the group in his offices, and thanked them for their unselfish work, particularly for coming here during the Thanksgiving season to serve our people.
 



New StarKist boss meets with Gov. Lolo to "show appreciation" for ASG support

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The reduction of fishing days in the Pacific as a result of the U.S. government treaty with Forum Fishery Agency, the issues surrounding minimum wage, and the need for additional land for cannery expansion were among the issues discussed last Friday during a news conference with StarKist Co., new president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe, who was in the territory.
 



OIA issues authorization to proceed with $8MIL Manu'a vessel project

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The U.S. Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has given approval to the Lolo Administration's request to release over $8 million in Capital Improvement Project funds to build a new passenger/cargo ferry which will sail between Tutuila and Manu’a islands.
 



Community Briefs

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CDC ISSUES SAMOA CHIKUNGUNYA WARNING
 
The United States health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued a warning to travellers about the threat in Samoa from chikungunya.
 
Earlier this week the Samoa Ministry of Health said the mosquito borne disease is now affecting all of the country.
 
It says there are more than 2,500 confirmed cases.
 
The CDC says for the first time, chikungunya is being locally transmitted in Samoa.
 



LBJ 4th Qtr report yields bombshell

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The hospital’s fourth quarter report has brought to light the fact that the previous Chief Financial Officer, Viola Babcock, advanced $4.3million from Medicare due to cash needed for payroll, a move labeled by the present Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina as a “mistake”.
 



ASG will take back Segaula airplane if not flying by Dec

Tasania Airline ready to step in to offer Manu’a air service
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The Port Administration has given Inter Island Airways dba Manu’a Airways Executive President Barney Sene, up until next month December 2014 to get the Segaula operational, if not, the Port will take back the government airplane and revoke the memorandum of understanding signed between ASG and Sene, says Port Director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele.
 



WHA donates $5,000 To RHD project

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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

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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

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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

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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.
 



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