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Revenue bills signed into law; changes effective in June


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.
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

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


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.

All AmSam public schools closed on Monday


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.

Third time a charm? Fautasi race now set for Monday


After two postponements due to rough seas, the 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race is now rescheduled for Monday, Apr. 20, with a start time of 11a.m., while all nine fautasi are to be at the starting line of the 5-mile race course by 10:30a.m.

Lolo: Relationship with U.S. based on friendship, trust and wisdom


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga paid tribute to American Samoa’s military veterans as well as active duty service members in his special remarks at Friday’s 2015 Flag Day ceremony, marking the 115th year since American Samoa became a U.S territory.
The one-day Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium began on a nice breeze morning with the arrival of more than 2,000 people in groups, organizations and businesses coming to participate in the Flag Day parade.

U.S. payment for fishing access still sore subject for Tuna Treaty


A report submitted by American Samoa’s delegation to last month's re-negotiation session of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty in Auckland, New Zealand, provides information that the territorial government needs to consider, especially for its locally based purse seiner fleet to continue to fish under the Treaty.
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele represented the territory in the U.S delegation to the re-negotiation session of the Treaty, which was first executed in 1987.

Other health care providers can be enrolled in Medicaid says director

Medicaid funding is not just for LBJ

The local Medicaid Office is working on finalizing procedures and policies to enroll other health care providers in the territory under the federally funded Medicaid program, for which LBJ Medical Center is currently the only provider, according to Medicaid Office director Sandra King-Young.

No race Saturday morning


The 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race set for Saturday, Apr. 18th at 7a.m. will not occur as schedule as weather condition in the waters around Tutuila remain unsafe.
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also the Flag Day Committee co-chairman, confirmed to Samoa News this evening (Friday) that the 7a.m. race, which was rescheduled from Thursday, will not happen.

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