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Source: Media release from Pago Pago Rotary

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago held a banquet earlier this month for 11 high school seniors and their proud parents at Sadie's Goat Island Club to recognize their being selected by their fellow students to receive the Club's Annual Four-Way Test award.

LBJ files lawsuit against Samoa government


LBJ Medical Center has sued the Samoa government owned Samoa Shipping Corporation for failure to pay more than $11,000 in medical bills for a crew member of the MV Lady Naomi treated at the hospital.
The lawsuit was filed early this month in the High Court by the ASG Attorney General's Office on behalf of LBJ.
According to the suit, it was about Nov. 11 last year, that LBJ provided medical services at the request of Samoa Shipping to treat an employee of the Samoa government corporation.

Memorial Day observance event only at Satala this year, with ocean laying of wreaths


American Samoa joins the rest of the nation Monday observing Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
Extended to a three-day weekend, it is a federal and local holiday for most of the nation’s workers. It also marks the official start of summer.

Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele takes plea agreement


Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele will be sentenced on June 25, 2014 after he admitted to being in unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. The defendant and his co-defendant, Lorenzo Rodriguez, 20 , were caught with more than 20 marijuana joints, and are held on bail of $25,000.

IRS warns about reporting $10K cash transactions


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses in U.S. territories of federal requirements to file appropriate forms when they engage in cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
Form 8300 must be filed within 15 days of the transaction, the IRS said in a national news release this week, but it didn’t elaborate further as to the reason for the warning to businesses in U.S. territories — including American Samoa.

Parents call on government to make Iliili road safer for school children


A traffic accident this week in which a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle has re-ignited calls by Ili’ili residents and parents of students attending the school, for the government—including Tualauta lawmakers— to do something that will reduce the speed of cars traveling on the Ili’ili-Airport road that runs in front of the school.

Health Dept. closes down Pago laundromat


The Dept. of Health’s Environmental Services Division continues to crack down on businesses that are operating in conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of the territory’s residents.
Earlier this week, a DOH team shut down the T.M. Inc. Laundromat in Pago Pago after customers complained that a very strong bad odor was coming from some of the broken washing machines.

May rainfall well over norm


The total rainfall so far for this month is 11.80 inches, well over the norm of 10.62 for May. This is according to local meteorologist Carol Maafala-Baqui who said that the rainy weather will continue until tonight.
She said the stationary front will eventually dissipate around noon today, “yet there will be clouds near the Samoan islands that will move westward, causing scattered rainfall to pass over the island.”

DPS head annoyed by HR transfer policies

Calls it “too much unnecessary work”

“That’s too much unnecessary work. It’s like stopping the police and it hampers our ability to do our work,” is how Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele describes the Human Resources’ policy on the voluntary and involuntary reassignment and transfer of employees. Save said he’s concerned about the policy and noted that DPS is different from other departments and agencies.

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