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One dead, one missing after private plane crashes after take off from Pago Pago


A private jet went down in American Samoa waters leaving two dead, according to Marine Patrol officers sent to sea close to midnight with a search and rescue team.
The first body was brought in around 1:15 am at the wharf before the marine officers went back to search for a second body. Apparently the plane had just taken off from the Pago Pago International Airport, said Airport Police.T
he Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol officers suspended their search for the second body about 4am this morning. 

LBJ board moves to appoint Taufete’e as Acting CEO

Joseph Davis Fleming served with forced resignation notice

The LBJ Hospital Board has appointed board member Taufete’e John Taufete’e as Acting Chief Executive Officer for the hospital, a move which occurred after hospital board member Faimealelei Anthony Allen yesterday served hospital CEO Joseph Davis Fleming with a forced resignation notice asking for his resignation by 4p.m. yesterday.
Faimealelei told Samoa News that this move was approved by the board several weeks back however, they waited until Fleming returned to the island to serve him with the notice.

U.S. territories exempted from some of Obamacare


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) has exempted American Samoa and other U.S. territories from certain Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, provisions dealing with health insurance issuers in the insular areas.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni made the revelation in a news release last Friday, following a July 16 letter from USDHHS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to insurance commissioners for the governments of the territories.



Puleleiite Li’a Tufele of Bluesky Communications was the first to shower in the ice cold bucket of water during their Ice Challenge held last Friday as part of the worldwide online fiesta “Ice Challenge”, a tribute to all those who have and are battling cancer.
Tufele presented a $2,000.00 check donation from Bluesky Communication to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition at the end of the event.

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High Court convicts Barlow on 16 of 19 counts; from sodomy to careless driving


The Trial Division of the High Court has convicted James Barlow of 16 of the 19 criminal counts against him in connection with sexually related activity and traffic citations, following a bench trial, which was presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Pereira and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.

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Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond handed down a straight seven year sentence for Malaki Sao, who admitted to stealing $700 cash from a woman at Sadie Thompson’s Inn in Fagatogo several months ago. Sao, who was charged with stealing and escaping from police confinement entered into a plea agreement with the government. He pled guilty to stealing, while the remaining charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Governor considering early retirement incentive packages for ASG

Meanwhile, Retirement Board still incomplete

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is considering a Department of Human Resources proposal for government employees who have indicated they are open to, or are eligible for retirement.
This is according to the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, who was responding to Samoa News inquiries asking if the governor was looking at offering any early retirement incentive packages to ASG workers.

Cost-U-Less closed by DoH: “Unsanitary conditions” cited


Department of Health has closed down well known local wholesaler, Cost-U-Less’ store due to “unsanitary conditions,” says Dept. of Health official Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu. The company has been given five working days to address the health and safety issues cited by health inspectors.
Papali’i told Samoa News after 5p.m. yesterday that DoH had last week advised the store to correct health issues identified by health inspectors, who conducted a site visit following many public complaints to DOH.

One death from suspected mosquito borne illness


A young man has died from an illness outbreak, which the Department of Health and LBJ hospital have detected as an illness with symptoms that include fever, rash and joint pains, according to a health alert issued by DoH Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua.
There have been “more than 100 patients with several hospitalizations and one death which have occurred on Tutuila in the past 20 days,” says the health alert, titled: “Dengue-like Illness.”

US fishing fleet faces uncertain future in the Pacific


American Tunaboat Association (ATA) executive director Brian Hallman says ATA is disappointed that ‘no deal’ was reached at the conclusion of American treaty negotiations with Pacific Island nations, and that leaves the United States tuna fleet without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean in 2015.
The negotiations on the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) were held in Auckland, New Zealand from July 9-12.

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