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One in four children found to need further eye exams say screeners

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Over 50 of the nearly 200 youngsters who have taken advantage of the free vision screenings at MyVision Eye Center and Optical so far this month are in need of comprehensive eye exams and most likely — eyeglasses.
 



Court Report

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FORMER ASPA EMPLOYEE JAILED FOR 28 MONTHS
 
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond handed down a 28-month sentence a former ASPA employee, Laumaile Tali, who was arrested and charged two months ago on allegations of stealing money she had collected from payments made by residents and businesses in Manu’a.
 
Tali was charged with stealing and embezzlement but in a plea agreement with the government she pleaded guilty to stealing while the government moved to dismiss the embezzlement charge.
 



Fono News

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LEAKED PERSONNEL RECORDS, FOCUS OF SENATE HEARING
 
During yesterday’s Senate session, Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli says recent news media reports cited concerns raised by ASPA executive director Utu Abe Malae on the leaking of personnel records to the media.
 



PHOTOS: HOKULE'A WELCOMED WITH TRADITIONAL CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

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The wait is over. After nearly two decades since its last stop in the territory back in 1986, the historic Hokule'a voyage arrived in the territory yesterday and was welcomed by more than 100 people waiting in the sun at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei.
 



CMS: LBJ’s loss of Medicare funding is eminent

Corrective actions should have been taken years ago
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The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has identified more than ten violations of federal regulations at LBJ Medical Center, and the federal agency now requires LBJ to correct the violations, or face the loss of its CMS re-certification, according to two CMS letters — both dated Aug. 13 — to LBJ acting CEO, Taufete’e John Faumuina.
 
Of interest is that the CMS letters revealed that these violations of the Medicare program were first identified in 2010 but were never addressed.
 



Board to advertise LBJ CEO position locally only

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The LBJ Medical Center Chief Executive Officer position will not be advertised off island as has been done in the past, rather it will only be advertised locally this time, says hospital board Chairman, Leilua Mase Akapo, who’s the current Acting LBJ Chief Executive officer.
 
Leilua told Samoa News yesterday via phone that Taufete’e John Faumuina was acting CEO when Leilua was off island, however now that Leilua has returned, he’s the acting CEO.
 



Gov stops $10K bonuses

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ASG Treasurer Tonumaipe’a shared some good news with senators when he told them that Gov. Lolo Matalasi has put a stop to paying out $10,000 bonuses to long time employees who retire from government service, until such a proposal comes to the Fono for review.
 
The issue of bonuses surfaced in both the Senate and House last week during separate committee hearings on Tonumaipe’a's confirmation as Treasurer, and many lawmakers were disappointed that such a policy is benefiting only a few.
 



Special kids Healthy Athletes program

Lions Club, Boy Scouts, DOH, LBJ, FFAS, and Athletic Assoc. all lend a hand
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It’s all about teamwork. On Monday, August 18, several community groups joined forces to help our Special Athletes, who are looking forward to the Special Olympics World Games scheduled to be held in Los Angeles next summer. From July 25- August 8, 2015, our athletes will join their fellow hopefuls from around the world on the University of Southern California and UCLA campuses to test their mettle, and show the world their strength.
 



Lawmakers postpone hearings following budget confusion

Seek further explanations from Medicaid and Admin. Services
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The Department of Administrative Services as well as the Medicaid Office, which is under the Governor’s office, will both appear before lawmakers again, after lawmakers motioned for postponement because they are seeking additional information to clarify some issues in the two agencies’ respective budgets.
 



TAOA budget hearing reveals Fono objections to cooked meal program

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Several lawmakers, for the first time, have voiced directly to the head of the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Tifimalae Ale, their objections to the use of cooked meals replacing the food vouchers for senior citizens, despite the director explaining that cooked meals are a requirement by the federal grantor, which provides just over $1 million for this program.
 



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