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LBJ audit report shows increase of $2.6MIL for salaries

Also operating at a loss — $20.6million for 2014 and $20.3million for 2015
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The LBJ Medical Center operating revenue reported for 2014 is $24.5million while the 2015 revenue stands at $30.4million — an increase of $5.8million, according to the hospital’s audit report by Moss and Adams for fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. On the flip side: there was also an increase of $2.6million for salaries of the hospital personnel, according to the audit. 
 
Salaries, wages and employee benefits for 2014 were $24.6million — however for 2015 it increased to $27.2million.
 



Insular Cases have no bearing on Citizenship Clause says attorney

Calls them rulings “infused with indefensible racial biases”
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Lead attorney for the five American Samoans and a Samoan organization in California in the US citizenship lawsuit case have urged the Supreme Court of the United States to grant its petition for ‘writ of certiorari’ because the case “undisputedly presents a constitutional question of tremendous importance,” according to the plaintiffs’ brief filed on Monday.
 



Ex-army man disputes Samoa court's report

An ex army man who did not appear in the Supreme Court on Monday when his case was called has disputed the scheduled date it was supposed to be called.

Mualia Salamo failed to appear before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu this week and as a result an order was made for a warrant of arrest against him.

But Salamo who contacted the Samoa Observer yesterday, said he was only aware that his case was called on Monday when he read about it in an article in the Samoa Observer.



Nofoaga mo tagata ua leaga Fale Nofo - Fa’alavelave Fa’afuase’i

E to’atolu sui o le FEMA ua i ai i le teritori e fa’atautaia le semina mo le Fa’atula’ia o Nofoaga e pasia e le FEMA mo le tausia fa’apitoa o i latou ua afaina nofoaga e alaala ai, ona o fa’alavelave fa’anatura, po’o isi fa’alavelave e afua mai i ni faiga fa’aterarisi po’o fa’ama’i pepesi tele ua le mafai ona matineia.
 



Olaga Le Tumau

Vaega: 165
 
Taeao manuia i lou alafa’i mai i le manuia i lenei aso fou, o se aso e fa’aopoopo i lou soifua fa’apea ma si o’u nei ola vaivai, e ao ai ona o tatou fa’apea ifo, “Le Ali’i e, ia fo’i atu lava le vi’iga ma le fa’amanu i Lau Afio e fa’avavau, fa’avavau lava, amene.”
 



KARA: E fa’alagolago lou soifua i lau tausami

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HAGATNA, Guam - O se fautuaga malosi sa mafai ona fa’alauiloa e le tamaitai foma’i o Chasica Kara o Guam, e leai se isi auala e mafai ai ona maua e le Pasefika le soifua maloloina, sei vagana ua tausami i taumafa na aumai e le Atua e tausi ai le soifua maloloina o le tagata.
 
O laau na mafai ona fa’ailoa e Kara i le taimi o lana folasaga, o laau uma fo’i ia o lo o maua i le siosiomaga o Samoa ma ona tagata.
 



Court Report

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SEX CASE IN HIGH COURT
 
Bail of $20,000 has been set for Taauso Fa’afetai Siliga on charges of child molesting, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the government’s case, a 12-year-old girl was hanging out with the defendant, who’s 19 years old, behind a private school in Leone at 11pm at night. It’s alleged the defendant kissed the girl and touched her inappropriately.
 



White Collar employees in Am. Samoa to see pay hike under new law

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The “special salary level” for salary workers — who are considered exempt ‘white collar’ employees in American Samoa — will get a hike of nearly $400 a week under a US Department of Labor final rule published yesterday in federal portal, regulations.gov and the federal registry website, under the heading, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.
 



Samoan student pleads guilty to Facebook threats

A Samoan student has pleaded guilty to four charges of posting threats on Facebook and has been sent back to prison to await a July hearing on additional charges.

Setefano Taofia Toala has pleaded not guilty to five other charges relating to school fights between Avele College and a rival school which led to Avele temporary closing.

Talamua Online reports the National Prosecution office asked the court to deny bail for Setefano due to the seriousness of the offenses.



Samoa issues arrest warrant for ex- U.S. army man

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu has ordered a warrant of arrest for former United States army personnel, Mualia Salamo.

Mr. Salamo failed to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday where a hearing date was scheduled to be set.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to five charges against him under the Drugs and Narcotics Act and the possession of Unlawful and Illegal Weapons Act.

The former U.S. army man is accused of allegedly bringing in illegal drugs and weapons that were found in a container shipped into the country last year.



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