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LBJ opts not to renew Dr. Anesi’s contract

CEO says it is Chief Medical Officer's call
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The LBJ Hospital has opted not to renew the contract for the longest serving physician — since 1981 — Dr. Aloiamoa R. Anesi; this was confirmed by Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina. Samoa News received calls and emails over the weekend on this matter. According to Taufete’e last week Wednesday a letter was delivered to Dr. Anesi telling him that the Chief Medical Officer has opted not to renew his contract.
 



Court Report

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JURY TRIAL FOR DEFENDANT IN MANSLAUGHTER CASE, STARTS TODAY
 
Erasi Valusaga, who’s been held on bail of $100,000 since April last year in connection with the death of Namu Tuamasaga Aetui, 67 in an incident that occurred in Futiga, will have his jury selection this morning. Valusaga, 26 years old, is charged with manslaughter, negligent homicide, and second-degree assault, which are all felony charges.
 



UCAS continues to call attention to proposal to increase Fono salaries

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United Citizens of American Samoa has posted on its Facebook page that the organization is not in the business of “targeting any one single branch (of government) over the other and that the demonstrations were focused primarily on one issue — that being the controversial bill.” The group is referring to the bill passed recently in the House of Representatives that aims to raise Fono salaries by $20,000 for each member.
 



Samoa govt reaffirms tourists safety from zika

The Samoa caretaker government is reaffirming the safety of tourists visiting the country from zika virus.

Minister of Health Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama said Samoa had only had three confirmed cases of zika, which were in October and September last year.

He also had pointed out the latest 20 blood samples taken overseas for tests had been negative.

Tuitama said the Ministry of Health had already put in place measures to protect the public and overseas tourists from the disease.



Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga

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ERASI VALUSAGA
 
O le ali’i e 26 tausaga le matua mai Futiga lea o lo o tu’uaia i le fa’alavelave na maliu ai se matai a lona aiga ia Namu Tuamasaga Aetui, o le taeao nei lea ua fa’atulaga e le fa’amasinoga maualuga e amata aloaia ai taualumaga o lana fa’amasinoga iloilo.
 



Tala otooto mai le Fono Faitulafono

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PASIA TULI FRUEAN AVEA MA TOTINO KOMITI FAAFOE OFISA TURISI
 
E 14-0 le palota na pasia ai e le maota o sui i le vaiaso na te’a nei le suafa o le susuga a Tuli Fruean, e avea ai o ia ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe o le Ofisa o Turisi a le malo, e pei ona tofia ai o ia e le kovana ma ni isi se to’a 5.
 



Two Flag Day Boxing tournaments?

ASBC to host Flag Day Boxing Tournament, ASBF will host their own tourney
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The Flag Day Committee appointed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to discuss events for this year’s Flag Day has given the green light to the American Samoa Boxing Council (ASBC) to host the Flag Day Boxing Tournament. The committee is under the auspices of the Office of Samoan Affairs.
 



Secondary counselors train to prevent and combat bullying in schools

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Bullying in public schools is one of the issues being addressed during a three-day training held this week for elementary and secondary school counselors.
 
Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau said the training is conducted by Dr. Yvonne Ryans, the chief executive officer of Education Northwest Center, one of the three centers funded by the federal government to provide technical assistant to the US Pacific territories and part of the Western Pacific area of the US.



PNA Tuna News Briefs

Source: PNA newsletter

US INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO TREATY CRISIS
 
Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Transform Aqorau has told a United States newspaper that the PNA is not interested in boats that cannot pay, as mixed messages have surfaced among the US players about who should pay for US fishing access.
 
“You come fish in our waters, you fish according to our rules and regulations,” Aqorau said. “We don’t tell the U.S. and Japan how to fish their waters.”
 



OLAGA POLOGA

[E toe fa’atalofa atu i paaga masani a le tatou polokalame i lenei fo’i vaiaso, malo le soifua laulelei, malo fo’i le onosa’i, ae o le toe sosooina lenei o le tatou fagogo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le taimi lea na logo atu ai e le foma’i ia Lami, o loo mana’omia vave o ia e lona tama i se mataupu taua.]
 



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