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Toa Samoa Residents come up short in Hawaii

The Toa Samoa Residents have been beaten 18-12 by the USA Tomahawks in their Ohana Cup clash in Hawaii.

The hosts opened the scoring after 15 minutes and led 6-0 at halftime.

Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

A full-strength Toa team will compete in the Four Nations tournament at the end of the year against New Zealand, Australia and England.



Tests, survey results indicate need for dual language instruction

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Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau shared last week with senators results of two tests and one survey conducted by the government as DOE makes preparations for the use of dual language — Samoan and English — classroom instruction for public schools.
 



Tax revenue collection projected downward for FY 2015

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“Although overall tax collection has been strong this year — in part due to the restoration of lost tax revenues connected with ASPA being a fuel supplier, and an increase in tax audit activities — tax revenue collection is projected to be 5% lower next year versus the previous fiscal year,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. He said this is mostly due to the 9% reduction in individual income taxes due to the large number of non-filer individuals.
 



Community Briefs

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SOFIAS DONATE TO LBJ DIALYSIS UNIT
 
Making good on their promise that proceeds from the recent Mr. American Samoa pageant, which they sponsored will go towards the dialysis unit of the LBJ Medical Center, the Society of Faafafine in American Samoa (SOFIAS) presented a check of $2,000 last week to representatives of the dialysis unit and LBJ Hospital CFO Pauline Gebauer.
 



Hospital and Health Dept sign $3MIL contract for Electronic Health Record system

System mandatory under Medicare/Medicaid
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The American Samoa Medical Center Authority and the Department of Health have entered into a multimillion dollar contract with Medsphere Systems Corporation, which will be installing a comprehensive electronic health record system in the territory — a completion date was never mentioned during the more than hour long presentation at the American Samoa Community College Lecture Hall, last week Thursday.
 



OHS July 4 holiday weekend report: 10 accidents, no fatalities

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Eleven vehicles and two pedestrians in Fagatogo and Maleimi were involved in accidents during the long July 4th holiday weekend.
 
According to information from the DPS Office of Highway Safety, between July 4 and July 7, a total of six cases were uploaded into their data system: one personal injury case and five incidents involving property damage.
 



Joey Iosefa listed among Doak Walker Award candidates

DALLAS – University of Hawai'i senior running back Joey Iosefa was among the early group of players selected to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, announced by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back.



Governor updates Fono on Manu’a and Swains transportation options

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The new government owned catamaran purchased to provide transport between the Manu’a islands is now expected to arrive later this month, while efforts are ongoing to secure a second larger vessel for ocean transportation between Tutuila and the Manu’a islands.
 
This was the update provided by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his fiscal year 2015 budget cover letter to the Fono leaders this week. The governor shared with the Fono an update on transportation services for the Manu’a islands, when he discussed economic development for the island group.



Court Report

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DPS OFFICER ENTERS PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
 
Senior police officer Poe Leapai, yesterday entered a plea of not guilty to three charges of stealing filed against him on allegations that while in uniform he allegedly placed dead cockroaches in the food he would buy from certain stores run by Asians, and then ask the store owners for money in return for not contacting the Department of Health.
 



Uaealesi mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA

FACEBOOK FAIKAKAKLA
 
Te’i le Fafige Faikakala ina ua tago e tatala atu lana ‘Facebook page’ i le isi afiafi, ae tau atu ai i muimuiga a isi maula e faigaluega i isi matagaluega a le malo, o lo o tali e ma fai tala ula e fa’atatau i le suega a le Matagaluega o Aoga e taua o le ‘Praxis test’ ea po o le a, lea fai mai e ova i le 700 le aofai o faiaoga na su’e i le suega lea i le masina o Iuni na te’a nei, ae na o le 140 ma ona tupu faiaoga na pasi.
 



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