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Aunu’u man dies while saving sister from drowning


An ASPA worker from Aunu’u died Wednesday evening after he jumped in the ocean to save his sister, who had fallen off a small craft that was heading to the Auasi wharf.

Poly Air going to Manu'a — 30 day exemption granted


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted Polynesian Airlines application for an emergency exemption to operate the territory’s domestic air service, but the initial period of the exemption is only for 30-days.
Polynesian’s request — made Aug. 25 — was to permit the Samoa government airline to  transport persons, property, and mail to and from the Manu’a islands for a period of 90 days beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

Amnesty bill first step in Immigration reform


Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the immigration amnesty bill is the first step by the Lolo Administration towards immigration reform as the governor’s office will in the future submit appropriate legislation to fix any current immigration law “loopholes” which allow more foreigners to stay in the territory than necessary under the annual immigration quota.

Tax Office cracks down on nonprofit fundraisers

BINGO and car washes included

Churches and denominations conducting weekly BINGOs and fundraisers have been cautioned that they may lose their “tax exempt status” if they do not follow the law, which is that these activities are to be done infrequently, however, that is not the case, as some churches conduct BINGO games twice a week, says Tax Manager Richard Jimmerson.

Sen. asks, Why do LBJ's off-island CEOs never stay?

Then asked who leaked former CEO Fleming’s evaluation report to the media

The majority of the CEOs who are hired by the hospital from off island do not fulfill their contracts — they are either terminated, forced to resign or they leave prior to the end of their contract, said Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli to the hospital board on Monday morning.
“Why is it that…?” the senator wanted to know, pointing out that the longest serving CEO was Taufete’e John Faumuina.

Port Budget hearings turn to Manu'a transportation woes


The long delay in getting the government owned Segaula plane up and flying as well as the need for American Samoa to support the Polynesian Airlines application to operate air service to and from Manu’a, were raised yesterday with Department of Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele, during the department’s fiscal year 2015 budget hearing.

CMS: Add-on dialysis unit an “immediate jeopardy”


The add-on dialysis unit at LBJ Medical Center, which was converted from a conference room to a temporary dialysis treatment area — without regional office notification or approval until later — has been labeled what Center Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) term an “immediate jeopardy (IJ)”, according to its survey, taken from June 23-26 this year.
IJ is a situation in which a hospital’s non-compliance with one or more requirements has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury.

DoH budget addresses gov’s vision for primary care

Hires “Dr. Sean” to spearhead this mandate

Health Department director Motusa Tuileama Nua has moved to address Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s “vision” for primary care by placing it under the jurisdiction of Health with the hiring of a U.S. medical doctor to spearhead this mandate.
Motusa made the statement at yesterday’s DoH fiscal year 2015 budget hearing when introducing his staff, who accompanied him to the witness table.

Manu'a may see some air transportation relief

Poly Air applies for temp exemption

Based on a request from the American Samoa government, Polynesian Airlines has filed for a temporary exemption with the U.S. Department of Transportation, in order to be able to operate commercial flights between Tutuila and the Manu’a island group.
The exemption is required due to federal cabotage law, which forbids any foreign carrier from operating between U.S. ports. The Samoa government owned airline has in the past applied for, and been granted, an emergency exemption when no other U.S. carrier operated  domestic flights.

LBJ Board responds to CMS by establishing new division

Random, unannounced surveys of hospital promised

The Board of Directors of the local LBJ Medical Center has established a new division with a central focus to conduct random, unannounced surveys similar to those conducted by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and report their findings to the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.

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