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Finagalo Senatoa aveese Mase ma Tofaeono mai Komiti LBJ

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Ua malilie le maota maualuga e fa’aulu sa latou i’ugafono e talosagaina ai le afioga i le ali’i kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, ina ia aveese Leilua Mase Akapo ma Dr. Victor Tofaeono mai le toe avea ma totino o le Komiti Fa’afoe a le Falema’i o le LBJ, ina ua le toe talitonuina i laua e afioga i Senatoa.
 



Retirement chair calls to remove two boardmembers

Calls their presence on board “absolute conflict of interest”
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Chairman of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Board, Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta has called on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to replace ASG Treasurer Ueli Tonumaipe’a and ASG Human Resources Director Sonny L. Thompson, who are currently board members, citing what he calls actions by both trustees that are in “absolute conflict of interest” and not in good faith concerning the Fund.
 



Commish sends cops to escort Exec Director from Retirement office

Chairman of the ret. board told Exec Director to come back to work
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“The Chairman has no authority over our investigation and because it’s on-going, we cannot have him (the Retirement Fund’s office Executive Director, Luatua Filisouoaiga Taafua) working for so many reasons,” said DPS Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele, when confirming that he had sent Criminal Investigations Division detectives to escort Luatua from the building.
 



LBJ: Fewer employees, higher salaries, cutback on supplies

Board chair says they’re “achieving goals in a timely manner”
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The LBJ Hospital has a high degree of accuracy in their revenue system and they have reduced their debts by 80%, according to a letter signed by chairman of the hospital board Mase Akapo, and sent to the governor last month.
 



Food Stamp recipients get $200 bonus in benefits

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Great news for all of the recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) as they will receive a one time bonus of $200 for this month, according to an announcement made in a statement issued by the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) Director Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona.
 
According to the statement the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has approved a one-time payment of bonus benefits for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) generally known as the Food Stamp Program.



Soisoi Galea’i polokalame kovana sii ai totogi o faiaoga

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Na soisoi le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli, ina ua fa’amalamalama e le Fa’atonusili o Aoga le auala o lo o fa’atautaia ai e le Ofisa o Aoga, le polokalame a le ali’i kovana e sii ai totogi mo faiaoga fai fa’ailoga o loo galulue i le matagaluega.
 



Overzealous Coast Guard inspections concern Lolo

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the US Coast Guard to be sensitive to American Samoa’s dependency on the tuna industry when performing their duties and urged the Coast Guard to work together with the territorial government to better serve the people.
 



Senators hear about Mase’s and Dr. Tofaeono’s 7 trips

Mase says he will reimburse LBJ for two of his four trips
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After a hospital report confirmed he had traveled four times under the off island medical referral program, LBJ Medical Center board chairman Mase Akapo told senators last week of his plans to reimburse the referral program for two of those trips.
 
This information came during Mase’s closing remarks at last Thursday’s Senate Health/LBJ Committee hearing, where the board chairman called for a closed-door hearing to further assert federal laws — HIPAA Privacy Rules — which protect the privacy of a patient.
 



Tele fa’asea a Senatoa fa’asaga i le fa’aletonu o faleaoga

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AUMAVAE: Matou te le o nofonofo o lea e fai a matou galuega
 
E anoanoa’i fa’asea na lafo e afioga i senatoa i le Pule o le Vaega o loo gafa ma le Fa’aleleia o Faleaoga i le atunu’u (School Maintenance) i le vaiaso na te’a nei, i le tele o fa’aletonu o loo tula’i mai i faleaoga eseese i totonu o le atunu’u, e mafua mai i le nofonofo ae le faia ni a latou galuega.
 



Fono to begin joint budget review on Monday

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The Fono’s joint-review of the American Samoa government fiscal year 2016 budget is scheduled to last for two and a half weeks, starting next week Monday. The proposed FY 2016 budget totaled just over $417 million.
 
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao and House Budget committee chairman Rep. Timusa Tini C. Lam Yuen recently sent a letter to ASG Budget and Planning Office director Catherine D. Saelua about the scheduled hearings to begin on Aug. 31, with the Fono budget the last one to be reviewed on Sept. 16.



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