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Nepotism claims surround LBJ hiring practices

These hirings “create morale issues” says CEO
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Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina has confirmed that he is looking into the hiring process which brought the LBJ Board Chairman’s son to work for the hospital, to see “if that position was, in fact advertised internally and publicly.”
 
The CEO told Samoa News when he came on board there were a lot of complaints, and among those was the hiring of Mase Akapo’s son to the Procurement Division of the hospital.
 



Changes in Customs fees raises ire in biz community

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Two memos issued last month, February, by the Chief of Customs Moetulu’i S. Fuiava to all Customs Supervisors are causing anger in the business community, as the memos raise the cost of doing business in the territory by changing the way the Customs Inspection fees are charged to businesses, and in the case of loose cargo, charging an inspection fee to shipping companies that will be passed on to their customers.
 



Saini Lemanu pili fai ai suiga tulafono tau Femalagaaiga

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O le vaiaso nei na sainia ai e le afioga i le ali’i kovana le tumau ia Lemanu Peleti Mauga, le pili sa pasia e le Fono Faitulafono i le masina na te’a nei, lea e toe faia ai suiga i se vaega o Tulafono Tau Femalagaaiga, ma taofia ai le toe soona faia e pisinisi o talosaga mo tagata mai fafo e ulufale mai ma galulue i le teritori.
 



Hospital CEO claims injustices in hiring, salaries

First order of business: clean up LBJ Human Resources department
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“It’s time to turn the wheel — as it is ridiculous” how the salaries for the Director of Human Resources, Komiti Emmsley and HR Assistant Director, Dr. Akense Nikolao Mutini “have had several raises since their conversion from contract employees to career service employees,” said LBJ Hospital Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina, in an interview with Samoa News yesterday.
 



Study says PPG should be made a viable transit point

It would help reduce Hawaiian’s “empty seat risk”
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To reduce the “empty seat risk” on Hawaiian Airlines flights, the federally funded air transport market study has recommended that the American Samoa Government help facilitate connections in Pago Pago between Hawaiian and Polynesian Airlines flights.
 
Additionally, a plan should be developed for a transit lounge which would provide Pago Pago International Airport connection capability that could also be attractive to airlines from other island countries as a transit point.
 



Tulimata’i vaai to’atele taimi atoa ai le tautua kamupani i’a fou

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Ua fa’aalia e le to’atele o le atunu’u e aofia ai tagata faigaluega, pisinisi ma pasi la’u pasese, le tuli mata’i o le latou silasila i le taimi e atoatoa ai le auaunaga a le kamupnai i’a fou a le Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) i le atunu’u, ona o iina e vavala mai ai ni isi o fa’amanuiaga mo le atunu’u i le itu tau tupe ae maise ai o tulaga tau pisinisi.
 



Fuel surcharge drops in line with fuel prices, says ASPA

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“If you review your bill, you will see the fuel charge has dropped from about 30 cents last year to about 21 cents this month (February),” said American Samoa Power Authority CEO Utu Abe Malae in response to Samoa News queries over the weekend. There have been numerous complaints by the public about the drop in fuel prices, yet they don't see that drop reflected in their ASPA bill.
 



Ioe Stephania Sulusulu na ia gaoia silia $11,000

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O le aso 1 Me, 2015 lea ua fa’atulaga e fofogaina ai le fa’asalaga a le fa’amasinoga maualuga fa’asaga ia Stephania Sulusulu, i le mae’a ai lea ona ia ta’utino i le fa’aasinoga, e fa’amaonia tu’uaiga fa’asaga ia te ia, i lona fa’aaoga fa’agaoi lea o le silia i le $11,000 mai le kamupani o le GHC Reid Company sa galue ai o se tali tupe.
 



IRS revokes tax exempt status of Alliance for Strengthening Families

Financial person “dropped the ball”
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The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the 501(c) 3 for the Alliance for Strengthening Families, which has led to the Alliance office letting go of all of their employees.  This was confirmed Thursday by Dr. Oreta Crichton, a board member for the Alliance, who also said it’s “temporary”.
 
A 501(c) 3 status is given to non-profit organizations, allowing them to be tax exempt in the United States and its territories. The tax status is among the requirements when seeking grants from the federal government.
 



Tuligasi’a a le Faamasinoga ma le Ofisa o Femalagaiga

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O le ali’i mai Samoa lea o lo o ogatotonu ai nei tuligasi’a a le Faamasinoga Maualuga ma le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, i le tau sailia lea pe na fa’apefea ona toe ulufale mai i Amerika Samoa, ao lea sa poloaina o ia i le 2011 e aua ne’i ona toe ulufale mai i le atunuu mo le umi e 7 tausaga, ua ia ta’utino i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso nei, e fa’amaonia tu’uaiga i lona le usita’i lea i poloaiga a le fa’amasinoga sa tu’uina atu ia te ia.
 



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