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Governor serious about resolving ASG debts to locals

Deadline to provide details of outstanding unpaid invoices: May 31, 2016
fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given companies, which are owed money by the government until the end of this month to provide to the ASG Treasury Department details of outstanding unpaid invoices in an effort by the Administration to resolve outstanding ASG debts to vendors.
 



“Fa’afetai i le Atua ua toe maua mai si a’u tama!”

“E ui ina tiga i le loto le alu ese e le’i fa’anoi lenei teineititi, ae ua fa’afetai i le Atua ua toe maua mai si a’u tama, e le’o se va’aiga fita ua o’o i ai i ma’ua uma ma le tama o le aiga,” o se tala lea ma loimata o le tina o Ruta Lam Yuen.
 
I se tala ua maua nei Alana Lam Yuen ae ua va’aia lava ia te ia e le o i ai se afaina, peita’i, e ao ina talatalanoa vavalalata i ai le tina i se taimi paganoa e fa’asoa mai ona lagona ia te ia i taimi e mo’omia ai se fesoasoani.



LBJ’s Medicare certification directly tied to Medicaid

Loss of CMS certification means automatic loss of Medicaid funding
joyetter@samoanews.com

Medicaid Office Director, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young is concerned about the recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the noncompliance of the Dialysis Unit (or ESRD- End Stage Renal Disease unit) at the Territory’s only hospital.
 
 Responding to Samoa News queries, the Medicaid Director said that if LBJ loses its Medicare certification for the dialysis unit, “it will automatically lose funding from Medicaid for the dialysis unit and patients.”
 



LBJ CEO gives cabinet upbeat report on med center

However, notes problem with “overcrowded morgue”
joyetter@samoanews.com

Chief Justice Michael Kruse is one happy Judge, according to the hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina who reported reported during the Governor’s Cabinet meeting last week at the ASCC lecture hall, that the the Mental Facility building is finally completed.
 



Update: University of Michigan football camp coming to town

Wolverines Tony Tuioti & Head Coach Jim Harbaugh to lead separate clinics
tony@samoanews.com

Former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach James Joseph Harbaugh, who is the Head Coach for the University of Michigan “Wolverines” football program, will be coming to American Samoa to host camps for football prospects here on island. Leading the effort to bring down HC Jim Harbaugh and his group of coaches and NFL players are Michigan’s Director of Player Personnel, Tony Tuioti and Samoa Bowl’s Lealao Melila Purcell with the assistance of numerous government agencies and the private sector in American Samoa. 
 



One girl reported missing this week, now found

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One of the females who was reported missing this past week has been found.

Police sources state that it was a concerned resident who tipped off police about the girl’s whereabouts after seeing a photograph of her in Samoa News.

Feagai Tianara Aufaga-Naea of Vaitogi, a student at Leone High School, left home on Wednesday morning (April 13, 2016) at about 7 a.m.



Admitted embezzler under probation office microscope

joyetter@samoanews.com

Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond has scheduled a violation of probation hearing for Lepuiai Allen Mayer, former manager of Pacific Shipping Services, who pled guilty in connection with misappropriating $200,000 of company funds for his personal use.
 
He was charged with embezzlement, forgery and stealing which are all Class C felonies, but in the plea deal he signed with the Attorney General’s office, the defendant pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, and in return the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges.
 



Gov’t and Poly Air work together to medivac student

joyetter@samoanews.com

Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Galumalemana Fuapopo “Popo” Avegalio says assistance rendered by EMS to escort a Tafuna High School student to Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Moto’otua, Samoa was funded by the federal EMS for Children (EMSC) program.
 



Lolo calls Aleki Sene Sr a “true public servant icon”

fili@samoanews.com

American Samoa government’s longest serving director, Aleki Sene Sr., who passed away over the weekend, has been described by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, as a “true public servant icon” and the father of telecommunications for the territory.
 
Aleki Sene Sr., passed away peacefully on Saturday at the LBJ Medical Center surrounded by family members. He was 84.
 
Sene served as director, first with the Office of Communications, later named American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority, which he served as executive director.



Citizenship: Legal scholars side with ASG & Amata

“Should citizenship be imposed by judicial fiat?” they ask
fili@samoanews.com

A former federal prosecutor along with an expert in the history of American citizenship has joined US State Department and American Samoa in calling on the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a petition made with a writ of certiorari by five American Samoans, who are plaintiffs in the citizenship lawsuit.
 
The State Department, along with several officials, including the Secretary of State, are defendants in the citizenship suit, led by local resident Leneuoti F. Tuaua.
 



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