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LBJ 4th Qtr report yields bombshell

joy@samoanews.com

The hospital’s fourth quarter report has brought to light the fact that the previous Chief Financial Officer, Viola Babcock, advanced $4.3million from Medicare due to cash needed for payroll, a move labeled by the present Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina as a “mistake”.
 



ASG will take back Segaula airplane if not flying by Dec

Tasania Airline ready to step in to offer Manu’a air service
joy@samoanews.com

The Port Administration has given Inter Island Airways dba Manu’a Airways Executive President Barney Sene, up until next month December 2014 to get the Segaula operational, if not, the Port will take back the government airplane and revoke the memorandum of understanding signed between ASG and Sene, says Port Director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele.
 



MISA TAALOGA AOGA

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Manu'a se teineititi ina ua tauai e ni isi le pasi na malaga ai
 
E to'atasi se teineititi aoga na manu'a ina ua lavea i se ma'a na togi atu e se tagata aga'i i le pasi aoga i le aso To'ona'i na te'a nei, ina ua mae'a le ta'aloga e sailia ai le siamupini i le va o le 'au a le Aoga Maualuga a Tafuna ma Fagaitua, ma manumalo ai Fagaitua i 'ai e 24-22 i se ta'aloga mataina ma finau.
 



Governor unhappy with DOL threats to ASG

joy@samoanews.com

The move by the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor — that has threatened to close down government departments that are in violation of labor laws — did not sit well with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, and he noted this during the ASG cabinet meeting Friday, when he spoke on the issue of overtime and compensatory time.
 
Lolo said that he “went hard on the labor people — but they were right.”
 



Faga'itua's “Pooch” Taase: “You are champions”

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Faga’itua High School’s Head Football Coach and Vice Principal Suaese “Pooch” Taase told his victorious Vikings that their win over the Tafuna High School Warriors was a “miracle” (vavega).
 



Fa'atali se fa'aiuga i le tagi Al-Sheri fa'asaga iuga palota Itumalo Alataua

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Ua taoto atu nei i se fa'aiuga a le Vaega Apili o le Fa'amasinoga Maualuga a Amerika Samoa, le tagi sa fa'aulu e se tasi o sui tauva sa tausinio i le palota a le Itumalo o Alataua, Fatumalalala Al-Sheri, fa'asaga i ni fa'aletonu sa ia maitauina i le faiga palota a le itumalo na se'i mavae atu nei.
 



Catholic education system in spotlight for revamp

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Thirty years after he left in 1984, Brother Donald Texeiria, the former head of the Marist Brothers all boys Catholic School in Atu’u has returned to the territory to conduct an overall assessment of the local Catholic school system
 
Brother Donald along with Brother Kevin arrived in American Samoa this past Thursday and were greeted at the airport by the leader of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago Bishop Peter Hugh Brown, Vicar General Father Kelemete Puaauli, and some of the Marist Brothers alumni.
 



“We are committed to the success of StarKist Samoa”

Dongwon purchases Satala can plant
fili@samoanews.com

The can manufacturing plant at Satala is back in the StarKist Co. family after StarKist owner, Dongwon industries purchased the facility for an undisclosed amount of money saying there would be no major changes in current operations.
 
Reuters news agency reported late last month that Dongwon Systems Corp., a subsidiary of South Korean based Dongwon industries, had acquired 100% of Ardagh Metal Packing American Samoa Inc.  — locally known as Ardagh Impress Samoa Inc. Ardagh has a workforce of less than 100 and has been the can supplier for StarKist Samoa.



PASESE: E le o matou o ni manu e fai ai fa'apea

ausage@samoanews.com

O le loto tiga ma lagona le fiafia na a'afia ai finagalo o ni isi o le pasese a le va’a mai Samoa, le Lady Naomi i le aso Tofi na te’a nei, ina ua silia ma le itula o latou laulau tutu e fa’atali le taimi e taunu’u ane sui o le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga e kilia le pasese a le va’a.
 



Election petitions: one dismissed, one under advisement

joy@samoanews.com

The Appellate Division of the High Court has ruled on the petition filed against the winner of the Pago Pago election Meauta L Mageo and Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean, filed by Va’amua Henry Sesepasara.
 
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Associate Justices, John L Ward, Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Logoai Siaki and Sala Mamea Jr ruled to dismiss the petition, but noted that a more detailed ruling will be issued at a later date on the court’s reasons for granting the dismissal.
 



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