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Primary Care fight highlights poor working relationships

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Merging the Primary Care Clinic with the Medical Clinic of the LBJ Medical Center has prompted accusations of “reckless” and “undermining” authority against Chief Medical Officer Dr. Iotamo Salepaga, by Chief Executive Officer Joseph Davis-Fleming, while LBJ board chairman Mase Akapo has accused the CEO of being “obstructive” over the move to merge the two clinics.
 



Pink Eye Update: Lemanu calls emergency meeting

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Due to the massive spread of Pink Eye in the territory which has affected ASG, businesses, families and schools — and now with the upcoming Flag Day activities — Acting Governor Lemanu P. Mauga called an Emergency meeting over the weekend with his cabinet members at the Department of Health.
 



Primary Care docs have options, says Saleapaga

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Two physicians at LBJ Medical Center that appear unhappy with the merging of the Primary Care Clinic and Medical Clinic as well as additional duties given to them, have been told that “there are options available.”
 
In an April 7 letter to LBJ physicians, chief medical officer Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga, who signed the letter as Medical Director, announced the merging of the two clinics and outlined new or additional duties for physicians from the former Primary Care. (See Samoa News edition Apr. 11 for details.
 



Pre Flag Day events: TMO Marist 7s results

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This year’s Flag Day celebration, marking the 114 years since American Samoa became part of the U.S. family, began Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium with the TMO/Marist 7s Rugby tournament that ended Saturday. Here are the results:
 
Cup Final — Vailele 22 Vailima Marist St. Joseph's 19
Shield Final - Laulii AS 14 Nu'uuli 7
Bowl Final - Moataa 12 Nofoalii 0
Plate Final - Apia 5 Tepatasi 7
 
Details and photos as they become available.
 



Former oil supplier disputes owing ASG tax over $88M

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Absent a trade or business in the territory, the American Samoa Power Authority’s former oil supplier has questioned how the government determined that the company owes over $88 million in taxes for years 2009 to 2012.
 
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific PTE, an indirect subsidiary of U.S. based Exxon Mobil, raised this and other issues in a petition filed last month with the High Court after getting in October 2013 four “Notices of Deficiencies” for the years at issue from the ASG Treasury Department.
 



Gov’s brother appointed as Assistant to Commissioner

Nepotism not sitting well with long time officers
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The Appointment of the governor’s brother, Fuega Moliga as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Safety with a high salary is not sitting well with high ranking police officers. In addition, the Lolo and Lemanu Administration has assigned the Director of the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation (OFPI) Save Liuato Tuitele to DPS for 90 days.
 
Both appointments have been confirmed by the Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck in response to Samoa News queries late Wednesday evening.
 



Saleapaga merges Primary Care with Internal Medicine

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The Primary Care has officially been merged with the Internal Medicine Department, said Hospital Medical Director, Dr Iotamo Saleapaga, in a letter to all physicians, sent out on Monday this week. Saleapaga stated that the former Primary Care Clinic is now an extension of the existing Medical Clinic and will no longer be called Primary Care Clinic but rather a Medical Clinic.
 
Samoa News understands the merge was ordered by the CMO without consulting with the CEO.
 



Eni speaks on the House Floor about 114th Flag Day

Congressman Faleomavaega’s office issued a press release saying that the congressman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in celebration of American Samoa’s 114th Flag Day coming next week.
 
With the House set to begin the two week April recess later today, Faleomavaega offered his floor statement Apr. 9, 2014, during “One-Minute Speeches,” a period during which members from each side may offer remarks on any topic of his or her choice.
 



Attorney for Siaumau Siaumau Jr. files motions to move case forward

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Assistant Public Defender Mike White on Tuesday filed motions to dismiss four previous motions filed by Tautai Aviata Fa’alevao when he was representing Siaumau Siaumau Jr., accused in the deadly shooting of Police Detective Lt. Liusila Brown in front of the temporary High Court building in Fagatogo in July 2010.
 



Senators want scholarship board to change loan policy

To help students from low income families is the intent of the local law
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Senators have urged the ASG Student Financial Aid board, or scholarship board, to thoroughly review local law dealing with the student loan program which targets low income families, and recently advised its chairman to review the board's old policy that says only students with a 3.5 grade point average and above qualify for student loans.
 



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