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LBJ CEO gives cabinet upbeat report on med center

However, notes problem with “overcrowded morgue”

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

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


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


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


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”


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

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.

Lolo tells cabinet to pay money owed to businesses


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is calling on his cabinet members to submit outstanding invoices for what the government owes the business community. Lolo pointed out that he’s seen firsthand invoices dating back to 2012 and he says the department heads need to pay those invoices.
The announcement was made during the cabinet meeting held yesterday at the ASCC lecture hall. Lolo pointed out that it has come to his attention that the government still owes the public, and something has to be done.

CMS report on Dialysis Unit cites lack of oversight by Medical Director


One of the “Conditions” mentioned in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 98 deficiency statements regarding the Dialysis Unit (or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facility at LBJ Hospital, are questions regarding the responsibilities of the Dialysis Medical Director.

Hawaiian Airlines pilots vote to authorize strike

Hawaiian Airlines’ unionized pilots voted to authorize a strike if they are unable to agree with management on a new contract.

The Air Line Pilots Association said today in a news release, “almost 98 percent of the pilot group voted, and of those voting, 99 percent voted to support the strike.”

Unions can take a strike authorization vote as a way to put pressure on management during contract negotiations. The vote does not mean a strike is likely to happen.

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