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One Poly plane down again after “scary” runway incident

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One of Polynesian Airlines’ Twin Otter aircraft experienced an incident at Fagalii airport, last Friday (our Thursday) and Polynesian Airline Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala confirmed this in a statement issued to the media yesterday afternoon.
 
According to Seiuli, on Friday, July 25, 2014, “One of its aircraft experienced a controllable runway excursion at Fagalii airport.”
 
(A runway excursion is an event in which an aircraft veers off or overruns the runway surface.)
 



Deputy Treasurer nominated as next ASG Treasurer

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Deputy Treasurer, Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a, who’s been with Treasury for over 20 years, has been appointed as Treasurer and his nomination was submitted to the Fono leaders last week Tuesday. In a letter to the Fono, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga noted that due to the untimely passing of late Treasurer Dr Falema’o Phil Pili, the duty falls upon the administration to nominate his successor.
 



Coast Guard suspends air search for Babar Suleman

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman who went missing during a plane crash last Tuesday in the waters off American Samoa.
 
In a statement Sunday, the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard says the search - using its C-130 aircraft, which was dispatched from Hawai’i last Wednesday - was suspended Saturday.
 
Commander of the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, says the decision to suspend a search and rescue case is a difficult one.
 



Memorial Service at sea for Haris Suleman set for Sunday

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The American Samoa Government will be holding a memorial service at  sea at 1pm Sunday afternoon in memory of Haris Suleman who died in the crash of his single engine Beechcraft airplace this past Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport. Search and rescue efforts for 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on the around-the-world flight, continue.
 



DoH confirms three cases of "Chik Virus" in territory

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Department of Health has now confirmed the presence of chikungunya — sometimes called the "Chik Virus" - in American Samoa with three cases confirmed as health officials urge the community to clean their surroundings where mosquitoes could breed.
 



LBJ Board does not mince words about ex-CEO

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In the letter from the LBJ Board of Directors that forced the resignation of Medical Center CEO Joseph Davis-Fleming, an evaluation of the CEO’s performance by the board members is cited and attached as part of the reason he was found “unfit to continue as CEO for LBJ hospital,” after a majority vote by the board.
 
Samoa News was able to obtain a copy of the letter, which is dated July 21, 2014. The form used by the board for the CEO’s evaluation is from the LBJ-Human Resources Department and the board members are not identified by name.



LBJ Board forces CEO to resign immediately

Calls his Evaluation Performance “Unacceptable”
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“We have not been officially informed of the hospital board’s decision regarding the hospital’s CEO position,” said Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is the Acting Governor, in response to Samoa News queries earlier this week. Lemanu told Samoa News that he only found out when checking his mail and he came across the letter to end the CEO’s contract.
 
He then declined to further comment on the matter while he awaits a briefing from the board, saying “I don’t want to micromanage the decision by the hospital board.”



Tri-Marine: Pacific Tuna Treaty should be "priority"

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Tri Marine International has called on the Obama Administration to make a “priority” on the federal government’s agenda, the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with Pacific Island countries, giving U.S. fishing fleet access to the Pacific region.
 
As previously reported by Samoa News the American treaty negotiations with Pacific Islands nations failed to reach a deal during negotiations of the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) held in Auckland, New Zealand two weeks ago.
 



Search and Rescue has not yet found Babar Suleman

Family members arrive tonight on Hawaiian Air
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It’s unclear if the American Samoa Government’s Search and Rescue teams will be suspended after 72 hours in the search for the remains of 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on an around-the-world flight, said Director for Homeland Security Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa.
 
The 72-hour limit expires today at 6pm.
 
The single engine Beechcraft, carrying Suleman and his 17-year-old son crashed around 9:50pm Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport.
 



Update: USCG and Marine Patrol resume search for Babar Suleman

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The U.S. Coast Guard says some of the debris from the single-engine plane which crashed Tuesday night in the waters off American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila, has been located and collected by territorial officials.
 
Honolulu based Coast Guard spokesman Gene Maestas told Samoa News this morning that while the search has not found “a whole plane, we have spotted debris such as a wheel, part of the fuselage and personal items such as duffle bag and other items”.
 



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