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LBJ Board forces CEO to resign immediately

Calls his Evaluation Performance “Unacceptable”

“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"


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

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


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”.

Eyewitness to plane crash tells of sorrow over being unable to help


American Samoa was the headquarters yesterday for the search for debris from a single engine Beechcraft, carrying a man and his 17-year-old son that crashed around 9:50pm Wednesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport.
The victims have been identified as Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris, who took off last month on a world-spanning journey to raise money for charity. They’d planned to spend 30 days flying to cities around the world, including London and Istanbul.

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

"Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream? Because that person has a drive, they have a focus, and they have a need to explore that dream," he wrote in a July 15 blog for The Huffington Post.

UPDATES: Private plane crashes after take off from Pago Pago Int'l Airport


A private pane went down in American Samoa waters leaving two dead, according to Marine Patrol officers sent to sea close to midnight with a search and rescue team.
The first body was brought in around 1:15 am at the wharf before the marine officers went back to search for a second body. Apparently the plane had just taken off from the Pago Pago International Airport, said Airport Police.
The Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol officers suspended their search for the second body about 4am this morning. 

LBJ board moves to appoint Taufete’e as Acting CEO

Joseph Davis Fleming served with forced resignation notice

The LBJ Hospital Board has appointed board member Taufete’e John Taufete’e as Acting Chief Executive Officer for the hospital, a move which occurred after hospital board member Faimealelei Anthony Allen yesterday served hospital CEO Joseph Davis Fleming with a forced resignation notice asking for his resignation by 4p.m. yesterday.
Faimealelei told Samoa News that this move was approved by the board several weeks back however, they waited until Fleming returned to the island to serve him with the notice.

U.S. territories exempted from some of Obamacare


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) has exempted American Samoa and other U.S. territories from certain Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, provisions dealing with health insurance issuers in the insular areas.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni made the revelation in a news release last Friday, following a July 16 letter from USDHHS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to insurance commissioners for the governments of the territories.

Cost-U-Less closed by DoH: “Unsanitary conditions” cited


Department of Health has closed down well known local wholesaler, Cost-U-Less’ store due to “unsanitary conditions,” says Dept. of Health official Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu. The company has been given five working days to address the health and safety issues cited by health inspectors.
Papali’i told Samoa News after 5p.m. yesterday that DoH had last week advised the store to correct health issues identified by health inspectors, who conducted a site visit following many public complaints to DOH.

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