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Senate approves “Vote of No Confidence” for Thompson

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In a united stand, senators have approved a “Vote of No Confidence” resolution regarding ASG Employee Retirement Fund board of trustee member Sonny Thompson, and have also called on the governor for the removal of Thompson from the board, for allegedly “withholding pertinent information” on his status as a Fund member.
 
At the same time, both the Senate and House have unanimously endorsed the governor’s nomination of local businessman Tony Togiai as the private sector member — or non Fund member — of the Retirement board.



$5K salary rollbacks for LBJ HR generates “disgust”

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Hospital employees are “disgusted” with the recent move by the Hospital Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina, who has approved the rollback of “only $5,000” each in the salaries of Human Resources Director Komiti Emmesley and HR Assistant Director Dr. Akenese Nikolao Mutini.
 



Hearings: Directors’ salaries “just a bunch of numbers”

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Government directors didn’t get their pay increase as approved in the fiscal year 2015 budget and the increases are again included in the new FY 2016 budget, which begins on Oct. 1 this year, according to testimony heard on Tuesday during the Fono joint budget hearing for FY 2016.  Rep. Larry Sanitoa called the salary increases, “just a bunch of numbers,”
 



Senate votes “No Confidence” resolution to oust 2 on LBJ board

Sen. Tuaolo: The Senate must send “a message” to the board
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The Senate is taking a strong stand against the top two leaders of the LBJ Medical Center board of directors through a resolution that would tell the governor that the senators no longer have confidence — “le faatuatuaina” — when it comes to board chairman Mase Akapo and vice chairman Tofaeono Dr. Victor Williams. The senators voted unanimously to have the resolution drafted yesterday during its regular session.
 



Retirement chair calls to remove two boardmembers

Calls their presence on board “absolute conflict of interest”
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Chairman of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Board, Va’anatiu Tofala Iafeta has called on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to replace ASG Treasurer Ueli Tonumaipe’a and ASG Human Resources Director Sonny L. Thompson, who are currently board members, citing what he calls actions by both trustees that are in “absolute conflict of interest” and not in good faith concerning the Fund.
 



Commish sends cops to escort Exec Director from Retirement office

Chairman of the ret. board told Exec Director to come back to work
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“The Chairman has no authority over our investigation and because it’s on-going, we cannot have him (the Retirement Fund’s office Executive Director, Luatua Filisouoaiga Taafua) working for so many reasons,” said DPS Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele, when confirming that he had sent Criminal Investigations Division detectives to escort Luatua from the building.
 



LBJ: Fewer employees, higher salaries, cutback on supplies

Board chair says they’re “achieving goals in a timely manner”
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The LBJ Hospital has a high degree of accuracy in their revenue system and they have reduced their debts by 80%, according to a letter signed by chairman of the hospital board Mase Akapo, and sent to the governor last month.
 



Food Stamp recipients get $200 bonus in benefits

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Great news for all of the recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) as they will receive a one time bonus of $200 for this month, according to an announcement made in a statement issued by the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) Director Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona.
 
According to the statement the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has approved a one-time payment of bonus benefits for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) generally known as the Food Stamp Program.



Soisoi Galea’i polokalame kovana sii ai totogi o faiaoga

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Na soisoi le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli, ina ua fa’amalamalama e le Fa’atonusili o Aoga le auala o lo o fa’atautaia ai e le Ofisa o Aoga, le polokalame a le ali’i kovana e sii ai totogi mo faiaoga fai fa’ailoga o loo galulue i le matagaluega.
 



Overzealous Coast Guard inspections concern Lolo

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the US Coast Guard to be sensitive to American Samoa’s dependency on the tuna industry when performing their duties and urged the Coast Guard to work together with the territorial government to better serve the people.
 



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