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Kruse tosses burden of limited facilities onto Admin

Third defendant in Gold Conda robbery sentenced to deportation, probation
joyetter@samoanews.com

“I just want to restate — the court’s jurisdiction on sentencing is not going to be curtailed at the executive’s convenience because of the lack of facilities. I don't want that silly argument again. If we give out a sentence and there is no facility, it’s on the executive to find one,” said Chief Justice Michael Kruse, during the sentencing of a robbery defendant last Friday.
 



2016 fishing day limits posted without prior notice

Says didn’t anticipate high level of U.S. fishing effort in the area
fili@samoanews.com

The US National Marine Fisheries Service, which has set for the year 2016 a limit of 1,828 fishing days — the same limit set in 2015 — for US purse seine vessels to fish in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (U.S. EEZ) and on the high seas area known in federal regulations as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine, or ELAPS, according to an interim rule which became effective yesterday, although NMFS is accepting public comments up to June 24.
 



Au Malaga AS - Tulaga lelei mea uma i Guam

ausage@samoanews.com

HAGATNA, Guam - E le o mafai ona fa’amaonia ni isi o ripoti i le tulaga fa’aletonu o le tausiga o au malaga a ni isi o atumotu o le Pasefika o lo o i ai i Guam i le taimi nei, e fa’apea sa i ai ni isi o fanau aoga mai le ausiva a Fa’asao Malisi na gasegase ma taofia i le falema’i ona o le fa’aletonu o taumafa, atoa ai ma le le lava o le vai e fa’aaoga e fanau aoga.
 



LBJ CEO finally told hospital assessed $2.9MiL fine

CEO hopes the public won’t panic, “Ua ou masani i mea taufa’afefe”
joyetter@samoanews.com

LBJ Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina has confirmed that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services assessed a $2.9million fine against the hospital and this was due to the delay in sending in their “Cost Report”, however he has also pledged that this matter is being resolved. Taufete’e apparently was not aware of the CMS fine when Samoa News first contacted him for comment.
 
Taufete’e calls upon the public not to panic, as he has it under control.
 



Teacher of Year calls trip to DC "a dream come true"

joyetter@samoanews.com

Meeting President Barack Obama in person at the White House was something local educator Rosita Esene Sola never thought would happen — and it was a dream come true, says the Territorial Teacher of the Year, who teaches at Tafuna Elementary School.
 
Recently returned from her trip to Washington DC, Mrs. Sola of Iliili, told Samoa News that the trip was very rewarding for her. Responding to Samoa News questions, she stated that the trip “felt like winning the Global Awards.” She said the best thing about the trip was meeting President Obama.



Governor serious about resolving ASG debts to locals

Deadline to provide details of outstanding unpaid invoices: May 31, 2016
fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given companies, which are owed money by the government until the end of this month to provide to the ASG Treasury Department details of outstanding unpaid invoices in an effort by the Administration to resolve outstanding ASG debts to vendors.
 



“Fa’afetai i le Atua ua toe maua mai si a’u tama!”

“E ui ina tiga i le loto le alu ese e le’i fa’anoi lenei teineititi, ae ua fa’afetai i le Atua ua toe maua mai si a’u tama, e le’o se va’aiga fita ua o’o i ai i ma’ua uma ma le tama o le aiga,” o se tala lea ma loimata o le tina o Ruta Lam Yuen.
 
I se tala ua maua nei Alana Lam Yuen ae ua va’aia lava ia te ia e le o i ai se afaina, peita’i, e ao ina talatalanoa vavalalata i ai le tina i se taimi paganoa e fa’asoa mai ona lagona ia te ia i taimi e mo’omia ai se fesoasoani.



LBJ’s Medicare certification directly tied to Medicaid

Loss of CMS certification means automatic loss of Medicaid funding
joyetter@samoanews.com

Medicaid Office Director, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young is concerned about the recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the noncompliance of the Dialysis Unit (or ESRD- End Stage Renal Disease unit) at the Territory’s only hospital.
 
 Responding to Samoa News queries, the Medicaid Director said that if LBJ loses its Medicare certification for the dialysis unit, “it will automatically lose funding from Medicaid for the dialysis unit and patients.”
 



LBJ CEO gives cabinet upbeat report on med center

However, notes problem with “overcrowded morgue”
joyetter@samoanews.com

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
tony@samoanews.com

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. 
 



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