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Race starts early; Manulele Tausala #1 wins over Aeto


Nu’uuli village fautasi Manulele Tausala #1, took first place at the 2014 Flag Day Fautasi Race, followed by Aeto of Pago Pago, in second place, according to the official results announced by Lualemaga Faoa, chairman of the Fautasi Race Committee, on KVZK-TV just minutes after the race.
The battle for first place was intense as Nu’uuli and Pago Pago battled in the last minutes of the race. Aeto came all the way from behind at 5th place not long into the race to battle with Manulele Tausala #1, which won by a few rows.

Link to Flag Day live!


KVZK Flag Day coverage is going global with live streaming coverage of this year’s fautasi race and the festivities at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
This is being made possible through a collaboration between KVZK and Bluesky Communications. Bluesky is providing the bandwidth on the ASH submarine fiber optic cable to upstream the live feed through the
internet, which will make it possible for families and friends anywhere in the world to watch the Flag Day celebrations this year.

Retirement Office director to Lolo: You have no authority to appoint Board Chair

Chairman is still Aleki Sene Sr

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed Sonny L. Thompson, Human Resources Director, as interim Chairman of the Retirement Fund Board, and he’s to provide temporary leadership until a permanent chairman is selected, according to a letter he sent to the Executive Director of the Retirement Office, Luatua Filisoiaiga Ta’afua, last week.

C J: Outcome could have been worse if cops armed

CJ chastises attorneys, cops and defendant in assault trial

Speaking hypothetically, Chief Justice Michael Kruse says a defendant who was accused of swinging a tire iron at a police officer might not be sitting in court for sentencing if the Police Commissioner’s move to have police officers armed was in effect when the confrontation took place early last year.

Galeai plans Senate hearing to probe LBJ fiasco

Says residents suffer — let the CEO do his job

As chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli plans to assemble an investigative team to look into “the power struggle” within LBJ Medical Center, whose Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Davis-Fleming has accused the hospital board of micromanaging hospital operations, and perhaps it’s time to discuss terms of his resignation.

‘Babies having babies’ is a form of child abuse

Local faith based organization advocates abstinence to end teen pregnancy

A local faith-based, not-for-profit organization is advocating abstinence in an effort to reduce the rise in teenage pregnancy, which has been described by a church minister as a “great problem in American Samoa” and the organization is calling for abstinence — or abstaining from sexual relations — among teenagers, both boys and girls.

Acting governor dismisses allegations of nepotism


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has dismissed allegations the newly appointed Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Fuega Moliga, the governor’s brother will be the next Deputy Commissioner.  “As a matter of fact, its unclear if there will be another Deputy Commissioner.” said Lemanu. 

Primary Care fight highlights poor working relationships


Merging the Primary Care Clinic with the Medical Clinic of the LBJ Medical Center has prompted accusations of “reckless” and “undermining” authority against Chief Medical Officer Dr. Iotamo Salepaga, by Chief Executive Officer Joseph Davis-Fleming, while LBJ board chairman Mase Akapo has accused the CEO of being “obstructive” over the move to merge the two clinics.

Pink Eye Update: Lemanu calls emergency meeting


Due to the massive spread of Pink Eye in the territory which has affected ASG, businesses, families and schools — and now with the upcoming Flag Day activities — Acting Governor Lemanu P. Mauga called an Emergency meeting over the weekend with his cabinet members at the Department of Health.

Primary Care docs have options, says Saleapaga


Two physicians at LBJ Medical Center that appear unhappy with the merging of the Primary Care Clinic and Medical Clinic as well as additional duties given to them, have been told that “there are options available.”
In an April 7 letter to LBJ physicians, chief medical officer Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga, who signed the letter as Medical Director, announced the merging of the two clinics and outlined new or additional duties for physicians from the former Primary Care. (See Samoa News edition Apr. 11 for details.

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