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Soloali’I named to head Am Samoa Office in Hawaii

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In a July 29 memo, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga appointed Soloali’i Fa'alepo Fa'alepo Jr. as director of his office in Hawai’i - also known as the Amerika Samoa Office Hawai’i (ASO-Hawai’i) which was previously headed by Afimutasi Gus Hannemann, who passed away January this year in Honolulu.
 
According to the governor’s memo, the appointment becomes effective today Aug. 1 and Soloali’i will oversee the governor’s office in Honolulu and shall be responsible to carry out the mandated functions for this office.



Local child with serious heart condition needs medivac

Hawaiian Air cannot take him, and Hawai’i hospitals refusing case
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“Unfortunately, LBJ does not get involved with medivac arrangements because of financial reasons,” was the explanation given by hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e Faumuina in response to Samoa News queries with regard to the case of an eight-year-old boy who has been in the Intensive Care Unit for three weeks, fighting for his life as he suffers from heart problems, and cannot be taken on the Hawaiian Airlines.
 



Faoa is legal counsel for Retirement Fund, hired by former board

Says recused himself from current investigation of Fund’s director
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The former Retirement board hired former board member Faoa Aitofele Sunia as the fund’s legal counsel last year, said American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Director Luatua Filisouaiga Ta'afua. who has been placed on 30-day annual leave.
 
This has also been confirmed by Acting Director, Caroline Wendt, responding to Samoa News queries, and while she and Luatua both declined to divulge his salary, several of the board’s members confirmed that he's working on an $80,000+ salary per year.
 



Tuumalo le afioga i le ali’i Senatoa ia Saole Mila

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O le aso Lulu o le vaiaso nei na fa’ateia ai le tapuaiga a le Fono Faitulafono, le faigamalo a Amerika Samoa, Itumalo o Saole faapea ai uo ma aiga, ina ua maua i ni ripoti le Tuua o le malo e le afioga i le ali’i Senatoa ia Saole Mila, ao i ai o ia i le aai o Seattle i le setete o Washington.
 
Na fa’amaonia mai e le Fofoga o Saole mai le motu o Aunu’u, le tofa a Fuiava Avaloa i le Samoa News ananafi, le tuua ai o le malo e le afioga i le ali’i Senatoa i le ‘aai o Seattle.
 



Retirement Exec says investigation “all for show”

Claims “government politics” involved
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The government’s retirement fund Executive Director, Luatua Filisouoaiga Taafua believes that the investigation launched against him for “misconduct and fraud” is a backlash from last year's High Court case where the former Chairman stood up against Governor Lolo M. Moliga.
 



Vice chair of Hospital Board weighs in on LBJ issues

Says wrong info: “means …our own members will stab us when we are not looking”
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Vice Chairman of the Hospital Board, Dr. Victor Tofaeono says in an email addressed to the Chairman of the LBJ board, Mase Akapo as well as Samoa News, and cc’ed to LBJ’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e Faumuina, on Tuesday evening, that due to the “erroneous remarks” by board member Faimealelei Anthony Allen, this means “we as a board need to watch our backs — that our own members will stab us when we are not looking.”
 



Local sports development must include effort from all

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“Enough talk, it’s time to put all the talk into action,” was the strong message from the American Samoa Sports Minister for the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, Jonathan Fanene, when Samoa News asked him about his next step to develop sports in American Samoa for international participation.
 
Fanene said preparation for the the XVI Pacific Games in 2019, as well as the Olympics in 2016 and the Mini-Games in Vanuatu are happening now — not two months before the competition.
 



Historic meeting set for Tuna Treaty renegotiation

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Fresh negotiations will be underway next week in Brisbane, Australia to hopefully reach a new agreement on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, which was first implemented in 1987 between the U.S. government and Pacific island countries.
 
As previously reported by Samoa News, an interim agreement was signed last October between the U.S. government and 17 Pacific Island nations — as members of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) — which allowed the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the exclusive economic zones of FFA members.
 



Teena Fa’amasinoga talosaga a Fiaui mo le $260,000

Ua teena e le Vaega Iloilo o le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga le talosaga atoa na fa’aulu e le ali’i loia o loo tula’i mo Siaumau Siaumau Jr, mo se poloaiga a le fa’amasinoga e toe teuteu ai lana poloaiga sa tuuina mai muamua i le mataupu a Siaumau Jr i ni tausaga ua mavae, e fa’amatu’u atu ai i le Ofisa o le Loia Fautua le $260,000 e fesoasoani ai i gaioiga o loo faia mo le finauina lea ma le puipuia o aia tatau a le ua molia, mai tu’uaiga mamafa a le malo o loo faia fa’asaga ia te ia.
 



Hospital chair: Off Island Referral is for everybody

Including them ...
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Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina has confirmed that there are board members who are traveling on the Off Island Referral Care Program and they are Chairman Mase Akapo and Vice Chairman, Dr .Victor Tofaeono.
 
The CEO was responding to Samoa News questions following calls to our office that one board member has gone off island on the Referral Care Program four times.
 



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