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Au Malaga AS - Tulaga lelei mea uma i Guam


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”

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"


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

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

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”

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

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. 

One girl reported missing this week, now found


One of the females who was reported missing this past week has been found.

Police sources state that it was a concerned resident who tipped off police about the girl’s whereabouts after seeing a photograph of her in Samoa News.

Feagai Tianara Aufaga-Naea of Vaitogi, a student at Leone High School, left home on Wednesday morning (April 13, 2016) at about 7 a.m.

Admitted embezzler under probation office microscope


Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond has scheduled a violation of probation hearing for Lepuiai Allen Mayer, former manager of Pacific Shipping Services, who pled guilty in connection with misappropriating $200,000 of company funds for his personal use.
He was charged with embezzlement, forgery and stealing which are all Class C felonies, but in the plea deal he signed with the Attorney General’s office, the defendant pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, and in return the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges.

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