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Gaoteote: “We begin to learn about freedom and justice” by serving in the military


“It’s a great day to be a solider. It’s a great day to be a military veteran. And it’s a great time to be in American Samoa,” declared Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, a military veteran, at the start of his Flag Day Address last Friday.

Hawaiian Air finally departs


Passengers for Hawaiian Airlines’ flight last Friday night didn’t depart American Samoa until yesterday afternoon, while the airline will be adding a third weekly flight on the Honolulu-Pago Pago route during the summer months.

TUILAEPA: O le elei, o le laei moni a Samoa


Na taua e le afioga i le ali’i Palemia o le malo Tuto’atasi o Samoa, susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sa’ilelei Malielegaoi, i lana saunoaga i le po o le aso Faraile na te’a nei, ina ua tatala aloaia fa’aaliga o teuga a pisinisi i Samoa ma Amerika Samoa e taualuga ai sauniga o le fu’a i lenei tausaga, o le elei o lo o gaosi mai i mamanu o le siapo, o le laei moni lava lea a Samoa.

Revenue bills signed into law; changes effective in June


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga on Thursday signed into law three of his revenue measures endorsed by the Fono. All three measures, approved by the Fono before the 1st Regular Session ended last Tuesday, take effect in the later part of June.
In a statement announcing the revenue measures signed into law, the governor says the business license fee legislation will adjust business license fees that were set 50 years ago, with the cost of processing and monitoring far exceeding the basic $25 business license fee.

CMS approves final issues in LBJ corrective action plan

Will conduct unannounced visits to ensure compliance

The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) have approved the last four remaining non compliance issues for LBJ Medical Center, and chief executive officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina says CMS plans to conduct unannounced visits to ensure all matters in the corrective action plan have been addressed.
During a Senate Health/LBJ Committee hearing last week, CEO Taufete’e told senators that one of the major issues faced by management is to address all of the non-compliance issues which had been cited in the CMS report.

Territory’s corals experiencing mild bleaching say scientists

Source: DMWR media release

A team of scientists from the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) presented preliminary data collected on coral reef status during the recent month-long expedition in the Territory aboard the research NOAA ship Hi‘ialakai. The presentation was conducted during a debriefing for the Coral Reef Advisory Group at the Sunia Ocean Center last April 2.

Samoa'e electric utility will cut back staff

50 jobs to go

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, yesterday confirmed that sixty-six employees of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C) are to be made redundant.

The decision was made by Cabinet on Tuesday.

Tuilaepa did not say who will lose their jobs and when the redundancies will become effective.

However, he told the media that the Corporation has been asked to prepare the redundancy packages in accordance to what the employees are entitled to.

Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga


O le ali’i lea na tu’uaia e le malo i lona umia fa’asolitulafono o fualaau fa’asaina i le masina o Tesema 2014, ua ia ta’utino i le fa’amasinoga maualuga, e fa’amaonia tu’uaiga sa faia fa’asaga ia te ia.

Toe fa’atulaga i le aso Gafua tu’uga fautasi o le fu’a


Ina ua ma’ea se fonotaga faapitoa i le taeao nei, ua maua ai le faaiuga o le a fa’ataunu’u i le aso Gafua, 20 o Aperila, tu’uga fautasi o le fu’a o lenei tausaga.
O lea fonotaga sa valaauina e le komiti o fautasi ina ia talanoaina le tulaga o tu’uga fautasi talu mai ona tolopoina mai le aso Tofi, ona o tulaga faaletonu o le tau, ma toe tolopo ai mai le taeao nei.

Lolo: Relationship with U.S. based on friendship, trust and wisdom


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga paid tribute to American Samoa’s military veterans as well as active duty service members in his special remarks at Friday’s 2015 Flag Day ceremony, marking the 115th year since American Samoa became a U.S territory.
The one-day Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium began on a nice breeze morning with the arrival of more than 2,000 people in groups, organizations and businesses coming to participate in the Flag Day parade.

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