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Mrs. Annie Panama of the ASCC Student Support Services Division displays a prize won during the college’s Employee Appreciation Day held last week Friday where ASCC employees from across the spectrum of professions spent several hours enjoying each other’s company during the college’s celebration of each and every one of its hardworking staff. Read story inside today’s issue.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu , Samoa News Reporter
Customs Officers petition EEO for overdue overtime
The never ending battle by Customs Agents for the overtime they claim they are entitled to, is now before the Equal Opportunity Office. A petition signed by close to 30 Customs Officers regarding their overtime and comp time was sent to Sam Tinae, the EEO Officer, yesterday. The letter obtained by Samoa News, was titled “Overtime payments and Comp Time.” “For the past several months the customs officers of the American Samoa Government have been working overtime servicing after hours flights, weekend flights, Saturdays at the post office as well as night time flights for Hawaiian Air, Pacific Airlines Cargo, Military flights, and private flights. We have also been working after house shifts for container vessels, fuel tankers, fishing vessels, and once in a while, a Lady Naomi.” The Customs officers claim they have no idea how the hours are being calculated and what is being done with their overtime hours. “We have been told that the Human Resources Director is holding all over time and the Treasurer is not submitting their hours and that all directors are following the governor’s mandate on no more overtime.” Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga last year put his foot down and put an end to overtime incurred by government employees who work after hours servicing the airport on flight nights. He pointed out the issue of incurring exorbitant amounts of overtime by personnel servicing the flights after hours is a practice
DOE proposes combined HS graduation ceremony
To Be HeLD at Veterans memoriaL staDiUm
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
In a proposal to the governor, the Department of Education is looking at holding one combined graduation in June for all Tutuila public high schools at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, and this move, according to DOE director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, will save time and unite the community. When Vaitinasa took over the helm of DOE last year she set a new graduation policy, which initially didn’t sit well with many parents, but was supported by parent/teacher associations (PTAs). The major change implemented was limiting the graduation ceremony to 90 minutes, and recognizing the valedictorians and salutatorians— along with their parents— during the ceremony, but no speeches were heard from the top students.
One of the issues — and concerns from previous years — was that some high schools have more than one valedictorian and all of them usually give speeches. DOE is proposing another change this year. “Last year’s ‘short and sweet’ high school graduations were a great success because of the support from the principals, teachers, students and parents,” Vaitinasa said Wednesday night responding to media inquiries. “We extend our appreciation for our community’s willingness to support the changes I required of the unnecessarily long graduation ceremonies conducted for decades.” For the upcoming graduation schedule, Vaitinasa says she has shared with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga a tentative plan that calls for the
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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ASDOE sends 500+ apps for teachers to sit for test
Some 500 applications from the local Department of Education (ASDOE) classroom teachers have been submitted to Education Testing Services (ETS) on the mainland, says DOE director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau. She said the applications will provide the ‘PRAXIS I’ tests for teachers to take onisland Feb. 8 at the Tafuna High School campus. According to the director, it’s estimated the 500-plus tests will cost the DOE close to $40,000 as each test is $75 per person. However, should teachers need to re-sit PRAXIS I, they will need to pay the second sitting out of pocket, she said. Vaitinasa said a combined passing score of 170 points of the PRAXIS I Reading, Writing and Math, is one of the “rights of passage” criteria to be admitted to the UH Cohort program for Year 3 and Year 4 coursework leading to a Bachelors in Education degree. “As of today, close to 50% of the ASDOE teachers have an AA degree or less, with many of these degrees in Liberal Arts. Further, many of the high school teachers teach out of content areas,” she said. “I have publicly announced to all classroom teachers, that by school year 2016, ASDOE will not hire teachers without bachelor degrees while simultaneously, current teachers in the system, must show evidence of being in the ‘pipeline’ toward completing their bachelor degrees in education,” she pointed out.
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The fully-loaded Oil/Chemical Tanker Maohi was successfully moored at the refueling dock in Utulei this past Tuesday after fuel dock personnel nested two barges between the tanker and the dock and then using a technique called ‘breast-out’ secured the tanker to the barges. (Barge pictured at bottom of tanker ladder.) According to the fuel dock officials, the water alongside the dock itself and to 40 feet out is only 30 to 40 feet deep — too shallow for a full tanker to not touch bottom. However, go out past 40 feet and the water drops to over 50 feet deep. Dock personnel said that this is the first time a tanker has come here fully loaded; usually American Samoa is one of the last stops, and the tankers are a lot lighter. The two barges used to accomplish the breast-out docking were purchased in 2008 to be used for dredging operations in the harbors and channels of various islands and became a center of controversy after the U.S. [photo: Jeff Hayner] Coast Guard informed ASG the barges “were unfit for service.”
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samoa news, Friday, January 17, 2014
Ex-ASESRO employee admits stealing and forging checks
Meeting famiLY anD cHUrcH oBLigations Were reasons A former government employee who forged and cashed checks belonging to another government employee — who was off island — to the tune of $7,000 has admitted to committing the crime. Fiapapalgi Eteuati Letuli of Ili’ili, who worked for the American Samoa Economic Stimulus Development Recovery office (ASESRO) was in court for her change of plea hearing. Initially she was charged with 16 criminal counts of forging government checks from ASESRO. The 16 counts included eight counts of felony stealing and eight counts of forgery which are all class C felonies punishable by up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to the amount gained of the said crime up to the $20,000 or both fine and jail time. In the plea deal with the government, which was read in open court, Letuli pleaded guilty to one count of stealing and one count of forgery, while the remaining 14 counts were dismissed as part of the plea. According to the government, the case was launched at the request of ASESRO Director Pat Galea’i and on Feb. 15, 2012 the Attorney General’s office was assigned to investigate allegations the defendant had forged and cashed ASG payroll checks made out to another ASESRO employee — Gale Clarke, who was on leave. Court filings say Galea’i told the investigator Clarke has been on leave without pay from Janby Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
uary 2011 to July 2011 for medical issues, however ASG payroll checks for the same period were still being generated in her name and cashed. Court filings state the Director confronted the defendant, given that she’s the one responsible for how the payroll checks for Clarke were issued. It’s alleged the defendant admitted she had submitted time sheets and sick leave slips in the name of Clarke by signing her name, despite knowing Clarke was on medical leave. The investigator also spoke to the defendant, who admitted she had prepared the paperwork in order to get ASG payroll checks run in the name of Clarke. “Defendant admitted she stole the money in order to pay loans, to meet church obligations, to meet family obligations and many other reasons” say court filings. The investigator also spoke to Clarke who confirmed her medical leave without pay time period and that she did not give consent to the defendant to process any paperwork for her to receive a payroll check, nor had she given defendant permission to sign her name to cash the payroll checks. The government claims there are a total of eight checks issued beginning January 14, 2011 to August 5, 2011 which totaled $7,860.65. During the hearing yesterday, the defendant admitted she stole payroll checks from another government employee who was off island taking leave without pay, and that she had submitted leave for Clarke allowing the ASG paychecks to be processed. Chief Justice Kruse accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing on Feb. 7, 2014.
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Lolo points to legislative process as best path for needed changes to American Samoa constitution
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has urged lawmakers to use their authority cited in the territory’s constitution to make necessary amendments to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa because this process provides sufficient time to hold hearings and provide for public input. There are two ways to approve amendments to the constitution in order to have them placed on the ballot. One is through a Constitutional Convention and the second is through the Fono, where an amendment must be approved by two-thirds of both chambers. Many amendments to the Constitution were approved by the 2010 Constitutional Convention. However, all of the amendments were rejected in total by voters during the 2010 general election, as they had been lumped together in one question, to vote either “yes” or “no”. At Monday’s Fono opening, the governor told lawmakers there have been efforts in past years to make necessary amendments to the constitution, but they have not been successful. However, he says more effort should be made, because it appears to be a general consensus that the current political status no longer gives confidence and assurance that it possesses legal sufficiency, not only to guarantee the protection of local land tenure system, but “also to advance our economic and social development goals
McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers
targeting the improvement of our people’s quality of lives.” He pointed to the American Samoa Political Status Study Commission report more than eight years ago which called for exploring an alternative political relationship with the U.S. in order to “elevate our status from the perspective of expanded autonomy and authority to handle foreign policy issues directly impacting our capacity to become economically self-sufficient and self-reliant, while holding steadfast to our deep sense of patriotism and our desire to remain connected to the United States of America.” (Samoa News should point out the report also states there was an overwhelming majority who wished to maintain the current political relationship with the U.S., but also start discussions with the federal government on what American Samoa wants in the future.) According to the governor, the territory’s economic future is being threatened by China as it is using its economic and financial muscle to create a monopoly in the fisheries industry. “Our local longline fishing industry is threatened because applicable federal policies create an uneven operating field, giving the Chinese fishing vessels unfair competitive advantages,” he said. “The provision of subsidies by China worsens the situation. The same scenario could someday hold true for fish canning operations.”
Lolo also said it’s imperative for local leaders to assess global economic trends, along with federal policies, and “use our insight to propose appropriate courses of action to improve our efficiency, and commit to the elimination of expenditures which generate negative impacts for the people of American Samoa.”
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TO Members of the FAGAIMA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAROL STOWERS & SIONEPAEA PAVIHI of TAFUNA has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land ALATUTUI, allegedly belonging to FAGAIMA FAMILY of the village of TAFUNA. Said land ALATUTUI, is situated in or near the village of TAFUNA in the County of TUALAUTA, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: DECEMBER 20, 2013 thru JANUARY 21, 2014 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa FAGAIMA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o CAROL STOWERS & SIONEPAEA PAVIHI o le nu’u o TAFUNA ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o ALATUTUI, e fa’asino i le aiga sa FAGAIMA, o le nu’u o TAFUNA. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o TAFUNA, itumalo o TUALAUTA, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 01/03 & 01/17/14
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FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
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Island-Wide Territorial Spelling Bee will be held Wed., Feb 19, 2014.
TO ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPELLING BEE WINNERS FOR 2014, please come in to the Samoa News Office to have your photo taken and to bring in your Biographies. Samoa News is located across from the ASG Port and we are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information please contact 633-5599.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. “The Constitution gives the power to declare war to the Congress, but Congress has not formally declared war since June 1942, even though our nation has been involved in dozens of military actions of one scale or another since that time,” McCain said. “There is reason for this: The nature of war is changing.” Since the Vietnam War-era resolution, the U.S. military has been involved in several conflicts, most recently when President Barack Obama sent American warplanes to protect civilians in Libya in 2011. The operation touched off a fierce debate in Congress over whether the president had exceeded his authority. Obama’s initial call last year for congressional approval for U.S. military action against Syria revived the debate. “Forty years of a failed war powers resolution in today’s dangerous world suggests that it’s time now to get back in and to do some careful deliberation, to update and normalize the appropriate level of consultation between a president and the legislature,” Kaine said. The proposal would require the president to consult with Congress “before ordering deployment into a ‘significant armed conflict,’ or, combat operations lasting, or expected to last, more than seven days.” The consultation must occur within three days of deployment. Humanitarian missions and covert operations would be excluded.
American Samoa Government DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY
TAX FILING CY 2013
In an effort to help our people and continue providing this invaluable service in line with our Governors Initiatives, this notice is hereby distributed to notify the general public that the American Samoa Government Department of Treasury Tax Division will be providing tax preparation assistance starting this coming Tuesday, January 21st to Tuesday, March 31st, 2014, to begin at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei. This service will also be made available at the StarKist Cannery facilities in Atu’u from January 21st, 2014 to February 14th, 2014 to begin at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each Preparer is required to provide the following documentation: • Original W-2/1099 • (1) Government Official Identification • If filing Joint Returns Social Security Cards for both filers and dependents • Birth Certificate (proof of dependency) or Passports for Dependents under Child Tax Credit Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Mr. Richard Jimmerson or Mrs. Caroline Talia via richard.jimmerson@tr.as.gov or caroline.talia@tr.as.gov or call 633-4191. Sincerely,
Falema’o M. “Phil” Pili Treasurer
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“THANKS TO GOV., LT. GOV., FAMILY & COMMUNITY”
Dear Editor, E viia le Atua ona o lona agalelei i le mamalu o taitai o le malo ma le atunuu. I’d like to convey my profound thanks to the Honorable Governor and Lt. Governor and leaders, for their solution regarding the “unemployed grads” issue. Although, it was disappointing to know that this issue had to REACH the governor for a solution, making appointed leaders seem incapable of their duties. For some of us, the problem may not necessarily lie with the leaders, but on particularly irresponsible personnel who aren’t genuinely dedicated to doing their jobs sufficiently, which resulted in unpleasant experiences for most of us. The government’s investment through my education helped alleviated tuition. For that, I will always be grateful. Although we may be young, hasty, and evidently very egotistical, our goals and inspiration lies toward the government’s growth and prosperity through service. Thank you for your improvisation. Samoa should have the first privilege to reap in their investment, not the Americans, not the Hawaiians, and certainly not foreign governments. Most importantly, Thank you to our village leaders, family, and our community for their persistency on the issue. Thank you for returning hope that we almost gave up on. It is wonderfully an exalting feeling to know that we matter to all of you. May this experience help us grow maturely and professionally. Ia viia le Atua i mea uma ua faia ona o le alofa. Soifua. Samoa, rise up! VALENTINE N. TALAMONI, Paepae-o-Ulupoo
Letter to the Editor
samoa news, Friday, January 17, 2014
ASCC administrators Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga of CNR, President Dr. Seth Galea’i, Human Resources Office Acting Director Mrs. Sereima Asifoa, and Vice President of Administration and Finances Dr. Rosevonne Pato are seen here taking part in the College’s Employee Appreciation [photo: J. Kneubuhl] Day this past Friday.
Letter to the Editor
“TOO MANY BOSSES, NOT ENOUGH INDIANS”
Re: SAMOA NEWS, Jan 13, 2014, Pages 1 & 14. Dear Editor, With all due respect, the article about the Chief Customs Officer (Mr. Vaetagaloa Glen Lefiti) was very absurd. I felt that the Treasurer’s perspective on this issue was not factual but immaterial and a pain in the neck to some readers of our government. Of course, you have power as a director over your work force under your jurisdiction, but when an employee seeking help in legal matters exists, your power has been distracted accordingly without any justification. The ALJ ruled in Vaetagaloa’s favor and the Attorney General advised the Treasurer to comply with (means comply in accordance with the result of the case) the order from ALJ of Am. Samoan government. Your dictation and bugging the system of our government through the media was unprofessional and not diplomatic. Chief Vaetagaloa should be reinstated as Chief Customs Officer — his position has been classified as a funded position and a career service under Unit Manning Personnel authorization by Human Resources Management Engineering agency. The Human Resources is OPR (Office of Primary Responsibility) and should be dealing with this matter and probably honored the result as stated by ALJ and Attorney General of Am. Samoa Government. Sometimes we have prejudicial and discriminational feelings, but think before you exert yourself in publicity. We have our boss “Governor/Lieutenant Governor” — listen to them. If Chief Vaetagaloa was suspended for 30 days, (as you mentioned) don’t you think that you are violating his constitutional right to remove him from his current position as Chief Customs Officer? Nobody can be punished two times or more on the same offense in a democratic type of government as we are, we are not in a dictatorship. Keep the reputation of our honorable government of American Samoa in an excellent manner. SUGGESTION: I recommend that you, Treasurer, conduct a Financial Resource Advisor meeting from each work center of our government to control and monitor each work center’s money expenditures each month. The result would be NO overrun budget from each agency till the end of each Fiscal Year. Have you ever thought of that? Don’t worry too much about Chief Vaetagaloa’s case. It has been finalized by ALJ and Attorney General. They were appointed by the Governor as leaders and as his legal advisors. Just make sure you have enough money to pay for our tax returns this year. Thank You! KUTARA VAIAU, Concerned Sad Citizen
By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
Employee Appreciation Day celebrated at ASCC
Just prior to the start of the spring 2014 semester, American Samoa Community College (ASCC) staff at every level joined together for fun and fellowship during the College’s Employee Appreciation Day held this past Friday, January 10th. Administrators mingled with building and grounds staff, faculty participated in team competitions alongside business office personnel, counselors shared a meal with security officers, and employees from across the spectrum of professions all spent several hours enjoying each other’s company during the College’s celebration of each and every one of its hardworking staff. The ASCC administration had hoped to hold an Employee Appreciation Day for the past several semesters, but for various reasons other priorities always ended up needing to take precedent. At most educational institutions, an event celebrating the work of the staff would typically take place at the end of a semester, but when ASCC instead decided to hold the Appreciation Day just prior to the current semester’s beginning, the various components of the plan fell into place far more easily. Describing the event as “a day of celebration in the spirit of sharing and cooperating amongst our employees and also a day for us to look forward to a New Year and new endeavors,” Organizing Committee chairperson Tiare Tupua helped organize a program that included aerobic exercises led by Community and Natural Resources Exercise Physiology Assistant Ryan Taifane, games overseen by Mapusaga Luaao of the ASCC Physical Facilities and Maintenance Division, a dance competition, entertainment by both the Student Association for Faasamoa and the College Research Foundation Student Club, and finally a special singing performance by the duo of ASCC staff member Jason Hollister and guest Tonya Tuigamala. The Organizing Committee worked under the guidance of the ASCC Office of Human Resources and its Acting Director Mrs. Sereima Asifoa. Mrs. Asifoa opened the proceedings with a speech that encouraged the assembled staff to “maintain a spirit of sharing and cooperation in whatever challenges, problems and opportunities we face throughout this year of working” before introducing ASCC President Dr. Seth Galea’i. Reiterating Mrs. Asifoa’s theme of unity, Dr. Galea’i expressed his appreciation for the work done by all of the College’s employees, from the humblest maintenance staff, to the hardworking faculty, to the Deans and Directors directly under his own supervision. “I’m glad we’ve all come together to share this occasion,” said Dr. Galea’i, “and now let’s all relax and enjoy ourselves.” Both Mrs. Asifoa and Mrs. Tupua credited the resounding success of the Employee Appreciation Day to the efforts of many individuals on the ASCC staff as well as the generosity of businesses in the community that donated raffle prizes. “We had volunteers from every division within the College,” explained Mrs. Tupua, “and these individuals went the extra mile to ensure that every detail from the cooking to the organizing of the ASCC Gym to the planning of the program and much more was taken care of. Once the program got underway, everyone could concentrate on just having fun.” Mrs. Tupua also noted that in the days following the event, the Organizing Committee and Human Resources Office have received continuous positive feedback from the College’s staff. “Everyone seems to agree that this was a great way to begin a semester,” she observed.
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Forever in our Hearts
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
REP AFALAVA PROPOSES LAW ALLOWING A TYPE OF AIR RIFLE If approved, American Samoans will be allowed to register, purchase, import, sell, and discharge a type of air rifle and their ammunition. The proposed bill is sponsored by Representative Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava and was introduced in the House yesterday morning. Current statute allows only 12, 16, 20 and 410 gauge shotguns and shotgun shells into the territory and they must be licensed. According to the proposed measure, an air soft rifle is a rifle that fires soft or plastic pellets by way of compressed air. A license will be required for the rifles as well, which is to be provided by the Commissioner of Public Safety. This measure was assigned to the Public Safety Committee chaired by Rep Alexander Jennings. GOVERNOR SUBMITS NOMINEES FOR TEO & AG FOR CONFIRMATION Names of Acting Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Acting Director for the Territorial Energy Office Ali’itama Sotoa were submitted to the Fono this week. In a letter sent to Fono leaders, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga stated that Talauega has served as Deputy AG for the government since August 2012 and his record shows a strong commitment to protecting the interest of the government and its people. “In the role of Deputy, he has demonstrated his leadership ability to effectively manage a team of attorneys and staff, and oversee a number of complex matters. As head attorney of the Civil Division, Talauega has taken the helm of cases with the most significant impact on ASG,” wrote the governor. Talauega is from Se’etaga, and holds a BA in political science and his J.D. with honors is from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He worked for 17 years at a major international law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP where he was partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office. Speaking of his nomination for the Territorial Energy Office, the governor said Sotoa has many years of experience in the energy and utilities field and his areas of expertise include engineering, design, procurement, construction, renewable energy and operations management. As a Senior Engineering and Design Advisor and Project Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, he managed
planning, engineering, design, construction and implementation of a variety of multi-million dollar projects for some 3.5 million customers. From his 36 years in the energy field Sotoa is well qualified to head TEO and implement strategic plans for the utilization of renewable energy technology and develop alternative sources to fossil fuels. The governor says that Sotoa’s knowledge and experience with regards to environmental compliance, capital management, operations and contract negotiations will help ASG achieve the objectives of promoting energy conservation and increasing energy efficiency to reduce the costs passed on to consumers and to benefit future generations in the Territory.
LOLO SUBMITS BOARD MEMBER NAMES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY A resolution calling for the House of Representatives to approve the governor’s nominees for the Feleti Barstow Public Library Board Members was introduced yesterday, naming Tom Drabble, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde, Tapaau Dr. Dan Aga, Wendy Malepeai, David Addison, Rev Albert Toeaina and Bessie Manase as board members. According to a house resolution, members of the Library board have had all their terms of office expire without appointment of successors. Only two members of the original Library board continue to reside in the territory and it is vital that the board be
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Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs 2014 Comprehensive Calendar of Training
CULINARY TRAINING – 5 classes in 2014 Class I: CU 101 - January 13 - 2014 – March 17, 2014 Session 1 Mondays; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (15 slots) Session 2 Wednesdays; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (15 slots) Session 3 Fridays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (15 slots) Class II: CU 101 – March 24, 2014 – May 26, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I Class III: CU101 – June 2, 2014 – August 4, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I Class IV: CU101 – August 11, 2014 – October 10, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I Class V: CU 101 – October 13, 2014 – December 15, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I FLOWER ARRANGEMENT TRAINING – 5 classes in 2014 Class I: FA 101 – January 14, 2014 – March 20, 2014 Session 1 Tuesdays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (20 slots) Session 2 Thursdays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (20 slots) Class II: FA 101 – March 25, 2014 – May 29, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Class III: FA 101 – June 3, 2014 – August 7, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Class IV: FA 101 – August 12, 2014 – October 16, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Class V: FA 101 – October 21 – December 18, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Elei Training – 4 classes Class I: EL 101 – January 13, 2014 – April 4, 2014 Session 1 Mondays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (20 slots) Session 2 Wednesdays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (20 slots) Class II: EL 101 – April 7, 2014 – June 27, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Class III: EL 101 – June 30, 2014 – September 19, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I Class IV: EL 101 – September 22 – December 12, 2014 2 Sessions similar to Class I SEWING TRAINING – 5 Classes in 2014 January 1 to April 2014 – 5 classes ongoing from September 2013 Class I SE101 – April 1 & June 27– Manu’a Session 1 – Monday to Friday – All Day Class II SE101 - July 1 to December 19, 2014 Session 1 Mondays & Wednesdays; 8:00 am to 11:30 am (15 slots) Session 2 Mondays & Wednesdays; 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm (15 slots) Session 3 Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8:00 am to 11:30 am (15 slots) Session 4 Tuesdays & Thursdays; 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm (15 slots) Session 5 Fridays; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (15 slots) HAIRSTYLING TRAINING – 5 CLASSES IN 2014 Class I HS101 – March 3 – April 25, 2014 Session 1 Tuesdays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (10 slots) Session 2 Thursdays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (10 slots) Session 3 Fridays; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (10 slots) Class II HS101 – March 5 – June 20, 2014 3 sessions similar to Class I Class III HS101 – June 30 – August 22, 2014 3 sessions similar to Class I Class IV HS101 – September 1 – October 24, 2014 3 sessions similar to Class I Class V HS101 – October 27 – December 19, 2014 3 sessions similar to Class I HOSPITALITY TRAINING – 4 classes in 2014 Class 1 HO 101 – January 27 to March 14, 2014 Session 1 Mondays & Wednesdays; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (20 slots) Session 2 Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (20 slots) Session 3 Fridays – all day (20 slots) Class II HO 101 – March 28 to May 9, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I Class III HO 101 – May 19 to June 6, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I Class IV HO 101 – June 16 to July 8, 2014 3 Sessions similar to Class I BUDGET/FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING – 4 classes in 2014 Class 1 - BU 101 – May 21 to 23, 2014 Session 1 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Class 2 - BU 101 – July 23 to 25, 2014 Session 1 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING Construction, Automotive, Electrical, and Welding - February 10 to April 11, 2014 Theory – ASCC TTD, Practical – Various ASG agencies and Private Sector YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING Class 1 YL101 - March 18 – 21, 2014 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm SAMOAN ORATORY LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL TRAINING Class I SAM 101 - February 3 to June 27 Tuesday & Wednesday; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
For more information please contact Saini & Loretta at 633-2835 or email roy.ausage@dywa.as.gov.
Video of teenager ‘catching’ baby gets scores of viewers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 19-year-old worker at an Anchorage Home Depot caught a baby who was falling out of shopping cart — a rescue captured on store surveillance video that has been viewed online by thousands. Christopher Strickland was waiting for a customer in the cashier area last week when he noticed the baby was loose in a car seat atop the shopping cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The arrangement looked precarious, Strickland said. “I thought I’d keep an eye on it, in case something happened,” he said Wednesday. The baby began to tip out of the car seat and Strickland darted toward the cart, catching the girl in midair. It was moments before the infant’s head would have hit the concrete floor. Strickland handed the girl to her father. The man had been distracted at the cash register, and he thanked Strickland repeatedly. The nine-second video is making the Internet rounds and has been viewed thousands of times on such sites as YouTube. No one is willing to say who put the footage on the Internet. The clip ended up on the Facebook page of Strickland’s church. Then his brother, Dale, put it on YouTube on Sunday. It also has been viewed at other sites, including Liveleak, and has led to numerous interviews with reporters. Atlanta-based Home Depot’s corporate headquarters is playing the role of media filter. Strickland is shrugging off the attention, saying he didn’t have any feelings one way or another about it. “I don’t care either way,” he said. It was just reflexes that help him catch the baby, he said. That’s not the way it looked to store manager Brady Wilson. “It was his character,” Wilson said. “He literally saved her life,” said the store’s human resources manager Cheryl Edmond. Strickland has been nominated by his employer for an “Angel Award,” for acts of heroism on the job, corporate spokeswoman Catherine Woodling said. Strickland has been working at the south Anchorage store for three months. His job is to help contractors haul items out to their vehicles.
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WiLDfires BLaZe across AUstraLia, KiLLing 1 person Australia CANBERRA, (AP) — Dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in heat wave conditions across southern Australia on Friday, killing at least one resident. Fire authorities said 68 fires were burning across Victoria state and another 16 were blazing across neighboring South Australia state. Both states have endured several days of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), with winds intensifying the fire risk as they gather pace on Friday. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said one person died at home at Roses Gap in the Grampians region, northwest of the state capital of Melbourne. He said the death was fire-related, but provided no other details. Lay said that 12 of the fires burning across Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, have been deliberately lit. Arson detectives are investigating. Victoria Fire Commissioner Craig Lapsley said a blaze burning over 52,000 acres of woodland near the Grampians generated a 7 mile-high convection column — a column of rising hot air — that was trig-
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gering lightning and sparking spot fires. Fire conditions in Victoria are at their worst since 2009, when wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. OBama to BacK moDest gov’t sUrveiLLance reforms WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a monthslong review, President Barack Obama is expected to back modest changes to the government’s surveillance network at home and abroad while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place, including the bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans. The approach reflects a president seeking the middle ground in the resurgent debate over Americans’ privacy and the security measures needed to keep the country safe. Obama is detailing his decisions in a much-anticipated speech Friday morning at the Justice Department. The speech follows an internal review spurred by disclosures about the government’s sweeping surveillance programs by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden, a fugitive now living in Russia. GirL, 4, fataLLY sHoots BoY, 4, at Detroit Home DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a 4-year-old girl accidentally shot a 4-year-old boy to death at a home on the city’s west side. Police Capt. Rodney Cox told WXYZ-TV that the shooting happened Thursday afternoon. Police say the girl and boy and a 5-yearold were playing in a bedroom and found the gun. Cox also said an adult was in the home at the time, though it’s not yet clear exactly where. The Associated Press left a telephone message for Detroit police Thursday night seeking information. JUDge: No searcHes aLLoWeD at PUerto Rico festivaL SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge in Puerto Rico has issued a temporary injunction blocking police from searching everyone who attends a popular street festival in the island’s capital that attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. Thursday’s ruling comes a day after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging the new security measures approved by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin. It would have been the first time that police set up checkpoints and searched all people attending the four-day San Sebastian festival that began Thursday in historic Old San Juan. The judge ruled that security cameras and police dogs are still allowed. A final decision in the lawsuit is expected in the coming days.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: RFP-028-2014
RFP No: RFP-028-2014 Issuance Date: January 17, 2014 Date & Time Due: February 10, 2014 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms or individuals to provide:
“DOH Helping Hands Information Systems Management Services”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “DOH Helping Hands Information Systems Management Systems” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Monday, February 10, 2014: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
“Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action”
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
Las Vegas BooKies taB ‘12 Years’ as Oscars fiLm fave LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say “12 Years a Slave” has the best shot at winning top honors during the Academy Awards in March. Odds released Thursday by Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas sports book list the slavery-era drama as a 2-5 favorite to win an Oscar for best picture. Avello says “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron is a 2-3 favorite to win for best director. Benjamin Eckstein of America’s Line is also making “12 Years a Slave” a strong favorite for best picture. He says Cate Blanchett and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the best bets in the top acting categories. The odds are just for fun, as Nevada doesn’t allow wagering on the contest. Nominations for the 86th annual Oscars were announced Thursday. The awards will be given March 2. BoY criticaLLY HUrt WitH Hammer near CaLif. scHooL CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old student was critically injured in a hammer attack across the street from his Southern California high school. City of Chino spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden says a man hit the student in the head Thursday afternoon across from Chino High School. The boy was flown to a hospital where he’s in critical condition. The suspect ran after the attack, and the high school and a nearby elementary school were locked down until he was caught. Van Der Linden says 48-year-old Gregory Richmond was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder. It wasn’t clear whether the man and boy knew each other, or what motivated the attack. Police didn’t know if Richmond had hired an attorney and no home phone listings could be found. VioLent LigHtning storm sWeeps over Rio De Janeiro RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A violent lightning and rain storm has swept across Rio de Janeiro, flooding streets and knocking out power in some neighborhoods. Sirens warning residents of the danger of mudslides sounded in several areas of the city. Each year across Brazil, hundreds of people die in mudslides, almost all happening in ramshackle slums often precariously built up steep hillsides. Rio’s domestic airport shut down for about an hour during Thursday’s storm as did ferries that take commuters from Rio to the neighboring of Niteroi. The storm passed after 90 minutes, but there was no word on when power would be restored for tens of thousands of residents.
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mom WHo LieD aBoUt BaBY sentenceD in Hi HONOLULU (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who tried to give her newborn to authorities by pretending to find the baby on a Hawaii beach kept her pregnancy a secret because she didn’t want to disappoint her family, her attorney said. Keala Simeona was sentenced Thursday for filing a false police report. She will have the opportunity to keep the misdemeanor off her record if she stays out of trouble for a year, defense attorney Franklin Don Pacarro Jr. said. Her sentence includes paying $55 to a criminal compensation fund and a $75 probation services fee; 25 hours of community service; and continued counseling. Simeona reported finding an infant girl on east Honolulu’s Sandy Beach in April and took the baby to the hospital, police said. Simeona had told police she was parked at the beach late at night when she heard several people screaming. After the screaming stopped, she said, she walked toward the ocean and found the naked newborn and took her to a hospital. Police later determined Simeona is the mother and arrested her. She was released on $250 bail. The full-term, 8-pound newborn was “abandoned immediately after birth,” state Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said at the time. In November, Simeona pleaded no contest to filing a false police report. Simeona could have taken advantage of Hawaii’s Safe Haven law, which provides immunity from prosecution for leaving an unharmed newborn within 72 hours of birth at a fire department, police station or hospital or with emergency services. OBama, UK’s Cameron DiscUss secUritY, NSA WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed Mideast security issues and the U.S. review of secretive spying programs. Obama and Cameron spoke by phone Thursday afternoon. The White House says they conferred on efforts to rid Syria of chemical weapons and the peace conference scheduled to open next week. The two also discussed Afghanistan, where the U.S. wants President Hamid Karzai to sign a security deal. They also discussed peace talks in Northern Ireland that ended without a deal last month despite U.S. envoy Richard Haass’ efforts. Cameron’s office says Northern Ireland’s political leaders are now responsible for finding a way forward. Obama’s update to Cameron on his spying review comes a day before Obama plans to announce changes he’s supporting to National Security Agency programs. EXpLosion Hits protesters in BangKoK, 22 HUrt BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok’s emergency services center says 22 people were injured when an explosion hit marching anti-government protesters in the capital. Protest spokesman Akanat Promphan said the movement’s leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, was in the procession Monday but was not wounded. Akanat said an explosive device was thrown into a truck driven by demonstrators that was several dozen meters (yards) ahead of Suthep. Protesters trying to oust Yingluck Shinawatra have marched peacefully across the capital this week. But small acts of violence have been reported nightly at protest venues, which have been targeted in shooting attacks and with small explosives hurled at the homes of top supporters. ParoLe for virginia. inmate seeKing seXcHange sUrgerY RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prison inmate who’s suing the state to finance a sex-change operation has been granted parole. Virginia Parole Board chairman William Muse said Thursday that the board approved Ophelia De’Lonta’s release last month. De’Lonta remains in custody at Buckingham Correctional Center pending approval of her parole plan, which Muse says can take 45 days or longer. De’Lonta was born Michael A. Stokes and has served 34 years of a 73-year sentence for robbery. She has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder. Her desire for a sexchange operation has prompted several attempts at self-castration. Muse says the lawsuit had no bearing on the parole decision. De’Lonta’s attorney, Alan Schoenfeld, declined to comment on what effect the parole might have on the suit. The parole decision was first reported by WWBT-TV. Japan’s Last imperiaL soLDier, DeaD at 91… TOKYO (AP) — Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding and surrender after World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga expressed his condolences Friday, praising Onoda for his strong will to live. Onoda was an intelligence officer who came out of hiding on Lubang island in the Philippines in March 1974 and surrendered only when his former commander flew there to reverse his 1945 orders to stay behind. Onoda and another World War II holdout, Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, who emerged from the jungle in 1972, received massive heroes’ welcomes upon returning home. In his formal surrender to Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Onoda wore his
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30-year-old imperial army uniform, cap and sword, all still in good condition. Panama: n. Korea sHip oWners WiLL paY fine PANAMA CITY (AP) — The owners of a North Korean ship seized by Panama for carrying Cuban fighter jets and missiles are paying a $670,000 fine to recover the vessel. Panama’s foreign minister, Fernando Nunez, said Thursday that North Korea has agreed to pay the sum. The nation’s canal authority had initially set a $1 million fine because the crew didn’t
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TO Members of the MALUIA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NAOTALA & TAVITA LOPETI of NUUULI has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land LEPINE allegedly belonging to MALUIA FAMILY of the village of NUUULI. Said land LEPINE is situated in or near the village of NUUULI in the County of ITUAU, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: DECEMBER 19, 2013 thru JANUARY 21, 2014 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa MALUIA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o NAOTALA & TAVITA LOPETI o le nu’u o NUUULI ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o LEPINE e fa’asino i le aiga sa MALUIA, o le nu’u o NUUULI. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o NUUULI, itumalo o ITUAU, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 01/03 & 01/17/14
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FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
American Samoa Government CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANNING AGENCY
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
February 10 - February 14, 2014
The Criminal Justice Planning Agency, the designated State Administrative Agency of the American Samoa Government wishes to advise the Public of available grant funding for FY’2014. Funding is available for new and continued Criminal Justice system improvement projects that have been approved under application to the U.S. Department of Justice for projects focused on the implementation of the criminal system in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Community Based Policing, Victims’ Assistance, Violence against Women services and Juvenile Justice services in American Samoa. Any new and continuing applications shall be submitted to the Criminal Justice Planning Agency for due executive and programmatic review of the State Administrative Agency prior to submission to the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information, please contact Mr. Keith Gebauer, Director 633-5221 or 633-5222. Thank You.
NOTICE
TO ALL OUR ORIGIN ENERGY CUSTOMERS
The December 2013 Saudi Contract Price (SCP) for Butane hit an all-time high. The recent increase is driven by international LPG prices. We had hoped to “rideout” the continuous LPG fluctuation until it reached a reasonable plateau. As global production responds to higher prices and stock rebuilding winds down, we will see a gradual price reduction as we have in the past. Even when SCP prices peaks, LPGas will remain the most affordable in cooking. Effective January 25th there will be an increase in local prices. Please be reminded that even with these increases there is still a 40% savings using LPG over electricity.
Management,
Origin Energy American Samoa, Inc.
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Lightning lights up the the sky over Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2014. An alert was called by Rio authorities due to heavy (AP Photo/Leo Correa) rains and the possibilty of floods in the city.
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Celebrating the Life
of Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, A sister, friend, and Servant of the Lord
FA’AOLATANE TINEI LIU-AKAPO
Women In New Dimensions (WIND) Prayer Fellowship Charter Member & Leader, 1992-Until her Passing
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SUNRISE: March 4, 1955
SUNSET: December 30, 2013
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O le a fata pea ia i aosa tupua tausi o lo’o ta’ui i le laupata fetalai lea na sau silasila iai tupu ma e’e o Samoa i ona luma fatutoto ma ona papa tuloto. Tulou. O ou paia Samoa mai le Matasaua se’ia paia le Agalega, fa’ata’alolo atu. Ou te fa’atulou foi i sa ole aiga sa Levi o lo’o nono manu aua se manuia o Samoa nei ma a taeao. Ou te fa’atulou foi i lau faigamalo Tutuila ma Manu’a. Afio lau Afioga i le Kovana Sili ma le Tafatolu o lau faigamalo. Tulou. “Ua logo nei le leo i Rama,” ona o le vala’au paia a le Atua ile Tina Peleina o le aiga, Fa’aolatane Tinei Liu-Akapo. Ua lagia ai nei le malae i Savelu, Susu ai Tagaloa, sa Amituana’i ma le Gafa. Ua usuia fo’i le fono ia Safune ma Taulauniu. Tulou. O le lagia foi lea o le Pu’e ma le Papa, Falesau ma Falesiliga, Lotomua ma Fogavai e afio ai Sa’o ma Ma’opu ma le ‘au Tapa’au. Ua matagitogaina foi le folauga ia Auala ma le Falelima ma le Tofa i le Igoa Matua. Ua lagia ai foi le malae i Fuifatu ma le Maota i Falesea ma Lotofusi, e afio ai Leilua ma To’alima o Alii, sa Lalatoa ma Alo o Malietoa. Ua tulolo foi le fue ma ua gausia le atipouniu ia Tuilagi ma Namulauulu, Ma’opu Tufuga ma le na ‘ai malae ma Safotulafai. Tulou, tulou lava. A, talofa! Ua motu le asoa, ua malepe le falute, “ua nuti le kate i le vaipuna, ua gausia le mea ta’avili i le vaieli;” ua pogisa ai le nu’u. Ae fa’afetai i le Atua i Lona alofa ma Lona
agalelei ua sulugia le malamalama o le Tala Lelei i le Toetu manumalo o Iesu Keriso mai le maliu ma le oti, ua mautinoa ai lona nofoaga i le nu’u tumau, “aua ua alu le tagata i lona fale fa’avavau.” O la matou molimau ola i lona soifua auauna, “E tula’i mai lana fanau, ma fa’afetai ia te ia; o lana tane foi ua vivii ia te ia. E to’atele fafine e amiolelei i latou; a o oe, ua fa’asilisili oe ia i latou uma. O le matagofie e pepelo lea, o le mea fa’atauva’a le lalelei; a o le fafine ua mata’u ia Ieova, e viia lava o ia. Avatu ia te ia le fua o ona lima; o ana galuega foi e viia ai o ia i faitoto’a.” Fa’ataoto 31:28-31. Proverbs 31: 28-31, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Fa’afetai fai tatalo, fa’afetai manatuaina o matou i le nofoalii pa’ia, ua lagona ai le mafanafana o le fetalai mai o lona Matai, “Le Auauna lelei e, ma le fa’amaoni, ina ulufale mai ia i le fiafia o lou Alii.” Mataio 25:21.
Her Life’s Celebration Program
Sunday, January 19, 2014 5:00pm – 5:30pm Prayer Service LBJ Chapel, Faga’alu 6:00pm – 10:00pm FAMILY SERVICE Lee’s Auditorium, Utulei Escort her body to Osema’s Lodge Banquet Hall, Vaitogi village All night vigil of fellowship & singing Monday, (holiday) January 20, 2014 1:00pm Funeral Worship Service, CCCAS Vaitogi Sanctuary Followed by Interment Rites at Akapo’s Family Burial Site Thank You, Leilua Mase Akapo & Family
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declare that it was transporting weapons. The country later reduced the fine. The ship was headed from Cuba to North Korea when it was seized in June by Panamanian authorities, who suspected it was carrying drugs. Two Cuban fighter jets in perfect condition were discovered inside the vessel. Panama’s prosecutors said crew members are still in custody but they will soon decide whether they will be freed or held for trial. AUstraLia apoLogiZes for Boats entering InDonesia Australia CANBERRA, (AP) — Australia has apologized to Indonesia over Australian border patrol boats entering Indonesian territorial waters without permission as part of a bid to stop asylum seekers. The boat patrols had the potential to further damage strained relations between the near neighbors. Indonesia was outraged and downgraded its relations with Australia two months ago over the alleged bugging of phones belonging to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and members of his inner circle in 2009. Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison said a formal apology on behalf of the Australian government would be made by Australia’s embassy in Jakarta on Friday. Australia’s navy chef had already apologized to his Indonesian counterpart and Australia’s foreign minister had unsuccessfully attempted to contact her Indonesian counterpart to apologize, Morrison said. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa was overseas on business. Morrison described the breaches which he became aware of on Wednesday as “a very serious
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
CASE FOR LARGEST MARIJUANA SHIPMENT SET FOR JURY TRIAL Nu’usili Suani Jr., who was arrested two months ago in connection with the largest marijuana shipment yet confiscated in the territory has asked the court for a jury trial. Suani is facing two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Each count carries a jail term of up to 20 years and /or a fine of up to $20,000. Suani remains in police custody with bail set at $30,000 and is represented by Sharron Rancourt, while prosecuting is Assistant AG Tony Graf. Suani allegedly admitted to police he had travelled to San Francisco in August to “order his marijuana from a dispensary” and had “packed the marijuana himself,” according to court filings. According to the government’s case, the DPS Vice and Narcotics Division was contacted by Customs Agents regarding a shipment of marijuana that came in through a container. It’s alleged Customs Agents were conducting an inspection of incoming cargo when canine Grace alerted near two brown drums which had the defendant’s name on them. Later on, the defendant appeared to claim the items and prior to Customs Agents opening the drums, they asked Suani what was inside. It is alleged the defendant stated the drums contained candies and diapers. Court filings say the defendant stated he left the containers for his brother to ship down to him. Customs Agents opened both drums and found nine bags containing leaves, which were later tested, resulting positive as marijuana. Suani’s case has been scheduled for jury trial in September 2014. FONO’S LEGAL COUNSEL FINED FOR DUI Henry Kappel was slapped with a $150 fine as part of his DUI when he was sentenced following a plea deal with the government in the District Court yesterday. Kappel’s drivers license was suspended for six months, and he’s not to consume alcohol. He is banned from driving a vehicle while his license is suspended. Kappel was arrested and charged with a DUI following an accident that occurred in Pago Pago when his vehicle swerved and rammed into a fence near the main road. Kappel posted bail for his DUI the same day of the accident. He pled “no contest” to the DUI charge. Judge John Ward emphasized to the Fono’s legal counsel he must not operate a vehicle during the six months his license is suspended, because if he’s caught he will be charged with felony driving. WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY THREATENED POLICE WITH MACHETE FIGHTS HER CASE A woman who threatened police officers with a machete and is facing felony assault and public peace disturbance has vehemently denied the charges and will fight her case before a Jury Trial. Autesamoa Hari remains in police custody on bail of  $20,000 and is represented by the Public Defender’s office. The second degree assault, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 or both while the PPD count is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500 or both.  Hari was in court for her pretrial conference yesterday. The government claims on Oct. 30, 2013 police responded to a call in Vailoatai, and upon arriving, noted Hari was carrying a machete. Court filings say Hari threatened to cut off a police officer’s head if they entered her house. “She threatened to kill anybody who got in her way.” It’s alleged police told the defendant multiple times to drop the machete but she refused. It’s alleged she kept on raising the machete and swung it at one of the police officers saying, “I will cut your head off with this machete if you take one more step”. The government further claims the defendant continued to swear at the police, telling them to leave the premises. It’s alleged that after 20-25 minutes the defendant’s sister was able to remove the machete from the defendant. Court filings say there was a family dispute between the defendant’s mother and the defendant’s brother and the defendant got involved. Chief Justice Michael Kruse scheduled the trial for July 7, 2014.
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matter,” which he said was “extremely regrettable.” N.J. searcH for missing reporter reacHes 6tH DaY LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The search for a Wall Street Journal reporter who left his northern New Jersey home to go for a walk and disappeared has stretched into its sixth day. Dozens of police officers, rescue workers and volunteers looked on Thursday in Long Hill Township for 55-year-old David Bird, missing since Saturday afternoon. Long Hill police Chief Michael Mazzeo says there’s no evidence of foul play. Much of the search Thursday focused on an area around the Passaic River in the Morris County community. The Wall Street Journal says Bird is a liver transplant recipient who takes medication twice a day. His wife, Nancy Bird, says he didn’t have the medication with him and could become ill without it. The Journal says David Bird has worked for its publisher, Dow Jones & Co., for more than 20 years. PoLice: Pa. man propositioneD Women W/cHeese PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have arrested a man they believe used Swiss cheese to sexually proposition unsuspecting women. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Christopher Pagano, was arrested at his Norristown home Thursday. Investigators suspect Pagano is the man who reportedly drove up to women on several occasions and offered them money to put cheese on his genitals and perform a lewd act. The story went viral after a Philadelphia neighborhood watch group posted a blurry cellphone picture on its Facebook page of a half-naked man in his car holding up what appears to be cheese. The group dubbed him the “Swiss Cheese Pervert.” Pagano is expected to face charges of indecent exposure, stalking and harassment. He’s in custody and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. JUDge: CA teen in BUs attacK can Be trieD as aDULt OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California judge denied a request Thursday for a 16-yearold to be tried as a juvenile after being accused of setting the clothing of a gender-neutral teen on fire. William DuBois, the attorney for Richard Thomas, had argued that it would be cruel and unusual punishment for Thomas to face a possible life sentence if he is convicted in the November attack on 18-year-old Sasha Fleischman, who identifies as neither male nor female. KTVU-TV reports that Judge J. Richard Couzens said in Alameda County Superior Court that the district attorney’s office acted within its rights when it charged Thomas
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as an adult. Couzens also said that it would be premature to rule that Thomas faces cruel and unusual punishment because his trial has not yet been held, KTVU says. US – $28 miLLion Bitcoins forfeitUre is a recorD NEW YORK (AP) — A record $28 million of bitcoins was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road after the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday. The action came a day after a Manhattan judge approved the forfeiture of the bitcoins and the website, and three months after San Francisco entrepreneur Ross Ulbricht was arrested on charges he operated an online marketplace for illegal drugs, following a crackdown on the website. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering. In a news release, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said it was the largest forfeiture of bitcoins ever by the government. He called Silk Road “a global cyber business designed to broker criminal transactions.” The website is believed to have collected more than $1 billion in revenue from more than 100,000 customers. “These bitcoins were forfeited not because they are bitcoins, but because they were, as the court found, the proceeds of crimes,” Bharara said. Patients W/DeaDLY TB Being reLeaseD in SoUtH Africa LONDON (AP) — The spread of a virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis in South Africa is being fueled by the release of infected patients into the general community, according to a new study. Scientists tracked 107 patients with extensively drug-resistant TB, also known as XDR-TB in three South African provinces between 2008 and 2012. Despite most patients being treated with about eight TB drugs, 78 died. More than 40 others were released from hospitals without further monitoring. TB is an infectious bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs and is often spread by coughing and sneezing. In one case, DNA testing confirmed a discharged patient passed on the deadly strain to his brother; both eventually died without being admitted to a hospital. Researchers said releasing patients with the lethal TB strain was happening on a widespread level in South Africa because there were few available beds in TB hospitals or palliative care facilities. “These patients can survive for months or even years and are contributing to the communitybased spread of XDR-TB,” said Keertan Dheda of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, who led the study. The
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research was published online Friday in the journal, Lancet. Dheda described the situation as alarming and called for modern sanatoriums to be built so patients could be treated away from society. CaLifornia Woman acQUitteD of moDeL KiLLing sUes poLice LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman acquitted last year of killing an aspiring model is suing the Santa Monica Police Department. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the lawsuit filed by 48-year-old Kelly Soo Park alleges police damaged her reputation and intimidated witnesses. Prosecutors described her as a killer-for-hire who strangled 21-year-old Juliana Redding with her bare hands in 2008. Park was arrested in 2010 when police said she matched many DNA samples collected from the crime scene. A jury found her not guilty in June. Park’s lawsuit says three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared away or tainted by a police detective. The suit says she’s suffered from “extreme and severe mental anguish” since she was arrested. The Police Department and district attorney’s office both declined comment.
TO Members of the VAOTUUA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that REUPENA AIONO of LEONE has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land POUULU, allegedly belonging to VAOTUUA FAMILY of the village of LEONE. Said land POUULU is situated in or near the village of LEONE in the County of FOFO, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: DECEMBER 20, 2013 thru JANUARY 21, 2014 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa VAOTUUA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o REUPENA AIONO o le nu’u o LEONE ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o POUULU e fa’asino i le aiga sa VAOTUUA, o le nu’u o LEONE. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o LEONE, itumalo o FOFO, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 01/03 & 01/17/14
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Pa. couple advertises their home as ‘slightly haunted’
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian. So when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month, they advertised it as “slightly haunted.” Then things got REALLY weird. There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths. It’s enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home’s spooky charms: “Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though,” says the listing on Zillow’s real-estate site. It goes on to describe 3:13 a.m. screams and “the occasional ghastly visage” in the bathroom mirror. The listing attracted local and national media attention. Now the Leesons just need an actual buyer for their four-bedroom home, on the market for $144,000. “I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor,” says Greg Leeson, a 35-year-old who works in information technology, but “I don’t think it has helped with marketing. We’re not really getting very many interested buyers. We’re getting a lot of nonsense people.” Spring should bring more traffic. But if it doesn’t sell, Leeson said they might consider renting it out — by the night — to folks looking for spooky thrills. While Leeson concedes the home has a “creepy vibe,” he doesn’t believe in ghosts. And his wife? “I definitely think there’s a spirit or a ghost in the house, just from my personal experiences,” Sandi Leeson said.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (“RFP”)
Issuance Date: January 17, 2014 RFP No: ASPA14.1186.IT.AVL TRACKING SYSTEM PROJECT: Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Tracking System CLOSING DATE/TIME February 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm American Samoa Time The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) issues this Request For Proposals (“RFP”) to evaluate, negotiate, and contract a qualified firm to provide an “Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Tracking System.” An original, one PDF copy, and five (5) hard copies of the Proposal must be received in the Materials Management Office no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on or before February 20, 2014. A complete RFP package may be picked up from ASPA’s Materials Management Office located at the Tafuna Power Plant compound. You may also view the RFP online on ASPA’s Website: http:// www.aspower.com . For more information about this RFP, you may contact Liz Puni, Contract Specialist at 684-699-0105 or Elizabeth@aspower.com.
The American Samoa Power Authority reserves the right to: 1. Reject all Proposals and reissue a new or amended RFP; 2. Request additional information from any offeror submitting a Proposal; 3. Select a firm for award based on other than “least cost” (e.g. capability to complete work in a timely fashion or proven technical capabilities); 4. Negotiate a contract with the firm selected for award; and/or 5. Waive any non-material violations of rules set up in this RFP at its sole discretion. Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director
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For president, NSA review a quest for the public’s trust
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with Edward Snowden’s first leaks about the government’s sweeping surveillance apparatus, President Barack Obama’s message to Americans boiled down to this: trust me. “I think on balance, we have established a process and a procedure that the American people should feel comfortable about,” Obama said in June, days after the initial disclosure about the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone data from millions of people. But the leaks kept coming. They painted a picture of a clandestine spy program that indiscriminately scooped up phone and Internet records, while also secretly keeping tabs on the communications of friendly foreign leaders, like Germany’s Angela Merkel. On Friday, Obama will unveil a much-anticipated blueprint on the future of those endeavors. His changes appear to be an implicit acknowledgement that the trust he thought Americans would have in the spy operations is shaky at best. His focus is expected to be on steps that increase oversight and transparency while largely leaving the framework of the programs in place. The president is expected to back the creation of an independent public advocate on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves the bulk collections and currently only hears arguments from the government. And seeking to soothe international anger, Obama will extend some privacy protections to foreigners and increase oversight of the process used to decide on foreign leader monitoring. In previewing Obama’s speech, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the president believes the government can make surveillance activities “more transparent in order to give the public more confidence about the problems and the oversight of the programs.” For Obama, the reality of the public’s fraying trust settled in slowly over a summer of relentless disclosures based on the 1.7 million documents Snowden is believed to have stolen while working for the NSA as a contractor. The revelations chased Obama abroad, becoming a centerpiece of summits with world leaders and a long-planned meeting with Merkel in Berlin. By August, Obama acknowledged that his initial assumptions about how the public would respond to the revelations had been “undermined.” “I think people have questions about this program,” he said while announcing the review that will culminate in Friday’s speech. Polling suggests the public is largely divided about the NSA spying. But a November survey from ABC News and The Washington Post found that just 35 percent of Americans approved of the way Obama was handling the agency’s surveillance operations, while 53 percent disapproved. It’s unclear whether announcements will shift the public’s views. U.S. officials familiar with the White House review say the president will generally back changes to heavily scrutinized bulk phone records collections, but will leave it to Congress to sort out the specifics. That includes a key decision over whether to strip the NSA of its ability to store the phone records and move the data to the providers or a third party. People close to the White House say Obama’s approach appears to reflect a president that has come to appreciate the effectiveness of the tools at the government’s disposal. “Some of these surveillance tools are very useful, and I think he embraces them,” said Jane Harman, a former Democratic congresswoman who now heads the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. “At the same time, he embraces the notion of a public debate on this and some restraints.” Privacy advocates are already criticizing Obama’s expected announcements as insufficient. “While we welcome the president’s acknowledgement that reforms must be made, we warn the president not to expect thunderous applause for cosmetic reforms,” said David Segal, executive director of the civil liberties group Demand Progress. Some privacy advocates say they’re particularly disappointed because of Obama’s vocal opposition to what he saw as surveillance outreach under his predecessor, George W. Bush, in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Even so, Obama, as a senator from Illinois, voted in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election for legislation supporting the NSA programs. And while Obama has said he welcomes the current public debate over the surveillance programs, it’s all but certain it would not be happening had Snowden not thrust the secret programs out into the open. The president has been largely dismissive of Snowden himself, branding him a “hacker” who should return to the U.S. to face espionage charges. Snowden first fled to Hong Kong, then Russia, where he was granted temporary asylum. Privacy advocates have pushed for Snowden to be given amnesty or a plea deal if he returns to the U.S. But the White House has indicated that Obama had not considered those options as part of his surveillance review.
A wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, Calif. on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014. Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Gabriel Mountains.
American Samoa Government DEPARTMENT OF PORT ADMINISTRATION
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Issuance Date: January 8th, 2014 Date & Time Due: January 17th, 2014 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The Department of Port Administration issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified companies for the:
“AIRPORT SPACE FOR RETAIL OR OFFICE”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Airport Space for Retail or Office.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, January 17, 2014: Airport Business Office Airport Administration Office Building Pago Pago International Airport Tafuna American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Phone: 699 9101 Any RFP’s received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP document outlining the proposal’s requirements is available at the Airport Business Office, Airport Administration Office Building, Pago Pago International Airport, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposals data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Director of Port Administration, ASG. Right of Rejection: The Department of Port Administration reserves the right to reject any and/or all Requests of Proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the Department of Port Administration, the American Samoa Government or the public.
Signed: Taimalelagi Dr. Claire T. Poumele, Director - Department of Port Administration
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tested his persuasive powers Thursday, summoning university presidents to the White House to win their commitments to expanding access to higher education and to demonstrate a new determination to use his own presidential authority in the face of legislative roadblocks. Obama called on an assembly of college and university presidents and leaders of nonprofit and other education groups to rally around a goal of widening opportunities for disadvantaged students. “We still have a long way to go to unlock the doors of higher education to more Americans and especially lower-income Americans,” he said. “We’re going to have to make sure they’re ready to walk through those doors.” The event, which attracted more than 100 leaders in higher education, underscored both the power of the presidency to convene influential figures to bring about change as well as the limitations of a secondterm president trying to drive sweeping changes in the face of a divided Congress. The White House has increasingly been seeking ways to bypass Congress, an approach that can bring about results but that doesn’t often have the breadth or the permanence of a law. Obama said his education initiatives are part of an effort to “make sure there are new ladders of opportunity to the middle class.” “I’m working with Congress where I can to accomplish this,” he said. “But I’m also going to take action on my own if Congress is deadlocked.” Eager to put the White House’s stature behind the education push, Obama was joined by first lady Michelle Obama, who urged schools to actively reach out to low-income high schoolers to attract them to their campuses and to provide them with help once they decide to pursue a higher education. Both the president and the first lady spoke in personal terms, saying they had benefited from a national commitment to expand opportunities for young people that led them to attend elite universities. Obama graduated from Columbia University and his wife from Princeton University, and both graduated from Harvard Law School. “The truth is that if Princeton hadn’t found my brother as a basketball recruit, and if I hadn’t seen that he could succeed on a campus like that, it never would have occurred to me to apply to that school — never,” Mrs. Obama said. “And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me — kids who have a world of potential, but maybe their parents never went to college
President urges expanding access to higher education
or maybe they’ve never been encouraged to believe they could succeed there.” The daylong program at the White House featured a number of work sessions among White House and administration officials and educators. Numerous participants praised Obama for convening the meeting and said they are already seeing results from the preparation ahead of the event. Debbie Bial, the president and founder of the youth leadership and college access program called the Posse Foundation, said that after speaking in November with Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, her organization decided to double its science, technology, engineering, and math scholarships. By Thanksgiving, they had obtained $70 million in scholarships from 10 colleges and uni-
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American Samoa Government DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF PROPOSED ACTION LOCATED WITHIN THE FLOODPLAIN
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS;
This is to give notice to the public that the Department of Public Works has conducted an evaluation for the Department of Education as required by Executive 11988, 24 CFR Part 55, Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for the Capital Improvement Projects of the Office of the Insular Affairs. The proposed project would involve construction of a 2-story concrete building which measures 66ft x 66ft located in the Fagaitua High School Campus in Fagaitua, American Samoa with Grant No. AS-CIP-2011-1, D12AP00183 in the amount of $800,000.00. The building will be built on the existing footprint of the old dilapidated Applied Tech Building. The target area contains 4,900 sq. ft. of floodplains and the project site is located within the Flood Zones AE, as designated by the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modifications of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines, it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. All affected and interested agencies, groups and persons are encouraged to participate in this decision-making process for the proposed action in the floodplain. Written comments for consideration by the Department of Public Works may be sent to: Faleosina P. Voigt, PE, Director, Department of Public Works, Tafuna. AS, Tel. No. (684) 699-9921 Comments may also be submitted to: Dr. Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau Director, Department of Education Fagatogo, Main Office, AS Written comments should be received at the above address on or before January 31, 2014.
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TO Members of the SAMANA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALAPATI FAATULU SAMANA of LEONE has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land VAISULU, allegedly belonging to SAMANA FAMILY of the village of LEONE. Said land VAISULU is situated in or near the village of LEONE in the County of FOFO, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: DECEMBER 19, 2013 thru JANUARY 21, 2014 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa SAMANA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o ALAPATI FAATULU SAMANA o le nu’u o LEONE ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o VAISULU e fa’asino i le aiga sa SAMANA, o le nu’u o LEONE. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o LEONE, itumalo o FOFO, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 01/03 & 01/17/14
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➧ Petitioning EEO for overdue overtime…
that should be abated right away. Lolo noted the agencies working at the Airport — which are Customs, Port Administration and Agriculture — should hire part time employees, which would eliminate the overtime charges and provide opportunities of financial assistance to others in the community. He made it clear in his letter to the AG, Treasurer and Director of Agriculture, there will be no more overtime incurred. According to the petition, the Customs officers say they are being forced to work extra hours and are not sure how they are being compensated. “We have been told by the treasurer that some employees are going to be paid over time, that some will receive comp time, and that we are all going to receive comp time at a rate of time and one half.” The petition further states the confusion as to what the truth is, is “bringing down” the morale of the Customs officers. The petitioners say they want a straightforward answer given as to the status of their overtime hours and a list of all the hours they have worked be submitted to each individual officer by the time keeper or Deputy Chief of Customs. “For too long we have remained silent on the issue and have continued to work over our regular forty hours week, as well as eight hours per pay period,” says the petition.
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FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
Last week, the governor issued a stern warning about enforcing compensation and leave time statutes. “The report from the Treasurer on our accrued compensation liability attributed to the accumulation of annual leave, sick leave, and compensatory time has been very disconcerting,” said Lolo in a letter sent to his cabinet members last week. He said to each director and agency head they must take “bold steps” to abate factors contributing to this financially crippling trend. “I’m puzzled by the revelation that some of the employees have accumulated annual leave in excess of 1,000 hours along with compensatory time accumulation dating back to 1999. This puzzlement stems from the fact that there are existing compensation statutes that prevent an unreasonable accumulation of overtime, annual leave, sick leave and compensatory time,” the governor stated. Lolo pointed out that his administration has failed to enforce these laws and “it is time for strict enforcement.” He further noted that each director and agency head is to take every step to review all existing annual leave, sick leave and compensatory time and come up with an appropriate strategy to reduce all accrued leave, while at the same time complying with the existing laws. Lolo warned all excess annual leave, sick or compensatory time will not be carried beyond October 1, 2014. (ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million assessment tests annually in more than 180 countries, at more than 9,000 locations worldwide, according to the organization’s website, www.ets.org) Vaitinasa explained, “The main purpose for this massive test taking mandate is to gather data on teacher knowledge and skills, primarily in Math, Writing and Reading. The data would add to the massive work that [DOE] Teacher Quality office has undertaken over the last two months to update each teacher’s professional file.” She says the data will be stored in the DOE’s Longitudinal Data System. “This is one of the major ‘clean up’ reforms of the DOE for teacher training and professional development which is responsive to the real needs of the teachers and ultimately, it will positively impact the quality of teaching in the classroom,” she added. The DOE issued a statement this week saying all those who are interested in becoming a teacher and who hold a bachelor or master’s degree in education in the content areas of English, Math, Science, Samoan Studies or in the trades and technology areas, are invited to attend a meeting at 1p.m. today at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium’s North Wing (facing DOE’s main office in Utulei). He said proposing changes to the constitution through the legislative process provides more time for the Fono to hear community input, comments and recommendations on every issue. He also noted Fono hearings provide sufficient time to get public input instead of holding another convention. The governor reminded lawmakers that Afoa L.S. Lutu, who is now a senator, had previously served in the capacity of executive director for the 2010 Constitutional Convention Office and was also involved in previous conventions. He said Afoa’s contribution to the Fono when it comes to this matter will be a great asset. BACKGROUND At least three times last year, Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono called on his colleagues to consider reviewing the many amendments approved in the 2010 Constitutional Convention for consideration by the Fono for inclusion in this year’s general election. Soliai said he didn’t believe there was a need to conduct another convention, but instead for the Fono to look at issues approved during the 2010 convention to be reviewed, debated, and approved for a referendum. The only proposed change to the constitution introduced last year, was a House measure calling to extend each Fono session from 45 to 60 days. The measure was sponsored by House Vice Speaker Tali Fa’afetai Iaulualo and remains pending in committee.
➧ Testing teachers…
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During last month’s graduation at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa College of Education for local teachers, Vaitinasa announced DOE is embarking on a “historical undertaking” profiling some 1,000 public school teachers, and this effort is to be carried out in this year. Starting in March, she said then, “some 700 teachers of the Department of Education, who have never taken the ‘Praxis 1’ test, will be asked to take it,” and the results of this data will be used as part of the enormous profiling of every teacher in DOE. Further, in the summer of 2014, “every teacher will be engaged in training — some in- service training,” she said and noted a teacher’s work is continued learning. Vaitinasa provided an update Wednesday night on this issue, saying applications for over 500 Early Childhood Education, elementary, high school special education and high school classroom teachers, including JROTC instructors were mailed this past Monday to the nonprofit ETS, which is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, and the test would be in February.
➧ Constitution…
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“In view of the volatility and uncertainty of global and federal trends, it behooves us to be vigilant in continuously reassessing the legal sufficiency of our political status, to ensure that these world changes are effectively addressed by making the required changes to our Constitution and to our political relationship with the United States,” he said. Lolo reminded lawmakers the territory’s Constitution provides the framework which can be used to make changes to the Constitution, instead of going through another Political Study Commission and Constitutional Convention. “The Legislature... is empowered to enact legislation to effect changes to our Constitution with subsequent placement as a referendum during the following election with the Executive Branch’s concurrence,” he noted. The governor urged lawmakers to “take steps” to assess the recommendations contained in the Political Status Study Committee and the decisions reached in the 2010 convention “for possible enactment.” “One of the critical issues I would like to see considered is the proposed change to the Override Veto Authority of the Legislature,” he said. (Previous efforts to change this provision of the constitution failed when it was rejected by voters.)
UN warns against delayed action on global warming…
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with the worst effects of climate change, according to a draft report by U.N. experts. The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, says that global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean energy and cut emissions. It said that despite national policies and international efforts aimed at mitigating climate change, emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are warming the planet grew 2.2 percent per year on average between 2000 and 2010, compared to 1.3 percent per year from 1970 to 2000. The two main drivers for the increasing emissions are economic growth, which has risen sharply, and population growth, which has remained roughly steady, the report said. The largest contributor to global emissions results from the burning of oil and coal — and the draft report said its contribution is expected to rise. Unless “explicit efforts” are made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts warned that increased conservation and efficiency will not be sufficient to counter their rise. With increasing demand for energy and the growing use of coal to generate electricity, the experts said emissions from the sector are projected to double or triple by 2050 from the level in 2010 unless improvements in clean energy are “significantly accelerated.” International climate negotiators agreed at the 2009 U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that global warming this century must increase by less than 2 degrees (1.1 degree Celsius) from now to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists say that target requires atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, to stay below 530 parts per million. The level surpassed 400 parts per million briefly in the spring, but annually it is still barely below 400. The report said the majority of scenarios to stay below 530 parts per million throughout the 21st century would require a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 40 percent and 70 percent of 2010 levels by 2050. The experts said this will require new patterns of investment and a transformation into a low-carbon economy. The global total annual investment in the energy system is presently about $1.2 trillion, it said. The experts estimated that in order to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of CO2 between 430 and 530 parts per million investments in fossil fuels would have to decline by $30 billion a year between 2010 and 2029, while investment in noncarbon producing energy sources would have to rise by $147 billion a year. The report said many renewable energy technologies are increasingly efficient and cost effective, but many still need support if their market share is to increase.
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➧ Graduation…
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Going to the beach?
East:
Fagasa-Fagalea Stream Aua Stream Afono Stream Lauli’i Stream Alega Beach Alega Stream Fagaitua Stream Aoa Stream Masausi Stream
West:
Asili Leone Pala
CENTRAL:
Pala Spring
For more information: http//portal.epa.as.gov/beaches/
Beach Advisory: January 15, 2013
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) 633-2304
Manu’a High School graduation ceremony to be held on June 9 at the MHS campus, while a “one-day combined graduation ceremony” would be on June 11 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for all public high schools on Tutuila. (Manu’a’s graduation ceremony has always been held first — usually towards the end of a week, and then the following week, graduation ceremonies on Tutuila would begin.) Additionally, all public high schools would hold their respective awards assemblies, and their baccalaureate services before the graduation days, she said. “We concur that the oneday combined graduation ceremony for all the high schools on Tutuila will not only save time for the leaders and the community, but will unite the entire community, parents and students, by sharing this special event together in one day,” Vaitinasa explained. “Further, this combined one-day graduation will give the families ample time during the week to celebrate this accomplishment with relatives and friends.” It’s expected the proposed combined graduation ceremony on Tutuila will also include the introduction of valedictorians and salutatorians from each high school.
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Materials Management/Procurement Office
INVITATION FOR BIDS (“IFB”)
Issuance Date: IFB No: PROJECT NAME: CLOSING DATE/TIME January 17, 2014
ASPA14.1194.PARKING LOT GRADING Parking Lot Grading for the American Samoa Power Authority TafunaC ompound January 31, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m., American Samoa Time
➧ FONO BRIEFS…
The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) issues this Invitation for Bids for the “Parking Lot Grading for the American Samoa Power Authority Tafuna Compound.” A complete bid package may be picked up from ASPA’s Materials Management Office located at the Tafuna Power Plant compound. You may also view this IFB online on ASPA’s website, http://www.aspower.com . For more information about this IFB, please contact Liz Puni, Contract Specialist @ (684) 699-0105 or mailto:elizabeth@aspower.com . An original and five (5) copies of the bid must be received in the Materials Management Office at Tafuna no later than 2:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014. Late submittals will not be opened or considered and will be designated as non-responsive. Qualified bidders must submit bids in a sealed envelope, box, or other enclosure addressed to ASPA’s Procurement Manager. The sealed envelope or box must be labeled: ASPA PROCUREMENT MANAGER ATTN: Nancy Mauga IFB ASPA14.1194.PARKING LOT GRADING (Show the date and time of bid opening)
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reconstituted in order to ensure the successful continuation of the Public Library’s contributions to the community. The resolution proposes four-year terms for Drabble, Tauili’iliLangkilde, Tapaau and Malaepeai while he proposes two years for Addison, Toeaina and Manase. The eighth member of the board is DOE Director Vaitinasa who serves as a member by statute. Drabble has been a member of the board since its inception, he’s a local successful businessman with a strong background in accounting and his contributions have been crucial to the Library’s start-up and continued successful operations. Tauili’ili-Langkilde spent many years with ASTCA in legal and compliance roles and has since moved into private practice. She has served on the board for the last ten years and she and Drabble have provided needed continuity as the board is reconstituted. Dr. Aga is an author, historian and educator and is presently the Director of ASCC Land Grant Department of Community and Natural Resources; He is a literacy advocate and frequent user of the library. Representing ASCC, David Addison is an archeologist, historian, educator and faculty member of ASCC’s Samoa Pacific Studies Department. Malepeai is a retired educator who worked for DOE for over 30 years with her specialty in Literacy Services, while Manase is the Deputy Director of the Library Services Division of the DOE. The House will hold the hearing on this resolution today.
The American Samoa Power Authority reserves the right to: 1. Reject all bids and reissue a new or amended IFB; 2. Request additional information from any Bidder submitting a bid; 3. Select the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, whose bid is determined to be the most advantageous to the American Samoa Power Authority, taking into consideration the evaluation factors set forth in this solicitation. 4. Negotiate a Contract with the firm selected for award; and 5. Waive any non-material violations of rules set up in this IFB at its sole discretion. Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director
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Ioe alii faigaluega Ofisa Femalagaaiga i tuuaiga malo…
O se va’aiga i le taimi na taua’aoina ai fatu la’au “Cherry Blossom” mai le NCSS i Uosigitone DC mo Amerika Samoa i le susuga le Peresetene o le ASCC Dr. Seth Galea’i, le faatonu o le Land Grant Tapa’au Dr. Mageo Aga, le pule o le Folesi Lauagaia Mary Taufete’e ma isi sui iloga o le Land Grant o le a latou totoina fa’ata’ita’i muamua fatu o lenei “la’au o le leleiga & nofo filemu” [ata: foa’i] i le va o Iapani ma Amerika.
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Fatu La’au Cherry Blossom mo Amerika Samoa
Ua mae’a taua’aoina fatu la’au “Cherry Blossom” mai Uosigitone DC o le laumua a le Iunaite Setete, ma ua aofia fa’atasi ai ma se fe’au taua mai le Koneferenisi o Setete uma o le Iunaite Setete[NCSS] ina ia fa’amau fa’ailoga ai le atoaga o le 100 tausaga o se fa’amomoli o le filemu ma le nofo lelei fealoa’i o Iapani ma le Iunaite Setete o Amerika ina ua mae’a le taua lona lua o le lalolagi. “Ua toe fa’amanatu nei i loto ma agaga o tagatanu’u uma, lea meaalofa taua ma le lalelei e fa’aatagia ai le matagofie o le si’omaga saogalemu, lafulemu ma le nofo sa’oloto lelei o tagata uma o nei malo e lua, ina ua te’a le fetuatuana’i ma le va fete’ena’i,” o le feau taua lea o le Cherry Blossom. O nei pua o fatu la’au “Cherry Blossom” o se fa’aatagia lea o le feagaiga matagofie i le va o malo e lua, ae i le aganu’u a Iapani, o lea le la’au e tolu mea ma’oti e fa’aatagia ai, pe afai e faimeaalofa atu ai se tasi ia te oe: Lalelei, Malamalama, ma le Soifuaga atoa o le Tagata. O lea fo’i se fe’au na toe fa’amanatu mai e le Emepasa o Iapani i Amerika, lea sa tu’u fa’atasi i totonu o le pusa fatu la’au ina ia fa’ao’o i setete uma ma teritori. O lea meaalofa taua, sa fa’ao’o mai e le tama’ita’i o Isapela Enesi, le tama’ita’i peresetene o le Sosaiete a Amerika Samoa i Uosigitone, lea e avea ma totino o le NCSS. “Ou te fiafia tele e avea ma sui, e fa’ao’o mai lenei meaalofa o le ‘Leleiga ma le Nofo Sa’oloto i le Filemu’ i lona nofoaga e fa’amautu i ai, ma totoina ai e o tatou tagata, e avea fo’i ma se fa’amanatuga o le va lelei ma Iapani, ina ua mae’a taimi o fevaevaea’iga. I le fa’ataunu’uina o lea tiute, ua fai ma sao i lea fo’i galuega lelei, aua o lo’o va’ava’alua mai lea galuega ma se fe’au aualofa o le tatou Faipule Faleomavaega Eni mai Uosigitone.” O se fa’amatalaga lea ma le fiafia a Isapela Enesi, a’o ia taua’aoina atu le pusa o fatu Cherry Blossom ia Gale’i fa’atasi ai ma le Fa’atonu o le Land Grant Tapa’au Dr. Dan Aga, ma le pule o le Vaega o Folesi a le tatou Land Grant o Lauagaia Mary Taufete’e. O lea ua matu’u mai fatu nei mo Amerika Samoa, peita’i, e le tutusa le tausiga o nei fatu, ma isi fatu o la’au o le tatou vaomaoa. Ua i ai fa’atonuga fa’apitoa mo le tapenaga e toto nei fatu, e umi fo’i se taimi e fa’avai ai fatu, ona fa’ato’a toto ai loa lea i vaitaimi ua mae’a fa’atulaga mai mo lenei tausaga. O le totoina o fatu la’au nei i setete uma ma teritori o Amerika, sa amatalia i le tausaga 2013 ina ua mae’a atoa le 100 tausaga talu mai ona foa’i fuaina mai le pusa fatu la’au mai Iapani i Amerika i le tausaga e 1912 o se fa’ailoga o le leleiga, le nofo sa’oloto i le alofa ma le filemu, ma ua toe fa’ataua atili lea fo’i leleiga. O le fua o nei la’au e lanu piniki, ma e matele ina feso’ota’i ma olaga ma’ale’ale ma le lalelei o tama’ita’i o lea fo’i malo, ae ua tufa mai ia avea ma matagofie o le si’omaga o Uosigitone ma Amerika atoa e pei ona faia nei. Ua fa’ailoa mai o fatu e ao ina teuina lea i le taumalulu o se ea malulu, a’o le’i fa’avaiina mo le masina atoa, ona fa’ato’a totoina ai lea i eleele e tele le suavai, ma e ola lelei tele i le taumalulu. O lo’o tele se lagona o ali’i ma tama’ita’i o le tatou Folesi, o le a mafai ona ola lelei pea a tatou Cherry Blossom lea ua fa’ao’o mai, aua o se la’au o lo’o sau ma se fe’au o le leleiga ma le filemu. “ E taumafai le matou vaega ina ia toto ma ia ola toe fua mai a tatou Cherry Blossom uma nei, fa’afetai mo le fe’au o le leleiga, nofo sa’oloto ma le filemu fa’atasi ai ma le alofa ua o’o mai. E le galo fo’i le afuaga o le tatou totoina o nei la’au matagofie o lo’o paina ai auvai o le Vaitafe o Potomac, talu mai le tausaga 1912, se’ia o’o mai i le tausaga nei.” Ua le gata i lea, ae ua i ai fo’i le vaitau o fa’aaliga taleni eseese ma agaifanua ua fa’aigoaina National Cherry Blossom Festival, e tele fo’i se sao o le Sosaiete a Amerika Samoa e faia ai, aua e faia ai fa’aaliga o Tu ma Agaifanua a atunu’u eseese o le lalolagi o lo’o aumaui totonu o eleele o le Iunaite Setete o Amerika.
O le alii faigaluega i le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga a le malo o Amerika Samoa, lea na tuuaia i lona faia o ni I.D pepelo ina ia mafai ai ona aumau i le teritori ni tagata mai Asia e le o tusa ma le tulafono mo la aumau ai i le teritori, ua ia ta’utino i le faamasinoga maualuga ananafi, e faamaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. I le tali ioe ai o le alii o Polone Savea, 50 tausaga le matua o lona soifua, i le moliaga mamafa e tasi o lona faia lea o ni tusitusiga tau faasese, na talosaga ai loa le malo i le faamasinoga maualuga ina ia solofua isi moliaga mamafa e lua o lo o totoe ai i le pepa o tagi sa latou faaulu, le moliaga o le faia o faamaumauga tau faasese, atoa ai ma le moliaga o se tagata tautua lautele sa ia talia ni taui e ui faaalatua. Na talosaga fo’i le malo i le faamasinoga ina ia solofua moliaga mamafa e tolu sa latou faila faasaga ia Savea i le mataupu 155-12, lea foi o lo o tuuaia ai o ia i lona tuuina atu lea o ni I.D pepelo se lua i ni tamaitai se to’alua mai Asia, ina ia mafai ai ona aumau i laua i le teritori, e ui e le o tusa ai ma le tulafono lo la aumau ai i totonu o le teritori. I le tali ioe ai o Savea i le moliaga e pei ona ta’usala ai o ia, sa ia ta’utino ai e faapea, i le va o Aokuso ma Setema o le 2011 ao avea o ia o se tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, sa ia faaaogaina ai I.D tuai o tagata mai fafo ua latou tuua le atunuu, e fai ma I.D mo ni tagata se toalua mai Asia, ina ia faafoliga ai o ni I.D moni ia I.D, ae le iloa o I.D pepelo. Na taua e Savea e faapea, i lona faaaogaina ai o I.D tuai e faaaoga e tagata mai fafo e to’alua faatoa ulufale mai i le atunuu, sa ia pu’eina ai ata o i latou ma faapipii i luga o I.D pepelo ia, sa faapea fo’i ona tuu i ai ma faamaumauga uma e faatatau ia te i laua e pei o la aso fanau atoa ai ma o la igoa. Sa i ai fo’i i luga o I.D pepelo ia nisi o faamaumauga a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, e aofia ai le saini a le loia sili tuai sa i ai o Fepulea’i A. Ripley, atoa ai ma le faamau faailoga a le ofisa o le malo. O lo o molia faatasi Savea ma Matagi Lelili’o i le mataupu lenei, ma o le taeao nei lea ua faamoemoe e lau ai le faasalaga a Lelili’o i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, ina ua ia tali ioe i le solitulafono mama o lona fesoasoani lea i se tagata faigaluega a le malo e faatino le solitulafono o le faia o tusitusiga tau faasese. O le aso 7 Fepuari lea ua faatulaga e lau ai le faasalaga a Savea i luma o le faamasinoga, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le moliaga mamafa e tasi sa ia ioeina. O le alii loia ia Matailupevao Leupolu Jr o lo o tulai mo Savea, ae o le tamaitai loia sili lagolago ia Camille Phillippe o lo o tula’i mo le malo. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Tumau pea le le lagolagoina Lolo lafoga 2% mo le LBJ…
Ua fuafua le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, o le a faaauau pea ona ia talosagaina le lagolago a le Fono Faitulafono mo le aveesea lea o le tulafono lea na pasia ai le lafoga e 2% mai totogi o tagata faigaluega na pasia e fesoasoani ai i le falema’i o le LBJ, ona o ni isi o ana mafuaaga tatau. Na taua e le alii kovana i lana ripoti tusitusia sa tuuina atu i le Fono Faitulafono i le aso Gafua na te’a nei, e le gata e le o se tulafono tala feagai lea tulafono i le tamaoaiga o tagata lima vaivai ma i latou e le malolosi lo latou tamaoaiga, ae atagia mai ai fo’i e le o tagata uma o lo o aofia i le totogiina o lea lafoga. E ui o lo o matua manaomia e le falema’i tulaga tau tupe e fesoasoani ai i lana atina’e, peitai na saunoa le alii kovana e faapea, e tatau ona fau le tulafono ina ia tutusa mo tagata uma. Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona taua e le alii kovana i lana ripoti, o se tagata faigaluega e na o le $10,000 lona totogi i le tausaga, ae to’aono lana fanau o lo o tausi, ona tipi lea o lana 2% mai lona totogi, toe tipi le 4% mo lana lafoga, faatusatusa i le tagata o lo o i ai sona fale mautotogi, e $4,000 na te maua i le masina, e le totogiina sana lafoga e 2% mo le LBJ, se’i vagana ai le 4% o le lafoga o lo o tipi, ae maualuga atu lana tupe maua nai lo le tagata faigaluega. “O le auala lenei e le gata e le talafeagai mo le teritori, ae foliga mai fo’i o lo o totogi e le tagata e maualalo lona tamaoaiga le tupe mo le soifua maloloina a le tagata o lo o i ai ana fale mautotogi toe maualuga lana tupe o lo o maua, ma o se tulaga lea e matua le talafeagai mo le tagata lima vaivai,” o le saunoaga lea a Lolo. O se tasi o mataupu taua sa taua e Lolo i lana ripoti i luma o le Fono, o se fuafuaga e fesoasoani ai i le toe tatalaina o le
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Faailoa Lolo taua aoaoga ma galuega mo Amerika Samoa
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O le faavaeina o se Vaega Faapitoa latou te fuafuaina auala ma fuafuaga mo aoaoga ma galuega fou i totonu o Amerika Samoa, o se tasi lea o vaega na taua e le alii kovana ia Lolo Moliga o lo o ave ai pea le faamuamua a le faigamalo mo le lumana’i manuia o tupulaga talavou. I se tusi na tuuina atu e le alii kovana i faatonusili ma faauluuluga a le malo i le aso 9 Ianuaru 2014, sa ia faataotoina ai le taua o le faavae o lenei Vaega Faapitoa, ina ia galulue i le faaleleia o aoaoga atoa ai ma le sailiga o galuega fou mo tupulaga o le atunuu. Na taua e Lolo e faapea, o se fonotaga i tulaga tau aoaoga a Amerika sa faia i New Mexico i le tausaga na te’a nei, na faataua ai ta’iala ma le manaoga i le tatau lea ona atina’e auala e faaleleia ai aoga ma aoaoga faamasani (training), ma le manaoga o le faaleleia lea o le tamaoaiga o le atunuu. “O lo o tuuina atu atoatoa e Amerika Samoa lana lagolago faatasi ai ma isi teritori ma setete o le malo tele, i le faamalosia lea o le feau ma ta’iala i le unaia o le faia lea o se isi amataga fou ma lelei mo aoaoga,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. O le faatula’iina o aoaoga fou e pei ona faamama e le alii kovana i lana tusi, o le fesoota’i lelei lea o auala uma o lo o faia ai aoaoga i le vaega o aoga, e pei o le fesootai o aoaoga mai vaega K e o atu i le vasega 12, ma afua mai ai loa iina ona faatulaga aoaoga maualuluga, ma fesoasoani ai loa i le tamaoaiga o Amerika Samoa, e ala i le auai atu o fanau aoga i le sailia o latou faailoga i totonu o aoga, ma faauu mai ai i togi lelei. Ina ia faatinoina ai lenei manaoga taua e pei ona saunoa le alii kovana, e manaomia e le malo o Amerika Samoa se vaega tupe e faatinoina ai lenei manaoga, ina ina atina’e ai pea tulaga o aoaoga i totonu o le teritori. E tusa ma le $10 miliona se vaega tupe fesoasoani (grant) mai le Matagaluega o Leipa a le malo tele (USDOL), o lo o talosagaina e le Matagaluega o Fefaatauaiga ma Alamanuia a le malo o Amerika Samoa (DOC), e fesoasoani ai mo lenei faamoemoe, ma o ta’iala e mafai ai ona faamanuiaina Amerika Samoa mo lea vaega tupe tele e faamutaina lea i le aso 27 Ianuari 2014. O le vaega tupe fesoasoani e pei ona saunoa le alii kovana, o le a mafai ai ona maua se vaega tupe e fesoasoani ai i le faaleleia atili o tulaga tau aoaoga i totonu o Amerika Samoa, aemaise ai le faaleleia o tulaga o aoga maualuluga i totonu o teritori ma setete e pei ona aafia i fuafuaga faataoto a le alii peresetene ia Obama.
O se tasi la o poutu e mautinoa ai le agavaa o Amerika Samoa i lenei vaega tupe, o le faia lea o ni polokalame e mafai ai ona aloaia tagata faigaluega ma maua agavaa, ma mafai ai loa ona faa faigaluega e ofisa e pei o le falema’i o le LBJ ma le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina fanau faauu nei, ina ia mautinoa ai ua talafeagai tulaga i tusi faamaonia e pei ona latou tauaaoina e mafua mai ona o polokalame faaauau i tulaga tau aoaoga. Na taua e le alii kovana e faapea, e tatau i ofisa uma ma matagaluega a le malo o lo o i totonu o le Vaega Faapitoa e pei ona tofia, ona auai i fonotaga ma tali i manaoga uma o lo o tuuina mai e le USDOL, ina ia mafai ai ona faamanuiaina le malo i lenei vaega tupe, ona ua utiuti le taimi faatulagaina. O ofisa o le malo ma o latou sui o lo o auai i totonu o lenei
Vaega faapitoa, e aofia ai Maria Salevao o lo o faauluulu i ai le polokalame o faufautua, ma Dr. Amy Blizzard o lo o galue i le tuu faatasia o ripoti ma faamaumauga a le polokalame. Mo le Kolisi Tuufaatasi o le susuga ia Dr. Seth Galea’i; o le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo e aofia ai le Faatonusili ia Sonny Thompson; o le falema’i o le LBJ e aofia ai le alii pulesili ia Joe Davis-Fleming; ma le faatonusili ia Motusa Saoluaga Nua o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina. “Faamoemoe o le a outou tuuina atu uma i le Matagaluega o Fefaatauaiga ma Alamanuia faamaumauga uma o lo o latou moomia, ina ia manuia ai le talosaga e pei ona fuafuaina,” o se vaega faaiu lea o le saunoaga a le alii kovana. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Fa’aliliu: Akenese Ilalio Zec
O se va’aiga i le tausala o Claire ma le manaia o Micah i le la’ua paga i le taimi o le taualuga, matagofie toe fa’afiafialoto lea siva Samoa i le aso faapitoa mo tagata faigaluega a le Kolisi Tuu[ata: LAF] faatasi sa faia i le vaiaso ua te’a.
VAEGA: 77 — Taeao manuia i le alafa’i mai o le atunu’u i fanuga lelei o lenei aso, tatou si’i ai pea le vi’iga ma fa’afo’i le fa’afetai i le Atua Soifua, ona o Lana tausiga alofa mo i tatou e le mavae i aso uma o lo outou soifua fa’apea ma si o’u nei ola. Ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo, “O le Sone Vevela.” Ia manuia lou alo atu i fiva ma tiute o le a feagai ai ma oe i lenei aso. O le tala moni lava i mea na tutupu ma a’afia ai tagata i virusi ‘ese’ese, ae maise fo’i o su’esu’ega sa gafa ma ali’i foma’i ma saienetisi Amerika, ona o lo latou naunau alofa, ia maua se vaifofo mo tagata soifua. Ina ua uma le feiloa’iga ma le talatalanoaga a Peter Jahring ma le ali’i o Tom Geisbert, na manatu ai nei, ua tatau ona logo vave le ali’i o Colonel Clarence James Peters, MD. O Colonel Peters, o ia sa ta’ita’ia le isi malaga a tagata su’esu’e na o i Aferika e tau sa’ili le virusi o le Ebola. Fai mai le fa’amatalaga, o se tagata e le fefe i se mea, o se tagata fo’i sa ia taumafai malosi ina ia fa’atula’i mai tagata su’esu’e i mea tau i virusi ‘ese’ese, ae maise ai o kasa o’ona, ina ia faia ai su’esu’ega mo le saogalemu lautele o tagata uma. Ua alu nei le solo fa’aniutu a Peter Jahring ma Tom Geisbert i totonu o le ofisa o Colonel Peters, e taunu’u ane, o lo’o fai le fonotaga a le ali’i ma isi foma’i. E le i fa’atali ai le ali’i o Peter Jahring, na savali sa’o atu nei ua musumusu i le taliga o Colonel Peter, “E i ai le mataupu fa’avavevave lava ou te fia talanoa ai i a te oe.” Na tau fa’ali’i le ali’i o Col. Peters ona ua fa’alavelave ane o lo’o feagai o ia ma lana fono. Ae na naunau lava le ali’i o Jahring ina ia maua se avanoa se i va’ai ai i ata e pei ona la matamata i ai ma Tom. Na i’u lava ina fa’aaliali e Jahring i a Col. Peters sina vaega o le ata. Na ona va’ai atu lava o Peters, o ata o anufe, e le i toe fa’atali, na tu a’e loa i luga ma savali ‘ese mai le fonotaga, e le i fa’amavae fo’i, ua galo mea uma, ina ua va’ai i le ata o anufe tavi’ovi’o. Ua taunu’u i le ofisa o le ali’i o Peters, ma e le i toe i ai lava ni upu e tele, na fesili nei le ali’i po’o fea e sau ai le ata, ae alu atu le tali a Jahring, o le ata na pu’e e Tom Geisbert o manuki na avane mai Reston. Ua na o le pupula to’a nei o Colonel Peters i ata, e moni lava o anufe, ma e fai lava si lapopo’a te isi na i lo anufe sa maua i totonu o le virusi o le Malburg. E le i tau talitonuina e le ali’i o Peters ia ata nei, ona ua fai mai a ia, e tele isi tala ma ata na auina atu i totonu o le nofoaga su’esu’e lenei, ma o le tele fo’i o ia ata, o ata e le i maua ai ni fa’amaumauga mautu, o ata tau fa’asese ma ata tau fa’ase’e. Na toe tilotilo nei le ali’i o Peters i ata nei, ma na i’u lava ina fesili i a Jahring pe o le a le isi mea e soso’o ai, pe o le a toe faia se isi su’esu’ega ina ia mautinoa ai loa o le virusi o le Malburg lea na maua ai manuki. O le isi itu sa fia iloa e Col. Peters, pe mafai ona su’esu’e ai ma le virusi o le Ebola. Na tali le ali’i foma’i o Peter Jahrings, ioe, o le a faia ia su’esu’ega uma, ma o le a ia fa’aaoga ai le toto o le tagata e tu’u fa’atasi ma toto o manuki nei ina ia vaai ai pe ono i ai se mea e tupu mai ai. Na toe fesili mulimuli lava Col. Peters pe o le a le umi e faia ai ia su’esu’ega ae na tali Jahrings, pe tasi i le lua vaiaso, ona maua ai lea o le tonu. Na toe tilotilo ane nei le ali’i o Colonel Peters i a Tom Geisbert, ma fa’atonu loa, ina ia faia ni ana su’esu’ega, pe fa’amaonia o lo’o sosolo le virusi i totonu o tino o manuki, ina ia maua ai loa le fa’ai’uga tonu ma le mea e ao ona fai. E faia pea…
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➧ Lolo lafoga 2% mo le LBJ…
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polokalame lea e auina atu ai gasegase i fafo mo togafitiga (offisland referral program), lea ua tele tausaga o tapunia ona o le leai o se tupe e faatino ai. I lana malaga mulimuli lava i le tausaga na te’a nei i Hawaii e pei ona taua e le alii kovana, sa amata ai ona ia talosaga i taitai o le falema’i a le militeli i Hawaii, le Tripler Army Medical Center ina ia toe vaavaai i auala e mafai ai ona fesootai mai i le falema’i a le atunuu, le LBJ mo auala e auina atu ai gasegase i fafo mo togafitiga, faapea ai le galulue faatasi ma tatou foma’i i tulaga o le tautuaina o gasegase atoa ai ma le sapalai o vailaau ma fualaau. Ina ia faaleleia atili tulaga e pei ona taua, ua tofia ai e le alii kovana se Komisi faapitoa latou te vaavaai i tulaga uma nei, ina ia faagaioi ma faaauau mo le manuia o le soifua maloloina o le atunuu. O le isi mataupu sa taumafai le alii kovana e saili i ai se fesoasoani, o se Inisiua e fesoasoani ai i le 20% o tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa e le o mafai ona agavaa i faamanuiaga tau inisiua, ma fesoasoani ai i le totogiina o a latou talavai i le falema’i, e ala i le auai lea o Amerika Samoa i le polokalame inisiua a le setete o Hawaii (Hawaii Insurance Exchange Program). “O le fautuaga sa latou tuuina mai, ia ave pea la tatou faamuamua i auala e faaleleia ai polokalame mo le tautuaina o tatou tagata i le falema’i, ona o lo o fetaia’i fo’i le setete o Hawaii ma a latou fo’i faafitauli i le polokalame o le latou inisiua,” o le saunoaga lea a Lolo. E 45 aso lea ua tuuina atu e le alii kovana i le Komisi Faapitoa ua ia tofia, ina ia latou vaavaai i auala e maua ai alagatupe e fesoasoani ai i le falema’i i lalo o le polokalame o le Medicaid, vaavaai i le tulaga aoga o le polokalame o le Medicaid mo Amerika Samoa, ma faailoa mai se taimi tonu e talafeagai mo nei polokalame.
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TA’USALA LOIA A LE FONO I LE AVE TA’AVALE ‘ONA E $150 le salatupe lea ua faasala ai e le faamasinoga le loia a le Fono Faitulafono ia Henry Kappel, ina ua ta’usala o ia e le faamasinoga faaitumalo i le taeao ananafi i le moliaga o le ave ta’avale ‘ona. O isi tuutuuga o le nofovaavaaia a Kappel mai le faamasinoga mo le umi e 6 masina, e aofia ai le se’i o lana laisene ave taavale mo le umi e 6 masina, faasa ona ia toe tagofia le ava malosi, faasa fo’i ona ia toe aveina se taavale i le umi lea ua se’i ai lana laisene. Na tuuaia e le malo ia Kappel i le moliaga o le ave ta’avale ‘ona atoa ai ma isi moliaga tau taavale afi, ona o le faalavelave lea na tulai mai i le aso 18 Oketopa, 2013 i Pago Pago, ina ua tifa i tua lana taavale ma so’a se pa i tafatafa o le auala. Ae i se maliliega na sainia e Kappel ma le malo ananafi, sa ia tali ai e le tete’e o ia i tuuaiga a le malo, ae solofua ai isi moliaga sa totoe ai i le pepa o tagi. Na toe faamamafa e le alii faamasino o John L. Ward II ia Kappel ananafi, le le tatau lea ona ia toe aveina se taavale ao se’i ai lona laisene, ina ne’i molia o ia e le malo i le moliaga mamafa o le ave taavale a’o se’i lona laisene, pe afai ae maua o ia o ia faafoeina se taavale. ELDEN SIOKA O le ali’i lea o lo o tuuaia i lona ulufale faamalosi i totonu o le fale a se aiga i Vaitogi ona taumafai lea e tagofia le itutinosa o se tamaitai o lo o moe i totonu o le fale, ua molia nei e le malo i moliaga mamafa e aofia ai le talepe fale i le tulaga muamua, fai o amioga faasotoma i se tamaitai, tagofia o itutinosa o se tamaitai, faapea ai ma faia o uiga mataga i se tamaitai e le o faaipoipo i ai. O le vaiaso nei na tulai ai le alii o Elden Sioka i luma o le faamasinoga faaitumalo, ma ua toe tolopo lana mataupu e toe fofogaina i le vaiaso fou. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, o le mataupu lenei na tulai mai i le masina o Tesema na te’a nei i Vaitogi, ina ua maua e le aiga le ua molia i totonu o le latou fale i le leva o le po, ma faafesootai ai loa leoleo mo se fesoasoani. Na taua e le tamaitai na aafia i leoleo e faapea, na te’i a’o moe ina ua ia faalogoina se tagata o tago atu i lona itutinosa, o lea na ala ai i luga ma ia vaaia le ua molia i ona tafatafa, ona ee lea mo se fesoasoani, ae na te’i ina ua faatoese atu le ua molia ia te ia i le taimi lava lea e tusa ai o lana mea sese ua fai, ona alu ese loa lea mai totonu o lona potu.
Na maua atu e le tausoga o le tamaitai na aafia le ua molia ona ia fasi lea e ala i lona tu’iina o ona foliga, peitai na maua le avanoa o Sioka e sola ese ai ma alu i le latou fale. Na taunuu leoleo i le fale o le tamaitai na aafia ma faamatala i ai le mea ua tupu, ona agai atu loa lea o leoleo i le fale o le ua molia ma latou pu’e faapagota mai o ia. Na taua e le ua molia i leoleo e faapea, na avea le ova o lona ‘ona ma itu sa ia manatu ai e fia asiasi i le potu moe o le tamaitai na aafia, ma avea ai ma itu na tula’i mai ai le faalavelave e pei ona molia ai o ia. E $50,000 le vaega tupe lea ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e totogi ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala le ua molia i tua, e faatali ai taualumaga o lana mataupu lea ua faagasolo i luma o le faamasinoga i le taimi nei.
The dance group from the ASCC College Research Foundation Student Club provided entertain[photo: J. Kneubuhl] ment during the College’s Employee Appreciation Day held this past Friday.
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tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
O se va’aiga i pepa fatu la’au Cherry Blossom lea ua i ai nei se pusa atoa o nei pepa fatu, ina [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] ia totoina e o tatou tagata i o tatou laufanua to’afilemu.
JUDICIAL BRANCH AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION VACANCY
The Judicial Branch of the American Samoa Government announces the following vacancy in the High Court of American Samoa.
COURT INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR (1)
General Purpose: Under supervision, Court Interpreter will provide English and Samoan languages interpretation activities on an assigned and as-needed basis for the High Court and the District court of American Samoa. Court interpreters will specifically perform duties as an English and Samoan languages interpreter for courtroom and other legal proceedings, which may include, but are not limited to, arraignments, preliminary hearing, pre-trial conference and court trials. As necessary, the Court Interpreter may be asked to assist the Chief Probation Officer with probation-related work. Examples of Essential Duties, Responsibilities, and Skills: The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification. The examples provided below are note intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. 1. Interprets from and into English and Samoan using simultaneous, consecutive, and sighttranslation modes. Interpretations must be accurately conveyed without any superfluous edits, summarizations, additions, or omissions. 2. Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other justice-related partner. 3. Interprets court proceedings to Samoan –speaking individuals at the direction of the Court. 4. Ability to correctly and accurately use English and Samoan grammar and vocabulary. Qualifications: A successful candidate for the Court Interpreter Position: 1. Must demonstrate verbal and written proficiency in both English and Samoan languages; 2. May be a foreign national whose immigration status in American Samoa is in good standing; 3. Does not have a felony conviction; 4. Has not been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol for the last ten years; 5. Has never been convicted of criminal offenses provided under chapter 35, 36, 40, and 41 of Title 46 of the American Samoa Code Annotated. Applications for the position vacancies are available at the Clerk’s Window at the High Court of American Samoa. All applications must be returned to the Administrator at the High Court building by no later than 4:00 p.m., January 17, 2014. Contact Enele Seumanutafa at 633-1261 or 633-1150 for information.
Vaiaso mo Le AUfaigaLUega KoLisi TU’Ufa’atasi O le aso Faraile talu ai, sa fa’atasia uma ai le mamalu o le aufaigaluega a le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi e aofia ai ma le Aufaigaluega a le Land Grant lea e fa’atautaia A’oa’oga Tau Fa’ato’aga i le eleele fa’apea ma Vailepa, fa’atasi ai ma le vaega a le Folesi, 4H, Consumer & Nutrition Resources, lea e aofia ai ma Vasega o Su’isu’i ma Taumafa Paleni, ina ia fa’ai’uina le latou vaiaso fa’apitoa sa fa’ataua ai i latou ta’ito’atasi ma o latou sao i le fa’ataunu’uina o tiute fai i aso ta’itasi i totonu o le kolisi. “E taua outou taito’atasi ma lou sao i la tatou galuega fai fa’atasi, aua a le faia se tiute o se tasi, e i ai se isi o le a tigaina e fa’atino ia tiute ua misi ona fai. O lou fa’atinoa fo’i o ou tiute i le taimi e mo’omia ona mae’a faia ai, o se isi lea matati’a mo’omia i taimi uma i latou galuega ma le auaunaga i le Kolisi, ae a le a’oa’oina o fanau.” O se saunoaga lea a Dr. Seth Galea’i, peresetene o le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi o Amerika Samoa. A’o le’i amatalia fiafia, ta’aloga ma fa’amalositino ae maise le tauvaga Tausala ma le Manaia a le aufaigaluega, sa mua’i ona fa’ailoa le agaga fa’afetai o Galea’i, fa’apea ma le Fa’atonu o le Land Grant Taupa’au Dr. Dan Aga e tusa o le fa’atinoga o galuega o le tausaga ua tuana’i, ae o le mafutaga ua faia, “Ia toe fa’aopoopo atu ai se isi malosi’aga fou ia te oe e tapena au lou sui faigaluega mo tiute fa’atino, ma toe savalia se maila fa’aopoopo i lou agaga fiafia e tautua ma le fa’amaoni i ou tiute ua mae’a tamau i lau feagaiga fa’afaigaluega ua e se’ei ai ma fa’atino i le Kolisi mo lona taui lelei.” Na tutula’i fo’i le ali’i tino lelei o Ryan Apefa’i Taifane ma faia fa’amalositino lelei mo tina ua fai ‘si lava ma totoe o pauna,’ ma ua va’aia fo’i le to’atele o leoleo o le Kolisi ua auai fa’atasi ai i lea lava vaega, ma sa na tele se afu masa’a fo’i ona o musika sa fa’atino ai fa’amalositino, e le toe lagona ai se vaivai o se tasi. Na mata’ina le fa’aaliga Manaia ma Tausala, ae maise lava i le paga a le ali’i papalagi Micah Vanderryn ma lana paga Tausala Claire Sagapolutele Toe’ava. “A i ai ni pine, o Le FUsU’aga e faia!” I le fonotaga a le American Samoa Boxing Federation sa faia i le lua vaiaso talu ai, sa pa’au atu ai le peresetene o le American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC), Victor Langkilde, ma sana fe’au fa’amalosi’au mo le Asosi Fusu ma ona kalapu fusu eseese o aofia ai. “Ou te talosaga atu, e mo’omia ni pine mo le tatou atunu’u mai le isi ta’amilosaga fusu fa’avaomalo lea e sauni atu i ai a tatou tama ma teine fusu,” o le saunoaga lea a Langkilde. Sa ia fa’ailoa manino, “I le matou sailiga i tausaga ua tuana’i, mai Ta’aloga Fa’avaomalo lea e fesoasoani le ASNOC e totogia le auai i ai o tatou fanau tauva, ua iloga mai e tolu lava ta’aloga o mafai ona taliu mai ma ni pine, Fusu’aga, Si’isi’i U’amea Mamafa ma Pi’iga.” O le ala lea o lona iloa, e tatau ona fa’aleleia atili koleniga, ma fa’aosofia se lagona e fia fesoasoani atili le ASNOC ma le latou fo’i laulau, “Ia mautu le taumafaiga ma avatu tama ma teine ta’a’alo ua agava’a, ua lava tapena e le asosi fusu e tauva mo Amerika Samoa i ta’aloga o le pasefika lea e fa’atautaia i le 2015 i Papua Niu Kini.” O le tapenaga fa’apitoa a le ASBF ua fa’ailoa mai ai le latou ta’amilsoaga fusu mo tama ma teine talavou e fa’atautaia i le aso To’ana’i ua te’a i le Fale o le VA Tuai i Tafuna. “O le taimi muamua lenei ua tu’ufa’atasia uma ai Kalapu Fusu a le Teritori, ua aofia mai ma le Kalapu Fusu a le susuga Toleafoa Henry Tavake i lea ta’amilosaga saili paga, ma e to’alua ana tama fusu ma le tama’ita’i e to’atasi na aumai, ae ua manuia uma taumafaiga a ana tagata fusu ia.” O se tala fiafia mai lea a le eresetena o le ASBF Mapu Jamias. Na ia fa’ailoa mai, “O lenei taumafaiga, e fa’aauau ai lava koleniga mo le fanau o le a matauina e manumalo pea i paga ta’itasi, ina ia lava kolenia i latou mo le fa’amoemoe i le Oceania Games lea e tapenapena mo Aukilani i Niu Sila, sa tolopoina, ae le’i toe fa’ailoa maia se vaitaimi tonu o lenei tausaga e fa’ao’o ai.” Ua le gata i lea, ae ua i ai fo’i le ta’amilosaga fusu mo le Sisigafu’a a le tatou malo, lea ua fa’ailoa mai e Langkilde, ua mae’a fa’ataoto le fuafuaga, “E saili siamupini ai so’o se ituaiga o ta’aloga o lo’o aofia i totonu o le ASNOC i lea vaitaimi.” O lona uiga e tofu uma ta’aloga ta’itasi ma latou Ta’amilosaga Saili Siamupini, peita’i, e tauau e aumaia ai se ‘au fusu mai Samoa e fa’afeto’ai fo’i ma tatou tama ma teine fusu filifilia a le tatou malo nei. Ua fa’ailoa mai e Langkilde, “E le o faia lenei tima’iga na’o le Asosi Fusu, ua fa’amamafa atu ia te outou le naunauta’iga o i ai ina ia toe maua ni pine i le isi vaega o Ta’aloga Fa’avaomalo o tatou auai i ai, ae o lo’o una’ia fo’i isi ta’aloga uma lava. Peita’i, ia sili ona una’ia fusu’aga, si’isi’i u’amea mamafa ma pi’iga, aua e pei o ta’aloga nei, e lautogia muamua lava pine mo e ta’a’alo ta’ito’atasi.”
20 subpoenas issued in NJ traffic scandal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A special legislative panel investigating an apparent political payback scheme involving Gov. Chris Christie’s aides issued 20 new subpoenas Thursday, and he made his first trip since the scandal broke to pledge he won’t be distracted from the job of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. Christie, meanwhile, announced the hiring of a legal team to help his administration deal with multiple investigations into a scandal that won’t be put to rest quickly. The governor’s legal team, to be led by former federal prosecutor Randy Mastro, will “review best practices for office operations and information flow, and assist with document retention and production,” the administration said in a brief written statement. A spokesman would not say how much the lawyers would cost taxpayers. Two New Jersey legislative committees, including one also using a former federal prosecutor; the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey, which Christie headed before running for governor; and the chairman of a U.S. Senate committee are conducting inquiries into what happened in September when lanes to the George Washington Bridge from the town of Fort Lee were shut down for four days, causing massive gridlock. The plot apparently was hatched by Christie’s aides as a political vendetta, possibly because Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor wouldn’t endorse the Republican governor’s re-election. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is leading the primary legislative probe, said the new subpoenas seek documents from 17 people and three organizations. The recipients of the subpoenas won’t be named until the documents are served, presumably by Friday. The likely targets are people who worked for Christie or who are or were part of his inner circle, such as Bridget Anne Kelly, the fired aide who suggested in an email to another Christie confidante “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Another likely target is Bill Stepien, Christie’s two-time campaign manager who appeared to gloat over the traffic chaos. The Associated Press learned Thursday night that Matt Mowers, Christie’s former regional political director for his re-election campaign, was among those subpoenaed. The New Hampshire GOP, where Mowers recently started work as executive director, released a statement saying Mowers had been subpoenaed and offering support for him. At a news conference last week, Christie said he would continue interviewing his senior staff to determine if there is any other information he needs to know and if he needs to take any further action, but he did not indicate his review would go further than that. Christie did not address the scandal directly Thursday when he made his first public speech outside the State House in the eight days since the lane scandal broke wide open. He went to friendly territory — heavily Republican Ocean County — for an event initially scheduled for Jan. 8 that was postponed after the revelation of emails that appear to show Kelly, formerly a top aide, ordering the lane closures for political retribution. The setting was the type of place that elevated Christie’s national profile in the weeks following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — a shore fire station much like the ones where he reassured worried residents in the days after the storm. The governor’s work leading New Jersey through the recovery from the storm, which damaged more than 360,000 homes and businesses, helped cement his national reputation as a no-nonsense, hard-driving governor willing to work closely with Democrats to get things done. It also raised his stock as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Like those appearances 14 months ago, this one was also carried live on TV and gave him a chance to reassure residents. In this case, he hugged and then held the shoulder of Amy Peters, a Manahawkin woman who was tearful as she thanked the state and local governments for helping her get back in a home that had been devastated by the storm. Christie did not directly mention the scandal, but he seemed to refer to it when he joked about how many more video cameras — more than 20 — were trained on him than he would expect for this kind of event. He got cheers when he suggested reporters at least dine in local restaurants to help the area. “I am focused as completely this morning as I was when I woke up on the morning of Oct. 30, 2012, and nothing will distract me from getting the job done,” he said. “Nothing.” People who attended Christie’s speech said their support for him hadn’t changed because of the bridge controversy. “You do pay attention,” said Rob Hunsberger, a homebuilder who is rebuilding houses wrecked by the storm. “But there are bigger problems that people are having.” Christie is also resuming his public duties as chairman of the Republican Governors Association with a scheduled trip Friday to Florida. He’s headlining private fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican governors in the country facing re-election this fall. As Christie works to assure top Republican donors that he has taken the appropriate steps to address the New Jersey controversy, he’ll face dissent. Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, plans to hold at least two Christie-focused news conferences in cities where Christie is set to appear. In other developments Thursday: — As expected, both chambers of the state Legislature voted to authorize special investigative committees. The Assembly panel, made up of eight Democrats and four Republicans, authorized the new subpoenas. The Assembly retained Reid Schar, a former federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption, as special counsel at a billable rate of $350 per hour. — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who is Commerce Committee chairman, reported that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the George Washington Bridge, had responded to a series of questions he posed about the closings. The answers, which he made public, provided “zero evidence that the purpose of these closures was to conduct a legitimate traffic study,” he said.
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