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Tafuna Warriors senior captains along with Gov. Lolo M. Moliga pose with the coveted ASHSAA Football Perpetual Trophy after defeating the Samoana Sharks 44-6 in Saturday’s Varsity Championship game. It was back-to-back championship wins for the Warriors. The ASHSAA 2013 football highlights have been brought to you by GHC Reid and Co Ltd., Oloa o Leala, exclusive distributors of Coca Cola and Powerade — your family of fine beverages. See highlights of this year’s championship game in Tuesday’s [photo:TG] Sports section.
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Tua’au Kereti Mata’utia Jr. announces his candidacy for US Congress
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Commissioner carries out reshuffle of DPS personnel
TCF WarDen is remoVeD, assigneD to RecorDs Office
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
The 2014 General Election set for Nov. 8, 2014 is less than a year away and the first Congressional candidate to throw his name into the hat is Tua’au Kereti Mata’utia Jr., who ran unsuccessfully for the same post during the 2012 election. Next year’s election will include only faipule seats in the Fono and a Delegate at Large to Congress. Tua’au, who is currently the Assistant Senior Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office said his reason for running in the congressional race is because of his love for the people of Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a. “It’s obvious from the last election that the message from me is really about the people. I’m not in it for myself, but it stems from deep within my heart for public service,” he told Samoa News. One of the issues that Tua’au is keen on is developing the economy. He spoke briefly about the minimum wage which he said should be a local issue rather than a federal one. “American Samoa’s economy cannot be compared to any US state’s economy… I am trying to have the federal law implementing the minimum wage [hike] delayed because it will take a toll on our local economy. Our business community cannot take it,” he said. Tua’au said his philosophy on the issue is: “leave the local minimum wage issue to be developed locally within in our Legislature. It should not be a federal issue; after all, we the locals will be greatly affected by it.” “To move forward is thinking backward,” is Tua’au’s slogan for his campaign. When asked if he’s informed Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga that he’ll be running in the upcoming election, Tua’au said, “I’ve yet to inform the Governor; however, this is a private matter and our laws are very liberal. Running for office is a fundamental right of every person entitled to run for office.” Tua’au was born in Vatia and is married to Nora Academia Lacamiento of Hawaii and the Philippines. They have two children — John K. L. Mata’utia and Caroline I. A. Mata’utia.  He graduated from Manu’a High School in 1984. As the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
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“Due to the urgency for the improvement” of the Department of Public Safety, Police Commissioner William Haleck has made several personnel changes, including the removal of prison Warden Lumana’i Maifea from the Tafuna Correctional Facility. The changes are noted in a memorandum leaked to Samoa News over the weekend. The memo was disbursed on Friday afternoon and the changes went into effect yesterday. Urgency to improve the DPS, while not elaborated on in the memo, Samoa News points out that to date, there have been numerous breakouts from the TCF as well as Corrections officers that have been criminally charged and convicted for allowing inmates to leave the TCF compound to go shopping for items like alcohol.
In addition, police raids on the prison — at least two in the past 6 months — have netted contraband items like cell phones, alcohol and large amounts of cash. According to the memo, TCF Warden Maifea is now assigned to head the Records Office, a move that is being questioned by some DPS officials. Maifea is to report to the Chief of Police Vaimaga Maiava. Efforts to contact Haleck and Maifea for comments were unsuccessful as of press time yesterday afternoon. Captain Fo’ifua Fo’ifua Jr. who was the Commanding Officer in Charge of the Tafuna West Substation replaces Maifea. Fo’ifua’s role at the Tafuna West Substation is now with Captain Muagututi’a John Cendrowski.
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A tiny traditional fale made of natural materials including sennit and seashells is one of the ornaments created by local high school students for the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Judyann Fagalilo, Roseanne Hall and Nona Tui from Nu’uuli VocTech High School are the [photo: Don Hoffman] proud artists and wish everyone — Ia manuia le Kerisimasi.
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OSHA official: “Fines are not our goal — our goal is safety and protection of the worker”
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — You can take our word for it. Americans don’t trust each other anymore. We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away. These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question. Forty years later, a record high of nearly two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people. An AP-GfK poll conducted last month found that Americans are suspicious of each other in everyday encounters. Less than one-third expressed a lot of trust in clerks who swipe their credit cards, drivers on the road, or people they meet when traveling. “I’m leery of everybody,” said Bart Murawski, 27, of Albany, N.Y. “Caution is always a factor.” Does it matter that Americans are suspicious of one another? Yes, say worried political and social scientists. What’s known as “social trust” brings good things. A society where it’s easier to compromise or make a deal. Where people are willing to work with those who are different from them for the common good. Where trust appears to promote economic growth. Distrust, on the other hand, seems to encourage corruption. At the least, it diverts energy to counting change, drawing up 100-page legal contracts and building gated communities. Even the rancor and gridlock in politics might stem from the effects of an increasingly distrustful citizenry, said April K. Clark, a Purdue University political scientist and public opinion researcher. “It’s like the rules of the game,” Clark said. “When trust is low, the way we react and behave with each other becomes less civil.” There’s no easy fix.
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In God we trust, maybe, but just not each other
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently reviewing all new information provided by Paramount Builders Inc. and discussions have not been completed regarding any reduction of fines against the locally based construction company. Paramount Builders was cited by OSHA for six serious, one willful and one repeat violation of workplace safety and health standards. The federal agency proposed fines totaling $107,910 and Paramount Builders owner, Papali’i Lauli’i Alofa told Samoa News on Tuesday he does not plan on challenging the fines or contesting the violation. Papali’i also said that the company has addressed “most” of the violations. When asked for an update on this case, OSHA’s Honolulu Area Office director Galen Blanton told Samoa News on Wednesday that OSHA is still reviewing information provided by Paramount Builders, adding that the employer is required to provide certain documents during this process, within 15-days from the time the company first receives the citation and proposed fines. As to whether OSHA will reduce the fines, Blanton said that because the case is still open and under review, any final decision on the fines will be part of the negotiations involved in the case. Additionally, the fatal fall in May this year of a Paramount worker at Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. construction site — which prompted the OSHA inspection— was the first fatal accident for the company. “We are discussing [with the employer] any details about this case that didn’t come up during our inspection,” Blanton said in a telephone interview from Honolulu. “And during the discussion, we look at what has been done differently going forward.” He said that fines and penalties are not the most important aspect for OSHA, but rather, worker safety and protection is their goal. “Our goal and aim is to make sure that workers are protected and that the employers provide safe and healthful workplaces and follow the law’s requirements and provisions for safety and health,” Blanton said. “While fines are necessary as a result of an enforcement action, the end result are not fines, penalties or citations. We are not in the business of fining or issuing citations.” He continued, “Our goal is to ensure safety and health in the workplace and to enforce standards, provide training, offer educational resources, and provide assistance so that workers are protected anytime, anywhere.” OSHA training for local employers was one of the issues raised by Paramount Builders owner Papali’i, who said this has not been available on island. Blanton said OSHA is planning to do a “safety day” training in the territory sometime in June next year for about two or three days, covering a wide range of issues that come under its jurisdiction. He said that they are also looking at a program with the American Samoa Community College, who approached him a few years ago about a health and safety curriculum which would thereafter issue a certificate to participants upon completion of training. However, he said, discussions will continue on that. OSHA did say last week that for employers in American Samoa, OSHA has arranged for its publications and other materials to be available at ASCC, where the contact person is Michael Le’au, Dean of Trades and Technology Division (699-9155 ext. 369). Meanwhile, there are three OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the Pacific— all located in California: • California State University of Dominguez Hills, College of Extended Education (www. csudh.edu/OSHA) • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (www.osha4you.com) • University of California - San Diego (http://osha.ucsd.edu)
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Senator Galeai: Only senior officers 5%, 10%, 20%, 25%, 50% should be trained to carry weapons
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Miss South Pacific Janine Tuivaiti (Samoa) is escorted through the Honiara International Airport after the traditional welcome by members of one of the panpipe groups from the Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. Tuivaiti along with the ten contestants vying for the title of Miss South Pacific this year, arrived throughout last week and were all warmly greeted. Pageant week runs from the December 1-7 with the grand finale, crowning night taking place [courtesy photo] on Saturday evening.
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Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli, a former police commissioner, says he has no problem with arming police officers, as long as the governor declares such a move an “emergency” situation and that only senior officers are trained and allowed to carry weapons in the course of their duties. The Department of Public Safety has received a shipment of twenty four Glock-17 handguns and Police Commissioner William E. Haleck plans to begin training in mid-2014 for certain officers to be armed. The selected officers for training will undergo psychological evaluations (See Samoa News story on Nov. 26th for more details). Being a former police commissioner, Galeai was asked by Samoa News for his reaction to the move by Haleck and Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga who has received and is currently reviewing approval policies and procedures regulating the arming of police officers. Galeai told Samoa News that arming police officers is “nothing new” and it occurred when he was police commissioner during former Gov. A.P. Lutali’s first term in 1985. At that time, and in accordance with the law, the sitting governor “declares an emergency situation exists to arm officers,” he said. Samoa News should point out that the last time an emergency declaration was issued for officers to carry weapons was in March 2003 during the Tauese Administration when then Lt. Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who was acting governor at the time, declared it necessary for detectives and senior officers of the Criminal Investigation Division to carry weapons in the investigation of the disappearance of Wyatt Bowles Jr. Togiola told reporters in front of the EOB that the move to arm officers followed information received by the government that some people — where police were trying to execute search warrants — are “carrying very serious and heavy weapons” and police needed to protect themselves. In a phone interview over the weekend, Galeai said that he and Lutali agreed at the time to arm senior police officers. “I was given the
authority to arm my officers after Gov. Lutali issued the official emergency declaration,” he recalled. “The only officers who were allowed to be armed while on duty were senior officers, such as captains, lieutenants, and investigators with the Criminal Investigative Division as well as undercover police officers,” said Galeai, adding that those officers had more than 10 years of experience in the police force. If Haleck plans to arm officers, Galeai recommends the police commissioner first obtain approval from the governor, or the governor issue an emergency declaration for such a need, and that only senior officers with 15 or more years of police work are selected to carry firearms. “Detectives and investigators with CID must be among those allowed to carry weapons due to the nature of their work,” he said. Galeai said he agrees with rigorous training for selected officers to carry weapons, but quickly added that patrol officers — even if they go through such training — should not be allowed to carry weapons. “I have some serious reservations when it comes to young new officers on the force carrying weapons,” said Galeai, adding that he is concerned with new officers ending up misusing the authority given to them to carry weapons. There had been mixed reactions from lawmakers this year about arming police officers when the issue was first raised by Haleck in the Fono. During budget hearings in September, Sen. Mauga T. Asuega called on DPS not to rush into arming officers but thoroughly review its merits and needs. Some lawmakers reached by phone since last Friday for comments, told Samoa News that they will wait until the Fono returns in January for the 3rd Regular Session before making any public comments on the matter, which deserves committee hearings to get more information such as the need for it and details of training from Haleck and the Lolo Administration. The move to arm officers was sparked following a deadly incident in July 2010 when Police Det. Lusila Brown was gunned down in broad daylight in front of the temporary High Court building in Fagatogo.
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(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE)—, 25 November 2013— A workshop on ‘Addressing Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Contamination in the Pacific’ has concluded in Koror, Palau. The workshop, which was held from 18 to 22 November 2013, was organized by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian De-mining (GICHD) in close collaboration with the Government of Palau and the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Funding for the workshop was provided by the Government of the United States. Nine Forum Island countries - the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – remain contaminated by explosive remnants from battles fought during World War II. For almost 70 years now, these leftover explosive remnants have and continue to pose a very real threat to the safety of Pacific communities – in particular children and young people. In many cases, the presence of ERW has restricted the ability of communities to use or develop land for socio-economic development. “The ERW scattered across these islands pose a great hazard to the inhabitants as well as to visitors of the islands,” explains GICHD Director Stephan Husy. “In addition to the cost on human wellbeing and safety, the presence of these leftover remnants also has an impact on livelihoods.” In his opening remarks, Palau’s Minister of State, Mr Billy Kuartei stated that “unexploded and explosive remnants (UXO) from World War II have been a long standing humanitarian, security and environmental threat to the Republic.” Mr Kuartei further highlighted that to manage the threat, Palau, by executive order, has formed a “UXO Advisory Committee tasked to organize Palau’s clearance work and to initiate work toward establishing Standards and Procedures to guide work involving UXO.” The workshop provided a further opportunity for participants to discuss and consider a more technical and operational focus on topics such as techniques in ERW clearance operations, humanitarian underwater de-mining, national capacity development support, and information management training. Similar meetings on ERW and UXO were also held in Palau in October 2012 and in Brisbane, Australia in June 2013.
Workshop on explosive remnants of World War II concludes in Palau…
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His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji delivering the opening address at the ICAAP Pacific satellite session in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
AG in Montana appeals teacher’s rape sentence
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana attorney general’s office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl, saying the punishment was illegally lenient. The state formally filed its arguments in the appeal of the highly criticized sentence for Stacey Rambold, who was released from Montana State Prison in September. District Judge G. Todd Baugh sparked outrage when he commented in August that victim Cherice Moralez was “older than her chronological age.” Moralez killed herself before the case went to trial. The judge later apologized and said his comments were based on videotaped interviews with Moralez that have not been publicly released. The state argues the child was not legally capable of consent and that the judge’s sentence was illegal. The brief argues the minimum legal sentence would have been two years in prison. But prosecutors said they still believe a sentence of 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, would be appropriate. Baugh relied on a different section of the same law cited by prosecutors when he gave the defendant 15 years with all but 31 days suspended and a one-day credit for time served. Rambold’s attorney, Jay Lansing, has not responded to repeated requests for comment on the case. His office said Wednesday that he had no plans to do so. The attorney general’s office said Rambold’s sentence should be vacated and remanded for sentencing. Prosecutors said that “there is no legitimate hypothetical that allows blame to be placed on a 14-year-old student who has been victimized by her 47-year-old teacher.” Recently, several advocacy groups asked the Supreme Court to be allowed to file supporting arguments in the appeal. They argued they can provide expertise in legal and social advocacy for women’s rights. The judge’s statements reflected “stereotypical, prejudicial, and generally false beliefs regarding sexual assault,” the groups say. Rambold has registered as a level 1 sex offender, meaning he’s considered a low risk to reoffend. He will remain on probation through 2028 unless the original sentence is overruled.
(PRESS RELEASE)—Monday, 25 Nov. 2013—Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)—SUVA, FIJI—A packed Pacific satellite session at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bangkok, Thailand last week catapulted Pacific perspectives, data and successes onto the international stage. His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji, opened the session entitled ‘The Pacific Voyage: the five year response to HIV and other STIs and a glimpse beyond 2013’ while Ms Joey Joleen Mataele, Tonga Leitis Association President, astounded all by singing the opening prayer in a strong, operatic voice. Nine speakers from across the Pacific, including three from SPC’s Public Health Division, participated in the session, which featured the latest data on HIV epidemiology in the Pacific, and the successful rollout of rapid HIV testing, enabling faster diagnosis of HIV in all targeted Pacific Island Countries and Territories. ‘In the last 5 years, the smaller countries of the Pacific and its larger sister nation Papua New Guinea have responded to both the HIV and STI epidemics in a structured and considered manner, tackling the behavioral, social, cultural, legislative, health systems and economic factors that drive or hamper our responses to both HIV or STI epidemics,’ said H. E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. ‘This satellite session pulls together some of the work that has been done, both in Papua New Guinea and the smaller island nations of the Pacific. We share our stories with you today in a celebration of our united efforts and to offer you the new direction and the approach that the Pacific will take in addressing what we consider to be the key challenges facing our people,’ he said. The Pacific satellite session was organized by the Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine (OSSHHM) and made possible due to support from the Australian aid program and the Pacific Islands HIV and STI Response Fund. The topics and speakers are included below. * Rapid diagnosis of HIV infections in Pacific Island Countries and Territories - Tebuka Toatu, SPC * Keeping Pacific Island countries HIV free - Ian Wanyeki, SPC * Adherence, Side-effects and Support: Experiences of Treatments among People Living with HIV in the Pacific Islands, Hilary Gorman, Cook Islands National HIV, STI & TB Committee * The Role of People Living with HIV in the Pacific HIV Response -Rebecca Kubu, Pacific Positive Working Group * Church Beliefs and Professional Practice: How Christian Health Workers Respond to HIV in PNG- Lalen Simeon and Christopher M. Sohenalo’e, Pacific Adventist University, PNG * OSSHHM Pasifika Training-of-Trainer program on HIV and STIs: a south-south collaboration - Jason Mitchell, OSSHHM * Foreskin Cutting Practices and the Acceptability of Male Circumcision for HIV prevention in PNG - Rachael Tommbe and David MacLaren, Pacific Adventist University/ James Cook University * The Pacific Regional Sexual Health Shared Agenda 2014 - 2018: Achieving Zero - Michelle O’Connor, SPC * PNG HIV Epidemic: an Update and the Way Forward - Dr Moala Robert Kariko, Papua New Guinea AIDS Council Secretariat
Pacific HIV response gets attention – internationally
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WHEREAS, motor vehicle crashes kill over 40,000 people and injure three million every year, at a cost to society of some $150 billion annually; and WHEREAS, alcohol-related crashes account for approximately 40 percent of those deaths and injuries; and WHEREAS, last year in American Samoa there were 13 related DUI crashes, 4 injured from DUI crashes, and 146 drivers arrested for drunk driving; and WHEREAS, the December holiday season is traditionally one of the most deadly times of the year for alcohol-impaired driving; and WHEREAS, for thousands of families across the nation, the December holidays bring a somber reminder of the loved ones they lost to an impaired driver during a previous holiday season or at any time during the year; and WHEREAS, community-based programs involving consumer education, effective laws, and police enforcement have proven to be successful in reducing impaired driving; and WHEREAS, organizations from our territory are joining the Department of Human Social Services and the Department of Public Safety in promoting the “Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” and “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaigns this December by supporting anti-impaired driving program and policies; and WHEREAS, American Samoa is a partner in that effort to make our roads and streets safer; NOW, THEREFORE, I Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga do hereby proclaim December 2013 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in American Samoa and hereby call upon all citizens, government agencies, business leaders, hospitals, schools, and public and private institutions in American Samoa to promote awareness of the impaired driving problem, to support programs and policies to reduce the incidence of impaired driving, to promote safer and healthier behaviors regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, and to provide opportunities for all to participate in the Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign this December holiday season and throughout the year.
LOLO M. MOLIGA Governor of American Samoa
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Bethlehem’s CHristmas season gets earlier start BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The Christmas season begins a little earlier this year. Several thousand people gathered Sunday to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, near the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. Last year, the more than 12,000 tiny lights on the 15-meter-tall (50feet) artificial tree were only switched on in mid-December. Toni Musleh of the Bethlehem city council says the holiday festivities were launched earlier this year to expand the season and attract more visitors. Tourism is important to the economy of the Palestinian town near Jerusalem. In the past, Israeli-Palestinian fighting and Israeli movement restrictions kept down the number of visitors. In Sunday’s ceremony, Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah switched on the tree lights as bands played Christmas songs. NJ police: Thanksgiving snub led to macHete tHreat NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a northern New Jersey man used a machete to threaten a family who excluded him and his son from their Thanksgiving Day celebrations. New Milford police tell NJ.com that 48-year-old Joseph Hoo, of Upper Montclair, was charged with weapons offenses and making terroristic threats. Police responding to the family’s home at around 2 p.m. Thursday stopped a van leaving the residence. Police say Hoo
and his 18-year-old son were in the vehicle, and officers soon found an 18-inch machete and two baseball bats inside the van. Hoo was released on his own recognizance but ordered to not have contact with the family. Bird steals camera in Australia, recorDs JoUrneY SYDNEY (AP) — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country’s remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle’s caper. The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motionsensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles. The camera, which is about 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) long and 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide, disappeared soon after and the rangers figured it had fallen into the water. The rangers recently found out the device had been found near the Mary River, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) away, ranger Roneil Skeen told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. When they examined the footage inside, the real culprit was revealed. The rangers plan to bolt down their cameras from now on, Skeen said. Man citeD after tossing casH at Mall of America BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 29-year-old Minnesota man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing 1,000 dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America has been cited for disorderly conduct. Serge Vorobyov, of Apple Valley, admitted throwing his “last $1,000” from the fourth floor on Friday as a choir performed “Let it Snow.” Vorobyov said he also kept tossing cash as he continued down the escalator. Vorobyov said he’s going through a divorce, lost his car hauling business and hoped the positivity of throwing the money would come back to him. “I wanted to do some sort of pay it forward kind of thing,” Vorobyov said Sunday. He invited his estranged wife to try to win her back but she didn’t show up, he said. Instead, Vorobyov was cited by Bloomington police and released at the scene. He also was ordered not to go into the mall for a year. Vorobyov had stamped the bills with his YouTube address and on his Facebook page he called the event a publicity stunt.
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The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs will host a Women’s Bazaar on December 20, 2013 at 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m., and a Pre-Christmas Variety Show and Concert at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We are inviting all women who attended and completed training (s) in sewing, culinary, flower arrangement, fine mats weaving, handcrafts making, and hair styling, to display any items for sale.
Event: Women’s Bazaar Date: Friday, December 20, 2013; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Venue: Su’igaula o le Atuvasa
The Bazaar will display all items created by women throughout this year and the public are welcome to view and purchase.
Event: Pre-Christmas Variety Show and Concert Date: Friday, December 20, 2013; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Venue: Su’igaula o le Atuvasa
Local artists will showcase their talents in promoting the month of December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. Please register if interested to participate in our events by contacting Saini Vele or Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. at 633-2836. Registration will close on Monday, December 9, 2013.
When asked why he wanted the publicity, he said he wanted his cat back from his estranged wife. Mall of America spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said it’s the first time anyone has ever done something like that in the mall. She said Vorobyov disrupted the performance and could’ve caused a serious situation. Israel’s former leader slams p.m. NetanYaHU oVer US TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his successor has severely damaged the country’s relations with the United States. Speaking before a security conference, Olmert said Sunday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s public criticism of the American-led nuclear deal with Iran was provocative and counterproductive. He said he too would differ with the American president, but always made sure to do so in private. In an apparent response, Netanyahu responded that in contrast to others when it came to the vital security of Israel’s citizens “I will not be silent.” Netanyahu has called the interim deal with Iran a “historic mistake” and declared Israel not bound by the agreement. Netanyahu believes Iran is determined to produce a nuclear bomb and offering it relief from sanctions at this time amounts to appeasement. Man faces felony cHarge oVer trimming citY sHrUBs SAN DIEGO (AP) — Trimming overgrown shrubs may have won Juvencio Adame praise from neighbors, but it also brought the San Diego man a felony charge from prosecutors. Adame, 46, was charged with defacement, damage and destruction in excess of $400 after he pruned shrubbery on city land next to his Ocean Beach property in July, U-T San Diego reported on Saturday. Adame, who is known as “Vince,” told neighbors that the shrubs in the neighborhood popular with surfers had become a haven for homeless people to sleep and litter. He declined to comment on the case, citing advice from his lawyer. He is due in court on Thursday. The district attorney’s office also declined comment. Neighbor Glenn Goss said the case is a waste of taxpayer money and that Adame is being prosecuted for doing the kind of pruning that city workers ought to do. “Here’s somebody who’s going out of his way (to trim the trees),” Goss said. “It’s not his job, it’s the city’s job. Then they do this ridiculous thing. It’s mind-boggling.” It isn’t the first time residents have been prosecuted for trimming shrubs, though more often the victim is a neighbor, not a government, the newspaper reported.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Man charged with molesting his nieces - 9 & 13 years old
According to court records, when questioned by police, “Defendant was teary-eyed and his speech was slurred, as if he was about to cry.” The Defendant told police, “what I did was wrong, and I’m afraid.” In his written statement, the defendant said that sometime in 2012, he penetrated the 9-year-old victim and he did so 6-7 different times. He even admitted to performing oral sex on her and said all the incidents occurred in his bedroom. He admitted that he would make the victims touch his private area, and that he would touch himself sexually while the girls were looking. The defendant told police that he made the girls watch porn about 6 times and said he told the girls not to tell their parents. He also told police that he would give the girls money.
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A man who is alleged to have molested his nieces — 9 and 13 years old — by touching them sexually and furnishing porn for them to watch, has been arrested and charged with child molesting, sodomy with a child, sexual abuse in the first degree, furnishing pornographic materials to a minor, and endangering the welfare of a child. He made his initial appearance in the District Court last week and his arraignment is set for today in the High Court. In the interest of protecting the identity of the minor victims, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved in this case. Currently, the man, identified by the two victims as their great uncle, is in custody at the TCF and is being held on bail of $50,000 According to the government’s case, the incident was reported to police last Monday, Nov. 25 Court documents state the defendant came to live with the victims in August 2011. It is alleged that the uncle would perform sexual acts on the girls by touching their private parts and exposing himself to the girls when their parents weren’t around. The girls told police that their uncle would invite them into his bedroom to watch pornographic movies and he would make the girls touch his manhood. In addition, according to the girls, their uncle would touch himself sexually and make them watch “numerous times”. The girls told police that their uncle had penetrated them both and the 9-year-old recalled how her uncle performed oral sex on her. In addition to the girls, their younger brother also told police that he witnessed their uncle placing his 9-year-old sister’s hand on his private area while the girl was carrying their baby sister in the other hand. Court filings say that on November 21, 2013 the defendant called the younger victim into his bedroom where he was watching a porn movie. “Victim covered her eyes with her hands but defendant would slap her hands away from her face,” say court filings. According to the girl’s mother, the victim did not attend school that day because she was feeling sick. Police contacted the defendant via cell phone to inform him that they were investigating allegations against him and the defendant voluntarily agreed to meet police officers at a shopping center in Nuuuli. The two parties met there before heading to the CID office.
The older victim, the 13-year-old, told police that she awoke one time to the defendant rubbing her breasts while she was in the room sleeping with the baby. She said her uncle left the room after she told him that she was going to tell her mother about what he did. She also told police that one day, her uncle asked her if he could perform oral sex on her and she said no. The older girl told police that one time, she and her sister were both standing outside their uncle’s bedroom door and when he passed by, he grabbed both of their private areas at the same time. He also fondled them both through their pants on one occasion when they were sleeping in their room. According to the 13-yearold, their uncle would give her and her sister $2-$3 every Thursday or Friday.
This past Friday, a post-Thanksgiving celebration was held on the east side of the territory where different kinds of turkey costumes were on display by human models. Pictured here is Autasi Ah Kiong, a Faga’itua High School student who was dressed up as a Samoan turkey, donning the ‘ie toga, tuiga, and a custommade yellow and red feathered turkey tail that ties everything [photo by B. Chen] together and definitely completes the look.
Talofa Samoa, e muamua ona ou fa’apoipoi lili’a pei ole fetalaiga i MALAE o TUPU, le malae na ta’ape ai ulua’i tofiga se ia pa’ia Agalega aua e mau e fa’alele, mau fo’i e matau. E faigata aua o paia o Samoa o le fatu e le gae’e o le atunu’u tofi e le o se nu’u taliola. Fa’atulou atu fo’i feoi o le Talalelei mo talosaga aua se manuia o Samoa pe’i o le mavaega a le Tuimanu’a ma le Malietoa ia tapua’i Samoa i le Atua e afua mai ile Taisamasama se’ia paia le Taiulaula o Nafanua na ilo ai malo. Toe nei o se aga ona taulau lea o le te’i a le tai fana’e aua le fa’amoemoe mo le tofi Faipule ile Laumua i Uasinitone ile tausaga 2014. Ua ta fia inu i le taufa na momo’o ai le TUPU o TAVITA. O le mea lea, finagalo malie ae lafo mai le pule e tautua ai mo le atunu’u ma le malo. Afai ua iai se upu ua lape po’o se aleu, lafo ia i nu’u le aina ma ia natia i fatualavai. Ia mamao ni lagi fa’atafatafa ma solo i tua ao nai gagaifo. Toe talanoa atili. Ia fa’amamalu aao alofa ole Tapaau ia Samoa. Ia manuia le Kerisimasi male Tausaga Fou. Greetings, soon we will enter another election year to elect our delegate to Washington D.C., in November 8, 2014. In the last election, victory was not on the horizon, but I am confident that hope will endure and the dream lives on. Therefore, my fellow citizens, we can either exile or renew our calling to serve the public. In this regard, I will seek the office of delegate and I respectfully ask for your support for U.S. Congress. An official declaration will be forthcoming soon. For now, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ma le ava tele,
Tua’au Kereti Mata’utia, Jr., J.D., Juris Doctorate of Law
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by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Get pampered & look great this holiday season at Salon Sophia
Pictured here are the newest additions to the Salon Sophia family: Siala “Cece” formerly of Super Cuts in Hawaii who is the new barber, and Ms. Jachelle who will take care of all your waxing, pedicure, and manicure needs. Right now, Salon Sophia is offering 20% off all chemical treatments in celebration of the holidays, and prices on all other services have been slashed as well. Read story for full details.
Look and feel your best during the holidays with pampering services being offered at Salon Sophia in Nuuuli. Whether it’s a new hairdo, color enhancement, chemical treatment, wax, or a long overdue manicure or pedicure, Salon Sophia can do it all. They have been serving the people of American Samoa for over 15 years and the quality of service is unsurpassed. With their current holiday special prices in effect, right now is the best time to take advantage of their services - and products - which are priced to fit any budget. Get rid of all that unwanted hair with a wax that starts at $10 If nail enhancements are on your “to do” list this Christmas, mini manicures and pedicures are now priced at $25 and up while regular/French gel tips start at $35 for a full set. Just let Jachell know what you want and she’ll take care of the rest. To cater to those who need barber services, Salon Sophia owner Ms. Sophia Aulava has brought in Siala “Cece”, formerly of Super Cuts in the Aloha State. Cece can hook you up with a regular cut starting at $8 while high profile styling services/ fade will cost you $9 and up, depending on what you need done. For chemical treatments (highlites, low lites, curly perms, and relaxers) Katie and Miah have what it takes to get you looking fabulous and feeling beautiful. Right now, Salon Sophia is offering 20% off thermal “Japanese” straightening treatments which are always in demand and very popular with local women who want to get rid of the ‘kink’ and experience smooth, silky, straight hair. In addition to their regular in-house services, Salon Sophia also offers packages for weddings, which include hair styling and make-up services that can be carried out in their Nuuuli location or wherever you choose. Also, Salon Sophia wants to honor the local elderly population and soon, they will be offering a “Seniors Only Day of Pampering.” More details on that special service will be available shortly. Celebrate the holidays in style. Book your appointments today to get pampered at Salon Sophia by calling 699-4091 or 258-6188
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federal Retrial opens for ex-officer in Katrina shooting NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time in three years, a federal jury is set to hear the Justice Department’s case against a former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. Jury selection for David Warren’s retrial is scheduled to start Monday in New Orleans. Warren was convicted in 2010 of manslaughter in the death of 31-year-old Henry Glover, whose body was burned in a car by a different officer. Warren was serving a prison sentence of nearly 26 years when a federal appeals court overturned his convictions. A panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled he should have been tried separately from four other officers charged with participating in a cover-up designed to make Glover’s shooting appear justified. people in Trinidad shaken after girl, 6, found beaten and raped PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — People in Trinidad are demanding better child protections after the body of a 6-year-old girl was found stuffed in a plastic bag after police said she had been beaten and raped. Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister Clifton De Couteau told reporters late Friday that legislators would soon debate bills that would create a national child registry and punish people who fail to report crimes against children. The announcement comes as an autopsy revealed that Keyana Cumberbatch died of massive trauma to the head. Police have arrested a male relative whom they say was supposed to take care of Keyana after school while her mother was at work. No one has been charged. The girl’s mother found the body inside her house several days after the girl disappeared. PUerto Rico to DeBate daylight saving time plan SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Legislators in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico are expected to debate a proposal that would create a daylight saving time like the one imposed in the U.S. mainland. Sen. Margarita Nolasco says the bill she submitted would allow people to maximize daylight hours and help lower power bills. The U.S. territory would wind its clocks back one hour starting in late October until early April. The island’s Senate office said Friday that lawmakers are expected to debate the bill in coming weeks. A former Puerto Rico governor had signed a bill to create a daylight saving time in 2000, but the law was quickly revoked by a new governor the following year amid doubts that it would actually lower power bills or stimulate the economy. The tropical island currently operates on Atlantic Standard Time. SpeeD a factor in crasH that killed action star LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker erected a makeshift memorial near the site of his fatal automobile crash, as investigators worked to determine the cause of the fiery weekend wreck that also claimed the life of his friend. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said speed was a factor in Saturday’s one-car crash, though it will take time to determine how fast the car was going. Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial, also died, according to Walker’s publicist, Ame Van Iden. She said Walker was a passenger in the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT when they drove away from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff’s deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site of the crash, near the fundraiser at Rodas’ sport car dealership. Officials have not identified either person found in the car. Because Walker is so closely associated with the underground culture of street racing portrayed in the popular film franchise, the accident had an eerie quality — a tragic end for a Hollywood hero of speed. On Sunday, fans of Walker, 40, gathered to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action movies. His “Fast & Furious” co-star Tyrese Gibson broke down when he visited the crash site. “Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever,” Gibson later posted on his Instagram account. Sheriff’s deputy Peter Gomez said investigators were trying to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve. After the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree, it burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. Walker rode the “Fast & Furious” franchise to fame, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. He had been on break from shooting the seventh installment; production began in September and while much of the film has been shot, it’s incomplete. Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with “Fast & Furious 7,” which currently is slated for release in July. Walker and Rodas had thrown a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The event was held by Reach Out Worldwide, a charity Walker founded in 2010 to aid
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A Metro-North passenger train lays on it’s side after derailing in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx on Sunday morning, coming to rest just inches from the water and causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, authorities said. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
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Young Writers CONTEST
Level 6 Niumalina Fuata Aua
Have you tried to abuse someone, or bully them to give you money? In my experience I have never tried to bully anyone to give me money. According to government law, if you abuse someone physically, and that person gets bruised or hurt, you will risk getting arrested and appear in court and may be locked up for five years. In my opinion, a person that backstabs another person will be that person’s enemy. This is what happens when you tease another kid. You will be embarrassed in front of others and your feelings will be hurt. Encourage your friends and even your family not to bully because what goes around comes around. Pray to God and tell him about your problems. He will answer your prayers and provide for your needs. I am a person that can forgive and forget bad things others may say to me. I try to encourage my family and friends not to hang around people that are involved with alcohol and drugs because it will mess up your life. Be all you can be and stay drug free. Try to be friendly to your neighbors. Bullying does not make you popular. God will take away your pride if you bully. As life goes on, we learn more and more about domestic violence and why we should not bully. In conclusion, some kids cut themselves with sharp objects as a result of being bullied. Bullying comes in many different forms, from cyber bullying, physical bullying and even verbal bullying. It’s all wrong and it has to stop. Bullying has a real negative evict on the victim’s life. Those who are constantly bullied can be pushed to the breaking point where they could end up hurting themselves. Why do students bully their classmates? I believe students bully others because they are insecure and lack confidence. They use bullying tactics to impress other students. Bullies thrive on attention they get from their fellow classmates. Their hurtful actions make them feel powerful and popular. Bullies pick on students who they think are weak in physical stature, unpopular with their peers, easily intimated, or discriminated against. Bullying occurs on a regular basis in many schools. It’s usually started by the same person or ring leader who gets a few other students to join on the bullying. I never had been bully since I was a high school student. I was experience not to be a bully when I was a A little kid, but it was happen, I didn’t bully anyone in my classmates or my family and especially at church. A little advice to the students of American Samoa read your Bible and pray every day, then God will planned a great goal for you in the future. Level 12 Alphina Liusamoa Manu’a HS
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Level K-5 Amazeyah Mapu Tafuna Elem. I see mom. I see dad. I see cat. Level 1 Sonny Amituanai Masefau My cat name is kona. I love my cat so much. I take my cat with me. Level 2 Leka Ioramo Matatula
Family Reunion
Level 9 Juliana Rajamohan South Pacific Academy
I like my Thanksgiving Day because there are many food to cook. My mom invites all my cosigns, my aunty to come to celebrate party. Will be lots of food. re I’m gonna cook chicken, porkchop, and ribs. I thank you Lord for all these food that I’m gonna cook and eat. Level 3 Malo Matau Le’atele
On June 24, 2006, I went with all of our family in America because of our Family Reunion. I was very excited because im going to meet all of my cousins. All of our family were there. Our family reunion was held in Long Beach, California. Some of our family came from Portland, Texas, San Diego and Hawaii. Some came from the otherside of California. When I see all of my cousins, they are not the same as the first time I saw them. They are fat and tall. On Sunday all of our family went to church. We all went in a Catholic Church in Orange Country in California. After we had a feast with all of our family in Orange Country. After we go to sleep. Then on the next day we all went to Long Beach. We stay there for a whole week. We dance, sing, and have fun with all of our cousins. Then after a whole week we went back to Orange Country. We stay there for the last two days. On the next day we went to Disneyland. After we went to Hollywood. My mom took a picture of me and a actor. We all had fun that day. When we came back to American Samoa all of our family didn’t want to come back.
“How to make fire using an orange”
When I was a little boy I went to visit my aunt at the Minnesota is was a gret place to visit because I really had fun there. I stayed with my aunt at her house. Everyday, I went ridding in the car with my aunt at the city. I saw a lot of buildings, house, and stores. One day my aunt took me to the museum. It was a big place to visit with many memories, artifact and fossils from the past. I even went to the biggest mall called shopping free mall, where hundreds of small stores in it. The other day my aunt and I went to visit the biggest hotel in the city and we spent a night there. I went swimming in the pool, and I believed I was the only Samoan there on that day. I even visit the Minnesota movie place where I watch a movie called Toy Story. I even went to the park right beside my aunt’s house where I met a lot of friends. I am very happy I visited Minnesota and I’m sure it is a great place to visit. I came back to America Samoa and I really missed this great place called Minnesota. Level 4 Daiana Siaosi Lupelele
Christopher’s Store
My favorite store is Christopher. We buy our food over there. We buy our materials for clothings at Christopher store. There are boards to do Science project. There are also a posters to do Math in Art. Tomorrow we will go at Christopher’s store. Every day after school we always go to Christopher’s store to buy what we want and what we need. They have a lot of important things in it. I like to go there because they have a lot of thing I like and need. I love Christopher’s store. Level 5 Rebecca Ioane A.P. Lutali Elem.
What is the importance of teamwork?
The importance if teamwork is to work together as a team because when you need help the other person is there to help you. It is good to work as a team to provide good points for such work given by the teacher or other people. Teamwork is very important because I like to share my thoughts with my friends and the people around me. Sometimes I like to shower with my cousins because they can’t reach the water so this is where we find teamwork. Helping out others is one important factors of teamwork. We work together to help pursue whatever we have come up with. In conclusion, I believe that teamwork will help out with whatever we come up with. Teamwork can happen in a school, at home, at work or anywhere. Without teamwork nothing is possible. We need to work together to help shape up something or a child’s life.
“Rub rub tap tap! Fire!” this is how caveman discovered the concept of fire. The basic discovery fire takes us back precisely to the earliest inhabitants. The existence of fire is a broad historical topic ranging from charred evidences in different countries. In spite of the discovery, fire is extended to be mastered from scientific forms to magical theory based on various tricks. One interesting yet surprising way of creating fire is through an orange. Have you tried using an orange to make fire? Well, listed below are the materials and the procedures of creating fire. The materials you need for this experiment are quite simple household items. You will need a knife, rock, stick and of course an orange. To bring the process, wash your hands thoroughly and keep all the things needed close by for ease. For the first step, take the knife and cut the top most of the orange skin. This will cerate a cup like shape curving up at thecorner of the casing. Later, slide the rock into the orange cave lather forming a fit position. Last but not the least, using the stick to create the actual fire. Take a dry stick and place it on top of the rock, then move the stick gently rubbing on your palm benevolently. Now you can see a serious of sparks gradually flaming from the orange. You might wonder how the orange and the other Level 7 objects caused the fire. Well, the rubbing of the rock and the D’andre Si’imalevai stick causes friction between the 2 substances. Not only that, Faleasao strong citric acid and the orange oil are believed to have Why Our Veterans Should Be Honored the contributed in this reaction. Oranges or generally not highly Veterans, what is a veteran? A veteran is a former member flammable however; this experiment makes the orange stand of armed forces, especially in war. A person who fought for out like a seasonal candle. With these few steps, you can try our freedom. The one who has much experience and many this trick for any upcoming seasons or festivals and highlight skills throughout their act of duties. A person whom I call the dinner table without any messy wax candles. It will bring my hero. A person who we thank and honor. elegancy to your sweet home. That’s why we should honor our veterans, because of their sacrifices they make for our country. They fought for Level 10 Virginia Siatu’u you and me to have a good life. Because everything we have Tafuna HS in this life, they sacrificed and worked for. They give their lives for the voluntary sacrifices they make to the country that Recycling Should Be Mandatory for Everyone they love. Recycling should be mandatory for everyone! Each and They have worked hard and gave their lives so that other every day people go on and on about littering, but the sad people around the world and at home may live in heros who truth is once in a while everyone litters. Sometimes it’s tiring bring peace to our country. And we should respect them. being tidy, but it’s worthwhile. Keeping our community clean Because every single freedom we have today is from them. makes people happy, sets a good example for future To show respect to our veterans who helped fight for our generations, and is healthy for the environment. freedom is honoring them. That’s why we celebrate every Recycling helps trees and people are happy to be with year throughout Veterans Day as an act of thankfulness. their environment. They realize the importance of saving and Because these are the people who have risked their lives for maintaining a litter-free environment. As we know today, you and me. For you and me to live and enjoy life. there are thousands probably millions of companies that So therefore, I’m glad and happy to give respect and a manufacture products and technologies we use today, which big thank you to our veterans. Because of their act of mean that we are over using our resources. If we don’t tend patriotism and love for our country. that why we should to them, they will cease to exist. honor and respect our veterans here and abroad, Recycling is a good habit to have. It not only maintains the clean environment, but as well as the habits of young Level 8 children. If we can’t and do not change our ways at the Jan Francisci present time then it will be hard to change in the future. St. Theresa Children are very important for the continuation of mankind “I can make a difference” as well as the welfare of the environment. This is why I grew up in the beautiful island of American Samoa. It recycling is important. may be a small island, but it’s a place where you fell at Recycling is also helpful because it maintains a healthy home. The people are friendly, the tourist sights are and abundant environment. After all, who would want to live breathtaking and the beautiful ocean in which we are proud in an environment filled with trash and unnecessary objects? of. But, I want to make changes that will affect the island in It keeps our island clean and beautiful, it also reflects our a good way. I want to make a difference. love for the communities we live in. It may be hard and First, I want to clean the entire American Samoa. I want boring, but in the end it’s the right choice. We chose to live to pick up every trash I see; I want our island to be clean so here so it’s our responsibility to look after what we have just that when tourist come and tour around the island they don’t like a parent’s responsibility to care for his or her child. see American Samoa as a dump. Another one is to boost up Recyling is not a big step, but choosing to do makes a big more programs, children can go to after school. Just like difference. We are part of our community just as our the “Boys and Girls clubs.” community is a part of us. Some people say that we are what We need more programs like that. Programs kids go to we live for which is true. I we live a life full of trash and do after school to do homework, more extra credits, even not the the common sense to clean u after ourselves, then we sports programs will get a big progress. Kids can go would lead an unhealthy, unorganized, and unprepared life. somewhere for help; they don’t need to go hangout anywhere We would make mistakes, excuses, and try to hold someone anymore, they can do something. responsible when we are the ones to blame. Recycling is The entire community can help in making changes like important, not only for the environment but for ourselves as these to strengthen the future for the generation and the well. generations to come. If these ideas can be done, I believe that American Samoa will be known throughout the world, I Level 11 Johnathan Lei know I can make a difference, I know you can. Iakina Adventist Academy
“Learn from the past to build your future”
Domestic Violence in American Samoa
Your future is very important to toy. Your past is something that you will forever cherish in your heart. Your past comes with lessons, teaching, and stories of your ancestors. Your future is something that you have to sit down and think about. You have to accept your past. then you have to learn and keep you r past in your heart. Then you use it. Accept it first, then you’ll be able to move on. You can never take another step in life, without accepting anything. Your past helps you build or plan your capacity for your future. Accepting your past, who you are, is one of the most significant value of life. Why? Because once you accept who you are and you are not ashamed to show your past, then you are ready to learn from your past. Learning is one way to put the puzzle pieces together. Once you learn your past, then you can keep past. Learning is like a staircase. You have to learn from stage one, up to stage ten. Learning is one of the hardest stages of all values of life. Why? Because you have to be able to learn, understand, and keep what you’ve learned in you. Then if you pass this level, then you are able to use your past to build your future. Using what you just learned about your past is one of the most easiest and hardest thing anyone could. It might be hard because you might not know a way to use it, then you can use it in your daily life. But what’s so important about using it, is that you don’t even know that you are using your past and building your future at the same time. “Learn fro the past, to build your future.” To you, what does this simple sentence means and say to you? to me, it says, “You have to learn from your culture, learn from the teachings and lessons of the past, to build and make a plan for your future. I’ve done this before, When I was in L-8 I went to the stages of life, and here I am a freshman, and very proud one. So, right now, go learn from your past to build your future of your capacity for life-long learning.
Young Writers’ Contest NOVEMBER Entries 2013
Ulua’ifiu Tinofili, AFONO Romeo, FALEASAO Lilien Ve’e, FITIUTA Jocelyn, LE’ATELE Luafaletele Leaupepe, MANULELE Veronica Fuataga, MATAFAO Emele Tulafono, MATATULA Noel To’omaga, MT. ALAVA Jaymie Huang, OLOSEGA Tiva Duffy, PACIFIC HORIZONS Elelohe Uale, SPA Amazeyah Mapu,TAFUNA
Naomi Naiuli, AFONO Tafa’ilagi Toelupe, AUA Puleisili, FALEASAO Miracle Sunui, FITIUTA Jaedah Sauni, LAULI’I Harmony Simanu, LE’ATELE Felicity Iotamo, MANULELE Destiny Pese, MARIST ST. FRANCIS Sonny Amituanai, MASAFAU Denzel Tuato’o, MATAFAO Colin Sautia, MATATULA Seuvaai, MT. ALAVA Loretta Tinoisamoa, OLOSEGA Ersi Tang, PACIFIC HORIZONS Waiholani, SILIAGA Teuila Su’a, SOUTH PACIFIC ACADEMY Faith Lim, ST. THERESA Tafaoata Finau, TAFUNA
Angelica Sa’au, A.P. LUTALI Troy West, AFONO Tyreen, ALOFAU Aukuso Fruean, AUA Vaelua Faaita, FALEASAO Kapiolani Te’i, FITIUTA Telesia Sasila, LAULI’I Tulimalefoi, LE’ATELE Felicia Iotamo, MANULELE Jonaliu Young, MANUMALO Maeva Koroi, MARIST ST. FRANCIS Jessica Martinez, MASEFAU Patricia Leiua Ta, MATAFAO Leka Ioramo, MATATULA Jarylak Tauala, MT. ALAVA Jaylene Huang, OLOSEGA Thomas Ino, PACIFIC HORIZONS Ngaire Cendrowski, SILIAGA Gabrielle Gayapa, SPA Henani Fa’apale, ST. THERESA Tallah Niu, TAFUNA
Julie Tominiko, MANULELE Erica F. C. Pen, MANUMALO Fasili Taito, MASEFAU Priscilla Lokan, MATAFAO Fefiloi, MATATULA Silise Tuiasosopa, MT. ALAVA Fa’alilo Lesa, OLOSEGA Leolemau Young, PACIFIC HORIZONS Angelica, SAMOA BAPTIST ACADEMY Francis Vaofanua, SILIAGA Jacob Double, SOUTH PACIFIC ACADEMY Lelei Fuiava, ST. THERESA Irette Sialega, TAFUNA
Blaze Atofau, SAMOA BAPTIST ACADEMY Va’afuti Va’afuti, SILIAGA Abigal Shalhout, SOUTH PACIFIC ACADEMY Siusamoa Matai’i, ST. THERESA Kristina Timoteo, TAFUNA
Yvon Athena Nili, A.P. LUTALI Emmanuel Latu, AFONO Yvon Athena Nili, ALATAUA LUA Kirstin Manamea, ALOFAU Nydorrari Leota, AUA Toasamoa Amituanai, FALEASAO Joshua Hicks, FITIUTA Genovia Epaia J. Pan, LAULI’I Malo Matau, LE’ATELE Telecia F. Fuiava, LUPELELE
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — More than two years after his son died in a violent confrontation with police, Ron Thomas still hears the echoes of that night. Audio recordings and surveillance video taken during the incident show 37-year-old Kelly Thomas calling for his father nearly 30 times. As the minutes tick by, Thomas’ desperate screams for his father trail off into groans of “Daddy” and then stop altogether as he loses consciousness. Ron Thomas was nowhere near the scene that night as police kneed, shocked and pinned his son down in a nearly 10-minute brawl, but he has stood by him ever since, championing a call for justice that heads to court Monday for two of the six officers involved. One of them, Manuel Ramos, is charged with second-degree murder, marking the first murder trial of a uniformed police officer in conservative Orange County’s history. “It’s like a wound you keep opening,” said Ron Thomas, who says his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. “One of the last things, I think, he was able to slowly moan out is: ‘Daddy, they’re killing me.’ I lay there at night and think about that. It’ll get you to the point where you can’t function and you just cry a lot.” Ramos, 39, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Jay Cicinelli, 42, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Both are free on bail. A third officer will be tried separately on charges of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. Three other officers were not charged. The case garnered national attention at the time and fueled months of local protests that led to the resignation of the police chief and a recall election in the small college town. The six-week trial promises to re-ignite those passions: A judge has banned the family’s supporters — a loose coalition that calls itself “Kelly’s Army” — from wearing pins and T-shirts that might inflame the jury and district attorney’s office itself plans to use Twitter daily to update the public on its case. Thomas, who some called “Crazy Kelly,” was known around town for his disheveled red beard and erratic behavior and was already familiar to police. Ramos himself had been called on seven previous occasions to remove him from private property and Thomas had been written up for trespassing, urinating in a fountain and vandalism, among other
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things. The altercation that led to his death started in much the same way, with Ramos rolling up to a police call about a man who was trying to open car doors at Fullerton’s busy transit center. This time, however, things escalated — and much of it was captured on the surveillance tape that promises to be the trial’s centerpiece. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has said investigators overlaid recordings from the officers’ body microphones with the tape, allowing prosecutors to provide a blow-by-blow narrative of an “impending beating by an angry police officer” and verbatim quotes from the officers and Thomas as the scene unfolded. Initially, Ramos chides Thomas for his evasive answers: “It seems like every day, we have to talk to you about somethin’ ... Do you enjoy it?” Ramos asks Thomas, according to a prosecution transcript. Within minutes, Ramos grows angry as Thomas refuses to cooperate. He snaps on latex gloves, holds his fists in front of Thomas’ face and says, “Now see my fists? They are getting ready to (expletive) you up.” Thomas stood up and pulled away, prosecutors said, and Ramos chased him down, tackled him and punched him in the ribs as he pinned him down. Cicinelli, who arrived moments later, is accused of kneeing Thomas twice in the head and using a Taser on him four times before hitting him in the face with the blunt end of the stun gun eight times. The coroner listed the cause of death as mechanical compression of the thorax, which made it impossible for Thomas to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen. “This is a case where the district attorney’s office is fighting for what law enforcement is supposed to be in Orange County and for our community. It’s not OK for police officers to commit crimes,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, the district attorney’s chief of staff. Defense attorneys, however, portray a very different encounter and are seeking to introduce evidence that Thomas had a history of violence and suffered from psychotic episodes due to prolonged methamphetamine abuse. The surveillance video doesn’t begin until 25 seconds into the confrontation and doesn’t show, for example, how Thomas reached repeatedly for Cicinelli’s weapon as they struggled, according to defense motions.
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In the audio recordings, Cicinelli can be heard telling others that Thomas must be “on something” because it took three officers to get him in handcuffs. Ramos adds that Thomas tried to bite him through his pants. The judge will allow defense attorneys to tell the jury about Thomas’ prior conviction for assaulting his grandfather with a fireplace poker and about a restraining order that his mother sought against him after he held her by the throat during an argument. The defense team also plans to present its own expert who will testify that Thomas had an enlarged heart due to chronic methamphetamine abuse, providing an alternate cause of death. The prosecution has painted a “false image of Kelly Thomas being this sort of compliant, non-violent homeless person and that is belied by the other incidents,” Ramos’ attorney, John Barnett, said at a recent pre-trial hearing. He added outside court that there was no evidence of schizophrenia, but that Thomas “took meth and LSD since the 10th grade and ruined his cognitive abilities.” Thomas’ father is angered by talk of drug abuse and points out his son didn’t have anything in his system that night. “It doesn’t matter what my son did in his life, it just doesn’t matter. It’s what the officers did that night,” he said. “That’s what this trial’s about.”
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Memorial mulled for Calif. teenager killed by a deputy
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Local lawmakers are considering building a memorial park in the Northern California neighborhood where a teen was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. Sonoma County supervisors will consider the memorial and several other possible responses to the shooting at its meeting Tuesday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Sunday. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus shot 13-yearold Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 as the teen walked in the Santa Rosa neighborhood where he lived. Gelhaus told investigators he believed the airsoft BB gun Lopez was carrying was an assault rifle. The shooting led to numerous protests in the predominantly Latino community. Protesters are demanding Gelhaus be criminally charged for the shooting. Lopez’s parents have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco alleging that Gelhaus gunned down their son too quickly and without legal justification. Gelhaus’ attorney earlier told the newspaper that the deputy was saddened by the event but believed his life was in danger when he opened fire. Along with the proposal to build a park named after Lopez, the supervisors will consider creating a task force to explore police and community relations. Also under consideration is whether to support state and federal legislation on gun and replica weapon control and exploring law enforcement training for alternatives to lethal force. Democratic lawmakers in both houses of the California Legislature said they will introduce legislation in January that would ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms like the one Lopez was carrying. The supervisors are also mulling the cost and feasibility of outfitting deputies with lapel cameras. There are no videos of the Oct. 22 incident. Supervisors and county officials have planned to build a park in the low-income neighborhood for years. Supervisor Susan Gorin said the neighborhood is in need of a park and the shooting has given the issue renewed attention. “In light of the tragedy, it is totally appropriate that we look at what kind of funding might be available” for acquiring the property to build a park, Gorin said. Activists have recently planted a young oak tree near the shooting site, where a large wooden memorial and assorted small playground toys have been placed.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask gives the victory sign in front of a burning police vehicle set afire by protesters, near Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Several hundred students and supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president joined to protest the death of Mohammed Reda, a student who was killed in clashes on Thursday, Nov. 28, (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad) 2013, near Cairo University.
victims of natural disasters. Shark kills teen body boarder off the Australian coast SYDNEY (AP) — A shark killed a teenager off Australia’s east coast Saturday in the nation’s second deadly attack this month, police said. Zach Young, 19, was body boarding with three friends about 100 meters (330 feet) offshore at Riecks Point, near the northern New South Wales city of Coffs Harbour, when he was bitten on the legs, New South Wales police said in a statement. Young’s friends got him back to the beach, and bystanders tried in vain to save him before paramedics arrived, a New South Wales ambulance police spokeswoman said. Young had serious injuries to his legs and suffered cardiac arrest. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Beaches in the area were closed for 24 hours. There was no information immediately available on the type of shark involved. It was the second deadly attack in Australia this month. On Nov. 23, a 35-year-old surfer was fatally mauled by a shark off a beach near the Western Australia community of Gracetown. Three surfers have been killed in Gracetown in the past decade. Although sharks are common along Australia’s coastlines, fatal attacks are relatively rare. The country has averaged just more than one fatal attack per year over the past 50 years. Strong earthquake hits Indonesia; no casualties JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia early Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake was centered 343 kilometers (212) miles northwest of Saumlaki, a coastal town in Maluku province, at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) beneath the sea. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Earthquake and Geophysics Agency put its preliminary magnitude at 6.7 and said that the quake was unlikely to trigger a tsunami, said Suhardjono, the agency official who like many Indonesians uses a single name. The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a monster temblor off Indonesia’s Aceh shores triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were in Aceh.
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New Zealand airline reveals image of HoBBit Dragon AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy. Air New Zealand showed the 54-meter (177foot) image that’s featured on both sides of a Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The plane is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles in time for the premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which screens Monday, Pacific Standard Time at the Dolby Theatre. It was the first time fans got a chance to see director Peter Jackson’s interpretation of Smaug. In the first movie, the director revealed only the dragon’s eye. The Hobbit trilogy was filmed in New Zealand and is based on the book of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie opens in theaters in mid-December. The image is a decal, or giant sticker, produced by special effects studio Weta Digital, which also worked on the movie. Air New Zealand spokesman Andrew Aitken said it intends to keep the decal on the plane for at least a year, until the opening of the third Hobbit movie. The airline also used a decal to celebrate the opening of the first movie. New Zealand has sought to use the popularity of the movies as a way to market itself and boost tourism. Report: Iran needs more nuclear power plants TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s nuclear chief said Sunday that the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, the country’s official news agency reported, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers. Ali Akbar Salehi said the additional nuclear power would help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil, IRNA reported. He said Iran should produce 150 tons of nuclear fuel to supply five nuclear power plants. “We should take required action for building power plants for 20,000 megawatts of electricity” in the long term, Salehi said. The comments come after Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in return for Western powers easing crippling economic sanctions. The deal requires Iran to cap its uranium enrichment level at 5 percent, far below the 90 percent threshold needed for a warhead. That 5 percent uranium can be used at nuclear power plants. Iran also pledged to “neutralize” its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium — the highest
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US intelligence committee heads: Terror threat rising
WASHINGTON (AP) — The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren’t as safe as they were a year or two ago, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there are more terrorist groups than ever, with more sophisticated and hard-to-detect bombs. The California Democrat said “there is huge malevolence out there.” Rep. Mike Rogers said there’s enormous pressure on U.S. intelligence services “to get it right, to prevent an attack.” The Michigan Republican said that job is getting more difficult because al-Qaida is changing, with more affiliates around the world. He said those are groups that once operated independently of but have now joined with al-Qaida. Rogers also said terrorists are adopting the idea that “maybe smaller events are OK” and still might achieve their goals. “That makes it exponentially harder for our intelligence services to stop an event like that from happening,” he said in a joint interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday. Although neither lawmaker offered specifics about what led them to their conclusions, Feinstein spoke generally of “a real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist jihadist Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic Sharia law and the concept of the caliphate.” The caliphate is an Islamic state led by a religious and political leader, or caliph, considered a successor of the prophet Mohammed and who governs by Sharia law. Rogers said al-Qaida groups have changed their means of communication as a result of leaks about U.S. surveillance programs, making it harder to detect potential plots in the early planning stages. “We’re fighting amongst ourselves here in this country about the role of our intelligence community that it is having an impact on our ability to stop what is a growing number of threats. And so we’ve got to shake ourselves out of this pretty soon and understand that our intelligence services are not the bad guys.”
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level acknowledged by Tehran — by either diluting its strength or converting it to fuel for research reactors, which produced isotopes for medical treatments and other civilian use. V.p. BiDen to Visit DMZ while in South Korea WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to visit the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily armed border between South Korea and North Korea. The White House is releasing details of Biden’s itinerary for his weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. remains focused on the region. Biden departs Sunday for Japan, China and South Korea. Biden will visit the DMZ Saturday following a ceremony honoring U.S. troops who died during the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago. The border visit will likely highlight the conflict over North Korea’s nuclear program. In Tokyo, Biden will meet with Japan’s prime minister and lawmakers. He’ll meet with China’s president in Beijing and with South Korea’s president in Seoul. Biden will also give a speech in South Korea on U.S. policy in Asia. Al-Qaida’s American spokesman accUses US of piracY CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s American spokesman says the U.S.’s kidnapping of an al-Qaida suspect from Libya is a crime of piracy, urging Libyans to attack U.S. interests everywhere. Adam Gadahn, a former Osama bin Laden spokesman, said in an audio speech posted on militant websites late Saturday that Abu Anas alLibi had no role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa because he had left alQaida and formed a new group. U.S. special forces snatched al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli in October and detained him on a U.S. warship before bringing him to the U.S. to stand trial. “The kidnapping is a new episode in a series of U.S. crimes of piracy,” he said, urging Libyans to “stand up for revenge” and attack U.S. foreign and domestic interests. China launches first moon rover, the ‘Jade Rabbit’ BEIJING (AP) — China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth. A rocket carrying the rover aboard an unmanned Chang’e 3 spaceship successfully blasted off early Monday from a launch center in southwestern China and was scheduled to arrive on the moon in mid-December, the official Xinhua News Agency said. “We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” Xichang Satellite Launch Center director Zhang Zhenzhong said. If the Chang’e 3 successfully soft-lands on the moon, China will become the third country to do so, after the United States and the former Soviet Union. A soft landing does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries. An earlier Chinese craft orbited and collected data before intentionally crash-landing on the moon. “Chang’e” is a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, and “Yutu” — or “Jade Rabbit” — is her pet. Central American mothers look for missing children GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Fifty Central American mothers have gathered in Guatemala to begin their trek through Mexico to look for their missing sons and daughters who disappeared there on their way to the United States. The mothers from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala will cross into Mexico on Sunday, and travel as far north as the state of San Luis Potosi. Caravan organizer Elisabel Hernandez said Saturday that this year the mothers won’t make it all the way to Mexico’s northern border states because authorities say they can’t guarantee their safety. This is the seventh year the group has made the trek hoping to find their loved ones or at least bring attention to the plight of migrants
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Lt. Siaosi Aiono who was with the Criminal Investigation Division, is the new head of the Traffic Division and he is to report to the Chief of Police. Lt. Maturo Ta’afua who was with the Leone Substation has now been reassigned to the CID. He is to report to CID Commander Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele. Other personnel changes include the removal of Captain Fuamoli Ah Mu and Simeamativa Maloata from the Juvenile Detention Center to the TCF. Lt. Pene Ta’afua from the TCF is now assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center. In addition to the new role, Ta’afua will also support Mara Brown, a counselor with the Juvenile Detention Center who will administer all the Juvenile Detention Unit Programs. Meanwhile, Commissioner Haleck has confirmed that Lt. Solova’a Mageo has been suspended without pay for 30 days, effective last month. In an earlier interview with Samoa News, Haleck said Mageo’s suspension was a result of an internal investigation which uncovered a lot of “dishonesty in carrying out sworn duties and so much more.” Haleck said that initially, he was looking at recommending termination for Mageo; however, he opted to suspend him. He pointed to a folder that was on his desk, which contained over 500 pages compiled from an internal investigation of Mageo, but declined to go into details. Haleck said there were two other officers whom he has recommended for termination to the Human Resources Director: Vaughn Sagapolutele and Rocky Tua. “Vaughn asked for a hearing and we gave him a hearing date but he did not show up and we are pursuing termination. Likewise for Tua, he was acquitted of the charges filed against him, but I can terminate him administratively,” said Haleck.
who have disappeared in Mexico. 5 East African states sign common currency deal KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The five nations in the East African Community regional economic bloc have signed an agreement to adopt a common currency. The presidents of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda met Saturday in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to sign a protocol for the creation of a monetary union to be established in 10 years. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the new chairman of the EAC, says the monetary union will lower transaction costs in the region by eliminating losses incurred in exchange rates. The EAC began 13 years ago with the goal of creating a common customs union, market, monetary union and a political federation of East African states. Progress has been slowed, however, due to concerns of the member countries about the impact of the bloc’s decisions on their individual economies. Guyana police say girl, 13, raped; family killed GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Police in Guyana are looking for a man they say raped a 13-year-old girl and killed her mother and brother in an attack near a rural mining town in the South American country. Police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Saturday that 33-year-old Molly James and her 15-year-old son, Aaron, were stabbed to death on their farm near Linden. He said the man had run away after raping the girl but later returned to kill her family after learning police were looking for him. Whittaker said the girl escaped the attacker after being sexually assaulted. NY crasH Victim was HeaDeD to fameD CHristmas tree NEW YORK (AP) — One of the people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed was headed to midtown Manhattan to work on the famed Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Longtime friend Janet Barton says James Lovell was taking the Metro-North to New York City Sunday to do lighting and sound work on the giant tree. She called the 58-year-old Cold Spring man beloved and said he enjoyed wind surfing and playing guitar. New York state Sen. Greg Ball said Lovell was a caring member of his community and a family man. Lovell was the husband of Nancy Montgomery, a local elected official. Federal officials are investigating how the train derailed rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx early Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others. Star CHinese Director admits defying 1-child rule BEIJING (AP) — Chinese director Zhang Yimou has admitted flouting his country’s strict family planning rules by having three children with his wife, but rejected rumors that he had fathered seven children with several women. Zhang’s office issued an open letter through its verified microblog account on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo site late Sunday saying the director and his wife, Chen Ting, have two sons and a daughter, in violation of China’s one-child limits. Zhang and his wife “expressed their sincere apology to the public for the negative social impact that this has created,” the letter said. This is the first time Zhang, 62, has responded to reports that circulated online in May that the director of “The Flowers of War,” starring Christian Bale, had seven children from two marriages and relationships with two other women. At the time, the People’s Daily newspaper, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, reported that Zhang could face a fine of up to 160 million yuan ($26 million). People caught breaking China’s family planning policy must pay a “social compensation fee” based on their annual income. The letter said Zhang and his wife were willing to be investigated by the family planning committee in Chen’s hometown, the eastern city of Wuxi, and would accept whatever penalty the couple might incur. It did not provide details on how the couple had been able to evade family planning authorities thus far.
➧ In God we trust, just not each other…
In fact, some studies suggest it’s too late for most Americans alive today to become more trusting. That research says the basis for a person’s lifetime trust levels is set by his or her mid-twenties and unlikely to change, other than in some unifying crucible such as a world war. People do get a little more trusting as they age. But beginning with the baby boomers, each generation has started off adulthood less trusting than those who came before them. The best hope for creating a more trusting nation may be figuring out how to inspire today’s youth, perhaps united by their high-tech gadgets, to trust the way previous generations did in simpler times. There are still trusters around to set an example. Pennsylvania farmer Dennis Hess is one. He runs an unattended farm stand on the honor system. Customers select their produce, tally their bills and drop the money into a slot, making change from an unlocked cashbox. Both regulars and tourists en route to nearby Lititz, Pa., stop for asparagus in spring, corn in summer and, as the weather turns cold, longneck pumpkins for Thanksgiving pies. “When people from New York or New Jersey come up,” said Hess, 60, “they are amazed that this kind of thing is done anymore.” Hess has updated the old ways with technology. He added a video camera a few years back, to help catch people who drive off without paying or raid the cashbox. But he says there isn’t enough theft to undermine his trust in human nature. “I’ll say 99 and a half percent of the people are honest,” said Hess, who’s operated the produce stand for two decades. There’s no single explanation for Americans’ loss of trust. The best-known analysis comes from “Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam’s nearly two decades of studying the United States’ declining “social capital,” including trust. Putnam says Americans have abandoned their bowling leagues and Elks lodges to stay home and watch TV. Less socializing and fewer community meetings make people less trustful than the “long civic generation” that came of age during the Depression and World War II. University of Maryland Professor Eric Uslaner, who studies politics and trust, puts the blame elsewhere: economic inequality. Trust has declined as the gap between the nation’s rich and poor gapes ever wider, Uslaner says, and more and more Americans feel shut out. They’ve lost their sense of a shared fate. Tellingly, trust rises with wealth. “People who believe the world is a good place and it’s going to get better and you can help make it better, they will be trusting,” Uslaner said. “If you believe it’s dark and driven by outside forces you can’t control, you will be a mistruster.” African-Americans consistently have expressed far less faith in “most people” than the white majority does. Racism, discrimination and a high rate of poverty destroy trust. Nearly 8 in 10 AfricanAmericans, in the 2012 survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago with principal funding from the National Science Foundation, felt that “you can’t be too careful.” That figure has held remarkably steady across the 25 GSS surveys since 1972. The decline in the nation’s overall trust quotient was driven by changing attitudes among whites. It’s possible that people today are indeed less deserving of trust than Americans in the past, perhaps because of a decline in moral values. “I think people are acting more on their greed,” said Murawski, a computer spe-
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cialist who says he has witnessed scams and rip-offs. “Everybody wants a comfortable lifestyle, but what are you going to do for it? Where do you draw the line?” Ethical behavior such as lying and cheating are difficult to document over the decades. It’s worth noting that the early, most trusting years of the GSS poll coincided with Watergate and the Vietnam War. Trust dropped off in the more stable 1980s. Crime rates fell in the 1990s and 2000s, and still Americans grew less trusting. Many social scientists blame 24-hour news coverage of distant violence for skewing people’s perceptions of crime. Can anything bring trust back? Uslaner and Clark don’t see much hope anytime soon. Thomas Sander, executive director of the Saguaro Seminar launched by Putnam, believes the trust deficit is “eminently fixable” if Americans strive to rebuild community and civic life, perhaps by harnessing technology. After all, the Internet can widen the circle of acquaintances who might help you find a job. Email makes it easier for clubs to plan face-to-face meetings. Googling someone turns up information that used to come via the community grapevine. But hackers and viruses and hateful posts eat away at trust. And sitting home watching YouTube means less time out meeting others. “A lot of it depends on whether we can find ways to get people using technology to connect and be more civically involved,” Sander said. “The fate of Americans’ trust,” he said, “is in our own hands.”
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For these reasons, Tua’au has devoted his life to public service. He was an intern at the ASG Attorney General’s Office and served as a special assistant to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), U.S. Senate, Washington DC. He is also a former Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at DHR; a Senior Director of Human Resources at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center; Private Business Professional Trainer at Private Human Resources Consultants Limited; Senior Director of Human Resources at the American Samoa Community College; Adjunct Lecturer at College & University; and Pacific Islander Federal Healthcare Board Member for the Federal Healthcare Policy Initiative. Education wise, Tua’au holds a Juris Doctorate of Law (JD) from Southern California Institute of Law, an MBA in Accounting and Finance, a Master’s in Human Resources Management from Hawaii Pacific University, a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs, as well as Pre-Law and Human Behavior from the United States International University, and an AA degree in Pre-Law, Business/Commerce from the American Samoa Community College. Tua’au also attended the University of Phoenix, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Medical School were he received ACCME/AMA honors.
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Faalauiloa suiga tetele totonu Matagaluega Leoleo
tusia Ausage Fausia
O le aso Faraile na te’a nei, Novema 29, na tuuina atu ai se poloaiga faalaua’itele a le afioga i le Komesina o Leoleo ia William E. Haleck, e faalauiloa ai nisi o suiga tetele i totonu o le Matagaluega o Pupuiga Lautele, po’o le vaega o leoleo. I se vaega o lea poloaiga, na taua ai e Haleck e faapea, o nei suiga ua faia ina ia siitia ma faaleleia ai auaunaga i totonu o le matagaluega, ae talu ai o le taua tele o le vave aloaia o nei suiga, sa ia faalauiloa ai loa le tatau lea ona aloaia suiga nei, i le aso 1 Tesema, 2013. O le ulua’i suiga e aofia ai le aveese mai o le susuga a Captain Lumana’i Maifea mai le puleaina o le Toese i Tafuna, ae tofia e faauluulu i ai le Ofisa o Faamaumauga a le matagaluega, e ripoti fo’i o ia i le Taitai Leoleo ia Maimaga Maiava mo ni faatonuga. O le susuga Captain Fo’ifua Fo’ifua Jr o lo o avea ma Ta’ita’i i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Tafuna, ua alu ese mai lea tofiga ae ua tofia e avea ma pule le tumau o le toese i Tafuna. O Captain John Cendrowski lea o lo o Taitaia le Traffic Division, ua alu ese mai lona tofiga ae tofia e galue i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Tafuna. O Captain Fuamoli Ah-Mu ma Sgt. Simeativa Maloata lea o lo o galulue i le Falepuipui o Tamaiti (Juveniles Detention Center), ua o ese mai la tofiga e pei ona i ai ae ua tofia e galulue i le toese i Tafuna, i lalo o le vaavaaiga a le susuga Capt. Fo’ifua Jr. O Lt. Siaosi Aiono lea sa galue i le vaega o Leoleo Suesue, ua alu ese mai lona tofiga ae tofia e pulea le Traffic Division, i lalo o le vaavaaiga a le ta’ita’i leoleo ia Maiava. O Lt. Pene Taafua o lo o galue i le falepuipui i Tafuna, ua alu ese mai lona tofiga ae tofia e galue i le Falepuipui o Tamaiti, i lalo o le vaavaaiga a le pule le tumau o le toese ia Capt. Fo’ifua Jr. O Lt. Maturo Taafua lea sa galue i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Leone, ua alu ese mai lona tofiga ae tofia e galue i le Vaega o Leoleo Suesue, i lalo o le taitaiga a Cmdr. Lavata’i T. Sagapolutele, ma le suiga mulimuli, o Mara Brown lea o lo o avea ma faufautua mo le Falepuipui o Tamaiti, ua tofia na te vaavaaiga ma pulea polokalame uma mo le Falepuipiu o Tamaiti. I se faatalatalanoaga a le Samoa News ma le afioga i le alii Komesina i le amataga o le vaiaso nei, sa ia faamaonia mai ai nisi o suiga o lo o fuafua le matagaluega e faia faasaga i nisi o leoleo o lo o galulue i le taimi nei, ona o tulaga i amioga le taupulea o lo o aafia ai i latou i le faatinoina o latou tiute. Na faamanino atili e le alii komesina e faapea, o faaiuga ma suiga o lo o fuafua e faia, e aofia ai faaiuga faasaga i ni leoleo ua sauni le matagaluega e faamalolo mai a latou galuega, atoa ai ma se tagata faigaluega e toatasi o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faafalepuipui i le taimi nei, ae o lo o tumau pea ona faigaluega mo le matagaluega. Na faasino e le alii komesina i le Samoa News se faila mafiafia sa i luga o lana laulau, o le ripoti lea o se suesuega sa faia faasaga i se tasi o Leoleo Ta’ita’i o lo o galue i le lala o le Ofisa o Leoleo i Tafuna, susuga Lt. Solovaa Mageo, ma faia ai loa le faaiuga e faamalolo o ia mo le 30 aso e aunoa ma le maua o lona totogi. O le isi alii leoleo mai le ofisa o leoleo i Tafuna ua faamalolo tumau e pei ona faamaonia mai e le alii komesina, o le susuga ia Vaughn Sagapolutele, ma o lea faaiuga sa faia ina ua maea se suesuega lotoifale a le ofisa o leoleo sa faia faasaga ia Sagapolutele e tusa ai o le amio e tatau ona tausisia e le alii leoleo, ma maitauina ai lona le ausia o le tulaga maualuga sa tatau ona i ai lana auaunaga faaleoleo. Mo le susuga a Lt. Mageo e pei ona saunoa le alii komesina, sa i ai le faaiuga e faamalolo o ia ona o le tulaga sa i ai le faaiuga o le suesuega sa faia faasaga ia te ia, ae ina ua latou toe iloiloina le tulaga i lana tautua i le matagaluega, sa faia ai loa le faaiuga o le a le faate’aeseina o ia, ae o le a faamalolo mo le 30 aso e aunoa ma se totogi, a maea lea faasalaga, ona toe vaavaai lea e le matagaluega le tulaga o lana galue ma lana amio i totonu o le matagaluega. O isi alii leoleo e toalua e pei ona saunoa le alii komesina, o i laua ia sa galulue i le toese i Tafuna, lea na tuuaia e le malo i lo la faataga lea o ni pagota e o e faatau mai ni fagupia toe fo’i atu ai i totonu, o le susuga ia Fiti Aina ma Rocky Tua. O Aina ua mae’a ona ta’usala o ia e le faamasinoga maualuga i le moliaga mamafa o lona fesoasoani lea i se pagota e tuua le toese, ma ua faamalumalu le tuuina atu o sana faasalaga i totonu o le 6 masina, ae o Tua e le’i fa’amaonia tuuaiga a le malo faasaga ia te ia, ina ua maea lana faamasinoga iloilo ae tuuina mai ai le faaiuga a alii ma tamaitai faamasino, e le nofosala o ia i moliaga mamafa e lua sa tuuaia ai o ia e le malo.
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tusia Leua Aiono Frost
Ma’i Fatu: Fa’ateleina i Amerika Samoa
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Ua fa’ailoa mai e tamaita’i ma ali’i foma’i ua galulue punoua’i nei i le taumafaiga e faamaumau le aofa’iga ma le to’atele o fanau a Amerika Samoa ua a’afia o latou fatu i le fa’ama’i Rheumatic Heart Disease - o le ituaiga ma’i fatu lea sa matua ta’atele i Amerika i le vaitau a’o le’i maua le vaifofo o fuala’au penisini lea e togafitia ai nei. E le o tu’u mamaina e le vasega o foma’i fatu, foma’i a tamaiti i le talavai o le piliaki i falema’i lea lava fa’ama’i e afaina ai pea le fanau. Ua amatalia le latou galuega tima’i, o le su’esu’ega amata ua mae’a ona fa’atautaia, talu mai le masina o Iuni o lenei tausaga, ua sofa’i mai lava e i latou le tatou atunu’u, ina ia mautinoa ua togafitia a tatou fanau. “Ona o Amerika Samoa o le teritori o Amerika, ua mae’a tamau i le maliliega na fa’avae lenei malo fa’ateritori e ao ina togafitia gasegase tumau fa’apenei i on a tagatanu’u, e aunoa ma se totogi,” o se tala amata lea a le tama’ita’i foma’i ta’ita’i o lenei galuega tima’i, Dr. Laurie Armsby mai le aai o Portland, i le setete o Oregon. Ua ia fa’ailoa mai ma le mautinoa, o se i’uga fo’i o ni su’esu’ega ua mae’a faia i fanau talavou a le atunu’u, “O Amerika Samoa o le isi lenei atunu’u o le lalolagi, o lo’o ua maualuga ai le aofa’iga o le fanau ua maua i le ma’i fatu a’o laiti lava.” “E to’afitu fanau ua tatau ona vave faia togafitiga ma fa’atulaga loa taotoga ina ia toe lipea ai alatoto o latou fatu, ae to’a sefulu i latou ua tatau on a amatalia talavai e toe fa’aleleia ai ni ogaoga o lo’o alia’i mai i latou fatu, o se mea lava ua tatau on a faia.” Ua to’atele fo’i le fanau, ua mae’a fa’atonuina e foma’i fatu nei ina ia o’o ane i le falema’i mo le isi toe siakiga lelei o le tata o latou fatu, ma fa’amautinoa atili le maua ai o le fanau, pe o lo’o i tulaga lava e mafai ona inumia vai, ma toe siaki atili, pe ua fa’aleleia ai le tata o latou fatu. “Ua i ai nisi o fanau ua fa’alogoina o lo’o maua i le fatu ua tele, nai lo le latou tino la’ititi lava. O nisi o le fanau ua iloga mai e ta’a’alo football i a’oga tulaga lua, ae o lo’o i ai fa’afitauli i o latou fatu. Ua fa’ailoa mai, ‘O le ituaiga tata lea, e oso fa’afuase’i lava le ma’i fatu ma maliu loa, e le tau fa’atali se’ia matua le tamaititi’,” o le saunoga lea a Dr. Armsby. O nisi o foma’i o lo’o aofia i lenei taumafaiga malosi, o Dr. Beth Parker MD, Dr. Huang ma nisi o foma’i na malaga fa’apitoa mai lava i le fesoasoani tupe na taua’aoina e le Kamupani a le Star Kist Samoa i le fa’ailoaina o le latou 50 tausaga talu ona fa’avae ma faipisinisi i Amerika Samoa. O nei foma’i, ua iloga se aoga o latou galuega tima’i, aua e i ai nisi o le fanau, sa fa’avave lava ona auina atu i fafo, ua mae’a fo’i ona faia taotoga o nisi, ma ua fa’asaoina le soifua. O le afaina lea, e so’ona fa’aleagaina ai alatoto o le fatu, o nisi o alatoto e papa ai, ma e le mafai ona toe lipea alatoto nini’i o le fatu. O le galuega e tatau ona fai, o le a’otauina lea o ali’i ma tama’ita’i foma’i o galulue i’inei ina ia iloa lelei faitau le ituaiga tata o fa’alogoina i fatu o tamaiti, ma ia iloa lelei le ituaiga tata e mautinoa lava o le ma’i fatu lea ua maua ai le tamaititi. O le isi mana’oga, ia so’ofa’atasi atu le taumafaiga lenei ma le vasega o Foma’i Fa’apitoa o le fatu i Setete uma i sisifo o le Iunaite Setete, ia le maumau se ola o se tamaititi ae le’i matua ma aoga i lona aiga ma lona malo ma on a tagata.
O se va’aiga lena i le vasega o foma’i fa’apitoa mo gasegase o le fatu ai le aai o Portland, Oregon, lea ua latou va’aia nisi o le fanau a’oga tulaga lua a le atunu’u ma ua iloga ai e fa’ateleina le afaina o fatu o le fanau, ma ua tima’i i latou, ina ia togafitia vave. O lo’o galulue lea vaega o [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] foma’i i le Surgical Ward i le falema’i i Fagaalu.
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TULAI, o ta’avale lavevea ua maliliu ai le silia i le 40,000 tagata, ma manunu’a ai le tolu miliona, ma le tau e tusa e 150 piliona tala i tausags ta’itasi; ma TULAI, o fa’alavelave e feso’ota’i ma le ava malosi ma fuala’au fa’asaina, o lo’o mafua ai le 40 pesene o maliu ma manu’aga ia; ma TULAI, o le tausaga ua te’a i Amerika Samoa, e 13 ta’avale na laveveaa ona o le aafia i le ava malosi, e to’a 4 na manunu’a i fa’alavelave ma le 146 aveta’avale na pu’eina fa’apagota ona o le ave ta’avale ona ma TULAI, o aso malolo ia Tesema o taimi ia e matua tele ai e maliliu ona o le aveta’avale ma le ona ma TULAI, mo le afe ma afe o aiga o le malo tele, o aso malolo ia Tesema e fa’amanatu mai ai aiga pele ua maliliu ona o aveta’avale onana i so’o se taimi o le tausaga; ma TULAI, ona o polokalama e faia i nu’u e pei o a’oa’oga, le tausiga ma le fa’amalosiga o tulafono, ua fa’amaonia lo latou aoga mo le fa’aitiitia o le aveta’avale ona ma TULAI, o fa’alapotopotoga i le atunu’u ua galulue fa’atasi ma le “Vaega o Alaga Manuia Eseese” (DHSS) ma le Ofisa o le Puipuiga Lautele, e fa’alauiloa le masina o Tesema mo le puipuiga o le aveta’avale ona e mafua i le tagofia o le ava malosi ma fuala’au fa’asaina, ma le taumafaiga e “Aveta’avale Le Ona, Pe Fa’atafa Lou Sa” ma TULAI, o Amerika Samoa o se pa’aga ii le taumafaiga ia saogalemu o tatou auala ma nofoaga. O LE MEA LEA, O a’u o Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Kovana o Amerika Samoa, out e fa’ailoa atu fa’alaua’itele le masina o tesema 2013, e avea ma masina mo le puipuiga o le aveta’avale ona ona o le tagofia o le ava malosi ma fuala’au fa’asaina, ma out e talosaga atu i tagatanu’u, ofisa o le malo, ta’ita’i o pisinisi, falema’i, a’oga ma so’o se fa’aloapotopotoga, ina ia fesoasoani e fa’alautele le iloa e tagata o le fa’afitauli o le aveta’avale ona, ia lagolago atu i polokalama ma fa’ai’uga uma ia fa’aitiitia ai le fa’afitauli; ia saili auala saogalemu na aga talafeagai o le fa’aaogaina o le ava malosi ma fuala’au fa’asaina, ma saili avanoa mo tagata uma e auai i taumafaiga e puipui ai le aveta’avale on, a e maise lava i le masina o Tesema atoa ma le tausaga fou.
LOLO M. MOLIGA Governor of American Samoa
tusia Ausage Fausia
Fuafua se tulafono taofi ai le toe aumaia o talo mai Samoa
Ae na saunoa le susuga a Keneti Onosa’i o Tafuna e faapea, o le mataupu lenei sa latou finauina mai i le tele o tausaga ua mavae ao nofoia e le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono le nofoa mo le taitaiina o le atunuu, peitai o le tali na aumai, e le o lava faatoaga e tali ai manaoga o pisinisi. “Ou te talitonu la a’u i le taimi nei, ua fau ma soloi faatoaga e tali atu ai i manaoga a pisinisi ma faleoloa, ma ou te lagolagoina ai loa se manatu, ua tatau ona taofi le toe aumaia o le talo mai fafo,” o le saunoaga lea a Onosa’i. O le isi laasaga lea ua sauni le Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga e faalauiloa i se taimi e le o toe mamao, o le fuafuaina lea o ni polokalame fou e unaia ai tagata fai faatoaga a le atunuu, e faavae ni a latou pisinisi fou laiti e fesoasoani ai i le atina’e ma le tamaoaiga o aiga i le atunuu.
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Ua amata nei ona galulue le Matagaluega o Faatoaga a le malo ma le Ofisa o le Loia Sili, i le tau faataotoina lea o se tulafono e tuuina atu i le Fono Faitulafono, e taofi ai le toe aumaia o le talo mai Samoa e faatau i le teritori nei, ae maua ai le avanoa o le aufai faatoaga a le atunuu e faatau atu a latou talo i pisinisi ma faleoloa i totonu o le teritori. O lea manatu e pei ona faamaonia mai e le faatonusili o le Matagaluega ia Lealao M. Purcell i le Samoa News, na alia’e ina ua maea le Faaaliga a le Aufai Faatoaga sa faia i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma maitauina ai le oo atu o taumafaiga a le au fai faatoaga, i le tulaga ua latou gafatia ai ona sapalai le meamata e pei o le talo, taamu ma le fa’i i pisinisi ma faleoloa i le teritori o lo o manaomia lea oloa. Saunoa Lealao e faapea, o le fesili sa tula’i mai pea i le tele o tausaga, pe gafatia e le aufai faatoaga a le atunuu ona sapalai meamata aemaise lava le talo i pisinisi ma faleoloa i le atunuu o lo o manaomia lea oloa. O lea fesili e pei ona toe saunoa Lealao, na toe fesiligia ai fo’i o ia e nisi o taitai o le atunuu i le vaiaso na te’a nei, e aofia ai ma ni alii faipule e to’alua, i lo latou fia malamalama lea i le malosi ua i ai faatoaga talo i le atunuu. “O la’u tali le atunuu, ua leva ona sauni le aufai faatoaga a le atunuu latou te sapalaia le meamata e pei o le talo,” o le saunoaga mautinoa lea a Lealao. “O fua o faaeleeleaga e pei o talo, taamu, fa’i atoa ai ma fualaau ‘aina sa maimoa i ai le atunuu i le vaiaso na te’a nei o le faaaliga a le aufai faatoaga, ua na o se vaega laiti lea o fua o faaeleeleaga na aumai e le aufai faatoaga e faalauiloa, ae i ai fo’i le manatu e le o fai faatoaga uma ia na auai i le faaaliga, atonu sa i ai nisi e le’i lesitalaina o latou igoa ona o le pisi ma le tuatuagia i nisi o fuafuaga faaleaiga, ae o le mea moni, ua lava ma totoe faatoaga e tali ai lea manaoga pe a tula’i mai,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii faatonu. E toatele nisi o le aufai faatoaga na o latou faaalia i le Samoa News i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ua oo i le taimi ua tatau ai i le malo ona taofi fua o faaeleeleaga mai fafo o lo o ulufale mai i le teritori, ina ia maua ai e le aufai faatoaga le avanoa latou te inuina ai le tamaoaiga e maua mai i a latou faatoaga. “E le o se mea matagofie le alu atu o le fai faatoaga Amerika Samoa ma ana talo e faatau atu i se faleoloa, ae alu atu ua uma ona faatau e le faleoloa talo mai Samoa, o fea la o le a ave i ai e le fai faatoaga a le atunuu ana talo e faatau ai pe afai o lo o tatala lava le avanoa e talia ai talo mai fafo,” o le saunoaga lea Lafoga Nuu o Pava’ia’i.
I le taimi lava fo’i lea e tasi, o le a unaia ai fo’i ma pisinisi lotoifale ina ia ave la latou faamuamua e faatau mai fua o faaeleeleaga mai le aufai faatoaga, ina ia fesoasoani ai fo’i latou i le atina’e a le aufai faatoaga. O polokalame e pei ona saunoa Lealao, e aofia ai le taumafai o le matagaluega e faatulaga ni auala e unaia ai tagata fai faatoaga o lo o i ai isi agavaa faaopoopo e pei o le kuka ma le fagota, e faavae sina pisinisi fou laititi e fesoasoani ai i le atina’eina o le aiga. “O le a taumafai fo’i le matagaluega ia faalautele nisi avanoa e la’u aga’i i ai fua o faaeleeleaga a le aufai faatoaga, ina ia unaia ma faamalosia ai pea loto o le aufai faatoaga e toaaga e toto faatoaga ina ia maua ai latou tupe,” o le saunoaga lea a Lealao i se faatalatalanoaga ma le Samoa News.
(Faaauau itulau 22)
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O le
Sone Vevela
le tausia po’o le va’aiga o le Tama’ita’i Sa o M.E. E le tau mate pe na pa’i lima o lenei tama’ita’i tausima’i i le toto po’o puaiga lanu uliuli o le Tama’ita’i Sa, lea ua mafua ai ona maua o ia i le virusi. Na iloa lelei e Mayinga ua ma’i, peita’i, sa taumafai pea ina ia ‘aua ne i iloa e se tasi. O Mayinga e sau mai se aiga e lima vaivai, ae sa ia maua le sikolasipi e mafai ai ona fa’aauau ana a’oa’oga i Europa. Fai mai le fa’amatalaga, o lenei tama’ita’i, e sogasoga lona mafaufau e atamai fo’i, ma o le ala lea na taumafai ai ina ia faigaluega i totonu o le falema’i lenei, e tapena ai mo lana a’oga i Europa. Na popole tele lenei tama’ita’i, ona ua ia manatu ifo, afai ae ma’i, o lona uiga o le a le mafai ona alu i Europa mo ana a’oa’oga. Ina ua amata ona tiga lona ulu, sa ia tu’ua ai loa le falema’i i Ngaliema ma alu ‘ese mai ai. E lua aso o alu ‘ese Mayinga mai le falema’i, ae o le mafua’aga na taumafai e alu i le a’ai, ina ia faia lona pemita e mafai ai ona malaga mo ana a’oa’oga i Europa. O le aso muamua na alu ‘ese ai mai le falema’i o le Aso 12, o le masina o Oketopa 1976, na alu le aso atoa o tu i le laina e fa’atalitali ai lona taimi e mafai ai ona ia feiloa’i i le Minisita o Femalaga’iga i totonu o Zaire mo ona pepa malaga. A’o le aso na soso’o ai, Aso 13, o Oketopa, na ia fa’alogoina ai ua amata ona tigaina, e le i alu i lana galuega, ae sa toe alu i le a’ai mo le faia o ona pepa malaga. Ina ua ma’ea, na alu ai loa i le tama’i ta’avale i le falema’i tele i Kinshasa, ua fa’aigoaina o le Mama Yemo. O le taimi lea, ua amata ona luluti ona tiga, e le gata i lona ulu, ae ua fa’apea ona tiga ma lona manava. Na umi ona fa’asolo tagata mo togafitiga, a’o lea lava e fa’atalitali ai ma Mayinga ina ia maua sona avanoa e va’ai ai le foma’i. Fai mai le fa’amatalaga a le tusi tala o Richard Preston, sa faigata lava ona talia i le loto ma le mafaufau o Mayinga ua maua o ia i le fa’ama’i. Ae fai mai, o se teine e amio lelei ma ua luasefulu ona tausaga, o ia o le i oi mata o ona matua, o se tama’ita’i e naunau i lana a’oga, ae maise ai, o lea o le a malaga i Europa ona o le sikolasipi na ia mauaina e toe fa’alautele ai lona atama’i i tulaga tau foma’i. Na maua lona avanoa e va’ai ai le foma’i, ma ua fai nei lona tui puipuia, ma le fa’atonuga a le foma’i, e tatau ona taofia o ia mo togafitiga, peita’i, e le lava potu, e le lava fo’i moega e tao’oto ai tagata mama’i i totonu o le falema’i lea, ma o le ala lea na toe alu ‘ese ai Mayinga. Ua toe alu nei le tama’ita’i i le ta’avale la’u pasese ma fa’atonu le ave ta’avale e ave ia i le isi falema’i e igoa o le University Hospital, ma lona fa’amoemoe o le a maua ai se togafitiga mo ia. Ua lagona le popole ma le atuatuvale o le loto ma le mafaufau o Mayinga ona o tulaga pagatia ua o’o nei ia te ia. O tulaga fo’i ua i ai nei le toe fa’aauauina o ana a’oa’oga i Europa, ua fesiligia nei, ona o se sikolasipi sa ia taumafai malosi ia maua, ona o lona alofa i ona matua, ae maise o lona aiga e lima vaivai ma le tagolima, o lea ua fesiligia fo’i, pe taunu’u pe leai. E faia pea…
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This photo provided by University of Hawai’i at Manoa Sports Media Relations shows Willis Wilson. Wilson was found dead off of Oahu’s Sandy Beach after a wave overcame him in shallow water. A Honolulu Fire Department report says Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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Vaega: 48 E muamua pea mea i Matautusa, ma o tatou fa’afo’i le vi’iga ma le fa’afetai i le Atua Soifua, ona o Lana tausiga alofa mo i tatou e le mavae, lea o lo’o tatou maua ai le ola fa’apea ma Ana fa’amanuiaga i aso uma mo i tatou. ia manuia le alo faiva o le atunu’u i feau ma galuega o le feagai ai i lenei aso. Na muta mai la tatou tala, ina ua maliu le Tama’ita’i Sa, i totonu o le falema’i i Ngliema lea na ave i ai mo ona togafitiga, peita’i, ua le manuia ma na maliu ai lava. Ae i totonu o le falema’i lava lea sa i ai se tama’ita’i tausi ma’i e igoa i a Mayinga N. O le tama’ita’i lenei, sa gafa ma
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We, the Dental Professionals of American Samoa, from both the Department of Health and the L.B.J. Hospital would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all of the individuals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses who graciously and generously supported us during our very first Dental Scientific Seminar, on November 22nd and 23rd. Through their sponsorship and “in kind” donations, we were able to host a successful seminar. We would like to sincerely thank Dr. Rodel Nordora - World Health Organization for providing the opportunity to certify 12 of our local dental assistants under the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POHLN) and the speakers who presented during our seminar.
Special Thanks: • Stake President Edward Lotulelei and wife Wendy Lotulelei. • Honorable Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and 1st Lady Cynthia Moliga. • Dr. Rodel Nodora. • Dr. Akapusi Ledua. • Apia Dental Association. Major Sponsors: • Bluesky Communications. (CEO Adolfo Montenegro.) • World Health Organization/POLHN. (Dr. Rodel Nodora.) • Department of Health. (Director Motusa Tuileama Nua.) • LBJ Medical Staff. (Dr. Annie Fuavai.) Individuals: • Honorable Speaker of the House: Savali Talavou Ale. • Senator Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono. • Senator Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli. • Representative Vui Florence V. Saulo. • District Governor of Manu’a Misaalefua Hudson & Mrs. Lina Hudson. • Eastern District Governor Alo Paul Stevenson & Mrs. Sharon Stevenson. • Director of Youth & Womens Affairs: Roy Ausage. • Bishop Howard Afualo & children. • Harbor Master Silila Patane. • HTC Moananu Va. • Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. • Mrs. Ursula Te’o Martin & crew. (Hot Hula.) • J-Smooth. (Joe Iosua.) • Attorney at Law: Counselor Kereti & Nora Mata’utia. • Mr. Aitkan &Mrs. Ila Ieremia. • Emanuelu “Luscious” Uso. (Island night décor.) • Valoaga Te’o. (Island night décor.) • Sally Faumuina. Private Sector: • Ae Designs (Mrs. Ella Ae-Gurr & Mr. Mel Ae.) • All Star Signs. (Mr. Natuitasina & Mrs. Tuai Mua.) • Lemala Photography. • Scotland Rentals (Fa’aua & Katerina Elisara.) • Colgate Co. (Fiji.) • Starkist Co. (Mr. Brett Butler.) • Apia Dental Association • HC Leilua Roy Sr. & Mrs. Miriama Willis (Roy Willis & Sons Construction.) • Blue Angel Co. • Trophies & Things (Ernie Seva’etasi.) • ACE Hardware. • Panamex. • Impex. (Sa & Olive Mavaega.) • GHC Reid (Representative Archie Soliai & Olivia Reid-Gillete.) • Lima Fesoasoani. (Leilani Alama.) • CBT Ho Ching. (President Beaver Ho Ching.) • ASCO Motors. • Skyview Rentals. • Florence Saulo & Associates. • Sili Burger. (Tyrone Atuatasi.) • Nana’s Inc. (Mrs. Pa’i Fruean) • ASI (Mr. Robert Toelupe) • Vai’s Flowers. (Mrs. Fou Imo.) • Drug Store. • Development Bank of American Samoa. (Mr. Jason Bethem.) • Alanoa Petals. (Milo “Miranda” Sili – All white décor.) • Solar Environmental (Soia Solaita - All white dessert buffet.) • Flower Power. • Toa Bar & Grill. (George Reid & Chef Tafa Satele & Staff.) • Don’t Drink the Water. (Leilua Stevenson.) • F.J.&P. Kruse Inc. (Luisa Kruse.) LBJ Medical Center: • CMO Office. (Kalala Fa’ali’i.) • MIS-(Grayson Togilau, Pam Faumuina, Shon Lealofi, Tavita Ilaoa, Lysyj Paopao.) • Dietary Services. • Laundry Services. Thank you very much for your kind donations and support. Fa’afetai tele lava.
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E ui e le o nofosala Tua e tusa ai o tuuaiga a le malo, peitai na faamanino e le alii komesina e faapea, e tusa ai ma suesuega faalotoifale a le matagaluega o leoleo sa faia, ua latou talitonuina ai sa i ai le aafiaga o le alii leoleo lea i tuuaiga sa faia faasaga ia te ia. Saunoa Haleck e faapea, e le toe manaomia e le matagaluega o leoleo ituaiga tagata faigaluega faapenei, ona o lea ua manino i suesuega lotoifale a le matagaluega sa faia, le le toe talitonuina o lenei alii i le faatinoina ai o ona tiute faaleoleo o le toese i totonu o le matagaluega. Ua maea ona tuuina atu e le alii leoleo lea ma lana loia sa laua talosaga i le Faamasinoga o Mataupu tau Pulega a le malo, mo se poloaiga e toe faafoi ai o ia i lana galuega ma ia agavaa i itula faigaluega sa tatau ona totogi ai o ia, peitai e le’i totogiina ona sa faamalolo mai le galuega, a’o faagasolo ai taualumaga o lana mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga. O le tagata faigaluega mulimuli na taua e le alii komesina o le a faamalolo, o se alii fuimu o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faafalepuipui i le toese i Tafuna, ae o lo o tumau pea ona faigaluega i le Vaega Fuimu, le susuga ia Iuliano Tavale. I lalo o le tulafono, e le tatau ona toe faa faigaluega e le malo sana tagata faigaluega ua ta’usala i soo se solitulafono mamafa, po o se tasi fo’i na faasala i le falepuipui mo le umi e silia i le 30 aso. O Tavale o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faafalepuipui e tasi le tausaga, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le solitulafono o lona faatamala ua mafua ai ona oo le maliu i lona atalii sa le malaga i se ta’avale. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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July 2nd to December 31, 2013.
• Only school and youth groups can register • Register with Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs • Only aluminum beverage cans are acceptable • Only plastic beverage bottles are acceptable • All aluminum beverage cans and bottles must be weighed in at the GHC Reid Company building in Tafuna. • Original receipt of pounds recorded at GHC Reid must be submitted to DYWA office for
tallying within two days after weighing. • GHC Reid will pay $0.25 per pound of aluminum cans. • GHC Reid will pay $0.00 per pound of plastic bottle. • Individuals and/or family members participating can give pounds recorded to youth group of their choice. • Pounds of aluminum cans and bottles collected by each youth group will be made known every Friday through media outlets;
First Prize. . . . . . . . .$1,000.00 Second Prize. . . . .$ 750.00 Third Prize........$ 500.00 Fourth Prize. . . . . .$ 250.00 Fifth Prize. . . . . . . . .$ 100.00
6th to 10th place Prizes $75 and consolation prizes for all participants. Complimentary prizes for all other participating youth groups to be donated by the business community and indviduals.
For more information, contact Roy Ausage at 733-4337.
O le vaiaso nei lea ua faalauiloa aloaia ai e le afioga Mua’au Kereti Mata’utia Jr lona faamoemoe, e toe fia tauva mo le nofoa a le atunuu i le Konekeresi, e ala i le palota o le tausage 2014. O se faasalalauga Mua’au i luga o le Samoa News i le aso, o lo o faalauiloa aloaia ai lona faamoemoe. “Ua ta fia inu i le taufa na momo’o i ai le Tupu o Tavita, o le mea lea, finagalo malie ae lafo mai le pule e tautua ai mo le atunu’u ma le malo,” o se vaega lea o le saunoaga a Mua’au i lana faasalalauga i luga o le Samoa News. Ina ua fesiligia o ia i le aso ananafi i sona finagalo e tusa ai o lona faamoemoe, na taua ai e Mua’au e faapea, ua mafua ona vave faalauiloa lona faamoemoe mo le palota i le tausga fou, ina ia lava le taimi e alu ai e mafuta ma feiloa’i ma le atunuu. “I le taimi muamua na ou tauva ai i le tauvaga na te’a nei, ou te iloa e le’i lava se taimi na ou faaalu ou te mafuta ma faamasani atu ai i le atunuu, ou te talitonu o le isi lea ki atoa o le faamoemoe lenei, o le silafia lelei lava e le atunuu o le sui tauva, e tatau foi ona malamalama le sui tauva i lagona ma finagalo o le atunuu,” o le saunoaga lea a Mua’au. O le palota mo le nofoa i Uosigitone i le 2012, na toe filifilia ai e le atunuu le tofa Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin e fai ma o latou sui i le konekeresi, mo lana nofoaiga sosoo lona 13. Mai sui e to’alima na tausinio i le 2012, e 7,221 palota na maua e Eni; sosoo ai Aumua Amata e 4,420; Rosie F. Tago Lancaster e 543 ana palota; Mua’au e 411 ana palota, ma Fatumalala Leulua’ialii A. Al-Shehri e 300 ana palota sa maua. Na taua e Mua’au, o le isi laasaga o le a soso ai nei, o le amata loa lea ona faapolokalame taimi na te asia ai afioaga ma itumalo taitasi o le atunuu, ina ia tele se taimi e faaalu e faalauiloa ai le autu o lona faamoemoe, atoa ai ma le faamasani atu i tagata o le atunuu. “E leai lava se isi mafuaaga ua ala ai ona ou manatu ou te toe taumafai mo le tofi, ona ou te iloa, o lo o i ai le agavaa ma le naunautaiga ia te a’u, e fia ofo atu lo’u tagata e tautua ai Amerika Samoa, e ala i le tofi faipule i Uosigitone,” o le saunoaga a Mua’au. Ina ua fesiligia sona finagalo i mataupu e tatau ona ave i ai lana faamuamua pe afai ae faapaleina o ia i le tofi, na saunoa ai Mua’au, “ou te manatu e ave la’u faamuamua i le faaleleia lea o le tamaoaiga o le atunuu, aemaise lava i le tulaga o taofia lea o le tulafono e siitia ai totogi maualalo i Amerika Samoa.” Na saunoa Mua’au e faapea, na te le lagolagoina le tulafono a le feterale lea ua siitia ai totogi amata i Amerika Samoa. “Afai e manuia lo’u faamoemoe o le tofi, o le aso lava ou te taunuu ai i Uosigitone, o le aso fo’i lena e aveese ai ma Amerika Samoa le tulafono lea na pasia e le konekeresi, ina ia sii le maualuga o totogi amata i le atunuu, ae tuu mai pea totogi amata e iloilo e Amerika Samoa, fuafua lava i le tulaga malosi o lo o i ai lona tamaoaiga,” o le saunoaga lea a Mua’au. Saunoa le sui tauva e faapea, e le o Amerika Samoa o se setete, e laiti fo’i pisinisi o lo o maua i le teritori, e le gafatia ai le tulaga o le siitia maualuga o totogi maualalo mo tagata faigaluega. Ae ina ua fesiligia le susuga Mua’au pe faapefea nisi o le atunuu aemaise lava tagata faigaluega e maualalo la latou tupe maua i le tausaga, lea o lo o finau mai ina ia sii totogi amata ona ua taugata le tau o le soifuaga aemaise ai o le maualuluga o le tau o oloa ua i ai i le atunuu, na saunoa ai Mua’au e faapea, e i ai le auala e mafai ona ia uia e fesoasoani ai i tagata faigaluega nei, e pei o le faaulu lea o se tulafono i le konekeresi e faaitiitia ai tupe o lo o tipi a le feterale, ae maua ai le avanoa e tele ai le tupe e fo’i ma le tagata i lona aiga. O le isi auala e pei ona ia saunoa e mafai ona fesoasoani atu ai i tagata e maualalo le tamaoaiga, o le saili lea o se auala e mafai ai e le malo ona faaitiitia lafoga o lo o faaee atu i oloa mai fafo, ina ia mafai ai ona faataugofie le tau o oloa e faatau atu e pisinisi i le atunuu. Na taua e Mua’au e faapea, talu ai e le o i ai se tulafono e faatonutonu ai tau o oloa i le atunuu, e mafai e le malo ona faaitiitia lafoga mo oloa mai fafo a le aufai pisinisi, ina ia mafai ai foi e le aufai pisinisi ona faataugofie a latou oloa e faatau atu i le atunuu.
➧ Fuafua se tulafono taofi…
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“O le isi polokalame ua fuafua le matagaluega e faia, o le unaia lea o faleoloa ma pisinisi i le atunuu, ina ia o e faatau mai fua o faaeleeleaga a le aufai faatoaga e pei o talo, fa’i ma ta’amu, aemaise ai fualaau ‘aina taumafa mata ma fualaau ‘aina, ina ia maua ai pea e le aufai faatoaga le avanoa e faatau atu ai a latou fua o faaeleeleaga, nai lo le faatau mai i maketi i fafo,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii faatonu. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
We have witness the devastation Ua tatou molimauina le faigata ua in the Philippines as Typhoon iai nei le atu-Filipaina ona o le Hyian (Yolanda) blows through… malosi o le Afa o Hyian (Yolanda)…
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Prepare now by putting a EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT together for your family
Tapena nei ma tu’u fa’atasi ni OLOA FA’ALEOLEO mo lou aiga
Radio/Leitio Flashlight/Batteries Moli-uila/Ma’a
Water/Vai Food/Mea’ai
Medication/Prescription Fuala’au/Vaila’au fa’atonuina
First Aid Kit/Oloa mo manu’a 1 gallon of WATER per person per day Battery powered RADIO FLASHLIGHT and batteries FOOD FIRST AID KIT MEDICINE including prescription 1 le kalone VAI mo le tagata i le aso LEITIO e ola i ma’a moli-uila MOLI-UILA ma ma’a MEA’AI TAUMAFA OLOA mo lavea ma manu’a FUALA’AU ma vaila’au mo ma’itaga
Report any landslides, flooding or other emergencies that need assistance to the EOC at 699-3800, or call 911. Afai e va’aia tulaga i sologa ma lologa, vala’au ane mo se fesoasoani i le 699-3800 (EOC), po’o le 911.
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Tau Dispensary Team Health awareness drive to observe Diabetes Month (November) and the push for NCD - Non-Communicable Disease awareness in the Manu’a Islands. The idea was to bring a message to school children that Non-Communicable Diseases can be prevented if we maintain a healthy life style.
Department of
Manu’a High School - Trukey Run
Tau Dispensary Team - (sitting): Dr. I.Vimoto - (standing) l-r: Martin, Lyn (LPN), Adelle, Agaletaua, Lealofisa (back): Time
Manu’a High School - Zumba
Faleasao ElementaryS chool
Fitiuta Elementary School
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