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Twelve Nu’uuli Voc-Tech High School students with their NVTHS government teacher and coordinator for the trip, Mrs. Alofagia YoungAlopopo toured Samoa’s Parliament Building during a field trip to Samoa over the Thanksgiving holiday, where they had the opportunity to compare the roles and duties of our local government to that of our neighboring island’s government. Read story inside. [photo: NVTHS]
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Traditional leaders meet to pick Senator for Tualauta County
Vice Speaker remains skeptical of dual language for classroom
“Can THe Samoan LangUage Be UseD To aDDress enTire cUrricULUm?”
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
A traditional leader from Vaitogi will fill one of the two senatorial seats for the Tualauta county, left vacant following this year’s death of the late Sen. Letuligasenoa Soli, who was serving his first four-year term in office, said Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, who holds the other seat for the county. Tualauta county leaders met Saturday at the guesthouse of Fonoti Tafaifa Aufata, the county chief or fa’alupega, to select a traditional leader for the county’s seat, and Vaitogi presented their choice of candidate. However, other traditional leaders did not agree on the candidate selected by Vaitogi, according to information received by Samoa News following the meeting. Another candidate, Ulugaono Walden Allen of Vaitogi, was presented but Magalei said it was learned the candidate’s chiefly title of ‘Ulugaono’ has not been registered yet, although the traditional blessing ceremony has already taken place. The American Samoa constitution states that a senator must be chosen from among matai, whose titles are registered. Magalei, the ranking traditional leader of the county, said Gaea Pelefoti Faulautusi’s name was included as another candidate. He says that if, by the end of this month, Ulugaono has not registered his matai title, Gaea will be the selected Tualauta senator. Ulugaono could not be reached by phone at his office about his matai title and a phone message left with his office was not returned as of press time.
House Vice Speaker Iaulualo Fa’afetai Talia has raised concerns over Education Department’s “dual language concept” to be used for classroom teaching in public schools, but he is supportive of the DOE being a semi autonomous agency of government. Iaulualo was among the participants of the Education Summit held in October this year, where DOE director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu HunkinFinau shared her vision of dual language — Samoan and English — for classroom teaching to improve student performance. Iaulualo wrote to Vaitinasa recently saying that one of the issues presented at the summit was to utilize the dual language concept method to teach students, adding that the presentation by DOE was impressive and it was delivered with facts based on several studies done on the dual language concept.
“However, I continue to have questions as to whether the concept has been scientifically tested with the Samoan language,” he said and asked, “Can the Samoan language be used to teach the curriculum in its entirety?” “As we both know, it lacks many words,” he said about the Samoan language. “Could this handicap the application of the methodology to teach core courses such as science, math and technology? And are teachers properly trained to deliver this method of teaching?” He said these are some of his many questions about the application of a dual language concept to the local education system. “Currently, I am not fully convinced about the effectiveness of the concept and I will continue to remain skeptical unless some of these questions are fully addressed,” he said. The other issue proposed by Vaitinasa during the summit is to run DOE as an autono(Continued on page 14)
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Ornaments made by high school students from across the United States and its territories are arriving in Washington, D.C. and among them is this traditional Samoan design created by Tulaga Leota. Along with 23 other ornaments from American Samoa, this lovely creation will hang on the National Christmas Tree this holiday season as the territory wishes [photo: Don Hoffman] everyone Ia Manuia le Kerisimasi.
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Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Huang, from Oregon’s Health and Science University in Portland, was recently in the territory conducting preliminary research regarding the prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). While RHD has virtually disappeared from the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, it is still a major health problem among the island nations of the Pacific, including American Samoa. Samoa News will report more on this initiative and the ongoing plans to eradicate RHD, which attacks youth and adolescents. Seen here, Dr. Huang speaks to a [photo: tlh] student at Fa’asao Marist High School.
New Medicaid Task Force established by Governor
GiVen 45 DaYs To maKe recommenDaTions
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a six-member Medicaid Task Force who will develop and recommend for his review and approval the Medicaid Format (Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Insurance Exchange, Combination or a new hybrid that American Samoa will adopt.) According to the memorandum issued yesterday, Lolo noted that the Affordable Care Act popularly known as the Obama Healthcare Act (or Obamacare) dramatically transformed the Medicaid Program with regard to financing healthcare services for the United States and its territories. “While the intent of the Obama Healthcare Initiative is meritorious, providing the cart blanche opportunity for all Americans to be insured, the implementing infrastructure unfortunately is not yet ready to fully accomplish the vision of this healthcare program,” he wrote, adding that “It has been acknowledged by the Federal Government that the Affordable Care Act framework and infrastructure was not developed for the Territories, thus exacerbating the implementation process for American Samoa and the other territories.” Lolo said during his meetings with Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie, he strongly recommended that it might be to the territory’s benefit to develop and establish a local program that is reflective of the needs of the territory, instead of struggling to meet federal regulations which lack program specificity for the territories. The members of the new Task Force include LBJ Hospital CEO Joseph Davis Fleming, Director of Health Tuileama Motusa Nua, DOC Director Keniseli Lafaele, DHSS Director Meki Solomona, Andra Samoa CEO of American Samoa State Agency and Iulogologo Joseph Pereira. Lolo has appointed Sandra King Young, as Director of the Medicaid Office, to Chair this group. The governor also gave the Task Force 45 days to complete its work culminating with a presentation of their recommendations for his decision.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
MAN CHARGED IN SEX CASE INVOLVING FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL A man who allegedly fondled a five-year-old girl has been arrested and criminally charged. He is being held on bail of $50,000. To protect the victim’s identity, Samoa News is withholding the defendant’s name from publication. The man, who lives at the victim’s residence, was at home with the girl when the alleged incident occurred. The defendant is charged with child molestation, a felony as well as a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. According to the government’s case, on November 28, 2013 it was reported to police that the defendant had allegedly assaulted sexually the five-year-old girl. Assigned to this case was Police Officer Lawrence Sagapolutele. Court filings say that the victim’s mother, upon return from doing laundry, saw the defendant get up quickly from where he was sitting and hastily walk into the kitchen. Victim’s mother said she asked her daughter several times whether the defendant had done anything inappropriate to her, and at first the victim said no. The mother further told the victim not to be afraid to speak up and the victim eventually told her mother what had allegedly happened. According to the government’s case the victim said the defendant had allegedly touched her inappropriately. The mother checked her daughter’s private parts to find that it was bleeding. The young girl told police the defendant allegedly touched her inappropriately about four times for about two minutes. The victim was taken to the hospital for a checkup and she was accompanied by her mother and a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker. Police spoke to the defendant, where it is alleged he admitted penetrating the victim’s private parts with his finger. Court filings say that on November 28, 20113 he was cooking and he was baby-sitting the girl as her mother was out doing laundry. “Defendant said the victim was sitting in the living room by herself and when he was checking on her and he felt aroused by the victim laying there,” say court filings. The defendant further told police that he first touched the victim on October 2013 before White Sunday and he would touch her inappropriately once a
week during that month. He further told police that he would wait until he was alone with the victim then he would insert his fingers into her private parts and these sex acts were done in the kitchen or the bedroom. FORMER POLICE OFFICER TO BE SENTENCED FOLLOWING PLEA A former police officer, John Tialavea has entered into a plea agreement with the government in connection with a land dispute that occurred last year in Aoa. Tialavea was initially charged with first degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, which were both felonies, however in a plea agreement with the government the defendant pled guilty to discharge of a firearm which was amended from the second count while the remaining charge was dismissed. The discharging count is a class A misdemeanor which is punishable with up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. Samoa News understands that Tialavea is currently on probation with the District Court on a Public Peace Disturbance matter from Amouli last year over a land dispute. According to the plea agreement, the defendant admits that on May 12, 2012 he knowingly and unlawfully fired his shotgun within 30 yards of his house to scare the family involved off a piece of land. Defendant admits that his conduct on that date was without legal justification or excuse. According to the government’s case, police officers were informed by the woman who had contacted police that there is an ongoing land dispute between her family and the defendant. Court filings say the woman and her son were working on said land, when Tialavea allegedly shot at them to scare them away. “Tialavea shot several gunshots, which she heard hitting the coconuts and banana trees. She estimated she heard 3-4 (gun) shots fired by Tialavea,” say court files. It’s alleged that Tialavea was about 40-feet away from the boy and his mother. Chief Justice Michael Kruse accepted the plea agreement and scheduled sentencing for the defendant this Friday. In June 2009, Tialavea, who was then a police officer, was charged for beating a Pago Pago man with his flashlight in front of a Pago nightclub, and for that assault he was sentenced to one year in prison.  
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By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
ASCC welcomes Governor Lolo as Keynote Speaker for Fall 2013 Graduation
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a Samoa News file photo. He will be ASCC’s fall 2013 commencement keynote speaker. [photo: AF]
Nu’uuli Voc-Tech High School seniors pose for a picture with Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during their field trip to Samoa over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Accompanying the students were NVTHS vice-principal Tupa’i Rod Atafua (sitting, far right), Mrs. Alofagia Young-Alopopo (sitting, far left) and Mr. Jeff Neufeldt (standing, far right). Prime Minister Tuilaepa encouraged the students to focus on their education and to strive to [photo: NVTHS] be successful in life.
Approximately 133 students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) anticipate receiving their degrees and certificates during the College’s 59th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 13 at 10 a.m. in the ASCC Gymnasium. The ASCC Student Services Division continually strives for distinguished guest speakers to highlight the graduation ceremonies, and this semester the College takes special pride in welcomingGovernor Lolo Matalasi Moliga as the fall 2013 commencement keynote speaker. “With his long background in education and his strong support for American Samoa’s school systems, we look forward with great interest to the insights Governor Lolo will share with us,” said Dean of Student Services Dr. Emilia Le’i. Born in 1949 in the village of Ta’u, Manu, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga currently resides in Tafuna. His parents are the late High Chief Moliga Sa’ena Auauna Moliga of Ta’u, and Soali’i Galea’i of Fitiuta and Olosega. Lolo is a High Talking Chief from the village of Sili, Manu’a. Prior to accepting the Lolo title, he was a High Chief holding the title of Letalu from Ta’u. He served the Manu’a aumaga for many years before he was titled. Lolo is a deacon of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa in Tafuna. His personal educational achievements include a Bachelors degree in Teaching from Chadron College, Nebraska, followed by a Masters degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Lolo is married to Cynthia Malala of the village of Pago, and they have two sons, Va’a Matalasi and Eteuati Sola, and two daughters, Muaiao Moliga Fakalata and Lealofisa Moliga. Lolo began his long career in public service and education as a teacher at Manu’a High School. He then became principal at Lauli’i Elementary School before returning to his home island to become, first, vice principal and then principal of Manu’a High School. He served as an elementary and secondary education administrator with the Department of Education before branching out to take the position of director of the ASG Budget Office, followed by a tenure as American Samoa’s chief procurement officer for two terms. Upon entering politics, Lolo was elected to the House of Representatives for four terms, later becoming a Senator and rising to the rank of Senate President. Lolo returned to public service as president of the Development Bank of American Samoa before entering and winning the gubernatorial race in 2012. With education as one of the keystones of his election campaign platform, since taking office Lolo has taken initiatives such as facilitating the Educational Summit this past October, which brought together education and community stakeholders to focus on means of improving American Samoa’s school system. “Many local educators, as well as surprising number of students, recognize Governor Lolo’s passion and commitment to bettering education in American Samoa as a means of ensuring a better economic and social future,” reflected Dr. Le’i, “and we’re honored that he’s agreed to make this forthcoming ceremony an especially memorable one for our graduates.” For information on the 59th ASCC Commencement Ceremony, Student Services can be reached at 699-9155, ext. 376.
by Samoa News Staff
Students of Nu’uuli VocTech spend Thanksgiving learning about government in Samoa
Twelve ambitious government students from Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School participated in a 3-day educational field trip to neighboring Samoa during this past Thanksgiving Holiday break. The students, all seniors, visited the Samoa Tourism Authority, Samoa Law Reform Commission, Public Service Commission, Samoa Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trades, Ministry of Prime Minister & Cabinet, the Parliament Building and the Supreme Court. According to NVTHS Government Teacher and coordinator of the trip, Mrs. Alofagia Young-Alopopo, “The purpose and focus of this trip was to give our students the opportunity to learn, observe and find out the differences and similarities of how government is structured here in American Samoa and in our neighboring island of Samoa”. Said Mrs. Alopopo, the students commented on learning about Samoa’s “unicameral system of government” as they compared the roles and duties of our local government to that of our neighboring island. The students noted that some duties and roles between the two governments are the same but they are “of different titles”. One of the students noted that here in American Samoa, we have a governor but in Samoa, their government leader is called a Prime Minister. Another student commented on Samoa’s judicial system, “One branch that caught my attention was the Judiciary Branch, consisting of 32 court rooms and 18 judges, each courtroom with more than two judges to rule over matters, and specified judges that are chosen from New Zealand to sit in their Courts of Appeals”, and yet another student asked, “Can you believe they have two political parties? The highlight of the tour and learning expedition was meeting Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. The very vocal leader of the Independent State spent time conversing with the students. Tuilaepa encouraged the NVTHS seniors to focus on their education and strive to be successful in life. Mrs. Alopopo stated that the information the student absorbed on this educational journey was overwhelming and fascinating. As one student commented, “We made a lot of memories on this trip and bonded even further than a classroom could, I hope trips like these continue for future classes for them to learn and enjoy. The trip over to Upolu was phenomenal.” The trip was spearheaded by Vice Principal Tupa’i Rod Atafua with the help of Mrs. Alopopo and Mr. Jeff Neufeldt. The 11 students that traveled included Tilisi Misipati, Gordon Masima, Irene Skelton, Siale Kava, Siaki Iosefa, Pulefano Neria, Finau Fuimaono, Patolomeo maugaotega, Leki Tago, Joshua Talaea’i, James Tunu, and Aiga Pati. The delegation expressed their gratitude to their parents and also NVTHS principal Saouila Fanene Kava for helping make this educational opportunity a reality.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid public doubts over his stewardship of the economy, President Barack Obama is putting a renewed focus on the income gap between rich and poor as he pushes for short-term congressional action and begins setting the domestic agenda for the remainder of his presidency. The president plans to deliver an address Wednesday to argue his case that income inequality and wage stagnation are threatening upward mobility and retirement security. The speech comes amid growing national and international attention to economic disparities — from the writings of Pope Francis to the protests of fast-food workers in the U.S. Obama is not expected to propose any new policy initiatives. But the White House says he will reiterate his call for an increase in the minimum wage and promote possible economic benefits of the troubled health care law. Obama also is expected to call on Congress to make a deal on 2014 spending, pass a farm bill with enough money for food stamps and extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed before the end of the year. Polls show that the economy remains the single biggest concern for Americans, despite the recent focus on problems with the health care law. While some economic indicators are showing positive trends, unemployment remains high at 7.3 percent. Moreover, the speech comes at a low point for the president. A recent CBS News poll shows that 60 percent of adults disapprove of his handling of the economy, the highest in nearly two years. Setting the tone for his State of the Union address early next year, Obama is expected to highlight policy priorities that he has previously called for, including attracting businesses from overseas, simplifying the tax code, spending on infrastructure, improving education to compete for high-tech jobs and making college more affordable. Those ideas have been recurrent themes in Obama’s economic agenda, but most have failed to materialize. Obama has attempted to include some of those policies in past negotiations with Republicans for a comprehensive budget deal that would lower long-term deficits, raise revenue and increase upfront spending to spur the economy. But those efforts have failed and current budget negotiations between congressional Democrats
Obama, in speech, to focus Evalani’s on income disparities in US
and Republicans are far less ambitious. “The economy is elemental to most Americans, and it is the principal focus of this presidency,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday, noting that Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression in 2009. “We’ve seen sustained economic growth and job creation for a long time now. But we are not where we need to be.” Obama is expected to press Congress to strike a deal that at least softens the blow of automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to kick in after Jan. 15. He also is expected to call for a renewal of jobless benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed people that expire just three days after Christmas. The additional weeks of benefits have been extended each year since 2009, but a senior Republican lawmaker, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, said Tuesday that Republicans oppose yet another extension. Wednesday’s speech is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a think tank with close ties to the White House. It is the latest in a series of Obama addresses focused on the challenges of attaining the American dream, from a 2005 commencement address at tiny Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., to his speech in Osawatomie, Kan., in late 2011, to a return address at Knox College last July. The speech comes near the end of the first year of Obama’s second term, with few domestic legislative achievements and plenty of upheaval, including the problem-plagued launch of the health care website, brinkmanship over the nation’s borrowing limit, a government shutdown, spying revelations and the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Economic inequality has been getting new attention lately, however. Pope Francis, in a wideranging church document last month, denounced the global financial system, specifically attacking trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive. Meanwhile, fast-food workers in about 100 cities planned to walk off the job Thursday, organizers say, as part of a yearlong push to highlight the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. While the United States continues to recover modestly from the recession, unemployment and wages indicate the growth is not reaching all households.
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Firefighters in bucket catch a falling woman
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman who had threatened suicide was saved from death when firefighters in the bucket of a platform truck caught her as she dropped from an eighth-story window. The drama occurred Monday morning outside the Northward Building in downtown Fairbanks. Police and firefighters took a call at 9:15 a.m. that a woman was threatening to jump from an apartment, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The woman is in her mid-30s. She does not live in the building, police Lt. Matt Soden said. Emergency responders spotted the woman with her feet dangling out the window. They closed the street as firefighters moved in with their platform truck. The truck carries a 100-foot aerial device with a bucket in which firefighters can stand. Soden and a police negotiator responded to the call. The woman’s relatives assisted negotiators, he said. Soden was watching from the next window as the bucket arm extended. As it approached the eighth floor, the woman fell. “It looked like she kind of stepped out over their bucket,” Soden said. “She was hanging out over the building, and she was starting to slip.” Firefighters said in a news release it was not apparent whether the woman jumped or fell. “Two FFD personnel were in the bucket at the time and were able to catch the person as they fell,” the department said. The woman was evaluated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Soden could not say what led the woman to the ledge. Just 20 minutes passed from the initial call to the rescue, assistant fire chief Ernie Misewicz said.
Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs
Public Notice
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.
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In this photo taken on June 14, 2013, honorary Ridgewood, N.J., Police Chief Michael Feeney, left, 10, gets some advice from Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward at the start of the work day in Ridgewood, N.J. Feeney was given a funeral with full police honors on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. He had been struggling for four years with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare, aggressive and often fatal bone cancer that usually develops in children and young adults, before succumbing to it last week.
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Governor Lolo proclaims month of December as “National Drunk and Drugged Driving Month”
CHina saYs resoLVeD To enforce air Defense zone BEIJING (AP) — China says it is fully capable of enforcing its newly declared maritime air defense zone that has drawn strong denunciations from the U.S., Japan and other nations. Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says Beijing has unwavering determination to ensure its demands are met. China declared the zone over the East China Sea late last month and said all aircraft entering the vast area must identify themselves and follow Chinese instructions. Geng says China’s military is “fully capable of exercising effective control” over the area, which covers disputed islands and overlaps with similar zones declared by Japan and South Korea. Geng’s remarks were published Wednesday as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was arriving in Beijing to meet with President Xi Jinping. On Tuesday, Biden said China’s move raised regional tensions. WaLKer aUTopsY compLeTe; resULTs To come WeDnesDaY LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are expected to release the results of autopsies on the two bodies recovered from the fiery crash that killed “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend. Walker’s publicist has said the actor was the passenger when Roger Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames on Saturday. The families of both men have provided dental records, which will permit not only formal identification of the bodies, but also official word on whether Walker or Rodas was behind the wheel. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said it completed autopsies Tuesday, but would not release results of the autopsies and identifications until Wednesday. Walker starred in all but one of the six “Fast & Furious” blockbusters, films that glorified fast cars and dangerous driving. PoLice: off-DUTY Fresno cop misTaKen for gang memBer FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno police say an off-duty officer returned fire at four gang members after the suspects mistook him for a gang member and began shooting at a traffic light. Three of the suspected gang members were wounded in the Monday night exchange. The officer was not hurt. Police Chief Jerry Dyer says the officer was in his personal vehicle on his way to work when the gang members began yelling at him from another vehicle, demanding to know what gang he was in. One of the four then allegedly shot at the officer six times, prompting the officer to return fire. Dyer tells the Fresno Bee two of the
(AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Marion Brown)
gang members showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds. They were in stable condition. A third suspect was caught a short distance away, and the fourth remained at large. WHiTe anD goLD gown worn BY Diana feTcHes $167,000 LONDON (AP) — A lavish white and gold ballet-inspired ball gown worn by Princess Diana has fetched 102,000 pounds ($167,000) at a London auction. Kerry Taylor Auction said the strapless gown, which features gold sequins, rhinestones and pearl beads, was not designed for Diana — but the royal chose it herself from a collection by her favorite designers, the Emanuels. The auction house said Diana wore the dress, which came with a matching headband and optional sleeves, on various occasions. It said the dress’ auction price exceeded initial estimates and went to an unidentified museum abroad. GHosT HUnTers in Pa. are misTaKen for BUrgLars GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are investigating a complaint concerning a ghost hunt that went bust after a police officer mistakenly thought it was a burglary in progress. The Gettysburg Times reported Tuesday that the Thanksgiving night ghost tour ended with two tourists and their guide being detained at gunpoint. A patrolman passing a closed store in Gettysburg says he saw flashlights inside, so he went in and handcuffed and searched the three ghost hunters. Police called the owner, who confirmed the tour operator had permission to use the allegedly haunted Civil War-era building. The first Union general killed in the Battle of Gettysburg was brought to the building after being fatally wounded. The owner of the Victorian-style photography studio that occupies the building and permitted the tour has declined to comment. SHeLL fLoaTs HULL of enormoUs rig AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has completed building the hull of the world’s largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia. Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as “Prelude,” was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built. Prelude is designed to take in the equivalent of 110,000 barrels of oil per day in natural gas and cool it into liquefied natural gas for transport and sale in Asia. It will float above gas fields. Shell says it can remain in place through a category 5 cyclone.
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American Samoa is joining the national campaign to recognize December as “National Drunk and Drugged Driving Month” and Governor Lolo M. Moliga has issued a proclamation that officially announces the territory’s participation. Lolo is urging all local residents, government agencies, business leaders, hospitals, schools, and public and private institutions to “promote awareness of the impaired driving problem, support programs and policies to reduce incidents of impaired driving, promote safer and healthier behaviors regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, and provide opportunities for all to participate in the ‘Over the Limit Under Arrest’ campaign this holiday season and throughout the year.” Every year, car crashes claim over 40,000 lives and injure 3 million, at a cost to society of some $150 billion annually. Approximately 40% of those deaths and injuries are a result of alcohol-related crashes. Last year in American Samoa, there were 13 alcohol-related DUI crashes, four injuries, and 146 arrests for drunk driving. According to Lolo, “The December holiday season is traditionally one of the most deadly times of the year for alcoholimpaired driving. For thousands of families across the nation, the December holidays bring a somber reminder of the loves ones they lost to an impaired driver during a previous holiday season or at any time during the year.” He continued, “Community-based programs involving consumer education, effective laws, and police enforcement have proven to be successful in reducing impaired driving.” Lolo pointed out that local organizations are joining the Dept. of Human and Social Services and the Dept. of Public Safety in promoting the “Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns this month by supporting anti-impaired driving programs and policies. “American Samoa is a partner in that effort to make our roads and streets safer,” Lolo concluded. As has been the norm in previous years, DPS officers will be out conducting enforcement and roadblocks beginning December 21 until after the New Year. DPS Deputy Commissioner Leseiau Laumoli told Samoa News yesterday that enforcement will be conducted 24/7 and their goal is to weed out drunk drivers to ensure that the territory’s roads are safe and the holiday season is a merry and fatality-free one. According to Leseiau, as always, during the holiday season, there are numerous incidents of public peace disturbances, driving under the influence, and reckless driving. He said their main concern is ensuring that laws are followed — meaning drivers should be licensed, sober, wearing their seat belts, and obeying the speed limit. “We are currently preparing the detail for our upcoming enforcement efforts and our hope is that everyone is protected during the holidays,” he said, adding that they want to eliminate, or at least lessen the number of vehicle crashes that occur due to intoxicated drivers. “We just want to make sure that lives are spared and everyone on the territory’s road is safe,” he concluded. As of yesterday, 945 vehicles have been involved in car crashes this year, with two fatalities. Meanwhile, the DPS Office of Highway Safety continues to urge members of the community to buckle up and refrain from drinking and driving, not only during the holiday season, but every day of the year. Outreach programs are available upon request for schools, youth groups, church organizations and clubs where OHS staff come out and speak about road safety issues for everything from occupant protection to pedestrian safety. More information can be obtained by calling OHS program coordinator Fred Scanlan at 633-1780.
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New Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than climate change’s bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday. The 200-page report by the National Academy of Sciences looked at warming problems that can occur in years instead of centuries. The report repeatedly warns of potential “tipping points” where the climate passes thresholds, beyond which “major and rapid changes occur.” And some of these quick changes are happening now, said study chairman James White of the University of Colorado. The report says abrupt changes like melting ice in the Arctic Ocean and mass species extinctions have already started and are worse than predicted. It says thousands of species are changing their ranges, seasonal patterns or in some cases are going extinct because of human-caused climate change. Species in danger include some coral; pika, a rabbitlike creature; the Hawaiian silversword plant and polar bears. At the bottom of the world in Antarctica, the melting ice in the west could be more of a wild card than originally thought. If the massive ice sheet melts it may happen relatively rapidly and could raise world sea levels by 13 feet, but researchers aren’t certain how soon that may occur. However, the report had what researchers called “good news.” It said two other abrupt climate threats that worried researchers likely won’t be so sudden, giving people more time to prepare and adapt. Those two less-imminent threats are giant burps of undersea and frozen methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas, and the slowing of deep ocean currents. That slowdown is a scenario that would oddly lead to dramatic coastal cooling and was featured in the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow.” Study co-author Richard Alley of Pennsylvania State University compared the threat of abrupt climate change effects to the random danger of drunk drivers. “You can’t see it coming, so you can’t prepare for it. The faster it is, the less you see it coming, the more it costs,” Alley told The Associated Press. “If you see the drunk driver coming, you can get out of the way.” The scientists said the issue of sudden changes is full of uncertainties, so the world can better prepare by monitoring places like Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets more. But because of budget cuts and aging satellites, researchers have fewer measurements of these crucial indicators than they did a few years ago and will have even fewer in upcoming years, study co-author Steven Wofsy of Harvard University said. The panel called on the government to create an early warning system. “The time is here to be serious about the threat of tipping points so as to better anticipate and prepare ourselves for the inevitable surprises,” said the report by the research arm of the federal government, which enlists independent scientists to look at major issues. Donald Wuebbles, a University of Illinois climate scientist who wasn’t part of the academy study, called it important, especially the call for better warning systems. However, outside scientist Michael Mann of Penn State said he doesn’t see the need for a new warning system. “The warning is already there, loud and clear,” Mann said in an email. “The changes we are seeing in the Arctic are unprecedented in thousands of years, and they are already having a catastrophic impact on human civilizations, animals, and ecosystems there.” In a separate study, published Tuesday in the journal PLoS One, former NASA climate scientist-turned-activist James Hansen argues that the countries of the world have set the wrong goal in its fight against global warming. World leaders have set a goal of trying to keep warming to another 2 degrees Fahrenheit from now but Hansen said that would blow past tipping points and give Earth a “dangerous level” of global warming.
An Indian man warms himself near a bonfire early morning in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Delhi is famous for its brutally hot summers and numb winter, temperatures fall in December and January. Poor people, particularly those living on the streets, are the worst (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal) affected.
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Capture the memories of this holiday season at Photogenix
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Right now, Photogenix at the Laufou Shopping Center is welcoming everyone to check out Santa’s Corner, featuring toys for sale, kids clothing, and candy pots - all specially priced for Christmas. In addition to hard-to-find gift ideas, Photogenix is now giving everyone a chance to take photos with Santa on Saturdays, December [courtesy photo] 7, 14, and 21. Read story for more details.
Nothing sends a holiday greeting better than a Christmas photo, a personalized, poster-sized photo calendar or Christmas card. And the only place on island where you can get all three at great prices is Photogenix, located on the ground floor of the Laufou Shopping Center in Nuuuli. Right now, Photogenix is accepting appointments for photo shoots in studio or on location. Beautiful holiday backgrounds are available to capture the memories of this year’s holiday season. Whether it’s an individual photo, a family portrait, or a special event, Photogenix can preserve your memories and keep them safe by producing quality photographs that last a lifetime. In addition to portraits, Photogenix also offers an assortment of giftware and unique items found nowhere else on island. From dinnerware and decor to candles and vases, Photogenix has everything you need to ensure that your gift is ‘unique’ and ‘one-of-a-kind’. Check out their Kona Coffee Gift Box which comes with two coffee mugs, vanilla macadamia Kona coffee, chocolate chip/macadamia cookies, and Ghirardelli white mint chocolate squares all beautifully wrapped and ready to go. It makes the perfect gift for any adult. While there, remember to check out Santa’s Corner, featuring toys for sale and candy pots. And don’t forget: Everyone is invited to take photos with Santa on Saturdays, December 7, 14, and 21. There is no age limit so all kids and adults are welcome to snap a photo with St. Nick. From photos to gifts and toys, Photogenix should be one of the stops on your schedule during the upcoming holidays. Book your appointments today by calling 699-7774 or send an email to: photogenix@samoatelco.com
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Samoan soldiers from all over South Korea gathered for a Thanksgiving luncheon at USAG Humphreys, the central camp in the country. Spearheaded by Maj Leuila Alaimaleata and WO1 Shaun Umi, this successful event brought a majority of the Samoan soldiers who are stationed throughout the country to fellowship and to celebrate this past holiday together.  “Although we all wished and yearned to be back in Samoa, coming together as a Samoan Community allows us to feel closer to home,” they emailed. [courtesy photo]
Construction began last year, three years after the project was announced. Gas production is slated to begin in 2017. Fire DesTroYs 160-Year -oLD MarYLanD cHUrcH LINEBORO, Md. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a 160-year-old church in a small town in northern Maryland is under investigation. The two-alarm blaze at Lazarus Church in Lineboro was reported early Tuesday by neighbors. Authorities say nearly 60 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania battled the fire for two hours before bringing it under control. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $1 million. The Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the cause. The church was built in 1853 and served as a place of worship for both the United Church of Christ and Lutheran members. Lineboro is about 30 miles northwest of Baltimore. BoY, 7, Dies of inJUries from Los AngeLes sHooTing LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 7-yearold boy has died of injuries sustained in a driveby shooting in West Los Angeles. Det. Gus Villanueva said the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday night. He was sitting in a parked car Monday night when a white car drove up and someone inside opened fire. The boy was shot in the back. Villanueva said the child’s mother and a 31-year-old man who were also injured in the shooting remained hospitalized in stable condition. The victims drove themselves to the hospital. Witnesses reported seeing four men driving off in the white car. No other details were released. NYC’s RocKefeLLer CenTer CHrisTmas Tree To Be LiT NEW YORK (AP) — A 76-foot Norway Spruce from Shelton, Conn., is set to be lit as New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The annual holiday tradition will take place Wednesday night. The 75-year-old tree will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9 ½-foot-wide Swarovski star. “Today Show” personalities Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales will co-host “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” which will air on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. Artists such as Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel and Leona Lewis will perform. The first Christmas tree was set up in 1931 by workers who were building Rockefeller Center. The first tree-lighting ceremony was held in 1933.
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SmaLL pLane crasHes in PUerTo Rico; 2 BoDies foUnD SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A small cargo plane crashed near Puerto Rico’s northern coast, killing the two U.S. citizens who were aboard, officials said Tuesday. Investigators had not yet identified the pilot and the passenger, Emergency Management Agency spokesman Carlos Acevedo said. The plane originally flew from Florida to the Dominican Republic either on Sunday or Monday, Acevedo said. It departed late Monday from the latter Caribbean country and was headed to Puerto Rico’s main international airport when it crashed, said another agency spokesman, Jose Cruz. Acevedo said the plane’s cargo included mail, food and beverages. The aircraft was operated by IBC Airways, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Officials with IBC Airways did not return a message seeking comment. The plane crashed on a small mountain in the north coastal town of Arecibo, and officials with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration were investigating whether the pilot had requested a change in altitude, Acevedo said. An FAA statement said air traffic controllers lost contact with the flight when it was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the capital of San Juan. The agency identified the aircraft as a Fairchild SA-227-AC cargo plane but released no further details. The plane was registered and its certificate issue date was valid through 2017. BeLgiUm: 130 cars crasH in fog; aT LeasT 1 DeaD BRUSSELS (AP) — More than 130 vehicles were involved in three pileups at a highway in western Belgium in a dense morning fog Tuesday, leaving at least one dead and 76 injured. Medical workers struggled to free injured passengers from the twisted metal of their vehicles for hours after the crash, troubled by continuing fog, which made emergency rescue by helicopter impossible. The provincial governor, Carl Decaluwe, said one person had died, and that among the injured, five were in life-threatening condition while 11 sustained serious injuries. The highway in Zonnebeke, linking the regional industrial hub of Kortrijk to nearby Ieper, was strewn with debris in three locations close to one another. The damp and cold conditions in early December often create fog, but drivers said it felt like a white wall of fog suddenly appeared, and immediately decreased virtually all visibility. As the fog slowly lifted, the harrowing scene showed dozens of wrecked cars, some overturned and others forming a trail of destruction along a mid-road shoulder. A truck slammed against the side of the road while one threw its cargo of animal feed over the road. Another
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Australian spies raid the home of E. Timor lawyer
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s secret service has raided the Canberra homes of a lawyer and a former spy who intend to allege in an international court in The Hague that Australia bugged the East Timorese Cabinet ahead of sensitive oil and gas revenue-sharing negotiations. East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on Wednesday condemned Australia’s actions as “counterproductive and uncooperative.” The spying allegations come a month after revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that Australia attempted to tap the phones of senior Indonesian officials in 2009 sank Australia-Indonesia relations to their lowest point in more than a decade. East Timor will go before the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Thursday and use the alleged espionage to challenge the validity of a bilateral agreement struck with Australia in 2006 over sharing seabed oil and gas reserves between the countries worth billions of dollars. Australian Attorney General George Brandis confirmed that he had authorized search warrants that were executed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, the main national secret service, in Canberra on Tuesday. Documents were seized. Brandis told the Senate on Wednesday that the warrants targeted lawyer Bernard Collaery, who will represent East Timor in The Hague, and a former Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer. ASIS spies operate out of Australian embassies around the world. It is illegal to name serving or former ASIS spies. Brandis’s office would not confirm or deny media reports that the former spy’s passport had been confiscated, preventing him from giving evidence in The Hague. Gusmao called on his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott to “ensure the safety of our witness for a prompt, just and fair resolution of this important matter.” “Raiding the premises of a legal representative of Timor-Leste and taking such aggressive action against a key witness is unconscionable and unacceptable conduct,” Gusmao said in a statement, using the name East Timorese call their country. Brandis told the Senate that serving and former ASIS spies faced criminal charges if they revealed their shadowy organization’s functions. He said the raids were not conducted to help Australia fight the court case. “The warrants were issued by me on the grounds that the documents (seized) contained intelligence related to security matters,” Brandis said. “I have instructed ASIO that the material taken into possession is not under any circumstances to be communicated to those conducting those proceedings on behalf of Australia,” he added. Collaery said the case would proceed without the spy witness. “This is an attempt to intimidate our witness and to prevent the evidence going forward at The Hague,” Collaery told Australian Broadcasting Corp. from Amsterdam. “I can’t think of anything more crass than what has occurred,” he added. Collaery said the former spy alleged a team of ASIS technicians inserted listening devices into walls of Cabinet offices that were constructed and renovated in the East Timorese capital Dili under an Australian aid program in 2004.
Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in the US
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, on Tuesday was granted permission to stay in the United States. Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testified that he had lived in the U.S. for 50 years, been a hard worker, paid income tax and been arrested only once. Asked about his family in the U.S., he said he has a sister and two nieces, then added, “I do have a nephew.” Asked to name the nephew, he said, “Barack Obama,” then added, “He’s the president of the United States.” Onyango Obama, the half brother of the president’s late father, testified he has lived in the U.S. since 1963, when he entered on a student visa. He had a series of immigration hearings in the 1980s and was ordered to leave the country in 1992 but remained. During his testimony, he identified himself as Obama Okech Onyango. Court records and authorities have identified him as Onyango Obama, and no explanation was given for the discrepancy. Obama told the judge he had led a quiet, simple life, graduating from high school in Cambridge, then attending Boston University, where he received a degree in philosophy. He said he has worked for years as a manager at a familyowned liquor store in Framingham, just west of Boston. He also said he has worked for decades to help African immigrants find housing and settle in the U.S. The judge, while announcing his decision, cited a law that entitles immigrants who are “out of status” to become permanent residents if they arrived in the U.S. before 1972, maintained continuous residence and are of good moral character. Obama testified he hasn’t been back to Kenya since he entered the U.S. and said it would be difficult for him to return after all these years. “Mr. Judge, America is a land of opportunities, a land of chances,” he said in a thick accent. His immigration status didn’t become public until his 2011 drunken-driving arrest in Framingham. Police said after the arrest he told them, “I think I will call the White House.” Asked about the exchange by a prosecutor on Tuesday, he said he might have said that but couldn’t recall. The charge was dismissed after he completed a year of probation and 14 weeks of alcohol education classes. The judge said he considered testimony about Obama’s character, including letters from people who praised him for being a “kind and decent person,” and considered the drunken-driving charge and allegations of discrepancies in what he told immigration officials 20 to 30 years ago. “He appears to me to be a gentleman,” the judge said. Obama testified that President Obama stayed with him for three weeks in Cambridge while the president was a student at Harvard Law School. “In our tradition, your brother’s kids are your kids as well,” he said after the hearing. Onyango Obama’s Cleveland-based immigration attorney, Margaret Wong, called him a “wonderful older gentleman.” “He has earned his privilege to stay in the United States. He has been here for 50 years,” she said. After the hearing, Obama quickly left the courthouse without speaking. Wong said he didn’t receive any special treatment and was happy with the judge’s decision. If the government appeals, a notice must be filed within 30 days. Wong said Obama could get U.S. citizenship after five years. There was no immediate comment Tuesday from the White House, which has said it expected the case to be handled like any other. In the president’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” he writes about his 1988 trip to Kenya and refers to an Uncle Omar, who matches Onyango Obama’s background and has the same date of birth. Onyango Obama is the second Obama family member to be found living illegally in the United States. His sister, Zeituni Onyango, the president’s aunt, was granted asylum in 2010 after her first asylum request in 2002 was rejected and she was ordered deported in 2004. Onyango didn’t leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. Her status was revealed just days before Barack Obama was elected in November 2008. At the time, then-candidate Obama said he didn’t know his aunt was living in the U.S. illegally and he believed laws covering the situation should be followed.
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BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Chances of a breakthrough in global trade negotiations dimmed Wednesday as India refused to budge on food subsidies that are an obstacle to an eleventh-hour agreement at a World Trade Organization summit. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged the WTO’s 159 member economies to work past their differences to finalize a slimmed-down deal to boost trade. “Let us not sugar coat reality: Leaving Bali this week without an agreement would deal a debilitating blow to the WTO as a forum for multilateral negotiations,” he told dozens of trade ministers gathered at the summit on the Indonesian resort island. “If that happens, the unfortunate truth is that the loss will be felt most heavily by those members who can least afford it.” But Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma left little hope for a breakthrough. His government opposes a provision that could endanger subsidies for grains under an Indian policy to feed its poor. “Agriculture sustains millions of subsistence farmers. Their interests must be secured,” he said. “For India, food security is non-negotiable.” The talks will either produce a deal that could boost global trade by $1 trillion or possibly spell the end of the WTO’s relevance as a forum for negotiations after a decade of inertia. The idea behind the agreement is that it would level the playing field by forcing all countries, rich and poor, to follow the same trade rules, benefiting everyone. With fewer trade barriers, goods and services of all types would be more affordable, creating more employment and business opportunities. The WTO estimates that easing customs barriers would increase total world trade to $23 trillion from its current estimate of $22 trillion.
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The Secretary of American Samoa wishes to inform all residents interested in obtaining a Notary Public Commission, or in renewing a Commission, that the next course on Notary Law and Ethics will be offered at the American Samoa Community College, Room TED 2, on Tuesday, December 10th, Wednesday, December 11th, and Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. As is required by the Notary Act of 2007, Public Law 30-18, as amended, anyone who wishes to obtain a Notary Public Commission must undergo and successfully complete a Course of Notarial Law, Procedure and Ethics. Please contact Melesete Haleck or Sally Faumuina at the Office of the Governor at 633-4116 to register and for more information, or visit the website www.americansamoa.gov, and click on the “Secretary of American Samoa” hyperlink to find out more.
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A man watches as Mount Sinabung erupts in Gundaling, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. About 15,000 people have been evacuated from 17 villages on the slope of Mount Sinabung after authorities raised the alert status of the rumbling volcano to the highest level on Nov. 24. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
spilled its manure, slumping next to several cars crumpled together like paper balls. At first medical workers had trouble getting to the three separate crash sites because other smaller accidents were blocking access to the main road. Some victims were left stuck in their cars for hours, with temperatures hovering close to freezing. Emergency crews handed out thermal blankets to people who were still caught in their cars. It took six hours before an emergency declaration could be lifted. George H.W. BUsH giVen LBJ FoUnDaTion awarD HOUSTON (AP) — The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation has given former President George H.W. Bush an award for his public service and government career. Bush was given the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award Tuesday at his Houston office. The foundation said in a written statement that Bush personifies his fellow Texan president’s vision for America. Johnson’s two daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, attended the presentation of the award to Bush and his wife, Barbara. This is the second time the foundation has given the award. The first recipient was U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader. US sTops sHipping from AfgHanisTan DUring proTesTs WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Tuesday it had stopped shipments of military equipment out of Afghanistan, citing the risk to truckers from protests along part of the route in neighboring Pakistan. There have been anti-U.S. demonstrations in Pakistan in recent days calling for an end to the American drone program that targets militants. So U.S. officials said that they had ordered truckers under U.S. contract to park at holding areas inside Afghanistan temporarily to avoid going there. Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said the order affects outgoing shipments that the military calls “retrograde cargo” — equipment and other goods being sent home from military units as their numbers are reduced in Afghanistan. “We are aware protests have affected one of the primary commercial transit routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he said. “We have voluntarily halted U.S. shipments of retrograde cargo ... from Torkham Gate through Karachi to ensure the safety of the drivers contracted to move our equipment.” Many supplies coming into Afghanistan for use by remaining troops were long-ago redirected to alternate routes, going through other countries, due to previous problems with Pakistan. “While we favor shipping cargo via Pakistan because of (lower) cost, we have built flexibility and redundancy into our overall system of air, sea and ground routes to transport cargo into and out of Afghanistan,” Wright said.
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JUrY cHosen for ex-officer in KaTrina sHooTing NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina. David Warren is charged with violating 31-year-old Henry Glover’s civil rights and with using a weapon in a violent crime. Warren was guarding a police substation from a second-floor balcony when he shot Glover in 2005. He testified that he thought Glover had a gun. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2010, but a federal appeals court overturned the conviction. The court ruled he should have been tried separately from officers charged in a cover-up designed to make Glover’s shooting appear justified. JoHn KerrY To VisiT PHiLippines THis monTH WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Philippines this month to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to helping the Southeast Asian nation rebuild after a devastating typhoon. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says Kerry spoke Tuesday with Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who thanked the U.S. for its “overwhelming support” in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (HY’-ahn) that struck the central Philippines Nov. 8, killing nearly 5,600 people and displacing 3.8 million. The U.S. has provided about $60 million in aid. Kerry told del Rosario the U.S. “will continue to stand by the Philippines during this difficult time.” Harf says they’ll discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. Kerry was forced to postpone a trip to the Philippines in October because an earlier typhoon was approaching. inDigenoUs LeaDer of BraziL’s GUarani-Kaiowa TriBe KiLLeD SAO PAULO (AP) —    An indigenous leader who fought for the demarcation of his tribe’s ancestral lands has been stabbed to death, apparently by his father-in-law, police said Tuesday. Ambrosio Vilhalva, a leader of Brazil’s GuaraniKaiowa tribe, was attacked Sunday night as he approached his house in central-western Brazil, said Benjamin Law, police inspector in the town of Caarapo, in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Vilhalva starred in the 2008 film “Birdwatchers” about his tribe’s struggle to return to its ancestral lands. Law said by telephone that Vilhalva “stumbled into his home and just before dying he told his wife who his killer was.” Police arrested the father-in-law, Ricardo Mendes Quevedo, who has denied killing Vilhalva. The police inspector said he did not know of a motive in the killing but doubted it was related to Vilhalva’s efforts for the demarcation of Indian territory. Thousands of Guarani-Kaiowa Indians have lived in Mato Grosso do Sul state for years in makeshift camps along highways and tent villages
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NEW YORK (AP) — Look alive, selfie. There’s another word of the year that’s not all about you. While Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, declared those little smartphone selfportraits its winner last month, the folks at Merriam-Webster announced “science” on Tuesday. Oxford tracked a huge jump in overall usage of selfie, but Merriam-Webster stuck primarily to look-ups on its website, recording a 176 percent increase for science when compared with last year. “The more we thought about it, the righter it seemed in that it does lurk behind a lot of big stories that we as a society are grappling with, whether it’s climate change or environmental regulation or what’s in our textbooks,” said John Morse, president and publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc., based in Springfield, Mass. Science, he said, is connected to broad cultural oppositions — science versus faith, for instance — along with the power of observation and intuition, reason and ideology, evidence and tradition. Of particular note, to Merriam-Webster, anyway, is fallout from the October release of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Gladwell, a popularizer of scientific thought and research in best-sellers and The New Yorker magazine, takes on the challenges of obstacles and the nature of disabilities and setbacks in the book. But he leaves science itself — according to some critics — as a rhetorical device for his main mission of storytelling. The tweets, blog posts and online commentary about the book — yay and nay — proliferated as Gladwell hit the road to promote it. Peter Sokolowski, a lexicographer and editor at large for Merriam-Webster, called the Gladwell dustup a symptom of where science stands today. With the explosion of information and technology, are we all scientists? “You have scientists writing long pieces, purportedly reviews of his new book, basically criticizing him, and then his response is: ‘Hey, buddy. I’m not a scientist. I’m a writer who’s trying to promote the work of scientists. To contextualize it. To make it accessible.’ You know, ‘Don’t blame me for not being a scientist’ is basically his response,” Sokolowski said. Jason Silva is neither scientist nor academic. He’s a “techno optimist,” filmmaker, “performance philosopher” and host of the popular “Brain Games” show on the National Geographic Channel. “Ooh, that’s awesome,” he said upon learning of science’s dictionary shout-out. “People are increasingly scientifically minded, and that makes me very happy.” Count him among those who believe art and science are two sides of the same coin. Right now, thanks to the digital ease of sharing information and the explosion of technology, “The world is infinite. You can indulge your curiosity.” Are more people looking to science for inspiration, hence looking up the word on a dictionary website for solace or motivation? “We bear witness to the astonishing capacities for scientific knowledge to aid us in transcending our seeming boundaries, to realize they’re not really boundaries,” Silva offers. “It’s a great thing. Let’s celebrate that.”
In your face, selfie! ‘Science’ also tops Oxford’s for 2013
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MEN IN PROPERTY DAMAGE CASE DENY CHARGES Fred Maloata and Vesi Simi — who have been arrested and charged on allegations they vandalized road equipment belonging to McConnell Dowell which had been parked overnight in Leone — have denied the charges against them. They were arraigned in the High Court before Chief Justice Michael Kruse yesterday morning where the defendants entered pleas of not guilty to the charges, through their attorney Assistant Public Defender Mike White. Simi and Maloata are held on bail of $10,000 each. According to the government’s case it was October 27, 2013 when it was reported to police by McConnell Dowell that three of their excavator machines, which were parked in Leone, had been vandalized. According to the government’s case, police interviewed the security at the store across the place where the machines had been parked, who said he saw Simi and Maloata at the bus stop near the area and he only learned that the machines were damaged the next day. Police questioned the pair who admitted that they had vandalized the machines. Court filings say that total damages amounted to $3,420. Pre-trial conference has been scheduled for next month.
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mous agency and this will include the appointment or election of board members, said Iaulualo adding that he is supportive of this vision. “I feel this would alleviate some, if not all, of the endemic political involvement in our kids’ education,” he said. According to the lawmaker, the question remains as to whether the dual language concept, along with making DOE a semi autonomous agency, would solve the immediate needs of the department and dramatically improve student performance in school. “...I don’t know exactly what actions must be taken to resolve our education system’s deficiencies,” he wrote. “I am deeply concerned and have lots of reservations in supporting legislation that would allocate resources to education programs without resolving the immediate needs of our children.” “I know much has been said about the quality of teachers but I think we should seriously acknowledge it as a problem that needs our urgent attention,” he pointed out. Iaulualo also said he wrote the letter to share his concerns because it was difficult for him to express an opinion at the summit. “I didn’t want the interpretation of any of my opinions to be politicized,” he wrote. “As you do, I take the issues concerning our children’s education very seriously” and “with this letter, I want to let you know the position I take on these issues when they are brought before the Fono.” The Manu’a lawmaker also noted that the results of student performance as presented by DOE and the American Samoa Community College at the summit were alarming and that “our education system has failed our kids in 12 years of schooling before college” when some 90% of local high school graduates have to take remedial courses at ASCC. He also says that there are many factors that can be blamed for this problem and “perhaps we have simply neglected our responsibilities to our kids’ education, or perhaps our government has failed to live up to its fiduciary responsibilities.” “We can easily blame the problem on the fact that American Samoa is only spending a little over $4,000 per capita to educate a child which compares unfavorably to the national average of $20,000 per capital,” he wrote. “However, what I witness in the education summit...was quite impressive. There was a high level of participation from every sector of the community - church leaders, the business sector, government leaders, parents, kids, etc.,” he said. “Although we spend little on our kids’ education when compared to the national level, I know that with our collective involvement in their education we can see tremendous outcomes despite our limited resources,” he noted.
Japan proposes more steps to store Fukushima’s water
TOKYO (AP) — A government panel proposed additional measures to lessen the radioactive water crisis at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, saying Tuesday that current plans are not enough to prevent the risk of a disaster. Officials on the Industry Ministry’s contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage space for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report, made available to reporters after the panel’s experts and officials met, proposes covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps. A final report is expected later this month. The proposal incorporates ideas from some of 780 sets of proposals sent from around the world at the request of the ministry to seek international expertise in tackling the problem of massive amounts of radioactive water, which experts say is hampering the plant’s decommissioning process. The first step of the process began last month. Radioactive water has been leaking from the damaged reactors and mixing with groundwater since an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the plant’s power and cooling systems, causing three reactors to melt and damaging a fourth reactor building. Experts say that the underground water that flows into the reactor and turbine basements is mostly rainwater, which can be reduced by covering most exposed dirt with asphalt in the plant compound. Details, including the extent of asphalt coverage, still need to be discussed, panel official Yoshiyuki Toyoguchi said. Experts also cautioned that decreasing the amount of groundwater could cause the ground to sink in some areas with soft structure. Such vulnerable locations include the area where hundreds of tanks have been built to contain highly radioactive water, said Hitoshi Tsukamoto, a geologist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. He said measures to increase stability underneath the tanks should be taken. Recent interviews and an investigation by The Associated Press revealed a weak foundation under the tanks. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., has started to improve the design of the tanks and anti-leak measures. The draft proposals also include building giant tanks with more capacity and installing undersea filters to reduce the radioactivity of water that leaks into the sea. Experts on the panel also proposed establishing a special team to focus on how to deal with massive amounts of tritium, the only isotope that cannot be removed chemically by existing technology. Experts generally agree that the water eventually will have to be released into the sea, an idea strongly resisted by local fishermen. Dale Klein, former head of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission who now serves as an outside adviser to TEPCO, said the low-energy isotope is less dangerous than other isotopes such as cesium and strontium, and can be safely released into the sea when diluted. He said it is a political decision that Japan has to make. “The United States had to face that issue when we had the Three Mile Island (nuclear accident). You ultimately have to decide what you are going to do with it,” Klein told AP. “That’s more of a policy than a technical decision, but it will require TEPCO and the government to explain the ultimate disposition of the filtered water.” U.S. officials evaporated tritium water at the Three Mile Island plant following the 1979 accident, but the method is not recommended for Fukushima, where there is too much and it is likely to come back as tritium rain. The proposals are part of government efforts to step up leadership and funding of the plant’s cleanup, after criticism that dealing with the series of problems is beyond the plant operator’s capacity. The government announced in September that it will provide 47 billion yen ($470 million) for technically difficult projects such as building a 1.4-kilometer (0.9-mile) ice wall around the four damaged reactors and turbine buildings and developing an upgraded water treatment machine that can remove most radioactive isotopes to below detectable levels. Officials initially said they were counting on the ice wall, which is currently undergoing a feasibility study, but now say there is no guarantee of its success. Leaks and other flaws found in several tanks earlier this year have raised concerns about more failures, particularly if another big earthquake, tsunami or typhoon hits. The plant has more than 1,000 tanks and other containers storing 370,000 tons of partially treated but still highly contaminated water. Current NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, in South Korea for talks with that country’s regulators, said the Fukushima plant’s water leakage is “much, much less worse” now than early in the crisis, but there is no instant solution to the problem.
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Magalei said that whoever is selected — either Ulugaono or Gaea — that individual’s name will be certified by the county chief and sent to the Senate as the county’s selected senator, who should be ready to be sworn in when the Fono convenes for the 3rd Regular Session next month. And, whoever becomes the next senator serves out the remaining three years of Letuligasenoa’s term, which officially expires before 12noon on Jan. 3, 2017. Local law states that senators must be elected in accordance with Samoan custom by the county councils of the county or counties they are to represent. The county chiefs of such counties must certify the decision of the members of the county councils. Ulugaono currently works at the Department of Human Resources, where he served as deputy director during the Togiola Administration. Gaea also worked for the Togiola Administration as Treasurer for a couple of months in 2004 and later became the first person to head the ASG Internal Audit Office, which is part of the Governor’s Office.
by rivers while lobbying to have their lands legally recognized. According to the Brazilbased indigenous rights group CIMI, 319 Guarani-Kaiowa Indians were slain from 20032012, mostly of them in fights over land with farmers and ranchers encroaching on their land. That’s more than half of all 558 Indians killed in the entire country during the same period. THe US amBassaDor To UN: RaTifY TreaTY on DisaBLeD persons UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging the Senate to ratify a global treaty on the rights of the disabled, arguing that it would benefit Americans when they are overseas. Samantha Power’s statement Tuesday says ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities “has no effect on U.S. law and doesn’t add a penny to our budget.” Tuesday is the International day of Persons with Disabilities. The Obama administration has been pressing skeptical Senate Republicans, who a year ago made the five-vote difference as an attempt at passage failed. The global treaty is modeled largely on American law. Mass. BoY To Be arraigneD in KiLLing of maTH TeacHer SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy is set to be arraigned on murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the killing of his high school math teacher. Philip Chism is accused in the Oct. 22 death of Colleen Ritzer, a popular teacher at Danvers High School. The 24-year-old Ritzer was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, “I hate you all.” Chism’s arraignment is scheduled Wednesday in Salem Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty at his earlier arraignment in District Court. The case was moved to Superior Court after he was indicted last month. Chism had recently moved to Massachusetts from Clarksville, Tenn. Police have not released a motive for Ritzer’s killing. SaTeLLiTe LaUncHeD aBoarD priVaTe SpaceX rocKeT CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new communications satellite that has both public and government applications has been launched into space aboard a private rocket. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Tuesday evening, carrying the 7,000-pound satellite. It will be placed in geostationary orbit. That means it will orbit at a fixed point above Earth, in sync with the Earth’s rotation. The launch was originally scheduled for early this year, but has been delayed by technical issues with the rocket. The last try was on Thanksgiving Day when two attempts were aborted. The SES-8 satellite will be used in conjunction with another communications systems to increase bandwidth capacity in Asia and provide expansion of services such as maritime communications and distance learning programs. CLinTon: BeTTer rULes neeDeD on american spYing WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton is calling for clarity in how countries gather intelligence. And when it comes to secretly monitoring the telephone conversations or emails of world leaders, the former president says US agencies might have spied on leaders his administration thought were engaging in hostile acts against the U.S. He says his administration didn’t have the ability to do much of what’s currently being done. Clinton commented Tuesday during an interview with the Fusion television network. Documents leaked this summer by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed a massive U.S. surveillance operation that covered telephone records, email traffic and the communications of U.S. allies, including Brazil, Germany and Mexico. A report by a panel of advisers President Barack Obama chose to review NSA programs is expected this month. Prison LimiTs on BosTon BomBing sUspecT are easeD BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have eased limits on defense team visits to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (johHAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv). In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors say the restrictions have been modified to allow several additional people to visit Tsarnaev to help prepare his defense and report back to lawyers on the team. They include a paralegal, a mental health consultant and a specialist who will help the defense prepare arguments against the death penalty. The mental health consultant and the specialist will be allowed to meet with Tsarnaev without a lawyer accompanying them. Tsarnaev’s defense team had complained that special measures imposed on Tsarnaev impaired their ability to defend him. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 15 bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. VanisHeD cHiLD moLesTer foUnD DeaD in S. CaL SAN DIEGO (AP) — A convicted child molester who vanished before a court hearing has been found dead in San Diego County. The district attorney’s office announced Tuesday that the body of 58-year-old Joseph McCarron was found on Saturday in a wooded area behind a park in Carlsbad. The discovery ended a twoweek manhunt. The county medical examiner hasn’t released the cause of death. Prosecutors say McCarron sexually abused the daughters
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of a woman he dated. He was free on $500,000 bail when a jury on Nov. 14 convicted him of 11 child molestation counts. A search began after he failed to show up in court for the reading of the verdict. He faced a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison for each count. KY.’s LiBerTY Van DriVer BeaTs a $56 TicKeT in NJ BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) — A Kentucky woman whose van is plastered with political signs and trinkets has won a costly fight to have a $56 traffic ticket tossed in New Jersey. A New Jersey judge Tuesday said she wouldn’t want her grandchildren walking behind Lynda Farley’s so-called Liberty Van because of its blind spots and lack of view out the rearview mirror. But the judge said a string of flowers bordering the windshield hadn’t unduly interfered with Farley’s vision and threw out the obstructed-view citation. Farley lives in Edmonton, Ky. She was ticketed heading home last year from New York’s Sept. 11 commemoration. She made the 800-mile drive back to northwestern New Jersey several times to fight the fine. She tells the Easton, Pa., newspaper The Express-Times it was worth it to protect her free-speech rights.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
IFB No: 021-2014
Issuance Date: November 29, 2013 Closing Date: December 30, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time 1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited from qualified contractors for the “ServiceW harf Rehabilitation”, located in the Village of Fagatogo, Territory of American Samoa. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2013 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. PRE-BIDC ONFERENCE A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the Office of Procurement Conference Room. Bids will not be accepted from bidders who are not present at the pre-bid conference. 4. CONTRACTD OCUMENTS Electronic copies of bidding documents may be examined and obtained free of charge from the Office of Procurement during normal business hours.
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Celebrating the Life of Our Beloved
High Talking Chief
Sunrise: June 21, 1938 ~ Sunset: November 13, 2013
“Lauti Simona Uelese”
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7
Funeral Services
Friday, December 6, 2013
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Short Service at LBJ Chapel Church Service at “Satauro O Le Viiga” - Ekalesia Metotisi i Vatia Immediately following, he will be taken to the family guesthouse for an overnight vigil.
10:00 a.m. Final Service at “Satauro O Le Viiga” - Ekalesia Metotisi i Vatia. He will be laid to rest at the family cemetery in Apuletai, Vatia.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Respectfully, Lauti & Uta Family
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Atugalu Sui Fofoga Fetalai i suiga a le Matagaluega o Aoga
tusia Ausage Fausia
Se vaaiga i nisi o le atunuu na mafai ona auai i le Fonotaga a le Ofisa o Aoga sa faatautaia i le masina o Oketopa 2013, e fetufaa’i ai mataupu mo le faaleleia o auala e aoaoina fai le fanau [ata: AF] aoga.
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DICKLAN TE’O O le ali’i mai Pago Pago lea na tuuaia e le malo i lona faaaoga o se samala e sasa ai le ulu o lona uso matua, ua ia ta’utino i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga, e fa’amaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. I lalo o se maliliega na saini e Dicklan Te’o ma le malo, ua ia tali ioe ai i le moliaga mamafa o le fa’ao’olima i le tulaga lua, atoa ai ma le moliaga mama o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. I lona tali ioe ai i moliaga e pei ona ta’usala ai o ia, sa ia tautino ai i luma o le faamasinoga sa ia faaoolima i lona uso. O le vevesi na tula’i mai i le va o Te’o ma lona uso matua, na afua mai ina ua talanoaina e i laua le mataupu e faatatau i le toe faafouina o pepa Immigration o le to’alua a le uso matua a le ua molia, lea o lo o sponsor e Te’o, ma afua mai ai loa iina se taugaupu i le va o le au uso, ma sasa ai loa e le ua molia le ulu o lona uso i le samala. O lo o tumau pea poloaiga o lo o tatala ai Te’o i tua, e fa’atali ai le aso 17 Ianuari, 2014 lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lana faasalaga. JOSEPH ILIMALEOTA O le faaiuga o le masina nei lea ua faamoemoe e lau ai le faasalaga a se alii e 19 tausaga le matua mai Nuuuli, ina ua ta’usala o ia e le faamasinoga maualuga i le moliaga o lona umia faasolitulafono lea o ni vaega o le laau faasaina o le mariuana. I le tali ioe ai o Joseph Ilimaleota i lea moliaga, sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 28 Setema, 2013, sa ia umia faasolitulafono ai se pepa iila sa i ai vaega o lau mamago o le mariuana i lona aiga i Nuuuli. O le mataupu faasaga ia Ilimaleota na afua mai ina ua logo e se molimau faalilolilo le vaega a le Vice and Narcotics a le Ofisa o Leoleo, ma logo i ai gaioiga a le ua molia o lo o faia, o lona faatauina atu lea o mariuana i tagata.
Na faailoa fo’i e le molimau i leoleo e faapea, sa faailoa atu e le ua molia ia te ia, o mariuana mai se tasi o lona aiga i Manu’a o lo o ia faatauina, ae a maua le tupe, ona ia tuua lea o le isi vaega ae lafo le isi vaega i Manu’a. Na faamatala e le molimau i leoleo e faapea, o se inugapia sa fai i le 2012, o iina na amata mai ai ona la masani ma Ilimaleota, ma o le tele o taimi na te vaaia ai mariuana i totonu o le ato poo le fale fo’i a le ua molia, sa ia vaaia fo’i o ia faatauina atu mariuana i isi tagata. Ua malamalama le ua molia, e le mafai ona toe suia lana tali ioe ua tuuina atu i le faamasinoga maualuga, pe afai e tuuina atu se faasalaga ae le tusa ai ma lona mana’o. TETE’E GREAT UNCLE I TUUAIGA O le masina fou o Ianuari 2014 lea ua faatulaga e faia ai le ulua’i iloiloga o le ‘great uncle’ lea o lo o tuuaia i lona faia o uiga mataga i ona niece e to’alua, ina ua ia teena tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi. O lo o tuuaia le ua molia i moliaga mamafa e tolu e aofia ai le tagofia o itutinosa o ni tamaitai se toalua e laiti i lalo o le tulafono, faia o uiga mataga, atoa ai ma le faia o amioga faasotoma i fanau laiti. O lo o tuuaia e le malo le ua molia i lona totogi tupe lea o tamaitai nei e toalua, e faalata ai i laua mai le faailoaina atu i o la matua o amioga mataga o lo o ia faia i ai. Na faamatala e le tamaitai e 9 & 13 tausaga na aafia i leoleo e faapea, o le masina o Aokuso 2011 ina ua faatoa alu atu le ua molia ma nofo i le latou fale na amata fai atu ai e le ua molia uiga mataga nei ia te i laua, seia oo mai lava i le masina o Novema na te’a nei. O lo o taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna le ua molia ina ua le mafai ona ia totogiina le $50,000 na faatulaga e le faamasinoga e tatala ai o ia i tua.
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O le masina na te’a nei na tuuina atu ai e le afioga i le Sui Fofoga Fetalai o le Maota o Sui ia I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia sana tusi i le Faatonusili o Aoga a le malo ia Dr. Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau, e faailoa atu ai nisi o ona atugaluga i suiga ua fuafua le Matagaluega o Aoga e tatau ona faia mo le aoaoina o fanau aoga, aemaise ai lava le faaaogaina lea o le gagana Samoa e aoao ai fanau. Na taua e Iaulualo i lana tusi ia Vaitinasa e faapea, o le fuafuaga e faaaoga le gagana Samoa e aoao ai fanau i totonu o potu aoga, ina ia faaopoopo i le gagana peretania o lo o i ai, o se tasi lea o mataupu na mamafa i ai le tele o felafolafoaiga sa faia i le Fonotaga a Aoga i le masina o Oketopa. E pei ona silafia, e le’i i ai se palota na faia i le taimi o lea Fonotaga, e taliaina ai le fuafuaga faataoto a le Komiti, e faatatau i le faaaogaina lea o le gagana Samoa, o se tasi o gagana e aoaoina ai fanau i totonu o potu aoga. Na faailoa e I’aulualo ia Vaitinasa e faapea, e ui sa auai i le fonotaga atoa, peitai e le’i finagalo e faalauiloa sona manatu e faatatau i lenei mataupu, ina ne’i faauiga e se isi ona manatu i le itu faapolokiki, ae i lona taofi, na te fesiligia pea le faaaogaina o le gagana Samoa e aoao ai fanau i totonu o potu aoga, pe a oo mai i le aoaoina o mataupu e pei o le Saienitisi, Numera ma le Suesueina o le atamai faaonapo nei (Technology). Na taua e I’aulualo le faagaeetia o ia i folasaga sa mafai ona faasoa i le taimi o le fonotaga e uiga i le tatau lea ona faaaoga le gagana Samoa e aoao ai fanau aoga, faavae mai lea i mea moni sa mafai ona tuu faatasi i ni suesuega sa faia. “Peita’i, e tumau pea ona ou fesiligia le ono mafai lea ona faaaoga le gagana Samoa i le suesueina o mataupu atoa o lo o aoaoina ai fanau, ona tatou te iloa, e le maua i le gagana Samoa nisi o upu o lo o faaaoga i mataupu e pei o le Saienisi, Numera atoa ai ma le Suesueina o le atamai faaonapo nei,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a le sui fofoga fetalai. Saunoa le sui fofoga fetalai e faapea, e tele nisi fesili o lo o tulai mai pea i le faaaogaina o le gagana Samoa e aoao ai fanau aoga, ma, e le mafai ona vave tuuina atu lona lagolago atoatoa i lenei mataupu, sei vagana ua mafai ona auiliili nisi o mataupu o lo o tuu fesili ai lona mafaufau. O se tasi o fautuaga na toe faamanatu e I’aulualo ia Vaitinasa, o le faanaunauga ina ia faagaioi le Matagaluega o Aoga o se Vaega Tumaoti a le malo, ina ia mafai ai ona tofia sana Fono Faafoe latou te iloiloina faaiuga lelei mo le manuia o fanau aoga i le atunuu. “I le mataupu lea, ou te matua lagolagoina lou finagalo, e tatau ona avea le Matagaluega o se Vaega Tumaoti a le malo, ou te manatu o se auala lea o le a mafai ai ona faaitiitia nisi o faafitauli i le aafia ai o faiga faapolokiki i tulaga o aoga a le fanau,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a I’aulualo ia Vaitinasa. I le avea ai la o le Ofisa o Aoga ma Vaega Tumaoti a le malo ma le faaaoga o le gagana Samoa, o se tasi o fesili ua tulai mai e pei ona taua e le sui fofoga fetalai, pe faamata e siitia ai i luga tulaga o aoaoga a le fanau aoga. “Ou te le iloa tonu lava poo le a se gaioiga e tatau ona faia ina ia foia ai tulaga faaletonu o lo o alia’e mai i le faatulagaina o aoaoga a le fanau i le matagaluega o aoga a le malo,” o le isi lea saunoaga a I’aulualo, ma ia taua ai le tele o se galuega e tatau ona faia ina ia faaleleia ai polokalame mo le aoaoina o fanau, nai lo le taumafai e fofo manaoga o lo o tula’i mai i se taimi vave. O finagalo o le alii sui fofoga fetalai e pei ona faaleo i lana tusi ia Vaitinasa, na faavae mai lea i ni folasaga na tuuina atu e le tamaitai faatonu faapea ai le peresetene o le Kolisi Tuufaatasi, i le Fonotaga o Aoga. I ia folasaga e pei ona saunoa le sui fofoga fetalai, na taua ai e faapea, o le 90% o fanau aoga e faauu mai i le Vasega 12 mai aoga maualuluga ma agai atu i le Kolisi Tuufaatasi, latou te toe aveina mataupu pito i lalo ina ia mafai ai ona tapena i latou e ave mataupu o lo o aoaoina i le kolisi, ma o se tulaga na taua e I’aulualo ua ia maitauina le pau maualalo ai o auala o lo o aoaoina ai fanau aoga i le teritori, pe a faatusatusa i tulaga o lo o i ai faaiuga o aoga a fanau aoga i isi vaega o le Iunaite Setete. Mai le tele o mafuaaga na taua e I’aulualo o lo o mafua ai nei faaletonu, o se tasi o itu na ia faamanino i lana tusi ia Vaitinasa, e le gata e le o lava le lagolago atu a le malo i le itu tau tupe, ae laititi foi le fesoasoani a matua ma tagata uma i le unaia lea o fanau i a latou meaaoga. Ua i ai le finagalo o le sui fofoga fetalai, o le a mafai ona faaleleia atili nisi o nei mataupu o lo o ia atugalu ai i se taimi la te feiloa’i ma faasoa ai ma le tamaitai faatonusili o aoga. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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VaLa’aU Fa’apiToa AUfai Siea ‘RainmaKer’ Ona o le afaina o le Ofisa tuai o le Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa, lea e tauavea siea o le Malo i le American Samoa Development Corporation, o lea ua fa’alauiloa mai ai, mo i latou uma o lo’o ai i le Aufai Siea, e taua’aoina uma mai a latou pepa fa’amaonia o nei siea i le Ofisa o le Faletupe o Atina’e a’o le’i mae’a le tausaga 2013. O le ofisa o lo’o i le Lumana’i building i Fagatogo, i le fogafale lua. O le to’atele o nei aufai Siea ua maliliu, ae ailoga o iloa e nisi o latou fanau ma aiga o lo’o soifua mai, o latou tua’a o lo’o i ai siea i le faletalimalo. E ese mai lea fa’asalalauga, sa mua’i fa’asalalauina fo’i le taofia o tagata lautele ua o ane i lea faletalimalo, ma latou ‘avea nisi o mea totino o lo’o i ai, ma ua mautinoa lava, o se mea e le tatau ona faia lena tulaga. Foa’i DOC mo “A.P. LUTaLi ELemenTarY” “Ona o le fanoga o le afioga le Kovana Sili Lolo Matalasi Moliga sa amatalia ai lenei tausaga a’oga ua savalia, ia tofusia matagaluega o le malo ma le a’oga latou te sapaia ma galulue maumaua’i i ai e fa’aleleleia, o lea ua fa’aauau ai lenei galuega lelei e le Matagaluega o Fefa’ataua’iga [DOC].” O se saunoaga amata lea a le ali’i sui fa’atonu Willie Le’auanae i le aso ananafi i lumafale o le Ofisa o A’oga i Utulei. O le foa’i na taua’aoina fa’apitoa mo le a’oga tulaga lua A.P. Lutali Elementary i Aunu’u e aofia ai le moavao toso, le moa vao manoa, le uilipaelo, o salu vao u’amea e lua, o salu vae una e lua, o le apefa’i, o le tane penisini o moavao ma mata tioata e fa’aaogaina e le tagata moavao. “O mea nei, sa talosaga mai le a’oga e mo’omia lava e le ali’i teufanua ma falea’oga ona fa’aaoga i le tele o taimi, ae paga lea e le o i ai se tinoitupe e mafai ona fa’atau ai e le pulega
o le a’oga nei mea faigaluega.” O se tala lea sa fa’ailoa ane e le ali’i fa’atonu lagolago. I le amataga o lenei tausaga a’oga, sa malaga uma sui o le DOC i Aunu’u ina ia fa’atino le latou tulaga sapaia o le a’oga ua latou loto e fesoasoani i ai. Ina ia fa’atumauina pea le lelei o galuega na latou amata fa’aleleia, na latou fa’ailoa i le pulega ma le aufaigaluega i le aoga “A.P. Lutali” ina ia fa’ailoa mai ia i latou i so’o se taimi mea e mo’omia, e fa’aauala atu ai fo’i le latou fesoasoani. “Ou te fiafia, ona o lo’o mataala mai le pulega o le tatou aoga i Aunu’u, sa latou vala’au mai, ma fa’ailoa mai lea lisi, o mea faigaluega ina ia fesoasoani atu ai le matagaluega, o lea ua fa’ataunu’u, ae ao fo’i ona fa’alauiloa, ina ne’i fa’apea e na’o na lisia, ae le’i
fa’atinoina lenei foa’i, ina ia mautu lava fa’amaumauga o nei mea uma!” O se isi lea toe saunoaga a Le’auanae. O le tali mai a le ofisa o A’oga, le tama’ita’i fa’atonu Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau sa ia fa’ailoa atu ai lo latou agaga fa’afetai. “O le fa’afetai e fa’aleo atu” i le DOC “aua e ui lava ina ua mae’a fa’atino galuega i le amataga o le tausaga a’oga, ae o lea ua fa’aauau mai lava le tapenaga mae’ae’a e o’o mai i le taimi nei. Ou te iloa e matua aoga tele lenei foa’i, ma e le taugofie fo’i meafaigaluega ua pa’au i ai outou, ona o le manatu, ia lelei lotoa ma falea’oga mo le fanau.” I le aoauli ananafi e to’afa lava sui o lea matagaluega sa masi’i atu mo le auina atu o meafaigaluega mo le a’oga i le Ofisa autu o le DOE e fa’atino ai lea foa’i taua.
Le susuga ia Brett Butler, le pule sili o le StarKist Samoa ma le tofa ia Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona, lea sa avea ma sui sinia o le kamupani i vaitaimi ua fano, ae ua avea nei o ia ma faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Tautua ma Auaunaga Lautele. Sa feiloai i laua i se faatasiga na faia i le vaiaso ua fano.
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VAEGA: 50 — “Le Atua e, o Oe o lo matou Maluapapa, o Oe, o lo matou malosiaga, matou te fa’atuatua ia te Oe, aua ua na o Lau Afio matou te maua ai le fa’amalologa sili mai ma’i faigata o le soifuaga nei, ia vi’ia pea Oe matou Ali’i e fa’avavau.” Ia manuia le alo atu o le atunu’u i fiva ma tiute o le a feagai ai i lenei aso. Alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala mo lenei aso. Na muta mai la tatou tala, ina ua amata ona galulue fa’atasi le Malo o Zaire ma le Fa’alapotopotoga o le Soifua Maloloina i le Lalolagi ina ia puipuia ona tagata nu’u mai le fa’ama’i, lea na o’o ane ma Mayinga i le a’ai. O Zaire, ua fa’atupula’ia le to’atele o tagata o lo’o alaala ma nonofo ai, ma o le ala lea na lagona ai le popolega o le Fa’alapotopotoga o le Soifua Maloloina i le lalolagi, ona afai ae tula’i mai lenei fa’ama’i, o lona uiga o le a a’afia ai le lalolagi atoa. A’o fa’agasolo togafitiga mo le Tama’ita’i Sa o M.E. lea ua maliu, na taumafai foma’i ina ia maua se toto mai le tino o M.E mo a latou su’esu’ega i se taimi o i luma. Na taumafai malosi ali’i foma’i, ina ia maua mai nisi o vaega o le tino o le Tama’ita’i Sa, ina ia mafai ai ona iloa po’o le a le mafua’aga o lenei fa’ama’i mata’utia. Ina ua maua e ali’i foma’i fa’amaumauga mai le Tama’ita’i Sa, na ave loa lona toto i le fale o lo’o teu ai toto o tagata i Belgium fa’apea ma le English National Laboratory i Porton Down i Wiltshire. Na amata loa ona faia su’esu’ega a ali’i foma’i atamamai i le toto o le Tama’ita’i Sa lea ua o latou maua nei. O le taimi lea, i totonu o le Center for Disease Control i Atlanta Georgia, C.D.C, ua i ai le fa’alogona o ali’i foma’i ua le amanaia i latou, ona e leai ni paina toto o le Tama’ita’i Sa na avane latou te su’esu’eina. O le ala lea na alu ai le va’alau ma le fa’atauanau a le C.D.C i Aferika ma Europa ina ia maua mai se toto o le Tama’ita’i Sa mo a latou su’esu’ega. O le C.D.C, o lo’o i ai ni ali’i ma tama’ta’i foma’i e galulue fa’apitoa i le su’esu’eina o virusi fou e ono alia’i mai. O lea vaega ua fa’aigoaina o le Pathogens Branch. I le tausaga 1976 ina ua ali a’e le virusi o le Ebola i totonu o Zaire, o le taimi lea, o lo’o va’aia e le ali’i foma’i o Karl M. Johnson le vaega lea a le C.D.C. E le i iloa e Johnson ma lana vaega le a’afiaga o tagata i le virusi i nofoaga o lo’o i talane o le vaitafe i Zaire. E le i iloa fo’i, o lo’o alu le solo maliu a tagata ona o le fiva, lea e i ai ona foliga va’aia, ae na pau le mea na iloa e i latou, o lo’o maliliu tagata i totonu o Zaire ona o le malosi o le fiva. Ae i le fa’alogologo atu i ai, o se tulaga mata’utia tele, o le ala lea na alu ai le vala’au a Johnson i lana uo o lo’o galue i totonu o le Porton Down, ma o lea na maua ai e Johnson le toto o le Tama’ita’i Sa. Na taunu’u ane le toto lenei o lo’o i totonu o se fagu ae o lo’o si’omia i ‘aisa e le liu suavai, ma ua ta’e fo’i le isi itu o le fagu ina ua taunu’u ane i C.D.C. i Atlanta. Ua saofia i fafo le toto i le atigipusa sa lafo ane ai. O le tama’ita’i foma’i o Patricia Webb le to’alua o le ali’i foma’i o Karl Johnson sa tatalaina le pusa ma sa ia iloa ai, ua pipi’i le toto i totonu o le atigipusa. O le toto, ua matua’i uliuli pato’i. Na tu’u nei e le tama’ita’i foma’i o Patricia Webb le toto i totonu o sela po’o cells o manuki, e le i umi lava, ae va’aia loa ua mamate, ua pa pa mai i fafo sela o manuki. O lona uiga o le toto lea na avane mo a latou su’esu’ega, o lo’o i ai le virusi mata’utia, lea ua maliliu ai le to’atele o tagata i totonu o Zaire i Aferika. E faia pea…
Ua fa’alauiloa mai e le Matagaluega o Tupulaga ma Tina, o le masina lenei, o le a faia ai se fa’aaliga tele o galuega na faia e tina sa a’otauina i polokalama eseese uma lava na fa’atupe e le matagaluega mai lenei tausaga atoa. “O nei polokalama e aofia uma ai lava le su’isu’i, lalagaina o fala, polavai, pola sisi, ietoga, fala lili’i fa’avulu, gaosia o le elei ma siapo, ie tiedye ma ie so’oso’o; o kuka eseese ua saunia e i latou sa i ai i vasega kuka; o teu ua mae’a saunia e i latou sa aofia i le a’oga tui teu; o le teuina o lauao mo i latou sa a’o’oga i le vasega otiulu ma teuulu; ma isi lava mea uma sa a’oina ai tina e le matagaluega.” O se fa’amatalaga aloaia lea a le susuga Pa’u Roy Ausage, le fa’atonu le tumau o le matagaluega. O se mea e sili ona lelei mo nei tina uma, ua le gata ina maimoaina e le mamalu lautele a latou galuega fa’atino, ae ua tatala le avanoa lelei e fa’aalia ai au oloa, ma fa’atau atu fo’i i se tau e faia lava e oe, le tina na gaosia oloa. “O le fa’aosofia fo’i o le tagata e tapena mai ana oloa gaosi, o le naunau ina ia maua ai se seleni aua lenei vaitaimi o aso fiafia, ma e tatau ona sailia le tamaoaiga mo le aiga fo’i latou.” O se isi lea saunoaga a Pa’u. O lo ua fa’atulagaina lenei fa’aaliga mo le aso 20 Tesema, 2013 ma e faia lava ae ua tulata i le vaitaimi o le Kerisimasi ina ia fiafia fa’atasi fo’i aiga e maimoaina lea fa’aaliga tele a tina o le atunu’u. E faia lava i le Malae o Suigaula a le Atuvasa i Utulei. E amata ona tatala faitoto’a o lea Pasa i le lautele i le itula e 8:00 i le taeao, ae fa’ato’a tapunia i le 12:00 i le aoauli. Peita’i o le ituala e 6:00 o le afiafi lava o le aso lea e tatala ai i lea lava nofoaga le fa’afiafiaga ua mafai ona o’o atu ai so’o se tasi e lelei i tulaga o musika ina ia fa’aalia lana taleni. “O ni avanoa lelei lea ua tu’uina atu mo le mamalu o tupulaga, aua o i latou e fiafia tele i pesega, musika eseese ma le sisiva, se o mai e fiafia fa’atasi, pese sau pese, ae aua le fiafia e tagofia le ‘ava malosi i lenei tausaga i ona aso fiafia, e lamatia ai fo’i le nofo filemu o aiga, ae le malutia ai fo’i le soifua i feoaiga i alatelevavave i alatele.” O le tima’i lea a Pa’u i le mamalu o tupulaga talavou, lea e masani ona vaovaogata i vaitau fiafia fa’apenei. O le sao lea o fatuga ma pesega, o se tasi o a’oa’oga fa’apitoa sa aofia i ai e fiafia i musika ma fatuga fa’asamoa sa fa’atautaia e le matagaluega. Afai o le a e naunauta’i e fia auai i nei mea lelei uma, ia e vala’au ane i le telefoni a le Matagaluega o Tupulaga ma Tina 6332836, ma tusia ai lou suafa i le polokalama ua e manatu e te auai.
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O se va’aiga i le vaega lona lua o le Level K5 mai le a’oga a Manulele Tausala i Nuuuli, sa latou asia le Ofisa o Va’ai Tau a le tatou Malo i Tafuna. O i latou nei sa i totonu o le Ofisa o le Va’ai Tau [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] ma ua fesiligia i latou e le tama’ita’i o Carol Ma’afala Baqui.
tusia Ausage Fausia
To’atolu taofia leoleo i mataupu tau fa’aoolima
E to’atolu ni ali’i na taofia e leoleo i le fa’aiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, ona o mataupu e aofia ai le fa’ao’olima i isi tagata, ma tutula’i ai i luma o le fa’amasinoga faaitumalo i le taeao ananafi mo a latou ulua’i iloiloga. O i latou e to’atolu e aofia ai Pati Solomona, Setu Talaimanu, ma se ali’i o lo o tu’uaia i lona fa’ao’olima lea i lona to’alua ma manu’a tigaina ai, ma o nei faalavelave uma e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le fa’amasinoga, sa aafia ai le ‘ava malosi. E ui i tulaga matuia o manu’a o lo o a’afia ai le to’atasi o i latou na aafia i nei faalavelave, peitai na faamaonia mai e le Sui Komesina o le Matagaluega o Leoleo ia Leseiau Laumoli e faapea, e leai se isi o i latou nei na aafia na maliu, po o le aafia fo’i i ni manu’a e ono latalata atu ai i se tulaga e ono ma’imau ai se soifua o se tasi. O le ulua’i mataupu faaoolima na tali atu i ai leoleo, o le mataupu lea na tula’i mai i Aua ina ua faaoolima se alii i lona to’alua ma manu’a tigaina ai. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, o le vevesi na tula’i mai ina ua ‘ona atu le ua molia i le po o le aso Faraile na te’a nei, ma amata ai loa se la vevesi ma lona to’alua. O le vevesi na amata i se taugaupu, sosoo ai lava ma le alu atu o le ua molia ma po le fafine, ma i’u i lona faaoolima ai loa ia te ia e ala i le ta tu’i o foliga ma manu’a ai. O aiga tuaoi na latou logoina leoleo mo se fesoasoani, ma aga’i atu ai leoleo ma taofia faapagota mai le ua molia, ma tula’i ai loa i luma o le faamasinoga faaitumalo i le taeao ananafi, lea na ia teena ai tuuaiga o le faatupu vevesi i totonu o lona aiga, a’o faatali ai suesuega a le malo o lo o faagasolo pea i le taimi nei, e iloilo ai moliaga faaopoopo e ono faia faasaga ia te ia. O lo o taofia pea i le toese le ua molia e faatali ai le toe fofogaina o lana mataupu i le taeao nei. O le mataupu lona lua na tula’i mai i Mapusagafou i le po o le aso Toona’i na te’a nei, ina ua logo e nisi o le aiga o le alii na manu’a le ofisa o leoleo mo se fesoasoani, ona o se alii o lo o i ai se manu’a tuga i lona tino, e mafua mai ina ua faaaoga ese isi tagata se mea maai e tui ai. Na maua atu e leoleo se taavale a le EMS o lo o paka mai i luma o se faleoloa i Nuuuli, o lo o tau togafiti mai ai iina le alii na manu’a, lea na momoli mai ese taavale mai Mapusagafou ma fetaui ai iina ma le taavale a le EMS. Na molimauina e leoleo se manu’a tele lava i le itu agavale o le ua o le alii na aafia, e foliga mai o se mea maai na faaaoga e tui ai, e le’i umi ona togafiti e sui o le EMS le na manu’a i le taimi lea ae matapogia loa o ia, ona o le tele o le toto o lona tino ua alu ese, e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga.
Na faailoa e ni molimau i leoleo, o le alii o Solomona o lo o tuuaia i lona faaoo lea o manu’a i le alii ua manu’a. Na taua e se molimau i leoleo e faapea, o le vevesi na mafua mai i se inugapia sa faia i le va o Solomona ma isi alii, e aofia ai ma le alii ua manu’a, ae i se taimi o le po ina ua latalata ina uma le inuga, sa tulai mai ai loa se vevesi ma faaaoga ai loa e le ua molia se atigi fagu ta’e e tui ai le ua o le na manu’a. Ae ina ua fesiligia e leoleo ia Solomona e tusa ai o le mea sa tupu, sa ia taua ai e faapea, na pau le mea sa uu i lona lima i le taimi na ia tu’iina ai le alii na manu’a, o le afi penisini. Na faamaonia e Dr. Annie Fuavai o le LBJ i leoleo e faapea, o le manu’a o lo o aafia ai le alii na aafia, e 5 inisi le lautele ae 4 inisi le loloto, ma e umi se taimi e ono taofia ai o ia i le potu tipitipi a le falema’i, Ua molia nei Solomona i moliaga mama e lua o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele atoa ai ma le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ma le faamoemoe o le malo o se taimi o le vaiaso nei latou te failaina ai moliaga faaopoopo faasaga ia te ia. E $500 le tupe lea ua faatulaga e tatala ai Solomona i tua i le taimi nei, ma le faamoemoe e mafai ona toe faaopoopo pe a maea ona faila e le malo moliaga faaopoopo faasaga ia te ia, ma o lo o taofia pea Solomona i le toese e faatali ai le taimi e faila ai e le malo ana moliaga faaopoopo. O le mataupu mulimuli na tulai mai ina ua faaoolima se ali’i ‘ona i se faatauoloa, ma faaaoga ai loa e le faatauoloa se pate ‘baseball’ e sasa ai le ua molia. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, o le faalavelave na tulai mai ina ua sese le sui a Talaimanu na tuu atu i ai e le faatauoloa, o lea na toe fo’i atu ai loa le ua molia ma faasea i le faatauoloa. A’o finau le ua molia ma le faatauoloa i luga o le ‘counter’, sa aapa atu le ua molia ma po le faatauoloa, sosoo ai loa ma lona tu’iina o ia, ae na aapa le faatauoloa ua uu mai le pate ‘baseball’ o lo o taatia i le isi ona itu ma sasa ai le ua molia, ona oso lea o le alii ua molia i le isi itu o lo o i ai fata oloa, ma tago i se apa sa i luga o le fata ae togi ai le faatauoloa, peita’i sa misi. O nei gaioiga uma sa mafai ona pu’eina i se masini pu’eata a le faleoloa, ma ua i aao nei o leoleo lea ata e fesoasoani ai i le faamasinoina o le latou mataupu. Ua molia Talaimanu i le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele ma le faamoemoe, o se taimi o le vaiaso nei e tatau ona faila ai e le malo moliaga faaopoopo faasaga ia te ia. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
tusia Ausage Fausia O le vaiaso na te’a nei na sainia ai se maliliega (MOU) i le va o Samoa e lua, ina ia galulue soosoo tauau mo le faaleleia ma le atina’eina o le tamaoaiga i le va o Amerika Samoa ma Samoa. O lea maliliega na sainia lea i le va o le ‘Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry’, i lalo o le taitaiga a le perestene, le afioga Namulauulu Sami Leota, ma le ‘American Samoa Chamber of Commerce’ i lalo o le taitaiga a le alii taitai fono ia David Robinson. E lua aso o se faaaliga sa usuia i Samoa i le vaiaso na te’a nei, lea na autu i auala e atina’e ma faaleleia ai pisinisi i totonu o Samoa e lua, ma o nisi sa mafai ona auai i lenei fonotaga e aofia ai sui o pisinisi i Samoa faapea ai ma Amerika Samoa nei. Na taua e le afioga Namulauulu i se ripoti na faasalalauina e le TV3 a Samoa e faapea, o le taua o le galulue faatasi o malo e lua i lenei faamoemoe, o se auala lea e mafai ai ona faaleleia le tamaoaiga i totonu o le malo atoa ai ma pisinisi lotoifale. Sa ia faafetaia fo’i le susuga ia Robinson i le mafai lea ona auai i lenei fonotaga, ua mafai ai ona fetufaa’i metotia e faamalosia atili ai le tamaoaiga o pisinisi ma malo e lua. “I lo’u talitonuga, e le mafai ona malosi le tamaoaiga o se malo pe afai e le lelei ona atina’e ana pisinisi lotoifale, ae mafai fo’i ona malosi le tamaoaiga o pisinisi lotoifale pe afai e tutu faatasi tagata faipisinisi ma le malo e saili auala e faamalosia ai lea atina’e,” o le saunoaga lea a Namulauulu i luga o le TV3 a Samoa. O se kopi o le MOU na mafai ona maua e le Samoa News o lo o faalauiloa ai nisi o vaega taua e pei ona malilie i ai itu e lua. I le faatomuga o le MOU o lo o taua ai e faapea, e talitonu malo e lua, o le galulue ma le fetufaa’i faatasi o metotia ma mafaufauga, o le a mafai ai ona televave le tupu o le tamaoaiga i le va o malo e lua. I le faataotoina ai o Ta’iala mo le Galulue faatasi o itu e lua: • Ua malilie ai ina ia faalauiloa auala eseese e mafai ai ona unaia le tamaoaiga ina ia vave faatupulaia i totonu o Samoa ma Amerika Samoa, e le gata i tulaga tau i fefaatauaiga ae o le fetufaa’i fo’i i aoaoga e faalautele ai le silafia o tagata. • E tatau ona faapolokalame lelei auala e faatautaia ai tulaga o fefaatauaiga i le va o atunuu e lua. • E tatau ona faalauiloa tautua a kamupani e ono mafai ona latou fesoasoani i le tuuina atu o atina’e ma tautua lelei, e fesoasoani ai i le atina’eina o isi pisinisi fou. • Ia fesoasoani i pisinisi i le faalauiloaina o a latou oloa faatau atu aemaise ai o tautua, ina ia faaleleia lea tulaga i fesootaiga faaonaponei, ma fesoasoani i le faamalosia ma le faatumauina o itu e malosi ai atina’e o pisinisi, ina ia mafai ona faalautele a latou tautua i totonu o atunuu e lua. O lo’o taua foi i le maliliega auala e ao ona uia e itu e lua ina ia saga faaleleia atili ai taumafaiga e pei ona malilie i ai, ina ia faatumauina tulaga lelei o fesootaiga, fefaasoaa’i auala e mafai ai ona faatumauina tulaga tuputupua’e o atina’e ma le tamaoaiga, e aofia ai ma le fetufaa’i lea o a latou faamaumauga ma minute o a latou fonotaga e faia, e fesoota’i ma auala o le latou galulue faatasi mo le faaleleia o le atina’e o malo e lua. Ma o lenei maliliega na amata aloaia mai lava i le taimi na sainia ai i le va o faalapotopotoga a malo e lua, e mafai foi ona toe faia i ai ni suiga e itu e lua, mo auala e talitonu e faaleleia atili ai lana manulauti. E i ai fo’i le talitonuga i le va o itu e lua, o le a le mafai ona faalavelaveina tulaga i mataupu ma tulaga tau tulafono, ae o le agaga atoa ia mafai ona fetufaa’i lagona ma mafaufauga e fausia ai se atina’e lelei ma malosi mo motu e lua. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Galulue Samoa e lua atia’e ma faalelei tulaga o le tamaoaiga
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MOLIA SE ALII I LE GAOI FAGUPIA E 22 tausaga o se alii mai Fagaalu ua molia e le malo i le solitulafono mama o le gaoi, ona o le faalavelave lea na ia totogi ai fagupia e lua i luma o le ‘cashier’ ae lua isi fagupia o lo o nana i totonu o lona ofu vae o lo o fai. O le po ina ua sauni le faatauoloa e tapuni lona faleoloa, na faatoa ia vaaia ai le gaioiga sa faia e le ua molia ina ua matamata i le masini pu’eata o le faleoloa, ma ia logoina ai loa leoleo i le mea sa tupu. Na taua e Anthonio Lipine e faapea, e $11 le tupe na avatu e lana uo e faatau ai ni la fagupia, peitai sa nofo ma faaaoga le $5 e faatau ai lana sikaleti, ona ia faatau lea na o fagupia e lua ae nana le isi lua i totonu o lona ofuvae sa fai. Na ova le ‘ona a Lipine i le taimi na maua ai o ia e leoleo ma fesiligia i lenei mataupu. Ua tatala i tua Lipine e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e toe tulai ai i luma o le faamasinoga, faatasi ai ma poloaiga ua tuuina atu ia te ia, e aofia ai le faasa lea ona toe tu i le faleoloa o lo o tuuaia na ia aumai faagaoi fagupia e lua.
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In this image made available Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013, Harrison Odjegba Okene looks in awe as a rescue diver surfaces into the air pocket which has kept Okene alive for nearly three days, recorded by the diver’s headcam video the full impact of the miraculous encounter becomes plain the see. (AP Photo/DCN Diving)
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. A video of Okene’s rescue in May — http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ArWGILmKCqE — that was posted on the Internet more than six months later has gone viral this week. As the temperature dropped to freezing, Okene, dressed only in boxer shorts, recited the last psalm his wife had sent by text message, sometimes called the Prayer for Deliverance: “Oh God, by your name, save me. ... The Lord sustains my life.” To this day, Okene believes his rescue after 72 hours underwater at a depth of 30 meters (about 100 feet) is a sign of divine deliverance. The other 11 seaman aboard the Jascon 4 died. Divers sent to the scene were looking only for bodies, according to Tony Walker, project manager for the Dutch company DCN Diving, who were called to the scene because they were working on a neighboring oil field 120 kilometers (75 miles) away. The divers had already pulled up four bodies. So when a hand appeared on the TV screen Walker was monitoring in the rescue boat, showing what the diver in the Jascon saw, everybody assumed it was another corpse. “The diver acknowledged that he had seen the hand and then, when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!” Walker said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “It was frightening for everybody,” he said. “For the guy that was trapped because he didn’t know what was happening. It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we (in the control room) shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen.” On the video, there’s an exclamation of fear and shock from Okene’s rescuer, and then joy as the realization sets in. Okene recalls hearing: “There’s a survivor! He’s alive.” Walker said Okene couldn’t have lasted much longer. “He was incredibly lucky he was in an air pocket but he would have had a limited time (before) ... he wouldn’t be able to breathe anymore.” The full video of the rescue captured by divers was released by DCN Diving after a request from The Associated Press. Initially, a shorter version of the rescue emerged on the Internet. The authenticity of the video was confirmed through conversations with DCN employees in the Netherlands. The video showing Okene was also consistent with additional photos of him on the rescue ship. The AP also contacted Okene on
Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic

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Tuesday who confirmed the events. Okene’s ordeal began around 4:30 a.m. on May 26. Always an early riser, he was in the toilet when the tug, one of three towing an oil tanker in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta waters, gave a sudden lurch and then keeled over. “I was dazed and everywhere was dark as I was thrown from one end of the small cubicle to another,” Okene said in an exclusive interview after his rescue with Nigeria’s Nation newspaper. He groped his way out of the toilet and tried to find a vent, propping doors open as he moved on. He discovered some tools and a life vest with two flashlights, which he stuffed into his shorts. When he found a cabin of the sunken vessel that felt safe, he began the long wait, getting colder and colder as he played back a mental tape of his life — remembering his mother, friends, mostly the woman he’d married five years before with whom he hadn’t yet fathered a child. He worried about his colleagues — 10 Nigerians and the Ukrainian captain including four young cadets from Nigeria’s Maritime Academy. They would have locked themselves into their cabins, standard procedure in an area stalked by pirates. He got really worried when he heard the sound of fish, shark or barracudas he supposed, eating and fighting over something big. As the waters rose, he made a rack on top of a platform and piled two mattresses on top. According to his interview with the Nation: “I started calling on the name of God. ... I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept. I read the Bible from Psalm 54 to 92. My wife had sent me the verses to read that night when she called me before I went to bed.” He survived off just one bottle of Coke, all he had to sustain him during the trauma. Okene really thought he was going to die, he told the Nation, when he heard the sound of a boat engine and anchor dropping, but failed to get the attention of rescuers. He figured, given the size of the boat, that it would take a miracle for a diver to locate him. So he waded across the cabin, stripped the wall down to its steel body, then knocked on it with a hammer. But “I heard them moving away. They were far away from where I was.” By the time he was saved, relatives already had been told the sailors were dead. Okene kept faith with the psalm he recited, that promises to “give thanks in your name, Lord,” at a service at his Redeemed Christian Church of God. He was rescued by a diver who first used hot water to warm him up, then attached him to an oxygen mask. Once free of the sunken boat, he was put into a decompression chamber and then safely returned to the surface.
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