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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, the Ili’ili EFKAS youngsters perform Tuesday night singing their hearts out to the big crowd gathered on the Fagatogo Malae. The 36th Annual Holiday Music Festival, sponsored by the American Samoa Council of Arts, Culture & Humanities, in collaboration with the Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs concluded [photo: TG] last night.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Plans to buy Manu’a Last remaining albacore fleet ships move forward in US appeals to gov’t for help
DoC on tracK raising local longliner FisHing Fleet concerns
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The government is moving to purchase two new vessels for the Manu’a island group at a price tag of around $6 million and the goal is to improve ocean transportation for residents. One boat is for sailing between the islands of Manu’a and the other between Tutuila and the island group along with the MV Sili. INTER-ISLAND BOAT Port Administration Department director Dr. Claire Poumele said the government intends to purchase by the end of 2014 two “new” vessels for Manu’a. The first one is a “catamaran type of boat”, which will cost less than $1 million, and will be funded by a U.S. Interior Department grant. This boat will be used to transport passengers and cargo between the islands of Manu’a. “The people are currently subjected to paying $300 to travel from Tau or Faleasao [on Ta’u island] to Ofu on the alias,” Poumele told Samoa News. Procurement Office issued on Dec. 4 the request for proposal (RFP) for the ‘Design and Construction of a new catamaran passenger vessel to serve between the Manu’a Islands” and the closing date for proposals is 2p.m. on Jan. 3, 2014, according to the RPF notice. According to the RFP, the 39-feet vessel will be based in either Ofu or Ta’u island and will be under the jurisdiction of Port Administration. Additionally, the vessel shall be a “quality vessel with quality features and ease of use for the conditions anticipated”. Furthermore, the vessel should accommodate 18 indoor passenger seats and 15 outdoor passenger seats; have a sun/ boat deck; a walk-thru cabin, 38 adult life jackets and 6 youth life-jackets, according to some of the requirements. Several provisions are included in the RFP, such as four Port Administration representatives shall travel three times to inspect the vessel during its construction and completion and includes site meetings at the builder’s site. Builder shall include this cost (travel/per diem) in their bid. Builder shall propose an inspection schedule during the ship built on milestone dates that seem fit.
An ASG committee has already been selected to identify problems faced by the American Samoa longliner fishing fleet, which has raised with the Lolo Administration several concerns, including dock fees and lack of dock space. One of the committee members, Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele said the panel was selected “about three months ago” by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, as he wants to assist the local fleet. Members of the committee are Lafaele as head of DOC; Port Administration director Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele; Marine and Wildlife Resources director Dr. Ruth Matagi Tofiga; the Governor’s Legal Counsel Steven Watson; and Territorial Energy Office acting director at the time, Timothy Jones Sr., who is also a boat owner. “The committee … is tasked with identifying problems faced by our local fleet of long liners and coming up with solutions to assist with the plight faced by our long line fleet,” Lafaele told Samoa News. He said the panel has met a couple of times and key concerns raised “were docking fees and lack of docking space.” While a chair for the
committee has not yet been selected, he said Poumele and Matagi-Tofiga, both of whom have direct contact relating to fisheries “pretty much led our discussions.” “We will convene this week to finalize our recommendations for the Governor to consider and then implement if approved,” he added. BOAT OWNERS Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Association announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon that following a meeting last Thursday, owners of the local longline fleet reached a “consensus to tie up” their boats and they further agreed to “post all fishing vessels FOR SALE as the future of this fishery or support for the fishery does not seem imminent. (See yesterday’s edition for more details.) “The problems leading up to this hopeless situation did not happen overnight, and fishermen and boat owners alike have continuously shared these grave concerns with local leaders and members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) including its March 2013 meeting in American Samoa, but such pleas have been outright ignored,” according to the statement.
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Another crowd pleaser Tuesday night were the Lauli’i Youth who closed Tuesday night’s performances during the Arts Coun[photo: TG] cil’s Holiday Music Festival.
The sights and sounds of Christmas rang through Samoa Baptist Academy during their celebration last Friday that packed the chapel to overflowing with family and friends. The program marked the beginning of the Christmas break for the K3 through 8th grade students and the day ended with a Holiday Bake Sale to support the school’s National Junior Honor Society. Pictured [courtesy photo] is the 4th grade class performing in their Christmas inspired costumes.
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 On Jan. 2, 1811, Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, becomes the first U.S. senator to be censured when the Senate approves a motion against him. Pickering was accused of violating congressional law by publicly revealing secret documents.  On Dec. 30, 1862, the U.S.S. Monitor sinks in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Just nine months earlier, the ship had been part of a revolution in naval warfare when the ironclad dueled to a standstill with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack) -- the first time two ironclads faced each other in a naval engagement.  On Jan. 5, 1920, the New York Yankees majorleague baseball club announces its purchase of the heavy-hitting outfielder George Herman “Babe” Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for the sum of $125,000. The deal paid off as Ruth went on to smash his own home run record in 1920, hitting 54 homers.  On Jan. 1, 1946, on the island of Corregidor, in Manila Bay, 20 Japanese soldiers approach a lone soldier -- literally waving a white flag. The soldiers had been living in an underground tunnel and only discovered that the war was over by reading it in the newspaper.  On Jan. 3, 1967, Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who killed the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, dies of cancer in a Dallas hospital. The Texas Court of Appeals recently had overturned his death sentence for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and was scheduled to grant him a new trial.  On Jan. 4, 1974, President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. Nixon would resign from office in disgrace eight months later.  On Dec. 31, 1984, Bernhard Goetz, the white man dubbed the “subway vigilante” after he shot four young black men on a New York City subway train, turns himself in at a police station in Concord, N.H. Goetz claimed that the men, all of whom had criminal records, were trying to rob him and that he had acted in self-defense. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
STOLEN MONEY FOUND HIDDEN AT FAMILY FARM Police officers last week confiscated $600 worth of coins from a family farm in Nu’uuli in connection with a burglary that allegedly occurred in Nu’uuli. The defendants in this case are juveniles which is why Samoa News cannot reveal their names. The minors, who appeared in District Court this week, are charged with burglary and stealing, on allegations the pair broke into a store in Nu’uuli. The Attorney General’s office intends to charge the adults for receiving stolen property in this matter. According to the government’s case, the pair, ages 16 and 17, broke into a store and it’s alleged that over $6,000 worth of items were removed — including phone cards, food, miscellaneous items and $600 worth of coins from said store. One of the juveniles admitted to police that following the burglary, he gave his father a bucket which contained $600 in coins. Police questioned the father who denied having the coins at his farm, however the second time police questioned the father he admitted to taking the bucket of coins and hiding it at his farm in the mountains. The coins have since been identified and returned to the store owners. RONALD WELLS RELEASED FROM JAIL A man charged in connection with a drug case last year was released from jail in time for the holidays. Ronald Wells was arrested and charged following a police raid where he faced one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. In the plea agreement with the government, the defendant pled guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine, which is a lesser charge. Wells apologized for breaking the law and pleaded with the court that he’s much needed at home, given that his 21-year-old son has taken over their family since his arrest. He asked the court for leniency and to grant him a second chance, given that his mother, wife and children need him at home to do his fatherly duties in their family. Defense counsel and prosecutor both requested the court consider the recommendation by the Probation office to place the defendant on probation. Chief Justice Michael Kruse sentenced the defendant to five years in jail, however execution of sentencing was suspended and the defendant placed on probation for a period of 20 months as part of the plea. Kruse then ordered that of the 20 months, the defendant will only be incarcerated for a year and fined him $2,000. However he stayed the jail time due to the defendant’s good behavior. When the defendant was arrested police confiscated $204 in the defendant’s possession, and he was ordered to pay that amount to the court as his fine, with the balance stayed given his good behavior. Wells was also ordered not to posses any controlled substance or alcohol and he’s to remain a law abiding citizen. According to court filings Wells was in a vehicle that belonged to his codefendant Tuaolo Puanefu, who’s name was on the search warrant.
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age on Wednesday in the most vocal global criticism of U.S. eavesdropping. Germany and Brazil introduced the resolution following a series of reports of U.S. surveillance, interception, and data collection abroad — including on Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — that surprised and angered friends and allies. The resolution “affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy.” It calls on the 193 U.N. member states “to respect and protect the right to privacy, including in the context of digital communication,” to take measures to end violations of those rights, and to prevent such violations including by ensuring that national legislation complies with international human rights law. It also calls on all countries “to review their procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, with a view to upholding the right to privacy of all their obligations under international human rights law.” The resolution calls on U.N. members to establish or maintain independent and effective oversight methods to ensure transparency, when appro-
The UN votes to protect privacy in a digital age
priate, and accountability for state surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry political weight. Brazil’s Rousseff canceled a state visit to Washington after classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. The documents revealed Brazil is the top NSA target in Latin America, with spying that has included the monitoring of Rousseff’s cellphone and hacking into the internal network of state-run oil company Petrobras. Merkel and other European leaders also expressed anger after reports that the NSA allegedly monitored Merkel’s cell phone and swept up millions of French telephone records. The United States did not fight the measure after it engaged in lobbying with Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which comprise the “Five Eyes” intelligencesharing group, to dilute some of the original draft resolution’s language. The key compromise dropped the contention that the domestic and international interception and collection of communications and personal data, “in particular massive surveillance,” may constitute a human rights violation. The resolution instead expresses deep concern at “the negative impact” that such surveillance, “in particular when carried out on a mass scale, may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights.” It directs U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay to report to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly on the protection and promotion of privacy “in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance ... including on a mass scale.” Cynthia Wong, senior Internet researcher at Human Rights Watch, and Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program, welcomed the resolution’s unanimous adoption. “With the Internet age quickly becoming a golden age for surveillance,” Wong said, “this resolution is a critical first step that puts mass surveillance squarely on the international agenda.” “Given the scale of snooping that technology now enables, all states should modernize privacy protections or we risk undermining the Internet’s potential as a tool for advancing human rights,” she said. Dakwar said that while somewhat watered down, “the measure still sends a strong message to the United States that it’s time to reverse course and end NSA dragnet surveillance.”
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Dear Editor: I am more than a little disturbed by a letter to the editor in a recent issue of the Samoa News regarding a blog that urges Congressman Eni Faleomavaega to step down because of the state of his health. There is no doubt in my mind that a few misguided members of a local political Party are behind this move to push Eni out of office and hoping for the Governor to appoint one of their party members to fill out the remainder of the Congressman’s term. Our laws state that if anything should happen to our Congressman while in office, the Governor would appoint someone to fill out the remainder of his current term until the next election. The things they say about Congressman Faleomavaega are very disrespectful. Congressman Faleomavaega Faua’a Eni Hunkin has devoted a major part of his life in public service to the people of American Samoa. How do I know about the extent of Eni’s service to our people? I worked in the Governor’s Office for four years when Eni was Lieutenant Governor and twelve years with the Congressman as his Chief of Staff in Washington DC. I’ll give you an example of just one of the thousands of things the Congressman has done for his constituents in American Samoa. The next time you ride the smooth road from Aua to Futiga you can thank the Congressman, who in 1996 managed to earmark with the House Transportation Committee over $36 million dollars to repair the roads in American Samoa. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about. For about three months in 1995, Enere Levi (Eni’s Chief Counsel) and I worked continuously with the staff of the House Transportation Committee to earmark some road money for American Samoa from the biggest pork barrel bill in the Congress (the Transportation Bill). In addition to the thousands of projects that the Congressman performs for American Samoa daily, he fought hard to bring the Food Stamp program and WIC to the territory despite protests from the Governor at the time. To document some of the outstanding contributions this man has made to his constituents in American Samoa, the Democratic Party of American Samoa will soon be publishing a document outlining all the accomplishments of this very dedicated public servant, including his extensive work for the military and recent efforts to increase Medicaid assistance to American Samoa. Rather than denigrating this fine servant of American Samoa … at this point we invite the people of American Samoa to join us in prayer for a speedy recovery for Congressman Faleomavaega. Get well soon Eni! And that cheap attack on an employee of Samoa News who was married to the Congressman’s brother Tau, who passed away a number of years ago—Now you’re getting personal. Tau was a friend and a brother to many of us, and I for one, do not appreciate the way you’re denigrating his widow just to accomplish political points in some cheap blog. By the way, if you don’t have the courage to identify yourself when you criticize an elected member of our government, you have not earned the right to participate in the debate of this or any other issue. C’mon! ’Bring it on …We’re ready for you, ALIIMaU JR SCaNLaN Chairman – American Samoa Democratic Party (Editor’s Note: It wasn’t a LTE on the issue, it was a blog that Samoa News reported that said Samoa News was not pursuing the state of our Congressman’s illness and health because we were biased and seemingly ‘lazy’. We of course denied such allegations. However, while many have come out in support of the Congressman’s many years of service and spoken of everyone’s need to respect his service and deeds, I would point out that as a public figure, Congressman Faleomavaega Faua’a Eni Hunkin will always be subject to such requests for full disclosure of events in his life — in this case his health. And continued silence by his family and especially his office, will continue to fuel such ‘disrespectful’ comments. ra)
AP-GfK pOLL: Obama int’l ratings top domestic ones
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. But the poll also suggests a majority of Americans want the president to pull troops out of Afghanistan faster than he’s doing, and many are skeptical about a tentative nuclear deal with Iran. The poll found that 57 percent now say going to war in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks was probably the “wrong thing to do.” And 53 percent say the pace of the planned withdrawal is too slow, 34 percent said the pace was just about right and 10 percent said it was too fast. All combat troops are scheduled to leave by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, six in 10 Americans approve of the preliminary deal between Iran and six global powers to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But that support is soft and many doubt it will lead to concrete results. Even though he garners more disapproval than approval on the handling of Afghanistan and Iran, Obama generally gets better ratings on foreign policy than on domestic issues. Nearly half (49 percent) approve of his handling of U.S. relations with other countries while 50 percent disapprove. In contrast, just 40 percent approve of his handling of the economy, while 59 percent disapprove. And on health care, the approval rating stands at 39 percent, with 61 percent disapproving. His overall job approval is at 42 percent, with 58 disapproving. The slightly higher ratings on foreign policy generally make sense, suggested Philip Salathe, 70, of Indianapolis, who participated in the poll. Salathe said Obama in 2008 ran against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who during the campaign joked about dropping bombs on Iran. “I figure we could fix the economy if it gets ruined and we can repeal any bad laws that get passed,” Salathe said, but a military confrontation with Iran or other foreign policy crisis could have more disastrous consequences. Salathe approves of the job Obama is doing overall but still thinks things are headed in the wrong direction. “We’re not doing anything about the major problems facing humanity. Basically, we have a number of disparate goals that are at odds with each other,” such as protecting the environment while promoting growth and urban development. He said Obama is the first Democrat he’s voted for as president. He said he tends to favor Republicans. Just 16 percent of those polled said they expected the situation in Afghanistan to “get better” over the next year; 32 percent said they expected it to “get worse” while about half said they expected the situation to “stay about the same.” Jennifer Reese, 28, of Burnsville, Minn., considers herself a Democrat and says she voted for Obama. But she questions whether he’s the cause for the economy getting better. “I think the economy is getting better, but I don’t think it’s necessarily because of what Obama’s doing,” she said. “That’s the way things work. When things go down so far, then they’re going to go back up.” She said she also believes both parties could do an equally good job protecting the country and that the pace of allied troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is “about right.” She favors a continued presence of allied troops in the country to train and assist Afghan troops. “My family was in the military. My father was over there for a while and he says they’re doing good things.” As for negotiations with Iran on curbing its nuclear program, Reese says she is pleased Iran is at the bargaining table. “Let’s negotiate this, see what we can do,” she said. The poll showed Americans broadly approve of a tentative deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Fifty-nine percent approved, 38 percent disapproved. But that support was tentative, with more than 4 in 10 (44 percent) also saying it’s unlikely the agreement will keep Iran from seeking to build its own nuclear weapon. Just 11 percent think that outcome is extremely or very likely. Mark Dabney, 54, of Cartersville, Ga., who describes himself as a political independent who supports the tea party movement, disapproves of Obama’s performance on both domestic and foreign policy fronts. As for Iraq and Afghanistan, “I just believe that we shouldn’t go meddling in other countries’ internal affairs,” he said. The AP-GfK poll was conducted Dec. 5-9 using KnowledgePanel, GfK’s probabilitybased online panel. For results based on all 1,367 adults, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. KnowledgePanel is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and later, completed this survey online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have Internet access were provided with access at no cost.
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Vermont citY smasHes US blooDDonation recorD MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city of only 17,000 souls just smashed the national one-day record for blood donations — and it’s likely to stand for quite a while. After Rutland’s 11th annual Gift of Life Marathon collected 2,337 pints of blood Tuesday, the regional Red Cross said it’s unlikely to undertake another such drive because of the difficulty of staging it. Rutland required some 300 Red Cross staffers from New England and New York, 200 volunteers and thousands of donors. “We had agreed that this would be the last time we went for a national record,” said Steve Costello, one of the main organizers of the Rutland drive, which broke the previous oneday U.S. record of 1,968 pints set by Manchester, N.H., in 2011. The online Guinness World Records says the one-day world-wide record of 43,732 pints was set in India in 2010. The Vermont record comes as the nation’s blood-collection system undergoes dramatic change. PUtin: NSA sUrveillance neeDeD to FigHt terrorism MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the National Security Agency surveillance program is necessary to fight terrorism, but must be regulated by strict rules and norms. Putin said Thursday at a press conference that NSA surveillance “isn’t cause for joy, but not a cause for repentance either.” He says that such mass surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism to be able to expose terrorists’ contacts. Putin adds that such a huge amount of data limits the damage to privacy as security agencies are simply not able to process them all. At the same time, he insists monitoring should be regulated by clear rules. Details of the program have been leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. EU satellite to map one billion stars BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is preparing to launch a satellite that will produce the most accurate threedimensional map of our part of the Milky Way. The agency says its Gaia satellite due to launch Thursday from French Guiana at 6:12 a.m. (0912 GMT; 4:12 a.m. EST) will survey some 1 billion stars in our galactic neighborhood. Even that is just a small fraction of the stars in the Milky Way. Gaia will also use its 1,000-megapixel camera to hunt for planets, asteroids and comets beyond our Solar System. ESA says scientists are hoping the satellite’s sensitive instruments can be used to test a key part of Albert Ein-
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stein’s General Theory of Relativity that predicts “dips” and “warps” in space caused by the gravity of stars and planets. Trial Date set For sUspect in GUam’s crasH-stabbing case HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam man accused of killing three tourists and hurting 11 others in the tourist area of Tumon is expected to go on trial April 7. Judge Anita Sukola on Wednesday scheduled jury selection and trial for Chad De Soto, who is charged with three counts of aggravated murder and 11 counts of attempted aggravated murder. De Soto is accused of driving his car onto the sidewalk of a busy tourist area, hitting pedestrians until the vehicle slammed into a wall. Prosecutors say he then got out and started stabbing bystanders inside the store.
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De Soto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness, disease or defect. Sukola on Wednesday ordered that two sealed, court-ordered psychiatric evaluations be made available to De Soto’s attorney, Public Defender Eric Miller. InDian oFFicial saYs HoUse MaiD trieD to blacKmail Diplomat NEW DELHI (AP) — A government official in New Delhi says the Indian diplomat who was arrested in New York on visa fraud charges had accused her housekeeper of blackmail over the summer. Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched last week in a case that has caused a diplomatic firestorm between the United States and India. Prosecutors say Khobragade lied on a visa application about how much she paid her housekeeper, an Indian
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This Dec. 8, 2013 photo shows Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general, during the India Studies Stony Brook University fund raiser event at Long Island, New York. The Indian diplomat said U.S. authorities subjected her to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing following her arrest on visa charges in New York City, despite her “incessant assertions of immunity.” The case has sparked widespread outrage in India and infuriated the government, which revoked privileges for U.S. (AP Photo/Mohammed Jaffer) diplomats to protest her treatment.
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The Nagel brothers Tony and Ethan posed with Brigadier General James Hartsell and their grandfather Richard Allen who served with the Marines in Korea after Marine Cpl. Ethan Nagel was awarded the Silver Star, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 in Minneapolis. Marine Wing Support Squadron 1st Sgt. Michael Ryan says Nagel’s heroic actions prevented the possibility of a gravely wounded soldier from being captured by the enemy in Afghanistan in 2009. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe)
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As the commencement speaker for this year’s San Diego State University (SDSU) cohort graduation ceremony, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga urged graduates to “never surrender, to realize and recognize failing, [and] find happiness”. These were the three important points of Lemanu’s address to the 22-graduates from three ASG departments who received their Bachelor of Arts degrees with emphasis on criminal justice. Both Lemanu and Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga received their Masters degrees last December from SDSU. Lemanu told the graduates that “we must never give up no matter how tough the situation may be, because no matter what happens, no one can ever take away your right to fight. As long as you persevere, then nothing is impossible to achieve.” He also said that “there are also many of us that would prefer to sit still and remain with what blessings and achievements we’ve received so far. We refuse to search further beyond where we are today, all because we are afraid and concerned that we may fail.” “Don’t be afraid of failing because failing is a learning lesson,” he told graduates, who were also told that “service is not necessarily everyone’s calling, and it’s most important to do to what makes you happy, versus blindly serving others just because that’s what other people say you should do.” “Think about what makes you happy. In your ideal life — what would you be doing? What’s your passion? Pursue it, because it’s the most important thing you can ever do in life,” he continued, adding quickly, “don’t let the noise of another’s opinion drown out your own. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition...” “Now is time for you to move on to what’s next. Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity that you might miss the right opportunity,” he noted. “Recognize that there will be failures and acknowledge that there will be obstacles, but you will learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of others — for there is very little learning in success.” “Never surrender, recognize failing, find happiness,” he concluded. Prior to Lemanu’s address, Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau gave her remarks, recalling the graduation theme — “the least expensive education is to profit from the mistakes of others and ourselves.” She rephrased the theme and stated, “the trials and tribulations of life are not only free but the best learned lessons of life.” She added, “In essence, we need to apply the best practices we’ve learned from life to make changes for the better.” “I testify to you, having worked with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for almost a full year, that he is the governor for change… changes which are necessary to make things right and better for the people of American Samoa,” she said. She also pointed out that this was not an easy task for the graduates — over the last three years — to not only continue working full time in their government jobs, but also to tend to their courses of study. This was also acknowledged by the university’s Dr. Theresa Lally in her remarks, congratulating not only the graduates but also their families for their support. “It’s not just one person getting this degree, it’s the entire family getting this degree,” she said. “So I’d really like to thank all of you for your support.” She also said that the last three years have not been an easy road for the graduates, calling their achievement, “a group achievement, a family achievement, a village achievement and a nation’s achievement.” Also representing the university was Dr. Roger Caves, who told the graduates that “we expect you to make a difference in the lives of each person you touch, both professionally, and personally.” The graduates made special presentations of plaques, which included one presented to former Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who helped start this program, and Rev. Ned Ripley, former chairman of the ASG Scholarship program. Lemanu in his speech acknowledged the foresight of Togiola and the previous Scholarship board for supporting the cohort program from the start.
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, Mathieu Dechavanne, head of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc which runs the new attraction, stands in a glass cage named ‘Pas dans le Vide’ (Step into the Void) at the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak (3842-meters high or 12,604 feet), in the French Alps, during a press visit. (AP Photo/Alexis Moro) Visitors can enjoy the view of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, from the platform. The attraction opens Saturday.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — East Timor has launched legal action claiming that Australian agents illegally seized documents from a lawyer who represents the impoverished Asian nation in a dispute over a multibillion-dollar oil-and-gas deal, the International Court of Justice announced Wednesday. The case at the United Nations’ highest court is the latest step in a legal battle between the neighbors over a 2006 deal that shares seabed oil-and-gas reserves between the countries. That dispute is under arbitration. Australia enraged East Timor earlier this month by raiding the home of its legal representative in the arbitration and seizing documents on the eve of a hearing. The lawyer, Bernard Collaery, claims that Australia bugged the Cabinet office of the fledgling East Timorese government before negotiations that paved the way for the oil and gas revenue sharing deal. On the same day Collaery’s office was raided, the secret service also raided the home of a former Australian spy who made the bugging claims. The spy’s identity hasn’t been released. East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has condemned the secret service raids as “counterproductive and uncooperative.” Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corp. after the spy’s arrest, Collaery called the secret service action, “an attempt to intimidate our witness and to prevent the evidence going forward” in the arbitration case. East Timor is using the alleged espionage as basis for challenging the validity of its revenue deal with Australia at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. East Timor wants the court to order Australia to return the documents and apologize for the raid. It also asked the court to impose urgent “provisional measures” before a final ruling including ordering Australia to seal any documents or data taken from the lawyer’s office and hand them to the court and to destroy any copies made of the documents or data. Dili also wants the court to seek assurances from Australia that it will not intercept communications between East Timor and its legal advisers. No date was immediately set for a hearing. Cases at the International Court of Justice usually take months or years to resolve. The court’s decisions are final and legally binding.
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Oklahoma had six, Ohio three, Arizona and Missouri two each, and Alabama, Georgia and Virginia, one each. Texas, the leader in executions, illustrates the downward trend. It recorded 48 death sentences in 1999. This year, it was nine, marking the sixth year in a row that Texas had less than 10 death sentences. Maryland abolished the death penalty this year, the 18th state to do so and the sixth in the last six years. ToKYo governor wHo HelpeD get OlYmpics resigns TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo governor who helped his city secure the 2020 Olympics resigned Thursday after revelations that he received 50 million yen ($480,200) from a hospital company. Gov. Naoki Inose had come under growing pressure to step down in recent days, in particular from Japanese ruling party leaders who said the continuing scandal could affect preparations for the Summer Games. “I shouldn’t be delaying government operations or stalling preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics any longer,” he said at a news conference broadcast live on Japanese television. He apologized for the ruckus, and said he tried to clarify what happened but could not wipe out public suspicion over the purpose of the money and his link to the scandal-tainted hospital operator whose executives are on trial for campaign law violations in last year’s parliamentary elections. “I decided that the only solution is for me to step down as governor,” he said. Inose has said the money he received in November 2012 from the Tokushukai company was a personal loan that he has paid back, and that the owner of the hospital chain didn’t receive any favors in return. The Tokyo assembly has set up a committee to investigate. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it was “unfortunate “ that the governor he worked with for Tokyo’s Olympic bid had to leave. Abe, added, however, that it is imperative for politicians to provide convincing explanation in order to gain public trust.
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Los Angeles man cHargeD in Girl ScoUt tHeFt LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of stealing nearly $370,000 from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles was charged with money laundering, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Channing Smack, 51, of Marina del Rey was arrested Tuesday on a federal charge that carries a possible 10-year prison sentence, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. A judge on Wednesday permitted Channing to be released on $60,000 bond but ordered him held in home detention and to wear an electronic monitor, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said. A call seeking comment from Miriam Yasmin Cader, Smack’s public defender, was not immediately returned. Smack was a senior property manager who looked after 22 properties owned by the Girl Scout chapter. Prosecutors contend that over the past 18 months, he approved invoices for services purportedly provided by a maintenance and engineering company registered to his dead brother. Smack directed the Girl Scouts to issue 23 checks totaling nearly $370,000 to the company, with most of the money going into bank accounts that Smack accessed, prosecutors alleged. Smack was fired by the Girl Scouts before his arrest. Fla. Homeowner’s groUp bans plaYing in street LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (AP) — A homeowner’s association in Florida is prohibiting children from playing in the street. ABC Action News in Tampa reports the Miramar at the Country Club Homeowner’s Association passed a new bylaw last week, saying that children can’t play in the street due to safety reasons. Association officials told the TV station that there’s one narrow, windy road through the community and drivers often speed. One association members says there are other places for children to play. Some parents call the new rule absurd.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama’s second term. Instead, the modest agreement that passed Wednesday served as a stark year-end reminder of how low expectations for Washington sank in 2013, particularly for a president who hoped his resounding re-election would clear the way for progress on immigration, the long-term debt and tax reform. The president’s advisers say they’re still searching for the larger meaning in the bipartisan budget deal, if there is one at all. At best, it could provide an opening for making progress next year on Obama’s stalled legislative agenda. It also could be a political play by Republicans to keep the focus on the disastrous rollout of Obama’s health care law and avoid another partial government shutdown like the one in October that tanked the party’s approval ratings. Or it could simply be an isolated move by lawmakers eager to head for the exits after a year that was perhaps even more dismal for Congress than for the president. The president’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said administration officials were “not getting overexcited because we’re not naive about the obstruction that continues to exist and the partisanship that tends more often than not to paralyze Washington and Congress.” Nine Republicans joined the Senate’s Democrats in passing the budget deal Wednesday and sending it to the White House for Obama’s signature. The GOP-led House approved the measure a week ago. The agreement is aimed at preventing another government shutdown for nearly two more years and eases the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts — known as the sequester — on the Pentagon and other domestic agencies. The pact was crafted by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state. Like the White House, Republicans were cautious in predicting whether Washington’s brush with regular order was a preview of things to come in 2014. “I don’t know how to read into it in terms of what compromise opportunities lay ahead,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “What I think it does do is clear the deck of some potentially contentious issues and give everyone space to do the normal legislating and governing.” Buck cited immigration reform and a farm bill as two potential avenues for cooperation next year. House Republicans will gather for a retreat next month to map out a strategy on those issues, as well as a game plan for the next fight over increasing the nation’s borrowing ability, which is supposed to hit its limit early next year. It’s the shadow of the debt ceiling perhaps more than anything else that has both parties wary of celebrating their end-ofthe-year budget compromise. A debt limit standoff between Republicans and the White House brought the country to the brink of a default in October, and both sides are lining up behind their same hard-line positions once again. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, says Republicans will seek concessions from Democrats in order to raise the debt limit, declaring, “We don’t want nothing out of this.” But the White House continues to insist that Obama, buoyed by his success in forcing the GOP to bend this fall, will not negotiate over the borrowing limit. “Unless there is massive amounts of self-delusion going on, the Republicans must know that the president is never going to pay ransom for paying America’s bills,” Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s senior adviser, said. If Washington can avert another down-to-the-wire debt ceiling fight, White House officials hope to revive a stalled immigration overhaul while also trying to chalk up smaller victories on housing reform and infrastructure spending. And Obama will take a stab at increasing the minimum wage, though his advisers acknowledge that proposal faces tougher opposition from the GOP. As in past years, the White House will also be looking for areas where Obama can act on his own. One proposal includes getting commitments from private companies to hire Americans who have been unemployed for lengthy periods of time. Executive orders are also likely on climate change and the economy. With just three years in office left for Obama, Pfeiffer said there’s a greater sense of urgency in the White House over making use of presidential powers if December’s “kumbaya” moment quickly fades. “We can’t wait around,” he said.
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US saYs 2 gitmo prisoners bacK in SUDan GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The U.S. military has sent two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay back to their native Sudan in the third release this month. A Pentagon statement issued Wednesday says the release of Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Idris brings the prison population at the U.S. base in Cuba to 158. The Sudanese governVaaiga eseese i aufaipese na faafiafia i le ulua’i po na tatala aloaia ai le Polokalame o Pesepesega o le Kerisimasi mo lenei tausaga, e pei ona amataina ai i le po o le aso Sa na te’a nei i le Malaeoletalu i ment had said the release was expected this week. Muhammed Fagatogo. O lona 36 lenei o Polokalame, ma o lo o faatautaia e le Ofisa a le Arts Council faatasi ai ma pleaded guilty in February 2011 to terrorism offenses in a plea le lagolagosua a le Matagaluega o Tupulaga Talavou, Tina ma Tamaitai a le malo - [ata: AF] deal that spared him the possibility of a life sentence. He was sentenced to 14 years with all but 34 months suspended. Idris is mentally ill and has spent much of his 11 years at Guantanamo in psychiatric treatment. A federal judge ordered his release after the U.S. dropped its opposition in October. Coroner: Man wHo DieD was HigH on PCP RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside County coroner’s officials say a man beaten in a videotaped struggle with deputies died of the combined effects of heart disease, acute PCP intoxication and the stress of the fight. The Press-Enterprise reports the coroner’s final report about the case was released Tuesday, two months after the Oct. 11 death of 41-year-old Raymond Johnson. Johnson died about an hour after he was pepper-sprayed, Tasered, beaten with batons and repeatedly kicked when he refused to get out of his car at a Burger King restaurant in Moreno Valley. Deputies were summoned after Johnson was seen violently kicking his legs while seated in the car, which was blocking the drive-thru. His family has filed a $30 million claim against the county, alleging that deputies used excessive force. THai protesters caUse griDlocK witH picnic BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-government protesters have returned to the streets of Bangkok, blocking midday traffic and turning one of the capital’s major intersections into a lunchtime picnic spot. More than 2,000 people joined the protest by midday Thursday, a far smaller crowd than earlier in the month. Protest leaders say the march is a warm-up for a mass rally called for Sunday in their ongoing bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Yingluck dissolved Parliament last week and called for a snap election Feb. 2 to defuse the crisis that started several weeks ago. Protest leaders are demanding that Yingluck, who remains the country’s caretaker prime minister, step down before any polls take place to pave the way for pre-election reforms. KerrY eXpresses regret over InDian Diplomat arrest in NYC WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has called a top Indian official to express his regret over the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York City. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says Kerry on Wednesday called India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, who has slammed the diplomat’s treatment as, in his words, “despicable and barbaric.” Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. Harf says Kerry believes it’s important for foreign diplomats serving in the United States to be treated with respect. She says Kerry expressed his regret and said he hoped the incident would not damage the close relationship the U.S. has with India. DeFense rests in police Homeless Killing SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A defense pathologist testified Wednesday that a homeless man who died after a 2011 struggle with Fullerton police had an enlarged heart from years of methamphetamine abuse. Dr. Steven Karch said Kelly Thomas probably suffered heart failure during the struggle, the Orange County Register reported. Thomas’ death was “precipitated by a spontaneous and concurrent psychotic episode” brought about by his drug use that was a factor in his violent encounter with police, Karch testified. Karch said he disagreed with an Orange County pathologist who conducted the autopsy and concluded that Thomas died, in part, from lack of oxygen to the brain caused by compression of his chest and head injuries received during the confrontation. Karch was the 13th and final witness called by the defense in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers. Manuel Ramos, 39, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and Jay Cicinelli, 41, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. A third officer will be tried separately on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Once-stolen StraDivariUs sells For $2.3M LONDON (AP) — An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction. The instrument was snatched outside Euston Station in November 2010 while South Korean musician Min-Jin Kym was getting a snack. In July, almost three years later, police announced they had recovered the instrument intact with minor damage at a property in central England. Three people have been convicted over the theft. The instrument, made in 1696, is one of only around 400 surviving Stradivarius violins in the world.
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It was sold Wednesday by fine-instrument auction house Tarisio in an online sale for 1,385,000 pounds. The auction house said a portion of the proceeds would go to the authorities who helped find the violin. woman claims 1 oF 2 winning ticKets ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman has come forward to collect half of the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, says she’ll take the lump sum payout of $120 million after taxes. Curry bought one of the two winning tickets for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot. The other ticket was sold in San Jose, Calif. Curry, her husband and other family members came to the lottery headquarters in Atlanta to claim the prize, surprising officials who thought the winner may take some time to get their affairs in order. Curry lives in a two-story home with a two-car garage and a basketball goal in the driveway. Other than that, not much is yet known because she has not wanted to speak publicly. PUtin: No missiles Yet in KaliningraD region MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that Russia hasn’t deployed missiles to its westernmost Baltic exclave, but sees it as a possible way of countering the U.S.-led missile defense system in Europe. Putin was asked at a Thursday news conference about a report claiming that Moscow stationed its state-of-the art Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region that borders NATO and EU members Poland and Lithuania. Both nations have expressed concern, and Washington warned Moscow against making destabilizing moves. Putin says Russia has long considered the move, but adds that “we haven’t made the decision yet” on deploying them. UK to issUe plastic banKnotes in 2016 LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England says it will start issuing plastic bank notes for the first time in its 300-year history. The decision comes after a three-year research program found that plastic notes stay cleaner for longer, are more difficult to counterfeit and last more than twice as long as than cotton paper. The central bank said Wednesday that cash made from polymer, rather than cotton paper, will debut when a new 5 pound ($8) note featuring wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill rolls out in 2016. Bank governor Mark Carney said the polymer notes are “the next step” in ensuring trust and confidence in money. A 10-pound note featuring Jane Austen — due to be introduced about a year later — also will be made from polymer. SHUtDown DelaYs taX Filing season 10 DaYs WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers eager to get refunds will have to wait an extra 10 days to file their federal tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday the government shutdown has forced it to delay tax filing season until Jan. 31. It had been slated to start Jan. 21. The IRS says the 16-day shutdown in October interrupted workers who were programming and testing the agency’s processing systems. Following the shutdown, the IRS warned that tax season could be delayed. Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said the extra 10 days should give workers time to prepare the system. Many taxpayers file early to get quick refunds. The April 15 deadline for filing individual tax returns, which is set by law, remains unchanged. JUDge to Hear argUments in OHio speeD camera case CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge who decisively rejected use of cameras for speeding enforcement will hear arguments on whether a village must reimburse motorists. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman Thursday will consider a motion by plaintiffs who want him to rule in their favor without a trial. He ruled earlier that the original 2012 lawsuit can be expanded to all drivers who paid speeding tickets before he ordered a halt to Elmwood Place village’s camera enforcement in March. Thousands of drivers could seek refunds of $105 tickets and other charges. Attorneys for Elmwood Place want the judge to rule against the reimbursements or wait until after appeals of his earlier rulings. The village has contended cameras improved safety. There are several other lawsuits around Ohio challenging cameras. PerU DestroYs clanDestine lanDing strips LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru says special forces troops have destroyed 20 clandestine landing strips used to fly drugs out of the jungle to Bolivia and Brazil. Military authorities said Wednesday that the landing strips were guarded by leftist Shining Path rebels, who finance their struggle by protecting drug traffickers. Joint Command chief Adm. Jose Cueto and national police chief Gen. Jorge Flores say the operation in the valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers was conducted by 224 security agents using five tons of explosives, 10 helicopters and five hovercrafts. They say security forces also destroyed 24 wells used to process coca leaves, the base ingredient for making cocaine. Peru’s government says the destruction of the landing strips and wells will hurt the Shining Path’s finances.
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This August 2013 photo shows one of several odd looking buildings that sometimes look like (AP Photo/Amir Bibawy) they were on other planets, in Petra, Jordan’s most famous ancient site.
JUDICIAL BRANCH AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION VACANCIES
The Judicial Branch of the American Samoa Government announces the following vacancies in the High Court of American Samoa.
CLERK I (1)
Duties: Under supervision of the Clerk of the Court, the Court Clerk I services counter, answers telephone and provides information on court functions and procedures. Prepare court calendar for court to which assigned, maintains files and processes documents for court to which assigned, make entries in the docket books as required. Set trial dates and pre-trial conferences notes to approval of the judge and process notices to counsels and parties. Prepare courtrooms set up prior to trial or hearings, prepares warrants, subpoenas, summons and related documents. Performs general office duties, working closely with other members of the clerical staff to collect fees, bails, fines, etc., issue receipt and record same in cash journal. Performs other related duties as required such as interpreting and secretarial work for the court. Qualifications: Through knowledge of legal terminology and court procedures ability to keep accurate court records, ability to set-up files; ability to type 50 words a minute with maximum accuracy. Salary: Salary range from $16,000 per annum and may be adjusted according to experience.
COURT INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR (1)
General Purpose: Under supervision, Court Interpreter will provide English and Samoan languages interpretation activities on an assigned and as-needed basis for the High Court and the District court of American Samoa. Court interpreters will specifically perform duties as an English and Samoan languages interpreter for courtroom and other legal proceedings, which may include, but are not limited to, arraignments, preliminary hearing, pre-trial conference and court trials. As necessary, the Court Interpreter may be asked to assist the Chief Probation Officer with probation-related work. Examples of Essential Duties, Responsibilities, and Skills: The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification. The examples provided below are note intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. 1. Interprets from and into English and Samoan using simultaneous, consecutive, and sighttranslation modes. Interpretations must be accurately conveyed without any superfluous edits, summarizations, additions, or omissions. 2. Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other justice-related partner. 3. Interprets court proceedings to Samoan –speaking individuals at the direction of the Court. 4. Ability to correctly and accurately use English and Samoan grammar and vocabulary. Qualifications: A successful candidate for the Court Interpreter Position: 1. Must demonstrate verbal and written proficiency in both English and Samoan languages; 2. May be a foreign national whose immigration status in American Samoa is in good standing; 3. Does not have a felony conviction; 4. Has not been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol for the last ten years; 5. Has never been convicted of criminal offenses provided under chapter 35, 36, 40, and 41 of Title 46 of the American Samoa Code Annotated. Applications for the position vacancies are available at the Clerk’s Window at the High Court of American Samoa. All applications must be returned to the Administrator at the High Court building by no later than 4:00 p.m., December 23, 2013. Contact Enele Seumanutafa at 633:1261 or 633:1150 for information.
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CHina bUilDs 4tH Antarctic base BEIJING (AP) — Burgeoning scientific power China is starting construction on its fourth Antarctic research base to enhance work on climate change and other fields. State media on Thursday say Taishan Station is being built about 500 kilometers (310 miles) inland. It will be staffed by as many as 20 people during the Antarctic summer from December to March. The base is a further sign of China’s lofty scientific ambitions following the soft landing of a rover on the moon earlier this month. China operates two coastal bases year-round in Antarctica staffed by as many as 140 people during summer, along with a high-altitude inland base that operates only during the summer. Great Wall Station, China’s first, opened in 1985, more than 80 years after Argentina inaugurated the first continually-staffed base. Five teenagers Die strUcK bY gUnmen Fleeing MeXican armY MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say five teenage students were killed when they were run over by armed men trying to escape from soldiers in a northern border city. Tamaulipas state prosecutors say the students were waiting for a bus to take them home after class Wednesday in Reynosa, a city across from McAllen, Texas. Their ages ranged between 13 and 15. Two armed men were being chased by soldiers when they lost control of their pick-up truck, skidding and striking the students on the side of the road. They also hit two cars parked outside the school, injuring a woman and her 5-year-old daughter. The men fled. DrUiDs protest at StoneHenge over new DisplaY oF bones LONDON (AP) — Druids are not happy with the 27 million pound ($44 million) revamp of Stonehenge. Several dozen modern-day Druids in robes protested at the site Wednesday, calling for the reburial of Neolithic remains displayed in an exhibition about the ancient stone circle. King Arthur Pendragon, head of a group called the Loyal Arthurian Warband, compared the display of the bones to a Victorian peep show. A new exhibition center at Stonehenge is intended to give visitors more background on the monument, 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London. It was built over many centuries starting about 3,000 B.C. for a purpose that remains unclear. English Heritage, which oversees Stonehenge, said it had considered using replica bones, but “authenticity is important to tell England’s story.”
Iran to HolD air Force Drill TEHRAN (AP) — The acting chief of Iran’s air force says his pilots will hold a military drill over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the waterway for one-fifth of the world’s oil tanker traffic. Gen. Ali Reza Barkhor says the maneuvers are part of annual exercises meant to show off Iran’s air defense capabilities and military readiness. Barkhor told state TV on Thursday that the exercise will also extend into the Persian Gulf waters. In past years, Iran had threatened to block the waterway in retaliation for international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, but Tehran no longer issues such warnings. Barkhor says the two-day drill is to begin on Friday. Iran’s air force has U.S. and Russian-made fighter planes as well as their home-made replicas. Twin 11-montH-olDs tosseD to saFetY DUring NY Fire NEW YORK (AP) — Two 11-month-old brothers are safe after being tossed from the third-floor of a burning building into the arms of a postman. Jermaine Shirley caught the twin brothers one at a time. They were not hurt. The Daily News says Shirley was heading to work around 7 a.m. Wednesday when he smelled smoke in his Bronx building. He says he alerted his neighbors and then got outside to hear a neighbor calling for help from a thirdfloor apartment. He told the newspaper he ran to the back of the building and saw the neighbor on the fire escape with his twins. He told him to drop the babies down to him. The rest of the family made it down the fire escape. The cause of fire is under investigation. NY searcH sUspenDeD For missing militarY Drone OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — New York National Guard officials say U.S. Navy divers have suspended their search for an unmanned military aircraft that crashed into Lake Ontario last month. Guard spokesman Eric Durr says Wednesday that the recovery effort has been placed on hold until the spring because of rough conditions on the lake. The search for the multimillion-dollar MQ-9 Reaper began after it crashed into the eastern end of the lake after taking off Nov. 12 from the airfield at Fort Drum in northern New York. The drone is one of several flown by the Air Guard’s Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing. Pieces of the drone later washed ashore about 12 miles east of where the craft crashed. The Air Force is investigating the cause of the crash.
It’s also made clear in the RFP that the vessel must comply and pass U.S. Coast Guard certification and inspection. TUTUILA- MANU’A VESSEL The passenger/cargo vessel to serve between Tutuila and the island group will probably cost approximately $5 million and is to be funded by the U.S. Transportation Administration (USDOT) through the local Department of Public Works, which helped secured the funding source under one of the USDOT’s programs, said Poumele. Asked as to what will happen to the MV Sili, Poumele said it will still operate as well, adding that the MV Sili has about five to seven more years of life left, and it has lasted this long due to the fact that it’s been well-cared for by Port Administration. The new boat, by design and construction, will “have better accommodation for passengers” compared to the MV Sili, in which sea water comes onto the deck, Poumele said, adding that Gov. Lolo Moliga is committed to making sure that Manu’a is developed and this is part of that economic development push to ensure there are sufficient, safe vessels. Details of this project are not yet available, but the RFP is expected to be issued soon by Procurement Office. BACKGROUND In the last months of his administration, former Gov. Togiola Tulafono moved to purchase a boat to travel between the Manu’a islands funded by USDOT’s Federal Transit Administration, through a grant secured by local Public Works, but then governor-elect Lolo appealed to the outgoing administration to postpone such a move until his new administration took office. Lolo said at the time that he would prefer a newly built boat instead of another used one, but Togiola dispatched to the U.S. mainland a team to identify a boat for purchase. In the end the Lolo administration took office and the purchase was placed on hold. Lolo told Togiola that ASG has “invested so much money” on vessels, including an airplane, and still it has not even come close to properly accommodating the island group’s transportation needs. Additionally, the MV Sili has been “riddled” with repair problems costing the government more than the original cost of the vessel, while the vessel Fo’isua only operated for a short time before it was decommissioned. A government official told Samoa News last week that this newly “designed and built” boat to operate between Tutuila and Manu’a will save the government money in the long run, as a lot of money is spent on maintenance for the MV Sili.
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Police pulled Tuaolo’s car over and saw Wells throw something on the floor while using his feet to shove it under the car seat. Police found a medium plastic baggie which contained methamphetamine where Wells was sitting. COURT JAILS MAN WHO FAILED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT A man who owes $4,000 in child support was thrown in jail last week Friday, for not honoring the court order that he pay $250 per pay period for child support. Samoa News cannot name the man in this case to protect the identity of the minor children. Chief Justice Michael Kruse during the hearing noted that the last time this case was called, the man failed to appear in court, and it appears that he does not follow court orders. It was revealed the man failed to pay $225 each pay day as per the court order, and since the beginning of the year, he’s only paid $500 to his children, while he still owes $4,000. Kruse pointed out that it’s clear the man disregards court orders, and he was remanded into police custody until he pays in full what he owes in child support. FREDERICK MANUMA FINED AND PLACED ON TWO YEARS PROBATION Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond sentenced Fredrick Manuma to two years probation and also ordered him to pay a fine of up to $1,000. The defendant was initially charged with stealing and stalking, however in a plea deal with the government, Manuma pled guilty to misdemeanor stealing and stalking — also a misdemeanor. The defendant apologized for his actions noting he’s full of remorse. He apologized to his family for his actions, which have ridiculed his family name, and apologized to the family whose home was involved. Manuma said he’s embarrassed for what he did and the time spent in jail has taught him a huge lesson. He said that given his young age, incarceration is not for him. Defense and Prosecution both recommended the defendant be placed on probation and his incarceration of three months should be enough penalty in this case. Richmond took into consideration recommendations by both parties and sentenced the defendant to one year for stealing and one year for stalking, however the sentence was suspended and the defendant placed on probation, under certain conditions. Aside from the fine, he was ordered to be gainfully employed, remain a law abiding citizen and undergo 200 hours of community service.
➧ Last remaining albacore fleet in US…
In a Feb. 28 letter, prior to the March meeting here, longline boat owners informed WPRFMC executive director Kitty Simmonds that the “most important matter that we are faced with now is the current albacore market and its impact on the American Samoa longline fleet. The letter pointed out that most of the local vessels are currently tied up at the dock hopefully awaiting a change in conditions for vessels to resume operating again. Furthermore the albacore price dropped dramatically over a few months to around $1,000 per metric ton and it’s impossible to continue targeting only albacore at this time for that price considering catch rates and cost of essentials such as bait and fuel. Boat owners also said that they want to make sure that any quotas set for big eye catch and/or regulations for our fishery will not impede efforts to survive in this commercial fishing industry. “In addition to exploring other options for our fleet in order to survive, we would also like to know if there is any financial assistance that boat owners/ fishermen can apply for through programs that the Council administers,” the letter states. Local businessman Carlos Sanchez and president of Longline Services, Inc., owner of six local longliners, told Samoa News that “everyone talks about helping the alia fleet” and the Council even paid more then $500,000 for facilities for the Manu’a fishermen.” “What help has the longliner fleet here gotten or received any support?  Nothing— zero,” he added. EEZ FISHING In their news release, boat owners said the closed areas within the American Samoa Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) have worsened the condition especially as it costs more to operate outside and around the closed areas, and since the targeted albacore is a highly migratory species, it is impossible for the longliners to follow the fish once it gets to the boundaries of a closed area. They also said that a major factor causing low fish prices is the abundant supply of albacore that is being dumped by subsidized foreign longliners— mostly by the Chinese government. Additionally, invasion of regional waters by the Chinese longline fleet is not only affecting the American Samoa longline fleet but also the fleets of neighboring countries such as the Cook Islands and Fiji. “It is very difficult to compete against a fleet [when] their government subsidizes fuel and other costs and their government fights in the international arena for their rights to fish in our region and purchases fishing permits for them,” Sanchez said. “The U.S. government or the WPRFMC does not represent the interests of the American Samoa fleet in the same capacity as we are not a priority to them. Everyone knows the problems, but no one wants to do anything about it,” he added. Boat owners say that only Lafaele and Poumele “have reached out to try and understand our situation” and they testified earlier this month at the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission meeting in Cairns, Australia on the “impact that such foreign fleets have had on our local fleet.” “Unfortunately, their presentation did not receive the attention or support by the major players, including the U.S. delegation, in these negotiations with China dominating, as they were able to block any votes prohibiting them from expanding their longline fleet in our region,” they said. They also emphasized that the American Samoa longline fleet is made up of U.S. flagged vessels operating out of American Samoa and fishing within the American Samoa EEZ under the American Samoa longline limited entry program which is administered by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Services. “It is the last remaining U.S. albacore fleet in the United States,” the statement says. “Similarly, longliners that are operating out of American Samoa but who fish in neighboring countries such as Cook Islands are also experiencing the same challenges, and many have also chosen to tie up their vessels until conditions improve. According to the release, longline vessels home ported in American Samoa deliver most if not all of their catch to Starkist Samoa, and purchase all requirements such as fuel, food, gear and spare parts from American Samoa vendors and companies. Furthermore, repair and maintenance of engines, machinery and equipment are also completed in American Samoa. Rasela Feliciano, president of the Tautai O Samoa Fishing Association, said American Samoa’s small island economy is a fragile one with numerous challenges when trying to sustain new industries and businesses, and it is difficult to entice new businesses to enter. “The American Samoa longline fleet was created and provided for by boat owners themselves without any cost to the local government,” said Feliciano, owner of three local longliners, adding, “It will be more difficult to try and establish another fleet in American Samoa than to try and keep or support the existing one. Unfortunately, this fact is not recognized.”
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Most of the longline vessels are now tied up at the main dock area, and the few vessels that are fishing will tie up as soon as their current trips are completed, according to the association. “It is unfortunate that we have to do this as all boats and crews contribute to the local economy directly, but the decision to sell the boats is a business decision that is unavoidable with the current conditions and without support from the local or federal government”, concluded John Gibbs, an owner of two local longliners. BACKGROUND Samoa News should point out a recent news report on Fiji’s $300 million tuna industry says it’s ”gasping for breath”. According to www. atuna.com, 12 tuna companies in Fiji are struggling for survival and the main problem is “state-subsidized foreign vessels” flooding the international market with fish. The article, “Fiji’s 300-Million Dollar Tuna Industry Is Gasping For Breath”, Dec. 17, 2013, reports Graham Southwick, President of the Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association (FTBOA) saying he cannot see a solution to the problems in the next five years. “He explained that the only long-term solution was for the region to work together to place their concerns on the agenda of international tuna meetings.” According to the article, the FTBOA is seeking assistance from the government on alternative fisheries and “the association has stressed that the increasing existence of foreign boats in Pacific waters has made it difficult for local tuna fishing companies to compete for the same tuna stock.”
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Na taua e le tamaititi na aafia i leoleo e faapea, pe tusa o le masina o Aperila poo Me 2013, na te’i ai ina ua fai atu le alii o Tao ma isi alii e toalua sa loka faatasi latou i totonu o le sela, latou te faatinoina ni uiga mataga. E ui na musu le alii na aafia e pei ona ia faamatala i leoleo, ae The Faga’ima CCCAS Youth singing “Joy to the World” during their Christmas performance sa faamalosi lava e Tao ma isi alii e toalua ona faia uiga mataga [photo: TG] this past Tuesday evening as part of the Arts Council’s annual Christmas program. nei ia te ia. Na taua e le alii na aafia le faapele o ia i lavalava ina ia mafai ai ona faatino gaioiga mataga e pei ona faia faasaga ia te ia. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo isi alii talavou e to’alua o lo o tuuaia faatasi ma Tao i lenei mataupu, sa la ioeina ai i leoleo lo latou faia o amioga mataga nei i le alii na aafia, a’o taofia faatasi i latou i totonu o le sela i le falepuipui o Tamaiti i Tafuna. Ina ua fesiligia le alii o Tao e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, sa ia ioeina ai lona faia o amioaga mataga e pei ona taua i le alii na aafia e ui sa musu o ia. O le alii o Tao e 17 tausaga le matua i le taimi na tula’i mai ai lenei mataupu, ae talu ai o le matuia o tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia, ua mafai ai e le malo i lalo o le tulafono ona molia o ia o se tagata matua. O tuuaiga e pei ona taua i luga, na tula’i mai i le taimi a’o taofia Tao i le falepuipui o Tamaiti, ona o tuuaiga i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i le fanau e toalua a se ulugalii o lo o tagi faasaga i lenei mataupu. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, i le aso 8 Me 2013, na faila ai e le ulugalii le la tagi i le ofisa o leoleo, faasaga ia Tao i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i le la fanau e toalua, e 5 ma le 9 tausaga le matutua. Na faailoa e tamaiti na aafia i leoleo e faapea, o le taimi o le kerisimasi 2011 na amata ai Saunia: L.A.F./Naenae Productions ona fai atu e Tao uiga mataga nei ia te i laua. MOLIA BRIAN LIMA I LE FAAOOLIMA E $75,000 le tupe lea ua faatulaga e totogi ona faatoa mafai lea Ua molia nei i le tulafono se tasi o alo lauiloa o le atunuu i le taaloga o le lakapi, le afioga Muliona tatala Tao i tua e faatalitali ai taualumaga o lenei mataupu. agatele Brian Lima, ona o lona faaoolima i le tamaitai sa avea muamua ma ona toalua. Ua faamaonia mai e le Matagaluega o Leoleo ma Falepuipui, o le faaiuga o le vaiaso ua tuanai na molia ai Muliagatele i moliaga o le faaoomanu’a i le sa avea ma ona toalua, o Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, i se nofoaga faitele. O lo o afaina foliga o lea tamaitai ma sa moomia ni togafitiga i le falemai. O lo o molia foi Muliagatele i le umia o se auupega matautia, ma ua tuuina atu ai foi se faasilasilaga e faasa ai ona ia toe fesootai ane i le ua aafia. Ua maea foi ona tauaaoina e le Matagaluega o Leoleo ma Falepuipui ona pepa malaga uma ma ua faatonuina foi o ia e saini i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Apia i aso Faraile o vaiaso taitasi, seia oo i le aso e tulai ai i luma o le Faamasinoga i le aso 13 o Ianuari o le tausaga fou. E le o le taimi muamua lenei ua tulai mai ai se feeseeseaiga faapea i le va o lea ulugalii, ma e tele lava ina oo i le Faamasinoga ma toe faaui i tua. Peitai o le taimi nei, ua faailoa ai e Lemalu lona naunautaiga ina ia faaauau pea le mataupu seia oo i lona taunuuga. O Muliagatele ma Lemalu ua le toe nonofo faaletulafono, ae sa fesootai lava ona o le la fanau. SAVALI TAAMILO LE TOOMAGA I SAVAII O le faaiuga o le vaiaso nei e faaiu ai le savali a le Toomaga mo e Puapuagatia i le Itu Salega i le motu tele i Salafai, ma faasopolia atoa ai loa Savaii i le savali o lo o momoli atu ai le feau o le filemu ma le saogalemu i totonu o aiga mai sauaga. O lenei savali faataamilo i Savaii na amata mai i le faaiuga o le masina ua tuanai, i le amataga o le 16 aso o gaioiga ma taumafaiga e tetee atu ai i sauaga faasaga i tina ma tamaitai, faapea fanau i totonu o aiga, nuu ma afioaga. Na faaalia le agaga fiafia tele o le peresetene o le Toomaga, le tamaitai o Lina Chang, ma momoli lana faafetai i le mamalu o le atunuu i Savaii mo le lagolagoina ma le talisapaia o le savali, aua lava le momoliina atu o le feau i totonu o le lotoifale o aiga, ma faasoa ane ai nisi o faafitauli o lo o feagai ai ma nisi o le atunuu. O sui lava o le Toomaga i Savaii na faatinoina lea savali. AVE TAAVALE NA MALILIU AI TAGATA Na faatumulia totonu ma fafo o le maota Faamasino Faaitumalo i le aso Lua o le vaiaso nei i aiga o alii talavou e toalua ia na maliliu ina ua taavalevale le pikiapu sa malaga ai i Vailoa, Faleata lea sa uliina e le tamaitai talavou o Leslie Maria Kolhase mai Motootua. O le aso lea na tulai ai lea tamaitai e 19 tausaga le matua mo le taimi muamua e tali i ona moliaga o le ave taavale faatamala ua maliu ai se tasi, ave taavale faatamala ua manua ai se tasi Zach Faulkner, o se tasi o ali’i o loo aoga i le Kolisi Tuufaa- ma le ave taavale faasua’ava. tasi, ua faalauiloa lana siapo sa ia tuufaatasia i lalo o le poloNa saunoa le tamaitai faamasino o Mata Tuatagaloa, o le a tuuina atu lea mataupu i le Faamakalama a le tamaitai atisi ia Regina Meredith ma fesoasoani i sinoga Maualuga e iloilo ai. E pei ona lipotia muamua i a tatou tala, o lea faalavelave na tulai mai ai le ali’i faiaoga siapo o Wilson Fitiao i le Kolisi Tuufaatasi a i le masina na tea nei, ma na maliliu ai ni alii se toalua sa nonofo i le keli o le pikiapu sa faafoeina (Photo: J. Kneubuhl) Amerika Samoa. (Faaauau itulau 23)
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Faaitiitia tagata faatau i faleoloa
Ua molimauina e nisi o le aufai oloa le faaitiitia o tagata faatau i a latou faleoloa, e ui o lea ua toe tasi le vaiaso taunuu i le kerisimasi o lenei tausaga. E le gata i le faaitiitia o tagata faatau i faleoloa ae ua oo lava fo’i i isi pisinisi e pei o fale’aiga ma falesu’isu’i, ua vaaia fo’i le toalaiti o tagata e manaomia lea auaunaga. E pei ona masani ai i le tele o tausaga, o le vaiaso pito sili lenei ona pisi ai le atunuu i soo se vaega o lo o i ai faleoloa tetele ma pisinisi, mo le faia o faatau mo le aiga mo le kerisimasi. Na taua e Ling Zu o lo o faatautaia le faleoloa o le Fashion Boat i Fagatogo e faapea, o le tele o tagata ua le mananao e fai ni faatau lavalava ae ua sefe le tupe e tapena ai taumafataga mo le aiga i le kerisimasi. I le tele o tausaga o avea Zu ma tagata faipisinisi i le teritori, sa ia taua le amata faaitiitia o tagata faatau i le fa tausaga ua mavae atu, talu mai lava le taimi na tapunia ai le Samoa Packing ma faasolo mai ai lava seia oo mai i le tausaga lenei. O le tele o faleoloa ua amata ona faalauiloa a latou oloa mo le kerisimasi i fafo, ma ua amata foi ona tuai ona tapuni a latou faleoloa, peita’i o lo o tumau pea le faaitiitia o tagata e fiafia e faatau. O se tasi o faafitauli na taua e le aufai pisinisi ua mafua ai le faaititia o tagata faatatau i lenei vaitau, o le taofia lea o le polokalame o pesepesega o le kerisimasi a le malo, aua o le polokalame lea e pisi ai tagata faigaluega uma a le malo e faatau a latou toniga mai faleoloa, ona ave lea e su’i i falesu’isu’i. Na taua e se tama’ita’i mai Filipaina o lo o pulea le falesu’isu’i i Fagatogo e faapea, o taimi pisi nei i tausaga ua mavae e masani ai ona latou teena nisi o tagata e o atu e fia su’i a latou ofu, ona o le pisi o i latou i le tau su’iina o toniga a nisi o ofisa a le malo, ae talu ai ua leai ni toniga mo le malo, ua latou taliaina ai soo se tagata e alu atu e fia su’i lona ofu. Sa ia taua fo’i e faapea, talu ai ua tau leai ni tagata e afea lana falesu’isu’i, ua tatau ai ona faataugofie le tau o lana tautua ina ia faigofie i tagata ona afea. Na taua e se sui o le Faleoloa a Tutuila Store i Fagatogo, o nisi o a latou oloa ua faaititia le alu i le taimi lenei o ie sii atoa, ai ona ua leai ni ofisa a le malo e manaomia ni toniga mo faafiafiaga o lenei tausaga, sei vagana ai se vaega toaititi o aulotu ma aufaipese sa faafiafia. O nisi o tagata faatau na fesiligia e le Samoa News, sa latou taua e faapea, o lo o pisi e fai faatau e ave i Samoa mo le malaga a le Lady Naomi i le aoauli nei. O nisi o fale’aiga i le atunuu, sa latou taua e faapea, e na o aso totogi lava o le malo e pisi ai tagata faatau, ae o isi aso o le vaiaso e tau leai ai lava ni tagata faatau. O nisi o oloa o lo o maitauina le la’u e aiga i le taimi lenei e aofia ai mea taalo mo fanau faapea ai oloa mo taumafataga mo le aiga.
Vaaiga eseese i aufaipese na faafiafia i le ulua’i po na tatala aloaia ai le Polokalame o Pesepesega o le Kerisimasi mo lenei tausaga, e pei ona amataina ai i le po o le aso Sa na te’a nei i le Malaeoletalu i Fagatogo. O lona 36 lenei o Polokalame, ma o lo o faatautaia e le Ofisa a le Arts Council faatasi ai ma le lagolagosua a le Matagaluega o Tupulaga Talavou, Tina ma Tamaitai a le malo - [ata: AF]
NEW YORK (AP) — For a significant number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released Wednesday. Only half of people who responded to a Pew Research Center poll said they considered Christmas a religious holiday, even though nearly three-quarters said they believed Jesus was born to a virgin. One-third said they viewed Christmas as a cultural celebration. Church attendance will be higher than usual during the holiday. But of the 69 percent of respondents who said they attended Christmas worship services as a child, only 54 percent will do so this year. By contrast, 86 percent say they will gather with extended family or friends and will buy gifts for them. The survey is the latest to measure the gulf between many Americans and religious life. About 20 percent of Americans overall say they have no religious affiliation, a figure which is expected to rise among younger generations. The Pew Christmas study found a similar trend. While twothirds of people age 65 and older consider Christmas religious, only 40 percent of adults under age 30 agree. Eight-in-10 nonChristians will celebrate the holiday, but mostly as a cultural celebration. A separate Pew poll found about one-third of U.S. Jews had a Christmas tree at home last year. Not surprisingly, Christians who more closely identify with a faith are more likely to view Christmas as religious. More than 80 percent of white evangelicals consider the holiday religious, compared to 66 percent of white Catholics and 60 percent of black Protestants. Fifty-six percent of white Protestants from what are known as mainline churches consider the celebration more religious than cultural. About half of Hispanic Catholics consider Christmas more religious than cultural, but in several Latin American countries the holiday is customarily celebrated on Epiphany, which falls on Jan. 6. The survey of about 2,000 was conducted from Dec. 3 through Dec. 8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percent.
Christmas is more cultural than it’s religious for many
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KEITH TALOSAGA O le ali’i e 18 tausaga le matua lea na tuuaia i lona fao faamalosi o le $10 mai se alii ina ua uma ona ia faaoolima i ai, ua ia tautino i le faamasinoga e faamaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. O Keith Talosaga na ulua’i tuuaia e le malo i moliaga mamafa e lua e aofia ai le faomea i le tulaga muamua, faomea i le tulaga lua ma le moliaga mama o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ae i lalo o se maliliega na latou sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi, na ia tali ioe ai i le moliaga mama o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ae solofua e le faamasinoga moliaga mamafa. I le tali ioe ai o Talosaga i le moliaga, sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i le aso 15 Me 2013, sa ia tu’iina ai foliga o le alii na aafia ma manu’a ai, ma o lea gaioiga sa ia faia, e le tusa ma ala o le tulafono. Na taua e Talosaga i lana faatoesega le lagona o lona salamo e tusa ai o lana solitulafono sa fai, ma ua toe fia fo’i atu i lona aiga e tausi ona matua. Sa ia taua fo’i e faapea, o masina e 7 na taofia ai o ia i le falepuipui, ua ia lagonaina ai le leaga o le nofosala i le toese. E ui na lagolago e le loia a le malo ia Tony Graf le talosaga a le loia a Talosaga o Michael White ina ia nofovaavaaia le ua molia, peitai sa ia faailoa i luma o le faamasinoga e faapea, e i ai le isi mataupu fou ua faila e le malo faasaga ia Talosaga, ona o le faalavelave lea na ia fasia ai se alii pagota i totonu o le toese i le masina o Setema na te’a nei. E tasi le tausaga i le falepuipui ma le salatupe e $1,000 na manatu le faamasinoga e faasala ai Talosaga ananafi, ae ina ua maea ona faafofoga le faamasinoga i talosaga a loia ma le faatoesega a le au molia, na manatu ai loa alii faamasino, o le a faamalumalu le tuliina o lea faasalaga, ae o le a nofovaavaaia o ia mo le 2 tausaga i lalo o poloaiga e tatau ona usita’i i ai. O nisi o ia poloaiga e aofia ai e alu lea e saili sana galuega tumau pe afai ae tatala o ia i tua mai le toese, aua ne’i ona toe solia se tulafono, ua lava le umi lea ua uma ona ia tuliina i le toese e fai ma ana faasalaga i lenei mataupu, ma ia aua ne’i ona toe tagofia le ava malosi. Na taua e le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse, o le faasalaga a Talosaga i lana mataupu muamua, e le aafia ai taualumaga o lana mataupu fou e pei ona toe molia ai o ia e le malo. E ui o lea ua magalo Talosaga mai lana mataupu muamua, ae o lo o taofia pea o ia i le toese i Tafuna ona o le mataupu fou e pei ona toe molia ai o ia, ma, seiloga e totogi le $5,000 ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala o ia i tua. MICHAEL MA MARTIN SEGA O le au uso lea o lo o tuuaia i lo la faia o uiga mataga i se tamaititi e talavou i lalo o le tulafono, ua la talosaga i le faamasinoga maualuga e faatulaga loa se aso e faia ai le la faamasinoga autu. O Michael Sega ma lona uso o Martin o lo o tuuaia i moliaga mamafa e aofia ai le tagofia o itutinosa o fanau, faapea ai ma le faia o amioga mataga i fanau laiti, ma o lo o taofia pea i laua i le toese i Tafuna e faatali ai le aso 13 Ianuari 2015 lea ua faatulaga e faia ai le la faamasinoga autu. Na faailoa e le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond ia Michael ma Martin, pau le aso avanoa o lo o latalata mai i le kalena a le faamasinoga, o le aso 13 Ianuari 2015, ae afai e i ai se isi aso e avanoa i le tausaga fou 2014, ona faatulaga ai loa lea o le la faamasinoga. STEPFATHER MA LONA FAAMASINOGA O le Stepfather lea o lo o tuuaia i lona faia o uiga mataga i le fanau teine e toalua a le fafine na la nonofo, ua ia finau i le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso nei, ina ia faatulaga loa se aso e faia ai lana faamasinoa autu. O ananafi na faatulaga e faataunuu ai le ulua’i iloiloga o lenei mataupu, peitai ina ua valaau i luma o alii faamasino, na faailoa ai loa e le alii loia ia Michael White o lo o tula’i mo le stepfather, le mana’o o le ua molia e faatulaga loa se aso e faia ai lana faamasinoga autu. O lo o tuuaia e le malo le ua molia i lona faia lea o uiga mataga i tamaitai e toalua na aafia, le tamaitai e 13 tausaga ma le 9 tausaga. O lo o taofia pea le ua molia i le toese i Tafuna, sei vagana ua totogi le $50,000 ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala i tua.
Aofia ai i le 150 o le au faauu a le Kolisi Tuufaatasi i le vaiaso ua tea o le tamaitai ia Fagalele Moliga, e galue i le Matagaluega o Uafu ma Malae Vaalele. Sa lolofi atu ona aiga e faamanuia i [ata foai] ai mo lenei la’asaga fou i lona olaga.
Fa’afetai Tele Lava!
O le Fa’amoemoe ua Taunu’u, O le La’au o le Soifua lea…O le Pa’ia Fa’ale-Atua i le Nofo Fa’afeagaiga i lea Ekalesia, ma Ekalesia , o lo o fa’afale-le-malu i lea afio’aga, ma lea afio’aga, ona o le tala’iina o le Talalelei a le Atua ma Lona finagalo Pa’ia. Tulou, Tulou, Tulouna Lava! O le mamalu tele i le Tafatolu ole faigamalo a Amerika Samoa, e matou te fa’atulou atu i o outou pa’ia, ma o outou mamalu. Tulou, Tulou, Tulouna Lava… Ae maise le mamalu o le au Faipisinisi i Amerika Samoa. Tulou, Tulou, Tulouna Lava. Ae tainane le fa’afofoga mai o le pa’ia ma le mamalu o le Malo Tuto’atasi i Samoa Sisifo. Matou te fa’atulou atu. Tulou, Tulou, Tulouna Lava. O outou pa’ia, o outou mamalu ma faigata, e le pa’i i ai se leo o lenei Komiti, male mamalu o le EKALESIA EFKAS IERUSALEMA FOU i le Afio’aga i Tafuna. Aua o Samoa o le Atunu’u Tofi. O le fue lavelave, o le i’a iviivia, o le vao filifili. Ae magalo ai so matou leo, e ala i le mamalu o lenei ofisa fa’asalalau. E momoli atu ai le matou Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai Tele Lava. Ua ulufia o outou a’ao, ma fa’agaogaoina o outou tamaoaiga, i totonu o Maota ma Laoa, aemaise le Mamalu o EKALESIA, o nai o matou aiga, uo, ma e ua masani. Ia alofa le Atua, toe fa’atutumu fa’asautualasi atu, ana faamanuiaga i lo outou alolofa tula’i…Aua e sili le manuia o le na te foa’i, i lo le na te talia. E fa’amanuia atu foi le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou. Soifua ma ia manuia. Faia ma le ava tele ma le fa’aaloalo, O le susuga i le Fa’afeaiga le Mamalu o le Komiti o le Se’i, ma le pa’ia o le EKALESIA, EFKAS IERUSALEMA FOU i le Afio’aga i Tafuna
O NUMERA NEI UA FA’AMANUIAINA
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 042769 100792 160050 072550 162987 172779 167060 068776 162014 164697 Pafuti Vaitautolu 770-1178 Kitiona Vai Evelyn 252-7917 Lea Tiaseuga 770-3479 Mafutaga Tina Ierusalema Fou Lemalu Milo 699-8671 Vainuupo Vaovasa 699-2825/770-5138 T.F.K. Aufaipese Ierusalema Fou
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I le masina o Aukuso ae le i oti Peter, na alu ane ai i Kenya e asi ona matua ma lona tuafafine. O lona tuafafine e a’oga i le a’oga o lo’o i Nairobi. O se tama e alofa i lona tuafafine, ma e fa’apena fo’i uiga o lona tuafafine. E vavalalata le mafutaga a Peter ma lona tuafafine e mana’o lava le tama ia mafuta ma faifai mea fa’atasi ma lona tuafafine. Ina ua taunu’u le malaga a Peter i Kenya i ona matua, na alu ai loa sa latou tafaoga i totonu o Kenya, ona e manana’o ona matua ia fa’aali i a Peter le lalelei ma le matagofie o Aferika. Na asiasi atu i Mombasa, ma nonofo i le faletalimalo e latalata i le sami, a’o le taimi lea ua amata ona mu mu mata o Peter. Na ave e ona matua i le falema’i ma va’ai ai le foma’i, ae na fa’ailoa ane e foma’i, o Peter ua maua i le fa’ama’i o le malaria. E le i talitonu lona tina o le fa’ama’i lea ua maua ai lana tama, ae ua amata ona le mautonu le fafine. Na natinati atu nei i lona to’alua, e tatau ona ave Peter (Pita) i le falema’i o Nairobi mo ona togafitiga. Na o’o atu nei le ta’avale a le falema’i ua fa’aigoa o le Flying Doctors ma ave i le malae va’alele, ma fa’anatinati atu loa i le falema’i o Nairobi, ma na va’aia ma tausia e le ali’i foma’i o David Silverstein. O le ali’i foma’i lenei sa ia va’aia le ali’i foma’i o Musoke, lea na sao mai le virusi na feavea’i e Tiali Moneti (Charlie Monet). Ua maua le avanoa e talatalanoa ai ma feiloa’i le ali’i foma’i o David Silverstein ma le tusi tala i a Richard Preston, ma o le fa’amatalaga la lenei a le ali’i foma’i e uiga i a Peter Cardinal. “O Peter Cardinal, o se tama e ‘ena’ena lona la’uulu, e lanu moana ona mata, e umi fa’asasa’o lona fai tino.” O le fa’amatalaga lea a le ali’i foma’i o Silverstein ia Preston ina ua talatalanoa i totonu o se fale’aiga o lo’o i talane o le fale o Silverstein i Uosinitone. Fai mai le fa’amatalaga a le ali’i foma’i, ina ua taunu’u ane Peter i le falema’i o Nairobi, na va’aia lava le malosi o lenei tama’ititi, ae sa ia taumafai ona o lona fia iloa po’o le a le mea ua tupu i le tamaititi. Na fai loa ona fa’ata, ae iloa ai, ua amata ona fefete ona ma ma. E foliga mai o fatu tale suavaia ua si’omia ai ona ma ma, lea ua avea ma ala ua faigata ai ona manava, ma o mea lava e masani ai, ae e o’o ai ina limonia. E le i umi, ae ona va’aia loa, ua foliga lanu moana uma le tino o Peter, ua lanumoana le tumutumu o ona tamatama’i lima, ae o lo’o i ai fo’i le lanu mu mu i le isi itu. Na ia fa’atonuina loa tama’ita’i ma ali’i foma’i ina ia fa’aaoga totigilima ae le i pa’i i a Peter. Na i ai le manatu ua a’afia Peter i le virusi o le Malburg, ae peita’i, e le i o’o Peter i le tulaga na i ai le ali’i foma’i o Musoke. I le isi lua sefulu fa (24) itula, ua fa’amanava Peter i le masina, ona ua leaga ona ma ma, ma ua le mafai ona manava. E faia pea…
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Fa’aliliu: Akenese Ilalio Zec
O se va’aiga i le aufaigaluega i le McDonald i Fagatogo ua fiafia fo’i lea sifi e fa’amanuia mai le Kerisimasi ma le tausaga fou i le pa’ia o le atunu’u, ae fa’amanatu mai, e pau lava lea o le fale’aiga e tatala lava faitoto’a 24/7 i le vaiaso atoa, e o’o lava i [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] aso malolo uma ma faaiuga o viaso.
Vaega: 61 E vi’ia pea le alofa ma le agalelei o lo tatou Matai Silisili oi le lagi, ona o Lana tausiga alofa mo i tatou lea ua tatou aulia mai ai lenei aso matagofie. Fa’afetaia ai pea lo tatou Ali’i, ona o Ana fa’amanuiaga e le mavae i aso uma. Ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo mo lenei aso. Ua fa’amatala nei e le tusi tala o Richard Preston le olaga o Peter Cardinal, lea ua o tatou fa’aiogaina ai le tama’ititi mai Denmark, a’o o ona matua, e galulue i se fa’alapotopotoga e fesoasoani i tagata puapuagatia i totonu o Kenya.
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tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
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O lo ua tulata ina fa’ai’u a’oga a le fanau mo lenei tausaga 2013, ae saunia i latou mo le vaitaimi o aso fiafia ma o latou aiga. O le aso Faraile o le vaiaso lenei e malolo ai aoga mo le tuuaga o le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou. Mai se fa’amatalaga a le Ofisa autu o le A’oga i sasa’e - Fagaitua High sa fa’ailoa mai ai e Shiki Le’aupepe, o se tasi o faia’oga i lea a’oga, “Ua mae’a ona faia le tauvaga ‘Tausala ma Manaia’ a le Fetuisasa’e i le aso Faraile ua tuana’i, ma ua i ai se taofi o le a fa’asalalauina i le lomiga o le aso Faraile o lenei vaiaso le fa’ai’uga o lea tauvaga! Silasila ane ia i la’ua ua fa’amanuiaina la’ua taumafaiga mo ia tofi matagofie.” Peita’i, e le’i mae’a ai le agaga pea o le pulega, le aufaigaluega fa’atasi ai ma faia’oga ma le fanau a’oga i Fagaitua i lo latou fa’amamalu pea lava o le aso na fanau mai ai le Mesia! Ua fuafuaina fo’i se polokalama o pesega matagofie mo lea fa’amoemoe i le aso Faraile nei. I le a’oga i sisifo, Leone High School, ua fa’ailoa mai, “Ioe, e i ai le polokalama fa’apitoa lava a le fanau e fa’atauva ai latou vasega e fa, ina ia tima’ia ai fo’i o latou agaga i le afuaga o lenei malologa i aso fiafia o le tausaga, ae maise o le aso Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou ua fa’aolioli mai.” Ua fa’ailoa mai fo’i, “O le a amatalia lea tauvaga pesega, o fa’aaliga o taleni i tala fa’atino, ma ni si lava taleni e pei o pese ta’ito’atasi, o faleaitu, o ni mea lava ua manatu le fanau a’oga, e fiafia e fa’atino e fa’afiafiaina ai le lautele o le a maimoaina i aiga ma matua ae maise i latou lava!” O le polokalama lea e amatalia i le itula e 4:00 i le afiafi o le aso Faraile ae tatau ona mae’a i le itula e 6:00 i le afiafi lava, ma e faia toniga e mata’ina ai lea fa’amoemoe o le fanau. I le a’oga maualuga a Tafuna, ua fa’atulaga fo’i le latou pesepesega e faia i le afiafi nei e amatalia i le itula e 6:00 i le afiafi ma e faia lava i le latou Faleta’alo. Ua fa’ailoa mai, e vala’aulia aiga ma matua, ina ia maimoaina taumafaiga a le fanau e fa’afiafia i latou uma ma o latou aiga e ala i pesega fa’atauva a vasega ta’itasi e fa. Ua le maua mai se tala mai le a’oga maualuga i le Manu’atele po’o i ai se latou aso fa’apitoa o lo’o tapena i ai, peita’i, e mautinoa lava, o lo’o pisi le Motusa i le tele o polokalama a latou Ekalesia ta’itasi, e fa’atino mo lea vaitau fiafia o le fa’ai’uga o lenei tausaga ae sagai atu mo le tausaga fou ma ona aluga. I le aoga a Samoana High, sa faia i le aso Tofi o le vaiaso ua te’a sa latou koneseti mo le kerisimasi. O le Nu’uuli VocTech High, e le’i maua se tala mai se latou polokalama.
Aua Youth getting ready to entertain the crowd with their Christmas performance that was held at the Malae o le Talu this past Tuesday evening. [photo: TG]
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NEW YORK (AP) — The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement. Cecil Williams, who has been recovering at a hospital with Orlando still by his side, had been slated to get another working dog in January or February to replace the 11-year-old black Lab. Now, he would ideally like to have two dogs — one working and one retired as a pet — if logistics, physical abilities and finances allow. If that’s not possible, the family that raised Orlando as a puppy says it will be “absolutely thrilled to have him back,” said Guiding Eyes for the Blind spokeswoman Michelle Brier. “They’re very thrilled their little baby has made such a big difference.” Williams told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he couldn’t pay for a non-working dog, so he was planning to look for a good home for Orlando. Guiding Eyes, based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., provides working dogs for free but cannot cover retired dogs’ expenses. After the AP published its interview and photographs of Williams with Orlando in his hospital room, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center has been fielding queries from wellwishers offering money and other assistance. Guiding Eyes has “graciously stepped forward to handle those inquiries,” said hospital spokesman Jim Mandler. Williams said that if he does decide he’s able to care for two dogs, he’d need help paying for the Lab’s care. “We don’t know yet what Cecil will choose to do,” said Brier. “He’s in a tough place right now. ... It’s an incredibly emotional, dramatic time.” The organization was setting up a fund and planned to post information on its website. If it turns out Williams doesn’t need the money, it will be used for other guide dogs, according to Brier. Also Wednesday, The Animal Medical Center, which already provides veterinary care to Orlando and other guide dogs, said in a statement it will treat Orlando for free after he retires. Williams, 61, and Orlando both escaped serious injury Tuesday when they were bumped by a train passing over them — a miraculous end to a harrowing ordeal that began when Williams felt faint on his way to the dentist. Witnesses said Orlando barked and tried to stop Williams from tumbling off the platform. Matthew Martin told the New York Post that Orlando leaped onto the tracks as the train approached and kissed Williams to entice him to move. Williams said Wednesday that he’s “feeling a little bit better” but wasn’t sure how long he’d be hospitalized. “My head is still a little sore where they put the staples in. There are bruises on my body,” he said. “They’ve still got to run the tests, trying to find out what caused it.”
Cecil Williams pets his guide dog Orlando in his hospital bed following a fall onto subway tracks from the platform at 145th Street, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in New York. Williams, 61 and blind, says he fainted while holding onto his black labrador who tried to save (AP Photo/John Minchillo) him from falling.
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Through a grant proposal, funds have been secured to run a ‘hands-on’ experiential education program with Ta’u High School, in Manu’a, which is titled ‘Exploring Muliava from a Ta`u Perspective’. This is according to Alice Lawrence, fisheries biologist at the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR). Three week-long modules will be taught to 25 students from grades 9-12 (ages 15-18 years), in addition to any interested community members. “The aim of the project is to introduce students to environmental projects and Western scientific research and management approaches, in addition to discussing the traditional and oral histories associated with Muliava and the Manu’a Islands,” Lawrence explained. The education program comes two years after DMWR completed a project based around Muliava/Rose Atoll. The main aim of that project, said Lawrence, “was to provide the opportunity for the people of Manu’a to visit the atoll and to capture the stories and information about the atoll for educational purposes.” Rose Atoll, often referred to as Rose Island or Motu o Manu by the residents of nearby Manu’a Islands, is an oceanic atoll within American Samoa that is an uninhabited wildlife refuge. It is the southernmost point belonging to the United States and contains the largest populations of giant clams, nesting seabirds, and rare reef fish in all of American Samoa. The Rose Atoll Maine National Monument that lies on the outstanding islands of the Atoll is managed cooperatively by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Samoa Government. Lawrence explained that Muliava/ Rose Atoll is “culturally important for the people of Manu’a and they have a strong affinity to the atoll since it was their traditional fishing ground.” She added, “although the distance, need, and change in the socio-cultural setting had lessened the number of visitations to the area, there is still that strong cultural affinity and ownership of the area by the Manu’a people, led by
their chiefs.” In March 2011, thirty-five Manu’a community members including ranking chiefs, school teachers, and students, took part in a two-day boat trip to Muliava/Rose Atoll. Lawrence explained that the ASCC Samoan Studies Institute was also contracted to undertake the research and develop educational resources, including a report in English and Samoan, along with a two-page bilingual brochure which summarizes the information from the report. (See report in future editions of Samoa News). In addition, the group also produced a thirtyminute educational DVD video documentary and an educational color poster was designed and printed by an independent contractor. The project was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Marine National Monument Program. More information on either one of the two projects can be obtained by contacting DMWR’s Education Division directly at 6334456 or visiting their office behind the Fagatogo Marketplace. EDUCATION PROGRAM: MODULES Module 1: (Ocean) will cover coral reef ecosystems, identification of coral reef organisms, coral reef fisheries, and the monitoring and data recording methods. Lawrence said the module aims to establish a coral reef monitoring program, which can be implemented as part of the school curriculum every year, with the data submitted to Reef Check USA to be included in the Annual Status Report on the World’s Coral Reefs. Module 2: (Geology and Climate Change) will address island formation, geologic time and sea-level fluctuation, and impacts of climate change. Module 3: (Water Quality Monitoring) will provide an understanding of the natural and anthropogenic inputs that can affect Ta’u’s freshwater, and assist with local government monitoring efforts.
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e lea tamaitai i le taimi na tupu ai le faaavelave. O i laua ia o Thesaurus Heather, 19 tausaga mai Tufuiopa, ma Jessie Risale, 20 tausaga mai Vaimoso. Na molimauina le le fiafia o aiga o ia alii e toalua ina ua savali mai le ua molia ma lona tama ma isi sui o lona aiga i fafo o le maota Faamasino. Sa faapea ona latou lafoina atu ni faaupuga le fiafia i le ua molia. Sa lafo e se tasi o tina o alii ua maliliu le faaupuga faaperetania, “I hate you!” LEAI NI MOLIAGA FAASAGA I LE AU TUSITALA Ua tuuina mai nei le faaiuga a le Loia Sili e faatatau i le mataupu na lomia ma faasalalau faalauaitele ai e nisi o nusipepa ma leitio i le atunuu le lipoti a le Suetusi Sili. Ua finagalo nei le Loia Sili, le afioga Aumua Ming Leung Wai, o le a le faauluina ni moliaga faaletulafono faasaga i ia nusipepa ma ofisa faasalalau i lo latou lomia ma le faasalalau faalauaiteleina o le lipoti a le Suetusi Sili, e faasino i nisi o matagaluega ma faalapotopotoga a le malo ae lei maea iloiloga a le komiti filifilia a le Palemene sa gafa ma le suesueina o lea mataupu, ma le faamoemoe e tuuina atu le taunuuga o la latou iloiloga i luma o le Palemene. I se pepa o faamatalaga ua faailoa mai ai e le afioga Aumua e faapea, e ui ua solia le Tulafono o Malosiaga ma Taualoa a le Ofisa o le Fono 1960, ae ua maea ona ia silasila ma tauaofai mai nisi o mafuaaga talafeagai ua mafua ai lana faaiuga e le faauluina moliaga faaletulafono. Fai mai a ia, o se tasi o mafuaaga taua ona o le aso Lua na sei mavae atu nei, ua avea ai ia faamaumauga o le lipoti o lo o fesiligia, ma faamatalaga lautele ina ua folasia i tauaofiaga a le Fono Aoao Faitulafono. E le gata i lea, na saunoa Aumua, o le a tele seleni a le au totogi lafoga o le a faaalu ai pe afai ae oo lea mataupu i le Faamasinoga. Peitai na ia faamamafa, o le a oo lava lea mataupu i le tulafono pe afai ae toe tulai mai.
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• Only school and youth groups can register • Register with Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs • Only aluminum beverage cans are acceptable • Only plastic beverage bottles are acceptable • All aluminum beverage cans and bottles must be weighed in at the GHC Reid Company building in Tafuna. • Original receipt of pounds recorded at GHC Reid must be submitted to DYWA office for
tallying within two days after weighing. • GHC Reid will pay $0.25 per pound of aluminum cans. • GHC Reid will pay $0.00 per pound of plastic bottle. • Individuals and/or family members participating can give pounds recorded to youth group of their choice. • Pounds of aluminum cans and bottles collected by each youth group will be made known every Friday through media outlets;
First Prize. . . . . . . . .$1,000.00 Second Prize. . . . .$ 750.00 Third Prize........$ 500.00 Fourth Prize. . . . . .$ 250.00 Fifth Prize. . . . . . . . .$ 100.00
6th to 10th place Prizes $75 and consolation prizes for all participants. Complimentary prizes for all other participating youth groups to be donated by the business community and indviduals.
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