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Tisa’s Tattoo Fest — The Art of the Tatau influencing world 4 Senate awaiting gov’s reply before decision on line item veto… 3 Togiola responds to critics of Samoa-born Talavalu players B1
A man was arrested at the main port in Fagatogo after he turned up to claim what is alleged to be the biggest marijuana drug shipment ever to be confiscated in the territory, according to police and Customs officers who wished not to be named. Customs Officers told Samoa News the alleged drugs were in a total of nine large bags stuffed inside two large drums and found together with clothes and other personal items. The drugs were purportedly detected by the canine unit. See story below for details. [photo: JL]
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Man arrested at Port for large marijuana shipment in territory
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Gaoteote — “The Senate is not confused… we are concerned”
A US Army reservist was arrested at the main port in Fagatogo after he turned up to claim a container that had what is alleged to be the biggest marijuana drug shipment ever to be confiscated in the territory, according to police and customs officers who wished not to be named. The suspect, a man in his 30s from Pava’ia’i, in the Canco Hill area, is expected to be charged later this week. Customs Officers told Samoa News the alleged drugs were inside nine bags stuffed inside two large drums and small pallets and was stashed together with clothes and other personal items. The canine unit purportedly detected the drugs during a procedural inspection of items entering the territory. According to customs officers the marijuana allegedly confiscated is close to seven pounds and its street value it close to $20,000. Officers from the DPS Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Criminal Investigation Division were contacted for assistance and Samoa News witnessed them taking the man into custody, yesterday. The shipment was unloaded Tuesday morning from the hold of a container ship that has since left port. The Vice and Narcotics division is working on the report to be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.
“The Fono is not confused… but concerned” with the administration’s $4.3 million reprogram bill, declared Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie at yesterday’s Senate session, adding that maybe it is the governor who is “confused”. The reprogram bill was tabled in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for further review when the Fono next reconvenes, after the ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili — who is currently off island on government business — was a no-show at a hearing last week. The House has also tabled its version of the bill. At yesterday’s Senate session, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s letter to the Fono was distributed, indicating the Governor was available to personally testify on the bill and explain any issues that needed clarification on the measure he has proposed to help balance the budget for FY 2013.
Gaoteote informed senators there is no reason for the governor to appear before the Fono to answer questions, as that is the responsibility of the Treasurer, who has appeared before the Fono many times on various financial matters for the government. He then told senators the governor’s letter doesn’t say the Fono is confused, as reported by the newspaper, but he added again the “Fono is not confused”. Instead, he says the “Fono is concerned” and that the governor is probably the “one who is confused”. As reported by Samoa News yesterday, the governor told his cabinet at their meeting last Wednesday that “there is big confusion in the Fono right now” as to the purpose of the $4.3 million reprogramming bill. He said that the confusion is that the Fono is looking at this $4.3 million as new revenue, but it is not. Gaoteote told senators yesterday that every time the word Fono is used, that includes the
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Progressive Insurance wants ASG to pay $$$ appropriated for Laufou fire
petitioner, the party beneficially interested, has no plain, speedy and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law.” The $550,000 was included in the $5 million fiscal year 2013 supplemental appropriation approved by the Fono and signed into law by the governor in April this year. However, this money was earmarked by the administration to be redirected under the $4.3 million reprogramming bill, which has since been tabled in both the Senate and House committees — to be taken up next year. According to Gov. Lolo M. Moliga, the Laufou lawsuit payment has been deferred — as part of the sacrifices needed to be made by the government to balance the FY 2013 budget. At yesterday’s Senate session, Sen. Magalei Logovi’i announced he has a copy of the order by the court for Treasury to pay this money, which was included in the supplemental, but not yet paid by ASG. Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie requested a copy of the court order to make sure this is an official communication received by the Senate. He also pointed out that he was
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
A US Army reservist was arrested at the main port in Fagatogo after he turned up to claim a container that had what is alleged to be the biggest marijuana drug shipment ever to be confiscated in the territory, according to police and customs [photo: JF] officers who wished not to be named.
The Progressive Insurance Company has petitioned the Trial Division of the High Court to have the ASG Treasurer, Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili show cause as to why money appropriated for payment towards the old Laufou fire lawsuit judgement has not been paid. The petition by Progressive, the insurer of the old Laufou Shopping Center destroyed by fire in 2002, was filed Sept. 30 seeking an order to issue a writ against Pili. (The court had ruled in favor of the insurance company, who sued ASG for negligence.) The order was signed Oct. 2 by Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond for Pili to “immediately disburse” to the petitioner the $550,000 approved by the Fono— or in the alternative to show cause in a hearing before the court on Oct. 23 as to why the Treasurer has not made the payment. The writ order states that it appears from a verified petition on file that the Treasurer “has failed to perform his legal duty” under local laws — which includes a provision requiring the Treasurer to pay the amount of a court judgement approved by the Legislature — and “that
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Latest escape raises hope for a new prison facility
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
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Deputy Police Commissioner Leseiau Laumoli is hopeful a new prison facility will be built by next year, one that will offer more security features to keep prisoners from escaping. Leseiau was responding to Samoa News queries about an incident this past weekend where an inmate at the Tafuna Correctional Facility escaped from custody and was later apprehended by police at a nearby nightclub. According to DPS Commissioner William Haleck, inmate Joseph Mamona escaped through the roof of his cell after head count. Mamona allegedly climbed the fence surrounding the jail where he was picked up by his girlfriend Annastasia Toilolo, who is being charged with aiding and abetting. The couple headed straight for a bar, where they were both arrested. When asked about the incident, Leseiau replied that for the time being, they are limited in what they can do, as the “prison facility is so old and run down,” making it easy for prisoners to escape. He said the TCF has been around “for years” and “there is nothing we can do about it.” According to Leseiau, they have been rallying for a new prison facility “for the past eight years, since the last administration” and still, to this day, “nothing has been done.” The deputy commissioner said there have been talks between DPS and the Governor’s Office about building a new prison and Governor Lolo M. Moliga “is in agreement that this is something that needs to be done.” Currently, the US Department of Interior, Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program has approved $2.6 million to construct a new two-story building to house male inmates at the TCF compound in Tafuna. The project is to replace some of the old existing structures and to address the overcrowded conditions at the TCF. During his confirmation hearing before the House of Representatives earlier this year, Haleck told lawmakers that his “number one priority” during his tenure as head of DPS will be the construction of a new prison, saying that while people incarcerated at TCF are lawbreakers, that does not mean they have to be treated like animals. According to Haleck, there are too many prisoners and not enough space at TCF to accommodate them. “Prisoners should be treated with respect,” he said. “We locked them up, and we are responsible for taking care of them.” According to Leseiau, Mamona will be charged with escape but Samoa News understands he will also be facing charges of public peace disturbance and resisting arrest, after he became verbal and “tumultuous” when police arrested him in the nightclub parking lot over the weekend. As for the TCF guards who were working the night Mamona escaped, Leseiau said there will be an internal investigation. When asked if he believed the cops “looked the other way” and allowed Mamona to just “walk out,” Leseiau replied, “not in this case.” (Currently, one of the two cops who was charged with allowing inmates to leave TCF grounds to go shopping at a nearby store is on trial in the High Court. The other cop has already pled out). Leseiau said he is keeping his fingers crossed, that a new prison facility will break ground next year. He said currently, the TCF is seriously understaffed and they are trying to hire another ten officers to help out with manpower. “Of course, these plans are on hold for now, because of the federal shutdown,” Leseiau concluded. To get an idea of the statistics for TCF, listed below are figures submitted by the DPS in its first quarter performance report for FY2013: Oct Nov Dec Inmates 159 169 175 Average number of inmates Pending cases 46 54 60 97 83 124 Arrests Arrestees released (time expired) 73 62 120 Released on parole 0 0 0 5 3 0 Immigration deportation Transported to court 174 150 190 21 11 7 Transported to Hospital
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Senate awaiting governor’s reply before decision on line item veto
item veto issue, it will never be resolved. Furthermore, a court decision will set the pace for future generations wanting to enter the Fono. Sen. Nua Saoluaga said best to resolve it now and seconded the motion by Magalei. Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie recalled telling senators last Friday that a letter from the Fono leaders was going out to the governor about the partial line-item veto and the letter has since been sent. He said that taking this issue to court remains in the minds of the Fono leaders but out of respect for the governor, it’s best to await his reply. He also said in these types of issues, everyone has their own interpretation of the law. Sen. Soliai Tuipine appealed to senators not to rush into making any decision at this point and suggested waiting until the governor replies. This was also echoed by other senators, who also agreed this matter should be addressed soon. Sen. Faumuina Tagisiaali’i, on the other hand, pointed out if the Senate waits for a reply, it would further delay getting the right interpretation of the law and he agreed to taking the matter to court as soon as possible. After other senators spoke, Gaoteote again stated he fully agrees with his colleagues, who are all traditional leaders and “tama o le atunu’u (fathers of the territory) saying this issue needs to be corrected before the next budget comes to the Fono; however, he again asked senators for their patience while the Fono awaits a reply from the governor. Magalei then withdrew his earlier motion and introduced a new motion to have the Fono leaders make the final decision on whether or not to take this
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The Senate on Monday debated whether or not to proceed with a lawsuit against the governor’s “partial” lineitem veto of the fiscal year 2014 budget which reduced by $625,000 the Legislature’s budget for FY 2014. In the end, it was agreed the Senate will await a reply from Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to a letter sent last Friday from the Fono leaders asking the governor to seriously reconsider the partial line-item veto, which the Legislature claims was not in accordance with the Constitution. “By inserting your chosen figure, you have engaged in appropriating government funds, which authority clearly falls exclusively to the Fono,” the letter says. “Good governance calls for following the law and obviously includes respect for our Constitution and the separation of powers it implements.” The Fono leaders’ letter to the governor was distributed on Monday to senators during the Senate session, where Sen. Magalei Logovi’i was the first to raise the issue of the lineitem veto saying that there is a difference of opinions offered by the Fono and the governor regarding the partial veto. He also pointed out that Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli had touched on this matter last week and suggested taking this important issue to the court to be resolved. Magalei then moved for the Senate membership to vote on the Senate taking this matter to court, which will provide guidance for the government going forward in the future. He reminded his colleagues there will be more budgets to be reviewed by the Fono in years to come and unless there is a ruling on this partial line-
matter to court if there is no response from the governor. In the end, the Senate agreed to Gaoteote’s final recommendation that if the governor replies, and his reply is not in accordance with the Senate’s position, the matter will be presented back to the Senate for consideration — which includes the move to take it to court. Gaoteote said the Fono leaders cannot make a final decision—such as taking such issues to court—without consent by both chambers.
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Family and friends of 68-year-old June Hobson of Boise were visiting outside a church after attending her funeral when a car accelerated into a crowd of people, injuring nine. “Everything was calm and peaceful and then whoom! This car came out of nowhere,” Dee Cazier told KTVB-TV on Monday. “And I turn around and I look down the sidewalk and people were flying,” he said. A 5-year-old boy was among those hit by the car, Brad Hobson, son of June Hobson, told the Idaho Statesman. “He was under the vehicle, and both of his legs had broken,” Hobson said. The boy also had a head wound and was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday evening. Hobson said Karen Darrington suffered a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, while his sister, Kimberly Haddon, suffered a concussion and a broken thumb. “It was pandemonium,” Hobson said. “Everybody was screaming. People were frantically trying to assess the situation.” Between 50 and 70 people were outside the church when the car accelerated into the crowd. Hobson said the driver was an 86-year-old friend of his mother who had been struggling to get the car into gear when it accelerated without warning. “He was devastated from what happened,” Dated/Aso: October 01, 2013 Hobson said. “There was absolutely no ill-will, no way.” Clerk ofC ourts Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said the crash was still being investigated. Published 10/09, 10/30
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In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION
PR No. 34-13
In The District Court of American Samoa
TO: Ms. Susitina Tele’a & Unknown Father Si’usega Village Upolu, Samoa NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the abovenamed respondents that a petition has been filed before the High Court of American Samoa to appoint a Legal Guardian for your male child born on January 10, 2004 at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Fagaalu, American Samoa. A hearing will be held after two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of the notice, in which the Court may enter an order appointing a Guardian for your child. If you have any objection, you must appear within two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file an objection or a claim with the Court. O LE FA’AALIGA E TUUINA ATU ia te oe o loo ta’ua lou suafa i luga, ua iai se talosaga ua failaina i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga o Amerika Samoa, in a ia tofia aloaia mai se tasi e vaavaaia, fa’aaoga ma faia se tamaitiiti faapea sa fanau o ia i le aso 10 o Ianuari, 2004, i le Falemai i Fagaalu, Amerika Samoa. Afai e te tete’e i lenei talosaga, e tatau ia te oe on a faila se talosaga tete’e i le Fa’amasinoga i totonu o le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le ulua’i faasalalauga o lenei mataupu.
TO: MR. PATOLO TAMAUSU Lauli’i Village Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the abovenamed respondent that a petition has been filed before the District Court of American Samoa to legally adopt two minor children born on March 26, 1999 and November 18, 2002, respectively, at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Fagaalu, American Samoa. A hearing will be held after two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of the notice, in which the Court may enter an order legalizing the adoption of said children by their step-father.. If you have any objection, you must appear within two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file an objection or a claim with the Court. O LE FA’AALIGA E TUUINA ATU ia te oe o loo ta’ua lou suafa i luga, ua iai se talosaga ua failaina i le Fa’amasinoga Faa-Itumalo o Amerika Samoa, e faatamafai ai tamaiti faapea sa fananau i le aso 26 o Mati 26, 1999 ma le aso 18 o Novema, 2002, i le Falemai i Fagaalu, Amerika Samoa. O lenei talosaga o le a faia pe a tuana’i le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le aso o le uluai faasalalauga o lenei faaliga.Afai e te tete’e ia faaulu se talosaga tete’e i le Faamasinoga i totonu o le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le ulua’i faasalalauga o lenei fa’aaliga.
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TO: ALL INTERESTED PARTIES PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Petition to Probate the Estate, For Letters Testamentary and For Appointment of Executor for this estate has been filed and that a Hearing on said petition has been scheduled for October 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Courthouse in Fagatogo, American Samoa at which time and place all persons interested in said estate may appear and he heard if they so choose. Dated this 22nd day of August, 2013.
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ASPA revives Pacific Lineman Training program in the territory
By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
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This past Monday, the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) began a three-week Pacific Lineman Training (PLT) program, and it is being conducted by Certified PLT Instructor and former resident Harry Speicher. The program, according to ASPA, is training 12 ASPA workers, who will be covering areas such as distribution of power through transformers and underground; live work and safety among other things. Those who successfully complete the program will receive the United States Department of Labor certification, certifying them to perform line-work in the Pacific. The workers in the program are existing workers from ASPA’s Transmission and Development Division who had to go through a selection process to be chosen for the specialized training. According to Speicher, the Pacific Lineman Training was started and created with ASPA back in 2000 as a course that was comparable to the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee that is certified from the United States. “The lineman in this training will go through a session of 6-8 classes over the next few years and become certified Journeyman Linemen through the Department of Labor,” he told Samoa News. Speicher said that he had begun teaching the program in 2000, but it was in 2005 when the PLT program was stopped. He was at the end of his contract in 2007, but ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae got him started with Lineman training in other islands. He has since worked in places such as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the Marshall Islands, where he is currently working. The program is now being revived in the territory, he said, adding that he has done this training for several years. “The training that these workers will go through involves 6-8 three-week classes, that usually go over about a two-year period, but because I work everywhere in the Pacific, I try and get back to American Samoa about every three months to continue their training. It is mandated they receive 2,000 hours of ‘On the Job training’—which they get here at ASPA and another 640 hours of classroom theory that I provide to them also,” he said. According to ASPA Operations Apprentice Program coordinator, Misirita Matagi, ASPA’s own Tau Maugalei, Foreman (PM Secondary) is the assistant instructor for the PLT training, and “Tau is one of the success stories of ASPA’s efforts to promote the U.S. certified program.” The training does not require that the PLT trainees travel off island, and is funded mostly through a federal grant. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
American Samoa’s internationally known and award winning Tufuga Wilson Fitiao, of Suluape Aiga Ta Pe’a, continues his support of the Tatau arts. His tattooing technique is a wellknown combination of traditional tattoo and Siapo patterns, and his skin art designs revolutionized the Samoan Tattoo. [Samoa News file photo]
by Samoa News staff
9th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest: The Art of the Tatau influencing the world…
Twelve ASPA employees have been chosen to be the first class in the revived Pacific Lineman Training program that began at the American Samoa Power Authority this past Monday. The classes and training are being conducted by certified PLT [photo: Jeff Hayner] Instructor Harry Speicher (left).
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Excitement is building as American Samoa prepares for its annual celebration of the art of the Tatau during the 9th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, held this year October 25-27, 2013. “Atu Samoa is a tiny group of islands, yet our art has become one of the most influential in fashion and skin art. Simply put, the world has gone wild over our art,” said Tattoo Fest founder Tisa Fa’amuli. For example, when fashion giant Nike misused Tatau art gender patterns it caused controversy but it also showcased the ability of the Samoan islands to influence the world at large with the Tatau. “It is the one and only art form worn proudly in Samoan villages and also by non Samoans around the world. They wear our tatau patterns like we wear their blue jeans … Samoa is influenced by world culture, but we Samoans also influence world culture,” Tisa told Samoa News. “I am thrilled that Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is the time each year for us to honor our traditional Tatau art form and to celebrate how it has been re-envisioned by the new generation of artists. The success of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest over the years belongs to the new generation,” Tisa said. “Every year, it is so exciting to see how the young artists continue the maintenance of this fine art of the Samoan islands.” And Tisa’s message for the young generation of artists: “Be true to your cultural identity, ae aua lava ne’I maluelue your faith in your roots! The Tattoo Fest may have revived interest in our art, but it’s up to you to carry it with pride and guard it from distraction of any kind and never to allow anything to cause you to lose faith in who you are.” After nine years of celebrating the Tatau Art of Samoa at Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, Tisa is also celebrating her 65th birthday at this year’s popular event that she founded in 1993. “I am pleased and satisfied with the successes of Tatau Art and how it has influenced the arts in every corner of the world today.” Again this year, The Tattoo Fest is partnering with ASCC art students and their teachers who will be demonstrating their love for cultural arts including carving, siapo elei arts and the tatau. “Today, most of our tattooists are students at ASCC and we are grateful to be positive role models in their growth and education. Many have turned out local art proudly displayed in the community and worn by visitors, and locals.” Tisa is proud and happy that the Tattoo Fest has helped inspire so many local tattoo artists. Tutuila Island now has four Tattoo Shops and two traditional Tufuga artists to accommodate the demands of our community and tourists. Many moved off island and found instant success in the tattooing business. “Tatau is great for our local economy and brings tourists to our islands in quest of the traditional (Au) tools,” says Tisa. This year’s tattoo fest will be “all about local” says Tisa: It will be dedicated to the business community who have believed in and supported the Tatau Art at Tisa’s Tattoo Festival over the years. Without their help, the Tatau Art celebration of the Samoan islands would not be possible, she says. “Our mission this year, at the Tattoo Fest, will look close to home as we celebrate how all of Tutuila has made the annual Tattoo Fest such a wonderful success over the past nine years!” “In 2013, we celebrate ourselves, so we can gather our strength for the 10th year Anniversary of Tisa’s Annual Tattoo Fest in the last weekend of October 2014. In 2014, our hope is to grow the Tattoo Festival Island wide. Our proud major sponsors include American Samoa Visitors Bureau, Samoa News, BlueSky Communications, GHC Reid & Co.Ltd/Vailima and Barefoot Republic/ IPEX. Also Tool Shop and Industrial Gases, Polynesian Picks, Ace American Industries, Trade Winds Hotel, Tropik Traders, 3439 Foot Wear, Young Electric and Computer World are proud sponsors of Business Cash Award sponsorships for the best of the Fest in several categories. Get Ready for Tisa’s 9th Annual Tattoo Fest and for more information contact: tisa@tisasbarefootbar.com or call 622-7447 or 731-7100 for additional information.
AS could qualify for grants under President’s net zero proclamation
by B. Chen Samoa News Correspondent
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The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) is currently undergoing an intensive program to redevelop the water production and distribution facilities primarily for water quality purposes. According to the American Samoa Strategic Energy Plan (ASSEP), many of the proposed projects that will improve water quality are synergetic to power savings — but only if energy considerations are implemented as a design criteria. Opportunities for substantial and possibly Net Zero power usage in the drinking water system include: 1. Development of new wells at higher elevation that gravity-feed into elevated tanks at appropriate elevations to supply established pressure zones; 2. Abandonment of sea level aquifer wells, especially those that are pumping deep high salinity water damaging the basal fresh water lens aquifer; 3. Development of new wells within the upper aquifer mountain front potentiometric zone, which flows under artesian pressure to the water storage tanks; 4. Regulate rampant and uncontrolled well pumping and erratic flow direction reversal by connecting wells only to water supply tanks and never directly into the pipeline distribution network; 5. Locate future water storage tanks at appropriate elevations to serve only customers within the prescribed pressure zone, minimize connections between pressure zones, and regulate with the use of pressure reducing and altitude valves; 6. Where feasible, maintain gravity distribution through trenching, tunneling or horizontal boring in lieu of pumping up and over a pass (i.e. Afono to Aua or Faga’alu to Pago); 7. Size distribution main lines adequately and only T-off of mains and laterals and never off of service lines to maintain lower velocities and decrease extensive friction losses; 8. Utilize variable renewable energy sources like wind turbine, windmills, or PV to pump water and store it at high elevations which eliminates the need for expensive battery storage required for the same energy sources of other demands; and 9. Where possible, perform pumping with renewable power sources. (This practice will have the added benefits of saving power generation costs internally, without decreasing customer revenue of external renewable energy customers. It will also significantly reduce
operation costs and therefore justify more capital improvement costs. Additionally, it will make capital improvements eligible for upcoming power conservation grant and financing programs under President Obama’s net zero proclamation.) ‘Net Zero’ was made through Executive Order 13514 titled Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance and issued on October 5, 2009. It mandates that at least 15% of existing federal buildings and leases meet Energy Efficiency Guiding Principles by 2015, and that annual progress be made toward 100% conformance of all federal buildings, with the goal of 100% of all new federal buildings achieving zero-net-energy by 2030.
As ASPA removes cesspools, adds treatment capacity, increases wastewater collection system and disinfection, energy use for wastewater collection and treatment will increase. The east side lift stations and Ultra Violet Disinfection projects currently under construction will add significant internal power usage to ASPA, says the ASSEP. According to the report, by developing renewable power for these internal uses, ASPA can reap the same added values and revenue synergies as providing internal renewable power for the water system. The ASSEP draft will be sent to the National Renewable Energy Lab which was contracted by DOI to work with the AS Renewable Energy Committee. Once approved, the Plan will be implemented by ASPA and the Territorial Energy Office.
The Lions Club of Pago Pago took their mobile van and latest Eye Care Project to the Fagatogo Market Place, on Friday, October 4, 2013, where they gave vision acuity tests to almost 80 people, and distributed as many eyeglasses and sunglasses to those who needed them. First Fridays will see more vision screening from the Lions, who took advantage of the crowd already assembled for the popular First Friday activities. LBJ Ophthalmologist Dr. Ernest Oo was on hand to give specialized screening and eye exams in the Lions new mobile van, and the Dept. of Health also set up at First Friday to give blood pressure checks. Seen here, Lions Club member Taotasi Archie Soliai goes through a vision screening test [photo: tlh] for a young man who needed reading glasses.
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PNRS BOARD MEETING • October 16, 2013
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce/American Samoa Coastal Management Program has received a Land Use Permit Application from the following individuals. 1. DPWc /oF aleosinaV oigt........................................................................................13-2279-L Proposal for demolition and disposal of solid waste (Rainmaker hotel) - Utulei 2. DPW c/oF aleosinaV oigt........................................................................................13-2280-L Federal Consistency Certification, extension, repair with utilities and sewer line - Leone 3. ASPA c /oL omitusiT yrell.......................................................................................13-2282-L Federal Consistency certification, and water line replacement - Nu’uuli 4. William Steffany......................................................................................................13-2285-L Proposal for new construction with utilities include clearing - Malae’imi 5. Solomona &Taufaanu’u Samatua..................................................................................13-2223-LVB Proposal for construction of a new commercial building with utilities - ‘Ili’ili 6. Ben Sauvao............................................................................................................13-2257-LVB Proposal for repair and parking lot - Leloaloa 7. DavidH aleck..........................................................................................................13-2224-LVB Proposal for new construction of two building with utilities for commercial use - Tafuna 8. Fagasa Village Council c/o Ieremia Seigafo Atuatasi......................................................13-2302-L Proposal for walls, fences and filling - Fagasa 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Suai Tafaovale Mikaele Tuliloa Rev. Ierenimo Vaina Joseph G. Allen SaneleS iloi Tolo Jr. Tolo Anamaria Solia Diana Misa Simi Sipili Pita Meaole Pepa Fia Leatualevao Moru Mane Tuiagamoa Ielu Pati Aiafano Auna’i Uluao Letuli La’au Liufau Ueni Fa’amoe Siolosega Jr. Esera Ma’atulimanu Maea
Legal Notice
Malaeloa Leone Amouli Vaitogi Amouli Malaeloa Asu Asili ‘Ili’ili Vailoatai Vatia Leone Malaeloa Pava’ia’i Leone Faleniu Leone Vailoa Pago Pago
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Persons interested in or affected by a proposed project, are invited to review the project file and provide comments based on environmental issues, by contacting Marvis Vaiaga’e at 633-5155, at the Department of Commerce in Utulei during regular ASG working hours. Public comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at DOC Conference Room, on the 2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei. O lo’o iai i le Ofisa o Fa’afetauaina ni talosaga mo Pemita e Fa’atagaina ai le Fa’aaogaina o Fanua ma Laueleele e tusa ma ala o le Tulafono. A iai se tasi e fa’asea pe fia tusia se molimau i ni afaina o le si’osi’omaga pe a galueaina nei galuega, telefoni mai ia Marvis Vaiaga’e i le 633-5155. E mafai fo’i ona e auai i le fono a le Komiti Fa’afoe ia Oketopa 16, 2013, ile itula e 9 ile taeao.
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With Apprenticeship Program classes at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Trades & Technology Division (TTD) having gotten underway this week, the TTD has expressed its appreciation for the high turnout from the local workforce. “Because the program has been inactive for more than a year, and not all trades workers in the territory may be familiar with its return, we did not anticipate as much of a turnout as we have,” said ASCC-TTD Apprenticeship Coordinator Fred Suisala. For participants in the Apprenticeship Program, the TTD is offering early evening classes in Automotive, Carpentry, Electrical and Welding. Suisala said each section has good enrollment, with some in fact filled to capacity. In preparation for the launch of the Apprentice Program, the TTD reconfigured its learning infrastructure to accommodate the evening classes, and has also hired Anetone Fuga as an adjunct Welding instructor. Fuga teaches Welding at Nu’uuli VocTech High School, and has previously served as an adjunct for the Apprentice Program at ASCC during its initial phase from 2010-11. Other TTD instructors giving classes for Apprenticeship students are Tom Hardy, who will teach Carpentry, Taetuli Laulu covering Electrical, and Suisala for Automotive. The Apprenticeship Program offers training for current workers to achieve enhanced and updated skills through structured, on-the-job learning experiences combined with related classroom instruction. The program in full entails about 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2000 hours of on-the-job training per year, although the exact time sequence will differ with respective trades or industry fields. Following a meeting between Suisala and the US Department of Labor (USDOL) earlier this year, the ASCC Apprenticeship Program is recognized and registered under the USDOL and thus recognized nationwide. Classes are open to both apprentices and non-traditional students currently employed in apprentice professions. Tuition for each apprentice is the responsibility of his/her Program Sponsor or employer as per the USDOL Standards of Apprenticeship.
Suisala explained that companies and organizations in the public and private sector often initiate workforce development programs which they describe as “apprenticeships”, but for a worker’s skills recognized nationwide, he/she must have gone through a program recognized by the USDOL and must carry a certificate issued by a USDOL-approved institution or entity. “Private companies or government agencies may issue their own apprenticeship certificate,” Suisala explained, “but it won’t be recognized by the industry if it does not meet the USDOL requirements of 2000 hours of structured onthe-job-learning and 144 hours of related classroom instruction per year, as well as a specified duration of the time served, which is anywhere from two to four years based on the occupational program approved under USDOL standards.” In order for an apprenticeship program to be accredited and recognized with certification and credentials on a national level, it must be approved and recognized by the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Although an apprentice can earn the required hours of on-the-job training with his/her sponsoring company or other entity, ASCC is recognized by the USDOL as a provider of the related classroom instruction component of the Apprenticeship Training Program. “ASCC collaborates with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship to assist potential sponsors in developing Standards of Apprenticeship, Work Processes, Related Instruction Schedules, the Related Course Sequence, Completion of Apprentice documentation, and Welfare of Apprentice and Quality Assessment. Until the American Samoa Government establishes its own apprenticeship office, ASCC is the only local apprenticeship agency which is tasked with assuring that all USDOL guidelines and standards of apprenticeship are adhered to,” said Suisala. Participants from the public and private sectors in this semester’s ASCC Apprenticeship Program so far include the Department of Women & Youth Affairs, Public Works, the Development Bank, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Pacific Sales and Marketing, all of whom have enrolled workers in the TTD evening classes. For more information on the Apprenticeship Program, contact Fred Suisala at 699-9155, ext. 353.
American adults score “poorly” on global test
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags. Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation’s high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven’t. In both reading and math, for example, those with college-educated parents did better than those whose parents did not complete high school. The study, called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, found that it was easier on average to overcome this and other barriers to literacy overseas than in the United States. Researchers tested about 166,000 people ages 16 to 65 in more than 20 countries and subnational regions. The test was developed and released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is made up of mostly industrialized member countries. The Education Department’s Center for Education Statistics participated. The findings were equally grim for many European countries — Italy and Spain, among the hardest hit by the recession and debt crisis, ranked at the bottom across generations. Unemployment is well over 25 percent in Spain and over 12 percent in Italy. Spain has drastically cut education spending, drawing student street protests. But in the northern European countries that have fared better, the picture was brighter — and the study credits continuing education. In Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands, more than 60 percent of adults took part in either job training or continuing education. In Italy, by contrast, the rate was half that. As the American economy sputters along and many people live paycheck-topaycheck, economists say a highly-skilled workforce is key to economic recovery. The median hourly wage of workers scoring on the highest level in literacy on the test is more than 60 percent higher than for workers scoring at the lowest level, and those with low literacy skills were more than twice as likely to be unemployed. “It’s not just the kids who require more and more preparation to get access to the economy, it’s more and more the adults don’t have the skills to stay in it,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement the nation needs to find ways to reach more adults to upgrade their skills. Otherwise, he said, “no matter how hard they work, these adults will be stuck, unable to support their families and contribute fully to our country.” Among the other findings: ➤ Americans scored toward the bottom in the category of problem solving in a technology-rich environment. The top five scores in the areas were from Japan, Finland, Australia, Sweden and Norway, while the U.S. score was on par with England, Estonia, Ireland and Poland. In nearly all countries, at least 10 percent of adults lacked the most basic of computer skills such as using a mouse. ➤ Japanese and Dutch adults who were ages 25 to 34 and only completed high school easily outperformed Italian or Spanish university graduates of the same age. ➤ In England, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United States, social background has a big impact on literacy skills, meaning the children of parents with low levels of education have lower reading skills. America’s school kids have historically scored low on international assessment tests compared to other countries, which is often blamed on the diversity of the population and the high number of immigrants. Also, achievement tests have long shown that a large chunk of the U.S. student population lacks basic reading and math skills — most pronounced among low-income and minority students. This test could suggest students leaving high school without certain basic skills aren’t obtaining them later on the job or in an education program. The United States will have a tough time catching up because money at the state and local level, a major source of education funding, has been slashed in recent years, said Jacob Kirkegaard, an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There is a race between man and machine here. The question here is always: Are you a worker for whom technology makes it possible to do a better job or are you a worker that the technology can replace?” he said. For those without the most basic skills, he said, the answer will be merciless and has the potential to extend into future generations. Learning is highly correlated with parents’ education level. “If you want to avoid having an underclass — a large group of people who are basically unemployable — this educational system is absolutely key,” Kirkegaard said.
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The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) will conduct mandatory meetings on Thursday 10/10/13 and Friday 10/11/13 with the sixty project owners who completed their 1602 projects in 2011 and the thirteen 1602 project owners who received letters from Spectrum dated 9/6/13 but did not attend the mandatory meetings scheduled last week. The mandatory meetings 10/10/13—10/11/13 will discuss the need to correct deficiencies relating to filing the annual unit history report, having 40% of units leased by Spectrum approved low income tenants, repairing violations of the building code or UPCS. Other topics to be covered are the newly released utility allowances, annual compliance monitoring fee per unit and recapture for continuing non-compliance. Any of the above 1602 project owners are required to contact Elizabeth Paopao or Tavai Ieremia at telephone 633-4031 or visit them at the DBAS Office on the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo to reserve your space in one of the meetings at the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) Conference Room on the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, scheduled for the following dates and times: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the DHSS Conference Room, Second Floor Lumanai Building, Fagatogo: Meeting at 9am to 10am Meeting at 10:30am to 11:30am Meeting at 1pm to 2pm Friday, October 11, 3013 at the DHSS Conference Room, Second Floor Lumanai Building, Fagatogo: Meeting 9am to 10am Meeting 10:30am to 11:30am Meeting at 1pm to 2pm If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Paopao or Tavai Ieremia at DBAS telephone no. 633-4031.
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Obama, Boehner trade barbs, hints of compromise
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. “There’s a crack there,” Boehner said of the impasse near the end of a day of maneuvering at the White House and the Capitol. Yet the Ohio Republican added that it was not enough to warrant optimism. Stocks fell significantly — the Dow Jones average by 159 points — as political gridlock endured. And, in the latest in a string of dire warnings, the International Monetary Fund said failure to raise America’s debt limit could lead to default and disrupt worldwide financial markets, raise interest rates and push the U.S economy back into recession. Republicans “don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs,” Obama said at the White House. “They don’t also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election, I’m going to cause a recession.” Even the deaths of U.S. servicemen over the weekend in Afghanistan were grist for the politicians. The Pentagon said that because of the partial shutdown it was unable to pay the customary death benefits to the survivors. Boehner said Congress had passed and Obama signed legislation last week permitting the payments, adding it was “disgraceful” for the administration to interpret the measure otherwise. He said the House would clarify the issue with a new bill on Wednesday. In Congress, a plan by Senate Democrats to raise the debt limit by $1 trillion to stave off a possible default drew little evidence of support from Republicans. And a proposal by Republicans to create a working group of 20 lawmakers to tackle deficit issues, approved 224197 by the House, drew a veto threat from the White House, the latest in a string of them as the administration insists the GOP reopen the government and avert default before any negotiations on deficit reduction or the threeyear-old health care law can take place. On a day in which both Obama and Boehner appeared on live television, both men appeared to be giving ground yet yielding little if anything of substance. At midmorning, Boehner and other Republicans seemed to soften their demands. “I suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway,” said Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican who is close to Boehner. The speaker, who had previously insisted on specific changes in the health care law as the price for preventing the shutdown, told reporters, “I want to have a conversation (with Obama and Democrats.) I’m not drawing any lines in the sand. It’s time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences.” Asked if he was willing to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for a short period, the Ohio Republican sidestepped. “I’m not going to get into a whole lot of speculation,” he said. A few hours later, Obama told a news conference he was willing to negotiate with Republicans on budget and other issues if Congress passed even shortterm legislation to end the crisis. “I’ll even spring for dinner again,” he said, referring to his courtship of Republican senators last winter, and attempting to inject humor into a political impasse where invective has been the norm. Ninety minutes later, Boehner was unsmiling. “What the president said today was if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk,” he said. Renewing his call for “a conversation” about key issues facing the country, the Ohio Republican said, “Not next week. Not next month. The conversation ought to start today.” Boehner added, “The long and short of it is, there is going to be a negotiation here. We can’t raise the debt ceiling without doing something about what’s driving us to borrow more money and to live beyond our means.” Privately, officials said deeply suspicious Republicans were attempting to gauge Obama’s comments to see whether they might represent a concession. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said the deadline for Congress to act is Oct., 17, setting that as the day the government will exhaust its ability to borrow funds and will have to rely day-to-day on tax and other receipts to pay its bills. Some Republicans have downplayed the significance of the Oct. 17 deadline, saying that even then, the United States would be able to pay China and other holders of U.S. debt and avoid widespread economic dislocation. But Obama said they were badly misguided, warning that default would harm the economy, cause retirement accounts to shrivel and houses to lose value. Still other Republicans have made it clear in recent days they agree with the threat posed by default and are determined to prevent it. Inside a closed-door meeting of the Republican rank and file, Boehner had told his fellow Republicans they were in the midst of a tough battle and that Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were trying to “annihilate us,” according to one official in attendance. Boehner’s tone was different when he spoke to reporters. “There’s no boundaries here. There’s nothing on the table. There’s nothing off the table. I’m trying to do everything I can to bring people together and to have a conversation,” he said. In the back-and-forth, the threat of a default overshadowed the continuing partial government shutdown. An estimated 450,000 federal workers are idled at agencies responsible for items as diverse as food inspection and national parks, although all employees are eventually expected to receive full back pay. The House approved legislation during the day to pay for a resumption of Head Start, the pre-school program for disadvantaged children. The vote was 248-168. The bill was the latest in a string of measures to end the shutdown in one corner of government or another in hopes of forcing Democrats to abandon their own demands for a full reopening of the federal establishment. The House also voted 420-0 to make sure federal workers on the job don’t miss their next regularly scheduled paycheck on Oct. 15.
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Poll: Republicans gets the blame in shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around. Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility. Asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats or the tea party for the shutdown, Martha Blair, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, said, yes, you bet. All of them. “Somebody needs to jerk those guys together to get a solution, instead of just saying ‘no,’” said Blair, an independent. “It’s just so frustrating.” It’s also costly: She’s paid to fly with a group to four national parks in Arizona and California next month and says she can’t get her money back or reschedule if the parks remain closed. The poll found that the tea party is more than a gang of malcontents in the political landscape, as its supporters in Congress have been portrayed by Democrats. Rather, it’s a sizable — and divisive — force among Republicans. More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government and avoiding a default of the nation’s debt in coming weeks. Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent. Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it’s Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent. And much of the country draws a blank on Republican Ted Cruz of Texas despite his 21-hour Senate speech before the shutdown. Only half in the poll were familiar enough with him to register an opinion. Among those who did, 32 percent viewed him unfavorably, 16 percent favorably. Comparisons could not be drawn conclusively with how people viewed leaders before the shutdown because the poll was conducted online, while previous AP-GfK surveys were done by telephone. Some changes may be due to the new methodology, not shifts in opinion. The poll provides a snapshot of public opinion starting in the third day of the shutdown. The poll comes with both sides dug in and trading blame incessantly. On Tuesday, a proposal by House Republicans to create a working group of 20 lawmakers to tackle deficit issues prompted a White House veto threat, and a plan by Senate Democrats to raise the debt limit by $1 trillion to avoid a default drew a frosty reception from the GOP. Obama is insisting Republicans reopen government and avert default before any negotiations on deficit reduction or his 2010 health care law are held. Among the survey’s findings: — Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent). — Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren’t doing enough to cooperate with him. — Republicans are split on just how much cooperation they want. Among those who do not back the tea party, fully 48 percent say their party should be doing more with Obama to find a solution. But only 15 percent of teaparty Republicans want that outreach. The vast majority of them say GOP leaders are doing what they should with the president, or should do even less with him. — People seem conflicted or confused about the showdown over the debt limit. Six in 10 predict an economic crisis if the government’s ability to borrow isn’t renewed later this month with an increase in the debt limit — an expectation widely shared by economists. Yet only 30 percent say they support raising the limit; 46 percent were neutral on the question. — More than 4 in 5 respondents felt no personal impact from the shutdown. For those who did, thwarted vacations to national parks, difficulty getting work done without federal contacts at their desks and hitches in government benefits were among the complaints. Blair’s nine-day trip to national parks with a tour group won’t happen if the parks are still closed next month. “I’m concerned,” she said, “but it seems kind of trivial to people who are being shut out of work.” In Mount Prospect, Ill., Barbara Olpinski, 51, a Republican who blames Obama and both parties for the shutdown, said her family is already seeing an impact and that will worsen if the impasse goes on. She’s an in-home elderly care director, her daughter is a physician’s assistant at a rural clinic that treats patients who rely on government coverage, and her husband is a doctor who can’t get flu vaccines for patients on public assistance because deliveries have stopped. “People don’t know how they are going to pay for things, and what will be covered,” she said. “Everybody is kind of like holding their wallets.” The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Oct. 3-7 and involved online interviews with 1,227 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents. The survey used GfK’s KnowledgePanel, a probability-based Internet panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Respondents to the survey were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and were later interviewed for this survey online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t have online access were given that access at no cost to them.
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12 Sui Toso Laina ASPA – Fa’aleleia Atili Tomai
E to’a 12 Sui o le Aufaigaluega Tosolaina Eletise a le ASPA ua a’otauina nei i le kosi, po’o mataupu, fa’apitoa mo le 3 vaiaso ina ia mautu lo latou tomai i lea lava matata, ae le gata i lea, ia so’ofa’atasi ma isi atunu’u o le Pasefika ma Amerika fo’i, i lea lava tomai ua a’oa’oina ai. O le ali’i faia’oga fa’apitoa o lea Kosi, Harry Spike Speicher, o se tasi fo’i ua masani ma le a’oa’oina o le aufaigaluega a le ASPA muamua, ma sa faigaluega fa’atasi fo’i ma nisi o tama tuai a le ASPA mo le 4 tausaga i Hawaii. O lo’o ua fa’atautaia lava e Spike le tele o a’oa’oga fa’apenei mo tagata faigaluega toso laina i Guam, CNMI, Palau ma le Atu Malesala, ae ua ia fa’ailoa mai, o lenei kosi, o le a agava’a ai le aufaigaluega lea e to’a 12 a le ASPA i tusi pasi ua mae’a pasia mai fo’i e le Matagaluega a le Leipa a le Malo tele. “O le a’oga lenei, e aoga tele mo le aufaigaluega lenei, aua o le a umia tusi pasi e mafai ai fo’i ona faigaluega i so’o se isi lava setete i lea matata. E mafua lea tulaga, ona o lea ua i ai ma le fa’amalumaluga a le Matagaluega o Leipa a le Malo tele i le a’oga lenei.” Sa ta’ua fo’i e Spike, e i ai nisi kosi sa ia a’oa’oina ai tagata faigaluega a Guam ma le atu Malesala fa’apea le CNMI, e le’i i ai lea fa’aeaga a le DOL, ma ua le tutusa la ma lenei kosi ua faia mo alo o Amerika Samoa. O le to’a sefulu lua lea, e to’a 9 mai Tutuila, to’alua mai Manu’a ma le to’atasi mai Aunu’u lea ua auai, ina ia o gatasi mea uma e fa’atino e le au toso laina a le ASPA. O le to’alua lea mai Manu’a e fa’amoemoe i ai galuega toe fa’aleleia pe a motusia fa’afuase’i le eletise i Manu’a, fa’apena fo’i Aunu’u, ina ia vave ona toe fa’aleleia le tautua mo aiga pe a motusia le eletise. I sina taimi pu’upu’u sa fa’alogologo ai i lea a’oa’oga, ua matua vailiili lelei ai e le ali’i Faia’oga Spike le aoga o lea mea ma lea mea i totonu o transformers, le aoga o le ituaiga sap-
alai eletise, AC ma le DC, o mea e tatau lava ona mua’i iloa e le aufaigaluega e fa’aaoga pea tutupu fa’afuase’i ni fa’aletonu ma motusia ai uaea eletise. O le vaiaso muamua lenei, ua fa’atulaga lava ina ia a’otauina i latou i tomai e mo’omia mo sui uma lava ae le’i tagofia uaea ma o e fa’apipi’i i pou uila! Ia mautinoa ua i ai le tomai e a’oina i potu a’oga, a’o le tago e fa’atino le tosoina o laina eletise, ma fa’aola fo’i. I se tautalaga taua a Spike sa ia fa’ailoa ai le vasega, “E ese fo’i le aoga o le a’oina o mea nei, ese le isi fo’i ituaiga poto e mo’omia ona e iloa lelei, i le fa’atino o tiute! Ae tatau lava ona e maua’a i tomai uma nei e lua, ona fa’ato’a e mafaia lea ona avea ma tagata toso laina eletise ua agava’a mo le tusi pasi, pe a mae’a fo’i ona e pasia le su’ega tusitusi i le fa’aiuga o lenei 3 vaiaso.” O vaiaso e lua o totonu mo lenei a’oga, e matua o ai i latou i tua e fa’ata’ita’i ona toso laina eletise ae ua malamalama atoatoa i le a’oga lea na faia i le potu a’oga. E le gata i lea tolu vaiaso a’oga e tatau ona faia, e soso’o mai fo’i le isi kosi ua si’isi’i atili ai le tomai e a’oina ai le aufaigaluega, fa’atasi ai ma nisi fo’i sui e amata mai ona toe faia le vasega lea ua amata mo le 12 lea. O le tala mai, o le vaegatupe na toina mai mo lea fa’amoemoe e a’oa’o ai le aufaigaluega tosolaina, e ta’i afa ‘afa ai le ASPA ma le fetarale i le fa’atupeina o lea vasega atoa. Ua totogia ai tusi, ofu ma mea faigaluega e a’otau ai le aufaigaluega, fa’apea le pasese, ta’avale ma le totogi o le faletalimalo e nofo ai le faia’oga. “Peita’i, o nei mea uma, e fa’afetaia le fa’amoemoe na faia ai, ia lava tapena le tagata faigaluega, ina ia mautu lona iloa i lana galuega, ia le tele se maumau o tupe totogi a le mamalu o le atunu’u, ona ua i ai ni lape i le tautua, talu ai o le le’i agava’a atoatoa o le aufaigaluega!” O se fa’apupulaga lea a Spike - o le Pacific Lineman Training.
E le gata ua teena e le Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau saunoaga a le Kovana Sili, fai mai e le o malamalama le fono i le aano o le pili e toe faapolokalame ai le $4.38 miliona, ae sa ia teena fo’i le talosaga a Lolo Matalasi Moliga mo se avanoa e o o atu ai i luma o le Fono, se’i fa’amanino ma fa’amalamalama le tulaga o le pili. “E le o le malamalama le Fono, o lea e atugalu le Fonbo i le mataupu lenei, e leai fo’i se mea e tau afio mai ai le kovana e tau molimau e faamalamalama lenei mataupu o lea lava e malamalama le Fono, o le tiute lena a le Teutupe a le malo, o le aumai o ripoti ma sau e faamanino mai tulaga e pei ona atugalu i ai le Fono,” o le saunoaga lea a Gaoteote i le taimi o le tauaofiaga a le maota maualuga ananafi. O le mataupu e pei ona eseese ai finagalo o le fono ma le alii kovana, o le mataupu e faatatau i le pili tupe na tuuina atu e Lolo i lana fono faapitoa lea sa ia valaauina, e toe faapolokalame ai le $4.38 miliona, o tupe a le malo na totoe mai i le faaiuga o le tausaga tupe 2013 na faatoa mae’a atu. E tele fesili a le Fono e faatatau i le pili tupe lenei ina ua iloilo e komiti lenei mataupu i le vaiaso na te’a nei, o ni isi o ia fesili e aofia ai le mafuaaga ua totoe ai lenei tupe tele a’o lea e tele aitalafu a le malo e le i totogiina. O lo o fesiligia foi le talafeagai o le taimi ua tuuina atu ai le pili i luma o le fono mo le talanoaina ma pasia, a’o lea ua mae’a le tausaga tupe sa tatau ona faaaoga i ai tupe nei. O le tele o le mau fesili e le i mafai ona tali e le faigamalo, atoa ai ma le le o o atu o le Teutupe e molimau i luma o le komiti o le Paketi a le Senate i le vaiaso na te’a nei, na faia ai loa le faaiuga a le senate ina ia toe taoto lenei mataupu se’i toe iloilo pe a toe tauaofia le Fono ia Ianuari 2014, o le fa’aiuga fo’i lea a le maota o sui ua faia i le latou pili. I le tusi a Lolo i ta’ita’i o le Fono i le aso 5 Oketopa 2013, lea na faatoa tauaao e le Fono i le aso Gafua na te’a nei, sa ia faafetaia ai le fono i le avanoa na o latou iloiloina ai mataupu o lana fono faapitoa. Ae ina ia mautinoa e tali ni isi o mataupu o lo o atugalu ai afioga i senatoa ma faipule, na taua ai e Lolo lona avanoa e molimau i luma o le fono mo le tuuina atu o sana tali e i so o se fesili e ono faalavelave ai le pasiaina o le pili e toe faapolokalame ai tupe totoe a le malo. “Ou te talitonu o lo’u o o atu i le fono ma tuu atu sa’u tali e tusa ai o a outou fesili i lenei mataupu, o le fesoasoani lea i le pasiaina o lenei tulafono taufaaofi,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a le alii kovana. Na faamanatu e Lolo i ta’ita’i o le fono e faapea, o le tulafono e faatatau i le toe faapolokalameina o tupe totoe a le malo, o se mataupu e taua mo i latou uma o ta’ita’i. “Sa matou vaavaai i taimi ua tuana’i mo ni auala lelei e ta’ita’i ai la tatou faigamalaga, ina ia faamalosia ai tatou e feutana’i i mataupu e tele tatou te le mautonu ai a’o tatou aga’i atu i le lumana’i, sa matou maua mai fo’i i nofoaiga ua mavae atu, o ni isi o faiga sa faia e foliga mai e le i tusa ma ala o le tulafono, ae mo i tatou o ta’ita’i ua tula’i mai i le taimi nei ua tatau loa ona taofia nei faiga,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a Lolo. Na taua fo’i e Lolo e faapea, o le pili e toe faapolokalame ai tupe totoe a le malo, o le a faailoa atu ai taumafaiga ma mafaufau e fausia ai se malo lelei ina ia tusa ma ala o le tulafono a le malo o Amerika Samoa. “O le pasia ai o le pili e toe faapolokalame ai tupe totoe a le malo, o le a atagia mai ai le mulimulita’i o le faigamalo ma le fono
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Toe galulue tagata faigaluega a le malo na malolo
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O ananafi na toe fo’i uma ai i galuega tagata faigaluega a le malo o Amerika Samoa na malolo talu mai le vaiaso na te’a nei, ona o faaletonu i le itu tau tupe mai le malo feterale. I se fonotaga faapitoa a le alii kovana ma lana Kapeneta i le aso Gafua na te’a nei, na faalauiloa aloaia ai loa e le alii kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga lea tulaga. Na faamanino e le sui lagolago o le alii kovana ia Iulogologo Pereira i le Samoa News e faapea, o le tele o Ofisa o lo o faatupe mai e le malo feterale, ua i ai vaega tupe i totonu o a latou teugatupe ma ua agavaa fo’i ona aumai e faaaoga, se’i vagana ai lava le Ofisa o Fuafuaga tau Faamasinoga (CJPA) e le o faataga ona faaaoga a latou tupe i le taimi nei. E ui i lea tulaga, ae na taua e Iulogologo le finagalo o le alii kovana ina ia toe fo’i pea tagata i a latou galuega masani. E ui e le i finagalo Iulogologo e talanoa auiliili e faatatau i lenei mataupu, peitai sa ia taua le galulue pea mo le malo mo le tuu faatasia o faamatalaga i tulaga o tupe mai le feterale mo ofisa ma matagaluega taitasi a le malo, ina ia silafia atili ai le ofisa o le kovana i faamatalaga e faatatau i le tapunia o galuega a le malo feterale. O le vaiaso na te’a nei na aloaia ai e le alii kovana le poloaiga a le malo feterale ina ia tapunia ofisa uma o lo o faatupe i tupe a le malo feterale, ma faatonuina ai loa e Lolo ia tagata faigaluega o ofisa ma matagaluega uma a le malo o lo o faatupe i tupe mai le feterale, ina ia nonofo i aiga. O ofisa ma matagaluega a le malo e le i aofia ai i lea poloaiga e aofia ai le Matagaluega o Aoga, Falema’i i Fagaalu ma le Kolisi Tuufaatasi.
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IMF warning weaker emerging markets to ‘slow global growth’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its global economic growth forecasts and warned that the U.S. would harm the world economy if it fails to raise its borrowing limit. The international lending agency said the global economy will grow 2.9 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2014. Both are 0.2 percentage point lower than the group’s July forecasts. The main reason for the downgrade was slower growth in China, India, Brazil and other developing countries. But the IMF also lowered its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year to 1.6 percent and next year to 2.6 percent. Those are 0.1 percentage point and 0.2 percentage point lower than in July, respectively. The fund’s forecasts assume the U.S. partial government shutdown would last only a short period. But it warned that failure to raise the U.S. government’s borrowing limit later this month could lead to a default on U.S. debt. That would push up interest rates, disrupt global financial markets and possibly push the U.S economy back into recession. “Failure to lift the debt ceiling would be a major event,” Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said at a news conference. U.S. Treasury officials say the government would quickly run out of cash and could default on its obligations if Congress doesn’t approve an increase in the borrowing limit by Oct. 17. U.S. Treasury bonds are a key part of the international financial system and a default would have global repercussions. For that reason, many analysts expect the borrowing limit will probably be increased on time. The IMF’s projections for the U.S. economy are slightly below many private-sector forecasts. The group expects growth to increase next year because government spending cuts and tax increases, which took effect earlier this year, won’t drag nearly as much. The U.S. is benefiting from steady consumer and business spending, the IMF said, fueled by a housing rebound, rising stock prices, and a greater willingness by banks to lend. “Unless there are fiscal accidents, the recovery should continue,” Blanchard said. Europe’s economy is also benefiting as government spending cuts and tax increases ease. The IMF forecasts the 17 nations that use the euro currency will expand 1 percent in 2014, after shrinking 0.4 percent this year. Those estimates are mostly unchanged from July. Many developing countries, particularly India, have been hurt by expectations that the Federal Reserve will soon slow its $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases. That’s caused investors to pull money from India, Brazil and other emerging markets as yields on U.S. assets picked up. The fund slashed its forecast for India’s growth 1.8 percentage points to 3.8 percent this year and 1.1 percentage points to 5.1 percent in 2014. It projects that Brazil’s economy will expand 2.5 percent this year, the same forecast as July. But it no longer expects growth to accelerate in 2014. It now expects 2.5 percent growth next year, or 0.7 percentage point lower than its previous forecast. India’s central bank has raised interest rates in an effort to stem the flow of money leaving the country, a move that has also slowed growth. Brazil’s economy has been hampered by poor infrastructure and high inflation. That has forced its central bank to also raise interest rates.. The IMF called on the Fed to clearly communicate its plans as it moves toward scaling back the bond purchases. But at the same time, it said the Fed should continue its efforts to stimulate the economy. “It is time to make plans to exit (bond purchases) and zero interest rates, though it is not yet time to implement those plans,” Blanchard said.
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Vaega: 15 — Taeao manuia i le maleifua mai o le atunu’u i lenei aso fou ma o se aso fo’i e fa’aopoopo i lo outou soifua fa’apea ma si o’u nei ola. E ao ai ona o tatou momoli la’au i foga’a ma sunu’i lapalapa o malo i le Atua Soifua, ona o Lana tausiaga alofa mo i tatou o lea fo’i ua o tatou toe aulia mai ai lenei aso i Lona alofa ma Lona agalelei. Ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo “Sone Vevela”. Manatua fo’i o lenei tala o se tala moni lava ma na tusia e le ali’i tusi tala e suafa i a Richard Preston, ae ua ou taumafai e fa’aliliu aua le malamalama’aga a si o tatou atunu’u i le mafua’aga ma le mata’utia o le fa’ama’i o le AIDS ma isi fa’ama’i na mafua mai i le toga vaomatua i Aferika. Tatou tatalo fa’atasi ina ia ‘aua nei a’afia ai le to’atele o si o tatou atunu’u i lenei fa’ama’i mata’utia, ae maise ai o alo ma fanau o lo’o ola ma tuputupu a’e. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua maliu nei le ali’i o Tiali, (Charlie Monet) ae ua amata ona fa’alogoina e le ali’i foma’i o Shem Musoke le tiga o lona tua. Ma o ni tiga sa le i masani ai le ali’i foma’i. Ae ina ua amata ona sosolo i lona tino atoa le tiga, na ia ala a’e ai loa i luga i le tasi taeao ma tilotilo loa i lana fa’ata. O le va’aiga muamua lava na iloa nei e Musoke o ona mata, ua matua’i mumu lava, ma na amata nei ona inu e Musoke ia fuala’au mo le fa’ama’i o le malaria, peita’i, e leai se tulaga lelei na tula’i mai ai, ma sa ia talosaga loa i le tama’ita’i foma’i e fai sona tui. Na fa’atino e le tama’ita’i foma’i le fanoga o Musoke, peita’i i le taimi lava na tui ai lona lima, na lagona ai e le ali’i foma’i ua matua’i tiga tutui lava. Ua le mautonu nei le mafaufau o Musoke pe aisea ua fa’apea ai le tiga o se tui, a’o tui uma lava e mo’i lava e tiga, ae e alu alu lava uma, a’o le tiga lea ua tiga ai nei lona lima ua ‘ese lava i lana fa’alogo. Na toe fa’alogoina nei e Musoke ua amata ona tiga mai lona manava, ma na i ai lona mafaufau atonu ua maua ia i le fiva taifoi, (typhoid fever). Ua amata nei ona inu e le ali’i foma’i ia fuala’au tui, peita’i, e leai se suiga sa ia lagonaina. O le taimi atoa lava a’o feagai le ali’i foma’i o Musoke ma ona tiga, o le taimi fo’i lea o lo’o mo’omia lava e tagata mama’i lana fesoasoani, ma e ui lava i ia tiga, ae sa le i fa’avaivai ai Musoke, na fa’aauau pea ona galue i totonu o le falema’i i Nairobi i le va’aiga o tagata mama’i. O tiga ua o’o nei i lona manava fa’apea ma musele atoa o lona tino ua matua’i mafatia ai lava le ali’i foma’i. ina ua fa’alogo atu lava le ali’i foma’i o Musoke ua na le mafaia lana galuega ona o tiga ua feagai nei ma ia, na fa’atoa ia talanoa ai loa i le tama’ita’i foma’i e igoa ia Antonia Bagshawe. Ua fai nei su’esu’ega a le tama’ita’i foma’i mo Musoke, o lona fiva, o le mumu totototo o ona mata, o le tiga o lona manava, ae e leai lava se mafua’aga na iloa e le tama’ita’i. Na o’o nei le manatu o Antonia, atonu ua a’afia ma ua leaga fatu ma’a o Musoke, a leai fo’i, atonu ua maua i le ‘ate fefete. Na toe fai nei isi su’esu’ega a le tama’ita’i foma’i ma na mautinoa ai nei ua maua le ali’i foma’i o Musoke i le ate fefete, a’o se isi lava mea, ua le maua e le tama’ita’i foma’i. O le taimi atoa lea ua amata lava ona tigaina le ali’i foma’i o Musoke. Ua misia fo’i e tagata mama’i, ae paga lea, ua le mafai lava ona toe fa’atino lana tautua alofa sa masani ai. E faia pea…
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faitulafono i le Ulutala 10, Mataupu 4 o le Vaega 10.0402 (b) o le Tulafono Toe Teuteu a Amerika Samoa,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. Na faai’u le tusi a Lolo i lona toe talosagaina o ta’ita’i o le fono, ina ia faailoa atu le taimi ma le aso e tatau ona o o atu ai i luma o le fono e molimau i lenei mataupu. I luma o le senate i le taeao ananafi, na saunoa ai Gaoteote e faapea, e le o le fono lea e le o malamalama i le mataupu lenei, ae le iloa po o le kovana lea e le o malamalama. Na taua fo’i e Gaoteote lona musu i saunoaga soona lafoa’i o lo o fai faasaga i le Fono, leaga o lo o afifio i le fono tupu ma e e o le atunuu, pau lona talitonuga, afai e manaomia ona faasa’o le mataupu lenei, o le taimi lelei lenei e tatau ai ona faasa’o. “E malamalama lelei lava le fono i le mataupu lea e tau faamanino mai e le alii kovana, afai e totoe tupe a le malo i le faaiuga o le tausaga tupe, e tatau ona ave i le teugatupe lautele a le malo tupe ia aua e le o ni tupe fou, ae o tupe fou ia e pisa atu ai le fono, na mafua ona o le molimau a le Teutupe, o le mafuaaga tonu lena o lea e naunau atu ai le fono i le Teutupe a le malo e sau ma aumai ana ripoti, se’i faamanino ana numera ia o lo o tau tulituli atu, ae leai se mea o le a faaeleelea ai fua le kovana e tau afio mai e tali i nei mataupu,” o le saunoaga lea a Gaoteote. Na faailoa fo’i e Gaoteote i luma o le maota e faapea, e le o mana’o e soona fai se faamatalaga leaga e manatu i le ava fatafata ma le kovana, ae o le mea moni, e leai se mea i lalo o le la fai mai
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o lo o totoe tupe ae o lea e tele aitalafu a le malo e le o totogiina. Na tula’i le afioga i le alii senatoa ia Mauga Tasi Asuega na lagolago le finagalo o le alii peresetene, ua o o i le taimi ua tatau ai ona faasa’o le mataupu o lo o tula’i mai. “Afai e le faasaoa i le taimi lenei, o ai na te faasaoa, afai fo’i e le o tatou e faasaoa, o ai la isi ta’ita’i o le a tula’i mai latou te faasaoa, na aumai tatou e le Atua iinei ina ia faasa’o mea faaletonu o lo o tula’i mai,” o le saunoaga lea a Mauga.
An 89-year-old drug courier pleads guilty
DETROIT (AP) — An 89-year-old Indiana man who grows lilies pleaded guilty Tuesday in Detroit to serving as a drug mule to distribute more than 1,400 pounds of cocaine. Leo Sharp of Michigan City, Ind., is one of the oldest criminal defendants in Detroit’s federal court. He was contrite and very talkative during his appearance, saying he had never before committed a crime and that he worked for drug dealers because he needed money. “In six months I’ll be 90,” Sharp said. Sharp was 87 in 2011 when a Michigan state trooper pulled his pickup truck over on Interstate 94, west of Detroit. Anxious and upset about what the trooper would find, he declared, “Just kill me and let me leave this planet.” In court, Sharp wore a dark suit that had a lapel pin signifying his service in World War II. He playfully winked at drug agents in the second row who investigated the case. His hearing aids weren’t strong enough, so U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds invited Sharp to stand just a few feet away from her. “You knew it was cocaine, right?” Edmunds asked. “I did,” Sharp replied. “Oh, yes.” The delivery of more than 200 pounds wasn’t Sharp’s first interstate haul. He admitted he was responsible for transporting more than 1,400 pounds of drugs that originated in Arizona. In a court filing, the government said it has evidence that Sharp was transporting marijuana and cocaine from the West Coast back in 2000. “It was kind of a bad decision to make at this time of life,” the judge said. Nonetheless, prosecutors are showing mercy by recommending a five-year prison sentence because of Sharp’s age and his war service. It’s a significant break: The sentencing guidelines, which aren’t mandatory, call for a minimum of 14 years. Defense attorney Darryl Goldberg said he will ask for less than five years when Sharp returns to court on Feb. 11. He said his client is “profoundly remorseful.” “He was roped into something sinister with the promise of financial gain,” Goldberg told The Associated Press. “But one thing led to another and he was threatened at gunpoint to move cocaine across the country.” The court hearing had some unusual moments. Goldberg repeatedly told Sharp that he wasn’t required to say much beyond what the judge asked him. While explaining he had a clean record, Sharp said his only brush with the law was an incident in Mexico where he was “taking motion pictures of a prostitute.” “Don’t feel you have to confess to me,” Edmunds said later. Sharp owes $500,000 as part of the plea deal and has agreed to give up his lily nursery in Apopka, Fla. He’ll be allowed to keep his Indiana home.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress expressed outrage Tuesday that families of fallen U.S. military personnel are being denied death benefits while Democrats and Republicans grope for a way to end the partial government shutdown. The GOP-led House readied a quick fix. The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier’s death. But it says the shutdown means there is no authority now to pay the money. House Speaker John Boehner blasted the Obama administration Tuesday for withholding the payments. He said Congress gave the Defense Department broad authority to continue paying bills such as the death payments in a law passed just before the government shut down on Oct. 1. “Frankly, I think it’s disgraceful that they’re withholding these benefits,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. He said the House would address the problem Wednesday, and he called on President Barack Obama to sign the bill into law. Senate Democrats have been hesitant to pass piecemeal legislation, insisting the entire government be reopened. In the Senate, members of both parties lamented the impasse. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the lack of compensation for the families of five soldiers killed in Afghanistan over the weekend was “appalling.” “Shouldn’t we be ashamed?” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “Your government has let you down in a time of your need,” echoed fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, describing what his message to the families would be. Graham blamed Democrats, Republicans and Obama for the situation.
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➧ Gaoteote: “The Senate is not confused…
Senate, made up of traditional leaders, who are fully aware of what this bill is all about; therefore public statements should be clear and correct. He said that among his important duties is one to protect the integrity of the Senate; he feels that statements about the Fono being confused are incorrect and misleading. Additionally, he said the Fono is fully aware of issues involved in this bill but now the governor wants to appear at the Fono to further explain the reprogramming and the question is — what does the governor want to make clear and explain? The Senate president said the Fono is very clear about these funds and the Fono just wants a complete financial report and supporting data to justify the reprogramming. He said the governor has stated that these are not new monies, they are unexpended funds from FY 2013. Gaoteote says a provision of the law is clear which says if there are any unexpended or leftover funds, those funds go to the general fund account, to be re-appropriated by the Fono.
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The Senate President further pointed out that another concern for the Fono is that this bill was only submitted a few days before the end of FY 2013 and that didn’t give lawmakers enough time to thoroughly review and address what the administration wants. Additionally, the Fono is fully aware of the difference between reprograming of funds and re-appropriation of funds, he said, adding the Senate wanted the Treasurer to answer questions about the reprogrammed money. Moreover, some of the monies in the reprogram were also part of the $5 million supplemental bill and these are monies that were not part of the original budget of 2013, he noted, adding “Therefore, these monies are new monies in the request.” Gaoteote went on to point out that the government has not paid all of its outstanding debts for the fiscal year but it appears the administration is claiming a “surplus”. In closing, Gaoteote thanked senators for their patience on this issue and again stated that the Fono is not confused at all but— “we are very concerned”.
➧ U.S. adults score poorly on global test…
Dolores Perin, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, said the report provides a “good basis for an argument there should be more resources to support adults with low literacy.” Adults can learn new skills at any age and there are adult-geared programs around the country, Perin said. But, she said, the challenge is ensuring the programs have quality teaching and that adults regularly attend classes. “If you find reading and writing hard, you’ve been working hard all day at two jobs, you’ve got a young child, are you actually going to go to class? It’s challenging,” Perin said. Some economists say that large skills gap in the United States could matter even more in the future. America’s economic competitors like China and India are simply larger than competitors of the past like Japan, Carnevale said. Even while America’s top 10 percent of students can compete globally, Carnevale said, that doesn’t cut it. China and India did not participate in this
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assessment. “The skills in the middle are required and we’re not producing them,” Carnevale said. Respondents were selected as part of a nationally represented sample. The test was primarily taken at home using a computer, but some respondents used a printed test booklet. Among the other findings: ➤Japan, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Flanders-Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, and Korea all scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. ➤The average scores in literacy range from 250 in Italy to 296 in Japan. The U.S. average score was 270. (500 was the highest score in all three areas.) Average scores in 12 countries were higher than the average U.S. score. ➤The average scores in math range from 246 in Spain to 288 in Japan. The U.S. average score was 253, below 18 other countries. ➤The average scores on problem solving in technology-rich environments ranged from 275 in Poland to 294 in Japan. The U.S. average score was 277, below 14 other countries.
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made aware of this issue — the $550,000 being reprogrammed — by the Fono legal team. During a House committee hearing in March this year on the FY 2013 supplemental bill Pili said the $550,000 is a partial payment for the judgement which he believes has reached $7.8 million. He said ASG lawyers are negotiating with all parties involved regarding this judgement that the governor wants to start paying down. A partial payment of $500,000 for this court settlement is included in the fiscal year 2014 budget under Special Programs budget category. In yesterday’s story on the reprogramming bill, Samoa News reported the governor believes “there is big confusion in the Fono right now” as to the purpose of the $4.3 million reprogramming bill, and Lolo has offered to “personally” appear before the Legislature to answer any questions and to ensure its passage.
The shutdown began more than a week ago after Obama and Senate Democrats rejected Republican demands to defund “Obamacare,” then to delay it, and finally to force a one-year delay in the requirement for individuals to purchase health care coverage or face a financial penalty. It was not a course Boehner and the leadership had recommended — preferring a less confrontational approach and hoping to defer a showdown for the debt limit. Their hand was forced by a strategy advanced by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party-aligned House members determined to eradicate the health care law before it fully took root. That portion of the strategy was doomed to failure, since money for the health care program was never cut off. With the government partially shut down, Boehner and the GOP leadership decided to allow the closure to merge with one over the debt limit.
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A bolt from a thunderstorm strikes down over the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Acapulco, which was pounded by Tropical Storm Manuel a few weeks ago, (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez) is expecting scattered thunder storms Tuesday tonight.
US Supreme Court is wary of campaign contribution limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to free big individual donors to give more money to political candidates in the court’s first major campaign finance case since the justices took the lid off of independent spending in 2010. The court’s conservative justices, who formed the majority in 2010’s Citizens United case, voiced varying degrees of skepticism about the limits on what individuals may give candidates, political parties and political action committees in a two-year federal election cycle. The argument in a packed courtroom that included members of Congress gave supporters of stringent campaign finance regulations little reason for optimism that the court would sustain limits that were enacted 40 years ago in response to Watergate-era abuses. The caps were intended to reduce the potential for political corruption. Chief Justice John Roberts, possibly the pivotal vote in the case, said that telling an individual he can give the legal maximum of $2,600 per election to only a handful of candidates for Congress “seems to me a very direct restriction” on First Amendment rights. Roberts seemed less critical of the overall limits as they applied to the political parties, and he said nothing to suggest he would support an outcome that would call into question all contribution limits, including on what one contributor may give one candidate. The Supreme Court first upheld contribution limits in its 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision, accepting the anti-corruption rationale. In Citizens United, the court said that spending that is independent of campaigns poses no risk of corruption, no matter how large. Tuesday’s case was in part about how to reconcile those holdings. President Barack Obama, who criticized the Citizens United ruling in his State of the Union speech in 2010, said Tuesday the current case has the potential to “go even further than Citizens United” if the court should undermine all contribution limits. “I mean, essentially, it would say anything goes; there are no rules in terms of how to finance campaigns,” Obama said at a news conference he called to address the stalemate over the federal budget. Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., the national Republican Party and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky want the court to overturn the overall limits for individuals’ spending — $123,200, including a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates, for 2013 and 2014. McCutcheon and McConnell attended Tuesday’s argument, as did Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who supports the limits. The limit on individual contributions to any single candidate for Congress in any given election, currently $2,600, is not at issue in the case.
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Obama administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, struggled to persuade conservative justices who are skeptical of campaign finance laws that the overall limits serve as a check on corruption. Without them, Verrilli said, donors could write checks of more than $3.5 million and noted that non-presidential election cycles cost a political party and its candidates roughly $1.5 billion. Absent limits, “less than 500 people can fund the whole shootin’ match,” Verrilli said. But Justice Antonin Scalia said that in an era of unlimited independent spending brought on by Citizens United, “I don’t think $3.5 million is a heck of a lot of money.” Scalia said Verrilli’s fears were overstated. The court already has held that “enormous amounts of money” spent in support of a member of Congress’ re-election is not a problem, he said. At one point, Justice Elena Kagan, who stood in Verrilli’s place and was on the losing end of the Citizens United case, joked, “I suppose that if this court is having second thoughts about its rulings that independent expenditures are not corrupting, we could change that part of the law.” Two other members of the Citizens United majority, Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy, also questioned Verrilli’s argument. Justice Clarence Thomas, who asked no questions as is his custom, has long opposed campaign money limits. The court’s four liberal justices appeared inclined to uphold the limits at issue. McCutcheon, owner of the Coalmont Electrical Development Corp. in McCalla, Ala., said he will spend a few hundred thousand dollars in the current election cycle, including large donations to so-called super PACs that are not affiliated with candidates. In 2011 and 2012, McCutcheon gave a symbolically significant $1,776 — the year of the Declaration of Independence — to 15 candidates for Congress and wanted to give the same amount to 12 others. But doing so would have put him in violation of the overall cap. The Republican challengers are asking the court to take an even more aggressive approach than merely overturning these particular limits. McConnell is leading the charge to urge the justices to ditch their practice over nearly 40 years of evaluating limits on contributions less skeptically than restrictions on spending. The differing levels of scrutiny have allowed the court to uphold most contribution limits, because of the potential for corruption in large direct donations to candidates. At the same time, the court has found that independent spending does not pose the same risk of corruption and has applied a higher level of scrutiny to laws that seek to limit spending.
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