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Local music teachers attending a music workshop at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. (Left to Right) Mekiafa Vaifanua, Tavita Lemisio, John Mailo, Dr. Terry Vermillion (SCSU), Rose Auva’a, and Pati Pati. Every summer the University offers a Summer Music Education Institute for the professional advancement of teachers with a broad curriculum for elementary, middle school and advanced music teachers. [courtesy photo]
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Senate rejects nominees to the Retirement Fund board
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Local American Samoa Community College (ASCC) student Mine Lilomaiava majoring in Agriculture, was recently accepted to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program (NSF-REU) in the field of Molecular Biotechnology and Genetics at Iowa State University. Lilomaiava, who is from the village of Nu’uuli, contacted Samoa News via email, sharing information about her experience with the program.
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Six of the governor’s seven nominees to the ASG Employees Retirement fund board of trustees were yesterday rejected by the Fono and it’s now up to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to decide on whether to resubmit the same names during the next session of the Fono in January, or submit new names during the current session. The six nominees first appeared before the Senate Retirement Committee for their 25-minute confirmation hearing, followed by the House Retirement Committee’s hearing, which lasted for just over an hour. The Senate was the first to vote and none of the nominees mustered enough “yes” votes to be confirmed. Taking into account how many members of the Senate attended yesterday’s hearing, each nominee would need 10 yes votes for a confirmation. (Samoa News understands four senators are currently off-island for medical, and two seats are vacant, leaving only 12 present during the vote yesterday.) For the House, each nominee would need 11 yes votes for confirmation, as 16 Representatives were present during yesterday’s vote.
Once the nominees were rejected in the Senate, the House vote was only a matter of protocol because in order for a nominee to be confirmed, both chambers must give their endorsement. During the Senate vote, Su’a Carl Schuster got 4 yes and 8 no; Talalemotu Mauga 7 yes and 5 no; Avamua David O Haleck 3 yes and 9 no; John Marsh 6 yes and 6 no; Nanai Afuola Kalasa 4 yes and 8 no; and Toafala Iafeta garnered 7 yes and 5 no. Word quickly spread thru the Fono corridors and out into the House gallery that the Senate had “teena” or “rejected” all six nominees about the time the House session was just beginning. For the House vote: Su’a got 6 yes, 10 no; Mauga 14 yes, 2 no; Avamua 5 yes, 11 no; Marsh 6 yes, 10 no; Afuola 5 yes, 11 no; and Iafeta 11 yes, 5 no. Samoa News notes, Mauga and Iafeta were the only two nominees who received enough votes in the House for confirmation, while in the Senate none of the nominees received the required “yes” votes. The seventh nominee, Brandt ‘BJ’ Judy, who resides off-island, didn’t attend the hearing
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About 80 young students of the Boys and Girls Clubs of American Samoa toured Samoa News yesterday, as part of their scheduled visits during the summer to various businesses, including StarKist Samoa and the Ronald Reagan Shipyard, to give them the opportunity to see career possibilities. Indeed, the BGCA Motto: “Great Futures Start Here” was at the forefront during the visit to our offices. Former First Lady Mary Ann Togiola, who is the BGCA Chairperson, accompanied her students during the tours, and [photo: LF] noted to Samoa News, “BGCAS strives to support and promote academic success and provide activities to stimulate critical thinking and cognitive development.”
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“The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa views the opportunity for our youth to inspire other peers pursuing interests in marine ecology, environmental science and maritime studies to be role models, to create change and influence understanding and support for protecting our natural and cultural treasures,” says Samuel Thomas of Malaeloa. Thomas is a 2010 Tafuna High School graduate attending Arizona State University who is thankful and grateful to the National Marine Sanctuary for their assistance which allowed him to travel to New Zealand on an exchange program for marine ecology. Thomas received an award from the National Marine Sanctuary of AS to attend the NZ Exchange program, and recently completed the study abroad program that was made possible with support from the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Thomas told Samoa News the study abroad trip to New Zealand allowed him to gain a new perspective of healthcare and ecology outside of the American influence. A total of 25 Arizona State University students including Thomas were given the privilege of completing this summer semester in New Zealand, gaining six credits towards their bachelor’s degree in Global Health, according to Thomas. Over the first half of summer they journeyed
throughout eight major cities and towns of the North and South Islands of Aotearoa and experienced local landmarks and geology, as well as important ecological features and ecosystems. He said that some of the stops included the earthquake struck city of Christchurch, the capitol city of Wellington, as well as Auckland and Kaikoura, where NZ boasts the best sea coasts across the Tasman with rich Maori culture and home to common dolphins, sperm whales, blue penguins, fur seals, crawfish and albatross. Thomas is the son of Lupelele Iosefa-Thomas and the late Samuel Thomas and grandson of the late Dr. Amituana’i Iosefa of Malaeloa Ituau. He’s the elder of two siblings and it is his ambition to be a physician in internal medicine. “I am grateful to the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa for giving me this opportunity to study abroad and learn more so that I can help share with the rest of my peers and community that our place in American Samoa is very special. We have a rich culture, wonderful natural resources and a heritage that is intact. We are the future of American Samoa and to inspire others, we have to be involved and make a difference.” “I want to thank this program for their assistance and I look forward to working with them and hopefully coming back home to serve our people and help share why we are an important place and people in the Pacific and to the rest of the world,” said Thomas.
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ASG didn’t “do its homework” on Whitehorn contract, says the Governor’s Legal Counsel
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title FALEMALAMA of the village of NUUULI by SONE T. MAPU of the village of NUUULI, county of ITUAU, EASTERN District. THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of the village chiefs are in proper form. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60 days, the matai title FALEMALAMA shall be registered in the name of SONE T. MAPU in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: JULY 22, 2013 thru SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O le fa’aaliga lenei ua faasalalauina e tusa ma le Maga 6.0105 o le tusi tulafono a Amerika Samoa, e pei ona suia, ona o le talosaga ua faaulufaleina mai i le Ofisa o le Resitara o Amerika Samoa, mo le fia faamauina o le suafa matai o FALEMALAMA o le nu’u o NUUULI e SONE T. MAPU o NUUULI faalupega o ITUAU, falelima i SASA’E. Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa. A i ai se tasi e faafinagaloina, ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o SONE T. MAPU e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 07/26 & 08/26/13
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Was the American Samoa Government at fault for accepting at face value Whitehorn Construction’s bond for the airport road improvement project without verification? That question has surfaced in the community over the past weeks after the Lolo administration found the bond appears to be forged or fake. And Sen. Magalei Logovi’i asked an almost identical question on Wednesday during the Senate Public Works Committee hearing with the airport road the major issue of discussion. Whitehorn’s $7.99 million contract for the project was terminated after the company was given 46 business days to come up with a new bond, because the original bond was found to be invalid. As previously reported by Samoa News, the issue of the bond came to light when an official with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies contacted Public Works Department and the Attorney General’s Office, informing them that the agent or broker though which Whitehorn posted their bonds — in the amount of more than $399,000 — does not work for Chubb, according to a government source who wishes to remain anonymous. During the Senate committee hearing, Magalei asked the Governor’s Legal Counsel Steve Watson, as to “who’s at fault” with this bond issue problem. “Did we issue the notice to proceed [with the project], not knowing that [bond] was default or something? Or [did] we have the trust in them that the bond was secured?” he asked. “Because if we found out that the bond was not secured, would that give us the right not to issue the notice to proceed, even though they won the contract?”
Watson explained that what the “government had in hand, purported to be a payment bond and a performance bond. Those documents were false, they were issued in 2012 — and that’s when work commenced” on the road project. “I don’t know if fault should be placed anywhere. The job should not have proceeded without a proper bond in place, that is clear,” he said. “And the government didn’t adequately review the bonds and verify their authenticity before [issuing] the notice for the work to proceed.” Watson pointed out, “The government was wrong in issuing the notice to proceed, under those circumstances…” From the legal side, Magalei asked again, “What can we do to prevent this type of situation” from happening again? He also asked if the Fono should introduce legislation to “make sure that everything is intact before we issue a notice to proceed” to prevent such problems from occurring in the future. “I think the law is perfectly adequate as it stands. I think we just need to ‘exercise due diligence’ in reviewing the documentation before we issue a notice to proceed,” was the Governor’s Legal Counsel’s reply. Magalei, who was Treasurer during the previous administration, said he does not want to see history repeat itself. He said he had raised concerns previously — with awarding the company with the lowest bid— because “we’ve never seen” any project done on island by Whitehorn. He said if the project had been awarded to McConnell Dowell, this project would be completed and done a long time ago. McConnell Dowell, which has been handling many federally funded road projects over the years was the only other bidder for the airport road project. The company submitted an $11.03 million bid. During the hearing, Magalei told Watson: “You said the law is intact— so who’s at fault? If there is a loophole in it, fix it, to prevent problems in the future.” Watson replied, “Greater exercise of due diligence” is what is needed, adding that a bond is a “negotiable instrument... it’s almost like a $100 bill in some respects — they have counter proof protection, indicators”, and it’s “just a case of doing your homework — the homework was not adequately done prior to this contract.” It was also during Wednesday’s hearing that witnesses told the committee that the contract with Whitehorn is terminated with a notice sent to the company. Additionally, the ASG is awaiting approval from the federal grantor, the Federal Highway Administration, on
two options to move forward. One option is to rebid the project, which is something that ASG is concerned with due to the long procurement process involved; the second is to negotiate with McConnell Dowell to take over the project as “sole source”. (See yesterday’s front-page story for more details.)
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Lolo admin proposes Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act…
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Politics of Hunger
By Bob Franken
THE BOB FRANKEN COLUMN
The latest action in the tea party-controlled House of Representatives makes it abundantly clear that the conservatives care only about the mega-wealthy corporations that produce food and not a whit about the 47 million people who need help to afford enough to eat. How else to explain their insistence on pulling the food-stamp program out of the $195 billion farm bill subsidies for massive agriculture conglomerates? It was necessary, they argued, because the harsh right that controls House majority Republicans is intent on gutting what’s now called SNAP -- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as in food stamps. For decades, SNAP was cobbled together with the farm legislation to create an urban-rural bloc that was unstoppable -- until now. The extremists insisted on cuts so brutal that the coalition shattered. In effect, they brushed aside any concerns about malnutrition as the price the poor pay for poverty. They have their anti-government ideology, and that’s that. Of course, that agenda doesn’t apply when it comes to fattening the fat cats who dominate the food industry and dominate Congress with their army of lobbyists and showers of campaign bribes (excuse me, contributions). Much has been said about GOP efforts to rebrand after an election showing how badly the party had been hurt by deeply offended constituencies like Hispanics. So a great deal of the focus has been on immigration and efforts by a few Republicans to work with Democrats toward more-inclusive approaches. They succeeded in the Senate in concocting and then passing a bill that would set up ridiculous border-security standards. In return it would allow the 11 million or so undocumented to struggle along an arduous path that could lead to finally becoming full-fledged Americans. But now the measure has slammed into the barrier of insular intolerance. Let’s see ... “tired and poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Forget it, huddled masses. And as for the poor, they can starve before any taxpayer money is spent on them. The fact that millions of our country’s children go to bed hungry at night is not a scandal for the tea partiers. They have other priorities. As always, they continue their assaults on abortion. The battleground has shifted to the states where the GOP controls the government. One after another, they have passed laws that severely restrict access for those who want to terminate a pregnancy. Even if their handiwork is repeatedly rejected by the courts, they don’t care. It’s their war of attrition on the Roe v. Wade decision. It’s also the chance for the politicians of the right to pander to their base. Texas is just the latest state to join the backward parade. The late comedian George Carlin riffed about conservatives: “They are all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn, but once you’re born, you’re on your own.” That is certainly the case if you’re poor and need government help just to feed a family. While the rich get richer -- and get more subsidies -- the have-nots have to make do with even less, particularly if the House Republicans get their way. Their ideology is one that’s starved of any compassion, which is bad enough. Even worse is the reality that it might cause real starvation. (c) 2013 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Synd., Inc.
A story in Tuesday’s edition of Samoa News, Court Briefs, incorrectly identified Jay Vaoali’i as a police officer in the case involving CSL. In fact, Jay Vaoali’i is a CSL employee who works as Operations Manager and corporate Vice-President for the firm. The name of the police officer assigned to the case is Bonnie Lemisio. Samoa News apologizes for the error to its readers and to Vaoalii and Ms Lemisio.
The Lolo and Lemanu administration is proposing legislation which would implement the minimum standards of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and this was revealed in a letter sent to Fono leaders from Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga earlier this week. According to the letter, SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offenders registration and notification in the United States. SORNA aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification program. Governor Lolo pointed out in his letter that this legislation is necessary to discharge “our responsibility to keep our children safe” and [to keep] the public aware of sex offenders living in the community. Also “if we do not come into compliance with SORNA, we will lose 10% of our Justice Assistance Grant each year, a shortfall of $47,000 per year based on the current award amount.” This bill also accomplishes the updating of existing laws to incorporate a more comprehensive group of sex offenders, and sex offenses, for which registration is required. It requires registered sex offender to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work or go to school. The bill will require sex offenders to provide more extensive registration information, as well as make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their information. Too, it will expand the amount of information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders and will make changes in the required minimum duration of registration. According to the letter, upon passage of the bill, the actual registry will be housed and maintained by the Legal Affairs Department. “As part of the requirements, every registered offender must submit and register their DNA via the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The cost associated with this process is the most significant financial impediment, however, the government anticipates a favorable partnership with the FBI to minimize the initial DNA sampling costs. “The Criminal Justice Planning Agency estimates it will have available approximately $98,000 of SORNA funding to aid in our initial implementation. We will request additional funding as needed or re-purpose existing funding to ensure we meet the implementation requirements,” the letter states. “Eventually Legal Affairs will create a division to monitor and ensure compliance of all registered offenders, including on-site visits.” Governor Lolo cautions in his letter that the bill “contains instances of graphic language”, and however unfortunate this may be, it is “necessary to achieve SORNA compliance.” “I urge you not to let this get in the way of thoughtful deliberations around the substance of the bill because once enacted, this legislation will provide important protections for the community and for our children,” said Governor Lolo. In 2011, former Governor Togiola Tulafono also submitted the SORNA bill, however it never made it out of committee. Meanwhile, there have been questions raised by the public over past years regarding the release of information contained in the registry.
Current law — ASCA 46.2801 — outlines the Police Commissioner’s responsibility for developing and implementing a policy on the public release of relevant offender information, as well as limitations. This provision of the law states in part that registry information — excluding identity and location of victim — can be released to members of the public who provide a written request demonstrating a need to examine offender registry files necessary for the protection of themselves and/or their families. Employers and prospective employers can also submit such a request to examine registry files in any field that has contact with minors including, but not limited to, schools, child care agencies, counseling and social services groups or agencies, churches and the hotel industry. Full details of the American Samoa law on sex offender registry can be found on the American Samoa Bar Association website — www. asbar.org — starting with section 46.2801. Outspoken victim’s advocate, Ipu Avegalio Lefiti has been very vocal on this matter for years, and supports the move by the administration to implement SORNA in the territory. Lefiti, who’s also Vice Chair of the Multi Disciplinary Task Force, told Samoa News the community has the right to know whether a convicted sex offender/felon is living amongst them, and she says there is a rising percentage of sex offenders. “I believe it takes a community to rehabilitate, prevent and help a sex offender to re-enter society. Trust was ripped away by them, now it must be earned back through community notification, awareness and involvement. Benjamin Franklin once said “Those who give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety”. She continued, “If there is one thing we can all bank on, it is that dark deeds of all kinds, especially sexual, proliferate in the dark. I believe that by shedding light on these sexual offenses through the controversial SORNA, future sexual violence will be deterred.” Lefiti believes the SORNA reinforces heightened awareness and increases surveillance in prevention to safeguard our children and family members. It will also be considered a greater risk of detection by the offender, said Lefiti. She said that SORNA can be a major tool for parenting through educating and instructing our children— by addressing risky personal habits and making public safety activities more effective. Education will include teaching risk factors and how to eliminate those risks. SORNA is not a means for vigilantism, nor is it for retribution or vengeful purposes. “By no means should it be considered a punishment. It is purely a protective measure for all the community to observe and respect within the scope of the law. It protects the public from predatory sex offenders.” “Being isolated, ridiculed, ostracized, shunned or barred from employment are the risks known by every human being before they commit any crime” says Lefiti. “This should especially be true for offenders/perpetrators whether in free or third-world countries. Offenders are just going to have to get over it and survive in the community— or depart.” Lefiti stated that SORNA will add more meaning and responsibilities for the village watch/ aumaga who are overseen by the village chiefs. “The village law should also be a mechanism that will prevent any acts of revenge or retribution. The clergy can become an active leader in prevention, through counseling and reform activities. They also play the role of peace keeping.”
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China coast guard boats confront Japanese vessels BEIJING (AP) — China says ships from its newly-formed coast guard have confronted Japanese patrol vessels in waters surrounding disputed East China Sea islands. The State Oceanic Administration that oversees the service says four of its ships “sternly declared” China’s sovereignty over the islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. The uninhabited archipelago is controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing. Ships from Chinese civilian agencies have maintained a steady presence in the area since tensions spiked in September following Japan’s purchase of some of the islands from their private owners. Non-military ships are being replaced by vessels from the coast guard, which was formally inaugurated Monday and merges the resources of four former agencies. China says the move was intended to boost its ability to enforce its maritime claims. prison population in the united states down for 3rd straight year WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the U.S. prison population dropped for the third straight year in 2012. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says there were more than 1.5 million prison inmates last year. That’s a drop of 1.7 percent from 2011. The prison population hit a high of more than 1.6 million inmates in 2009. Despite the overall decline, the federal prison population actually rose by nearly 1,500 inmates last year. The state population dropped by nearly 30,000 inmates. California is responsible for most of the decrease in the number of state inmates. That’s because of a 2011 law sending non-serious, non-violent or non-sex offenders to county jails. Nine states saw their prison populations drop by more than 1,000 — California, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, New York, Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Death toll climbs to 15 in Indonesia boat sinking JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers say the number of people who drowned after a boat carrying more than 200 asylum seekers sank off Indonesia has climbed to 15 after four more bodies were recovered. Rescue official Rochmali says the bodies of four women were recovered late Thursday and early Friday near Ujung Genteng beach, about 31 miles west of where the overcrowded tugboat sank Tuesday off the coast of West Java. The boat was believed to be carrying around 204 people, mostly from Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka who were bound for Australia. Rescuers saved 189 people. Search operations continued Friday. Indonesia’s thousands of islands and unpatrolled coastline have made it a key transit point for asylum seekers to embark on the risky journey to reach Australia. Couple born same day and wedded 75 yrs, die day apart LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California husband and wife who were born on the same day and celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year have died just a day apart. The couple’s son Les Brown Jr. tells the Long Beach PressTelegram Thursday that 94-year-old Helen Brown died July 16 and 94-year-old Les Brown died July 17. She had stomach cancer. He had Parkinson’s disease. The Browns were born on New Year’s Eve, 1918. Their son said his parents met in high school and eloped in 1937 at age 18 because their parents thought the marriage between a wealthy man and a working-class woman would never last. Last September they celebrated their 75th anniversary. The couple moved to Long Beach in 1963. He was a photographer, she sold real estate. They’ll have a joint memorial service Saturday. nine dead, 8 missing in earthquake-hit Chinese province BEIJING (AP) — Heavy rains sparked landslides in an earthquake-shattered region of northwestern China, killing at least nine people and burying another eight. The landslides struck just south of the city of Dingxi where Monday’s earthquake left 95 dead, five missing and more than 800 people in hospital. The worst landslide buried 13 people in Nanyu village and nine bodies have been recovered, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. Rescue efforts are under way in the neighboring village of Yongguang, where four people were buried and are listed as missing, the report said. Local officials reached by phone said they had no information about dead or missing The area along the Yellow River has rolling hills of loose soil blown south from the Gobi desert. Thunderstorms have loosened the terraced hillsides that were made unstable by the quake. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, with 31,600 moved to temporary shelters, the provincial earthquake administration said on its website. Almost 2,000 homes were destroyed and about 22,500 damaged, it said.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
ASPA Budget increases for FY 2014, with fewer workers
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American Samoa Power Authority’s budget for fiscal year 2014 is more than $133 million — an increase from the current fiscal year — while the workforce for the new fiscal year is less than FY 2013, according to ASPA’s budget details, which also reveal the authority has allocated some $39 million for the purchase of generator fuel. In his budget summary letter, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga informed lawmakers that among the contributing factors to the 8% reduction of the overall FY 2014 budget compared to FY 2013, are the federal sequestration, the winding down of federal assistance and a “change in ASPA’s business model” — referring to the termination of its fuel supplier function. According to the document, ASPA’s FY 2014 budget totals $133.74 million with 460 employees, compared to the “approved” budget of $115.45 million in FY 2013 with 483 workers and $118.35 million in “actual expenditures” in FY 2012 with a workforce of 472. (Samoa News should point out that not all of the “positions” or workforce jobs listed in the budget are currently filled.) ELECTRIC DIVISION ASPA has set this division’s budget at $86.52 million with a workforce of 322, compared to $58.57 million in FY 2013 with 350 people, according to the document. The largest budget allocation of $44.83 million is for “materials & supplies” followed by contractual services at $29.77 million; personnel costs at $6.69 million and the rest for travel, ‘all others’ and equipment budget categories. Funding sources include $53.85 million (a 13% increase from FY 2013) in “electric rates & other revenue; $31.42 million (an increase of 241% from FY 2013) in “federal operating grants from Interior Department/OMIP, FEMA & other funding sources” and $1 million (a 233% hike from FY 2013) in “other income”. Also noted in the Electric Division’s budget is an allocation of $241,500 as subsidy to fund operations for Water, Wastewater & Solid waste divisions. In FY 2013, the total subsidy for these divisions was $1.46 million. For materials & supplies budget item totaling $44.83 million, the budget document says, $39.41 million is allocated to “fuel for generators” and the rest of the money covers the usual supplies such as spare parts for generators, materials for power line repairs, and cleaning materials and supplies. Under the “Contractual Service” budget item, the largest amount of $29.01 million is grant funding for “FEMA funded projects” followed by $132,500 to cover expenses for a turbocharge trainer; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit — which is required under the federal Clean Water Act — to be carried out by New Zealand based Envirolab Geotest Ltd.; and cylinder heads repair services, etc. ASPA has also allocated $15,000 for “road restoration” and this money is to fix roads cut by ASPA crew for underground repairs. WATER DIVISION Of the total budget of $17.37 million for this division, $8.54 million (a hike of 12% from FY 2013) in revenue is to come from “water rates”, $8.67 million (a 145% increase from FY 2013) in federal grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DOI Capital Improvement Project while $200,000 from other income (an increase of 11% from FY 2013). In expenses, the largest expenditure of $7.64 million is for contractual service, with the single largest expense of $7.27 million to “grant funded water projects” for inspecting construction, test new pipelines & water tanks, water system design, etc. Other big expense item categories are: Materials and Supplies totaling $3.44 million - with $2.07 million for grant funded projects; and $2.70 million in “All other costs” which includes $2.13 million to cover electricity costs to run water pumps, treatment plants and offices. WASTEWATER DIVISION Wastewater’s budget stands at $20.06 million with 49 workers compared to FY 2013’s budget of $7.69 million with 29 employees, which is the also the same number of workers in FY 2012 when actual expenditures were $4.16 million. Revenue sources for the division include $2.54 million (up 6% from FY 2013) in wastewater rates; $92,500 (up 42% from FY 2013) in DOI/O&M program grants; $414,000 (a decrease of 57% from FY 2013 for federal grants DOI-CIP ); $16.89 million (increase of 327% from FY 2013) in federal grants from EPA/CIP and $30,000 under miscellaneous revenue, such as new connections.
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American Samoa Area Health Education Center (ASAHEC) Coordinator Sailitafa Samoa (second row, second left) and her summer session students are joined in this photo by visiting [Photo: J. Kneubuhl] students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii.
ASAHEC Summer Sessions encouraging health careers
By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
To encourage American Samoa’s young people to enter health professions and familiarize them with options in this area, the American Samoa Health Education Center (ASAHEC), hosted by the American Samoa Community College, has held a series of summer mini-session for students from middle and high school. Two sessions titled “Practice Total Healthy Living and Lifelong Learning” took place from June 17th to the 21st, and again from June 24th to 28th for middle school students, followed by two sessions for high school students under the banner “Introduction to Health & Healthcare Occupations”, from July 8th to the 12th, and again from July 15th to the 23rd. Session activities for the middle school students consisted of instruction in holistic health and related health empowerment topics in order for the students to learn about total healthy living. ASAHEC Coordinator Sailitafa Samoa described the activities as “interactive education in as well as out of class.” With a focus on total health, the students experienced being in diverse settings and benefited from instructors with expertise in different areas related to total health. Activities ranged from a tour of the Governor’s Mansion with First Lady Cynthia Moliga and staff, to visiting the Feleti Barstow Public Library, ASCC Library, and Hope House. Instructors and researchers who spent time with the students included Tunai Alfred Peters and the CNR Agriculture Extension Program staff; Travis Fleming and the staff of the CNR Nutrition Education and the Wellness Center; Dr. Ndeme Atibalenja, plant pathologist with the Tauese Sunia NOAA; and Michael Larson and the staff of the AS National Park. The students even took a swimming lesson with Daniel Saifoloi, a certified water instructor affiliated with professional waterman Bruckner Chase. Sessions for the high school students focused on holistic health, wellness and prevention, and healthcare occupations, with a greater emphasis on classroom activities. Samoa explained that most participants initially indicated an interest in the sessions when ASAHEC made visits to their schools during the spring semester. Others heard about the ASAHEC summer program through word of mouth. “Through this program, we hope to encourage the youth to be more proactive, practice holistic health daily, and impact others,” said Samoa. “We need our young people to strive for excellence, take things to a higher level, and prepare to be leaders in every area of life, including healthcare.” Samoa shared that one positive outcome of the summer sessions has been that some participants were inspired to volunteer in local healthcare facilities. Miss Rapiel Faatoa of Tafuna, a graduate of the 8th grade from Manumalo, has volunteered at Hope House, along with her cousin, Faatele Tyrell, a Tafuna High School student interested in nursing. Faatele learned of the ASAHEC high school summer session and attended the July 8th session. After the July 8th summer session ended, Miss Rejoice Vili a student at Manumalo also volunteered at Hope House, and Miss Robyn Eti of Iakina Academy started at the LBJTMC in the Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic. “Our office hopes to facilitate more opportunities for students interested in healthcare,” said Samoa. “We appreciate the spirit and willingness of everyone to work together to recruit young students into the healthcare field. We collaborated with Lori Fale-Sword at the LBJTMC Compliance Department, Sister Faustina Stowers of Hope House, and DOH Director Nua, Deputy Director Fara Utu and Ofeira Nu’usolia, CEO for Tafuna Health Center to have student tours of their facilities and make it possible for the students to volunteer.” For their roles in making the ASAHEC summer session a success, Samoa extended her thanks to the many education and health care professionals who facilitated learning experiences for the students.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aman Samsonian was speeding, passing cars and driving in a left-turn lane in a rush to get to the gym before he executed a turn and crashed into an electrical pole and fire hydrant, creating an electrified pool of water that fatally shocked two good Samaritans, according to witnesses. A judge who heard testimony in a preliminary hearing Wednesday ruled the 20-year-old man should stand trial for vehicular manslaughter, despite the argument from Samsonian’s lawyer that the legal foundation of the charges was unprecedented. “The question becomes, did he kill these two ladies?” argued attorney Andrew Flier. He said that was not the case. Flier told Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell that the deaths were not the driver’s fault and said he could find no case in legal history to compare with the Southern California man’s situation. He said the accident’s outcome was not foreseeable and said “intervening acts,” the women entering the hydrant water electrified by the fallen power lines, caused the deaths. Deputy District Attorney Ron Carey disagreed, arguing Samsonian was guilty of gross negligence and wanton disregard for others. “Speeding down a crowded road in a lane you’re not supposed to be in is inherently dangerous,” he said. “The defendant should have foreseen the harm that could happen.” Daniel Woloszyn, whose wife perished when she tried to help Samsonian, said they were in the line of cars behind him, saw him cross a double yellow line, jump the curb and crash. He said his wife called 911 on her cellphone and then raced over to help the driver. She died when she stepped into electrified water. Another woman who tried to help her also was killed. Her husband said he too got an electric shock when he tried to pull her out of the water. “It was dark,” he said. “When I turned the corner I saw water and my wife laying there.” Other neighborhood residents said they heard his screams, heard screeching brakes and a racing engine and rushed over. But they said they sensed danger and stayed back. Samsonian’s friend, Ashot Avanisian, said he was following behind in another car as they headed for the gym. He said traffic was unusually heavy that evening and he followed Samsonian as they “hopped out of lane to the middle lane and then back again.” He said he wound up three cars behind his friend and didn’t witness the accident. But he said when he tried to help in the aftermath he too was shocked. Asked how fast his friend was driving, he said, “I just know he was going faster than me.” A police detective testified that Samsonian was taken to a hospital where he told her he had been driving 50 mph in a divider lane on the street that had a speed limit of 35. Some witnesses estimated his speed at 60 to 70 mph. He told the detective he had become impatient with the slow traffic. “He was definitely driving negligently,” the judge concluded at the hearing’s end. “He had disregard for others. He made a terrible turn. That was a grossly negligent act.” She ordered him to stand trial and ordered his arraignment for Aug. 7.
Motorist faces trial in ‘electrocution’ deaths
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who was robbed at home of more than $35,000 in gambling winnings sued the Ohio casino where he won the money, arguing a cashier should have issued him a check instead of cash. Police said 29-yearold David Hayes was robbed at gunpoint of the stack of $100 bills when two armed men woke him at home hours after he left the Hollywood Casino Columbus with his winnings Oct. 21. Hayes filed suit against the casino’s operator, contending that he asked for a check when he cashed out his blackjack winnings but was given cash instead. And he claims the clerk wrote down his identification information, including his address, on a piece of paper, and held it up for him to confirm, making it “visible to anyone,” The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday. The casino, in a filing this month, said Hayes’ losses were due to his own negligence and “unforeseeable misconduct by third parties over whom (the casino) had no control.” Hayes said the cashier gave him 358 $100 bills in a manila folder that she stapled shut, telling him that he should take future winnings in the form of a check. He claims that when he said he wanted a check, she told him it was too late. A casino security guard then escorted him to his car. Hayes was robbed hours later by two armed men who entered his house through an unlocked back door. In the lawsuit, Hayes claims the men asked for “the money you won tonight.” Two men were arrested and charged after one of them began bragging about the robbery, said Joseph Landusky, one of Hayes’ attorneys. They were scheduled for trial next week.
Ohio man claims a casino caused robbery of $35,000
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo expressed unease Thursday over Chinese military and maritime activity near disputed islands that Japan controls, as China defended a flight by one of its fighter jets near Japanese airspace. Japan had scrambled fighter jets Wednesday to keep watch on a Chinese early warning plane flying over international waters between Japan’s southern Okinawa island and an outer island relatively close to the disputed area in the East China Sea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern over the sighting. “It was an unusual action that we have never seen before. We’ll keep monitoring it with great interest,” Abe said Thursday before leaving for a trip that will take him to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. During his travels, Abe plans to discuss ways to cooperate on maritime security, officials said. “I would like to share an understanding that we need to observe a rule of law, not a rule by force,” Abe said. The Chinese Defense Ministry issued a statement defending the right of its aircraft to operate in the area. The training flight was a “scheduled annual arrangement that was not directed at any specific countries or targets and was in accordance with relevant international law and practice,” China’s official Global Times newspaper quoted an unidentified ministry spokesman as saying. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said late Wednesday that the flight of the Chinese Y-8 early warning plane was “a sign of China’s escalating maritime advance.” Around the same time the Chinese fighter jet was sighted, Japan’s coast guard reported the appearance of four Chinese coast guard vessels near the disputed islands, for the first time
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since Beijing revamped the service to improve its ability to enforce its maritime claims. Japan’s coast guard said the four Chinese craft were seen early Wednesday just outside Japanese territorial waters around the tiny uninhabited islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan. Chinese websites ran photos reportedly taken by the Japanese coast guard showing a ship painted in the service’s new red, white and blue striped Chinese coast guard livery. Tokyo is considering introducing drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, like the Global Hawk used by the U.S. military, and beefing up the role of self-defense troops in southwestern Japan to improve its defenses against China’s increased activity, Japanese media reported Thursday. Those plans are expected to be included in an interim defense policy report due for release Friday. Apart from its claims in the East China Sea, China has sparred with the Philippines and Vietnam over overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, another area to which the new Chinese coast guard is being deployed. A Chinese coast guard ship was sighted recently at Mischief Reef off the western Philippine coast, according to a confidential Philippine government report obtained by The Associated Press. China occupied the vast reef in 1995, sparking fierce protests from rival claimant Manila. The Philippine government said it was verifying China’s reported deployment of armed coast guard vessels, but added that in principle, such a move was inconsistent with efforts by Southeast Asian countries to build trust amid the territorial disputes. “It raises the level of tension in that area,” Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said Thursday at a news conference in Manila.
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GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records Ltd. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez became the world’s oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116. The world’s oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Guinness World Records used census reports, immigration papers, marriage records and news reports to confirm the record. Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records, said 90 percent of all supercentenarians are female and Salustiano is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth. Born June 8, 1901, in village of El Tejado de Bejar, Spain, he was known for his talent on the dulzania, a double-reed wind instrument that he taught himself and played at weddings and village celebrations. At 17, he moved with his older brother Pedro and a group of friends to Cuba, where they worked in the cane fields. In 1920, he came to the United States through Ellis Island and worked in the coal mines of Lynch, Ky. Ultimately, he moved to the Niagara Falls area of New York, where he still lives, working in construction and in the industrial furnaces. He married his wife, Pearl, in 1934. In a statement provided by Guinness World Records, Salustiano — whose nickname is “Shorty” — said he was humbled by the attention, saying he didn’t feel he accomplished anything special just because he has lived longer than most. “He says, ‘I’m an old man and let’s leave it at that,’” said his daughter, 69-year-old Irene Johnson. Salustiano lived with Johnson in Grand Island after his wife died in 1988; he moved to a nursing home in 2007. “We did our best,” Johnson said. “We weren’t going to put him somewhere just because he was old.” Salustiano said his longevity can be attributed to eating one banana per day and his daily dose of six Anacin tablets. His daughter has another theory. “I think it’s just because he’s an independent, stubborn man,” she said. Besides his daughter, he has a 76-year-old son, John, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. The oldest authenticated person was Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days.
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MERS virus may be deadlier than SARS
LONDON (AP) — The new respiratory virus that emerged in the Middle East last year appears to make people sicker faster than SARS, but doesn’t seem to spread as easily, according to the latest detailed look at about four dozen cases in Saudi Arabia. Since last September, the World Health Organization has confirmed 90 cases of MERS, the Middle East respiratory syndrome, including 45 deaths. Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia, but the mysterious virus has also been identified in countries including Jordan, Qatar, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia. MERS is related to SARS and the two diseases have similar symptoms including a fever, cough and muscle pain. “At the moment, the virus is still confined (to the Middle East),” said Dr. Christian Drosten of the University of Bonn Medical Centre in Germany, who wrote an accompanying commentary. “But this is a coronavirus and we know coronaviruses are able to cause pandemics.” Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that mostly cause respiratory infections like the common cold, but it also includes SARS, the virus that killed about 800 people in a 2003 global outbreak. MERS is distantly related to SARS but there are major differences between the two. Unlike SARS, MERS can cause rapid kidney failure and doesn’t seem as infectious. Drosten said the upcoming hajj in October — where millions of Muslim pilgrims will visit Saudi Arabia, where the virus is still spreading — is worrisome. On Thursday, WHO said in a statement that the risk of an individual traveler to Mecca catching MERS was considered “very low.” The agency does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions or entry screening for the hajj. In the latest study, researchers found 42 of the 47 cases in Saudi Arabia needed intensive care. Of those, 34 patients deteriorated so badly within a week they needed a breathing machine. That was up to five days earlier than was the case with SARS. Most of the MERS cases were in older men with underlying health problems, as one of the biggest outbreaks was among dialysis patients at several hospitals. The research was published Friday in the journal, Lancet Infectious Diseases. Ali Zumla, one of the paper’s co-authors and a professor of infectious diseases at University College London, said in an email that the rapid deterioration of patients was “not worrying at all since the numbers are small” and most of the patients had other health problems. Drosten, however, said that could be bad news. “That could mean the virus is more virulent and that (doctors) have a smaller window of opportunity to intervene and treat patients,” he said. Detecting MERS fast could be a problem since quick diagnostic tests aren’t available. Last week, WHO declared there was not yet enough evidence to classify MERS as a public health emergency after setting up an emergency committee to keep a closer eye on the virus. Zumla said it was “very unlikely” that MERS would ignite a pandemic. He noted officials were increasingly picking up mild cases of the disease, suggesting reported cases were only the tip of the iceberg. Identifying more mild or asymptomatic cases could indicate the virus is more widespread, but it’s unclear if those infected people might be able to spread the disease further. MERS also appears to be mainly affecting men; nearly 80 percent of the cases in the new study were men. Drosten said there might be a cultural explanation for that. “Women in the (Middle East) region tend to have their mouths covered with at least two layers of cloth,” he said, referring to the veils worn by women in Saudi Arabia. “If the coronavirus is being spread by droplets, (the veils) should give women some protection.” Scientists still haven’t pinpointed the source of MERS and theories have ranged from animals like goats and camels to dates infected with bat excrement. WHO says the virus is capable of spreading between people but how exactly how that happens — via coughing, sneezing or indirect physical contact — isn’t known.
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Swedish lawmaker is caught with his pants down, literally STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish politician who wanted to show his new tattoo to followers on a social media site accidentally revealed far more than he intended. Lars Ohly, former leader of Sweden’s Left Party, posted a picture of the English soccer club Liverpool’s liver bird tattooed on his leg. What he failed to notice was that his genitals were visible in the background. Ohly quickly removed the picture after posting it Wednesday on Instagram but couldn’t stop the avalanche of comments in social media. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, of the rival Moderate Party jested, “Congratulations - finally, after all these years you have made a genuine public breakthrough.” Ohly made light of the embarrassment and said he would be more careful when he posts online. Pa. judge fines woman who cursed at jury selection ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been fined $500 for cursing because she was frustrated with being picked to serve on a jury. The Erie Times-News reports Erie County Judge Ernest DiSantis levied the fine Wednesday on Kathleen Port. DiSantis told the Erie woman she was “totally out of line” and explained jury service is a duty of citizenship. Port, whose phone number is unlisted, apologized several times but was fined nonetheless. She told the judge she was upset because jury service would make her miss work and cost her income. DiSantis says Port could have claimed a hardship on her jury service questionnaire, but did not. Port was also thrown off the jury, which was picked to hear an illegal weapons case. Calif. shoe collector was killed with a bat RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman with a world-record collection of more than 15,000 shoes was beaten with a baseball bat and found dead in her swimming pool. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 29-year-old boyfriend Justin Charles Smith was arraigned Thursday in the death of 58-year-old Darlene Flynn. He didn’t enter a plea. Authorities say they went to the Guinness World Record holder’s home on Monday after a report of a man and a woman yelling. When they arrived, they saw a shirtless man running away from the property and found Flynn’ body in her backyard pool. It was unclear how long she had been dead. Smith was arrested later that day. Friends say the relationship had been volatile. Small claims court records show Flynn alleged Smith owed her nearly $10,000.
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Prince Harry will be ‘fun’ Uncle LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has laid out his mission as an uncle: protect the newest member of his family, and make sure Britain’s little prince has fun. Harry told reporters at a charity event in London on Thursday that when he met Prince George, the new baby “was crying his eyes out, as all babies do.” He says he wants to make sure the future heir to the throne “has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm’s way and to make sure he has fun.” The rest, he said, he’ll leave to the baby’s parents, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton. That’s not to say he won’t help out: Harry adds that he hopes his brother knows “how expensive” his baby-sitting services are. New NASA telescope scours the sun in ‘grand opening’ CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is getting an unprecedented close-up look at the sun, thanks to a new telescope. NASA’s IRIS spacecraft, launched just a month ago, already is providing detailed pictures of the sun. The telescope’s door opened last week, and it began observing the lower solar atmospheres in never-before-seen detail. The early results were announced Thursday and hailed by the research team as exciting. NASA’s science mission directorate chief, former astronaut John Grunsfeld, says it’s “a grand opening of a new era in solar physics.” IRIS is short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. It will continue its mission for the next two years. Scientists say the observations will help shed light on the sun’s impact on Earth. Priest jailed in theft of Bolivian icon’s jewels LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Bolivian judge has ordered a 34-year-old priest jailed in the theft of the sumptuous collection of gem-encrusted gold jewelry that bedecked a statue of the country’s patron saint, the Virgin of Copacabana. Also under arrest in the case is the female owner of a hostel where the Rev. Jesus Cortes was lodged when the jewels disappeared April 22 from the basilica in the town on Lake Titicaca’s shore. The jewels removed from the statue, which was carved in 1580, are worth an estimated $1 million. Cortes was arraigned Wednesday. He lives in the eastern city of Santa Cruz and was helping out while the church’s pastor was abroad. Authorities say Cortes was the only member of the church staff who was not mysteriously tranquilized the night of the theft.
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In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION
RENE LEILOATILOTILO TUTAGALEVAO
By: RENE LEILOATILOTILO TUTAGALEVAO, Petitioner IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR NAME CHANGE OF
CA No.: 35-2013
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR NAME CHANGE
TO: ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that RENE LEILOATILOTILO TUTAGALEVAO has petitioned the Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa to change her name from RENE LEILOATILOTILO TUTAGALEVAO to RENE TIRESA LAITITI. A hearing will be held on August 27, 2013 at the High Court of American Samoa at 9:00 a.m. Unless you appear and object to this action within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of this notice, an order may be issued granting Petitioner’s request to change her name. Dated: July 23rd, 2013
Clerk of Courts
Published 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
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Firefighters stretch out a hose to begin fighting the ensuing fire after a small plane crashed into a home Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Columbus, Ind. A small plane crashed into a U.S. house and ignited a fire Thursday, injuring two men on board the plane but leaving a Japanese woman (AP Photo/The Republic, Joe Harpring) inside the home unscathed, authorities said.
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CSX Train derails at Port of Tampa, spilling ethanol TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida are working with CSX Transportation officials to upright 10 toppled train cars that derailed at the Port of Tampa. CSX spokesman Gary Sease told the Tampa Bay Times about 4,500 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the ground when the 81-car train derailed early Thursday. No one was injured. Sease says the ethanol was contained to the immediate area. Officials say the train was heading to the port from Chicago. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known. CSX officials are investigating. Authorities restricted access to the port while Tampa Fire Rescue crews sprayed foam onto the spill. Equipment used to right the toppled train cars is being brought in from Atlanta. UN chief says over 100,000 killed in Syria UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on Thursday raised the death toll in Syria’s civil war to more than 100,000, up from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago. Ban called on the Syrian government and opposition to halt the violence in the 2 ½ year civil war, saying it is “imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible.” The secretary-general spoke before talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who stood nearby. “There is no military solution to Syria,” Kerry then told reporters. “There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table.” The United States and Russia are trying to convene an international conference in Geneva, along with the United Nations, to try to agree on a transitional government based on a plan adopted in that city a year ago. Charlotte airport laments day of irritants CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bees and coyotes don’t typically top the list of air travel irritants, but they accounted for just some of the headaches earlier this week at one North Carolina airport. The Charlotte Observer reports a swarm of bees prevented a gate agent from pushing a US Airways flight away from the gate Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. A beekeeper was called and the flight departed for Indianapolis more than two hours behind schedule. Wildlife officers were dispatched after at least one coyote was seen near a runway that afternoon. Then flames were reported on a moving walkway on Concourse E. The fire was brought under control, but smoke filled the concourse, which was evacuated. The newspaper also reported a Rome-bound flight was diverted to Philadelphia after experiencing mechanical problems. CBO: Reversing budget cuts would boost jobs, economy WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says that reversing more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts hitting the economy this year and next would boost the economy by 0.7 percent and increase employment by 900,000 jobs. The Congressional Budget Office study is similar to prior estimates by the agency. The CBO figures are the agency’s best estimate but the possible range of job growth is much wider, from 300,000 jobs to 1.6 million. The report comes as President Barack Obama is redoubling his campaign against the automatic cuts, known as sequestration, which are causing furloughs among government workers and have been credited with slowing the economic recovery. CBO said reversing the cuts would boost the economy in the short term, but hurt it in the longer term. Church: Va. woman among Spain train crash victims ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Catholic Church officials say an employee of a diocese outside Washington, D.C., was among the 80 people who died in the Spain trash crash this week. The Diocese of Arlington says on its Facebook page that Ana Maria Cordoba, an administrative employee from northern Virginia, died in the wreck. Catholic News Service, a division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reports that Cordoba, a benefits specialist, was traveling with her husband, Philippe, and her daughter, Christina, a rising high school senior in Arlington. CNS reports that Philippe and Christina Cordoba were in stable condition at a hospital. Family members were on their way to see the Cordobas’ son, who had completed a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Obama to host Cabinet at Camp David WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting members of his Cabinet and their families at Camp David on Friday. First lady Michelle Obama is also expected to attend the rare gathering at the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains. The Obamas only occasionally spend time at Camp David. And unlike some of his predecessors, the president has rarely used the retreat for meetings with his staff, lawmakers or foreign leaders. Friday’s gathering comes as Obama and his team seek to refocus on the economy and re-energize a second term that so far is lacking in big legislative victories. A White House official confirmed the event, speaking only on condition of anonymity in order to do so before it was formally announced.
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Being outdoors perilous during thunderstorms…
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The deaths of two people at a scenic overlook in northern Arizona this week bring to 14 the number of people killed by lightning strikes in the U.S. this year, according to the National Weather Service. Many of the victims were enjoying summertime activities like sightseeing, boating, camping and fishing. Weather experts say when thunderstorms roar, you should get out of the water, drop the sporting equipment and flee to a safe area inside a building or a vehicle. ‘WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS’ Lightning flashes some 30 million times per year in the continental United States, mostly from cloud to cloud, said Richard Orville, professor at Texas A&M University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences. About 10 percent of lightning hits the ground, where it can travel through trees, soil, plumbing and electric wiring. Those cloud-to-cloud strikes start about 15 minutes before the ground strikes and thunder will roar, giving people a heads-up on when to seek shelter, Orville said. “It’s not a hard rule, there are exceptions to it. But in terms of a guideline, it works.” The National Weather Service advises people to stay indoors 30 minutes after that first flash of lightning or clap of thunder. LEADING IN LIGHTNING STRIKES Arizona and Florida are leading the nation so far this year in lightning fatalities, with three each. Places like Florida and Texas that have the right combination of moisture and heat have lightning strikes year-round, but in Arizona they are most common during the monsoon season. The couple that was killed Tuesday near Jacob Lake, Ariz., was sitting beneath a rock wall at a scenic overlook that got hit by lightning, authorities said. Others killed this year have been under trees in Missouri and New York, fishing on a boat in Louisiana, walking on the beach in Florida, camping in California and at a park in Illinois. MORE LIKELY THAN WINNING LOTTERY? Your odds of being struck by lightning depend on where you live, the climate, how much time you spend outdoors and the time of year. People in the central Florida peninsula where the lightning concentration is the highest in the United States, according to the National Weather Service, are more likely to be hit by lightning than people in the Pacific northwest where thunderstorms are rare. “People in this region who spend much of their lives indoors might win the lottery before they were struck by lightning,” the weather bureau said. Knowing where lightning will strike is mostly unpredictable, weather experts say. While it tends to favor tall, isolated objects it “has a mind of its own,” said Chris Outler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. “It will really do what it wants.” OUTDOORS UNSAFE Most lightning deaths occur between June and August when people are outdoors enjoying the warmer weather, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly two-thirds of the 238 people killed by lightning in the past seven years were enjoying recreational activities — a number that varied from 26 in 2011 to 48 in 2006, according to a study by lightning safety specialist John Jensenius Jr. The study dispels the myth that golfers are highest on the fatality list. Fishing led the list of 12 activities that accounted for more than half of the deaths from 2006 to 2012, followed by camping and boating. Golfing came in at No. 9. DANGER INSIDE When inside, weather experts say you should unplug electric appliances, avoid talking on a phone that’s connected to the wall and not take a shower or bath when thunderstorms are brewing. A few years ago, Orville’s home sustained $5,000 in damage when lightning hit a tree in his backyard, moving through electrical circuits and destroying the garage door opener, washer and dryer and lighting in the swimming pool.
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The photo provided by the police in Chemnitz on June 23, 2013 shows a car that has been converted into a driveable pool in†Eibenstock,†eastern Germany. Young people from the Erzgebirge mountains have converted their car into a pool. (AP Photo/Polizei Chemnitz) Four people fled from the car when it was stopped by a police officer.
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is this a Cool ride? German police seize car with pool BERLIN (AP) — A car caught cruising the streets of a sleepy east German village on a sweltering summer’s day sported a decidedly unorthodox feature: a pool filled to the brim with water. German police say a motorcycle cop couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw four men, including the driver, splashing about in the open-top BMW as they passed him Sunday afternoon near Blauenthal, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Berlin. Chemnitz police spokesman Frank Fischer says the men pulled over and jumped into a nearby river as soon as they saw the officer, but one later returned to claim his clothes. Fischer said Thursday that police were still investigating which of the men drove and whether he was drunk. He said the vehicle itself “probably didn’t have a road permit.” Drum of depleted uranium found at Florida airport MIAMI (AP) — Part of the Opa-locka Executive Airport in South Florida had to be temporarily evacuated after a 55-gallon drum containing depleted uranium aircraft parts was found. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Arnold Piedrahita Jr. reports that the unsealed drum was found Thursday near a dismantled plane at the airport. A hazmat team from Miami International Airport went to the site, but only minimal levels of radiation were detected. Officials cleared a 150-foot perimeter around the drum, but that circle was later reduced to 5 feet. Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said no flights were disrupted and the airport never closed. Most depleted uranium is a byproduct of the production of enriched uranium, which is commonly used in nuclear reactors and weapons. It has significantly less radiation than natural uranium. Police: Warrant seeks the wife of bounty hunter ‘Dog’ MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado say an arrest warrant has been issued for the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman after she was accused of verbally harassing a teenager. Attorneys for Beth Chapman say she did nothing wrong. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday that police in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, couldn’t reach Chapman to issue a summons, so they obtained the warrant. Chapman’s Colorado attorney, Gary Lozow, says she will cooperate with police and expects to be exonerated. Police Lt. Steve Burk says the alleged harassment took place July 10 at a lake. He declined to provide details. The Chapmans appear on the CMT show “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” They own a home in Castle Rock.
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Pelosi: Weiner behavior ‘disrespectful of women’ WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the behavior of Anthony Weiner is “reprehensible” and “disrespectful of women.” The California Democrat lashed out at Weiner, a candidate for mayor of New York City and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, saying their behavior is stunning and that they “don’t have a clue.” Both men were formerly Democratic members of the House. Weiner, who is married, apologized this week after fresh allegations he exchanged lewd images and sexually explicit messages with another woman. Filner has been besieged by allegations of sexual harassment. Pelosi suggests both men may need therapy and says they should “do it in private.” But she says it’s up to Weiner to decide if he should leave the mayor’s race. Man, 65, tells dispatchers he strangled his wife SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A 65-yearold man was taken into custody after calling 911 and informing dispatchers that he had strangled his wife in their Northern California trailer home. Dean “Sonny” Eliason said he would be waiting for police by the front door of their home in Rincon Valley Mobile Estates, and that’s where officers found him. Sgt. Dave Linscomb said the body of 64-year-old Virginia Caetano was found on the floor of the couple’s living room with a ligature around her neck. Linscomb told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that Eliason was expected to be booked into the Sonoma County Jail late Wednesday on suspicion of murder. The homicide investigation is the first in Santa Rosa this year. Official: Body falls from Air France jetliner in Niger NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The body of a suspected stowaway fell from an Air France plane over Niger on Thursday and was discovered lifeless in a western suburb of the capital, Niamey, officials said. A resident of the suburb was standing just a few meters from where the body fell at around 5 a.m. on Thursday, said Niger Interior Minister Abdou Labo. “The police discovered the lifeless body of a black person lying in blood,” Labo said, adding that blood had also been spotted on the left wing of the plane. Initial information indicated the body was that of a stowaway who fell from the landing gear, said an Air France spokesman, Christophe Paumier, in Paris. Paumier said the investigation was in the hands of authorities in Niamey.
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Anthony Weiner, New York mayoral candidate, listens during a news conference, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in New York. Weiner introduced his proposal for a “non profit czar” should he become mayor, but a new poll suggests his new sexting scandal is taking a toll on his mayoral prospects. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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The plane was coming from Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, and was scheduled to continue to Paris, Labo said. Officials were holding the plane in Niamey so crew members and passengers could be interviewed, and investigators in Ouagadougou were also looking into “the conditions in which the passengers boarded,” Labo said. Passengers were being rerouted to Paris on two flights due to land in Paris Friday morning, Paumier said. LA deputy kills man he says bit his arm COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has shot and killed a suspected drunken driver in Compton after the man allegedly bit his arm and tried to take his gun. The motorist died at the scene shortly before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. His name hasn’t been released. Sheriff’s officials say the man became combative after a deputy pulled over his car. The deputy was treated at a hospital for a bite to his left arm. It’s the second deputy-involved shooting in Compton in two months. In May, deputies killed a man they say pointed a gun at them following a car chase. Teen pleads in missing grandmother murder case RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Riverside County man who helped buy machetes and cleaning supplies to cover up a killing has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a felony. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 18-yearold Neil Erickson made his plea Wednesday. The Wildomar man faces up to three years in prison. Erickson and 21-year-old Kyle McLean were charged in connection with the killing of McLean’s 71-year-old grandmother, whose remains haven’t been found. Prosecutors claim McLean killed Catharine Sutton earlier this month at her Murrieta home. Erickson told police that McLean showed him a body with a belt around the neck in the trunk of a car. They later were seen buying machetes, gloves, bleach and beer at a Walmart.
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This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Asili Beach, across LMS Church Pala Lagoon, adjacent playground, Nuuuli • Pala Lagoon Spring near tennis courts • Avau Beach Nuuuli • Fatumafuti Beach • Fagaalu Beach adjacent field • Gataivai Beach, across Laundromat • Yacht Club Beach Utulei Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Afono stream mouth, adjacent cricket field • Vatia stream mouth, 2nd bridge • Aua beach across from A&M Video Store • Lauli’i Tuai stream mouth • Alega stream mouth • $2 Beach, Avaio • Auto Beach across store • Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS • Masausi stream mouth • Masefau stream mouth • Alofau stream mouth, 1st bridge, Asasama • Amouli Beach across Health Clinic • Aoa stream mouth
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Newtown OKs use of grant money for new school NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have approved spending $750,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut to begin work on replacing the school where 26 people were shot to death in December. The News Times of Danbury reports an overflow crowd of about 200 people attended Wednesday night’s town meeting, which is required when local officials consider spending more than $500,000 on any project. The crowd approved the spending for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School by a unanimous voice vote after a 7-minute meeting. The money will be used for preparation, design and site work for the school, which will be built once the existing one is demolished. The town plans an October referendum to approve spending the remainder of the $50 million in state funds set aside for the school. China plans to spend $275 Billion to cut air pollution BEIJING (AP) — China will spend $275 billion to tackle air pollution over the next five years, highlighting how the issue has become a priority for the leadership. The amount is more than the total economic output of Hong Kong last year and underlines how the government is eager to bring about a visible improvement in China’s bad air, which has caused discontent among its citizens and tarnished the country’s image abroad. The China Daily reported Thursday that the plan targets Beijing, the neighboring port city of Tianjin and densely populated Hebei province, which surrounds them. China’s government was long indifferent to the environment as it pursued economic development. The country’s major cities have some of the world’s worst smog and water supplies are badly polluted. The government has begun launching anti-pollution initiatives after mounting public frustration.
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“It is a ten week program and everyone in it is from all over the United States, except for me,” she said. “The program typically includes gene cloning and characterization, functional gnomic analyses, expression of foreign genes in bacteria, plants and animals, molecular genetics and analysis of proteomes and transcriptions,” she explained. She said that her project focuses on confirming an interaction between a NIa-pro and a protein from Arabidopis thaliana. She added that Arabidopis is a valuable model in biotechnology to test protein-interactions. “The NIa-pro is a protease encoded by Turnip mosaic virus and is transmitted by insects, including aphids. This virus affects the Brassica family which include cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. The program will end in two weeks and I will find out my results in a few days.” She went on to say that she would like to thank her family, especially her home mentor Dr. [courtesy photo] Otto Hansell, along with her mentors at Iowa State University.
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and was not considered by the Senate or House during their vote. Judy is the only trustee from the outgoing board re-appointed. SENATE HEARING At the start of the Senate hearing, Sen. Mauga T. Asuega asked as to the whereabouts of Judy, to which the committee chairman Sen. Avegalio Aigamaua explained that the Senate will not consider Judy’s nomination, since he was not present. He said this will be left to the governor to deal with Judy not being on island. Avegalio pointed out that the confirmation process for the nominees — who must be present at the hearing — needed to be carried out so that a Fono confirmed board can convene to start its work. With this explanation from the chairman, the hearing proceeded, with Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao telling the nominees of the importance of this ASG asset — the retirement fund — to the government and to current and future retirees. “This fund must be protected for our future generations,” he said, adding that the market sometimes becomes volatile and told the members, if they are confirmed, to keep a close watch on the world markets to ensure safety of the Fund and its investments. Sen. Mauga agreed with Laolagi and noted that the nominees have financial backgrounds that go well with their duties as trustees. He also told the nominees to check the markets and make right decisions when it comes to any investments. The call to make sure that the nominees fully protect the fund was also raised by other senators including Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, who urged them not to give any more loans to the government until the current loans are paid off. This was supported by Sen. Saole Mila who shared with his colleagues and the nominees his support of former Gov. Togiola Tulafono’s unsuccessful bill that called for early retirement of ASG employees, who have worked for the government for many years, to have a cash incentive to retire. Saole said this was a great initiative as it would allow for a new generation of college graduates to transition into the ASG workforce. (Saole wasn’t a member of the Senate when the bill went through the Fono at least twice over a three-year period.) Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, one of the outgoing trustees of the Retirement Fund board, told nominees that the outgoing board was not against the nominees when the case was filed in High Court against the governor. He said the “consultancy” between the board and the governor was the main issue. (The lawsuit was dismissed by the High Court). Magalei wished the nominees the best if they were fully confirmed by both the Senate and House. Senate President ProTemp Nua Saoluaga directed his questions to Su’a, who is 81 and Afuola, 80, regarding their health and fitness to serve on the board. Both nominees said “yes” they are healthy and ready to serve. Su’a added, that he has a business and he goes to work every morning. Su’a gave the same answer when this same issue was raised during the House confirmation hearing.
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The division’s largest expense is $16.50 million in contractual services with $16.09 million for contract work for all CIP grant funded program projects. Other expenditures include $342,500 for electricity for sewer pumps charged to the Electric Division budget. The budget also shows money expended for repairs to failed pump motors, pipe inspection and technical training. SOLIDWASTE DIVISION Of the total budget of $3.42 million for this division, the largest expenditure is $1.89 million under Contractual Services, followed by $619,500 in personnel costs and the rest covers materials and supplies, equipment and all others. (FY 2014 budget with 21 workers is lower than the total $4.74 million approved in FY 2013 with 45 employees.) The funding source includes $2.63 million (7% increase from FY 2013) in solidwaste rates; $400,000 (100% increase from FY 2013) under “miscellaneous revenue”; and $329,000 (84% decrease from FY 2013) in DOI contribution for recycling project & equipment. The largest expense for the division is $1.84 million under “contractors” for solidwaste collections, which was “zero” budgeted in FY 2013. (Samoa News points out this would correspond with ASPA once again out sourcing its garbage collection to a local company, instead of handling it in-house, as was the case in previous years, when ASPA was headed by Andra Samoa.) Other expenses in FY 2014 include $155,000 for “bins & container supplies”; $78,000 for cinder loads to cover landfill & trash bin replacements and containers; $62,270 for recycle rebate project; and $31,780 for landfill land site lease. FUEL DIVISION This division had an approved budget of $34.41 million in FY 2013, but for the new fiscal year, the budget is only $6.35 million as ASPA transitions out of the fuel supply business. In FY 2013, there were four employees and the new fiscal year, shows three. The only revenue source for the division is $6.64 million from “fuel sales”, while the largest expenditure of $5.92 million is under “Materials & Supplies”, which includes $4.08 for CFV marine diesel fuel and $1.02 million for gasoline.
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Le pasia e le Senate sui tofia mo Komiti Faafoe a le Litaea
PASIA E FAIPULE NA’O LE TO’ALUA
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Na teena e le Senate i le taeao ananafi sui e to’aono o le Komiti Faafoe a le Litaea na tofia e le Kovana, i se palota na faia ina ua mae’a se iloiloga pu’upu’u na faatautaia e le Komiti o le Litaea a le maota maualuga, ae i luma o le maota o sui, na teena ai e le maota o sui le to’afa o le to’aono na teena e le senate sei vagana ai le to’alua na pasia. O i latou na teena e le Senate atoa ai ma latou palota na aofia ai Su’a Carl Schuster e 4 palota ioe ae 8 palota leai; o Talalemotu Mauga e 7-5; Avamua Dave Haleck e 3-9; John Marsh e 6-6; Nanai Afuola Kalasa e 4-8 ma Toafala Iafeta e 7-5. Ae i luma o le maota o sui, e na o Talalemotu ma Toafala na pasia e faipule i palota e 14-2 mo Talalemotu ae 11-5 mo Taofala, a’o i latou na teena na aofia ai Su’a i palota e 6 le ioe ae 10 le leai; Avamua e 5-11; Marsh e 6-10 ma Nanai e 5-11. ILOILOGA A LE SENATE Sa toatele nisi o Senatoa e le’i fesiligia sui tofia na auai atu i le iloiloga, lea na O le 8:30 i le taeao ananafi na faataunuuina ai le iloiloga a le komiti o le litaea a le senate, mo le fesiligia o agavaa o i latou na tofia e le alii kovana e avea ma totino o le komiti fou a le litaea. Mai le to’afono na auai i le iloiloga lea foi ua teena uma e le senate, e na o le susuga lava ia Brandt ‘BJ’ Judy e le’i auai i le iloiloga. I le taimi o le iloiloga, o le toatele lava o senatoa e le’i faia ni a latou fesili sei vagana fautuaga ma timaiga i auala e faatino ai a latou galuega, ona sa latou taua le lava o le agavaa o i latou nei e mafai ai ona avea i latou ma totino o le komiti a le litaea. Na latou faafetaia foi le kovana sili i lana filifiliga ua mafai ai ona tofia i latou nei e avea ma totino o lenei komiti faafoe taua. Na taua e le alii senatoa ia Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono e mafua ona taua le tautua a le komiti faafoe fou a le litaea ua i ai, o le latou tiute e puipui teugatupe a le litaea mo le manuia o fanau o lo o aga’i mai i le lumana’i. “Ia outou alolofa i le lumana’i o tatou fanau aua e mavae atu tatou ae o teugatupe nei e tua i ai lo latou lumana’i, ma soia le toe taliaina ni aitalafu a le malo mai teugatupe a le litaea,” o le saunoaga lea a Soliai. Na saunoa le alii senatoa ia Mauga Tasi Asuega, e i ai lona talitonuga o le tele o vaega eseese a le malo o lo o faaletonu uma a latou teugatupe, sei vagana ai lava le vaega a le litaea. Na taua e le alii senatoa ia Saole Mila e faapea, e manaia tele ae toe faaauau le fuafuaga na taumafai mai e kovana Togiola Tulafono ua mavae atu, i le tulafono e faaee ai se faamanuiaga mo tagata faigaluega a le malo ua latalata ina litaea, ina ia maua ai e i latou se vaega tupe pe a litaea, ae maua ai le avanoa mo fanau aoga ua faauu mai i aoga e galulue ai i galuega a le malo. I finagalo faaiu o le iloiloga, na saunoa ai Magalei Logovii, o ia foi lea sa avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe tuai a le litaea ua mavae atu e faapea, na mafua ona ave e le komiti tuai a le litaea le mataupu e faatatau i le komiti fou na tofia e le kovana i le faamasinoga, e le faapea o le tete’e i le komiti fou ua tofia, ae o le naunau e faamanino se vaega o le tulafono sa latou manatu e le’i ausia ina ua tofia le komiti faafoe fou.
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O se va’aiga i le taimi na fiafia fa’atasi ai foma’i uma lava o le Piliaki, ma sui ta’ita’i o le Kamupani a le Star Kist le Aiga o Charlie le Tuna, ina ua taua’aoina aloaia le siaki e $15,000. e fai meaalofa ai i le sailiga seleni e auina mai ai foma’i fa’apitoa o le Ma’i Fatu e togafitia le 247 tamaiti ua mae’a va’aia [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] ma e fa’amaonia ua afaina o latou fatu o le tatou atunu’u. “Fa’afetai Charlie!!”
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
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I se saunoaga a le ali’i foma’i fatu o le piliaki, Mike Favazza,MD. sa ia fa’ailoa ai, o le gasegase o le fatu ua matauina le fa’ateleina i tausaga ta’itasi o le maua ai o fanau a le atunu’u o le “Rheumatic Heart Disease” ma e mafua ona ua inifeti se vaega ole pa’u o le tino po’o le fa’ai. O se isi ana fa’amatalaga auiliili, ua fa’ailoa ai, e le o mama ona fa’ata’ele le fanau i le tele o taimi, e ala ai ona tutupu maneso po’o p’ou ma inifeti ai, ae o le fa’ai ona o lo’o fa’ateleina le siama e ta’ua o le “strep” ma o lenei fo’i gasegase e fa’ateleina i atunu’u e vaivai le tamaoaiga e tausia lelei ai ona tagatanu’u. “O lo’o i ai fo’i nisi e maua i le congenital heart disease ma e sailia uma lava ma togafitia e le vasega o foma’i nei mai fafo gasegase nei, ma toe faia ma a’oa’oga a i matou o foma’i fa’apitoa a a tamaiti i’inei.” O le afuaga o le mo’omia ona malaga mai o nei foma’i fa’apitoa o le fatu, ina ia mafai ona tau le fa’afaigaluegaina tumau i’inei se tasi o nei ituaiga o foma’i, aua e taugata tele mo le tatou falema’i le totogi o nei foma’i fa’apitoa. Ae o le lelei lea o le aumai o foma’i nei ma faia aoga a foma’i o va’aia fanau i le piliaki i le taimi nei. O le susuga le ali’i Foma’i Dr Ladua sa ia taua’aoina le siaki mai le Star Kist ma sa ia fa’afetaia fo’i le agalelei o lea Kamupani i le taumafaiga vaivai ina ia fa’afo’ia lea gasegase leaga mai le fanau. “O lo ua avea nei le Rheumatic Heart Disease ma se tasi o ituaiga o ma’i e le pepesi ua taumafai atili le vasega o foma’i i le LBJ ma le DOH ina ia fa’aitiitia le aofaiga o le fanauiti e toe a’afia ai i le isi tausaga o lumana’i.” Ose fa’amatalaga lea a Dr. Ladua mo le lau silafia a
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Foa’i LDS Uarota Pavaiai muamua - Falema’i & DOH
O le taeao ananafi na fa’aso’o ai le pale fuiono o le Ekalesia a Iesu o le Au Pa’ia o Aso e Gata Ai i lana Uarota muamua i Pavaiai, ina ua latou toe taliu mai e foa’i le silia ma le ta’i 50 o ‘ie ‘afu, aluga, taga aluga ma ‘ie moega, ina ia fesoasoani ai i le galuega faifaipepa a le Mamalu o Foma’i, le pa’ia o tausima’i ma le aufaigaluega o le Pulega a le Falema’i tele i Faga’alu ma le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina i lona falema’i i Tafuna, Leone, Amouli ma le Manu’atele! “O lenei foa’i, e fiafia tele Uarota eseese o le matou ekalesia e fa’atino i lea
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
O se va’aiga ia i latou na pa’au mai le Pavaiai LDS Uarota Muamua lea na latou foa’i le tele o aluga, ie afu, taga aluga ma ie moega i le LBJ Medical Center i le aso Faraile talu ai, ae ua toe taliu mai foi e fa’ao’o mai le isi a latou foa’i tele fo’i o Aluga, Taga Aluga, Ie afu ma Ie Moega mo falema’i fa’aitumalo i Tafuna, Leone, Amouli, Ofu ma Ta’u i le Manu’atele. Fa’afetaia lea foa’i taua, ma e fa’amanuia lava le Atua ia i latou e lima foa’i ona o le mana’omia o i ai i o tatou falema’i. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
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tausaga ma lea tausaga, aua e mautinoa e i ai le mana’omia o tatou falema’i uma lava, ia lelei ona tausia o tatou tagata, i so’o se taimi e fa’agasegasea ai, ma sulufa’i mai mo togafitiga.” O se fa’amatalaga amata lea a le susuga Dr. Tony Tuitele, o se tasi o ali’i foma’i o le tatou atunu’u ua litaea nei ma o ia foi o le Peresetene o le Siteki a le LDS Pago Samoa i Sisifo. O le vasega o e mautofi o le LDS i Pavaia’i na masi’i mai e fa’ao’o mai lea foa’i taua, ma sa auai mai ai le susuga le Epikopo Fa’atauva’a Uitualagi, le susuga le Fesoasoani Muamua ia Vailu’u Pitoitua ma ni isi o tina o le Aualofa.
O Dr. Tuitele sa fai ma fofoga feso’ota’i o le latou Ekalesia ma le Ofisa o le Soifua Maloloina i lona fo’i taupulega atoa, le Fa’atonu Tuileama Nua, le sui Fa’atonu Farah Utu, Faleileesi Uele, Fa’atonu o Tamaitai tausima’i Margeret Sesepasara, Dottie Tuiavi’i ma le mamalu lautele o le aufaigaluega tofia sa maimoaina ma fa’afetaia lea foa’i taua. O le susuga Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu sa ia tula’i e fai ma fofoga tali o le Matagaluega o le Soifua maloloina i lea taeao, ma sa latou toe fa’ailo ai fo’i le fa’afetai, aua o le masani lava lea a lea Ekalesia i ona Uarota e fia, e foa’i pea mo
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SAUNI LE FONO E MALOLO MO LE 3 VAIASO Ua pasia e maota e lua a laua iugafono i le taeao ananafi e sauni ai le faamalologa a le Fono Faitulafono mo le umi e tolu vaiaso. I se vaega o iugafono a maota e lua na pasia ananafi o lo o taua ai e faapea, i lalo o le Vaega II, Maga II o le Faavae Toe Teuteuina a Amerika Samoa, o lo o aiaia ai maota e lua o le Fono Faitulafono e faia ana malologa, ae le mafai ona malolo le isi maota e aunoa ma le malilie i ai o le isi maota, pe afai o se malologa e sili atu i le 3 aso. Talu ai ua maea se vaega tele o galuega a le fono ma ua manaomia le faasaoina o ana aso fono, ina ia talafeagai ma le talanoaina o le paketi a le malo mo le Tausga Tupe fou 2014, o lea ua manatu ai maota e lua ina ia faia se malologa mo le umi e tolu vaiaso. O lea malologa e amata i le aso Faraile, Iulai 26, 2013 ae toe tauaofia i le aso 19 Aokuso 2013. Ua i ai finagalo o afioga i ta’ita’i o maota e lua, o le masina o Aokuso e tatau ona tuu atu ai i luma o le fono le Paketi a le malo, ma amata faatulaga ai loa iloiloga mo le fesiligiaina o ofisa ma matagaluega taitasi a le malo e tusa ai o a latou paketi. TAUNUU FONO TOFIGA KOVANA MO LE KOMITI SIKOLASIPI O le taeao o le aso Faraile o le vaiaso nei lea ua faatulaga e feiloa’i ai le komiti o Aoga a le Maota o le Senate, ma sui o le Komiti Faafoe lea ua maea ona tofia e le kovana e avea ma totino o le Komiti o Sikolasipi a fanau aoga. O i latou ua tofia e le kovana i totonu o lea komiti e aofia ai Rev. Kalepo Vaitautolu; Mrs. Evelyn Lili’oSatele; Tamalii Anesi Poloa; Jeanette Yamasaki; Sandy Ilaoa; le afioga i le alii faipule ia Vaetasi Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga ma le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Faumuina Tagisiaalii. I se tusi a le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga na tuuina atu i taitai o le fono faitulafono, sa ia taua ai le lava o le tomai ma le agavaa ia i latou ua ia tofia mo le faatinoina o le galuega. Fai mai Lolo, o Rev. Kalepo ua tele tausaga o galue i le tofiga faifeau, sa galue foi i le vaega o tupe ma le vaega o galuega lautele a le Ekalesia EFKAS, o le taimi nei o lo o avea o ia ma feagaiga o le Ekalesia i Vaitogi. O Evelyn e lei leva ona litaea mai le tele o taimi sa avea ai ma puleaoga o le South Pacific Academy, o ia o se faiaoga e silia ma le 26 tausaga o tautua i le matagaluega o Aoga a le malo, e le gata sa faiaoga ae sa avea fo’i o ia ma ta’ita’i. O Tamalii sa galue foi i le matagaluega o aoga, sa galue i le vaega o le Faatonu o polokalama ao lei malolo litaea o ia. O Jeanette ma Sandy, o ni isi ua lava lo la tomai e faatautaia ai ituaiga galuega faapenei, o lo o i
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Sui e to’afono o le Komiti Fa’afoe o le Litaea ina ua molimau i luma o le maota o sui i le taeao ananafi. mai le itu agavale o John Marsh; Su’a Carl Schuster; Nanai Afuola Kalasa; Toafala [ata: AF] Iafeta; Avamua Dave Haleck ma Talalemotu Mauga.
ILOGA MAOTA O SUI O le iloiloga a le maota o sui na taitaia e le alii faipule ia Fagasoaia F. Lealaitafea o le taitai komiti. ma o le tele foi o finagalo o afioga i faipule sa latou taua ai lo latou lagolagoina o tofiga a le kovana e tusa ai o le komiti faafoe fou ua i ai nei. O ni isi o fesili na laga e faipule e lei mafai ona tali e le komiti, ona sa latou taua e lei maua se taimi latou te mafuta faatasi ai e tusa ai o le galuega, ona o lea faatoa valaau latou e molimau i luma o le fono. Ae ui e lei maua sa latou feiloaiga, na latou taua ni isi o a latou fuafuaga mo le puipuiina malu o teuga tupe o le litaea a le malo, e ala i le taumafai lea e faatonutonu tulaga o tupe e avatu faaaitalafu ina ia mautinoa o lo o mulimulita’i le komiti faafoe i ala o le tulafono. O se tasi o itu na fesiligia e afioga i faipule, o le tulaga i le soifua maloloina o sui o le komiti, ae na tali ni isi os ui o le komiti e faapea, e ui i tulaga matutua ua i ai tausaga o latou soifua, ae leai se isi o i latou e aafia i ma’i o le tino pe faamama se toto, ae o lo o faaauau pea ona latou galulue mo le atunuu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
OAKDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island lobsterman who spent 12 hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat joked Thursday that he may have the two rubber boots that kept him afloat bronzed. John Aldridge was rescued a day earlier when the Coast Guard found him floating in the ocean off of Montauk Point, about 40 miles from where he tumbled off the 44-foot lobster boat Anna Mary at about 3 in the morning. Aldridge, 45, was treated at a hospital in Falmouth, Mass., for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia and released Thursday morning. Relatives drove him back to Long Island, where he arrived mid-afternoon to hugs from his parents and relatives, including young nephew Jake, who peppered him with questions about his experience. “Shot” is how Aldridge described his overall condition, noting he had yet to get much sleep. Aldridge, who has been a lobsterman for 19 years working out of Montauk, said he was preparing for a day of fishing when he attempted to move a beverage cooler. “The handle broke off and I fell off the back of the boat. Just like that,” he told reporters during a news conference outside his parents’ home in Oakdale. “I just watched the boat float away.” Aldridge said while he had read books and articles about survival techniques, instincts really took over. He noticed his calf-length rubber boots were allowing his feet to float higher in the water than his head, so he took off the boots, turned them upside down and filled them with air. He placed one under each arm and used them as flotation devices. “Once I did that, I was good to go,” he said. “The water was warm, my head was above water, so I was floating and I knew I had to conserve energy and that was it, I floated for hours.” He was able to see other boats in the area looking for him and noticed planes and helicopters overhead, but he just drifted for hours, he said. “I saw everybody looking for me, and no one saw me,” Aldridge said. At about midafternoon Wednesday, he noticed a Coast Guard jet flying overhead; about 30 minutes later, a Coast Guard helicopter was hovering and soon a swimmer was in the water helping him. “We’ve been looking for you for nine hours,” Aldridge said the rescuer told him. He countered, “I’ve been looking for you for 12 hours.” While he was adrift, he said, his thoughts were of family and friends back home. “I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m dying this way.’ I was like, ‘This is how I gotta go?’ No way,” Aldridge said. “So I just put my head to thinking survival mode and I wasn’t dying that way. Dying wasn’t an option.”
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FAAMAGALO E LE SA AVEA MA FOFOGA FETALAI IA TAULELEA SUSUNU FALE Ua faamagalo e le sa avea muamua ma fofoga fetalai o le Palemene, le afioga Leota Leuluaialii ituau Ale, ia taulelea e toalua sa susunuina lona fale i le afioaga o Solosolo. Ua faamaonia nei moliaga o le susunu fale faasaga ia Taualii Lemusu ma ioane Vaipaipa mai Solosolo, o se moliaga e faasalaina i le falepuipui mo le lima tausaga ma po o se salatupe. “Ua uma ona ou faamagaloina ia taulelea ona o ou tei,” o le faaaliga lea a Leota. Na ia faaalia foi lona agaga faanoanoa ona e talitonu o ia, e i ai tagata sa faaosoosoina ia alii e susunu lona fale. Peitai na faaalia e Leota, ua ia fiafia i le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga i le lagolagoina o lana tagi na faaulu. E pei ona silafia, ua tele tausaga o tulai mai feeseeseaiga i le va o Leota ma nisi o matai o lo latou afioaga i Solosolo. E ui o lo o faate’a pea o ia mai le afioaga, ua maea ona toe fausia se faleoo i le nofoaga sat u ai ona fale na susunuina. Na faaalia i faamaumauga a le Faamasinoga, na susunuina le fale o Leota i le aso 25 o Fepuari, 2012 ina ua logoina le fono a tamalii ma failauga o Solosolo e faapea ua manumalo Leota i se mataupu sa fnau ai i le Faamasinoga. O lo o taofia pea i laua ua molia e talia ai le lauina o a la faasalaga i le aso 5 o Aukuso, 2013. FAANOFOVAAVAAIA SE ULUGALII I LE SAUAINA O SE ALUALUTOTO E 2 TAUSAGA Ua faasalaina nei i le faanofovaavaaia mo le 8 masina ia matua o se tamaititi e 2 tausaga ona o lo la faaoolima i lea alualutoto. Na tetee le tama o Ameto Faasei, 39 tausaga ma le tina o Lele Vaisola, 29 tausaga o Matautu-tai ma Falefa i moliaga e fa o le faaoolima. Na faaalia i taualumaga o le faamasinoga e faapea, o le tamaititi ua aafia o le tama a Vaisola ae ese lona tama. Na logoina leoleo i lea mataupu ina ua faaulu le tagi a le tuafafine o Ameto ona o lo la sauaina o lea tamaititi. O lea faalavlave na tulai mai i le aso 4 o iulai, 2013 ma sa ave e le tuafafine o Ameto o Tanya Fagaleoo le tamaititi i le falemai ona ua tigaina. Na lipotia mai e faapea, sa alu atu Ameto ma taumafai e toso mai i fafo le tamaititi mai le taavale ma sa faapea ona misa ai o ia ma lona tuafafine. Na maua i suesuega a leoleo e faapea, na sasa e le tina o Lele lana tama i se salu ma ia tapoina lona gutu. O le aso na sosoo ai, sa toe fasi foi lea tamaititi e ona matua ona o le tagi soo. Na fautuaina e le tamaitai Faamasino o Mata Tuatagaloa ia matua o lea tamaititi ina ia lava le onosai ona so o se tamaititi laititi faapea e tagi pe a i ai se mea o tiga pe i ai se mea e manao i ai. Na ia lapataia foi lea ulugalii o le a otometi lava le lokaina o i laua i le toese mo le 12 masina pe a toe tulai mai se tulaga faapea ae lei maea le taimi o lo la faanofovaavaaia. FAIA FA’AALIGA LONA LUA O FAATOAGA MA FAIGAFAIVA I SAVAII O le faaiuga o le vaiaso nei na faagasolo ai le faaaliga lona lua o fua o faaeleeleaga a le au faifaatoaga, lafumanu ma faigafaiva i le motu tele i Salafai, i le maketi i Salelologa ma sa auai sui o le malo, ma malo faaaloalogia. i lana saunoaga autu e tatala aloaia ai le faaaliga, na faaalia ai e le minisita o Faatoaga ma Faigafaiva, le afioga Le Mamea Ropati Mualia e faapea, o le autu o lenei faamoemoe e le gata ina faaali ai fua o faaeleeleaga a le au faifaatoaga, ae ia tauva ai le au faifaatoaga e saili metotia aupito i talafeagai e faaleleia ma faatele ai faatoaga. E le gata i lea, e tauva ai afioaga eseese po o ai e aupito sili ona lelei le tausiga o a latou faasao o le gataifale. “O le autu lava o le faamoemoe, ia maua pea taumafa ma aua nei toe oge le atunuu,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii minisita. “O lona uiga, ia maua taumafa i taimi uma ma ia aua nei toe oge se aiga ma se nuu, pe toe mole manava se Samoa, tulou. E le gata i lea, a ia i ai foi se faasiliga e faatau atu i le maketi i totonu lava o le atunuu faapea atunuu i fafo, e maua ai tupe e tua i ai aiga, nuu ma ekalesia.”
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Vaega:102 Fa’amalo le onosa’i i faiva ma tiute o lo’o feagai ai ma le mamalu o le atunu’u, e i ai pea le fa’amoemoe o lo’o aoina pea le masina i le soifua manuia o le atunu’u i lenei taeao fou. E ao ai ona o tatou momoli la’au i foga ma sula lapalapa o malo i lo tatou Atua, ona o Ana fa’amanuiaga o lo’o tatou a’ea’e ai pea lea manu ua ulu i aso uma o lo tatou ola ma lo outou soifua. Na ou nanati mai nei i le au faigaluega o lo’o tutu ma fa’alogologo mai ina ia vala’au le ta’avale e ave ai si o’u tama i le falema’i. Ua le mautonu lo’u mafaufau i lea taimi, ona ua i ai lo’u manatu, sa ou alu ane e asi si o’u tama, a’o lea ua ou toe sau toe fai le mea ua oso ai lona ma’i. Ua fa’anatinati atu nei lo’u tama i le falema’i, ma sa o ma fa’atasi ai pea, ae na ou fiu e tau va’ava’ai mai Makerita ma Peteru, e leai nisi na o ane i le falema’i. Ua ave nei lo’u tama i totonu o le potu tele lava mo ona togafitiga, ae e le i umi ae tutu mai tagata faigaluega o lo’o galulue i totonu o le Ofisa Tutotonu o lo’u tama. Ina ua taunu’u ane tagata faigaluega a lo’u tama, sa o latou iloa ai le tulaga ua ou o’o i ai, ma ua le mafai ona toe taofiofia o’u loimata i lea taimi. Na saofa’i ifo nei i o’u talane ia si a’u uo o Malia, ma ua a’apa mai ua u’u lo’u lima. “Averia, ia e loto tele, onosa’i, ou te talitonu o le a manuia lou tama, ae ‘aua e te popole ae ia e onosa’i.” Na ou fa’ailoa atu i le aufaigaluega le mea o lo’o tupu i lo’u tama, o le a fai lona ta’otoga, ona o le ma’i fatu lea ua maua ai. Na fa’ate’ia tagata faigaluega a lo’u tama, o le toeaina lea o lo’o ta’ita’ia le ofisa Loia a lou tama, ua na o le nofo ifo nei i luga o le nofoa, ma lulu lona ulu. Na ou iloa atu foliga fa’anoanoa o lenei tama ua loa tausaga o tautua i lo’u tama e ala i le galuega o lo’o galue ai. Na tu nei ma savali mai i le nofoa lea ma te nonofo ai nei ma si a’u uo o Malia, ma fesili mai ia te a’u, pe o le a le mea o le a fai e foma’i i lenei taimi, na ou tali atu i ai, ua uma ona ma talanoa ma le ali’i foma’i, ma ua uma fo’i ona ou sainia pepa e fai fa’avave ai le ta’otoga o si o’u tama. Na ou fesili nei po’o fea o i ai Makerita ma Peteru, ae sau le tali a la’u uo o Malia, o lo’o i totonu pea o le Ofisa, ma o lo’o su’esu’e uma pepa o le kamupani. Na ou lagona i lea taimi lo’u fa’anoanoa tele, ma e tasi lava le manatu na o’o mai ia te a’u, o lona uiga, e le o mamafa i loto o Makerita ma Peteru le ma’i o lo’u tama, ae ua sili ifo ia i la’ua ona su’esu’e mea o le kamupani. Ua ou lagona lava le vaivai o lo’u loto i lea taimi, “ioe, o le a ou faia lava, ae fa’amolemole
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Dozens of teen workers sprayed in Ill. corn field
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Almost 80 teenagers were expected to be sent home from an eastern Illinois hospital Thursday after being accidentally sprayed with fungicide from a crop-dusting plane as they worked in corn field, officials said. The 79 teens were decontaminated by firefighters at the field just outside Pesotum and then taken to the Carle Foundation Hospital’s emergency room in Urbana to be treated for what appeared to be minor ailments, hospital officials said. Emergency room director Allen Rinehart said some of the teen workers had irritated skin but that they were all stable and being released to their parents as they were seen. “There’s been a couple that have had minor irritations, but nothing significant,” Rinehart said as the last group of teens, wearing blue jumpsuits and many carrying coolers and lunch boxes, stood nearby waiting to enter the emergency room. Many joked and talked as they waited. The teenagers were detasseling corn when the chemical drifted over them from a plane that was crop-dusting an adjacent field, said Tom Helscher, a spokesman for Monsanto, the St. Louis-based company using the field to produce seed corn. Pesotum is about 15 miles south of Urbana. Brad Rollings’ 13-year-old son, Tyler, was one of those sprayed with the chemical. “He said that he heard the plane go over the top and it felt like it was raining for a minute, and then he said they hollered at them to get out of the field,” Rollings, who is from nearby Villa Grove, said outside the hospital. He said his son seemed fine and expected him to be released soon. “As soon as he called me, he kept telling me over and over, ‘Dad, I’m fine, you don’t need to come pick me up,’” Rollings said. The accident happened just before 8:40 a.m., Champaign County acting Deputy Fire Chief Dave Ferber said. The department’s firefighters helped decontaminate the teens with soap and water, he said. Spokesmen for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state Bureau of Environmental Programs said the agencies are investigating the incident. Detasselers —commonly teenagers looking for summer jobs — pull the pollinating tassels off the top of corn plants that will produce seed for future planting. The teens were working for Team Corn, a Princeton, Ill.-based company that contracts for Monsanto, a woman who answered the company’s phone said before referring further questions to Monsanto. It wasn’t immediately clear what the chemical was or who flew the plane. Federal workplace safety regulations allow children as young as 12 to work on farms in jobs that OSHA doesn’t consider hazardous provided their parents’ consent. Detasseling is one of those jobs. Even younger children can do some types of farm work under certain conditions. Team Corn’s website says the company hires detasselers as young as 12 for work across Illinois, while teens have to be 14 to be hired in Iowa and Indiana. Pay ranges from $7.25 to $10 an hour, depending on the workers’ speed and ability, according to the website. Work crews are led by leaders who must be at least 17, according to the site. In 2011, two 14-year-old girls working as detasselers in a corn field near Tampico in northwest Illinois for Monsanto and another company were electrocuted by irrigation equipment. OSHA found the companies weren’t at fault and that lightning may have struck the irrigation system. The parents filed wrongful death lawsuits against the companies which are still pending. Rollings said he worked as a detasseler as a child and wouldn’t hesitate to let his son return to the job. “I have no concerns about it whatsoever,” he said.
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ISSUANCE DATE: IFBN O. PROJECT: CLOSING DATE/TIME: July 22, 2013
PO Box PPB, Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Phone: (684) 699-3057 Fax No: (684) 699-3046
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MOLIMAU LE NA AAFIA NA TAUMAFAi LANA UO E FASIOTI O IA Na faafofoga le Faamasinoga Maualuga i le vaiaso nei i le faasologa o mea na tutupu i se faalavelave na lavea ai se alii i se pulufana, ae molia le isi alii i le moliaga o le taumafai e fasioti se tagata. i lana molimau, na faamatala ai e Tofilau Lupematasila Nanai Misa Faamanu ivara, ia mea na tutupu i le aso na toeititi lava a uma ai lona soifua ina ua fana o ia e Tofele Lata Tavui i totonu o lona potu. Na faaalia, sa aumau Tofilau, 54 tausaga i le fale o Tofele i Vailele, lea sa tupu ai lea faalavelave. Na faamatala e Tofilau e faapea, o le afiafi o le aso 25 o Mati, 2013, sa alu ai lana savaliga e pei ona masani ai i le auala i vailele, ma sa latou fetaui ma Tofele o malaga ifo i lana taavale ma lona faletua ma o la alo. Sa talo atu o ia i ai ma sa talo atu foi Tofele ia te ia. E foi atu lana savaliga, o nofonofo mai Tofele i le faapaologa o lona fale ma inu sana fagu pia, ma sa la talatalanoa ma toe ai e pei ona masani ai. ina ua uma le taumafataga i lena po, sa latou toe talatalanoa ma Tofele ma ona faletua o Tepora seia oo ina ua ta le 10 i le po, ona faamavae loa lea ma alu i lona potu. Ao faia sana telefoni, sa ia faalogoina le tuua ma le toe foi ane o le taavale a Tofele. Fai mai a ia, ao fai ana galuega i lana computer, sa ia faalogoina le matala o lona potu ma ia vaaia ai Tofele o lo o tu mai ma se laau malosi, ao tua atu o ia o lo o tu mai ai lona faletua. Sa ia fesili ia Tofele pe i ai se mea ua faaletonu, ma na tali ane o ia, “O le a ou fanaia oe.” Sa ia toe fesili i ai pe aisea, ma na tali ane o ia, “Ua oo i le taimi e fana ai oe.” Sa faapea ona pa ma le fana ma sa ia faalogoina le tiga o lona fatafata. O le taimi lena, ua tauivi Tofele ma lona faletua i le laau malosi ma sa ia faamalosi ane loa ile auala ma faatali ai se taavale e alu ai i le falemai. O lo o tetee Tofele i lona moliaga ma o lo o faagasolo pea lea mataupu.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young Mormon missionary and cancer survivor from Utah who lived through the Spain train crash that left 80 dead said Thursday he remembers the train lifting off the tracks “like a roller coaster” before he blacked out and awoke to a “gruesome” scene. Stephen Ward, 18, was one of at least five Americans hurt Wednesday when the train hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall. One American died, the U.S. State Department said. In a phone interview with The Associated Press from La Coruna, Spain, Ward said he suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck but has been discharged from the hospital “From a religious standpoint, I’d like to say that God has something in store for me and that there’s a reason I’m still here,” the Bountiful man said. Ward expects to stay in Spain to complete his two-year mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he started six weeks ago. Four years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as Burkitt’s lymphoma and nearly died while undergoing a bone marrow transplant. “I count myself very lucky and very blessed to have been able to survive so many things,” Ward said. On Wednesday, Ward was supposed to board an earlier train from Madrid to El Ferrol, a coastal city in northwest Spain where he was sent to begin proselyting. But he accidentally bought a ticket for the wrong day and instead went on a later train that ended up crashing as it rounded a bend about 60 miles north of Santiago de Compostela. Ward said he had been writing in his journal seconds earlier. He looked up at a screen across from him that showed the speed of the train and noticed it was 194 kilometers per hour, much faster than the 100 kilometers per hour that had been flashing for the whole trip. “The train lifted up off the track. It was like a roller coaster,” he said. Two seconds later, Ward remembers seeing a backpack fall from the rack above him and feeling the train fly off the tracks — his last memory before he blacked out on impact. When he awoke, somebody was helping him walk out of his train car and crawl out of a ditch where the train car came to rest. He thought he was dreaming for 30 seconds until he felt his blood-drenched face and noticed the scene around him. “Everyone was covered in blood. There was smoke coming up off the train,” he said. “There was a lot of crying, a lot of screaming. There were plenty of dead bodies. It was quite gruesome, to be honest.”
Young Mormon missionary survives Spain train wreck
Emergency responders arrived within minutes and led him to a grassy area away from the wreckage where he laid for three hours before being taken by ambulance to a hospital. Ward’s parents didn’t know he was on the train. They knew only that he was scheduled to leave Wednesday from Madrid, where had spent the first six weeks at a training center learning Spanish and how to be a missionary. When Raymond Ward, 45, saw news of the crash on his cellphone, he figured it had nothing to do with his son. But an hour later, a Mormon church official in Spain called Raymond Ward and told him his son was on the train — and survived. A picture of the 6-foot-6 Stephen Ward appeared in a Spanish newspaper, blood running down his face, his father
said. Stephen Ward also gave an interview from his hospital bed to The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London recounting the harrowing experience. “He looks terrible, but he’s alive so that’s good,” Raymond Ward said. “When we talked with him he was in good spirits.” Stephen Ward is no stranger to hospitals, having spent countless hours fighting to survive cancer when he was younger. He’s been healthy since then, and is a gregarious, happy young man who plays piano and excelled in school, his dad said. He left for his mission after one year at Brigham Young University, where he is studying chemical engineering. “Not many people come that close to death twice before age 20,” Raymond Ward said. “I’m just grateful that he’s alive and that’s he my son.”
(PRESS RELEASE July 19, 2013) – Bank of Hawaii is now accepting applications for the Atina‘e Manuia mo Amerika Samoa Small Business Revitalization and Development Grant for projects that will foster small-business development and economic activity within American Samoa. Small-business owners are invited to submit applications by August 2, 2013. The award is open to small-business owners with a successful track record in operating a business or management experience, and provides five grants of $5,000 each. The bank established the grant program in 2012 to help promote new American Samoa businesses and to encourage existing small businesses to expand. If not already completed, grant awardees are required to successfully complete one of the following before Nov. 25, 2013: ➤ American Samoa Small Business Development Center small business training program ➤ Bank of Hawaii Smart Money small business financial education training Grant awardees are also expected to report back to the bank on how the grant has made a difference to their business and the community by Nov. 25. Application forms are available at Bank of Hawaii’s Centennial Branch in Utulei or by contacting our American Samoa regional manager at (684) 633-2496. Forms are also available by contacting the American Samoa Small Business Development Center at (684) 699-4830. Applications should be submitted to: American Samoa Regional Manager Hobbs Lowson, Bank of Hawaii Utulei Branch, Centennial Building, PagoPago, American Samoa 96799.
Bank of Hawaii now accepting applications for grants to small businesses in American Samoa
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