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Samoa News Friday, August 16, 2013
StarKist is assured of effort to improve operating environment 3 Earthquakes shake central N. Zealand, damaging homes 8 Vick & Foles lead the Eagles over Panthers, 14-9 B1
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The youth at the Futiga Methodist Church compound on Saturday, August 10, 2013 when they shared with guests and the public some of their newly acquired knowledge and skills on creating various modern day handicrafts through the longtime Samoan traditional hands on method of learning. In this photo, youth are seen using dyes to print on a piece of material using the woven mat underneath as the ‘upeti’ or print board. [courtesy photo] See story inside.
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by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Recruiting station Fono expenditures payments hits milestone with put on hold by Governor Lolo “100% conversion”
Supplemental bill needed for Fono, he says
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Turns out, our little island paradise not only holds the recognition of having the highest death rate per capita for war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, we now have the distinction of being the only recruiting station in the world that has produced a 100% conversion, meaning that all of the 29 future soldiers who were sworn into enlistment to the US Army yesterday morning passed their physical examinations. Head of the US Army local recruiting station SSgt. Lauie Laban-Ilalio told the Samoa News yesterday that the feat is “unheard of,” adding that the news has made it all the way to their battalion headquarters in Portland, Oregon who are quite impressed with the milestone. And if that wasn’t enough, Laban-Ilalio noted that since she started recruiting in the territory two years ago, this is the first time there has been a higher number of female enlistees than males. Of the 29 recruits, 17 are females and 12 are males. They were sworn in yesterday at the SFC Konelio Pele Army Reserve Center in Tafuna by retired CW-4 Vasaga Tilo of Aua. Two of the enlistees are incoming high school seniors set to graduate next year and Laban-Ilalio said this is a “good thing,” as these two now know exactly what they will be doing after high school. The enlistees come from different backgrounds and range in age from 17-26.
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has suspended the processing of any further Legislative Fiscal Year 2013 expenses in a letter addressed to Dr Falema’o Phil Pili Treasurer, Human Resources Director Sonny Thompson and Budget Director Cathy Dora AigamauaSaelua, which was sent on Monday. The governor noted in light of the chronic deficit position of the Fono’s FY 2013 budget, the need for intervention has arisen, “please suspend the processing of all Legislative expenditures until the Supplemental Budget Appropriation is approved.” Samoa News understands the Supplemental Budget Appropriation the governor is referring to, is the proposed supplemental that will be submitted to the Fono for approval soon, and will be only ‘for Fono expenses’. The previous Supplemental budget that was approved and signed into law in April had $500,000 allocated for the Legislature, as well as other funding, such as for the repairs of the MV Sili, the government-owned vessel. According to Lolo, until the mitigating plan is approved, allowed expenditures will only be the salaries and monthly allowances of the
Senators and Representatives, along with salaries of staff that are officially on the government payroll system. “Employees paid through payment vouchers are not to be processed. All other expenses will not be paid until the Supplemental Appropriation is approved. “These Fono employees who are being paid by vouchers must have their paper work processed through the Department of Human Resources,” said the governor. He also sought a report detailing Legislative expenditure requests which have not been paid, along with the list of all Legislative Staff, including those on personal service contracts
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Twenty-nine recruits of the US Army yesterday took their oath of enlistment, yesterday morning, and have given the US Army local recruiting station the distinction of being the only one in the world to produce a 100% conversion — meaning that all of the 29 future soldiers who were sworn in passed their physical examinations. Such a feat is [photo: LF] “unheard of ”, according to Head of the US Army local recruiting station SSgt. Lauie Laban-Ilalio.
Seven-year-old Keroma Taase of Pagai and Aoa is one of the youngest performers who will take center stage next Thursday, August 22 at Fatuoaiga during the entertainment portion of the ordination and installation of bishop-elect Peter Hugh Brown. Catholic churches across the territory are preparing siva and pese numbers that will be performed during next week’s event. Dancing next to Keroma is Tracey Leapai [photo: B. Chen] of Laulii. See inside for story.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Vailima Pure beats out global contenders for Bronze Medal
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Vailima Pure, Samoa Breweries Limited’s newest beer, won Bronze in the International Beer Award’s most difficult category —Lager — where it competed against beers from all over the world. “Vailima Beer has done it again”, according to press release from the beer’s brewery in Samoa. “A new brew from one of the world’s smallest breweries in the Pacific island has beaten global contenders for the Bronze Medal in the Lager section of the recent Australian International Beer Awards. “This is a great achievement for Samoa Breweries Limited as we continue to produce world class beer from a tiny island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean,” said Tony Scanlan, Chairman of the Board for Paradise Beverages, the major shareholder for Samoa Breweries Ltd. GHC Reid & Company, the exclusive distributor of Vailima in American Samoa introduced Vailima Pure earlier this year and it’s slowly gained recognition.
As of last month, Vailima Pure acquired significant visibility with increased appreciation in the local market, the sole distributor noted, relishishing the success and popularity of Vailima Pure. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments that Samoa Breweries has developed with Vailima Pure,” said Olivia ReidGillet, President of GHC Reid. She told Samoa News that Vailima Pure continues to gain popularity in the territory. “Vailima Pure is gaining great popularity in the local market due to its world class image and international recognition as a top quality brand. “GHC Reid is extremely delighted to be the local distributor of such premium brands as Vailima, and looks forward to it receiving more international awards in the future,” said Reid-Gillet. Scanlan explained that Vailima Pure was originally intended to be in the Low Carb category, “but with an alcohol percentage of 4.9%, the beer was a bit too high for that category, which has a cap of 4% alcohol.”
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
StarKist officials assured of effort Prowling “ninja” says he to improve operating environment was trying to help police
increase, said Iulogologo. Lolo has tasked the Department of Commerce “to collect and synthesize requisite economic statistics to justify our position to rescind the application of the federal minimum wage law on American Samoa to assist us with the development of [our] economy,” he pointed out. In return, Mr. Kim expressed his appreciation to the governor “for his astuteness in recognizing all of the key factors which affect StarKist’s operation and continued presence in American Samoa,” he said. “Mr. Kim was particularly pleased that the governor is taking a progressive approach to improve the Shipyard, including all of the initiatives that are are being pursued. Mr Kim informed the governor that StarKist would like to expand its operation but it needs land to accommodate its expansion plans,” he said and noted that Mr. Kim extended his appreciation to the governor for making time to meet with him and his delegation. StarKist’s corporate office in Pittsburgh didn’t immediately reply to Samoa News request for comments on the issues the company’s top officials planned to discuss with territorial leaders. Meanwhile, the government is hosting two events later this afternoon for StarKist officials in honor of its 50th anniversary. The first is slated to started around 6p.m. with the traditional welcoming ava ceremony at the Fale Samoa at Utulei Beach followed by dinner at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium. Tomorrow starting around 9a.m. is the official StarKist Samoa 50th Anniversary ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium, which will include siva and pese by cannery workers, and will be televised live on KVZK-TV.
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has shared with top officials of StarKist Co., the efforts of the American Samoa government to improve the operating environment for the canneries in the territory, and the governor plans to call a meeting with local boat owners to discuss issues of concern to the fishing industry. Lolo met yesterday with Jaechul Kim, chairman of the South Korean based Dongwon Industries, owner of StarKist Co., along with StarKist president and CEO, Sam Hwi Lee and members of the StarKist management team on island to participating in tomorrow’s StarKist Samoa 50th anniversary and attending meetings with government and business officials. At the outset of the meeting the governor congratulated and expressed the appreciation of the government and people of American Samoa to StarKist for their 50 years of service to the Territory, said Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, the governor’s executive assistant. The Governor also wished StarKist well and continued profitability for the next 50 years. Lolo then informed Mr. Kim about American Samoa’s ongoing initiatives to improve the operating environment for the canneries. “These initiatives include the upgrade of the ASG Shipyard to entice fishing vessels to home port in American Samoa,” he said and noted that the governor also informed Mr. Kim of his planned site visit next week to the shipyard. (The governor will be accompanied to the site visit by four cabinet directors and a representative of the U.S. Coast Guard in the territory.) Another initiative is the “assessment of current diesel fuel cost to fishing vessels to improve our economic advantage and again incentivize fishing vessels to off-load catches at our canneries,” said Iulogologo. Moreover, the governor revealed to Mr. Kim that he had issued a mandate to the American Samoa Power Authority board of directors and chief executive officer, Utu Abe Malae “to take steps to reduce the cost of electricity and other utilities due to its negative pervasive impact on business development and the people of American Samoa.” He also informed Mr. Kim that he is calling a meeting with all the fishing vessel owners so he can hear directly from them their concerns and how government can help resolve these operating obstacles. Finally, Mr. Kim was also informed that the governor was already collaborating with Congressman Faleomavaega Eni “to address the minimum wage issue now and not wait until the moratorium ends in 2015” which is when the next minimum wage hike is set to
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Everybody agrees that a 19-yearold Pennsylvania man dressed up as a ninja and lurked near homes, but they disagree whether that’s a good idea — or legal. Todd Kapcsos, of Johnstown, was in court Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of loitering, prowling at night and disorderly conduct. Police said Kapcsos frightened some elderly residents who saw him sneaking around while carrying a black baseball bat and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, another long shirt, a mask and a pair of gloves — all of them black. He contends he was just trying to help police catch bad guys. “I dressed up in all black, snuck around, went through bushes,” Kapcsos told WJAC-TV. He claimed to be practicing “ninja moves” including rolling into a ball so he’d appear to be a rock hidden in the shadows. “There’s not enough police officers,” he said. “The community should do something rather than sit back. But one neighbor, Chris Trevino, told the TV station, “It looked more like he was trying to break into homes, not like he was gonna be a ninja and save the world.” That night, July 15, Trevino saw Kapcsos “running like a ninja, not like a normal person jogging. He was going back and forth creeping.” So she called the police. “The ninja ran across the alley and right into the arms of a police officer,” Trevino said. Kapcsos was lurking in the Moxham section of Johnstown, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. Several high-profile crimes have occurred in the neighborhood in recent months, including three of the city’s five homicides. The last one occurred Aug. 6 — a stabbing at a car wash — about three weeks after Kapcsos was arrested.
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Starkist has been part of my life for more than 35 years, as I was honored to work for Starkist and now our company catches fish for Starkist Samoa. From my experiences with Starkist, I can assure that Starkist is much more than just a company or just any brand. For many of us it is a culture, it is a family name that we carry in our hearts. Many of the leaders of other tuna companies such as Trimarine, Bumblebee and Chicken of the Sea to name some in the US, will agree with me that Starkist was the foundation for their achievements/ success. I hope Starkist continues with their powerful influence in the Tuna Business. Today, I congratulate Starkist Samoa on celebrating its 50 years in American Samoa, and I thank the contribution Starkist gave to the territory, myself and my family and Longline Services, Inc. Much love and my sincerest appreciation for my Starkist culture and Starkist family. Carlos M. Sanchez and family
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
KVZK solves AC problems — back on air as of Thursday afternoon
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State run KVZK-TV was back on air yesterday afternoon after being off since last Friday night due air conditioning problems at the station’s transmitter site on Mt. Alava. Samoa News sent email questions just after 2:30p.m. yesterday to the Office of Public Information director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde seeking an update on the status of the installation of the new air condition units that were to be installed, and asking when the station is expected back on the air. Fagafaga responded that they were just about to turn the transmitters on at Mt. Alava, and quickly alerted Samoa News around 3:20p.m that KVZK is back on air, live. “After installing the new ACs [on Wednesday], we’ve been running them for a few hours to cool the building down and the room temperature is now at the right levels,” said Fagafaga. “[We] extend our appreciation to the community for their patience and understanding while our engineering crews worked hard to get the KVZK transmitters back on line,” he said, adding that “we also appreciate the local media for keeping the community informed while we were off the air.” The Mt. Alava shut down affected KVZK-TV channels 2 and 5 as well as the PBS channel which is retransmitted by BlueSky Moana Cable on their Ch. 7. It also affected the CBS/KGMB live feed which is re-transmitted on cable Channel 8. KVZK back on air comes near the weekend, when many sports fans are looking forward to CBS television network for their favorite sports programs. It also comes just in time for KVZK to broadcast live tomorrow from Veterans Memorial Stadium, the StarKist Samoa 50th Anniversary ceremony, which will be attended by top officials of South Korean based Dongwon industries, the owners of StarKist Co., whose top officials are also on island for the celebration.
Church members representing the Catholic parishes of Laulii, Sailele and Alao have been busy everyday since last week, practicing their songs and dances that will be performed during bishopelect Peter Brown’s ordination as the second bishop of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago on August 22. Next week’s event will be attended by off island members of the clergy, the Vatican, and church officials from around the Pacific region. Pictured front and center is former NFL player Falaniko Noga of the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Governor Lolo appoints admin liaison to Senate
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed former House member Paopao Ailua J. Fiaui as his liaison to the Senate and has called on cabinet directors for their support of the new appointment, announced during Monday’s emergency cabinet meeting. Paopao, who represented Aua village in the House in past years, held the same post during the Togiola Administration, and although he was liaison to the Senate, Paopao also worked for administration issues in the House. Lolo told directors Paopao has been “serving in our political arena for quite some time”. He said Paopao will be the liaison person to the Senate and all contacts to the Legislature will be through Paopao. “We’ll try to find space for him at the Fono,” he said and told directors to work with Paopao “to make sure that our issues with the Fono will be moved forward so that we don’t have the problems we’re facing today”. The governor didn’t elaborate on the problem’s “we’re facing today” but he did say…” in time “we can utilize Paopao to be our person that will deliver service over at the Legislature.” “So give Paopao your support and hopefully we’ll all work together with him to make sure that our issues... will be approved by the Legislature,” he added. During the first few days of the 2nd Regulation Session, which began July 8, there were only 12 senators present and at times only 11— while five senators were off-island for medical reasons and one seat was vacant due to the passing in June of senator Fa’agata Mano Fa’agata. The Senate barely made the quorum for its regular session and several of the government nominees to board members were rejected by the Senate, worrying the administration as to what will happen to nominees in the future. The Fono reconvenes next Monday following a three-week midsession recess and the governor is hoping his nominations for directors and boards will go through smoothly in the Senate where there are now three vacant seats, due to the passing of three senators. As reported by Samoa News early this month, the Fagatogo village council selected Tiumalu Telesia Scanlan as their senator to fill the seat left vacant in June due to the passing of the late senator Mano Fa’agata Mano of Fagatogo. Tiumalu will represent one of the three senatorial seats for the Maoputasi County, for the villages of Fagatogo, Fagaalu and Utulei. No information was available at press time as to when Tiumalu’s selection will be presented to the Senate.
Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago preparing for the ordination of new bishop
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
[photo by B. Chen]
Catholic churches across the territory are busy preparing siva and pese performances for the episcopal ordination and installation of their second bishop, Father Peter Hugh Brown, scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. next Thursday, August 22 at the Holy Family Cathedral in Fatuoaiga. Father Brown arrived in the territory last Wednesday morning and was greeted by an entourage led by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Chairman of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago Faiivae Iuli Godinet, the two vicar generals Fr. Kelemete Puaauli and Fr. Viane Etuale, three local priests and catechists, and Deacon Malaki Timu. The group held a special welcome luncheon at the Equator Restaurant for the appointed new leader of the local Catholic faith which is estimated to have a membership of 14,000. His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Father Peter Brown as bishop-elect of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago on May 10, 2013. Father Brown, who has been a priest for over three decades, replaces Bishop Vaopunimatagi John Quinn Weitzel, 85, who announced his retirement earlier this year after serving as leader of the local diocese since 1986. Both Vaopunimatagi and Fr. Brown have served as priests in Samoa, on the island of Savaii. Next week’s ordination ceremony will be attended by clergy members from off island, including church officials from the Vatican, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and other islands in the Pacific region. Archbishop Alapati Mata’eliga, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Samoa Apia will deliver the homily. The event will be aired live on KVZK-TV Channel 2 and V103 WVUV FM beginning at 9 a.m. with commentaries by Monsignor Etuale Lealofi and Director of the Office of Public Information Fagafaga Langkilde. Bishop Brown will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, August 25 at 4 p.m. at Fatuoaiga. The Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago includes 18 Catholic parishes, 21 ordained priests, and 31 deacons.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Governor meets with Army Corps of Engineers to tackle Tualauta flooding
Image of the two culprits who was taking items from the Tutuila Store in Petesa, that was captured on the video store camera. The suspects had their faces covered with t-shirts at the time [Photo:JL] of the break-in. One of the suspect’s was wearing a shirt that had CAROLINA on it.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Frustrated by 4th break in, Tutuila Store owner offers a reward for information
Furious and frustrated with the fourth break-in of their store, business owner Jane Chen is offering a reward for anyone who has information on the suspects who broke into her Tutuila store next to CSL in Petesa. The latest break in occurred, according to the time captured on the store surveillance camera, when the culprits entered the store after midnight — early Thursday morning. According to Mrs. Chen, as soon as they opened the store on Thursday, employees pointed out that someone had broken in. She contacted police and this was “exactly 8:00.am. …I called again 8:15, 8:30, 8:40 and my last call was 8:45, and the police officers showed up at 9:00a.m. …an hour after I called.” (Samoa News notes: the Tafuna substation is located just around the corner, from the store — next to the old VA Club — 5 minutes away.) The value of the items taken, according to Mrs. Chen, was close to $3,000 and they included speakers, Jordan and Nike Sandals, cash in the amount of $400, hats, clothes, jewelry and other items. “We are offering a reward for anyone who has information relating to this burglary,” said the store owner. (The amount of the reward was not mentioned by Mrs. Chen.) Calls to Commissioner of Public Safety William Bill Haleck were not returned as of press time for comment as to why the police officers were so late in responding to the call. Reach reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
The problems related to serious flooding in Tualauta County were raised by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga during a meeting earlier in the week with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer official, who was on island for meetings with local officials, according to the governor’s office. Rep. Larry Sanitoa had recently sent a letter to the governor seeking his assistance in obtaining help from the Army Corps to work on a feasibility study for the Tualauta County flooding/drainage projects, citing possible drinking water shortages if the problems are not addressed. Sanitoa says Congressman Faleomavaega Eni had suggested in 2009 that such a request needed to come from the local government to the federal agency and thereafter a request was sent to the previous administration, who did not act upon it. Responding to his letter to Lolo for help, the governor’s office informed Sanitoa yesterday morning that Lolo raised the Tualauta flooding nemesis with Army Corps project manager Milton Yoshimoto during the meeting on Tuesday, and the meeting was also attended by Department of Public Works director Faleosina Voight. The governor’s office says it was revealed by Voight and confirmed by Yoshimoto that a request has already been sent to the Army Corps, and they are already taking steps to develop a ‘scope of work’ for the study. “The only issue of contention was the study was going to be limited in scope covering only Ottoville, Mesepa, and Ili’ili,” according to the governor’s office, which has since informed Yoshimoto and Voight that based on separate letters from Sanitoa and Rep. Florence Saulo, the two lawmakers wanted the entire Tualauta county covered under this study. Last week Saulo wrote to the governor calling for the establishment of a government task force to tackle the long standing issues of flooding problems in Tualauta, saying everyone must be involved, from the Executive leaders and agency heads, to faipule, to the village leadership, in order to address this issue. Yoshimoto informed the governor ASG didn’t have to write to Washington D.C. “to invoke” Army Corps assistance”. “Please know that the Governor is taking steps now to address this critical issue impacting the lives of our people living in Tualauta,” the governor’s office informed Sanitoa, who was also asked to confirm that all of Tualauta was to be included in the study so Voight can amend the request to the Army Corps to include the entire Tualauta county in the study. Yesterday morning Sanitoa responded to the governor’s office asking “to include the entire Tualauta as it would be beneficial for all concerned if we determine the root cause or source of the problem and determine a long term solution.” The governor’s office is waiting for a report from Voight on the progress of the request to the Army Corps regarding the study. Meanwhile, Faleomavaega has voiced his support of Sanitoa’s request for a feasibility study of the flooding problems at Tualauta, after receiving a copy of the faipule’s letter to the governor. Besides continual flooding in Tualauta — which is the most populous county in the territory — the area roads are also riddled with many potholes including those on the airport road.
Police, yesterday, in Tutuila Store, located next to CSL, in Petesa, to investigate a burglary, which was discovered early Thursday morning (yesterday) when employees arrived to open the store. A reward has been offered by frustrated owner of the store, Mrs. Jan Chen — who notes this [photo: AF] is the 4th break in.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes, destroying a bridge and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries have been reported. A magnitude-6.5 temblor struck just after 2:30 p.m. near the small South Island town of Seddon, and at least six aftershocks were 5.0 magnitude or stronger. Several homes near the epicenter were severely damaged, with chimneys collapsing and roofs caving in, said police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn. She said a bridge was severely damaged on the main highway near Seddon, and that rocks and debris had fallen onto the road. Police closed a section of the highway. Some buildings in Wellington, the capital, were evacuated, and items were knocked off shelves in places. Police said a number of people were freed from Wellington elevators that stopped working. The initial temblor also forced the nation’s stock exchange to close for more than an hour. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said there was no major damage to the city’s infrastructure or office buildings. She said highways had become clogged as people left the city. “We think this is business as usual,” she said, “but it is going to take a little while for people to get home tonight.” The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the initial temblor was 94 kilometers (58 miles) west of Wellington at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). A quake of similar strength in the same area three weeks ago broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines. Caroline Little, a seismologist with New Zealand quake monitoring agency GeoNet, said the series of quakes since July had followed an unusual pattern. “Normally you get a big quake and then the aftershocks get smaller in magnitude,” she said. Little said the July quake was on a fault line near Seddon that had not previously been mapped. She said it was too early to determine if Friday’s quakes were on that same fault. A different fault line runs through Wellington, and many in the city fear a major disaster if it were to become active. New Zealand is part of the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire” that has regular seismic activity. A severe earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city’s downtown. Local authorities issued no tsunami warnings after Friday’s quakes.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Education officials in a province in South Africa closed 16 schools, affecting 12,000 students, Thursday in an impoverished area near Cape Town because of a spike in gang violence that has left teachers too afraid to go to work. Underscoring the level of violence, one man who was identified by fellow members as belonging to a gang called the Americans was shot dead Thursday in an area in Manenberg where many children play. The young man’s mother, Aysha Ismail, was distraught as she spoke to The Associated Press by phone soon after seeing her son’s body. “My heart is broken because this gang violence must stop,” Ismail said through tears. “There are nearly a hundred small children playing around in the streets. We need a police patrol here.” Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday called for the army to be deployed to the area, an idea that a police spokesman opposed. South Africa’s police services have increased their presence in the area recently, said spokeswoman for the Western Cape Education Ministry, Bronagh Casey. However the violence is still affecting schools in the area. A caretaker at one of the schools died after being shot weeks ago, and a stray bullet from gang violence hit a primary school around that time as well, Casey said. “We are closing the schools because our educators say they are unsafe going to the area to report for duty,” Casey said, adding that students cannot be left unsupervised. “We rely on law enforcement in the area. Our education relies on a stable community in which to operate.” The decision to close the schools came after meetings with the teachers. Police spokesman Col. Tembinkosi Kinana said the situation in Manenberg is “undoubtedly bad” as long as people are being killed. He said police personnel have been deployed and there is a strategy in place to combat gang violence. Zille, who is also leader of the Democratic Alliance party which controls the provincial government, said she had written to President Jacob Zuma, whose African National Congress party controls the federal government, last year asking for troop presence to curb persistent gang violence. She said the Western Cape government has not been approached by the national police to help
deal with the problem. “The presence of the army would give the police the space to conduct investigations and ensure gang members responsible for this violence are brought to justice,” Zille wrote in an open letter to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Zweli Mnisi, spokesman for South Africa’s police minister, said the police are opposed to the idea of deploying the army. “What we require is an integrated approach that involves communities, parents of suspected drug addicts, government, NGOs and all other relevant stake holders,” Mnisi told the South African Press Association.
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New Mexico boy set to go to court in father’s killing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 10-year-old New Mexico boy lived in an abusive, filthy home and had tried desperately to get help to stop the beatings he and his younger siblings had for years faced at the hands of their abusive father, his attorney says. Then, one day in 2009, prosecutors say, he put a gun to the head of his 250-pound father and killed him at their Belen, N.M., home. After years of stops and starts, the boy is scheduled to face a jury this month for first-degree murder in a rare prosecution expected to highlight the debate over whether children that young are capable of the pre-meditation required for such a serious charge. Experts say the boy, now 14 and living in Oklahoma, is just one of a handful of very young children in the nation’s history to face such a conviction. “I’ve been practicing law for 20 years and this is the saddest case I’ve ever seen,” said the boy’s attorney, William J. Cooley. “I don’t know why this is even going to court.” Lemuel L. Martinez, 13th Judicial District Attorney, declined to talk about the case with The Associated Press. But he defended the decision to pursue the first-degree murder charge. “We are going to court because we believe we have enough evidence to meet the burden of proof,” Martinez said. The case is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 26 in a Valencia County courtroom, but defense attorneys wanted a change of venue and sought to have the 911 call made by the boy thrown out. The boy’s attorneys argued the father, 42-year-old Byron Hilburn, had strong ties to law enforcement members in the area and that might taint a potential jury pool. But a judge Thursday denied both motions. The AP is not naming the boy since he is being tried as a child in children’s court. If found guilty, the boy will be in state custody until he is 21 and must take part in a plan for rehabilitation. There have been few other cases where young children have faced murder charges, according to the Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. The most well-known example came in 1989 when Cameron Kocher, then 9, shot a 7-year-old playmate with a high-powered rifle in rural Pennsylvania after the playmate said she was better at the video game than he was. Kocher was tried as an adult but eventually pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter. He was placed on probation until he turned 21. In 2000, a 6-year-old Michigan boy shot a first-grader at school with a gun he found at the house where he was living. The prosecutor declined to charge the boy, saying common law doesn’t allow a child under the age of 7 to be held criminally responsible. In California, a boy who was 10 when he fatally shot his white supremacist father was convicted in January of second-degree murder. Saying the child knew what he did was wrong, the judge weighed the severity of the crime versus whether the amount of abuse and neglect suffered by the boy played a significant role in the father’s slaying. Only 13 states have set a minimum age at which children can be tried or face adjudication in juvenile court, according to the National Juvenile Defender Center. In eight of those states, the age is 10. New Mexico does not have any such law. Terry A. Maroney, a Vanderbilt Law School professor who specializes in juvenile justice, said while such prosecutions are considered rare, it’s hard to know exactly how many young children have faced or have been charged with first-degree murder since most of proceedings are typically sealed and laws vary by state. Those cases also are hard to prosecute because it’s difficult to prove if the child “was too young to determine the finality of death, and if the child had the capacity to make moral decisions,” Maroney said. In the case of the 10-year-old New Mexico boy, prosecutors have opted not to try him as an adult. “It’s actually a good sign since no matter what charges he faces, he still will only be punished until he’s 21” if he is found guilty, Schwartz said. Cooley said the boy’s defense team plans to call more than three dozen witnesses to testify on the boy’s behalf about the abuse he faced and the failure by the state to intervene. He also said he’ll be able to show that the boy did not fully grasp his actions that day and was exposed to constant violence. The judge ordered the defense team Thursday to narrow its list of potential witnesses. The boy’s dad also kept loaded guns around the house, Cooley said. Already, the defense team won a victory earlier this year when a state appeals court blocked prosecutor’s attempt to force the boy’s sister, then 6 years old, to testify. Prosecutors say she saw the shooting. But Cooley said that didn’t matter. “Here you had a 250-pound man who liked to kick these kids around,” Cooley said. “The state failed to protect them. That’s the issue.”
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Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many, many times
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. emails and telephone calls, the Post said, citing an internal audit and other topsecret documents provided it earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a former systems analyst with the agency. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Post cited a 2008 example of the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff. In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional. The NSA audit obtained by the Post dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders. In an emailed statement to The Associated Press late Thursday, John DeLong, NSA’s director of compliance, said, “We want people to report if they have made a mistake or even if they believe that an NSA activity is not consistent with the rules. NSA, like other regulated organizations, also has a ‘hotline’ for people to report — and no adverse action or reprisal can be taken for the simple act of reporting. We take each report seriously, investigate the matter, address the issue, constantly look for trends and address them as well — all as a part of NSA’s internal oversight and compliance efforts. What’s more, we keep our overseers informed through both immediate reporting and periodic reporting.”
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BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon left one person dead and five others missing as it churned through southern China before weakening into a tropical storm on Thursday, authorities said. After shutting down business in the financial center of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship, Typhoon Utor brought high winds and torrential rain to Guangdong province after making landfall Wednesday afternoon. These triggered flooding and mountain torrents that led to the casualties, the provincial government said Thursday. The typhoon had forced the closure of schools, offices, shopping centers and construction sites in cities along its path northwest across Guangdong. Only minor damage was reported, a result, state media said, of strict adherence to orders to confine tens of thousands of fishing boats to port and evacuate vulnerable people to shelters. Thousands of travelers were stranded by the suspension of flights and ferry services. By Thursday morning, the force of the storm had weakened considerably, with sustained winds at its center falling to speeds of 85 kph (53 mph) as it headed northwest through Guangxi province, about 350 kilometers (215 miles) west of Hong Kong. Life returned to normal in Hong Kong Thursday, a day after offices, schools and courts were shut and the stock market halted trading, bringing an eerie calm to the normally busy southern Chinese commercial hub. Flights had been canceled and ferry services curtailed while helicopter search and rescue teams from Hong Kong and Guangdong province rescued 21 crew members from a bulk carrier transporting nickel ore before it sank in waters southwest of Hong Kong. Utor was the world’s strongest typhoon of the year before it crossed the Philippines earlier this week, leaving at least eight people dead.
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MIAMI (AP) — A 7-monthold Florida boy has died after swallowing a candy-colored liquid laundry packet, raising concerns about the access that young children have to the increasingly popular products. The Florida Poison Information Center says the boy’s death may be the first in the U.S. involving young children who were exposed to chemicals in concentrated laundry packets since May 2012, when the center first received an exposure report. The center says it has received almost 300 exposure reports so far this year. “With young children, any household product is likely to end up in their mouth,” said Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Younger, the center’s medical director. Most exposures in Florida involved children tasting or licking the concentrated liquid packets, which don’t cause children to become seriously ill. “Parents know that things in the house can be dangerous and they call for advice. And (in) many of those cases we can reassure parents,” she said. The American Association of Poison Control Centers said national data for this year had not yet been compiled, but that this kind of poisoning death had not been reported in prior years. The boy was taken from a shelter for abused women to the hospital Friday afternoon “in some distress” and pronounced dead about an hour later, said Kissimmee Police spokesman Capt. Warren Shepard. Police declined to release further information, citing the ongoing investigation. No charges had been filed. The Florida Department of Children and Families said it had prior history with the family of the boy, Michael Williams, but officials declined comment. “While we have the cause of death, we just don’t know if it was as a result of abuse or neglect, which prevents us at this point in the investigation from opening the records or giving out any detailed information about our involvement with the family,” DCF said in a statement Thursday. Police and child welfare officials have not identified the mother, citing privacy concerns. “We continue to work with law enforcement as the investigation moves forward into the circumstances surrounding the poisoning,” the DCF statement said. “The death of little Michael is a tragedy. It reminds all of us as parents of the dangers of leaving household cleaning supplies around our little ones.” More than 5,700 children under the age of 5 were exposed to the chemicals in the concentrated packets so far this year, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. There were no reported deaths before 2012, the most recent records available and when the bright blue-and-red packets first came on the market. “People are not listening to the warnings,” said Bruce Ruck with the New Jersey Poison Center. “Last year at about this time, there were quite a few issues relating to this,” he said of children swallowing the singledose packs, with many of them ending up in intensive care units. Hundreds of children across the U.S. have required hospitalization for ingesting the chemicals in the packets — suffering loss of consciousness, vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing. The Procter & Gamble Co., makers of the orange-andpurple Tide Pods, has a Safe Home campaign to help “educate consumers on the correct use and storage of household cleaning and fabric care products.” The company also rolled out redesigned packaging this year, including an opaque container and double-latch lid that is child-resistant.
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A Romanian princess among Oregon cockfighting arrests
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A Romanian princess and her husband, a former sheriff’s deputy, are apparently among several people federal agents arrested in Eastern Oregon on Thursday in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring. Indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Portland charge Irina Walker, 60, and her husband John Wesley Walker, 67, with hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch outside the small Morrow County town of Irrigon. Federal prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the ranch, listed in state incorporation records as Stokes Landing Sport Horses. There was no answer to phone calls to the Walker home and the business, and it’s unclear if it is still in operation. The Oregonian newspaper identified Irina Walker, also known as Irina Kreuger, as a daughter of the last king of Romania. Personnel records show John Wesley Walker was a Coos County sheriff’s deputy from 1998 to 2003. The Walkers and four other people from Irrigon and Hermiston were to be arraigned in federal court in Portland on Friday on charges of operating an illegal gambling business. No lawyer for the Walkers or other defendants was listed as yet in court records. Twelve others from Oregon and Washington face lesser charges of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act through illegal animal fighting. They are to be arraigned in Portland and Yakima, Wash. “Cockfighting is illegal under federal law and under the laws of all 50 states,” Amanda Marshall, U.S. attorney for Oregon, said in a statement. “Besides being a barbaric practice, cockfighting jeopardizes public health and safety and facilitates the commission of other criminal acts.” The indictment said 10 different cockfighting derbies were held at the Walker’s ranch between April 2012 and April 2013, bringing in as much as $2,000 a day. Blades were attached to the birds’ legs, spectators were charged admission, and food and drink were sold, the indictment said. The four others charged with being part of the gambling business are Mario Perez, 62, of Hermiston; David Sanchez, 29, of Irrigon; Jose Luis Virgen Ramirez, 48, of Hermiston; and Aurelia Garcia Mendoza, 33, of Irrigon. The exiled King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania attended the baptism of Princess Irina’s daughter in Portland in 1987. At the time, she and her first husband, John Kreuger, raised horses near the southern Oregon Coast.
Obesity is very high in 13 states; many in the South
ATLANTA (AP) — Adult obesity still isn’t budging, the latest government survey shows. The national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Overall, the proportion of U.S. adults deemed obese has been about the same for years now. “A plateau is better than rising numbers. But it’s discouraging because we’re plateauing at a very high number,” said Kelly Brownell, a Duke University public policy expert who specializes in obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does the survey each year, and recently released 2012 results. At least 30 percent of adults were obese in 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. In 2011, a dozen states reached that threshold. Louisiana and Mississippi led the list. In both, nearly 35 percent of adults were obese. Colorado was lowest, with less than 21 percent obese. It’s not surprising states in the South and Midwest top the charts year after year, experts say. Many states in those regions have higher poverty rates. “When you have a limited income, you have to buy foods that are cheap. And foods that are cheap tend to have a lot of sugar and salt and fat,” said Dr. George Bray, an obesity expert at Louisiana State University. The CDC defines someone as obese if their weight-to-height ratio — called a “body mass index” — hits 30 or higher. A 5-foot-9 person would be considered obese at 203 pounds or more. The CDC’s annual telephone survey asks adults their height and weight. Overall, nearly 28 percent of Americans were obese, the 2012 survey found. That’s roughly the same as it’s been since 2008. Another CDC survey — which weighs and measures participants — is considered more accurate. Since the middle of the last decade, that survey has found 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese. The story may be different with children. A CDC study released last week showed — for the first time — slight drops in obesity for low-income preschoolers in 18 states. Experts called that report encouraging, but note it studied children fed through a federal program which provides food vouchers and other services. The decline in obesity was largely attributed to program changes — instituted in 2009 — that eliminated juice from infant food packages, provided less saturated fat, and made it easier to buy fruits and vegetables.
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This May 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ancient carvings on limestone boulders in northern Nevada’s high desert near Pyramid Lake. The carvings have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America - at least 10,500 years old. The findings were published August 2013 in the Journal of Archaeological Science. This site (AP Photo/USGS, Larry Benson) was once the shoreline of the now dried up Winnemucca Lake.
in the Lyin’ den? zoo in China replaces big cat with big dog BEIJING (AP) — Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty ... bark? Reports say a zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion. The large breed’s trademark mane gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are far closer to a woof than a roar. The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den. The paper quoted zoo manager Liu Suya as denying any attempt at deception, saying the lion had been lent out for breeding. Liu said the same was true for the leopard, while the snake and wolf were merely sheltering from the torrid summer heat. Calls to the zoo rang unanswered. 3 bodies found on Indian sub; 15 more feared dead NEW DELHI (AP) — A spokesman for the Indian navy says divers have recovered the bodies of three sailors who had been trapped inside a submarine damaged by twin explosions. Another 15 sailors who were aboard the vessel when the blasts occurred Wednesday remain unaccounted for. Navy spokesman Narendra Vispute told reporters in Mumbai Friday that the conditions of the three bodies recovered suggest that it is unlikely that any of the other sailors survived. He gave no details except to say that DNA tests will be used to identify the bodies. 18 arrests for drug smuggling in PVC pipes LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say 18 people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Mexico in PVC pipes that were hidden in the axles of big rigs. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday that those arrested were among 57 people charged in two indictments and a criminal complaint. Authorities say the suspects are linked to three smuggling operations that used one of the nation’s busiest transportation corridors to transport methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. They hid the drugs in PVC pipes hidden in the axles of commercial trucks traveling from Mexico to truck yards in south Los Angeles County. More than 2,400 pounds of meth, 30 kilograms of cocaine, 36 kilograms of heroin and more than $1.2 million have been seized in the course of the two-year investigation.
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CIA acknowledges “Area 51” in declassified documents LAS VEGAS (AP) — The CIA is acknowledging the existence of Area 51 in newly declassified documents. George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a public records request and released it Thursday. National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the history in 2002, but all mentions of Area 51 had been redacted. Richelson says he requested the history again in 2005 and received a version a few weeks ago with mentions of Area 51 restored. Officials have already acknowledged in passing the existence of the facility in central Nevada where the government is believed to test intelligence tools and weapons. Richelson believes the new document shows the CIA is becoming less secretive about Area 51’s existence, if not about what goes on there. Obamas’ house to get some power from sun WASHINGTON (AP) — A promise to help power the first family’s residence with the sun is finally seeing the light of day. Solar panels have begun to be installed on the White House’s roof, the first time solar power will be used for a president’s living quarters. The work makes good on a nearly three-year-old promise by the Obama administration to have panels on the White House by the spring of 2011. President Jimmy Carter and President George W. Bush both employed solar power, but never for the residence itself. Carter’s panels were taken down by President Ronald Reagan. A White House official would not disclose the share of the residence’s power that solar would provide, citing security concerns. The official would say only that the panels were American-made. Brazil weighs giving email same protection as mail BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s communications minister is proposing giving emails the same level of legal protection afforded to letters sent by mail. Paulo Bernardo Silva says a measure that would criminalize reading someone else’s email is to be included in a proposal regulating the use of civilian computers in Brazil, which is being debated in Congress. Silva made the announcement in remarks before Congress Wednesday, according to a ministry statement. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs have targeted Brazil. Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo news(Continued on page 26)
In this June 26, 2012 photo, two women speak to each other in New York. A national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity. A national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity in 2012. But overall, the proportion of Americans deemed obese has been about the same for years now. Results were made available by the Centers (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Last Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Futiga Methodist Church compound participants of the summer program sponsored by by the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council in affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities showed off their acquired skills in areas such as elei [courtesy photos] printing, ula making, fine mat repairs, flower making, etc.
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PRESS RELEASE — (American Samoa) — Excitement, enthusiasm, enjoyment, and educational are the words to describe the glow in the faces of the youth at the Futiga Methodist Church compound on Saturday, August 10, 2013 when they shared with guests and the public some of their newly acquired knowledge and skills on creating various modern day handicrafts and longtime Samoan traditional hands on traits. Enriching the individuals of tomorrow with occupational skills and talents from its elders and leaders was the goal of the summer program. This project was funded by the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council in affiliation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. More than one hundred youth and young adults participated in the two month long program under the directorship of le Tofa, Falefata Moli Lemana, and the scholarly counsel of Rev. Samuelu Areta. Ten skilled men and women worked alongside their leaders to teach language and culture through arts of paper
Futiga Methodist Youth completes their summer Humanities Project
flower making, ula making, elei printing, reupholstering, repairing worn out fine mats, orchestrating and conducting a large choir using original Samoan instruments, reading and singing from music notes, etc. It was very encouraging to see young men and women learning different skills to not only help in preserving our Samoan traditions but they were also learning skills to help their families with the present economic struggle. A young man who was heightening his creativity in the art of elei told us that he can do elei now which he can sell to help his parents purchase school supplies for him and his siblings. Another young man said now he knows how to repair their family’s old fine mats, and that would be a lot of help for his parents when it comes to faalavelaves. Traditional and modern art will live on for many more generations in the hearts of these young men and women. We can also help in preserving the gifts and talents that we have by passing them on to the next generation.
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“We were given the opportunity to enter the Lager category, a very strong field. We were absolutely delighted to take the Bronze medal.” Vailima Pure was originally launched in draft as a Limited Edition Brew in September 2012 for the Teuila Festival in Samoa. Two months later it was launched in a 355ml bottle. Scanlan said Vailima Pure has gained respect in the market. “It has quickly gained traction and respect not only within the local market and American Samoa, but also from other beer producers around the world. We now have interest from NZ, Australia, USA and Canada for Vailima Pure and are in preparation for export into these countries this year,” Scanlan said. “Vailima is truly the taste of Samoa.” Samoa Breweries Limited, now owned by Australian beverages giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has achieved several awards since its establishment in 1978. The most recent awards include: Normal Lager (Bronze- New Zealand Beer Awards in 2004) and Export Lager, commonly known as the Povi (Silver- New Zealand Beer Awards 2004). Other past awards include Gold Medallion for Normal Lager in 1995 (the 34th Monde
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Selection in Italy), as well as Gold Medallions in 1982 and 1998. Now in its 21st year, the Australian International Beer Awards is the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region, and is co-ordinated annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and the University of Ballarat. A record number of entries were received in 2013 — more than 1,480 beers from more than 230 brewers in 35 countries, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year. The judging panel was headed by Brad Rodgers, a highly respected member of the Australian brewing community and current Chairman of the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA). A total of 42 judges participated from Australia, Norway, Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand. RASV CEO, Mr Mark O’Sullivan said, “The Australian International Beer Awards draws international recognition from the beer industry and showcases the commitment to excellence from brewers. Each year has seen standards continually improve and brewers continually exceed our expectations.” Reach reporter at email@example.com
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and those individuals who are being paid through vouchers. Governor Lolo asked for the report as soon as possible to facilitate his discussion with Fono leaders. BACKGROUND In April this year, Samoa News was able to obtain copies of Fono expense ledgers, itemizing Fono expenses as of the first 4- 5 months of their FY 2013 budget. The ledgers identified these expenses pertaining to each division of the Legislative branch and category they were identified as belonging or from where the money came from that ‘funded’ the expense. Samoa News then published stories about these Fono expenses and noted aside from payroll and office supply expenses that off-island travel expenses, which included per diems, were the highest of the Fono expenditures for this period of time. We further reported, Between Oct. 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, the total expenses for the House of Representatives was $1,069,016.17, while the Senate outlay was for $1, 277,586.45, for a Grand Total of $2, 346,602.62 for both chambers. The Fono has an approved budget of $6.2 million for fiscal year 2013. Based on First Quarter Performance Report from the ASG Treasury Department, the Legislature is projected to have an overrun of $1.5 million in 2013. As previously reported in Samoa News, the Fono has already overrun their first quarter budget by almost $400,000; and the more recent approved supplemental budget gave $500,000 back to the Fono‘s budget. Samoa News assumes from Gov. Lolo’s above memo that the Fono has run through this $500,000 and is now in need of more money to continue to pay its expenses. Noted by Samoa News in its April news reports, there were certain employees being paid as possibly ‘cultural’ consultants. They are former Pago Pago faipule Pule Ae Ae Jr.; Afuola Nanai — a former deputy director of Samoa Affairs; Aumoeualogo Salanoa Soli; and Te’o J. Fuavai — a former senator and gubernatorial candidate. It was further highlighted by Samoa News that Mika Kelemete Jr. (a former TCF prison warden who was convicted in federal court for assaulting inmates, and served time in prison), seemed to be paid not only out of the Senate budget, but also showed up in the House expense report, receiving the same amount bi-weekly as he does from the Senate — $1056.00, which means he makes over $50,000 per year. Samoa News understands Kelemete is the Senate President’s assistant, and runs his errands as needed. It is not known, if the above mentioned cultural consultants, as well as Kelemete are paid by voucher method, or are processed as payroll employees, as deductions such as taxes, including FICA-Medicare and Retirement are not listed per employee in the ledgers, but as a separate payout, with no names identifying specifics. Reach reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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All of them, except the lone enlistee set to depart for boot camp on Monday, are in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), meaning they have up to a year to report to basic training. “Most of them will be departing the territory for boot camp over the next six months,” Laban-Ilalio reported. The ASVAB test, which is the initial step for recruitment into any branch of the US military, is being offered from now until September 18, in order to make the cut for the next physical test scheduled for October. The main passing score is 21 and Laban-Ilalio wants to publicly acknowledge Deanna Fuimaono who offered free tutoring for the ASVAB. Laban-Ilalio explained that while 21 is the passing score, there are line scores that are used to determine which jobs recruits qualify for. “There have been some cases where people have passed the test but their line scores were too low to qualify them for a job in the US Army,” she explained. “In cases like that, a re-test is necessary.” The US Army offers 150 jobs and the cut off age for enlistment is 34-years-old. These are the 29 future soldiers who were sworn in yesterday: Jazmin Atofau (THS senior), Alexis Castillo, Iupeli Faatau, Luisa Filisi, Brenda Foleni, Kimberly Godinet, Cassidy Hisatake, Ariel Levaula, Miracle Lio, Adam Lolofie, Apisaloma Matamu, Telesia Park, Daniel Vili Penueta, Joyce Schwenke, Hepuaonalani Sellers, Amanda Silila, Randy Taufetee, Amataga Tautua, Alava Tevaseu, Tinoga Tinoga, Merieni Tupuimatagi, Jeff Tupuola, Benjamin Yandall, Filisi Filisi, Taumaoe Koko, Gauula Moemoe, Josephine Salipopo (FHS), Sigago Samiu, and Betty Wells. Samoa News congratulates the recent batch of recruits for their accomplishment. Go Army Strong!
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Molia se ave taxi i le faia o uiga mataga i se pasese tamaitai
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O le va’aiga i le matagofie o teuga a tama’ita’i faigaluega o le Blue Sky, ina ua sauni mo le taua’aoina o le fa’ailoga “Pepa e Malaga ai i Las Vegas mo le sui ua manumalo ai, Mr. Fiamaumea Magalei o Faleniu. O le tama’ita’i o Corina ma lana paga ua toe fa’amalosi ‘au mai, e sauno mo le se’i ia Setema 2013 e te manumalo ai mo le Malaga i Disney Land i Amerika! [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
Taofia se pagota i le falema’i masalomia le fasi e se isi pagota
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O ananafi na faatoa auina atu ai i le Falema’i i Fagaalu se alii pagota mo ni togafitiga, ina ua masalomia le fa’aoolima i ai o se isi alii pagota i totonu o le toese i le Aso To’ona’i na te’a nei, ae matamata i ai se ali’i leoleo e aunoa ma sana gaioiga sa faia i ai. Na taua e se molimau i le Samoa News e faapea, o le mataupu lenei na faatoa logo atu e le aiga o le tamaititi o lo o aafia, i le Ofisa o Leoleo i le Aso Lua na te’a nei, ma aga’i atu ai loa leoleo e su’esu’e le mataupu i le aso ananafi, ma iloa ai le tigaina o le pagota na aafia ona o se manu’a i lona gutu ma fa’anatinati atu ai loa o ia i le falemai i le aoauli ananafi. Na taua e se molimau i le Samoa News e faapea, e tusa ai o le fa’amatalaga a le alii pagota o lo o aafia, na alu atu le alii leoleo sa tiute ma tatala le potu o lo o loka ai latou ina ua o’o i le taimi e ai ai saimini a pagota. O faiga masani i lea taimi, e uma loa ona aai pagota ona toe loka loa lea o le faitoto’a, peitai ina ua alu atu le alii leoleo ma tatala le faitoto’a o le potu o lo o loka ai pagota e aofia ai ma le pagota na aafia, ona tuu ai lava lea o le faitoto’a e matala mo se taimi umi. E le’i umi ae savali atu se isi alii pagota matua o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faa falepuipui i le faalavelave lea na tipi ai ai le isi alii i se agaese, ma fesili atu i pagota o lo o nonofo i totonu o le potu lea ua matala, po o fea le pagota e sau mai Sogi i Leone, ona sii lea o le lima o le alii pagota na aafia ma tali atu o ia e sau mai Sogi. Na taua e le molimau, o le taimi lea na faasaga atu ai loa le alii pagota matua ma fasi
loa lea alii a’o matamata i ai isi pagota ma le alii leoleo o le falepuipui na tatalaina le faitoto’a o le potu. Na taua e le molimau e faapea, ana le vaai atu lava le leoleo o le falepuipui ua tigaina le alii pagota na aafia, e le oso atu ma taofi le pagota matua. E leai se ripoti a le leoleo na tuuina atu i le Ta’ita’i Uati po o le pule o le falepuipui e tusa ai o le fa’alavelave na tupu seia o’o i le taimi na o’o atu ai le aiga o le pagota na a’afia. Na taua e le molimau e faapea, ina ua iloa e le alii leoleo o le falepuipui ua suesue e leoleo le faalavelave sa tupu, sa alu loa ma fesili i le pagota na aafia, pe aisea na ia ta’uina ai le faalavelave na tupu i leoleo, ae po o ai fo’i le leoleo lea na mana’o e faailoa le mataupu, peita’i sa tali i ai le pagota na aafia, e leai se isi na unaia o ia e faailoa le mea sa tupu, ae o ia lava na logoina lona aiga ina ua o atu e asi o ia i le Aso Sa na te’a nei, ma logo ai loa e lona aiga le ofisa o leoleo mo se fesoasoani mo ia. Talu mai le taimi na tupu ai le faalavelave, e le’i toe mafai ona ai le pagota na aafia i ni meaai sei vagana ai le saimini, faatoa toe mafai lava ona ai se meaai malo i le aso ananafi ina ua maea togafitiga i le falema’i. Ina ua fesiligia le alii komesina o leoleo i le aso ananafi e uiga i lenei mataupu, sa ia taua ai e faapea, e le’i o o atu se ripoti e faatatau i lenei mataupu i lona ofisa, ae talitonu le Samoa News, o ananafi na faatoa amata ai suesuega a leoleo e faatatau i lenei mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
O se alii ave taxi lea o lo o tuuaia i lona taumafai e faia ni uiga mataga i sana pasese na piki mai i Tafuna i le vaveao o le aso 3 o Aokuso 2013, ua molia nei e le malo i le moliaga o le gaoi, faapea ai ma lona taumafai e tagofia itutinosa o se tamaitai i se auala faasolitulafono. O le Aso Lulu na te’a nei na ulua’i tula’i ai Tamiano Tino i luma o le Faamasinoga Faaitumalo ma ua toe tolopo lana mataupu i le vaiaso fou. Pe tusa o le itula e 5:00 i le vaveao o le Aso Toonai e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, na vili ai e le tamaitai na aafia ia le Ofisa o Leoleo mo se fesoasoani, ina ua ese le nofoaga ua aga’i i ai le taxi ma le nofoaga sa ia faailoa i le ave taxi e fia alu i ai. Na taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga e faapea, a’o talanoa le tamaitai na aafia i le telefoni agai i le Ofisa o Leoleo, sa lagona atu e leoleo le ‘e’e o le tamaitai na aafia ma alaga mo se fesoasoani. E le’i umi ae toe maua e le ofisa a leoleo seisi telefoni mai i le tamaitai na aafia ina ua tiai o ia e le ave taxi i luma o le falesa Mamona i Leone. Sa ia faailoa foi i leoleo e faapea, talu ai na musu le ave taxi e faatu lana taavale, o lea na oso ai i fafo ma le taavale ina ua alu lemu le taxi i luga o vaega patupatu (bump) o le auala. Na taua e le tamaitai na aafia i leoleo e faapea, sa ia faaaogaina le telefoni a le ave taxi e vili ai lana uo tama ma lona aiga, peitai e leai ma se isi na maua, o lea na ia fai ai loa i le ave taxi e ave sa’o o ia i lona aiga Sa i ai i le tamaitai na aafia ni telefoni fou se tolu faatoa uma ona ia faatauina, faapea ai ma se tinoitupe e $180, ina ua oso i totonu o le taavale, sa ia tuuina i lalo o lona vae mea uma ia a’o saofa’i i le nofoa pito i tua o le taxi i tua tonu lava o le ave taxi. A’o alu le taavale, na faafuase’i ona moe le tamaitai na aafia ae na te’i ina ua ia faalogoina se mea na tau atu i ona foliga, ma ia iloa ai ina ua pupula ona mata sa kisi atu le ua molia i lona alafau, ma tuu atu ona lima i luga o ona ogavae, na autilo solo le tamaitai na aafia e vaai po o fea lea ua o o i ai le taavale, ma ia iloa ai ua la i ai nei i se tasi o auala alo i le va o Vailoa ma Taputimu. Na fai le tamaitai na aafia i le ave taxi e alu ese ma ia, o lea na alu ese ai le ua molia ma toe alu i luma i le nofoa o le ave taavale, ona toe faaauau lea ona ave le taavale. Na taumafai le tamaitai e tata’i le taavale agai i le ofisa o leoleo i Leone, peita’i sa ese le itu na alu aga’i i ai le taavale, e le’i alu sa’o fo’i i le nofoaga sa faailoa e le na aafia e tatau ona tuu ai o ia. O le tago o le na aafia e siaki lana ato na ia iloa ai ua leai le $180 sa i totonu, ona toe fai lea i le ave taavale e ave o ia i le nofoaga sa ia faailoa atu e tuu ai o ia, peitai sa faaauau pea ona alu le taavale, ma i’u ai ina oso i fafo ia lenei tamaitai. Na taua e le tali telefoni o le kamupani a le Tafuna Taxi Stand i leoleo, o le alii ave taavale o Tamiano na faatonu e alu e piki mai se tamaitai sa valaau mai i luma o le lotoa a le McConnell i le vaveao o le aso lea. Ae ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, sa ia teena ai lona pikiina o se tamaitai i luma o le lotoa a le McConnell, se’i vagana ai tamaitai e toalua na ia piki mai i luma o le fale faatali pasi o lo o faafesaga’i ma le McDonald i Tafuna, ona alu lea ma momoli i Taputimu. Ae na mulimuli ane, toe sui le tali a le alii ma ia faamaonia lona pikiina o se tamaitai mai i luma o le McConnell ma tuu i luma o le McDonald ae piki ai iina isi tamaitai e toalua e momoli i Taputimu. Sa ia faailoa foi i leoleo, o le tamaitai lea na ia pikiina mai i luma o le McConnell, sa ia faaaogaina lana telefoni pe a ma le afa itula. O lo o taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna le ua molia sei vagana ua totogi le $15,000 ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala i tua mai le toese, ae afai e mafai ona tatala o ia i tua mai le toese, ua poloaina o ia e le faamasinoga e aua nei ona toe taumafai e faafesootai le tamaitai na aafia i lenei mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
FAAFETAI TELE LAVA!
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O se va’aiga i le taua’aoina e Dr. Akapusi Ledua o le siaki $45,000. mo le laulau o taotoga o le Potu Tipi a le tatou falema’i tele mai le Women’s Hospital Auxillary e ona sui o Sa’ilau Tupua [Teutupe] ma Helga Lefiti [totino] i susuga i ali’i ma tama’ita’i foma’i o le LBJ Medical Center i le taeao o le aso Lulu na te’a nei i le Maota Tapua’i o le Falema’i lava.
[ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
Antioch Assembly of God Choir and Youth Ministry of Iliili, American Samoa sends a big SHOUT OUT and HEARTFELT GRATITUDE to the following for their greatest support and generous donations in making “Illuminating God’s Given Talents” summer music festival a blessed success!: • PAPA TUPELU LEALAIMATAFAO & • REP. FLORENCE SAULO & FAMILY (ILIILI) MR. PAULO SAULO • S.O.F.I.A (Roberta Laumoli & • MR. AOMALO MANUPO & Princess Auva’a) MRS. FEULA TURITURI • VAIS FLOWERS (Mrs. Meafou Imo) • STARKIST SAMOA • SEPPS FURNITURE • GODINET RENTALS • REV. AND MRS. AUINA TO’OTO’O • MRS. TASI FIELDING • HEART OF WORSHIP YOUTH AND PRAISE • BODY OF CHRIST AOG ILIILI MINISTRY PETESA (Rev. Francis Vaivao (REV. FAAATOA ESERA) with Francis Vaivao Jr. and • ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH ILIILI Letisha Vaivao-Gaoa) (CHOIR & YOUTH MINISTRY) • IAKINA SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST • IAKINA SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST (BRO.LEMUELU JR. & THE YOUTH) (BRO.LEMUELU JR. & THE YOUTH) • KVZK- TV CREW • JOHNNY KOPELANI FUIMAONO • SAM of SIGHT AND SOUND • MR. JOHN MAILO • MRS. TAPAI TERVOLA Thank you also to our spiritual parents, REV. ASAUA and MRS. DELLA FUIMAONO, Antioch AOG parents, Feula Turituri, grandma Lanuola Roberts and the mighty prayer intercessors and all our families and friends for your prayers, love, patience and faith that we can do all things In Christ who strengthens us. May God richly bless you all in every contribution you’ve made to help strengthen and encourage our young people to shine their talents to impact Christ throughout the nations. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!! To God be the glory forever and ever, AMEN!!
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Foa’i WHA $45K mo le “Laulau mo Ta’otoga”
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I le lima tausaga talu ai, ua le toe aoga tele ai le Laulau mo Taotoga Eseese e fa’atino i le Potu o Ta’otoga a le tatou falema’i tele i Faga’alu. Ona manatu lea o le susuga i Dr. Akapusi Ledua, lea o lo o fa’auluulu iai foma’i a le LBJ (CMO) ina ia talosaga se fesoasoani tupe a le Womens Hospital Auxillary (WHA) e fa’atau mai ai lea laulau aoga tele mo galuega a Foma’i Tipitipi. “O lenei ua taunu’u lea fa’amoemoe, o le fa’afetai ua gafatia e le WHA le fanoga o le ali’i foma’i, aua na le maua lea aofa’iga, ona savalia lea o ala o tima’iga i tagata ta’ito’atasi, o ta’ita’i o le Malo ma ona matagaluega, o le vasega o le Aufaigaluega a le Atua, o pisinisi ae maise le mamalu lautele, ua tu’ufa’atasia ma ua maua ai le tau o lenei laulau, e $45,000 Amerika.” O se fa’amatalaga lea a le Teutupe o le WHA Sa’ilau Tupua mai Pago Pago. I le taeao o le aso Lulu i le maota tapua’i i le falema’i tele i Faga’alu, sa fa’atasia i ai Foma’i, le CEO David Fleming, Tausima’i, o Dr. Ledua ae maise o nisi o sui o le Sosaiete a Tina o le WHA ina ia taua’aoina le siaki lea mo le fa’atauga mai o le Laulau mo Taotoga Eseese i le Potu Tipi. O Dr. Ledua sa avea ma sui o le Taupulega a le Falema’i atoa e talia lenei foa’i taua tele, ma sa ia mafaia fo’i ona fa’ailoa mai le aoga tele o lenei laulau mo le latou galuega. E le’i misia lana fa’afetai i lea vasega o tina sili ona matutua, ae o lo’o galulue pea, “Fa’afetai ia te outou tina, ua outou faia le galuega lelei, ua outou va’ai i le soifua maloloina o tagata uma o le atunu’u, ma outou tula’i mai e fa’atino lenei auaunaga, ia tali le Atua i lo outou agaga alofa ua fa’atino i ala e tele talu mai ona tatou galulue so’otau’au i lenei tautua.” I le gagana Samoa sa avea ai le tama’ita’i Foma’i, Fa’asilitama’ita’i Dr. Annie Fuavai ma se tasi e molita’i le fa’afetai i le vasega o tina ma sui totino uma o le Women’s Hospital Auxillary, ona ua le tasi ae ua sautualasi tautua fa’apenei ua latou faia mo Foma’i ma Tausima’i ina ia mafai ona fa’atino le latou galuega alofa o le tausia lea o soifua o le atunu’u. O se fa’amatalaga aloaia fo’i a le susuga le CEO Joe Davis Fleming, sa ia fa’ailoa ai, “O lenei le mea e sili ona mo’omia, ma o se fa’afetai sili ona taua, ona o lo’o galulue lava nei tina ae ua matutua, e fa’atino nisi o galuega ua le au i ai le fa’asoa o le tupe a le falema’i. O lo’o i ai fo’i isi mea e mo’omia, ae ua sili lava ona mo’omia le laulau lenei mo ta’otoga i le taimi vave lava!” I le taimi na saunoa ai Dr. Ledua e tusa o le foa’i, sa ia fa’ailoa ai, “E silia ma le fitu gasegase tuga lava e tatau ona fa’atino taotoga e i matou i’inei, peita’i, ona o le leai o se laulau fa’apenei, e le mafai ai ona fa’atino nei taotoga e ali’i ma tama’ita’i foma’i o lo’o ua mae’a faigaluega i le tatou nei falema’i. O lea ua i ai nei, fa’afetai o le a toe tau gapatia aiga o gasegase e tau ‘ave atu nai o latou pelega i fafo mo nei ituaiga o taotoga!” E tusa ai ma lea galuega ua fa’atino nei, sa ia fa’apea ai, “O le tatou foa’i lenei le mamalu lautele o le atunu’u, aua sa outou foa’i fo’i i lenei fa’amoemoe lelei, fa’afetai lava!”
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CLOSING DATE/TIME: September 26, 2013 @ 2:00pm American Samoa Time The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) requests proposals from INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS FOR A WASTE TO ENERGY POWER PLANT. A complete RFP package may be collected from the ASPA Materials Management Office located at the Tafuna Power Plant compound (Security Guard at the Gate will direct you to the Materials Management Office). You may also view this online at http://www.aspower.com which is the ASPA Website. For more information about this RFP, please contact the following person(s): Independent Power Producers must submit proposals in a sealed envelope, box, or other enclosure addressed to the ASPA Materials Manager. The sealed envelope or box must be labeled RFP No. FY13.1132.SW.WASTE TO ENERGY, Attention: Nancy Tinitali-Mauga and show date and time of proposal opening. An original, one PDF, electronic copy, and five (5) hard copies of the proposal must be received in the Materials Management Office located in the Tafuna Power Plant Compound no later than 2:00 pm on September 26th, 2013. Late submittals will not be opened or considered and will be designated as non-responsive. Mrs. Veronica Vaouli-Gasio Electrical Engineer Tel. 684.258.2498 email@example.com Ms. Nancy Tinitali-Mauga Materials Manager Tel. 684.699.0105 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saili e leoleo alii na osofaia le faleoloa Tutuila i Petesa…
Se vaaiga lena i le puipui o le faleoloa na vane ae ulufale ai i totonu le au gaoi ma ave faagaoi [ata: AF] oloa ma tupe i totonu o le Tutuila Store i Petesa i le vaveao ananafi.
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Vaega: 115 Fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u ae maise o i latou o lo’o fiafia e faitau i la tatou tala, ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala e pei ona masani ai. Na fai si umi o o’u fa’atali i se isi tala a le toeaina o Afa, ma na i’u lava ina fesili, “Afa, e i ai se mea ua tupu.” Na fa’apea mai nei le tali a Afa, “Averia, e sili pe a ou fa’ailoa atu ia te oe, ona oulua talatalanoa ai lea ma Tino po’o le a so oulua manatu, ae ia e alofa mai si o’u afafine, ia ‘aua ‘aua lava ne i iloa e lou tama, se i o’u taunu’u atu, ma te o atu ma Filipo ona tatou talanoa ai lea.” Ua lagona lo’u popole i lea taimi, ona ua ‘ese le talanoa mai a le toeaina i lea taimi. “Afa, saunoa mai po’o le a le mea ua tupu.” Na fai si umi o o’u fa’atali, ae fa’apea mai loa le tali a Afa, “Averia, ua ou mauaina le tusi mai loia a Makerita, ua mana’o Makerita e tete’a ma Mikaele.” Ua ‘ese lava la’u fa’alogo i lea taimi, ae sa ou taumafai pea ina ia maua se ma feso’ota’iga lelei ma Afa. “Afa, ia ua lelei, o le a ma fetufa’ai ai ma Tino pe a manava mai, ae fa’amolemole lava Afa, ia oulua o mai ma Filipo, ma ia au mai uma pepa ma mea na tusi ane ai le loia a Makerita se i o’u va’ai i ai, fa’amolemole lava. “Afa, ua ou le iloa le tala o le a fai i si o’u tama, ae ua fa’asolosolo manuia lava ia, ae o le a ma fa’atali atu se i oulua taunu’u mai ma Filipo.” Ua tu’u nei i lalo le telefoni, ua le mautonu lo’u mafaufau ua mamao fo’i manatu ma fa’alogona, ae sa ou taumafai e fa’ato’ato’a lo’u mafaufau ina ia mafai ai ona tu’u atu la’u lagolagosua mo si o’u tama. Na ou savali atu nei i le itu lea na ou iloa atu ai si o’u tina tausi o Ana, o pisi mai e fa’atonutonu tina o lo’o galulue i totonu o le fale. Na o fa’alogo lelei atu lava o fai mai talie’ega, ae na ou taunu’u atu loa e pei lava e leai se mea na tupu. Na ou fesili nei po’o fea o i ai Ana, ae sau le tali, o lo’o i le isi itu o le fale. Na ou toe manatua vave i lea taimi le ma talanoaga ma Afa, lea na fa’apea mai ai Afa, ia ‘aua lava ne I iloa e lo’u tama, ae fa’atali se i taunu’u mai. Na ou toe liliu nei ma ou savali atu i le isi itu lea o lo’o i ai le potu malolo ma o se potu fo’I ua sili ona matagofie. O le potu lea e teuteu lava i aso uma, aua a matou malo fa’aaloalogia e o’o mai e asi matou. Na ou tu nei ma ou tilotilo atu i le isi itu ma ou iloa atu ai, o lo’o fai mai fo’i le saofa’iga a lo’u tama ma le tama o Ana. A fai fai a la tala o’u va’ai atu ua alu le talie, a le o lena ua ou va’ai atu ua alu lima o tama, na ou ‘ata nei ma ou fa’apea ifo, po’o ai lava o lo’o mulu e le to’alua lea. Na ou va’aia le fiafia o si o’u tama, ma sa ou lagona ai le fiafia, ae o lenei ua tupu mai lenei mea. Na ou mata’ia pea si o’u tama i lea taimi, ma na i’u lava ina o’o o’u mafaufauga e fa’apea, o a’u lava lea ua tutupu mai ai nei mea i si o’u tama, o a’u le mafua’aga o mea uma. O lenei fo’I o le a toe o’o i le isi vaega o le soifuaga ua matua’i le manuia lava. Na ou liliu nei ma ou savali atu i le isi itu o le fale, na ou saofa’i ifo nei i lalo i lea taimi ma fa’asolosolo o’u mafaufauga. “Talofa e, i si o’u tama, ua uma atu fo’i le isi mea, a’o lea fo’i ua toe tupu mai lenei mea, talofa e, Ina ua manava mai le galue a Tino, ou te le i fa’atali i lea taimi, ma ua ou i ua le si ou tama, o a’u lava ua mafua ai nei mea uma, e ta’i leaga lenei mea, masino le mau fa’alavelave e tutupu mai ona o a’u.”fa’ailoa loa ia Tino le mea na vala’au mai ai Afa. Na ou va’aia foliga fa’anoanoa o si o’u to’alua, ae o lana fesili muamua lava, po’o a mai si o’u tama. “Averia, ia e tapena lelei, ua leai lava se isi mea, ua fai e Makerita le tulaga ua sili ona le lelei, ae ia e sauna lelei, o oe lava o le a tua i ai si ou tama i le taimi lenei, ia e loto tele ma ia e onosa’i o lou tama lava lea ou te popole i ai, e leai lava se isi Averia, ia ta fesoasoani malosi ia Mikaele i mea uma.” E faia pea…
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro court convicted three men Thursday in the gang rape of an American woman aboard a public transit van that shocked Brazil and made headlines around the world. Judge Guilherme Schilling delivered the verdict Wednesday, sentencing 20-year-old Jonathan Froudakis de Souza and 21-yearold Walace Aparecido de Souza Silva each to 49 years and three months in prison on rape, robbery and extortion charges. Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, whose age was not given, was sentenced to 21 years and seven months in prison, while a minor detained in connection with the rape has yet to be tried. A court statement on the decision said the attacks on the woman “in many instances were laced with sadism and complete disdain for the victim.” The assault began after midnight on March 30 when the victim and her French boyfriend caught a public van in Rio’s showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood en route to the popular nightlife district of Lapa. Brazilian news reports have said the couple was in the country to study Portuguese. Van operators robbed the passengers and forced all but the couple to get off. While they restrained the Frenchman and beat him with a tire iron, they repeatedly raped the woman as they van traveled van back and forth between Rio and a nearby suburb. The attackers also went on a shopping spree with the couple’s credit cards, forcing the woman to return to the apartment where she was staying to fetch another card, the police officer overseeing the investigation has said. The ordeal went on for around six hours before the pair was dumped in a “favela” slum in the poor Rio suburb of Sao Goncalo. Rio’s tourist police quickly arrested the suspects. News of the case sparked widespread outrage, particularly after it emerged that the gang was suspected in previous attacks on Brazilian women that were largely uninvestigated. The case led to a ban on public transit vans from Rio’s upscale South Zone. The vans, seen as a faster alternative to the buses used as Rio’s primary form of public transport, still operate in impoverished suburbs ringing the city of 6 million.
Court in Brazil convicts 3 for rape of American
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O Taufuli Leta Levale o ia lea ole faaluma o le a ta’ita’iina le pese ale sone sasa’e, e a’afia ai Matagaluega Lauli’i, Sailele ma Alao. O pese ma siva ua saunia ole a faatino lea ile aso 22 o Aukuso ile laumua ole Ekalesia Katoliko Roma i Fatuoaiga, aua le fa’aofuina ole Epikopo fou o [ata B. Chen] Peter Brown i lea lava aso.
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Su’esu’e Matagaluega Soifua China summons maloloina tu’uaiga fa’asaga Japan ambassador ni isi ana tagata faigaluega over shrine visits
ali’i o ana asiasiga masani i le tulaga o le lelei o oloa o lo o faatau e le pisinisi. Ae ina ua toe fesiligia Motusa e le Samoa News po o i ai sana fuafuaga o faamoemoe e faia ina ia foia ai le toe alia’e mai o ituaiga tu’uaiga faapenei fa’asaga i ni isi o lana aufaigaluega, na taua ai e le ali’i fa’atonu e faapea, o lo o fa’amoemoe e faa faigaluega ni isi tagata faigaluega fou ina ia mafai ai ona sui i latou e faatinoina le galuega. *O ni isi o i latou nei o lo o galulue i le matagaluega ua tele tausaga o latou faatinoina lenei galuega, ma ua latou malamalama foi i auala e faatino ai le galuega, ma o iina e ono ofi mai ai faiga faa alatua ma auala le sa’o e pei ona suesueina nei, ae o le aumaia i totonu o le matagaluega o ni tagata fou, atonu o le isi lea auala e mafai ai ona foia ni isi o faaletonu e pei ona tulai mai,* o le saunoaga lea a le alii faatonu. Ui o lea, na faafetaia e Motusa le galuega fita o lo o faatinoina e lana aufaigaluega i le tele o aso, i le mautinoa lea o lo o tulaga lelei taumafa ma soo se oloa o lo o faatauina i totonu o faleoloa eseese i le atunuu. E le’i faailoaina mai e le alii faatonu i le Samoa News igoa o ni isi o lana aufaigaluega o lo o aga’i i ai suesuega faapitoa a le matagaluega, pau lana saunoaga, afai e maea le suesuega ae faamaonia tuuaiga, ona faatoa vaavaai lea i se faaiuga e faia ia i latou o lo o aafia i lenei mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
“Ua ou fiafia e fa’ailoa ai, ua i ai le matati’a ua fa’atuina i le taeao lenei e le US Army i ona Ofisa Autu i so’o se Setete ma Teritori o le Malo Amerika, o le numera o talosaga a sui e fia ulufale i le Army na fa’atumu, ua talia uma lava, e leai se tasi ua te’ena!” O se fa’amatalaga aloaia lea a le Army Recruiter Staff Sergeant Lauie Laban-Ilalio. O se tala fiafia lea na fa’afofogaina e le mamalu lautele o aiga ma e pele i le to’a 29 o fanau ua fa’atautoina ananafi, e ulufale i le US Army mo a latou koleniga fa’apitoa e fa’amautu a’ia’i ai le avea atoa o i latou ma fitafita a le Army. O lea to’a 29 o le a malaga i latou i le masina nei mo le latou Boot Camp, ma e latou te mo’omia le tatou tatalo ina ia fa’amautu a’ia’i le latou taumafaiga, ma ia saga si’itia ai le tulaga ua tatou tautua ai i le Matagaluega o le US Defense, e ala i le Army. O lea fo’i matati’a ua fa’atula’ia nei, ua iloga ai, ua aluga lelei ma fa’atautaia sa’o nisi o mana’oga tupito o le galuega “fa’auluga” o a tatou fanau i le militeri ma ona lala uma o fia tautua ai i latou. Ina ua saunoa Laban Ilalio, sa ia fa’apea ai, “Fa’afetai ia te outou matua ma aiga, i la outou sapaia malosi o matou mana’oga i fanau ia, o lo latou ausia nei taumafaiga i o latou olaga talavou, o se fa’amau maumaututu lea o la outou galuega faufautua ma le lagolagosua i le soifua o a tatou fanau ina ia i’u manuia taumafaiga.” Ina ua mae’a lea sauniga iloga, e fa’atino ai la’asaga fa’apitoa o se fa’atautoga o lea to’a 29 o alo o Amerika Samoa mo le vaega au, sa saunoa loa le SSG Laban Ilalio e fa’ailoa le agaga fa’afetai tele, i se tasi o sui iloga o le atunu’u, o se tama’ita’i loia, o se tina fo’i ona o lana auaunaga sa ia fa’atino mo le fanau ua tula’i nei e tauto mo le ulufale atu i a’oga fa’apitoa a le US Army. O ia lea o Deanna Fuimaono. “E ui ina e le o ‘auai mai, ae matele fo’i ona le aloa’ia lana tautua tuavae, ae tatau lava ona fa’ataunu’u mea tonu uma! O Deanna Fuimaono o se tina e alofa i fanau uma lava nei, aua o ia, sa ia fa’atautaia a’oa’oga fa’apitoa mo i latou, ina ia a’otau i latou i le atamai e pasia ai le su’ega ASVAB. Lea ua tatou patipatia galuega e faia ae le va’aia i taimi uma, fa’afetai Ms Fuimaono.” O le semina mo le fa’apupulaga atili o le a’oga o le a ulufale i ai le to’a 29 lea, fa’atasi ai ma le tele o isi pepa e tatau ona fa’atumu sa’o e aofia ai ma matua ina ia latou silafia, sa soso’o ai mo le isi lua ma le afa itula i totonu o le potu fono a le USArmy Reserve. Na talisua fo’i i se ‘aiga mamafa ina ua mae’a lea tauaofiaga matagofie ma faia ai le fa’aulaga o fanau e o latou aiga, i lea fo’i la’asaga fou ua latou ausia.
Ua fa’amaonia mai e le Fa’atonusili o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina i le Samoa News le amata ai o se suesuega faalotoifale a le matagaluega, ona o tu’uaiga i le i ai lea o ni isi o tagata faigaluega a le ofisa o lo o latou maua ni taui tupe mai ni isi o faleoloa a tagata Asia, ina ia taofia ai i latou mai le faia o asiasiga i le tulaga lelei o lo o i ai oloa o lo o fa’atau atu e pisinisi ma faleoloa i le atunuu lautele. I se fa’atalatalanoaga ma le tofa Motusa Tuileama Nua i le vaiaso nei, na fa’amaonia mai ai e le ali’i fa’atonu lona fa’atonuina o se vaega faapitoa latou te su’esu’eina tu’uaiga fa’asaga i ni isi o ana ali’i Asiasi (Inspector). *O lo o faagasolo la matou suesuega faalotoifale (internal investigation) i le taimi nei e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, se’i tau vaavaai pe o le a le mea moni sa tupu, ae na faapefea fo’i ona a’afia ai tagata faigaluega a le ofisa,* o le saunoaga lea a Motusa. Na fesiligia e le Samoa News le ali’i fa’atonu po o ia talitonuina lana aufaigaluega i le faatinoina o latou tiute, aemaise ai o le aga’i atu i tua e asiasi ma suesue gaioiga a pisinisi ma faleoloa i le atunu’u, ae na saunoa le alii fa’atonu, *e i ai lava nai tagata fa’amaoni toaititi o lo o i ai i le aufaigaluega, ae ou te popole ina ne’i latalata mai le taimi O tu’uaiga e pei ona taua e se molimau i le Samoa News, e i ai ali’i faigaluega a le Soifua Maloloina e masani ona o atu ma piki teutusi o lo o i ai tupe mai se alii Asia e pulea ni faleoloa i Pago Pago, ina ia taofia ai le faataunuuina e lea
BEIJING (AP) — China summoned Japan’s ambassador Thursday to register a protest over Japanese Cabinet members’ visits to a controversial shrine to war dead in Tokyo. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin lodged “solemn representations” in his meeting Thursday with Ambassador Masato Kitera and expressed “strong protest and severe condemnation,” the ministry said in a statement posted to its website. “We call upon Japan to rigorously honor their expression and commitment to deeply reflect on their history of invasion ... or there will be no future to Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors,” the statement said. The meeting followed visits by ministers and dozens of lawmakers to the Yasukuni Shrine to mark the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. The shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including officers executed for war crimes committed against nations including China and Korea. Beijing regards such visits as an affront to its past suffering and evidence that Japan has yet to show true contrition over its actions. Past shrine visits by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi incensed China and sparked years of fractious relations. While current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not visit Thursday, the Chinese ministry’s statement still criticized him for having had an aide present an ornamental offering bought with his own money. “Regardless of what form or capacity the Japanese leader worships at the Yasukuni Shrine, the essence is to deny and prettify Japan’s history of militarism,” the statement said. This year’s anniversary comes amid heightened tensions over disputed East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China. Tokyo’s purchase of the islands from their private owners in September sparked violent anti-Japanese protests in a number of Chinese cities.
Uganda losing its wetlands to rose farming business
LUTEMBE BAY, Uganda (AP) — Despite loud protests by environmentalists in Uganda, trucks dumped dirt into the wetland until the soggy ground where herons once stood among swaying papyrus plants was firm and dry. The destruction of the wetland was carried out so a rose farm owned by a fabulously wealthy businessman could be expanded. The area on Lake Victoria’s Lutembe Bay was deemed to be of international importance under an international convention on wetlands but, asked by activists to intervene, Uganda’s environmental protection agency instead sided with industry, saying any damage inflicted upon the wetland didn’t match the economic benefits of exporting more flowers. The authorized encroachment on Uganda’s Lutembe Bay wetland, a site that protects Lake Victoria’s fragile ecosystem, highlights a growing conflict between business and the environment as African countries strive for economic development. Although Africa’s endangered forests have attracted a lot more attention from campaigners, some experts say wetlands across the continent are suffering a similar —if not worse —fate, often because their value to human wellbeing is underestimated or not understood at all. In the Ugandan case, the business decimating a wetland is owned by Ugandan tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, who, according to Forbes magazine, is the richest man in East Africa and one of Africa’s wealthiest people. He is widely believed to be close to Uganda’s political elite, circumstances that have contributed to concerns that his expansion project was approved under dubious circumstances. “I think this is corruption of the highest order,” said Frank Muramuzi, an activist with the National Association of Professional Environmentalists, a local watchdog group. “That kind of thing is not allowed in the wetland. But it is not too late. We want to take them to court.” Some activists say Uganda’s environmental protection agency, which in the past has rejected or condemned wetland violations on this scale, simply succumbed to the power of big business this time. Uganda’s flower industry makes millions of dollars in exports to Europe each year. Experts say the wetland along Lutembe Bay supports globally threatened species of birds, fish and butterflies, including some rare ones. It also plays a crucial hydrological role, with the swamps “acting as natural filters for silt, sediments and excess nutrients in surface run-off, wastewaters from industries, and sewage from Kampala City,” according to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, a global treaty that promotes the wise use of wetlands and which lists those deemed to be of international importance. The Ramsar Convention says that, although more wetlands are being designated for protection across Africa, protecting these sites “remains a challenge.” A report last month by the convention’s secretariat said that “Africa shows an urgent need to define a strategy” for conserving its wetlands and their resources. The world’s wetlands “are being degraded and lost more rapidly than other ecosystems ... because their functions are not always understood by governments or given enough weight in policy decisions,” said Achim Steiner, the United Nations undersecretary-general and executive director of its environment program, in a statement last month. The U.N. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment years ago estimated the global value of wetlands at $15 trillion, for functions that include climate regulation and the provision of food and water. Neighboring Kenya’s wetlands are also facing serious degradation and decline from pressures including agriculture and land fragmentation, according to a statement last month from the U.N.’s environment program. Kenya’s Lake Naivasha, for example, has seen declining water levels due to competition from expanding flower farms. To stem the damage, Kenya has now produced a “Wetlands Atlas,” a compilation of the country’s wetlands and their challenges as part of a wider government plan to preserve the integrity of the country’s water resources. “Despite (wetlands) role in sustaining livelihoods we are seeing severe pressures,” Judi W. Wakhungu, a Kenyan government official in charge of the environment, said last month. She said the Kenyan government is revising its policies to better protect the precious wetlands.
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AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA 96799
Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (2) Department/Division: Governor Office/Vocational Rehabilitation Type position: Full Time/Permanent Posting Date: August 09, 2013 Closing Date: August 22, 2013 Serial No.: 055-13 Announcement No.: 047-13
Posting Type: E mployment Opportunity/Open to Public
Pay Grade and Salary Range: GS 11/$11,889 - $30,719.00
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General Description: Under supervision performs professional rehabilitation services int he areas of in-take, evaluation, and eligibility determination, provision of service related to counseling, guidance, training, and medical restoration, and provides job development and/or job placement. Is responsible for a caseload and performs all duties related to casework and fiscal-related matters. Serve as liaison with public agencies and private firms in the community where they are placed. Key Duties and Responsibilities: • Exercise independent judgments to determine client’s eligibility for service extent and nature of their disability, and their need for and the feasibility of • Collects analyzes and inters medical, psychological, educational, social and employment information regarding each client. Assists clients in determining appropriate vocational goal, Prescribe and interprets standardized tests for use in vocational guidance, and assists the client in making a feasible vocational rehabilitation choice. • Counsel and assists clients with their personal adjustment thrughout the rehabilitation program. • Arranges for medical treatment, including surgery, psychiatric care, occupational and physical therapy, prosthetic appliances and other auxiliary service. Consults with psychiatrists and physicians regarding finding of their examination. • Through a comprehensive study of the client’s background, determines specific needs and helps develop rehabilitation plans to remediate these needs. Plan and arranges for courses of study or training and supervises the applicant’s training program. • Markets to employers in developing employment opportunities and place client to include postemployment follow-up. • Counsels and guides the client in establishment of small business enterprises and supervises the selection and financing of business needs. • Assess client’s financial ability to participate in their rehabilitation program. • As requested, serves as consultant to representative of public and private entities in relation to issues surrounding person with disabilities. • Maintains appropriate case records and authorized fiscal expenditures. • Ensure that case service are provided on a timely and appropriate basis to client. • Ensure appropriate and prudent stewardship of public fund. • Acts as an advocate for person with disabilities. • Responsible for negotiating and meeting performance goal. • Discharge other duties as assigned. • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Knowledge Skill and Ability: • Good oral and written communication and organizational skill • Knowledge and understanding of principle and techniques of guidance • Knowledge of individual differences in people, and of the principles of individual appraisal. • Knowledge of interviewing, occupational testing, and the evaluation of personal traits. • Knowledge f personality development and adjustment. • Knowledge of psychology of occupations, including concepts of aptitude, motivation and need. • Knowledge of areas of community resources ordinarily available to increase the employability of the disabled. • Ability to effectively utilize the proceeding skills knowledge and abilities as evidenced by previous employment history, and/or education, and by an oral interview Academic and Experience Requirements: • A Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and/or a current Certification (CRC) as a Rehabilitation Counseling by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification is preferred for this position. Bachelor degree will be considered if the incumbent is willing to towards a Master Degree Rehabilitation Counseling of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for portion of the of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience. Complete information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from the Personnel Division of the Department of Human Resources, or please contact the Recruitment unit at 633-4485/633-4000. Fa’afetai tele,
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This undated photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows an olinguito. The Smithsonian announced Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 that they have discovered that the mammal, which they had previously mistaken for an olingo, is actually a distinct species. The olinguito belongs to the grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears. The raccoon-sized critters leap through the trees of the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them.
(AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution, Mark Gurney)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. The reddish-brown animal is about 14-inches long with an equally long tail and weighs about 2 pounds. It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears. The critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them. But the adorable olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE’-toe) shouldn’t have been so hard to find. One of them once lived in the Smithsonian-run National Zoo in Washington for a year in a
New mammal species found “in plain sight”
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case of mistaken identity. “It’s been kind of hiding in plain sight for a long time” despite its extraordinary beauty, said Kristofer Helgen, the Smithsonian’s curator of mammals. The little zoo critter, named Ringerl, was mistaken for a sister species, the olingo. Before she died in 1976, Ringerl was shipped from zoo to zoo in Louisville, Ky., Tucson, Ariz., Salt Lake City, Washington and New York City to try to get it to breed with other olingos. She wouldn’t. “It turns out she wasn’t fussy,” Helgen said. “She wasn’t the right species.” The discovery is described in a study in the journal ZooKey. Helgen first figured olinguitos were different from olingos when he was looking at pelts and skeletons in a museum. He later led a team to South America in 2006. “When we went to the field we found it in the very first night,” said study co-author Roland Kays of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. “It was almost like it was waiting for us.” It’s hard to figure how olingos and onlinguitos were confused for each other. “How is it different? In almost every way that you can look at it,” Helgen said. Olinguitos are smaller, have shorter tails, a rounder face, tinier ears and darker bushier fur, he said. “It looks kind of like a fuzzball ... kind of like a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat,” Helgen said. It eats fruit and has one baby at a time. Helgen figures there are thousands of olinguitos in the mountainous forest, traveling through the trees at night which makes them hard to see. While new species are found regularly, usually they are tiny things like insects and not mammals, the warm-blooded advanced class of animals that have hair, live births and mammary glands in females. Outside experts said this discovery is not merely renaming something, but a genuine new species — with three new subspecies. It’s the type of significant find that hasn’t happened in the Americas for about 35 years. “Most people believe there are no new species to discover, particularly of relatively large charismatic animals,” said Case Western Reserve University anatomy professor Darin Croft. “This study demonstrates that this is clearly not the case.” The olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family of mammals. The researchers only saw olinguitos in Ecuador and Colombia, but they said they could also be living in parts of Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Guyana, based on their cloud forest habitat. The olingo is also native to Central and South America.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TEMCO AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
Two Samoas Tsunami Coordinators Meeting
The 2013 Tsunami Coordinators Meeting between the Two Samoas was held at the Samoa Meteorological Division, Mulinu’u, Apia, Samoa on August 8 & 9. The meeting was attended by delegations from Samoa’s Meteorology Division, Disaster Management Division, and SPREP, American Samoa’s Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO and the US National Weather Office Pago Pago, The US UNESCO/IOC-NOAA International Tsunami Information Center and Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The 2013 Tsunami Coordinators Meeting goals were to (1) discuss and coordinate tsunami warnings as received and acted upon by American Samoa and Samoa and (2) consult, coordinate, and prepare for the ICG/PTWS- XXV Meeting in Russia, September 9-11, 2013, with the PTWS Southwest Pacific Working Group Chair. The meeting also included a visit to the only USGS seismic station available in the Samoa region.
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga mandates directors and agency heads to participate full force in the Adopt-A School Initiative. ASDHS Employees cleaning & painting Pava’ia’i Elementary School. The public schools are slated to officially begin on Monday, August 19, 2013 .
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Smoke seen from Mount Lebanon rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The powerful car bomb ripped through a crowded southern Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least a dozen people and trapping dozens of others in burning cars and buildings in the latest apparent violence linked to the (AP Photo/Ahmad Omar) civil war in neighboring Syria, officials said.
AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) RE-BID
RFP No. ASCC #006-2013 Issuance Date: August 6, 2011 Due Date and Time: August 19, 2013 No later than 2:00p.m. Local Time The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) Re-Bid from qualified firms to provide:
“Food Service Operation for the ASCC Cafeteria to serve college students, Faculty and Staff”
Submissions: Original and (5) five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “RFP No.ASCC-006-2013 Food Service.” Submissions are to be sent or hand delivered to the following address and shall be received NLT 2:00p.m. American Samoa (Local Time) August 19, 2013. ASCC Procurement Office Mapusaga Campus Attention: Jessie Su’esu’e, Procurement Officer Telephone: 684-699-9155 extension: 391 Note: Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements can be obtain from the ASCC Procurement Office, Mapusaga Campus during normal working hours (7:30a.m4:00p.m.) Review: Request for Proposals (RFP) submittals will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board (SEB) under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and/or to waive any irregularities and/or any informalities contained in submitted proposals that are not in the best interest of ASCC or the public. Approved by: Dr. Seth P. Galea’i President, American Samoa Community College (ASCC)
paper reported last month that the country is the NSA’s top target in Latin America. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota expressed concerns about the issue during a meeting earlier this week with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Lawyer: Snowden and father chatted over the Internet MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden says the fugitive National Security Agency leaker has been in direct contact with his father over the Internet for the first time since fleeing the U.S. and being granted temporary asylum in Russia. The lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian news agencies Thursday that Snowden and his father had acted against legal advice. He urged them to refrain from any further contact, even using encrypted messages, until meeting in person. The elder Snowden and a U.S. lawyer have said they intend to travel to Moscow soon, but would not announce the date ahead of time. Edward Snowden, who received asylum in Russia on Aug. 1, has not spoken publicly and his whereabouts remain secret. All previous contact with his father had been through Kucherena. Thieves ram glass doors at California Tiffany store WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Police say thieves drove a pickup truck through the glass doors of a San Francisco Bay Area Tiffany and Co. store in a brazen early-morning burglary. The burglary occurred around 5:45 a.m. Thursday in Walnut Creek. Police say the driver of the stolen pickup truck repeatedly rammed the store’s front doors. Four men then got out and tried to smash display cases. Walnut Creek Police Lt. Steve Gorski says they didn’t get close to the store’s more expensive items, which are locked up overnight. They only made off with a few relatively inexpensive things. The men were seen leaving in a second vehicle. new york city readies appeal of ruling against street stops NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they’re about to take the first step in appealing a federal judge’s ruling imposing reforms on the police department’s stop-and-frisk strategy. The city’s top lawyer, Michael Cardozo, says in a statement a notice of appeal will be filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Judge Shira Scheindlin issued the decision Monday. She said the New York Police Department was making the street stops based on race and called for an independent monitor to make sure police follow measures restricting the program. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called the ruling unfair and warns it will damage the NYPD’s successes in fighting violent crime. Chief judges of 87 United states courts decry funding cuts NEW YORK (AP) — A letter signed by the chief judges of 87 federal courts warns budget cuts threaten the quality of the nation’s judiciary system and public safety. The letter was sent Thursday to Vice President Joe Biden in his role as president of the U.S. Senate. It cites a recent request by the New York public defender’s office to postpone the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law because of staff cutbacks. But the judges say years of flat funding followed by March sequestration cuts have had a devastating impact on all courts. They say cuts in probation services have reduced the monitoring of criminal defendants to crisis levels. They say that in turn hinders crime deterrence, detection and response and allows more drugs and illegal weapons into communities. Brazil government sends more inspectors to Amazon rainforest BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s environment minister says the government has increased the number of its inspectors in the Amazon rainforest to help halt a rise in illegal deforestation. Izabella Teixeira said Thursday at a deforestation seminar that the number of government inspectors in the region was upped to combat a new tactic by loggers, who are stripping smaller areas that are more difficult to detect by satellite. She didn’t say how many inspectors have been deployed since the beginning of the year. Teixeira says deforestation destroyed 4,600 square kilometers (1,776 square miles) of Amazon rain forest in 2012. That was the lowest level since 2004, when 28,000 square kilometers (10,810 square miles) were deforested. She says that Brazil hopes to reduce deforestation to 3,925 square kilometers (1,515 square miles) a year by 2020. Bicyclist sentenced for manslaughter in SF crash SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 37-year-old man convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter has been sentenced for fatally striking a 71-year-old pedestrian with his bicycle in a San Francisco crosswalk. Chris Bucchere was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation and 1,000 hours of community service as part of a plea deal. District Attorney George Gascon says Bucchere’s conviction was believed to be the first of its kind in the nation for a bicyclist. A judge can determine in six months if Bucchere’s conviction could be reduced to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors say Bucchere was riding recklessly and ran through several red lights when he struck Sutchi Hui in 2012.
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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — One of the soldiers killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood suffered a dozen gunshot wounds that indicate he was trying to charge the gunman, while another victim was pregnant, medical experts testified Thursday. The two were among 13 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded medical building at the sprawling Army post in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. The accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, also is accused of wounding more than 30 people as he stands trial for the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base. Spc. Frederick Greene was shot 12 times during the attack, Lt. Col. Phillip Berran told the judge after reviewing photos of the soldier’s body before jurors were led into the courtroom at Fort Hood. When asked by a prosecutor if his findings were consistent with Greene “charging the shooter,” the pathologist responded: “Yes, it is.” Prosecutors chose not to introduce the photos as evidence. Another victim, Pvt. Francheska Velez, was shot once by a bullet that fractured her rib and went through her heart and right lung — a wound that wasn’t survivable, said pathologist Col. AbuBakr Marzouk. When asked if the 21-yearold Chicago woman had any other significant medical conditions, Marzouk replied: “She was pregnant.” Witnesses testified earlier in the trial that they would hear Velez crying out, “My baby! My baby!” during the shootings. Berran also described how Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, who was shot three times, was likely shot while lying on the ground. That means at least five victims were shot while lying down, according to testimony from
One soldier shot 12 times during Fort Hood rampage
several pathologists this week. A former colleague of Hasan testified about how he identified the wounded Army psychiatrist in the chaotic moments following the shooting, including the shooting of Hasan by police. “I had no way to medically evaluate his condition,” said retired Maj. Clifford Hopewell, who was chief of the traumatic brain injury division at Fort Hood. “I thought he was dead. He was prone on the ground and wasn’t moving.” Hopewell said he thought he heard semiautomatic weapons fire, looked outside and heard screams and people running toward his building in the same complex where the gunfire broke out. Hasan was lying on the ground near a telephone pole, he said, using a diagram while on the witness stand. “A lot of people were on the ground in that area, but that’s where he was,” Hopewell said. Asked by the prosecutor, Maj. Larry Downend, if the man he identified was in the courtroom, Hopewell replied, looking toward Hasan: “Yes. This person sitting right here. “It’s Nidal.” Hasan — who is acting as his own attorney — raised no objections and didn’t question any of the witnesses Thursday, which has largely been his strategy since the trial began last week. The Army psychiatrist’s lack of defense so far has allowed prosecutors to call more than 70 witnesses, indicating that the trial could wrap up far sooner than the monthslong timeline originally announced by the judge. The military defense attorneys who have been ordered to help Hasan during the trial have accused Hasan of trying to convince jurors to convict him and sentence him to death. Hasan has disputed those claims,
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Hui’s family members say they hope Bucchere will assist the elderly and help traumatic head injury victims as part of his community service. Sentencing panel to focus on mandatory minimums WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to address concerns with mandatory minimum prison penalties. The commission action follows a Justice Department policy shift that was announced on Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder said the department would target long mandatory sentences that he says have flooded the nation’s prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted crimefighting dollars that could be better spent. On Thursday, the sentencing commission set as its top priority continuing to work with Congress to change federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. The seven-member commission wants Congress to reduce the severity and scope of mandatory minimum penalties and consider expanding a law that exempts certain low-level nonviolent offenders from mandatory minimum prison terms “With a growing crisis in federal prison populations and budgets, it is timely and important for us to examine mandatory minimum penalties and drug sentences, which contribute significantly to the federal prison population,” said Patti Saris, commission chairman and a federal judge. The commission establishes sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts. Long mandatory prison terms that apply to low-level drug offenders are a legacy of the government’s war on drugs in the 1980s. the FBI raids Philly sheriff’s office, takes files PHILADELPHIA (AP) — FBI agents searched the city sheriff’s office on Thursday, removing files and other items as part of an investigation. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski confirmed that agents searched the office near City Hall but declined to comment on the nature of the probe. A spokesman for Sheriff Jewell Williams, who has headed the office since January 2012, said the investigation relates to Williams’ predecessors. “As part of an ongoing investigation begun in the previous administrations, the FBI arrived at the Sheriff’s Office ... with a search warrant and subpoena for certain records and files,” Williams’ spokesman, Joseph Blake, said in an email to The Legal Intelligencer. The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office handles real-estate foreclosures, warrants, inmate transportation and courthouse security. It has long been scrutinized over the manner in which it handled tens of millions of dollars’ worth of sheriff’s sales. A 2011 audit concluded that two firms took in at least $6.2 million in excess fees over six years, and it questioned the distribution of $135 million from the sale of properties, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
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At least 638 people were confirmed killed and nearly 4,000 wounded in the violence sparked when riot police backed by armored vehicles, snipers and bulldozers smashed the two sit-ins in Cairo where Morsi’s supporters had been camped out for six weeks to demand his reinstatement. First lady — Black president changes the bar for chuldren EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Michelle Obama says having a black family in the White House “changes the bar” for every child, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender. She tells Parade magazine in an interview appearing Sunday that her husband’s presidency “expands the scope of opportunity” for children because that’s where change happens. The first lady also says she feels “immense hope” on the approaching 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28. Mrs. Obama, who turns 50 in January, said she’s never felt more confident in herself as a woman and wants to be a “really fly” 80- or 90-year old. As for her bangs, she says she doesn’t sport them anymore because it’s hard to give a speech when hair is in your face. Nicaragua to start exploring for oil in the Caribbean sea MANAGUA (AP) — Nicaragua says it will start exploring for oil in a swath of seabed in the Caribbean Sea that an international court granted it last year after a dispute with Colombia. Energy and Mines Minister Emilio Rappaccioli said Thursday the exploratory work in an area that is home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the Americas will start this weekend. It will be done by the U.S.-based company Noble Energy. The International Court of Justice last year granted Nicaragua a large horseshoe-shaped area of the sea and seabed surrounding a group of tiny islands that the court granted to Colombia. The archipelago is home to the 100-squaremile (255-square-kilometer) old Providence reef.
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Environmentalists say exploratory drilling in the area will damage the environment. Complaint filed on judge who changed baby’s name NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Wisconsinbased nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state’s code of judicial conduct. At a paternity hearing last week, Ballew ordered a child’s name changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. Martin is the surname of the child’s mother, while McCullough is the surname of the child’s father. In her order, Ballew explained the change by saying that “’Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.” Cocaine found inside okra plants in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities in Guyana say smugglers have found yet another way to smuggle cocaine out of the country. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit says a man was caught trying to ship 16 kilograms of the drug to the U.S. in hollowed out okra pods. Unit director James Singh said Thursday it was the first time he’s head of someone trying this with okra, which is known as ochro in Guyana. Singh says on a one-to-ten scale he would give the smuggler a “four for innovation.” Smugglers in Guyana have attempted to use many products, including skin lotion, frozen fish and hot pepper sauce. In this case, there was swift justice. Hadrick Cummings was caught at the airport Monday and pleaded guilty Wednesday. The 25-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison.
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HONOLULU (AP) — The public will get an up-close view of how Hawaiian monk seals eat, sleep and swim this weekend as researchers share footage taken by cameras attached to the backs of the animals. Researchers collected the video over the past year after capturing several seals on Kauai, Oahu and Molokai and attaching the cameras to their hides with epoxy while they were sedated. The effort was part of a study led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists that aims to help the public better understand a critically endangered species that was rarely seen until recently among Hawaii’s most heavily populated islands. Now, it’s not unusual for seals to haul up on the white sands of Poipu on Kauai and the rock shoreline of Oahu’s Kaena Point. They have even appeared amid throngs of sunbathing tourists in Waikiki. The seals are returning to areas they inhabited long before humans moved to Hawaii. Still, some people see them as new arrivals competing for resources. Some fishermen complain the seals are stealing their catch from lines and nets. “We realize that we’re going through a period of pretty dramatic transition in the Main Hawaiian Islands where just in over a decade, really, have monk seals shown up in any great number and become part of our lives,” said Charles Littnan, lead scientist for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at NOAA Fisheries. “With that change comes some stress and discomfort and everyone kind of having to shift to the new norm,” he said. Video from the cameras provided by the National Geographic Society will be shown at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater on Saturday. Some of the footage has already been shown on Kauai. Littnan said he hopes the research will correct misconceptions that the seals are devouring Hawaii’s fish stocks. For example, he said some people mistakenly believe monk seals eat 600 pounds of fish a day even though adult seals don’t even weigh that much. “There’s this idea that they’re just these eating machines,” he said. The footage shows, however, that they’re not eating such significant amounts, he said. Instead the clips show mostly swimming and an “amazing amount of sleeping.” When they do eat, the animals can spend a lot of time getting the food, like one seal that spent 30 minutes trying to pull an octopus out of its hiding place. The scientists will spend another two years putting cameras on the seals. Normally with a project like this, Littnan said, scientists would tell the public about their research only after they’ve finished collecting and analyzing their data. But there’s too much conflict over the seals and bad information about them circulating that it would be “negligent” to wait, he said. There’s a fear misinformation is leading people to become hostile toward the species. Four seals were found deliberately killed by human hand in late 2011 and early last year, including two found bludgeoned to death on Molokai. There are only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild, including 150 to 200 in the main Hawaiian Islands. The overall population is declining 4 percent a year.
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Plaskett is on paid leave pending administrative review of the shooting. Boston bomb survivor, 7, using new prosthetic leg BOSTON (AP) — A 7-yearold girl who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings is learning to use a prosthetic leg as her family still mourns the death of her older brother in the April attack. The family of Jane Richard and the late 8-year-old Martin Richard said Thursday she already is dancing on her prosthetic leg and “struts around on it with great pride.” Parents Bill and Denise Richard also were hurt in the attack April 15, when two shrapnel-loaded pressure cookers exploded near the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260 others. Denise Richard lost sight in one eye, and Bill Richard suffered hearing loss. Their 11-year-old son, Henry Richard, was uninjured. Authorities say two ethnic Chechen brothers from Russia living in the Boston area orchestrated the attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty. His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a gunbattle with police three days after the bombings. Federal judge delays ex-Detroit mayor’s sentencing DETROIT (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on his public corruption conviction. Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds moved Kilpatrick’s sentencing from Sept. 3 to Oct. 10 during a Thursday hearing. Kilpatrick’s lawyer sought a deadline extension to file objections to a presentence report. Objections now are due Sept. 9. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, and close friend Bobby Ferguson are also being sentenced on later dates. Ferguson’s sentencing will also be Oct. 10. Bernard Kilpatrick will be sentenced Oct. 17. Kwame Kilpatrick and Ferguson were convicted in March of a sweeping scheme to enrich themselves through fixed contracts, bribes and kickbacks. Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of a tax crime. Police: Texas fatal shooting suspect used grenade DESOTO, Texas (AP) — Investigators have confirmed that a former special education teacher accused of killing four people in a pair of shootings used a grenade in one of the attacks, police in a Dallas suburb said. Erbie Bowser, 44, has been charged with capital murder in the late-night attacks Aug. 7. Bowser detonated a grenade inside his estranged wife’s house and was arrested after running out of ammunition, according to search warrant affidavits released Thursday by DeSoto police. Police found a grenade pin and fragments inside her home, along with bullets and shell casings, according to the affidavits. Investigators have said the explosion injured no one, but Bowser shot and killed Zina Bowser, his 47-year-old estranged wife, and her 28-year-old daughter, Neima Williams. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, were wounded. Fla. protesters upset with verdict leave Capitol TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s killing are leaving the Florida Capitol after staging a 31-day protest. The small but determined group wanted Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” law. Scott refused. But House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to hold a legislative hearing on the law. Organizers say they are not giving up on their goals. The Dream Defenders plan to return to the Capitol when lawmakers hold committee meet-
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Authorities say Ahmed was angry and believed his exgirlfriend’s family had been responsible for their breakup and for putting a device in his head, according to a letter found in a van parked near the bank. The letter detailed his plan to take employees hostage and had a list of demands, including safe passage to another country. Kenya airport body replacing chief after fire NAIROBI (AP) — The board of directors from the body that manages Kenya’s airports said Thursday the group’s managing director will be replaced, an announcement that comes a week after a massive fire gutted the international arrivals hall at Kenya’s main airport. Mutuma Mugambi, the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority board of directors, said the board is looking for a replacement for Stephen Gichuki, whose contract ends in October. Nduva Muli, a board member, said Gichuki is not being fired but that his contract is up. Officials said last week’s fire was initially small and was put out, then re-ignited and grew into an inferno.
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An official close to the investigation, which is being assisted by FBI agents and U.S. and Canadian fire marshals, says evidence on the cause of the fire points toward an electrical malfunction. Russian hiker found alive on volcano in Indonesian YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia have rescued a Russian hiker who was missing for six days while climbing the country’s most volatile volcano, an official said. Yevgeny Luchina, 25, went missing Saturday while climbing the southern side of the 9,737-foot Mount Merapi, a popular site for visitors on the main island of Java. He sent a text message to his Indonesian girlfriend saying he had lost his way and asking to be rescued. Rescue teams comprised of 68 people, including soldiers from a special army force, were mobilized to look for Luchina, whose footprints where discovered Monday but rescuers were unable to track him. His location at an altitude of about 6,560 feet was discovered Thursday morning, but rescuers needed four hours to reach him because of a deep ravine separating them.
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FAAFETAI TELE LAVA!
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The Pago Pago Samoa Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, wishes to thank all of the following individuals and businesses for contributing and supporting the Pago Samoa Stake Youth EFY/Youth Conference held June 18th -23rd of this year. More than 300 youth in attendance are forever grateful as they have learned many valuable lessons and principles taught through workshops, activities, firesides and projects. These experiences are created to help our youth become better citizens in the community as well as to prepare them to be better leaders in the future. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and may our Heavenly Father continue to bless you and your families. Fa’afetai tele lava.
• Department of Public Safety - Commissioner- William E. Haleck • Fred Scanlan – Highway Safety Division • EMS- Popo Avegalio • Blue Sky Communications – Adolfo Montenegro • IMPEX CEO & President - David Robinson • Skyview Store – Ricky & Ta’u Nomura • Skyview Rentals – Ricky & Ta’u Nomura • TMO Beverages – Frank Gaisoa & Family • PID – Fritz and Helen Gaisoa • Inter-Island Vacations & Inter-Island Airways – Esther Sene Prescott • Pacific Printing – Sani Afu Lefaoseu & Savaliga Afu • Tama o le Mua’au – Lefaoseu Brothers • Happy Trucking – Lealofi Fuatagavi & Family
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