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Gov’t shutdown enters 2nd week, no end in sight…
Close to 100 members of the Fijian Community gathered at Lyons Park this past Saturday for the Fijian Community Fun Day, which included activities and games like bobbing for apples (pictured here), volleyball, and [photo: Jeff Hayner] tug-of-war.
Senate tables administration bill regarding biz license fees… 3 Special Olympics A. Samoa Golf Tourney — a success… B1
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Senators irate after Fono wants Lolo to reconASG Treasurer is a sider veto of FY’14 budget no-show at hearing
Matter could end up in court
When the “main actor” is missing — the movie is not good at all, says Laolagi
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
The much anticipated drama featuring the Senate versus Lolo’s $4.3 million reprogram bill didn’t go through as planned, after the star of the show, ASG Treasurer Falema’o Phil M. Pili, failed to show up for last Friday’s showdown. Spectators, including Fono employees and media representatives, gathered in the Senate gallery to witness the action, as senators came prepared with direct questions and stern comments about how ASG anticipated a huge deficit of some $10 million this past January but now expects a savings of $4.3 million at the end of FY2013 which ended Sept. 30. Senators were not very pleased with Falema’o’s failure to show and ended up tabling the bill for further review next January, when the 3rd Regular Session begins. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee convened Friday morning to hear testimonies from Falema’o and directors of ASG departments and agencies who underspent their FY 2013 budgets. The leftover monies are to be reprogrammed to other departments and agencies expecting to overspend their FY 2013 budgets. The only witnesses to show up were deputy treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a and Budget and Planning Office director Catherine Aigamaua-Saelua. Samoa News understands Falema’o departed Thursday night for an off island government meeting. Committee chairman Laolagi F.S. Vaeao told senators that 24 hours after the committee announced last Tuesday the hearing on the bill, he received a call from Falema’o informing him he would not be able to attend the Senate hearing. Laolagi said he told the Treasurer the decision on whether or not to attend the Senate hearing, which was scheduled 72 hours in advance, was up to the Treasurer; and the committee also needed to make a decision on whether or not to accept Falema’o’s absence. He distributed to senators Falema’o’s letter received Friday morning prior to the start of the hearing. The letter provided no explanation why the Treasurer was not able to attend the hearing, except to say, it was “due to unforeseen circumstances” and offered his sincerest apologies. Falema’o assured senators in the letter that Tonumaipe’a was well versed in the subject matter and could provide the information to senators. He pointed out “our government will close the fiscal year in the black for the first time in the last several years” and it’s through the commitment of the governor and lieutenant governor that “we have attained this significant goal.” Although Falema’o’s letter is dated Oct. 3 (last Thursday), Laolagi told senators he only received it early Friday morning before the hearing. He also noted it was made clear by the committee when the hearing was scheduled that only directors — including the Treasurer — are allowed to answer questions and no one else.
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The Fono leaders have asked Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to seriously reconsider his “partial” line-item veto of the fiscal year 2014 budget which affects the Legislature’s budget, and the Fono at this point is not ruling out taking the matter to court to be resolved. In approving the FY 2014 budget in to law, the governor reduced the $985,000 the Fono cut from other services and reallocated to the Legislature’s “Materials and Supplies” budget item. Rather than line-item veto the entire amount, the governor reduced the appropriated amount for materials and supplies by $625,000 to $1.58 million and the $625,000 is to remain unappropriated, pending further action by the Fono. Last week, the Fono’s Legal Counsel Henry Kappel told senators such an action — reducing, and not ‘zeroing out’ the budget line-item — is ‘improper’, as the governor has taken it upon himself to legislate and appropriate money, something that is outside his jurisdiction.
Last Friday, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie and House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale sent a joint letter to the governor, whom they thanked for approving the FY 2014 budget and for the cooperation displayed by directors during the budget hearings last month, and brought up the line-item issue, citing the governor’s lack of authority to insert another dollar amount into the budget per the local Constitution. “By inserting your chosen figure, you have engaged in appropriating government funds, which authority clearly falls exclusively to the Fono,” the letter says. “Good governance calls for following the law and obviously includes respect for our Constitution and the separation of powers it implements.” The Fono letter also points to local law that provides the Legislature with “full authority and control” of funds in its budget, “which does not require the Fono to provide justification for its object class appropriations as you maintain in your correspondence, and you use as a basis
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The Special Olympics American Samoa (SOAS) held a Golf Tournament fundraiser this past Saturday to help send 13 of its Special Olympic Athletes to New Castle, Australia for the Asia Pacific Regional Games. (l-r) SOAS Chairperson Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, American Samoa’s youngest Special Olympian 12-year-old Lita Lulai, Jasmine Scanlan (training for the 2015 games), Tilali Scanlan, SOAS Vice-Chairman Rep. Taotasi Archie Soliai, and American Samoa’s [photo: Jeff Hayner] oldest Special Olympic Athlete 59-year-old Alfred Steffany.
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Gov’t shutdown enters 2nd week, with no end in sight
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. Washington will be closely watching the financial markets on Monday to see if the uncompromising talk rattles Wall Street and worldwide economies just 10 days before the threat of default would be imminent. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that the budget brinkmanship was “playing with fire” and implored Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and increase the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. Lew reiterated that Obama has no intention to link either bill to Republican demands for changes in the 3-yearold health care law and spending cuts. A defiant Boehner insisted that Obama must negotiate if the president wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis and recession that would echo 2008 or worse. The 2008 financial crisis plunged the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. “We’re not going to pass a clean debt limit increase,” the Ohio Republican said in a television interview. “I told the president, there’s no way we’re going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit, and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.” Boehner also said he lacks the votes “to pass a clean CR,” or continuing resolution, a reference to the temporary spending bill without conditions that would keep the government operating. The shutdown has pushed hundreds of thousands of workers off the job, closed national parks and museums and stopped an array of government services. The one bright spot on Monday is a significant chunk of the furloughed federal workforce is headed back to work. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 350,000 back on the job, basing his decision on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. Those who remain at home or are working without paychecks are a step closer to getting back pay once the partial government shutdown ends. The Senate could act this week on the measure that passed the House unanimously on Saturday. Democrats insist that Republicans could easily open the government if Boehner simply allows a vote on the emergency spending bill. Democrats argue that their 200 members in the House plus close to two dozen pragmatic Republicans would back a so-called clean bill, but the Speaker remains hamstrung by his tea party-strong GOP caucus. “Let me issue him a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. In a series of Sunday television appearances, Lew warned that on Oct. 17, he exhausts the bookkeeping maneuvers he has been using to keep borrowing. “I’m telling you that on the 17th, we run out of the ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire,” Lew said. Lew said that while Treasury expects to have $30 billion of cash on hand on Oct. 17, that money will be quickly exhausted in paying incoming bills given that the government’s payments can run up to $60 billion on a single day. Treasury issued a report on Thursday detailing in stark terms what could happen if the government actually defaulted on its obligations to service the national debt. “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,” the Treasury report said. “Credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world.” Private economists generally agree that a default on the U.S. debt would be extremely harmful, especially if the impasse was not resolved quickly. “If they don’t pay on the debt, that would cost us for generations to come,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. He said a debt default would be a “cataclysmic” event that would roil financial markets in the United States and around the world. Zandi said that holders of U.S. Treasury bonds would demand higher interest rates which would cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars in higher interest payments in coming years on the national debt.
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Man sentenced to 15 years in attempted child molesting
CJ wants Sex Offenders Registry revisited
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Loma Itutasi, 51, of Malaeloa was sentenced to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempted child molesting. During sentencing, Chief Justice Michael Kruse didn’t mince words when he urged the prosecutor to revisit the Sex Offenders Registry List and take it to the Legislature for their consideration. He noted that if the Registry is outdated, it should be revisited so members of the public are aware of sex offenders. He pointed out the mother of the 10-year-old victim in this case was not aware that Itutasi was a repeat sex offender. Kruse referred to the Registry and said it appears the current statute is not well enforced and he appealed to the government to do something about it. Itutasi was initially charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse first degree and attempted child molestation but in a plea agreement with the government, Itutasi pled guilty to attempted child molesting — a class D felony punishable by 5 to 15 years in jail — and the remaining charges were dismissed. The defendant was sentenced to serve a straight sentence of 15 years and ordered to register as a sex offender. Assistant Attorney General Julie Pasquale who prosecuted the case recommended the defendant be sentenced to the maximum allowable under the law, as this is not the first time he has preyed on minor girls. She pointed out that in 2005, the defendant was sentenced to five years in jail for sexual abuse involving an 11-year-old. He was released in 2009. Itutasi told the court that alcohol was a factor in this latest incident. The defendant pleaded with the court for leniency and twice told the court, “I promise that I will not repeat this crime. I am sincerely remorseful and sorry for my wrongdoing.” Itutasi also promised that if given another chance, he will become a productive member of society and he would seek employment, and serve the church and village. Assistant Public Defender Michael White told the court there should be counseling programs for sex offenders. He said sex addiction is a sickness which is not limited to Itutasi but others and counseling should be available for these people. According to court filings, the victim was on the main road waiting for her mother when the defendant called her name. It’s alleged Itutasi “dragged her inside his house,” took her into his room and tried to molest her. The victim said, when she asked Itutasi what he was doing, the defendant said, “just don’t tell anyone or anybody.” It was when the victim’s grandmother called out for her that Itutasi told the girl to get out of his house and then “shoved her out of the room.” That’s how she got away. The defendant told police he had been drinking the whole week, including that day. Reach reporter joy@samoanews.com
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Senate tables administration bill regarding business license fees
House passes its own version, with amendments, last week
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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Concerned with having the government set business license fees through a rule making process, the Senate agreed to “table” for now, until an appropriate time next year, an administration bill which seeks to, among other things, delete provisions of the statute which set business license fees. The Senate’s decision was made during the second reading of the proposed legislation late last week after a Senate Economic Development Committee hearing where Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele testified. According to the proposal, the DOC director would have the authority to set fees for business licenses through a rule making process, following public hearings. However, some senators were concerned with this provision of the bill and asked Lafaele for an explanation as to why the administration is proposing to delete all business license fees currently set by law. Lafaele explained this statute has been in place for some 40 years and having fees set by a rule making process will make it easy for the government to adjust the fees when needed in accordance with economic conditions, instead of having any future changes sent to the Fono for approval when the need arises. He said the rule making process will require public hearings to explain any proposed hike and provide an opportunity for the community to comment. He said such a hearing can also be done specifically for the Fono — to gather input from lawmakers. Lafaele noted current regulation requires a public hearing when there are 25 people who petition for one, but the administration plans to hold public hearings no matter if there are any requests made. Sen. Nua Saoluaga said he remains concerned with the promise of public hearings through the rule making process, adding that other ASG departments and entities end up raising fees without calling in the community to hear their input. A good example, said Nua, is the golf course where fees are hiked with no public input at all.
He said this will be the same problem if business fees are set by rule making. Nua said the current process is safe and secure for the private sector as well as the community because the fees are set by law and everyone knows the fee rates year-round. Lafaele responded the rule making process for business licenses would be different, in that public hearings will be called even if no one requests such hearings. Nua wasn’t satisfied and fired off more questions, like how the public hearings are going to be conducted, where they will be held, and when. Lafaele said these questions can be addressed by adopting rules to administer these proposed changes in the bill. However, if the Senate wants specific details, they can amend the bill. Nua was not convinced with the explanation, saying the community is currently well protected with the fees set by law, and not in the way this bill is being presented to the Senate. Sen. Magalei Logovi’i said he has concerns with the use of the word “may” because this would be a loophole in the law, thereby avoiding the holding of any public hearings, while the current law using “shall” is enforcement to ensure that public hearings are conducted. Magalei said he agrees with the concerns raised by Nua over the rule making process to set fees, which is something that requires additional time for the Senate to fully review. His comments were echoed by other senators. HOUSE VERSION Last Friday, the House approved in third and final reading its version of the bill, after amendments were made following a committee hearing early last week. The biggest change made by the House is to restore current language that the administration is trying to delete and that is, the statute setting different business license fees, including license fees for fundraising events like bingo, visiting foreign entertainment groups, and specific businesses — e.g. hotel operations. The House bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate today. It’s unclear what action the Senate will take on the House’s version.
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Bipartisanship is the Key to Our Success American Samoa Democrats threw their best one-two punches at the Republican Party this week and missed their target by a mile. Party Chairman Ali’imau J.R. Scanlan recited talking points generated right out of the White House and the Democratic National Committee to falsely castigate Republicans for shutting down the federal government as a follow up on a press release issued a day earlier by his former boss, Congressional Delegate Faleomavaega Eni. We could easily knock down Ali’imau’s arguments one by one with talking points of our own but, at the risk of boring readers who could not care less about assigning blame, we will not do so. Besides, Ali’imau is expected to attack the opposing party because that is one of the main responsibilities of a party chairman. We won’t take the bait. However, Faleomavaega is another story. We are saddened that he has chosen to level a scathing partisan attack rather than trying to seek consensus on a solution that will restart the desperately needed federal funds to the territory. As a Democrat, he is a member of the Minority Party in the House of Representatives and knows very well that he has very little leverage in that role; even less as a non-voting delegate. Governor Lolo has appointed both Republicans and Democrats to high levels of his administration and wisely has chosen to register with the National Governors Association as an independent so as to give himself maximum flexibility to seek alliances on both sides in a Washington where political power is shared by both parties. We much prefer the approach taken by the other Samoan in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D), who represents Hawaii’s second congressional district. Deploring the shutdown as fervently as any of her colleagues, Tulsi, who recently formed with a Republican colleague a bipartisan caucus to seek solutions to common problems, has chosen not to lay blame at the doorstep of any party or person but to seek common ground to break the deadlock. Faleomavaega’s persistent attacks on Republicans weaken his already limited ability to obtain federal assistance for American Samoa in a very tough budgetary climate and he is doing a great disservice to our new governor, who is trying to do the same. American Samoa has no voice in the House Republican Conference, where all the House decisions are being made and the Conference is not going to listen to those shouting at them from the outside. We much prefer Tulsi’s approach and the Governor’s approach, and call upon both Ali’imau and Faleomavaega to lower their voices and tone down the rhetoric. It is not serving any useful purpose. The Republican Party of American Samoa
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samoa news, Monday, October 7, 2013
Traffic enforcement still ongoing, says Deputy Commish
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Leseiau Laumoli said traffic enforcement is still ongoing — but only during normal working hours. After-hour enforcements are usually conducted during the “Click it or Ticket” campaign and busy traffic seasons like the stretch between Christmas and New Year. Funding for after hour enforcement activities, according to Leseiau, comes from the DPS Office of Highway Safety which receives grant funding to carry out the program based on data submitted by OHS regarding fatalities, crashes, tickets, etc. Samoa News also sought an update on the vehicle accident in Pava’ia’i that claimed the life of a young man last month. Leseiau said he is not at liberty to discuss anything, as an investigation is pending and the results of the autopsy are not yet available. The accident in question resulted in the first traffic fatality in American Samoa this year; and Samoa News understands the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated and the victim was not wearing a seat belt. American Samoa made national headlines two years ago when it became the only place in the US and its territories to close off 2011 without a single car accident related or pedestrian fatality. In 2012, there was only one car accident related fatality and one pedestrian fatality in the territory. OHS’s mission is to keep the territory’s roads safe by promoting the use of seat belts, enforcing the Purchase Alcohol Enforcement Program, rallying for the use of car seats, and educating the public on the effects of driving under the influence. Through media advertisements and outreach programs, OHS seems to be on the fast track in getting things done their way. According to the American Samoa Highway Safety Annual
Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2012 submitted to the USDOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, OHS enforcement programs were successful, as seen in the reduction of the total number of car crashes and persons injured, and decrease in impaired driving arrests. Leseiau said that while major enforcements are not being conducted every night of the year, they still urge the general public to remember the importance of buckling up and obeying the speed limits, in addition to not drinking and driving. “Don’t just obey the law when you know cops are on the road conducting enforcement activities. You should practice it and do it every time for yourself and others on the road. These small things can mean the difference between life and death,” he said. Preliminary highway safety data shows that in American Samoa, DUI arrests dropped by a whopping 53% from 316 in 2006 to 146 in 2012. In addition, the number of total alcohol related crashes decreased by 72% from 48 in 2006 to 13 in 2012. (An obvious proof of enforcement impact). Citations for speeding violations increased by 69% during regular duty hours, from 765 in 2010, to 1300 in 2012. Last year, the total number of car crashes decreased by 36% from 686 in 2006 to 437 in 2012, while the number of serious injuries decreased by 95% from 83 in 2006 to only 4 in 2012. In addition, the number of persons injured during car crashes dropped from 159 in 2006 to 45 in 2012. Three people died in car crashes in 2006 and only one person died last year. One pedestrian was killed in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2012, while no pedestrian deaths were recorded in 2008, 2009, and 2011. There were 58 alcohol related injuries recorded in 2012. A total of 1,185 citations were issued for seatbelt violations last year and of that number, 614 of them were issued during grant-funded enforcement activities.
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WHEREAS, every individual deserves to live in a home or place that provides comfort and safety. Many children suffer or witness abuse in their homes, creating a legacy of abusers and victims. Domestic violence will spill over into school and the work place, affecting people from walks of life; and WHEREAS, in our territory there are strict laws intended to hold abusers accountable by bringing them to justice, but laws are not enough. Awareness and vigilance in identifying abuse as well as reporting such abuse must be supported and encouraged, and WHEREAS, education and awareness of attitudes or beliefs that perpetuate domestic violence remains the best defense. A coordinated effort involving community leaders, government agencies, faith based organizations, and various community groups are needed to bring an end to domestic violence. NOW, THEREFORE, I, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Governor of American Samoa, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim October, 2013 as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH in American Samoa. I encourage all the residents of American Samoa to join in the vital protection of the victims of domestic violence. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have herunto affixed my signature and seal of my office on this 3rd day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen.
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Iranians to Israeli PM: We are free to wear jeans DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians are accustomed to jabs from Israel’s prime minister. But this one hit a nerve: Claiming clampdowns by Iran’s rulers extended to blue jeans. Social media sites were flooded Monday with Iranians posting photos including an Iranian closet piled high with denim and a young boy in jeans whispering into the ear of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The backlash carried a more serious side, too. Some comments insisted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dangerously out of touch with ordinary life in Iran, where political dissent is often stifled but Westernstyle amenities are common. In an interview broadcast Saturday, Netanyahu told the BBC’s Persian language service that Iranians would be free to wear jeans and listen to Western music if the Islamic leadership removed its controls. Typhoon hits eastern China with strong winds, rain BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon slammed into southeastern China on Monday with powerful winds and heavy rains that killed two people, cut power, canceled flights and suspended train services. Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city of Fujian province with winds of up to 151 kilometers (94 miles) an hour in the early morning hours, then slowed before weakening to a tropical storm, the National Meteorological Center said. More than half a million people had been evacuated and fishing boats were called back to shore while authorities issued a red alert — the highest warning — on Sunday as the typhoon approached. The provincial flood relief agency in Zhejiang, which neighbors Fujian, said 574,000 people had been evacuated by Sunday evening and 35,800 vessels returned to shore. Fujian’s government said 177,000 people had been moved to safety and nearly 30,000 fishing boats called back. The typhoon cut power in towns and counties in Zhejiang province while high-speed rail services in the region were suspended. At least 27 flights out of Wenzhou airport in Zhejiang were canceled on Sunday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua said two people were killed in Wenzhou, including a 55-year-old man who was blown off a hill while heading out to help rescue a stranded fisherman. Calls to the city’s flood relief agency and other government and Communist Party offices rang unanswered Monday.
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US tsunami warning centers AS Economic Developopen despite gov’t shutdown ment Authority meets,
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Despite the federal government’s partial government shutdown, Americans have a full team of scientists tracking every possibility for an earthquaketriggered tsunami. The nation’s two tsunami warning centers remain fully staffed and operating in Alaska and Hawaii. “There’s been no change in our posture,” said Stuart Weinstein, deputy director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii’s Ewa Beach on Oahu. “We’re still 24-7.” Weinstein said operations will remain active throughout the shutdown. In Alaska, Paul Whitmore is the director of the warning center in Palmer north of Anchorage. Besides staying open, the center has a new name: The National Tsunami Warning Center, instead of the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, as it was long known. The new name, effective Oct. 1, more accurately reflects the center’s wider geographic responsibility developed over the years, especially since the East Coast and eastern Canada (western Canada was already covered) were added in 2005, Whitmore said. It better communicates its overall mission to primary customers including state warning points and other emergency managers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense and weather forecast offices. “The previous name caused some confusion, especially with people on the East Coast who would see a message from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center and get rid of it, thinking that it wasn’t for them,” Whitmore said. The Hawaii tsunami warning center was already in existence when the devastating magnitude-9.2 quake struck 75 miles east of Anchorage on Alaska’s Prince William Sound on Good Friday 1964. Between the quake and tsunami, about 130 people died in Alaska and outside the state, according to Whitmore, who said that by the time Hawaii began sending out messages, it was too late. That earthquake prompted creation of the Alaska warning center, which opened in 1967. Alaska is seismically active and has frequent earthquakes, although most are too small or too remote to be felt. Both centers are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Whitmore has worked at the Alaska center since 1986. He’s seen many changes in technology since then. Today, the center has access to 650 seismometers around the world, compared to 18 when he first started. The center has access to more than 1,000 sea-level instruments, a huge increase from the mere eight instruments available almost three decades ago. Getting information out used to take 15 minutes. Now it takes about three minutes. Scientists also can now give people a better estimate of what a tsunami’s impact could be. Even though there is a 30 percent margin of error, the data today still “get us into the right range,” Whitmore said. Another change Whitmore has seen is an increase in the number of large earthquakes over the past decade, compared with quakes in the 1970s through the 1990s. Today’s rate is comparable to large earthquakes seen in the 1950s and 1960s, he said. “It’s very hard to say if it’s just random chance that this has happened or if it is cyclical,” he said.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
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elects initial officers
The newly reconstituted American Samoa Economic Development Authority held its organizational meeting last week with its newly confirmed members. Authority Board of Directors members are Dr. Falema’o “Phil” Pili, Keniseli Lafaele, Iulogologo Joe Pereira, Utu Abe Malae, Afoa Moega Lutu, Taimalelagi Claire Tuia Poumele, Steve Watson, and Fono designees Senator Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli and Representative I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia. All were in attendance for the meeting except Afoa, who was excused to attend the annual Conference of Western Attorney Generals. The board adopted by-laws for the organization and elected its initial officers. According to newly elected Secretary Steve Watson, Falema’o was named Chairman, Utu was selected Vice-Chair, Taimalelagi named the Treasurer, with Keniseli and Watson named Assistant Treasurer and secretary, respectively. Staff support is being provided by the Department of Commerce, said Watson. He further stated the board reviewed a draft Request For Proposal (RFP) for the selection of a financial advisor in order to move toward its goal of issuing bonds in order to restructure the government’s current and long term debt, and to finance new projects having both socio-economic and job creation impacts on the territory. Falema’o indicated that priority is being given to refinancing current high interest debt, including two Retirement Fund loans, the Tobacco Settlement loan, and outstanding claims and judgments, including the judgment owed Progressive Insurance (the Laufou fire claim). Also on the agenda as a priority are roads and drainage, which would leverage the annual grant funding from Federal Highway. According to Watson, the board’s next meeting will be held October 16, 2013. 
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WWII vet, oldest Medal of Honor recipient, dies
CRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) — A World War II veteran and the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey. Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday night at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hospital officials announced Saturday. He was 96. Oresko had been hospitalized after injuring himself in a fall at an assisted living center in Cresskill. He died of complications from surgery for a broken right femur. A November 2011 article on the Department of Defense website described Oresko as the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. The medal is the nation’s highest military honor, awarded by Congress for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. A Bayonne native, Oresko received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. At 28, Oresko was the platoon leader when automatic fire pinned down his unit. Realizing a machine gun in a nearby bunker needed to be eliminated, Oresko moved out alone in the morning darkness, braving bullets that zipped about him, until he was close enough to throw a grenade into the German bunker. He rushed the bunker and used his M-1 rifle to kill the soldiers who survived the grenade blast. Then another machine gun fired, knocking Oresko down and wounding him in the right hip and leg. He managed to crawl to another bunker and take it out with another grenade. Despite being weak from loss of blood, Oresko refused to be evacuated until he was assured that the mission was accomplished. His actions on Jan. 23, 1945, were credited with preventing numerous American casualties and were praised as key to the Allies’ victory. The Bergen Record reported that several veterans and young members of various branches of the military stayed with Oresko in his final days after a friend wrote about his health problems on a Facebook page and noted that Oresko had no immediate family still living.
In this March 21, 2013 photo, Nicholas Oresko, a 96 year old medal of honor recipient celebrates at the Sunrise Community senior center in Cresskill, N.J. Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded when he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday night, Oct. 4, 2013 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hospital officials announced Saturday. He was 96. He was the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.
(AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Marko Georgiev)
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The typhoon began dumping heavy and torrential rain across the southeastern seaboard, with rainfall of up to 29 centimeters (8 inches) in some parts as well as gusty winds. SMALL plane crashes off Puerto Rico, killing one SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A small plane crashed into the sea early Sunday off an outlying Puerto Rican island and the single occupant was killed, authorities said. The twin-engine plane was headed from the tiny island of Culebra to a regional airport on Puerto Rico shortly after daybreak when it went down, statement said. The pilot’s body was recovered by a police maritime unit that located a small debris field of fuselage. Police identified the pilot as Leonis Viouf, a 36-year-old resident of the central Puerto Rican town of Caguas. The plane belonged to Air Flamenco, and Viouf worked for the tiny carrier, police said. Based in Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan, Air Flamenco flies scheduled routes within the U.S. territory as well as charter flights to the Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic and St. Maarten, according to its website. Phone calls to Air Flamenco went unanswered Sunday. The make of the plane was not immediately disclosed by authorities. Federal aviation authorities were investigating the cause of the crash. Yemen: 1 German killed, 1 UN employee abducted SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Unknown gunmen killed a German embassy guard Sunday in an attack on a diplomatic vehicle in the Yemeni capital, a security official said. The two gunmen tried to kidnap the German citizen as he left a supermarket in Sanaa, killing him when he resisted before fleeing in a car, the official added. In a separate incident, armed tribesmen abducted a UNICEF employee in a northwestern suburb of Sanaa, other security officials said. They said the employee for the U.N. agency, a Sierra Leone national, was in his car with a Yemeni driver when they came under attack. Armed assailants pushed the driver out of the vehicle and sped away in the car with the UNICEF employee onboard, the officials added. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Abductions are frequent in Yemen, an impoverished nation where armed tribesmen and al-Qaida-linked militants take hostages in an effort to swap them for prisoners or cash. 2 storm-delayed cruise ships head to New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Carnival Cruise Line ships delayed by former Tropical Storm Karen were due in New Orleans within a half-hour of each other Sunday, a day earlier than previously expected. The storm, which dissipated Sunday, delayed arrival by a day for the Carnival Elation and less than half a day for the Carnival Conquest, which had to remain in the Gulf of Mexico until the Coast Guard reopened the mouth of the Mississippi River about 12:15 a.m. Sunday. “Our top priority was to keep a safe distance from the storm while we waited for the river to re-open,” said cruise line president and CEO Gerry Cahill. The Conquest was expected to reach New Orleans at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and the Elation at 2 p.m., the company said in a news release. Passengers who chose not to leave Sunday could stay on the ships until Monday morning. Elation had 2,447, passengers, and Conquest had 3,274. Yale searches for stinker adding feces to dryers NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University hopes to solve a case of whodungit by identifying the stinker who has been soiling students’ laundry by sticking human feces inside clothes dryers. The culprit has been dubbed the “poopetrator” and is being blamed for at least four incidents in the past month in the laundry room at Saybrook College. “We have asked our students not to leave their laundry unattended, the affected machines have been thoroughly disinfected and we are actively seeking information about who the perpetrator might be,” Saybrook Master Paul Hudak told the Yale Daily News. “That’s about all we can do.” Hudak said Yale police are investigating. Officials at the Ivy League school also are considering changes to laundry room access. Yale police declined to comment in the investigation. Lucy Fleming was one of the first victims. She opened a dryer in the Saybrook College laundry room on Sept. 7 and found her clothes soiled by human feces. Someone also urinated on them. She tried to rewash them, but they were ruined. “I simultaneously wanted to throw up, cry and punch someone,” Fleming told the Daily News.
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Ua avea le atugalu o finagalo o le Fono Faitulafono i le pili na faaulu e le kovana sili i lana Fono Faapitoa, e sui ai le tulafono i le faatulaga ina o le tau o pisinisi laisene ma itu ua faia ai loa le faaiuga a le Senate e taoto pea i le Komiti le taulafono taufaaofi lea, ae pasia e le maota o sui i le faitauga faatolu le tulafono lava lea faatasi ai ma le anoanoa’i o suiga. O faaiuga a maota e lua ua i ai, na faia lea ina ua maea ni iloiloga sa alo atu i ai komiti o le Sailiga o le Tamaoaiga o le malo, lea na fesiligia ai le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Alamanuia ma Fefaatauaiga a le malo ia Keniseli Lafaele e faatatau i le finagalo o le kovana ma le faigamalo i le faia o nei suiga. O le tulafono o lo’o i ai nei, o lo’o faatulaga mai ai le tau mo laisene pisinisi. MAOTA MAUALUGA O le aano o le tulafono e pei ona faamalamalama e Keniseli i luma o komiti e lua, ia suia ai le tulafono o lo o i ai nei, ina ia avatu le malosi i le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Fefaatauaiga ma Alamanuia a le malo na te aiaia ma faatula ai totogi o laisene pisinisi, ae aua ne’i toe fa’atulafonoina e le Fono. Na saunoa Keniseli i luma o le komiti a le Senate e faapea, talu mai le tulafono na pasia i le 1975 e faatulaga ai totogi o laisene pisinisi i le $25 i le tausaga, e o o mai lava i le taimi nei o lo o tumau lava lea tulafono e le o suia, lea la ua manatu ai le kovanva ma le faigamalo, o le a le toe faatulafonoina le faatautaiga o totogi o laisene, ae o le a avea o ni Tulafono ma Ta’iala mo le Matagaluega, ina ia faa faigofie ai suiga e faia, ma taofia ai le faafouina o laisene pisinisi i le taimi e tasi, ae o le a faafou le laisene pisinisi i le isi tausaga i le taimi lava sa talia ai le laisene. Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona saunoa Keniseli, o le taimi nei, o lo o tasi lava le taimi e faafou ai laisene pisinisi uma i le atunuu, ma ua avea foi lea ma faafitauli i le Ofisa, i le tumutumu ma le toatele o tagata faipisinisi e lolofi atu i le taimi e tasi mo le faafouina o a latou laisene pisinisi,
ae afai e pasia le pili tau faaofi lenei, ona sui ai loa lea o le auala e faafou ai laisene pisinisi, afai o le laisene na tuuina atu i le masina o Oketopa 2013, lona uiga faatoa faafou le laisene ia Oketopa 2014. O isi suiga e pei ona taua i le tulafono, o le a fuafua le totogi o le laisene i le tele o faagaioiga ma auala e uia mo le talosagaina o se laisene, mo se faataitaiga e pei ona taua e le alii faatonu, e taugofie atu laisene pisinisi mo tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa ma sitiseni o Amerika, nai lo laisene pisinisi e tagata mai fafo. E mafua lea tulaga, e tele naua atu feuiaiga e manaomia mo le talosagaina o se laisene pisinisi a se tagata mai fafo, nai lo feuiaiga mo se laisene pisinisi a tagatanuu o le atunuu poo sitiseni o le Iunaite Setete. E pei ona saunoa Keniseli, o talosaga mo laisene pisinisi a tagata mai fafo e moomia le ui aga’i i le Komiti o le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, atoa ai ma isi mau feuiaiga e manaomia i lalo o le tulafono, o le mafuaaga foi lena e maualuga ai lona totogi. O le tulafono fo’i lea, o lo o faatatau lava mo totogi o laisene pisinisi i le taimi e talosaga ma toe faafou ai, ae le o aafia ai isi pisinisi e pei o le ava malosi ma isi tulaga faapena. Na taua e le sui peresetene ia Nuanuaolefeagaiga S. Nua e faapea, o lona atugaluga i le tulafono taufaaofi lenei, afai e pasia e le fono, lona uiga o le a le toe i ai se malosi o le fono e faatonutonu ai le siitaga o totogi mo laisene pisinisi ae o le a pule lava le malo. Na taua fo’i e Nuanuaolefeagaiga le isi ona popolega, ina ne’i avea le pasia o le tulafono fou lenei ma itu e le toe faia ai ni iloiloga faalaua’itele e silafia ai e le atunuu tulaga o siitaga i laisene pisinisi. Ae na saunoa le alii senatoa ia Magalei Logovi’i e faapea, o le vaega o le tulafono lea o lo o faapea mai ai e ono mafai ona valaau e le komisi ni iloiloga faalaua’itele, e atagia mai ai le tuu atu o le malosi i le komisi e pule ai lava
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Ua fautuaina e le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse le loia a le malo, ina ia toe iloilo le Tulafono lea e Lesitala ai igoa o tagata ua ta’usala i le faia o uiga mataga i fanau laiti, ina ia saga faamautuina le malosi o le tulafono ma tuuina atu loa i le Fono Faitulafono mo sa latou faaiuga. O lea faaiuga mai le faamasino sili na tu’uina atu i le tamaitai loia sili lagolago ia Julie Pasquale na tula’i mo le itu a le malo, ina ua maea ona faasala e le faamasinoga le alii o Loma Itutasi e taofia i le toese mo le 15 tausaga, ma o lea faasalaga e tuli atoa. O Itutasi na ta’usala muamua e le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le 2004 i le moliaga o lona tagofia o itutinosa o se teineititi e 11 tausaga le matua, ma faasala ai i le toese i Tafuna mo le 5 tausaga, ae i le toe ta’usala ai o ia i lona faia o le ituaiga solitulafono lava lea e tasi, na saunoa ai Kruse e faapea, ana lesitala le igoa o Itutasi, e manatu le faamasinoga e le tupu le faalavelave e pei ona aafia ai le teineititi e 10 tausaga. Tulafono a Amerika Samoa e mana’omia ai le lesitala o le igoa o so o se tasi e ta’usala e le faamasinoga i lona faia o ni uiga mataga i fanau teine laiti. I lalo o le tulafono, o lo’o maoti ai le tatau foi ona faamaumau uma isi faamatalaga e faatatau ia te ia e pei o le nuu ma le nofoaga o lo o nofo ai, e tatau foi ona pu’e sona ata. Ae na saunoa Kruse e faapea, e foliga mai e le o lava le faamalosiina o lea vaega o le tulafono, ina ia faamalosia ai le lesitalaina o igoa o tagata e ta’usala i le faia o uiga mataga faasaga i fanau laiti e pei o Itutasi, ina ia faa faigofie ai ona silafia e le atunuu i latou ua lesitalaina o latou igoa i lalo o le tulafono. O se tasi o poloaiga a le faamasinoga maualuga na tuuina atu ia Itutasi i le aso Faraile na te’a nei, e tatau ona lesitala lona igoa i le lisi o i latou ua ta’usala i le faia o uiga mataga faasaga i fanau laiti, pe afai e le’i lesitalaina muamua lona igoa ina ua faamaonia e le faamasinoga le moliaga o lona faia lea o lona tagofia lea o itutinosa o se teineititi e 11 tausaga i le 2004. “Afai e le’i lesitalaina lou igoa e tusa ai o le Mataupu 46.2801 o le Tulafono Toe Teuteu a Amerika Samoa, e manaomia la ona lesitala lou igoa i le taimi nei ina ia faamalieina ai le tulafono,” o le saunoaga tuu sa’o lea a Kruse ia Itutasi. E talitonu le faamasinoga, ana i ai le igoa o Itutasi i totonu o le lisi o i latou ua maea ona lesitala, atonu e le tula’i mai le mataupu e pei ona aafia ai le teineititi e 10 tausaga lea na ia taumafai e faamalosi i totonu o lona potu i le masina o Aperila. “Ana iloa e le tina o le teineititi na aafia o lo o i ai le igoa o Itutasi i totonu o le lisi o tagata ua ta’usala i le faia o uiga mataga i fanau laiti, atonu e taumafai o ia e puipui lana tama mai le ono aafia i uiga le lelei sa faia e lenei ali’i, ma taofia ai le ono tula’i mai o lenei mataupu matuia,” o le saunoaga lea a Kruse. Ae na taua e Pasquale e faapea, o se tasi o itu lelei ua i ai mo le teineititi na aafia i lenei mataupu ma lona aiga, e le o toe i ai i latou i totonu o le atunuu i le taimi nei, ae ua toe fo’i atu i le atunuu na malaga mai ai. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, o le teineititi na aafia sa malaga asiasi mai ma lona aiga i le atunuu i le taimi tonu na tula’i mai ai le faalavelave. Saunoa Kruse e faapea, e tatau ona iloilo e le malo tulaga uma o le tulafono o lo o i ai, ma tuuina atu i le fono sa latou fautuaga i ni suiga e tatau ona faia ina ia mafai ai ona matua faamalosia le tulafono lenei i totonu o le atunuu. “E tatau ona afua atu i le malo le taumafai e lesitala igoa o i latou e ta’usala i le faiga o uiga mataga i fanau laiti, ae le faapea e tuu atu i le faitalia a le tagata ua molia,” o le isi lea saunoaga a le alii faamasino sili. Na taua e Kruse e faapea, e tatau i le Komesina o Leoleo ona faalaua’itele le faalauiloaina o igoa o i latou uma e lesitala i lalo o le vaega lea o le tulafono, ina ia mautinoa e silafia e le atunuu ma latou malamalama ai i le auala e tatau ona faia. So o se taimi lava e faasala ai e le faamasinoga se tasi e tausala i le faia o uiga mataga faasaga i fanau laiti, e poloaina ai lava e le faamasinoga le tatau lea ona lesitala igoa o i latou nei ina ia faamalieina ai le vaega lea o le tulafono. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Poloaiga Faalauaitele
Oketopa 2013
TALUAI, ona e tatau i soo se tagata soifua i soo se aiga on a maua le malupuipuia ma saogalemu lelei. O le toatele o tamaiti ua aafia ma molimau i sauaga i o latou aiga, ua avea ai ma uiga masani le faatauga ma le sauaina. O ia fevesiaiga faaleaiga ua pepesi atu i totonu o a’oga ma fale faigaluega ua aafia ai tagata i matafaioi eseese; ma TALUAI, on a o lo tatou teritori o loo iai tulafono maumaututu e noatia ai i latou o loo faia sauaga e ala i le tuuina atu i le faamasinoga, ae peitai e le o gafatia lava e ia tulafono. E ao on a lagolagoina ma uunai le iloa ma nofo uta e Matai sauaga ma ripotia vave ia sauaga; ma TALUAI, on a o le a’oa’oina ma le nofo uta i uiga ma faalavelave e mafua ai on a tutupu o vevesi, o le fofo aupito sili lea. O lea e manaomia ai le galulue faatasi o ta’ita’i o nu’u, faalapotopotoga, vaega eseese o le Malo, Ekalesia, ma soo se faalapotopotoga e tafi esea ia fevesiaiga i aiga. O LE MEA LEA, O A’U, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Kovana Sili o Amerika Samoa, e ala i le pule ua ia te a’u, oute faalauiloa aloaia ai le Masina o Oketopa 2011, e fai ma Masina e faatauaina ai le NOFO UTA I FEVESIAIGA FAALEAIGA I AMERIKA SAMOA. Oute fautuaina ai le mamalu o tagata ma nuu uma o le Malo tatou te opogi faatasi in a ia foia ma puipuia e ua aafia i fevesiaiga faaleaiga. Ua Faamau Faailoga Ienei Poloaiga Faalauaitele i lo’u sainia lea i le aso 3 lenei o Oketopa, i le tausaga lua afe sefulu ma le tolu.
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RFQ No: RFQ-005-2014
RFQ No: RFQ-005-2014 Issuance Date: October 7, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 21, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for the: “Hot Fire Training Facility Rehabilitation Project at Pago Pago International Airport” Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “RFQ: Hot Fire Training Facility Rehabilitation Project at Pago Pago International Airport.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Monday, October 21, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any Statement of Qualification received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as being non-responsive. Document: The RFQ document outlining the qualification requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Qualification data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all Statements of Qualification and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted qualifications that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
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ai i le tulaga o le ita ma le tagofia o le ‘ava malosi. Ua poloaina fo’i Lotu e le faamasinoga e aua ne’i ona toe tagofia le ava malosi i so o se taimi, pe na te tagofia fo’i fualaau faasaina. A’o le’i tuuina atu le faasalaga a le faamasinoga mo Lotu i le aso Faraile na te’a nei, na faatoese le ua molia i le faamasinoga ma le malo e tusa ai o lana solitulafono sa faia, sa ia faatoese foi i le mafine na aafia ina ia faamagalo o ia. Na tutu faatasi loia e lagolago le faatoesega a le ua molia, ina ua lagona lona sese ma le samalo i le mea sa tupu. Ae i le molimau a le fafine na aafia i luma o le faamasinoga, sa ia faailoa ai i alii faamasino lona faamagaloina o Lotu e tusa ai o le mea sa ia faia ia te ia, ma ua maea fo’i ona toe teuteu lo latou va. Ui o lea na saunoa le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond e faapea, o le gaioiga sa faia e Lotu i le aso lea e fai lava si matuia, e le gata sa ia faaoolima i le fafine na aafina ae sa ia toe faaaoga le naifi e tui ai lona ua. O lenei mataupu na tulai mai ina valaau atu le fafine na aafia ia Lotu ma lana uo teine o lo o tau upu ma pisa, e soia le pisa ua leva le afiafi o le a momoe fo’i tagata, ae na avea lea ma itu na ita ai le ua molia ma alu atu ai loa i le foga fale i luga ma faaoolima i le fafine na aafia e ala i lona ta tu’i o lona ulu ma ona foliga. Na toe fo’i Lotu i le foga fale i lalo ma toe faaauau le la vevesi ma lana uo teine, e ala i le pisapisao ma lafo upu masoa, ma i’u ina toe tamo’e ai i luga ma le tama’i naifi ma tui ai le ua o le fafine na aafia, ina ua toe valaau atu fo’i le fafine e soia le pisa. IOE TITIO TITIO JR I MOLIAGA O LE GAOI MA LE FAALEAGA MEATOTINO O le ali’i e 18 tausaga le matua lea na tuuaia e le malo i lona osofaia o se taavale sa paka i luma o le Fale Tifaga i Nuuuli ae gaoi ni meaaoga sa i totonu o le taavale, ua ia ta’utino i le fa’amasinoga e faamaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. I le tali ioe ai o le alii o Titio Titio Jr i le moliaga mamafa o le gaoi atoa ai ma le moliaga mama o le faaleaga meatotino i le tulaga lua, sa ia tautino ai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 13 Iulai, 2013 i Amerika Samoa, sa ia osofaia ai se taavale sa paka i luma o le Fale Tifaga e aunoa ma se faatanaga, ma ia gaoi mai ai se iPod Touch ma se iPad e silia i le ta’i $100 le tau o le mea e tasi, ma le faamoemoe o le a le mafai e le tagata e ana le taavale ona toe maua ana mea totino. I se taimi o le po o le aso lava lea e pei ona taua e Titio Jr i le latou maliliega ma le malo, na ia togi ai i lalo o le palapala
le iPod Touch ma malepe ai. Na fesili le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse i le alii o Titio Jr po o a ana mea na fai i mea sa ia gaoia, ae na tali le ua molia, “sa ou alu ma tulei” (lona uiga sa alu ma faatau atu i isi tagata). I le talia ai e le faamasinoga maualuga o le tali ioe a Titio Jr i moliaga e lua e pei ona ta’usala ai o ia, na talia ai loa ma le talosaga a le malo ina ia solofua le moliaga o le tagofia o le ava malosi ae le’i atoa le 21 tausaga o lo o totoe ai i le pepa o tagi a le malo. O lo o taofia pea i le toese le ua molia e faatali ai le aso 15 Novema lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lana faasalaga, ina ua le mafai ona ia totogi le $10,000 na faatulaga e tatala ai o ia i tua mai le toese. FA’ATULAGA FA’AMASINOGA AUTU O FILOIALI’I MATA’U O le ali’i lea o lo o tu’uaia i lona gaoiina o se vaega tupe e tusa ma le $40,000 mai totonu o se ofisa a le kamupani o le Tri Marines, ua ia talosaga i le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso na te’a nei ina ia faatulaga loa se aso e faia ai lana faamasinoga autu i luma o tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa. O le tausaga fou lea ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e faia ai le faamasinoga autu o lenei mataupu. O le vaiaso na tea nei na faatulaga ai le isi iloiloga a Filoiali’i i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, ae ina ua valaau lana mataupu, sa faailoa ai loa e lana loia fautua ia Joel Striver le mana’o o le ua molia e tuu atu lana mataupu e faataunuu sona faamasinoga autu. O le mataupu lenei na tofu atu i leoleo ina ua molimauina e sui o le kamupani a le Tri Marines i le aso 26 Iuni, 2013, ua gaoi e le tagata le sefe sa i totonu o le isi potu o le ofisa sa teu ai se tinoitupe e tusa ma le $41,000. A’o faagasolo suesuega a leoleo, na vili e se tagata le ofisa o le Tri Marines ma faailoa i ai, o le alii o Filoiali’i mai Pago Pago o lo o vaaia le fealua’i i se taavale mau totogi (rental car), atoa ai ma ana teuga fou o lo o laeiina e pei o seevae, pulou ma ofu. E lua vaiaso talu ona tuli Filoialii mai le Tri Marines sa faigaluega muamua ai ae tula’i mai loa le faalavelave e pei ona talepe ai le ofisa ae gaoi le tinoitupe sa i ai. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia e uiga i lenei mataupu, sa ia ioeina ai lona ulufale faamalosi i totonu o le ofisa ma gaoi mai le sefe tupe, ona alu lea ma ia i le malae soka i Atu’u ma talepe ai, ae aveese le $23,000 sa i totonu. O lo o taofia pea i le toese le ua molia ina ua le mafai ona ia totogiina le $40,000 na faatulaga e le faamasinoga e tatala ai o ia i tua.
Quakes hit southern Mexico, no injuries ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A series of earthquakes rattled southern and central Mexico Sunday, forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages that sit on hillsides loosened by a deadly tropical storm last month. More than a dozen quakes centered along the coast of Guerrero state began around 8:30 a.m. and continued for at least three hours, ranging in strength from barely perceptible to 5.2, according to Mexico’s seismological institute. Authorities reported no deaths or significant damage. State spokesman Victor Torres Ruiz said authorities were evacuating between 100 and 200 hamlets, most of less than 150 people, where the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Manuel left unstable slopes on surrounding hills. One of the strongest of Sunday’s quakes set off seismic alarms in Mexico City and authorities warned people to stay away from elevators and windows. It had its epicenter near the hamlet of La Pintada, where dozens died when a massive mudslide hit the center of town on Sept. 16. Spaniards protest gas storage plant after earthquakes MADRID (AP) — Thousands of Spaniards on Sunday protested the presence of an underground gas storage plant over growing fears it is triggering minor earthquakes in the area. Initial police estimates said some 3,000 people had gathered to carry banners along the seaside promenade of the coastal town of Les Cases d’Alcanar, 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Madrid, calling for the offshore plant to be closed or dismantled. But protest organizers said 6,000 people marched, chanting, “We don’t want it. We live off fishing and tourism.” Spain’s Geographical Institute has measured a sharp increase in temblors — 139 in the 10 days up to Saturday — since operators began pumping gas into the facility. Some earthquakes have exceeded magnitude 4.0. The first alarms were set off on Sept. 13 after 300 quakes were detected. “Some weeks after we began to inject gas, the earthquakes began,” said Recaredo del Potro, president of EscalU.G.S., the company in charge of the project. Injections stopped on Sept. 16, Del Potro said in a TV interview by state broadcaster TVE, and the government banned further injections two weeks ago. However, the institute has continued to detect tremors, and on Thursday the regional prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the plant and flew inspectors to a platform atop the storage facility to determine if pumping had indeed been halted. Press reports said they had. Brazil police take Rio slums without firing shots RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police have occupied a group of adjacent favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the latest slum “pacification” aimed at driving out drug traffickers and improving security in the coastal city. Col. Luis Castro Menezes, commander of the military police in Rio, says not a single shot was fired during the 50-minute operation Sunday involving 590 police officers and 180 military troops in the Lins de Vasconcelos slums in the city’s north. The slums include 12 communities with about 15,000 inhabitants. Authorities plan to install two permanent police stations in the slums as part of the city’s “pacification” program. Television images showed the zone’s commercial section opening Sunday without incident and inhabitants going about their regular business. With the two new stations,
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Rio now has 36 Police Pacification Units in its slums. senator Cruz: Tie debt-ceiling rise to ‘Obamacare’ changes WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz says legislation raising the debt ceiling is among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the White House and should include changes to the nation’s new health insurance system. The Texas Republican said Sunday in addition to what he calls “Obamacare,” Republicans should also look for a “significant” plan to reduce new spending and avoiding new taxes. He points out that past debt ceiling authorizations included changes to the banking system and mandatory budget cuts. The nation is in the fifth day of a partial government shutdown over attempts by the Republican-controlled House to alter or delay the new health insurance program and faces an Oct. 17 deadline to avoid a first-ever default on its finan-
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➧ Fono wants Lolo to reconsider veto…
for your line-item veto.” (The governor told the lawmakers they have increased their budget without justification or explanation for such action.) Additionally, the preamble of the local law (Public Law 19-02) “emphasize the separation of powers principle, which we view as being violated here and not in the interests of good governance.” The letter pointed to media reports stating that the governor is of the belief that the “partial” line-item veto was practiced in the past. (Samoa News should point out that the media’s report was based on the governor’s comments at last Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, where he said his administration is following “the same pattern that was practiced in the last few administrations.” Lolo also said he didn’t want to “create an issue with the Legislature” by line-item vetoing the whole amount under ‘Materials and Supplies’.) In the letter, the Fono leaders say they “disagree”, adding it “was actually the policy of the last two administrations to ‘zero out’ a portion of an appropriations bill, but they did not replace the number with their own.” “To allow such a practice can result in an arbitrary and capricious act of ‘appropriation’ by the governor, which we can develop from your recent action and which can set an unacceptable precedent,” the letter said. “While this issue may not be closed, we would ask that you give your position serious consideration and we appreciate the time you have committed to this significant issue,” the Fono leaders concluded. SENATE DEBATE At last Friday’s session, Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli inquired about the status of the Fono leaders’ response to the lineitem veto, following a Senate meeting last week to discuss the matter. Gaoteote replied a letter was to be sent to the governor. He said the Fono leaders believe when the line-item veto was exercised, the Materials and Supplies should have had a “zero” amount, instead of the governor appropriating a new figure for this budget item. Galeai said the newspaper had reported on the governor’s reasons for the veto, and the governor’s action violates the local constitution as far as appropriating money, which is the Fono’s duty and authority. Galeai recalled last week’s Senate meeting where Fono legal counsel Henry Kappel suggested using the word
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“improper” to describe the way the governor used his line-item veto authority. He said “improper” is too light of a word and there should be a much stronger word. He also referred to media reports where the governor stated the Fono has another recourse if they decide to pursue the matter further. Galeai said that recourse is the court — who can make the final decision on this issue. Gaoteote noted the governor’s letter in approving the FY 2014 and his line-item veto calls for “transparency” and “good governance” — which is what the Fono is doing, but the governor is not following the same practice. The Senate president then told senators that a young man once said: “Walk your talk, and talk your walk”. He also acknowledged that lawmakers wouldn’t have any office allowances if the governor properly exercised his line-item veto power by “zeroing” out the materials and supplies budget item — which is where office allowances are listed in the Fono budget. Lolo told a cabinet meeting last Wednesday that the way his line-item veto was carried out — reducing materials and supplies by adding on a new figure — “was under the guidance of our legal staff and the attorney general.”
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RFP No: RFP-004-2014
RFP No: RFP-004-2014 Issuance Date: October 7, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 21, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms or individuals to provide:
“Financial Advisor Services for the American Samoa Government”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Financial Advisor Services for the ASG” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Monday, October 21, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a force in pushing Republicans to link changes to the health care law in exchange for keeping the government running, spelled out his conditions for raising the borrowing authority. “We should look for three things. No. 1, we should look for some significant structural plan to reduce government spending. No. 2, we should avoid new taxes. And No. 3, we should look for ways to mitigate the harms from ‘Obamacare,’” Cruz said, describing the debt ceiling as an issue that is among the “best leverage the Congress has to rein in the executive.” Some Republicans, such as Rep. Steve King of Iowa, dismiss the warnings about a government default as an exaggeration, suggesting U.S. credit won’t collapse and calling the talk “a lot of false demagoguery.” Asked how the standoff might end, Boehner, R-Ohio, said that he was uncertain: “If I knew, I’d tell you.” Boehner and Schumer were interviewed on ABC’s “This Week,” and Lew and Cruz on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Lew also appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” ‘’Fox News Sunday” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
➧ Laisene pisinisi…
Mai itulau 10
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latou pe valaau ni iloiloga pe leai fo’i. I le faaiuga o le iloiloga a le komiti, na malilie ai loa ina ia toe taoto atu lenei tulafono i le laulau sei i ai se isi aso. MAOTA O SUI I le mae’a ai o le iloiloga a le maota o sui, na pasia ai loa e le maota i le vaiaso na tea nei le tulafono taufaaofi faatasi ai ma le tele o suiga. O suiga a le maota o sui e aofia ai le aveesea o le isi vaega o le tulafono, lea e tuu atu ai le pule i le matagaluega o Alamanuia ma Fefaatauaiga e faatulaga ai totogi o laisene, ae tatau lava ona taoto atu pea le malosi lea i le fono faitulafono. I le tulaga o siitaga i totogi o laisene pisinisi sa fuafua e le malo i totonu o le tulafono, ua aveese uma e le maota o sui, ae tuu i ai le suiga lenei, so o se siitaga lava e manaomia ona faia i laisene pisinisi, ia na o le $5 lava le maualuga, ae mo vaega faa fiafia e asiasi mai lea e faia i le lautele po o tua fo’i, e na o le $100 le totogi. O le finagalo autu a le maota o sui, e le tatau ona soona siia totogi o laisene o pisinisi, ina ne’i le gafatia e le atunuu ona totogi.
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cial obligations. Cruz spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Greenpeace: Russia actions among worst ‘assaults’ AMSTERDAM (AP) — Greenpeace International’s director says Russia’s seizure of its ship “Arctic Sunrise” and the arrest of its crew is the worst “assault” on the group’s environmental activism since its flagship “Rainbow Warrior” was bombed in 1985. Russia seized “Arctic Sunrise” after a Sept. 18 protest at a Gazprom oil drilling platform located in the Arctic circle, and last week charged all 30 people on board with piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Kicking off global Greenpeace protests Saturday, international director Kumi Naidoo said “we will not be bullied and intimidated into silence.” He demanded the release of the activists, who come from 18 countries. In London, several hundred people gathered to protest Russia’s actions. The crowd included some celebrities, including actor Jude Law and musician Damon Albarn. Law said it was “ludicrous” for Russia to charge the activists with piracy. There were smaller protests in several other British cities and in other parts of the world, including Brazil. French secret operatives blew up the “Rainbow Warrior” in New Zealand because it was going to protest against French nuclear tests. One person died. three West Papuans enter Australian consulate in Bali BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Three activists from Indonesia’s restive West Papua province breached security to enter the Australian consulate in Bali early Sunday, calling for world leaders attending an economic summit on the island to pressure the Indonesian government to release political prisoners. The men entered the compound and handed over a letter that asked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders to push Indonesia to free 55 people imprisoned for “discussing their political and human rights beliefs,” according to a copy of the hand-written letter released by The Alliance of Papuan Students. The leaders are attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit amid tight security on the resort island of Bali. Indonesia is highly sensitive to the separatist struggles in Papua, a former Dutch colony. “We can confirm that three individuals from Indonesia’s Papua provinces delivered a protest letter at the Australian Consulate-General in Bali this morning to Australia’s Consul-General,” a spokesperson from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an email. It said the men left voluntarily before 7 a.m. The incident and security are being reviewed, it said, but there was no mention of how the men entered the consulate. The student group said the trio scaled a wall. Peru bus plunges off road, killing 19, injuring 18 LIMA, Peru (AP) — Police in southern Peru say a bus ran off a remote road in the Andes and plunged into a ravine, killing two children and 17 adults. Eighteen more people are injured. Regional police commander Col. Julio Prado says the cause of the accident is under investigation. He says it happened about 4:20 a.m. Sunday in a farming community in the Acoria district of the Huancavelica region about 246 kilometers (152 miles) southeast of Lima. Deadly bus accidents are frequent in Peru, where enforcement of road safety rules is weak. Government figures say 5,435 people died and 13,520 were injured in bus crashes between September 2008 and December 2012. The Peruvian Attorney General’s Office says the main causes of such accidents are bus drivers’ recklessness, excessive speed, alcohol drinking and sleepiness. Italian migrant death toll reaches at least 194 people LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Pairs of divers plumbed calmer seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday to recover the corpses of would-be asylum seekers who died when a fishing boat packed with 500 African migrants capsized within sight of land. By nightfall, 83 bodies had been retrieved, including one child, raising the official death toll to 194. About 150 more are believed to still be missing, many likely trapped in the wreckage 47 meters (154 feet) below the surface. The enormous scale of the tragedy, which could become the largest death toll in a migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean on record, has created momentum for a comprehensive European Union immigration policy to cope with the tens of thousands fleeing misery and strife in Africa and the Middle East. Fabius said France and Italy have asked that the issue be placed on the agenda of an EU interior ministers’ meeting Tuesday. On Wednesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso plans to visit the island, Italy’s southernmost point and a frequent destination for migrants trying to reach a safe haven. Tens of thousands arrive there each year seeking refugee status in Europe. Nearly all of the 155 survivors of Thursday’s tragedy remain at the island’s refugee center. None consented to speak with reporters who visited the center Sunday.
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RFP No: RFP-002-2014
RFP No: RFP-002-2014 Issuance Date: October 3, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 10, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms or individuals to provide:
“Health Screening for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Students”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Medical Screening for ECE Students” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Thursday, October 10, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
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American Samoa Power Authority
PO Box PPB, Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Phone: (684) 699-3057 Fax No: (684) 699-3046
ASPA is seeking physically fit and motivated individuals for power lines maintenance and troubleshooting. Given the strenuous demands of the job, candidates must be able to endure heights, hot sun and be safety conscious. He must demonstrate multi-tasking abilities as well as good attendance and performance record from previous supervisors. Minimum educational requirement is a High School diploma; having good grades in Math would be a bonus. All interested persons can obtain an employment application from ASPA’s HR Office (Tafuna). Deadline for submitting applications is October 11, 2013 @ 4:00 a.m. No phone calls accepted. Thank you, AMERICAN SAMOA POWER AUTHORITY
O lo’o sailia nei ni tagata faigaluega mo le vaega a le Laina i le Matagaluega a le ASPA. O lo’o mana’omia ni tagata tino malolosi ma tagata sogasoga mo le faatinoina o galuega o le faaleleia o laina eletise tuai, poo le tosoina o laina fou. O loo fia maua i latou e i ai le tomai ma le faautautaga mo le saogalemu. E tatau ona i ai se faamaoniga o le faigaluega lelei, to’aga e faigaluega, faamaoni ma le le tau faatonuina. Ona o tulaga ma le gasologa o ia ituaiga galuega, e manaomia ai i latou 18-35 tausaga le matutua. Ia i ai se tusipasi i aoga maualuga ma ia lelei le numera (matematika). Ia fa’afeso’ota’i mai le Ofisa o Tagata Faigaluega a le ASPA i Tafuna mo se pepa fa’atumu mo ia avanoa. E fa’agataina tusi talosaga i le aso 11 Oketopa, 2013 i le 4 i le afiafi. Fa’afetai, PULEAGA O LE ELETISE MA LE SUAVAI TAUMAFA.
➧ Treasurer is a no-show…
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Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli described Falema’o’s non-attendance in Samoan as “le mafaufau” or disrespectful to the Senate. Gaoteote agreed and told senators he is very saddened and disappointed with the letter, which he does not accept as an excuse for Falema’o’s absence. He said the Senate has honored the governor’s call for a special session and cabinet members should be supportive of the governor and be present when called to discussed issues on the agenda for the special session. He says it appears that directors are not making the special session a priority. The Senate president pointed out the governor had spoken of “good governance and justification” but where is the Treasurer to testify on the justification of this proposal? He said Falema’o is the only one who can answer a wide range of questions on the bill and gave examples: There is the $625,000 from the Scholarship Fund to be reprogrammed to other departments, but what happened with the Scholarship Fund in FY 2013? In the FY 2013 Supplemental Budget approved by the Fono in April and signed into law by the governor, there is $550,000 as partial payment for the Laufou court case, but now that money is being reprogrammed for other purposes under the bill? Then, there is a $1.15 million to be reprogrammed to “misc. unbudgeted programs” without any explanation? REPROGRAMMED MONEY Gaoteote said ASG is in the new fiscal year and any leftover monies from 2013 is considered a “surplus” and thereby should be placed in the General Fund for the Fono to appropriate next year. Galeai suggested the reprogrammed money be set aside to help fund payroll for those ASG employees who are furloughed at this time due to the partial federal government shutdown. Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono suggested not to reject the bill, but to table it until next year as there are some very important issues in the measure that require further clarification from the Treasurer. Sen. Faumuina Tagisiaali’i suggested the committee continue with the hearing so other directors can testify on why money from their budgets were reprogrammed to other departments and offices. Laolagi responded that only Tonumaipe’a and AigamauaSaelua showed up for the hearing, and no other cabinet director. He said what is happening is like a movie — when the “main actor” is not there — the movie is not good at all. In this case, the main actor is the Treasurer and he failed to appear before the Senate. In the end senators approved a motion to table the bill in committee for further consideration in January. The House has also tabled in committee its version of the bill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Across America the government’s work is piling up, and it’s not just paperwork. It’s old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. And it’s the dead eagle in Wendi Pencille’s freezer. Pencille tends to injured birds in her upstate New York home. When a bald eagle dies, she sends the federally protected remains to a special eagle repository near Denver that ships feathers and carcasses to Indian tribes for their sacred ceremonies. But the federal bird shippers are on furlough while much of the U.S. government, like her fallen eagle, is on ice. A week into a partial government shutdown, some messy stuff is stacking up. Toxic waste is on hold at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund sites, although work continues at those deemed an imminent threat to human life. The federal shutdown is fouling up some state and local clean-ups, too. For example, volunteers ready to pick up trash on sandbars and islands along 39 miles of the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska were told to stand down when they lost the use of federal boats. The Labor Department delayed its monthly count of how many people are looking for work, which was due Friday and highly anticipated by stock traders. The Agriculture Department stopped cranking out tallies of livestock auctions and crop yields, which are vital numbers to farmers and buyers. The Centers for Disease Control isn’t tracking the nation’s flu cases, just as the season is getting started. Other diseases are going unmonitored, too, such as microbes that could signal a multi-state outbreak of food poisoning.
Government’s work stacks up a week into shutdown
The staff of 80 that normally analyze foodborne pathogens sent by states has been furloughed down to two. They are concentrating on looking for the biggies, such as possible salmonella, E. coli or listeria outbreaks. Other germs, including shigella and campylobacter, go ignored for now. “The blind spots are getting bigger every day as this goes on,” said CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds in Atlanta. Timber will wait to be felled if the shutdown lasts much longer, since the Forest Service is starting the shutdown of logging operations this week. IRS refunds and farm subsidy checks are backing up. The future is on hold for some immigrants, because hearings that could lead to their deportation have been postponed. The somber work of federal safety investigators has nearly come to a standstill. In California, the wreckage of a private jet that crashed into a hangar at Santa Monica Airport, killing four people, is being preserved offsite for National Transportation Safety Board investigators who packed up and left when the shutdown began Oct. 1. Almost all of the board’s 400 employees were furloughed, NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said. Investigators examining a train collision in Chicago were kept on the job, however, because of urgent safety concerns raised by that accident. Compared with what furloughed federal workers must deal with, the eagle in her freezer is just an inconvenience, Pencille, president of the Bless the Beasts Foundation, said Friday. A bigger worry for her: What will happen to wounded eagles and ospreys in the nearby Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge while the shutdown keeps hunters and birdwatchers out?
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