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Senate and House approve their own budget versions 2 House calls for extending session days: 45 to 60… 3 Newton & defense lead Panthers past the Giants 38-0 B1
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The blue Toyota 4-Runner that carried six passengers and rammed into an electricity pole in Pava’ia’i, resulting in the death of a man in his 20s, Saturday [Photo: JL] morning.
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ALJ orders ASG Young man dies in fatal to suspend Glen Pava’ia’i auto accident Lefiti for 30 days
Alcohol, non-use of seatbelt are blamed
After, to reinstated as Chief of Customs
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Administrative Law Judge Toetagata Albert Mailo has ordered that Glen Lefiti be suspended for 30 days (effective last Friday) and thereafter, Lefiti is to be reinstated as Chief Customs Officer. In his order, the ALJ noted Lefiti “committed negligence and gross misjudgment” in his work performance in not reporting Custom Officer Francis Maluia to the Treasurer; however, the court concludes “termination is not appropriate in this case.” Furthermore, the order notes, “Suspension is a more appropriate punishment” for Lefiti in this matter. The ALJ points out, “that does not mean that if another similar incident of negligence and misjudgment were to occur in the future, that it would still not be enough to prove termination as warranted in view of this incident.” Toetagata continued, “this Tribunal hereby decides and orders that Mr. Glen Lefiti’s termination is hereby revoked, reversed, and modified in that he is reinstated to the career service position of Chief Customs Officer in the Department of Treasury... and his employee rights and benefits are further reinstated including back pay, sick leave, annual leave accrual, and retirement.” Following his termination earlier this year, Lefiti filed a lawsuit against the government, namely the Treasury Department and Department of Human Resources (DHR).
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Police have arrested the driver of the blue Toyota 4runner involved in an accident early Saturday morning that led to the death of a man in his 20s. Commander of the DPS Traffic Division, Muagututi’a Captain John Cendrowski confirmed this to be true, adding that alcohol was involved and the driver has been arrested for driving under the influence. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Muagututi’a told Samoa News the vehicle — which was carrying six passengers, including the driver — was heading up the hill in Pava’ia’i (Aoloau Road) when the back part of the vehicle rammed into an electricity pole. Bystanders told Samoa News the vehicle did not stop after the collision but instead, the SUV kept trying to go, however the vehicle was unable to move, as the tires were flat. A 911 call was made for assistance and according to a Pava’ia’i man, when EMS personnel arrived at the scene, attempts were made to revive the young man who had suffered severe injuries and was unconscious. Muagututi’a declined to provide any further comments but made a public plea urging
locals residents to take seriously the dangers of driving while intoxicated. “This is the result… yet members of the public take this very lightly. Any amount of alcohol in your system can impair your vision and judgment,” he said. Muagututi’a said, “As I have said earlier, we have zero tolerance for drunk drivers, because when you operate a vehicle while intoxicated you place everyone on the main highway at risk. Please, the plea from the police is very simple: don’t drink and drive… don’t take the risk of driving drunk, because you will get caught and you will be arrested; but the worst is getting into an accident where a fatality may occur. All these can be avoided… Just by not driving drunk. Call a cab and be safe,” he said. The Commander of the DPS Traffic Division did say it appears the young man who lost his life was not wearing a seatbelt. He strongly emphasized the importance of wearing seat belts when in a moving vehicle. He added that despite our speed limit being only 25-30 miles an hour, it’s a must to wear your seat belt. “It’s been proven time and again, that seat belts save lives in car accidents,” he said.
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There were over 100 children from Aua and Leloaloa along with their parents that participated last Saturday in the ASCC/CNR Division’s Children’s Healthy [photo: Jeff Hayner] Living Program at the Onesosopo Park.
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Senate and House approve their own versions of 2014 budget of $456.3 million…
Both Chambers to endorse a final version for submission to Gov.
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
CAIRO (AP) — A farmer in southern Egypt was arrested Saturday after putting the military chief’s name and an armystyle cap on his donkey, and eight people were detained elsewhere in the country for spraying anti-military graffiti. The arrests point to a long-standing taboo in Egypt against criticizing the country’s powerful military, an offense magnified amid the ongoing crackdown on supporters of the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. The farmer, Omar Abul-Magd, was arrested late Friday in Qena province for allegedly insulting Gen. Abdel-Fattah elSissi when he rode the donkey through town, reported the state MENA news agency. El-Sissi led the military’s popularly-backed ouster of Morsi in July and has been hailed by millions of Egyptians as an icon. His detractors, however, have called him a traitor and a murderer for overseeing the coup and the subsequent attacks on Morsi’s mostly Islamist supporters, including an August raid on two pro-Morsi sitins in Cairo that set off violence that killed hundreds nationwide. At least one of the eight people arrested on Saturday for spraying graffiti against el-Sissi was detained in Cairo, said security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Earlier this week, a military court ordered five pro-Morsi protesters to serve from two to three years in prison for chanting against the army. Three of them were tried in absentia. The court said the defendants spread hate speech and false rumors against the military through loud speakers. Rights advocates fear Egypt’s interim, military-backed authorities are using a state of emergency that grants police broad powers of arrest to silence critics. For decades, any critical mention of the country’s army or its top generals was unthinkable in Egypt. After the popular uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, criticism of the military grew as Egypt’s powerful generals took over. Activists began lashing out at the ruling generals for trying civilians in military courts and using violence against protesters. In one case, former lawmaker and rights advocate Ziad elOleimi came under fire for referencing an Egyptian proverb that some saw as an insult to then-military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. El-Oleimi, who was earlier beaten by military police during a protest after he was elected to parliament, had referred to Tantawi as a donkey during a rally.
Egyptian arrested for naming donkey after army general
Both the Senate and House have approved in third and final reading their respective versions of the new fiscal year 2014 budget, which totals $456.3 million, and the bills include amendments giving the Fono a budget increase of close to $1 million by cutting funding from other budget programs and reallocating them to the Legislature. During the Saturday sessions, the Senate unanimously approved the budget in a 13-0 vote, while the House approved the budget with a 13-2 vote. The pair who voted “no” are Reps. Faimealelei Anthony Allen and Toeaina Faufano Autele. Prior to the House vote, Rep. Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga moved to restore the $200,000 for next month’s Education Conference which was cut by the Fono, saying the conference — which was originally allocated $500,000 — is an important event to the territory. However, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale reminded lawmakers of House rules, that once a bill is read in its entirety in third reading, no other amendments are to be made nor any other debate allowed. Savali said the only action is to vote on the bill. He added that during the Education Department budget review, DOE officials testified that they needed around $200,000 or so to conduct the education conference next month. The Senate and House now go through the usual protocol of approving each other’s budget version, with plans to have one final version endorsed at least by tomorrow before it is sent to the governor for review and approval. As reported by Samoa News last Friday, there were nine projects under the Special Programs budget category effected by the cuts made by the Fono Joint Budget Committee last Thursday to make up the $985,000 that was reallocated to the Fono. However, revised amendments given to lawmakers in both the Senate and House before the bill when through second reading last Friday shows only seven projects under Special Programs being victims of cuts — one of them being the Governor’s Office.
Originally on the chopping-block list were $50,000 from the Veterans Stadium Improvement and $100,000 from the local road maintenance subsidy; however, in the end, the two projects were spared. The Fono reduced the following budgets: Governor’s Office by $85,000 down to • $4.99 million; Sports Complex subsidy by $100,000 • down to $235,000; Treasury Project Development by • $100,000 down to $900,000; • Amnesty Program Development by $50,000 down to $100,000; • DOE conference by $200,000 down to $300,000 • Su’igaula Park development by $200,000 down to $300,000 Election Outreach by $50,000 down to • $150,000 • Hotel demolition & clean up by $200,000 down to $300,000 FONO’S BUDGET With the amendments made, the Fono’s budget for FY 2014 now stands at $7.69 million with the $985,000 allocated to “materials & supplies” increasing this budget item from $1.22 million to $2.21 million. At last Friday’s final day of the Fono joint committee budget review, Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono suggested lawmakers consider splitting up the Fono’s budget, giving the House and Senate their own budgets to be controlled by its leaders. Every year, he said, the Fono faces an overrun and each chamber blames the other; but splitting up the budget for each chamber will result in finding out in the end the cause of the overrun. Joint Budget Committee co-chair Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao, who is also the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said the budget document sets up funds for each chamber including salaries and office allowances for lawmakers, with the Senate President signing off on Senate expenditures and the House Speaker for House expenses.
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House measure calls for extending session days from 45 to 60 days…
Vice Speaker says extension will eliminate special sessions
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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If approved by the Fono and endorsed by voters, a measure now before the House would amend the American Samoa Constitution, extending session days for lawmakers to convene for each session. Currently, the Constitution calls for two regular sessions of the Legislature held each year, each session to last 45 days - the first session is to begin the second Monday in January each year and the second session is to begin the second Monday in July each year. However, the measure - a House Joint Resolution - sponsored by House Vice Speaker Talia Fa’afetai Iaulualo introduced during Saturday’s session, seeks to extend each session from 45 to 60 days. When asked why he sponsored the measure, Talia told Samoa News that it is to eliminate the Fono having to go into a special session, which is called by a sitting governor who provides the agenda and the number of days the special session is to convene. Special sessions are usually to address administration bills and measures that do not make it to the regular session. But trying to get enough lawmakers to attend is also a challenge, as many of them have already made other plans - like traveling off island. “I feel that because there is not enough session days, increasing the number of session days would eliminate a special session to finish up all the work that needs to be done,” Talia said after the Saturday session. “So I feel 45 days is not sufficient enough for the work that needs to be done by the Fono,” he added. Over the years, there have been several attempts to increase the number of session days from 45 to 60 days or 45 days to 90 days. However, none of the measures made it out of committee and therefore, they were automatically defeated when the Legislature officially ended. This time around, Talia hopes the measure will get approval from both the Senate and the House. If approved by the Fono, the measure then goes to the governor, who is requested to place it on a referendum in the November 2014 general election. Talia hopes voters will approve this amendment to the Constitution. “I hope the people would at least feel and understand the real purpose behind this amendment,” he said. “We have more work to do, but we need to extend the [session] days so we can get the work
done.” “Having a special session is really difficult because we push the agenda because we have limited days,” he said. “And a special session is really a risk, because it’s at the pleasure of the faipules, who go home after the regular session is over and then trying to bring faipules back for a special session is another difficult task for the leaders.” There have been a few instances in the past where the Fono leaders barely had enough of a quorum for a special session to convene. BACKGROUND Extending session days was one of the many amendments to the Constitution approved by the 2010 Constitutional Convention. However, all of the amendments were rejected
by voters during the 2010 general election. The amendments were lumped together in one question presented to electors to vote either “yes” or “no.” Earlier this month Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono called on his colleagues to consider reviewing the many amendments approved in the 2010 Constitutional Convention for consideration by the Fono for inclusion in next year’s general election, where electors can vote on the matters. There are two ways to approve amendments to the Constitution in order to have them placed on the ballot. One is through a Constitutional Convention and the second is through the Fono, where an amendment must be approved by two-thirds of both chambers.
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Pictured are some of the children that participated in the ASCC/CNR Division’s Children’s Healthy Living Program last Saturday at Onesosopo Park where there [photo: Jeff Hayner] were physical sports activities and nutrition information booths.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two-and-a-half years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan, suspected debris from the disaster continues to quietly wash ashore in Hawaii and along the West Coast of North America. Officials in Hawaii have confirmed seven items of tsunami debris this year alone, including a blue plastic bin that had a live bird inside. In Alaska, Chris Pallister reports his group, Gulf of Alaska Keeper, has picked up a quarter-million pounds of debris during this soon-to-end cleanup season, a function largely of additional funding. The most his group has picked up in any other year is about 160,000 pounds, he said. Not all of that is tsunami debris, which is very tough to distinguish from run-of-the-mill marine rubbish that’s been a long-running problem in coastal areas without clear, identifying markers — like a serial number or name. But Pallister believes given the difference in volume and type of debris that his group is seeing, a significant percentage is from the tsunami. He said this is a “slow-moving environmental disaster,” with long-term impacts that will be hard to quantify. “But when you go out there and walk down those shorelines and see billions of pieces of Styrofoam ground up all over and plastic everywhere, you know that it is a disaster,” he said. “My greatest concern is people have lost track of this and they don’t understand how bad it is.” Even before the tsunami, Alaska, with its vast coastline, received a lot of debris, and that trend has continued, said Peter Murphy, a regional coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine debris program. Other states are having different experiences. In Washington, for example, the last piece of identified tsunami debris was from April. Officials there credit the lack of tsunami debris to ocean currents and wind. In Oregon, calls to a marine debris hotline are only averaging about one a day. NOAA gave each of the five West Coast states $250,000 initially from a $5 million gift from the Japanese government to clean-up debris. Oregon hasn’t spent that money yet, though state parks spokesman Chris Havel said officials are stocking up on supplies and preparing for this fall and winter, when more debris is expected. Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, said the issue is somewhat fading from the public’s mind. While there were congressional hearings and national news stories on tsunami debris last year, he noted that it’s been a while since a huge dock has washed ashore, as happened in both Oregon and Washington in 2012.
Suspected tsunami Local program aims to reduce debris continues childhood obesity in the Pacific washing ashore
ASCC/CNR hosts physical activity day
By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
There American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Community and Natural Resources (CNR) Division’s Children’s Healthy Living Program held a physical activity day last Saturday at Onesosopo Park with close to 100 children from Aua and Leloaloa village in attendance. The event included a one mile walk to start the activities. “The Aua, Leloaloa side is one of the research sites under the Children’s Healthy Living Program and the American Samoa Community College is one of the institutions including the University of Alaska, University of Hawaii, University of Guam, Northern Mariana College and the Federated States of Micronesia. The purpose of the program, is to try and reduce childhood obesity in the Pacific,” said Associate Director of ASCC/CNR Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta. He stated that they are in the second phase of the research project and they have completed the data collection and the measurements, and now they are into the intervention phase. Part of the intervention last Saturday was physical activity that included a one mile walk in Aua to the Onesosopo Park, where there were more physical activities including a zumba session and sports activities, along with nutrition information booths and food demonstrations. “All of these activities are related to reducing childhood obesity and encouraging young children in the territory to be more active and to start eating and living more healthy. We are also trying to encourage them to consume more fruits and vegetables,” Areta explained. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website <www.cdc.gov> childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. The website also stated that in 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Furthermore, the CDC notes that overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and Obesity are the result of caloric imbalance-too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed and are affected by various genetic, behavioral and environmental factor, according to the website. In November of last year, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) website <www.cia.com> world fact book, had American Samoa ranked number one in the world with the rate of obesity. It says that 74.60% of the population in the territory is obese. It is followed by Tokelau at 63.40%, Tonga at 56.00%, Kiribati at 56.60% and Saudi Arabia at 35.60% to round out the top five. According to the website, the United States is ranked 6th at 33.60%. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
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The memorial service for Jane Hyman will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at the Tafuna Baha’i Center. (Behind the left hand portion of the LDS compound.) After the service her body will be interred at her residence in Vaitogi, where the Prayer for the Departed will be recited. Please telephone 252-7288 if any more information is needed.
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Kenya mall crisis: Fate of hostages not clear NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan military spokesman Monday said that the fate of hostages inside a mall besieged by al-Qaida-linked terrorists was not clear despite earlier statements that “most” hostages had been rescued. Military helicopters circled over the mall at daybreak, when about five minutes of sustained gunfire broke out at the mall, a clear indication that at least one of the estimated 10 to 15 gunmen who attacked the mall when it was filled with shoppers Saturday was still on the loose. A large military assault began on the mall shortly before sundown on Sunday, with one helicopter skimming very close to the roof of the shopping complex as a loud explosion rang out, far larger than any previous grenade blast or gunfire volley. Officials said the siege would soon end and said “most” hostages had been rescued and that officials controlled “most” of the mall. But officials never said how many hostages had been rescued, and Kenya’s military spokesman on Monday was still not able to provide clear details. “We are yet to get confirmation from what’s happening in the building,” Col. Cyrus Oguna, a Kenyan military spokesman, told The Associated Press. Late on Sunday, Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said on Twitter that “this will end tonight. Our forces will prevail.” Late on Sunday, Oguna said that many of the rescued hostages — whom he said were mostly adults — were suffering from dehydration. An Associated Press reporter at a triage center next to the mall said no hostages ever showed up there. As the crisis neared the 48-hour mark, video taken by someone inside the mall’s main department store when the assault began emerged. The video showed frightened and unsure shoppers crouching as long and loud volleys of gunfire could be heard. The assault came about 30 hours after 10 to 15 al-Shabab extremists stormed the mall Saturday from two sides, throwing grenades and firing on civilians. Loud exchanges of gunfire rang out from inside the four-story mall throughout Sunday. Kenyan troops were seen carrying in at least two rocket-propelled grenades. Al-Shabab militants reacted angrily to the helicopters on Twitter and warned that the Kenyan military action was endangering hostages. Kenya’s Red Cross said the death toll rose to 68 after nine bodies were recovered Sunday. More than 175 people were injured, including many children, Kenyan officials said.
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After victory, Merkel to form new government BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her top party officials were meeting Monday for talks about Germany’s future government after a stunning victory in the country’s elections. Merkel’s Union bloc scored its best result in 23 years Sunday to put her on course for a third term, winning 41.5 percent of the vote and finishing only five seats short of an absolute majority in the lower house. However, Merkel will need to reach out to center-left rivals to form a new government after her coalition partner crashed out of Parliament. Merkel looks likely to end up leading either a “grand coalition” government with the centerleft Social Democrats of defeated challenger Peer Steinbrueck — reviving the alliance that ran Germany in her first term — or, less likely, with the environmentalist Greens. Man fatally hit while trying to help motorist in Oakland OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland police have arrested a driver who allegedly struck and killed a man who had stopped to help a stranded motorist. Officials say the suspect was taken into custody after his vehicle ran into the man on International Boulevard in East Oakland and fled on foot Friday night. Authorities say the suspect was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and driving under the influence of drugs and could face other charges. His identity has not been released. Police on Sunday identified the victim as 39-year-old Jose Durante of Pittsburg. He was taken to Oakland’s Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials say Durante had stopped to help another motorist push a car out of the road. East Timor bans martial arts schools amid killings DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor police say there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice martial arts after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang violence. Armando Monteiro, National Police detective chief, says at least 12 East Timorese have been killed and more than 200 injured in the past two years as a result of fighting between rival clubs. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao issued a resolution outlawing the popular clubs two months ago. Martial arts clubs have a long history in East Timor, with many students fighting against Indonesia’s military occupation. Active clandestine members also supported guerrilla fighters and some made significant contributions toward winning the country’s independence in 2002.
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DPS officials field questions, criticism at budget hearing
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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Hiring more police officers, whose salaries should be increased, investigating alleged crimes occurring in the Manu’a island group, and police working with village leaders to address community problems were some of the issues raised by lawmakers during last Friday’s fiscal year 2014 budget hearing for the Department of Public Safety. POLICE OFFICERS According to the budget document, DPS’s FY 2014 totals $11.29 million with $6.22 million in local revenues and $5.06 million funded by grants. In FY 2013, the total budget was $10.29 million with 282 positions. However, FY 2014 positions has increased to 320. During the budget hearing Sen. Magalei Logovi’i pointed out there is an increase of 38 positions between FY 2013 and 2014, and he wanted an explanation. Police Commissioner William Haleck said if the FY 2014 is approved, the department will be able to recruit 20 new officers who will enroll in a police academy funded by local revenues in the new fiscal year, while the rest are additional staff for other DPS divisions. For police officers in Manu’a, the bulk of their salaries are paid by grants, according to the budget document. Sens. Tuiasina S. Esera and Faletagoai I. Tuiolemotu both urged DPS to look at increasing pay for police officers, whose duties call for them to work 24 hours a day and putting their lives at risk.
Faletagoai said the pay scale is too low and officers should be well compensated. Tuiasina added the Leone substation is well staffed but there is a lack of DPS vehicles. He said when there is a call to the substation for assistance, officers respond using their own personal vehicles and this is not how things should be done. Rep. Toeaina Faufano Autele suggested taking at least $100,000 each from the budgets of the Fono and the Office of Samoan Affairs and reallocating the money to hike pay for the officers. Haleck said there are a lot of things DPS wants to improve but they do what they can with the available finances allocated for the department. He hopes that with a new fiscal year budget, more can be done in FY 2014. DPS AND MANU’A Sen. Nua Saoluaga said some of the major problems in the Manu’a island group are home invasions and store break-ins, but there are no positive results — such as suspects being arrested and charged. Nua said there is no action by police to investigate and charge anyone with these ongoing crimes in the island group and he wanted to know when DPS will do something to help Manu’a residents. Deputy police commissioner Leseiau Laumoli agreed with the issue raised by the Manu’a senator but pointed out that the problem for DPS is trying to get Travel Authorizations approved for police officers to travel to the island group to conduct investigations.
Laumoli hopes that with the FY 2014 budget, the department can get officers’ TAs approved quickly for travel. Nua was not satisfied and he insisted that the police are not doing anything to curb crimes like break-ins in Manu’a or provide assistance to the officers based there. He said more needs to be done. Nua then asked what DPS is doing to train the officers based in Manu’a so those officers can get promoted up the ranks. Haleck replied that DPS has a training program and they plan to bring officers to Tutuila to be trained. The senator became confrontational with DPS officials when he asked what DPS is doing to ensure that cross-walk markings are clear and street lights are working on Tutuila. Haleck said cross-walk markings on the highway and signs — such as the speed limit — are the responsibility of the Department of Public Works under the law, and all DPS can do is make recommendations, which has been done. Nua quickly interjected, “you recommend, recommend and recommend, and nothing has been done.” He said DPS should do the work instead of just making recommendations. He added there are a lot of street lights not working in various villages including Nu’uuli and urged DPS to look into these important issues to prevent something serious from happening on the highway. (Samoa News should point out that the issue with street lights falls under the jurisdiction of Public Works working together with ASPA.)
VILLAGE ASSISTANCE Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono called on DPS to work with traditional leaders and their village councils to assist police in protecting the community. He said there are already village police assigned through the Office of Samoan Affairs, and village leaders, as well as traditional chiefs, can provide great help in keeping peace in the territory. Soliai asked if DPS has such a program (working with village leaders), to which Laumoli responded they have started one with Reps. Sua Alexander Eli Jennings and Florence Saulo to address concerns, especially in Tafuna. Laumoli pointed out village chiefs are very helpful to DPS and when assistance is needed the traditional leaders are contacted for support. Soliai applauded the DPS plan and urged them to implement the program territory-wide, covering large counties, including other villages in the Tualatua and Ituau Districts where there are many foreigners residing. He said Pago Pago is another large village which is faced with problems caused by foreigners. He then wanted to know if there is still a need to have a chief of police, a post he says was established many years ago because there was no police commissioner, or deputy commissioner. With a police commissioner and deputy commissioner now part of the DPS structure, Soliai said he does not believe it is necessary to have a chief of police post and asked DPS officials to look into this issue again. Laumoli responded the chief of police post is in the organizational charter when the new administration came on board, but the issue can be revisited.
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Snake grounds plane with 370 passengers in Sydney
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A tiny exotic snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner, leading to 370 passengers being grounded in Sydney overnight, the airline said Monday. Staff found the 20-centimeter (8-inch) Mandarin Rat Snake in the passenger cabin near the door late Sunday before passengers were due to board the flight bound for Tokyo from Sydney International Airport, Qantas said in a statement. Australia’s flagship airline said passengers were given hotel rooms overnight and left Sydney on a replacement plane Monday morning. Qantas said the original jet would be fumigated before returning to service in case there were other snakes on board. The snake was taken by quarantine officials for analysis. The Agriculture Department said the snake, a species that grows to an average 4 feet, had been euthanized, “as exotic reptiles of this kind can harbor pests and diseases not present in Australia.” The department said the snake had arrived aboard the jet in a flight a day earlier from Singapore. “The Department of Agriculture is looking into how the snake came to be on the plane, but isn’t able to speculate at this time,” it said in a statement. The mildly venomous Asian snake was about the width of a pencil and did not pose a threat to humans, but it had the potential to cause ecological havoc in the Australian environment if it had escaped the plane with a mate, Canberra Reptile Zoo herpetologist Peter Child said. While snakes rarely pose aviation hazards, a 10-foot python in January clung to the wing of a Qantas flight from the northeast coast city of Cairns to Papua New Guinea. The python died during the flight but was still attached to the wing when the twohour flight ended in the national capital Port Moresby.
Lawmakers query role of Sports Commissioner in DYWA budget
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Among the ten employees listed in the fiscal year 2014 budget for the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) is the position of ‘Sports Commissioner’ with a salary of $45,000. This prompted questions from Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli during the DWYA’s budget hearing last week, where ASG Budget and Planning Office director Catherine AigamauaSaelua was the witness for the department. The joint budget committee agreed to have AigamauaSaelua answer budget questions since she is well versed on the budget document and it’s her office that prepared the ASG budget. The Fono had also made it clear that its rules require only a director to appear during budget hearings. (Gov. Lolo’s appointment of
Pa’u Roy Taito Ausage as DYWA director was twice rejected by the Fono). Galeai wanted to know who is employed as Sports Commissioner with such as high salary of $45,000 and Aigamaua-Saelua responded that it’s Ethan Lake. According to Galeai these types of jobs in government should be advertised to allow everyone to apply for the position. The senator asked about the job description for the Sports Commissioner but Joint Budget Committee cochairman Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao said Aigamaua-Saelua does not have the answer to specific questions but noted that this issue can be clarified later by the administration. When asked about this new post in the executive branch, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira told Samoa News the Sports
Commissioner “is a political appointee charged with the responsibility to advance the governor’s vision... which maximizes the development of opportunities for our children through sports. “This is one of the Governor’s initiatives dedicated to advance the status of our youth, elevating the importance of their status in the  priorities of the administration,” Iulogologo said Friday. The governor is convinced that through aggressive and well-coordinated development of sporting activities in the Territory, inherent benefits such as post secondary educational access through athletic scholarships, reduction of obesity among children, increasing national pride by effective representation in national games, and healthier living among the residents of American Samoa will be realized,” he said. Moreover, the governor “established as the mission of this initiative to collaborate  on the  development of a sporting pathway that will foster the increase in the number of students accessing post-secondary educational opportunities, reduce the incidence of obesity among our young population, improve our standing in national competitions, and promote healthier living among the residents of American Samoa.” The governor has also set goals for the commissioner and among them is to collaborate with oversight agencies and community organizations to: • cultivate the natural, raw, physical talents in our youth along with instilling a strong academic foundation through our local school system to open opportunities for them to further their education; and • develop a healthy, disciplined, united and productive society through greater participation in sports and physical recreation by all members of the society. In this regard, special opportunities are to be made available to children, young people, women, girls, senior citizens and the specially challenged. Additionally, collaborate with the oversight government agencies to actively encourage the  establishment of Physical Education Programs at all educational levels  and to foster the sport development phase of these programs through the education  system. Moreover, work with the oversight agencies and the local National Olympic Committee to strive to attain excellence at the highest level of sporting competition, develop national pride, patriotism and enhance goodwill among nations. The commissioner is to “promote American Samoa as a hub of sporting activities and by so doing, position the country as a preferred destination for international sports event.”
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USVI: Rum tax rebate must not be lowered CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A U.S. Virgin Islands official is urging Washington to reconsider a rate used in calculating the Caribbean territory’s anticipated revenue from rum taxes. Under an obscure federal law, much of the money generated by rum sold in the U.S. goes to the treasuries of the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Debra Gottlieb is director of the Virgin Islands budget office. She says the islands should continue to receive the $13.25 rate they’ve received since 1999 instead of a new lower rate calculated by the U.S. Treasury for next fiscal year. In a letter to a top official in the U.S. Interior Department, Gottlieb says the lower rate will result in “severe financial hardship” locally. Gottlieb’s letter was released by the island’s government Sunday. 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolts W. Wyoming FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. (AP) — A 4.9 magnitude earthquake jolted much of western Wyoming on Saturday, but no damage was reported. John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., says the temblor occurred at 7:16 a.m. about 45 miles underground. The nearest city is Fort Washakie, about 9 miles east of the epicenter. Bellini says “it was felt widely in western Wyoming, but this is too deep of an earthquake to cause any damage. ... A lot of people might have felt something but they wouldn’t know what they felt because it woke them up.” The area west of Yellowstone National Park experiences a handful of earthquakes a year. plane lands on main Chicago roadway CHICAGO (AP) — The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing early Sunday along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive because of mechanical issues. John Pedersen told the Chicago Sun-Times he was flying over the lakefront about 6 a.m. when an elevator on his experimental plane broke, causing the aircraft to shake. “I thought the plane was going to break apart,” he said. He landed in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park, authorities said. “There’s always a risk. I always look for a place to land,” said Pedersen, who’s been a pilot for five years. Chicago police said no one was injured. Traffic on the iconic roadway along Lake Michigan was back to normal within a few hours, Chicago police spokesman Jose Estrada said. Pedersen, 51, of the Chicago suburb of Lombard, said two cars hit the plane’s left wing after he landed, but drove off. The plane was later pushed off the roadway into a grassy area. Navy seeks 2 after chopper crash; 3 saved MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The U.S. Navy says search teams are looking for two missing airmen after a helicopter crash in the Red Sea. Three crew members were rescued late Sunday after the MH-60S Knighthawk went down in the central Red Sea while operating with the destroyer USS William P. Lawrence. A statement Monday from the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says aircraft and vessels are taking part in the search for the two others. The Navy says an investigation is underway, but there was no hostile activity involved. Boston police Commissioner steps down BOSTON (AP) — Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who led his department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing, is stepping down, a department spokeswoman said Sunday. Davis gave his resignation to Mayor Thomas Menino and will hold a news conference Monday to discuss his future plans, police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said. The decision by Davis to step down is perhaps not surprising. Boston is poised to have a new mayor for the first time in two decades after Menino opted not to seek another term. A statement from Menino’s office thanked Davis for his “tremendous work over the past seven years” and promised to work with Davis to ensure a smooth transition when new mayor finds a permanent successor. Davis was thrust into the national spotlight on April 15 when twin explosions near the marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260. shooting kills 2 men, injures 2 women LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach detectives are investigating a shooting incident that left two men dead and two women injured. Police received several 911 calls at about 9:55 p.m. Friday and responded to a single-family home on the 6500 block of Rose Avenue, said police Sgt. David Marander. In a small alcove beside the home, the officers discovered two men with gunshot wounds to their torsos. The men, 26-year-old Sophon Kao and 24-year-old Jerry Chim, both of Long Beach, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women also with gunshot wounds to their torsos were transported to the hospital and are in serious but stable condition, Marander said. Detectives believe the shooter wasn’t with the group but approached them on foot Friday night while they were celebrating a birthday and shot at them, Marander said. Police do not know what the motive was.
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People run from the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday Sept. 21 2013, where shooting erupted when armed men staged an attack. A witness to the attacks at Nairobi’s upscale mall says that gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that non-Muslims would be targeted. Initial police reports had described the incident as a botched robbery. Witnesses say a half dozen grenades also went off along with volleys of (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso) gunfire in and around the mall.
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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
WHEREAS, September 2013 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month; and WHEREAS, during the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing more than fourfold among children ages 6 to 11; and WHEREAS, one in three children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 in the United States are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic; and WHEREAS, in American Samoa, one in two children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight; and WHEREAS, the financial implication of childhood obesity pose a financial threat to the U.S. economy and health care system, with people spending about 9 percent of their total medical costs on obesity-related illnesses; and WHEREAS, the financial implications of non-communicable diseases - one consequence of childhood obesity - cost American Samoa up to $9.2 million per year in direct health care costs; and WHEREAS, obese young people have a 80 percent chance of being obese adults and are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteocarthritis, and WHEREAS, due in part to to the childhood obesity epidemic, 1 in 3 (30%) US children and nearly 1 in 2 (50%) American Samoa children born in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lifetime if current trends continue; and WHEREAS, some consequences of childhood and adolescent obesity are psychosocial and can hinder academic and social functioning and persist into adulthood; and WHEREAS, participating in physical activity is important for children and teens as it can have beneficial effects not only on body weight, but also on blood pressure and bone strength; and WHEREAS, proper nutrition is important for children before birth and through their lifespan as nutrition has beneficial effects for health and body weight, and is important to the prevention of chronic diseases; and WHEREAS, childhood obesity is preventable, yet does not appear to be declining; and WHEREAS, public community-based, and private sector, organizations and individuals throughout the United States of American Samoa are working to decrease childhood obesity rates through a range of efforts including educational presentations, media campaigns, websites, policies and healthier food options, and greater opportunities for physical activity. NOW, THEREFORE, I, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Governor of American Samoa, do hereby proclaim the Month of September 2013 at NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH in the Territory of American Samoa, and encourage organizations, localities, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of our Territory to observe the Month with appropriate programs and activities with the goal of promoting healthy eating and physical activity and increasing awareness of childhood obesity among individuals of all ages and walks of life. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my Signature and the Seal of my Office on this 6th day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen.
Proclamation
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Pago Pago American Samoa 96799
LOLO M. MOLIGA Governor o American Samoa
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Poloa’iga Fa’alaua’itele
O LE MASINA E FA’ALAUILOA AI LE TAU AO LE FA’AITIITIA O LE TINO PUPUTA O LE FANAU
TALUAI, o Setema 2013, o le Masina e Fa’alauiloa ai le Taua o le Fa’aitiitia o le Tino Puputa o le Fanau; ma TALUAI, i le fa sefulu tausaga ua mavae, o lo o alu pea i luga le tulaga o le puputa o tagata uma i so’o se tupulaga/matutua, ma e sili atu i le fa’afaina i fanau mai i le 6 e o’o atu i le 11 tausaga matutua; ma TALUAI, e to’atasi mai i le to’atolu o fanau ma tupulaga talavou e i le 2 e o’o atu i le 19 tausaga le matutua i le Iunaite Setete e puputa pe lapopo’a, o se fa’amaumauga ua talitonu tagata popoto ma atamamai fa’apitoa fa’a-foma’i ma fa’a-soifua maloloina o se fa’ama’i matuia, ogaoga, mata’utia ma ua a’afia ai tagata e to’atele; ma TALUAI, i totonu o Amerika Samoa, e to’atasi i le to’alua fanau ma tupulaga talavou e i le 2 e o’o atu i le 19 tausaga le matutua e puputa pe lapopo’a; ma TALUAI, o a’afiaga tautupe o le tino puputa o le fanau, ua fai ai ma lu’i tau tupe i le tamaoaiga o le Iunaite Setete fa’apea le tausiga o le soifua maloloina, ona ua fa’aaoga pe fa’aalu e tagata e tusa o le 9 pasene o le tau atoa mo gasegase i le togafitiga o gasegase e feso’ota’i ma le puputa o tino; ma TALUAI, o a’afiaga tau tupe o togafitiga o fa’ama’i le pipisi, e tasi le a’afiaga o le tino puputa o le fanau, ae totogi e Amerika Samoa le tusa ma le $9.2 miliona i le tausaga; ma TALUAI, o tupulaga talavou puputa a o laiti e 80% le avanoa e lapopo’a pe puputa ai pe a matutua nai lo fanau laiti sa talafeagai o latou mamafa, ma o le a tele le avanoa e ono afaina ai i fa’afitauli o le soifua maloloina o tagata matutua e aofia ai le ma’i fatu, ma’i suka ituaiga 2, tulimoe pe matamoe, ma’i supa, isi ituaiga o kanesa, ma ma’i o ponaivi po o so’oga o ivi; ma TALUAI, ona o se vaega o le fa’ama’i o le tino puputa o le fanau, 1 i le 3 (30%) o le fanau i Amerika ma e lata i le 1 i le 2 (50%) o fanau na soifua mai i Amerika Samoa i le tausaga e 2000 o le a maua i le ma’i suka ituaiga 2 i se vaega o o latou olaga pe afai e fa’aauau pea le tulaga o le soifuaga o lo o iai nei; ma TALUAI, o nisi o i’uga po o taunu’uga o le tino puputa o le fanau ma tupulaga talavou e a’afia ai le mafaufau, fa’apea le ola feso’ota’i ma e ono afaina ai le ola a’oa’oina ma le ola fegalegalea’i po o le feso’ota’i ma fa’aauau atu ai i le avea ma tagata matua; ma TALUAI, e taua tele le ‘auai o fanau ma tupulaga talavou i fa’amalosi tino ma isi gaoioiga, ma e aoga e le gata i le mamafa o le tino, aemaise fo’i le toto maualuga fa’apea le malolosi o ponaivi; ma TALUAI, e taua tele le taumafa maloloina (tatau po paleni) mo fanau a o le i fananau mai fa’apea le olaga atoa ona e taua le taumafa maloloina (tatau pe paleni) mo le soifua maloloina, fa’apea le mamafa o le tino, ma e taua fo’i le puipuia mai i gasegase tumau, ma TALUAI, o le tino puputa o le fanau e mafai ona fa’aitiitia ma taofia, ae peita’i e foliga mai e le o mafai ona fa’aitiitia; ma TALUAI, o vaega o le malo, nu’u ma ekalesia, fa’apotopotoga tuma’oti, pisinisi ma kamupani i le Iunaite Setete ma Amerika Samoa o lo o galulue e fa’aitiitia le tino puputa o le fanau e ala i taumafaiga ma polokalama e aofia ai folasaga fa’alea’oa’oga, fa’asalalauga faatosina i televise (TV), leitio/la’au fa’alogologo, nusipepa, upega o feso’ota’iga, faiga fa’avae/tusitusiga, o le tele o taumafa maloloina (tatau po o le paleni) ma le tele o avanoa ma nofoaga mo fa’amalositino gaoioiga. O LENEI, O LE MEA LEA, O A’U, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Kovana Sili o Amerika Samoa, ua ou poloaiina ai le Masina o Setema 2013 o le MASINA E FA’ALAUILOA AI LE TAUA O LE FA’AITIITIA O LE TINO PUPUTA O LE FANAU i totonu o le Teritori o Amerika Samoa, ma ou te tima’i ma talosaga atu i fa’alapotopotoga, nu’u, ekalesia, a’oga, sosaiete, pisinisi, isi falapotopotoga ma tagatanu’u uma o Amerika Samoa ina ia fa’amanatu ma aloa’ia le Masina e ala i polokalama ma gaioiga uma talafeagai i le fa’amoemoe e fa’ataua ia taumafa maloloina (tatau ma paleni)
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Pago Pago American Samoa 96799
LOLO M. MOLIGA Kovana o Amerika Samoa
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Venezuela: 3 soldiers arrested in drug flight CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s interior minister says two National Guard sergeants and one lieutenant have been arrested for alleged involvement in the smuggling of 1.4 metric tons of cocaine to Paris on an Air France flight in three dozen suitcases. Minister Miguel Rodriguez told state TV that the three men were arrested Sunday and that additional arrests were expected, with airline workers suspected. French officials had announced on Saturday the discovery of the narcotics in luggage without baggage tickets indicating their owner. The flight had arrived in Paris on Sept. 10. Venezuela has become a major transit point for U.S.- and European-destined cocaine in recent years with Washington accusing several senior Venezuelan military officials of involvement. Gunmen kill 3 in Jamaica, then police kill man KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police in Jamaica say gunmen broke into a home in the island’s capital and killed two women and a man in their 20s. Detectives say a 19-year-old man was shot to death by police during a confrontation after officers arrived to investigate. Authorities say a 9-milimeter pistol was recovered from the man killed by police. There have been no arrests in the incident, which happened just after dawn Sunday in the Whitfield Town neighborhood of Kingston. Tycoon plans $8 billion “Chinese Hollywood” QINGDAO, China (AP) — One of China’s richest businessmen plans to invest 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the eastern city of Qingdao Wang Jianlin said Sunday that his company, Dalian Wanda Group, will build a massive, state of the art film studio complex in a bid to dominate China’s rapidly growing movie market. The Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis will feature 20 studios, cinemas and a film museum. It’s expected to be fully operational by 2017. The company has signed a preliminary deal with “a number of global film and television giants and talent agencies” to shoot about 30 foreign films a year. It did not name the companies. Dalian Wanda operates hotels and department stores and last year bought the AMC cinema chain for $2.6 billion. Worker rescued after getting stuck in tank of tar JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar. The Florida TimesUnion reports the 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville. The man was fine inside the tank as long as he was moving around. But Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Tom Francis says the worker’s movements slowed and his lower legs got stuck in the tar. Rescue crews used peanut oil to loosen the tar from his legs. The man was hooked up to a breathing apparatus to protect him from the heat and fumes inside the tank. The worker’s name has not been released. Francis says he was never in life-threatening condition. plane crashes in Vt. after detour; 2 hurt MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — A small plane that couldn’t land at its intended destination because of a hot air balloon festival ran out of fuel and crashed in Vermont on Saturday, injuring both men on board, police said. Vermont State Police said neither man was seriously hurt when the single-engine Cessna crashed around 9:30 a.m. in Middletown Springs. According to police, the pilot had intended to land at an airport in Glen Falls, N.Y., but had to turn back after spotting hot air balloons and cars on the runway. He turned toward Rutland, Vt., intending to refuel there but fell a couple miles short, according to police. The pilot, identified as Richard Piccirilli, 65, of Sun City, Calif. suffered lacerations and a possibly broken wrist, according to police. His
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passenger, David Querry, 53, of Hemet, Calif., got a cut on his nose. Both men refused immediate medical attention. Roadside bomb kills 2 NATO troops in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a roadside bombing has killed two international service members in eastern Afghanistan. The military alliance says the attack happened on Sunday. NATO confirmed the incident on Monday but did not specify the nationality of the service members. Many U.S. troops operate in the eastern part of the country. This incident brings the number of NATO troops killed this month to seven, while 122 have been killed so far this year, 92 of them U.S. soldiers. On Saturday, three American soldiers were killed by an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform after he turned his weapon against them in Paktia province, another apparent attack by a member of the Afghan forces against their international allies. Death toll from Pakistan church blasts rises to 81 PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistan police official says the death toll from a church bombing has risen to 81 as angry Christians protested the deadliest attack ever in Pakistan against members of their faith. Police official Noor Khan says the death toll from Sunday’s bombing in the northwestern city of Peshawar rose overnight to 81, after three more of the wounded died. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers. A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing and said they would continue to target non-Muslims until the U.S. stops drone attacks in the remote tribal region. Angry Christians blocked roads around the country Monday to protest the bombings. Christians are a minority in Pakistan and have often been attacked by militants. Suicide bomber hits Iraq Sunni funeral, killing 16 BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt among Sunni mourners attending a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday, killing 16 people and wounding 35 others, officials said, in the latest episode of the country’s near-daily violence. Police officials said the evening attack took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt inside a tent where the funeral was being held in Baghdad’s southern neighborhood of Dora. Two other attacks in the country’s north left two policemen dead and 37 others wounded, the officials added. Sunday’s bloodshed came a day after a wave of attacks killed 104 people, most at a double suicide attack on a Shiite funeral in Baghdad. Violence has spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4,000 people have been killed between April and August, a level of carnage not seen since the country was on the brink of civil war in 2006-08. Earlier on Sunday, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a residential area in the city of Kirkuk, wounding 35 people, Kirkuk Police Brig. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Qadir said. Greenpeace reacts to piracy accusations MOSCOW (AP) — Greenpeace has dismissed suggestions by a Russian agency that its activists engaged in piracy while attempting to board an offshore drilling platform owned by state natural gas company Gazprom. Greenpeace International’s General Counsel Jasper Teulings said in a statement Saturday that the Russian Investigative Committee’s announcement that it was formally considering charges of piracy for the group was not valid and “smacks of desperation.” Since the Greenpeace ship was stormed by Russia’s Coast Guard in Arctic waters on Thursday, Greenpeace has been unable to reach it by phone. The activists remain aboard the vessel, which is being towed to the nearest
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Wind and solar opportunities have been identified as two of the renewable energy strategies in the American Samoa Strategic Energy Plan (ASSEP), which will be forwarded to Governor Lolo Moliga for approval before the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) and the Territorial Energy office (TEO) carry out implementation. The plan, which was a collective effort of the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee chaired by outgoing TEO Acting Director Tim Jones, notes that the islands of Olosega and Ta’u in Manu’a have a cost of power production that is 50% higher than the cost of electrical power production in Tutuila. The reason for this, according to the ASSEP, is primarily that the smaller diesel generators are less efficient than the large units on Tutuila, and there is an additional cost due to the delivery of fuel to Manu’a. “The Manu’a grids of Olosega and Ta’u are small enough to facilitate energy storage, opening an avenue for near 100% solar and wind penetration on the Manu’a power grid,” said the report. “Making Manu’a 100% solar and wind dependent will eliminate the need for challenging fuel deliveries, greatly enhancing the island’s power stability issues and mitigating the risk of spills into the pristine waters that surround both islands.” The ASSEP points out that stand-by diesel generators will need to run on occasion, acting as viable backups for the grid. Solar and wind for Manu’a can be completed as early as the end of 2016. With regards to neighboring Aunu’u, the report states that the island’s power grid is approximately 90 kW. “A subsurface marine extension was constructed in Manu’a a few decades ago, but continuous problems with the undersea cable and the cost of repairs has led to abandoning the line,” the report notes, adding that Aunu’u is now 100% reliant on self-generating diesels. The ASSEP points out that the problems and solutions for Aunu’u are very similar to Manu’a as the grid is small enough to consider solar and wind with sufficient storage. “This can be completed by the end of 2016,” says the ASSEP. As for Swains Island, the report says the island offers some unique challenges for the implementation of renewable energy projects. “As Swains is a privately owned Island, it would make sense to encourage private investment into energy related strategies. A recommendation in the Strategic Plan involves paving the way for low to no-cost loans for private sector investment into renewable energy.”
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Solar, wind could power Manu’a as early as 2016
The reports notes that Rose Atoll is currently uninhabited, with no known plans to change that status. Therefore, the energy requirements at Rose Atoll are expected to remain at zero. Renewable energy strategies are only some of the issues discussed in the ASSEP draft which will be sent to the National Renewable Energy Lab - contracted by the Department of Interior to work with the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee (ASREC). The ASREC is a non-regulatory advisory group sponsored by the current Administration and comprised of local volunteers from multi-sector stakeholder communities and supported by federal agencies. The group first convened in November 2010. The ASREC has been asked to deliver a long-term Strategic
Wipes, paper towels among many items clogging sewers
(AP) — Wastewater officials across the country have been trying to spread the message that not just anything can go down the toilet, and it has recently taken aim at wipes. Vancouver, Wash., has a campaign called “Smart Bunnies” that shows a bespectacled rabbit sitting on a toilet and the tag line: “Smart bunnies flush only toilet tissue ... All wipes and other products will clog the pipes!” “Many new products, such as wipes, claim to be flushable. However, that doesn’t mean they’re treatable in our wastewater system,” according to the campaign’s materials. Among the items it says don’t belong in the toilet: Cleaning rags, reinforced paper towels, baby diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, and medical bandages, tubing and pads. A public awareness campaign by the Orange County Sanitation District in California called “What 2 Flush” emphasizes that the toilet is meant only for the three Ps — pee, poop and toilet paper. It even says facial tissues are too sturdy to be flushed. Among the more unusual items it says people commonly flush that risk causing clogs: cat litter, condoms and dental floss. A study by the Portland Water 1District in Maine in 2011 analyzed what was causing clogs in their sewer pipes and came up with this analysis: — 42% paper products — including paper towels — 24% baby wipes — 17% hygiene products, including feminine pads/tampons — 8% “flushable” wipes — Remainder, other items, including household wipes, cosmetic pads and medical materials.
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Samoana High School Social Studies Department students were picking up trash at the Utulei Beach last Friday as part of this year’s Coast Weeks 2013. They took time out to pose for a picture for the Samoa News camera. According to the school’s Social Studies Department Head Meauta Mageo, the students will be involved in more clean-up activities every Friday to learn about the [photo: Jeff Hayner] importance of a clean environment.
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port, Murmansk. Russian Presidential Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov told journalists in Stockholm on Saturday that Greenpeace had “acted too radically” and compared its protest to “Somalianstyle piracy.” Former Dutch queen Beatrix breaks cheek bone THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Princess Beatrix, the former Dutch queen, has undergone surgery after falling and breaking a cheekbone, the Royal House announced Sunday. Beatrix, 75, was operated on Sunday morning after the fall and will remain hospitalized for a few days. After 33 years on the throne, Beatrix was replaced as Dutch monarch on April 30 this year by her eldest son Willem-Alexander. Following her abdication, she was named Princess Beatrix and continues to perform public duties. Intercontinental missile test-launched from Calif. VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast in a test flight. The Minuteman 3 blasted off around 3 a.m. Sunday from an underground silo at the Vandenberg Air Force, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was supposed to travel 4,200 miles to a predetermined target in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. A statement by the Air Force Global Strike Command did not include results of the test. Calls and an email were not immediately returned. The military tests several missiles from the Vandenberg base every year to verify the weapon system’s accuracy and reliability. The next test was scheduled for Thursday. Earlier this year, a missile test flight was delayed because of tensions with North Korea.
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He said the recommendation by Soliai will be presented to the Fono leadership. Soliai said this is an important issue for the joint budget committee to consider not only for now, but for future budgets. During Saturday’s Senate session, Soliai praised comments made last week by Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie during the joint committee review of the Fono’s budget that it’s time for the Fono to control its own annual budget affairs. The senator said it’s time for the Fono to take a new course heading into the future, dealing with its budget instead of
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Muagututi’a said that in the United States where the speed limit is up to 50 miles per hour, more than 15,000 lives are saved each year because drivers and passengers wear seat belts when they are involved accidents. He told Samoa News that it’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure that the passengers in the vehicle are wearing their seat belts. “Most of the time, when police pull a car over, the driver is wearing a seat belt and the passenger isn’t. Why? Everyone in a moving vehicle must wear seat belts, except those who ride in the bed of the truck.” Muagututi’a explained to Samoa News that seat belts prevent occupants of the vehicle from serious injury in five ways.  First, he said, during a car accident, seat belts keep the occupants inside the vehicle. Second, seat belts restrain the strongest parts of the body. “Restraints are designed to contact your body at its strongest parts. For an older child and adult, these parts are the hips and shoulders, which is where the seat belt should be strapped.” Third, he added, seat belts spread out any force from the collision. “Lap-and-shoulder belts spread the force of the crash over a wide area of the body. By putting less stress on any one area, they can help you avoid serious injury.” He said a shoulder strap also helps keep your head and upper body away from the dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard interior parts of the automobile, should you stop suddenly or be hit by another vehicle. Fourth, seat belts help the body to slow down. ”A quick change in speed and seat belts help extend the time it takes for you to slow down in a crash,” he said. Lastly, seat belts protect your brain and spinal cord. ”A seat belt is designed to protect these two critical areas. Head injuries may be hard to see immediately, but they can be deadly. Likewise, spinal cord injuries can have serious consequences.” Currently, the DPS Office of Highway Safety actively campaigns through paid media advertisements about — among other things — the importance of wearing seat belts, the dangers of drunk driving, and the proper use of car seats.
having it controlled and handled by the executive branch. He also agreed with Gaoteote that the Fono is a separate branch of government. Gaoteote responded that he appreciates the support and he will discuss this matter further with the House leadership and present their view to the governor. He said the Fono has sufficient staff to handle budget matters and it’s time for the Legislature to have complete control of its financial matters. The Legislative Finance Office — which is the Fono’s budget office — handles all money issues for the Fono.
➧ ALJ orders ASG to suspend Glen Lefiti…
 A hearing behind closed doors took place earlier this month after Lefiti’s attorney Sharron Rancourt moved for the ALJ to ask the media to leave the courtroom, because it was a personnel matter and therefore confidential. Asst. Attorney General Edwin Kama’oha agreed. Lefiti has been an employee with the Treasury Department for 11 years and has been Chief Customs Officer for the last few years. The main incident the ASG cites to justify Lefiti’s termination is the incident involving Customs Agent Francis Maluia. According to the order, Maluia is a Customs Officer who took a bag or parcel from the post office that was flagged by the canine unit in suspicion of having contraband or illegal drugs in it. Maluia was told to stop and have the parcel checked by the officers on duty but he didn’t. “Lefiti found out about this incident and did not tell the Treasurer about the incident until over a
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month later,” the order notes. Furthermore, “Maluia has not been terminated, neither have the two Customs Officers that allowed Maluia to leave the Post Office.” In addition, “the Treasurer testified in open court that he thought at the time he didn’t have enough evidence to terminate anyone. That’s why he did not quickly terminate Lefiti. He has not terminated Maluia yet.” Another issue the order points to are the guns that were found by the Customs Office. According to the order, the guns were “legally retained by the Customs Office.” Based on Lefiti’s personnel file, says the order, this incident is the first disciplinary action involving Lefiti in his 11 years of service with the Treasury Department and his personnel evaluations have all been “very good and even superior.” Reach reporter joy@samoanews.com
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Ua faamaonia mai e le Taitaifono o le Iuni Lakapi a Amerika Samoa (ASRU) ia Togiola T.A Tulafono, le maea ona sainia o se lisi e iva tausaga, 11 masina i le va o le malo o Amerika Samoa ma le ASRU i le masina o Novema, 2012, mo le nofoaga tuai lea sa i ai le Ofisa o Fitafita Tuai (VA) i Tafuna. E talitonu le Samoa News, e o o lava fo’i i le alii kovana ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga na faateia o ia i le vaiaso na te’a nei ina ua fesiligia e faatatau i le lisi lenei. O ni isi o tuutuuga o le lisi e pei ona saunoa Togiola, e le na o le ASRU latou te faaaogaina le fanua ma fale o lo o i ai, ae mafai ona fa’aaoga e Asosi o Taaloga uma i le atunuu ina ia faaleleia ai tulaga tau atina’e o taaloga i le atunuu, ma o lea tuutuuga o le lisi o lo o usitaia e le ASRU e pei ona saunoa Togiola. Na mafua ona fesiligia e le Samoa News le afioga i le matua e faatatau i le lisi, ona o se tulaga le femalamalamaa’i na tula’i mai i le Aso Faraile na te’a nei, ina ua aga’i atu Togiola ma faailoa i ni tagata faigaluega a le malo sa galulue i le faamamaina o le fanua ma fale, o le fanua ma fale o lo o latou faamamaina ua maea ona i lalo o le lisi a le malo ma le Iuni Lakapi. Na taua e se molimau i le Samoa News e faapea, o le Matagaluega o Talavou ma Tina na galulue i le faamamaina o le fanua ma fale o lo o i ai, ma le faamoemoe e faaaoga i aoaoga mo tina ma tamaitai. Na saunoa Togiola e faapea, o ia na alu atu e piki mai lona afafine ua manava i le aso Faraile na te’a nei, ae tau atu ai lana vaai i tagata faigaluega a le malo o lo o galulue mai i le teuina ma le faamamaina o le fanua ma fale o lo o i ai, o lea na afe ai loa ma ia faailoa i ai tulaga o le lisi ua taoto i luga o le fanua lea. “E tele atina’e ua fuafua e fausia i totonu o fale ua lisiina atu e le malo i le ASRU, ma o nei atina’e e felagolagoma’i ai le ASRU ma isi Asosi o Ta’aloga i le atunuu, ona o le agaga ia mafai ona atina’e taaloga uma i le atunuu ina ia lelei,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola. Talu ona maea le sainia o lea lisi, o le ASRU, Asosi Judo ma le Vaega o Fusuaga lea ua latou faaaogaina se tasi o fale e faatino ai a latou taaloga ma koleniga. “Ua faalua ona api le au lakapi a le atunuu o lo o faamoemoe mo taamilosaga i fafo, ae o lea fo’i o lo o faaaoga e le vaega o fusuaga ma le Judo le fale lapo’a mo a latou faagaioiga ma koleniga i aso taitasi, lona uiga o lea lava o lo o tausisi le ASRU i tuutuuga o le lisi, e le na o latou e faaaogaina le fanua ma fale ae tatala le avanoa i soo se Asosi o taaloga i le atunuu,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola. O le fale lapo’a lea sa masani ona fai ai Bingo ua faamoemoe o le a tuu ai masini mo toleniga a tagata ta’a’alo, ae o le fale laititi o lo o pito i luma o le auala tele, lea na faaaoga e le polokalame a le NEG i tausaga ua mavae, ua fuafua e fausia ai le Ofisa autu a le ASRU, ae o isi potu e lua o lo o sosoo atu ai ua faamoemoe e tuu ai i totonu T.V tetele e lua e faaaoga i aoga (training) a Faiaoga ma Laufali mo so o se taaloga. Saunoa Togiola e faapea, e i ai se vaega tupe fesoasoani (grant) o lo o fuafua e maua mai i le IRB, lea ua faamoemoe e faatau ai mea faigaluega e koleni ai au taaalo ma toe faafou ai fale ua tele ina fa’inaelo ma talepe e tagata. Na asia e le Samoa News lea nofoaga ananafi ma molimauina ai le matua faaleagaina o totonu o fale e tagata, e ala i le tata’e o fa’amalama atoa ai ma le faapupu o puipui i totonu. O le fale tele lea sa masani ona fai ai taaloga Bingo, o le isi itu o lo o i ai le maea fusu ae o le isi itu o lo o fola ai kapeta o lo o faaaoga e le Asosi Judo i a latou koleniga ma ta’aloga. O le a faaopoopo i le vaega tupe fesoasoani mai le IRB le isi foi vaega tupe lea o lo o fuafua e maua mai i le Komiti Faavaomalo a le Olimipeka (IOC), ma faamaea ai loa le faafouina o nofoaga e pei ona taua. Ina ua fesiligia Togiola po o i ai se fuafuaga e fausia ni isi fale fou i luga o le fanua mo le faaleleia atili o koleniga a au taaalo, sa ia taua ai e faapea, o le isi lea fuafuaga o lo o vaavaai i ai le ASRU, o le fausia lea o se fale koleni lelei e faaaoga e au taaalo. “Ua atoa nei le 4 masina o faia fesoota’iga ma kamupani e gaosia fale u’amea (Steel Buildings), o lo o faamoemoe e gaosia ai se fale tele e mafai ona koleni ai ni taaloga eseese se lua pe tolu i le taimi e tasi.  E leai ni fale lelei a le atunuu po o le malo o i ai i le taimi nei, o le ala lea o le faamoemoega i a te
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The Occupant Safety Program of the DPS Office of Highway Safety hosted a fitting station this past Saturday at the OMV compound in Tafuna to close out its Child Passenger Safety Week which is a national campaign. The “National Car Seat Check” was held Saturday from 9 a.m.- 12 noon and was carried out by CPS technicians representing OHS, the Child Care Division of the Department of Human and Social Services, and the Fire Department. The fitting stations are generally hosted to educate parents on how to properly install and secure car seats. Usually, car seats are handed out free of charge during these events but free car seats were not offered on Saturday, hence the poor turnout. The last time car seats were offered for free was earlier this year on June 29 when about 30 car seats were handed out to those who requested it. Since the program was implemented three years ago, over 3,000 free car seats have been distributed to local residents. Sadly, the local compliance/usage percentage is less than half the national average. In the US, the national compliance level is 80% while locally, the numbers are devastating. In 2010, the compliance level stood at 30% The following year in 2011, that number dropped to 23% and then increased to 33% in 2012. OHS Occupant Safety Program manager David Bird said in an initial interview that the numbers are “very sad,” and he encourages all parents to remember the safest place in a moving vehicle for a child is in a properly fitted and secured car seat. Bird added, “we’re doing everything we can to promote the use of car seats but apparently, nobody is listening. These are things that are there to save the lives of children but people just aren’t taking the message and words of advice seriously.” More information on the Occupant Safety Program can be obtained by contacting David Bird or OHS program coordinator Fred Scanlan at 633-1780. [photo: JL]  “Know For Sure If Your Child Is In The Right Car Seat!”
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NOFO VAAVAAIA SE TINA NA IA SASA FA’AMO’AMO’A LANA TAMA 4 TAUSAGA Ua faatonuina e le Faamasinoga Maualuga le nofo vaavaaia o se tina, in a ua sasaina sana tama teine e na o le fa tausaga ina au masa’a ai se ipu vai. O le a le mafai e le Samoa News ona faalauiloa le suafa o lenei tina, ona o puipuiga lava i le alualu toto na aafia i lenei mataupu. O le faalavelave lenei na tulai mai ina ua maua e ni isi le teineititi na aafia o lo o savali i le auala ma lona tino o lo o unaoa uma, ma auina atu ai loa e ni isi le teineititi i lona tina matua, o le tina lea o le tama o le teineititi na aafia, ma logoina ai loa e le tina mataupu le mataupu i leoleo. Na ulua’i molia e le malo le tina na aafia i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua atoa ai ma le moliaga mama e tasi o lona faia o ni gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu o fanau laiti, ae i lalo o se maliliega na latou sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga maualuga i le aso 16 Aokuso, 2013, na tali ioe ai le ua molia i le moliaga mama o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu na toe suia e le malo, atoa ai ma le moliaga lona lua o lona faiga o gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu o lana tama. E tolu masina talu ona loka le tina i le toese i Tafuna ae tatalaina loa i tua i le masina o Aokuso na te’a nei, e faatali ai le lauina o lana faasalaga i le taeao ananafi. Na faatoese ma loimata le tina i luma o le faamasinoga e tusa ai o lana solitulafono sa faia, ma ia talosagaina ai se isi avanoa mo ia, se’i mafuta ai pea ma lona toalua ma le la fanau o lo o i ai nei. Na taua e le tina e faapea, ua aoga masina e tolu na loka ai o ia i le toese ua toe aoaoina ai se lesona taua i lona mafaufau, ma avea ai o se auala e toe fuata’i ai lona olaga i le lumana’i. Sa ia faatoese fo’i i lona to’alua e tusa ai o le faalavelave na aafia ai le la tama, ina ia faatoese o ia e tusa ai ma lona sese. Na taua e le alii loia ia Michael White na tula’i mo le tina na molia e faapea, o le televave tele o le ita a le ua molia ina ua masaa le ipuvai i lana tama na mafua ai loa
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Ta’ita’ifono o le Komiti So’ofa’atasi o le Paketi a le Fono Faitulafono, le afioga i le Senatoa ia Laolagi [ata: AF] Fonoti Savali Vaeao (itu taumatau) ma le afioga i le faipule ia Timusa Tini Lam Yuen.
Applicants are to submit a written covering letter clearly identifying the position you are applying for, your full contact details including phone and email address, your experience and attaching a copy of your resume. Letters of application should be address to the Executive Director, American Samoa Visitors Bureau and delivered to our office located at Level One, Suite #200, Ottoville Center, Corner Ottoville Road and Ili’ili Road, Tafuna. Applications for the above positions close 4.00pm September 30th 2013 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.
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o le Paka o le Si’ugaula, ua aveese mai ai e le Fono le ta’i $200,000 mai vaega tupe nei. O isi suiga e aofia ai tulaga nei, o le $335,000 lea sa fuafua e Faaleleia ai tulaga o Taaloga, ua aveese e le Fono le $100,000 mai le vaega tupe lea; o le miliona sa fa’atulaga e faatupa ai Galuega Atina’e mo le Ofisa o le Tupe, ua aveese mai ai le is $100,000; o le $150,000 sa fuafua e faatau mai ai masini Komipiuta mo le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, ua aveese mai ai le $50,000; ma le $200,000 sa fuafua e faatupe ai savaliga a sui tauva mo le palota, ua aveese mai ai le $50,000, ona maua ai lea o le aofaiga e $900,000. E $6.700,000 le paketi fuafuaina e le Fono sa tuuina mai i le taimi muamua, faaopoopo ai loa i ai ma le $985,000 ona siitia lea i le $7,685,000, ae faaitiitia ai le paketi a le Ofisa o le Kovana Sili i le $4,998,500 mai le $5,083,500 sa fuafuaina. O le talitonuga o le komiti soofaatasi o le paketi a le fono ina ua talanoaina suiga nei, e le tatau ona toe aapa le fono e sui le paketi a le malo, ona o lo latou talitonuga, o le paketi lava ua tuuina mai e le kovana ma le faigamalo, o le paketi lava foi lea ua uma ona latou malilie i ai, sei vagana ai suiga laiti a le fono e tatau ona tuu ai i totonu. O suiga a le fono mo lana paketi na faia ina ua talosagaina e le alii peresetene ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau le komiti soofaatasi a le fono, e manaomia se faaopoopoga i le paketi a le fono ona o le tele o manaoga tautupe e le o i ai ma se tupe e faatupe ai. Mo se faataitaiga o le saunoaga a Gaoteote i manaoga e le o mafai ona faatino e le fono ona e le o lava se tupe, e le o i ai se tupe e totogi ai le pili eletise a le fono, e le o i ai se tupe e faatau ai mea e faatino ai galuega (supply), e le o i ai se tupe e faatupe ai totogiina o malaga mo faipule ma senatoa e tatau ona o ai i fonotaga i fafo, atoa ai ma se faaopoopoga i totogi o senatoa ma faipule.
A’o lei tuuina mai le paketi a le malo i luma o le fono faitulafono, sa fautuaina e le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga faatonusili o matagaluega ma ofisa a le malo, ina ia aua nei misi se isi i taimi o iloiloga a le fono i le paketi. Sa fautuaina foi e Lolo ana faatonusili, o le paketi lava ua latou tuuina atu i  luma o le fono, o le paketi lava lena e alu ai ofisa uma a le malo, ae le manaomia le toe o atu o faatonusili i luma o le fono ma toe talosaga i ai mo se isi faaopoopoga i a latou paketi, aua afai e tupu lea tulaga, lona uiga ua atagia mai ai e le o tasi le loto a le faigamalo i le faatinoina o ana galuega faatino. O le tele o faatonusili sa fesiligia e le komiti soofaatasi a le fono i a latou paketi, po o i ai se isi vaega o lo o manaomia i le paketi, sa latou taua ai lava le tulaga lelei o a latou paketi ua i ai. Sei vagana ai le faatonusili o galuega a le malo ia Faleosina Voight, sa ia talosaga i le komiti ina ia toe faaopoopo se isi vaega tupe e faatupe ma faaleleia atili ai auala i totonu o le atunuu, pe afai ua tele faasea a le fono ma le atunuu i tulaga faaletonu o auala o lo o i ai. E ui sa finagalo ni isi o le komiti soofaatasi e faaopoopo ni isi vaega o le paketi a le malo, ae sa finagalo le fono e ala i le fautuaga a le afioga i le taitai komiti ia Laolagi Fonoti Savali Vaeao, e le tatau ona toe faia se suiga i paketi a ofisa ma matagaluega a le malo, aua o numera ua aumai i le fono, o numera ia ua maea ona malilie i ai le kovana ma le kapeneta, ae afai foi e finagalo le kovana e faaopoopo ni isi vaega tupe i matagaluega ma ofisa o le malo, e mafai lava ona toe tuu atu i le fono se pili mo se paketi faaopoopo, ma ua sauni foi le fono e tali mai i ai i lea manaoga. O le vaiaso fou lea ua faamoemoe e tatau ona pasia ai pili a maota uma e lua mo le paketi, ma tuuina atu ai loa le paketi i le kovana mo le sainia, a’o le’i amataina le tausaga tupe fou 2014 i le aso 1 Oketopa, 2014.
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TOFIA LOLO MR. SOLIP HONG AVEA MA TOTINO KOMITI FAAFOE ASPA O le vaiaso na te’a nei na taunuu ai i le Fono tofiga a le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, mo le susuga Mr. Solip Hong e avea ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe o le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA), e sui tulaga i lana ulua’i tofiga mo le susuga Vaa Sokelati ua teena e le fono. I se vaega o le tusi a Lolo i ta’ita’i o le fono i le vaiaso na te’a nei, sa ia taua ai lona talitonuina o Mr. Hong e avea ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe a le ASPA, ona o le tomai ma le agavaa i tulaga tau eletise o lo o ia te ia. Na taua e Lolo e faapea, o lona tofiaina o Hong i lenei tofiga, ua atagia mai ai lona naunau e atina’e tupulaga talavou a le atunuu ia maua le tomai e avea ai ma ta’ita’i, ma faaaoga le tomai o lo o ia i latou e faatino ai galuega i le malo. O Hong e pei ona taua e Lolo na faauu mai i le Iuvesite o San Francisco ma lana faailoga o le BA i mataupu tau Pisinisi ma Pulega i le 2005, ma o lenei tomai maualuga ma le agavaa ua ia maua ua agavaa ai ona ia
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RFQ No: RFQ-061-2013
RFQ No: RFQ-061-2013 Issuance Date: September 17, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 01, 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: “Construction Management Services for the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility at Ofu Airport” Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “RFQ: Construction Management Services for the ARFF Faciltiy Ofu Airport.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, October 1, 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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TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
tauaveina lenei tofiga ma maua se totogi lelei. Na taua atili e Lolo e faapea, sa fesoasoani le Iunivesite o San Francisco e faatupe le aoga a Hong, mulimuli ane toe totogi e lenei alii le tupe sa totogi atoa ai lana aoga, ma o le taimi nei o lo o avea o ia ma Pulesili i tulaga atu Faagaioiga i le faleoloa o le KS Mart, ma o lo o ia te ia le agavaa i tulaga tau pisinisi na te tauaveina ai lenei tulaga. Na faaiu le tusi a Lolo i taitai a le fono i lona talosagaina lea o i latou ina ia pasia le susuga Hong e avea ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe a le ASPA, lea fo’i o le a galue ai mo le fa tausaga. TEENA FAIPULE TOFIGA A LE KOVANA MO MICHAEL SALA E ui ua teena e le maota o sui tofiga a le kovana sili mo le susuga a Michael Sala e avea ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga a le malo i le palota e 10-4 i le aso Tofi na te’a nei, peitai o lo o maua pea le avanoa o Sala e avea ai o ia ma totino o lea komiti, ina ua pasia e le maota o sui le talosaga ina ia toe tuuina atu le suafa o Sala e toe iloilo e le maota i se taimi o i luma. A’o le’i teena e faipule tofiga a le kovana mo Sala, na muamua faataunuu se iloiloga na taitaia e le tamaitai faipule ia Vui Florence Vaili Saulo ma le komiti o Tulafono a le maota, e iloiloina ai agavaa o le molimau. E 11 palota na manaomia e Sala e faamaonia ai tofiga a le kovana mo ia, peitai e na o le 10 palota ioe na ia maua. TALI LE KOVANA I LE TALOSAGA A FAGATOGO Mai le tele o tausaga o taoto le talosaga a le afioaga o Fagatogo mo se vaega tupe e fausia ai se Malae Taalo mo tupulaga a le afioaga, o le tausaga nei lea ua talia ai e kovana Lolo Matalasi Moliga lea talosaga e ala i lona fa’aavanoaina o se vaega tupe e $100,000 mai lalo o le vaega tupe o Polokalame Fa’apitoa mo le Tausaga Tupe 2014, e fa’atupe ai lenei galuega taua. I se tusi na tuuina atu e le afioga i le faipule ia Maugaoali’i Leapai Tusipa Anoa’i i le alii kovana, o lo o ia faafetaia ai lona tumau i ana folafolaga sa faia, i le tuuina atu lea o lana fesoasoani e faatino ai le galuega mo Fagatogo. Na taua e Maugaoalii e faapea, sa ia talosagaina isi nofoaiga ua mavae atu mo se vaega tupe e faatino ai lenei galuega, peitai o se fiafiaga ia te ia o le faipule o Fagatogo ina ua talia e Lolo le talosaga mo se tupe, ma ua ia manatu o le a aoga lenei galuega mo tupulaga o le afioaga faapea ai le atunuu atoa. O lenei malae taalo o lo o faamoemoe e fausia i le vaega tonu o lo o i ai le Faleva’a o le Iseulaolemoana, ma ua faamoemoe o le a aofia atu ai ma le Maketi Fou i Fagatogo i galu-
ega mo le fausiaina o lenei malae taalo. FESOASOANI LE MALO I LE AUFAI FAATOAGA E $150,000 se vaega tupe ua fa’aagaga e le Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga a le malo mo le tausaga tupe fou 2014, e fesoasoani ai i le aufai faatoaga i le fa’atauina o mea faalelei eleele e faaleleia ai a latou fa’atoaga. O lea fesoasoani na fa’amanino e le fa’atonusili o le Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga ia Lealao M. Purcell, ina ua fesiligia e le Komiti Soofaatasi a le Fono le Paketi a lana matagaluega i le vaiaso na te’a nei. I le fa’atupeina ai o lea fesoasoani i lalo o le vaega tupe o Polokalame Fa’apitoa, o le isi afa o le oloa e totogi e le tagata fai faatoaga ae o le isi afa e totogi e le malo. Na taua e se sui o le aufai faatoaga i le Samoa News lona fa’afetaia o le ali’i fa’atonu ia Lealao, ina ua a’e se manatu e toe fa’aauau le fesoasoani tupe a le malo mo le aufai faatoaga sa faia i tausaga ua mavae. O le to’atele o senatoa ma faipule na maua avanoa e saunoa ai i le iloiloga, sa na o le agaga faafetai na tuuina atu i le ali’i fa’atonu, ona o le tele o atina’e ua ia fa’atula’i talu ona filifilia o ia i le galuega, e pei o le unaia o fai faatoaga e toto le talo, fualaauaina aemaise ai le tufatufaina atu o le koko Samoa i afioaga i tua. FA’AFETAI FAIPULE TUALAUTA I ATINA’E O AOGA MA AUALA O ni tusi na tuuina atu e faipule e toalua o le itumalo o Tualauta i le kovana ma le matagaluega o galuega a le malo, o lo o la faafetaia ai galuega lelei ua faia mo le toe faaleleia o aoga aemaise ai o auala i totonu o le itumalo. Na taua e le tamaitai faipule ia Vui Florence Vaili Saulo lona lagolagoina o le polokalame a le kovana e faamama ai aoga i le atunuu, ona o le suiga ua vaaia i aoga uma i totonu o le itumalo. I sana tusi sa tuuina atu i le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, na taua ai e Vui le matagofie o lenei polokalame, ua mafai ai ona faaleleia le tulaga o le soifua maloloina o fanau aoga faapea ai ma le teu faamatagofieina o fale aoga o lo o aoaoina ai latou. E le gata na aofia i lana tusi le agaga faafetai ona o suiga ua i ai aoga i le itumalo, ae sa ia tuuina atu ai fo’i ma le lisi o mea faigaluega uma ua maea ona faatau e amata ai galuega mo le faaleleia o le auala i Kokoland ma Faleniu. I le tusi a le afioga i le faipule ia  Larry Sanitoa sa tuuina atu i le faatonusili o galuega a le malo ia Faleosina Voight ma le konekarate fai auala o le McConnell Dowell, sa ia faafetaia ai i latou mo galuega i le fonofonoina lea o vaega faaletonu o le auala.
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Ua fa’asolo pea le savaliga a Tiali ma lana uo tama’ita’i i totonu o le ana, ma o la iloa ai o lo’o i ai se poutu, o lo’o lalagoina le ana atoa, ma o lalo ifo o lenei pou o lo’o i ai le taulaga pe’a, ae maise o le tele o elefane, o lo’o i ai i lea nofoaga. O pe’a nei e avea iniseti ma a latou mea’ai, ma o faua ma pua’iga a pe’a, lea o lo’o tele nei i le itu lea o le ana. Pe na tu’u ea e Tiali lona lima i totonu o faua o pe’a.? E tele tausaga talu ona le toe va’aia le uo tama’ita’i a Tiali lea na o la o i totonu o le ana o Kitum, ae maise o le mauga o Elekone, (Mount Elgon). Ae te’i ane ua toe va’aia le tama’ita’i lenei i totonu o se pa pia i le a’ai o Mombasa, lea sa avea ai o ia o se tama’ita’i teu fale. O le ali’i fomai mai Kenya lea sa ia su’esu’eina le mataupu i a Tiali, sa fai sana malologa i totonu o le pa pia lenei, ma na fetaui ai ma le tama’ita’i lenei. O se la talanoaga na fai ma le tama’ita’i, ae na ta’ua ai le igoa o Tiali Moneti. Na fa’ate’ia le ali’i fomai ina ua fa’apea ane le tama’ita’i, na te iloa lelei lava le mataupu lea e uiga i a Tiali Moneti ona o lana uo. Na tau le talitonu le ali’i foma’i, ae ina ua fa’amatalatala ane i ai e le tama’ita’i le la mafutaga ae maise o le la tafaoga ma Tiali Moneti lea na alu i luga o le Mauga o Elekone ae maise o le Ana o Kitum, sa talitonu ai loa le ali’i foma’i. Talu mai le feiloa’iga lea ma le ali’i foma’i na nimo ai loa le tama’ita’i, ua le toe va’aia ona foliga i totonu o Mombasa, ae a tonu ua oti ona o le fa’ama’i o le AIDS. E faia pea…
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Fa’aliliu: Akense Ilalio Zec
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Vaega: 5 Fa’atalofa atu i lou alafa’i mai i le manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua, lea ua o tatou molimau fa’atasi ai le matagofie o Ana galuega mamana mo o tatou tagata. Taeao manuia, taeao toto’a, fa’afetaia ai pea le alofa o le Atua e le mavae mo i tatou i aso uma o lo tatou ola. Ona o tatou fa’apea ifo lea, “Le Ali’i e, o Oe o lo matou maluapapa ma lo matou malosi’aga, fa’afetai mo mea silisili e te faia pea mo o matou tagata, ia fo’i atu lava le vi’iga ma le fa’amanu i Lau Afio, Amene.” Ae alo maia, o le vaega lona lima lenei o la tatou tala, o le Sone Vevela. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua o’o le maimoaga a Tiali ma lana uo tama’ita’i i totonu o le ana ua fa’aigoaina o le Kitum. O se va’aiga e maofa ai le loto lea ua iloa nei e Tiali, ona o totonu o le ana lenei, e le gata ina avea ma fale e malu ai so’o se meaola, ae ua tutupu ai i totonu le anoano o la’au lauusiusi. O autafa o le ana lea e i ai papa ma’a, ma e foliga ua liua ma avea o se fa’ata manino. O le ogatotonu o le ana, o lo’o tafe ai se vaitafe manino ma le matagofie. Ua ki pea le moliuila a Tiali ma fa’asolosolo le la va’ai i totonu o le ana, na o la iloa ai le tele o ivi o manu ua mamate o lo’o tautau mai i luga o papa, o lo’o i ai fo’i ivi o isi manu o lo’o i ai. O lona uiga ua avea lenei ana ma nofoaga o manu. O aupoga leveleve, o lo’o tautau solo mai i luga o isi itu o la’au, o aupoga leveleve nei o lo’o avea isi iniseti la’iti ma a latou mea’ai. Na o’o nei le savaliga a Tiali ma lana uo i le itu e mafola atoa ma e silia ma le selau iata lona lautele, e sili atu ona lautele nai lo le malae o lo’o fai ai ta’aloga lakapi, ma sa o la va’aia ai se lua loloto i le ogatotonu galemu o le mafola lea.
AIR FORCE AIRMAN 1ST CLASS REGINALD T. TALILI Air Force Airman 1st Class Reginald T. Talili graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Talili is the son of Veronica Lutali-Talili and Aaron Talili, both of Nu’uuli, American Samoa. He is a 2012 graduate of Tafuna High School.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
September 25 - 27, 2013
American Samoa Government
“OPERATION MATAALA”
will test nation’s first comprehensive plan for using ASG personnel to distribute preventive medication
The scenario might be an island side, life-threatening infectious disease outbreak. Or it might be a deliberate bioterrorism attack, targeting the entire territory, using a deadly agent like anthrax. It could be any large scale health emergency that requires getting medicine to a very large number of people, very quickly. Public health officials acknowledge that, at any given point in time, the odds are against something like that actually happening. But they also warn that if we ever face an emergency requiring rapid distribution of preventive medicine to the public - and we aren’t ready - the consequences could be devastating. This coming week, the American Samoa Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Division will test the activation of the departments Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) plan for requesting medical counter measures and for delivering emergency medicine to the public. It’s part of an exercise called “Operation Mataala” which will test the territory’s first-ever comprehensive plan for using ASG personnel to deliver emergency meds. The simulated event for the exercise will be a large scale, infectious disease outbreak-the kind of incident that would make it especially urgent to get people on medication quickly. The task could be very challenging. Depending on the extent of the outbreak, it might be necessary to get medications to the entire population of American Samoa. For more information call 699-8680 or Ben Sili @ 770-1562 or Fatima Langkilde @ 258-3617
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Na taua e Sanitoa e faapea, e ui o ni gaioiga e le tumau ae ua mafai ai ona fesoasoani i le atunuu i le tele o vaega faaletonu o auala, ma ia taua ai le toatele o tagata o le itumalo ua valaau faafetai atu ona o gaioiga ua mafai ai ona foia ia faafitauli i auala. Na faaiu le tusi faafetai ia Sanitoa ia Faleosina i galuega ua mafai ai ona foia le faafitauli i le vai sa to’a i tala atu o le Cost-U-Less, ma ia talosagaina ai loa le tamaitai faatonu ina ia toe silasila i lana talosaga ua maea ona tuuina atu ina ia aofia ai i galuega faaleleia o lo o faagasolo i le taimi nei le isi vaega o le auala i Vaitogi o lo o faaletonu. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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A series of explosive charges brings down the landmark former Macy’s department store building in downtown Houston on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Many Houstonians remember the store as Foley’s, a homegrown retail chain that started downtown in 1900 and moved into the building in 1947. It was converted to Macy’s in 2006 and operated at the site until closing in March. The 10-story, 791,000-square-foot building was reduced to rubble just after sunrise to (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool) make way for a still-undisclosed new development.
AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
“Pesticide Applicator Training”
ASCC Land Grant Program will be conducting a Pesticide Applicator Safety training for those who handle farm chemicals. If you are using farm pesticides without being certified, or you are planning to use chemicals in the near future, this is a good opportunity for you to attend this important training. The training schedule is as follows: Date: September 23 - 27, 2013 Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Place: ASCC Land Grant Training Room Registration is FREE. To confirm your participation for this training, please call Cora or Helen at 699-1575/2019. THANK YOU.
ona ia sasa ia te ia i ona lima ma mafua ai ona manu’a tigaina le tino atoa o lana tama. Fai mai White, e tatau ona i ai ni polokalame a aoga ai le ua molia ina ia aoaoina ai lona mafaufau i le gaioiga e tatau ona fai pe afai ua lagona lona ita, e ala i le faanofovaavaaia o ia ae aua nei toe tuuina atu i ai se faasalaga faafalepuipui. Na molimau le toalua o le ua molia i luma o le faamasinoga ma ia talosagaina ai se isi avanoa mo lona toalua. Sa ia taua, ua aoga le faalavelave na tulai mai ua taula’i ai o la mafaufau i le tausiaina o le la fanau. Ae na taua e le loia a le malo ia Tony Graf e faapea, e fai lava si matuia o le gaioiga sa faia e lenei tina, e ala i lona sasa faamo’amo’a o le tino o lana tama a’o ita, ma i’u ina leaga uma ai lona tino i manu’a ma unaoa. E ui i le tulaga matuia o manu’a na aafia ai lenei alualu toto, ae na lagolagoina e le itu a le  malo le faafinauga a le itu tetee ina ia faanofovaavaaia le ua molia, ma tuu atu i ai ni polokalame e aoaoina ai lona mafaufau mai le ita. E 2 tausaga na manatu le faamasinoga e loka ai le ua molia, peitai ua faamalumalu lona tuliina o lea faasalaga, ae o le a nofovaavaaia o ia mo le lua tausaga i lalo o tuutuuga a le faamasinoga. O ni isi o ia tuutuuga e aofia ai le aua nei ona toe soli se tulafono, auai i ni aoaoga e fesoasoani ai i le tulaga o le ita, ma aua nei ona toe faia ni gaioiga e sauaina ai lana fanau. Ua poloaina fo’i e le faamasinoga le tuu pea o le teineititi na aafia e tausi e lona grandmother i le taimi nei, se’i vagana ua toe sui e le faamasinoga lana faaiuga e toe tuu atu ai le teineititi e tausi e ona matua, ma o lo o mafai fo’i ona alu i ai lona tina e asi i taimi e tuua ai le aoga. TETE’E UALESI PAPALII TUUAIGA A LE MALO Ua teena e le alii o Ualesi Papalii le moliaga mamafa e tasi o le ave taavale a’o se’i lona laisene ua tuuaia ai o ia e le malo, ina ua tofu atu i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga lana mataupu i le aso Faraile na tea nei. I lona teena ai o le moliaga mamafa e tasi ua molia ai o ia e le malo, ua faatulaga ai loa lana ulua’i iloiloga e faia lea i le masina fou, lea o le a iloilo ai pe faatulaga se aso e faia ai lana faamasinoga autu, po o le tuuina atu foi o se latou maliliega ma le malo i luma o le faamasinoga. O Papalii na loka e leoleo i le lua vaiaso talu ai, ona ua maua o lo o ia faafoeina se taavale ae o lo o se’i lona laisene mo le 6 masina, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le solitulafono mama o le ave taavale ‘ona. Ua poloaina Papalii e le faamasinoga e aua nei ona toe aveina se taavale pe toe tagofia le ava malosi, a’o faatalitali ai le taunuuga o lana mataupu. FAATIGA UPUTONU Toe tasi lava le avanoa lea ua tuu atu e le faamasinoga i le alii o Faatiga Uputonu, afai loa ae toe molia o ia i se isi solitulafono ae faamaonia e le faamasinoga, e le gata o le a ia tuliina se faasalaga faa falepuipui i le toese, ae o le a toe poloaina foi o ia e toe fo’i i le atunuu na malaga mai ai. O Uputonu ua faalua ona ta’usala e le faamasinoga i moliaga eseese. O le 2010 na ta’usala ai o ia i le moliaga o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele ma le taua’i ma’a. O ia moliaga na afua mai i se vevesi na tula’i mai i Tafuna, lea na ia faatupuina ai se vevesi i luma o se faleoloa ina ua ‘ona, atoa ai ma lona tauai o ni ma’a ma manunu’a ai ni tagata se to’alua e le i auai i le vevesi na tulai mai. O le vaiaso na te’a nei na faasala ai o ia e le faamasinoga faaitumalo ina ua tausala o ia i le solitulafono o le tu fua i le fanua o le isi tagata atoa ai ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. Na talia e le faamasinoga le talosaga a Uputonu mo se isi avanoa mo ia, faatasi ai ma le tuutuuga mulimuli mo ia, afai ae toe molia mai o ia i se isi solitulafono i le lumana’i, o le a le toe i ai se isi avanoa mo ia, ae o le a loka loa o ia i le toese e aofia ai ma se faaiuga ina ia faafo’i o ia i lona atunuu na sau ai. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
FAAALIGA FA’ALAUA’ITELE
“A’oa’oga mo i latou o lo’o fa’aaogaina vaila’au o’ona”
O le a faia se a’oa’oga mo i latou o lo o fa’aaoga vaila’au o’ona i fa’ato’aga. Afai o lo’o e fa’aaoga vaila’au o’ona ae leai se tusi fa’ataga po’o e fa’amoemoe fo’i e te fa’aaoga i se taimi o i luma, o lou avanoa lelei lenei e te ‘auai ai i lenei a’oa’oga taua. O taimi la nei mo lenei vasega. Aso: Setema 23 - 27, 2013 Taimi: 12:00 - 4:00 i le afiafi Nofoaga e fai ai: Potu mo A’oa’oga a le Vaega o Laufanua ma Atina’e a le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi ma Alaalafaga o Amerika Samoa. “E leai se totogi o le resitala. Afai e te fia ‘auai ai i lenei a’oa’oga, fa’amolemole ia fa’afeso’ota’i mai Cora po’o Helen i le telefoni 699-1575/2019 FA’AFETAI.
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a’u, e taumafai, e ala i porokalame a le IRB, se fale faapenei, a le o lea, o le faatuina lea o se “High Performance Center”, pei fo’i ona faamanuiaina ai Samoa i lena fuafuaga a le IRB,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, o lo o faatagaina mai e le Iuni a Samoa le o atu o la tatou au ta’ito’a fitu e a’oa’o ai pei ona faia i le tausaga ua te’a, peita’i o le faamoemoe maualuga, ia maua fo’i sa tatou lava fale, poo le fausia fo’i i ni alagatupe e maua lava i lenei itu, se fale e aoga mo le a’otauina o taaloga ma tausinioga mo alo ma fanau talavou e le gata mo le taaloga lakapi, ae fa’apea fo’i isi faaagatama o lo o tauva i tausinioga faa-Olimipeka. O le lisi e pei ona taua e Togiola, e le gata ua maea ona lesitala ae ua maea foi ona totogi atoa le tau o le lisi i le malo. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TEMCO AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
The Outreach at Matatula was a Preparedness and Awareness Presentation for the entire school (students and staff) on Wednesday the 4th, and a follow up Tsunami Evacuation Exercise on Friday the 6th. During the presentation, presenters talked about making a plan, working together and being ready. Presenters included Mase Akapo for NOAA, which is a partner with the DHS throughout September’s National Preparedness Month events. During the exercise, the school’s tsunami evacuation plan was tested by conducting an actual evacuation from the school to their safe assembly area on a hill where the NOAA station is. The drill was also timed to the tsunami emergency siren test — when the siren sounded, the school evacuated and made their way to higher grounds. It was a little emotional due to some of the staff and students being there during the event of 2009, according to a DHS participant.
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Disaster Outreach Futiga Methodist Church
2 Labor Day Outreach/Pago Pago Village Youth Rally 8am-12pm 9 Outreach to Alataua Lua Elementary School
3 3 COOP Training
4 Outreach to Matatula Elementary School/COOP Training
5 TV Outreach with Public Works & EMS Rep/ COOP Training
6 Matatula Elementary School Tsunami Evacuation Drill/First Friday at the Fagatogo Market Place Siren testing at noon 13 NOAA NPM Activity
7 Disaster Outreach 11am Ottoville Stake
8 Grandparents Day Disaster Outreach at Leone Methodist
10 Outreach to St. Theresa Elementary School
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12 Outreach to Kanana Fou High School
14 Outreach at Laufou School Center
15 Disaster Outreach Pago Pago Methodist
16 Step Family Day Manu’a Island Disaster Outreach 23 Media Day Outreach
17 Citizenship Day Manua Island Disaster / Ofu 24
18 TV Outreach with ASPA & ASTCA 25 Pacific Cyclone Coordinators Meeting
19 Manu’a Island Disaster Outreach / Ta’u 26 TV Outreach with NOAA PagoPago Office & Apia MET Office / Operation Mataala 1st day Exercise - All Day.
20 Manu’a Island Disaster Outreach / Ta’u
21 Outreach at Laufou School Center 28 Outreach at Laufou School Center
22 Disaster Outreach at Nua & Seetaga Church 29 Disaster outreach at Aua AOG Church
Pacific Cyclone Coordinators Meeting
27 Native American Day Operation Mataala 2nd Day exercise - All Day
30 NPM Closing
31 Will notify ALL if schedule changes *Please visit our Facebook page for schedule changes and updates
For information please call 699-6481
Visit us on Facebook or our website. For Facebook - search “American Samoa Department of Homeland Security” For website- www.asdhs.gov
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Ia Manuia Lau Malaga
“Le Auauna Lelei e ma le Faamaoni, Ulufale Maia I le Fiafia o Lou Alii”
Rev. Taumata Leafa Gasio
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