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USdOJ says civil rights obligations not met by CJPA 3 Philly archbishop to ‘allow’ girls in youth football B1
Early Tuesday morning, the Marine and Wildlife Resources Department welcomed the members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council for the 3-day 156th council meeting, with a traditional “Ava Ceremony” held in the Fale Samoa at the Su’igaula Park. On Wednesday, one of its hot ticket discussions centered around the recent Fagatele Bay expansion, with two of the territory’s district governors calling for restrictions surrounding the expansion areas to be lifted. The expansion was Gov. Togiola Tulafono’s wish, “not the people’s wish…” said an alia owner. See [photo: TG] story below for more details.
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DPW and Whitehorn Lemanu asks Fisheries, Sanctuary blame each other for and Coral Reef to “work together” Airport Road delays
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
The lack of a local testing lab to test for specified road/ highway materials, along with the delay of ASTCA and Blue Sky Communications in installing their underground pipelines is the reason for the delay in the airport road project. This was revealed in a Senate hearing held yesterday, following complaints raised over the slow progress in finishing the airport road repairs. Appearing as witnesses were Director of Public Works Faleosina Voight, along with the CEO of Whitehorn Construction Inc, Loran Whitehorn and his wife, Crystal Godinet Ve’ave’a. Whitehorn won the contract for the project with a bid of $7.99 million. Voight informed the Senators that the contract was awarded and the Notice to Proceed was issued last year November to kick off the construction, however by that time, the land use permit had expired and it had to be renewed.
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(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — Utulei, American Samoa — The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council on Wednesday concluded the second of its three-day meeting at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium in American Samoa. The meeting opened Tuesday at the Fale Samoa on Suigaula O le Atuvasa Beach Park with a traditional `ava ceremony. “Fishing is the ocean and fishing is life to the Samoans and throughout the Pacific,” said Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga during the welcoming remarks. Lemanu, whose term began in January of this year, noted there is a clash between the Pacific Island culture and the Westerners and a clash among the efforts of agencies and organizations responsible for fisheries, sanctuaries and coral reefs. “Some trying to protect… some trying to survive,” the Acting Governor noted. “I hope today will be a new day… new ways of going forward, new ways of thinking.” During the next two days, passionate public testimonies were heard regarding the recently expanded Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, now known as the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Originally established by NOAA in 1986, the Sanctuary included 0.25 square miles within
Fagatele Bay. In 2012, NOAA expanded the sanctuary to include Fagalua/Fogama`a (the next bay east of Fagatele) on Tutuila Island; areas off the islands of Aunu`u, Ta`u (in the Manu`a Group) and Swains; and a marine protected area at Rose Atoll (which is known as Muliava by the Manu`a residents), including nearby Vailulu’u seamount. The expanded Sanctuary covers 13,581 square miles of nearshore coral reef and offshore open ocean waters and includes a mix of no-take fishing areas — areas where fishing is restricted to certain species and gear types by permit only — and open-fishing areas. All of the testimonies, except one, were strongly opposed to the expanded Sanctuary. They included two of the Territory’s three District Governors, the Office of Samoan Affairs, a representative for the Territory’s Fono, a master fisherman (tau tai), representatives from the Pago Alia Fisherman Association and a private citizen. In favor of the expansion was the Representative from Swains Island to the Fono, who said the Sanctuary has provided recognition of the island but has not assisted in needed economic development.
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Boundaries of American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary.
[source: NOAA]
Boundaries of American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary, as they relate to Aunu’u Island [source: NOAA] showing the Sanctuary borders the island on three sides.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
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MAtAUtU dR. PEtER tINItALI IS NEW dIRECtOR OF OPAd Matautu Dr. Peter Tinitali, nominee for the Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD) has been confirmed in the Senate in a vote of 16-1. This follows his confirmation in the House of Representatives in a vote of 18-1. During the confirmation hearing before the Senate, Matautu was urged to give his best in carrying out his duties as the head of the agency that helps people with special needs. A majority of the senators noted that his resume and service to the government and the people of American Samoa is commendable, and he should keep at it, while taking over the post at OPAD. Gov. Lolo M. Moliga’s nomination letter to the Fono states in part that “with his immense years of experience and the many years of working daily with these residents, I am certain that Matautu possesses the experience and knowledge that will make him an excellent director” for OPAD. ASPA COMMENdEd FOR FIxING StREEtS LIGhtS A majority of the street lights along the side of the road in Tualauta county have been either fixed or replaced according to an announcement made by Tualauta Faipule Florence Vaili Saulo, during the House Regular Session Wednesday morning. She voiced her gladness to ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae for his quick response to the needs of Tualauta, where more than 22,000 people on the island reside. During the session yesterday, Representative Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava also commended ASPA for their hard work and making sure that the streets light are on at night. However, he has also received complaints from residents in Tualauta that the lights are shining right into their homes, and they somehow feel like this is an invasion of privacy said the Leasina faipule. Rep. Saulo said that ASPA sought approval of the families before they fixed the street lights. hOUSE RESOLUtION FOR AtUU ANd LELOALOA SEAWALL Rep. Vaetasi Tu’umolimoli Moliga is sponsoring a House resolution which asks Gov. Lolo M. Moliga to direct the Director of Public Works to make and immediately implement construction plans to connect and complete the unfinished seawall between the villages of Aua and Leloaloa. The resolution was assigned to the Public Works Committee chaired by Rep Atualevao Gafatasi Afavala. The resolution says that although the efforts by both and local and federal governments are applauded and appreciated by residents of the district it covers, the seawall between the villages of Aua and Leloaloa does not stretch far enough to provide protection from erosion to a populated area, which now witnesses its shoreline rapidly washing away. The resolution states that it’s proper for the government to extend the existing seawall from Leloaloa, where it currently ends to the village of Atuu where the tuna canning plants begin. It notes that the property occupied by the canning plants act as a wall protecting the remaining parts of Atuu village, however the areas left unprotected continue to suffer serious wear and require immediate attention.
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USdOJ – Civil rights obligations not being BLOWOUT met by local CJPA
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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A U.S. Department of Justice review of financial assistance awarded to ASG’s Criminal Justice Planning Agency found noncompliance of CJPS with “federal civil rights laws”, according to the federal agency’s letter to CJPA. The 20-page letter dated Jan. 7, 2013 was addressed to then CJPA director Taufete’e John Faumuina, Jr. from Michael L. Alston, director for the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) Office of Justice Program at USDOJ Alston pointed out that OCR is responsible for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from various USDOJ programs comply with federal civil rights laws. Additionally, “recipients of federal financial assistance have an obligation not to discriminate against protected classes of people either in employment or in the delivery of services. In carrying out the OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities, the OCR is conducting a broad compliance review of all state administering agencies (SAA) in accordance with federal regulation. The focus of this review is to determine both compliance with applicable federal civil rights laws and SAA monitoring procedures for ensuring the compliance of sub-recipients with these laws. As part of that review, the OCR is evaluating the CJPA, according to the letter. Of particular interest to the OCR is the CJPA’s compliance with the federal regulations that the USDOJ issued in January of 2004, Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, and the regulations advise SAAs not to discriminate either in favor of, or against faith-based organizations. The regulations also instruct funded faith-based organizations not to discriminate in the delivery of services or benefits based on religion, nor are they to use federal funds for inherently religious activities. Last May, the OCR conducted an onsite visit with the CJPA in Pago Pago, to interview management and program staff; “we also provided a training program for Agency representatives about the OCR and the federal civil rights laws that the OCR enforces, how the OCR enforces civil rights laws, a recipient’s obligations to provide services to limited English proficient individuals, civil rights laws that affect faith-based organizations, and effective ways to monitor subrecipient compliance with applicable civil rights obligations,” the letter further states. In the limited scope of this compliance review, Alston said that OCR concluded that the CJPA “is not fully in compliance with the requirements of the federal civil rights laws that the OCR enforces. During the OCR visit, they not only focused on CJPA compliance but also on two subrecipients: Catholic Social Services and Teen Challenge, according to the letter-report, which explains that recipients of federal financial assistance are responsible for certifying that contractors and subrecipients under USDOJ grant programs comply with applicable federal civil rights laws. In reviewing the CJPA’s general efforts to ensure subrecipients’ compliance with their civil rights obligations, the OCR evaluates how the agency uses four tools to ensure subrecipients’ compliance with their civil rights obligations: ➤ standard assurances, ➤ onsite visits and other monitoring methods, ➤ training programs and technical assistance, and ➤ procedures for receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints alleging employment and services discrimination. StANdARd ASSURANCES “The CJPA does not require any of its subrecipients to sign a standard assurances document that apprises them of their federal civil rights obligations,” the report said and noted that “occasionally”, CJPA requires a subrecipient to execute an Independent Contractor Service Contract as a condition of receiving federal funds. While that agreement purports to describe several requirements of the American Samoa Administrative Code, it does not contain any provisions regarding federal civil rights laws, it says. During the OCR’s site visit, the CJPA could only identify that Catholic Social Services had signed this contract. “When the Agency (CJPA) subawards funds to another government office, it enters into a one-page memorandum of agreement that fails to describe any applicable obligations under federal nondiscrimination law. “Finally, in an especially troubling instance of the CJPA’s failure to inform its subrecipients of their obligations under federal law, the CJPA acknowledged during the OCR’s site visit that one subrecipient — Teen Challenge — signed no agreement whatsoever as a condition of receiving federal financial assistance from the USDOJ,” the report says.
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Physicists claim they have found the Higgs boson
GENEVA (AP) — It helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe: how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago. In what could go down as one of the great Eureka! moments in physics — and win somebody the Nobel Prize — scientists said Thursday that after a half-century quest, they are confident they have found a Higgs boson, the elusive subatomic speck sometimes called the “God particle.” The existence of the particle was theorized in 1964 by the British physicist Peter Higgs to explain why matter has mass. Scientists believe the particle acts like molasses or snow: When other tiny basic building blocks pass through it, they stick together, slow down and form atoms. Scientists at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced in July that they had found something that looked like the Higgs boson, but they weren’t certain, and they needed to go through the data and rule out the possibility it wasn’t something else. On Thursday, they said they believe they got it right. “To me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” said Joe Incandela, a physicist who heads one of the two main teams at CERN, each involving about 3,000 scientists. Whether or not it was a Higgs boson had to be demonstrated by how it interacts with other particles and its quantum properties, CERN said. The data “strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson,” it said. The discovery explains what once seemed unexplainable and still is a bit hard for the average person to comprehend. But it means the key theory that scientists use to explain everything works — for now, at least. Its discovery could be a strong contender for the Nobel, though it is uncertain whether the prize would go to the 83-yearold Peter Higgs and the others who first proposed the theory, or to the thousands of scientists who found it, or to all of them. Finding it wasn’t easy. It took more than two decades, thousands of scientists and mountains of data from trillions of colliding protons. And it needed the world’s biggest atom smasher — CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which cost $10 billion to build and run in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border — to produce the extreme surge of energies simulating those 1 trillionth to 2 trillionths of a second after the Big Bang. The Higgs boson is so elusive that only about one collision per trillion will produce one of them in the collider. CERN said it is open question whether this is the Higgs boson that was expected in the original formulation, or the lightest of several Higgses predicted in some theories that go beyond that model. “We found a new particle and we want to know how it behaves, and maybe it behaves the way it was predicted in 1964, maybe it’s a little bit different,” said physicist Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology, who isn’t involved in the research. Finding a Higgs more or less as expected is actually a bit deflating, Carroll said, because physicists had also hoped that an unexpected type of Higgs might open windows into yet more mysteries of the universe. “Scientists always want to be wrong in their theories. They always want to be surprised,” he said. “It’s a bittersweet victory when your theory turns out to be right, because it means, on the one hand, you’re right, that’s nice, but on the other hand, you haven’t learned anything new that’s surprising.” Some of the remaining mysteries including why gravity is so weak and what is the dark matter that is believed to make up a large part of the total mass in the universe, said Patty McBride, who heads a center at the Fermilab in Chicago.
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new Zealand now suffering biggest drought in 30 years
CARTERTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dairy farmer John Rose has sent more than 100 of his cows to the slaughterhouse over recent weeks as a severe drought browned pastures in New Zealand’s normally verdant North Island. He had to thin his herd so the remaining 550 cows have enough to eat, and he’s supplementing their diet with ground palm kernel as the grass in his fields withers. “We try and make sure they’ve got water and shade during the day and do the best we can for them,” he said. “It’s very hard to remember when the last rainfall was.” The drought is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on New Zealand’s economy. On Friday, the government officially declared its most widespread drought in at least 30 years. Parts of the North Island are drier than they’ve been in 70 years and some scientists say the unusual weather could be a harbinger of climate change. There has been little significant rainfall in the northern and eastern parts of the country since October. Still, some are finding the dry, sun soaked days a boon. Vintners call the conditions perfect. And city dwellers are reveling in eating lunch outdoors or spending evenings at the beach in a Southern Hemisphere summer that never seems to end. Farmers estimate the drought has so far cost them about 1 billion New Zealand dollars ($820 million) in lost export earnings with the damage rising daily as they reduce their herds, which in turn reduces milk production. Farming, and dairy cows in particular, drives the economy in the island nation of 4.5 million and the drought is expected to shave about a percentage point off economic growth. New Zealand’s last significant drought was five years ago and also cost farmers billions of dollars. Bruce Wills, president of farming association Federated Farmers, said North Island slaughterhouses are processing about 40 percent more cows and sheep this year as farmers reduce their herds. The increased numbers and lighter weight of the animals has resulted in plummeting prices, he said. North Island farmers are also sending stock to the South Island, which hasn’t been so affected. Wills said farmers have sent 1.5 million lambs and other stock on ferries to the South Island to graze or be slaughtered there. “One of the challenges with a drought is that the impact can go on for a number of years,” he said. “We’ll have a lower lambing percentage next year because there hasn’t been enough feed this year,” he said of the impact on animal fertility. The official government designation of a drought provides farmers some financial relief through increased government funding of rural groups and tax breaks. Farmers facing serious financial hardship will also be eligible to apply for temporary unemployment benefits. “It’s a very serious problem,” said lawmaker David Shearer. “It’s obviously affecting farmers, but the other part is it’s also going to flow through to our rural communities — the retail shops and the businesses.” Bill English, the country’s finance minister, said that despite the economic difficulties caused by the drought, he believes the government can still maintain its goal of returning the national budget to surplus by the year beginning July 2014. The country was sent into the red after the 2008 global financial crisis. James Renwick, a climate scientist at Victoria University of Wellington, said New Zealanders should expect more summers like the current one due to global warming. He said the dry subtropical weather that helps forms deserts in places like Africa and Australia is expanding toward the world’s poles. He said the risk of drought in New Zealand will keep increasing and water resources will become more stretched. He said that in certain places, dairy cows, with their reliance on abundant water, may not be as viable in years to come but that other more drought-resistant crops and species could replace them. “We may need to change our approach to farming,” Renwick said. “Whatever the climate is, there’s always something you can do.” Like, perhaps, growing grapes. “The weather for us is stunningly good,” said Philip Gregan, the chief executive of New Zealand Wine, an association representing grape growers and winemakers. “We’re getting warm, dry, cooler nights. It’s the perfect recipe for fully ripe fruit with fabulous flavors.” Gregan said winemakers across the country are expecting an excellent vintage as the annual grape harvest begins. New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc is well-regarded internationally, but the industry remains small when compared to farming. Winemaking accounts for about 1.2 billion New Zealand dollars ($1 billion) in exports while farming accounts for about 25 billion New Zealand dollars ($20.6 billion). The sunny weather in the capital city Wellington has been drawing thousands of tourists and office workers to the waterfront. Simon Edmonds, who owns the waterfront cafe Tuatua, said late summer business is up 30 to 40 percent over the same time last year. But, he said, locals seem to have become so accustomed to sunny days this year that they’re not arriving in the same numbers as they did on fine days in previous years. “People can’t go out and buy lunch every single day,” he said. Some relief may come with rain in the forecast on Sunday — although one dousing won’t be nearly enough to undo the drought. For Rose, the dairy farmer, the end of the golden weather can’t come quick enough.
This photo from Feb. 26, 2013 shows dry cracked land near a water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealandís North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the countryís economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Christine Cornege)
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Bank will formally submit its FDIC application in three weeks time and a five-member delegation from the bank met on Jan. 9 this year with FDIC officials in San Francisco to initiate the process of obtaining FDIC approval. Pending federal regulatory approval, Community Bank is looking at early 2014 to open its doors. “We have observed that banks owned by off-island banking companies have historically struggled with adapting their technology and policies to accommodate the unique banking environment in American Samoa,” Avamua said. As regards to serving the overseas Samoan population, he said Community Bank intends to have convenient internet banking, VISA or Master Card-branded debit cards, advanced merchant services, and other modern banking products and services that will enable family members on-and-off island to easily and affordably transfer funds. For example, the bank intends to use automated check imaging so that the holding period for processing and clearing off-island checks will be approximately four working days, he said. In making his case, Avamua argued that Community Bank already has, among other things, bank founders who reflect deep and widespread support from the local business community as well as other
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The local Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter of support to the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for the newly formed Community Bank of Amerika Samoa (IO), which plans to file its federal regulatory application in three weeks time. In the letter dated yesterday to the FDIC, Chamber chairman David Robinson, on behalf of the Chamber’s board of directors, pointed out that since Bank of Hawai’i will be closing down local operations, the business organization believes that it “would be in the best interests of local residents, businesses and other organizations if there were two full service banks operating in the Territory.” The Chamber noted that a group of local investors are seeking to obtain federal and territorial approval to open a new full service, FDIC-insured bank to be known as the Community Bank of American Samoa (IO). “The Chamber takes note that Amerika Samoa Bank, a locally-owned and locallycontrolled bank with several of the same investors who are backing the Community Bank, provided excellent service to the community and satisfactory returns to its shareholders from 1979 to 2001,” he said. (This bank is now a subsidiary of the Australia- based Australia New Zealand Banking Group and is a division of ANZ Guam Inc.) Robinson further noted that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Congressman Faleomavaega Eni have provided their full support for the formation of the Community Bank. “The Chamber therefore concludes that a reasonable solution to the on-going banking needs of the American Samoa community, business owners and organizations would be to establish a new, locally owned full service bank,” the Chamber chairman wrote. “Such a bank would be a significant asset to the community and it would have a positive impact on the local economy,” he said, adding that the Chamber’s board of directors, on behalf of its membership “has resolved to provide its full support for the establishment of the Community Bank as it undertakes stringent local and federal reviews of its plans and its efforts to obtain approval to operate an FDICinsured bank in the Territory.” Community Bank interim chairman Avamua Dave Haleck said in a public meeting this week, hosted by the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, that Community
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Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa, Sosaiete a Pisinisi o Amerika Samoa
Aso Faraile, Mati 22, 2013 Maota o Rex H. Lee (Fale Laumei), Utulei, Amerika Samoa
FA’AMOEMOE: Ia faia ni Talanoaga o Mataupu i Pisinisi mo le mamalu o le atunuu, ina ia lagolagoina le atina’eina o pisinisi i le teritori o Amerika Samoa. O le uluai Talanoaga o loo fa’atulagaina e fa’atatau i le mataupu “E fa’apefea ona amataina lau pisinisi i Amerika Samoa.” O vasega taitasi e faia i le gagana Samoa (8:45 i le taeao e oo i le 12:30 i le aoauli) ma le gagana Peretania (12:35 i le aoauli e oo i le 4:45 i le afiafi). O lenei Talanoaga e faia i le aso atoa ma e tatala mo le mamalu o le atunuu e aunoa ma le totogi. E maua foi le taumafa mama.
8:45 i le taeao e oo i le 12:30 i le aoauli: Vasega e faia i le Gagana Samoa. O vasega taitasi e 20 minute le folasaga a le Failauga + 10 minute fesili ma tali = 30 minute le aofai o le taimi o vasega taitasi 8:45 - 9 i le taeao: SAUNOAGA AMATA 9 - 9:30 i le taeao: E FA’APEFEA ONA E TALOSAGAINA LAISENE FAI PISINISI Talosagaina o le Laisene Pisinisi ma le Pemita e Fa’aaoga ai Fanua Failauga: Rachel Peters, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Sui Vaega Laisene Pisinisi Marvis Vaiaga’e, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Taitai Vaega o Pemita e Fa’aaoga ai Fanua Robert Koch, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Taitai o le GIS 9:45- 10:15 i le taeao: FA’ATULAGAINA O PISINISI Ituaiga Pisinisi: Pisinisi a le tagata e toatasi, pisinisi e faipa’aga, pisinisi fai siea, fa’alapotopotoga e leai se porofiti Failauga: Fainu’ulelei L.P.F. Ala’ilima-Utu, Loia o le Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa 10:30- 11:00 i le taeao: FESOASOANI MAI FALETUPE Failauga: Ruth Matagi, Fa’atonu Ofisa Nonogatupe o le Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa Tasi Scanlon, Fa’atonu Ofisa Nonogatupe o le Faletupe o ANZ 11:15- 11:45 i le taeao: O FEA E MAUA AI A’OA’OGA I LE FA’ATUINA O SE PISINISI Failauga: Herbert Thweatt, Fa’atonu o le Ofisa mo le Atina’eina o Pisinisi Laiti, Kolisi Tuufa’atasi o Amerika Samoa 12:00- 12:30 i le aoauli: LAFOGA O PISINISI Taua o le maopopo o Tala o Tupe o le pisinisi ma le totogiina o Lafoga o Pisinisi. Failauga: Pemerika Suemai, Teutupe, Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa Maryann Laurenson, ASG TAx Office
“Light refreshments will be provided” “Mo fasili valaau DOC 633-5155”
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Department of Commerce (DOC), Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS), and American Samoa Chamber of Commerce (ASCOC)
Friday March 22, 2013 Rex H. Lee Auditorium, Utulei
PURPOSE: To provide innovative business workshops to the community in an effort to support private enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities in the Territory. This first workshop will be on “How to start a business in the Territory.” Each topic will be presented in Samoan (morning session) and English (afternoon session). This one-day workshop is open to the public at no cost. Light refreshments will be provided.
12:35pm - 4:45pm 12:35pm – 12:45pm 12:45pm - 1:15pm ENGLISH SESSION 20 min. presentation + 10 min. Q&A = 30 min. total OPENING REMARKS HOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE The Business License Process The Land-Use Permit Process Rachel Peters, DOC Business License Analyst Marvis Vaiaga’e, PNRS Coordinator Robert Koch, GIS Manager HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR BUSINESS Types of business structure - Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Non-Profit, etc. Fainu’ulelei Ala’ilima-Utu, DBAS Legal Counsel WHERE TO GET FINANCING AND BUSINESS BANKING SERVICES Ruth Matagi, DBAS Loan Manager Antonina Sue, DBAS Commercial Loan Officer Tasi Scanlon, ANZ Commercial Loan Manager WHERE TO GET TRAINING Herbert Thweatt, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Executive Director BUSINESS TAXES Importance of good financial record keeping Filing Business Taxes Pemerika Su’emai, CFO Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) Maryann Laurenson, ASG TAx Office
“Light refreshments will be provided” “For more information, please contact DOC at 633-5155”
1:30pm - 2:00pm Presenter: 2:30pm - 3:00pm Presenter:
3:30pm - 4:00pm Presenter: 4:15pm - 4:45pm
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Fa’afetai! Fa’afetai! Fa’afetai!
Ae oute le’i asaina le tai ma ou utufia le vai na momoo iai le Tuiatua, lea ua ta’oto lupe o le Taulafoga. Ua ta’a fo’i i tuagalu le igafo o le tautai o le namo. Ua atu e foi le Tautai nai le vasa, ae se’i o’u Faafetai, Faafetai, Faafetai tele lava. Ae fai ia le leo o le Afioga Patele Asalemo Asalemo ma lo matou Tina o Salota, ma lenei aiga fiafia, e faafetai atu ai ini o matou Paolo ma ni o matou Gafa, i itu tetele ma ni itu maualuluga, matou te malu ai i itu e fia o Samoa, e amata mai Saua se’ia pa‘ia Lupelele, se’i amata mai i le falema’i, lo outou valevale alofa ma lo outou Agalelei. O upu a le Atunuu, e manatua Pule ae galo Faalaeo, ae le gafa taulimaina i so matou leo outou pa’ia ma outou mamalu, e o’o mai I le toe aso ma le toe taimi o lo matou Tama. Faafetai Pule, Malo le Alofa. Ua malie la outou faaaloalo. Ua malie le Papa i Galagala. Ua malie le Papa na i Ta’u. A’o ai ea le tagata ua outou manatu ifo ai? Ua ulufia o outou aao. O mea sa faapelepele, o Au’afa sa faapolopolo, lea ua silasila Patele ua tatala moegalafo, ona o lo outou agalelei i le Auauna a le Atua. O nisi upu moni, e leo tetele galuega i le soifuaga ma le olaga o le tagata. Faafetai pe a fai ua iai se aoga o lo matou Tama i o tatou aiga. E leai se mea matou te taui atu ai lo outou agalelei, Afioga i lo matou Tama Epikopo, Vaopunimatagi Ioane Kuini Weitzel, le paia o le Ituaiga Sa, Afioga i Tiakono ma faletua, Afioga i le Ta’ita’ifono ma le ‘Aufaigaluega Pa’ia a le Atua ma o latou faletua, le mamalu ma le paia o le Puleaga Samoa Pago Pago, Matagaluega Laulii ma Sa’ilele, ae tainane fo’i le Afioga Aki-Epikopo Alapati Lui Mata’eliga, le ‘Aufaigaluega Pa’ia a le Atua mai le Pule’aga Samoa Apia. Tafi mala le faigamalaga a Asalemo i le Aufaigaluega Pa’ia a le Atua. Tafi mala fo’i le faigamalaga a lo matou Tama i Aiga ma Paolo ma Gafa ma e masani, ona o le Suafa o Iesu le Agaalofa Mamana, ma le fautua tatalo a le Tina Pa’ia o Maria. Amene.
Afioga Patele Asalemo Asalemo, le tina Salota ma le fanau.
Small Business Incubator Program an ongoing success for ASCC and the SBdC
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(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — American Samoa Community College (ASCC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Nina Fiamalua (dba EPN Event Planning by Nina) have worked together to launch the second small business to participate in the SBDC Small Business Incubator Program. The Grand Opening celebration for the incubator business was held on Friday, Mar. 1, 2013. EPN will feature event planning opportunities for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, pageants, banquets, corporate and business events and much more for local clientele. The list of EPN packaged services is extensive: it includes professional consultation, recommendation of site or venue, organizing food/ catering, full bar services, establishing themes and creating design ambiance, preparation of a realistic preliminary budget, decor and entertainment, professional photography, and invitations. The retail side will include in the near future an array of inventory for event décor, such as invitations, gift baskets, linen chair covers, table clothes, table runners, sashes, plates, wine glasses, and much more. Fiamalua is a client of SBDC’s Development Division Manager and Counselor, June Paogofie-Sitala and has taken Business Start-Up training as well as counseling for business plan and marketing plan development. The incubator business location will be on the east end of Fagatogo Square, lower level facing the ASG Farmer’s Market. “From my experience working with Ms Fiamalua, I’ve seen that she has the passion to be successful. SBDC strives to nurture quality business traits in our clients,” stated Paogofie-Sitala. “I am very appreciative for the opportunity and support that I have been given by the SBDC. The SBDC Incubator Program has assisted me in many ways not only as a business owner but has empowered me as a ‘Woman Business Owner’ “ said Fiamalua, adding, “Our mission at EPN is to make sure your special event is as wonderful and stress free as possible. We handle all aspects and logistic to relieve your stress in dealing with the planning of events,” stated Ms Fiamalua, President of EPN. The American Samoa SBDC Small Business Incu-
bator is a program designed to accelerate the successful development of client companies through an array of business support resources and services. According to Herbert Thweatt, SBDC Director, “Clients are now spending two years in the program and graduating to allow other qualifying businesses to experience the very same opportunities. The incubator is an ongoing opportunity, and entrepreneurs who wish to enter the program are encouraged to sign-up with the SBDC and benefit from the training and business counseling.”
SBDC business clients and owners of EPN, Anthony Santos and Nina Fiamalua (seated) are surrounded by their staff during the “soft opening” for one of the islands’ newest ventures — Event Planning by Nina— which was held Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 at Fagatogo Square. SBDC Director Herbert Thweatt encourages small businesses to come and take advantage of the many services offered [photo: J. Kneubuhl] by the Small Business Development Center, such as the incubator program.
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The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) chapter of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society has inducted eight new members for the spring 2013 semester. With chapters at community and junior colleges across the United States and its territories, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages excellence in scholarship among associate degree students. The Greek words Phi Theta Kappa mean wisdom (Phi), aspiration (Theta) and purity (Kappa). The society bases its programs on its four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. The PTK welcomed its new members into its ranks during this semester’s induction ceremony held this past Friday, March 8th, with the theme “Good as Gold”, inspired by the Robert Frost poem “The Road Less Traveled.” The ceremony featured as special guest speaker Dr. Oreta Mapu Crichton, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career locally in the fields of education and social service, and now serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for the American Samoa Government. Dr. Crichton began her talk by referencing the aforementioned Frost poem, and how it expresses the struggle with doubt that comes with making hard choices. “Remember,” she advised the audience, “that the wisdom of the world is most valuable when it bows to the wisdom of God.” Dr. Crichton went on to share her experiences as a young Samoan growing up in the state of Louisiana during the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. As the only “person of color” in her high school, her faith was continually tested, and not only got her through very hard times of feeling alienated, but also gave her the courage to befriend the first African-American student to attend her high school after federal law required that it become integrated. Following Dr. Crichton’s speech, PTK inductees Angela Amata, Seonghee Hong, Ulysses Hopkinson, Yeseul Kang, Salani Leota, Zarahemla Mamea, Nyrese Pato and Sharma Sapolu performed the ritual of lighting candles to symbolize the flame of knowledge and took the oath of allegiance to the PTK. The evening also featured a musical performance by PTK alumni Ms. Tonya Tuigamala and closing remarks from PTK advisor Evile Feleti. Each semester, PTK Head Advisor Toaiva Fiame-Tago works with fellow advisors Feleti, Anthony Felise, Kuki Tuiasosopo, Evelyn Fuean and Athena Mauga to review the ASCC Dean’s List and other relevant data to determine which students qualify for the membership in the Society. At ASCC, PTK nominees must have taken at least 12 credits, passed their English 150, English 151 and Math 90 classes, and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Qualifying students receive an invitation to join PTK, and most of those invited readily accept the offer. During last week’s ceremony, PTK President Marietta Lafaele also paid tribute to the late Jim Sutherland, a longtime advisor who helped establish the Society at ASCC. “For all future inductions, Jim’s name will be included on the program as an Emeritus advisor,” said Lafaele. Besides Lafaele, other members this semester include Temo Ledua, Vice President, Logistics; Tofagaoalii La’a, Vice President, Public Relations; Mona Chang, Secretary; Grace Felise, Treasurer; Siu Niupulusu, PR Secretary; Easther Kim, Hine Pei, Tuulalo Farani, Scott Manning, Peniamina Tai’i, Fa’afetai Ifopo, Moya Bejer, Krystal Kupa, Wittenberg Mariner, Pearl Sheck, Mary Cheung Fuk, Fiaai Robert Moliga, Maria Magalasin, Randall Fitisone, Tae il Kim and Tala Ropeti. Phi Theta Kappa provides more than $35 million worth of scholarships annually to students nationwide. Each member is automatically nominated for inclusion in the prestigious National Dean’s List, and is also enrolled in the PTK Transfer Database, which links senior institutions across the nation offering scholarships to PTK members. For more information on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors society, visit their webpage at www. ptk.org.
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TO Members of the SI’UFANUA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PITA & LEUE MATAI’A of FALENIU has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land MATAATA, allegedly belonging to SI’UFANUA FAMILY of the village of FALENIU. Said land MATAATA is situated in or near the village of FALENIU in the County of TUALAUTA, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: FEBRUARY 22, 2013 thru MARCH 25, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa SI’UFANUA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o PITA & LEUE MATAI’A o le nu’u o FALENIU ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o MATAATA e fa’asino i le aiga sa SI’UFANUA, o le nu’u o FALENIU. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o FALENIU, itumalo o TUALAUTA, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 03/01 & 03/15/13
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — More than 10,000 people could die when — not if — a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators Thursday. Coastal towns would be inundated. Schools, buildings and bridges would collapse, and economic damage could hit $32 billion. These findings were published in a chilling new report by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, a group of more than 150 volunteer experts. In 2011, the Legislature authorized the study of what would happen if a quake and tsunami such as the one that devastated Japan hit the Pacific Northwest. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, just off the regional coastline, produced a mega-quake in the year 1700. Seismic experts say another monster quake and tsunami are overdue. “This earthquake will hit us again,” Kent Yu, an engineer and chairman of the commission, told lawmakers. “It’s just a matter of how soon.” When it hits, the report says, there will be devastation and death from Northern California to British Columbia. Many Oregon communities will be left without water, power, heat and telephone service. Gasoline supplies will be disrupted. The 2011 Japan quake and tsunami were a wakeup call for the Pacific Northwest. Governments have been taking a closer look at whether the region is prepared for something similar and discovering it is not. Oregon legislators requested the study so they could better inform themselves about what needs to be done to prepare and recover from
such a giant natural disaster. The report says that geologically, Oregon and Japan are mirror images. Despite the devastation in Japan, that country was more prepared than Oregon because it had spent billions on technology to reduce the damage, the report says. Jay Wilson, the commission’s vice chairman, visited Japan and said he was profoundly affected as he walked through villages ravaged by the tsunami. “It was just as if these communities were ghost towns, and for the most part there was nothing left,” said Wilson, who works for the Clackamas County emergency management department. Wilson told legislators that there was a similar event 313 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, and “we’re well within the window for it to happen again.” Experts representing a variety of state agencies, industries and organizations expanded on the report’s findings and shared with lawmakers how they have begun planning. Sue Graves, a safety coordinator for the Lincoln County School District, told lawmakers that high school students in her district take semester-long classes that teach CPR and other survival techniques in the wake of a giant earthquake. The class teaches students to “duck, cover and hold” when the ground starts shaking. Maree Wacker, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Oregon, said it is important for residents to have their own contingency plans for natural disasters. “Oregonians as individuals are underprepared,” she said.
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RFP No: RFP 030-2013
Issuance Date: March 13, 2013 Date & Time Due: March 27, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide the:
“Population Marketing Campaign”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Population Marketing Campaign.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, March 27, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Documents: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
community sectors, and qualified executive management credited to fill the CEO, chief operation officer and chief financial officer positions. Community Bank also has a “comprehensive plan that emphasizes local governance, local lending and a full range of modern banking services, all with a prudent framework that is fully compliant with federal requirements and banking’s best practices. Avamua shared that the vast majority “of our capital will be raised within the territory and efforts to identify potential investors will continue during the FDIC review process; an Offering Circular should be ready for review in May and will provide for locals to purchase shares with a minimum investment of $1,000.” A Senate Joint Resolution supporting the bank’s FDIC-application was the subject of a Senate Government Operations Committee hearing yesterday where bank officials testified about the need for the territory to have a second bank, when BoH departs next March. The officials also provided the status of the bank’s quest to set up operations. The measure goes through third and final reading today and will then be sent to the House for their review and endorsement. ZIONS BANK Last Friday and over the weekend, Community Bank officials and founders met extensively with two executives of Zions Bank, on island to meet with ASG about the service it can offer not only to the government but to the private sector. Avamua told the hearing that it appears Zions Bank will be able to provide some of the critical banking services needed over the next year. Avamua will be meeting next week in Salt Lake City, Utah with Zions Bank president and CEO Scott Anderson. According to Community Bank (IO) CEO Gary Ayre, “Community Bank (IO) and senior officials at Zions Bank are presently in discussions concerning Zions Bank serving as Community Bank (IO)’s correspondent bank after Community Bank (IO) obtains” FDIC approval. “Officials of the two companies met Friday and discussions will continue in the coming weeks as we seek to formalize the ways in which we will work together… and establish a correspondent bank relationship once we are in operation,” said Ayre. Avamua said the meeting with Anderson is expected to further deepen the ties between Community Bank (IO) and Zions Bank. “We extend our thanks to Governor Lolo Moliga for helping us establish our friendship and business relationship with Zions Bank, one of the nation’s leading financial institutions.”
Stories from homeless camp going before judge
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — One is a nurse with three college degrees who says she was hit by a car and disabled. Another says he was born with brain damage and has bipolar disorder. One was a bagger at a supermarket who says she was fired for absenteeism after taking care of her dying boyfriend. One says he’s a homeless Navy veteran who needs a hernia operation, and another says he’s a homeless Marine veteran of Iraq who wants nothing more than to find a job. Still another claims to have once been a millionaire but is now penniless. They all say the same thing: that they want nothing more than to get out of the flimsy tents in the woods where they have been living and find some stable, safe housing. On Friday, the stories of 16 residents of Lakewood’s Tent City, written in their own words, will go before a judge who is being asked by the town to shut down the longtime encampment and evict its 80 or so residents. “I would love to get out of Tent City,” wrote Beth Paterson, 56, who worked as a nurse at Lakehurst Naval Base and a nursing home before being hit by a car and disabled. “I have a 16-year-old son who lived with me before the accident, but I cannot currently afford an apartment where we could live. I had to send him to live with my parents — age 82 and 93 — and I miss him terribly. Why would I want to try and survive the winter living in the woods if I could be indoors with my son?” Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster will hold a hearing Friday, the latest in the yearslong effort by Lakewood and Ocean County to shut down the camp. Advocates for the residents say that there is no shelter anywhere in the region for homeless adults and that the governments have not done enough to provide safe housing for them. The issue has vexed the judge, who is wrestling with the many legal, moral and intensely personal issues the case has raised. Last year, he ruled the government has some responsibility to care for the poor, but the extent of that care, and how it is provided, remains to be determined. The camp, now in its seventh winter, encompasses townshipowned land about 11 miles northwest of Seaside Heights, home of the reality show “Jersey Shore.” They live in plastic or fabric tents, some atop wooden platforms, many more on the muddy ground. Chickens wander about, squawking, and smoke from campfires and stoves curls into the air. Barbecue grills in the center of the camp are used to cook meals, heavy on donated macaroni and cheese, beans and pasta. Church services are held in a tent or outdoors each night. Earlier this year, Lakewood threatened daily fines of $1,000 for each of the site’s 100 tents and 80 wood burning stoves. They cited health and sanitary issues at the site, as well as complaints from nearby residents. Lakewood’s mayor called conditions there “disgusting” and “horrendous.” But the camp cannot be closed without the judge’s permission because of the ongoing litigation. The stories of the homeless residents are part of legal filings by Jeffrey Wild, a lawyer representing the Tent City occupants for free. In addition to seeking to move the judge by showing how illness, an accident, the loss of a job or just plain bad luck can leave the most successful people without a home, the stories also seem designed to counter criticism from some officials and neighbors that the Tent City residents are lazy and want to stay in the woods indefinitely. “Everyone agrees that there should not have to be tent cities, and that Tent City should cease to exist as soon as all of (its) residents have access to safe and adequate indoor shelter, so they no longer need to live outside in the woods,” Wild wrote to the judge. Lakewood wants the judge, among other things, to order a “census” of camp residents, force them to apply for county assistance, ban any new arrivals and order that the site be turned over to Lakewood at an unspecified future date. The claims of the homeless residents could not be independently verified, but each one signed a legal document asserting their statements to the judge are true and acknowledging they can be punished if they prove false. John Chertowsky, 42, wrote that he was born with brain damage and has suffered from bipolar disorder and severe depression and anxiety his whole life, leaving him unable to finish high school. He worked sporadically as a longline fisherman, a landscaper and the manager of a Burger King restaurant. “Right now I have absolutely nothing in terms of money,” he wrote. “I came to Tent City with only the clothes on my back, and if it had not been for being able to survive winter in Tent City, I am sure that I would be dead.” Lorraine Schultz, 62, says she lost her job at a supermarket when she took too much time off to care for her dying boyfriend, who had been with her for 22 years. She says she lost her apartment in Seaside Heights and stayed with friends briefly before ending up in Tent City with her dog, Peanut. “This is the hardest time I have ever had in my entire life, and I certainly don’t want to be here,” she wrote. “In addition to being a senior citizen, I also suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure. The conditions are very tough, including the cold and the hardship of just getting decent food to eat.” Others whose stories the judge will hear include: — Enna Chin, 52, who said she owned a Chinese restaurant, sold real estate and was a successful investor, once worth $1 million. “This is my last resort,” she wrote. — Joe Giammona, who wrote that he joined the Marine Corps out of high school, serving three tours in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. He’s been at Tent City for nearly a year after being unable to find a landscaping or construction job — or even one stocking shelves. The cheapest apartment he could find, for $800 a month, costs more than he makes in a month. — Angelo Villanueva, 46, a construction worker who said he helped build Home Depot, Lowes and Staples stores, and laid the foundations and stairs for the homes of several celebrities in New Jersey. He once made $25 an hour; now he gets $8 an hour — before taxes — separating recyclables from garbage.
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The Department of Human Resources Employment & Training Division have available slots for the Workforce (WIA) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The purpose of the SYEP is to provide academic occupational skills and work experience for low income individuals. To be eligible for the WIA Summer Youth Program, the applicant must be between the ages of 14-21 and economically disadvantage. WIA Center Staff will be available to take registration:
Location: Dates:
Office of Local Government (Samoan Affairs) in Utulei March 18, 20 and 22, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. March 19 & 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MANU’A - To be announced at a later date REMINDER
Applicants must bring his/her birth certificate or passport, social security card and latest check stubs of family members currently employed, receiving social security benefit, retirement check, etc. within their household. The required documents should be on-hand for registration.
For more information regarding the Summer Youth Employment Program Registration, please contact Ms. Grace Uiagalelei or Mr. Bert Thompson at the WIA Resource Center, Department of Human Resources at 633-4485, ex 310, 306, 305, 309 and 308.
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(L-R) Director of Public Works Faleosina Voight, Whitehorn Construction Inc. CEO Loran Whitehorn and his wife, Crystal Godinet Ve’ave’a appeared before the Senate yesterday on the [photo: AF] status of the Airport Road project.
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This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Going to the beach?
Asili Beach, across LMS Church • Leone Pala, near bridge • Maliu Mai Beach, adjacent resort • Maliu Mai Swimming Hole, at resort • Pala Lagoon adjacent playground, Nuuuli • Pala Spring near tennis court, Nuuuli • Coconut Point, Nuuuli • Fagaalu Beach adjacent field, Fagaalu • Yacht club Beach, Utulei • Utulei Beach • Fagatogo stream mouth by the market
Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Aua-Pouesi across Pouesi Mart • Aua stream mouth near bridge • Afono Stream Mouth adjacent cricket field • Vatia Stream Mouth • Alega Stream Mouth • Fagaitua Stream Mouth, Across Police station • Masefau Stream Mouth • Aoa Stream Mouth • Aganoa across Bathroom, Aganoa
Beach Advisory: March 14, 2013
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Initially the project was scheduled to be completed by October 2013, but currently they are anticipating that the end of the year is a more realistic time frame to complete this project. Currently, there is underground maintenance going on by ASPA, while Whitehorn is testing materials, said the DPW director. Voight also said that ASPA requested that they be allowed to construct their underground work earlier, however Blue Sky and ASTCA only recently requested that they be allowed to conduct underground work for their lines — so that these companies will not cut up the road after it’s complete. She further stated that a lot of materials that are specified in the contract have been approved and they are continuing to meet on the weekly basis regarding this important project. “Maybe the public is seeing that there is no construction done to the road, which is why they are concerned, however we [Department of Public Works] and the contractor [Whitehorn] are working closely together on this assignment,” said Voight. Sen. Mauga Tasi Asuega asked if any funds have been paid to the Whitehorn company since the contract was awarded. Loran Whitehorn noted that they have been reimbursed $390,000 that was used for the required “bid’ bond — which is a bond that must be submitted with the bid to ensure that the contractor, upon winning the bid, will proceed with the contract, and will replace it with a performance bond. Mauga also asked Voight as to why DPW is not allowing Whitehorn to use the government’s laboratory to test the specified materials. The DPW Director explained that DPW is responsible to ensure that the materials that will be used by the contractors are the ones specified, which is why it’s a conflict of interest if they allowed Whitehorn to use the government’s lab; and the Federal Highway Administration (who is funding this project) agrees with DPW, according to Voight. Responding to one of the questions, Ve’ave’a noted that materials that are needed for this project are available locally, and they have purchased some of these materials at places like the Tool Shop and ACE Hardware so that the money can stay within the territory. She also said the Whitehorn Company has contracted with Paramount builders, who they are working with on this project, she said. Sen. Tuasina Esera asked Ve’ave’a if their company is ready to proceed with the project. She responded that they are waiting for the approval of specified materials from DPW, and currently the underground work is underway for ASPA, while they wait for Bluesky and ASTCA to install their pipes, before the actual construction of the Airport road can begin. Tuasina asked if the $7.99 million is adequate to carry out the project and Ve’ave’a responded that their company believes these funds are suf-
ficient to complete this project. Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau said the key to get the airport road construction going is working together. He blamed DPW for the delay, given that they are not allowing Whitehorn to test their materials using the government’s lab. Gaoteote also commented that Whitehorn is purchasing local materials and contracting local companies. Ve’ave’a said the delay is (again) due to the testing of specified materials and initially they were working with McConnell Dowell and Samoa Maritime, using their labs to conduct the tests. However, McConnell Dowell pulled out while they are waiting for Samoa Maritime. She further stated that they have asked DPW to allow them to use their lab temporarily, while they await the materials from Maritime. Gaoteote then questioned Ve’ave’a if they still stand by their goal to have the Airport Road project completed by November. She responded that if they are allowed by DPW to use the DPW lab, they will meet their deadline. This did not sit well with DPW Director, who pointed out this would be the first time that a contractor is asking the government for assistance in using the lab, saying that this is their responsibility as a contractor — that they must have all the materials and equipment to carry out their end of the bargain. She further explained that DPW is responsible to ensure that the materials that will be used by the contractors are the ones among the specifications, which is why it’s a conflict of interest if they allow Whitehorn to use the government’s lab. The Senate President urged Faleosina to work closely with Whitehorn Construction and find ways to get this project going. BACKGROUNd The “Airport Rd Executive Summary” by Whitehorn Construction, passed out to the senators during yesterday’s hearing, includes copies of email correspondence between DPW and Whitehorn about the use of the DPW lab by Whitehorn. The emails were exchanged over a period of two days — Mar. 07- 08, 2013. Mar. 07: Whitehorn’s scenario, after the initial DPW denial of lab privileges, was for WCI “to rent or use the lab equipment with our own personnel due to MacDow and Samoa Maritime issues. FHWA did not take exception to the request and said it would be left up to DPW to coordinate or deny access to their lab equipment.” Mar. 08: In reply, DPW’s position is that “our civil highways materials testing laboratory is strictly for Quality Assurance and will not be used for Quality Control purposes due to the conflicts of interest for the road project.” Regarding the use of the DPW lab by contractors, Samoa News understands that it was routinely used in the 1990s by contractors because of costs and the time it took to send materials off island for testing.
➧ Fisheries, Sanctuary and Coral Reef…
Eastern District Gov. Alo Paul Stevenson said that National Marine Fisheries Service data shows that the area between Manu’a islands and Rose Atoll has potential fishing revenue of $1.2 million per year. “That’s a lot to take away,” noted Alo, whose district includes five counties and 26 villages, the majority of which are on the ocean front. He stressed that the fairness of the Sanctuary process was not clear. The Fishery Management Council process includes scientific studies and studies on the social, economic and cultural benefits and impacts. “If this is true [for the Sanctuary], it has not been done,” he said. He said Samoans fish every day, and the Samoan proverbs tell people to proceed with caution. “Don’t worry about the fish. You can fish tomorrow. Worry about the net. If you cannot mend the net, you will not eat.” Alo said they were always told that they could fish in the Sanctuary, but he asked what is required, what are the regulations? “The picture is one sided and not clear. We are a fishing community… We have to eat and feed our family through commercial means and through bartering.” The Manu’a District Governor Misaalefua Hudson said that the Council meeting was the first time he was asked and able to speak about the Sanctuary expansion. Referring to Muliava (Rose Atoll), he asked, “How would anyone feel, if something you owned for over 3,000 years and someone else tells you, you cannot go there anymore.” He explained that two years ago, when they heard about the Sanctuary expansion, all of the elders of Manu`a signed a petition and sent it to then Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who ignored it. “Our people are still sitting in the dark,” Misaalefua noted, adding that no one came to Manu’a. “Rose Atoll is part of our islands,” he concluded. “Muliava is the name of the island … we don’t need others to tell us not to go there.” He said the current restriction against subsistence fishing within 12 miles around Rose Atoll should be lifted. (See Map 1) Sagele Tuiteleleapaga, Executive Assistant at the Office of Samoan Affairs, explained that there are 56 villages in American Samoa and each one is independent from one another. “They are sacrosanct in their own make up. Each village has its own constitution … That is why federal regulations are almost inexplicable to American Samoans as we have independent units that do not obey or are aligned with these federal laws.” He noted that the Samoan people have inhabited American Samoa for 3,000 years “and all of a sudden someone writes legislation, President Bush signs and people were forbidden to go to Muliava.” (Tuiteleleapaga was referring to the establishment of the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument on Jan. 6, 2009, by executive order.) Presidential Proclamation 8337 prohibited commercial fishing within the monument, whose boundaries extend 50 nautical miles from the mean low water line of Rose Atoll and encompasses approximately 13,451 square miles, and provided that the Secretary of Commerce initiate the process to add the marine areas of the monument to the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Tuiteleleapaga noted that Manu’a includes six villages, which were not considered when the legislation was put into place. “The mentality of Samoans as regards the sea and land, your ownership goes as far as you can see inside of your house out into the ocean. No one has the right to say you cannot go there … Ownership is very different from Westerners, that is what we are saying. The salutations at the `ava ceremony were given to you because our forefathers gave it to us, that is what we give to you when you visit our shores …Samoans are very structured …Think of the peculiarities of each island.… You want to talk sanctuaries, go to that village.” Tuiteleleapaga concluded, “We have a Governor; that was what the colonial government gave to us.” He urged “to study the people and your problems would be easy to solve.” Va’amua Henry Sesepasara of the Pago Alia Fishing Association and a former director of the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) said in the 1980s he
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supported the establishment of the Fagatele Sanctuary for educational purposes. It was remote, small and not many people fished there. When the Sanctuary expansion came up, he was a member of the American Samoa Marine Sanctuary Advisory Board and the board voted against it. “Unfortunately, three days later, another special meeting was called,” Sesepasara said, “because [then Gov. Tulafono] instructed the directors of DMWR and EPA [American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency] to change their vote and support the extension of the marine sanctuary. The governor’s wish is not the people’s wish … Fagatele extension is not the people’s wish. It is the wish of one person.” Sesepasara said Aunu’u island is part of the bottomfish area that is closed because of the expansion. He asked the Council to help the new Administration open the area up so the fishermen can fish. “Sunday meal is very important; we bring our best food. Our best food is fresh fish,” he stated. The July 26, 2012, Federal Register notice on the “Expansion of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Regulatory Changes, and Sanctuary Name Change; Final Rule” notes that “The Aunu’u Island unit will be divided into two zones: A Multiple Use Zone (Zone A), where fishing would be allowed [provided that vessel operators make their presence known to the sanctuary or its designate in the village of Aunu’u prior to entering the sanctuary to conduct extractive activities], and a Research Zone (Zone B), where all consumptive uses except trolling and surface fishing would be prohibited to provide a control area as a mechanism for research activities.” (See Map 2) Talaimatai Su’a, the Fono Representative from Saole County, which includes Aunu`u island, said that his people were given wrong information about the Sanctuary. He said he strongly opposes the Sanctuary in Saole, including Aunu’u. “I am looking for people to have access to their front shore, whatever food they can access,” he said. He said the village council signed a petition also, but [then Gov. Tulafono] ignored it. Additional testimony against the expanded Sanctuary was provided by Eo Mokoma, a 65-year master fisherman (tau tai) and member of the Pago Alia Fisherman Association and by Jerome Ierome from the Eastern District. Ierome asked that hearings be brought to the people. He urged, “Go village by village to solicit the views of the people who will be affected.” According Dr. Ruth S. Matagi-Tofiga, Council member and current DMWR director, Manu’a and Tutuila have a long history of sustainable use of marine resources. “We have also traditionally managed our coastal fisheries,” she stated. “Local communities know who is doing what on the reefs, including fishermen who use destructive fishing methods. My people are definitely stewards of the ocean. This Sanctuary expansion has caused a lot of public outcry, and, as director of DMWR, I will do whatever I can to stop this expansion from going forth by providing the most accurate scientific evidence for our government to make decisions.” Wednesday, the Council also addressed protected species issues, including the National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed listing of 66 species of coral as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the listing of the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale as endangered under the ESA, as well as management of fisheries in the Mariana Archipelago. Thursday was the last day of the meeting, and Samoa News will report further on the meeting’s final outcomes in Saturday’s Toasavili issue. The Council is responsible for providing the US Secretary of Commerce with recommendations for federally managed fisheries in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the remote US Pacific Island areas. For a complete agenda, go to www.wpcouncil.org/meetings or email info.wpcouncil@noaa.gov; phone (808) 522-8220, or fax (808) 522-8226. (Source: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council media release)
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O le Galulue So’otau’au e Manuia ai Tagata uma
Tatou te mafaia so’o se mea pe a tatou tausoa fa’atasi
E to pulou o le ‘Community Bank’ a Amerika Samoa (IO) i le afioga i le Kovana Sili, le tofa Lolo Moliga ma le afioga i le sui Faipule i Uosigitone, le tofa Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, ona o le galulue punoua’i ma le le faalogologo tiga, ua i’u manuia ai taumafaiga mo le sailiga o se fofo i lenei faafitauli tau faletupe o feagai ma Amerika Samoa. Ua o la fa’atino mai taunu’uga manuia pe a galulue faatasi taitai, e le gata i le fofoina o faafitauli ae faapea le ausia vave o le aga’i i luma. O lo o galulue malosi le pulega a le ‘Community Bank’ (IO) ina ia mafai ona faatuina se faletupe e faavae i tulafono a le Malo Tele, ae pulea ma mata’itu e o tatou lava tagatanu’u. Ina ia mafai ona ausia lenei faamoemoega i le 12 masina, pe le sili atu foi, o lo o galulue so’o tau’au le ‘Community Bank’ (IO) ma le Faigamalo a Kovana Lolo, le ofisa o Faleomavaega, o le Fono Faitulafono, le Faletupe o Hawaii ma le Faletupe mai i Utah (Zions Bank). O le a mafai ona mautu lenei taunuuga lelei, e ala i le lagolago malosi o totino uma o le lotoifale. Na amata a matou taumafaiga i le a’apa atu i le malo ma pulega o ofisa tutoatasi, ae ua o matou o’o atu nei i luma o ekalesia, nuu ma afioaga, aiga ma faalapotopotoga eseese i totonu o Amerika Samoa. Matou te mana’omia la outou lagolagosua i lenei taumafaiga faatauva’a ma ia o matou agava’a e tautuaina si o tatou atunu’u. I le agaga o le loto maualalo ma le fia tautua, o i matou o le pulega a le ‘Community Bank’ (IO).
We can achieve great things when we work together
Community Bank of American Samoa (IO) salutes Governor Lolo Moliga and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega for their tireless and ultimately successful efforts to address the immediate banking problems facing American Samoa. They have proven that when American Samoa leaders and people work together together to solve problems, significant progress can be achieved quickly. Community Bank (IO)’s founders are also working tirelessly, to form and launch a U.S.-chartered, locallyowned and locally-governed bank. To achieve this goal in 12 months or less, Community Bank (IO) is working in concert with the administration of Governor Lolo, the office of Congressman Faleomavaega, the two chambers of the American Samoa Fono, Bank of Hawaii and Zions Bank. Community Bank (IO)’s success will be assured by the support of all stakeholders in our community. Our initial outreach has been to the government and private sector leaders, but in the weeks and months ahead, we will broaden our outreach to include churches, villages, families and all the other institutions which form the beating heart of American Samoa. American Samoa, we look forward to your support and we look forward to being deserving of your support. With humble hearts and strong backs, we are the Founders of Community Bank (IO):
Vui Florence and Muliaga P. Saulo Velega Savali Jr and Leleiaga Savali Su’a Carl and Salote S.L. Schuster Mapu Jamais Leilani Alama and Oshima Laumatia-Sefo Alfonso Pete Galea’i Failauga and Leki Anoa’i [And others who wish to remain anonymous]
Avamua Dave Haleck (Interim Board Chair) Te’o and Vera Annesley family Finagalo and Cindy Aveina Frank Gaisoa Solip Hong Chen family (Tutuila and Manu’a stores) Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo Marshall Ashley
Brett and Sherry Butler Mrs. Patricia Letuli Lewis and Eletise Wolman Roy J.D. Hall, Jr. Progressive Insurance Mr and Mrs Alo Stevenson and Family Ray and Edda Wyberski Mike Crook
Special Thanks
A special Fa’afetai Lava to everyone who helped make the recent visit of our CEO, Gary Ayre, a succe ssful one:
• • • • • KVZK-TV, especially Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde Samoa News, especially Fili Sagapoloutele KHJ, especially La Poasa Chamber of Commerce, especially David Robinson Business and Professional Women of Pago Pago, especially Anne Wellborn • Tradewinds Hotel • • • • • • Don’t Drink the Water, especially Sila and Leilua Pago Plaza, especially Howard Helg Zions Bank, especially Scott Anderson, Jacob Huegly and John Richards Bank of Hawaii, especially Hobbs Lowson All Star Graphics, especially Tuai Smith Auva’a Whitcombe Media, especially Tulaga Whitcombe
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Amata malaga tuusa’o Samoa Air mai Pago – Savai’i
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O se va’aiga i tamaitai talavou sa mafai ona maua se a’oa’oga taua mai i le aufaigaluega a le Kolisi Tuufaatasi a Amerika Samoa (ASCC, Divisions of Community & Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development Program”, i le gaosia o ili e fa’aaoga ai atigipusa. Sa mafai e nei tamaitai mai i le uarota a Leone 2 o le Ekalesia a Iesu Keriso o le Au Paia o Aso e Gata Ai. O i latou na gafa ma nei aoaoga, na aofia ai le faletua ia Fulisia Tuiolemotu ma nai tamaitai o Koleka Letoa, [ata foa’i] Louise Sofara ma Imelda Aiono.
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Faaaoga e se alii se naifi e faaoo ai manu’a i se tama’ita’i
E toatele ni isi o le atunuu ua faailoa lo latou talisapaia o le fuafuaga e pei ona faalauiloa mai e le Kamupani Vaalele a le Samoa Air, i le amataina o lana tautua mo ana malaga tuusa’o i le va o Amerika Samoa ma Savai’i. Na ta’ua e ni isi o le atunuu, “o se faaola totoga lea mo tagata e fia malaga i Savai’i,”. Na taua e se tasi o ulugalii faipisinisi e masani ona malaga i le va o Amerika Samoa ma Samoa e faapea, o isi taimi pe afai la te fia malaga i Savai’i, e tau fuafua taimi o le la vaalele ina ia maua le vaa mulimuli mo Savaii, ae o le tautua fou lea ua faalauiloa e le kamupani vaalelei, o se tulaga lelei mo i laua. “O isi a’u malaga afai ou te fia alu i Savaii mo tulaga o a’u pisinisi, ona ou ui atu lea i le malae vaalele i Faleolo, e lelei lena e latalata i le uafu i Mulifanua toe tuli gofie ai foi le vaa i Savaii, ae afai ou te alu i Upolu, ona ou ui atu lea i le malae vaalele i Fagalii e latalata i le taulaga, ae o le tautua fou a le Samoa Air lea ua faalauiloa mai, o le a fesoasoani sili mo a’u ma le pisinisi,” o le molimau lea a Tavita Salatielu. Na taua e le tina o Viola Brown o Mesepa ma Salelologa e faapea, e taua tele malaga a le Samoa Air ua faatulaga mo Savaii, ona o le toatele o tagata malaga e le lava o atu i le vaalele ona toe tietie lea i le vaa. E toalua isi tamalii faipisinisi o le atunuu sa laua lagolagoina le tulaga lelei ma le fesoasoani o lenei tautua ua faalauiloa mo tagata malaga, aemaise lava i latou e fia asia le motu tele o Savaii. O le vaiaso nei na faalauiloa mai ai e le pulega a le Samoa Air le amatalia o ana malaga tuusa’o mai Amerika Samoa nei i Savaii i le aso Toona’i o le vaiaso nei. O le uluai malaga a le vaalele o le BN2 “The Spirit of Savaii”, o le a tuua ai le malae vaalele i Maota i le itula e 10:00 (taimi Amerika Samoa). O lea tautua mo Amerika Samoa agai i Savaii e 5 aso o le a faatinoina ai, ae ese ai malaga ua faatulaga mai le malae vaalele i Fagalii mo Pago Pago nei. E pei ona silafia, o le kamupani vaalele a le Samoa Air ua leva ona avea ma kamupani vaalele e tautuaina le va o Samoa e lua i le tele o tausaga ua mavae, peitai o le tausaga na tea nei na toe faalauiloa mai ai le toe amataina o lana tautua mo tagata Samoa. I se pepa o faamatalaga na tuuina mai i le kamupani vaalele o lo o taua ai e faapea, o lo o faatali le kamupani vaalele mo se faatanaga mai le Vaega o Vaalele Savili a le malo tele o Amerika (FAA), mo se pemita e mafai ai ona faatino lana auaunaga mo Manu’a. O lo o fuafua foi lana tautua mo le malo o Tonga, peitai o lo o faagasolo pea i le taimi nei feutanaiga mo lea faamoemoe. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Ua molia nei i le tulafono le alii o Mikaele Lotu, ina ua na faaoo ni manu’a i se tamaitai, e ala i le fa’aaogaina o se naifi. O moliaga o Lotu, e aofia ai le faaoolima i le tulaga muamua, o se solitulafono e mafai ona soloatoa ai se tagata i le falepuipui, po o le loka i le va o le 10 ma le 30 tausaga, atoa ai ma moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. O tuuaiga faasaga ia Lotu na afua mai i le faalavelave na tulai mai i Aua i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, lea na aga’i atu i ai leoleo ma le EMS. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, na vevesi Lotu ma lana uo teine, ae valaau atu le tamaitai ua aafia e soia le pisapisao ma palauvale ua leva le po, ua momoe foi tagata. Na avea le valaau atu a lenei tamaitai, ma itu na toatama’i ai Lotu ma ia aga’i mai loa i le nofoaga o tu atu ai le tamaitai, i le fogafalealuga o le fale. Na ta’ua e le na aafia i leoleo e faapea, na tu’i e Lotu ona foliga ma pa’u i lalo, ona fa’aauau lea ona tatu’i o ia ma toso lona ulu. Na ta’ua e faapea, ina ua maea le sauniga a Lotu, na toe savali mai i lalo ma toe fa’aauau le la misa ma lana uo teine, ae na toe valaau mai foi le tamaitai ua a’afia ia Lotu e soia le sona leotetele ua leva le afiafi. O le taimi lea na vaaia ai e le na aafia le toe tamo’e atu o Lotu ma faaaoga loa le naifi e faaoo ai manu’a ia te ia. Na auina le tamaitai na aafia i le falema’i mo le togafitia o ona manu’a. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le alii o Lotu, sa ia faamaonia ai lona faaaogaina o se naifi e faaoo ai manu’a i le tamaitai na aafia, ona o lona ita i le ee atu fua ia te ia. Na tia’i e Lotu le naifi i se kalone lapisi ina ua maea le faalavelave, peitai na maua e leoleo le naifi ma ua taofia nei e avea ma mea molimau o lenei mataupu. E $50,000 lea tupe lea ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e totogi ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala Lotu i tua mai le toese. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
In this Feb. 21, 2001 photo released by the Buenos Aires Archbishop Office, Pope John Paul II, left, embraces Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on the day Bergoglio was elevated to cardinal in Vatican City. Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, making him the first pope ever from the Americas. Bergoglio chose the name Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Buenos Aires Archbishop Office)
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Toe iloiloina tulaga o le galuega i le auala o le malae vaalele
mo le galuega, ae pe le o laititi foi le tupe sa latou tauofo ai mo le galuega. Na faamalamalama e Veavea e faapea, ua atoa uma masini ma mea faigaluega e manaomia e le konekarate mo le galuega, e i ai foi lo latou talitonuga o lo o talafeagai le tupe sa latou tauofo atu ai mo le galuega. Na pau le talosaga a le konekarate na tuu atu i luma o le senate ananafi, o se avanoa lea e mafai ai ona latou faaaogaina ai le Lab a le Ofisa o Galuega Lautele a le malo mo a latou galuega, sei faatali ai le taimi e maea ai ona pasia isi mea faigaluega o lo o auina atu mo le siakina.
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O se tasi o mafuaaga na maua e le Senate i lana iloiloga ananafi, o lo o tuai ai le galuega o le auala i le malae vaalele i Tafuna, ona o lo o tau faatali le pasiaina o mea faigaluega e faatino ai le galuega. O ananafi na valaauina ai e le komiti o Galuega Lautele a le senate le faatonusili o galuega a le malo ia Faleosina Voight, faapea ai le peresetene o le konekarate a le Whitehorn Construction Inc o lo o faatinoina le galuega, sei fesiligia i le tulaga ua i ai lea galuega o lo o tuufesili e le toatele o le atunuu. O le pemita mo le faatinoga o le galuega na tuuina atu i le konekarate a le Whitehorn Construction Inc ia Novema 2012 mo le $7.99 miliona, ae na toe taofi le galuega ina ua maea le aoga o le pemita. Na faamalamalama e Faleosina e faapea, o le masina o Ianuari 2013 na toe tuuina atu ai le pemita ua maea ona faafou, ma le faamoemoe e tatau ona maea le galuega i totonu o le 360 aso, tusa lea o le masina o Oketopa 2013. Na taua e Faleosina e faapea, o le vaega lea ua oo i ai le galuega, o le faataatia o paipa a le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) i lalo o le manava o le eleele, ina ia aua ai nei toe tipia le auala pe a maea ona fausia mo le tosoina o uaea eletise. Ua taua foi le mananao o le Faalapotopotoga Telefoni a le BlueSky Communication ma le ASTCA mo le tosoina o a latou paipa e ta’i ai uaea mo fesootaiga. O se tasi o fesili na toatele senatoa na fesili ai, pe aisea e fai ai ma taofi le faatinoina o le galuega, e pei ona taua i totonu o le ripoti a le konekarate ua i luma o le fono, ae na saunoa Faleosina e faapea, e mafua ona tuai le galuega i ni isi o taimi, e tatau ona pasia muamua mea faigaluega o lo o faaaoga e fausia ai le galuega ona faatoa mafai lea ona faaaoga. O le tele o vaega e faagaioi ai le galuega e pei o moli ua maea ona pasia ma ua tuuina atu mo le faatinoina a o le galuega. O se tasi o itu lelei o lo o taua i le ripoti a le konekarate e pei ona saunoa le alii peresetene o le senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, o le tele o mea faigaluega o lo o fuafua le konekarate e faaaoga i le galuega, e faatau mai i ni isi o kamupani faufale i le atunuu, ma o se tasi lea o itu taua i lona manatu, o le tofu lea o le pisinisi ma sina vaega tupe mai le tupe o le galuega. Na fesiligia e le alii senatoa ia Tuiasina S. Esera sui o le konekarate, pe ua atoa uma mea faigaluega latou te manaomia
Ina ua fesiligia e Gaoteote ia Faleosina i le mafuaaga e le mafai ai ona faamatuu atu le latou Lab e faaaoga e le konekarate, na taua ai e le faatonu e faapea, e i ai le feteenaiga pe afai ae faaaoga e le konekarate le Lab a le malo, ona o masini a le malo o lo o faaaogaina i galuega, ae lelei le talosaga i isi konekarate fau auala e pei o le McConnell mo le latou Lab. O le fautuaga a le senate i le faatonusili ma sui o le konekarate, e tatau ona latou galulue faatasi ina ia vave ona maea le fausiaina o le auala, ma faaitiitia ai le pagatia o le atunuu i le faaletonu o auala i le taimi nei.
Le faatonusili o Galuega a le malo ia Faleosina Voight, faapea ai ma le peresetene o le konekarate a le Whitehorn Construction Inc, o lo o fausia le auala i le malae vaalele ia Loran [ata: AF] Whitehorn ma Crystal Godinet Veavea
Talofa Amerika Samoa;
Ou te mata’utia fa’atulou i ou pa’ia Amerika Samoa, pa’ia ia Sua ma le Vaifanua, Fofo ma Aitulagi, Itu’au ma Alataua, Sa’ole ma le Launiu na Saelua, fa’apea fo’i pa’ia i le Motusa, i le Afio o le La’au na Amotasi ia Samoa Atoa, Afifio Fa’atui ma le Fetalaiga i To’oto’o. TULOU. Ou te fa’atulou fo’i i pa’ia o le faigamalo a Samoa i Sisifo, susu le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, o le pa’ia lava lea i Aiga i le Tai ma le Va’a o Fonoti, Tumua ma Pule, Tama ma o latou Aiga, Aiga ma a latou Tama. TULOU. Ua ia te’i matou le agaga fiafia matou te faailoa atu ai le fa’amoemoe o alo ma fanau, o lo o latou a’oa’oina le Gagana ma le Aganu’u Samoa i A’oga Tulaga Lua a le Malo o Amerika Samoa, e fa’ataunu’uina i le aso 15 o Mati, 2013, i le itula e 8:30 i le taeao se’ia o’o i le 1:30 i le aoauli, i le Su’igaula a le Atuvasa i Utulei. Vaega Muamua: Mata’aga o Fatuga fa’a-Samoa Vaega Lua: O le toe fa’afo’i lea o le Aganu’u e ala i fa’aaloaaloga (Taiga Sua) i le mea na sau ai anamua. Aua ne’i galo; O le ta gagana ma le ta Aganu’u, o lo ta tofi mai le Atua. Fa’afetai, Komiti o Gagana ma Aganu’u Samoa, Vaega o A’oga a le malo o Amerika Samoa.
O lenei polokalama o lo ‘o lagolagoina malosi e le Ofisa Amerika Samoa Humanities Council, i le va’ava’aiga a le tofa ia Taua Niualama Taifane
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tAUNUU FONO FAASEA NI ISI tAGAtA FAIGALUEGA OFISA SOIFUA MALOLOINA Ua talosagaina e le alii faipule ia Fatulegaee Mauga se iloiloga a le maota o sui, sei fesiligia ai le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina ona o faasea mai ni isi o ana tagata faigaluega ua taunuu atu i lona Ofisa. E lei faalauaitele e le alii faipule faasea a tagata faigaluega, ina ua ia saunoa e faatatau i le mataupu lea i le taimi o folafolaga a le maota i le taeao ananafi. I le maea ai ona faalauiloa e le alii faipule o lenei mataupu, na fautuaina ai loa e le fofoga fetalai ia Savali Talavou Ale le taitai komiti o le Soifua Maloloina a le maota, ina ia silasila totoa i le mataupu ua laga e Fatulegaee ma faatulaga se aso e faia ai se iloiloga ma le alii faatonu. E lei faamautuina mai la se aso e faia ai lea iloiloga. E talitonu le Samoa News, o ni isi o faasea o lo o tulai mai i le matagaluega lea, o le fesiligia lea o le faa faigaluegaina o ni tagata sa galulue i le Ofisa o le Kovana ma le Ofisa o Faamaumauga Faaonaponei a le malo (Dept. IT). tULAFONO FAASA AI ONA tOE LAFOAI NI VAA tUAI I LUGA O LE SAMI Ua i luma nei o le Senate se pili mo se tulafono e faaopoopo ai le Mataupu 5 o le Ulutala 20 o le Tulafono Toe Teuteu a Amerika Samoa, ina ia avea ai ma solitulafono le tia’i o vaa ua le toe aoga i luga o le sami. I se vaega o le tulafono o lo o taua ai e faapea, e le mafai e se tasi ona tuu se vaa ua leaga i luga o ogasami e aunoa ma le faia i ai o se maliliega ma se ofisa o le malo, ina ia toso lea vaa i se nofoaga e malupuipuia ai mai le faaleagaina o le siosiomaga faapea ai soifua o tagata lautele. Afai ae maua lea tulaga, o le a mafai e le matagaluega poo se ofisa o lo o gafa ma le vaaia o le puipuiga i luga o le sami ona toso ese lea vaa. O se tasi na te soliina lea vaega fou o le tulafono, e mafai ona molia o ia i solitulafono E o solitulafono mama, lea e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le umi e le silia i le 6 masina, pe faasala foi i le salatupe e le silia i le $500. MANAOMIA SE SUIGA I LE tULAFONO O LAFOGA Ua taoto i luma o le maota o sui se talosaga na faaulu e le afioga i le alii faipule ia Fatulegaee Mauga, mo se avanoa e toe iloilo ai e le Fono le tulafono o Lafoga a le malo o lo o i ai i le taimi nei, ona o lo o faaauau pea ona faaaoga e le malo le tulafono o le lafoga o le tausaga e 2000, ae o lea tulafono ua tuai. Na faapupula atili e le alii faipule e faapea, e na o Amerika Samoa lava le teritori a le malo tele o Amerika o lo o latou faaaogaina le tulafono o lafoga mai le 2000, ae o isi teritori ma setete e fesuisuia’i lava i tausaga uma. Fai mai Fatulegaee, o le tulafono o lafoga o lo o faaaogaina i le taimi nei, ua fai ma itu ua pagatia ai tagata totogi lafoga. Ae na faamanino e le fofoga fetalai o le maota o sui ia Savali Talavou Ale e faapea, e mafua ona faaaoga e le malo le tulafono o lafoga o le 2000, ona o le tulaga i le malosi o lo o i ai le tamaoaiga o le malo, aua afai ae fesuisuia’i lea tulafono e pei o isi setete ma teritori, lona uiga e leai se tupe tele a le malo e maua mai i le lafoga. E ui o lea mafuaaga taua e pei ona saunoa i ai le fofoga fetalai, ae ia fautuaina le alii faipule, o ia foi lea o le taitaifono o le komiti o Sailiga o Alamanuia o le malo, ina ia silasila toto’a i lenei mataupu, ma faaulu se tulafono mo se suiga pe afai o lona lea finagalo ua tatau ona sui le tulafono. FAAAUAU tAUAOFIAGA A LE FONO I ASO tOONAI Ua faamaonia e le Fono Faitulafono i le taeao ananafi le faaaoga o aso Toonai e lua o lo o sosoo nei, le aso 16 & 23 o Mati e faaauau ai ana tauaofiaga masani, ina ia paleni ma ana aso fono o lo o totoe i le tauaofiaga lenei. O lea manatu na fetuaga’i i ai taitai o maota e lua ma pasia ai ina ua tuuina atu i luma o senatoa ma faipule i le taeao ananafi. Na faamanino e le peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau e faapea, o le aso 5 Aperila o lo o faamoemoe e maea ai galuega a le fono. O le tele lava o galuega a le fono i le ulua’i tauaofiaga o lo o faagasolo i le taimi nei, o le pasiaina lea o tofiga a le kovana mo faatonusili o matagaluega a le malo, faapea ai totino o komiti faafoe a Ofisa. I lalo o le Faavae, e 45 aso fono a le Fono Faitulafono i le tauaofiaga e tasi. O le itula e 9:00 i le aso Toona’i nei o le a tauaofia ai maota e lua mo a la galuega masani.
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The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to encourage low low income persons and families seeking affordable housing to The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to encourage income persons and families seeking affordable housing to take advantage of the Section 1602 Program for qualified low income tenants. If you believe you are qualied to apply, you are encouraged to take advantage of the Section 1602 Program for qualied low income tenants . If you believe you are qualified to apply, you are encouraged to contact or visit the following project owners their Section 1602 units located in in villages listed, are are available for rent . You may tenant contact or visit the following project owners if if their Section 1602 units located the the villages listed, available for rent. You may obtain obtain applications from from the 1602 owners or the or the DBAS HYPERLINK “http://www.dbas.org” www.dbas.org) or from or from Antonina tenant applications the 1602 project project ownersDBAS website (website ( HYPERLINK ““http://www.dbas.org”” www.dbas.org) Tavai Ieremia and Su’’e at the DBASat the 1602 Compliance Monitoring Floorat the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays, 8am Elizabeth Paopao Loans Department at the Second Unit of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 4pm, telephone 633-4031. Income and rent restrictionsand rentThe law prohibits discrimination against tenant applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, national to 4pm, telephone 633-4031. Income apply. restrictions apply. The law prohibits discrimination against tenant applicants on the basis of race, origin,sex, national origin, religion,disability and family status. Note: Landlord must including phone (not cable tv). phone and cable tv). color, religion,disability and family status. Note: Landlord must pay all utilities (not pay all utilities and including
SIZE 60% Rent Limit 60% 1 person 25,800 0-BR $645 2 people 29,520 1-BR $691 3 people 33,180 2-BR $829 4 people 36,840 3-BR $958 5 people 39,840 4-BR $1,069 6 people 42,780 5-BR $1,179 7 people 45,720 —— —— —— —— —— —— 8 people 48,660 —— —— —— —— —— ——
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ONSItE VISItS According to the report, CJPA requires its subrecipients to submit quarterly financial and programmatic reports regarding their implementation of USDOJ-funded programs; but “these reports do not contain information related to applicable federal civil rights requirements.” CJPA “conducts occasional site visits of its subrecipients and relies on such onsite meetings to address any reported complaints about a subgrantee’s provision of services or benefits to members of the public or to beneficiaries,” said OCR. “Despite this monitoring protocol, the CJPA does not have any procedures in place to evaluate the federal civil rights compliance of its subgrantees. tEChNICAL ASSIStANCE Additionally, CJPA does not provide any training to its subrecipients on the civil rights obligations that apply to the receipt of federal financial assistance from the USDOJ.
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The teachers and staff at South Pacific Academy were looking for something special to promote literacy and encourage children to read more. Seizing upon the special books of one of America’s most beloved authors, they chose the birthday of Dr. Seuss earlier this month to celebrate the fun of reading and capture the imagination which his books foster. Seen here are the K5 children of SPA with their homemade “Cat in the Hat” hats, and their teacher, Ms. Carmella (standing). Spearheaded by SPA’s resource teacher Kendra Pinsker, the children delighted in the reading of excerpts from such perennial favorites as “Green Eggs and [photo: tlh] Ham” the “Cat in the Hat” and “The Lorax”.
According to OCR, the CJPA primarily through its program managers, provides ongoing technical assistance to subrecipients and these personnel are available by e-mail and telephone to respond to subrecipient questions about grant requirements that arise during the grant cycle. COMPLAINt PROCEdURES In reviewing complaint procedures, the OCR evaluates the processes in place for individuals to pursue complaints of employment discrimination against the CJPA, as well as complaints of employment and services discrimination against its subrecipients. As a part of the American Samoa government, the CJPA is subject to American Samoa’s personnel rules and regulations, which are administered by the Department of Human Resources and prohibits discrimination in employment based on, among other protected classes, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and disability. These administrative provisions further require the CJPA to designate an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) coordinator, but the OCR site visit found that CJPA has not designated an EEO coordinator. The administrative code also explains how employees should internally report discrimination and addresses CJPA’s responsibilities to resolve any such complaint, and in certain circumstances, a CJPA employee can also file an employment discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the OCR. OCR said ASG’s Human Resources also provides regular training to government employees on sexual harassment in the workplace and various federal equal employment opportunity laws. “Despite the availability of these resources, the CJPA provides neither information nor training to new or existing employees on its nondiscrimination obligations or the applicable complaint process for receiving and resolving civil rights complaints,” according to the report. In monitoring subrecipients, “the CJPA does not evaluate whether subrecipients have policies, procedures, or protocols regarding the handling of employment or services discrimination complaints they receive.” Moreover, CJPA does not determine if subgrantees provide any notification to their employees and beneficiaries about subrecipient processes for handling discrimination complaints or available avenues for filing civil rights complaints. More details in future editions of Samoa News dealing with specific review of Catholic Social Service and Teen Challenge as well as OCR’s recommendations.
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AMAtA FILIGA MO LE AU FILI A SAMOA - 20 AGA’I I LALO O ananafi na amatalia ai tapenaga mo le sailia o se aulakapi o tama e i lalo o le 20 tausaga (Under 20) mo le tauvaga o le ipu o le Lalolagi o le Junior World Cup i le masina o Iuni o le tausaga nei. O ananafi na faataunuuina ai ulua’i “trials” i le malae o le kalapu a Malisi i Lotopa, ao le amataga o le vaiaso na resitala ai igoa o tama taaalo e fia auai i ia taaloga aua le sailiga o se au malosi a le atunuu. Ua faailoa mai e le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa e faapea, ua faaalia le naunautaiga o nisi o tamafanau a Samoa o lo o alala i atunuu i fafo e auai mai mo le filiga o le au a le atunuu. Na faaalia e le taitaimalaga o le au, le susuga Andy Ripley e faapea, e tolu aso o trials. O isi taaloga o le a faia i le aso 23 o Aperila ma le aso 26 o Aperila lea e tatau ona auai uma ai tama taaalo. O le aso 29 o Aperila o le a faalauiloa ai loa le lisi faaiu o tama taaalo e lalata i le toa 30 o le a fai ma sui o Samoa i lea taamilosaga faavaomalo. FOAI NIU SILA $7 MILIONA FAALELEIA AI AtINAE tAU tURISI E $3 miliona tala Amerika po o le pe a ma le $7 miliona tala Samoa le tinoitupe ua faamatuuina atu nei mo le atinae o tagata tafafao maimoa mai fafo, e fesoasoani ai i le toe faaleleia o mea na faaleagaina i le afa o Eveni i le faaiuga o le tausaga na tea nei. O lea fesoasoani tele ua foai mai e le malo Niu Sila e pei ona faalauiloa mai e le minisita o le Va i Fafo a lea atunuu, le susuga Murry McCully. Na ia faaalia, ua malilie faatasi Samoa ma Niu Sila, o le malosi ma le maua’a o le atinae tau turisi o se tulaga moomia lea mo le faatupulaia o avanoa faigaluega, faapea le lelei o fefaatauaiga o tupe atoa ai ma tupe maua a le malo. O le toe vave faaleleia foi o lea atinae e aupito i taua lea i le tulaga o galuega ma tupe maua a tagata lautele ma atili mausali ai pea tapenaga a Samoa e talimalo ai i le fono a atumotu laiti tau atia’e a le lalolagi, lea e faia mai i Apia i le tausaga fou.
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VAEGA: 16 Ua alu ‘ese nei le ta’avale a lo’u tuagane o Peteru, ma ua na o lo’u tu nei ma lo’u le mautonu, pe o le a le mafua’aga ua fa’apea mai ai ia te a’u. Na ou liliu nei ma ou savali loa i le fale o Ana, ou te o’o atu ua saofa’i mai i luga lo’u tama ma o lo’o talanoa mai ma lo’u tuagane la’ititi o Ioane. Ua ala mai Ana, ma ua pisi nei le umukuka e tapena le malu taeao, ae na iloa lelei atu lava e Ana, le alu ‘ese o le ta’avale. Sa ou le iloa fo’i, na iloa lelei ane lava e lo’u tama le fa’aii o pau, o le ta’avale, ua uma fo’i ona iloa e lo’u tama o Peteru o lo’o uliina ona ua uma ona ta’u i ai e lo’u tuagane o Ioane. Na ou tu’ua le avanoa se i talanoa ai lo’u tama ma lo’u tuagane i lea taimi, ae ua ou savali atu loa i le umukuka lea o lo’o pisi mai ai Ana. Na ona liliu mai lava o Ana ia te a’u, fesili mai loa po’o ai o lo’o alu i le ta’avale lea na fa’ai’i pau ma alu i le atoa, na ou tali atu i ai o lo’u tuagane o Peteru. Ua lulu le ulu o Ana ma pupula to’a mai ia te a’u, “Averia, ia e mataala, o lea ua ou iloa atu, o le a i ai se tagata e liliu mai ia te oe, afai e sa’o le tala a lo’u tama, e te lua o se e va’ai i mea uma lava o lo’o i ai pisinisi, ia e alu e va’ai. O lea ua ou iloa atu nei, o Peteru o le a fai ma sasa ia te oe, ia e mataala i tulaga na.” Ua fa’ateia a’u i le tala ua fai mai nei e Ana ia te a’u, aua a mamao lava ma lo’u mafaufau ia tulaga, sa leai fo’i sou masalosalo, ona e le o se isi, o lo’u tuagane. Na ou tilotilo atu nei i le mea o lo’o fai mai ai le talanoaga a lo’u tama ma lo’u tuagane la’ititi o ioane, sa ou va’ai ai le fiafia o si o’u tuagane ma talatalanoa ma lo’u tama. Na ou iloa ai loa ma ou mautinoa, o ioane, o le a ma tutu fa’atasi e tali atu i faigata lea o le a amata ona aliali mai i totonu o lo matou aiga. Na ou toe mafaufau nei, po’o le a ea le uiga o nei mea, pe o le a vaeluaina ea lo matou aiga, pe o le a vaeluaina ea le alofa sa o matou tuputupua’e o lo’o mausali, pe o le a fefulitua’ai ai ma fe’aina’i matou, ona o le le mautonu ma le le malamalama. O o’u mafaufauga ia na i’u ai ina maligi ifo o’u loimata, ma ou liliu i le isi itu, ona ou te le mana’o e iloa mai e Ana o’u mafatiaga. E faia pea…
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TO Members of the LAGAFUAINA Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FAIMEATONU & ROSE FAO of NUUULI has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land PAPA, allegedly belonging to LAGAFUAINA FAMILY of the village of NUUULI. Said land PAPA is situated in or near the village of NUUULI in the County of ITUAU, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: FEBRUARY 22, 2013 thru MARCH 25, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa LAGAFUAINA, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o FAIMEATONU & ROSE FAO o le nu’u o NUUULI ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o PAPA e fa’asino i le aiga sa LAGAFUAINA, o le nu’u o NUUULI. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o NUUULI, itumalo o ITUAU, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 03/01 & 03/15/13
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OBAMA OFFERS hIS CONGRAtS IN CALL tO ChINESE PRESIdENt WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made a congratulatory phone call to the new Chinese president and raised thorny issues of North Korea and cybersecurity. The White House says Obama spoke to Xi Jingping Thursday as the Communist Party leader was elevated to the presidency. Xi takes over for Hu Jintao, China’s president for the past decade. A White House statement said they discussed the future of U.S.-China relations, including economic and security challenges. “The president highlighted the threat to the United States, its allies, and the region from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and stressed the need for close coordination with China to ensure North Korea meets its denuclearization commitments,” the statement said. The statement also said Obama discussed China’s move toward a more flexible exchange rate and working together to expand trade opportunities. Obama also mentioned the need to address intellectual property rights and cybersecurity threats, the statement said.
The Obama administration has been escalating its criticism of cyber and intellectual property thefts by China. The White House said Obama also noted that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit China next week and Secretary of State John Kerry also plans to visit next month. ISRAEL WELCOMES NEW POPE AS FRIENd OF thE JEWS JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders are welcoming the selection of Pope Francis and calling him a friend of the Jewish people. President Shimon Peres invited the new pope to follow the lead of his two predecessors and visit Israel. In a meeting with Roman Catholic Church leaders in Poland Thursday, Peres called Francis “a man of inspiration that can add to the attempt to bring peace in a stormy area.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is sure the “excellent relations” between Jews and Christians as well as between Israel and the Vatican will continue. Israel’s chief rabbinate also welcomed the appointment, saying Pope Francis’ “good relations with the Jewish People are well known.” The former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, has been chosen as the 266th pope. CLAShES IN BAhRAIN AS PROtEStERS MARK ANNIVERSARy MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters threw firebombs and stones at riot police and burned tires in Bahrain on the second anniversary of the intervention by a Saudi-led force in the Gulf island’s crisis. The clashes were the worst in several weeks and served a reminder that there are elements of the opposition that have yet to buy into slow-moving talks with government officials. Police fired stun grenades at the demonstrators during the clashes in the mainly Shiite neighborhoods surrounding the capital, Manama. Starting early in the morning, the mostly young demonstrators blocked roads leading into scores of Shiite villages to prevent security forces from entering. Bahrain’s Shiite majority is seeking a greater political voice in the strategic Sunniruled kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. The main Shiite opposition group, Al Wefaq, said 35 protesters were wounded in the clashes, including three critically, in what it called a “systematic policy carried out under high, official orders to use violence against peaceful pro-democracy protesters.” It also accused police of using live ammunition and bird shot against some protesters.
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PACIFIC tRAdE PACt CALLS FOR tOUGh JAPAN REFORMS TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce Japan will join talks on a Pacific trade pact that would oblige the country to undertake major reforms, especially in farming. The expected announcement later Friday confirming plans to seek participation in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is raising protests from farmers opposed to opening protected home markets to foreign competition. Farmers are the traditional bastion of support for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, but many in Japan view the pact as a way to overcome stubborn resistance to reforms essential for reviving the stagnant economy. Japan’s status as the leading U.S. ally in Asia also has swayed the decision to participate in the trade talks, angering some groups. Prospects for a consensus among member nations on trade liberalization remain uncertain. GUN AttACK INSIdE CANCUN BAR KILLS SEVEN, WOUNdS FOUR CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in the Mexican resort of Cancun say two gunmen burst into a bar in a working class neighborhood and fatally shot seven people. Four others are wounded. Public Safety Secretary Jesus Aiza says most of the victims belonged to a taxi drivers union. Aiza says the assailants arrived to “The Mermaid” bar in a poor area far from Cancun’s hotel zone in two cars Thursday afternoon. He says two gunmen using automatic rifles went inside and began shooting. Aiza says soldiers are guarding the hospital were the wounded are being treated. He says police are trying to determine a motive for the attack. FLIGhtS REStRICtEd WhERE LA. PIPELINE StILL BURNS NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has placed flight restrictions over a coastal Louisiana bayou where a pipeline fire continues to burn two days after it was touched off by a tugboat accident. The restrictions announced Thurs. affect flights below 5,000 feet and within a mile of the site. The fire started Tuesday evening when a tug pushing an oil barge struck a Chevron liquefied natural gas pipeline in Bayou Perot (per-ROH’), about 30 miles south of New Orleans. Gas to the area was shut off but officials said it would take time to burn off product remaining in the pipe. One man was severely burned in the accident, which is under investigation. The barge was carrying 92,000 gallons of oil. It remained intact Thursday
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with no leaks reported. AttACK ON IRAqI JUStICE MINIStRy KILLS 24 BAGHDAD (AP) — Attackers unleashed a carefully planned assault with car bombs and gunmen disguised as police on the Iraqi Justice Ministry on Thursday, killing at least 24 people as hundreds of others crouched terrified in their offices. The large and complex raid in the heart of downtown Baghdad came less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the U.S.led invasion of Iraq, showing how vulnerable this country remains to insurgent attacks. The fighting lasted about an hour, ending with security forces storming the fourstory building after some of the gunmen detonated suicide vests, according to police and witnesses. None of the attackers survived. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s Iraqi arm. The group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, frequently uses car bombs, suicide bombers and coordinated blasts in an effort to undermine Iraqis’ confidence in the Shiite-led government. 2 tEENS KILLEd, 2 WOUNdEd At OCEANSIdE PARK OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A shooting at an Oceanside park has killed two teenagers and injured two others. Police say the shooting occurred at around 9 p.m. Wednesday at Libby Lake Park. Two teens died and two were taken to hospitals but are expected to survive. Authorities haven’t released their names or provided a motive for the attack. Lt. Leonard Cosby tells U-T San Diego that the victims were found near a memorial to two teenagers who were shot to death, apparently by gang members, in May of 2011. Fourteen-year-old Sandra Salgado and 16-year-old Felix Solano were killed even though they were not gang members. In January, a gang member was sentenced to 4 years in prison for being an accessory to the shooting after the fact. Three others are charged with murder. PASAdENA POLICE hUNt 2 MEN AFtER GUNFIRE ExChANGE PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Pasadena police are searching for two men who crashed into an unmarked car driven by two plainclothes deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, then shot at them. Police spokeswoman Tracey Ibarra says in statement that the incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. Thursday when city police detectives were conducting a joint investigation with the deputies. The deputies saw the suspect’s vehicle, which abruptly collided with their car. The men fled on foot, firing shots at the deputies, who returned fire. Ibarra says the officers were not wounded, but it is
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unknown whether either suspect was wounded. Pasadena police set up a containment area to search for the suspects. At LEASt 10 WOUNdEd IN FIGhtS At CA PRISON DELANO, Calif. (AP) — At least 10 inmates at a state prison in Central California have been taken to hospitals for treatment of stab wounds after several fights broke out at the prison’s maximumsecurity yard. State corrections officials say groups of inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano began fighting a little before 10 a.m. Thursday. Officers were able to quickly stop the fights using pepper spray, chemical agents and direct impact rounds. Officials say staff members were still assessing inmates involved in the fights for injuries in the afternoon. The prison opened in 2005 and houses more than 3,700 inmates. GAy VIEtNAMESEAMERICAN GROUP BARREd FROM PARAdE WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city is reviewing its rules after a gay Vietnamese-American group was excluded from February’s annual Tet Parade in Little Saigon. The Orange County Register reports Thursday that the Westminster City Council had a closed session to discuss the issue. Afterward, City Attorney Richard Jones said the council is unanimous in opposing discrimination against this or any other gay and lesbian group, and is disappointed some agreement wasn’t reached over the parade. The council will receive recommendations on possible moves at its next meeting March 27. The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations marched in past parades when they were city-run, but were barred after a community federation took over this year. The federation said they feared the gay group would drive out other participants. 3 POLICEMEN KILLEd IN AttACK IN thAILANd HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Suspected militants have detonated a roadside bomb that killed three police officers in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south. Police Col. Anothai Jindamanee says the explosion went off Friday near a bridge in Rue So district in Narathiwat province as the officers were passing in a pickup truck. He said the three policemen, including a deputy commander of the district police, were on their way back from attending a school activity. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and teachers, who are seen as representatives of the government of the Buddhist-dominated nation. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the three southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.
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American Samoa Government
The American Samoa Department of Health Early Intervention Program “Helping Hands” would like to inform the public that the Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 is available for public comment for a period of 60 days. A copy of the document is available to review at the American Samoa Department of Health Main Office in Fagaalu as well as the DOH Helping Hands Office in Fagaima. Please call the DOH Helping Hands office at 699-4990 if you have any questions regarding this public notice. Signed, Ruth Te’o, DOH Part C Coordinator
Development Bank of American Samoa
The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to inform all the Section 1602 Low Income Housing Project Owners that they are required to do the following: * Submit accurate and complete tenant applications, income and asset verification forms to Elizabeth Paopao and Tavai Ieremia at the DBAS 1602 Compliance Monitoring Unit located at the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, to be forwarded to Spectrum Enterprises for certification and move-in approval. All 1602 project owners are prohibited from allowing any tenant or household who has not been certified as a qualified low income tenant or household to move in to a Section 1602 unit. • Project owners receiving Reports from Spectrum Enterprises outlining deficiencies discovered during the December 2012 inspections by Spectrum Enterprises, should make every effort to correct those deficiencies within the period provided and contact Elizabeth Paopao and Tavai Ieremia at DBAS located at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4pm if there are any questions. • Project owners receiving a Recapture Notice from DBAS should contact DBAS Legal Counsel Fainu’ulelei L.P.F. Ala’ilima-Utu at DBAS located at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4pm if there are any questions. • For projects completed in 2012, 40% of all units must be rented to qualified tenants by 12/31/2013. • Project owners with fewer than 5 units are NOT allowed to rent to their parents, spouses, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, or grandparents. • Project owner shall have a file for each 1602 project tenant which includes the certificate of occupancy, tenant application and interview check list, income and asset verifications, tenant move -in certification and lease agreement. Project owner annual reports and owner certifications should be maintained as part of the annual project reporting. No utility allowances are being used at this time but if a utility allowance is established in the future, it should be made part of the tenant file. • Generally, a lease agreement for a 1602 tenant or household must be for a term of six months or more. Lease agreement should state that lease will be terminated ( in addition to other reasons provided in the lease) if it is discovered that the tenant or household is not a qualified low income tenant or household. Compliance with requirements of the Section 1602 Low Income Housing Program is the responsibility of the owner of the Section 1602 project. DBAS is not liable for a project owner’s non-compliance. For more information , please contact Elizabeth Paopao or Tavai Ieremia of DBAS at telephone no. 633-4031 or email address Elizabeth@dbas.org or Tavai@dbas.org.
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TO Members of the PULU Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FUATINO SI’ULOA of PAGO PAGO has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land VAIPITO, allegedly belonging to PULU FAMILY of the village of PAGO PAGO. Said land VAIPITO is situated in or near the village of PAGO PAGO in the County of MAOPUTASI, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: FEBRUARY 22, 2013 thru MARCH 25, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa PULU, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o FUATINO SI’ULOA o le nu’u o PAGO PAGO ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o VAIPITO e fa’asino i le aiga sa PULU, o le nu’u o PAGO PAGO. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o PAGO PAGO, itumalo o MAOPUTASI, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 03/01 & 03/15/13
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tEAChER ACCUSEd OF dOPING KIdS’ dRINKS IS RELEASEd MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — A teacher at a Northern California preschool accused of putting sleeping pills into toddlers’ sippy cups has been released from custody after being charged with child endangerment. KGO-TV reports that 59-year-old Debbie Gratz is scheduled to appear in court again later this month. She was arrested Friday after a colleague at the Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy saw her put an unknown substance into the children’s cups. School officials notified police on Monday, who said Gratz acknowledged putting the over-the-counter sleeping aid “Sominex” into the kids’ drinks. None of the children drank from the cups the day the incident was reported. REPORt: ShARK USEd FOR KMARt COMMERCIAL dIES LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 5-foot-long shark died after being put in an above-ground pool at a Los Angeles home where a Kmart commercial was being filmed, a newspaper reported Thursday. The white-tipped shark died March 6 after being shipped from New York to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times said. The shark was injected with adrenaline and received oxygen after it showed signs of stress. It was later removed from the pool and died that afternoon. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it had sent a letter to Kmart asking it to stop using wild animals in ads, and a letter to the American Humane Association detailing an unnamed whistleblower’s account of the death. The whistleblower worked on the commercial, PETA said. PAKIStANIS LINKEd tO CIA BIN LAdEN PLOt REINStAtEd ABBOTTABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court reinstated in their jobs on Thursday 17 health workers who were fired last year for allegedly participating in a CIA scheme to confirm the presence of Osama bin Laden in a town in northwest Pakistan, a defense lawyer said. Lawyer Javed Awan said the court order affected 16 female health workers and one male whom a government health department suspended last year for failing to inform authorities about Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi’s fake vaccination campaign. The health workers insist they did not know Afridi was working for the CIA. The campaign aimed to collect blood samples from bin Laden’s family to show that the al-Qaida leader was in the northern town of Abbottabad, where he was later killed in a U.S. raid in May 2011. Pakistan strongly protested the raid, considering it a violation of the country’s sovereignty. Afridi was sentenced to more than three decades in prison for ties to militants. But it is widely believed that he was punished for his role in the raid. Afridi’s lawyer and his family have said he is innocent as he did nothing against the interests of Pakistan.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
IFB No: 026-2013
Issuance Date: February 27, 2013 Closing Date: March 21, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time 1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited from qualified firms to provide for “Main Highway Roadside Landscaping and Cleaning”. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. PRE-BIDC ONFERENCE A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the Office of Procurement Conference Room. Bids will not be accepted from bidders who are not present at the pre-bid conference. 4. CONTRACTD OCUMENTS Bidding Documents, including plans and specifications, may be examined at the Office of Procurement, or obtained there from upon the payment of a nonrefundable deposit of fifty dollars ($50.00) in US currency or by certified or cashier’s check made payable to the American Samoa Government, or ASG.
5. The American Samoa Government reserves the right not to accept the lowest or any bid. 6. The American Samoa Government reserves the right to waive any informalities in bidding as may be in the best interest of the American Samoa Government.
3 FOUNd IN CREEK WERE MOthER, KIdS NEW ALBANY (AP) — A mother and two children who were found dead in a creek in southern Indiana had recently moved from Washington state, police said Thursday. New Albany police Maj. Keith Whitlow said in a statement the victims had been identified as 35-year-old Jamie Clutter, her 10-year-old son Brandon Clutter, and her 6-month-old daughter Katelyn Clutter. Whitlow said the family moved in December to an apartment in New Albany, an Indiana city less than a mile north of Louisville, Ky. The mother and children’s bodies were found Wednesday. Floyd County Coroner Leslie Knable said autopsies were performed Thursday and she plans to release details concerning the deaths on Friday. WORKER WhO SEt FIRE tO SUBMARINE tO BE SENtENCEd PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A shipyard worker who set fire to the USS Miami because he wanted to go home and ended up causing $450 million in damage is due to be sentenced. Under a plea agreement, Casey James Fury faces a sentence of about 15 to 19 years on Friday. He can withdraw his guilty pleas if a greater penalty is imposed for the fire that injured seven and caused extensive damage. Fury admitted setting the May 23 fire while the nuclear submarine was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The Navy intends to repair the Los Angeles-class attack sub, which is based in Groton, Conn. But the repairs have been postponed for now because of federal budget cuts.
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FESOASOANI NPF ALA NONOGAtUPE MAUALALO PASENE Ua mafai nei e le au fai saofaga a le NPF ona maua se fesoasoani e tauala mai i nonogatupe e i le va o le $15,000 agai atu i le $50,000 mo le toe fausia o maota ma laoa sa faaleagaina i le afa o Eveni. O aiaiga o lo o faamalosia mai e aofia ai le tatau ona toe totogi o ia nonogatupe i totonu o le 5 po o le 7 tausaga, ma e na o le 7 pasene lava le tului o lo o faaopopo i ai i totonu o le lima tausaga muamua. A maea le lima tausaga, ona toe iloilo lea mai le va o le 8.5 pasene i le 11 pasene mo isi tausaga o lo o totoe. O i latou uma o lo o i ai a latou faaputugatupe i le taimi nei e agavaa i lalo o lenei fesoasoani ua faamatuu mai e le NPF. Ua amata tatala lea fesoasoani i le masina nei ma e faagata i le masina o iuni o le tausaga nei lava. FAALAUILOA LE FAGUINU FOU SAMOA BEVERAGE UA FAAIGOAINA O LE “tAxI” O le Aso Lulu na sei mavae atu nei na faalauiloa aloaia ai e le kamupani gaosi ava malosi ma faguinu ma taumafa o le Samoa Beverage a le susuga Taimalie Charlie Westerlund, se tasi o a latou faguinu fou o le a faatauva nei i le maketi o fefaatauaiga i totonu o le atunuu, o le faguinu ua faaigoaina o le “Taxi” e gaosi mai i le suavai aupito i mama mai le manava o le eleele i nisi o fanua i Falelauniu lea ua faatuina ai lenei atinae. Na faamatala e le alii pule, le susuga Taimalie Charlie Westerlund le taua o le faatuina o lea atinae i lea vaega o le atunuu, aemaise o le faaigoaina o le faguinu i le Taxi. Na saunoa o ia, o fanua ua i ai nei le kamupani sa fai ai faatoaga a Siamani i aso la ma sa latou soifua mai ma galulue ai i faatoaga koko a lo latou tama. Sa manuia ia faatoaga ma mafaufau lo latou tama e amata sana pisinisi taavale lau pasese ma o le 1968 sa faatau ai loa ana taxi.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government on Thursday urged legislators to move quickly and approve financial austerity measures following a report from a Wall Street ratings agency that downgraded the island’s general obligation bonds to near-junk status. Standard & Poor’s noted that the U.S. territory’s budget gap is significantly larger than originally estimated, and that current shortfalls will prevent the island from rebounding economically in the next two years. The agency warned that if only limited progress is made in reducing the gap, it would further lower the rating. S&P also downgraded the rating of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying it’s not sufficiently independent from the state. Jorge Suarez, secretary general of the Popular Democratic Party, which controls the island’s legislature, said Thursday that the actual deficit is $2.1 billion, not $360 million as the previous administration estimated. “We need to act now,” he said. The higher projected deficit is a result in part of expenses estimated at $140 million above budget and revenues of $910 million below budget, according to the S&P report. The administration of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla released the new preliminary estimates in January, just months after he beat one-term governor Luis Fortuno of the New Progressive Party. Javier Ferrer, president of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, said legislators are considering several measures expected to boost revenue, but warned the government would still struggle economically. The government already has drawn a $775 million credit line with the bank to lower its deficit. “In the past, the agencies were promised that the deficit would be eliminated at the end of this fiscal year,” Ferrer said. “We’ve told them that this is very hard. We certainly aren’t going to do that this year.” The governor already has submitted several measures aimed at cutting costs. Earlier this month, Garcia issued an order barring agencies from paying public employees for their accrued sick pay. He also ordered the Management and Budget Office to cut all expenses by 30 percent, including professional services and purchases of equipment and materials. “The S&P report is an alert ... to the gravity of the fiscal situation that our country faces,” Garcia said, noting how the agency recognized that the government is considering several corrective measures. “However, these cannot remain simply proposals. They expect action.” Garcia’s party controls the island’s House and the Senate,
Puerto Rico urges action amid a bond rating drop
but the measures have been criticized by Pedro Pierluisi, of the opposition New Progressive Party. As Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pierluisi is the territory’s sole representative in the U.S. Congress. Pierluisi said the S&P report demonstrates the agency has no confidence in the current administration. “The government’s fiscal challenges should be met with action, not talk,” he said. “Garcia Padilla should have sought the necessary consensus from everyone.” Pierluisi’s party also released a statement noting that under its 2008-2012 administration, agencies increased the bonds’ ratings. Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta urged officials to leave political bickering aside and focus on improving the economy of an island that is
In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION
PR No.: 005-2013 In the Matter of the Estate of
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In The District Court of American Samoa
FDA/JR No. 32-12
TO: Jr. Atonio Tauiliili Fasitoouta Village Upolu, Samoa
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the abovenamed respondent that a petition has been filed before the High Court of American Samoa to determine your parental rights in a male child born on July 18, 2011 at LBJ Tropical Medical Center. A hearing will be held after two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice, in which the Court may enter an order that you have not acquired any parental rights to the minor child and place the child for adoption. If you have any objection, or wish to claim or assert your parental rights, you must appear within two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file an objection or a claim with the Court. O LE FA’AALIGA E TUUINA ATU ia te oe, le ua ta’ua i luga, ua iai le talosaga ua failaina i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga o Amerika Samoa e iloilo ai ou aia fa’a-matua i se tamaitiiti na fanau o ia i le aso 18 o Iulai 2011, i le Falemai i Fagaalu, Amerika Samoa. O lea iloiloga e faia pe a tuana’i le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le aso o le ulua’i faasalalauga o lenei fa’aaliga, ma e ono tuuina atu ai se poloa’iga a le Fa’amasinoga e faailoa ai ua leai ni ou aia fa’a-matua i lea teineitiiti. Afai e te tete’e pe e te finagalo e faamaonia ou aia faa-matua, ia e failaina se talosaga tete’e i le Fa’amasinoga i totonu o le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le ulua’i faasalalauga o lenei fa’aaliga. Dated/Aso: 10/08/2012
Clerk of Courts
emerging from a six-year recession and has an unemployment rate higher than any U.S. state at 14 percent. One of Puerto Rico’s biggest fiscal problems is the $37.3 billion unfunded liability of its public pension system. The unfunded liability, which is spread across three public pension systems, is almost four times the annual government budget for the island of nearly 4 million people. Last month, the government presented a measure that calls for increased employee contributions, a higher retirement age and reduced benefits and monthly pensions for certain workers. Legislators are currently holding public hearings on the measure. “It’s clear that this needs to be approved... and soon,” Acosta said. “That’s the reality of it.”
TO: ALL INTERESTED PARTIES PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that on the 13th day of May, 2013 at 9:00 o’clock a.m., at the High Court of American Samoa, located in Fagatogo, American Samoa, Petitioner DAVID O. HALECK, through his attorney will move this Court to grant his Petition for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed. The said motion is based upon the pleadings and papers on file herein. Dated: February 25, 2013
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By Barry Markowitz
Hydroflask Perfection Plus, Hong Kong Seven’s Prep 2
After the truth was revealed in yesterday’s Cool Stuff about being routed through North Korea and Syria as punishment, I got spanked again. Instead of my usual $300/day per diem they cut me back to a backpack tent in Shenzen, keke pua for breakfast, lunch and dinner, water, and lua tala for rail to the HK Stadium. The water situation is a slam dunk, the rest I will whine about. My Hydroflask insulated stainless steel beverage bottles have gone from perfection to perfection plus! Check out the “Narrow Mouth Sports Cap” at only $3.99. The rigid loop lets you clip it to a caribiner on your backpack, features a sanitary sipping spout cover, and a safe convenient pop up spout. It’s always with me, til I hear, “malo, malo” or it walks away as have 3 of my past prizes. While you kill trees and destroy the environment with your paper and plastic cups, I will be the recipient of fellow air passenger envy when I hand the flight attendant my Hydro Flip equipped infinitely reusable Hydroflask for coffee. The uncool non Coolio passengers will spill their drinks on their iPad, while my coffee stays warm & comfy with my $4.99 Hydro Flip Lid. (You can reach them at http://www. hydroflask.com/) So while I am suffering the slings and arrows of my outrageous Samoa News fortune (have I resorted to Shakespeare?)... what did you think of the latest Nuuuli offering of “Oz, The Great & Powerful?” Take the whole family, even if you have to take every penny out of your Tafuna, Bank of Hawaii account. Oh yeah, at least one branch saved for a while by the Governor and BoH President Peter Ho. I love to see private/public sector teamwork. Pope Francis looks to make a very immediate impact. Even faster impact if I can get him to join me to North Korea and Syria on my Samoa News punishment tour. A whole lot of peace, love, granola, and Cool Stuff needed in those troubled lands. Always irreverent, cheeky, and with just a hint of truth... Cool Stuff for life Coolios!
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