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Man allegedly uses vehicle as battering ram 2 disarray, millions with no power in Sandy’s wake 3 Heat get rings, then a win over the Celtics B1
SPA’s K-4, Elliana Talalelei Rancourt Leasiolagi accompanied by Line Kruse one of the SPA’s room parent who was manning the K-4 booth for several hours during the school’s Annual Halloween Carnival last Saturday. Today is Halloween, and Samoa News wishes the territory more treats than tricks on this Halloween — to make it a safe and happy one for all of us. Don’t forget to drive slow and look out for the children, who out there [Photo JL] celebrating the event.
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Pittsburgh-based StarKist announces interim president
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
More people earning $75,000 and above
By Lewis Wolman, special correspondent
Pittsburgh-Based StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa cannery in Pago Pago, has a new leader, who will take over the post effective Thursday this week. In a company announcement yesterday, StarKist said Sam Hwi Lee, a StarKist board director has been named interim president of the company upon the accepted resignation of In-Soo Cho, the outgoing company president and chief executive officer. Cho, who joined StarKist in early March last year, “is moving on to pursue new opportunities,” according to the announcement. It’s understood that Cho’s last day is today. Lee is the former president of Nestle Korea and has held executive posts with Dole Food Co. and Armour Foods. He will be be based in company headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. StarKist and StarKist Samoa are owned by South Korean conglomerate Dongwon group, who will search for a permanent successor. StarKist corporate spokesperson Michelle Faist told Samoa News that StarKist Samoa general manager Brett Butler and his team have been informed about the change. There was no
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The number of American Samoa households with income of $75,000 or above has more than doubled from 2000 to 2010. (see chart) There were 916 households in American Samoa that took in at least $75,000 when the 2010 census takers did their work two years. Ten years earlier, only 397 households did so well. In 2010, households with at least $75,000 in income accounted for almost 10% of American Samoa’s households. Ten years earlier, the households with that much income accounted for only 4%. The 2010 census also shows that about half the households with incomes of at least $75,000 took in less than $100,000, while 449 households took in $100,000 or more. The census has not yet released figures showing any further breakout.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, the number of households earning less than $15,000 took a sharp drop from 2000 to 2010, which is good news. Whereas in 2000 there were almost 3,900 households in that low income category, in 2000 the number had dropped to less than 3,000 households. Thus the percentage of very low income households in the community dropped from 42% to 31%. Of course, $10,000 in 2000 purchased a lot more goods and services than the same amount of money in 2010, so the fact that there are 900 fewer households at that low level doesn’t mean that things are much better for the low income households in the territory. The number of households earning between $15,000 and $25,000 was unchanged from 2000 to 2010, but the buying power of those house(Continued on page 14)
Tisa’s Tattoo Fest ended Sunday, with prizes given in a variety of categories. One of the categories was for the Best Sogaimiti, with focus on the tradition Samoan tattoo — “tatatau”. Faleselau Tuitasi (left) took first place displaying his Sog’imiti by Tau Su’a. Samoa News will report and publish photos throughout the week on [photo: JD Hall] the festival’s highlights, which included local music ensembles and a fashion show.
Man allegedly uses vehicle as battering ram in fit of temper
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
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A man from Faleniu is facing charges of first degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and property damage second degree on allegations the defendant rammed his vehicle into the victim’s vehicle twice, while she and her daughter and granddaughter were in the vehicle. Paea Patu made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday and is being held on $10,000 bail. The assault count is a class D felony punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of $5,000, or both. Endangering the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both and property damage a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both. According to the government’s case on Aug. 15, 2012 the West Substation received word about a fight near the Mormon Chapel in Faleniu and requested assistance. Police proceeded to the call where they met with the victim who told police she was sitting in her vehicle when she was approached by the Patu on foot. The defendant was upset with the victim and while Patu was talking to the victim he was pointing his finger at her and yelling. The government claims the defendant was upset because he got into an argument with the victim’s son earlier in the day at the Chapel. The victim told police the defendant blamed the victim for not “doing her responsibility” as the parent with regard to keeping her children in check. The government alleges the defendant tried to punch the victim twice while she was sitting in her car, but he missed. It’s alleged the defendant then got into his vehicle and rammed his vehicle into the victim’s car damaging the right side of the vehicle.
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Forum for congressional candidates on Family Violence, hosted by MDT
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
The first Congressional forum in the territory on family violence hosted by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) touched based on many issues such as the increase of sexual related cases within the past years, statutory rape, child abuse, SORNA or Sex Offender Registry Notification Act, sex education and laws pertaining to those convicted of sexual crimes against minors. The forum, held earlier this month, is part of MDT’s active campaign to break the silence and heighten the awareness on all aspects of family violence in American Samoa. The forum was held at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium and was attended by all five congressional candidates: Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, Rosie Fuala’au Tago Lancaster, Aumua Amata, Kereti Mata’uti’a Jr., and Fatumalala Leuluaiali’i Atualevao Al-Shehri. Vice Chairperson of the MDT, Ipu AvegalioLefiti said family violence is a social ill that until recently was pretty much not addressed at all. “It wasn’t until the enactment of the Public Law in 2004 that the problem of family violence, or more commonly referred to as Domestic Violence, was taken out of the closet.
“Since 2005, more and more people have been prosecuted for violence in the home,” she said. Lefiti noted it is very important to address problems surrounding Domestic Violence and hosting the Forum for the Congressional Candidates is one way to address these issues. Moderator was Nu’nu’uimalo Toleafoa Apesoloma from the Am. Samoa Community College. Two interesting questions asked were about the increase of sexual related crimes in the territory and the role of sex education in the schools. RISE OF SEX RELATED CRIMES The moderator noted that according to the warden of the Correctional Facility, 85% of crimes for which people are jailed are sex related crimes. Given that there are no professional programs or counseling available for sex offenders, what can you do to address this problem? AuMuA Aumua said local leaders should work closely together with the federal government for instance, the SORNA or Sex Offender Registry Notification Act, to establish it in the territory. She said we also have to work with local lawmakers to enact laws that give strict penalties against the offenders, she said.
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Disarray, millions with no power in Sandy’s wake
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country’s most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21stcentury lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their watermenaced homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal. A weakening Sandy, the hurricane turned fearsome superstorm, killed at least 50 people, many hit by falling trees, and still wasn’t finished. It inched inland across Pennsylvania, ready to bank toward western New York to dump more of its water and likely cause more havoc Tuesday night. Behind it: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic Coast and a moonscape of disarray and debris — from unmoored shore-town boardwalks to submerged mass-transit systems to delicate presidential politics. “Nature,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, assessing the damage to his city, “is an awful lot more powerful than we are.” More than 8.2 million households were without power in 17 states as far west as Michigan. Nearly 2 million of those were in New York, where large swaths of lower Manhattan lost electricity and entire streets ended up underwater — as did seven subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn at one point, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. The New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day from weather, the first time that has happened since a blizzard in 1888. The shutdown of mass transit crippled a city where more than 8.3 million bus, subway and local rail trips are taken each day, and 800,000 vehicles cross bridges run by the transit agency. Consolidated Edison said electricity in and around New York could take a week to restore. “Everybody knew it was coming. Unfortunately, it was everything they said it was,” said Sal Novello, a construction executive who rode out the storm with his wife, Lori, in the Long Island town of Lindenhurst, and ended up with 7 feet of water in the basement. The scope of the storm’s damage wasn’t known yet. Though early predictions of river flooding in Sandy’s inland path were petering out, colder temperatures made snow the main product of Sandy’s slow march from the sea. Parts of the West Virginia mountains were blanketed with 2 feet of snow by Tuesday afternoon, and drifts 4 feet deep were reported at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. With Election Day a week away, the storm also threatened to affect the presidential campaign. Federal disaster response, always a dicey political issue, has become even thornier since government mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And poll access and voter turnout, both of which hinge upon how people
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A 168-foot water tanker, the John B. Caddell, sits on the shore Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012 where it ran aground on Front Street in the Stapleton neighborhood of New York’s Staten Island (AP Photo/Sean Sweeney) as a result of superstorm Sandy.
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Prices on gasoline edge upward going into Election Day
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Gasoline will see an increase when the new maximum allowable price (MAP) becomes effective tomorrow (Nov. 1) while the rest of the other petroleum products will get a slight hike in their MAPs. Data released by the Office of Petroleum Management (OPM) shows that the new MAP for gasoline will be $3.91 per gallon, an increase of 6 cents per gallon, as American Samoa heads into the Nov. 6 general election. The next MAP will be released on Nov. 16. The hike will put the retail price of gasoline over the $4.40 per gallon mark. The national average price is $3.55 per gallon while the average in Hawai’i is at $4.36 per gallon, according to the website hawaiigasprices.com which tracks daily gas prices in the Aloha State. As a point of interest, at this time four years ago, when American Samoa was heading into the 2008 general election — which included the gubernatorial race — the MAP dropped by 24 cents, putting the retail price at $3.63 per gallon. Regarding the other petroleum products, Sione Kava with OPM said that effective tomorrow, the new MAP for kerosene and jet fuel will be at $3.90, an increase of 3 cents per gallon. The new MAP has road diesel at $4.11 per gallon; boilers/ generators (used by the Tafuna Power plant) at $3.79 per gallon; commercial fishing vessel diesel at $3.66 per gallon and other marine diesel at $3.72 — an overall increase of one cent per gallon, said Kava. According to OPM, there is a two-cent per gallon hike for the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), which is used for the eleven generators at the American Samoa Power Authority’s temporary power generation system (TPGS) in Satala, and the ULSD road diesel used by Education Department school buses. Kava reminds local residents that American Samoa receives petroleum products from Singapore and explained that the Singapore analysis of petroleum shows that in the 3rd quarter price analysis, Platt’s Dated Brent crude oil refined in Singapore for the Pacific region remained between US$95 a barrel and US$108 barrel, with the monthly average at just over US$102 a barrel. This is an increase of US$7.03 a barrel from the previous month, he said. He also said that the mixed picture of recent developments in world oil demand has possibly become even more extreme during the past couple of months. “While demand in Europe, particularly in Mediterranean countries, continues to weaken as the economic situation deteriorates, it still appears to be holding up relatively well in the US,” Kava said. “In contrast, in Japan and South Korea, demand has recently been very strong versus a year earlier.” At the same time, the sanctions against Iran’s crude exports which came into effect at the beginning of July have slashed Iran’s total exports. “We have a slower yet still rising supply, but a relatively strong demand,” he said. As for gasoline, Kava said, Asia’s outright benchmark gasoline price rose by US$9.03 a barrel in July and an average of US$110 barrel for the month. He said the surge in prices is being attributed to renewed import demand by Indonesia, Thailand, and South Asia as well as the shutdown of Thailand’s Bangchak refinery due to fire. Regarding jet fuel and kerosene, he said prices rose by 6.5% averaging just over US$117 for July. The rise is the result of production cuts, refinery maintenance and outages as well as sustained efforts to move cargo west, drawing down supplies in Asia. Additionally, there was a slight hike in July — by 5% in freight cost. “Overall, with the rise in petroleum produce prices and freight rates, fuel prices are expected to rise,” he said.
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OP ED: “On the Importance of Education in American Samoa”
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Education in American Samoa is an important matter, and if it is not thought of as one of the most serious issues we face, the bright future that our island desires will never be met. There are debates on our education because of its mistakes and they seem to extend to all walks of life. We need to understand that a well-educated and skilled workforce can be of great use to our island. Education is the most important tool to help us meet the requirements of the first point. As a product of education, I’ve seen it become a weak link within our territory and it can be very discouraging. We must search for a solution to all of the pros and cons within our education system and fix it. The solution should allow all walks of life to excel in the education realm. After all, the children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. My idea of education is simple. Education should not only be a concern, but also be an action that should be taken in a more professional matter. It is very crucial that not only the students take education seriously, but the leaders that guide them along the way as well. Education is not a ‘one way’ matter. Efforts from both ends of the classroom must be exerted to full capacity to well prepare students for post-secondary opportunities and broaden their range for better career opportunities as well. In doing this, we should look into new of creating motivational programs that will attract the attention of students of all ages and eligible teachers that are ready to take the job. After school programs can help students that need tutoring on a certain subject or students that lack help from home. Counselors have a lot of impact on students and their education. It is time for us to treat children with the belief that we are working with precious resources when we seek to educate young people. Many people find themselves questioning the importance of a college education. They ask themselves, “Why is it important to go to college or have an education?” One answer is extremely evident in today’s economy. In order for one to succeed in life with little or no financial struggles, one has to have an education that will later lead them to the career of their choice. A college education or having an educational background serves as an open door to better options and more opportunities. My reasons for education do not begin and end with the financial aspect. When students seek post-secondary education, we have an opportunity to read books and experience lectures from top experts. This encourages students like me to think in different ways, ask questions and explore new ideas, which allows additional growth and development as well as providing an edge in the job market compared to those without a higher education. “One of the reasons I want education to become a well structured learning aspect is because it encourages and contributes to the belief that life is orderly, that things happen when they are controllable.” For me, a personal satisfaction and having the feeling of accomplishment is one that cannot easily be topped. A college education proves you to be qualified for your future path. It is there where we will learn how to grow as people, students, and as the future business professional we want to become. For any future business professional in training, a good, solid facility is needed. These facilities of training, better known as school buildings, have to be provided as well. No education or learning can go smoothly without, as was mentioned earlier, a ‘controllable’ environment that our students can use to focus on their work, tasks and goals. The facilities need to be up to par with standards not only on island, but also on a national level. This will guarantee that we are getting the best of the best for ‘our’ best of the best. This also begs the question whether or not we are properly funding our school buildings. Obviously noticeable on our island are the many government buildings being built and renovated. For years, many of our school buildings, most of them government buildings, have not had their conditions improved in order to suit the learning conditions of our students. Nothing can be done if it is left to only one side to come up with all the solutions. Students, teachers, and our government need to perform as one in order to achieve the full educational potential of which we are more than capable. References: * American Samoa Dept. of Education. N.p., 2001. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.doe.as/>. * Educational Resources for American Samoa. N.p., 2001. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http:// wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/programs/EROD/org_list_by_territory.cfm?territory_cd=AS>.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Elderly man pleads guilty to “homicide by vehicle”
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The bus driver who operated an aiga bus that struck an elderly man which led to his death back in August entered a guilty plea in High Court yesterday morning. Reino Esera who remains in police custody was initially charged with homicide by vehicle, careless driving, general duty of drivers and failure to yield right of way for pedestrians. However in a plea agreement with the government, the defendant pleaded guilty to the homicide count while the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges. Homicide by vehicle is a class D felony which is punishable up to five years in jail, a fine of $5,000 or both jail time and fine. According to the plea agreement that was read in open court, upon the defendant’s guilty plea he admits that on Aug. 25, 2012 he unintentionally caused the death of Tufue Malele Forsythe. The victim was crossing the street in the crosswalk in front of CBT when he was struck by the bus and the victim died from injuries he suffered as a result. The defendant said he fell asleep while driving and accidentally struck the victim. Esera has also agreed to pay restitution of $4,238.83 for hospital and funeral related expenses incurred by the victim’s family. According to the plea agreement the government and the defendant are free to make their own sentencing recommendations to the court. Also the defendant understands and accepts that sentencing recommendations by counsel are not binding on the court, which has the sole responsibility for determining an appropriate sentence within the limits of the law. Chief Justice Michael Kruse who was accompanied on the bench with Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele accepted the plea agreement between the government and the defendant. Prior to accepting the plea deal, Kruse told the defendant he cannot come back later and withdraw his guilty plea if the court decree’s a different sentence than what was recommended by both parties. The defendant noted he understood the terms of the plea deal. Sentencing for the defendant has been scheduled on Dec. 6, this year. The Chief Justice also ordered a probation pre-sentence report for this matter. According to the government’s case, witnesses at the scene said the victim was crossing the road using the crosswalk and was struck by an aiga bus that was heading east bound early Saturday morning. Police attained written statements from three witnesses who saw the incident. One witness who was sitting in front of the CBT store said the victim had almost gotten to the other side of the crosswalk when the aiga bus, which was allegedly speeding, struck the victim with the bar handles attached to the bus. The defendant told police that when he was approaching the Laufou Shopping Center, he fell asleep behind the wheel while the vehicle was still in motion. He said in an instant he heard a loud bang sound from his bus and it appeared to be something that struck the bus. A passenger told the bus driver that he had struck an old man. The defendant got out of the bus and saw the victim lying unconscious on the main road, where he rendered aid to the victim. The government claims 72-year old Tufue Malele Forsythe was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. at the LBJ hospital.
Bank of Hawaii asks ASG to abstain from further proceedings until appeal is resolved
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Bank of Hawai’i has asked the High Court of American Samoa to abstain from enforcing its preliminary injunction order against the bank in its ongoing legal battle with the American Samoa Government, while awaiting the outcome of the federal case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A hearing on ASG’s motion to enforce the injunction is set for today in the High Court, which has already ordered the bank to restore the more than $800,000 it froze in the ASG account. The frozen money has since been deposited with the federal court clerk in Honolulu, while ASG appealed the Honolulu federal court’s order to garnish the money from the bank. The garnishment order was based on a motion by Marisco Ltd., who sought the payment after ASG allegedly failed to pay its outstanding debt. Last Thursday the bank filed a 10-page motion opposing ASG’s Expedited Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction against BoH. Rather than enforce the preliminary injunction, BoH requests the High Court to “abstain from further proceedings”, referencing the federal Colorado River case “doctrine and principles of comity and judicial economy,” according to the motion. BoH says the same issues raised in this litigation were fully raised and briefed in the Marisco v. ASG case in the Honolulu federal court, which ASG has appealed. “As it did here, ASG presented arguments to the [federal] court relating to the application of American Samoa law to Marisco’s garnishment of ASG’s bank account” in the territory, the bank said. “Those legal issues are pending in the Ninth Circuit where ASG will have a full and fair opportunity to have them resolved.” ABSTEnTIOn & COMITY DOCTRInE The Honolulu federal court and the High Court “have concurrent jurisdiction over BoH and ASG in this matter” and given that the Honolulu case was initiated long before the local action, BoH requested the High Court abstain from taking any further action in this matter, according to the bank’s motion.
“When a concurrent jurisdiction problem arises, the proceedings of one court will usually be stayed or dismissed, often through the use of the abstention doctrine,” said BoH, citing the Colorado River case. Additionally, the doctrine of abstention is applicable to cases in which both American Samoa courts and the U.S. federal courts have a claim of jurisdiction, the bank said and cited the federal case of Richard Majhor vs. Kempthorne in 2007 (when Majhor’s case was pending here and he, at the same time, filed a suit with the federal court in D.C.) “It has been held that the court first assuming jurisdiction may exercise its jurisdiction to the exclusion of other courts,” said BoH. “In assessing the appropriateness of dismissal in cases where there is concurrent jurisdiction, it is appropriate for a court to consider in which jurisdiction it was obtained by the concurrent forums.” BoH also pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court has stated that “the authority of a federal court to abstain from exercising its jurisdiction extends to all cases in which the court has discretion to grant any relief.” In addition to abstention, the doctrine of comity may, in numerous circumstances, permit or require a court to stay or dismiss one action in favor of other litigation, said BoH. CONCluSION “It would be premature for this court to enforce the preliminary injunction against BoH now,” the bank argued and stated that the High Court “should abstain in favor of ongoing proceedings” in the Ninth Circuit of Appeal and the Honolulu federal court. Or alternatively, modify the preliminary injunction and defer any enforcement until all substantive issues have been fully adjudicated in the High Court, the bank said. Meanwhile, the federal court in Honolulu has taken under advisement BoH’s motion to enjoin ASG and its attorneys from instituting or continuing any proceedings before the High Court with respect to the more than $800,000 deposited at the federal court registry. Oral arguments were heard last Friday.
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➧ Disarray, millions with no power in “Superstorm” Sandy’s wake…
are impacted by the storm, could help shift the outcome in an extremely close race. As organized civilization came roaring back Tuesday in the form of emergency response, recharged cellphones and the reassurance of daylight, harrowing stories and pastiches emerged from Maryland north to Rhode Island in the hours after Sandy’s howling winds and tidal surges shoved water over seaside barriers, into low-lying streets and up from coastal storm drains. Images from around the storm-affected areas depicted scenes reminiscent of bigbudget disaster movies. In Atlantic City, N.J., a gaping hole remained where once a stretch of boardwalk sat by the sea. In Queens, N.Y., rubble from a fire that destroyed as many as 100 houses in an evacuated beachfront neighborhood jutted into the air at ugly angles against a gray sky.
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A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) 2012 in Hoboken, NJ.
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In heavily flooded Hoboken, N.J., across the Hudson River from Manhattan, dozens of yellow cabs sat parked in rows, submerged in murky water to their windshields. At the ground zero construction site in lower Manhattan, seawater rushed into a gaping hole under harsh floodlights. One of the most dramatic tales came from lower Manhattan, where a failed backup generator forced New York University’s Langone Medical Center to relocate more than 200 patients, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care. Dozens of ambulances lined up in the rainy night and the tiny patients were gingerly moved out, some attached to battery-powered respirators as gusts of wind blew their blankets. In Moonachie, N.J., 10 miles north of Manhattan, water rose to 5 feet within 45 minutes and trapped residents who thought the worst of the storm had passed. Mobile-home park resident Juan Allen said water overflowed a 2-foot wall along a nearby creek, filling the area with 2 to 3 feet of water within 15 minutes. “I saw trees not just knocked down but ripped right out of the ground,” he said. “I watched a tree crush a guy’s house like a wet sponge.” In a measure of its massive size, waves on southern Lake Michigan rose to a recordtying 20.3 feet. High winds spinning off Sandy’s edges clobbered the Cleveland area early Tuesday, uprooting trees, closing schools and flooding major roads along Lake Erie. Most along the East Coast, though, grappled with an experience like Bertha Weismann of Bridgeport, Conn.— frightening, inconvenient and financially problematic but, overall, endurable. Her garage was flooded and she lost power, but she was grateful. “I feel like we are blessed,” she said. “It could have been worse.” The presidential candidates’ campaign maneuverings Tuesday revealed the delicacy of the need to look presidential in a crisis without appearing to capitalize on a disaster. President Barack Obama canceled a third straight day of campaigning, scratching events scheduled for Wednesday in swingstate Ohio, in Sandy’s path. Republican Mitt Romney resumed his campaign with plans for an Ohio rally billed as a “storm relief event.” And the weather posed challenges a week out for how to get everyone out to vote. On the hard-hit New Jersey coastline, a county elections chief said some polling places on barrier islands will be unusable and have to be moved.
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Police: Karate student decks man in apartment
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom. Jannine Ramirez had just won a karate competition when she arrived at her Fresno apartment early Sunday and heard someone in the bathroom. Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder through a shower door. She continued with an onslaught of kicks and punches until Wilberto Zapata, 18, was outside her apartment. “We didn’t recognize him,” Ramirez said. “Me and my mom live in the apartment, so no guy whatsoever should be in there.” Zapata recently moved into the apartment complex and mistakenly went into the wrong apartment unit, police told the Fresno Bee. Ramirez has a yellow belt — a step above beginner — and expects to be promoted to orange belt next month at during a competition in Fresno She has been a karate and Muay Thai kick-boxing student for a year. Saturday was her first competition. “I was actually more nervous in the competition than I was trying to get this intruder out of my house,” said Ramirez, who attends Fresno City College and plans to study physical therapy at Fresno State University. “I literally kicked him all the way through my house.” Police said Zapata was drunk and thought he had broken into his own apartment. He was cited for unlawful entry into a home and released. A phone listing for Zapata could not be found. Ramirez has no regrets. “I had to protect my mom and protect myself and get this intruder out of my house,” she said. “He sort of did deserve it. If he hadn’t broken into my house, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Three Tafuna High School freshmen students received free Hollywood Theatre movie tickets from Samoa News, following the THS American Samoa History Class field trip to the Legislature last week to learn about the history and workings of the Fono, including the Senators and Representatives. After the field trip their history teacher Pogai Coffin instructed the 60 plus students who attended to write up ‘reflection papers’ on their Fono experience. Samoa News in partnership with Coffin choose three of the best essays from the 44 essays that were submitted and those essays were published in last Saturday’s edition. The three winning students are Virginia Siatu’u, Johnny Toma and Simitioata Tuiolosega who are pictured here with Samoa News Advertising Marketing Manager Terry Custodio Auva’a and Coffin of THS. Coffin on behalf of Tafuna High School thanked Samoa News for recognizing the students and their hard work. “Not every student has the opportunity to have his or her essay printed in the paper and these students were fortunate,” she said. Coffin also thanked Principal Lentoy Matagi for her efforts in support of her class field trip. The THS teacher noted the importance of youth learning who their government leaders, senators and representatives are, and where the laws are proposed and passed, as well as the history of the legislature. Coffin said this is something the students will take with them everywhere they go in life. [Photo: JL] The three students expressed thanks to Samoa News for publishing their essays in the paper and for the free Hollywood Theatre movie tickets.
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Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods in New York City would soon happen every three to 20 years. He blamed global warming for pushing up sea levels and changing hurricane patterns. New York “is now highly vulnerable to extreme hurricanesurge flooding,” he wrote. For more than a dozen years, Oppenheimer and other climate scientists have been warning about the risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York. A 2000 federal report about global warming’s effect on the United States warned specifically of that possibility. Still, they say it’s unfair to blame climate change for Sandy and the destruction it left behind. They cautioned that they cannot yet conclusively link a single storm to global warming, and any connection is not as clear and simple as environmental activists might contend. “The ingredients of this storm seem a little bit cooked by climate change, but the overall storm is difficult to attribute to global warming,” Canada’s University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said. Some individual parts of Sandy and its wrath seem to be influenced by climate change, several climate scientists said. First, there’s sea level rise. Water levels around New York are a nearly a foot higher than they were 100 years ago, said Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann. Add to that the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean, which is about 2 degrees warmer on average than a century ago, said Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. Warm water fuels hurricanes. And Sandy zipped north along a warmer-than-normal Gulf Stream that travels from the Caribbean to Ireland, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private service Weather Underground. Meteorologists are also noticing more hurricanes late in the season and even after the season. A 2008 study said the Atlantic hurricane season seems to be starting earlier and lasting longer but found no explicit link to global warming. Normally there are 11 named Atlantic storms. The past two years have seen 19 and 18 named storms. This year, with one month to go, there are 19. After years of disagreement, climate scientists and hurricane experts have concluded that as the climate warms, there will be fewer total hurricanes. But those storms that do develop will be stronger and wetter. Sandy took an unprecedented sharp left turn into New Jersey. Usually storms keep heading north and turn east harmlessly out to sea. But a strong ridge of high pressure centered over Greenland blocked Sandy from going north or east, according to the National Hurricane Center. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, an expert in how a warming Arctic affects extreme weather patterns, said recent warming in the Arctic may have played a role in enlarging or prolonging that high pressure area. But she cautioned it’s not clear whether the warming really had that influence on Sandy. While components of Sandy seem connected to global warming, “mostly it’s natural, I’d say it’s 80, 90 percent natural,” said Gerald North, a climate professor at Texas A&M University. “These things do happen, like the drought. It’s a natural thing.” On Tuesday, both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they couldn’t help but notice that extreme events like Sandy are causing them more and more trouble. “What is clear is that the storms that we’ve experienced in the last year or so, around this country and around the world, are much more severe than before,” Bloomberg said. “Whether that’s global warming or what, I don’t know. But we’ll have to address those issues.” Cuomo called the changes “a new reality.” “Anyone who says that there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality,” Cuomo said. “I told the president the other day: ‘We have a 100-year flood every two years now.’” For his published research, Oppenheimer looked at New York City’s record flood of 1821. Sandy flooded even higher. This week’s damage was augmented by the past century’s sea level rise, which was higher than the world average because of unusual coastal geography and ocean currents. Oppenheimer walked from his Manhattan home to the river Monday evening to watch the storm. “We sort of knew it could happen, but you know that’s different from actually standing there and watching it happen,” Oppenheimer said from a cell phone. “You don’t really imagine what this looks like until you see it.”
Brian Hajeski, 41, of Brick, N.J., reacts after looking at debris of a home that washed up on to the Mantoloking Bridge the morning after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Mantoloking, N.J. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses.
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Waves pound a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, near Cleveland. High winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy took a vicious swipe at northeast Ohio early Tuesday, uprooting trees, cutting power to hundreds of thousands, closing schools and (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) flooding parts of major commuter arteries that run along Lake Erie.
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“This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever had,” said George R. Gilmore, chairman of the Ocean County Board of Elections. By Tuesday afternoon, there were still only hints of the economic impact of the storm. Forecasting firm IHS Global Insight predicted the storm will end up causing about $20 billion in damages and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business. Another firm, AIR Worldwide, estimated losses up to $15 billion — big numbers probably offset by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to longer-term growth. “The biggest problem is not the first few days but the coming months,” said Alan Rubin, an expert in nature disaster recovery. Airports were shut across the East Coast and far beyond as tens of thousands of travelers found they couldn’t get where they were going. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday with limited service, but LaGuardia Airport will stay closed, officials said. Sandy began in the Atlantic and knocked around the Caribbean — killing nearly 70 people — and strengthened into a hurricane as it chugged across the southeastern coast of the United States. By Tuesday night it had ebbed in strength but was joining up with another, more wintry storm — an expected confluence of weather systems that earned it nicknames like “superstorm” and, on Halloween eve, “Frankenstorm.” It became, pretty much everyone agreed Tuesday, the weather event of a lifetime — and one shared vigorously on social media by people in Sandy’s path who took eye-popping photographs as the storm blew through, then shared them with the world by the blue light of their smartphones. On Twitter, Facebook and the photo-sharing service Instagram, people tried to connect, reassure relatives and make sense of what was happening — and, in many cases, work to authenticate reports of destruction and storm surges. They posted and passed around images and real-time updates at a dizzying rate, wishing each other well and gaping, virtually, at scenes of calamity moments after they unfolded. Among the top terms on Facebook through the night and well into Tuesday, according to the social network: “we are OK,” ‘’made it” and “fine.” By Tuesday evening, the remnants of Sandy were about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, pushing westward with winds of 45 mph. It was expected to turn toward New York State and Canada during the night. Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Atlantic City’s fabled Boardwalk, the first in the nation, lost several blocks when Sandy came through, though the majority of it remained intact even as other Jersey Shore boardwalks were dismantled. What damage could be seen on the coastline Tuesday was, in some locations, staggering — “unthinkable,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said of what unfolded along the Jersey Shore, where houses were swept from their foundations and amusement park rides were washed into the ocean. “Beyond anything I thought I would ever see.” Resident Carol Mason returned to her bayfront home to carpets that squished as she stepped on them. She made her final mortgage payment just last week. Facing a mandatory evacuation order, she had tried to ride out the storm at first but then saw the waters rising outside her bathroom window and quickly reconsidered. “I looked at the bay and saw the fury in it,” she said. “I knew it was time to go.”
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The victim told police she was in her vehicle when this happened, along with her daughter and her three-year old grand-daughter. Police interviewed the victim’s daughter who corroborated the same information provided by her mother to police. The government’s case further alleges after the defendant rammed into their vehicle the first time, they were afraid and they drove off to a nearby field to wait for police officers to arrive. It’s alleged after several minutes since the first impact, while they were waiting in their car in the field, the defendant caught up with them and again rammed his car into the victim’s vehicle. This second impact caused damage to the left side of the victim’s vehicle. Police took photographs of said damages which are said to exceed more than $100 worth. According to the government’s case the defendant admitted to police crashing both into the left and right side of the victim’s car. The defendant is scheduled to have his preliminary examination in the District Court later this week. The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Camille Philippe.
Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – Si’itia Uma Va’a e Peau o le Tai
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Fa’amoemoe mo le Tofi Faipule i Uosigitone
Ua folasia nei i malae l’ou fa’amoemoe e tauva mo le tofi Faipule i Uosigitone. O le atugaluga, ua atagia mai i ni tulafono Feterale le fa’afitauli o loo tulai mai i le taimi nei. Fa’apei o ni galu e le fati, o le a le mafai ai ona si’i uma i luga va’a. O lona uiga, e faigata ona si’itia le tulaga o le soifuaga o tagata uma o le atunu’u pe a le fausiaina ni tulafono e talafeagai ma fuafuaga aua le atina’eina o le tamaoaiga i le Teritori.
Basis for Seeking Congressional Office
I have decided to run for U.S. Congress because I am deeply concern about the plethora of unbalance federal policies towards American Samoa. While I support federal policies that serve the public interests; however, the representative to congress must weighedthe risks and benefits of federal policies that runs counter or paradox to local policies.
Mr. Mata’utia was in private business. Born in Vatia, American Samoa he attended • Manu’a High School (Diploma, 1984); • American Samoa Community College (A.A. 1986); • United States International University, San Diego, California (B.A. Pre-Law, & B.A. International Relations, 1998 - 1990); • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu Hawaii (M.A. Human Resource Management, 1996); • John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Executive Program in Healthcare Policy, 1999); • University of Phoenix, Honolulu Hawaii (M.B.A. Business Administration, 2003); • Juris Doctor’s Degree in Law, Southern California Institute of Law, Santa Barbara, CA, (J.D., 2005 – 2009). During his business career, Mr. Mata’utia served as a: • Professional Human Resource Consultant (1996 – 2005); • Facilitator American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (1996 – 2000); • LBJ Tropical Medical Center (1999 – 2000); During his government service, Mr. Mata’utia served as a: • College Professor, and Instructor Remington College, Honolulu, Hawaii (2000 – 2003) & American Samoa Community College (1997 – 1999); • Human Resource Director, LBJ Tropical Medical Center (1999 – 2000) & American Samoa Community College (1996 – 1999); • Grants Analyst, American Samoa Power Authority (1993 – 1994); • Special Assistant, Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Washington, DC (1992 – 1993); • Researcher & Legislative Assistant, American Samoa Legislature (1990-1992); During his business & government service, Mr. Mata’utia continued public service in a variety of posts, including: • Member Pacific Island Healthcare Reform Initiative (1993 - 1994); • Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (2000 – Present); • Member of the Hawaii Business Organization (2000 - Present); • Member of the John F. Kennedy Harvard University Healthcare Alumni (1999 - Present); Mr. Mata’utia’s professional studies included written works in organizational model and corporate culture (2003 & 1996).
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holds, like all households, dropped about 70% over the decade, so by staying still, those middle-income households experienced a decrease in their purchasing power. The number of “middle-class” households earning between $25,000 and $50,000 grew from 2000 to 2010, and now encompass about 27% of all households in the territory. In 2000, half of all households had incomes that were less than $18,200 and half had incomes that were higher than $18,200. By 2010, the median household income mark (half above and half below) had risen to about $23,500. While that sounds good, in reality the 29% increase in the median income was far less than the 72% increase in the cost of living over the decade, meaning that the purchasing power of the vast majority of American Samoa households declined significantly. Moreover, things have probably gotten worse since the census was taken in April 2010, as local prices have gone up due to higher utility and freight costs, but local wages have been stagnant. In the rest of the US, median household income rose 20% from 2000 to 2010, but after adjusting for inflation, US median household purchasing power fell by 8%.
2000 CenSuS 2010 CenSuS LeSS than $10,000 2,344 1,773 $10,000 to $15,000 1,535 1,203 $15,000 to $25,000 2,079 2,048 $25,000 to $50,000 2,255 2,648 $50,000 to $75,000 739 1,100 $75,000 anD aboVe 397 916 totaL nuMber of houSehoLDS 9,349 9,688
FALEOMAVAEgA The law is there and has been since 2004 said Faleomavaega. However, these issues should be addressed to the government leaders, starting from the Governor who should work with the Fono. He said then the congressman awaits a request from the government leaders on what the Federal level can act on. “There are laws already in place; it is a the lack of enforcement and the lack of resources that the government has to provide in order for the women and children to be protected against abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence,” he said. FATuMALALA She noted that there are a lot of issues that she wants to address regarding the increase of sexual related crimes. “I am trying to see how to separate the church and the law… given that the very seal of the government, Samoa Muamua Le Atua (Samoa, God Comes First) is being violated. “My perspective is that, it is most appalling that at the time where there is a great advancement in intellect, wisdom and a time to gain an understanding in our degrees and education, how can this number increase? Surely there is something not done right. People are not going back to the basic roots of their foundation —that is right back to God, this is the problem and why the 80% is increasing.” KEREtI Kereti said if he’s elected he will look into this very important issue from a Federal level. He added he believes that the Domestic Violence issue is critical because it affects everyone.
“We have churches in our community and yet we have an 85% of sexual crime offenders? If I’m successful, I will involve churches organizations and schools, and we also need to approach this from a cultural perspective. Another best approach is to look into the laws again and clean it up so it can be applicable to the situation in American Samoa.” ROSIE She said from a federal government perspective, laws have been in place since 2006 and yet American Samoa is not in compliance. “These are sensitive issues because it involves family, culture, and communities.” “The federal law is there to protect the victims but our people need to come together and work with local leaders… together, to help address these issues and help the victims. The funding as far as to help the victims is there but we do cannot tap into it due to local law. If I’m elected, I will work together with our local leaders, let’s find courage to address this issue.” SEX EDuCATIOn Do you think we should teach Sex Education in our schools? Why or why not? AMAtA Amata said our children need to find out in terms of how their lives will be affected and there are ways to do it. She suggested that the church, families, law and culture need to work together in cooperation. Amata said if the children are not taught about the birds and the bees from a good source, they will find out from people who don’t
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mention of any possible changes to StarKist Samoa’s operations or management team as a result of the change or resignation. Faist also said that the American Samoa Government officials are being updated about this news as well. StarKist Samoa employs some 2,000 workers and is currently working on a project to build a large cold storage facility in the town area. Cho has visited American Samoa at least twice during his tenure and the last time he visited was December of last year, when the the StarKist board and officials of Dongwon were Note: Due to inflation and increases in the cost of living, a in Pago Pago for a StarKist board meeting. While on island the officials met with local person in American Samoa needed $1.72 in 2010 to have the leaders as well as a holding a news conference same purchasing power as provided by $1.00 in 2000. Sources: 2010 U.S. Census, 2011 ASG Statistical Yearbook. emphasizing the importance of continuous col-
laborative efforts between the two companies (Dongwon and StarKist) and the territorial government as well as the local community in order for American Samoa to be more competitive in the global tuna processing industry. During his first visit in late March last year to the territory, Cho told reporters that he is “very impressed with the Fa’aSamoa.” “The hospitality and the respect and the smile of Samoan people is really something very impressive and I am very pleased to visit here,” said Cho at the time. “StarKist has been in American Samoa for 48 years. I’ve told this to our employees and the governor as well — StarKist is more Samoan than anything else,” he said.
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Members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) with congressional candidates following the first forum held on family violence for the congressional participants. The forum was held at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium and was attended by Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, Rosie Fuala’au Tago Lancaster, Aumua Amata, Kereti Mata’uti’a Jr., and Fatumalala Leuluaiali’i [Photo JL] Atualevao Al-Shehri.
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know much about the subject at hand… like their friends who are the same age as they are. She suggested that religious leaders should work together with the Department of Education to make sure that this education is done within perimeters of the culture, family and within the laws. FALEOMAVAEgA He said this is not an easy subject, because since the foundation of our culture the female is always known to be the sacred ones in a relationship between a man and woman. He added that in our culture it is deeply held that you know what you are not suppose to do. Faleomavaega pointed out that he did not depend on his father to teach him about this subject. He added that he was taught to be very respectful of women… any woman. He further stated that there is a very serious relationship in our culture that needs to be emphasized and there is no need for a palagi version of this subject taught within schools because it is already part of our culture. “I have a very different perspective about teaching sex education I think this is something that is inherited in our culture, that we have a very positive way of addressing it,” he said. FATuMALALA She took issue with the name of this subject, “sex education” it’s like saying its only sex which she found offensive to her ears and her understanding. This subject should be called ‘reproduction education’ because it points to the
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process that God created. It needs to be taught, but to be given the name sex education just does not sits well with her. KEREtI Kereti said from a Federal perspective he can only play a supporting role and noted that he’s afraid that the federalization of school programs would tell our local education system to teach sex education within schools which is good for the national standards. However it should be locally established and initiated and then be included in the local curriculum. ROSIE Rosie was against having sex education within the school system, and noted that the parents should teach their children to respect themselves and others— but to be exposed to sex education is something she’s against. Rosie noted that parents have a close relationship with their children and should teach them what they need to know but as far as sex education to be taught in public she does not support it. Mdt MISSION The Multi-Disciplinary Response Team (MDRT) is dedicated to minimizing the trauma to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault by creating protocols and policies that will unite various government agencies and non-governmental agencies in American Samoa in their efforts to protect, intervene, educate, investigate, and prosecute these types of crimes.
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Ina ua tatala aloaia le Fale fou fogafalelua o le ofisa autu lea o le Amerika Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) i le aso Gafua, na tele fa’amatalaga i lona fausaga o le talutalufou, ina ia fa’asaoina le so’ona fa’aaoga o le eletise mo ona moli, ea malulu, ma ua fa’aaogaina ai le panele e aoina ai ave o le La e gaosia ai lona eletise fa’aaoga, e matua leai se pili eletise e toe fa’aaogaina e i latou mai le ASPA. O se mua’i taumafaiga fou lea ua tula’i mai, ma ua fa’aigoaina ai lea Maota o le “LEED Platinum Certified”. O se ulua’i fale lea ua fausia i le Pasefika i ona nei tu’utu’uga, ma ua o mai fo’i sui o le South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP), ina ia maimoaina le galuega, aua ua fuafua i latou e mua’i fausia lava le Maota fa’apea i Apia, lea e fa’amautu mai i ai le latou ofisa autu ina ua o ese mai le malo o Fiti. E tusa ai ma le fa’amatalaga a le sui o le SPREP sa auai mai i le tatalaina o le ofisa o le ASEPA, sa ia fa’ailoa ai, “O le ulua’i maota lenei ua fausia fa’apea, ma o se fa’ata’ita’iga lelei lea mo le lumana’i i ituaiga fausaga e ao ina matele o tatou malo e fa’amalosia mo le fausaga o fale nofo o aiga, ae ia muamua ona fausia ai maota o matagaluega ta’itasi o le Malo, ia matua salalau ai le tala, o maota nei e mafai ona silia ma le 50% o au tupe e fa’aalu i tau o le eletise ma le suavai mo lou aiga atoa i le masina e tasi.” I le polokalama na fa’atautaia ai le tatalaga o lea fale, sa tofusia ai sui mai le USEPA, SPREP ma Kovana Togiola Tulafono ma le avanoa e saunoa ai e tusa o le galuega. “O le galuega lenei e tolu ona vaega ma’oti o aofia ai: i/ taumafaiga a Amerika Samoa e fausia se Si’omaga mo le soifua maloloina o ona tagata i le taimi nei ma a taeao. ii/ o le fa’amau fa’ailoga fo’i i le taotoga o le atamai ma sailiga o auala e fa’asao ai le Siomaga o le atunu’u i le taimi nei ma fa’asolo atu ai i le lumana’i, ia gafatia ona tausia lelei ai ona tagata. iii/ Fa’ailo o se ta’ita’iga lelei ma le atamai ua i ai nei le malo e tusa ai ma tima’iga ma galuega e fa’asao ai le Si’omaga, fa’asao le Enetia ma ia maua ala eseese e maua ai le malosi’aga fa’aeletise i le toe fa’aaoga o oloa ua mae’a fa’aaogaina.” I lana folasaga lea, ua fa’ailoa mai ai, sa auai le afioga i le Kovana Sili i le fa’ataotoga, afuafua ma le fa’ataunu’uina o lea fuafuaga ia fausia lenei Maota e fa’ailo ai mea nei e tolu ua ia fa’amamafa mai. “Ia tatou manatua, e le’i tu’uina e le Atua Atamu i le fa’ato’aga e na’o na ‘aina fua o le lau’ele’ele, ae sa ia tu’uina i ai, e galue ina ia fua atili mai le fa’ato’aga e ‘aina e ia ma lona aiga!” Pe afai tatou te matamata i lenei galuega ua mae’a, ia tatou manatua lea fo’i mau, “Fa’asao le Enetia ia toe fa’aaoga, ma ia le fa’amoemoe i le malosi’aga fa’aeletise e afua mai le suau’u lea ua utiuti ma ua taugata tele i lenei vaitaimi, ae ua tatou fa’aaoga sa’o ai le malosi’aga o le La, ua tatou maua e aunoa ma se totogi. Fa’asao fo’i le suavai ma ona alavai tatafe ia le tafea ai ma le palapala e aga’i atu i le sami ma fa’aleagaina ai tatou a’au ma le ‘amu o le gataifale.” Ua fautuaina fo’i e le Kovana sili, le vasega o faipule, o ta’ita’i o lenei vaitau ma le lumana’i, ia fa’aauau lenei manulauti aoga tele, ia mafai e Amerika Samoa ona sapaia ola o ona tagata i o tatou laufanua. Sa ia fa’ailoa mai, “Ua matele i tatou uma i lo tatou fiafia e talisapaia mea lelei ua tatou ola ai i o tatou taimi, ae o le fesili, e mafai ona fa’aauau nei manuia i tupulaga o lo’o fa’asolo mai o le atunu’u, pe tatau ona faia loa e tatou nei tapenaga aoga, mo i latou e le’i soifua mai o le tatou malo!” O sui e to’atolu sa tele i ai le fa’afetai a le Fa’atonu o le ASEPA, Fanuatele Dr To’afa Vaiaga’e, o le sui mai le USEPA, ma o le pasifale fo’i lea sa galulue fa’atasi ma i latou i lea lava galuega e o’o mai i lona fa’ai’uga, Michael Wolfram. Peita’i o le fausaga o lea fale ma le inisinia o fale tetele fa’apenei sa i ai lava i lona fausaga atoa, Brian Rippy, sa ia ta’ita’ia fo’i le asiasiga mamalu i le taualuga o le fale o totoina ai le mutia lanu meamata, ma le nofoaga o panele mo le miti’ia o ave o le La mo le gaosia o le eletise fa’aaoga mo le maota atoa. Ua tele tala i manu, ae itiiti i mala i lea fo’i fa’atasiga, ma o se tasi lea o ta’iala ua lalamua ai fo’i le igoa o si tatou malo i le tatou atuvasa, aua ua tutula’i se pine fa’amau, “O le fale ua fausia ia amana’ia le tulaga o le Si’omaga Mama ma le lelei mo le sapaia o le soifua maloloina o ona tagata, ia toe fa’aaoga mea ua i ai i lou si’omaga, aua le maumau!” O le ‘aiga fiafia na talimalo ai le EPA ina ua mae’a o’otia le Lipine o le Maota e le Fa’atina o le atunu’u, Maryann Tulafono, ma tatala aloaia faitoto’a mo le maimoaga i ona fogafale e lua, ma lona taualuga lanumeamata! O le tau o le fale atoa e $4.9 miliona.
O se va’aiga i nisi o Faipule ma Fa’atonu sili ua auai fa’atasi i luga o le Maota fou o le EPA lea ua lalamua nei i lona fausaga ua fa’asaoina ai le enetia ma ua fa’aaogaina panele e aoina ai ‘ave [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] o le La mo le sapalai o le latou eletise!
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Ua molimauina e ni isi o le aufai faiva tulaga manuia ua mafai ona maua i le taimi nei, e afua mai i le i’a lea o lo o la’u e le kamupani a le Samoa Tuna Processors Inc (STP), o se lala lea o le kamupani a le Tri Marine International lea ua latou toe faagaioiina le nofoaga tuai sa i ai le kamupani a le COS Samoa Packing ua tapuni e faatau i maketi i fafo. O le faaiuga o le tausaga na te’a nei na amata tatala ai le tautua fou lea a le STP mo le la’uina o le aano o le i’a ma faatau atu i maketi i Hawaii ma Kalefonia, mo le faamoemoe e gaosi ai le taumafa o le ‘sashimi’ i faleaiga i fafo. O ni isi o le aufai faiva na mafai ona talanoa ma le Samoa News e uiga i lenei mataupu, sa latou taua ai le faamanuiaina o i latou i tupe o lo o mafai ona maua mai i lenei polokalame fou, ma ua fesoasoani malosi ai i le faaleleia o a latou pisinisi o vaa fagota. Na taua e le susuga ia Mapu Ieti e faapea, o le tulaga lelei o le polokalame fou lenei a le kamupani o le STP, ua unaia ai ni isi o le aufai faiva e fagogota ma la’u atu i’a e faatau i le kamupani. “Ua i ai lava se suiga feololo i tulaga tau tupe ua mafai ona maua mai i i’a o lo o faatau atu, ma o lea suiga e sili atu nai lo le mea muamua sa i ai, e i’u lava ina toe ma’imau i’a i totonu o le pusaaisa, ona e leai se mea e mafai ona la’u e faatau ai,” o le molimau lea a Ieti na lagolagoina foi e le susuga ia Tele’a Amituana’i, o se tasi o alii faifaiva. “O le taua o le polokalame lea, e le na o le tasi se ituaiga i’a e mafai ona faatau atu i ai, lona
uiga, o a lava i’a e maua mai i le faiva, e le toe popole poo fea o le a ave e tau faatau ai aua o lea ua mautu le kamupani e ave aga’i i ai,” o le saunoaga lea a le susuga ia Ieti. O le polokalame lenei e pei ona viia e ni isi o le aufai faiva a le atunuu, na afua mai i se finagalo o le kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono ina ua maea ona feutana’i ma sui o le STP i le tausaga na te’a nei, mo se auala e mafai ona fesoasoani ai i le au fagogota a le atunuu, talu mai le taimi na tapunia ai le kamupani o le COS Samoa Packing, lea sa mafai ona la’u i ai i’a e faatau ai. Na taua e le afioga i le kovana i se tasi o ana saunoaga e faapea, o le vaalele lea o lo o malaga mai i vaiaso uma e aumai le meli i Amerika Samoa, e toeititi lava leai se uta e toe foi ma le va’alele lea, peitai afai e mafai ona faaofi ai ma ni uta o le aano o le i’a e la’u i fafo e faatau ai, o se auala lelei lea mo le atunuu ma lona tamaoaiga. O lea moemitiga na faataunuuina loa ina ua tatala le polokalame fou lea a le STP i le tausaga na te’a nei, e le gata ua maua ai se fesoasoani tau tupe mo le aufai faiva, ae ua tatala ai foi ma avanoa faigaluega mo ni isi o le atunuu i le faamamaina lea o le aano o le i’a o lo o la’u i fafo. Saunoa Ieti, e le gata la ua maua le polokalame e la’u i ai i’a a le au faifaiva i le STP, ae o isi i’a e totoe ai e mafai ona la’u i fale’aiga o lo o manaomia le i’a i le atunuu, ma ua le toe i ai se i’a e ma’imau aua o lea ua tatala faitoto’a e tele mo le au faifaiva a le atunuu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
BACKGROUND Born in Vailoatai Village, American Samoa Son of Eni Faaua’a and Taualai Hunkin of Vailoatai Holds traditional orator chieftain title, “Faleomavaega” of the Faiivae Family, Leone, American Samoa Married to Hinanui Bambridge Cave of Papeete, Tahiti-five children and six grandchildren EDUCATION Vailoatai and Laie Elementary Schools Diploma, Kahuku High School, Hawaii - 1962 Student Body President Co-Captain, Football Team; Linebacker, Fullback Bachelor of Arts (BA), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Political Science/History - 1966 Juris Doctor (JD), University of Houston Law School, Texas, 1972 Master of Law (LLM), University of California - Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1973 WORK EXPERIENCE Member of Congress, American Samoa Representative to the U.S. Congress (1989 - present) Lieutenant Governor, Government of American Samoa (1985 - 1988) Deputy Attorney General, Government of American Samoa (1981 - 1984) Staff Counsel, House of Representatives Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs (1975-81) Administrative Assistant/Chief of Staff, to Paramount Chief A.U. Fuimaono, American Samoa’s first elected Representative to Washington D.C. (1973 - 1975) MILITARY United States Army, Honorable Discharge 1966-1969, Vietnam Service (1967-1968) Member, 100 Battalion 442nd Infantry Reserve Unit, Ft. DeRussy, Hawaii (1982-1989) Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Army Reserve
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COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS MEMBER, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, & Global Environment Member, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere MEMBER, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES Member, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources CAUCUSES Member, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Member, Native American Caucus Member, National Guard and Reserves Components Caucus
PUBLICATIONS & PERSONAL INTERESTS Author, Navigating the Future: A Samoan Perspective in U.S.Pacific Relations, 1995 Crew Member, Voyaging canoe “Hokulea” which sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii (1987), Polynesian Voyaging Society Musician/Recording Artist, Released three CDs of Traditional Samoan Songs Golf
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IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Animal activists want a California roadside memorial sign to honor fish killed during a container truck crash. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals volunteer Dina Kourda told Irvine’s street maintenance chief the sign would remind drivers that fish value their lives and feel pain. About 1,600 pounds of saltwater bass died on Oct. 11 when the truck hauling them to market got into a three-way crash. Kourda’s letter acknowledges roadside memorials traditionally honor humans, but she hopes an exception will be made. Irvine spokesman Craig Reem says there won’t be a fish memorial. But PETA spokeswoman Asheley Byrne said they will go back and ask again. It’s not the first time PETA has asked to post a memorial for animals killed on their way to slaughter. They’ve tried to honor pigs killed in Virginia and cows killed in crashes in Illinois, Kansas, and Manitoba, Canada, Byrne said, but none have been approved. It’s their first fish effort. They will continue trying for memorials when trucks carrying animals to slaughter are involved in crashes and there is a heavy death toll. “They are on their way to slaughter, which is, of course, pretty hellish. To suffer an accident on the way and be left in the middle of the street is unthinkable,” Byrne said.
calif woman wants roadside memorial to honor dead fish
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Ioe ave pasi lona faatamala na maliu ai tama 72 tausaga
le malo. I le tali ioe ai o Esera i le moliaga e pei ona ta’usalaina ai o ia e le faamasinoga, sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 25 Aokuso o le tausaga nei i Nuuuli, sa ia faatupu ai i se auala na te le’i faamoemoeina le maliu ia Forsythe, ina ua so’a e lana pasi o ia a’o kolosi o ia i luga o le laina kolosi i luma tonu o le faleoloa o le CBT i Nuuuli. Na tautino Esera e faapea, sa faafuase’i ona moe a’o alu pea lana pasi, ma faafuase’i ai loa ona so’a e le pasi Forsythe a’o kolosi i luga o le alatele ma mafua ai lona maliu. Ua malie le alii ave pasi o le a ia totogiina le tupe e $4,238.83 ia Pepesina Tofili, mo le pili o le falema’i a Forsythe faapea ai ma le toe totogiina o tupe na faaalu mo le
O le alii ave pasi lea na aveina le pasi na so’aina se tama e 72 tausaga le matua i Nuuuli i le masina o Aokuso na te’a nei, ua ia tautino i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi e faapea, o lona faatamala na mafua ai ona maliu Malele Forsythe ina ua so’a e lana pasi, a’o kolosi o ia i luga o le laina kolisi i luma o le CBT. O le alii o Reino Esera, 35 tausaga le matua na ulua’i tuuaia e le malo i moliaga e fa, peitai i lalo o le maliliega lea sa ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga maualuga ananafi, sa ia ioeina ai le moliaga muamua o le maliu lea o se tagata i le taavale sa ia faafoeina, ae solofua ai isi moliaga laiti e tolu o lo o totoe ai i le pepa o tagi sa faaulu e
Tualauta- Itumalo Palota #15
Ou te mua’i si’i le fa’afetai ma le viiga i le Atua, i Lona Alofa ua tatou taunuu ai i le manuia, i lenei vaitau taua- o palotaga o taitai o le malo o Amerkia Samoa. O paia ma mamalu o Samoa e le o’o iai se leo o le auauna fa’atauva’a. Ua iai i latou ua totofi e faia upu ia; ma puipuia sa ma faiga o Samoa. Tulou, Tulou, Tulou Lava. Mo si o’u Itumalo o le Tualauta: Afio mai lau Afioga a le Punefu; susu mai le nofo-a-Sa’o; ma e na taimatali’i i le Tualauta; Mamalu mai upu i nofo-a-Pule o le Alataua. Tulou, Tulou, Tulou Lava. O a’u o Esther Faleupolu Fonoti Fiatoa Wall. O lo’u tina of Tafa’ifa Ilaoa Fonoti o Tafuna ma Leone; o lo’u tama o Fa’agata Pupuali’i Eneliko Fiatoa o Fagatogo. O le tina o lo’u tina o Faleupolu Tausaga Soasa’ali’io Vaitogi; o le tama o lo’u tina o Fonoti Vili Ilaoa o Tafuna ma Leone. E avea lenei avanoa fa’a-auro ou te fa’a Talofa atu ai i lo’u Itumalo Palota #15, o le TUALAUTA; e aofia ai Afioaga o Iliili, Vaitogi, Pavai’ai, Faleniu (aofia ai Mapusaga ma Mesepa), ma Tafuna. Talofa, Talofa, Talofa Lava! I le ava ma le migao e tatau ai, ua ou ofoina lo’u nei tagata e tauva mo le tofi faipule o lo tatou Itumalo- e pele ia te a’u. E le’i faigata ona a’e se manatu e si’i lo’u lima e tautua oe le TUALAUTA. Ona o mafuaga ua ta’ua i lalo, ua ou tatalo ai i le Atua e faamanuia mai le taumafaiga a le auauna, ona o le fia tautua i lo tatou Itumalo o le Tualauta- aua so tatou manuia fa’atasi, ae vi’ia ai le Atua: 1. O le TUALAUTA, o le Ituamalo e pito i tele i le faigamalo a Amerika Samoa, ae le o lagona lona leo i totonu o upufai a le Teritori. E logoitino le fa’anoanoa ona o tama o le TUALAUTA, ua fai i lagi le folauga, sa avea ma ta’ita’i iloga ma aloa’ia o le Fono faitulafono i tausaga e fia ua mavae. O auala ma vai lepa i totonu o le Tualauta ua leva ona fa’atuatuana’i iai le malo; ona e le o lagona leo o Faipule o le Itumalo o lo’o iai nei. 2. O measina a aiga Samoa, e iai fanua, ua amata ona mou atu ma e tatau ona malu puipuia aua fanau i le lumana’i. O le fa’atauina atu o fanua o aiga e le Sa’o o le aiga, fa’apea le fa’aaogaina of fanua e totogi ai loia, e aunoa ma le soalaupule o le aiga potopoto o se tulaga e le talafeagai. O fanua fo’i o aiga ua le o fa’aaogaina e le malo, ma ua faipisinisi ai isi pisinisi- ua tatau ona toe aiaia ona ua tupu olaola aiga o Amerika Samoa, ma toe fa’afo’i i aiga. 3. O avanoa fa’a pisinisi, galuega e mana’omia ai tomai fa’apitoa, e o’o lava i galuega fai fa’atoaga fuala’au, ua avea ma mea totino a tagata e faimalaga mai fafo- e le o ni sitiseni, nesionale, po’o tagata nofomau o Amerika Samoa. 4. E le o feso’ota’i tulaga o a’oa’oga i le Teritori ma galuega ma pisinisi mana’omia mo le atina’eina o le Teritori; ma ua maualuga ai le faitau aofa’i o i latou e leai ni galuega. 5. O le fa’atupeina o le tausiga o le soifua maloloina i le Teritori e le o mausali lona fa’avaeina. O lo’o mamafa pito tasi le avega o tauave nei e le Au Faigaluega (payroll and wage tax); ae ti’eti’e fua le to’atele. 6. O se pili taufa’aofi a le Maota o Sui e fa’avaeina ai se polokalame inisiua mo le soifua maloloina a le Malo mo le Teritori atoa ua leva ona ta’atia; e pei e foliga mai ua le aiaia ona o se fa’alavelave a se kamupani inisiua o pulea e se tasi ali’i mautofi (o le ofisa o le Kovana) ma lona faletua. E foliga mai ua fa’ataua tele lenei kamupani ma lea aiga, ae tuana’i le manuia o tagata lautele o le atunu’u. 7. Va’ai toto’a i le Vaega o le Uila ma le Vai (ASPA), mo auala e taofiofi ai si’itaga le alofa ua iai nei. O se vaega ea o nei si’itaga ua fa’aaoga e totogi ai penefiti a le au faigaluega ma le puleaga a le ASPA- e iai inisiua o le soifua maloloina, ma inisiua o le ola? Ae fa’apefea le loaloa o le atunu’u, ae maise nai aiga matitiva? 8. Ia avea le Fono Faitulafono ma vaega tuma’oti e pei on fa’ata’atia ai i le Fa’avae o le Malo, aua le manuia o tagata uma o Tutuila ma Manu’a, fa’apea le TUALAUTA; ae le ua na o se vaega o le malo e talimana’o i le Kovana ma lana au taupulega. Ia amata mea fo’i le Fono, ‘ae le na o le fa’atalitali i le Kovana e fa’aulu mai ni pili e ta’ita’ia ai le Malo. 9. Ia fa’ataua e ali’i ma tama’ita’i Faipule tagata o Itumalo ma le Atunu’u,ae le o kamupani tua o faigaluega ai i latou. Ia taga’itoto’a i le polokalame o le soloia o lafoga mo kamupani (tax exemption), o loo faigaluega ai nisi o Faipule; fa’apea ai ma le lafoga o fa’atauga (sales tax) o lo’o te’ena pea e isi Faipule o faigaluega i kamupani, e tete’e i ia faiga; atoa ai ma le fa’atupeina o kamupani o faigaluega ai nisi o Faipule. Aua le avea Tofi mamalu o Itumalo ma a’upega a fai pisinisi ai ma manuia ai i latou; ae fa’atuatuana’i ai i faiga mo le manuia lautele o tagata o Itumalo ma le Atunu’u. 10. Ia iai se leo iloga ma aloa’ia o aiga ma tagata mafatia ma le matitiva; i latou ua leai ni aiga; ae maise le fanau laiti ma tina o mafatia mai sauaga o le tino ma le mafaufau. Aua le fa’apitoa manu ia Tasi, ne’i fa’agalo Afi’a i si ona vao. O ni manatu autu ia o la’u Folasaga, oute fia tautua ai mo oe le TUALAUTA. O lea oute fa’atagisia ai lau Pule, ma lo’u fa’aaloalo e tatau ai- e ala i lau Palota mo a’u.
maliu o Forsythe. Na faailoa e le alii faamasino sili Michael Kruse ia Esera e faapea, o le solitulafono o le maliu o se tagata i se taavale, e faia e se ave taavale pe afai e lei usitaia e le ave taavale tulafono i luga o le alatele, ma mafua ai loa le maliu o se tagata na aafia. Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona saunoa Kruse sa ia taua ai e faapea, o lo o i ai le tiute o le ave taavale, na te tuu atu ai le saolotoga i le tagata savali e kolosi ai i luga o le ala kolosi, a’o tu le taavale e le alu, peitai o le mea sa tupu na mafua ai le maliu o Forsythe e pei ona saunoa le alii faamasino, ua faatamala le ua molia i se auala na te lei faamoemoeina, ma mafua ai loa ona so’a e lana pasi le na aafia ma maliu ai. E ui o lo o i ai le avanoa e finau ai loia i le faamasinoga mo se faasalaga mo Esera, peitai ua malamalama le ua molia ma ia iloa, e mafai lava e le faamasinoga ona teena fautuaga a loia e tuuina atu mo se faasalaga mo ia. Ua malamalama foi le ua molia, e le mafai ona toe suia lana tali ioe ua tuuina atu i le faamasinoga, pe afai e tuuina mai se faasalaga a le faamasinoga ae le tusa ai ma lona loto. O le solitulafono lea ua nofosala ai Esera, e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le umi e le silia ma le 5 tausaga, pe faasala foi i se salatupe e le silia ma le $5,000, poo le faasala foi i faasalaga uma ia e lua. O le te’a laititi o le itula e 6:00 i le taeao o le aso Toonai, 25 Aokuso na tulai mai ai le faalavelave, ina ua so’a e le pasi a Esera ia Forsythe, ma faanatinati atu ai lona tino i le falemai i Fagaalu mo togafitiga, peitai na maliu ai lava o ia i ni nai minute mulimuli ane ai. O Forsythe e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, o se tasi o tama ua litaea mai le Matagaluega o Leoleo a le malo, e pei ona galue ai i le tofiga o le Commander. O lo o taofia pea Esera i le toese i Tafuna ina ua le mafai ona ia totogiina le $15,000 sa faatulaga e tatala ai o ia i tua, e faatali ai le aso 28 Tesema lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lona faasalaga. O le alii loia fautua ia Michael White sa tulai mo Esera i lenei mataupu, ae o Kimberly Hyde sa tula’i mo le malo. O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse na taulimaina lenei mataupu, i le lagolagosua a le afioga i le alii faamasino lagolago ia Faamausili Faasua Pomele. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Totogia e e o lo’o sapasapaia Esther Fiatoa Wall mo le Maota o Sui o le Fono Faitulafono a Amerika Samoa
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Family Pet Male Dog Stafordshire Bull Terrier
O le ali’i foma’i nifo o Dr. Roger ma Julian o le tama’ita’i e tima’i mai i le tausiga lelei o ou foliga, lou tino ma ia amata mai le fiafia i lou loto o le atoaga lea o lou tagata lalelei! O i la’ua o lo’o tautuaina so’o se tasi i le la’ua falefa’i nifo o le Ekalesia o le Au Pa’ia o Aso e Gata AI i Pesega, Samoa, ae o lo’o i Amerika Samoa mo le la’ua malologa tafafao ma asiasi mai! [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
• Color: Brindle (brown & black stripes) • Answers to the name ZEUS • Red and white striped flea collar & red collar around neck • Last seen in family yard on Saturday, Oct 13 in the Ottoville/Fatuoaiga area • Reward offered for return or information leading to the return of our dog. Please call 258-5946 or 699-1417 NO QUESTIONS ASKED
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
O se lapata’iga matagofie na o’o mai ma le susuga le ali’i foma’i nifo lauiloa i le setete o Utah, Elder Roger Roth ma lona faletua o Sister Juliann Roth i lo la’ua fa’ato’a ulufale mai i Amerika Samoa ma fa’aaoga sina taimi e maimoa ma asiasi solo ai i lala o le la’ua Ekalesia o lo’o galulue ai pea, Ekalesia o le Au Pa’ia a Iesu Keriso o Aso e Gata Ai. O le la’ua fe’au e matagofie tele mo le lautele o tupulaga talavou ae maise le fanau iti, aua ua fai fo’i si tuai mo i latou ua tino matutua o le atunu’u, ae aoga lava fo’i i ai! “Ia tausia lelei ou nifo, ia matagofie lau ‘ata, pe ia lalelei mai lau ‘ata!” O i la’ua o nisi ua leva ona faia a la’ua Ofisa Foma’i Nifo i le setete o Utah, ae o se mea sili ua mafai ona la’ua faia, ina ua litaea mai lea galuega tele sa la’ua faia, ma ua tali nei o la’ua saogalemu, ua la’ua filifili e toe o e faia se la’ua galuega fa’amisiona i le la’ua Ekalesia LDS, ma ua filifilia ai e i la’ua le Lotoa i Pesega. Ua silia ma le 7 masina talu ona la’ua galulue i le Potu Fa’i Nifo i Pesega, ma ua atili ona tinou i la’ua e fa’ataunu’u le la’ua misiona i taimi uma, ona o le tele na’ua o talavou, ua sulufa’i atu mo le la’ua talavai, aua e le o totogia. Ina ia tima’i fo’i i matua o fanauiti e le’i afaina o latou nifo ona ua leai se puipuiga tele o faia e matua i lea itu, o lea ua mae’a saunia ai e i la’ua se ata video, e mafai ona fa’amatala auiliili ai i le fa’aperetania ma le fa’asamoa fo’i, togafitiga ae maise o aga e fai ina ia mautinoa ua tausia lelei ou oloa. O nei ata video ua mae’a tu’ufa’atasia, ma ua feoa’i solo lava ma i la’ua i’inei i Amerika Samoa. I le ulua’i taimi na to’ai taunu’u ai Dr Roger ma Juliann i Amerika Samoa, o le la’ua malaga e fa’atutu i Samoa, peita’i, ua toe asiasi mai, ina ia maimoa lelei i Tutuila ma ua la’ua fa’ailoa mai ai, “O ni tagata lalelei tele tagata Samoa na lua. Peita’i, o lo’o i ai le fa’afitauli lenei, e ao ina mua’i fa’afo’ia, ma ia aoga fo’i i ma’ua i se ma’ua misiona ua tala’ia i’inei, ia fa’asaoina oloa o le atunu’u, ma ia fa’amatagofie atili ai le foliga mai o tagata Samoa fa’atasi ai ma lona si’omaga!” I le la’ua video ua mae’a tu’ufa’atasia, ua mae’a fa’ailoa ai aga uma e ao ina faia e puipuia ai ou nifo mai fa’ama’i, pe palagia! “Ia mautu lelei ou lagona e te fia suia le va’aiga a tagata lautele ia te oe, ia fa’amatagofie muamua lava oe, aua o oe o le malumalu o le Atua na filifilia!” O le tama’ita’i o Juliann Roth, o se tasi e pasi lelei ana a’oa’oga o le tausia lelei o foliga, pa’u ma ou nifo fo’i, o le ala lea e galulue fa’atasi ai lava i la’ua, ina ia togafitia e le tasi oloa o le lautele, ae fesoasoani le tasi e tima’ia i latou i aga e ao ina faia, ia mautinoa, ua va’ai lelei oi nifo ma lou foliga mai! Afai e te fia maua se fesoasoani mai lea fo’i misiona aoga tele, e mafai ona e fa’afeso’ota’i le susuga Kalili Hunt mo se DVD e fa’aaoga e lou aiga e tima’ia ai i tatou matua i ituaiga mea’ai e ao ina fagaina ai le fanau, ma amioga fo’i ua le toe faia e i tatou a’o fa’asusuina a tatou fanauiti e afua mai lava a’o pepe meamea se’ia o’o ina matutua ma ua mafai e i latou ona fufuluina latou nifo. Pe afai e uma lenei asiasiga a le ali’i foma’i nifo ma le faletua, ona toe o fo’i lea e fa’aauau le la’ua galuega misiona e fa’aleleia atili nifo o le autalavou ma le fanauiti i Samoa. O nisi nei o misiona sili ona aoga mo le atunu’u, ma ua fa’afiafiaina nei misiona ona o le aoga o le la’ua galuega i tagata lautele.
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Ae ou te le’i pa’i i le vai o le Malietoa nai le Tuamasaga na momo’o i ai le tupu, ou te faapoipoi lili’a faa la’au tuvanu i ou Sa ma Faiga. E faigata oe Samoa o le Ao Mamala i le fa’asouga o ao ma le atu folasa. Nu’unu’u atu ia faatini o tausala ou paia ma ou sa Samoa e le o’o i ai se upu, aua o oe o le i’a e iviivia e leai se poto na te mafai ona auauina. Ae avea ia lenei taimi ou te faamaualalo atu ai i le mamalu o le Itumalo Tualauta numera 15, ou te fa’apea atu ai “TO MAIA LAU PULE” E ALA I LAU PALOTA. Tu’u maia lou faatuatuaga ae se’i ou tautua mo oe e ala i le tofi Faipule. Ou te tatalo i le Tama Faalelagi ia foa’i manatu sa’o e faia ai filifiliga sa’o aua le lumana’i o Samoa mo a Taeao. I lo’u ava ma lo’u fa’aaloalo tele lava. Manuia le alo atu i le tatou palota, Samoa. colalaieboy@yahoo.com. 258-8167
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tuIlAEPA lE PAlEMIA MuAMuA uA SElE POO lONA lAuAO E tEtEE AI I lE KANESA Ua avea nei le palemia o Samoa, le susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi ma taitai muamua o se malo o le lalolagi, ua ia faafuga uma ese lona lauao e lagolago ai taumafaiga a le Sosaiete o le Kanesa a Samoa, ma fesoasoani ai i sailiga seleni mo le taua o lo o faia nei ma lea faamai oti i totonu o le atunuu. E $80,000 le tinoitupe na mafai ona tuufaatasia i le vaiaso ua te’a ao faafugaina le lauao o le alii palemia e le susuga i le alii otiulu o John, i le fogafale lima o le maota o le malo i Matagialalua. Na matauina le faatumulia o le maota o le malo e le gata i le fogafale sa faafuga ai le lauao o le alii palemia, ae faapea i latou sa faatalitali atu i lalo i le fia maimoa i le ao o le alii palemia. Na faaalia le agaga faafetai o le Sosaiete o le Kanesa a Samoa i le fesoasoani a le taitai o le malo i le latou sailiga seleni. O le aofaiga atoa na mafai ona tuufaatasia i lea taumafaiga na amata faagasolo mai i le amataga o le masina nei, lea sa faafuga ai lauao o nisi o tamalii e lata i le toa 30, e $107,00, faaopopo i ai ma le $80,000 mo le faafugaina ese uma o le lauao o le alii palemia, ona maua ai lea o le aofaiga maoa’e e $187,00. MOLIA I LE TuLAFOnO SE TuAgAnE MA SE TuAFAFInE I LE FAIAIgA MA LE ILOA Na ioe se alii ma se tamaitai i o la moliaga o le faiaiga ae o lo o la silafia lelei lava, o laua o le tuagane ma le tuafafine moni na fananau mai i matua e tasi. O i laua ia sa tulai i laua i le Faamasinoga Maualuga e tali i moliaga e 14 o le faiaiga faasolitulafono po o le mataifale. E le i mananao i laua e tulai se loia e fesoasoani ia i laua i lea mataupu. O lenei mataupu sa fofogaina lea i luma o le afioga i le Faamasino Sili, le afioga Patu Tiavaasu’e Falefatu Sapolu. Na faafofoga le faamasinoga e faapea, o nei soligatulafono na amata mai i le masina o Setema 2012 seia oo mai i le aso 3 o Oketopa o le tausaga nei lava. E lei faailoaina i luma o le faamasinoga le tagata na faauluina le tagi i lenei mataupu. O lo o taofia uma i laua ua molia i lalo o le vaavaaiga a leoleo seia aulia le aso 5 o Novema, 2012 lea ua fuafua e faia ai le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga. Ua poloaina foi e le Faamasino Sili se lipoti mai le ofisa faanofovaavaaia mo le fuaina o le faasalaga. LuA FAALAVELAVE TAu TAAVALE O lo o faataotolia i le maota gasegase i Motootua se tina e 39 tausaga, o le faletua o se faifeau AOG o le afioaga o Sataua i le motu tele i Salafai, faapea nai ona alo laiti, ma se tamaititi e 14 tausaga, mo togafitiga i manua na mafua mai i se faalavelave tau taavale i le amataga o le vaiaso ua te’a i le afioaga o Sataua, lea na maliu ai se tama e 54 tausaga le matua o lea lava afioaga, ina ua taia e le taavale se pikiapu sa malaga atu ai lea tina ma lana fanau. O lo o faia pea suesuega a leoleo i le mafuaaga o lea faalavelave ua oo ai le maliu
i se tasi o tama o lea lava afioaga, ma ono faia ai ni moliaga mulimuli ane faasaga i le faletua. I se isi mataupu, ua taofia nei foi e leoleo se alii 19 tausaga le matua mai le afioaga o Toamua i le ave taavale faatamala ua mafua ai le maliu o se alii e 22 tausaga le matua mai le afioaga o Apia, e aoga i le iunivesete aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala. TATALA ALOAIA LE LEITIO FOu A LE IunIVESETE O SAMOA O le aso Faraile ua te’a na tatala aloaia ai le leitio fou a le vasega tau tusitala ma le au faasalalau i le Iunivesete Aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala, o le 105-FM. Na o nofoaga lalata ane i le aoga o loo mafai ona maua manino ai faasalalauga a lea leitio fou e pei o Vaivase, Faatoialemanu, Magiagi ma Toomatagi. O lea alaleo na faamatuu atu e le ofisa o le pule faatonu, e le mafai ona soo ai Samoa, ae nao le nofoaga lava o lo o i ai le aoga, ina ia mafai ona aoaoina ai alo ma fanau o le atunuu i le faatinoga o polokalama ma faasalalauga tau leitio, ae lei agai atu i tua mo galuega mo le lumanai. O lo o aoaoina ai foi le tulaga o le pueina o ata i le televise, tusitusiga o tala ma le pueina o ata mo le lolomiga i luga o nusipepa. O le 10 tausaga talu ai na faatuina ai le polokalama lenei a le malo i le iunivesete i se talosaga sa tuuina atu i luma o le alii palemia mo le faaleleia atili ai o le matata tau tusitala ma faasalalauga i Samoa. tAtAlA AlOAIA IA MAOtA O LE VAAIMAMAO A LE APTC Ua maea tatalaina aloaia nei ia maota o le Vaaimamao a le Kolisi o le Matata Eseese a Ausetalia I Samoa, le Australia Pacific Technical Institute (APTC), i le laumua o le Iunivesete Aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala. O le taitai o le atunuu, le afioga I le alii palemia, le susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi na saunoa i le saunoaga autu e tatala aloaia ai lea faamoemoe i le vaiaso ua te’a. O le maota o le Vaaimamao po o se tasi o mataupu fou ua faaopopoina i mataupu aoaoina a le APTC, e aoaoina ai i latou o le a avea ma faiaoga e gafa ma le aotauina o alo ma fanau o lo o i ai manaoga faapitoa i totonu o le atunuu. Ua mafua lea tulaga ona o lo o moomia lea matata i le tele o aoga ma faalapotopotoga o lo o gafa ma le aotauina o fanau ma manaoga faapitoa. I lana saunoaga autu, na faaalia e le alii palemia lona lagolagoina malosi o lea aoga, ma lona naunautaiga ina ia faailoa atu ia Ausetalia le taua tele o le faatuina o lea ituaiga aoga i totonu o Samoa faapea isi atunuu o le Pasefika. Ua momoli atu ai foi le agaga faafetai a le malo i le galuega taua a le APTC o lo o faia i totonu o le atunuu. Na saunoa Tuilaepa, o ia se tasi sa muai lagolagoina malosi le faatuina o le APTC i totonu o le atunuu ina ua faatuina e se tasi o palemia o Ausetalia i le fono a taitai o malo o le Pasefika. Fai mai a ia, o lea ua fua mai ai nei le tele o taua o lea aoga ua manuia ai le tele o alo ma fanau o le atunuu. O le itu sili o tusi pasi o lo o faauuina ai alo ma fanau o lo o aotauina ai aua e aloaia foi i totonu o Ausetalia ma isi atunuu o le lalolagi pe a saili galuega ai i atunuu i fafo.
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1. Help the economy by creating new improved jobs for our local work force through boosting the private sector 2. Strengthen our educational system with emphasis on offering instruction relevant to the needs of our society 3. Help our teachers find federal funds to earn their four-year degrees and help local students earn college scholarships and increase educational opportunities 4. Improve our health care delivery system by working with LBJ Tropical Medical Center, the Department of Public Health and assure Medicare and Medicaid is available for our seniors, children and our disabled.
• Established Samoan Womens Health Project (1993), an affiliate of National Breast Cancer Coalition • Donated to LBJ Tropical Medical Center’s breast cancer screening project a $10,000 check presented to LBJ CEO Utu Abe Malae • Volunteer, LBJ Hospital Womens Auxilliary • Member, Business and Professional Women of American Samoa • Member, Nuuuli Catholic Church and Pago Pago Catholic Church • Restored ASCC’s Upward Bound Program funding eliminated by U.S. Department of Education that year, when normal channels failed • Helped 70 students earn college scholarships worth $2.5 million dollars with more scholarships on the way • Helped LBJ Hospital and Department of Public Health bring free medical and dental services by The Flying Doctors and Dentists of America • Her Guam Jobs Initiative brought job search opportunities to 2000 permanently laid off tuna cannery workers
• Leadership Staff Member, U.S. House Republican Conference 1999-2005 • U.S. Rep. Philip M. Crane, Chairman House Trade Subcommittee 1996-1999 • Executive Assistant to Paramount Chief A.U. Fuimaono, American Samoa’s first elected Delegate-at-Large to Washington, while HTC Va’alele T. Ale served as Legislative Director 1970-1972 • Government Affairs Advisor, ASPA 1995-1996 • Advisor, Chairman, Senate Government Operations Committee, Fono (pro bono) • Member for American Samoa, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Pelagics Advisory Panel 1992-1993 • Member, American Samoa Delegation to South Pacific Conference (SPC) 1981, 1983; Advisor to U.S. Delegation to South --Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders 1985 • Member, Republic of the Marshall Islands Delegation to Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, U.S. Department of State, Washington DC • Member, Republic of Nauru Delegation to INTELSAT Conference • Advisor, U.S. Presidential Delegation to Pacific Island Leaders Summit, East-West Center 1990 • Advance Coordinator, Vice President’s Visit to American Samoa 1989 • Federal Service on U.S. Peace Corps/Micronesia Staff (CNMI), U.S. Department of the Navy (Guam), U.S. Department of the Interior (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands HQ Saipan), U.S. Executive Office of the President (OEO), Confidential Assistant to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
• Married 40 years to Fred Radewagen of Washington, DC, three grown children, one grandchild • Eldest daughter of Gov. High Chief Tali (Tei o le Ma’oputasi) and Mrs. Peter Tali Coleman of Pago Pago • Granddaughter of Amataupuilevasegaotupu Aumua, Pago Pago • Great granddaughter of Tagoilelagi Tu’i Tupua Aumua, Vatia, Fagasa, Aasu • Holds orator title “Talileleia” serving Lavata’i Family, Nuuuli • Holds registered traditional orator title “Aumua” serving the Tali Family, Pago Pago. The first registered Aumua title dates back to Oct 6, 1906
• Commissioner, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Presidential Appointment) 2001-2004, Chairman, Community Security Subcommittee (credited with including a chapter devoted solely to Pacific Islanders in Commission’s Report and recommendations to the President on AAPI Health Care needs and disparities) • Member for American Samoa, Republican National Committee, first in seniority among 168 RNC Members; first elected 1986, reelected 1988-92; 1992-96; 1996-2000; 2000-04; 2004-08; 2008-12; reelected 2012 to present • 2003 “Outstanding Woman of the Year” Award recipient from National Association of Professional Asian American Women; NAPAAW’s preceding awardee was U.S. Rep. Patsy T. Mink (D-HI) • Recipient, International Leadership Foundation’s “Visionary Award” along with Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) and U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (CA) • Member, American Council of Young Political Leaders Alumni Council; participant ACYPL’s Australia Study Tour 1986
• • • • • St. Francis School, Lepua St. Mary’s Primary School, Savalalo Fiailoa School, Utulei A’oga Samoa (Faife’au’s School, Nuuuli) Sacred Hearts Academy graduate
• University of Guam graduate with additional coursework at Marymount College Palos Verdes and George Mason University
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uS: Iraqi audit pointing to huge money laundering
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi auditors believe as much as $800 million in U.S. dollars is being sent out of the country illegally each week, draining it of hard currency, according to a report by American inspectors released Tuesday. The findings point to widespread money laundering and could focus further attention on oversight at Iraq’s central bank, which is at the heart of a probe into alleged financial wrongdoing involving its former governor and other top officials. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said in a report that auditors in Baghdad fear up to 80 percent of an estimated $1 billion leaving the country weekly lacks proper documentation. The American watchdog said that Iraq’s top auditor, Abdul-Basit Turki, disclosed the findings about the extent of the alleged money laundering to American officials last month. Turki also raised concerns about “what he called a triangle of sectarianism, corruption and violence, in which each element feeds off the others in a dynamic that threatens the well-being of the state,” according to the SIGIR report. Turki’s office, the Board of Supreme Audit, recently carried out a probe into Iraq’s central bank and daily auctions it holds to exchange Iraqi dinars for dollars. Commercial banks sell their dinars to the central bank and then pass on the dollars they receive to customers for a fee. Those customers are supposed to provide documentation to the banks before transferring the dollars abroad, but Iraqi auditors have found that most of the transactions are based on fraudulent paperwork, according to the SIGIR report. A spokesman for the Iraqi audit board, Imad Ismail, acknowledged that a meeting was held with American officials in recent weeks, but said he didn’t immediately have details about the audit. Turki was not available for comment. Earlier this year, deputy central bank governor, Mudhhir Mohammed Salih, warned that Iraq had seen a sharp increase in demand for U.S. dollars it sells. He blamed the spike on Iraqi traders reselling the greenbacks to customers in Iran, which is being squeezed by U.S. and international sanctions, and in civil war-wracked Syria. The American report’s release comes two weeks after the longtime governor of Iraq’s central bank was removed from office after he and other bank officials were targeted in an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing. Turki, the audit board head, has been named as the bank’s interim chief. Specific details about the allegations against the ousted bank governor, Sinan alShabibi, have not been made clear. But comments from lawmakers and other officials familiar with the investigation suggest that the charges are linked to alleged irregularities involving the foreign exchange auction and improper currency transfer documentation. Al-Shabibi is considered to be a politically independent economist — a point the SIGIR report highlighted by noting that he “is widely viewed as personally honest and professionally effective.” The allegations against him have raised concerns of political interference in the bank. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has tried to distance himself from suggestions that the case is politically motivated, saying his administration was not behind the investigation that led to the arrest warrants. Also on Tuesday, Iraqi government spokesman Ali alDabbagh said that the date for upcoming provincial elections has been set for April 20. Iraq last held elections for its local governorates in January 2009.
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Stepmother: Boy, 10, shot his neo-nazi father
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 10-year-old son of a neo-Nazi leader told his younger sister that he planned to shoot their father, then a day later took a gun from his parents’ bedroom and fired one bullet into his father’s head as the man slept on a couch, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday. The boy’s father, Jeff Hall, was an out-of-work plumber who also was a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement. Hall, 32, joined the group and organized rallies at synagogues and a day labor site after his sister-in-law was killed about six years ago by a hit-andrun driver who was an illegal immigrant. In opening statements at the boy’s murder trial in juvenile court, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Michael Soccio dismissed the notion that Hall’s neo-Nazi beliefs “conditioned” the child to kill. Instead, Soccio said, the boy was a violent and angry child who’d been expelled from multiple schools. He also said the boy, now 12, suspected his father was going to leave his stepmother and he didn’t want the family to split up. “You’ll learn that (the child) would have shot his father even if he’d been a member of the Peace and Freedom Party. It made no difference,” Soccio said, before showing the court photos of Hall playing tea party with his young children. “They lived a relatively normal life.” The Associated Press is not identifying the child because he is a juvenile. The boy with light brown hair sat quietly in court next to his attorney and wore a purple polo shirt and glasses. He showed little emotion when the prosecution flashed photos through a projector of his blood-spattered father, and he appeared to be taking notes in a spiral-bound notebook. On several occasions, the boy asked his attorney how to spell the name of a witness taking the stand. Defense attorney Matthew Hardy countered in his opening statement that his client had grown up in an abusive and violent environment and learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. Hall taught his son to shoot guns, and took him to neo-Nazi rallies and once to the Mexican border to teach him how to “make sure he knew what to do to protect this place from the Mexicans,” Hardy said. “If you were going to create a monster, if you were going to create a killer, what would you do?” he said. “You’d put him in a house where there’s domestic violence, child abuse, racism.” The defense also suggested that the boy’s stepmother, Krista McCary, goaded the child into killing Hall because her husband planned to leave her for another woman. McCary told a police officer at the scene that she had killed her husband, but later recanted and said she lied to protect her stepson, who she’d raised since infancy. McCary has pleaded guilty to one felony count of child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm in the case, said John Hall, district attorney spokesman. Prosecutors maintain that the boy intended to kill his father and saw an opportunity when Hall came home late after a day of drinking and fell asleep on the couch. The boy got a gun from his parent’s room and shot Hall at near point-blank range behind his left ear on May 1, 2011, Soccio said. “He held the gun about a foot away and, as he explained, he took four fingers and put them into the trigger and pulled the trigger back, and the gun discharged,” Soccio said, showing images of a bloodied Hall on the couch covered by a blue blanket. Several police officers testified that the boy and at least one of his siblings voluntarily gave statements immediately after the shooting that indicated the boy had killed his father. One younger sister asked the boy why he hadn’t shot their father in the stomach, as he said he planned to do, according to Officer Robert Monreal, who picked up the exchange on a belt recorder. The two siblings talked about the shooting as they played on a swing set a day before the attack, Soccio told the court. Another officer testified that the boy was held in a patrol car at the scene and began to talk almost nonstop from the backseat. Officer Michael Foster said the child acknowledged shooting his father and began to show remorse. “He was sad about it. He wished he hadn’t done it,” Foster recalled. “He asked me about things like, do people get more than one life, things like that. He wanted to know if he was dead or if he just had injuries.” McCary testified that she and Hall hosted a monthly meeting of the National Socialist Movement the day before the shooting and drank whiskey shots with their guests into the afternoon. Hall left to drive some guests home and sent McCary three profanity-laced text messages while he was gone telling her he wanted a divorce and ordering her to move out. The couple argued when he returned home because he was seeing another woman, McCary said. Sometime later, McCary said she awoke to a loud noise and came downstairs to find her husband lying on the couch bleeding from the head. Her stepson came downstairs almost immediately, stopped halfway down the staircase and confessed, she said. “He said, ‘I shot dad.’ And I said, ‘Why?’” she said. “He didn’t answer.” The boy has a history of being expelled from school for violence, starting at age 5 when he stabbed a teacher with a pencil on the first day of kindergarten, Soccio said. He also tried to strangle a teacher with a telephone cord a few years later, he said. His stepmother said the boy had severe learning disabilities and frequently was the target of Hall’s wrath when her husband had been drinking or was high. “He had mood swings, and you were never sure which Jeff you were going to get,” she said. Hall had said he believed in a white breakaway nation and ran for a seat on the local water board in 2010 in a move that disturbed many residents in the recession-battered suburbs southeast of Los Angeles. Hall and the boy’s biological mother previously slugged through a divorce and custody dispute in which each accused the other of child abuse. Social service workers visited Hall’s home more than 20 times but never removed the children from his custody. Kathleen M. Heide, a professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa who wrote “Why Kids Kill Parents,” said children 10 and under rarely kill their parents and that only 16 such cases were documented between 1996 and 2007. Heide also said parenting and home life undoubtedly would play a role in the boy’s development. If a judge finds he murdered Hall, the boy could be held in state custody until he is 23 years old. The state currently houses fewer than 900 juveniles.
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Agelu A le Ali’i
IOE AASA NA IA tOGIINA MAuGA I lE MA’A O le taeao ananafi na ioeina ai e le alii o Mika Aasa i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga lona togiina o le alii o Ethan Mauga i se ma’a ma laulua ai le isi itu o lona ulu, e mafua mai i lona ita tele ia Mauga ona o lona fasiga o le isi alii. O le aso Faraile o le vaiaso nei lea ua tolopo e toe faaauau ai le fofogaina o le maliliega ua uma ona saini e Aasa ma le malo, ina ua finagalo le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse, e tatau ona malamalama le ua molia i ni isi o faaupuga o lo o taua i totonu o le maliliega, e faatatau i ituaiga manu’a na aafia ai Mauga. Ae o le maliliega a Aasa ma le malo lea na fofogaina i le taeao ananafi, ua tali ioe ai le ua molia i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, ona o le faalavelave lea na manu’a ai Mauga i le aso 10 Aokuso i Petesa. I le tali ioe ai o Aasa i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 10 Aokuso o le tausaga nei, sa auai ai i se misa na tulai mai i Petesa ma i’u ina la fufusu ai ma le alii o Mauga. O le iuga o lea fusuaga na ia togiina ai Mauga i se ma’a, ma laulua ai se itu o lona ulu ae le’i aafia ai lona faiai (tulou). Na taua e Aasa e faapea, o lona ita tele ia Mauga i lona fasiga o le isi alii na mafua ai ona ia togiina lona ulu i le ma’a. Ua malie Aasa o le a ia totogiina le $320 ia Mauga e tusa
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VAEgA: 60 Malo le soifua manuia, i le mamalu o le atunu’u, e i ai pea le fa’amoemoe maualuga, o lo’o aoina pea le masina i lo outou soifua laulelei i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua. ia manuia le alo faiva i feau ma tiute o lenei aso. A’o le i fa’aauauina la tatou tala, se i vavae fo’i a tatou toe i sina a tatou maea la’ititi, ona fa’aauau ai lea o la tatou tala. Na fai se misa a nisi o tama i totonu o le malae va’alele, ma o le taimi fo’i lea ua sauni e malaga mo le malo o Samoa, aua fo’i nai fa’alavelave o aiga o lo’o fa’atali mai. O tama nei, o le isi e matai, a’o le isi e le i matai, ae o lo’o fa’atalitali mai i Samoa le anoano o matai o le aiga. O le finauga la lea ua fai nei, e mana’o lava le taule’ale’a lea, ina ia fai e le matai lea la te o atu le aso, ona o lona manatu o la’ua ua folau mamao atu. “Se Malumai, se ‘aua e te pala’ai, tele lou loto, se ou te va’ai atu, ta te le i o i le va’alele, ae ua e tete i lou pala’ai, o tagata lae e i o, e le i taitai lava i mea nei, a’o tatou i Tutuila nei, o tama sasa’o lava tatou, alo la’ia i ou faiva. O le a ou finau malosi fo’i e fai e ta’ua upu o le aso, ‘aua e te popole i se mea e tasi pe lua, sauna, o ou ma ma na, alo i ou faiva, ae o le a ou tapua’i.” Ua na o le punou o le matai, ua tau mafaufau pe o le a fa’afefea ona ia faia le aso, ae afe ma afe matai o lo’o fa’atali mai i Samoa. Ua le tautala le matai ae ua na o le nofo lava. E le i mapu le fautua a le taule’ale’a i lea taimi, ua na o le pa pa lava o ana fana, ua le mafai lava ona toe ‘alo si matai. Ua taunu’u le malaga i Samoa, ma ua fai loa upu a le aiga. O le taimi lea, ua matua’i sauni lelei le matai e fai ana upu, ina ia taunu’u ai si o la fa’amoemoe e pei ona malaga atu ma la’ua i Tutuila nei. Ua o’o nei le fa’atau i le matai na malaga atu i Tutuila, ma ua liliu ane nei e sauni lana fa’atau po’o ai e faia le aso. Na fa’apea upu o le lauga a le matai, “Ua ou tu nei i fala gatete, ma ou sausau i moana loloto.” Na ona uma lava o upu ia a le matai, tomumu le leoa loa ma le taule’ale’a lea na o la o atu, “isa, la le ua tete e le i o’o i le taimi e tete ai…e sa’o ai le faleaitu a Sumeo ma Petelo…..na moemoe lava keke.. ae pe ga sau e sausau i moaga, se ga o mea gau lava, lea ga ma o mai gei ma le $10,000 US, ae va’ai aku, e koe fo’i, ga o le ako fa’afafa.” Ua fai nei le tonu a Agelu a le Ali’i, o le a o latou asia le ofisa o lo’o feagai ma galuega lautele a le Malo, se i va’ai fo’i po’o a fo’i galuega o lo’o fa’atino e le matagaluega a le Malo, ma ua fa’apena lava ona fai. E taunu’u ane le malaga a Agelu a le Ali’i i le matagaluega lea, o lo’o fai le fono a le ta’itai ma ana tagata faigaluega. O le ‘auga o lea fonotaga, o le tau sa’ilia lea o se vaifofo mo auala a lea atunu’u ua matua’i maomoomo. Ua le iloa e le ali’i ta’ita’i, pe o le a se faiga e tatau ona fai ina ia fo’ia ai lea fa’afitauli. O lea la e taunu’u ane ai Agelu a le Ali’i, o lo’o tau vevela le fonotaga lea, ma sa o latou iloa lelei lava le tulaga e o’o i ai, e uma ane fo’i, ua le fetufaa’i manatu ma mafaufauga lelei, ae o le a feave’ai fo’i lima o tama. E faia pea…
Tusia: Akenese ilalio Zec
ai o lana pili o le falema’i, ina ua taofia ai o ia mo togafitiga e mafua mai i le faalavelave na ia togiina ai lona ulu i le ma’a. Ua uma ona totogi e Mauga le $170 o lana pili o le falemai, ma o le vaega o le tupe lea o le a totogi e Aasa e alu sa’o ia Mauga, ae o le isi $150 o lo o totoe ai o le a alu sa’o e faauma ai le pili o le falema’i. O lo o taofia pea Aasa i le toese e faatali ai le aso Faraile lea o le a toe tulai ai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, mo le toe faaauauina o le latou maliliega ua uma ona saini ma le malo. tEtE’E I’uMAlO SEIulI I tuuAIGA A lE MAlO O le alii pagota lea ua toe molia e le malo i le sola ese ao tatala o ia i tua e faigaluega, ua faatulaga lana ulua’i iloiloga e faia lea i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le faaiuga o le masina o fou, ina ua ia teena le moliaga e tasi o lo o tuuaia ai o ia e le malo ina ua tulai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso nei. O le loia a le alii o I’umalo Seiuli ia Karen Shelly na faaleoina lana tali tete’e, lea foi e le’i faatuiese i ai le loia a le malo. O le moliaga fou ua tuuaia ai Seiuli, na afua mai i le taimi a’o taofia ai o ia i le toese mo le tuliina o lana faasalaga faafalepuipui, ona o le solitulafono o le umia o mariuana na ta’usala ai o ia e le faamasinoga. A’o i ai o ia i le toese mo le tuliina o lona faasalaga lea, sa talia o ia i lalo o se polokalame a le pulega o le Falepuipui e alu ai e faigaluega ma toe foi atu e
tuli faauma lana faasalaga. O le avanoa la lea e pei ona tuuaia e le malo Seiuli na alu ai asi lona toalua ma lona aiga i Seetaga, ina ua tatala o ia e alu e faigaluega i le kamupani a le Sili’s Burger and Car Wash. O ni isi o tuutuuga o le tatala ai o Seiuli e alu e faigaluega, o le faasa lea ona alu i se isi nofoaga, sei vagana ai lava le alu atu sa’o i le falepuipui agai i le nofoaga o lo o faigaluega, ma toe fo’i sa’o atu i totonu o le toese pe a manava. O lo o taofia pea Seiuli i le toese i le taimi nei mo le tuliina o lana faasalaga faa falepuipui o lo o tuli, e faatalitali ai taualumaga o lana mataupu fou e pei ona faagasolo i le taimi nei. Juby KOlIO O le aso 17 Tesema lea ua faamoemoe le faamasinoga maualuga e tatau ona oo atu i ai, ua maea ona sainia se maliliega i le va o le malo ma le alii o Juby Kolio poo Junior e pei ona silafia ai o ia, ma faamuta ai loa le mataupu i le va o le malo ma le ua molia. O le taeao ananafi na valaauina ai le ulua’i iloiloga o lenei mataupu, peitai na faailoa e le loia a Kolio o Michael White i le faamasinoga e faapea, ua toeititi lava maea talanoaga o lo o faia ma le malo mo se maliliega, ma tuuina atu loa i luma o le faamasinoga lea maliliega pe a maea ona sainia. O Kolio o lo o tuuaia i moliaga o le faia lea o amioga mataga i se tamaititi e 11 tausaga le matua i Fagasa, ina ua ia faamalosia lea tamaitiiti la te faia ni uiga mataga faafeusuaiga.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. In the long run, the devastation the storm inflicted on New York City and other parts of the Northeast will barely nick the U.S. economy. That’s the view of economists who say a slightly slower economy in coming weeks will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time. The short-term blow to the economy, though, could subtract about 0.6 percentage point from U.S. economic growth in the October-December quarter, IHS says. Retailers, airlines and home construction firms will likely lose some business. The storm cut power to more than 8 million homes, shut down 70 percent of East Coast oil refineries and inflicted worsethan-expected damage in the New York metro area. That area produces about 10 percent of U.S. economic output. New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air. The superstorm overflowed the city’s waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds of thousands. Power is expected to be fully restored in Manhattan and Brooklyn within four days. The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days. There’s no evidence that the shutdown had any effect on the financial system or the economy. But Jim Paulsen, chief strategist at Wells Capital Management, said further delays might have rattled consumers and dampened their spending. “It’s about confidence,” Paulsen said. “We’re watching these horrific images of the storm, and people are thinking whether they should ahead with that big purchase ....It doesn’t do any good to have another day with headlines saying the U.S can’t figure out how to open its stock exchange.” Most homeowners who suffered losses from flooding won’t be able to benefit from their insurance policies. Standard homeowner policies don’t cover flood damage, and few homeowners have flood insurance. But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they will offer help to borrowers whose homes were damaged or destroyed, who live in designated disaster areas and whose loans the mortgage giants own or guarantee. Among other steps, mortgage servicers will be allowed to reduce the monthly payments of affected homeowners or require no payments from them temporarily. Across U.S. industries, disruptions will slow the economy temporarily. Some restaurants and stores will draw fewer customers. Factories may shut down or shorten shifts because of a drop in customer demand. Some of those losses won’t be easily made up. Restaurants that lose two or three days of business, for example, won’t necessarily experience a rebound later. And money spent to repair a home may lead to less spending elsewhere. With some roads in the Northeast impassable after the storm, drivers won’t be filling up as much. That will slow demand for gasoline. Pump prices, which had been declining before the storm, will likely keep slipping. The national average for a gallon of regular fell by about a penny Tuesday, to $3.53 — more than 11 cents lower than a week ago. Shipping and business travel has been suspended in areas of the Northeast. More than 15,000 flights across the Northeast and the world have been grounded, and it will take days for some passengers to get where they’re going. On Tuesday, more than 6,000 flights were canceled, according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware. More than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday were also canceled. The three big New York airports were closed Tuesday. New York has the nation’s busiest airspace, so cancellations there drastically affect travel in other cities. Economists noted that the short-term hit to the economy was worsened by the size of the population centers the storm hit. “Sandy hit a high-population-density area with a lot of expensive homes,” said Beata Caranci, deputy chief economist at TD Bank. Hurricane damage to homes, businesses and roads reduces U.S. wealth. But it doesn’t subtract from the government’s calculation of economic activity. By contrast, rebuilding and restocking by businesses and consumers add to the nation’s gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of economic production. GDP measures all goods and services produced in the United States.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Project Notification & Review System
PNRS BOARD MEETING November 7, 2012
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce/American Samoa Coastal Management Program has received a Land Use Permit Application from the following individuals. 1. ASPA C/- Dave Dacanay 12-1500-L Federal Consistency Certification; construction of a water booster station with utilities - Aoloau 2. Faresa Moala 12-1488-LVB Proposal to convert and repair residential structure for a Laundromat with utilities - Mapusagafou 3. Tumua’i Kim 12-1504-LVB Construction of new apartment building (75’x 35’) with utilities and sewer line Tafuna 4. Lagofaatasi Faaola 12-1440-LVB Proposal to construct an extension to retail store for a Laundromat - Amaluia
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5. Sale Young 12-1495-LVB Proposal for a new construction of an above ground (Diesel) storage tank Vaitogi 6. Sarai Fanene Lemalu 12-1430-L Proposal for clearing, construction of a retaining wall and filling - Malae’imi Persons interested in or affected by a proposed project, are invited to review the project file and provide comments based on environmental issues, by contacting Marvis Vaiaga’e at 633-5155, at the Department of Commerce in Utulei during regular ASG hours. Public comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 07, 2012 at DOC Conference Room, on the 2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei. O lo’o iai ile Ofisa o Fefa’atauaiga ni talosaga mo Pemita e Fa’atagaina ai le Fa’aaogaina o Fanua ma Laueleele e tusa ma ala ole Tulafono. A iai se tasi e Fa’asea pe fia tusia se molimau i ni Afaina ole Si’osi’omaga pe a galueaina nei Galuega, telefoni mai Marvis Vaiaga’e i le 633-5155. E mafai fo’i ona e auai i le Fono a le Komiti Fa’afoe ia Novema 07, 2012, ile itula e 9 i le taeao.
Japan spent rebuilding money on unrelated projects
SENDAI, Japan (AP) — About a quarter of the $148 billion budget for reconstruction after Japan’s March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling. The findings of a government audit buttress complaints over shortcomings and delays in the reconstruction effort. More than half the budget is yet to be disbursed, stalled by indecision and bureaucracy, while nearly all of the 340,000 people evacuated from the disaster zone remain uncertain whether, when and how they will ever resettle. Many of the non-reconstruction-related projects loaded into the 11.7 trillion yen ($148 billion) budget were included on the pretext they might contribute to Japan’s economic revival, a strategy that the government now acknowledges was a mistake. “It is true that the government has not done enough and has not done it adequately. We must listen to those who say the reconstruction should be the first priority,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in a speech to parliament on Monday. He vowed that unrelated projects will be “strictly wrung out” of the budget. But ensuring that funds go to their intended purpose might require an explicit change in the reconstruction spending law, which authorizes spending on such ambiguous purposes as creating eco-towns and supporting “employment measures.” Among the unrelated projects benefiting from the reconstruction budgets are: road building in distant Okinawa; prison vocational training in other parts of Japan; subsidies for a contact lens factory in central Japan; renovations of government offices in Tokyo; aircraft and fighter pilot training, research and production of rare earths minerals, a semiconductor research project and even funding to support whaling, ostensibly for research, according to data from the government audit released last week. A list of budget items and spending shows some 30 million yen ($380,000) went to promoting the Tokyo Sky Tree, a transmission tower that is the world’s tallest freestanding broadcast structure. Another 2.8 billion yen ($35 million) was requested by the Justice Ministry for a publicity campaign to “reassure the public” about the risks of big disasters. Masahiro Matsumura, a politics professor at St. Andrews University in Osaka, Japan, said justifying such misuse by suggesting the benefits would “trickle down” to the disaster zone is typical of the political dysfunction that has hindered Japan’s efforts to break out of two decades of debilitating economic slump. “This is a manifestation of government indifference to rehabilitation. They are very good at making excuses,” Matsumura told The Associated Press. Near the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, where the tsunami set off the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl accident, recovery work has barely begun. More than 325,000 of the 340,000 people who had to flee tsunami-hit areas or the evacuation zone around the nuclear plant remain homeless or away from their homes, according to the most recent figures available. In Rikuzentakata, a fishing enclave where 1,800 people were killed or went missing as the tsunami scoured the harbor, rebuilding has yet to begin in earnest, says Takashi Kubota, who left a government job in Tokyo in May 2011 to become the town’s deputy mayor. The tsunami destroyed 3,800 of Rikuzentakata’s 9,000 homes. The first priority, he says, has been finding land for rebuilding homes — on higher ground. For now, most evacuees are housed, generally unhappily, in temporary shelters in school playgrounds and sports fields. “I can sum it up in two words — speed and flexibility — that are lacking,” Kubota said. Showing a photo of the now non-existent downtown, he said, “In 19 months, there have basically been no major changes. There is not one single new building yet.” The government has pledged to spend 23 trillion yen ($295 billion) over this decade on reconstruction and disaster prevention, 19 trillion yen ($245 billion) of it within five years. But more than half the reconstruction budget remains unspent, according to the government’s audit report. The dithering is preventing the government, whose debt is already twice the size of the country’s GDP, from getting the most bang for every buck. “You’ve got economic malaise and political as well. That’s just a recipe for disaster,” said Matthew Circosta, an economist with Moody’s Analytics in Sydney. Part of the problem is the central government’s strategy of managing the reconstruction from Tokyo instead of delegating it to provincial governments. At the same time, the local governments lack the staff and expertise for such major rebuilding. The government “thinks it has to be in the driver’s seat,” Jun Iio, a government adviser and professor at Tokyo University told a conference in Sendai. “Unfortunately the reconstruction process is long and only if the local residents can agree on a plan will they move ahead on reconstruction.” “It is in this stage that creativity is needed for rebuilding,” he said.
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In this Oct. 10, 2012 photo, a yellow crane sorts out the rubble of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at the rubble collection site near the Arahama beach in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Japan’s accounting of its budget for reconstruction from the disasters is crammed with spending on unrelated projects, while (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) all along Japan’s northeastern coast, dozens of communities remain uncertain of whether, when and how they will rebuild.
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Even Sendai, a regional capital of over 1 million people much better equipped than most coastal communities to deal with the disaster, still has mountains of rubble. Much of it is piled amid the bare foundations, barren fields and broken buildings of its oceanside suburb of Arahama. Sendai quickly restored disrupted power, gas and water supplies and its tsunamiswamped airport. The area’s crumbled expressways and heavily damaged railway lines were repaired within weeks. But farther north and south, ravaged coastal towns remain largely unoccupied. More than 240 ports remain unbuilt; in many cases their harbors are treacherous with tsunami debris. Like many working on the disaster, Yoshiaki Kawata of Kansai University worries that the slow progress on reconstruction will leave the region, traditionally one of Japan’s poorest, without a viable economy. “There is almost no one on the streets,” he said in the tiny fishing hamlet of Ryoishi, where the sea rose 17 meters (56 feet). “Building a new town will take many years.” Even communities remain divided over how to rebuild. Moving residential areas to higher ground involves cumbersome bureaucratic procedures and complicated ownership issues. Each day of delay, meanwhile, raises the likelihood that residents will leave and that local businesses will fail to recover, says Itsunori Onodera, a lawmaker from the port town of Kesennuma, which lost more than 1,400 people in the disaster. “Speed,” he says, is the thing most needed to get the region back on its feet.
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mae’a a’oa’oga mo le aufai palota le tumau
Ua faalauiloa mai e le Komesina o Palotaga a le atunuu, afioga Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono le mae’a aloaia lea o aoaoga sa faia mo i latou ia ua avea nei ma tagata fai palota le tumau, mo le palotaga tele a le atunuu lea ua faamoemoe e faia i le aso Lua o le vaiaso fou. O se tasi o vaega o lea aoaoga e pei ona faamaonia mai e Soliai i le Samoa News, o le toe fautuaina malosi lea o i latou uma ia ua maea nei ona talia e avea ma tagata fai palota le tumau, ina ia taumamao mai le aafia i faiga faatosina poo ni isi lava foi gaioiga i le taimi o le palota. “Ua uma ona ou faailoa ia te i latou uma lava ia ua faa faigaluegaina nei, ou te faamaloloina le tagata ma le toe talia i soo se nofoaga e faia ai palota, pe afai ou te maua o lo o aafia lea tagata i ni faiga faatosina mo soo se sui tauva o lo o tauva i le palota,” o le saunoaga lea a Soliai. O le faasilasilaga lava foi lea na taua e Soliai sa ia tuuina atu i le fonotaga a lona ofisa, faatasi ai ma pulenuu ma leoleo o nuu ina ua talanoaina lenei mataupu. Na taua e Soliai lona talosagina o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa mo le sailia mai o se isi tagata e fesoasoani i le aufai palota i fale palota taitasi, pe afai e maua ane o lo o aafia se pulenuu poo se leoleo nuu i faiga faatosina e pei ona ia taua. “Ua uma ona ou faailoa ia i latou uma lava ua lautogia mo le faatautaia o le palota i lenei tausaga, ina ia faatumauina pea le taua o le tiute a le Ofisa o Palotaga, e pei ona tutoatasi ai lava e le aafia i soo se faiga i taimi o le palota,” o le saunoaga lea a Soliai. “E tatau ona faatinoina la tatou palota i auala talafeagai e aunoa ma le aafia i faiga faapolokiki poo faiga faatosina, ina nei nenefu ai foliga moni o la tatou faigamalo faatemokarasi,” o le isi lea saunoaga a Soliai. O le taeao o le aso Lua o le vaiaso fou, aso 6 Novema lea ua lautogia mo le palotaga lautele a Amerika Samoa, e filifilia ai le tofi kovana ma le lutena kovana, o le sui mo le konekeresi i Uosigitone, o sui mo le maota o sui a le fono faitulafono, ma le fesili pe faamata e tatau ona tuu atu i le Fono le malosi e toe sui ai le malosi o lo o i le kovana na teena ai se pili na pasia e le Fono. I le alo atu ai o le atunu mo lana palotaga i le vaiaso fou, ua talosagaina ai e Soliai sui tauva uma ina ia tuuina atu i lona Ofisa lisi o latou sui o le a i ai i fale palota taitasi, mo le mataituina o le faagasoloina o le palotaga i lea aso. Saunoa Soliai, e le faatagaina ni isi sui o komiti a sui tauva ona nofo i totonu o le fale palota, sei vagana ai le tagata lea o le a tuuina atu lona igoa i le lisi mai sui tauva. E na o le taitoatasi sui o sui tauva e faataga ona nofo i totonu o le fale palota, peitai o lo o talosagaina e Soliai le tatau lea ona toatele atu igoa e tuuina atu i le lisi, fuafua lea a i ai se mea e tula’i mai e fia alu i ai le tagata muamua, ae o lo o i ai le isi ona sui o lo o faaleoleo. Na faaiu le saunoaga mai le Komesina o Palotaga i lona talosagaina lea o sui tauva uma mo le tofi kovana ma le lutena kovana sui mo le konekeresi faapea ai faipule mo le maota o sui, ina ia tautuana ma i latou lea aso tuupoina, ina ia maua e Amerika Samoa se palotaga filemu ma le sologa lelei e aunoa ma se faaletonu e tulai mai ai. Ua toe faamanatu e Soliai i le au palota e faapea, o le aso 5 Novema i le 4:00 i le afiafi e tapunia ai le toe faafouina o ID palota pe afai ua maea le aoga, poo le toe pueina o se ID fou pe afai ua leiloa le ID palota muamua. Talu mai le aso 9 Oketopa lea na faamuta ai le lesitalaina o tagata palota, e toa 17,774 le aofai o tagata ua maea ona lesitala mo le palota.
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to A.S.C.A. § 37.1105, that ANZ-Amerika Samoa Bank, intends to foreclose on that certain mortgage, recorded in the Office of the Territorial Registrar on February 20, 2003, in Volume No. LT 6 p. 719-720, and that the property subject to the mortgage will be sold at a public auction.
Property to be Sold: All of the mortgagor’s interest in that certain parcel of land, structures and improvements on that certain parcel of real property situated in the village of Vaitogi, County of Tualauta, American Samoa, Land Square 31, Unit C, more particularly described as follows: All that certain real property situated in the Village of Vaitogi, County of Tualauta, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa, being a portion of land called “Aloipiu” together with all tenements, hereditament and appurtenances thereto belonging and all rights, title, interest, if any of Grantor in and to any streets, roads, pathways and easements abutting the premises, said premises being more fully described as follows: Beginning at the southeast corner, of this lot, the coordinates of said being X= 237804.02 and Y=275652.09 referenced to the American Samoa Survey Datum of 1962. Run thence on azimuth 273 ° 01’ 06”, 110.0 feet to a point, thence on azimuth 02 ° 17’ 02”, 99.0 feet to a point; thence on azimuth 93 ° 01’ 06”, 110.0 feet to a point, thence on azimuth 182 ° 17’ 05” 99.0 feet to the point of beginning. Containing an area of 0.25 acres more or less. Date of Sale: The foreclosure previously scheduled will take place on October 31, 2012 will now take place on November 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the property unless postponed by public announcement. Minimum Bid: $150,000.00 plus accrued interest to the date of sale, attorney’s fees and all costs. Seller reserves the right to reject any and all offers. Property Description: This property is individually owned land. Contact: Attorney Billie L. Evans III, at the Ashley & Associates, P.C., phone number 684-699-5115.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to project command in a crisis, President Barack Obama told storm-stricken residents along the East Coast that “America is with you” but warned that the disaster “is not yet over.” As the countdown to Election Day reached the one week mark, Obama immersed himself Tuesday in his official duties. He convened conference calls with state and local officials, held briefings in the White House Situation Room and dropped by Red Cross headquarters in Washington. “My instructions to the federal agencies has been, ‘Do not figure out why we can’t do something; I want you to figure out how we do something,’” Obama said. “There’s no excuse for inaction at this point.” Obama said there still were risks of flooding and downed power lines and called the storm “heartbreaking for the nation.” The White House also announced that Obama was scrapping a third consecutive day of campaigning and instead would travel to New Jersey on Wednesday to view the devastation from superstorm Sandy. His tour guide was to be New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Christie’s political affiliations, however, didn’t stop him from showering praise on Obama for the president’s response to the huge storm that battered his state and several others. “The president has been all over this and he deserves great
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Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, expects the storm to shave 0.1 to 0.2 percentage point from annual economic growth in the October-December quarter. He thinks the economy will grow at an annual rate of 1.5 percent to 2 percent in the fourth quarter. It grew at a 2 percent annual rate last quarter. But Ashworth said any losses this quarter should be made up later as rebuilding boosts sales at building supply stores and other companies. “People will load up on whatever they need to make repairs — roofing, dry wall, carpeting — to deal with the damage,” he said. But she noted that the storm should help the construction industry, which shed millions of workers after the housing bust. Many who lost construction jobs were skilled employees with disproportionately high pay, and the loss of those jobs hit the economy hard. Major retailers began trying Tuesday to ramp up their operations before the critical holiday shopping period. Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Kmart and Sears, said 80 of its stores were still closed at midday Tuesday, down from 187 Monday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, said it was working to reopen the 168 stores it closed. And Darden Restaurants Inc., parent of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, by Tuesday afternoon had reopened roughly 160 of the 260 restaurants it closed Monday. Retailers collect up to 40 percent of their annual revenue in November and December. Retailers, excluding restaurants, could lose at least $25 billion in sales this week, estimates Burt Flickinger III of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group. Because of the storm, he’s reduced his forecast for holiday sales to a 2.1 percent increase over last year from the 3.2 percent increase he had predicted earlier. Reopening is often difficult after a storm. Because New York’s subways and buses remained closed Tuesday, it was hard for many employees to get to work. Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue flagship stores stayed closed Tuesday — bad news for those retailers, because major department stores can derive 10 percent of annual sales from their Manhattan locations. Still, those stores that could open for business did. A Westside Market in Manhattan remained open 24 hours a day throughout the storm, even though only about 20 percent of workers managed to show up Monday and Tuesday. “They found a way to get here — I don’t know how,” store manager Jay Bilone said. Insured losses from the superstorm will likely total $5 billion to $10 billion, the forecasting firm Eqecat estimates. Insurance losses are typically a fraction of the overall cost. Chubb, Allstate and Travelers are the insurers most likely to suffer losses, said Greg Locraft, an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Those companies claim a major share of
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the affected areas. Economists expect actual property damages from Hurricane Sandy to exceed those caused last year by Hurricane Irene, which cost $15.8 billion. Irene had little effect on the nation’s growth. Sandy will likely be among the 10 costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. It would still be far below the worst — Hurricane Katrina, which cost $108 billion in 2005.
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