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ANZ bank sued for $150 Million 2 Solofa files appeal: Entrapment and sentencing error 6
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Most Reverend Vaopunimatagi John Quinn Weitzel – Bishop of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago at the awards ceremony hosted by the Boy Scouts where he received the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award and celebrated his 85th birthday. See story  [Photo: JL] inside.
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Chief Customs Officer placed on leave
Treasury investigating possible negligence
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Some tourists from the Sea Princess cruise ship were seen participating in the Fagatogo CCCAS church service during Mother’s Day celebrations, yesterday. The cruise ship was in [photo: AF] town for the day.
 “Failure to take actions on a “high risk” matter which was under your watch for a month and by not doing so, constitutes negligence in the performance of your duties as a Career Service member of the American Samoa Government,” said Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson in a letter sent to Chief Customs Officer, Glen Lefiti last Friday, informing him that he’s been placed on annual leave starting today. Samoa News obtained the letter, over the weekend. The letter placing Lefiti on leave, from the HR director, follows a recommendation by Treasurer Dr. Falema’o Phil M Pili, in a letter he sent to HR Director last Friday, in connection with an incident alleging that a customs agent walked out of the post office with a package, which K9 dogs had alerted to, refusing to allow on-duty customs officers to inspect it, as per usual customs procedures. Samoa News understands, Lefiti only informed the Treasurer of the incident on Thursday after Samoa News contacted Lefiti
for a comment regarding the incident. The Treasurer, confirmed with Samoa News that they are conducting an investigation into this matter, given the seriousness of the issue, however noted that he’s cautious about these things because they have to protect the integrity of what they are trying to do within Customs. The HR Director, in his letter to Lefiti, wrote that the incident was brought to his attention in writing by the Treasurer: that on or about April 3, 2013 at the Post Office, the Customs Officers were derelict in their duties in safeguarding the borders of our territories. “In the same letter, the Treasurer recommended that you, Mr. Glen Lefiti be placed on Annual Leave effective Monday, May 13, 2013 until further notice for not taking the alleged matter seriously in accordance with your responsibilities as Chief Customs Officer as evident by the following: “Properly informing your supervisors of the seriousness of the alleged incident, which is considered dereliction of your duties; “Failure to take actions on a “high risk” matter which was under your watch for a month
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Mothers from the Fagatogo CCJS Church performing a special skit during Mother’s Day celebrations yesterday morning at [photo: AF] their church.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
High-risk coordinator let go after failing background check
Mothers from the Pago Pago Seventh-day Adventist Church gave a special performance during their Mother’s Day celebrations, Saturday morning at their church in Pago Pago. [photo: AF]
Joseph James Casey, who was recently hired from off-island as the high-risk coordinator for the government’s High Risk Task Force, was ‘let go’ last month, April, after failing a background check that found misdemeanor and felony convictions. Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson, has confirmed this in response to Samoa News queries. Casey’s employment was terminated early last month; and last week upon learning about the termination, Samoa News sent queries to the governor’s Executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, who referred the queries to Human Resources Director.   In March, Governor Lolo Matalasi Molifa issued a memo establishing the High Risk Elimination Task Force, whose members are Education Department director Salu HunkinFinau, Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, Human Resources director Le’i Sonny Thompson, Chief Procurement Officer Ti’atalaga John Kruse and Budget Office director Catherine Aigamaua-Saelua, the Health Department and the Office of Property Management, and placing the Governor’s Legal Counsel, Steve Watson, as chairman of the task force. At the time, Casey’s role as high risk coordinator was announced.
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samoa news, Monday, May 13, 2013
ANZ bank sued for $150 Million
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
DOE director proposes a new ASG scholarship — for music
Department of Education director Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau plans to propose to the new scholarship board, which oversees the ASG scholarship program, to look at scholarships for local students to elevate their musical careers. Hunkin-Finau made the revelation during her brief remarks at last Thursday’s Secondary School Music Festival at Samoan High School Gymnasium. Her remarks came after the Tafuna High School choir sang an outstanding church song to open the annual festival and the choir’s singing brought loud applause from the audience. She says there is a lot of musical talent among students in American Samoa; and, as a member of the Scholarship Board, “I would like to initiate a scholarship specifically for music oriented students,” she said to another round of applause “... so we are not just singing for singing sake or competition, or for show, but we are singing with a qualification in terms of training,” she said. (Under local law, the DOE director is an exofficio board member.) “And I plan to propose that to the scholarship board that we set aside scholarship for music inclined students of American Samoa, especially the high school graduates. Hunkin-Finau also told the audience that she is a person who is involved in music and is very happy and in tune with several types of music. She says church music tops her list of the types of music she loves and enjoys the most. She said she has invited a Hawai’i educator, who will be working with the DOE teacher quality staff, “to join us so she can listen and be inspired with the talent that we have in American Samoa.” “I know she’s going to take the word back [to Hawai’i] because I will put up any of our choirs against the Kamehameha Schools choir in Hawai’i,” she said to loud applause from audience. Privately owned Kamehameha Schools is well know in Hawai’i for among other things, its fantastic high school choirs and holds an annual singing competition among the classes that is aired live on television in the Aloha State. DOE deputy director Philo Jennings announced during the music festival that Hunkin-Finau was able to pay her way through college in Hawai’i as an artist, performing and singing. He also says that she is a talented director when it comes to music.
Mrs. Tapa’i Tervola has filed a $150,000,000 lawsuit against ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank, on allegations of fraud, discrimination, forgery, identity theft, fraudulent concealment or non disclosure of material facts, negligent misrepresentation, predatory lending service, insurance fraud, usury law violation, unethical lending practice and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed yesterday through Mrs. Tervola’s attorney Matailupevao Leupolu Jr. According to the 18-page complaint, Tapa’i Tervola was married to Iupati Tervola who had since passed away and plaintiff is the duly appointed administrator for his estate. It’s alleged that her husband, Mr. Tervola, had a mortgage loan with ANZ and Mrs. Tervola applied to re-finance the loan, adding her name to the loan. According to Mrs. Tervola, she followed the necessary process for the application, which was denied by the ANZ bank. DISCRIMINATION Mrs. Tervola said that during the first week of July 2010, she and her husband paid a$100 fee for a Credit Loan Application which they both signed and turned in to the bank. Mr. Tervola was the primary applicant and this loan application was meant to refinance the existing loan, wherein ANZ denied “Plaintiff’s Civil Rights as a Consumer “to apply as a co/applicant on their credit application as a joint application to refinance with her husband. The complaint further states that the bank discriminated against the plaintiff because of her age, marital status, race, national origin, sex, and her rights under the Consumer Credit Protection Act, “by its action and conduct and their refusal to accept the Plaintiff as a co/applicant with her husband.” It states, “The defendant imposed discrimination acts and treatments on plaintiff based on all prohibited basis under the Civil Rights Act of 1983 and under the Consumer Credit Protection Act.” FRAUD According to the complaint, the bank intentionally discarded Mrs. Tervola and her husband’s authentic Credit Loan Application, and the bank reconstructed a counterfeited application with the full knowledge that the counterfeit application was false. ANZ intentionally pulled the plaintiff’s husband’s mailing address that was in their files and used it as the mailing address on the counterfeited application and discarded the mailing address of plaintiff and her husband on their joint refinanced application.
It’s also alleged that ANZ applied different information on the ‘false material’ that was not on the original application and the bank has in its custody and possession a copy of the original refinanced application from the plaintiff and her husband, which the plaintiff has obtained. Professional Forensic Handwritten Handwriting Analysis concluded that the plaintiff and her husband’s signatures were forged and the signatures on the counterfeit application were false says the complaint. FORGERY The complaint also states that the defendant copied the assets and liabilities of the plaintiff and her husband from their original refinanced application and made a false claim that the plaintiff signed that document at the bank because that is a statement of position not an actual loan. According to the complaint, Mrs Tervola, did not sign any document as claimed by the bank except their application — that no longer exists with the ANZ bank. IDENTITY THEFT According to the suit, the bank allegedly forged the plaintiff’s name on the assets and liabilities of their false and counterfeit application and this act by the bank has exposed the plaintiff to the world and outside credit bureaus by accessing her credit history and her life securities, life policy, free hold properties in Mapusaga, two residential and a vehicle and etc., even though the bank denied the application to refinance. The bank allegedly has filed a claim against the plaintiff’s assets as part of the estate to pay for plaintiff’s husband’s debt owed to them. FRAUDALENT CONCEALMENT OR NON DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL FACTS It’s alleged that the bank is also the custodian of the Counterfeited Application which they now claim as the only application submitted and initiated by the plaintiff’s husband and the plaintiff was not named in the application and no one at the bank erased the plaintiff’s name. The complaint also states that the plaintiff filed a complaint with the Local Consumer Protection and later filed a complaint with the FDIC for help in which the bank submitted the Counterfeit Application to the FIDC and claimed it to be an Authentic Application with the plaintiff not named on the said Counterfeited Application. The FDIC took this act of the bank in consideration, and finalized its decision based on the bank’s submission that the plaintiff was not
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Family and friends cele- Samoa Sporex Inc. Happy Mother’s Day brate Dave Brubeck’s life
NEW YORK (AP) — A celebration of Dave Brubeck’s life and music turned into an ode to joy as family, friends and fans paid tribute to the groundbreaking pianist and composer who became the best known ambassador of jazz to the world. Brubeck died Dec. 5, a day before his 92nd birthday, and a private funeral was held near his home in Wilton, Conn., shortly afterward. On Saturday afternoon, the only Brubeck family sponsored tribute took place before more than 2,000 people at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine featuring performances by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole and other jazz stars. Former President Bill Clinton, in a statement read by Brubeck’s longtime manager Russell Gloyd, recalled being “utterly captivated” at age 15 after hearing Brubeck’s quartet in concert and then going home to play “Take Five” until his lips gave out. “I consider myself lucky to have known Dave and to have experienced his music in such a profound way,” Clinton said. Iola Brubeck, the pianist’s wife of 70 years and lyricist, opened the tribute by acknowledging the hundreds of letters she had received from people throughout the word in the five months since her husband’s death. “I noticed that one word ‘joy’ kept coming into those letters over and over,” she said. “They expressed the deep joy his music had brought to their lives. I hope that this afternoon we can capture some of that joy.” Daughter Catherine Brubeck Yaghsizian shared warm memories of how her tired father would return home from a tour and relax by holding a jam session with his growing sons. She’d take part as a toddler by wriggling into a blue tutu her mother had given her and “twirling around trying to dance to the crazy time signatures.” Her dancing inspired her father to write “Kathy’s Waltz,” which ended up on his double-platinum 1959 album, “Time Out,” which experimented with using odd time signatures in jazz. She then introduced her four musician brothers — Darius (piano), Chris (electric bass), Dan (drums) and Michael (cello), who performed “Kathy’s Waltz” and would appear in different configurations throughout the program. Darius Brubeck recalled his father’s 1958 State Department tour that he said “inspired a lasting interest in music from other cultures.” Alto saxophonist Paul Winter and flutist Deepak Ram then performed Brubeck’s “Koto Song” based on a Japanese scale, and later trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera were the soloists on “The Golden Horn,” which used a modal-like theme characteristic of Turkish music. The most emotional moment came when bassist Eugene Wright, who turns 90 this month and is the last surviving member of the classic Brubeck quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello — took the stage. Host Mark Ruffin of Sirius XM recalled the dignity displayed by the African-American bassist as the Brubeck quartet challenged racial segregation in the 1950s. Wright performed a duet with Darius Brubeck on “King For A Day,” a song written by Dave and Iola Brubeck for Louis Armstrong for their 1962 musical “The Real Ambassadors,” which dealt with allegations of hypocrisy for the State Department using jazz musicians as symbols of democracy while the civil rights struggle was raging at home. Brubeck and Wright performed that same tune during a performance at the 1988 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow, which U.S. diplomats credited with helping break the ice at a tense moment in arms control negotiations. The audience was also treated to a sneak preview of a recently discovered tape of Tony Bennett and Brubeck performing the standard “There Will Never Be Another You” at a 1962 White House-sponsored concert that will be released on CD this month. Bennett told the audience that on those few occasions he performed with Brubeck, “it was always spontaneous, always unexpected and never to be forgotten.” Other musical highlights included husband-and-wife pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes doing a fourhanded version of “The Duke,” Brubeck’s tribute to mentors Duke Ellington and French composer Darius Milhaud; saxophonist Marsalis tenderly performing the romantic ballad “For Iola”; and pianist Corea doing a solo version of “Strange Meadowlark,” a lesserknown tune from the “Time Out” album that Corea recorded with Gary Burton
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Eni says CEDS lacks info to implement territory’s economic strategy
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
A sign rests in front of a home Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, who allegedly held three women captive for nearly a decade, is charged with rape and kidnapping.
Ryan Seacrest becoming Telemundo kingmaker
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest will produce a new music series for the Spanish-speaking Telemundo network that will feature two established artists competing against each other for the audience’s vote. The format for “Superstar Showdown” has been successful in other countries. Emilio Romano, president of Telemundo Media, said he’s hoping the “American Idol” host will use his connections and leverage to attract talent. The network hasn’t publicly set a start date for the series. Telemundo announced several of its programming plans for next season on Sunday. The network usually gets less than half of the audience of the dominant Univision, but has become more aggressive with the backing of corporate parent NBC Universal. Telemundo had its highest ratings ever during the first three months of 2013. “We’ve been the underdog for so many years and we’ve been given the mission to fight and fight hard,” Romano said. Telemundo will air five new telenovelas next season. The prime-time soap operas, stuffed with melodrama and romance, are generally the programming backbone for Spanish-speaking networks. One new series, “Camelia la Tejana,” is based on a popular song and features a young woman trying to escape from one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords. Romano said he hopes Telemundo can distinguish itself from its competition by creating telenovelas specifically with the U.S. market in mind, instead of remaking series that originated in other countries. He hopes they will speak more to an American audience concerned about immigration issues and nostalgic for the countries they left behind. One example he gave was last year’s remake of the movie “Maid in Manhattan.” Telemundo also announced the creation of a Los Angelesbased production studio, Fluency, that will produce content for Latinos in the U.S in both Spanish and English. Telemundo is expanding its sports coverage. The weekly show, “Titulares y Mas,” will begin airing all weeknights at 11:35 p.m. The network will also start a daytime game show that pits youngsters against adults.
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Congressman Faleomavaega Eni says American Samoa’s economic strategic report lacks critical information in the implementation phase of the strategy and has called for territorial leaders to work on making this report a priority with two recommended changes. The territory’s 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report was submitted in March this year by the ASG Territorial Planning Commission and the local Department of Commerce to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for approval, he said. However, Faleomavaega says the CEDS lacks critical information in the implementation of the strategy and this was cited in a May 10 letter to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Copies of the letter were also sent to Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, DOC director and the Fono leadership. Faleomavaega explained that the purpose of a CEDS is to serve as a guide to establish local economic development goals and implement a plan of action to achieve those goals. He pointed to federal regulations, which state in part that the economic development strategy must be part of a “continuous process” involving the active participation of private sector representatives, public officials and private citizens. Malcolm McPhee and Associates was awarded early last year the ASG contract for a new draft CEDS plan funded by the EDA. Local business man Lewis Wolman was subcontracted by Malcolm McPhee and Associates for work that included meeting with government and private sectors officials as well as lawmakers and others in the community to get input for the CEDS, which is required by EDA to qualify American Samoa for economic development grants and technical assistance. According to the congressman, EDA awarded a $60,000 grant to ASG in 2010 to prepare the CEDS, but it’s “unfortunate” the previous administration waited until May of last year to start preparation. Additionally EDA states that it takes one year to collect the necessary data to prepare the CEDS. “Despite the hard work of many dedicated professionals in our territory in preparing the report, the limited time given to prepare the report affected their ability to fully develop our strategic objectives and provide a detailed roadmap to accomplish those objectives,” he said. Faleomavaega says the report likely met the minimum requirements required by the EDA but additional time to prepare the report would have resulted in a development plan that provides “clear guidance on what steps to take to develop our economy.” He said the 2013 CEDS “could be improved with two changes. One is greater
public outreach; the other is a detailed economic road map.” In order to build a comprehensive economic development strategy report, Faleomavaega says it is necessary to gather a wide range of opinions from the public and private sector on how to improve the economy. He noted that the public outreach for the 2013 CEDS began too late in the process. Example of gathering wide range of public and private sector opinion is by holding “town hall meetings” where the community can provide input, he Congressman suggested in a separate news release last Friday afternoon in announcing the letter sent to the Governor. In his letter, Faleomavaega also suggested that in a follow up report, it’s important to not only conduct interviews of selected individuals and post newspaper ads, but also hold public meetings to allow the public and business owners to provide recommendations and feed back. Faleomavaega said a “more detailed economic roadmap would help in assuring that our economic goals are met.” He said the CEDS had many examples of strategic projects, but there was only a general plan of action not a step by step process to make the strategic plan a reality. “For example, we have known for years that we need to diversify our economy because it is increasingly difficult to maintain our tuna industry given the pressures of globalization and competition with international markets,” he said. “There is a need for a plan of action that would detail how the local and federal governments, business community and residents can work together to diversify the economy,” Faleomavaega said. He went on to point out that the 2002 federal report, “Transforming the Economy of American Samoa” chartered by the U.S Interior Department is an excellent description of the territory’s economy. He also says the 2002 report mentions many of the same economic barriers and proposals as found in the 2013 CEDS. “It is critical to look at the reasons why the proposals in the 2002 report were not implemented, so we do not repeat the same mistakes of the past when implementing the 2013 CEDS,” he said. Additionally, the 2002 report, like the 2013 CEDS, provided a warning of the elimination of tax incentives, free trade agreements and rising minimum wage as threatening to the tuna industry in American Samoa. Faleomavaega pointed out that the potential loss of the tuna industry should have served as a sense of urgency for the territory to develop additional industries,
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Review of companies with tax exemptions
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Among the mandates Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given the reconstituted ASG Tax Exemption Board is to review companies with tax exemptions to determine the purpose of the exemption and the impact of the company’s economic contribution to local economic development, says ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, chairman of the board, which is set to meet early next month. The new board was appointed in March this year and the governor had shared with directors during a cabinet meeting last month the need for the board and the government to develop local businesses thereby creating jobs in American Samoa. Asked what are the mandates the governor gave to the new board, Dr. Falema’o told Samoa News that the mandates include but are not limited to: • Determining ways to assist current and new businesses to help them flourish without compromising our economic revenues stream; • Reviewing all companies with current tax exemptions to determine how they are aligning with the purpose of the granted exemption, and how they are of an impact in terms of economic contribution to our economic development; and • Other areas that we might bridge the development of business with government’s direction on business development. “We will be meeting on June 5 and we will then set the course of our mandate,” said the Treasurer responding to Samoa News questions. Asked what is the planned work for the new board — for its priorities, he said, “We will review the established policies as set forth by the previous board and move forward to establish new standard operating policies consistent with the statute, review all tax exemptions, and review new applications.” At last month’s cabinet meeting, the governor said that he had asked Dr. Falema’o and the board to “to sit down and look into exemptions, giving our people, our businesses a chance to grow.” Asked what actions has the board taken so far to address this issue raised by the governor, he said, “I don’t think its an issue, but it is an underpinning mandate, which we as a board will be using to guide our direction.” As to the pending number of new applications seeking tax exemptions and the number of applicants seeking renewals, the Treasurer said the board has not reached that point of its work, “but do I know we have not receive any new applications nor any renewals.” He reiterated that the board’s first meeting is scheduled for the 5th of June “to primarily plan out our direction moving forward as a board.” Additionally, he couldn’t release the total number of companies holding tax exemption certificates because “we have not met as a board.” Over the years, local residents, lawmakers and many in the private sector have wanted to know how many companies have tax exemption certificates and how they were granted the exemptions when other businesses had not been successful in securing this benefit. With a new administration at the helm of government, many private sector representatives are eager to see if the Lolo Administration will be more transparent on tax exemptions especially since Lolo had campaigned for transparency and accountability during last year’s campaign. Another strong campaign point for the Lolo team was to work closely with the private sector, in order for them to flourish and the governor has made it clear during his public speeches that he will do so.
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Appellate defense attorney for Paul Solofa has alleged that a federal agent entrapped the former Education Department official into giving advice to a government informant, who was not yet investigated by the feds regarding the DOE school bus spare parts scheme during a recorded conversion ordered by the FBI. Erik R. Zimmerman of the Washington D.C based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, in a 68-page appeal motion filed last week with the federal appeal’s court in Washington D.C. outlined two main issues of the defense’s appeal. Solofa was convicted more than a year ago by a Washington D.C. federal jury for witness tampering and obstruction of justice relating to the spare parts scheme at the DOE school bus compound. He was sentenced to 35 months in prison, and is currently serving his time at the federal detention center in Honolulu. The defense contends that it was recorded conversations between Solofa and the government’s informant Oscar Mayer in April 2009 that resulted in the charges and conviction. (Solofa was never charged for his role in the scheme in which he received thousands of dollars worth of kick-backs.) And it was also these conversions, ordered and monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that was the main focus of the government’s court filings and press statement announcing that Solofa was indicted by a grant jury. Mayer is the owner of Pacific Products, that provided spare parts for the scheme and has yet to be charged or indicted in the spare parts scheme. Former school bus supervisor Gustav Nauer who was also involved in the scheme pled guilty under a plea with prosecutor and is currently serving time in jail. Zimmerman argued that the “unjust” result of this case and conviction of his client should be overturned for two reasons. (Samoa News should point out that Solofa had a different defense attorney prior and during trial) ENTRAPMENT Firstly, said Zimmerman, Solofa’s conviction should be vacated because his Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel was violated when his trial counsel failed to raise an “entrapment defense”. He contends that the evidence establishes that, to the extent that Solofa attempted to commit witness tampering and obstruction of justice, he “was induced to do so by Mayer, a government informant, who approached Solofa long after his alleged involvement in the underlying kickback scheme had ended and pleaded with Solofa for advice regarding an FBI interview and grand jury subpoena that were wholly imaginary.” (Based on court documents and depositions, the defense said Solofa, Mayer, and Nauer, allegedly participated in that scheme in 2003, after which Solofa withdrew, and Mayer and Nauer continued the scheme without him until 2006. At the time of the scheme, Solofa was the DOE chief financial officer) The evidence also does not suggest, as the government would have been required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt if Solofa’s trial counsel had raised the defense of entrapment, that Solofa was predisposed to tamper with a witness or obstruct justice had he simply been left to his own devices, he said.
“To the contrary, Solofa attempted to commit those offenses only after the government decided to ‘generate conversation’ by inventing a fake investigation of Mayer,” Zimmerman argued. “Because Solofa reasonably could have secured a full acquittal on entrapment grounds, it was both unreasonable and prejudicial for counsel to fail to raise that defense, and a new trial is required,” he said. Zimmerman did note that the government filed a pretrial motion to preclude Solofa from raising an entrapment defense because, in the government’s view, the evidence did not support that defense. At the pretrial hearing on that motion, Solofa’s trial counsel stated that she did not intend to refer to entrapment in her opening statement and that she was not “asking for an entrapment instruction at [that] point,” but that she would ask for an entrapment instruction “[i]f, during the course of the trial, it becomes appropriate.” During trial, which commenced in January of last year, Zimmerman said the trial attorney for the defendant didn’t call any witnesses. The defense trial attorney argued in closing that Solofa did not make any statements with the wrongful intent that is necessary to violate federal law and instead provided Mayer with honest advice. However, the defense trial attorney didn’t raise an entrapment defense or request a jury instruction on entrapment, said Zimmerman. SENTENCING GUIDELINES The second reason for the appeal deals with the lengthy jail term handed down for Solofa, who got more jail time than Nauer, who was sentenced to 25 months in prison, despite the fact that Nauer and Mayer continued the scheme from 2003 to 2006, said Zimmerman. He argued that Solofa’s sentence should be vacated because the federal district court committed plain error when it increased Solofa’s sentence based on the cross reference in provisions of the federal sentencing guidelines. He explained that the cross reference provides that a defendant should be sentenced as an accessory after the fact only “[i]f the offense involved obstructing the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense.” “Because Mayer was already a government informant when Solofa spoke with him in April 2009, however, the government does not and cannot allege that Solofa actually obstructed a real criminal investigation during those conversations,” Zimmerman argued. “At most, Solofa is alleged to have attempted to obstruct a fictitious criminal investigation of Mayer,” he noted. Thus, the cross reference used for sentencing Solofa is inapplicable by its own terms, and the district court plainly erred when it applied that provision to Solofa, he said. “Absent this error, Solofa’s sentencing guidelines range would have been only 15 to 21 months — far below the sentence of 35 months that the district court imposed. The court’s error was therefore highly prejudicial, and Solofa should be re-sentenced,” he argued. CONCLUSION Zimmerman said the appeal’s court “should vacate Solofa’s conviction and sentence and order a new trial and re-sentencing.” “At a minimum, the [appeal’s] court should remand for further proceedings regarding Solofa’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel,” he added.
Pope Francis gives church hundreds of new saints
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday gave the Catholic Church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonization ceremony Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square. The “Martyrs of Otranto” were 813 Italians who were slain in the southern Italian city in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity. Their approval for sainthood was decided upon by Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, in a decree read at the ceremony in February where the former pontiff announced his retirement. Shortly after his election in March, Francis called for more dialogue with Muslims, and it was unclear how the granting of sainthood to the martyrs would be received. Islam is a sensitive subject for the church, and Benedict stumbled significantly in his relations with the Muslim community. The first pontiff from South America also gave Colombia its first saint: a nun who toiled as a teacher and spiritual guide to indigenous people in the 20th century. With Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos among the VIPS, the Argentine pope held out Laura of St. Catherine of Siena Montoya y Upegui as a potential source of inspiration to the country’s peace process, attempted after decades-long conflict between rebels and government forces. Francis prayed that “Colombia’s beloved children continue to work for peace and just development of the country.” He also canonized another Latin American woman. Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, a Mexican who dedicated herself to nursing the sick, helped Catholics avoid persecution during a government crackdown on the faith in the 1920s. Also known as Mother Lupita, she hid the Guadalajara archbishop in an eye clinic for more than a year after fearful local Catholic families refused to shelter him. Francis prayed that the new Mexican saint’s intercession could help the nation “eradicate all the violence and insecurity,” an apparent reference to years of bloodshed and other crime largely linked to powerful drug trafficking clans. Francis told the crowd that the martyrs are a source of inspiration, especially for “so many Christians, who, right in these times and in so many parts of the world, still suffer violence.” He prayed that they receive “the courage of loyalty and to respond to evil with good.” The pope didn’t single out any country. But Christian churches have been attacked in Nigeria and Iraq, and Catholics in China loyal to the Vatican have been subject to harassment and sometimes jail over the last decades. Christians in Saudi Arabia must worship out of the public eye because the ultraconservative kingdom does not officially permit churches and non-Muslim religious sites. Francis, the first pope from the Jesuit order, which is known for its missionary zeal, praised the Colombian saint for “instilling hope” in the indigenous people. He said she taught them in a way that “respected their culture.” Many Catholic missionaries over the centuries have been criticized for demanding natives renounce local traditions the outsiders viewed as primitive. The pope also hailed the Mexican saint for renouncing a comfortable life to work with the sick and poor, even kneeling on the bare floor of the hospital before the patients to serve them with “tenderness and compassion.” Mother Lupita’s example, said Francis, should encourage people not to “get wrapped up in themselves, their own problems, their own ideas, their own interests, but to go out and meet those who need attention, comprehension, help” and other assistance. After shaking hands with the prelates and VIPS in the front rows at the end of the Mass, Francis shed his ceremonial vestments. Wearing a plain white cassock, he climbed into an open white popemobile to ride up and down the security paths surrounding the crowd of more than 60,000. He stopped to pat children on the head, kiss babies and bantered in his native Spanish with some at the edge of the crowd. Francis noted that the crowd included participants in an antiabortion march of several thousand people, who walked a few kilometers (miles) from the Colosseum, crossing a bridge over the Tiber river to end near the Vatican while Mass was being celebrated in St. Peter’s Square. He drew attention to a signature-gathering drive in many Italian churches to push for a European initiative to “guarantee legal protection for embryos, protecting every human being from the first instant of existence.” Vatican teaching forbids abortion.
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The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) issues a Request for Proposal from qualified firms to provide a: Termite and Pest Control Services for specified ASPA Facilities A complete RFP package may be picked up from the ASPA Materials Management Office located in the ASPA Tafuna Compound. You may also view this online on the ASPA website: www.aspower.com. Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 10:00 am local time, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Materials Management Office located in ASPA Tafuna Power Plant Compound. Any proposal received ater the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as being non-responsive. For more information about this RFP, please contact the following person(s): Ms. Jeanette Poasa Procurement Specialist Materials Management tel. 684.699.3057 jeanette@aspower.com The American Samoa Power Authority reserves the right to: 1. Reject all proposals and reissue a new or amended RFP; 2. Request additional information from any Offeror; 3. Select an offeror for award based on other than “least cost” (e.g. accessibility of property offered by public road, condition of property leveled); 4. Negotiate a contract with the Offeror that is selected for award; and/or 5. Waive any non-material violations of rules set up in this RFP at its sole discretion. APPROVED FOR ISSUANCE: Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director, ASPA
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VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A day before a 12-yearold boy was arrested for the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, his mother described him as “protective” of his younger sibling. Leila Fowler’s killing last month shook the quiet community of Valley Springs, southeast of Sacramento, and set off an intense manhunt. Her brother was in the home at the time and told police he saw a man run from the scene. Days later, the boy appeared with his father and stepmother at a vigil for his sister. On Friday, as speculation in the community built that perhaps the boy was involved, his biological mother told Sacramento television station KOVR her son “could never hurt his sister.” “I’ve never seen him be mean to her,” said Priscilla Rodriquez. Less than a day later, police delivered the stunning news: The 12-year-old boy had been arrested and will be charged with homicide. For a community still reeling from the killing, the news was another blow. “It’s bad enough to lose a child. I can’t imagine losing a child by one of my own children,” Patti Campbell, a longtime area resident and owner of Campbell’s Country Kitchen, told The Associated Press. Campbell, a resident of the area for 33 years and the operator of the Valley Springs restaurant for 15 of them, said she had served Leila and her family in her restaurant. “It’s just shocking. I don’t know what else to say,” Campbell said. Other residents in the community of about 7,400 people expressed similar feelings of disbelief. “I did not want to believe it. You kind of thought so, but it’s not something you want to believe,” resident Tammy Ainsworth told Sacramento’s KCRA-TV. Aaron Plunk, a neighbor of Fowler’s, said the arrest was staggering but he could rest easier now. He said he and his family had been extra vigilant about locking windows and doors, even though the street was being closely guarded by deputies. “I think we were the safest house in the county,” Plunk told the Modesto Bee. Plunk’s mother, Carla Plunk, said she had been scared enough to arm herself. “It the first time I ever held a gun,” she said. Calaveras Unified School District Superintendent Mark Campbell said counselors will be available Monday at all schools. The district “stands ready to provide whatever level of support and assistance is necessary to the Fowler family” and the community at large, he said Sunday. Police released no information about what led them to arrest the unidentified 12-year-old for the April 27 attack. Following the crime, investigators did a door-to-door sweep of homes, storage sheds and horse stables scattered across the oak-studded hills foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Divers also searched two nearby reservoirs in search of clues. Leila’s brother told police he found his sister’s body and encountered an intruder in the home while their parents were at a Little League game. He described the man as tall with long gray hair. A neighbor told detectives she saw a man flee the home, but she later recanted the story. Police said there was no sign of a burglary or robbery. As part of the investigation, authorities seized several knives from the Fowler home, where Leila lived with her father, stepmother and siblings. Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said authorities spent more than 2,000 hours on the investigation before they arrested the boy at 5:10 p.m. Saturday.
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PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — More than 70 law enforcement officers were part of the ongoing hunt Sunday for a Northern California man wanted in the killing of his wife and two young daughters. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said SWAT teams from three counties, federal officials and local police continued to search through the rugged terrain of California’s remote North Coast for Shane Franklin Miller.On Saturday two helicopters and an armored vehicle joined the effort. Miller, 45, is suspected of slaying his family Tuesday night in the rural community of Shingletown, then fleeing to Humboldt County, where low fog and dense brush offer plenty of cover. Miller — who is considered armed and extremely dangerous — grew up in the area and knows the thick forests of the region very well, officials said. Authorities were searching for Miller through a wilderness area, much of it federal land, with poor roads and limited access. Area residents were being asked to report any break-ins or other unusual activities. They were also being asked to stay inside once night falls and to keep their doors locked. Investigators have recovered Miller’s pickup truck after it was found abandoned Wednesday night near Petrolia, about 200 miles west of the home that Miller shared with his wife, Sandy, 34, and daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 5.
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Boy Scouts honor Bishop Weitzel with Distinguished Citizen Award
Ceremony takes place at 85th birthday celebration
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter   Last Friday night was a double celebration for Vaopunimatagi John Quinn Weitzel, Bishop of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, who received the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award on his 85th birthday. The ceremony took place at the Tradewinds Hotel poolside. Prior to announcing the award, the Boy Scouts played a video of the life of Bishop Weitzel, along with messages from his sisters off island, which surprised the Bishop. “The life of the honoree provides a model for our youth and serves to inspire the acceptance of responsibility, instilling leadership, and foster care for values and principals emphasized in the scouting program,” was the essence of the keynote address delivered by House Representative Larry Sanitoa, an official with the Boy Scouts. Among the guests who attended were the Catholic family of priests, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and his wife, Pohakalani Mauga, First Lady Cynthia Moliga and old Boy Scouts members. Explaining why the Boy Scouts are involved with a citizenship award Rep. Sanitoa said, “The Boy Scouts has provided citizenship training for over a century – and Scouting has, through all these years, provided our young people with character development programs, which exist to develop ethical behavior, self-reliance, and concern and care for others.” This is the second Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Boy Scouts since its establishment in American Samoa in 1938. The award recognizes noteworthy and exceptional leadership of citizens in communities throughout the United States of America.  In his keynote speech, Rep. Sanitoa gave a synopsis of Bishop Weitzel’s noteworthy achievements, including his work with the Boy Scouts of American Samoa. Sanitoa noted that His Excellency is the first bishop-elect for the Samoa-Pago Pago Diocese, “after the Diocese was constituted by the Apostolic See on September 10th 1982 as Suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Samoa – Apia and Tokelau.” “He is of the Maryknoll Society of Foreign Missions; at the time before his appointment, he was the Parish Priest of Falealupo and Vicar in the island of Savai’i and he was recognized for his good qualities and talents, consciousness of the care and the untiring zeal displayed in the apostolate, an example of which he gave in administering his Parish of Falealupo,” Sanitoa noted. Bishop Weitzel, was born in River Forest, Illinois on May 10, 1928, he’s one of four children born to Carl & Patricia Quinn Weitzel – 3 boys and a girl and he was ordained Priest on June 11, 1955, at the age of 27, for the then 44-year old Catholic Foreign Mission Society in America, popularly known as the Maryknoll Missionaries.  He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Education and a Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.  “His motto in everything he does is to – ‘Do everything with Love’, or as he always states it in Samoan ‘Faia mea Uma I le Alofa’.” According to the Boy Scouts official and House rep: Since Bishop Weitzel’s consecration in 1986, the Catholic population has grown from 8,000 to 16,000 members as of 2010 and that is about 21% of the total population in the territory — with 21 ordained priests and 31 deacons serving 18 catholic parishes in the territory.  He’s the President of the Board of Consulters for the Diocesan Pastoral Council; the Development Council, Board of Trustees for the Corporation; Catholic Education Board; Hope House Board; Diocesan Finance Board; the Land Board; and the Catholic Social Services Board. He is also the Spiritual Chaplain for the Hope House, Montessori School and the Eucharistic League and presiding Judge of the Matrimonial Court for the Diocese of Samoa - Pago Pago. In addition, he is a member of the Conference of CEPAC Bishops, and has received outstanding achievements and was recognized in the 2010 Edition of Who’s Who in America. In helping develop the youth of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, Bishop Weitzel was instrumental in establishing and continues to be a strong supporter of the Fatuoaiga Youth Band – whom he believes and always claims to be the Number One Band in the Territory.  “The Pope John Paul Youth Center in Malaeloa was established as a fulfillment of one of his many dreams to have a place for the youth for sports and various activities. The center was built after the Tsunami in 2009 and has since become the new grounds for St. Theresa Elementary School when the school’s original facility was damaged by the Tsunami.”    Sanitoa said, “These are just some of the major projects that he personally sought financial assistance to make a reality.  Significantly, and attributed to his love for the young people of the Diocese, he is a very proud advocate and supporter of the many young boys and girls who are today in the Boy and Girl Scouts of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago.” In presenting the award Sanitoa quoted the New Testament – First Epistle of St. Peter, Chapter 4, verse 10:   As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. “Tonight (Friday), we salute a true pillar of strength in the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago — our good steward and honoree for his distinguished and honorable career as a public servant and church leader,” concluded Sanitoa. The Bishop thanked the Boy Scouts for the award and noted that he too was a Boy Scout and they held meetings in a basement of a Church. “I can’t thank you enough for all the Scouts have done and continue to do,” he said. The Bishop also urged girls to join the Girl Scouts noting these scouting programs are good and educational for boys and girls.
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An elderly woman cries during a candle light vigil at the Fatima Sanctuary in Fatima, center Portugal, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Every year on May 12 and 13, thousands of Catholic faithfuls pilgrimage to Fatima’s Sanctuary where it is believed the Virgin Mary was witnessed by three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco on May 13, 1917.
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Bangladesh plans to raise pay for garment workers
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s government plans to raise the minimum wage for garment workers after the deaths of more than 1,100 people in the collapse of a factory building focused attention on the textile industry’s dismal pay and hazardous working conditions. A new minimum wage board will issue recommendations for pay raises within three months, Textiles Minister Abdul Latif Siddiky said Sunday. The Cabinet will then decide whether to accept those proposals. The wage board will include representatives of factory owners, workers and the government, he said. The April 24 building collapse was one of the world’s worst industrial disasters and has raised alarm about conditions in Bangladesh’s powerful textile industry that supplies retailers globally. Working conditions in the $20 billion industry are grim, a result of government corruption, desperation for jobs, and industry indifference. Minimum wages for garment workers were last raised by 80 percent to 3,000 takas ($38) a month in 2010 following protests by workers. Rescue workers said 1,125 bodies had been recovered by late Sunday from the ruins of the fallen Rana Plaza building, which housed five garment factories employing thousands of workers. Teams were using hydraulic cranes, bulldozers, shovels and iron cutters to uncover bodies more than two weeks after the eightstory building collapsed. “We are still removing the rubble very carefully as dead bodies are still coming up,” said Maj. Moazzem Hossain, a rescue team leader. Hossain said they are trying to identify badly decomposed bodies by their identity cards. “If we get the ID cards with the bodies then we are lucky,” he said. On Friday, the search teams received a much-needed morale boost when they found a seamstress who survived under the rubble for 17 days on dried food and bottled and rain water. More than 2,500 survivors were rescued soon after the collapse, but until 19-year-old Reshma Begum was found the crews had gone nearly two weeks without discovering anyone alive. Doctors said she was improving after treatment for dehydration, insomnia, stress and weakness. The Rana Plaza owner and eight other people, including garment factory owners, have been detained in the collapse investigation. Authorities say the building owner added floors to the structure illegally and allowed the factories to install heavy equipment that the building was not designed to support. The Textiles Ministry has also begun a series of factory inspections and has ordered about 22 closed temporarily for violating safety and working standards.
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Obama to name Crocker to broadcast governing board WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will nominate former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker to the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The independent agency oversees U.S.-supported, civilian international broadcasts such as the Voice of America. Crocker cited health issues when he retired last year after serving three decades in world hotspots, most recently in Afghanistan. The Arabic speaker came out of retirement in 2011 to oversee the embassy in Afghanistan at Obama’s request. Crocker also was in charge of embassies in Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Syria. He pleaded guilty last November to a reduced charge of reckless driving after an accident in Washington state’s Spokane Valley. He originally faced a drunken driving charge after colliding with a semitrailer at an intersection, then driving away as a witness followed him. LA-area father arrested after death of baby girl NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his 6-month-old daughter. Sheriff’s officials said in a statement Sunday that the girl had been left in the care of her father Eduardo Orozco in a home in the Whittier area on May 5 when she was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The statement says the child had apparent blunt-force injuries, and homicide detectives began an investigation that led to Orozco’s arrest on Saturday night. No further details on the investigation have been released. Orozco was being held without bail at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station. Deputies reached by phone did not know if he had hired an attorney. 6.5 earthquake hits Tonga DENVER (AP) — A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has hit the Pacific island nation of Tonga, but no tsunami warning has been issued. The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center says the quake hit shortly after 20:46 GMT Saturday. The quake struck 218 miles (353 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Nuku’alofa. It occurred 127 miles (205 kilometers) below the surface. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a warning.
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Va. FBI agent arrested in wife’s shooting death FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — An FBI agent who told police in Virginia that he fatally shot his estranged wife last month has been charged in her death. Media outlets say 43-year-old Arthur Gonzales was charged Friday with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the April 19 shooting death of Julie Serna Gonzales. Stafford sheriff’s office spokesman Bill Kennedy says Gonzales turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m. He is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. During a recorded 911 call, Gonzales told the dispatcher his wife attacked him with a knife and that he had to shoot her. He works as a supervisory special agent and instructor at the bureau’s National Academy at Quantico. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney. Father of slain teen sues Vallejo police VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The father of a 17-year-old robbery suspect shot and killed by Vallejo police last year has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Michael Huey’s lawsuit claims his son was shot while his hands were in the air and he was shouting “don’t shoot”. Police say Jared Huey was shot by two officers in June 2012 after he pulled a handgun when they tried to arrest him. Officers said the suspect ignored orders to drop the weapon and then pointed it at them. In a video posted online, officers are seen approaching a fence and shouting is heard, followed by a barrage of at least 15 rounds. The teen is never seen. The suit seeks unspecified damages. Police: skull in recycling likely homicide victim OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police say a human head found in a load of recycling debris at a facility in Oakland probably came from outside the city and may have been that of a homicide victim. Investigators tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the person apparently had been dead for months or years. Workers at California Waste Solutions dis(Continued on page 12)
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WEST, Texas (AP) — Three days after a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, Bryce Reed climbed onto a coffee table at a local hotel where displaced families picked over donated sweatshirts and pizza. Wearing a navy blue shirt emblazoned with “West EMS,” he gathered the crowd close. “You’re safe where you’re at,” said Reed, describing an anhydrous ammonia leak inside the rubble at the West Fertilizer Co. plant. “If you’re not, I’d be dragging you out of here myself.” Hearty applause echoed in the lobby when Reed stepped down. But no one had asked Reed to come, and in a town swarming with federal and state investigators — who had handled all the official briefings and tightly controlled updates — a local volunteer paramedic was now talking about seeping tanks at the blast site. And now there’s a question of whether Reed was even still a paramedic in West at the time. On Friday, the same day Reed was arrested on charges that authorities stressed had not been linked to the deadly blast, documents showed he had been “let go” from the town’s emergency response squad the day before the hotel speech and just two days after the blast. Reed, 31, was charged with possessing bombmaking material. His arrest came the same day Texas law enforcement officials announced a criminal investigation into the massive April 17 explosion. Authorities allege Reed possessed canisters that included a lighter, a digital scale, a plastic spoon and “several pounds of chemical powders” in separate bags. But investigators said they have not linked Reed, or the federal charge he’s facing, to the blast that killed 14 people, including 10 firefighters and paramedics. Still, his arrest was drawing attention in part because in the days following the blast, Reed didn’t duck attention in West. He gave lengthy interviews to reporters, while other emergency responders didn’t want to talk. At the Czech Inn along Interstate 35, his wife, Brittany, was a constant presence, always in motion organizing relief efforts and guiding the displaced to what they needed. Reed was no longer part of West EMS on April 19, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press that was sent by a regional EMS organization, the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council, to the state health officials. In an interview outside the Czech Inn on April 21, Reed talked about being sick and facing his own mortality. He said lost 60 pounds in five months, and that doctors couldn’t pinpoint the source of his ailing stomach despite performing 26 biopsies. He also described Cyrus Reed, one of the West firefighters who died in the blast, as his brother though the men weren’t related. He said Cyrus Reed worked at Hunting Titan,
Paramedic vocal after Texas blast facing charges
A Filipino man enters the first vote of his precinct at a school used as a voting center during mid-term elections at a school in Manila, Philippines on Monday, May 13, 2013. The country is electing local officials from senators to congressmen and down to municipal mayors during Mon(AP Photo/Aaron Favila) day’s mid-term elections.
which manufactured explosives in nearby Milford for oil and gas companies, and would have known the dangers of the ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia inside the West plant. When talking about what might have caused the blast, Reed fumed. “I will avenge this. This will get right. I don’t care what it takes. I will get square,” Reed said at the time. “There’s one thing about Texas, that Texans understand: People talk about law and order. Well, welcome to Texas. We believe in justice. I’m going to get my justice. Period.” Reed’s full-time job was 60 miles away in Dallas, where Children’s Medical Center of Dallas confirmed Friday that he had worked at the hospital as a paramedic since January. But on the career networking website LinkedIn, what appears to be Reed’s personal page suggests an unusual job history. For seven years, Reed purportedly worked as vice president of a music label that managed artists on tour. From 2000 through 2002, Reed said he was a systems analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. State health records show that Reed became a certified paramedic in 2005. Following Reed’s arrest, the Department of State Health Services opened a regulatory investigation into Reed’s license and removed him from the roster of the West EMS, spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. On Friday afternoon in West, several of Reed’s neighbors stood outside near his red brick duplex, a neighborhood less than a mile from the plant where some homes’ windows remained boarded. They said they were shocked about his arrest. Crystal Le Dane said he was a good neighbor who had changed her flat tire and sometimes gave medical advice about her children’s minor injuries and rashes. “I would say he’s an everyday guy. I never saw a red flag,” she said. Reed grew up in suburban Dallas and said he had lived in West for 12 years. At the Czech Inn the weekend after the explosion, Brittany Reed pulled out her phone and played a video of what she said was the couple’s young daughter playing with Cyrus just days before the blast. Bryce Reed had credited Cyrus Reed for saving his life. Upon reaching the plant, Bryce Reed said, he saw Cyrus’ truck, so he kept on driving because he was confident the firefighter could handle the call. Minutes later, the plant erupted in a fire ball. When Cyrus’ body arrived at a funeral home three days later, Bryce Reed said he stayed up all night holding him. “I got to hug him for the last time. He got there at 9 o’clock last night and I was there until 4 in the morning, holding onto my brother,” Reed said. “And telling him I’m sorry for everything that I did.”
covered the mummified skull Wednesday in a load dropped off for recycling. Authorities have not determined if the head came from a man or woman. The Alameda County coroner will conduct an autopsy. Cadaver dogs searched the area but did not find any other human remains. California Waste Solutions processes recycling material from across the San Francisco Bay Area. North Korea replaces hardline defense chief SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has replaced it hardline defense chief with a little-known army general. The significance of Jang Jong Nam’s appointment wasn’t immediately clear. The announcement comes amid tentative signs of an interest in diplomacy after weeks of rising animosity and dueling threats on the Korean Peninsula. Little is known about Jang. Mention of his new role was buried Monday in a state media dispatch listing those who attended an art performance with leader Kim Jong Un. It’s not known when Jang replaced Kim Kyok Sik. Kim is the former commander of battalions believed responsible for deadly attacks on South Korea in 2010. State media previously identified Jang as head of the army’s First Corps who pledged allegiance to Kim Jong Un and threatened South Korea in a speech last December. Barbara Walters to announce her retirement Monday NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters is retiring. The veteran ABC News anchor is set to announce Monday morning on “The View” that she will retire from TV journalism during the summer of 2014. ABC said in an announcement late Sunday that, until then, Walters will continue to anchor and report for the network, appear on “The View,” and anchor specials throughout the year. She will remain executive producer of “The View,” the weekday talk show she created in 1997. The 83-year-old Walters has spent 37 years at ABC News, joining the network in 1976 to co-anchor its evening newscast and, three years later, becoming a co-host of its “20/20” newsmagazine. Before that, she spent 15 years at NBC News, where she was a co-host of the “Today” show. AP IMPACT: Cars made in Brazil are deadly SAO PAULO (AP) — The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry’s biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil’s new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the world. What happens once those vehicles hit the streets, however, is shaping up as a national tragedy, experts say, with thousands of Brazilians dying every year in auto accidents that in many cases shouldn’t have proven fatal. The culprits are the cars themselves, produced with weaker welds, scant safety features and inferior materials compared to similar models manufactured for U.S. and European consumers, say experts and engineers inside the industry. Four of Brazil’s five bestselling cars failed their independent crash tests. Unsafe cars, coupled with the South American nation’s often dangerous driving conditions, have resulted in a Brazilian death rate from passenger car accidents that is nearly four times that of the United States, according to an Associated Press analysis of Brazilian Health Ministry data on deaths compared to the size of each country’s car fleet. In fact, the two countries are moving in opposite directions on survival rates — the U.S. recorded 40 percent fewer fatalities from car wrecks in 2010 compared with a decade before. In Brazil, the number killed rose 72 percent, according to the latest available data. Dr. Dirceu Alves, of Abramet, a Brazilian association of doctors that specializes in treating traffic accident victims, said poorly built cars take an unnecessary toll. “The gravity of the injuries arriving at the hospitals is just ugly,” he said, “injuries that should not be occurring.” Ex-dictator’s backers rally at Guatemala prison GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Several dozen people protested on Sunday outside a Guatemala prison against the genocide conviction for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. About 50 supporters dressed in white and military garb shouted “Viva Rios Montt” at the Matamoros prison, where the ex-strongman was taken after he received a landmark 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity. Demonstrators said the judicial process was corrupt and demanded that a higher court nullify the verdict. Protesters said prosecutors couldn’t prove the state had a motive to kill 1,771 Maya. A tribunal ruled Friday that Rios Montt knew about the killings and didn’t stop the slaughter between 1982 and 1983, the height of Guatemala’s brutal civil war. It was the first genocide conviction given to a former Latin American ruler in his own country.
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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations. “If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican,” Mrs. Obama told about 600 education, business and technology graduates at the third and final commencement ceremony of the day. “And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you’ll find some common ground, maybe you won’t.” The first lady suggested that they visit senior centers to benefit from the experiences of people with plenty of “life experience under their belts.” She also pointed them to religious congregations different than their own, saying they might hear something in a sermon “that stays with you.” And she predicted they would learn something if they reached out “with an open mind and an open heart.” “And goodness knows, we need more of that,” she said. “Because we know what happens when we only talk to people who think like we do. We just get stuck in our ways.” The first lady received thunderous applause from several thousand people attending the ceremony in a state that voted overwhelmingly against her husband, President Barack Obama, in his two successful runs for the White House. She exhorted the graduates to apply the same resilience and work ethic they showed in school to their lives beyond campus to cope with life’s ups-and-downs. “How are you going to respond when you don’t get that job you had your heart set on?” she said. To the soon-to-be teachers in the crowd, she urged fortitude when their students don’t respond to their lessons — and urged the same fortitude for the business students when their bosses pile work on them. Those are the times that will “force you to claw and scratch and fight” to endure, she said. The White House said the first lady was drawn to EKU as part of her initiative to support veterans and military families. EKU has gained national recognition for its efforts to help vet-
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erans advance their education, including its Veterans Success Center, which provides one-stop-assistance for advising, counseling and job placement services. A campus group took potshots at Obama administration policies ahead of Mrs. Obama’s visit, handing out fliers bemoaning the challenging job prospects for the new graduates. “Good luck landing your first job,” said the flier from the EKU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. “Only 47 percent of you will be able to find a job in your preferred field, so I hope you’re still on good terms with your parents.”
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but over a decade later in the 2013 CEDS, the request remains the same, to increase tax incentives and prevent an increase in the minimum wages. The congressman reminded Lolo and local leaders that while there is a temporary delay in the next wage hike until 2015, and some tax incentives has been sustained, these are only temporary solutions and the territory must act immediately to start developing alternative industries. In his separate news release last Friday, the Congressman reminded local leaders that there have been numerous economic reports conducted for American Samoa in the past 15 years. “Our problem is once a report is submitted, there is limited action taken and no further evaluations made,” he said. “A good example is the comprehensive economic study commission report that took two years to develop, and when it was completed in 2002, it was just filed away and not utilized.” He said past reports have all indicated the need to diversify the local economy. For example, for the past several months there have been several discussions held on the ma’afala breadfruit project.  “This is an example of a potential industry that can be part of adding a new industry to our economy,” Faleomavaega said. “The breadfruit industry has a tremendous potential for growth since breadfruit is used in gluten free products, and we should pursue this matter as soon as possible.” He then noted that American Samoa is not alone in its need to improve its plan of action in achieving its economic goals. Statistically, some 80% of CEDS filed with EDA have plans of action that usually do not provide the guidance necessary to meet the goals.” In his letter, Faleomavaega says he welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the Lolo Administration and Fono to develop a strategy to diversify the local economy and create a detailed roadmap for reaching this goal. Faleomavaega emphasized in this letter the need for a “continuous process” involving the active participation of the entire community as set forth by federal regulations in compiling an economic development strategy. “We must continually work both on local and the federal levels throughout the year to make sure we are working towards fulfilling goals,” he said and pointed out that transforming the territory’s economic is not solely the responsibility of the local or federal governments. “... we must all as stakeholders work together to ensure the economic vibrancy of the American Samoa economy,” he concluded. Samoa News understands the composition of Territorial Planning ComBACKGROUND CONCLUSION
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Employment opportunity in banking with ANZ Guam, Inc.
ANZ Guam, Inc – American Samoa is hiring and establishing candidate lists for the following full-time, part-time and/or temporary position:
Team Lead, Branch Support
This position supervises the operations function and has oversight over the processing of a large volume of transactions. Prior experience with processing transactions through electronic channels and daily reconciliation required. At least two years of hands-on supervisory experience required with three or more years of hands-on supervisory experience preferred. Our preferred candidate will have successful work experience in banking and/or a university degree, with a strong interest for a career in banking. This employment opportunity is open to all qualified candidates, individuals with disabilities, and military veterans who are willing, able and available to perform the job, without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex and citizenship. If this is an opportunity that interests you, please e-mail your job resume by Friday, May 14, 2013 to Veronica.Pa’aga@anz.com. All resumes received will be handled confidentially. Confidential calls may be made directly to: Veronica Pa’aga, HR Support (684) 633-1151, ext. 209 Veronica.Pa’aga@anz.com
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
mission, the only local commission mandated by law, is directly related to the development of the CEDS, as it is supposed to comprise representatives from the three districts, a business community rep and a government rep, which is usually a Fono or lawmaker. DOC staffs the commission. The TPC must legally sign off on CEDS before submission to the US EDA. In addition, an integral part of the CEDS is the list of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), which is developed and prioritized, supposedly using the CEDS, by the DOC. Under Gov. Tauese Sunia’s administration, the CIP committee was removed from DOC, and put under the Department of Public Works, with direct input from the Governor’s Office. The TPC also became less about developing the CEDS, and more about vetting new business licenses. New business licenses for companies with foreign partners, however, came under the purview of the governor’s office, before being ‘signed off’ by the TPC. Togiola’s administration continued the practice initiated by Tauese, which included the CEDS draft award to Malcolm McPhee and Associates. Samoa News understands this draft report was the basis for the 2013 CEDS report submitted by the Lolo administration to the EDA. Of interest, there is no mention of who signed off for the TPC when the 2013 CEDS report was submitted, because Samoa News notes in March 2013, there was supposedly no ‘chairman’ of the TPC. The commission’s last chairman is now Governor Lolo’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua.
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named on the application even though it is alleged that the bank submitted a false application. In its response to the plaintiff, FDIC sent its condolences to the plaintiff in the passing of her husband and that because her name was not on the application based on the submission by the defendant and that the plaintiff should seek legal help there is a factual dispute that was beyond the FDIC scope of work and to look into the laws of Guam and American Samoa to remedy the issue at hand. The complainant is alleging that the bank’s fraudulent concealment of the truth from FDIC was intentional and deliberate to induce the Plaintiff to abort her attempts before FDIC gets to the bottom of this alleged “counterfeited application” by the defendant, which in turn will push the FDIC to investigate alleged unlawful acts. The suit points out that producing the alleged false application, which contains material misrepresentations to the FDIC, is a serious felony. The plaintiff has now filed a complaint with the Office of the Comptroller Currency. Samoa News contacted David Vargas attorney for ANZ, who said that they will not comment at this stage. Samoa News will report the second part of the lawsuit later this week. Reach reporter at joy@samoanews.com
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➧ Coordinator let go…
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Le’i in his response, stated that Mr. Casey’s background’s included misdemeanor and felony convictions, but declined to further comment. Samoa News understands that Casey had convictions in the states of California and Florida for trespassing, vehicle theft, false identification and probation violation of alcohol influence. “Although Mr. Casey has several years of experience in the remediation of federal grantor-designated high risk agencies, including agencies in the federal court receivership as a result of continuous and aggravated non-compliance, the government cannot hire a felon to work in the administration,” said Le’i. Media reports from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas show that Casey was appointed by the federal court there to handle receivership for a health agency.  Background checks of director appointees and others hired to work in the government have become a matter of due diligence for ASG employment since the Lolo Administration was elected.   “To improve our financial integrity with federal grantor Pope Francis kisses a baby at the end of a canonization mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, agencies, it is imperative that we demonstrate our commitSunday, May 12, 2013. Pope Francis on Sunday gave the Catholic church new saints, including ment to total adherence to all grants terms and conditions,” hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led Lolo said, when he announced Casey’s employment. his first canonization ceremony Sunday in a packed St. Peterís Square. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) “This year marks 10 years since the American Samoa Government was first designated ‘high risk’ by certain of its federal grantor agencies,” Lolo wrote. “Efforts to remediate the government’s high risk status have been sporadic over the Continued from page 12 years since, notably marked by a lack of continuous focus by the departments and agencies involved.” gunmen shot and killed Ali Hussein, a Sunni Mexico sets shelters as volAccording to the memo, each task force member is responmember of the Basra Provincial Council, as he cano shakes, spews ash sible for their department or office’s remediation efforts under MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seismic activity was leaving a mosque after night prayers. the Corrective Action Plan (CAP), as amended from time to has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Health officials confirmed the casualty figtime. (The CAP is required by the federal government to be Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns ures. All officials spoke on condition of anofiled within a certain timeframe as part of conditions to lift the in two central states and the capital. nymity as they were not authorized to release high-risk status.) Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention information to reporters. There were no immediate claims of responCenter says the white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than a half mile (1 kilo- sibility. Insurgents routinely target Iraqi police meter) into the sky. The volcano shook during and government officials in an attempt to underContinued from page 1 Saturday night, sometimes emitting glowing mine Iraq’s government. Attacks on civilians are often sectarian in nature. rock over the crater. and by not doing so, constitutes negligence in the performance Holy Land church leaders The government deployed soldiers and fedof your duties as a Career Service member of the Government eral police to the area Sunday in the event of a say clergy mistreated of American Samoa; bigger eruption, and officials closed off a sevenJERUSALEM (AP) — A dozen senior “Failure to immediately take action to launch an appropriate square-mile (18-square-kilometer) zone around church leaders in the Holy Land say Israeli investigation demonstrated negligence in the performance of the cone of the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volpolice “ill-treated” clergy, including a Coptic duties assigned to a Chief Customs Officer. cano. State authorities prepared shelters. Egyptian cleric, during Orthodox Easter ser“In accordance with the American Samoa Administrative Popocatepetl has put out small eruptions of vices. The leaders signed a letter on Sunday Code (ASAC), Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 4.0802 Removal, sus- ash almost daily since a round of activity began pension, demotion of career employees; paragraph (e) (1) and in 1994. The eruptions started strengthening expressing concern and saying policemen allegedly used force and prevented clergymen and until the investigation is completed and this matter resolved, we two weeks ago and have increased even more pilgrims from entering places of worship during find it necessary because of your assigned duties as Chief of Custhis weekend. Holy Saturday earlier this month. toms placed you directly in supervisions over those employees Ice from Minn. lake pushed The event drew thousands of people to Jeruwhom will be involve in the investigation, you are hereby placed salem’s Old City and hundreds of Israeli police ashore to doorsteps on Annual Leave effective Monday, May 13, 2013.  were on guard during the day. LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. (AP) — Strong “Furthermore, because of the nature of this alleged incident A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and the ongoing investigation, you are ordered to directly turn in winds have pushed huge ice sheets ashore at a Paul Hirschson, says Israel apologized this all the keys to the office and the government vehicle under your northern Minnesota lake and right up to people’s week to Egypt for the incident on Holy Satcontrol to the Treasurer, Mr. Phil Ma’o at the EOB in Utulei by doorsteps. WCCO-TV reports that the ice from urday, which involved a Coptic Egyptian cleric. Lake Mille Lacs (MILL LAX) reached the doors 4:00 p.m. today. “You are also prohibited from entering the workplace effec- and windows at the Izatys (eye-ZEHT’-ees) He said the incident was being investigated. Israeli police said they received no formal Resort on Saturday morning. National Weather tive immediately,” said Le’i in his letter to Lefiti. The HR Director also informed Lefiti that he has three days Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 complaint about the incident. Va. woman has no to respond to the letter in writing furnishing affidavits in support to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. He says the winds were regrets over role in burial of his defense from the date of this correspondence. “If you also wish to reply to me orally, you can do so. Until lighter Sunday and the shoreline got a reprieve. DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — The Virginia The Department of Natural Resources says woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon then, I strongly recommend that until this alleged matter is resolved, you take this opportunity to refrain from any conduct about 10 miles of shoreline are covered, with bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being or behavior that might further cast doubt on your position as a some reaching up to 30 feet high. buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond Chief of Custom and as a career employee within the American String of attacks kill 5 in Iraq home said the angry backlash from local offiSamoa Government,” said Le’I in the letter. BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunfire attacks in Iraq cials, some cemetery neighbors and online Reliable sources within Customs told Samoa News the inci- on Sunday killed five people, including a pro- critics has been unpleasant, but she has no dent occurred last month. Samoa News also understands the cus- vincial official in a southern city. regrets. “I can’t pretend it’s not difficult to be toms agent in question left the next day for his basic training off Violence has been on the rise following a reviled and maligned,” Martha Mullen told island and the matter was not dealt with until he returned from deadly security crackdown on a Sunni pro- The Associated Press in a telephone interview his training. test camp in northern Iraq. The bloodshed has Friday. “But any time you can reach across the Samoa News understands that the Customs Officer in ques- raised fears that the country could be heading divide and work with people that are not like tion has yet to be served with a Disciplinary Action letter, for a new wave of sectarian fighting like that you, that’s what God calls us to do.” although the HR Director responding to Samoa News queries which nearly pushed it to the brink of civil war Tsarnaev, 26, was quietly buried Thursday said that a Disciplinary Action Letter was sent on Friday. How- in the middle of the last decade. at a small Islamic cemetery in rural Caroline ever, he refused to provide Samoa News a copy of this letter, but The deadliest attack came when gunmen in County. His body had remained at a Worcester, noted that because of the nature of this alleged incident and the a speeding car opened fire on an outdoor veg- Mass., funeral parlor since he was killed April type of work that Lefiti does, he had to act quickly. etable market in the town of Mishahda, killing 19 in a gunfight with police, days after the bomb“Alleged or real, if reported or suspicions, we (ASG) need to three civilians and wounding three others. The ings that killed three and injured more than 260 act quickly, most importantly, ASG Employees who work with town is 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of the in downtown Boston. Cemeteries in Massachuthese highly sensitive areas where our security and public trust is capital. Also, police said drive-by shooters setts and several other states refused to accept paramount, we will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Le’i said. killed a police officer driving his car in Bagh- the remains. With costs to protect the funeral home mounting, Worcester police appealed for dad’s northern neighborhood of Shaab. Reach reporter at joy@samoanews.com  In the southern oil hub of Basra, police said help finding a place to bury Tsarnaev.
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In Loving Memory of
Sunrise: Aug 6, 1958 - Sunset: May 2, 2013
MELE TUILAPE FAIAI
a Wonderful Mother, Sister, Aunty & Friend
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2 Timothy 4: 7 & 8 “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day...”
FUNERAL PROGRAM
Monday, May 13, 2013
9:30 p.m. Her casket will arrive at the Tafuna Airport from Atlanta, Georgia and will be transported directly to her family residence (Faiai family) in Matu’u where a short service will be held and where Mele will spend her final night with her family.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12 noon Final Services @ CCCAS in Matu’u Mele will be interred at her family land in Matu’u.
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Her Brothers & Sisters Especially her one and only daughter; Sulufaleese Noel Faiai
Sauni Lopa finau le faate’aeseina o ia mai Vailoatai i le Fa’amasinoga
tusia Ausage Fausia
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TOFIA KOMITI FAAFOE FOU MO LE KOLISI TUUFAATASI O le vaiaso na te’a nei na tofia ai e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga totino o le Komiti Faafoe mo A’oa’oga Maualuluga (Board of Higher Education) latou te vaavaaia ma faatautaia le Kolisi Tuufaatasi a Amerika Samoa (ASCC). I se pepa o faamatalaga na tuuina mai i le Ofisa o le alii kovana i le vaiaso na te’a nei, o lo o taua ai suafa o i latou nei e to’afitu ua tofia e fai ma totino o le komiti faafoe, atoa ai ma le umi e tautua ai i latou i le komiti. O i latou o le a avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe mo le ta’i fa tausaga e aofia ai Rev. Dr. Leanavaotaua Sekuini Seva’aetasi; Fanuatele Dr. Toafa Vaiaga’e ma le Faatonusili o Aoga a le malo ia Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau. O i latou o le a avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe mo le ta’i lua tausaga e aofia ai Dr. Siulagi Solomona; Robin Annesley ma le afioga a Tauiliili Lauifi. E toatasi le sui e tasi le tausaga e galue ai i le komiti, o le susuga lea a Paulo Saulo Jr, o ia o lo o fai ma sui o tamaiti aoga. Na taua e Lolo i lana tusi e faapea, o le tomai ma le agavaa ua maua e i latou uma nei ua tofia i totonu o le komiti faafoe, o le a mafai ai ona maualuga ma taua la latou galuega o le a faatinoina nei. I agavaa eseese o lo o umia e i latou nei ua tofia, na saunoa ai le alii kovana sili e faapea, o Dr. Solomona ma Fanuatele, o i laua nei e le gata o ni faiaoga, ae o lo o malamalama lelei foi i le manaoga o lo o tulai mai i le kolisi tuufaatasi i le taimi nei, ae mo Vaitinasa, na taua e le alii kovana e faapea, o lo o lava lona silafia i tulaga o lo o tulai mai i le kolisi tuufaatasi, aua sa avea foi o ia ma Peresetene o le kolisi i tausaga ua mavae. O le afioga a Tauiliili sa avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe ua mavae atu, ma Saulo Jr o lo o fai ma sui o tamaiti aoga, o lona tausaga lona lua foi lenei i le kolisi. O Rev. Seva’aetasi, o se tasi lea o Feagaiga ua loa lana tautua i totonu o le Ekalesia EFKAS i Amerika Samoa, ma le faletua ia Robin o lo o fai ma sui o pisinisi lotoifale i le atunuu. O lo o avea Robin ma totino o le Komisi mo Fuafuaga a le Teritori (Territorial Planning Commission), sa avea fo’i o ia ma ta’ita’ifono o le Faalapotopotoga a le Aufai Pisinisi i Amerika Samoa (A.S Chamber of Commerce) ao o ia foi
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Balloons surround the porch at the home of Gina DeJesus in Cleveland Friday, May 10, 2013. DeJesus was freed Monday from the home of Ariel Castro where she and two other women had (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) been held captive for nearly a decade.
Women rescued in Cleveland happy to be home
CLEVELAND (AP) — The three women allegedly imprisoned and sexually abused for years inside a padlocked Cleveland house asked for privacy Sunday, saying through an attorney that while they are grateful for overwhelming support, they also need time to heal. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight remain in seclusion, releasing their first statements since they were found May 6 when Berry escaped and told a 911 dispatcher, “I’m free now.” They thanked law enforcement and said they were grateful for the support of family and the community. “I am so happy to be home, and I want to thank everybody for all your prayers,” DeJesus said in a statement read by an attorney. “I just want time now to be with my family.” The women, now in their 20s and 30s, vanished separately between 2002 and 2004. At the time, they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. Investigators say they spent the last nine years or more inside the home of Ariel Castro where they were repeatedly raped and only allowed outside a handful of times. Castro, 52, is being held on $8 million bond. The former school bus driver was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Prosecutors said last week they may seek aggravated murder charges — punishable by death — for allegedly impregnating one of his captives at least five times and forcing her miscarry by starving her and punching her in the belly. The allegations were contained in a police report that also said Berry was forced to give birth in a plastic kiddie pool inside the home. A DNA test confirmed that Castro fathered the 6-year-old girl, who escaped the house with Berry. After nearly a decade of being away, the three women need time to reconnect with their families, said attorney Jim Wooley. Knight, who was the first to disappear and the last of the three released from the hospital, thanked everyone for their support and good wishes in her statement. “I am healthy, happy and safe and will reach
out to family, friends and supporters in good time.” Berry added: “Thank you so much for everything you’re doing and continue to do. I am so happy to be home with my family.” The attorney said none of the women will do any media interviews until the criminal case against Castro is over. He also asked that they be given privacy. “Give them the time, the space, and the privacy so that they can continue to get stronger,” Wooley said. The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but the women’s names were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearances and after they were found. Donations are pouring into funds set up for the women. City Councilman Brian Cummins said $50,000 has been raised with the goal of creating a trust fund for each in hopes of making them financially independent. The Cleveland Foundation’s portion of the Cleveland Courage Fund had raised $20,000 as of Thursday with contributions from 34 states as well as Canada, Australia and France. Donations range in size from $3 to $1,000, according to Susan Christopher, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Foundation. Castro was represented at his first court appearance Thursday by public defender Kathleen Demetz, who said she can’t speak to his guilt or innocence and advised him not to give any media interviews that might jeopardize his case. Castro’s two brothers, who were initially taken into custody but released Thursday after investigators said there was no evidence against them, told CNN that they fear people still believe they had something to do with the three missing women. Onil and Pedro Castro said they’ve been getting death threats even after police decided to release them. Pedro Castro said he would have turned in his brother if he had known he was involved in the women’s disappearance. “Brother or no brother,” he told CNN.
TOE MAUA FOI ISI AISA I LE FALEMELI O le aso Gafua o le vaiaso i ona tua atu o lo o taua i se ripoti a leoleo na toe maua ai foi e sui o le Ofisa o Tiute isi vaega o fualaau faasaina na aumai faanana i totonu o pusa meli, lea ua mafua ai ona taofia ni alii se toalua ma se tamaitai se toatasi ona o tuuaiga i lo latou taumafai lea e aumai faanana nei fualaau faasaina i le atunuu. E lua mataupu eseese na mafai ona tulai mai i le falemeli i Fagatogo, ina ua masalomia ni afifi o lo o i ai vaega o le pauta faasaina o le aisa. Pe tusa o le aoauli o le aso Gafua na te’a nei na alia’e ai le mataupu muamua i suesuega a sui o le Ofisa o Tiute, ma latou maua ai se vaega o le aisa i totonu o se meli na ui atu i le falemeli, ma o lea aisa e tusa ma le $5,000 lona tau pe a faatauina atu i tagata. E talitonu le Samoa News, o le tamaitai na muamua agai atu i le falemeli mo le pikiina mai o le afifi, peitai e le’i umi ae taunuu atu ai foi ma lona tuagane, ma taofia uma ai loa i laua i lalo o le vaavaaia a leoleo ona o lenei mataupu. O le mataupu lona lua na tulai mai pe a ma le lua itula talu ona maea le mataupu muamua, ina ia agai atu se alii e piki mai lana afifi mai le pusa meli, ae taofia ai o ia ina ua masalomia o lo o i ai se vaega o le aisa i totonu o lana afifi na alu atu e piki mai. I se ripoti na taua ai e faapea, o le aisa na maua i le afifi a le alii lona lua e ono oo atu i le $3,000 lona tau pe a faatauina atu i tagata. I le maea ai ona fesiligia o lea alii e leoleo, na auina atu ai loa o ia ma taofia i le toese i Tafuna. E le o se taimi muamua lenei ua tulai mai ai mataupu faapenei i le falemeli i Fagatogo. E lei mamao atu foi le taimi lea na maua ai ni vaega o le aisa o taumafai se tina e aumai faanana i le atunuu i ni nai masina e lei mamao atu, atoa ai ma se vaega tele o ‘cocaine’ ia na taumafai se alii e aumai faanana i le teritori i le lua vaiaso talu ai. TOLOPO LE ILOILOGA A TONE PULOU E tolu vaiaso lea ua toe tolopo i ai le iloiloga faapitoa a le alii pagota o Tone Pulou, ina ua talia e le faamasinoga maualuga se talosaga na faaulu e lana loia fautua, ina ua maea le iloiloga lea na valaauina e le Ofisa Nofovaavaaia, mo le iloiloina lea o se faaiuga i le ono taofia o le avanoa o lo o tatala ai Pulou i tua e faigaluega, ona o tuuaiga i lona ave faanana o le ‘ava malosi i totonu o le toese. I le talia ai e le afioga i le faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond o le talosaga a le alii loia fautua ia Michael White, na toe tolopo ai loa lenei iloiloga seia toe fofogaina i le aso Faraile o le vaiaso fou, le aso 24 Me, 2013. E 28 masina le umi o le faasalaga a Pulou o lo o tuli i le toese i Tafuna i le taimi nei, o se tasi lea o tuutuuga o lana nofovaavaaia e 5 tausaga, ina ua tausala o ia e le faamasinoga i le faalavelave lea na ma’itaga ai se teineititi aoga e 13 tausaga le matua sa la faiaoga, a’o avea o ia ma faiaoga i le aoga Tulaga muamua i Alofau.O ni isi o poloaiga o le nofovaavaaia a Pulou, e aofia ai le faasa ona ia toe soli o se tulafono. O le masina o Novema na te’a nei na talia ai e le faamasinoga se talosaga na faaulu e Pulou ma lana loia, ina ia tatala o ia i tua e faigaluega ma tuli lana faasalaga, ma maua ai loa lona avanoa e galue ai i le Ofisa autu o le Ekalesia EFKAS i Kananafou. O afioga i alii faamasino lagolago ia Mamea Sala Jr ma Muasau Tasina Tofili o lo o lagolagosua i le alii faamasino ia Richmond mo le iloiloina o lenei mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Ni isi tina o le Ekalesia Aso Fitu o le Toe Afio mai i Pago Pago ma Faganeanea, faatasi ai ma le Faletua o le Faifeau ia Taoso Tuliatu (ogatotonu) i se latou ata sa pu’eina i le malumalu o le Ekalesia i Pago Pago i le faamanatuina ai o le Aso Sa o Tina i le [ata: AF] faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei.
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to the following for making this event a success.
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Our Sincerest Gratitude
• First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga • Lt. Governor Lemanu & Pohakalani Mauga
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Swains - Su’a Alexander Jennings, Sanctuary Advisory Council Member Aunu’u – Eleitino Sagale taliva’a & Peter Taliva’a Ta’u – Senator Sao Nua & Togotogo Sotoa Fagatele - Pio & Fa’avaoa Asuemu Fuimaono Fagalua - Su’e and Ernest Aetui Ameko Pato, Sanctuary Advisory Council Member Pa’u Roy Ausage, DYWA Director Charity Anna Porotesano, Sanctuary Advisory Council Member NMSAS Volunteers & Helpers Miss American Samoa Arrielle La’asaga Tuilefano Maloata Diehl Langkilde David Jennings & Sons Lawrence Lua Swains Island Community La’auli Andrew Seumanutafa Mortenson ASCC Ukulele Boys KHJ Radio KVZK TV
We would like to invite residents to be a part of this event each time a cruise ship calls to port, the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in partnership with the Department of Commerce will be bringing the sanc tuary village communities to the visitors at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center from 8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. The Festival of Sites is a showcase of unique traditions & cultural values that make these special underwater sites a national treasure of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Embracing the Samoan spirit, sanctuary communities provide visitors with a glimpse of life in the is lands. Visitors can learn to husk their own coconuts, make beautiful prints on lavalavas, and taste the different delica cies of Samoa. The display consists of six tents operated by each village within the sanctuary system these are; Fagate le Bay, Fagalua/ Fogama’a, Aunu’u, Ta’u, Muliava, and Swains Island. Welcomed with a cultural experience with the Festival of Sites, visitors can also tour the Tauese P. F. Sunia Ocean Center where more information on each national marine sanctuary site is provided. The facility has interact ive displays illustrating the unique history and culture of American Samoa as well as learn more about our underw ater sanctuary units. Guests are also invited to watch educational films and view global model simulations on the state-of-the-art Science on a Sphere®. Sanctuary staff offer interpretive tours to guests and visiting groups. The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa aims at engaging communities and protecting natural and cultural heritage. Beyond protecting these resources, understanding larger cultural heritage and connections between people and the maritime environment is essential to achieving and maintaining healthy coastal and marine ecosys tems. Cultural heritage features a variety of cultural resources, both tangible and intangible, that reflect the cultural identity of our people. Bringing the village community to the visitors allows a connection and experience withou t taking them to the actual location. The broad cultural heritage of American Samoa developed over the past 3,000 years, emphasizes human connections to the sea, and is reflected in Samoan traditions and lifestyles (fa’a-Samoa). Sharing this with the outside world helps visitors understand the unique and strong values that make communities thrive within and across the Pacific. The Festival of Sites is the first of many planned visitor programs lead by the National Marine Sanc tuary of American Samoa. For more information, please call 633-6500 or visit our website: http://americansamoa.noaa.gov or like us on Facebook!
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Chris Brown’s scary curbside art irks LA neighbors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown’s neighbors are unhappy with what some are calling frightening art he’s chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home. A neighborhood group said the grimacing, sharp-toothed, red-eyed goblins painted along a retaining wall have been scaring children, and is an eyesore to boot, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat. ms/19cjOBY). “There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened. It’s like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, told the newspaper. L.A. city code officials responded to complaints about the monster art and cited the “Run It!” singer $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage. Under city ordinances, it’s illegal to create murals on most private properties. Though that didn’t stop Madonna from painting her Hollywood Hills home in red and yellow stripes in the 1990s. Brown has been ordered to remove the goblin paintings within 30 days, but his attorney Mark Geragos said the musician is not backing down. “They are trying to suspend the First Amendment,” Geragos said. Geragos alleges neighbors are harassing Brown and have also made parking complaints about him and called animal control. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Negri said all she wants is for Brown to “tone it down and be a better neighbor.” Brown’s tumultuous relationship with singer Rihanna and foul-mouthed Twitter presence have given him a bad boy reputation. Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with “F.A.M.E.” and was arrested shortly after the 2009 awards ceremony for assaulting Rihanna. “I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he’ll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor,” Negri told the Times. “We’re happy to have him — if he just tones it down.”
Bukhari Abdel-Alim, of Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, removes flowers from one of two newly dug graves at the Doswell, Va. cemetery where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried, Friday, May 10, 2013. Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, said his nephew was buried in the cemetery north of Richmond. Tsarnaev was killed April 19 in a getaway attempt after a gun battle with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured later and remains in custody. It is unknown which grave contains Tsarnaev’s remains.
(AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)
NOTICE
2014 Child Care & Development Fund State Plan for American Samoa
PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT PLAN
Pursuant to CFR Title 45, Part 99, the Department of Human & Social Services (DHSS) Child Care Division, as the designated Single State Agency for administering the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) hereby issues the following notice: The DHSS Child Care Division encourages the public to attend a public hearing for the proposed 2014 Child Care and Development (CCDF) State Plan for American Samoa. This public hearing will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the DHSS Child Care Division Office, upstairs from Post Office at the Lumana’i Building in Fagatogo. The purpose of this hearing is to provide information about the State Plan, and encourage the public to comment and pose questions. A draft copy of the 2014 CCDF State Plan for American Samoa will be available for review by June 1, 2013. After such time, a copy may be provided electronically or as a hard copy upon request. Comments will be accepted prior to the hearing, but must be in written form and submitted to the Child Care Division office before the close of the advance public comment period at 4:00pm on June 17, 2014. Additionally, comments and/ or questions will be accepted and documented via a recorder, during the actual hearing. Both these types will become part of the official public hearing record. All comments will be considered when finalizing the State Plan for submission this July. Written comments issued prior to the Hearing must be submitted to the Child Care Division office. Please include your name and contact information and provide 3 hardcopies of your document enveloped separately and clearly addressed as follows: Attention State Administrator American Samoa Child Care Program 2014 DRAFT STATE PLAN ADV. COMMENTS Please feel free to contact our office is more information is needed: 633-1571/ 1572 during regular business hours, or e-mail us at childcare@dhss.as.
Compassionate release review buoys old US inmates
NEW YORK (AP) — At age 88, John Rigas could be a poster child for inmates who might seek early release from prison because of the hazards of advanced aging. The former cable television mogul, convicted of fraud after his company collapsed into bankruptcy in 2002, already has fought cancer and had triplebypass heart surgery. But he and others like him had little hope that an application for compassionate release would get a serious look before a recent report by the Department of Justice’s inspector general called the program for early release of some terminally ill inmates and others “poorly managed.” The report has energized experts in the field, attorneys and inmates in a prison population that, like the rest of the United States, is expected to grow increasingly gray in the next few decades. Attorney Lawrence G. McMichael said Rigas and other inmates are considering whether to request compassionate release. “He’s aware of it, and we’re thinking about it,” said McMichael, who represents Rigas in several legal matters. “You don’t see too many John’s age walking around.” Brie Williams, associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Division of Geriatrics, called the report “a fantastic first step” toward addressing problems related to the aging prison population. “If you standardize procedures, it’s very laudable,” she said. “It seems that the bureau of prisons is responding and agreeing and trying to implement those suggestions.” Williams, who co-wrote a 2011 report, “Balancing Punishment and Compassion for Seriously Ill Prisoners,” said she hopes the government convenes experts to create uniform, evidence-based eligibility guidelines and to make sure inmates are cared for properly from when they are diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses until they are deemed eligible for compassionate release. The inspector general report concluded the program could save the Federal Bureau of Prisons money and relieve overcrowding concerns but was implemented so inconsistently that eligible inmates were unlikely to be considered for release and others who are terminally ill die before their requests are decided. According to the report, the director of federal prisons from 2006 through 2011 approved 142 releases and denied 36 out of 206 requests. In 28 cases, the inmates died before decisions were made. The report was released just days after supporters of imprisoned former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart said they had been notified that prison officials had agreed to recommend she be released to continue her fight against advancedstage cancer. A judge would still have to agree to release the 73-year-old, who is halfway through a 10-year sentence for letting a blind Egyptian sheik serving life for terrorism offenses communicate with followers. If Stewart, who has said prison life is “worse than I could have imagined,” is let out, her case might reflect a shift in the rules followed by the prisons bureau. The inspector general found some prisons required that an inmate have less than six months to live before being eligible for release while others required less than a year to live. The bureau has decided prisoners with less than 18 months to live are eligible, bureau spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said. Before this year, only about two dozen federal inmates annually were released by the program, which takes into consideration factors that were not evident when an inmate was sentenced. According to the latest published federal statistics, about 26,000 inmates, or 1.7 percent of the nation’s 1.5 million inmates, in state and federal facilities in 2011 were 65 or older. The inspector general said the compassionate release program was designed by Congress to permit non-medical circumstances to be considered as a grounds for release, but the bureau routinely rejects those requests and had not approved a nonmedical request during the six-year period of its review. Williams, in her report, noted the soaring growth in correctional costs, one reason Congress made the compassionate release program part of federal law in 1984. The report said U.S. state and federal prison populations nearly tripled between 1982 and 2006, while the number of prisoners age 55 and older more than quadrupled. It said the cost of incarceration for roughly 80,000 prisoners older than 55 years is more than three times that for younger prisoners, primarily because of health care costs. “Older prisoners are at the root of a correctional health crisis,” Williams said. “As we incarcerate more people for longer amounts of time, we drive up health-related costs in the prison system.” Her report noted that the average annual costs for health care, protective transportation and guards for 21 seriously ill prisoners in California state prisons exceeded $1.97 million per prisoner, while the median annual cost of nursing home care was $73,000 per person. Williams said the health crisis in prisons was serious in part because prisoners seem to age faster than the general population, perhaps because of hard living in or out of prison. She noted that someone losing hearing might face confrontations with other inmates or rule violation charges from the prison. “Many prisoners appear to have chronic illnesses and disabilities we would expect when they are about a decade older,” she said. “Prisons are totally unprepared to address the unique problems of this population.” McMichael said Rigas was a “textbook example of the insanity of this system,” which insists on lengthy punishment for crimes that involve no physical harm. He said Congress could consider a blanket policy to make age a dominant factor in obtaining compassionate release and should create an avenue for lawyers to apply directly to a judge for a sentence reduction. Rigas, a spry one-time movie theater projectionist who McMichael said weighs 90 pounds soaking wet, has served half of a 12-year prison sentence for his 2004 bank and securities fraud convictions stemming from his leadership at the nowdefunct Adelphia Communications Corp. in Williamsport, Pa. “It costs the government a fortune to have him there,” McMichael said. “He’s not a threat to anybody. He’s not going to hurt anybody.” McMichael said he saw an ambulance outside the prison when he recently visited Rigas. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God, maybe it’s John,’” he recalled. “As my grandfather used to say when he was 95, there’s a certain age where you’re subject to death without notice.”
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A beautiful wife, loving mother, a caring sister, dearest Aunt, a cherished cousin and best friend.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on,” says the Spirit. “They will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” – Book of Revelation 14:13 Na ou fa’alogo fo’i I le Leo mai le lagi ua fa’apea mai ia te a’u. Ia e Tusi, “Amuia e ua oti, o e ua oti oi le Ali’i e amata I nei ona po. O lea lava ua fetalai mai ai le agaga, ina ia latou malolo ia latou galuega tiga, aua fo’i o a latou galuega e mulimuli ia te’i latou.” – Tusi o Fa’aaliga 14:13
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“I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH”
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Going Home
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Family & Friends of the late Malia Moelagi Petelo-Puletasi are respectfully invited to join us in the celebration of life at a Family & Friends Service to be held at the LBJ Chapel on the evening of May 13, 2013 at 3:00p.m. Following a short prayer service at the LBJ Chapel, her cortege will proceed to Vaitogi EFKAS – Vaipuna o le Upumoni on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 8:00a.m. for her final memorial service. Viewing after the service will be at Soa’s Guest Fale in Matautu, Vaitogi and Burial will follow at her final resting place in Lalovi, Vaitogi at 2:30p.m.
Family & Friends of our Beloved Malia Moelagi Petelo-Puletasi
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