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Former Treasurer insists DOE has the money… 3 Last year’s Plate winners Vaimoso come for Cup B1
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The winners of the Plate competition in the inaugural TMO Marist Pago 7’s Tournament last year, eager to advance to the Cup competition this year. See story inside Sports Section today.
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Allegations arise Six employees of OPAD in NHHC debacle object to Thompson hire
involving former DHR director
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Thompson Looks forward to day “I may earn their trust & respect”
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Former Human Resources Director Evelyn Vaitaotolu Langford is denying that a company called EMLA Aviation was working closely with the Native Hawaiian Holding Company (NHHC), Community Investment Corporation (CIC), American Samoa Culinary Academy (ASCA), yet employees of ASCA place her as a principal of EMLA and the person that conducted the interviews for the people who were hired as the the ASCA management team. Samoa News has documents indicating Langford was working with these companies, at the same time while serving as Human Resources Director administering the contract with NHHC. NHHC was contracted to provide training and employment in the contact center industry for 900 (National Emergency Grant) NEG participants and was authorized to operate job placement and supportive services in a setting that would serve as part of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Workforce System. This project was funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s NEG grant. Samoa News understands that Langford conducted the interviews for the ASCA management team along with Chef Sualua Tupolo and Nancy Kupa, a former administrative assistant with the Department of Human Resources. Kupa told Samoa News that she resigned from DHR and was hired to work for EMLA Aviation. She told Samoa News yesterday, EMLA Aviation with which Langford was “highly involved” was a company that was not established in the territory.
The transfer of Brian Urosa Thompson to work at the Officer of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled is not sitting well with several female employees of OPAD. Six women in the OPAD office have since written to their Director, Matautu Dr. Peter Tinitali pointing out their concerns regarding the hiring of Thompson given he has a “criminal record” says the letter. Samoa News understands that Thompson is to be the Deputy Director for OPAD. The six OPAD female employees, who signed the April 2, 2013 letter, are CAP Manager Hellene F Stanley, PAIR Manager Fiaava’e Savali, PADD Manager Mi-Sook Save, PAIMI Manager Denise Thomsen, In Take-Specialist Siui’i Pasikale and Field Representative Vagana Siaosi. Copies of the letter were sent to Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Human Resources Director Le’i Sonny Thompson and Attorney General Afoa L Su’esu’e Lutu.
“The concern expressed is out of fear, as the majority of the OPAD staff members are ladies. Since he (Thompson) has a criminal record, nobody can guarantee he won’t do it again and we don’t feel safe with him around,” says the letter. The letter further alleges that “Brian Thompson was initially charged with first degree sexual abuse which was amended to third degree assault and he was sentenced to probation of two years in December 2011; so he is still on probation.” The female employees pointed out that they are aware that the Department of Human Resources has a policy and procedure on background checks, also the American Samoa Administrative Code of hiring individuals with criminal records. Samoa News notes the letter did not specify which chapter or title they were referring to under the ASCA. The letter further states, “it is lawful for an employer to dismiss an employee for not disclosing a conviction regardless of its relevance
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by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Fale Tele Project interim report says there’s more than $25,000 remaining
An interim report on the “Le Upega Ua Toe Timata” — Fale Tele Project located at the Suiagaula o le Atuvasa Park (Utulei Beach) says there are still funds available for additional needed work on the project, which is a surprise — as Samoan Affairs officials from the previous administration have publicly stated that there were no more funds available as of December 2011 to complete the project. This led to the Fono passing a bill in March 2011 that gave additional funding to the Fale Tele Project. The interim report was prepared by Muliagatele Sanele I.T. Tuiteleleapaga, whose services were obtained by Secretary of the Office of Samoan Affairs Galu Satele T. Satele to complete the Fale Tele project. Muliagatele prepared the interim report of the project — for the period of Jan. 31, 2013 to Feb. 15, 2013. Samoa News was able to obtain a copy of the three-page report. According to Muliagatele, the conceptual framework for the project was born back in 1976, when then Governor John Hayden appointed the late Tufele F. Li’amatua to serve as Com(Continued on page 14)
Coming back to take the overall winner’s spot for the first time since 2009, Leone High School rocked the gym with their Contemporary Choral Recitation, “Rio Carnival” at this year’s 27th Secondary Speech Festival. The theme for recitation was Latin America with Leone winning this category, Tafuna High School coming in second and Kanana Fou High School third. In this year’s Speech Festival ten public and private schools were on the schedule and despite weeks of practice Manu’a High School had no transportation and was unable to compete. Samoa News will announce winners of each category, and publish more photos in tomorrow’s [photo: Samoa News] Toasavili edition.
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TO Members of the LEAU Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that MARGIE TINOISAMOA & FA’ASAUGA TINOISAMOA of OLOSEGA has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land FA’ASAUGA allegedly belonging to LEAU FAMILY of the village of OLOSEGA. Said land FA’ASAUGA is situated in or near the village of OLOSEGA in the County of OLOSEGA, Island of MANU’A, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: MARCH 19, 2013 thru APRIL 18, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa LEAU, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o MARGIE TINOISAMOA & FA’ASAUGA TINOISAMOA o le nu’u o OLOSEGA ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o FA’ASAUGA e fa’asino i le aiga sa LEAU, o le nu’u o OLOSEGA. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o OLOSEGA, itumalo o OLOSEGA, ile motu o MANU’A, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 03/22 & 04/05/13
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Personnel Workforce Review begins
To answer the question: “How much it truly costs us…”
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered a review of the American Samoa Government’s personnel cost, with Human Resources Director Le’i Sonny Thompson to spearhead it. This was revealed in a letter the governor sent to all government departments and agencies. “The One-Hundred-Days bench Mark of our administration in office is fast approaching and among our list of immediate short and long term goals, is a complete Personnel Workforce Review of the government’s workforce to include how much it truly costs us,” said Lolo in his April 1, 2013 letter. He noted that personnel costs are one of the most expensive fixed overheads, and the government must clearly understand and be intimately familiar with its ins and outs. “This time consuming and cumbersome process, yet absolutely vital to our cost containment measures, must be completed quickly considering the state of our unstable economy and anticipated possible reduction in federal grants,” said the governor. The HR Director, responding to Samoa News questions, explained that the Personnel Workforce Review is a basic fundamental mandatory function in the Human Resources profession, that is to assess and evaluate a workforce in terms of the total number of people employed, its cost in comparison to incoming revenue or payroll; the dollar amount budget each year for the payroll; career services vs. contracts or non-permanent appointments; workforce breakdown (men vs. women; degree holders vs. non-degree holders; white collar vs. blue collar; salary variances; tenure or year groups); etc. Le’i said the vital process can provide factual information to the governor to make pertinent decisions relative to how personnel costs contribute to the overall ASG fiscal plan.  “Give or take, the ASG workforce totals almost 5,000, and it’s estimated at more than $83 million dollar cost alone in salaries, not including benefits (annual leave, sick leave, death gratuity; and other personnel related costs) —it is one of the most expensive fixed overheads,” he noted. “The governor made a right decision to review the total ASG workforce; especially in times of local budget constraints and anticipated reduction in federal grants, and not to mention future mandatory minimum wage implementations,” said the HR Director. Governor Lolo noted in his letter this review will kick off on April 8, 2013 until its completion and he’s instructed HR Director to spearhead this review with Treasurer Falema’o Phil Pili and Budget Director Catherine Dora Aigamaua-Saelua. Part of its focus is to review payroll and budget reconciliations of personnel costs.
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Former ASG Treasurer insists DOE has money; DOE says it was removed from the budget
Hunkin-Finau humbly apologized to senators saying that there was never any intention by the DOE to provide inaccurate information and testimony to the Senate, but said that this was the amount provided by the Budget Office. Magalei suggested the committee, when the Fono returns in July, call in the Budget Office to find out what happened to the rest of the money for this program, and this was supported by Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, who added that if the money was budgeted and approved by the Fono, that’s how it should be spent. Later in the hearing, which lasted for over an hour, Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao noted that the report provided by DOE
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Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, former ASG Treasurer from the previous administration continues to insist that some $1 million was allocated in the FY 2013 budget for DOE facility maintenance and renovations, but there are no results from those budgeted funds. “Don’t throw us your problems — give us solutions,” Magalei told Education Department officials during yesterday’s Senate Education Committee hearing, which was to focus on DOE plans between now and when the new school year begins sometime in August. Magalei said DOE wants money, while there are already funds allocated for their use, especially to fund maintenance and repairs to public school buildings. “What is your plan?” he asked the DOE officials on hand. Among DOE officials called for the hearing were director Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau and deputy director of finance, Russ Aab. The officials made a power point presentation, which showed pictures of deplorable bathroom conditions at public schools. The DOE director added that there are also several school buildings in dire need of repairs especially the old buildings still in use today. This was echoed by Aab, who noted that only $550,000 is allocated in the DOE budget in FY 2013 for school maintenance and “there is not much we can do with $550,000.” He said this is the reason there is a request for DOE maintenance in the FY 2013 supplemental budget. (The DOE maintenance supplemental proposal was $300,000 but the Fono reduced it by $100,000 and reallocated that money for MV Sili repairs). Magalei quickly pointed out that the written information and verbal testimony by DOE is not accurate, because according to the FY 2013 budget book about $1 million is budgeted for DOE maintenance. Aab responded that DOE was informed by the ASG Budget Office that the Fono had reduced the amount and therefore only $550,000 is allocated for this program. However, Magalei disagreed and insisted that the FY 2013 budget is an approved document and the money for this program is earmarked from one-cent of the fuel tax. “My problem is, Budget Office gave us only $550,000,” was Aab’s reply, but Magalei continued to insist that $1 million had been allocated — but DOE officials “are now giving the committee a much different picture.”
shows that the department projects $1.4 million from the fuel tax and wanted to know what happened to the money. Aab responded that he does not know, but suggested that DOE should be allowed to submit a separate budget for the use of the fuel tax revenue for school maintenance instead of the $1.4 million forecast every year to be included as overall ASG revenues. Laolagi said there is money available through this fuel tax for school renovation and maintenance but the pictures shown during the power point presentation indicate the bathrooms are deplorable and in very bad condition. “It’s embarrassing,” he added.
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This photo provided by Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Reserve Deputy Doug Cramoline shows the helicopter rescue of Kyndall Jack, 18, by an L.A. County deputy after being missing for five days in rugged country near Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013. A rescue team followed the sounds of a screaming female voice to an almost vertical canyon wall where they found Jack clinging to a rocky outcropping after going missing (AP Photo/L.A. County Search and Rescue Reserve) last Sunday.
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Questions arise over “political” intel providers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring more disclosure from “political intelligence” entrepreneurs who gather information on Congress and other government activities and sell it to investors would help securities regulators in their investigations of insider trading, congressional watchdogs said Thursday. At the same time, however, the Government Accountability Office said it is skeptical about the ability to determine how much the rapidly growing political intelligence industry impacts trading and other investment decisions. “Even when a connection can be established between discrete pieces of government information and investment decisions, it’s not always clear whether such information could be definitively categorized as material,” the GAO said in its report. Securities and Exchange Commission officials told the GAO, Congress’ investigative arm, that requiring more transparency from political intelligence providers would aid the commission. “More information could allow enforcement staff to identify relationships or make connections between the various individuals involved in an investigation of potential insider trading,” the GAO said, according to the report. It’s also difficult to determine how much nonpublic information is being sold to clients as political intelligence, according to the report. Many of the political intelligence firms meld information they’ve obtained with other analysis and research, the GAO said. According to the report, Congress would also have to weigh any new regulations with “related practical and legal issues” including additional costs. The GAO report was required under a law passed by Congress last year banning insider trading by lawmakers, aides and other government officials and requiring more financial disclosures from them. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., who led the effort to pass the so-called STOCK Act, released a joint statement saying the GAO report showed the importance of transparency in the political intelligence industry. “When a political intelligence professional is paid to gather inside information from congressional or agency sources that can be used to make investment decisions, that professional should have to register and disclose his or her activities to the public,” Grassley and Slaughter said in the statement. The lawmakers said they would reintroduce legislation requiring political intelligence firms to register publicly. That requirement was initially included in the STOCK Act legislation but was stripped out when the bill came to a vote and replaced with language requiring the GAO study. Republicans said the disclosure requirement as it was written was too broad. “This simple idea enjoyed strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress last session, and when we re-introduce this disclosure requirement, we expect it to once again have widespread support among lawmakers and the public,” the lawmakers said. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday on how a report from Height Securities, a Washington-based firm, to Wall Street clients on Monday led to a flurry of trades involving healthcare companies. A report from the company predicted, correctly, that the Obama administration would reverse a previously announced decision to change Medicare Advantage rates. Soon after the report came out, according to the Journal, shares of several large insurance companies rose as much as 6 percent.
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Guest Editorial by Bruckner Chase
OP ED – A SHARED VISION TO INSPIRE
Bruckner Chase during one of his trips to American Samoa.
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I first came to American Samoa in May of 2011 as part of the inaugural National Marine Sanctuary Oceans Week to share my experiences in oceans around the world as an athlete, coach and advocate, while also attempting a long distance ocean swim from Aunu’u to Utulei. That 10-day trip introduced my wife and I to a community that continues to profoundly impact our lives. Over these past two years I have been on-island six times, and I have spent a total of almost four months teaching, training and learning with and from the people of American Samoa. Not only have I learned that Aunu’u o se nu’u manaia, but also that there is incredible potential in everyone I have met in American Samoa. Throughout this time, I have had the pleasure of working with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa as well as the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, Department of Public Safety, Samoan Affairs, American Samoa Community College, my new family in Aunu’u and people from schools, churches, villages and companies throughout the Territory. Beyond working on youth initiatives throughout the Territory I continue to have the opportunity to spend an extensive amount of personal time training members of the Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol. These officers have kept me safe in some challenging conditions, and I have never met a more committed and professional team of aquatic professionals. I remain honored to be able to pass along any skills and knowledge that may help them better serve the community. My visits over the last couple of years were made possible by a federal grant through the Department of Commerce, personal sponsors such as Keen, and support through the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation. During each trip Michelle, I and the ocean professionals joining us have worked with youth and adults of all ages, who continue to show an incredible ability to learn modern open water skills while fearlessly tackling new challenges in the water. I have said to every gathering of American Samoan students that I can hardly wait to see which one of them represents American Samoa on a global stage and accomplishes incredible things as an open water athlete or ocean advocate that are far beyond my ability. None of what we have done or even attempted in the waters of American Samoa could have been accomplished without working with a number of groups, individuals and agencies. While many of these groups have different overall goals or missions, we all share a vision for a safe, strong and thriving community, island and ocean. For me, the solo Aunu’u swim was surpassed a year later by the first ever relay of Samoan swimmers that united members of the Toa o le Tai program with members of Marine Patrol. The events that continue to positively impact passionate ocean athletes and conservationists around the world are those that still bring all of us together: the Toa o le Tai Ocean Festival races, the National Marine Sanctuary youth clinics at Utulei, the first ever ocean training sessions in Leone, the Department of Education Ocean Swimming class at Samoana and the ongoing Department of Public Safety ocean training sessions for their officers. I believe that the future watermen and waterwomen that the world needs must come from communities such as American Samoa where the care of the oceans, the community and the family has been part of the culture since the beginning of their existence. The goal for any individual or group committed to making a sustainable, positive impact on our oceans and our world cannot be to be the first, the fastest or the most famous, or rising up by attacking others. The only sustainable goal must be to persevere, to lead, to share and to empower others. In facing great challenges we are given incredible opportunities to inspire and change others and ourselves. These inspiring challenges continue to write my story with Fa’a Samoa, and I know that the global story of American Samoa is just beginning. (Contact info: Bruckner Chase, 1131 Simpson Ave, 2nd Floor, Ocean City, NJ 08226; telephone: 831-345-9550; HYPERLINK “mailto:synthesis@brucknerchase.com” synthesis@brucknerchase.com - www.brucknerchase.com)
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Three of the five ASPA board members during their Senate confirmation hearing. [l-r] Peter Crispin, Fonoti Perelini Perelini Sr., and Va’a Sokelati Fala. The trio were later confirmed and [photo: FS] they goes through a confirmation vote today in the House.
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The Senate yesterday confirmed three members of the American Samoa Power Authority board of directors and the trio went through their confirmation hearing later in the day before a House committee, with a vote expected today. They are Fonoti Perelini Perelini Sr., a former ASPA executive, local businessman Peter Crispin, and Va’a Sokelati Fala, the only one from the previous ASPA board re-appointed by the Lolo Administration. The outcome of the Senate vote confirmed Fonoti 15-0; Crispin 14-1; and Va’a 14-1. Nominees first appeared yesterday morning before the Senate Energy, Power and Water Committee, chaired by Sen. Tuiasina S. Esera, who told senators that only three members were present at the hearing. Committee members then debated at the start of the 45-minute hearing as to whether the confirmation process should be carried out since the other two nominees, businesswoman Isabel Hudson and businessman Daniel King, who has a finance background, weren’t present because the pair were reportedly off-island. There was a call for the hearing to be postponed to another time when all five are present, while other senators pointed out that the Fono’s current session closes today and lawmakers won’t return until July, while ASPA has many issues which need to be addressed between now and then. The senators agreed to proceed with the confirmation hearing followed by a confirmation vote during the Senate session, because the three members present could constitute a quorum needed for the ASPA board to convene and make decisions, which are important for the authority to move on. A final consensus came down for the committee to move forward with the hearing and Sen. Mauga T. Asuega raised several questions with Fonoti, who was appointed early this year by Lolo as the interim board chairman. Mauga explained briefly about the previous ASPA board maintaining its stand that they are the ones responsible for approving the final annual budget for the authority instead of the Fono. Mauga said this has been a point of contention and conflict between the Fono and the previous board and wanted Fonoti to publicly state the current board’s position. Fonoti stated that the Fono has the final approval when it comes to ASPA’s budget and this has been the stand of the current board and will continue to be its stand moving forward. He noted that years ago, the Fono always had the final say in the ASPA budget, and as far as he knows, nothing has changed. Mauga thanked Fonoti and the board for taking this position. He went on to say that electricity is an important infrastructure for any gov-
ernment and in the last three months since the current board was appointed, there have been several good changes made. Mauga then stated that he heard that some services at ASPA, such as solid waste, have been outsourced. Additionally, there is also the issue of ASPA getting out of the fuel business. Fonoti explained that solid waste collection remains within ASPA; however, certain areas of the island have been outsourced to the local private sector, which has the right equipmentvehicle for these areas. He says ASPA doesn’t have the capacity to fully maintain this service due to the lack of certain equipment. He also pointed out that ASPA has other pending projects, such as water and waste water, that will be outsourced to the private sector, which has the capacity to handle them and provide employment to the community. As to ASPA being a fuel supplier, Fonoti says the authority is moving forward with the plan to get out of the fuel provider business as soon as possible, which includes as soon as provisions of contracts as a supplier is addressed. He said ASPA is looking at May to be fully out of the fuel business. He also says that there are a lot of financial and legal responsibilities involved in being in the fuel business, and this includes insurance and making sure there is a sufficient credit line of $10 million to pay before the tankers take on fuel in Singapore bound for American Samoa. Additionally, there are fees that ASPA must pay which have become costly. Perelini also pointed out that ASPA is a government entity and that means being a fuel supplier is a liability for the government, especially if an accident happens such as an oil spill, which could be costly. Thankfully, he added, nothing has happened so far. He says that getting out of the fuel business would be a much less financial burden on ASPA, which should concentrate on its core services, such as electric, water, etc. Mauga inquired about reducing ASPA rates and Fonoti responded that some rates and fees have been reduced such as the fuel surcharge. Mauga replied, “that’s good — bring... down” the cost of electricity. ASPA issued a public notice in early February this year announcing the reduction of certain fees and rates. Last month, ASPA chief executive officer Utu Abe Malae told Samoa News that “the fees that were reduced are for specific services or installations that will help encourage people to use the ASPA water system, plus remove restrictions that hindered our ability to help customers reconnect their services upon returning home from being off-island for a while.” During yesterday’s hearing, Mauga informed the nominees that he is against any move by ASPA to transfer the Satala Power Plant to Tafuna — which is something Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Final language of the ASGERF board bill addresses lawmakers complaints
An important amendment made by the House to the Senate version of an administration bill seeking to increase the number of board of trustees for the ASG Employees Retirement Fund will address a long standing complaint by lawmakers over the years that board members whose terms have expired, continue to serve without being reappointed, or have new ones appointed, subject to Fono confirmation. House amendments were adopted by the Senate on Wednesday and the bill has since been registered in the Fono journal. The bill is now ready be sent to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for review and consideration, and it’s unclear how the governor will act on the bill due to the various amendments made by the Fono. APPROVAL LANGUAGE Lolo had proposed amending current law by increasing the number of board members from five to nine, saying that hiking the number of board members will result in a more extensive range of skills and experienced resources being available to benefit the Retirement Fund. But several amendments were made by the Fono in the final approved language of the bill. Among them is that there will be seven board of trustees, where at least “four” trustees shall be members of the Fund having “the minimum of” five years of service; and “three” trustees are non Fund members “but shall include among them at least two members with experience in the private sector business community.” Additionally, terms in office for three members are staggered between two and five years. Not touched by the Fono is the current law which states that, as their terms expire, new members shall be appointed to fill vacancies and such appointments shall be for five years. However, the major amendment to the bill adds that “the term of any incumbent member shall continue after its expiration, except he shall be deemed resigned from the board and shall no longer serve if he, or his replacement, is not appointed and submitted by the governor to the Legislature prior to the adjournment of any session during which the term expired, or if the term expires after adjournment of that session, then prior to the adjournment of the next session of the Legislature, regular or special.” This change addresses the long standing complaint of lawmakers over the years of board members whose terms have long expired, but continue to serve — despite not being re-submitted to the Fono for confirmation. Current law remains that the governor, in consultation with the board, will decide upon suitable candidates to fill any board vacancy or vacancies. The governor will choose his appointee(s) and send them to the Fono for confirmation. Outgoing board chairman Aleki Sene Sr., had testified before the Fono in past years that the board had submitted to the governor’s office their recommendations. However, none were ever submitted by the last administration. Lawmakers are hopeful that the current governor will agree with Fono amendments to ensure that the fund is fully protected now and into the future. Of major concern to the outgoing board was that more non Fund members were to sit on the board than Fund members.
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Building collapses in India; 35 killed MUMBAI, India (AP) — A half-finished building that was being constructed illegally in a suburb of India’s financial capital has collapsed, killing 35 people and injuring more than 50 others, police said Friday. The building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in at 6:08 p.m. Thursday, police said. Rescue workers with sledgehammers and gasoline-powered saws were struggling to break through the rubble in their search for possible survivors. “There may be (a) possibility people have been trapped inside right now,” the local police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi said Friday. Among the 31 dead, were 11 children, police said. At least four floors of the building had been completed and were occupied. Workers had finished three more floors and were adding an eighth floor when it collapsed, police inspector Digamber Jangale said. Some of the dead were construction workers staying in the building as they worked on it, Jangale said. The building did not have the necessary clearances from local authorities, he said. Fukushima plant’s cooling system fails TOKYO (AP) — Japanese nuclear regulators say the cooling system has failed for a storage pool for fuel at one of the reactors at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in the northeast. There was no immediate danger from the failure, the second at the plant in a month. A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulation Authority says an alarm went off Friday afternoon about the problem at reactor No. 3. The cause is still under investigation. A spokesman for the plant’s operator said the cooling system can be turned off for two weeks before temperatures approach dangerous levels. Fukushima Dai-ichi plant went into multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami. The plant is being decommissioned, but continues to have glitches. Last month, a power outage led to a cooling system not working for two days. Snow in April? Londoners check calendar LONDON (AP) — Do snow showers bring May flowers? Londoners had to wonder Thursday after looking at the calendar and looking out the window. Snow flurries swirled through the British capital, failing to stick but giving residents the sense that winter temperatures would somehow never end. Britain has just endured its coldest March in more 50 years — and the trial is not over yet. Richard Wilford, head of hardy plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is among the many wishing for warmth. He says the consistency of the cold — London hasn’t had a warm spell since Christmas — is worrisome. Although some of the tougher plants are flowering now, many will just abort once they open, he said. In other words, spring will come — but it might be short. NZ withdraws troops from Afghanistan BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — New Zealand has withdrawn its small contingent of troops from Afghanistan. The South Pacific nation had stationed about 145 soldiers in central Bamiyan province since 2003. Ten of its soldiers died during the conflict. The withdrawal came about five months earlier than initially planned. The U.S. and its allies plan to withdraw all remaining troops by the end of 2014. In a ceremony Thursday, New Zealand lowered its flag and opened a memorial to commemorate both the New Zealand troops and Afghan security forces who died in the province. About 95 Afghan interpreters and their family members who worked with the Kiwis will this month move to New Zealand, where they have been granted residency. New Zealand will continue to station 27 planning and intelligence personnel in Kabul. New bird flu strain causes fifth human death in China BEIJING (AP) — A middle-aged man who transported poultry for a living and another unidentified person have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll to five among 14 confirmed cases in China, the government and state media reported Thursday. The 48-year-old man, who died in Shanghai, is one of several among the infected believed to have had direct contact with fowl. Until recently, the virus, called H7N9, was not known to infect humans. The official Xinhua News Agency did not identify the fifth fatality, but said that person also died in Shanghai on Wednesday. It said the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed on Thursday that the H7N9 virus had been detected in pigeons at a market selling agricultural products in Shanghai. It is not known how people are becoming sick with the virus, and health officials and scientists caution that there are no indications it can be transmitted from one person to another. Scientists who have studied the virus’s genetic sequence said this week that the virus may have mutated, spreading more easily to other animals and potentially posing a bigger threat to humans.
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In this June 8, 2008 file photo, New Zealand soldiers perform their traditional warrior dance of “haka” during a ceremony welcoming U.S. first lady Laura Bush at the military compound in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. New Zealand has withdrawn its small contingent of troops from Afghanistan in April 2013. The South Pacific nation had stationed about 145 soldiers in central Bamiyan province since 2003. Ten of its soldiers died during the conflict. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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DA, wife mourned; large search for killers continues
MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — A slain North Texas district attorney and his wife were mourned Thursday by a shaken community that recalled the couple’s love, warmth and public service as law enforcement continued the search for their killers. Mike and Cynthia McLelland shared a single, flag-draped casket inside a suburban Dallas church. Cynthia’s remains were cremated and placed inside the coffin with the body of her husband, the Kaufman County district attorney. Friends and colleagues at the service described them as the perfect mismatch: an outgoing Army veteran known for his wit and humor, and a quieter partner who loved quilting and supported her husband’s work. Dozens of law enforcement officers and public officials, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, were among the hundreds who attended Thursday’s service, five days after the couple was found shot to death in their home near Forney, about 20 miles east of Dallas. McLelland had addressed many of the same people two months earlier, after the slaying of Mark Hasse, one of his prosecutors. Hasse was gunned down near the Kaufman County courthouse while going to work. No arrests have been made in either case. The reward for information leading to a conviction has been doubled to $200,000. Christina Foreman, one of the five children the couple shared, said both her mother and stepfather “loved every minute” of their public service. She challenged the audience to stand up for what they believe in. “They would have done it exactly the same way, because Mike believed in making a difference,” Foreman said. Bruce Bryant, chief investigator for the district attorney’s office, broke down in tears as he remembered his former boss. “We will not stop pursuing justice,” Bryant said. “We will not give up the good fight. We will not stop doing God’s work. We will pause only to celebrate the lives of those we have lost, but we will not stop.” Surrounding the McLellands’ casket were mementos of their life together — portraits, a soldier’s jacket from Mike McLelland’s Army service and a quilt to commemorate one of Cynthia McLelland’s favorite hobbies. Two officers stood watch as dozens more sat in the audience. Officers in the balcony behind the stage could be seen raising white-gloved hands to their eyes during the service. Perry said he had spoken to McLelland weeks earlier at the state Capitol in Austin. Perry credited both McLellands for their public service: Mike as a 20-year Army veteran and district attorney, Cynthia as a nurse who worked at a state hospital. Perry said both were aware of the dangers of the district attorney’s job. “It’s an art form. It’s a calling, and one of the more difficult ones, I imagine,” Perry said in a quiet, sometimes halting voice. Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood, the county’s chief administrative official, said he got to know Mike McLelland while the two were campaigning for office three years ago. “I knew immediately how intelligent he was,” Wood said. “But he was quite a character too.” Friends remembered Mike ribbing a pastor about the length of his sermons and Cynthia repeatedly going back to one store to buy gifts for relatives and friends. They also recalled Mike running a tough campaign for district attorney — and his drive to prosecute criminals and pursue justice. “If Cynthia was all warmth and motherhood, Mike was a warrior,” Bryant said. In the months after Hasse was killed, McLelland began to carry a gun everywhere and took extra caution when answering his door. He told The Associated Press in an interview shortly before his death that he was warning his employees that they needed to be more cautious as well. “The people in my line of work are going to have to get better at it,” he said of dealing with the danger, “because they’re going to need it more in the future.” Several people Thursday remembered that spirit of persistence and defiance. Standing in front of the casket, Foreman told the audience they had a responsibility not to let fear stop them from fighting to do right thing. She said she believed her mother and stepfather had prepared her for this moment, when she and her siblings must go on without them. “The right thing is never easy,” Foreman said. She added: “And he knew that. And he stood up anyway.”
This photo taken on March 31, 2013 photo provided by Manchester University professor Stuart Campbell shows excavation in progress at Tell Khaiber, Iraq. A British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham. Stuart Campbell of Manchester University’s Archaeology Department says it goes back about 4,000 years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It’s (AP Photo/Stuart Campbell) believed to be an administrative center for Ur.
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Cameron: UK must keep its nuclear defenses LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says it would be “foolish” to abandon Britain’s nuclear armed submarines amid the increased threat of an attack from North Korea. Cameron says that the nuclear threat against Britain has risen since the Cold War’s end, citing Iran and the “highly unpredictable and aggressive regime” in North Korea as “evolving threats.” The prime minister’s remarks were published Thursday in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, hours after North Korea’s military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using nuclear weapons and Washington said it was moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam. Cameron argued that as Pyongyang develops ballistic missiles that could eventually threaten Europe, it would be “foolish to leave Britain defenseless against a continuing, and growing, nuclear threat.” Isotope seized in Georgia too small for dirty bomb TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Three men are under arrest in Georgia on charges of illegally possessing a radioactive isotope that can be used in a dirty bomb, but authorities say they didn’t have enough to make one of the devices. Police say the three Georgians were holding Americium-241. That is one of the substances widely seen as a possible component in explosive devices aimed at spreading radioactive particles that would kill or sicken people. Grigol Basilia, the energy ministry’s top official for security issues, on Thursday declined to say how much of the isotope was seized, but said it was “not enough to build a so-called dirty bomb.” More possible human remains found in WTC debris NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner’s office says more possible pieces of human remains have been found during the sifting of newly uncovered debris from the site of the September 2001 terrorist attacks. The office says 21 potential human remains were recovered Wednesday. That brings the total found during the current effort to 39. About 60 truckloads of debris that could contain tiny human bone fragments have been unearthed by construction crews working on the new World Trade Center tower in recent years. City officials say investigators will spend 10 weeks trying to find remains in that debris. The city’s last such effort ended in 2010. Some 2,750 people died at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks, but remains of only 1,634 people have been identified.
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Guam tourism officials want more cruise ships HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam tourism officials are hoping to bring more cruise ship visitors to the island. The Pacific Daily News says tourism officials met this week with Sen. Tina Muña Barnes. The senator says as many as 7 million tourists could be brought through the Micronesian region aboard cruise ships. Barnes says the Asia region has seen significant growth in the cruise industry, and she hopes Guam and the surrounding islands can see some of that growth. The senator says she will work with the newly formed Micronesian Cruise Association and the Guam Visitors Bureau to market the region as part of a destination package. The Guam Visitors Bureau says the island has an average seven cruise ships visit each year. Officials say there is plenty of room for growth. Mass. boy in danger of losing arm after dog bite WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy is in danger of losing his arm after being bitten by the family dog. Police say the Westfield boy was taken to a Westfield hospital after being bitten Tuesday afternoon, then was transported to a Springfield hospital for additional surgery in an attempt to save the arm, which suffered damage to the brachial artery. Animal control officer Kenneth Frazer says the boy’s parents told him that doctors are not sure the arm can be saved. The Westfield News reports that the boy was bitten on the upper arm as he was letting the 3-year-old American bulldog in the house. The boy’s father said the dog has “territorial issues” and asked that it be removed from his home and euthanized. Southern Mexico rattled by 5.4 quake MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parts of southern and central Mexico have been rattled by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake, but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in the southern state of Guerrero, about 50 miles (81 kilometers) northwest of the resort of Acapulco. The quake was felt slightly in Mexico City late Thursday. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera wrote in his twitter account that there were no immediate reports of damages.
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Buddhist, Muslims from Myanmar brawl in Indonesia MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Buddhist and Muslim asylum seekers from Myanmar brawled with rocks and knifes at an immigration detention center in Indonesia early Friday, leaving eight people dead and 15 injured, police said. The fight broke out at the center in North Sumatra province, where more than 100 Rohingya migrants — most intercepted off Indonesia’s coast in rickety boats — and 11 illegal fishermen from Myanmar were being held together, said local police chief Endro Kiswanto. Witnesses told police the clash started after a Muslim Rohingya confronted a Buddhist fisherman about sectarian violence in their homeland. Insults were traded, and people began fighting with rocks and knifes. Eight Buddhists were killed, and 15 Rohingya were injured. Three other Buddhists escaped unharmed, Kiswanto said. Sectarian violence erupted in central Myanmar last month when mobs of armed Buddhists torched Muslim-owned homes and shops. Dozens were killed and thousands, mostly Muslims, were forced to flee. South African president visits Mandela in hospital JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment for pneumonia in a hospital. A statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office says he visited 94-year-old Mandela on Thursday and was informed by doctors that the former president’s condition is improving. The statement quotes Zuma as saying that Mandela is stable and responding well to treatment. Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on the night of March 27. It is his third trip to a hospital since December, when he was treated for a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones. Earlier in March, he spent a night in a hospital for what officials said was a scheduled medical test. Shooting at deputy DA’s home not tied to others HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say there are no ties between recent shootings involving public officials and a Colorado shooting that killed a man outside the home of a sheriff’s deputy and a prosecutor. Grand County coroner’s officials say Joshua Lee Stevens of Coral, Mich., died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it appears that late Monday, Stevens pounded on the door at the home of Deputy District Attorney Heather Stein and sheriff’s Lt. John
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HOUSE HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WRITES TO DOH DIRECTOR Concerns were raised during the House of Representatives regular session regarding the practice of opening boxed and packaged frozen food (chicken) and separating them into smaller bags, and this was the basis of a letter sent to Health Director Motusa Toatolu Nua, from Chairman of the House Health Committee, Rep. Maugaoalii Sipa Anoa’i. According to the letter this issue was first raised by Maoputasi Rep. Va’amua H. Sesepasara, on reported cases and unhealthy practices by store owners that are believed to not be in compliance with the health standards of DOH. The concerns of the Fono and of the House Health Committee is that this type of unhealthy activity is becoming a normal practice throughout the territory, said Maugaoalii. “The opening of boxed and packaged frozen food (chicken) and separating them in smaller bags is cause for concern and something that your department should look into. Furthermore, it has been reported that rice, sugar, and other food products packed and sealed in the original manufactured bags are also tampered with and repacked for consumption. “Certainly a health issue is in question here given that most of these practices are done in plain view of the consumers.” Maugaoalii further stated that invariably the repackaging of food products from their original package is in itself a health hazard. “People have witnessed firsthand the use of hammers,
and unsanitized tools to separate frozen chicken, and rice repacked on the floor,” he said. He noted the health and welfare of our community is of particular importance in the healthcare environment, and while he understands the health department is doing an excellent job in preventive measures, he feels that this issue needs to be prioritized. CONCERNS VOICED OVER SAFETY HAZARDS OF OVERGROWN TREES Rep. Fatulegae’e Mauga has repeatedly raised concerns during the House regular session regarding the safety hazards posed by overgrown trees near the main highway in villages in his District. He urged the Public Works Committee chaired by Rep. Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava to look into this and have the Public Works cut down the trees near the road. Mauga also voiced the same concerns to the American Samoa Power Authority, noting that there are too many trees that are too close to the main road. He said that aside from Amouli this also exists in Vatia, and Aoa, where trees are higher than telephone poles. Rep. Atualevao said he will relay the concerns to the Department of Public Works. RESOLUTION ON BRACING HILLSIDE IN AMOULI APPROVED A resolution seeking the governor to instruct Director of Public Works to prepare and implement plans to brace the hillside in the area known as Fagafaga in Amouli was approved in the House this week. The Resolution states boulders and loose dirt continue to fall onto the road and many times cause impassible conditions for vehicles, and the area known as “Fagafaga” — the
bend leading to Amouli village— continues to show signs of near collapse. A stream was diverted when the road was carved out and it continues to run directly onto the road during rainfall. Rocks continue to fall and boulders have also been removed and it is prudent for the government to take immediate action to brace the hillside in this area to prevent a possible landslide.  Like the project done after the Fagatogo landslide, a similar one has to be conducted in Fagafaga where the hillside is graded and tiered to prevent possible damage and loss of life; also, much of the roads in Saole District run along the mountainside and in the high elevated areas, making driving conditions very dangerous for motorists.
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had asked the interim board to review. Mauga said the island still needs two power plants with Satala serving the Bay Area and the Eastern District. Fonoti responded that the board has informed the governor that the Satala plant will be rebuilt, but it will be located further up, and further away from the shoreline. (The new Satala plant will be 90% funded by the federal government and will replace the old one destroyed by the 2009 tsunami). Other issues raised by senators with Fonoti included having ASPA reinstate the recycling program which is beneficial to poor families; putting the rest of ASPA’s electric lines underground; reducing the amount of paperwork involved in getting services connected; and expanding debit meter service to Manu’a residents. An interesting comment came from Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao, who explained that his church has three meters and therefore pays trash collection charges for each meter — in accordance with ASPA policy. However, Laolagi said, one of the meters serves only the air conditioner for the church building and he had inquired with ASPA as to what “trash does an air conditioner” create? Laolagi said he was told that “it’s the policy” that each meter comes with a solid waste charge. “‘Til now, I still don’t know what kind of ‘trash’ is created by an air condition system that would justify a solid waste charge,” he said, to a bit of laughter from other senators and a big-smile on Fonoti’s face.
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This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Western Utumea Beach Asili Beach, across LMS Church Fagatogo Stream Mouth by the market Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream Vatia stream mouth, 2nd bridge Aua stream mouth near bridge Alega beach adjacent resort Alega stream mouth Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS Masefau stream mouth Alofau stream mouth, 1st bridge, Asasama Onenoa Beach
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and supplies contained therein.” The bottom of the interim report contains the following note: This is only an interim report based on files kept at the Office of Samoan Affairs and data from the ASG Planning and Budget Office. A more thorough and clearer project report shall be forthcoming at the completion of the Fale Tele Project. DISCREPANCIES Based on the interim report, Samoa News notes the following discrepancies. Samoa News understands the $16,800 in local contribution is from of a radio-thon held in late November- early December 2011, by the Office of Samoan Affairs asking the public for help to ‘finish’ the Fale Tele. In testimony before the Fono, in mid February 2012, the money was identified by Samoan Affairs officials as around $15,000, put into a separate account, to be used for traditional gift presentations (ava) during the dedication ceremony. Further, not noted in the interim report is the $50,000 budgeted by the Fono to complete the Fale Tele Project, after then governor Togiola Tulafono requested it in a supplementary budget submitted to the Fono in Feb. 2012. The supplemental bill was passed in March 2012 and signed by Togiola in early April 2012. Deputy Secretary of Samoan Affairs Nanai Afuola had said in late December 2011, during a news conference, that there was a bit more work that needed to be done on the Fale Tele, such as putting in tiles, steps, railing and lights and the government would look for funding to complete this work. Samoa News would also like to point out that in the December 2011 press conference, Nanai said that with the final payment of $10,000 made to the builders, the funding from DOI was complete. BACKGROUND The FALE TELE project encompasses about 135 feet in circumference and located near the old Yacht Club building, which is now leased by Don’t Drink the Water (DDW). During his Flag Day keynote address in 2012, then DOI Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas Anthony M. Babauta spoke briefly about the project and said that during his trip to the territory the year before, he made a promise to Tufele that his office “would assist in upholding its part of an agreement that had been forged over a century ago.” “This fale will be a symbol of what is sacred to the faa-Samoa, in particular the family and matai system — which is the heart of the Samoan culture,” said Babauta. “It will provide a forum to learn the fa’alupega.” During the groundbreaking in 2011, Tufele said the guesthouse is to serve the people of American Samoa. At the time, then Governor Togiola Tulafono said the idea of a guest fale at the same location at Utulei Beach first came up when Mauga Tasi Asuega was the Secretary of Samoan Affairs in 2007, and the idea was brushed aside because of the way the proposal was presented. It was “not attractive to my mind and I dismissed the idea,” he said. However, when Tufele took over as Secretary of Samoan Affairs, he provided the same idea “in a very different way”, saying that ‘Si’ugaula o le Atuvasa’ at Utulei Beach is not complete and “we need a dignified [guest] house for the people. Now that immediately caught my attention,” said Togiola. “A house that will stand as a monument to our forefathers and will lay claim to the present generations for and on behalf of the children, who are not even born.” Instead of saying “yes” right away to Tufele, when the project was first proposed, Togiola told Tufele that “we don’t have any money” for the project. The next time Togiola and Tufele spoke, it was revealed that Babauta had endorsed the idea with funding assistance.
➧ Allegations arise in NHHC debacle…
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Samoa News sent queries to Langford in regard to her involvement with EMLA Aviation; this is her response in full text. “In response to your inquiries, EMLA Aviation did not conduct business with CIC, NHHC or ASCA; these are companies that were operating under a service contract with the American Samoa Government,” said Langford. It appears that Langford did not deny working with EMLA Aviation a company which former ASCA employees and Kupa claim was working closely with ASCA, NHHC and CIC. Kupa noted that EMLA Aviation was not established locally yet on her pay stub that Samoa News obtained, there were withholdings for American Samoa Tax, Social Security and Medicare. Samoa News understands EMLA Aviation was also led by Quin Rudin and also by Langford, who was highly involved in ASNEG/NHHC projects. Rudin is the NHHC partner who is accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars of cash and equipment from Cisco Systems, Inc. An NHHC/ASCA employee Karalina Prendergast told Samoa News that during tele-presence meetings, Langford was present, speaking directly to Rudin about the NEG projects. On Wednesday, about 20 employees of ASCA, who claim they are are owed $11,403.33 in salaries sought assistance from HR Director Le’i Sonny Thompson. The ASCA employees led by Prendergast told the HR Director what had occurred and that they were NEG employees who have yet to be paid. She further told the Director that they have all their time cards to prove that they were working and not compensated. At the closing of the meeting the HR Director informed the ASCA employees to submit all the documents of their time, and it would be taken under advisement.
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➧ 6 OPAD employees object to Thompson…
to the job duties of the position. Therefore, we generally suggest the hiring of Brian Thompson must be reconsidered.” One of the six women told Samoa News that Thompson was seen at their office on several occasions and he’s scheduled to start at OPAD next week Monday. As reported earlier by Samoa News, eyebrows were raised when Thompson was hired to work for the Governor’s office as their tech person, given he has a criminal record. Thompson was accused of touching his wife’s niece inappropriately and was initially charged with first degree sexual abuse, which was amended to third degree assault, a misdemeanor, for offensive touching. Thompson in his 30’s entered his guilty plea December 2011 and was sentenced to probation for two years. The probation office has confirmed with Samoa News that Thompson is currently on probation. Thompson, in response to Samoa News queries regarding the letter, said that it’s truly a blessing to go into a situation knowing the true feelings of individuals who you will be working with. “They have every right to fear something or someone they do not understand,” he said, adding, “I am grateful for the opportunity to use my 15 years of professional experience with Special Education in the Office of OPAD.” Thompson further stated that as publicized on numerous occasions, he had pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. 
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“I have cleared all background and clearance checks from the local DPS and Homeland Security as mandated by law. My situation is a matter of public record, and I am also looking forward to that one day I may earn their trust and respect.” “If at any time they feel harassed by any professional they will have every right to visit the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office for assistance. They are located on the 2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building (EOB) within the Department of Human Resources office,” said Thompson. He noted that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment & pregnancy), national origin, religion and retaliation. There are five 5 laws enforced by the EEOC: * Title VII of the Civil Rights Act * Age Discrimination Act * Equal Pay Act * Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) * The Genetic Information Act For questions or inquiries, you can contact the EEO at 633-4485: EEO Officer EEO Administrative Asst. EEO Compliance Officer Kereti Matautia Monalisa Matautia Nanai Candie Mutini Ext: 269 Ext: 230 Ext: 229 Samoa News understands copies of this letter were distributed to the Judicial Branch, the Senate President, Senators, House Speaker and Representatives.
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Magalei pointed out DOE had a grant funded program called ‘bathroom monitor’, which was successful until it was transferred to DOE maintenance and suggested this program be looked at again. After the witnesses were dismissed, senators agreed to Sen. Mauga T. Asuega’s suggestion for a letter from the committee to the administration that the entire $1 million budgeted for DOE maintenance and renovations be given to DOE. BACKGROUND During a recent House committee hearing on the supplemental, ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili testified that the DOE maintenance funds request was because the original funding had been reduced by the Fono last year. Cuts were made by the Joint Fono Budget hearings last September to the final FY 2013 budget document before it was approved and sent to the administration. Among the cuts was $450,000 from the DOE facility renovation program. What the Fono had done at the time was cut $6.8 million out of the final budget — after getting conflicting testimonies from ASG witnesses over the money government was supposed to get in the FY 2013 budget under the unpledged provisions of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The budget submission shows windfall money totaling $6.8 million in unpledged proceeds of the tobacco settlement but ASG witnesses disagreed: then Attorney General Fepuleai Afa Ripley said this money was allocated to pay the ASG loan from the federal government, while the Budget office claimed it was not. Besides DOE facility renovations, other programs that suffered cuts (which totaled $6.8 million) were the entire budgets of the Stimulus Office and the Information Technology Department and $500,000 each from the Governor’s Office and the Fono.
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LAGONA E TAMAITAI FAIGALUEGA OPAD LE LE SAOGALEMU I GALUEGA
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Le ta’ita’i o le Auso Fealofani a le Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo, le faletua ia Faapio Pasili Farani i le taimi na faalauiloa ai ni isi o galuega sa galulue i ai le Auso i le aso ananafi e pei o ie [ata: AF] elei, i se polokalame na faatupe a le vaega a le American Samoa Humanities Society.
O le toe lalagaina mai o measina a Samoa sa ola mai ai tuaa i aso ua mavae lea ua aga’i ina mou atu, o le autu lea o se galuega tele a tina o le Au Uso Fealofani a le Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo, lea na faalauiloa i le taeao ananafi i le maota o le Ekalesia. O le Tina o le Galuega ia Faapio Pasili Farani ma sui uma o le Auso Fealofani sa auai i lenei faamoemoe, lea fo’i na faatasi atu i ai ma le sui o le Ofisa a le American Samoa Humanities Council (ASHC), le faletua ia Tauaisafune Niualama Faifane, ona o le latou Ofisa lea sa faatupe-ina lenei faamoemoe. Na taua e Faapio i le Samoa News e faapea, o le autu o le latou poloketi o le vaavaaia o ni auala e toe fafagu mai ai galuega taulima a Samoa ua tauau ina mou ese atu, e le gata fo’i i lea, ia mafai ona faaaoga a latou taleni ma meaalofa i le galueaina o soo se galuega taulima e maua ai tupe e fesoasoani ai i manaoga a le mafutaga. “O ni isi o tina o le Auuso Fealofani ua malolo litaea mai galuega sa galulue ai, ma o le toatele foi ua nofo fale, o le aoga la lena o le faamoemoe lenei, ia faaaoga i ai o latou taimi avanoa ae galulue ai i galuega laiti nei ina ia maua ai tupe e fesoasoani ai i le aiga aemaise ai o manaoga a le Auso Fealofani,” o le saunoaga lea a Faapio. O galuega e pei ona galulue i ai tina o le Auso Fealofani e aofia ai le toe lalagaina o le ietoga; o le Elei; o le su’iina o ie solovae; ma le aoaoina o le su’isu’i. Na taua e le Matuau’u ia Faleatiu Time e faapea, e silia ma le tausaga na latou galulue ai mo le totoina o le laufala, ma ina ua matua le laufala, sa ta ta loa ma ave ua saka ae faalala, ma faaaoga ai loa i le lalagaina o le ietoga tele lea o
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Toe lalaga Auuso Fealofani Fagatogo measina a Samoa ua mou atu
E to’aono ni tama’ita’i e galulue i le Ofisa e Puipuia Aia Tatau o i latou e aafia i le gasegase o le tino ma le mafaufau (OPAD), ua tuuina atu sa latou tusi i le Faatonusili o le latou Matagaluega, e faailoa atu ai lo latou fefefe i lo latou saogalemu, ona o lea ua faa faigaluega i totonu o le matagaluega se alii sa molia i lona faia o ni uiga mataga i se tama’ita’i. Sa tuuina atu i le alii Faatonu ia Matautu Dr. Peter Tinitali, PhD, le tusi talosaga a nei tamaitai, e mafua mai ona o lea ua faa faigaluegaina le susuga a Brian Thompson i lo latou ofisa, ae o le to’atele o le aufaigaluega o tama’ita’i. I se vaega o lea tusi na mafai ona maua e le Samoa News o lo o taua ai e i latou nei e faapea, talu ai o lo o i ai le faila a Thompson i mataupu tau solitulafono, ua latou le mautinoa ai pe toe fai e lenei alii lea gaioiga i se taimi o i luma, ma ua lagona ai lo latou le saogalemu pe a latou i ai faatasi ma ia. O lo o taua foi i le tusi e faapea, o Thompson na ulua’i tuuaia e le malo i le moliaga mamafa o lona tagofia o itutinosa o se tamaitai, peitai o lea moliaga mamafa na toe suia e le malo i le moliaga mama o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, lea na faasala ai o ia e le faamasinoga i le masina o Tesema 2011, ma nofovaavaaia ai mo le 2 tausaga, e i ai fo’i lo latou talitonuga o lo o nofo vaavaaia pea Thompson e o’o mai i le taimi nei. Na taua e i latou nei e faapea, o lo o latou malamalama i ta’iala ma faiga faavae a le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo, mo le faia o siaki i talaaga o tagata faigaluega uma, atoa ai ma tulafono mo le faa faigaluegaina o tagata o lo o i ai faamaumauga i a latou solitulafono sa faia. E talitonu foi i latou, e le o se itu talafeagai le faamalolo o se tagata faigaluega ona o le le faailoaina o se solitulafono sa ta’usalaina ai o ia, ae talu ai o mafuaaga uma ua latou faailoa, na faaiu ai le latou tusi i lo latou talosagaina o le alii faatonu, ina ia toe iloilo le faafaigaluegaina o le susuga a Thompson. Sa tuuina atu e le Samoa News se imeli e fesiligia ai le susuga Thompson mo sona finagalo e faatatau i lenei mataupu, peitai e lomia lenei ripoti ananafi e le’i tuuina mai lava sana tali. O i latou o lo o saini i lenei tusi e aofia ai Hellene F. Stanley, CAP manager; Fiaava’e Savali, PAIR manager; Mi-Sook H. Save, PADD manager; Denise Thomsen, PAIMI manager; Siuli Pasikale, In-Take, Specialist, ma Vagana Siaosi, Field Representative/PAIMI/TBI. O le kopi o lenei tusi o lo o tuuina atu i le afioga i le Lutena Kovana ia Lemanu Peleti Mauga, o le afioga i le Loia Sili ia Afoa S. Lutu, ma le tofa ia Le’i Sonny Thompson o le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo. Sa mafai foi ona faamaonia mai e le Ofisa nofovaavaaia i le Samoa News, o lo o i ai Thompson i lalo o le vaavaaiga a le faamasinoga.
Se vaaiga atu lena i tina o le Auso Fealofani a le Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo, ao punonou ai i le lalagaina o le ietoga e 27 ‘aga le umi ae 15 ‘aga le lautele, o se tasi lea o galuega i le latou polokalame sa faatupe e le American [ata: AF] Samoa Humanities Society.
Toatolu totino Komiti Faafoe ASPA pasia e le Senate
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E toatolu totino o le Komiti Faafoe a le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) na pasia e le Senate i le taeao ananafi, e aofia ai Perelini Perelini o le ta’ita’ifono, Peter Crispin ma Vaa Sokelati Fala. O le faaiuga a le senate ua taoto, sa faia ina ua maea ona latou fesiligia molimau e tusa ai o latou agavaa e pei ona tofia ai i latou e le kovana. O ni isi o mataupu na tele i ai fesili a afioga i senatoa, o auala e faaitiitia ai le tau o le eletise ma le suavai, atoa ai ma ni fuafuaga faataoto a le ASPA mo le lumana’i o lana tautua i le atunuu, aemaise ai o ni isi o ana galuega e pei o le aoina o le lapisi lea ua faasoa atu i ni isi o kamupani tua i le atunuu. Na faamanino e Perelini i le komiti a le ASPA/TEO a le senate e faapea, e i ai ni isi o kamupani tua ua faasoa atu i ai e le ASPA le galuega mo le aoina o le lapisi, ona o ni isi o kamupani tua nei o lo o i ai a latou taavale ma masini e mafai ona faatino ai lea galuega, ona o lo o faaletonu ni isi o taavale a le ASPA. “O le agaga moni o lo o i le ASPA, ia faasoa atu ni isi o nei tauta i kamupani tua e galulue mai ai, ina ia tofu maua uma e kamupani tua ma le ASPA tulaga o tupe mai lenei auaunaga, ae maua ai loa ma le avanoa o le ASPA e taula’i ai lana vaai i le faatinoina o ana galuega o lo o faatulaga mai e le tulafono,” o le saunoaga lea a Perelini. O tautua na taua e Perelini o lo o faatulaga mai e le tulafono e ao i le ASPA ona ave i ai lana faamuamua e aofia ai le eletise, suavai, vai lafoa’i ma le lapisi. Talu ai ni isi o feeseeseaiga na tulai mai i le va o le senate ma le komiti faafoe tuai a le ASPA ua tuana’i atu, e faatatau i le puleaina o le paketi a le ASPA, na mafua ai ona fesili le alii senatoa ia Mauga Tasi Asuega ia Perelini poo ai e pule i le paketi a le ASPA, ae na tali Perelini, “e pei ona masani mai ai le ASPA i taimi ua tuana’i, o le fono e avatu ai le faaiuga mo lana paketi, ma o le tulaga fo’i lena o le a matou tausisi i ai.” Na fautua le alii sui peresetene ia Nuanuaolefeagaiga T. Saoluaga i sui o le komiti, ina ia silasila toto’a i auala e mafai ai ona faaaoga le malosi o le la ma le savili e gaosi mai ai le eletise, ina ia faaitiitia ai le tulaga pagatia o lo o feagai ma le atunuu i le taimi nei, i le maualuga o le tau o le eletise e mafua mai ona o le taugata o le suauu o lo o gaosi mai ai. Ae na taua e le alii senatoa ia Faletagoai Iati Tuiolemotu e faapea, o se tasi o tautua a le ASPA sa fesoasoani malosi ai i nai aiga lima vaivai, o le recycle lea ua taofia nei. I lana tautua, e tatau ona toe faaauau lea tautua ina ia mafai ai ona maua se isi
fesoasoani mo nai aiga lima vaivai o le atunuu. I tulaga pagatia o lo o feagai pea ma motu e pei o Manu’a ma Aunuu, na talosaga ai le alii senatoa ia Saole Mila i sui o le komiti, ina ia silasila toto’a i le afi o lo o mumu ai tagata Aunuu i le taimi nei, e toeititi lava o aso uma e fai ma pe ai, ma ua avea lea ma mafuaaga ua tele ai mea totino a tagata ua faaletonu e pei o pusaaisa, e mafua mai i le motusia soo o le eletise. O ananafi ina ua maea le tauaofiaga a le maota o sui, na faataunuuina ai la latou iloiloga mo le fesiligiaina o totino ia e toatolu o le komiti faafoe a le ASPA, ma ua faamoemoe o le taeao nei e tuuina atu ai suafa o i latou nei mo le palotaina. O sui e le’i auai i le iloiloga e aofia ai Isabel Hudson ma Daniel King. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Totino e to’atolu o le komiti faafoe a le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) ua faamaonia nei e le senate. [ata: AF] [mai le itu agavale] Peter Crispin; Perelini Perelini ma Vaa Sokelati Fala.
 
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Alofa, se ia tiga…
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Se vaaiga i se tasi o galuega sa tapenaina e tina o le Auso Fealofani a le Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo, e pei ona i ai ie solovae o lo o faalauiloa e le faletua ia Pepe Faletoi, sa mafai ona gaosi [ata: AF] mai i ieie mai falesu’isu’i po o lavalava fo’i ua le toe aoga i totonu o le aiga.
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TAUNUU FONO TOFIGA KOVANA MO KOMITI FAAFOE FALETUPE ATINA’E Ua i luma o le Fono Faitulafono tofiga a le kovana sili mo i latou e to’alima o le a avea ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe o le Faletupe o Atina’e a Amerika Samoa, e aofia ai le afioga i le alii senatoa ia Nuanuaolefeagaiga T. Saoluaga; le afioga i le alii faipule ia Iaulualo Faafetai Talia; Fiapa’ipa’i Fruean; Muagututi’a Leapei Fa’aola ma Malepeai Setu. I sana tusi i taitai o le fono faitulafono na taua ai e Lolo e faapea, o i latou ua ia tofia o lo o i ai le tomai ma le agava’a faapitoa e mafai ai ona latou tauaveina tiute tauave mo le komiti faafoe o le Faletupe. O i latou e toatolu o lo o i ai le silafia i mataupu tau tulafono ma le to’alua o ni tagata faipisinisi i le atunuu. PASIA PILI FAAOPOOPO AI TOTINO KOMITI FEMALAGAAIGA Na fulisia le maota maualuga e pasia le pili lea ua pasia e le maota o sui faatasi ma suiga, e faaopoopo ai le aofai o totino o le Komiti Faafoe a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga mai le toa 5 i le toa 7. O le pili na faaulu e le alii kovana, ia sui le tulafono o lo o i ai mai le toa 5 i le toa 9, ma ia le silia foi ma le toa 5 sui o le komiti o Nesionale ma Sitiseni a le malo tele, e tupuga mai Amerika Samoa. O suiga a le maota o sui lea foi na pasia e le senate ina ua faitau faalua le pili ananafi, ia suia le aofai o le komiti mai le toa 5 i le toa 7, ma ia avea uma foi totino o le komiti o Nesionale ma Sitiseni o le Iunaite Setete, e tupuga mai i Amerika Samoa. TELE AUALA ITUMALO TUALAUTA UA AGA’I INA MAE’A ONA TOE FAALELEIA E ui i tulaga faaletonu sa i ai le tele o auala i totonu o le itumalo o Tualauta, peita’i o lea ua aga’i atu ina mae’a galuega mo le toe faaleleia o ni isi o auala, e pei ona saunoa i ai le afioga i le tamaitai faipule ia Vui Florence Vaili Saulo i luma o le maota i le vaiaso nei. Na taua e Vui e faapea, o lo o galulue pea le Matagaluega mo le faaleleia o ni isi o auala i totonu o le itumalo, peitai o ni isi o auala o lo o ia fesoasoani e faaleleia, e ala i le totogiina o uta ma le totogiina o masini a ofisa o Galuega a le malo e faaleleia ai. O le agaga o le tamaitai faipule e le o le fia faailoa o sana tautua, ae o le manatu ina ia fesoasoani i le tulaga pagatia o lo o feagai ma le itumalo aemaise ai o le atunuu o lo o feafioa’i i auala o lo o i totonu o le itumalo. Na faafetaia e Vui le faatonusili o le matagaluega o galuega a le malo, ona o le fesoasoani o lo o mafai ona tuuina atu mo le itumalo aemaise ai o le atunuu atoa. PASIA KOMITI PAKETI MAOTA SUI SUIGA SENATE PILI TUPE KOVANA Ua pasia e le komiti o le paketi a le maota o sui suiga a le senate i le pili tupe sa faaulu e le kovana, e faasoasoa atu ai le $5miliona e faatupe ai ni isi o manaoga a le malo, atoa ai ma le totogiina o ni isi o faaiuga a le faamasinoga, faapea ai tupe sa totogi atu mo totogi faaiu a tagata ae le’i faamaonia atu e le fono. O le faaiuga a le komiti e pasia suiga a le senate, sa faia lea i le taimi na faia ai sa latou iloiloga puupuu i le aso ananafi, i lalo o le taitaiga a afioga i le alii faipule ia Timusa Lam Yuen o le ta’ita’i komiti. O suiga e pei ona pasia e le senate i le latou pili, e aveese mai ai le $100,000 mai le $300,000 o lo o fuafua le kovana e faatupe ai galuega mo le toe faaleleia o faleaoga i le atunuu, ae tuu atu e faaleleia ai le vaa o le MV Sili. Saunoa le tamaitai faipule ia Vui Florence Vaili Saulo e faapea, na te lagolagoina le manaoga ina ia faaleleia le vaa mo Manu’a, ae o le aveese mai o le tupe ua fuafua mo le Ofisa o Aoga, ae o lea o lo o tele faaletonu i ni isi o faleaoga i le atunuu, o se itu lea e atugalu ai lona loto. O le toatele o sui o le komiti sa latou lagolagoina le faamoemoe ina ia tuuina atu le tupe e faaleleia ai le vaa a Manu’a, pau lo latou finagalo, manaia ae saili mai i se isi alagatupe nai lo le aveese mai i le tupe ua faatulaga mo le faaleleia o faleaoga. Na taua e Timusa i le Samoa News e faapea, o se tasi o popolega sa ia te ia ma le komiti, ina ne’i faaletonu le pili pe afai ae toe fai i ai ni isi suiga a le komiti, ae o lea ua toe tolu aso maea e tauaofiaga a le fono. I le faaiuga o le iloiloga a le komiti, sa latou pasia ai loa ina ia talia suiga a le senate, ma ua faamoemoe o le taeao nei e ripoti ai i luma o le maota o sui le faaiuga a le komiti mo se finagalo o le maota, i le taimi e faitau faalua ai le pili a le senate. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Vaega: 31 “Averia Rosa Elisapeta si a’u tama pele, e le lava upu ou te fa’ailoa atu ai ia te oe si a’u tama, lo’u alofa. Ua ou faia lenei tusi ma le o’otia o lo’u loto fa’atasi ai ma lo’u naunauta’iga, ia e maua lenei tusi pe afai e tusa ai ma le finagalo o le Atua i lou olaga tuputupu a’e…..ou te fia fa’ailoa atu ia te oe si a’u tama pele e to’atasi, e leai lava se tasi e mafaia ona ave’ese lo’u alofa mai ia te oe…..se’i iloga e tu’u ifo lo’u tino i le tu’ugamau ona fa’atoa mavae lea….Ou te fia ta’u atu ia te oe si a’u tama pele, afai o le a e maua lenei tusi, ona avea lea ma vai fofo mo oe, i taimi o faigata ma mafatiaga e o’o atu ia te oe.” Ua le mafai ona taofiofi lo’u loto mafatia i lea taimi, ma na i’u ai lava ina ou le mafaia ona tatali le maligi ifo o o’u loimata, sa ou taumafai e taofiofi, peita’i, ua le mafai lava. “Averia, si a’u tama pele, ia ‘aua ‘aua lava ne i o’o ni manatu ia te oe, ua ou le alofa ia te oe, ua ou tu’u lafoa’i ia te oe, pe ua ou le mana’o ia te oe….ua na o le Atua e silafia lo’u loto Averia, ua na o le Atua fo’i o lo’o silafia o’u fa’alogona tiga o lo’o i ai nei.” Na ou tepa a’e nei i luga ma tau soloi o’u loimata, ona ua pa’u mai nei ma ua su su ai le tusi mai i si o’u tina. “Averia, sa ma fetaui ma lou tama o Mikaele i Amerika, ma sa ma ao’oga fa’atasi ai. O le amataga lea o le ma feiloa’iga ma lou tama. Ua mafana le ma mafutaga, sa fusia i le alofa i so’o se mea lava. E ui ina sa faigata ia i ma’ua le tulaga o a ma a’oa’oga, ae sa ma galulue fa’atasi, e fesoasoani le tasi i le isi, ina ia taunu’u lo ma fa’amoemoe, ia ma fa’atasi ma ma mafuta i aso uma o le olaga. Na ma taumafai ina ia fa’ai’uina i le manuia a ma a’oa’oga, ma na taunu’u lava, i le fesoasoani mai o le Atua ia i ma’ua.” Ua ou toe tepa a’e i luga i lea taimi, e ui lava ina faigata ia te a’u, ae sa ou taumafai nei e mafaufau i le fa’amatalaga a lo’u tama lea na ta’u mai ai ia te a’u le la mafutaga ma lo’u tina. E sa’o lava le tala a lo’u tama na fai mai ia te a’u. Ua toe fa’aauau la’u faitau, “Averia, si a’u tama pele, e ui ina matuitui ma tiga lo’u alofa i lou tama, ae maise ai o lo’u tu’ua o oe e te lua mafuta ma lou tama, ae sa ou faia, ona o lo’u va’ai alofa i le aunagi mai a matua o lou tama ia te a’u. O lo’o i totonu o le pusa lenei, lou pepa fanau, e te iloa ai, o oe o la’u tama moni na ifo mai i lo’u manava. Ma e leai se tasi e mafai ona ia fa’aluaina oe ia te a’u, e leai lava Averia.” Ua le matu o’u loimata, ua tau le mafai ai ona faitau le tusi a si o’u tina, ua sola fo’i le loto tele sa i a te a’u i lea taimi, ae ua ufitia nei i le fa’anoanoa. “Averia, afai lava e i ai ni ou alofa mo a’u lou tina, ia e alofa ma fa’amagalo mai a’u. Afai o e fiafia, ona ou fiafia ai lea, afai o feagai oe ma ni mafatiaga, ona ou mafatia ai fo’i lea, afai o lutia oe i fa’anoanoaga, ona ou fa’anoanoa ai lea….ae ia e fiafia Averia….o a lava mea uma na tutupu i lo ma va ma lou tama, ia e alofa fa’amagalo i ma’ua ma Mikaele.” “O lou tama, o se tagata e loto alofa, e usita’i, ma e loto maualalo. Ina ua uma ona ou fanaua oe i Amerika, sa mana’o lava lou tama ma te o i Peretania, ona o lona mana’o, se i va’ai ona matua ia te oe. E ui fo’i i le le malilie o o’u matua, ae sa ou faia lava, ona o lo’u alofa i lou tama ae maise ai o lona mana’oga. Na avea lo’u usita’i i lou tama ma ala na leaga ai lo matou va ma o’u matua i Amerika. Ma na lafo mai le tala a lo’u tama ia te a’u, e le toe fia va’ai ia te a’u, o le a le toe ta’ua a’u o sona afafine. E ui i ia mea tiga uma ma lo’u alofa i o’u matua, ae ua sili lo’u alofa i lou tama ona ua maua oe, o fua na o le alofa moni ma o le ala lea na ma o ai loa i Peretania.” Na ou toe tepa a’e i luga ma tau soloi o’u mata i lea taimi, ae lilo i o’u manatu o lo’o mata’i lelei mai a’u e le ave ta’avale, ou te le i ano lava i ai, ae ua toe fa’aauau pea la’u faitau i le tusi a si o’u tina na fai mo a’u. E faia pea…
➧ Auuso Fealofani Fagatogo…
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lo o latou galulue ai nei. O le ietoga e 27 aga le umi ae 15 aga le lautele, ua silia ma le lua vaiaso talu ona amata ma le faamoemoe e faamaeaina i le vaiaso fou. “E te le tau alu i le faleoloa e aumai ai ni ie e su’i ai sau ie solovae, ae na o lou alu lava i fale su’isu’i ma aumai ai ni fasi ie ie ua le toe aoga, po o ni lavalava fo’i ua le toe aoga i totonu o lona aiga, ona tipi tipi lea (tulou) ae su’i ai lau ie solovae,” o le saunoaga lea a le faletua ia Pepe Faletoi. O le tomai e pei ona maua e Pepe, sa ia aoaoina mai i se tina matua mai le afioaga o Leone i le tausaga na te’a nei, ma ua ia faasoaina atu i tina o le Auuso Fealofani i Fagatogo. Na taua e Tauaisafune e faapea, e $5,000 le tupe na tuuina atu e le ASHC e faatupe ai lenei poloketi ma e mafai ona talia e le ASHC talosaga a faalapotopotoga e le o galulue mo ni polofiti (non profit organisation) e tuuina atu, mo ni vaega tupe e amata ai ni galuega mo le lumana’i o faalapotopotoga po o ni mafutaga fou. Pau le itu taua, ia ausia aiaiga uma e pei ona faatulaga mai e le ASHC, i auala e faatautaia ai le atina’e atoa ai ma le faaaogaina o le tupe. Ua toatele faalapotopotoga ma mafutaga i totonu o le atunuu ua fesoasoani i ai le ASHC, ma ua vaaia foi tulaga manuia ia latou galuega sa faatupeina e lea vaega a le malo.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Senators approved a bill Thursday to overhaul Puerto Rico’s crumbling pension system after days of heated debate with hundreds of irate public employees protesting outside the U.S. territory’s seaside Capitol building. The bill was expected to also be approved late Thursday by the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the governor’s party, and signed by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. The proposed law calls for a higher retirement age that would vary according to the type of job held and number of years worked, as well as a nearly 2 percent increase in worker contributions and reduced benefits and monthly pensions for certain employees. It also would transfer the bulk of employees from a defined-benefit plan to a hybrid plan that includes a defined contribution component. Dozens of public workers watching the vote from a second floor hurled insults at legislators who defended their decision. “Not taking action would mean that the pension system and everyone’s pension would collapse in seven months,” said Eduardo Bhatia, Senate president. “This administration not only assumes the responsibility of this bill, but more importantly, of saving pensions.” The current pension system faces a more than $37 billion unfunded liability, one of the highest compared with any U.S. state. The liability is almost four times the island’s annual government budget. Legislators warned that despite the bill, the general fund will still have to contribute roughly $100 million a year for several decades to keep the pension system afloat, a daunting task given that Puerto Rico has a projected deficit of $1.2 billion this year. The pension system currently covers more than 130,000 public workers and more than 116,000 retired ones. The island’s Senate, which is controlled by Garcia’s Popular Democratic Party, narrowly approved the bill 14-11. Sen. Margarita Nolasco, of the opposition New Progressive Party, was among those who voted against it. “It’s a hard hit to a group that has already been beaten down by an economic situation and pushed into poverty,” she said. Unions representing thousands of public workers organized a protest outside the Capitol early Tuesday, crowding around legislators as they entered the building to debate the bill. “Workers are not responsible for this crisis,” said Federico Torres Montalvo, president of one of the island’s worker unions. “There are other alternatives less disastrous than those offered today.” The bill was approved just weeks after major ratings agencies downgraded Puerto Rico’s general obligation bonds to near-junk status, citing concerns about the island’s pension system.
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TAUMAFAI LE MALO E FAALELEIA LE GAOSIA O MEASINA PO O IE SAE O lo o taumafai pea le malo e uunaia malosi ia faiva alofiaao o matuau’u ma le au se’epapa, tainane fale lalaga uma i le atunuu ina ia agai i le gaosia o ie sae po o le iniini, ia po o le tosi numera tasi e pei ona iloa ai i le faatulagaga o le vavai o ia ie a le atunuu. O se fuafuaga o le a agai ai foi le malo e teuteu le Tulafono o Measina, aua le faaleleia atili pea o lea atinae. O le a faia foi e le malo se fuafuaga e faatosina ai le au matuau’u ma le au se’epapa e gaosia ie sae e vavai ma tulaga lelei lona lalagaina ae ninii. O lea tulaga na faailoa mai e le afioga i le Minisita o le Matagaluega o Tina, Tamaitai, Atinae o Nuu, Afioaga ma Agafesootai, le tofa Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua. Na saunoa Tolofua, o fale lalaga e mafai ona latou lalagaina ia ie e 10 o le tosi numera tasi, o le a latou maua mai le malo le $5,000. Fai mai a ia, e teu lava ia ie sae ae maua fua lea seleni mai le malo, ina ia saga tulei ma uunaia ai le gaosia lelei o ia measina a le atunuu. O le tetele o ie sae o loo faia iai le fua a le malo, pe tusa o le 9 futu le lautele, ae 12 futu le umi, ma e le o iai se tapulaa e tuuina atu i fale lalaga e tapena ai nei foi measina a le atunuu. Ae o le aso 9 o le masina fou lea ua faailoa mai e faatinoina ai le faa-lelega pepe mo le motu o Savaii, sosoo ai ma Upolu i le aso 10. AMATA FEMALAGAIGA A LE SAMOA AIR I AMERIKA SAMOA O le vaiaso nei na amatalia ai femalagaiga a le kamupani vaalele o le Samoa Air i le va o Upolu, Savaii ma Amerika Samoa. Ua faaalia e le Ofisa Sili o lea kamupani vaalele, le susuga Chris Langton, o femalagaiga o le a faia lea i le va o le malae vaalele i Maota i Savaii, o Faleolo, a o talia ai le foia o nisi o tulaga ma le kamupani vaalele o le Polenisia e tusa ai ma le faaaogaina o le malae vaalele i Fagalii. Ua ia faaalia, o le faalauiloaina o le tautua a le Samoa Air mo Amerika Samoa, o se laasaga tele mo Savaii, ona ua tele tausaga e le i toe maua ni femalagaiga faapea ma le Teritori. O lona naunautaiga, ia avea le faiga fou o pasese ua I ai nei e fua i le mamafa o kilo a le tagata malaga, e faamalosia atili ai femalagaiga. O le Samoa Air le uluai kamupani vaalele I le lalolagi ua faia se tulaga faapea mo le totogi pauina o pasese e fua i le kilo o le tagata malaga. O se faiga ua tosina mai ai manatu o le tele o I si atunuu o le lalolagi, ma avea o se faiga e ono foia ai le tele o faafitauli o lo o feagai ma kamupani vaalele, i le tau sailia o se faiga le faaituau ma talafeagai mo le totogi o pasese o tagata femalagai ma a latou uta. FAUSIA E LE MALO LE TULAFONO E PUIPUIA AI MEA TOTINO MA ASETA O le fausiaina o se tasi o tulafono a le atunuu e puipuia ai mea totino ma aseta a tagata, o se faamoemoe ua lagolagoina ma faaluaina e le Pulega o le Faletupe o Atinae a Asia. I se pepa o faamatalaga ua faaalia ai e le Pulega a lea Faletupe, o se taumafaiga lelei ua agai i ai Samoa, aua o le a faigofie ai lea mo tagata lautele ma pisinisi, ona faamautu ai ni a latou nonogatupe, fai aitalafu ma faatino pisinisi. O le fausiaina o lea tulafono na tapenaina i le maea ai o ni faatalanoaga ma le mamalu o le atunuu mai lava i Apia ma agai atu i I si itumalo i tua.
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Report finds Ohio courts ‘illegally jailing the poor’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several courts in Ohio are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing to determine if they’re financially capable of paying what they owe, according to an investigation released Thursday by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU likens the problem to modern-day debtors’ prisons. Jailing people for debt pushes poor defendants farther into poverty and costs counties more than the actual debt because of the cost of arresting and incarcerating individuals, the report said. “The use of debtors’ prison is an outdated and destructive practice that has wreaked havoc upon the lives of those profiled in this report and thousands of others throughout Ohio,” the report said. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court, responding to the ACLU’s request to take action, promised to review the findings. O’Connor told the group Wednesday: “you do cite a matter that can and must receive further attention.” The report says courts in Huron, Cuyahoga, and Erie counties are among the worst offenders. Among the report’s findings: — In the second half of last year, more than one in every five of all bookings in the Huron County jail — originating from Norwalk Municipal Court cases — involved a failure to pay fines. — In suburban Cleveland, Parma Municipal Court jailed at least 45 defendants for failure to pay fines and costs between July 15 and August 31, 2012. — During the same period, Sandusky Municipal Court jailed at least 75 people for similar charges. Judge Deanna O’Donnell of Parma Municipal Court said Thursday the court was unaware of the issue until contacted earlier this week by the ACLU. She said officials were examining the 45 cases in question. “If there’s an issue here, a problem, we’re going to correct it,” O’Donnell said. Messages left for Norwalk and Sandusky municipal court officials Thursday weren’t immediately returned. The ACLU also sent letters to officials at Bryan, Richland County and Hamilton County municipal courts and Springboro Mayor’s Court. ACLU spokesman Mike Brickner said the group believes the practice is widespread in Ohio. The report is a follow-up to a national 2010 report that focused on Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio and Washington. That report determined that many courts are violating a 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision that courts had to hold a hearing to determine why people are unable to pay before sentencing them to incarceration. “The report shows how, day after day, indigent defendants are imprisoned for failing to pay legal debts they can never hope to manage,” according to the 2010 report, ‘In For a Penny: The Rise of America’s New Debtors’ Prisons.’ “In many cases, poor men and women end up jailed or threatened with jail though they have no lawyer representing them,” the report said. A similar 2010 report by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice looked at the growth of court fees in Florida. It concluded, in part, that the “fee system creates a self-perpetuating cycle of debt for persons re-entering society after incarceration.” Courts are breaking the law by holding defendants in contempt of court for failing to pay fines without proper notice or allowing an attorney to be present, the report said. Courts are also issuing arrests warrants for people who fail to show up and pay their fines and jailing defendants who are too poor to pay, according to the report. Court costs should be recovered through civil lawsuits, not jail time, the report said.
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Officials: US General fired over alcohol, sex charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army major general with U.S. Africa Command has been relieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges, defense officials said Thursday. Officials said Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task ForceHorn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday and he was fined a portion of his pay by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative hearing and review. The officials said Ham lost confidence in Baker’s ability to command. Baker has appealed the administrative action to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But since senior commanders such as Ham have broad latitude in decisions to relieve subordinates of command, Hagel’s decision may focus more on the financial punishment doled out by Ham, officials said. Details of how much his pay was docked were not released. The allegations against Baker involve harassment and inappropriate contact, said the officials, who were not authorized to talk publicly about the case so spoke on condition of anonymity. Baker took over the task force, based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, last May and was scheduled to leave the job in the near future. He has returned to Washington and is temporarily serving as a special assistant to the director of the Army staff while he awaits Hagel’s decision. Such special assistant posts are routinely used as way stations for general officers who are under investigation and awaiting their fate, or for others who have been promoted and are waiting for their new job to open up. Ham is retiring and is scheduled to turn over his command to Army Gen. David Rodriguez in a ceremony Friday. Ham’s predecessor, Army Gen. William “Kip” Ward, was demoted in rank from four stars to three, and retired as a lieutenant general after investigators determined that he had misused government funds for lavish spending while heading U.S. Africa Command. Baker is also one in a string of general officers who have been reprimanded or investigated for possible sexual misconduct. The issue has raised the ire of Congress, where lawmakers have complained that military and defense leaders have not done enough to combat sexual assault and harassment in the ranks. In particular, a recent decision by Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin to reverse the sexual assault conviction against Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, a former inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy, infuriated senators. And it triggered calls for a harder look at the military’s justice system. Hagel has ordered a review of Franklin’s decision, but he has told members of Congress that neither he nor the Air Force secretary is empowered to overrule Franklin, who is the commander of the 3rd Air Force at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
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O se Tulafono ua faaalia ai foi e le Ofisa Sili o le Matagaluega o Pisinisi, Alamanuia ma Leipa, le tofa Auelua Samuelu Enari, o le a fesoasoani i pisinisi laiti ma tagata o lo o tau amata a latou taumafaiga, aemaise i latou o lo o maua le tomai e faatino ai ni pisinisi, ae e le o lava ni aseta e fai ai se nonogatupe mo le amatalia o sea atinae. Ua faaalia mai foi e le Faatonu mo le Itulagi nei a le Faletupe o atinae a Asia, o le a saogalemu ai foi filifiliga a o tatou tagata i le faatauina o taavale afi, o mea faigaluega mo faatoaga ma isi aseta. O lenei lava tulafono, o se tasi o taumafaiga a lo tatou malo, ia agai i luma taiala mo pisinisi a le atunuu, ma faatupulaia auala e maua gofie ai e o tatou tagata fesoasaoani tau seleni. FAIAOGA STEVE PRICE I LE TOA SAMOA MO LE IPU O LE LALOLAGI Ua faailoa mai nei e le Faalapotopotoga o le Lakapi Liki a Samoa le ua filifilia e avea o le faiaoga mo le au tele o le Toa Samoa. O ia lea o le susuga ia Steve Price, o le faiaoga o le au lakapi liki o le St. George Illawara Dragons i totonu o Ausetalia, o lo o tauva i le taamilosaga o kalapu lakapi liki o lo o faagasolo nei. O le susuga ia Steve ua 35 tausaga le matua, ma sa avea foi ma faiaoga o le Toa Samoa i ni taaloga faitaulia faavaomalo se lua i le tausaga e 2010, ma o le a ia toe tapenaina le au lakapi liki a le atunuu mo le taaloga faitaulia a le Toa Samoa ma Tonga i le masina nei e faia i Penrith i Ausetalia. O le a faapea foi ona avea pea Steve Price ma faiaoga o le Toa Samoa i le Ipu o le Lalolagi i le faaiuga o le tausaga, lea e faia i atunuu i matu o le kelope. Ua faailoa mai foi e le Faalapotopotoga o le Lakapi Liki a le atunuu, sa latou tauaaoina le tele o tusi talosaga mai i nisi iloga i le taaloga, mo le avanoa faiaoga o le Toa Samoa, peitai, o le tele o le naunautaiga o le alii ua filifilia nei mo Samoa ma le atinaega o le au a le atunuu, ua talafeagai ai le filifiliga ua faia nei. O le lona lua a’i lenei o tausaga o avea lea alii ma faiaoga taiulu o le kalapu Dragons a Ausetalia, ma o le a mafai ona ia logoina nisi o alo o le atunuu o lo o taaalo i lea taamilosaga i le taimi nei, e pei o Roy Asotasi ma Steve Matai.
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The sheik also is the deputy supreme commander of the UAE’s armed forces. He met previously with Obama in 2011 in Washington. Iowa couple first to marry at las Vegas Denny’s chapel LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Iowa couple has become the first to get married at the Denny’s wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Nancy Levandowski and Steve Keller tied the knot Wednesday evening, while some wellwishers sat in booths and restaurant patrons ate dinner nearby. The 53-year-old bride is the food service director at Iowa State University in Ames, while her 54-year-old husband is a salesman for a food company. Nancy Levandowski says she often ate at Denny’s restaurants during college, while Keller says he frequents the 24-hour pancake house while traveling. The couple was selected from a pool of applicants vying to be the first married at the chapel inside the new restaurant. Ceremonies at the chapel start at $95, which includes Denny’s T-shirts and a Pancake Puppies wedding cake. Chief: Suspect shoots Miss. cop inside police HQ JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a murder suspect fired at an officer inside the Jackson, Miss., police headquarters and that both have been found dead. Police Chief Rebecca Coleman told reporters Thursday the suspect had been arrested and was being interviewed on the third floor when the shooting happened. She says those inside heard shots fired and when other officers entered the room, they found both the officer and suspect dead. Police spokeswoman Colendula Green says both were shot. Neither the name of the officer nor the suspect has been released.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury in Southern California awarded $6.5 million in damages Thursday to the family of a man fatally shot by police while he held a pistol-gripped water nozzle they mistook for a gun. After a day of deliberations, the federal jury in Santa Ana ruled that two Long Beach police officers were negligent and violated the civil rights of 35-year-old Douglas Zerby in the December 2010 shooting. The panel awarded $3.5 million to Zerby’s 10-year-old son River, $2 million to Zerby’s father, Mark Zerby, and $1 million to his mother, Pam Amici. “I was praying for justice for my son,” Mark Zerby told City News Service. “My job as his father was to see if we could get this case here and my job was done.” Zerby was drunk when he was spotted holding what neighbors and police thought was a gun as he sat on the front stoop of a friend’s apartment, according to an investigation by Los Angeles County prosecutors, who declined to file criminal charges against the officers. He was pulling the lever of the nozzle, which made sounds similar to a handgun, investigators said. When he pointed it toward police, veteran officers Jeff Shurtleff and Victor Ortiz shot him multiple times. Zerby family attorneys argued that officers did not identify themselves and never gave a verbal warning to Zerby before shooting. The city’s attorneys argued that the officers believed their lives were in danger, and that neighbors who witnessed the incident also thought the nozzle was a gun. “There’s no question this is a tragic series of events,” Monte Machit, an attorney for Long Beach, said in his closing argument. “It comes down to, did they act reasonably under the circumstances?” Machit declined to comment after the verdict.
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The headquarters is blocked off and surrounded by crime tape. Law enforcement and Jackson city officials rushed to the scene. City spokesman Chris Mims says the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will take over the investigation. He says the move is standard procedure. After slaying, AmeriCorps pulls two teams out of La. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — AmeriCorps has pulled two of its National Civilian Community Corps teams out of New Orleans after one of its volunteers was shot to death. Eighteen-year-old Joseph Massenburg was found shot to death in a neighborhood Monday night. The group’s acting press secretary Samantha Warfield says the teams with about 18 people were sent back to their home base in Vicksburg, Miss. Warfield says the teams had been working with Habitat for Humanity and Green Light New Orleans. She says the organization has slightly fewer than 900 AmeriCorps members still working in New Orleans Massenburg was new volunteer and had just begun working with Green Light New Orleans, a local nonprofit that works to install energyefficient lighting. Police have released few details on possible suspects or motives in the killing. So. Calif. man files claim after false porn charges SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A former prominent Democrat in San Bernardino who was wrongly accused of having child pornography while working as an aide to Congressman Joe Baca has filed a $7.5 million claim against the county. The San Bernardino Sun reports 61-yearold Samuel Clauder’s March 28 claim names Deputy District Attorney Maryanne Choi, sheriff’s Detective Michael Pelkey, and District Attorney Michael Ramos. Clauder says he was left destitute after being falsely accused in 2009 by his son Trey Stancher. Stancher later admitted to putting child porn on Clauder’s computer to frame him after a forensics expert discovered the illegal images came from a peer-to-peer networking account belonging to Stancher. Clauder was cleared of wrongdoing in October. He has accused the district attorney’s office of selective prosecution and has requested an FBI investigation.
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Iowa museum finds missing tortoise in an elevator DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. KWWL-TV reports that officials at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque believe the tortoise named Cashew was stolen, but that the thief quietly returned the animal. The museum says a visitor found Cashew on the elevator floor Thursday. She appears to be in good health. The museum discovered Cashew was missing Tuesday from an exhibit with a 4-foot glass wall. Museum officials suspected she was taken as a prank or to sell. Museum officials are reviewing surveillance video to try to figure out exactly what happened and find a possible suspect. Rare birds’ nest destroyed at San Francisco port SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Port of San Francisco is under federal investigation after workers apparently destroyed a rare birds’ nest on a crane near Pier 80. KPIX-TV reports federal fish and wildlife authorities are trying to determine whether the workers violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal law that makes it illegal to destroy an “active” raptor’s nest during mating season. The nest was home to a pair of rare ospreys, which were once near extinction. The port agreed last year to shut down the crane to allow the ospreys to nest. After about six months, port workers put reflectors and wires on the crane and took other steps to keep the birds from returning. Potrero Hill naturalist Eddie Bartley says he spotted workers destroying the nest last week. Four plead not guilty in Oceanside park slayings VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Four suspected gang members have pleaded not guilty to killing two teenagers at an Oceanside park. U-T San Diego says they entered pleas Wednesday to charges of murder and attempted murder. Three adults are eligible for the death penalty if convicted. A 17-year-old boy who’s being tried as an adult could face life in prison. Prosecutors say they ambushed four people in Libby Lake Park last month, killing 13-yearold Melanie Virgen and 15-year-old Edgar Sanchez. Two other teens were wounded. Authorities say the victims weren’t in a gang but the park is in rival gang territory. They were attacked while sitting on a couch near a makeshift memorial for victims of a previous park killing.
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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — As many as 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunch this week — with at least some forced to dump their food in the garbage — because they couldn’t pay, school officials and parents said. Outraged parents said some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried when they were told by a worker for the district’s food service provider they could not eat on Tuesday because they couldn’t pay or their pre-paid accounts were short on funds. The on-site director for the company, Whitsons Culinary Group of Islandia, N.Y., was placed on administrative leave by Superintendent Pia Durkin, who has also scheduled a meeting with company officials and ordered cafeteria workers not to deny any child food. “There is no way any child in my school district will ever go hungry,” Durkin told The Sun Chronicle. “Children need to eat.” Students who cannot pay or whose accounts are empty are supposed to be given a cheese sandwich and milk, but that procedure was not followed at Coelho, Durkin said. Fifth-grader Victoria Greaves, 11, said she and other students who had already been served their lunch were told to throw it in the trash when they reached the checkout. The school has students in fifth through eighth grades. Her father, John, said he was incensed that while “there are people in prison who are getting meals, my daughter, an honor student, is going hungry.” Jen Ingemi, parent of a fifth-grader, said the girl behind her son in line began crying when she was told to throw out her lunch. He said her son offered to share his. Durkin said she was informed by Whitsons management that the total amount of outstanding credit on all students’ accounts in the district comes to about $1,800.
Philadelphia gets ready to play “Pong” on a building
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is getting ready for a supersized game of “Pong” — on the side of a skyscraper. The classic Atari video game will be re-created later this month on the facade of the 29-story Cira Centre, where hundreds of embedded LED lights will replicate the familiar paddles and ball. Organizers expect hundreds of onlookers as gaming enthusiasts use giant, table-mounted joysticks to play from afar. The players will be standing on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a site that offers an unobstructed view of the office building from across the Schuylkill River. “’Pong’ is a cultural icon, cultural milestone,” said Frank Lee, the Drexel University game-design professor behind the concept. “This is my love letter to the wonders of technology as seen through the eyes of my childhood.” Despite the buzz the idea has received since being announced Wednesday, Lee said it took five years to find people willing to make it happen. He eventually met kindred spirits at Brandywine Realty Trust, which owns the Cira Centre, and at the online news site Technically Philly. Now, what might be the world’s largest “Pong” game will be played April 19 and 24 as part of Philly Tech Week, the news website’s annual series of events, seminars and workshops spotlighting the city’s technology and innovation communities. “This is one of the best things I could imagine that could make people aware that there’s something happening here, and bring more people into the fold,” Technically Philly co-founder Christopher Wink said. Wink estimated about 150 people might play over the two days — most will be chosen by a lottery, but some spots will be reserved for younger students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math programs. Among those playing will be 36-year-old Brad Denenberg, one of three winners picked at random during a Tech Week preview on Wednesday. Denenberg, who runs the tech startup incubator Seed Philly, confessed to some trepidation. He said he’s actually not a big gamer. “My biggest fear is that I’m going to play against some 8-year-old who will destroy me,” Denenberg said. In today’s gaming era of lifelike graphics — think “Call of Duty” — and colorful characters — think “Angry Birds” — it’s hard to imagine how the pixelated “Pong” qualified as revolutionary when it was introduced in 1972. The black-and-white arcade game used simple block shapes to simulate two paddles and a ball; the object was for players to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it. A home version paved the way for the game console industry. At the Cira Centre, the game will be re-created using hundreds of lights already embedded in its north face. The tower stands by day as a gleaming, mirrored edifice in west Philadelphia, but each night it illuminates the skyline with colored, patterned displays. A spokesman could not be reached for comment Thursday. Lee said he was driving by the building one night five years ago when he was suddenly struck with the idea that the lights could be configured to play the shape-fitting game Tetris. The concept grew from there. Last month, after finally securing the necessary permissions, he and two colleagues successfully tested giant versions of “Pong” as well as the classic games “Snake” and “Space Invaders.” People might get to play “Snake” on April 24, Lee said. The effort has been satisfying on a technical level, Lee said, describing “Pong” as “a largescale interactive, light-based art project.” But he noted it was rewarding on an emotional level as well, comparing it with the excitement he felt as a boy when he would put the “Pong” game cartridge into the console. And he hopes it inspires a new generation of innovators. “I hope kids... will go on to be the leaders, and push technology forward and do wondrous things in the future,” Lee said.
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