SN News Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Samoa News Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Local absentee balloting begins tomorrow… 2 Church offering a job to rapist, who wants to work 9 Leone will face Tafuna in football championship B1
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In a group photo [l-r] Le’i S. Thompson, Afoa L.S. Lutu, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Sen. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Dr. Salu HunkinFinau; Tuika Tuika and Tim Jones following a news media briefing yesterday announcing their “united stand for change” by supporting the Lolo & Lemanu Team in the upcoming run off election — Nov. 20th. [photo: FS] See story below.
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“By your service, you keep America strong” Togiola tells veterans
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Quoting the well-known Veterans Salute, Reverend Liu Tofili of the CCCAS Fagamalo church delivered its message before a crowd of veterans, families and students gathered at the Veterans Memorial Stadium to honor veterans on their special day, yesterday morning. “It is the veteran not the preacher who has given us the freedom of religion, it is the veteran not the reporter that has given us the freedom of the press, it is the veteran not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech, it is the veteran not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to assemble, it is the veteran not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial, it is the veteran not the politician who has given us the right to vote — and it is the veteran who salutes the flag,” the reverend stated, prior to conducting the opening prayer for Veterans Day, during a special ceremony hosted by the government. The national and American Samoa anthems were sung by the Leone High School choir, who performed during the ceremonies, along with the Tafuna High School Choir. The grandstand was packed with military retirees from the Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force — some were in full uniform, some wore pins, and some wore hats which identified which branches of the service they had served.
An Election 1st: Three Gubernatorial teams publicly unite behind Team Lolo & Lemanu
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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Three gubernatorial teams that didn’t make it to the top in the Nov. 6 general election have stepped up to support the the team of Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lemanu Peleti Sialega Mauga in the Nov. 20 run off election, which will decide the territory’s next governor and lieutenant governor. Lolo made the announcement yesterday during a news media briefing while the other three teams were present: Afoa L.S. Lutu and Le’i S. Thompson; Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau and Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa; and Tim Jones and Tuika Tuika. Gubernatorial Team Save and Sandra was the fourth team that ran, but were not present yesterday. No mention was made of the absent team, nor if they will be supporting the other gubernatorial team. Lolo and Lemanu face the gubernatorial team of Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Taufete’e John Faumuina in the special election, which
was called by the chief election officer during the wee hours of the morning of Nov. 7, when it became clear that none of the teams had garnered 50% plus one vote in the general election. Lolo said that he and Lemanu, as well as the three other gubernatorial teams present at the media briefing, have come together because the main goal from the start of the gubernatorial race was to make a change in the top leadership of the American Samoa Government. He said the other gubernatorial teams in attendance have all agreed to “stand together, stand united” with the Lolo and Lemanu team to make that change. Lolo thanked Afoa, Le’i, Hunkin-Finau, Utuali’i, Jones and Tuika for their consensus to come together and stand united for a change in the government. He said winning is not easy, and making change is also not easy. He said each of these teams had called for change in government during the general election and now they are all united together as one to make
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Photo sent to Samoa News by a Samoan veteran working in Afghanistan—” Happy Veterans Day American Samoa!” Here’s a snapshot of the American Samoa flag flying over our Camp Stone (Herat, Afghanistan). To all American Samoan Toa Samoa (Present & Past) — Malo Le Toa, Malo Le Tau. O lou tautua toto ua iloa ai oe ile lalolagi atoa. Enjoy your Day & don’t forget to wish our Fallen Comrades a Happy Veterans Day and say “THANK YOU”. [photo: Taisi Steffany Alo] Peace & Love from the desert.
The Veterans Day Catch lured in two of the biggest Sail Fish caught around the island. Both Sail Fish weighed over 100 lbs., plus a Yellow Fin Tuna that the anglers said was eaten by a Shark. The voyage was managed by Captain Teioutaifeau Mitchell Shimasaki of Faga’alu and this is [photo: TG] their third year in a row.
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Local absentee balloting begins tomorrow for run-off election
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
(ANSWER ON PAGE 14)
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STRANGE BUT TRUE
✖ It was American bridge expert Phillip Alder who made the following sage observation: “We are born with talents, but we acquire skills.” ✖ The inventor of Life Savers was Clarence Crane (incidentally, he was also the father of poet Hart Crane). In 1913, a year after coming up with the recipe for the candy, Crane sold the patent for his sweet treat for $2,900. Seems like a paltry recompense for creating a pop culture icon that is still going strong after 100 years. ✖ Do you suffer from arachibutyrophobia? If so, you probably refuse to eat PB&J sandwiches, for fear that the peanut butter will stick to the roof of your mouth. ✖ There are 120 drops of water in a single teaspoon. ✖ In 1976, John Moore, a California man, had his spleen removed at the UCLA Medical Center in order to treat his cancer. The operation was successful -- in more ways than anyone anticipated. It seems that the doctors, upon studying the removed organ, found certain cells that had unique cancer-fighting properties. The discovery led to a new -- and profitable -- treatment. When Moore found out that his spleen had led to this discovery, he sued the Regents of the University of California for a share of the profits. In 1990, 14 years after his cancer was cured, he lost his court case. ✖ Those who study such things say that ants stretch and yawn when they wake up. ✖ If you’re like 43 percent of the American population, you refuse to ever try eating snails, regardless of the fact that they’re regarded as a delicacy in other parts of the world. • • • • • • • • • • • • • ThoughT For The Day • • • • • • • • • • • • • “The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.” — Eric Hoffer
Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono says local absentee voting in the run off election for the gubernatorial race will begin tomorrow, once the results of the Nov. 6 general election become official. Local law states that there is a seven day waiting period for any contest to be filed in the general election and thereafter the results are made official by the chief election officer. The close of business today is the deadline to contest the general election filed with the High Court. Unofficial results of the general election show the gubernatorial team of Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Sen. Lemanu Peleti Sialega Mauga will face off the team of Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Taufete’e John Faumuina in the Nov. 20 special election, which was called after none of the teams garnered 50 percent plus one vote in the general election. In a statement last Friday, Soliai says that after the close of the contest period set by local law, local absentee voting shall commence beginning Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Monday Nov. 19 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Election Office in Tafuna. This group of local absentee voters are electors who reside in American Samoa but will be “temporarily” absent from the territory on Nov. 20. Electors qualified to vote absentee are those traveling from the territory, whether it be for medical reasons, military related assignments, employment related training, conference or assignments, or for vacation. These electors must present proof of their temporary absence, such as airline tickets, military orders, travel authorization or medical referral. Soliai stressed that those travelers who will return to the territory before Nov. 20 “are not eligible to vote by local absentee ballot.” GOvERNOR ANd GENERAL ELECTION Speaking on his weekend radio program, Gov. Togiola Tulafono says the general election ended peacefully without any major incident in the territory, noting that there is one more issue for voters to decide upon, and that is the special election to decide the new governor and lieutenant governor of American Samoa. Togiola called on residents for a peaceful and calm special election, telling residents not to allow the election and politics to ruin good relationships between families and friends. He then congratulated Congressman Faleomavaega Eni for being re-elected to another term as American Samoa’s representative in the U.S. Congress. He also congratulated all incumbent and faipule-elect for the local House race. The governor further thanked all unsuccessful candidates who put their names in this year’s various races, for taking up the challenge and taking part in the election process.
“The language of the [US] Constitution is clear” say proponents of citizenship
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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The local attorney for plaintiffs in the citizenship lawsuit pending before the federal court in Washington D.C. says there is “no merit” in the U.S. State Department’s argument that American Samoa is not part of the “United States” for the purposes of the Citizenship Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Charles V. Alailima responded last week to the State Department’s call for the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit as well as Congressman Faleomavaega Eni’s amicus curiae brief supporting the defense’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, which had been brought by lead plaintiff Leneuoti Taua and others born in American Samoa along with the California based Samoan Federation of America. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Wynne P. Kelly, representing the defendants, had argued in court documents that the heart of the plaintiffs’ complaint is an attempt to sidestep Congress’ proper exercise of its constitutionally enumerated power to determine the naturalization process for potential citizens in favor of a judicial fiat declaring an entire class of persons citizens of the U.S. Additionally, the Citizenship Claus does not apply to unincorporated territories of the U.S. such as American Samoa. (See Samoa News story, Nov. 8 edition for more details on the State Department’s reply) The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of federal laws that deny U.S. citizenship to persons born in American Samoa.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) — A Monday recount of paper ballots from parliamentary elections in the British territory of the Turks & Caicos Islands confirmed no changes from the provisional tally. The recount established that the Progressive National Party won eight of the 15 Parliament seats in Friday’s elections that will lead to a government that will resume local administration after three years of direct rule by Britain, the governor’s office said in a statement Monday evening. Party leader Rufus Ewing will become the next premier after he is sworn in. Provisional results announced Saturday showed that Ewing’s party won the election, but People’s Democratic Movement leader Oswald Skippings pushed for a recount of the overall vote. He failed to win a seat but his party claimed the remaining seven seats. As the recount got under way, a mission of eight election observers from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and a regional group issued a statement saying the ballots were counted accurately the first time and the voting process was transparent at the islands’ 17 polling stations. The election came three years after the small territory’s jet-setting premier, Michael Misick, stepped down amid allegations of corruption and lavish spending. Britain took control of the islands’ government in August 2009 and launched a corruption inquiry. Britain will retain much control of the islands’ finances after the new government is seated.
Recount confirms Turks & Caicos election results
“While the government’s opposition to my clients’ lawsuit is predictable, the argument that... American Samoa is not part of ‘the United States’ for purposes of the Citizenship Clause has no merit whatsoever,” Alailima said in a media statement. “The language of the Constitution is clear. ‘All persons born . . . in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States . . . .’ Who can deny that American Samoa is part of the United States? Even Congressman Faleomavaega [Eni] recognizes on page 3 of his brief that ‘American Samoa has been part of the United States since 1900’,” he said. Tuaua added, “I am offended by the government’s position that they have the power to deny us citizenship even though we were born in the United States. The Constitution says we are citizens — no ifs, ands, or buts.” As to Faleomavaega’s brief, Alailima said he is “disappointed” that Faleomavaega, a U.S. Congressman and trained attorney, is speaking out against the individual right to citizenship protected by the U.S. Constitution. “After all, the primary purpose of the Citizenship Clause was so that the question of citizenship by birth within the United States would be answered by the Constitution, not Congress,” Ala’ilima said. “The question of self-determination for the American Samoan people is whether or not to be a part of the United States. That question has nothing to do with whether the Constitution guarantees an individual right to citizenship as long as American Samoa is a part of the
United States,” he said. According to the local attorney, Falomavaega also left out some important history in his brief. For example, when American Samoa’s traditional leaders signed the Deeds of Cession, “they believed that citizenship was part of the deal.” “Upon being told otherwise some twenty years later by the U.S. Navy, our leaders worked passionately to be recognized as full U.S. citizens,” he claimed. “They believed it was possible to be recognized as citizens while at the same time preserving Samoan culture.” Tuaua was not pleased with Faleomavaega’s continued opposition in this matter. “It is hurtful that my own Congressman believes Congress has the power to deny citizenship to my family and to me, and is supporting the effort to deny us our constitutional rights,” said Tuaua, a retired High Court marshal. “We are already Americans by birth, so we should be recognized as citizens.” The plaintiffs will be preparing a response to the government’s motion in the coming weeks, said Alailima.
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Senator accusing ASPA of corrupting election process
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli has accused the American Samoa Power Authority board of directors and management of corrupting the election process by campaigning against the veto override referendum, which would have given the Fono authority to override the governor’s veto. The outspoken Manu’a senator also accused ASPA of using government equipment and property to promote their “political agenda” through their utilization of — among other things — the state run KVZK-TV to promote their opposition of the referendum. Besides appearing on KVZK-TV the night before the general election to urge voters to reject the referendum, ASPA board members along with the management issued a three page memo, asking electors/ employees to vote “no” on the referendum. The memo said, among other things, that the Fono has not paid their utility bills for the past three years, but the people have to pay. It also alleges that the Fono could have appropriated the funds to pay the utility payments, but has chosen not to and this “is a reason why the ASPA has raised its rates in the past.” (Details of the memo were printed in the Nov. 9th edition of Samoa News) “ I am condemning the ASPA on their attitude towards the Fono. How dare they blame the Fono for the hike in certain utility rates,” said Galeai in a phone interview last Friday afternoon. “The vote override referendum has nothing to do with the ASPA rates and fee hikes or ASPA operations.” “Their action should not be tolerated by the Fono — and I for one, will not tolerate such statements made toward the Fono, or their accusations that the Fono is the cause of the rate hikes,” he said. Galeai says he is concerned because this is the first time that a government entity has “become a political action committee” publicly campaigning for an issue on the ballot. “It’s a “no no” for any government entity to be involved in any political issues or campaigning,” he said. And as a government owned authority, ASPA should not be utilizing any government facility or equipment for any political purpose, because by doing so, they are preventing employees from voting freely in a democratic society, where people exercise their freedom to vote without intimidation, Galea’i noted. “ASPA’s action corrupts the election process,” said Galeai, who added that he plans to raise this matter with the Federal Communication Commission, the U.S. Department of Interior and Gov. Togiola Tulafono — the governor’s office. Galeai says the veto override is part of the political process — and ASPA tried to influence “not only their own employees, but the population at large — the electorate. This is not a dead issue for me, and ASPA has just awoken the giant with their involvement in political matters. I cannot allow these people to do this.”
By Sandra King Young
OpEd: Misguided propaganda campaign by ASPA: Defeat of the veto override referendum
Letter to the Editor
“APPEAL TO FIJI TV”
Dear Editor, 20 rugby tests between the Northern and Southern hemispheres were scheduled to be played from November 9th till December 1st, and people are wondering why they are not being aired locally. The biggest reason is that the rights and delivery are quite expensive and with low advertising support there are insufficient funds. The economy is bad and even the big boys are hurting. Samoa is scheduled to play 3 of those tests. So far Channel 11 has shown one, over the air and on Moana cable, Samoa v Canada which Samoa won 42-12. The showing did not cover PCS-TV’s expenses, but it was close. We hope to find enough support to air Samoa’s next game live this Friday at 8:30 am, against Wales. Very often we purchase rights for international tests from Fiji Television but on enquiring this time we were told they did not have the rights to resell to the islands and that we would have to contact the four rights holders responsible for the tests. They were all contacted and all but one negotiated re-transmission rights. While negotiation was in process via internet with IMG the rights holder for the Samoa/France game on November 24th, Fiji managed to pull the rug and purchase the rights. Now the rights have to be procured from Fiji Television. The problem is that they not only want twice the amount accepted by the other rights holders, but refuse to allow Moana Cable to carry PCSTV’s signal of the game. Normally Moana Cable carries our signal 24/7. This means that we will not be able to bring it down because most of PCS-TV’s advertisers watch Channel 11 on cable and they will not want to support it if they cannot watch it. We would like to make an appeal to the Fijian community living in American Samoa, and anyone else with strong influence, to contact Fiji Television if they are discontented with FijiTV’s attitude to their smaller Pacific neighbours. If we do manage to downlink Samoa/France we will allow KVZK-TV to retransmit our signal, but only if they do not cut our ads, which they did last time. For the clearest reception watch our signal on Channel 11 over the air. Bill Hyman, Station Manager K11UU-D, PCS-TV
As a former candidate for Lt. Governor, obviously I was very disappointed in the outcome of the elections for our Save & Sandra team; however, I was just as disappointed at the failure of the veto override referendum. Although not a legislator, that is irrelevant to why I strongly support the veto override power for the Fono. The veto override is a necessary tool that the Fono needs to govern in a co-equal tripartite government system and will help move us towards more accountability in government. As a territory, we need to fill in the gaps and make policy decisions that will make our government operate more justly and fairly. The veto override power for the Fono will help realize true checks and balances among the three branches of government — and ASPA or the Governor and their disagreements with the Fono should never have polarized it as an issue. Disagreements between the Executive and Legislature are an inherent part of our government system and shows that our system is working, except that it’s not because the Fono does not have a true veto override authority. To learn that the ASPA board and management actively took part in defeating this referendum was shameful, irresponsible and a great disservice to our people and our government on the part of ASPA. Both ASPA and the Governor are misguided in their reasons for not supporting the veto override for the Fono. They are making this issue personal and it’s not about them. The management of ASPA and Governors will come and go, but the democratic principles that are the foundation of our civil society must be constitutionally sound to withstand the test of time and the whims of Governors and Legislatures. Under a tripartite form of government, the three branches of government are supposed to be coequal, and yet, our Fono for many years, remains the weakest branch in our government system while the Executive branch through the Governor’s office has increased its executive powers and overly micromanages in every sector of our government. This is all the more reason why the veto override power must be given to the Fono to check the powers of the Executive Branch. Every legislature in every state and territory in the U.S. has some form of legislative veto override power, except American Samoa. ASPA and the Governor are ignoring a fundamental concept in the legislative process, that when the Fono kills a bill or cuts an agency’s budget, that’s ok, it’s the way the legislative system works under a tripartite government. That means the system is working — and if we don’t like what the Fono is doing, then we use the power of our vote to vote them out — or how about selecting wise and qualified people to be matai who eventually serve in the Senate? Agencies may not agree with the Fono, but that’s why they have to work harder to build alliances and lobby legislators to support their bills — or how about writing good bills and not overspending agency budgets? When agency budgets are cut, the head of the agency can’t get personal and campaign against a fundamental constitutionally driven referendum that is necessary to the transparent functioning of our government. Rather, the agency needs to do its job and cut its expenses and live within its budget.
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A Policy Statement on Health Care and Medical Services
1. Priority One
Medical and health care services shall be the top priority of a Faoa-Taufetee administration. As pledged earlier, “LBJ will never be closed, and no one will be denied medical help at the hospital.” We will work to make certain federal assistance through Medicaid, Medicare, and other grants will continue. As Governor Togiola said in a public speech last week, Faoa represented the governor in the recent successful negotiations with federal officials on Medicaid issues. Faoa knows the issues well and is trusted by federal officials. We support the annual congressional appropriation for LBJ, and will work with Congressman Faleomavaega to that end.
2. Federal Assistance
3. Congressional Assistance
The ASG subsidy for the hospital, as required by law, will be paid promptly.
The search for a program of health insurance for the Territory residents will continue.
6. Hospital Costs and Drug Fees
The LBJ administration and Board will work with an ASG task force led by former LBJ CEO Taufetee, in searching for ways to reduce costs. The rise in costs of medical care is a fact of modern life. As care improves, costs increase. We are confident that ways can be found to lower the costs while maintaining a high level of quality care. The program to seek help off-island for patients with serious illnesses that cannot be treated here,will continue. We will work with the Legislature, federal agencies, and the airlines, to devise a program to insure this needed treatment will be provided. We will work with Board and management of LBJ, and the new director of the Department of Health, to review all salaries and make necessary adjustments. ASG will be prepared to assist LBJ in the continuation of the renovation program which has greatly improved care quality, and has received public commendation. ASG will continue to offer scholarships for young men and women wishing to enter the field of medicine, as well as staff specialized training.
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A Manu’a man made his initial appearance in the District Court last week following an incident in Manu’a two weekends ago. Ta’aga Tavale of Fitiuta, Manu’a is facing five criminal charges: first degree burglary, false imprisonment, trespassing, third degree assault and private peace disturbance. The burglary count is a class B felony, punishable between five to fifteen years in jail, while false imprisonment is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 while trespassing is a class B misdemeanor which carries a jail term of up to six months, a fine of $5,000 or both, the third degree assault and private peace disturbance are both class C misdemeanors, punishable up to 15 days in jail, a fine of up to $300 or both. According to the government’s case, on November 4, 2012 it was reported to police that while the victim was sleeping she was awoken during the wee hours to see the defendant standing over her. The victim claims that she recognized the defendant because they reside in the same village. According to court filings, the victim told police the defendant had placed his hand over her mouth to prevent her from yelling, and was holding her down. It’s alleged the victim attempted to scratch the defendant on his face and yell for help. The government claims the victim managed to grab her cell and was able to get away from the defendant, running to her neighbor’s residence and yelling out for help, and the neighbor let her into the house. The neighbor told police that someone had knocked on his door yelling for help around 1:00 a.m., and when he opened the door, the victim was there crying and shaking. The neighbor said he and his wife managed to calm the victim down and then took her back to her house. The victim told police she called the Manu’a substation and no one answered, so she contacted the Central Police Station and reported the alleged attack. According to the government’s case, on the same day, the victim’s son walked into the police station in Tafuna to report that his mother had called him from Manu’a to tell him she had been assaulted by the defendant. Police contacted the defendant the same day of the incident, noting alcohol was on his breath. The defendant refused to make a statement to police about the alleged incident. Also in the police affidavit are allegations that this was not the first time the defendant had allegedly broken into the victim’s store. The victim claims that back in 2005, before hurricane Olaf, she was sleeping and was awoken by the defendant standing in front of her wearing only “boxers”, and when he saw she had awoken, he fled. The victim further stated that the second time was after hurricane Olaf when the defendant broke into her store and stole various items such as cigarettes and beer. According to court filings, the victim told police she did not see him commit the crime, but she found out through the villagers. The government claims that the defendant’s mother approached the victim and admitted that her son had stolen the items. The mother apologized to the victim, and reimbursed her for all the items taken. The victim claimed that she did not report the defendant to the police because they live in a very small village that she did not want to have any bad feelings between her and the defendant’s family. The defendant is scheduled to come before District Court Judge John Ward on Tuesday to determine whether he will exercise his right to have a preliminary examination hearing to see if the government has sufficient evidence to have this matter bound over to the High Court. The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley while prosecuting is Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop.
Congress faces agenda of unfinished business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts. One week after the elections — and seven weeks after they last gathered in Washington, Republicans and Democrats face a daunting task in a lame-duck session that Capitol Hill fears could last until the final hours of Dec. 31. But even before serious budget negotiations can begin, lawmakers will tackle leftover legislation on trade with Russia, military budgets and aiding farmers still reeling from the summer’s drought. The first days back will be a mix of old and new — choosing down-ballot leaders in the Senate while the 12 new members, three Republicans, eight Democrats and one independent, are introduced to their colleagues. The House will welcome some 70 new members who will get a crash course on how Congress operates with a class on ethics Wednesday. While the nation’s voters endorsed the status quo of divided government — a Democratic president and Senate, a Republican House — Obama cruised to re-election and his emboldened party gained seats in both the House and Senate. In the new political order, Democrats will hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate if independent Angus King of Maine caucuses with them as expected. Republicans’ advantage in the House narrows and likely will stand at 233-201. Democrats were leading in the six undecided House races in Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina and Utah. The question over the next seven weeks is whether Obama and Congress can agree now or later on how to slash $1.2 trillion from the deficit, raise revenues with possible changes in the tax code and address the entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare. And they also have to figure out how to stop across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic programs totaling $110 billion next year. Obama meets with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. Democrats and Republicans recognize the urgency, but the demands remain unchanged. “If our Republican counterparts can step forward with that revenue piece, we will be able to find a solution,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” ‘’We can’t accept an unfair deal that piles on the middle class and tell them they have to support it. We have to make sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.” The GOP insists that tax rate increases are a non-starter. “There’s a right way to do this and there’s a wrong way to do it,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Sunday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has signaled that a solution is imperative. “2013 should be the year we begin to solve our debt through tax reform and entitlement reform,” he told reporters last week. Crucial in the House this week is passage of legislation that would end Cold War trade restrictions so that U.S. exporters can take advantage of the lowered tariffs and greater market access that accompany Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Russia officially joined the WTO in August and the United States is alone among more than 150 WTO members in not being able to enjoy the more open Russian market. The measure has been a top priority of U.S. business groups seeking to expand business in the growing Russian economy. To placate critics of Russia’s poor human rights record, the trade bill is combined with legislation that would sanction Russian officials involved in human rights violations. The Senate holds a procedural vote Tuesday on a sportsmen’s bill that Republicans weren’t keen on voting on before the election and handing a headline-grabbing win to Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, then considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats. Tester won anyway. His bill combines 19 measures favorable to outdoorsmen, allowing more hunting and fishing on federal lands, letting bow hunters cross federal land where hunting isn’t allowed and encouraging federal land agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain shooting ranges. The bill also would allow 41 hunters — including two in Montana — who killed polar bears in Canada just before a 2008 ban on polar bear trophy imports took effect to bring the bears’ bodies across the border. The hunters were not able to bring the trophies home before the Fish and Wildlife Services listed them as a threatened species. A five-year farm bill passed by the Senate and by House committee last summer will either have to be extended into next year or passed in the remaining weeks of the session. The 2008 farm bill expired Sept. 30. The bill’s only real chance for passage is if lawmakers decide to use its savings as part of negotiations on the “fiscal cliff.” The Senate bill would save $23 billion over 10 years and the House Agriculture Committee bill would save $35 billion over 10 years. Otherwise, the bill will be extended into next year. Some Republicans have suggested a yearlong extension, but farmstate members and farm groups have said they would prefer a shorter extension to keep the pressure on for passage. Though much of the work was done on the bill this year, it stalled this fall because of disagreements over food stamp spending. House leaders refused to bring the bill to the floor before the election, saying it didn’t have enough votes. Republicans have internally disagreed over cuts to food stamps, which make up about 80 percent of the half-trillion-dollar bill’s cost over five years. The Senate bill would cut about $400 million a year out of the program’s almost $80 billion annual cost while the House bill would cut about $1.6 billion from food stamps annually. Conservatives have said neither version makes deep enough cuts. Legislation setting defense policy remains undone, and the House and Senate Armed Services committees were working informally in recent weeks on a bipartisan bill that both chambers could pass. The House approved legislation months ago, but the Senate hasn’t acted. The freestanding Senate bill has attracted more than 70 amendments and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is pressing for a time agreement that would limit amendments. Republicans and Democrats will meet Wednesday morning in the Senate to decide leadership jobs, with Sen. 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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenues” without raising tax “rates.” But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might mean little to Americans who end up with larger tax bills even if their tax rates don’t change. This politically tricky trade-off is about to take center stage in negotiations over how to reduce the federal deficit and avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” in just seven weeks. The White House says wealthy Americans must pay a higher tax rate to help produce more revenue to lower the deficit. Congressional Republicans refuse, and many want tax rates to fall instead. But they say they are open to other means of higher tax collections, which might include limits to itemized deductions. About one-third of U.S. households itemize deductions rather than take the standard deduction. Some of these itemized deductions, such as the one for mortgage interest payments, are popular and deeply ingrained in the American culture. Many Republican lawmakers are tip-toeing around the issue. But Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., warns of possibly huge changes affecting millions of people. Chambliss told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that federal revenues can be increased significantly without raising tax rates, by limiting deductions. But he noted the popularity of the most important deductions, which are granted for mortgage interest, charity gifts and health care costs. “It can be done, but it’s going to require the elimination of almost all— if not all — tax deductions and tax credits,” Chambliss said. “That’s going to be difficult.” Congress has raised and lowered income tax rates many times over the past few decades. Currently, a married couple pays 15 percent on taxable income between $17,400 and $70,700. Four higher tax rates apply to incomes beyond that. The rate a couple pays is only one factor in their overall tax bill. Deductions or credits for child care, charitable giving, medical costs and other expenses can make big differences. President George W. Bush achieved major cuts in income tax rates in 2001 and 2003. Since then, GOP lawmakers have taken increasingly tough stands against letting those cuts expire — as they now are scheduled to do at the end of the year. President Obama campaigned this year on a pledge to end the Bush-era tax breaks for families making more than $250,000 a year. The White House said Friday he will veto any deficit-reduction package that fails to do so. Republican leaders say they are just as adamant that no one’s tax rate rises. Unless one side yields, Congress and the White House seem unlikely to agree on a new deficit-shrinking plan of tax hikes and spending cuts. Without an agreement, a huge package of spending cuts and tax increases, which both parties dislike, will take effect in the new year. The debate highlights Republicans’ ideological emphasis on income tax rates, a topic they discuss far more than other tax matters, such as the Social Security payroll levy. The question of tax rates has achieved “holy grail” status, said veteran GOP strategist Terry Holt. One reason, he said, is that raising or lowering deductions is “considered more overtly social engineering, the government rewarding certain behaviors.” Chris Van Hollen, the House Democrats’ top Budget Committee member, said Republicans’ “obsession with small changes in tax rates goes back to this pixiedust theory that if you cut tax rates for wealthy people, it pays for itself” through job creation. “That theory went bust,” he said. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney briefly suggested limiting itemized deductions to $17,000 a year. The plan would have raised $1.7 trillion over the next decade, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. But it would have increased taxes on millions of people, including about 27 percent of households making $50,000 to $75,000 a year. Now, GOP congressional leaders are suggesting that limits to itemized deductions might be acceptable. But they have offered few details. The tax code includes “all kinds of deductions, some of which make sense, others don’t,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said last week. “By lowering rates and cleaning up the tax code, we know that we’re going to get more economic growth.” Van Hollen said Democrats will demand specifics. U.S. taxpayers enjoy about $1.2 trillion in tax breaks each year, including credits, deductions and exemptions that lower their federal tax bills. More than a quarter of those tax breaks go to households making above $1 million. About a third of them go to households making more than $500,000, according to the Tax Policy Center. Lawmakers could raise a significant amount of money by reducing or eliminating some tax breaks for the wealthy — without raising tax rates. But tax experts warn that it wouldn’t be easy because all of those tax breaks are important to powerful interest groups. William Gale, a former economic adviser to President George H.W. Bush, notes that while tax rates have gone up and down over the years, federal tax breaks for owning a home, donating to charity, raising children and paying local taxes have endured. Why? If lawmakers try to reduce tax breaks for owning a home, the housing industry complains. If they try to reduce the deduction for making a charitable donation, charities, universities and other nonprofit groups complain. “Historically, it has never been easy, which is why those tax breaks are still in the code,” said Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Obama has repeatedly proposed limiting itemized tax deductions for high-income families. But Congress has largely ignored his plan, even when Democrats controlled the House and the Senate. Currently, the top income tax rate is 35 percent on taxable income above $388,350. If a person making more than that gives $1,000 to charity, he can reduce his taxes by $350. Under Obama’s plan, the same taxpayer would save only $280. In general, economists say it is better to raise additional revenue by doing away with tax breaks rather than raising tax rates, said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center. Raising tax rates can be a disincentive to working harder, because the person gets to keep less of each extra dollar he earns. Eliminating tax breaks can have other effects. Reduce the mortgage interest deduction and people will buy smaller homes, Williams said. Reduce the charitable deduction and they may donate less money. Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, which advocates balanced federal budgets, said lawmakers must spell out exactly which deductions they want to trim if any deficit-reduction compromise is to occur.
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Church offers a job to convicted rapist, who wants to work
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
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The High Court is waiting to hear testimony from a representative of the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, which is offering a custodian job to convicted rapist Tone Pulou. Pulou, the former teacher who pled guilty to raping his 13-year old student was sentenced to serve 28 months in jail as a condition of his ten year sentence. Pulou came before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond, accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr last week for the hearing, which had been filed through his attorney, Mike White, requesting the court to allow Pulou to be released for work. Along with White’s two page motion is a letter from the CCCAS main office, which is signed by General Secretary Reverend Reupena Alo and dated October 22, 2012. The letter is addressed to the Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa as a “Letter of Hiring for Mr Tone Pulou”. According to the letter, the CCCAS would like to hire Tone Pulou as an employee of CCCAS, to work as a custodian at the main office. “His effective date of hire is dependent upon a work release approval from the Court. The letter noted that his working hours were to be from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. “It is our prayer that we will continue to work together as a team with similar ambition to support and teach our young men and women to become better citizens. “We will continue to welcome your unsparing support in the future, as we endeavor together to serve God’s people through our respectful entities” the letter stated. White’s motion reminded the High Court that they had stated they would consider a motion for work release when the defendant could establish bona fide employment, and he has received an offer from the CCCAS. According to the motion, the defendant shows that the employment will allow the defendant to meet his child support obligations. Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop argued that the defendant is a convicted rapist, and if he works as a custodian for the church then he will again have access to young girls. Jessop pointed out that during sentencing the victim’s mother asked that the defendant stay as far away as possible from her daughter. The court raised concerns about how much the church would pay the defendant and asked that a representative from the church appear in court to answer their concerns and questions. Richmond scheduled another hearing for this matter on Thursday. During the sentencing hearing, White had recommended that Pulou should be jailed from eight to ten years, noting that the victim is blameless in this case and the entire burden falls on his client. White told the court he had spoken with the victim’s mother, who asked for only two things — that the defendant not have any further contact with the victim; and that the sentence, whatever it is, “should be fashioned for a lengthy period so the victim can complete her education without any interference from the defendant.” Deputy AG Jessop had recommended that the court sentence Pulou to the maximum allowable under the law — which is 15 years — noting the victim was a 13-year old student. The defendant had been in a “position of authority” she had said, and “he abused that authority as a teacher and took advantage of the victim, who did not know better.” During the sentencing Richmond noted that a great deal of discussion had taken place pertaining to this serious case. “The defendant had a promising future, however he made a terrible and a serious mistake,” Richmond said at the time. The court then sentenced Pulou to ten years in jail, however execution of sentence was suspended under the condition that he serve 28 months in jail without any release, except by court order, or for medical reasons. The court also noted that they would entertain a motion for work release. The defendant is also ordered to register as a sex offender. Pulou admitted in court he had an ongoing relationship with his student which led to the girl’s pregnancy, admitting that sexual intercourse with his female student was between September 2009 and February 2010. According to the government’s case the matter came to light when the female student and her mother went to the OBGYN clinic at LBJ Medical Center only to find out she was pregnant, at which time Child Protective Services with the Department of Human and Social Services was contacted. Pulou fled the territory to Australia last year when the government moved to file criminal charges. In October 2011, when Pulou visited relatives in Hawai’i, he was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents based on a warrant issued by the local District Court.
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Sixty (60) second graders from Aua Elementary visited the Jean P. Haydon Museum on Friday morning to learn about Samoan handicraft and history. According to the museum program coordinator, Rex Yandall, there will be three days of Arts and Crafts sponsored by the Museum from Wednesday Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 16 at the Utulei Beach Park fales along with events at the Pavilion in Fagatogo, and it is all in celebration of the arts. “Besides the arts and crafts at the park — which will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day — on Thursday Nov. 15 in the evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be a Samoan song competition at the Pavilion in Fagatogo. There will also be an International Night of performances on Friday November 16th, which will be called ‘Arts Fiafia- The celebration of the Arts’, starting at 6:00 p.m, also at the Pavilion in Fagatogo,” said Yandall. “The competition on Thursday will have soloists and church groups competing. On Friday night we will have the Tongan community, the Filipino community, the Fijian community, one Samoan group and a group from Starkist Samoa performing for international night at the Pavilion in Fagatogo,” he said. The “Arts Fiafia — The Celebration of the Arts” is sponsored by the National Endowment for [photo: Jeff Hayner] the Arts.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A 64-yearold man who was killed after walking into a suburban Detroit police station and opening fire on officers without saying a word was a military veteran who had health issues, authorities said Monday. Officers fatally shot Harold Joseph Collins on Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the police headquarters in Southfield, and a 50-year-old sergeant was hurt in the exchange of fire. Authorities were investigating what might have prompted the shootout, which happened on Veterans Day. A preliminary investigation indicates Collins had medical problems, but it is not clear if that had any bearing on his actions, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins told reporters. Hawkins did not specify the nature of Collins’ health issues, but a family member told The Detroit News that Collins had throat cancer and was unable to speak. A neighbor of Collins also told The Associated Press that he had trouble speaking. “Based on the behavior of this individual, my opinion and the opinion of the investigating officers, is that this person was struggling with some very serious internal issues,” Hawkins said. Collins walked into the building about 2:20 p.m. Sunday and used a .380-caliber handgun to confront an officer seated behind bulletproof glass. “What’s so unusual about this situation is that ... there were no words, whatsoever,” Hawkins said. “The suspect approached the front desk officer and simply stared at the officer. I was told that the suspect appeared to be staring into the distance and not a word was said.” That officer sought cover and called for assistance. Other officers arrived from other parts of the building and ordered Collins to drop the weapon. Collins refused and gunfire was exchanged. Collins later died at an area hospital.
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Police would not confirm Monday if Collins had throat cancer, but a daughter of Collins’ exwife, Seretha Nobles, said that was the case. “He has been very sick and suffering from cancer — throat cancer for many years,” Nobles, who lives in Georgia, told The Detroit News. Collins lived alone in a Southfield apartment. Neighbor Drema Sanders, who lives in the same building, said she had just seen him at the mailboxes last Friday. Sanders said Collins had some kind of growth on the left side of his face that covered part of his mouth. “He was always respectful,” said Sanders, 59. “He would nod, because he couldn’t really talk.” Angelica Mercado, the leasing manager for the apartment building, said Collins had lived there for about 1½ years. She described him as very active. “I would never hear a complaint from him or from his neighbors about him,” she said. Hawkins did not reveal the name of the sergeant who was wounded in the shoulder but said he was in stable condition Monday at a hospital. He said at least five officers were involved in the shooting, but he would not say how many fired their weapons. “We train these officers to deal with situations like this; to deal with the unusual, to deal with the unpredictable,” Hawkins said. “And this certainly qualified. They performed exactly like they were trained.” Surveillance video that captured Sunday’s shooting is part of the investigation and was not released Monday. The shooting was the second at a Detroit-area police station in less than two years. Four Detroit police officers were shot and wounded Jan. 23, 2011, by 38-year-old Lamar Moore at a west side station. Surveillance video showed Moore walking into the precinct and opening fire on the officers. He was shot to death in the exchange of gunfire.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a written statement issued to reporters aboard his aircraft, en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, that the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday. Panetta said that he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday. A senior defense official traveling with Panetta said Allen’s communications were with Jill Kelley, who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command. She is not a U.S. government employee. Kelley is said to have received threatening emails from Broadwell, who is Petraeus’ biographer and who had an extramarital affair with Petraeus that reportedly began after he became CIA director in September 2011. Petraeus resigned as CIA director on Friday. Allen, a four-star Marine general, succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. The senior official, who discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity because it is under investigation, said Panetta believed it was prudent to launch a Pentagon investigation, although the official would not explain the nature of Allen’s problematic communications. The official said 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents from Allen’s communications with Kelley between 2010 and 2012 are under review. He would not say whether they involved sexual matters or whether they are thought to include unauthorized disclosures of classified information. He said he did not know whether Petraeus is mentioned in the emails. “Gen. Allen disputes that he has engaged in any wrongdoing in this matter,” the official said. He said Allen currently is in Washington. Panetta said that while the matter is being investigated by the Defense Department Inspector General, Allen will remain in his post as commander of the International Security Assistance Force, based in Kabul. He praised Allen as having been instrumental in making progress in the war. The FBI’s decision to refer the Allen matter to the Pentagon rather than keep it itself, combined with Panetta’s decision to allow Allen to continue as Afghanistan commander without a suspension, suggested strongly that officials viewed whatever happened as a possible infraction of military rules rather than a violation of federal criminal law. Allen was Deputy Commander of Central Command, based in Tampa, prior to taking over in Afghanistan. He also is a veteran of the Iraq war. In the meantime, Panetta said, Allen’s nomination to be the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has been put on hold “until the relevant facts are determined.” He had been expected to take that new post in early 2013, if confirmed by the Senate, as had been widely expected. Panetta said President Barack Obama was consulted and agreed that Allen’s nomination should be put on hold. Allen was to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Panetta said he asked committee leaders to delay that hearing. Panetta also said he wants the Senate Armed Services Committee to act promptly on Obama’s nomination of Gen. Joseph Dunford to succeed Allen as commander in Afghanistan. That nomination was made several weeks ago. Dunford’s hearing is also scheduled for Thursday.
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Whereas, Diabetes has reached an epidemic proportion - approximately 25.8 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including over 6,000 diabetics in American Samoa. In fact, if current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes; and Whereas, these statistics, coupled with the personal struggles of people with diabetes and their loved ones, underscore the need for action. So, during National Diabetes Month, the American Samoa Diabetes Coalition is launching a bold movement to confront, fight and eventually stop diabetes; and Whereas, the people of American Samoa can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease by maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits, and consulting with the care providers about diabetic testing; and Whereas, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health, and LBJ Medical Center are committed to providing quality care for the diabetic clients; and Whereas, throughout the National Diabetes Month, we recognize the health care professionals through the community, community health care workers, emergency medical services for the continuous effort of improving the quality way of life for our growing diabetes population. Now, therefore, I Togiola T. A. Tulafono, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the constitution and laws of American Samoa, do hereby proclaim the Month of November, 2012, at the American Diabetes Month.I call upon all people living in American Samoa to learn more about the risk factors and symptoms associated with diabetes, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. In witness thereof, I have hereunto affixed my Signature and Seal of my Office on this 8th day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark “cap-and-trade” system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California’s 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards for cleaner-burning fuels, more efficient automobiles, and increased use of renewable energy. Under the plan, the California Air Resources Board will auction off pollution permits on Wednesday called “allowances” to more than 350 businesses, including electric companies, food processors and refineries. In essence, the auction will put a price on carbon emissions. The program also places a cap on emissions spewed by individual polluters. Businesses are required to either cut emissions to the cap levels or buy allowances from other companies for each metric ton of carbon discharged over the cap each year. Businesses can satisfy up to 8 percent of emissions reductions through the purchase of carbon credits from forestry and other certified projects. “It is entirely in line with the notion ... that competitive economics in the 21st century is built upon clean and more efficient ways of generating energy, making products and doing business,” Mary Nichols, the air board’s chairman, wrote in an email. However, some of the businesses regulated under the plan say the extra costs will result in higher electricity rates and job losses in an economy already struggling to recover. A coalition of business groups has petitioned Gov. Jerry Brown to delay the program — a request he has refused. “The auction will take place,” said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor. “We will be monitoring the program very closely and the Air Resources Board will make modifications as appropriate.” For the first two years of the program, large industrial emitters will receive 90 percent of their allowances for free in a soft start meant to give companies time to reduce emissions through new technologies or other means. The cap, or number of allowances, will decline over time in an effort to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The board has estimated that businesses will pay a total of $964 million for allowances in fiscal year 2012-2013. About 23 million allowances will be sold for 2013 emissions, and 39.5 million allowances are being pre-sold Wednesday for 2015 emissions.
The state is still unclear about how the money will be used, but California law dictates it go into a greenhouse gas reduction account, and any programs that use the funds be consistent with the goals of AB32, the climate change law. Some groups have proposed using part of the money to help businesses regulated under the cap to buy and install energy efficient technology to help save money. While no one believes California’s cap-and-trade program alone will remedy climate change, the system is designed to show it can be done in the world’s ninth-largest economy and provide a blueprint for other governments, the board said. Officials believe the re-election of President Barack Obama, who in his acceptance speech voiced support for battling climate change, will embolden states to follow California’s lead. “With the election, we expect states that had dropped their own climate efforts to take a new look at what they can do, and some of these ideas will be adapted or adopted elsewhere,” Nichols said. Business groups say California’s regulations and high taxes are already a threat to their bottom lines, and adding more costs in a bad economy is perilous to growth. Utilities say ratepayers should expect increases. The Modesto Irrigation District — which provides its customers with a mix of energy from traditional coal-and-natural gas-fired power plants and renewable sources — said customers will see bills increase in 2013 due to cap and trade. “We will have on our billing a surcharge that will address cap and trade, and show ratepayers exactly how much more they will pay,” said Greg Salyer, resource planning and development manager at the district. Salyer said the district will not know exactly how much higher rates will go until after Wednesday’s auction, which will set prices for each ton of carbon emissions. Ratepayers will see a bit of relief early on because some of the auction proceeds have been earmarked for return to utility customers. The California Public Utilities Commission will ultimately decide how those rebates are handled next year. In the end, proponents of California’s ambitious new program say the increases in costs will be offset by gains in the state’s clean technology sector, and by air quality improvements and other benefits of emission reductions. That said, even supporters acknowledge that changes in the price of energy are likely to occur.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a capital so dangerous that only the “walking dead” are said to venture out after dark, nothing could draw an obedient son into the deserted night. Nothing, that is, but a girl. Ebed Yanes had friended her on Facebook, and the studious 15-year-old was desperate to meet her. “My parents are still awake,” he wrote her that Saturday night in May. “I’ll shower while they go to bed and I’ll get the keys to the motorcycle.” But he never found her. “I’ve been looking for 45 minutes,” he texted, “but now I better get back before the soldiers catch me.” Ebed knew he lived in a perilous country, with a murder rate that likely makes Honduras the most violent country in the world. The state of emergency declared by the government wouldn’t stop him. Nor would the drug gangs that handle three-quarters of all cocaine headed for the U.S. By 1:30 a.m., Ebed was dead, slumped over his father’s motorcycle with a bullet to the back of his head. Figuring out what happened has become a mission for the boy’s father, Wilfredo Yanes, and revealed the dysfunction that’s made this impoverished country a barely functioning state. It’s also raised questions about the efficacy of millions of dollars in anti-narcotics aid the U.S. military has provided Honduras. “I’m not only reacting to the impotence that my son’s death made me feel,” said Wilfredo, a 57-year-old organic food supplier. “I can’t allow for rights to be violated, and even less if it’s my family’s right to life.” Every Sunday, before going to church, Ebed’s job was to wash the family’s car. That Sunday, Wilfredo noticed that his car was still dirty. Ebed was not in bed, and the family’s motorcycle was missing. Wilfredo’s boy never left their gated community alone,
Dad seeks justice for son slain in broken Honduras
had never taken public transportation and didn’t know his way about the city. Even when he went to Tae Kwon Do lessons, his older sister waited in the car for him. It was hard to imagine what could have happened to him. “We need to stay calm,” Wilfredo told his wife, Berlin Caceres, 42, a university professor. First they filed a missing person report with police. They also turned to the homicide division, where officers said they had found a motorcycle next to the body of an unidentified young man. There had been a party in the neighborhood, they said, and somebody from the party must have killed him. Wilfredo recognized his red motorcycle. “Is it him?” asked his wife. “Yes, it’s him,” Wilfredo said. She fainted, and he barely had time to catch her before she hit the ground. Wilfredo walked into the city morgue alone, where he found his only son, with a broken jaw that hadn’t even seen its first shave, and an exit wound next to his mouth. As shock set in, Wilfredo received his son’s belongings: his BlackBerry, a broken helmet, a set of house keys. On his way to the funeral, he stopped at the police station near where Ebed had been found. Two policemen said they had heard shots late Saturday but had been too afraid to go out and investigate. On the block where his son died, a witness told Wilfredo he had seen six to eight masked soldiers in dark uniforms approaching a body. They poked it with their rifles, then picked up the empty bullet casings and returned to their vehicle, an unusually big pickup truck. After the sun came up, residents said, they went outside and gathered bullet casings that the soldiers had failed to find. They gave them to the father, who carried them to his son’s funeral.
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That night, at Ebed’s wake, Wilfredo made a promise: “My son will not be just one more statistic.” The father knew the long odds he faced: The country’s police investigated only 21 percent of cases between 2010 and 2011, public records show. But Wilfredo was determined to solve his son’s case. He reached out to Julieta Castellanos, the president of National University, whose son had been killed at a police roadblock last year. She had become a fearless critic of police impunity and advised Wilfredo to gather evidence and contact the prosecutor’s office. Days later, Wilfredo and his wife drove through the hilly outskirts of the capital, looking for a vehicle that fit the witness descriptions. On their third trip, they stumbled upon an army
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As a semi-government agency, it was completely inappropriate for the board and management of ASPA to campaign against the veto referendum in its public offices with its public employees. This was a clear violation of the Hatch Act that prohibits political campaigning for candidates including referendum issues during government time, using government property, and amongst government employees while at their place of work. This was especially egregious as the board members and management are supposed to be responsible for upholding government regulations and laws. In any other jurisdiction, the board and management would be terminated for such blatant violations of prohibited political activities. We should not look at the veto override power as a threat against government agencies, but we must look at it as a legislative tool that is needed by the Fono to effectively and equally govern under a tripartite government system. Right now, as a matter of function, the Governor in effect has the power to legislate because currently the Fono cannot override his veto. If they do, it’s a sham and a superficial veto override since it ends up on the desk of the U.S. Secretary of Interior. The Secretary of Interior will defer to the decision of the Governor. This practically ensures that the Governor not only governs, but also legislates — a power that constitutionally belongs to the Fono. Allowing the Secretary of Interior to continue to have the final say whether to allow the Fono’s veto override to stay or by default agree with the Governor by non-action, arguably and effectively violates the constitution because it allows the executive branch of the government to act as a legislator. This has to be fixed in our government system. We have grown as a territory and as a government, we deserve to govern ours. The argument that the veto power for the Fono will give the Fono control of the government is nothing more than misinformation and misleading propaganda by the Governor’s office — and shows that the Governor is not truly sincere about real self-governance for American Samoa — which we are not now self-governing as some people would say. Furthermore, the argument that if we give the Fono the veto override power then we need to elect Senators pursuant to democratic principles, well, that’s opening up a whole can of worms. We need to be careful with what we ask for, because democratic principles would also require for example that, (1) we do away with the requirements for matai titles to be a Senator; (2) we cannot require birth in American Samoa to be factor to be a Senator; and (3) that we grant the power to vote to foreigners after first giving them the right to be nationals. Those are real democratic principles. The Fono needs the legislative veto override — for the sake of building a more just governance system for now and in the future. The veto override referendum is not about ASPA; it’s about correcting democratic processes so that our government can govern with transparency, accountability and fairness. It is about correcting our currently flawed government structure so there is co-equal functioning of the three branches of government so that it can stand the test of time. It is about American Samoa having a little more control in governing our internal affairs without having the U.S. be the final arbiter of our legislative actions as if we were incapable of thinking for ourselves. The misguided propaganda campaign by ASPA against the veto override referendum was a shameful disservice to our people, our territory and especially to the governance of our government. If we as a people seriously want to have a say in helping to bring transparency, accountability and a checks and balance system to our government in order to serve the best interest of our people, we must all support the veto override referendum in the next election — and ASPA needs to focus on its mission.
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checkpoint near the alley where their son was killed. The pickup they found matched the one neighbors had described. Days later, Wilfredo was sitting in the office of the country’s head prosecutor, German Enamorado, who was outraged by the story. He assigned two prosecutors to the case that same day. There was one problem, though: The poorly equipped prosecutors didn’t even have a car. Wilfredo offered to drive. At army headquarters, they found an incident report saying a man on a motorcycle had fired on soldiers at the checkpoint and fled. Then they learned chilling news: The Ford pickup had been donated by the U.S. government, and the special forces unit had been trained by the U.S. and even vetted as free of corruption and involvement in human rights violations. In other words, these were Honduras’s finest soldiers. The army chief, Rene Osorio, told the press Ebed had deserved what he got. “Everyone who does not stop at a military checkpoint is involved in something,” Osorio said. Called in by Enamorado, the soldiers said they couldn’t remember a man on a motorcycle. After the interview, however, one soldier called his own mother and told her a very different story, according to the investigative file. He said he had been ordered to lie about the shooting. He later testified that the soldiers had chased Ebed through dark alleys until the motorcycle turned into one that was too narrow for their truck. The lieutenant ordered the unit to open fire. Col. Juan Giron then arranged the cover-up, according to the soldier, who’s now a protected witness. “We were ordered to pick up the shell casings and we returned to the roadblock. He told us what we had to say ... that we shouldn’t say what
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that call for change, which will be made if he and Lemanu are successful in the run-off. Afoa, Hunkin-Finau and Jones all spoke as well. Afoa said that he, along with Le’i and their supporters have agreed to give their support to Lolo and Lemanu as their choice for governor and lieutenant governor for the next four years. Afoa also said that their supporters made their wishes known last week during a meeting, and those same wishes have been relayed to Lolo and Lemanu, in which they are supporting them. He wishes Lolo and Lemanu the best. Hunkin-Finau said she truly believes that yesterday’s meeting should be written in American Samoa’s history when it comes to the election, because she is not aware of any past gubernatorial teams who were able to bring together other candidates to stand together due to the need for change in American Samoa. She said Lolo spoke Sunday night at the “Salu and Savusa” headquarters to their supporters, families and friends, and they, along with their committee members were happy. She then urged “Salu and Savusa” supporters and committee to stand together for a change in government by voting Lolo and Lemanu. Jones said that at the beginning of this election, “you saw candidates committed to change” under their own name, but the candidates all knew that they couldn’t all be in the run off. “Today you see... the candidates that are committed to that change united under one name,” he said, adding that “change has to happen.” “If we can commit to change — even if our name is not on it — if we told you we would make change, but our name can’t be on it, we can unite behind Lolo and Lemanu as a last hope for change, I hope you will see it is worth your time to come back to the polls and support the last hope for change.” The final statement came from Fiu Johnny Saelua, chairman of the Lolo and Lemanu team, thanking the other gubernatorial teams for their support in their united stand for a change as voters in the territory return to the polls next Tuesday.
happened,” according to the investigative file. Officers also took the weapons the soldiers had used that night and exchanged them, the soldiers said. Enamorado said it was right to chase Ebed, to try to stop him, even to shoot into the air. But not at a fleeing suspect. “They used my son as target practice,” Wilfredo said. Within 17 days of opening the case, three soldiers were arrested, and Eleazar Abimael Rodriguez, 22, was charged with murder and imprisoned. The two others, including the officer who ordered the unit to shoot, were suspended from the army and released on bail awaiting trial, charged with covering up a crime and abuse of their office. Punishing the three officers involved in the alleged cover-up may prove trickier. The lieutenant colonel who allegedly ordered the weapons exchanged, Reynel Funes, attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, on the U.S. government’s dime. He had also been trained at the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia. The military has denied any officer wrongdoing. “All this about lies and switching the weapons is a novel,” said army spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremias Arevalo. “We are a responsible and serious armed force, and we are against impunity.” After months of pushing, Wilfredo persuaded the prosecutor two weeks ago to investigate the officers and figure out what happened with the guns used to shoot his son. He has also petitioned the government to take the army off the streets through a constitutional amendment. He prays his country will deliver justice. He also hopes that someday, a boy will be able to test the limits of freedom without fear for his life.
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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, while most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, there was one glaring exception Monday: a Long Island power company with more outages — almost 60,000 Monday — than all the others combined. As people on Long Island fumed over the cold and the darkness and complained that they couldn’t get answers from the company, the Long Island Power Authority said in its defense that the storm was worse than anyone could have imagined and that it didn’t just damage outdoor electrical lines; it caused flooding that touched home and business breaker boxes. LIPA also acknowledged that an outdated computer system for keeping customers notified has added to people’s frustration. But some say the government-run utility should have seen it coming. It was recently criticized in a withering state report for lax preparation ahead of last year’s Hurricane Irene and for the 25-yearold computer system used to pinpoint outages and update customers. “It’s antiquated. I think they’re negligent,” said Phil Glickman, a retired Wall Street executive from South Bellmore who waited 11 days to get electricity back. LIPA has restored power to nearly 1.1 million homes and offices all together. About 46,000 still waiting for the lights to come back on are along Long Island’s south shore and Rockaway Peninsula and had water damage to electrical panels and wiring, so their service can’t be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs. The utility said it expects to restore service to the last 11,000 customers outside flooded areas by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to 8.5 million customers in 10 states, with New York and New Jersey bearing the brunt. Those outages have been nearly erased, though Consolidated Edison, the chief utility in New York City, has cited problems similar to LIPA’s, saying about 16,300 customers in flooded areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island can’t get service until their internal electrical equipment is repaired, tested and certified. LIPA customer Priscilla Niemiera, whose finished basement in Seaford flooded, said her house needs to be inspected and she can’t get any answers. Every time she calls the utility, she said, she gets hung up on. “I think LIPA should be broken up into small companies and it shouldn’t be a monopoly anymore because this is every single time we have a disaster. And then they raise the rates. We’re paying very high rates. We’re paying high taxes, high electric. Everything,” she said.
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LIPA, whose board is chosen by the governor and lawmakers, contracts with National Grid for service and maintenance. Last year, its board chose a new contractor, New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group, which will take over in 2014. Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the storm response of all New York utilities in the region, saying their management had failed consumers. Asked Monday about LIPA board vacancies he hasn’t filled and whether he takes responsibility for what’s happening there, Cuomo called the authority a holding company that became “an intergovernmental political organization.” He said National Grid was the actual Long Island power provider, one of the monopolistic state-regulated utilities. “They’re going to be held accountable,” he said, citing lack of communication and preparation and even proposing they consider rebates instead of rate hikes. A state report criticized LIPA in June for poor customer communications after Irene last year and for insufficient tree trimming. The Department of Public Service noted major problems in telling customers estimated power-restoration times, faulting its computer system, which a consultant had found deficient back in 2006. LIPA acknowledged that customers aren’t getting the information they need, partly because of the system, which it is updating. Authority officials said the new system will be operating next year. “It is a huge computer system. After Irene we immediately accelerated that process, and even at that it is still an 18-month to two-year process,” LIPA’s chief operating officer, Michael Hervey, said Monday. “We would have liked to have had it up and running for now, but it’s just such a large magnitude computer system that it takes that long.” Hervey said the company will be working with remaining customers over the next several weeks as they get their homes repaired. “They can’t be safely re-energized from an electrical standpoint,” he said. “We are ready to service those areas, but they are not ready to take it right now.” John Bruckner, president of National Grid Long Island transmission and distribution, said he had about 15,000 people working on restoration, including 6,400 linemen from all over the U.S. and Canada. Matthew Cordaro, co-chairman of the Suffolk Legislature’s LIPA Oversight Committee and a former utility executive, said Con Ed and Public Service Electric & Gas New Jersey did a good job responding to the storm, and LIPA didn’t. While a storm of that magnitude would challenge any electricity provider, he said LIPA is probably one of the most poorly run utilities and has a “crazy” public-private organizational structure that’s fraught with problems and raises questions of accountability.
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Fagaitua High School JROTC saluting the flag of the United States of America during the 21-Gun Salute.
[photo: Ausage Fausia]
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Mrs. Ipu Avegalio Lefiti, a retiree with the US Army, read the Proclamation for Veterans Day signed by Gov. Togiola Tulafono. According to the proclamation, “Today American Samoans continue to serve our country in these perilous times of terrorism and war. Many of them willingly entered harms way to fight for our freedom. By their service, they keep America strong. “On Veterans’ Day, let us pause to reflect on the sacrifice of all of those who have put on the uniform to serve in the United States military. Let us honor our veterans who proved their heroism and love of country time and again. “Our nation will... ‘be grateful for the noble sacrifices’, which can never be adequately repaid.” The governor in his remarks noted that America is founded on liberty, opportunity and justice for all. “We take off our hats and salute all our veterans.” Togiola noted “some of our veterans have have now passed on to better lives, and many have given the ultimate sacrifice. We salute them this day, and their families that may be here or watching these programs.” He said by answering the call of duty and risking their lives, their fellow country men are veterans, the patriots of all time. “They have inspired our nation with their courage, and passion and their dedication to duty,” he said. Togiola added — “to the Veterans who had served on the land, at sea, and in the air from the shores of Omaha Beach, to the jungles of Vietnam, the sands of the Persian Gulf, the mountains of Afghanistan and Iraq and all the other battlefields around the globe— thank you.” Veterans have helped shape the American character, the governor stated. He acknowledged the growth of the JROTC within the high schools, continuing to point to veterans as inspirations. “These young people who have been inspired by you and are committed to changing their character of citizenship and service... from watching you, from listening to you, thank you. The Governor challenged the Veterans to form a Teacher Association to assist teachers. “I asked veterans as I have in the past — that I believe you still are the better teachers, if you could only organize a substitute teacher service to help our Department of Education, to help our private schools to fill in the gaps, to fill the void when there is a need for a teacher to step up when regular teachers cannot make it for one reason or another.” “Veterans, organize yourself into a substitute teachers core to share your values, to share your experiences, to share your knowledge and to share your character with our children. You are among the best teachers in the world and you are American Samoans,” said Togiola.
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Aloaia malo tautua a Fitafita Tuai o le taua
O se sauniga na faataunuuina i le malae o le Veterans Memorial Stadium i Tafuna i le taeao ananafi, na faatautaia lea e le malo e aloaia ai le faamanatuina o le aso ua faapitoa mo Fitafita Tuai o le tausaga, lea na ofo atu o latou soifua e tautua ma puipuia ai le saolotoga o le atunuu ma le lalolagi. O le agaga faafetai na faaleoina lea e le alii kovana e fai ai o ia ma sui o tagatanuu uma o Amerika Samoa, e momoli atu ai le faafetai i Fitafita Tuai uma sa tautua i vaega au a le malo tele ma o latou aiga, atoa ai Fitafita o lo o tautua pea i le taimi nei ma o latou aiga, e tusa ai o le taulaga ofo ua latou faia mo le atunuu. Sa i ai faatasi i lea sauniga le afioga i le Kovana Sili, le matua ia Togiola T.A Tulafono ma lana masiofo ia Mary Ann Tulafono, o taitai o le tafatolu o le faigamalo a Tutuila ma Manu’a e aofia ai le Faamasino Sili ma le Faamasino Sili Lagolago, o sui o Vaega Au a le malo tele, o Fitafita Tuai, uo ma aiga faapea fanau aoga. Sa faapea foi ona faatasi atu i ai ma le Faipule i Uosigitone, le tofa Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, lea foi ua toe filifilia na te nofoia le nofoa o le atunuu mo le isi lua tausaga. O le agaga autu o lenei aso e pei ona faamanatuina ai i le lalolagi atoa, o le tuuina atu lea o le agaga faafetai i fitafita tuai uma sa ofoina atu o latou soifua e tautua ma puipuia ai le saolotoga o le atunuu, atoa ai ma le agaga faafetai ia i latou o lo o tautua pea e oo mai i le taimi nei. O le susuga Rev. Liu Tofili, o le Feagaiga a le Ekalesia EFKAS i Fagamalo na taitaia le sauniga e faamanatuina ai le aso mo Fitafita Tuai. I upu tomua o le saunoaga a Rev. Tofili sa ia taua ai e faapea, o le tautua sa ofoina atu e fitafita, e le o se taulaga faigofie, ae o se taulaga e ofo atu ai le soifua e puiuia ai le saogalemu o le atunuu ma le lalolagi. A’o lei saunoa le alii kovana i le autu o le aso, na momoli lana faafetai i faiaoga o aufaipese a aoga maualuluga sa lagiina viiga o le Atua, i le magatofie o le taleni. Saunoa Togiola e faapea, o faavae mautu o le malo o Amerika e aofia ai le saolotoga, o avanoa tuu faasolo ia faatasi ai ma le faia o faamasinoga tonu. “O lenei aso, e to o tatou pulou ia i latou uma na mafai ai ona tutupu nei mea, o i latou ua moemoe mai Tiasa, faapea ai i latou na maliliu i le sami, i lo latou tali atu i le valaau sa tuuina atu latou te ola ma soifua ai i luga o le afaina, ae na faia ma le loto nuu ma le loto tele,” o se vaega lea o le saunoaga a Togiola. Na taua e le alii kovana e faapea, e tusa ai ma ni faamaumauga ua ia mauaina, ua taua ai le oo atu i le toa 25 miliona fitafita tuai ua i ai nei i totonu o le malo o Amerika ma ona teritori, o i latou ia sa pagatia i le tele o tausaga, mo le puipuiina o lo tatou saolotoga. “O la outou tautua ua mafua ai ona tatou saoloto faapenei, na pau la matou upu e tuuina atu i lenei aso, e na o le agaga o
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TaUalOa a’OGa ManUMalO aUaUnaGa a FiTaFiTa TUai
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
Le afioga i le kovana sili o le atunuu, le matua ia Togiola T.A Tulafono ma lana masiofo ia Mary Ann Tulafono, faatasi ai ma ni isi o fitafita tuai sa auai i le sauniga faalemalo i le taeao ananafi, e faa[ata AF] manatuina ai le aso faapitoa mo Fitafita Tuai, e pei ona faamanatuina ai i ile lalolagi atoa.
O le taeao o le Aso Tofi na alafa’i ai le fanau a’oga e amata mai le Vasega 1 e o’o i le Vasega 4 ai le Manumalo Baptist e fa’atautaia le latou polokalama e taualoa ai le auaunaga sa fa’atino e Fitafita Tuai o le Vaega Au a le Malo Tele o Amerika. Sa latou amatalia lava i le “HUA!Veterans!” O le fa’atalofa lea fa’amiliteri, ma ua onomea tele i le fa’atinoga a le fanau, i a latou pesega ma tauloto e fa’atatau i le Ea Fosi, Maligi, Ami ma le Neivi. O le vasega 4 na muamua mai le latou fa’atinoga o le vaega lea a le Air Force. “Hua Air Force!” Amata loa ma le pese fa’apitoa a lea vaega au, suia le latou fa’atulagaga toe oso le isi vi’i e iloga ai le Air Force i le Militeri. Na fa’ai’u i le pese to’afa a sui o lea vasega, ma ua iloga le atoatoa o le tapenaga a le fanau mo le fa’aeaina o galuega a le Eafosi.
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O se va’aiga i le mae’a ai o le Polokalama e Taualoa ai le Auaunaga a Fitafita Tuai a le A’oga Manumalo Baptist School i Malaeimi, lea ua tutula’i ni sui o le latou JROTC e tupito i le tama’ita’i faia’oga o Dorothy Fuiava ma le susuga le Faife’au Frank Ala ma le Faletua, e fa’ailoa le latou agaga fa’afetai i fitafita tuai ma fitafita o lo’o tiute i tafa o taua. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
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Le tofa Palaita Tusi Suiaunoa a’o ia taitaia le tula’i faaaloalo a le vaega o JROTC a aoga maualuluga, lea na faatasi atu i le sauniga a le malo sa faia i le malae o [ata AF] le Veterans Memorial Stadium i Tafuna ananafi, e mo le faamanatuina o le aso o Fitafita Tuai i le lalolagi.
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Ina ua mae’a lea ona soso’o mai lea ma le vasega 1 i le vaega a le US Army. Oka le laiti ae le fa’afiti i le latou fa’aeaea mo le Army lea e to’atele na’ua alo o Samoa o lo’o tautua ai. “Army Goes Rolling Along” ae tutula’i uma i luga sui o le Army sa aofia fa’atasi i lea taeao i le Hall a le Manumalo Baptist i Malaeimi. Na soso’o ma le solo maimi totonu a le Vasega Lua ma latou pulou matagofie e fa’ailo ai i latou o le Maligi Koa! O toa lava ia o le laueleele, e fa’atatafa uma vaega au, pe a o’o ina solo mai le Maligi, aua o i latou e ta’imua mai i so’o se osofa’iga i le eleele! Matagofie le fa’aea a le vasega lua, ma le latou toniga tasi i o latou pulou. O latou pesega, ma sa faia fo’i latou tauloto, e fa’atatau i le auaunaga a le US Marines. O le vasega tolu sa tomuli i ai le fa’aaliga, ma o i latou na fa’atinoina le sao mo le US Navy, po’o Toa o le Vasa. Na latou solo mai i totonu ma fa’atulaga le latou vi’i o le Navy, ma sa matagofie le latou fa’atinoga. I le isi vaega o le fa’aaliga lea, sa i ai ni sui o le vasega sa faia le fa’aalo fa’aaloalo e fa’aea ai le auaunaga a le US Navy i le puipuiga o le saogalemu o le Malo o Amerika, fa’apea fo’i ma isi malo uma ua latou ‘au’au fa’atasi i le agaga, o le filemu i le lalolagi! I le tauloto sa fofogaina e i latou, na tomuli lava i le latou toe fa’amanatu mai i le aofia atoa na potopoto fa’apea lava fo’i i latou fanau talavou, “Ina ne’i galo ia i te’i tatou uma - Fa’afetai Navy, Fa’afetai mo le Sa’olotoga ua matou maua!” Ina ua fa’ai’u ia folasaga matagofie, ona fa’amae’a ai lea o le polokalama mo le Taualoaina o le Tautua sa fa’atino e Fitafita Tuai fa’apea ma fitafita o lo’o i tafa o taua i lenei fo’i vaitau! “Ia manuia le aso o Fitafita Tuai!”
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➧ AloAiA MAlo tAutuA…
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le faafetai, faafetai, faafetai i la outou tautua,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola. Saunoa Togiola e faapea, o le tautua toto sa ofoina atu e Fitafita tuai, ua mafua ai ona laga loto o alo ma fanau o le atunuu, e fia ofo atu foi o latou ola e tautua ai le atunuu, e pei ona i ai le Vaega o le JROTC. Na faaiu le saunoaga a Togiola i lona unaia lea o Fitafita Tuai uma sa tautua i vaega au, ina ia a’oa’o fanau i le poto ma le silafia ua latou mauaina, ina ia mafai ai ona avea i latou ma faata’ita’iga mo isi tupulaga o lo o mulimuli mai. O viiga o le Atua na lagiina lea e aufaipese a aoga maualuluga mai Tafuna, Leone ma Kanana Fou. Na faaiu le sauniga i se savali faaaloalo na alo atu i ai vaega o JROTC mai aoga maualuluga i le atunuu, ma tapunia ai loa lenei faamoemoe taua. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
SAuNI LE ALII FASI AvA E TALI I ONA MOLIAGA O le alii lea ua faalua ona tuuaia e le malo i lona fasia o si ona toalua, e aofia ai le fasiga muamua lea na i’u ina fafano ai le ma’itaga a lona to’alua, ua sauni nei e tali ioe i le mataupu fou lea foi ua toe tuuaia ai o ia e le malo. O le vaiaso na te’a nei na valaau ai le mataupu a le alii lea i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, peita’i na toe tolopo ina ua faailoa e le loia a le malo, ua toeititi lava mae’a talanoaga o lo o faia mo se maliliega e faamuta ai lenei mataupu. O lenei alii ua faalua ona ta’usala e le faamasinoga i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ona o ni faalavelave se lua na ia faaoolima ai i si ona toalua. O le faalavelave lona tolu na tulai mai i le aso 31 o Iulai 2012 i le latou fale i Nuuuli, lea o lo o molia ai o ia i le moliaga mama o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, atoa ai ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele, faatasi ai ma le moliaga mamafa lea ua molia ai nei o ia e le malo, ina ua faatolu ona molia o ia i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ona o ni mataupu e aafia ai le fasiga o lona toalua. O lo o taofia pea i le toese le ula lea e faatali ai le aso lea ua faamoemoe e toe valaauina ai lana mataupu, ina ua le mafai ona ia totogia le $20,000 sa faatulaga e tatala ai o ia i tua. O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond o lo o taulimaina lenei mataupu, i le lagolagosua a afioga i alii faamasino lagolago ia Mamea Sala Jr ma Muasau Tasina Tofili. TETE’E ASOFA TITIO JR I TuuAIGA A LE MALO O le aso 13 o Ianuari 2013 lea ua faatulaga e valaau ai le ulua’i iloiloga a le alii o Asofa Titio Jr, ina ua ia teena moliaga o lo o tuuaia ai o ia e le malo i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso na te’a nei. O Titio Jr, lea o lo o tuuaia i lona talepeina lea ma le gaoiina o ni faleoloa se lua i totonu o le lua masina, o lo o molia i moliaga o le talepe fale ma le gaoi. O le mataupu muamua lea na o latou osofaia ai le faleoloa o le Sepps Warehouse i Tafuna, o lo o tuuaia ai o ia ma ni alii laiti se toatolu i lo latou gaoia leao lea fale, ae o le mataupu lona lua lea na tulai mai i le masina o Iuni 2012 i le faleaiga o le Jade Restaurant i Nuuuli, o lo o tuuaia ai o ia ma ni tamaiti laiti se toa 5, lea e aofia ai ma lona uso laititi e 17 tausaga le matua. E $40,000 le tupe lea ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e totogi ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala le ua molia i tua e faatalitali ai taualumaga o ana mataupu. KILIFI ASOTONu O le alii lea ua faalua ona faamaonia e le faamasinoga faaitumalo le moliaga o le ave taavale ‘ona sa tuuaia ai o ia e le malo, ua molia nei i le moliaga mamafa o le ave taavale ae o lo o se’i lona laisene, i le maea ai o le faalavelave lea ua tuuaia ai o ia i le isi foi moliaga o le ave taavale ‘ona, ina ua taofi e leoleo lana taavale ina ua vaaia le alu saoasaoa i luga o le alatele, ma iloa ai e le gata o lo o ‘ona lea ali’i, ae o lo o se’i fo’i lona laisene. O le tausaga na te’a nei na faamaonia ai e le faamasinoga le moliaga lona lua o le ave taavale ‘ona faasaga ia Kilifi Asotonu, ma se’i ai loa lana laisene mo le lua tausaga, peitai o le masina na te’a nei na toe taofia ai o ia e leoleo i Tafuna, ina ua alu saoasaoa lana taavale, ma maua ai e le gata e ‘ona ae leai foi sona laisene. O se tagata e faalua ona tausala i le ave taavale ‘ona, e lua tausaga e se’i ai lona laisene, ae afai loa e faatolu ona faamaonia e le faamasinoga lea moliaga, ona se’i loa lea o lona laisene mo le olaga atoa, e le toe ave taavale. O lo o tatala pea i tua Asotonu e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e toe valaauina ai lana mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga faaitumalo.
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FAOA & TAUFETE’E
Falema’i ma le Soifua Maloloina
Fa’amuamua E fa’amuamua le puipuiga o le soifua maloloina ma le tausia o gasegase i se nofoaiga a Faoa & Taufetee. Folafolaga: “E le mafai, le mafai lava ona tapunia le falema’i, pe te’ena se tasi ua gasegasea e aunoa ma le le togafitia.” 2. Fesoasoani a le Malo Tele E galulue malosi e fa’amautu fesoasoani a le Malo Tele e ala i le Medicaid. Medicare, ma isi foai. E pei ona saunoa Kovana Togiola i le vaiaso ua mavae, o Faoa na fai ma sui o le Malo i feutaga’iga ma ofisa o le Malo Tele i mataupu tau le Medicaid. Ua manuia le taunu’uga. Ua fa’aopoopo le tupe. 3. Fesoasoani a le Konekeresi E lagolago e Faoa ma Taufetee le tupe fa’asoasoa mai le Konekeresi i tausaga uma. ma o le a galulue felagolagoma’i ma le Afioga a Faleomavaega mo lea fa’amoemoe. 4. Fesoasoani a le Malo o Amerika Samoa O le a maua pea i masina taitasi le fesoasoani tupe a le Malo o Amerika Samoa, pei ona fa’atulafonoina. 5. Inisiua o le Soifua Maloloina E fa’aauau pea le sailia o se porokarama tau inisiua mo tagata uma o le Teritori. 6. Totogi o le Falema’i ma Vailaau O le a galulue fa’atasi le Komiti Fa’afoe, le pule’aga o le Falemai, ma sui o le Malo e ta’ita’ia e le Tofa a Taufetee sa pule muamua i le Falema’i, e saili ala e fa’aitiitia ai le totogi o ia mea. E le ma ‘alofia le si’itia o le tau, pe a siitia le tulaga o le tautua. A ua ma talitonu e mafai ona maua ala e fa’aitiitia ai le totogi, ae tumau pea le maualuga o le lelei o le tausiga fa’afomai. 7. Siitia o Gasegase i fafo E fa’aauau le porokarama o le siitia i fafo o gasegase e le maua iinei ni togafitiga. O le a galulue fa’atasi ma le Fono, ofisa feterale, fa’apea kamupani vaalele, ina ia mautinoa e mafai ona auina gasegase mo togifitiga i fafo. 8. Totogi E galulue fa’atasi le Malo, Komiti Fa’afoe ma le pule’aga o le falema’i, ma le fa’atonu sili fou o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, e iloilo ma fai si’itaga ua tatau ai. 9. Faafouga o le Falema’i Ua si’itia le tulaga o le tausiga o gasegase ona o le galuega o le fa’afouga o loo faia. Ua fa’amalieina foi le atunu’u i le siitia o le tulaga tautua a le falema’i. E fa’aauau fa’afouga. 10. Sikolasipi ma Aoga Faamasani E fa’aauau le ofoina o sikolasipi ma avanoa i a’oga fa’amasani mo e fia ulufale i a’oga fa’afoma’i, fa’apea a’oa’oga fa’amasani ma fa’aauau mo le ‘aufaigaluega i matata fa’apitoa tau le tausiga o le soifua maloloina. 1.
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Fa’afetai fa’apitoa ToThank You & Fa’afetai Tele Lava giola sui tauva palota
TOGIOLA: AuA LE AvEA PALOTA MA MEA E LEAGA AI LO TATOu vA
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Dear Voters of District 9 - Pago Pago
My wife and I wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your love, trust, prayers and support throughout my campaign. The outpouring of love showed your faith and trust in my commitment to serve our village. Although it is not to be this time, the sun will rise again-“ E toe oso fo’I le la” To my family and committee, I could not have accomplished any of this without your love and undying support.
God bless all of you and your families Fa’afetai Fa’afetai Tele Lava,
Meauta and Sharmain Mageo
Na faaaoga e kovana Togiola Tulafono lana polokalama i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, e faaleo ai lona agaga faafetai ia Tutuila ma Manu’a aemaise ai o sui tauva uma sa fai lo latou sao i le palota na mae’a atu nei. Na fa’aalia e Togiola lona agaga faafetai ina ua i’u ma le manuia le sailiga tofi a le atunuu, e aunoa ma se faalavelave na tula’i mai, ma e ui e le’i maea ona saili se finagalo o le atunu’u, ae o lana fautuaga i sui ua alo atu mo le taamilosaga lona lua, “ia fai malu pea le faiva ae aua ne’i toia le va.” E le gata na faafetai faapitoa le kovana i le tofa ia Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin ona o le avanoa ua toe filifilia ai o ia, ae sa ia faafetaia foi Faipule uma ua manumalo mai i nofoa o a latou itumalo, ae faasili lava i paga uma sa tausinio mo le tofi kovana ma le lutena kovana. “Faamalo atu Faleomavaega e tusa ai o le toe filifilia o oe e le atunuu, lea ua e toe tulai mai, ma e foliga mai e aga’i pea i luma lou malosi,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola e faatatau i le tele o palota na manumalo ai Faleomavaega. Mai le toa 10,000 sa palota mo le tofi i Uosigitone, o le toa 7,221 na palota mo Faleomavaega, toa 4,420 na palota mo Aumua Amata, ae o numera o lo o totoe ai sa palota mo isi sui e toatolu sa tauva uma i le tofi. Ae mo sui tauva uma sa tausinio mo tofi taitasi o le atunuu, na faafetaia e Togiola i latou e tusa ai o le saili malo. Fai mai Togiola, o le tuu atu o le igoa o se tagata e tauva ai mo se tofi e le o se mea e faigofie ona fai, aua o isi e mumusu ina nei le manuia lana taumafai i le tofi ona fai fai mai lea o tagata ia te ia. “Mo outou uma sa tausinio ae ua le faamanuiaina, malo le saili malo, malo le tauivi, faamalo foi le onosa’i, alo ane laia e saili sou finagalo mo le vaega mulimuli o la tatou sailiga tofi, ae faalagolago i le Atua,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. “O la’u tatalo, taoto atu laia o le filifilia i le tofa paia a le atunuu, ae faamolemole, aua ne’i avea le palota ma mea e faaleagaina ai le va faale uo, poo le va faale atunuu ma le malo, a ia tatou saili ma le malosi, saili ma le toto’a, ma ia tatou saili le finagalo o le atunuu i le laufau malu, ma ia maua se tasi e totofi mai le lagi na te taitaia le Sa o Tutuila ma Manu’a i le lumana’i. Na talosagaina foi e Togiola le atunuu ina ia faatumauina pea le mafutaga e pei ona masani ai, ma ia aua ne’i aveesea se iota se tasi o le soifuaga fealofani o lo o ola ai le atunuu i aso uma. Na faai’u le saunoaga a le alii kovana i le momoli atu lea o lana faamanuiaga i paga ua alo atu mo le ‘run off’ i le vaiaso fou, faatasi ai ma lana faamanuiaga i le atunuu e faapea, “alo laia ia manuia lau palota, o ai lava e totogi mai e le Atua, o ia lena o le a fai ma o tatou ta’ita’i, tatou lagolago uma i ai.” Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
PERTH, Australia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Australia on Tuesday before a summit about deepening defense links between Australia and the United States. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is scheduled to arrive later. They’ll meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday and with Defense Minister Stephen Smith and Foreign Minister Bob Carr the next day. The annual summit is the first since President Barack Obama visited Australia a year ago and riled China, Australia’s biggest trade partner, by announcing that up to 2,500 U.S. Marines would rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern Australian city of Darwin. The two countries also want to increase U.S. military access to the Australian navy base south of Perth and to bombing ranges in the northern Outback as part of the shift of U.S. might to the Asia-Pacific region. Afghanistan will also feature in discussions. Australia has 1,550 troops in Afghanistan and is the biggest military contributor to that campaign outside NATO. At their last bilateral meeting a year ago, U.S. and Australian officials decided to include cooperation on cybersecurity as part of their defense treaty. It was the first time that the Obama administration has carved out such a partnership outside NATO. The agreement is partly in response to the cyberthreat emanating from the Asia-Pacific region, especially China and North Korea. Clinton was greeted by Carr and Smith at Perth airport, along with Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Beazley and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich.
Clinton arrives in Australia for meetings on defense
laUilOa FOOTball KOliSi: ‘ManTi’ MalieTaU lOUiS Te’O
Ua ese le tula’i mai o lea alo o Samoa i le ‘au malosi a le Iunivesite o Notre Dame i South Bend - Indianna e tulata i Chigago. O Malietau Louis Te’o o se alo o Brian Te’o ma le faletua na fanaua i Laie, Hawaii, ma o se tasi e matua mausali lona ola Kerisiano, e pei ona amatalia ai lona olaga e ona matua i le Ekalesia o le Au Pa’ia o Aso e Gata Ai. E le’i manatu ona matua e uia e Manti le ala ua ia uia nei, ae sa manatu i la’ua e filifilia nei e Manti se isi iunivesite e pei o USC, UCLA, po’o BYU, peita’i ua ia filifili e i ai lona vala’auina mai Notre Dame. E le to’atele fo’i nisi o Samoa ua fa’au’u mai lea Iunivesite. E tusa ai ma se sailiga o le a’oga lea na fa’au’u mai ai le ali’i o Wil Sword lea o lo’o galue i le Kamupani Suau’u, ma sa vasega lelei lava ma le susuga Bill Mahn lea e galue i le IT a le tatou malo, o lo’o fa’aipoipo atu o ia i le tama’ita’i Samoa o Lagi Mahn. O le isi loa alo o le atunu’u ua fa’ai’u mai a’oa’oga i Notre Dame o le tama’ita’i o Elena Maene mai Nuuuli. Fa’afetai o lo’o i ai se sui o Tuimavave i lea fo’i Iunivesite i o tatou eleele, ma o se fa’ailo aoga tele, ae o lea ua matua si’i maualuga lava e Malietau Lousi Te’o le tulaga ua va’ai ai tagata e tupuga mai Aialani i o tatou tagata Samoa, ona o tauamfaiga a Manti Te’o i le ta’aloga football. Ua gugulu le lalolagi o le Football a Kolisi i le mea ua o’o i ai Notre Dame, ae Kapeteni e Manti ‘Uce’ Te’o le au i lenei tausaga, o le tulaga o i ai le Linebacker, ma ua ta’uta’ua lea ituaiga tackle e sasa mai ai tama Samoa. I tusitusiga fa’asalalau i nusipepa ma televise, e leai a se isi nu’u o ta’ua, “Tama Samoa mai Hawaii” ma ua matua i ai fa’ailoga tetele i olaga o tama ta’a’alo Football a Kolisi o lo’o ua tauva nei i ai le olaga ta’alo o Manti Te’o, le Heisman Trophy. O lo’o o fa’atasi lava i la’ua ma le uo mamae mai fo’i i Hawaii, o le wide receiver o Robby Toma. I le toe tausaga o lana a’oga i Notre Dame lenei, ua toe filifili lava Manti e toe fo’i e fa’auma lana a’oga i Indianna, ma ia fa’auma se mea na ia amata, “E tatau ona ou fa’auma lo’u sao mo Notre Dame i lo’u tausaga mulimuli lenei.” Lea ua tula’i mai le tausaga lenei, ua ese le ta’alo a tama ua fa’ateteleina lona malosi, ma lana una’iga o lana ‘au football ua kapeteni ai. “Po’o le a lava se tatou taumafaiga i luga o le malae i le aso lenei, ia ou tou iloa uma lava, ou te alofa ia te outou! O le mea sili lena ma le taua!” O ana upu fa’amalosi lea, ae o sauni latou mo le latou ta’aloga lona fa, le ta’aloga sa tatau ona le ‘auai ai Manti ae alu e falelauasi lana uo teine ua maliu ona o le lukemia. “O a ma toe upu na mavae ai, “Ia e ta’alo mo a’u, ia e ola mo a’u” aua ne’i e misia se koleniga mo lo’u oti, ae nofo ta’alo i lau ta’alo masani!” E le’i fa’aalia e lea tama Samoa se loto vaivai i le ta’aloga atoa, na matua savavali Notre Dame i le Michigan State University. I le vaiaso na leai ai se ta’aloga a Notre Dame, sa fa’ato’a tu’ua ai e Manti lana a’oga, ae sau e auai i le
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oti o lona tina matua i Hawaii. “O le mea lea e iloa ai fanau a Samoa, e le misia se mea e tupu i lona aiga, ae maise matua na latou tausia i matou. O i latou o le poutu i lo’u olaga taumafai!” O lo’o fa’aopoopo pea le tele fa’ailoga, ae o lo’o tulimata’i fo’i pe maua e lea alo o le atunu’u le fa’ailoga a le Heisman lea e le’i muamua lava i ai se alo o le atunu’u, ae na’o tagata ta’uta’ua na’ua e mauaina nei fa’ailoga. O le masani a le Samoa o le pati ta’oto ma le tatalo ua mae’a si’i a’e ia manuia faiva o tama i fa’agatama, ia le misia fo’i lea alo o le atunu’u i ana taumafaiga! Ua toe talanoa le to’atele, ua latou va’aia le ta’alo lea sau ma Manti Te’o i le malae, ua tu’ufa’atasia i ai ta’alo a Junior Se’au ma Troy Polamalu. Ina ua mae’a se ta’aloga fita a Manti Te’o, sa ia faliu ma va’ai tonu lava i le nofoaga o alaala mai ai ona matua, ma ia fa’apea, “O lea ou te fa’alogoina le leo o lo’u tina o vala’au mai ia te a’u! Tusa pe afeafe tagata ua vala’au mai, ae ou te lagona le leo o lo’u tina o lo’o maualuga mai lava! O taimi ia, e le mafai e se mea e tasi
i lenei olaga, ona matinaeia!” O lea ua to’ai i fanua se tasi o ona tausoga, Ursula Te’o, ua avea nei ma se tasi e na te a’oina le mamalu o le atunu’u, o le a latou o’o atu i le Fale Fou o le Land Grant lea e fuafua e tatala i le fa’ai’uga o lenei tausaga, o lo’o fuafua e fa’aaoga patino mo ala e mafai ai ona maua e tagata o Amerika Samoa le Soifua Laulelei ma le Maloloina mai le tele o fa’ama’i, e ala i le fa’amalositino, ma le paleni lelei o ana mea taumafa. “O se fa’amanuiaga i le Land Grant le toe maua mai o lenei alo o le atunu’u, lea sa tauanau lava ia toe taliu mai, e a’oa’o ma fa’atonutonu ituaiga fa’amalositino e aoga mo tatou fanau, lea ua ia talia, ma ua toe taliu mai i fanua e tautuaina le atunu’u.” Peita’i, o lana tala e tusa ai o le taumafai o Manti Te’o sa ia fa’apea ai, “O lo’o ua iloga le fa’amanuia o le Atua i le taumafai o si o’u tausoga, e fiafia faia’e le agaga, ona o se tuagane, ae silafia, ua fa’aea uma lava e ia fanau a Samoa i Kolisi i lenei fo’i vaitau, o se mitamitaga lea mo si o tatou atunu’u pele!”
Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o gives the thumbs up to a teammate prior to their NCAA college football game against the Boston College in Boston Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Emergency workers work at the site of a home that was destroyed by an explosion Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Indianapolis. Nearly three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, and seven people were taken to a hospital with injuries, authorities said Sunday. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be felt at least three miles away. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications. If current trends continue, the gap will only widen. The share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver’s licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men, according to a study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. The study looked at gender trends in driver’s licenses between 1995 and 2010. “The changing gender demographics will have major implications on the extent and nature of vehicle demand, energy consumption, and road safety,” predicted Michael Sivak, co-author of the study. Women are more likely than men to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient cars; to drive less, and to have a lower fatality rate per distance driven, he said. Over the 15 years the study covered, the share of men ages 25 to 29 years old with driver’s licenses dropped 10.6 percent. The share of women of the same age with driver’s licenses declined by about half that amount, 4.7 percent. Male drivers outnumbered women drivers from the moment the first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908, the year the automobile became popular, and through most of the last century. In the 1950s, when only about half of adult women had driver’s licenses, jokes about women drivers were a staple of comedians. But the gap gradually closed. By 1995, men with driver’s licenses slightly outnumbered women, 89.2 million to 87.4 million. By 2010, 105.7 million women had licenses, compared with 104.3 million men. Likewise, in 1995 men with driver’s licenses outnumbered women in every age group except those over 70. By 2010, women outnumbered men among drivers ages 45 and older and between ages 25 and 29 years old. The share of older women who are also on hanging onto their driver’s licenses has also increased. “I want to be in my own car for as long as possible. I want to be independent for as long as I can,” said Diane Spitaliere, 58, a retired government worker in Alexandria, Va. Male drivers under age 44 are still slightly more numerous than women of the same age, but that’s only because young men outnumber young women in the general population, the study said. There now are 105 boys born each year for every 100 girls in the U.S. Women outnumber men later in life because they live longer — an average of 80 years for women, compared with about 75 years for men.
More women have driver’s licenses than men in USA
Rising Internet usage may be part of the reason for the decline in the share young drivers, especially young men, Sivak said. A previous study by the transportation institute published earlier this year found that countries that have higher Internet usage also have a lower licensure rate of teens and young adults. “There is some suggestive evidence that Internet contact is reducing the need for personal contact,” he said. Other researchers have theorized that digital media and technology may make driving less desirable and public transportation more convenient. Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal in most states, but there’s no risk to texting or working on a laptop while riding a bus or train. Some transit systems have been seeing significant increases in riders. Another reason for the growing disinterest among young men in driving may be the erosion of the “car-fetish society,” travel behavior analyst Nancy McGuckin said. “Today’s young adults grew up in the back seat of cars stalled in congestion, hearing their folks swear at the endless traffic. Nothing romantic about that!” It is also “no longer cool, or even possible, to work on your own vehicle. The engines are so complex most people don’t even change their own oil,” she said. “Independence, freedom, being able to customize the car to reflect you — these are not part of young people’s association with vehicles.” There also may be economic reasons for the shift, McGuckin’s research indicates. Employment of 16- to 24-year-olds as a share of all workers has declined. At the same time, the rate of young men ages 18 to 34 years old living at home has been going up and is greater than the rate of young women living at home. It may be that unemployment and underemployment have made auto insurance unaffordable for young men, said Alan Pisarski, author of the Transportation Research Board’s comprehensive “Commuting in America” reports on U.S. travel trends. “Insurance for males under 25 is just colossally expensive,” he said. There has also been a sharp decline in vehicle trips and the number of miles traveled by vehicle for 16- to 29-year old males, according to McGuckin’s analysis of massive government travel surveys between 1990 and 2009. The declines for women were not as great. “The car companies are very worried,” she said. Gloria Berquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said the alliance is aware that the share of teens and young adults obtaining driver licenses is dropping, although the association hasn’t seen the research on the gender differences.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The search for what caused a massive, deadly explosion that rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood turned to natural gas Monday, with officials checking gas lines and a homeowner saying a problem furnace could be to blame. The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to check gas main and other lines serving the neighborhood where two people were killed and seven injured in the weekend blast. Local gas supplier Citizens Energy said it also was checking gas lines and a meter at the home that exploded. But officials cautioned that it was too soon to rule out other causes, saying only that they do not believe a meth lab was to blame for the explosion that obliterated two homes and severely damaged dozens of others. “It’s too early to speculate that this might have been caused by a gas leak,” Citizens Energy spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said at an afternoon news briefing. The owner of one of the homes that was destroyed said there was a problem with the furnace in the last few weeks. John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville told The Associated Press that he received a text message within the last week and a half from his daughter, who complained that the furnace in the home where she lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend had broken. The malfunction had forced them to stay in a hotel, the girl said. When Shirley asked if the furnace had been fixed, his daughter said yes. He said he wasn’t aware of any additional problems until he heard from his daughter again Sunday morning. “I get a text from my daughter saying ‘Dad, our home is gone.’ Then I called my ex-wife and she said what happened,” he said. His ex-wife, Monserrate Shirley, declined to comment Monday. Scott Davis, president and principal engineer of GexCon US, an explosion investigation firm, questioned whether a furnace could cause the type of damage seen in the neighborhood. Furnaces have multiple safety triggers that prevent them from releasing that much natural gas. “For a furnace to allow that much gas through, you’d have to defeat many of the safety features,” he said. Investigators said it could be some time before they determine a cause for the blast that sparked a massive fire, blew out windows, collapsed ceilings and shook homes up to three miles away. “It’s a methodical investigation. You have to move one step at a time,” said Gary Coons, the city’s homeland security director. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said investigators will treat the area as a crime scene until they rule out foul play. The blast forced about 200 people out of their homes in the once-tidy neighborhood of one- and two-story single-family houses. Some have been allowed to reoccupy their homes, and others have been escorted in to retrieve valuables and other belongings. Adam Collins, the city’s deputy code enforcement director, said 29 remained uninhabitable Monday. Mark Karnes, whose house is four doors down from the blast site and suffered severe structural damage, hoped to retrieve clothes and look for his cat. But he also questioned the wisdom of going back inside the house given the extent of the damage. “Because the walls bowed out and separated from the ceiling, I don’t think it’s safe,” he said. The blast flattened the house Shirley co-owns with his exwife and one next door that belonged to second-grade teacher Jennifer Longworth and her husband, John. Indianapolis police said Monday the bodies of the pair were found in the basement of their home, which was leveled in the blast. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at the school where Jennifer Longworth teaches. Her husband’s employer, consumer electronics company Indy Audio Labs, issued a statement Monday saying it was “saddened by the loss.” Greenwood Community Schools Superintendent David Edds said Jennifer Longworth had taught at Southwest Elementary School for 12 years. Her husband had worked at Indy Audio Labs for 10 years and was director of product development and technology, according to the company. John Shirley said Jennifer Longworth was quiet but funny and her husband was a huge Indianapolis Colts fan who maintained a garden of beautiful wildflowers along the side of the house. “They were just very sweet people,” he said. Indiana real estate records show Shirley’s house had been for sale for a year until it was taken off the market in March.
Indiana blast investigation focused on gas
vAEGA: 67 Fa’atalofa atu i lou alafa’i ai i fanuga lelei, i lenei taeao fou, i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua Soifua. E i ai pea le fa’amoemoe o le tusi tala, ua faia nei sa oulua feso’ota’iga ma Agelu a le Ali’i e ala lea i le tatalo i le Atua, ina ia foa’i pea lou soifua laulelei aua le fa’atinoina o faiva ma tiute o lo’o feagai ai ma oe i lenei aso. Ae alo maia, o le toe fa’aauauina fo’i lenei o la tatou tala fa’asolo, Agelu a le Ali’i. Ua ma’ea le asiasiga a Agelu a le Ali’i i le matagaluega o Galuega Lautele a le Malo, ma ua i’u manuia fuafuaga uma, o lea la ua ma’ea la latou fonotaga, ma ua manuia tulaga uma. O le galuega fo’i lea sa fuafuaina, o le a fa’ataunu’u pea, ae ua i ai le pa puipui o lea maliliega, e pei ona fa’ataoto ai e itu e lua. Ua lagona fo’i le fiafia o Agelu a le Ali’i, ina ua o latou mautinoa, o se ta’ita’i, e fa’atuatua i le Atua, o se ta’ita’i fo’i, e na te faia fa’aiuga lelei mo ana tagata faigaluega, ae maise ai, o lona manatu alofa i le atunu’u. ia talosia ia, ia tula’i mai ni ta’ita’i lelei fa’apenei mo si o tatou atunu’u i se taimi oi, luma. Ua taunu’u Agelu a le Ali’i i le mala va’alele i Tafuna, o se va’aiga fa’amomoi loto na va’aia nei e Agelu i lea taimi. O lea lava e fai finauga a le tina, ae o lo’o fa’ataitaio lava le tamaititi pe a i le lua ona tausaga, ma toso le ‘ofu o lona tina. Ua lagona e le tamaititi le fia ‘ai ma le fia iu, na o’o ane i le malae va’alelei i le lima i le vaveao, a’o lea ua ta ane le tasi i le aoauli, o lea lava e fa’atalitali. A’o le taimi lea, ua toe titi o’o i le gutu o le tama lea e siakiina pasese le a’ao malosi o le lo’omatua, ma ua le mafai ona toe taofiofia le leo latou ua alu a’e i luga, o lea la ua fa’alogologo atu nei i ai Agelu a le Ali’i. “Oi, se talofa se, ai a uma mai le isi itu, o’o mai i lenei itu, se na o mea lava e tagi ai le loto ma maligi ai loimata.” Na tilotilo ane nei le Agelu a le Ali’i o lo’o fai ma ta’ita’i o le au amepasa a Kapilielu lea ua malaga mai e asia Samoa nei. Na iloa nei e Agelu a le Ali’i le to’atele o tagata o lo’o i ai nei i totonu o le malae va’alele, o nisi o lo’o tu tu, o nisi o lo’o ta’oto’oto, o nisi o lo’o savalivali, ma o nisi fo’i o lo’o matamata i le TV lea e i le isi itu, ao le anoano o tagata, o lo’o tutu nei i le laina e fa’asolo atu e siaki a latou ato e malaga ai i Samoa. O le vaitaimi lenei, o vaitaimi pisi o le atunu’u, ma e le mafai lava ona ‘asa ma le tulaga pagatia e o’o i ai le to’atele o le atunu’u, a’o le mea moni lava, afai ua a’e se finagalo e fia malaga e asiasi i nai aiga o lo’o i Samoa, e tatau lava ona fai lou avanoa, ma ia e tausisi pea i le taimi ma le aso sa fa’atulaga atu e le Kamupani va’alele e tatau ona e malaga ai. A’o le mea lea ua tupu nei, e fai fai fo’i tautuleiga a tagata isalaelu i le fia o’o i le vai o ioritana e feololo i le mea lea e tupu nei. Ua tilotilo nei le isi Agelu i le isi Agelu ma lulu o latou ulu, i faiga mata’utia lea e fai nei e tagata o le atunu’u o Somoa, e pei ona fai mai ai Petelo faifaleaitu. Na fa’ate’ia, Agelu e to’alua i le fa’apea ane a le Agelu ulavale, “Oka, oka e, e leai ni mea lelei, ae na o mea masei ia e fai nei, ae a tatou fa’alogologo mai nei i tatalo a tagata, toetiti pau mai le lagi, ae se i va’ai atu ia i ai, ua pei o ni tanifa fe’ai…ua le maua lava se filemu, pe aisea na fausia ai e le Atua nei ituaiga tagata…” E faia pea
Tusia: Akenese ilalio
AGElU A lE Ali’i
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An Afghan girl enjoys a swing in an amusement park in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) 12, 2012.
ITUMALO PALOTA #1
Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai Tele!
Avea ia lenei avanoa fa’a auro e momoli atu tele le faafetai i lo’u itumalo palota #1 Ta’u, Faleasao ma Fitiuta. E le fa’agaloina pea oe i lo’u agaga faafetai tele i lou finagalo fa’aalia i lau palota mo a’u. Fa’afetai i le Aufaigaluega a le Atua, faafetai i tama ma tina matutua, faafetai i tupulaga talavou,. Faafetai ia te outou uma le aupalota. Faapitoa la’u faafetai tele i le mamalu maualuga o le aupalota o lo’o alala ma taputapua’i mai i le itumalo i Manu’a, faafetai, faafetai tele. E ui lava e le’i fa’amanuiaina le taumafai, e tatau lava ona ou avatu le agaga o le faafetai tele, o a outou tapua’iga ua ou malosi ai. Ia i ai fa’amanuiaga a le Atua i totonu o outou maota ma laoa. Ia faaaupegaina foi o tatou sui filifilia, ma ia fa’aaoga e le Atua lo outou atalii o Victor Aliitaeao Tuiasosopo i se galuega na te finagalo i ai. Soifua ma ia manuia.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Police say they caught a New Zealand man before he had a chance to throw a bucket of horse manure over Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during a royal visit to the Pacific nation. Castislav “Sam” Bacanov, 76, pleaded not guilty in an Auckland court Tuesday to planning a crime in a public place. He has agreed under his bail conditions to keep at least 500 meters (1,600 feet) from the royal couple. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a six-day tour of New Zealand, the last leg of their Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Jubilee. Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said officers arrested Bacanov, a known anti-royalist, on Monday near a downtown Auckland venue where Charles and Camilla were due to appear. She said the royal couple had not yet arrived at the outdoor venue and were never in any danger. Hegarty said officers were making sure the area was safe when they noticed the man with the bucket. Bacanov is due to appear in court again on Nov. 27.
Man charged with planning assault on Prince Charles
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 31 On behalf of my family and I, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful people of district #1 Tau, Faleasao, and Fitiuta Manu’a. I take a bow and say THANK YOU to all who came out to support Victor Ali’itaeao Tuiasosopo. I am sincerely humbled by your undying support, well-wishes, and your vote of confidence in hopes for change. This election has been a wonderful experience as it had brought me closer to my beloved people of Manu’a. Thank you all family, friends and supporters who contributed your time, effort and hard work to make my campaign a success. It is with great honor that I acknowledge the kindness of your love and support during my experience as a candidate. Your generosity has been well received and my family and I are forever grateful for your kindness. God is good and may he continue to bless you and your fmailies in every way. Faafetai tele lava, Victor Ali’itaeao Tuiasosopo
samoa news, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ATUELUA FIAFIA TUAUA
Soifua: Setema 1, 1917 Maliu: Novema 1, 2012
Matou te faaali atu ma le agaga faavauvau le maliu filemu o lo matou tama, Tofa Dr. Atuelua Fiafia Tuaua. Ua tafito’elaua ai nei le Matasaua, a e atia le ti’ula o le Fitiuta. Talofa i ou mauga ua momoe le ‘aputia. Aua ua lagia Malaetele e afio ai le Afio o Alii, o le Laau na Amotasi e Samoa, afifio ai Faatui ma Usoalii; fetalaiga i Tootoo o le Fale’ula ma le pa’ia i le Faletolu. Lagia foi le Faleula Tau Aitu, e afio ai Le na mua i Ao, Faleifa, Maupu, fetalaiga i Tootoo o le Faleula, ma le mamalu i Suafanuu. Ua lagia le Faleoalatea e afio ai le Sa’o, susu ai Tei ma Le na mua i Malae, Fuapapa o le fofoga o Lufilufi, ma le afioga i Taumafaalofi; pa’ia e puipui e Matua ma le fetalaiga i le Tualauta. Ua lagia Lupelele e afio ai le Punefu o le Motu, o le afioga i le Maupu; afifio ai sa’o ma le Faauluuluga, le Matua ma le Taauso; ua usufono le Tagaloa, Sagapolutele ma le Fugaipaogo. E faatulou foi ma faapa’i malu atu lenei faaaliga i le pa’ia i aiga e fia o le Tofa i le Atuelua, faapea paolo ma gafa tupu, gafa tau malo na sema i itu e fia o Samoa; aemaise le Feagaiga ma le ekalesia sa pele i lona agaga, o le EFKAS i Pavaiai. O lona ivasefulu lima lenei o tausaga o le alii foma’i Samoa, o le sa tu i matagi’olo sa sulufa’i i ai le atunuu i tausaga e tele. Na o nai aso na faata’otolia ai lona gasegase, a e valaau loa lona matai, “Le auauna lelei e, ulufale mai ia i le fiafia o lou Alii,” ona malaga filemu ai lea. E faapei o si ona suafa o Fiafia, sa faapena nai ona uiga sa tausaafia ai - o le agamalu ma le loto maulalo, o le faaaloalo ma le amio solia, o le loto alofa ma le talimana’o. O le tama sa pele i lana fanau ma le aiga atoa.
O LE FAASOLOGA O ONA TOE SAUNIGA:
lea o lona tino maliu i le malumalu o le EFKAS, i Pavaiai mo le sauniga amata. E toe momoli i Alailetia i Petesa Uta, i le Maota o le Aiga o Sa Sunia, e fai ai sauniga faaleaganuu ma tofa ai i le po. Aso Toona’i, Nov. 17, itula e 10 i le taeao: Sauniga faai’u i le malumalu EFKAS, Pavaiai. E faai’u i lona toe sauniga i lona oliolisaga tumau, i luma o lona maota i Pavaiai lava. Saunia ma le faaaloalo tele,
Aso Lulu, Nov. 14, 2012 – Lotu a le Aiga - Maota Gasegase i Fagaalu, itula e 6 i le afiafi. Aso Faraile, Nov. 16 - 12:00 i le aoauli - Sauniga pu’upu’u Maota Gasegase ona momoli
Fanaafe Tuaua ma le fanau