SN News June 19, 2012

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Ben Pourrabbani (far right) of the Troy Polamalu Foundation is proud to be on island to issue the newest Troy and Theodora Polamalu donation of volleyball uniforms. Included with the donation was a supply of Head and Shoulder Shampoo, 10 cases each, which went to each of the high schools for the upcoming ASHSAA Volleyball League. DOE representative Dr. Jacinta Galea’i, ASHSAA Director Tumua Matu’u and other high school representatives were all present yesterday morning during the donation ceremony. According to Pourrabbani, Troy Polamalu will be coming back on island next year for his second Troy Polamalu Foundation Football Camp here in American Samoa. (Look for story [photo: TG] in tomorrow’s Samoa News.)
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Starkist “hopeful” FY’13 Budget Call says “new Congress will delay revenue source anticipated” min. wage increase
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
StarKist Company is able to increase the workforce at StarKist Samoa plant due to a “greater degree of confidence” in the cost structure of manufacturing in American Samoa and StarKist is hopeful that the U.S. Congress will delay the next minimum wage hike in the territory, said Mary Sestric, the company’s spokesperson, based at headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. Governor Togiola Tulafono revealed on his weekend radio program that StarKist Samoa has increased production and has hiked its workforce by 900 — from 1,200 two years ago to 2,100 as of more than a week ago. “...we have about 2000 [workforce] in our American Samoa plant currently — a headcount we have been able to sustain due to our current greater degree of confidence in the underlying cost structure of manufacturing in the territory,” Sestric said yesterday via e-mail responding to Samoa News questions after the governor made the announcement on his weekend radio program.
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The government’s budget call letter for fiscal year 2013 — which begins on Oct. 1, 2012 — says “additional new source of revenue is anticipated” in the new fiscal year, but didn’t provide specific details of the new revenue source. The three-page June 13 budget call letter came from Malemo Tausaga, director of the ASG Office of Program Planning and Budget with the approval of Gov. Togiola Tulafono. “As global economic challenges and uncertainty persistently linger, the current pulse for growth in our local economy is projected to be rather weak to modest,” the letter says. “While drawn out economic woes may weaken our local revenue collections pool; [an] additional new source of revenue is anticipated and projected to inject a much needed boost for FY 2013 proposed budget.” “Although cautiously optimistic; as always, I strongly encourage each department and agency
to be prudent in the expending of our limited pool of financial resources to insure its consumptions are fully optimized,” wrote Malemo. The letter didn’t identify where the new revenue source is coming from but this issue will be clarified by ASG officials when the FY 2013 is presented to the Fono for review next month. Malemo is currently off-island and Samoa News could not confirm with any other ASG finance official as to any new source of revenue. The only tax approved this year by the Fono bringing in new revenue is the 2% wage tax, which funds the repayment of the $3 million loan from the ASG Workmen’s Compensation Account for LBJ Medical Center. After the loan is paid off, any revenues collected thereafter will go to LBJ. In his letter, Malemo reminded all departments that ASG must be in compliance with the federal Labor Fair Standards Act, and each department is to allocate sufficient funding to
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The LBJ hospital finance building which houses about 20 employees was on fire yesterday around 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. The LBJ maintenance crew helped kill the fire before it spread to the entire building. LBJ employees present at the scene told Samoa News the fire on the roof was probably caused by a faulty electrical wire. Fire fighters arrived at the scene and assisted the maintenance crew in putting out the fire. Police officers at the scene took photos of the fire and said the fire did not damage the building, except the roof. A police officer said the financial records were not burned, but did suffer water damage. Fortunately, no one was injured. Calls and messages left for the LBJ CEO were not answered as of press time.
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$3.2 miliona fausia ai falemai mo gasegase o le mafaufau
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By Samantha Weaver
Na pau le itu lea ua tuuina atu i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, o le $3.2 miliona mai i le Ofisa o le Initeria, e fausia ai se falema’i mo i latou e a’afia i le gasegase o le mafaufau, peitai e le o mautinoa le taimi tonu e amata ai lenei galuega e ui o lea ua maea ona faia le sauniga faapitoa e faapaia ai le amataga o le galuega. O le taeao ananafi na toe valaauina ai i luma o le faamasinoga le mataupu lenei, lea na amata finau e le Loia Fautua mo tagata lautele, i le silia ma le 4 tausaga talu ai, peita’i ua toe laga ona o le mataupu faasaga i le tamaitai o Agnes Milovale, lea e aafia i le gasegase o le mafaufau, ae na taofia i le falepuipui ona o tuuaiga i lona faaoolima i se isi tamaitai e aafia foi i le gasegase o le mafaufau. E tolu molimau na valaau e le malo i luma o le faamasinoga, mo se fa’amatalaga i le tulaga ua i ai lenei galuega. O le tamaitai o Sandy Tonumaipe’a mai le Ofisa o le TOFR, lea o lo o tauaaoina le tupe o lo o fuafua e fausia ai lenei galuega, o le susuga ia Joe Pereira lea o lo o pulea le Vaega a le Ofisa o Galuega e pasia ata mo galuega tetele, faapea ai ma le alii fomai ia Dr. Saipale Fuimaono mai le Soifua Maloloina. Na faamaonia e Tonumaipea e faapea, o nai vaega laiti o lo o manaomia mai e le Central Medical Service(CMS) o lo o mafua ai ona tuai le galuega i le taimi nei, ae afai loa e pasia le talosaga ua tuuina atu i le CMS, ona tuuina atu loa lea o le galuega mo tauofoga, ma sosoo atu ai lava ma le filifilia o se konekarate latou te faatino le galuega. Saunoa Tonumaipea, o manaoga mai le CMS e aofia ai tulaga o tupe ma gaioiga i lalo o le polokalama o le Medicare ma le Medicaid. O lo o i ai le fuafuaga a le malo o se taimi lava o le tausaga nei e tatau ai ona amata lenei galuega. Na tutulu le tamaitai loia fautua ia Ruth Risch-Fuatagavi a’o ia faailoa i le faamasinoga lona atugaluga o lo o i ai i lenei mataupu, ona o lo o toatele pea tagata o lo o aafia i le gasegase o le mafaufau, o lo o taofia i le falepuipui, ae foliga mai e le o mautinoa po o afea tonu e amata ai lenei falemai mo i latou. Fai mai Fuatagavi, ua tele tausaga o taumafai pea lona ofisa e una’i lenei mataupu, ina ua tuuina atu se fautuaga mai le alii fomai o le mafaufau lea o lo o galue i le LBJ, ia Dr. Peni Biukoto e uiga i le le saogalemu o i latou uma e aafia i le gasegase o le mafaufau o lo o taofia i le falepuipui. Na ioe le alii faamasino ia Michael Kruse i le atugaluga o le loia fautua, peitai i lona talitonuga, e le mafai ona iloilo faatasi e le faamasinoga i le taimi e tasi, mataupu a isi foi o lo o aafia i le gasegase o le mafaufau, sei vagana ai le tamaitai o Milovale lea e ana ia le mataupu o lo o i luma o le faamasinoga. Saunoa Kruse, o le tele o taeao e usu mai ai i le galuega, na te vaaia ai i latou nei e aofia ai ma Milovale o lo o momoe solo i polotito o le fale faamasino, ma ua avea ai le fale faamasino ma nofoaga e faamautu mai i ai latou nei. Na soisoi le alii faamasino ina ua ia toe manatua le sauniga lea na faia i le masina o Aperila e amata ai lenei galuega, peitai e foliga mai o lea lava e le’i mautu gaioiga o lo o manaomia. Na taua e le loia a le malo, o Mitzie Folau, na mafua ona vave faia le sauniga lea i le masina o Aperila, ona o le taimi tonu lava lea na malaga mai ai sui o le Ofisa o le Initeria i le fu’a a le teritori, ma manatu ai loa le malo o se avanoa lelei lea e faia ai lea sauniga aua o lea ua auai mai le sui failautusi a le Initeria ia Anthony Babauta.
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✖ It was megalomaniacal French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” ✖ Orchids are lovely flowers, and many people dedicate years to growing them and finding rare specimens. If you’re like most people, though, you probably don’t realize that the word orchid comes from the Greek word “orchis,” which means “testicle.” ✖ Records show that the town of Helena, Montana, had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world -- way back in 1888. ✖ In the early 1970s, a British plumber named John Hancock replaced an antique toilet in the home of John Lennon, then kept the old toilet for the rest of his life. In 2010, after Hancock’s death, his heirs put it up for auction. Even the auction house was surprised when the former Beatle’s throne fetched a whopping $14,740. ✖ When you’re in an unpopulated area and gaze up at the night sky, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the profusion of stars. But what’s truly overwhelming is this: All the stars that are visible from Earth represent only 0.000000000000001 percent of all the stars in the known universe. ✖ You may not be aware of this, but there is a new fad that is catching on among some groups across the country: tall biking. Hobbyists construct bicycles with normal-sized front and rear wheels, but with frames and seats that extend anywhere from 6 to 10 feet off the ground. Some riders actually use these bikes to joust, using lances made out of PVC pipe and foam rubber. It’s unclear, however, exactly how the riders mount their steeds. • • • • • • • • • • • • • ThoughT for The Day • • • • • • • • • • • • • “If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.” — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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A look at some of the members of the American Youth Football of Samoa (AYFS) All Star Team, along with AYFS President Shiloh Pritchard (far left) who arrived this past Sunday from Hawaii, after winning two All Star games and losing one. [photo: TG] (See story in tomorrow’s Samoa News Issue)
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Another delay in the construction of the Behavioral Health Center, which broke ground in April this year, was revealed in the High Court yesterday morning. A representative of the Territorial Office of Fiscal Reform (TOFR) Sandy Tonumaipe’a was the first witness to testify, telling the court that the delay is from the Department of Interior, which is providing the funding of $3.2 million for the Behavioral Health Center. Tonumaipe’a said the DOI now wants to have the project be federally approved from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Veterans Affairs (VA). She explained that she submitted the scope of work of the mental facility to the VA in May and it was submitted last week to CMS for their review and approval. Chief Justice Michael Kruse reminded the witness that she is under oath and the court can hold her in contempt of court if what she says is not true. Tonumaipe’a said that they were only informed by the DOI several weeks ago that the scope of work must be federally approved before DOI releases the funding. Head of the Civil Division, Assistant Attorney General Sarah Everett told the court that there has been a delay in constructing the Behavioral Health Center because the initial building plans were not CMS compliant. “If the territory constructs the facility without meeting CMS requirements then it is unable to collect CMS funding for services in the future,” said Everett. “CMS funding is crucial because it pays for a large percentage of the operating costs. We have accomplished nothing if we build a facility, but are unable to fund its operating costs, such as staffing, supplies, medications, etc.” she added. “It’s important that we take the time to construct the facility in compliance with CMS requirements so that the territory may adequately serve our residents with behavioral health issues, both now and for years to come”. Ms Everett said the Department of Public Works (DPW) has spent hundreds of hours revising the building plans based on the CMS
building requirements and those plans have been finalized by DPW and were submitted to the Department of Interior (DOI) and CMS for approval. Once DOI and CMS have approved the revised plans then the Request for Bid will be submitted and construction of the Behavioral Health Center may begin shortly thereafter. Kruse told Tonumaipe’a to make sure that the TOFR Director Falema’o Pili will be present during the next status hearing, which will be held July 20, 2012. Also taking the stand was Acting Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Saipale Fuimaono who told the court that there are two or three individuals who are civilly committed and housing them at the Tafuna Correctional Facility is not the proper place for them. Kruse told Dr. Saipale that he expects the DOH Director to come to court on the next status hearing and must have the answer to the questions he posed during the last status hearing. (Samoa News understands that Elisapeta Ponousuia, who was rejected by the Senate twice for the post of DOH director, holds the title of “Acting DOH director”, through her position as DOH Deputy Director. However, she is currently off-island, which is why Dr. Saipale is the Acting Director of DOH.) The CJ added that it’s mandated by law that the Director of the Department of Health is solely responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, and care of persons suffering from mental illness or deficiency. Their care shall be carried out in a manner and in places designated by the Director of Health, he told Dr. Saipale. The Behavioral Health Center is to be constructed between the Tafuna Correctional Facility and the Juvenile Detention Center in Tafuna. During the groundbreaking for this facility, Governor Togiola Tulafono thanked Chief Justice Michael Kruse for his perseverance, “because if the Chief Justice had not threatened the Department of Health, Department of Public Works, Department of the Human Social Services, and the LBJ hospital, they would have not sought my assistance in trying to get the funding to build this facility.” He added this project is long overdue.
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a silenced michigan lawmaker performs ‘Vagina monologues’
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A state lawmaker who says she was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying “vagina” during debate over anti-abortion legislation performed “The Vagina Monologues” on the Statehouse steps - with a hand from the author. Eve Ensler, whose groundbreaking play about women’s sexuality still packs theaters 16 years after it debuted, oversaw Monday night’s performance by Democratic state Rep. Lisa Brown, 10 other lawmakers and several actresses. Capitol facilities director Steve Benkovsky estimated about 2,500 spectators - women and men - watched the play in downtown Lansing from lawn chairs and blankets. Billed on Facebook as the “Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!” event, the combination play and protest included political signs and chants of “Vagina! Vagina!” Ensler, who flew in from California, where she’s overseeing production of her new play, said she was thrilled to be involved and likened the punishment meted out by the Republican leadership of the state House to “the Dark Ages.” “If we ever knew deep in our hearts that the issue about abortion ... was not really about fetuses and babies, but really men’s terror of women’s sexuality and power, I think it’s fully evidenced here,” Ensler told The Associated Press by phone Monday before arriving in Lansing. “We’re talking about the silencing of women, we’re talking about censoring people for saying a body part,” she said. “Half of these people who are trying to regulate vaginas, they can’t even say the word.” Brown made her comments during debate last week on legislation that supporters say would make abortions safer but that opponents say would make it much harder for women to get abortions. While speaking against a bill that would require doctors to ensure abortion-seekers haven’t been coerced into ending their pregnancies, Brown told Republicans, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.” Brown was barred from speaking in the House during the next day’s session. House Republicans say they didn’t object to her saying “vagina.” They said Brown compared the legislation to rape, violating House decorum. She denies the allegation. “Her comments compared the support of legislation protecting women and life to rape, and I fully support Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas’ decision to maintain professionalism and order on the House floor,” GOP Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, of Alto, said in a statement last week. Democratic Rep. Barb Byrum, of Onondaga, said she also was barred from speaking last Thursday because she referred to vasectomies during the debate. “I’m overwhelmed by how much attention we’re getting around the world,” she told Monday’s crowd. Before the play began, Ensler joined Brown and Byrum on the Capitol steps and called for an apology from the Republicans who barred them from speaking. “These women stood for our rights,” Ensler said to applause. “The vaginas are out. We are here to stay.” The speaking ban lasted only through Thursday, when lawmakers left for a five-week break. But the incident has garnered attention internationally and on social media, where the hashtags (hash)vaginagate and (hash)sayvagina are attracting a flurry of posts. Susie Duncan, 68, watched the play while holding a placard handed out by the American Civil Liberties Union reading, “Vagina. Can’t say it? Don’t legislate it.” “I hope this will spur people to go vote,” the East Lansing resident said. “We’ve got to change this.” Brown says it isn’t just women who are upset with the House GOP leaders’ actions. “I’ve heard from a lot of men. It’s not just women who are speaking out,” she said. Her father and mother attended the play. The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - whose 650 members include men - criticized taking away Brown’s and Byrum’s right to speak. The group said it wasn’t taking a position on the bills in question, but on the lawmakers’ free speech rights. “Representatives Brown and Byrum had a right to have their constituents’ 150,000 voices recognized on June 14, 2012. They were neither vulgar nor disrespectful,” the group wrote in a Monday release. “When the minority is silenced, justice cannot prevail and democracy suffers.”
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By Rev. Howard Bess, Consortium News, June 13, 2012
OPINION: Jesus, the RadICal eCONOmIst
Jesus made his reputation as a Jewish economist, one with very strong opinions about wealth and property, about the relationship between the rich and the poor. He also was intensely religious and loved nothing more than debating the meaning of the law of God or Torah. For instance, he is presented in the Gospel of Luke as being a precocious 12-year-old boy absorbed in debating religious leaders about the meaning of Torah. From early childhood he must have understood that he was seen as a brash, pushy kid from a small town in Northern Palestine, an area without religious leadership and an unemployment rate well over 50 percent. Whether by divine wisdom or genius insight, Jesus figured out what wealthy and powerful people were doing to the poor, illiterate people with whom he lived. Primarily through his teaching and storytelling, he became identified as a populist teacher with a good deal of influence. He was good news to the poor and bad news for those who clung to their riches. Clearly Jesus was fascinated by Torah and its application to everyday life. Luke’s gospel reports that a lettered leader of the religious community approached Jesus and asked how to attain eternal life. Jesus responded with two questions of his own: What does Torah say? How do you read it? The first question is easy to answer. The second question is the real test. Jesus knew what Torah said, and he had strong opinions about how Torah should be read. Jesus had come to his own understanding of the property codes in the book of Leviticus. These codes are credited to Moses, but more probably come from the massive rewrite of Israelite traditions during the years of Babylonian exile in the sixth century BCE. Torah is very straightforward. Land and ultimately all wealth belong to God, who places property in the control of human beings, not as owners but as stewards who must share it and return it to God every 49 years for redistribution. For Israelites, time was divided into blocks of seven years. Land was not tilled in the seventh year. After a series of seven, seven-year blocks of time, a Year of Jubilee was declared. During the Year of Jubilee, all land was to be returned to the control of the priests, who, in the name of God, were to make a new and fresh distribution of all land. In other words, the wealthy were supposed to surrender their stewardship and the poorest of the poor were given land with the encouragement to be productive for God and their fellow Israelites. All slaves were set free and all debts were canceled. At the time when the Israelite system of Sabbaths and a Jubilee was codified, the economic and political structures may have accommodated such radical economic and social changes in a one-year observance of Jubilee. Hundreds of years later, however, when Jesus lived and taught, the combination of Roman rule, compliant fat-cats and religious elites made the observance of Jubilee impossible. So, almost every Israelite knew what Torah said, but the prescription had not been followed in anyone’s memory. The poor had given up on the idea of a Year of Jubilee, but apparently not Jesus. According to Luke’s gospel, early in the public ministry of Jesus, he went to a synagogue gathering and read a passage from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. God has sent me to bring good news to the poor. God has sent me to proclaim release of captives and liberty to the oppressed. This is the acceptable year of the Lord.” Everyone in his hearing understood what he was saying. Israelites had gone too long without a Year of Jubilee. It was time for the wealthy to turn loose what they had accumulated. It was time for the poor to receive their full stewardship. But most poor people had taken on the understanding of life that their oppressors presented and taught. It was true then; it is still true today. So, the Year of Jubilee code was regarded as impractical. However, the principles of the ownership of God, the end of slavery, and economic justice still were possible. The Israelites who held wealth and power knew what was in Torah, but they were not interested in reading it with new eyes of compassion and justice. (When Jesus finally took his message to Jerusalem – riding in on a donkey to mock the rich who favored horses and turning over the money tables at the Temple to protest religious corruption – he was deemed an insurrectionist and was executed.) Jesus died almost 2,000 years ago, but the laws of Sabbaths and Jubilees are still on the books today. Torah still has a powerful message, especially since the evils of greed and mindless ownership are with us in ever growing magnitude. Resulting inequities and injustices surround us. We Americans live in a secular society, but Christians have a responsibility to influence and to train the conscience of our fellow citizens. Here in election season, Jesus appears on the scene and asks the same two questions: “What does Torah say? How do you read it?” The Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska. His email address is hdbss@mtaonline.net.
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Gubernatorial Candidates Ms. Salu Hunkin-Finau, Ed. D. and Mr. Utuali’i Iuniasolua Tului Savusa This year, the Chamber will be providing an unprecedented look at our future leadership. We all have a vested interest in who will be chosen to lead American Samoa through and our of our many current problems. Your Chamber has invited each of the teams to address our membership between now and the elections, and we will be sponsoring a business-oriented debate between the candidates in September. We encourage all of our members to take advantage of these meetings to hear what the candidates have to say about the issues, and to let the candidates hear what you, the business community, thinks should be done. This is your chance to be heard by the candidates, individually and in numbers. The stakes have never been higher, and they will have a direct impact on your business starting next January. We hope you will take a few minutes out of your busy day to attend this important meeting, and learn more about how the candidates plan to address problems and implement future plans. (This is a no host lunch and is open to the public) Queries: Aaron Forsgren 258-2351 or aafors@yahoo.com
togiola says joint meetings with tri-marine bear great news for local economic development
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Celebrating Father’s Day this year with their family are two ‘tama o le aiga’ (fathers) from the village of Faganeanea. Sanele Ale is 75 years old (second from left back row), his son (far right) Laumea Tofiga Ale is the Mayor for Matu’u and Faganeanea. His other son Leaisaufeauetetautalaaifua Ale is far left, along with his cousin Leo Sea (second [photo: TG] from right) who is also 75 years old, and his grand children.
Speaking on his weekend radio program, Gov. Togiola Tulafono says Tri Marine International is looking at using American Samoa as a base for its fishing fleet as well as the company’s fish stock distribution, once the cold storage freezer currently under construction in Atu’u is completed. Togiola said Tri Marine officials, who were on island last week, provided this information as well as updates on the company’s operational status during joint meetings. Tri Marine officials included Renato Curto, the company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, said Togiola. The governor reminded listeners that Tri Marine’s operations include frozen fish for export and a cannery plant at the old COS Samoa Packing site. He said the company’s major operation at this time is the fishing fleet, and many times the fleet has delivered fish to other countries such as Thailand. The reason for Curto’s visit, said Togiola, was to conduct a full site visit and tour of the ASG owned Ronald Reagan Marine Railway shipyard in Satala. Togiola says if Curto believes the shipyard is good, he wants to bring all of Tri Marine’s fishing vessels to be based and repaired here. Togiola reiterated the importance of the shipyard to the economic development of the territory and the reason the government sought to return last year the shipyard to ASG. The governor said he is very pleased with Curto’s desire to bring their vessels here and this will bring back a lot of money that was taken out of here to other countries, where vessels were being repaired. He said the shipyard had their own negotiations with Tri Marine and it appears the final decision will be a good one. ASG Shipyard Service Authority board chairman Carlos Sanchez said last week that Curto discussed with the authority refurbishing a Tri Marine vessel in August. Additionally, Curto and Tri Marine “are willing to cooperate with us in anyway they can, and they have offered to also bring in equipment that we may not have here, for our use on their fleet and maybe on other boats too.” On his radio program, Togiola also said that Tri Marine is continuing with the construction of its freezer facility at the Samoa Tuna Processors site in Atu’u and he has been informed that the project is close to being completed. Togiola said he was also informed by Tri Marine that the company wants to use American Samoa as a base to off-load fish from the company’s fishing fleet as well as a base for fish distribution to other company operations worldwide, once the freezer project is fully operational. The governor says he is very, very pleased with Tri Marine’s future plans looking at American Samoa because this will bring a major economic benefit for the territory. He said Tri Marine’s fishing fleet coming here means more local jobs, more money coming into the territory, more crew from the vessels spending their money here and the end result is a major boost to the local economy. He said the government stands ready to provide any assistance to Tri Marine and StarKist Samoa to ensure that the two companies are successful in the territory. Not mentioned on the radio program, was that Togiola visited the shipyard last week Monday, prior to the Tri Marine visit. Sanchez told Samoa News it was “to see the progress of our work.” Sanchez said, “He left very pleased and impressed with what he saw — the movements in the shipyard and most especially the attitude and work ethic of the shipyard workers in a busy environment and under pressure.” He noted that “this workforce came from nowhere with the goal of becoming a major force behind the fisheries development on our island, and despite all odds and criticism from our community including leaders, we are heading in the right direction.” “We thank Governor Togiola solely for his vision and continued trust in the shipyard’s Board of Directors, management and workers,” Sanchez concluded. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
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NOTICE is hereby given that TAGO R. SEVAAETASI, TUALA R. SEVAAETASI & LEANAVAOTAUA SEVAAETASI of PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as LEILIILI which is situated in the village of PAGO PAGO, in the County of MAOPUTASI, EASTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names DARCIA TUI VELE & TAFEAGA VELE as LESSEES. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 10TH day of JULY, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: MAY 11, 2012 thru JULY 10, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o TAGO R. SEVAAETASI, TUALA R. SEVAAETASI & LEANAVAOTAUA SEVAAETASI ole nu’u o PAGO PAGO, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o LEILIILI, e i le nu’u o PAGO PAGO i le itumalo o MAOPUTAS, Falelima i SASA’E ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai DARCIA TIU VELE & TAFEAGA VELE. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 10 o IULAI, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 05/19/12 & 06/19/12
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samoa news, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
lima’s unlikely superhero seeking adventure
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- It’s not easy being Superman. It only earns about $160 a month for Avelino Chavez, who dresses up daily as the caped hero. But oh, the adventures! The 52-year-old Chavez can’t fly but does seem to be everywhere in Lima: at political rallies and speeches, at a wedding shoot for Peru’s famed opera tenor Juan Diego Florez, hawking tours and flights on behalf of a travel agency in the central Plaza de Armas. “Hola Superman!” people shout to him. “Hola, Superamigo!” he’ll shout back. Chavez became a superhero 15 years ago after a failed go at bullfighting and jobs as a craftsman, laboratory worker and brothel security guard. “I lost my job but realized that I could be Superman. I went to the store and bought a blue shirt and a cousin of mine who is a seamstress sewed the cape, the boots, the belt and the red tights,” he told The Associated Press. He hasn’t lacked for work since. One political party even asked him to run for Congress a decade ago. He agreed, but didn’t win the seat. Chavez says he tries to “maintain order in the city.” In 2002, he says, he recovered a purse stolen from a woman by a thief.. “My Kryptonite is my security,” he says, referring to the fictional element that is a weakness of the comic book character whose identity he’s fused with his own. As a younger man, Chavez said he sometimes dressed as Carlos Gardel, the Argentine crooner whose tangos “cut to the soul” or wore a beret that made him feel like the revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. But Superman proved the ticket to steady work. Single and childless, Chavez lives in a rented apartment in a poor neighborhood in Lima’s center. He says he doesn’t have a girlfriend. “But when I get a girlfriend I would like to make love on the moon.”
In this photo taken June 13, 2012, Avelino Chavez, wearing his signature Superman costume, waves and greets riot police walking in formation toward a plaza where a protest is expected to take place in downtown Lima, Peru. Chavez, 52, took on the Superman persona 15 years ago, when he lost his job as a security guard, and says he has had work ever since. Chavez also says he only (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) earns about $160 US dollars per month, but that he has the strength of a superhero. Chavez currently works to promote a travel agency.
Calls: Zimmerman told wife to buy bulletproof vest
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin told his wife to buy bulletproof vests for them and for his attorney, according to jailhouse calls released Monday. “As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one,” George Zimmerman told his wife. Zimmerman was wearing a bulletproof vest when he left jail after posting bond. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, has reported receiving threats. The calls, released by prosecutors, also detail how Zimmerman instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts and could play a crucial role in his second bond hearing next week. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond in April, several days after the calls took place. At his bond hearing, his wife, Shellie, testified that she didn’t know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense. She also testified that they had limited funds because she was in nursing school full time and Zimmerman wasn’t working. Prosecutors say the calls show George and Shellie Zimmerman knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised by the site. The judge in the case revoked George Zimmerman’s bond and ruled the couple had deceived the court. Zimmerman has been back in jail for almost a month. Shellie Zimmerman was arrested last week on a perjury charge and released from jail after posting bond. The thirddegree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Her 28-year-old husband is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, claiming selfdefense during the confrontation with the 17-year-old Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. The case sparked protests across the country when Zimmerman wasn’t arrested at first and led to nationwide debate over race and self-defense laws. In one recorded call, Zimmerman tells his wife and sister how to change a computer password at a credit union so they can move funds around. In another, Shellie Zimmerman said that money raised from the website was also being used to pay off bills. The couple also talked about how they would whisk Zimmerman away from the Seminole County Jail once he was released in April, and discussed using a rental car to drive to a hotel parking garage. There, they would change into another rental car to throw off anybody who tried to follow him. Shellie Zimmerman told her husband that the website had crashed because of supporters leaving words of encouragement, as well as donations. “Wow, that is awesome,” Zimmerman said. “Those people need to start vocalizing themselves.” Prosecutors originally had planned to release 151 of Zimmerman’s jailhouse calls, but O’Mara objected. A hearing over their release is set at the same time as Zimmerman’s bond hearing next week. “It is our contention that the calls are not only irrelevant to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman, but they could jeopardize friends and family of Mr. Zimmerman who are unrelated to the case,” O’Mara said on a website for the legal defense. O’Mara also is objecting to the release of statements made by a witness only identified as “Witness (hash)9.” “It is highly likely that the uncorroborated issues constituting the substance of Witness (hash)9’s statement will serve to reignite and potentially enhance the widespread public hostility toward Mr. Zimmerman,” O’Mara said in a filing released Monday.
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lOMuTuSI uIAGAlElEI PLea hearINg MoVeD To ThurSDay Chief Justice Michael Kruse moved to postpone the plea agreement hearing between the government and Lomitusi Uiagalelei, who’s facing second degree assault and public peace disturbance charges. According to the plea agreement that was read in High Court, Uiagalelei was to enter a guilty plea to the count of third degree assault, amended from second degree assault. Uiagalelei is also pleading guilty to the public peace disturbance according to the plea deal from the government. Also in the plea deal, the defendant agreed to a 2-year probation recommended by the government and defense. The defendant also agreed not to contact the victim, to reside outside of Auasi, undergo anger management courses and pay a fine of $300. The plea agreement goes on to say that the recommendations by the defense and the prosecution are not binding on the court, and if the court renders sentencing that is harsher than what was recommended the defendant cannot come back to withdraw his guilty plea. While Kruse was asking the defendant questions regarding his plea of guilt the defendant did not answer immediately. The Chief Justice then moved to postpone the plea agreement hearing for this coming Thursday and told attorney Marcellus Tala Uiagalelei to talk to his client about why the court is asking questions pertaining to his guilty plea. According to the government Uiagalelei is accused
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
of hitting another man with a shovel, during an altercation over the victim’s dog barking during evening prayers. The defendant is out on bail of $5,000 and was ordered by the court not to make direct or indirect contact with the victim. The court also ordered him to remain a law abiding citizen while his case is pending. SeNTeNCINg for arThur BLaKe reSCheDuLeD The High Court was left with no choice but to reschedule sentencing in the government’s case against Arthur Blake due to the delay of the pre-sentence report from the Probation office. According to Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau, the government had just received the pre-sentence report and cannot
proceed with the sentencing that was scheduled to be heard in High Court yesterday. Blake was charged with attempted murder, attempted first degree assault and public peace disturbance. However in a plea deal with the ASG the defendant pled guilty to second degree assault, while the remaining charges were dismissed. According to the government’s case the incident occurred December 29, 2011 where the victim was playing volleyball, and when the defendant approached him he was hiding the machete. The government claims that when the defendant was close to the victim he pulled out the machete and swung at the victim but he missed and then bystanders interfered and stopped the defendant.
In this May 2012 photo provided by Bryce Barker, a fragment of Aboriginal rock art on granite found in Australian Outback is seen on a plastic bag. University of Southern Queensland archaeologist Bryce Barker said Monday, June 18, 2012 that tests show the Aboriginal rock art in the cave was made 28,000 years ago, making it the oldest in Australia and among the oldest in the world. The rock art was made with charcoal, so radiocarbon (AP Photo/Bryce Barker) dating could be used to determine its age.
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samoa news, Tuesday, June 19, 2012v
tusia Ausage Fausia
maNa’O tRI maRINe aVea teRItORI NOfOaga autu fefa’atauaIga
Ua va’aia le to’atele mai o sui mai le 31 atunu’u o le Lalolagi, e 180 sui na autova’a mai ai, ma ua alaalata’i e maimoaina le ‘ava usu o le feiloa’iga i itu na lua o le fonotaga CWM. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
auaI as I le PaCIfIC aRts fest: atu sOlOmONa…
Ua mautu le tatou au fa’afiafia e masi’i atu mai le tatou malo mo le Fa’aaliga o Tu ma Aga a le Atuvasa, ua mae’a tapena ai le ausiva a le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi, mo le fa’aaliga o tu ma aga a Samoa i Solomona, fa’atasi ai lea ma le aumalaga e to’a 20 o i latou e aofia ai le sui o le Komiti Fa’afoe, o Atisi Samoa, o sui o le aufaigaluega ma le Malo fo’i. O le aumalaga atoa e masi’i e to’a 50 i latou. O le a tu’ua i latou lo tatou atunu’u i le aso 25 Iuni, 2012 ma latou uia ai Samoa i le va’alele ua masi’i atu ai fo’i le aumalaga a Samoa Tuto’atasi mo Solomona. Ua fa’apena fo’i ona fa’ailoa mai o le vaitau sa’o mo lea fa’aaliga ua fa’ataoto lea mo le aso 27 Iuni se’ia pa’ia le aso 12 Iulai, 2012 i Solomona lava. Ua fa’ailoa mai e matua to’atele lava le aumalaga a Niu Sila ma Ausetalia e fa’aalia a latou tu ma agaifanua i lenei fo’i tausaga. Ua fa’ailoa mai e le malo o Solomona, le fesoasoani tupe e $100,000. ua taua’aoina ane e le Malo o Ausetalia ma le malo o Niu Sila ina ia fesoasoani e fa’atupe ai le tapenaga o le nofoaga mo le fa’aaliga o Tu ma Agaifanua o malo uma o le Atuvasa a le Pasefika. Ua tatou iloa, o lea taligamalo na tuana’i sa talimalo ai Amerika Samoa ma o lenei tausaga ia Iulai -Aokuso 2012, o le a talimalo ai Solomona. $100,000. Meaalofa Ausetalia & Niu Sila - Fa’amae’a tapena Arts Fest: Ua fa’ailoa mai e se tala tusia i le Nusipea a le Solomon Times ua mae’a taua’aoina se meaalofa tupe e $100,000. mai le malo o Ausetalia ma Niu Sila e fesoasoani i le taligamalo o le Fa’aaliga o Tu ma Aga a le Atuvasa i Solomona. Ua fa’ailoa mai o lea meaalofa tupe, ua fa’amae’a lelei ai le tapenaga o lea nofoaga mo fa’aaliga, i ona moli ma mea fa’aleotele leo ma o nei mea o le a fa’aaogaina uma lava e fa’aaliga o tu ma ata a atumotu ta’itasi o le a auai i lenei fa’aaliga tele a le Pasefika. Ua fa’ailoa mai, ua matua fiafia nei malo tetele e lua i le avanoa ua maua e fesoasoani ai mo Solomona i lana taligamalo, aua ua i ai lo latou iloa, e le misia fo’i e i latou lea avanoa lelei e fa’aalia ai latou tu ma agaifanua i lea fo’i fa’aaliga, ma e silia ma le 300 o latou sui auai i lea fa’aaliga mai malo nei e lua. E ese mai lenei fesoasoani tupe, ae ua fa’ailoa mai fo’i e to’atele fo’i fesoasoani ua mae’a fa’ao’o ane e Niu Sila ma Ausetalia e ala i tagata faufale, tagata e i ai tomai mo fausaga o nofoaga ma le tosoina o le uila ma le suavai taumafa i nofoaga ma fale ua fa’atulaga mo fa’aaliga, ae maise nofoaga e nonofo ai le au fa’afiafia ma isi fo’i nofoaga mo fefa’atauaiga o nei galuega alofilima o atunu’u uma o le atuvasa. E aofia mai i le aumalaga a Ausetalia, ua a’ailoa mai e to’a 50 a latou atisi ta’uta’ua lava o le a auai ma a latou folasaga ma galuega taulima e fa’aalia i le fa’aaliga ale atuvasa i Solomona. Ua fa’ailoa mai o le a auai ane le latou fa’aili ua fa’aigoaina o le Tjupi Band lea ua fa’ailoa mai e i ai a latou musika po’o pese fa’arekei Fa’a- Ausetalia ma o lo’o i ai le latou pese sili ona alumia i Ausetalia e fa’aigoaina o le “Pa’u Lanu sese!”O le a mafai ona maimoaina lenei aufaipese matagofie a Ausetalia i le taimi o le latou fa’aaliga.
E leai se isi manaoga sili o loo nonofo ma le pulega o le kamupani i’a a le Tri Marine, nai lo le avea lea o Amerika Samoa ma nofoaga autu o ana fefaatauaiga i i’a ma ana va’a fagota, aemaise ai o le tatalaina ai lea o le isi ona lala e pei ona o latou faaaogaina ai le nofoaga tuai sa i ai le kamupani o le COS Samoa Packing ua tapunia. I le asia mai ai o le teritori i le vaiaso na te’a nei e le alii pule, o ia foi lea o le peresetene o le Tri Marine ia Renato Curto ma nisi o lana au taupulega, na maua ai se avanoa e feiloa’i ai ma taitai o le atunuu mo le talanoaina lea o nisi o fuafuaga mo le agai i luma o le tautua a le kamupani. I lana saunoaga i luga o lana polokalame i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, na faamanino atili mai ai e le alii kovana le autu o lenei asiasiga atoa ai ma le faanaunauga e fia faalautele le tautua a le Tri Marine i tulaga o ana va’a fagota. “O nisi o nofoaga na asia i le asiasiga lenei e aofia ai le nofoaga lea o loo fuafua e fausia ai le Faleaisa a le kamupani lea ua toeitiiti maea ona fausia i le taimi nei, atoa ai ma le nofoaga autu o loo i ai le mea tosova’a i Satala, ona o le faanaunauga lava o le alii peresetene ia Curto ia mautinoa e lava le malosi ma le lelei o le mea tosovaa mo le siakiina ma le tautuaina o ana va’a fagota, pe afai e aumaia i Amerika Samoa nei,” o le saunoaga lea a le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono. Saunoa Togiola, afai e faamalieina loto o le pulega a le Tri Marine i le tulaga o loo i ai le auaunaga a le vaega tosovaa i le taimi nei, o loo i ai lo latou faanaunauga e aumai uma a latou va’a fagota e lipea ma toe faaleleia iinei. “O le kamupani lenei e le gata latou te la’uina atu le aano o le i’a fou i maketi i fafo, ae latou te tuuapaina foi le i’a i totonu o apa faapea ai ma le faia o a latou vaa fagota e fagota mai ai le i’a, e le tasi e auaunaga a le kamupani lenei o loo i ai, e 10 foi a latou vaa fagota o loo lesitala i Amerika Samoa i le taimi nei,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. Na taua e Togiola le faafiafiaina o lona loto i le tulaga sa i ai le asiasiga a le pulega a le kamupani, ma ua ia faalogo foi i tala sa tulaga lelei la latou feiloaiga sa faia ma le pulega o le vaega toso vaa i Satala e aofia ai le susuga ia Carlos Sanchez ma lana komiti faafoe. E ui e toatele le atunuu sa latou fesiligia le fuafuaga a le malo ina ia tuu mai i lalo o le malo le faafoeina o le mea tosovaa i Satala, peitai na saunoa Togiola e faapea, o le autu tonu lava lea na ia manatu ai e aapa atu le malo e toe faaleleia lea auaunaga, ona o i le isi auala e mafai ona maua mai ai se isi vaega tupe tele mo le atunuu, pe afai e tele vaa fagota e agai mai e aumai a latou vaa e toe lipea ma faaleleia atu i Satala. “Afai e lelei le tatou mea tosovaa ma tele vaa fagota o le a aga’i mai i Satala, e le gata o le a tele tupe e totogi mo le toe lipeaina o a latou va’a, ae o le a maua ai foi ma galuega mo i latou o loo galulue i le mea totovaa. Saunoa Togiola, o le faanaunauga autu o loo i ai i le pulega a le Tri Marine, afai e lelei ma taunuu fuafuaga uma mo lana falei’a, o le a avea loa le falei’a lenei ma nofoaga autu e la’u mai ai i’a uma e maua e vaa fagota a le kamupani ma teu ai, ma mafai ai ona faasoasoa atu i isi atunuu o le lalolagi o loo manaomia e pei o Amerika ma Thailand. “Mo se faataitaiga afai e toso se va’a fagota e toe lipea i Satala, o le taimi lava e uma ai ona lipea va’a lea, ona agai atu loa lea o le auvaa mo le faia o a latou faatau mo mea e manaomia ona ave i le isi malaga, utu le latou vaa, aemaise ai o le a totogi fale talimalo e nonofo ai iinei, ma o nei mea uma o tupe lava e faaalu e totogi ai, o lona uiga o le isi lea alagatupe tele o le a sasa’a mai i le teritori ma manuia ai pisinisi, tagata faigaluega aemaise ai o le tamaoaiga o le atunuu, o le autu moni lena o nei taumafaiga uma, ia mafai ona fesoasoani i le toe unaia o le tatou atina’e ma le tamaoaiga,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. O le taimi nei, e silia i le toa 40 tagata o loo galulue i le Tri Marine mo le faamamaina o le aano o le i’a lea ua auina atu i maketi i fafo e faatau ai, ma o nisi o i’a nei o loo faatau atu e le aufai va’a fagota a le atunuu i le kamupani. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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American Samoa
O le fa’ai’uga o le vaiaso na se’i mavae atu nei, na faia ai se fa’atasiga tele a le matagaluega o le Sagato [ata foa’i] Iosefo, o le ekalesia Katoliko, e aloaia ai a latou tama aua lo latou aso fa’apitoa i le Aso Sa.
Where it’s at in
‘SAvAII MONI’ vAAlElE SAMOA EA I le Aso To’ona’i na te’a nei na tatala aloa’ia ai e le Palemia le va’alele fou a le “Samoa Air” le Kamupani Va’alele i Samoa, lea ua amatalia a latou feoa’iga i le ea e ala i le tautuaina o tagata femalaga’i i le va o Upolu ma Savai’i. O le tatalaina aloaia o lea va’alele sa o’otia ai e le afioga le Palemia le lipine e amatalia ai le tautua a le va’alele ituaiga o le BN2A ma o lona igoa fa’aperetania o i ai : Spirit of Savai’i, ma ua fa’alauiloa mai e tala tusia i le Samoa Observer lea aso tele. Ua fa’ailoa mai ai nei, ua amatalia fo’i le tautua a lea Kamupani Va’alele a Samoa ae ua atofa na’o le va o Upolu ma Savaii i le taimi nei. I se tala a le Palemia sa ia fa’aalia ai, “Masalo o lona 20 ai lea o tagata ua o mai e fa’ailoa mai lo latou naunauta’iga e fia amatalia se kamupani va’alele e tautuaina le va o Upolu ma Savaii, ma e pei lava ona faia i nisi na muamua atu, sa ou tu’uina i ai le avanoa e tapena mai ai lona fa’amoemoe ia tino.” Mai lea to’a 20 o i laotu, ua na’o Mr. Langton ua toe taliu mai, e fa’ailoa mai, ua sauni e tatala lea tautua e ala i lo latou va’alele ua mae’a tapena mo feoa’iga i le ea! E na’o le lua lava va’alele ua i ai, o le tasi e fa’aigoa o le Spirit of Savaii, ae o le isi e fa’aigoa o le Spirit of Upolu. O le Spirit of Upolu, e le’i mae’a lelei mo feoa’iga, peita’i, pe afai e mae’a tapena lea va’alele, ua mafai ona fa’aaogaina mo feoa’iga i le ea i le po, ma ua fuafua la pe toe lua vaiaso ona fa’ato’a amatalia lea o feoa’iga a le va’alele lona lua lea. Na faia le sao o le susuga Christopher Langton, o le CEO lea o le Samoa Air, e fa’afetaia ai i latou na auai i le fa’amoemoe e tatala aloaia le latou tautua e ala i femalaga’iga a le va’alele muamua ‘Sipili Fa’a-Savaii’. Ua ia fa’ailoa fo’i, ua taumafai le Samoa Ea ina ia mafai ona mautu mea uma e tusa ai o le latou auaunaga, ma ia saogalemu fo’i soifua o i latou uma e feoa’i i latou va’alele fa’atasi ai ma le mamalu lautele e femalaga’i i taimi uma i le Samoa Ea. O nei va’alele ua latou fa’atulagaina mo femalaga’iga, ua fa’ailoa mai e matua aoga lava mo faigamalaga pupu’u ina ia vave ma e le tele fo’i se kesi va’alele e fa’aalu ai.
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Rodney King autopsy is concluded; results ➧ Budget Call: new revenue source anticipated are still weeks away
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A Filipino pedals his bicycle along a flooded street in suburban Malabon, north of Manila, Philippines, Monday June 18, 2012. Heavy rains triggered floods in several areas in the metro forcing some schools to suspend classes in the morning as powerful typhoon Guchol exits the (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) country towards southern Japan.
RIALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators conducted an autopsy Monday on Rodney King’s body, but it was expected to take several weeks to determine what killed him, officials said. Coroner’s officials will await results from toxicology tests that could take up to six weeks to gather before determining how King died. He was pulled from the deep end of his pool early Sunday by police who were called to his home by his fiancee. King, 47, became famous after he was severely beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991. The beating was captured on videotape and broadcast worldwide, as were photos of King’s bloodied and bruised face. The more than 50 baton blows and kicks inflicted by officers left King with 11 skull fractures, a broken eye socket and facial nerve damage. The trial of four officers charged with felony assault in the beating ended after a jury with no black members acquitted three of the officers on state charges; a mistrial was declared for a fourth. The verdict sparked one of the most costly and deadly race riots in the nation’s history. Rialto police are investigating King’s death as an apparent drowning and said they have found no signs of foul play. King’s fiancee spoke with police for several hours Sunday and is considered a witness in the case, Rialto Police Officer David Shepherd said Monday. A police officer remained stationed outside King’s onestory home throughout Monday, with several news crews also remaining in the neighborhood. Cars slowed to look at the house, and some stopped for passengers to snap photos. But no memorial to King had been created at the residence. Toxicology results will show whether King, who struggled with addiction throughout his life, had any alcohol or drugs in his system. Police have said there were no signs of alcohol or drug paraphernalia near the pool. Officers were seen taking a marijuana plant out of the house Sunday, but Shepherd said he could not confirm what items were taken from the home. Lawrence Spagnola, who helped King write his memoir “The Riot Within: From Rebellion to Redemption,” said King was proud of the book and hoped it signaled a new chapter in his life where he wouldn’t just be remembered as a beating victim. “Rodney was tired of being the Rodney who was always asked about the beating and if he’d forgiven the cops,” Spagnola said. King was happiest when he was outdoors and the two men talked about meeting for a fishing trip, Spagnola said. “There was a lot of good in him,” he said. He said King seemed like a different person when he spoke about the darker aspects of his life. “When Rodney was talking about spousal abuse or DUIs or drinking, there was a look in his face almost as if he was talking about another person,” Spagnola said. King had plenty to look forward to, including setting a wedding date and the upcoming birth of another grandchild, he said. Spagnola said King didn’t expect he would be remembered, but hoped that his infamous words spoken as the riots still flared, “Can we all get along?” would long outlive him. Even 20 years after the beating, King still endured migraines, joint pain and other ailments, Spagnola said. Alcohol provided some relief, he said. “I honestly think he’s more at peace now than he ever was in his life,” Spagnola said.
cover the minimum wage rate increase of $4.91 — for government employees — effective Sept. 30 this year. (Federal legislation is pending in the U.S. Congress to again delay the next wage hike, or halt it). “Furthermore, additional funding must be obligated to absorb the separation compensation payouts for outgoing directors,” said Malemo. As ASG moves “forward and beyond”, Malemo said adequate financial resources and bold sacrifices are needed to further improve government operations and basic services in the best interest of our people. He said Executive budget allocations have been prioritized and implemented for departments and agencies given the anticipated increase in revenues for FY 2013 budget. According to Malemo, final budget submission is due at 4 p.m. on June 29 at his office. The FY 2013 budget will be the top priority item for Fono review, debate and approval when lawmakers convene next month for the fourth and final session of the 32nd Legislature. The budget law signed last year by the governor for FY 2012 totaled $383.2 million. lOCAl BASIC OPERATION Each department and agency has been given a revised budget ceiling for FY 2013 because of the anticipated additional new revenues, according to the letter, which also requested the support of each director “to thoroughly review and scrutinize” their budgetary requests in “an effort to assist the government in streamlining your operational costs.”
Directors and heads of agencies were also informed that there will be no new positions allowed in the FY 2013 budget and all vacant positions need to be omitted from the budget request. “Additionally, all step increments should be pro-rated,” said Malemo. “Any extraordinary requests over and above the ceiling allotment will need to be withheld for fiscal year 2013 as funding allowance does not permit this.” feDeraL graNTS Departments and agencies funded with federal grants have been requested to prepare their budgets according to the most recently approved federal grant award. Additionally, any budget over the authorized amount of the grant award will not be accepted. “There is absolutely ‘no’ local funds to cover any additional costs or supplement your grants,” said Malemo, who requested agencies to provide a copy of the latest grant award or the proposed grant request. eNTerPrISe fuNDS ASG offices and semi autonomous agencies whose budgets are considered “Enterprise Funds” are asked to prepare their budget requests based on actual revenue collections from the current fiscal year 2012. These entities are also required to submit a profit and loss statement. This would include ASPA, ASTCA and LBJ Medical Center, among others. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
➧ Starkist hopeful for delay min. wage increase
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“As we come closer to the next automatic wage increase, however, the global cost structure remains the same but our ability to make business plans and to keep our cost structure as lean as possible is compromised,” she said. “We are therefore hopeful that Congress will again delay the next scheduled increase in order to place American Samoa and its businesses in a globally competitive position, and a more stable position to plan for the future,” she added. The next minimum wage hike is scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 30 this year and Congressman Faleomavaega Eni is working with his Congressional colleagues to delay the hike. Last December, the U.S. Senate passed federal legislation (S. 2009), which includes a provision to delay the next wage hike until 2015. The measure, also known as the Insular Area Act, remains pending in the U.S. House for con-
sideration and approval. During a news conference last December at the StarKist Samoa facility, StarKist Co. president and chief executive officer In-Soo Cho was asked for his reaction if the wage hike does take effect this year, and he said, “I have great confidence that Congress will understand the requirement that we need to remain competitive in the worldwide tuna processing industry.” He said the company expects the delay to take place; however, if it goes on as scheduled, that will put StarKist in a “tough situation”. Current minimum wage for fish canning and processing, and can manufacturing is $4.76 per hour and come Sept. 30, 2012 — if efforts fail to delay the next hike — the new minimum wage will be $5.26 per hour. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
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LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Seeking common ground, President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday on the need for a political process in Syria to prevent civil war in the violence-torn country and said any tensions between the United States and Russia can be worked out. The two men were meeting for the first time since Putin returned to the presidency amid friction over Syria and a recognition that both need one another, an uncomfortable truth for Obama as he wages a tough re-election campaign and for the newly elected Russian leader who is deeply suspicious of the United States Obama said that on Syria the two “agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war and the kind of horrific events that we’ve seen over the last several weeks, and we pledged to work with other international actors, including the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and all interested parties in trying to find a resolution to this problem.” Putin, seated next to Obama following their 2-hour meeting, said: “From my perspective we’ve been able to find many commonalities” on Syria. Neither leader mentioned Syrian President Bashar Assad by name in their public remarks or in a joint statement issued after their meeting, thus avoiding any express reference to past U.S. demands that Assad step down. The joint statement said: “We are united in the belief that the Syrian people should have the opportunity to independently and democratically choose their own future. Beyond Syria, Obama and Putin discussed diplomatic efforts to head off a confrontation with Iran. Obama said he emphasized a common approach to Iran, asserting there was “still time and space to resolve diplomatically” concerns about nuclear weapons. The U.S. has sought Russia’s help to lend legitimacy to the argument that Iran faces broad international condemnation. Iran usually paints the dispute over its nuclear program as a confrontation with the U.S. and its ally Israel. The Obama-Putin meeting was held as Moscow played host to an international negotiating session with Iran. Russia has gone along with U.N. Security Council efforts to tighten some penalties against Iran because of questions about its nuclear weapons ambitions, but has blocked the harshest punishments. The meeting was one of two major foreign policy challenges preoccupying Obama during his two days at the Group of 20 economic meeting. Much of the rest of the summit was to be devoted to the European fiscal crisis and the fate of Greece as a part of the euro zone. A proeuro candidate is trying to form a Greek coalition government following elections Sunday, but the anti-austerity second-place party has refused. The G-20 gathering is a natural forum for sideline discussions of the urgent crisis in Syria as well as diplomatic efforts to head off a confrontation with Iran. Russia is a linchpin in world efforts to resolve both crises, and to U.S. goals for the smooth shutdown of the war in Afghanistan. In the longer term, Obama wants Russia’s continued cooperation in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. Obama made a special project of Russia in his first term and arguably needs Moscow’s help even more if he wins a second one. He is trying to avoid a distracting public spat with Russia during this election year, as suggested by an overheard remark to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March. Obama told Medvedev he would have more flexibility to answer Russian complaints about a U.S.-built missile defense shield in Europe after the November election. Things got off to a rocky start with Putin, when Obama pointedly withheld a customary congratulatory phone call to Putin until days after his May election. Putin appeared to snub Obama by skipping the smaller and weightier Group of Eight meeting that Obama hosted later that month at Camp David. The rescheduled Obama-Putin meeting came the same day Moscow hosts an international negotiating session with Iran. Russia has gone along with U.N. Security Council efforts to tighten some penalties against Iran because of questions about its nuclear weapons ambitions, but has blocked the harshest punishments. Still, the United States needs Russia’s participation to lend legitimacy to the argument that Iran faces broad international condemnation. Iran usually paints the dispute over its nuclear program as a confrontation with the U.S. and its ally Israel. Brutal attacks on anti-government protesters in Syria and the threat of civil war in the Mideast nation pose the most immediate crisis. Diplomatic hopes have rested on Washington and Moscow agreeing on a transition plan that would end the four-decade Assad family rule. Russia, as Syria’s longtime ally and trading partner, is seen as the best broker for a deal that could give Assad political refuge. So far, Moscow has said no. Pressure increased on Russia over the weekend, when the United Nations suspended its unarmed monitoring mission in Syria out of concern for the monitors’ safety. The move was widely interpreted as a challenge to Russia to intervene with Assad to preserve a U.N. role Moscow sees as a brake on any armed foreign intervention. The Interfax news agency reported Monday that two Russian navy ships were preparing to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and a Russian naval base there. The report didn’t give a give a precise date for the departure of the two amphibious landing vessels.
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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, listens as Lynn Albin of the Department of Health describes the Geiger counter readings on debris in Ocean Shores, Wash., Monday, June 18, 2012. Officials say that there has been no radiation detected from items that have washed ashore. Gregoire announced Monday a state plan to address tsunami debris that reaches the state’s coast from Japan but stressed that federal help is needed. (AP Photo/The Daily World, MacLeod Pappidas)
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday a state plan to address tsunami debris that reaches the state’s coast from Japan but stressed that federal help is needed. “We don’t have the resources at the state level to do what we’re going to have to do here,” she said at a news conference at a beachside hotel in Ocean Shores. Gregoire said she and other western states have reached out to the federal government letting officials know that they will be seeking financial assistance, but so far have not received a response. She said the state is working with U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell in trying to secure funds. Gregoire noted that the Department of Ecology has been approved to use $100,000 from its litter cleanup account for tsunami debris removal. However, a “steady dribble” of tsunami debris is expected over the next few years that will require more money, though she said the cost of the cleanup is unknown. “We are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our beaches and our coastal communities clean and safe,” she said. Gregoire announced a “Clean Shoreline Initiative” to be led by state’s top emergency management leader Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, and to include the state Department of Health, Ecology and other agencies. “Everyone will be part of the solution,” Lowenberg said. Gregoire said the debris is not yet at a level where she needs to call out the National Guard or seek money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We really don’t know what to expect right now,” she said. “I can’t declare an emergency until I actually have one on my hands.” A commercial crab fisherman in attendance at the press conference told the governor that one of his vessels recently picked up 500 pounds of debris that was wrapped together and reported it to federal officials. He said fishermen like him are concerned about the security of their fixed gear, like crab pots. “If there’s a significant amount of debris, that gear can be swept away,” said Larry Thevik, of Ocean Shores, noting that such an impact on fishermen would also impact the local economy. Gregoire promised him that his concerns would be addressed in the plan that is currently being worked on by the state team. Gregoire said that she expected a draft from the team within the next two weeks, and depending on what they determine, she said she’s willing to look at releasing money from her emergency fund, which currently has more than $700,000 and was last tapped to address the state’s whooping cough epidemic. “How much I release depends on that plan,” she said. Gregoire later joined officials from the Department of Health as they demonstrated Geiger counter testing of a large piece of Styrofoam that had washed up outside the hotel recently. No radioactivity was evident. While not all of the debris washing ashore is from the tsunami, Gregoire and other state officials urged the public to report what they find to officials. In March, Gregoire joined the governors of Oregon and California and the premier of British Columbia in announcing that they would collaborate to manage debris from the tsunami that might wash up along the west coast. Gregoire had already separately signed a similar agreement with B.C. Premier Christy Clark in February. The Department of Health has been testing any items that have washed onshore for radioactive activity. Last week officials said they were testing samples taken from a 20-foot boat that could be debris from the Japanese tsunami. The boat was found beached at Cape Disappointment State Park on Friday. The Department of Ecology will screen materials that could be hazardous and is working with local governments and volunteer groups to pick up debris as needed. The governor said there’s no reason to fear eating seafood or visiting coastal beaches. Health Secretary Mary Selecky says monitoring has found no radiation in salmon. The state also is monitoring for invasive species, but Gregoire says she’s not aware of any arriving on tsunami debris.
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