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Samoa News Friday, May 17, 2013
Stray dog task force reestablished 2 FHS Future Government Leaders Summit 2013 Seniors on the Move 4 ASAA — Track & Field will be competing in Oceania Champs B1
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Employees of the Tool Shop are seen here along with staff of the Hope House (middle tow) after dropping off fish caught during the 14th International Steinlager I’a Lapo’a Game Fishing Tournament, as part of the annual donation given by the Pago Pago Game Fishing Association to Hope House.
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Proposed Samoa law legally defines what is a “Samoan”
A blogger: “New law says…most of you foreign Samoans are NOT Samoans”
By Samoa News staff
Eastern District ledger expenses mirror Western’s
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
With little fanfare in the Samoa press, the Samoa government is pressing for the Acts Interpretation Bill 2013, a law change that defines among other things, what it means to be ‘a Samoan person’. A retired Samoan lawyer is adamant it will have a detrimental impact on customary land rights for many Samoans living outside of the country. Maua Faleauto, who is now living in New Zealand, says the Acts Interpretation Bill 2013 is an affront to many who fall outside a proposed legal definition of a Samoan person, who must be both a Samoan citizen and have a certain percentage of Samoan blood. He says this bill, coupled with the Torrens system of land registration passed in 2008 requiring the registration of public land, freehold land and customary land leases, is still a worry. According to Faleauto, these legal changes appear geared toward alienating many people’s rights and entitlements, while paving the way for the state to allow more foreigners access to customary land. “Laws do not have to be notified in the government paper or gazetted. Now this is a real worry and an indication of a movement away from democracy, because having of course lived in Samoa myself and looked around to read laws, the laws are really only held by the Attorney General’s office or
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As of May 6, 2013 the remainder of the $1million for the Eastern District is $29,804.31 and Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has said the remaining funds will be used to set up an emergency reserve account. The three districts, Eastern, Western and Manu’a, each received in 2009, $1million to carry out capital improvement projects from a $20 Million loan the government made with the ASG Employees Retirement Fund. (Samoa News should point out that the districts actually got only $900,000, as 10% of the money was ‘used’ for administrative costs. To date, there is no public record as to what exactly these administrative costs entailed.) According to the Eastern District ledger report obtained by Samoa News, the first check was issued on July 23, 2009 in the name of Tapatonu Gaoteote, in the amount of $3,040 (Ch#1265). He was the Eastern District Governor at the time.
Of interest, in the Western District ledger report, the first two checks issued were in the same amount — each for $3,040. Those checks went to Joyita Satele, and her son, Galu Satele (Check # 1263/1264). Another check was issued to “Galu Satele” in the amount of $5,000 (Check#1904) at a later date and Satele Galu Satele (the current head of Samoan Affairs and former Western District Governor) has disputed all three entries. He told Samoa News that the information indicated in the ledger is inaccurate or false, and said no more. The second check in the Eastern ledger list was issued to Worldwide Travel on July 23, 2009 in the amount of $1,206.20 (Ch#1267), and again, there is a similar transaction in the Western District Ledger — only for two checks, and both are issued to the same travel agency, with the same amount, on the same date. The next two entries in the Eastern ledger show there were two transfers from the Gen(Continued on page 15)
CBAS (IO) picks up more potential investors
Appoints group to guide bank through on-going formation
by Samoa News staff
Renato Curto, the chief executive officer and majority shareholder of Tri Marine Group - the U.S. based company looking at setting up a cannery in American Samoa next year under its local subsidiary Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. — has joined other local and off-island potential investors pledging their support of the locally based Community Bank of Amerika Samoa (IO). In a media statement yesterday, Community Bank (IO) said it continues to work with local supporters, ASG officials and federal regulators in its efforts to open a local bank. And more than 50 potential investors have signed Letters of Intent, totaling $7.6 million in potential investment. Among the potential investors is Curto, who recently signed a $500,000 Letter of Intent. In making the pledge, Curto said, “the (economic) future of the territory largely depends on the willingness and the ability of private investors to undertake projects that are clearly instrumental in the creation of the necessary infrastructure and in the generation of permanent jobs.”
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ASCC Business majors graduating this semester were honored at a special luncheon last week,by the ASCC Business Department, headed by Dr. Faofua Faatoafe (Front L-R): Dr. Faatoafe, Loarie Luafutu, Naomi Leo, Sandy Lautua, Meilani Aiono, Sinaretta Schwenke, Aneta Afeleti and Veronica Parker. In back are gentlemen Tapu Tupua (left) and Sebastian Mariner. See [Photo: J. Kneubuhl] story inside.
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Samoa News Correspondent Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has re-established the stray dog task force, similar to the one set up more than five years ago by the Togiola Administration to address the island wide problem. The reestablished task force will also follow goals and mission cited in the executive order issued by Togiola so that this new task force can move forward right away, and additional goals and focuses can be added later via another memo or executive order, if necessary. “Governor Lolo wanted to move on this project as soon as possible. He wants to reduce the population of stray dogs in the territory, especially those stray dogs that appear to have some disease and the ones that are not licensed, roaming the streets attacking residents on the road,” said Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, the governor’s executive assistant. He also said the governor is concerned with the increasing number of stray dogs, which is getting out of hand. Iulogologo pointed out that this was one of the issues raised by the Chamber of Commerce during last year’s gubernatorial campaign, where the Chamber asked the candidates to please look at the stray dog population, not only for health reasons but to further tourism development in the territory. Samoa News should point out that this issue was raised several times with candidates in the gubernatorial race as well as with candidates in the local House race. The re-established task force held their first meeting last week and a second one is set for today where all directors of ASG entities, which play a role in this issue, are expected to attend. At this point, the Agriculture Department is organizing the meetings; however, Agriculture’s deputy director Peter Gurr says they would prefer that Health Department not only chair the task force, but also take the lead role, adding that he hopes that ASG directors — the decision makers — will attend today’s meeting. “We at Agriculture along with ASPA and Parks & Recreations will work along side Health as well as other ASG entities,” Gurr said yesterday. “This is a team effort and we’ve
invited the Office of Samoan Affairs to attend, since village mayors come under their jurisdiction. Our task force wants to work with village mayors on this important issue.” “Agriculture has also been working with a non-profit local group, Alofa Mo Meaola, or ‘Love for Animals’, and it’s been a great partnership,” he said. “The group has medicine that has assisted us, but not enough for the task we have dealing with the increasing stray dog population.” The group was able to bring from off-island more than two weeks ago, a vet who helped to spay, neuter and check animals at the Agriculture compound in Tafuna. “...the most important task we have at this time is securing a vet, because without one, we cannot purchase medicine to euthanize animals when needed or perform major operations on animals, etc.,” Gurr said, adding that he hopes a vet is secured soon and onboard with Agriculture Department. The vet will be working with the task force as well. Gurr says all the plans and goals for the task force will be put together and reported back to the governor, who was informed about the importance of securing a vet for the American Samoa Government. Last month, Rep. Larry Sanitoa wrote to the governor asking for the re establishment of the stray dog task force. This followed numerous reports filed with the lawmaker’s office on packs of stray dogs around facilities and areas frequented by the general public— especially around the Tafuna residential and business areas. Sanitoa says he has not received an official response from the governor’s office regarding his letter, but he is pleased that the governor has reestablished the task force with the hope that something will be done with the stray dog issue and its effect on the community. “There are still a lot of complaints from private residents and business owners regarding stray dogs in the Tafuna area as well as in the town area,” he said. “I hope the new task force comes up with some quick solutions and shares them with the public.” “Bottom line, we all like dogs but we can’t ignore the fact that there’s a serious stray dog problem out there,” said the Tualauta faipule.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
GSR Pene Foundation Samoa Sporex Inc. offers its first island- OASIS BAR RESTAURANT Congratulations to wide athletic scholarship All the
Betty Pene Bokesh and I took dad and mom’s encouragement to heart, as we were honor roll students, leaders on campus, and received academic scholarships to universities in America,” he said. “My sister was the “brainiac” between the two of us, while I took the torch in the athletics department. My sister went on to become the Valedictorian of her high school graduating class, while serving as the student body president, cheerleading captain, island wide winner in both Math and English competitions, eventually graduating with honors from Seattle University. “Needless to say, dad and mom were extremely proud of her academic accomplishments”. Rob added that his path led him to Australia with the American Samoa National Baseball team, only to be offered an athletic scholarship to Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He represented American Samoa at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was an Academic All-American baseball player in college, made the USA/ NAIA All-Star Team upon graduating with honors from college, played professional baseball in Europe and the US, then signed numerous players and allowed them to continue
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The Pene family, through their GSR Pene Foundation are seeking eligible students to apply for Academic and Athletic scholarships — specifically, they are looking for baseball and softball players who want to elevate their game to the next level. Robert Pene told Samoa News that in the past four years, they have issued academic scholarship award checks to worthy recipients from Samoana High School, however this year, 2013 they want to take it up a notch and offer their first island-wide scholarship which will be an athletic scholarship specific to the sport of Baseball and Softball. “This is our first year we’ll be adding to our scholarship offering and making it an Island-Wide opportunity for baseball/softball players looking to elevate their game to the next level,” said Rob in an interview with Samoa News. “Baseball has been very good to me,” he noted. “Dad and mom were always there to support me through everything. It has taken me from Little League trips to Hawaii, to championship seasons in college and professional baseball, to my work with Major League Baseball in Europe… my parents have always cheered me on.” “We want to do the same for a baseball/softball athlete in American Samoa,” he told Samoa News. Rob, noted that in December of 2007, their family received the bad news that their father, High Chief Gaisoa Seigafolava Ropati Pene had passed on. “Our father, leader, High Chief, brother, cousin and best friend passed away and he’s survived by his wife, Cita and two children.” “We understand dad’s heart for the people and because of this, we decided to start the GSR Pene Foundation for the purpose of carrying on his legacy of caring for those less fortunate and encouraging the youth to aim for greater heights” said the younger Pene. High Chief Gaisoa was a leader among leaders as he lived to serve his family and community as best as he knew. “He was a respected community leader, and most of all, cherished by his wife, children, and family.” “Dad encouraged us to enjoy our education and do the best we can — to be the best in the classroom.” “He had the same message for me in my athletic endeavors. Both my sister
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Student Body President- FHS Faga’itua High School Senior Government class is hosting its very own Government Summit on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Fagaitua High School gymnasium from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. The goal of this Summit is to give Faga’itua High School students the opportunity to address issues they think pose an impact within our government and communities. To make this a reality, Faga’itua High School has invited our very own Eastern District Representatives to discuss, share and dialogue over issues proposed by the Senior Government Class. The following issues will include; Transportation, Sex Education, Sea Wall, Road Infrastructure, and Littering. The students will voice their opinions and points of view to the local Representatives from the Eastern district. Fono Representatives that have confirmed attendance include Representative Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo, Representative Puleleiite Li’amatua Tufele, and Representative Tu’umolimoli Saena Moliga, Representative Faimealelei Anthony F. Allen (currently off island) and Representative Fatulegae’e Mauga (currently off island). The Government Summit’s preparation and planning was done entirely by the students (seniors) through a requirement by the Unites States and American Samoa Government Class taught by Ms. Faugagana Fagaava and Mr. Stephen Young. All students have taken this project as a priority to see that their ideas and point of views will be heard. Our co-chair, Ms. Melody Parungo, states, “I have developed a passion for politics and bettering our government. This would be a great opportunity for individuals to be speaking out and take an active role in our government. People who will take the initiative today will make a change for tomorrow.” The summit will be successful in opening the minds of the future Viking leaders. It will mold them into effective students, informed individuals, and better citizens. This is their time to rise and take the initiative by looking ahead. We are the future leaders of American Samoa and we are on the move. Together, we can make a change. If you want to take part in our summit or to attend, please contact our chairpersons Ms. Mellody Parungo and Ms. Elenei Fanene at the school at 622-7504. Members of the community are welcome to join.
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by Rhonda Annesley, Editor in Chief & the Samoa News Editorial Staff
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their baseball career through his own Baseball Company. “Needless to say, baseball was really good to me, and dad and mom were also proud of their baby boy. And I share our story with you because, the same way that Dad encouraged us to work hard and be the best, he also spent time with us, talking with us through our education and my athletic approaches. He mentored us, guided us, while giving us the support we needed. And with the GSR Pene Foundation, Inc, we wanted to be for other students what Dad was to us,” he explained. Rob noted that the Pene family goal is to scale up to offer more next year and include some Island Wide Academic scholarships as well. CRITERIA FOR BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP Deadline for submission: June 7, 2013 The Baseball / Softball Scholarship is currently our only island-wide scholarship available. Applicants can submit your application documents online http://gsrpenefoundation.org or http://facebook.com/GSRPeneFoundation Requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.0 SAT Score Submission College Acceptance Letter (scan or take a photo) Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher, Counselor, Coach, or Mentor Personal Leadership Essay: “What does Leadership look like?” FOR SAMOANA: THE DREAM BIG SCHOLARSHIP ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP The Dream Big Scholarship is an academic scholarship offered to students of Samoana High School (the alma mater of Betty and Robert Pene). Applicants can submit your application attachment documents online http://gsrpenefoundation.org or http://facebook.com/GSRPeneFoundation Requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.0 SAT Score Submission College Acceptance Letter Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher, Counselor, or Mentor Personal Leadership Essay: “What does Leadership look like?”
The Fono expense report for the first 5 months of FY2013 is a melting pot of expenditures by leaders and most of the lawmakers of our territory that can only be labeled as abuse of our trust, and something needs to be done. Keep in mind that Title X Chapter 6, section 10.0603 of the American Samoa Code Annotated, which deals with “Expenditure of Legislature Funds”, states, “Except as otherwise limited by law, the Legislature shall have full authority and control the request, approval, and disbursement of funds in its budget. The Legislature shall be fully responsible for maintaining proper record-keeping and management over the expenditure of funds.” Unfortunately, it offers no ‘brakes’ for possible abuse of our money, and probably was written and passed with Good Intentions: As “county appointed leaders and people’s elected lawmakers”, who all believe in the Almighty God, why would we abuse Our own people? Well they did, and they do — that’s what the Fono Expense Report shows — abuse of power and authority of the highest order. Our lawmakers, elected or appointed are using their legislated or otherwise authorized powers for illegitimate private gain, i.e. purchase of vehicles and fuel used for personal transportation, travel and per diems for other than Fono business, as well as to reward fellow lawmakers who are ‘supporters’, food and drink for non-Fono business or events, paying people for no identifiable work… and the list goes on — all derived from the expense report. An amendment needs to be passed through a statute by the Fono making them transparent and accountable for using our money. For example, the amendment would make the quarterly expense reports of the Fono public information. It would also include safeguards or brakes, like the use of government Procurement Laws for purchases of $10,000 or more, it would make receipts and source documents a requirement for receiving ‘reimbursements’, and there would be no more payouts of ‘cash’ without receipts. The amendment would also include the penalties for abuse, corruption and general misuse of the public money, which is their ‘budget’. One could start laughing at this point — because the amendment needs to be proposed by the lawmakers, introduced, and then passed by them. Why would they do that to themselves? Let’s be honest — the current Fono membership will not do anything that will take away their rights to use our money as they want — right or wrong! So how do we make our lawmakers accountable and transparent to Us — the people? I have several ideas: ONE Since an amendment to the laws and statutes by the Fono is unlikely, Samoa News understands the only other option would be an amendment to the American Samoa Constitution initiated through a Constitutional Convention. And this is not without its own problems. Although the governor is mandated by law to call a Constitutional Convention every five years, we don’t have a good history of following this law. Prior to the 2010 ConCon, which many called a debacle — the previous one was held in 1987, 23 years earlier. And there still isn’t any guarantee that an amendment assuring Fono accountability would be put on the ballot, let along proposed and approved by ConCon delegates who are chosen by the sitting governor. To make our voices heard — ‘we the people” would need to convince Gov. Lolo that his political life depends on living up to his campaign promise of real change by putting the “brakes” on the Fono. TWO In keeping with Lolo’s Administration’s mantra of transparency and accountability in government, Governor Lolo could instruct his Treasurer not to pay out on any Fono expenses if they are ‘over their budget’ — simply do not pay them, payroll and office expenses included. No Money — No Honey! THREE Vote your faipule out of office in 2014 if they are abusing your money, your trust. Take a look at their voting record… take a look at what they are doing for your village, your district … take a look at what laws they have proposed… take a look at what they are spending their office allowances on… take a look at how many trips they are taking off-island… Ask: What have they done for American Samoa? for the Community? To put the whole issue in perspective: The wellbeing of the average voter in American Samoa is totally dependent on the integrity of its leaders. And if we need more proof of how our wellbeing is abused, take a look at this: Samoa News has found out that the Fono has no procurement process for purchases, including purchases of big-ticket items such as vehicles. According to a Fono source, as far as they know, such a process is “not in the law books,” and the fact is, local law provides that the Fono has the authority to manage their own money, meaning they have complete control of their budget. (The source is referring of course to Title X.) Samoa News submitted a request to the ASG Procurement Office, seeking information on whether or not the Fono, like the Executive Branch, is mandated to follow certain purchasing procedures. Procurement Office Deputy Director Sapi Ma’o-Ena explained via email that she is unable to comment on the Legislative Branch’s procurement procedures. And while nobody is able to provide a “definite” answer, Samoa News did seek the legal opinion of two local lawyers who said that the Fono “should” follow the same procurement process as the Executive Branch — but obviously doesn’t.
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California fuels $550 million Powerball jackpot
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million. California has sold $83 million worth of Powerball tickets since it started selling them in April and overall has accounted for 11 percent of the game’s sales in the country, fueling such fast-growing mega-jackpots like the latest one that has the potential to be a record-breaker. The state expects to generate well above the originally estimated $50 million for public education, California lottery director Robert O’Neill told The Associated Press. “One thing California has brought Powerball is sunshine and good fortune,” he said. “It has surprised us. We’re very happy.” Californians have Nevadans to thank for some of that good fortune. California’s biggest ticket-seller is the Primm Valley Lotto Store, which straddles the state line in tiny Nipton, a 19th century mining and ranching town on the edge of the Mojave desert whose booming lottery sales have put it on the map in modern times. Roxie Handley figured all 80 of its residents would have a ticket in hand by Saturday. That’s if they can find the time. “Here in Nipton, it’s crazy,” said Handley, 59, who manages the Nipton Trading Post, which also sells Powerball tickets. “We’re stocking up on everything. Last night, I heard some people had to wait nine hours in line.” The town is about 35 miles from Las Vegas on the main interstate from the Los Angeles area. Residents of the nation’s No. 1 gambling state do not have access to the lottery. The Nevada state constitution contains a prohibition on lotteries, which are seen as competition to the casino industry. Norma Wagoner was among the Nevadans trying their luck. She and a group of friends pooled their money to buy 20 tickets and sent one over the state border to endure the long lines. “Everybody has dreams,” she said. “All it takes is one ticket.” Officials expect the jackpot to keep growing before Saturday’s drawing that could break Powerball’s November 2012 record of $587.5 million. The latest kitty leapt nearly $200 million since Wednesday’s drawing, which was an estimated $360 million. The $550 million jackpot is the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall. Lottery officials expect jackpots to continue growing faster and bigger, thanks in part to a game redesign in January 2012 that increased the odds of winning some kind of prize of a lesser amount. On Wednesday, $1 million prizes were won in 16 states, and $2 million prizes were won in two states. California had six tickets among the winning ones Wednesday, including one sold in Nipton. More than half of the alltime jackpot records have been reached in the last three years. The top two all-time jackpots — $656 million from a Mega Millions jackpot and $587.5 million from a Powerball jackpot — were achieved in 2012. Some states, like California, now sell tickets for both games. The last major jackpot win came when a New Jersey man won a $338.3 million jackpot March 23. It is now considered the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history. For Nipton, folks feel they’ve already won thanks to the boom in business. “It kind of disrupts our peace and quiet,” said Handley, although she admits she too plans to snap up a ticket. Most of the talk she hears around town these days, she says, is of people daydreaming about quitting their jobs and traveling with their millions: “Everybody wants a piece of the pie.” But she said she would likely give most of it away. “Having a lot of money I think would be a lot of headache,” she said. “Nipton has a lot of history. It’s the place to come if you want to get away. We have a five-room bed and breakfast with no phones, no TVs, where you can sit and watch the trains go by. It’s our little piece of heaven. I have things money can’t buy.”
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Judy Karen Wilson Grey
Our vibrant daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, friend, mother, and eternal companion. Karen passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on May 7, 2013.
In Remembrance of
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Karen was the fourth child of Johnny Fitiuli and Maile Wilson born on June 23, 1967. She married her sweetheart Anthony Faafetai Grey on September 15, 1990. They have five outrageous children; Latone “Elf”, Lyon “Kalepe”, La-Toya “Princess”, Le-Anthony “Natural-man”, and Lando “Baby” Grey. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints and held numerous callings. She served faithfully in the Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, Seminary Teacher, and Scouts. She faithfully served as a missionary in the Tonga, Nukualofa Mission. Karen was a devoted mother who logged in thousands of miles from traveling all over the world to support her kids. She was adventurous and outgoing. She had an infectious smile that could light up any room. She was an avid Pinterest member.
She is survived by her husband Tony, and her children: Latone, Lyon, La-Toya, Le-Anthony, and Lando; mother, Mailefihi Wilson, sisters: Li’a (Tau) Sualevai, Lani (Kumi) Tuaone, June (Taamu) Wright, Emilee Wilson, Emileen (Flip) Lupeamanu, and the one and only unforgettable brother SFC (Ret.) Ringo Wilson. Friends and family may pay their respects Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:00 am at the Aua Stake Center. The Funeral Service will follow immediately after at the same location. Karen will be laid to rest at her home in Pago Pago.
The American Samoa Nurses Association would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Governor of American Samoa Honorable Lolo Matalasi Moliga and First Lady Cinthia Moliga, Governor’s Office and Cabinet Members for the unwavering support during National Nurses Week celebration May 5, 2013 to May 10, 2013. Your support and generosity has emphasized the true meaning of unity that we encourage in this profession. We would also like to acknowledge the presence and prayers of blessings given by our Servants of God during our Nurses Week Celebration. Fa’afetai to the LBJ Board and CEO, as well as DOH Director for making this an unforgettable experience. Your blessing has truly highlighted the theme for the National Nurses Week “Delivering Quality & Innovation in patient care”. Fa’afetai to the business community for your continuous support and contributions every year as we come together to celebrate this event. Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai tele lava. Please forgive us if we had forgotten to mention your generosity. May God replenish immensely all that you have freely given and thank you for uniting as a people to support the nurses of American Samoa.
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FA’AFETAI TELE LAVA!
Avea lenei avanoa e matou te faatulou ai i le paia o le atunu’u i ona tupu, tamali’i, to’oto’o, tama matua ma ponao’o. Paia i lau faigamalo i ona vaega tumaoti e tolu aemaise le Afioga i le Kovana Sili, Lolo Matalasi Moliga ma le masiofo ia Cynthia Moliga. O le paia i le kapeneta i Alii ma Tama’ita’i pule i vaega e fia o le malo. O le paia i le vaega o pisinisi o lo o fesoasoani i le tausoaina o le avega a le malo. O le mamalu i le komiti fa’afoe a le falema’i, Hospital Board, i le taitaifono aemaise ona sui filifilia, ae tainane le fa’atonu o le Department of Health ma le LBJ Hospital Authority. E le fa’agaloina le paia i auauna a le Atua i fata faitaulaga e fia o lo o fa’afalelemalu i nu’u ma alalafaga ona o le Atua ma lona finagalo. O le fa’afetai foi i le Susuga i le Feagaiga ia Lalomauga Paau ma le Faletua, le paia o le Ekalesia EFKAS i Faga’alu, Laau o le Ola. E momoli le fa’afetai ma le fa’amalo ona o lo outou titi faitama, aemaise o le lagolagoina o le vaiaso fa’ailogaina o Tama’ita’i ma Ali’i tausi ma’i. Se ua outou fa’ati’eti’e le fale o Asomua i le mauga, o lenei ua matou sa’asa’a ai i ma’a o malie ma oaoa ai i faleseuj oan o lau pule ma lau teuteu fa’aaloalo. O saunoaga fa’alaeiau, fa’alototele, fa’amalosiau o le a teufatu i o matou loto, aua lenei galuega e le faigofie. O le faamoemoe o lenei galuega mo le lumana’i, o le fa’aaoga o galuega lelei ma le maoa’e i ni faiga fou, aua le tausia o gasegase o le atunu’u. Ia talosia ia ua utufia finagalo ma loto o lenei matagaluega o Ali’i ma Tama’ita’i tausima’i o Amerika Samoa i meaalofa taua ua fa’asoaina mai. Ae matou te fa’amaualalo pe afai ua iai se pati ua sala po o se aga fo’i ua le tautamali’i i lau silasila ma lau fa’afofoga, matou te matua atu ia te oe le atunu’u, ae lafo ia i le auau lea ia gatai ma faatafea atu ai. Manuia le Atunu’u Pele, Soifua, Tofiga Tufele Peresetene ASNA
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Fire burns 3,800 acres in Calif. national forest
FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds gave hundreds of firefighters a breather from a wildfire that has blackened hills near Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles. The fire that broke out Wednesday in the Los Padres National Forest charred 3,800 acres of dry, thick trees in torrid conditions. But despite a 20-degree dip in heat and a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames it was still just 25 percent contained Thursday night. Fire officials blamed very difficult, rugged, and tough-toreach terrain along with persistent winds of more than 20 mph that are expected to continue through the night into Friday. “It’s definitely gusty, but we’re lucky, the winds are blowing away from homes,” Kern County Fire Department spokesman Corey Wilford said. “It would be better if we didn’t have winds at all though.” Thursday’s lower temperatures are expected to persist into the weekend. The fire has spread to three counties, Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura, but burned in mostly populated areas and threatened no homes or buildings. A Kern County high school was closed as a precaution. The fire started early Wednesday afternoon for reasons that remain under investigation. It initially burned thick brush, seasonal grasses and sage, but then moved into the trees. The cooler weather helped firefighters overnight clear brush and create breaks in hopes of slowing the blaze. Efforts on Thursday were focused on the southern edge of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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And all is not peaceful in Fono Heaven: Some irate Fono employees, who wish to remain anonymous, have complained about why the Senate President deemed it necessary to purchase a brand new truck and pass his newer model Ford Expedition license plate “Senate 1” to be used by Amituana’i Mika Kelemete, that’s the former prison warden, who is a convicted felon, employed by the Fono and gets paid more than the majority of Fono employees who have been on staff for over a decade. The Fono’s expense report shows a payment of $34,500 to ASCO Motors and Samoa News was told that this was probably the payment for the Senate President’s new truck. Samoa News understands that the Senate President has three vehicles and the House Speaker has two vehicles, all of which have been purchased in the past two years. And, all of which have their gas paid for by the Fono. Reminder: The expense report shows an average of about $5,000 paid out a month for gas, and about $7,000 on car rentals; and in its research, Samoa News could not get anyone to tell us exactly how many vehicles the Fono has in its fleet. There are also questions that have been raised about a used blue Ford Expedition that belongs to the Fono with the license plate “House 5”. Samoa News has confirmed the vehicle was purchased by Fofogafetalai Solia of the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) using Fono funds. The vehicle previously belonged to Solia’s brotherin-law, Iakopo Meleisea, and was purchased for $15,000. It is currently driven by Solia and, more times than not, according to some Fono employees, Solia’s spouse — who is not a Fono employee — can be seen behind the wheel. Solia, as reported by Samoa News, is said to be a senior staffer with the Fono’s Finance Office and checks seen in the Fono Expense report are usually made out to his name before he cashes them and then uses the money for things approved by the Senate President and Speaker of the House. Samoa News has further been told, since we reported on the Fono expense reports, a ‘lockdown’ of information out of the Fono has been ordered by the ‘higher ups’ — with a daily end of the day search on the finance office (LFO) computers for possible ‘unauthorized’ printouts. Bizarre! Yeah, I guess it’s that’s time of the year: ‘Let’s kill the messenger’.
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Feds want more documentation for dolphin-safe fishing
dolphin-safe; and modify the reporting • requirements associated with tracking domestic tuna canning and processing operations. In a notice published last month on the Federal Register, the NMFS said the proposed rule is intended to better ensure dolphin-safe labels comply with the requirements of the DPCIA and to ensure that the United States satisfies its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In a joint letter the three U.S. tuna companies, Bumble Bee Foods LLC, Chicken of the Sea International, and StarKist informed NMFS that they have been supporters of the 1990 Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act, the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act and the associated rules and regulations for over twenty years. “In fact, in April of 1990 we announced we would voluntarily eliminate purchases of tuna caught in association with dolphin. We are proud to be part of a program and the collective efforts that have contributed to a significant reduction of dolphin mortality in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) from the reported 133,000 in 1986 to the current level of about 1,000 per year,” the letter says. “We believe the U.S. Dolphin Safe program, which rightfully focuses on and seeks to eliminate the intentional chase and encirclement of dolphin, has been effective not only at contributing to the significant reduction in dolphin mortality, but also at meeting the needs of the U.S. consumer by providing them assurance that tuna was not caught in a manner that adversely effects dolphins. “We view the purpose and objective of the U.S. Dolphin Safe rules not as a guarantee of zero dolphin mortality, but as a measure to eliminate the intentional chase and encirclement of dolphin and discourage forms of fishing that have an adverse effect on dolphin populations,” it says. The letter also says, “the canneries are aware that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruled that the U.S. Dolphin Safe program is inconsistent with Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) provision requiring that imported products be “accorded treatment no less favorable than that accorded to like products or national origin and to like products originating in any other country.” Recognizing that the U.S. must take some action, “we urge that any new rule, in addition to meeting U.S. obligations to the WTO, maintains an appropriate level of focus on the fisheries with any incremental requirement commensurate with incidence of interaction with dolphin; minimizes incremental administrative burden on the industry and government; remains consistent with the objective of dolphin protection as defined by the U.S. Dolphin Safe program; and maintains the veracity of the robust U.S. Dolphin Safe program by ensuring rules are enforceable and credibly verifiable,” the letter. As to the proposed rule change, the letter says, “we feel the proposed modification to the Dolphin Safe program expands the scope unnecessarily, specifically to where it requires captain and observer statements on the absence of dolphin mortality or serious injury from non-purse seine vessels and purse seiners operating outside the ETP.” This proposed expansion will require captain and observer statements from jig boats, bait boats, longliners and purse seiners outside the ETP fishing for tuna that may or may not be destined for the U.S. market, the letter says. “Were there a legitimate need to address the risk to dolphins in these fisheries, we would find this easier to support,” the canneries said. “However, the dolphin interactions with these tuna fisheries and gear types are negligible and incidental and in our view do not warrant a requirement to certify to an absence of dolphin mortality or serious injury as is currently proposed.” The letter also says that the proposed expansion requiring captain and observer statements beyond that of ETP purse seiners to include jig boats, bait boats and longliners fishing for tuna destined for the U.S. market “will result in a significant increase in paperwork and associated tracking, reporting and auditing for the seafood supply chain and the U.S. government.” Further, The number of vessels and trips in the longline, bait boat and jig boat tuna fisheries will generate a far larger number of captain statements than what is currently required from purse seine operations.
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The three major U.S. based tuna canneries have voiced concerns and objections to a federal government proposal to revise regulations under the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act (DPCIA) to enhance the requirements for documentation to support labels on tuna products that represent the product as dolphin-safe. Industry sources told Samoa News that the proposed rule change, if adopted, could have serious impact on the tuna canneries and the fishing fleets that service them, due to the additional costs to the canneries to comply with such rules. According to the U.S. National Marines Fishery Service the proposed rule: • would modify the requirements for the certifications that must accompany the Fisheries Certificate of Origin (FCO); • change storage requirements related to dolphin-safe and non-dolphin-safe tuna on board fishing vessels; create new requirements for processors, • other than tuna canners, of tuna product labeled
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Candice Glover wins 12th season of ‘American Idol’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third time’s the charm for Candice Glover on “American Idol.” The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas. Glover said backstage after winning she learned to “have fun, live in the moment and be confident.” “Because in previous years I wasn’t, so that’s definitely the key if you want to audition for the show or have a career,” she said. After her crowning, an emotional Glover sobbed her way through her new single “I Am Beautiful.” Glover’s win marks the first time a female and a nonwhite singer has won the competition since Jordin Sparks dominated the sixth season in 2007. The previous five winners — Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook — were all Caucasian guitar players, known to “Idol” fans as WGWGs, or white guys with guitars. The lack of a female champion for the past five years was mocked in a finale bit featuring the female finalists, in cahoots with Sparks, jokingly sabotaging this season’s five male contestants. “The good news is ‘Idol’ leftovers have been doing really well on ‘The Voice,’” Sparks teased. Besides the coronation of Glover, Thursday’s finale also served as a farewell for Randy Jackson, the show’s last remaining original judge who announced last week that he’s leaving “Idol” to focus on his record label and other business opportunities. Jackson served as a judge on all 12 seasons of “Idol.” He first appeared on the panel alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the competition debuted in 2002, becoming famous for his easygoing “yo, dawg” rapport with contestants. “I love everybody that walked on this show,” Jackson said. He added, “Hopefully, I touched their lives a little bit. They certainly touched mine.” Grammy- and Oscar-winning former “Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson returned for Thursday’s finale to duet with Glover on Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.” “I look up to her and, honestly, she is so successful after this show, and I really admire her,” said Glover backstage. “I finally got a chance to not only meet her but sing with her.” Hudson was among the guest stars who helped fill out the two-hour finale show, including Psy, Frankie Valli, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Aretha Franklin and former “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. Current “Idol” judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey — along with Jackson on bass — also performed. Jackson previously declared Wednesday’s three-song showdown a dead heat between Harrison and Glover, who have both once been among the show’s low vote-getters during the finals. “The title is freaking amazing, and I’m so proud of Candice, but for me, I’m so thankful I could even stand next to her on the finale,” said Harrison, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn. Last year’s finale between Phillips and budding pop diva Jessica Sanchez brought in 132 million votes. The vote totals for Thursday’s finale weren’t shared with viewers.
New High Risk Task Force Coordinator hired
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
There was an American Samoa Community College (ASCC) University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) ‘Pathway to Wellness’ Mental Health Training for local service providers that outlined early identification of signs of mental Illness and ways to assist our local population who are diagnosed with these illnesses. The one day training took place on Thursday morning at the ASCC Land Grant Conference Room. Pictured is Paulia J. Pa’o-Pelenato, MA Forensic Psychology, UCEDD Community Trainer speaking about mental health, mental illness and the issues surrounding them. Read story in Monday’s Samoa News issue. [photo: Jeff Hayner]
Jerome Ierome of Tula and Onenoa is the new coordinator for the American Samoa Government’s High Risk Task Force, said Governor’s Legal Counsel Steve Watson, who chairs the High Risk Task Force. In March, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga issued a memo establishing the High Risk Elimination Task Force, whose members are Education Department director Salu Hunkin-Finau, Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, Human Resources director Le’i Sonny Thompson, Chief Procurement Officer Ti’atalaga John Kruse and Budget Office director Catherine AigamauaSaelua, along with the Health Department and the Office of Property Management, and placed Watson as chairman of the task force. Ierome replaces Joseph James Casey, the former coordinator who was ‘let go’ last month after failing a background check that found misdemeanor and felony convictions. Ierome graduated from Fagaíitua High School in 1983, and is also a 1987 graduate of the American Samoa Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois and a Masters in Education (emphasis in Educational Leadership) from San Diego State University. According to Ierome’s resume provided by the governor’s office, he brings with him intensive knowledge and experience in federal and state grant opportunities. Ierome was a former Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and was board member of the Advisory Council member of the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) in Washington DC from 2008 to 2012. Prior to his move to Saipan, Ierome worked as the Youth Advocacy-Counselor, from 19901991 for the Department of Human Resources, served as President of Winds of Change, Inc., and established Professional Services Business in 2004, which focuses on grant proposal research, development, management and evaluation. Ierome was born in the village of Onenoa and raised in Tula. He is the son of Nuuialii Feagaimaali’i Iakopo Ierome and Talatalaga Niu of Tula, from a family of nine siblings. He’s married to Antonia Villagomez, a Chamorro from Saipan and they have a daughter,
Hope Lilioaukalani Ierome. “To improve our financial integrity with federal grantor agencies, it is imperative that we demonstrate our commitment to total adherence to all grant terms and conditions,” Lolo said. However, last week he issued a new memorandum, which now establishes the “High Risk Task Force”, expands its members to include Watson (who is also appointed chairman), the Health Department and the Office of Property Management. In his March memo, Governor Lolo outlined the many duties the High Risk Coordinator, whose responsibilities include coordinating as needed with relevant agencies to ensure the ongoing compilation of applicable data that must be regularly input to the CAP. Additionally, he is to gather applicable data from relevant agencies — and as needed — orchestrate the generation of relevant documentation and collate the same for the regular production of timely reports; review and if necessary modify and thereafter oversee strict adherence to Procurement Office policies and procedures (P&Ps) by relevant agencies, ensuring there is sufficient supporting documentation for all goods and services acquired utilizing federal funds and seeing to it that agency efforts to bypass procurement P&Ps do not occur. His other duties include working with Treasury to reconcile grant monies expended and implement control measures, to both detect and prevent improper postings, expenditures for disallowed costs, and expenditures that exceed the underlying budget. The coordinator is also to provide training, where indicated, to respective line agency staff regarding allowable expenditures of grant monies and keep them abreast of the progress being made. He’s also to draft any and all necessary additional policies and procedures and provide training around their implementation, to realize compliance with the CAP and to embed best practices going forward. Lolo said the Coordinator is to interface as necessary with both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Interior in order to keep them abreast of the progress being made. (DOI and USDOE are major federal grantors for ASG). Reach reporter at email@example.com
Winner Candice Glover performs at the “American Idol” finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) 2013, in Los Angeles.
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For her volunteer service at the Tax Office this semester, ASCC Business major Taulagia Ioane receives a certificate of appreciation from Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Irene Helsham (right) and instructor Athena Mauga during a special Business Department luncheon last week. Mauga will be moving on from ASCC to begin an administrative position with DOE.
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On Friday, May 10th, faculty and students from the Business Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held a special gathering to celebrate a number of significant accomplishments over the spring 2013 semester, in which Business students combined their learning activities with community service and outreach. The gathering combined acknowledgement of Business students’ efforts on behalf of the public, recognition of Business majors graduating this semester, and a farewell to a longstanding member of the department. Special guest Maryann Olo of the ASG Tax Office joined the celebration to award 16 students with certificates of appreciation for their service assisting members of the public with the filing of their taxes. A requirement for the classes Principles of Accounting (ACC 150) and Financial Accounting (ACC 151) is that students gain 30 to 40 hours of hands-on work experience without compensation. While they may fulfill this requirement with any professional business, for the past eight years ASCC Business students have had the option of earning their experience hours at the Tax Office offering free assistance to anyone needing help with the tax process. “I’ve learned how to file taxes locally, serve the people in a humble manner, and get along easily with other people in the work force,” said student Lilia Luavasa of her experience this semester. “As a novice, filing taxes as a service to the public has filled out my skills and knowledge as a Business major,” added fellow student Whittenberg Mariner. “I had the experience of implementing the theory we learned in class through practical field work at the government Tax Office.” In addition to Luavasa and Mariner, Business students Aneta Afelet, Taulagia Ioane, Saia Levaula, Jorge Alono, Maria Magalasin, Zihao Zeng, Aolele Tufuga, Tapumanaia Tupua, Kristina Vaeao, Sola Mailo, Rosanne Togia, Faaleleiga Afoa and Janna Fiso also received certificates for volunteering at the Tax Office this semester. Another special guest at last week’s gathering, ASCC Service Learning Coordinator Mrs. Elisapeta Faalafi-Jones, further commended the community spirit of these students with a speech of appreciation.
Business Department chairperson Dr. Faofua Faatoafe acknowledged the outstanding achievement of another group of Business students, the Business Ambassadors of ASCC (BAOA) in organizing this semester’s Outreach Program. Held on March 28th, the Outreach Program brought a total of 222 high school business club members from Leone, Faasao Marist, Kananafou, Tafuna, Nuuuli Voc. Tech., Manumalo Baptist, Samoana and South Pacific Academy to ASCC. Under the supervision of the BAOA officers and members, the visitors toured the campus and sat in on Business classes, then attended a session where BAOA members who formerly attended the high schools being hosted offered testimonies on their experience with ASCC in general and the Business Department in particular. “This semester we hosted the biggest number of visitors from the high schools in almost 10 years,” explained Dr. Faatoafe. “It’s an important step in our outreach and recruitment effort for both our department and the College as a whole, and I commend BAOA for their exemplary organizing and planning.” Following the recognition of the Tax Office volunteers and BAOA members who made the Outreach Program a great success, Dr. Faatoafe congratulated the 12 Business majors who will graduate this semester. All of those present expressed their well-wishes to Sandy Lautua, Sinaretta Schwenke, Meilani Aiono, Lilia Luavasa, Salumalo Turituri, Aneta Afalei, Naomi Leo, Veronika Parker, Daniel Matamu, Sebastian Mariner and Tapumanaia Tupua. Also acknowledged at the gathering was Business instructor Ms. Athena Mauga, who will be moving on from ASCC to serve in an administrative capacity with DOE. “Our students have benefitted greatly from Ms. Mauga’s dedicated instruction,” said Dr. Faatoafe. “We will miss her greatly, but we wish her great luck and success in her new role with DOE.” Anyone interested can find the full range of courses offered by the ASCC Business Department listed in the ASCC Catalog, which is accessible online at the College’s website: HYPERLINK “http://www.amsamoa.edu” www.amsamoa.edu
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The Trial Division of the Lands and Titles Court has awarded the Chiefly Title Fai’ivae to Iuli Alexander Godinet in an order issued earlier this month, signed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judges Mamea Sala Jr and Musau Tasina Tofili. Iuli was represented by Fiti Sunia and opposing counsel Charles Alailima represented Poloa M L Tuliloa, the counter claimant. The Fai’ivae title has been vacant since the passing of late Senator Fai’ivae Apelu Galea’i several years ago. According to the 20-page Opinion and Order, following a series of Fai’ivae family meetings, claimant Iuli offered the matai title Fai’ivae of Leone for registration with the territorial registrar, at which time Poloa objected by filing his own succession claim to the title. In accordance with local statute the registrar referred the parties to the Secretary of Samoan Affairs for conciliation meetings; however the parties were not able to resolve the matter. The Secretary of Samoan Affairs issued a Certificate of Irreconcilable Dispute on January 25, 2012, referring the matter as a disputed claim and the registrar transmitted the file to the court clerk which landed this matter before the court. The court in its findings concluded that Iuli is qualified to hold the Fai’ivae title in the village of Leone, as Iuli prevails over Poloa in three of the four criteria considered in titleholder matters — hereditary right; clan preference; forcefulness, character, personality & knowledge of Samoan customs; and, value to family village and county. Fai’ivae Iuli Alexander Godinet is married to Ilaisa Godinet. HEREDITARY RIGHT Iuli traces his claim of hereditary entitlement to Fai’ivae So’oto, who according to Iuli, was the very first Fai’ivae titleholder, while Poloa (Objector) bases his hereditary claim as a descendant of Fai’ivae Niulaititi. “Poloa’s version of family history maintains that So’oto was not the first but the second title holder and that his ancestor Niulaititi, an issue of the original holder that preceded So’oto, was the third Fai’ivae,” states the order. With the pedigrees supplied, the court used the 1984 Sotoa Rule to consider which candidate has the closest relationship to the original titleholder. The Sotoa Rule, according to the court, is thought to be less arbitrary as every new titleholder does not start a new line of heredity. Accordingly, the court found that “on the evidence before us… with any measure of confidence and we so find is that [both] candidates are heirs (suli) to the matai title Fai’ivae. On the extent of their respective proofs and from review of past case history, we grant the parties as equally entitled under the heading of best hereditary right.” CLAN PREFERENCE According to the court, the weight of the evidence presented suggests that the Fai’ivae family has in recent times customarily organized itself along four distinct lines known as Saitosua, Fatumala, Niulaititi, and Tuitagivale, which it finds are the four clans of the family. Iuli was nominated by the Fatumala clan, while Poloa was the favored son of the Niulaititi clan and over the course of the extended family debate, three of the clans agreed on Iuli. The court therefore recognizes that Iuli garnered the majority of the clans’ support. FORCEFULNESS, CHARACTER, PERSONALITY & KNOWLEDGE OF SAMOAN CUSTOMS Under this heading the court favored Iuli in terms of Samoan Customs, Poloa himself conceded on the stand that Iuli was better at ease in this regard and in terms of forcefulness the court found them to be equal.. The court noted, “With regard to character and personality, we find for Iuli; he is personable and engaging in nature whereas Poloa is self centered and more inward looking as evident with family meetings.” “Moreover, we find that Iuli’s more outgoing disposition is consistent with his extensive record of community service; it is a trait which bespeaks his cooperative nature. Finally, in terms of character we note that Poloa has a record with this court, albeit made during his youth, which weighs against him in any sort of comparative character assessment.” VALUE TO FAMILY, VILLAGE AND COUNTY The Fai’ivae title is an important title of high rank in the Western District and particularly in Leone, the court says, and states it is satisfied that Iuli’s life of service to the family has better prepared him for the responsibilities of holding the title. “Significantly, he has popular family following, indicative of his tautua (service) and obviously a very important advantage to anyone tasked with family leadership. Among other things, Iuli was entrusted with keeping village funds as Treasurer, chairs the village coalition group which partners with government agencies tasked with drug related programs for youth at the county level and has contributed his personal (business) resources towards village and church functions.” On the other hand, the court found that “Poloa’s contribution to the village activity… has been less pronounced, and his village involvement has only lately become apparent since his recent retirement and relocation to the village.” “Iuli prevails on this factor.” The order goes on to say that in terms of value to the government, Poloa has retired from military after 20 years and also worked for the government as a JROTC instructor before retirement. Iuli’s value to country and government is equally impressive, his longstanding service with the Congressman’s office, as well as the government commissions and boards he served on; the candidates were therefore rated equally in value to country. The court concludes, “ While the parties are equal on the hereditary right, Iuli prevails over Poloa on the second, third and fourth criteria” therefore ordering the Registrar to register the matai title Faiivae with candidate Iuli Alexander Godinet. Reach reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“We estimate that the increase in documents required for U.S. imports under the currently proposed rule will be in the thousands every year,” it says. “Due to the sheer number of vessels and trips, statements from these fisheries will comprise the majority of required paperwork, yet address fisheries which have no intentional dolphin interaction and statistically zero interaction whatsoever. In a time when the U.S. government is under tremendous budgetary pressure, the return on investment of requiring captain statements from jig boats, bait boats and longliners is hard to justify.” They went on to point out that the proposed rule will require the industry to reach out and educate thousands of longliners on these dolphin safe rules in multiple languages. “Many vessels do not know the ultimate destination for their catch when harvested and a portion may include tuna destined for sashimi markets outside the U.S., yet all captains / vessels would need to make a statement on dolphin mortality or serious injury in event the fish could potentially go to the U.S. market,” it says. Another challenge on dolphin mortality statements, in addition to educating a captain in multiple languages as to what constitutes serious injury, is how a “set” with a dolphin mortality is defined as longline and jig boat “sets” are not as cleanly delineated as a purse seine set. Due to the significantly lower observer coverage on longline fleets, the ability for the U.S. to audit and verify a captain’s statement of “no dolphin mortality or serious injury” will be challenging and could weaken the veracity and credibility of the U.S. Dolphin Safe program that we all have worked hard to establish over twenty plus years. “While we prefer the current requirement for non-purse seine fishing operations remain in place that would not require any statement, we urge the rule be modified to only require that the captains of non-purse seine vessels and of purse seiners operating outside the ETP attest to the fact that there was no intentional encirclement or targeting of dolphin on the fishing trip,” it says. “While this will still result in an increase in associated paperwork, we believe this approach would be more realistically implemented among these large and diverse fleets and that these statements would be more credible and verifiable,” according to the letter, which is signed by Chris Lischewski, president & CEO of Bumble Bee Food; Shue Wing Chang, president & CEO of Chicken of the Sea; and Sam Hwi Lee, president & CEO of StarKist Co.
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“We, at Tri Marine, firmly believe that we can contribute substantially to the process, and we are committed to do what we can to establish a solid business that has long term objectives and goals,” he said in a media statement. It also says that a group of nine Organizing Directors was recently appointed to guide the bank through the on-going formation and regulatory process. The group includes Dave Haleck, Marshall Ashley, CEO-designee Gary Ayre, Lewis Wolman, Brett Butler, Peter Reid III, Ike Scanlan, Solip Hong and Leilua Stevenson. Dave Haleck was elected chairman of the group. Community Bank (IO) is looking at next year to open its doors if all local and federal approvals are received. The Lolo Administration is hoping that the bank will be in operation by mid March 2014 when Bank of Hawai’i is slated to close its remaining branch in the territory.
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the government. But effectively we are seeing laws being passed that are unconstitutional and are unavailable, largely. Also, they are in English. In order to preserve your land rights if your an overseas Samoan, you have to be so aware of what is happening,” Faleauto said. Meanwhile, a community leader in Auckland is also worried about the proposed law change. The New Zealand based Samoan, Reverend Uesifili Unasa, who also sits on the Pacific Advisory Board for Auckland Council, is urging people to voice their concerns, with many living outside of Samoa directly affected by such a change. He voices many of the same concerns Faleauto has, saying any changes to do with identity and its impact on subsequent entitlements, titles, family inheritances and customary land and its possible implications for future generations need to be debated and carefully considered. “The issue around what constitutes being a Samoan are around your birthrights, and your bloodlines. But those things are not necessarily going to guarantee the safety and security of people’s inheritance.” Reverend Uesifili Unasa says he also doesn’t understand why Samoans living abroad are ineligible to vote, given most contribute money and remittances back into the Samoan economy and maintain close ties to families there. Despite the lack of coverage in the local Samoa media, the issue is getting a lot of chatter on the internet. A blogger on Talofa Lava blog who calls himself ‘Guru’ says the Acts Interpretation Bill 2013 is much more than an interpretation of law as it applies to all Samoan laws and supposedly to the Constitution, which is highly suspect. He says, “Like much of Samoa’s badly written laws it contains a number of nasty surprises” including: 1) The power to delegate government powers to a public servant, company or individual and an immunity for that person or company so it can apply e.g to the Water Resources Management Act 2008 or to all utilities maybe even prisons, police. 2) That immunity applies to all powers delegated under all Acts including the Constitution. It will apply to the tax haven and the discretions by that board as well. 3) It defines Samoans as those who have Samoan citizenship and Samoan blood, perhaps to limit government responsibility and end Samoan’s land and title rights. 4) It describes how service of notice in relation to landowners will work — if no address is known, no service required. How hard will they look for overseas Samoans? 5) No public notification of laws required. Farani Farani Jr who has posted both English and Samoan versions of the bill online at scribd. com says, “According to this new law, most of you foreign Samoans are NOT Samoans. Every law is in Samoan and English but sometimes they clash. These translations will affect your customary rights.” Farani is described on his Facebook page as an investigator and independent researcher. Full text of the bill in English and Samoan is linked at samoanews.com in the online version of this story published yesterday. (Sources: Radio New Zealand, Talofa Lava blog, scribd.com)
➧ Eastern District ledger expenses mirror Western’s…
eral Fund to ASO-Hawai’i in the amount of $1,410 on July 24, 2009 and $3,201.40 on July 28, 2009. In addition there was a check issued to the Samoan Heritage Committee of $25,000 (Ch#1272) on August 19, 2009. Again, referencing the Western District ledger, there are two ASO-Hawai’i transfers for $1,410, on the same day as the Eastern District ledger item, and on July 28th, the same day as the Eastern ledger item — there are three transfers to ASO-Hawai’i also, two for $1,810.40 each and one for $670. There was also a similar check issued to the Samoan Heritage Committee for $25,000, which brings the amount to $50,000 total the Hawai’i event received in 2009 — so far. (Samoa News was told that it is possible that the first entries in the two districts’ ledgers are travel expenses by their respective district governors and other leaders to the 2009 Samoan Heritage Week, which took place in July. If this is the case — then it’s possible the ASO-Hawai’i is the American Samoa Office in Hawai’i — which also received money from the two districts.) Another check that stood out in the Eastern ledger is a $35,000 check issued to the Arts Council on June 30, 2012, because there is again a similar expenditure in the Western District ledger for $40,000. Strangely, while the checks are for different amounts, they are noted as being issued on the same day with the same check number — #1905. The Eastern District ledger also shows that large amounts were issued to certain individuals, again similar to the Western District ledger. In this case, some amounts of note are: Alo Stevenson — was issued a $30,000 (Ch#1882) on March 31, 2010 Afuola Kalasa Nanai received $10,500 (Ch#1903) issued on May 31, 2012 Stephen Leasiolagi received $7,446 (Ch#1837) on January 1, 2012 In addition, of interest, were several businesses that received money from the Eastern District $1 million share: Tini P Lam Yuen Company Inc. was issued a check for $10,000 (Ch# 1729) on November 1, 2010; The ANZ- Amerika Samoa Bank was issued a check for $30,197.03 (Ch#1896) on May 23, 2012; and, A total of $6,695 was paid to T&T Recycle and Salvage, a trash collecting company, owned by Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega, with the first check of $1622 (Ch# 1568) issued on September 10, 2010; $2485 (Ch#1675) issued on October 19, 2010; $200 (Ch#1779) issued on April 26, 2011; $3,060(Ch#1807) issued on September 9, 2011; and $950 (Ch#1830) issued on January 23, 2012. There are checks that were issued to various village councils, which unlike the Western District ledger were not to the leading matai of the villages. For example, the Pago Pago Village Council received $25,000 (Ch#1373) on January 29, 2010, Alao Village Council $30,000 (Ch# 1520) issued on August 27, 2010; Fagasa Village Council received $20,000 (Ch#1710) on October 26, 2010; Nu’uuli Village Council $30,000 (Ch#1751) issued on February 11, 2011, Aoa Village Council received $57,000 (Ch#1895) issued on May 23, 2012 and Fagasa Village Council received an additional $12,000 on May 31, 2012. Fagatogo faipule Mauagaoali’i Leapai Sipa Anoa’i told Samoa News at the time he was the Fagatogo faipule that he was under the impression that no check was to be issued to any village or any one person, and the funds were for some of their capital improvement projects. Fagatogo was to receive $25,000 as
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their share from the $1million. He pointed out that Fagatogo funding was issued straight to Vailu’u Trucking ($1950) another check to Tool Shop in the amount of $3425, with another check issued to Sepp’s Paint Shop for $391— all issued on March 29, 2010, which were to pay for the materials that were used for a sidewalk and pathway, and also to assist in the repair of their fautasi, the Iseula. Mauagoalii also explained that a $15,000 check was then requested to pay their boat builder, however the village opted to cancel that initiative and so the money was returned. He says to his understanding, there’s about $7,000 of Fagatogo funding that remains with the Eastern District funds. Samoa News points out that a check of $7,446 was issued to Steven Leasiolagi when he was the Fagatogo faipule, and Fagatogo residents noted that some of the money was used in the repair of the Iseula fautasi, while other residents are asking why that check was issued in the first place. Another interesting outlay of money in the Eastern District ledger is to churches — unlike the Western District ledger, which has no funds, released to any church. The three churches that
received funds are: Matu’u and Faganeanea Congregational Christian Church received $20,000 (Ch#1831) on January 23, 2012; CCCAS Amouli Village received $15,000 (Ch#1811) on October 31, 2011; and, The Catholic Church in Amouli received $5,000 (Ch#1812), also on October 31, 2011. Samoa News was told by Reverend Fouvale Asiata — for the Matu’u and Fagneanea CCC funds — that the Chiefs of their village met and decided to get this funding to build a Community Hall next to the church. This building, he said, is also built to withstand hurricanes and disasters, which church members, villagers and the public can utilize as a shelter in times of disasters. Samoa News will report on other expenditures listed in the Eastern District ledger in later issues, which include large payouts to construction and trucking companies; and, there are also what seem to be biweekly payouts that began in 2010 that look like reoccurring payroll payments to certain individuals. Reach reporter at email@example.com
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Ua sauni le Matagaluega o Aoga a le malo e tuu faatasi sa latou fuafuaga faataoto mo le isi lima tausaga, ina ia mafai ai ona foia le faafitauli o le maualalo o togi a fanau aoga i vasega faauu i tausaga taitasi. E ui i le tele o faafitauli o lo o fetaia’i ma le Matagaluega o Aoga a le malo i le taimi nei, peitai na faailoa e le Faatonusili ia Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau i luma o le Fono a le Kapeneta e faapea, o le vaai mamao a le matagaluega o lo o i ai, e le gata ia faauu lelei fanau aoga, a ia saunia foi i latou e nonofo iinei ma fesoasoani i le atina’eina o aiga ae afai e filifili e malaga atu i fafo, ia maua fo’i ni a latou galuega e ola fiafia ai ma o latou aiga. “O le manulauti a le matagaluega o aoga o le tuuina atu lea o aoaoga lelei ma le maualuga e aoaoina ai fanau aoga ina ia i’u manuia ma aoga i aiga ma le atunuu, e ui o lo o i ai faafitauli ae o lo o matou taumafai pea i le mea sili,” o le saunoaga lea a le tamaitai faatonusili O ni isi o faafitauli o lo o lualuagia ai le auaunaga a le matagaluga o aoga i le taimi nei, e le gata o le tupe, faaletonu faleaoga, manaomia o pasi aoga, ma le le lava o faiaoga e umia faailoga maualuluga. Ae na faailoa e le alii kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga i luma o le kapeneta e faapea, “Sa ma talanoa ma le peresetene o le kolisi ma ia faailoa mai ai ia te a’u e faapea, o le 95% o tamaiti aoga sa faauu mai i aoga maualuluga na ulufale atu i le kolisi i le tausaga nei, na faatonu uma ina ia latou toe ave mataupu i lalo mai (middle courses), ina ia mafai ai ona latou ave mataupu o lo o aoaoina i le kolisi, o lona uiga o lea tulaga, e le’i taitai sauni mafaufau o tamaiti aoga nei e ave mataupu o lo o aoaoina i le kolisi”. Na taua e le tofa ia Mataupu Dr. Peter Tinitali e faapea, “Afai e le o faatinoina e le faiaoga le ituaiga aoaoga o lo o maanaomia lona faatinoina i totonu o potu aoga, o iina o lo o mafua mai ai le faafitauli, lona uiga, e manaomia le toe faia o ni aoaoga mo faiaoga ina ia faamalosia i latou i o latou tiute tauave”. Na saunoa Vaitinasa e faapea, e leai ma se faaletonu i tamaiti aoga i le taimi e agai atu ai i totonu o potu aoga, e le gata e o atu fiafia i aoga ae ua sauni foi e faalogo i aoaoga a le faiaoga, ae o le faafitauli ua tele tausaga o ia maitauina e le talafeagai le gagana o lo o aoaoina ai fanau i vasega amata, aua o le gagana Faaperetania lea o lo o aoao ai e faiaoga fanau i totonu o potu aoga, e le masani ai latou i totonu o aiga, o le toatele o tamaiti aoga nei na ola a’e lava o talanoa faasamoa o lona uiga e tatau ona aoao muamua i latou i le gagana Samoa ina ia mautu ma ofi aoaoga i o latou loto, ona faatoa aoao lea i le gagana faaperetania pe a oo atu i vasega maualuluga. “Ou te fia vaai ua faia se suiga poo se teuteuga i le tulafono lea, ina ia faapea le gagana o le tulafono, ia avea le gagana faaperetania ma le gagana Samoa o gagana ia e aoao ai fanau i totonu o potu aoga,” o le saunoaga lea a le tamaitai faatonusili. O le matagaluega o aoga le matagaluega pito sili ona toatele tagata faigaluega i matagaluega a le malo, i le aofa’i e 1,818 e pei ona taua e le Faatonu i lana folasaga. O lea aofa’i o lo o faatupe a latou galuega i le paketi e $71.4 miliona mo le tausaga tupe 2013, e $8.1 miliona mai tupe lotoifale ae $63.3 miliona o tupe mai le feterale. Mai le lata i le 20,000 tamaiti aoga i totonu o Amerika Samoa i le taimi nei, e na o le pau lava lea o le paketi o lo o tautua ai i latou, e le gata i le polokalama o le ‘school lunch’, ae oo foi i pasi aoga ma le totogi o le aoaoina o i latou. I totonu o le malo tele e pei ona saunoa Vaitinasa, e tusa ma le $10,499 e faaalu e le malo e a’oa’o ai le tamaititi aoga e toatasi, ae i Amerika Samoa nei, e na o le $4,373. I faamaumauga na mafai ona faalauiloa i luma o le kapeneta, na manino ai le tele o le faaletonu i faaiuga o suega a fanau aoga i le mataupu o le Numera ma le Faitau Tusi, lea e ova atu ma le 70% fanau aoga i le vasega faauu i le tausaga aoga na se’i mavae atu nei e le o ausia le tulaga maualuga e tatau ona i ai togi e maua. I le tulaga o faiaoga, o le 8% o faiaoga o lo o i ai i le taimi nei o lo o umia faailoga o le ‘masters degee’, 37% o lo o umia faailoga o le ‘BA’, 26% o lo o umia faailoga o le ‘AA degree’, ma le 29% o lo o umia faailoga e i lalo mai o le ‘AA degree’ Saunoa Vaitinasa e faapea, e le tatau ona faa faigaluegaina e le malo faiaoga o lo o umia faailoga o le ‘AA’, ae mafua ona aapa i ai le Ofisa o Aoga ia i latou nei ona ua leai lava ni faiaoga latou te faatinoina le galuega ma o le galuega tele a le ofisa o aoga e fai, e le gata na aumai i latou nei e aoao i totonu o potu aoga, ae toe fai foi le galuega a le ofisa o aoga o le aoao o i latou ina ia maua o latou faailoga maualuluga. Na faaiu le folasaga a le tamaitai faatonusili i lona talosagaina o le kovana ma le kapeneta ina ia galulue faatasi e fesoasoani i le faaleleia o le matagaluega o aoga a le malo, aua a lelei ona aoao fanau o le manuia foi lena o aiga ma le atunuu i le lumanai.
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Vaa Faila i Mulinuu, se feiloaiga a le sosaiete ma so o se tasi o le atunuu lautele e fia auai aua tupulaga faia’e o le atunuu. O le a fili ai foi ma sui o le laulau a le sosaiete i lea feiloaiga. E oo mai i le aso, o lo o faia pea galuega faaleleia i le vaatele a Samoa, le Gaualofa, e faatino ai galuega fai a le Sosaiete o le Aiga Folau a Samoa. O lo o i ai le fuafuaga e toe tuuvaa ese atu le vaatele i le sami mo ana polokalama faagasolo i se taimi o le masina fou o iuni. E lei leva ona taunuu mai le Gaualofa i se folauga umi sa folau faatasi ai ma vaatele mai isi atunuu o le Pasefika e aofia ai Amerika Samoa, Tahiti, Atu Kuki, Fiti, Toga ma Niu Sila. FILIFILIA LE MANU SAMOA I LALO O LE 20 TAUSAGA Ua maea ona fili le au lakapi a tama i lalo o le 20 tausaga e fai ma sui o Samoa i le tauvaga o le ipu o le lalolagi lea e faia i le masina fou o iuni. Na faaalia e le faiaoga ta’iulu o le au, le susuga Viliamu Punivalu, o le Manu Samoa Laititi ua filifilia nei, e aofia ai tama e toa 16 i Samoa nei ma le toa 12 o alo ma fanau a Samoa o lo o alala i atunuu i fafo. O lo o aofia ai foi i le au ua filifilia nei ni alo o nisi o alii iloga o le Manu Samoa i tausaga ua tuanai, aemaise le ipu o le lalolagi i le tausaga e 1991. O i latou ia o Paepae Stan Toomalatai, Mark Birtwhistle ma le alii ua faiilagi le folauga, le susuga Malaki iupeli. O alo o ia alii o Carisbrook Toomalatai, Bill Birtwhistle ma Natal iupeli. O le au atoa lenei ua filifilia; Laina i luma: Sam Ah Sam, Trevis Mau’u, Carisbrook
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➧ Tala Mai Samoa…
Toomalatai, Mike Sosene, Sebastian Siataga, Ezra Amituanai, Andrew Brummel, Ben Chan, Natal Malaki, Brian Aliinuuese, Tofatuimoana Solia, Tofamamao Lemalu, Bill Birtwhistle, Matthew Elia, Elekama Laupola, Matt Peni. Laina i Tua: Rameka Uitime Paraki, Scott Malolua, AJ Alatimu, Calvary Fonoti, Alefosio Tapili, Potoa’e Sasagi, Fomai Aki, Orlando Niko Malo, Jason Tagiilima, Samoa Toloa, Leilani Vai, Eti Slater. Faaleoleo: London Leuma, Elekana Su’a, Malcolm Muliaga, Jordan Pereira, Faatafa Maiava, Falanisisi Leuita, Harry Luteru. O lo o pulu faatasi le Manu Samoa Laiti ma Uelese, Argentina ma Sikotilani. TOAFA TAMAITAI AUSETALIA UA FAIGALUEGA MO SAMOA Ua faaalia le agaga fiafia ma le faafetai o le afioga i le Loia Sili a le malo, le afioga Aumua Ming Leung Wai, i le faigaluega ai i le malo o ni tagata e ofoina fua mai la latou tautua mo le atunuu, mai le malo Ausetalia, i lalo o se tasi o a latou polokalama mo tagata talavou e fia auauna i isi atunuu o le lalolagi. E toafa ni tamaitai ua toai taunuu mai i le atunuu ma o lo o galulue nei i matagaluega eseese a le malo i totonu o le vaega tau le tulafono ma le Faamasinoga. O le tamaitai o Jessica Hyne o le a galue mo le 12 masina e avea o se ofisa faufautua i le sosaiete o loia a le atunuu. E 12 foi masina o le a galue ai le tamaitai o Kate Bradney i le aoaoina o mataupu tau faamatalaga faatonutonuina i le Matagaluega o Tina ma Tamaitai, Atinae o Nuu, Afioaga ma Aga Fesootai. O isi tamaitai e toalua o Riza Dela Cruz ma Julia Moraz o lo o galulue nei i le ofisa faafailautusi o mataupu tau tulafono ma faamasinoga a le atunuu, i le komiti o mataupu tau fesootaiga ma faamatalaga televavave faaneionapo e feosasoani i le faalelia o le itu tau fesootaiga o le ofisa faafailautusi ma ana paaga. FAAMANUIAINA SE TAMA FAI FAATOAGA I MOLI E OLA I LE LA Ua faafetaia e se tama fai faatoaga mai le afioaga o Malie, le susuga ioane Paulo, le Faalapotopotoga o Mataupu
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Development Bank of American Samoa
ATTENTION ALL SECTION 1602 LOW INCOME HOUSING PROJECT OWNERS
The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to inform all the Section 1602 Low Income Housing Project Owners that they are required to do the following: * Submit accurate and complete tenant applications, income and asset verification forms to Elizabeth Paopao and Tavai Ieremia at the DBAS 1602 Compliance Monitoring Unit located at the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, to be forwarded to Spectrum Enterprises for certification and move-in approval. All 1602 project owners are prohibited from allowing any tenant or household who has not been certified as a qualified low income tenant or household to move in to a Section 1602 unit. • Project owners receiving Reports from Spectrum Enterprises outlining deficiencies discovered during the December 2012 inspections by Spectrum Enterprises, should make every effort to correct those deficiencies within the period provided and contact Elizabeth Paopao and Tavai Ieremia at DBAS located at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4pm if there are any questions. • Project owners receiving a Recapture Notice from DBAS should contact DBAS Legal Counsel Fainu’ulelei L.P.F. Ala’ilima-Utu at DBAS located at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4pm if there are any questions. • For projects completed in 2012, 40% of all units must be rented to qualified tenants by 12/31/2013. • Project owners with fewer than 5 units are NOT allowed to rent to their parents, spouses, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, or grandparents. • Project owner shall have a file for each 1602 project tenant which includes the certificate of occupancy, tenant application and interview check list, income and asset verifications, tenant move -in certification and lease agreement. Project owner annual reports and owner certifications should be maintained as part of the annual project reporting. No utility allowances are being used at this time but if a utility allowance is established in the future, it should be made part of the tenant file. • Generally, a lease agreement for a 1602 tenant or household must be for a term of six months or more. Lease agreement should state that lease will be terminated ( in addition to other reasons provided in the lease) if it is discovered that the tenant or household is not a qualified low income tenant or household. Compliance with requirements of the Section 1602 Low Income Housing Program is the responsibility of the owner of the Section 1602 project. DBAS is not liable for a project owner’s non-compliance. For more information , please contact Elizabeth Paopao or Tavai Ieremia of DBAS at telephone no. 633-4031 or email address Elizabeth@dbas.org or Tavai@dbas.org.
Tau Pisinisi a Tina ma Tamaitai (Women in Business) ma le Kalapu Roteri a Apia, i le avea ai o ia ma uluai tagata ua faamuamua i le poloketi a ia faalapotopotoga ua mafai ona mumu lona moli i se faiga e faaaoga ai le malosiaga o le la, ma faaaoga ai le eletise i vaega moomia uma i totonu o lona fale e aunoa ma le totogiina o se pili i le Faalapotopotoga Malosiaga Tau Eletise. E $20 le tau o nei moli ua faataugofie e ia faalapotopotoga mo le au fai faatoaga, ma le faamoemoe ia tuuititia ai pili o moli, pe faaola ai foi moli o aiga e lei oo ai lava le eletise. O lenei taumafaiga o se poloketi tuufaatasi a le faalapotopotoga o tina faipisinisi ma le Kalapu Roteri a Apia, ua suia ai le faaaogaina o moli karasini i totonu o aiga, ma sili atu lona saogalemu. O ia moli e iva senitimita le umi iva senitimita le lautele ma a maea ona fafaga i le malosi o le la, e mafai ona ola i le umi e 6 i le 8 itula po o le 12 i le 15 itula, pe faaafa le malosi e mumu ai ia moli. O le susuga Ioane Paulo e tolu ni o latou faleoo sa mumu uma i moli karasini. Peitai talu ona faaaogaina nei moli, e le o toe manaomia se tupe e faaalu i le faatauina o le karasini e ola ai moli e pei ona sa i ai muamua.
O se tasi o mataaga matagofie i Samoa o lo o fiafia tele tagata [ata foa’i] asiasi mai i fafo ona tafafao ma pu’e ata ai.
Tofia Ierome Jerome avea ma Faatonu Ofisa vaaia Tupe Feterale
tusia Ausage Fausia
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Ua tofia nei e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga le susuga a Ierome Jerome e avea ma Faatonu o le Ofisa e vaavaaia tulaga o tupe mai le feterale mo le malo o Amerika Samoa. O Ierome o lo o ia umia le faailoga o le BA i le mataupu o le “Sociology” mai le Iunivesite o Loyola i Chicago lea na faauu mai ai i l 1990, ma le Master i le vaega o le ‘Educational Leadership’ mai le Iunivesite o San Diego i Kalefonia i le 1998. Sa avea o ia ma Faatonu o le Ofisa o Solitulafono ma Fuafuaga (CJPA) a le Atu Mariana (CNMI). Sa avea foi o ia ma totino o le Komiti Faafoe o Vaega Faufautua mo le Ofisa o le CJPA i lona Ofisa i Uosigitone mai le 2008-2012 ma na avea foi o ia o se Faufautua mo Autalavou mo le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo mai le 1990-1991. O lo o taua foi i se pepa o faamatalaga le lava o le tomai o lenei alo o le atunuu e galulue faatasi ai ma sui o le Vaega ua tofia e le kovana e Iloilo auala e foia ai faiga faaletonu i tupe feterale o lo o ulufale mai i le malo (American Samoa High Risk Task Force). O Ierome mai Onenoa ma Tula ua sui tulaga ia Joseph James Casey lea na faate’a i le masina na te’a nei, ina ua faamaonia i suesuega sa faia le i ai o ni moliaga mama atoa ai ma ni moliaga mamafa sa ta’usala ai o ia i fafo i le malo tele. O Casey na aumaia e le malo e galue faakonekarate i le puleaina o le Ofisa e vaavaaia tupe o lo o ulufale mai i le teritori mai le feterale. Na faamaonia mai e le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo ia Le’i Sonny Thompson e faapea, o Casey na mafua ona faate’a ona ua maua sa i ai solitulafono mama atoa ai ma solitulafono mamafa sa ta’usala ai o ia i i tausaga ua mavae. Ae tusa ai o ni faamaumauga ua maua e le Samoa News, o lo o i ai ni moliaga na ta’usala ai Casey i le setete o Florida ma Kalefonia i moliaga e pei o le tu fua i le fanua o le isi tagata, gaoi taavale, faia o faamaumauga sese atoa ai ma lona le usitaia o poloaiga o lana nofovaavaaia i le tagofia lea o le ava malosi. O le masina o Mati na te’a nei na tuuina mai ai e le alii kovana sana poloaiga faalauaitele, e tofia ai totino o le Vaega lenei e galulue i le vaavaaia ma iloilo auala e foia ai tulaga faaletonu o lo o aafia ai Amerika Samoa i le faaaogaina o tupe mai fafo. Na taua e le alii kovana i lana poloaiga lea e faapea, o le tausaga lenei e atoa iai le 10 tausaga talu ona aafia Amerika Samoa i tulaga faaletonu o tupe mai le feterale, o le mafuaaga foi lea e naunau ai lona loto ina ia mautu ma lelei le ofisa o lo o vaavaaia tupe mai le feterale,
ina ia aua ne’i toe tula’i mai lenei faaletonu i le lumana’i. Na taua foi e Lolo i lana poloaiga e faapea, o faatonusili uma lava o lo o aofia i le Komiti faapitoa lenei, e gafa lava le tagata ma le vaavaaia o tupe feterale o lo o ulufale atu i lona ofisa, ina ia mautinoa ai o lo o sologa lelei le faaaogaina ma le puleaina o nei tupe. O Ofisa ma Matagaluega a le malo o lo o aofia ai a latou Faatonusili i totonu o le Vaega faapitoa lenei e aofia ai le Teutupe a le malo ia Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, Faatonusili o Aoga ia Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau. Faatonusili Ofisa o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo ia Le’i Sonny Thompson, Ofisa sili Pulea Oloa a le malo ia Tiatalaga John Kruse, Faatonusili o le Ofisa o le Paketi ia Catherine Aigamauga-Saelua ma le Faatonusili o le Soifua Maloloina ia Motusa Tuileama Toatolu Nua. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia Susuga Ierome Jerome
Development Bank of American Samoa
MO E LAITITI TUPE MAUA E FIA NOFO TOTOGI I FALE O LE POLOKALAME 1602
E valaau atu ma le a’aaloalo le Faletupe o Atinae o Amerika Samoa i le mamalu o i latou e laititi tupe maua e pei ona faatulagaina i lalo, o loo fia nofo totogi i Fale o le Polokalame o le 1602 e talaaao mai i se Talanoaga o le a faia i le Aso Tofi, Aperila 25, 2013 mai le 8:00 i le taeao e o’o i le 12:00 i le aoauli, i le Maota o Kovana Lee (Fale Laumei) i Utulei. O le fa’asologa o le Polokalame o lea Talanoaga e faapea: 8:00 – 8:30 i le taeao: Resitara suafa o i latou e auai. E leai se totogi. 8:30 i le taeao: Tatalo ma le Fa’afeiloaiga 8:35 – 10:00 i le taeao: Folasaga i agavaa o e fia nofo totogi, uiga o le laititi tupe maua, faatapulaa tau o le lisi, tusi talosaga, pepa faamaonia ma le lisi o Fale nofo totogi o le 1602. 10:00 – 12:00 aoauli: Avanoa e fesoasoani ai e pulea Fale nofo totogi o le 1602 ma sui o le Faletupe o Atinae o Amerika Samoa iai latou o loo fia nofo totogi i fale o le Polokalame o le 1602 e faatumu tusi talosaga. *Tapulaa o Tupe Maua (TM) i le 2013 e agavaa ai: Tapulaa o lisi e totogi, ae e mafai ona maualalo atu: Tapulaa TM pe a 1 tagata nofo totogi: $25,800 E leai se potu moe: $645 Tapulaa TM pe a 2 tagata nofo totogi: $29,520 1 potu moe: $691 Tapulaa TM pe a 3 tagata nofo totogi: $33,180 2 potu moe: $829 Tapulaa TM pe a 4 tagata nofo totogi: $36,840 3 potu moe: $958 Tapulaa TM pe a 5 tagata nofo totogi: $39,840 4 potu moe: $1,069 Tapulaa TM pe a 6 tagata nofo totogi: $42,780 5 potu moe: $1,179 Tapulaa TM pe a 7 tagata nofo totogi: $45,720 Tapulaa TM pe a 8 tagata nofo totogi: $46,660 Mo nisi faamatalaga o lenei Fonotaga a le 1602 faamolemole faafesootai mai Tavai Ieremia ma Elzabeth Paopao i le Faletupe o Atinae, Fale o Lumanai i Fagatogo, telefoni 633-4031, Aso Gafua i le Aso Faraile 8 i le taeao i le 4 i le afiafi.
The Development Bank of American Samoa invites low income persons (heads of households) who are interested in renting 1602 affordable housing units for qualified low income tenants, to attend a Meeting on Thursday April 25, 2013 8:00am to 12noon at the Lee Auditorium at Utulei. The program will be as follows: 8:00am to 8:30am: Registration of low income persons interested in renting 1602 units. No fee. 8:30am: Prayer and Welcoming 8:35am to 10:00am: Presentation on requirements for 1602 low income tenants and rent restrictions,1602 tenant applications, verification forms, and leases for 1602 units. 10am to 12noon: Opportunity for 1602 project owners and DBAS representatives to assist interested low income persons in filling out tenant applications. *Income & Rent Limits for 2013: Rent Limit Income Limit 1 person 25,800 0-BR $645 2 people 29,520 1-BR $691 3 people 33,180 2-BR $829 4 people 36,840 3-BR $958 4-BR $1,069 5 people 39,840 6 people 42,780 5-BR $1,179 7 people 45,720 8 people 48,660 For more information, please contact Tavai Ieremia and Elizabeth Paopao at the 1602 Compliance Monitoring Unit, Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 4pm, telephone number 633-4031.
FOR LOW INCOME PERSONS INTERESTED IN RENTING 1602 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS
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Alofa, se ia tiga…
Tusia: Akenese Ilalio Zec
This Saturday, April 20, 2013 photo shows Masooma’s son Hazratullah, center, with his two sisters in the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Masooma recounted how a U.S. soldier rampaged through her home on March 11, 2012, killing her husband and shoving the muzzle of a pistol in (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) the mouth of her infant son, Hazratullah.
Vaega: 57 Fa’atalofa atu i lou maleifua mai i le manuia i lenei taeao fou, taeao toto’a, taeao manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua Soifua. E i ai pea le fa’amoemoe o lo’o aoina pea le masina i lou soifua i lenei taeao fou. Ae alo maia, o le fa’aauauina lenei o la tatou tala fa’asolo i lona vaega lona limasefulu ma le valu, Alofa, se ia tiga. Ua ma’ea a’u su’ega, ma ua fa’amanuiaina e pei ona taula’i i ai lo’u fa’amoemoe ma lo’u mana’oga. Ua maua fo’i e lo’u tama au ripoti e pei ona i ai nei. O mataupu uma sa ou su’e ai, e tulaga muamua lava i mataupu a isi tama ma teine sa o matou su’e fa’atasi. O lona uiga, ua
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taulau si o’u fa’amoemoe, aemaise fo’i o se mana’oga na nofo ma si o’u tama. Ua lagona le fiafia o lo’u loto ae le galo ai ona fa’afo’i le vi’iga ma le fa’afetai i le Atua Soifua, ona o Lona alofa mai ia te a’u, lea ua taulau ai lo’u fa’amoemoe aemaise o mea sa ou mana’o i ai. E moni lava le upu, e leai se mea e faigata i le Atua, o a fo’i mafatiga ma fita o le soifuaga nei, e tasi lava le manatu e lalago uma i ai o tatou fa’amoemoega, o le Atua lea. O lo’o i ai lo tatou olataga o le Atua lea, o Ia o lo tatou maluapapa, o le mataisau o mea uma lava, o le taunu’uga lea o so’o se fa’amoemoega o se tagata. E le galo ia te a’u, a’oa’oga lelei sa a’oa’o ai a’u e si o’u tina tausi o Ana, o le tatalo ma tu’u atu i le Atua mana’oga uma. Ua ou alu nei i lo ma fale i lea aso ma le loto fa’agae’etia ma le agaga fa’afetai ina ua ou ma’ea la ma feiloa’iga ma le Pule A’oga. O lea ua ou u’uina i o’u lima a’u ripoti o su’ega uma na ou su’e ai. A’o alu la’u ta’avale i lea taimi, ua te’i lava ua tau lo’u mafaufau i si o’u tina moni na ou iloa ai le lalolagi o Elisapeta. Na ou iloa atu nei i lea taimi le a’fega lea ua i luma tonu lava o a’u, ma ua afe loa i ai la’u ta’avale. Na ou iloa atu nei se paka ua sili ona matagofie i le va’ai, ma ua aga’i loa i ai la’u ta’avale ma tu ai loa. Na ou tilotilo atu nei i se vai tafe ua sili ona manaia, o lo’o tafetafe lemu mai lava i lalo, ma o totonu tonu lava o lea vaitafe o lo’o tafafao ai luga pato lapopo’a lava e ono. Na ou oso nei i fafo mai le ta’avale ma ou savali atu i ai i lo’u fia iloa po’o fea tonu o lo’o sau ai le vai lea e tafe mai i luga ma fa’apau mai ou ave i luga tonu lava o le vai o lo’o feoa’i fiafia ai pato fa’apea ma manulele i lea taimi. Na ou toe tilotilo atu nei i le isi itu, o lo’o ola mai ai ni lili lanu mumu matagofie lava. Ua ou saofa’i ifo nei i luga o le nofoa o lo’o feagai tonu lava ma le vaitafe lenei ma na ou toe manatua vave ai lava le fanua o si o’u tama, aemaise ai le fale o lea ua nofo ai nei le tama o Ana, i le matagofie o le vaitafe o lo’o i ai. “Le Atua e, afai lava o lo’o soifua pea si o’u tina o Elisapeta, ia e alofa ma tausi ia te ia, afai o feagai o ia ma ni puapuaga, ia e alofa ma puipui ia te ia, ta’u atu i si o’u tina, ou te alofa ia te ia ma e sau se aso a’o se taimi pe a E finagalo i ai ma te feiloa’i ai, le Atua e, ua ou fia va’ai lava i si o’u tina, o o’u mana’oga ia Tama, ae ou te fa’afetai atu ma ou fa’afo’i atu le vi’iga ia te Oe, ina ua e tali mai ma ua i’u manuia a’u a’oa’oga.” E faia pea
DEVELOPMENT BANK OF AMERICAN SAMOA
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The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to encourage low low income persons and and families seeking affordable housing to to The Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) wishes to encourage income persons families seeking affordable housing takeadvantage advantage ofthe the Section Section 1602 1602Program Programfor for quali qualified low income income tenants tenants. If you you are encouraged take of ed low . If you believe believe you you are are qualified qualiedto toapply, apply, you are encouragedto to contact or or visit project owners their Section 1602 units located in the villages listed, are available for rent. tenant contact visitthe thefollowing following project ownersif if their Section 1602 units located in the villages listed, are available for You rent may . Youobtain may obtain applications from the 1602 owners owners or the DBAS HYPERLINK “http://www.dbas.org” www.dbas.org) or from Tavai Ieremia and tenant applications from theproject 1602 project or thewebsite DBAS (website ( HYPERLINK “http://www.dbas.org” www.dbas.org) or from Antonina Su’e at the DBASat Loans Department at the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays, 8am toto 4pm, telephone Elizabeth Paopao the 1602 Compliance Monitoring Unit at the Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays Fridays, 8am 633-4031. Income and rent restrictions apply. law prohibits against tenant applicants on the basis of race, sex, national to 4pm, telephone 633-4031. Income and rentThe restrictions apply.discrimination The law prohibits discrimination against tenant applicants oncolor, the basis of race, origin, religion,disability and family status. Note: Landlord must pay Landlord all utilitiesmust (not including phone (not and cable tv). phone and cable tv). color, sex, national origin, religion,disability and family status. Note: pay all utilities including
TO ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN RENTING SECTION 1602 LOW INCOME HOUSING
*INCOME & RENT LIMITS FOR 2013:
SIZE 60% Rent Limit 60% 1 person 25,800 0-BR $645 2 people 29,520 1-BR $691 3 people 33,180 2-BR $829 4 people 36,840 3-BR $958 5 people 39,840 4-BR $1,069 6 people 42,780 5-BR $1,179 7 people 45,720 — — — — — — 8 people 48,660 — — — — — —
Please contact the project owner of your choice, according to the following list:
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Obama calls on Congress to fund embassy security
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday tried to turn the tables on Republicans who have criticized his administration’s response to last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, calling on lawmakers to approve his request to increase funding for diplomatic security. Obama’s call was the second step in as many days designed to combat GOP charges that his administration misled Americas about the circumstances of the attack, playing down the terrorist strike that killed four Americans amid the presidential race. Obama has angrily rejected those claims and now is seeking to turn the debate toward improving embassy security. “I want to say to members of Congress in both parties, we need to come together and truly honor the sacrifice of those four courageous Americans and better secure our diplomatic posts around the world,” Obama said at a Rose Garden news conference with the Turkish prime minister. “That’s how we learn the lessons of Benghazi.” The State Department is seeking about $1.4 billion for increased security. The money would come primarily from funds that haven’t been spent in Iraq. That would include $553 million for 35 more Marine Security Guard units, $130 million for 155 diplomatic security agents and $376 million for security upgrades and construction at new embassies. Since the attack on Sept. 11, 2012, Democrats have complained that Republicans cut $300 million from the Obama administration’s budget request of $2.6 billion for diplomatic and embassy security in 2012. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Congress provided extra security funding in legislation passed this spring. “It is better management that is required now to address these security concerns,” the spokesman, Brendan Buck, said. Obama also said his administration is increasing intelligence and warning capabilities to secure diplomats and that he’s directed the Pentagon to ensure that the military “can respond lightening quick in times of crisis.” “But we’re not going to be able to do this alone. We’re going to need Congress as a partner,” Obama said. His comments came the day after the White House released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written edits showing the interagency debate over the talking points under pressure from Congress. The emails show that White House staff only requested minor edits, but there were repeated requests from the State Department to take out information that could be used to criticize them. Democrats rallied behind Obama, arguing that the email disclosure undermined Republican claims of a cover-up. “Let’s be honest about what’s happening here,” Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor. “It’s not about doing all we can to find the truth and making sure it never happens again; it’s about political-gamesmanship and finding someone to blame.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the emails “prove there simply was no cover-up.” “Yet Republicans, with full knowledge of these emails, claimed the White House was hiding the truth,” Reid said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed with Obama that the GOP focus was a “sideshow.” Yet Republicans made clear they have no plans to back down, with Boehner telling reporters that the GOP members on five committees were “working overtime” on the Benghazi issue. Eight months after the attack, the issue remains a political winner with the Republican base as conservatives have been ferocious in assailing Obama. Rank-andfile GOP members and outside groups have pressured Boehner to appoint a special select committee to investigate. Instead, Republicans are pursuing their own inquiries and promising to call more witnesses to testify publicly, including the veteran diplomat and retired admiral, Thomas Pickering, who led an independent review of the attack that widely criticized the State Department’s insufficient security at the facility. Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen sent a letter Thursday to the House oversight committee chairman saying they will testify in public but not submit to private interviews with staff investigators prior to their testimony. “The public deserves to hear your questions and answers,” Pickering and Mullen told Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. They offered to appear before the panel either May 28 or June 3. The emails disclosed on Wednesday underscored the turf battle between the State Department and CIA, as neither wanted to take the blame for the attack. They also showed the reluctance within the administration about saying anything definitively as officials scrambled to write talking points for lawmakers and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who discussed the attack on Sunday talk shows. Rice’s widely debunked remarks that cited protests over an anti-Islam video as the cause of the attack fueled the criticism of the administration and later cost her a chance at becoming secretary of state. A senior U.S. intelligence official, speaking on a condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss the matter on the record, said CIA deputy director Mike Morell edited the talking points after a meeting at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 15. The White House document release showed Morell’s hand-written notes, scratching out from the CIA’s early drafts mentions of al-Qaida, the experience of fighters in Libya, Islamic extremists and a warning to the Cairo embassy on the eve of the attacks of calls for a demonstration and break-in by jihadists. The emails show that Morell’s boss, then-CIA Director David Petraeus, apparently was displeased by the removal of so much of the material his analysts had proposed for release. “Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this, then,” Petraeus wrote after receiving Morell’s edited version.
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Fla. man accused of killing ex-girlfriend’s embryo
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The 28-year-old son of a Florida fertility doctor has been charged by federal authorities with tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the embryo she was carrying. John Andrew Welden was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of product tampering and firstdegree murder and faces up to life in prison if convicted of the murder charge. He’s also the defendant in a lawsuit filed in state court by his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee. “Whenever a woman is robbed of her ability to give birth and have a child, I don’t think there’s any greater harm you can cause somebody,” said Lee’s attorney, Gil Sanchez. “She’s devastated. She still can’t believe this happened to her.” David Weisbrod, who represented Welden in the first federal court appearance Wednesday, declined to comment to The Associated Press. During a court hearing Wednesday, Weisbrod characterized his client’s actions as aberrant but said Welden had no criminal history. A U.S. magistrate judge ordered him held without bond. Prosecutors say Welden’s murder charge applies because it falls under a rarely used federal statute known as the “Protection of Unborn Children Act.” According to court documents, the couple met in mid2012 and became romantically involved. Lee became pregnant in February 2013 and was elated about her pregnancy when she told Welden the news. Welden, however, urged Lee not to have the baby. In late March, the records say, Lee went to the office of Dr. Stephen Welden, her boyfriend’s father, for an exam. Court records say Welden told Lee that his father had discovered she had a bacterial infection and had prescribed an antibiotic, Amoxicillan, to treat her. Lee and her attorney — along with federal prosecutors — say Welden forged his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as “Amoxicillin.” Cytotec, known also as misoprostol, is a drug used to induce labor. It is typically taken in conjunction with another drug, mifepristone, to cause an abortion during the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone, which is typically taken first, causes an embryo to detach from the uterine wall. Misoprostol is typically taken two days later to cause contractions and push the embryo out of the uterus. Lee was six weeks and five days pregnant. Welden said she began to bleed while at work and went to the hospital — where she discovered that she had been given the drug used in medically induced abortions. Court records say Welden told Lee while she was at the hospital that he had given her Cytotec, not Amoxicillin. Lee is suing Welden for battery, intentional infliction of emotional harm, and punitive damages. Welden’s father, the doctor, has not been accused of wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime. Someone answering the phone at his OB-GYN office in Tampa hung up when a reporter called.
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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan checks for rain during their joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013.
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Dying man’s eye blinks lead to Ohio murder verdict
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man was found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator. A jury convicted Ricardo Woods, 35, of murder and felonious assault for the death of David Chandler who was shot Oct. 28, 2010, as he sat in a car in Cincinnati. Police interviewed the 35-year-old Chandler after he was shot in the head and neck. He was only able to communicate with his eyes and died about two weeks later. Woods had no obvious reaction to the verdict on the third day of jury deliberations as it was read in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. But as he was being led to jail, he said: “I’m innocent.” Woods’ sentencing is set for June 20. He faces up to life in prison. During the trial, jurors viewed the videotaped police interview that prosecutors say showed Chandler blinked three times for “yes” to identify a photo of Woods as his shooter. The defense had tried to block the video, saying Chandler’s blinks were inconsistent and unreliable. Defense attorney Kory Jackson said Thursday there would be an appeal. “We’re disappointed in the verdict,” he said. “We have said since the beginning that the video should not have been allowed into evidence.” Jocelyn Chess, an assistant county prosecutor, said justice was served. “They looked at all the evidence, and the evidence showed that Ricardo Woods was guilty,” she said. Judge Beth Myers, who ruled that jurors could see the video, said Chandler’s identification was made by pronounced, exaggerated movement of the eyes. A doctor who treated Chandler later testified that Chandler was able to communicate clearly about his condition. In the video, police had to repeat some questions when Chandler failed to respond or when the number of times he blinked appeared unclear. But Chandler blinked his eyes hard three times when police asked him if the photo of Woods was the photo of his shooter. He again blinked three times when they asked him if he was sure. The defense argued that Chandler’s condition and drugs used to treat him could have affected his ability to understand and respond during the police interview. Woods’ lawyer also argued that showing Chandler only one photo — that of Woods — instead of presenting a lineup of photos was “suggestive.” Jackson said the case against Woods was about misidentification and “a misguided investigation.” Chandler’s half-brother, Richard Tucker, said after the verdict that Chandler’s family was satisfied with the outcome and also agrees that “justice has been served.” “It’s been a long time coming,” said Tucker, 50, of suburban Cincinnati. A jailhouse informant testified that Woods told him he shot at Chandler because he caught him buying drugs from someone else while still owing Woods money for drugs. The defense argued that the informant, who faced armed robbery charges, was trying to use testimony against Woods to get a lighter sentence for himself. The defense also said Chandler had stolen drugs from dealers, was considered a police “snitch” and had many enemies. The defense insisted that Woods was a victim of misidentification and misinformation.
This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Going to the beach?
Asili Beach, across LMS Church Leone Pala, near bridge Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Afono stream mouth, adjacent cricket field • Vatia stream mouth, 2nd bridge • Aua stream mouth near bridge • Alega stream mouth • Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS • Sa’ilele Beach, across CCCAS Church • Masausi stream mouth • Masefau stream mouth • Alofau stream mouth, 1st bridge, Asasama • Amouli Beach across Health Clinic • Aoa stream mouth • Auasi Harbor • Onenoa Beach
Beach Advisory: May 15, 2013
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) 633-2304
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SAUNIA TAOA MO LE FAAMAMALUINA O LE ASO O TINA MA TAMA MATUTUA Ua sauni atu nei le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua e faamanatu le aso faapitoa mo tama ma tina matutua i le vaiaso fou ma o ni isi o polokalama o le a aofia ai, o faafiafiaga mai Toomaga ua lautogia, o se savali ma le asiasiga i luga o le Maota o le Kovana Sili i le Mauga o Alii. I se faatalatalanoaga a le Samoa News ma le Faatonusili o le Ofisa, le tofa ia Ale Tifimalae i le taeao ananafi, sa ia faamaonia mai ai le faamanatuina o le aso o tama ma tina matutua i le Aso Tofi, Me 23, 2013 i le Faletalimalo o lo o i le malae o le Su’igaula o le Atusava i Utulei. E lua pasi ua faamoemoe e la’uina maia tama ma tina matutua mai le Falelima i Sasa’e faapea ai fo’i ma isi pasi e lua e la’uina maia tama ma tina matutua mai le Falelima i Sisifo e pei ona saunoa Ale. I le tulaga i tama ma tina matutua i Manu’a, na saunoa Ale e faapea, o lo o taumafai se talosaga i le kovana sili mo se avanoa e malaga fua mai ai i latou nei e auai i lo latou aso faamanatu i lenei tausaga. O tausaga uma e totogi lava e nai nei tama ma tina matutua a latou lava pasese e auai mai ai i nei fuafuaga. Na fa’aalia foi e Ale e faapea, ua maea ona tuuina atu ni a latou tusi talosaga i le ofisa o le alii Faipule ia Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, le kalapu a le Rotary ma le kalapu a le Liona, i sa latou fesoasoani e toe faaauau ai le faia o faailoga, e pei ona masani ai i tausaga taitasi, ma afai ae talia lona uiga o le isi lea vaega o le polokalama. LE AUAI KOVANA SILI I LE FAAIUGA E FAAPUPU’U FAAU’UGA Na teena e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga faamatalaga e faapea, o le Ofisa o le Kovana na aumai ai le fautuaga e pei ona faalauiloa e le Faatonusili o Aoga a le malo, ina ia faapuupu’u sauniga o Faauuga a le fanau aoga i lenei tausaga, ae aua le toe faauumiina e pei ona masani ai i tausaga ua mavae. “E le’i faia sa’u tala faapena i le Ofisa o Aoga e fa’apupu’u sauniga o faauuga a le fanau aoga, ou te fia iloa poo ai na faia lena faamatalaga,” o le saunoaga lea a Lolo ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News. “E sili atu ia te a’u le faapu’upu’u o la’u lauga i le aso o le faauuga aua e le o fia faalogologo mai i ai le au faauu, ae ave uma le taimi mo le lauga a le ua faauluulu i ai le vasega faauu, e sili atu lena i lo’u mafaufau”. “Mo a’u lava ia, o le aso o le faauuga e faapitoa mo le fanau ua faauu, o a uma polokalame ma mea e manaomia ona faia mo le latou aso, ou te manatu e tatau ona fai aua o i latou e ana le aso,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. Na taua fo’i e le alii kovana e faapea, e le faia e lona Ofisa ni fautuaga faapena i matagaluega a le malo i mea e ao ona latou faia, ae ana faapea foi e fesiligia e le Ofisa o Aoga sona finagalo e faatatau i lea mataupu, e tasi lava lana tala e ave i ai, e faaauau pea polokalame masani mo
faauuga a le fanau. “O le fauuga e faapitoa mo le fanau aoga, a lava a le 2 i le 3 minute e tuu mai mo la’u lauga ua lava ma totoe, ae ave uma le taimi mo le fanau ma le latou aso fiafia,” o le talitonuga lea o le alii kovana. O le vaiaso na te’a nei na faalauiloa ai e le Faatonusili o Aoga a le malo lenei suiga fou ina ia taofia le uumi o taimi o faauuga. LEAI NI VALAAULIA MAI SAMOA MO LE FU’A E oo mai lava i le aso ananafi e le’i taunuu mai lava ni valaaulia mai le malo o Samoa, mo ni au Faafiafia po o ni Fautasi e auai i le faamanatuina o le 51 tausaga o le latou fu’a ia Iuni 1, 2013. O lea tulaga na faamaonia mai e le afioga i le Kovana Sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga ma le Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa ia Satele Galu Satele, ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News i le vaiaso nei. “Ua i ai la’u fuafuaga ou te le alu pe a aumai se valaaulia, ona ou te nofo i faauuga a tamaiti aoga lea ua lata mai, ona o la’u ulua’i faauuga lenei talu ona ou nofo mai i le taitaiga o le malo,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. Ae na taua e Satele e faapea, ua siliga ni valaaulia mai Samoa ona o lea ua toe lua vaiaso taunuu i le fu’a a Samoa ma ua le toe lava foi se taimi e faia ai ni tapenaga mo se ausiva po o se Fautasi e malaga atu i Samoa. “E faapenei i tausaga ua mavae ua leva ona taunuu mai ni valaaulia mai Samoa...e foliga mai la ua siliga ni valaaulia mo tatou i lenei tausaga, ae tatou tapua’i ia mo le tausaga fou,” o le saunoaga lea a Satele FINAGALO KOMITI FAAFOE LBJ FAAALU TUPE E AOAO AI TAUSI MA’I O se tasi o fuafuaga atamai ua faalauiloa e le Taitaifono o le Komiti Faafoe o le LBJ, o le tuuina atu lea o se vaega tupe e a’oa’o ai tausi ma’i ina ia faalautele lo latou tomai i le faatinoina o la latou galuega faatausi ma’i, ma fesoasoani ai e foia le faafitauli tau tupe ua tele tausaga o feagai ma le falema’i a le atunuu. Na taua e Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young, o tausaga uma lava e talanoaina e tagata le tulaga faaletonu o lo o feagai ma le falemai i le itu tau tupe, ae o masina taitasi foi e taumafai ai le LBJ e saili ni tupe e totogi ai ana tagata faigaluega ma faatau mai vailaau e faatino ai galuega a tausi ma’i. “Afai tatou te le sailia se auala e foia ai le faafitauli lenei, e faaauau pea ona fetaia’i le falemai ma le atunuu ma lenei faafitauli i le lumana. O la matou fonotaga lata mai nei ma le kovana i le mataupu lenei, na tuuina mai ai e le kovana lona faatuatuaga atoa i le komiti faafoe, mo le faia o faaiuga e manuia ai le falema’i,” o le saunoaga lea a Tofoitaufa. Na taua e Tofoitaufa e faapea, o se tasi o itu o lo o vaai i ai le falema’i ao tapena mo lana paketi o le 2014, o le i ai lea o se vaega tupe e faatino ai aoaoga mo tama’ita’i tausi ma’i ina ia mafai ai ona faalautele lo latou iloa i le galuega.
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Former soap actor charged with selling cocaine AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say they’ve charged a former “Days of Our Lives” actor with selling cocaine out of his Agoura Hills home. Spokeswoman Jane Robison says Dylan Michael Patton was charged Thursday with one count of cocaine possession. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Patton after searching his home with a warrant Tuesday. They say they seized an unspecified amount of cocaine. Patton played the role of Will Horton from February 2009 to January 2010 in more than 100 episodes of the long-running soap opera. His character is the son of Sami Brady, who is played by Alison Sweeney. If convicted, Patton faces up to nine years in prison. It isn’t clear whether Patton currently has a lawyer or a publicist. A phone number listed in his name was not set up to receive messages. LA-area man says innocent of having bomb materials CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to having bomb-making materials and other crimes after police found suspicious materials in his car and apartment. Spokeswoman Jane Robison says Robert Colt Wilson of Culver City was arraigned Thursday on seven felony counts, including possession of methamphetamine. Wilson was arrested Tuesday after police discovered a loaded weapon and an explosive in his car during a routine traffic stop. Early Wednesday, a bomb squad inspected his apartment and found bomb-making materials and an explosive device there. Four blocks were evacuated as a result. Los Angeles police said Wednesday that Wilson has no terrorist connections, and he appears to be a man who is just very curious about explosives. If convicted, he faces more than nine years in prison. Man convicted of 1983 murder through DNA evidence SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County prosecutors say a man who is already serving time for a 1985 murder has been convicted of a 1983 killing through DNA evidence. Spokeswoman Farrah Emami says Richard Raymond Ramirez was convicted Wednesday of raping and murdering 22-year-old Kim Gon-
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zalez in an alley behind a Garden Grove bar. Authorities say Ramirez, now 53, met her at the bar that night and followed her to the parking lot when she left. There, he raped Gonzalez and stabbed her 19 times. Her body was found the next morning. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Ramirez was sentenced to death for his prior conviction, but the penalty was overturned. He is not the same Richard Ramirez known as “The Night Stalker,” who killed more than a dozen people in the 1980s. Guilty plea in Antigua killing of California woman ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman from the San Francisco Bay Area in Antigua as she made a stopover in the Caribbean island for her sister’s wedding. Tishara Daniel made no statement as he entered his plea Wednesday to a charge of murder in the death of 29-year-old Nina Nilssen. The Director of Public Prosecutions has not said what sentence he will seek when the 27-year-old Daniel is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5. Nilssen was a graduate student at San Francisco State University when she and family members stopped during a Caribbean cruise in Antigua in January 2010 for the wedding of her sister. She was stabbed to death while going for a stroll near Pigeon Point Beach along the island’s south coast. Man charged in $50M securities fraud case SAN DIEGO (AP) — An Oregon man is facing charges in connection with a $50 million securities fraud scheme in which he’s accused of falsely providing information about promissory notes to more than 150 investors. Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Bradley Holcom of Canby, Ore., was charged with 13 counts of fraud in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Diego. If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison. Authorities say Holcom falsely told investors who purchased the promissory notes that they would receive a lien on property he was developing. They were allegedly told they would be allowed to foreclose on the property if Holcom couldn’t repay the principal due under the notes. However, prosecutors said Holcom never gave investors the lien but conveyed a lesser interest that didn’t allow the foreclosure option.
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Search scaled back in California family slaying PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — A weeklong search for a Northern California man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters is being scaled back. Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said at a community meeting Wednesday that Shane Miller has most likely killed himself or left the area. According to the TimesStandard of Eureka (http://bit. ly/19z8Pmo), Downey said the Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies will remain in the area for the next week. But outside law enforcement agencies are leaving. Investigators were searching for Miller in the Petrolia area of the county. His family was discovered slain on May 7 at their home about 200 miles away, but investigators found Miller’s abandoned pickup truck the next day near Petrolia. They say he contacted a woman he had previously had a relationship with there. Calif. crime lab analyst pleads in drug theft case RIPON, Calif. (AP) — A former state crime lab forensic analyst accused of stealing drugs being held as evidence is facing 16 months behind bars after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge. The Record of Stockton reports (http://bit.ly/10uAdRs) that 43-year-old Hermon Brown entered the plea on Tuesday, as his jury trial was under way. Prosecutors say he stole half a pound of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine while working at the lab in Ripon, compromising dozens of drug cases in San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus counties. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced in August. The Record says he entered the plea in exchange for a 16-month sentence. Spurned suitor sentenced in Calif murder case VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A would-be suitor who shot and killed a mother of three after she spurned him has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison. U-T San Diego reports 39-year-old Gilberto Mendoza Castillo was sentenced Wednesday in a San Diegoarea courtroom. He pleaded guilty last month to murder and attempted murder for the 2003 ambush killing of Maria Munoz in a parking lot. Castillo was on the run for more than eight years and was arrested in Tijuana last year. Authorities said Castillo was upset that the 31-year-old Munoz rejected his advances. She was killed in a parking lot behind a taco shop in Carlsbad and her cousin was injured in the attack. Bea Arthur topless painting fetches $1.9M in NYC NEW YORK (AP) — A painting of actress Bea Arthur topless has sold for $1.9 million at a New York City auction. The painting is by artist John Currin and is titled “Bea Arthur Naked.” It sold at Christie’s auction of postwar and contemporary art on Wednesday. It had been expected to bring in between $1.8 million and $2.5 million. Christie’s hasn’t said who bought it. The 1991 oil painting depicts the late television actress nude from the waist up. Christie’s said Thursday the image was based on a photograph of her with her clothes on. Arthur gained fame for her Emmy Award-winning roles in “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” in the 1970s and ‘80s. She died of cancer in 2009 at age 86. More rain forecast after deadly storms hit China BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say rainstorms that battered southern China this week have killed 33 people and left 12 people missing. The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs website says at least nine provinces have had storms and some flooding and landslides since Tuesday. It says Guangdong province has been hit the hardest with 19 deaths and 11 missing people. Guangdong’s weather service said some areas received more than 8 inches (21 centimeters) of rain in nine hours on Thursday. It forecasts more rain in the coming days and warns of mudslides. Alaska volcano continues to erupt, with lava, ash Alaska ANCHORAGE, (AP) — A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 feet above sea level. The cloud was moving to the southeast Thursday. John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory, estimates the lava fountain rose several hundred feet into the air. Onsite seismic instruments are picking up constant tremors from the eruption at Pavlof, located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. Residents of Cold Bay, 37 miles away, have reported seeing a glow from the summit. Pavlof is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, with nearly 40 known eruptions, according to the observatory.
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Japan mayor: Lack of sensitivity on sex comment TOKYO (AP) — An outspoken Japanese mayor who outraged many with remarks about Japan’s wartime and modern sexual services stood by his comments Thursday, but said he may have lacked “international sensitivity.” Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said his lack of sensitivity to America’s perception of prostitution might have caused outrage after his suggestion earlier this week that U.S. troops based in southern Japan should patronize legal adult entertainment establishments to reduce sex crime there. Hashimoto, co-leader of an emerging nationalist party, also has angered Japan’s neighbors by saying the Japanese military’s wartime practice of forcing Asian women into prostitution was necessary to maintain discipline and provide relaxation for soldiers. He claimed Thursday that the practice was widely used by many other countries during World War II and that Japan was being unfairly singled out. The U.S. State Department called Hashimoto’s comments “outrageous and offensive.”
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title TUATAGALOA of the village of LEONE by ATAPANA TU’UFULI of the village of LEONE, county of FOFO, WESTERN District. THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of the village chiefs are in proper form. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60 days, the matai title TUATAGALOA shall be registered in the name of ATAPANA TU’UFULI in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: MAY 10, 2013 thru JULY 9, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O le fa’aaliga lenei ua faasalalauina e tusa ma le Maga 6.0105 o le tusi tulafono a Amerika Samoa, e pei ona suia, ona o le talosaga ua faaulufaleina mai i le Ofisa o le Resitara o Amerika Samoa, mo le fia faamauina o le suafa matai o TUATAGALOA o le nu’u o LEONE e ATAPANA TU’UFULI o LEONE faalupega o FOFO, falelima i SISIFO. Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa. A i ai se tasi e faafinagaloina, ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o ATAPANA TU’UFULII e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 05/17 & 06/17/13
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Fa’aaliga o le Fia Fa’amauina o se Suafa Matai
Superior Court of Washington County of Pierce
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF:
FIAFIA HITOSHI TUIAIMO’O TUAUA
A person under the age of eighteen No. 13-5-00299-6
NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF PETITION TO TERMINATE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP
TO: JOHN DOE, to include any unnamed father: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that there has been filed in this court a Petition for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship between you and Fiafia Hitoshi Tuiaimo’o Tuaua, a male child, born at LBJ T.M.C. Hospital in Fagaalu, American Samoa on November 4, 2012. The name of the birth mother is Athena Loriana Shimaksi Tuaua. A hearing on the petition will be held on June 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Pierce County Juvenile Court, 5501 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma WA 98405, if you have not responded. If you are indigent and request an attorney, an attorney will be appointed for you. You may also proceed by filing a claim of paternity under RCW 26.26, in which you may be entitled to an order of paternity. Failure to file a claim of paternity or respond to the Petition within thirty days of the first date of publication, May 3, 2013, will result in termination of your parent-child relationship to this child. File your response with Pierce County Superior Court, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 110, Tacoma, WA 98402. Serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for petitioners at the office below stated. Margaret Esola Attorney at Law 3226 Rosedale Street, Suite 100 Gig Harbor WA 98335 (253) 851-3030 Fax (253) 449-0520
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