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Samoa News Monday, April 22, 2013
Police — Bombing suspects planned multiple attacks 6 Coordinator hired for ASG High Risk Task Force… 3 High performances delivered by many in Flag Day games B1
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Environmental group AmSamoa 350 donated 30 plants to Leone village on Saturday in celebration of Earth Day. They also joined members of Leone Empowerment Team in picking up trash on Saturday around the Healing Garden. (L-r) Leone Empowerment organizers Andra Samoa, Lia Taleni, 350 member J.J. Ludgate, Va’alele Tuitele Hicks, 350 youth coordinator Sandra Purcell, Silia MacKenzie and Palema Tuitele of Leone Empowerment. [photo:AmSam350] See story inside.
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Monday. April 22, 2013
Other categories used to cover travel-related expenses for Senators
Tops $170,000 from oct. 2012 to feb. 2013
By Samoa News Staff
W. District $1M ledger entries continue to be “questionable”
Togiola: “I am happy to take the blame, but the truth remains…”
Former Western District Governor and current Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Satele Galu Teutusi Satele, is disputing items listed in the Western District account ledger that was leaked to Samoa News, over a week ago. The three districts, Eastern, Western and Manu’a, each received in 2009, $1million to carry out capital improvement projects from the $20 Million loan the government received from the ASG Employees Retirement Fund. The Western District ledger entries list expenses and their amounts paid for with their $1 million share, which was to finance local village capital improvement projects, as decided by the villages themselves — in this case, Western district villages. As reported last week, the ledger indicates that two checks were issued to Satele Galu Satele, when he held the position of Western District Governor. The first one was issued on May 21, 2010 (Check# 1496) for $30,000, with a second check of $20,000 (Check# 1902) issued on May 31, 2012. Satele told Samoa News that these checks were issued to him from the government for their trip to Samoa for Samoa’s 50-year Independence celebration, as Vailoatai was one of the villages that represented American Samoa.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Dozens of payments were made out for travel-related expenses (airfares, per diems, protocol) for the majority of senators and Senate staffers and according to a copy of the Senate expense report obtained by the Samoa News, the budgets for the “Food for Human Consumption” category and the “Maintenance and Repair Supplies” category were used to pay some of these travel-related expenses, aside from those listed in the “OffIsland Travel” and “Manu’a Local Travel” categories. The Fono has an approved budget of $6.2 million for fiscal year 2013. Based on First Quarter Performance Report from the ASG Treasury Department, the Fono is projected to have an overrun of $1.5 million in 2013. The Fono has already overrun their first quarter budget by almost $400,000.But recently; an approved supplemental budget gave $500,000 back to the Fono‘s budget. In the meantime, the final financial statement for 2012 has yet to be made available and reportedly, the Fono overran their budget by approximately $1.4 million in 2012. The year before, based on the 2011 final ASG financial statement, the Fono had an overrun of $443,000. A Samoa News source said, “Sadly, the Fono really has no oversight agency to independently look at the Legislature’s activities so it is hard to request for an audit, as the final approval for any such reports will have to come from the two leaders (the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives).”
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“I was not aware that the check received was from the Western District funding, all this time I thought the money was from the general fund, until today (last week Tuesday) when it’s in the paper,” he said. He said the invitation from the Samoa government was to the American Samoa Government not to Vailoatai, yet Togiola reached out to the Western District for funding. “(Former) Governor Togiola (Tulafono) should have never used the Western District’s money, because the money was for the Western District, not for events such as these … ,” Satele told Samoa News. Former Gov. Togiola Tulafono responded to Samoa News queries regarding Satele’s claims, saying, “I am happy to take the blame, but the truth remains. I hope it helps him by blaming me. Have at it.” According to the ledger report, the first checks were issued in the amount of $3,040 (Check#1263/1264) to Galu Satele and Joyita Satele, with another check issued to Galu Satele in the amount of $5,000 (Check#1904) at a later date and Satele has disputed all three entries. He told Samoa News that the information indicated in the ledger is inaccurate or false, and said no more.
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Former Miss SOFIAS 2012 (left) with Miss SFA (Samoan Fa’afafine Association) Kelly Tua[Photo: JL] tagaloa and the newly crowned Miss SOFIAS 2013, Roberta Fierce Laumoli.
Roberta Fierce Laumoli of Vailoa was crowned Miss SOFIAS last Saturday at the Lee Auditorium before a SRO crowd. She was chosen from among the seven contestants that vied for the Miss SOFIAS crown. [Photo: JL] The full story will publish in later edition.
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Disclosing deliberations not included to protect right to privacy of all applicants (BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — The ASTCA Board hired a new CEO William “Bill” Emmsley and the contract signing was on April 15, 2013 as announced at the signing ceremony where the media were invited to attend and as reported in the Samoa News and KHJ Radio. Media sources contacted ASTCA Chairman Roy J.D. Hall, Jr. for specific information on applicants and asking for transparency in the selection of the new ASTCA CEO by disclosing the deliberations of the Board. Hall determined that the questions were inappropriate. Mr. Hall informed the media that he would respect the right to privacy of any applicant and protect the deliberations of the Board. Also, Mr. Hall informed the media that any information that is in the public domain is available to the media, as long as it is truthful and verified by journalistic standards of reporting and ethics. There were 6 applications received before the deadline, according to the ASTCA Board chairman. One applicant William Emmsley was an appointed member of the ASTCA Board of Directors and upon submitting his application immediately recused himself from attending or participating in any ASTCA Board meetings, including the ASTCA CEO review process. The Sub-Committee for Human Resources for the Board of Directors submitted all the applicants to the American Samoa Government Home Land Security Department for a background and security clearance, before conducting the interviews. Four applicants of the six applicants were interviewed by the Board of Directors and the Board asked each applicant for their vision for ASTCA in the future, what employee benefits would they initiate for ASTCA employees, what actions they would take to improve customer services and reduce rates. The applicants were also asked to discuss and disclose any conflicts of interest that he or she may have if selected as ASTCA CEO. The visions expressed were to move ASTCA into the next phase of the digital age of telecommunications and as for customer service it was identified as a major concern for all the applicants that it needed to be addressed immediately by the new CEO. Rate reductions for telephone, cell and Internet services were also high on each applicant’s agenda. The applicants gave their strongest support for employee benefits to provide health and life insurance plans, educational opportunities and allowing performance with educational qualifications to drive promotion and advancement in ASTCA. One applicant said, “a happy employee is a productive employee”. After the interviews, the two applicants with the highest qualifications and who were strongest in the interviews were deliberated and discussed by the Board. The final selection was made by secret ballot and was made subject to negotiating the final terms of the employment contract. If a contract could not be negotiated, the Board would determine if the other applicant would be considered for the CEO post.
ASTCA Board explains hiring process of CEO
FETA’I AULEAFE ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN DRUG CASE The government’s case against Feta’i Auleafe, who is facing unlawful possession of a controlled substance, last Friday entered a guilty plea to an amended lesser charge. The plea agreement hearing was held before Chief Justice Michael Kruse. The initial count the defendant was facing is a mandatory jail term of not less than five years, a fine of not less than $5,000 up to $20,000, or both fine and jail term. However the charge the defendant pled guilty to is punishable up to five years in jail. The plea agreement was accepted by the Chief Justice and scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2013. According to the government’s case a confidential informant notified police that a group of individuals was hanging out at an abandoned house in Tafuna and females were present in this group. Police arrived at the scene to find four men and two female juveniles. The government alleges that police looked for the female juveniles and found then hiding in a vehicle. One told police she was 18 while the other said she was 19 years of age. Police at the scene found drugs. Court filings state that one of the juveniles told police that Romeo Peretania was providing methamphetamine for her and they have smoked ice more than ten times. Police investigation uncovered the fact that the juveniles are both on probation. The government claims the investigation also revealed that the defendant is engaged in an affair with one of the juveniles while the other juvenile is having an affair with Peretania. Court filings state that the juveniles have been confirmed to be 16 and 17 years old. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin represents the defendant. UETI SCHWENKE Ueti Schwenke was arraigned in the High Court on second-degree assault, following a land dispute in Nu’uuli back in February over Fanene family land. According to the government’s case, police received a call about a fight between two families at the Fanene family land in Nu’uuli. Police responded to the call and upon arriving at the scene they saw several people were injured and they contacted the Emergency Medical Services for assistance. Court filings say, the police investigation uncovered that the dispute started over a load of dirt which several people argued as to where the dirt would be unloaded. During the arraignment the defendant denied the assault count and schedule the pre-trial conference in this case on May 20, 2013. ALLEGED KNIFE ATTACKER PLEA HEARING RESCHEDULE FOR MONDAY Ioane Logovi’i facing first-degree assault and public peace disturbance was in court last Friday for a change of plea hearing. According to the plea agreement announced in court, the defendant was to enter a guilty plea to third degree assault, which was amended from assault first degree. The plea further stated that the defendant was to enter a guilty plea to the PPD charge. However, when Chief Justice Michael Kruse was asking the defendant questions, the defendant did not immediately respond and Kruse then moved to reschedule the case for today, Monday. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin represents the defendant, who’s held on bail of $10,000, while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Julie Pasquale. According to the government’s case, police received a report by a complaining witness that the defendant stabbed him in the hand. The victim told police he was sitting with his friends in front of a store in Fagatogo, when the suspect confronted him and accused him of stealing items from his house and stabbed him in his hand and also attempted to stab him in his leg but missed. According to the government’s case, Emergency Medical Services treated the injuries the victim sustained from the alleged attack, and it’s alleged the injuries were not serious. Police confiscated the knife from the defendant’s residence, and it has been turned into the police evidence room.
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Off-island high-risk coordinator hired for High Risk Task Force
Governor appoints chairman for group
by Fili Sagapolutele , Samoa News Correspondent
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013 Page 3
Hoping to remove American Samoa as a “high risk” designee imposed by the federal government, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recruited from off-island a coordinator for the ASG High Risk Task Force and appointed his legal counsel, Steve Watson, as chairman of the group. Late last month the governor 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 Aigamaua-Saelua. “To improve our financial integrity with federal grantor agencies, it is imperative that we demonstrate our commitment to total adherence to all grants 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 including Watson (who is also appointed chairman), the Health Department and the Office of Property Management. “This year marks 10 years since the American Samoa Government was first designated ‘high risk’ by certain of its federal grantor agencies,” Lolo wrote in memo last week. “Efforts to remediate the government’s high risk status have been sporadic over the years since, notably marked by a lack of continuous focus by the departments and agencies involved.” According to the memo, each task force member is responsible for their department or office’s remediation efforts under the Corrective Action Plan (CAP), as amended from time to time. (The CAP is required by the federal government to be filed within a certain timeframe as part of conditions to lift the high-risk status.) COORDINATOR Lolo says James Joseph Casey is the task force coordinator and brings to his role “several years of experience in the remediation of federal grantor-designated high risk agencies including” agencies in the federal court receivership as a result of continuous and aggravated non-compliance. Media reports from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas show that Casey was appointed by the federal court there to handle receivership for a health agency. In his memo, Lolo outlined the many duties for Casey, 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. Casey’s other duties are: • Work 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. • Provide training, where indicated, to respective line agency staff regarding allowable expenditures of grant monies to keep them abreast of the progress being made. • Draft any and all necessary additional policies and procedures including providing training around their implementation, to realize compliance with the CAP and to embed best practices going forward. Lolo has also required Casey 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). Lolo ordered that “as the government’s high risk designation affects all of government and many agency functions overlap with other agencies, all departments, agencies and offices... cooperate with and assist the High Risk Task Force and the... Coordinator in their efforts.”
AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY CANCER COALITION
General Membership Meeting
The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition will be holding its 2nd General Membership Meeting of 2013. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend. Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2013 Time: 10:00am Location: Sadie Thompson Inn Conference Room
Matagaluega o Mataupu mo Tupulaga, Tina ma Tamaita’i Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs
FALE TALANOA O LE VAOGAGANA FAAFAILAUGA MA LE AGANUU SAMOA mo Autalavou, Faalapotopotoga o Talavou ma Tamaita’i
2 itula i le afiafi, faalua i le vaiaso, 10 vaiaso i le fale talanoa
Fale Talanoa 1: Fale Talanoa 2: Fale Talanoa 3: Fale Talanoa 4: Fale Talanoa 5: Upu Faaaloalo, Folafolaga o Toona’i, Sua, Ava Alagaupu, Muagagana I Alagaupu, Muagagana II Fausaga o Lauga I Fausaga o Lauga II
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AmSamoa 350 celebrates ‘Earth Day’ by donating plants to women’s groups
(PAGO PAGO, American Samoa) – In celebration of Earth Day 2013, environmental group American Samoa 350 donated on Saturday 30 plants to the Leone Healing Garden Project and the Leone Empowerment Team. Leone Healing Garden Project Manager Makerita Enesi and Leone Empowerment Team organizers Andra Samoa and Va’alele Tuitele Hicks were on hand to accept the donation. Several members of 350 also joined Samoa and Hicks in picking up trash on Saturday around the Healing Garden, a monument honoring about a dozen Leone residents who died during the 2009 earthquake and tsunami. AmSamoa 350 Youth Coordinator Sandra Purcell said 350 wanted to do something special to celebrate this year’s Earth Day and what better way than to donate plants to a village which has shown so much strength and resilience in promoting and preserving their natural resources. Leone village is working with the government for the protection of its coastal wetlands, which suffered extensive damage during the 2009 tsunami when waves deposited roofing iron, household furniture, appliances and other debris in the mangroves. The village has also partnered with marathon swimmer Bruckner Chase and the Department of Public Safety Marine Patrol in promoting water safety training in the village. Purcell expressed appreciation and thanks to Leone traditional leader Salave’a Miki Tofinu’u and members of the Leone Healing Garden and Leone Empowerment Team especially Makerita Enesi and Andra Samoa for accepting 350 in their village on Saturday. AmSamoa 350 pledged their support to join the Leone women’s organizations in cleaning up the coastal areas and participate in water safety activities in of the village this coming Saturday. Purcell said 350 is proud to support initiatives by the Leone Empowerment Team, a grassroots initiative that train women with new skills, promote the environment through regular village coastal clean-ups, and create activities and programs to engage the youth. “What started out a donation of plants as a tribute to Earth Day turned out to be a start of a partnership between 350 and the Leone Empowerment Team,” said Purcell. “We all share the same concerns about our environment and the same vision that we all need to do our part to help Mother Earth.”
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013
Chinese Fish Invasion
by Carlos M. Sanchez
For many years, we have heard the story about the Chinese plans to take over the world in 500 years. This is being confirmed by what we have been witnessing in our lifetimes. The bad administration of resources, the greed of dominating oil countries, the waste and political missteps by the “rich countries” have shortened that goal by at least 250-300 years. We all can see that in almost everything we buy — they are either made in China or the components are from China. From toys to apparel, electronics, car parts, engines, etc., you just name it, they are all made in China. In fact, they are taking on Western businesses by investing the interests that these same countries are paying to China for their debts. Case in point: China started 12- 15 years ago with an invasion of the shrimp business. Countries like Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in Latin America that spent a lot of their resources to develop large areas in shrimp farms have been devastated with Chinese companies getting into the business, by developing tremendous shrimp farms, all subsidized by the Chinese government. Now, they control the market and prices of shrimp in the world. Many shrimp companies around the world could not compete against their Chinese subsidized competitors, and they closed businesses. China’s effort now is to take over the tuna fishing business. Apart from having the largest fishing fleet in the world with no regulations, the latest Chinese attack is to the albacore business, and it will affect American Samoa fleet and businesses in a BIG way. The plan (which is in execution already) is to deploy around 500 longliner boats around this area. There are presently 200 operating out of Fiji. They already have about 50 licenses in the Cook Islands, and they will continue putting boats in Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, and other Pacific islands. The Chinese are buying licenses in island- countries that have no plans to develop their own fleet or have no local fleet; and, they are now promoting an association called Te Vaka o Moana to control fishing grounds, how to fish and how to market that fish. Chinese advice, backed up with money, is advancing in these territories. Lets look at what China’s doing. They are building 15 tuna loining and packing canneries in China, of which 8 are already making loins being sold to American companies like Tri Marine, Bumblebee, Chicken of the Sea and to some European companies also. They’re also building fishing boats that according to fishing industry sources will be unlimited by any regulations or any laws. Also, they are building new tankers/ freezers that will carry fuel to these fleet in these territories and pick up the fish to be taken back to China to be processed in those plants. Remember: EVERYTHING IS SUBSIDIZED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. During 2012, China spent US$3.8 billion in subsidies of fuel alone on their fleet. The investment in fishery projects will top $50 billion if you add hospitals, schools and payments to governments to secure fishing licenses according to the Chinese plans. The results of this incursion of China in this business has reduced by $1000 per ton in albacore price in the last 5 months and has tied up every non-Chinese boat from Fiji, New Zealand, Cook Island, American Samoa and other island nations. The situation is so bad that now many boats are for sale in areas such as Fiji, Cook Islands, American Samoa, with no buyers due to the dark future of the industry. The Chinese subsidy is total — boats, fuel, oil, crew (opportunities for prisoners to work for minimal amounts in return for reduced jail sentences), transportation, licenses and other operating costs. The domination is so profound that they don’t admit observers from any of the countries that they buy fishing licenses unless the observers are Chinese or they were educated (brainwashed) in China. They are willing to pay more for the fishing licenses in exchange for these privileges. Now, no observers and transshipping on the high seas means that they can catch everything (including endangered or banned species) and anything and send it to China without controls. In Costa Rica, where I was born, the Chinese built a monumental stadium, bridges, schools and hospitals. In return, they got fishing licenses, broke the local fishing fleets and now — they left — but not before cleaning up the Costa Rica’s territorial waters of sharks, yellowfin, bigeye and other species. Scientists calculate that it will take 50 - 75 years to restore the fishing grounds of the past in Costa Rica. Are we going to let this happen here in the South Pacific? What can we do? When we talk about China, we’re including Taiwan, same money, same blood, same goal and the political division that appears to be is just a mirror (nowadays) to confuse the world, because the reality is that money buys everything, and the money comes from the big China. What really worries me is the penetration and the power that they’re demonstrating to have in the U.S. institutions like the Western Region Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC). During the last meeting held here in American Samoa, the Council themselves recommended the participation of American Samoa in Te Vaka O Moana even though Te Vaka O Moana membership is not following the rules that the Council and the federal government ask the US boats to follow in order to manage the fisheries. Is this being done for money, lack of perspective of the larger picture or just being naïve? The Chinese are rejecting the observers from the islands; on the other hand, this is not a choice for our US boats — they must carry US observers when instructed to do so. I brought this to the WPRFMC’s attention and after a few minutes, I was told to sit down. How can the most regulated fleet in the world (with the help of the WPRFMC) compete with a subsidized and unregulated fleet? The American fleet is an endangered species, this needs to be addressed. Do we think (naively) that China is investing $50 billion in boats, tanks/ freezers, loining plants, subsidies, etc. to give jobs to American Samoans as anticipated by the promoters of Te Vaka o Moana? Come on, China has 1.4 billion people to feed, and it is their priority to improve their food security and provide sources of income for their citizens. They will do anything to dominate this business but in the end, the fish will be processed in China and packed in China. That’s the reality. Some experts often see only what they know or think to be the truth, rather than what is in front of their eyes. (Mr. Sanchez is an American Samoan resident and owner of Longline Services, Inc. an American Samoan company that owns and operates longliners out of American Samoa)
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Officers reassigned to tackle the Russian Alisher Usmanov tops list of British wealthy overtime issues at Public Safety
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013 Page 5
To tackle Governor Lolo M. Moliga’s move to discontinue overtime, Commissioner of Public Safety William Bill Haleck has made personnel changes within the police station and substations. This was revealed in a memorandum issued last Friday noting “Temporary Manpower Reshuffling”. “In light of our past overtime issues, which have recently caused a big financial burden for our government, I (Haleck) find it necessary to reevaluate our current manpower situation in order for us to do our part to help out with this situation. “Our department as you know was largely responsible for the most accumulated overtime to date from past years which our Government now has to pay out in order to comply with the US Department of Labor in recent findings,” said Haleck. The DPS Commissioner noted that in making sure that DPS does not cause the burden to the government again, he must make personnel shift changes in the police officers work schedule to meet the manpower shortage requirements for each of the three shifts in the Central, Tafuna, Leone, Fagaitua and Traffic divisions. This major temporary manpower reshuffling went into effect yesterday, Sunday, April 21, 2013. The memorandum, also noted the advisors for Central Station are Chief of Police Vaimaga Maiava and Criminal Investigation Division Commander Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele; for the Tafuna Substation, Captain Fo’ifua Fo’ifua and Commander Va’aomala Sunia; for the Leone Substation, Commander Ruta Letuli and Captain Lima Togia; for the East Substation, advisors are Commander Lee Vaouli (who’s also Office of Motor VehiclesOMV- Manager) and Captain Moleli Tavai. Highway Safety Program Manager Lt. Tolia Solaita has been assigned as Watch Commander with the Patrol division at the Tafuna Substation (last week it was reported that the Commissioner had taken over management of the Highway Safety programs) and MACSAP Lt. Ioasa Pese has also been reassigned to the Patrol division also with the Tafuna Station. Sgt. Mary Leiato, who was Watch Commander with Patrol division, has been reassigned to the Tafuna Substation as Assistant Watch Commander. East Substation Watch Commander Lt. Sala Falelua has been reassigned to the
Central Station, while Sgt Pulefano Tu’ufuli, who was with the Internal Division has been assigned as Assistant Watch Commander at the Central Station. Long term CID Detective Sgt. Siliaivao Sea, is now Assistant Watch Commander with the Patrol Division also at the Central Station. Another CID Detective Elden Ane has been reassigned to the Patrol Division with Tafuna Station. Traffic Officer Savelio Vaofanua has been reassigned to the Patrol Division at the Leone Substation, while Police Officer Annie Nelly Godinet has been assigned as a Detective with the CID. Senior Police Officer Tupuivao Taulelei that was with the Tafuna Station has been reassigned to the Leone Station as Assistant
Watch Commander. Police Officer Pekina Pulemagafa with the Patrol Division has been assigned to the Traffic Division. Haleck in the memo said that he’s discussed the personnel reshuffling with Deputy Commissioner Leiseau Laumoli and Chief of Police Vaimaga Maiava and Supervisors that came up with the current manpower work place solution that will “hopefully” allow DPS to minimize any future overtime issues. “In doing so, our Supervisors did their very best in accommodating the needs of those of you that will be affected by this change,” Haleck said, and reiterated that this work shift plan is “temporary for now” until such time DPS can acquire or hire more police officers.
LONDON (AP) — Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov is Britain’s richest person, displacing steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who held the distinction for the past eight years, according to a list published Sunday. The Sunday Times, which publishes the annual list, said Mittal’s fortune fell 21 percent in the past year to 10 billion pounds ($15 billion) as share values in his ArcelorMittal steel business tumbled. The Indian-born tycoon, who was No. 1 on the list for the longest time since its first edition in 1989, dropped to fourth on this year’s list. Usmanov, 59, is valued at 13.3 billion pounds ($20.25 billion). The Times said his fortune rose by about 1 billion pounds, buoyed by the strong performance of his London-listed cellphone operator MegaFon and his stake in Russian iron ore producer Metalloinvest. The billionaire also owns a 29 percent stake in English soccer club Arsenal and several homes in the U.K., including a mansion formerly home to late oil baron J. Paul Getty. In total, the Times said the 1,000 wealthiest people named on the list have added 35.4 billion pounds to their wealth. Two other Russians were in the top five: Len Blavatnik, whose wealth jumped 45 percent to 11 billion pounds, is second; Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea soccer club and is valued at 9.3 billion, is in fifth place. The highest-placed British-born person on the list was Gerald Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, who owns much of London’s sought-after luxury property. He was ranked eighth and is estimated to be worth 7.8 billion pounds.
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: Income Limit Rent 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 5 people 39,840 4-BR $1,069 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
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013
In this Friday, April 19, 2013 file photo obtained by The Associated Press and authenticated by a member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF and FBI agents check suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for explosives and also give him medical attention after he was apprehended in Watertown, Mass., at the end of a tense day that began with his older brother, Tamerlan, dying in a getaway attempt. Tsarnaev lay hospitalized in serious condition under heavy guard Saturday as investigators continue piecing together the who and why of the two brothers involved in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Since Monday, Boston has experienced five days of fear, beginning with the marathon bombing attack, an intense manhunt and much uncertainty ending in the death of one suspect and the capture of the other. (AP Photo/File)
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Position Title: Teacher Education/American Samoa Bachelor of Education Program Instructor with an emphasis in Mathematics and or Science for Elementary Education (1) Teacher Education/American Samoa Bachelor of Education Program Instructor with an emphasis in Elementary Education/ Curriculum & Instruction (1) Full Time (One Year Contract)
General Description: The successful candidate will report directly to the Director of the American Samoa Bachelor of Education Program. He/she will provide effective instruction and curriculum leadership in the assigned courses to be taught under the TED/ASBEP Program. He/she will also contribute to the overall development and success of departmental initiatives promoting instructional quality and best teaching practices for the AA with an emphasis in Elementary Education and the Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education under the American Samoa Community College. Job Responsibilities: • Teach a full instructional course load as defined by the Director of Teacher Education • Effectively prepare comprehensive syllabi for courses taught at the 300-400 level and at the 100-200 level • Effectively provide assessment data for program review for both the AA and B.Ed. Program • Academically advise assigned students regarding their chosen program of study • Actively participate in academic committees and extra-curricula functions • Set office hours to assist students, • Perform any other duties designated by the Director. Job Qualifications: • Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and or Science for Elementary Education and or Elementary Education/Curriculum & Instruction. Must have at least five (5) years of experience at the post secondary level and 5 years or more teaching experience at the elementary teaching level. Must possess computer and teaching skills as well as writing and oral speaking skills, Must be familiar with Common Core Standards, Assessment and Program Learning Outcomes for the American Samoa Bachelor in Elementary Education Program/Teacher Education. Must be highly familiar with ASDOE Standards for Elementary Math/Science content area and or Literacy Standards for Elementary Education. Salary: Salary to commensurate with degree qualifications and teaching experience. Application Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 4:00pm Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office at 699-9155 Ext. 403/335/436 or email Sereima S. Asifoa at email@example.com or Finau Moananu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOSTON (AP) — As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city’s police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks. The surviving suspect remained hospitalized and unable to speak with a gunshot wound to the throat. After the two brothers engaged in a gun battle with police early Friday, authorities found many unexploded homemade bombs at the scene, along with more than 250 rounds of ammunition. Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the stockpile was “as dangerous as it gets in urban policing.” “We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had — that they were going to attack other individuals. That’s my belief at this point.” Davis told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” On “Fox News Sunday,” he said authorities cannot be positive there are not more explosives somewhere that have not been found. But the people of Boston are safe, he insisted. The suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 180 are two ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia — 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan. Their motive remained unclear. The older brother was killed during a getaway attempt. The younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was still in serious condition Sunday after his capture Friday from a tarp-covered boat in a suburban Boston backyard. Authorities would not comment on whether he had been questioned. Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tsarnaev’s throat wound raised questions about when he will be able to talk again, if ever. The wound “doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all,” Coats told ABC’s “This Week.” It was not clear whether Tsarnaev was shot by police or inflicted the wound himself. In the final standoff with police, shots were fired from the boat, but investigators have not determined where the gunfire was aimed, Davis said. In an interview with The Associated Press, the parents of Tamerlan Tsarnaev insisted Sunday that he came to Dagestan and Chechnya last year to visit relatives and had nothing to do with the militants operating in the volatile part of Russia. His father said he slept much of the time. The younger Tsarnaev could be charged any day. The most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty. A lawyer for Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife told the AP Sunday night that federal authorities have asked to speak with her, and that he is discussing with them how to proceed. Attorney Amato DeLuca said Katherine Russell Tsarnaev did not suspect her husband of anything, and that there was no reason for her to have suspected him. He said she had been working 70 to 80 hours, seven days a week, as a home health care aide. While she was at work, her husband cared for their toddler daughter, he said. Since her husband was killed, she has been staying at her parents’ home in North Kingstown, R.I. Meanwhile, across the rattled streets of Boston, churches opened their doors to remember the dead and ease the grief of the living. At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in South Boston, photographs of the three people killed in the attack and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer slain Thursday were displayed on the altar, each face illuminated by a glowing white pillar candle. “I hope we can all heal and move forward,” said Kelly McKernan, who was crying as she left the service. “And obviously, the Mass today was a first step for us in that direction.” A six-block segment of Boylston Street, where the bombs were detonated, remained closed Sunday. But city officials were mapping out a plan to reopen it. Mayor Thomas Menino said Sunday that once the scene is released by the FBI, the city will follow a five-step process, including environmental testing and a safety assessment of buildings. The exact timetable was uncertain. Boston’s historic Trinity Church could not host services Sunday because it was within the crime scene, but the congregation was invited to worship at the Temple Israel synagogue instead. The FBI allowed church officials a half-hour Saturday to go inside to gather the priests’ robes, the wine and bread for Sunday’s service. Trinity’s Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III offered a prayer for those who were slain “and for those who must rebuild their lives without the legs that they ran and walked on last week.” “So where is God when the terrorists do their work?” Lloyd asked. “God is there, holding us and sustaining us. God is in the
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Police: Bombing suspects planned multiple attacks
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Worried that long-seething rifts could escalate over the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders are expected this week to press China to agree to start negotiations on a new pact aimed at thwarting a major clash in one of the world’s busiest waterways. Concern over North Korea’s latest threats is also expected to gain attention over economic issues in the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, being held Wednesday and Thursday in Brunei’s capital of Bandar Seri Begawan. The 10-nation bloc is scrambling to beat a deadline to transform the strikingly diverse region of 600 million people into a European Union-like community by the end of 2015. A draft statement to be issued after the summit, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, would reaffirm the ASEAN leaders’ commitment to ensure the peaceful resolution of South China Sea conflicts in accordance with international law “without resorting to the threat or use of force.” They would call for “the early adoption of a code of conduct in the South China Sea,” referring to a legally binding pact ASEAN would like to forge with China to replace a 2002 nonaggression accord that has failed to stop territorial skirmishes. China, Taiwan and ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have overlapping claims across the South China Sea, which Beijing claims in its entirety. The Philippines and Vietnam in particular have been at odds with China over the region in recent years, with diplomatic squabbles erupting over oil and gas exploration and fishing rights. A tense standoff last year between Chinese and Filipino ships over the fishing-rich Scarborough Shoal is unresolved. The Philippine vessels withdrew, but China has refused to pull out its three surveillance ships and remove a rope blocking Filipino fishermen from a Scarborough lagoon. In January, the Philippines challenged China’s massive territorial claims before an arbitration tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in a daring legal step that China has ignored. The tribunal has to appoint three more of five arbiters by Thursday, then start looking into the complaint if it decides it has jurisdiction. A pre-summit meeting by ASEAN foreign ministers in Brunei two weeks ago was dominated by concerns over the territorial disputes and ended with a call for an early conclusion of a nonaggression pact with China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said. But Chinese officials have not clearly indicated when they would be ready to discuss the proposed accord. The territorial issue has threatened ASEAN’s unity. Cambodia, a China ally, refused to have the issue mentioned in a post-ministerial statement when it hosted the meetings last year. That drew protests from Vietnam and the Philippines, and ASEAN ended up not issuing an after-conference communique for the first time in the bloc’s 45-year history. China has steadfastly refused to bring the disputes to the international arena, preferring to negotiate one on one with each rival claimant. It has also warned Washington not to intervene in the disputes. ASEAN, founded in 1967 as a bulwark against communism in the Cold War era, has often been caught in the crosscurrents of major conflicts. Currently, the bloc is walking a tightrope between a rising China and an America that is reasserting its status as an Asia-Pacific power. Both wield tremendous influence on ASEAN, which has become a battleground for political and security clout and export markets. Brunei’s publicity-shy leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, has led the tedious legwork to avoid any major hitch in the ASEAN summits his tiny but oil-rich kingdom hosts this year. He has separately met with President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of this week’s summit. Last week, Bolkiah flew to Manila, partly to discuss the summit agenda with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. When his gleaming Royal Brunei Air plane taxied to a redcarpet welcome at Manila’s airport, Philippine officials saw Bolkiah, who also heads his country’s defense forces, at the pilot’s seat.
Sea disputes, North Korea in the spotlight at ASEAN summit
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A man squats near the collapsed remains of a building destroyed by Saturday’s earthquake in Lushan county in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Monday, April 22, 2013. Saturday’s earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 186 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya’an city, along the same seismic fault where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) areas five years ago in one of China’s worst natural disasters.
American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA)
Position Title: CUSTOMERS ERVICE
Position Type: Career Service/Probation Job Opening: One (1) Report to: Deputy Director of Business
Posting Date: April 16, 2013 Deadline: April 23, 2013 Starting Salary: GS14/01-05 $26,607.00 - $30,532.00
This position is located in the Customer Service Division of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Business Office. Incumbent shall work closely with the sales, billing and collections, marketing, finance and operations functions to cultivate a customer driven, highly responsive, top quality customer service support element which contributes to the acquisition, satisfaction and retention of customers.
Minimum Requirements & Qualifications Education/ Experience
Must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college university with a major study in Accounting or Business Administration of any other related field. Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience in Customer Service in which six (6) years were at an administrative or supervisory level. Good communicational skills and leadership qualities. Should have the knowledge of team handling.
The Customer Service Manager shall work closely with the ASTCA’s sales, billing and collections, marketing, finance and operations functions to cultivate a customer driven, highly responsive, top quality customer service support element with contributes to the acquisitions, satisfaction and retention of customers. Incumbent shall be in charge of planning and organizing the operations of ASTCA’s Customer Service Business Offices. Identifies, addresses, and resolves customer service issues, including but not limited to establishing procedures and controls associated with effective service order implementation for all services from all sources. The incumbent shall ensure that all customer service personnel are skilled in providing informative product knowledge and support for all customer inquiries. Shall be responsible for the documentation of all service quality issues, service order errors, and lead time problems. Responsible for managing all service complaints from customers. Must be knowledgeable on current service pricing, marketing promotions, general pricing and customer service contract pricing agreements to ensure that all invoicing is executed accurately. Responsible for the training, retention, motivating, and evaluation of all Customer Service staff. Responsible for resolving all employee misbehavior by recommending personnel actions. Interface directly with the Billing System Technician for scheduling and planning purposes, in relation to monthly billing. Perform other related duties as required by the Executive Director from time to time.
Qualified Applicants Apply To:
Human Resources Division American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (A.S.T.C.A.) P.O. Box M Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Tel: (684) 699-1121 ext 201 (684) 733-9048 cell Fax: (684) 699-9026
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Puerto Rico debates legalizing marijuana
samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Dozens of people marched Saturday through Puerto Rico’s capital amid growing support for a recent bill filed by a former police chief that aims to legalize marijuana for personal use, unleashing an unprecedented debate in this conservative U.S. territory. The crowd marched to the seaside Capitol building, where Sen. Miguel Pereira filed a bill this week stating it should be legal for those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. The former federal prosecutor and corrections secretary said possession cases are costing the government money, noting that 80 percent of inmates are serving time for non-violent crimes. Critics say the proposal would further fuel violence on an island of 3.7 million people that reported a record 1,117 killings in 2011, with police saying that 70 percent of killings are drugrelated. Others expressed concern that police, teachers and doctors would smoke while working. “This measure has to be studied extremely carefully,” Sen. Jose Perez Rosa said. “It’s not like alcohol, where acceptable levels (of use) exist.” Currently, those charged with marijuana possession can face up to three years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Justice Secretary Luis Sanchez Betances did not say whether he favored Pereira’s measure, but he said the government should find alternatives to the current law. “This opens a public debate,” he said. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla echoed a similar sentiment in a press conference this week. “I don’t have a problem with an open debate about the possibilities, benefits or drawbacks of such a measure,” he said, adding that the issue is not a priority for his administration. Last year, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for those over 21. The law, however, bans the public use of marijuana. Puerto Rico joins a handful of other Caribbean islands, including Jamaica and St. Lucia, where there has been a push to legalize marijuana use. In Jamaica, government officials previously reviewed recommendations to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The proposal has the backing of several church leaders, but it has not gained traction on an island that remains the Caribbean’s largest pot exporter to the U.S. In St. Lucia, supporters also have spent more than a decade lobbying the government without success to endorse a commercial hemp project.
2nd man arrested in rape of a 5-year-old Indian girl
NEW DELHI (AP) — A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. Pradeep Kumar was arrested Monday in the eastern state of Bihar, about 620 miles from New Delhi, and was being brought to the capital, police said. Police said questioning of the first man arrested in the case, Manoj Kumar, led them to the second suspect. Manoj Kumar, 24, was arrested Saturday in Bihar and has since been flown back to New Delhi. Kumar is a common last name in India and the two men are not related. The men are accused of abducting, raping and attempting to murder the 5-year-old, who went missing April 15 and was found two days later by neighbors who heard her crying in a locked room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her family. The girl was alone when she was found, having been left for dead by her attackers, police say. The girl was in critical condition when she was transferred Thursday from a local hospital to the largest government-run hospital in the country. D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of the staterun hospital in New Delhi where the girl was being treated, said Monday that she was responding well to treatment and that her condition had stabilized. “She is much better today and her wounds are healing well,” Sharma told reporters. The attack came four months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked outrage across India about the treatment of women in the country. For the second consecutive day, hundreds of people protested Sunday outside police headquarters in the capital, angry over allegations that police failed to act after the girl’s parents told them she was missing. About 100 supporters of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party protested outside the home of the chief of the ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, demanding that the government ensure the safety and security of women and girls in the city. The protesters also demanded that the Delhi police chief be removed from office and that police officials accused of failing to act on the parents’ complaint be dismissed. “Police and other officials that fail to do their jobs and instead engage in abusive behavior should know that they will be punished,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of New York-based Human Rights Watch. Police said they detained more than 50 protesters when they tried to break down barricades on the road leading to Gandhi’s house. The protesters were released after a few hours. Police also placed restrictions on gatherings of more than four people on the main avenue in the heart of New Delhi after university students said they planned to hold a demonstration there. Despite the police order, about 100 students gathered at New Delhi’s iconic India Gate monument and held a peaceful protest late Sunday. Sexual crimes against women and children are reported every day in Indian newspapers, and women often complain about feeling insecure when they leave their homes. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for changes in attitudes toward women in India. The December gang rape on a New Delhi bus sparked outrage and spurred the government to pass tough laws for crimes against women, including the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim’s death. Activists say passing laws is not enough, and that the government must ensure that police and the justice system crack down on crimes against women.
Alofa, se ia tiga…
Vaega: 41 Fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u, ae maise lava o i latou o lo’o fiafia e faitau i la tatou tala fa’asolo, malo lava le soifua i lenei taeao fou i lou alafa’i mai i le manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua Soifua. Ae o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai. ia manuia faiva ma tiute o le a feagai ai ma oe i lenei aso. Na ou tu a’e nei i luga ma ou savali loa i fafo ma ou savali atu i le itu o le fale o lo’o i ai le potu ‘ai ma ou iloa atu ai, ua matua’i selau pesene mea uma ua uma ona saunia e si o’u tina tausi o Ana. Na pei o le afa agi fuli fao le fa’ataitaio mai o lo’u tina tausi ia te a’u, ina ua iloa mai, ou te le i o’o lava i le vai, ma e le i suia fo’i o’u ofu lea na ou alu ai i le a’oga, ma e ve’uve’ua atoa lo’u ulu. “Averia Rosa Elisapeta McAdams, o le a le na, o le a le mea ua tupu ia te oe, oka ta fefe, Averia, ou te le i a’oa’oina oe i na tulaga ua e o’o i ai, ou te le i a’oa’oina oe e te ola faiga’elo ma e ola paie, toe fo’i nei i totonu o lou potu e ta’ele ona e sau ai lea, e fai le ta mea’ai.” Ou te talitonu ana fa’apea ou te tali atu i lo’u tina tausi, o lona uiga e lavea a’u i le ipu ti o lo’o ia u’uina i lea taimi. Na ou savali atu nei ma ou nofo i luga o le nofoa ae o lo’o agi pea le matagi fuli fao a Ana ia te a’u, e aunoa ma sa’u upu na tali atu ai ia te ia. Ai ua iloa mai e lo’u tina le maligi ifo o o’u loimata, o le ala lea na tu’u fa’afuase’i ai loa le ‘otegiaina o a’u, ae ua savali mai nei ma fusi atu a’u. “Averia, Averia, si a’u tama, fa’amagalo mai a’u, e i ai se mea ua tupu ia te oe, fa’amolemole ta’u mai ia te a’u lou tina, o oe lava o si a’u tama pele, ma e leai lava se tasi e mafai ona ave’eseina oe mai ia te a’u, tautala mai, ona ou iloa ai lea o le mea e ao ona fai, ua e ita ia te a’u, Averia, tautala mai ia te a’u fa’amolemole.” Na ou a’apa atu nei ua fusi mai si o’u tina sa tausia a’u i le tele o tausaga, “Mama, ‘aua e te popole, e leai se mea o tupu, ua pau lava ua te’i lava ua toe fo’i o’u mafaufauga i tua, i lo’u aiga, o lo’u tama, aemaise ai o lo’u tina o Elisapeta, ua ou fia va’ai ai lava i si o’u tina, ua ou fia pa’u atu lava i si o’u tina moni. Ou te le o iloa po’o manuia ia, po’o ma’i, po’o alofagia e nisi, po’o soifua pea lona aiga e tausia ia pe leai.”
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samoa news, Monday. April 22, 2013
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tusia Ausage Fausia
Se vaaiga i le taimi na aga’i mai ai le ulua’i solo o pasese o le vaa a le MS Oosterdam, ao laina atu i fafo o le lotoa o le uafu ave pasi ma ave taxi mo le faataliina o ni a latou pasese mai le vaa. [ata: AF]
IOE FETA’I AULEAFA SA IA UMIA AISA O le aso 7 o Iuni, 2013 lea ua faatulaga e le Faamasinoga Maualuga e tuuina atu ai le faasalaga o le alii o Feta’i Auleafe, ina ua talia lana tali ioe i le moliaga feololo o lona umia faasolitulafono o se vaega o le pauta faasaina o le aisa, i lalo o se maliliega sa latou sainia ma le malo. Ua tautino Auleafe i luma o le faamasinoga e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 19 o Oketopa 2012 i Tafuna, sa ia umia ai faasolitulafono se tama’i taga pepa iila sa i ai se vaega o le aisa. Na maua lenei alii ma ana taga pepa iila o i ai le aisa, ina ua aga’i atu leoleo e saili ni tamaitai talavou se toalua (18 ma le 19 tausaga) na taua i se ripoti o lo o inupia ma ni alii i se fale tuufua i Ottoville. Na faamatala e tamaitai nei i leoleo e faapea, na alu atu Auleafe ma piki mai laua i lana taavale. Ao latou i ai i totonu o le taavale, sa la vaaia ia Auleafe ua tago ula lana aisa i luma o laua, ina ua maea, sa ia tuuina atu ia te i laua ma la ula ai foi. Ina ua ia fesiligia e leoleo Auleafe e faatatau i le taga pepa, sa ia taua e faapea, sa ia vaaia se taga pepa o taatiatia i luga o le mutia i le vaega na latou tafafao ai, na ia pikiina ma tuu i totonu o lana taga, e le’i umi ae taunuu atu loa ma leoleo. Ua manatu loia o le a faatali le tuuina atu o ni a laua faafinauga mo se faasalaga o le ua molia, sei maea ona la faitau i se ripoti mai le Ofisa Nofovaavaaia. O lo o taofia pea le ua molia i le toese i Tafuna e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lona faasalaga.
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O le tamaitai loia fautua ia Leslie Cardin o lo o tulai mo le ua molia, ae o le tamaitai loia ia Kimberly Hyde o lo o tula’i mo le itu a le malo. SAUNI IOANE LOGOVII E TALI IOE I ONA MOLIAGA O le taeao nei lea ua faatulaga e toe faaauau ai le fofogaina o le maliliega aufaatasi ua maea ona sainia e le malo ma le alii o Ioane ‘Upuese’ Logovii. I se maliliega na fofogaina i luma o le faamasinoga i le Aso Faraile na te’a nei, o lo o talosagaina ai e le malo le faamasinoga ina ia talia suiga ua latou faia i ulua’i moliaga o Logovii. O Logovii o lo o tuuaia i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i le tulaga muamua ma le moliaga mama o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele, ae i lalo o le maliliega ua latou sainia ma le malo, o le a ia tali ioe ai i le moliaga muamua lea ua toe teuteu e le malo, ina ia faailoa ai le solitulafono o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, atoa ai ma lona tali ioe foi i le moliaga o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. O moliaga faasaga ia Logovii na afua mai i le faalavelave lea na tulai mai i Fagatogo i le amataga o le tausaga nei, ina ua ia faaaogaina se tamai naifi e tui ai lima o se alii, atoa ai ma lona taumafai e tau ta tui ona vae e pei ona tuuaia ai o ia e le malo. Na taua e molimau i leoleo e faapea, o le faalavelave na tulai mai ina ua taumafai le ua molia e saili poo ai le tagata na ulufale faamalosi i totonu o lona fale ma gaoi ni isi o mea aoga sa i ai, o lea na ia tuuaia ai loa le alii na manu’a o ia sa gaoiina meatotino mai totonu o lona fale.
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O le aso ananafi na faamanino auiliili ai e le taitaifono o le komiti o tuuga fautasi o le fu’a na faatoa mae’a atu nei, susuga Lt. Erick Runyon o le U.S Coast Guard ni isi o mataupu e pei ona faasea ai le toatele e faatatau i auala na faatautaia ai le tuuga faatasi. O ni isi o faasea o lo o fesiligia ai le mafuaaga na toe sui ai le vaega e amata mai ai le tuuga, atoa ai ma le le maua o se avanoa a kapeteni o auvaa e faailoa i ai vaega tonu o le sami e liliu mai ai le tuuga. O lo o fesiligia foi le mafuaaga na ala ai ona le faaee le faailoilo a le komiti i le taimi na tini ai le Fuao, ae na faatoa faaee ina ua tini le Aeto. Na taua e Lt. Runyon i le Samoa News i se faatalatalanoaga i luga o le telefoni ananafi e faapea, o le ‘saogalemu’ o auvaa uma sa tausinio i le tuuga, o le mafuaaga autu lea o le faia o le faaiuga e sui le nofoaga e amata mai ai le tuuga fautasi. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, toeititi leai se fonotaga a le komiti ma kapeteni ao loma le tuuga, na ia fa’ailoa ai fuafuaga e lau ua sauni le komiti e faaaoga pe afai ae faaletonu le tau i le aso o le tuuga, o le amata sa’o mai o le tuuga i tai i le nofoaga masani ma le amata atu i le vaega e tini mai ai, ona alu lea i tai ma liliu mai ai ma toe agai atu ai i le tini. “E na o le kapeteni lava a Nuuuli na faasea mai ia te a’u ina ua maea le tuuga, ae ina ua uma ona ou toe vaavaai i le ‘tape’ sa pu’eina, na ou faia ai loa le faaiuga e leai se faaletonu o le tuuga,” o le saunoaga lea a Lt. Runyon. Na ia ta’ua foi e faapea, o le va o le 3:00 ma le 6:00 i le afiafi o le Aso Lua na te’a nei na ia faia ai le faaiuga e sui le nofoaga e amata ai le tuuga, ina ua le mafai ona faatutu fu’a i tai i le vaega sa fuafua e amata mai ai ona o le sou sami. Na ia faamanino foi e faapea, o le taimi lava na tini ai le Fuao na faaee ai le faailoilo a le komiti e faailoa ai ua tini le vaa muamua, ae le sa’o tuuaiga ua faia e faapea sa faia sana ulua’i faaiuga e faaleaoga ai le Fuao, peitai mulimuli ane toe sui. “Ou te faapea atu i afioaga uma sa tausinio a latou fautasi, o le tuuga sa alo atu i ai fautasi e 6 i le sisigafu’a o lenei tausaga, o se tuuga pito sili lea ona manaia ma lelei le faatinoina, sa usita’i uma vaa i le faaiuga a le komiti i le vaega e tatau ona liliu mai ai vaa i tai,” o le saunoaga lea a Lt. Runyon. Na maua le avanoa e fesiligia ai e le Samoa News le Sui Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, le tofa ia Tuiagamoa Tavai e faatatau i lenei mataupu, aemaise o se auala e mafai ai e le latou Ofisa ona tali atu i faasea ua faasaga i le tuuga fautasi o lenei tausaga. Fai mai Tuiagamoa, sa latou faatali i se ripoti mai i le sa taitaia le komiti o tuuga faatasi, ae talu ai e leai se ripoti sa tuuina atu e le alii Lutena, sa latou manatu ai e le’i i ai se faaletonu na tulai mai i le taimi o le tuuga. “Ae na ou te’i ina ua ou fo’i atu i le fale ina ua mae’a le fu’a i le afiafi lea, ae faasau loa i talafou a le KVZK-TV faasea a ni isi o kapeteni o fautasi sa tausinio e faatatau i le faaletonu sa i ai le faatinoina o le tuuga fautasi, ma o iina na faatoa ou iloa ai loa sa i ai le faaletonu na tulai mai,” o le saunoaga lea a Tuiagamoa. Sa ia maua foi le avanoa latou te faasoa ai ma ni isi o tagata lautele e faatatau i faaletonu, na o latou manatu, na tulai mai i le taimi o le tuuga fautasi. Na fesiligia Tuiagamoa pe na maua sona avanoa e silasila ai i le tuuga fautasi na mae’a atu nei, ae na tali le Sui Failautusi e le’i umi se taimi na matamata ai i le tuuga fautasi ona sa agai atu i le malae i Tafuna mo le tapenaina o isi fuafuaga o le sisigafu’a. “O se tasi o itu na faateia ai a’u ina ua vaavaavi atu i le T.V, ua sui le vaega e amata mai ai le tuuga e aunoa ma le toe logoina mai o le matou Ofisa i lea suiga ae poo ai na faia le suiga,” o le saunoaga lea a Tuiagamoa. Fai mai Tuiagamoa, o le tuuga lava ia sa fuafua e amata mai i tai i le moana e pei ona masani ai, peitai e oo mai i le taimi nei na te le o iloa po o ai na toe suia lea faaiuga. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, afai na mafua ona sui ona o tulaga o le tau, i lona talitonuga sa lelei lava le tau sa i ai le taeao na fai ai le tuuga, e le’i ono o’o atu lava i se tulaga e ono suia ai le vaega e amata mai ai le tuuga. Na fai le tofa Tuiagamoa ma sui o le komiti ma le latou ofisa e faaleo le agaga faamaualalo i afioaga uma o lo o aafia o latou finagalo ona o le faaiuga o le tuuga. Sa ia taua e faapea, sa i ai lava le manatu o le a sao ma uli le tuuga fautasi o lenei tausaga, peitai o lea foi ua tulai mai ni isi o faafitauli e faatatau i le faaiuga a le komiti. E ui i faasea e pei ona faailoa, o lea ua taoto le faaiuga a le komiti mo le tuuga fautasi o lenei tausaga, e pei ona avea ai le Fuao mai Vatia ma siamupini o le sisigafu’a o le 2013. O le tuuga fautasi o le tausaga fou e pei ona taua e le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa ma le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, o le a vaavaai ai i le ono aumaia o se vaa mai Samoa e siamupini i le latou tuuga o le Teuila ia Setema o le tausaga nei, e tausinio i le tuuga fautasi o le tausaga fou pe a aulia atu i le ola ma le malosi, peitai o le fuafuaga o le a toe faamautu i le tausaga fou. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
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O le vaiaso na te’a nei na sainia ai e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga pili taufaaofi e lua na pasia e le Fono Faitulafono, ma ua aloaia nei le avea o ia pili ma tulafono i totonu o le malo o Amerika Samoa. O tulafono taufaaofi ua saunia nei e le alii kovana e aofia ai le Pili a le maota o sui 33-5 e faaulutalaina e faapea ‘O se pili e faaopoopo ai totino o le Komiti Faafoe o Femalagaaiga, ina ia faalautele atu ai totino ma faaopoopo ai foi le numera e mafai ai ona maua le kalama e faatino ai galuega a le komiti’, ma le Pili a le maota maualuga 33-3 e faaulutalaina e faapea,’O se tulafono e faaopoopo ai le aofai o totino o tagata tausi mavaega i le Vaega o le Litaea a le malo, ma faaopoopo atu ai ma o latou agavaa i le faatinoina o ia tiute.’ Na taua e le alii kovana i sana tusi i le fofoga fetalai o le maota o sui ia Savali Talavou Ale e faapea, o le faaopoopoina o le aofai o tagata e auai i komiti ma komisi taua faapenei a le malo e pei o le Komiti Faafoe o le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, ua atagia mai ai le tuuina atu e le malo o le latou sao i le faaleleia lea o le tautua a lea Ofisa i totonu o le malo atoa. “E le gata i lea, o le a mafai ai ona maua sui fou e tuuina atu mafaufauga fou ma metotia fou i taimi o faiga faaiuga a le komiti, ina ia mafai ai ona tali atu i atugaluga ma popolega o lo o faatula’i mai e le atunuu,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a Lolo ia Savali. Na taua foi e Lolo ia Savali e faapea, o le pili na pasia e le fono ma ua ia sainia nei, o lo o taua ai le sui mai o le aofaiga o le komiti faafoe mai le aofaiga e 5 o lo o i ai i le 7, peitai o le tulafono sa ia faauluina i le fono, e sui mai ai le aofai o le komiti mai le 5 i le 9. Fai mai Lolo, afai e i ai ni faafitauli e tulai mai i le lumana’i e faatatau i suiga ua faia, o le a mafai ona latou toe faasoa ai ma taitai o le fono i se taimi o i luma. O le masina na te’a nei na pasia ai foi e le fono tofiga a le kovana mo i latou e toalima e avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga. O i latou nei e aofia ai Frank Gaisoa o le taitaifono o le komiti, Rev. Anetele’a Misioka, Fred Mamea, Sherry Bulter ma Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava. O le tulafono na pasia e le fono ma ua sainia nei e le alii kovana, o i latou e toa 7 o le a avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe o Femalagaaiga, ia avea i latou o Nesionale o le Iunaite Setete, ma o ni tagata foi e tupuaga mai i tuaa Amerika Samoa. E le’i tuuina atu e le alii kovana i luma o le fono poo ai le isi toalua lea o le a ia tofia e faaopoopo i le toalima lea ua pasia e le fono e avea ma totino o le komiti faafoe o Femalagaaiga. I le tusi a Lolo i le peresetene o le senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau sa ia taua ai e faapea, na taua ai e Lolo le taua o le faaiuga ua faia e pasia ai suiga i le aofai o tagata tausi mavaega mo le litaea a le malo. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, o le tofia ai o sui fou e avea ma totino o le komiti o tausi mavaega a le litaea, o le a maua ai manatu fou ma metotia e faaleleia atili ai le auaunaga a le komiti. Sa ia faafetaia foi le atamai o le faaiuga ua faia e le Fono, e faatulaga atu ai ma le umi e tautua ai totino taitasi i totonu o le komiti ua latou pasiaina nei. E toa 9 sui o le komiti o tausi mavaega a le litaea na finagalo le alii kovana e sui agai i ai le tulafono, peitai na sui e le fono i le toa 7, i le maea ai lea ona fesiligia e le fono o totino o le Ofisa o le Litaea i le itu lelei poo ni aafiaga e ono tulai mai pe afai ae sui le aofai o tagata tausi mavaega a le litaea. O suiga la na pasia e le fono ma ua sainia foi e le kovana, mai le toa 7 o totino o le komiti o tausi mavaega, o le toalima o i latou nei o totino o le tupe a le litaea, ma le toalua e filiflia mai i tagata fapisinisi e le o ni totino o le litaea. O i latou e toalima na ulua’i tofia e le kovana e avea ma totino o le komiti o tausi mavaega a le litaea e aofia ai Su’a Carl Schuster, Talalemotu Mauga, Avamua David Haleck, John Marsh ma Brant Judy, ma o i latou nei o le a avea ma totino o le komiti mo le e ta’i 5, 4, 3, 2 ma le tasi le tausaga. Ina ua pasia e le fono le pili e pei ona sainia nei e le alii kovana, na toe tofia ai loa e le alii kovana isi sui e toalua e faaatoa ai le toa 7 o le komiti, ma o i laua ia e aofia ai Nanai Afuola Ma Toafala Iafeta. O i latou uma nei e avea ma totino o le komiti o tausi mavaega a le litaea pe afai ae faamaonia e le fono faitulafno. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
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WEST, Texas (AP) — The First Baptist Church in the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded is still off-limits, so the Rev. John Crowder put folding chairs in a hay pasture and improvised a pulpit on a truck flatbed. At the elementary school, an official carted extra desks and chairs into the only public school campus that’s left. This was Sunday in West. Four days after the blast that killed 14 people and injured 200 others, residents prayed for comfort and got ready for the week ahead, some of them still waiting to find out when — or if — they will be able to go back home. “We have lost our friends and neighbors. We lost the safety and comfort of our homes,” said Crowder, raising his voice over the whirr of helicopters surveying the nearby rubble from overhead. “But as scary as this is, we don’t have to be afraid.” The explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. rocketed shrapnel across several blocks and left what assistant state fire marshal Kelly Kirstner described Sunday as “a large crater.” A section of the flat farming town near the crater, including Crowder’s church, is still behind barricades. One school campus was obliterated, and on the eve of 1,500 students returning to class for the first time since Wednesday’s blast, Superintendent Marty Crawford said the high school and middle school could also be razed. Nearly 70 federal and state investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire that set off the explosion, Kirstner said. Authorities say there are no signs of criminal intent. Robert Champion, the special agent in charge for the Dallas office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said experts plan to enter the crater in the next few days and start digging in search of an explanation. “It’s a slow process, but we’re getting there,” Champion said. Slow is the normal way of life in West. But the last several days for many of its 2,800 residents have melded into an anguishing and frustrating stretch of wait-and-hear — whether about the safety of family and friends, or the fate of their homes. Six firefighters and four emergency medics were among the dead, and city officials announced that a memorial service would be held Thursday at Baylor University. Professional organizations and family and friends on Sunday identified four of the first responders who died: brothers Doug and Robert Snokhous, who were both firefighters with the West Volunteer Fire Department; Jerry Chapman, a firefighter with the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department; and Kevin Sanders, who worked with West EMS and another area volunteer fire department. At least one of the West volunteer firefighters who was killed, Joey Pustejovsky, was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption that held a
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solemn first Mass since the blast. Firefighters and emergency workers in bright yellow jackets kneeled in the pews as the Rev. Boniface Onjefu recalled driving toward the fire after the explosion rattled his house. “I stopped at the nursing home,” Onjefu said. “I noticed a lot of people trapped. I assisted. I prayed with some and held the hands of some that needed comfort. I saw him in the eyes of everyone.” Said Onjefu, “God heard our prayers and prevented another tank from exploding.” Edi Botello, a senior at West High School, is Catholic but stood in a roadside pasture with friend Chelsea Hayes for the First Baptist Church service that drew more than 100 people. “We needed this,” Botello said. They wore gray “(hash)prayforwest” shirts that have become ubiquitous in the town. On the night of the explosion, Botello asked his mother if Hayes, who lived close to the plant, could come over. He said his mom still wonders what might have been if she had said no. “Every time I close my eyes, all I can think about is the explosion,” Botello said. “People running around. People evacuating. There was one point I couldn’t even talk. I just stuttered.” Wendy Castro, a clerk at a nearby Wal-Mart, was among the first allowed back into her home, which sits on the outmost edge of the barricaded area. Broken windows and screen doors twisted off hinges is about the worst damage in her neighborhood. The streets look like a bad storm rumbled through, not the deadliest fertilizer plant explosion since 31 were killed in Toulouse, France, in 2001. Dozens of homes close to the blast — some of which were leveled — may not be accessible to owners for another week or more. Among the scorched buildings in the shadow of the plant were the town’s high school and intermediate school. Crawford said the track team probably would have been at the high school when the plant erupted if they hadn’t stopped to eat on their way back from a meet. On Sunday, he checked on volunteers furnishing three portable classrooms trucked to the elementary campus. Starting Monday, the school that usually has 350 students will be crowded with twice that. Crawford noticed the proximity of the schools to the fertilizer plant when he came down from Dallas to interview for the superintendent job. “A red flag went up,” he said. Teachers are practiced in emergency drills and there’s an evacuation plan on paper in the district office. Had the explosion happened hours earlier, Crawford is certain it would have made no difference. “We would have tried our best,” Crawford said. “But I couldn’t see us being successful. I don’t have to describe to you in graphic detail what would have happened.”
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TRAVEL-RELATED EXPENSES For the “Food for Human Consumption” category from Nov. 27, 2012- Feb. 21, 2013, the expense report lists around $60,000 for travel-related expenses, and the “Maintenance and Repair Supplies” category includes around $7,317.00 in such expenses. The category of “Off-Island Travel” is listed at $104, 810.13, and the “Manu’a Local Travel”- $675. If the four totals are added together, the Senate is reported to have spent around $171,000 on travel alone, from October 2012 to February 2013. According to a source at the Fono, travel for lawmakers can be paid for or reimbursed by the Legislature if the trip involves Fono business. Samoa News notes the expenses, while listed as ‘airfare for, ‘APD in…’, ‘land transport’, ‘car rental’, etc., there is no indication what Fono business was being done on the travel-related expense. Mabuhay Travel and Worldwide Tours are the travel agencies listed for many of the airfares, when noted, with Mabuhay Travel listed more often. Both agencies are located in Nu’uuli. Mabuhay Travel does business as “Mabuhay Travel Services”, according to their website. Of interest, under “Other Contractual Services”, Mabuhay Travel is also listed as receiving $10,000 on October 12, 2012. If it was for airfares, then the amount the Senate spent on travel tops $181,000. Samoa News does note the ASG Retirement Fund meeting was held in December 2012 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, according to information reported by Samoa News, the ASG Employees Retirement Fund paid only for airfares. Also, noted was that most of the payments for travel-related expenses in the “Food for Human Consumption” category were made in February this year, with certain exceptions, made in December 2012. The exceptions are: On December 11, 2012, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau received four payments totaling $9,873.40 for travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. The total payment includes $3,360 for per diem, $800 for a car rental, $3,500 for “protocol” and $2,213.40 for airfare.
Three days later on December 14, head of the Legislative Finance Office Talalemotu Mauga received two payments totaling $3,040 for per diem and land transportation in Honolulu. Western District Governor Lualemaga Faoa, who was a senator at the time, had his airfare of $2,233.40 paid for by the Senate on December 18, 2012 and he also received an additional $1,321 for land transportation and per diem in Honolulu and Los Angeles. That same day, the Senate also made out another check of $1,458.40 for airfare to Mabuhay Travel — noting that it was “Airfare for Pel”. On December 19, the Governor’s Executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, who was a contractor at the Fono, received $2,265 for land transportation and per diem in Honolulu. The Senate also forked out $939.60 to pay his airfare. (Iulogologo is now with the Governor’s Office, as the Executive Assistant to the Governor.) For the “Maintenance and Repair Supplies” category of the expense report, it shows a per diem was issued on Dec. 3 for Fono staffer Mary Galea’i in the amount of $1,792 for travel to Honolulu, while Mabuhay Travel was paid $2,248.40 for airfare for Jeann Tuufuli on Dec. 18. That same day, another payment of $121 was issued to the same company for “amended airfare.” On Dec. 3, two payments were made to Jeann Tuufuli in the amounts of $672 for per diem in Honolulu and $484 for per diem in Las Vegas. Mabuhay Travel again received another $2,000 on Feb. 28 for “repair and maintenance.” For the “Off-island Travel” category, the Senate expense report shows that the Senate spent $104,810.13 on travel between Oct. 10, 2012 and Feb. 19, 2013. Of note, in October, Sen. Galea’i Tuufuli received $1,925 total for travel to Los Angeles and Honolulu while Tulafono Sola’ita got a total of $2,065 for travel to Honolulu and San Francisco. Senate Secretary Leo’o Va’a Ma’o received payments totaling $1,469 for travel to Honolulu and Seattle, with the Senate footing the bill for his airfare of $2,391.90 Senate President Gaoteote got a total of $5,285 for travel to Apia, including airfare, per diem, car rental, and protocol expenses. Mika Kelemete Jr., received $1,185 for airfare and travel expenses to Apia and a payment of $2,214 was made to Worldwide Tours for airfare for Tuufuli.
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A total of $1,185 was paid for airfare and per diem for Tavita Roseti to travel to Apia and former Ms. American Samoa Cindy Silao, who is from Vatia and works in the Senate President’s office, received a total of $3,561.40 in payments to cover her airfare, land transportation, and per diem to San Francisco and Honolulu. In late October last year, Worldwide Tours was paid $4,428 for airfares for Solaita and Tuufuli, according to the report. The following are some of the travel expenses paid for by the Senate between Oct. 2012 and Feb. 2013 as noted in the expense report (unless otherwise noted, the payments were for per diem and land transportation expenses, not including airfare): Oct. 26 - Savali Savali Jr., $3,508 (Honolulu and Las Vegas) Nov. 02 - Mabuhay Travel $2,265.46 “airfare for Savali” Nov. 26 - Malepeai Setu $1,593 (Honolulu) Nov. 26 - I’atala Tagiil $1,593 (Honolulu) Nov. 26 - Mauga Tasi Asuega $1,321 (Honolulu and Los Angeles) Nov. 27 - Atofau, Fiavivini $2,042 (Honolulu and Seattle) Nov. 27 - Tulafono Solaita $1,593 (Honolulu) Nov. 28 - Aigamaua, Pesamino $3,360 (Honolulu) Dec. 03 - Mauga, Talalemotu $3,960 (no details given) Dec. 03 - Talia, Faafetai $725 (airfare and per diem to Manu’a) Dec. 04 - Worldwide Tours $3,190.80 for two airfares ($1,595.40 each) Dec. 04 - Mabuhay Travel $4908.80 total for three airfares Dec. 17 - Mabuhay Travel $1,706.40 (airfare) Dec. 24 - Tulifua Lam Yuen $3,045 (Honolulu and Los Angeles) Jan. 08 - Worldwide Tours $1,590.40 “airfare” Jan. 09 - Sao T. Nua $480 (Manu’a) Jan. 15 - Galea’i Tuufuli $2,081 (Honolulu and Los Angeles) Jan. 17 - Alo Faauuga $2,149 (Honolulu and Los Angeles) Jan. 17 - Mabuhay Travel $4,468.80 “Airfares for Galea’i and Faauuga - $2,234.40 each” Jan. 23 - Esera, Siolosega $1,383 (Honolulu and San Jose)
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➧ Travel-related expenses for Senators…
Feb. 05 - Mabuhay Travel $2,333.40 “Airfare for Siolosega” Feb. 6 was a busy day for the Senate, as far as payments. On that day, Senate President Gaoteote received a total of $7,040 for car rental, protocol expenses, and per diem for a trip to Honolulu. Other payments included $1,568 to Senate Secretary Leo’o Va’a Ma’o “for Honolulu” and $1,120 each “for Honolulu” to Saole Mila, Galea’i Tuufuli, [Laolagi] Savali Vaeao, Mauga Tasi Asuega, Magalei Logovii, Asifoa Atualevao, Sao Nua, Tagisia Faumuina, Siolosega Esera, and Faauuga Alo. Letuligasenoa also received two payments of $1,120 each ($2,240 total) that day, plus another $2,240 for “Honolulu” for a total of $4,480. The Letuligasenoa check for $2,240 is listed to ‘Solia Fofoga’, whose matai title is Letuligasenoa. Vaiula Matautia received $1,568, while Pesamino Aigamaua got $2,240 for “Honolulu”. (Samoa News notes that it reported that the ASG Employees Retirement Fund paid for airfares only for the Retirement Committees for each Fono chamber — House and Senate — for its meeting in Honolulu, in December 2012. Also, senators’ names are reported as they ‘appear” in the expense report, which are not necessarily with their ‘matai’ titles. There are thirteen Senate committee members: Saole Mila, Galea’i Tuufuli, [Laolagi] Savali Vaeao, Magalei Logovii, Asifoa Atualevao, Sao Nua, Tagisia Faumuina, Siolosega Esera, Faauuga Alo, Pesamino Aigamaua and [Letuligasenoa] Solia Fofoga, Sua Mata’utia and Faletagoa’i Iati Tuiolemotu. Sua Mata’utia and Faletagoa’i Iati Tuiolemotu do not have any airfare or per diem listed in the expense report “for Honolulu”. ) On Feb. 19, Mabuhay Travel received a check for 1,707.37 for “airfare”, with no name. For “Manu’a Local Travel,” the only person listed under the category is Sen. Sao Nua, who received a total of $675 for airfare, land transportation, and per diem on Jan. 18 and Feb. 6. (Stay tuned to the Samoa News for more news on Fono expenses, including expenses for the House of Representatives, the Legislative Reference Bureau, Fono Finance, and the new Fono building, and the Fono’s computer expenses.) BACKGROUND Other payments under the “Food for Human Consumption” category listed as such, include a check for $586.70 to Senate President Gaoteote on January 10; a payment of $1,120 for Fono employee Lotoleaga Emelio; and $2,600 to Senator Saoluaga T. Nua. The following are some of the other payments for “Food For Human Consumption” that were made out by the Senate during the aforementioned time period:
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Dec. 04 Atofau, Fiavivini $750 Dec. 31 Hong Kong House $1,395.75 Dec. 31 Deluxe Café $2,666.50 Jan. 04 Tradewinds Hotel $2,544 Jan. 10 Hong Kong House $3,187.35 Jan. 11 Tradewinds Hotel $681 Jan. 11 KS Mart $135.78 & $1,576.94 Jan. 14 American Samoa $2,170 Jan. 18 Hong Kong House $738.50 Jan. 24 Atofau Fiavivini $800 Jan. 29 - KS Mart $488.16 Feb. 21 - Sao T. Nua $2,600 The name that appears most frequently under the “Food For Human Consumption” category is that of Solia, Fofoga (who according to Fono sources works in the Legislative Finance Office) and who is named as the recipient for payments totaling $46,756.50 (from the Senate side alone, not including funds from the House of Representatives and other Fono divisions). A source at the Fono says they believe the checks are made out to Solia, who cashes them and then uses the funds to pay for things approved by the Fono’s higher-ups, in this case, the Senate President. Other questionable expenses under the Repairs and Maintenance Category include: Paid out $4,800 on Feb. 12 — to “Nuuuli Service” —and it is unclear where or what this business is. The same company is noted under the “Hotels, Restaurants, Etc.” category of the expense report as receiving $2,501.91 on Oct. 12, 2012. A payment of $200 was made out to “American Samoa” on Feb. 14 although it is unclear if this is a business or organization. ASCO Motors was paid $34,500 on Feb. 20. (See complete details in Friday’s edition of the Samoa News)
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➧ Western District $1M ledger entries …
In last week’s story about the Western District ledger entries, Samoa News reported that the district governors controlled their district’s $1 million loan proceeds. However, Samoa News was incorrect. In March 2009, Samoa News reported that then Governor Togiola had appointed former House member Tagaloa Toloa Letuli to coordinate the allocation of the $3 million for the three districts of American Samoa. The $3 million was requested by the administration and approved by the Fono in December. During the House review of the measure, there was no clear indication as to who would administer this money, and it was suspected at the time it would be the Office of Samoan Affairs. However, during a cabinet meeting, in March 2009,Togiola announced the appointment of Tagaloa to coordinate allocation of this money, which was the subject of many House complaints as faipule argued there was not enough of the $20 million retirement loan left to cover this expense. Despite complaints, a law was passed that the three districts would receive $1 million each for their capital improvement projects. Togiola said at the time, that in 2008 there were more than a few projects in the far reaches of the district that would revitalize villages with a fraction of the funds that are required under major capital improvement projects. He told directors during the cabinet meeting that departments and villages are to give their requests for the use of this money to Tagaloa. Tagaloa explained to Samoa News some of the checks identified in the ledger report. He said the check of $20,000 (Check# 1902) issued on May 31, 2012 to Satele was to pay for the expenses to attend Samoa’s 50-year Independence celebration, where SOFIA (Society of Fa’afafine in American Samoa) represented Vailoatai, led by Satele. “The check issued to Satele on May 21, 2010 (Check# 1496) for $30,000 was to pay for their airfares and per diem to take the signed petition to Washington DC during the minimum wage issue,” said Letuli. However, Samoa News archives show that it was in August 2009 when government officials presented the petition to a senior official of the
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Obama Administration. The minimum wage petition was signed by over 12,000 residents of American Samoa in hope to reestablish a fairer scheme of determining minimum wage increases for the people of American Samoa. The trip comprised Togiola and his wife Mary Ann, accompanied by Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau; House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale; Secretary of Samoan Affairs Tufele Fa’ato’ia Li’amatua; Eastern District Governor Gaoteote Tapatonu; Western District Governor Satele Galu Teutusi; Manu’atele District Governor Misaalefua J. Hudson; Chamber of Commerce President David Robinson, business community representative Carlos Sanchez (owner of a fishing company) representing fisheries in American Samoa; and other representatives of fishing companies operating in American Samoa. Tagaloa further explained that the checks issued to Lualemana Faoa (then a senator and currently the Western District Governor) and Speaker Savali Talavou Ale — a total of $50,000 each — was to pay for the expenses of the trip to Samoa’s 50-year Independence Celebration. “These leaders approached me about releasing the funds for the trip to Samoa which I denied however they went to the governor (Togiola) on several occasions, and after many attempts, the governor finally granted their request,” said Tagaloa in an interview with Samoa News. Asked about the checks issued to individuals, as stated in the ledger report, to Joyita Satele and Galu Satele, he said he was not aware of those checks. Tagaloa explained the checks issued to businesses such as McConnell Dowell in the amount of $129,730, Ace Hardware received $23,940.63, Tools Inc $44,907.15 CBT True Value $12,483 and trucking services, construction companies and auto repair companies also included in the report were to pay for projects that were approved under the capital improvements category. He did not offer details of the projects. Samoa News understands that on Jan. 2, 2013 a $50,000 check was issued to Magalei Logovi’i, from Western District funding, to complete the road to his house in Pava’ia’i. Efforts to obtain comments from Magalei were unsuccessful as of press time.
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➧ Bombing suspects planned more attacks…
pain the victims are suffering, and the healing that will go on. God is with us as we try still to build a just world, a world where there will not be terrorists doing their terrible damage.” Near the crime scene, Dan and Keri Arone were pushing their 11-week-old daughter in a stroller when they stopped along Newbury Street, a block from the bombing site, to watch investigators in white jumpsuits scour the pavement. Wearing his bright blue marathon jacket, Dan Arone said he had crossed the finish line 40 minutes before the explosions. The Waltham, Mass., couple visited the area to leave behind pairs of their running shoes among the bouquets of flowers, hand-written signs and other gifts at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, near the police barriers. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was tracing the suspects’ weapons to try to determine how they were obtained. Neither of the brothers had permission to carry a gun. Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said it was unclear whether either of them ever applied for a gun permit, and the applications are not considered public records. But
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the younger brother would have been denied a permit based on his age alone. Only people 21 or older are allowed gun licenses in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, surgeons at a Cambridge hospital said the Boston transit police officer wounded in a shootout with the suspects had lost nearly all his blood, and his heart had stopped from a single gunshot wound that severed three major blood vessels in his right thigh. Richard Donohue, 33, was in critical but stable condition. He is sedated and on a breathing machine but opened his eyes, moved his hands and feet and squeezed his wife’s hand Sunday. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is asking residents to observe a moment of silence Monday at the time the first of two bombs exploded. In New York, thousands of runners donned “I Run for Boston” bibs during a 4-mile run in Central Park, one of a number of races held around the world in support of the victims of the marathon bombings. Thousands of London Marathon runners offered their own tributes. The race began after a moment of silence, and many competitors wore black armbands as a sign of solidarity.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman When the President is kidnapped by a terrorist who seizes control of the White House, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team rushes to respond, they must rely on Banning’s insider knowledge to save the President and prevent an even greater catastrophe.
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