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Territorial Teacher of the Year Iose “Josie” Afu Muasau (THS) in front of the Vice President’s resident in Washington D.C. He met this week with teachers from the states and territories for a celebration of their achievements. Josie emailed Samoa News, “This has been such an extraordi‑ nary week for me. What an unforgettable and awesome experience. Thank you Am. Samoa and all the classroom teachers and students for this rare and prestigious opportunity.” More photos below. [courtesy photo]
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
House expense report — Le’i defends Gov’s decision to People and companies appoint Mrs. Liu as HR deputy paid by Senate re-appear
Says $60,000 contract is legal — not double dippinG
By Samoa News Staff
Between October 2012 and February 28, 2013 the House of Representatives spent a total of just over $1MIL on expenses, according to the House Expense Report obtained by Samoa News. Like the Senate Expense Report, it shows certain expenses paid out under categories that do not relate to the expense, and in some cases expenses were paid out to the same individuals and companies that also appear in the Senate Expense Report, for the same type of service. In review of the House Expense Report, Samoa News found the method of reporting expenses is similar to the Senate Expense Report — with very little detail of how the expense related to Fono business. SAME NAMES, COMPANIES Former prison warden Mika Kelemete Jr. is listed as being paid from the House ($1056 every two weeks) — and he is receiving the same amount of payments bi-weekly from the Senate side. Added with the Senate numbers, Kelemete will be receiving an annual salary of over $56,000, not including travel perks. He is paid under the “Other Employee Benefits” category. For gas expenses, the House method of payment is the same as the Senate: they do not use coupons for gas at the local Motor Pool station in Tafuna. Instead, it pays the vendor directly, which in this case is to the A&T Service Station in Nu’uuli, the same one used by the Senate. The company is listed in the House “Operating Supplies” for $2,000 on Dec. 12, 2012, while the Senate gas bill is considerably larger with payments to the service station from different categories for a total of $19,200 over a period of 4 months.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Director of Human Resources Le’i Sonny Thompson is defending the appointment of Eseneiaso Liu to the post of HR Deputy Director on a $60,000 contract, after she retired in Feb., 2013. “Her qualifications in the field of human resources are unquestionable,” said Le’i. “Mrs Eseneiaso as Deputy Director, Department of Human Resources is duly recognizing her long and faithful service of 45 years as a Human Resources Specialist.” Le’i in response to Samoa News queries said, “Eseneiaso is Deputy Director for the personnel division. As a veteran of this department her working experience started from the period of elected governors to the present.” Regarding the appointment of Mrs. Liu, Le’i said the gubernatorial appointments and any other appointees by the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are at their discretion and it’s not a violation of the law. He said she decided to retire and accepted a contract as an appointee. “In recognition of her commitment, dedication and perseverance to ASG and to the Human Resources profession for 45 years, we presented her with a plaque,” said Le’i during her retirement party three months ago. “The Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s decision to appoint her as my Deputy Director, is the right decision and it provided me invaluable assistance and continuity in moving the HR Department toward a new height commen-
surate with contemporary personnel management policies.” Le’i explained that anyone who is retired can be hired to work for the government. He quoted the American Samoa Administrative Code, (ASAC) Title IV, Chapter 3, Section 4.0314: “An employee who has retired may be reemployed under this chapter but his annuity shall be suspended during the period of his reemployment under this chapter.” The HR Director noted the Lolo administration’s policy about not continuing with the “double dipping” phenomenon remains, and all employees who are drawing retirement and are also on contract will not have their contracts renewed once the contract period lapses. “In areas where the expertise is vital to the services provided to our people and no person is found with the required skills to maintain continuity, quality and integrity, the contract will be extended with the incorporated criteria that a replacement will be trained to assume the post when the contract extension period expires.” He further stated that Mrs. Liu possesses vast institutional knowledge on the transformation of the American Samoa Government Personnel System and played an integral part in the reconstitution of the Career Service Merit System during late Governor Coleman’s first year of his first administration, when the retired Human Resources Director of the State of the Hawai’i Government, Mrs. Edna Taufa’asau, assumed leadership of the ASG Office of Personnel.
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“What an honor — meeting all of these awesome and inspiring mentors from the different schools, shakings hands with great educators like Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joseph Biden’s lovely wife, and most especially — the highlight of our trip, meeting President Barack Obama. President Obama says HI to you [courtesy photos & AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)] all,” Territorial Teacher of the Year Iose “Josie” Afu Muasau emailed to Samoa News.
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Miss SOFIAS sparkles
Roberto Fierce Laumoli takes crown during night of heels & talent
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Miss SOFIAS 2013 Roberta Fierce Laumoli with her third grade students.
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It was a night of high heels, sparkle, glamour, feathers, and ferocious talent during the 30th Annual Miss SOFIAS (Society of Fa’afafine in American Samoa) held at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium last Saturday, and the event played to a SRO house. American Samoa’s finest fa’afafine vied for the crown in their 30th anniversary pageant and 35 years of existence in the territory. There were six contestants this year: Jainah Karter, Moeesha Bird, Davina Vicetory Wallace, Rayven Armani Taylor, Suzie Q, Antoneesha Misa and Roberto Fierce Laumoli. The fabulous event was opened with a brief message and prayer by Reverend Semo Tapaleao of CCCAS Aoloau, who said that God created everyone and everyone are his children whom he loves. Mistress of Ceremony was Solipo Chervon Matagisa Matai (Miss SOFIAS 1985). Last year’s reigning Miss SOFIAS, Tepatasi Vaina of Aoloau, graciously gave up the crown to this year’s winner, Roberto Fierce Laumoli of Vailoatai, sponsored by Muchie Ugapo, Don Va’avale and family and friends. She is the daughter of the late Tuiasina Tu’umai Laumoli and Liupapa Pisia Laumoli, and is currently teaching third grade at Pavaiai Elementary School, home of the Mighty Falcons. Third runner up was Moeesha,while second runner up was Antoneesha Misa.
There were five categories which kept the contest lively: Lady SOFIAS, Talent, Patriotic Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Interview. Lady SOFIAS was awarded to Antoneesha, Patriotic Swimsuit was won by Rayven, while Best Evening Gown and Best Interview were awarded to Roberta, the newly crowned Miss SOFIAS. There were also Special awards — Suzie Q was named Miss Congeniality, Best Sarong was awarded to Moeesha, and Miss Photogenic was Jainah, while Roberta won Miss Internet, Miss Platform, Miss Silhouette, Miss Personality and Miss Elegant. The newly crowned Queen is an educator, and is keen on promoting awareness of child abuse, in the hope of educating people and preventing it. She told Samoa News in an interview that she’s keen on this important yet sensitive issue of child abuse, as she works closely with students as a teacher. “Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones,” she says. “While physical abuse might be visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect also leave deep scars.” “While physical abuse is shocking due to the scars it leaves, not all child abuse is as obvious. Ignoring children’s needs, putting them in unsupervised, dangerous situations, or making a child feel worthless or stupid are also child abuse. Regardless of the type of child abuse, the result is serious emotional harm” she said.
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AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY CANCER COALITION
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
ASG REFILES CRIMINAL CHARGES IN SEX CASE The Attorney General’s office has re-filed their criminal case against four men accused of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl, who was a student in elementary school at the time of the incident. Last week the government moved to dismiss the previous case informing the court that “appropriate charges” would be filed at a later date, and Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the dismissal motion. In the previous case, the government charged Tavita Mariota, Anthony Sioka, Lewis Lokeni and Peni Levi with rape, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. However, the new charges filed in this case are sexual assault, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor that carries a jail term of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. Yesterday, the four men were arraigned in the High Court before Kruse where they all denied the charges against them. The defendants are represented by Assistant Public Defender Mike White and Public Defender Douglas Fiaui, while prosecuting for the government is Assistant Attorney General Camille Philippe. Tavita Mariota According to the government’s case, the incident came to light when a truancy officer at Lupelele Elementary School, contacted the police about a possible sexual case after observing “love bite marks” on a 14-year- old girl’s neck. During police investigation, the victim informed the police that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with 27-year-old Mariota in March 2012. The government claims Mariota had sex with the girl on several occasions. Police spoke to Mariota who admitted to having sexual intercourse with Jane Doe at his home in Fagaima around Flag Day 2012, but only once. He also told the police that she had slept at his house three times. Lewis Lokeni The second defendant, Lokeni 25, is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the same 14-year-old girl on April 28, 2012 at his house in the village of Fagaima, and left “love bite marks” on the girl’s neck. Jane Doe told police that the first time she and Lokeni engaged in sexual intercourse was behind Mose’s store (formerly known as Hillside Variety) in Fagaima, and the second time in a deserted building, also in Fagaima. Jane Doe further told police that she also had sex with Lokeni on April 17, 2012. Court filings state that Jane Doe’s father told police that Jane Doe swallowed Clorox bleach on April 30, 2012, in an attempt to hurt herself. Jane Doe explained to police that she attempted to kill herself after a teacher discovered the love bite marks on her neck on April 30, 2012 and questioned her about them. Police met with Lokeni at his home to investigate the allegations by Jane Doe. Lokeni told police that Jane Doe came on to him, and that he did have sexual intercourse with Jane Doe behind Mose’s store in Fagaima around April 20, 2012. Peni Levi Third defendant, Levi 21, allegedly had sex with the girl when she was 13-years-old for the first time on August 12, 2011. Jane Doe explained that she was approached by Levi who wanted to date her and on that same day she and Levi had sex. Later, she went to live at her mother’s residence in another village. Jane Doe told police she returned to her father’s home in Tafuna in October 2011 where she had sex with Levi twice. Levi was interviewed by police on May 2, 2012, where he denied being the first one to have sex with Jane Doe. Levi told police that Jane Doe told him she had sexual intercourse with another man before him. Levi admitted he had sexual intercourse with Jane Doe, but only once, during the month of October 2011 in a deserted building in Tafuna. Anthony Sioka The last defendant in this case is Sioka, 20 who allegedly had sex with the girl in October 2011. She told police that she and Sioka went to an abandoned house where they had sex, and in that month alone, had sex four times. Sioka during an interview with police admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse with Jane Doe and he said the sex was consensual. Sioka told police that when he met Jane Doe, he could not believe how young she looked, but that he thought he might have a chance with her. He admitted to having sex with Jane Doe three or four times between August and October 2011. Pre-trial conference for the four boys has been schedule on May 23, 2013.
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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
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Swain, Manu’a, Aunuu, Tutuila KOKO REVOLUTION is on! Farm the koko seeds They will come, we have the best Nothing stop believing Our grandfathers planted the koko seeds, now, new generation enclose the circle and start a new circle for the next generation. Koko Revolution! Overthrow the Negative! Money do fall from Koko Trees forever! Now, good energy, spirit of the American Samoa flag day is over. Now, continue your good energy and spirit...Plant the Koko Seeds! Samoans, Flag Day is everyday. Keep your energy and spirit and Keep your Islands beautiful and clean, it will show that you care, and it’s your mission to take good care of God’s creations. Show who you really are. Power to the farmers and the people! Plant the Koko seed. Amene. Saunoa Liva Mauna Lata Farm, Manu’a
(PRESS RELEASE) — Eight members of the Bahá’í Faith National Governing Council for Samoa and American Samoa, known as the National Spiritual Assembly, are leaving this week for the Holy Land to attend the Eleventh International Baha’i Convention to be held in Haifa, Israel from 25 April – 03 May, 2013. According to the Chairman of the National Spiritual Assembly Mr. Afoa Fepulea’i Titi Nofoagatoto’a of Ili’ili who is one of the members of the delegation, the Faith’s International Convention is held every five years and there will be about 1,350 delegates participating representing more than 150 countries. The main purpose of the convention is to elect the Bahá’í Faith nine member international governing council known as the Universal House of Justice, with its seat on Mount Carmel in Haifa. Bahá’í elections forbid any nominations or campaigning, but delegates will secretly vote for nine names of their choice from Baha’is all over the world, and whoever gets the highest votes will be the nine members to serve in the Faith’s Supreme Body until the next convention in 2018. Mr. Nofoagatoto’a said that in addition to the election of the Universal House of Justice, delegates will also consult about issues that can help transform the lives of the people all over the world, so that this earth can become a better and peaceful place to live. He said, “This is why Bahá’ís are working so hard on programs to pursue definite goals to achieve these ends. Among those programs are classes to meet the spiritual needs of children, and training to empower junior youth and youth to channel their energies into worthwhile purposes, and enable them to contribute positively to the development of our country and the world in the future.” The Bahá’í Faith, which has more than 7 million followers worldwide claims that the teachings brought by its Prophet Founder Bahá’u’lláh for this age, will help resolve the crises facing humanity, and are needed to fully develop the spiritual and social potentials of the human race. The Samoa delegation will also visit and offer prayers at the Bahá’í Holy Places in Akka, Bahji & Mt. Carmel in Haifa. Other members of the delegation include Mrs. Ruta Fiti-Sinclair, Ms. Masina Pomale, Mrs. Karen Te’o, Mrs Alesi Taofiga, Mr. Bill Gordan, Mr Peseta Fogaseuga Taofiga & Mr. Tofilau Taefu Tepa Suaesi.
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First Five eliminations for ‘Le Leo o Amerika Samoa’ to be announced tonight
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Tonight is the third night of Le Leo O Amerika Samoa singing competition, hosted by the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA). Tonight‘s event is a highly anticipated one, as the first five eliminations will be announced while the other five will move on to the next stage of the competition. Tonight’s eliminations will be based on the number of text votes that each singer received for their performances two weeks ago. The deadline to vote was last Monday at 8am. Of the 20 total singers who are participating in the competition, only ten performed two weeks ago in five great battles involving two singers each. The remaining ten contestants will be performing tonight - also in a series of five battles. Each week, five singers will be eliminated, and the process will continue every Wednesday for the next three weeks until the top five emerge. (Last week’s Le Leo O Amerika Samoa was canceled, as the territory was celebrating its Flag Day). During the last show, ten singers were selected by their coaches/mentors to start the elimination battle rounds, and each singer was randomly selected to battle a singer from one of the opposing teams. (There are four different teams in all). The pairings for the five battles were as follows: Battle 1: Tualaulelei Jackson Samoa (Team Elijah) vs. LB Ah See (Team Namazzi) Battle 2: Daniel Helsham (Team Kuki) vs. Kurt Aab (Team Jonitta) Battle 3: Jonathan Utu (Team Jonitta) vs. Helen Brown (Team Elijah) Battle 4: Tautala Seti (Team Elijah) vs. Saveasiuleo Fetoai (Team Kuki) Battle 5: Bernadine Ott (Team Jonitta) vs. Farani Fetoai (Team Namazzi) To the pleasure of the live audience at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium and those who were watching from home, the performers sang their hearts out and the five battles did not disappoint, with the singers becoming more comfortable taking the stage and performing live. The mentors were also able to witness some of their coaching advice take effect with the singers on their team giving it their all. The individual performances were to be commended, as each singer brought their “A Game,” knowing their future in the competition was dependent on how they performed that night, as that was the show that determines whether they move on or get eliminated. Throughout the length of the competition, the four coaches/mentors are tasked with preparing each singer on their team for their performance with song selection, stage presence, and of course, presentation. As was evident in the last show, the singers came well-prepared and displayed awesome talent. According to DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr., the text voting results came in and over 3,600 votes were registered! Tonight, the results of the first round battles will be revealed and the remaining ten singers will battle it out in the second elimination round. Be a part of the live studio audience tonight at 6pm at the Fale Laumei in Utulei or watch from home on KVZK-TV Channel 2 as Le Leo O Amerika Samoa returns with the excitement, drama, and talent of our young people as they battle it out for bragging rights and a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000 cash. Seating for the general public is $3 and again, everyone is encouraged to text in their votes or otherwise, risk having their favorite singer eliminated from the competition. The fate of each singer is basically in the hands of the general public. “I cannot express how important it is for people to text in their votes,” Tapumanaia said. “The results of the competition depend on it.” Who will be eliminated and who will move on? You don’t want to miss out...Le Leo O Amerika Samoa!
Report: Richest 7% got richer during recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) — The richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of U.S. households, says a report released Tuesday. The upper 7 percent of households owned 63 percent of the nation’s total household wealth in 2011, up from 56 percent in 2009, said the report from the Pew Research Center, which analyzed new Census Bureau data released last month. The main reason for the widening wealth gap is that affluent households typically own stocks and other financial holdings that increased in value, while the less wealthy tend to have more of their assets in their homes, which haven’t rebounded from the plunge in home values, the report said. Tuesday’s report is the latest to point up financial inequality that has been growing among Americans for decades, a development that helped fuel the Occupy Wall Street protests. A September Census Bureau report on income found that the highest-earning 20 percent of households earned more than half of all income the previous year, the biggest share in records kept since 1967. A 2011 Congressional Budget Office report said incomes for the richest 1 percent soared 275 percent between 1979 and 2007 while increasing just under 40 percent for the middle 60 percent of Americans. Other details of Tuesday’s new report: —Overall, the wealth of American households rose by $5 trillion, or 14 percent, during the period to $40.2 trillion in 2011 from $35.2 trillion in 2009. Household wealth is the sum of all assets such as a home, car and stocks, minus the sum of all debts. —The average net worth of households in the upper 7 percent of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28 percent, while that of households in the lower 93 percent dropped by 4 percent. That is, the mean wealth of the 8 million households in the more affluent group rose to an estimated $3.2 million from an estimated $2.5 million while that of the 111 million households in the less affluent group fell to roughly $134,000 from $140,000. —The upper 7 percent were the households with a net worth above $836,033 and the 93 percent represented households whose worth was at or below that. Not all households among the 93 percent saw a decline in net worth, but the average amount declined for that group. —On an individual household basis, the average wealth of households in the more affluent group was almost 24 times that of those in the less affluent group in 2011. At the start of the recovery in 2009, that ratio was less than 18 to 1. —During the study period, Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index rose by 34 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s/CaseShiller index for home prices fell by 5 percent.
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DANCING FINGERS A E P S
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Guests of Honor Governor Lolo & First Lady Cynthia Moliga Honorary Patron of Arts and Lt. Governor & Mrs. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
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(Press Release)—Petesa Uta— Dancing Fingers students and their families will finally get a chance not only to meet their new Honorary Patron of Arts, Governor Lolo and First Lady Cynthia Moliga, but also to stage their 9th Annual Spring Concert. The concert will be on Thursday, April 25 at Calvary Temple AOG at Lepuapua, Leone. The concert is free, open to the public and starts at 6:00 p.m. Among the invited guests are Lt. Governor and Mrs. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Rev. and Mrs. Patolo Mageo, Associate Judge and Mrs. Lyle Richmond, parents, families, and friends of the students. Ten year-old Ronmaximus Tito of Vailoauta and vocalist Lynell Mareko of Leone and Taputimu will perform “Amazing Grace” before the opening prayer, which will be offered by Rev. Patolo Mageo of the CCCJS Pago Pago. According to Poe Mageo, founder of Dancing Fingers, the school reserves the highest regard to the sitting governor and first lady to become its Honorary Patron of Arts, an official ambassador who promises to promote and support the performing and fine arts. The school’s first Honorary Patron of Arts were former Governor Togiola and First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono. As the new principal patron for the school, Governor Lolo and First Lady Cynthia Moliga will attend two of the school’s public performances every year—the annual spring concert and the fall classical piano recital. In addition, First Lady Cynthia Moliga will personally congratulate and present each performer with a bouquet of roses during the curtain call. Island Flowers by Liana will provide the bouquets for the performers. Among the performers are Mei-Ling Aga, Mika Aga, Aitulagi Alofa, Georgina Alofa, Angela Chen, Victor Chen, Faleu Filemoni, Jared Fruean, Liana Gurr, Kristopher Jin, Kalista Koloi, Annie Kim, Sonny Lam, Manu’atele Leo, Chiara Mamea, Fred Mamea, Malaea Estherlene McFall, Tufaina McFall, Punafofoa Mase, Anamnesis Muasau, Ji-Hyun Oh, Arizona Sataua, Maria Toma, Olaivavega Tua’au, andVera Mageo-Wong. Moreover, Mageo will officially announce five of his students who will attend a summer piano camp at the University of Redlands’ School of Music in southern California. The program will feature some of the world’s most famous classical piano repertoire Dancing Fingers’ students are known to execute with poise and maturity: Mozart’s Sonata A minor K310 (first movement); Beethoven’s Rondo alla ingharese quasi un capriccio in G major, Op. 129 (known as “Rage Over a Lost Penny, Vented in a Caprice”); C.B.E. Bach’s “Solfeggietto;” Debussy’s “The Girl with Flaxen Hair;” Schumann’s three short pieces, and many more. Thursday’s concert marks the 18th public performance Dancing Fingers will have given for the community since October 2004.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that a man was recently caught trying to break into his Sacramento apartment while he was away. Brown mentioned the incident while addressing a crime victims’ group at the state Capitol, telling the crowd, “just a few days ago, a gentleman was found on my balcony trying to break in.” He later told reporters the man got on the roof of the fourstory loft then jumped to the balcony and was trying to break in when he was spotted by a neighbor. “One of my neighbors called the police, and he was arrested and I think he’s out on his own recognizance,” Brown said. The man was found around 9:35 p.m. on another balcony in the building, police spokeswoman Michele Gigante said. Police believe he gained access to the roof from the building’s stairwell. Authorities said Jamal Maurice Johnson, 26, was arrested for investigation of prowling but has not been formally charged. He faces a May 9 court date, according to the Sacramento County district attorney’s office. “There was nothing to lead us to believe that the guy even knew that the governor lived at that building,” Gigante said. The Democratic governor also said three men were caught trying to break into his Oakland home last year while his wife, Anne Gust Brown, was home, and the California Highway Patrol responded. “So the CHP, luckily, came to the scene and held them for 40 minutes and then they said they were looking to buy real estate in the neighborhood and the Oakland police let ‘em go because the CHP deferred to them,” Brown told several hundred people at the Tuesday event. “Well that’s not going to happen anymore.” The CHP and the Oakland Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for more information.
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On Tuesday, April 23, the Lions Club of Pago Pago made another donation to the LBJ Med‑ ical Center. On this occasion, two pallets of reading glasses, sunglasses and eyeglass cases were shipped from New Zealand, courtesy Steve Austin of Sofrana Shipping lines and presented to the LBJ administration and the Eye Clinic by the Lions Club. The eyeglass collection was a project of the Papakura Lions of New Zealand. President Isabel Steffany Hudson (second from left) stands between the Lions Club visitors from New Zealand who were here for the presentation, Mr. Murray Neale, a member of the District Governor’s Cabinet (and the man responsible for collecting glasses in New Zealand) and Lions Club District Governor Robyn Walker, who came to the territory just in time for the donation. Dr. Ernest Oo, a longtime member of the Lions Club board of directors, and head of LBJ Ophthalmology is standing center. Receiving the gift on behalf of the hospital were Chief Operating Officer Toaga Seumalo and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Akapusi Ledua, while head of procurement, Sinasina Joe Langkilde (far right) wore two hats ‑ one as a member of the Lions Club and one as a member of LBJ staff. Noting the continual support of the Lions Club, Dr. Ledua thanked the club and told them that the long and valued partnership with the community makes the Lions stand out in terms [photo: tlh] of promoting health and well being in the territory.
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MORE TAX REFUNDS ADD NEW MONEY INTO ECONOMY Another round of tax refund checks were released last Friday by the Treasury Department and more than 8,000 tax payers filed their tax returns by the deadline of Apr. 15. Run #9 with 585 checks for those who filed up to Feb. 27, totaled $802,841 with $363,372 for local and $439,469 for the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), funded by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, said Tax Office manager Melvin Joseph. To date, 4,524 refund checks have been issued totaling $6.49 million—with $2.72 million in local and $3.76 million in ACTC. The close of business on Apr.15 was the last day to file tax returns for 2012 and Joseph says approximately 8,500 were filed by the deadline and about 500 tax payers filed extensions, giving these individuals until mid August to file the actual tax return. However, filing an extension is not an extension to pay anything owed in taxes but will prevent late filers from having to pay a penalty if any money is owed. STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ON SAMOA The U.S. State Department’s 2012 Human Rights Practices report has again cited concerns with poor conditions at prisons in Samoa, saying that, that “Prison conditions overall remained below international standards.” Compiled by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, was released last Friday covering world countries. For Samoa, the report states that the “principal human rights problems were poor prison conditions and domestic violence against women.” (These are the same issues that have been raised in the past). Regarding prison conditions, the report cited problems such as overcrowding at the men’s Tafaigata prison and poor ventilation, according to the report, which also states that several prisoners who escaped from Tafaigata Prison on separate occasions last year stated they were motivated to escape to voice complaints to government officials and the press about living conditions and mistreatment by prison guards and police. For example, last September a 23-year-old prisoner escaped from the prison and claimed to the media that prison guards had beaten him. At year’s end his complaint had not been investigated. The State Department says that other human rights problems in Samoa included police abuse, accountability of and adherence to the rule of law by village “fonos” (councils of matai), abuse of children, and discrimination against women and non-matai. [the complete report is available at www.state.gov]
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A century after WWI, a dead soldier unites
BULLECOURT, France (AP) — When Didier Guerle fulfilled his grandfather’s dying wish and had the fields of his farm searched, he set off a chain of events that brought people together across continents, and one family across generations. The farmer called in his friend Moise Dilly, an expert in metal detection. Soon enough, Dilly came across something hidden underneath the lush grassland. “I took a spade and some time later I hit a shoe. There still was a bone in it.” As his grandfather had predicted, beneath the brutal World War I battleground, the remains and possessions of dead soldiers were found, including the silver identity bracelet for British Lt. John Harold Pritchard. Dilly’s metal detector had been set off by a gun or other piece of metal on a body. On Tuesday, almost a century after his death in the trenches, Pritchard finally found a proper grave and a ceremonial reburial in neighboring Ecoust-St. Mein, attended by his family and England’s Prince Michael of Kent. Finally, he was no longer among the ranks of soldiers whose bodies were never found in the carnage of the Great War. Pvt. Christopher Douglas Elphick and two unidentified men were buried in the same ceremony, which comes as nations prepare to mark World War I centenary commemorations next year. Family members of Pritchard, a soldier chorister who performed as a child at the enthronement of British King Edward VII, sang for him at the white gravestone that now marks his memory. Among them was a great niece who used musical scores from his own choir days to study to become a professional singer. The grave is one of tens of thousands dotting the fertile fields in northern France which were scene to some of humanity’s worst bloodshed. “Lost for many years. Your battle is won,” the etching on the stone says. Among the crowd at the war cemetery stood Mark Cain, an American collector who came into possession of Pritchard’s ceremonial sword about a dozen years ago. He became interested in the object and got in touch with the British armed forces archives about it. When he learned from the archives that Pritchard’s remains had been found, he knew there was only one thing to do: give the sword back to the family. “The sword has been traveling between continents for 100 years perhaps,” Cain said. “I have been very honored to return it.” Pritchard’s family was profoundly moved by the generosity. “I persuaded him to come to the burial because I cannot thank him enough,” said Janet Shell, Pritchard’s great-niece. The value of the sword? “They will tell you it is priceless,” Cain said after Pritchard’s family was handed the sword by Prince Michael. For Shell, it was music that reunited the family across a century. As a chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pritchard has been on a remembrance plaque of the cathedral since 1921. Pritchard left for the war in the first wave of 1914 but came back to England after he was injured twice. “He was given the option of staying but John said ‘no,’ he wanted to get back to his men,” she said. The night before he left for France for the final time in 1916, he was stationed at the Tower of London. He played the piano for his mother and sister Ida and sang to a verse of poet Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” — a metaphor about impending death which ends: “I hope to see my Pilot face to face/When I have crost the bar.” And the day’s leaden clouds broke for Janet and three other professional singers in the family, as they brought the ceremony to an end with a moving a cappella rendition of the same song. “It was sort of fitting in some way,” said Shell. “It could not have been a better moment.” “Now this is bringing together four generations and we will never forget.” Pritchard was killed on May 15, 1917, in a nighttime battle which stopped his watch at midnight. He died in the second battle of Bullecourt on the Hindenburg Line, a fight that instead of saving the village fully razed it. Thousands of dead were scattered on both sides. Australians who fought there called it the “blood tub” and the two-week battle had little impact on the Great War itself. The impact on the locals, though, was deep. Bullecourt literally had to be rebuilt from the mud up. Some people had no idea where their house once stood. When Guerle’s grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Savary, returned from the war, he wanted to forget, even though he knew bodies were strewn on his land. “He told us that when I’m dead, you have to get all the soldiers out,” said Guerle. Out of respect, the land behind the farm was never ploughed, and only lightweight sheep were allowed to graze. “We did not want to trample the dead,” Guerle said. Neither he nor anyone else knows how many soldiers are still buried in his fields. But Dilly said: “I guarantee you that there are still a lot of them there.”
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The Lions Club District Governor for 2012-2013 Robyn Walker (District 202K) visited the terri‑ tory this week to call upon the local Lions Club of Pago Pago. Included in her busy schedule, she and another member of her cabinet made a stop at South Pacific Academy (SPA) to present an Interna‑ tional Association of Lions Clubs Banner to the Leo Club there. The giving of club and district ban‑ ners is a long standing tradition of the Lions and Leo Clubs throughout the world. The Leo Club, which is a junior branch of the Lions Clubs is meant for young people ages 12-18. The objective is to provide youth with with an opportunity for development and contribution, indi‑ vidually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community. According to Lions Club website, www.lionsclub.org, in total there are more than 150,000 people in 139 countries that volunteer to serve their communities who call themselves Leos. On the left, holding the banner is DG Robyn Walker (with ula) with the President of the SPA Leos Club Michaelyn Tolmie (right holding banner) along with other members of the SPA Leos Club. At far right is Murray Neale (Lions Club Health and Service Activites) who is visiting along with the District Governor. District 202K covers New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. District Governor Walker is visiting the territory for the first time, and said she wishes to let everyone know about the great work the SPA Leos are doing here and told the Leos to keep up the great work. Also in attendance yesterday was the President of the local Lions Club, Isabel [photo: Jeff Hayner] Hudson.
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Kent Hendrix, 47, draws his sword near his house Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Hendrix, a Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop came to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in front of his house. Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bed‑ room door and telling him somebody was being mugged. Hendrix grabbed a 29-inch Samurai sword and rushed out the door. He says the man attacking a woman jumped back and ran down the street after he drew the sword. The man was chased (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) until he jumped in his car and drove away.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword. He came upon what he describes as a melee between a woman and a man. His son stayed inside to call 911 while he approached the man along
Mormon bishop with his Samurai sword “runs off” attacker
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with other neighbors who came to help. The martial arts instructor didn’t hesitate in drawing the sword and yelling at him to get on the ground. “His eyes got as big as saucers and he kind of gasped and jumped back,” Hendrix said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “He’s probably never had anyone draw a sword on him before.” The man ran down the street with the barefoot Hendrix and others in pursuit. Hendrix said he couldn’t catch the man before he fled in his car, but he picked up ChapStick that the man dropped and memorized his license plate. “I yelled at him, ‘I’ve got your DNA and I’ve got your license plate: You are so done,’” Hendrix said. The suspect, 37-year-old Grant Eggersten, turned himself in to police an hour later, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. He was booked on charges of robbery, attempted burglary, trespassing and violation of a stalking injunction. Hendrix, a pharmaceutical statistician, was one of several neighbors who came to the woman’s aid after she began yelling for help, Hoyal said. The incident began just after 7 a.m. when the 35-year-old woman came out of her front door, Hoyal said. Eggersten was hiding behind her carport and attacked her, knocking her to the ground, Hoyal said. He took her keys and tried to open the door into her house, Hoyal said. That’s when the woman ran down the street calling for help. The woman did the right thing by fighting back and calling for help, Hoyal said. She suffered minor injuries. Hendrix, a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said it was the first time in 30 years of practicing martial arts that he’s used the sword. He didn’t swing it at the man, only showing him he had it. He said he’s proud of his 14-year-old son for alerting him and quickly calling 911. He said the family is still abuzz about the events. “That kind of thing doesn’t happen every day,” Hendrix said. “Our neighborhood is a pretty quiet place.” A fourth-degree black belt in the Kishindo form of martial arts, Hendrix owns a collection of swords and weapons that he trains with, said his wife, Suzanne Hendrix. He has trained with the sword he used Tuesday for 20 years and keeps it by his bed. “Some people have bats they go to,” said Hendrix. “I have my sword.”
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TUILAEPA: “O IA O LE ISI VALE” Ua faaigoaina e Palemia Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi se alii Ausetalia e tomai faapitoa i maketi ma fefaatauaiga faavaomalo sa fesoasoani i le atinaeina o le atinae tau turisi i Samoa, “o se vale mai le tele o vale.” O le alii o David Staughton sa aofia i le vaega e mataituina le fesuiaiga o tupe e maua mai fafo i le lua tausaga ua mavae lea sa ia faufautua ai i le uunaia o lea atinae. Na faaalia e Staughton e faapea, ua tau feto’i le atinae tau turisi ona ua le popole ma ua malie i le tulaga ua i ai nei. Peitai e lei auai Tuilaepa i lea manatu. Na finau Tuilaepa, o lo o olaola lelei lava le atinae tau turisi i Samoa. “E tele atunuu o le lalolagi ua ou oo i ai ma e tele faletalimalo ma tautua o lo o faatinoina i fafo e lelei mamao ai tautua o lo o faatinoina i Samoa,” o le saunoaga lea a Tuilaepa. TETEE FAALAPOTOPOTOGA A FAAFAFiNE A SAMOA i FAAIPOIPOGA A ITUAiGA E TASI E ui i le pasia e le malo a Niu Sila o le tulafono e faataga ai faaipoipoga a ituaiga tagata e tasi i le Aso Lulu o le vaiaso na tea nei, e talitonu le Faalapotopotoga o Faafafine a Samoa, e le mafai ona oo mai i Samoa ia ituaiga faaipoipoga. “E le mafai ona oo mai ona o a tatou tu ma agaifanua, aemaise o o tatou talitonuga faakerisiano,” o le manatu faaalia lea o le peresetene o le faalapotopotoga, le afioga Sooalo Roger Stanley. O le felata’i o Niu Sila ma Samoa aemaise o le toatele o tagata Samoa o lo o alala i lea atunuu, ua talanoaina ai lea mataupu ma le ono oo mai i Samoa o ia ituaiga faaipoipoga. E le lagolagoina foi e le faatama o le faalapotopotoga, le afioga i le palemia ia Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi ia ituaiga faaipoipoga ma na ia faaalia i le au tusitala i Niu Sila, e le taitai ona ia faatagaina lea ituaiga tulafono e talanoaina i totonu o le palemene a Samoa. Na saunoa Sooalo, e lei talanoaina lava i a latou soalaupulega le ono malaga mai o ulugalii tane ma le tane po o le tamaitai ma le tamaitai mai Niu Sila e alala mau i Samoa nei. Fai mai a ia, o lea mataupu ua tatau ona talanoaina e le malo aemaise o le Matagaluega o Femalagaiga.
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samoa news, Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Aumai faanana se vaega tele ‘cocaine’ i totonu o apainu
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Ulua’i tama’ita’i ua filifilia i ‘au si’isi’i a Amerika Samoa ua faamoemoe e auina atu i Brisbane i Ausetalia i le taamilosaga a le ‘Youth Championship ma le Junior Championship” o Florrie [ata: AF] Mailo ma Tempo Fuimaono.
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TOE FAILA MOLIAGA FAASAGA I NI ALII SE TOAFA O le vaiaso nei na toe faila ai e le malo i luma o le faamasinoga moliaga faasaga i ni alii se to’afa, ona o tuuaiga i lo latou faia o uiga mataga faasaga i se tamaitai e 14 tausaga le matua. O i latou e toafa o lo o tuuaia i lenei mataupu e aofia ai Peni ‘Ben’ Levi, Tavita Mariota, Lewis Lokeni ma Anthony Sioka, ma o lo o tuuaia i latou i le moliaga mamafa e tasi o le faia o gaioiga mataga, o se solitulafono e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le umi e le silia i le 7 tausaga, pe faasala foi i le salatupe e le silia i le $5,000, ma le moliaga mama o le faia o gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu o fanau laiti, o se solitulafono e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le tausaga atoa, pe faasala i le salatupe e $1,000. Ua teena e nei alii o latou moliaga ma ua faatulaga ai loa o latou uluai iloiloga mo le aso 23 o Me, 2013. O le amataga o le tausaga nei na ulua’i faila ai e le malo lenei mataupu, ae i le lua vaiaso talu ai, na faila ai e le malo se talosaga i luma o le faamasinoga ina ia solofua ulua’i moliaga na tuuaia ai i latou nei, ae tuu atu le avanoa latou te toe failaina ai ni moliaga e ese mai i ulua’i moliaga. Na talia e le faamasinoga le talosaga a le malo, ma tatala ai loa i latou nei e toafa i tua mai le toese. Na mafua ona a’afia nei alii i le tulafono, ina ua faafesootai e le aoga tulaga muamua a Lupelele le ofisa o leoleo, ona o se latou teineititi aoga na alu atu ma lona ua e leaga uma i ‘love bites’. Na faia suesuega a leoleo ma maua ai, o le masina o Aokuso 2011 seia oo mai i le masina o Ianuari 2013 na tula’i mai ai le faalavelave i le va o alii nei e toafa ma le tamaitai o lo o aafia. E na o Sioka lea ua tatala i tua mai le toese ina ua maea ona ia totogia le $10,000, ae o le isi toatolu o lo o taofia pea i le toese. O ni isi o tuutuuga a le faamasinoga o lo o tatala ai Sioka i tua, o le faasa ona ia toe taumafai e faafesootai le tamaitai o lo o aafia i lenei mataupu. O le tamaitai loia ia Camille Pilippe o lo o tulai mo le malo ae o alii loia ia Mike White ma Douglas Fiau o lo o tula’i mo i latou o lo o molia i lenei mataupu. TALIA FAAMASINOGA LE TALOSAGA A SE ALII FILIPAINA Ua talia e le Faamasinoga Maualuga le talosaga na faaulu e le loia o lo o tulai mo se alii Filipaina lea o lo o tuuaia i lona faia o uiga mataga i se teineititi e 4 tausaga, ina ia toe tolopo lana iloiloga sa fuafua e faia i le aso ananafi, ona e le’i tuuina atu e le malo faamaumauga e faatatau i lenei mataupu. E le o faalauiloa e le Samoa News le suafa o lenei alii ona o puipuiga i lalo o le tulafono mo le teineititi o lo o aafia. Na faailoa e le loia a le ua molia o Leslie Cardin e faapea, e na te le’i maua faatalatalanoaga sa pu’eina i se ‘video’ ma o le taua o nei faamaumauga e mafai ai ona iloa tonu le tulaga e finauina ai le le nofosala o le ua molia.
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O le vaiaso na te’a nei na maua ai e sui o le Ofisa o Tiute se vaega tele o le fualaau faasaina, o le ‘cocaine’ na aumai faanana i totonu o ni atigi apainu lea sa i totonu o ni atigipusa na ui mai i le falemeli i Fagatogo. O le faaiuga o suesuega sa faia na mafua ai ona taofia e leoleo se alii e 25 tausaga le matua mai Faleniu, ina ua masalomia o ia i lona taumafai e aumai faanana fualaau oona nei i le teritori, peitai o lea alii ua toe tatalaina nei i tua, ina ua tuana’i itula e 48 na loka ai o ia. Na faamaonia mai e le Taitai o le Vaega e taulimaina mataupu tau i fualaau faasaina a le Matagaluega o Leoleo (Vice and Narcotics), le susuga ia Captain Peau Paulo Leuma i le Samoa News e faapea, e 25 tausaga o se alii ua taofia nei i le toese i Tafuna, ae se’i faagasolo suesuega e faatatau i le mataupu na maua ai se vaega tele o le aisa e taua o le ‘cocaine’ e pei ona auala mai i le falemeli. Ina ua fesiligia i se tau aofa’i o le fualaau oona sa maua i totonu o atigi apa inu nei, na taua ai e Leuma e faapea, e silia ma le $150,000 le tau o fualaau oona sa maua. I ni ripoti na taua ai e faapea, o ‘cocaine’ na maua i le taimi na faatinoina ai le siaki masani a le Ofia o le Tiute mo soo se uta e aumai i le meli, ma mafua ai loa ona faia se isi sailiiliga auiliili ma mafai ai loa ona maua fualaau oona i totonu o atigipusa e pei ona faamaonia mai e le pule o le Ofisa o Tiute, le susuga Glen Lefiti. Ina ua fesiligia le alii komesina o leoleo e faatatau i lenei mataupu, na saunoa ai le susuga William Bill Haleck e faapea, o ‘cocaine’ na maua sa aumai faanana i totonu o ituaiga atigi apainu ia e faaaoga e tagata e teu ai totonu tupe. Saunoa le alii komesina o leoleo e faapea, i le tulai soo mai ai o mataupu faapenei i fualaau faasaina e auala mai i le falemeli, o se tulaga matautia lea ma le faateia ina ua faafuasei ona oo mai ni ‘cocaine’ i totonu o le atunuu, ma o lo o galulue leoleo i le tau tuu faatasia o le latou ripoti ao lei tuuina atu i le Ofisa o le Loia Sili mo sa latou faaiuga. E tusa ai o se faamatalaga ua maua e le Samoa News sa taua ai e faapea, e 6 atigi pusa na aumai i le meli, ma o le isi 3 atigi pusa lea o lo o masalomia na maua ai i totonu ‘cocaine’, ma mafua ai ona taofia lenei alii i le falepuipui, ina ua maua i ai ni atigi apa inu le ituaiga o le ‘Iced Tea’ ma le Coke, e lua i totonu o i si atigipusa na aumai. Saunoa Haleck e faapea, e lei pine lava le mataupu lata mai lea na maua ai e leoleo ni mariuana ma aisa i se tasi o a latou osofaiga, peitai o lea ua tulai mai lenei mataupu ua maua i ai ‘cocaine’. E le o se taimi muamua lenei ua maua mai ai ni vaega o fualaau faasaina o ui mai i totonu o pusa meli a ni isi o tagata o le atunuu. E talitonu le Samoa News, toeititi le misi se tausaga ma alia’e mai lenei faafitauli, i le aumai faanana o mariuana ma le pauta faasaina o le aisa i totonu o pusa meli. E lei mamao atu nei se mataupu na mafua ai ona molia e le malo se tina i tuuaiga o le umia faasolitulafono o vaega o le pauta faasaina o le aisa ma le faamoemoe e faatau atu i isi tagata, ona o se vaega tele o aisa na maua o aumai faanana i totonu o se atigipusa sa faatuatusi mai i lona igoa. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo lea tina sa ia taua ai e faapea, o le afifi na aumai i lona niece ma lona toalua i Amerika ma le tuutuuga, e i ai le tagata ua faatulaga e alu atu e piki mai le afiafi ia te ia, ae $500 lona totogi i lona pikiina o le afifi. O lo o i ai pea i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga lea mataupu ae o lo o taofia pea le tina i le toese i Tafuna. O le isi mataupu e lei mamao atu o lo o molia ai se alii talavou i tuuaiga o le umia faasolitulafono o le vaega o le pauta faasaina o le aisa, ona o fualau oona na aumai faanana i totonu o le afifi lea na alu atu le ua molia e piki mai. O lo o faagasolo lava foi i le taimi nei i luma o le faamasinoga lea mataupu, ma o lo o tumau pea poloaiga o lo o tatala ai lea alii talavou e faatali ai le taimi ma le aso e toe valaauina ai lana mataupu. I ni nei tausaga e lei mamao atu na aumai faanana ai foi i afifi na aumai i le pusa meli vaega o fualaau faasaina o le mariuana, lea na maua ina ua masalomia e le ta’ifau faapitoa a le Ofisa o le Tiute, le K-9 vaega o fualaau faasaina nei. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
Fia manino Kruse i le teuina o Bill would force all super PACs to reveal their donors mea molimau i le ofisa leoleo
I le lauina o le faasalaga o Reupena Siaulaiga i le aso ananafi, na fesiligia ai e le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse le loia a le malo ia Kimberly Hyde, po o ai o lo o vaaia le potu o lo o teu ai mau faamaonia a le malo i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Fagatogo. O Siaulaiga ua ta’usalaina i lona umia faasolitulafono o ni vaega o mariuana. O le Aso Gafua na te’a nei na tuu e lau ai le faasalaga a Siaulaiga, ae talu ai e le’i maua e le faamasinoga se ripoti i le aofaiga o mariuana o lo o tuuaia na maua ia te ia, na toe tuu mai ai lana mataupu i le aso ananafi, lea sa maua ai le avanoa o le alii Leoleo ia Lt. Pele Uia na te tauaao atu ai se vaega o mea molimau o lenei mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga. Na fesiligia e Kruse i le alii Leoleo po o ai o lo o vaaia le potu o lo o teuina ai mea molimau a le malo i le taimi nei, na tali le alii leoleo, o ia. Na toe fesili Kruse pe ua i ai se ripoti e faatatau i se suega sa faia i mariuana ia na maua i le ua molia, ae na tali Lt. Pele, e leai, ona o le ripoti lena e tatau ona maua mai i le alii Leoleo ia Capt. Paulo Peau Leuma, o ia lena sa ia tuuina atu i ai mariuana mo le auina atu i fafo e fai i ai suega. (O Capt. Leuma o lo o faauluulu i ai le Vaega o lo o gafa ma le suesueina o mataupu tau i Fualaau Faasaina i le Ofisa o Leoleo. O le aso 6 o Fepuari, 2013 na taua e Lt. Pele i le faamasinoga na aveese mai ai mariuana mai totonu o le potu o lo o teu ai mau faamaonia a le malo ma tuu atu ia Capt. Leuma mo le auina atu i fafo mo suesuega. Ae na fa’aailoa mai e Leuma i le Samoa News i le aso ananafi, o lo o ia faatalia pea se ripoti mai i fafo, i le faaiuga o a latou suesuega i fualaau faasaina.
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Na ta’ua e Kruse e faapea, a’o le’i ulufale mai i le teritori ma avea ma loia i le Ofisa o le Loia Sili, sa i ai ni faafitauli na tulai mai i le potu o lo o teu ai mau faamaonia a le malo, e pei o le savavali o mau faamaonia mai totonuu o le potu. “O le alii lea sa ia vaaia muamua le potu e teu ai mau faamaonia a le malo, na faasala e le faamasinoga i le falepuipui ona o ni mataupu na tulai mai i taimi ua te’a, ma o le isi lena mafuaaga o lo o atugalu ai le faamasinoga i le mataupu lenei,” o le saunoaga lea a Kruse. O le aso Faraile nei lea ua toe faatulaga i ai le iloiloga o lenei mataupu, i lalo o se poloaiga a le faamasinoga, ina ia oo mai se sui o le Ofisa o Leoleo e faamatala i le faamasinoga le tulaga ua i ai mariuana sa ave i fafo mo suesuega, ma ua maua e le Samoa News se faamatalaga, o le susuga a Capt. Leuma lea ua sauni e molimau e uiga i lenei mataupu.
E 5 tausaga na manatu le faamasinoga e faasala ai Siaulaiga i le falepuipui i Tafuna, peitai o le a faamalumalu lea faasalaga, ae nofovaavaaia o ia mo le 5 tausaga i lalo o tuutuuga a le faamasinoga, e aofia ai lona totogia o se salatupe e $2,000, faasa ona ia toe tagofia le pia po o fualaau faasaina. Ua poloina foi o ia ina ia auai i ni aoaoga e faamalamalama ai aafiaga o le leaga o fualaau faasaina, ma, o le a mafai ona suesueina ana meatotino i soo se taimi e pei o lona fale, taavale ma lona tino atoa e leoleo poo sui o le Ofisa nofovaavaaia, ina ia faamaonia ai na te le o toe tagofia ni fualaau faasaina. E 12 masina le umi na manatu le faamasinoga e loka mo’i ai Siaulaiga i le toese, peitai o lea faasalaga o le a taofi lona faataunuuina, ae ua lava le umi lea ua maea ona loka ai o ia i le toese e fai ma ana faasalaga mo lenei mataupu, tusa lea ua silia ma le 4 masina.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators hope to require political groups to name the donors who spend millions of dollars to influence federal campaigns. Legislation sponsored by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would require so-called super PACs to reveal their sources of money, just as federal candidates must do. Outside groups spent $1 billion in efforts to help or attack various candidates in the 2012 elections. Some individuals gave $1 million or more. These independent groups generally do not have to identify their donors. Critics say major influences on elections should be more transparent. “Where there’s significant campaign spending, everyone has to play by the same rules,” Wyden said in a statement. Voters “deserve to know where the money is coming from and where it’s going,” he said. Murkowski said many Republicans, Democrats and independents “were concerned over the role of big money and secret donors in the last election.” Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds to help candidates, but cannot coordinate expenditures or strategy with a campaign. The emergence of super PACs and other outside groups, emboldened partly by the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010, has done more than anything else to reshape the contours of campaign fundraising. A few federal court cases have broadly eased campaign finance rules, allowing donors to give unlimited sums. That kind of money largely has gone to super PACs. Many super PACs have affiliated nonprofit “social welfare” organizations that spent hundreds of millions last year on issue ads. Those groups don’t have to disclose their donors because they’re governed by tax law.
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.
In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION
PR No.: 7-2013 In the Matter of the Estate of
KEITH GORDON DAHL
Defendent, By DANIEL R. KING Executor
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by Daniel R. King, the Executor of the Estate of Keith Gordon Dahl, deceased, to the creditors of the decedent, that within 60 days of the first publication of this notice, creditors of the decedent must present their claims for debts of the estate in writing to Daniel R. King, Executor of the Estate of Keith Gordon Dahl, c/o Law Office of Fiti A. Sunia, P.O. Box 6778, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799. Telephone Number 699-7507/Fax Number 699-7509.
Dated: April 23, 2011
FITI SUNIA Attorney for Daniel R. King Executor of the Estate of Keith Gordon Dahl
The Development Bank of American Samoa invites low income persons (heads of households) who are interested in renting 1602 affordable housing units for qualified low income tenants, to attend a Meeting on Thursday April 25, 2013 8:00am to 12noon at the Lee Auditorium at Utulei. The program will be as follows: 8:00am to 8:30am: Registration of low income persons interested in renting 1602 units. No fee. 8:30am: Prayer and Welcoming 8:35am to 10:00am: Presentation on requirements for 1602 low income tenants and rent restrictions,1602 tenant applications, verification forms, and leases for 1602 units. 10am to 12noon: Opportunity for 1602 project owners and DBAS representatives to assist interested low income persons in filling out tenant applications. *Income & Rent Limits for 2013: Rent Limit Income Limit 1 person 25,800 0-BR $645 2 people 29,520 1-BR $691 3 people 33,180 2-BR $829 4 people 36,840 3-BR $958 4-BR $1,069 5 people 39,840 6 people 42,780 5-BR $1,179 7 people 45,720 8 people 48,660 For more information, please contact Tavai Ieremia and Elizabeth Paopao at the 1602 Compliance Monitoring Unit, Second Floor of the Lumanai Building at Fagatogo, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 4pm, telephone number 633-4031.
FOR LOW INCOME PERSONS INTERESTED IN RENTING 1602 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS
Ulua’i tama’ita’i filifilia au si’isi’i ➧ COMMUNITY BRIEFS… u’amea mamafa faavaomalo AS
E to’alua ni tama’ita’i ua filifilia e avea ma sui o le ‘Au Si’isi’i U’amea Mamafa a Amerika Samoa, lea ua faamoemoe e tausinio i le taamilosaga a Tupulaga a le Pasefika (Oceania Junior & Youth Championship) i Brisbane, Ausetalia i le masina o Iulai, 2013. O ia taamilosaga e amata mai i le 17 tausaga ma faasolo mai i lalo i le 10 tausaga. O i laua e toalua ua filifilia i le au e aofia ai Florrie Mailo, o le alo a le Peresetene o le Asosi Siisii Uamea Mamafa a le atunuu, le afioga a Toetagata Albert Mailo mai le Aoga Maualuga a Kanana Fou, ma le tamaitai o Tempo Fuimaono mai le Aoga Maualuga a Malisi/Faasao. O Flo ma Tempo na filifilia mai e le Asosi ina ua mae’a le taamilosaga siisii u’amea mamafa a Aoga Maualuluga sa faia i le masina na te’a nei, ma maitauina ai le mataina o le tomai ma le iloa ua la mauaina e faatinoina ai le taaloga. Na maua e Flo le pine auro i le vaega o tamaitai i le tauvaga lea ae pine siliva ai Tempo i le aupaga o le 85kg. O le vaiaso nei na amata tuu faatasia ai loa e le Asosi Siisii Uamea mamafa a le atunuu le au e to’a 5 ona sui mo le faamoemoe ia umi se taimi e amata tapena atu ai i latou mo lenei taamilosaga. I se faatalatalanoaga a le Samoa News ma le faiaoga o le au siisii u’amea mamafa ia Lopesi Faagu, sa ia taua ai e faapea, e ui e tele le galuega o lo o moomia le fia faia e faaleleia ai tapenaga a le ‘au, peitai o le itu taua ua iloa e i latou ona faaaoga auala tonu ma metotia talafeagai (techniques) e faatinoina ai le taaloga. “O lea ua amata ona mafuta faatasi le ‘au i le taimi nei, ae o lo o manaomia lava le lagolago a matua e ala i le una’i mai lea o isi fanau aoga sa auai i le taamilosaga sa faia i le masina na te’a nei, ina ia mafai ona toe koleni ma toe aoaoina i latou mo ni isi sui faaopoopo i le tatou ‘au o lo o faamoemoe e auina atu i Ausetalia,” o le saunoaga lea a Faagu. O le agaga e pei ona naunau i ai le Asosi Siisii U’amea mamafa, o le tausinio ai o alo o le atunuu i taamilosaga tetele faapenei a le Pasefika ma le lalolagi, o le a mafai ai ona latou aoaoina ni isi o lesona aoga ma metotia fou e faaleleia atili ai le taaloga siisii uamea mamafa. Na faatusa e Faagu le taaloga siisii uamea mamafa i le taaloga lakapi ma fai mai, “e mafua ona siitia ma lelei le taalo a le isi tama lakapi, o le faamasani e taalo ma tama taaalo lakapi lelei mai fafo, e faapena i soo se taaloga e aofia ai ma le siisii uamea mamafa, o le auai o fanau e tauva i taamilosaga nei ma vaai i auala e faatinoina ai e isi foi tagata siisii uamea mamafa le taaloga, latou te aoaoina mai ai ni isi o mea fou e fesoasoani i a latou taumafaiga o lo o taumafai nei.”
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➧ TALA MAI SAMOA…
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FALEPUIPUI PETi KEY MO LE 19 TAUSAGA I LE FAIAIGA FAAMALOSI E 19 tausaga i le toese ua faasalaina ai nei e le Faamasinoga Maualuga se tasi o alii pese lauiloa i le atunuu, o Peti Key, ina ua faamaonia moliaga o le faiaiga faamalosi, taumafai e fai se faigaaiga faamalosi ma isi soligatulafono tau feusuaiga na molia ai o ia ma tulai ai i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga. O le faasalaga o Peti Key na lauina e le tamaitai faamasino o le Faamasinoga Maualuga ia Ida Malosi, ma na ia faaalia, o lea faaiuga ua faaalia ai le le taliaina e le malo o sauaga tau feusuaiga faasaga i tamaitai aemaise o teineiti laiti. E toatolu ni tamaitai na tutulai ma molimau i gaioiga tau feusuaiga sa faatinoina e le ua molia ia i latou e aunoa ma so latou maliega. LEAI SE IUGA O LE MATAUPU A VAIE’E Ua faaalia e ni isi o le afioaga o Vaiee le ono toe oo atu o le latou mataupu i luma o le Faamasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa ona o lea ua i ai lo latou talitonuga, ua maea ona toe tuu atu se tagi apili e toe iloilo ai le latou mataupu mai le isi itu lea sa fefinaua’i i luma o le Faamasinoga i le mataupu lava lenei ua vaeluaina ai lo latou afioaga. O le aso 28 o Mati, na fofogaina ai i luma o le Faamasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa le faaiuga o
O le ‘au ua filifilia e amata mai i le 10 tausaga e oo atu i le 17 tausaga le matutua, ma o lo o faatulaga a latou koleniga i le taeao ma le afiafi o le aso Gafua e oo i le aso Faraile, ae o le aso Toona’i, e tolu a latou koleniga faapitoa e faia ai, o le 5:00 i le taeao, 12:00 i le aoauli ma le 6:00 i le afiafi. “O le faamoemoe o koleniga o lo o faia a le ‘au, ia fesoasoani lea i a latou tauvaga faapitoa ia e ta’ilua vaiaso ma faia, ina ia suesueina ai poo aga’i i luma lo latou malosi ma le malamalama i le faatinoina o le taaloga,” o le saunoaga lea a le susuga Faagu. O le masina o Me 2010 le taamilosaga lata mai a le Oceania sa faia i Fiti na tausinio ai fo’i le Ausi’isi’i u’amea mamafa a Amerika Samoa, ma faamanuiaina ai i pine e 7 — 3 pine siliva ae 4 pine apamemea. O le lona 30 ai lea o taamilosaga a le Oceania i taaloga si’isi’i u’amea mamafa na talimalo ai Fiti, lea fo’i na faia faatasi ai ma isi taamilosaga e pei o le ‘Pacific Championship’ ma le ‘Youth Championship’. E to’a 5 sui o le ‘au siisii u’amea mamafa a Amerika Samoa na malaga e tausinio i le taamilosaga lea, ma o i latou ia e aofia ai Ioane Nevo na tauva i le aupaga o le 56kg ma ia mauaina ai pine siliva e 2, ma le alii o Theron Taupau na tauva i le aupaga o le 135kg ma ia mauaina ai le pine siliva e tasi. O le isi toatolu na tofu uma ma pine apamemea e aofia ai Fa’asaina Seumanutafa na tauva i le aupega o le 69kg ma Saumaleato Faagu na tauva i le aupaga o le 91kg e ta’itasi a la pine apa memea na maua, ma Tanumafili JungblutMalietoa e lua ana pine apa memea na maua i le aupaga o le 85kg na tauva ai. Saunoa Faagu e faapea, o le itu taua e pei ona vaaia i taumafaiga a le Asosi i le taimi nei, ua tatala le avanoa e aoaoina ai le taaloga si’isi’i u’amea mamafa i totonu o aoga maualuluga, ma o le isi lena itu taua ua talitonu ai le Asosi, e tele le avanoa e faamanuiaina ai se au a le atunuu e auina atu i lenei tauvaga. “O se tasi o itu lelei o lenei faamoemoe, o lea ua tatala le taaloga e aoaoina i tua i aoga, e le gata foi i lea, o le masina fou lea ua faamoemoe e amata ai la matou Summer Program’ mo le si’isi’i u’amea mamafa i totonu o aoga maualuluga i le atunuu, lea o le a faatupeina e le Ofisa o Paka ma Malae Taalo, ma o se avanoa taua lea i matua e una’i mai ai alo ma fanau e aoao i lenei taaloga, ina ia mafai ai ona faaopoopo se isi tomai i taaloga eseese i le atunuu,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii faiaoga o le au. E ui o lo o lava ma totoe le taimi e tapena ai mo lenei faamoemoe, ae na taua e le alii faiaoga Mai itulau 10 e faapea, “o le agaga maualuga ia mafai ona tausinio le au a le atunuu ma maua mai se pine Na talia e le alii faamasino le talosaga ma faatulaga ai loa le isi auro mo le tapuaiga.” iloiloga o lenei mataupu i le aso 17 o Iuni, 2013 e toe fofogaina ai le ulua’i iloiloga o lenei mataupu. lenei mataupu ua leva ona iloilo, ma na autasi ai O le aso 20 Ianuari, 2013 na ripotia ai e le Ofisa o le Social Serle Faamasinoga i itu e lua ina ia toe o atu i lo latou vice a le LBJ lenei mataupu i le Ofisa o Leoleo. O lo o tumau pea afioaga e toe talatalanoa, faasoa ma toe fetuunai poloaiga a le faamasinoga o lo o tatala ai le ua molia i tua e faatali le tofa mamao aua se leleiga o lo latou afioaga. ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e toe tulai ai i luma o le faamasinoga. O le faaiuga o le Faamasinoga lea na faailoa WAYNE PELEIUPU ai e le tamaitai sui peresetene, le afioga FaamO le aso 7 o Iuni, 2013 lea ua faatulaga e lau ai le faasalaga a ausili Solo Brown, e talitonu le Faamasinoga o le alii o Wayne Peleiupu i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, ina Fanua ma Suafa o le vevesi e mafua mai ona o ua talia e le faamasinoga lana tali ioe i le moliaga na toe teuteu lo o i ai uma i luma o le Faamasinoga o Fanua e le malo, o lona fesoasoani i taumafaiga a le isi tagata e gaoi ni ma Suafa talosaga a itu e lua ia talosaga e tuuina meatotino. atu le pule e pulea ai le afioaga o Vaiee, ma o le Ua ta’utino lenei alii e 18 tausaga e faapea, na la o atu ma lana mafuaaga tonu lava lea ua umi ai ia fefinauaiga. uo o lo o molia faatasi i laua i lenei mataupu i se faleoloa, ona ia TEENA E LE FAAMASINOGA MAUAtu lea i fafo e vaavaai ni tagata e o atu, ae alu lana uo i totonu o le LUGA LE TALOSAGA E TATALA I TUA faleoloa ma faatino ai le solitulafono o le gaoi. TOFELE LATA TAVU’I I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, na Ua teena e le Faamasinoga Maualuga le talo- o Peleiupu ma lana uo o Ieremia Cameron i se faleoloa e faatau saga a le alii loia o Toleafoa Solomona Toailoa se la apainu, peitai e le i atoa le tau o le apainu, ma fai ai loa le lea o lo o tulai mo Tofele Lata Tavu’i, ina ia tatala faatauoloa i le au alii e o i fafo. Na toe fo’i Cameron i totonu o le o ia i tua e faatali ai lona faamasinoga. Peitai ua faleoloa ma oomi le masini tupe ma ave le ta’i $20 sa i totonu o faamauina e le Faamasinoga le tetee ai o Tofele i le masini, a’o savalivali solo le faatauoloa i totonu o le faleoloa. moliga ua molia ai o ia. Na faailoa e le faatauoloa i leoleo, e silia i le $1,000 le tupe na O lo o molia lea tama mai Vailele i le moliaga ave e Cameron mai totonu o le masini. o le taumafai e faaoo le oti i se tagata, ona o se Ua manatu loia e faatali le tuuina atu o ni a laua faafinauga mo faalavelave na tulai mai i le faaiuga o le masina na se faasalaga o Peleiupu, sei faitau muamua i le ripoti a le Ofisa tea nei, lea na manua ma faatopetope atu ai le tama Nofovaavaaia. matua ia Lupematasila Nanai Ivara, i le falemai i O lo o taofia pea Peleiupu i le toese i Tafuna e faatali ai le aso Motootua ona o manuaga mai se laau malosi. lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lana faasalaga, ae o le mataupu a Cameron Na manua Lupematasila ina ua fana e Tofele i o lo o faagasolo pea i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le taimi se laau malosi ona o se feeseeseaiga i lo laua lava nei. va faaleuo. O le aso 6 o Me ua toe tolopo nei i ai lea mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
NMFS ACCEPTING AMerican SAMOA LONGLINE FISHING PERMITS APPLICATION The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has encouraged members of the local fishing industry to apply for the 12 American Samoa pelagic longline fishing permits, now available for 2013, with August 19, 2013, AS the deadline to submit applications. The permits are available in two size classes — eleven for Class A and one for Class C— according to Walter Ikehara, with the NMFS Pacific Islands Region. “Applicants must specify which permit class they are applying for,” he said via email from Honolulu responding to Samoa News inquiries. Ikehara also says applications will be available from NMFS offices in Honolulu and American Samoa (located on the 2nd Floor of the Pago Plaza) and applicants are reminded to submit a complete application including “evidence of documented participation”. NMFS in a notice published in the Federal Registry states that “documented participation” means participation proved by, but not necessarily limited to, a properly submitted NMFS or American Samoa logbook, an American Samoa creel survey record, a delivery or payment record from an American Samoa-based cannery, retailer or wholesaler, an American Samoa tax record, an individual wage record, ownership title, vessel registration, or other official documents. Additionally, documents must show either ownership of a vessel that was used to fish in the EEZ around American Samoa, or evidence of work on a fishing trip during which longline gear was used to harvest western Pacific pelagic MUS in the EEZ around American Samoa. If an applicant does not possess the necessary documentation of evidence of work on a fishing trip based on records available only from NMFS or the American Samoa Government, the applicant may issue a request to NMFS to obtain such records from the appropriate agencies, if available. According to the federal agency, the applicant should provide sufficient information on the fishing trip to allow NMFS to retrieve the records. If the applicant requests NMFS in writing to use longline logbook data for evidence of documented participation, the applicant must specify the qualifying vessel, official number, and month(s) and year(s) of the logbook records for NMFS to search. “NMFS will reject incomplete applications,” it says. And if NMFS receives more complete applications than available permits for a given permit class, NMFS will prioritize applicants using only the information in the applications and documentation provided by the applicants. Moreover, NMFS will assign the highest priority for permits in any size class to applicants with the earliest documented participation in the fishery on a Class A vessel, followed by applicants with the earliest documented participation in Class C. If there is a tie in priority, NMFS will rank higher the applicant whose second documented participation in the fishery is earlier. Email and phone contract for more info: piro-permits@noaa. gov, or call (808) 944-2275
➧ Tala o Fa’amasinoga…
Alofa, se ia tiga…
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Vaega: 43 Fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u, i lou alafa’i mai i ie manuia i lenei taeao fo’u, malo lava le soifua, fa’afetaia pea le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua, ina ua molio’o mai lo outou soifua ae maise fo’i si o’u nei ola vaivai i le manuia i lenei aso. Ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai, i lona vaega lona fasefulu tolu lenei, ae ia manuia lava faiva o le a feagai ai ma oe i lenei aso. Ua tau mate’ia la’u tupua lilo e lo’u tina tausia o Ana, ona ua ia iloa lava lo’u fiafia, maua sui lava o’u uiga, a tonu fo’i o se va’aiga lelei lea mo a’u. Ae o lo’u tina tausi ua lagona fo’i lona fiafia, ina ua va’ai mai ia te a’u, ua ou sui lava. Ua ou le toe fa’anoanoa, pe ou te toe tagi so’o e pei ona masani ai pe a o’o o’u mafaufaga i le tulaga ua i ai nei lo’u aiga, ae maise ai o le tulaga faigata ua ou o’o i ai i totonu o lo’u aiga. E moni lava le tala fo’i lea, o a lava mea tatou te taumafai e natia, e iloa lava, e fiu fo’i e ufiufi le tama’imoa e i’oi’o lava. Ia soia ia, o mea lava fa’apenei, e lagona ai le malosi o le loto ma le mafaufau, ona ua i ai fo’i le suiga ua i ai le olaga latou, e pei o le tala a le isi toeaina o si o matou nu’u, “ua togi le pa tau i le ave” ae fesili atu i ai le isi toeaina, o le a le uiga o le na upu, ae toe sau le tali a le toeaina o lo matou nu’u, “ ua tau pusi i luga o aupa.” Na toe fesili le toeaina lea, o se aupa e tali ai galu pe o se aupa e taofia ai solo pe a timuga, na toe tali atu i ai le toeaina o lo matou nu’u, “Ia fa’aaoga mai le mapuni.” Ua ou iloa nei, o Tino, o lona tama o le Amepasa a le Malo o Amerika i totonu o Peretania, ma o se avanoa lelei lea ma se avanoa taua ua ou maua, ou te fesilisili ai ma su’esu’e Tino e uiga i le Malo o Amerika. Ua ma’ea nei ona ou iloa mea uma e uiga ia Tino, ae ou te le i fa’ailoaina lava lo’u aiga fa’apea ma o’u matua ia Tino. O le mea ua tupu, ua lagona lo’u matamuli, ua lagona fo’i le tulaga fo’i lea ua pei a ou fa’ailoaina ia Tino mea uma nei e tutupu i lo’u aiga, ona ‘ese ai lea o ni manatu o Tino ia te a’u. Ua mafana le ma mafutaga, ua le ‘asa fo’i ma ma feiloa’i, ae o le mea moni lava, e le i o’o le ma mafutaga i nisi tulaga fa’alupelupeina fo’i lea, ae o taimi uma ma te fetaui ai, e alu le ma tafaoga i le isi itu o Peretania, o lo’o i ai le sami matagofie e pei o le tioata, o matafaga e matagofie i le va’ai. O nisi o taimi e alu le ma savaliga i luga o atu mauga ma le vao matua, o le matua’i matagofie lava i le va’ai i lea itu o Peretania. O nei mea uma e leai se tasi o ia iloaina, ae se i vagana ai lo’u tina tausi lea ua tau i’ite i lo’u fealua’i fa’apea. O taimi uma ma te fetaui ai ma Tino, ou te fesilisili lava pe fa’apefea le Malo o Amerika, o ona tagata, o lona tamaoaiga, o pisinisi ma kamupani i totonu o le Malo. O fa’amatalaga uma lava e ta’u mai e Tino ia te a’u, o fa’amatalaga ia o lo’o teu pea i lo’u loto, ona ua ta mau i lo’u mafaufau ma lo’u loto, e sau se aso ou te alu ai i Amerika e su’e lo’u tina na ou iloa ai le lalolagi, o Elisapeta. O le tasi aso, na ou toe fo’i ane ai i lo ma fale ma lo’u tina tausi o Ana, na fa’ate’ia a’u i le matala mai o le faitoto’a, ma tusi mai le lima o le lo’omatua ia te a’u ma fa’apea mai, “Averia, ua ou iloa nai au mea lililo lea o lo’o fai, tautala mai nei ia te a’u. E faia pea
TO Members of the OLO Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that LAMESE & TEUILA FAAFILI of LEONE has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land TUTU, allegedly belonging to OLO FAMILY of the village of LEONE. Said land TUTU is situated in or near the village of LEONE in the County of FOFO, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: APRIL 3, 2013 thru MAY 3, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa OLO, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o LAMESE & TEUILA FAAFILI o le nu’u o LEONE ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o TUTU e fa’asino i le aiga sa OLO, o le nu’u o LEONE. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o LEONE, itumalo o FOFO, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 04/10 & 04/24/13
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FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
Push to alter “succession rules” in UK nearly done
LONDON (AP) — Legislation that will end a centuries-old British rule that puts boys before girls in the succession to the throne has cleared the House of Lords, and now goes to Queen Elizabeth II for approval. The change means that if Prince William and the former Kate Middleton have a girl first, she will become queen, and no younger brother will be able to jump the line and displace her. The legislation also permits an heir to the throne to marry a Catholic, though Catholics would still be barred from succeeding to the throne. The bill, which has been fast-tracked through Parliament, passed a third and final reading in the House of Lords Monday. The government wants to change current laws, which date back to the 1701 Act of Settlement, before the royal couple’s first child is born in July. The baby will be third in line to the throne after William and his father Prince Charles. Kate, formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, has kept up a fairly busy schedule of royal engagements since becoming pregnant. On Tuesday, she visited a school in Manchester to launch a counseling project and meet workers from a youth mental health services charity.
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➧ COURT BRIEFS…
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WAYNE PELEIUPU ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO AIDING AND ABETTING A man has entered into a plea agreement for assisting his friend, who walked into a store, pressed the cash register open and took off with over $1,000. Wayne Peleiupu is charged with burglary and felony stealing, however in a plea agreement with the government the defendant pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting, amended from the burglary charge while the remaining count was dismissed. The co-defendant in this case, Ieremia Cameron, is also facing burglary and felony stealing and his case is pending in High Court. During the plea agreement the defendant admitted that he aided and abetted the defendant, helping him steal money from the cash register. Chief Justice Michael Kruse accepted the plea agreement in this case and scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2013. According to the government’s case, police received a call from a Chinese woman asking for assistance, saying that the defendant took off with money from her store. Police responded to the call and were provided with video footage of the alleged incident.
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➧ Le’i defends decision…
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 photo, a 30-year-old male elephant just fitted with a GPStracking collar stands up as the tranquilizer wears off in the Osewan area next to Amboseli (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) National Park in southern Kenya, near the border with Tanzania.
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“Eseneiaso was also involved in all subsequent adjustments to our personnel system prompted by studies, which were commissioned by different directors,” he said. He noted the general public should know that bringing retirees back into the workforce is perfectly legal and is based on qualifications, ASG needs — most importantly — the continuity of quality service to the people of American Samoa. He noted the Human Resources Dept. is currently reviewing all ASG personnel with a goal of conducting a reclassification by the end of these four years. “I need the best to get this goal accomplished which will in return benefit ASG and its people” said Le’i. Le’i also clarified with Samoa News that currently Ulugaono Waldie Allen is not a Deputy Director with HR. Ulugaono was Deputy Director in the previous administration. “Ulugaono, the previous Deputy Director, is a career service employee and is protected under the career service employment status and he will serve out his remaining years before exiting through retirement or resignation; whichever and whenever he finds it deemed necessary,” he said. The HR Director said upon completion of the new “organizational chart” that HR is working on, he will appoint another Deputy Director for Employment and Training, in due time. Efforts to obtain comments from Ulugaono were unsuccessful as of press time. Samoa News notes that Mrs. Liu received $7,500 from the government in March 2013, following a settlement between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and ASG, as a result of a lawsuit she filed alleging age discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Hawaii in August, 2011. As reported by Samoa News earlier, the court issued the order adopting the decree which requires the government to pay Liu $7,500. In addition, the decree requires the government to complete certain ‘make better’ actions by specified deadlines. The payment to Mrs. Liu was to be designated as back pay compensation under the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA), and subject to the statutorily required deductions for federal, state and local income tax withholding and social security/Medicare tax withholdings. ASG is responsible for all employer’s share of taxes, which are not to be deducted from the total amount due to the claimants. The decree also required the government to offer reinstatement to Affected Employees, if it determines that they were subjected to demotion and or constructive discharge in violation of the ADEA.
➧ Miss SOFIAS sparkles…
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Roberta said child abuse is an issue across the globe and it’s her goal to raise awareness about it. She noted that studies show that abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children and this is why the call to raise awareness must be in full force. “We read it in our daily news paper, all sorts of abuse is happening in schools, families and literally everywhere.” She further stated that as a teacher who loves children and now as Miss SOFIAS, she will do everything in her capacity to make sure that awareness is raised about this issue, within her village, school, church and at home. Roberta said the effect of any type of abuse is embedded with the victim. “If anyone has been told over and over again as a child that they are stupid or no good, it is very difficult to overcome these feelings. A person may experience them as reality — and as an adult, may not strive for more education, or settle for a job that may not pay enough, because they don’t believe they can do it,” she said. “Children need structure, clear boundaries, and the knowledge that their parents and families are looking out for their safety.” “Whether the abuse is a slap, a harsh comment or neglect the end result is that the child will feel unsafe, uncared for, and alone.” She urges any child, man or woman who somehow feels they are being abused to contact the Department of Social Services for assistance. “The DHSS has the resources, counselors and programs that can help you,” she said. In the SOFIAS program that was sold during the pageant, the vision, motto and mission was outlined. According to the program, SOFIAS motto is “Ia e ola malamalama I lou Fa’asinomaga” (Be of virtue and Pride in your identity). SOFIAS aims to align and work collaboratively with fa’afafine in the territory, Asia Pacific Region and the world. “SOFIAS is an organization that focuses on improving life through the balance of our Samoan-identity and western influences. We are dedicated to building relationships grounded in the Samoan values, promoting a positive attitude towards the Samoan fa’afafine community, empowerment of people, protection of the environment and respect for cultural diversity in our community.” The SOFIAS mission is to foster stable relationships amongst the fa’afafine community in the territory by providing educational outreach events, promoting maturity and respect towards others that will enable individuals to achieve educational goals and to contribute to the social and cultural well being of every fa’afafine that resides in American Samoa.
➧ House expense report…
(Samoa News understands the Fono method of payment for gas is not new, and when the same gas service station was leased by the Stevenson Family from the Tuia Family, it also benefited from the selfsame Fono method of paying for gas.) Solia Fofoga (who according to Fono sources works in the Legislative Finance Office) also appears in the House expense report, and like the Senate expense report, he is found under the “Food for Human Consumption” category and the “Protocol Expenses” category. Samoa News was told that Fofoga is the ‘go to’ guy for both chambers, when special events are arranged — food and protocol. Another company appearing in both expense reports is PT & Associates, the company coowned by the Governor’s Executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira and Governor’s Office employee Minnie Tuia. For the House, the company received two payments under “Repairs and Maintenance”, $4,000 each, on Oct. 23 and Dec. 21, respectively. It also accounted for the entire $12,000 listed under the House’s “Other Contractual Services” expenses which included three payments of $4,000 each on Oct. 2, Nov. 27, and Feb. 7. They are also recorded as receiving $4,000 per month from the Senate. That’s a total of $8,000 per month — to date — from the Fono altogether. Mabuhay Travel again features largely in travel payments in the House expense report, as it does in the Senate report. TRAVEL House travel expenses, as in Senate travel, is dispersed throughout the report’s categories, with some having no apparent relationship to the category it is listed under. For example, three payments for “airfare” were drawn from the “Other Employee Benefits,” category and paid to Mabuhay Travel. The airfares were for Rep. Fetu Fetui Jr. on October 19 in the amount of $1,527.60; airfare for “Seui, H.” on December 4 for $176; and “airfare for Faa” on January 17 for $2,281.40. While the Protocol Expenses category reported that on Dec. 18, Mabuhay Travel was paid $566.20 for “amended airfare”. In the “Repairs and Maintenance” category, airfare and per diems are noted for Rep. Puletu Dick Koko, who received $2,040 for per diem in Honolulu and $165 for airfare on Dec. 03, and House Secretary Fialupe Lutu received $1,568 for per diem in Honolulu, and the House paid her airfare of $1,524 on Dec. 18. The same category also lists another payment of $2,000 to Mabuhay Travel on Feb. 28, with no indication of who or what. The House’s “Food for Human Consumption” category — like the Senate — was used to report travel expenses, including per diem and transport rentals, for staff and faipule: Dec. 14 - Taliva’a Aliti - Four payments totaling $1,645 for per diem in Honolulu, Hilo, Tacoma and land transportation Dec. 20 - Mabuhay Travel “airfare for Aliti” $2,390.80 Dec. 17 - Kolone, Liuato - Three payments totaling $1,253 for per diem in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and land transportation Dec. 18 - Leasiolagi, Steve $1,817 for per diem in Honolulu and land transportation Dec. 20 - Fetu Fetui Jr. $2,230 for per diem, land transportation, and airfare to Apia Dec. 26 - Rep. Puletu Dick Koko $1,593 for per diem and land transportation in Honolulu Dec. 28 - Mabuhay Travel - airfare for Steve Leasiolagi $1,458.40 and Liuato Kolone $2,173.40 Dec. 31 - Mabuhay Travel $1,458.40 - airfare for Rep. Puletu Dick Koko Jan. 17 - Talia Faafetai Iaulualo - Three payments totaling $1,925 for per diem in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and land transportation Jan. 29 - Lealaitafea, Fagasoaia - Three payments totaling $1,389 for per diem in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and land transportation Jan. 30 - House Speaker Savali Talavou - Four payments totaling $7,260 for per diem in Honolulu, Los Angeles, a car rental, and
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“protocol” Feb. 05 - Mika Kelemete Jr. $2,240 for per diem in Honolulu Feb. 06 - Lealaitafea Fagasoaia, Fetu Fetui Jr., Talia Faafetai Iaulualo, Mauga Legae’e, Su’a Elisara, Allen Anthony Faimealelei, Moliga Tuumolimoli, Anoa’i Tusipa, Saulo Vaili Florence, Lam Yuen Tini, Puletu Dick Koko, and Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava - $1,120 each for per diem in Honolulu Feb. 06 - Mabuhay Travel $2,239.40 for “airfare for Foa” Feb. 11 - Michael Yandall $2,240 per diem in Honolulu Feb. 15 - Puletu Dick Koko $573 per diem and airfare reimbursement to Apia Feb. 19 - Mabuhay Travel - Three airfares totaling $4,594.65 The “Off Island Travel” category between Oct. 01 and Dec. 18 totaled $48,922.58 and the following was paid out: Oct. 03 - House Speaker Savali Talavou $6,340 in three payments for protocol, per diem and land transportation in Honolulu Oct. 05 - Rep. Fetu Fetui Jr., $2,265 for “lodging and meal, and land transportation” Oct. 17 - Mabuhay Travel $2,806.09 airfare for House Speaker Talavou Oct. 17 - Rep. Tufele, Li’amatua Pulelei’ite Jr. $2,265 for per diem and land transportation to Honolulu Oct. 25 - Puletu Dick Koko $2,042 for per diem in Apia and New Zealand Oct. 31 - Lemapu Talo $2,430 - three payments for per diem, land transportation and airfare in Apia Nov. 08 - Faimealelei Anthony Allen $4,267 - four payments for per diem in Honolulu, Saipan, Texas and land transportation Nov. 13 - Simei Pulu $2,759 for per diem in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Nov. 19 - Larry Sanitoa $1,593 for per diem and land transportation in Honolulu Nov. 26 - Lemapu Talo $1,869 for per diem in Denver, Honolulu, and land transportation Nov. 27 - Fetu Fetui Jr. $2,205 for per diem and airfare for Apia Nov. 27 - Puletu Dick Koko $2,205 for per diem and airfare for Apia Nov. 27 - Mika Kelemete Jr. $2,240 for per diem in Honolulu Nov. 27 - Rep. Tuumolimoli Moliga $1,900 for per diem in Honolulu and Los Angeles Nov. 27 - Mabuhay Travel $2,807.99 for airfare for Lemapu Talo Nov. 28 - Mabuhay Travel $1,287.30 airfare for Puletu Dick Koko Dec. 03 - House Speaker Savali Talavou $1,792 for per diem in Honolulu and $700 for car rental Dec. 04 - Mabuhay Travel $2,909 airfare for Tuumolimoli Moliga Dec. 18 - Mabuhay Travel $2,240.20 airfare for House Speaker Talavou “Manu’a Local Travel” totaled $645 and issued to Vice Speaker Talia Faafetai I’aulualo on Oct. 19 for per diem and airfare to Ta’u. FONO BUDGET TOTAL Between Oct. 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, the total expenses for the House of Representatives was $1,069,016.17, while the Senate outlay was for $1, 277,586.45, for a Grand Total of $2, 346,602.62 for both chambers. 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 Legislature is projected to have an overrun of $1.5 million in 2013. As previously reported in Samoa News, 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 an aside, former Pago Pago faipule Ae Ae Jr. got a payment of $13,867.92 on February 5th, under the “Other Employee Benefits” category. Samoa News was told his role is one of consultancy, but this could not be confirmed as of press time.
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN - Rated R
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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G.I. JOE: RETALIATION – Rated PG-13
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Bruce Willis The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
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