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Samoa New Monday, June 3, 2013
Tri Marine set to begin cannery construction… 7 New CEO & CFO take on the LBJ Medical Center 3 Sooners make the WCWS finals, beat Washington… B1
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A spontaneous ‘siva’ by members of the audience during the Samoa Independence Day rugby game in Hawaii on Saturday. Toa Samoa defeated the National USA Tomahawks Rugby League Team 38- 10 at Aloha Stadium. Samoa News will continue to publish photos throughout the week of the celebration. (All images Copyright Barry Markowitz, 2013)
[Photo: Winnie Markowitz, courtesy TriMarine/STP]
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Monday, June 3, 2013
NHHC declared in breach of contract, AG and DHS looking at possible actions
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Local DoH has not heard of virus called a “threat to entire world”
Human Resources Director Le’i Sonny Thompson and his ASNEG (American Samoa National Emergency Grant) Team have declared that Native Hawaiian Holding Company (NHHC) is in breach of their contract with the government and made a formal request to the Attorney General’s office, Office of Inspector General in coordination with the US Department of Labor “to take action” against NHHC for the breach and to recover the $3 million already paid out. This was revealed in a letter sent by HR Director late last month to the Attorney General, which was obtained by Samoa News. In response, Attorney General Afoa L Su’esu’e Lutu forwarded the documents to Homeland Security for investigation. NHHC signed the contract with the government to provide training and employment in the contact center industry for 900 NEG participants and authorized it to operate job placement and supportive services in a setting that would serve as part of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Workforce System.
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A new SARS-like coronavirus that has been called “threat to the entire world” has already claimed its first life in France, bringing the worldwide total for the disease to 27 deaths and 49 infections. This is according to CNN news reports. Three days ago, Reuters.com announced that the first case of the disease out of Italy was reported by the Health Ministry there from a 45-year-old man who had recently spent 40 days in Jordan where one of his sons was suffering from an unspecified flu. Samoa News attempts to contact officials from the local Department of Health to inquire about any local alerts or warnings about the disease were unsuccessful as of press time yesterday. Samoa News tried unsuccessfully last week to make contact with DoH official Farah Utu, who departed the territory Thursday evening. Attempts to obtain comments from DOH Associate Director of Nursing Dottie Siavi’i were also unsuccessful, and all inquiries were referred to Public Health Medical Director Dr. Joseph Tufa who, despite numerous attempts by the Samoa News, could not be reached by phone as well.
When asked about what actions the local DoH is planning on taking, as far as disseminating information about the disease, DoH representatives, who spoke to the Samoa News on condition of anonymity said they have yet to “hear” about the disease and it is apparent that the ‘higher ups’ know nothing about it, despite efforts by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to spread the news through media reports and announcements. According to Reuters.com, “The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has spread from the Gulf to France, Britain and Germany. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called it the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).” The latest fatality from the disease was a 65-year-old Frenchman who was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Dubai. (Currently, a local delegation of soccer officials led by FFAS president Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet are currently visiting that area of the world enroute to the 63rd FIFA Congress 2013 that was held on May 30 and 31 in Mauritius, an
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Josh Wawa White singing “Moving about my way” during the “Jammin on the Rock Concert” presented by McDonald’s American Samoa that was held at the Fale Laumei in Utulei, Saturday night. Wawa was one of the crowd’s favorites. The concert was also chance to hear, enjoy and celebrate Polynesian voices that are making names for themselves among our youth and offisland. Audience comments included “well presented, beautiful [photo: TG] voices, a professional show, and dancing music…”
The graduating Class of 2013 of Fa’asao Marist High School who bid farewell to 60 seniors on Saturday morning during their commencement ceremony held at the Fatu-o-Aiga Catholic Hall. The theme for their graduation this year was “Courage to Pursue Our Dreams”. [photo: TG] See story and photos inside.
samoa news, Monday, June 3, 2013
by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Quakes kill 2 in Taiwan, injure 33 in Philippines
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted Taiwan on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store, officials said. Another earthquake jolted the southern Philippines late Saturday, injuring at least 33 people and damaging more than 140 houses. The tremor that hit Taiwan on Sunday afternoon was felt all over the island, but most severely in the central and southern regions. The magnitude-6.3 quake’s epicenter was near Jenai township in Nantou County in central Taiwan, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said. In Mountain Ali in the southern part of the island, a man was killed by a rockslide while driving a car on a mountain road, the Taiwan Fire Agency said in a statement. Another man was killed by a falling rock when he was working at a farm in Chushan, near the epicenter. Rockslides at a scenic mountainous area near the epicenter injured several people, the agency said. In all, 21 people were injured by the earthquake, many by fallen objects. Workers removed fallen rocks and repaired a damaged mountain road in Nantou, allowing more than 100 stranded tourists to pass. Shoppers screamed and ran out of a 12-story department store that shook violently for nearly a minute, TV stations reported from the central city of Taichung. Households elsewhere in central Taiwan reported cracks on the walls or ceilings falling, the reports said. The Central Weather Bureau said the tremor had a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.5. Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. Nantou is near the epicenter of a magnitude-7.6 earthquake that struck Taiwan in 1999 and killed more than 2,300 people. In the southern Philippines, a magnitude-5.7 earthquake rattled North Cotabato province and nearby areas late Saturday as people slept, damaging more than 140 houses and several school buildings and setting off a landslide that partially blocked a road with boulders, officials said. At least 33 people, including children, were injured by collapsed walls and falling debris in the hard-hit North Cotabato villages of Kimadzil and Kibugtongan, said Hermes Daquipa, a Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology official who joined a government team that surveyed the hilly villages. The quake, which was set off by the movement of a nearby fault, damaged the approaches to two bridges and concrete pipes that cut off water supply to the two villages. Some of the damaged school buildings will not be able to be used for Monday’s resumption of classes after a summer break for safety reasons, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Tolentino-Mendoza said.
DYWA TO HOST FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR LOCAL WOMEN About 15 local women have already signed up to take part in the budget/financial management training program that will be hosted by the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) on June 13 and 14 at the old Election Office in Utulei. In an interview with the Samoa News last week, DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. explained that the idea behind the program is to help local women “understand how to budget” and “how to live within their means.” He added, “In most families, the father is the one who pulls in the paycheck and the mother is the one who takes care of the bills and the finances. We basically want to teach these women how to balance a checkbook and strategize the way they spend their money.” The program will be taught by Dr. Faofua Faatoafe, a professor of business at the American Samoa Community College. “We are hopeful that after the training, the women who will be participating will have a better sense of financial management and a better insight on how to stretch a dollar,” Tapumanaia said. “This will allow women to set great examples for their families.” Tapumanaia elaborated, “In our culture, where faalavelaves are the norm, people tend to live from paycheck to paycheck and we wanted to offer a training program that will help women realize that they need to set money aside for rainy days. “There is a difference between a checking account and a savings account and in the Samoan way of life, there is always a need to set money aside for emergencies. In addition, women also need to know that there are profitable investments out there that they can put their hard earned monies into.” Currently, DYWA is hosting a cooking class that is set to conclude in two weeks, at which time the financial management training is set to kick off. There is a limit of 30 slots for the upcoming training program but Tapumanaia said that if the number of interested women surpasses the available number of seats, they would most likely have to add an additional program to accommodate everyone.
Tapumanaia concluded, “We want to ensure that nobody is turned away, as this program is very beneficial and very much needed in the territory.” Interested women can call DYWA at 6332835 or 733-4337 and ask for Saini Vele or Pa’u Roy Taito Ausage for more information on how to register. DOC TO HOST WORKSHOP FOR CSBG PROGRAM FUNDING The Department of Commerce will be hosting an informative workshop for all public agencies and non-profit organizations for prospective applicants for FY2014 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program funds. DOC is the lead agency designated to administer the territory’s CSBG program. The workshop will be held on June 12 at 10 a.m. in the DOC conference room on the second floor of the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building (EOB) in Utulei. According to the DOC announcement, the workshop is to assist prospective applicants in preparing their proposals for FY2014 and will cover the technical aspects as well as the type of criteria that is used during the evaluation process. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop in order to receive all the necessary information for writing an acceptable application, including the proper format. The deadline for the applications will be announced at a later date. In accordance with the CSBG Act’s mandate, no project can be funded without a complete application that meets the requirements of the CSBG Act. CSBG program funds are mostly available for services that cater to the low-income population. Absolutely no funds from the program may be used for construction projects. Proposed projects that are justified through evaluation and confirmed to benefit the low-income population will be approved for funding. A total of $900,000 is available in CSBG program funds but it is not known if the same amount will be available during FY2014 due to the recent sequestration from the Obama Administration that proposes a cut of 50% for the program. More information about the workshop and any other matters relating to the CSBG program can be obtained by calling the DOC main office at 633-5155.
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Contracts signed, new CEO & CFO take on Medical Center
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
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It’s official. The LBJ Hospital’s new Chief Financial Officer is Leilua Stevenson who signed her contract this past Friday along with the LBJ’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph J Davis-Fleming. They both signed three year contracts according to LBJ Hospital Board Chairperson Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young who noted six applicants vied for the CFO position with one unfortunate application that “came in too late,” she said. “Leilua has a proven background in finance oversight and accounting beginning with Ernst and Young where she was promoted to auditor and she has shown a strong commitment to our community given her many years of service working at Star Kist and the ASDHHS helping to bring many of their grant programs out of high-risk status. “She also has much experience appearing before the Fono on budgetary matters and that will help the hospital board and management appears effectively before the Fono. “Together she and our new CEO will make a great team in leading LBJ into the future,” said Tofoitaufa. Stevenson, a former Miss American Samoa and the 1993 Miss South Pacific, has been director of the Department of Human and Social Service since March of 2009, when she was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Fono. Previous governor Togiola Tulafono appointed Stevenson daughter of Easter District Governor Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson, at the time to assist the DHSS in meeting federal compliance on grant funds that were in jeopardy with the highrisk designation. Stevenson also served as comptroller at StarKist Samoa and was also appointed as Development Bank President, but was not confirmed in the Senate. Samoa News sent queries to Tofoitaufa on how much the contract was for both CEO and CFO however as of press time the emails were not answered. In an email to Samoa News explaining why the new CEO did not sign his contract the last time he was on island, Tofoitaufa noted it was due to errors in the contract, which caused the delay in signing the contract. As Samoa News reported earlier, Tofoitaufa pointed out that Fleming remains the best qualified CEO for the hospital. “His qualifications and credentials speak for themselves and his personal problems are his personal affairs that should not have a bearing on his ability to perform his job.” The Hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer holds a Master of Science (MS) degree, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial
Management Association (FHFMA). Tofoitaufa noted the most critical factors that the board relied on for its final decision were that a candidate had strong analytical skills, a comprehensive knowledge of CMS (Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services) compliance and reimbursement regulations, along with strong skill sets in data analysis, healthcare analytics and metrics, synthesizing and communicating meaningful financial data and the ability to assess and anticipate financial risks. “Also of importance was the candidate’s background in turning around financially troubled health care organizations,” said Tofoitaufa. Davis-Fleming served as Executive Director for CURE International in Kabul, Afghanistan and was CEO for Square Hospitals Ltd, in Dhaka Bangladesh. Reach reporter at email@example.com
Leilua Stevenson and Joseph Davis-Fleming signed their contracts as new LBJ-CFO and LBJCEO before the hospital board last Friday. L-R Board Members Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, LBJ-CFO Leilua Stevenson, LBJ-CEO Joe Davis-Fleming, Chairperson Tofoitaufa Sandra King[Courtesy Photo LBJ Board] Young, Leiataua Leuga Turner, Dr. Victor Tofaeono and Mase Akapo.
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Community Bank of American Samoa (IO) is seeking a Chief Credit Officer. SUMMARY CBAS (IO) is in the process of obtaining regulatory approval to open a full-service FDIC-insured bank in early 2014. The Chief Credit Officer will be an essential part of the senior executive team during the application process. Assuming the application is successful, the Chief Credit Officer would then be responsible for the lending operations at the new bank. The CCO will work directly under the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, and in conjunction with the Chief Financial and Operating Officers. Prior to the bank’s opening, but not during the application review phase, the CCO will be required to be a resident of American Samoa. Relocation assistance will be available as appropriate. The compensation package will include customary executive benefits including housing, motor vehicle and travel benefits.
EXPERIENCE A successful CCO candidate will have at least five years experience as a lending officer in a U.S.-chartered bank, including at least two years recent experience in a senior management role. DUTIES The Chief Credit Officer will exercise overall management of the Bank’s loan portfolio, including loan reviews, loan documentation and credit risk management. The CCO will supervise other lending officers and oversee Boardapproved loan policies and procedures, including collection activities, CRA lending efforts, and credit-related compliance efforts. FOR MORE INFORMATION A detailed job description is available upon request to:
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samoa news, Monday, June 3, 2013
Treasury Dept. report estimates over $25M pending from Fed reimbursement
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
STOCKHOLM (AP) — China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals, a Swedish think tank said Monday. At the start of the year, China had raised its number of nuclear warheads to 250 from 240 in 2012 as part of a process to modernize its defense, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said. However it also said China is “highly non-transparent” when it comes to its nuclear arsenal. SIPRI researcher Pillip Schell said China may continue “the very slight process of increasing” its nuclear arms in the longterm but that there is no sign the country will change its current policy of maintaining a credible deterrent with the smallest possible nuclear arsenal. “It is not so much about an increase in numbers, but an increase in quality,” he said. Bitter rivals Pakistan and India also increased their arsenals by around 10 warheads each. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Russia continued their disarmament in accordance with the new START treaty that they signed in 2010. The U.S. reduced its number of warheads to 7,700 from 8,000, and Russia cut its arsenal to 8,500 from 10,000. However, at the same time the U.S., Russia, France, China and Britain have all either deployed new nuclear weapon delivery systems or announced programs to do so, SIPRI said. “There is little to inspire hope that the nuclear weapon-possessing states are genuinely willing to give up their nuclear arsenals,” SIPRI researcher Shannon Kile said in a statement. “The long-term modernization programs under way in these states suggest that nuclear weapons are still a marker of international status and power.” Here is SIPRI’s list of the number of nuclear warheads in the world at the start of 2013 compared with the start of 2012. COUNTRY 2013 2012 Russia..................................8,500.....................10,000 United States.......................7,700.....................8,000 France..................................300........................300 China...................................250........................240 United Kingdom.................225........................225 Pakistan...............................100-120.................90-110 India....................................90-110...................80-100 Israel....................................80..........................80
Think tank: China boosts nuclear arms arsenal
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The Treasury Department estimates that over $25 million is pending in ASG reimbursements from federal grantors and steps have been taken to get this much needed money to help the government with its financial woes and to ensure that there is no longer a delay in getting reimbursements, according to the Treasury Department’s 100-days report submitted to the Governor’s Office. The report — which covers the Treasurer’s Office, Tax Division, Customs and Excise Division, Territorial Office of Fiscal Reform and IT Division — provides the department’s accomplishments during the initial 100-days of the Lolo Administration. “The path ahead will be a challenging undertaking but with our established directions and our collaborative efforts and commitment, we shall attain our goals,” wrote Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili in his May 16th cover letter that includes the report. In the report’s introduction, Dr. Falema’o noted that the new administration was faced with numerous financial obligations that were inherited from the previous administration. He also said that the “most difficult challenge” to address by the new administration was the scheduled “abrupt” departure of Bank of Hawai’i that was slated for March this year. However, following ongoing talks and negotiations with the help of others from off island, the bank has decided to stay until mid March of next year. So in the initial 100-days of the administration, Treasury worked tirelessly to achieve its many objectives and will continue to strive and ensure the implementation of the goals that are identified to help streamline, enhance and improve its service, he saidi. One of the important projects listed under the Treasurer’s Office and the Finance Division accomplished in the initial 100-days is the Grants Reimbursement Project, in which an executive meeting with Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga was called in February. The meeting was with ASG directors to discuss the accounts receivables, or ARs, pending reimbursement from each respective federal grantor “estimated in the millions” of dollars. “Upon reconciliation of the pending AR’s, a total of over $25 million was identified owed to the ASG from prior years and current,” the 100-day report states. Therefore an “aggressive plan” was implemented for all analysts to work with the financial officer of each department to reimburse ASG coffers immediately or face repercussions of blocked payroll for their staff, it says. “Cash flow problems that the government faces are a result of non-proactive and untimely reimbursements to the general fund,” it says and noted that the untimely reimbursements from grantors also impacted payment to vendors. Many grants are on a reimbursement basis and this means, ASG spends local revenues — which are in the millions of dollars annually — and later submit for reimbursement from federal grantors. The Treasury report provided an example of ARs to ASG, saying that in FY 2013 for the first three pay periods, an estimated of $16.5 million came from the general fund. Of that $16.5 million, some $5 million are grants reimbursable. Additionally, ASG has not been reimbursed for the last three months of payroll for FY 2013. It also says that unreimbursed grant expenditures, diminishes cash flow and therefore compromises ASG’s ability to fund government operations, and provide the investment necessary to stimulate the economy. Treasury then cited the four main causes of unreimbursed grant expenditures: • failure to draw grant funds on grantor-approved expenditures; • failure to obtain approval to draw on grant expenditures; • failure to submit required reports on a timely basis; and • failure to maintain lines of communication between ASG departments and Treasury. Solutions identified in the report include that Treasury has identified all grant awards with significant unreimbursed expenditures and has provided them to each ASG department. And for open grants, Treasury and departments are working with the federal grantor to obtain draw downs on previously approved expenditures and provide the necessary documentation to secure drawdown approval for expenditures not yet approved. On closed grant awards, Treasury and departments have sought approval from the grantor to open grants — once obtained, ASG/departments will proceed accordingly. According to the Treasury report, successful completion of Project Reimbursement would eliminate ASG’s projected fiscal 2013 fiscal deficit; provide additional resources to fund vital infrastructure projects; provide resources for additional staffing; and provide resources for technology upgrades for improved government operations. The Treasury report also says that another aspect to be reviewed and implemented is the clearance of old “encumbrances” from prior years. This objective is to be carried out between the stakeholder and budget. “A major finding in our audit reports is how our accounts and balances do not reconcile, mainly due to the balances that are carried forward from prior years,” the report states. It also states that resources will be reorganized and realign. “Our prevalent obstruction to our organization is a lack of resources to carry out mandated functions,” it says. “Effective operations are hampered by a lack of manpower… The department is looking to bring is more ‘essential staff’ quickly.” The Treasury report also revealed that the department has been conducting Weekly Management Meetings to confirm and coordinate action items and plan implementation objectives moving forward. “This forum also discusses the progression of projects and share impediments that hinder the workflow,” the report says. “The underlying denominator of each division is the lack of manpower and qualified staff to conduct other aspects of their functions.” “This obstruction hinders our ability to conduct collections of project revenues owed to the government,” it says. Other Treasury accomplishments in the 100-days report later this week in Samoa News.
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Seniors on the Move…
Fagaitua High School Eastern Government Summit 201
by Mellody Parungo
Fagaitua High School “Sen13rs” Government classes held a Government Summit to provide the Senior Class of 13 with the opportunity for their voices to be heard by Fono leaders and Repre[courtesy photo] sentatives concerning issues that affect our government and community.
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May 20th, 2013 was a historical day for Fagaitua High School as they commemorate their first-ever senior government class Summit. The purpose of this summit was to provide the senior class with the opportunity for their voices to be heard by our Fono leaders and representatives concerning issues that affect our government and community altogether. The success of the Government Summit was mainly due to the preparation done by the senior class. They have researched, proposed and presented issues that they feel is affecting our eastern district as well as the whole island. Some of the issued that they presented were Seawall, Transportation, Sex Education, Roads Infrastructure, and Littering. On the issue on Transportation, senior students proposed to upgrade “Aiga Bus” transportation system by making it mandatory for ALL public transportation to have a set schedule of registered buses time of commute. Another group presented on their survey on the condition with our roads. “The survey was given to individuals in different villages. They described the roads as unsafe, uncomfortable, damaged, hazardous and worn out.” On one of the issues about “Sex Education”, Representative Faimealelei had stated, “I am 210% for Sex Education.” Apparently, this issue is a great concern to the Faga’itua Seniors as well as within our territory for teen pregnancies rates have worsen throughout the past years. Overall, the students were both grateful and excited with the success of their summit. More importantly, is having the opportunity to share and dialogue with their own representatives. Mola Tagaloa, a senior student reflected, “I never realized how hard our representatives worked to satisfy our needs. Now I know it isn’t an easy job.” Representative Puleleiite Li’amatua Tufele, Representative Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo, Representative Taimalatai Elisara Su’a and Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen attended the Eastern Government Summit. During the Summit, the 4 Eastern Reps read, listened, discussed and reported on the issues that were selected by all 6 government classes. The representatives were impressed with the wealth of information that the students provided to support the issues they presented. They want to continue doing this program as an annual summit so that there is a better understanding of the issues that our island is facing. Rep. Lemapu summed it up: “The collaboration with the students was very well versed and knowledgeable… Keep up the great job with your students.” Later on in our field trip to the Fono, our other two representatives Tu’umolimoli Saena Moliga and Fatulegae’e Mauga. joined the Senior class with the rest of the representatives who were at the Government Summit. The Fono field trip provided our seniors the opportunity to obtain a closer glimpse of our territory’s local government. As we toured the Fono, our students were able to get the experience of how our government functions, and also developed a passion for civic participation. Before leaving the Fono, our Eastern Representatives again offered words of encouragement and advice for the Graduation Class of 2013. The Eastern Government Summit with its culminating field trip to the Fono was another way of demonstrating how concerned our youth is about the future of our government. Maybe someday, one of us will become a future Senator, a future Representative or even the future Governor of American Samoa. Again we would like to offer our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all our Eastern Representatives. Coordinators of the Government Summit were senior students Mellody A. Parungo, Eleni Fanene and Patrick D. Wang. All six Government classes worked on researching and presenting the issues to the law-making leaders and they were also all responsible for putting all the details of the summit together. In addition, this event was under the supervision of Ms. Faugagana Fagaava, Department Head for Faga’itua’s Samoan and Social Studies Department, and US History teacher Stephen Young.
Preliminary permit issued — Tri Marine set to begin construction
by Samoa News staff
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U.S. based Tri Marine International says it has received notice that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the preliminary permit for the installation of a new seawall and dock at its Samoa Tuna Processor (STP) facility in Atu’u where a new cannery will be constructed. “We have been assured that the final, fully executed permit will be provided in the coming days,” according to a company media statement released yesterday afternoon. STP is the locally owned subsidiary of Tri Marine that will be operating the new cannery in the territory and Tri Marine had been working for some two years to obtain and secure the federal permit for the seawall and dock, which are necessary for cannery operations. “With the uncertainty of the seawall permit behind us, our focus will now turn to the cannery construction phase, following which we will be ordering and installing the equipment needed to process tuna for canning,” the company said. Reiterating past public statements, Tri Marine said it will take about 18 months to complete the cannery phase and will require substantial involvement of local contractors and the growing staff of STP. The Tri Marine team and in particular the management and staff of STP, “are very eager to complete the development work and resume the processing of canned tuna that started at the Atu’u site more than 60 years ago,” the statement says. It also states that building materials have been ordered and preparation work completed. According to the Army Corps’ public notice, the purpose of the applicant’s seeking a permit is to re-establish cannery operations, including
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Scooter the llama busted out of his penned-in yard in Tallahassee, it took three county sheriff’s deputies and a taser gun to get him back in again. The 6-foot-tall, 7-year-old llama outran the authorities in Tallahassee for a while, even leaping over a 4-foot fence to avoid capture, Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said Sunday. “Scooter was running in the middle of the road, so he was going to cause an accident eventually,” Drzewiecki said. Outside of Tampa, meanwhile, authorities chased an errant kangaroo for 10 hours before finally getting close enough Sunday to stop him with tranquilizer darts. Scooter’s owner, Jack Conrad, discovered him missing sometime Friday night and searched for him until the early morning hours of Saturday, Drzewiecki said. Authorities also heard from concerned residents. One reported a camel on the loose; another claimed to have spied an alpaca trotting by. Police cornered the furry fugitive Saturday morning. After putting a lasso around its neck, it took six deputies to place the roughly 300-pound Scooter into a trailer. Drzewiecki said they used a taser gun to subdue the animal because llamas don’t respond to voice commands. Conrad, Scooter’s owner and the owner of three other llamas, will not be cited but has agreed to beef up his fence line, Drzewiecki said. Conrad could not be reached for comment Sunday. Llamas are considered a domestic species and do not require a permit, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In the town of Lacoochee, Fla., authorities Sunday were still searching for the owner of a 200-pound male kangaroo that they captured after a nearly 10-hour chase. A family living in the area owns other kangaroos, but has not yet claimed this one as theirs, said Pasco County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow. Wildlife officials say a person can own a kangaroo if they have the specific permits to do so.
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construction of new Fish Meal, Waste Water Treatment and Biofilter Plants, and commence new fresh/frozen processing in order to add employment opportunities, stimulate the local economy, and improve movement of incoming and outgoing goods. The proposed new dock is intended to facilitate provisioning and receiving fish from the shallow-draft vessels of the Alia fishing fleet, which is vital to the local economy, according to the public notice issued in 2011. In its statement Friday, Tri Marine expressed sincere thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, the ASG Project Notification Review System (PNRS) Board, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni and Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga— who they noted were all instrumental in helping them obtain the permit. “Issuance of this permit removes a significant risk to our development plans for Samoa Tuna Processors,” said the Tri Marine media release, adding that substantial work and investment at STP has already been completed and is ongoing. For example, a new 5,000 metric ton capacity cold store was completed in April and is now being used to offload and store tuna delivered by fishing vessels based in American Samoa. Additionally, the fresh and frozen tuna processing plant to be used for processing premium quality tuna for the export market for sashimi, sushi and tuna steaks is well underway with completion expected in October of this year.
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(Based on a press release) — Congressman Faleomavaega was invited by President Barack Obama to a special ceremony at the White House held on May 28, 2013, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. “President Obama is our first ever U.S. President who I consider a fellow ‘islander,’ having been born and raised in Hawai‘i. I am thankful that he is even more aware through his experience when it comes to the issues facing our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities throughout the country,” Faleomavaega stated. “I am also honored to invite as my guest to the ceremony one of our leaders in the Samoan community here in the Washington, D.C. area for over 50 years, High Talking Chief (HTC) and retired Chief Master Sergeant Toaali’i Robert “Lopaki” Palmer, Jr.” “Born and raised in the village of Fagatogo, American Samoa, HTC Toaali’i is the son of the late Fiamaua Falemalama Siligo Siavi’i from the village of Vaitogi.” “HTC Toaali’i’s distinguished 40-year military career began in 1960, with active duty service in both the U.S. Air Force and the D.C. Air National Guard. Retiring in 2000, HTC Toaali’i was the first Samoan to attain the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During his tenure, he was awarded numerous awards and medals, and participated in the inaugural parades of Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton.” “Now residing in Hughesville, Maryland, HTC Toaali’i and his bride of 52 years, Diana Lee (Sweeney) Palmer, have four children and five grandchildren. His granddaughter, Daisy Garrison, is this year’s American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess. Her older sister, Dolly, served as our Cherry Blossom Princess in 2012. HTC Toaali’i remains very active in the community, especially with his church and as Historian of the American Samoan Society of Washington, D.C. He is an avid golfer, and on most days, you will find him on the golf courses at Joint Base Andrews.” “I thank President Obama for the opportunity to honor APA Heritage Month while also celebrating some of our AAPI leaders in the community, like HTC Toaali’i, who have contributed to the strength of our nation and who have served their country faithfully. I also thank HTC Toaali’i for his years of continuous service and for accepting my invitation as an honored guest at today’s ceremony. He is truly an example of excellence, service, and dedication and I am thankful for his participation today.” “As Executive Board Member and co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I look forward to today’s ceremony celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in honor of one of the most diverse and fasting growing communities in the United States,” Faleomavaega concluded.
Retired Chief Master Sergeant Toaali’i Robert “Lopaki” Palmer, Jr. accompanied Cong. Faleomavaega to the White House for an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebra[courtesy photo] tion.
Damaging storms move through U.S.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Damaging winds flattened trees and utility poles and knocked out power in parts of northern New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City and a tornado touched down in South Carolina as the East Coast weathered the remnants of violent storms that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma. Heavy rain, thunderstorms, high winds and hail moved through sections of the Northeast on Sunday afternoon, leaving 30,000 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine still without power late that night. The National Weather Service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine. The weather service said a tornado warning was issued as radar indicated a possible tornado moving from Kingfield, Maine, to Bingham, Maine. The tornado was not immediately confirmed. In northwestern South Carolina, a tornado knocked a home off its foundation and blew part of the roof off, said Taylor Jones, director of emergency management for Anderson County. Some trees were blown down and there was heavy rain, but no widespread damage. No injuries were reported. “It was an isolated incident,” Jones said. The weather service said thunderstorms and winds in excess of 60 mph in Vermont produced 1-inch-diameter hail and knocked down numerous trees and wires. In northern Maine, radar picked up a line of thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds stronger than 70 mph. Forecasters warned of tornadoes. The stormy weather in the New York City region shortened the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game to 5 ½ innings and produced backups at major airports. But by early Monday, delays that had been up to three hours had eased to 15 minutes or less at airports on the East Coast, including John F. Kennedy International, La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey, Logan International Airport in Boston and Washington National Airport outside Washington. Patrick Herb, 34, was traveling from Dulles with his 1- and 3-year-old to his home in Wisconsin, and had his departure time for a connecting flight in Detroit moved back three times. He described the mood at Dulles as “frustration and fatigue.” In other parts of the South, thunderstorms, high winds and hail rolled through as part of a slow-moving cold front. Heavy rains could spawn flash flooding in some areas, the weather service said. In Texas, the Coast Guard said its crews saved or helped rescue 17 people caught in storms along the Gulf Coast. Lt. Matthew J. Walter of Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston cited “the devastating effects of strong winds and heavy rains” as the reason for three separate boats capsizing. Meanwhile, residents in Oklahoma cleaned up after the storms there killed 13 people, including three veteran storm chasers. Tim Samaras; his son, Paul Samaras; and Carl Young were killed Friday. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the men were involved in tornado research. Jim Samaras told The Associated Press on Sunday that his brother Tim was motivated by science. “He looked at tornadoes not for the spotlight of TV but for the scientific aspect,” Jim Samaras said. “At the end of the day, he wanted to save lives and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for that.” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin toured damage in El Reno, about 30 miles from Oklahoma City. She said the death toll could rise as emergency workers continue searching flooded areas for missing residents. The state Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the death toll had risen to 13 from Friday’s EF3 tornado, which charged down a clogged Interstate 40 in the western suburbs. Among the dead were two children — an infant sucked out of the car with its mother and a 4-year-old boy who along with his family had sought shelter in a drainage ditch. In Missouri, areas west of St. Louis received significant damage from an EF3 tornado Friday that packed estimated winds of 150 mph. In St. Charles County, at least 71 homes were heavily damaged and 100 had slight to moderate damage, county spokeswoman Colene McEntee said. Northeast of St. Louis, the town of Roxana, Ill., also saw damage from an EF3 tornado. Weather service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said it wasn’t clear whether the damage in Missouri and Illinois came from the same twister or separate ones. Five tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City metro area on Friday, the weather service said. Fallin said Sunday that 115 people were injured. The storms formed out on the prairie west of Oklahoma City, giving residents plenty of advance notice. When told to seek shelter, many ventured out and snarled traffic across the metro area — perhaps remembering when a tornado hit Moore on May 20 and killed 24 people. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph said roadways quickly became congested with the convergence of rush-hour traffic and fleeing residents.
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The Polynesian Cultural Center did a cultural dance presentation during half time at the Samoa Independence Day Rugby Festival game on Saturday, June 1, 2013, that saw Toa Samoa defeat the National USA Tomahawks Rugby League Team 38-10 at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii. [Photo by Winnie Markowitz, courtesy TriMarine/STP] (All images Copyright Barry Markowitz, 2013)
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A participant strikes a pose with a poster of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the Utah Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
Group of Mormons joins Utah Pride Parade again SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For a second straight year, a large group of Mormons took part Sunday in the Utah Pride Parade in a show of support for the gay community. Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading “Family Reunion” in the annual parade in Salt Lake City. Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade. Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson told The Salt Lake Tribune that the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people. She notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church. Fire kills 61 at poultry plant in northeast China BEIJING (AP) — A large fire broke out at a poultry farm and processing plant in northeastern China early Monday, trapping workers inside large concrete buildings and killing at least 61 people, reports and officials said. The fire in Jilin province’s Mishazi township appeared to have been sparked by three earlymorning explosions in the farm’s electrical system, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV quoted unidentified workers as saying the fire broke out during a change of shifts and may have originated in a locker room at a time when about 350 workers were at the site. The provincial fire department said on its microblog that the fire was caused by a leak of ammonia. The fire killed 61 people, according to a posting on the Jilin provincial government’s official microblog. Calls to fire and rescue services rang unanswered and hospital administrators said they had no information about injuries among the dozens of people reportedly sent for treatment. Rescue workers found the bodies in the charred buildings, and rescue efforts were continuing. CCTV footage showed dark smoke billowing up from the cement structures. Xinhua quoted survivors as saying that the plant’s “complicated” interior, narrow exits and a locked front gate made escape difficult.
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Saudi Arabia says three more die from new virus RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24. The Ministry of Health said Sunday the three deceased were among 38 infected in the kingdom with the respiratory virus called MERS. It says two of the three whose deaths were reported Sunday were suffering from chronic diseases. The World Health Organization said Saturday prior to the latest Saudi announcement that it was informed of 51 confirmed cases of the new virus since September and 30 cases were fatal. The new virus is related to SARS, which killed some 800 people in a global epidemic in 2003, and belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold. For sale in NYC: Fridge with morbid history NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a fridge big enough for a family of four. New York’s Office of General Services has turned to eBay in an attempt to sell off a huge, steel morgue refrigerator now located at a Manhattan psychiatric hospital. Bidding on Saturday afternoon was up to $475 for the four-drawer unit, but that price doesn’t include delivery. Buyers have to be willing to remove the fridge themselves from the Manhattan Psychiatric Center. Office of General Services spokeswoman Heather Groll tells the New York Post that the ad is no hoax. She says the agency does get unusual surplus items to sell from time to time, including barber chairs from prisons and police cars, but she doesn’t recall a previous sale of a morgue cooler. The auction runs through June 6. Suicide bomber attacks Indonesia police station JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An unidentified motorcycle driver carried out an apparent suicide bombing at a police headquarters in central Indonesia, police said Monday. Police chief Lt. Col. Sisnadi said the man was trying to enter the station early in the day in the central Sulawesi town of Poso when his bomb went off, killing him instantly. A nearby construction worker was hurt but no police were killed. “He resisted when station guards stopped him in the entrance post,” said Sisnadi, who like many Indonesians, uses a single name. “But about 15 meters (yards) from the post the bomb he was carrying went off near the mosque.”
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SINGAPORE (AP) — A Chinese military leader on Saturday pointedly questioned the expanded U.S. role in the Pacific after the Pentagon chief said he hoped for better military ties between the two powers. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a speech at a security conference in Singapore, also warned China about cyberattacks seemingly linked to Beijing. He said the U.S. has expressed its concerns about “the growing threat of cyberintrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military.” Other U.S. officials have publicly blamed China for computer-based attacks that steal data from the U.S. government and corporations, but Hagel’s rebuke came in China’s backyard and in front of a Chinese delegation. Maj. Gen. Yao Yunzhu, director of the Center for ChinaAmerica Defense Relations at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Science, challenged Hagel to better explain America’s intentions for its military buildup across the region. “Thank you for mentioning China several times,” she said in the question-and-answer session after Hagel’s speech. She said the Obama administration’s new focus on the Pacific has been widely interpreted as an “attempt to counter China’s rising influence and to offset the increasing military capabilities of the Chinese PLA. However, China is not convinced.” She asked Hagel how he can assure China that the increased U.S. deployments to the region are part of an effort to build a more positive relationship with Beijing. “That’s really the whole point behind closer military-to-military relationships,” Hagel responded. “We don’t want miscalculations and misunderstandings and misinterpretations. And the only way you do that is you talk to each other.” The U.S. welcomes a strong and emerging China that takes on responsibilities for security in the region, Hagel said, adding that the countries have to be inclusive and direct with each other. “I think we’ve made continued progress,” he said. “And we’ll make more progress.” These matters, and the overall U.S.-China relationship, will be on the agenda for President Barack Obama’s meeting next week in California with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It will be their first meeting since Obama’s re-election and Xi’s promotion to Communist Party chief. U.S. defense officials said Hagel also broadly raised the issue of cybersecurity in a brief and informal meeting with Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, PLA deputy chief, on Friday evening. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the content of the meeting, said Hagel mentioned plans for the formation of a cyberworking group. In his speech, Hagel said the U.S. is determined to work closely with China and others to establish appropriate standards for behavior in cyberspace. The U.S. also is looking to China for help in resolving problems with North Korea, which has raised tensions with a series of rocket launches, an underground nuclear test and threats of nuclear strikes against the U.S. and its allies. Hagel spoke of the need for “a continuous and respectful dialogue” and said the U.S. and China must build trust in order to avoid military miscalculations. Much of the speech, however, was designed as a follow-up to last year’s gathering, when then-U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta first detailed what has been called the U.S. military’s new pivot to the Pacific. Hagel assured Asian nations that despite sharp budget cuts, the Pentagon will continue to shift troops, ships and aircraft to the Pacific region. Where Panetta had laid out promises, Hagel was able to point to results. U.S. Marines have been sent to Darwin, Australia, while a U.S. combat ship has arrived in Singapore and plans are unfolding for U.S. Army units to rotate in and out of the region. Hagel suggested that the Pentagon’s five-year budget plan continues to anticipate additional F-22 Raptor fighter jets and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the region, along with a fourth fastattack submarine deployed to Guam. He provided a glimpse into the broad review he ordered to determine whether budget cuts will force the U.S. military strategy to change, a year after Panetta unveiled it. International leaders have been watching the deliberations in Washington closely to see what the roughly $487 billion in automatic spending cuts over the next 10 years will mean to America’s commitment’s abroad.
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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — It’s been two long weeks since the small city of Zephyrhills learned that a $590 million Powerball ticket was sold at a supermarket here. No one expected the winner to come forward in the first days after the announcement. After all, curious residents reasoned, the person might need a few days to absorb the shock, or to consult with financial advisers. But then a week passed, and more, and now folks are so anxious to know the winner’s identity they could jump out of their skin. “Being in a small town, everybody knows everybody and in some cases, everybody’s business,” said Dave Walters, a longtime reporter at the Zephyrhills News community newspaper. “It’s hard to keep a secret in this town, but this is one of the biggest mysteries we’ve had in a long, long time.” Zephyrhills, population 13,337, is about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Like many Florida communities, it features a small, old-timey downtown strip where restaurants, gift shops and clothing stores sit under a canopy of oak trees. Around the city’s perimeter, there’s the suburban sprawl of big box stores. It was in that sprawl, at a Publix supermarket, where the winning ticket was sold. Rumors were swirling about who the winner could be: Publix deli employees, single moms working at WalMart — even the cousin of a friend of a guy who lived clear in another county. “Anybody who did not show up for work on that Monday was considered to be the lottery winner,” Walters said. “If you had the flu and didn’t show up for work, everyone thought you were the lottery winner. If you took a personal day or a sick day, they thought you had won the lottery.” The city is known around the Tampa Bay area for a few things: as the source for bottled spring water, as an area where people like to skydive and as the home to several mobile home parks that cater to the elderly. Joe Abed, who owns Manolo’s Italian restaurant in the historic downtown, thinks the ticket was sold to a senior citizen. “It’s a conspiracy theory,” he said, using his hands to make quote marks. “I believe it’s a senior citizen that purchased the ticket and they just have no idea that they won the ticket.” Marsha Decena, a Zephyrhills clothing store owner, said she’s anxious to find out who won. “I’ve heard so many different rumors through town, from it being a 23- or 26-yearold woman to somebody might have washed it in their pocket, the ticket is just lost and they
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don’t know that they won,” she said. “It’s crazy.” The winner has 60 days from the date of the May 18 drawing to claim a lump-sum payment, and until mid-November to claim annual cash payments. Zephyrhills resident Don Lawrence thinks the winner is just lining up legal and accounting staff. “Lost the ticket or something like that? No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I think somebody’s taking their time, doing it the right way.” Newly elected Mayor Danny Burgess — who turned 27 on Saturday — said he hopes it’s a resident. “Just because one person won the lottery, we all feel like we won, that’s the kind of community this is,” Burgess said. “I absolutely hope for the lottery winner that this is a pos-
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The case is still under investigation, Sisnadi said. Poso has a history of violence. A MuslimChristian conflict there killed at least 1,000 people from 1998 to 2002. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has seen a series of terrorist attacks since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. Italy confirms three cases of new respiratory virus ROME (AP) — Three people were being treated Saturday for a new respiratory virus that is alarming global health officials, in the first cases in Italy, the country’s health ministry said. A 45-year-old man who had recently returned from a 40-day visit to Jordan was hospitalized in Tuscany with a high fever, cough and respiratory problems, the ministry said. Tuscan regional officials say that a young child who is related to the man and a work colleague also have the virus, the ministry said. All three patients were reported to be in good condition and were being treated in isolation. The virus is related to SARS, which killed about 800 people in a global epidemic in 2003. The U.N. health agency said earlier Saturday that it had been informed of 51 confirmed cases of the new virus since September. Thirty of those cases were fatal, including that of a Frenchman who died earlier in the week. Cases in Britain and Germany also have been reported. Most of those infected had traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan. Singapore ex-professor gets jail for sexual favors SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singaporean judge on Monday sentenced a former law professor to five months in jail for accepting sex and gifts from a student in exchange for good grades. The case is one of several recent corruption trials to hit this Southeast Asian city-state, which has a reputation of cultivating a clean bureaucracy. Tey Tsun Hang was fired from the National University of Singapore last week after being convicted of six counts of corruption involving what was described in court as “unbecoming” behavior for a senior educator. Chief District Judge Tan Siong Thye sentenced the 42-year-old to five months in jail and ordered him to pay a fine of 514 Singapore dollars ($408). He plans to appeal and is expected to be freed on bail while awaiting further hearings. Tey was charged last July with accepting sex, tailored shirts, an iPod, an expensive pen and dinner at Italian restaurant from a then 21-year-old student with whom he had a romantic relationship.
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Pyrenees slopes open for rare June ski weekend PORTE-PUYMORENS, France (AP) — The still-white slopes in the Pyrenees of southern France opened for business Saturday, turning a cold wet spring into a rare June ski weekend. The Porte-Puymorens ski station opened Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for four hours in fog and light rain — but plenty of snow with temperatures just above freezing. The slopes, which normally close for the season on April 1, are expected to re-open Sunday and again next weekend, station director Eric Charre said. Sales were limited to just over 600 tickets per day, and Charre said both days sold out. “In the history of Pyrenees skiing, there have never been slopes open in June,” he said. Charre said the snowpack averaged 80 centimeters (31 inches) in the areas open this weekend. Porte-Puymorens is near the border with Spain and Andorra, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Paris. Dallas home with Oswald link offered for $500,000 DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas rooming house where Lee Harvey Oswald lived in the weeks leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has gone on the market for $500,000. The house has been in Patricia Hall’s family since about 1942, but she’s decided it’s finally time to let it go. The house went on the market Saturday, when the list price was announced. Oswald, the accused assassin of Kennedy, rented the small room on Oct. 14, 1963, from Hall’s grandmother, Gladys Johnson. Oswald briefly returned to the house on Nov. 22, 1963, about 30 minutes after Kennedy was fatally shot in downtown Dallas. Hall said she’s been considering selling for years, but decided the time was right as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. Trial to begin in gang rape at Richmond school MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — More than two years after the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside a Richmond High School homecoming dance, two men are expected to go on trial Monday for their alleged participation in the community-galvanizing crime. Opening statements are scheduled in Contra Costa County Superior Court in the jury trial of 22-year-old Richmond resident Jose Montano and 20-year-old Marcelles Peter of Pinole. They were among a group of six men and teenagers charged with attacking the heavily intoxicated girl, whom authorities say was beaten, robbed and sexually abused over two hours while as many as 20 other people watched.
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Reflecting the intense community reaction to the October 2009 attack, the two juries that will be deliberating at the rare dual trial took four months and a pool of 900 potential jurors to seat. Defense lawyers had sought a change of venue due to the attention the case has received. Two other defendants took plea deals and received prison sentences of 27 years and 32 years for convictions of rape in concert and forcible oral copulation in concert. The remaining two are awaiting trial dates. The trial is expected to last until mid-July and the victim is expected to take the witness stand. She received $4 million to settle a lawsuit against the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Man pleads guilty to threat to kill britain’s Prince Harry LONDON (AP) — British police say a homeless man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry. The Metropolitan Police said Sunday that 30-year-old Ashraf Islam, of no fixed address, was charged May 25 with threatening kill the prince “contrary to Section 16 of the Offences against the Person Act.” He pleaded guilty at London’s Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court and is in custody awaiting sentence. Police said Islam was arrested after walking into a police station and making threats, a day after a British soldier was killed in London street on May 22. He was investigated by counterterrorist police but was not charged with any terrorist offenses. The 28-year-old prince is a captain in the Army Air Corps and has served twice in Afghanistan. Lebanon: Israeli jets violate airspace BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials and the staterun news agency say low-flying Israeli warplanes are violating Lebanese airspace, overflying territory including the capital Beirut. The National News Agency says the warplanes flew over southern Lebanon, Beirut, the eastern Bekaa Valley and the city of Baalbek. Israeli warplanes regularly enter Lebanese airspace. A security official confirmed the Sunday overflights and said they were among the most intense recently. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations. There was no immediate comment from Israel. The flights come amid heightened regional tensions because of the civil war in Syria. Israel is believed to have carried out three airstrikes inside Syria this year said to be aimed at weapons meant for the Lebanese Hezbollah. Quintuplets born in Czech rep. for 1st time PRAGUE (AP) — A 23-year-old Czech woman has given birth to quintuplets for the first time in the Czech Republic. Officials at Prague’s Institute for the Care of Mother and Child say four boys — Deniel, Michael, Alex and Martin — and a girl — Terezka — were born by cesarean section on Sunday. Zbynek Stranak, chief doctor at the neonatal section of the institute says the birth took place “without any complications.” Stranak says that Alexandra Kinova and her five babies have been placed at an intensive care unit. He says the babies who were naturally conceived have a 95-percent chance to grow up healthy. The father was present at the birth. Kinova who is from Milovice, a town located northeast of Prague, already had a son. Search on for teen swept over waterfall YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a 19-year-old Sacramento man who was swept over a waterfall while swimming in the Merced River. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says Aleh Kalman has been missing since witnesses reported seeing him get pulled to the edge of 594-foot Nevada Fall on Saturday afternoon. A search team assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter spent the rest of the day unsuccessfully looking for him, suspended the search when it got dark and then picked it up again on Sunday morning. Cobb says the river’s current was moving very quickly, with a temperature in the low 50’s, when Kalman disappeared. He was visiting Yosemite with a church group. Officials have closed the trail below the falls while the search continues. SC man charged in 2 deaths caught in fla. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the deaths of two South Carolina women and wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a third has been caught in Florida. Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett says deputies in Bay County, Fla., captured 31-year-old Jeffery Eady in Mexico Beach after a car and foot chase Saturday evening. He said authorities were transporting Eady back to South Carolina on Sunday morning. Garrett said he didn’t know if Eady has asked for an attorney. Eady is charged with murder in the deaths of 37-year-old Crystal Johnson and 65-year-old Maybell White, and wanted for questioning in the disappearance of 77-year-old Sadie Brown. He had been released from state prison last year after serving a decade for armed robbery.
Ranger Samuel Meleisea of the National Park Service of American Samoa is seen talking to high school and elementary school students last Friday morning at the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) Building in Utulei during the closing ceremony of the [photo: Jeff Hayner] national ‘Drinking Water Month’ awareness drive.
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Sealed bids are solicited for: Dialysis Center Expansion & Renovation for LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Fagaalu Territory of American Samoa. The project is composed of one (1) bid package. Work shall include general construction, site work, concrete work and fine finishing. Sealed bids will be received by Chief Procurement Officer of LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 96799 until 2:00pm Friday June 28th, 2013, at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. A mandatory Pre-Bid meeting for this project is scheduled for June 12th, 2013 at 1:00pm at the LBJ V.P. Plant Services’ Office. CD which includes plans and specifications may be examined at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, in the Village of Fagaalu, or maybe obtained upon payment of an non–refundable deposit of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) in U.S. currency or by check made payable to LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Five (5) years construction in commercial or similar type of projects. Federal and Territory tax clearance certificates. A bid bond or cashiers check in the amount of 5% of the base bid will be required to accompany all bids. Produce Power of Attorney authorizing signer of Bid Bond to issue bond. Bidders may receive pre-approval of their bid bond from the LBJ Tropical Medical Center at any time before bid opening. The Contractor shall provide a Performance Bond/Labor and Materials Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the total contract Sum. Performance Bond/Labor and Materials Payment Bond shall be on the forms provided in the contract documents or similar forms satisfactory to LBJ Tropical Medical Center. The Surety must be in US Government circular 570 Surety or certified and approved by LBJ Tropical Medical Center. LBJ Tropical Medical Center reserves the right to refuse any bids. LBJ Tropical Medical Center reserves the right to waive any lawful informalities in bidding as it may be in the best interest of LBJ Tropical Medical Center.
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➧ NHHC declared in breach of contract…
To date, the HR Director is holding off on making the last payment of $1.5million to NHHC citing “questionable costs and failure to comply with condition of contract” for the $3million that was already paid out. According to the May 27, 2013 letter, the HR Director, noted the ASNEG Team has identified a number of justifications for declaring the breach of contract; NHHC’s lack of response to repeated requests for fiscal and performance reports, NHHC’s lack of program performance and questionable and/or unsupported NHHC charges to the grant. Le’i in his letter noted that based on the documentation submitted by NHHC, the ASNEG staff conducted two reviews, first for program performance and second for fiscal reporting. “The program review was completed in December 2012 and the ASNEG team found significant discrepancies between reported programs, activities, performances and actual performances. These are outlined in detail in the materials ASNEG staff provided to your office in April 2013.” According to the HR Director, this document summarizes ASNEG’s completed fiscal review. He also noted that the ASNEG team attempted to secure documentation of fiscal and performance reports from NHHC for many months. “In April 2012 it was evident that NHHC reports were neither complete not timely, the ASNEG team provided technical assistance through weekly meetings, email and phone calls with the contractor and staff. “In September 2012, in response to continued reporting challenges and unsolicited complaints about NHHC’s business practices, ASNEG staff began emphasizing compliance — actively and formally documenting its request for information and contractor responses. NHHC failed to comply with these requests, resulting in a denial of the final payment of $1,573,487,” said Le’i in his letter. The HR Director further stated that in May 2013 the ASNEG Team with the assistance of Social Policy Research Associates and the US Department of Labor completed a thorough review of invoices and expenses associated with the NHHC contract. “Although records remain incomplete, ASNEG’s findings based on submitted reports, invoices and the electronic Profit and Loss ledger provided to the ASNEG fiscal officer on December 2012 are as follows: NHHC was given a total of $3,131,974 in two installments, with first payment of $1,578,476 for the start-up costs (March 30, 2012) and $1,563,487 for continued program activities (July 5, 2012). (Samoa News notes the figures indicated in the letter do not equal to the amount that’s indicated in the letter.) According to the letter, the second payment was awarded in error and not returned, despite repeated requests — and the third planned installment of $1,573,478 was withheld with cause. Le’i, pointed out NHHC submitted invoices for $4,802,783.96 of these charges as follows: $39,142.35 appears to be appropriately charged and supported, $8,154.28 appears to be unallowable under the terms of the grant, $1,112,432.78 appears to be allowable under the terms of the grant but is insufficiently supported by documentation, $3,643,063.57 appears to be unreasonable “–either because charges were not necessary to achieve deliverables or because costs were excessive. ” As Samoa News reported in March that unallowable and questionable costs pointed to an NEG report which consisted of travel expenses, housing accommodations, transportation (rentals and buses), salaries including non NEG employees being paid and lease expenses to Community Investments Corporation (CIC). The report listed lease expenses in the neighborhood of $35,000; travel costs of over $51,000 and transporta-
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The Department of Commerce, as the lead agency designated to administer American Samoa’s Community Services Block Grant Program, announces informative workshops for all public agencies and non-profit organizations for FY 2014 prospective CSBG applicants. Date: Time: Location: June1 2,2 013 10:00am Department of Commerce Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Executive Office Building, Utulei
tion expenses nearing $93,000. Expenses for job fair related activities including food exceeded $42,000. The letter also pointed out the ASNEG team used OMB Circular A-87 and Federal regulations, Part 31 (Contract Cost Principles) to make these determinations. OMB Circular A-87 established principles and standards for determining costs for Federal awards carried out through grants, cost reimbursement contracts, and other agreements with State and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (governmental units). “In sum, the NEG team request that the American Samoa Attorney General take action. In coordination with the US Department of Labor and Office of Inspector General to formally declare breach of contract and attempt to recover $3,092,831.65 (the difference between what was paid to the grantee and what was allowable under the terms of the grant) for which there remains insufficient documentation or justification,” said Le’i in his letter. In response, Attorney General Afoa L Su’esu’e Lutu noted the summary provided seemed highly informative to the cause of action and their office has bisected the issue into two perspectives from a criminal and civil point of view. Samoa News understands OTICIDE Specials Agents have been assigned to this case. “The file and information prepared by your staff have been forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security for a recommendation of criminal prosecution, specifically I have referred the criminal aspect of the case to Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop to analyze whether any crimes have been committed,” said Afoa. The AG further noted that he’s assigned Assistant Attorney General Michael Iosua and Andrew Sunia to evaluate the civil side on this case and they are preparing an analysis of any Breach of Contract, non-performance, or any other justification. Afoa further noted the information provided by HR is quite voluminous and the attorneys will be evaluating this matter independently to determine the numerical conclusions. Reach reporter at email@example.com
This workshop will assist prospective applicants in preparing their proposals for FY2014. Attendance is recommended for this session in order to receive all the information necessary to write an acceptable application. This session will cover the technical aspects as well as the type of criteria used in the evaluation process. In accordance with the CSBG Act’s mandate, no project can be funded without a complete application meeting the requirements of the CSBG Act. For further information about these workshops or any other CSBG related matter, please contact CSBG staff at 633-5155.
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➧ Local DoH has not heard of new virus…
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island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000km off the southeast coast of Africa.) The disease was first seen in Saudi Arabia last year and Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s general director, told CNN that the virus is “a threat to the entire world.” Saudi Arabia has been the most affected by the virus, with 39 cases and 25 deaths so far, according to data from the World Health Organization. It is from the same viral family that triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world in late 2003, and claiming 775 lives. Coronaviruses can affect people or animals and, in worst-case scenarios, cause SARS. According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to protect against human coronavirus infection. Coronaviruses are common viruses that most people get some time in their life. But young children are most likely to get infected. It is also important to remember that people can have multiple infections in their lifetime. However, one exception is SARS-CoV. Since 2004, there have not been any known cases of SARS-CoV infections reported anywhere in the world. “The disease acts like a cold and causes upper respiratory system problems. Symptoms include fever and cough and can lead to kidney failure and pneumonia.” And because the WHO has not yet learned how the new virus spreads, it is difficult to prevent infections. But the risk of infection can be reduced by: • washing your hands often with soap and water, • not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and • avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid 1960s. Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. “Most of these coronaviruses usually infect only one animal species or, at most, a small number of closely related species. However, SARS-CoV can infect people and animals, including monkeys, Himalayan palm civets, raccoon dogs, cats, dogs, and rodents,” the CDC reports. The ways that human coronaviruses spread have not been studied very much, except for SARS. However, it is likely that human coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, and close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. These viruses may also spread by touching contaminated objects or surfaces then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC notes that in one case, the SARS virus was thought to spread through infected stool that got into the air - people breathed this in and got infected. Symptoms of the disease may include runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever. These viruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease or compromised immune systems, or the elderly. People who have an illness caused by human coronaviruses can help protect others by: • staying home while sick, • avoiding close contact with others, • covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and • keeping objects and surfaces clean and disinfected. Those who suspect they may be infected with an illness caused by human coronaviruses can get confirmation through laboratory tests. However, these tests are not used very often because people usually have mild illness. Also, testing may be limited to a few specialized laboratories. Nose and throat swabs are the best specimens for detecting common human coronaviruses. Serological testing requires collection of blood specimens. There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, some things can be done to relieve your symptoms, such as: • taking pain and fever medications (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children), and • using a room humidifier or taking a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough. The CDC says, “If you are sick, you should drink plenty of liquids, stay at home and rest.”
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➧ China skeptical of ‘expanded’ US role…
Already the military services have curtailed flight and combat training for many units, grounded some Air Force squadrons and delayed or canceled some ship deployments. The Pentagon also has said it will furlough about 680,000 civilian employees for up to 11 days through the end of the fiscal year. The initial report on the strategy review was due to Hagel on Friday, and while he said the outcome is not final, it should reflect the rise of Asia. “For the region, this means I can assure you that coming out of this review, the United States will continue to implement the rebalance and prioritize our posture, activities and investments in Asia-Pacific,” he said. The Asia-Pacific, Hagel said, is at the epicenter of historic changes around the world and the U.S. is committed to strengthening its military, economic and diplomatic partnerships with nations across the region. As part of that he noted that the U.S. will set
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aside $100 million to expand its military exercises in the region. Just finishing his third month as Pentagon Chief, Hagel used the speech to introduce himself on a more personal level to the audience. For many he is a familiar face. He was one of the founders of the conference in 2002, and as a U.S. senator, was a speaker at the first three gatherings. He talked about his long ties to the region, including his father’s service in World War II flying B-25 bombers in the South Pacific, and his own service in Vietnam with his brother. Hagel was wounded and twice received the Purple Heart. Later, he traveled to Asia as the co-founder of a cellular telephone company and then, as a Republican senator from Nebraska, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “What I took away from all these experiences,” Hagel said, “was a firm belief that the arc of the 21st century would be shaped by events here in Asia.”
All unpurchased and remaining items following the previous auction must be sold in this FINAL auction. One automobile available for purchase; office supplies, furniture, electronics, computers, and other goods remain for sale. Everything must go! View items for sale on the liquidation web site. Members of the public are encouraged to come to Pacific Products to view the merchandise in person before bidding. Pacific Products is located in the Tafuna Industrial Park, next door to ANZ Bank. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm through 3:00pm. Bids on items and lots will be accepted at Pacific Products or through the liquidation web site: http://ppiliquidationsale.weebly.com All auction rules are posted on the website. All bids must be received by 4:00pm on June 6, 2013.
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tusia Ausage Fausia
To’atele atunuu ma pisinisi o lo o manuia tautua Ofisa Tautua ma Auaunaga Lautele
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O lo o manino i le ripoti o le Kuata Lua a le Matagaluega o Auaunaga ma Tautua Lautele mo le Tausaga Tupe lenei 2013 ua maea ona tuuina atu i le kovana sili, le to’atele o le mamalu o le atunu atoa ai ma pisinisi lotoifale o lo o faamanuiaina i latou i tautua o lo o mafai ona ofoina atu e lenei Ofisa taua a le malo. O ni isi o ia tautua e aofia ai i latou o lo o agava’a i le polokalame o le ‘food stamp’ ma le ‘WIC’, lea fo’i e to’atele faleoloa o lo o mafai ona talaina ai tupe pepa o lo o maua mai e le atunuu i polokalame nei ma faapea fo’i ona maua ai ma le latou fo’i faamanuiaga. I le ripoti e 21 itula na tuuina atu e le Faatonusili o lea Matagaluega ia Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona i le alii kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga, e le gata o lo o faailoa atu ai tautua taitasi a le Matagaluega ma le aofa’i o i latou o lo o agavaa ai, ae o lo o faailoa atu ai fo’i ma le manulauti a le matagaluega, “O le tuuina atu lea o le tautua silisili ona lelei mo tagata o le atunuu.” O polokalame tau tupe o lo o mafai ona faamanuiaina ai le atunuu e aofia ai le American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Division (ASNAP), lea o lo o latou tufatufaina atu pepe taumafa ‘food stamp’ mo tagata matutua e aafia i gasegase o le tino toe vaivai le tamaoaiga i totonu o latou aiga, faapea ai ma le polokalame o lo o faamanuiaina ai tina ma’itaga ma a latou pepe e pei ona i ai le American Samoa Women, Infants and Children Division (ASWIC). O le vaega o le ‘Food Stamp’ e pei ona taua i le ripoti, e tusa ma le to’a, 4,494 i latou o lo o mafai ona lesitalaina ai i le masina e tasi, ma o lo o faasoasoa atu i ai le vaega tupe e $1.6 miliona mai le feterale mo i latou nei i le tausaga atoa. E 97 faleoloa i le atunuu o lo o mafai ona talaina ai pepa taumafa a tagata matutua o lo o agavaa i le polokalame, ma isi faleoloa e tolu o lo o faatali se faaiuga o a latou fonotaga sa faia ma le komiti o lo o iloiloina ituaiga faleoloa e agavaa i le polokalame, ina ia mafai ona latou faamaonia ai le ituaiga tautua e mafai ona latou ofoina atu mo tagata matutua nei. O se tala fiafia e pei ona taua i totonu o lea ripoti, e $160,080 le vaega tupe sa totoe mai i le polokalame lenei mai le Tausaga tupe ua mavae atu, ma o lea tupe ua faaopoopo i totonu o le tupe o lo o faatinoina ai le tautua mo le Tausaga tupe lenei 2013 ma le faamoemoe o le aso 30 Setema 2013 o le a toe faaopoopo ai i luga le aofa’i o le tupe e tuuina mai e le feterale, mo le faaauauina ai o le tautua a le polokalame mo le tausaga tupe fou 2014.
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Talosaga se tina e tatala o ia i tua e alu e tausi lana fanau to’atolu
tusia Ausage Fausia
O se tasi o ausiva sa faia so latou sao aua le Sisiga Fu’a o le malo tutoatasi a Samoa lea na alo [ata: THA] atu iai i le faaiuga o le vaiaso ua tuana’i.
Ni isi o le fanau aoga i le vasega o le K-5 a le aoga a le South Pacific Academy ia Ofeira Taiulagi Selesa Poumele-Galea’i ma Ashe Lealofioamoa Chen Fruen a’o lumana’i ai le la faauuga i [photo: BC] le aso Tofi na te’a nei
O le mae’a ai ona faafofoga o ali’i fa’amasino o le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le talosaga a se tinå talavou, mo se avanoa e toe fo’i atu ai e tausi si ana fanau e to’atolu o lo o i le fale, na faia ai loa e ali’i fa’amasino le faaiuga ina ia tolopo le lauina o lona faasalaga i le aso Faraile o le vaiaso nei, ona o lo o mana’omia e ali’i Fa’amasino faamaumauga a le fa’amasinoga i faasalaga sa tuuina atu i isi fo’i tina na molia ma ua ta’usala i lo latou ave fa’agaoi o tupe mai kamupani sa galulue ai. O lea faaiuga mai le faamasinoga na faia lea ina ua mae’a ai ona faafofoga ali’i faamasino i le faatoesega a le ua molia, o fa’afinauga a loia atoa ai ma le talosaga a si ona tama ina ia toe tatala atu i tua lona afafine e saili sana galuega e tausi ai lana fanau e to’atolu, ma toe totogi ai le tupe a le kamupani sa ia faaaogaina. O le tinå talavou ia Fuamoli Vaisagote, ua ta’usala e le fa’amasinoga i lona ave faagaoi o se vaega tupe e silia ma le $4,000 mai le kamupani a le GHC Reid & Co, Ltd a’o galue ai o se ‘Cashier’ i le 2011. Ina ua maua lona avanoa e faatoese ai i le faamasinoga, na talosagaina ai loa e le ua molia ali’i faamasino mo se isi avanoa se tasi mo ia, se’i toe fo’i atu ai i tua e saili sana galuega e tausi ai si ana fanau ma toe totogi le tupe sa ia faaaogaina. I lana faamatalaga na ia taua ai e faapea, i masina e fa na taofia ai o ia i le toese i Tafuna, ua ia lagona ai le tiga o le alu ese mai ma lana fanau, ona ua le faatinoina ona tiute faatina i le tausia lea ma fafaga si ana fanau. Na faatoese le ua molia i le pule sili ma le pulega atoa a le kamupani a le GHC Reid sa galue ai, i lona le faatinoina lea o ona tiute sa tuuina atu ia te ia, atoa ai ma lona le manatu mamafa i le talitonuga na o latou tuuina atu e faatino ai lana galuega. Na faaiu lana faamatalaga i lona faatoese lea i si ona tama sa i ai i totonu o le potu faamasino,
ina ia faamagalo o ia, ona ua avea lana solitulafono ma auala ua aafia ai lo latou aiga atoa. I le molimau a le tama, sa ia taua ai aafiaga ua feagai ma lona aiga talu ona tula’i mai le fa’alavelave i lona afafine. A’o le’i tolaulau e le tama a’afiaga i luma o le faamasinoga, sa ia faatoese i le faamasinoga ma le malo o Amerika Samoa ona o le solitulafono a lona afafine. Sa ia faatoese fo’i i le kamupani na galue ai o ia e tusa ai o aafiaga ua tula’i mai ona o le solitulafono a lona afafine, ma ia talosagaina ai se faamagaloga mo ia. Fai mai le tama, sa tuu atu atoa e le kamupani la latou faatuatuaga ia Fuamoli e faatino ai ona tiute, peitai ua le faamaoni o ia a ua faatamala. I totonu o lona aiga sa ia taua ai e faapea, e to’atolu le fanau a lona afafine o lo o ia tausia, ae na o ia le aiga i le taimi nei, e le o i ai fo’i se tina o le aiga o i ai. Sa i ai le isi ona afafine sa faigaluega i se tasi o matagaluega a le malo, peitai na vaea mai lana galuega ma ua malaga atu nei i Amerika e tau saili ai se galuega e fesoasoani mai ai i le aiga. Na faaiu lana talosaga i lona tauanauina lea o finagalo o ali’i fa’amasino, mo se avanoa e toe fo’i atu ai lona afafine i tua latou te mafuta, ma se’i tau saili sana galuega e toe totogi ai le tupe sa ia faaaogaina atoa ai ma le tausiga o si ana fanau. Na taua e le loia a Fuamoli ia Douglas Fiaui e faapea, o Fuamoli, o se tina talavou e lelei ana aoaoga, ua ia sauni e toe totogi le tupe sa ia faaaogaina, ma o le ulua’i taimi fo’i lenei ua molia ai o ia i se solitulafono. Na faailoa e Kruse ia Fiaui e faapea, o mea ia ua talosaga mai ai Fuamoli i le faamasinoga, o mea fo’i ia na talosaga mai ai isi foi tina talavou e pei o ia na ta’usala i lo latou ave faagaoi o tupe mai kamupani sa galulue ai. E le’i i ai se faafinauga a le loia a le malo mo se faasalaga, ae sa ia manatu e tuu atu pea i se faaiuga a le faamasinoga.
(Faaauau itulau 18)
samoa news, Monday, June 3, 2013
Alofa, se ia tiga…
Tusia: Akenese Ilalio Zec
A man representing the devil and called El Colacho jumps over young babies in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain, Sunday, June 2, 2013. The Colacho represents the devil who takes away the evil from the babies as he jumps over them in this medieval religious (AP Photo/Israel L. Murillo) custom dating back to the 17th century.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
INVITATION FOR BIDS
IFB No: 042-2013
Issuance Date: June 3, 2013 Closing Date: July 5, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time 1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited from qualified contractors for the “Phase 1 –Inouye Industrial Park: A) Roadway Improvements”. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, July 5, 2013 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. PRE-BIDC ONFERENCE A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Meeting/Site Visit will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Procurement Conference Room. Bids will not be accepted from bidders who are not present at the pre-bid conference. 4. CONTRACTD OCUMENTS Contract documents, including Plans and Specifications may be examined at the Office of Procurement or obtained there from upon non-refundable payment of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) in currency or check payable to “ASG” during regular business hours.
5. The American Samoa Government reserves the right not to accept the lowest or any bid. 6. The American Samoa Government reserves the right to waive any informalities in bidding as may be in the best interest of American Samoa Government.
Vaega: 67 Fa’atalofa atu i lou alafa’i mai i fanuga lelei i lenei taeao fou, taeao manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua Soifua. E i ai pea le fa’amoemoe, o lo’o maua pea e le mamalu o la atunu’u le filemu ma le manuia mai le Atua, e ao ai ona o tatou si’i le vi’iga ma fa’afo’i le fa’afetai i le Atua Soifua, ona o lona alofa ma lona agalelei lea o lo’o tatou maua ai pea le ola i aso uma. Ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo, Alofa, se ia tiga e pei ona masani ai, ae ia manuia le alo faiva o le atunu’u i feau ma galuega o le a feagai ai i lenei aso. Ua ou alo atu nei mo lo’u fa’au’uga, ma ua lagona lo’u fiafia ina ua ou va’ai i si o’u tama, e ui lava ina e le o i ai lo’u tina o Makerita ma lo’u tuagane o Peteru ae ua ou maua lava le filemu ina ua auai lo’u tama ma le tama o si o’u tina tausi o Ana fa’apea si o’u tuagane la’ititi o Ioane. E ui lava i ia tulaga uma, ae sa malosi lava lo’u loto ina ua ou mautinoa o lo’o auai si o’u tama mo lo’u fa’au’uga. Ou te le i feiloa’i lava i matua o Tino, a’o lea ua o’o ane mo lo’u aso fiafia, sa ou lagona ai le fa’age’etia ma ua maualuga ai lea aso. Na alu nei le fa’alagilagiga o matua o Tino, ona o i la’ua lea o lo’o avea ma Amepasa o Amerika i totonu o Peretania. Ua fa’ate’ia fo’i faiaoga ma tagata uma, ina ua va’ai i le Amepasa o Amerika i totonu o Peretania i lea aso. Na ou iloa atu nei si a’u uo o Tino, o se tama fo’i e lalelei i le va’ai, ma e leai se mea e tasi na fa’aletonu o ona laei. O lona uiga o itu fa’aloia o le tama lea ua sau nei ma ia. Sa ou toe tilotilo atu i si o’u aiga, o si o’u tama, o le tama o Ana, ma Ana ae maise o si o’u tuagane la’ititi o Ioane. Na ou iloa ai e moni lava, o le tagata ma si ona aiga, o le tagata fo’i ma lona fa’asinomaga. Ua ou tula’i nei ma ua amata loa la’u lauga e tusa ai ma le aso, ae na alu alu lava o’o loa i le itu lea o la’u fa’afetai, o iina na ou iloa ai, ua amata ona vaivai lo’u loto. Sa ou ta’ua pea i la’u lauga lo’u agaga fa’afetai mo lo’u tina, e ui ina e le o au ai mai ona o tuatuagia fa’aleaiga, ae sa ou manatu pea o ia i lea taimi. Ua feiloa’i nei lo’u tama ma matua o Tino, a’o le itu na maitau pea e lo’u tama, o uiga ia o Tino. Ae sa selau pasene mea uma, e leai se mea na fa’aletonu i le va’ai a lo’u tama i a Tino. Na ou fa’apea ifo nei, “Tino, polili teuteu mai, o lea ua o’o mai lo’u tama, aua e tasi lava le tala a lo’u tama ia te oe, fafo oe ma le ma’afala e le toe i ai lava ni upu.” Na fa’asolo lava o’u mafaufauga nei ma ou ata ma ma fusifusi ma si o’u tina tausi o Ana. O loimata o le fiafia, o loimata o le loto malie na ou va’aia nei i si o’u aiga, ua le gata i si o’u tama ae ua fa’apea si o’u tuagane la’ititi o Ioane. Ua foliga mai ua pei ni tama’i tamaiti i lea taimi ma aga ua fai nei, ua lagona le mimita o le loto, ua lagona le malie o le loto. Na fai nei le tonu o le a matou feiloa’i uma i le fale’aiga lea na matou o i ai ma Ana ma ioane e fa’afiafia ai le loto o lo’u tuagane. O le limosini a lo’u tama na o ane ai ma le tama o Ana, o lea ua matou fa’aaogaina i lea aso. Na ou tilotilo atu nei i si a’u uo o Tino, ua na o le tu ma tilotilo mai i le alu ‘ese o le matou ta’avale i lea taimi. Atonu e leai ni manatu o Tino o le a ou ti’eti’e i se limosini fa’apea. Na ou talotalo atu nei i si a’u uo, ae ua na o le tu ma luelue mai lona ulu, na ou fa’apea ifo nei, “Tino, e le na o oe e iloa ti’eti’e i ni limosini, ou te fia ti’eti’e fo’i a’u ia.” E faia pea…
➧ Talosaga se tina e tatala…
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TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
O lea solitulafono ua ta’usala ai nei ia Fuamoli na alia’e mai i le masina o Aperila 2011 a’o galue o ia o se Talitupe i le kamupani a le GHC Reid & Co, Ltd, ina ua maua e se pule lagolago o le kamupani e le’i teuina i le faletupe o le ANZ Bank la latou teugatupe e $24,972.58 sa tatau ona teu e le ua molia i le po o le aso 12 Aperila 2011, o se tasi lea o vaega o lana galuega. Ina ua fesiligia e le pule lagolago le ua molia i le aso 13 Aperila 2011 pe na teu le teugatupe a le kamupani i totonu o le faletupe, na tali le ua molia ioe. E le’i faigaluega le ua molia i aso e lua na sosoo ane ai, o le aso 14 & 15 lea o Aperila, ae te’i ina ua tu i le fale o le tama’ita’i pule o le kamupani i le aso 17 Aperila ma faatoese i ai e tusa ai o le tupe sa ia faaaogaina, faatasi ai ma lana talosaga o le a ia toe totogiina le tupe. Na toe maua e le pule lagolago a le kamupani le taga sa teu ai le tupe, sa nana e le ua molia i le pito i lalo o le sefe, ma maua ai toe $20,122.48 le tupe o lo o totoe ai, tusa lea ua aveese le $4,850.10. Na faailoa e le ua molia i lana pule e faapea, o le $3,000 o le tupe lea sa ia tuuina i lana uo e igoa ia Fala Houston e faigaluega i le vaega o le Procurement a le ASPA. E oo mai i le taimi nei e na o le $110 ua maea ona toe totogi e le ua molia i le kamupani. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
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samoa news, Monday, June 3, 2013 Page 19
TOFIA LEILUA STEVENSON E AVEA MA TEUTUPE A LE FALEMA’I O LE LBJ O le vaiaso na te’a nei na faamaonia mai ai e le Taitaifono o le Komiti Faafoe a le LBJ i Fagaalu, le sainia o se konekarate e tolu tausaga mo le tama’ita’i ia Leilua Stevenson e avea ai o ia ma Teutupe a le Falema’i (LFO), le tofiga na tauaveina e Viola Babcock. Na taua e Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News i le vaiaso na te’a nei, le faamalieina o le Komiti Faafoe i le latou faaiuga ua faia. O le tomai i le itu tau tupe o lo o umia e Stevenson atoa ai ma le agavaa o lo o umia e le pule sili fou a le LBJ ia Joseph Davis Fleming, ua talitonu ai le komiti faafoe le matagofie o le a galulue soosoo tauau i la’ua i le faaleleia o manaoga tau tupe o lo o tula’i mai i totonu o le falema’i i le taimi nei. O Stevenson sa avea ma Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Auaunaga ma Tautua mo Tagata Lautele i le nofoaiga a Togiola ma Faoa. O ona agavaa sa tuuina atu i luma o le Fono Faitulafono ina ua faamaonia o ia e avea ma Faatonusili i le nofoaiga ua mavae atu, o lo o taua ai lona umia o le ‘Bachelor of Science in Accounting’ mai le Iunivesite o Loyola Marymount i Kalefonia. O ni isi o agavaa na mafai ona ia ausia e aofia ai le avea ma Su’etusi Sinia mo le Ofisa Su’etusi a le Ernst and Young Accounting Firm i North Carolina ma sa galue fo’i o ia i le StarKist mo le 6 tausaga, ma i’u ina faauluulu ai ia te ia le Ofisa o Tupe a le kamupani. LOLO: O LE SITISENI O LE MATAUPU LENA A LE TAGATA LAVA IA O le mataupu e faatatau i le avea o tagatanuu uma o le teritori o Amerika Samoa ma sitiseni o le malo tele, o se mataupu ua leva tele ona fefaloa’i ai finagalo o le to’atele, ma ua o’o lava i luma o le fa’amasinoga o finau ai e tagatanuu o le teritori a latou aia tatau e faatatau i lenei mataupu. Ae ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News le afioga i le Kovana Sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, sa ia saunoa e faapea, o lenei mataupu o se mataupu e fitoitonu i le tagata lava ia ma lana filifiliga sa’oloto. “E le o faasa le avea o tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa ma sitiseni o le Iunaite Setete o Amerika, o lo o i ai lava lena avanoa ma ou te talitonu fo’i o le filifiliga e tuu atu lava i le tagata lava ia pe finagalo e avea o ia ma sitiseni o le malo tele o Amerika,” o se saunoaga lea a le alii kovana sili. “Se’i vagana lava ua i ai se faamaonia e faailoa mai ai e le aafia a tatou laueleele pe afai ae aumai faafuase’i le tofi o le sitiseni i tagata Amerika Samoa, ona faatoa ou lagolagoina lea o soo se tulafono a le feterale e le ono aafia ai a tatou meatotino ma laueleele,” o le isi lea saunoaga a le alii kovana. O lo o i ai i le taimi nei i luma o le faamasinoga faaitumalo a le feterale i Uosigitone le mataupu na faaulu e ni isi o tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa e aofia ai le susuga a Leneuoti Tuaua, e talosagaina ai le faamasinoga ina ia avea tagatanuu na soifua i totonu o Amerika Samoa ma sitiseni o le Iunaite Setete. O se tasi foi nei o pili o lo o aofia i totonu o se pili na faaulu e le alii faipule i le Konekeresi ia Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, e puipuia ai tuaoi a le malo tele i mataupu tau Femalagaaiga. Ina ua feiloa’i le tofa a Faleomavaega ma taitai o le Fono Faitulafono i le tausaga na te’a nei e faatatau i le mataupu lenei, na faaalia ai le tete’e o le to’atele o Senatoa i le mataupu o le avea lea o Amerika Samoa ma sitiseni o Amerika, ona o puipuiga i measina a le atunuu e pei o laueleele ma suafa matai. TALIA LE TALOSAGA A LE TRI MARINE Ua fa’aalia le agaga fiafia o le pulega a le Tri Marine, i se tala fiafia mai i le vaega a le U.S. Army Corps, e ala i sa latou talosaga mo se pemita e amata ai galuega mo le toe fausia o le uafu i tua o le kamupani ua ta’e le sima, ina ua talia aloaia la latou talosaga ma ua saunia nei mo le faatinoina o le galuega. O le tali galu o le sima o lo o i tua o le nofoaga tuai sa i ai le kamupani o le COS Samoa Packing ua tapunia ona e le gata sa ta’e ae sa tele se galuega sa manaomia e toe faaleleia ai. E 18 masina lea ua taua i le pepa o faamatalaga e manaomia le fausiaina e se konekarate tua ma ua mautinoa fo’i o le a faaopoopo ai fo’i ma le aofa’i o le aufaigaluega a le STP i totonu o lea taimi faatulagaina. O le isi laasaga lea ua aga’i atu i ai le kamupani e pei ona taua i le pepa o faamatalaga, o le amata faapipii lea o masini e moomia mo le faatinoina o le latou tautua e pei o le tuu apaina lea o le tuna ma auina atu i fafo. Fai mai le STP, e tusa ma le lua tausaga talu ai o taumafai pea le STP mo le talosagaina o le pemita lenei, ina ia mafai ai ona faatino ana galuega ma mautinoa ai le aga’i pea i luma o lana tautua e pei ona folafola i le atunuu ma le malo o Amerika Samoa, i le tele lea o galuega o le a latou ofoina atu mo tagata o le atunuu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
Smoke rises from the remains of a destroyed home in Lake Hughes, Calif., on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Erratic winds fanned a blaze in the Angeles National Forest to nearly 41 square miles early Sunday, after fast-moving flames triggered the evacuation of nearly 1,000 homes in Lake Hughes (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) and Lake Elizabeth, officials said.
Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School
All students interested and planning to enter as Freshmen (9th Grade) at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School - (NVTHS) please take note of the following: June 11, 2013 - Basic Skills Assessment for students on the West side from Tafuna all the way to Poloa, to be held at NVTHS from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. June 12, 2013 - Basic Skills Assessment for students living on the East side from Nu’uuli all the way to Onenoa, to be held at NVTHS from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. June 13 & 14 - Panel Interview with individual students at the school. Upon successful completion of the assessment and interview process, students will be notified of their acceptance to NVTHS for the new School Year 2013-2014 and must take the following documents to Student Services Office at DOE in Utulei to official register starting on June 19th: • Original Birth Certificate • 8th Grade Diploma • 8th Grade Report Card • Immunization Card • Social Security Card • Foreign Nationals must bring documentation of immigration status. • Private schools must bring clearance from their school administration. Every student must bring two (2) #2 pencils and a photo ID on the day to take the Basic Skills Assessment. For more information, please call: Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School @ 699-9112 Student Services DOE Central Office @ 633-2678
samoa news, Monday, June 3, 2013
FA’ASAO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL
Fa’asao Marist graduates sixty
fond farewell to Bishop Quinn marked his retirement announced last week
by T. Gasu, Samoa News Correspondent
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Fa’asao Marist High School, Home of the Cougars and the Crusaders, said their goodbyes to 60 senior students who graduated last Saturday morning, June 1, 2013, with half of the class graduating with high honors. Their ceremony was entitled, “Courage to Pursue Our Dreams”. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga offered special remarks during the ceremony, while Tualauta Representative Larry Sanitoa was the keynote speaker. The Most Reverend Bishop John Quinn Weitzel, head of the Catholic Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago including the diocese’s schools, was also present for what was his last commencement ceremony for the only Catholic high school on island. Masters of Ceremonies was Vice Principal Seneuefa Muliagatele. In his keynote speech, Sanitoa told the Seniors “You’ll have to prepare for your long term journey — to prepare for your goal — and let me just say that as a Representative, you’ll really need to be persistent, and that is pretty evident by all the roads we are trying to fix here, and just on that side note, I would like to thank Governor Lolo Moliga for his commitment in getting our roads fixed.” He added, “Surround yourself with people who believe in you. When you have self-doubt, it can remind you of your potential, it can also remind you of how far you have come, but that’s it. Even with friends who support and believe in you, the most important person that needs to believe in you is yourself, no one can believe in you if you can’t believe in yourself.” Rep. Sanitoa concluded, “Now graduates, I share these inspiring words with you, to challenge you. Decide on your destiny now, and follow your dreams. Nothing comes easy in life, you should know that by now –– graduates of 2013, congratulations to you on your accomplishments so far. I wish you all the best in the next path that you decide to take to reach your dreams, may God bless you with the courage and the strength to pursue your dreams, and may God bless us all. Soifua.” Governor Lolo, in his special remarks — focused on the challenges of life, especially in pursuit of a job. “I feel very confident,” he said, “that you have in yourselves, the courage to pursue your dreams reflecting the theme that you have adopted, for your graduation today. The graduation theme of the ‘Courage to Pursue your Dreams’.”
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Fa’asao Marist High School’s 2013 Valedictorian Joseph Victor Langkilde III receiving his [photo: TG] Perpetual Valedictorian Award.
Joseph Langkilde III – Class of 2013 Valedictorian of Fa’asao Marist High
As I contemplated on what profound words or advice I could possibly impart to you, my fellow classmates, my mind went completely blank. I thought about what wisdom I could possibly share with you, but unfortunately, at 16 years of age, I cannot say what I do not know. Maybe if you ask me 40 years from now, hopefully after I’ve succeeded at something, I can share with you some tips or secrets to pursuing your dreams, but right now, my guess is as good as yours. So instead, what I would like to do, as the representative of the graduating class of 2013, is to thank those that have made this day possible. First of all I would like to give thanks to our Heavenly Father, for without him, our very existence would not be possible. Next I would like to thank, not only my parent, grandparents, and all those that have supported me, but I would also like to thank all the parents, grandparents, and family members of each and every graduate here today. Thank you for all of your love and guidance, for without you, this day would not be possible. I would like to give a special shout out to my mama who couldn’t be here today, but will be watching this on TV, thank you for all that you have done for me.
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Class of 2013
*** High Honors (GPA 3.7 - Above) ^^ Honors (GPA 3.0 - 3.49) ** Second Honors (GPA 3.5 - 3.69) +National Honor Society Members 1. Marcellin Sosene Afoa 2. Leitu Maria Kalameli Afu +** 3. Dezmond Kiona Applin +** 4. Savali Matthew Bartley ^^ 5. Monica Angeli Panghulan Bautista +** 6. Grace Veronica Brown +*** 7. Fred Jr. Logomaua Burgess 8. Fante Andrez Ching ^^ 9. Donald Ian Bryan 10. Anikisa Pauline Etuale ^^ 11. Alataua Sainila Fanene Jr. 12. James Loti Faulkner 13. Alofi Keleyashley Faupo ^^ 14. Bernadette Faye Felise
15. Aaron Freddie Libra Finau 16. Jacqueline Courtney Foma’i ^^ 17. Jerri Gisela Asejo Francisco +*** 18. Pryqnce Dennis Majick Fuimaono 19. Maria Fatima A. Gaoa 20. Jione Pene Haukoulua +*** 21. Anthony Lamati’a Isaako ^^ 22. Mark Gataifale Key 23. Etuale Lafaele 24. Patrina Marie Susana Lafaele 25. Joseph Victor Langkilde III +*** 26. Masitika Launiuvao 27. Sheila Lee ^^ 28. Makerita Guadalupe Lelevaga ^^ 29. Keneti Tueipi Lotomau +** 30. Thelma Rosary Tagiilagi Love ^^ 31. Patrick Leonard Maeata’anoa ^^ 32. Victor Kevin Netzler 33. Joseph Saitia Mano 34. R. John Dwight S. Noval 35. Virginia Monica Pauline S. Noval ^^ 36. Naurice Christian Tuitele Pabon +** 37. Katrina Park
38. Jonathan Puertas Parungo ^^ 39. John Joseph Ripley Patau 40. Edward Victor Peters ^^ 41. Josephine Anna Peters 42. Aaron Godinet Roebeck 43.Jerry Iafeta Saena ^^ 44. Lui V. Savali ^^ 45.Smith Maverick Se’i 46. Pasitiano Seigafo 47. Lina Josephine Solo ^^ 48. Danielle Talaleomalie Sonoma ^^ 49. Filomena Florida Rudy Stowers +*** 50. Anetele’a Kerisiano Talaeai 51. Mary Fa’asegiamauli Taupau +*** 52. Iese Fa’asefulu Togia’i Jr. 53. Dottie Maxine Tuaolo 54. Adelle Antonia Posala Tuiolosega +*** 55. Benjamin M. Ala’inu’uese Tulua ^^ 56. Jayne Katerina Tuvale +*** 57. Roreta Seuta’atia Vaimasanu’u 58. Tiffany Faletui Vasa ^^ 59. Kalameli Genevieve Viki +** 60. Fatima Talilagi Viliamu
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He noted, “Even in finding a job, it demands courage to do things that are necessary to ensure that this great dream is accomplished. But with the territory’s poor economy, this basic dream of finding a job, will be very difficult to achieve. It will take tremendous courage to overcome setbacks … ensure that you don’t give up, but to take up a positive attitude — one that will take you to achieve your goal of finding a job.” A SPECIAL GRADUATION — BISHOP QUINN’S LAST During last Saturday’s graduation ceremony, it was also noted by those who spoke that this was Bishop Quinn’s last commencement exercise — making it a very special graduation ceremony. Rep. Sanitoa started his address with special recognition of Bishop Quinn, who was described by the lawmaker as a “man of great courage” and through tremendous sacrifices and great faith pursued his own dreams of becoming a priest and a bishop. Sanitoa noted that the Vatican has announced that Bishop Quinn will be retiring after more than two decades as a Catholic bishop and some 58 years “as a faithful servant of the Catholic church.” This was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. Sanitoa also said that Bishop Quinn has been committed all these years “to our young people”. He then led the crowd with a traditional Samoan song, expressing sincere thanks and appreciations to the Bishop — followed by another round of applause. Lolo also in his special remarks to the graduates, told the crowd that he was informed last Friday that a new leader of the Catholic faith in the territory has been appointed “to carry on the exemplary work and exceptional leadership” that Bishop Quinn “has built and carry on for the Catholic faith in American Samoa.” “While we are somewhat saddened by this appointment, we know that God has other plans for you. And I know for certain that your legacy will be impossible to replicate,” Lolo told Bishop Quinn, who was seated next to the governor throughout the graduation ceremony. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend to you The Most Rev. John Quinn Weitzel the profound gratitude and the deep appreciation of the people of American Samoa for your many years of selfless service to our people,” said Lolo. The governor also shared that he has not forgotten the Bishop’s request “to resolve the lake problem that you must pass each day when the rain is heavy”. (The governor was referring to the Fagaima and Ottoville roads especially the infamous Mormon lake in front of the Mormon Church in Ottoville.) “I promise you, this annoying problem will
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be resolved very very soon,” said Lolo to a big smile from the Bishop and loud round of applause from the crowd. “Good luck on all other endeavors, that God has in store for you. We also pray that God will continue to bless you with more years to your life so your successor can learn from you,” Lolo told Bishop Quinn. Bishop Quinn announced during last Friday morning’s mass at Fatuoaiga, that he is retiring and the Vatican has appointed Father Peter Brown of New Zealand to take over as Bishop of the local Diocese. See story on samoanews. com for details of Bishop Quinn’s retirement and his replacement. Vice Principal Muliagatele announced the top students of this year’s Marist Fa’asao graduating class. Valedictorian is Joseph Victor Langkilde III and Salutatorian is Jerri Gisela Asejo Francisco. The presentation of the graduates was done by the school principal Victor Langkilde and Marist and Fa’asao’s class of 2013 was accepted by Bishop Quinn. AWARDS The Perpetual Valedictorian Award that was donated by the To’alepaiali’i Etuale Family in honor of the late Fr. Van Camp Tavai was awarded to class Valedictorian Joseph Victor Langkilde III. The General Excellence Award, which was donated by the Marist Fa’asao PTA, was awarded to Filomena Florida Rudy Stowers. She also won the Paramount Chief Letuli Olo Student Leadership Award and the Religion Award. The Bishop J.Q. Weitzel Student Service Award was awarded to Jione Pene Haukoulua. The Male Student Athlete Award, which was donated in memory of the late SSG Loleni Gandy of the Class of 1991, was awarded to Joseph Saitia Mano. The Female Student Athlete Award went to All Star Volleyball player, Jayne Katerina Tuvale. Receiving American Samoa Government Scholarships were class Valedictorian Joseph Langkilde III and Adelle Antonia Posala Tuiolosega. Langkilde, who graduated with a SAT score of 1,940, has been accepted at the University of California San Diego; and, Tuiolesega, who scored a SAT of 1,490, has been accepted to attend Brigham Young University in Hawai’i. Florence Saulo and Associates Community Scholarship awards went to Valedictorian Joseph Langkilde III, Adelle Antonia Posala Tuiolosega and Grace Veronika Brown. Fili Sagapolutele contributed to this story.
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Ae i le polokalame o le WIC lea e agavaai ai tina failele ma a latou pepe fou, e to’a 6,811 le aofa’i o i latou o lo o taua i le ripoti o lo o lesitala i le masina e tasi mo le kuata lua ua mavae atu, ma o i latou nei o lo o mafai ona faasoa atu i ai le vaega tupe e $1.5 miliona mai le feterale o lo o faatupeina ai lea auaunaga. E na o le 31 faleoloa o lo o agavaa ona tala ai pepa ai o WIC mo tina failele, tina ma’itaga ma pepe fou, ae o lo o moomia pea e le Ofisa le faaopoopo i luga o le aofa’i o faleoloa e ofoina atu i ai lea tautua. O aoaoga faa faufautua o lo o mafai ona ofoina atu e le Matagaluega i ni isi o le atunuu, o lo o faapitoa lea mo i latou o lo o i ai aafiaga i fualaau faasaina e pei o mariuana ma le pauta oona o le aisa, o i latou o lo o poloaina e le faamasinoga ina ia auai i aoaoga e taofiofi ai le tulaga o le ita (anger management), atoa ai ma aoaoga faa faufautua mo i latou e i ai aafiaga o ma’i o le mafaufau ma le tino. I faamaumauga mo le kuata lua ua mavae atu o lo o taua ai e faapea, e lata i le to’a 400 i latou na mafai ona auai ma lesitala i lalo o nei polokalame. O i latou ia e aofia ai le to’a 113 o tagata fou faatoa lesitala, o le isi toa 43 o tagata ua toe oo atu foi ma toe lesitala, ma isi o lo o faagasolo pea a latou aoaoga faa faufautua e le’i maea i le taimi nei. O lo o isi tautua o lo o pito sili ona faamanuiaina ai matua ma aiga, o le polokalame mo ‘Child Care Program’ o lo o mafai ai ona tausia
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Fa’asao Marist High School’s Class of 2013 Salutatorian, Jerri Gisela Asejo Francisco delivering her Salutatorian speech [photo: TG] at their graduation ceremony this past Saturday.
fanau a’o feagai ai matua ma galuega. I faamaumauga mo le kuata lua o lo o taua ai le aofaiga e 40 o Child Care Facilities o lo o i ai i le atunuu, ma le tusa i le to’a 919 le aofai o fanau sa mafai ona lesitala o latou igoa i totonu o le polokalame mo le kuata lua ua mavae atu. E tusa ma le toa 230 le aofai o i latou o lo o faa faigaluega e le Matagaluega i totonu o Child Care Facilities nei e 40, mo le aoaoina lea o fanau ma tausi i le taimi e tuuina atu ai i lalo o le polokalame. O isi tautua o lo o taua i le ripoti sa faamanuiaina ai le atunuu i le kuata lua o le tautua lea mo i latou e aafia i sauaga i totonu o aiga, atoa ai ma fanau e sosola ese mai i o latou aiga, lea o lo o i ai le nofoaga o lo o tausi malu ai i latou ma ofo atu i ai aoaoga faa faufautua mo latou olaga talavou. O lo o faaauau foi le faamalosia o le polokalame a le Matagaluega mo le tuuina atu o puipuiga i fanau laiti, ina ia taofia ai i latou mai le tagofia o le ava malosi. Mo le latou tautua i Manu’a, o lo o i ai le faanaunauga ina ia siitia pea i luga le tautua a le Matagaluega i ona lala e lua o lo o i ai i Ofu ma Ta’u i le motu o Manu’a. O le auaunaga i Manu’a o lo o mafai ona maua uma ai tautua o lo o maua i Tutuila nei, ona o le faanaunauga lava e tasi, ia laina tutusa tagata uma o Amerika Samoa i tautua a le matagaluega. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
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In addition, to the faculty and staff of Fa’asao Marist High School, thank you for putting up with us for four years. I know sometimes we weren’t always ideal students, but I hope that your sacrifices have been worth it. We love you and thank you for all your mentoring. I would like to say a very special thank you to the Most Reverend Bishop John Quinn Weitzel. I thank you for everything you have done for our class and the generation before us. No words can express our gratitude for your guidance and wisdom. Finally, to the Fa’asao Marist High School graduating class of 2013, four years ago, we walked into Fa’asao Marist as young shy students. We came from all ends of the island, from different elementary schools and religions, a melting pot of personalities. Over these past four years, we have grown together, and blossomed into young men and women. In the years to come, we will continue to grow. Some will stay and attend ASCC, and other will go to colleges off-island, or pursue a career in the military, and some with join the workforce. It has been a great roller coaster ride, and what better group of students to be with but you. We may go in different directions, but like a tree’s branches, even though we sprout out into the world, we will always have the same roots. We will always be remembered as Fa’asao Marist’s Graduating Class of 2013. In closing I would like to leave everybody with a quote I really like, by an anonymous author, “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself”.
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ISSUANCE DATE: IFBN O. PROJECT NAME: CLOSING DATE/TIME: April 30, 2013 FY13.1121.ESD-WW EAST SIDE VILLAGESWASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM: 20” Ø FORCEMAIN IMPROVEMENTS (PACKAGE 2) 12” Ø FORCE MAIN IMPROVEMENTS (PACKAGE 4) June 17, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m., American Samoa Time
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The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) invites bids for the construction of the East Side Villages Wastewater Collection System, Packages 2 and 4. This Invitation for Bid shall require an original, one PDF electronic copy, and five hard copies to be submitted in a sealed envelope, box, or other enclosure addressed to Nancy Tinitali-Mauga, ASPA Materials Management, P.O. Box PPB, Pago Pago, AS 96799. All submittals must be received at the ASPA Materials Management Office - Procurement no later than 2:00 p.m. on June 17, 2013. The envelope or box must be labeled “IFB# FY13.1121.ESD-WW EAST SIDE VILLAGES WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM: 20” Ø FORCEMAIN IMPROVEMENTS (PACKAGE 2) & EAST SIDE VILLAGES WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM 12” Ø FORCE MAIN IMPROVEMENTS (PACKAGE 4)”. Bids must be in the actual possession of the Material Management Office at the location indicated, on or prior to the exact date and time indicated above. Late submittals will not be opened or considered and will be determined as non-responsive. The prevailing clock shall be the ASPA Materials Management clock. All Bidders shall provide sufficient written and verifiable information that responds to the requirements set forth herein, the Contract Documents, and in the Scope of Work. Pre-Bid Meeting – A one-time meeting will be scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on May 10, 2013 at the T&D War Room located in the ASPA Power Plant Tafuna Compound. Documents: Due to the size of the bid package, interested Bidders must pay a non-refundable fee of One Hundred U.S. Dollars ($100) to ASPA’s Customer Service Office in Tafuna prior to receiving the bid package. Bidders must present the receipt to any Procurement Representative to receive the complete bid package at the ASPA Materials Management Office, Tafuna Power Plant Compound. A copy of this solicitation and addenda may be obtained from our Internet Website at: http://www.aspower.com by selecting the Procurement link and the associated solicitation number. Bid Documents are also available at http://dodgeprojects.construction.com/ under Dodge Report Number 201100533947. Bid Documents are also available in electronic format at the offices of Lyon Associates, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii at: Lyon Associates, Inc. 45 North King Street, Suite 501 Honolulu, HI96817 Parties interested in obtaining bid documents in Hawaii can contact Michelle Taparra at (808) 536-6621 or by email at email@example.com. Full size plans and hard copy documents can be purchased from the Lyon Associates office at their standard printing rates, or they can arrange for delivery to the HonBlue blueprint company. For more information about this IFB, you may contact ASPA representatives: Nancy Tinitali-Mauga Procurement Manager Materials Management Office tel. (684) 699-0105 firstname.lastname@example.org or Galovale Galovale, P.E. Wastewater Engineer
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On May 23, 2013 a Dive Safety Drill was conducted in Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa. Coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in partnership with the Department of Commerce, this preparedness drill was designed to evaluate the response capabilities of area search and rescue and health care providers, in the event that an actual SCUBA diving emergency occurs. On the days prior to the drill, important skills for first responders were reviewed. This skill review and drill was a terrific learning experience for every participant and was a tremendous step forward in operational response cooperation for the territory.
Lesei’au Laumoli, Deputy Commissioner, DPS Popo Avegalio, Peato Kalio, Jona Mageo, EMS Tim Clark, Bert Fuiava, Jim Nimz, NPS Russ Cox, Pago Marine Charters Capt. Laolagi, DPS/Marine Patrol Lt. Eric Runyon, USCG Dr. Kumar, Zafe Talaga, LBJ Dana Wilkes, NOAA /ONMS Zach Hileman, NOAA/NDC Pasquale De Rosa, CPC
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