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Treasurer offers alternatives to deductions… 2 Avele rugby team aims for the Cup this year… B1
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The Shield holders of last year’s American Samoa Rugby Union’s TMO Marist Pago 7s Tournament, the Avele Rugby Team, who are entering the tourney again this year. They are aiming higher — looking to claim this year’s championship cup according to Head Coach Tommy Elisara (far left). See story in today’s Sports Section.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Good Friday declared HR Director demands return a government holiday of local Culinary Academy’s
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Christians around the world, including those in American Samoa, will commemorate Good Friday tomorrow, as the day when Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross at Calvary to save the world. Good Friday will be marked with morning services by some church denominations, especially the Catholic faith, whose parishioners will re-create the final steps Jesus took while carrying his cross to be crucified — they are embodied in the fourteen Stations of the Cross — and it is to start just before sunrise. Good Friday precedes Easter Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the triumphant resurrection of Jesus — and will include a range of church services territory-wide, followed by an Easter feast. On Saturday there will be Easter Egg hunts for the children. At the White House, the First Family will host next Monday the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, more than 35,000 people will be joining the First Family on the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll, according to the White House. Gov. Lolo M. Moliga has already declared tomorrow, Good Friday, a local government holiday and all government
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Human Resources Director Le’i Sonny Thompson is demanding that Chef Sualua Tupolo turn in close to $50,000 worth of equipment used at the American Samoa Culinary Academy following a lease agreement signed between Sualua and former governor Togiola Tulafono. Responding to Samoa News questions, Le’i noted the government moved to cancel the lease for non-compliance with the lease agreement. The equipment (ovens, pots, pans, kitchenware) was bought by the government with National Employment Grant (NEG) funding with the goal to have Sualua conduct cooking courses that would in return allow the students to gain employment as chefs and cooks, yet Sualua has failed to fulfill this obligation, according to Le’i. The move to demand the return of government property follows a letter from Attorney General Afoa L Su’esu’e to the HR Director. Afoa noted in his letter that he had asked Sualua to return all of the equipment and urged Le’i to re-survey and conduct an inventory of the NEG-purchased equipment, once it’s delivered to the Office of Property Management by Sualua. Samoa News has obtained a copy of this “confidential” letter. The lease went into effect on Dec. 28, 2012 and was set to expire on Dec. 28, 2017. According to the lease agreement between the government and Chef Sualua (which was also obtained by Samoa News) the monthly rent for the equipment is to be paid in advance in installments of Five Dollars ($5.00)each month beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the first day of each succeeding month to the Treasury. “Any installment payment not made by the 10th of the month shall be considered overdue in addition to lessor’s other remedies [and] lessor (ASG) may levy a late payment charge equal to 1% per month on any overdue amount. Rent for any partial month shall be prorated.” The lease indicated the value of the ASGNEG equipment is $48,587.58. USE OF EQUIPMENT The lease states that it is a material term of the agreement and Lessee (Sualua) acknowledges that “the equipment shall half be used in support of programs operated by and incidental to the operations of the American Samoa Culinary Academy.” “Also, the equipment shall be used to train students and other persons in American Samoa in the culinary arts.” It goes on to say, “If lessor (ASG) discovers at any time during the term of the lease that the equipment is not being used for the purposes stated, this agreement shall become terminable at the option of the lessor (ASG), which may take possession of the equipment thirty days after providing written notice of termination to the lessee (Sualua).
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Former ASG Treasurer claims ‘no laws were violated’ by payouts
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, who was ASG Treasurer for the Togiola administration, has told his colleagues that no laws were violated when payouts were made to previous cabinet members as well as the previous governor and lieutenant governor. Magalei’s statement was made at yesterday’s Senate Government Operations Committee hearing on the “payouts” when current ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili was responding to questions from committee chairman Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli and other senators. Magalei sought a chance to address the hearing and the people in the Senate gallery watching the drama unfold live thought the former treasurer wanted to question the witness. Instead, the former Treasurer made a statement, saying the payout was made during his tenure as Treasurer and he can answer many of the questions raised by senators to Pili, whose term only began in January this year. Magalei said he fully understands the entire payout issue and no laws were violated. He spoke of the process involved such as the request going through the Department of Human Resources
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Some of the government equipment (in question) that was leased to the American Samoa Culinary Academy inside the storage room at the rear of DDW (Don’t Drink the Water) restaurant in Utulei. [Photo: JL] Two reliable sources confirmed to Samoa News the equipment was being stored at DDW.
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In addition to discussing the negative impact on ASG for processing payroll deductions for its workforce, ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ Pili also shared some solutions to the dilemma with the House Budget and Appropriations Committee members during Tuesday’s hearing. Pili was called before the committee to testify on a non-binding House resolution which calls on the governor to direct the Treasurer to resume payroll deductions for ASG employees so that they may better manage their personal finances, and provide a system that will assist in the collection efforts of creditors and businesses. He told the committee that the American Samoa Government is not a collection agency, neither is it a bank to be carrying out payroll deductions, at a cost of $156,000 annually in taxpayer money. He also noted that payroll deductions have inadvertently enabled people to live beyond their means, which is one of the major contributors to the cycle of poverty. Pili then offered some solutions, saying that there have been great advances over the past decade with bill paying options or payroll deductions through one’s financial institution, and these can be done virtually free for the consumer. He also shared with lawmakers that with the new ASG payroll system to be implemented over the next few months, each ASG employee will receive a special bank card that can easily be used as a debit card to transact business and pay bills. (Pili didn’t elaborate further on this new bank card, but it was revealed during a news conference earlier this month that Utah-based Zions Bank will be taking over the processing of ASG’s payroll. It was also revealed that the bank will issue to employees a VISA-branded debit card that can be used to pay bills and withdraw money from ATMs). For vendors, Pili said there are multiple options. One example he gave was the use of ACH, or Automated Clearing House.
He said it is a highly recommended way for businesses to collect payments, and the Treasury Department will be happy to assist any vendor who wishes more information about ACH provider services. “There are services such as PayPal, as well,” he said, adding that most bill payments can be sent with checks through the mail with little inconvenience. Additionally, many businesses set up regular payments in three ways: checking account deductions authorized by the consumer and transacted by the business; debit/credit cards can be used by vendors to transact payments on a designed date; and through the use of the bank’s bill payment services which are available on-line and can be accessed from the convenience of home. Two Manu’a lawmakers reminded Pili that there are no banks in Manu’a, no debit or credit cards are able to be processed in Manu’a and there is no fiber optic cable to improve telecommunications in the island group in order to get adequate internet service. “I am sure with some planning, ASG employees can find ways to meet their financial commitments through banks services, postal services or vendor payment options,” said Pili. Responding to complaints that the termination of payroll deductions is an inconvenience to vendors, Pili said he understands, and is not ignorant of the inconvenience this will cause the business community, with perhaps a higher rate of delinquency on loan payments and other commitments. But there are many solutions and options available today through technological advances to resolve and prevent delinquency and litigation, he said, adding that he is confident that the business community can arrive at solutions that will be satisfactory for all. “In fact, this action should stimulate an updating of current financial practices and a hiring trend as more employees for debt collection are hired by the business community,” he said.
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Warrant seeks an ex-Immigration official for alleged embezzlement
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
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An arrest warrant has been issued against former Immigration Officer Lagitafa Holi alleging misappropriating of immigration bond funds to the tune of $30,000. However Samoa News understands that Holi — who worked in the Immigration Office for over ten years, including as a cashier — has since fled to New Zealand. Samoa News understands that currently there are efforts in place to extradite the accused from New Zealand. Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop declined to comment on the matter. The bail set for the accused is $50,000 and she’s charged with one count of embezzlement and one charge of forgery which are both class C felonies, which are punishable by up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000, or a fine equal to twice the amount gained from the commission up to $20,000. According to the government’s case, on Sept. 11, 2012 former Attorney General Fepulea’i Arthur Ripley Jr assigned an investigator with the Attorney General’s office to look into allegations that the accused was suspected of falsifying immigration bonds and pocketing money as a result. The court filings say that the investigating officer, Fa’aua’a K Elisara noted that when someone posted an immigration bond, the immigration cashier would use a three-layer receipt. The top copy is white and is the original; it is the customer’s copy. The middle layer and bottom layer of the receipt are yellow and pink and they are, respectively, the Audit Copy and Office copy. It’s alleged the accused would tear off the top copy (the white customer copy) and she would fill that out with the bond amount for a Chinese immigrant, which is $2,300. Then she would fill out the remaining two layers of the receipt in the amount of $147, which is the bond amount for a Samoa immigrant. She would then pocket the difference in the amounts, or take the whole amount. The investigating officer spoke with an employee of the governor’s office at the time, Gaea Perefoti Failautusi, who noted that the situation had been reported to him by the former Territorial Internal Audit Officer. Failautusi showed the investigating office the bond receipt with number 2323543, on the customer copy. It had the amount of $2,300 with the sponsor’s name and the Chinese immigrant’s name. However, the other two copies had the amount of $147 with the sponsor name and a Samoa immigrant’s name.
The three receipts had the same dates, May 6, 2010 with the accused’s signatures on all three receipts indicating that she was the one preparing the receipts. Court filings say, that several immigration employees identified the signature and handwriting as the defendant’s. It’s alleged the accused was the cashier at the immigration office and was transferred to the airport when the situation at hand was brought to light, say court documents. Court filings say Failautusi told the investigator that he spoke with a man who was in the process of getting a permanent resident status for his children who sought the assistance of the accused given that they attended the same church. The man further stated that his daughter paid $147 to the accused and was not provided with a receipt even after repeated requests to the accused. Failautusi also told the investigating officer that another immigration bond — receipt number 5652 — had all three copies dated Mar. 31, 2011. The white copy for customer listed the sponsor as a corporation who was sponsoring a Chinese man with the bond paid of $2,300. However the yellow and pink copies were again in the name of a Samoan sponsor, who was sponsoring a Samoa immigration with the bond of $147. Once again, the signatures on these receipts were those of the defendant say court filings. The investigating officer questioned the defendant about receipt number 5652, where she admitted it was her signature on the receipts, and she admitted taking the $2,300. Court filings say that the investigating officer also interviewed the Chinese man who paid the first bond of $2,300 and he was certain that it was the defendant who was the cashier at the time. He provided the copy of the check to the investigating officer which was dated Mar. 31, 2011. In December 2011, Failautusi provided the investigating officer a list of 17 receipts where it was suspected the defendant had falsified the bond amounts on the Audit and Office copies and pocketed the difference between the $2,300 bond amounts on the original and $147 on the audit/office copies. “All 17 purport to have the defendant’s signatures; the list of 17 receipts includes the two described above. The dates of the 17 receipts range from April 14, 2010 to October 12, 2011 and the total amount of these receipts is $39,100,” says court filings. According to court documents, on September 2010 the investigating officer met with
the accused and she was read her Miranda rights and agreed to be interviewed. “Defendant said she never thought of stealing until her father called her from Western Samoa demanding cash for a family matter. So she figured out a way to take money from the cash register.” Court filings say the defendant said she would take money from Chinese bonds, which are $2,300 and she would record the cash on a miscellaneous transmittal letter, instead of the bond transmittal letter which is supposed to be used for bonds. “By not using the proper letter, she was able to avoid detection of her scheme since the customer took the original receipt. Because the customer had the original receipt the defendant said she was sure that what she was doing couldn’t be detected by audit,” court filings say. The investigating officer showed the defendant the receipt with the number 2323543 and she admitted she tore off the original copy to avoid detection on the yellow and pink carbon copies and she didn’t remember if the bond was paid in cash or check, but she admitted that she took $2,300. Court filing says, the defendant was given receipt number 5652, and “she just wept and cried and kept saying ‘I’m sorry’ ”. The defendant admitted the bond should have been recorded on the bond transmittal letter but she did it on the miscellaneous letter to avoid being caught and admitted she took $2,300 for this bond, say court documents.
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This Saturday, March 30, 2013, the day before the Resurrection Day, at the Fagatogo malae slated to begin at 6:30am and last to 12-noon, the people of God are invited to come together for one purpose, to lift the name of Jesus and make His precepts known to all. Everyone is invited and according to one of the members of the organizing committee which includes leaders from various churches, civic and community activists, Samoa’s own local meteorologist of the National Weather Service, Carol Ma’afala-Baqui, who informed the local media that this is a nondenominational effort to bring believers and unbelievers together to celebrate the Name of Jesus as He had spoken in the Gospel according to John chapter 12, verse 32, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.” (Samoan translation: “O A’u foi, afai e siitia A’u ai le eleele, oute tosina uma mai tagata ia te A’u.”) Asked what this means, one of the lead organizers of this effort, Helen “Toto” Fuiavailili explained, “Our territory needs Jesus right now, with all that is happening in our American Samoa Government, our communities, villages and churches, He is the answer to our difficulties, the hardships we face economically and the many illnesses we are experiencing individually or ailments of our loved ones.” The Scripture verse that the group has taken to guide the March for Jesus were His very own words, His promise, that if He is made known to all here on earth, He will bring people to Him, draw them to a closer relationship with Him. Fuiavailili further commented, “To an unbeliever, they may ask how is knowing Jesus going to change his life, his circumstances? A lost job, a broken marriage, terminal illness, rebellious children, or other of life’s challenges. We can only say, knowing Jesus will make things better, change one’s outlook and truly be comforted.” With that, many of the territory’s March for Jesus coordinators and supporters have agreed, by obeying Christ’s admonition to lift Him on earth, only His Holy Spirit can change the hearts of men, all they do is believe and obey His Word. The “March for Jesus” was a long-time movement for many years, celebrated every other year around the world coordinated by Christians in many nations, of which American Samoa was one. The last march in memory was in 2000 at the Fagatogo malae, coordinated by the late Rev. TK Tilo, founder of the Voice of Christ Full Gospel Church. Along with many of the churches throughout the Island, the event was a spiritual experience that caused revival to the hearts of many and witnessed by a lot of local folks to change their lives for the better. Newly appointed Director of Parks and Recreation Maeata’anoa Pili Gaoteote, is one of the government officials who has called on Governor Lolo Moliga and all of our leaders to support this effort for the entire Island. Also holding the position of the Chaplain of the Good News Ministry at the Tafuna Correctional Facility, Gaoteote believes that if we adhere to the Lord Jesus Christ’s admonition of lifting Him up on earth, He will bring them into the fold, to draw all men unto Him. Spearheading the island-wide “March for Jesus 2013”, are several well-known church leaders who have committed their time and efforts, Rev. Fa’atui Lalolagi founder of the South Pacific International Christian Center (SPICC) and Rev. Elise Tafao, Director of Missions of the South Pacific Baptist Association. Both have appeared on local television with the younger generation of believers to help bring revival to the land and promote Christian values and the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose resurrection from death is to be celebrated the day after the March — Sunday, March 31, 2013. Manuia le Toe-tu manumalo o le Alii, Amerika Samoa! (Editor’s Note: Samoa News has published Sina SolomonaTilo’s above article as a community service, but notes that the views expressed in the article are not necessarily those of Samoa News management and staff. ra)
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Immigration board approved
Samoa News ran a story, Tuesday, Mar. 26, “American Samoa’s own Victoria Coffin named 2013 Leeward District TOY in Hawai`i”, identifying her grandmother and great grandmother incorrectly. “Victoria Coffin is the daughter of Thomas Henry, Jr. and Fa’aaliga Vaisagote Coffin of Pago Pago. She is the granddaughter of the late Thomas Henry, Sr. and Iliganoa Tupua Coffin.” Samoa News apologizes to Ms. Coffin and her family, as well as our readers for our mistake.
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ASG has a new fully confirmed five-member board, after the nominees were approved yesterday by the Senate, while the House endorsement was made earlier this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings two weeks ago for three board members: Rev. Fred Mamea, Sherry Butler and Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava. Following the hearing committee chairman Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono said the committee would not report the three nominees to the full Senate membership for a vote until the confirmation hearings were held for the other two board members. Yesterday, nominees Frank Gaisoa and Rev. Aneterea Misioka appeared before the committee for their confirmation hearing followed by a full vote during the Senate session, where all five were confirmed. Senate enforcement vote has Gaisoa 17-1; Butler 14-4, Misioka 16-2; Moetulu’i 12-6, and Mamea 13-5. COMMITTEE HEARING Prior to the start of the hearing, Soliai informed his colleagues that the two nominees were both born in American Samoa and this has been confirmed by the committee through research. Additionally, it was noted the other three nominees were all born in the territory. The first question raised with the nominees came from Sen. Alo Fa’auuga, who asked if either of the two are sponsors of foreigners living in American Samoa. Gaisoa responded that he has never personally sponsored an immigrant all his life, but his company, TMO which has a workforce of 50 people includes two individuals sponsored by TMO. He said one of them is a Certified Public Accountant and the other is an engineer — and both positions are hard to fill skills in the territory. Misioka said there is a young man from Samoa, who has been living at his home for many years to help out with many things and he has sponsored this young man, described as his son. Because of the new appointment, the church minister said he will be looking for another sponsor for this young man. Soliai agreed to finding another sponsor and suggested Misioka’s wife as the new sponsor. The senator said it does not look good for a board member to sponsor an immigrant when the board members make decisions on immigration matters. Senators, who spoke during yesterday’s confirmation hearing, shared their common concern with the nominees: there are so many overstayers in the territory; there are too many Asians, some of them are taking jobs away from locals; and something needs to be done to make sure that American Samoa’s borders are protected.
Sen. Saole Mila added that overstayers are the worst ones, causing trouble in the territory. He further stated that something needs to be done to monitor them once they are on island and return them after their entry permits expire. A point acknowledged by senators is that there are two church ministers on this board — Mamea and Misioka. Senators believe this benefits the board and the government having two clergymen there, saying this means the board will make the right decisions by following the law. There was a call from some committee members for the new board to fully review all provisions of the law, including the provision of corporate sponsors. Sen. Mauga T. Asuega added that he believes the corporation sponsorships have been abused for a long time and the board must make sure only those qualified under this provision are allowed to work in the territory. Mauga’s final words for the nominees: Make the right the decision in accordance with the law — and this is the only board that has come before the Senate with two church ministers. In his closing remarks, Misioka said he fully agrees with senators wanting to make sure that the Immigration Board members are honest in their decision making and this is very important to him, because of the important role the board plays for the government and the territory. He also shared with senators that he believes some people are using their sponsorship “as a business” collecting money from the foreigners they sponsor and this is not good at all. He said he is thankful to the governor for offering this opportunity for him to serve the people of the territory. In his closing remarks, Gaisoa told the committee that he has many business obligations to deal with, he accepted the governor’s call to be on the board, as well as to act as chair. When the governor nominated the new board members last month, he also appointed at the same time Gaisoa as the new chairman. BACKGROUND Samoa News uses the term “Asian” in its stories, as it refers to not only those of Chinese descent, it includes people who also indicate their race(s) as Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese — that is, it refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. In the Samoan language, the word, “Asia” (Samoan pronunciation) is also used for the same reference as its English counterpart. However, Samoa News notes that often when denoting people of Asian descent, representatives and senators generally use the word “Saina” — which is ethic specific for “Chinese” — but is, in this case, used as a substitute for the word, “Asia”.
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“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” Ecclesiastes 12: 7
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Colorado theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea
DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty — a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they would accept the offer, and victims and survivors of last summer’s massacre were divided on what should be done. Melisa Cowden, whose ex-husband was killed in the theater, said Wednesday she was resolutely opposed to a plea deal. “He didn’t give 12 people the chance to plea bargain and say, ‘Let’s see if you’re going to shoot me or not,’” said Cowden, whose two teenage daughters were with their father when he was killed. “No. No plea bargain,” she said. The attack during a crowded midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” left a dozen people dead and 70 injured. Prosecutors have said Holmes planned the assault for months, casing the theater complex in the Denver suburb of Aurora, amassing a small arsenal and rigging potentially deadly boobytraps in his apartment. Then on July 20, he donned a police-style helmet and body armor, tossed a gas canister into the theater crowd and opened fire, prosecutors said. The plea offer, made by Holmes’ lawyers on his behalf sometime before March 12, was disclosed a defense court filing on Wednesday. It was made public just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek the death penalty. The filing didn’t include the specifics of the offer. It said only that Holmes would agree to life in prison without parole — instead of the death penalty — and didn’t mention any other concessions. Pierce O’Farrill, who was shot three times, said he would welcome an agreement that would imprison Holmes for life. The years of court struggles ahead would likely be emotionally stressful for victims, he said. “I don’t see his death bringing me peace,” O’Farrill said. “To me, my prayer for him was that he would spend the rest of his life in prison and hopefully, in all those years he has left, he could find God and ask for forgiveness himself.” Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was killed, said he has wanted prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. But he said he wouldn’t object to a plea agreement if it avoided a lengthy court battle — and if Holmes got no privileges in prison. “That was kind of a sore point with us,” he said, referring to privileges such as outside exercise or listening to music. “We didn’t think this kind of person should have any kind of privileges except the bare essentials.” Holmes, a former graduate student at the University of Colorado, Denver, had seen a psychiatrist at the school before the shootings. His lawyers have said he was taken to a hospital psychiatric ward in November because he was considered a threat to himself. Holmes was held there for several days and spent much of the time in restraints. In their court filing, Holmes’ lawyers again said they were exploring a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and would mount a vigorous defense if prosecutors rejected the plea offer and the case goes to trial. Holmes was widely expected to enter an insanity plea at his arraignment on March 12, but his attorneys told District Judge William Sylvester they had too many questions about the constitutionality of Colorado’s death penalty and insanity statutes to advise Holmes on how to plead. Sylvester then entered a plea of not guilty on Holmes’ behalf but said he could change it later to insanity if he chose. The judge scheduled the trial to start Aug. 5, setting aside four weeks. Doug Wilson, who heads the state public defenders’ office, told The Associated Press Wednesday that prosecutors haven’t responded to the offer. He didn’t know whether prosecutors had relayed the offer with any victims as required by state law. Prosecutors declined to comment on Wednesday. Dan Recht, a past president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, said prosecutors likely started talking to victims long ago. “The defense, by making this public pleading, is reaching out to the victims’ families,” Recht said. Also Wednesday, Sylvester denied a request from New Yorkbased Fox News reporter Jana Winter to delay a Monday hearing where she has been ordered to testify about her sources for a story about Holmes. Winter cited unnamed law enforcement officials saying Holmes sent drawings that foreshadowed the attack to a psychiatrist. Holmes’ lawyers contend that whoever spoke to Winter violated a gag order.
South Korean vehicles return from a joint industrial complex of North Korean city of Kaesong as a U.S. Army soldier watches at the customs, immigration and quarantine office, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea said it cut the last military hotline with Seoul because there was no need for communications between the countries in a situation “where a (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) war may break out at any moment.”
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A day after shutting down a key military hotline, Pyongyang instead used indirect communications with Seoul to allow South Koreans to cross the heavily armed border and work at a factory complex that is the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. Business was operating normally at the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s shutting down of the hotline usually used to arrange passage for workers and goods through the Demilitarized Zone. The military communication channel, which consists of six telephone, fax and reserve lines, was virtually the last remaining direct link between the rival Koreas, which do not have diplomatic relations. South Korean officials say North Korea has shut down the hotline but verbally approved the crossing Thursday by telling South Koreans at a management office at the factory in North Korea. Those South Koreans then called officials in South Korea. Both governments prohibit direct contact with citizens on the other side, but Kaesong has separate telephone lines that allow South Korean managers there to communicate with people in South Korea. Technically, the divided Korean Peninsula remains in a state of war. North Korea also halted communications in 2009, creating a cross-border shutdown that left hundreds of South Korean workers stranded in the North for several days, until the line was restored. The hotline shutdown follows a torrent of bellicose rhetoric in recent weeks from North Korea, which is angry about annual South KoreaU.S. military drills and U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test last month. North Korea calls the drills rehearsal for an invasion; Seoul and Washington say the training is defensive in nature and that they have no intention of attacking. North Korea’s threats and provocations are seen as efforts to provoke the new government in Seoul, led by President Park Geun-hye, to change its policies toward Pyongyang. North Korea’s moves at home to order troops into “combat readiness” are seen as ways to build domestic unity as young leader Kim Jong Un strengthens his military credentials. North Korea previously cut Red Cross phone and fax hotlines with South Korea, and another communication channel with the U.S.-led U.N. command at the border between the Koreas. Three other telephone hotlines used only to
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exchange information about air traffic were still operating normally Thursday, according to South Korea’s Air Traffic Center. North Korea said there was no need for communication between the countries in a situation “where a war may break out at any moment.” In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters that North Korea’s “latest threat to cut off communication links coupled with its provocative rhetoric is not constructive to ensuring peace and stability on the peninsula.” Although North Korea has vowed nuclear strikes on the U.S., analysts outside the country have seen no proof that North Korean scientists have yet mastered the technology needed to build a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a missile. Park so far has outlined a policy that looks to re-engage North Korea, stressing the need for greater trust with North Korea while saying Pyongyang will “pay the price” for any provocation. Last week she approved a shipment of antituberculosis medicine to the North. Aside from Kaesong, other rapprochement projects created during a previous era of detente, including the reunions of families separated by the Korean War and tours to a scenic North Korean mountain, have stopped amid tensions in recent years. But the border was still open Thursday. About 160 South Koreans traveled to the Kaesong complex from the South, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry. The total number of South Koreans at Kaesong on Thursday was more than 1,000. “Nothing good happens when (the Koreas) are in conflict. I just hope that both the North and the South will maintain a good relationship and show a more harmonious attitude,” Kim Jong-in, one of the South Korean workers, told The Associated Press in Paju, which is near the border, on Thursday before departing for Kaesong. Since 2004, the Kaesong factories have operated with South Korean money and know-how, with North Korean factory workers managed by South Koreans. Using North Korea’s cheap, efficient labor, the Kaesong complex has produced $470 million worth of goods in 2012. Inter-Korean trade, which includes a small amount of humanitarian aid sent to the North and components and raw materials sent to Kaesong complex to build finished products, amounted to nearly $2 billion in 2012, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — Grenada announced Wednesday that it intends to revive a program that will essentially allow investors from across the globe to buy citizenship on the sparsely-populated Caribbean island known for its beaches and spice-scented forests. The strategy is part of a growing trend in the Caribbean to drum up much-needed revenue on tiny islands struggling with massive public debt. The nearby islands of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis allow investors to secure local citizenship in return for a healthy contribution or real estate investment. Cash-strapped Antigua & Barbuda is planning on launching its own program this year. The Grenada “government will soon introduce a citizenship-by-investment program. Such programs have existed for a long time in many developed and developing countries,” said Governor General Carlyle Glean during his ceremonial speech at the Wednesday opening of Parliament. “Investor visa” or citizenship programs are offered by many nations, including the U.S. and Britain. But the Caribbean countries offer a very fast path to citizenship at a very low cost and the whole process, including background checks, can take as little as 90 days in St. Kitts. Plus, there’s no need to ever live on the islands, or even visit. Grenada’s program will require approval by the legislature, which is controlled by the ruling New National Party of newly re-elected Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. Glean said the government is “committed to bring appropriate legislation to Parliament for this program within its first year in office.”
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In the meantime, officials will review other nations’ citizenship-by-investment programs and decide the best way forward. Mitchell, whose party won all of the island’s 15 constituencies after trouncing the former ruling party in February elections, had previously hinted that he planned to revive a citizenship-for-cash program that was suspended after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks due to fears that local passports could mistakenly be sold to terrorists. For about three years before it was suspended in October 2001, Grenada sold passports to investors for roughly $40,000. But Grenadian authorities quickly said the practice was too risky after the deadly attacks in the U.S. At that time, Grenada had also been placed on an international blacklist of countries considered uncooperative in fighting money laundering. It was removed from the blacklist in 2002. Bernard Wiltshire, a former Dominica attorney general who is a prominent critic of the Caribbean’s economic citizenship programs, said he was disappointed in Grenada’s decision and believed Caribbean leaders who opt to sell citizenship had run out of decent ideas. “The present crop of Caribbean leaders is among the most unimaginative group of leaders in the world,” Wiltshire said Wednesday. “What they are doing with these citizenship programs at the moment is going to prepare the ground for great problems later on with our larger, powerful neighbors. And this is apart from the fact they are endangering, in my view, the long-term security and safety of the Caribbean islands.” Various critics say the revenue-boosting programs have security risks. While there are no known cases of terrorists using the islands’ programs, experts say that’s a possibility with many visa arrangements anywhere. James Smith, an economist who is researching immigration issues for the nonprofit RAND Corporation, said the Caribbean programs may eventually undermine the integrity of national passports if there are significant problems. “I suspect that one unintended consequence to the Caribbean countries down the line if there is trouble is that the Caribbean passports would get devalued in the sense that visa requirements for all those who hold the passports would become more stringent,” he said in an email. St. Kitts & Nevis’ citizenship-by-investment program has been operational since 1984 and a national passport provides visa-free travel to 139 countries, including all of the European Union. A foreigner can qualify with a $250,000 donation or with a real estate investment of $400,000. Antigua is hoping to emulate St. Kitts’ flourishing program. Meanwhile, Dominica’s passport offers travel without a visa to more than 50 countries and costs $100,000.
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GENEVA (AP) — Insurance claims paid out because of natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2012 totaled $77 billion globally, making it the third costliest year on record, a leading Swiss firm said Wednesday. The tab covered by insurance companies represents only about two-fifths of the $186 billion in economic losses, not to mention the 14,000 lives lost, from the more than 300 catastrophes and disasters around the globe last year, according to Zurich-based Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., known as Swiss Re. But the vast majority of that damage, it said, was because of “large-scale weather events” in the U.S. such as Hurricane Sandy that alone accounted for $70 billion in economic losses, of which $35 billion were insured losses — nearly half the total in last year’s paid claims worldwide. The insured payouts of $77 billion represent a big drop from 2011, which Swiss Re called the costliest year on record because of earthquakes and flooding in Asia Pacific — and might have been far higher had more people been able to afford insurance. “However, large parts of the globe that are prone to weather extremes were not able to rely on financial relief due to low insurance penetration,” Swiss Re chief economist Kurt Karl said. By contrast, due to high amount of coverage in North America, about $65 billion of the region’s $119 billion in economic losses were covered by insurance.
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NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council members and sanctuary staff To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Veronika Mata’utia Mortenson at veronika.mortenson@noaa.gov. The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council was established in 2005 to insure public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The council is composed of 10 government and 10 non-governmental representatives. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public. Designated in 1986, the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is located in the cradle of Polynesia’s oldest culture and is thought to support the greatest diversity of marine life in the National Marine Sanctuary System, including a wide variety of coral and other invertebrates, fishes, turtles, marine mammals and marine plants. NOAA co-manages the sanctuary with the American Samoa Government and works closely with communities adjacent to the sanctuary, all within the context of Samoan cultural traditions and practices. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at www.noaa.gov and join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels. On the Web: National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa: http://americansamoa.noaa.gov NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Case gets dismissed against one woman accused of passing $12K in bad checks
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“Enter a dismissal for lack of prosecution, we yield to prosecutorial discretion and would like a caveat placed on record,” said Chief Justice Michael Kruse when granting the government’s motion to dismiss their criminal case against Tuilua’ai Fa’amausili, who was accused of passing bad checks and stealing to the tune of $12,000. In this case she was facing three counts of passing bad checks and three counts of stealing. During the dismissal hearing on Monday, Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde informed the court the defendant had already paid restitution in full and the victim does not want to participate in any jury trial. According to the dismissal motion filed with the court, the defendant has paid the full restitution which was $12,528.00. It was also revealed that the victim does not want the case to go forward at this point and does not want to participate in a trial. “The defendant has submitted a written letter of apology to the victim,” said the dismissal motion. The government also requested that this case, which was set for jury trial on April 9, 2013, be removed from the jury trial calendar. Prosecutor Hyde, who did not respond to the email, but rather, in person told Samoa News that “this is not a priority, I will get back to you when I can”. She then referred all queries to Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop. The defendant is represented in this case by Fiti Sunia. According to the government’s case, last year December Nie Ming, owner of K&K Corporation filed a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Division with DPS against FTC Corporation owned by the defendant Tuilua’ai Fa’amausili and her husband Mau Fa’amausili for writing three checks to the victim’s company on three separate occasions, although the account had insufficient funds to cover the checks. Court documents say that on Feb. 14, 2012, a written notice was mailed to the defendant by certified mail with receipt as to the non-payment of the bad checks from July 30, 2012.
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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — People in the U.S. territory of Guam should not be distracted by threats from North Korea to launch a nuclear strike, Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said. Calvo said at a news conference Wednesday in Guam that an attack is unlikely and the region is adequately protected. “It does bring some concerns, but with those concerns also you have to temper those concerns now with the history of North Korea, both the statements that its leadership has made in the past as well as the limitations that they have in their military forces,” he said. Calvo also said he spoke Wednesday with Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, and is maintaining close communications with Payne and the Pentagon. The Defense Department cannot detail military operations, plans or intelligence, Calvo said. But he said the country is ready to defend Guam and other U.S. territories, as well as its allies. North Korea’s military threatened South Korea and the United States on Tuesday, warning that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture. The North Korean army’s Supreme Command said it will take “practical military action” to protect national sovereignty and its leadership in response to what it called U.S. and South Korean plots to attack. The statement was carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. North Korea’s field artillery forces include strategic rocket and long-range artillery units that are “assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zones in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity,” according to the statement. A Pentagon spokesman responded by saying the threat would only further isolate North Korea. North Korea is angry over routine U.S.-South Korea military drills and recent U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test.
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QUEST course offers student learning and professional development
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During their recent spring break, students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) interested in underwater biological surveying had a rare opportunity to develop these skills through the field course Quantitative Underwater Ecological Survey Techniques (QUEST), offered by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program in collaboration with the College’s Marine Science Program and Community and Natural Resources Division. While ASCC students received two credits for the course, QUEST was also made available to anyone in the community at least 18 years of age. During this year’s QUEST course, which took place from March 11th to the 16th, participating students and staff camped at Faga’alu Park in the old Boy Scouts facility and immersed themselves in learning various methods for counting and measuring fish, algae, and invertebrate species such as corals. Data collected using these methods allow different questions to be answered, ranging from general queries such as “How healthy are our reefs?” to the more specific, “How big is the average parrot fish?” Students conducted small research projects in teams to learn and apply the scientific method and present their findings at a symposium on the last day of QUEST. In the course of the projects they gained familiarity with experimental design, sampling methods, statistical analysis, and forming conclusions. The class of six was comprised of three ASCC students and one student each from the National Park of American Samoa, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Islands Regional Office. For some of them, this was their first experience with identifying underwater organisms, while others struggled at first with the required swimming skills. However, by the end of the week, the students were all able to dive down to 15 feet to take pictures, identify corals, and measure the shape of the coral reef. Student John Leau, said, “After six days at QUEST, I’ve learned all 200 species of coral and I can identify any of them when I see them underwater. Not only that, but I also know how to conduct monitoring surveys for fish, corals, and algae, and how to collect and analyze data to
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Students from ASCC and the community spent six days developing their underwater biological surveying skills through the QUEST program offered during spring break. [courtesy photo] Instructors were Ephraim Temple (far right) and Kelly Anderson-Tagarino (second left).
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FAATULAGA ASO FAIA AI FAAMASINOGA AUTU JAMES BARLOW O le aso 18 Novema o le tausaga nei lea ua faatulaga e le Faamasinoga Maualuga e faia ai le faamasinoga autu a James Barlow, ina ua teena e le faamasinoga se talosaga a lana loia o Mark Ude e faasala ai le loia a le malo, i lona le tuuina atu o faamatalaga e faatatau i lenei mataupu. Na taua e Ude i luma o le faamasinoga e faapea, o le tausaga na te’a nei sa ia talosagaina ai le loia a le malo mo le tuuina atu o faamatalaga e faatatau i lenei mataupu, peitai e oo mai lava i le taimi nei e leai se mea ua tuuina atu. Ae na taua e le loia a le malo ia Mitzie Jessop e faapea, o le masina o Me o le tausaga na te’a nei na ia tuuina atu ai faamaumauga o lo o moomia e Ude tauala atu i le imeli (email). O Barlow o lo o tuuaia i lona faia o uiga mataga i ni alii talavou se toatolu, e aofia ai lona faainu o i latou i le ava malosi, faamatamata i ata leaga toe fai i ai gaioiga faafeusuaiga mai latou nei. O lo o taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna Barlow ina ua le mafai ona ia totogia le $100,000 sa faatulaga e le faamasinoga e tatala ai o ia i tua. TETE’E ETI PONALI I TUUAIGA A LE MALO Na teena e le alii o Eti Ponali tuuaiga a le malo faasaga ia te ia, ina ua tulai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi ma ua faatulaga ai loa lona ulua’i iloiloga mo le masina fou, lea o le a iloilo ai e le faamasinoga le tulaga tonu e tatau ona oo i ai lana mataupu, i le faia lea o se maliliega ma le malo po o le tuuina atu e faataunuu sona faamasinoga iloilo. O lo o tuuaia e le malo Ponali i lona faiaiga i se teineititi e 15 tausaga le matua, ma o lo o taofia pea o ia i le toese e aunoa ma se tupe e tatala ai i tua. TEENA FAAMASINOGA TALOSAGA A SE ALII FAIPISINISI Ua teena e le faamasinoga maualuga le talosaga na faaulu e le loia o lo o tulai mo se alii faipisinisi, ina ia aua nei aofia ai i molimau o le a tuuina atu e le faamasinoga i le taimi o lana faamasinoga, faamaumauga e faatatau i le suega o le DNA e pei ona faatautaia e le malo. O le alii faipisinisi o lo o tuuaia i lenei mataupu, o le susuga lea ia Mike Kim, o lo o tuuaia i moliaga o le fesoasoani lea i se isi tagata e faatino le solitulafono o le faamalosi teine; faia o uiga mataga i se tamaitai; faiaiga i se tamaitai e laititi i lalo o le tulafono; taumafai e faaleaga mea molimau a le malo, ma le faia o ni gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu o fanau. ILOILOGA A ALII FAAMASINO I LE TALOSAGA Na taua e le faamasinoga i lana iloiloga e faapea, o lo o talosaga le ua molia ina ia aua nei faauluina i taimi o le faamasinoga faamaumauga e faatatau i le suega o le DNA, e ala lea i lona le mana’o e tuuina atu le ripoti na saunia e le vaega o le Forensic Analytical Services Inc (FAS). Fai mai le faamasinoga, e talitonu Kim e vava mamao le ripoti o le DNA lea o le a tuuina mai e le malo, ma tulaga lautele o suesuega faasaienisi. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, sa i ai ni faafinauga a ni isi o Sainitisi i le moni ma le faamaoni o suega o le DNA, ma avea ai loa faafinauga nei a Saienitisi ma itu na le taliaina ai e le faamasinoga le toe faaaogaina o suega o le DNA i ni tausaga ua mavae.
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Ua tuuina atu nei se poloaiga a le Faamasinoga Maualuga mo le taofia faapagota o se tamaitai faigaluega a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, ona o tuuaiga i lona faia o ni faamaumauga sese ina ia mafai ai ona ia ave faagaoi tupe sa totogi atu e ni tagata Asia mo a latou pone (bond). E le o se taimi muamua lea ua aafia ai ni isi o tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga i mataupu faapenei. Ina ua fesiligia e le alii leoleo na gafa ma le su’esu’ega, ia le tamaitai o Lagitafa Holi i le mafuaaga o lona faia o lenei gaioiga, sa ia taua e faapea, sa leai se manatu ia te ia na te gaoi tupe o pone, ae ina ua telefoni mai lona tama mai Samoa ma talosaga mai i se tupe mo faalavelave a le aiga, sa ia mafaufau ai loa i se auala e mafai ai ona ia aveese mai tupe mai totonu o le masini tali tupe. O le auala na ia faia e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, na te faaaogaina le tupe e $2,300 mai pone a tagata Saina, ona faamaumau lea i le lisiti mo isi manaoga a le ofisa, e aunoa ma lona faaaogaina o ala masani e faatino ai galuega. Na taua e le ua molia i le alii suesue e faapea, sa ia faia lenei gaioiga ma lona talitonuga e le mafai ona maua e le Ofisa Suetusi a le malo. O lenei mataupu na alia’e mai ina ua masalomia le faia e le ua molia o ni faamaumauga tau faasese i pone o tagata mai fafo. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, o le tamaitai ua molia sa kesia (cashier) i le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, o ia e taunuu atu i ai tupe o lo o totogi e tagata mo a latou pone, o lana galuega o le faamaumau o igoa o tagata ma le aofai o le tupe o le pone o lo o totogi i tusi lisiti e tolu kopi i le lisiti e tasi. I tuuaiga a le malo o lo o taua ai e faapea, a totogi atu le pone a se tagata, ona tago lea o lenei tamaitai ua sasae ese le kopi pito i luga o le lisiti ma tusi ai le aofa’i o le pone e $2,300, ae o kopi e lua o lo o totoe ai, sa ia tusi sese ai le aofa’i o le tupe, e na’o le $147, toe sese le igoa o le tagata e ana le pone, ona taga lea e lenei tamaitai o leisi vaega o le tupe. O kopi e lua o lo o pito i lalo e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, o le kopi a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga ma le Ofisa a le Su’etusi. O lo o taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga se lisiti sa tuuina atu e le Suetusi tuai a le malo sa i ai, o lo o tusia ai i luga o le kopi muamua le igoa o le kamupani o le W.P.I Inc, o lo o latou sponsor se tagata mai Saina e igoa ia Che Pijiang, faatasi ai ma le tupe o le pone e $3,200, peitai i kopi e lua o le lisiti sa tusia ai e le ua molia le igoa o Palauli Alopopo, o le sponsor, ae o Venise Semu mai Samoa, ma le tupe o le pone e $147. O ia gaioiga uma sa faia i le aso 6 Me, 2010 e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga. O le isi lisiti o pone o lo o taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga na sese ona faamau e le ua molia, o le pone e $2,300 o lo o tusia ai le igoa o le kamupani o le J & P Corporation, lea sa sponsor se alii mai Saina. O ia faamaumauga sa tusia i le lisiti lanu pa’epa’e pito i luga, ae o lisiti e lua o lo o sosoo ane ai, sa tusia ai e le ua molia le igoa o Jay Vaoalii, o le sponsor lea a Fiatamalii Leafa mai Samoa, ma le aofa’i o le tupe o le pone e $147 o lo o tusia ai. Na fesiligia e le alii leoleo na gafa ma le suesueina o lenei mataupu, ia se alii faipisinisi mai Asia o lo o aafia i lenei mataupu, ma ia taua ai e faapea, e $2,300 le tupe sa ia totogia mo le pone a se alii mai Saina na ia aumaia e fesoasoani i lana pisinisi. O le kopi o le siaki o le $2,300 na tuuina atu e le alii faipisinisi i le alii suesue e faamaonia ai lana molimau e faatatau i lenei mataupu. I se ripoti na tuuina atu e le Suetusi a le malo i le Ofisa o le Loia Sili, sa taua ai lisiti e 17 o lo o masalomia sa faia i ai le ua molia ni faamaumauga sese. O ia lisiti o lo o i ai le saini a le ua molia, atoa ai ma le aso 14 Aperila 2010 e oo atu i le aso 12 Oketopa 2012, i le aofaiga o le tupe o lo o taua ai e $39,100. Ina ua fesiligia e le alii suesue le ua molia i le taimi muamua, sa ia ioeina lona faia o fesuiaiga i lisiti atoa ai ma lona faaaogaina o le $2,300. Ina ua fesiligia faalua i le isi foi lisiti sa ia faia i ai lenei gaioiga, na ioe le ua molia o lana saini o lo o i ai, atoa ai ma lona faaaogaina o le $2,300 sa totogi atu mo le pone, ae ina ua toe fesiligia i le isi lisiti, sa tagi ai loa le ua molia ma faatoese i le alii suesue e tusa ai o le gaioiga sa ia faia, atoa ai ma lona ioeina o lona faaaogaina o le $2,300 sa totogi atu mo le pone. E $50,000 le tupe lea ua poloaina e le faamasinoga e totogi ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala o ia i tua. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Pasia Senate pili e faasa ai ona soona lafoa’i ni vaa i le sami
Ua pasia e le senate i le taeao ananafi sa latou tulafono taufaaofi e faasa ai ona toe soona lafoa’i e se isi ni va’a ua le toe aoga i luga o le sami, i le palota e 17-0. I le tino o le tulafono o lo o taua ai e faapea, e le mafai ona toe lafoai e se tagata se vaa ua leaga pe avea foi ma otaota i luga o le sami, po o tafatafa o le uafu, e aunoa ma le faia o se maliliega ma ni isi latou te vaaia lea vaa, ina ia mafai ai ona toso ese le vaa i se nofoaga e malupuipuia ai. Afai e silia ma le 30 aso o maitauina pea se vaa ua lafoai i luga o ogasami o le atunuu, e mafai ona faia e le malo se faaiuga e avea ai lea vaa ma ana meatotino, po o se matagaluega foi a le malo o lo o i ai le malosi i lenei mataupu. E mafai ona molia se tasi i lenei tulafono ma ono sala ai i se salatupe e le sili atu ma le $500. Na faaalia e molimau a le malo lo latou lagolagoina o lenei tulafono. O nei molimau na aofia ai le loia sili ia Afoa Suesue M. Lutu; faatonusili o Uafu ia Dr. Claire Poumele Tuia; faatonusili o le matagaluega e puipuia le sami ma le vaomatua ia Ruth Matagi, faapea ai ma le sui o le U.S Coast Guard i le atunuu. O le tulafono taufaaofi lenei sa tusia mai i luga o le Ofisa o le loia sili ma na faamanino e le alii senatoa ia Faumuina Tagisiaalii e faapea, e i ai vaa sa tia’i e tagata i luga o le sami, ma ua avea nei vaa ma faafitauli i le saogalemu o le gataifale o le atunuu, ina ua gogoto vaa nei i le taimi o afa malolosi na aafia ai le atunuu i le 1990/1991. I le silia ma le 35 tausaga o galue Faumuina i le ofisa o Uafu ma Taulaga, sa ia taua ai i luma o le komiti e faapea, sa masani ona tapa e le Ofisa o Uafu se tusi faamaonia o soo se vaa e ulufale mai i le teritori ina ia mautinoa, o lo o lelei atoa le vaa ma faigofie ai ona iloa faamatalaga uma e faatatau i le tagata e ana le vaa.a “O le faafitauli lea ua maitauina i le taimi nei, e te’i lava ua mou ese atu le tagata na sau
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ma le vaa ae ua taatiatia ai na o le vaa i luga o ogasami o le atunuu, ma ua avea ma itu ua soli ai ma le tulafono,” o le saunoaga lea a Faumuina. Na taua e Poumele e faapea, o le taua o le tulafono lenei, e taofia ai le toe o mai o tagata mai fafo ma lafoa’i mai a latou vaa i le teritori ae toe o ese e aunoa ma se iloa e le malo. Soo se vaa e ulufale mai i le teritori e pei ona saunoa Poumele ae faamoemoe e fia la’u ese sana uta, o le taimi lena e gaioi ai lona ofisa e siaki le vaa ia mautinoa ua totogi le tupe mo le faaaogaina o le uafu, ae o le tusi faamaonia mo le lesitalaina o le vaa, o le matafaioi lena a le vaega o le “Marine Patrol” i le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele. E le’i auai se sui o le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele i le iloiloga, ae ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News le Taitai o le Marine Patrol ia Lutena Tulele Laolagi e faatatau i lenei mataupu, sa ia taua ai e faapea, o le matafaioi a le latou vaega o le mautinoa ua lesitala uma vaa o lo o feoa’i i luga o ogasami o le atunuu. Saunoa le alii senatoa ia Saole Mila e faapea, e tatau ona fuafua e le malo le tupe e lesitala ai le vaa pe a ulufale mai i le atunuu, ina ia talafeagai le tupe e lesitala ai ma le tupe e maua i le vaa pe afai ae faatau atu e le malo. O le faafitauli o lo o tulai mai e pei ona saunoa Saole, afai ae sola ese le tagata e ana le vaa ae tia’i ai lana vaa i ogasami o le atunuu, pau le gaioiga a le malo e fai o le taumafai lea e faatau atu le vaa i se tagata faipisinisi ina ia maua mai ai se tupe a le malo, peitai e le tau faia e le malo lea tulaga pe afai ae lava ma totoe le tupe sa totogi mo le lesitalaina o le vaau, aua o lea ua kava i le tupe lea le tau o le vaa. Ae na taua e le alii senatoa ia Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono e faapea, o se tasi o popolega o lo o nofo ma ia, o le ulufale mai o nei vaa i le atunuu e aunoa ma le iloa e le malo. O se faataitaiga o
le saunoaga a Soliai, o se vaa tofu na manu a’e i Fagasa i le tausaga e 1942, lea na tete’i ai le afioaga i le manu a’e o lea vaa i le latou gataifale e aunoa ma le iloa, ma o se popolega na o lo o nofo ma ia, ina nei tutupu ni tulaga faapea ae le o silafia e le malo. Na faamanino e le loia sili ia Afoa e faapea, e i ai auala e mafai e le malo ona fai i le vaa pe afai ua tuulafoa’i i ogasami o le atunuu ina ia foia ai le faafitauli e pei ona atugalu i ai le tulafono. “Afai e su’e atu le lesitala o le vaa ua le toe i ai le tagata na sau ma le vaa i le atunuu, e mafai e le malo ona faatautu’i ese atu le vaa ae maua mai ai se tupe a le malo, a le o lena foi, e mafai ona talepe le tino o le vaa ae faaaoga e le malo vaega o lo o lelei,” o le saunoaga lea a Afoa. Ae na taua e le alii senatoa mai Fagatogo ia Faagata Mano Jr e faapea, o popolega i vaa ia o lo o gogoto i totonu o le taulaga, ina nei afaina ai le ola o i’a ma amu o le sami i ni suauu o lo o to’a ai i totonu, ae na saunoa Poumele e faapea, o vaa e lua o lo o gogoto i totonu o le taulaga, o le isi vaa ua uma ona faatau mai e le tamaloa e ana le vaa i le malo, ae o le isi vaa ua le iloa poo fea ua oo i ai le alii mai Kolea e ana le vaa. Ua sauni le maota maualuga mo le tuuina atu o le latou pili i le maota o sui mo le faia i ai o sa latou faaiuga.
This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Going to the beach?
West:
Amanave Beach, across Church
Central: East:
Pala Lagoon, adjacent playground, Nuuuli Fagatogo Stream Mouth by the market Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream Afono stream mouth, adjacent cricket field Aua beach across Pouesi Mart Aua stream mouth near bridge Aua beach across from A&M Video Store Lauli’i Tuai stream mouth Alega stream mouth Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS Alofau stream mouth, 1st bridge, Asasama Aoa stream mouth
Beach Advisory: March 27, 2013
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) 633-2304
PO Box PPB, Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Phone: (684) 699-3057 Fax No: (684) 699-3046
American Samoa Power Authority
NOTICE TO OFFERORS
REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ)
Construction and Fabrication of Flatbeds for Four (4) Trucks
ISSUANCE DATE: RFQN o.: PROJECT: CLOSING DATE: March 18, 2013 FY13.1113.AUTOSHOP Construction and Fabrication of Flatbeds for Four (4) Trucks April 5, 2013: 2:00 p.m. American Samoa Time
RFQ# FY13.1113.AUTOSHOP
The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) hereby issues this Request for Proposals (RFQ) for the CONSTRUCTION AND FABRICATION OF FLATBEDS FOR FOUR (4) TRUCKS. The complete description of requirements is listed in the Scope of Work. A complete bid package may be picked up from the ASPA Materials Management Office located in the ASPA Tafuna Compound. You may also view this RFQ online at the ASPA’s website www.aspower.com. For more information about this RFQ, please contact: Nancy Tinitali-Mauga Procurement Acting Manager Materials Management Office 684-699-0105 maugan@aspower.com or aspa.material.mgmt@aspower.com. Offerors must submit quotations in a sealed enclosure clearly marked with the date and time of the RFQ opening to Procurement Acting Manager. Proposals must be received in the Materials Management Office at the ASPA Tafuna Plant Compound no later than April 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Late submittals will not be opened or considered and will be designated as non-responsive and late. The American Samoa Power Authority reserves the right to: • Reject all Bids and reissue a new or amended RFQ. • Request additional information from any Bidder, • Select a bidder for award based on meeting terms, conditions and required specifications in the Scope of Sale. • Waive any non-material violations of rules set up in this RFQ at its sole discretion. Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director
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Avea le le lava tupe ma faafitauli tuai o galuega malo
FETU: A leai ni tupe la’u ane ni ma’a e tanu ai le auala
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Vaega: 26 Na ou toe liliu atu nei ma ou talotalo atu i nai tagata o lo’o tutu pea ma tilotilo mai i le ma talanoaga ma le tamaloa lea o lo’o va’aia i latou, ma na si’i mai i luga o latou lima ma fa’atofa mai ia te a’u. ina ua ou o’o i fafo mai le faitoto’a, ua ‘ese lava o’u fa’alogona, na ou fa’apea ifo i lo’u loto, e ‘ese le manaia o fa’alogona e alofagia e tagata, e ‘ese fo’i le manaia o le fa’alogona e aloa’ia e tagata, e ese fo’i le matagofie o fa’alogona e o’o mai, pe afai ta te fai leleia tagata. Na ma fetaui nei ma le isi tama’ita’i na tuli mai e lo’u tama e su’e a’u, ona ua tatau nei ona ou ulu i totonu o le ofisa o lo’u tama, e pei ona ia mo’omai a’u i lea aso. Na ma toe o nei ma le tama’ita’i lenei, ma sa fai lava si umi o alu le ma solo e aga’i atu i le potu o lo’o i le foga fale lima, lea o lo’o i ai le ofisa o lo’u tama. Na aunagi mai nei le tama’ita’i ma o i le auala fo’i lea e ta’avalevale ma e vave lava ona ma taunu’u ai, ae sa ou le mana’o i ai, sa ou manatu, se i o’u matamata atu i le tele o isi ofisa o lo’o i totonu o le fale tele lenei. Na ou iloa lelei atu lava le augata o le tama’ita’i lenei, ae sa ou finau pea ma te savavali, na liliu mai nei ma fa’apea mai ai te a’u, e mamao lava pe a ma savavali, ona o lo’o fa’atali mai lo’u tama ia te a’u. Na ou tilotilo atu nei i ai ma ou ‘ata, o le ala lea na toe ‘ata’ata ai ma tilotilo mai ia te a’u, na ou fa’apea ifo nei, a ou va’aia le ofisa lenei, o oe lava e muamua fafo ma le ma’afala. Na ou fesilisili nei i ai pe ua fa’aipoipo, ae sau lana tali ioe ua uma ona fa’aipoipo, ma e to’alua lana fanau. Na vave lava ona toe oso a’e manatu alofa i lea taimi, ona ua ou toe manatu nei, a tonu o lona naunau mai ina ia vave ona ma taunu’u i luga o le fogafale lima lea e i ai lo’u tama, ona o lona usita’i i lo’u tama ia vave ona ou o’o atu. Ua ou toe mafaufau loloto i le itu lea, na ou toe fesili nei, pe ua fia tausaga talu ona faigaluega i le kamupani a lo’u tama, na sau le tali a le tama’ita’i, ua sefulufa tausaga talu ona galue i totonu o le kamupani. O lona uiga, e fa o’u tausaga, ae amata loa ona faigaluega lenei tama’ita’i i totonu o le kamupani e fai lava o’u mafaufauga nei ma topetope lava la’u savali, ona ua ou alofa nei i si nei tama’ita’i, ina ne i i ai se isi tulaga e o’o i ai, ona o a’u. So’o se ofisa ma te pasi ai, o mata latou o tagata faigaluega ua na o le tilotilo mai ia te a’u. Na ou iloa fo’i tama o le ofisa, ua pei a’u o se purinisese i lea taimi, na o lo’u geno atu lava i ai ma ma savavali lava. Ua ma taunu’u nei i le itu o lo’o i ai le potu ma le ofisa a lo’u tama, o se va’aiga matagofie na ou va’ai nei i ai, tailo fo’i i potu o lo’o fai ai le Ofisa o le Peresitene o Amerika pe tutusa ma le potu o lo’o i ai le ofisa o lo’u tama. Ua u’u lo’u gutu i lea taimi, ma ou tu ua ou le savali, ae ua fa’asolosolo nei la’u va’ai, e lasi mea uma ma o se va’aiga fo’i ua ou mautinoa, sa le i maua ma se filemu, o se va’aiga fo’i sa ou mautinoa, sa afu liligi ma afu toto ai si o’u tama ina ia mautu. Na ona matala mai lava o le faitoto’a o lo’o i le isi itu, vala’au mai loa ma lo’u igoa, “Averia Rosa Elisapeta”. E faia pea…
Ao tau faamanino e le Inisinia a le Matagaluega o Galuega a le malo ia Faalava’i Taase i luma o le komiti o Galuega a le maota o sui ananafi, le mafuaaga e ala ai ona tuai le faatinoina o galuega a le malo i auala ma taligalu, ona o le leai o ni tupe lotoifale e fesoasoani ai i lenei manaoga, na faauialeva ai le afioga i le alii faipule ia Fetui Fetu Jr ma saunoa e faapea, afai e leai ni tupe a le matagaluega e faatino ai galue, faaaoga ma’a e tanu ai le auala. E tolu iugafono na faaulu i luma o le maota o sui na aofia i le iloiloga a le komiti i le taeao ananafi, i lalo o le taitaiga a le afioga i le taitai komiti ia Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava. O ia iugafono e aofia ai le talosaga mo se taligalu i Leloaloa ma Aua, o le iugafono mo se taligalu i Alao ma Vatia, faapea ai le iugafono e talosagaina ai ni paipa e fai ma puipui i le auala e agai atu i Alofau ma Amouli. Na taua e le tamaitai faatonusili o le matagaluega o Galuega a le malo ia Faleosina Voight i le komiti e faapea, o lo o faagasolo pea feutanaiga mo le faaaogaina o tupe e faatino ai le galuega, ma o ni isi o taligalu ua maea ona tuu faatasia ripoti ma ata mo le fausiaina, pau le itu o lo o faatali i ai o le faamaonia mai lea o ni isi manaoga tau i le feterale, ona amataina loa lea o le galuega. Na o taligalu o lo o agai i ai fuafuaga a le matagaluega i le taimi nei, lea foi ua i ai ripoti
Fa’asalalauga o le Suafa “MAILO”
E muamua ona faatulou atu i pa’ia o Tutuila ma Manu’a, i lau fa’afofoga’aga Samoa. Ae o le a fata ia i Mauga o Ao, ae ifo i Mauga o Liulaumea lau tapua’iga, i ou paia fa’aleatunu’u, ma ou paia fa’alemalo, ae maise ou paia fa’aletalalelei. Ae o le a sosopo le manuvale i le fogatia, ma ou taina le vaiafei, nai utumalama ma ou fa’atulou i ou paia Tutuila ma Manu’a, i le tapua’iga i le Faleagafulu, ia Sua ma Vaifanua, o Fofo ma Aitulagi, Ituau ma Alataua, Saole ma le Launiusaelua, ma afioga i Maopu, paia fo’i i le Motusa i le afifio o Fa’atui, le mamalu o To’oto’o o le Fale’ula ma upu i le Manu’atele. Tulou tulou tulouna lava. Ae o le a fagatonu ia le malama ma vili tonu le ifi a Maina i lau fa’afofoga’aga, ae matou te faamalulu atu i le paia o lenei aiga, i o matou gafa tupu ma gafa sili’ilagi, ae fa’apito ‘augafa se faamatalaga, i suli ma faletama uma o le suafa o “MAILO” i le afioaga i Fagatogo, paia lava lea i le Afio o le afioga i le Sa’ousoalii, afio le afioga i le Toeali’i, susu Tapunu’u, susu Aloali’i, maliu mai Ta’amuvaigafa ma le Taesaliali’i, ma le mamalu i le Launiusaelua. Matou te faamalulu atu, ona o le faasalalauga na fofoga i ai le mamalu o le aiga i se taimi ua sola, o le mea lea e toe taalo atu ai i le ava ma le fa’aaloalo, i le paia o gafa ma falealo e fia o le tatou aiga, e susu mai ma tala mai aao i le maota i Fanuatanu e faasino i le tatou aiga i Fagatogo, se’i saili se gafa o le fale, aua se tasi na te tausia lo tatou aiga, i le suafa o le MAILO. O le a faia se talanoaga a le tatou aiga, i Fanuatanu i Fagatogo lava, i le Aso To’ona’i, Aperila 13, 2013, i le itula e 9 i le taeao. Valaau atu ai i o tatou aiga uma i itu e fia o Samoa ma atunuu e mamao, e susu mai ma tala mai aao se’i o tatou ‘aleaga fa’atasi i lea aso ua atofa, ma o le a le avea lou le auai mai e fai ma ala o le a taofia ai se tofa sa’ili ma le moe o le a tasi i ai lo tatou aiga i lea aso fa’amoemoeina. Talosia ia i le alofa o le Atua, tatou te feiloa’i ai i lea aso taua. Faia i le ava ma le fa’aaloalo e tatau ai, Sainia, AIGA TELE SOIFUA!
o loo galulue i ai le matagaluega, ae o puipui mo autafa o auala o lo o talosagaina, o lo o i ai le manatu e fia faia se suesuega mo le tuu faatasia o ni faamaumauga i manaoga nei, aei sei vagana ua i ai se ripoti mai le ofisa o leoleo mo ni faalavelave na tutupu, ona faatoa mafai lea ona faanatinati i ai se gaioiga a le matagaluega. E lei nofo lelei i le finagalo o le sui fofoga fetalai ia Iaulualo Faafetai Talia le saunoaga lea a le tamaitai faatonusili, ona o lona talitonuga, e le tatau ona faatali sei faatoa tupu mai se faalavelave ona faatoa gaioi lea o le matagaluega. Saunoa Talia, e le tatau ona faatali le matagaluega sei tulai mai se faalavelave, ae tatau ona faataoto a latou fuafuaga ma faagaioi galuega. “Sa tuu atu foi i se taimi ua te’a mo ni puipui o auala i Faleasao ma Ta’u, e oo mai lava i le taimi nei e lei faia lava se mea e tasi, a’o lenei ua tele iloiloga ua tatou feioai a’i, tasi lava le tali a le matagaluega, o lo o faagasolo fuafuaga mo galuega, o afea e faatino ai a outou fuafuaga o lo o faataoto,?” o le saunoaga lea a Talia. Na lagolago e le alii faipule ia Fatulegaee Palepoi Mauga le finagalo o le sui fofoga fetalai i le manaomia o ni taligalu ma ni puipui o auala mo le saogalemu o auala. Saunoa Mauga e faapea, o le auala i Alao e le o toe umi se taimi ae motu le auala ona o lo o aia i le sami, e faapena foi i le auala o Vatia, e tatau foi ona fausia ai ni puipui ona e maualuga le auala. Fai mai Mauga, sa i ai se taavale na pau i tausaga ua mavae i le auala i Vatia ma Afono, e mafua mai ona o le maualuga o le auala, ma
maimau ai ni isi o soifua. Na faaiu le talosaga a le alii faipule i lona talosagaina lea o se gaioiga vave mo le fausia o se taligalu ma ni puipui mo auala i lona itumalo, atoa ai ma le fausia o ni fale faatali pasi se tolu i Alao, e fesoasoani ai i fanau aoga i le taimi e timuga ai ao faatali pasi e o ai i le aoga. O le toatele lava o faipule na maua avanoa e tulei saunoa ai, sa latou lagolagoina o le manatu ua tatau ona faanatinati galuega mo le saogalemu o le atunuu, ma faaiu ai loa le iloiloga ina ua faaluaina le mau e faaagafua molimau. A’o le’i tulai ese molimau, na toe saunoa le susuga ia Taase e faapea, mai le tele o tausaga talu ona galue i le Ofisa o Galuega a le malo, o le faafituali numera tasi lea o lo o feagai ma le matagaluega, o le leai o ni vaega tupe lotoifale e faatino ai galuega e pei ona talosagaina e sui o itumalo. E le’i uma lelei le saunoaga a Taase ae faauilavea le faipule mai Manu’a ia Fetui Jr ma saunoa e faapea, “Matua vaivai lau alofaga o lo o faailoa mai i le komiti alii,” o le saunoaga lea a Fetui Jr ia Taase. “Afai e leai ni tupe e fau ai galuega, la’u ane ni ma’a e tanu ai le auala pe afai o le faafitauli lena o lo o tula’i mai,” o le saunoaga lea a Fetui Jr na mafua ai ona faauilavea le alii faipule mai Fofo ia Puletuimalo D. Koko ma talosaga i le taitai komiti, ina ia faamuta le iloiloga. Ua pasia nei e le maota o sui iugafono e tolu sa talanoaina, mo le fausiaina o ni taligalu ma pa e puipui ai auala i afioaga e pei ona taua. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Fai mai la Kim, e tatau lava i le faamasinoga a Amerika Samoa ona le faaaogaina le ripoti a le DNA e pei ona sauni le malo e tuuina mai, ona o le tulaga e pei ona ia taua, atoa ai ma le ono avea lea o le ripoti ma itu e le malamalama ai le vaega iloilo iuga. I le faaiuga a le faamasinoga, na siitia mai ai e alii faamasino ni isi o mataupu sa iloilo e le faamasinoga i tausaga ua tuana’i, lea e fesoota’i ma le mataupu e pei ona finauina e Kim. Fai mai le faamasinoga, sa mafai e le faamasinoga ona talia ripoti e faatatau i suega o le DNA e avea ma mea molimau i ni isi o mataupu ua tuana’i atu, ma e talitonu le faamasinoga, e leai se auala e alaga tatau ai ona le faia e le faamasinoga lena faaiuga i le taimi nei. E talitonu foi le faamasinoga e faapea, e leai se avanoa o le a le mafai ai e le au iloilo iuga ona le malamalama i molimau e faatatau i suega o le DNA, ma e le taliaina foi e le faamasinoga le faafinauga a Kim fai mai e le malamalama le au iloilo iuga pe afai ae talia suega o le DNA e avea ma molimau i lana mataupu. O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond ma Mamea Sala Jr na iloiloina lenei faaiuga. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Stumbles of SKorean leader distract month into job
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s honeymoon was over before it even began. Only a month on the job, Park has stumbled repeatedly in the face of bitter opposition to policy proposals and her choices for top government posts. Half a dozen Cabinet appointees have quit under clouds. The latest is Han Mansoo, who withdrew his nomination for antitrust chief Monday amid allegations he stashed millions of dollars overseas to avoid taxes. Other claims that have brought down Park appointees include real estate speculation, a sex-for-influence scandal, bribery and links to an arms broker. “A couple of flops would’ve been acceptable, but having a total of six failures in the first few months means that the problem lies with her style,” said Lee Cheol-hee, head of the Dumon Political Strategy Institute think tank. “She seems to think she can just hand down a list of people she prefers, without thinking hard about whether those people’s credentials and ethical records fit the jobs they will be handling.” Critics also complain that she’s still short on specifics about how to deal with pressing issues including an increasingly belligerent North Korea and serious domestic anxiety about fewer stable jobs, heavy household debt and a wide income gap. Compounding her trouble was a long deadlock that ended just last week over her ambitious proposal to overhaul government structure. “Because the launch of the new government has been delayed by one month, we should work harder to fulfill our vision,” Park said Monday. Presidential spokeswoman Lee Mi-yeon defended Park’s candidates as fresh and different choices, highlighting nominee Jeong H. Kim, a Korean American who was the former head of Bell Labs in the United States, for head of a new science and technology ministry. Kim resigned earlier this month, citing political wrangling over the responsibilities of the science and technology ministry. Opponents questioned Kim’s links to the Central Intelligence Agency as an external advisory board member for four years until 2011. “The president has chosen people based on their expertise and competence, and she has acquainted herself with them through various activities,” Park’s spokeswoman said. Lee said the failed appointments have to do with each nominee’s credentials rather than with Park’s style. Lee also said many key appointments have now been made and the government believes it has turned a corner. The troubles of the country’s first female president have a lot to do with the fiercely divided political and social landscape in this still relatively young and rambunctious democracy. She also carries the heavy historical baggage of being the daughter of a dictator whose legacy still divides South Koreans. The 61-year-old president, who was elected in December and inaugurated Feb. 25, has long faced claims of being aloof and an “imperial” decision-maker. The genesis of this criticism comes from her upbringing. She is the eldest child of late President Park Chung-hee, who led South Korea for 18 years in the 1960s and ‘70s and is both denounced for human rights abuses and praised as a strong leader. She grew up in the Blue House and served as her father’s first lady for the last five years of his rule, after her mother was killed in 1974 by an assassin who said he was sent by North Korea. “When her father ruled, no one questioned the president’s picks,” Lee, the analyst, said. “But things have changed since. ... It’s like Park is driving a car with a navigator system that has only decades-old maps.” Even Park’s own ruling Saenuri Party has been critical. A spokesman called for a better system of screening appointees, and said whoever vetted the failed candidates should be held responsible. Park spent much of her first month in office negotiating with opposition lawmakers over an ambitious government reorganization plan that aims to focus on science and economic growth. An agreement was reached only last week, more than 50 days after Park’s party floated the proposal. Her economic team met for the first time since her inauguration only on Monday, and critics said there was little other than promises of major policy goals and specific plans in coming days and weeks. Her economic policies include buzzwords like “economic democratization” and “creative economy.” “These are slogans more rhetorical than real, and few seem to know exactly what they mean, let alone how to realize them,” the Korea Times said in an editorial Wednesday. Park has made some progress, including an announcement this week of the start of a $1.35 billion fund to provide debt relief for more than half a million people unable to repay loans. The fund, however, is less than one-tenth the size of the one she promised during her campaign. Despite North Korean threats that have followed new U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test, Park has pressed forward with a vow to create trust and renew dialogue after five years of tension and animosity under her hardline predecessor. She approved a shipment of anti-tuberculosis medicine to North Korea last week. Things, however, may get worse if political gridlock and bickering continues. Park faces an opposition with a strengthened veto power, and the possibility of organized resistance to her foreign policy initiatives by prominent liberal groups, Park Ihn-hwi, a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, wrote on the Council on Foreign Relations’ website. Some also see growing cynicism with Park among young South Koreans, many of whom voted for her liberal opponent. “If a political issue emerges to turn apathy into opposition, there is a real possibility that street demonstrations similar to those that occurred in the early days of the Lee Myung-bak administration could further hamper Park’s ability to get things done,” Scott Snyder, an analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations, said in a blog posting Wednesday. Lee, Park’s conservative predecessor, saw tens of thousands take to the streets in 2008 to protest what opponents called a hasty government decision to allow U.S. beef imports to resume.
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interpret what it means.” Assistants Valentine Vaeoso and Rocco Tinitali both previously completed QUEST in 2012 and later completed undergraduate research projects in Hawaii through the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program. Valentine assisted this year as a guest lecturer on coral diseases and anomalies, while Rocco was on site to assist participants with following safety procedures while in the water. Other QUEST graduates from previous years have used their QUEST experience as a launch pad to other opportunities such as SCUBA diving training, paid internships, and research and monitoring in Faga’alu Bay with the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division. The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa has shown great interest in QUEST graduates through paid internships and scholarships for further undergraduate studies in Marine Science. The QUEST program has enabled students to expand their professional networks and improve their chances of securing employment on island in areas involving Marine Science. Ephraim Temple and Kelley Anderson Tagarino, organizers of the QUEST course, acknowledged their partners who made this year’s QUEST possible. They expressed their gratitude to Jeff Kuwabara of the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program, Tim Clark of the National Park of American Samoa, Wendy Cover of the National Marine Sanctuary of American
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Samoa, Afa Uikirifi and Alice Lawrence of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, and Trevor Kaitu’u and Whitney Peterson of the Coral Reef Advisory Group housed in the Department of Commerce. Additional sponsors of QUEST contributed valuable services, and Temple and Tagarino thank Friendly Car Rental, the Pago Pago International Airport Manager and Airport Security, and the Department of Parks and Recreation for their generous support. The next QUEST course is expected to be held during spring break of 2014. Anyone interested in participating in this course should contact Ephraim Temple at 731-8169, ephraim@hawaii.edu. They may also contact Kelley Anderson Tagarino at k.anderson@ amsamoa.edu.
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and Budget Office; adding that once the payment request is cleared through payroll, then the payment goes through. He said there are concerns with the use of local funds for payouts but there are former directors, whose departments are fully paid by grants, including their pay. So, these directors, such as Department of Homeland Security, Territorial Energy Office and American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, had their payouts funded by federal grants. Magalei, again, told the committee he can testify on this issue given the chance. (Other departments fully funded by federal grants are Department of Human and Social Services, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled and Territorial Administration on Aging.) Galeai responded saying the committee had planned to call Magalei as a witness, after hearing testimonies from others during the probe. He also said the committee has requested additional supporting documents from the current Treasurer to see if the payouts on comp-time, annual leave and sick leave are all in accordance with the law. Prior to Magalei’s statement, there was a call at the start of the hearing from Sen. Leatualevao S. Asifoa, asking if Magalei and Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono could be excused from attending the payout hearing since they are former cabinet members of the previous administration and their names are on the “payout” report. Leatualevao said that maybe the two senators could be excused and allow the committee to continue its payout review. GaleaI responded that he has no authority to move for a fellow senator not to attend a hearing, adding that the committee hearing is not a court of law. Galeai said the committee’s goal is to get a clear picture of the procedures involved with payouts and he did not believe there were any problems having Magalei and Soliai remain in the hearing. Soliai quickly added he and Magalei will remain throughout the hearing. Later in the hearing, Magalei left the Senate chamber because it was after 11:15a.m. and reportedly was trying to make it to another meeting. Sen. Tuiasina Siolosega Esera said that he wished that he had a chance earlier to speak prior to Magalei’s departure. He said Magalei claiming that no laws were violated with the payout, giving the impression that the payout report before the Senate is wrong and incorrect. Tuiasina says he has serious concerns with the amount of hours claimed for annual and sick leave and the lingering question to him is whether an outgoing governor and lieutenant governor are entitled to get payouts for unused annual and sick leave. Responding to committee questions, Pili confirmed that former directors whose departments are funded by grants had their payouts funded by grants and the rest of the
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offices are closed. Employees required to work will receive holiday wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. With the three-day weekend, police plan to increase road patrols to keep the territory’s highways safe and Department of Public Safety urges the community to keep peace and harmony at this time, when Christians mark the death and resurrection of Jesus. Several local businesses are closed to not only observe Good Friday but to allow their workforce to attend morning church services. ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank will be closed tomorrow. However, Bank of Hawai’i along with all federal offices including the U.S. Post Office in Fagatogo will be open for business as usual. In observance of Good Friday, Samoa News will not publish tomorrow; however, the Saturday weekend edition — Toasavili — will publish as usual. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
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payouts were from local funds. He also says that the computer system keeps track of all payrolls for the workforce including directors and the system is being revamped to comply with federal labor laws. Sen. Mauga T. Asuega told Pili that what needs to be done now by the new administration is find solutions to fix this problem, adding that no one should look back but look forward to make sure that this type of problem does not occur again. He called on Pili and the new administration to identify the mistakes and problems and take corrective actions immediately. Prior to the hearing coming to a conclusion, Galeai asked Pili for additional information — for clarification purposes — on the total payouts so far, how much money was budgeted, and to verify the accuracy of the numbers pertaining to annual leave, sick leave and comp-time. A handful of senators pointed out that past administrations have done the same thing — making payouts for out-going cabinet members — and what occurred with the Togiola administration is nothing new. However, the senators also said that there needs to be a thorough review of the law to ensure that everyone who was paid was entitled to the amount of money received and that the money was budgeted. There are some senators who claim that the laws were violated with the payouts to former directors, as well as to the previous governor and lieutenant governor.
AMERIKA SAMOA BANK, Plaintiff vs DOROTHY ALI’ILUA, PANINI ALI’ILUA and SOLOGA VAIAGA’E, Jointly and Severally, Defendants DOROTHY ALI’ILUA and PANINI ALI’ILUA, Cross-Plaintiffs, vs SOLOGAV AIAGA’E, Cross-Defendant ORDER RE COMPLIANCE WITH DISCOVERY ORDERS AND FOR ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS This matter came on regularly for hearing in the High Court of American Samoa on February 25, 2013 on Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel the Ali’ilua Defendants to Comply with Discovery Orders and for New Sanctions, before the Honorable Lyle L. Richmond, Associate Jusice, presiding. Plaintiff appeared through its attorney of record, Rose Joneson Vargas, by David P. Vargas, and Defendants Dorothy Ali’ilua and Panini Ali’ilua appeared through their attorney of record, Mark Ude. Upon consideration of the allocution of counsel for Plaintiff, the excuses for the non-performance proffered by Counsel Ude and just cause appearing therefor, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Ali’ilua Defendants shall provide and serve upon Plaintiff full and complete responses to Plaintiff’s written discovery and pay the sanctions previously ordered by the court in the sum of $1,000 and both shall be completed on or before the close of business on March 19, 2013. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded an additional $500 for its reasonable attorney’s fees in bringing the present motion to obtain Defendants’ compliance with the court’s prior discovery and sanction orders. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if the Ali’ilua Defendants fail to comply with this order on on or before the close of business on April 1, 2013, their answer to Plaintiff’s complaints shall be stricken, without the need for a further order of thec ourt. DOROTHY ALIILUA & PANINI ALIILUA should contact their attorney Mark Ude at 258-3672 as he has filed a motion to withdraw that will be heard on 1 April 2013. DATED: Mar. 19, 2013
Published 03/28
In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION
PR No.: 006-2013 In the Matter of the Estate of
JAMES SUTHERLAND
Petitioner,
By: ELVIS PAU’U ZODIACAL
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for Letters Testamentary has been filed in the Hight Court of American Samoa, Trial Division, Territory of American Samoa, by ELVIS PAU’U ZODIACAL, for the Estate of James Sutherland, deceased, who died on December 8, 2012, in the Territory of American Samoa. A hearing on the Petition will be held on April 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, before the Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa, at the Courthouse in Fagatogo, American Samoa. All interested parties may appear before the Court on said date to respond to this Petition. Dated: February 28, 2013
Clerk of Courts
Published 03/21, 3/28, 4/04
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faaoga loa o le seleni mo le fausia o faleaoga a nisi afioaga, po o le agai loa o le malo e saili se fanua i totonu lava o le itumalo e le o lavelavea i ni mataupu tau faamasinoga, e faatuina ai le faleaoga. O le masina o Iuni o le tausaga nei, e maea ai le taimi faatulagaina e tatau ona faaaogaina ai le tupe mo le poloketi lea o lo o i ai lea faleaoga. FAAGASOLO i LE VAIASO FOU POLOKALAMA MO LE TETEE ATU i LE MUMU TUTUPA O le Aso Lua o le vaiaso fou i le maea ai o le faamanatuina o le Eseta, o le a amata faagasolo ai se suesuega a le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, e saili ai le tulaga o i ai le ono aafia o le mamalu o le atunuu i le gasegase o le Mumu Tutupa. O le a malaga taamilo alii ma tamaitai fomai, i aoga tulaga lua uma i le atunuu, e amata atu i le Vaimauga ma faasolo atu ai i Anoamaa seia so o uma Upolu, ona agai atu lea i Savaii i le maea ai o le tuuaga a le fanau i nai vaiaso o muamua. O le asiasiga ma le iloiloga o le a faia, e siaki ai na o tamaiti i le vasega muamua ma le lua, i le taimi o aoga. O le vaiaso ua tuanai sa feiloai ai sui o le matagaluega ma pule aoga uma e faamanino le faatinoga o lea faamoemoe, ma tusi ua maea saunia e tufa mo le silafia e matua. O nai tausaga ua tuanai na faia ai le inumaga o fualaau e puipuia ai le atunuu mai i le siama o le mumu, o lo o feaveai e namu, ma i le maea ai o le iloiloga o le a faia nei, ona mautu ai lea o se faaiuga, pe ono toe faia se faainumaga o fualaau o le mumu mo le atunuu atoa, pe na o ni nai vaega, e fua i le taunuuga o le suesuega. TASI LE MANUMALO TASI LE MALOLO A LE SAMOA ‘A’ i NIU SILA O le Aso Tofi nei le taaloga lona tolu o le taaloga faaiu foi lea a le au lakapi o le Samoa ‘A’ i totonu o Niu Sila, i le maea ai o le latou taaloga lona lua i le faaiuga o le vaiaso i le taamilosaga o le PRC poo le Ipu a le Pasefika ma le au lona lua a le Crusaders. E le i manuia le taumafaiga a le Samoa ‘A’ ina ua malolo i ai e 27, i le 30 a le Crusaders Knights. O le latou uluai taaloga i Niu Sila na manumalo ai i le au lona lua a le Blues a Aukilani, ma ua tasi le manumalo tasi le malolo, a o talia ai le taaloga ma le au lona lua a le Chiefs i le Aso Tofi. E pei ona silafia, o le tatou malaga taamilo mo le PRC lava i totonu o Ausetalia, e 1 le manumalo lua malolo, ma e taga tasi lava foi ma au a Toga ma Fiti lea  o loo malaga faatasi ma tatou. O le au lona lua a le Crusaders lea na taaalo ma le Samoa ‘A’ i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na faia i Kalaiesetete i le aoauli o le aso Toonai. E toalima tama o le squad e fili mai ai le au tele a le Crusaders i le Supa 15 na taaalo i le aso Toonai, ma e toatolu alo o Samoa na taaalo mai ai i le Crusaders Knights, e i ai le alii o Jordan Taufua, o Seb Siataga ma Rameka Paraki. i le maea ai o le tatou taaloga i le Aso Tofi, ona taliu mai lea o le au i le Aso Toonai i le faaiuga o le vaiaso.
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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Bruce Willis The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
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Vigilantes seize town, arrest police
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week. Members of the area’s self-described “community police” say more than 1,500 members of the force were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado, which sits on the highway connecting Mexico City to Acapulco. They arrested 12 police and the former director of public security in the town after a leader of the state’s vigilante movement was slain on Monday. A tourist heading to the beach with relatives was slightly wounded Tuesday after they refused to stop at a roadblock and vigilantes fired shots at their car, officials said. The vigilantes accuse the ex-security director of participating in the killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal, 28, on behalf of local organized crime groups and dumping his body in a nearby town on Monday. They reported seizing several high-powered rifles from his car, and vigilantes were seen toting a number of sophisticated assault rifles on Wednesday, although it was not clear if all had been taken from the ex-security director’s car. “We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in view of municipal authorities. We have detained the director of public security because he is involved with criminals and he knows who killed our commander,” said Bruno Placido Valerio, a spokesman for the vigilante group. Placido said vigilantes had searched a number of homes in the town and seized drugs from some. They turned over the ex-security director and police officers to state prosecutors, who agreed to investigate their alleged ties to organized crime. The growing movement of “self-defense” vigilante groups has seen masked townspeople throw up checkpoints in several parts of southern and western Mexico, stopping passing motorists to search for weapons or people whose names are on hand-written lists of “suspects” wanted for crimes like theft and extortion. The groups say they are fighting violence, kidnappings and extortions carried out by drug cartels, but concerns have surfaced that the vigilantes may be violating the law, the human rights of people they detain, or even cooperating with criminals in some cases.
THE CROODS – Rated PG-13
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci The world’s first family embarks on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
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➧ HR Director demands return of Culinary Academy’s equipment…
The lease noted that Sualua is responsible to repair and replace the equipment if lost or damaged. SURRENDER OF EQUIPMENT The lease states that if the lease is terminated, Sualua must return the equipment to the government in good condition and working order, ordinary wear and tear resulting from proper good use thereof alone excepted, by delivering the equipment to a place ASG specifies, and he will do so at his own expense. OWNERSHIP OF EQUIPMENT The lease states that the equipment shall at all times during the term of the lease remain the government’s property. Samoa News inquired as to what the government intends on doing with the equipment once it’s returned. HR Director noted that after a full inspection and accountability of all the equipment it will be turned over to the Department of Education to be used in the schools. In the meantime, Samoa News has received emails from employees of the American Samoa Culinary Academy (ASCA) indicating that Chef Sualua is no longer a manager of the ASCA. Chef Sualua contacted Samoa News via phone, from the US mainland, and said he’s concerned that if he replies to queries sent by Samoa News, it would somehow not make it to the intended email. He noted that ASCA former employees are right, the NHHC/CIC “took over the restaurant when they needed to show that they had to find jobs to fulfill the contract with the NEG (National Emergency Grant).” He told Samoa News that he was on the NHHC payroll along with ASCA employees. The Chef noted that the laptop that was provided to him by the NHHC has been tampered with, where emails and documents stored on that laptop were erased. Samoa News asked Chef Sualua to give an exact date as to when NHHC took over, and if he signed any paperwork indicating that he handed over his company to NHHC. “I can’t give an exact time/date because I spent my time in the kitchen and there were people who were doing the administrative work in that office but it was like right around the time when after my program was finished, that’s when they (NHHC) were approaching me to have them manage the place and take over the place. He said no document was signed and “it was like this is what how it’s going to go… you are all part of the incorporation, you will be the CEO, it was basically that they just took over everything, they had the money to help the school, they were paying for things and getting stuff done, they were helping us,” he said. Sualua, who left the territory to be with his daughter, who was undergoing medical treatment, said initially NHHC had paid for his daughter’s medical insurance and he was surprised when the insurance was cut off. He told Samoa News before NHHC came on board ASCA company was always paying his employees and when NHHC took over this happened — where the employees were not getting paid. Samoa News asked Chef Sualua if he was aware that both his restaurants were closed down. He responded that it was upsetting when he found out about this. “I was so pissed off, I was not aware of that, I told them you could have at least called me and told me… on top of that, moving the equipment out of there without letting me know and the NEG know that they were going to move the equipment,” he said. The Chef informed Samoa News that he’s heading back to the territory to clear his name and assist ASCA employees any way he can. A former employee under the Native Hawaiian Holding Company/ ASCA, Karalina Prendergast, who has since resigned, said in an email to Samoa News that NHHC has taken control of a lot of businesses (including Sualua’s American Samoa Culinary Academy) — supposedly to help build jobs and business revenue. “As employees, we were told one thing and then something completely different happened,” she wrote. “January 9, 2013, many employees were let go with no final payment, letter or reasoning, two more cuts were made between January and March and the same issue was mentioned. When asked about pay, employees are put off and told check in later, there’s no wire or funding at this time, there are also multiple vendors who have yet to be paid for services,” she said. “NHHC has hired many people and kept them through a certain amount of months (3-6) so that they can be “exited” however those positions are not permanent. The promise of secure CAREERS is to be believed as lies because now a year later, a majority of employees are back to square one in the job search. “I hope you guys get the truth out of these companies because it’s the people of American Samoa who are yet again on the job search and also have yet to be paid. Many are backed up 3 pay periods and on the day of pay, there’s always
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something new in regards to why there aren’t pay checks or only getting half... Please look further into these companies, because the mother company is CIC who is supposedly bringing down the credit union and opening up more job opportunities, she noted. “Taxpayers should know where the funding was spent on the grant, and DHR is right to hold the money until reports are given. As far as Agriculture there are many employees too who have been put on ‘break’ until things are sorted, we just want the truth please and to be paid for the hours worked.” Samoa News was able to obtain an email correspondence between Paula Stevenson-McDonald, the NHHC local manager and an employee of the NHHC, dated Mar. 6, 2013 that Sualua’s Restaurant in Fagatogo was closed by the employees due to no supplies. The email in full text reads: “Sorry to call you [Paula McDonald] when you’re busy, just found out this morning that the Chefs made their decision yesterday to close the restaurant today because they have nothing (no supplies) to make anything. No one called me yesterday or this morning. Now they are saying there is a catering today and need at least $300 for shopping and $500 for Origin Energy to get more gas. The equipment leased to Sualua is now in storage in a vacant room adjacent to DDW Restaurant, owned by Mrs. McDonald’s sister, Leilua Stevenson. Two reliable sources confirmed to Samoa News the equipment was being stored at DDW. Several questions sent to Paula and her husband Michael McDonald have not been answered as of press time.
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