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The Fagaitua Viking Team — Varsity and JV divisions. The Vikings hold last year’s ASHSAA Football Champion title, and will be coming out strong this year to defend it. They are the only high school in the territory that have kept their head coach from last year — they are still under the leadership of Sua’ese Pooch Ta’ase.  See Sports section for today’s coverage of the Vikings in Samoa News’ pre-season huddle coverage of the 2012- 13 ASHSAA football season brought to you by [photo: TG] Coca-Cola and Powerade, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. ‘Oloa O Leala’, Your Family of Fine Beverages.
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
A local resident Slow ASCC registration process arrested by FBI at frustrates parents and students Honolulu Airport
StudENtS CAMP OvERNIGht At ASCC tO REGIStER
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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An American Samoa resident was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Honolulu International Airport by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly committing a federal crime on board an aircraft. Honolulu based FBI spokesperson Tom Simon said 22-year old Luavalu Seuva’ai was a passenger on board a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Manila, Philippines and the defendant is charged with “abusive sexual contact aboard an aircraft”. Because of federal court scheduling issues, Seuva’ai is currently held at the Federal Detention Center - just outside of the Honolulu airport — until his arraignment Monday, but the time is not firmed up yet, Simon said via e-mail from Honolulu late yesterday morning. The “affidavit in support of the arrest along with the criminal complaint/arrest warrant” cannot be filed with the federal court clerk until Monday due to these same scheduling issues, said Simon, adding that details surrounding the allegations against the defendant are contained in the affidavit which is not yet part of the public record and therefore cannot comment. Further information was unavailable at this time on this case and electronic federal court records have yet to publicly release any details on the charges. Monday’s federal court calendar does not show Seuva’ai name. Responding to Samoa News requests for comments on this case, Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner said airline crew reports indicate that an adult female passenger complained to a flight attendant about an adult male passenger touching her inappropriately. “Our flight attendants moved the male passenger away to another seat and asked our pilots to request that law enforcement meet the flight on arrival at Honolulu International Airport,” said Wagner via e-mail from Honolulu late yesterday afternoon. “Law enforcement did meet the flight, and our understanding is that the male passenger was interviewed and arrested.” When comments were sought, Samoa News did inform Wagner that the FBI has confirmed identity of Seuva’ai being arrested and in custody. Wagner did not identify the male passenger by name. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
Students and parents alike are upset with this year’s slow registration process at the American Samoa Community College. Registration for new students was on Aug. 15 and the following day was for returning students. Students started showing up on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning before 2am to be in line, according to the parents, who say that some students waited in line for more than 12 hours just to get registered. Parents who contacted Samoa News were upset with the inconsiderate college staff who told students who were unable to complete their registration on Thursday to return yesterday (Friday) morning only to find out “there was a staff meeting” so the students had to return at 12-noon instead. “This is so inconsiderate of the college. How about students who live further away and have to come back again. How about the students from low income families, with limited money and have to go back and forth to the college just to get registered,” said parent Judy Taufete’e.
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One of the photos provided to Samoa News, by a parent of an American Samoa Community College student, showing students who camped out Wednesday night (Aug 15) at the college campus, with others showed up in the wee hours of Thursday morning just to get in line to register [courtesy photo] for fall classes.
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FELONy dRIvER SERvING MANdAtORy 90 dAyS Rando Ripine was sentenced to 90 days in jail after fleeing the territory in 2008 following his conviction for driving with an expired driver’s license and under the influence (DUI). Two months ago police again arrested Ripine when they found him operating an aiga bus in the market area. Acting Chief Justice John Ward sentenced Ripine to three years probation. Ward told Ripine that it’s mandatory by law that he serve 90 days in jail, and given that 65 days had already been served, he has 25 more days to spend in jail. Ward ordered Ripine, who returned to the territory on a 30 day permit, to depart the territory immediately after serving his mandatory jail term. AttEMPtEd BuRGLAR IN hIGh COuRt The Attorney General’s office has charged Fa’afetai Kasiano with attempted burglary first degree, property damage second degree and public peace disturbance in connection with an alleged attempted burglary case in Koko Land earlier this week. According to the government’s case, police received a call about the defendant who was allegedly pulling and pushing the main door to a store. Witnesses told police Kasiano looked through the window and was pulling and pushing the door, when it’s alleged Kasiano struck and shattered a glass door with a baseball bat. The witnesses yelled out to the defendant that they were contacting police and the defendant then fled the area. According to the government the cost of the door is $128.00. Kasiano is held on bail of $10,000 and he’s scheduled to be arraigned in the high court Monday morning, after he waived his rights to a preliminary examination in the District Court. dEFENdANt IN StABBING CASE ChARGEd WIth FIRSt dEGREE ASSAuLt Nimarote Fina’i who is charged with first degree assault and public peace disturbance, on allegations that he stabbed another man with a knife, denied the charges against him when he was arraigned in the High Court yesterday morning. First degree assault is a class A felony punishable from 10 to 30 years in jail or life imprisonment. The defendant waived his rights to a preliminary examination on Thursday with the District Court. According to the government’s case, police received a call that Fina’i had stabbed another man, and when police responded to the call, they were told Fina’i had fled the scene. Court filings state police found the defendant at his residence, where he told police this was the result of an incident that occurred a month ago. Fina’i admitted to police that he stabbed the man once, because the victim and his cousin had beaten him up at their house. A condition of the defendant’s bail is that he must not contact, directly or indirectly, the victim or his family in this matter. Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley represents Fina’i while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag. MIKA A’ASA tO BE ChARGEd WIth FELONy ASSAuLt The government has yet to file felony charges against Mika A’asa, who is accused of striking another man in the head with a rock. Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde told the court the government is still waiting for a police report to determine the proper charges the government intends to file. A’asa was arrested and charged with public peace disturbance, on allegations that he threw a rock at someone’s head, causing injury. According to the government’s case, the victim is alleged to have assaulted A’asa’s younger brother and this prompted the fight. In the meantime, the defendant’s family has also filed a complaint with the police about the victim who allegedly assaulted the defendant’s little brother. The victim was taken to the hospital last Saturday following the fight and underwent an emergency operation. He was later transferred to the Surgical Ward for observation. The defendant’s bail is set at $20,000 with the condition that if he makes bail, he’s not to contact directly or indirectly the victim in this matter. Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde while the defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley.
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“With a humble heart”
“Everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one.” “I am not afraid of storms, for I‘m learning how to sail my ship.” And here we go again with another “Gut Wrenching” episode from your favorite foul, Hawkeye. Hawkeye and Sweet Leanor were waiting to negotiate the intersection at ASPA the other day, when Leanor said: “Why Don’t they put in another “Twaffic Circle” like the one there by “Mickey Dees?” Hawkeye answered: Be patient my Dear one cuz that is likely to happen when “Chickens Grow Lips!” Hawkeye went on to point out that first there were some badly needed repairs to the Airport road.. Leanor simply picked her nose, and said oh! There was a couple of Homos wandering around by the Post Office. Hawkeye asked them if they were lost. One fellow said that they were looking for the museum. Hawkeye pointed across the street to the J.P. Haydon Museum, and told the guy that this was one of two Museums in the whole village of Hooterville. He said: “Oh Yeah,” Where’s da udder one? Hawkeye said: You is standing in front of it! {DUH POST ORRIFICE} Speaking of Museums and the US Post Office, the Postal Service is losing about $8, ooo, ooo, ooo per year according to the Vice President of the United Estete. {States} {Paul Ryan.} In Hawkeyes humble opinion, the Post office is going under due to excess Union Entitlements. It is payback time. The Party is over. While Hawkeye was living in mainland America, he lived right next door to a Postal Employee. This Homo-sapien was amazed that Hawkeye was not a member of some sort of labor union. He said that Hawkeye would be screwed in the end if he didn’t get himself affiliated with a labor union. Hawkeye asked the Homo-sapien if he was aware that “Chick-fil-A” was the only fast food outlet that used nothing but “Gay Chickens!” This was somewhere around 1982, when the Chickens Eyes were still blue! This could be where the Chic-fil-A tycoon got confused? Is there a law against “Gay Chickens?” Hawkeye is here to say that he will not take sides with either the “Gay Chickens Union,” The “Gay Rights Movement,” or any other movement. Hawkeye is a staunch believer that it is each to their own. As long as they aren’t bothering Hawkeye, he could care less. Live & Let live…. As for the gay chickens at Chick-fil-A, who cares? Hawkeye could care less who he sits next to either, at “Chick-fil-A” or at the lunch counter at F & C Woolworths! Some Homos are still living in that dark period of segregation which never should have happened in the first place. So; “Leave the little Gay Chickens alone!” Over… There is one thing however to be taken in to consideration: you side with Chick-Fil-A or you don’t, but one thing is fo sho; “If ya want Chicken, ya need both a hen and a rooster!” Speaking of the Post Office, we should by all means support our US Postal system by utilizing the Express and Priority Mail Systems. This is the way to go folks. It’s like taking da Bus, and leaving the driving to us! If the citizens of the US will come together and utilize what is available, and as long as the US Postal Workers will “Annie up” and come to the party in cutting expenses, we can shave off Eight Billion Dollars in a hot flash! The problem nowadays is that there is too much corruption starting from the top, on down to the Homo that sweeps the floor. The Homo that is sweeping the floor by Union Standards could be making as much as a CEO in the Private Sector. This is where the economy gets rather top heavy. We as Americans must come to the party, and remind the rest of the free world, and San Diego, that we can still “Lead!” If Hawkeye and Sweet Leanor can’t lead the parade, there ain’t nobody a-gonna March! Humm… This is what we need now more than ever fans. We need someone who will forget the small s&%t and Lead! No one can follow if there is no leader! Hawkeye don’t believe in making it good for the kids. Hawkeye wants to make it right now so he can enjoy the good times for once in his life! The Kids can assist in paying their College Tuition and helping Mammy & Pappy with this, then they can have what is left over when the old folks “Kick Da Bucket!” If “The Chillren” want to go to college, they can assist Mummy & Deddy financially by getting part time jobs at “Chick-Fil-A! Moving over to the mainland United Estete, {Stete} {States} Hawkeye watches the disgusting one sided news coverage of the Presidential race. Where in the heck is “Fox News Live” just when we need it? According to some mainstream media, Romney is a total klutz. Hawkeye rather doubts that he became a multi millionaire by being a total Klutz. Humm. Hawkeye heard that Obummer & Romnley both are looking out for Space Aliens together.. This is a good thing.. Until Next week, keep it kleen! Love from Hawk & Leanor.
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NO tEAChER ShORtAGE, LAtE APPLICAtIONS StILL COMING IN The beginning of this school year, Aug. 13, 2012, does not face any major teacher shortage and all the teachers for Manu’a are in place Department of Education director-designee Dr. Jacinta Galea’i told a Senate committee hearing recently. Each school year, said Galea’i, many teaching positions are vacated for reasons such as teachers retiring or moving off island and need to be filled. Unfortunately, many applicants wait until July to apply for the positions and it takes time for the government to process each application. Even up to the week before the new school year started, there were still teaching applications coming through said Galea’i. Galea’i said DOE continues to work closely with the Department of Human Resources to put through all new applications for teaching positions. Sen. Fuata Dr. Tagiilima Iatala expressed concern about the lack of safe drinking water for students attending the A.P. Lutali Elementary School on Aunu’u. He asked the DOE witnesses, including DOE deputy director for finance Russell Aab, to look at an additional classroom building and more bathrooms for the school. Galea’i said one of the new buildings for the school is included in the list of projects to be funded with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money. FEd COuRt tAKES BOh MOtION uNdER AdvISEMENt A motion, by the Bank of Hawai’i, for the federal court to instruct the bank on how to proceed with a federal garnishment order without violating an order issued by the High Court of American Samoa has been taken under advisement by the federal court in Honolulu. The motion was filed last month, after the local court ordered the bank to restore to the American Samoa Government general fund account, just over $800,000 frozen per garnishment order of the federal court, On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi took the motion under advisement after hearing oral arguments from all parties involved. It’s not clear when the judge will issue a written ruling. Meanwhile, the local court has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 21, to hear oral arguments on BoH’s request for a stay in the local court order to restore the frozen funds to the ASG general fund account “in light of ongoing [legal] proceedings” at the federal court in Honolulu. Honolulu based Marisco Ltd., sought the garnishment order after ASG failed to pay $810,000 in outstanding invoices from the tugboat and barges project currently being investigated by the Senate Investigation Committee. FEd. BANKRuPtCy COuRt GRANtS Myd SAMOA MOtION MYD Samoa Inc.’s request to the federal bankruptcy court in south Florida to approve the final payment of $100,000 from National Pacific Insurance for MYD’s 2009 tsunami insurance claims was granted more than a week ago. No interested parties responded to the motion filed by MYD federal trustee Deborah Menotte on July 11, for the court’s approval of the tsunami settlement with NPI. All interested parties were given until Aug. 3 to respond. On Aug. 7 another motion was filed by the trustee’s attorneys. “The proposed settlement provides for the Trustee to receive a final additional payment of $100,000 in respect of an insurance claim submitted by National Pacific Insurance arising from a tsunami event on Sept. 29, 2009,” the motion states. A few days later U.S. bankruptcy judge Raymond B. Ray approved the motion, saying that there were “no timely objections” filed with the court. MYD previously managed the now ASG operated shipyard, which was damaged by the September 2009 tsunami. Reach the newsroom at news.newsroom@samoatelco.com.
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Regional Administrator honors new “green” office building
HONOLULU – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld met with the staff of American Samoa EPA and recognized their significant achievement in the construction of AS-EPA’s new “green” office building, beginning a visit that will include participating in the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meetings being held in American Samoa. “The American Samoa EPA has done an excellent job in creating the first Platinum Level LEED government office building in the South Pacific,” said Blumenfeld. “It is an honor to learn about their work to protect the American Samoa environment and follow their example in designing more green government office spaces.” The building when certified will be the first of its kind in the South Pacific and U.S. Territories. It is designed to meet Platinum Level Certification of the United States Green Building Council and a net zero energy performance standard. The “Net Zero” criteria indicates that the building will produce more energy through renewable power generation than it will consume annually. Construction of the new building commenced in June 2011 and is scheduled for completion in September 2012. Dr. Toafa Vaiaga’e, the Director of AS-EPA, orchestrated a multi-agency collaboration for funding and design of the project. U.S. EPA contributed over 45 percent of the funding for the building, with the rest of the funding coming from the Territorial Energy Office via Department of Energy ARRA funds and Territorial Office of Financial Reform through FEMA funds, and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A design objective was to maximize the workers’ connection to nature while minimizing the building’s ecological impact. Naturally lit and ventilated work places for the staff are connected by inside and outside corridors. Environmental and energy demonstration spaces and “huddle sized” group conversation areas are included throughout the building and park-like landscape. The building uses 60 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels, an innovative hybrid turf roof, ultra-insulated building envelope, solar shading, and optimization of a hurricane-proof window system to minimize energy consumption. In addition, the building uses environmentally preferred sustainable woods, and recycled materials for all major components. Low flow water fixtures are employed to maximize water use efficiency. Rainwater accumulation off the roof is detained by a turf deck to mimic the speed of natural vegetation runoff. The storm water from the roof and parking areas are captured and treated through drainage enhancements and an onsite bio-retention treatment facility that improves the quality of the storm water before it leaves the site. The building is located in walking distance of other principal agencies, the Utulei Government Campus, and an established public transportation corridor. It utilizes previously used land preventing further encroachment on undisturbed forest, and includes bike racks and pedestrian changing rooms to facilitate alternative transportation.
The ‘first of its kind’ in the South Pacific, the ASEPA’s new building design features roof housed solar panels and a grassy green roof top. ASEPA new building design engineer Brian Rippy is seen here talking to a surveyor, a member of the PNRS board and the mayor of Faga’alu about the EPA’s new building features. [photo: SN Archives] The new building is located adjacent to the EOB.
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“Go into the world and learn,” the king said. And so the prince began to travel. Everywhere he went he met people and asked questions. In the poorest countries he found people who were struggling just to have enough to eat. He met people who were rich and generous. He met others who were greedy. He met poets and pirates, cooks and choirmasters, engineers and elocutionists. And each person he met taught him something new. One day, as he was strolling through a market, he heard a beautiful sound -- a songbird’s trill. He followed the sound until he came upon the bird’s owner, a merchant. The prince asked, “Is there anything to learn from a singing bird?” “Ah yes,” the merchant replied. “If you are his master, this bird will sing a song that will put to sleep anyone who hears it.” “That sounds useful,” the prince said, so he bought the bird. Together they traveled, but the prince found no use to put people to sleep. Then one day he came upon a man selling beetles. He looked very closely into their cages and asked the merchant, “What could I learn from a beetle?” “Well now,” said the man with the beetles, “these are special, you see, for they can eat their way through any wall in the world.” “That could be useful,” said the prince, so he bought a beetle. But as the prince traveled, he found little need for the beetle to eat through walls. One day he came upon a man selling butterflies, and was captivated by their great beauty. “They’re lovely,” he said to the man, “but is there an advantage to owning a butterfly?” “These butterflies are strong enough to bear upon their wings a great weight -- even the weight of many people,” the man answered. The prince thought that was a fascinating idea, so he bought a butterfly. His money was beginning to run out when he came to a land being terrorized by giants. The giants had captured the king’s beautiful daughter, and they threatened to destroy the land if anyone tried to rescue her. But the prince decided to try to rescue her, and he turned to his new friends -- the bird, the beetle and the butterfly. When they came to the castle of the giants, the prince saw two giants standing guard. Their heads almost reached to the clouds, and they had bulging muscles and angry eyes. “Sing to them,” the prince said to the bird. The bird began to sing, and a moment later both guards were fast asleep. Then the prince said to the beetle, “Chew an entryway into giants’ castle.” The beetle quickly gnawed a hole big enough for the prince to walk inside. There he heard the princess weeping from behind another wall. “Gnaw us through that wall,” he instructed the beetle. And within minutes they were inside the dungeon, beside the captive princess. “We’re here to save you!” the prince announced. The princess just shook her head and wept. “No one can save me,” she sobbed. “There is a guard outside my door who never sleeps.” “Ha!” said the prince, and he placed the bird upon the guard’s shoulder. He whispered, “Sing your song.” Sure enough, the giant guard fell fast asleep. “But how will we travel away?” the princess asked. The prince simply smiled and called for the butterfly. “Spread your wings,” he said. So the butterfly spread her wings. He then instructed the princess to sit upon one wing, and he sat upon the other. The butterfly then flew through the holes in the walls. Soon they were back to the princess’s land. When her father saw his beloved daughter, he praised the prince and said to him, “I shall give you half of my kingdom!” “I accept,” said the prince, “but I also wish to marry your daughter, for I have fallen in love with her.” “I love you, too!” the princess replied, smiling. So the princess and the prince married, and they soon visited the prince’s father. When the king heard the story of the bird, the beetle and the butterfly, and of his son’s courage and love, he wept for joy. “My son is not a fool at all!” he cried. “He is the cleverest son a man could wish to have!” And everyone lived happily ever after.
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nce upon a time there lived a king who had one son, and the king was worried that his son was not fit to eventually succeed him as king. He sent him to school, but the prince did poorly. The teachers shook their heads and sighed and told the king that the prince was hopeless. “He’ll never learn,” they all declared. So the king called upon his wisest adviser. “What should I do?” he asked. “I cannot have a son who is a fool!” The wise man was wise indeed. “Send him around the world,” he said. “Let him learn from every place he visits.” The king prepared his son for the journey. He gave him a boat to travel across the oceans, a horse to travel across land and a sack of gold to pay his way. And he gave him his blessings.
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
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Convicted Samoa couple jailed after failure to pay fine for prostitution ring
by Samoa News Staff
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A couple in Samoa convicted in a prostitution ring are currently serving six months in jail when they were unable to pay a fine of $800 tala each yesterday. Samoa District Court Judge Mata Tuatagaloa two weeks ago rendered a guilty verdict against Metala James and her husband Sanele Sanele, for four counts of knowingly living on the earnings of prostitution. Each count carries a jail term of up to three years. Additionally, Metala was found guilty of three counts of procuring sexual intercourse between the months of March and July 2011, involving two girls. The couple was sentenced yesterday. They were fined $200 tala for each count which amounts to $800 tala each. Additionally Metala James was fined $500 for three counts of procuring sexual intercourse amounting to $1500, bringing her total fine to $2,300. Judge Tuatagaloa ruled that the defendants are first time offenders, the girls lived with Metala and they willingly gave Metala money earned from their sessions and this money was used to buy their food, drinks and cigarettes. As Samoa News reported earlier, the couple were initially charged with nine charges of knowingly living on the earnings of prostitution while the other five counts were dismissed due to a lack of evidence. The Judge noted in court that the couple lived on the wages from a prostitution ring and they used five girls in the process. The couple were remanded into police custody two weeks ago following the guilty verdict prior to sentencing yesterday. As Samoa News reported, Metala and Sanele were accused of running a prostitution operation involving five young girls. Samoa Observer reported back in June the girls told the court they were forced into having sex with men for as little as $20 Samoan Tala per session. The defendants appeared pro-se in court and prosecuting this matter are the Samoa police. Judge Tuatagaloa suppressed the names of the witnesses.
Department of Parks and Recreation workers were out yesterday at Utulei Beach Park repairing the showers that are installed next to the restrooms at the park. Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Pili Gaoteote asks the public to please not cause anymore damage at Utulei Beach Park. He said that the power meter located at the backside of this building was also damaged recently as well. “Our people are working very hard to maintain this beach by repairing things that should not be damaged,” said the Deputy Director. “We used to have three showers here and now we are down to two because one of them was recently damaged beyond repair. I am asking the public if they would please help us by informing us, or the Department of Public Safety, if they see anyone causing this unnecessary damage. We do not have much money from the government to be constantly fixing all these things,” he said. “I know people complain about how things are damaged here, but if we don’t know about it, we cannot fix the problem. So please— let us know if you see anymore damage—or let the police know about if you see anyone causing this. You can contact us at 699-9513. People come here with their families to swim and have picnics and to have a good time. We wish to keep everything as [photo: Jeff Hayner] convenient and working as well as possible for the public,” Gaoteote said.
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O le ivitu o so’o se Malo, o A’OA’OGA. O lo’o i ai fa’aletonu i le sologamalie o le a’oa’oina; e tatau ona fa’alaua’i tele le malamalama atoa ma lona fa’atinoina; aua a mautu le a’oa’oina, ua fua laulelei le Tamaoaiga ma ua manuia fo’i le atunu’u. A fa’asolo mafaufauga i le ma’ati o le mafaufau o le tama po o le teine pe a tulaga lelei porokalama fuafuaina mo le Ofisa o A’oga, ua maua tagata aoga mo le atunu’u ma le Malo. Ae, ua tatau ona fai fa’alelei totogi o faia’oga ma totogi i taimi fa’atulagaina. O Lolo ma Lemanu ua maua o la’ua tikeri mo le a’oa’oina o fanau, ma ua o la fuafuaina ni alafua mo le fa’afoeina o A’oa’oga. E taua pea le “Fa’amuamua o Tagata”
EDUCATION
The backbone of any government or political system, is EDUCATION. American Samoa lacks a systemic comprehensive approach to education responsibility, and an Educational Reform of the entire organization is necessary. There is correlation between educational attainment and economic and social well being. Imagine an education system that we can be proud of, that produces productive members of the community, teachers who are compensated fairly for their work, are paid on time, and who bring out the best in our children. Lolo and Lemanu are both educators, and they have plans to make you proud. It is always for “People First.”
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The Expendables – Rated: R
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme The Expendables reunited when Mr. Church enlists their services to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of tim, six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way....
Japan expels five Chinese arrested in islands dispute
HONG KONG (AP) — Japan quieted a regional spat Friday by quickly deporting several Chinese arrested for landing on disputed islands in the East China Sea, but activists’ vows to make new trips there could again inflame territorial tensions. Five of the activists and two reporters accompanying them were greeted with cheers, applause and bouquets from dozens of supporters at Hong Kong’s airport after arriving on a commercial flight from Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. All 14 of the group — eight activists, two reporters and four boat crew members — had traveled by boat from Hong Kong to the uninhabited islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan. They were arrested Wednesday after five of them landed without authorization in the island group, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The last seven deportees departed on their own boat later Friday, accompanied part of the way by Japanese patrol vessels to make sure they left Japanese waters without approaching the islands again, the Coast Guard said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Japan would not charge the activists and denied any political consideration. “The decision is strictly based on domestic laws, not swayed by emotions,” he said. Some of the activists had thrown concrete blocks onto coast guard patrol boats but did not cause any injury or major damage that would subject them to criminal charges, Fujimura said. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda called the incident “extremely regrettable.” Other ministers said they will study how they can block future landing attempts, including possibly increasing the penalty for illegally landing on the islands. China had demanded the activists’ immediate release, and protesters in Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities praised the activists as heroes and burned Japanese flags. Japan’s swiftness in deporting them was seen as an attempt to avoid further inflaming protests. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang condemned Japan for taking dangerous action in trying to stop the activists’ boat, which suffered damage after being rammed by government vessels before running aground near the shore. Any action taken by Japan would not shake China’s resolve to “safeguard the country’s territory and sovereignty,” Qin said in a press statement. Japan says it has controlled the five main islands for more than 100 years. It has been trying to place four that are privately held under state ownership to bolster its territorial claim. The deportations will relieve some tension between Tokyo and Beijing, but that may not last. A group of ultra-conservative parliamentarians and local politicians are going by boat to the waters off Senkaku over the weekend to mourn for the victims of a boat accident near the islands at the end of World War II. The activists also vowed to return. “The Diaoyu islands are still in enemy hands so we’re thinking about when we’ll set out on our next trip,” Tsang Kin-shing told Cable News television shortly after his arrival in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Japan moved to act tougher on another island dispute, this one with South Korea. It threatened to cancel upcoming ministerial talks to protest actions by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and said it wants to take their nations’ island dispute to the International Court of Justice. Lee recently visited an island chain controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan. And this week he said that Japanese Emperor Akihito should apologize to Koreans if he wants to visit South Korea and condemned Japan over its wartime sexual slavery of Korean women. South Korea dismissed Japan’s proposal for the international court to rule on their overlapping claims on the islands, called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean. Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi called Lee’s remarks and actions “unacceptable” and suggested talks with his South Korean counterpart scheduled for later this month could be canceled. Japan also could consider terminating a bilateral foreign exchange scheme to help support the South Korean won, Azumi said.
Five Chinese activists who were deported from Japan, from left, Koo Sze-yiu, Bull Tsang Kin-shing, Wu Xi-yao, Fang Xiao-song and Lu Song-chang shout slogan after arriving in Hong Kong international airport Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Seven of 14 Chinese activists arrested after landing on disputed islands left Japan by plane Friday and the others were being deported as well, relieving some tension (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) from one of the territorial rows Tokyo has with its neighbors.
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The Bourne Legacy – Rated: PG-13
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen To become an elite government operative, a man hands himself over to the same agency that birthed the likes of Jason Bourne, but he’s eventually forced to go on the run.
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The jobs-andeconomy election suddenly seems all about Medicare — for now, at least. Republican Mitt Romney is embracing a topic his party usually approaches gingerly. He is taking a calculated risk that voters’ worries about federal deficits and the Democrats’ health care overhaul have opened the door for a robust debate on the solvency of Medicare, the insurance program for retirees. President Barack Obama is welcoming the conversation, which has temporarily taken attention from the weak economic recovery. One party may regret its position on Nov. 6. Retirees in politically prized states such as Florida have often resisted changes in Medicare, one of the government’s most popular but costliest programs. But GOP strategists say today’s voters realize Medicare spending must be constrained, and Romney is banking on disenchantment with Obama’s 2010 health care law to pave the way for his own proposals. Romney, who has spent more than a year running almost entirely on the economy and jobs, put Medicare at the campaign’s center when he chose as his running mate. Rep. Paul Ryan is Congress’ chief advocate of significantly restraining entitlement programs. Ryan was critical of Obama’s handling of Medicare during a campaign stop in Springfield, Va., repeating his assertion thata the GOP ticket welcomed the debate over the future of Medicare. The Wisconsin congressman is expected to revisit Medicare in some depth in Florida on Saturday. He will face voters in a retirement community north of Orlando known as The Villages. Ryan’s 78-year-old mother, a Medicare recipient, plans to attend. “We will not duck the tough issues; we will lead,” Ryan told the Virginia crowd. Romney’s willingness to tackle the issue was underscored Thursday when he used a marker and classroom-type whiteboard to summarize his thoughts on Medicare, with hardly a word about the unemployment rate. He said his plans would keep Medicare solvent while Obama’s would not, a claim Democrats call absurd. On Friday, summarizing the political view from the right, the Romney campaign distributed a Wall Street Journal editorial that declared: “By governing so far to the left, Mr. Obama may have neutralized ‘Mediscare’ and made voters more receptive to center-right solutions. Medicare is already changing because it must.”
Romney and Obama now Ex-teacher gets fight for edge on Medicare 5-yr prison term for student sex
Obama’s campaign has tried for months to tie Romney to House Republicans and Ryan’s budget proposal, which would turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for future retirees. The Obama campaign released a new TV ad Friday defending the president’s record on Medicare. It points to the AARP, a group that represents senior citizens and said in a letter to lawmakers earlier this year that Ryan’s plan would lead to higher costs for seniors. Romney’s campaign disputed the ad, and repeated its own claim that Obama’s plans would siphon spending from Medicare without safeguarding the program’s longterm stability. Obama’s campaign released a separate ad Friday that sought to undercut Romney by pointing to Ryan’s voting record on funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion. “For women, for president, the choice is ours,” the ad says. It was airing in Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Iowa. Though Medicare dominated the debate Friday, the parties engaged in another brief skirmish on Romney’s personal tax returns. His campaign rejected a call for Romney to release five years of his federal tax returns -instead of the two years he has agreed to -- in exchange for the Obama campaign’s pledge to drop further demands on the subject. Romney and the White House also condemned a new round of anti-Israel remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Romney told 80 people at a fundraiser overlooking the Long Island Sound: “Ahmadinejad of Iran made another series of vile statements about Israel, and excising Israel from the body of humanity, and so forth. And you recognize how critical it is to have leadership that describes precisely what it believes, describes what actions it’s willing to take, and stands for something.” Otherwise, the Republican National Committee devoted its “weekend messaging memo” mainly to a graphic titled “Obama’s Countdown to Medicare Bankruptcy.” Obama’s Medicare policies are included in his 2010 health care overhaul, passed without a single Republican vote in Congress. Polls show “Obamacare” to be generally unpopular, though many key components, standing alone, enjoy wide support. Obama’s plan relies heavily on cutting payments to health care providers. Critics say that could cause some doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients. The Romney-Ryan proposal would give future retirees a fixed amount of money to pick their health insurance from competing private plans or a government program. It would limit taxpayers’ burden, but also force many patients to pay more of their health costs. Romney is using the unpopularity of Obama’s health care law to try to finesse a political problem.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former North Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home. The Tarrant County jury decided on the sentence for Brittni Nicole Colleps, 28, of Arlington after nearly three hours of deliberation. It took jurors less than an hour to find her guilty earlier in the day of 16 counts of having an inappropriate relationship between a student and teacher. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison per count. The former Kennedale High School English teacher had sex with the students at her home over two months in 2011, authorities said. Colleps is married and has three children. She turned herself in after a cellphone video of one encounter that involved multiple students emerged. That video was shown a trial. Three former students who testified Thursday said that they did not consider themselves victims and did not want to see their former English teacher prosecuted. The three were football and track athletes. Arlington police Detective Jason Houston testified that charges were filed because “18 or not, it’s a crime” for a teacher to have sex with her students. Two former students told jurors their relationships with Colleps began with the exchange of text messages that quickly turned sexual. A 19-year-old testified that he had gone to Colleps’ home twice with friends and they all engaged in sexual conduct. A former student who is now 20 testified that he engaged in group sex and recorded his last encounter on a cellphone. He said initially the students spoke of the importance of keeping their activities quiet because they didn’t want their teacher to get in trouble. The 20-year-old also said when school officials called him into the office to question him in May 2011, he denied the trysts at first because “I was trying to save her.” Colleps’ husband was serving in the military overseas at the time of the encounters. Christopher Colleps said Friday that he is mad at his wife, but stands by her “because ‘til death do us part means ‘til death do us part.” He said putting her in jail would punish him and their children for something they had no control over. Kennedale is a town of about 7,300 residents near Arlington, eight miles southeast of Fort Worth. The high school has about 3,200 students.
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Air France asks passengers to pitch in for gas
PARIS (AP) — An emergency layover in Syria’s capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel. The plane, heading from Paris to Lebanon’s capital, diverted amid tensions near the Beirut airport on Wednesday. Low on fuel, it instead landed in Damascus, the capital of neighboring Syria, where a civil war is raging. An Air France spokesman explained Friday that the crew inquired about passenger cash only as a “precautionary measure” because of the “very unusual circumstances.” Sanctions against Syria complicated payment for extra fuel. He said Air France found a way to pay for the fill-up without tapping customer pockets, and apologized for the inconvenience. He wouldn’t say how the airline paid, or how much. One woman aboard said the passengers had rounded up 17,000 euros. “The pilot asked the passengers in first class to get their cash together. Everyone started to collect money, and they managed to collect 17,000, but the pilot in the end didn’t take anything. They resolved the problems with the Damascus airport,” said a passenger speaking on France-Info radio identified as May Bsat. The Boeing 777, carrying 185 people, took off for an overnight layover in Cyprus then landed safely in Beirut on Thursday. Lebanon is a volatile mix of pro- and anti-Syrian factions, and a series of hostage-takings has raised worries about Lebanon being dragged deeper into Syria’s unrest. Mobs supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad blocked the main airport highway in Beirut on Wednesday, before Lebanese military units moved in. The layover was awkward for Air France, the flagship carrier for a country whose government toes a hard line against Syrian President Bashar Assad — and warns all its citizens to avoid or leave Syrian soil. France, which once ruled Syria and Lebanon, championed European Union-wide economic sanctions on Syria — including its national airline, Syria Air. Air France operated regular flights to Damascus until suspending them amid violence earlier this year. While it was the first time Air France said it had resorted to a request for passenger cash, it wasn’t the first airline to do so. Hundreds of passengers traveling from India to Britain were stranded for six hours in Vienna last year when their Comtel Air flight stopped for fuel, and the charter service asked them to kick in more than 20,000 pounds ($31,000) to fund the rest of the flight to Birmingham, England.
A parent of a student at ASCC provided Samoa News with this photo, which shows ASCC students early Thursday morning in a long line for fall registration. Some students camped out overnight at the [courtesy photo] college campus to get in line first to register for courses they need for this semester.
➧ aSCC’s slow registration frustrates many…
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“There has got to be a better registration process than this,” said another parent, who arrived at the ASCC campus at 1am Thursday morning to find many students already lined up outside the registration office. Yet another parent, who did not wish to be identified said, “Is there a better way registration at the college can be done? Online registration? But that requires the students to actually go to the college and use the college computers to register... even that method is chaotic!” Taufete’e said that when she took her niece to the ASCC campus at 3am on August 16 there were already “so many students on campus already…” “This is the only college in the territory and there has to be another way to have this slow registration process expedited,” she yesterday morning via cell phone from the ASCC campus. “As the only college in American Samoa, ASCC should have done the registration process this whole week especially with the enrollment at ASCC going up every year.” Taufete’e was also disappointed with ASCC’s lack of accessibility for students like her daughter with special needs. “The enrollment counter is not accessible to students with special needs. The counter is too high up , making it difficult for a student - like my daughter - in a wheelchair to reach the counter,” she said. An ASCC student took photos of the long lines and students camping out at night and gave it to his mother, who distributed the photos to the news media. Some photos show students at night waiting on campus, other photos show students standing in the long line at day-break. Samoa News also heard from students who waited in line for hours and were disappointed with the registration process. A student confirmed that one actually had to be at ASCC to enroll online. At least two students from the Eastern District said they got to ASCC at around 3am Thursday and already so many students were there trying to get a spot in line. “It has been a long registration process,” said one student. ASCC officials did not officially respond to complaints over this year’s registration while students called their parents, friends and local news media to complain. Some of them took their frustrations on line to the social media sites posting messages about their frustrations with the registration process. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
➧ Romney, Obama fight for edge on Medicare…
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Ryan has embraced Obama’s call for about $716 billion in Medicare payment reductions, over 10 years, a move Romney opposes. In his whiteboard demonstration Thursday in South Carolina, Romney indicated his biggest objection to the $716 billion in reduced growth -- or savings -- is that the money is used to fund other elements of “Obamacare.” But those cuts are part of Ryan’s overall budget blueprint. Ryan said he included them in his House plan because they were already part of current law — in essence, because Obama did it first. Eager to confront what they claim are Romney’s distortions, Obama campaign aides produced their own “video whiteboard” Friday. In it, spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter says Obama’s $716 billion savings comes from reductions in “waste, fraud and abuse” in the Medicare program. She labels as “ridiculous” Romney’s claim that his GOP plan would extend Medicare’s life. Independent groups say Romney hasn’t provided the details needed to support his claim.
Some Democrats seemed happy to have another campaign week go by with comparatively modest focus on the nation’s 8.3 percent unemployment rate. The economy has remained voters’ top priority in the campaign so far, although several polls conducted before Ryan’s selection suggested the federal budget deficit was not far behind. A Pew Research Center poll in June, for example, found 35 percent called “jobs” the most important issue in deciding their vote, while 23 percent chose the budget deficit, 19 percent health care, 11 percent Social Security, 5 percent immigration and 4 percent gay marriage. Friday’s Wall Street Journal editorial page -an important forum for conservative debates -said, “The destructive policy and unpopularity of Obamacare have made Paul Ryan’s reform politically possible.” The Obama camp is trying to make it a political liability.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 24-year-old construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday. Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at Rio de Janeiro’s Miguel Couto Hospital, said doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite’s skull during a five-hour surgery. “He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain.” Essinger said. He said Leite was conscious when he arrived at the hospital and told him what had happened. He said Leite was lucid and showed no negative consequences after the operation. “Today, he continues well, with few complaints for a fivehour-long surgery,” Essinger said. “He says he feels little pain.” The bar fell from the fifth floor of a building under construction, went through Leite’s hard hat, entered the back of his skull and exited between his eyes, Essinger said, adding: “It really was a miracle” that Leite survived. The accident and surgery took place on Wednesday. “They told me he was lying down (in the ambulance) with the bar pointing upward,” said Leite’s wife, Lilian Regina da Silva Costa. “He was holding it and his face covered in blood. His look was as if nothing had happened. When he arrived he told the doctors he wasn’t feeling anything, no pain, nothing. It’s unbelievable.” Ruy Monteiro, the hospital’s head of neurosurgery, told the Globo TV network that Leite escaped by just a few centimeters from losing one eye and becoming paralyzed on the left side of his body. He said the bar entered a “non-eloquent” area of the brain, an area that doesn’t have a specific, major known function. Leite is expected to remain hospitalized for two weeks.
Brazilian worker survives iron bar piercing his skull
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tiny Cook Islands are proving almost too small for Hillary Clinton. The South Pacific island chain, home to just 10,000 people, is buzzing as it prepares for the expected visit of the U.S. secretary of state, the biggest dignitary to stop by since Queen Elizabeth II nearly four decades ago. Hosting such a high-profile guest and her entourage, however, is posing problems for a government that owns just three small SUVs and is scrambling to borrow cars from residents to create a proper motorcade. Clinton is expected to attend the Pacific Islands Forum, an annual meeting of Pacific leaders that begins Aug. 27 on the main island of Rarotonga. Sending such a high-level delegation would emphasize Washington’s so-called Pacific pivot, a policy shift in which it’s placing increased emphasis on trade, humanitarian aid and military presence in the region as it seeks to capitalize upon and counterbalance the rise of many Pacific and Asian nations including China. The U.S. Embassy in Wellington on Friday declined to confirm whether Clinton would be part of its delegation, but Cook Island officials are preparing as if she is coming. Cook government spokesman Derek Fox said the islands are expecting about 500 people at the forum from 57 countries. Because tourism is the Cook Island’s major industry, he said, the islands are well prepared to feed and otherwise look after the arrivals. Transportation, however, is proving difficult. Robert Graham, a government official who is coordinating those arrangements, said he’s managed to borrow six SUVs from locals, whom he’s paying a small fee. He said he’s still on the hunt for one more SUV to bolster the fleet to 10, noting that the vehicles will be used not only for Clinton if she comes, but also for other leaders at the forum. He said he’s also borrowed about nine other late-model cars from locals after the main rental agency ran short on highend vehicles. He said the U.S. wanted larger SUVs but all they have on the islands are smaller model Toyotas and Suzukis. “We are a really small island and they’re wanting these really big SUVs,” Graham said. “We have tried our best to accommodate and help.” Graham said he’s been training drivers — both government workers and private volunteers — to act as chauffeurs for the leaders. They’ve
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been doing training laps around Rarotonga, which has a total road circumference of just 32 kilometers (20 miles). Jaewynn McKay, who is coordinating planning for the forum, said she’s been showing around an advance team from the U.S. Embassy in Wellington this week who are helping prepare for a possible visit by Clinton. She said the biggest challenge was finding Clinton somewhere appropriate to stay that would also accommodate her entourage. “I understand she usually travels with 90, but they’ve had to lessen their footprint on this occasion,” McKay said. “We had to tell them we just don’t have the space.”
Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation Pili Gaoteote standing next to the power meter that was severely damaged recently, its outside lock broken, behind the showers and restrooms at Utulei Beach Park. The meter has since been replaced. Gaoteote asks the public to please contact the police if they see anyone causing these problems at the park or contact the Dept. of Parks [photo: Jeff Hayner] and Recreation at 699-9513 if they discover any damage of any kind at the park.
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