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A few of the American Samoa delegates after the first night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, when San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, former Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others fired up the crowd before First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention, where she had delegates laughing and crying and on their feet with unbridled enthusiasm.
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Local StarKist plant Soliai: Crowded candidate to can C.I. tuna for fields will push Election Asia-Pacific market Office budget into the red
by Samoa News staff by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
The Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources has announced that it will begin shipments of Albacore tuna to the Starkist Samoa cannery in American Samoa for processing under the label “Cook Islands Golden Tuna,” which will be produced for the Cook Islands and Asia markets. A Samoa News e-mail sent Tuesday to StarKist headquarters seeking comments and more information on this venture have not elicited a reply. Among the questions asked is when this venture is to commence and will this venture result in adding more workers at the StarKist Samoa plant. This August 31 announcement took place the same day Gov. Togiola Tulafono signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of the Cook Islands pledging mutual cooperation in the development, management and conservation of fisheries, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. The MOU was signed in Rarotonga, Cook Islands while the governor was attending the Pacific Island Forum leaders meeting, where American Samoa has observer status. Under the MOU, the Cook Island Ministry of Marine Resources, the American Samoa Government and the Government of the Cook Islands agree to work cooperatively on a number of issues, including a South Pacific Albacore management regime, the monitoring of Cook Islands flagged vessels using the port of Pago Pago, the exchange of fisheries related information and research, and personnel exchange visits. The MOU also invites the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources to establish an office in American Samoa. (Officials of the Cook Islands were in the territory this year scouting a site for their office.) At the signing ceremony, held at the National Auditorium of the Cook Islands, the Governor stated that he was grateful for the opportunity to strengthen and advance the relationship between American Samoa and the Cook Islands in the margins of the Pacific Island Forum. TOGIOlA AddRESSES MEETING Meanwhile, the governor addressed the leaders of the member and observer countries at the opening plenary meeting of the Pacific Island Forum on Aug. 28. He spoke at length about the theme of this year’s forum “Large Ocean Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” With regard to the theme the Governor spoke about cooperatively addressing a burdensome challenge facing all Pacific countries — climate change. He spoke of the rising sea levels due to climate change and quoted from a recent study by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, stating “rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the ‘osteoporosis of the sea’ and threatening everything from
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Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono is forewarning lawmakers that the Election Office budget for FY 2013 is in the red because of this year’s general election that is fielding a historically high number of candidates. As a consequence, he has submitted a request for additional funding of more than $200,000. The Nov. 6 general election has six gubernatorial teams, five candidates for the U.S. House of Representations and some sixty-one persons vying for the 20 elected seats for the local House race. Also on the ballot is the veto over-ride referendum, which would give that power to the Legislature, instead of the U.S. Secretary of Interior. “This year’s general election in our history of electing [to] public office has a large number of candidates especially in the local House race. It’s a major one for our history,” Soliai said in telephone interview yesterday. “However, the budget for the general election is only $200,000 listed under the Special Program budget category.” He said this budget allocation is not sufficient for the general election and is the reason
he submitted on Tuesday to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Sen. Lemanu Peleti Mauga and the Fono leaders information on how much it will cost to fully run and operate the general election. He said the total election cost is $440,000 with $280,500 for the general election alone and $159,500 for a run-off, or special election. Therefore the election budget is short $240,000 and if there is no new supplemental budget allocation, the Election Office will be in the red, he said, adding that he is hopeful that the $6.8 million in the un-pledged interest from the tobacco settlement could be used as a funding source. Under local law, a runoff is held two weeks after the general election if a gubernatorial team does not garner 50% plus one vote in the general election. And Soliai said he expects a special election this year in the gubernatorial race. (Samoa News should point out that this same belief has been expressed by many in the community, including political observers, because of the many candidates this year vying for the top political post in government.)
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The Boys Scout of America first Cub Scout “Reading is Fundamental” program was held on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012 at the LDS Stake Center in Malaemi. Organized into reading rooms, the cubs heard Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, Rep. Galu Satele, Jr., Rep.Larry Sanitoa, Rep. Taotasi Archie Soliai, Afoa S. Lutu, Le’i Sonny Thompson, Mrs. Cindy Moliga and Mrs. Lemanu Mauga read to them. Program emphasis was to promote reading and to show that it can be fun — readers were allowed to present their choice of book through songs, cheers, poems, animate it, [courtesy photo] etc. — anything went using imagination.
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Notice for Proposed Registration of Matai Title
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title AOELUA of the village of AFONO by SOLOMONA VAI AOELUA of the village of AFONO, county of SUA, EASTERN District. THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of the village chiefs are in proper form. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60 days, the matai title AOELUA shall be registered in the name of SOLOMONA VAI AOELUA in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: AUGUST 28, 2012 thru OCTOBER 29, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O le fa’aaliga lenei ua faasalalauina e tusa ma le Maga 6.0105 o le tusi tulafono a Amerika Samoa, e pei ona suia, ona o le talosaga ua faaulufaleina mai i le Ofisa o le Resitara o Amerika Samoa, mo le fia faamauina o le suafa matai o AOELUA o le nu’u o AFONO e SOLOMONA VAI AOELUA o AFONO faalupega o SUA, falelima i SASA’E. Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa. A i ai se tasi e faafinagaloina, ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o SOLOMONA VAI AOELUA e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 09/06 & 10/06/12
Fa’aaliga o le Fia Fa’amauina o se Suafa Matai
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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 On Sept. 22, 1776, in New York City, 21-yearold Nathan Hale, a captain in the Continental Army, is executed by the British for spying. Before being hanged, legend holds that Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” There is no historical record to prove that Hale actually made this statement.  On Sept. 18, 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building. The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it, and it was called into use during the Civil War.  On Sept. 23, 1846, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune. The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of Earth, has eight known moons and a ring system containing three bright and two dim rings.  On Sept. 21, 1938, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern New England. Charlie Pierce, a junior forecaster in the U.S. Weather Bureau, was sure that the hurricane was heading for the Northeast, but the chief forecaster overruled him. All told, 700 people were killed by the hurricane.  On Sept. 19, 1959, in one of the more surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev explodes with anger when he learns he cannot visit Disneyland. Government authorities feared that the crowds would pose a safety hazard.  On Sept. 17, 1965, four adventurous Englishmen arrive at a motor show in Germany after crossing the English Channel by Amphicar, the world’s only mass-produced amphibious passenger car. On land, the cars used a four-speed-plus-reverse manual transmission. In the water, they used a transfer case that had two speeds: forward and backward.  On Sept. 20, 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, plays Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1-ranked men’s player. Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior. King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
SENATE hEARING ON SECTION 1602 PROGRAM Three witnesses including former Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) president Lolo Letalu M. Moliga are scheduled to appear tomorrow before a Senate Government Operations Committee hearing regarding the federally funded Section 1602 program, which is for the construction of low-income homes. Committee chairman Velega Savali Jr., yesterday announced the hearing, following requests from some senators earlier this week to find out the actual truth about the alleged problems with program as cited in the Section 1602 draft report, revised July 11, 2012, which was the subject of three Samoa News stories late last week and Tuesday this week. Besides Lolo, other witnesses are Jason Betham, the DBAS vice president and DBAS board chairman Malemo Tausaga, who is also director for the ASG Office of Budget and Planning. Velega is requesting, to hopefully get today, a copy of the federal rules and regulation polices covering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, which is the funding source for the Section 1602 program. Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie acknowledged the hearings and noted that it’s good that these individuals have been called before the committee to answer questions about the program and the draft report. According to the Senate President, he has a lot of answers to the lingering questions about the draft report, but stated it’s best the answers come directly from the witnesses who have been summoned by the committee.
COuRT JudGEMENTS APPROvEd The House approved Tuesday two bills, which are the Senate versions of administration measures, totaling more than $300,000 to pay separate High Court judgments against the American Samoa Government. The first court judgment appropriates $32,500 to settle a High Court judgment handed down in 2009 over a 2001 accident where a student was injured by a government vehicle around the Pago Pago Elementary School area. The second judgment calls for $321,757 to settle a judgment against ASG for breach of contract by failing to pay for construction services provided by Pacific International Engineering, Ltd. (PIE). Funding sources for the two bills from the government are higher business license fees and the new corporate franchise tax, as well as an increase in import tax on beer, tobacco and alcohol. However, the Senate amended the funding source to the $6.8 million in the unpledged interest from the tobacco settlement. In the PIE judgment, the total has been reduced down by $25,000 which is the amount of money the High Court ordered the government to pay — as part of the judgment — for funeral expenses for company owner, Warren Fisher, who passed away last month. The House approved the bills, including the Senate amendments, on Tuesday in third and final reading. The bills are now being enrolled before being transmitted to the governor. It’s unclear as to what action the governor will take on the two bills, due to the amendments in the funding source. Reach the reporter @ fili@samoanews.com
DHSS director testifies at budget hearing about “high-risk status”
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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Department of Human and Social Services has passed one hurdle to be removed from the high risk status with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is forging ahead to address the second issue in order be in compliance with USDA regulations. However, DHSS director Leilua Stevenson said that because USDA also provides funds to the Department of Education’s school lunch program, it’s unclear if DHSS will be given an all clear signal for full removal from USDA highrisk status unless DOE clears its issues with the federal grantor. Stevenson testified during Tuesday’s Fono Joint Budget hearing on DHSS’ proposal budget for fiscal year 2013. The department is one of the ASG entities fully funded by federal money. The DHSS director explained that the DHSS’ $23.63 million budget before the Fono “may not reflect the monies that DHSS will receive in FY 2013” and noted the department’s funding each fiscal year depends on Congressional action on the national budget and on administrative allocation of funds to states and territories. She told the committee DHSS funding comes from a variety of federal agencies and the proposed budget for FY 2013, is about 8% higher then the previous fiscal year. wIC PROGRAM According to the director, over 35% of the budget funds the WIC program, in which the department anticipates spending $8.3 million to administrate and manage WIC, as well as paying WIC benefits that serves close to 7,000 participants. Stevenson told the committee that WIC services are currently provided in the main office and at the WIC satellites, located in the community health centers in Amouli and Leone on Tutuila island and in the villages of Fitiuta and Ofu
in the Manu’a island group. “We are looking forward to the reopening of the WIC building [this] Friday and this is the complete reconstruction of the building which costs $1 million,” she explained. “We are also waiting for the Department of Health to complete renovations for the space at the Tafuna Community Health Center, which we will house the third WIC satellite clinic.” DOH also approved DHSS’ request to put a WIC clinic in the community health center in Tau and in Ofu, she said. FOOd STAMP PROGRAM — ASNAP PROGRAM The second largest program is the food stamp program (whose official name is the American Samoa Nutritious Assistant Program), which gets 32% of the budget allocation of the total budget, said Stevenson. She explained that FY 2013 funding for this program is just over $ 7 million with 4,128 recipients versus the previous year’s recipients of 3,918. In late 2010, DHSS contracted the services of Cohill Consulting to “conduct a needs assessment” on the food stamp automatic system and the contractor recommended that this program “must have a new and upgraded system” and this was approved by the USDA, she said. “I make mention of this program, in particular because it is the last remaining requirement for USDA to consider the high-risk designation for this program,” she said. “We are also currently negotiating with the USDA to increase the gross monthly income eligibility to qualify for food stamp benefits.” “If approved, the gross monthly eligibility level will move from $1,008 to $1, 227 — allowing more people to qualify for the program,” she said. And, as of Tuesday this week, the food stamp program is working on releasing a one time bonus of $100 for all program participants for the month of September, she said noting that this was approved
by USDA and “it’s paid, using approved but unspent funds for the current fiscal year.” “This amounts to $412,000 in addition to $500,000 for the month of September only, which is close to $900,000 of infusion to our economy,” she declared. hIGh RISk dESIGNATION Later in the hearing, when lawmakers were given the chance to asked questions, Rep. Taotasi Archie Soliai inquired to how many programs administered by DHSS are still under high risk, since she become director almost four years ago. Stevenson explained that the WIC and the food stamp programs were on high risk “and this is because they fall under USDA, who designated DOE as a high risk division, under the school lunch program.”
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DOC has no authority to evict those not paying their ASG leases/ rents
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Department of Commerce deputy director Lelei Peau made clear to lawmakers at yesterday’s Fono Joint budget hearing that DOC does not have the authority to terminate government leases or to evict anyone from government property for failure to make lease and/or rent payments. A report by the Legislative Financial Office states that the government is owed just over $2 million in outstanding payments for leases and rents. The report says this money could help with government finances. During the DOC budget hearing yesterday, Rep. Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i recalled the LFO’s report and asked about the enforcement of collecting these outstanding leases, which is a large dollar amount. Peau replied that DOC continues to work closely with the Treasury Department and the Attorney General on this important issue and pointed out it’s the Attorney General’s Office that has the enforcement power when it comes to eviction of any tenant, not DOC. The Deputy Director said this also includes the eviction of tenants at the Tafuna Industrial Park. At least three times during the hearing, Peau gave the same reply — that DOC does not have the authority to evict any tenants for failure to pay rent, as this authority rests with the AG’s Office. The Tafuna Industrial Park is under the jurisdiction of the DOC and it’s listed in the budget book under Enterprise Funds — which are revenue generating entities of ASG. Sen. Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson wanted to know if there is any revenue from the Industrial Park that goes towards helping the ASG general fund. Peau said that to this understanding, all revenues collected at the Industrial Park goes back into the operations and management of this facility. He also said that these revenues may be used – if required — as matching funds for certain federal grants. In FY 2013, DOC is proposing a $595,000 budget for the Industrial Park, which is officially named “Senator Inouye Industrial Park”, with the bulk of the money, $465,500 for personnel costs of 11 employees, according to the budget book. The revenue source for the Industrial Park budget is to come from rents and leases at the Industrial Park. The $600,000 revenue projection is based on an average of annual revenue collections, according to the budget book, which also states, that FY 2012’s estimated revenue of $569,748 is based on actual collections of $474,490 as of July 20, 2012. The budget book also states that in FY 2012, the Industrial Park is “estimated” to get a net income of $210,258 and a “projected” net income of $5,000 in FY 2013.
Police officers with the Traffic Division who played a part in the three week “Drive sober or get pulled over” enforcement that targeted those who drive while under the influence of alcohol, child [Photo: JL] restraints, not wearing seat belts and other traffic violations. 
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Staff reporter
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ nets drunk drivers and others
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The three-week enforcement targeted at drunk drivers concluded over the long weekend and was deemed a productive and successful operation. The enforcement is part of the National Campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” that happened from August 19 and ran through September 5, 2012. Leading the enforcement was Commander of the Traffic Division Captain Ta’aloloioufaiva John Cendrowski with the assistance of Lieutenant Mary Leiato. “A total of 30 were arrested for driving under the influence, including two caught driving while their drivers licenses were suspended for previous DUIs. Close to 3,000 traffic citations were issued to those who violated traffic laws like non-possession of drivers license, running stop signs, speed violators, and, those who had additional lights on vehicles and vehicles with high density lights,” he said. “Additionally more than 20 were arrested for driving while they don’t have a driver’s licenses.” Cpt. Cendrowski said this is alarming as there were several teenagers who were caught driving although they did not have a driver’s license, and many had been authorized to drive by their parents. “Despite the fact that your child may know how to operate a vehicle, he or she must obtain a driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the territory.” A majority of the teenagers the police officers cited, not only were speeding but they ran stops signs. “These are areas where they can learn to follow the rules of traffic if they attend courses held at the Office of Motor Vehicles for those who have yet to obtain a driver’s license.” He reiterated to parents: “Please do not allow your child to operate a vehicle without a driver’s license.” Cpt. Cendrowski said aside from the homicide by vehicle in Nu’uuli and one where a high school student was seriously injured the enforcement was a successful one. He noted that during the last “drive sober or get pulled over” enforcement held during a holiday period, they saw 50 arrested for DUI — and this recent enforcement decreased in numbers, which is a great sign. The Commander of the Traffic Division added that at the beginning of the enforcement, the numbers increased over the days. However there was a change in the attitude of the public, people started taking the advice from police and taking taxis home and getting designated drivers, which was something quite new. “This is a good sign that goes to show the public is heeding the repeated advice to not operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol, those two just don’t mix.” He said another positive change is the public is wearing seat belts when in a moving vehicle. AIGA buS ACCIdENTS Cpt. Cendrowski said the incident of a high school girl who fell out of an aiga bus could have been prevented. According to police, the girl’s sweater fell out of the aiga bus and when the girl reached for it she fell out of the bus and hit her head on the concrete sidewalk. The girl suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for a few days. The Captain said the passenger must let the bus driver know what is going on so he can react and you cannot try to reach out or try to get off the bus until the bus comes to a complete stop. “Not a rolling stop, a complete stop,” he said. He also reminded bus drivers that “any passenger on your bus is your responsibility.” With regards to the homicide by vehicle, Cpt. Cendrowski said the bus driver claims he was tired. “Again if you are tired pull over take a nap, or have a second driver in case you get tired while driving.” This “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign was launched nationally in 1999 and works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest times of the year.
Dampened tradition: No balloon drop for Obama
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
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FEMAlE ATTACkER PlEAdS GuIlTy Natasha Uia will be sentenced on September 22, 2012 following a guilty plea in the High Court yesterday morning. Uia a 20-year old female who’s held on bail of $10,000 is facing charges of seconddegree assault, public peace disturbance and underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. However in a plea agreement with the government, the defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree assault while the government dismissed the remaining charges. The assault charge is a class D felony punishable up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr presided over this matter. The plea agreement read in court says the defendant approached the victim about rumors, and struck her head with a beer bottle. Uia admitted in court that she struck the defendant on her head with a beer bottle. The government claims the victim suffered a laceration that required several stitches. The defendant remains in custody on bail of $5,000 and is represented by Assistant Public Defender Mike White. Prosecuting this matter is Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag. SEFO hyMIE dENIES ChARGES Hymie Sefo facing charges of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree and stealing, in connection with the burglary of a store in Leone two years ago, denied the charges against him when he was arraigned in the High Court yesterday. Sefo waived his rights to the reading of the charges against him during his court appearance. His is alleged to be one of three people involved in the Sept. 2009 robbery of FJP Kruse Inc, Store in Leone, according to the government. Police found out during their investigation that three men, which included Sefo, were alleged to be involved in this matter — one of the men was an employee of Kruse’s store at the time of incident. A court affidavit states that Sefo was terminated from Kruse’s store three months prior to the alleged break in. Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley represents Sefo who’s held on bail of $30,000, while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Cecilia
Reyna. MAN ChARGEd IN FOuR dIFFERENT CASES IN COuRT Pre-trial conference for Joe Pitolau is now set for October 5, 2012 following his arraignment in the High Court. Pitolau is held in police custody on bail set at $65,000. Pitolau is charged with four charges of burglary, four counts of stealing and property damage in some cases. The multiple charges stems from the four different burglaries that allegedly occurred between August to November 2009. Pitolau’s arraignment was presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse. In first incident where Pitolau accused is alleged to
have occurred at the Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Fagatogo on Aug. 27, 2009. The second case occurred on Sept. 16, 2009, where the defendant is accused of breaking into the Department of Education E-rate office. Police investigation reveals that Pitolau refused to make a statement in this matter, however a juvenile who accompanied Pitolau the night in question told police that they broke into the Erate office. The third incident, the Wesley Book Store break-in occurred November 2, 2009. The last case is a break in at the drug store November 12, 2009. (See Toasivili, Sept. 1, 2012 for details of alleged four burglaries by Pitolau)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No balloons? What kind of a political convention is that? With a threat of rain, there will be no downpour of Democratic balloons. Thursday’s national convention finale was supposed to be at Charlotte’s huge outdoor Bank of America Stadium. Seventy thousand or more supporters cheering President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. Fireworks soaring into the skies to match the fiery rhetoric. That’s the way it was four years ago as Obama stood before 84,000 exuberant followers in Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High stadium, an overflow crowd shouting approval. But this year the rains came — every day this week in the convention city, with more possible on Thursday’s final day. Thunderstorms, too, the final blow. The finale is being moved back to the nearby Time Warner Cable Arena where the rest of the convention is being held, party officials said Wednesday. It’s a fine convention site. State delegate sections already in place. TV sky booths for the anchors. Big impressive stage. Flashy video backdrop. But balloons? Thousands of red, white and blue balloons up in the ceiling, ready to come cascading down for the finish that America expects? Nope. Sigh. The Republicans had balloons aplenty, last week in Tampa, Fla. Too late for the Democrats. But their spirits are still high. Stay tuned. Organizers are scrambling to come up with another festive way to punctuate the end of the convention.
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To understand the imperative of current political reality, Justice Holmes advised, “a page of history is worth a volume of logic.” Thus, it is the past that we draw our understanding of the candidate’searly life. Mr. Mata’utia was born in Vatia, American Samoa. Kereti’s father, Laie Kereti Liliu Mata’utia is from Fitiuta, Manu’a and mother, Ienisei Tuiloma Olomanu Mata’utia is from Vatia. Mr. Mata’utia is married to Nora Academia Lacamiento Mata’utia of Hawaii and the Philippines. Kereti and Nora have two children, John K. L. Mata’utia and Caroline I. A. Mata’utia. At about 10 years old, Kereti moved to Hawaii and attended Hawaii elementary school. Thereafter, Kereti relocated to American Samoa. Next, the family settled in Si’ufaga Ta’u, Manu’a where Kereti graduated from Manu’a High School in 1984. Kereti continued post-graduate studies and obtained Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management & Business Administration, as well as a Juris Doctor’s Degree in Law. Kereti devoted his lifetime to develop Human Resources Capital at the American Samoa Community College; LBJ Medical Center; grant analyst at the American Samoa Power Authority; human resources trainer at American Samoa Telecommunication Authority; staff at the American Samoa Legislature; and intern at the American Samoa Attorney General office and Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. I have decided to run for U.S. Congress because I am deeply concern about the plethora of unbalance federal policies towards American Samoa. While I support federal policies that serve the public interests; however, the representative to congress must weighed the risks and benefits of federal policies that runs counter or paradox to local policies. To name a few, the minimumw age although the federal mandate will provide wage parity based on the national standards, but the local economy cannot absorb the automatic wage increase. Therefore, this policy must be reexamined in a more balance and thoughtful approach that is in line with the local economy. Further, Cabotage law, which is a federal law enacted to protect U.S. economic interests, but the federal policy restricts foreign carriers from carrying passengers between two U.S. airports. Therefore, this federal policy tethered American Samoa’s economic development to attract tourists and close our airport to other carriers in order to lower the price of air fares. Again, this policy must be re-examined in a more balance and thoughtful approach that is in line with the local economy. Kereti is committed to public service and humbly ask for your vote to serve the community, village, county, government and people of American Samoa as your Congressman in Washington D.C.
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American Samoa
1. Domestic Product and income
table 1.1. Gross Domestic Product
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Line [Millions of dollars] 2002 549 312 155 20 135 156 1 12 5 -18 527 503 25 545 487 58 238 10 227 2003 561 332 166 21 145 164 1 12 9 -41 522 495 27 563 494 69 249 20 229 2004 545 356 185 26 159 172 -1 17 8 -86 470 442 28 555 488 68 250 26 224 2005 550 367 189 24 165 181 -3 21 -6 -81 507 480 27 589 525 64 250 24 225 2006 544 373 190 23 167 184 -1 20 -3 -95 504 477 26 599 533 66 250 19 231 2007 571 378 194 23 171 185 -1 21 -8 -66 512 488 24 578 515 62 245 17 228 2008 609 402 210 28 183 194 -3 20 -17 -65 646 621 25 711 641 70 268 21 247 2009 714 397 203 23 180 199 -4 17 -6 4 536 509 26 532 472 60 303 28 275 2010 615 412 213 24 188 205 -6 22 -7 -136 366 338 27 502 442 60 325 21 305 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Gross domestic product Personal consumption expenditures Goods Durable goods Nondurable goods Services Net foreign travel Private fixed investment Change in private inventories net exports of goods and services Exports Goods Services Imports Goods Services Government consumption expenditures and gross investment Federal American Samoa Territorial
BEA releases estimates of GDP for territory for 2010
FIRST TIME ESTIMATES OF GdP by INduSTRy, COMPENSATION by INduSTRy ANd dETAIlEd CONSuMER SPENdING INCludEd UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA — (September 4, 2012) — Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is releasing estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) for American Samoa for 2010 and revised estimates for 2002 to 2009. In this release, BEA – for the first time – also includes estimates of GDP by industry, compensation by industry, and detailed consumer spending. These estimates were developed under the Statistical Improvement Program funded by the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Gross Domestic Product for 2010 The estimates for American Samoa show that real GDP – GDP adjusted to remove price changes – increased 1.3 percent. For comparison, real GDP for the U.S. (excluding the territories) increased 2.4 percent in 2010. The growth in the economy in 2010 largely reflected increases in territorial government spending and private fixed investment, including construction. Following the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami, the American Samoa Government significantly increased its spending, including hiring temporary workers for cleanup and recovery operations. Construction activity increased as homes and other structures damaged or destroyed by the natural disaster were repaired and rebuilt. Economic growth was tempered by a decline in exports of goods and services that was only partly offset by a decline in imports. American Samoa’s exports, which consisted overwhelmingly of exports of the tuna canning industry, were a major contributor to the decline in total exports in 2010. Consumer spending continued to be a drag on the American Samoa economy in 2010, declining for the sixth consecutive year. More detailed estimates of consumer spending are being released for the first time today and show that for 2010, spending fell on both goods and services. Net foreign travel, calculated as spending by American Samoa residents abroad less spending by nonresidents in American Samoa, also contributed negatively to economic growth. GROSS dOMESTIC PROduCT & COMPENSATION by INduSTRy The new estimates of gross domestic product by industry (GDP by industry) provide additional information on economic growth and complement the aggregate GDP estimates that have been published since 2010. While the GDP estimates show how much the entire economy has grown (or contracted), the new GDP by industry estimates show how major industries have contributed to that growth. For American Samoa, the GDP by industry estimates show that the manufacturing industry, which includes the tuna canning industry, contracted in 2010. The tuna canning industry, which had experienced a steep decline in 2009 due to the closure of one of the territory’s two canneries, continued to decline in 2010, while non-manufacturing industries and the territorial government sector contributed positively to the economy. The compensation by industry estimates show trends in compensation for major industries. Total compensation fell in 2010, reflecting a decline in private sector compensation. Private sector compensation fell largely as a result of the
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NOTE. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.
table 1.2. Real Gross Domestic Product, Chained Dollars
Line Gross domestic product Personal consumption expenditures Goods Durable goods Nondurable goods Services Net foreign travel Private fixed investment Change in private inventories net exports of goods and services Exports Goods Services Imports Goods Services Government consumption expenditures and gross investment Federal Territorial Addenda: 1 Population (thousands) American Samoa Per capita real GDP (chained dollars) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 [Millions of chained (2005) dollars] 2002 545 347 172 22 150 175 1 14 6 -91 590 560 31 681 609 73 263 13 249 60.8 8,964 2003 548 356 179 23 156 176 0 14 10 -107 577 547 30 684 606 79 270 23 246 62.6 8,754 2004 548 371 193 27 166 178 0 18 8 -107 485 456 30 592 520 72 258 29 229 64.1 8,549 2005 550 367 189 24 165 181 -3 21 -6 -81 507 480 27 589 525 64 250 24 225 65.5 8,397 2006 529 362 185 22 162 179 -2 20 -3 -88 474 448 26 562 497 65 239 18 221 64.8 8,164 2007 536 356 183 22 161 175 -1 20 -7 -62 479 456 23 541 479 63 228 16 212 64.8 8,272 2008 527 352 183 23 159 171 -2 20 -11 -75 475 452 22 550 486 64 243 18 224 65.1 8,095 2009 510 348 173 19 153 178 -3 17 -7 -104 374 352 24 478 420 59 273 25 249 62.4 8,173 2010 517 345 172 20 152 177 -4 23 -6 -109 313 291 23 422 367 56 290 18 273 55.5 9,315
1. BEA estimates based on U.S. Census Bureau's Census of Population and Housing and American Samoa Statistical Yearbook.
table 1.3. Percent Change from Preceding Year in Real Gross Domestic Product
Line Gross domestic product Personal consumption expenditures Goods Durable goods Nondurable goods Services Net foreign travel Private fixed investment Change in private inventories net exports of goods and services Exports Goods Services Imports Goods Services Government consumption expenditures and gross investment Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 [Percent] 2003 0.6 2.5 4.3 4.1 4.3 0.7 …….. 0.7 …….. …….. -2.2 -2.3 -0.6 0.5 -0.5 8.2 2.6 85.1 -1.3 2004 0.1 4.2 7.4 17.0 5.9 1.4 …….. 32.0 …….. …….. -16.0 -16.7 -2.7 -13.5 -14.2 -8.7 -4.4 22.7 -6.8 2005 0.2 -1.0 -2.0 -12.3 -0.3 1.2 …….. 14.1 …….. …….. 4.6 5.4 -8.6 -0.5 1.0 -11.2 -3.1 -14.2 -1.8 2006 -3.7 -1.3 -2.2 -5.5 -1.7 -0.9 …….. -6.0 …….. …….. -6.6 -6.8 -3.2 -4.5 -5.3 1.7 -4.4 -26.3 -2.0 2007 1.2 -1.6 -1.1 -2.9 -0.9 -2.4 …….. 3.3 …….. …….. 1.1 1.8 -10.2 -3.7 -3.7 -4.0 -4.5 -13.4 -3.7 2008 -1.7 -1.2 0.0 7.8 -1.0 -1.8 …….. -0.4 …….. …….. -0.9 -0.7 -4.4 1.7 1.6 3.1 6.5 17.3 5.6 2009 -3.1 -1.1 -5.4 -17.4 -3.6 3.9 …….. -15.6 …….. …….. -21.2 -22.2 4.8 -13.1 -13.7 -8.0 12.6 33.8 10.8 2010 1.3 -0.7 -0.4 2.3 -0.7 -0.4 …….. 32.3 …….. …….. -16.4 -17.2 -2.6 -11.8 -12.5 -6.3 6.3 -28.3 9.8
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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Pago Pago American Samoa 96799
Whereas, substance abuse and dependence is a major public health concern that negatively affects many individuals, families, and Whereas, Whereas, Whereas, Whereas, Whereas, Whereas,
villages of American Samoa; and substance abuse and dependence has as unnecessarily large societal, medical, legal, and economic cost to the territory of American Samoa; and although territorial residents suffering from substance abuse and dependence can benefit from treatment, many who would make an effort to get treatment, are fearful of the negative stigma associated with treatment as might cause neighbors or community members to have negative opinions of them; and substance abuse and dependence is a dangerous yet highly treatable disease. Treatment and long term recovery can offer both a better quality of life and renewed outlook on life for those who suffer and their family members; and resources exist online and in our community to increase people’s awareness about how substance abut and dependence affect children, families, and our society, such education is essential to overcoming misconceptions and achieving longterm recovery; and the territory of American Samoa recognizes the importance of substance abuse and dependence prevention, intervention, and treatment and acknowledges, affirm, and celebrates its cause; to help achieve this goal, the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services, the Department of Public Safety, Catholic Social Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic invite all residents of the territory of American Samoa to participate in the 23rd anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month); and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Togiola T.A. Tulafono Governor of the Territory of American Samoa, do hereby proclaim September 2012 Nation Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month in American Samoa, and call upon the people of American Samoa to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies supporting this year’s theme,
“Join the Voices for Recovery: It’s Worth It!”
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affix the Seal of my office on this 31st day of August, in the year of our Lord Two
Thousand and twelve.
Togiola T.A. Tulafono
Governor of American Samoa
Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House. Obama strode onstage as Clinton concluded his speech. The 42nd president bowed, and was pulled into an embrace by the 44th as thousands of delegates jammed into the convention hall roared their approval. Clinton, conceding that many struggling in a slowrecovery economy don’t yet feel improvement, said circumstances are indeed getting better, “and if you’ll renew the president’s contract you will feel it.” To more cheers, he said of Obama, “I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.” Not long afterward, the delegates formally awarded Obama their nomination to a second term in a post-midnight roll call of the states. Clinton spoke as Obama’s high command worked to control the political fallout from an embarrassing retreat on the party platform, just two months from Election Day in the tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Under criticism from Romney, the Obama camp abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem “is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, presiding in the largely-empty hall, ruled them outvoted. White House aides said Obama had personally ordered the changes, but they did not disclose whether he had approved the earlier version. The convention concludes Thursday with Obama’s acceptance speech before a primetime national TV audience. Aides announced he would speak in the convention hall rather than a nearby 74,000-seat football stadium as originally planned. They cited weather concerns as the reason for the switch in a city that has been hit by heavy rains in recent days. Romney, nominated at his own convention last week, spent his second straight day in Vermont preparing for next month’s debates with Obama. Clinton’s speech was deemed so important by Obama’s campaign aides that they delayed the president’s formal nomination to a second term until it was over. The familiar roll call of the states began well after television prime time in the eastern part of the country, and the hall was emptying out rapidly as it dragged on past midnight. Obama’s campaign hoped the former president would prove especially persuasive in an era of sluggish economic growth and 8.3 percent unemployment. Clinton is exceptionally popular 12 years after he left office, particularly among white men, a group among whom Obama polls poorly. The speech was vintage Clinton, overlong for sure, insults delivered with a folksy grin, references to his own time in office and his wife Hillary, all designed to improve Obama’s shaky re-election prospects. The convention hall rocked with delegates’ applause and cheers the former president strode onstage to sounds of “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” his 1992 campaign theme song. He sought to rebut every major criticism Republicans leveled against the president at their own convention last week in Tampa, and said that in fact, since 1961, far more jobs have been created under Democratic presidents than when Republicans sat in the White House, by a margin of 42 million to 24 million.
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Former President Bill Clinton bows as President Barack Obama walks on stage after Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Ua ou tu lili’a i le to ae maniti tino i pisaga, e pei o le fetalaiga i le vaifanua o le Saofa’apito ma Salevalasi, e fa’apoipoi lili’a fo’i fa’aalofisa o tupu na i Malaeolevavau ma ou tapui le tapu a Tupolesava e pei o le Fetalaiga i le Taoto lima a le Tuiatua Galumalemana, aua e taliu ae popo’e, o si o ta lima lava e pa’ia ai si o ta mata. Ae lilifa lava se lagona o lo’o ala le mafua-ali’i aua lau fa’afofoga’aga le paia e, o Tutuila ma Manu’a, o oe lava ole Va’a fa’aufigata. Ou te fa’atulou ai i le Motu-sa, aua le afio o le Laau na Amotasi, afifio ali’i Fa’atui ma le Faletolu, aua To’oto’o o le Faleula ma upu ia te oe le Manu’a-tele. E fa’atulou fo’i i le Nofo a Ma’opu ma le Faleagafulu aua Sua ma le Vaifanua, o Fofo ma Aitulagi, Itu’au ma le Alataua, Saole ma Saleaaumua ma le Launiu-na-saelua. O ou paia na Samoa i Sasa’e i ou papatuloto ma ou lumafatutoto. Ae le ufitia ai fala o le tamaitai aua ou paia faale-Malo, le afio o lau Afioga i le Kovana Sili ma lau Masiofo, afio le Lutena Kovana faapea lou auva’a o Sui o le Kapeneta aua lau Faigamalo. E le galo Afi’a i si ona vao aua Fa’aao o Maota e lua, lau Afioga i le Peresetene ma le Maota o le Senate faapea lau Afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai ma le Maota o Sui, o le tafatolu lava lea o Faigamalo i le Afio o lau Afioga i le Faamasino Sili ma le Pulega tau Fa’amasinoga. E le liua le vai o Sina, afio lau Afioga Lefiti Pese, Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, afifio Kovana o Falelima ma le Manu’a Tele, afifio Alii Mautofi ma Pulenu’u ma le loaloa o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa. E le sopoloa le silasila aua le susu o Taitai o Ekalesia Kerisiano e fia, o Sui vaaia ua fa’au’uina mo le Sakalameta o le Upu, a o tausi mea a le Atua Silisili Ese, e ou le Tala Lelei, tainane le mamalu tele o le aupalota mo le filiga i le tai o se agavaa’a aua sui mamalu o lau Fono Faitulafono mo le Faiga Palota tele ia Novema 2012, o le tausaga nei. E le mafai ona si’i lo’u va’a i le tai, ae ou te le’i utuvai i le vaigagana ma se’i o’u tofu i le vai o le tama na momo’o iai le Tuiatua nai Mulinu’u ma Nu’uausala, aua ou te le mafaia se mea pe a aunoa ma lau fa’amanuia aemaise ai o tatou apepele i le loto e tasi ma le alofa ua feulua’i. Ua na’o a’u o se ugapepe, e lolo gofie i le agi a le matagi, ae ua ou fa’aoia le vao i Fagalele ma ou tatalo i le la’i se’i molia si o’u mana’o, o le tagi lava a le Pu-mate, ua ta fia pa’i i le vai o le tama, ua ta fia galue se’i aoga lo’u ola ma lo’u tagata e tautua mo oe lo’u atunu’u pele e ala i le Itumalo Palota o le Vaifanua Tele #3. O le paia lava lea aua le mamalu o le au palota ma lo’u Itumalo Pele, ou te ofo atu, e pei o la Isaia, ia auina atu a’u. Le mamalu e, o le Itupa o Tina, Faletua ma Tausi, Sa’oao ma Tama’ita’i; ua ou tapa la outou palota e pei ona tapa e Tulia le tata tatou te saili malo ai aua upufai o le malo e ala i le Fono Faitulafono. Avea ia lo’u tina fa’atauva’a tatou te amata mea ai aua so tatou avanoa i le nofoa o le tatou Itumalo i le Fono Faitulafono, ona e taua tagata uma.
Ua nofoilo le sa o Fiame, ua tele le saito e fia seleseleina, peita’i ua mo’omia ni auauna fa’amaoni ma loto nu’u. E mafanafana lo’u loto ua ia te a’u meaalofa a le Atua e tau ai le taua, o a fo’i ni ‘ai o le tai ma figota e maua ia sasa’a i luma o le nu’u ma le Itumalo, ia ou le tiu afifi e pei o faiva o Matala’oa, ae ia aoga le poto ma fa’amanuiaga mai le Atua ia salafa tutusa manuia, ia le fa’apito manu ia Tasi, ae ia tatou ‘ae’ae tutusa, ia manuia le malosi, ia fiafia fo’i ma manuia le vaivai ma le le tagolima. Ou te matua talitonu i le fuaitau masani, e leo tele galuega, ia le na o le upu fo’i ma le gutu ae ia savali ma tausi i ai. I le loto maualalo male ava e tatau ai ou te fa’alauiloa aloa’ia ai lo’u fa’amoemoe e fia tauva i le Tofi Faipule o le Maota o Sui mai le Itumalo o le Vaifanua Tele #3 i le Faiga Palota o le aso 6 o Novema 2012. Faia ma le fa’aaloalo tele,
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Clinton accused Republicans of proposing “the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place” and led to a near financial meltdown. Those, he said, include efforts to provide “tax cuts for higher-income Americans, more money for defense than the Pentagon wants and ... deep cuts on programs that help the middle class and poor children.” “As another president once said, ‘There they go again,’” he said, quoting Ronald Reagan, who often uttered the remark as a rebuke to Democrats. There was another reference to Reagan, whom Democrats routinely accused of advocating “trickle down economics” that favored the rich. “We simply cannot afford to turn the reins of government over to someone who will double down on trickle-down,” Clinton said. He shared prime time with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for a Republican-held Senate seat in Romney’s Massachusetts. For many years “our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered,” she said. In a tight race for the White House and with control of the Senate at stake, Democrats signaled unmistakable concern about the growing financial disadvantage they confront. Officials said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s first White House chief of staff, was resigning as national co-chair of the president’s campaign to help raise money for a super PAC that supports the his re-election. Unlike candidates, outside groups can solicit donations of unlimited size from donors. At the same time, federal law bars coordination with the campaigns. Inside the hall, a parade of speakers praised Obama and criticized the Republicans, sometimes harshly. Sandra Fluke, a law student whom congressional Republicans would not let testify at a hearing on contraceptives, said if Republicans win in the fall, women will wake up to “an America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it, in which politicians redefine rape.”
Clinton’s speech marked the seventh consecutive convention he has spoken to party delegates, and the latest twist in a relationship with Obama that has veered from frosty to friendly. The two men clashed in 2008, when Obama outran Hillary Rodham Clinton’s wife for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, then a New York senator, now Obama’s Secretary of State, was in East Timor as the party met half a world away. She made a cameo appearance on the huge screens inside the Time Warner Cable Arena, though, turning up in a video that celebrated the 12 Democratic women senators currently in office. Republicans have suddenly discovered a lot to like about Clinton a man they impeached in late 1998 when they ran the House and he sat in the Oval Office. Ryan made no mention of those unpleasantries when he told a campaign audience in Iowa, “Under President Clinton we got welfare reform. President Obama is rolling back welfare reform. “President Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress to have a budget agreement to cut spending. President Obama, a gusher of new spending.” Independent fact checkers have repeatedly debunked the claim about Obama’s welfare proposals. Nor did the Wisconsin lawmaker mention that under a balanced budget compromise with Clinton to rein in federal spending, Republicans agreed to create a new benefit program that provides health care for lower-income children and others ineligible for Medicaid. The changes in the platform came after the Republicans criticized an earlier decision to strip out a reference to God. Romney said that “suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people. ... I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize.” Romney had declared in a summertime trip there that Jerusalem was the country’s capital. U.S. policy for years has held that the city’s status is a matter for negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, and Democrats said at the time he was pandering to Jewish voters in the United States.
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Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Barack Obama after President Obama walked on stage after Clinton’s speech the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
Fa’amuamua Tagata
People First
Ua taofia le ola lelei ma le alu aga’i i luma o pisinisi ona ua le gata i le taugata o lafoga, o le taugata o fefa’ataua’iga ma feso’ota’iga ma atunu’u i fafo, a’o le taugata fo’i o va’a la’u oloa. O nei taugata uma, e falute i luga o tau o oloa o lo’o tatou fa’atauina, ma ua afaina ai tele lo tatou taumafai atu e tau fa’aso’o le sulugatiti. Ua manatu Lolo ma Lemanu e ao ina saunia se ‘aufaigaluega ua lava le tomai i le va’aiga o lafoga, ia so’oso’o tau’au ma pisinisi, fa’apea fo’i le atunu’u ina ia maua se to’omaga mo tagata uma, ma soifua manuia fo’i le fa’afoeina o le Malo. E tumau pea le “FA’AMUAMUA TAGATA”.
Tax competitiveness, communications and shipping are other challenges to the overall business climate and cost of doing business in American Samoa. Addressing these areas will assist with business retention and recruitment efforts in the region. The remaining cannery continues to struggle with the cost of labor, shipping and utilities. There are businesses in American Samoa who enjoy a tax relief while others are struggling to make ends meet. Lolo and Lemanu believe in formulating an Economic Development Task Force to target both corporate and personal income tax issues in an economic development context. We need to review the Tax-exempt policies and offer tax exempt status to new businesses that will not compete with existing businesses in the territory. Tax exemption needs to be fair across the board. “PEOPLE FIRST”.
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Na faaalia le le fiafia o ni isi o sui o le Fono i le le o’o atu o Faatonu a ni isi o Ofisa o le malo, e molimau i a latou Paketi, ae na faaalia e isi sui o le Fono lo latou le fiafia i isi fo’i sui o le Fono, i le le auai atu uma i iloiloga o le paketi a le malo o loo faagasolo i le taimi nei. O le taimi o le iloiloga o le paketi a le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lotoifale i le aoauli o le Aso Lua na te’a nei, na tulai mai ai le faaletonu, ina ua amata ane le iloiloga e na o le toatasi le Senatoa ma le Faipule e toatasi sa auai, e ese mai i taitaifono o komiti o le paketi a maota e lua, afioga i le Senatoa ia Lamanu Peleti Mauga ma le alii Faipule ia Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi. O sui e toalua na i ai i le taimi o le iloiloga na aofia ai Senatoa Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson ma le alii faipule ia Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga, peitai e fetaui lava le mae’a o le iloiloga lea e tusa ma le 8 minute le umi, ae taunuu atu loa isi sui. E le i auai le faatonu o le matagaluega ia Mike Sala ona o lo o malaga i fafo, e pei ona faaalia e sui o lona ofisa na molimau i le latou paketi. Na taua foi e Lemanu e faapea, ua uma ona faanoi atu Sala e le auai i le iloiloga. O le faasea a le Fono i le le auai o Faatonu i iloiloga na faaleo e Alo, ina ua valaau le paketi a le Ofisa e Pulea Oloa a le malo (Procurement), ae vaaia ai le sui faatonu ma se tasi o sui o le latou ofisa na molimau, ae le’i i ai le faatonu ia Ivy Taufaasau. Na fesiligia e Alo ia molimau po o fea le latou faatonu, ae tali le sui faatonu, o lo o malaga i fafo. Sa le i nofo lelei le finagalo o Alo ma isi sui faitulafono i lea tali. Na saunoa le ali’i Senatoa, e foliga mai ua amata ona le amanaia e faatonusili le paketi a le malo lea ua i luma o le fono, “ae afai o le tulaga lea o le a i ai iloiloga o le paketi, e sili ai loa ona faamalolo le paketi,” o le O le sa lena o le Tava’esina mai Salua, Manono lea na mua i faagatama o le tai o le Teuila saunoaga lea a Alo. “O lo o manino le tulafono, e tatau ona avanoa faatonu mo [Ata: Naenae Productions] o lenei tausaga i le taeao ananafi, i le taimi faatoa amata le tuuga. iloiloga o le paketi a le malo i soo se taimi e valaau atu ai le fono, ae taoto atu pea i se finagalo a le komiti,” o le saunoaga lea a Alo. Na faamanino e Alo e faapea, e tasi lava le mafuaaga e ala ai ona valaau iloiloga a le Fono mo le paketi, ina ia faamalamalama e ofisa o le malo i le Fono tulaga uma e uiga i le paketi, peitai afai e le malamalama le Fono, e sili ai loa pe a taofi le paketi. Na faaalia foi e Fonoti lona faanoanoa ona o le toatele o faipule ma Senatoa e le o auai atu i le iloiloga o le paketi. Saunoa Fonoti, sa tele lava finagalo e faatatau i le paketi, peitai tusia: Leua Aiono Frost Ua tu’u mai le avanoa matagofie i so’o se tagata Samoa e fia iloa ona tautala i le gagana a o lea ua oo i le taimi e tatau ai ona fesili le fono i le malo, ae o Korea, ia o’o ane i le Ofisa o Pisinisi Laiti i le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi ma Lesitala lou suafa, e le lea ua vaaia le gaogao o iloiloga o lo o faia. totogia, ma fa’amau sou avanoa e a’oa’oina ai oe, e le totogia fo’i, e le faia’oga mo lea gagana o Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com Mr Lee, Hyun-Hwi. Ua fa’ailoa mai, ua toe pau ai lenei o le vasega e fa’atautaia mo le gagana Korea, e le toe faia i le tausaga a’oga o lumana’i, ae ua atoa fo’i le 8 tausaga o faia mai lenei vasega i ona afa tausaga ta’itasi. I se tala mai le ali’i faia’oga, ua ia fa’ailoa mai ai, “Ua silia ma le 300 i latou ua mae’a a’oa’oina i lenei gagana, e aoga tele lou malamalama i gagana Korea, aua o lo’o i ai pea le so’otaga i le va o Korea ma Amerika Samoa, o lo’o tele fo’i fefa’ataua’iga o lo’o faia i le va o malo e lua, e aoga ai ona fa’aau’upega oe i lenei gagana.” Ona ua limiti mai nofoa avanoa mo lenei vasega, ua fa’atulaga fo’i le aso 11 o Setama e fa’amuta ai le avanoa e lesitala ai lou suafa mo sou avanoa. O e uma sa auai i vasega muamua, ua fa’apea fo’i ona si’itia le lesona mo i latou i lenei vasega, ae ua le tu’ua ai le a’oa’oina fo’i ma e fa’ato’a amata ona tau a’oa’o i lea gagana. O le tautua a lenei ali’i Faia’oga o Mr. Lee, ua fai si loa i le tatou atunu’u, ma ua iloga fo’i ana galuega i le tatou malo e ala i le fa’atula’ia o televise i le Malae Va’alele ma toe tu’u i ai ma le Cable Televise. O televise fo’i i le Maota Gasegase ma o latou Cable Televise e maimoa i ai le mamalu lautele a’o tatalia talavai. Lea fo’i ua faliu o ia e fa’atino lea sao matagofie i le a’oa’oina o lana gagana mo i tatou, ina ia tatou le pogisa, ae ia tatou malamalama i a latou talanoa mai, ina ia tatou ola feso’ota’i ma i latou a’o tatou o ola fa’atasi i Amerika Samoa, pe o latou laufanua fo’i i Korea. Ona o ia o le faipisinisi, ae o lana taleni na tu’ua ai lona malo ae malaga mai i Amerika Samoa o le tusitala ma pu’eata, ina ua tatou malilie e fa’aaoga va’a i’a Korea e o tatou fale’ia tetele e lua i le vaitausaga 1950-60, o lea ua naunau ai o ia, ina ia le motusia lenei malamalama ae ia fa’apupula atili. Ua ia manatu ina ia fa’amaimoa i tatou i ata Korea, lea ua fa’amama’i i ai le vasega o tina o Samoa, ma fanau nofo fale. O se mea taua le fa’aali mai o le ata, ae ua e malamalama fo’i i a latou tala ua fa’agasolo mai mo lau maimoaga. Peita’i, ua ia fa’ailoa mai, ua motusia mo sina vaitau polokalama sa tatou masani ai i le televise, ona ua si’itia e le malo o Korea le ituaiga fa’asalalauga fa’asatelite 3D lea ua faia nei, ae o’o mai i le tatou tautua fa’atelevise, e le’i si’itia i lea ituaiga, ona o lo’o tatou fa’aaoga se faiga tuai. O lea ua tatalia nei le pusa o le televise 3D ua mae’a okaina e Mr Lee, Hyun Hwi i ana lava tupe, ina ia mafai ona feso’ota’i ai tatou fa’asalalauga ma Korea, ona fa’aauau atu ai lea i le vaiaso Se vaaiga atu lena i le taimi o le iloiloga o le paketi a le a sau, pe a tusa ai ma le meli, e toe amatalia ai fa’asalalauga o lana Alaata 51, ae le tau totogia fo’i Ofisa o le Procurement i le aoauli o le aso Lua na te’a nei, lea sau Cable Televise mo lea alaata. E tu’u mai pea se fesili, “Aisea e naunau ai lea faipisinisi e fa’apopoto i tatou i lana gagana, e na o le toalua sui o le Fono sa auai i le taimi o le iloiloga, ma ia tatou ola feso’ota’i ma lona malo?” O lana tali, “E sili le malamalama nai lo le pogisa, ae faatasi ai ma taitaifono o komiti o le paketi a maota e lua. maise lava i ala o feso’ota’iga, ae o sana fa’afetai fo’i lea ia i latou uma lava, fa’atasi ai ma le malo O sui e toalua na auai e aofia ai Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson ma (ata AF) i lo tatou talisapaia pea o lana pisinisi e fa’atautaia ma tautuaina ai i tatou i Amerika Samoa nei.” Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga.
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Na faalauiloa e le alii Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau i le vaiaso na te’a nei, o le a faaulu i luma o le maota se iugafono e fesiligia ai se tali a le Failautusi o le Ofisa o le Initeria, e uiga i le mataupu na teena ai e le kovana le pili na pasia e le Fono mo le paketi a le ASPA. Saunoa Gaoteote, o le vaiaso nei lea ua faatulaga ai iloiloga a le Fono i le paketi a le malo mo le tausaga tupe fou 2013, ae o lea lava e le o maua se tali o le mataupu e pei ona taoto i le va o le Fono ma le Kovana Sili, le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono, le ‘veto override’, ina ua pasia atu e le Fono le pili e faatulaga ai le paketi a le ASPA mai ia Ianuari e oo mai ia Iulai o le tausaga nei, ae teena e le kovana. I se tusi a le alii kovana na tuuina mai i taitai o le fono e faailoa atu ai lona teena o le pili sa latou pasia, o loo taua ai e Togiola e faapea, o le tulafono o loo i ai o loo taoto atu ai le malosi i le Komiti Faafoe a le ASPA mo le pasiaina lea o lana paketi. “E le sao le talitonuga lea a le alii kovana e pei ona ia teena ai le pili sa tatou pasia,” o le saunoaga lea a Gaoteote i le vaiaso na te’a nei, “O le talitonuga a le maota lenei, o le paketi a le ASPA e i lalo o le faamalu a le Fono, soo se Ofisa ma Matagaluega a le malo, o le Fono e pasia atu ai a latou paketi.” Ina ua teena e le kovana le pili na pasia e le Fono, sa latou toe pasia lo latou teena o le malosi na teena ai e le alii kovana le latou pili, ma tuuina atu loa i le ofisa o le kovana ma le talitonuga, e tatau ona tuuina atu e le kovana le mataupu lea i le Failautusi o le Initeria mo sana faaiuga, pe a tuana’i aso faatulagaina e tusa ai ma le tulafono. Saunoa Gaoteote, ua tuana’i aso e pei ona faatulaga mai i le tulafono e tatau ai ona maua
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TETE’E hyMIE SEFO I TuuAIGA A lE MAlO O le masina fou lea ua faatulaga e faia ai le uluai iloiloga o le mataupu faasaga ia Hymie Sefo, ina ua ia teena tuuaiga a le malo faasaga ia te ia i le taeao ananafi, ina ua tulai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga mo le taimi muamua. O tuuaiga faasaga ia Sefo na afua mai i le faalavelave lea na osofai ma talepe ai e nisi le faleoloa o FJP Kruse Inc i Leone, ma gaoia ai ni pusa teutupe sa i totonu o le ofisa o le faleoloa. O lo o tuuaia Sefo i moliaga e aofia ai le talepe fale i le tulaga muamua, taupulepule e faatino le solitulafono o le talepe fale, faapea ai ma le moliaga o le gaoi. O loo taofia pea i le toese le ua molia ina ua le mafai ona ia totogiina le $30,000 ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e tatala ai o ia i tua. MAE’A POlOkA A lEOlEO O le amataga o le vaiaso nei na maea aloaia ai le poloka a le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele, lea na amata mai i le ogatotonu o le masina na te’a nei mo le umi e tolu vaiaso. O lea tautua faapitoa a le Matagaluega o Leoleo sa faamalosia ai tulafono mo le vaavaaia o ave taavale onana i luga o le alatele. I le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, e silia i le toa 30 i latou na taofia e leoleo i le falepuipui i Tafuna, ona o tuuaiga e aofia ai le ave taavale ‘ona, faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele ma aiga, tagofia o le ava malosi ae le’i atoa le 21
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vAEGA: 20 Fa’atalofa atu i lou maleifua mai i fanuga lelei i lenei taeao fou, malo lava le soifua, ae alo maia o le toe fa’aauauina fo’i lenei o la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai. Na muta mai la tatou tala, ina ua alu i luga le Agelu numera tolu, a’o lea lava e tau su’e i lalo nei e nai Agelu e to’alua o lo’o feagai nei ma mana’oga o Maka ma Lea. Ina ua ma’ea le feiloa’iga a Kapilielu ma le Agelu ulavale numera tolu, sa toe fo’i mai loa i le lalolagi nei. E fetaui lava le taunu’u mai o le Agelu lenei, ae o lo’o punonou lava Agelu e to’alua fa’atasi ma Maka ma Lea i le latou talosaga. Ua iloa fo’i e le Agelu lenei, e moni lava Kapilielu, e leai lava se tasi e faia fa’aiuga o mea uma, ua na o le Atua Soifua lava na te faia le fa’aiuga ma le tali o mea uma lava. Na fa’ate’ia Agelu e to’alua ina ua fa’apepepepe ane le Agelu numera tolu i o la talane. Ua matua’i fuli le Agelu ulavale lea e moei’ini ona mata i le faiga o le tatalo a Maka i lea taimi, fa’atasi ma lona mafaufau i le tulaga ua i ai nei. O lo’o fa’atasi pea Maka, Lea ma le tamaititi o Lopeti, le tama a le uo mamae a Lea o Peka. Ua na o le punou nei o le tamaititi na te le o iloa po’o le a le mea lea o lo’o fai nei. Ua tilotilo ifo i ai le Agelu numera tolu, na te’i lava ua lele ifo i lalo ma i’ini le tamaititi o Lopeti. Ua fetilotilofa’i solo nei le tamaititi po ai na ia i’iniina ia, ae o lo’o fa’amatapuiti atu i ai le Agelu ulavale ma le le iloa e Lopeti se mea e tasi. Ua na o le lulu o le ulu o le Agelu numera muamua ma tilotilo ane i le Agelu numera tolu. Ua toe lele a’e nei i luga le Agelu numera tolu ma fa’apepepepe fa’atasi ma Agelu e to’alua. Na va’aia e Agelu e to’atolu le tagi masusu o le tina ia Lea i lea taimi ma sisi’i i luga ona lima e vivi’i atu i le Ali’i ma lona loto atoa. A’o le taimi lea, ua silasila mai fofoga o le Ali’i fa’apea ma Kapilielu i le manaoga ma loimata o le tina ia Lea. Ua fa’apena foi le tama ia Maka, ua alu nei le au’ega, ae na o le pulapula o mata o le tamaititi o Lopeti. Na a’apa ane nei Lea ma fusi atu Lopeti i lea taimi. Ua silafia e le Atua le loto ma le agaga atoa o Lea ma Maka ua tu’u atu ia te Ia, ona o lona fia maua o sa la tama. Na silasila ane nei le Atua ia Kapilielu, ae ua na o le mata’i mai e Kapilielu le auega lea e fai nei a Maka ma Lea. Na fetalai ae nei le Atua ia Kapilielu, “Kapilielu la’u auauna lelei, ua tatau nei loa ona tali atu i le mana’oga o Maka ma Lea, ua o’o mai i o’u luma lo la mana’oga ma o la loto fa’amaoni ia te a’u.” “Ioe, Tama, o le a ou faia lava lou finagalo e pei ona e fetalai mai ai, o le po nei o le a foa’i atu ai se tama mo Lea ma Maka, e tali atu ai i a la talosaga faifai pea i aso uma.” O le po lava lea ina ua mafuta Maka ma Lea i le la mafutaga fa’aleulugali’i, na amata ai loa ona fa’aali le mamana o galuega a le Silisili ‘Ese e tali atu ai i le mana’oga o Maka ma Lea. Ua logo fo’i e Kapilielu ia Agelu e to’atolu e tusa ai ma le finagalo o le Atua mo Maka ma Lea. E faia pea
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vevesiga i le va o nei malo i le vasa o Saina i Saute, aua o le a nofo masalosalo le isi malo i le tasi. Ua fa’ailoa mai e fa’apea, “E ui ina e lelei tele fa’aupuga a le tama’ita’i failautusi o Amerika, ae o le taimi lenei e le tatau ai ona oso fa’asalavei mai fua Amerika i totonu o le li’o o malo o lo’o tau tu’ufa’atasia so latou leleiga.” O le popolega o lo’o ia Amerika, ona o lo ua iloga mai, o le ‘au o Saina i se tasi o nei malo, ua mafua ai ona vevesi atili le mataupu, peita’i, o lenei mataupu, pe afai lava e mafai e nei malo uma ona tu’ufa’atasia se latou feagaiga ma ia fa’amautu atili mea e faia e malo uma, ia laugatasia ai o latou lagona ma fa’aauau ai ona nofo lelei i latou. Ua fai si malosi o le una’i mai a Saina i le itu vasa o Scarborough Shoal, ma ua fa’ataututu fo’i a latou faigamea i le tai ma va’a o Filipaina ona i lea maea, ae o le ogasami e ao ina tu’u maoti ia Filipaina. O le agaga atoa o Amerika, “Ia taofia pea le nofo filemu o malo uma i lea ogasami o le lalolagi, ina ua nofouta i latou i a latou feagaiga osia, ma tausisi ia fa’amalosia.”
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Sa ia toe fa’amamafa mai lava, “E tatau ona mafaia e nei malo i le atuvasa lea, ona utagia feagaiga osia, fa’amalosia malo uma ia tausisi i nei maliliega e aoga uma mo malo ta’itasi o aofia ai, ma ia talitonu e mafai ona nofo filemu malo uma i le tulaga galulue fa’atasi, ae le o le taumafai le isi malo e fa’amataga le isi malo, e fouvale fo’i e fa’aaogaina ai au’upega mata’utia fa’aneionapo.” I se tasi o fonotaga fa’apenei sa mua’i usuia i Cambodia ia Iulai 2012, o Malo uma nei o Asia na le mafai ona tu’ufa’atasia e i latou se latou maliliega ona o le tele lava o fe’ese’esea’iga talu ai mea na mua’i tutupu i o latou va. Peita’i na finau mai Filipaina ma Viet Nam o Cambodia lea ua leva ona ‘au’au fa’atasi ma Saina ma ua mafua ai ona le gaua’i mai e faia se maliliega. “E ui ina ua mae’a fa’aalia le finagalo o Clinton i lenei fonotaga, o lo’o lava le avanoa e mafai ai ona aofia fa’atasi Saina ma Amerika i le atuvasa o Asia, ae o lo’o mo’omia pea e Uosigitone ni galuega fa’amautu atili e fa’aleleia ai pea latou so’otaga ma Saina.” O se tala lea na tusia ma i le nusipepa ale Xinhua i Saina.
Son of a u.S. judge charged Argentine congress considers with murder in Puerto rico
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Debate began in Argentina’s senate Wednesday on a proposal to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, while another battle heated up over efforts to bring politics into the public schools. Sen. Anibal Fernandez, who is sponsoring the voting measure, said it’s “stupid” to think 16-year-olds aren’t mature enough to vote. A hundred years ago, Argentina set the voting age at 18, and Fernandez argued to his fellow senators that people have advanced enough since then to lower the age by two years. Sen. Gerardo Morales, who leads the senate’s largest opposition party, the Radicals, said his bloc is “clearly in favor of expanding rights” and will support the measure, which is now destined for congressional approval in October. Other opposition figures have alleged that giving younger teenagers the vote is an attempt by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to swing the next elections and maintain her hold on power. They point to a recent effort by La Campora, a pro-government youth movement, to lead political discussions inside public schools. “I’m convinced that the government isn’t inspired by the work of increasing the rights of the children,” said Luis Naidenhoff, another Radical party senator. Numerous polls have said that Fernandez’s government finds its strongest support among 18- to 25-year-olds. Younger teens haven’t been polled, because until now, their opinions haven’t mattered. Opposition lawmakers presented a report Wednesday documenting 40 incidents in which they said La Campora indoctrinated children using a game based on the historic literary figure of the “The Ethernaut,” a character in the graphic novels of Hector Oesterheld, who was kidnapped and killed during Argentina’s military dictatorship. In the game, the enemies are the president’s leading opponents: the newspapers Clarin and La Nacion, as well as wealthy rural landowners. “La Campora is invading the schools with its banners,” complained Deputy Eduardo Amadeo. Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri said such partisan politics have no place in public classrooms. Several teachers were disciplined, and Macri’s education minister set up a toll-free line parents can call to report alleged efforts to use public schools to improperly influence young people. Pro-government lawmakers asked a judge to shut down the number as an attack on the free speech rights of teachers and
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students, and rock musician Fito Paez stirred the debate by saying in a radio interview that “these people would have been turncoats during the dictatorship; they would have turned people in.” Paez’s pro-Kirchner sympathies are well-known: He generated weeks of headlines when he said “half of Buenos Aires makes me sick” after Macri won election. Still, in a country whose 1976-1983 dictatorship killed as many as 30,000 suspected “subversives,” his reference to the era’s turncoats touched a nerve. Daniel Lipovetzky, a city lawmaker with Macri’s PRO party, gave Paez until day’s end Wednesday to retract his words or face a libel suit. Both sides have appealed to free speech rights in the battle for the youth vote, but neither side has been immune to
excesses. Government opponents cite the case of a 16-year-old in provincial Cordoba who was disciplined by his school last month after writing “this is disgusting” in a visitors’ book during a class field trip to an exhibit honoring Evita Peron. The iconic first lady’s populist legacy is celebrated by the current president, but many still blame the late wife of Gen. Juan Domingo Peron for fundamental problems in Argentina. The teenager spoke out Tuesday after his parents complained and the provincial education minister removed the disciplinary warnings from his file. “They shouldn’t punish me just for having a different opinion. I didn’t kill anybody or anything,” Walter Dominguez told reporters in Cordoba.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The son of a U.S. federal court judge in Puerto Rico surrendered to authorities Wednesday to face charges that include first-degree murder in the death of his wife. Pablo Casellas Toro was arrested as he arrived at a court in the city of Bayamon with his lawyers and two bodyguards. He is also charged with destroying evidence, making a false report and weapons violations stemming from the July 14 shooting death of his wife, Carmen Paredes Cintron, who was slain in their home in the wealthy San Juan suburb of Guaynabo. Casellas, a 47-year-old insurance broker, did not enter a plea but has denied killing his wife, with whom he had two teenage daughters. A judge set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 18 and set bail at $4 million. Casellas paid the bail and was expected to be released from jail later Wednesday. The case has transfixed the media in Puerto Rico because of the circumstances of the crime and the fact that Casellas comes from a prominent family. He is the son of U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Casellas, a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary who was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. Paredes, 46, was shot to death near the swimming pool of the family’s home in an exclusive, gated community. Police have said that Casellas told investigators he came home from visiting his parents to find his wife dead and an unknown assailant jumping over a fence. He says he shot at the man but missed. The newspaper El Nuevo Dia said he also claimed that he had been carjacked earlier in the day after visiting a shooting range and that the assailants stole one of his guns, including one that was the same caliber used to kill his wife.
“Matagaluega Tautua mo Alagamanuia Lautele”
August 31, 2012
American Samoa Government Department of Human and Social Services
Director Leilua Stevenson of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service has approved the one-time payment of bonus benefits for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) --- generally known as the Food Stamp Program. This bonus will be paid from unused funds that were approved for ASNAP benefits for Fiscal Year 2012. This $100 bonus payment will be included in food coupons for the month of September only. For example, recipients receiving the full benefit amount of $160 per month will receive $260 in food coupons. Recipients are encouraged to come in on their assigned days to avoid long lines and equipment failure. The issuance schedule for the month of September follows:
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday
9/3/12 9/4/12 9/5/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/10/12
Holiday (No Issuance) Letters S – Z Letters T – U Letters A – F Letters G – L Letters M – R
E fiafia lava le Fa’atonu Sili a le Matagaluaga o Tautua ma Alagamanuia Lautele, Leilua Stevenson, e fa’asilasila atu i le paia ma le mamalu o le tatou atunuu, aemaise i latou o lo’o taua’aoina pepa taumafa mai le Polokalama a le ASNAP (Food Stamp), e tusa ma se fa’aopopoga e $100 ia outou pepa taumafa mo le masina o Setema. O lenei ponesi ua na’o le masina o Setema e maua ai ma o le’a fa’atupeina i se tupe totoe mo le tausaga fa’aletupe 2012 lea o le’a fa’amutaina ia Setema 30, 2012. Fa’amolemole ia faautagia mai le fa’asologa o le tufatufaina o pepa taumafa mo le masina o Setema e fa’apea:
Aso Gafua Aso Lua Aso Lulu Aso Tofi Aso Faraile Aso Gafua
9/3/12 9/4/12 9/5/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/10/12
Aso Malolo Mataitusi S – Z Mataitusi T – U Mataitusi A – F Mataitusi G – L Mataitusi M – R
American Samoa
table 1.4. Contributions to Percent Change in Real Gross Domestic Product
Line Percent change: Gross domestic product Percentage points: Personal consumption expenditures Goods Durable goods Nondurable goods Services Net foreign travel Private fixed investment Change in private inventories net exports of goods and services Exports Goods Services Imports Goods Services Government consumption expenditures and American Samoa gross investment Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 2003 0.6 1.42 1.22 0.15 1.07 0.22 -0.01 0.01 0.63 -2.58 -2.12 -2.09 -0.03 -0.46 0.45 -0.91 1.11 1.63 -0.52 2004 0.1 2.54 2.26 0.67 1.59 0.43 -0.15 0.73 -0.37 -0.81 -15.68 -15.54 -0.14 14.87 13.74 1.13 -2.04 0.86 -2.90 2005 0.2 -0.66 -0.68 -0.59 -0.09 0.39 -0.37 0.46 -2.64 4.55 4.02 4.47 -0.45 0.53 -0.90 1.43 -1.46 -0.72 -0.75 2006 -3.7 -0.87 -0.76 -0.24 -0.52 -0.30 0.19 -0.23 0.72 -1.28 -6.23 -6.07 -0.16 4.94 5.13 -0.19 -2.04 -1.19 -0.85 2007 1.2 -1.11 -0.39 -0.12 -0.27 -0.80 0.08 0.12 -0.84 5.07 1.04 1.54 -0.49 4.02 3.56 0.47 -2.05 -0.48 -1.58
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Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
549 425 109 316 124 8 115
561 428 108 320 133 11 122
545 399 79 320 146 16 130
550 392 68 324 158 22 136
544 388 67 321 156 16 140
571 413 77 336 158 14 144
609 446 112 334 163 17 146
714 547 163 384 168 19 149
615 445 41 404 170 17 153
NOTE. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.
2008 -1.7 -0.81 0.02 0.32 -0.31 -0.59 -0.23 -0.02 -0.91 -2.65 -0.83 -0.64 -0.19 -1.82 -1.48 -0.34 2.71 0.52 2.19
2009 -3.1 -0.65 -1.70 -0.72 -0.98 1.11 -0.06 -0.47 0.84
2010 1.3 -0.42 -0.12 0.08 -0.20 -0.12 -0.19 0.83 0.05
table 2.2. Value Added by industry as a Percentage of GDP
Line Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal American Samoa Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Percent] 2002 100 77 20 58 23 1 21 2003 100 76 19 57 24 2 22 2004 100 73 14 59 27 3 24 2005 100 71 12 59 29 4 25 2006 100 71 12 59 29 3 26 2007 100 72 13 59 28 2 25 2008 100 73 18 55 27 3 24 2009 100 77 23 54 24 3 21 2010 100 72 7 66 28 3 25
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-7.83 -2.13 -20.78 -12.16 -20.96 -12.06 0.18 -0.11 12.95 10.03 12.15 9.43 0.80 0.60 5.01 1.06 3.95 2.93 -1.25 4.18
table 2.3. Real Value Added by industry
Line Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Millions of chained (2005) dollars] 2002 545 408 65 343 136 10 125 2003 548 405 64 341 143 13 130 2004 548 401 61 341 148 18 130 2005 550 392 68 324 158 22 136 2006 529 380 66 315 149 15 134 2007 536 387 68 319 149 13 136 2008 527 375 68 307 152 15 137 2009 510 360 54 316 151 16 135 2010 517 365 47 333 153 14 139
table 1.5. Percent Change from Preceding Year in Prices for Gross Domestic Product and Price indexes for Gross Domestic Product
Line Gross domestic product Personal consumption expenditures Gross domestic product Personal consumption expenditures 1 2 3 4 2002 …….. …….. 2003 1.6 3.7 2004 -2.8 2005 2006 2007 3.7 2008 8.5 2009 21.0 2010 -14.9 [Percent] 0.6 2.8
table 2.4. Percent Changes in Real Value Added by industry
Line Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal American Samoa Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Percent] 2003 0.6 -0.6 -0.5 -0.7 4.8 25.0 3.3 2004 0.1 -1.1 -4.8 0.1 3.4 38.0 0.3 2005 0.2 -2.3 11.2 -5.1 7.0 22.7 4.9 2006 -3.7 -3.0 -3.7 -2.8 -5.5 -30.0 -1.6 2007 1.2 1.7 3.5 1.4 -0.2 -15.6 1.6 2008 -1.7 -3.0 0.1 -3.8 1.8 16.1 0.4 2009 -3.1 -4.1 -20.3 3.0 -0.2 7.8 -1.2 2010 1.3 1.4 -12.9 5.3 1.0 -12.1 2.7
100.7 102.3 89.9 93.2
3.1 4.1 2.9 3.1 7.6 -0.1 4.4 [Index numbers, 2005=100] 99.4 100.0 102.8 106.6 115.7 140.0 119.0 96.1 100.0 102.9 106.2 114.3 114.2 119.2
table 1.6. Gross Domestic income
Line Gross domestic income Compensation of employees taxes on production and imports less subsidies Gross operating surplus 1 2 3 4 [Millions of dollars] 2002 549 230 23 296 2003 561 242 23 296 2004 545 255 23 267 2005 550 267 22 261 2006 544 263 22 259 2007 571 263 22 286 2008 609 278 24 307 2009 714 281 21 412 2010 615 272 17 326
table 2.5. Contributions to Percent Change in Real Gross Domestic Product by industry
Line Percent change: Gross domestic product Percentage points: Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2003 0.6 -0.49 -0.10 -0.39 1.09 0.39 0.70 2004 0.1 -0.81 -0.87 0.06 0.86 0.80 0.06 2005 0.2 -1.65 1.42 -3.07 1.88 0.71 1.17 2006 -3.7 -2.10 -0.45 -1.65 -1.60 -1.21 -0.39 2007 1.2 1.24 0.45 0.80 -0.06 -0.47 0.41 2008 -1.7 -2.17 0.02 -2.19 0.49 0.40 0.10 2009 -3.1 -3.11 -4.69 1.58 -0.05 0.20 -0.26 2010 1.3 0.97 -2.16 3.13 0.27 -0.35 0.62
NOTE. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.
table 1.7. Revisions to Percent Change in Real Gross Domestic Product
Line Percent change: Revised Previously published Percentage points: Revision American Samoa 1 2 3 2003 0.6 0.6 0.0 2004 0.1 0.5 -0.4 2005 0.2 0.7 -0.5 2006 -3.7 -3.1 -0.6 2007 1.2 1.7 -0.5 2008 -1.7 -2.1 0.4 2009 -3.1 -4.7 1.6
NOTE. Percentage-point contributions do not sum to the percent change in real gross domestic product because of rounding and differences in source data used to estimate GDP by industry and the expenditures measure of real GDP.
2. GDP by industry table 2.1. Value Added by industry
Line Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Millions of dollars] 2002 549 425 109 316 124 8 115 2003 561 428 108 320 133 11 122 2004 545 399 79 320 146 16 130 2005 550 392 68 324 158 22 136 2006 544 388 67 321 156 16 140 2007 571 413 77 336 158 14 144 2008 609 446 112 334 163 17 146 2009 714 547 163 384 168 19 149 2010 615 445 41 404 170 17 153
table 2.6. Compensation of employees by industry
Line total compensation Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Millions of dollars] 2002 230 121 53 68 109 9 101 2003 242 124 53 71 119 11 108 2004 255 120 48 72 134 17 118 2005 267 123 49 74 145 22 122 2006 263 122 50 71 141 17 124 2007 263 120 52 68 143 15 128 2008 278 132 61 71 146 18 129 2009 281 132 57 75 149 20 130 2010 272 113 34 79 159 18 141
cannery closure in the third quarter of 2009. However, territorial government compensation, which includes the compensation paid to temporary workers following the earthquake and tsunami, continued to increase in 2010. The accompanying tables present estimates for GDP and its major components, GDP by industry, and compensation by industry. Also included in this release are estimates for the major components of gross domestic income. REvISIONS TO GdP Estimates of GDP for 2002 to 2009 that were released on May 31, 2011 have been revised in order to incorporate improvements to source data and estimation methodologies. Major improvements are: The incorporation of newly available data for food purchased from farms, food produced on farms, and food consumed on farms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2008 Census of Agriculture. The incorporation of newly available data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including: o Housing information from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, and o Wage and salary data for 2008 and 2009 from County Business Patterns. The incorporation of newly available source data for territorial government spending from government financial statements for fiscal year 2010. The pattern of growth in the revised estimates is similar to that of the previously published estimates. In both the revised and the published estimates, real GDP decreased in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and increased in all other years. The largest revision to real GDP was for 2009 and reflected an upward revision to territorial government spending that was based on the incorporation of information from the American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2010 financial statements. FuTuRE dIRECTIONS Moving forward, an agreement between OIA and BEA will extend and improve the estimates of GDP for American Samoa. The information provided by the American Samoa Government will continue to be critical to the successful production of these estimates. BEA currently plans to release estimates for 2011 in the spring of 2013.
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table 2.2. Value Added by industry as a Percentage of GDP
Line Gross domestic product Private industries Manufacturing Nonmanufacturing Government Federal Territorial 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [Percent] 2002 100 77 20 58 23 1 21 2003 100 76 19 57 24 2 22 2004 100 73 14 59 27 3 24 2005 100 71 12 59 29 4 25 2006 100 71 12 59 29 3 26 2007 100 72 13 59 28 2 25 2008 100 73 18 55 27 3 24 2009 100 77 23 54 24 3 21 2010 100 72 7 66 28 3 25
TuESdAy’S budGET hEARING FOR ThE ElECTION OFFICE Soliai first revealed the need for additional funds and the expected budget overrun when he testified before the Fono joint budget hearings Tuesday about the Election Office’s fiscal year 2013 budget, which totals $1.11 million — with $380,000 in local revenue and the rest in federal grants. The office budget does not include the $200,000, funded by local revenue, allocated under Special Programs for the general election. During the budget hearing Soliai apologized to the Fono, telling lawmakers he expects the election budget to be in the red and that is the reason a request for additional funding was submitted separately via letter to the Fono leadership. Lemanu responded that the matter will be discussed when both chambers start debating the entire budget. The Chief Election Officer restated that the election budget will be in the red based on the current allocation at least three times during the hearing. Soliai also provided an update on new technology developments being used in this general election. For example, he said this will be first time that off island qualified voters — those in the military and in institutions of higher education — will be able to track absentee ballots on the internet. He said this in compliance with federal regulations for overseas military voters. He said the system will start tracking when the absentee ballot departs a post office and when it arrives here. The system will also be able to identify a post office where the ballot is being held up. Additionally, the system also tracks the ballot leaving here heading to the off island destination and that can also be tracked via internet. Soliai also said that all polling stations will have computers, with the goal being to improve service provided by the Election Office in the general election. He informed lawmakers that federal funds are starting to decrease, with funds under the federal Help American Vote Act (HAVA) that supplemented the election office in the past being phased out by the federal government. He said HAVA money, which was the result of the federal election dispute in Florida — has helped the election office since it was first enacted into law. For example, some of the money was used to build the new Election Office in Tafuna after federal approval. Soliai said American Samoa was able to get HAVA money because of the federal election in the territory for the Delegate’s seat. As for federal grants in FY 2013, the Election Office is expecting $410,000 in HAVA money and $322,000 under the federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) funds. Reach the reporter @ fili@samoanews.com
➧ DHSS director testifies at budget hearing…
In the last three years, DHSS “has worked on clearing its own issues to help it be relieved from the high-risk designation,” she said. “The WIC program has fulfilled all the requirements as outlined by the federal government, to clear itself. “As far as the food stamp program goes, the only remaining item is to ensure that we issue the RFP for the replace of the [automata] system and that is also being done and the deadline is Nov. 14th,” she explained. “We’re hoping that after USDA sees all these efforts that we’ve put forth, that there would be a decision made. Unfortunately, we fall under the same group with DOE and I don’t know if we will be removed without DOE also clearing its issues,” she said. “However, I will say that the fact that USDA has allowed for the food stamp program to issue this one time bonus, that they are allowing us to submit a request to increase food stamp benefits, which they would also consider a request eligibility is a very good indication of — like a renewed confidence in the way the program is running,” she said. ChIld CARE dIvISION This division represents 12.4% of the department’s budget and in addition to overall delivery “we focus our priorities this year on quality. For example, we have a new system — a biometric system installed in over half of the day care facilities. What this does, it helps improve the accountability of all the children in the program,” she said. “Additionally, we have nine child care providers, who successfully passed the ASCC placement exam and registered for classes in the Fall,” she said. “What this does, it brings the credentials and allows them to come closer to getting a credentialed for early childhood education. This is part of the child care program in improving the services that we offer.”
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NOTICE is hereby given that NUA SAOLUAGA NUA of TA’U, American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as FATUFAAMOE which is situated in the village of TA’U, in the County of TA’U, MANU’A District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names NUA SAOLUAGA NUA as LESSEE. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 26TH day of OCTOBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: AUGUST 27, 2012 thru OCTOBER 26, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o NUA SAOLUAGA NUA ole nu’u o TA’U, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o FATUFAAMOE, e i le nu’u o TA’U i le itumalo o TA’U, Falelima i MANU’A ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai NUA SAOLUAGA NUA. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 26 o OKETOPA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 09/06 & 10/06/12
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food security to tourism to livelihoods.” He urged leaders to join in cooperative ocean and coral reef conservation efforts. The Governor stressed the need for Pacific countries and territories to work together to achieve their economic and social development goals. “I view our observer status as an opportunity to strengthen economic and other ties with Forum member countries… The more we interact economically with each other the better [it will be] for all of us,” he said.
She also said that DHSS has worked on the reclassification effort for payroll of all the staff. “Currently the child care division has been approved for reclassification. The primary purpose of the reclassification was to realign positions within the department, to ensure that all of us doing like — similar jobs are getting paid at the same level,” she pointed out. Stevenson said the goal is to make sure workers are compensated and to commensurate with the work that they do, their credentials, their background, and their experience. “This is part of a department-wide effort to ensure fair and equitable treatment in compensation to all personnel,” she said, adding that the next division pending reclassification is Social Service. SOCIAl SEvICE dIvISION This division get 9% of the total budget allocation and one of the DHSS’ major priority this year, was the renovation of the Social Service building, which is about 70% complete, resulting in a significant expansion of floor space for additional programs and services. This project is funded under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money through efforts with the ASG stimulus office, the Territorial Energy Office and the Department of Public Works for close to $1 million,” she said.
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin homeowner who accused an 18-year-old man of theft tied the teen’s ankles together, hung him upside-down from porch rafters and commanded a pit bull to attack him while the teen’s father stood and watched, a sheriff’s deputy said. Authorities responded to a home in the Town of Osceola on Friday after a person who arrived at the scene called 911, sheriff’s Lt. Cameron McGee told The Reporter newspaper in Fond du Lac. “During our investigation we learned that the 58-year-old homeowner had accused the 18-year-old of theft and commanded his pit bull to attack the kid as a means of interrogation,” McGee told the paper. “After more discussion, the man called the dog to attack the kid a second time while the victim’s father watched.” The homeowner then bound the 18-year-old around the ankles, dragged him outside, hung him upside-down from the porch rafters and commanded the dog to attack again, McGee said. He added that the teen’s father may have participated in the “interrogation.” The teen was treated for dog bites all over his body, McGee said. “It’s kind of scary that something like this would happen and a parent would stand by and do nothing,” McGee said. “It’s just shocking.” Deputies recommended that the homeowner be charged with false imprisonment, aggravated battery, bail-jumping and being party to the crime of negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. The father, a 43-year-old from New Berlin, was expected to face similar charges along with failing to aid the victim. Both were expected to appear in court Thursday. The Associated Press left several phone messages for McGee and the district attorney seeking details from court and more information about the case, including what the homeowner accused the teen of stealing. McGee said the homeowner already was scheduled for a trial later this year on unrelated charges of intentional child abuse. The pit bull was taken to the Fond du Lac Humane Society. McGee defended the dog’s actions, saying it had been trained to attack and was simply obeying its owner’s commands.
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RFQ NO.: 001-2012 DATE OF ISSUANCE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 DATE AND TIME DUE: OCTOBER 6, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) issues this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms to provide:
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All those interested may pick up RFQ packages from the ASTCA main office in Fagatogo, 2nd Floor. For more information, please contact Leafa Lui, Procurement Specialist, at 633-1121 or email mailto:Fa.Lui@astca.net . DUE DATE: All completed RFQ packages must be received by ASTCA no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on October 6, 2012. They may be mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope to: American Samoa Telecommunications Authority P.O. Box M Pago Pago, AS 976799 Attn: Aleki Sene, Executive Director
Politics and truth: uneasy partners, easy enemies
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truthstretching in this year’s presidential campaign has political fact-checkers busier than ever in their pursuit of the truth. But whose truth, precisely? And, in the context of a bitter campaign, does the actual truth — and the responsibility of a politician to tell it — really matter? The question hangs over every modern campaign, and of course lying and truth-stretching have abounded in politics throughout U.S. history. But there are differences this time around. The convention speech last week by GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan may have brought the conversation into focus, but his carefully parsed words are hardly the only ones in the political arena that make people wonder if truth is becoming elastic. “The partisans of the two parties might have a different attitude toward the truth,” said Lionel McPherson, a professor of ethics and political philosophy at Tufts University. “It’s possible one side doesn’t care — they think they can make those claims to their base with impunity, even if it’s obvious those claims are false or misleading.” Recent changes in campaignfinance regulations have enabled super PACs — outside political action committees bankrolled by wealthy Americans — to spend huge sums on aggressive ads that ostensibly are beyond the control of the candidates’ own campaign operation. These proliferating thirdparty ads have been less accurate than candidate-sponsored ads, according to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. As a result, she said, “the sheer amount of deception is higher.” Another factor: Political ads are spread across ever-diversifying media, often resulting in highly targeted ads catering to specific interest groups rather than the electorate as a whole. That can produce many different shades of a statement — and different interpretations of its truthfulness. “What’s different is that there are more messages and more fact-checkers, and naturally more conflict between them,” said Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com. “Our goal is not to get politicians to stop lying ... Our goal is giving voters vital information about what’s true and what’s not.” Adair’s organization, a project of The Tampa Bay Times, has grown to encompass 36 reporters and editors. Full-fledged factchecking operations also are conducted by The Associated Press, The Washington Post, FactCheck.org and others. Yet Republican and Democratic campaign operatives seem undeterred by the fact-checking. They’re eager to trumpet findings that discredit their opponents while dismissing findings that challenge their own ads and rhetoric. Mitt Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, has indicated to ABC News/Yahoo News that his campaign won’t be swayed by outside complaints of inaccuracy. “Factcheckers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and you know what? We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” he said. Officials from President Barack Obama’s campaign insist they strive for accuracy but have not repudiated anti-Romney ads that were widely depicted as unfair. One example: a proObama super PAC ad suggesting that a woman’s death from cancer was linked to the layoff of her steelworker husband by Romney’s firm, Bain Capital. “We look at the facts. We vet what we say. We really do try hard to get it right,” Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt told ABC News/Yahoo News. “So there are some times when there are different sets of facts out there. The campaign highlights a set of facts. You may find a different set of facts and make that point.” Robert Loevy, a political science professor at Colorado College, said the level of truthstretching and distortion in this campaign is “the worst I’ve ever seen” but expressed doubt that the fact-checkers have much influence on undecided voters. He attributed the spate of truth-stretching ads to increased polarization of the two parties, and the campaign strategy of trying to define an opponent in negative terms before the rival can do likewise. “That’s what’s driving a lot of this — the realization that negative advertising works,” Loevy said. “These people would not say they’re lying, but we all know they’re stretching the truth, taking things out of context ... The more extreme, the better.” Does the truth matter? Willem DeVries, a philosophy professor at the University of New Hampshire, argues that it does. “To the extent that elections are supposed to settle policy issues... truth (that is, real honestto-goodness truth, not ‘truthiness’) should matter, because decisions made on the basis of falsehoods tend to be bad decisions,” he wrote in an email. “If you think that democracy really means that good policy is supposed to emerge from the wisdom of an informed electorate, then a campaign riddled with falsehoods is an abrogation of democracy.” Problems arise, DeVries said, when campaigns opt for emotional appeals or psychological manipulation regardless of the truth. “There can be a race to the bottom,” he wrote, “for such techniques have proven themselves often highly effective.” His fellow UNH philosophy professor, Nick Smith, wonders if the American public is to blame for not calling out politicians when they do lie or deceive. “Perhaps we do not hold them accountable because we have become so biased toward our own views that we view political discourse as a kind of ideological warfare where any weapon should be deployed,” Smith said. “So if a politician gets caught in a lie, some do not see this as a character defect but rather an occupational hazard.” McPherson, the Tufts professor, suggests that a politician in office — including Obama as sitting president — should be held to higher standards of truth than a candidate seeking to gain office. “Challengers are desperate,” McPherson said. “Who knows what desperate people will do?” During the past week, both presidential campaigns have accused the other of wallowing in lies and deception. It has been a prominent theme in speeches at the Democratic National Convention. “Tonight I want to talk to you about a scary subject for many, many Republicans,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday. “I want to talk about facts.” He went on to assail the GOP claims, widely debunked by independent fact-checkers, that Obama was weakening the work requirement of federal welfare policy. The Romney campaign responded with a press release citing an assortment of independent fact-checkers who found fault with statements by various Democratic speakers.
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