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The duke of Cambridge addresses Pacific youth… 9 Court denies BoH motion to reconsider
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Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wave on a truck decorated as a canoe, as they depart Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Fono agrees to full year budget minus the $6.8 Million tobacco share $$$
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Governor proposes to reapportion House districts, 1 faipule per 2500 voters
The Fono Joint Budget Committee has made new changes to American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2013 budget, reversing last week’s decision to approve only four months to cover the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2012. Following a debate and review for about one hour yesterday, the majority of the joint committee members approved a 12-month budget, but reduced local revenues by $6.8 million, which is the so called un-pledged interest of the American Samoa Government’s share of the tobacco settlement money. The joint committee as well as the Fono leaders have given the task to House and Budget Appropriations Committee chairman Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Lemanu Peleti Mauga to cut from locally funded departments, offices and special programs the $6.8 million needed to reduce the budget. The chairmen will work on the final changes and submit them at the appropriate time, which is when the joint committee will convene for a final vote.
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In addition to the proposed change to the elect of Senate members, Gov. Togiola Tulafono has also submitted amendments for Fono approval pertaining to changes in House of Representative districts. Proposed changes to the House districts were announced by the governor on his weekend radio program, where he said his amendment will be one faipule, or House member, per 2,500 voters rather than House members representing individual districts. He said the current apportionment for Representative districts, which have been in place for a very long time, is at one House member per 400 voters. However, when it comes to large counties, it doesn’t work, because it means these large counties should have at least six faipule, and that would be costly for the government. The constitution and local statute state that there are 20 elected members of the House
from 17 Representative Districts. It also says that Representative District No. 1 (Manu’a), Representative District No. 12 (Ituau county); and Representative District No 15 (Tualauta county but listed in the constitution as Ma’upu county) all have two faipule each in the House. The constitution further states that senators and representatives shall be reapportioned by law at intervals of not less than five years. However, no reapportionment has been considered for many years, until the 2010 Constitutional Convention when - among the amendments proposed but not endorsed was to increase the number of senators from 18 to 22 and the House from 20 to 25. On his radio program, the governor said his proposal is that starting in 2013 there will be a reapportionment of the Representative districts and it is to be reviewed every five years. So the proposal to be sent to the Fono states that starting in 2013, the governor will plan the
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Various govt. organizations in Am. Samoa joined members of the public last Saturday, the start of Coastweek 2012, to help clean up the coast at Lions Park. Coastweek is a national celebration of our coastal resources (Sept. 15-22), and the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Preservation Builds Generation’. (See story inside on page 2.) [photo: Jeff Hayner]
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Coastweek 2012 officially begins with cleanup at the Lions Park
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By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
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By Samantha Weaver
STRANGE BUT TRUE
✖ It was American actress, screenwriter and notorious sex symbol Mae West who made the following sage observation: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.” ✖ At the 2012 USA Memory Championship, Nelson Dellis set a new record for the memorization of random digits. At the annual event in New York City, Dellis accurately recalled a whopping 303 numbers in sequence. ✖ The Rose Parade, popularly known as America’s New Year Celebration, was originally started in 1890. These days, hundreds of thousands of people crowd the parade route each year, and millions more view the television broadcast worldwide. The amount of work that goes into the display is astonishing: Each float has anywhere from 30,000 to 150,000 flowers on it, which are applied during the 700 to 900 hours spent on preparing each float. ✖ Beloved film icon James Dean was missing his front teeth; he had to wear a bridge to fill the gap in his smile. ✖ If you’re like the average American, at least one-tenth of the garbage you produce is made of plastic. ✖ The first sound recording ever made was created in 1877 by Thomas Edison. It was a musical selection: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” ✖ Those who study such things say that American English has roughly 20 swear words (depending, of course, on how one defines swearing). In contrast, residents of ancient Rome had a lexicon of about 800 “dirty” words to draw upon. ✖ If you’re planning a trip by air anytime soon, you might want to keep in mind that the busiest day in airports is Thursday. • • • • • • • • • • • • • THougHT For THe Day • • • • • • • • • • • • • “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” — Terry Pratchett
Various government organizations in American Samoa as well as members of the public came together last Saturday, the start of Coastweek 2012, to help clean up part of the coast starting at Lion’s Park. Coastweek is a national celebration of our coastal resources (September 15-September 22). “Today is an official day to start our Coastweek 2012, as we are starting here at the Lions Park to do a beach cleanup, which all a part of Coastweek 2012,” said Project Notification Review System Coordinator for the Department of Commerce Marvis Vaiaga’e. The theme this year is ‘Preservation Builds Generation’. The Department of Commerce has taken the lead under the American Samoa Coastal Management Program. Including DOC employees, representatives from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources. the National Park Services and members of the public volunteered their time to help clean the coasts of American Samoa participated in Saturday’s cleanup kickoff of 2012 Coastweek. “It is a combination of a lot of people out here this morning to help out with this great effort. We are trying to separate the trash such as plastics and glass bottles and metals so that we can collect raw data and to inform the public on how much trash that we have collected just right here in this one spot,” said Vaiaga’e. He went on to say that this is just one event on the agenda for Coastweek 2012 and that the whole point of Coastweek is to try and preserve our coastal areas by keeping them clean, and that by these efforts the work can continue constantly throughout the year. “We are trying to encourage villages and the community that have been informed about the importance of keeping our coastal areas clean and that starts from the mountains, to the streams which feed into our major natural resource, the ocean,” he said. He explained that on the 26th of this month, there will be the ‘Fautasi Challenge’ with longboats from different villages competing and that the Fautasi Challenge is being used as a vehicle to draw attention and show the public that it is very important and vital that we keep our coastal areas clean, because the Fautasi Challenge is a tradition here in American Samoa. Vaiaga’e went on to say that they recognize that by empowering and supporting the system that exists within the village leadership we can strengthen each person’s individual stewardship and certainly preserve our natural resources as we currently benefit from, for generations to come. “This is one of the main sports here… and it shows that by continuing to preserve our coastal areas and our villages, it will benefit our harbor area, which is where the event is taking place. If we keep it clean, we will be able to continue to enjoy and be able to hold these events such as the Fautasi Challenge as… a tradition for American Samoa especially during Flag Day,” he said. Vaiaga’e explained that the race will have a new route, which will only be within the harbor area, and approximately 4 miles long. Also on September 26, the day of the Fautasi Challenge, there will be beach activities taking place at Utulei Beach Park from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the race starting at 4:00 p.m. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Court denies BoH motion to reconsider enforcement of preliminary injunction
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The trial court has denied Bank of Hawaii’s reconsideration motion to enforce the preliminary injunction in a federal writ between Hawai’i based Marisco Ltd., and the American Samoa Government. The bank in their motion had asked the High Court of American Samoa for a stay in the local court order to restore just over $800,000 frozen in the ASG general fund account “in light of ongoing [legal] proceedings” at the federal court in Honolulu in connection with an award settlement for repairs made to government vessels by Marisco. The Federal Court’s ruling is inconsistent with a ruling issued by the Trial Court of American Samoa in July, which granted a preliminary injunction for the government, ordering the bank to return the frozen funds. During the hearing on this motion last week, bank attorney Anne Wellborne, asked the High Court to reconsider its July ruling or in the alternative stay proceedings of the local case because of the ongoing main case in Hawaii federal court. In response to the motion, Deputy Attorney General Salo Ale asked the court to deny the motion for reconsideration and for the court to enforce its order for the bank to release the frozen funds. Chief Justice Michael Kruse reminded the lawyers that no final decision has been made, just a preliminary injunction order, which is why the issue at hand is not appealable to the Appellate Division of the High Court of American Samoa. Kruse added the court is addressing the issue of the preliminary injunction and is not concerned about the Hawaii federal court issues given that this is not before the local court. He said what the court is concerned about is whether bank of Hawaii can solidify funds that are saved in a bank account belonging to the local government as their reaction to an order issued by the Federal Court in Hawai’i. bOH AGRuMENT In its argument, Wellborne told the court the government chose to participate in binding arbitration and under the terms of the arbitration agreement that any judgment made would be enforceable in either Hawaii or American Samoa. She said the government opened itself to the Hawaii jurisdiction and therefore it exposed its funds to be garnished in the state of Hawaii where BOH is headquartered. Wellborne said the government could have included a provision in the arbitration agreement to the effect that the payment of any judgment would be subject to laws of American Samoa, but it did not. She asked the court to review the August ruling from Judge Leslie Kobayashi of the Hawaii federal court with respect to the issue of applying the separate entity rule that the ASG is asking the court to apply in the case. The rule, which Kobayashi determined did not apply, states that a branch of a bank is not subject to attachment or execution of a judgment where the process is served on the main office or branch of the bank that is not the branch where the debtor’s account is located. GOVERNMENT’S AGRuMENT In reply, Deputy AG Ale said the federal court order is wrong because their judgment is based on a prediction of what the Hawaii Supreme Court would do if presented with the question of whether Hawaii recognizes the “separate entity rule.” (The Separate Entity Rule provides that each bank branch is a separate entity for attachment and liability purposes. As applied here, the “separate entity rule” would require that the federal court in Hawaii have personal jurisdiction over the American Samoa branch of BOH in order to attach or garnish funds ASG funds located in its bank account with the American Samoa Branch of BOH.) He added that in doing so, the federal court ignores Hawaii statutes that strongly suggest that Hawaii would recognize the separate entity rule. It also ignores BOH’s Business Account Agreements, which specifically recognize that each bank account is governed by the law of the location of the branch. “We believe the federal court predicted Hawaii law incorrectly,” Ale said, and went on to say the Federal court also relied on the fact that ASG stipulated to the federal court’s jurisdiction in an arbitration agreement and agreed that any arbitration award confirmed by the federal court is enforceable in any jurisdiction.
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A proposed Settlement has been reached with JPMorgan Chase & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. (n/k/a J.P. Morgan Securities LLC) and Bear Stearns & Co. (n/k/a J.P. Morgan Securities LLC) (collectively, “JPMorgan”), defendants in a class action lawsuit that alleges price-fixing in the sale of municipal derivatives transactions by JPMorgan and other companies. The case, In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1950, No. 08-02516, is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Who Is Included in the Settlement? This Settlement includes all state, local and municipal government entities, independent government agencies, quasi-government, non-profit and private entities that purchased: (1) Municipal derivative transactions through negotiation, competitive bidding or auction, from any Alleged Provider Defendant or Co-Conspirator or brokered by any Alleged Broker Defendant or Co-Conspirator, (2) Any time from January 1, 1992 through August 18, 2011 in the United States and its territories or for delivery in the United States and its territories. The Defendants and Co-Conspirators are listed in the detailed notice available on the Settlement website. What Does the Settlement Provide? JPMorgan agreed to a settlement amount of $44.575 million to be paid as follows: $24 million has already been paid into an escrow account and up to $20.575 million will be paid later. This Settlement is only a partial settlement of the lawsuit because it only affects the claims against JPMorgan. The lawsuit is continuing against other Defendants. Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo have already settled. JPMorgan will provide reasonable cooperation, including discovery cooperation, to Class Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the litigation that will continue against the other Defendants. What Do I Do Now? • Remain in the Settlement. To remain in the Settlement Class and participate in the Settlement, you do not have to do anything now. If the Court approves the Settlement, you give up the right to sue JPMorgan for the claims and issues in this case. The Settlement Agreement, specifically Paragraph 1(ee), which is available at www.MunicipalDerivativesSettlement.com, describes in more detail the legal claims that you give up if you stay in the Class. Claim forms are not available now. Register on the Settlement website to receive a claim form when it becomes available. If you remain in the Settlement Class, you still have the right to exclude yourself from any other settlements with other defendants reached in this lawsuit. • Exclude yourself from the Settlement. If you do not want to remain in the Settlement Class, you must exclude yourself. You must send a written request for exclusion by first-class mail, postmarked no later than October 19, 2012 to the Settlement Administrator. The detailed notice available on the Settlement website describes the information you are required to include in your request for exclusion. If you exclude yourself, you cannot participate in the Settlement, but you retain your right to sue JPMorgan on your own for the claims in this lawsuit. • Object or Comment on the Settlement. If you remain in the Settlement Class and want to object to or comment on the JPMorgan Settlement or any part of it, you must file an objection with the Court and deliver a copy to Class Counsel and JPMorgan no later than October 9, 2012. When Will the Court Decide Whether to Approve the Settlement? The Court has scheduled a hearing on December 14, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007, to consider whether to finally approve the JPMorgan Settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate, whether to approve Class Counsel’s request for reimbursement of litigation expenses, and to consider any objections. The Court has appointed the law firms of Hausfeld LLP; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Susman Godfrey L.L.P. to serve as Class Counsel and represent all Class Members. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. You or your lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing but are not required to. If you want to be heard by the Court, you must file a written notice of your intention to appear with the Court and deliver a copy to the Class Counsel and JPMorgan no later than October 9, 2012. The Court may change the time and date of the hearing. Any change will be posted on the Settlement website. Get More Information For more information on this lawsuit, your rights, or to obtain a list of defendants, call or visit the Settlement website listed below or write to Municipal Derivatives Settlement, c/o Rust Consulting, Inc., PO Box 2500, Faribault, MN 55021-9500.
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Chamber cancels a gubernatorial forum
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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The Chamber of Commerce sponsored gubernatorial forum scheduled for next week at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium has been cancelled due to among other things, scheduling of a common date suitable for all candidates. The Chamber had set the forum for Sept. 27, and it has been made public for several weeks now. The Chamber’s executive board has reminded members of the importance of hearing from candidates in this year’s general election, when a new administration will be voted into office. However, Chamber chairman David Robinson said the board opted to cancel the town hall style public forum, in which the public and private sector had been invited to attend and ask questions. “We have found it impossible for all the candidates to arrange their schedules with a common date which suits all of them. This coupled with the present uncertainty regarding some of the candidates eligibility as a result of a legal challenge, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the event,” said Robinson yesterday. The legal challenge referred to by Robinson is the petition filed by the gubernatorial team of candidate for governor, Save Liuato Tuitele and candidate for lieutenant governor Sandra King Young, challenging the eligibility of four gubernatorial candidates. The petition is set to be heard at 10 a.m today by the Appellate Division of the High Court. All parties were to file their briefs in the case at the close of business yesterday. Robinson said the Chamber board is aware that there were a number of candidates who were really looking forward to presenting their platforms and plans for a new administration at the forum. “...and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by our decision leading to the cancellation. The Board would like to thank all the people who were involved and the organizing committee for the work that they have put in to date, to organize the event. It is a pity it has to end this way,” said Robinson. Meanwhile, the gubernatorial forum on disability issues — from 9 a.m. to 12noon — and family violence issues from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both for tomorrow, is still set for tomorrow and there were no changes as of early yesterday afternoon. This forum is hosted by the territory’s Multi-DisciplinaryTeam (MDT) and the objective of the forum is for the gubernatorial candidates to provide their point of view pertaining to sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA) and statutory rape.
ASCC-CAPP streamlines developmental English & Math instruction
By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
Letter to the Editor
“HOLD ON TO OUR CULTURE”
Dear Editor, While currents may seem calm on the surface level, the bottom is mobilizing and moving faster as it flows outward towards the sea. Yet, new waves are coming in faster and crushing through the breaker lines to the shore. It’s an example of what’s happening right now in our island. Our traditional ways of life, the customs and culture is slowly but fast fading away. It’s a shame to see it with my own eyes how the existence of this “ Americanized” culture affects our people continually. It’s a disgrace on how many of our kids don’t recognize or understand the language, culture, and the history of our people. What happen? Up here in the states, I’ve seen Teenagers and adults totally synchronized into the lifestyle of living in the “ American Dream.” You talk to them in our language and they don’t understand. It’s a huge exclamation point with a big question mark on the side if you ask me. Hold on to our culture and keep it safe. Tala Galo Faasavalu Jr, San Francisco, CA. 94124 [Editor’s Note: While I agree that it’s a shame our mother language is not spoken by many Samoan youth who are born and/ or live in the US, ‘holding on to our culture’ is perhaps more detrimental to our culture, which has a built-in survival mechanism — the ability to embrace the ‘foreign’ and make it our own — “fa’a Samoa”. Otherwise, our culture becomes stagnant and loses its vitality as a living or natural extension of ourselves, our identity — Samoan. ra]
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Based on data from the past several years regarding students who test into developmental (pre-100) courses in English and Math, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has begun a new program to properly prepare these students before they enroll in regular college-level courses (i.e., numbered 150 and above). The College Accelerated Preparatory Program (CAPP) makes developmental courses in Math and English reading and writing the sole focus for incoming students whose placement test results indicate a need in either or both of these areas. Rather than schedule a mixture of classes at both the pre-and-post-150 levels, some of which they may not truly be ready for, students in the CAPP program instead focus on accelerated versions of the developmental Math and English courses which will enable them to prepare more quickly for regular college-level courses. ASCC determines the English and Math skill levels of incoming students based on results from either a standard college admissions tests like the SAT/ACT/TOEFL or the College’s own placement test. For several years now, a portion of the incoming students to ASCC have tested into developmental classes in English and Math. Previously, they have been able to take a combination of classes above and below the 100 level, but as the college-level classes place more of an emphasis on writing and in many cases math as well, those without adequate preparation have faced a significant disadvantage. This past spring, ASCC established a multi-disciplinary committee to develop, plan and implement a program to better address the needs of students at the developmental level. Based on existing data and modeled on similar programs at other colleges, the committee formulated CAPP and put it into practice as a pilot project this past summer. “Our project was designed to improve developmental Math and English Language Institute (ELI) programs, with the goal of helping students achieve college readiness as quickly as possible,” said ASCC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Kathleen Kolhoff-Belle. “Our first step was to change the delivery model and improve assessment. CAPP students work in six week intensive blocks, two each semester, with the ability to move up a level after the first block if they have achieved the required skills. Ideally, a student could complete English 90 and 91, as well as the Math requirements in one semester instead of one year and be ready for college-level classes.” Under CAPP, students who place into ENG 70, ENG 71, ENG 80, ENG 81, ENG 90, ENG 91, MAT 80 or MAT 90 now take accelerated versions of those courses which last for six weeks and meet daily. The classes last for a minimum of two hours, and the students also have access to tutorials, support services and academic advisors. “We have also ordered 60 computers for two labs in developmental English and Math,” said Dr. Kolhoff-Belle. “These labs are classroom-based to enable the students to integrate technology into their skill development.” CAPP students may enroll in regular (i.e. numbered 150 and above) ASCC courses after completing their required developmental classes. The summer pilot of CAPP provided encouraging results. The program served a total of 189 students in developmental English, out of which 107 completed their requirements in that by exiting ENG 90 and ENG 91. 31 passed ENG 80 and 22 passed ENG 81 to continue with the next level developmental courses. A total of 97 students took developmental math courses, with 58 exiting MAT 90 and 11 passing MAT 80. With the fall semester now underway, instructors in CAPP English and the Math Department now find themselves adjusting to the “new model” of daily class meetings even while in some cases still phasing out the “old model” of previously-scheduled sections which meet two or three days a week. “Having the students with me every day makes it easier to keep them motivated and build a rapport with them,” said CAPP English instructor Ben Goodwin. “Sometimes when you have a day between classes, like I do with some of my ‘old model’ sections, it’s more of a challenge to establish and maintain continuity.” Dr. Kolhoff-Bell explained that ASCC developed CAPP through funding from the Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant, also known at Title 3. “We are funded under the Asian American and Pacific Islander program. This grant supports institutional improvements and new initiatives to help colleges fund projects that are otherwise beyond their resources,” she said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a “torturous and lingering death.” Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He’s also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday. “Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” the filing said. Post, 53, is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria. A spokeswoman for the prisons department had no comment on the pending litigation. Inmates’ weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere.
Ohio inmate says he is too obese for execution
In 2008, federal courts rejected arguments by condemned double-killer Richard Cooey that he was too obese to die by injection. Cooey’s attorneys had argued that prison food and limited opportunities to exercise contributed to a weight problem that would make it difficult for the execution team to find a viable vein for lethal injection. Cooey, who was 5-foot-7 and weighed 267 pounds, was executed Oct. 14, 2008. In 2007, it took Ohio executioners about two hours to insert IVs into the veins of condemned inmate Christopher Newton, who weighed about 265 pounds. A prison spokeswoman at the time said his size was an issue. In 1994 in Washington state, a federal judge upheld the conviction of Mitchell Rupe, but agreed with Rupe’s contention that at more than 400 pounds, he was too heavy to hang because of the risk of decapitation. Rupe argued that hanging would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. After numerous court rulings and a third trial, Rupe was eventually sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2006.
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Ohio executes inmates with a single dose of pentobarbital, usually injected through the arms. Medical personnel have had a hard time inserting IVs into Post’s arms, according to the court filing. Four years ago, an Ohio State University medical center nurse needed three attempts to insert an IV into Post’s left arm, the lawyers wrote. Post has tried losing weight, but knee and back problems have made it difficult to exercise, according to his court filing. Post’s request for gastric bypass surgery has been denied, he’s been encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk for falling, and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats, his filing said. While at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Post “used that prison’s exercise bike until it broke under his weight,” according to the filing.
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You Could Get a Payment for a Class Action Settlement.
A proposed Settlement has been reached with Wachovia Bank, now called Wells Fargo, defendants in a class action lawsuit that alleges price-fixing in the sale of municipal derivatives transactions by Wells Fargo and other companies. The case, In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1950, No. 08-02516, is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Who Is Included in the Settlement? This Settlement includes all state, local and municipal government entities, independent government agencies and private entities that purchased: (1) Municipal derivative transactions through negotiation, competitive bidding or auction, directly from any Alleged Provider Defendant or Co-Conspirator or brokered by any Alleged Broker Defendant or Co-Conspirator, (2) Any time from January 1, 1992 through August 18, 2011 in the United States and its territories or for delivery in the United States and its territories. The Defendants and Co-Conspirators are listed in the detailed notice available on the Settlement website. What Does the Settlement Provide? Wells Fargo will pay $37 million as follows: $20 million has already been paid into an escrow account and the remaining $17 million will be paid later. This Settlement is only a partial settlement of the lawsuit because it only affects the claims against Wells Fargo. The lawsuit is continuing against other Defendants. Morgan Stanley has already settled. Wells Fargo will cooperate with the Class Representatives in the litigation that will continue against the other Defendants. What Do I Do Now? • Remain in the Settlement. To remain in the Settlement Class and participate in the Settlement, you do not have to do anything now. If the Court approves the Settlement, you give up the right to sue Wells Fargo for the claims in this lawsuit and you are eligible to receive a payment. Claim forms are not available now. Register on the Settlement website to receive a claim form when it becomes available. If you remain in the Settlement Class, you still have the right to exclude yourself from any other Settlements reached in this lawsuit. • Exclude yourself from the Settlement. If you do not want to remain in the Settlement Class, you must exclude yourself. You must send a written request for exclusion by first-class mail, postmarked no later than October 19, 2012 to the Settlement Administrator. If you exclude yourself, you cannot participate in the Settlement, but you retain your right to sue Wells Fargo on your own for the claims in this lawsuit. • Object or Comment on the Settlement. If you remain in the Settlement Class and want to object to or comment on the Wells Fargo Settlement or any part of it, you must file an objection with the Court and deliver a copy to Class Counsel and Wells Fargo no later than October 9, 2012. When Will the Court Decide Whether to Approve the Settlement? The Court has scheduled a hearing on December 14, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007, to consider whether to finally approve the Wells Fargo Settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate, whether to approve Class Counsel’s request for reimbursement of litigation expenses, and to consider any objections. The Court has appointed the law firms of Hausfeld LLP; Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; and Susman Godfrey L.L.P. to serve as Class Counsel and represent all Class Members. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. You or your lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing but are not required to. If you want to be heard by the Court, you must file a written notice of your intention to appear with the Court and deliver a copy to the Class Counsel and Wells Fargo no later than October 9, 2012. The Court may change the time and date of the hearing. Any change will be posted on the Settlement website. Get More Information For more information on this lawsuit, your rights, or to obtain a list of defendants, call or visit the Settlement website listed below or write to Municipal Derivatives Settlement, c/o Rust Consulting, Inc., PO Box 2500, Faribault, MN 55021-9500.
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ASG owes ASPA over $10 Million
The American Samoa Government’s utility debt continues to grow and is now more than $8 million, according to a report by the American Samoa Power Authority distributed last week to lawmakers during ASPA’s fiscal year 2013 budget hearing. However, if the outstanding and current utility bills for the American Samoa Community College and the LBJ Medical Center are added, the ASG debt increases to more than $10 million, money that some lawmakers say is needed by ASPA, which is moving forward with the implementation of the next rate hike come Oct. 1, this year. The ASPA one-page report states that as of Sept. 11, the total outstanding and current debt owed by ASG is $10.49 million, and of this total $8.74 million is outstanding and current for ASG; $631,359 is outstanding and current for ASCC; and $1.11 million is outstanding and current for LBJ. For ASG itself, there are twenty six departments, offices and agencies with outstanding and current debts, with the Department of Education the highest debt owed at $3.35 million followed by the Department of Port Administration with $1.16 million; the Department of Public Safety at $933,537 and Department of Administrative Services at $851,999 Some interesting debts include $358,743 for public street lights; Legislature with $257,460; the Executive Office at $182,578 for the residences of the governor and lieutenant governor; the Commerce Department at $192,050; Health Department with $479,260; and Public Works at $237,316, according to the ASPA report. With the Fono also owing a utility debt, Rep. Larry Sanitoa — during the Fono’s FY 2013 budget hearing last Thursday — asked Fofoga Solia with the Legislative Fianance Office as to why this bill has not been paid to ASPA. Sanitoa said he questioned why there was a $50,000 funding allocation for FY 2012 to pay the Fono’s electric bills, but ASPA’s report shows a huge outstanding debt of $257,000. Solia replied that he is not clear about the ASPA report but the Fono continues to pay its utility bills. He also stated that he knows that when the Treasury Department pays ASG’s utilities it includes the Fono — and this was confirmed by ASG Budget and Planning Office director Malemo Tausaga, who was present at all budget hearings.
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NOTICE is hereby given that MUAGUTUTI’A TAUOA of FAGA’ITUA, American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as FANUAE’E which is situated in the village of FAGA’ITUA, in the County of SUA, EASTERN 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 MARK E. TIME & FESOLIA’I S. TIME as LESSEES. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: AUGUST 6, 2012 thru OCTOBER 5, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o MUAGUTUTI’A TAUOA ole nu’u o FAGA’ITUA, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o FANUAE’E, e i le nu’u o FAGA’ITUA i le itumalo o SUA, Falelima i SASA’E 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 MARK E. TIME & FESOLIA’I S. TIME. 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 5 o OKETOPA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 08/16 & 09/18/12
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Troops pack up gear to ship out of Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — It was nearly 2 a.m. when U.S. Army Pfc. Zach Randle jumped out of his bulky armored vehicle in southern Afghanistan for what he hoped would be the last time. “I don’t want to see it again. It’s been through a lot,” Randle said of the 19-ton (17-metric ton) vehicle that was his ride — and sometimes his bed — during a six-month deployment to volatile Kandahar province. “It protected us, but I’m just in a hurry to turn it in to be closer to going home,” said Randle, who has now left Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama’s drawdown of 33,000 U.S. troops by Sept. 30. The pullout — 10,000 last year and 23,000 more this year — will be finished within days. That will leave 68,000 American troops in this country to fight militants and help prepare Afghan forces to take over security nationwide. While some service members go home, others are busy preparing thousands of vehicles and other equipment for shipment. It’s a laborious task that’s more difficult than it was in Iraq because of landlocked Afghanistan’s tough mountainous terrain, lack of roads and its mountain passes that will soon be covered with snow. Between now and the end of 2014, when most U.S. troops will have left, the Americans will move an estimated 50,000 vehicles, including tens of thousands of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like the one Randle drove into the equipment yard. They’ll also ship an estimated 100,000 metal containers — each about 20 feet long. End-to-end, the containers would stretch nearly 400 miles (600 kilometers). Shipping has picked up in recent months, as base closure teams have spread out across Afghanistan to help soldiers sort, pack and load up their gear. As of the beginning of September, 208 U.S. and NATO coalition bases have been closed, 310 have been transferred to the Afghan government and 323 remain open, according to the coalition. The packing up is going on as the war still rages. Just since Friday, insurgents attacked a base in neighboring Helmand province, killing two U.S. Marines and destroying six Harrier fighter jets. Afghan police gunned down four more American service members, and a NATO airstrike mistakenly killed eight Afghan women looking for firewood. As American forces keep fighting, thousands of civilian and military personnel will continue prepping vehicles for flight, taking tedious inventory of bullets, night scopes, radios and even recreational baseball bats. They’ll also clean and crate tons of other gear, anything from bags of nails to generators. Brig. Gen. Kristin French, commanding general of the Joint Sustainment Command in Afghanistan, likens the teams to “wedding planners” helping to organize the move. “We are trying to take the burden off the war fighter and give it to our folks who have the mission to do it,” French said at her office at Kandahar Air Field. “If we’re busy trying to clean up our backyards, we’re not doing what our focus is and that is to continue to transition security to the Afghan security forces and partner with them.” Vehicles are being gathered in Kandahar, Bagram Air Field near Kabul and Camp Barmal in northern Afghanistan. Containers are being staged for shipment at nine locations around the country, she said. Some equipment is taken by truck, train, ships or planes to military depots in the United States. MRAPS are rolled onto airplanes. Some Humvees sit in shipping containers for a test trip on a railroad leaving Afghanistan via Uzbekistan to the north. Other equipment will also go north through Central Asia or else be trucked into Pakistan — some of it down to the port of Karachi, where it will sail back to the United States or other destinations. Various items will stay in Afghanistan to be used by the Americans troops not going home — yet. Still other materiel will be transferred to the Afghan government, tossed out, taken to a scrap heap or shipped to other countries for use by U.S. forces. For now, Randle and several dozen other U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are happy to get rid of their vehicles and all the equipment. The late-night arrival of their convoy late last month stirred up dust in the equipment yard at Kandahar Air Field. The heavily armed personnel carriers and utility trucks slowed to a halt, then sat idling noisily as the soldiers gathered their gear inside and began climbing out and into formation in the yard. “They are part of the 23,000 soldier off-ramp,” said Lt. Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, Jr., who assumed command of 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Kandahar in July and was waiting for the convoy when it arrived. “Most of these soldiers will turn in their equipment tonight and they will fly home within the next three days.” Home, that is, after about three weeks at Fort Bragg. When Randle, 20, returns to Clarksville, Tennessee, he will climb behind the wheel of a black sports sedan he’s buying from the family of a US service member who was killed in Afghanistan. “It was his car, a Mazda 6, black,” Randle said, standing under a three-quarters moon. One of Randle’s fellow soldiers at the equipment yard, Army Capt. Matthew Cahill, said they would offload about $18 million worth of equipment. “I’m glad to get rid of it. It’s a lot of stuff — a lot of stuff to keep accountable for. It’s nice to finally start making the process back home,” Cahill said. The troops spent hours turning in their equipment and chatting about going home. Cahill, 31, has a daughter turning 1 this month back home in Newburyport, Massachusetts. “I was at home when she was born,” he said. “Now, she’s standing up on her own so I got to get back.” Pvt. Kevin Patterson, 21, of Carson City, Nevada, was craving his grandmother’s “famous tacos.” He was also happy to be alive. “Every night when you go to bed and you’re in one piece, you think ‘Thank God, I’m still here,’” Patterson said. “And when you finish and when
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As U.S. troop ‘surge’ ends, Mexican agents the setbacks are piling up may have missed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start. Just as the last U.S. “surge” troops leave the country, trouble is breaking out in ways that go to the core of the strategy for winding down the U.S. and allied combat role and making Afghans responsible for their own security. At stake is the goal of ensuring that Afghanistan not revert to being a terrorist haven. Nearly two years after President Barack Obama announced that he was sending another 33,000 troops to take on the Taliban, those reinforcements are completing their return to the United States this week. That leaves about 68,000 American troops, along with their NATO allies and Afghan partners, to carry out an ambitious plan to put the Afghans fully in the combat lead as early as next year. But the setbacks are piling up: a spasm of deadly attacks on U.S. and NATO forces by Afghan soldiers and police, including three attacks in the last three days; an audacious Taliban assault on a coalition air base that killed two Marines and destroyed six fighter jets; and a NATO airstrike that inadvertently killed eight Afghan women and girls. The Pentagon on Monday identified the two Marines killed at Camp Bastion on Friday as Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of Huntingdon, Pa., and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind. Raible was commander of the Harrier squadron that had six of its planes destroyed in the assault. Tensions over the anti-Islam movie produced in the U.S. that ridicules the Prophet Mohammad also spread to Kabul, where demonstrations turned violent Monday when protesters burned cars and threw rocks at a U.S. military base. Those events help the Taliban’s aim of driving a wedge between the Americans and their Afghan partners. They also show that the Taliban, while weakened, remains a force to be reckoned with, 11 years after the first U.S. troops arrived to drive the Taliban out. The extra troops began moving into Afghanistan in early 2010, pushing the total U.S. force to a peak of 101,000 by mid-2011. The U.S. troop surge was supposed to put so much military pressure on the Taliban that its leaders — most of whom are in Pakistan — would feel compelled to come to the peace table. That hasn’t happened. Preliminary contacts began, but have been stymied. When he announced his decision in December 2009 to send the 33,000 extra troops, Obama said it was aimed at seizing the initiative in a war that was “not lost, but for several years ... has moved backwards.” Battlefield momentum was regained but doubts persist about how long-lasting the progress will prove to be. Stephen Biddle, a professor of international affairs at George Washington University and an occasional consultant to U.S. commanders in Afghanistan, said Monday he’s grown more pessimistic about the handoff of security duties to the Afghans in 2014. “It looks like what we’re going to be handing off is a stalemated war,” he said in a telephone interview Monday, “which means the U.S. Congress will be asked to write these checks (to support Afghan forces) for years and years and years with no plausible argument that we’re going to bring this to a successful conclusion, at least on the battlefield.”
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official said Monday that federal police involved in the shooting of two American agents in August may not have noticed the diplomatic plates on the U.S. vehicle. The official said federal police were looking for kidnappers who abducted an employee of the government archaeological agency a day earlier in the same area where the Aug. 24 shooting occurred. The official said police focused on the unusual sight of a bulletproof sport utility vehicle traveling at high speed on a rural road, not on the car’s distinctive diplomatic plates. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name. The kidnappers later released the employee of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, who was found by police walking on a roadside in the area just south of Mexico City. The U.S. agents, identified by Mexican officials as employees of the CIA, suffered non-life-threatening wounds. They have returned to the United States. Twelve Mexican federal police have been detained in the case and are being held under a form of house arrest pending possible charges. The federal Public Safety Department said it has cooperated in the investigation and that 51 officers of the federal police have testified in the case. “If the use of excessive force, a failure to apply standard protocols or involvement with organized crime is proved, the appropriate punishments will be applied,” the department said in a statement. “No illegal act will be tolerated.” The department said that, since the current administration took office in December 2006, a total of 459 federal police officers have been detained for varied offenses, and 50 have been sentenced. It did not detail the criminal charges involved in those cases. In the same period, about 2,045 officers have failed periodic vetting and anti-drug tests, and 302 of them have been fired. About 600 others are involved in the lengthy internal-affairs procedure, which could lead to people losing their jobs. The federal police currently has a total force of about 36,000 officers.
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Dramatic rescue ends, 8 Study: Military drinking kids pulled from water
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A family gathered for a reunion pulled eight Oregon children from a lake with a steep drop-off where two girls already had sunk to the muddy bottom, a fire official said. The family pulled the children from danger by passing each one from person to person until they reached shore. The dramatic rescue occurred Saturday after the children, none of whom could swim, entered Henry Hagg Lake, Gaston Fire Chief Roger Mesenbrink said Sunday at a news conference. “I have been through every kind of rescue scenario you can probably dream,” Mesenbrink said. “Never have I seen this sort of outcome. A trained team would have done no better.” The children, who range from 6 to 13, were taken by ambulance to hospitals with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, The Oregonian reported. Two of the girls were unconscious when members of the family pulled them from the lake bottom, the newspaper said. Evan Gibson, a member of the family that rescued the children, said he looked up from washing his feet in the lake to see a small boy flailing his arms from the water Gibson said he yelled, “’He needs help!’” as he sprinted into the water. Other family members followed, including three sisters and his nephew. “We realized we had no idea how many were underwater,” Michelle Rushing said. First, the mothers of two of the children were pulled from the lake. Like their kids, the mothers didn’t know how to swim, the fire chief said. The rescuers then found the two girls on the lake bottom and passed them both back to shore. Rescuer Lura Kirby was elated when the eyes of one girl began to flutter and she started coughing. “I didn’t think they would wake,” Kirby said. “I think there were angels there.” Law enforcement officials declined to identify the family of the rescued children, citing the family’s wish for privacy. When Mesenbrink arrived, he found the Gibson family huddled with the rescued children, whose parents hugged them and repeatedly thanked the Gibsons between racking sobs. “The kids are doing great, quite well,” Mesenbrink said. “I’m amazed.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Abusing alcohol and drugs has been part of military culture historically: troops do it for fun, to ease the stresses of war or to be part of the brotherhood. But a new report says substance use and misuse among troops and their families has become a “public health crisis” and that Pentagon methods for dealing with it are out-of-date. In a study requested by the Defense Department, the Institute of Medicine report Monday said: — About 20 percent of active-duty service members reported they engaged in heavy drinking in 2008, the latest year for which data was available. (Heavy drinking was defined as five or more drinks a day as a regular practice.) — Binge-drinking increased from 35 percent in 1998 to 47 percent in 2008. (That’s five or more drinks at a sitting for men, four or more for women, but done perhaps just once or twice a month as opposed to each week). — While rates of both illicit and prescription drug abuse are low, the rate of medication misuse is rising. Just 2 percent of active-duty personnel reported misusing prescription drugs in 2002 compared with 11 percent in 2008. — The armed forces’ programs and policies have not evolved to effectively address medication misuse and abuse. “Better care for service members and their families is hampered by inadequate prevention strategies, staffing shortages, lack of coverage for services that are proved to work, and stigma associated with these disorders,” said Charles P. O’Brien of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Studies of Addiction and chairman of the study committee. Defense Dept. spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said officials were analyzing the report. “We want to do the right thing for the service member,” Smith said. “If there are areas in need of improvement, then we will work to improve those areas.” Substance abuse has “long been a concern for the U.S. population and for its military in particular,” the report noted. “Dating as far back as the Revolutionary War, Dr. Benjamin Rush detailed the effects of alcohol on the troops. During the Civil War, addiction to opium prescribed for pain became known as the ‘soldier’s disease.’” Today, the military’s approach to treating substance abuse “tends to be old-fashioned,” O’Brien said, noting the example of the military’s reluctance to use medications that can combat cravings and in other ways help treat addiction, he said. “Modern treatment of substance abuse does involve medications. There are FDA-approved, effective medications that could be used and should be used much more than they are,” he said. Another problem is an overreliance on hospitalization and in-patient rehabilitation facilities, rather than the outpatient care that characterizes most civilian addiction treatment. “Addiction tends to be chronic,” O’Brien explained. “The basic pathology of the addiction has a memory. It doesn’t go away that quickly.” Military counselors also need better training. “We reviewed the training materials the U.S. Navy uses for counselor training. Those materials are based on guidelines originally written in 1984. They haven’t updated them,” said Dr. Dennis McCarty, a professor of public health and preventive medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. “We think there’s a substantial opportunity to enhance the training for the counselors” who work with active-duty military personnel. To reduce the stigma attached to getting help — and thus drawing more troops into its programs — the military should integrate prevention and treatment efforts more into primary health care and do more to preserve confidentiality for those seeking help, the report said.
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The Duke of Cambridge addresses Pacific youth
(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2012, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS — The Duke of Cambridge praised youth involved in the Commonwealth Youth Programme in a special royal visit to the Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference. The Duke of Cambridge gave a short speech to the 40 youth representatives at the conference, run by the Commonwealth Youth Program’s Pacific Centre as part of its work to engage and empower young people (ages 15-29) and enhance their contribution to development. The Duke of Cambridge said: “I find it inspirational that young people like you, coming from all over the South Pacific, have chosen to become involved with the Commonwealth… What you are doing, and the friendships that you make, are critical for your future as young leaders, both in your own countries and in the global family that is the Commonwealth.” He paid tribute to the value of the Commonwealth as he commented: “We are, more than ever before, a global community. The Commonwealth reminds us of what we have in common, what our responsibilities to one another are, without this ability to cross the boundaries of nationhood, race and creed, humanity in the future would find it very much harder to advance toward greater harmony and sustainable co-existence.” The Duke also presented six young people with Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards: Bryan Anga, Hudson Oeta, Harry James Olikwailafa, Ray Richard, Ashley Watson from Solomon Islands and Rebecca Solomon from Vanuatu. Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) Regional Director, Pacific, Afu Billy said: “It is an honor to host the Duke and Duchess with us at the start of the Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference. The Royal couple are an inspiration to young people in the Commonwealth…” Forty young Pacific Leaders are here in Honiara, Solomon Islands for a week-long Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference. They represent14 Pacific countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Niue, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. The conference concludes Saturday 22 September.
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Video shows Libyans trying to rescue U.S. ambassador
CAIRO (AP) — Libyans tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens, cheering “God is great” and rushing him to a hospital after they discovered him still clinging to life inside the U.S. Consulate, according to witnesses and a new video that emerged Monday from last week’s attack in the city of Benghazi. The group of Libyans had stumbled across Stevens’ seemingly lifeless form inside a dark room and didn’t know who he was, only that he was a foreigner, the man who shot the video and two other witnesses told The Associated Press. The account underlines the confusion that reigned during the assault by protesters and heavily armed gunmen that overwhelmed the consulate in Benghazi last Tuesday night, killing four Americans, including Stevens, who died from smoke inhalation soon after he was found. U.S. officials are still trying to piece together how the top American diplomat in Libya got separated from others as staffers were evacuated, suffocating in what is believed to be a consulate safe-room. The Libyans who found him expressed frustration that there was no ambulance and no first aid on hand, leaving him to be slung over a man’s shoulder to be carried to a car. “There was not a single ambulance to carry him. Maybe he was handled the wrong way,” said Fahd al-Bakoush, a freelance videographer who shot the footage. “They took him to a private car.” U.S. and Libyan officials are also trying to determine who was behind the attack. Still unclear was whether it had been planned beforehand or was sparked by an anti-Islam film made in the United States that, hours before the Benghazi assault, had sparked protests at the American Embassy in Cairo. On Sunday, Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif contended foreign militants had been plotting the attack for months and timed it for Tuesday’s 9/11 anniversary. However, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said it appeared spontaneous and unplanned, that extremists with heavier weapons “hijacked” the protest and turned it into an outright attack. She noted Libya is awash with weapons. A CIA memo sent to U.S. lawmakers this weekend, and obtained by The Associated Press, says current intelligence still suggests the demonstrations in Benghazi “were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo” and “evolved into a direct assault” on the diplomatic posts by “extremists.” Soon after the attack, Libyan civilians roamed freely around the trashed consulate, its walls blacked and furniture burned. Among them were the videographer al-Bakoush, and a photographer and art student he often works with. They heard a panicked shout, “I stepped over a dead man,” and rushed to see what was going on, al-Bakoush said. The body had been found inside a dark room with a locked door accessible only by a window. A group of men pulled him out and realized he was a foreigner and still alive. He was breathing and his eyelids flickered, al-Bakoush said. “He was alive,” he said. “No doubt. His face was blackened and he was like a paralyzed person.” Video taken by al-Bakoush and posted on YouTube shows Stevens being carried out of the room through a window with a raised shutter. “Bring him out, man,” someone shouts. “Out of the way, out of the way!” “Alive, Alive!” come other shouts, then a cheer of “God is great.” The next scene shows Stevens lying on a tile floor, with one man touching his neck to check his pulse. Al-Bakoush said that after that scene, they put Stevens in a private car to rush to the hospital. The video has been authenticated since Stevens’ face is clearly visible and he is wearing the same white t-shirt seen in authenticated photos of him being carried away on another man’s shoulders, presumably moments later. The photographer and student who were with al-Bakoush at the scene gave the same account as he did. When they entered the consulate, “there was no one around. There was no fire fighters, no ambulances, no relief,” said the photographer, Abdel-Qader Fadl. The accounts of all three witnesses mesh with that of the doctor who treated Stevens that night. Dr. Ziad Abu Zeid told The Associated Press last week that Stevens was nearly lifeless when he was brought by Libyans, with no other Americans around, to the Benghazi hospital where he worked. He said Stevens had severe asphyxia from the smoke and that he tried for 90 minutes to resuscitate him with no success. Only later did security officials confirm it was Stevens. During the assault, more than 30 U.S. staffers were evacuated from the consulate. So far, U.S. officials have not announced the results of an investigation into the circumstances of the four Americans’ deaths. They have said preliminary reports said that amid the evacuation, Stevens and foreign service officer Sean Smith were inside the consulate with a regional security officer. They got separated in the smoke. The security officer and others went back in to try to find the two of them and found Smith dead. They pulled him out but flames and gunfire forced them to flee before they could find Stevens. Al-Bakoush and his colleagues said that once they learned his identity, they were stunned Stevens had been alone.
A Libyan woman, Salwa Bugaighis, carries a wreath with a photo of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens on it as she and others gather to pay their respect to the victims of the Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate, in Benghazi, Libya, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack, part of a wave of assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in Muslim countries over a low-budget movie made in the United States that (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon) denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the movement’s anniversary on Monday by clogging intersections in the city’s financial district, marching to the beat of drums that were a familiar refrain last year. Protesters roamed around the lower Manhattan financial district all morning in groups of a few dozen each, from one intersection to another and back again, chanting loudly about the ills of Wall Street. In total, there were a few hundred protesters scattered throughout the city. More than 180 of them were arrested by early Monday evening, mostly on disorderly conduct charges. The day’s events lacked the heft of Occupy protests last year, when protesters gathered by the thousands. But Occupiers were upbeat as they spread out in their old stomping grounds, giddy at the prospect of being together again. They brushed off any suggestions that the movement had petered out. “This is a movement. It’s only been a year,” said protester Justin Stone Diaz, of Brooklyn. “It’s going to take many years for it to develop and figure out exactly who we are.” But the movement is now a shadow of its mighty infancy, when a group of young people harnessed the power of a disillusioned nation and took to the streets chanting about corporate greed and inequality. A familiar Statue of Liberty puppet was back, bobbing in the crowd above protesters’ heads. Protesters in wheelchairs blocked a road and chanted “All day, all week, occupy Wall Street!” before they were steered off the road by police. Zuccotti Park, the former home of the encampment, was encircled by metal police barricades lined with police officers standing watch. Hamza Sinanaj, a 30-yearold airplane mechanic who works in upstate New York as a security guard, said he was among the first Occupy protesters last September. “I felt that protest was long overdue, and I’m back today,” he said, holding up a sign that read, “America Rise Up.” He was staying at his sister’s home in the Bronx but wasn’t sure he’d be there Monday night because he was “ready to be arrested, to sit on the street and be arrested.” Events were planned in more than 30 cities worldwide. In San Francisco, local Occupy groups planned to occupy 10 banks across the city and then hold an evening rally honoring foreclosure fighters, people who’ve been helping residents stave off foreclosures by squatting or holding sit-ins, outside the Bank of America building in the Financial District, the site of previous protests. They then planned to march. Last year, hundreds of protesters camped out for weeks at Justin Herman Plaza across from the city’s Ferry Building, a magnet for tourists and in the heart of the Financial District, where nearby businesses were affected. In Oakland, Calif., a metal fence surrounds the City Hall lawn that was the hub of several violent clashes between demonstrators and police during fall Occupy-inspired protests that attracted international attention. Banks including Citigroup and Wells Fargo have said they’re committed to having open dialogue and working with their customers during difficult economic times.
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Occupy Wall Street protestor Chris Philips screams as he is arrested near Zuccotti Park, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in New York. Multiple Occupy Wall Street protestors have been arrested during a march toward the New (AP Photo/John Minchillo) York Stock Exchange on the anniversary of the grass-roots movement.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University said late Monday it has reopened its Baton Rouge campus and classes will resume Tuesday, a day after a bomb threat sparked a campuswide evacuation. “All campus buildings have been returned to normal operations and the campus is now open for students, faculty and staff,” LSU officials said in an emailed statement. “All classes and events scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, will be held as planned, and university employees and students should plan to return to their normal schedules on Tuesday. The announcement came hours after university officials began allowing the thousands of students who live on campus to start returning to their dormitories after bomb-sniffing dogs and police methodically swept residential halls Monday. LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said earlier Monday night that officials were hoping to reopen the campus by Monday night, but they weren’t certain if a building-by-building sweep would be finished before Tuesday. Evangeline Hall, a residential building on campus, was reopened first and officials
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Police found no explosives on those campuses. “It’s kind of been an epidemic. This has been the fourth in a week. But it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Joseph Vera, a communications disorders graduate student. Vera and a fellow graduate student were working in a language clinic with seven children near the edge of campus when they received the text message about the bomb threat. The pair walked the children across the street to an off-campus restaurant and they called the children’s parents. The university sent a follow-up message to students at 1:36 p.m. telling them not to return. Col. Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police superintendent, said despite some initial traffic congestion, the campus was evacuated in under an hour. The university put out a statement on its website announcing the evacuation an hour after the phone call was received, then distributed the information through text messages, emails and social media. There are 30,000 students, professors and university employees located on the Baton Rouge campus, but it was not clear how many were there at the time of the threat.
After a dead-heat race for months, President Barack Obama is narrowly leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney in major polls, both nationally and in key states. Some of the edge could be a bounce from the Democratic convention, and such lifts are subject to fading. But both campaigns are paying close attention to any shift in the polls since there’s been so little movement all summer, and they’re adjusting their campaign strategies accordingly. Romney, coming off two rough weeks, was addressing the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, a fastgrowing crucial voting bloc that Obama won in 2008 and continues to favor him now. At the same time, Romney’s campaign was launching a new advertising offensive emphasizing the GOP nominee’s plans to lift the economy rather than just focusing on slamming Obama. “My plan is to help the middle class,” Romney says, speaking directly to the camera. “Trade has to work for America. That means crack down on cheaters like China. That means open up new markets.” Romney has accused Obama of policies that resulted in U.S. jobs being shipped to China. The Obama campaign blames Romney’s former equity firm for doing the same thing. Almost if on cue, the Obama administration on Monday sought a World Trade Organization ruling telling China to stop subsidizing auto parts made for export. It argues the practice undercuts manufacturers in Ohio and elsewhere and encourages U.S. companies to outsource. And, not coincidentally, Obama had campaign rallies Monday in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio Ohio is a crucial swing state, as it has been for the last several elections, and no Republican has ever won the presidency without carrying it. Seven weeks out, Obama leads Romney in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls in those states.
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BEIRUT (AP) — Missiles fired by Syrian warplanes hit Lebanese territory Monday in one of the most serious cross-border violations since Syria’s crisis began 18 months ago, security officials in Beirut and Lebanese state media said. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said four missiles fired by two Syrian jets hit a rugged and remote area on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Arsal. No casualties were immediately reported. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman ordered an investigation into the border shelling Monday, without openly blaming Syria. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that the warplanes fired three missiles that fell on the outskirts of Arsal about 500 meters (yards) from the border between the two countries. “I heard several explosions and saw four clouds of dust billowing from the area,” Arsal resident Nayeh Izzedine said by telephone referring to the border. “I don’t know if it was an air raid but there was a plane in the sky.” He added that the town had been quiet two hours after the 10 a.m. attack. The Syrian forces were believed to be chasing rebels in the area, which has been the site of clashes in the past between opposition fighters battling Syrian troops just on the other side of the frontier. Lebanese armed forces have in the past detained people in the region for trying to smuggle weapons into Syria from Lebanon. Arsal is a predominantly Sunni Muslim town, like the majority of Syria’s opposition that is trying to oust President Bashar Assad from power. Assad belongs to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Syrian shells have hit Lebanese territory in the past but the air raid appears to be the most serious violation. Several Lebanese, including a journalist, have been killed and dozens wounded by fire coming from the Syrian side. Also Monday, Syrian troops shelled rebelheld areas around the country including the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, and the Damascus neighborhood of Hajar Aswad, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and another activist group the Local Coordination Committees also reported clashes between troops and rebels. On the diplomatic front, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi held talks with the Turkish foreign minister on Syria’s crisis, while Iran’s top diplomat joined counterparts from the two countries later in the evening to seek an end to the war. After the Cairo meeting, foreign ministers from the three countries said they had found common ground between them, but that a solu-
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“Simply put, there is nothing in the arbitration agreement that gives the federal court the power to attach ASG property in American Samoa, beyond the federal court’s jurisdiction”. He added the government’s agreement that a judgment is enforceable just means that the judgment creditor has to take his judgment to the appropriate jurisdiction to collect. In this case, Marisco should have filed its judgment in American Samoa and asked the High Court to enforce it. Ale reiterated that the federal court in Hawaii did not have authority to enforce a judgment on property located in American Samoa. “The federal court ignores American Samoa laws and treats ASG as just another private judgment debtor,” Ale said. “Our laws prohibit garnishment of ASG assets unless approved by the Governor. It also requires Fono appropriation of funds.The federal court’s order would allow certain judgment creditors to avoid the requirements of American Samoa laws.” Several days after the hearing, the Chief Justice issued the order in a threepage court ruling, and denied the motion last Friday. MOTION FOR RECONSIdERATION According to the order for motion for reconsideration, American Samoa statutes and rules of court provide no authority for bringing a motion to reconsider a non-final interlocutory order in a pending case. The court quoted the case for Progressive Insurance and South Star international back in 2011, where the trial court explained that while a motion for reconsideration or new trial is a prerequisite to an appeal however statute applies to a final decision not to non-final interlocutory orders. The ruling goes on to say that in order to appeal an interlocutory order, it must be final or fall within collateral order exception. “To fall within the collateral order exception, an order must (1) conclusively resolve the disputed question, (2) resolve important issues completely separate from the merits of the action and (3) be effectively unreviewable on appeal from the final judgment in the main case.” MOTION FOR STAy The bank’s motion asks the court to stay the Trial Court’s July 11, 2012 order granting the provisional injunction, pending a decision on the motion for reconsideration. According to the order the Court’s decision to deny the reconsideration motion renders the motion to stay moot and the court does not see any reason to stay the preliminary injunction. The order was signed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki, and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.
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you’re on your way home like this, you think ‘It’s amazing. I made it through.’” It was after midnight when the troops finished unpacking their gear in the gravel yard. After that, four of the vehicles were driven to another yard overseen by Capt. Nicholas Tommaso, 27, of New York state. His job involves sorting through a myriad of electronic vehicle identification codes, transportation control movement documents, green stickers and bumper numbers. When he figures out where a vehicle is going, it is weighed and measured so others will know if it will fit on the plane ordered to fly it out. Then it is moved across the street to another yard to be washed and inspected by customs workers. “We’ve been moving everything by air now,” Tommaso said. “We moved out about 200 pieces in August alone.” The stuff that’s not on wheels ends up at still another yard. There, inside a giant white tent, soldiers unload boxes filled with everything from rubber O-rings and speedometers for military vehicles to paper plates and bags of grommets. “It’s like you opened your garage and you hadn’t cleaned it out in a couple years,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Letcher, commander of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. “We are busy now. We came in July and now we are really ready for people to start pushing the stuff through.” Every item needs to be checked for dirt, bugs, mold and anything else that would prevent it from passing customs inspections in the U.S. or other nations where it’s headed. Each has an identification number that’s jotted on a pad, then entered into a computer that tells the military what it is and where it’s needed. A printer spits out a shipping label, and the item is readied for its journey back to the U.S. or elsewhere. A few days earlier, the soldiers at the tent opened a box arriving from the battlefield and found Louisville Slugger baseball bats. They decided to keep one, and when they need a break from their tedious work, they go outside the tent and bat stones into the yard.
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➧ Fono agrees to full year budget, minus…
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale suggested all departments, offices, agencies and special programs affected by the cut be restored in a separate supplemental appropriation. COMMITTEE dEbATE When the joint committee met last week and approved only a four month budget, the Fono leaders were not present and the news media, along with any member of the public, were told to leave the Senate gallery. Yesterday’s debate was open to everyone. The Fono leaders commended the joint committee for their diligent work but pointed out that the current legislative sessions should endorse the entire 12-month budget with any required changes instead of the new legislature next year taking up this task again. This was also supported by Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli who pointed out the current session should not leave it for someone else to finish work that was tasked to the current session. Another supporter of approving a 12-month budget was Sen. Lualemaga Faoa who stressed to lawmakers the need to make a final decision by the current legislative session, adding that if the Fono wants to make necessary changes to do so, before final approval of the budget language. There was a motion presented to the floor to dissolve the original approval of four months, and for the joint committee to discuss the whole issue again, since the Fono leaders were not present last Thursday. The majority agreed and the fourmonth budget plan was dissolved while the discussion turned to focus on a 12-month budget. Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie said it was clear from the eight days of budget hearings that there are concerns among lawmakers regarding ASG revenue projections for the new
The Campaign – Rated: R
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
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fiscal year — if forecasts would be met at all. One of those concerns deals with the $6.8 million in tobacco settlement funds, and up to now there is still no financial report submitted to the Fono about this entire matter, Gaoteote said, who added that as far as some lawmakers are concerned, this money does not exist at this point. He suggested taking this amount off the local funds, and once there is proof that this money is actually available then a supplemental budget can be done. Sen. Velega Savali Jr. said the committee was confused at times on ASG revenues, due to ASG themselves and their testimonies. For example, ASG Budget and Planning Office director Malemo Tausaga had testified that this money, held by Interior Department, is available to American Samoa. However, Velega said Attorney General Fepuleai A. Ripley Jr. testified that this money is to pay ASG’s loan from the federal government. He said Speaker Savali said he would be surprised if the governor put this funding in the budget if the governor knows that there is no money. Savali said he believes that this is solid ASG funding and reiterated that if the final decision is to take this amount out of local revenues, to have a supplemental submitted at the same time to restore funds for other departments and agencies that will be faced with the cuts in their budgets from the final language of the FY 2013 budget. Sen. Paogofie Fiaigoa insisted the Fono approve the entire budget as submitted by the governor without making any changes. He then introduced a verbal motion to approve the entire budget as is, but the majority agreed to taking the $6.8 million out of local revenues, projected in 2013 at $77.30 million.
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Sparkle – Rated: PG -13
Starring: Whitney Houston, Ceelo Green, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps Musical prodigy Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
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reapportionment of House voting districts, not by counties, and if endorsed, the new change will take effect the next election year, which is 2014, the governor explained. If the Fono rejects the sitting governor’s reapportionment, then the matter will be taken to the Appellate Division of the High Court in an appeal to review the governor’s plan and if the court rules in favor of the governor, then the plan can be implemented, said Togiola. If the appeal is denied, then the court will provide the guidelines to follow in order to be in full compliance with the reapportionment of the governor’s plan, he said. It’s not immediately clear if the proposed reapportionment of House districts will reduce the number of elected members, keep it the same or increase it.
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War anniversary feeds Chinese anti-Japan protests
BEIJING (AP) — The 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion brought a fresh wave of anti-Japan demonstrations in China on Tuesday, with thousands of protesters venting anger over the colonial past and a current dispute involving contested islands in the East China Sea. Outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, thousands shouted patriotic slogans and demanded boycotts of Japanese goods. Some threw apples, water bottles and eggs at the embassy, which was heavily guarded by three layers of paramilitary police and metal barricades. Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that protesters were throwing bricks and rocks at the Japanese consulate in Shenyang in China’s northeast. Similar protests took place in Guangzhou, Wenzhou, Shanghai and other Chinese cities as the country marked the anniversary of a 1931 incident that Japan used as a pretext to invade Manchuria before World War II. In many provinces, including Liaoning, Gansu, Yunnan, Sichuan and Anhui, local governments sounded sirens at 9:18 am to mark the Sept. 18 anniversary, the official China News Service reported. Many China-based Japanese businesses were shut Tuesday as a precaution, after several days in which anger over the island dispute produced occasional outbreaks of violence, including the torching and looting of Japaneseinvested factories and shops. Tensions have been growing for months in the dispute over ownership of East China Sea islands called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The disagreement came to a head last week when the Japanese government said it was purchasing some of the islands from their private owner to thwart a Japanese politician’s plans to buy and develop them. Protests since then have been the largest anti-Japanese demonstrations since 2005, reflecting ever-present anger toward Tokyo that periodically bursts to the surface. China’s authoritarian government rarely allows protests, and the wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations clearly received a degree of official approval. In Beijing, streams of people marched past the embassy in orderly groups of about 150 people, herded by police who urged them to remain calm and peaceful. Some toted posters of Chairman Mao Zedong, and many shouted slogans such as: “United, Love China, Never forget our national shame.” Sun Chao, a 26-year-old employee for a Beijing tutoring company, said he was given the day off and came to demonstrate with about a dozen other friends and colleagues. He spent around 150 yuan (US$24) on apples and bottled water that he was handing out to others on the demonstration route and encouraging people to hurl them at the embassy. “I want to knock down the Japanese national flag,” Sun said. Wang Guoming, a 38-yearold retired soldier and seller of construction materials, said he came to Beijing from his hometown of Linfen in Shanxi province to vent his frustration. “I came here so our islands will not be invaded by Japan,” said Wang. “We believe we need to declare war on them because the Japanese devils are too evil. Down with little Japan!” The government itself has responded angrily to Japan’s purchase of the islands, which Tokyo has administered since 1972. Beijing has sent patrol ships inside Japanese-claimed waters around the islands, and some state media have urged Chinese to show their patriotism by boycotting Japanese goods and canceling travel to Japan. Japan has seen its own surge of nationalism. Its coast guard said Tuesday that it was questioning two Japanese who landed on one of the islands. Coast Guard official Yuji Sakanaka said it was unclear why the two landed. A Coast Guard vessel issued a warning to a Chinese vessel near the islands early Tuesday. But officials said they could not confirm reports in Chinese state media that more than 1,000 Chinese fishing boats were headed toward the East China Sea island group. Numerous Japanese factories, shops, restaurants and schools in China were closed Tuesday after some were targeted by looting protesters over the weekend. The China Daily newspaper reported Mazda halted production at its Nanjing factory for four days, Canon closed three factories and gave 20,000 employees two days paid vacation, and Fast Retailing shut 19 of its Uniqlo clothing store outlets in China. The paper said more than a dozen Yokado supermarkets and 198 7-Eleven convenience stores under Japanese management were also temporarily shuttered. Near the Japanese Embassy, the Japanese school in Beijing was closed Monday and remained closed Tuesday, said a teacher reached by phone who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak to the press. Administrators have not yet decided what to do for the rest of the week, the teacher said. The demonstrations come amid a three-day visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who U.S. defense officials have said will press China to seek ways to peacefully resolve its territorial disputes with Japan and other neighbors. Japan has claimed the islands since 1895. The U.S. took jurisdiction after World War II and turned them over to Japan in 1972. But Beijing sees Japan’s purchase as an affront to its claims and its past calls for negotiations. The United States says it is not taking sides in the dispute and is urging China and Japan to resolve it through dialogue. Japan is a staunch U.S. ally, but Washington does not want to further strain its own relations with China. Some protesters vented anger at the United States for boosting its military presence in East Asia, a move they say emboldened Japan and other countries to be more assertive in staking rights to territory also claimed by China. “Wherever America goes, there will be turbulence,” said retired Beijing teacher Sui Xueyan. “Their crimes are no less than Japan.” Though there have been protests in many Chinese cities, turnout has been mixed. In Shanghai, just a few dozen protesters gathered at the downtown People’s Square, where security was heavy. Liu Qiming, 21, a recent college graduate looking for work, said he came after reading about the protests online and was committed to boycotting Japanese goods as a way of showing his solidarity. “So far our government has been saying a lot but there’s been no decisive action,” Liu said. “That’s really a shame.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, “my job is not to worry about those people.” At a hastily called news conference late in the day, Romney offered no apologies for his remarks and when he was asked if he was concerned he had offended anyone, he conceded the comments weren’t “elegantly stated” and they were spoken “off the cuff.” President Barack Obama’s campaign quickly seized on the video, obtained by the magazine Mother Jones and made public on a day that Romney’s campaign said it needed a change in campaign strategy to gain momentum in the presidential race. Romney aides were already working behind the scenes to calm dissension in the GOP ranks and reassure nervous donors and consultants about the state of a race some Republicans worry may be getting away from their nominee. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney is shown saying in a video posted online by the magazine. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.” “Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax,” Romney said. Romney said in the video that his role “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” In his remarks to reporters before a fundraiser Monday night in Costa Mesa, Calif., Romney did not dispute the authenticity of the hiddencamera footage, but he called for the release of the full video, instead of the clips posted online. He sought to clarify his remarks but did not apologize. “It’s not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I’m sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that,” Romney said. “Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.” About 46 percent of Americans owed no federal income tax in 2011, although many of them paid other forms of taxes. More than 16 million elderly Americans avoid federal income taxes solely because of tax breaks that apply only to seniors, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Obama’s campaign called the video “shocking” “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement. An Obama adviser said the Democratic campaign might use Romney’s comments from the fundraising video in television advertisements. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss campaign strategy publicly and requested anonymity. Romney’s 2010 federal tax returns show he paid a tax rate of about 14 percent on an annual income of $21 million. The vast majority of his income came from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate than wages. His wealth has been estimated as high as $250 million. Democrats have tried to make an issue of what Romney pays in taxes and what he is willing to divulge about his taxes and investments. While he has released his 2010 tax returns and a summary of his 2011 returns, he has rejected calls for releasing as many as 10 years of tax returns. His campaign has pledged to release his complete 2011 returns before the election Nov. 6. The private remarks are the latest in a string of comments from the multimillionaire Republican businessman whom Democrats have criticized as out of touch. During the primary campaign, Romney insisted that he was “not concerned” about the very poor, said he knew what it felt like to worry about being “pinkslipped,” and said that his wife drove a “couple of Cadillacs.” Aides to Obama’s campaign said the latest video would help them continue to make the case that Romney doesn’t understand the concerns of average Americans. Romney said he would not shy away from the message behind the remarks — that Obama believes in a “government-centered society.” “It’s a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry, which is that the president’s approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because, frankly, my discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them,” Romney said. “Therefore I’m not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those in the middle.” Voters say they believe Obama has a better understanding of their problems and concerns than Romney does. A CBS/New York Times poll showed 60 percent of likely voters said Obama understands the needs and problems of people like them, while 37 percent said he did not. For Romney, the same question found that 46 percent felt he did understand people’s needs, 48 percent said he didn’t. Mother Jones writer David Corn told MSNBC that the video came from a May 17 fundraiser at the Boca Raton, Fla., home of Marc Leder, co-CEO of the investment firm Sun Capital Partners. The magazine had said earlier that the date and location of the remarks were not being disclosed to protect the identity of the person who provided the video. On MSNBC, Corn said the source had allowed those details to be released. Many of the Americans who owe no income tax are reprieved because basic exemptions — such as the “standard deduction” — took their taxable income below the cutoff levels. The other half rely mainly on a variety of tax breaks, such as the credit that helps offset child care costs. These Americans range from the very poor to solidly middle-class families with
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FETUFAAiGA KOVANA MA LE ATUNUU i LUGA O LE EA
O se va’aiga i le ‘au a le Blues a le DHR i le latou aso Ta’alo na te’a nei, aso Faraile i le Malae i [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] Faga’alu, a’o tatalia le taimi e tata ai sifi o le ta’aloga Kirikiti.
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VElEGA: “AuA E TE TAlI ATu I lE VAlE I lONA VAlEA ....” Ua tonu i le finagalo o le alii Senatoa ia Velega Savali Jr, o le a le toe tali atu i saunoaga a le kovana sili ua faasalalau i luga o le ea, ona e maualuga lona vaai i le Kovana, o ia o le faaao o le malo o Amerika Samoa, ae o le a taoto ai ia faapea. O le taimi o folafolaga a le Senate i le taeao ananafi ina ua mae’a lana tauaofiaga masani, na tulai ai le Senatoa mai Manu’a ma saunoa e tusa ai o le mataupu lenei, lea na afua mai i saunoaga a nisi o Senatoa i le aso Faraile na te’a nei. “Ou te faamalulu atu i le maota ona o lenei mataupu na tulai mai i le tatou maota i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ae faigata tele ia te a’u ona ou toe tautala i ai, ona o le afioga i le kovana o le faao o le tatou malo, ae tau lava ina ou faapea atu, a potopoto le atunuu, e iloga lava le nofoa o Velega, e le gata ia Tutuila ma Manu’a ae o Samoa atoa fo’i,” o le saunoaga lea a Velega e uiga i le saunoaga a le alii kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono. I luga o le polokalame a le alii kovana i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, na taua ai e Togiola le le tatau lea i Senatoa ona soona lafo saunoaga e faatatau ia te ia, leaga e le gata o ia o le kovana, ae tele atu fo’i lona matai nai lo isi o Senatoa o loo faitio atu. Fai mai Velega, sa tau mafaufau lava pe o le a sana tala e tatau ona fai, ona o le tele o taimi e saunoa ai le alii kovana, na te taua ai lava le upu lea ‘o le valea.’ “Ua lelei, e le toe oo la so’u malosi i le tulaga lea, ona ou alu lea i le tusi e gata ai lava tusi, ma le tagata e sili atu ona poto na tusia le tusi, o le Faataoto lea a Solomona lea o loo faapea mai, ‘aua e te tali atu i le vale i lona valea ina ne’i poto ai o ia,” o le saunoaga lea a Velega. 6 MASINI FOu - FAAMANAVA TAGATA MA’I SElA Ua mae’a to’ai taunu’u le ono masini fou lava e fa’amanava ai tagata ua tau fa’aletonu le manava ona o le sela, ae maise pe afai ua a’afia le manava ona ua mafiafia le ea i nisi o kasa ma le pefu. O nei masini ua fa’ailoa mai, e taugata tele le masini e tasi, e tusa ma le $40,000. pe afai e tu’uina i ai ma le tau o le fa’ao’o mai i Amerika Samoa ma le toe fa’apipi’ina uma o ona paipa ma totoga e mo’omia ona atoatoa ai le fa’aaogaina o masini manava nei. “O le manuia lenei e le’i fa’apea na alu ai se tupe a le Falema’i tele i Faga’alu, ae o se manuia na mafua ona maua, ona o le finauga fa’aletulafono o le si’omaga sa faia i le va o le ASEPA ma le Pulega o le Lotoa o Tane Suau’u i Gataivai fa’atasi ai ma Kamupani o lo’o sapalaia Amerika Samoa i le Suau’u ma ona oloa tau suau’u.” O se fa’amatalaga lea a le susuga Talalelei Ueligitone, Pule o le Cardiopulmonary Dept. a le tatou falema’i i Faga’alu. O se gaoioiga aoga tele lea ua mae’a tino mai, aua ua fa’aau’upegaina ai le falema’i ia mafai ona togafitia gasegase o le mamalu o le atunu’u, na a’afia o latou soifua maloloina ona o le manogi kesi na’ua o latou nofoaga o alaala ai, ona o le masa’a o suau’u po’o le liki fo’i o le manogi kesi ma latou manavaina. O le aofa’iga o lea seleni ua fa’aalia e silia ma le $120,000. ma ua fa’aaoga tatau lava e tusa ma aiaiga o le fa’atonuga fa’atulafono, ia fa’aaoga e saunia ai le falema’i tele i Faga’alu mo le togafitiga o tagata e fa’aletonu le manava ona o nei a’afiaga tau le soifua maloloina. Ua toeititi nei mafai ona fa’aaogaina loa nei masini, aua o lo ua tatalia le to’ai taunu’u o le sui inisinia mai le Kamupani i fafo sa fa’atau mai ai ia masini, ina ia fa’apipi’ia lelei, fa’asino fo’i le fa’aaogaina ia i latou e tatau ona fa’aaogaina, ma ia toe gafatia e o tatou tagata faigaluega i le falema’i ona fa’aleleia masini pe a fa’aletonu se mea, ae ua mae’a taliu i fanua le ali’i inisinia mai fafo.
FA’ASEA TAGATA FAIGAluEGA I lE lE MAuA O lATOu TOTOGI Na faasea nisi o tagata faigaluega a le malo i luga o le polokalama a le kovana, i le le maua o latou totogi i le vaiaso na te’a nei. Na taua e molimau na valaau atu i le polokalama, o latou e galulue i se vaega o le Matagaluega o Aoga a le malo, ae ina ua latou fesiligia le Ofisa i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le mafuaaga na le maua ai o latou totogi i le vaiaso na te’a nei, na faailoa atu ai e le Faatonu ia te i latou, o le faafitauli e mafua mai i le fesuiaiga o teugatupe o loo auala mai ai tupe a le feterale o loo faatupe ai polokalame eseese i totonu o le matagaluega. Na faamalulu le alii kovana i tagata faigaluega uma a le Ofisa o Aoga e le’i maua o latou totogi i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ona e le o se faaletonu o le malo ae o le faaletonu ina ua toe fesuia’i teugatupe e auala mai ai tupe fesoasoani a le feterale mo le matagaluega. O ananafi ma le aso lea na faamaonia mai e le kovana i luga o le polokalame e maua ai totogi o i latou uma sa aafia i lea faaletonu. TOGIOlA: FESIlI MuAMuA AE lE I FAITIO O faasea mai nisi o le atunuu ma tagata faipisinisi faasaga i tagata faigaluega a le malo ma le kovana, ona o le Faatonuga Faalauaitele a le kovana lea ua faasa atu ai ma isi ituaiga oloa e pei o fasimoli e le ono aafia ai lava amu ma ogasami, na fautuaina ai e le kovana le atunuu ina ia taofi le faalele o nei mau faamatalaga ma le mau igoa felanulanua’i ua latou faaigoaina ai tagata faigaluega a le malo, “leaga e le valea tagata faigaluega a le malo.” Na fautuaina e Togiola Tulafono ni isi o le aufai pisinisi ia o lo o faasea i le taofiga o nei oloa, ina ia fesili muamua atu i le malo i le mafuaaga ua faia ai lea tulaga ae le o le faitio muamua. Na faamanino e le alii kovana i luga o lana polokalama i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei e faapea, o oloa ia ua faasa i lalo o lana Faatonuga Faalaua’itele e aofia ia ma isi ituaiga o fasimoli ua faamaonia le aafia ai o amu ma le sami, na faavae mai i fautuaga na tuuina mai e isi foi malo ua latou faamaonia le aafia o amu ma le sami i ituaiga oloa nei e aofia ai ma fasimoli. “O le fautuaga mo le aufai oloa uma o loo aumaia ituaiga fasimoli ia o loo aofia i la’u Faatonuga Faalaua’itele, aua le popole pe te’ite’i vale, ae afai ua aofia atu ai i la’u lisi ituaiga fasimoli tou te silafia e le tatau ona i ai, ona valaau mai lea ma susu mai fo’i tatou fetufaa’i ma talanoa,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. “E atamamai lava nai alii na faia le lisi lea ua tuuina atu i totonu o la’u Faatonuga Faalaua’itele, latou te le’i soona faia fo’i le lisi lea, ae na tuu faatasi ma faamaumauga mai isi malo sa matou galulue faatasi i le faamoemoe lenei,” o le saunoaga le a le alii kovana. TAlOSAGA lE ATuNuu MO SE FOMA’I MANu Ua toe talosagaina e nisi o le aufai faatoaga ma le mamalu lautele o le atunuu le alii kovana, ina ia fesoasoani i le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Faatoaga i le tau sailiga o se foma’i manu, mo le atunuu, ona o lea ua maua i ni molimau mai le Matagaluega ua le toe maua lea auaunaga talu ona maliu le foma’i sa galue i lea matata taua. O atugaluga e pei ona faaalia e nisi o le aufai faatoaga na maua avanoa e valaau atu ai i le polokalama a le alii kovana, afai ae faaauau pea ona le toe i ai se foma’i manu, o le a vaaia le tele o ta’ifau ta’aloa solo i le atunuu, ma avea ai pea ma faafitauli. “Lona uiga afai e fai se tusiga igoa a meaola i le tausaga fou, le iloa pe toatele atu le aofa’i o meaola nai lo le faitau aofa’i o tagata,” o le tala lea a le molimau na soisoi ai le alii kovana. Saunoa Togiola e faapea, o le faafitauli o lo o i ai, o le taumafai e saili mai se faatanaga mai le feterale i le faaaogaina o nisi o vailaau lea sa faaaoga e le foma’i ua maliu, ma o le taimi nei, o lo o taumafai nisi o alii sa aoaoina e le foma’i ua maliu e faaauau lea auaunaga taua mo le atunuu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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FuAFuA PulEGA O uAFu A SAMOA E FA’ATE’A TAGATA FAIGAluEGA O lo o ua i ai nei se fuafuaga a le Pulega o uafu ma malae vaalele, e fa’ate’a ni isi o a latou tagata faigaluega, ina ua mae’a se su’esu’ega lata mai o lo o ta’ua ai le itiiti o tupe maua o lo o aoina i lea matagaluega talu mai le 2009. Na ta’ua e Levaopolo Talatonu, le minisita o uafu ma malae vaalele, i le nofoaiga a le palemene ua tuana’i atu, na ia talosagaina ai le alii palemia, ia Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, faapea le malo, ina ia tu’u le fa’amaimau tupe i le uafu i Satitoa ae ave tupe e fa’aalu i ni galuega aoga. O lo o taofi Levaopolo, a mafai ona fa’aalu nei tupe i ni galuega aoga, o le a leai se faufuaga mo le fa’ate’a o ni tagata faigaluega. I sona talitonuga, o se laasaga mulimuli lava lea e tatau ona savalia, o le fa’ate’a o tagata faigaluega. 105 NA TAFEA I lE SAMI, FA’ASAOINA E SE MAlIE Ua fa’aalia e se leoleo Kiribati na atoa le 105 tausaga o tafea i le sami, lona agaga fa’afetai i se malie, na mafai ai ona fa’asaoina lona ola. O Toakai Teitoi ma lona uso o Failale na tu’ua Tarawa mo lo latou motu o Maiana ma o se malaga sa i ai se manatu, e le umi ae taunu’u ae peita’i, na maliu Failale, ina ua tafea agai i moana le la va’a, ae tu’ua ai na’o Toakai. Na faamatala e Toakai, e 41 tausaga, na lava mea taumafa sa i totonu o le va’a ae peita’i, na galala i la’ua i le fia feinu ina ua uma le suavai taumafa. Ae na fa’ato’a to timuga, ina ua maliu Failale. Na fa’amatala foi e Toakai, ona o lona vaivai tele, sa misi ai e ia le tele o va’a fagota na pasi ifo i le nofoaga na opeopea ai lona va’a, ae o lona lagona o le olo e se malie o lona tino i le va’a, na ia nofo a’e ai i luga ma mulimuli i le malie, ma tau atu ai i se va’a fagota. SaPINa KoMITI FaaPIToa CNMI Ia TagaTa FaIgaLuega a Le MaLo Ua sapina e se komiti na fa’atulaga e iloiloina se i’ugafono ua fa’aulu e fa’atula’i’ese ai le kovana a le Atu Mariana (CNMI), ia le to’atele o tagata faigaluega a le malo, e aofia ai leoleo, loia, sui o le FBI ma se tusitala. E le i maua se fa’ai’uga a le komit pe ua tatau loa ona fa’ao’oina atu i le Maota, ia vaega e tolu o vaega e 16 mo le fa’atula’i ese o le ali’i kovana o Benigno Fitial mai i lona tofi ta’ita’i, lea ua mae’a ona o latou pasia. O lo o i ai foi se talitonuga o le a sapina foi e le komiti le tele o fa’amaumauga e aofia ai fa’amaumauga o konakarate, o tala o tupe, o ata vitio pu’e o le faatinoga o tiute a le malo, fa’apea atavitio pu’e a le ofisa fa’asalalau o le KSPN 2. Fa’aauau Pea NoFoaIga KoMeSINa LeoLeo a SaMoa Ua toe filifilia e le Kapeneta i Samoa ia le ali’i Komesina ia Lilomaiava Su’emalo Fou Taioalo e toe fa’aauau lana nofoaiga, e ui ina sa fa’amaonia e Lilomaiava le i ai o ni sasi a lo latou ofisa, i tausaga e tolu ua tuana’i atu o lana nofoaiga. Ae ua ia folafola mai, o le a toe o’o lo latou ofisa i lea tulaga. E le i ma’oti mai i le saunoaga a Lilomaiava po o a nei sasi. O lenei ua mae’a ona toe fa’amautuina le tofiga o Lilomaiava, ae o lo o fa’atalitali pea isi ta’ita’i e to’a 10 a le malo, pe tumau pea a latou galuega. O se aso o lenei vaiaso, e maua mai ai ia fa’ai’uga. SoLI FaLeMaI CNMI TuLaFoNo LeIPa a aMerIKa I le fa’ai’uga o se su’esu’ega a le malo feterale, na fa’amaonia ai le solia e le falemai a le Atu Mariana (CNMI) ia ni tulafono e puipuia ai aia o tagata faigaluega. Ua fa’aalia e le Ofisa o Leipa a le malo o Amerika, e pe a ma le 101 tagata faigalueg ai le falema’i i CNMI e le’i atoatoa a latou totogi, i le va o Ianuari 2010 ma Ianuari 2012. O le toatele o i latou ia, o ni tausi ma’i, ua sili atu ma itula fa’atulagaina, o galulue. Ua fa’amaonia foi i su’esu’ega le i ai o ni isi tagata faigaluega, e le’i totogia pe a auai atu i fonotaga po o ni aoaoga, a le o lena, ua toesea mai i a latou totogi, ia tupe mo mea tumafa, ae ui ina e le’i faia se malologa mo taumafataga. [radio new zealand international]
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First lady Michelle Obama does a little dance with students in the afternoon school program (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin) at the Girls Place in Gainesville, Fla., Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.
TETE’E lE uluGAlII I O lA MOlIAGA O le masina fou lea ua faatulaga e faia ai le ulua’i iloiloga o le mataupu faasaga ia Tau Malae ma lona toalua o Miracle, ina ua la teena tuuaiga a le malo faasaga ia te i laua i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga i le taeao ananafi. O le tali tete’e a le ulugalii na faaleo lea e le la loia fautua o Fiti Sunia, lea foi e le’i tete’e i ai le itu a le malo. O Tau ma Miracle o loo tuuaia i moliaga mamafa e lua, e aofia ai le taumafai e faalavelave i molimau a le malo, atoa ai ma lo la taumafai e faia ni gaioiga e ufiufi ai se solitulafono. O lo o taofia pea i le toese Tau ma Miracle ina ua le mafai ona la totogia le ta’i $10,000 ua faatulaga e tatala ai i laua i tua. TOluPO HOdGES & lEANAVA SEVA’AETASI Ua talia e le Faamasinoga Maualuga le ripoti a le Ofisa Faanofovaavaaia, faasaga i mataupu a le alii o Tolupo Hodges Jr ma Leanava Seva’aetasi, ina ua iloiloina a laua mataupu faanofovaavaaia i luma o le faamasinoga i le taeao ananafi. O Hodges ma Seva’aetasi sa tuli a la faasalaga faafalepuipui ona o solitulafono na ta’usalaina ai i laua i ni tausaga e le’i mamao atu. O Hodges na ta’usala i lona umia faasolitulafono o fualaau faasaina, ae o Seva’aetasi na ta’usala i lo latou talepeina ma nisi alii mai Tula se faleoloa i totonu o le nuu. Na taua i se vaega o le ripoti na saunia e le Ofisa Faanofovaavaaia, o lo o usitaia uma lava e i laua nei tuutuuga ma aiaiga o a la nofovaavaaia. Mu MATu’u Ua toe tolopo le uluai iloiloga o le mataupu i le va o Mu Matuu ma le malo seia aulia le aso 9 o Oketopa, i le talitonuga o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, e tatau ona oo atu i le aso lea, ua maea ona faila le maliliega ua faia i le va o Matuu ma le malo o Amerika Samoa. O le taeao ananafi na faatulaga e faia ai le ulua’i iloiloga o lenei mataupu, peitai na faailoa e le loia a Matuu o Michael White, ua maea ona tuuina atu e le malo se ofa mo Matuu, ma o lo o manaomia sina taimi la te talanoa ma faamanino ai aiaiga o lea ofa ma le ua molia. Na talia e le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse le talosaga a White ina ua le tete’e i ai le loia a le malo o Kimberly Hybe. O Matu’u o lo o tuuaia i moliaga mamafa e fa e aofia ai le talepe fale i le tulaga muamua, gaoi atoa ai ma moliaga e lua o lona taliaina o ni oloa sa ave faagaoi, i le faalavelave lea na osofaia ai e nisi le Ofisa o le Aoga Maualuga a Leone i le amataga o le tausaga nei. Na faailoa e se molimau i leoleo, e toatolu i latou na osofaia le Ofisa o le Faleaoga, ma o Matu’u sa tu i fafo e vaai nisi e aga’i atu, a’o faatinoina le osofaiga, ma gaoia ai ni komipiuta feavea’i se lua mai totonu o le ofisa. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of stealing her son’s income tax refunds while he served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan was arrested in a stolen car, authorities said Monday. Jennifer Fletcher is suspected of withdrawing about $16,000 from her son’s account from March 2010 until April 2011 and forging his signature to cash checks in his name, apparently after agreeing to file her son’s taxes while he was away, police said. The 42-year-old Fletcher also is suspected of depositing more than $1,200 from his tax refunds into her account, said Lawrence Township Police Chief Mark Brink. Fletcher was arraigned Monday in Massillon Municipal Court and was being held on $150,000 bond, a court clerk’s office said Monday. She also was ordered to have no contact with her son. Court records show she is charged with two counts of felony theft and one charge each of identity fraud and forgery. The records don’t list an attorney for her. Police stopped Fletcher on Sunday in Brewster after a license-plate check by officers determined the vehicle she was driving was reported stolen. She was arrested on the felony warrants and was then interviewed by Lawrence Township police. Fletcher’s daughter-in-law reported the alleged theft in May, and police filed warrants for Fletcher’s arrest in July. Brink said Fletcher admitted to detectives that she used her son’s money. “She used more than just the tax returns,” Brink said. “She used some of the money that was put into his account through the military.” Fletcher used the money to make house payments, pay electric and telephone bills and buy pizza, Brink said. Fletcher’s next court date is Sept. 24. Police said a case also is pending against a man who lived with Fletcher at the time of the alleged theft. That man, 44-year-old Keith Hoover, was charged with complicity to Fletcher’s alleged crimes, and his case was to be considered by a grand jury, according to court records.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family members of a Las Vegas man accused of being drunk behind the wheel of a car that plowed into a crowded bus stop expressed sorrow Monday for relatives of the four people killed and seven others injured. The statement came after suspect Gary Lee Hosey Jr., 23, who also was hurt in the Thursday crash, appeared in shackles next to a defense lawyer during his initial court appearance. Hosey’s arm was in a sling, and he responded only when the judge asked his name. He was not asked to enter a plea. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen gave prosecutors until Friday to file formal charges stemming from the morning rush-hour crash at the bus stop a few miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. The judge declined defense attorney Caitlyn McAmis’ request to set bail, and ordered Hosey to remain at the Clark County jail pending arraignment. Hosey was being held on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death. If convicted, he could face 80 years in state prison and $20,000 in fines. He is expected to face additional charges. “This was a tragedy,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, who watched from the courtroom gallery and promised the case will get top attention from his office. “There’s no reason for something like this to happen in this day and age,” Wolfson told The Associated Press. “Take a taxi. Have a designated driver. Call a friend. You don’t get behind the wheel of a car with your buddies and speed 100 mph.” Hosey’s parents, Lechtrianna and Gary Hosey Sr., and an aunt, Mary Simpson, emerged from the courtroom with several supporters and told reporters their thoughts and prayers were with the relatives of those killed and injured.
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“We just want the families of the victims to know we are so sorry for their loss and our hearts go out to them,” Lechtrianna Hosey said. “We’re sorry about the people who got hurt and the people who got killed,” Mary Simpson added. Gary Hosey Jr. did not have a valid Nevada driver’s license, and failed field sobriety and breath blood-alcohol tests, police said in an arrest report released Monday. Police said he told officers he had one beer. Police said Hosey told crash investigators that he left an Ethiopian bar with three friends in his girlfriend’s car shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday and was hurrying home because his girlfriend needed the vehicle to get to work at 7 a.m. The crash happened about 6:24 a.m. on a busy thoroughfare where people waited for a bus heading toward the Las Vegas Strip. The report says a woman who said she was walking to work at the time told police she thought the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was speeding at more than 100 mph when it bottomed out crossing a dip at an intersection. Hosey told police he remembered the car becoming airborne and veering out of control, the report states. He said he didn’t remember hitting the bus shelter or pedestrians. The man and three women killed were identified as Gerber Herman Ayala-Tomasino Jr., 24, Johnni Lee Garner, 49, Margoth Gonzalez, 65, and Hyon Cooley, 47. The three passengers in the car with Hosey, ages 24, 26 and 31, were hospitalized with serious injuries. Three people hurt in the crash remained hospitalized, including a 19-year-old in critical condition at University Medical Center and a man and a woman each in good condition at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.
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MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — After buying it at auction for nearly $10 million, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is displaying the Founding Father’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. vThe Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association paid $9.8 million this summer to obtain the book, which has “President of the United States” on the cover and has handwritten notes and brackets by Washington around key passages outlining the president’s responsibilities. Mount Vernon put the book on display Monday in its museum on the estate grounds. The notes themselves are not especially profound. Washington bracketed sections of the Constitution that pertained directly to his powers as president, including his veto power and his duties as commander in chief and his responsibility for negotiating treaties and appointing ambassadors. He wrote the word “required” next to the text in article II stating that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” While some Founding Fathers like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were inveterate scribblers, Washington rarely wrote in books except to place his signature on the cover page, said Carol Borchert Cadou, Mount Vernon’s senior curator and vice president for collections. Washington was a man of few words — his second inaugural address remains the shortest of all presidents. The notations show that Washington looked closely to the Constitution as his guide for assuming his duties, she said. “He’s noting what his responsibilities are as president,” Cadou said. The auction price broke records for an American historical document. The hardcover book was printed in 1789 and given to Washington shortly after he took office. He brought it back to Mount Vernon after completing his second term, and records show it was willed to Washington’s nephew, Bushrod Washington. At the time of Washington’s death, it was listed in an inventory of records as part of a seven-volume set worth $28. It remained in the Washington family until it was sold at auction in 1876. In 1964, the last time it went up for auction, collector H. Richard Dietrich Jr. bought it for $64,000. “To Mount Vernon, this volume is priceless,” Cadou said.
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VAEGA: 29 Fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u ae maise o le au faitau, malo lava le soifua malo fo’i le onosa’i i faiva ma tiute o lo’o feagai ai i lenei aso, ae alo maia o le a toe fa’aopoopo atu fo’i le isi vaega lenei o la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua sauni ma tapena nei Agelu e to’atolu e malaga i le atunu’u o Samoa, aua la latou misiona e pei ona fa’atonuina mai e Kapilielu. Ua tu’u atu nei e Kapilielu ia a’oaoga ma fautuaga i ana Amepasa nei e to’atolu ma ua tu’u atu fo’i i ai e Kapilielu ia fautuaga lelei mo i latou ina ia fesoasoani malosi i taimi e fa’atino ai le latou galuega. O le mea moni lava, e lagona lava le popole o Kapilielu ona ua taoto nei i luga ia talosaga e matua’i tele tele lava. Ua le masino le mau uaealesi ua taunu’u nei i luga i le lagi, o le ala fo’i lea sa manatu ai Kapilielu ina ia tapeapena lelei ia Agelu nei ina ia lava taoso mo le latou galuega. Ua fa’amavae nei ia Agelu nei e to’atolu ia Kapilielu, ma ua malaga tu sao mai loa mo le atunu’u o Samoa. Ua na o le tilotilo ifo nei ma le ma’ofa o le agaga ia nai Agelu nei e to’atolu i le atunu’u faigata o Samoa. Ua le masino le anoanoa’i o le mau suiga fou ua i ai nei. Na fai nei le tonu, e sili pe a asiasi muamua i Amerika Samoa, ona soso’o ai lea ma Samoa, o’o atu ai lea i Salafai, ae fa’amulimuli i Manu’a. O nei galuega uma, ua ma’ea ona fa’ataoto mai e Kapilielu mo i latou. Ma o le aluga lava lea o le a i ai si a latou mea, e le mafai lava ona asia muamua le isi motu, ae ia alu sa’o lava i le laina e pei ona fa’atonu mai e Kapilielu. Na tau fana fo’i le ata nenefu a le Agelu numera tolu, peita’i, ua ia iloa lelei lava e le o masepu le tilotilo mai a le toeaina mai luga, o le ala lea sa taofiofi ai si ana amio. Na iloa mamao mai lava e Agelu nei le feoa’i solo ma le pisi solo o tagata o le motu, na muamua lava tilotilo i le laisene o ta’avale a tagata o lo’o tusi ai le fa’aupuga, “Motu o Fiafiaga”. Ua tilotilo le tasi i le isi ma lulu o latou ulu, na fa’apea ane nei le Agelu ulavale numera tolu, “Oi na fai mai fo’i si ali’i o Kapilielu, o Amerika Samoa a’o la ou te va’ai atu, o le Motu o Fiafiaga, o le a ea le sa’o o nei mea.” Na fa’ate’ia le Agelu ulavale lea ina ua fa’apea mai le latou ta’ita’i, “soia ia, fa’aaoga mai le mapuni e, ou te le toe mana’o lava e toe tupu mai se isi mea, na o le mapuni lava ma va’ai mata, ae tapunipuni le gutu ma le tutupu ai o maseiga.” Ua le tautala le Agelu ulavale, ae lulu ane lona ulu, ma ‘ata, na fa’ateia nai Agelu ina ua maoga a’e le pese a le Agelu ulavale lea, “E, le kauga’apu a Susaga ua alu fa’apapalalapa, ua le kau apu ae ua alu fa’asalafalafa, e oka e, pei a ka valea ea, i le kele o gei mau mea…” E faia pea…
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jobs, homes, cars and vacations. The Tax Policy Center says “relatively few nontaxable households” have incomes exceeding $100,000; families that make between $50,000 and $100,000 often owe no income tax because of breaks for their kids and for education. Americans who pay no federal income tax still often pay an array of other taxes. They include payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare, sales taxes, property taxes and state and local taxes. A handful of extremely wealthy families do not pay federal income taxes. This summer the Internal Revenue Service reported that six of the 400 highest-earning households in America owed no federal income tax in 2009. Still, many are low-income Americans. According to the August 2010 AP-GfK poll, a majority of Americans who make less than $30,000 a year are Democrats. But 27 percent identify as Republicans, and 15 percent say they’re independents. About 57 percent say they will vote for Obama, while 38 percent back Romney. About 43 percent identify themselves as conservatives. Obama faced a similar moment in the 2008 campaign, when he told donors that many Americans who are angry about their struggles “cling to their guns or religion.” Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, made reference to that remark Monday at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa. “I remember that one time when he was talking to a bunch of donors in San Francisco and he said people like us, people from the Midwest like to cling to their guns and religion,” Ryan said. Ryan went on: “And I’ve got to tell you this Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged and proud to say so. That’s just weird. Who says things like that? That’s just strange.”
Maketi Fa’atau A’ano isumu — Ridley Road Lonetona…
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NOTICE is hereby given that FANENE VITALE SO’OTO of MALAEIMI American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as MALAEIMI which is situated in the village of MALAEIMI, in the County of TUALAUTA, WESTERN 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 PENIAMINA R. FAUMUINA & LELOGOA J.F. FAUMUINA as LESSEES. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 9TH day of OCTOBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: AUGUST 9, 2012 thru OCTOBER 9, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o FANENE VITALE SO’OTO ole nu’u o MALAEIMI, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o MALAEIMI, e i le nu’u o MALAEIMI i le itumalo o TUALAUTA, Falelima i SISIFO 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 PENIAMINA R. FAUMUINA & LELOGOA J.F. FAUMUINA. 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 9 o OKETOPA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 08/16 & 09/18/12
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O Lonetona o le a’ai tele ma e le o oge fo’i i mea taumafa, peita’i ua fa’ailoa mai e le Associated Press fa’apea ma le BBC ua fa’atau atu nei i le mamalu lautele le a’ano o le Isumu po’o le Imoa, ma ua i ai le popolega i lea malo, e le o sefe ai le soifua maloloina o le to’atele i lo latou tausamia o le a’ano o nei meaola. Ua i ai ma ata ua fa’ailoa mai ai le afiafiga o nei a’ano o imoa, ma na mafua ona maua, ona sa i ai se tasi na ia pu’ea ata nei, ae le o iloa e le fale fasimanu lea latou te sapalaia le Maketi i Ridley Road, itu i sasa’e o Lonetona. Ua fa’ailoa mai, o le maketi sili ona pisi lea i Lonetona atoa, ma ua tapu’ea mai ata o le tu’ufa’atasiga o taga a’ano o le Imoa ma ua i luga o fata e mafai ona pikia mai ai e tagata fa’atau, ma ua mautinoa e lea pu’eata, e le’i mua’i su’eina e le vaega e va’aia a’ano manu fasi e fa’atau atu, lea fo’i itu o le Maketi, po’o sefe le a’ano lea mo le fofoga taumafa o le atunu’u. Peita’i, ua maua ane nei i fa’amaumauga, o le su’esu’ega mulimuli lava a le Hackney Council e saili le lelei o le a’ano o manu fa’atau atu, sa gata lea i le tausaga 2009. “Ua tula’i mai ua matua le faia lava le tiute o le vaega su’esu’e i le a’ano o manufasi a le Malo, ma e tatau ona fa’ailo lea lape i le pulega o le a’ai o Lonetona.” O se tala mai lea a Dr. Yunes Teinaz o le EPA a lea a’ai tele. “Oka, oka ua matua ou ofo ma ua o’u le talitonu i lenei mea ua va’aia ma fa’amaonia mai,” o se tala lea a Paul Povey, o se tasi o le Ofisa o lo’o su’esu’ea
ROME (AP) — An Italian gossip magazine owned by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi published a 26-page spread of topless photos of Prince William’s wife Kate on Monday despite legal action in France against the French magazine that published them first. Chi hit newsstands on Monday, featuring a montage of photos taken while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on vacation at a relative’s home in the south of France last month. They included the 14 pictures published by the popular French magazine Closer, which like Chi is owned by Berlusconi’s Mondadori publishing house. But the Chi spread ran the whole sequence of photos as the couple sunbathed on a terrace, including one shot of the princess putting sun cream on her backside that didn’t appear in Closer. The couple is hitting back hard against the publication of the images, which William’s St. James’s Palace called a “grotesque” invasion of their privacy. Later Monday, lawyers for the royal couple are due in court in Nanterre, France, to seek an injunction against Mondadori to prevent further dissemination of the images, which were also reproduced over the weekend by an Irish tabloid. The palace said it would seek damages from Mondadori. And St. James’s Palace said Sunday that family lawyers would file a criminal complaint against the unidentified photographer or photographers involved. The palace said it would be up to French prosecutors to decide whether to investigate and pursue a criminal case for breach of privacy or trespassing. Chi editor Alfonso Signorini told The Associated Press over the weekend that he didn’t fear legal action since the photos were already in the public domain following Closer’s publication.
italian mag goes ahead with topless Kate pics
a’ano o manufasi mo le taumafa a le Malo o Peretania tele i le vaega fa’asalalau a le BBC. “O le tali, e le o fa’atagaina le tausamia a’ano o Isumu nei, ma e le’i faia fo’i se su’esu’ega i tulaga e mafai ai ona fa’ataga le a’ano o Isumu e taumafaina e le lautele. E mautinoa, e le o se a’ano e tatau ona tausamia e se tasi. E te maofa i le ituaiga a’afiaga tau le soifua maloloina e maua ai tagata e tausamia le a’ano o nei manu fa’asoesa.” O se tala mai a le Hackney Council, ua fa’ailoa mai, “E na’o le tasi lava le fa’asea na maua i le tausaga e 2009 e tusa ai o le a’ano manufasi ua fa’atauina i le maketi lea, ma sa mafua ai ona faia le su’esu’ega i le tausaga e 2009, peita’i, i nei tausaga uma e o’o mai i le taimi nei, e le’i toe i ai se fa’asea e o’o mai i le latou Ofisa autu, ma ua le faia ai fo’i se sailiga fa’alilolilo a le matou vaega.” O le tagata na tapu’eina ata nei, o se tasi na faia fa’alilolilo lea tulaga, ma sa o’o lava i lea sui, sa fa’afefe e le vaega lea e fa’aaogaina a’ano o Isumu, ma le latou tala i le sui pu’eata lea, “Aua ne’i e fa’aalua au ata nei, ne’i i ai se mea e tupu ia te oe!” Ua fa’ailoa mai, e i ai fo’i faleoloa tetele i Aferika o lo’o latou fa’atauina atu a’ano o Isumu o se ‘oloa sili ona alumia!” E fa’ailoa lava e i latou o le a’ano o Isumu aivao, ma e ‘aumaia fa’apitoa mai le Malo o Kana, ‘lea e avea lenei a’ano o manu fasi ma latou matai’ai!’ Ina ua faia le sailiga mulimuli a le Hackney Council i Ridley Road Market, sa matua te’ena e le ‘au faioloa le latou fa’atauina atu o le a’ano o Isumu mo le mamalu
e fiafia i ai. Peita’i, o ata na tapu’eina e matua fa’amaonia ai, o le ituaiga a’ano manu fasi lea e aumaia fa’alilolilo i femalaga’iga a va’ala’iti la’u pasese mai isi a’ai o Peretania, ma e ‘ese lava fo’i ituaiga o mea’ai e fa’ataga na fela’ua’i mai ai, ae le sailia fo’i ituaiga o manufasi o lo’o la’u mai ai. Peita’i e le’i fa’avalevale le sailiga a le BBC, na alu lava le leoleo nana a le BBC e fa’atau i le faleoloa tele i lea Maketi, na fa’atau ane lava e lea faleoloa o a’ano manufasi isumu e lua i le sui lea, ma o le afuaga fo’i lea o le fa’asalalauina o lenei tala! Ina ua toe fesiligia i le taimi ua sailia le tonu o lenei mataupu, na matua te’ena mai e le ali’i faioloa lo latou fa’atau atu o a’ano o Isumu i le lautele. Na le fa’afitia e le ali’i faipisinisi le aia tatau a le BBC e tapu’e ai a latou a’ano o Isumu ua mae’a fa’atagapepa ma ua fa’ata’atitia mo le silafaga ma le filifiliga a tagata lautele e fa’atau ai a’ano o Isumu i le latou faleoloa. O le faioloa lea e igoa ia Adom Trading. I le Tusi Pa’ia, ua fa’ailoa ai, e tutusa lelei le a’ano o le Imoa ma le Pua’a, ma e le tatau mo le soifua maloloina o le tagata. Pau le eseesega, o le tino e lapo’a le tasi, ae la’ititi le tasi.
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Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ASNAP Eligibility System.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Documents: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
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H.C. Namu Tuamasaga Tom Aetui
“And God said to Solomon; Because you had this in mind and did not ask for Riches, Wealth or Honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for yourself Wisdom and Knowledge to serve your Family, Village and Country”
It is not the years in your life that count; it’s the Life in the Years.
Happy 65th Birthday to a Father, Grandfather & Husband
Love your Children; Mr. & Mrs. Tomifa & Amyann Hannah Paea (Kingdom of Tonga) Mr. & Mrs. Nick & Trisha Pafuti Bartley (Hawaii) Mr. & Mrs. Fatuolelupe Duane & Michelle Faleosina Fuimaono (Am. Samoa) Miss Virginia Sueatuinuumamao Aetui (Am. Samoa) Mr. & Mrs. Tuamasaga Namu Jr. & Rosaline Aetui (Am. Samoa) Mr. & Mrs. Siitupe Iupati Utaifeau & Line Aetui (California) Mr. Maotaoalii Ernest Samoa Aetui & Linnea (Am. Samoa) Mr. & Mrs. Mose Roland Christopher & Naomi Aetui (Hawaii) Mr. & Mrs. Nissan Fagalua & Agalelei Aetui (Am. Samoa) Grandchildren; Samson Fainga’a Paea (University of Ventura) Jordan Tuamasaga Paea (USP, Fiji) Nickalous Alfred Bartley Nathan Tom Bartley (Arizona St. College) John Tyrell Aetui (Chabot College)
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Princess Desiree Fuimaono (Oklahoma Bacone Muscogee College) Prqynce Dennis Fuimono Fifita F. Mapuola Paea Amyann Tulimalefo’i Aetui Brandon Tomifa Paea Payge Sinira Fuimaono Mystery Fiaola Paea Preston Tenari Fuimaono
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Phichol Aitatoeatitilupe Paea Precious Fuiagigafuiolevagafuaesaonaaina Fuimaono Tuamasaga Tom Aetui III Iupati Myron Fuimaono Peyton Namu Fuimaono Prettiana Luma’ava Fuimaono Julynn Toeasoimalua Aetui Ryhannahlyn Charity Aetui
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Especially from the Love of your Life, Your Wife: Mrs. Sueatuinu’umamao Asuega Mauga Aetui
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