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ASG still “high risk” according to uS-dOE… 2 Citizenship, an individual right, says Alailima 3 Seau’s brain tissue released for study… B1
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Samoa News just couldn’t resist another front page photo of the American Samoa performance at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts — Solomon Islands — it’s part of the Siva & Pese group from ASCC. The group has been performing Samoan siva & pese throughout the week. (For more photos, see photo page in today’s issue, sponsored by Trophies & Things)
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Commissioner says High Court tells BOH to restore dishonesty, immoral ASG INJuNCTION behavior led to DPS “frozen funds” toFAvOR OFaccount PublIC INTEREST wEIGhS IN personnel changes
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
“Dishonesty, immoral behavior and alleged criminal conduct” is the basis of changes in personnel within the Department of Public Safety, says Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean. In a memorandum issued on July 9, 2012 which was effective the next day, Commissioner Tuaolo said that it has come to his attention that an incident occurred within the DPS daily operations that needs to be corrected and upgraded in proper measure to minimize problems, especially with regard to “Line Function Duties”. “I’ve been witnessing dishonesty in job performances, immoral behavior and allegedly criminal conduct in which some employees are allegedly involved. “I’ve also noticed a need for improvement in certain areas of the department.” Tuaolo said given the urgency for the betterment of the department, Lt McClusky Fa’agata, a watch commander of the Tafuna West Substation is to be relieved from his duties and report to Commander Lumana’i Maifea for his new assignment at the Tafuna Correctional Facility. Sergeant Vaina Vaofanua a long time detective with the Criminal Investigation Division is now assigned to the Tafuna West Substation. Sgt Vaofanua is to report to Captain Fo’ifua Fo’ifua for his new assignment.
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The High Court has ordered Bank of Hawai’i to restore the close to $1 million of American Samoa Government money the bank froze last month in the ASG general fund account to satisfy a writ of execution issued by the federal court in Honolulu. The writ was based on a request by Honolulu based shipyard Marisco Ltd., to satisfy a federal court judgement of over $811,000 in the company’s case against ASG for failure to pay the balance of service and work done for the defendant. After the writ was issued, ASG filed an opposing motion in the federal court in Honolulu with a hearing held last Friday. The federal court took the matter under advisement and it’s not clear as to when a decision will be issued. In the local court, ASG filed an application on June 26 for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to prevent the bank from releasing any funds. Marisco is not a party in the local case. A hearing was held last Thursday and a 10-page decision was issued this week Wednesday signed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai P. Siaki and Associate Judge Fa’amausili P. Pomele.
According to the decision, the bank treated the writ of execution as a writ of garnishment under Hawai’i state law and froze $988,980 of ASG’s general fund account, which bears appropriated ASG monies and federal grant monies for government payroll and other such government expenditures. “This action presents a peculiar situation: a bank is attempting to comply with the enforcement of a foreign judgement in a foreign jurisdiction by accessing a bank account of a government located within this court’s territorial jurisdiction,” the judges point out. However, the judges noted the court is not concerned with whether that foreign judgement was legally rendered, or whether such a judgement could legally be enforced in this jurisdiction. “We are concerned with the very limited issue of whether a bank can freeze intangible property maintained in this territory from a foreign jurisdiction,” they wrote. “We are persuaded that the weight of the authorities tilts in favor of ASG’s contention that such a bank cannot.” The judges say that the evidence presented to court indicates that ASG opened its general fund account in American Samoa and the
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Construction companies on island are being asked to submit bids to build a new Development Bank of American Samoa building with parking space and access as shown in the architect’s sketch. The site for the new building is in the old area, where its former building was damaged beyond repair during the 2009 Tsunami disaster. Samoa News was told that in order to use FEMA funding for the building, the structure must be a 2-story building and conform to Tsunami zone building codes. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
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ASG still “high risk” as far as US-DOE is concerned
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Effective last month, the American Samoa Government remains on “high risk” status for all U.S. Department of Education funds due to ASG’s failure to successfully address problems in fiscal accountability, however the local Department of Education (ASDOE) is doing its part to successfully address any federal concerns pertaining to grants awarded to ASDOE. Samoa News learned of the designation through a June 27 letter from USDOE’s Melody Musgrove, the director for Office of Special Education Programs, to acting ASDOE director Lt. Gov. Faoa A. Sunia pertaining to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant, which is funded by USDOE. In the letter, Musgrove said, USDOE “has designated American Samoa a high-risk grantee and imposed Department-wide special conditions on June 21, 2012 due to American Samoa’s continuing failure to successfully address significant problems in fiscal accountability for Department grant funds.” Responding to Samoa News inquiries, ASDOE deputy director of finance, Russell Aab pointed out that there is a general misunderstanding regarding the USDOE High Risk Status. “The high risk status is with ASG not just ASDOE,” he said yesterday. “What it really means is that any ASG agency that receives USDOE funds is on High Risk status until all agencies come into compliance.” He explained that ASDOE had three outstanding compliance issues: 1. Personnel Accountability PCAP (Hours vs Wages) 2. Implementation of an LDS system (Longitudinal Data System) 3. Expansion of IFAS to school sites (IFAS is the ASG financial computer system) “We have successfully closed number 1 and are currently implementing 2 and 3 through contracts with off-island vendors. We expect to be in full compliance within the next several months,” he said. “We actually expect to be done by October 1, 2012 but it will probably take until December to verify with USDOE.” “This will not mean that we will be off of High Risk. Several other departments must complete their compliance issues before ASG is taken off of High Risk,” he said. “For example, the financial issues are not ours but Treasury Department. Much of it has to do with audit findings. Several ASG agencies still have remaining issues that need to be addressed.” “Thus while ASDOE will shortly have fulfilled its requirements we cannot answer for the other departments,” he said. Another ASG department that receives USDOE grants is the Department of Health. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
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Citizenship is an individual Monday holiday right says Charles Alailima marks 108 years
“…CITIzENShIP IS NOT A SuICIdE PACT FOR yOuR CulTuRE”
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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Local attorney Charles Alailima says citizenship is the individual right of a person and does not impact political status or culture — including matai and title issues. Alailima was responding to media questions during a news conference held Tuesday where he announced that a lawsuit had been filed that same day at the federal court in Washington D.C. challenging the constitutionality of federal laws that deny U.S. citizenship to persons born in American Samoa. (See yesterday’s edition for more details on the lawsuit) Among those working on the lawsuit is the Washington D.C. based think tank group Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC). Congressman Faleomavaega Eni earlier this year wrote to CAC voicing concerns over their proposed lawsuit, saying it “poses much uncertainty as to whether our Samoan culture will be protected or challenged in federal court.” He says this issue should be decided by the people of American Samoa and the U.S. Congress, not by a federal court. During the news conference on Tuesday, it was pointed out to Alailima that there are going to be some concerns from local leaders, who also believe that this issue should go through local leaders and Congress, and not the federal court. Among the concerns already raised with Samoa News is the impact this lawsuit may have on our political status, culture, and matai system. “Citizenship is the individual right of the person, it is not a political right, it is not a right that everybody votes on,” said Alailima. “It is
basically the right of the person to say ‘I was born on American soil, I am entitled to the rights of a citizen of the United States’. And this is what this case is all about - it’s the individual going to the court saying ‘I am born on American soil, I have a right to citizenship’.” “In terms of the political status of our islands, which is clearly something that has to be done overall by a vote of the people—that’s something separate from this individual right of citizenship,” he said. For example, he pointed to the case of Jake King who filed his case with the federal court several years ago on the issue of “his personal right to a trial by jury” in the local court and the federal court ruled that King “has a personal right to a trial by jury.” “The concerns expressed by larger society about the political implications of this [lawsuit], are really something that need to be discussed separately from this right being asserted now by the plaintiffs,” he said. Alailima reiterated that the political side of this issue “does not affect us as a territory”, adding that residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. citizens and still maintain their own territorial status. He said the lawsuit seeks to grant the right of the individual who decides that they want to go to the United States and ensures they are not going to be treated differently, because they were born in American Samoa. “In terms on the affect on our culture and our fa’asamoa — the United States [courts] have
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under US flag for Manu’a Islands
American Samoa will mark next Monday 108 years since the Manu’a island group was ceded to the United States and became part of American Samoa, but no ceremony is scheduled to be held in Manu’a this year. Deputy Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Nanai Afuola announced on KVZK-TV Wednesday night that due to transportation problems, there will be no ceremony in Manu’a, however a church service marking Manu’a Cession Day will be held this Sunday and Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia, who is also the acting governor — will deliver special remarks. The governor’s office confirmed yesterday that no ceremony or festivities will be held in Manu’a and the church service is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium. All branches of government — including the Fono — have been invited, along with the public. The service will be led by Rev. Elder Fa’ataape Lavatai, of CCCAS-Tau. Monday is already a territorial government holiday in observance of Manu’a Cession Day and all government offices will be closed. However, a majority of local businesses will remain open, including the banks and federal offices in the territory. Last year the celebration was held on Ta’u, with a church service followed by the official flag raising, and other activities at Fale’ula malae, which is the usual site for Manu’a Cession Day festivities. In years past, most of the delegation from Tutuila have departed on the MV Sili for Ta’u island but the MV Sili has been undergoing repairs for about a month on the slipway at the Satala shipyard. The vessel finally came off the slipway last week but additional time was needed to ready the vessel for service, and it was finally cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to sail this evening, just in time for Manu’a residents, who are running very low on food supplies and other items.
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SubJECT: ONE vOTE OR “blOCK vOTE” Used by certain voters of District 1, (Ta’u, Fitiuta and Faleasao), District 12 (Nu’uuli, Fagasa, Matu’u and Faganeanea) & District 15 (Tafuna, Mesepa, Faleniu, Mapusagafou, Pava’ia’i, ‘Ili’ili and Vaitogi). Dear High Chief Soliai, This letter is in regards to the “Block Vote” that has been repeatedly become an issue in previous elections. I again request your assistance to please revisit, clarify, and find an unbiased solution for the above subject matter. After I researched the matter again with your office this week, it was confirmed that the instructions on the “Vote Form” specifically ask a voter to choose 2 Representatives. This set of instructions should be followed by all voters; I strongly believe that your office needs to inform voters to follow the printed instruction otherwise; the 1 Vote or Block Vote is illegal and should not be counted, period. If your office allows the vote for 1 representative to be counted like you did on many past elections, your office is not following legal and proper procedures under the law by exercising integrity during the election period. You specifically said the 3 districts are voting for 2 representatives NOT 1, therefore, it is imperative for your office to inform the voters to follow those written and also verbal instructions to choose 2 Representatives or else their 1 vote will be invalidated. The Legislature will be in session this month and since time is of the essence; it will be pertinent for your office to have the Fono enact legislation or resolution to solve this problem. I recall your reply to my previous letter concerning this matter stating that you are forced to count the 1 vote because there’s no law that invalidates the 1 vote, therefore, I advise you to please solve this problem once and for all. It’s fair game and morally correct if 2 Representatives won because all the voters honestly followed the set rules. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the “Block Vote” method is used by certain voters to have their favorite candidate’s advantage against his or her opponent, but is that legitimate under the current election law? Honesty, legitimacy, transparency and being unbiased should always be practiced by your office and staff for accurate voting results during election. And please accept my apology if you feel that I’m interfering with your assigned duties. I’m not writing to do such, but I’m optimistic that you will consider rectifying this unfair practice that’s blurring the integrity and the sets of principles held by your office and staff. It’s necessary to set straightforward regulations that are transparent for voters to follow, that are beneficial for the entire voting population of American Samoa. I humbly ask you to please reconsider looking into this very important matter and I sincerely believe that you will take care of this “repeated” inaccuracy during election. I will look forward to your reply. Thank you and God bless. Signed by: Su’a Lucia aLefoSio BartLey cc: Media
Open Letter to High Chief Soliai Tu’ipine, local Election Chief
samoa news, Friday, July 13, 2012
AS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF OBAMACARE AND ITS BENEFITS TO AM. SAMOA
OP-Ed PART 1: July 12, 2012
by Honorable Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Member of Congress
There has been much discussion concerning the future of health care in our country. As is evident in any “healthy” democracy, views vary widely and opinions on health care reform are persistently tested and tried in our national government. For example, in the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to uphold Obamacare, or as it is officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Republican-majority House took its 33rd vote in a two-year effort to repeal either parts of Obamacare or the Act in its entirety. The measure passed on a near party-line vote of 244-185. But just like previous efforts to repeal Obamacare, the bill is certain to be defeated in the Democratic-majority Senate and President Obama has vowed to veto any bills repealing the Act. So, how does this impact American Samoa? As American Samoa’s Representative to the U.S. Congress, I submit this commentary, in light of recent discourse, to reaffirm my position that I have always been and will continue to be a strong supporter of the ACA because of its comprehensive policies that expand affordable healthcare to all Americans, and more specifically, because of the important benefits it offers to the people of American Samoa.
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In American Samoa, the ACA makes the largest impact on the Territory’s Medicaid program, a program jointly funded by the Federal Government and the American Samoa Government (ASG). Housed under the Governor’s Office, the State Medicaid Office administers the Medicaid program in the Territory under the provision of Section 1902(j) of the Social Security Act. The provision acts as a broad waiver from State Medicaid requirements and specifies only three constraints: no federal financial participation beyond the federal fiscal cap in Section §1108(f) of the Act, no waiver for the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), and no claims allowed outside of certain services specified under Section 1905(a) of the Act. Therefore, ASG is granted flexibility to design the Territory’s Medicaid Program to suit the unique needs of the population. ASG does not determine Medicaid eligibility based on an individual’s income but instead utilizes a system of “presumed eligibility,” meaning that each year the percentage of the population (excluding tourists and non residents) below 200% of the poverty level is estimated and, after approval of the estimate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay expenditures for Medicaid based on that percentage. Currently, the percentage hovers around 88% and the majority of funding is used for services at LBJ Medical Tropical Center (LBJ). As noted, American Samoa faces two key challenges in Medicaid funding under the Social Security Act: 1) a statutory funding cap under Section 1108(f); and 2) a statutory limit on the federal matching rate under Section 1905(b), known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) which was previously fixed at 50 percent. The ACA gave American Samoa a $180 million increase in the Territory’s Medicaid statutory cap over a nine year period, from 2011 through 2019, lifting the overall cap to $285.5 million in Medicaid funding over the nine-year period. Overall the five U.S. Territories – including American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) – received an increase of $6.3 billion in the statutory cap from 2011 through 2019. The law also increased the Territories’ FMAP from 50 to 55 percent federal share. Accordingly, for every dollar of Medicaid funding spent in the Territory, the Federal Government will now pay 55%, matched by a 45% ASG share.
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The ACA also allowed American Samoa to opt into the Health Care Insurance Exchange (Exchange) which is a centerpiece of the Act’s sweeping health care reforms. The Exchange increases access to affordable health care through an online competitive insurance marketplace for individuals who do not receive health insurance from their employers. In March 2011, through the ACA, the Federal Government granted ASG a $1 million Territory Establishment Grant to assist American Samoa in meeting an October 2013 deadline to determine if the Exchange was suitable for the Territory. If ASG opted in, the ACA would have provided implementation funding starting January 2014. However, since ASG opted out, according to a March 21, 2012 press release by Governor Togiola, the ACA now permits the funding to instead be distributed towards American Samoa’s Medicaid program from 2014 through 2019. While American Samoa’s actual funding allocation is yet to be finalized by the Secretary of USDHHS, Section 1323 of the ACA attributes $75 million to be shared among American Samoa, Guam, USVI, and CNMI. American Samoa could expect approximately $16.5 million if the funding is calculated with the same ratio as the four Territories’ latest Medicaid grants.
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WHO joins call for renewed focus on “family planning”
NEw POlICy bRIEFS RElEASEd AT lONdON SuMMIT OuTlINE STRATEGIES TO IMPROvE FAMIly PlANNING IN dEvElOPING COuNTRIES (PRESS RELEASE)—LONDON/GENEVA— |11 July 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today committed to fast-track its assessment of new and existing quality contraceptives so more women in low- and middleincome countries can obtain and use a broader range of safe and effective contraceptive products. Other pledges made by WHO at today’s Family Planning Summit in London include support to countries to integrate family planning services into basic health care and a systematic examination of why so many women are still unable to obtain contraception when they need it. “Access to modern contraception is a fundamental right of every woman,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who is chairing a panel at the Summit on increasing access and expanding choice. “Hand-in-hand with this right is a need to honour the dignity of women by giving them a range of family planning options and the freedom to make their own personal choice.” The London Summit aims to mobilize global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020. To help countries make the most of the commitments made at the Summit, WHO has identified a set of recommended policy actions to help countries capitalize on this new opportunity. They include: ➤ expanding the range of family planning choices on offer, so every woman can select a method that meets her needs. WHO is stepping up the prequalification of affordable and safe products and enhancing research into the safety and effectiveness of existing contraceptives, and development of new products. Many large-scale procurers regard WHO prequalification as an important guarantee that they are purchasing good quality products; ➤ increasing the number of skilled health workers trained and allowed to provide family planning services. Some 57 countries are currently experiencing a “health workforce crisis”. WHO advocates for the redistribution of tasks among existing health workers who have the right training, to help countries expand access to services; ➤ making family planning an essential component of health care services provided during the antenatal period, immediately after delivery or after abortion, and during the year following childbirth or abortion; ➤ making long-acting and permanent methods of family planning, such as intrauterine devices, contraceptive implants, vasectomy, and female sterilization, available and acceptable; ➤ eliminating social and non-medical restrictions on the provision of contraceptives to adolescents to help reduce early pregnancy and the associated health risks. An estimated 222 million women and girls in developing countries who do not want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives, information, and services. The need is greatest where maternal mortality rates are the highest. In many countries, more than 30% of women who want to use contraception are unable to get it. WHO estimates that maternal deaths could be cut by a third if all women wishing to avoid future pregnancies had access to effective contraception. In particular unmarried, young, poor, migrant and rural women often have no access to family planning counselling and services. The WHO policy briefs launched today focus on the most promising strategies to improve family planning care and strengthen sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. They are based on recommendations made by a multidisciplinary group of experts convened by WHO to identify best ways to expand access to contraception. For more information: Ms Fadéla Chaib, WHO Communications Officer, WHO Spokesperson, Geneva, Email: chaibf@who.int Additional links: The policy briefs are available at: www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/family_planning/ policybriefs
The American Samoa siva & pese group that is representing the territory during the 11th Festival of the Pacific Arts — Solomon Islands — July 1- 14th. Festival performances have been happening throughout the week. The festival theme is “Culture in Harmony with Nature”.
[photo: James L. McGuire, photo coverage courtesy of Trophies & Things]
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A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2012 GENERAL ELECTION
To: All Candidates wishing to run for public offices in the 2012 General Election: From: Chief Election Officer Subject: Availability and release of Candidate Materials for the 2012 General Election Please be informed that candidate materials for those wishing to run for public offices in the 2012 General Election will be available for public release on July 13, 2012, starting at 7:30 a.m. in the morning. Candidate materials including a 2012 Candidate Manual, Candidate Questionnaire & Information Form, Nomination Petition, Campaign Spending Commission Forms, a List of the 2010 Official Roll of Registered Voters, can be picked up at the Election Office next to the MacDonald’s Restaurant at the Tafuna Airport Road. The 2010 official list of qualified voters is provided to assist candidates with their respective nomination petitions requirements. The 2012 official list of qualified voters will be available to candidates once they are certified and after close of registration on October 9, 2012. A final reminder to all candidates that all nomination petitions and required forms for certification of candidates must be turned into the Election Officer before 4:30 p.m. on September 1, 2012. SOLIAI T. FUIMAONO, Chief Election Officer
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REv. EMAu AMOSA APPEARS IN COuRT Former LBJ hospital employee and Congregational Christian Church of Jesus in Samoa’s, Reverend Emau Amosa appeared in the District Court on Tuesday on allegations that he threatened the LBJ Chief Financial Officer Viola Babcock. Rev. Emau is charged with public peace disturbance, and he has pled not guilty. According to the government’s case the incident stemmed from a meeting that took place in the LBJ hospital, February 17, 2012. Babcock told police she was having a meeting with the Rev. Amosa concerning his work performance at the hospital when the defendant allegedly told Babcock that he would send “his family to kill her”, states the court affidavit. It notes that the Babcock contacted the hospital’s legal counsel at the time, Kevin Kornegay, for assistance in the matter. “Defendant said that he is a very important high chief of his family and families of high chiefs protect their own by killing people that harass their chiefs,” the court filing states. According to the government’s case the defendant admitted to police on tape that he made threatening remarks and he had not apologized to the victim. It’s alleged immediately after the incident, the victim contacted her supervisors at the hospital regarding the matter. Babcock also contacted Security at the hospital and changed the security code to the door of her office. She also changed the set-up security plan at her residence. According to the government’s case the matter was reported to police seven days after the alleged incident occurred. Rev. Amosa’s case was continued upon his lawyer’s request to review the audio tape that is in the government’s criminal complaint. hIGh COuRT ACCEPTS PlEA FROM MATThEw yANdAll Matthew Yandall will be sentenced on July 26, 2012 following his plea agreement yesterday before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. Matthew Yandall was initially charged with felonious restraint, second-degree assault and private peace disturbance in connection with the assault of his girlfriend. Yesterday Yandall pleaded guilty to private peace disturbance, false imprisonment and third degree assault. The false imprisonment was amended from felonious restraint, while the third degree assault was amended from second degree assault. According to the plea deal, upon Yandall’s guilty plea he admits that on or about December
19, 2011, he unreasonably and purposely caused alarm to his neighbors and the victim, committing the crime of Private Peace Disturbance. Yandall also admits that he knowingly restrained the victim unlawfully and without her consent, and substantially interfered with her liberty by forcing her to sit down onto a chair. When the victim tried to get up to get away from him, Yandall restrained her by grabbing and ripping her shirt and pulling her hair. Defendant also admits that he recklessly caused serious physical injury to the victim, by beating her until she lost consciousness. The victim sustained bruises on her face, including a broken nose and she also sustained bruises all over her body. According to the plea agreement, the defendant’s conduct was without legal justification or excuse. Associate Justice Richmond told the defendant if the court accepts the plea and imposes a different sentence than that recommended by counsel, he will not be allowed to withdraw his plea of guilty. The defendant noted he understood. The Associate Justice accepted the plea agreement. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin is representing the defendant while prosecuting is Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop. RAPE ChARGES AGAINST SIOTAlIMA dISMISSEd Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr accepted a plea deal between the government and Siloma Siotalima. Siotalima is charged with five counts of rape, deviate sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Yesterday the defendant pleaded guilty to deviate sexual assault while the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges. According to the plea agreement that was read in open court, the defendant admits that on a date between July - November, 2011 he had deviate sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years old. According to the plea agreement the defendant’s conduct was without legal justification or excuse. Richmond told the defendant it’s the court’s sole responsibility for determining an appropriate sentence within the limit of the law, and if the court accepts his guilty plea and the court imposes a different sentence than recommended by counsel, he will not be allowed to withdraw his plea of guilty. The defendant said he understood. Sentencing for Siotalima is scheduled on July 21, 2012. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin is representing the defendant while prosecuting is Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop.
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Nomination documents now ready for candidates at Election Office
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Supporters of Save and Sandra were out last Saturday morning lining the street on the main road in Fagatogo holding up Save and Sandra signs in support of their gubernatorial team.
[photo: Jeff Hayner]
The winning sign for the best ‘Get Out and Vote” sign contest, sponsored by Tim Jones, a gubernatorial candidate, was on display during Jones’ video shoot ‘Road to Change’ on July 4th. The signs were made in response to a contest where the candidate offered a reward for the best sign having to do with the theme of voting or registering to vote. The winner(s) received a $500 cash prize. L-R Tim Jones, with sign makers Princess Auvaa, Tusi Auvaa, age 12 and Sina Tui[courtesy photo] malealiifano, age 16.
Nomination petitions and other documents for those who wish to fill the posts of governor and lieutenant governor, delegate to the U.S. Congress, and the local House of Representatives are now available, starting at 7:30 a.m. today, for pick up at the Election Office in Tafuna. Election Office expects this election year to be a busy one and Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono wants to make sure it’s a smooth election process. Candidate materials include a 2012 candidate manual, candidate questionnaire and information form, nomination petition, campaign spending commission forms, and a list of the 2010 official roll of registered voters, said Soliai in a public announcement this week. The 2010 voter roll is provided to assist candidates with their respective nomination petition requirements. The 2012 official list of qualified voters will be available to candidates once they are certified and after close of registration on Oct. 9, 2012. PETITIONS — A ‘MuST’ wITh CANdIdATE’S REGISTRATION The petitions are necessary as part of each candidate’s registration for public office. The deadline for final registration (and filing completed petitions) is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. Candidates for political office are reminded that only registered voters may sign their petitions and that a voter may sign only one petition for a given office. Petition signatures are also checked and verified to ensure policies and regulations are followed in accordance with local election laws (e.g. a registered voter). Local law states that candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor (which involves one petition) and Delegate to the U.S. Congress require 300 signatures of registered voters on their nomination petition. A filing fee of $500 is also required at the time of registration. To be nominated as a candidate for the local House race, the petition must be signed by 25 registered voters in the district from which he or she is seeking elected office. The signed petition is submitted together with the $300 registration fee to the Election Office. Meanwhile, Soliai reminds all eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote — to do so as soon as possible. Reach the newsroom at news.newsroom@samoatelco.com
Tuifaleamato R.A. Tagovailoa will seek Tualatai vote again
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If you are the person holding the sign ‘the government is like a diaper’ (far left) you are the winner of a $50 cash prize. The picture was taken on July 4th during gubernatorial candidate Tim Jones video shoot called ‘Road to Change’. Jones hosted a “Best Sign” contest that day, asking sign makers to focus on the theme of voting or registering to vote. Contact Jones at 731-4895 from [courtesy photo] 10 am-2 pm for your cash prize.
Former Tualatai faipule, Tuifaleamato, R.A. Tagovailoa, announced yesterday that he will again seek the county’s seat in the November general election. Tualatai, which is composed of Futiga, Vailoatai and Taputimu villages, is currently represented by Rep. Galumalemana B. Satele. “As our island is experiencing difficult economic times, one of my major concerns is modernizing government agencies to better serve the Tualatai district and the people of American Samoa,” said Tuifaleamato, who currently serves as assistant director for safety and security at the Department of Port Administration. “I will work with the new administration to help restructure and simplify our government agencies to maximize its ability to serve our people,” he said in a news media statement. “For example, we have big problems with guns, weapons, and drugs entering our territory,” he notes, “because our government cannot afford proper equipment/tools to assist our Customs Officers in detecting these illegal paraphernalia.”
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The daughters of a man who is alleged to have died during a power failure while in the hospital are seeking legal advice on whether to sue the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Samoa. The family of the man told Samoa Observer the hospital was irresponsible and as a result, they have lost a grandfather, father, brother and a loving man. Samoa Observer reports that Reverend Deacon Uikirifi Auelua, of Fa’atoia, passed away at 12 p.m. on Saturday 23 June 2012 while he was admitted to the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Moto’otua. Rev Auelua was taken to the hospital for an asthma attack. His daughters, Christina Vili and Pata Silva, who reside in Las Vegas were by his side when he Los Angeles Police officers Pat Cronin and his daughter Jamie Carganilla pose for a photo- took his last breath. The sisters graph while on on patrol in West Valley Division Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. It’s a told Samoa Observer they are tradition at the Los Angeles Police Department, when the child of a veteran officer joins the force, far from impressed with the serfather and child pull a shift on patrol together. Usually it’s a proud dad and his son. Officer Jamie vices at the hospital. They claim their father Carganilla, 29, joined her father, Officer Pat Cronin, to cruise a quiet corner of the San Fernando would have still been alive if it (AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Hans Gutknecht) Valley for a father-daughter reunion. weren’t for the power failure. Furthermore, they also claim that the shortage of oxygen tanks at the hospital that day was the other reason why their father died. General Manager of National Health Service, Leota Laki Sio told the Samoa Observer that they are investigating a death in relation to a power failure at the hospital. Mrs. Vili told Samoa LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a tradition at the Los Angeles Police Department —when the child of a veteran officer joins the force, father and child pull a shift on patrol together. Usually Observer said the hospital staff had failed them and their loving it’s a proud dad and his son. On Wednesday, Officer Jamie Carganilla, 29, joined her father, Officer Pat Cronin, to cruise a father. She pointed that her father was put on life support until he quiet corner of the San Fernando Valley for a father-daughter reunion. “I need a car seat for my daughter,” he said, as they checked out rifles together after roll call. As they checked the police cruiser’s lights, sirens and computers, Carganilla laughed at her father’s jokes like a dutiful daughter. In The High Court She recently finished her year of probationary service in the Topanga Division and will be of American Samoa reassigned to a permanent position soon. She’s not the first female officer to pull a shift with her father, but it’s unusual because the police force is still mostly male. TRIAL DIVISION Before her shift on the streets of Reseda, Carganilla has to admire photos of her dad at the PR No. 22-12 beginning of his law enforcement career, pose for the captain’s photos and endure some razzing In the Matter of the Estate of from her dad’s colleagues. “This is so weird,” he said as they pulled out of the station parking lot together. IONATANA K. TUFONO Decedent Cronin, 60, has trained new officers at the West Valley station for 10 years. “I try to instill in them that this job really is special, it really is interesting and that no two days By: MARTIN TUFONO are exactly the same,” he said. “It’s just different having my daughter here. Because I scold her Petitioner all the time.” Carganilla wasn’t one of those kids who dream of being a cop. She had stage dreams, and NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION eventually performed in musicals and sang for Disney for four years. FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION When it came time to plot a new career course, her father suggested that she become a police OF THE ESTATE OF officer. IONATANA K. TUFONO “He just kind of threw the idea out there. At first I was like, ‘What? No way! I could never.’ But the more I thought about it, the better it sounded. And I just decided to go for it,” she said. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That a Petition for Letters of Administration had been filed in the High Court Her mother, Cronin’s wife, was not thrilled with the idea. “I don’t think she’ll ever be as comfortable with it as Jamie and I are,” Cronin said. “Because of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa, by MARTIN TUFONO for the ESTATE OF she’s a mom.” IONATANA K. TUFONO (deceased), who died “She’s a worrier,” his daughter added. intestate. A hearing on that Petition will be held An only child, she was born while her father was a cadet at the police Academy. on August 29th, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. before the “The last thought I had then was that someday she would grow up to be a police officer. But I Trial Division of the High Court of American tell you, life has a way of surprising you,” her father said. Samoa located in Fagatogo, American Samoa. She’s not fresh out of the Police Academy. She has already been under fire in a gang incident All heirs of IONATANA K. TUFONO and interested parties may appear before the Court on said date in her home division. The two didn’t get much time to enjoy their shift together Wednesday in the San Fernando to respond to this Petition. Valley. They responded to a call about a man who appeared to be trying to set fire to his own car. The man, who had been taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation the day before, was Dated: July 5th, 2012 frantic and his eyes bulged. Clerk of Courts Father and daughter split up to work the scene like partners who’ve known each other for years. Cronin handcuffed the man and put him in the backseat of the cruiser, while Carganilla talked to Published 07/13, 07/20, 07/27 the man’s worried wife.
by Samoa News Staff
Hospital death during a power failure may be subject of lawsuit
Father and daughter police go on patrol…
was transferred to the DHU. “My father was in a stable condition that day,” she said. “Everything was normal before the power failure… if it wasn’t for that, my father would still be here today. “I’m deeply saddened, and what hurt us the most was that even when my father died that day, there was no one from the staff who came to comfort us. They just sat there and looked at us. It shows that they don’t care about our loved ones and once we go in, there is no way out, that is it.” Mrs. Vili has also questioned the hospital’s system and the efficiency of its back up plan for patients. Prior to the death of Rev. Auelua, his daughters were planning to take their father to the United States for medical checkup. They said that they were trying to get him off the machine so that he could breathe on his own, enabling them to fly him over. On the Saturday when the power was cut off, Mrs. Silva was at home. Her children called her to let her know that the power failed and so she rushed to the hospital. Mrs. Silva said that when she got to the hospital, she could smell and see smoke from the generators. “We were worried about our father and when I got there, the kids kept saying, “the power is out, the power is out”. Her sister, Mrs. Vili said that even though the power failed and smoke was coming out of the generator, they didn’t leave their father’s side. “That is because we loved him and even if the house got burnt down, we would’ve stayed there with him.” According to Mrs. Vili, her father was using a back-up battery when the power failed. However, it died hours later before the power came back on. She said they had to use oxygen from tanks to keep her father breathing. “When they brought in the tanks, they were empty,” said Mrs. Vili. “We could hear the guy saying that there was no air coming and they kept saying, “connect, and connect” but there was nothing. My dad was suffocating at that time and we could see his leg lifting up.” When her father was confirmed dead, minutes later the power came back on, past 12 p.m. “For almost five hours, the doctors hadn’t come around to check and assess my father to see if he was okay. It hurts us to know that they weren’t able to save his life and they also hadn’t comforted my family.” The sisters are seeking legal advice on whether to sue the hospital.
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The family service will be held at the LBJ Chapel Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Ecclesiastes 3 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to weep, and
a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; He hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
Final services will be Tuesday, July 17th
7:30 a.m. his body will be transported from LBJ 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Wake at his residence in Ottoville 10:00 a.m. is Final Service Tafuna Church of Christ (Susana Uesele Hall, Ottoville) burial immediately following at his residence in Ottoville.
There will be no faasamoa.
Respectfully,
Fiona Alama & Family
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➧ Alailima: Citizenship is an individual right…
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ICE AGE: Continental Drift
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Cast: Ray Ramano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Alan Tudyk Join Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat this summer as they brave the high seas & battle a ragtag group of pirates determined to stop them from getting home.
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Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance -- leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
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ruled in a number of cases that citizenship is not a suicide pact for your culture,” he said, adding that Native Americans have gotten citizenship and they still retain their lands, and even got casinos there. “But they have retained control of their land, their families.” He said this is the same situation for Guam residents, who are U.S. citizens but have been able to retain their land, just like the other territories. “Citizenship does not say to give up your rights to your own culture and your own customs and your own traditions,” he said. “Citizenship is personal to people. Our clients here say ‘I want a right to the full participation in the political, social, economic structure of the United States.’” He said separating out those born in American Samoa as U.S. Nationals was “something invented” by the federal government “to basically avoid having to deal with a lot of people who were coming under the U.S. jurisdiction in the early 1990s [and] is no longer applicable now.” He said American Samoa has been part of the United States for 112 years and it’s time to “move forward”. According to a news release given to reporters on Tuesday, in violation of clear language in the U.S. Constitution, current federal law classifies persons born in American Samoa as so called “non-citizen nationals”, a status that was invented by the federal government after the U.S. acquired overseas territories in the early 20th century. Today, the “only” Americans who are still classified as “non-citizen nationals” are those born in American Samoa. Margaret Stock, an immigration attorney in Alaska who often handles cases involving American Samoa nationals, tells The Associated Press that statutes have been passed in other territories defining them as part of the United States and entitling people born there to U.S. citizenship, but not everyone in American Samoa wants that. Being a citizen at birth would mean all of the U.S. Constitution applies, which would prevent certain communal land ownership rules unique to American Samoa, such as favoring those with Samoan blood, Stock said. “This has been a big debate in American Samoa for a long time,” she is quoted by the AP as saying. FAlEOMAvAEGA’S RESPONSE In a statement yesterday, Faleomavaega strongly opposed efforts to use the judicial system to force citizenship upon every person who is born in American Samoa. While respectful of the rights of the plaintiffs in this case, Faleomavaega said, “I believe the choice of becoming a U.S. citizen belongs to the people of American Samoa, and not by judicial legislation.”
“The future of our territory is being threatened by outside forces and we must unite in our opposition to this lawsuit. I firmly believe the future of American Samoa should be decided by the people living in the territory, not by a court 7,000 miles away,” he said. The Congressman has also sent letters to the Fono leaders summarizing the lawsuit and reiterated his opposition to the suit, which if successful will force citizenship upon everyone born in American Samoa. In the letter, Faleomavaega says if the federal court rules in favor of the plaintiffs and the Citizenship Clause is applied to American Samoa, “this will set the precedent for other provisions of the U.S. Constitution to be applied in the Territory. This is a cause for concern as the courts may invalidate any of our local laws that protect our Matai system and communal lands.” “For years, I have warned the people of American Samoa of the dangers of outside forces determining the future of our territory,” he said. “The lawsuit filed this week is the manifestation of our greatest fear, that citizenship will be forced upon us and we could lose our Matai system and communal lands.” For example, in King v. Andrus case, a federal court applied the jury system to the American Samoa judiciary system against our will, he said, adding that this week a federal court is again asked to decide an issue critical to American Samoa. “We must ask ourselves — do we want a court to decide whether we become citizens or do we want to decide our own destiny?” he said. He reiterated that the issue of citizenship should be decided by the people currently living in American Samoa who plan on remaining in American Samoa. “...any potential negative consequences of citizenship being granted to all persons born in American Samoa will affect persons living in American Samoa, not those living in the United States,” he said. “For those living in the United States, there are existing pathways to citizenship that allow them to become U.S. Citizens. There is also a fee waiver available for some individuals who are not able to pay the filing fee for the naturalization application.” “My hope is for a thorough review by the Fono on this important issue,” he added. Samoa News notes that Faleomavaega has also proposed a bill that would allow American Samoan nationals to apply for US citizenship from the territory, meaning they would not have to live in the US for a specific time period in order to apply. He has held several local forums, as well as addressed the Fono on the issue over the past few years. The bill is currently still pending. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
WILSON, Wyo. (AP) -Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican fundraisers Thursday night that Mitt Romney is the “only” man who can make the right decisions in unexpected foreign policy crises. The presumptive 2012 Republican presidential nominee called Cheney a “great American leader” - and didn’t mention former President George W. Bush in a 20-minute speech to a country club reception. Cheney said serving under four presidents taught him that a surprising international crisis is inevitable. “When I think about the kind of individual I want in the Oval Office in that moment of crisis, who has to make those key decisions, some of them life-and-death decisions, some of them decisions as commander-in-chief, who has the responsibility for sending some of our young men and women into harm’s way, that man is Mitt Romney,” Cheney said to applause. It was a strong endorsement from a man who has come to represent the neoconservative foreign policy wing of the Republican Party. Until Thursday, Romney had avoided appearing with Cheney or with Bush. While Romney avoided mentioning the former president in remarks that were open to the press, he invoked Bush in a question-and-answer session with donors at a private dinner at Cheney’s home. In remarks overheard by reporters standing outside the clubhouse, Romney contrasted what he called “President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda” with President Barack Obama. Cheney, who generally avoids retail politicking, is still a controversial figure because of his hawkish foreign policy stances and support for enhanced interrogation techniques - like waterboarding - that many consider torture. Obama banned those techniques after he took office. Donors gathered Thursday night under a tent next to the driving range at Teton Pines Country Club, a golfing community where Cheney has a home. After Cheney introduced him, Romney praised the former vice president as “a great American leader.” Romney criticized Obama’s domestic policies on health care and spending. “But the foreign policy mistakes, I believe, may be even longer lasting in their negative impact on the country,” he said, but he did not specify those policies. In the past Romney has attacked Obama’s policies on Iran, China and Israel, although he has praised the president for authorizing the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
Cheney: Romney ‘only’ man for foreign policy
Romney raised more than $4 million with Cheney, long a strong fundraiser in part because of his popularity among the conservative Republican base. The Cheneysponsored events in this resort area near Yellowstone National Park represent a welcome endorsement for Romney, who is eager to win over more of the party’s base. Cheney was hosting Romney at a private dinner at his Wyoming home after he posed for photos with Romney and the fundraisers who had flown from all over the country for the event. They were drawn either by Cheney or by the dramatic beauty of the mountains in this resort valley. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a national campaign finance co-chair, was in attendance, as were bundlers from Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and New York, among other places. Oklahoma City oil magnate Harold Hamm, frequently mentioned in Romney’s standard campaign speech as an inspiring rags-to-riches example of American entrepreneurship, also attended. Hamm drove a truck to put himself through college before striking it rich in North Dakota. “Harold’s doing just fine, by the way. How you doing, Harold?” Romney called out, as the crowd laughed. “Forbes publishes his net worth on a regular basis.” Hamm is No. 78 on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires, worth $11 billion, according to the magazine. Attendance at the dinner with Cheney cost $30,000, though many had already contributed that much before Thursday night’s event. Cheney’s reddoored home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and overlooks the golf course and the Grand Teton mountain range. The Secret Service had set up metal detectors on the back lawn in preparation for the dinner, and a tent for the dinner was erected near the 18th hole of the golf course close to the clubhouse. Romney doesn’t have a close personal relationship with the former vice president. While he speaks regularly with former President George H.W. Bush, Romney seldom refers by name to the most recent Bush to occupy the White House. On occasion he goes out of his way not to say Bush’s name out loud and simply calls him “the predecessor” to Obama. Romney has embraced Cheney in the past. Last year, he told an Arizona town hall that Cheney’s “wisdom and judgment” would provide a model for choosing his own vice president. Many of Romney’s policy advisers were officials in the Bush White House. Former Secretary of State Condo-
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leezza Rice recently endorsed the former Massachusetts governor. On Thursday, Romney aides refused to comment on reports that Rice is a top consideration for vice president. Earlier this month, Romney’s wife, Ann, said her husband was considering choosing a woman as a running mate. Romney’s visit with the GOP sage came as he was in the final stages of picking his No. 2. Cheney is familiar with the process: He was charged with leading Bush’s vice presidential search in 2000 and ended up vice president himself. Romney has tasked longtime aide Beth Myers with leading his own vice presidential search. Cheney has long struggled with cardiovascular disease, suffering a heart attack in 2010, his fifth since the age of 37. Now 71, he received a heart transplant earlier this year at a more advanced age than most patients. Cheney’s daughter Liz also attended Thursday’s fundraiser. She recently bought a house in Wyoming, sparking questions about whether she plans to run for office. Her father was elected to six terms as a House member from the state.
This week, AS-EPA wants you to know, that the beaches listed here are polluted with bacteria which may be a threat to your health. You should NOT swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches.
Going to the beach?
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Asili Beach, across LMS Church
CEntral:
Fagatogo Stream Mouth by the market Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Afono stream mouth, adjacent cricket field • Aua stream mouth near bridge • Aua beach across from A&M Video Store • Lauli’i Tuai stream mouth • Alega beach adjacent resort • Alega stream mouth • Masausi stream mouth
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Ta’u Beach, Ta’u
Beach Advisory: July 11, 2012
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) 633-2304
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
RFP No: RFP 078-2012
Issuance Date: June 27, 2012 Date & Time Due: August 7, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified individuals or firms to provide:
“International Building Code Initiative Upgrade”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “International Building Code Initiative Upgrade.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, August 7, 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.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
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TO Members of the MAGEO Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that MEAUTA & SHARMAIN MAGEO of PAGO PAGO has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land AUTAPINI allegedly belonging to MAGEO FAMILY of the village of PAGO PAGO. Said land AUTAPINI is situated in or near the village of PAGO PAGO in the County of MAOPUTASI Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: JUNE 25, 2012 thru JULY 25, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa MAGEO, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o MEAUTA & SHARMAIN MAGEO o le nu’u o PAGO PAGO ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o AUTAPINI e fa’asino i le aiga sa MAGEO o le nu’u o PAGO PAGO. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o PAGO PAGO itumalo o MAOPUTASI, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 06/29 & 07/13/12
NOTICE FOR SEPARATION AGREEMENT
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➧ OBAMACARE AND ITS BENEFITS…
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MEdICARE PRESCRIPTION dRuG COvERAGE bENEFITS FOR SENIORS
FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
Another major goal of the ACA that hits home in American Samoa is prescription drug cost relief for Medicare beneficiaries who fall into what is called the “donut hole” coverage gap. Through various measures, the ACA attempts to close this gap by 2020. For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) issued $250 one-time, tax-free rebate checks to assist eligible seniors in American Samoa in purchasing their prescriptions. Starting in 2011, eligible beneficiaries in the coverage gap also received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name medications and Medicare also began paying 7 percent of the cost of generic drugs for these seniors. In 2010 and 2011, more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities nationwide saved more than $3.2 billion on prescription drugs, an average of $635 each.
SuPPORT FOR CONSuMER PROTECTIONS, hEAlTh CENTERS, ChIldREN’S hEAlTh, ANd SubSTANCE AbuSE PREvENTION
Since 2010, the ACA has also provided approximately $4.2 million to American Samoa through four additional programs. First, the ACA provided ASG $1 million through the Grants to States for Health Insurance Premium Review Program, also known as the Rate Review Grant, to help American Samoa protect private consumers from unwarranted premium increases by their insurance provider. Secondly, the law increased funding towards American Samoa’s community health centers, totaling $1.1 million, towards expanding preventative and primary health care services, creating new sites, increasing patient reach, and/or supporting construction and renovation. Third, the ACA also gave American Samoa $1.5 million for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program which supports children’s health and development through healthcare, early education, parent education, child abuse prevention, and nutrition. Lastly, the ACA has already provided $600,000 in Prevention and Public Health Fund to enhance American Samoa’s substance abuse prevention efforts. Over a fiveyear grant period, American Samoa may receive up to $8.3 million towards these efforts through the USDHHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment activities. The benefits of the Affordable Care Act for American Samoa total over $300 million, not to mention access to crucial program support that enhances delivery of services to our people. Over the next eight years until FY 2019, our Medicaid program will have the capacity to benefit from an additional $180 million for the Territory’s health care needs. The territory will benefit from additional funding to Medicaid in lieu of the Health Insurance Exchange funding, and eligible seniors covered under Medicare will receive much-needed assistance in paying for their prescriptions drugs. In addition to the consumer protections in the ACA, funding under the Rate Review Grant will enhance American Samoa’s efforts to protect private insurance consumers from unreasonable, unjustifiable, and excessive premium increases.” Furthermore, millions of dollars in supplemental grants will enhance American Samoa’s public health efforts for infants and children, patients seeking primary and preventative care at our community health centers, and individuals who are seeking treatment for substance abuse. These are all victories for American Samoa. For these many reasons, I remain a strong supporter of the ACA and give my assurance to the people of American Samoa that I will continue to work with my Congressional colleagues to protect these crucial federal programs for our people. I once again applaud the Supreme Court for its decision to uphold Obamacare, and most of all, its comprehensive healthcare policy goals that support the health care needs of our Nation and the people of American Samoa.
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Police officer Vasa Wells with the Patrol Division of the Tafuna West Substation is now assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. She’s to report to Commander Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele. REASSIGNMENT OF lT. FA’AGATA Samoa News inquired if the change of personnel had anything to do with the break- in at Bank of Hawai’i and Pizza Hut last week. DPS spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Leiseau Laumoli told Samoa News that one of the reasons that Lt Fa’agata has been reassigned was his bad judgment call at the time of the incident. Laumoli explained that an internal investigation is being carried out within DPS at this time. He said the call from Bank of Hawai’i about the break in was received by Lt Fa’agata who made the call that police officers from Central Station should respond to the call. The Deputy Commissioner said, it’s puzzling as to why Lt Fa’agata wanted the central police officers to respond and yet the Bank of Hawai’i was near the West Substation. Laumoli said Lt Fa’agata failed in carrying out “Line Function Duties”.
He said any police officer should stay alert 24hrs a day, seven days a week, while on duty, given they are there to protect and to serve members of the public. “If the police officers at the West Substation responded at the time of the call, the culprit(s) would have been caught in action. However, he said, Lt. Fa’agata made an erroneous judgment call. “Watch Commanders should be alert while on duty to make their decisions wisely, because there are circumstances that come from wrong decision making. The Deputy Commissioner told Samoa News the Watch Commanders are the heart of the Department of Public Safety and they play a huge role in the daily operations of DPS. Laumoli then declined to further comment on the matter and said if Lt Fa’agata does not take his profession seriously then he should be replaced by someone who is keen on carrying out the duties of a Watch Commander. Samoa News contacted Lt Fa’agata at the Tafuna Correctional Facility for comments, however the female correction officer on duty said, since the reassignment of Lt Fa’agata to TCF, the Lieutenant has yet to turn up for work.
➧ Court tells BOH to restore frozen funds…
account is maintained with the bank’s branch in Utulei. Additionally, the bank having other branches such as Guam, from which ASG could withdraw funds does not necessarily subject ASG to that branch’s foreign jurisdiction for judgement-creditor purposes because ASG opened its account in American Samoa and is a government “domiciled” in American Samoa. “We are required to give full faith and credit to judgments issued by other states, territorial or federal courts,” the judges says. “However, we must give full faith and credit to foreign judgments subject to our Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.” “...if we issue a judgement in favor of a judgementcreditor, this court cannot also issue a writ of execution ordering a sheriff of Oregon to seize and/or sell real, tangible, or intangible property of a judgement-debtor located in Oregon,” they noted. “...a judgement-creditor travels to the state of Oregon and files an action to enforce our judgement against the judgementdebtor’s Oregon property, abiding by Oregon’s laws of process.” The judges say the writ of execution/garnishment the federal court issued attempts to attach itself to ASG’s general fund account - which “appears not to be located in Hawai’i and therefore is not subject to attachment.” “Again, we are not concerned with whether or not Marisco can enforce” its federal court judgement in the territorial jurisdiction, the judge said. “The procedural posting of this action is for a mandatory preliminary injunction against BoH for BoH’s freezing of an account containing intangible property located in American Samoa under the imprimatur of an as-of-yet enforced, foreign judgement,” the decision states. “We are... satisfied that ASG will likely succeed at trial at proving such a point — that the nexus concerning the situs of this intangible property flourishes in American Samoa, not Hawai’i, thereby favoring the issuance of ASG’s preliminary injunction against BoH,” the judges said. hARM TO PlAINTIFF According to the court, ASG’s general fund consists of appropriations and funds set aside for management of the entire government of American Samoa. “Not only is the nearly one million dollars a sizable amount for this government, the idea that judgement-creditors can avoid this territory’s laws concerning judgement-enforcement, liens, attachments, garnishments, etc., would cause great harm to ASG and impact the territory’s local commerce,” the judges observed. “If BoH is allowed to freeze ASG general fund whenever a judgement-creditor enforces a judgement in a far-flung jurisdiction possessing a BoH branch, it could have alarming consequences on the ability of American Samoa’s government to function daily — not to mention adding additional cost for defending such lawsuits,” the judges says. “Moreover, not only is the local hospital — for which lives may very well be jeopardized — dependent on the contents of the general fund account, but so much of this island community relies upon the local government for their livelihood, electricity, etc. that the harm from such perfunctory BoH freezes could be dire.”
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hARM TO dEFENdANT “BoH has the unenviable position of middleman in a jurisdictional tug-of-war concerning the reach of two separate courts,” the decision says. “BoH’s harm, however, is limited: an injunction would only have BoH releasing ASG’s funds back into ASG’s account — any court sanction BoH could suffer in Hawai’i, it could quite as easily suffer here.” “Although BoH’s plight evokes sympathy, BoH’s claimed exposure to potential harm and conflicts of laws that arise is, after all, a consequence of banking in multiple jurisdictions,” the judges say. PublIC INTEREST According to the judges, many of the territory’s citizens rely on ASG for their livelihood and the public’s interest “weighs in favor of issuing an injunction against BoH”. “…all the equities balance in favor of issuing the injunction against BoH,” they say. ORdER The judges made clear in their decision that they are not ruling that Marisco is unable to satisfy its federal court judgement. “We are ruling, at a preliminary stage, that ASG has proven by preponderance of the evidence that BoH likely cannot freeze ASG’s general fund account because that account contains intangible property seemingly located in this territory and not the state of Hawai’i,” the judges said and granted ASG’s application for a preliminary injunction. The judges then ordered BoH to restore the $988,980 frozen on June 20 back to ASG’s general fund account. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
Public Notice
We wish to inform the public that our office will be closed Friday, July 13, 2012 for a very important training workshop. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 for normal business. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Should you require assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deputy Director Mrs. Salu Tuigamala via 7336579 or Ms. Lulu Barber @ 258-2063. We appreciate your understanding.
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TO Members of the SAO Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SILAO AFANO & AUKUSO AH CHING of AUA has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land SAOMANULUA allegedly belonging to SAO FAMILY of the village of AUA. Said land SAOMANULUA is situated in or near the village of AUA in the County of MAOPUTASI Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. I tagata o le aiga sa SAO ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o SILAO AFANO & AUKUSO AH CHING o le nu’u o AUA ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o SAOMANULUA e fa’asino i le aiga sa SAO o le nu’u o AUA. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o AUA itumalo o MAOPUTASI, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 06/29 & 07/13/12
FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
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By placing Customs Office under the local Department of Homeland Security, federal funding and other procurement sources can be made available for portals and other equipment to screen every container and bag entering the territory and detect undeclared goods for revenue collections, he said. He also says that Customs Office will enforce local and federal laws while fostering our island’s economic security. “In addition, we have big problems detecting over-stayers… in our territory, causing our people economic chaos in government benefits, schools, the criminal justice system, social services, and many other areas of government accountability,” he said. Tuifaleamato also says that the local government cannot afford the proper equipment/tools to assist the Immigration Officers in performing their duties and suggested to also place Immigration under local Homeland Security, which means federal funding and other procurement sources can be made available for a tracking-system and other equipment and tools to perform their duties while maintaining the integrity of normal procedural operations with legal affairs. “This organizational structure mirrors the federal government’s’ and most States’ Homeland security organization,” he said. The Tualatai faipule candidate said there are other ‘innovations in governance’ that he vows to work with the new administration to improve ‘life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness,’ and public value for the Tualatai District and the people of American Samoa. Reach the newsroom at news.newsroom@samoatelco.com
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT OR AMEND RULES
Pursuant to the American Samoa Code Annotated (ASCA) 4.1001 et seq., the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) intends to amend its Bylaws and Personnel Manual. Interested members of the public may review these proposed amendments or documents and/or present their written comments on the same at the DBAS Administration Office located on the second floor of the Lumana’i building at Fagatogo, American Samoa from Friday, June 29, 2012 until Friday, July 27, 2012. Normal DBAS office hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8am-4pm. For further information, please contact Ms. Mary Malauulu or Tavai Ieremia at telephone number 633-4031 or email address Mary@dbas.org or Tavai@dbas.org.
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O le Aso Gafua o le vaiaso fou lea ua faamoemoe e toe fo’i ai le to’a 72 o tama ma tina matutua na faamuta i le lua vaiaso talu ai le polokalame sa galulue ai, ina ua talia e le malo tele le talosaga a le Faatonu o le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua (TAOA), mo se avanoa e toe faaauau ai ona galulue nai tama ma tina matutua i le polokalama mo le isi tausaga atoa. Na faamaonia mai e le Faatonu o le TAOA i le Samoa News lea tulaga ina ua fesiligia o ia i le taeao ananafi. Saunoa le afioga Faafitu Pita Tauanuu e faapea, o le vaiaso na te’a nei na tuuina atu ai sana talosaga i le Ofisa o le malo tele, lea o lo o faatupeina mai le polokalama o lo o galulue ai le silia i le toa 3,000 o tagata matutua, mo se avanoa e toe galulue ai le toa 72 o tama ma tina matutua ua lua vaiaso talu ona faamalolo, ina ua latou ausia taimi faatapulaa mo le polokalama. “O se tala fiafia lenei mo nai tama ma tina matutua, ina ua talia le talosaga e toe faaauau ai la latou tautua i le polokalame mo le isi tausaga atoa,” o le saunoaga lea a Tauanuu. E fetaui lava le taunuu mai o lenei tala fiafia mo nai tagata matutua, ae faatulaga loa e le afioga i le alii Senatoa ia Velega Savali Jr le iloiloga a le Komiti o le Faagaioia o le malo i le taeao nei, e fesiligia ai nisi o mataupu o loo fia malamalama ai le atunuu, e aofia ai ma le mataupu i tagata matutua ua faamalolo mai a latou galuega. O le itula e 9:30 i le taeao nei lea ua faamoemoe e iloiloina ai e le Komiti a le Senate le mataupu a le TAOA, ma ua faamoemoe o le alii faatonu ia Tauanu’u lea ua faamoemoe e molimau i lea iloiloga. Saunoa Velega o ia o le taitaifono o le komiti, e fia malamalama le komiti i le mafuaaga ua ala ai ona faamuta le tautua a i latou e toa 72 sa galulue i le polokalame, ae fia foi se tupe e manaomia ona totogi ina ia mafai ai ona toe faaauau le tautua a i latou ua vaea. O le agaga o le alii Senatoa o Velega, afai e manaomia e le TAOA se isi tupe ina ia mafai ai ona faaauau le tautua a i latou ua faamalolo, o le a taumafai le Fono e saili se fesoasoani mo latou nei. “E le tatau ona tulai mai se tulaga faapea i le polokalame a tagata matutua, aua e le o ni tupe tetele o loo latou maua, peitai afai ua faamuta, o lona uiga ua aafia foi nai o latou aiga,” o le saunoaga lea a Velega. Saunoa Faafiti, o le polokalame e taua o le Title IV lea o loo galulue ai le silia i le 3,000 tagata matutua i le TAOA, e na o le 48 lava masina le umi e galue ai le tagata i le polokalame ma faamuta, ona tuu lea o le avanoa i isi tagata o loo i luga o le lisi faatalitali latou te faatutumuina avanoa o i latou o le a malolo. Ina ua faalauiloa e le TAOA le faamalolo o i latou e toa 72 i le lua vaiaso talu ai, na folafola mai ai ma le toe faatutumuina o avanoa nei mai ia i latou o loo i ai i le lisi faatalitali, peitai na saunoa Faafiti, o le a leai ni avanoa e faatutumu aua o lea o le a toe foi i latou na vaea i a latou galuega sa galulue ai. O nisi o galuega sa galulue ai i latou nei e aofia ai le aoaoina o fanau aoga i le gaosia o mea taulima, lalagaina o fala, ili, taulima ma isi lava ituaiga galuega taulima, aemaise ai foi le aoaoina o fanau aoga i le aganuu a Samoa.
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Nisi o tina matutua sa faamutaina avanoa galulue ai i le polokalame o loo faafoe a le Ofisa o le TAOA, peitai o lea ua toe maua le avanoa e toe faaauau ai le latou tautua mo le isi tausaga (ata AF) e tasi.
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Le taavale a le Matagaluega o Galuega a le malo #33 na poloka ai le vaega o le alatele lea e afe atu ai i tua o le Uafu tele i Fagatogo i le taeao ananafi, mo le silia i le 40 minute. Na faaalia e se tasi o tama na valaau mai i le Samoa News lona le fiafia ina ua taumafai lana taavale e afe i le ala puupuu lea o loo kolosi atu i tafatafa o le Fale Fuimu i Fagatogo, peitai sa le mafai ona o loo poloka e se taavale a le malo. Sa vaaia tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Galuega o loo galulue i le moaina o le vao, a’o poloka e le latou taavale le auala, peitai na toe aveese le (ata AF) taavale ina ua faatonu e le leoleo.
TAPuNIA OFISA AMEPASA O SAMOA? Ua lua aso atoatoa o gasolo mai le mamalu o le atunu’u, laulaututu ma fesilisili solo po’o fea tagata faigaluega i le Ofisa o le Emepasa o Samoa i luga o le Fale Fogafalelua o le Iupeli Siliva Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo. O le tali, o lo’o i ai le pepa o fa’apipi’i ai, ae le fa’atalia ai le tele o mataupu e fia fa’atautaia mo nai tagata femalaga’i, o le afuaga fo’i na ala ai ona tatala lea lava ofisa mai lona amataga. Ua fesiligia nei, po’o fea la o i ai tagata faigaluega? Ua fa’ailoa mai e nisi o Kamupani va’alele, ua mae’a fesiligia e i latou le Ofisa autu o Femalaga’iga i Samoa, po’o fea o i ai le susuga Mata’afa Tomasi ma lona faletua fa’atasi ai ma se tasi o tama’ita’i e masani ona tautuaina tagata lautele i’inei? Ua fa’ailoa mai, “O lo’o si’ima’i mai Mata’afa Tomasi ma le faletua, ona o le tama lea e i ai sona mana’oga tupito tau le soifua maloloina, ae e tatau lava ona tatala le Ofisa e le tasi o le aufaigaluega i’ina!” Ona saili lea, ae ua fa’ailoa mai e le Ofisa i autafa ane o lea Ofisa o le Emepasa, “Ua fa’ailoa mai e si tama’ita’i lena e latou te to’atolu, ua lavea le ta’avale ma ua le pa’au mai ai i le ulua’i aso, le Aso Gafua lea.” Peita’i, o lea ua alu atu ai ma le aso Lua, ua atili ona fa’ateleina fa’aletonu i feoa’iga o tagata lautele, ae maise ai i tulaga o pemita mo tagatanu’u o Tutuila ma Manu’a e ulufale ai i Samoa. O le faiga lenei ua i ai nei! Ua mafai ona e o’o atu i le Ofisa va’alele e te fia malaga i Samoa ma e fa’asaga ane tama’ita’i tautua lelei o le Kamupani a le Polenisia lisi i lalo lou suafa ma fa’ao’o atu i fax i Samoa i le latou Ofisa i Fagali’i, ma o i’ina la e fa’asau ai le kilia e te alu atu ai lava i Samoa fa’ato’a totogia ai lau $10US i Fagali’i ma e ulufafo atu ai i o latou laufanua mo au fuafuaga fa’agasolo o lau malaga. Ua o gatusa lava lea faiga a le Polenisia ma le Kamupani Va’alele fo’i a le Inter Island Vacations, ma o le a le taofia ai lou tu’uva’a atu i Samoa ona ua tau fai leai le aufaigaluega mamalu
a le Ofisa o le Emepasa o Samoa. Ua faia fo’i galuega alofa a nai Ofisa tulata ane i lea ofisa o le taulogologo i nai tagata fesuia’iga o lo ua i ai nei sia ofisa, ma ala ua fesoasoani ane ai Kamupani Va’alele mo femalaga’iga, peita’i, afai o sou avanoa e fia fa’afou ai lou Tusi Folau ma isi mea fa’apena mo tagata nu’u o le Malo Tuto’atasi o Samoa, ia e tatalia na galuega uma, se’i toe tatala tumau le Ofisa o le tatou Emepasa. Tau ina ia talosia le fa’atafa gasegase o le Emepasa ma lana aufaigaluega fo’i, ia vave ae toe tatala le tautua mo i tatou uma o lo’o mo’omia le latou fesoasoani malosi mai! SAuNIGA lOTu O lE Fu’A A MANu’A I lE FAlE lAuMEI O lenei tausaga ua fa’aauau ai ona tatou fa’ailogaina le aso patino na fa’ato’a tu’u aloa’ia atu ai e le afioga le Tuimanu’a ona eleele ma ona tagata e pulea e le Malo Tele o Amerika talu mai le tausaga e 1904 ia Iulai 16. O lenei ua atoa lelei le 108 tausaga talu ona osia lea feagaiga tau pulega o malo, ma ua fa’amanatuina fo’i e le Malo o Amerika Samoa, ua avea ma aso Malolo mai galuega a le Malo, Iulai 16, 2012 o le aso Gafua lea o le vaiaso a sau. Peita’i, ua fa’atulaga e Ta’ita’i ma le faigamalo le Sauniga Lotu tele i le Fale Laumei i Utulei, e vala’aulia fa’apitoa uma ai tagata uma o le atunu’u ae maise o tagatanu’u uma e afua ma tupuga mai le pa’ia o le Manu’atele, ina ia auai i lea sauniga fa’afetai i le Atua Soifua, i lona alofa ma le agalelei ua aulia ai e i tatou lea fo’i aso i lenei tausaga. “O se fa’amanatuga o le agalelei o le Atua, o le aso e fa’afetai ai ona o le tele o manuia o lo ua sasa’a pea e le Atua i le Manu’atele, e afua mai fua o fa’aeleeleaga ma le gataifale, ae tainane o manuia e ala i alo ma fanau ua a’oa’oina i tomai ma taleni, ae maise lava o le soifua ma le malosi o lo’o maua pea e tagata uma e o’o mai i lenei aso atofa na tutupu ai nei mea tetele i le 108 tausaga ua tuana’i.” Ua fa’ailoa mai, o le a leai se fa’amanatuga o le Fu’a a Manu’a i le lotoifale o Manu’atele i
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FA’AFETAI! FA’AFETAI TELE LAVA!
E muamua lava le vi’iga ma le fa’afetai i le Atua, aua lo outou soifua ma si o tatou ola o lo o pule faasoa mai i Lona Alofa tunoa. Ae ave ia lenei avanoa e matou te fa’atulou ma fa’afetai, fa’afetai atu ai i le paia o Samoa-ga-lua, i Ositaulaga ma Ekalesia i Maota ma Fata-Tapua’i i Afioaga taitasi. ‘E le itiiti foi se leo a Fatu ma Sala aua ‘o le ta e le agaia’ le mamalu o Tupu ma Tamaalii o le atunu’u, ‘e le faatauai foi lapalapa ma aigofie’ i le afifio o To’oto’o ma Failauga o lo o puipui i malae, maota ma laoa. Matou te Fa’afetai ma Fa’atulou atu foi i le paia tele o aiga, matua, fanau ma uo. Matou ‘te fala tasi’, e momoli atu le fa’afetai tele mo la outou lagolagoina o la matou faamoemoe o le Se’i. O lea fuafuaga sa fa’ataunu’u lava ia Iulai le aso 4, 2012. E ui o se uluai faamoemoe a lenei Ekalesia, ae ‘ua faanafatia tau lima’ i lo outou alofa ma lo outou agalelei. Sa matou ‘saili i malae ma maota, ae ua outou faasao si o matou taumafaiga i Amouta ma Amotai se’i o’o lava i Moamoa’. Sa matou ‘ta’i foi i vao ma vasa, ae ua outou to-mai-lagi ua o manu, ua sua ai le tanoa ma au ai le faasoa’. FAAFETAI, FAAFETAI TELE! Ia pule alofa le Atua ma fa’a-manuia atu ona o la outou aao foa’i mo la matou fa’amoemoe. Matou te toe faafetai, faafetai tele atu i Aiga, Tama, Tina, Fanau, Uo ma e masani, aemaise Ekalesia na lagolagoina lenei fa’amoemoe. Ia fa’amanuia tele le Atua. I le fa’aaloalo ma le Agaga Fa’afetai, EKALESIA EFKAS I TULA
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dAvE TuPuA Ua talia e le Faamasinoga Faaitumalo le talosaga a le alii faiaoga o Dave Tupua, ina ia toe tolopo lana faamasinoga autu lea sa fuafua e faia i le Aso Faraile o le vaiaso fou, ona o lo o fuafua o ia e malaga i fafo i se taimi o le masina nei. O le talosaga a Tupua na faila e lana loia o Fiti Sunia ma talia e le ali’i fa’amasino ia Elvis Patea, lea ua toe fa’atulaga ai lenei mataupu mo le aso 3 o Aokuso. O Tupua o lo o tuuaia i moliaga mama e tolu e aofia ai lona taofia faapagota o se tagata i se auala faasolitulafono, faapea ai ma moliaga e lua o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu. Na faamatala e le teineititi e 13 tausaga le matua o loo aafia e faapea, i le aso 17 Ianuari 2012, na taumafai ai Tupua e toso atu lona tino faapipii atu i lona tino, ona ia kisi atu lea i lona alafau. Sa ia faia foi le gaioiga lava foi lea e tasi i le masina o Tesema 2011, ina ua ia taumafai foi e toso faapipii atu lona tino ia te ia, ma ina ua latalata atu foliga o Tupua i ona foliga, sa ia tago i le tusi Science o loo ia uuina ma tuu i le va o la foliga. PENIAMINA OPETAIA O le alii talavou lea o loo tuuaia faatasi i laua ma se tama matua i lo la faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se teineititi e 16 tausaga le matua, ua ia sauni e tuuina atu lana tali ioe i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, e tusa ai o tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. O le taeao ananafi na toe valaauina ai le mataupu a le alii o Peniamina Opetaia, peitai sa faailoa e lana loia fautua o Mike White i le faamasinoga, ua maea ona sainia e Opetaia se maliliega ma le malo, pau le itu o loo faatali i ai o le failaina lea o le maliliega i le faamasinoga. Na faatonu e le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond le loia a Opetaia o White e vave faila le maliliega, ina ia maua ai se avanoa e vaavaai muamua i ai alii faamasinoga, a’o le’i fofogaina le mataupu i le vaiaso fou. O Opetaia o loo tuuaia faatasi ma uncle o le teineititi o loo aafia e 62 tausaga le matua i moliaga o le faiaiga ma se teineititi, tagofia o itutinosa o se tamaitai atoa ai ma le faia o gaioiga e lamatia ai le saogalemu o se fanau e laititi i le tulafono. Na ta’utino Opetaia i leoleo sa la faiaiga ma le teineititi peitai sa le’i mana’o le uncle o le teineititi e fai sana faamatalaga i leoleo. O loo tatala i tua Opetaia ina ua ia totogiina le $15,000 sa faatulaga e le faamasinoga, e faatalitali ai le aso lea o le a toe fofogaina ai lenei mataupu. A’o tatala ai o ia i tua, ua poloaina o ia e aua nei ona toe taumafai e faafesootai le teineititi sa aafia i lenei mataupu, pe na te toe soliina foi se isi tulafono a le malo. MATThEw yANdAll O le alii lea na tuuaia i lona faaoo o ni manu’a i lana uo teine i le masina o Tesema na te’a nei, ua ia faailoa i le faamasinoga maualuga, e faamaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. E lua moliaga mamafa o le taofia faapagota o se tagata ma le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, atoa ai ma le moliaga mama e tasi o le faatupu vevesi na ulua’i tuuaia ai e le malo le alii o Matthew Yandall, ona o le faalavelave lea na ia faaoolima ai i lana uo teine i le aso 19 Tesema 2011 i le fale o lana uo teine i Pago Pago, ae i lalo o le maliliega sa ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga, ua suia ai e le malo moliaga mamafa e lua i moliaga mama. O moliaga ua tali ioe ai Yandall e aofia ai le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, taofia faapagota o se tagata, faapea ai ma le faatupu vevesi i totonu o le aiga. O le tali ioe ai o Yandall i moliaga nei e tolu sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i le aso 19 Tesema 2011, ao i ai o ia i le aiga o lana uo teine, sa ia faia ai ni gaioiga e ono faatupu ai le vevesi i totonu o le aiga, ina ua ia faatonu lana uo teine e nofo i luga o le nofoa e ui sa musu. Ae ina ua taumafai lana uo e tu i luga, sa ia tago atu ua toso i lalo lona ulu ma ia faia ai isi gaioiga na mafua ai ona oo manu’a i ona foliga. Na ta’utino Yandall i le faamasinoga, o gaioiga sa ia faia sa le tusa ai ma ala o le tulafono. Ua malilie loia o le a fautua i le faamasinoga mo se faasalaga faanofovaavaaia mo Yandall, ae ua lava le umi lea ua oo mai i le taimi nei ua maea ona ia tuliina i le toese, e fai ma ona faasalaga i lenei mataupu, peitai ua malamalama foi le ua molia, tusa lava pe finau loia i le faamasinoga mo se faasalaga mama mo ia, e pule le faamasinoga pe talia pe teena ia faafinauga. Ua malamalama foi Yandall, e le mafai ona toe suia lana tali ioe ua tuuina atu i le faamasinoga, pe afai e tuuina mai se faasalaga mo ia e le tau ai lona loto. O loo taofia pea le ua molia i le toese e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lana faasalaga. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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ANNOUNCEMENT
For all the Parents of the 2011-2012 graduating class of Faasao Marist High School. We will have a special meeting with the Director of Catholic Education at the main office at Fatuoaiga on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. regarding your sons and daughters diploma. Thank You, Fr. Iosefo Vaitele Tupuola Director of Catholic Education The list of students that their parents need to attend this special meeting:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Mau Brown Jr. Emily Johnson Ron Edwaqrd Luardo Lui Jr. Lafaele Alfonso Feulufai Tolotea T. Liu Michael Schuster Frank Vaina Letelemalanuola Tuimalealiifano Rhoderick Tarray Sofeni Risati Talia
2012-2013 SCHOOL FEES
GRADES K3-K5 Registration Fee - $30.00 Operational Fee - $50.00 Monthly Tuition Fee - $70.00 Tuition Amount - $780.00 per school year
FATUOAIGA MONTESSORI & MARY THE MOTHER MONTESSORI
ST. THERESA ELEMENTARY (LEONE) & MARIST ST. FRANCIS ELEMENTARY (Lepua)
Registration Fee Operational Fee Monthly Tuition Fee Tuition Amount - $25.00 - $50.00 - $60.00 - $675.00 per school year.
FA’ASAO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL
Registration Fee Operational Fee Monthly Tuition Fee Tuition Amount - $25.00 - $100.00 - $100.00 - $1,125.00 per school year
FA’ASAO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL SY 2012-2013 FRESHMEN (ACCEPTED)
# 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. STUDENT’SN AME Joshua Fruean Tiane Ho Ching Charles Aselemo Jared Thomsen Tulili Howard Victoria Reid Shaun Montibon Francis Visesio Bernadette Crichton Demelio Tua Tamria Taiatafa Pauline Amil Tatiana Meaole Hueina K. Hemaloto Gabriel Meredith Ricardo Parungo Laisene Sewell Tuileisu Pouesi Loretta Liu Celine Puletasi Maryann Leone Mary Fulu Tovale Arieta Telesa Eliki Kaisuva Felise Ioane Jeremiah Liu Kueg Marlene Toilolo Tomalika Craddick Chenoa Faletoi Selesitina Iosia SCHOOL Manumalo Baptist South Pacific Academy St. Theresa Samoa Baptist Manumalo Baptist South Pacific Academy SPICC Lupelele Matafao Manumalo Baptist Kanana Fou Manumalo Baptist Manumalo Baptist Ta’iala Academy Marist St. Francis St. Theresa Manulele Tausala Marist St. Francis Leone Midkiff Samoa Baptist ??? Marist St. Francis Manulele Tausala ??? ??? St. Theresa Pavaiai Elem St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa # 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. STUDENT’SN AME Lealofi Lolesio Aliva Nautu Pauline Wulf Mary Agnes Suani Lucy Tago Todd Smith Hayes Salatielu Anita Auvae Viane Etuale Moala Marsiel Smith Theresa Lafaele Ueseli Mamea Cindy M. Moana Jacinta PUa’auli Leonard Sagapolutele Jeaone Park Eddie Fruean Milise Lolesio Christorpher Maile Bethlehem Taugavau Joseph Koroiadi M.J. Lotomau Lavekava Manao Bobby Luardo Andromeda Tago Chania T. Pereira Jacynda Schuster Thomas Tavai Savaliga Masunu John Fe’a SCHOOL St. Theresa St. Theresa Marist St. Francis Leone Midkiff Manulele Tausala Kanana Fou St. Theresa ??? St. Theresa St. Theresa Tafuna Junior St. Theresa Marist St. Francis Marist St. Francis Lupelele Marist St. Francis Marist St. Francis St. Thresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa Manulele Tausala Marist St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa St. Theresa
* DEADLINE OF ENROLLMENT IS AUGUST 3, 2012 FOR THOSE WHO ARE ACCEPTED. ENROLL NOW!!”
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O se va’aiga i le fanauiti talavou au auai nei i le Tolauapi a le Matagaluega o le Gataifale ma le Vaomatua lea e faia i Faga’alu Lions Premises ma ua fiafia i latou e fa’ailoa mai, le tele o ituaiga aoaoga eseese ua latou maua mai i lenei tolauapi. Va’ai i le lomiga To’asavili mo le tala tusia o lea vaitau fiafia mo fanau! [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
➧ TAlA I vAIFANuA…
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lenei tausaga, ua le o i ai le afioga le Kovana Sili i lo tatou malo i le taimi nei, aua ua tele na’ua mea e ao ina fa’atasi atu i ai o ia, o le aso To’ona’i nei fo’i, ua fa’ato’a mae’a ai le Fa’aaliga o Tu ma Aganu’u a le Atuvasa i Solomona, ma o lo’o i ai fo’i le tatou aumalaga tele i lea fa’amoemoe. Peita’i, ua faliu le faigamalo ina ia fa’amanatuina pea lea aso tele i le sauniga i lo tatou Atua e matau i ai mea uma i lenei lalolagi. O le sauniga fa’apitoa lea e amatalia i le itula e 3:00 i le afiafi o le aso Sa, 15 Iulai, 2012. Tatou auai fa’atasi i lea fo’i aso iloga. ‘Au MAlOlOSI SOKA 15-17 TAuSAGA Ua tula’i mai nei ‘au soka e lua a le fanau e i le va o le 15-17 tausaga le matutua, e le’i i ai ma ni faia’ina talu mai ona amatalia le liki. O ‘au nei o le Utulei Numera 1 ma le Lione Heart Numera 2. Peita’i, pe afai ae tu’u a’e i ‘ai ona iloa ai lea e na’o le tolu lava ‘ai o lo’o muamua ai Utulei #1 ia Lione Heart #2. I le tulaga lua o le ta’amilosaga talu mai ona mae’a ta’aloga o le aso Lua Iulai 10, 2012, ua tula’i mai ai le Atu’u Broncos e iva o latou ‘ai ae soso’o mai ai ma le Black Rose ma le Jets i le ta’i fitu o latou ‘ai. I le tulaga ono ua tula’i mai ai le Pago Youth i le ono ‘ai, ae soso’o mai ai ma le Green Bay i le tulaga fitu e na’o le 4 ‘ai, Vaitogi United ua tulaga valu i le 4 ma le Ilaoa & To’omata i le tulaga 9 e le’i tau ‘ai. O le a’u soka a Utulei i le taimi nei ua mae’a ona ta’alo ana ta’aloga e ono ae o le Lion Heart ua na’o le 5 ana ta’aloga peita’i, o le la’ua fetauiga o le a sailia ai le auro i le afi, o lo ua fa’atulaga mo le aso 14 Iulai, 2012. Ua iloga mai o le Lion Heart e matua lelei lava ana tamaiti ta’a’alo o i ai, o nisi o tama ta’a’alo o tamaiti ta’a’alo sa manumalo fo’i na auai i ‘au manumalo o tausaga e lua ua tuana’i i lea lava fa’agatama o le Soka, a’o fa’atautaia le liki soka mo le fanau e afua i le 12 tausaga se’i o’o i le 14 tausaga le matutua. O ‘au uma nei e lua, Utulei ma le Black Roses, ua fa’ailoa mai e tau fai lelei na’ua latou tamaiti ta’a’alo, sa auai le to’atele o la’ua tamaiti ta’a’alo i ta’amilosaga a le OFC i le Under 17 ma le Under 20 i tausaga ua mavae. Manatua o lea ta’aloga mata’utia ma e saili ai po’o ai o nei itu e malolo, ae o ai e manumalo e fa’atautaia lea i le malae soka i Pago Pago i le aso To’ona’i 14 Iulai, 2012.
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Toe vevesi le Senate i le mataupu o le ASPA
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O le taeao nei i le itula e 9:00 ua faamoemoe e feiloai ai le Ofisa o le TAOA ma tagata matutua uma sa faamalolo, e faailoa i ai le tala fiafia e uiga i le toe faaauauina o le polokalame. Ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News nisi o tagata matutua i le aso ananafi e uiga i le toe faaauauina o le polokalame, o isi sa le talitonu ae o isi sa na o le sioa ua le mau gagana. “E mo’i lau tala alii Samoa News,” o le tala lea a le isi tina matua sa vaea mai i le polokalame ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News i le aso ananafi. “Faafetai pe afai o se tala lena a le matou faatonu, ou te tau le alu foi la i le fono taeao (nei) aua o lea ua maua le au o le paipa, faafetai ua tali mai le Alii i talosaga,” o le tala fiafia lea a si tina lea. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
E ui o lea ua maea ona taoto le tofa a le Fono Faitulafono, e tuuina atu ai le mataupu o lo o latou vavao ai ma le Pulega o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA), e fai mai e le faamasinoga se faaiuga po o ai o lo o i ai le malosi e pulea ai le Paketi a le ASPA, peitai o le taeao o le Lulu na toe talosagaina ai e le alii Senatoa ia Lualemaga Faoa le alii Peresetene o le Senate, ina ia tuuina atu loa le mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga, lea foi na lagolagoina e Senatoa Galea’i Tuufuli. “Ou te tatalo atu i lau afioga i le alii peresetene, ave loa le tatou mataupu ma le ASPA i luma o le faamasinoga, aua afai e leai, e feagai pea tatou ma le faafitauli i le va ma le ASPA, ou te toe fautuaina oulua ma le Fofoga Fetalai, ave le mataupu i luma o le Fa’amasinoga ona maua ai lea o le tonu sa’o, ma faasa’o ai le sese o loo tula’i mai, ona tatou fiafia lea ma malilie i ai,” o le augani atu lea a Lualemaga i le peresetene o le Senate. Ae na saunoa le alii Senatoa ia Galea’i, e le lava le malosi o lo o i Senatoa po o Faipule e finauina ai lenei mataupu, sei vagana ai le malosi o le alii peresetene o le fofoga fetalai o le maota o sui. Fai mai Galea’i, e fai lava si mata’utia o le mataupu i le va o le ASPA ma le Fono, ona o lea foi ua taunuu mai le ripoti sa faia e se Vaega Suesue a le Konekeresi a Amerika, o lo o taua ai le i ai o le malosi o le Fono e iloilo ai le paketi a le ASPA, peitai o lo o tumau pea le ASPA i le latou talitonuga, o latou e i ai le malosi i le latou Paketi. Na faai’u le saunoaga a Galea’i i lona faatusaina lea o le gaioiga o lo o faia e le ASPA, i se tasi o malo i le itu i sasa’e o le lalolagi, lea na tuu atu i ai le lole e mitimiti, peitai ua le mitimiti e le ASPA ae ua taumafai le ASPA e folo le lole laau. “O le mea la ua tupu, alu atu le laau ma mau i le faai, ma o loo faatalitali mai le ASPA poo afea tatou te malilie ai e ave le mataupu i le faamasinoga, ina ia toe mafai ai ona toe sau i fafo le laau o loo pipii i ai le lole,” o le tala malie lea a Galea’i na tali e ai le maota. Ae fai mai le afioga i le tamaitai Senatoa ia Fonoti Aufata, e pei lava le mataupu i le ASPA o le tala e fai i le kuka o le supo, afai e tele kuka
ona mu lea o le supo. O lona talitonuga, e leai se isi Senatoa e sili atu ona lona silafia i le mataupu a le ASPA nai lo le tofa Velega Savali Jr, aua o ia sa avea ma taitaifono o le komiti a le ASPA, peitai o lea o le a alu e suesue mataupu e uiga i vaa na fausia mai i taimi o Atama ma Eva, ae o lea e manaomia se fofo o le mataupu i le ASPA. Saunoa le alii peresetene ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau e faapea, ua pei le mataupu i le ASPA o se mataupu ua laga mai pea i lea aso ma lea aso i luma o le maota, o lea foi o lo o i ai le komiti a le ASPA a le maota, ae o lenei lava e laga mai lenei mataupu i taimi uma, ma ua atagia mai ai, e manaomia se vaifofo ina ia foia ai lenei mataupu. Na umi se taimi na toe tau faapupula ai e le alii peresetene i le maota le ulua’i taimi na amata mai ai le mataupu i le va o le Fono ma le ASPA, ina ua pasia atu e le Fono le paketi e faatino ai galuega a le ASPA ma le talitonuga a le Fono, o latou e i ai le malosi e pasia ai le paketi a le ASPA, peitai o feteenaiga lava i tulaga o tulafono na mafua ai ona ‘veto’ e le kovana le paketi na pasia atu e le fono. Na teena e le Fono le ‘veto’ a le kovana e ala i le iugafono sa pasia e le 2/3 o maota uma e lua, ma toe tuuina atu ai i le kovana le iugafono mo sa latou faaiuga, peitai e mae’a lelei lava aso o loo faatulafono e tatau ona tuu mai ai se tali a le kovana i lenei mataupu, e le’i tuuina mai lava sana tali, ma faia ai loa le faaiuga a le alii peresetene, o le a tuuina atu lenei mataupu i le Failautusi o le Initeria e pei ona faia i le taimi nei. Sa toe faailoa foi e Gaoteote i le maota ana tusi sa tuuina atu i le alii kovana e uiga i lenei mataupu, peitai e leai se tali na maua mai ai, ma e i ai lona talitonuga tusa lava pe i ai feeseeseaiga i le va o ia ma le kovana ona o tulaga i tulafono, ae le taofia ai galuega e tatau ona faia mo le atunuu. Na faafetaia e Gaoteote afioga i Senatoa e tusa ai o galuega o loo latou taumafai i ai mo le manuia o le atunuu, peitai i lona talitonuga, e le manaomia le faavaivai ae ao ona faamalolosi Senatoa e faatino o latou tiute na tofia i latou e galulue ai. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Faavae suiga Ofisa Leoleo i le le faamaoni o nisi leoleo
i Tafuna, e mautinoa lava le maua o le augaoi i totonu ao le’i sosola i fafo ma le faletupe. Fai mai le molimau, o Lt. Fa’agata sa Ta’ita’i Uati i le vaveao lea na taunuu atu ai le valaau ua talepe le faletupe. Ina ua fesiligia le Sui Komesina e uiga i lea mataupu, na faamaonia mai ai e le tofa Leseiau Laumoli e sa’o. “O le isi lena mafuaaga o le fesuiaiga e pei ona faia e le komesina, ona o le faalavelave lea na talepe ma gaoi ai e nisi le lala o le faletupe a Hawaii i le vaiaso na te’a nei, peitai ina ua taunuu le telefoni i le ofisa o leoleo i Tafuna mo se fesoasoani, ae fai e le alii lutena sa taitai uati le faaiuga e sili pe a tuli atu se taavale leoleo i Fagatogo e tali i le valaau,” o le saunoaga lea a Laumoli. “Ana sa’o le faaiuga na faia e Lt. Fa’agata i le vaveao lea, e maua uma lava le au alii na talepeina le faletupe. peitai o le faatamala, le
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O le le faamaoni o nisi o leoleo i le faatinoina o latou tiute tauave i aso ta’itasi, amio le taupulea atoa ai ma le masalomia o lo latou aafia i amioga faasolitulafono, o isi ia o mafuaaga na taua e le Komesina o Leoleo i lana tusi na tufatufaina atu i vaega eseese o le matagaluega i le amataga o le vaiaso nei, ua mafua ai ona faia suiga i totonu o le Matagaluega. O le Aso Gafua na te’a nei na tuuina atu ai se poloaiga mai le tofa Tuaolo M. Fruean i le Matagaluega atoa a Leoleo, e faailoa i ai suiga ua fuafuaina mo le matagaluega. O ia suiga e aofia ai le aveese mai o Lt. McClusky Fa’agata lea sa avea ma Ta’ita’i Uati (Watch Commander) i le lala o le Ofisa o Leoleo i Tafuna, ae tofia e galue i le Toese i Tafuna mo le faatinoina o ona tiute fou. Na taua i le tusi a le komesina, o le a ripoti atu galuega faatino a Lt. Fa’agata atoa ai ma faatonuga mo ia i lalo o le alii pule o le toese i Tafuna, susu Comdr. Lumana’i Maifea. O le suiga lona lua e aofia ai le alu ese mai o le alii leoleo Satini ia Det. Sgt. Vaina Vaofanua mai lona tulaga sa i ai o se leoleo suesue i le Vaega Suesue a Leoleo (CID), ae ua tofia e galue i le lalo o le Ofisa o leoleo i Tafuna, e sui tulaga ia Lt. Fa’agata. O le a ripoti atu o ia mo faatonuga i le alii leoleo ia Cpt. Fo’ifua Fo’ifua. O le suiga lona tolu e aofia ai le alu ese mai lea o le tamaitai leoleo ia Vaivasa Wells sa galue i le vaega o le Patrol i le lala o le Ofisa o leoleo i Tafuna, e galue i lona tulaga fou o se leoleo suesue, i lalo o le vaavaaiga a Comrd Lavatai Taase Sagapolutele. “Ua oo mai ia te a’u le i ai o se manaoga i le fia faasa’o ma toe faaleleia nisi o gaioiga o loo mafua ai ona tutupu nisi o faafitauli i le faatinoina o tatou tiute tauave i aso ta’itasi, ina ia faaitiitia ai le toe tulai mai o faafitauli nei, aemaise lava i le faatinoina o tatou tiute i le galuega,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a le alii komesina. “O lea ou te molimauina le tulaga o le le faamaoni i le faatinoina o tiute tauave, o amioaga le talafeagai ma le le taupulea, poo tuuaiga foi i le faia o amioga tau solitulafono o loo tuuaia le aafia ai o nisi o tagata faigaluega,” o le saunoaga lea a Tuaolo. E le gata la i amioga faaletonu na taua e le alii komesina o loo aliali mai i le matagaluega, ae ua i ai foi se manaoga mo le faia o ni suiga laiti ina ia toe siitia ai i luga le tulaga lelei o le tautua a vaega taitasi o le Matagaluega, ina ia mautinoa o loo sologa lelei pea le faatinoina o tiute a leoleo. Na taua e se molimau i le Samoa News e faapea, o se tasi o mafuaaga sa faavae i ai suiga ua faia e le komesina, ona o le faalavelave lea na osofaia ma talepe ai e nisi le lala o le faletupe a Hawaii i Tafuna, i le vaveao o le aso Faraile o le vaiaso na te’a nei. Fai mai le molimau, ana vave gaioiga a leoleo mai le latou lala
kea ma le le manatu mamafa o le alii Lutena i ona tiute na tofia i ai o ia, ua mafua ai ona tulai mai le faaletonu, ma faia ai loa le faaiuga e sili pe a aveese mai le mea sa galue ai, ae avatu i ai se isi tagata e naunau i le galuega,” o le saunoaga lea a Laumoli. Na faamaonia mai e Laumoli le faia o se suesuega faapitoa i le lotoifale o le Ofisa o leoleo, e uiga i le mataupu e pei ona tulai mai. “O Taitai Uati, o i latou ia o loo tuu atu i ai le faatuatuaga o le galuega, e tatau ona latou faia faaiuga mautu, sa’o ma lelei ina ia manuia ai le atunuu, saogalemu ai tagata uma, ae afai o le ituaiga faaiuga lea e tulai mai i taimi e moomia ai le fesoasaoni, lona uiga e le manaomia ni ituaiga taitai faapea,” o le isi lea saunoaga a Laumoli. E ese mai i le mataupu e pei ona suesueina nei e le ofisa o leoleo, e leai nisi mataupu o loo tuuaia ai ni leoleo o aofia ai i lea suesuega, e pei ona faamaonia mai e Laumoli.
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Stone tools and human DNA from ancient caves in Oregon offer new evidence of how some of the first Americans spread through the continent: Quite apart from the better-known Clovis culture, a separate group occupied the West. Archaeologists said Thursday that using multiple techniques, they have dated broken obsidian spear points from Paisley Caves to about 13,200 years ago, as old as much different stone tools from the Clovis culture found in the southeast and interior United States. Radiocarbon dating of human DNA from coprolites ancient desiccated human feces - shows people lived in the caves as early as 14,300 years ago. The dates indicate that the Clovis style of chipping stone was not the mother of Stone Age technology, as others have theorized, and that the two styles were developed independently by different groups, said Dennis Jenkins, an archaeologist with the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History who led the excavations. That development may have happened in the Ice Age region of Beringia, where Siberia and Alaska were linked, before the two groups migrated south, he said. The findings by an international team of scientists from the U.S., Britain and Denmark were reported online Thursday in the journal Science. The Clovis culture is named for elegantly chipped stone points found at a site uncovered in 1929 near Clovis, N.M. The bases are distinctly concave where they were tied to the wooden shafts of spears or throwing darts for hunting. The style found in Oregon is known as western stemmed projectile points, for their thick bases and their discovery throughout the western U.S. “The big ‘aha!’ here, or the primary significance of this is that ... we have demonstrated that these western stemmed tradition points are the same age as Clovis,” Jenkins said in a teleconference with reporters. “There is no evidence of Clovis or any precursor to Clovis in the caves currently, and so that suggests that you’ve got here, at the exact same time, at least two technologies.” Until now, most western stemmed projectiles with accurate dating have been younger
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than Clovis artifacts, leading to theories the two technologies evolved from a single source. The new evidence directly goes against that idea. Jenkins said it appears more likely they evolved independently. Jenkins said the findings suggest those groups of people may have taken separate routes after crossing the Ice Age land bridge from Asia. Those making western stemmed projectiles may have gone down the coast, while the Clovis people traveled through an ice-free corridor in the interior U.S. But not all experts are convinced. David Meltzer, professor of prehistory at Southern Methodist University, said the study clearly showed western stemmed projectiles existed at the same time as Clovis. And he said it put to rest any doubts about whether earlier findings of human DNA at Paisley Caves were contaminated by contact with the modern people excavating the site. But he was not ready to say that the stone points showed separate ancient migrations of people through the continent. “Points are not people,” he said. “Just because two ways of fashioning projectile points are different doesn’t mean different populations any more than different groups of people drive Hummers rather than Priuses.” Jenkins and others reported in 2008 that they found coprolites in the Paisley Caves that dated back 14,300 years, the oldest radio-carbondated human DNA in North America. The DNA was genetically linked to people from Asia as well as modern Indians. The caves are a string of shallow depressions washed out of an ancient lava flow by the waves of a lake that comes and goes with the changing climate near the town of Paisley, Ore. The caves have been excavated since the 1930s by archaeologists and looted by artifact hunters. Jenkins and his team went back the past three summers and dug more, this time outfitted in the special suits, respirators and rubber gloves used by high-tech factory workers to assure they did not contaminate anything. They confirmed the dates through radio-carbon dating of the coprolites, bones and plants and through their placement in the layers of dirt built up over the millennia.
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FIlIFIlIA TA’ITA’I FOu A lE EKAlESIA METOTISI I SAMOA I se sauniga lotu sa faataunu’uina i le amataga o lenei vaiaso i Faleula, sa fa’apea ona fa’afeiloa’i aloaia ai e le ekalesia Metotisi i Samoa, la latou ta’ita’i fou, le susuga i le fa’afeagaiga ia Aisoli Iuli ma le faletua ia Fuamoli. Fa’apea ai ma le failautusi fou, le susuga i le fa’afeagaiga ia Apineru Lafai. Na fa’atumulia lenei sauniga i sui o le ekalesia, aua sa le gata i le fa’afeiloaia o la latou ta’ita’i fou, ae fa’apea foi se fa’amavaega i le susuga i le Fa’afeagaiga ia Tupu Folasa II, lea sa avea ma peresetene, faatasi ai ma le susuga i le Faafeagaiga ia Vaiaso Eteuati, lea na avea ma failautusi o le ekalesia i tausaga ua tuana’i. Sa molimauina e i latou uma na auai le faatautoga o Rev. Aisoli ma Rev. Apineru, e tusa ai ma o la vala’auga fou. I lana ulua’i saunoaga fa’aleta’ita’i, na fa’aalia ai le agaga fa’afetai o Rev. Aisoli i le sususga Rev. Tupu e tusa ai fo’i ma lana tautua, i tausaga ua tuana’i. E 34 tausaga ua tautua ai Rev. Aisoli i totonu o le ekalesia, lea na amata mai i le fa’apa’iaina o ia e avea ma Faifeau Fa’amaoni i le 1978, atoa ai i le avea o ia ma fa’auluuluga o le Sinoti i Amerika Samoa, i le va o le 1998 ma le 2005, ma aga’i atu ai i Safotulafai. O le failautusi fou, na fa’au’u mai i le Kolisi a Piula i le 1972 ma galue i le Faletusi a le ekalesia se’ia o’o i le 1976, ona malaga lea i Ausetalia mo le fa’aauauina o ana aoaoga fa’a faifeau ma toe taliu mai ai ma avea ma faiaoga i le Kolisi a le ekalesia i Piula faapea ai ma Fiti. Tu’uA’IA E SE AIGA lE FAlEMA’I I lE MAlIu O lO lATOu TAMA O le aso 23 o Iuni, i le 12 i le aoauli, na maliu ai i le maota gasegase i Motootua, le susuga i le Faifeau Tiakono ia Uikirifi Auelua mai i Fa’ato’ia, ma ua fa’aalia e lona aiga e fa’apea, o le fa’atamala o le falema’i, na mafua ai ona maliu si o latou tama. Na fa’aalia e alo tama’ita’i e to’alua a Rev. Auelua, o Christina Vili ma Pata Silva, lea na malaga mamao mai i Las Vegas i Amerika, lo la le fiafia tele e tusa ai ma le tautua a le falema’i. Ua fa’aalia e nei tama’ita’i, ua mafua na maliu lo la tama, ona o le pe fa’afuase’i o le eletise i le falema’i, ae le gata i lea o le le lava o tane okesene i le falema’i, i le aso na maliu ai lo la tama. Na fa’aalia e le pule sili o le Ofisa o le Soifua Maloloina, le susuga Leota Laki Sio, i le Samoa Observer, i se taimi ua tuana’i, o lo o faia ni su’esu’ega i le so’otaga o le pe o le eletise ma le maliu o se tasi i le falema’i. Ona o lo o i ai i Niu Sila ia le ali’i pule i le taimi nei, sa le’i mafai ona fa’amaonia pe o le su’esu’ega lea e fa’atatau i le maliu o le faifeau tiakono. Sa le mafai foi ona maua mai se fa’amatalaga mai i le ali’i sui pule ia Paul Chang Wai. Ae i se talanoaga a le Samoa Observer ma Christina Vili, sa fa’amatala ai e lenei tina, sa tulaga lelei lava mea uma i lona tama, seia o’o ina pe fa’afuase’i le eletise ma i sona talitonuga, ana leai lea fa’alavelave semanu o lo o soifua mai pea si ona tama. E maliu le tua’a o Christina, ae ua i ai se fuafuaga a ona alo, mo le aveina atu o ia i Amerika mo sana talavai ma sa i ai se taumafaiga ina ia mafai ona fa’amanava le alii faifeau e aunoa ma se masini, ina ia mafai ai ona ave atu i fafo. Sa fa’amatala e Christina, ina ua pe fa’afuase’i le eletise, na fa’aaoga loa e le falema’i se afi fa’aleoleo ae peita’i, e le’i umi ae pe le afi fa’aleoleo, ae e le’i toe ola mai lava le eletise. Ae o le taimi lea, sa tau fa’aaoga ia tane okesene e fa’amanava ai lona tama. Ae sa ta’ua e Christina, e aumai tane okesene, e leai ni okesene i totonu, aua sa ia lagona lava le fa’amatalaga, i le leai o se ea o sau mai i totonu o nei tane. E le’i umi ona fa’amaonia le maliu o le tua’a o Christina, ae fa’ato’a toe ola mai le eletise, ae ua te’a le 12 i lea lava aoauli. Sa ta’ua e Christina, i lena lima itula o tau togafiti ai lona tama, e leai se foma’i na o’o atu e siaki lona tama, po o se fa’amafanafanaga fo’i e tusa ai ma le tulaga na o’o i ai lo latou tama. O lo o tau saili nei e lenei au uso se fautuaga mai i a la loia e tusa ai ma lenei mataupu. lOKA MO lE 15 TAuSAGA INA uA MA’ITAGA AI SE TEINEITITI 14 TAuSAGA E fa masina na faapologa ai e se ali’i 42 tausaga, le olaga o sona ‘niece’ e 14 tausaga, e ala i lona fa’amalosia o si nei alualutoto e faia uiga fa’afeusua’i, lea na i’u ai lava ina ma’itaga lenei teineititi, lea ua i lalo o le puipuiga a le fa’alapotopotoga a le ‘Samoa Victim Support’ Na ta’ua e le ali’i Fa’amasino Sili, le susuga Vui Clarence Nelson, sa tu’uina lenei teineititi i lalo o le va’ava’aiga a lene alii, o se tasi o lona aiga, ma sa tatau i lenei ali’i ona tausi fa’alelei ma alofa i lenei ‘alu’alutoto, ae le o le fa’apologa ia te ia ma fa’aaoga mo tuinanauga o lona loto. O lenei fa’alave na amata mai ia Novema 2011, a’o nofo lenei ali’i i le aiga o le teineititi, se’ia o’o mai lava ia Mati o le tausaga nei. Ae na fa’ato’a aliali a’e i luga, ina ua ma’itaga le teineititi. Ae e o’o foi lava ina ua iloa ua ma’itaga le teineititi, sa i ai ni isi o lona aiga, sa le’i talitonu na mafua lea tulaga ona o lenei ali’i. [www.samoaobserveronline.com]
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Ex-NKorean star recalls ‘ping pong diplomacy’
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Her eyes well up when Li Pun Hui recalls her role in a historic example of “ping pong diplomacy.” In 1991, the North Korean table tennis star paired with her archrival, South Korea’s Hyun Jung-hwa, as part of the first “unified Korea” team to march into international competition wearing the blue flag of the Korean Peninsula. With relations between the foes at a low point, the episode is not about to be repeated at the London Olympics. But Li and Hyun fondly recall how they met as enemies and parted as friends, and champions. “For 50 days, 24 hours a day, we lived together as one, trained together, slept in the same room and ate all our meals together,” Li told The Associated Press at an interview in Pyongyang. “We shared the same food - and our feelings.” As separate squads, neither of the Koreas had been able to beat the team they called the “Great Wall” of table tennis: China, winner of eight consecutive women’s world team titles leading up to that year’s championships in Chiba, Japan. But Hyun, a 20-year-old from the southern port city of Busan, and the baby-faced 22-year-old Li teamed to help the Koreas finally break China’s streak and clinch the gold medal. The recent South Korean film “As One” reconstructs the complex bid to field a united team of players from both sides of the world’s most heavily militarized border. It was just four years after North Korean agents blew up a South Korean airliner, killing all 115 people on board. At first, the players regarded one another suspiciously. Their countries had fought against one another for three years in the 1950s, and the Korean Peninsula has remained in a state of war since a truce was signed in 1953. In the film, trash talking at a team banquet leads to a brawl. “Did you see their faces?” one South Korean athlete says in the film. “So morbid.” In a phone interview with AP, Hyun recalled her dismay when she learned she would be playing doubles with Li, whom she considered a notch lower in skill. “I was too young to understand how symbolic it was,” she said. Both players were fiercely competitive. Getting past their rivalry, as well the cultural clashes, took time. The film contrasts the rigid orderliness of the North Koreans with the constant horseplay among the southerners. Then, one day, Li missed practice, debilitated by hepatitis. “My heart ached,” Hyun said. “Aside from the rivalry between us and between our countries, I started hoping Li would get better and do well for her country.” Against all odds, friendships blossomed. The once-reluctant teammates together sang ballads that predated the peninsula’s division. Their coaches bonded in a marathon drinking session. Stiff handshakes became high fives. Li and Hyun developed a profound respect and affection for one another. They became confidantes as well as teammates, and their performances were crucial in helping the unified team win the women’s title. A 1991 photo shows the two in identical blue team suits, smiling, their hands clasped. “We speak the same language,” Li said. “We’re the same people. We’re Korean. We all had the same goal: To win.” But as the movie shows, they sometimes sparred - teasingly with their ping pong paddles as well as with words. Did you ever want to live in the South?” says the actress, Ha Ji-won, who portrays Hyun. “We live better than the North. The health care is better.” “Isn’t life better in the U.S. than the South?” the fictional Li, played by Bae Doona, fires back. “Why don’t you live there?” In the film, Li admires Hyun’s gold ring. Hyun confides that it was a gift from her father, who was hospitalized back home. At their tearful parting, Hyun presses the ring into Li’s hands. Afterward, the two went home to their opposing sides of the Demilitarized Zone. Restricted from writing or phoning, they saw each other only one more time, at the next world championships, when the two Koreas competed separately and Hyun won the singles titles. China resumed its dominance in the women’s team event and launched another winning streak following the solitary triumph of the united Korean team. In the years that followed, expectations were high that the two Koreas would keep using sports diplomacy to forge peace at least on the playing field. And at times, there was some traction. In 2000, North and South Korean athletes marched together into the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics under the unified Korea flag, sparking a standing ovation. Months earlier, their leaders held a landmark summit in Pyongyang, raising hopes of reconciliation. There was talk during those “sunshine” years of suiting up as a combined team for competition again. But with relations now at their lowest point in decades, and Pyongyang issuing regular threats against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his allies, that won’t happen in London. Team Korea, which is sending 245 South Koreans to the London Olympics to compete in 22 sports, will keep its distance from Team PRK Korea, which is sending 51 athletes to compete in nine sports, including women’s football, boxing and, of course, table tennis. Pyongyang also will send its first delegation to the Paralympics - headed by none other than Li. At 44, she is still athletic and has devoted herself to bringing the disabled out of the shadows of North Korean society through sports. Li, whose son has cerebral palsy, now heads her country’s first Paralympic committee and was interviewed at the Taedonggang Cultural Center for the Disabled in Pyongyang. Hyun went on to become one of South Korea’s most decorated players and respected coaches, an Olympic gold medalist who in 2010 was inducted into the International Table Tennis Federation’s Hall of Fame. Now 42, she is a director of the Korea Table Tennis Association in Seoul. She misses Li, and remembers nights spent huddled together over snacks, away from the watchful eye of the N. Korean security detail. An attempt by the filmmakers to bring them together for a reunion in Beijing was thwarted when S. Korea’s Unification Ministry denied Hyun’s request for permission to meet the North Korean. Were they ever to meet again, Hyun said, she would tell Li all about her family. Nor have the ensuing two decades diminished Li’s affection for Hyun, who she describes as “a woman of few words” - straightforward and ambitious. “I miss her very much,” said Li, her eyes glistening with tears. She still, 21 years later, cherishes the gold ring given to her by her old doubles partner.
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