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The NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor passes over the 1932 Olympic Village, near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and USC at approximately 11:57am on [Photo: Barry Markowitz] 9/21/12.  Traffic on the 405 Fwy (San Diego Fwy) near LA Intl Airport has shut down due to drivers spontaneously stopping to shoot photos.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Faoa, Lolo & Save teams no Road projects a go shows at ‘Disability Forum’ says Taeaotui but
She said children with disabilities are bullied every day in schools. “This has a tremendous impact on mental health issues amongst children with disabilities. This is considered disability harassment. That, places barriers to have a free appropriate education,” she said. Tua-Tupuola acknowledged Tulele Samani, one of the advocates with special needs, who holds a degree in Business which she attained from the American Samoa Community College. OPENING StAtEMENtS Tuika Tuika who said he has a daughter who is disabled believed that issues concerning those with disabilities should not be taken lightly. He added that his daughter receives medical treatment off island and gets many benefits off island, that those with disabilities on island should receive. He believes the government should prioritize creating laws to assist those with disabilities and the governor should look into getting more federal funding for our disabled on island. Tim Jones guaranteed he would listen to what those with disabilities have to say. He said he’s been on island for about 17 years and he has seen a lot of opportunities for the government to do things for those with disabilities. “One voice is difficult to hear but you have collected your voices and put it in to an organization and I can see that you are ready to be heard, I am ready to listen,” Jones said. Salu Hunkin Finau said now is the time to strengthen families which are the pillars of the
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Only three gubernatorial teams participated in Wednesday morning’s forum hosted by the University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD). The Save Liuato Tuitele and Sandra KingYoung team did not attend following advice by their legal counsel to refrain from attending any forum. No reason was given as to why the Faoa and Taufete’e team and Lolo and Lemanu teams did not attend. Gubernatorial candidates Afoa Su’esu’e Lutu and Le’i Sonny Thompson, Salu Hunkin-Finau and Iuniasolua Savusa, Tim Jones and Tuika Tuika were in attendance. PuRPOSE FOR dISAbILIty FORuM UCEDD Director Tua-Tupuola announced the purpose of the forum was to address issues are faced by people with disabilities, like discrimination in education, employment, voting, transportation and facilities. “It needs to be understood that disability is part of the human experience and should not be valued as anything less. Service providers must change their service motto, that people with disabilities do not need to be “fixed” but provide service that is equally meaningful.” “Society must change their perspective in that people with disabilities have a right to live an inclusive life in the community,” stated Tua-Tupuola.
no dates provided
After numerous delays government has announced several road projects should be starting soon. Public Works Department director Taeaotui Punaofo Tilei told a House committee hearing on Wednesday, the bond review for reconstruction of the Airport Road project is now complete and the ground breaking will be held within the next couple of days, but was unable to confirm a date. Whitehorn Construction, based in Lake Elsinore, Calif., was awarded the Airport Road project on Aug. 23 after submitting a bid which was $3.04 million lower than McConnell Dowell’s bid of $11.03 million. Whitehorn’s local office was set up several months ago and was required to submit a performance bond. Samoa News understands the legal review, conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, was completed last week. It is also understood the contractor is prepared to move forward with the groundbreaking followed by the mobilization of its crew to the construction site. Prior to the Airport Road project’s completion, Taeaotui said government would start working on reconstruction of the road from Lauli’i to the area called Vista - also part of Lauli’i - but an area that needs fixing. From Vista, work will continue eastward to Alofau village. Taeaotui says other projects such as seawalls for Aua and Nu’uuli, as well as the Leone bridge project, should also be starting soon. Again, no dates were provided.
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samoa news, Saturday, September 22, 2012
NOTICE is hereby given that TA’AMU IAKOPO TA’AMU of FAGATOGO, American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as SOGELAU which is situated in the village of FAGATOGO, in the County of MA’OPUTASI, EASTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names TA’AMU IAKOPO TA’AMU as LESSEE. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 16TH day of NOVEMBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 thru NOVEMBER 16, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o TA’AMU IAKOPO TA’AMU ole nu’u o FAGATOGO, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o SOGELAU, e i le nu’u o FAGATOGO i le itumalo o MA’OPUTASI, Falelima i SASA’E ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai TA’AMU IAKOPO TA’AMU. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 16 o NOVEMA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 09/22 & 10/22/12
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Notice for Proposed Registration of Matai Title
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title SAVEA of the village of FALENIU by KILEPOA TAAVILI TUITAMA of the village of FALENIU, county of TUALAUTA, WESTERN District. THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of the village chiefs are in proper form. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60 days, the matai title SAVEA shall be registered in the name of KILEPOA TAAVILI TUITAMA in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 thru NOVEMBER 19, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O le fa’aaliga lenei ua faasalalauina e tusa ma le Maga 6.0105 o le tusi tulafono a Amerika Samoa, e pei ona suia, ona o le talosaga ua faaulufaleina mai i le Ofisa o le Resitara o Amerika Samoa, mo le fia faamauina o le suafa matai o SAVEA o le nu’u o FALENIU e KILEPOA TAAVILI TUITAMA o FALENIU faalupega o TUALAUTA, falelima i SISIFO. Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa. A i ai se tasi e faafinagaloina, ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o KILEPOA TAAVILI TUITAMA e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 09/22 & 10/22/12
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour atop a modified 747 passes the Hollywood Sign Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Los Angeles, on a tour of California, the last aerial hurrah before retiring to a Los (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Gary Friedman) Angeles museum.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
LINNEA SAMAtuA RECEIVES PLEA OFFER FROM thE ASG A request by the public defender’s office, for a continuance in the case of Linnea Samatua, charged with stealing and passing bad checks, was granted by Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond. Samatua who is out on bail of $3,000, was in court for her pre-trial conference when Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde informed the court a plea offer was handed over to the defense. Samatua allegedly wrote seven checks out to the Airport Way Gas Station and Haleck’s Service Center in March 2012, totaling $570. The checks were returned with a ‘Closed Account’ notice. Each returned check was then charged a fee of $25 by the payee. The government now claims Samatua has repaid $200 with a remaining balance of $545.00. The pretrial conference will take place within the next two weeks. MERLIN uLI dENIES ChARGES OF ESCAPE WhILE ON WORK RELEASE Merlin Uli, currently serving a 10-year-sentence, is charged in a new case, on allegations he escaped on several occasions while on work release. The defendant entered a not guilty plea when he appeared in the High Court yesterday. According to the government’s case, Merlin is currently serving a 10 year sentence with his twin brother Marlon, following their conviction on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
But he is again charged with four counts of escape while on program release and each count is a class D felony punishable by imprisonment up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. According to the government, on November 16, 2011 the defendant was approved to take part in a work release program, working part time for 3M Burger and attending college. The government alleges that on June 22, 2012, a search warrant was executed at the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Cell Unit inside the Tafuna Correctional facility where the defendant was housed. “A number of items were seized during the execution of this search warrant, some of the items indicated the defendant was deviating from the direct route to and from his work release” say court filings. Court filings state that during the search, multiple receipts were confiscated from the defendant’s cell. One of the receipts dated January 5, 2012 was a receipt for money order at the post office in Fagatogo and the defendant’s signature was on the receipt. It’s alleged the signature on the receipt matches the defendant’s signature on both his driver’s license and voter registration card. Police also confiscated the driver’s license and voter registration card issued to the defendant. The driver’s license for the defendant contains Merlin’s photo and signature that was issued on September 14, 2011. An employee with the OMV Sam Kolone confirmed with police that he recalled seeing Merlin at the OMV on September 14, 2011.
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Pavaiai 699-7206 • Nuuuli 699-1888 • Fagatogo 633-2239
TO Members of the LAIE Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ILOILO SIIMALEVAI of TA’U 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 MOSO’OI allegedly belonging to LAIE FAMILY of the village of TA’U. Said land MOSO’OI is situated in or near the village of TA’U in the County of TA’U, Island of MANU’A, 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: SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 thru OCTOBER 15, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa LAIE, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o ILOILO SIIMALEVAI o le nu’u o TA’U 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 MOSO’OI e fa’asino i le aiga sa LAIE, o le nu’u oTA’U. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u oTA’U itumalo o TA’U, ile motu o MANU’A, 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. 09/22 & 10/06/12
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samoa news, Saturday, September 22, 2012
“A world in turmoil”
“We have met the enemy, and he is us!” “Heaven is beneath our feet as well as over our heads.” Over one little ole Video on you tube, and an entire world has erupted in turmoil! This, in Hawkeyes opinion is caused by a lack of something better to do. When everyone has a job they are supposed to be at work instead of rioting against the Country that is holding their hands! Talk about looking a gift Camel in the mouth! Over. Hawkeye just received his most coveted copy of the book by Ex Navy Seal, Mark Owen. While this is not his real name, he for obvious reasons has decided not to come out of the closet under his real name. It looks as though the Military Brass are more than a little pissed at Mark for telling what he perceives to be the truth. He should know, as he was there in the middle of all the fun when they took out Ben what’s his name. [Laden] That used to be the same Mrs. Laden’s Son, who used to wear his eight day S%#@ters while he was feeding the Goat population for the family slaughter. As best as we can tell from the reports, he is now fish food at the bottom or Mary’s Trench, in the middle of the Sahara Desert! At any rate, he is gone from the face of the earth as we know it, and will not likely be playing anymore deadly games with American Lives! Now our own People want to castrate the author of the book: “No Easy Day” just to please some super politicians, who do not like the truth to be told. …. Hawkeye has not started to read this sure to be masterpiece yet, but he will be reading it from the smallest room in his abode, which is where Hawkeye does most of his heavy Thinking, as well as his heavy reading! Hawk will thereby keep his readers “A-Breast” of what is happening in this book that has so many Politicians ready to commit Hari-Kari! Hawkeye has now started to read this wonderful masterpiece, and it is proving to be a real page turner. Speaking of Harry, and Kari, the natives of Afghanistan wish to take out poor Prince Harry of the Philippines. This flat sucks fans. The Little Prince has a big ole toy that he is more than proficient at playing with. [Not That One] He reserves that one for hotel rooms in Lost Wages! Hawkeye is speaking of his Apache Helicopter with all the fun things like Rokeke [Rocket] launchers, Gatlin Guns, and water cannons! Should they succeed in pissing off the “Boy Prince”, he might just show em where the bear “S#*ts in da “Buckwheat!} You go Harry. Harry is most likely proud of his Brother & Sister-in-law, with all the publicity they garnered recently by doing a “Bit of Nude Sun Bathing!” Hawkeye thinks those Photo Hogs should be “Keel Hauled” then made to drink French Wine until they “PUKE!” People, no matter whom they happen to be, have a right to their Privacy! And all of Gods Chilin said;”Why Praise de Lawd!” Hawkeye does wish Prince Viliamo and Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge all the good tidings they can muster.. Over. These are just a couple of normal Homo-sapiens making an attempt at a private vacation on the French Countryside! There has been much spewing over the general conditions of the Hooterville Roads of late. If one were to go back a couple of decades, there they would find the same pothole news as we hear and see today! Hawkeye has said it once, if he has said it a zillion times that the way to solve the pothole problem is to bite the bullet and rebuild our roads with “CONCRETE.” There might be a crack of two, but we would not be running in to Potholes! The Concrete Roads would be more of a hassle for the motorists while the Concrete is curing, but the inconvenience will pay off in the long run. This is Hawkeyes opinion, and as we have all heard, everyone has an opinion. Humm. Hawkeye often wakes up in the morning and asks himself: “Now what would Winston Churchill do in a case like this.. The answer is usually; “Who gives a s#%t what Winston Churchill would do… For those who do not know who Winston Churchill is/ was, he was the father of Margaret Thatcher of merry old England! They sailed as paying guests on the Mayflower! This was when he was invited to Mount Vernon to visit Siosi {[George] and Martha Usingtone. [Washington] The kicker was that after that two month long voyage from Alaska, around the Cape of Good Hope, they had to swim across the Delaware River with all the Colonist throwing Silver Dollars at em! Talk about beating the odds. This, of course only exists in the fairy tales of the White House. Sweet Leanor and Hawkeye have been cruising the Freeways of Wonderland looking for Campaign Barbeques. Are there any out there that is serving up “Cornbread & Chitlins’?” Until next week, Love & Hugs From Hawkeye & Sweet Leanor.
compiled by Samoa News staff
FEdS GIVEN MORE tIME tO RESPONd tO CItIZENShIP LAWSuIt US District Court Judge Richard J. Leon as granted the State Department’s request for a month’s extension to reply to the citizenship lawsuit led by Leneuoti F. Tuaua and five individuals and a Samoan organization based in California. Defendants in the case are the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her official capacity as Secretary of State, and Janice L. Jacobs, in her official capacity as Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. Representing the defendants is Assistant US Attorney Wynne P. Kelly, who filed last week a motion with the federal court in Washington DC for a time extension to file the defense reply, which was due Sept. 17. Wynne requested the deadline to respond to the claim be extended to Oct. 17. Since being served with the complaint on July 16 this year, the US Attorney’s Office has worked diligently with State Department legal counsel to analyze Plaintiffs’ claims, said Wynne. Due to the complexity of the issues raised and due in part to recent interruptions to regular operations at the State Department, defendants require additional time to fully respond to Plaintiffs’ complaint, said Wynne, who didn’t elaborate on “recent interruptions”. The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgement that the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution applies throughout the United States, including American Samoa. According to the suit, Citizenship Clause provides: “All persons born… in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States...” The plaintiffs were born in American Samoa, “Therefore, they are US citizens by virtue of the Citizenship Clause.” CANCER COALItION CONtINuES tO SuPPORt LOCAL NEEdS Established in 2005, the American Samoa Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization meant to provide support, guidance, education and awareness, as well as monetary aid to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. While the main goal of the group is to eliminate cancer in the Territory, its short term objectives include fundraising to provide financial stipends to local cancer patients. Since the stipend program began, at least 55 stipends have been distributed to local cancer patients. The Coalition relies on donations to fulfill these monetary gifts and does not use grant funds to do so. All donations are tax deductible and stipend recipients are encouraged to ‘give back’ to our community by providing their ‘cancer story’ for the Coalition website to help others understand cancer and the burdens it places on patients, family, friends, and our community as a whole. The latest in a long line of those who’ve been helped by the Coalition is Ms. Taupule Sauni, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US for cancer. She applied for a stipend in June from the Cancer Coalition after being diagnosed, and thankfully the Coalition had just a little money left from a generous donation made by ACE Industries in January 2012. In 2004, the assessment was published and among other findings, the report stated that cancer was the second leading cause of death in American Samoa. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer, please contact the Cancer Coalition at 633-4589 or by email www.asccancercoalition.org. No donation is considered too small, and all donations are deeply appreciated and put to good use.
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Suu Kyi: Cooperation is the key to genuine democracy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday the key to achieving genuine democracy in the former military-ruled country is for longtime adversaries to work together and ignore her international fame. During her first visit to the United Nations in four decades, the Nobel Peace laureate was asked whether she was concerned about outshining Myanmar President Thein Sein, who has put the country, also known as Burma, on the path to reform. “I don’t think we should think about this in terms of personalities,” she said. “I think we should think about it as a common goal. If we all want to achieve genuine democracy for Burma, we have to learn to work together and not think about our impact as personalities, either in our country or in the world at large.” Advance schedules indicate that Suu Kyi will miss Thein Sein’s address at next week’s annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Suu Kyi met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in her first visit to U.N. headquarters since she worked there 40 years ago. She will return to the U.N. on Wednesday for an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly — the secretary-general’s launch of an initiative for reaching the U.N. goal of ensuring that every child has a primary school education by 2015. Earlier this week, the 67-year-old Suu Kyi met privately with President Barack Obama and accepted the highest honor from the U.S. Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal. It was awarded in 2008 while she was under a 15-year house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule. She was released in late 2010 and has since worked with members of the former ruling junta that detained her to push ahead with political reform. A key aide to Thein Sein, minister of the president’s office U Aung Min, also met Ban on Friday and warmly praised Suu Kyi to reporters. “All citizens of Myanmar are very happy that their fellow citizen won such a prestigious award,” he said. “I can assure you that the government is also very proud of this.” When asked whether Myanmar’s government is concerned that Suu Kyi might outshine the president, he said, “We don’t worry for that. The president alone cannot undertake all democratic reforms. I don’t think Daw Aung San Suu Kyi can accomplish everything either. Both the president and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will have to work together.” The word “Daw” is an honorific. Aung Min pointed to the end of apartheid in South Africa, saying Nelson Mandela couldn’t achieve it alone and worked with then-South African President F.W. de Klerk. Aung Min said he could assure the world “that the reform process in Myanmar will not be reversed.”
FALEOMAVAEGA jOINS WIth MEMbER OF CONGRESS IN hONORING buRMESE dEMOCRACy LEAdER dAW AuNG SANG Suu KyI (BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — WASHINGTON D.C. — September 19, 2012)—Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that he attended the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring Burmese democracy leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Today, among congressional leaders, Suu Kyi was finally presented the U.S. Congress’ highest honor in person. She was awarded the medal in 2008 while under house arrest in Burma for her pro-democracy activism efforts. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in 2010. It was her first visit to the United States in two decades. As a young woman, Suu Kyi grew up in a family devoted to public service. Her father, Aung San, was a Major General in the Burma Independence Army, who was later assassinated. Her mother, who then became Daw Khin Kyi, was later appointed as Burma’s ambassador to India. Suu Kyi followed her mother to Delhi and later continued her studies at Oxford University. While in England, she met her husband, the late Michael Aris, with whom she had two sons. Suu Kyi was held in house arrest for almost 15 years between July 1989 and her release in November 2010. On April 1, 2012, her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) announced that Suu Kyi was elected to the lower house of the Burmese parliament, known as Pyithu Hluttaw, where she represents the constituency of Kawhmu. “As one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi is a modern-day legend and international human rights icon. She has pursued the path of non-violence in the cause for a democratic Burma. And even after her release, the day she awaited for so long, she did not relent. She continued the cause and pursued her political career and public service for her people as an elected official,” Faleomavaega stated. Samoa News notes that Aung San Suu Kyi has a relative in American Samoa, our very own Dr. Oo, the head of Ophthalmology at LBJ Medical Center and a tireless advocate of health care with the Lions Club of Pago Pago. Upon hearing of the award for Aung San, to whom he is related on his mother’s side — as their grandmothers are first cousins — Dr. Oo said, “I was proud that her sanctification, hard works and patriotic efforts for our community were finally recognized internationally.” He has followed her story in the international press for many years, and kept the faith that democracy would one day be restored to his native Burma.
Bin in Hawaii “confirmed” to be Japanese tsunami debris
HONOLULU (AP) — A large plastic bin is the first confirmed piece of marine debris from last year’s Japan tsunamis to arrive in Hawaii, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. Japanese consular officials confirmed that the blue bin found earlier this week floating in the ocean is from Fukushima, said Ben Sherman, a NOAA spokesman in Washington, D.C. It’s the 12th confirmed piece to hit U.S. or Canada waters, he said. The bin was spotted off Waimanalo, on the southeast coast of Oahu, by Makai Ocean Engineering staff and was retrieved by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. Used for transporting seafood, the 4-by-4-foot cube bears the name Y.K. Suisan Co. Ltd., the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said. Nikolai Maximenko, a University of Hawaii researcher and ocean currents expert who is studying the trajectory of the tsunami debris, said the bin’s arrival is consistent with his predictions for when the first pieces would get to Hawaii. “It came at the right time, according to our model,” he said. “But in some sense, it could just be a coincidence.” One million to 2 million tons of debris remain in the ocean, but only 1 to 5 percent of that could reach American and Canadian shorelines, Maximenko has said. Crabs and barnacles were found on the bin, the state said, along with five local seabirds. Two flew away and three were found dead inside the bin. There were no foreign plant or animal species in or on the bin, which state officials put in quarantine. Meanwhile, Hawaii fishermen spotted a large dock drifting toward Oahu that may also be tsunami debris. A Maui fisherman climbed on the dock and saw Japanese writing. The 30-feet by 50-feet dock was spotted Wednesday off Molokai, heading toward Oahu. The Coast Guard was notifying mariners of the debris. A 165-ton concrete dock torn loose from a Japanese fishing port washed ashore in Newport, Ore., in June.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE American Samoa Government
Public invited to review draft of new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for American Samoa
Every five years the US Economic Development Administration requires a major update of a community’s CEDS as a requirementf or EDA public works and technical assistanceg rants. ASG regards this as an opportunity to review its economic development policies, programs and priorities particularly under present unstable economic conditions. EDA has been a major force in American Samoa’s economic development for 40 years, having funded hotel, industrial park, port, and the market place and water and sewer utilities over that period. Hundreds of people representing the private sector, the executive office and the legislature have been consulted in the preparation of this CEDS. This consultation process will continue through the final completion and approval of the process. We want to make sure that there is an opportunity for the public to contribute to this process as well. For this reason, we are making a draft of the document available for public review and comment. The document will be available for review between September 05 and October 05r2012. For documentr eview arrangementsp leasec ontact: Lasiandra Hall at 633-5155 x240 Please submit review comments to Lasiandra Hall at lasiandra.hall@.doc.as
wrongful termination lawsuit against mobil oil going to trial
A lawsuit filed against Mobil Oil American Samoa by a former employee, Patolomeo Fulu, five years ago is set for trial. Fulu’s complaint was filed through local attorney Mark Ude, claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, failure to pay vacation leave, failure to pay sick leave, tortuous interference and punitive damages. COuNt ONE: WRONGFuL tERMINAtION Fulu in his 2007 complaint stated he was terminated without appropriate reasoning nor rational explanation by Mobil Oil American Samoa. Mobil Oil allegedly suspended Fulu for a safety violation but when faced with a shortage of workers, Mobil ended Fulu’s suspension and asked him to return to work. Mobil claims they received instructions from headquarters to terminate Fulu, which they did. Fulu claims that Mobil failed to follow company procedures and policies regarding termination, which is a breach of policy, and therefore subject to a wrongful termination action. According to the complaint, Mobil had a duty to Fulu to engage in good faith and fair dealings, in which Mobil breached their duty to Fulu. Mobil’s action to terminate Fulu caused him to be left without means to provide for his family. COuNt tWO: bREACh OF CONtRACt Fulu, in his complaint, said he was terminated while he was in contractual employment with the defendant. He believes there are certain protections from Mobil’s arbitrary and capricious actions. According to the lawsuit, Fulu had been suspended then was called back to work, then again terminated, which created an implied contract identical to what was in effect, prior to the suspension. Fulu claims Mobil’s own policy provides four weeks notification of termination of the
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contract. Mobil knew or should have known of its obligations and should have complied with their contractual obligations prior to dismissal. Fulu holds that Mobil’s breach was a willful act done with the intention of circumventing the law and his rights, for which Mobil has financially benefited to the detriment of himself. COuNt thREE: FAILuRE tO PAy VACAtION LEAVE COuNt FOuR: FAILuRE tO PAy SICK LEAVE Fulu was terminated on March 25, 2004, despite numerous letters to Mobil, regarding vacation leave which has not been reimbursed. Fulu claims he is owed approximately two weeks vacation time. Fulu claims Mobil knew or should have known of its obligations to pay sick and vacation leave, within a reasonable amount of time after dismissal and their failure to pay the amount due, was a willful act done with the intention of circumventing the law and his rights. COuNt FIVE: tORtuOuS INtERFERENCE It is also stated in the lawsuit that Fulu, after being terminated, attempted to find employment, “which the defendant had a duty not to unjustly interfere with his attempt to become gainfully employed”. Fulu claims he had “suffered economic harm as a result of the defendant’s action”, when a Mobil representative showed up at his new job, on or about Apr 2, 2008, and spoke with his new boss. It is stated in the claim that Mobil’s failure to reemploy Fulu and intentionally interfering with his ability to gain employment, is a willful act done with the intention of circumventing the law and Fulu’s rights, or were done with reckless disregard for the laws and Fulu’s rights, for which Mobil is responsible for the detriment of Fulu. As a result of Mobil’s intentional acts, the plaintiff claims, he now suffers from shock, anx-
iety, worry and fright regarding any prospects of employment. In such circumstances, punitive damages are available to properly notify large corporations such as Mobil that such flagrant violation of employee’s rights are not to be tolerated. COuNt SIX: PuNItIVE dAMAGES Fulu claims Mobil has a duty to not cause harm, however, he believes Mobil breached that duty. Fulu is alleging that as a result of Mobil’s intentional acts which included interfering in his future employment opportunities, he is now unable to provide financial support for his two minor children, who are currently residing in the state of Hawaii, and are faced with the threat of being placed in foster care . Fulu hopes for judgment against Mobil for general damages in the amount to be determined at the time of trial; for consequential damages in the amount to be determined at the time of trial; for an order for punitive damages; for Attorney’s Fees and costs incurred; and for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. The Mobil Oil American Samoa Company is represented by Fiti Sunia.
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“Pesticide Applicator Training”
ASCC Land Grant Program will be conducting a Pesticide Applicator Safety training for those who handle farm chemicals. If you are using farm pesticides without being certified, or you are planning to use chemicals in the near future, this is a good opportunity for you to attend this important training. The training schedule is as follows: Date: September 24 - 28, 2012 Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Place: ASCC Land Grant Training Room Registration is FREE. To confirm your participation for this training, please call Cora or Helen at 699-1575/2019. THANK YOU.
Prison for wealthy Seattle couple who took welfare
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle couple who collected welfare while living in a $1.2 million waterfront home are headed to prison. A federal judge sentenced chiropractor David Silverstein and his longtime partner, Lyudmila Shimonova, to 18 months in prison Friday. Silverstein also must pay a criminal fine of $30,000, even though he’s already paid $334,000 in restitution and civil penalties. Shimonova was ordered to pay $261,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say Silverstein pretended he was Shimonova’s landlord at a home on Lake Washington that she occupied with her two children. In reality, Silverstein was living there too. Prosecutors say the couple received more than $1,200 each month in federal housing assistance. They also say Shimonova received more than $100,000 in state and Social Security benefits while owning a $12,500 platinum and diamond ring and $17,000 diamond earrings.
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(PRSS RELEASE) NOAA, American Samoa -- Getting an early jump on the start of the school year, eight students deployed a NOAA ocean drifter Thursday, Sept 20, 2012, into the waters 3-miles offshore of Fagatele Bay, contributing to a global array that yields vital environmental data. The students, from Samoana High School, who are part of the new Ocean Swimming/Ocean Science course, South Pacific Academy, Manumalo Baptist, Kanana Fou and Nu’uuli VocTech, participated in this launch. Today’s deployment is the first time high school students have launched a drifter buoy from American Samoa. “This is a great opportunity to participate in NOAA’s Adopt A Drifter program. It will give students like us the chance to learn about the ocean environment right in our classrooms”, said Janelle Tuava, a senior student from Manumalo Baptist High School., Staff at the sanctuary have coordinated the launch in American Samoa, in partnership with the NOAA Adopt a Drifter Program, the Ocean Swimming/Ocean Science course at Samoana High School, South Pacific Academy, Manumalo Baptist, Nu’uuli VoTech and the assistance of the local Marine Patrol unit. Through the Adopt a Drifter program, NOAA enables students to learn about the essential role the ocean plays in earth’s climate and weather and our own living conditions. Schools “adopt” a drifter equipped with climate sensors. As the drifter, a 44-pound floating ocean buoy, moves in the ocean currents, it measures and transmits sea surface temperature by satellite. The currents carry heat from place to place, which affects climate. Each drifter is part of a global ocean array that students can follow online, along with the particular drifter they adopted. Drifters help forecast the path of approaching hurricanes, predict the movement of ocean pollutants, and track the migration of many species. In addition, while satellite technology makes sea surface temperature measurements possible from space, drifters are needed to ensure these measurements are accurate. Without drifter observations to correct satellite measurements, these measurements can err due to dust and other elements in the atmosphere. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other oscial media channels.
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Local high school students, preparing to head out to deploy a NOAA ocean drifter, into the [photo: FBNMS] ocean, three miles off Fagatele Bay.
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A 41-pound cat named “Skinny” up for adoption
RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — Don’t be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home. A Dallas-area animal shelter has cared for the 5-year-old orange tabby since getting a call about a stray in a yard about a week ago. Kim Chapin with Richardson Animal Services said Friday that Skinny’s “very sweet” — and the largest cat she’s seen in 21 years with the shelter. Not surprising. U.S. government growth charts show Skinny weighs about as much as the average 4-year-old child. Chapin says Skinny appears healthy except for being overweight and likely having diabetes. Blood tests have been ordered. Chapin says somebody apparently had been caring for the cat but officials aren’t sure who owned the huge kitty.
This photo provided by Kim Chapin shows a 41-pound fat cat named Skinny at the Richardson, Texas, Animal Services shelter on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A shelter spokeswoman says the 5-year-old orange tabby was dropped off at the facility last week, seems healthy except she is too heavy and likely has dia(AP Photo/Kim Chapin) betes, and needs a home.
Victim of $10m theft offering a $200K reward
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A wealthy bond-fund manager who lost his expensive Porsche and irreplaceable paintings by Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn and other prominent artists to burglars is offering a $200,000 reward for their safe return. Jeffrey Gundlach returned to his Santa Monica home from a business trip earlier this month to find bare walls where the paintings by Johns, Diebenkorn, Piet Mondrian, Guy Rose and Hanson Duvall Puthuff had once hung, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday (lat.ms/UxOEAH). The thieves also lifted expensive watches and pricey bottles of wine, as well as some cash. They apparently then drove off in Gundlach’s red 2010 Porsche Carrera 4S, closing the garage door behind them. Police estimate they got away with $10 million worth of loot. The item that had the most sentimental value to Gundlach, the Times reported, was Mondrian’s “Composition (A) en Rouge et Blanc.” The 52-year-old bond-fund manager admired the image with its prominent double lines so much that he borrowed it for his investment firm, DoubleLine Capital of Los Angeles. Police believe the burglars struck sometime between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 while Gundlach was in New York on a business trip. They have declined to say if they believe his house was targeted or if he was a random victim.
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Living in a tropical paradise doesn’t mean you get to sit on the beach all day, relax and surf. Just ask Asenati Petelo. Even if she wanted to, Petelo is too busy to spend much time on the beaches of Hawaii, where she lives and works, because in addition to working a full time job she is in the U.S. Army Reserve, attends the University of Hawaii, and is a member of its ROTC program. And as a Cadet, Petelo said she spent part of her summer at Cadet Command’s Leader Development and Assessment Course, and the rest in Mongolia with ROTCs Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program. The mission to Mongolia was a regularly scheduled multinational exercise which included 12 countries. It is sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific and hosted annually by the Mongolia Armed Forces. “The CULP mission helped me understand how peacekeeping missions operate and also, how cultures come into contact with the peacekeeping missions,” she explained. The actual exercise provided an environment that exposed participants to different ways of conducting peacekeeping operations. As the fictionalized scenario evolved it was designed to challenge participants to consider potential situations that may otherwise be overlooked. For her part, Petelo was assigned the role of Public Affairs Officer during the battalionlevel staff exercise. “I was the brigade PAO during this assignment”, she said. “I made sure media releases were sent out to all battalions and ensured that all the media products published by each battalion were aligned with the brigade’s key messages and themes.” She said that this was the first time she had ever briefed at this level, and she had never briefed anyone higher than a captain before. Lieutenants don’t get to brief at the brigade level, and captains do it rarely, but she said she learned a great deal from the experience. “I was nervous and scared at the thought of it but my all my shop officers encouraged me and told me that I could do it,” Petelo explained. “I learned that as an officer, you need to do your best to be creative and to hold the audience’s attention. And I should also maintain eye contact with each battalion commander and make sure that they taking necessary actions in order to get the job done the right way. “I (really) think that this type of training is useful for Cadets’ because it helps build the Cadets’ morale and confidence in leading others. It will definitely help develop the Cadets into becoming greater leaders.” Petelo said that
overall her experience at the Khaan Quest 2012 was something she enjoyed and from which she learned much. “I was fortunate to work with foreign officers from other different countries. At an early stage in my officer life I was also blessed to be exposed to the different duties and responsibilities at each level within the Army organization,” she said. “I worked directly with a Marine brigade, an Alaska brigade and a Mongolian brigade. And I experienced the importance task of a PAO on the brigade level as I was the role player for this position.” CULP is designed to immerse ROTC cadets in various languages, cultures and socioeconomic situations so the Cadets can learn, through personal experience, that cultures are different and building relationships is important. Petelo thinks she has accomplished what CULP was designed to teach, and now she will go home and pass on what she has learned, both as a Soldier and a civilian. Petelo, who has been an Army Reservist for six years, will graduate in December from the university, and from ROTC, and plans on staying in Hawaii. “I asked my recruiter if I can get a recruiting slot so I can recruit for the program and tell prospects about my route,” she explained. “I want to tell them about the options because I didn’t know (about them). I also plan on using my degree to work in (finance), maybe bank operations management.” Deciding to enter the Army Reserve was an easy decision, said Petelo, who is originally from the Samoan Islands. She said that culturally she is from a place where family is important and she wanted to stay close. “I am the first in the family to go to college-- I received a Guaranteed Reserve Force Duty scholarship--and it is good to have family support,” she explained. “With that in mind, my younger sister is also in the program---I recruited her last semester. I love the experience and can stay close to home---Hawaii is home and it still within the island mode.” Petelo added that her parents are supportive of her decisions and as soon as she is done with her degree they are pushing her to get her masters. “Whatever I learn from the military I can apply to my job,” she said. “At the same time I am giving back to my community. I am not only serving my country but, (I’m) serving on the civilian side which (means I am) offering what I have l learned from school. “The education is what the Army gave me and I am giving back. I think it is important to give back to the community, whether it is serving in the military full time, or serving on the civilian side.”
Congress exits washington to hit campaign trail
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington for the campaign trail. The Senate shuttered the Capitol soon after sending President Barak Obama stopgap spending legislation that will make sure the government won’t shut down on Oct. 1. It passed early Saturday morning by a 62-30 vote. Left behind for a postelection session is a pile of unfinished business on the budget and taxes, farm policy and legislation to save the Postal Service from insolvency. The GOP-controlled House had beat its retreat Friday morning after taking one last, futile slap at Obama — passing a bill entitled the “Stop the War on Coal Act.” The measure, dead on arrival in the Senate, was aimed at boosting the coal industry in its battle against new environmental regulations while hurting Obama’s political prospects in coal states like Ohio and Virginia. The Democratic-controlled Senate’s middle-of-the-night session came after a spitting match between Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the chamber’s Republicans over Reid’s insistence on advancing legislation by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana to boost access to public lands for hunting and fishing. Tester is perhaps the Senate’s most endangered Democrat and Republicans protested that he was being given special treatment in a nakedly political move to boost his reelection chances. The measure eventually cleared a procedural hurdle on a sweeping 84-7 vote. The votes came at midnight to give senators who had scattered from Washington time to return. Democrat Claire McCaskill was in Missouri Friday for a debate, while Michael Bennet, D-Colo., had been in the southwest portion of his state to attend a ceremony celebrating the new Chimney Rock National Monument. Tea party star Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was venting his frustrations with American Airlines on Twitter. The only must-do item on the get-out-of-Dodge agenda was a six-month spending measure to fulfill the bare minimum of Congress’ responsibilities by keeping the government running after the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The spending measure permits spending on agency operating budgets at levels agreed to under last summer’s hardfought budget and debt deal between Obama and Capitol Hill Republicans. That’s 0.6 percent increase from current spending rates, which represents a defeat for House Republicans, who had sought to cut about 2 percent below the budget deal and shift $8 billion from domestic programs to the Pentagon. Reid also relented to a monthslong demand by tea party Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for a vote on suspending foreign aid to the governments of Libya, Egypt and Pakistan. Paul only got 10 votes. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., however, won sweeping approval of a nonbinding resolution supporting steps to make sure Iran doesn’t develop a nuclear weapon. It’s the earliest pre-election exit by Congress from Washington since 1960, though lawmakers will return in November after the election to deal with its stack of unfinished work. The approval rating for the current Congress in a Gallup poll earlier this month sank to just 13 percent, the lowest ever for an election year. The GOPcontrolled House and Democratic Senate managed to come together with Obama to enact just 173 new laws. More are coming after the election, but the current tally is roughly half the output of a typical Congress. Even so, political pundits say Republicans are strong favorites to keep the House while Democratic chances of keeping the Senate are on the upswing with Obama’s rise in the polls. The exit from Washington leaves the bulk of Congress’ agenda for a postelection session in which it’s hoped lawmakers will be liberated from the election-year paralysis that has ground Capitol Hill to a near halt. Topping the lame-duck agenda was dealing with the so-called fiscal cliff, which combines the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts on Dec. 31 and more than $100 billion in indiscriminate, across-theboard spending cuts set to strike at the same time as punishment for the failure of last year’s deficit “supercommittee” to strike a deal. Also left in limbo is the farm bill, stalled in the House due to opposition from conservative Republicans who think it doesn’t cut farm subsidies and food stamps enough and Democrats who think its food stamp cuts are too harsh. The current farm act expires on Sept. 30 but the lapse won’t have much practical effect in the near term. Still, it’s a political black eye for Republicans, especially those from farm states like North Dakota and Iowa. The lack of productivity of the 112th Congress was the result of divided government and bitter partisanship. Die-hard GOP conservatives eager to roll back Obama’s agenda barreled headlong into an official Washington still largely controlled by Democrats — and oftentimes seemed to limit the options of their own leadership with their intransigence. The looming presidential and congressional elections caused top leaders in both parties to play it safe and stick to party positions. The result: Congress’ major accomplishments tended to be legislation that mostly extended current policies, like a highway bill passed earlier this year and bills demanded by Obama to renew a 2 percentage point payroll tax cuts and extend student loan subsidies. Even this Congress’ signature accomplishment — a budget and debt deal enacted last summer to cut $2.1 trillion from the budget over 10 years — punted most of its difficult decisions to the future by tasking the supercommittee with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings. And, after the supercommittee cratered, House Republicans walked away from the budget deal by pressing for further cuts to domestic appropriations and reversing some on the pact’s Pentagon cuts. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Reid worked closely with the White House to use the Senate schedule for Obama’s political advantage, repeatedly forcing votes on closing tax breaks for oil companies and raising taxes on upper bracket earners. But Reid failed to schedule floor debates on any of the 12 annual appropriations bills and the Democratic-led chamber, for the third year in a row, failed to pass a budget.
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government of every country. She stated that families are the most important unit in society and consequently the members of families, grandparents, parents and children are equally important including those who have special needs. “It’s imperative that our government work closely together with service providers and funding agencies including non-governmental agencies or organizations, village coalitions and churches to strengthen families and address the need of family members with special needs,” said Salu. Afoa Su’esu’e Lutu whose 30 year-old son, Justin, was born with special needs and was present at the forum felt strongly that the disability community does not need a handout, but a helping hand to assist them. Afoa stated that when his team takes office they will look into different agencies within the government for assistance in every way possible to help protect the rights of those who have special needs. “We will make it mandatory that these programs will stay on the top with the technology and education to ensure that we are up to date and providing the services and equipment needed for our disabled customers to become independent and successful members of the community,” averred Afoa. Q&A Q: Josephine Stanley: “As an individual with disabilities who has the interest to work for the American Samoa Government and the private sector, how are you going to address this issue and ensure that jobs are also inclusive for people with disabilities?” jONES & tuIKA No person that goes out looking for a job has the same criteria or same qualifications. Tulele who holds a business degree... her disability will not affect her ability to deploy her strengths. No reason to inhibit her because of her disability when she has the qualifications, the disability does not come into play. “Equal access means equal for anybody, if you come to me with qualifications looking for a job your disabilities should not play into this. If we have equal access and that’s what we stand on, we have to be prepared to see if disability is something that may hinder you from doing the job better than somebody else. There are challenges out there. As far as I know that no one was born perfect into this world. “We all have challenges some are greater than others, a lot of us, and how we learn to overcome those challenges, the more we appreciate life.” SALu & SAVuSA Salu stated that the first thing that needs to be changed, is the community’s attitude towards those with disabilities. Many understand we have people who are disabled, however they don’t understand that people with disabilities also want to attain jobs and work for the community or the government. She added there should be more awareness programs to inform the public that those with special needs also need to work, be active in
the community and in the government. “We should develop legislation and policies in the government that protect the rights of people with special needs, to apply for jobs they feel they are capable of doing. This is certainly something we need to review in terms of what policies there are in the government and the community as a whole, that provide opportunities with people with special needs to apply for jobs they feel they can do. “We have discussed this and I keep asking what happened to the Goodwill in the community. As I understand it, Goodwill in the States is a special place where people with special needs can apply for work,” Salu said. She added that Tulele who has a business degree should be able to apply for any job that she chooses and be given the opportunity to apply and be selected. AFOA & LE’I Afoa referred to a Supreme Court ruling, Brown versus Board of Education saying, “Afoa and Le’i believe that those with special needs are not supposed to be segregated from the government and private sector when it comes to job opportunities”. “If they are qualified, they should be given the opportunity and when we are elected we will make sure that if there’s a need, to introduce a law which will make job opportunities available for those with disabilities”. ******************* Q: MJ Mamea: The mission of DOE is to ensure student success by providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities to all students. The DOE’s goal says that all children will leave high school proficient in English and Math. Do you think students with disabilities can successfully meet the goal of DOE with the limited resources? What do the candidates think about students with disabilities being educated in separate classes from their peers? SALu & SAVuSA Salu responded that students with disabilities can meet the goals of education with the Special Education program which is fully funded federally. “The United States is very much interested in the success of students with special needs, so just about anything you need to help you with your education SPED should be able to get it. Wheelchairs, hearing aids, speech pathologists, psychiatrist, the SED program is supposed to provide any kind of assistance to help you.” Salu also said that there’s full inclusion to make sure that children with disabilities are not segregated. She added that inclusion is very important because of social aspects, language development, and academic development that your share with your peers and you get a lot. “Often times there are saying that students learn from their peers more than their teachers sometimes, so it’s important for you to be part of the full inclusion. I am totally for full inclusion and I’m sure that there certain things that you need to be separated but in general full inclusion is the thing to do,” said Salu. AFOA & LE’I Le’i responded that their team is running for office as representatives for all people and believes full inclusion is the ultimate solution.
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He agreed with Salu that there are programs available that cater to assisting students with disabilities so they can be just like every other student in the class and that is the objective. Regarding the limited resources with education, Le’i said that by law the government and those receiving the grants, need to make sure the necessary equipment, books, teachers be provided to assure that those with disabilities are successful in their education pursuits. Afoa added that there are local laws where Special Education was one of the first programs that provided services to the disabled in the territory in 1974. jONES & tuIKA Jones, said DOE is failing when it comes to the children with disabilities, and our SAT scores are the worst across the nation. He said that working with the fundamentals is the first thing to do, then get the structure up. Jones asked MJ (who asked the question) if he wants to be segregated from the rest of the class. “Which is better for you?” Jones asked. MJ responded that he wants to be with the rest of the class. Regarding limited resources with DOE, Jones noted that he has the budget and this is one of the departments which is highly funded. “There are not limited resources within DOE. We can support, but you have to tell us what’s best for you. “If you say you want to be separated, we can work on that however, if you want to be segregated we can work on that too. “I cannot tell you want you want, you have to tell us what you want,” said Jones. tOGIOLA hONOREd by dISAbILIty COMMuNIty Before the forum, Governor Togiola Tulafono was presented with an honorary award from the disability community. UCEDD Director Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola told the gathering that despite Togiola’s busy schedule as leader of the territory, he is always willing to lend a helping hand to the disability community. Ms Tua-Tupuola thanked Togiola for his endless support and always making those with disabilities, a priority. Togiola’s award was presented to him by the disability advocate team, Josephine Stanley, MJ Mamea and Tulele Samani. Togiola thanked the disability community for the award and commented on a remark by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, on the David Letterman show, where Obama said that anyone who wishes to become President of the United States, should be prepared to be a leader to everyone, even with those who disagree with him. He added that our candidates who are running for office, are people who care for the community and want to do great things for the community. Togiola said when the time comes to elect government leaders, he hope those leaders will be prepared to represent everyone, including those with special needs. Governor Togiola concluded with a quote from Greek philosopher, Aristotle “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor”.
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PR No. 5-12 In the Matter of the Estate of
TO: MR. RONALD ASIATA (unknown last name) Pago Pago Village Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the above-named respondent that a petition has been filed before the High Court of American Samoa to determine your parental rights in a female child born on December 6, 2011, at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Fagaalu, American Samoa. A hearing will be held after two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice, in which the Court may enter an order that you have not acquired any parental rights to the minor child and place the child for adoption. If you have any objection, or wish to claim or assert your parental rights, you must appear within two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file an objection or a claim with the Court. O LE FA’AALIGA E TU’UINA ATU ia te oe, le ua ta’ua i luga, ua i ai le talosaga ua failaina i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga o Amerika Samoa e iloilo ai ou aia fa’a-matua i se tamaititi na fanau o ia i le aso 6 o Tesema 2011, i le Falemai i Fagaalu, Amerika Samoa. O lea iloiloga e faia pe a tuana’i le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le aso o le ulua’i faasalalauga o lenei faaaliga, ma e ono tuuina atu ai se poloaiga a le Fa’amasinoga e faailoa ai ua leai ni ou aia faamatu ai lea teineititi. Afai e te tete’e, pe e te finagalo e faamaonia ou aia faamatua, ia e failaina se talosaga tete’e i le Fa’amasinoga i totonu o le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai e ulua’i fa’asalalauga o lenei fa’aaliga.
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In the Matter of the Estate of
Please take notice that a petition for letters administration was heard in the High Court of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa for the Estate of Papu Fa’alele and the court after being satisfied that Onosa’i Fesulua’i was qualified to act as Administrator of the Estate and thereupon issued letters of administration and authorized him to act by virtue thereof. All creditors with a claim against the Estate of PAPU FA’ALELE are required to submit their claims to the adminstrator of the estate within 60 days of the first publication of this notice. Submit all claims to: ESTATE OF PAPU FA’ALELE Onosa’i Fesulua’i ,Administrator c/o Law Office of Sharron Rancourt PO Box 4844 Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Dated: September 21st, 2012
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Please take notice that a petition for letters administration was heard in the High Court of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa for the Estate of Poumele Peni Galea’i and the court after being satisfied that Apisa Poumele was qualified to act as Administrator of the Estate and thereupon issued letters of administration and authorized him to act by virtue thereof. All creditors with a claim against the Estate of APISA POUMELE are required to submit their claims to the adminstrator of the estate within 60 days of the first publication of this notice. Submit all claims to: ESTATE OF POUMELE PENI GALEA’I Apisa Poumele,Administrator c/o Law Office of Sharron Rancourt PO Box 4844 Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Dated: July 19th, 2012
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Please take notice that a petition for letters administration was heard in the High Court of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa for the Estate of Eliseo Mamani and the court after being satisfied that Carmen Mamani was qualified to act as Administrator of the Estate and thereupon issued letters of administration and authorized him to act by virtue thereof. All creditors with a claim against the Estate of ELISEO MAMANI are required to submit their claims to the adminstrator of the estate within 60 days of the first publication of this notice. Submit all claims to: ESTATE OF ELISEO MAMANI Carmen Mamani ,Administrator c/o Law Office of Sharron Rancourt PO Box 4844 Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Dated: July 19th, 2012
Published 09/22
Please take notice that a petition for letters administration was heard in the High Court of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa for the Estate of Ernest C.Reid and the court after being satisfied that Clara Reid was qualified to act as Administrator of the Estate and thereupon issued letters of administration and authorized him to act by virtue thereof. All creditors with a claim against the Estate of ERNEST C.REID are required to submit their claims to the adminstrator of the estate within 60 days of the first publication of this notice. Submit all claims to: ESTATE OF ERNEST C.REID Clara Reid ,Administrator c/o Law Office of Sharron Rancourt PO Box 4844 Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Dated: July 13th, 2012
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The voter’s registration card also contains the photo and signature of the defendant and it was issued on September 2011. It’s alleged that on May 25, 2012 post office employee Chevonne Lafaele was about to leave work at the Leone Post office, while in her vehicle, she was approached by one of the Uli twins. Lafaele was unclear which of the twins came to talk to her about a package that was scheduled to arrive on island and tracking information for the package noted that it’s already on island however he did not receive the yellow slip to pick it up. Lafaele told him that he would have to go to the Fagatogo Post office. The government claims that a photo line-up was later presented to Lafaele where she identified it was Merlin who she saw at the Post office in Leone. dEFENdANt ORdEREd tO LEAVE ISLANd Siloma Siotalima was sentenced to leave the territory as a condition of a five-year probation term in connection with his conviction for an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor. Siotalima was initially charged with five counts of rape, deviate sexual assault, first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child but entered a guilty plea to deviate sexual assault under his plea deal, and the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin, noted the difficulty in this case because although it was an inappropriate relationship it was consensual. She added that due to the complaining witness’ persistence, it landed the defendant in court. Cardin told the court that a baby was born from this relationship and the baby has been been given up for adoption while the girl was sent back to Samoa. She informed the court that Siotalima is an overstayer and his sponsor was present in court and is ready to pay for the defendant’s travel arrangements to return to Samoa. Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop pointed out that the defendant is twice the age of the complaining witness, and should have known better. “This case is where consensual is irrelevant, he should have known better” said the Deputy AG. Associate Justice Richmond who handed down sentencing. Richmond noted that Siotalima had already served nine and half months at the Tafuna Correctional Facility and sentenced him to five years in jail, with execution of sentencing suspended placed him on a five year probation term with conditions. Siotalima was ordered to serve 20 months in jail, with the jailterm stayed and he is to leave the territory for the remainder of his probation. Siotalima was also ordered to pay a fine, which should be paid by the sponsor said the court since Siotalima will be leaving the territory. thREE tIMES ChARGEd WIth thIRd dEGREE ASSAuLt A man charged in March and July 2012 for third degree assault, on domestic violence, is again before the court charged for the third time, for the same crime, while on probation for his earlier convictions. The defendant, being held on bail of $20,000, yesterday waived his rights to a preliminary examination and will be arraigned in the High Court on Monday. The defendant’s name will not be published to protect the identity of the victim. According to the government’s case the defendant pled guilty in March and July of 2012, to third degree assault for assaulting his wife. The victim told police her husband assaulted her numerous times, and she believes that one of those assaults resulted in her miscarriage in June 2012, when she was five or six months pregnant with the defendant’s child. After pleading guilty to a crime involving Domestic Violence within the past five (5) years and committing it again, is a violation of ASCA 47.0102 (2) a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.00 say government attorneys.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
IFB No: 092-2012
Issuance Date: September 18, 2012 Date & Time Due: September 25, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time 1. INVITATION Sealed bids are invited to provide Security Services for the Department of Human & Social Services, in the Territory of American Samoa. 2. RECEIPT & OPENING OF BIDS Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Procurement Officer, American Samoa Government, Tafuna, American Samoa 96799, until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at which time and place the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read. 3. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS Contract documents, may be obtained from the Office of Procurement. 4. The American Samoa Government reserves the right not to accept the lowest or any bid. 5. The American Samoa Government reserves the right to waive any informalities in bidding as may be in the best interest of American Samoa Government.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: 086-2012
Issuance Date: August 14, 2012 Date & Time Due: November 14, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide an:
“Eligibility System for the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ASNAP Eligibility System.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Documents: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
➧ Road projects a go…
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The Leone bridge project, delayed for several months now, is overseen by the US Army Corp of Engineers. ASG has blamed the Army Corps as the cause of the delay, but federal officials told lawmakers that all federal requirements must be met before moving the project forward. Among the issues that have since been addressed is a secondary temporary road for traffic use during construction work on the new bridge. The bridge was destroyed by the 2009 tsunami and funding for the bridge project was part of American Samoa’s total award of $49.34 million in 2010, under the federal Emergency Relief (ER) program, allocating funds to assist in repairing damages to federalaid highways, damaged by the 2009 earthquake and tsunami. McConnell Dowell was awarded the $3.80 million “designbuild” contract last year. Next week Saturday, on Sept. 29, the territory will mark the three year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed 34 residents.
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BY TOM & RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Tom and Ray: I recently had my car’s front end aligned by a mechanic whom I have trusted for more than 10 years. The problem is, to keep the car running straight on the road, I must have my steering wheel turned to the right by about 15 degrees. When I straighten out the wheel, the car pulls to the left. Shouldn’t a frontend alignment include making sure the steering wheel is straight? Isn’t that the idea behind getting a front-end alignment? -- DaviD TOM: Well, it’s not “the idea” behind a front-end alignment. The idea of a front end alignment is to make sure the front wheels are pointing in exactly the same direction so that the car handles correctly and the tires don’t wear out prematurely. Your mechanic probably did do that. RAY: But centering the steering wheel is something that should be done as PART of a front-end alignment. TOM: Having the steering wheel “agree” with the direction of the wheels isn’t a mechanical necessity. Your car will steer fine regardless. But it’s an indication to you that the job was done conscientiously. It’s like when the dry cleaner folds your clean clothes and puts them on hangers, rather than just tossing them on the counter in a crumpled pile. They may still be clean, but it doesn’t leave you with the same feeling. RAY: In the old days, adjusting the position of the steering wheel after the fact was a piece of cake. You could simply loosen a nut on the steering column and move the steering wheel to where you wanted it. TOM: But now, with electronics that read the steering angle and air bags galore, it’s no longer so easy. So you have to do it BEFORE you start the alignment. RAY: First, you place the steering wheel at dead center. Then you align the front wheels so that they’re pointing straight ahead. And when you’re done, everything should be as nature intended it. TOM: If you don’t turn the steering wheel to its proper position first, once the alignment’s done you could find yourself out of luck (see: your car, David). RAY: So it’s reasonable for you to take your car back to your mechanic and ask him to do it again. Tell him that someone forgot to center the steering wheel before doing the alignment, and now it’s crooked. Tell him that the angle of the steering wheel has become an unhealthy obsession for you. TOM: Yeah. Tell him you haven’t eaten or bathed in three weeks. All you do is lie awake thinking about this cosmic mismatch. RAY: Hopefully, you’ll frighten him just enough so that he’ll quickly get your steering wheel pointed in the right direction. But not so much that he’ll call the EMTs and have you carted off. Good luck, David.
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samoa news, Saturday, September 22, 2012
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: o Canada”
• • • • • • • • • “Angels deliver fate to our doorstep -- and anywhere else it is needed.” -- Jessi Lane Adams • • • • • • • • • With the support of her mother, a mom makes a brave decision. • • • • • • • • • Standing at a major crossroads in my life, I carefully chose the items that were of the greatest significance to me as I put the finishing touches on packing my entire life into a single suitcase. I was taking a long-overdue leap of faith. For more than a decade I had endured a sea of heartbreaks, disappointment, anger and fear. Only weeks prior I had made the faith-filled decision to leave the unhealthy and unsafe relationship I shared with the father of my children, and the following day I was moving my children 3,000 miles to a better existence. It had always been my opinion that people who let themselves fall into these situations were vulnerable and weak. I’d never understood how anyone would stay in a relationship that they knew was so incredibly unhealthy. I had always been a strong person, so to find myself in this situation was devastating to my selfconfidence. However, one of the many lessons I learned from that chapter in my life was that judging a person for their actions before taking a stroll in their shoes is a serious and insensitive character flaw. My personal longevity in this relation-
ship came down to a ration of integrity and a pinch of fear. And now, as I prepared for our departure, and as they had done every time I had entertained the idea of leaving in the past, doubt and guilt flooded my mind. Was I making the right decision? Would I be able to provide for us? Was separating my children from their father the best-case scenario? Was a flawed father better than no father? Would my children blame me for taking them away from the only life they knew? The fear of the unknown was overwhelming. I’d lost my mother to cancer when I was 9, and though it had been close to 40 years since she’d been gone, I still missed her very much and thought of her often. I happened to catch a famous psychic on a talk show years back who was discussing signs that our loved ones who have passed on leave for us if we ask them. The most common items that people reported receiving were feathers and shiny pennies. During the past few years I’d kept up private conversations with my mother, knowing that she was always with me. I would pray for guidance, strength and a sign. It wasn’t long after that I started finding dimes. At first I didn’t recognize them as signs, but then I would find them in the most unusual places: under my pillow, between the pages of a book or on a windowsill. But the most remarkable instance happened that very day. As I’d mentioned, the kids and I left with little more than one suitcase each, so I was going through my belongings and deciding which “memories” would fill up what precious little space I had available. I had already found a few dimes here and there that day, so I had a very warm feeling that my mother was there with me and I was heading in the right direction. As I sat cross-legged on the floor halfway into my closet, I was about to remove a box I’d gone through that was now empty. It was the very last thing in my closet. I had only a moment ago whispered aloud, “Thank you for the signs ... I know now that I’m making the right decision.” I lifted up that last box and what I found underneath filled my heart with the most incredible warmth of love I’d ever felt. There, in a clean little pile, were six shiny dimes. I stared at them for a long while, tears of joy streaking my cheeks, and basked in the warmth of the heavenly gift I had been given. After that I never looked back on my decision to leave with anything but self-assured confidence and excitement for a new beginning. My life since then has been a series of wonderful surprises and fantastic growth. Shortly after I settled into my new surroundings, I ran into an old friend who turned out to be the man of my dreams. We blended our families and share a wonderful life with our happy, successful children. I still find dimes in the most unexpected locations and at the most noteworthy times. I keep my divine dimes as a constant reminder of love that never dies, of strength, of integrity and of belief in myself and my dreams. They sit beside a picture of my mother in a beautiful ceramic box that was a gift from our children for that very reason. I found a dime this morning in a jacket that I haven’t worn since last year. Some people may say that it’s a coincidence that I’d have a dime in my pocket, but I know otherwise.
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Pakistani protesters topple a shipping container police used to block the road to the US consulate in Lahore, Pakistan on Friday, Sept 21, 2012. Tens of thousands protested around the country against an amateurish anti-Muslim film produced in the United States and vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a French satirical weekly after the government encouraged peaceful protests and declared a national holiday “Love for the Prophet Day.” Demonstrations turned violent in several Pakistani cities and over a dozen people were killed (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) and many more injured.
The Campaign – Rated: R
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.
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tOGIOLA StRESSES IMPORtANCE OF LEGALItIES IN ASG WORKFORCE Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who spoke at Tuesday’s workshop for senior and middle management staff of ASG, reiterated the critical role that the middle management staff plays within the government workforce. The workshop was an effort to refresh and retrain the ASG management staff about current and existing policies and procedures within the workforce. A Sept. 11 memo issued by the governor stated the purpose of the workshop was to help departments with administrative processes “as we enter the new fiscal year and to provide information to ensure a smooth transition with the change of administration in January 2013.” “You are the heart of the operation, because you are the chain that links the government to its workforce . . . a chain is only strong as its weakest link,” the governor said, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Togiola stressed the importance of legalities within the workforce and how employees have the right to access information that will allow them to practice those rights properly. He went on to say, “We have failed to protect the rights of employees, and democracy cannot be sustained if the workforce is not competent. . .” He said the problem is, “Government employees are criticized much too often” and it has affected their morale keeping them from doing their jobs. The Governor encouraged the attendees to “accept criticism--it is part of your job description . . . part of being a public servant is to accept criticism.” The workshop, sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, was held at the Governor Rex H. Lee Auditorium. hOuSING GROuP RECORdS hIGhESt juMP IN 2Nd QuARtER CPI The Housing Group recorded the “highest percent increase” at 3.0 percent, in the second quarter of the year, according to the Commerce Department’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) covering the second quarter, April - June 2012. The report attributes the hike to the high cost of repair of kitchen appliances, construction materials and LP gas. The CPI shows the Food Group increasing by 2.2% due to the high cost of peanut butter, turkey tails, lamb necks, pigs feet, salt beef, mackerel, sardines and lettuce. Recreation Group also increased 2.3%, due to the high cost of cable TV, radio, pet food and DVD blanks. Other groups - Apparel, Medical Care, Education, Transportation, and Other Goods - all recorded slight increases, according to the report. Only the Alcoholic & Beverages group decreased — by 3.8% — due to the low cost of beer and rum, states the report The annual rate of inflation for the second quarter registered at 4.8%. Information of interest from the report shows the average for unleaded gasoline in the second quarter was $4.55 per gallon compared to $4.32 in the first quarter (January to March); a bag of turkey tails in the second quarter was $1.11 a pound, up from 99 cents in the first quarter; a 40 pound bag of rice hiked to $19.78 in the second quarter from $13.07 in the first quarter. Electricity costs stayed at 41 cents for 300 kWh in the first and second quarters. Specific details of the CPI report are available at the Commerce Department. The CPI report for the third quarter should be released soon. Reach the newsroom at news.newsroom@samoatelco.com
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Sparkle – Rated: PG -13
Starring: Whitney Houston, Ceelo Green, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps Musical prodigy Sparkle struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.
Friday: — 4:00 7:00 9:30 Saturday: 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:30 Sunday: 1:00 4:00 7:00 — “Discount Tuesday”: — 4:00 7:00 — Mon-Wed-Thurs: — 4:00 7:00 —
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more way to see themselves and their loved ones. And so the people begged Old Crow to bring them daylight, and when he saw their tears and heard the longing in their voices, he could not say no. He launched into the sky, traveling east, in the direction he had seen the light. Old Crow’s wings were tired, and the journey was long and difficult. Strong winds blew toward him, and he was nearly ready to give up when eventually he saw the glow of light in the distance, and he summoned all his strength and flew on. At long last he came to a village that was bathed in light, and so Old Crow landed in a tree and looked around. It was cold outside, and the people were dressed in furs, but as Old Crow watched he saw a chief and his daughter walk to the edge of the icy river. As the young woman dipped her bucket into the water, Old Crow swept down from the tree and turned himself into a speck of dust. He landed in her fur coat. The chief and his daughter returned to their home. Still in disguise, Old Crow entered the house, and saw, in a shaft of daylight, a little boy sitting on the floor, playing with toys. Old Crow quickly drifted from the young woman’s coat into the little boy’s ear, though he looked only like a speck of dust sailing on a ray of sunlight. When the dust landed in the boy’s ear, it tickled him and he began to cry. The chief frowned. “What’s wrong? Why are you crying, my child?” he asked tenderly. Old Crow, still in disguise, whispered, “Tell him you want to play with the ball of daylight.” The little boy looked up at his grandfather. “I want to play with the ball of daylight,” he said beseechingly. This surprised the chief, but he would do anything to make his grandson smile, and so he asked his daughter to fetch the box that held the balls of daylight. She did so, and the chief opened the box and took out a small ball. He wrapped a string around it and handed it to his grandson. The boy giggled with delight, but just then Old Crow scratched at his ear again, and once again the child wept. “Now what’s wrong?” the chief asked. “Tell him you want to play outside,” Old Crow whispered. “I want to play outside,” said the child, and the Chief nodded and turned to his daughter. “Take him out to play in the snow,” he said, and so she bundled herself back into her fur coat, and she bundled up the boy, and out they walked into the crisp, cold day. They walked toward the river and in a few minutes, Old Crow drifted out of the boy’s ear and turned, once more, into a crow. He stretched out his claws and pulled the string wrapped around the ball of daylight. Before the child or his mother could do a thing, Old Crow swept into the sky and began to fly west, pulling along that ball of light. He flew as fast as he could, and when he at long last reached the land of his people, the Inuit, he looked down and opened his claws and let go of the string, and that ball of light dropped to the ground. It shattered into thousands of pieces, and light traveled everywhere. Soon the darkness was gone. The people ran out of their homes and stared in wonder at the sight. They could see everything for miles and miles -- the sky was blue; there were mountains in the distance; they saw rivers and lakes, and bears and seals and reindeer. They saw one another’s faces, and they smiled in delight. “We have daylight!” they shouted. “Hooray for Old Crow!” But Old Crow had brought just one small ball of daylight, and he knew it was only enough to last for half the year. There would be darkness in this world half the year, and there would be light the other half. The people understood, and they did not mind that half the year they would live in darkness, for they were used to the dark and loved it. But they also loved this light, and they never forgot to offer thanks to Old Crow for bringing them this gift, and they promised they would never hurt him. After all, they did not want him to take away their light.
tEll mE A StorY: tHE Crow’S GiFt
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
Long, long ago, when the world was brand-new, the Inuit people lived in darkness. One day, Old Crow told the people about daylight. He had seen it in his journeys across the sky. Some people, it seemed, lived in a world that looked entirely different from this world up north. There was light, and there were shadows. There were sunrises and sunsets. Old Crow described them all, and the more the people heard Old Crow’s tales, the more they longed to have some daylight for themselves. If they had daylight, they would see the animals they hunted and the animals that sometimes attacked them. If they had daylight, they would better see one another’s faces. Shadows sounded lovely, too -- one
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