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The Sa of the “Aeto” from Pago Pago speeding to the finish line as it took 1st Place yesterday afternoon in the 2012 Coastal Week Fautasi Race, that recorded Pago Pago at first place, repeating its win of last year’s Coastal Week race. [photo: TG] Faga’alu’s “Fetu o le Afiafi” came in 2nd place while the “Paepae Ulupo’o” from the village of Aua came in 3rd. online @ samoanews.Com
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Judge Ward wants AG and DOE to establish hearings for inappropriate behavior
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News reporter
Witnesses all agree: Repealing death penalty statute is a must
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
District Court Judge John Ward has called on the Attorney General’s office to assist the Department of Education in having mandated laws on the displays of affection as far as governing the behavior of teachers towards their students. These remarks were rendered by Judge Ward while he was handing down sentencing for Manumalo Teacher Dave Tupua yesterday morning in the District Court. The science teacher accused of inappropriately touching a female student was initially charged with false imprisonment and two charges of third degree assault for offensive touching, however in a plea deal with the government, the teacher pleaded guilty to third degree assault, a class C misdemeanor. Tupua told the court his actions were just friendly gestures that he shows to all his students, which he deeply regrets. He apologized to the family of the victim and the student for what occurred.
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Public Defender Ruth Risch-Fuatagavi describes the local death penalty statute as unconstitutional because it’s “cruel and unusual punishment” and she “strongly supports” repealing the statute, which is being proposed by Gov. Togiola Tulafono. With such a small island community, it’s difficult to find “a fair and impartial” jury to hear such a case, if prosecutors move to impose capital punishment, which will be very costly to defend, she said. Risch-Fuatagavi, along with Attorney General Fepuleai A. Ripley Jr., Deputy Attorney General for criminal division Mitzie Jessop and American Samoa Bar Association president Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei testified yesterday before the House Legal Affairs Committee on the bill to repeal the death penalty, which has been in the law book for years.
Uiagalelei, who is also in private practice, was the first to testify, telling the committee that he only received the summons on Monday, while this particular issue has not been discussed by the association and its members, and therefore he could not testify as president of the bar. Vice Speaker Fa’afetai Iaulualo requested for the committee’s record, an official written statement from ASBA on this matter to assist the House in making their final decision on the proposal. Uiagalelei was given the chance to testify as a local attorney and a resident of the territory and he told the committee that he believes a change to the law is long overdue, pointing out that American Samoa is a Christian nation. He recalled during his time as an assistant attorney general several years ago when the Attorney General’s Office discussed the death penalty in the case against Richard Majhor , who was convicted by a six-member jury in early 2006
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The whole Level 3&4 of Kanana Fou who attend their Health & Safety Classes conducted by the staff of the ASCC Land Grant 4H Nutrition program at the [photo: Leua Aiono Frost] Mafutaga Tina Hall. They learned about healthy foods, including their preparation and safety precautions in food storage after cooking.
Historical election pledge made by Afoa and Le’i
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News reporter
Sonny Thompson, on their V103 radio program, last night, announced a hisThe gubernatorial team of Afoa toric pledge — if they are elected — Leulumoega Su’esu’e Lutu and Le’i they will show their commitment to
American Samoa and its people, by “we will work free for a whole year, serving as leaders to eliminate all high this is our commitment to serving the risk status and they are willing to make people of American Samoa.” a sacrifice for our people, in doing so, (Continued on page 15)
Notice for Proposed Registration of Matai Title
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title FAUMUINA of the village of ALOFAU by TAUAA S. VAOULI of the village of ALOFAU, county of SAOLE, EASTERN District. THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of the village chiefs are in proper form. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60 days, the matai title FAUMUINA shall be registered in the name of TAUAA S. VAOULI in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: AUGUST 23, 2012 thru OCTOBER 22, 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 FAUMUINA o le nu’u o ALOFAU e TAUAA S. VAOULI o ALOFAU faalupega o SAOLE, falelima i SASA’E. Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa. A i ai se tasi e faafinagaloina, ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o TAUAA S. VAOULI e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 08/27 & 09/27/12
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Early birds of Kanana Fou Elementary enjoyed their Sumba exercises on their basketball courts yesterday morning. The class was repeated at 2:30 p.m. after school. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
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by Leua Aiono Frost, Samoa News writer
Kanana Fou Elementary’s ‘Health Week’
On Oct. 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorizes construction and administration of the first American naval force. Esek Hopkins was appointed the first commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy. His first fleet consisted of seven ships: two 24-gun frigates, two 14-gun brigs and three schooners. On Oct. 12, 1786, a lovesick Thomas Jefferson composes the first of many romantic letters to a married woman named Maria Cosway. In 1789, his letters grew less frequent. She continued to write to him and vented her frustration at his growing aloofness. After her husband died, Cosway moved to a village in Italy to open a convent school for girls. On Oct. 11, 1793, the death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits 100. By the time it ended, 5,000 people were dead. A vaccine prevents yellow fever in much of the world, though 20,000 people still die every year from the disease. On Oct. 14, 1944, German Gen. Erwin Rommel, nicknamed “the Desert Fox,” is given the option of facing a public trial for treason, as a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, or taking cyanide. He chose the latter. The German government gave Rommel a state funeral. His death was attributed to war wounds. On Oct. 8, 1956, New York Yankees right-hander Don Larsen pitches the first no-hitter in the history of the World Series. Even better, it was a perfect game -- that is, there were no runs, no hits and no errors, and no batter reached first base. On Oct. 10, 1985, the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom. On Oct. 7, four heavily armed terrorists had hijacked the Achille Lauro and 320 crewmembers and 80 passengers. On Oct. 9, 1992, a 28-pound bowling-ball-sized meteorite lands on an orange 1980 Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, N.Y. Scientists have determined that it came from the inner edge of the main asteroid belt in space, between Jupiter and Mars. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
The Kanana Fou Elementary started its first Health Week celebration on Monday, Sept. 24 and say its been a great health and safety week for the first time this year, and according to the students — they have captured its spirit wholeheartedly. “I am good, I love to learn how to make the smoothie and I will tell my mom to give it to me after ko’oga’i on Sunday!” Iosefa told Samoa News, one of the smoothie lovers of Level 4 yesterday. “It is a change out of the ordinary classes assigned for each day of the week, and the sumba exercises early morning today, the kids were excited and very cooperative when they heard the loud music,” said Renee, teacher of Level 4. Representatives of the WIC Program were asked to take time out and help out with the Safety & Health issues for the Level K5 & One, with WIC staffers teaching about the healthy diet foods, and how to stay clean when handling food or eating. The health basics was also their special topic and how to react to stress in times of natural disasters. The Tuesday schedule started with the ASCC Land Grant 4H Nutrition’s special class for level 2 & 3. They taught the Food Safety, Balanced Meals and especially, what to eat more of and which items of the food pyramid should you eat less. The session ended with a treat of healthy snacks. Wednesday was the repeat of the same lesson for the 4th & 5th graders, but the food preparation demonstrated how to make a “Fruit Smoothie.” That was also their treat of the day. Before the beginning of classes and after school Wednesday morning, the whole school came out to the basketball court for Sumba Exercises. “That is a change, and all in Kanana Fou loved those two sessions,” said Eine, teacher of Level 1. Thursday will be a repeat of the health classes for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders, where they will learn how to make pilikaki, eggs and vegetable paddies as healthy foods preparation and on Friday they are to learn all about disaster safety measures from Homeland Security Office personnel. “Hurricane, Fire and Tsunami preparedness will be their focus on the last day of the Health & Safety week at Kanana Fou Elementary premises, and we are all eager to know them all,” said Eline.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
COMMERCE COMMISSION NOMINATIONS REJECTEd by ThE SENATE The Senate yesterday rejected all three nominations to the government’s Commerce Commission, charged with overseeing public transportation, such as taxis and aiga buses. Local law states the commission is to consist of the Commerce Department director and four members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Of the appointed members, one member each is from the Eastern, Western and Manu’a districts. The commission elects their own chairman at its first meeting each year. Gov. Togiola Tulafono recently nominated three members for each of the districts and they are Vaiausia E. Yandall, Fa’alae Tunupopo and Foinu’u Folauo’o. In his nomination letter to the Senate President, the governor said all of the men have lengthy records of service to their families, community and government. For example, Tunupopo and Vaiausia are former House members and have “institutional experience with commerce transportation issues” while Folauo’o “has experience in both public and private sector as an investigator”. “I believe that all three of these men have experience that will benefit and be an asset to the Commerce Commission,” the governor wrote. “Furthermore, all these men possess the requisite knowledge and understanding of the laws related to commercial carriers and the functions of the Commission in regulating and supervising commercial carriers and ensuring the safety of those who depend on public transpor-
tation in American Samoa,” he said. The nominees appeared yesterday morning for a 30-minute confirmation hearing before a Senate committee followed by a final vote during the Senate session, but all three nominees failed to muster a majority support of the votes to be confirmed. Vaiausia and Tunupopo each received 7 yeas and 9 nays while Folauo’o got 4 yeas and 12 nays. The governor has the option of reappointing the same individuals or submitting new names for Senate confirmation. The fourth appointed member to the commission is someone from the business sector. 2 GOVERNMENT lANd lEASES SENT TO FONO FOR APPROVAl Gov. Togiola Tulafono has submitted for Fono endorsement two leases of government properties. One lease is with Martin Anderson and his corporation for a piece of government property at Pago Park. The governor says this lease was executed by the parties and recorded in March 2004 and the tenants have occupied the land since that time. However, he said the current lease, which was originally for less than 10 years is set to expire on Dec. 29, 2012. The second lease is for Pritchard Airport Service for a warehouse, hangar and open space at the Pago Pago International Airport. The current lease, which expires Jan. 27, 2013, was duly executed in 2005. Earlier this year, both lessees informed the governor’s office of their wishes to exercise the options they were granted in the lease to extend
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the registration of the Matai Title MAUGA of the village of FITIUTA by NOFOAIGA MAUGA of the village of FITIUTA, county of FITIUTA, MANU’A 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 MAUGA shall be registered in the name of NOFOAIGA MAUGA in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: AUGUST 17, 2012 thru OCTOBER 16, 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 MAUGA o le nu’u o FITIUTA e NOFOAIGA MAUGA o FITIUTA faalupega o FITIUTA, falelima i MANU’A. 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 NOFOAIGA MAUGA e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 08/27 & 09/27/12
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Ammonia leak on purse seiner closes shipyard for hours
On Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, the Shipyard Services Authority staff and employees were ordered by ASEPA and the US Coast Guard to evacuate their premises for four hours due to an ammonia leak that originated from a Tri Marine purse seiner, the Cape Breton, which was unloading fish at StarKist when the incident occurred. The ammonia leak did not affect StarKist, and cannery employees confirmed to Samoa News that they were not evacuated from their work place. However, the shipyard was evacuated because of its close proximity to where the vessel was unloading at the cannery. Samoa News understands that when the ammonia leak became apparent, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Fire Bureau and the US Coast Guard responded to the incident. Mike Wisneske, Tri Marine Fleet Manager told Samoa News the incident occurred Tuesday morning and where the leak exited has been repaired and the purse seiner is now at StarKist. “Everything is back to normal as of today (Wednesday),” he said. Witnesses told Samoa News that DHS employees were in HAZMAT suits, which are impermeable garments that cover the body as protection from hazardous materials, such as ammonia. Cape Breton’s navigator, Justice Rodriguez told Samoa News that by Tuesday evening everything was back to normal — the boat was aired out and returned to StarKist to continue offloading its fish. Chairman of the Shipyard Services Authority board, Carlos Sanchez told Samoa News they evacuated their facility from around 8 a.m to 12noon. He said he saw the tugboat moving the vessel to the middle of the bay, as the odor was very strong. He said a tugboat was used because the main engine of the vessel was not operational, and the tugboat had to position itself upwind as that’s how strong the odor was, before it could tow the vessel out. Sanchez said they are looking at sending an invoice to Tri Marine, charging them for employee time loss.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa will hold a “PARENT MEETING” on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. BGCAS Clubhouse, Tafuna. All club member parents are encouraged to attend this very important meeting. Please call 699-2222 for more information. Management & Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — With college enrollment growing, student debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households — nearly 1 in 5 — with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor. The analysis by the Pew Research Center found that 22.4 million households, or 19 percent, had college debt in 2010. That is double the share in 1989, and up from 15 percent in 2007, just prior to the recession — representing the biggest three-year increase in student debt in more than two decades. The increase was driven by higher tuition costs as well as rising college enrollment during the economic downturn. The biggest jumps occurred in households at the two extremes of the income distribution. More well-off families are digging deeper into their pockets to pay for costly private colleges, while lowerincome people in search of higher-wage jobs are enrolling in community colleges, public universities and other schools as a way to boost their resumes. Because of the sluggish economy, fewer college students than before are able to settle into full-time careers immediately upon graduation, contributing to a jump in debt among lowerincome households as the young adults take on part-time jobs or attend graduate school, according to Pew. As a share of household income, the debt burden was the greatest for the poorest 20 percent of households, or those making less than $21,044. In all, 40 percent of U.S. households headed by someone younger than age 35 owed college debt, the highest share of any age group. “Comparing the debt to their economic resources, the lowest-income fifth of households are the ones experiencing the greatest stresses,” said Richard Fry, a senior economist at Pew who analyzed the numbers. Noting that college enrollment has continued to climb since 2010, Fry added: “Until college enrollment peaks, I would not expect the amount of outstanding student debt to level off.” The study released Wednesday is based on the Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted every three years and sponsored by the Federal Reserve. The numbers are as of 2010, the latest available for that survey. Separate Fed data have pointed to subsequent increases in student loans since 2010 that totaled $914 billion in the April-June quarter, but don’t provide demographic breakdowns on who shoulders the biggest burdens. Both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger in this year’s election, Mitt Romney, have been seeking to court young voters with differing visions on how to address rising tuition and growing college debt. Obama wants to make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for lower-earning families. Romney says that making government the direct source of federal student loans has not worked and simply drives tuition higher. He stresses the need to curb college costs. The Pew report found that the richest 20 percent of households, or those with annual income of $97,586 or higher, owed the biggest share of outstanding student debt — 31 percent, up from 28 percent in 2007. The poorest 20 percent of households also saw their debt grow, to 13 percent from 11 percent. The richest households saw significant increases in perhousehold debt. For those with annual income of $97,586 to $146,791, college debt rose from $25,921 in 2007 to $31,989. For the richest 10 percent, making at least $146,792, college debt increased from $36,033 to $44,810. Across all households, the average outstanding college debt increased from $23,349 to $26,682. For the poorest 20 percent of households, the average debt rose from $19,018 to $20,640. In recent years, Americans have cut back on several other types of borrowing such as credit card use, with average household indebtedness falling from $105,297 in 2007 to $100,720 in 2010. Broken down by income levels, however, average total indebtedness for the bottom 20 percent of households by income actually rose from $17,579 in 2007 to $26,779; for the higher income groups, average indebtedness either was unchanged or declined. Pew Social & Demographic Trends: http://pewsocialtrends.org/
Student debt hits a record 1 in 5 homes
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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the high level meeting on rule of law in the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquar(AP Photo/Richard Drew) ters Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.
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Samoa PM addresses UN General Assembly on ‘Rule of Law’
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Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi told the United Nations meeting on ‘Rule of Law’ that since his country has no military forces, Samoa’s only guaranteed security is the strict observance of the rule of law, as well as Samoa’s cultural institutions and its chiefly system. He spoke before the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. In his address PM Tuilaepa told the assembly the meeting is timely and its focus on the Rule of Law pertinent. Strengthening the Rule of Law at the national and international levels is key to guaranteeing peace and security, human rights, and social and economic justice for all. Telling the assembly that respect for the Rule of Law has been an integral part of Samoa’s journey as a proud independent nation for 50 years, he went on to highlight a few examples of how Samoa is contributing to its strengthening. SAMOA’S CONTRIbuTIONS “To increase our compliance with international law, we established a Law and Justice Sector which launched a four year plan with the vision of ‘Justice for a Safe and Stable Samoa’. The Sector Plan focuses on improving and strengthening the legal system and services in Samoa through increasing of community safety, improving access to justice, integrating customary and community based justice with the formal justice system and promoting integrity and good governance. “A product of the Sector Plan was the establishment of the Samoa Law Reform Commission which is undertaking a comprehensive review of existing legislation and regulations to ensure that they reflect present day realities, congruent with the culture and traditions of a changing and modernizing Samoan society and in line with our international obligations. “The Law Reform Commission works closely with relevant stakeholders and members of the public to assess legislative compliance of international conventions, particularly the human rights conventions Samoa is a state party to. PEACEKEEPING He told the international gathering that Samoa is fully committed to the peacekeeping work of the United Nations, one of the organization’s most effective and successful mandates. “The small size of our police force has not prevented us from contributing officers to peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, Timor Leste and to the Regional Assessment Mission in Solomon Islands. We are proud that more than 30% of our peacekeepers are women, already surpassing the UN goal.” He also mentioned that Samoa is a participating country in the “Justice Rapid Response” multilateral stand-by facility. Being part of this initiative underscores Samoa’s strong support to ensure that all serious human rights and international law violations must be investigated and brought to justice. SAMOA’S STRATEGy FOR dEVElOPMENT 2012-2016 The Prime Minister told the body, “An improved quality life for all Samoans is the key underpinning of the ‘Strategy for Development 2012-2016’. A major goal of the strategy is strengthening social cohesion and stability and the need to have in place legislation to meet this ultimate goal. “The Strategy contains concrete targets to support government’s efforts to provide an enabling environment for private sector development, mindful of our responsibilities and obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization as of May this year. “Women parliamentarians had always been an integral feature of all our Legislatives over our fifty year history. The amendment to our Constitution to be enacted before the end of this year to allow for 10% of the seats for women will ensure that there is a guaranteed minimum level of representation for them in our national Parliament.” INTERNATIONAl CRIMINAl COuRT Samoa regards the International Criminal Court as an important part of the architecture of world peace based on the Rule of Law. The Institutionalization of the court ten years ago was a major achievement in the protection of human rights and in upholding international humanitarian standards. The unanimous approval last year of the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute allows the crimes of aggression to be added, finally to the list of crimes that cannot go unpunished. In closing, he said Samoa is committed to ensuring that the Rule of Law is respected and adhered at all levels. “I am happy therefore to announce that Samoa will be ratifying the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on crimes of aggression tomorrow (Tuesday) as part of the UN Treaty Event.” Source: United Nations documents
In a two-minute ad, Obama touts ‘economic patriotism’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pitching a broad economic argument to voters ahead of next week’s debate with Republican opponent Mitt Romney, buying TV time in seven battleground states to promote what he calls a “new economic patriotism.” In a two-minute ad, Obama looks into the camera as he promotes an economic plan he says will create 1 million manufacturing jobs, cut oil imports and hire thousands of new teachers. The ad set to air in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado comes as Obama and Republican Mitt Romney shadow each other while looking for votes in a closely contested race. On Thursday, the two candidates are scheduled to campaign in the same state for the third straight day, this time in Virginia, a critical battleground in the Nov. 6 election. Romney is to appear in suburban Washington for a veterans event, while Obama speaks to a farm bureau in Virginia Beach. The simultaneous visits follow an all-day duel Wednesday in Ohio, where Romney declared he can do more than Obama to improve the lives of average people. Obama scoffed that a challenger who calls half the nation “victims” was unlikely to be of much help. Meanwhile, new Republican-leaning independent groups have entered the presidential advertising fray as polling suggests Romney’s campaign may be losing ground against Obama in key states such as Ohio and Florida. The commercials, aimed at voters who supported Obama in 2008 but are now undecided, join those from the campaigns and outside groups swamping a narrow and possibly shrinking map of competitive states in the fast-moving presidential contest. Americans for Job Security launched an $8.7 million ad buy in six battleground states, while the Ending Spending Action Fund, a new conservative group bankrolled by billionaire Joe Ricketts, was set to debut a $10 million, four-state ad campaign on Thursday. Polls show Obama widening his lead in several key states amid backlash from a leaked video in which Romney disparages the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income tax as governmentdependent Obama supporters who see themselves as victims and won’t take responsibility for their own lives. Obama’s campaign was reveling in the latest public polling but trying to crush any sense of overconfidence. “If we need to pass out horse blinders to all of our staff, we will do that,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday. Romney went after workingclass voters at three stops in Ohio, while Obama rallied college crowds at Bowling Green and Kent State. Early voting in Ohio begins next week. “If President Obama were to be re-elected, what you’d see is four more years like the last four years, and we can’t afford another four more years like the last four years,” Romney told a boisterous crowd in Toledo at the day’s final stop. Romney said the country had lost more than half a million manufacturing jobs in the past four years. “This is not the path we want for America,” he said. Romney’s campaign has been reeling from his caughton-video comments at a Florida fundraiser last May. New opinion polls, conducted after the video became public last week, show Obama opening up apparent leads over Romney in battleground states, including Ohio and Virginia. Romney told ABC News that the race was in a statistical tie in some national polls. “I’m very pleased with some polls, less so with other polls, but frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down,” he said. Obama was not about to let the video comments fade away. He said Wednesday that “America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together, as one nation, as one people.”
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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Bowling Green State University, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Bowling Green, Ohio.
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September 26, 2012
CLOSE OF REGISTRATION AND LAST DAY TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS
The last day to register for the 2012 General Election is fast approaching. The last day to register or re-register is October 9, 2012. Anyone qualified to vote (i.e, eighteen (18) years of age on or before November 6, 2012, a U.S Citizen or U.S National; lived in American Samoa for a total of at least two (2) years; and bona fide resident of the election district for at least one (1) year preceding the election), must come by the office to register or re-register if you were purged (i.e, did not vote in the last two consecutive elections). September 28, 2012 , is the National Voter Registration Day, and in preparation for this national event, the Election Office has opened up an online voter status verification and the absence ballot tracking system.This is a good opportunity for all registered voters to look up your voter status online.You must have the right combination of required fields (i.e, Last Name, First Name, Voter Id No) in order to view your voter status and absentee ballot status for those who have requested and voted absentee. If your status search returns with “PURGED” you need to come in to re-register before the deadline. The last day to receive an outside absentee ballot request is October 22, 2012.Those in the Military, student in an institution of learning, employed in the services of the United States Government, employed in the services of the American Samoa Government, an overseas voter voting for the Delegate to the United States Congress House of Representatives, are qualified to vote outside absentee. There are two ways to request your absentee ballot: One is the EO-08 Form (Request for Absentee Ballot Form) and second, is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). All military voters requesting an absentee ballot are advised to use the FPCA as much as possible. Both forms are available online either at the www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org or the FVAP website.
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TO Members of the LEVU Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PAULINE IOSIA of NUUULI 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 LEFUESA allegedly belonging to LEVU FAMILY of the village of NUUULI. Said land LEFUESA is situated in or near the village of NUUULI in the County of ITUAU, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: SEPTEMBER 5, ,2012 thru OCTOBER 5, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa LEVU, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o PAULINE IOSIA o le nu’u o NUUULI 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 LEFUESA e fa’asino i le aiga sa LEVU, o le nu’u o NUUULI. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o NUUULI itumalo o ITUAU, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 09/13 & 09/27/12
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NEW YORK (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make his case against Iran before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, arguing that time is quickly running out to stop the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power and the threat of force must be seriously considered. His demand that President Barack Obama declare “red lines” that would trigger an American attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities has been rejected in Washington and sparked a public rift between the two leaders. Netanyahu claims international diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions have failed. His time at the U.N. podium gives him an opportunity in front of the international community to press his case once again, perhaps in a final plea before Israel takes matters into its own hands. Israeli leaders have issued a series of warnings in recent weeks suggesting that if Iran’s uranium enrichment program continues it may soon stage a unilateral military strike, flouting even American wishes. The Obama administration has urgently sought to hold off Israeli military action, which would likely result in the U.S. being pulled into a conflict and cause regionwide mayhem on the eve of American elections. Such an attack would almost certainly lead to retaliatory Iranian missile strikes on Israeli population centers. On Sunday, Iranian leaders suggested they may strike Israeli preemptively if they feel threatened. Israel considers a nucleararmed Iran to be an existen-
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tial threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, Iran’s development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for hostile Arab militant groups. Also Thursday, on the sidelines of the General Assembly, key figures will gather for a Friends of Yemen meeting that will be co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Foreign Ministe Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Abdullah. The meeting will produce a communique aimed at generating support for Hadi, who took office in February after more than a year of political turmoil and is now trying to steer his country’s democratic transition. Later, political directors from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany will be meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue. A few hours before Netanyahu flew to the U.S., Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known for past fiery denunciations of the United States and Israel, spoke at length about his vision for a “new world order” during his speech at the U.N. His speech on Wednesday happened to fall on Yom Kippur, the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar, devoted to fasting, prayer and introspection. Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the speech soon after the fast ended. “On the day when we pray to be inscribed in the book of life a platform was given to a dictatorial regime that strives, at every opportunity, to sentence us to death,” Netanyahu said. ‘In my remarks to the UN General Assembly, they will hear my response. History has proven that those who have wanted to wipe us off the map have failed, as the Jewish People have overcome all obstacles,” Netanyahu said. Netanyahu has said he is going to the U.N. to draw attention to what Israel perceives as the Iranian threat. Speaking to his Cabinet on Sunday, he said at the U.N. he would “reiterate that the most dangerous country in the world must not be allowed to arm itself with the most dangerous weapon in the world.” He did not elaborate.
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On Tuesday, the Maariv daily reported that Netanyahu would present his own “red lines” to the world body. It said Netanyahu would spell out what limits the international community should set for Iran to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power and how long that will take. Netanyahu has never laid out these limits precisely. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes but Israel, the U.S. and other Western allies reject the claim. Four rounds of U.N. sanctions have been placed on Iran. A U.N. report last month only reinforced Israeli fears, finding that Iran has moved more of its uranium enrichment activities into fortified bunkers deep underground where they are impervious to air attack. Enrichment is a key activity in building a bomb, though it has other uses as well, such as producing medical isotopes. While Israel is convinced that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, American officials believe Iran has not yet made a final decision to take the plunge, even as it develops much of the infrastructure needed to do so. Obama has repeatedly said he will not allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons and has said the U.S. would be prepared to use force as a last resort. But in an interview Sunday with “60 Minutes” he also vowed to “block out any noise that’s out there” on the issue, in an apparent swipe at Netanyahu. Israel’s timeline for military action is shorter than that of the United States, which has far more powerful bunker-busting bombs at its disposal, and there is great suspicion in Israel over whether in the moment of truth Obama will follow through on his pledge. Netanyahu has a history of fiery speeches at the U.N. General Assembly. In 2009, he waved the blueprints for the Nazi death camp Aushwitz and invoked the memory of his own family members murdered by the Nazis while making his case against Iran’s Holocaust denial and threats to destroy Israel. To those who remained at the General Assembly while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke, he chastised: “Have you no shame? Have you no decency?”
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Police chief resigns, NM force has gone to the dog
VAUGHN, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force — a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka. Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background. “He decided the attention was distracting,” Romero said. State officials said Armijo couldn’t carry a gun since acknowledging that he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. Armijo also faces new felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash. Romero said Armijo is working to clear up the latest case. He said Armijo has not ruled out seeking the police chief’s position again if his case is resolved and the position is open. According to records, the only qualified member of the Vaughn Police Department is Nikka, a drug-sniffing dog. Vaughn’s other officer isn’t certified and pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery last year. Noncertified officers can’t make arrests and can’t carry firearms. But Romero said not having an officer qualified to carry a gun didn’t put Vaughn at risk. “England doesn’t allow police officers to carry guns,” he said. “Sometime the strongest weapon in law enforcement is communication.” Vaughn, a town of about 450 located 104 miles east of Albuquerque, is a quiet town that is an overnight stop for railroad workers. And while residents say there is no crime problem, the town is set deep in what U.S. Homeland Security Investigations officials say is an isolated region of the state popular with drug traffickers. Officials say the desolate roads in Guadalupe County make it hard for authorities to catch smugglers moving drugs from Mexico. Guadalupe County Sheriff Michael Lucero said since news about the police chief’s record became public his department has helped patrol Vaughn. But he said those efforts have put a slight strain on his already short-staffed department. “I visit the town at least once a month,” said Lucero. “The important thing is to keep a presence so residents know we’re there to help if we’re needed.” Romero said town officials are considering whether to hire another police chief or keep the department staffed with just one officer. He said it’s unclear whether the town will keep the police dog, which had been in Armijo’s care. When approached by a reporter from The Associated Press at his Vaughn home, Armijo said he had no comment, and he declined to grant access to the canine for photographs or video. The dog’s kennel could be seen in Armijo’s backyard, and a police truck marked “K-9” was parked in his driveway. At Penny’s Diner, residents said they were embarrassed by the attention the episode has put on the small town. “There’s just a whole lot of nothing going on here,” said cook Joyce Tabor. “We have very little crime. It’s quiet. So this really doesn’t matter.”
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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 SO’OTO of the village of LEONE by KISO S. SO’OTO of the village of LEONE, county of FOFO, 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 SO’OTO shall be registered in the name of KISO S. SO’OTO in accordance with the laws of American Samoa. POSTED: AUGUST 20, 2012 thru OCTOBER 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 SO’OTO o le nu’u o LEONE e KISO S. SO’OTO o LEONE faalupega o FOFO, 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 KISO S. SO’OTO e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a Amerika Samoa. 08/27 & 09/27/12
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DETROIT (AP) — Investigators will take soil samples from the ground beneath a suburban Detroit driveway after a man told police he believes he witnessed the burial of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa about 35 years ago, police said Wednesday. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said his department received a tip from a man who said he saw a body buried approximately 35 years ago and “thinks it may have been Jimmy he saw interred.” “We are not claiming it’s Jimmy Hoffa, the timeline doesn’t add up,” Berlin said. “We’re investigating a body that may be at the location.” Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, outside a suburban Detroit restaurant where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain. His body has not been found despite a number of searches over the years. Innumerable theories about the demise of the union boss have surfaced over time. Among them: He was entombed in concrete at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, ground up and thrown in a Florida swamp or obliterated in a mob-owned fat-rendering plant. The search has continued under a backyard pool north of Detroit in 2003, under the floor of a Detroit home in 2004 and at a horse farm northwest of Detroit in 2006. After Roseville police received the most recent tip, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality used ground penetrating radar on a 12-foot-by-12-foot patch beneath the driveway, said agency spokesman Brad Wurfel. It found “that the earth had been disturbed at some point in time,” Berlin said. The environmental quality department on Friday will take soil samples that will be sent to a forensic anthropologist at Michigan State University to “have it tested for human decomposition,” Berlin said. Results are not expected until next week. The FBI had no immediate comment on the new effort in Roseville. Andrew Arena, who recently retired as head of the FBI in Michigan, told Detroit TV station WDIV that all leads must be followed, but he would be surprised if Hoffa is buried there.
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Na faaigoa e loia na molimau i le iloiloga a le komiti o Tulafono a le maota o sui i le taeao ananafi, suiga o le tulafono mo le faasalaga o le oti i le soliutulafono o le fasioti tagata, “o ni suiga ua talafeagai ma lelei.” O le iloiloga na valaauina e fesiligia ai loia a le atunuu i ni o latou finagalo e faatatau i le tulafono taufaaofi lea ua i luma o le Fono Faitulafono, e suia ai le faasalaga mo so’o se tasi e ta’usala i le fasioti tagata, mai i le sala oti, i le soloatoa i le falepuipui. O loia na mafai ona molimau i lea iloiloga na aofia ai le loia sili ia Fepuleai A. Ripley, le loia sili lagolago ia Mitzie Jessop, o le loia fautua mo tagata lautele ia Ruth Risch-Fuatagavi, atoa ai ma le peresetene o le Asosi o Loia i Amerika Samoa, ia Marcus Tala Uiagalelei. E ui ina sa le’i mafai ona fofogaina e Uiagalelei se manatu o le Asosi a Loia, ae sa ia ta’ua, i sona lava manatu toatasi, o se loia fautua, o se suiga lelei lenei ua leva ona tatau ona fai, ona o lo o i ai pea ni isi o lavelave i le tulafono, e faatatau i le faasalaga o le oti pe afai ae tausalaina ai se tasi. O ni isi o auala na taua e le alii loia e lavelave ai lenei mataupu, e le gata i le tulaga o le soifuaga faatagata soifua, ae o le soifuaga faa Samoa, e faa faigata ai ona talia e tagata lenei ituaiga faasalaga. Sa ia faailoa i luma o le komiti se tasi o mataupu na tausalaina O se va’aiga lea i le taeao o le Aso To’ona’i ua ta tonu le afa o le valu, ae o lo’o tutula’i pea le vaega ai se alii i le solitulafono o le fasioti tagata, ma manatu ai le ofisa a le tinei afi ma le vaega a le Fire Rescuers ina ia mafai ona fesoasoani i aiga tuaoi o le Faleoloa o o le loia sili (a’o galue ai i lea taimi) e tatau ona vaavaai i le faas[ata: Leua Aiono Frost] alaga o le oti mo lenei mataupu, peitai ina ua maea ona toe iloilo le Manu’a i Malaeimi, ina ne’i toe sasao ane le afi i luga ma a’afia ai. e le ofisa ni isi o faafitauli, na toe suia ia loa le faaiuga. I le molimau a Fepuleai sa ia taua ai foi lona lagolago i le fuafuaga mo le toe suia o le tulafono, ona e le gata o le itu tau tupe, ae o le auala foi e faaoo ai le faasalaga o le oti i se tagata pe afai ae faamaonia lana solitulafono. Na taua e le loia sili e faapea, o le taimi pito sili lava ona faigata i le mataupu lenei, o le taimi o le a faaoo ai le faasalaga o le oti i le tagata ua tausala, pe a fuafua i le soifuaga faa Samoa. Ma o le finagalo foi lea o le tamaitai loia fautua ia Fuatagavi, tusia: Leua Aiono Frost tatou malo -DOA. lea foi na lagolagoina e Mitzie. Na taua e Fuatagavi le tele foi o I le ulua’i aso mo a’oa’oga i e uma e Pe afai e va’aia e le mamalu lautele o lo’o fa’aaogaina Vaila’au e fa’atama’ia ai le vao, i ai se Kamupani o latou fa’atauina mai le mafuaaga e na te lagolagoina ai lenei fuafuaga, aemaise ai le le po’o Iniseti ma manu fa’alafua i Fa’ato’aga ma “Gramoxone” po’o le vaila’au fanavao, ua tatau (Faaauau itulau 11) Lafumanu, ua tula’i ai le tama’ita’i o Loretta o le ona lipotia i le taimi nei. E te silafia nei vaila’au ASEPA mo lona sao e fa’amanino atili tulafono sili ona mata’utia pe afai e i ai le upu “RUP ma aiaiga fa’aletulafono e fa’aaogaina ai e so’o Restricted Use Pesticides” i latou kuponi po’o se tasi failaisene nei ituaiga o vaila’au o’ona. le “Leipo” olo’o fa’apipi’ia i le tino o le fagu “Ona o le fa’amoemoe e fa’atama’ia nisi vaila’au. meaola, manu po’o la’au ma vao, o lea e ao Matau mai sou sao aoga tele i lenei ina manino atili le mamalu o le atunu’u ua fia fa’apupulaga mo e uma e fa’aaogaina vaila’au, fa’aaogaina nei vaila’au i aiaiga o tulafono e “O le a’oa’oga fa’apitoa lenei, e faia i le Ofisa o a’afia ai i latou pe a fai ae le usita’ia muamua le Land Grant - ASCC, ua mafai ona a’otauina ai tulafono nei.” oe mo le su’eina o lou laisene e te agava’a ai mo tusia Ausage Fausia O le aso atoa mai le 12:00 i le aoauli se’ia le tolu tausaga, e te fa’aaogaina vaila’au nei mo PASIA FAIPulE PIlI FAASOA o’o i le itula e 4:00 i le afiafi sa fa’atautaia ai lea meaola fa’alafua i lau fa’ato’aga ma lafumanu.” AI $6.8 MIlIONA PAKETI MAlO vasega i le potu fono o le Land Grant i le Kolisi “Afai o oe o le faifa’ato’aga ua e talosaga mo Ua pasia e le maota o sui i le faitauga faatolu la latou pili Tu’ufa’atasi i le aso Gafua na te’a nei. lenei avanoa, e mafai ona e fa’aaogaina, ae ia tupe, e faasoasoa atu ai le $6.8 miliona e faaatoa ai le paketi a O tulafono patino nei e ao ina mataituina, fa’amaumau le aofa’i po’o le tele o le vaila’au le malo mo le tausaga tupe 2013, e uina sa toalima faipule na ua tulafono a le feterale na pasia mai le tausaga ua e fa’aaogaina, ma aso na e fa’atauina mai ai, tetee i lenei pili. 1947, ae na pasia ma fa’amamaluina e le tatou po’o fea fo’i na e fa’atauina mai ai!” O faipule sa palota leai, o i latou foi ia sa fesiligia lenei ASEPA i le tausaga e 197. Afai ae le maua nei fa’amaumauga ia te oe, ae tupe, e pei ona vava o ai le malo ma le Fono, pe faamaonia o lo Ua fa’atulafonoina le fa’aaogaina ma ala e tutupu mai ni afaina fa’anatura ma fa’aleagaina o i ai sea tupe i totonu o teugatupe a le malo. fa’aaoga ai, o le fa’atau mai ma le fa’atau atu, ai lau fa’ato’aga, e mafai ona fesiligia ai lau O le vaevaeina o le $6.8 miliona e aofia ai le $1.2 miliona o ala e fetufa’i ai vaila’au nei, o ala e teuina ai i fa’amaumauga o au tupe fa’aalu, ma aoga ai fo’i mo le Ofisa o le Kovana Sili; $2.1 miliona mo faaiuga e tolu tua i aiga o faifa’ato’aga, o ala e fa’aleaogaina ai nei fa’amaumauga, mo au talosaga mo se fes- a le faamasinoga maualuga; $394,000 mo le Ofisa o Aoga; pe tia’i ai vaila’au totoe ma e fa’amamafa lava - oasoani a le USDA ma le DOA ia te oe ma lau $500,00 mo Tupe o Sikolasipi; $500,000 mo le Fono Faitu“ia teuina sau faila e fa’amaumau ai le aofa’i o fa’ato’aga.” lafono: $1 miliona mo le ASPA; $50,000 mo le Matagaluega le vaila’au ma lona ituaiga ua e fa’aaogaina i le E lua ituaiga o vaila’au mo le tineia o manu Saogalemu Lautele; $500,000 mo le Matagaluega o Galuega; tausaga atoa.” ma vao fa’alafua o lo ua fa’atauina mai mo le ma le $450,000 mo le Faaleleia o Fale a le malo. “I so’o se taimi, e le mafai ona te’ena, pe atunu’u atoa, o le ituaiga e suavaia ma le ituaiga PIlI TuPE TOTOGI AI FAAIuGA A fa’alavelave so’o se tasi e amata mai le Kovana o lo’o aumaia i pauta.Manatua, e afua mai utu lE FAAMASINOGA FAASAGA MAlO sili e o’o i so’o se tagata faifa’ato’aga ma sa’o ma siama e mama’i ai pa’u o manu, se’ia o’o i Ua i luma o le Fono Faitulafono se pili tupe mai le faigao aiga, i se taimi e mo’omia ai e le ASEPA ona iniseti fa’alafua, anufe e ‘aina lau la’au ma a’a malo a Amerika Samoa, e talosagaina ai le faasoasoa atu o le asia lau fa’ato’aga, fale ma lafumanu, ma siaki o la’au toto o fa’ato’aga, fa’ama’i o laufa’i ma $95,000 e totogi ai le poloaiga a le faamasinoga maualuga sa au fa’amaumauga o vaila’au sa e fa’aaogaina mo le lausului, e o’o mai i le isumu ma gaupapa tuuina mai i le mataupu sa faia i le va o le aiga o Amosa ma le manu ma vao fa’alafua i lau fa’ato’aga.” ma sisi aferika, ma le fanaina o le vao ia pe mo malo. O lenei tupe ua poloaina e le faamasinoga e totogi atu e O mea nei e fa’amamafa i le a’oa’oga, e ao le fa’ato’aina o fa’ato’aga, o ituaiga vaila’au le malo i le aiga o Saneterini Amosa Jr, ona o le faalavelave na ina nofouta i ai le vasega o i latou ua talosaga uma nei e ao ina nofouta le mamalu lautele i lo mafua ai ona maliu o ia ina ua maea ona faia sona taotoga i le laisene e fa’aaoga ai nei ituaiga o vaila’au. latou a’afiaga fita e maua ai, pe sasi se leipo, ma falema’i o le LBJ i Fagaalu i le 2007. Mo kamupani ua fa’atau mai ai e faifa’ato’aga fa’aaoga ai ae le mautinoa o se vaila’au. I se tusi a le kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono i taitai o le vaila’au, ia fa’autagia mai, “E leai se Kamupani “Ia matua lelei ma mamao ese mai le o’o i ai o fono e uiga i lenei tulafono taufaaofi, o loo ia taua ai se tulaga Tu Maoti i Amerika Samoa” ua latou mafaia ona fanau, nei vaila’au uma. Fautuaina ia matua loka e faapea, e le mafai ona ia tuuina atu faamatalaga auiliili e uiga fa’atau mai fafo ituaiga vaila’au ua fa’ailo mai le kapoti i se ki, ia le sasi i ai se tamaititi inumia i lenei mataupu, ona o loo aofia ai i se vaega o le poloaiga a o “RUP” po’o vaila’au sili ona malolosi mo le ona e manatu o se faguinu, po’o se mea’ai.” O le le faamasinoga le le tatau lea ona faailoa atu nisi o ia tulaga, fa’atama’ia o manu fa’alafua ma vao fa’alafua. tima’i mai lea a Loretta le sui o le EPA o nafa ma peitai e mafai ona fesiligia e le Fono le ofisa o le Loia Sili O lea pemita, ua na’o le Ofisa o Fa’ato’aga o le lea itu o le auaunaga. (Faaauau itulau 11)
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Lagolago loia suiga tulafono i le faasalaga o le oti
SAO O LE EPA: VAILA’AU ESEESE MO FA’AtO’AGA
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TO Members of the SOLIAI Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that TO’ATAUTALI FIA of NUUULI 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 MATAALII allegedly belonging to SOLIAI FAMILY of the village of NUUULI. Said land MATAALII is situated in or near the village of NUUULI in the County of ITUAU, Island of TUTUILA, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: SEPTEMBER 12, ,2012 thru OCTOBER 12, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa SOLIAI, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o TO’ATAUTALI FIA o le nu’u o NUUULI 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 MATAALII e fa’asino i le aiga sa SOLIAI, o le nu’u o NUUULI. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o NUUULI itumalo o ITUAU, ile motu o TUTUILA, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 09/13 & 09/27/12
NOTICE FOR SEPARATION AGREEMENT
FA’AALIGA O LE FEAGAIGA MO SE TU’U’ESEINA
Nisi o sui mai le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Vaomatua ma le Gataifale, faapea ai tagata suesue mai le Land Grant i le Kolisi Tuufaatasi, ina ua toe taunuu mai i le taeao ananafi mai le latou malaga na asia ai le motu o Swains, lea na asia ai le tulaga o loo i ai le vaomatua ma le gataifale o lea motu. O le vaa o le Lady Naomi mai Samoa na totogi e momoliina le aumalaga (ata AF) ma toe aumaia i le taeao ananafi.
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Asia DMWR sami ma le vaomatua motu Swains
O le taeao ananafi na toe taliu mai ai i fanua sui o le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Vaomatua ma le Gataifale (DMWR), lea na malaga atu e asia le tulaga o lo o i ai le tamaoaiga o le vaomatua ma le sami i le motu o Swains. E lata i le toa 40 le aofai o le aumalaga na toe taliu manuia mai i le Lady Naomi i le taeao ananafi, i le lata ai i le lua vaiaso o i ai i le motu o Swains. I se faatalatalanoaga ma se sui o le DMWR ia Pulemagafa Siaifoi Faamu “I le tulaga o le gataifale, sa toe fia vaavaai pe o i ai nisi ituaiga i’a fou ua vaaia i le motu, aemaise ai o le tulaga o amu o loo i ai, pe i ai nisi mea fou e ese mai i mea sa maitauina i le malaga e lei mamao atu”. asiasiga lenei, o le tulaga o le i’a o le laumei faapea ai ma le pa’a lea e taua o le ‘u u’. Saunoa Pulemagafa, o le motu o Swains le isi nofoaga e tele ina tuufua ai laumei, ma o le isi lena tulaga sa fia mataituina i le latou asiasiga lenei, pe ua i ai ni laumei o tuufua i le motu i le taimi nei. “Ae i le tulaga o le vaomatua, sa toe fia vaavaai pe ua i ai nisi manulele Samoa ua vaaia i totonu o le motu, e ese mai i le manu o le lupe lea sa matou maitauina i isi a matou malaga ua mavae atu,” o le saunoaga lea a Pulemagafa. Na malaga faatasi ma sui o le DMWR ia sui mai i le Land Grant, mo le suesueina o ituaiga iniseti o lo o maua i Swains. Sa malaga ai foi ma sui o le EMS ina ia mautinoa le saogalemu o i latou uma na auai i le aumalaga. Na fa’aalia e le alii faipule o Swains, le susuga Alexander Eli Jennings, lona agaga fiafia ina ua mafai ona faataunuuina pea malaga e asia ai le motu ma o le faanaunauga o lo o ia te ia, ia tele ni isi malaga i luma atu mo Swains, ina ia mafai ai ona asia pea tulaga o lo o i ai le tamaoaiga o le motu i le sami ma le vaomatua, ma mafai ai foi ona faataunuu nisi o moemitiga ua leva ona ia taumafai ai mo Swains. O le taimi nei e pei ona saunoa le alii faipule, e le o i ai se isi o nofo ai i Swains, ae o lo o i ai le faanaunauga a mautu loa faigamalaga ua faaauauina mo le motu, ona mafai ai loa ona toe agai ni isi e nonofo ma galulue i le motu. Sa ia taua e faapea, o le faafitauli o lo o feagai ma Swains i le tele o taimi, o le leai o se vaa e malaga ma nofo ai mo se taimi umi, peitai o lea ua maua le fesoasoani mai le vaa a Samoa e mafai ai ona faataunuu malaga i le motu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
➧ Lagolago loia…
Mai itulau 10
➧ Tala mai le Fono…
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talafeagai o le tulafono o i ai nei, e uiga i lenei mataupu, ma tulaga o le Faavae. I le tulaga o le auala e faataunuu ai le faasalaga, na taua ai e Fuatagavi e faapea, e le o manino pe faapefea ona faataunuu le faasalaga o le oti, pe sisi (tulou) pe fai i ai se isi gaioiga, aua e le o i ai se maea i le toese e mafai ai ona sisi se tasi. Sa ia taua foi, e pe a ma le $10 miliona le tupe e manaomia e faagaioi ai taualumaga uma o le mataupu, ina ia mafai ai ona puipuia lelei aia tatau o le tagata ua molia. I le faafofoga ai o afioga i faipule i molimau a loia, sa latou taua ai le matagofie o latou finagalo ua faaalia, e uiga i suiga o le tulafono ua i luma nei o le maota. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
latou te faamalamalama auiliili tulaga uma o lenei mataupu. O Amosa Jr na maliu i le falema’i i ni nai aso talu ona tuana’i sona taotoga sa faia ai, ona o se aafiaga i lona ulu (tulou). E $7 miliona le aofai o le tupe sa su ai e le aiga le malo, peitai o se maliliega sa faia ua faai’uina ai i le totogiina atu lea o le aofai e pei ona tuuina atu i luma o le Fono Faitulafono. O lenei tulafono taufaaofi o loo faamoemoe e faatupe mai Teugatupe o Tagi ma Mea sa faaleagaina, lea o loo i lalo o le teugatupe a le Ofisa o le Loia Sili. E le’i faatulagaina mai e taitai komiti a maota e lua taimi ma aso e faia ai iloiloga o nei mataupu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
• Must be Master Technician, Certification Certificates required • Must have minimum 2 years of auto engineering training in computer diagnostics and electrical repairs at college level • Must also have 5 years previous experience as shop foreman and service advisor • Computer skills with Windows, Office, Internet, Excel and DMS systems Principal Duties and Responsibilities: • Ensure superior quality service and repairs to every customer • Maintain a clean professional environment • Establish process and standards to ensure customer satisfaction, efficient service operation • Ensure vehicle fixed right the first time and ensure each vehicle quality controlled • Prioritize work to ensure all deadlines met, handle customer complaints • Maintain systems for tracking time spent on job, flag repair orders • Oversee all service repair operations and evaluate technician performance and training Top Wages paid E-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOP FOREMAN NEEDED FOR BUSY SHOP IN AMERICAN SAMOA
saunia; Leua Aiono Frost
MAI ‘I MA ‘O
samoa news, Thursday, September 27, 2012
FA’ATAu TAMA’ITA’I I lE PA PIA O tama mai le Associated Press, mai le a’ai o Hagatna i Guam, ua fa’ailoa mai ai le fa’ai’uga a le fa’amasinoga ale Malo Tele ina ia fa’asalaina le tama’ita’i e i ai lona Fale’aiga ma le Pa Pia, Song Ja Cha, 70 tausaga o lona soifua, i le Olaga atoa i le falepuipui. O le mafuaga, ona ua fa’amaonia nei e le fa’amasinoga, sa aumaia e lenei tama’ita’i ni tina ma teineiti i totonu o le atunu’u ma fa’afaigaluega i itula tuga o le po, e o’o ai lava ina fa’amailei mai ai tupe i nei faiga fa’asolitulafono ma ‘ave uma lava e ia, ae le totogia ai le ua faia le galuega. O le fa’asalaga atoa ua fa’atulaga mo Cha ua aofia ai ma le totogi o le sala tupe i nei tama’ita’i e to’a 10 na ia aumaia mai Chuk Maikorenisia, ma le $10,000. o lana tupe i le malo. E valu aso o faia lenei fa’amasinoga. E tusa ai ma fa’amaumauga a le fa’amasinoga, o Cha ma isi sa latou sailia mai ni tama’ita’i mai Chuk e o mai i Guam e faigaluega i le latou fale’aiga. Na tauanau lava e Cha le vasega o tama’ita’i talavou, peita’i, ua sau ai ma se tasi e na’o le 16 tausaga, mai aiga e vaivai le tamaoa’iga i Maikoenisia, ua latou talia fiafia lenei faiga ma le manatu o le a lelei ai se tamaoaiga mo latou aiga. Ua fa’ailoa mai e sui na su’esu’ea lenei solitulafono, ua fa’amaonia e i latou, e fa’amalosia e Cha nai teine nei e faigaluega se’ia toeititi ao mai, ma ua avea i latou i tama’ita’i tali tane i totonu lava o lana Pa Pia. FAlEPuIPuI PM - FA’AAOGA SESE TuPE MAlO Mai le Associated Press ua fa’ailoa mai ai le ali’i Palemia o Aikuupito Ahmed Nazif, o se palemia muamua lea o le faigamalo a le Mubarak-era ua saisaitia, molia ma fa’amaonia lona fa’aaoga sese o tupe a le Malo a’o tula’i i lea tofiga maualuga i le tausaga ua te’a 2011. Ua fa’atulaga ele fa’amasinoga i Kairo le ali’i palemia e nofosala i le falepuipui mo le 3 tausaga ona o ana faiga sese sa fa’aaogaina le tatau ai tupe a le Malo. O Ahmed Nazif, sa avea ma palemia o lona malo mai le tausaga 2004 se’ia o’o mai i le tausaga na te’a 2011 ma ua fa’atulaga fo’i na te toe totogia i totonu o le Malo le 9miliona Pauni Aikupito e tusa lea ma le $1.5miliona Amerika. O le tausaga ua te’a sa tu’umamaina ai se sala mo ia i le na’o le tasi le tausaga e nofo va’ava’aia ai, ina ua fa’amaonia sa ia maua mai se vaega tupe mai pisinisi sa fa’atula’ia i lona vaitaimi o le Palemia o le Malo. O le ali’i palemia la, o se tasi lea o le vasega o tagata maualuluaga o le malo i le vaitaimi o le faigamalo a Mubarak o lo’o fesaga’i nei ma moliga i le fa’amasinoga. Na saisaitia o ia ma tu’uesea ai le tofi Palemia ia Ianuari 2011, i ni nai masina a’o le’i tula’i ese mai le ali’i peresetene o Hosini Mubarak i lona tofi. E tusa ma le to’a 12 o sui maualuluga o lea faigamalo a Aikupito o lo’o fa’asolo nei i le fa’amasinoga i moliga e afua mai le fasiotia o tagata nu’u na solo tete’e, ma le fa’aaoga sese o tupe a le Malo. O le ali’i Peresetene fo’i, o lo’o falepuipui talu mai le masina o Iuni, ona o moliga tau le fasiotia o tagata na solo tete’e.
Nisi o faipule sa aofia ai i le komiti na iloiloina le mataupu e uiga i le payroll deduction ma (ata AF) le ASPA.
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talosaga Faipule ASPA toe fa’aauau ‘payroll deduction’
faigaluega. O se fuafuaga, na le toe faapopole ai le tagata faigaluega i le totogia o a latou pili, aua o lea e tipi sa’o mai lava mai totonu o lana siaki, e le gata i lea, o le a taofia ai le tau tutu i le laina i le ASPA. O le faafitauli na tulai mai i vaitaimi ua tuana’i i lenei polokalama, ua tipi totogi ae ua le totogia e le malo tupe i le ASPA, ma i’u ina motusia ai eletise ma suavai o tagata faigaluega o le malo. O le afioga i le alii faipule mai Manu’a ia Toeaina Faufano Autele na lagaina le mataupu lea i luma o le maota o sui, ma mafua ai loa ona faataunuuina le iloiloga ma le ASPA. Na faaalia e le alii faipule mai i Manua ia Toeaina Faufano Autele, lea sa laga lenei mataupu, e le talafeagai le motusia fua o le eletise mai fale o tagata faigaluega a le malo sa tipi tupe mo a latou pili eletise, aua o le malo lea e mafua ai le faaletonu ae le o i latou. Na faamalamalama e le Teutupe a le ASPA o Susana Faiivae i luma o le komiti e faapea, sa faaoo atu lava e aiga na motusia eletise mai o latou fale a latou faasea i le latou aufaigaluega, ina ua agai atu tama e faatino la latou galuega, peitai sa latou faailoa i ai, o le faafitauli, e leai se siaki mai le malo ua tuu atu e totogi ai a latou pili, ma e le o se faafitauli lena a latou ae o le faafitauli i le o tagata faigaluega ma le Ofisa o le Tupe a le malo. “A faafefea ona totogi mai e le malo ia matou le siaki o pili a nai tagata faigaluega nei, e oo lava i le malo e le o mafai ona totogi a latou pili, lea ua ova atu ma le $8 miliona le aitalafu,” o le saunoaga lea a Susana. O le faafitauli lea na tulai mai i le taimi na faaletonu ai lava le tamaoaiga o le malo, ma
E ui sa i ai ni faafitauli i le polokalama o le ‘payroll deduction’ po o le totogia o pili a le ASPA, e ala i le to’ese sa’o mai i totonu o totogi a tagata faigaluega o le malo, i tausaga ua sola, peitai ua toe fautuaina e Faipule le pulega a le ASPA ina ia toe faaauau lea polokalama taua, lea e fesoasoani ai i tagata faigaluega i le totogia o a latou pili eletise ma le suavai. E tusa ai ma le molimau a sui o le Pulega a le ASPA i luma o le Komiti o le ASPA/ TEO a le maota o sui i le vaiaso nei, o lenei polokalama, o se auala sa fesoasoani tele i tagata
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
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HOUSTON (AP) — Mental illness prompted Brian Claunch to get rid of his own left arm and leg. Then, despite his disabilities, he spent the better part of a decade finding opportunities to run away from residential care facilities, preferring to live on the streets. Yet in recent months, the 45-year-old man who was in a wheelchair and had paranoid schizophrenia seemed to settle into some stability, staying put, taking his medications. That all abruptly ended this past weekend in a confrontation with police in which a Houston police officer fatally shot Claunch. Despite his history of harming himself, Claunch’s criminal and mental health backgrounds don’t indicate he was violent toward others. John Garcia, owner of the Healing Hands Assisted Home Care facility where Claunch was living and where the confrontation with police happened, recalled a loving but also at times quarrelsome man. “He was aggressive. As far as violent, I don’t know,” said Garcia, who was not there when the shooting happened. “Every time (Claunch) got into a situation with me, I would just say, ‘Brian, calm down, calm down,’ and I would walk away from him and in an hour or two he would be OK.” According to court records, Claunch lost his left arm and leg because “he firmly believed that the devil was in the left side of his body so he (decided) to lay down on the railroad tracks and waited for a train to come and (dismember) him.” People with paranoid schizophrenia, a chronic condition, often see and hear things that aren’t there. Some of the worst aspects of Claunch’s mental illness burst forth when he wouldn’t calm down after demanding cigarettes and soda around 2 a.m. Saturday, Garcia said. A caretaker called police. Authorities say Claunch cornered a responding officer with his wheelchair and waved a shiny object in his hand. The other responding officer, fearing for his partner’s life and his own safety, shot Claunch in the head, police said. The shiny object turned out to be a ballpoint pen. Since the shooting, community and civil rights groups have called for changes in how officers are trained and disciplined. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland has called the shooting tragic but asked people to reserve judgment until the department’s investigation is completed. The FBI is monitoring the case. A mental status examination in 2002 found Claunch was “pleasant and cooperative” but had a history of psychiatric hospitalizations over the prior decade. He was unable to work and would not take his medications, leading to him “hearing voices.” A probate court judge declared Claunch a ward of the Harris County Guardianship Program in 2003.
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Court records show Claunch’s mother initially petitioned to be her son’s guardian but changed her mind. Records show Claunch also had a brother and sister. Efforts this week to reach his family were unsuccessful. During the first two years of his guardianship, Claunch did well, living in a personal care home in Houston, according to annual reports submitted to the probate court. But by 2006, Claunch started running away, panhandling on local streets. Over the next few years, he went missing, was hospitalized and was in and out of jail on drug and trespassing charges. He also stopped taking his medications. In 2010, he was placed at a state mental hospital in East Texas for several months. He started living at Healing Hands in May 2011 but ran away after four months. He was found and brought back in March. At Healing Hands, located in a threebedroom home, Claunch lived with two other men. Estella Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Guardianship Program, said in the time Claunch was a ward of the county, he lived in at least 12 facilities. After coming back to Healing Hands, “he seemed to do really well,” she said. Garcia, 62, said he had twice before called police about Claunch — both times because he left the home and refused to return. Claunch had seemed fine Friday night, said Garcia, who had given him a pack of cigarettes, two sodas and his medication before leaving around 8 p.m. But Claunch, a chain smoker, went through his cigarettes and soda and around 2 a.m. began aggressively demanding more of both from the overnight caretaker. The caretaker called 911, initially telling the operator he was having problems with a mentally ill person. Because of static on the line, it’s unclear if the operator knew about Claunch’s mental condition, Garcia said. Citing the ongoing investigation, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said he could not comment on whether the responding officers knew of Claunch’s mental state. Healing Hands does not have any signs outside saying it is a facility for mentally ill or physically challenged individuals. According to police, Claunch threatened to kill the two officers and tried to stab one with the shiny object in his hand. The officer who shot him, Matthew Marin, had fatally shot another suspect in 2009, firing on a man who was stabbing his neighbor to death and refused to drop the knife. A five-year veteran, Marin was placed on administrative leave after Claunch’s death. Garcia said he is still in shock and is reserving judgment on whether the shooting was justified. “I love Brian. He was one of God’s children and that’s the way I look at him,” he said.
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The defendant was represented by Barry Rose who did not wish to address the court. The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde, told the court the defendant’s inappropriate touching is absolutely unreasonable. The victim’s father took the stand and asked the court to sentence the defendant to the maximum allowable by the court, because he sexually violated his daughter. The father said the defendant is still teaching and is around children and they want that to stop. He said that the court’s sentencing of the defendant sends a message to other predators that this is unacceptable. He added that most importantly after this case he hopes that the children will be able to come out and tell their parents when they are violated by their teachers or any person. He said this case should be an example to the other teachers or those who are thinking of doing these types of actions. Ward noted that there were a lot of statements from the community, noting the defendant’s long term service as a teacher. The judge asked the government and the defense counsel if they are aware of any protocols for teachers issued by the Department of Education regarding displays of affection as far as governing the behavior of teachers towards students; stated that the court was unable to find anything. “We were likewise unable to find anything in DOE with respect to established procedures whereby students may come forward if they feel they have a legitimate complaint against a teacher. “A hearing process that facilitates a student with a legitimate complaint as well as provides protection of a teacher from malicious accusations of a disgruntled student, a balanced procedure. “What we saw in the presentence report here, although this is a private school, notwithstanding that private school is still under the authority of DOE and must follow the rules that DOE establishes,” said Ward. He told the government that while this is a single case before the court, it may be time for the AG’s office, given the increase in cases that are seen in this Territory, and for DOE to establish that hearing process and to mandate that process in private schools, so that every student has an opportunity to be heard. “Again, with a system that is balanced, to minimize the effects of any malicious accusations that are unfounded. “It’s just time to establish those procedures, counsel,” Ward said to Assistant AG Hyde. He added that the court was not able to find any are out there right now. “I’ve gone through restorative justice, therapeutic justice, all other kinds of models. “I am finally getting down to the point that preventative justice, that if the court can through it’s authority at least strongly suggest that prevention measures be established out in the schools, in other areas of the community, then far more can be done than the inefficient system of this court, one case, one time going through. “It’s something for the government to look at and assist DOE on.” Assistant AG Hyde told the court that she’ll definitely mention it to her office. Ward reiterated that this should have been done years ago, however the court could find nothing. SENTENCING The judge told the defendant that the the purpose of sentencing is to at once punish as well as to provide as far as possible any kind of stimulus for change, any kind of stimulus for rehabilitation. “Your conduct here, although it is conduct that you have found over the years that you have grown comfortable with, sends mixed signals to students even if innocently done. “It either shows favoritism to a given student, also to that
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the length for 30 additional years, which requires legislative approval, he said. The leases went through first reading in the Senate yesterday while the House versions are expected to be introduced soon. Local law states that any ASG lease of 10 years or more is subject to legislative “disapproval” — which means endorsement or approval of the Fono — within 30 days after being submitted to the Legislature. GROuNd bREAKING FOR AIRPORT ROAd PROJECT Calling it “good news”, Rep. Larry Sanitoa announced at yesterday’s House session that the official ground breaking ceremony for Phase II of the Airport Road Reconstruction Project is set for 10 a.m. today around the area close to the road in Fagaima. “This is good news” for all motorists who travel this road, that the second phase is now moving forward, said Sanitoa. The Procurement Office issued a letter of award on Aug. 23 to Lake Elsinore, Calif. based Whitehorn Construction, who submitted a bid of $7.99 million. The other bidder was McConnell Dowell with a bid of $11.03 million. Ground breaking, which will be attended by ASG officials including the governor, comes two weeks after a legal review of Whitehorn’s performance bond. The company is scheduled to mobilize its crew after the ground breaking but when the reconstruction work actually starts should be known at today’s ceremony.
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And last year, he warned the world about the threat of militant Islam and Iran. During his three-day visit, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper — who recently expelled the Iranian ambassador from his country — and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is not scheduled to meet Obama. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also set to speak in New York. The Palestinian leader is expected to ask the United Nation’s General Assembly to vote on recognizing Palestine as an observer state in November. Abbas has said he wants to put off a vote until after U.S. elections to avoid entangling the Palestinian statehood bid in presidential politics. “I’m not in the U.N. to delegitimize Israel but to present the two state solution,” Abbas told U.S. Jewish community leaders last week at a meeting by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. “I want to have Palestine as a nonmember state.” said. Abbas’ relatively low-key approach is in contrast to last year when he was at center stage with his attempt to win full membership in the world body. That application failed to win enough support in the Security Council.
particular student even if completely innocently done, at that age can be misinterpreted.” “You can be teaching by example the very thing that you don’t wish to do.” Ward said. “Also, not innocently done, it can provide a cover and create a culture of where this type of public display of affection can cloak “sinister behavior” which we’ve seen in the States, which we’ve seen here in the Territory. “This sort of public display of affection is inappropriate at any level in any classroom. There are other ways that you can show your affection and caring for students that do not trigger these sorts of problems.” “Now, we have read the multitude of letters in support of your community service, your dedication to education,” Ward noted. He concluded by stating, “This conduct has to change, has to. It’s just not acceptable.” Ward sentenced the science teacher to 15 days for each count of third degree assault; however, execution of sentencing was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for ten months. The defendant was ordered to remain a law abiding citizen, not to contact the victim directly or indirectly, pay a fine of $400 and surrender himself for two Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning this Saturday. According to the government’s case, the 13-year old victim, a student at Manumalo Baptist School, told police she had gone into the school’s science lab when the defendant approached her and stated “come here sweets”. Court filings go on to say the defendant made small talk with the victim while he was still holding onto her which prevented her from leaving. It’s alleged the defendant asked the victim for the second time to “come here” and he allegedly pulled the victim closer to him and allegedly kissed her on the cheek. Victim told police that she could feel the defendant’s saliva on her face. It’s alleged then the victim pulled away and the defendant patted her buttocks. Victim told police that a similar incident happened with the defendant back in December 2011 before the Christmas break.
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He added, “You can’t make it happen if you write off half the nation before you take office.” Obama supporters are also working to keep Romney’s “47 percent” comments alive. Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action and a political group tied to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees released a radio ad in Ohio and Virginia airing the remarks. The ad, part of a $1.25 million radio buy, tells listeners Romney’s “just not looking out for us.” Obama flubbed a line at Kent State while building to his argument for keeping jobs in the United States. He mistakenly said, “I want to see us export more jobs.” He quickly corrected himself, saying he meant to say “export more products.” “Excuse me,” Obama said. “I was a channeling my opponent there for a second.”
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[L-R] Deputy Attorney General for criminal division, Mitzie Jessop, Public Defender Ruth RischFuatagavi, Attorney General Fepuleai A. Ripley Jr., and American Samoa Bar Association president Marcellus T. Uiagalelei were witnesses who testified yesterday before the House Legal Affairs Com[photo: FS] mittee on an administration bill which seeks to repeal the current death penalty status.
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for first-degree murder in connection with the death of 23-year-old Wyatt Bowles Jr., in February 2003. He was also convicted of felonious restraint, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree property damage. However, the AG’s Office opted not to proceed with the move in court after the defense planned to proceed with the protection of the defendant’s constitutional rights, he said. Uiagalelei, who is currently serving as temporary Independent Prosecutor, recalled for the committee that the last time a death penalty case was carried out in American Samoa was in the late 1930s during the U.S. Naval administration, and since then courts in the U.S. have moved to protect the constitutional rights of the accused. He said changes to the death penalty law “are appropriate”, adding that another issue to be addressed under the current statute is the cost involved in defending/prosecuting capital cases. Risch-Fuatagavi said she “strongly supports repealing the death penalty” statute and noted that there are several reasons for this. Among them, she said the death penalty “is not a deterrence tool” and the death penalty is “vengeance” and not justice. She stated that the current statute is “unconstitutional” because it is cruel and unusual punishment. Another issue related to the U.S. Constitution, is that a jury is composed of a 12-member panel while in American Samoa, there are only six jurors to decide a capital case. Furthermore, it’s always difficult “to find a fair and impartial jury” on an isolated island with a small community such as American Samoa, Risch-Fuatagavi said, noting that notorious cases are highly published in the news media and on the internet and even before a trial, a jury is already influenced by the publicity. She also reminded lawmakers there is no method of carrying out the death penalty and there will be “enormous costs” to implementing such a penalty. She pointed out that if a lethal injection is used, “you need to find a doctor”
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who is willing to carry out the injection. Risch-Fuatagavi again shared with lawmakers that it costs the defense between $6 and $10 million to properly defend a capital case, which goes through various appeal phases. She said this does not include costs for prosecuting such a case. (She first shared this information during the Fono joint budget hearings). Fepuleai said he supports the intent of the bill, and that he believes the changes are good. For the executive branch, he said enforcement of current laws can be done, but implementing this particular statute will be difficult and he echoed the testimony of the Public Defender dealing with the high costs involved. He also told the committee that he just received a copy of the bill Tuesday and there wasn’t sufficient time to discuss it with others in his office for their reaction. He then referred to Jessop, who has been handling the government’s criminal cases, including that of Siaumau Siaumau Jr., accused in the 2010 shooting of a police lieutenant. Jessop said capital cases are very difficult to prosecute and echoed statements by her boss and Risch-Fuatagavi of the high costs involved in such a case going to trial, and making sure that the constitutional rights of the accused are not infringed upon. Procedurally, she said, if such a person is found guilty during trial, then comes the sentencing phase, which is a different trial all together. “It is very difficult” she said, adding that prosecutor and the government will be faced with another problem, in that there is no method to carry out the death penalty if there is a guilty verdict. She said in jurisdictions where the death penalty exists, it’s “costly to implement” such a punishment. She also recalled that the last time a death penalty was carried out in the territory was in the 1930s and the punishment was hanging. “And to quote the governor — we’re a Christian nation.” The committee is to decide soon on whether to move the bill to the floor for a vote.
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