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LBJ CEO explains benefits of Philippines for hiring 2 Haleck family, DOI attorneys to meet next week… 3 Alabama win’s NCAA women’s softball title… B1
Some of the members of the American Youth Football of Samoa (AYFS) All Star Team who departed on Tuesday night. Comprised of 32 players along with AYFS President Shiloh Pritchard (far right) and his All Star coaching staff, the team is due to return on the 17th of this month. The two-week Hawai’i stay features three games that has the team facing three of Hawaii’s top All Star teams. Their first match up will be against Hawaii’s Western All Star team, their second game, will be against Hawaii’s Eastern All Star football team, and their final game will be against Hawaii’s Big Boys All Star team. (Samoa News is currently [photo: TG] arranging for coverage of the games.)
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Tone Pulou sentenced to 28 months in rape case
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Tone Pulou, after sentencing, yesterday morning.
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Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Assoc. Judge Mamea Sala Jr have sentenced Tone Pulou, the former teacher who pled guilty to raping his 13-year old student, to serve 28 months in jail. The rape count is punishable with a term of five to 15 years in jail.The sentence is less than either the defendant’s lawyer or government’s prosecutor had asked the court to impose. The ‘ifoga’ — the traditional cultural forgiveness on behalf of the victim’s family was not noted as a mitigating factor in the lighter sentencing by the judges. At Tuesday’s hearing, Assistant Public Defender Mike White, representing the defendant, recommended that Pulou should be jailed from eight to ten years. White noted that the victim is blameless in this case and the entire burden falls on his client. White told the court he spoke with the victim’s mother who asked for only two things — that the defendant not have any further contact with the victim; and that the sentence, whatever it is, “should be fashioned for a lengthy period so the victim can complete her education without any interference from the defendant.”
Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop Folau asked the court to sentence Pulou to the maximum allowable under the law which is 15 years, noting the victim was a 13-year old student, with the defendant in a “position of authority and he abused that authority as a teacher and took advantage of the victim, who did not know better.” Last week Wednesday, Pulou offered his apologies to the court, the government, his church, his spiritual parents, his family, siblings and his parents for his actions. He also apologized to the victim and her family and told the court he is truly remorseful and he would abide by the law and not commit any further crimes. Following his apologies, the defendant asked the court for a second chance so he can return home and continue his service to the church and his village, care for his family and parents, especially now that he has an additional responsibility as the father to a baby boy. “Please give me the opportunity to return home so I can provide for my son,” pleaded Pulou. During the sentencing yesterday Richmond said a lot of discussion took place pertaining to this serious case.
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There was no better way to spend Saturday afternoon in Apia than watching the Golden Oldies action at Leififi College. Four teams faced off in the 50th Independence Anniversary tournament: Manu Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji and American Samoa. After the round robin, American Samoa (sponsored by Samoa News and Pacific Island Distributors) was in third place, and then we defeated Fiji to earn bronze! [photo: Ti’otala] The Manu Golden Oldies took home the trophy and bragging rights at the after-game party at Mt. Vaea.
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LBJ Medical Center is looking at the Philippines to fill the local need for qualified physicians and medical professionals, as well an agreement with two hospitals in the capital of the Philippines, Manila, where they can send local patients for off-island treatment. This was revealed about two weeks ago by LBJ chief executive officer Mike Gerstenberger, when he was the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. A Chamber member asked about the off-island medical referral program costs and utilization of medical facilities in New Zealand and Australia. Gerstenberger said the off-island medical referral program has not been fully funded since December 2008 and LBJ did look at costs of medical care in New Zealand and Australia, as both are lower than costs in Honolulu. However, he said most of the funding for LBJ comes through the federal Medicaid program and the federal government does not pay for health care services outside of the U.S; therefore LBJ cannot send patients to Australia and New Zealand to be paid by Medicaid funds. He then pointed out that there is a financial benefit for LBJ if “a better arrangement” can be made with “two wonderful hospitals” in Manila — which are certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations — the group that certifies most U.S. hospitals. Gerstenberger explained that Medicaid and Medicare, another federal program for the elders, can be used to pay for medical care at these Manila two hospitals, due to their U.S. certification, and the costs there are about the same as those in Australia and New Zealand. He said these two hospitals — one of them is St. Luke’s — provide excellent quality care, “better than most U.S. hospitals.” He also said that LBJ had asked the Fono and the governor for $10 million for the referral program, and if the hospital can get some of that money, it can be used to cover costs for the Manila hospitals. (The Senate rejected the $10
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
LBJ CEO explains benefits of the Philippines for referrals & hiring
million bill during the 3rd regular session.) “For the segment of the population that can tolerate the [long] trip... we can do a single source hospital agreement with a hospital in Manila” for patients from American Samoa, he said. (LBJ also has a travel discount agreement with Hawaiian Airlines from Pago Pago to Honolulu to Manila). According to the CEO, there were two rheumatic heart disease cases in late 2010 in which LBJ paid around $180,000 per case for off-island care in Honolulu. However, the St. Luke’s hospital “would give us a package deal at $16,000” for this type of medical care and “the outcome is as good as Queens and Straub” hospitals in Honolulu, he said. “So we could do ten patients in Manila for the cost of one patient in Honolulu,” he said and noted that “LBJ just needed to figure out how not to alienate the feds, who currently provide about 80% of LBJ’s funding,” A chamber member asked why the costs are so low in Manila and Gerstenberger replied, “it’s their labor” costs. “The Philippines is one of the few places where we can attract health care professionals, as American Samoa actually pays more than the Philippines — a country with 36 medical schools — they have an excess of physicians,” he explained. “So whenever we can find enough money and convince [local] immigration to let a doctor in, the Philippines is one of the first places we look,” he said adding that LBJ has a number of nurses and lab techs from the Philippines “because to them it makes economic sense to come here, and they have a pool of highly trained and well qualified physicians.” He said he can’t hire from the mainland because of the high salaries offered in the U.S. compared to what LBJ can offer and there is just not enough money in the LBJ budget. For example, the average radiologist in the U.S. makes about $480,000 per year and “I can offer maybe $90,000,” he said and noted that there is a lack of radiologists for the local medical center. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
Haleck family, DOI attorneys to Talofa Video meet next week over land case
Attorneys representing the Interior Department and the Haleck family are scheduled to meet later this month to discuss the family’s law suit filed in April this year at the federal court in Washington D.C over its long legal battle with the American Samoa Government for the development of 23 acres of Naumati property located in the Ottoville Low Rain Forest. The lawsuit, filed Apr. 5, 2012, names Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar as defendant in his official capacity and as an individual. He is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Lo, with the U.S. Justice Department Civil Division. In a motion filed yesterday in federal court, Lo requested an extension of time to respond to the complaint which was served on the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Apr. 10 making June 11 the response date. A footnote in the motion says that plaintiffs have sued the Secretary of the Interior in his official and individual capacities, but have not yet filed proof of service indicating when service was effectuated on the Secretary for purposes of the individual-capacity suit. The response to the individualcapacity claim is due 60 days after the Secretary or the U.S. Attorney’s Office have been served, whichever is later. According to the motion, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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engaged in multiple discussions with DOI regarding this case, and is seeking the extension of time “in order to analyze more thoroughly the issues raised by the plaintiffs and prepare a response to the complaint.” Additionally, the parties are scheduled to meet to discuss this case in the upcoming week of June 11, and thus in the interest of conserving the government’s resources, the defendant seeks this extension of time so that the parties may have an opportunity to engage in discussions without the need for active litigation at the same time. The defense is seeking a deadline of July 11 to file a response. Plaintiffs in the case filed Apr. 5 and demanding a jury trial, are Cathie Haleck-Paala; David Otto Haleck; Ernest Haleck; and Otto Vince Haleck, Jr. Plaintiffs are represented by the Washington D.C. based lawfirm Williams & Connolly LLP. The suit comes after years of the family trying to develop its 23.25 acres of land (labeled in the complaint as the Naumati 23 acres) in the Ottoville Lowland Forest. The local government has denied land use permit requests several times, although ASG did offer several years ago to purchase the land parcel from the Haleck family. According to the complaint, the Halecks brought this action to the federal court, challenging the Interior Secretary’s decision to approve the taking of the Halecks’ real property by the ASG
and/or the High Court without just compensation, and of the Secretary’s decision to deny the Halecks due process of law and equal protection. The defendants petitioned the court for an order and judgment mandating that the Interior Secretary direct ASG to either purchase the Naumati acerage and justly compensate the plaintiffs, or issue development permits to plaintiffs for the property. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
USCG probe into death of fisherman being finalized
A memorial service was held last night for the Filipino fisherman killed on aboard a locally based fishing vessel last month while the U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the accident is being finalized. The MV Carol Linda was located about 700 miles north of Pago Pago when the incident occurred, killing one crew member and injuring another. Coast Guard have identified the deceased as Manolito A. Galvez, 41, of the Philippines. According to a family announcement published in Tuesday’s edition of Samoa News, a memorial service was held yesterday at the Catholic Church in Fagaalu for Galvez, who is remembered “as a very hardworking, joyful and loving person” and he will be missed by his family. His remains will be taken back to Manila on tonight’s Hawaiian Air flight. The date of his death cited in the announcement is May 9. Lt. Steven Caskey, supervisor of the local Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit, said that initial reports received by his office said that the main mast of the vessel that holds up the boom, basically broke in half and fell on the crew members — killing one. When asked yesterday for an update on the investigation, Caskey said it’s still being finalized and he expects to have it completed within a month. Asked if the vessel’s owner will be fined, he said that any fine will be determined during the investigation, and will be included in the final report. Also investigating this accident at sea is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), whose probe is still ongoing. OIL SPILL: Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is still at the scene of an oil spill which occurred Sunday behind the Malaloa dock and is working with others to re-float the fishing boat Liliafao, which caused the oil spill after it sank. Caskey said the Coast Guard has closed off about 100 yards around the area where the vessel sank so as to contain the oil spill and allow the investigation to continue He also said that during the investigation it was learned that the Liliafao, while anchored in the area for a while and unused, has been used as a dumping ground for other debris, such as drums of oil bilge and diesel fuel. Caskey estimates that about 500 to 1,000 gallons of oil have been spilled into the bay due to this accident.
Hereby invites the public to join us in our first annual job fair. Bring your resume & any supporting documents. Pre-Registration is required by Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:00 P.M. due to limited seating. Seating will be arranged on a first come first serve basis. Pre-Registration Details: • Must register personally at the One Stop Career Center in Tafuna with a picture I.D. • Must be an A.S. Resident (National or U.S. Citizen) • Must Have a resume printed JOB FAIR INFORMATION • Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012 • Time: Doors will open at 7:30 A.M. • Venue: Career One Stop Center - Tafuna, AS C.O.S.C Information: Business Hours: Monday–Friday • 7:30A.M. – 4:00P .M Phone Number: (684)-699-5008 Email: info@nativehawaiiancompany.com Thank you for your cooperation, for more information call 699-5008
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
DYWA will host MOVING FORWARD — PART 6: Talking apples & oranges sends 2012 graduates wrong message to policymakers orientation Fri.
By Keniseli Lafaele
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The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) is hosting the annual graduate’s orientation this coming Friday — the second since its inception. The orientation is open to all 2012 graduates, which includes the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and all public and private high schools, says Deputy Director of DYWA, Pa’u Roy T. Ausage. The Deputy Director said the orientation will be held at the Lee Auditorium North Wing conference room, Friday June 8, 2012, beginning at 7:30 a.m. He said, “This annual event is sponsored by DYWA to prepare the youth of the Territory to face the realistic challenges when studying off-island and being exposed to cultural, social, economic, and environmental changes. This year’s theme is an adoption of a Samoan proverbial expression, “E lele le Toloa ae ma’au i le vaivai” — “wherever you go, you will always return home”. Speakers for the event will include Dr. Faofua Faatoafe ASCC’s Business Education Program Chairperson and business instructor, and Lei’ataua Leuga A. Turner the Director of DYWA. Dr. Faatoafe said that she will conduct presentations on both time management and money management. “Time management will include management of time, development of study habits and task orientation”. On the topic of money management, she will ask, “What is money, how can we get it, and what are its most useful purposes? How can we spend, save, and give away money?” Leiataua told Samoa News that she will be speaking on ethics, values, developing coping and problem solving skills, assimilation and adjustment to diverse cultures, along with development of communication skills. The Deputy Director will also make a presentation on leadership, identity or faasinomaga, family, and Samoan cultural and language orientation. The graduates who are part of the American Samoa Football team bound for Austin, Texas this summer will also be part of the Orientation. All graduates who are interested to attend must contact Maria Peretiso Fonoti at 633-2835 to register.
Samoa News coverage of the Nu’uuli Vocation Technical High School Class of 2012 graduation contained some errors, for which we apologize. Listed here are the corrections. AWARD PRESENTED CORRECT RECIPIENT Tradesman of the Year Award: Mote Si’ufanua Alexander Wilhelm Banse Automotive Award: Sandra Purcell Ta’ita’itama Youth in Action Leadership Council Award: Fa’aletonu Letalu Also, in our coverage of the NVTHS Candidate Forum, May 23, 2012, Samoa News mistakenly identified Penina Suka as the NVTHS Student Body President, she is the National Technical Honor Society President, while Aloese Su’a is the National Technical Honor Society Vice President, not Student Body Vice President. We apologize to NVTHS and our readers for our errors in coverage.
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I wish to comment on the LBJ Hospital CEO Mike Gerstenberger’s presentation in a recent American Samoa Chamber of Commerce meeting, as reported by the media. The CEO explained and discussed the new LBJ facility fee schedule slated to go into effect later this month; and cited the vast gap in national health expenditure per capita (NHE) between the US and the territory of American Samoa- $7700 and $461 respectively. Further, the CEO reminded the audience of the LBJ’s mission “to provide patient focused, high quality, cost effective comprehensive care” for the people of American Samoa. Somehow this mission statement is being interpreted to mean “to deliver the same quality of care to residents of AS like any other hospital in the US”, thus the poor CEO was tasked (perhaps by the board) to perform miracles and deliver $7700 worth of US health care in AS with $461. Hence the proposed new fee schedule, if I follow the CEO’s explanation correctly. I have been writing about the need to amend the free medical care law thus I can understand the current effort by the LBJ management to adjust the fee schedule given the well documented circumstances of non-payment of the LBJ subsidy hence the further loss of Medicaid funding. However, citing the aforementioned NHE differential to explain the proposed increased facility fees is problematic for these reasons. First, there’s nothing in the LBJ’s mission statement obligating LBJ to provide the US standard of care for residents of AS. It would be a ludicrous proposition as the US NHE of $7700 is $2 or $3 thousand greater than the AS per capita income. A more appropriate analysis would be a comparison between AS and other US territories, Pacific island countries, or communities in the developing world. Second, in a study of 30 industrialized countries — OECD or Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development countries — the US incurs the most expensive NHE yet the US finds itself in the lowest quartile in terms of life expectancy, and its general health status is notably not superior to its peers. The findings attribute the high NHE to higher prices of care in the US (with fewer doctor visits and fewer hospital beds), readily accessible technology, and greater obesity. This discrepancy between US health care investments and health care results is the basis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); and it would pay AS health care dividends to review and where applicable adopt best practices from these other countries, not the pre-ACA US model. When asked about health insurance as a health care financing tool, the LBJ CEO didn’t think health insurance would work in the territory due to the very poor health status of AS people and the limited size of the pool (our population of 68.4 thousand, if you believe the World Bank, or 55.5 thousand, if you believe the 2010 Census), which renders a risk pool for the territory high-risk-heavy. This means the health insurance premium for people in the territory would be higher than those paid by people in the states- more than $400 per month per person- according to the CEO. I agree with the CEO-the cost of stateside major medical insurance is cost prohibitive. The average annual premium of such policies as stated by the CEO is about the same or more than the AS per capita income. But I am concerned about the message the CEO is sending the public and policymakers as suggested by the media’s coverage of the CEO’s opinion with regards to our work as included in the Coverage for All in American Samoa (CAAS) report. First, the standard US medical insurance the CEO referred to and the pre-pay self-insurance we proposed are two different instruments based on two different cost structures, although they are similar in the sense they are risk pools. The cost of a standard US medical insurance policy is a function of the above mentioned US cost drivers (high prices, technology, obesity and based on the profit motive (where sick people are discriminated against). Our proposed plan is a public plan (akin to plans found in developing countries and community-based plans found in the US) based on subsidized health care at LBJ and purports to assist LBJ customers defray LBJ fees (not off-island care) through the convenience of pre-payment, and not intended to turn a profit in the sense of private plans (people with pre-existing conditions are not excluded). In our assessment, the high high-risk content of our risk pool is not a relevant factor as to whether or not risk sharing should be employed. It is the convenience of payment and efficiency of transferring an unknown costlier catastrophic risk of an illness or accident into a smaller known financial risk of a monthly premium. Of course, we’d welcome a pool that’s skewed towards the healthy end but we as a territory should not wait until that happens, if possible. Second, the people of the territory (most of which are low income earners and families) are willing to pay their share of their health care but prefer an easier method of payment that a pre-pay self-insurance would provide according to surveys we conducted. In other words, risk sharing or pooling mobilizes resources people are willing to pay for their health care. Third, Word Bank and US Aid studies in developing countries show notable correlation among risk sharing or pooling (insurance), access to health care, and improved health outcomes. Critical in the economic and social development of AS is how healthy its human capital stock is; in this regard, the territory’s policymakers need to give pre-pay self-insurance as a financing tool the serious consideration it deserves, beyond the casual deliberations by the health committee of the House of Representatives in 2009 and 2010. Fourth, without a viable risk sharing plan in place in the territory, people have had no choice but to purchase supplemental hospital insurance (often being marketed as regular health insurance) and accident insurance from Florence Saulo & Associates (FSA), formerly an agent for AFLAC. Because claimed benefits are paid directly to beneficiaries and not LBJ, it is hard to tell how much of these FSA paid claims end up in LBJ coffers. It appears the Insurance Commission’s office does not keep records of insurance information in the territory, but it is safe to say premiums being collected on these supplemental hospital and accident policies are not petty cash. We estimated in 2006 that at least 75% of people who purchase supplemental hospital insurance earn $11 thousand or less per year and pay an average of 8% of their wages on these policies. We further estimated that no less than $2 million per year goes into these types of plans. That is not cheap, especially when you consider the limited benefits these plans offer. But what choices do people have?
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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A suburban Cincinnati high school held onto four graduates’ diplomas and required community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by their families during the graduation ceremony. The mother of one of the graduates, who was one of the leading tacklers on the Mount Healthy school football team, doesn’t think he should get flagged for excessive celebration. “What does that have to do with him?” Traci Cornist told Cincinnati radio station WDBZ. She doesn’t dispute there was a lot of loud cheering for Anthony Cornist. Cornist also said she teaches her children to be accountable for their own actions, but she doesn’t think he should be punished for what other people do. “It took away so much from how happy I was,” she said. “It makes absolutely no sense.” Schools Superintendent Lori Handler said Wednesday the problem wasn’t the loudness of the yells, but their long duration, which she said halted the ceremony. After past disruptions, a new policy was implemented this year aimed at making sure that all parents can hear their children’s names called and celebrated. When they ordered graduation tickets, parents agreed that “any disruptive behavior” would result in their child’s diploma being held until 20 hours of community service is completed, she said. “Our whole push for this was to make sure that every single student’s name is heard and recognized,” Handler said, adding that that most parents are pleased with the new rules. “Everybody understands that upfront.” Four seniors, of the 205 who went through graduation May 23, were denied their diplomas, she said. When they went to school to pick them up, they got a letter from the principal informing them it was being withheld because of “excessive cheering” by their guests. The students are considered legal graduates, and are free to use their transcripts as they apply for college or jobs, Handler said. Local school boards in Ohio have policymaking powers governing such things as guests’ graduation ceremony conduct, and schools also sometimes hold diplomas until fees are paid, books returned or other issues are resolved. Handler said the school was “very flexible” about how the students can complete the service, whether it’s helping other students, cleaning up around the school or doing something for their communities. Also, other family members can perform service on behalf of the student. She said the other penalized students aren’t resisting, and that one had already completed community service to receive a diploma. She declined to release names or other information on them. Cornist said Anthony is the second of her seven children to graduate from Mount Healthy, and she has another daughter due to graduate next year, so she’s not looking for a big fight with the school. But she’s very proud of her son and thinks he deserves his diploma. “I want him to have it, and he shouldn’t have to do anything,” she told WDBZ on Tuesday. “He’s a good kid. ...We’ll see. I’m praying on it.”
Ohio school withholds diplomas for “excess cheering”
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama’s campaign has a deal for you. Write a big check, and you’ll get you a picture with the president and a chance to swap political strategy with him - all while enjoying a gourmet meal at the lavish home of a Hollywood celebrity or Wall Street tycoon. And if you get the campaign even more money, you might just end up with a plum post as a U.S. ambassador or an invitation to an exclusive White House state dinner. Obama not your preference? No problem. Mitt Romney is offering donors perks that include everything from a private dinner with him to seats at the fall debates. Welcome to the world of high-dollar presidential campaign fundraising. Five months before the November election, both candidates are stacking their schedules with big-money fundraising events from coast to coast as they look to stockpile cash for the height of the campaign. On Wednesday, Romney was courting donors in Texas while Obama was holding four fundraisers in California that were expected to yield at least $4.6 million. Access to the most exclusive Obama events usually sets donors back a cool $40,000. That means the upper limits of campaign fundraising are reserved for a privileged few, given that the median household income in the U.S. was $49,445 in 2010, according to the Census Bureau. Some donors who paid the pricey tab for access to Obama fundraisers this year have been seated at exclusive dinners at the Los Angeles home of actor George Clooney or the New York townhouse of billionaire hedge-fund owner Marc Lasry. Next week, actress Sarah Jessica Parker will host a fundraiser with the president and Michelle Obama at her Manhattan home. The president typically kicks off the highdollar events with a version of his standard campaign speech. But the big perk for donors is the private question-and-answer session that follows. Sometimes the president grabs a microphone and fields questions from the center of the room; other times, he hops from table to table to hold small group discussions with his top fundraisers. And of course, there’s a chance to take a picture with the president. While the press corps traveling with Obama usually is present for his opening remarks, the campaign kicks reporters out of the room before he starts taking questions. Republicans have hammered him for attending glitzy, celebrity-filled fundraisers while the economy is still struggling to fully rebound from recession. But the White House says wealthy donors are not the core of Obama’s support. “President Obama has vast numbers of small donors who support his campaign,” spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. “The fact that the president enjoys that kind of support speaks to what his policies are. He’s out there fighting for the middle class.”
What $40,000 gets you in presidential ‘fundraising’
The Obama campaign has held dozens of fundraising events where tickets run less than $40,000. But smaller donations come with fewer perks and far less direct engagement with the president. In San Francisco on Wednesday, a $5,000 contribution bought an opportunity to hear Obama speak at a 250-person luncheon. But a $35,800 ticket gave 25 donors the chance to talk politics with the president at a private round-table event. Tickets to hear Obama speak at a 600-person gala in Los Angeles later Wednesday started at $1,250. A $2,500 ticket to the same event, also featuring comedian Ellen DeGeneres, guaranteed better seats. And a $10,000 ticket came with the chance to shake the president’s hand and pose with him for a photo. Obama was to wrap up Wednesday’s fundraising blitz with a private dinner for 70 people at the Beverly Hills home of “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy. Ticket price? $25,000. On the Republican side, donors can expect to spend a minimum of $2,500 per person to hear Romney speak at a reception. And those who make a $10,000 personal donation or commit to raise $25,000 gain access to a smaller reception and a picture with the likely GOP nominee. Fork over up to $50,000 and a Romney supporter may get a private dinner with him. Romney’s bundlers, who give the campaign all the money they collect from multiple donors, also are handsomely rewarded. Among the perks afforded to those who bundle at least $250,000 is access to the Republican convention, an election night event and a weekly briefing from the campaign. Bundlers who raise up to $500,000 also get access to the presidential debates in October. Among the most exclusive opportunities offered to Romney bundlers: a summer retreat in Park City, Utah, later this month. Presidential candidates can raise up to $50,800 from an individual donor as long as the money goes into a special fund that divvies up the proceeds among the candidate’s campaign, his national party, state or local party committees and any other political committee. For some wealthy supporters, as well as bundlers, a seat at a fundraiser is just the start of what they’re after. Big campaign contributions can often be seen as a down payment for future access to the White House or a role in the administration. Several top Obama donors from the 2008 campaign received ambassadorships, including posts in France, Spain and Switzerland. Other prominent supporters have been awarded positions on presidential advisory boards. Obama is hardly the first president to grant special status to big money donors. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both reserved seats at exclusive state dinners for supporters who made substantial financial contributions to their re-election campaigns. And if Romney is elected, he’ll likely do the same, as well.
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his sleeping sister and was sentenced to 45 years in prison for a crime he still hasn’t fully explained. Colton Harvey, 15, grabbed his father’s .22-caliber rifle one January morning while his parents were out grocery shopping. He walked into his 16-year-old sister Candace’s room, pointed it at her forehead and fired. She awoke with a scream, so he shot her in the head twice more. He threw some clothes and ammunition in his father’s pickup truck and took off, driving first into the hills but then to the sheriff’s office, where he chickened out in the parking lot. He drove to a friend’s for some chewing tobacco - a vice that led to his parents grounding him days earlier - and then back to the sheriff’s, where this time he found the courage to go in and confess. “I don’t know why I did it. It just happened,” Harvey told state police investigator Corey Mendenhall hours later, according to a transcript of the interview in which he described in detail what happened that morning. The Associated Press obtained the transcript under a Freedom of Information Act request. Harvey told Mendenhall he deserved the same fate. “I should get done to me what I did to her,” Harvey said. Prosecutors initially charged the teen with first-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life without parole. But they later worked out a plea bargain with his attorney, and on Wednesday, a judge sentenced Harvey to 30 years for second-degree murder plus 15 more because he used a gun. The lanky, blond Harvey teared up as he addressed Judge William Pearson, at one point raising his handcuffed hands to his face so he could dab his eyes with a tissue. “You stated that you murdered your sister. Is that correct?” Pearson asked. Harvey paused, then almost whispered, “Yes, sir.” “How far did you get in school?” Pearson asked Harvey, who responded so quietly that the judge had to repeat some of his answers. As Harvey replied, “ninth grade,” his mother sobbed. Harvey told the state police investigator that his parents grounded him a few days before the shooting when they found out he was using smokeless tobacco. He stewed in his room, staring at the wall. The morning he killed Candace, his parents woke him up to tend to jerky from a deer he had killed the weekend before. “You’ve got to be angry to be able to shoot a gun at somebody,” Mendenhall, the state police investigator, told him a few hours after he killed Candace. “I mean, you’re used to shooting deer and stuff and I know you’re, you’re not angry at the deer. But we’re talking about your sister here. Do you love your sister?” “Yeah,” he said. Investigators found her body in a bedroom at the family’s home near Ozark, a town of about 3,600 roughly 120 miles northwest of Little Rock. More details about the shooting came loose after Wednesday’s hearing, when the judge also unsealed court documents that he previously ordered be kept out of the public’s eye. And yet, the question of why Harvey shot his sister remained unanswered. “He never did give what I would consider to be a clear motive,” the prosecutor, David Gibbons, said after Wednesday’s hearing. Harvey’s attorney, Bill James, said there is a history of mental illness in Harvey’s family, but he said an expert wasn’t able to give his client a diagnosis because of his young age. “Every time I’ve ever seen him, he’s cried,” James said. “And it’s not, ‘Woe is me.’ It’s about what he’s done to his mom and what he’s done to his family.” A state review of Harvey’s mental health noted that he was depressed after being jailed and that he said he had lost consciousness playing football in junior high school. But it found nothing on which to blame the shooting. His defense attorney said Harvey never had any run-ins with the law before the shooting. “I think his biggest problem was talking in class prior to this,” James said. His parents had only recently discovered he was using smokeless tobacco. “I don’t see why they won’t let me do it. I’ve done it since third grade,” Harvey told the state police investigator. Harvey will head to a county jail until he’s transferred to the Division of Youth Services, where he’ll remain at least until he turns 16, James said. He can head to a state prison after that. Harvey’s mother cried throughout Wednesday’s proceedings that took away her son after she lost her daughter. “The situation doesn’t lend itself for anybody to be happy,” Gibbons, the prosecutor, said. “If there was somebody happy, absolutely happy, then an injustice would have been done.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia Council chairman resigned Wednesday evening after being charged in federal court with lying about his income on bank loan applications. The bank fraud charge against Kwame R. Brown, one of the most influential power brokers in the D.C. government, is part of a long-running federal investigation. It marks the latest allegation of criminal wrongdoing to roil local politics in the nation’s capital. The charge ensures further shakeup on the council, which lost another councilmember to a corruption conviction earlier this year, and comes as federal authorities continue investigating the 2010 campaign of Mayor Vincent Gray. Brown submitted his resignation letter after revealing his plans to fellow councilmembers in a closed-door meeting. A special council meeting is scheduled for June 13 to select a new interim chair. “I have made some very serious mistakes in judgment for which I will take full responsibility,” Brown wrote in a letter Wednesday to the Council secretary, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. He added later, “I have behaved in ways that I should not have. I was wrong, and I will face the consequences of that conduct.” Brown, 41, is charged with a single count of bank fraud, accused of overstating his income by tens of thousands of dollars on applications submitted for a home equity loan and for a boat. He was charged via criminal information, a document that generally signals a defendant has agreed to plead guilty. A plea hearing is set for Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington. Federal bank fraud carries up to 30 years in prison, but Brown is expected to receive a far lighter punishment. He declined to answer questions or comment on the case following a meeting with councilmembers, but said he would make a statement Thursday. Brown’s lawyer, Frederick Cooke, declined comment, and the U.S. Attorney’s office said it would have no comment. “I’m shocked by the news; I am disappointed and saddened,” Gray, who preceded Brown as council chairman, said of the charge in a written statement. He added, “I served with him my entire time on the Council. Never would I have imagined something like this would occur.” Federal authorities had also been investigating Brown for alleged financial improprieties in his 2008 campaign, but Wednesday’s charge is unrelated to the campaign and focuses solely on his personal financial dealings. Brown also stumbled early on as chairman, when it was revealed that he was leasing a fully loaded Lincoln Navigator SUV that he had specifically requested and that cost the city nearly $2,000 a month. His staff had already rejected one SUV because it didn’t have the interior he wanted. A report from a fellow councilmember found that Brown had “inappropriately requested” the SUV and that city officials had broken the law by leasing it to him. He returned the vehicle to the city. Political consultant Tom Lindenfeld, who is friends with Brown, said the criminal charge did nothing to clean up perceived municipal corruption since it dealt with Brown’s personal, rather than public, life. “I think that if we’re going to take people who have been arrested out of office, it should (be for) public corruption, and I don’t see it here,” he said. Either way, the charge and Brown’s resignation create further turmoil in D.C. politics. It comes five months after then-Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds earmarked for youth sports and arts programs. He resigned and was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Thomas was replaced on the council in a special election last month. Two former Gray campaign aides pleaded guilty in a separate investigation last month to charges stemming from illicit payments made to encourage a minor candidate in the 2010 race to lambast then-incumbent Adrian Fenty, who was seeking re-election. One aide, Howard Brooks, admitted lying to the FBI about the payments while the other, Thomas Gore, admitted funneling the money and destroying evidence of the transactions. Gray has denied wrongdoing. The D.C. Council is an unusual governmental body, functioning as both a municipal board and a state legislature. Its 13 members vote on legislation and a multi-billion-dollar budget that touches all corners of city life. The chairman has special powers as well, doling out committee assignments, convening meetings, overseeing the budget process and introducing legislation at the mayor’s behest. Under D.C. regulations, the Board of Elections is to certify the seat as vacant within five working days of receiving notice of Brown’s resignation. An interim council chairman will be selected from among four at-large councilmembers at a meeting scheduled for June 13. A special election to replace Brown on the council would likely take place this fall. D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham, speaking before the council meeting, said the charge ends what had been a period of uncertainty.
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E ui i se talosaga na fa’aulu e le loia a le ali’i o Tone Pulou, i le aso ananafi, ina ia na’o le 10 tausaga le maualuga o se fa’asalaga mo ia, ae peita’i, ina ua lauina le fa’ai’uga a le Fa’amasinoga Maulauga i le taeao ananafi, e 28 masina o le a tuli e lenei ali’i sa avea ma faiaoga, i le to’ese i Tafuna. Sa talosagaina e le loia a Pulou ia se avanoa e mafai ona tatala ai lenei ali’i i tua, e faigaluega, a’o tuli lona fa’asalaga, ina ia mafai ona totogia tupe ua poloa’iina ai o ia e le fa’amasinoga. Na taua e le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond lea na vaavaalua ma le alii faamasino lagolago ia Mamea Sala Jr i lenei mataupu, e ui ua tele talanoaga a le faamasinoga ma loia e uiga i lenei mataupu e talitonu lava le faamasinoga o se tasi lenei o mataupu e pito sili ona matuia ua i luma o le faamasinoga. “E foliga mai o le ua molia i lona olaga o ia o se tagata na te maua se lumana’i manuia, peita’i ua sasi le faaiuga ua ia faia lea ua mafua ai ona ta’usala o ia i lenei solitulafono,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii faamasino ia Richmond. E 10 tausaga na manatu le fa’amasinoga e ao ona nofosala ai Pulou, peita’i, ua fa’amalumalu lea fa’asalaga, ae o le a fa’anofova’ava’aia o ia mo le lima tausaga, tuli le 28 masina i le to’ese. Ae to’ese mai ai le valu ma le afa masina, ua mae’a ona tuli i le tausaga ua te’a. Ua poloaina foi Pulou, na te toe totogia le tupe na faaalu e le malo e toe faafoi mai ai o ia i le teritori, e $5,651.20, ae e le’i atoa le tolu tausaga. Toe fa’aopoopo i ai ma le ta’i $100 i masina ta’itasi, e fesoasoani ai i le tausiga o le tama a le teineititi lea na ma’itaga ia te ia. O le a mafai ona iloilo e le faamasinoga se talosaga e faaulu e le loia a Pulou mo se poloaiga a le faamasinoga e tatala ai o ia i tua e faigaluega ao tuli ai lona faasalaga, pe afai e faamaonia ua maua se galuega tumau mo ia. O le aso 5 Aperila 2012 na tali ioe ai Pulou i le moliaga e pei ona tausala ai o ia e le faamasinoga, i lalo o se maliliega sa ia sainia ma le malo, ona o le faalavelave lea na ma’itaga ai se teineititi aoga e 13 tausaga le matua sa aoga i le aoga lea na faiaoga ai i le 2010.
O lo ua i ai le meaalofa sili ua saunia e le Matagaluega o Alamanuia Lautele a le tatou Malo, i lana Polokalama o le Matua Faitama o Tautua mo Fanau ua fa’aigoaina o le “I CARE” ua mafai ona tu’uina atu ai se fesoasoani tupe e faatino fa’atasi ai e i latou ma so’o se fa’alapotopotoga lava ua mae’a lesitalaina, ma ua ai fo’i lana “EIN” Number ma ua mae’a taua’aoina i ai e le Malo o Amerika Samoa le latou tusi pasi e le totogia ai se latou Lafoga fa’aletausaga. O le isi lea mea e tatau ona agava’a ai lau fa’alapotopotoga, o le aofa’i o le fanau e i le va o le 7-13 tausaga e mafai ona e fa’apotopotoina mo lau poloketi i lenei tu’uaga o a’oga. Ua fa’atulaga le foa’i tupe lea mai le Polokalama a le “I CARE” i le aofa’i o le fanau lea e mafai ona e tautuaina i aso atofa o le poloketi fa’apitoa e tatau ona atoa lelei le 30 aso, ae le tatau ona itiiti atu i le 3 aso o le vaiaso e tasi, ae ta’i 4 itula le umi o le vasega e tasi. Ua fa’ailoa mai o le Fa’apotopotoga e mauaina le 150 tamaiti e fa’atasia i lana Poloketi mo le 30 aso o le tu’uaga lenei, ua atofaina ia te i latou le $7,500. E lua avanoa mo lea ituaiga o talosaga o lo’o ua i ai mo so’o se fa’alapotopotoga o mo’omia se fa’atupega. O avanoa e lua mo le 125 tamaiti e auai i le poloketi mo le 30 aso o lenei tu’uaga ua fa’atulaga le tinoitupe e $7,000. O avanoa fo’i e lua e mafai ona talosaga mai ai ni fa’alapotopotoga e maua le 100 tamaiti mo le 30 aso e faia ai latou aoaoga fa’apitoa i lenei tu’uaga ua atofaina i ai le $6,500. E lua fo’i avanoa mo ni talosaga a ni fa’alapotopotoga o maua le 75 tamaiti mo le latou poloketi i le 30 aso o le tu’uaga ma e maua le $6,000. Ma tinoitupe e lua ta’i $5,500 mo ni fa’alapotopotoga e mafai ona latou tau-
tuaina le ta’i 50 o tamaiti mo le 30 aso o lenei vaitu’uaga. O le aofa’i o nei avanoa e talosaga ai e 10, ma o se mea sili lea ona lelei mo so’o se fa’alapotopotoga o lo’o taumafai e tautuaina le fanau iti i vaitaimi o le tu’uaga nei tinoitupe ua atofaina mai e le “I Care”. E tusa ai ma lisi o agava’a mo ituaiga o fanauiti e mafai ona aofia i lau poloketi fa’apitoa, ua mana’omia oe le fa’alapotopotoga ona fa’amaumau mai igoa o le fanau, latou tausaga ma aso fanau, fa’apea fo’i ma latou numera saogalemu, ma nu’u o lo’o alaala ai le fanau iti ua aofia i lau poloketi 2012. O lo ua mana’omia lava ona aumaia e lau poloketi le fanau mai aiga o lo’o vaivai le tamaoaiga, ma e alagatatau ai ona e fa’amauina mai fo’i le aofa’i o le tupe maua a aiga o le fanau i le tausaga. E mafai ona maua lea tulaga, i se ulusiaki a le sui faigaluega o aiga ta’itasi o le fanauiti o auai i lau polokalama. E le gata la ina aumaia le tinoitupe mai le “I Care” e fa’atautaia ai lau polokalama, ae ua ofoina mai fo’i mea’ai mama, vaiinu suamalie e alagatatau ma mea’ai paleni e i latou mo lau poloketi i aso e fa’atautaia ai. Ua fa’amauina, o lenei polokalama o le lona tolu ai lea o tausaga o latou fa’atautaia, ma ua iloga le matagofie fo’i o poloketi fa’atautaia na latou pa’aga i tausaga ua tuana’i e lua. O lo’o ua fautuaina mai, ia taumafai so’o se fa’alapotopotoga lava e talia a latou talosaga mo nei tinoitupe e fa’atautaia ai, ina ia latou fiafia e fa’aulufale mai tamaiti o aiga o e o lo’o tautua i le militeri, aua o lo’o mo’omia e nei fanau le auaunaga lenei e mafuta i ai i latou a’o tatalia le toe taliu mai o latou tama po’o tina o lo’o tautua i le tafa o taua. Ua fa’ailoa mai e i ai polokalama matagofie e mafai ona fa’atautaia i nei poloketi fa’atupe e le “I Care” ma e fa’afiafia ai lava le fanau iti e
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E lima tausaga nofosala i le falepuipui ma se sala tupe e $250,000 na ono fa’asala ai Gustav Nauer, lea na fa’auluulu i ai vaega o pasi aoga a le Ofisa o A’oga, ona o moliaga i lona taupulepule e solia ni tulafono feterale, lea na ioe i ai i le masina o Ianuari o le tausaga ua tuana’i. Ae peita’i ane, ua i’u iloiloga o lana mataupu, ma o le amataga o lenei vaiaso na fa’asala ai le fa’amsino o Fa’amasinoga Fa’aitumalo a Amerika, o David Alan Ezra, ia Nauer, i le na’o le 25 masina, i le falepuipui. O Nauer, na mafai ona tatala i tua ina ua mae’a ona ia totogia le tinoitupe na fa’atonuina e le fa’amasinoga, ma sa aumau o ia i Honolulu, e fa’atali ai le fa’ai’uga o lona fa’amasinoga. Fa’atasi ai ma lona nofosala i le 25 masina, ua fa’atonuina foi Nauer, e na te totogia se tinoitupe e $100,000 i le Ofisa o Aoga, ona toe nofo va’ava’aia lea mo le tolu tausaga, pe a mae’a ona tuli lona fa’asalaga fa’afalepuipui. E tusa ai ma se maliliega ua mae’a ona faia e Nauer ma loia feterale, na ia fa’amaonia ai lona taupulepule ma Paul Solofa, e fa’atau ni totoga o pasi aoga, i se auala le fa’amaoni, mai i se kamupani. E ui e le’i ta’ua e le feterale ia le igoa o lea kamupani, ae peitai, na fa’amaonia i ni fa’amaumauga a le fa’amsinoga i se vaitaimi ua tuana’i, o le kamupani lea, o le Pacific Products, lea o lo o i Tafuna. Ae na ioe lenei kamupani e totogi tupe Nauer ma Solofa, ona o nei oka. E faia lenei tulaga, ae o lo o avea Solofa ma fa’auluuluga o le ofisa pisinisi (business office) a le Ofisa o Aoga. E tusa ai ma fa’amaumauga a le fa’amasinoga, o lo o ta’ua ai le fa’amaonia e Nauer, lo la mauaina ma Solofa o ni teutusi e i ai tupe i totonu, e o’o lava i le $300,000, i le va o Ianuari 2003 ma Oketopa 2006. Na molimau foi Nauer, mo le itu a le malo, i le fa’amasinoga o Solofa ia Ianuari 2012, lea ua ta’usala ai Solofa i le faitauga e tasi o lona fa’alavelave i se molimau fa’apea ma lona fa’alavelave i su’esu’ega a le malo feterale. O le aso ua fa’amoemoe e lau ai le fa’asalaga o Solofa, lea o lo o loka nei i se falepuipui feterale i Honolulu.
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This photo taken Wednesday, June 6, 2012 and supplied by the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, shows a large dock that washed ashore early Tuesday on Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport, Ore. The nearly 70-foot-long dock was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year’s tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese (AP Photo/Oregon Parks and Recreation) Consulate official said Wednesday.
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A nearly 70-foot-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year’s tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese Consulate official said Wednesday. A commemorative plaque on the dock showed it was one of four owned by Aomori Prefecture that broke loose from the port of Misawa on the northern tip of the main island, Deputy Consul Hirofumi Murabayashi said from Portland, Ore. One of the four docks turned up several weeks later on an island south of Misawa, but the other two are still missing, said Akihisa Sato, an engineer with Zeniya Kaiyo Service, the dock’s Tokyo-based manufacturer. The docks weigh 165 tons each, Sato said. The one that floated to Oregon was first spotted floating offshore Monday, and mistaken by several people for a barge, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. It washed ashore early Tuesday on Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport on the central Oregon Coast. It’s made of concrete with a metal pontoon and measures 66 feet long, 19 feet wide and 7 feet high. The distance between Japan and Oregon is roughly 5,000 miles. A starfish native to Japan was among the marine life still clinging to the structure after the long voyage, Havel said. “This is tsunami debris, not just from Japan, but from the tsunami itself,” Havel said. John Chapman, a research scientist at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, said hundreds of millions of other organisms also hitchhiked across the ocean on the dock - some of which are invasive species never before seen on this part of the West Coast. Among the organisms are a species of tiny crab that has run wild on the East Coast but not on the West, and a kind of algae that has hit southern California but not Oregon, Chapman said. “This is a very clear threat,” he said. “It’s exactly like saying you threw a bowling ball into a China shop. It’s going to break something. But will it be valuable or cheap glass. It’s incredibly difficult to predict what will happen next.” A radiation check of the dock came up negative, which was to be expected if the dock broke loose before the nuclear power plant accident
triggered by the waves, Havel said. The parks department was overseeing efforts to identify and remove the dock. State police were posted to keep people from climbing on the dock, said Mitch Vance, shellfish program manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Vance took samples of the mussels, barnacles and other shellfish clinging to the dock Wednesday morning. There also was green algae and brown kelp, he said. Tom Cleveland, a housekeeping supervisor at some nearby beachfront condominiums, said the dock washed ashore in a storm, and people curious to see it have been jamming up traffic at a beach parking lot. “Everybody and their brother has been here looking at it and checking it out,” Cleveland said. “Obviously, we knew things would be coming our way, but I didn’t expect anything this size.” The Japanese coastal town of Misawa, where the dock originated, sustained extensive tsunami damage but is north of the most heavily hit areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. The four docks swept away from Misawa were installed four years ago, Sato said. They were used to transfer fish from fishing boats to trucks waiting to transport them to market. Sato said the March 2011 tsunami also destroyed many buildings and structures around the port. The bulk of the debris from the tsunami is not expected until winter, but fast-moving examples have been arriving on North America’s shores. They include a soccer ball that washed up in Alaska and a shipping container holding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with Japanese license plates that turned up in British Columbia earlier this year. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to redouble its efforts to track the debris, saying something as big as the dock could pose a danger to ships at sea. Havel said the department would be responsible for removing the dock, which remained on the beach Wednesday morning. The plaque has been put in storage. It was not yet determined whether the dock would be towed off the beach and floated somewhere for disposal, or cut up on the beach for removal. In the meantime, small crowds of people have been showing up on the beach to see the dock. “I think that’s going to change to large crowds,” Havel said.
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eight college friends who live in the same building. The interactions are nothing more than you’d say in a casual conversation, Auster-Gussman says but they are constant when they’re not together. Recently, for instance, she went to a movie and came out to find 50 text messages waiting for her on her phone. Meanwhile, last summer, when she was away from her boyfriend, she went days without talking to him on the phone, but texted with him several times a day. “You’re not even really talking to him,” she remembers her perplexed father saying. “But I felt like I was talking to him all day, every day,” Auster-Gussman says. Is there some aversion to talking on the phone? Not really, she says. It’s just a preference. In this day and age, it’s just what you do. As Anna, the 13-year-old in suburban Chicago, sees it: “There are people you’ll text, but won’t call. It’s just awkward that way. “It’s not about anything important - just a way to stay in touch with each other.” She and her closest friends also send each other videos of themselves and their surroundings - maybe of their dogs or something new in their bedroom. “People would probably say, like, ‘Why don’t you just call them?’” Anna says. Experts say there is, of course, nothing wrong with casual conversation and fun between friends. One could argue that the constant banter - scores of texts each day - keep people more connected. The problem, some communication experts say, is that the conversation isn’t particularly deep and therein lies the problem, says Joseph Grenny, co-author of the book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High.” “The core problem has existed since we’ve had telephones - probably since the time of a telegraph,” Grenny says. “We loathe having crucial conversations. We are paralyzed and do what we can to avoid them.” That applies to any generation, he says. Texting is just the latest way to do that. Though they may not always be so good at deep conversations themselves, Grenny suggests that parents model the behavior for their children and put down their own mobile devices. He says they also should set limits, as Anna’s mom did when she enforced the “no texting to people under the same roof” rule. A bit of self-awareness helps, too. Mary Ann Allison, an assistant professor of media studies at Hofstra University, has her students keep a log of their own communication
habits. “By paying attention to it, they say, ‘Wow, it’s a really different conversation when you’re talking with someone and listening to them,” Allison says. They key in on body language, facial expressions and tone of voice - all cues that you lose when you can’t see or hear someone, or when you’re distracted, even in person, by a gadget. Sternberg, at Fordham, asks her students to give up one form of electronic communication to see what kind of difference it makes in their lives. She also has them practice simple tasks such as standing up in a room full of people and introducing themselves. Many of them hate the drill, she says, but later tell her how useful it was, especially in the workplace. Interestingly, Anna’s mom, Joanna Schiferl, is more worried about the effect that texting is having on her daughter’s writing skills than her social skills. Anna tends to rush her writing and pays less attention to grammar, or uses abbreviations she’d use in a text. It is a common observation among parents. So the key, experts say, is to recognize your weak point and work on developing a wide range of communication skills. “People with a more flexible style, whether they’re communicators in person or through technology, will have an easier time adapting,” Houston says - and will help bridge the communication gap, generational or otherwise. That’s not always easy in a world where modes of communication are ever-evolving though young people often adapt with ease. Houston notes, for instance, that her 13-yearold son is now doing homework with friends via Skype. And that seems to be a trend. A recent Pew survey found that online video chat is catching on with teens, especially girls. The survey found that 37 percent of Internet users, ages 12 to 17, reported using such applications as Skype, Googletalk or iChat. Of course, other forms of social networking are still enticing, as Anna’s mom discovered one recent evening when she noticed that her daughter was on Facebook when she was supposed to be doing homework. What did mom do? She broke her own rule. “I texted her from downstairs,” mom says, chuckling, “just to bust her.” Online:Pew Internet & American Life Project: http://www.pewinternet.org
“The defendant had a promising future, however he made a terrible and a serious mistake,” said Richmond. The court then sentenced Pulou to ten years in jail, however execution of sentence was suspended under the condition that he serve 28 months in jail without any release unless by court order or for medical reasons. Richmond ordered the defendant to pay restitution to the government for the additional funds the government had to spend getting him back to the territory. The amount the defendant is to pay is $5,560.21 and this is to be paid in full within three years after his release from jail. The defendant is also ordered to pay child support of $100 monthly to the court registry. Richmond noted that the child support will be underway a month after the defendant is gainfully employed. The Associate Justice also told the defendant the court will address a work release motion once the defendant is gainfully employed. The defendant is also ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo HIV testing as required by law. He is also ordered to remain a law-abiding citizen and must visit the probation office regularly once he’s released from jail. After the sentencing hearing, Folau told Samoa News that she would have preferred “the defendant be sentenced to 15 years in jail… and given a much longer period than the 28 months he’ll be serving. “However I understand why the court moved to jail him for 28 months given the restitution of $5,560.21 he has to pay along with the child support he must pay, and he cannot do that while he’s incarcerated. “I understand that the court is trying to balance all of that, while at the same time the defendant is punished for his actions.” White, who represents Pulou, left the territory Tuesday evening on work-related business. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin stepped in for yesterday’s sentencing. Cardin told Samoa News, “We believe the sentence was fair, just, and consistent with what the Court has done previously in similar cases where a defendant has been charged with having sex with an underage girl.” “The defense is satisfied with the Court’s decision and with the criminal case concluded, hopes both families can now move forward and begin to heal,” said Cardin. Pulou was initially charged by the government with rape, first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child; however, in a plea deal with the government he pled guilty to rape while the government moved to dismiss the latter charges. Samoa News understands that there are two types of rape charges — forcible sex and engaging in sex with an underage person. Pulou was charged with the latter. Pulou admitted in court he had an ongoing relationship with his student which led to the girl’s pregnancy. He said during the plea hearing last month that he had sexual intercourse with his female student between September 2009 and February 2010. The matter came to light when the female student and her mother went to see the OBGYN clinic at LBJ Medical Center only to find out she was pregnant, at which time Child Protective Services with the Department of Human Social Services was contacted. Pulou fled the territory to Australia last year when the government moved to file criminal charges. In October 2011, when Pulou visited relatives in Hawai’i, he was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents based on a warrant issued by the local District Court. Reach reporter at joyetter@gmail.com
➧ Moving Forward — Part 6…
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The political clout wielded by FSA is quite influential, and I had the opportunity to witness such power first hand when the FSA president and CEO and I (along with other insurance companies representatives) were invited to provide testimony on a House bill on health care financing in a House Health Committee hearing in 2010, the last session of the Fono before elections. The House representatives I had worked with on the bill made the proverbial 180 degree turn, and the bill was never discussed again to this day. Thus I find the LBJ CEO’s generalization with respect to health insurance as reported by Talanei problematic in that it’s sending the wrong message, at the most critical of times, to policymakers, some or many of who are not blessed with the political backbone necessary to place needed health care legislation. By expressing my opinion on this matter, I wish to start or continue an informative and constructive open dialogue among key health and health care stakeholders (including the general public) to help address challenges faced by the territory. It isn’t realistic to expect the Fono to solve the LBJ problem in a 45-day session. It would be time well invested, however, if the Fono utilizes this last session to set the foundation on which the next Fono and administration can move forward.
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II , right, shakes hands with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, as his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa, center, looks on, during a reception prior to a lunch with Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, pool) nations in central London, Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
Political ‘independents’ outweigh the partisans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a pox on both the Republican and Democratic houses. More Americans now call themselves politically independent than at any point in the last 75 years, according to a new poll. The survey also shows that those who do align themselves with a party are more ideological and have become more polarized than at any point in the last 25 years, particularly on issues important in this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns. Party loyalty, however, only goes so far; neither Republicans nor Democrats say their own party is doing a good job standing up for its traditional positions. Five months before the November elections, the Pew Research Center poll released Monday sheds light on how the electorate feels about the nation’s two major political parties. And sour seems to be an understatement. The results indicate a collective thumbs down to both the Democratic and Republican Party, showing that an unprecedented 38 percent of adults rejected both parties and call themselves independents. Only 32 percent now say they are Democrats and 24 percent now call themselves Republicans. This flight away from the two major political parties began in 2008, a time of intense partisanship as President Barack Obama battled Republican Sen. John McCain for the White House. Then as now, independent voters are a critical constituency that candidates must win over to prevail in competitive general elections. Exit polls show these voters have sided with the winning candidate in all but two of the past 10 presidential elections. Independents broke for Obama, 52 percent to 44 percent for McCain four years ago. And recent polling suggests independents are about evenly divided now between Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican rival. Independent voters also have been on the winning side in congressional contests eight out of nine times since the 1994 election, when Republicans took control of the House for the first time in 40 years. So both Republicans and Democrats are making serious plays to win them over. The survey found that the face of the independent voter also is changing, posing challenges for Democrats. More Hispanic and younger voters key Democratic voting blocs - say they are politically independent and Republicans are aggressively courting them. Hispanics who describe themselves as independents have jumped from 31 percent in 2006 to 46 percent now. And nearly half of Americans born since 1981 now say they are independents. To be sure, 56 percent of Americans still identify themselves as a member of either the Democratic or the Republican parties.
But the parties are pushing out those in the ideological middle. The vast majority of Republicans, 68 percent, say they are conservative, up from 60 percent in 2000. And the conservative Democrat has become scarce as the share of self-described liberals in the party has grown 10 points since 2000, from 28 percent to 38 percent. As the moderates abandon both parties, the poll finds partisans’ views on the major issues in this year’s campaign have become more deeply polarized since the Pew Center first measured those views in 1987. The poll measured opinions on 48 different questions about basic political values, and found Democrats and Republicans farther apart than at any point since 1987. The sharpest differences between partisans fall mostly on the issues at the core of this year’s campaign regarding government’s role and effectiveness: whether regulation helps or hurts business, how involved government should be in people’s lives and whether government programs are effective or wasteful. Sharp differences also centered on the question of how much of a “social safety net” government should provide - whether government should make sure every citizen’s basic needs are met or take care of those in need even if it means more debt. Shifting opinions on these issues are not limited to core partisans: Independents who lean toward either Republicans or Democrats are also more sharply polarized from each other than they were 25 years ago, particularly on how much government should do and how effective it is. Obama holds a slim edge over Romney in the poll, 49 percent to 45 percent, among registered voters, and the results suggest the sharpest divides between Romney and Obama supporters are over the role and effectiveness of government. About one-fourth of voters are “swing voters,” or those who are not firmly committed to a candidate. Ideologically, this group is closer to Romney on the social safety net, but closer to Obama on social issues and questions about labor unions. They fall about evenly between the two on the role of government. The poll also found a liberal shift on social issues in recent decades, with fewer saying they hold old-fashioned values about family and marriage, or the role of women. The Pew Research Center 2012 Values Survey was conducted by telephone April 4-15 among a random national sample of 3,008 adults. Interviews were conducted by live interviews and respondents were reached on landline and cellular telephones. The margin of sampling error for results based on all interviews is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
MEN IN BLACK 3 – Rated: PG-13
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement Agents J and K are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
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Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
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Funeral Program
Thursday, June 7, 2012
4:30pm 5:00pm LBJ Chapel Service Family Service at CCCAS Pago Pago, Wake and Viewing at Tuaolo Aiumu’s Guest house, (Leututoto, Pago Pago) Final Service at CCCAS Pago Pago Burial Service will follow at Leututoto, Pago Pago
Friday, June 8, 2012
Fa’afetai Tele Lava, Tuaolo Meko L. Aiumu, Afioga i le Nofofanau ia Gi, Anoifale ia Patea. Le Fanau fa’avauvau ma le Aiga Potopoto
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