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Samoa News Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Kosrae’s effort to create ‘Shark Sanctuary’ 2 Visitor’s bureau receives $200K from the SbA 3 Replacement ref furor grows after Seattle win B1
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa news Staff reporter
Manu’a store in Officials of 10 Festival of Pac. Malaeimi burns Arts surprised by expenditures
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
The fire which burned Manu’a Store to the ground on Friday evening has resulted in the loss of employment of close to 50 employees, says Manu’a Chen, the owner of business. Chen said he was at the store when the fire occurred, saying it came from where the materials were located and it spread out to the entire store. He said he was informed by his employees who were running out the door that smoke was coming from inside the store and they contacted the police for assistance. “The fire was spreading too fast through the store,” he said. Chen said the firemen arrived 10-15 minutes after the call and some firemen were spraying water onto the buildings next to Manu’a to hold the fire off, while other firemen were trying to eliminate the fire in his store. However, their efforts were unsuccessful. Speaking with Samoa News, Chen said he was scared for the safety of the people who were working at the store and wanted to make sure that everyone had got out. He said at the moment police are investigating as to how the fire started in the first place. Deputy Commissioner Leiseau Laumoli confirmed that the investigation into this matter is being handled by the Criminal Investigation Division with Commander Lavata’i Taase Sagapolutele and his detectives. Samoa News asked Chen for an estimated value of what had been destroyed by the fire. He said that “there was a lot of materials, which are expensive, cell phones and many other items… I cannot say how much the value is because there was a lot.” Manu’a has a second store located in Pago Pago where Chen is now trying to place some of his employees who worked at the Malaeimi store. He told Samoa News that he’s temporarily extending working hours for his store in Pago Pago and making two shifts so he can place some of the workers there, however not everyone who worked at the Manu’a store in Malaeimi will be hired to work in Pago Pago. He says it’s very upsetting that those who worked for the store for many years now have no job to care for their families. The Manu’a store was first opened in Malaeimi in March 2005, with a huge expansion last year. In the meantime, police officers are posted outside the store securing the area.
Officials of the 10th Festival of the Pacific Arts maintained there were no paid workers during the 2008 regional event and were surprised to learn at last Thursday’s Senate Investigative Committee hearing that more than $200,000 was used as disbursement for volunteers and more than $100,000 went to the 2009 Samoan Heritage Week in Honolulu. SIC’s hearing on spending of the Arts Festival hosted by American Samoa is part of its probe into the spending of the $20 million loan ASG received from the ASG Employees Retirement Fund, which provided funding for the festival. Witnesses subpoenaed for the hearing were festival co-chairs Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde and Leala Elisara Pili, who is also the executive director of the Arts Council and Lauti Simona, who served as executive director of the Festival Office. Fagafaga who also served as the festival’s chief financial officer, submitted to SIC the festival’s proposed budget, a report of statement of revenue and expenditures and the revised and final budget.
In his testimony to committee questions, Fagafaga said he could recall that the proposed first budget was over $6 million but was not endorsed by the festival board, who later revised it and approved the budget of $4.6 million, which was submitted to the Governor’s Office. He also said the governor was informed from the beginning that an overrun of $1.5 million was also projected. Fagafaga said that he, along with Pili and Lauti went to meet with the governor, who was informed about the projected shortfall. He said the governor’s reply was for them not to worry because there were ways to address the shortfall, if it occurred. As to the revenue to fund the budget, he said $2.5 million was appropriated by the Fono (which was through the $20 million loan proceeds), $485,500 was received from donations from private sectors, organizations and other members of the community and $339,000 under a technical assistant grant from the Interior Department. (Total revenues came to $3.32 million)
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The aftermath of the fire which burned Manu’s store to the ground Friday night around 9:15 p.m. Police officers are posted at the store, which is located in Malaeimi, and are con[photo: JL] ducting an investigation into this matter.
“Pretty Boy” Ryan Pa’aga heading out to the end zone for his first touchdown of the game, a long reception by Daniel Fereti. The long bomb was caught by Pa’aga for this touchdown play. Read the full story in tomorrow’s Samoa News Sports issue. “Huddle” coverage of the 2012- 13 ASHSAA football season is brought to you by Coca-Cola and Powerade, distributed exclusively [photo: TG] by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. ‘Oloa O Leala’, Your Family of Fine Beverages.
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Kosrae joins effort to create massive ‘Shark Sanctuary’
(PRESS RELEASE) — KOSRAE, Federated States of Micronesia (Sept. 21, 2012) — Kosrae has become the first member of the Federated States of Micronesia to establish shark protections in its waters. The unanimous vote by the legislature in Kosrae, a small island of 7,700 people in the Pacific, is an important step in the creation of the world’s first regional shark sanctuary, which will encompass 2 million square miles of ocean. The legislation now heads to Gov. Lyndon Jackson’s desk for signature. “The protection of sharks fits into an even larger conservation goal for Micronesia,” said Governor Lyndon Jackson, “This goal, called the Micronesia Challenge, seeks to effectively conserve 30 percent of nearshore resources. But some species, especially sharks, swim in and out of protected areas, so additional policies are needed.” When signed into law, the Kosrae sanctuary will ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark products in Kosrea and prohibit commercial shark fishing in the 12 mile area under its jurisdiction. Sen. Tulensa Palik, vice chairman of the state’s Committee on Resources and Development, introduced the bill. “This is an extremely important piece of legislation,” said Palik. “I am proud to have Kosrae be a part of a global movement to protect sharks and the health of our ocean.” During the Micronesian Chief Executive Summit in July 2011, Jackson and the other leaders pledged to join a much larger effort to create the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The agreement includes all four members of the Federated States of Micronesia-Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae-as well as the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. It will result in a regional sanctuary covering 2 million square miles. “Micronesia is leading the world in shark conservation,” said Jill Hepp, director of shark conservation at the Pew Environment Group. “Kosrae is an important piece in the puzzle to protect sharks in the region.” Each year, up to 73 million sharks are killed by people, largely for their fins to supply the demand for shark fin soup. Of the 150 species of shark assessed as Threatened or Near Threatened with extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, at least 30 are known to swim in Micronesia’s waters, including scalloped hammerheads, whale sharks, oceanic whitetips, and several species of reef sharks. If the other members of the Federated States of Micronesia move forward with their plan to create a sanctuary in the next year, 2.9 million square kilometers (1.1 million square miles) will be added to the more than 4.7 million square kilometers (1.8 million square miles) of ocean worldwide that have already been protected by six shark sanctuaries: Palau, the Maldives, Tokelau, Honduras, the Bahamas, and the Marshall Islands. The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nongovernmental organization that works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wild lands, and promote clean energy. For more information, visit www.PewEnvironment. org<http://www.PewEnvironment.org>. The Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization is a conservation NGO based in Kosrae that implements environmental programs in marine conservation, environmental education, and terrestrial conservation. http://kosraeconservation.org/ The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) supports biodiversity conservation and related sustainable development for the people of Micronesia in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau (ROP), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). http://www.ourmicronesia.org.
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By Samantha Weaver
STRANGE BUT TRUE
✖ It was Canadian American educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “You can always tell a real friend: When you’ve made a fool of yourself, he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” ✖ In Murfreesboro, Tenn., it is illegal to keep indoor furniture outdoors. ✖ Mike Edwards, one of the founding members of the British band Electric Light Orchestra, met with an untimely death decades after he left the group. In 2010, as Edwards was driving in the rural southwest of England, a farmer lost control of a 1,300-pound bale of hay. This wheel-shaped bale rolled down a hill and over a hedge, and just happened to smash into the van that Edwards was driving. ✖ The humble honeybee is the official insect of 17 states. ✖ Those who study such things say that there is a 1 million to 1 chance that, within the next century, an asteroid will crash into the Earth and destroy most life on the planet. ✖ In 2008 a company called Defense Devices, based in Jackson, Tenn., introduced a new item: a stun gun disguised as a tube of lipstick. The same company offers a ring that will shoot pepper spray. ✖ You might be surprised to learn that the giant bullfrogs of South Africa have sometimes been known to attack lions. ✖ Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it has the longest name: It’s officially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation. ✖ The tuatara is a lizard that can be found in New Zealand. Its claim to fame? It has a third eye, on the top of its head. • • • • • • • • • • • • • ThoughT for The Day • • • • • • • • • • • • • “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” — Alfred Hitchcock
Visitor’s Bureau receives $200K from SBA to help market territory
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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The American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau is “very grateful” to the U.S. Small Business Administration for awarding the agency more than $200,000 in grant funding that will go towards, among other things, training of the local tourism industry and marketing of the territory with off island travel wholesalers. SBA yesterday morning issued a national news release announcing the awarding of about $30 million to 47 states, American Samoa and other U.S. jurisdictions under the second round of funding support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. This federal funding is through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) initiative, which was launched last year under the Small Business Jobs Act, aimed at increasing the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export. SBA Administrator Karen Mills said the second round of STEP funding will be instrumental in helping small businesses start or expand their exporting opportunities so they can create an economy built to last. SBA online records show that the Visitor’s Bureau will receive $246,671. Additionally, the “STEP program will work with American Samoa to strengthen the capacity of local tourism industry members with training to equip them with partnering skills in international travel trade, and to support American Samoa’s international travel partners to develop and promote consumer holiday packages from New Zealand, Australia and Samoa.” “These partnering initiatives will endeavor to develop holiday packages and promote the destination in an effort to generate new tourist visitors,” the project description states.
When contacted for comments yesterday morning, Visitor’s Bureau chief executive officer David Vaeafe said he just received information about the grant award and he is pleased and “very grateful to SBA.” “This is great in terms of the support of our work in the development of our industry and this funding will help us in many ways,” Vaeafe said in brief phone interview. Among the main “elements of the project” is a “second element training of industry managers” on various travel issues such as preparing commissionable rates for travel and tour wholesalers. Another element of the project is for marketing support with off island partners, such as those in Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. “And we’re also going to translate our website to a number of different foreign languages for overseas travelers,” said Vaeafe. “And all of these elements are part of our efforts to strengthen and grow our tourism industry.” Meanwhile, Vaeafe says nine U.S. travel wholesalers and one journalist will be in the territory next month as part of a familiarization visit being organized by the Visitor’s Bureau, in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines. The traveler wholesalers are from California and Hawai’i and, along with the journalist, are scheduled to arrive in the territory Oct. 18 for a few days and will also travel to Samoa. “This is a joint familiarization with Hawaiian Airlines - assisting us with air fares for the group from the U.S.,” said Vaeafe. The wholesaler and media visit is the third one planned this year, organized by the Visitor’s Bureau. This month they hosted a group from Australia and last month was a group from New Zealand. The visits were made possible with a US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs technical assistant grant.
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Samoa News reported in Monday’s article on gubernatorial candidates Afoa Leulumoega Su’esu’e Lutu and Le’i Sonny Thompson “Meet the Candidates” event held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 . Unfortunately, we inadvertently used the unedited version of the story and photo caption, resulting in published typos in Le’i’s speech and photo caption. The corrected sentences are: “We need people who can say the ‘BUCK’ stops here, we need leaders with a no nonsense attitude who will hold people accountable for their actions, yet at the same time, American Samoa, not afraid to say I am sorry, I made a mistake.” “We need leaders who promote equal opportunities for all and ‘FOSTER’ their advancements only through a system of merits; anything less American Samoa is unacceptable. The corrected caption is: Lt. Governor Candidate Le’i Sonny “THOMPSON” while speaking to a crowd of “1,300 PLUS” supporters, DURING the “Meet the Candidates” event held on “SATURDAY”. Samoa News apologizes to its readers, Afoa & Le’i and supports of the gubernatorial team for our unintentional error.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco may soon give new meaning to the word “downsizing.” Supervisors are set to vote on Tuesday on a proposed change to the city’s building code that would allow construction of among the tiniest apartments in the country. Under the plan, new apartments could be as small as 220 square feet (a little more than double the size of some prison cells), including a kitchen, bathroom and closet, the Los Angeles Times reported. Current regulations require the living room alone to be that size. Schematics for 300-square-foot units planned for San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood include window seats that turn into spare beds and beds that turn into tables. Proponents say the smaller apartments would provide a cheaper option for the city’s many single residents, who have been priced out of the rental market as the region experiences a resurgent technology industry. San Francisco apartments rented for an average of $2,734 in June, up 13 percent from a year ago, according to the research firm, RealFacts. The micro-units, in contrast, are expected to rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Los Angeles Times. Wiener drafted the legislation for the smaller apartments. It allows them to accommodate up to two people and requires an additional 100 square feet of space for each occupant above that number. “Although in our fantasy world everyone would live in a single-family home or a huge spacious flat, the reality of life is that not everyone can afford that,” Wiener said. But critics counter that the units wouldn’t help families and could boost population density, straining public transit and other city services. “This has to be a pilot project and allow for further study before we end up like Singapore,” said Sara Shortt, executive director of the tenants’ rights group, Human Rights Committee of San Francisco. Singapore authorities recently raised minimum dwelling sizes because of concerns about congestion. Some critics want San Francisco to follow the example of New York City and first test a small number of the units. New York City’s micro-units also have a higher minimum-size requirement.
San Francisco American Samoa to be recognized as could OK tiniest “TsunamiReady” in official ceremony apartments in US
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American Samoa will officially be recognized later this week as a “TsunamiReady” community, with a ceremony set for Sept. 28, one day before the third anniversary of the 2009 tsunami that killed 34 people in the territory. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service will host the ceremony at Utulei Beach where the official designation will be made. The ceremony will also recognize the hard work by the American Samoa Government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) team. It will be attended by Gov. Togiola Tulafono and off-island guests which includes Nancy Ward, Administrator of the FEMA Region IX based in Oakland, Calif. “The people of American Samoa have shown incredible resilience in the face of the devastating 2009 Tsunami,” Ward said yesterday from California in a brief comment through the FEMA public affair’s office. “Their dedication and commitment to participate in this program will undoubtedly help save lives in the future, and is an accomplishment the entire island can be proud of.” The TsunamiReady program is administered by the National Weather Service as a way to increase and strengthen the ability of communities to prepare for, mitigate, and recover from natural hazards, said FEMA whose region office will issue Thursday an official news release on the tsunami anniversary. A report released September last year by the Western States Seismic Police Council (WSSPC) states in part that the local Department of Homeland Security and its TEMCO agency have taken major strides toward making the territory “TsunamiReady”. “We are very happy to reach this milestone of receiving the federal TsunamiReady certification, which is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our staff to meet the requirements of the program,” ASDHS director Mike Sala said yesterday responding to Samoa News questions from last Friday. “No community is ‘Tsunami-Proof’, but TsunamiReady means our community is better prepared to respond to this type of disaster,” he said. “It is geared to help prevent the loss of life and property, but an important part of the whole program is for our community to be aware of what to do and where to go to be safe in these situations.” Certifying American Samoa to TsunamiReady status means “we have met the federal requirements to show we are better prepared to save lives and property in the event of a tsunami through better planning, education and awareness,” according to ASDHS information responding to Samoa News questions. Being designated TsunamiReady, American Samoa now joins 115 other communities in 10 states and territories of the U.S. “The September 29, 2009 tsunami that devastated lowlying coastal areas of our islands has shown that a large percentage of our population is at-risk, especially with our close proximity to the Tonga Trench and the fact that we are geographically located within the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific region,” said ASDHS official Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde. In American Samoa, many schools, the hospital, centers of commerce, government offices, villages, port and airport facilities, and the general population are exposed to the threat of a tsunami, he said. “The TsunamiReady program has helped our community leaders and emergency managers strengthen our local operations,” said Fagafaga adding that the program was developed by the National Weather Service and funded by the NOAA National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP). American Samoa’s NTHMP grant is for $1 million over three years to develop community warning systems, tsunami evacuation routes and maps, tsunami zone signage and designation of hazard and safe zones, and community planning and education, he said. He also pointed out that the Territory-wide emergency siren system which was installed following the 2009 tsunami was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA with a grant of $3.2 million. “Being certified TsunamiReady should open up other disaster related federal funding for American Samoa,” said Langkilde. Sala thanked Mase Akapo and the staff of the local office of the National Weather Service and NOAA, as well as ASG Port Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA for their strong support to get American Samoa’s TsunamiReady designation. He also thanked the many local agencies who partnered with ASDHS in this project, which included the Office of Samoan Affairs, the Department of Commerce. The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, ASTCA, ASPA, and the Department of Public Works. According to the Weather Service many contributed to American Samoa becoming TsunamiReady, including the Army Corps of Engineers, which spent $500,000 to conduct an assessment of the tsunami risk, U.S. Coast Guard and other parts of NOAA that work under the Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) coordinating body.
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“Thank you to all my family, friends and love ones who have supported me and voted for me on Facebook, Twitter and on Fobbnation, I couldn’t have done it without you all. Special thanks to FOBBNATION for recognizing the achievements of our young generation of Polynesan artists. Finally, our Polynesian Artists can be recognized and awarded for the hard work, dedication, and talent. Fa’amalo Lava…FOBBNATION. Thank you for believing in the gift of music that God has blessed me with and that I am able to share and be a blessing to you all. Everyone of you have been blessing also in my walk and journey throughout my music career and accomplishments. The Biggest thank you to my parents who are my #1 supporters; for pushing me to become the person I am today and for believing in the call of God upon my life. I love you both so much, this award is for the both of you for the many sacrifices you both have given. Words are not enough to explain what my heart says but all I can say is Thank you! Thank you to my Alofa Tunoa family and Aglow Internationl for the prayers and support.”Music is my life, my joy, my passion!” ……Elijah Jared Tavai
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Local governments try to “cut costs” through efficiency
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — In some places, it’s as simple as pulling the plug on thousands of unused telephone lines or installing software that automatically shuts off idle school computers to save on electric bills. Other places are doing such things as merging town fire departments, combining 911 centers or outsourcing collection of parking fines. Around the country, governments big and small are embracing cooperation, consolidation and efficiency to wring a few more dollars out of the budget as the effects of the Great Recession linger. “What we’re seeing is that many places are really taking a look at doing more with less,” said Steve Hamill, a former administrator in Alameda County, Calif., and founder of the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance, which helps municipalities learn of money-saving opportunities. During the worst of the downturn, many local governments resorted to layoffs and other blunt means of cutting spending. Now, with the economy still shaky, they are looking in less obvious places for ways to save money. Earlier this year, Long Island’s two counties and several townships announced anticipated savings of more than $1 million annually by joining forces to buy such things as medical supplies for ambulances and chemicals for wastewater treatment and swimming pools. “Joint purchasing is an example of where we can do more with less by finding efficiency,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. In neighboring Nassau County, officials are in the midst of a review of unused telephones and telephone lines in the wake of large staff cutbacks. The county comptroller’s office estimates as many as 3,000 phone lines could be disconnected by the end of the year, saving more than $535,000. Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene School District set up a system to turn off all computer monitors after five minutes of inactivity. Computers are put in standby mode after 90 minutes. The district expects to save $300,000 over three years, Hamill said. An effort in Los Angeles County that includes disconnecting unused phones and buying efficient light bulbs is expected to cut costs by about $218 million annually. Last year, three cities in San Diego County — El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove — struck an agreement to combine their firefighting, emergency medical treatment and emergency planning services. They expect to save a combined $560,000 annually. Fire response times haven’t suffered, according to Heartland Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Mike Scott. Three counties in New Jersey are each trying to combine their local 911 call centers under one roof. Something similar has already been done in Lincoln Park, Southgate and Wyandotte, three cities in Michigan’s Wayne County. In other places, discussions are under way to consolidate school districts. And some municipalities are outsourcing data processing operations that manage such things as the collection of property taxes and parking fines, Hamill said. “Officials are taking a look at what core services are needed and that they need to be involved with and what services someone else can do,” he said. Police departments on Long Island and elsewhere are employing high-tech sensors in high-crime areas to alert officers to exact locations when gunshots are fired. “This allows departments to cut down on the number of patrol cars that may be needed to investigate these cases, which can save money,” Hamill said. State governments also are striving to cut costs by consolidating or reorganizing agencies, according to Todd Haggerty, an analyst for the Conference of State Legislatures. Among them: ➤ Connecticut placed nine state agencies within a new Office of Government Accountability, resulting in a reduction of 23 positions and a savings of $1.5 million in 2012 and a projected $1.8 million in 2013. ➤ Kansas estimates it will save $3 million in 2012 by abolishing its Health Policy Authority and shifting its responsibilities, including the administration of Medicaid, to the Department of Health and Environment. ➤ Missouri transferred the responsibilities of the State Water Patrol to a division within the State Highway Patrol; $3 million a year in administrative cost savings are anticipated.
Anti-Japan protesters scuffle with police officers during a rally criticizing Japanese government’s claim over the disputed islets called Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, and demanding an official apology and compensation for South Korean wartime sex slaves from the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) 24, 2012.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Staff reporter
MaN aCCuSeD of raPINg WIfe fIghTS hIS CaSe IN Jury TrIaL ToDay The High Court will start today the jury trial in the government’s case against a man accused of raping his wife and holding her against her will. The defendant whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim is charged with rape, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment. Jury selection will take place this morning before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. The defendant’s case was called in court on several occasions for plea agreements between the defendant and the government. However the defendant vehemently denied the charges and the plea offers, telling the court that he was trying to correct his wife’s adulterous behavior (Sotoma ma Komoro) and yet he’s in jail for it. The defendant added that the laws need to be changed in the territory because it was his wife’s actions that should be questioned, not his. According to the government’s case, the charges stems from a domestic dispute that occurred in February 2012 where the defendant accused his wife of having an affair. The High Court appointed Asaua Fuimaono to take over this case, however during the last hearing Fuimaono informed the court the defendant did not wish to speak to him when he visited him in jail. Fuimaono then requested that the court withdraw him as counsel for the defendant. The defendant, who’s held on bail of $30,000 is standing pro se, meaning he is representing himself in court, while prosecuting for the government is Assistant Attorney General Cecilia Reyna. The government expects to call several witnesses in this case. MaN aCCuSeD of BrIBINg offICer CoNTINueS Pre-TrIaL CoNfereNCe Emanuel Ulberg accused of bribing a police officer with $100 while he was pulled over for a suspected DUI, received a plea offer from the government. Ulberg is charged with bribery of a public servant, driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), prohibited place of consumption and careless driving. Presiding over the matter was Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. Assistant Public Defender Mike White asked the court to reset another pre-trial conference for this matter noting that this case is very close to being resolved through a plea. Richmond scheduled the matter for October 11, 2012. According to the government’s case, on April 15, 2012 police officers were patrolling near the stadium, and came across the defendant who was allegedly swerving near the stadium. According to the government’s case, the defendant failed the Standard Field Sobriety Test, however when the officer attempted to start on the breathalyzer test the defendant handed the officer $100. It’s alleged Ulberg told the cop to give him a chance and take him home, however the officer gave the defendant back his money and placed him under arrest. LaND DISPuTe PuTS oNe MaN IN JaIL oN aSSauLT Charge Police arrested Laau Fanene over the weekend charging him with public peace disturbance and third degree assault. Fanene is accused of punching another man over a land dispute issue in Malaeimi over the weekend. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court this morning. According to the government’s case, the defendant, who was intoxicated, walked over to where the complaining witnesses were working clearing the land in question. It’s alleged the defendant asked the family members why are they working on the land and yet the case for this specific land is pending in court. The government further claims the defendant then punched one of the men; however bystanders stopped the fight and police were called. Fanene is represented by the public defender’s office while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the ABC Television show “The View” in New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. From left are, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, the president, the first lady, Joy Behar, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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CAMPO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters recovered the body of a man who ignored evacuation orders from a burned house Monday as they battled to contain Southern California wildfires that destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas, authorities said. Crews worked against winds gusting up to 30 mph that were expected to continue late Monday in southeastern San Diego County, where a 3-square-mile fire churned slowly through hilly brushlands in a desert area near the U.S.-Mexico border. The man’s body was found just before 2:30 p.m. inside a home on Tierra del Sol Road near Campo, said Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Robbie Richard. Officials did not identify the man, other than to say he was reported missing by neighbors who were concerned when they saw his only vehicle parked outside. Neighbors told U-T San Diego the man was an 82-year-old with one leg. Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies had to wait several hours before it was safe enough to enter the home, San Diego County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Aquino said. The 2,000-acre blaze was 40 percent surrounded Monday, with fire officials expecting further containment as night brought cooler conditions. About 80 homes were ordered evacuated near the Campo Indian Reservation. The fire destroyed 20 homes, damaged 10 and burned 15 outbuildings since it erupted Sunday, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Mike Mohler. An evacuation center was set up at a high school in the nearby community of Pine Valley. Many residents gathered at the Golden Acorn Casino, which also served as the command post for firefighters, to learn whether their homes were still standing.
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Governor clarifies enforcement issue pertaining to banned soap, detergent
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) headquarters Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.
Gov. Togiola Tulafono has clarified one issue pertaining to the prohibition of imported soaps and detergents containing phosphates after new concerns surfaced from the private sector as the enforcement of the regulation was implemented. Some two weeks ago, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency issued a news release reminding the community — especially business establishments and ocean and air freight forwarders — on the prohibition of importing soaps and detergents containing phosphates into the Territory, based on an August 21 executive order issued by the governor, and the order was effective that same date.
Then two weekends ago, the governor on his radio program spoke about the ban, which has gone into effect. He also called on the private sector to work with the government in resolving this important environmental issue dealing with phosphates that affects the water supply. But this past Saturday on his radio program, Togiola said that the enforcement of the ban has resulted in new concerns from the private sector and he wanted to clarify certain issues. He said the problem is that when the executive order was issued and mentioned on his radio program two weekends ago, enforcement was implemented and included products that were either already on island or enroute to the territory.
Togiola clarified that all products already on island or is enroute to the territory when the order was issued are exempted and this was relayed to the local enforcement agencies, which are Customs and ASEPA according to the executive order. He says merchants need to provide proof, that the products were already on the vessel to Pago Pago or the products already on island when the order was issued. At the same time, the governor cautioned not to use this exemption as a way for merchants to knowingly change the shipping manifest. The governor apologized to the public,especially to the private sector, if the enforcement was quickly implemented without the proper clarification to merchants and the public. Togiola recalled his statement two weekends ago where he called on the businesses not to be quick to complain or call the governor and the government some very colorful names, but to come together to discuss various issues of concern, to see where they could be addressed. He said the goal is to protect the environment to last forever. In his memorandum to ASG departments and agencies regarding the ban on phosphates, the governor says the ban of phosphates in detergents is necessary to maintain water quality in American Samoa. By requiring of use of phosphate-free detergents, the government is reducing pollution and ensuring water quality throughout American Samoa, he said. Meanwhile, medical facilities can apply to Customs Division for a waiver to the ban and this information was reported by Samoa News last month when the executive order to ban phosphates was released. However, it appears from a handful of e-mails to Samoa News that some are not aware that a waiver is available for medical facilities, who must among other things, provide to Customs prior to importation, description of the soap/ detergent including name of product, amount imported, ingredients, phosphate levels and point of origin. The request must also include an explanation as to why it is necessary that the soap/detergent with phosphates is necessary and why there are no viable alternatives. Samoa News again urged any vendors needing more information to contact the Governor’s Office for a copy of the executive order, which includes other bans.
Chinese & Japanese officials meet amid dispute over islands
BEIJING (AP) — Rival claims to a group of tiny islands in the East China Sea were the focus of talks Tuesday between Chinese and Japanese officials, testing whether the countries can summon the political will to put the rancor behind them. The Japanese government’s purchase of some of the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China from private owners this month has sparked sometimes violent protests in China and informal boycotts of Japanese products. Journalists were allowed in briefly as Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai, flanked by their aides, began their meeting at China’s Foreign Ministry. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Kawai was visiting at Japan’s request. “China will urge Japan to correct their mistakes and make efforts in improving ties,” he said. Taiwan also claims the islands and has registered a formal protest over Japan’s purchase. Despite the meeting, the gamesmanship around the islands continued Tuesday. Japan’s coast guard said six Chinese surveillance ships were going in and out of the 24 nautical mile zone around the islands. On Friday, the vessels briefly entered waters within 12 nautical miles, which Japan considers its territorial waters. Japan told them to leave, and one vessel told them over the radio that the islands were Chinese. On Tuesday morning, about 50 Taiwanese fishing boats accompanied by 10 Taiwanese surveillance ships came within 12 nautical miles of the disputed islands, said Yasuhiko Oku, an official with the Japanese coast guard. It was the first incursion by Taiwanese vessels since Japan’s purchase, according to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency. Japanese patrol boats warned the boats to leave with electronic signboards and directives over loud speakers. A Taiwanese surveillance ship responded that the waters belonged to Taiwan and that the boats were engaged in legitimate operations and urged the Japanese patrol boats to withdraw, Kyodo said. Some of the Taiwanese fishing boats displayed banners asserting Taiwan’s claims to the islands.
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Mai le aso 6 Aokuso, 2012, na amata fa’atautaia ai le Polokalama JROTC i le a’oga a Manumalo Baptist High School i Malaeimi. O lenei avanoa, sa fa’ailoa mai e Gen. Mapu Jamias o le Ofisa autu o le JROTC Program i le teritori, sa ia fa’ailoa mai, o le talosaga lenei sa fa’aulu mai e le Manumalo High School e lua lelei tausaga o latou tatali ma taumafai e o’o i le sini, o le talia mai e amata a’oa’oina ai ‘tomai amata’ e a’otau ai o se ‘Fitafita o le Vaega ‘Au’ i le polokalama JROTC. O lo’o ua mae’a tofia le ali’i faia’oga mo lea polokalama i Manumalo Baptist High o SFC Tufele, ma ua ia fa’ailoa mai, “O lo ua va’aia le naunauta’i o le fanau a’oga, ma ua ‘ese fo’i le fa’agae’etia loto o le fanau ina ua amatalia lenei polokalama i le latou laumua. Ua iloga mai, e le tu’umamaina fo’i e Manumalo Baptist lo latou avanoa ua leva o tatali ia maua mai!” O le aofai o tamaiti uma lava ua mae’a lisia suafa i le latou polokalama i le a’oga maualuga lea, e to’a 53 i latou. E la’eia e i latou uma nei le toniga a le JROTC i Amerika Samoa i le aso Tofi, ma e amata mai i le sisiga o le fu’a i le taeao a le a’oga atoa, o le a fa’atino ai e lea vasega le sisiga o le latou Fu’a Amerika, Fu’a Amerika Samoa ma le Fu’a a le A’oga Manumalo Baptist School. Ua fa’ailoa mai e SFC Tufele, “O lo’o i ai sina fa’aletonu i le toniga, ona ua ‘ese’ese mamao tino o le fanau ua auai, o nisi ua lapopo’a tele, ae o nisi fo’i ua pa’e’e tele, a’o o nisi fo’i ua pupu’u tele, ae o i latou uma lava, e ao ina tofusia ma le toniga. Talosia, ae mafai ona fa’atoniga uma e le matou ofisa i latou i le aso Tofi nei.” Pe afai o le a mae’a a’otauina le fanau i tiute ma le tomai mo’omia e fa’atino ai e i latou o latou tiute fa’afitafita amata, o le a i ai se isi fa’aulufalega aloa’ia o le JROTC Manumalo Baptist High School JROTC i le polokalama aoao i le teritori, e mafai ai fo’i ona tauva i latou fa’atasi ma isi a’oga, i so’o se ituaiga tomai ua alagatatau ona agava’a ai. O lea aso, e le o mautinoa, ae o le vave lava ona fa’ailo e le faia’oga JROTC, SFC Tufele, i le latou Ofisa autu ua agava’a le fanau aoga mo ia ituaiga o tauvaga i le va o JROTC i a’oga maualuluga i le tatou teritori, o le a vave mai fo’i lena aso fa’ailogaina mo le a’oga ma le fanau a’otauina i Manumalo. I le taimi nei, ua na’o le fanau a’oga i le Grade 9 - 12 ua aofia i lenei polokalama i le Manumalo Baptist. Ua numera fitu nei le Manumalo Baptist High i le lisi o a’oga i le tatou teritori ua fa’atautaia ai le Polokalama JROTC.
A lone resident battles with police during a demolition of their shanties at the financial district of Makati city Monday Sept. 24, 2012, east of Manila, Philippines. Police use tear gas and water cannons to effect the demolition of more than 200 families which the residents resisted by throwing bottles rocks and fire bombs known as molotov cocktails. About a dozen residents were arrested and several were (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) injured from both sides.
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I le aveese ai la e le Fono o le $6.8 miliona mai totonu o le paketi a le malo, na faaulu ai loa i luma o maota e lua i le vaiaso na te’a nei se pili faaopoopo (supplemental) e faasoasoa mai ai e le Fono le faaaogaina o le tupe lenei, e faatupe ai gaioiga a nisi o ofisa ma matagaluega a le malo, e aofia ai ma le totogia o poloaiga a le faamasinoga faasaga i le malo. O nei poloaiga e aofia ai le $150,000 e faatupe ai le faamasinoga i le va o le malo o Amerika Samoa ma Siaumau Siaumau Jr; maliliega i le va o le malo ma le kamupani tosovaa a le Marisco i Hawaii e $1 miliona; faapea ai ma le isi $1 miliona i le maliliega sa faia i le mataupu o le Laufou Shopping Center, lea Na fesiligia e le afioga i le alii faipule ia Larry Sanitoa i le Aso Faraile na te’a nei, pe faapefea ona faaulu e le maota o sui se pili e faasoasoa ai le $6.8 miliona, ae o lea ua faaali manino e le alii kovana i sana tusi i le Fofoga Fetalai, e le o i ai se vaega tupe faapea ($6.8 milona) i totonu o teugatupe a le malo. Na saunoa Taotasi Archie Soliai, o le mafuaaga tonu lava lea na aveese ai e le Fono le tupe lea mai totonu o le paketi a le malo, ona e talitonu le fono e le o i ai se tupe faapea i teugatupe a le malo. O le tusi o lo o faatatau i ai saunoaga a alii faipule, o le tusi lea na tuuina atu e Togiola Tulafono i taitai o le Fono i le aso Faraile na te’a nei, e faailoa atu ai lona teena o pili tupe e lua na pasia e le fono, e totogi ai poloaiga a le faamasinoga i le mataupu i le va o le malo ma Viiga Tuavale faapea ai le mataupu i le va o le malo ma le kamupani a le PIE. Sa faamoemoe le fono e faatupe mai pili tupe ia i tupe totoe e lei faasoasoaina o le tausaga tupe lenei 2012, mai le Maliliega o le Tapa’a, peitai na taua e le kovana i lana tusi e faapea, e leai se teugatupe faapea o i ai i totonu o teugatupe a le malo. E ui na fesiligia e alii faipule tulaga o le pili taufaaofi, ae na pasia lava e le maota i le faitauga faalua i le aso Faraile na te’a nei ma le faamoemoe, o le taeao nei e tatau ona faitau faatolu ai loa lenei tulafono. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appellate court has ruled that a man who spent 19 years in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit can sue Los Angeles police for allegedly coercing his confession. The 2-1 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said Harold Hall can amend his lawsuit because his Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated. Hall was convicted for a pair of slayings in 1985 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His convictions were later overturned after it was determined there were falsified documents from a jailhouse informant and his confession was given while he was under duress. Hall sued the city, but didn’t claim possible Fifth Amendment violations, which protects people from forced self-incrimination.
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Fa’asea Pago Pago i lapisi o lo o to’a i lona gataifale
Se vaaiga lena i otaota o loo to’a i gatai o le afioaga o Pago Pago, lea ua mafua ai ona faasea sui o le afioaga, i le le faatinoina lea o galuega a nisi o Ofisa o le malo o loo gafa ma le faamamaina lea o le otaota i luga o le sami e aofia ai le Fagaloa. E talitonu sui o le afioaga, o lapisi uma (ata AF) lava e paepae i luga o le sami i le Fagaloa, e to’a uma atu lava i gatai o Pago Pago.
Na faaalia le le fiafia o ni isi o sui o le afioaga o Pago Pago i le taeao ananafi, ona o le tulaga mataga ua i ai le gataifale o le afioaga i lenei vaitau, ona o lapisi ma otaota ia o lo o tafe atu i le sami ma to’a uma i gatai o le afioaga. E le o se taimi muamua lenei ua faaleoina ai e le Maoputasi lana faasea i Ofisa o le malo o lo o gafa ma lenei tautua, ona o le faafitauli o lo o feagai pea ma le nuu i le tele o taimi. E lei mamao atu nei foi ona fesiligia e le afioga i le alii Senatoa ia Mauga Tasi Asuega lenei fa’afitauli ia le Faatonu o le Matagaluega o le AS-EPA ma le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Vaomatua, Siosiomaga ma le Gataifale (DMWR), ona o le fia malamalama po o ai tonu e pau i ai le matafaioi lenei. Na asia e le Samoa News le nofoaga o lo o afua mai ai le faasea a le afioaga, ma maitauina ai otaota e pei o atigi fagu, atigi apainu, fagu pa’u, ipu plastics, pepa iila ma le anoanoa’i lava o ituaiga lapisi o loo to’a i luga o ma’a o loo avea ma taligalu i tua tonu o le nofoaga o loo i ai le maota sa avea maketi le tumau, le Chinatown, ma faasolo atu ai i tua o le Ofisa o le Asosi Soka ma oo atu ai i tua o le Ofisa o le TAOA. Na taua e le afioga i le matua ia Pulu Ae Ae Jr , “E le o se lapisi le mea lea, o le nuu o loo nonofo ai tagata soifua, ae o lea ua avea ma nofoaga e taunuu uma mai i ai lapisi pe a tafea mai i le ‘au, e mafua mai ona ua le faia e ofisa o le malo o latou tiute e faamama ese le lapisi i luga o le sami atoa ai le Fagaloa”. Saunoa Pulu, e le tatau ona nofonofo ofisa o le malo o lo o gafa ma le matafaioi lenei, ae tatau ona galulue ina ia foia le faafitauli. “O lea e pagatia le nuu e teuteu faamatagofie lona atufalega a’o lenei lava e faamataga e lapisi ma otaota o loo tafea mai i le sami, ua tiga foi mata e vaavaai soo atu i nei lapisi se, o le lapisi lava ia e ave i Futiga ae le o Pago Pago”. Na taua e se tama pe a ma le 45 tausaga le matua na maua atu i ai e le sui o le Samoa News i le nofoaga tonu o lo o afua mai ai le faasea, o ni isi o taimi latou te mauaina ai ta’ifau ua mamate (tulou) o lo o opeopea i luga o le sami, ona latou logoina lea o le Ofisa o le Soifua Maloloina ona o le manogi leaga (tulou). O le lua vaiaso talu ai na laga ai foi e le faipule a Pago Pago, le susuga Vaamua Henry Sesepasara, i luma o le maota o sui, sona faasea, ona o le suavai lafoa’i o lo o pamu a le kamupani a le StarKist i gatai o Aua, peitai o lo o toe tafea uma mai i uta ma to’a i Pago Pago vaega leaga o le suavai lea. E tusa ai o molimau a alii faatonu ia Ufagafa Ray Tulafono ma Fanuatele Dr. To’afa Vaiaga’e i luma o le Senate i le masina na te’a nei, e le o toe faia le konekarate sa sainia i le va o le kamupani ma le malo e faamama ai le lapisi i luga o le sami, ina ua taofia mai e le feterale le tupe ona ua mulimulita’i le kamupani i ta’iala e pei ona manaomia ai le faaaogaina o le tupe. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
VAEGA 34 Malo le soifua, malo fo’i le onosa’i i faiva ma tiute o lo’o feagai ai ma le mamalu o le atunu’u, e laga i Samoa nei ae fa’apea fo’i le mamalu o le atunu’u o lo’o alaala ma papaa’ao i so’o se itu o le lalolagi. Fa’atalofa atu i lo outou paia, ae alo maia o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala fa’asolo mo lenei aso. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua oso i tua le ta’avale la’ititi o lo’o i ai i totonu le fa’afafine ma teine e to’alua, o lo’o aga’i atu i le fale fa’afiafia po’o le kalapu e eva ai. Se i o tatou tuliloaina le tulaga ua i ai nei le silasila mai a Kapilielu i ana Amepasa nei e to’atolu na tuli mai e asiasi i Amerika Samoa. Ua na o le pupula to’a mai nei i lalo o Kapilielu ma lona loto fa’anoanoa tele, i le Agelu numera tolu ma ana faiga o lo’o fai nei. Ua toe manatua e le toeaina, ua ma’ea ona fai a la tala ma le Amepasa lona tolu, ia ‘aua ne i toe tupu se mea i lalo nei pe a taunu’u mai, peita’i, ua iloa mai nei i luga, o le matua’i mata’utia lava o faiga a le Agelu lenei o lo’o fai nei. Na tonu nei i le manatu o le toeaina, o le a logo ia le Atua le Tama, ma ta’u i ai le tulaga o lo’o i ai nei le Agelu numera tolu, ma ua fa’apena lava ona fai. Na tu a’e nei i luga Kapilielu ma savali atu loa i le itu o lo’o nofo mai ai le Atua i lona nofoali’i, ua ifo to’ele ma ua tu nei i luma o le Atua. Na saunoa ane le Atua ia Kapilielu, “Kapilielu la’u auauna ma la’u Agelu lelei, pe ua i ai se mea ua fa’aletonu.?” Ua tula’i lemu i luga Kapilielu ma toe ifo to’ele i luma o le Atua, ma fa’apea ane, “Lau Afioga e, ua ou o’o mai i ou luma ona o se manatu ua o’o mai ia te a’u, pe a fa lou finagalo, pe le tatau ea ona toe fa’afo’i mai le Amepasa numera tolu i luga nei, ona ua fai lava si vaogata i le galuega o lo’o i ai nei i lalo.” Na va’aia e Kapilielu le soisoi o le Atua i lea taimi ma sa ia saunoa ane e fa’apea, “Kapilielu, la’u auauna lelei ma le fa’amaoni, taga’i oe, e leai se mea e lilo i la’u va’ai atu i le lalolagi na ou gaosia. O mea uma fo’i sa ou faia, sa fa’asilisili lava i a’u galuega uma le gaosia o le tagata soifua e foliga ia te a’u. Afai la ua e taga’i atu i amioga ma tulaga ua o’o i ai tagata o le lalolagi sa ou gaosia ma ou alofa fa’amaoni i ai, ona e iloa ai lea, ua amata ona fulitua mai ia te a’u. O Amepasa fo’i sa e auina atu e asiasi ia Amerika Samoa, o lo’o fai lava lo latou tiute e pei ona fa’atonuina i latou ina ia fa’ataunu’u. O amio vaogata fo’i a le Agelu numera tolu o lo’o fai nei i lalo, ‘aua e te popole pe e te to’atama’i ai, o tofotofoga uma lava na ou te mana’o ia a’oa’i ai tagata o le lalolagi, ina ia o latou filifili ai pe fai le lelei, pe fai le leaga.” Ua na o le punou nei o Kapilielu ma lulu lona ulu. Na i’u lava ina fa’apea ane le isi ana tala, “Tama, ua ou iloa lou alofa ma lou agalelei i tagata o le lalolagi, peita’i, o lea ua ou iloa atu nei, o le matua’i faigata lava ma le vaovaogata o tagata, ae ui i lea, o le a faia pea lou finagalo ae tu’u lo’u loto.” Na toe tali le Atua ma fa’apea ane ia Kapilielu, “Kapilielu, tau tu’utu’u ‘ese lou agaga ma le autilotilo so’o i lalo, e te autiloautilo e tilotilo atu i se fa’afanua lapo’a, lapo’a lava.”
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two people charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Stevie Wonder pleaded no contest on Monday and were released after being sentenced to timeserved in jail. Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Diaz were sentenced to serve 292 days in jail and three years of probation for attempting to sell a video that purportedly portrayed Wonder in a negative light. Jail credits made the pair eligible for release Monday. The pair was arrested in May after the Grammy-winner’s attorney arranged a sting and claimed Walker had sought up to $5 million for the video. Walker’s attorney, Ian Wallach, said the deal was reached after prosecutors encountered trouble proving the extortion case and that the charges were eligible to be reduced to misdemeanors and expunged later if the pair comply with the terms of their release. A judge ordered the pair to stand trial in July after a preliminary hearing in which a police detective described the video as an 80-minute rant against Wonder. Portions of it were filmed in the former home of the singer’s late mother, which is now dilapidated, and it also shows Wonder’s son, whom the musician is protective of. Wallach had maintained his client was innocent and that he had a constitutional right to make and market the video. Diaz is Walker’s girlfriend and was present during a police sting that involved Wonder’s attorney and led to the pair’s arrest. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said both were ordered to stay away from Wonder and his associates while on probation.
Two plead no contest to extorting Stevie Wonder
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He also pointed out that a condition of the grant was that a CFO was to be hired and paid for under the grant to ensure that there is someone handling accounting and finances of festival money. Fagafaga went on to testify that the Fono, prior to the 2008 Festival, was sent a copy of the approved budget and that he, along with other members of the festival board testified before lawmakers, who were also informed at the time of the expected shortfall. He said the Senate at the time had stated that if the festival needed additional funding to make the appropriate request. There were also SIC questions as to whether all vendors had been paid for their services, to which Fagafaga twice said, he does not know and the reason for this reply is that when the festival budget was given to the governor in the early part of 2008, the governor was also informed about the expected shortfall. And then about a week and a half before the festival opened, the festival committee ran out of money, he said, adding that the governor was immediately told about the situation. In return, the governor informed them that any other invoices thereafter be sent to ASG Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i and this was the process thereafter. He also said that as of May 2009, there were still efforts to pay other vendors, who contacted their office about not getting their payments, and the office brought these vendors’ requests to Magalei’s attention. Later in the hearing, responding to SIC questions, Fagafaga said total expenditures for the festival actually came to $3.5 million and SIC chairman Lualemaga Faoa quickly asked Fagafaga for a breakdown of the $3.5 million in expenditures. Fagafaga also explained that the festival board was able to keep costs down because they knew of the projected shortfall. He said the festival wanted to hire personnel but that couldn’t be done due to the projected shortfall, adding that a lot of local residents volunteered for the festival. And during another round of questions from the committee, Fagafaga said that the festival budget, in the end, ended up being short $251,182 — which was the amount covered by the Treasury Department after the Arts Festival. budGET OFFICE REPORT The witnesses were told that SIC had been provided with a report from the ASG Budget and Planning Office on festival spending and some of the expenditures were questionable. For example, Sen. Fuata Dr. Tagiilima Iatala said there is an expense of about $150,000 for the Samoan Heritage Week in 2009 and wanted to know the Arts Festival link to the heritage week
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a year later. Fagafaga responded that he was not aware of the Budget Office report and he was also not aware of the heritage week payment which has nothing to do with the Arts Festival. This was echoed by Pili, who said the heritage week expenditure is something new to them and they were not aware of it. Lualemaga pointed out another Budget Office report expenditure to counter what Fagafaga had told the committee earlier that all workers volunteered their time. According to the report, “disbursement to volunteers” is $201,144 which means volunteers were compensated, said Lualemaga; to which Pili said that all of them who worked during the festival worked as volunteers and this was the first she had heard about such a payment. This was supported by Fagafaga. Lualemaga went on to say that there was “disbursement to delegates”, according to the budget office report, of close to $742,000. Witnesses reiterated they were not aware of this expenditure either. And there were also expenditures for the Miss South Pacific Pageant, which was also hosted by American Samoa in 2008, and charged to the Arts Festival, but the witnesses stressed that this expense had nothing to do with the Arts festival. According to the Budget Office report to the SIC in March this year, $1.50 million was allocated to Arts Festival for logistics but it overspent by $1.02 million; and $1 million was allocated for the food voucher program for the Arts Festival, which was overspent by $44,453. Earlier in the hearing the witnesses were asked about what they thought about the outcome of the festival and Pili said it’s her testimony is that it was a spectacular event. She said the festival was a success and even countries who participated at the time, up to now, are still talking about host country American Samoa and its successful hosting in 2008. She said the successful festival was because everyone in American Samoa worked together and this includes the Fono, the Executive Branch, the private sector, the board and the entire community. Lauti added, that after the festival, an “evaluation” was conducted of the participating countries — and all the responses were positive. Hawai’i, he said, was the only one who brought up issues that should be addressed, adding that he didn’t pay much attention to Hawai’i, because Hawai’i has never come under the category of “developing countries and territories” as they are already a well developed American state.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — He’s been a governor, a movie star and the world’s greatest body builder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t done yet. The man who never tires of telling people he’ll be back returned again Monday, this time as a global policy wonk and statesman dedicated to leading America into what he calls a new postpartisan era. Schwarzenegger, in a dark suit, crisp white shirt and red tie, appeared at the University of Southern California to officially launch the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy with a symposium featuring some of the most notable names in politics and entertainment. For the former Republican governor, the symposium marked a sudden public re-emergence after leaving office nearly two years ago with a mixed record that he suggested Monday accomplished about half of what he had set out to do. He’s hoping that through the institute, created with a $20 million commitment from Schwarzenegger and others, he can accomplish the rest, tackling issues such as hunger, health care and global warming. Officials say he’ll also take an active role in teaching at USC. The institute’s academic director, Nancy Staudt, referred to him several times as “professor Schwarzenegger.” Schwarzenegger is also publishing his autobiography next week and has a pair of movies in post-production. One of them, “The Tomb,” co-stars his old buddy Sylvester Stallone. The other, “The Last Stand,” opens in January and got a brief plug at the symposium’s afternoon panel discussion on Hollywood and culture. His return to the spotlight will also include a segment Sunday on “60 Minutes” to promote the book and discuss, among other things, the affair he had with his maid that resulted in a son out of wedlock and destroyed his marriage to Maria Shriver. No questions were taken during the symposium’s first panel, which was attended by about 700 people and featured Schwarzenegger in an hour-long discussion of partisan politics that was moderated by Cokie Roberts and featured Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and others. The former governor doffed his tie for the second panel, where he was joined by recording industry executive Jimmy Iovine in a Bruce Springsteen shirt. Other panelists included studio executives Brian Grazer and Ron Meyer, and director James Cameron, who helmed Schwarzenegger’s first two “Terminator” films. A handful of questions from USC students were taken, but none was addressed to Schwarzenegger. No mention was made of the maid scandal or the huge budget deficit that Schwarzenegger, who had promised to bring fiscal
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FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) — The leader of U.S. Army forces in Asia and the Pacific says his soldiers will be able to conduct more exercises with other nations in the region, as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and the military refocuses its attention. Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific, said he’d like U.S. soldiers to undertake more exercises with counterparts from nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia and India. The Army will also be able to have more active duty soldiers, instead of reserves, participate in exercises with allies such as Japan. “We’ve been engaged, obviously, in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that’s where we’ve had to focus — for all the right reasons,” Wiercinski told The Associated Press in an interview at his headquarters in Hawaii. “But now that we’re having this opportunity, we can get back into the Pacific with our partners here.” The Army has 70,000 soldiers and 12,000 civilians at installations in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. military leaders and diplomats have increasingly emphasized the importance of Asia and the Pacific as the region’s economies grow and gain clout. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stressed last week that the U.S. pivot to the Pacific isn’t aimed at containing or threatening China, which now has the world’s second-largest economy after the U.S. But Washington has criticized China for lacking transparency while it has rapidly modernized its military and boosted military spending. The Pentagon in January issued a new national defense strategy declaring that the U.S. would “rebalance” toward the region, noting U.S. economic and security interests are inextricably linked to developments in the area. Examples of the strategy are slowly emerging. Last year, the U.S. and Australia announced an agreement for up to 2,500 U.S. Marines to rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern Australia city of Darwin. The Navy next year plans to begin deploying a littoral combat ship — a new type of vessel that can operate closer to shore than other ships — to Singapore. The Air Force, meanwhile, plans to make greater use of airfields and bombing ranges in the Australian Outback. Wiercinski said the Army doesn’t want to set up new bases. Instead, he spoke of soldiers training with other nations to get a feel for cultures, terrain and interaction with U.S. allies. “We’re not talking about putting bases in other countries or a permanent presence anywhere,” he said. “We’re talking about rotating — 30, 40 days at a pop.” Wiercinski pointed to the current deployment of a few dozen soldiers to Tonga for a weeklong disaster relief exercise as the type of drill likely to become more prevalent. In the drill, which also involves Australia, France and New Zealand, Tonga calls the U.S. for help after being hit by a major earthquake and tsunami. The Army sends soldiers to the Pacific island nation within 24 hours to assess the situation and report what help Tonga needs. “Just that, the ability to do that, demonstrates our capability, shows the Tongan government and all the neighbors in the area that we’re backing up what we say we can do,” Wiercinski said.
A fisherman raises a Taiwanese national flag as several dozen fishing boats set out from the Suao harbor, northeastern Taiwan, to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. The islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, and have been a key part of simmering regional tensions over (AP Photo/Wally Santana) rival territorial claims.
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