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Inmate charged in prison stabbing to appear in court 2 Keniseli Lafaele is confirmed for Commerce… 3 New Orleans was terrific – despite the blackout B1
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Atu’u Broncos’ Nishant Pratap (right) in action against Kiwi Soccers opponent a Round 1 match of the 2013 FFAS Futsal League on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Samoana High School’s gymnasium. The Broncos won 5-1. See story and pictures inside today’s Sports
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Longest serving ASG Director stays on for a few more months
Asst. Sec. for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta has resigned
HAVE wE LOST A HERO OR A FLAwEd MAN?
by Patty Page Samoa News staff
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Long time executive director of the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority is staying on for three more months, while the ASTCA board begins the process of looking for a new boss, according to an ASTCA board media statement. The new ASTCA board of directors is chaired by Roy J.D. Hall Jr., while the vice chair post is held by Moefa’auo “Bill” Emmsley. Other board members are Steven Shalhout, Dr. Trudie Iuli Sala, Bill Young and Alofagia Nomura. (Samoa News understands two more members were recently appointed to the ASTCA board as well, but there has been no official announcement to date.) The board’s statement released Sunday night by Hall states that ASTCA’s current executive director Aleki Sene Sr. agreed last Friday to extend his contract for another three months and to assist with the “transition” of a new executive director, while the board has started the search for a new boss. Sene is the longest serving director in ASG history, spanning a career of more than forty years. He was first appointed in 1972 by then Gov. John P. Haydon as the director of the Office of Communications — which in January 1998 became ASTCA, under an executive order issued by the late Gov. Tauese P.S. Sunia to comply with the Federal Communication Commission regulations mandated in the 1996 Telecommunication Act. Hall, on behalf of the board “extends Sene and his family sincere gratitude for his dedicated service to the people of American Samoa,” said the board statement. According to the media statement, the board’s vision is to build on the work of Sene by improving customer service, filling key existing vacancies in ASTCA, in particular, their Business Division, and to make ASTCA more competitive in the telecommunication services industry in American Samoa. Additionally, the Board plans to update and improve, with new technology, the Internet service and Cellular phone service and this may result in lower prices. The Board will also consider other cost saving measures in the next 100 days. Hall emphasized that ASTCA is the only semi-autonomous agency that has a competitor in the telecommunications business in American Samoa. He was referring to locally based Bluesky Communications which provides, among other services, internet and cellular phones. Asked what specific mandates the governor has given to the new board to address, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said Lolo gave the main mandate, “make sure students in Manu’a have equal access to internet service” under the ASTCA’s Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory (BLAST) project, funded with more than $90 million in federal stimulus money. For this project — at the end of the 4th quarter of FY 2012 — ASTCA had completed plans for inside plant design and equipment and finalized contracts for the network equipment build-out part, the performance report says. According to the
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The first Pacific Islander to hold the position of Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs has resigned under the shadow of an ongoing investigation by the Office of Inspector General. Guam native, Anthony M. Babauta had been on administrative leave since November pending an investigation that includes a review of travel in the Office of Insular Affairs as well as the review of an unspecified grant or grants awarded by his office. In separate Jan. 24 letters to President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar, Babauta stated his resignation was effective this past Friday, Feb. 1. While the letter to the president was only two short paragraphs essentially thanking him for the opportunity to serve and hoping that his service had “helped to provide a better future for all who call the islands home,” the letter to Salazar was lengthier. In it, Babauta enumerated the accomplishments made at Insular Affairs under his watch, beginning with a new level of engagement between Interior and the island constituencies and Interior’s heightened role in the Pacific as mandated by Pres. Obama. He called his tenure a rewarding experience. In writing to Salazar, Babauta said, “With your strong leadership, my office has been able to continue our efforts in the islands to improve infrastructure, build professional capacity, and respond quickly to any emergencies. Your support has allowed us to make investments in education, public safety and the workforce. We have set a new level of expected engagement between the Department and the islands.” The letter to Secretary Salazar did not provide a specific reason why he was resigning. ECONOMIC ISSUES & ENVIRONMENT Babauta has strong opinions on the issues of economic development and the environment when it comes to the islands. The Washington Post points out that at his first speaking engagement after confirmation as assistant secretary, Babauta highlighted to citizens of Guam the importance of economic development in the territories. “Babauta believes tourism and the military will provide not only jobs, but also funding for government projects. He also maintains that corporate social responsibility is a must.”
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“We need businesses that are not only going to invest here on Guam but that are concurrently encouraging community growth and development,” Babauta said in the speech. The Post says Babauta’s island heritage has made him a strong advocate of environmental issues. “Respect for Mother Earth is so endemic to our society and our traditional way of life, I believe strongly that our Federal policies must reflect a very similar conscience,” said Babauta. The Post says of particular interest to Babauta is renewable energy. In a partnership with the Energy Department and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Babauta worked on the Energy Development in Island Nations project. Ultimately, he looked for the project’s “plan for energy efficiency and alternative energy development” to be transferable to other island territories. Within his first few months in office, Babauta was active in funding proposals and awarding grants to promote self-sustaining energy facilities and address waste needs. As assistant secretary, Babauta worked closely with representatives of the insular territories including Cong. Faleomavaega Eni
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Inmate charged in jailhouse stabbing to appear in Court
Inmate Ryan Pite will make his initial appearance in the District Court today following the stabbing incident that occurred inside the Tafuna Correctional Facility on Jan. 16, 2013. Pite is accused of stabbing another inmate with a metal object, following an argument between the two. Pite is charged with first degree assault, a class A felony punishable by death, life imprisonment or minimum of ten years incarceration. According to the government’s case, the stabbing incident was reported to the Substation and Police Officer Mary Penetusi was assigned to investigate this matter. A TCF Officer informed the investigating officer that when he was on his way to deliver medication for an inmate, he heard the yelling of profanities and subsequently heard a call for help coming from the Bravo Unit. The TCF Officer then ran to the main office to retrieve the keys for the Bravo Unit and immediately returned with Lt. Sami Tamau to find out what was going on. It’s alleged both officers arrived at the Bravo Unit and saw the wounded inmate on the floor, holding his lower abdominal area, which was covered in blood, while another inmate was holding back Pite. The officers then proceeded to remove the wounded inmate from the Bravo Unit. One officer asked the inmate who was holding back Pite as to what happened and the officers were told that Pite had stabbed him. The TCF officer said he observed approximately five puncture wounds on the right side of the victim’s stomach. Lt. Tamau asked the other inmate who was present to retrieve the metal object used in the stabbing. Court filings say the wounded inmate was taken to the LBJ hospital where he was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit for three days. The victim sustained four puncture wounds approximately 5 centimeters deep to the lower abdomen area as a result of the stabbing. The government claims that police interviewed the inmate who was present during the incident. He told police that Pite was arguing with the victim and he told them to stop arguing. It’s alleged the victim said insulting words about Pite’s mother, then Pite slapped the victim. The inmate who was present intervened and broke up the fight and dragged Pite to the shower area. Court filings say that moments later Pite lunged at the victim with a metal stick and stabbed the victim five times as the victim was calling out for help. Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck said the object used was a sharp metal object which had been created by the inmate from bits and pieces of what he could find inside his cell. It was not something that was brought into the jail from outside, rather it was a man-made object, the Commissioner noted. The inmates involved in this incident are housed together and they are co-defendants in several burglary cases for which they are currently serving time.
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✖ It was noted American poet Ogden Nash, best known as a composer of droll verse, who made the following sage observation: “Some tortures are physical / And some are mental, / But the one that is both / Is dental.” ✖ According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you’re like the average American, you consume 132 pounds of sugar every year. Compare that to folks in the year 1700, who consumed only about 4 pounds of sugar per year. ✖ If you cook a single ostrich egg, you can feed 24 people. ✖ When you studied history in school, you probably didn’t learn about Edward Hyde. He was a cousin to Queen Anne and was appointed to the post of colonial governor of New York, in which position he served from 1702 to 1708. Though he’s not well known now, he was quite the talk of the colonies in his day. It seems that when a delegation of colonists went to his mansion to welcome the new governor, they found him sitting on the front porch, crocheting a doily and wearing one of his wife’s dresses. At his first formal ball as governor, he wore a gown. His eccentricities continued until he was caught embezzling public money and was returned to England. ✖ The next time you see a shampoo commercial and note how creamy and frothy the lather seems to be, keep this in mind: The model in the advertisement probably has either laundry detergent or frothed egg whites on her hair. ✖ Those who study such things say that 10 years after a hot dog has been dumped in a landfill, the wiener could still be intact. • • • • • • • • • • • • • ThoughT for The DAy • • • • • • • • • • • • • “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.” — Ernest Hemingway
Keniseli Lafaele confirmed: new Director for Commerce
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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The “Coverage for All American Samoa” insurance project and economic support for the Manu’a islands were some of the issues raised by senators during the confirmation hearing last Wednesday for Keniseli Lafaele, who is now fully confirmed by the Fono as the new Commerce Department director. INSURANCE Lafaele headed the group that conducted a health insurance study for the territory a couple of years ago, and issued its finding thereafter. However, lawmakers have complained that no actions were ever taken by the past administration to adopt the federally funded project, which looked at group health insurance as a means to adequately finance medical service for all residents. Responding to questions from senators during the confirmation hearing, Lafaele says a bill is pending in the House that includes findings of the study. He explained that provisions of this bill would have anyone contribute a certain amount of money into a pool to cover medical expenses. Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono recommended that Lafele provide for the governor full details of the study so that the new administration can conduct a full review and come up with ways to assist with the costs of medical service. Soliai also pointed out that the government lacks funds to send patients off-island for medical treatment and this report should provide some data and a source of funding. He said transmission of this report to the Governor’s Office should be one of Lafaele’s priorities. During his address to the Fono early last month the governor did mention this report, saying that in view of the fact that federal funding of the Affordable Care Act will cease in 2019, “we will seriously look into the federally funded ‘Coverage for All in American Samoa’ research project report which was completed by the governor’s office in 2007 and yet nothing was done with it to this day.” “This administration is considering the viable financing options included in this report; which includes the combination of self-insurance and user fees, and sales tax on goods known to cause non-communicable diseases to which 80% of health care costs are attributed according to several studies,” said Lolo in his official address. Over the last six years, lawmakers have questioned Lafaele several times in both the Senate and House about this same report, which Lafaele says was presented to the Togiola Administration, who had to make the decision on adopting several recommendations.
MANU’A ISLANdS Manu’a Sen. Nua Saoluaga asked how Lafaele would address the high cost of living faced by Manu’a residents, compared to residents of Tutuila. Lafaele acknowledged that this difference in cost of living continues to exists, adding that this is among the reasons why residents of the island group have moved to Tutuila. However, he said there is no quick fix or solution to this indifference but noted that the government needs to look at this issue thoroughly, and the starting point is the Commerce Department — to work on long term solutions. Lafaele said one of the complaints that he has heard in past is the cost involved with Manu’a residents to see a physician at the LBJ Medical Center. He said the cost is higher, for the fact that Manu’a residents
have to catch a plane to Tutuila and then pay the hospital fee. If these and other costs are added together, its Manu’a residents who pay more to see a doctor at the only medical center in the territory, he said and noted that there is also the long wait to see a physician, before heading back to Manu’a. He suggested that one way to address this difference in the cost is to build an adequate medical facility in Manu’a that would cater to residents there. Nua noted that Lafaele, had served at one time as a member of the LBJ board of directors. Additionally, Lafaele has both educational and work background in economic development. “So why weren’t you selected to this [DOC directorship] post by the previous administration?” Nua asked, to which Lafaele simply said that he hadn’t applied for the job until now.
In a Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 photo, Austrian supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner greets the audience during the 50th Barborka Rally in Warsaw, Poland. According to the official numbers released Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, the Austrian parachutist known as “Fearless Felix” reached 843.6 mph. That’s equivalent to Mach 1.25, or 1.25 times the speed of sound. His top speed initially was estimated last October at 834 (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File) mph, or Mach 1.24.
Policy research team presents findings of NEG program review
By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter
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Vinz Koller of Social Policy Research Associates, spoke yesterday at the Samoan Affairs conference room showing some of the documentation that was done upon reviewing the National Emergency Grant and the effect it had on those in the program. On hand for the presentation were members of various government agencies. “We’re here on our final visit of a nine-month study, where we looked at the National Emergency Grant (NEG), where a review was done. We did this not so much for compliance reasons, but to document what has been done since the tsunami of 2009... what kind of effects there have been, what kind of retraining programs were done and what were the lessons learned on some of our recommendations,” said Koller. “Some tremendous work was done with more than 2,300 people getting jobs, with the emergency cleanup phase, which was phase I for the first year. The second and third year, another couple of thousand people got all sorts of training opportunities, on the job training and work experience, with about nine hundred to date receiving permanent employment both in the public and private sector,” he said. He went on to say that some of those in the program got training here in the territory with others receiving training off island, such as Guam where thirty locals received construction training and are now employed. Koller stated what they were looking at was what were the opportunities going forward, and where is this island headed economically? “What we saw here, was that the NEG was like a ‘jumping off point’. It is not the ‘end all’ but obviously it has an end to it — with it ending this summer and there is a need for a strategy in moving forward.” The Social Policy Research associate said that, that strategy is not a single ‘one size’ fits all strategy, but that many different things that need to happen. “We need to grow the private sector — such as the small mom and pop operations and we need to look at new opportunities in certain sectors that were started by the NEG with more opportunities being there.” “There is the health care industry that is significant and is growing and it also needs employees who are trained,” Koller said. He asked the question, ‘How do you make sure that the people on the island have the skills, so that they are ready to take those jobs, so that people do not have to go off island to take those jobs, with the opportunities not being available for the people here?” “There is a need to map all of this out, to give a chance to both make those networks transparent and visible and to take a look at how the island population is connected, to the mainland population and what those networks yield in terms of economic opportunities,” he said. Koller pointed to their website: americansamoarenwal.org, where all of the resources collected can be found. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
Spring Semester highlights the ‘enhanced registration system’
By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
Students at ASCC took full advantage of the enhanced registration system, which includes the option of pre-registering online, for the spring 2013 semester now underway. Computer tech[Photo: J. Kneubuhl] nology now plays a major role in academic life at the College.
With the spring 2013 semester at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) now in its third week, the College’s students, faculty and staff have remarked on the contrast between this semester’s registration and the difficulties they experienced at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester, when a combination of factors led to long lines and a confusion over correct procedure. The relative ease with which this semester has gotten underway underscores how the challenges faced the previous semester represented an anomaly in the College’s registration process rather than an indication of long-term difficulties. Ms. Grace Tualafono, head of the ASCC Management Information Services (MIS) division, explained that most students adapted easily to the updated pre-registration process, which allowed them to set their spring 2013 class schedules online well before the end of the fall 2012 semester. “Our new system eliminates a few steps from the previous pre-registration process,” she said, “and this allowed the lines to move much faster. This time around, by noon each day the lines were short, whereas in the past they often remained long right until the end of the working day.” Mrs. Sifagatogo Tuitasi, head of the Admissions, Records and Financial Aid Office (ARFAO), also remarked on the efficiency of the new system. “The hands-on functions of our staff haven’t changed,” she explained, “but online registration works so well that for the most part manual registration was only necessary for students with issues they needed to resolve with us in person.” The College’s computerized registration system now successfully integrates data from the individual departments involved in the process, including not only the ARFAO, but also the Business Office and Academic Affairs. “Before, each department collected and managed its own data,” recalled Tulafono. “Now, through sharing the responsibilities of a common database, they’ve become accustomed to collaborating on online registration as well as other functions of ASCC. I personally feel that the biggest contribution to the successes seen thus far is their willingness to work together.” Tulafono predicts that the system will become even more efficient and user-friendly as MIS is given time to refine it. “Registration will continue to improve as we integrate more of the student and advisor features of our software system,” she said. “For now, our next goal is to enable students to register from anywhere on or off campus where there’s an Internet connection.” Tulafono emphasized that along with the enhanced computerized system, a major factor in efficient registration is students becoming familiar with using the system. “The more prepared a student is, whether it be completing document submissions, or making sure their balances are cleared, or being informed about ASCC processes and deadlines prior to registration, the smoother the registration process will go for them,” she said. “I would recommend that any student call or visit the campus prior to registration to ask questions about our processes and check whether they have any holds, need to see a Financial Aid counselor, or need to take care of any other issues that might slow them down during registration.” For more information on the American Samoa Community College, visit its web site at: www.amsamoa.edu.
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MIKE SALA’S dUI CASE REFERREd TO INdEPENdENT PROSECUTOR The government’s case against Mike Sala, former Director of the Homeland Security, has been assigned to the Independent Prosecutor says Assistant Attorney General Mas Uchino. Sala is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. The citations issued stem from an alleged accident wherein Sala side swiped a pedestrian in Lauli’i. The government claims the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and was behind the wheel when the incident occurred. Samoa News contacted Uchino inquiring as to why this case has to be transferred to the IP, and as of news time the prosecutor had yet to respond. Sala told Samoa News that an oncoming vehicle was on his side of the road and he avoided what would have been a more severe accident if he hadn’t been paying attention. He said after the incident he went back to check on the guy, who was ok, and after a while the cops came looking for him, while he was with some friends near his house. PEdRO LUTERU IN HIGH COURT ON SIX CRIMINAL CHARGES The government has filed six criminal charges against the defendant following an incident on January 19, 2013. Pedro Luteru is charged with two counts of third degree assault, public peace disturbance and three charges of property damage. One property damage count is a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of $5,000 while all the five remaining charges are class A misdemeanors, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of $1,000. According to the government’s case on January 19, 2013 a woman reported to police that the defendant was threatening to slash her children with a machete because they had allegedly stolen his puppies. It’s alleged a few minutes later, police received another call noting that the defendant slashed some of the banana trees growing in her front yard. Police responded to the call and the defendant took off on foot after hitting the police vehicle with his machete. Court filings say the defendant caused damage to the police vehicle and shattered one of the windows. The estimated damaged to the vehicle is over $1,000. It’s alleged when the glass of the police vehicle shattered it injured one of the police officers. Court filings say, the officer sustained a minor laceration below his right ear and minor scratches on his face. Shortly thereafter, police received another call that the defendant was on a road leading to a residence and he had cut down two of the village aumaga’s curfew bells and then finally the defendant was detained by the village police, the aumaga. Court filings say the defendant was under the influence of alcohol when he was taken into police custody. FUAMOLI VAISAGOTE ENTERS PLEA OF NOT GUILTy Fuamoli Vaisagote a former employee of GHC Reid, accused of removing close to $5,000 from the company’s deposit bag was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning. She’s facing a single count of embezzlement. Vaisagote who’s in jail with bail set at $10,000 is represented by Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin. Prosecuting the government in this case is Assistant Attorney General Camille Philippe. Chief Justice Michael Kruse presided over the hearing yesterday morning, where Vaisagote denied the charges against her. According to the government’s case, on April 13, 2011 one of the manager’s of GHC Reid noticed that their company deposit of $24,972.58 had not been deposited into their company account the night before. Court filings say, Vaisagote signed a promissory note admitting to her guilt and the funds she stole, and promising to make restitution. Court filings say, per the promissory note, the defendant promised to repay $4,850.10 to GHC Reid in monthly increments. The government claims numerous attempts to locate and interview the defendant proved unsuccessful. The government claims the defendant has only made two payments on the promissory note to GHC Reid, totaling $110.
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TAOA, KVZK-TV and OPAD all have newly nominated directors
ARTS COUNCIL APPOINTMENT ALSO MAdE
by Samoa News staff
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed three more cabinet directors and an executive director to head the Arts Council, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch. The appointments were made in separate memorandums all dated Jan. 31st. For the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA), the governor appointed Ale Tifimalae as director. Ale serviced as ASG Treasurer from 1997 to 2000 during the first four years of the Tauese Administration. He was then appointed in 2001 to serve as Special Assistant to the Governor for Manu’a Affairs and resided most of the time on Ta’u island. The other cabinet appointment is Fagafaga D. Langkilde, as director for the Office of Public Information (or KVZKTV). Fagafaga, who has been a key figure as master of ceremony in many local events, had been in the private sector for many years, including the local media, heading the privately owned Malama TV. Fagafaga is a former candidate for the Congressional race and many years ago was a long time announcer and DJ to the former WVUV radio station. Another cabinet appointment is Dr. Peter Tinitali, who was previously with the Department of Education’s Special Ed division. He is named as the director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD). The final appointment by the governor is Uta Dr. Laloulu Tagoilelagi as executive director of the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities (or Arts Council). Uta is the current chairman of the Board of High Education, the governing body of the American Samoa Community College and served as Education Department director during the first two-and-half years of the Tauese Administration. The appointments of Ale, Fagafaga and Tinitali are subject to Fono confirmation, but not Uta. According to the governor, these director-appointees and executive director shall be responsible for carrying out functions, duties and responsibilities of their respective offices and agencies. They shall also enforce all laws and regulations relevant to their appointments.
HOUSE FONO TO RECESS FOR 3 wEEKS Both the Senate and House yesterday approved their respective concurrent resolutions calling for a three-week mid session recess to commence at the close of business this Friday and reconvene on Mar. 4. The identical resolutions state in part that the Legislature, having conducted work on pending matters and in order to preserve legislation session days for most efficient use, it is appropriate to temporarily recess Fono business to fully prepare for disposition of additional and incoming agenda. Both chambers will now go through the usual protocol of endorsing each other’s resolution to make it official for the recess. Major work this week for lawmakers deal with cabinet confirmation hearings, except for a House committee hearing later today dealing with the American Samoa Power Authority. RETIREMENT FUNd bOARd OF TRUSTEES MEETING The recess also coincides with the ASG Employees Retirement Fund Board of Trustees’ meeting set for later this month in Honolulu. The more than 20 members of retirement committees of the Fono are invited to attend and their air fares and per diems are paid for by the Retirement Fund. Whether or not newly appointed members of the board will be attending, or the old members, or both is not clear. Samoa News reported on Monday that the Governor’s Office confirmed last Thursday that the governor “will reconstitute” the ASG Employees Retirement Fund board of trustees, which will convene its first meeting later this month in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Lolo is currently in the process of identifying names for the new Retirement Fund board, said the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, who was responding to Samoa News inquiries. The governor has not indicated who he will appoint to the new board. The old members are Aleki Sene Sr., who is chairman; former Lt. Gov. Faoa Sunia; Fanene Morris Scanlan; Magalei Logovi’i, former ASG Treasurer; and, Brant “BJ” Judy, a former chief financial officer for G.H.C. Reid Ltd., Co. The value of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund reached more than $214 million and earned more than $13 million in fiscal year 2010, which ended on Sept. 30. 2010, according to a Fono summary report of February 2011’s Retirement Fund meeting held in Honolulu. The report, prepared by the Senate President’s Office, was based on information, and presentations made at the Honolulu meeting Feb. 23-24, 2011 and attended by Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, as well as members of the retirement committees of both the Senate and House. REQUEST TO bAN PARKING ON THE FAGATOGO MALAE Rep. Maugaoalii Leapai Tusipa Anoai has written a letter to acting director of the Department of Parks and Recreation Maeataanoa Pili Gaoteote addressing the parking of vehicles on the Fagatogo Malae. The Fagatogo faipule said that for some time now, the Department of Public Safety and patrons of ANZ Bank have used the malae as a parking lot. “Vehicles damage the grass on the field which we have seen for years and makes it very difficult to regrow or even replace,” Maugaoalii wrote. “The goal of creating a pristine aesthetic to the town area is defeated because of the unclean appearance of the malae caused by vehicle treading,” he continued. Furthermore, “the trampling of the malae creates muddy conditions in which dirt is either carried onto the roads in and along the village or causes vehicles
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to get stuck and creates more damage.” Maugaoalii is requesting the malae be closed off to vehicles and that access be secured with a chain at all times. The Fagatogo lawmaker said that while there is understandably a lack of parking for vehicles in the town area, “that challenge cannot be met by creating a separate and often times larger problem.” He concluded, “Regardless of parking issues, the proper direction we should take is resolving the damage to the malae and that can only be accomplished by prohibiting the traveling and parking of vehicles on the grounds.” STATUS OF ASG-ASGERF $30 MILLION LOAN Rep. Larry Sanitoa wants to know the status of the $20 million dollar loan from the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund. The Tualauta faipule told fellow lawmakers during the regular session last week that there is no clear figure as to how much of the money remains but as far as he knows, only $1.5 million is left. He asked the House Speaker to instruct the appropriate House Committee Chairman to look into the issue and find out whether a report can be submitted to the Fono, detailing the balance of the loan, as well as a list of all the expenditures. EVACUATION ANd FLOOd CONTROL MITIGATION IN FOFO COUNTy A house resolution calling for Gov. Lolo Moliga to instruct the director of Public Works to make plans and immediately implement an excavation and flood control mitigation construction project for the Leafu Stream in Leone extending from the Leone waterfall to the Pala Lagoon went through first reading in the House of Representatives last week. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Puletuimalo Koko requests use of remaining funds from the Western District ASG-ASGERF $20 million loan to pay for the project. House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale reminded Puletu that the allocations of the loan has already been passed in the Fono and re-appropriation must first be submitted in bill form and passed by the legislature. The resolution notes that throughout the years, the flow of water in the Leafu stream has become obstructed by debris, litter, and construction; and during heavy rainfall, causes major flooding, endangering life and damaging property of Leone residents. “After a flooding, the stagnant water in and around homes causes serious health hazards as it becomes a breeding ground for disease-carrying insects as well as contaminating clean water supplies in the village wells,” The resolution states, “In order to alleviate and mitigate the dangers posed by the current conditions of the Leafu Stream, a project to excavate and mitigate flood control construction starting from the Leone waterfall to the Pala Lagoon must be drawn up and immediately implemented by the government.” The resolution states that “without immediate rehabilitation and remediation of this stream, residents of Leone will continue to be exposed to these unsafe and unnecessary conditions.” MISSING ASG FUNdS IN VIETNAM bANK Rep. Lemapu Talo wants the ASG Treasurer to update the Fono on the status of the $1.2 million in missing government funds that according to the previous administration was wire transferred by a hacker and dumped into a bank in Vietnam. As of last year, the money was said to be sitting in an escrow account at the Vietnamese International Bank, pending a final report from authorities on investigations. The hacker was unable to draw down the funds as authorities had alerted the bank about the illegal transfer. To date, the Fono has yet to receive an explanation on what happened to the money and who is responsible.
PRES. ObAMA SIGNS bILL AVERTING FEdERAL GOVERNMENT dEFAULT WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill raising the government’s borrowing limit, averting a default and delaying the next clash over the nation’s debt until later this year. The legislation temporarily suspends the $16.4 trillion limit on federal borrowing. Experts say that will allow the government to borrow about $450 billion to meet interest payments and other obligations. The Senate gave the bill final approval last week and sent it to Obama, who signed it Monday shortly after returning from Minneapolis. Democrats and Obama had warned that failure to pass the bill could set off financial panic and threaten the economic recovery. The bill includes a provision attached by House Republicans that temporarily withholds lawmakers’ pay in either chamber that fails to produce a budget plan. TOLL RISES TO 37 IN MEXICO OIL COMPANy EXPLOSION MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s national company says on its Twitter account that a worker injured in an apparent explosion at its headquarters has died in the hospital, raising the death toll to 37. Petroleos Mexicanos did not immediately provide details about the woman who died Monday. Dozens of people remain hospitalized after at least two floors of an administrative building at Pemex’s Mexico City headquarters collapsed into its basement Thursday afternoon. Authorities initially described the cause as an explosion but since then have provided virtually no information about the possible cause, leading to a surge of conspiracy theories and complaints about government secrecy. Mexico’s attorney-general has said only that there were no signs of any burns or fire at the scene of the disaster. ARKANSAS COUPLE TwICE wIN LOTTERy wHILE ON FISHING TRIP LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas couple who set out for a day of fishing came home with quite the fish story: Two winning lottery tickets, including a $1 million prize. The Arkansas Lottery Commission says Stephen and Terri Weaver were on a fishing trip when they stopped to buy the first ticket at T-Ricks convenience store in Pangburn, about 60 miles northeast of Little Rock. They stopped at the same store on their way home and bought another ticket. That first ticket turned out to be a $1 million winner. And the second one netted the couple another $50,000. The lottery commission says the Weavers claimed their cash Monday and that they plan to pay bills and invest in their retirement. PITTSbURGH GIRL, 6, CRASHES CAR IN bId TO SEE HER FATHER PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a determined 6-year-old girl didn’t hurt anyone when she crashed her mother’s car while trying to drive across town to visit her father. Police haven’t released the name of the girl whose mother was reportedly still sleeping when the girl took the woman’s car keys about 9 a.m. Sunday. Police Sgt. Jerry Parker tells reporters the little girl is tall for her age, but adds: “How she knew how to operate a car, your guess is as good as mine.” Police say the girl hit two parked vehicles, pushing one of them into a third, before hitting a utility pole. Police and the girl’s father arrived to take her home after the accident. Police are still investigating but haven’t said if anyone will face charges. CAMbOdIA MOURNS AS ‘KINGFATHER’ SIHANOUK CREMATEd PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodians bade goodbye Monday with tears, chanting and fireworks to former King Norodom Sihanouk, their revered “King-Father” who led them through half a century of political tumult that took them into the abyss of genocidal Khmer Rouge rule and back out again. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians thronged the capital for the elaborate royal cremation of the maddeningly mercurial leader whose charm often overshadowed missteps that to most of his countrymen have faded away in a fog of nostalgia for a simpler time. Sihanouk’s elaborate funeral rites — mingling Hindu, Buddhist and animist traditions — were last seen 53 years ago with the death of his father, King Norodom Suramarit. And they may never be seen again in a rapidly modernizing country where the monarchy has lost much of its power and glamor. After sunset, Sihanouk’s son King Norodom Sihamoni and widow, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, both weeping, ignited the funeral pyre inside a temple-like, 15-story-high crematorium. Howitzers fired salvos and fireworks lit up the sky when they exited about half-an-hour later.
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American Samoa Alliance against Domestic & Sexual Violence (ASADSV)
Alliance for Strengthening Families (AFSF) Program
VISION: Strong Families for Safe and Healthy Homes MISSION: To support and develop an inclusive and integrated island-wide and regional organization made up of a diverse group of individuals and organizations that come together to provide leadership and direction through a coordinated response against domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of family violence in the Territory of American Samoa.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY #1
Position Title Position Type Job Opening Administrator Full-Time Contract One (1) Interview Dates February 11-13, 2013
Major Responsibilities
Incumbent shall focus on the issues of all forms of family and sexual violence; work towards the achievement of the overall mission of ASADSV and the goals of the federal and local contracts; work and directly report to the Executive Director on all matters regarding federal grants
Minimum Requirements and Preferable Qualifications
Education/Experience
Incumbent preferably possess an AA degree from a college or university with major study on Business Administration or closely related field. Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in office management, administrative positions, and/or supervisory tasks. Preferably fluent in both Samoan and English language. Preferably well-versed in tech-communcations, and in the use of MS Xcel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Adobe Acrobat. Preferably have outstanding people-skills and should also have bookkeeping and/or fiscal skills. Preferably a detailed-minded, organized kind of a team leader.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY #2
Interview Dates
Position Title Position Type Job Opening Reports To
Community Outreach Coordinator & Advocate (I, II, III) Full-Time Contract Three (3) Executive Director Incumbent may be given focus on the issues of Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, and other related matters; work towards the achievement of the overall mission of the Alliance and the goals of the federal and local contracts; work and directly report to the Executive Director on all matters regarding federal grants.
Minimum Requirements and Preferable Qualifications
February 11-13, 2013
Major Responsibilities
Education/Experience
Incumbent preferably possess a High School diploma. Preferably be open to group trainings and self-development. Preferably fluent in both Samoan and English language. Preferably capable in tech-communications, and in the use of MS Xcel, Word, and Powerpoint. Preferably have outstanding people-skills and a team player. Has great skills talking with people and engaging the community and wants to learn. Other skills and talents related to the job are also welcome. One, if not all, of these positions are funded by both the Office of Violence against Women (OVW), under the auspices of the Department of Justice (DOJ), thru the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and the Administration for Children and Family (ACF), under the auspices of the US Department of Health and Human Services (US-DHHS), thru the Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA). We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Application Process
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume’ on or before February 08, 2013 addressed to:
American Samoa Alliance against Domestic & Sexual Violence (ASADSV) 2nd Floor Wightman Building, (Showers of Blessings Radio Station), Nuuuli Village. or Send e-mail to: asadsv@gmail.com or call  699-0272 or 733-4334
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French daredevil Alain Robert scales the Habana Libre hotel without using ropes or a safety net, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Once the city’s Hilton, Robert was able to reach the top of the 27-story building in 30 minutes. Robert has scaled much taller buildings in his career. He says his main concern is that the hotel is (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, Pool) in disrepair like other Havana landmarks.
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JUdGE wON’T MOVE TEEN’S OHIO SCHOOL SHOOTING TRIAL CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio has rejected a renewed defense bid to move the aggravated murder trial of an 18-year-old charged in shooting deaths of three students at a high school. In a ruling filed last week, Judge David Fuhry (FYOOR’-ee) in Chardon says many people having preconceived notions about the case against T.J. Lane doesn’t mean an unbiased jury cannot be seated. The judge could decide later to move the trial based on what he hears from prospective jurors in grief-stricken Geauga (jee-AW’-guh) County. Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots at a group of students in the Chardon High School cafeteria last February. He was at the school waiting for a bus to his alternative school. The trial has been postponed indefinitely amid new evidence that hasn’t been publicly specified. PACKING FOR PARIS? OLd LAw bANS PANTS FOR wOMEN PARIS (AP) — If it isn’t already daunting enough to pack for a trip to fashionable Paris, female visitors, beware: It’s illegal to wear pants. So says a law dating from 1800 that has never been taken off the books — only relaxed to allow women the comfort of two legs when riding bicycles or horses. French parliamentarians have occasionally pushed for the law to be set aside, and a senator from the opposition UMP party recently asked again for the government to do just that. The Ministry for Women’s Rights said what everyone was thinking last week: This law has been superseded by other laws, including the Constitution’s commitment to equal rights. But the ministry said it remains on the books “as an element of the archives kept by the Paris police.” wISCONSIN MAN COMPETENT TO STANd TRIAL IN TEEN’S dEATH MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man accused of killing his teenage neighbor has been found competent to proceed to trial. A mental health expert who examined John Spooner testified Monday that the 76-year-old is competent to help with his defense. Spooner is accused of fatally shooting 13-year-old Darius Simmons last May. Spooner believed that Darius had broken into his home. Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel says he’s concerned that Spooner’s health has deteriorated to the point that he may not make it to trial in May. The victim’s family pastor, Rev. Steve Jerbi, says the competency finding is what they expected. He says the Simmons family is still feeling a lot of pain and heartache
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over Darius’ death. RObbERy VICTIM CLAIMS POLICE TOOK HIS MARIJUANA TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — A robbery victim says Riverside County sheriff’s deputies took his marijuana and he wants it back. John Szwec runs a service that delivers medical marijuana to patients. He was making a delivery last week in Temecula when robbers took an ounce of pot and about $400 in cash. When they drove off, Szwec chased them in his pickup. The getaway car crashed on a freeway offramp and two men were eventually arrested. But Szwec tells U-T San Diego that deputies who responded to the scene took the entire supply of marijuana from his pickup. Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez says it’s being held as evidence. Szwec says he could understand holding the stolen ounce of pot but not his entire business supply — and he wants it back. dIRECTOR PLANS MOVIE RELATEd TO NEwTOwN SCHOOL SHOOTING RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A film director is traveling to Connecticut to prepare for a made-for-TV movie related to the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. Jonathan Bucari told News 12 Connecticut he planned to visit Ridgefield on Monday. Ridgefield is 20 miles southwest of Newtown, where a gunman fatally shot his mother before killing 20 first-graders, six educators and himself in December. WVIT-TV reports the Demian Productions film company says the film focuses on a 13-yearold boy with mental illness and a growing fear of his parents after the shooting. Bucari says he picked Ridgefield because of its similar look to Newtown and because he didn’t want to upset Newtown residents so soon after the killings. Ridgefield schools superintendent Deborah Low says the timing of the film’s crew visit is “poor.” SAUdI CLERIC: EVEN yOUNG GIRLS SHOULd bE COVEREd RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi cleric says even girls who have not yet reached puberty should be covered from head to toe, citing instances of child molestation in the ultraconservative kingdom and elsewhere. Sheik Abdullah Daoud made the remarks on the satellite channel al-Majd. He says many viewers watching the program had probably come across instances of sexual harassment as children. He is not affiliated with the government nor considered a senior sheik.
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GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 25 years for his wife’s murder told a judge Monday that neither he nor his legal team knew authorities were aware that his then 3-year-old son had witnessed the 1986 slaying and indicated it was a “monster” and not his father who committed the crime. Michael Morton testified about what his son knew during the first day of a special court proceeding that will determine whether the ex-district attorney — now a judge — who prosecuted the murder case could face criminal charges for allegedly hiding evidence. The rarely used court of inquiry began Monday and could last a week. The special court is used when officials and public servants are accused of wrongdoing. The process is similar to a grand jury proceeding but people can defend themselves against the evidence presented. In this case, District Judge Louis Sturns, of Fort Worth, will hear evidence and decide whether Judge Ken Anderson acted improperly when he was district attorney for Williamson County. Sturns could refer the case for possible prosecution if he determines Anderson committed a crime. Morton, 58, was released in October 2011 after new DNA tests showed he didn’t kill his wife, Christine, who was beaten to death in the couple’s north Austin home. His lawyers have accused Anderson of intentionally hiding evidence, including statements from the couple’s son, Eric. Anderson has apologized to Morton but has denied any wrongdoing. He has been a district judge since 2002 in Williamson County, where Morton was convicted. Houston defense attorney Rusty Hardin, the special prosecutor in the case, asked Morton whether he or his trial attorneys knew his mother-in-law, Rita Kirkpatrick, told the lead investigator that Eric told her that a “monster” had become mad and “hit mommie.” Kirkpatrick had asked her grandson if Morton was present during the murder, and the boy said, “No, Mommy and Eric was there.” “During your trial, during the 25 years you were in the penitentiary, did you know there was a tape and a transcript in sheriff’s files about his conversation?” Hardin asked. “No sir, it’s a complete shock to me,” Morton said. Morton also said he didn’t know investigators had been told neighbors saw a man park a green van near the Morton home and walk into a wooded area behind it. Morton became emotional as he talked about not seeing his son during his time in prison and said he didn’t want revenge against Anderson but that there needs to be accountability for what happened to him. “I ask that you do what needs to be done. But at the same time to be gentle with Judge Anderson,” Morton, who began crying, told Sturns. Anderson’s attorney, Eric Nichols, suggested Morton’s trial lawyers were aware Morton’s son might have seen something but chose not to pursue this in their defense. Nichols also suggested memories about what happened 25 years ago in Morton’s case “may not be reliable” and said the Innocence Project, a New York nonprofit that helped secure the DNA testing that freed Morton, is pushing the case against Anderson. While questioning Morton, Nichols pointed out that two claims about hidden evidence turned out not to be a “bombshell.” One claim focused on a check made out to Christine Morton and cashed after she died that was later determined had been cashed by her husband. The second claim — that one of Christine Morton’s credit cards was used after her death — turned out to be false. Nichols said Christine Morton’s purse, with her credit cards and checkbook, had not been stolen. Michael Morton said he was never told by authorities they had taken the purse as evidence and he had believed it was missing. “You have no interest in anyone being prosecuted based on insufficient evidence?” Nichols asked Morton, who responded, “Correct.” Morton spent most of Monday on the witness stand. Hardin said Nichols’ criticism of two defense claims that did not pan out while others ended up freeing Morton reminded him of “a child who kills his parents and complains about being an orphan.” The court of inquiry was to continue Tuesday. Morton’s Houston-based attorney, John Raley, spent years working for free on the case, pushing for testing of a bloody bandanna found near the Morton home. Raley later teamed up with the Innocence Project. The new DNA tests pointed to another suspect, Mark Alan Norwood, who was arrested in November 2011 for Christine Morton’s murder. He is set to be tried in March for capital murder. Norwood also has been indicted in a separate 1988 slaying of another Austin woman who lived close to the Morton home. Anderson also is being sued by the State Bar of Texas for his conduct in the Morton case.
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy who had been held hostage for nearly a week in the tiny underground shelter and leaving the boy’s abductor dead. After days of fruitless negotiations, talks had deteriorated with an increasingly agitated Jimmy Lee Dykes, who had kidnapped the child from a school bus after fatally shooting the driver. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers concluded the boy was in imminent danger, said Steve Richardson of the FBI’s office in Mobile. Officials refused to say how the 65-year-old died. “Ever since this started, there’s never been a moment that (the boy) wasn’t on my mind,” said Michael Senn, pastor of a church near where reporters had been camped out since the standoff began. “So when I heard that he was OK, it was just like a thousand pounds lifted off of me.” The rescue capped a long drama that drew national attention to this town of 2,400 people nestled amid peanut farms and cotton fields that has long relied on a strong Christian faith, a policy of “love thy neighbor” and the power of group prayer. The child’s plight prompted nightly candlelight vigils. Throughout the ordeal, authorities had been speaking with Dykes though a plastic pipe that went into the shelter. They also sent food, medicine and other items into the bunker, which apparently had running water, heat and cable television but no toilet. It was about 4 feet underground, with about 50 square feet of floor space. Authorities said the kindergartner appeared unharmed. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan. Officials have said he has Asperger’s syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. FBI bomb technicians were clearing the property for explosive devices and planned to look
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more closely at the scene when it’s safe, FBI spokesman Jason Pack said. Daryle Hendry, who lives about a quarter-mile from the bunker, said he heard a boom Monday afternoon, followed by what sounded like a gunshot. Melissa Knighton, city clerk in Midland City, said a woman had been praying in the town center Monday afternoon. Not long after, the mayor called with news that Dykes was dead and that the boy was safe. “She must have had a direct line to God because shortly after she left, they heard the news,” Knighton said. Neighbors described Dykes as a menacing, unpredictable man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm. Government records and interviews with neighbors indicate that Dykes joined the Navy in Midland City and served on active duty from 1964 to 1969. His record shows several awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. During his service, Dykes was trained in aviation maintenance. He had some scrapes with the law in Florida, including a 1995 arrest for improper exhibition of a weapon. The misdemeanor was dismissed. He also was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000. He returned to Alabama about two years ago, moving onto the rural tract about 100 yards from his nearest neighbors. Ronda Wilbur, a neighbor of Dykes who said the man beat her dog to death last year with a pipe, said she was relieved to be done with the stress of knowing Dykes was patrolling his yard and willing to shoot at anyone or anything that trespassed. “The nightmare is over. It’s been a long couple of years of having constant stress,” she said.
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TORONTO (AP) — Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce. The Royal Canadian Mint on Monday officially ended its distribution of pennies to financial institutions. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last year they were a nuisance and have outlived their purpose. While people may still use pennies, the government has issued guidelines urging store owners to start rounding prices to the nearest nickel for cash transactions. Electronic purchases will still be billed to the nearest cent. The government has said the cost of the penny exceeds its monetary value. Production is $11 million a year. The coins, which feature two maple leaves and Queen Elizabeth II in profile, will remain legal tender until they eventually disappeared from circulation. Opposition New Democrat Member of Parliament Pat Martin gave a poetic goodbye to the penny in Parliament on Monday. “There’s nothing a penny will buy any more, not a gum ball or small piece of candy,” Martin said. “Note the penny is a nuisance. It costs too much to make. They clutter our change purse and they don’t circulate. They build up in piles in old cookie jars under our beds and in our desk drawers. You can’t give them away. They cost more than what they’re worth. It’s time to put them all out to pasture, put them out to the curb. No, the penny is useless, but there is one thing I’d say, I hope they don’t start treating old MPs this way.” Google is marking the passing of the penny with a dedicated doodle on its Canadian home page. The currency museum at Canada’s central bank has already taken steps to preserve the penny’s place in Canadian culture. A mural consisting of nearly 16,000 one-cent pieces has been assembled at the museum to commemorate the coin’s history, said assistant curator Raewyn Passmore. New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden and others have also dropped the penny. The U.S. Treasury Department has said the Obama administration has looked at possibly using cheaper materials to make the penny, which is now made of zinc. Two bills calling for the end of the U.S. penny, introduced in 2002 and 2006 by Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe, failed to advance in the House of Representatives. The U.S. zinc lobby has been a major opponent to suggestions that the penny be eliminated.
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“O se mea sili ona taua, o le a’otauina lea o le atunu’u ina ia nofo sauni e fa’ataututu atu i le fita ma a’afiaga e ono o’o i ai le soifua lautele, pe afai ae lutia lo tatou olaga i fa’alavelave fa’afuase’i fa’anatura pe o ni faiga fa’aterarisi, pe ona ua i ai se lape i fausaga o fale, auala, nofoaga lautele ma tautua lautele a le atunu’u e afua i le suavai taumafa, eletise ma suavai ma lapisi lafoa’i a le atunu’u.” O le saunoaga amata lea a le susuga Joe Couch, le faia’oga mai le TEEX i Texas sa fa’akonekarate e le Homeland Security a le Malo Tele, e o mai ma lona soa Monroe Manley, e a’oa’o le vasega o i latou e taulamua i le taumafaiga e fa’ata’oto se fuafuaga tamau a le teritori, e ao ina mulimulita’ia i taimi fita pe’a o’o mai. O sui na auai i le a’oa’oga sa tu’u lea i matagaluega ta’itasi fa’apea ma Kamupani tetele e tofia mai e i latou mo lea fa’amoemoe. O se tala mai e tofu masina o le tausaga, ma le a’oa’oga fa’apitoa e faia mo lea vasega, ina ia lava tapena i latou, ia le motusia le una’i malosi, o le fa’amauina lea o se “Fuafuaga Fa’ataoto mo Amerika Samoa i taimi e tutupu ai Fa’alavelave Fa’afuase’i, ia sailia ala o a’afiaga, fa’ailoa mai ni lape ua afua ai ona afaina tele le atunu’u, ma ala e mafai ona fa’afo’ia ai ni fa’aletonu e ono tutupu mai, ae maise o mea e ao ina faia e le atunu’u, ia le tetele ai ni a’afiaga e o’o i le gasologa masani o le soifua, pe a tutupu mai nei mea faigata.” Na amata mai le a’oa’oga lenei i le aso 28 Ianuari, se’ia o’o i le aso 1 Fepuari, 2013 ma o se a’oa’oga e le faigofie fo’i ona mautu i a’ai o finagalo, pe afai e le auai i se aso se tasi o lenei a’oa’oga.
Sa faia fa’ata’ita’iga e o ai vaega ta’itasi e 4 ina ia su’esu’e auiliili nofoaga faitele, e pei o le Malae Va’alele, A’oga a Tafuna, Uafu tele i Fagatogo ma le Ofisa o Fa’ato’aga, ina ia va’ai po’o a lava ni mea o fa’aletonu i le fausaga o le fale o lo’o nofoia e le matagaluega, po’o lelei ona va’ava’aia malu lea ofisa e a latou leoleo faitoto’a, pe o i ai fo’i se fuafuaga fa’ataoto mo le gaoioiga e fa’atino e tagata o le matagaluega pe a o’o ina o’o mai Tsunami, e ese foi ma le fuafuaga e fa’atino i taimi o le mafui’e, po’o le afa, po’o se afi ma lologa. O le isi vaega tele o lenei a’oa’oga, o ala e tapena ai ma vailiili le aotelega o mea ua fa’aleagaina, fa’ataoto loa ma le fuafuaga e mafai ona fa’aleleia ai, ma ia tamau lea fuafuaga e fa’ataunu’u e tagata uma, va’ai mea faigaluega e fa’aaoga ia lava ma totoe, ma ia mata’i nisi a’afiaga e ono tutupu mai e nofo sauni e tali atu i ai, ia toe fa’aleleia vave le aluga o le soifuaga masani o tagata uma sa a’afia. O lenei vasega sa faia fo’i latou su’ega fa’apitoa e lua, ina ia mautinoa ua tamau le tomai sa a’otauina ai, ma ia nofo sauni fo’i mo isi a’oa’oga fa’apitoa e soso’o mai, ma ia saunia lelei i latou e tu’ufa’atasia se fuafuaga fa’ataoto mo le Homeland Security Amerika Samoa e fa’amalosia ona fa’aaoga e matagaluega uma fa’atasi ma tagata lautele i taimi o fa’alavelave fa’afuase’i fa’anatura, pe afua mai i ni faiga fa’aterarisi, po’o fa’alavelave e afua mai ona ua lape ni fausaga o fale, alatele, apitagalu, tautua lautele e ala i feso’ota’iga, suavai taumafa, eletise ma le suavai ma lapisi lafoa’i. “O le nofo sauni, ma fa’ata’ita’i fa’ata’ita’i ma saga fa’ata’ita’i o le gaoioiga e faia pe a fa’aolioli mai ni fa’alavelave fa’anatura, pe a
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O le faatula’i o polokalame e fesoasoani ai i le toe tapu’eina o olaga o tupulaga talavou i totonu o le atunuu, aemaise ai o le faalauteleina o agavaa ma tomai o tina ma tamaitai i le atunuu, o ni isi ia o fatuaiga na fautuaina e afioga i faipule le Faatonusili tofia o le Matagaluega o Tupulaga Talavou, Tina ma Tamaitai ina ia ave i ai lana faamuamua, pe afai ae pasia e le Fono tofiga a le kovana mo ia. O le taeao ananafi na molimau ai i luma o le Komiti o le Faagaioiina o le Malo a le maotao sui le afioga a Pa’u Fuiavailiili Roy Taito Ausage, e tusa ai o le tofiaina o ia e le alii kovana e avea ma faatonusili o lea matagaluega taua a le malo. E pei ona masani ai maota e lua, o le aso lava e maea ai le iloiloina o soo se tofiga a le kovana, e tuuina atu ai loa i luma o le maota mo le palotaina, ae talu ai e lei toatele faipule na auai i le taimi o le iloiloga ananafi, na pasia ai e le komiti le mau ina ia taoto le pasiaina o tofiga a le kovana mo le afioga a Pa’u seia oo i le taeao nei. O le toatele o faipule na maua avanoa e saunoa ai i le taimi o le iloiloga, e leai ni a latou fesili na tuuina atu i le molimau, sei vagana ai viiviiga o le kovana ina ua tafa lona finagalo e tofia le afioga Pa’u e avea ma faatonusili o lenei matagaluega taua. Na fesiligia e le faipule mai Aunuu ia Talaimatai Elisara Su’a le afioga Pa’u, ina ia faamanino atil le tautua a le matagaluega lea e ofoina atu ai fale o sulufaiga mo i latou e manaomia le fesoasoani, ae na saunoa le molimau, o le tautua lea e le Matagaluega o lo o mafai ona maua ai le fesoasoani mo aiga ua afaina o latou maota ma laoa i ni faalavelave e pei o mu, ona agai atu lea i le fale lea o lo o Tafuna e faaigoaina o le Mapusaga o Sulufaiga, e faamautu i ai mo sina taimi ao tau toe faaleleia ai nofoaga ma aiga na faatamaia i ni faalavelave. O le maota o le Sulufaiga na amata fausia mai i le tausaga e 2011 ma faaulufale ai loa i le masina o Fepuari 2012 i lona nofoaga autu i Tafuna, ma o se tasi lenei o tautua o lo o faatupe mai e le feterale mo le ataunuu, lea o lo o i lalo o le faatautaiga a le matagaluega. Na fautuaina e le afioga i le alii faipule ia Vaetasi Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga le afioga Pa’u, ina ia silasila toto’a i ni isi o mafuaga e ala ai ona tulai mai faafitauli ma aafia ai tupulaga talavou i totonu o nuu, ma i’u ina latou tagofia ai le ava malosi ma le sikaleti. Saunoa Vaetasi e faapea, o le isi lea afi mumu ua maitauina i le tele o tupulaga i nuu ma afioaga, o le tagofia o le ava malosi ma le sikaleti, ma o lo o masalomia foi le i ai o pisinisi o lo o faataga ona o latou faatauina atu mea nei i fanau talavou. “I totonu lava ia o lo’u nuu, toeititi leai se tamaititi e le mafai ona ia le faatauia le ava malosi ma sikaleti mai faleoloa, ma o ni isi nei o faafitauli e ao i lona Ofisa ona silasila toto’a i ai,” o le fautuaga lea a le alii faipule mai Atuu. Ae na taua e le tamaitai faipule ia Vui Florence Saulo e faapea, i totonu o lona itumalo o Tualauta, e toatele naua tupulaga talavou o lo o manaomia polokalame a le matagaluega, e fesoasoani ai i o latou olaga faigata ua i ai. O le toatele o tupulaga i lona itumalo ua aafia i solitulafono eseese e aofia ai ma le talepefale, ma ua avea ai le falepuipui ma o latou nofoaga mau, e mafua mai lea tulaga ona o le toatele o tupulaga, e uma loa a latou aoaoga ona nonofo ai lava lea i aiga ua le mafai ona toe o atu i fafo e faaauau aoaoga ona o tulaga
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Pa’u Fuiavailiili Roy Taito Ausage.
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O ni isi o vaaiga mataga i lapisi o lo o lafoa’i e ni isi o le atuuu i tafatafa o le Fale Mataaga a le malo i Fagatogo, ma o lo o fautuaina malosi pea e le vaega a le ASPA le atunuu ina ia lafoa’i lapisi i kalone ua maea ona saunia e tuu i ai lapisi, ae le o le soona lafoa’i solo i tafatafa o le [ata: AF] alatele ma luma o Ofisa o le malo.
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PASIA FONO PAKETI A LE ASPA Ua pasia e le Fono Faitulafono le pili e faasoasoa atu ai le $86.59 miliona e faaauau ai le paketi a le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) mo leisi valu masina o lo o totoe o le tausaga tupe 2013 ma ua manino ai le leai o se faaletonu i le faaauauina o galuega a le ASPA. O le paketi ua pasia e aofia ai le $43.93 e tuuina atu i le tautua a le Suavai; $5.77 miliona mo le Suavai Lafoa’i; $3.55 miliona mo le Lapisi; ma le $25.81 miliona mo le Suauu. TOFIA MOTUSA TUILEAMA NUA FAI MA FAATONUSILI SOIFUA MALOLOINA Ua i luma nei o le Maota Fono le suafa o Motusa Tuileama Nua, ina ua filifilia e le kovana sili, e avea ma Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina. I se tusi a le alii kovana i taitai o le fono faitulafono, sa ia taua ai e faapea, o Motusa sa tautua i vaega au a le malo tele mo le 35 tausaga, ma e litaea o ia, o lo o avea ma ‘Command Sergeant Major’. Fai mai Lolo, e maualuga lona talitonuga o le a mafai e Motusa ona faatino tiute tauave a le faatonusili mo le matagaluega o le soifua maloloina a le atunuu. E fa isi tofiga a le kovana ua taunuu i luma o le Maota, e aofia ai le afioga Afoa Suesue Lutu e avea ma Loia Sili, Pa’u Roy Ausage e avea ma Faatonusili o le Ofisa o Tupulaga Talavou ma Tama’ita’i, Maeataanoa Pili e avea ma Faatonusili o Paka ma Malae Taalo. FETE’ENA’I TAIMI O ILOILOGA A MAOTA E LUA O le tula’i soo mai o le faafitauli i le fete’ena’i o taimi o iloiloga a komiti o le Maota o Sui ma komiti a le Senate e tasi le molimau e tatau ona auai, o se mataupu na laga e le alii faipule ia Puleleiite Li’amatua Tufele Jr. i le vaiaso ua tuana’i, ina ua tula’i mai se faafitauli i le taimi o le iloiloga a le susuga Keniseli Faalupe Lafaele. O le taimi na feagai ai le Maota o Sui ma le iloiloga o Keniseli, ae taunuu se talosaga a le komiti a le Senate, o lo o faatali foi le molimau mo sa latou foi iloiloga. Na saunoa Puleleiite e faapea, ua avea lenei tulaga ma auala o le a faanatinati ai galuega a le komiti, ma le maua ai ni avanoa o ni isi o faipule e fesiligia ai le molimau i ni isi o mataupu taua. O lana fautuaga, e le tatau ona lima taitaiina e le Senate galuega a le maota o sui, ae tatau ona faagasolo lelei lava galuega a le maota, peitai na tali fuaitau le Fofoga Fetalai e faapea, e le o lima taitaiina e le Senate galuega a le maota o sui, ae o lo o faataunuu pea galuega a le malo. O le faafitauli lea na tulai mai foi i iloiloga a Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau ma Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga. FESILIGIA FAIMEALELEI TONIGA VAEGA TINEIMU TAIMI O GALUEGA Ona o tulaga o laei a ni isi o le vaega tinei mu na feagai ma le tineia o le afi na mu ai se fale o se aiga i Onesosopo, na fesiligia ai e le alii faipule mai i Aua, le susuga Faimealelei Anthony Allen, ia le Komesina o Leoleo i tulaga o toniga e fa’aaoga e tama tui mu i taimi e faataunuu ai o latou tiute. “E pisi isi tama e fui le mu ae pisi solo isi tama fuimu ma latou seevae tosotoso, a’o isi e see i ‘sport shoes’, o nisi foi o tama na o i luga e fui le mu e le tofu uma ma ‘mask’, leai ni totini lima e faatino ai galuega, e le malupuipuia foi ofu a ni isi i le taimi na faatinoina ai a latou tiute,” o le saunoaga lea a Faimealelei. Na taua e le alii faipule e faapea, na te le tuuaia le Vaega a le Fuimu i faaletonu nei ae o le matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele e tatau ona silasila toto’a i tulaga ia, ina ia mautinoa e atoa uma toniga e faaaoga e tama fuimu i soo se taimi latou te o atu ai e fui mu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
SEATTLE (AP) — An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax. While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The Associated Press. Polis’ measure would regulate marijuana the way the federal government handles alcohol: In states that legalize pot, growers would have to obtain a federal permit. Oversight of marijuana would be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration and given to the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, and it would remain illegal to bring marijuana from a state where it’s legal to one where it isn’t. The bill is based on a legalization measure previously pushed by former Reps. Barney Frank of Mass. and Ron Paul of Texas. Blumenauer’s bill would create a federal marijuana excise tax of 50 percent on the “first sale” of marijuana — typically, from a grower to a processor or retailer. It also would tax pot producers or importers $1,000 annually and other marijuana businesses $500. His office said Monday it doesn’t yet have an estimate of how much the taxes might bring in. But a policy paper Blumenauer and Polis are releasing this week suggests, based on admittedly vague estimates, that a federal tax of $50 per ounce could raise $20 billion a year. They call for directing the money to law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and the national debt. Last fall’s votes in Colorado and Washington state to legalize recreational marijuana should push Congress to end the 75-year federal pot prohibition, Blumenauer said. Washington state officials have estimated that its legal marijuana market could bring in about half a billion dollars a year in state taxes. “You folks in Washington and my friends in Colorado really upset the apple cart,” Blumenauer said. “We’re still arresting two-thirds of a million people for use of a substance that a majority feel should be legal. ... It’s past time for us to step in and try to sort this stuff out.” Advocates who are working with the lawmakers acknowledge it could take years for any changes to get through Congress, but they’re encouraged by recent developments. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week came out in support of efforts to legalize hemp in his home state of Kentucky, and U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is expected to introduce legislation allowing states to set their own policy on marijuana. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has indicated he plans to hold a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and has urged an end to federal “mandatory minimum” sentences that lead to long prison stints for drug crimes. “We’re seeing enormous political momentum to undo the drug war failings of the past 40 years,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, who has been working with lawmakers on marijuana-related bills. “For the first time, the wind is behind our back.” The Justice Department hasn’t said how it plans to respond to the votes in Washington and Colorado. It could sue to block the states from issuing licenses to marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, on the grounds that doing so would conflict with federal drug law. Blumenauer and Polis’ paper urges a number of changes, including altering tax codes to let marijuana dispensaries deduct business expenses on federal taxes, and making it easier for marijuana-related businesses to get bank accounts. Many operate on a cash basis because federally insured banks won’t work with them, they noted. Blumenauer said he expects to introduce the tax-code legislation as well as a bill that would reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, allowing states to enact medical marijuana laws without fear that federal authorities will continue raiding dispensaries or prosecuting providers. It makes no sense that marijuana is a Schedule I drug, in the same category as heroin and a more restrictive category than cocaine, Blumenauer said. The measures have little chance of passing, said Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug policy adviser. Sabet recently joined former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and former President George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum in forming a group called Project SAM — for “smart approaches to marijuana” — to counter the growing legalization movement. Sabet noted that previous federal legalization measures have always failed. Project SAM suggests people shouldn’t get criminal records for small-time marijuana offenses, but instead could face probation or treatment.
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Judge Mohammed al-Jazlani, a senior sheik, said Monday that such talk denigrates Islam and may push non-Muslims to view Islam negatively. He urged Saudis to ignore unofficial fatwas, or edicts. Separately, a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s religious police said online that the force can oblige a woman to cover her face “if her eyes are seditious.” He did not elaborate. 11 KILLEd IN LOCAL FIGHTING IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA YOLA (AP) — A witness in northeastern Nigeria says 11 people have been killed in fighting between nomadic cattle herders and farmers. The fighting happened around the village of Ngandum in Adamawa state where homes and farms were burned in violence that erupted Sunday. Witness Gambo Ibrahim told The Associated Press that he counted 11 corpses in the village on Monday. Adamawa state police spokesman Ibrahim Muhammad confirmed the fighting occurred and said police were investigating. Fighting between cattle herders and farmers often happens across Nigeria, as herders will allow their animals to graze on land and eat crops belonging to farmers. Herders also routinely attack and kill those who harm their cattle. EdUCATION SECRETARy ANd COLLEGE CHIEFS URGE GUN LAwS WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s schools chief says more needs to be done to make sure children live long enough to attend college. He is joining more than 350 university presidents in urging Congress to take action to protect students from gun violence. Education Secretary Arne (AR’-nee) Duncan told reporters Monday that guns have no place in schools or on college campuses, other than in the hands of law enforcement. Standing with members of College Presidents for Gun Safety, Duncan also said pressure from outside Washington is needed to force Congress to act on proposals to reduce gun violence. In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that killed 20 students, lawmakers have considered new measures including expanded background checks for gun buyers and a ban on some types of weapons. HILLARy CLINTON HAS MORE TESTS, ‘IS MUCH bETTER’ NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has undergone more medical tests but is “doing much better.” He made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two men spoke in front of reporters outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to “take it easy for
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another month.” He said if her progress continues, “she’ll be completely recovered.” LAwyER: NyC TEEN dIdN’T THROw 9-yEAR-OLd OFF ROOF NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for a New York City teenager accused of tossing a 9-yearold boy off the roof of a five-story building says it was “a tragic accident.” Seventeen-yearold Carmine Aska was arraigned Sunday on attempted murder, assault and other charges. Attorney Kathryn Dyer said Aska did not intentionally push his neighbor, Freddy Martin, from the roof. She asked that her client be freed on his own recognizance or low bail. Assistant District Attorney Dahlia Olsher Tannen said that despite his injuries, the victim was able to tell emergency medical technicians that Aska dragged him to the roof and threw him off. The victim was discovered late Friday lying unconscious near the building in the Bronx. He was in a medically induced coma at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. PAKISTAN PLANS PARK wHERE OSAMA bIN LAdEN wAS KILLEd PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the government plans to build a recreation complex in the town where al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011. Syed Aqil Shah, sports and tourism minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Monday the project in Abbottabad will have a zoo, paragliding club and water sports facilities. It will also have cultural heritage park. Shah said the development is not intended to counter Abbottabad’s negative reputation following bin Laden’s discovery there. He said it’s part of a revival of recreational and cultural activities in the province. But Javed Iqbal Abbasi, a lawmaker from the area, hoped the project will improve Abbottabad’s image. It will cost about $50 million and take five years to build. Construction will begin in a few weeks. HIGHwAy CRASH KILLS AT LEAST 22 wORKERS IN UAE AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in the United Arab Emirates say a gravelfilled truck with faulty brakes has rammed a bus, killing at least 22 migrant workers. Monday’s crash near Al Ain, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Abu Dhabi, also injured 24 people. Envoys from Pakistan, India and other South Asian countries rushed to the scene. The nationalities of those killed were not immediately announced, but South Asians comprise the vast majority of laborers in the UAE and other Gulf nations.
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Workers are usually transported by bus from labor camps to job sites. Brig. Gen Hussein Ahmed al-Harethi, head of Abu Dhabi’s police traffic division, told the official news agency WAM that the truck driver lost control after the vehicle’s brakes failed. POLICE: SHOOTING SUSPECT TOLd SISTER HE KILLEd TwO FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the Iraq War veteran charged in the shooting deaths at a Texas gun range told his sister that he killed two people. Erath County Sheriff’s Capt. Jason Upshaw said Monday that Eddie Ray Routh drove to his sister’s house in Midlothian after the shootings on Saturday and told her that he killed two people. On Sunday, Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh told his sister “what he had done.” Bryant did not provide more information at the time. Routh faces one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the deaths of former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh, a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, is being held at the Erath County Jail on $3 million bond. UPSTATE NEw yORK MAN dENIES KILLING SON FOR INSURANCE WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — A 53-year-old upstate New York man has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed his son in a staged accident to collect his life insurance. Rochester media report that Karl Karlsen was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder and insurance fraud in Seneca County Court. Karlsen’s 23-year-old son Levi Karlsen was found crushed under a truck he’d been working on at the family’s Finger Lakes property in 2008. Karl Karlsen told sheriff’s deputies he’d come home and found his son dead. But investigators learned this year about a life insurance policy taken out days before the death and arrested the father. After the charges in New York late last year, police in Calaveras County, Calif., reopened an investigation into a 1991 fire that killed Karlsen’s wife, Christena. Karlsen has said the fire was accidental. FOXCONN TO wIdEN SCOPE OF UNION ELECTIONS TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple’s iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China. The move, confirmed by the company Monday, follows a series of recommendations from an international panel hired by Apple to audit conditions for the 1.2 million workers in Foxconn’s mainland factories. Foxconn said it will deepen employees’ involvement in union elections so the unions
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Hunkin, Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands. REACTIONS In a side bar to its resignation story, The Washington Post told readers “Why he Matters.” The Post pointed out “Babauta has over a decade of government experience and a deep understanding of insular issues. As assistant secretary, he is in a unique position to influence federal policy on funding to territories, economic and tourism development, and promote educational opportunities for younger generations of islanders. “On behalf of the Interior secretary, Babauta is often his voice at meetings regarding Interior issues. For example, Babauta conducted a meeting in February 2010 for the Interagency Group on Insular Areas. “This group provides an opportunity for territory and mainland government officials to discuss issues such as renewable energy, veterans’ benefits and immigration law.” The Post wrote that the reaction to his appointment to the assistant secretary position was overwhelmingly positive. Along with University of Guam president Dr. Robert Underwood, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo was one of the few people interviewed by OIG investigators recently when they visited Guam as part of the probe into Babauta. KUAM News Guam quotes Calvo saying despite the investigation, Babauta was good for Guam. “I must say for Tony Babauta and his time as assistant secretary he did a lot of good work for the people of Guam so I want to thank him for all the work he has done and again we look forward moving forward that for Tony good things will happen for him,” he said. “I’ll let the federal authorities move into whatever happens but as far as I’m concerned from the work that he’s done for Guam and the people of the territories I want to congratulate him he did a job well done.” Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo reacted to his resignation, saying Guam and the territories have been well served by Tony’s leadership. As assistant secretary, Tony always pushed for the best interests of our people and worked to improve the unique disparities of the insular areas. Although his resignation marks the loss of an important ally for our Pacific island and Caribbean communities, I am confident he
will be successful in his future endeavors.” dOI ANd ASG Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s special assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira responded to a Samoa News request for comments on Babauta’s resignation thanking us for informing the Governor’s Office. “The Governor has been communicating with Deputy Assistant Secretary Eileen Sobeck on issues pertaining to the Territory. I have not seen any official communication with regard to Babauta’s resignation,” Iulogologo said in an email received yesterday. Iulogologo told Samoa News that the governor has expanded the scope of work of the auditor engaged by ASG to conduct it’s annual audits after Sobeck indicated the Office of Insular Affairs would not be able help with the Governor’s request for a comprehensive audit and suggested he contact the Inspector Generals Office. The Governor is awaiting the preliminary audit report, which is due the latter part of February. Iulogologo said Gov. Lolo will be traveling to Washington D.C. where he will be discussing the audit with DOI as well as other issues he has submitted. Iulogologo also told Samoa News that the governor has not renewed the contract of ASG’s Washington lobbyists, Lipson and Irwing, and instead he has reached out to Cong. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin to help advocate for territorial issues. The Governor will also be meeting with Faleomavaega in Washington to address the same issues he has sent to Dept. of Interior for discussion. dOI ANd THE TERRITORIES Eileen Sobeck, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, is filling Babauta’s job. In his letter to Sec. Salazar, Babuta said, “I applaud you for agreeing with congressional leaders in re-establishing the position of Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas after more than a decade during which a lower level official headed the Office of Insular Affairs. That act alone was in important contribution to Federal insular policy and relations. This renewed tradition of Presidential political appointment should continue. It tells the often forgotten islands that they will get the respect and dignity of advocacy at the highest of political levels that they deserve and that the progress we have made will move forward.”
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