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American Samoa takes a moment in the spotlight during the Roll Call of the States and Territories at the Republican National Convention last week. The local delegation cast their 9 votes for Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential candidate in this year’s national election. They are seen here in a screen shot from the C-SPAN coverage.
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Draft Report on 1602 ASG employees vying in program recommends gubernatorial race must further investigation resign posts by Friday by the U.S. Treasury SITTING GOVERNORS, LT GOVERNORS, LOCAL LEGISLATORS NOT INCLudEd
by Rhonda Annesley Samoa News Editor
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Among the three recommendations outlined in a draft report on the federally funded Section 1602 low income housing program is for the grantor, which is the U.S. Treasury Department, to further investigate and review the program, which is administered locally by the Development Bank of American Samoa. The draft report, revised on July 11, 2012 was prepared by the American Samoa Economic Stimulus and Recovery Office (ASESRO) 1602 Compliance Staff for ASESRO executive director Pat Galeai. In response to Samoa News stories on the draft report, Galeai said in a press release reported in last Friday’s issue, “We wish to emphasize first of all that a draft report is a draft report for a reason. We also want to make clear that some of the allegations contained in the newspaper report were flagged for removal from the subsequent draft precisely because no substantiation was available.” He did not say which allegations were ‘flagged for removal’. According to the draft report, obtained by Samoa News, the Compliance staff said it reviews the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Section 1602 program, which provides federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provision to finance construction or acquisition and rehabilitation of a qualified low-income building or unit. The draft report is in ‘narrative’ form, and is an ‘ongoing’ report, which includes items the Compliance Staff are still reviewing or questions they are still seeking to answer. It also states that a final report on Section 1602 will be issued in early 2013. This would correspond with the final date of the program — Dec. 31, 2012. NON-COMPLIANT GRANT uSE Among the cases of non-compliant use of grant funds cited in the draft report is a DBAS board member who used the 1602 funds to renovate her hotel’s eight units and the hotel has a swimming pool, according to the draft report, which also states that its “unclear how this hotel renovation is eligible for 1602 funding for low-income housing,” and whether the swimming pool was renovated with the 1602 funding. It cites a provision of the ARRA law which in part states: “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in ARRA may be used by any state or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course or swimming pool.” Another 1602 project is completed and occupied by the subgrant recipient/project owner and his family. “The project owner defiantly declared that he had no intention of renting his house — 1602 funded — to any low-income clients,” the draft
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Except for the current lieutenant governor and a sitting senator, all American Samoa Government employees, who are candidates in this year’s gubernatorial race must resign from their government jobs before the end of the week, says Attorney General Fepuleai A. Ripley, in a legal opinion last week before the close of candidate registration on Sept. 1. The four-page opinion to Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono followed concerns raised two months ago by candidate for governor Save Liuato Tuitele and his running mate candidate for lieutenant governor Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young about government employees, who have not resigned from their jobs in accordance with local law, before
they start campaigning. No specific candidate for office was cited in team Save and Sandra’s concern, which was first sent to Soliai, who responded that the Attorney General is the enforcement officer of the government in matters pertaining to ASG workers. In his Aug. 30 legal opinion, Fepuleai addressed the main issue, which is whether ASG employees in the gubernatorial race must “resign” from their employment or face disqualification as candidates in the election pursuant to local statute. A.S.C.A. section 4.0102(f). The short answer is, “Yes, the statute mandates that ASG employees for the post of governor and lieutenant governor “must resign from their ASG employment prior to active
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Election Office staffers Pene Lopa (left) and Telea Faleali’i (right) seen here just before 4:30p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Election Office in Tafuna. Around this time, the Election Office lobby was empty following a busy day of candidate registration, with a majority of the last minute registrations coming from candidates for the local House. A complete list of all candidates in the 2012 general election is printed elsewhere in today’s [photo: FS] Samoa News, with story for details in 2012 Campaign Trail.
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2013 budget hearing gets underway today
ThE FONO WILL TAkE A hARdER LOOk AT PROjECTEd TAx REVENuE, ASPA budGET
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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The joint Legislature budget hearings on the American Samoa Government’s close to $500 million budget for fiscal year 2013 gets underway this morning at the Senate chambers. According to the Fono schedule, regular sessions of both Chambers will convene at 8:30 a.m. instead of the usual time of 10 a.m. The budget hearings are set for eight working days and hearings start at 9:30 a.m thru to the afternoon. Today’s budget hearing witnesses are ASG Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i and Budget Office and Planning director Malemo Tausaga and both men are expected to be questioned on how ASG came up with revenue forecast for FY 2013, especially in local tax collections that the governor says will increase in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. Gov. Togiola Tulafono cited in his letter to the Fono that local tax revenue increases are the result of, among other things, increase in tax collection and a hike in the canneries’ workforce next year. However, during last week’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearings in preparation for the annual budget review, Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., official Alfonso Pete Galeai testified that it’s not until the middle of next year that many of the company’s ongoing projects are expected to be completed. Galeai also said that the company is looking at a workforce of between 1,200 and 1,500 but it all depends on the completion of construction projects and market demand. He said the current workforce is only 45. Then last Thursday, Tax Office manager Melvin Joseph testified that based on his own personal opinion without any analysis, he believes that projected tax revenues collections for corporate, individual income and military cover over taxes are too high. Senate budget committee chairman Sen. Lemanu Peleti Mauga briefed senators during the Senate session last Thursday on the committee hearings, saying that any government revenue to be collected from Samoa Tuna Processors will not be realized until FY 2014 and the Tax Office believes the projections for FY 2013 are too high. Lemanu suggested to his colleagues to keep this information in mind during the Fono joint budget hearings, which are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 13. The Fono’s budget will be the last ASG entity to be reviewed by lawmakers. (Samoa News should point out that other tax collection revenue for ASG comes from excise taxes — general excise tax and soda tax — which is collected by the Customs Division of the Treasury Department) Also during the Senate session, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie called on his colleagues to proceed with its thorough review of the American Samoa Power Authority’s fiscal year 2013 budget despite any claims by ASPA management that its board has the final approval for the annual budget. Gaoteote told senators that the Fono’s interpretation of the law is that ASPA is a government entity and subject to Fono approval of its budget. He also called on the Budget committee and senators not to give any chance to ASPA to believe or even think the Fono does not have the authority to approve their budget. He urged senators to maintain their duties and carryout a thorough review of the ASPA budget as well as other entities of ASG. According to the budget document, ASPA’s FY 2013 budget totals $115.45 million, with ASPA’s budget hearing set for Sept. 12. ASPA management has told the Fono in past hearings that it’s the board of directors who gives final approval of the authority’s annual budget, but the Fono maintains it has oversight authority in accordance with local law because ASPA is a government entity. (There has been talk of taking the issue to the court, however Samoa News understands no action has been taken as of yet.) Because of the budget hearings, Sen. Lualemaga Faoa says the Senate Investigative Committee’s work will be suspended during that time, and will resume once the Fono confirms the budget.
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Members of the Filipino Community with Counsel General Julius Torres during his visit to the [Photo: JL] territory.
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Philippines Counsel General Julius D. Torres told the American Samoa Filipino community, “You must respect the cultures and the traditions of the territory and be good ambassadors among yourselves.” Torres has been in the territory since last Thursday and left last night returning to Honolulu where he’s based at the Philippine embassy. He visited the Filipino community in the territory to extend consular services and make himself available to meet the public. This was his first visit to the territory. The Counsel General told Samoa News he will make it a priority to come back on a yearly basis to provide services for citizens of the Philippines residing in the territory. Services include renewing passports, attaining copies of birth certificates and marriage certificates and addressing concerns the Filipino community brings to his attention. He said there are not many problems encountered by the Filipino community residing in the territory. “They behave themselves, there are not too many incidents and conflicts involving members of the Filipino community in the territory. “Minor problems that came to my attention are the Filipino fishermen who are jumping ship. They come in as fishermen however they find it hard to work on the fishing vessel then
they leave the ship and stay on the island, either to look for a job or to find a way to go back to the Philippines.” He gave some advice and encouragement to the Filipino community: “Keep doing what you’re doing, we are known around the world for our good works, for being very easy to assimilate. “Also, to live in the American Samoa, you must respect the cultures and the traditions of the territory and be good ambassadors among yourselves.” Torres, who has a degree in Journalism from the University of Philippines, entered the Department of Foreign Affairs some 30 years ago in 1981. He is married to Milali Topacio, a dermatologist and they have five children. Torres is a veteran of the Philippine Foreign Service, having been assigned to various posts around the world, including Bucharest, Romania; Saipan; Brussels, Belgium; Canberra, Australia; Koror, Palau; Toronto, Canada; and most recently in Amman in Jordan, where he served as Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Torres’ varied postings has allowed him to learn several languages such as Spanish, German, French, and Romanian in addition to his native Filipino and English. He noted that the life pace in American Samoa suits him, it’s unlike New York and Manila where traffic is very awful.
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“Bride Stealing” Tuilaepa makes stand custom all the on Fiji, Forum integrity rage in Romania
by Tupuola Terry Tavita, Le Savali Newspaper
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A white limousine screeches to a halt and a bride, resplendent in frothy gown and veil, is hauled outside by her abductors. It’s one of Romania’s more colorful customs: bride-napping. And the tradition of snatching the bride from under the nose of groom and guests with the wedding party in full swing is getting bigger, brasher and an increasingly common sight in the Romanian capital, the Balkans’ undisputed party town. Every Saturday night, brides from Bucharest and beyond are dragged away in a mock abduction by friends and driven to a top tourist spot where they are “held hostage” — all the while pouting, dancing and striking provocative poses for the cameras. The ransom: a few bottles of whisky or perhaps something more romantic, like a public declaration of love from the abandoned groom. The kidnappers negotiate by phone, working out the details of the payoff. It’s all harmless theatrics meant to add a whiff of risque fun to the nuptials. Mock abductions of brides are part of marriage ceremonies across the former Soviet Union. In some countries, guests lock up a bride or have her hide in a backroom during celebrations, demanding that the bridegroom delivers a “ransom” — like singing a song, dancing or sometimes paying real money. In Romania, the custom took off a few years ago when a top football player rented Bucharest’s Arch of Triumph, a major monument modeled after its iconic namesake in Paris, and proposed there to his girlfriend. There was no kidnapping involved but the scene stuck in the popular imagination as a symbol of marriage — and soon the monument became a sort of midnight mecca for bride-napping. This past Saturday, about 20 brides were held hostage at the Arch of Triumph, which was built in 1922 to honor Romanian soldiers who died during World War I and to celebrate the reunification of Transylvania with the rest of Romania. One bride was driven in from her wedding in a town an hour east of Bucharest with a gaggle of guests in tow. Another grabbed the toy machine gun of her kidnappers, dressed up as Taliban, and pretending to use it in front of the monument. Authorities turn a blind eye to the partying under the monument, technically illegal because it’s a historic landmark. Motorists cruise around the square honking, waving and cheering. The outdoor party is one way for Romanians, frustrated with austerity measures and feuding politicians, to let off steam. One bride, 25-year-old Alisar Dragne, says her abduction was scripted from start to finish. “Everything was staged and ready in my case. The limousine was waiting for me in front of the restaurant, I was given the ‘leave’ signal by my friends and together we came here to have some fun,” she said. “Now everyone’s thinking what ransom to ask the groom.” George Neascu, a Roma musician, who plays at the monument every week for small change, said the bride-stealing custom is as old as living memory. “All sorts of people come here,” said Neascu, “both those who have lots of money and those who have less.”
Unelected Fiji regime leader Frank Bainimarama could very well had made his way back to the Pacific ACP leaders table if it wasn’t for a strong stand by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at this week’s Pacific African-Caribbean-Pacific (PACP) meeting, on the sidelines of the Pacific leaders’ forum here in Rarotonga. A paper endorsed earlier this year by Pacific Island trade ministers was tabled in the meeting with a recommendation to allow Fiji representation at all PACP levels – including the political level. The recommendation for Fiji participation was supported by the leaders of Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea who spoke on the matter. However, Prime Minister Tuilaepa reminded the leaders that the Forum had already made a decision on Fiji pointing to its suspension from the Forum in 2009. “In Tonga in 2007, we sat at this Forum and listened to Colonel Bainimarama tell us that he was going to hold elections the following year. I was one of those leaders who foolishly believed him. “The Forum had had made a decision on Fiji in regards to its strong position on the democracy, good governance and the rule of law. The Forum has to maintain the integrity of its decision.” “May I also remind you that this is a Pacific Islands Forum gathering and not an ACP affair.” Tuilaepa’s position was strongly supported by Niue premier Toke Talagi. As a compromise, Tuilaepa suggested a separate PACP meeting in Brussels to discuss the issue further. The Forum leaders agreed, but instead of Brussels, the PACP meeting will convene in Port Moresby later this year. Tuilaepa also reminded the leaders of their obligation to make political decisions and not pass it on to officials. He pointed to the meeting in Nukualofa where this particular recommendation was on Fiji. Only six trade ministers, he said, turned up and the rest was represented by senior public servants. “Technical officials are responsible for carrying out the wishes of the ministers. They are not a part of the political decision- making. That’s entirely the exclusive of political leaders.” [Editor’s note: This story was first published in the Samoa government owned newspaper Le Savali, whose editor Tupuola T. Tavita has granted Samoa News permission to reprint it.
Togiola asks Poly Leaders Group to endorse climate change resolution
SEA LEVEL INCREASES ThREATEN PACIFIC PEOPLE ANd MARINE LIFE
(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — MURI BAY, RAROTONGA, Cook Islands — “Man made emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses are affecting coral reefs, and marine resources upon which we all depend, on a scale we have never before seen,” declared Gov. Togiola Tulafono of American Samoa at a meeting of the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) held on Saturday, August 25. “Increasing global temperatures are responsible for rising sea levels that threaten to make our coastal areas and low islands uninhabitable, and many of our island people environmental refugees,” Togiola said. The chief executives of the governments of the Cook Islands, Ma’ohi Nui – French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and Tuvalu are now considering a resolution presented to them at the PLG meeting by the governor, which calls for cooperation and collaboration among these pacific island nations’ scientists, educators community members and leaders in confronting climate change and its effects on people and marine life, though the development and implementation of proactive, sustainable ocean resource management policies. The resolution also states that PLG members will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change related challenges through the use of both innovative scientific interventions and traditional ocean management practices and that the PLG will work to coordinate the region’s response to climate change. The PLG was established by a memorandum of understanding between the leaders of its member countries in 2011. It was created to promote and protect the traditions, cultures and economic interests of the Polynesian people in the states and territories of the Pacific. (Source: Governor’s Office press release)
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Election 2012 Update: All candidates will be certified when period of challenge ends…
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Team Save Liuato Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young held a fiafia night last Friday [photo: JL] night at the Lee Auditorium.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Team Save and Sandra talk about their vision at Fiafia
“American Samoa will be the jewel of the Pacific, a world class US territory in all areas, a vibrant center of commerce, and a premier travel destination.” This is the message from Team Save Liuato Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young during their fiafia night last Friday night at the Lee Auditorium. The fiafia night with dancing and entertainment from the campaign committees of different villages, and was packed with supporters, friends and families of Save and Sandra. Sandra who was the first to speak at the function, noted that before making a commitment to run with Save in the Gubernatorial race, she asked Save if he could reconsider the motto he chose, “ Ia fai le amio tonu ma ia naunau ile alofa” (to do what is right and to love mercy). Sandra said however Save said the motto he chose is from the holy bible in the book of Micah six: verse eight, which states, “This is what the LORD requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.” Sandra explained that upon reading the verse, she understood why Save chose this motto because it has a deep meaning to it. She said prior to walking in the villages; Save had a rule of not buying the ballots. Sandra said, “Because we believe that if we buy the ballots now what will happen when we are in office, this will continue.” But there are times, Save will give the old ladies $5 or $10 — to families who are living in shacks, said Sandra. “He does that because Save is a loving person.” Save acknowledged the hard work of the campaign committees in different villages, as well as families and friends who are supporting them. He also acknowledged the assistance from his wife Sarah Haleck and Sandra’s husband Filifaiesea Seumanu Peter Young. Save said “We are a team that will bring good things for this government and the people of American Samoa; we are an honest and loving team and we have the capabilities to lead this government.”
Save said that a majority of people in their camp are not able to attend the public functions given that they are scared for their employment, especially with the government. “We believe we are more than capable to lead this government given the situation the government is currently in, we believe that we are more than capable than other gubernatorial candidates.” He said that other candidates have ties to the current government given that they worked with them. “However with Sandra and me, neither of us have any ties to the previous or the current government,” said Save. He added that the past 16 to 20 years is enough and there should be a change in the government of American Samoa. “I want to be able to have my children and grandchildren grow up in a different government, given that the current government has no money, many debts, and no availabilities for the youth to gain employment.” Save asked, is this the type of government you want your children to grow up in? He added that if anyone believes that the current government is good enough, try walking into the back villages, like Alao, Tula and also those villages in Manu’a. “We were in Ofu last week and I was amazed at what is happening in Manu’a, there is no boat between Ofu and Fitiuta Manu’a; residents are using an alia to travel back and forth. Every time people are on that alia, their lives are in jeopardy it’s not safe and there should be changes, because this is the responsibility of the government,” said Save. Team Save and Sandra told supporters, “We are leaders with vision, and having a vision for American Samoa is about articulating our hopes and dreams for the future; reminding us of what we are trying to build and setting the direction for what we do in life; it’s a goal, a destination for a journey that helps us plan the best route and it’s about the possibility for greatness in ourselves, our government and in our future… We believe in the potential of our people, our government and our territory to be the best island territory in the region.”
Registered voters in American Samoa have until the end of the close of business on Thursday to file any challenges against candidates for public office in this year’s general election, says Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, who released the list of candidates around 1a.m. Sunday after candidate registration closed at 4:30p.m. Saturday. Soliai said Sunday morning that Saturday’s registration went smoothly although many of the last minute candidates were registering for the local House race. Just before 4:30p.m. Saturday, the lobby of the Election Office was already empty and two Election staffers say it was very busy throughout the day with registration for local House candidates. Tutuila was drenched with heavy rain all day Saturday but that didn’t prevent candidates from getting their names on the ballot. According to the list of candidates there are six teams for the gubernatorial race and five candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives race - all of them have already publicly announced their candidacy. In the local House race there are some 61 candidates. ChALLENGES Pursuant to local law, “any registered qualified elector may challenge the right” of any person to be a candidate for office, said Soliai in a memorandum included in the list of candidates. (See elsewhere in today’s Samoa News for the complete list of candidates as well as other election information from the Chief Election Officer). However, the Chief Election Officer shall receive the challenge no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6. The challenge shall be in writing, setting forth the grounds upon which it is based, and signed by the person making the challenge, said Soliai. “Upon the expiration of the deadline, or the determination of any challenges, candidates shall be certified and ballots shall be printed, bearing the names of all candidates certified for office,” he said. Before the ballots are printed, Soliai told Samoa News that all certified candidates will be given the chance to review how their names will appear on the ballot and the placing of their names on the ballot. For the referendum on the veto override ballot, the Election Office plans to have this ballot viewed by the public. LOCAL hOuSE RACE According to the list of candidates there are 61 candidates vying for the 20-elected seats of the local House of Representatives, among them are the 19 incumbents who are seeking re-election. The 20th incumbent, Rep. Tautolo Charlie Agaoleatu is retiring from public office at the end of his current term. (See separate story on Tautolo, who has served in the House for just over two decades.) Seeking to occupy this vacant seat are five candidates including a current senator, Fuata Dr. Tagiilima F. I’atala, who couldn’t be reached immediately for confirmation that he is running in this House race. (All terms for senators end this year and in accordance with local statute traditional leaders of their respective counties selected them.) The only unopposed incumbent is Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, who is currently serving his first term in office for Representative District # 11 (Aua village). Samoa News understands that Faimealelei, current chairman of the House Government Operations Committee, is the only candidate who picked up an election petition for his district. The highest number of candidates, (eight) are in the Tualauta county, which has two seats, while the lowest number of candidates (two) are in three representative districts including Representative District #14, whose incumbent House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale is being challenged by only one opponent. Some of the candidates are previous lawmakers and this year’s House race includes about eleven female candidates - among them are veteran educator Dr. Trudie Iuli-Sala, former lawmaker Fiasili Puni Haleck, who is also a former cabinet member and businesswoman Florence Saulo.
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TO THE ELECTORS OF AMERICA SAMOA:
Determination of Eligibility of Candidates for the November 06, 2012 General Election Based upon the Nomination Petitions filed, and other documents on record with the Election Office, I have determined that the following individuals are hereby eligible to qualify as candidates for the November 06, 2012 General Election: GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 1. Afoa L. S. Lutu/Le’i S. Thompson 2. Faoa Aitofele T. F. Sunia / Taufete’e John Faumuina 3. Lolo Matalasi Moliga / Lemanu Sialega Peleti Mauga 4. Salu Hunkin-Finau / Utuali’i luniasolua Tului Savusa 5. Save Liuato A. Tuitele / Sandra King Young 6. Timothy David Jones / Tuika Tuika DELEGATE TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS 1. Aumua Amata 2. Eni F. H. Faleomavaega 3. Fatumalala Leulua’iali’i A. Al-Shehri 4. Kereti Mata’utia Jr. 5. Rosie F. Tago Lancaster HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Representative District # 1 1. I’aulualo Fa’afetai 2. Fetu Fetui Jr. 3. Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman 4. Victor E. Ali’itaeao Tuiasosopo Representative District # 2 1. James Salasopa Malae 2. Leautu Segila P. Vaeao 3. Sualevai N. L. Sualevai 4. Taliga F. Vaiolo 5. Toea’ina Faufano Autele Representative District # 3 1. Ali’itasi Afuola-Mauga 2. Legae’e F. Mauga 3. Simei Pulu 4. Simona U. Lauti Representative District # 4 1. Fuata Dr. Tagiilima F. I’atala 2. Sagatu Johnny ThomPson 3. Sila Poasa 4. Solomona Uluiva Simanu 5. Talaimatai Elisara Su’a Representative District # 5 1. Epa Moliva’a Poyer 2. Ketesemane M. Meaole 3. Puleleiite Liamatua Tufele Jr. 4. Troy Mulitauaopele Fiaui 5. Tuialofi Fa’alae Lauatua’a Tunupopo Representative District # 6 1. Laupola T. Manu 2. Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo Representative District # 7 1. Fiataugaluia Taisaliali’i Savea Lefiti 2. Tapai Pene Tervola 3. Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i Representative District # 8 1. Maugaoali’i L. Sipa Anoa’i 2. Tupuola Philip Langford 3. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi Representative District # 9 1. Fiasili Puni E. Haleck 2. Meauta Lauoi Mageo 3. Va’amua Henry Sesepasara Representative District # 10 1. Tu’umolimoli Saena Moliga 2. Tamatoa Tony Langkilde Representative District # 11 1. Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen Representative District # 12 1. Archie Taotasi Soliai 2. Fagasoaia Foa A. Lealaitafea 3. Halafili M. Seui 4. Valasi Lavatai Gaisoa Representative District # 13 1. Puletuimalo D. Koko 2. Ta’afano Joseph Tavale 3. Trudie luli SalaRepresentative District # 14 1. Savali Talavou Ale 2. Soli M. Sa Representative District # 15 1. Ala’iasu Steven Lotonu’u Si’ufanua 2. Esther Fiatoa Wall 3. Florence Saulo 4. Galu Satele 5. Larry S. Sanitoa 6. Roy Hall, Jr. 7. Sataeleava Soli Ofoia 8. Su’a Lucia Alefosio Bartley Representative District # 16 1. Galumalemana Bill Satele 2. Lina Sa’e Lafaele Prendergast 3. Timusa Lam Yuen 4. Tuifaleamato R.A. Tagovailoa Representative District # 17 1. Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava 2. Lefotu Vila 3. Maneafaiga F. Faoa
pursuant to ASCA 56.0302 (a), any registered qualified elector may challenge the right of the above-named persons to be a candidate for office. However, the challenge shall be received by the Chief Election Office no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, September 06, 2012. The challenge shall be in writing, setting forth the grounds upon which it is based, and signed by the person making the challenge. Upon the expiration of the deadline, or the determination of any challenges, candidates shall be certified and ballots shall be printed, bearing the names of all candidates certified for office’
Soliai T. Fuimaono, Chief Election Officer
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by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Rep. Tautolo Charlie Agaoleatu retires…
Tiaina Seau, father of Junior Seau, left, cries along with Tyler Seau, son of Junior Seau, during a ceremony to honor the former Southern California player during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Hawaii and Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. Seau committed suicide on May 2 at his Oceanside, Calif., home. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
After two decades of public service, Rep. Tautolo Charlie Agaoleatu, has decided to retire and not seek re-election this year. Instead the lawmaker, who in the past few years, has been a vocal critic of government spending, has opted to spend more time on his business operations as well as look into new business ventures that will spur the local economy and provide new jobs. Tautolo was first elected to the House following the 1990 general election and served his first two-year term in January 1991. Since then he has remained undefeated in the battle for the Saole District #4 seat that is now up for grabs with five candidates. “I have decided to retire from public office after 11 consecutive terms to concentrate more efforts on my business obligations as well as exploring the possibility of any other type of new busi-
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ness venture,” said Tautolo, who will serve a total of 22 years in office, when his current term officially expires before 12 noon on Jan. 3, 2013. “Among the goal of exploring other business investment is to boost our local economy and provide more employment opportunities. This would mean more money circulated in our territory,” said Tautolo in a telephone interview Saturday from Honolulu, where he is attending to some business matters as well as follow up on his physical therapy, following a hip replacement surgery not long ago. “I am doing great and I’m healthy,” said Tautolo when asked how his health is doing nowadays. Tautolo owns the McDonald’s fast food chain franchise in American Samoa — where additional staff was recently hired — and in neighboring Samoa. In October 2010, he was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Person of the Year’. He said his “two girls” — both now adult young businesswomen, runs the business operations, but he still oversees everything. “So with my ‘two girls’ running the daily management of the business, I’ll focus on other business opportunities.” Asked what type or kind of new business venture he’s targeting, Tautolo said, “there are a lot of business opportunities in American Samoa but we have to do it ourselves. Believe in it and make it happen. I truly believe that there are other business opportunity in American Samoa that can further grow our economy.” Asked what advice he wants to offer to the new Legislature, which convenes on the second Monday of January 2013, Tautolo said, “my only advice is that our Fono leaders work closely and together with members of the House as well as senators.” “You can only do so much as a lawmaker but if you don’t have the support of the [Fono] leaders, there is no much you can do,” he said. “As lawmakers, we are there to help not only our own constituents from our respective districts but to help the the territory as a whole. You have to work as a group in order to achieve better results for American Samoa.” As for the upcoming House election, Tautolo said he hopes that more candidates “with a straight forward vision to serve the public” and not their own personal agenda are elected into office. “I wish all my incumbent colleagues the best,” he said and noted that he is still able to assist the public as a member of the private sector. During his 22 years in the House, Tautolo has served in various capacity including chairman of the powerful House Budget and Appropriations Committee. Tautolo also served as vice speaker during the 30th Legislature (from 2007 - 2008) and in January 2009, during the 31st Legislature, he was unsuccessful in his bid for the Speakership post.
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Local man pleads guilty to groping woman on plane
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The American Samoan man accused of groping a female passenger onboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Manila, Philippines to Honolulu entered a guilty plea at the federal court in Honolulu and will be sentenced later this year. Twenty-two year-old Luavalu Seuva’ai was arrested and charged more than a week ago with sexual assault on board a civilian aircraft, a misdemeanor. He is accused of intentionally touching the female passenger’s breast underneath her clothing, according to prosecutors. Seuva’ai appeared Wednesday afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge Kevin C. Chang for an arraignment hearing where he also entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge. The defendant is out on a $25,000 signature bond and released to the custody of his sister in Honolulu awaiting sentencing set for Dec. 5. Conditions for release, include that his travel is restricted to the island of Oahu, Hawai’i, maintain residence with the third party, and not violate any state or federal law. The Associated Press reports Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Song saying that Seuva’ai faces up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $10,000 and one year probation. Seuva’ai’s attorney Sean R. Coutain with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Honolulu has yet to respond to Samoa News’ e-mail inquiries sent Wednesday seeking comments on the case. According to the federal complaint, Seuva’ai had initially denied to FBI agents any sexual contact with the female passenger, who had a friendly conservation with the defendant after the flight was airborne. However, the complaint said the defendant later decided to change his statement to the FBI and confessed that he touched the passenger in a sexual manner without her consent.
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We will develop a Military Veterans Transitional Program (MTVP) to address the various issues currently encounteredby our returning military men and women. The MTVP will complement the Veterans Administration’s mandates to assist our military men and women who have served so diligently in protecting and preserving our freedom. Lolo and Lemanu realize the enormous contribution of the Veterans not only to our government regarding their contribution to our economy, but the knowledge from their military experiences. They look forward to the Veterans clinic working together with the LBJ hospital to share diagnostic and formulation of treatment plans.
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President Barack Obama walks past debris on the sidewalks as he tours the Bridgewood neighborhood in LaPlace, La., in the Saint John the Baptist Parish, with local officials to survey the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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LaPLACE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama insisted on Monday that the federal government can help Americans in crisis, whether they’re autoworkers fearful that their company will disappear or Gulf Coast residents picking up the pieces after the devastation of Hurricane Isaac. In separate appearances in Ohio and Louisiana, the Democratic incumbent delivered a forceful defense of government involvement to counter the oft-repeated Republican argument that business and free enterprise are the main drivers of U.S success. Obama has said the election between himself and Republican Mitt Romney is a clear choice of the competing visions about the role and reach of government. “What I’ve pledged to these folks is we’re going to make sure at the federal level we are getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what exactly happened here and what can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again and expedite some of the decisions that may need to be made,” Obama told reporters after touring hard-hit St. John the Baptist Parish, 30 miles outside of New Orleans. Joined by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation, Obama walked through a neighborhood of brick homes and front yards that were a painful reminder of last week’s hurricane. Orderly piles of water-logged debris — bedding, insulation, furniture and toys — filled the yards. The president shook hands with residents in La Place, where several neighborhoods were inundated by water and some residents were rescued from rooftops by boats. “How y’all doing?” he asked. “Better now,” one man shouted back. In the sticky heat, the president walked from house to house, asking residents about what happened and posing for photos. There was debris but no signs of lingering water. “We’re here to help,” the president said at another home. Obama praised the coordination of federal, state and local officials and pointed out that his administration issued disaster declarations well in advance to ensure officials “weren’t behind the eight ball.” In highlighting the work, Obama was drawing a contrast with President George W. Bush’s widely criticized response to Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. Hours earlier in Ohio, Obama spoke to members of the United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers, and noted his decision to rescue automakers General Motors and Chrysler in 2009, a move that Romney opposed. “If America had thrown in the towel like that, GM and Chrysler wouldn’t exist today,” Obama said. “The suppliers and the distributors that get their business from these companies would have died off, too. Then even Ford could have gone down as well.” The recoveries of GM and Chrysler have been recurrent themes in Obama’s re-election campaign, particularly in states such as Michigan and the battleground of Ohio. “These jobs are worth more than just a paycheck. They’re a source of pride. They’re a ticket into middle-class life. These companies are worth more than just the cars that they build. They’re a symbol of America’s innovation,” Obama said. “They’re a source of our manufacturing might. If that is not worth fighting for, than what is?” Prior to his visit to Louisiana, Obama’s remarks about the storm have focused on what money and resources the federal government can marshal to help. Romney used his trip Friday to emphasize the need for charitable donations to help people recover. On the flight from Ohio, White House press secretary Jay Carney said natural disasters are “apolitical,” but he jabbed at the Republican presidential ticket and the candidates’ stand on the government’s role in aiding the victims. “It is worth noting that last year there was an effort to underfund the money that’s used to provide relief to Americans when they’ve been hit by disasters,” Carney said. “That effort was led by congressman Paul Ryan, who is now running to be vice president.” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said the chairman of the House Budget Committee “believes providing aid to victims of natural disasters is a critical obligation and should be treated as a high priority within a fiscally responsible budget.” Since the storm hit last week, Democrats have been using the disaster issue to hammer Romney and his running mate, whose budget had proposed eliminating $10 billion a year in disaster spending and requiring Congress to pay for emergencies by cutting from elsewhere in the budget. GOP leaders blocked that proposal, and Romney hasn’t said whether he agreed with Ryan’s proposed cuts. Residents of LaPlace spent Monday cleaning their homes, dragging out waterlogged carpets and furniture, using brooms
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Obama: Help is on the way to hurricane zone
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles spoiled the Labor Day of thousands of visitors to the Angeles National Forest as firefighters bore down for what figured to be a long fight against the big blaze. Picnickers hoping to spend the day in the forest Monday ran into firefighters’ road blocks instead as a large swath of the forest was closed to visitors, though the fire was moving away from inhabited areas. Victor Saldana Jr. had a cooler full of food and drinks in the back of his pickup and was headed toward the mountains before he was forced to turn around. “I requested the day off from work, we were looking for a nice time out today,” Saldana told NBC4. “It’s good that the government’s taking precautions, but at the same time it kind of ruins a lot of people’s plans.” A day after the wildfire broke out near a campground and forced the evacuation of thousands of recreation-seekers and a few dozen residents it had grown to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, and was just five percent contained. Officials set up an incident management team early Monday morning to map out a long-term strategy to battle the blaze, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Angie Lavell said. Only light winds were blowing in the area, and the flames continue to burn deeper into a wilderness area away from any structures. The forest is heavily used by Southern California residents because it is a short drive from very populated areas. Campgrounds that typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on the holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and the private mobile home community of Camp Williams Resort, were evacuated on Sunday. About 30 of the 75 residents of the mobile home park chose to remain with their homes. Daniel Burress, a 68-yearold who is known to park residents as “grandpa,” said he has never evacuated, even when wildfires were far closer. “I’m a Vietnam vet,” Burress told the Los Angeles Times. “So this doesn’t scare me at all.” The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Glendora High School. Officials said campgrounds, while not in the line of the fire, had to be emptied so that the only road in and out of the San Gabriel Canyon could be open just for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. About 300 firefighters were aided by six water-dropping helicopters, an air tanker and 25 engines. Fire officials activated
Wildfire grows, spoiling LA-area holiday plans…
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the use of a DC-10 capable of dropping thousands of gallons of retardant. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Another wildfire broke out Sunday in Ventura County in the Los Padres National Forest. Forest Service firefighters stopped its growth after it burned about 30 acres. In Northern California, firefighters spent Monday focusing on the rugged and remote northern edge of a weeks-old fire in Mendocino County. Full containment is expected by Sept. 10. More than 1,600 firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which has scorched more than 65 square miles and remained at 58 percent contained.
A sign on San Gabriel Canyon Road warns of a street closure as firefighters fight a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, Calif. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. A day after the wildfire broke out near a campground and forced the evacuation of thousands of campers and picnickers it had grown to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, and was just five (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) percent contained.
“Matagaluega Tautua mo Alagamanuia Lautele”
August 31, 2012
American Samoa Government Department of Human and Social Services
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A ONE-TIME BONUS PAYMENT OF $100 FOR ALL RECIPIENTS
OF THE AMERICAN SAMOA NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Director Leilua Stevenson of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service has approved the one-time payment of bonus benefits for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) --- generally known as the Food Stamp Program. This bonus will be paid from unused funds that were approved for ASNAP benefits for Fiscal Year 2012. This $100 bonus payment will be included in food coupons for the month of September only. For example, recipients receiving the full benefit amount of $160 per month will receive $260 in food coupons. Recipients are encouraged to come in on their assigned days to avoid long lines and equipment failure. The issuance schedule for the month of September follows:
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday
9/3/12 9/4/12 9/5/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/10/12
Holiday (No Issuance) Letters S – Z Letters T – U Letters A – F Letters G – L Letters M – R
FA’ASILASILAGA TAUA MO I LATOU UMA O LO’O TAUA’AOINA PEPA TAUMAFA MAI LE POLOKALAMA A LE ASNAP (FOOD STAMP)
E fiafia lava le Fa’atonu Sili a le Matagaluaga o Tautua ma Alagamanuia Lautele, Leilua Stevenson, e fa’asilasila atu i le paia ma le mamalu o le tatou atunuu, aemaise i latou o lo’o taua’aoina pepa taumafa mai le Polokalama a le ASNAP (Food Stamp), e tusa ma se fa’aopopoga e $100 ia outou pepa taumafa mo le masina o Setema. O lenei ponesi ua na’o le masina o Setema e maua ai ma o le’a fa’atupeina i se tupe totoe mo le tausaga fa’aletupe 2012 lea o le’a fa’amutaina ia Setema 30, 2012. Fa’amolemole ia faautagia mai le fa’asologa o le tufatufaina o pepa taumafa mo le masina o Setema e fa’apea:
Aso Gafua Aso Lua Aso Lulu Aso Tofi Aso Faraile Aso Gafua
9/3/12 9/4/12 9/5/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/10/12
Aso Malolo Mataitusi S – Z Mataitusi T – U Mataitusi A – F Mataitusi G – L Mataitusi M – R
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighboring South Carolina. Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night. Anything short of a full house on the final night of the Democratic Party’s national convention will be instant fodder for Republicans eager to use empty seats as symbols of waning voter enthusiasm for Obama. Democrats have been fretting for months over whether the president can draw a capacity crowd at Bank of America Stadium. Polls show voter enthusiasm is down, as are Obama’s crowds for his battleground state campaign rallies. Obama advisers insist the stadium will be filled when Obama delivers his speech. Vice President Joe Biden also will speak Thursday night, along with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who will vouch for Obama’s national security credentials. “The response we’ve seen from the community has been incredible and it’s obvious that people have a big interest in owning a piece of the most open and accessible convention in history,” said Adam Fetcher, a campaign spokesman. “President Obama’s speech on Thursday night will bring this election into focus for the American people, and it will be even more significant because so many North Carolinians will be there to see it.” Convention delegates, volunteers and other Democratic officials already in Charlotte for the party gathering could make up as much as one-third of the crowd. But filling the rest of the stadium is a piecemeal process. About 200 students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are taking buses to the stadium Thursday night. Another 100 are expected on buses from Duke University. Lonnie Randolph, the president of the South Carolina chapter of the NAACP, said several large black churches in his state are planning to send busloads of members on Thursday to watch the president’s speech.
Dems cobble convention crowd together bit by bit
“There are plenty of people who wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Randolph said. “How often does this happen this close to South Carolina?” Obama aides say several thousand tickets also have been given to new campaign volunteers in North Carolina. People who complete three volunteer shifts totaling nine hours got one ticket to the final speech. The volunteer ticketing program also helps Obama boost his grassroots network in North Carolina, a battleground state he moved into the Democratic column in 2008 for the first time in nearly 40 years. But Obama is facing an uphill battle this time around in North Carolina, where the unemployment rate exceeds the national average and voters approved a gay marriage ban the day before the president announced his support for same-sex unions. Tens of thousands of other tickets have been handed out to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis, the campaign said, though officials would not provide an exact number. Thursday’s event is certain to draw comparisons to 2008, when Obama accepted the Democratic nomination before a capacity crowd at an 84,000-seat stadium in Denver. There was little concern back then over whether Obama would fill the stadium, in part because he was easily attracting tens of thousands of people to his campaign rallies across the country. This time around, Obama’s crowds are far smaller. He drew his biggest audience at his campaign kick-off rally in May, a 14,000-person crowd at Ohio State University. About 13,000 people attended Obama’s rally on Sunday at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The campaign says the size of Obama’s events this summer have purposely been kept low. Large rallies are more expensive and security requirements are more intense for a sitting president than a candidate. Convention organizers in Charlotte may have more control over the crowds than their other big concern: the weather. Heavy evening rains doused Charlotte over the weekend, and thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday. Obama deputy campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley-Dillon told Iowa delegates Monday: “If you believe in weather gods, you should pray to them.”
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Clinton will be in Indonesia’s capital Monday to offer strong U.S. support for a regionally endorsed plan to ease rising tensions by implementing a code of conduct for all claimants to disputed islands. Jakarta is the headquarters of the Association of South East Asian Nations, and Clinton will also press the group to insist that China agree to a formal mechanism to reduce short-term risks of conflict and ultimately come to final settlements over sovereignty. She wants “to strengthen ASEAN unity going forward,” a senior U.S. official told reporters on board Clinton’s plane as she flew from the Cook Islands to Australia for a brief refueling stop en route to Indonesia. Indonesia played a leading role in putting the six-point plan together after ASEAN was unable to reach consensus on the matter in July. The official said the U.S. is “encouraged” by the plan but wants it acted on — particularly implementation and enforcement of the code of conduct, which has languished since a preliminary framework for it was first agreed in 2002. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly preview Clinton’s meetings. The U.S. has asserted a national security interest in the peaceful resolution to South China Sea disputes and hopes for progress to be made before a November summit of East Asian leaders that President Barack Obama plans to attend. The U.S. position has riled China, which has become increasingly assertive in pressing
Clinton will urge ASEAN unity on South China Sea
its territorial claims with its smaller neighbors and wants the disputes to be resolved individually with each country. The U.S. says it takes no position on the conflicting claims but wants to see them resolved between China and ASEAN, which has collective clout that its 10 members do not have individually. Clinton will travel to China on Tuesday to continue talks on the South China Sea and a number of other issues, including the crisis in Syria and ways to deal with Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs. Clinton will be in Indonesia on the second stop of an 11-day, six-nation tour that will take her to East Timor, Brunei and Russia’s Far East after her stop in China. In Indonesia, the official said, Clinton would also raise human rights concerns, including a recent uptick in mob violence against religious minorities. The official described the incidents as “disturbing” and said Clinton would be asking Indonesian authorities how they intend to deal with them. The U.S. has championed Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, as a model for a moderate Islamic democracy, Human Rights Watch on Sunday called for Clinton to bring up such cases and press the government “to take concrete steps to address rising religious intolerance” in Indonesia. It also asked her to address Indonesian authorities’ use of blasphemy and criminal defamation laws that it says are being used to persecute minorities and political activists. “Indonesia needs to recognize that oppressive laws and policies against religious minorities fuel violence and discrimination,” the human rights group said.
BANGKOK (AP) — A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday. Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for questioning after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family’s gated estate in a wealthy neighborhood of the Thai capital. He was facing charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest by police but was released on a 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail. Vorayuth admitted he drove the charcoal gray sports car but said the police officer’s motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong, the lead investigator in the case. Bangkok’s top police official, Lt. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank, said he took charge of the investigation after a lowerranking policeman initially tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect. Comronwit himself led a team of officers to search the compound of late Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, one of Thailand’s wealthiest men before he passed away this year, and confiscated a Ferrari with a badly damaged front bumper and broken windshield. The victim, Sgt. Maj. Wichean Glanprasert, 47, was killed during a motorcycle patrol before dawn. Thai media reported that the car dragged the officer and his motorcycle for several dozen meters (feet) as it sped through the residential neighborhood. Comronwit said he suspended the police officer who attempted to subvert the investigation. “A policeman is dead. I can’t let this stand. If I let this case get away, I’d rather quit,” he told reporters. “I don’t care how powerful they are. If I can’t get the actual man in this case, I will resign.” Vorayuth did not speak to the media but the family lawyer said the family will be take responsibility for the damages. The Yoovidhya family was ranked the 4th richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5.4 billion. Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya died in his 80s in March, leaving his heirs a wide range of businesses, including shares in the globally popular energy drink brand, hospitals and real estate. The family also co-owns the sole authorized importer of Ferrari cars in Thailand.
Red Bull heir arrested in deadly hit-and-run
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report says. “He also said that he was thinking of a way to pay back the 1602 funds.” The draft report further states that other “projects have expensive, decorative features that will be costly to maintain over the program period of 15 to 30 years. Money was spent with little regard to the concept of Best Value.” It also states that one “bold contractor, tried to bill for 80 hours at $135 per hour for a back hoe — self owned — to dig a septic tank” and ASESRO inspectors estimated that the correct number of hours should have been closer to eight. “Additionally, workers on site complained that they were never paid. One group of workers told us that they were the fourth group for one of the projects we visited. The first three groups refused to work anymore for lack of payment,” the Compliance staff reported. NONCOMPLIANT OCCuPANCy During its site visits, ASESRO compliance inspectors found at least two projects that were occupied by other than eligible occupants. Examples cited by the Compliance staff are: one 4-unit complex is occupied by contract employees of a huge local company; while yet another 4-unit project is occupied by operators of local grocery stores. Additionally, the project owners themselves occupy some projects. “It is hard to believe that a low-income unit would also house two $35-$40,000 vehicles,” it says. And one local landlord complained that he is losing his tenants to the low-income housing — when the tenants are ineligible for low-income units in the first place. dISbuRSEMENTS REPORT “Our records show an unaccounted/no record amount of $21,248,333,” the draft report states, adding that of the $30.77 million some $5.49 million was disbursed for material, $3.81 million for labor, $220,823 for developer fee and only $9.53 was approved by ASESRO. ACCESSIbILITy The draft report also states that several 1602 units “are built way out in the boondocks, inaccessible to the public transportation used by the average wage earner, much less a low-income family. The roads are rugged, deep and far — it would require a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there except on foot,” it says. “The roads to these 1602 projects are inaccessible to public transportation, especially in the Fogagogo, Ili’ili, Tafuna and the Pavaiai areas. The 1602 tenants would have to walk about two miles to the nearest bus stop. The taxi fare would hardly be affordable for a 1602 client.” INAdEQuATE OR uNAuThENTICATEd PAyMENTS The report also found problems with inadequate or unauthenticated payments, saying that labor cost requests for many projects approved by DBAS “lacks sufficient documents such as payroll records, invoices from service providers, invoices for vendors or other relevant documents. “It is difficult to track the number of jobs created and/or retained,” it says. It further pointed out that many payments “appear dubious because they are made directly to the project owner or his/ her spouse” while other payments are made to an entity that does not provide or furnish the type of items on the invoice. “Also, numerous payments were made based on ‘estimates’ from vendors or companies owned by the project owners themselves,” it says. “Some payments were made on pro forma invoices — estimates to a preferred vendor. These payments are then deposited into an account in the name of the project owner for future delivers,” the draft report says and the Compliance Staff raised two questions on this practice: ➤ What will happen to the deposit balance in the account at the end of the project without any tracking or accountability? ➤ Who is tracking this to ensure that the deposit account is only charged for 1602 items? According to the report, the grantee must maintain program, financial and accounting records sufficient to demonstrate that grant funds were used in accordance with the Section 1602 program and its terms and conditions. CONCLuSIONS “We are convinced that the implementation of the 1602 LIHTC Program was rushed to start with, thus the underlining note is evident of ‘the end justifies the means’ tactics,” it says. “We were lead to believe by the DBAS staff that there were not enough time for thoroughness and diligence.” “...it is the judgment of our inspectors that many projects will end up unfinished by the deadline. Several project owners are financially unable to finish their incomplete projects on their own,” according to the report. “Because of the lack of diligence and thoroughness, we also believe that a lot of projects will end up short on the financial side,” it pointed out. “Several project owners will probably be required to finish their projects on their own.” Based on correspondence from DBAS, only 58% of the projects have been completed and the 56 remaining projects are incomplete, with no 1602 funds remaining, it says and noted that some unfinished projects are at a standstill while owners seek further financing. RECOMMENdATION ➤ ASESRO staff should continue to monitor and report compliance issues. A final report will be issued in early 2013 ➤ All concerns will be made known to the appropriate authorities ➤ Further investigation and review by the grantor would seem warranted
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to push out mud and debris and relying on water and bleach to clean what was left. “It’s gross,” said Barbara Melton, 60, who has lived in her home for 23 years and never experienced flooding. “It’s hot, it stinks, but I’m trying to get all this mud and stuff out of my house.” Melton, broom in hand, smiled when talking about Obama visiting the area. “Having him here and seeing the situation really helps people be able to cope with what’s going on, what’s happened here.” Both Romney’s team and the president’s insist that their visits are not aimed at political gain. But the specter of Hurricane Katrina helps explain why both men sought to tour Isaac’s damage. Presidents, and would-be presidents, can’t afford to get panned the way Bush did in the days after Katrina crippled New Orleans and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts in 2005, killing more than 1,800. Throughout his visit, Romney was confronted with reminders that locals were most concerned about extending flood protection — paid for by the federal government — far enough to protect their community. In New Orleans, $14 billion in federal aid was set aside to build a complex flood protection system of sea walls and levees after the devastation of Katrina in 2005.
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➧ ASG employees must resign from jobs…
campaigning or, at the very least, resign no later than 60 days prior to the election date or face disqualification as candidates,” he wrote. dISCuSSION The opinion went on to discuss who is considered an ASG employee under local statute, when referring to gubernatorial candidates who are “employees of the government in whatever capacity” in the executive and judicial branches. It also covers laws dealing with career service employees, contract employees, “excepted service” workers (i.e. elective positions). It cites specific provisions of the statute to further clarify this issue. And based on the statute on ASG employment classifications, “directors and employees of ASG departments within the executive and judicial branches, regardless of whether their positions are designated as career service or excepted service, are ‘included’ in the statute and ‘must resign’ in order to be eligible as gubernatorial candidates,” said Fepuleai. He also discusses the issue about employees and officers (not including board members) of semi-autonomous government agencies citing provisions of the American Samoa Administrative Code (ASAC) and local law “When read together with the definition of ‘agency’ in ASAC 4.0209, the statute is broad enough to include employees of semi-autonomous agencies and therefore these employees ‘must resign’ in order to be eligible as gubernatorial candidates,” he wrote. As for lawmakers, the opinion states, “The statute is silent as to the resignation of officials elected into the Legislature” - i.e. Senate and House, he said. He cited a provision of the local constitution, which states in part that, “No employee or public officer of the Government shall be eligible to serve in the Legislature while holding such position.” When read together, these provisions “indicate that senators and faipules are not considered employees of ASG as contemplated by the statute, and therefore, are ‘not’ required to resign to be eligible as gubernatorial candidates,” he said. As for an incumbent governor and lieutenant governor running for office, Fepuleai said, the “statute does not apply to an incumbent Governor and/or incumbent Lieutenant Governor” He cites a provision of the statute governing the gubernatorial term of office - which is four years - and that they serve until their successors are elected and qualified.
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But the statute does not provide for the resignation of the incumbent governor or for an incumbent lieutenant governor, he said. Requiring the incumbent gubernatorial team; to resign prior to the end of an administration “would have a detrimental effect upon Territorial government operations during the course of an election,” said Fepuleai. “Historically, incumbents in these positions have not been required to resign both in this jurisdiction and elsewhere.” CONCLuSION In conclusion, Fepuleai said that under ASCA 4.0102(f), employees of ASG’s executive and judicial branches must resign before commencing “active campaigning” (as defined by the statute), or at the very least, they “must resign no later than 60 days prior to the election date to be eligible as candidates.” The opinion states that Nov. 6 is the general election; therefore the resignation must be effective by Friday, Sept. 7. Additionally, the opinion cites local statute, which states that the Chief Election Officer determines whether a nominated candidate is eligible for election. (An election petition signed by registered voters nominates Candidates). Copies of the opinion were sent to the “Save and Sandra” gubernatorial team, the governor and lieutenant governor as well as the Human Resources Department director. bACkGROuNd The opinion is clear that the incumbent Lt. Gov. Faoa A. Sunia and sitting Sen. Lemanu Peleti Sialega Mauga are not required to resign from their government posts. Candidate for governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga resigned about two months ago from his post as president of the Development Bank of American Samoa; and candidate for governor Save Liuato Tuitele retired early this year from the Judicial Branch. Soliai confirmed to Samoa News yesterday that candidates for lieutenant governor Taufete’e John Faumuina and Le’i Sonny Thompson recently resigned from their government jobs. Le’i, in an email to Samoa News, confirmed he sent his resignation letter to Gov. Togiola Tulafono on or about Aug. 1st and it was effective as of August 31st. Samoa News wasn’t able to immediately confirmed yesterday if ASG employee Tuika Tuika Jr., a candidate for lieutenant governor, has resigned from his post. Based on the legal opinion, Soliai said any candidate in the gubernatorial race must resign effective this Friday.
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Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme The Expendables reunited when Mr. Church enlists their services to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of tim, six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way....
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man high on PCP-laced marijuana stabbed two neighborhood children in their home while they slept, killing a 6-yearold boy and critically wounding his 12-year-old sister, authorities said. Osvaldo Rivera was found hiding between a mattress and a bedroom wall Sunday afternoon inside a Camden apartment and was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office. The attack was the second recent one in Camden, an impoverished city across the river from Philadelphia, involving a child and a suspect said to be high on PCP and marijuana. Rivera, 31, was being held in jail
NJ man arrested in deadly attack on sleeping kids
awaiting arraignment, which Laughlin said will likely be held Tuesday. Laughlin didn’t know if Rivera had an attorney. Police found blood-stained sneakers inside the apartment where Rivera was arrested that matched bloody footprints in the home where Dominick Andujor was stabbed to death, Laughlin said. The boy’s 12-year-old sister had her throat slit while she slept in the same room. She remained hospitalized Monday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The hospital, though, has declined to discuss her condition, citing privacy reasons. While being questioned by investigators, Rivera said he had smoked a combination of marijuana and the hallucinogenic drug PCP before the attack, Laughlin said. On Aug. 22, 33-year-old Chevonne Thomas of Camden allegedly decapitated her 2-year-old toddler and then fatally stabbed herself after smoking a similar combination, known as “wet.” Laughlin said there have been several other murders in recent years in which PCP-laced marijuana has apparently played a role. He said the drug combination makes people incoherent, hallucinatory and, in some cases, violent, adding that authorities plan to take steps to curb the drug’s market. The children stabbed Sunday were being watched by a 14-year-old girl, authorities said. The teen, who was unharmed, was caring for them because
their mother recently underwent surgery and was still in the hospital. Laughlin said the 12-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, fled the home after the attack and was found at a neighbor’s home a few doors down. Police soon went to the girl’s home and were met by another child who ran outside, screaming for help for her brother. The 6-year-old boy was found lying on the floor. While Rivera was still being sought on Sunday, a woman who lives nearby said he was well-known around the neighborhood and seemed to be a peaceful person. He also was often seen playing with the local children. “People would never think he would do something like this,” Nakyta McCray said.
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faaliliu Ausage Fausia
Fa‘alauiloa suafa o sui mae’a ona lesitala mo le palota
Se vaaiga i le tele o le suavai i luga o vaega eseese o le auala e pei ona i ai luma o le Evalani i Pago Pago i le taeao o le aso Sa na te’a nei, ona o le malolosi o timuga i le faaiuga o le vaiaso, ma (ata AF) vaaia ai le o lemu o taavale.
O le 4:30 i le afiafi o le Aso To’ona’i na te’a nei, na tu’u aloaia mai ai e le Ofisa o Palotaga a le atunuu suafa o sui tauva uma ua mae’a ona lesitala, mo le palota tele a le atunu’u i le aso 6 o Novema. E ono paga ua maea ona lesitala mo le tauvaga i le tofi Kovana ma le Lutena Kovana; to’alima mo le tauvaga o le tofi Faipule i le Konekeresi, ma le to’a 61 mo tofi Faipule i le Fono Faitulafono. I le lisi mo i latou ua maea ona lesitala mo tofi faipule i le maota o sui a le Fono Faitulafono, e na o le Itumalo #11 e toatasi le sui ua maea ona lesitala lona suafa mo le palota, o ia foi lea o loo avea ma faipule o le itumalo i le taimi nei, le afioga ia Faimealelei Anthony Allen. Mai le to’a 61 ua maea ona lesitala o latou suafa mo le tauvaga a le maota o sui i le Fono Faitulafono, o le to’aono sa avea muamua ma faipule. E toatasi le Senatoa o lo o nofoia le nofoa a lona itumalo i le nofoaiga o lo o i ai nei, ua maea ona lesitala lona suafa e tauva mo le tofi faipule i le palota o lo o loma nei, o le susuga Fuata Dr. Tagiilima F. I’atala, mai le Itumalo #4. O le afioga i le alii faipule ia Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo o lo o nofoia le nofoa o le itumalo i le taimi nei mo le tele o tausaga, peitai e le o i ai lona suafa i le lisi sa tuuina mai e le Ofisa o Palotaga ina ua maua mai se fa’aaliga, ua saunia lea sui faitulafono e litaea mai i ona tiute fa’alemalo. Mai Itumalo Faapalota e 17 o lo o vaevae i ai le palota a le maota o sui, e tolu itumalo e na o le to’alua sui ua lesitala mo le palota, o le Itumalo #7 lea o loo tulai mai ai le Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo i le taimi nei; Itumalo #10 lea o loo tulai mai ai Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga; ma le Itumalo #14 lea o loo tulai mai ai le Fofoga Fetalai o le maota o sui ia Savali Talavou Ale. O isi itumalo e taito’a 3 a latou sui ua lesitala e tauva, o isi e taito’a 4 e aofia ai ma le Itumalo #12 e to’alua ona sui i le maota, ae o isi e ta’ito’a 5 sui tauva. Pau le Itumalo e to’a 8 ona sui tauva ua maea ona lesitala, o le Itumalo #15 o Tualauta. Ina ia tusa ai ma le Vaega 6.0302 (a) o le Tulafono Toe Teuteuina a Amerika Samoa, o loo i ai le aia tatau i soo se tagata ua aloaia ona palota na te fesiligia ai soo se tasi ua taua o latou suafa i le lisi mo i latou o le a tauva i le palota. Afai e i ai se tasi e fia failaina lea talosaga, i lalo o le tulafono, e tatau ona tuuina atu lea faasea i le Ofisa o Palotaga a le atunuu, ao lei tapunia galuega i le aso Tofi, aso 6 Setema i le itula e 4:30. O le talosaga ia tusitusia ma ia faailoa atu ai mafuaaga o le talosaga, faatasi ai ma le saini a le suafa o le tagata e ana ia le talosaga.
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hyMIE SEFO O le vaiaso na te’a nei na faatoa faila ai e le malo moliaga faasaga ia Hymie Sefo, ona o le faalavelave lea na osofaia ai e ni isi le faleoloa o FJP Kruse Inc Store i Leone i le tausaga e 2009. Na maua i suesuega a leoleo, le ave’esea e Sefo ma ni isi alii se toalua se pusa tupe u’amea mai i le faleoloa i Leone, sa i ai i totonu le silia ma le $70,000. Lea ua tu’ua’ia ai Sefo i le talepe fale, taupulepule ma ni isi e fa’atino le solitulafono o le talepe fale, atoa ai ma le moliaga o le gaoi. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, o Sefo sa galue muamua i le faleoloa a Kruse, peitai e tolu masina talu ona tuli ese o ia ae tupu loa le faalavelave. O le isi alii sa aafia ai i le osofaiaina o le faleoloa sa faigaluega ai lava i le faleoloa i le taimi o le faalavelave o se leoleopo. Na taunuu le mataupu i leoleo ina ua faafesootai e se tamaitai faigaluega o le faleoloa le ofisa, ina ua ia masalomia sa osofaia e nisi le faleoloa i le taeao o le aso 13 Setema 2009. Na faailoa e le tamaitai faatauoloa i leoleo le talepe e tagata o le sefe laupapa ae ave tupe siliva sa i ai e tusa ma le $600. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo Sefo sa ia taua ai e faapea, e lua vaiaso sa latou taupulepule ai le osofaiga lenei. Sa latou malilie uma e gaoi pusa tupe e lua mai totonu o le faleoloa ma ave uma tupe o loo i ai. Na faaaoga e le isi toatasi se tolopa e talepe ai le faitotoa, ona ulufale lea o Sefo ma le isi alii ma agai sao atu lava i le ofisa o loo i ai le tupe tupe laupapa, ma faaaoga ai loa le tolopa e talepe ai ae aveese uma tupe siliva sa i totonu, e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga. O loo taofia pea Sefo i le toese i Tafuna sei vagana ua ia totogiina le $30,000 ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala o ia i tua. Ae afai e mafai ona tatala o ia i tua, ua faasa ona ia toe taumafai e faafesootai i latou o loo tuuaia faatasi ma ia i lenei mataupu, atoa ai ma le faasa lea ona toe alu i le nofoaga o loo i ai le faleoloa o Kruse. PuLEMAu PA’AGA O le vaiaso na te’a nei na tofu atu ai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga le mataupu faasaga ia Pulemau Pa’aga, ina ua ia faaagafua ona aia tatau ma le faataunuuina ai lana uluai iloiloga sa fuafua e faia i luma o le faamasinoga faaitumalo. Na teena e Pa’aga le moliaga mamafa o le ave taavale a’o se’i lona laisene faapea ai ma le ave taavale ‘ona, ma ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga lana uluai iloiloga e faia lea i le masina fou. O Pa’aga na aofia ai i le toa 15 na taofia e leoleo i le faaiuga o le vaiasi i ona tua atu, ma tuuaia i le ave ta’avale ‘ona, ao pisi ai leoleo i le latou faamalosia o tulafono o le faasa lea ona ave taavale ‘ona lea na amata mai i le masina na te’a nei ma le faamoemoe e faamuta i le aso 5 Setema, o a taeao lea. Na taofi e leoleo Pa’aga a’o ia faafoeina se taavale a le Ofisa o le Procurement lea foi e galue ai. O le ua molia o loo se’i lana laisene ina ua faamaonia e le faamasinoga faaitumalo le moliaga o le ave taavale ‘ona na tuuaia muamua ai o ia. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Ua i ai nei le Fa’avae fou o le Malo o Fiti ua mae’a saunia e le latou “Komisi o le Fa’avae” na tofia fa’apitoa, ae ua fa’ailoa mai, e le Fiji Times, e fa’anoanoa lea Komisi ona e na’o le 500 manatu fa’aalia ua mae’a fa’ao’o atu e tusa ai o latou lagona fa’aalia, manatu i ni suiga, pe o ni mea fo’i e tete’e ai o latou taofi e tusa o lea fa’avae ua mae’a tapena. O le ali’i Polofesa Satendra Nandan, sui totino o le Komisi o le Fa’avae, ua fa’aalia fo’i sona manatu e tusa ai o tagata o Vugalei, ma ua fa’atasia i la’ua ma le i si totino o lea Komisi o Jone Luvenitoga, ma Peni Moore i lea folasaga sa latou taumafai ai e fa’amalamalama tagata i aiaiga uma ua mae’a tamau i le Fa’avae ua taua’aoina. Ua mae’a fa’aleaogaina e le Malo o Fiti le tolu o latou Fa’avae talu mai le tausaga e 1970, ma ua fa’ailoa ai i lea faiga, le mama tele i manatu o tagata o lea malo, le latou ‘au’au fa’atasi ina ia mautu so latou fa’avae e fausia aga’i i ai le latou faigamalo. E tusa ai ma le manatu fa’aalia o Prof. Nandan i le Fiji Times i Tailevu ananafi, sa ia fa’ailoa mai ai lona taofi, “E afua ona fa’atalale tagatanu’u o Fiti i le Fa’avae ma lona aoga tele, ona e le o i ai lo latou fa’amoemoe i lenei taumafaiga, e le o i ai fo’i o latou loto i le mea o taumafai nei mo se faigamalo e mafai ona nofo filemu ma fa’amautu ai le malo o Fiti nei, ma le lumana’i fo’i.” Ona ua iloga e le o fa’ataua e le to’atele lenei taumafaiga a le malo ina ia fausia se fa’avae mautu mo le faigamalo fou i totonu o le atunu’u, o lea la ua le mautinoa ai, “po’o malamalama tagata nu’u, pe o le mea ua latou le fa’atauaina le fa’avae o le latou malo?”
(Faaauau itulau 20)
Ova tupe valoia malo e ono maua i lafoga lotoifale
tusia Ausage Fausia
samoa news, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Page 19
Na taua e le Pulesili o le Ofisa o Lafoga a le malo i luma o le komiti o le Paketi a le Senate i le vaiaso na te’a nei, o le tupe e $32 miliona lea ua valoia e le malo e mafai ona maua mai i lafoga lotoifale mo le Tausaga Tupe Fou 2013, ua fai lava si maualuga. Sa fesiligia e sui o le komiti le susuga Melvin Joseph pe fia le aofa’i e manatu ua maualuga ai le tupe ua valoia e le malo, ae na tali le molimau, “i lo’u talitonuga, e i le va o le $4 ma le $5 miliona ua maualuga ai le tupe ua valoia e le malo e ono maua.” O le iloiloga a le komiti o le paketi a le Senate i le aso Faraile na te’a nei, o le latou iloiloga lona tolu lea e faatatau i le paketi a le malo lea ua latou taulimaina, lea o loo valoia mai ai le faatupulaia o tupe lotoifale ua manatu le malo latou te mafai ona ao i le tausaga tupe fou. O le iloiloga na faatautaia lea e le afioga i le taitai komiti ia Lemanu Peleti Mauga, lea foi na maua ai avanoa o Senatoa e fesiligia ai le molimau. Ina ua fesiligia e afioga i Senatoa na taua ai e Joseph, o nisi o penefiti e pei o tupe mai le feterale lea na mafai ona fesoasoani i lafoga lotoifale na ao e le malo i le tausaga tupe lenei 2012, e i ai lona talitonuga e le toe maua i le tausaga tupe fou 2013, ma o le isi lena mafuaaga e mausali ai lona talitonuga, ua maualuga tele le tupe ua valoia e le malo latou te aoina. Mo se faataitaiga sa ia taua ai i le komiti e faapea, e faapea foi le faafitauli na tupu i le paketi o le tausaga tupe 2009, ina ua valoia e le malo le aofai e $32 miliona e mafai ona o latou aoina mai lafoga lotoifale, peitai ina ua maea le tausaga tupe, e $3.1 miliona e lei mafai ona ao. “Ou te matua le iloa lava poo fea e faavae mai ai le fuafuaga lenei a le malo e pei ona taua i le paketi,” o le tali lea a Joseph ina ua fesiligia e Senatoa, pe sa fesiligia lona ofisa poo ia foi i sona finagalo i le paketi lea ua tuuina atu e le malo, sa ia taua foi, “e le’i fesiligia se manatu mai lona ofisa e uiga i le paketi.” O se tasi o faafitauli ua mafua
ai ona le toe maua e le malo nisi o ana tupe mo lafoga totogi, o le tulafono lea na pasia e faaagafua ai lafoga e totogi e nisi o pisinisi. Na fesiligia e Senatoa Velegan Savali Jr ma Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson le molimau pe fia se tupe e talitonu o ia ua le toe maua e le malo talu mai le tulafono lea, na tali le molimau, “e i le va o le $5 miliona e oo atu i le $10 miliona,” ma, o se tasi o faataitaiga sili e pei ona taua e Joseph, o le tulaga e pei ona avea ai le ASPA ma sapalai o le suau’u i le teritori. I le tusi lea na tuuina atu faatasi ma le paketi e le afioga i le kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono i taitai o le fono, o loo ia taua ai le siitia maualuga o tupe ao faalotoifale a le malo ua valoia e maua i le tausaga tupe fou, ona o nisi o taumafaiga a kamupani ma pisinisi i le atunuu. O nisi o ia taumafaiga e aofia ai le faaopoopoina o tagata faigaluega mo le kamupani a le Tri
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Faamanino Faletupe auala o talosaga mo nonogatupe
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Nisi o sui mai faletupe e lua i le atunuu na molimau i le iloiloga a le maota o sui i le vaiaso na te’a nei, i le mataupu e uiga i faasea a le atunuu faasaga i auala o loo faatautaia ai nonogatupe i faletupe. (mai itu agava) Hobbs Lowson, pule o le lala Faletupe Hawaii, faatasi ai ma sui o le ANZ Amerika (ata AF) Samoa Bank ia Steve Watson (itu taumatau) CEO ia Terese Salumubides ma Tasi Scanlan)
O le iloiloga a le komiti o Sailiga o Alamanuia a le Maota o Sui lea na faia i le vaiaso na te’a nei, na mafai ai ona faamanino e sui o Faletupe i le atunuu auala o loo faatautaia ai talosaga a le atunuu, mo ni a latou nonogatupe i taimi e manaomia ai. E le gata na maua le avanoa e tali ai sui o Faletupe i lea mataupu, ae sa fesiligia foi e afioga i faipule isi mataupu e pei o nonogatupe mo pisinisi, faapea ai ma se tulaga lelei e fetaiai ma faletupe pe afai ae taunuu le fuafuaga a le kamupani i’a o le Tri Marine, mo le faa faigaluegaina lea o ni tagata e silia ma le toa 1,000 i le tausaga fou. O sui o faletupe na auai e aofia ai le pule o le lala o le Faletupe o Hawaii ia Hobbs Lowson, faapea ai ma sui o le ANZ e aofia ai le alii pule ia Steve Watson, o le CEO ia Terese Salumubides ma Tasi Scanlan. O le iloiloga na valaauina ina ua laga e le afioga i le alii faipule ia Puleleiite Liamatua Tufele Jr nisi o faasea mai le atunuu aemaise ai tagata o lona itumalo, e uiga mafuaaga ua ala ai ona uumi aso e faatali ai talosaga mo nonogatupe faatoa talia. Saunoa Puleleiite, o talosaga mo nonogatupe i taimi ua te’a sa na o le vaiaso lava e faatali ai ae maua mai, peitai o le suiga e pei ona faasea i ai nisi o le atunuu, e le gata ua ova atu ma le tai 4 vaiaso o faatali ni tali o a latou talosaga, ae o nisi foi o taimi e tulua ai le talia ma le teena o nei talosaga. Sa ia fesiligia foi le mafuaaga ua le toe faia ai ni faaiuga mo nonogatupe i le teritori, ae ua ave i lala o faletupe nei i fafo e fai mai ai. Na taua e Watson mai le ANZ e faapea, o nisi o mafuaaga ua ala ai ona mata’titu e le latou faletupe tulaga o talosaga mo nonogatupe, ona o le vaivai ma le tau leai o se tupe i le tamaoaiga o le atunuu i le taimi nei, talu ai nisi o aafiaga matuia e pei o le siitia o totogi amata, vaea o tagata faigaluega i le kamupani i’a a le StarKist Samoa, faapea ai ma le tapunia lea o le kamupani i’a o le COS Samoa Packing. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, o loo mulimulita’i lava le faletupe i faiga masani ma ta’iala e pei ona faagasolo mai ai talosaga mo nonogatupe i taimi ua te’a. Ae i le tulaga i le iloiloina o talosaga mo nonogatupe, o le latou lala i le teritori o Guam lea ua faatinoina ai lea auaunaga, ae mo le faletupe a Hawaii, o aafiaga i le tamaoaiga o le lalolagi o loo mulimulita’i ai foi le faletupe, e pei ona taua e Lowson i lana molimau. Na taua e Lowson, e leai ni suiga fou ua faia i talosaga o nonogatupe, ae o loo tumau pea aiaiga masani mo soo se tasi e fia talosaga mo se nonogatupe. I le tulaga o le nonoina atu e le faletupe o ana tupe i tagata fai nonogatupe, na taua ai e Watson e faapea, na mafua ona faavae le faletupe ina ia nono atu tupe i tagata, peitai i le taimi lava e tasi, e tatau foi ona vaavaai toto’a le faletupe i tagata e naunau e nono tupe ma le faanaunautaiga e toe totogi mai tupe sa latou nono atu. Na taua e Watson i le komiti e faapea, e ui o se fuafuaga lelei ua faalauiloa e le Tri Marine mo le faa faigaluegaina lea o ni tagata faigaluega se toatele i le tausaga fou, peitai e le o i ai lava se suiga lelei i le tulaga pau ua i ai le tamaoaiga o le lalolagi i le taimi nei. I tulaga o le polokalame i nonogatupe mo pisinisi, faavae i lalo o se tupe fesoasoani mai le feterale lea ua tuu atu i faletupe la te faatautaia lea polokalame, na taua ai e ui o faletupe le faaauau pea o feutanaiga i taiala ma aiaiga mo le tuuina atu o talosaga mai pisinisi. Talu ona tuuina mai lea tupe i le amataga o le tausaga nei, e lei i ai lava ni pisinisi ua talia ni a latou talosaga mo nonogatupe, ona o loo faaauau pea feutanaiga i le va o faletupe ma le malo i auala e faatautaia ai le polokalame. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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➧ FA’AvAe MAlo Fiti…
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O le Fa’avae i totonu o faigamalo, o se fa’ata’atiaga lea e fa’atautaia aga’i i ai le Malo, ma o se mea e taua tele, aua e mafai ona fa’atautaia ai ola o tagatanu’u uma i totonu o le Malo i lea lava fa’avae, ae o lea e le o manatu mamafa i ai le to’atele o tagatanu’u o Fiti i lea “measina a le atunu’u.” E ui ina ua tofia lenei Komisi o le Fa’avae i lenei vaitausaga e tu’ufa’atasia, ae ao ina fautau toto’a i ai tagatanu’u uma, ma fa’ao’o mai ni o latou lagona e tusa o lea fa’avae, afai e ao ina suia ai, e tatau ona suia a’o le’i pasia e fa’atautaia aga’i i ai le faigamalo a Fiti. Ua fa’ailoa mai i tagatanu’u o Fiti uma lava, ia taga’i toto’a i ai, aua ua tusia lenei fa’avae ina ia mafai ona puipuia ai le olaga o tagata vaivai le tamaoaiga e o’o lava i le tagata mau’oa, o le tagata vaivai le atamai e o’o lava i le tagata ua maoa’e lo latou tomai, ma e le tatau ona solituina aia tatau a tagata vaivai e i latou e maualuluga i totonu o lenei fa’avae fou mo Fiti. O lea la ua fa’ailoa mai e lea Komisi, fa’amoemoe i tagatanu’u Fiti, “Ina ia latou tapena le fa’avae e tusa o lo latou mana’o, ma fa’ao’o mai ni o latou lagona, a’o i ai pea le taimi.”
saunia: Leua Aiono Frost
Leai ni Fa’atauga Tele - Taimi o le Olimipeka
samoa news, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Page 21
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Ua fa’ailoa mai i se tala tusia i le Associated Press, “E mautinoa e tele na’ua le tau o tapenaga sa feagai ai ma Peretania mo le latou taligamalo i le Olimipeka 2012, peita’i, ua fa’ailoa mai e le latou lipoti mo lea masina atoa sa fa’atautaia ai le Olimipeka i o latou laufanua, e le’i tele ni fa’atauga mai o latou faleoloa i lea vaitaimi atoa!” O se mea mautinoa, e la’ititi atu fa’atauga sa fa’amauina i le masina o Aukuso, i le vaitaimi tonu o le Olimipeka, ae sa fuafua o le vaitaimi pisi lea o faleoloa i le a’ai o Lonetona, ona o ta’aloga, ma le aofa’i o tagata sa ulufale atu i ai mo lea fa’atasiga tele. O fa’amaumauga nei sa mafai ona fa’ailo mo le lipoti o le tamaoaiga i lea a’ai i le Olimipeka 2012. Pe afai e ave’esea le masina o le Eseta, o le masina sili lea ona vaivai le tamaoaiga na maua i lea a’ai talu mai le masina o Novema i le tausaga talu ai 2011. “O le tulaga ua mautinoa nei, o lagona fiafia o tagata ona o le tele o taumafaiga sa fa’amanuiaina i tauvaga, sa le manatu ai fo’i tagata e fa’aalu vale fua le seleni latou.” O se tala mai lea i le Komiti e va’aia fa’atauga i lea a’ai, BRC. Peita’i, i fa’atauga e faia i luga o Komipiuta, na fa’ailoa ai le si’itaga o fa’atauga mai i si masina uma o le tausaga i le 4.8%, ae o lo’o maulalo fo’i lea pasene nai lo masina o Aukuso uma lava talu mai le tausaga 2008. “O le va’ai atu i le taligamalo lenei, e le’i i ai sona aoga tele i le tulaga o fa’atauga i faleoloa i le atunu’u atoa.” O se tala lea a le fa’atonu o le BRC Stephen Robertson. “Peita’i, o le i si itu, sa tele ma maualuga fa’atauga i tulaga o mea’ai vela, mea’ai e fia taumafa e tagata i taimi o pati ma fa’afiafiaga, ma mea inu o so’o se ituaiga. Peita’i, e faigofie ona le aoga atoa lea si’itaga i tau o mea’ai vela talu ai le fa’aitiitia tele o le tau o oloa tau lavalava ma isi oloa fa’atau atu e le o ni oloa tau mea’ai.” E tusa ai fo’i ma se fa’aaliga mai i faleoloa tetele ta’itasi i lea a’ai ta’uta’ua, na latou fa’ailoa mai ai, e tau leai lava nisi sa ulufale atu i latou faleoloa mo ni fa’atauga i lea fo’i vaitaimi o ta’aloga a le Olimipeka. I le tu’ufa’atasiga, o masina sili ona lelei ai fa’atauga i Lonetona o le masina o Ianuari se’ia o’o ia Iuni, ma ua tala ‘ata ai le ali’i fa’atonu o le BRC ma fa’apea mai, “O le tulaga fa’aletonu o le ta’a’alo a tagata a Peretania i le soka ua fa’ailo mai fo’i e le tulaga o fa’atauga i oloa i o latou faleoloa i le taulaga.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Several days of rain have given farmers in the nation’s midsection a welcome break from irrigating and hauling water for livestock as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped several inches of rain on wide areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri as the storm trudged north. Some spots got more than a half-foot of rain. For most farmers, the rain came too late to make a difference in their year. Corn farmers have been harvesting for weeks, and soybeans are far enough along that the rain won’t significantly improve their quality or growth. Some farmers had rushed to bring in crops before the storm, fearing strong winds or even flash flooding could destroy what they had managed to salvage from drought. In Arkansas, where farmers have been struggling with triple-digit temperatures and little rain, Robby Bevis, 35, saw the storm knock down several of his 150 acres of rice. “I hate to see any of it down, but that’s not as bad of percentage as what it could have been,” he said. The 3 inches of rain that fell on Bevis’s fields between Scott and Lonoke also cut him a welcome break from watering his soybeans. He had been planning to irrigate before the remnants of Isaac sloshed through the region late last week. He figured the rain might have saved him $10 or $15 an acre, although “the majority of the expense was throughout the summer.” In Illinois, Kenneth Metcalf said the storm put some water back in his well, relieving him of the burden of having to buy and haul in hundreds of gallons of water each day for his 160 head of cattle. But Metcalf, 75, said he doubts the break will last long as the storm’s last clouds burn off and higher temperatures return, baking the area east of Springfield where he also grows corn and soybeans. “I think we’ll be hauling water here again in a few days,” he said. Still, it lifted his spirits to see so much rain, 4 or 5 inches by his estimation. “I think everybody feels better,” he said, noting the rain was a start toward replenishing lakes and wells. Farther south, Mike Campbell said he got 3 inches of rain on his farm in Edwardsville, Ill., which is about 30 miles from St. Louis. He said it was too late for it to do anything for his corn, and he had worried the storm’s winds would destroy what little he had left. But the stalks were still standing Monday morning. “I was actually surprised at that because the stalk quality is just terrible,” said Campbell, who has been farming for 35 years. Still, the thin, dry stalks have left him little to harvest. During one run with his combine last week, he was getting about 30 bushels an acre, far short of the 150 bushels he would hope for in a normal year. “It sounded like the combine was shut off. There was just so little stuff going through it,” he said. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”
Isaac’s rain gives droughtstricken farms small break
Labor Day 2012 marked with parades & political speeches
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Parades, picnics and politicians celebrated the American worker on Labor Day, with President Barack Obama seeking votes from Ohio union members and rivals for Senate seats marching in Massachusetts and Virginia. But for many, Monday’s holiday was a last chance to enjoy a final summer cookout, roller coaster ride or day at the beach. Or perhaps even a stroll from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to its Lower Peninsula — along the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Politics was a big part of Labor Day, the time when much of the public usually starts to pay attention to the campaigns. Terence Glaze, a 47-year-old firefighter, waited to catch a glimpse of Obama’s motorcade at the president’s speech in Toledo, but his two young sons were eager to get to the movies instead. “It’s a time for the family to be together and just spend time with one another. That’s the most important aspect,” Glaze said. “But I do also think about the sacrifices unions have made, as it relates to wages, as it relates to safety issues,” he added. At his speech to members of the United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers, Obama noted his decision to rescue automakers General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 — a move opposed by his rival, Republican nominee Mitt Romney. “If America had thrown in the towel like that, GM and Chrysler wouldn’t exist today,” Obama said. “The suppliers and the distributors that get their business from these companies would have died off, too. Then even Ford could have gone down as well.” Romney supporter Kenneth Harbin, a member of the University of Toledo College Republicans, waved signs for his candidate outside the rally and scoffed at Obama’s decision to visit the labor stronghold. “He’s gotta come home and say, ‘Here’s what I did for you. Now here’s what you can do for me,’” Harbin said. Getting union voters in Ohio to turn out in November will be crucial for Democrats. About 650,000 workers in the state — or 13 percent — are union members. The national average is just less than 12 percent. Union worker Mike Schreiner showed up for Toledo’s annual Labor Day parade because he loves the bands, the school teams and the hot dogs. “All the kids line up and we throw Frisbees and get the candy out to ‘em. They won’t even have to do any trick or treatin’ this year — they got enough candy,” said Schreiner, 57. More than 300 people marched in the Charlotte, N.C., Labor Day Parade, an overwhelmingly pro-Obama event a day before Tuesday’s kickoff of the Democratic National Convention. North Carolina bans collective bargaining for teachers and other public workers and has the lowest percentage of union members in the U.S. Gil Crittendon of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 305 said he was marching in Charlotte because “it’s important that we stick together and push back.” Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigned in Greenville, N.C., on Labor Day as part of an effort to counter the Democrats’ message. “People are not better off than they were four years ago. After another four years of this, who knows what it’ll look like then?” Ryan said. “We’re not going to let that happen.” In Buena Vista, Va., a small town on the western slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, marchers dodged downpours from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac in a traditional parade featuring vintage stock cars and both candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen walked the 1½-mile route — separately. In another hotly contested race, Massachusetts’s Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren both marched in Monday’s Labor Day parade in Marlborough, west of Boston. There was a 5-mile march in Michigan, led by Gov. Rick Snyder. He and thousands of people walked across the Mackinac Bridge linking the state’s Upper and Lower peninsulas in a popular Labor Day tradition. Snyder set a brisk 12-minute-per-mile pace in the walk, which runs from St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula to Mackinaw City. Labor Day is the one time pedestrians can use the bridge across the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. “The walk was a blast because you’re with thousands of Michiganders,” Snyder said in a telephone interview after arriving in Mackinaw City. Randall Ketchapaw, 33, of Wayland, has walked it every year since 1991 — 22 times — and is passing the tradition on to the next generation. “My son here started when he was 3 months old,” Ketchapaw said. “This is his sixth walk. Sixth stroll, I should say.” Along the streets of New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, people waved flags from their front stoops, drumbeats filled the air and women in brightly colored sequined costumes and feather headdresses danced to reggae music in the West Indian Day Parade. The festive climate prevailed a year after violence marred the annual celebration of the culture of the Caribbean islands. In 2011, a bystander was killed by a stray bullet hours after the parade when police fired on an armed suspect. About 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters were told they had to leave the parade in the middle of the route because they did not have a permit. They ended up briefly standing off to the side of the street surrounded by police. Several hundred people lined streets in Buffalo, N.Y., to cheer members of about 50 unions as well as Irish step dancers, a high school marching band and Santa Claus and Abe Lincoln impersonators. Candidates for local and state offices sweltered in 85-degree sunshine as they brought up the rear, shaking hands and handing out campaign literature. Walter Lukasziwicz, 79, wearing a UAW baseball cap and T-shirt, said he came to watch the parade and show support for the union-won wages and benefits he received during 37 years at Ford and since retiring from the plant in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg. “Unions protect the workers,” he said. About 100 Teamsters and supporters wore matching red T-shirts saying “Stop the war on workers” and held signs with the same message. “More get involved every year. Working people are suffering more than ever,” said George Harrigan of the Teamsters Joint Council No. 46. He said the show of unity was important “so that people can see labor is out in force to protect their rights.” Marchers with the United University Professions carried signs reading, “Kids, not cuts!” and “Proud lobbyists for students.” Earlier Monday, nearly 600 runners took part in the Labor Day Fleet Feet run through downtown Buffalo. The race raises money for Shoes on Students, which provides training shoes to high school students in need. In other Labor Day events: ➤ Hundreds of unionized janitors from eastern Massachusetts rallied on Boston Common for more work, calling it crucial to building the middle class. The march came as the janitors’ contract is set to expire at the end of the month. ➤ In Rhode Island’s capital, about 200 union members, students and Occupy Providence members marched from Brown University to the city’s financial district, arguing that educational and financial institutions must help fix the economy and rebuild the middle class. ➤ Thousands of union workers packed Chicago’s Daley Plaza to show support for the city’s teachers in contract talks with the school district, one day before the start of classes for most public school students and a week before a threatened strike.
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