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Days until Pageant…
It’s Alabama versus Notre dame for the Championship B1
Miss Fiji Drue Slater (left) the reigning Miss South Pacific Alisi Rabukawaqa (middle) and Miss American Samoa Arrielle Maloata (right) posing for Samoa News after the pair arrived this past Saturday for the MSPP. The pageant will be held this coming Saturday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium, with a full week of activities and events planned for [photo: TG] the contestants.
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Governor-elect Lolo calls bank closure devastating to A.S.
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
US judge: “ASG is obligated to pay Marisco” judgement
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Governor-elect Lolo Matalasi Moliga has described as “devastating” and “very sad” Bank of Hawai’i’s plans to close down its two branches in American Samoa early next year, leaving only one bank to serve the banking needs of the territory. BoH announced in a statement Friday the closure of its local operation sometime “late in the first quarter of 2013”, which means sometime in March of the new year. The news prompted concerns from local residents, including the private sector, as to the impact it will have in the territory once BoH closes down. Reached by telephone after 5 p.m. Friday, Lolo said the proposed closure of BoH locally is a “very sad situation” and this move by the Honolulu-based financial institution is “going to be devastating to American Samoa.” But he added, “we need to find a way to intervene so they will not leave, and try to get to the bottom of the serious issues faced by the bank as to their reason for closing down. If it’s local policies, we can work on addressing those issues.” Hobbs Lowson, vice president and district manager for BoH in American Samoa, said in the BoH statement last Friday that
U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi last week issued an order enjoining the American Samoa Government, and any of its representatives, including ASG counsel and ASG officials in their official capacity, from litigating any current proceedings challenging the federal court’s orders regarding Interpleader Funds or their equivalent. This includes two separate lawsuits filed by ASG against BoH pending in the High Court of American Samoa, wrote Kobayashi in her 23-page order, which also states that this order also enjoins ASG from bringing forth any future proceedings of the same subject matter.
Kobayashi’s order grants the injunctive relief motion filed by BoH and supported by Honolulu-based shipyard Marisco Ltd. The federal judge says the “injunction shall remain in effect until dissolved by this Court.” (See last Friday’s edition on other details of the order as well as background information on this case, which stems from Marisco’s lawsuit in federal court against ASG for failure to pay outstanding invoices of more than $800,000) The Interpleader Funds involved in Kobayashi’s order, were garnished per a Writ of Execution order of the federal court following a request by Marisco. The garnished money, which has since been deposited in the federal
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Fiji women’s rights group calls SoPac Pageant ‘outdated’
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau executive director David Vaeafe disagrees with criticism by a Fiji women’s rights group that the Miss South Pacific is outdated and promotes a concept of beauty into which Pacific women often don’t fit. “The Miss South Pacific Pageant since its inception has always been promoting the identify of the Pacific woman, and culture of the Pacific,” said Vaeafe, who added that the regional pageant is therefore never modeled towards other international contests such as the Miss World or Miss Universe. “It’s has always been about our Pacific.” “The pageant’s stand has always been about celebrating our young Pacific women, and our Pacific culture. And that focus continues today,” he said, in a brief phone interview yesterday. The pageant was established by the Samoa government as a regional event “to recognize and promote the attributes, intelligence, talents, cultures and traditions of young Pacific Island
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All the contestants for the 2012-13 Miss South Pacific Pageant are now on island with their chaperones. They attended a church service, officiated by the Faifeau Toeaina Rev. Tautalatasi that was held at the EFKAS Malaeloa Aniutea Hall, yesterday, in their honor. Malaeloa is the home village of the reigning Miss American Samoa, Arrielle Maloata. A brunch welcoming the contestants was hosted by the Mafutaga Tina, immediately following the service. A lunch- to’oani was later held at the Tuilefano Family Guest house, hosted by members of the church. The contestants expressed their delight at being able to witness first hand the Samoan custom of Lauga & Sua presentations. The contestants got a chance afterwards to introduce themselves and share their experiences with the villagers. They also expressed their gratitude towards their hosts for making them feel comfortable, and their gratitude for the prayers offered [photo: THA] for their well-being, and of course for the enjoyable lunch.
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samoa news, Monday, December 3, 2012
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000). There was no immediate confirmation from Luo, whose cellphone was turned off Saturday. The couple had been the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province. The razing comes a week after images of the house circulated widely online in China, triggering a flurry of domestic and foreign media reports about the latest “nail house,” as buildings that remain standing as their owners resist development are called. Luo, 67, had just completed his house at a cost of about 600,000 yuan ($95,000) when the government approached him with their standard offer of 220,000 ($35,000) to move out — which he refused, Chen has previously said. The offer then went up to 260,000 yuan ($41,000) last week. It was not immediately clear why Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials Friday afternoon when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago. Village chief Chen said Luo was tired of all the media attention and voluntarily consented to the deal. “Luo Baogen received dozens of people from the media every day and his house stands in the center of the road. So he decided to demolish the house,” Chen said. Authorities commonly pressure residents to agree to make way for development with sometimes extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities or moving in to demolish when residents are out for the day. In Luo’s case, however, he had told local reporters last week his electricity and water were still flowing. Real estate is one of the big drivers of China’s runaway growth in recent decades. But the rapid development has run into objections from many of the hundreds of thousands of residents who have been forced out to make way for new housing, factories and other business ventures, creating a major source of unrest.
Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer finally accepts deal
The Tafuna yard of ASPA has become American Samoa’s recycling center. Several days a week, a stream of pick-up trucks carries our trash to ASPA (in return for which, people get a voucher they can use to help pay their ASPA bills). The stream of trash is separated into many different piles, and each pile is dealt with differently. For example, some get sent to New Zealand for recycling and [photo: Ti’otala] some gets compressed into bales and buried in the Futiga landfill. This is a small portion of the gigantic and colorful plastic container pile.
Gaoteote selected for Senate seat, despite the county’s protocol
by Samoa News staff
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Vaifanua county traditional leaders have re-selected current Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie for a second fouryear term as their senator and its understood that Gaoteote will again seek the Senate leadership post when the new Legislature is sworn into office next month. The decision by the Vaifanua county council of chiefs and other traditional leaders was made last Saturday during the county meeting held in Gaoteote’s home village of Vatia, according to three individuals who attended the meeting, which lasted some three hours. Information received by Samoa News states that it was the “faletolu” county councils’ turn to take up the Vaifanua seat in the Senate. This is according to long standing traditional protocol for many counties, in which their Senate seat is rotated within the county’s villages or county councils. For Vaifanua, the Faletolu traditional council comprises the villages of Onenoa, Tula and Alao, and it was a traditional leader of Alao, who argued that it was their turn to take up the seat, in accordance with county protocol. Vaifanua county is comprised of Alao, Aoa, Onenoa, Tula and Vatia villages. Prior to the meeting Samoa News had already learned that Gaoteote was again going to vie for the county’s seat and he did so when the county leaders convened to select its senator on Saturday. Samoa News was told that after lengthy traditional Samoan speeches and input from other county leaders, the Samoan tradition of respect and wisdom provided the county leaders with a final decision for Gaoteote to return to the Senate. According to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa as well as the American Samoa Code Annotated (the law book): “Senators must be elected in accordance with Samoan custom by the county councils of the county or counties they are to represent. The decision of the members of the county councils must be certified by the county chiefs of such counties.” “Samoan custom” cited in the constitution and the law refers to the traditional meeting process to select a senator. A military retiree, Gaoteote was unanimously elected by the Senate on Jan. 3, 2009 as the Senate President. It was Gaoteote’s first term as senator, after serving in the House. After being elected Senate president, he told senators at the time that his goal is to work together with his colleagues and to serve for the betterment of the people and government of American Samoa. Gaoteote became a thorn in the side of the Togiola Administration during the last two years of his leadership, firing back at the governor following any criticism of the Senate, and lashing out at the government for failure to provide sufficient financial reports and information, which would allow the Senate to fully understand money bills before voting upon them. Long time political observers saw Gaoteote as a strong supporter of the Togiola Administration in the beginning, but that didn’t last long. “It was common knowledge at the outset of Gaoteote’s term that he was a strong supporter of Togiola. Everyone involved in politics and community events knew it,” said one political observer, who has watched local politics for years. “But that cozy relationship between the Senate leader and the governor didn’t last long. Perhaps it’s for the good — a check and balance in government. The Senate checks on the Executive Branch,” the observer said. Considered by many in the community as one of the biggest achievements of Gaoteote’s Senate leadership — and to the credit of many senators — was the fact that the Senate continued for two years to strike down any tax or fee increases proposed by the Togiola Administration, with many senators demanding that the administration provide more details and financial reports to support the need for such fees and tax hikes. Meanwhile other county councils have scheduled meetings over the next couple of weeks for their senators to be selected before all members of the Legislature are sworn into office at 12noon on Jan. 3, 2013. Samoa News has received reports of traditional leaders who are hoping to be selected by their county councils and who also plan to seek the Senate President’s post, and will continue to report on the selections as they occur. Samoa News reporter Fili Sagapolutele contributed to this report.
In this Nov. 17, 2012 photo Tinker, a miniature horse, greets crowds with a Thank You Merry Christmas Sign outside a craft fair in West Bend, Wis. Tinker, a big money raiser for the Salvation Army, uses his mouth to ring a bell and holds up this sign after donations. Salvation Army officials say a good kettle for a couple of hours brings in about $250 and for the same time period (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) Tinker has been known to bring in $2,500.
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Letter to the Editor
samoa news, Monday, December 3, 2012
Dear Editor,
Perhaps it’s time to move forward and enough with this gibberish and controversy hatred our own people are turning against each other with the election results. The fact and the matter is, our system will still be the same as it is right now. All we can ever do is to hope for our Leaders to do what’s right for the sake of our people. It’s nothing new with who or what they’ll put on the table for us, I mean seriously; look at the world and the major issues that every nation in this twisted planet is facing. We’re all on this roller coaster ride my friends. With the monetary issues that our government is now facing, there’s no reason to point fingers at all and blaming who, what, when, where and why — the subject is an issue for everyone. A success of a person is not measured upon what he or she has to contribute, so that they may want their names be remembered in the pages of history books. It’s the good deeds that make their work well-known and counts even more than any other trophies of their success. It’s either we stand together as one, or the problems will keep on rising to the point of where there be no solution to fix it. A yes is a yes, A no is a no. Either way, we’ll still be friends. Tala Galo Faasavalu Jr. San Francisco, CA. 94132
Commentary by Ti’otala Lewis Wolman
Ace American Industries celebrated their 28th Anniversary with a hugh sale event on Nov. 23-24, with a raffle draw on the 24th. The 3rd prize winner was Muasau Savusa, who won a Whirlpool Stainless Steel Dishwasher, retail value $499.99. Floor Manager Teni Maae was on hand to congratulate the [courtesy photo] winner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bodies of four people who had been shot to death were found face-down Sunday outside a suburban Southern California home that apparently served as an unlicensed boarding house, authorities said. Los Angeles police were seeking a motive for the attacks at the house in Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley. Lt. Terri Brinkmeyer said a 911 call led police to the large house around 4:30 a.m., where they found the bodies on a side yard of the property. The dead were two women in their mid-20s, a man in his mid30s and another man in his late-40s, Capt. William Hayes said at a news conference. Investigators were questioning several people who were on the property at the time of the shooting, but no one has been detained or arrested. Hayes said no weapon was found at the scene. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area, said the house was split into several units for rent. He said at least a dozen people lived in the house, which contained several bedrooms, kitchenettes and mattresses on the floor. “It appears from the nature of things that this was an unlicensed boarding facility,” Englander said from the crime scene. He noted that one bedroom was only accessible through a window. The house was on street lined with houses, schools and places of worship. “This is a very safe neighborhood. This type of thing doesn’t normally happen here,” Englander said.
Four bodies found face-down outside California house
It rained news last week, lots of news, and when there is news, commentary follows. AudItS AwAy Governor-elect Lolo is smart and correct to ask the federal government to help with an audit, as he prepares to take over. If nothing else, such a request (and the actual audits) will tend to naturally suppress shenanigans that might otherwise take place. Travel is not in and of itself a violation of any rule, and there will probably be plenty of travel in the next month. Hawaiian Air, which added two flights for the holidays, might need to add a few more for the last gasp of an outgoing administration. The Governor (and five others) are returning from Taiwan (paid for by the Taiwanese), a trip that was close on the heels of his journey to Indonesia (also paid for by a foreign government, I believe). The Lt. Governor is back in Honolulu receiving medical care. The Manu’a boat malaga (six strong) is headed to the Big Easy (i.e., New Orleans). Sorting out the worthwhile trips from the less-than-crucial trips would require more “transparency” than we usually get. The governor-elect is right to ask Governor Togiola to hold off on further efforts towards purchasing a boat for Manu’a. Lolo’s Manu’a support is very strong and the Togiola’s record on maritime procurement is very weak (e.g., Marisco fiasco, Fosia fiasco). Now is a good time for Togiola to bow out gracefully, and turn the matter over to the incoming crew. It is wonderful that federal funds ($1 million) were secured for a new/used Manu’a vessel, but at this late date, the file should be turned over to the new administration without any further expenditure of funds and without any commitment that would tie the new administration’s hands. SPEAKING Of tAIwAN Who doesn’t love a gift? But you’ve got wonder why Taiwan and Indonesia are so interested in helping American Samoa. Indonesia wants to pay for a basketball court (of all things)! Indonesia also wants to host students, send experts, and otherwise lend a helping hand to American Samoa. Taiwan wants to provide scholarships for our students. I hope somebody smarter than me is thinking about what underlies this unsought generosity on the part of countries that we don’t normally think of as being part of our circle of mutualinterest community. tRANSItION tEAM The Transition Team co-chairs have been announced, and the speculation about who will be handed the reins of power has begun. The list is fascinating to government — and political-watchers — but instead of dissecting it in a rude and ignorant manner, I would just observe that the list should not be read as a preview of cabinet appointments. There will be limited correlation between the list and the nominations sent by Governor Lolo to the Fono for confirmation. One appointment that raised eyebrows (and the public ire of at least one Lolo supporter) was Utu Abe Malae to look into ASPA’s status. Following the announcement, Utu told me he is not interested in returning to ASPA as Executive Director. He did not rule out taking a director’s job in American Samoa, but he made it clear that was only one of several options he was mulling during this break in his illustrious government career. By now, everyone has noticed that all the candidates who endorsed Lolo have a prominent role in the Transition Team, and that is entirely appropriate. Those six men and women love American Samoa so much, and have so much to offer the territory, that they stood before the voters for many months and asked for their support. It is only fitting that they should be asked to continue in their service to the people by helping with the transition. I only wish Save and Sandra were on the list. Many of the closest Lolo-Lemanu lieutenants are not serving as Transition Team co-chairs. In at least a few cases, that is probably because they are getting ready to run the government after the Transition Teams finish their work. Either during this transition period or soon thereafter, the incoming administration is going to absorb body blows, as the extent of the challenges facing the territory becomes clearer. It is safe to say that when Lolo and Lemanu assume office on January 3rd, they will probably not find a sound and healthy government awaiting them. The first quarter of fiscal year 2013 will be over, but probably well over a quarter of the FY2013 funds will have been spent or committed. And there will be revelations. We will learn about bank accounts that don’t have the money in them that we thought we did. About deals that were made that we didn’t know had been made. That sort of thing. And we will hear an accounting of things we have already been told, but tried to forget: about the overruns in the Marisco project and the court order against ASG, about the overruns in the $20 million Retirement Fund expenditures, about the court-ordered debt we owe to pay off the Laufou Shopping Center lawsuit, about the money we owe to settle a Department of Labor overtime investigation, about the money ASG owes to ASPA, etc. It won’t be a pretty picture. And the announced departure of Bank of Hawaii will make the situation seem grimmer, or maybe it will merely reinforce how grim it really is. The Bank has been interested in leaving American Samoa for several years, and their interest was probably heightened when ASG took them to court over and over in the past few months, in an effort to circumvent federal court orders.
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The Lolo and Lemanu Administration invite applicants for the positions listed below in the American Samoa Government. These positions are political in nature and the appointed person will serve at the pleasure of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. This means that job security is based on performance and measured by demonstrated delivery of quality services to the people of American Samoa in an efficient and effective manner. It should be clearly understood that these positions are not subject to the protection of Title 7 of the American Samoa Code Annotated and are “at-will” appointments. Please submit your resume with references for the position for which you wish to be considered. Your resume should include your relevant experiences for the requested post, demonstrated and proven leadership skills, technological skills, human resources management experiences, financial management experiences, budgeting, educational history and other training credentials. Support documents providing endorsement and validation of your documented leadership capacity are welcomed. Please be succinct. The application package must include an original copy and three copies of your resume (total of 4) in one sealed envelope. Please submit your application package by 4:00 PM on December 15, 2012 via: • Mail to the Lolo and Lemanu Administration, P.O. Box 4586, Pago Pago, Am. Samoa 96799. Please note that applications must be received by December 15th. • In person at the Lolo and Lemanu Headquarters in Matu’u during normal business hours where a receipt will be issued to confirm receipt of your application. Please note that applications received after the designated deadline of December 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM will NOT be accepted. Applications sent by mail received after the deadline even if it was post marked before December 15th will NOT be accepted. Due to security reasons, electronic transmittal of applications will NOT be accepted.
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samoa news, Monday, December 3, 2012
by Samoa News staff
Ulu Summit: Introducing ‘gluten free’ breadfruit to the world market
Lauren Potter, 22, right, high-fives Ian Hogerhuis, 7, of Fullerton as his mom and dad, Robin and Michael, look on. Potter, an actress on the hit TV show Glee, who, like her character Becky Johnson, has Down syndrome was at the ìCaring Santaî event at Westminster Mall Sunday, December 2, 2012 in (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer) Westminster, Calif.
NOTICE: Commercial Driver Annual Permit Renewals
To: All Commercial Drivers
Your Commericial Driver’s permit will expire on 31 December 2012. As part of your permit renewal process, you will be required to obtain a copy of your driver’s record from the District Court Violation’s Bureau. This request must be made in person by the driver desiring to renew this permit. Each driver must display a valid private driver’s license issued by O.M.V. and, if not on file with O.M.V., a copy of that driver’s social security card. A record showing outstanding fines or bench warrants must be paid in full or adjudicated and paid in full, before the Violation’s Bureau clerk shall issue, stamp and sign the record clearance. Any driver desiring to check that individual’s record may stop by the district Court between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and determine if any outstanding fines or tickets need to be addressed before obtaining a final record clearance. Dated: 11/20/2012
Fa’afouina Pemita Aveta’avale Fa’apisinisi i Tausaga Ta’itasi Mo Aveta’avale Fa’apisinisi Uma
E uma le aoga o lou pemita aveta’avale fa’apisinisi ile Aso 31 o Tesema 2012. Ina ia toe fa’afouina lou pemita, e ao ona e tau’aaoina se kopi (copy) o ou fa’amaumauga po’o lou rekoti(record) mai le vaega o Fa’amaumauga o Solitulafono ile Ofisa o Fa’amasinoga Fa’aitumalo i Fagatogo. O le aveta’avale e ona le laisene nate fa’atalosagaina lona rekoti pe a mana’o e fa’afou lona pemita. E ao fo’i ile aveta’avale ona fa’aali lona laisene o lo’o lelei mai le (Ofisa Tauta’avale) ma, afai e le mafai ona fa’ailoaina le laisene, e tatau ona fa’aali se kopi o lona numera saogalemu. O rekoti o iai sala po’o tusi saisai e le’i totogiina, e ao ona totogiina fa’auma, pe faia iai se fa’ai’uga ma totogiina atoa a’o le’i tu’uina atu e se tasi o failautusi ole Ofisa o Fa’amaumauga o Solitulafono se rekoti ua fa’amaufa’ailogaina ma sainia ua mama. So’o se aveta’avale e mana’o e siaki ona fa’amaumauga, e mafai on susu mai ile Ofisa o Fa’amasinoga Fa’aitumalo i Fagatogo ile va ole 7:30 ile taeao ma le 4:00 ile afiafi, Aso Gafua e o’o ile Aso Faraile, ina ia iloa po’o iai ni sala po’o ni moliaga e ao ona fa’ai’ugaina, ona fa’ato’a tu’uina atu lea o se rekoti. Aso: 11/20/2012 John L. Ward II District Court Judge
Commercialization of ‘ulu’ (breadfruit) at an industrial scale for export has yet to occur anywhere in the world. But with ‘gluten free’ one of the latest health food buzz words, the discovery that ulu is gluten free, will open a window of opportunity for a fruit most of the world knows little about. The Ulu Summit sponsored by the American Samoa Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the A.S. Dept. of Commerce, the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program and the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) National University Center is designed to introduce breadfruit to the world market. Organizers told Samoa News that this week’s Ulu Summit means to explore opportunities to develop and refine ulu processing by taking advantage of the ‘gluten free’ connection, which has the potential to provide major economic development, food security and sustainability benefits for small island countries, including American Samoa. Breadfruit has been dehydrated and processed successfully into flour in Samoa, Philippines and Jamaica. However, efforts to expand the processing to a sufficiently industrialized scale for the introduction of breadfruit flour in the U.S. market, as a gluten free food product has not been tried. The few countries developing breadfruit flour in the Pacific have yet to connect with a major distribution network in the United States. Now, through the joint efforts of the ASG Department of Commerce deputy director, Lelei Peau and University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) senior business manager, Dr. C.L. Cheshire, FoodSource G.H. Robinson — one of the largest logistics and distribution companies for food products in the U.S. — will be a presenter at this conference. The presentation by FoodSource’s Sean Nelsen, will feature the gluten free market and distribution strategies with potential growth demand for the gluten free products. (Two of FoodSource’s major clients are Subway Sandwiches and Trader Joe’s.) The Ulu Summit will bring research expertise, food engineering and manufacturing technical capacity, market experience and food security strategies together. The interaction of visiting and host resources accelerates the progress towards the development of a viable model for industrial manufacturing and processing of ulu into ulu flour among other food related initiatives. ShARING thE bENEfItS Given the looming demand for gluten free foods in the U.S. market, the Ulu Summit will be discussing development of a concept model that is deemed viable, as much of the research testing and design work will be done by a process no single community entity can afford. It is believed that the benefits from the Summit would jumpstart many island communities that can support the developed model. The model developed at the Summit will require a design that addresses the scale of the manufacturing and processing so it is adaptable to the needs of a variety of communities and their uses. A viable summit model on the table encourages communities to form cluster groups to share processing. Like spokes on a wheel, they will be linked to a central processing and manufacturing center for each island for export and shipping. This can then be consolidated in American Samoa in the South Pacific, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the Central Pacific and Guam in the Far East Pacific. These processing and manufacturing centers can then all link to a shipping and distribution hub in Hawaii for multiple freight destinations on the west coast. why AMERICAN SAMOA AS A MANufACtuRING CENtER? American Samoa has a total land area of 76.1 square miles and two thirds of it mountainous. The agricultural land available for increasing the production of breadfruit is insufficient for supporting a new breadfruit industry. However, American Samoa has the basic food manufacturing and export infrastructure in place through decades of exporting canned tuna. Ulu grown in Independent Samoa and shipped to American Samoa for processing into an export product from American Samoa can gain access to the marketing and distribu(Continued on page 14)
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
CJ concerned over increase in women charged with stealing
only did she owe money to a taxi stand owner but she was also trying to care for an infant baby and satisfy other family obligations. Cardin put it to the court that the defendant has an infant baby who is breastfed and the defendant should be with her baby to care for and feed. The CJ asked the prosecutor for her comments on how the defendant would be able to care for her baby while she’s in jail. Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde responded that the defendant has to pay for the consequences of her actions, and the defendant should be the one to figure out how to care for her child while incarcerated. The Chief Justice then postponed the matter while the court and Probation Office
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...the Chamber Means Business
The court has raised concerns about the increased number of females coming before the court who are charged with stealing or misappropriating money that doesn’t belong to them. In particular, the issue of sentencing was the focus of Chief Justice Michael Kruse’s remarks during the case of Naomi Mavaega, who has been convicted of stealing a woman’s purse, using $40 found within, and attempting to use the victim’s credit card. The Chief Justice, during Mavaega’s sentencing hearing, noted that a majority of the women currently coming before the court are accused of stealing money in one way or another. He added that this has been happening a lot and it’s difficult for the court to render appropriate sentences with what is recommended by the parties. He said during sentencing, both parties are asking the court for leniency, because these women are first time offenders. However, Kruse said he believes the court should render sentences which will deter the public from repeating this crime. The CJ noted that two months ago the Department of Public Safety officers arrested and charged women, citing their criminal conduct involved stealing money, forging documents to get the money, stealing ATM cards and credit cards to get money, and this includes the two women charged with stealing while they were working for a local insurance company. Two other women took more than $10,000 which was paid for an insurance policy for vehicles, while another one is accused of using monies paid for an insurance policy for victim’s parents without handing the money over to the company. The Chief Justice said in the case against Mavaega, she met the victim — an elderly woman — at the hospital who was there to see the doctor. When the defendant’s phone rang, she got up and saw the victim’s purse and grabbed her purse along with the victim’s wallet and went home. She used $40 in the wallet and attempted to use the victim’s credit card to purchase tires to pay for money that she owed a taxi stand owner. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin who represents the defendant pleaded with the court for leniency. The Assistant PD noted that Mavaega seemed to be having financial issues and not
seek a solution to the request by the defense. Sentencing for Mavaega has been scheduled for December 4, 2012. Mavaega was initially charged with stealing and fraudulent use of a credit device, however in a plea agreement the defendant pled guilty to fraudulent use of a credit device while the government moved to dismiss the stealing count. The fraud count is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to the amount gained up to $20,000, or both fine and imprisonment. The plea agreement that was struck between the defendant and the government has the defendant agreeing to pay back $40 to the victim for restitution.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 @ 5pm HaleckBuilding Conference Room
(Corner Ottoville and Ili’ili Roads)
Annual General Meeting
David Robinson, current Chairman, will be reviewing our 2012 highlights
Election of a new Board of Directors to serve thru 2013 will take place at this meeting. We encourage all members to come and participate.
If you wish to be on the ballot please contact: Leland Slater at 252-5977 or lslater@friendlycarrental.com
Light Pupus will be provided Get involved at http://amsamoachamber.com
Be advised that the TA’ITA’ITAMA Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety
will continue to conduct alcohol compliance checks in your area. Please remember that selling alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years of age is illegal per American Samoa Code, Title 27, Chapter 05; Section 27.0531: “No licensee may sell any alcoholic beverage to any person under 21.”
American Samoa is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its people. Our priority issue is to combat and prevent underage drinking and the problems that arise from this illegal activity.
Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBST)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All staff of licensed alcohol vendors including: bartenders, waiters/waitresses, managers, owners, store cashiers etc. WHAT? A 3-hour merchant education course that covers the following key topics: American Samoa Alcohol Laws, How Alcohol Effects the Body, Preventing Intoxication, How to Refuse Service, Preventing Disturbances & Liability. Pre-Registration Required. Training materials are available in Korean, Chinese and Filipino. WHEN? 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • December 13 & 19. HOW TO REGISTER? Call: 699-2222 or Email: taitaitama@gmail.com Classes are on a First Come, First Serve Basis. Call Today to Register! For additional information, feel free to contact the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws-EUDL Program at 699-2222.
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Miss American Samoa Arrielle Maloata posing with Miss Tonga Ebony Nuku (left) and Miss Cook Islands Kate Ngatokorua during their arrival this past Saturday morning at the Pago Pago International Airport. All three contestants will be vying for the title of Miss South Pacific this [photo: TG] Saturday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium.
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women,” according to the Samoa government website. An official with the local organizing committee said yesterday that today’s Pacific island women are not only beautiful, they are also educated, smart, involved in their communities in various aspects and are ambassadors of goodwill for their respective countries and territories. For example, Samoa News points out that Miss Fiji, Drue Slatter, is seeking a bachelor’s degree at the University of the South Pacific, where she is majoring in Journalism and Marine Affairs. “I strive to be an influential part of the next wave of environmental conservationists, utilizing both the media and sustainable resource management to inform Pacific Islanders of the importance of our natural environment,” said Slater in her bio released by the Visitor’s Bureau. “All things we hold dear to us; our culture, our food, our children, our arts are all inspired or sustained by our lands and our seas.” thE CRItICISM Edwina Kotoisuva, from the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre told Radio New Zealand International that the pageant promotes a concept of beauty which Pacific women often don’t fit into. “We are promoting through these pageants messages that women are supposed to look a particular way, act a particular way, whereas when you look at Pacific women, they don’t all fit into that. In fact, the way Pacific women are, are quite the opposite to what is being promoted through these pageants,” she said. Kotoisuva says over the past 20 to 30 years Pacific women have become more vocal and assertive but engaging in things like beauty pageants sets women back. However, reigning Miss South Pacific Alisi Rabukawaqa of Fiji disagrees with the critics, saying that confidence and intelligence are important ingredients to winning the title. “In the Pacific I have found that that’s not what the pageants are for, it’s more a celebration of our culture and our traditions, than the celebration of the physical beauty of a woman,” Rabukawaqa told RNZI yesterday. “The feminists who like to spout their mouths without even actually experiencing it for themselves — you know, just try it for yourself.” wEEK lONG ACtIVItIES The first contestant of the pageant Miss Hawaiian Islands arrived last Thursday night and the final arrivals were yesterday with Miss Papua New Guinea and Miss Tokelau. Under the theme, ‘Treasure of the Pacific”, the contestants in this year’s pageant will compete in a number of sections including pre-pageant interview, traditional wear, sarong, talent and interview questions, says the Visitor’s Bureau, and it’s during the prepageant interviews and the interview questions on pageant night, where the intelligence of Pacific island women is showcased. According to this week’s schedule of events, the contestants will hold a pageant briefing this morning following by a news conference this afternoon and later there will be a tour of the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center. Tomorrow’s activities call for interviews on local radio stations, a visit to Hope House for presentation of gifts; and later in the evening is the Governor’s dinner. Another round of local radio station interviews are on the agenda for Wednesday’s activities, and a visit to the LBJ Pediatric Ward, with gift presentation there. Thursday’s activities include pre pageant interviews with a panel of judges in the morning and later a tour of the Ulu Festival at the Fagatogo Market Place. Friday’s major activity, is the pageant Float Parade, and according to the event schedule, the Float Parade is to get underway at 10 a.m. from Pago Pago heading towards Utulei Beach. A police escort will lead the way. Saturday’s main event is Pageant Night and the crowning of the new Miss South Pacific at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium, where there will be only corporate seating and no general administration seats. This decision has caused many in the community, as well as visitors to the territory for the pageant to cry ‘foul’ — noting that public supporters and fans of the event cannot afford the $750 price for a corporate table, which usually seats 8 people. To make matters worse, it’s not yet known if the pageant will be aired live on KVZK-TV, who did broadcast live in 2008 when the pageant was last hosted by American Samoa following the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts. Samoa News understands permission to air the pageant live has yet to be received from the MSPP, which owns all rights to the pageant. According to its website, the Miss South Pacific Pageant (MSPP) was established by the Government of Samoa in 1987 “to recognize and promote the attributes, intelligence, talents, cultures and tradition of young Pacific Island women.” The contestants will gather on Sunday, Dec. 9 for their last get-together, which is the prize giving breakfast, and also includes contestants exchanging gifts and their farewells. As the ambassador of goodwill for the host country, Miss American Samoa, Arrielle Maloata, who is also the host to her sisters from the region during their stay in the territory, said this regional pageantry is “a great opportunity for me to share my culture, traditions and customs.” “I can only imagine the new friendships, memories and endless laughs I will have with the contestants at the end of the Pageant,” she said in her bio.
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There were many Fijian supporters at the Pago Pago International Airport last Saturday afternoon, awaiting the arrival of Miss Fiji, Drue Slater and the reigning Miss South Pacific — who is also Fijian — Miss Alisi Rabukawaqa. They arrived on island last Saturday, and the contestants for the MSPP are all on island now, [photo: TG] and they will be running through their weekly schedule, leading up to the pageant to be held at the fale laumei this Saturday.
Pentagon lawyer says the War on Terror not endless
LONDON (AP) — The war on terror is not an endless conflict and the U.S. is approaching a “tipping point” after which the military fight against al-Qaida will be replaced by a law enforcement and intelligence operation, the Pentagon’s top lawyer has said. Jeh Johnson told an audience at Oxford University that the core of al-Qaida is “degraded, disorganized and on the run,” according to a transcript of Friday’s speech. Johnson, general counsel to the U.S. Defense Department, said that once most al-Qaida members are captured or killed, armed conflict would be replaced by “a counterterrorism effort against individuals” led by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. His speech to the Oxford Union debating society marked rare public comments by a senior U.S. official about the end of the armed conflict launched after the Sept. 11 attacks. Shortly after 9/11, U.S. legislators passed a law that essentially granted the White House open-ended authority for armed action against al-Qaida. Despite a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terror suspects, President Barack Obama has largely carried forward the anti-terrorism policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush. He authorized the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and has expanded the use of unmanned drone strikes against targets in Pakistan and Yemen. Johnson insisted U.S. actions were “firmly rooted in conventional legal principles,” but elements of the secrecy-shrouded conflict are highly controversial — particularly the use of drone strikes, which U.S. authorities do not publicly acknowledge. U.S. officials have used the example of World War II to rebuff critics of its assassination of al-Qaida leaders, including bin Laden and radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. Johnson said the United States relied on the law of war and on principles of “proportionality, necessity and distinction” in its use of lethal force. But he said the war would one day end. Although there was no question of a compromise or peace treaty with al-Qaida, neither could the U.S. “capture or kill every last terrorist who claims an affiliation with al-Qaida.” He said the time would come when “there will come a tipping point ... at which so many of the leaders and operatives of al-Qaida and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States.” He said the end of the war on terror would present legal challenges, because the U.S. would no longer be able to rely on the law of war as legal grounding. Any remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees would have to be dealt with according to “conventional legal principles” — which appear to suggest that if they have not been charged or convicted, they must be released. “War must be regarded as a finite, extraordinary and unnatural state of affairs,” Johnson said. “In its 12th year, we must not accept the current conflict, and all that it entails, as the ‘new normal.’”
Lee Auditorium • Saturday, December 8th 2012
Meet the Contestants
Talofa lava and warm greetings from the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific, Samoa! I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand by my parents and am the eldest of 3 daughters. I am 20 years of age and am proud and honoured to be the representative of Samoa at the Miss South Pacific Pageant this year. I am pursuing a Bachelor conjoint of Law and Arts at the University of Auckland. My future endeavour is to continue on to a higher qualification and become a successful judge. I am an active member of our Youth Group and also a choir tutor at Papatoetoe Methodist Church in New Zealand. In 2009, I was given the opportunity, along with 30 other individuals, to travel around India for 3 weeks. The experience shifted my level of consciousness in terms of the developing world and its constant changes, the diversity of rich and poor, the educated and literate and the haves and have-nots. It became evident to me the needs and threats that are also prevalent in our part of the world, especially if we don’t develop sustainably. I therefore take the opportunity as an ambassador to promote and strengthen our distinctive values and also consider our everchanging world and how it may add-value to the lives of our people and region. Aside from my goals in life, I am passionate about music and playing kilikiti (Samoan cricket) and volleyball. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
“Treasures of the Pacific”
Introducing the beautiful
The Pageant will be webcast live via www.misssouthpacificpageant.ws on December 8th 2012 from 7.00pm to 9.30pm local American Samoa time.
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Island nations of Pac. alarmed by tuna overfishing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pacific island nations and environmentalists raised an alarm Sunday over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye tuna — the fish popular among sushi lovers worldwide. Palau fisheries official Nanette Malsol, who leads a bloc of Pacific island nations, said at the start of a weeklong tuna fisheries conference in Manila that large countries should cut back on fishing, curb the use of destructive fishing methods and respect fishing bans to allow tuna stocks to be replenished in the Pacific, which produces more than 60 percent of the world’s tuna catch. The annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing in the vast expanse of waters from Indonesia to Hawaii, is to approve steps aimed at protecting the bigeye and other threatened tuna species, along with giant whale sharks. More than 600 delegates from about 40 Asian and Western countries, along with environmental activists, are attending. Malsol said she expects heated debate. Proponents of the multibillion-dollar fishing industry have squared off with conservationists in the past over the best ways to protect the bigeye and other species without considerably setting back the lucrative business. Bigeye and yellowfin tuna, which can grow to 8-9 feet (2.42.7 meters) long and weigh more than 450 pounds (200 kilograms), are not in immediate danger of being wiped out, but have been hit hard by overfishing. The fish are used mostly for steaks, and in the case of bigeye, sushi. The fisheries business in the western and central Pacific region, estimated to be worth about $5 billion annually, has drawn increasing numbers of industrial fishing fleets, which have caused tuna stocks to fall since the 1960s. “This week it’s up to the big fishing nations to show the world what they are going to do to cut overfishing of bigeye tuna,” Malsol said. Repeated telephone calls and messages to industry officials seeking comment Sunday were not answered. Many fleets are using so-called “fish aggregation devices” — various types of floats which are used to lure vast numbers of tuna. When schools of tuna have massed under the devices, fishing vessels alerted by sensors approach and scoop up their catch with giant nets. Between 47,000 and 105,000 fish aggregation devices, made from bamboo, palm fronds, plastic or old nets, have been deployed worldwide to attract a wide variety of marine life. The method is used to catch nearly half of the world’s tuna and has contributed to the overfishing of bigeye tuna across the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group. Aside from tuna, sea turtles, sharks and juvenile fish have often been caught and killed. “The deployment of tens of thousands of drifting fish aggregating devices in the world’s oceans with little to no oversight is extremely worrisome,” said Amanda Nickson of the Pew Environment Group. “The fishing industry is not currently required to account for its use of FADs. It is being allowed to gamble with the health of the ocean, and it is time for governments to require full accountability and management of this proliferating and risky fishing gear,” Nickson said. Conservation efforts, however, have been tough to implement and have sparked disagreements. Greepeace activists said they will submit evidence to the fisheries commission detailing violations of regional tuna fishing rules by Southeast Asian countries including allowing fishing vessels to operate on the high seas without permits and required observers onboard. A decision by the fisheries commission to exempt the Philippines from purse seine fishing — an industrial technique in which a net is used to surround and capture schools of fish — in a large swath of the Pacific has sparked complaints from other nations. The exemption was given to discourage Philippine fleets from fishing in territorial waters off the country’s eastern coast, which are known spawning grounds for tuna that later spread out to the Pacific. Philippine Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala asked the fishing commission to extend the exemption, which he said started last October and would end in February next year.
Environmental activists wear costumes depicting a school of tuna during a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. In their statement, the group demand countries joining the 9th regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to agree on conservation and management measures (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) in order to address the alleged fast declining supply of Pacific tuna.
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
KNIfE AttACKER RECEIVES SECONd ChANCE fROM COuRt Petita La’ititi, who stabbed an ASCC student on the hand last year April, was given a second chance by the court. La’ititi, an ASCC student at the time of the incident, was initially charged with second degree assault, to which he pled guilty, as part of the plea agreement with the government in this matter. La’ititi pleaded with the court to release him to allow him to care for his family members, who have health conditions. The defendant apologized to the court, the government, his family and the victim for the actions which led him before the court last week. “Please I ask for one more chance so I can put my life in order,” said La’ititi. Public Defender Ruth Risch Fuatagavi called onto the stand the defendant’s uncle, Jr. Tuiasosopo,who took the stand and informed the court that La’ititi has two older brothers, one who is a dialysis patient and another who is crippled, and works at the library. Jr. Tuiasosopo noted that their family depends on La’ititi as the driver to take his older brothers to and from the hospital and work. The Public Defender noted that it’s quite clear the defendant’s action is out of character and he has never been in trouble before. She added this was an incident where there was a fight between two groups, and this incident was the flashpoint where things got out of hand. She added the defendant was the primary care taker for his family. Assistant Attorney General Julie Pasquale said the government does not object to a probated sentence for the defendant and deferred to the court for sentencing. When Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. handed down sentencing for the defendant, Richmond noted that the court believes that the defendant still has a chance to become a productive member of society. La’ititi was sentenced to five years in jail however execution of sentence was suspended and the defendant placed on probation on the condition that he serves 20 months in jail.
The defendant has already been in jail for 19 months. He was ordered to undergo anger management counseling, is not allowed to consume alcohol, not to enter any bars or taverns and must not congregate with those who are drinking alcohol. The defendant is subject to random testing and upon his release from jail he’s to visit the probation office regularly. The court also noted that the defendant should attend and complete his GED course. According to the government’s case, police had responded to a fight at ASCC, where ASCC told police one student from Fatu ma Futi was crossing the road to catch a bus home when the Vaitogi kids came over and beat him up. It’s alleged the victim ran to help his friend, when he was stabbed by Laititi. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted to the Surgical Ward to undergo an operation on his arm due to torn ligaments and tendons in his left bicep. MAN fACING ASSAult At SAMOANA PlEAdS NOt GuIlty At ARRAIGNMENt Taumaloto Aiava who’s held on a $10,000 bail facing second degree assault and public peace disturbance was arraigned in the High Court last week, before Chief Justice Michael Kruse. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and asked the court through his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Mike White, for a 30 day pre-trial conference next year January. According to the government’s case, the alleged assault occurred on Samoana High School. It’s alleged the victim was at the school to pick up his daughter from volleyball practice when he was approached by the defendant and was accused of calling Aiava’s girlfriend on the phone. Court filings state the victim told Aiava he didn’t know what he was talking about, to which the defendant said he didn’t care and assaulted him with a tire iron. The defendant refused to make a statement to police when he was taken into the police station. The tire iron has since been confiscated
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Young Writers CONTEST
QuandalynL ito Mt. Alava Elementary “Did you ever wonder about the world today?” There is not one part of the world with a critical LEVEL 1 incident. It seems like the world will come to its Leka Ioramo end. Stories of war, famine, hurricanes, and global Matatula Elementary warming occur each day around the world. It rings a loud sound in my head like the tsunami warning “Special Gift” I have a special gift from my uncle Kiki. My uncle sirens. Last week, it was raining cats and dogs. Some just came from New Zealand. He gave me a colorful days, it was hotter like we are living in the desert. It box. He told me to open it. I opened and I was scared me each day of what will happen next. I hate surprised. It was a pair ofshinning blue shoes. I waking up with a sick feeling that everything will love my new shoes. never be the same. It scared me everyday that one day I will not wake up in the light of day. LEVEL 2 So, no matter how much I wonder and scare Petania Fou Sagaga about the world, I have to live and love what I have Kanana Fou Elementary today. My aunty once told me that “live today like it “My Class” I like my class so much. It is level two in Kanana was your last day”. I will take that by heart and believe that no matter how the world turns and FouElementary School. It has ten girls and fifteen things change, I will still believe that God will work boys. Our teachers are Mrs. Samau and Miss miracles for the people of Samoa and I. Fa’aoso. Inside my classroom I like to stay in it so much LEVEL 6 too. Because there are so many pictures, students FenikaS o’otaga work and charts for us to read and learn more about Afonotele Elementary Jesus and His love. Also, it was great to know and “Thanksgiving Day” understand. My name is Petania Fou Sagaga. I live in Amouli. Thanksgiving is the time to think about how It is very far. My lovely parents are Eleand Tone. grateful God’s love upon each and everyone of us. I Thank you and God bless. thank God for this thanksgiving that He made it possible for my mom to travel home and celebrate LEVEL 3 Thanksgiving with me. Nu’umotu Sasala Thanksgiving is an enjoyable holiday. It’s a day SPICC of celebration and thanking the Lord for everything. It’s a day where families all around the world get “I Wish…” together and enjoy a big feast. Some families plan I wish for my Dad to not work in the sun. I wish for another boy because I am the only boy their reunions on this day. It’s a day of counting our blessings from our Heavenly Father. in the family. I wish I could be a police officer because I want LEVEL 7 to protect our country’s nation from drugs. Mua S. Fiatoa Tafuna Elementary LEVEL 4 “The Most Memorable Moments of NeliI eremia My Life” Aua Elementary The most memorable moments of my life “Veterans Day” happened this summer. My brothers, their wives, Veterans Day is a very special day. It is the day and my little nephew finally came to Samoa after that we celebrate our fallen soldiers who died two years. They came for my sister’s graduation, fighting for our freedom. This day is a very important day for everyone in the world. This is the but we never knew when they would actually arrive. When they got here, they already had planned what day that everyone should celebrate. Veterans Day was for the people who fought in the we would be doing for the next two weeks. First, we had to go to all of the graduations of our family war. This is why we enjoy our lives today. This is why we are allowed to come to school and eat food members, including their dinners. Secondly, we at the cafeteria. We are free to do anything we want went swimming and shopping. Last of all, we had a barbecue to wish them a safe journey back home to because of this freedom we have. I give thanks to the people who died for giving me the United States. The first week was busy and fun. We went to this freedom. I am safe and happy because of this different graduations and dinners. We had fun freedom we all have. God bless all the soldiers. taking pictures, driving around and eating food. I loved the candy leis especially. We would always drive somewhere because there were so many graduations to attend and dinners to go to. I enjoyed it all. Seeing people of my family graduate was a very memorable. Fiafia Sa’u Olomoana Elementary “Untitled” Elephants like Peanuts. Birds like seeds.
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look sloppy and hard to comprehend, but what can I do about it? I tried writing slowly, but it takes up so much time. Then, as I was writing, something weird happened, “Hey, I see the problem!” an unknown voice said. “Who said that?” I asked curiously. “Down here!” It said again. I looked down, and it was my pencil talking! “You have to tilt the notebook, girl! It’seasier to write with the notebook slanted. Oh, and make the letters a little bigger!” it said to me I was freaked out, for sure, but I gave it a try, and my handwriting looked better. “Whoa, thanks!” I said with gratitude. I gave the teacher my notebook to show her my improved handwriting and she was surprised! “This is so much better. Good work!” she said. So from that day on, my pencil continued to help with my writing, and I continued to get awesome grades. I always put my pencil in my bag after using it, but today I could not find it. I cannot believe I lost it! I rummaged through my bag again-nothing. I found a spare though. I took it out and said to it, “You better say something!
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After attending graduations, we made plans to go swimming and shopping. We went to buy souvenirs, clothes and many other things. When we went swimming, I felt very lucky. There are days when we were too tired so we would just bake brownies and stay home. On the last days of my family’s vacation to American Samoa, we had barbecue. All my families were there. We swam, laughed and enjoyed ourselves. I will never forget that day. When I think about my summer and how much fun I had, I just want to travel back in time. These memorable moments will never be forgotten. These moments were different because they would always remind me of a good part of my life. If I could relive them again, I would definitely would. I will cherish every second of it.
KamipeliT aufa’alele Alofau Elementary “How to Get Rich Without Stealing” An option for people to get rich without stealing is to have a good education. With a better education, you can overcome anything with a snap of a finger. There are ways to have a good education. First, avoid drugs! Second, if the pencil’s sharp, so can be your brain that you have to concentrate on your schoolwork. Third, if you have a good education, you can have a good paid job. Avoiding drugs is the way to have a good education. Hang out with people that don’t use drugs, because the right people you stick to, the better education you will have. Sticking with the wrong people makes your education worse, because those kinds of people can convince you to use drugs. After sticking with the wrong people, no better education, no money, then you get homeless. Today, do better in education while there is enough time and don’t waste life on stupid things. Old people say that, ‘if the pencil is sharp, so can the brain’. Being smart is the key to open one door to the future. There are two, but one holds a better future and the other holds a bad one, and the other is locked while the other is unlocked. Do better in education and it can open the door to a good future. The door that is unlocked holds a bad future, because this path can be received easily. The door of good future is locked, because it is hard to get. Having a good education leads you to a good paid job, and you might receive a doctorate degree and you know that these jobs are highly paid. Education is the key to success. It is even a gift from God. So you must keep it, use it, and cherish it carefully. When you receive it, and you use it like a toy, then you lose a chance of a lifetime. Hear me loud, hear me clear, please brothers and sisters, do not waste your lives. Nora-AnnL otoaso Leone High School “My Talking Pencil” My teacher gave me back my notebook yesterday. She left a note saying, “Work on your handwriting! I could barely understand it!” There is nothing wrong with my handwriting! I looked through the pages of my notebook and scanned my handwriting. It did
Kimberly Iosefo Tafuna High School “Influence of Music in School” It is with no doubt that music plays a big role in our lives. Music is a powerful element and form of art that influences our lives. Today, students listen to music every day. Music is very influential in school and everywhere. The reason being music is a language students know, it is an escape from reality, and also allows them to express themselves. Music is no doubt, powerful. It is a language that students fluently speak and know. It is a language students can easily relate to and comprehend. If you were to give a student literature writing to read, they wouldn’t easily comprehend or understand it. But if you were to give them lyrics to a song, they would easily memorize and understand it fully. Why? Because music is something, we the youth, and high school students can relate to. Students, today, listen to music all the time. To us, it is like an escape from reality and a break from the real world. Through music, people can express themselves. It brings out the deepest parts of a person and also brings out their vulnerability. Music is like a universal language that we all can understand completely. In school, everywhere you look at young teenagers, they’re blasting their music at high volume. Music is our tool used to express and share our deepest secrets and problems. Like this quote, shared by Victor Hugo, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Music is another way of expressing what we truly feel and believe. Music is like a healing drug to a person’s hurt. It changes people and calms them down. It is what keeps us sane and on track. Our people depend on music for peace and happiness. It has mad a big influence on students in school. It’s a wonder how powerful music can influence a person. It is also a wonder on how it makes us feel at peace. Music isn’t just a universal language that we all can understand, but it is also what binds and connects us all.
Young Writers’ Contest NOVEMBER Entries 2012
1. Jabez Maua, Afonotele 2. Sosefina Misionare, Aua 3. Maria Himphill, Coleman 4. Lahaina Umu, Faleasao 5. Atele Salave’a, Kanana Fou 6. Ester Crichton, Leone Midkiff 7. Fa’atonu Isaako, Lupelele 8. Valarie Sagale, Manulele Tausala 9. Richard Mamea, Manumalo 10. Loriell Harrington, Matafao 11. Elayna Afia, Mt. Alava 12. Danju Dizon, Pacific Horizons 13. Fiafia Su’a, Olomoana 14. Meridian Tuiasosopo, SPA 15. Zetleydozeny Setu, Tafuna 1. Baby Rosetta Maiava, Afonotele 2. Valasi Ah Kuoi Aua 3. Susitina Tapunu’u, Coleman 5. Easteroflove Kueva, Kanana Fou 6. Bernardina Tonga, Lupelele 7. Joshua Ekeroma, Manulele 8. Sanoe Forsgren, Manumalo 9. Benjamin Tagoa’i, Matafao 10. Leka Ioramo, Matatula 11. Abigail To’omaga, Mt. Alava 12. Olivia Yoon, Pacific Horizons 13. Rebecca Fountain, SPA 14. Aaron Singh, St. Theresa 15. Glorious Lisala, Tafuna 1. Emily Etuale, Afonotele 2. Keroma Ta’ase, Alofau
3. Suitaitaifono Tuilaepa, A.P.Lutali 4. Iosefo Akapo, Aua 5. Leviticus G. Samoa, Coleman 6. Vansant Lefotu, Faleasao 7. Petania Fou Sagaga, Kanana Fou 8. Elizabeth Masoe, Leone Midkiff 9. Jireh Taumoto, Lupelele 10. Righteous Fa’o’o, Manulele 11. Alyssa Torres, Manumalo 12. Havenly Tua’au, Matafao 13. Iakopo Vili, Matatula 14. Marina West, Mt. Alava 15. Brady Korry, Pacific Horizons 16. Ruta Su’a, Olomoana 17. Baelin King, SPA 18. Zondervan Pati, SPICC 19. Heleina Lees Willis, St. Theresa 1. Timena Aneseli, Afonotele 2. Iuliano Mapu, Alataua II 3. Lisa O. Faumuina 4. Nafanua Nimoai, A.P.Lutali 5. Melody Fa’aofo, Aua 6. Pilinilose Ma’alona, Coleman 7. Sekolasitika Filimigo, Faleasao 8. Manuia Suani, Kanana Fou 9. Cyrus Lam Yuen, Leone Midkiff 10. Serafina Vaega, Lupelele 11. Nora Fuli, Manulele Tausala 12. Ciela E. B. Amurao, Manumalo 13. Ann Villanueva, Matafao 14. Toluiva Leato, Matatula 15. Segia Piki, Mt. Alava 16. Julius Lau’u, Pacific Horizons 17. Ray, SBA 18. Armellia Saulo, SPA
19. Nu’umotu Sasala, SPICC
1. Uaealesi A., Afonotele 2. Tausaga Fotu, Alataua II 3. Yorhisheus Tilialo, A.P.Lutali 4. Neli Ieremia, Aua 5. Giracious Sotoa, Coleman 6. Margaret Filimigo, Faleasao 7. Sally Finau, Kanana Fou 8. Pauline Tuitasi, Leone Midkiff 9. Analei Kome, Lupelele 10. Presley Kansa, Manulele Tausala 11. Jewel Kruse, Manumalo 12. Anastasia Sekone, Matafao 13. Angelo L., Matatula 14. Leata Brown, Mt. Alava 15. Frankie Meyer, Pacific Horizons 16. Jacob Neligan, SPA 1. Mary Matagaono, Afonotele 2. Faith Matamu, Alataua II 3. Alaimalo Latu, Alofau 4. Trinity T., A.P.Lutali 5. Florence Mulipola, Aua 6. Dylanee Mageo, Coleman 7. Shania Mauga, Faleasao 8. Janillicah Harmon, Kanana Fou 9. Leomiti Jr. Fa’amu, Leone Midkiff 10. Jasmine Liu, Lupelele 11. Debrina M. Alai’a, Manulele 12. Osasa Saunoamali’i, Matafao 13. AJoren Iosua, Matatula 14. Quandalyn Lito, Mt. Alava 15. Taofinu’u Mutini, Pacific Hor 16. Serathina Tauaese, Olomoana
17. Ethan Langkilde, SBA 18. Miracle Galoia, SPA 19. Erin Jessop, SPICC 20. Meleana Lolesio, St. Theresa 21. Le’emo R. Taula, Tafuna 1. Fenika So’otaga, Afonotele 2. Sera Alo, Alataua II 3. Christopher Olo, Alofau 4. Nive Fouvale, A.P.Lutali 5. Lavori Maloata, Coleman 6. Faith Autele, Faleasao 7. Lilly L., Iakina Adventist 8. Eseta Seve, Kanana Fou 9. Nyilah Chowdhury, Leone Midkiff 10. Pearl Tautolo, Lupelele 11. Mareta Lavea’i, Manulele Tausala 12. Aitulagi Alofa, Manumalo 13. Sayonara Talaesea, Matafao 14. Savannah Falesoani, Matatula 15. Lydia Anoa’i, Mt. Alava 16. Regina Kome, Olomoana 17. Crisine Aguila, SBA 18. Zyon Semo Maneafaiga, SPA 19. Ernest Reid, SPICC 20. Lourdes Afoa, St. Theresa 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Laufau Alailefue, Afonotele Meroma Leifi, Alataua II Talita F., Alofau Orion Tilialo, A.P.Lutali Darlene Alai, Aua Chelsy Malala, Coleman Mele Salesa, Faleasao Rahim, Kanana Fou
9. Milton Toleafoa, Leone Midkiff 10. Krystina Ailima, Lupelele 11. Gloria Palauni, Manulele 12. Loyda Ott, Manumalo 13. Amata Faleali’i, Matafao 14. Matena Tautalafua, Matatula 15. Sanele Passi, Mt. Alava 16. Cher Nomura, Pacific Horizons 17. Hope Ierome, Olomoana 18. Meri, SBA 19. Karlinna Sanchez, SPA 20. Taliilagi Afoa, St. Theresa 21. Mua S. Fiatoa, Tafuna 1. Endeavor Aeau, Afonotele 2. Marina Taumua, Alataua II 3. Kamapeli Taufalele, Alofau 4. George Ta’ala, A.P.Lutali 5. Selesitina Scanlan, Aua 6. Auina Solaita, Coleman 7. Patricia Penitito, Faleasao 8. Annie Tupuola, Iakina Adventist 9. Alosio Leaumoana, Leone Midkiff 10. Talalelei Ames, Lupelele 11. John Iosefo, Manumalo 12. Dorothea Fruean, Matafao 13. Marissa Savusa, Matatula 14. Melekuini Tialavea, Mt. Alava 15. Aloha Fulu, Olomoana 16. Cassie Mahuka, SBA 17. Ju Hyun On, SPA 18. Tedy Barber, SPICC 19. Glysa Blanco, St. Theresa 1. Ricardo Parungo, Fa’asao/Marist
2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Rosie Nai, Faga’itua High Hillary Simaika, Iakina Adventist Nora-Ann Lotoaso, Leone High Kia Zing Zhu, Manumalo Baptist Mele Tiu, Samoana High Alexa Montenegro, SPA Neon Osa, Tafuna High Kanoe Reid, Fa’asao/Marist Toatasi Mauia, Faga’itua High Naifou Meafou, Iakina Adventist Emmanuel Loia, Leone High Liana Gurr, Manumalo Baptist Koroseta Butler, SPA Jocelyn Laumata Soti, Tafuna High Tiara Lafaele, Fa’asao/Marist Nafatali Fulu, Faga’itua High Anamariah Petelo, Iakina Adventist Fuatino Simi, Leone High Lelei Tago, Manumalo Baptist Nicole D. Vergara, Pacific Horizons Babe Fa’alata, Samoana High Lindsey Aga-Laupola, SPA Kimberly Iosefo, Tafuna High Jerri Francisco, Fa’asao/Marist Amanda Silila, Faga’itua High Se’iaemoeimaugaosalafai Scanlan, LHS Fa’ala’a Lauina, Manumalo Baptist Nyaz Addison, Pacific Horizons Laura Saifoloi, Samoana High Michaelyn Tolmie, SPA Allison Fitisone, Tafuna High
➧ TAKE 2: ViEWs on ThE nEWs…
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When the population of our remote island territory dropped between the years 2000 and 2010, and when there are no very bright prospects on the horizon (besides the new Tri-Marine plant), it is to be expected that major players will be evaluating whether they want to continue devoting resources to American Samoa. The answer for BOH was, “no.” thE RIGht tONE I’m sure not everyone agrees, but Governor-elect Lolo has set the right tone and said the right things so far in a variety of contexts. If you want to be part of the change a’ comin’, you better get busy fine-tuning your résumé. Don’t forget: the deadline is December 15 and if you miss the deadline, you won’t be serving in the Lolo/Lemanu cabinet. All fOR SECONd ChANCES, but… Count me among those vehemently opposed to the hiring of the rapist to serve as a Kanana Fou janitor. Thanks, once again, to the indomitable Ipu Avegalio Lefiti, for expressing her umbrage. There are many good men and women looking for work in American Samoa who are more deserving of this job opportunity, and there is every reason for the church to be extra cautious about exposing Kanana Fou visitors to a man with a troubled past. Is there another side to this? Compassion, second chances — of course. But the circumstances don’t warrant the action taken (and defended) by the church. ASCC ENGAGES IN CONtINuOuS IMPROVEMENtS I’m a fan of ASCC for a number of reasons, and one of them is that the college moves forward. It tackles its problems and resolves them. Other problems arise and they get tackled too. The college has a long way to go to be top notch, but it keeps taking steps in that direction, and doesn’t seem to slide backwards along the way. Congratulations to ASCC for implementing the online registration program (earlier this year) and then fixing the problems that arose when the program was first tried out (and proved to be as frustrating as the previous system). ASPA hItS A hOME RuN Congratulations to ASPA, which has tapped something incredibly powerful with its program to trade recyclable junk (or just junk) for credits against ASPA bills. It is truly amazing and wonderful to see people carting the junk that afflicts and plagues our island to the Tafuna yard of ASPA. This program seems to be doing more to clean up the island than 101 previous programs. I hope somebody is studying this PHENOMENON closely and learning some replicable take-away lessons from it. For example, how can this same phenomena be transferred to addressing the stray dog problem (okay, I shouldn’t expect miracles. If we really wanted to get rid of stray dogs, Tim Jones would have gotten more than 189 votes). A lESSON lEARNEd OVER ANd OVER AGAIN Every four years, candidates learn again that they were over-optimistic in counting the number of people who will vote for them. I think every candidate and high-level campaign manager was surprised that they didn’t receive more votes. Some were shocked and others were merely surprised. But they were all reminded of how easy it is to be misled by people’s assurances that they will vote for whichever candidate or candidate representative is standing in front of the wily Samoan voter. I have never run for office, but I’ve spoken to many candidates and campaign insiders, and they routinely report two things: 1) people will look you in the eye and tell you that they will vote for you, but they don’t, and 2) there are always more people who fit the #1 description than you think. In other words, the candidates know that people “lie”, but they underestimate the number of lies told. This is true across the board. The lowliest candidate feels it, and the most successful candidate feels it. Even the veteran candidate suffers from this phenomenon. The candidates are like Charlie Brown, thinking that this time Lucy is going to let him kick the football without pulling it back at the last minute. Sorry Charlie. NCdS ANd CCSS I have saved the most important items for last. Hats off to the Department of Health and the Department of Education. DOH organized a Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Summit this week, and DOE organized a Common Core Standards Awareness Conference. The seamstresses on the island were busy making beautiful uniforms and the caterers were busy serving delicious food. The participants were busy tackling the two biggest problems facing American Samoa (after, of course, the potholes are fixed and the roads improved): health and education. Please don’t be bored. Don’t yawn and start reading the cartoons. This is important. The NCD message was simple: we have a personal health crisis and it is killing us at a young age, and it will destroy our community’s ability to develop as it sucks all the financial resources from the increasingly unproductive community. I can’t believe I just wrote such a boring summary. But there it is: we have too many people suffering from too many NCDs because they smoke, they drink, they don’t eat well, and they don’t get physical exercise. Tackling this problem will take a personal and community effort. One speaker said if the Department of Health/Public Health and hospital do their job 100% as well as possible, it will resolve only 30% of the problem. To resolve the remainder of the problem will require all other parts of our society: government, schools, family, village, church, culture, business, non-profits, etc. The good news is the work has begun in earnest. The bad news is that 33% of the deaths in American Samoa are of people 45-64 years of age, while in the USA, only 16% of deaths are in that age range. The bad news is that it will take many years to “fix” this problem in our society, but the good news is that changes you make today will make a noticeable improvement in your life within just a few weeks. As for the Common Core Standards: It’s a long story, but here is the short version: American Samoa is adopting a new set of standards (goals) for what our kids should learn and when they should learn it. This new set of standards, the Common Core Standards, are very quickly becoming the standards all across the United States. DOE is determined to challenge itself to educate our kids as well as kids in the rest of the USA, and they are also taking concrete steps to equip our teachers and schools with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to “take it up a notch”. Or two, or three, or four. Because taking it up one notch will not be enough, American Samoa. We are going to have to take it up several notches if our kids are going to be able to serve as the foundation for a society that is prosperous, and prosperous enough to retain its culture as global waves of economic pressures wash over these Samoan islands. The work being done on NCDs and CCSs is crucial to the near-term, mid-term and long-term prosperity of American Samoa, and that prosperity is the only way American Samoa is going to be able to retain a strong and healthy cultural identity. NCDs and CCSs may be boring, but it is super-exciting for people who are concerned about the territory’s future. That’s most of us, right?
Tobacco legislation, salt reduction among best ways to battle NCDs, experts claim
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
The way forward is clear: tobacco legislation, salt reduction and Package of Essential NCD Services (PEN) are the best buy opportunities for the two Samoas’ fight against Non Communicable Diseases. This was the message from World Health Organization representative, Dr. Yang Baoping, for American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau, during his presentation at the NCD conference held in the territory last week. Dr Baoping spoke at the third annual bilateral two day summit, on the fight against Non Communicable Diseases. The two-day summit consisted of presentations and sharing of information from several local government agencies and some 30 delegates from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. NCDs, often referred to as “lifestyle diseases” because they are brought about by the way you live, include heart diseases, hypertension and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Dr. Baoping noted in his presentation that 80% of early death in the Pacific is none other than NCDs. A particular concern is the fact that the children are increasingly becoming obese and vulnerable to NCDs later in life and people with NCDs are less productive — they have more sick leave, and add costs to the health care system. He stated that the growing burden of NCDs slows down economic growth and prosperity. “One day we will all die from something, however the NCD crisis in the Pacific is contributing to a growing number of people dying prematurely,” he said. “It is likely that NCD related disability in the Pacific will increase over the years to come and put even more pressure on the health sector. The commonly caused NCD related disabilities are amputations due to diabetes, stroke paralysis, blindness and different physical limitations.” Dr. Baoping said Samoa is following a Pacific trend of about 40% prevalence of high blood pressure and about 22% prevalence of raised blood glucose, which is a risk for developing diabetes, and compared with the international prevalence rates, the Pacific is very high. He noted that for diabetes, the Western Pacific Region is one of the regions with the lowest prevalence of diabetes, However in the Pacific, the trend is quite different when focusing on specific countries, within the region, where the trend is alarming with some countries having diabetes prevalence rates of more than 25%. Prevalence in American Samoa is 29.6% while Prevalence in Samoa is 21%, he said. Regarding obesity, Dr. Baoping said, the Western Pacific Region has very low levels of obesity but when the Pacific is separated from Asia, the trend is concerning. Obesity rate in American Samoa is 74.6% while Samoa’s is 57.0% , however both countries exceed the average for Pacific island countries. He added that the main four NCD risk factors are tobacco use, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity, and the prevalence rates for both Samoas are alarming. Dr. Baoping noted that he attended a Pacific Island Forums Leaders meeting in Auckland where the Pacific leaders declared NCDs a health and development crisis for the region. As a result there was Political Declaration on prevention and control of NCDs. The Declaration also urges the WHO to take the lead in coordinating NCD prevention and control programs, to develop a global implementation plan and global monitoring framework including sets of voluntary targets and indicators and scare up technical assistance. Dr. Baoping said, it is important that countries identify specific areas and or activities that they are able to focus on, and give the appropriate attention. He believes that for the two Samoa’s this may be tobacco control term, tobacco legislations, taxation and establishment of tobacco free settings. “Increased taxes on tobacco are one of the other intervention that can give more revenue to the government and at the same time improve health outcomes. “Also reduction of population-based salt intake is another and evidence shows that reducing salt intake from levels 5-6gram per person the rates of stroke and coronary heart diseases can decrease by 24% and 18%”. He added that packaging of essential NCD (PEN) is another set of intervention. The PEN is a conceptual framework for strengthening equity and efficiency of primary health care in low-resource settings; it identifies core technologies, medicines and risk prediction tools; discusses protocols required for implementation of a set of essential NCD interventions; develops technical and operational outline for integration of essential NCD interventions into primary care and for evaluation of impact. “Each of us has a choice whether to continue with the status quo or to take up the challenge and invest now in chronic disease prevention,” said Dr. Baoping.
“Cliff talks”: White House waiting on the GOP move
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have to stop using “political math” and say how much they are willing to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans and then specify the spending cuts they want, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in an interview that aired Sunday. Just four weeks from the proverbial “fiscal cliff,” House Speaker John Boehner countered that Republicans have a plan for providing as much as $800 billion in new government revenue over the next decade and would consider the elimination of tax deductions on high-income earners. But when pressed on “Fox News Sunday” for precise details, the Ohio Republican declined to say. There are “a lot of options in terms of how to get there,” Boehner said. Both Boehner’s and Geithner’s latest remarks indicate it could be some time before serious negotiations begin between the White House and Republicans on how to avert economic calamity expected in less than a month when President George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic, across-theboard spending cuts kick in. Last week, the White House delivered to Capitol Hill its opening plan: $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade, hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending, a possible extension of the temporary Social Security payroll tax cut and enhancing the president’s power to raise the national debt limit. In exchange, the president would back $600 billion in spending cuts, including $350 billion from Medicare and other health programs. But he also wants $200 billion in new spending for jobless benefits, public works projects and aid for struggling homeowners. His proposal for raising the ceiling on government borrowing would make it virtually impossible for Congress to block him. Republicans said they responded in closed-door meetings with laughter and disbelief. “I was just flabbergasted,” Boehner said. “I looked at him (Geithner) and I said, ‘You can’t be serious.’” Boehner described negotiations as going “nowhere, period,” and said “there’s clearly a chance” the nation will go over the cliff. Geithner, the administration’s point man for negotiations, was slightly more optimistic while saying the ball was in Boehner’s court. But the treasury secretary also said he didn’t expect a counteroffer right away, as Republicans work to sort out tensions within the party in the wake of bruising national elections that left Democrats in charge of the White House and the Senate. Boehner acknowledged in his interview, aired Sunday, that he wasn’t happy with public remarks by Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who said he was ready to go along with Obama’s plan to renew expiring income tax cuts for the majority of Americans and negotiate the rates on top earners later. “They’re trying to figure out where they go next,” Geithner said of Republicans, “and we might need to give them a little time to figure out where they go next.” He called the back-andforth “normal political theater,” saying all that’s blocking a timely deal is the GOP’s reluctance to accept higher tax rates on the wealthy. “It’s welcome that they’re recognizing that revenues are going to have to go up. But they haven’t told us anything about how far rates should go up ... (and) who should pay higher taxes,” Geithner said. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she will try to force a vote on the Senate-passed bill favored by Democrats to avert a fiscal cliff. But she was unlikely to line up enough Republicans to succeed. Obama’s political team ramped up its efforts, blasting out an email Sunday night urging supporters to pressure Congress to extend tax cuts that would add up to about $2,000 for a middle-class family of four. Stephanie Cutter, who was Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said in the email that the president was trying to get Congress to “do the right thing and act before the New Year, but he needs our help. We’ve got a good track record here: When we make our voices heard and urge Congress to take action — whether it’s about health care, student loans, Wall Street reform, or ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — they listen.” Republican leaders have said they accept higher tax revenue overall, but only through what they call tax reform __ closing loopholes and limiting deductions __ and only coupled with tough measures to curb the explosive growth of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “If we gave the president $1.6 trillion of new money, what do you think he’d do with it?” asked Boehner. “He’s going to spend it. It’s what Washington does.” Cole didn’t back down Sunday on his earlier comments that Republicans should agree to Obama’s plan for continuing Bush’s tax rates for middleclass America and focus the negotiations on the other issues. Doing so, he said, would make the GOP position even stronger. “The reality is, nobody can look at this budget and think if you don’t reform entitlements you can balance it. You can give the president every tax increase he’s asked for, you’d still be in the hole,” he said.
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SYDNEY (AP) — Police are searching for a 9-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile as he was swimming in the mouth of a river in northern Australia. Northern Territory police say the boy was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw on Saturday when he was grabbed by the crocodile. Nearby people attempted to kill the crocodile with spears, but it then dragged the boy farther into the water. Police planned to continue searching on Monday but expressed pessimism about the chances of finding the boy alive. Two weeks ago, another crocodile snatched a 7-year-old girl who was swimming at a Northern Territory waterhole. The crocodile was fatally shot the next day and the girl’s remains were found inside it.
Crocodile snatches nineyear-old boy in Australia
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tralize its footprint back to our core Hawaii and Guam markets, but opted to also keep a presence in American Samoa, where we felt we could deliver the appropriate level of service.” “However, it’s become increasingly difficult to maintain that strategy in American Samoa due to its geographic isolation from our other markets,” he said and noted that the bank is working with local government officials and ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank... to help ensure customers’ banking needs continue to be met. (See Saturday’s edition for full details of the bank’s statement.) Responding to separate inquiries, Lowson told Samoa News last Friday evening that acting governor Fepuleai A. Ripley Jr. was informed of the bank’s decision during a meeting and BoH customers are being sent “notification letters” from Honolulu about the closure. Lowson, however, declined to reveal the bank’s total number of customers in the territory, citing bank policy. Gov. Togiola Tulafono is enroute to the territory — arriving tonight from Honolulu — following off island meetings with officials of the Taiwanese government in Taipei. It’s unclear at this point if the governor will have a chance to meet today with BoH officials in Hawai’i before heading home. As of yesterday afternoon, there was no official statement from the Togiola Administration over BoH’s decision. Lolo, the former president of the Development Bank of American Samoa, did point out that the two local banks are faced with financial difficulties in the territory, due to a ‘not so good’ local economy, which has affected everyone. He further noted the weak global economic crisis. Concerning the plan for BoH’s closure, Samoa News asked Lolo if his incoming admin-
to enter the local market. Lolo said he cannot comment on this issue at this time “until we get to the bottom of the real situation and problems encountered by the bank.” Lolo said, “I hope there is something to be done to convince BoH to remain here for a very long time, but again, we must find out from the bank some of the issues they faced.” Responding to Samoa News requests for comments about the bank’s plans, local Chamber of Commerce chairman David Robinson said that before the Chamber puts out an official statement, members of the executive board need to meet with BoH and ANZ management “so we understand the plans for the way ahead.” “Obviously this a great disappointment, and perhaps a reflection, and the consequences, of the depressed state of our economy,” Robinson said over the weekend. This latest blow to the local economy with the BoH closure is expected to be raised during Wednesday’s Chamber general membership meeting. In February of last year, the bank closed its Pavaiai branch, leaving only the main branch in Utulei and the second one at the Tafuna Industrial Park. Customers and staff at Pavaiai were consolidated with the other two branches. The Utulei branch is located inside the Centennial Building, which is owned by the ASG Retirement Fund, who will lose a major tenant as the bank occupies the entire first floor. BoH holds ASG’s general fund account, which is the same account that is in the middle of the garnishment legal battle at the federal court in Honolulu and the subject of two ASG lawsuits against the bank in the High Court of American Samoa. (See story on update of the legal battle in this issue.)
➧ introducing breadfruit to world market…
tion network of the specialty foods industry in the U.S. and beyond. Also on the drawing board is the cocoa industry that can contribute to the success of the ulu venture and use similar manufacturing and distribution infrastructure. Following the model established by the tuna industry, Pago Pago enjoys the status of a duty-free, tax-free gateway to the U.S. market. Consequently, partnering with its Pacific Island neighbor, the Independent Island State of Samoa with a total land area of 1,133 square miles, brings to the table substantial agricultural land capacity in support of the breadfruit initiative. GlutEN fREE U.S. News and World Report wrote in June 2012, “A gluten-free diet has been touted as a cure for everything from obesity and rashes to autism and migraines. Gluten-free products now command their own keys on menus and sections in grocery stores. Previously exotic grains that lack gluten, like quinoa and amarinth, have become more mainstream. And manufacturers are promoting their gluten-free products.” In the U.S. the demand for gluten-free (GF) food and beverage products has increased astronomically since 2008, going from $1.54 billion to an estimated $3.31 billion in 2012 and is projected to double again by 2017. (Gluten Free Foods and Beverages Market: Trends and Developments in the U.S. 4th ed, www.packagedfacts.com). The largest part of this market is baked goods and snacks that substitute GF flour for wheat flour. A gluten free beer has also hit the market and is gaining in popularity. Local breweries may want to investigate that potential. thE PlAyERS Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) is an advocate of market driven development and provides technical assistance utilizing the technical and scientific resources of the University of Hawaii system and national university center programs supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration (EDA). PBCP engages government and community needs by invitation only with the agreement that a counterpart is trained to replace the need for PBCP technical assistance. The EDA National University Center program links the top university technical and scientific expertise in the nation providing state of the art technology, research, engineering and scientific knowhow to support the growth and
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strength of American Economic development and initiatives that include the American Affiliated Island governments of the Pacific. The PBCP, winner of six national and three regional awards in the past ten years for its project management, technical assistance and leadership in the Pacific region, serves the largest EDA University Center area in the nation that includes the State of Hawaii and the US Affiliated Island Governments of the Pacific. The geographic service area is larger then the 48 contiguous states of the Union. The US Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration, Western Regional Office based in Seattle, Washington, supports PBCP. Governor Togiola Tulafono has tapped the EDA University Center Program to provide technical assistance and support of American Samoa Government initiatives during his administration. Dr. C. L. Cheshire has assisted ASG with its post disaster economic recovery initiatives under the leadership of the Government Authorized Representative (GAR) Evelyn Langford and is currently assisting the Director of the Department of Commerce by linking University Center expertise to assist with DOC initiatives.
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court registry, came from the ASG general fund account at the BoH Utulei branch. PublIC INtERESt ASG had argued that BoH’s requested injunction is not in the public interest because the people of American Samoa have a fundamental interest in seeing American Samoa laws enforced, and the people of Hawai’i have little or no interest in the issues in cases pending in the High Court. Kobayashi said this court finds that the public has the same interest in relying on the validity of court orders that BoH and Marisco have. She acknowledged that the judgment in this case and the amount garnished from ASG’s account represent a significant portion of ASG’s general funds and the use of ASG’s general funds impacts the people of American Samoa. ASG, however, entered into a contract with Marisco, and both the federal arbitrator and this court have determined that ASG is obligated to pay Marisco the amount reflected in the judgment, said Kobayashi. Further, ASG has not appealed the judgment; the pending appeals with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals only address the manner in which Marisco attempted to collect the judgment. “Thus, while the public in American Samoa arguably have an interest in having the disputed funds returned to ASG’s BoH account, that interest is not significant for purposes of the injunction analysis,” she said. “This court therefore FINDS that the public interest factor weighs in favor of granting the injunction,” she said. AbStENtION ASG had also argued that, even if the court is inclined to issue the requested injunction, the court “should decline to do so pursuant to the ‘Younger abstention doctrine’.” Kobayashi recalled that the Honolulu federal court has stated: Younger abstention “forbids federal courts from unduly interfering with pending state court proceedings that implicate important state interests” — based on a federal case. Kobayashi said this Court does not take the interference with state court actions lightly, and this court acknowledges that issuing the requested injunction will have the practical effect of enjoining the proceedings in two cases in the High Court. She says these two cases are ongoing and they do implicate American Samoa’s interest in the applicability of its laws. “This court, however, finds that these factors do not favor abstention because, as previously noted, ASG submitted itself to the jurisdiction of this [federal] district court and has not appealed from the judgment in this case,” she said. According to the judge, ASG filed the two cases in High Court after federal court orders were issued in the case, and this court ruled that “American Samoa law does not control as to whether Marisco properly garnished the funds in ASG’s BoH account.” “...the actions that ASG filed in the High Court are reactionary and seek to undermine the authority of this court’s orders, [and] this Court finds that the proceedings in those cases are not entitled to deference under the Younger abstention doctrine,” she said. “This Court therefore CONCLUDES that Younger abstention is not warranted in the instant case.” She also says that the court has determined that Marisco is independently entitled to an injunction against ASG, albeit for many of the same reasons that BOH raised.
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and taken to the police evidence room. PlEA NEGOtIAtIONS ONGOING IN CASE AGAINSt dRuG dEfENdANt Plea negotiations are still ongoing in the government’s case against a 48-year old man, whose residence was raided by Vice and Narcotics Division. Police found 14 live marijuana plants. Fa’afeai Atimalala who’s charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession with intent to distribute, is being held in bail of $50,000 and is represented by Assistant Public Defender Mike White. White informed the court that Assistant Attorney General Julie Pasquale (who’s fairly new at the AG’s office) needs time to go over this case and plea negotiations are ongoing. Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond, who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr, granted the request and scheduled another pre-trial conference for the defendant on December 14, 2012. According to the government’s case, police uncovered 14 live marijuana plants planted around the defendant’s home in Nu’uuli. Police executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence and came across four marijuana plants growing inside a plastic bowl and ten marijuana plants surrounding the home. The marijuana plants which police confiscated as evidence have a street value of $5,000. All the plants, which were up to 3 ft. high, tested positive for marijuana. Police also confiscated two glass pipes, six marijuana joints and loose dried marijuana leaves. The defendant was convicted back in 1989 for similar conduct.
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Nuuosuni Ivapene I. Hunkin
Aso Soifua: Novema 23, 1942 ~ Aso Maliu: Novema 23, 2012
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. Psalm 18;20
Ae matou te le’i ta ina ao o le maugaloa ma tatala le ta’afitualuanaifoai le aso o le aiga sa Sa’umani. E muamua ona matou tapui le tapu a Tupo e pei o le fetalaiga i le taotolima a Galumalemana, leaga e faigata lou ee i tia lologo ma lau faafofoga Samoa. O paia o le atunuu e afua mai i le ulufanua o le matasaua, seia pa’ia le siufanua o le Alataua. O le a fata ia i mauga o ao ma faataotooto fata o tupu aua e le gafataulima sa matou upu, tulou, tulou, tulouna ia. Ae o le a malama ia i ulumanu le fetu i le tapuitea ae fa’aifo i Sasa’e ao gasolo o le lagi. Talofa, ua masofa ai nei le ulupaepae nai le siuloa. Aua ua magoto le fotu a manu. Ua laina foi lau u i malae ma ua le lafo ia ataata o lou vai tilofia. Aua ua malepe le ato siva aiga, ua motu foi le ulufala ma soloi le avei o lou pale sa e tiu ai i le atu vasa, ina ua gasolosolo ao ma goto i moana. Aua ua to pule le finagalo o le silisiliese. Ua le atoa ai nei nofoa o lo’’u sa folau, ina ua ou tepa i le taeao na le pupula ai le la, ma lofia i le galu alaga o le gataifale. Ua motu ai nei lou sulugatiti ma avea lo’u pale fuiono, sa ou tiu ai i le faaleagafulu. Aua ua taape papa ua tulolo laau o le vao, ua tafea le tauofe i Afioga o Tapaau ma aiga. Ina ua tuumalo le afioga i le faletua ia Nuusuni Ivapene I. Hunkin. O le sa tausia Alii i le Afioga ia Maiava O. S. Hunkin. Aue ua lalaga ai nei au lape o le alatanu, aua ua fusialo aiga, ae matemate lima lagina ua le o gatasi le futia ma le umele, e alai le finagalo o le Atua. Tatou fa’amalolosi ma finau o i le lagi lo tatou taui. A’o la Tavita o lo outou soifua ma so matou ola e pei o le fuga o le vao e matala i le taeao ae manumanu i le afiafi. O le tuua o le malo i le faletua o le Launatausala. Ua lagia ai nei le malae i Vaituutuu e afifio ai Alii e lua, e Afifio ai Maopu, e afio ai Peseta ma Usoalii, a’o le usuia o le fono i le fetalaiga i le faletufuga ma lau faatufugaga Saleaula, o oe o le tufuga pule ma le tufuga toatamai, o le tufugaita ma le tufugaalofa. Ua lagia foi le malae i Mati’a ma Tiatuau, e Afio ai Aiga, Afio ai le Falefa o Usoalii, Afio ai Maopu ma le Aiga Sa Taneavae, Afio ai sa Lilomaiava, Susu ai Samoaeleoi, Afio ai Aiga o Mavaega, Maliu mai Lau Fetalaiga Salafai i tala e lua, o le Falefia ma le Si’u a Fanua, ma le Falesefulumalelua o le Atiatipa o Salafai na faiga ma upu ia te oe le Pule. Ua lagia foi Lalofau ma Olotele, o le lagi lava lea e fa’asino i le Afio i le matua o Fautanu ma Alii o le Falefitu. E susu ai le Maiava-Aitu, o le Launatausala, o le usuia lava lea o le fono i la oulua Fetalaiga i le Faiga. Ua lagia foi le malae i Laloifi, Falesauma le Faleomavaega. E afio ai le Faatui o le Motu ma le Malu o le Fale, susu ai oulua Matua ma Vae o oulua Tootoo, susu ai Ati Maopu, susu ai Maava, Maliu mai la lua fetalaiga Salavea ma Salavea, o le mamalu lava lea ia te oe Fofo ma le Alataua. Ua lagia foi Malae o le Talu, e Afio ai le Saousoalii, Susu ai le Toealii, Susu ai oulua Tapunuu, Afio ai le Aloalii, Fetalaiga ia Taamuvaigafa ma Taisalialii, mamalu lava lea i le Launiusaelua, tulou, tulou, tulona lava. Ua lagia foi Paepaetele, o le Lagi e faasino i le Alo o le Tuiatua, Le Afioga i le Ulufaleilupe, Susu mai Namu, aemaise le Fetalaiga ia te oulua Tauto’oto’o ma upu ia oe Ituau.
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Toe filifilia Gaoteote P. Tofau avea ma Senatoa Itumalo Vaifanua
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Ua tasi nei le filiga i le paia o le Itumalo atoa o Vaifanua, o le a toe faaauau e le afioga i le Tamaitai o le Ao ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, o ia foi lea o lo o avea ma Perestene o le Senate i le Fono Faitulafono i le taimi nei, le tofi Senatoa o le Itumalo mo le isi 4 tausaga o lo o lumana’i nei. O se faaiuga e le’i faigofie ona autasi i ai le itumalo atoa i le fonotaga lea na usuia i le malae i Laloulu i le Aso To’ona’i na te’a nei, ina ua naunau atu fo’i ni isi o Faasuaga o le Itumalo i le fia tautua lea mo le itumalo e ala i le tofi, e pei ona faamaonia mai e le afioga i le Anava o taua ia Te’o J. Fuavai i se faatalatalanoaga ma le Samoa News i le Aso To’ona’i na te’a nei. “O lea ua tasi le finagalo o le itumalo o le Vaifanua, o le a toe faaauau e le afioga ia Gaoteote le tofi o le itumalo mo le isi 4 tausaga,” o le saunoaga lea a le afioga Te’o. Saunoa Te’o, sa finau malosi le afioaga o Alao e tuu atu le tofi latou te tauaveina, peitai ina ua maea ona fefaaalia’i finagalo o tamalii o le itumalo, na tasi ai loa i le toe filifilia o Gaoteote e fai ma Senatoa. “E tele ni isi o mafuaaga na silasila i ai le itumalo ao lei faia lana faaiuga, e le gata o le afioga ia Gaoteote o lo o seei i le nofoa o le Peresetene mo le Maota Maualuga i le Fono Faitulafono, ae manatu foi le itumalo ina ia faatumauina pea lea faaeaea mo le itumalo atoa, aua o le Fono Faitulafono, o le isi lea vaega maoti o le tafatolu o le faigamalo a Tutuila ma Manu’a,” o le saunoaga lea a Te’o. E silia laititi lava ma le lua itula le umi o le fono a le itumalo sa faia, e talanoaina ai le tofi o le itumalo, e pei ona taua e se molimau i le Samoa News. Na tatala lava le fonotaga i le lauina lea o se tusi mai le afioga Salanoa Aumoeualogo, e faailoa atu ai lona lagolagoina o le afioga ia Gaoteote e toe faaauauina le tofi o le itumalo, ina ua maea ona tolaulauina le tusi, sa tatala ai loa le avanoa mo le faaalia o finagalo o taitai o le itumalo. Fai mai le molimau, o le afioga ia Iuli mai le afioaga o Tula na finau e fia alu i le tofi, peitai sa finau mai foi le afioga ia Tavai mai Alao o ia foi e fia alu i le tofi. O le itumalo o Vaifanua e aofia ai le afioga o Vatia, Aoa, Tula, Alao ma Onenoa. E le’i umi ona faagasolo le fono ae tasi loa le finagalo o Tula, Aoa ma Vatia e lagolago le toe filifilia o Gaoteote i le tofi Senatoa, ma sa taoto atu ai loa i se faaiuga a le afioga a Satele Lili’o ma le afioga a Toomalatai i so laua finagalo e tusa ai o le faaiuga
(Faaauau itulau 22)
Sisii i luga lima o le manumalo. Le taimi na sii ai e le kapeteni o le au taitoa 7 a le Manu Samoa ia Afa Aiono le Ipu o le siamupini i le taamilosaga taitoa 7 i Dubai, faatasi ai ma le faiaoga ia Tauasa Faamaoni Lalomilo (itu taumatau) ma le au atoa, ina ua latou faatoilaloina (ata: IRB/Martin Seras Lima) Niu Sila i ‘ai e 26-15.
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Siamupini Samoa ina ua faiaina ai Niu Sila ta’ito’a 7
Le afioga i le alii Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie (ata AF) Tofau.
E le’i mafai e le aasa e le au ta’ito’a 7 a le Olopeleki a Niu Sila ona taofiofi le malosi ma le saua o le Manu Samoa, i le ta’amilosaga sa faia i Dubai i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, ina ua la’asia fa’a fa e Samoa le latou laina sikoa ma avea ai loa ma siamupini i ‘ai e 26-15. O le ulua’i taimi lea ua manumalo ai Samoa i le taamilosaga lenei a le ‘Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup’, o le vae lona lua lea o vae e 9 o le taamilosaga a le ‘HSBS Sevens World Series’ 2012/2013. Na muamua faatoilalo e Samoa le au a Wales ma Falani ma maua ai lona avanoa i le sailiga o le siamupini ma Niu Sila, a’o Niu Sila sa ia faatoilaloina Portugal ma Kenya a’o le’i faiaina ia Samoa i le taaloga faaiu. O se matati’a na faatu e Samoa i le la taaloga ma Niu Sila, ina ua laasia e Paul Perez le laina sikoa i sekone e 9 talu ona amata le taaloga, sosoo atu ai ma le isi sikoa mai ia Patrick Faapale, ma tula’i mai ai Samoa e 12-0 a Niu Sila. E le’i faavaivai ai Niu Sila i lo latou finau mai mo sa latou ‘ai, ma laasia ai e le alii o Ben Lam le laina sikoa a Samoa ma maua ai ai e 5 mo Niu Sila, peitai na toe tali mai i ai Samoa e ala i le sikoa a le alii o Lio Lolo, ma tulai mai ‘ai Samoa 19-10 a Niu Sila i le afa muamua. E lei umi ona amata le afa mulimuli o le taaloga ae vaaia loa le finau malosi mai o Niu Sila mo se isi a latou ‘ai faaopoopo, ma laasia ai e le alii o Kurt Baker le laina sikoa ma maua ai le isi 5 faaopoopo mo Niu Sila, ma tulai mai ‘ai Samoa 19-15 a Niu Sila. Ina ua toe 4 minute o lo o totoe o le taaloga, sa faia ai loa le isi suiga mo le Manu Samoa, ina ua sui atu i totonu Tulolo Tulolo, Levi Asi Faamatala ma Robert Lilomaiava, ma vaaia ai loa finauga a Tulolo ma Tomasi Cama o Niu Sila i le polo, peitai na mataalia le alii o Tulolo ao ia kikiina le polo agai i le laina sikoa a Niu Sila, ma ia maua ai loa le sikoa lona fa o le taaloga, o le sikoa foi lea na faamautuina ai le manumalo a Samoa i Dubai.
“E lagona le mimita ona o le faaiuga o le taaloga i le aso (Aso Toona’i na te’a nei),” o le tala lea a le alii kapeteni o le au a Samoa ia Afa Aiono ina ua fesiligia e le au faasalalau. “E le gata i le mataina o le taaloga, ae ua taunuu foi le miti sa tulimata’i i ai la matou vaai, o le avea lea ma siamupini i Dubai nei, lea ua avea ai i matou ma siamupini i Dubai mo le taimi muamua,” o le isi lea tala a Aiono. Na faailoa e Aiono i le au faasalalau e faapea, “e ui o Niu Sila o le au e sili atu lona malosi ma lelei nai lo Samoa, peitai na faaaoga e tama o le au o latou fatu e faatino mai ai le taaloga ma matou manumalo ai loa...” E le’i taalo Aiono i le taaloga ma Niu Sila ina ua faasala e le Komiti a le IRB o ia mo taaloga e tolu e le taalo ai, ona o se gaioiga sa ia faia i se sui o le au a Falani, lea na ia faaaoga ai lona lima e tu’i ai lalo le ulu o le tasi o le au a Falani i le taaloga o le ‘semi-final’. “O se lagona mimita ma ua ou fiafia lava i lenei aso,” o le tala lea a le faiaoga o le au taitoa 7 a Samoa o Tausa Faamaoni Lalomilo ina ua fesiligia e le au faasalalau. “E to lo’u pulou i tama o le au ona o lenei taaloga mataina, ma ou te faamoemoe o le a tumau ai pea le lelei lea ao matou sauni atu i le taamilosaga o le vaiaso fou (vaiaso lenei).” “Avea foi lenei malo e momoli atu ai o matou alofaaga i Samoa uma o lo o tapua’i mai i maota ma laoa, aemaise ai sui fou o le au lea ua filifilia e amata tapena ai le Manu Samoa mo le Olimipeka i Brazil i le 2016,” o le saunoaga lea a Tausa. I le faaiuga o le taamilosaga i Dubai, ua faatulaga mai ai Niu Sila i le tulaga muamua i ‘ai e 38, sosoo ai Fiti, Kenya ma Samoa i le tulaga lua i ‘ai ta’i 32, o Falani i le tulaga 5 i ‘ai e 27 a’o Enelagi i le tulaga 6 i ‘ai e 24. O le aso 8-9 o Tesema ua faatulaga mo le taamilosaga a le ‘Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens’ i Georgia i Aferika i Saute, ma ua faatulaga mai ai Samoa i le pool A faatasi ai ma Falani, Aferika i Saute ma Ausetalia.
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O se va’aiga i nai sui o le a tu’ua le Kalapu a le Pisinisi a le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi, aua o i latou nei o le a latou umia tusi pasi o fa’ailoga tau Pisinisi i le aso 14 Tesema, 2012. Malo le taumafai ma ia manuia la’asaga uma o le olaga taumafai i galuega, pe fa’alautele atili le tomai. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
fAI KIRISIMASI PEtItA tOEItIItI I lONA AIGA Ua manino o le a fai kirisimasi le alii o Petita Toeititi i tua i lona aiga, ina ua lau lona faasalaga i le vaiaso na te’a nei, e na o le 20 masina e loka ai o ia i le falepuipui i Tafuna, ma o lea taimi o le a toese mai ai le 19 masina ma vaiaso e lua lea ua maea ona ia tuliina e oo mai i le taimi nei. E 5 tausaga na manatu le faamasinoga e faasala ai Toeitiiti i le falepuipui, ina ua tausala o ia i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, e mafua mai i le faalavelave lea na ia tuiina ai le lima o se isi alii i le lotoa a le Kolisi Tuufaatasi i Malaeimi i le masina o Iuni 2011, peitai na manatu alii faamasino ua lava masina e 20 e loka ai le ua molia ina ua talitonuina ripoti e faatatau ia te ia, o ia o se alii talavou o lo o tele se lumana’i lelei mo ia pe a toe foi e faaauau lana aoga. Ao lei tuuina mai le faasalaga a le faamasinoga, na faatoese le au molia e tusa ai o le solitulafono sa ia faia, sa ia faatoese foi i le alii na aafia ma lona aiga ina ia faamagalo o ia, ma faaiu ai loa lana faatoesega i lona aiga ina ia alolofa faamagalo o ia. E le’i manatu le loia a le malo e finau i le faamasinoga mo se faasalaga o Toeitiiti, ae sa manatu e taoto atu lava i se finagalo o le faamasinoga, ae o le loia a le ua molia o Ruth RischFuatagavi, sa ia finau i le faamasinoga ina ia tatala loa le ua molia i tua mai le toese, ua lava le umi lea na loka ai o ia e fai ma ona faasalaga i lenei mataupu. Na taua e Fuatagavi e faapea, e le masani le olaga o Toeitiiti i le faamisa e pei o le faalavelave lea ua mafua ai ona loka o ia i le falepuipui, e le gata o ia o se alii amio lelei, ao se alii talavou foi o lo o naunau e toe fia foi e faauma lana aoga. Na molimau foi le uncle a le alii ua molia o Junior Tuiasosopo e faapea, o Petita e faamoemoe i ai lo latou aiga i soo se itu. Sa ia taua e faapea, o uso matutua e toalua a Petita, e pipili le isi ae faamama le toso o le isi, lona uiga, e faamoemoe uma lava ona uso mama’i ia te ia i soo se galuega i totonu o le aiga, o ia foi e tele ina fealua’i i le taavale e momoli ai ona uso mo
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a la talavai. Na taua e alii faamasino lo latou talitonuina o faamatalaga uma e faatatau i le olaga o le ua molia, ma ua latou manatu ai loa, ua lava masina e 20 e loka mo’i ai o ia i le toese, ae o le a faanofovaavaaia o ia mo le 5 tausaga i lalo o tuutuuga e ao ona ia usitai i ai. O ni isi o ia tuutuuga e aofia ai lona totogiina o le $137.40 i le alii sa manu’a, aua ne’i ona toe solia se tulafono, aua ne’i ona toe tagofia le ava malosi poo fualaau faasaina, a ia auai i ni aoaoga faafaufautua e foia ai le ita ma ia avea o ia o se tagatanuu lelei e usitai i tulafono i taimi uma. tEtE’E MIKE AtONIO tuuAIGA MAlO Na teena e Mike Atonia tuuaiga a le malo faasaga ia te ia, ina ua tulai i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso ua te’a. O lo o tuuaia Atonio i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, faapea ai ma le moliaga mama o le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. O ia moliaga na afua mai i se faalavelave na tulai mai i luma o le faleoloa o le Family Mart i Nuuuli i le vaiaso na te’a nei, lea o lo o tuuaia ai o ia i lona faaaoga lea o se fagupia e ta ai le ulu o le alii na manu’a. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, e 5 filo na su’i ai le manu’a sa i le ulu o le alii na aafia. O le faalavelave na tulai mai ina ua savavali atu le alii na manu’a ma lona nephew i luma o le faleoloa, ae ia vaaia ai Atonio o lo o inu mai ma ni isi o alii i tafatafa o le faleoloa, ma ia valaau ai loa ia Atonio e alu atu la te talanoa, ona sa i ai se mataupu sa ia fia talanoa ai ia te ia. Na te’i le alii na aafia ina ua savali atu Atonio ma ta lona ulu i le fagupia ma mafua ai loa ona manu’a lona ulu. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia e uiga i le mea sa tupu sa ia taua ai e faapea, ao faia sa latou inuga ma ni isi o ana uo, sa ia vaaia ai le alii na manu’a o lo o ia tatu’iina mai ni isi alii se toalua, ma faaiu ai loa i le alu atu ma fia fusu atu ia te ia ma le isi ana uo. Na taua e Atonio i leoleo e faapea, sa i ai lona manatu o lo o i ai se fana i le alii na manu’a, ona o le taimi atoa lea na la talanoa ai, e fai lava ana tala ma tago i lona ufovae o lo o i ai, o le
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Afai e fia soifua umi se tasi, e tatau ona tausisi i meaai paleni e tausi ai lona tino, toaga e koleni, ia lava le malologa, ola fiafia ae aua le ola popole ma faanoanoa. O le tau sailia o auala eseese e mafai ai ona tausi le soifua maloloina o le tagata ina ia maua ai se olaga fiafia, na mafai ona fetufaa’i i ai alii ma tamaitai foma’i mai Samoa ma Amerika Samoa, i le fonotaga i le va o Samoanalua lea na tatala i le Aso Lulu na te’a nei ma tapunia i le aso na soso’o ai. I le tuu faatasiga o finagalo na fetufaa’i i ai foma’i atoa ai i latou o lo o galulue i falemai ma vaega o soifua maloloina mo le tausiga o le soifua maloloina o tagata, na manino mai ai i nei manatu uma, o le tausiga o le soifua maloloina e le gata o le galuega mo tagata uma, ae o se tiute tauave foi e tatau ona logologo atu i totonu o le atunuu. SOIfuA MAlOlOINA, O lE tIutE MO tAGAtA uMA O le avea o se tagata ma tagata soifua maloloina, o se galuega lea e tatau ona faia e tagata uma, mo se faataitaiga e pei ona saunoa Dr. Richard Ripley e faapea, e mafua ona ola maloloina le pepe pe afai e faasusu i suasusu o le tina mai lava i le taimi na faatoa fanau mai ai, seia oo atu i le 9 masina le matua. I le taimi lava foi lea e tatau, o se pepe e ola maloloina le pepe e amata fafaga i meaai pe afai e oo atu i le 6 masina lona matua, ma faaauau atu ai lava seia oo ina matua o ia. “O le isi lea polokalame o lo o matou unaia i le taimi nei, faamalosia tina e faasusu a latou pepe, ia lelei meaai e fafaga ai le pepe ma ia lelei foi meaai e ai a le tina failele,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii foma’i. Na taua e Dr. Ripley e faapea, o le isi faafitauli ua maitauina i aiga i le taimi nei, ua tuulafoai lava tupe i fanau, ma maua ai loa le avanoa o fanau e faaliu bongo, chips, soda pe lole ai foi le $1 na avatu e matua. O le talitonuga o alii ma tamaitai foma’i, o le tuuina atu e matua o tupe i fanau laiti ma le faaupuga, ‘faatau ai se mea ete manao i ai,’ ua momoli atu ai le feau i le tama poo le teine, pule loa oe i le ituaiga soifua maloloina e te mana’o i ai. Na taua e le faletua o Pelenatete Stowers mai le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina a Samoa e faapea, o isi auala o lo o faaaoga e Samoa i le taimi nei e tufa atu ai le feau o le soifua maloloina, o le faaaoga lea o Komiti Tumama a faletua ma tausi i nuu i tua, ina ia mafai ai ona unaia nuu i tua e ola tu mama ma tausisi i le ola soifua maloloina o tagata. Afai e fia ola maloloina se tagata, ia paleni lana tausami i soo se meaai, mo fanau laiti, ia lava le malolo ma le moe i le po, ae mo tagata matutua, e tatau ona i ai se taimi o le aso i vaiaso taitasi e faamalositino ai. Aua le fiafia i meaai e tele ai le masima, suka, aua foi le fiafia i le ava malosi poo le sikaleti, o mea uma ia e aafia ai le soifua maloloina o le tagata. Saunoa le afioga i le alii Minisita o le Soifua Maloloina mai Samoa, afioga Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama e faapea, e leai se isi taimi e pito sili ona soifua maloloina atu ai se tagata, nai lo le taimi o lo o avea ai o ia ma tamaititi. “O taumafa ete tuuina i lou tino i le taimi nei e fua mai i lou soifua maloloina i le lumana’i, mo se faataitaiga, afai ete fiafia e tausami i meaai e tele ai le masima, suka poo le ga’o foi, lona uiga a oo ina e matua e vave lava ona e aafia i ituaiga gasegase e mafua mai i taumafa na,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii Minisita. Ae na taua e Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi e faapea, e le na o meaai e aafia ai le soifua maloloina o le tagata, ae aafia foi pe afai e aafia lona mafaufau, le maua se to’a, tele le popole, le lava le malolo o le tino pe ona ua soona fai foi le malosi, ona aafia ai loa lea ma le soifua maloloina o le tagata. I le aotelega o manatu na mafai ona fetufaa’i, ua atagia mai ai, e leai se isi auala e sili ona maloloina ai le tagata soifua nai lo le ola fiafia, toaga e faamalosi tino ma ai i meaai paleni. Ua i ai le faamoemoe o taitai o vaega o le Soifua Maloloina a atunuu e lua, o le isi fonotaga o lo o lumana’i nei o le a mafai ai loa ona ausia ni isi o sini ua maea ona faataoto mo le alualu pea i luma o le tausiga o le soifua maloloina o tagata Samoa.
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Samoan players perform a traditional dance in celebration after they beat New Zealand at the final match of Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
ZAROZJE, Serbia (AP) — Get your garlic, crosses and stakes ready: a bloodsucking vampire is on the loose. Or so say villagers in the tiny western Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, nestled between lush green mountain slopes and spooky thick forests. They say rumors that a legendary vampire ghost has awakened are spreading fear — and a potential tourist opportunity — through the remote village. A local council warned villagers to put garlic in their pockets and place wooden crosses in their rooms to ward off vampires, although it appeared designed more to attract visitors to the impoverished region bordering Bosnia. Many of the villagers are aware that Sava Savanovic, Serbia’s most famous vampire, is a fairy tale. Still, they say, better to take it seriously than risk succumbing to the vampire’s fangs. “The story of Sava Savanovic is a legend, but strange things did occur in these parts back in the old days,” said 55-year-old housewife Milka Prokic, holding a string of garlic in one hand and a large wooden stake in another, as an appropriately moody mist rose above the surrounding hills. “We have inherited this legend from our ancestors, and we keep it alive for the younger generations.” Vampire legends have played a prominent part in the Balkans for centuries — most prominently Dracula from Romania’s Transylvania region. In the 18th century, the legends sometimes triggered mass hysteria and even public executions of those accused of being vampires. Sava Savanovic, described by the Zarozje villagers as Serbia’s first vampire, reputedly drank the blood of those who came to the small shack in the dense oak tree forest to mill their grain on the clear mountain Rogatica river. The wooden mill collapsed a few months ago — allegedly angering the vampire, who is now looking for a new place to hang his cape. Some locals claim they can hear steps cracking dry forest leaves and strange sounds coming from the rocky mountain peaks where the vampire was purportedly killed with a sharp stake that pierced his heart — but managed to survive in spirit as a butterfly. “One should always remain calm, it’s important not to frighten him, you shouldn’t make fun of him,” said villager Mico Matic, 56, whose house is not far from the collapsed mill. Some locals say it’s easy for strangers to laugh at them, but they truly believe. “Five people have recently died one after another in our small community, one hanging himself,” said Miodrag Vujetic, a local municipal council member. “This is not by accident.” Vujetic, however, said that “whatever is true about Sava,” locals should use the legend to promote tourism. Richard Sugg, a lecturer in Renaissance Studies at the U.K.’s University of Durham and an expert on the vampire legends, said the fear could be very real. Stress can bring on nightmares, which makes people’s feelings of dread even worse. “The tourists think it is fun — and the Serbian locals think it’s terrifying,” he said.
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fuAlA’Au fA’ASAINA KOKENI fA’AfO’I I AuSEtAlIA I le fa’ai’uga lava o Novema 2012, ua fa’ataunu’u ai e le malo o Tonga le toe fa’afo’i uma lava o le tele o le kokeni na maua i luga o le va’a folau “JeReVe” lea e fa’apea o se papalagi Ausetalia e ona, ae o lona auva’a o se taule’ale’a mai Tonga. O lea va’a na mafua ai fo’i ona faia se su’esu’ega tele a le vaega o leoleo nana mai Ausetalia i totonu o le Malo o Tonga, ona o tu’ua’iga lava e afua mai le uta kokeni tele lea sa maua ai, ae ua afua ai nei ona maua se tasi o le Palemene a Tonga, o le Nopele mai Vavau, ua molia i lona auai i le fa’auia mai o nei fuala’au fa’asaina i Tonga, ma le fa’amoemoe e fa’atauina ai. tAlItONu ROCK ‘duANE JOhNSON’ MAlOSI O lE MANu SAMOA Ua fa’ailoa mai le talitonu na’ua o se tasi ua lauiloa ai Samoa - ‘The Rock’Duane Johnson, i le malosi fa’apulusila o lo’o i le Manu Samoa pe a e talanoa loa i le ta’aloga Lakapi fa’avaomalo! O lona talitonu fo’i lea i le malo o le Manu ua mafua ai sana fa’amatalaga, “E tauau e tu’u uma mea ua ou faia i le taimi nei, ae sauni e ta’alo Lakapi.” Ua tatou iloa lelei, sa si’itia e lea alo o le atunu’u Samoa i le tulaga o Pi’iga Fa’apolofesa i luga o alaata o le Televise i le lalolagi, ma ua matua mautu ai le manatu o tagata, o lona igoa pi’i “The Rock” o se tagata sili ona tino lelei toe aulelei, e fa’asalala i ai aga a tama’ita’i. Ua avea nei fo’i o ia ma se tasi e pu’e ona ata tifaga, ae le o ave’esea ai le lagona fa’a-Tama Samoa Moni lava lea, i le ta’aloga o le Lakapi Fa’avaomalo, lea e matua iloga ai le Manu Samoa i le pu’e mata’utia. Lea ua fa’ailoa mai, sa a’oga o ia mo sina taimi i Niu Sila, ua mae’a fo’i ona ta’alo Lakapi ai o ia, ae o se taimi lea na ia iloa ai, o le matua laki lava na le lavea tauga ai a’o ta’alo Lakapi. Lea ua mae’a ta’alo i le American Football mo lona olaga a’oga o se talavou ua matua, uma lelei lea vaitaimi e le o lavea, toe pi’i fo’i lea mo se taimi umi, ae le’i afaina lava lona tino, ma ua toe matamata nei i le Lakapi i Egelani, “Oka, e leai se ta’aloga sili ona faigata e pei o le Lakapi.” Sa ia fa’aalia fo’i, “E tele taimi matou te finau ai ma a’u uo mamae i Amerika i le va o le Football ma le Lakapi, ae ou fai i ai, ‘ave ese uma lava pulou ma safety guards na i tou tino, ae o ane la e fusu i le maso le Rugby ali’i, se’i fai po’o le a se umi e te fa’atau tutu ai i le malosi o le isi itu?” O le mea e sili ona fia maimoa ai le tama o Rock, se o le Haka a Samoa ma le All Blacks - i’ina lava le mea e sili ona fa’aoso fiafia i le ta’aloga! tAMAItI A’OGA tONGA MO IAPANI Mai Nuku’alofa, Tonga ua fa’ailoa mai ai e le nusipepa a le Matangi Tonga e to’a 22 le fanau a’oga mai Tonga ua mae’a fa’atulaga e a’oa’oina i Iapani mo le na’o le tolu lava vaiaso i lalo o se maliliega ma lea malo e fa’aigoaina o le “Kizuna Project.” O le aiaiga ua fa’atulaga ina ia mafai ona fa’aleleia atili tomai o le fanau a’oga mai Tonga, ae maise o le taumafaiga fo’i a malo e lua, ina ia fa’amautu le tulaga “iloa lelei”o Iapani e alo talavou o Tonga, ma ia fa’aleleia ai ala o fefa’ataua’iga ma isi tulaga o feuiuia’iga i le va o malo e lua i le lumana’i. O le lumana’i o Tonga o lo’o i ai lea i a’ao ma le tomai o nei fanau pe a o’o ina tutula’i mai i latou e avea ma ta’ita’i o le latou malo i le lumana’i.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Highlighting a rift between the rich countries and emerging economies like China, New Zealand’s climate minister staunchly defended his government’s decision to drop out of the emissions pact for developed nations, saying it’s an outdated and insufficient response to global warming. Other key issues at the conference, now starting its second week, include how to help emerging nations switch to climate-friendly energy sources and charting the course for a new treaty that would replace the Kyoto Protocol, which covers only developed countries. New Zealand announced before the U.N.’s climate talks started here last week that it would not take part in the second phase of the Kyoto treaty. That angered climate activists and stunned small neighboring island nations, who fear they could be submerged by rising sea levels spurred by global warming. Climate Minister Tim Groser told The Associated Press on Sunday that New Zealand is “ahead of the curve” by shifting its attention from the 1997 Kyoto deal to a new global climate pact that would also include developing nations. The U.S. never ratified Kyoto, which expires this year, partly because it did not impose limits on China and other emerging economies. Australia and European countries want to extend the pact at the current conference in Doha until a wider treaty comes into force. That is not scheduled to happen until 2020. Groser didn’t see a point in that, because those countries together represent less than 15 percent of global emissions. “You cannot seriously argue you are dealing with climate change unless you start to tackle the 85 percent of emissions that are outside (Kyoto),” Groser said. “We’re looking beyond Kyoto now to where we think the real game is.” A majority of emissions of heat-trapping gases that most climate scientists blame for rising global temperatures currently come from developing countries, and China is now the world’s top emitter. Beijing argues it must be allowed to increase its emissions as it economy expands, lifting millions of people out of poverty. It also insists that Western nations bear a historical responsibility for climate change, since their fossil fuel factories spewed emissions into the atmosphere long before China started industrializing. China therefore wants to retain the sharp division between rich and poor countries that has guided the slowmoving climate talks since
New Zealand: Forget Kyoto and write new climate deal
they started two decades ago. Rich countries want to get rid of that distinction, which they say doesn’t reflect the world today. New Zealand is on course to meet its Kyoto targets from the first commitment period, but climate activists at home and abroad say its decision to opt out of the extension has tarnished its reputation as a green leader. “New Zealand’s position is contributing to a political stalemate that is distracting from the real issues of these talks,” said Simon Tapp from the New Zealand Youth Delegation. Instead of binding Kyoto targets, New Zealand has offered a voluntary pledge of cutting emissions by between 10 percent and 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. Groser said New Zealand wouldn’t firm up its pledge until after the Doha talks. The country wants to know if it can continue using Kyoto’s trading mechanism for emissions credits, which some countries say should be available only to those that set emissions targets. “I have advised my Cabinet, literally I’ve said to them, ‘assume minimum rationally will prevail,’” Groser said. “Then I will come back after this meeting here and make a recommendation as to what unilateral figure we can do.” Negotiators in Doha are also locked in disputes over how to help poor countries switch to renewable energy and adapt to shifts in climate that may damage health, agriculture and economies in general. China and other developing countries demand that rich countries present a “road map” describing how they will scale up climate financing to $100 billion annually by 2020, a pledge they made at a climate summit in Copenhagen three years ago. With budgets under pressure from the world financial crisis, rich countries are unwilling to put money on the table in Doha, but they say such financing will become available eventually. They note that they have delivered the $30 billion promised as “fast-start financing” in Copenhagen, though some aid groups say much of it came from loans or previously pledged foreign aid simply relabeled as climate money. As many of these issues are linked to each other, failure to agree on one could stall progress on others, meaning the Doha talks could end without agreement on anything. The core climate problem is also receiving attention, and the conclusion is not positive. A host of reports before and during the talks have underlined that the gap between what science indicates is needed to address climate change and
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what governments are actually doing is growing wider. One report, by the United Nations Environment Program, showed greenhouse emissions have risen 20 percent since 2000. “We begin the final week of negotiations in Doha with the sober recognition that time is running out to prevent the loss of entire nations and other calamities in our membership and around the world,” a group of small island nations said in a joint statement Sunday.
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O se va’aiga i le fanau aoga i le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi i le Kalapu a le Pisinisi ma latou faia’oga e to’atolu, ua auai fa’atasi mo se latou aso fiafia ma sui o le a fa’au’u i lenei fo’i afa tausaga mai le latou Kalapu. O lea aso sa taua’aoina ai fo’i ni o latou fa’ailoga ma tusi pasi, e fa’ailoa ai le latou agaga auai i mea e fai, fa’atino tiute [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] i totonu o le latou Kalapu, ma le tulaga taumafai e usita’ia tulafono patino i le latou kalapu .
ua tasi i ai isi afioaga o le itumalo. “Ina ua le maua se tasi, sa saunoa ai loa Satele e sili pe a moe le toa, ae toe taoto atu le mataupu i le faletolu sei toe iloilo ma soalaupule, ae na faateia Satele ina ua saunoa Toomalatai, ua ia lagolagoina le toe filifilia o Gaoteote, ma tulai mai ai loa le lagolagoina e nuu e 4 o le faaiuga sei vagana ai Alao o lo o faatuiese pea,” o le faamatalaga lea a le molimau. “E faalua ona faaoloolomaau Gaoteote ia Satele i sona finagalo e faatatau i le faaiuga ua tasi i ai isi nuu o le itumalo, ma e ui i se finagalo faatuatuai o le afioga a Satele, ae na toe liua lona finagalo ma ia lagolagoina ai loa le faaiuga ua autasi i ai le itumalo, fai mai Satele, o lona alofa i le itumalo atoa ai ma le tofi ua mafua ai lana faaiuga,” o le faamatalaga lea a le molimau. O le isi laasaga lea o le a laa atu i ai le tofi o le Itumalo, e tatau ona saini uma faauluuluga o le itumalo i le latou faaiuga ua faia ona faamaonia lea e le Faalupega, ma tuu atu ai loa lea faaiuga i le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa ma le Senate.
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O le faamaoniaina o tofi mo Senatoa faatoa faia i le aso 3 Ianuari 2013 i le itula e 12:00, i le taimi e faatautoina ai i latou mo le isi nofoaiga fou. O le Aso Lulu o le vaiaso nei, le aso 5 Tesema ua faamoemoe e fono ai le afioaga o Pago Pago, mo le sailia o se tasi e fai ma sui o le afioaga i le maota maualuga a le Senate. O le afioga i le Alii o Aiga ia Asuega Faamamata Lauvai o lo o nofoia le nofoa o le itumalo i le taimi nei. A maea le fonotaga a Pago Pago i le vaiaso nei, ona faamoemoe ai loa lea o le Aso Gafua, 17 o Tesema o le a fono ai loa le itumalo atoa, mo le faalauiloaina o tofi a le itumalo mo le isi nofoaiga a le Senate. E tolu nofoa o le itumalo o le Maoputasi i totonu o le Senate, ma o ia nofoa e tolu o lo o nofoia e le afioga i le Maoputasi ia Mauga Tasi Asuega, afioga ia Asuega atoa ai ma le afioga i le tamaitai Senatoa ia Tiumalu Telesia Scanlan. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
➧ TALA o FA’AmAsinoGA…
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mafuaaga lea na oso ai lona fefe ma ia sasaina ai loa lona ulu i le fagupia, ina ua maea, sa alu loa i le atoa i lo latou fale. Ae ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le alii na manu’a sa ia taua ai e faapea, talu ai e leai se fusipa’u na fusi ai lona ofuvae, o le mafuaaga lea sa fai ma tago ai e tosotoso i luga, ona o le ofuvae e o o. Sa ia faailoa foi i leoleo e faapea, e leai se fana sa ia te ia, e le’i taumafai fo’i e fai ni gaioiga e faafefe ai Atonio. O lo o taofia pea i le toese Atonio e faatali ai lana uluai iloiloga lea ua faatulaga e faia i le aso 25 Ianuari 2013. IOE AMA POSIMA SA I AI lANA tA’IfAu fEAI Na ioe le alii o Ama Posima i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso na te’a nei, sa i ai sana ta’ifau feai, ma o lana ta’ifau feai lea na osofaia se alii e 12 tausaga le matua ma manu’a ai lona lima. O Posima na molia e le malo i le moliaga mamafa o le i ai lea ia te ia o se ta’ifau feai, lea e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le 5 tausaga pe faasala i le salatupe e $5,000, peitai i le maliliega lea sa ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga maualuga, ua tausala ai o ia i le moliaga mama o le i ai lea ia te ia o se ta’ifau feai, lea e mafai ona faasala ai o ia i le toese mo le tausaga atoa, pe faasala i le salatupe e $1,000. O lenei faalavelave na tofu atu i le ofisa o leoleo i le aso 22 Iuni2012, ina ua faila e le tina o le tamaititi na ai e le ta’ifau sana tagi i le Ofisa o Leoleo, e faatatau ia Posima ma lana ta’ifau lea na osofaia si ana tama. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, na osofa’i e le ta’ifau le tamaititi ao o atu ma le isi ana uo i le fale o lona uncle i Afono lava, e aumai le taaloga o le X-box. Na faailoa e le tamaititi na aafia i leoleo e faapea, na te lei iloaina le taimi na alu atu ai le ta’ifau ia te ia, peitai na te’i ina ua oso atu le ta’ifau ma u lona lima. O sui o le Matagaluega o Faatoaga na faatamaiaina le ta’ifau a Posima ina ua faailoa i ai, e le tatau ona i ai pea le ta’ifau ona e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu o tagata. O nei lea ua faatulaga e toe fofogaina ai lenei mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga, mo le faailoaina atu e le malo i luma o le faamasinoga o le mafuaaga ua ala ai ona latou suia le moliaga mamafa sa tuuaia ai Posima i le moliaga mama. O lo o fia manino alii faamasino pe sa i ai se gaioiga na faia e le tamaititi na mafua ai ona osofa’i o ia e le ta’ifau, pe o le mea na faafuase’i lava ona oso atu le ta’ifau ma u lona lima. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Ona ua tulata fo’i ina mae’a le taumafaiga a nisi o le fanau sa a’otauina ia maua fa’ailoga i tulaga o Pisinisi i le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi, o lea sa a’e ai se finagalo i le latou laulautofi, o le a faia se latou fiafia fa’atasi, a’o le’i tu’ua i latou e nisi o latou sui o le a fa’au’u i le fa’aiuga o lenei tausaga. “E faia lenei fa’aeaga, aua e faigata le mafutaga ua mafana i totonu o le matou fo’i itu o toma’i mo’omia e fa’atautaia ai pisinisi, fa’aolaola atili pisinisi ma ia fa’atautaia tonu pisinisi ina ia tumau lona lelei mo e ona ma tagata faigaluega fo’i.” O le latou fa’atasiga, sa auai uma lava faia’oga o mataupu fa’apisinisi i totonu o le Kolisi, Athena Mauga, Vai Lam Yuen ma Dr. Faofua Fa’atoafe. O le ali’i Peresetene Coral Toa ma lana laulau sa vaevaeina le fanau i lanu e tolu, Mumu, Laumoana ma le Lanumeamata ina ia fa’atautaia ai latou ta’aloga i le Matafaga i le Malae o Suigaula a le Atuvasa, i Utulei. Matagofie le manumalo a’ia’i o le Blue Team, ma sa maua fo’i fa’ailoga mo nei taumafaiga uma. Na matauina, e totogi a latou malo na vala’aulia, e ta’i $5 ina ia mafai ona tu’ufa’atasia se tinoitupe mo le tafaoga. O latou sala i sui e le la’eia le toniga i taimi atofa, le auai i sailiga tupe patino i le Kalapu mo le fa’atupega o gaoioiga a le Kalapu, o le aotelega o nei mea uma, na tu’ufa’atasia ai le $400.+ lea na fa’atino ai loa le latou BBQ i le aso Faraile na te’a nei. O sui auai e to’a fitu, na tutula’i mo le latou fa’amavaega, aua o i latou nei ua afua ai le fa’amoemoe, o le a tu’ua le Kalapu aua ua mae’a a’oa’oga i le Kosi fa’apisinisi i lenei afa tausaga. O latou fa’ailoga fa’apitoa o le a taua’aoina i le aso Lulu o le vaiaso nei, lea e faia ai le Sauniga fa’apitoa mo le tufaina o fa’ailoga o le fanau fa’au’u a le ASCC. Na tofusia uma lava sui totino o le Kalapu ma tusi pasi, o isi, ona o le auai i taimi uma, o isi i lo latou fesoasoani i le Kalapu, ae le o so latou kosi lea o tau’ave i le ASCC, o isi, ona ua iloga lo latou sao i galuega fa’atino a le Kalapu. “E te selesele i mea uma na e lulu, aua ne’i fa’aititia ai lou taumafai, ae ia fa’ateleina se lagona fiafia ia te oe, e taumafai atili!” O se tima’i lea a le tama’ita’i faia’oga Dr. Fa’atoafe. O se BBQ matagofie ma le lelei saunia na talimalo ai lea Kalapu i a latou sui na vala’aulia fa’apitoa, ae maise o le latou lava Kalapu ia fiafia fa’atasi ai, a’o le’i tu’ua i latou e o latou uso i totonu o a’oa’oga i le masina nei.
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FY 2013 and FY 2014
The public is hereby informed of the new Transportation Bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which authorizes Highway Trust Fund through FY14. Accordingly, the Territory Transportation Improvement Program (TTIP) is to be developed to account for the respective fiscal years, FY2013 and FY2014 under MAP-21. To prepare for its submission to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration Hawaii Division, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is inviting the public to participate in developing the Transportation Improvement Programs of American Samoa. This process is comprised of two phases: The first phase which is the compilation of initial unconstrained project list requires issuing a “call for projects” to obtain a prioritized list of projects. The list of projects will be evaluated against project selection requirements established by the department. The second phase involves constraining the TTIP. The eligible projects will be sorted by funding categories to assure that the fiscal requirements are met and that use of the federal monies will be optimized, with no lapsing. This will give an indication of what types of projects must be reviewed for constraining and the appropriate prioritization programs to be considered. The following is an initial priority to be added to the current constrained list of proposed projects by Civil / Highway Division: TSUNAMI EMERGENCY RELIEF • Asili village • Fagatogo to Satala • Taputimu • Alofau to Onenoa village • Masefau village • Nuuuli Avau to Utulei • • • • • Poloa village Nua and Seetaga village Amaluia to Poloa landslides Laulii to Fagaitua Atuu to Laulii VILLAGE ROADS • Afono village road (AS014) • Masausi village road (AS014) • Ofu village access road (AS008) • Vailoa village road (AS013) • Amanave village road (AS013) • Leloaloa village road (AS012) • Atuu village road (AS012) • Satala village road (AS012) • Kokoland village road (AS004) MANUA ISLANDS • Drainage Improvement to route 030 towards National Park (AS008) • Rockfall mitigation • Tau Dock Upgrade (AS011) • Ferry Passenger and bus shelters MISCELLANEOUS • Right-of-Way acquisition Study • Rockfall/Landslide Mitigation Study • Bus Shelters Repair and Reconstruction • Handicapped Vans/Buses Purchase, Tutuila and Manua • Operation and Maintenance Costs for ferry and vans/buses - FTA • Vessel Facilities for Manu’a vessel
ROUTE 001 – MAINLINE CORRIDOR • 3R Project - Lauli’i to Fagaitua • 3R Project - Pavaiai to Leone • Route 1 Phases I, III, IV and V Overlay • Route 001 shoreline revetment project between Matafao and Gataivai SECONDARY & COLLECTOR ROUTES • Route 104 Hospital road reconstruction • 3R Project – Leone to Poloa Route 009 • 3R Project – Fagaitua to Tula Route 008 • 3R Project – Mapusaga Fou to Aoloau Route 002 • 3R Project – Route 018 Ottoville Road • 3R Project – Route 010 Vaitogi Road • 3R Project – Route 011 Masausi to Sailele • 3R Project – Route 003 Sogi to Taputimu • 3R Project – Route 013 Malaeloa Road • 3R Project – Route 014 from Ottoville Intersection to Futiga/Rte 01 Intersection DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS • Route 019 Fagaima road • Route 014/Rte 018 intersection near CostUless • Route 018 drainage near LDS church in Ottoville • Route 001 drainage between airport road intersection & Laufou/CBT area • Drainage Improvement according to Tualauta Masterplan
First Phase:
1) Public Notice/Comments 2) Public Meeting 3) Deadline to comment on the unconstrained list of projects November 16, 2012 – December 14, 2012 December 07, 2012 at DPW Conference Room in Tafuna at 9:00 AM December 14, 2012 Public’s Review on the draft constrained list of projects. Explaining the TTIP process.
Second Phase:
1) Public Notice/Comments 2) Public Meeting 3) Deadline to comment on the constrained list of projects 4) Final TTIP All written comments must be addressed to: Taeaotui P. Tilei, Director Attn: Civil/Highways Division Office Department of Public Works American Samoa Government November 16, 2012 – December 14, 2012 January 10, 2013 at DPW Conference Room in Tafuna at 9:00 AM January 18, 2013 January 25, 2013 Public Notification If anyone has an interest in our ongoing projects or if you have any questions/comments pertaining to this TTIP public notification, please contact the Department of Public Works, Civil/Highways Division at (684)699-9921/22/23 and arrange for a time to review all scheduled projects. Your input is valued. Public’s Review on the draft constrained list of projects. Explaining the TTIP process.
Marine pioneering effort to move women into combat
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine 1st Lt. Brandy Soublet is about as far from the war front as possible at her desk in the California desert, but she’s on the front lines of an experiment that could one day put women as close to combat as their male peers. The Penfield, N.Y. woman is one of 45 female Marines assigned this summer to 19 allmale combat battalions. The Defense Department in the past year has opened thousands of combat positions to women to slowly integrate them and gauge the impact such a social change would have on the military’s ability to fight wars. No branch is likely to feel that change more than the Marine Corps. The small, tight-knit force is the most male of the armed services and prides itself on having the toughest and most aggressive warriors. The Corps historically has higher casualty rates because it is considered to be the “tip of the spear,” or the first to respond to conflicts. It also was among the last military branches to open its doors to women, forming the first female Corps in 1943, according to the Women’s Memorial in Washington D.C. But changing times are challenging the traditions of the force, long likened to a brotherhood. Modern warfare has put women in combat like never before over the past decade, even though a 1994 policy bars them from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level, which were considered too dangerous since they are often smaller and closer to combat for longer periods. Already under pressure to provide the same opportunities for women, the Defense Department was hit Tuesday with a second lawsuit by female service members — including two Marines — charging that the gender barriers unfairly block them from promotions open to men in combat. The lawsuits are intended to accelerate the military’s slow march toward lifting the ban that plaintiffs allege has barred women from 238,000 positions. Defense officials say they recently opened 14,500 jobs to women, and they need to move cautiously to ensure the change will not disrupt wartime operations. Soublet and the other 44 women are part of the quiet, slow transformation. Women make up about 7 percent of the Marine Corps compared to about 14 percent overall among the military’s 1.4 million active military personnel. She said some Marines initially eyed her pioneering presence in the all-male battalion with skepticism. “The way that I would describe it to friends and family was it was kind of like I showed up to work in a costume,” the 25-year-old logistics officer said in a phone interview from Twenty-Nine Palms, a remote desert base east of San Diego. “They stared a little bit but after a while it wasn’t like that anymore.” That experience may play out on bases and boats worldwide as the Pentagon levels the battlefield. The Corps earlier this year opened its grueling infantry officer training school to female Marines and surveyed 53,000 of its troops with an anonymous online questionnaire about the impact of erasing gender barriers. Survey results are expected to be released soon after review by the defense secretary. Only two female Marines volunteered for the 13-week infantry training course at Quantico, Va., and both failed to complete it this fall. No women have volunteered so far for the next course offered in January, officials said. Soublet said she was nervous she would feel unwelcome in the combat engineer battalion. Six months into her historic assignment, she said she has been treated equally. “I have heard, you know, whisperings, like ‘Hey, before you got here we decided to maybe take down some pictures and clean up our language a little bit,’ but other than that, they haven’t really expressed anything to me,” said Soublet, who will remain two years in her battalion and is expected to deploy with them to Afghanistan this spring. The Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said he met with the top leaders of the 19 battalions and told them to establish the proper command climate. The early steps of assigning females to artillery, tank, combat engineer and other all-male battalions have been successful, but there may be some anxiety if women join infantry, Amos said. Camp Pendleton combat Marine Carlos Laguna, who left the Corps in 2011, agreed. “The screams of women, they have a big psychological effect on men. A woman just has a different pitch,” said Laguna, who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder after two tours in Iraq. “If we’re in a firefight and a woman is shot or lost her arm, male Marines like me would want to stop and help. It’s our nature to help women.” The survey addressed those concerns, asking males if they would be distracted or “feel obligated to protect female Marines.” It also asked whether women would be limited because of pregnancy or personal issues. Female Marines were asked if they would feel pressured to suppress their femininity. Former Marine Capt. Kristen Kavanaugh, who runs The Military Acceptance Project, a San Diegobased organization promoting equality in the services, found those questions offensive. “I don’t think women who signed up to give their life for their country are worried about the appearance of their femininity,” she said. Former Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Anu Bhagwati was only the second woman to complete a martial arts instructor training school, earning a black belt in close combat techniques. But she said years of discrimination caused her to quit in 2004. “I learned early on that the Marine Corps will expect you to fail if you are a woman,” said the head of the Service Women’s Action Network, which helped the women file the lawsuit. “I faced so much discrimination and sexual harassment that it made me wonder why I was serving.” Soublet said in her three years in the Corps she has found her fellow Marines to be respectful and professional. “This isn’t a big deal,” she said. “We’re Marines, we’re here to do a job and it doesn’t matter what our gender is.”
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