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Samoa News Monday, September 24, 2012
ASG “appalled” by boH move for interpleader… 3 Governor vetoes court judgement legislation… 6 Patriots spreading the blame in 31-30 loss to Ravens B1
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Students from the South Pacific Academy’s Leo Club (sponsored by the Lions Club of Pago Pago) were on hand this past Saturday helping out at the Lions Club Golf Tournament that saw over 40 teams participating in this year’s tournament, which was sponsored by Coors Light and G.H.C. Reid & Co., LTD. This year also marks the Lions Club of Pago Pago 30- Year Anniversary.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Final budget cuts Governor wants funds $40 Million from made available for stuoriginal proposal dent loans immediately
SCHOlARSHIP FUNd qUEStIONEd dURING HEARING
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
The American Samoa Government’s final budget for fiscal year 2013, which is now going through final approval by the Fono, stands at $454.86 million — a reduction of more than $40 million from the original proposal submitted by the Togiola Administration. The House on Thursday afternoon approved in third and final reading its version of the amended budget and sent it to the Senate, where it went through first reading last Friday. It was also on Friday that the Senate approved its amended version of the budget, which is identical to the House version. Lawmakers are now going through the process of endorsing each other’s version before the final amended bill is sent to the governor for review and approval. A separate $6.8 million supplemental appropriation for FY 2013 is being moved through the House. The original budget submission for ASG in the new year, which begins Oct. 1, 2012, was $497,295,500 (or $497.29 million) but the Fono reduced it down by $42.43 million and the major changes to the budget involve reduction to the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) budget. ASPA bUdGEt CHANGES ASPA, whose management continues to maintain that it’s the power authority’s board of directors who give the final approval of its annual budget, had proposed $115.45 in FY 2013 but the Fono approved, only $78.82 million (or $78,824,003). A footnote in the budget bill states that for ASPA’s FY 2013, the “House/Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees unanimously approved a four month budget or 34% of fiscal year 2012’s funding level.” Samoa News understands the FY 2012 funding level was the one approved by the Fono at last year’s budget review. At the time, the budget ceiling for ASPA set by the Fono was $90.78 million which was the budget ceiling for FY 2011. The Fono last year approved only a four month budget- or 34% of the FY 2012 - but ASPA instead, arguing its board’s authority, used the budget of $118.47 million, which was its initial FY 2012 budget submission. Although the footnote says the Fono joint committees approved only four months in FY 2013 for ASPA, Samoa News should point out that, according to the amended budget bill, Fono didn’t make changes to the original total for the electric division of $58.57 million. The amended budget bill also states the Fono approved only $4.93 million for the water division; $1.41 million for the wastewater division, $2.42 million for solidwaste division and $11.47 million for fuel marketing division. ASPA’s original budget proposal calls $34.41 million for fuel marketing division, $10.02 million for water division, $7.69 million for wastewater division, and $4.74 million for solidwaste division. ASPA officials are expected to be called back before the new Legislature next January to work out the final figures to cover the rest of FY 2013 — but that remains to be seen. A similar move by the Fono in January this year, to appropriate additional
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Gov. Togiola Tulafono wants the more than half a million dollars in the student loan program revolving fund held by the Development Bank of American Samoa made available right away for students who want to make loans for their college education. It was during FY 2013 Fono joint budget hearings that the amount of money in the revolving loan was first revealed by Rep. Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo, who said that based on the DBAS report there is about $600,000 in this revolving fund, which are payments from students who were recipients of student loan programs, overseen by the Scholarship Fund board, while the revolving fund is administered by DBAS.
However, the question of what to do with this $600,000 could not be answered because Scholarship Fund board chairman Rev. Ned Ripley didn’t attend the hearing, due to the fact he was off island for medical reasons. On his weekend radio program, the governor said he has authorized the DBAS and the Scholarship Fund board to use the close to half a million dollars or more for students seeking loans to attend college. Togiola explained that students who attend schools of higher eduction, on a student loan, repay it to the DBAS under terms and conditions set by the bank. He said this program has grown, but he has recently learned that money collected
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(l-r) Charity Porotesano, Casuallen Fale, Miss American Samoa Skyline Nua, Miss American Samoa Inc. (MASI) president Meafou Imo, Vaiomata ‘Maddy’ Unutoa, Arielle Maloata and Josephine N. Mativa. The group is at a local restaurant where MASI hosted a meeting last Saturday with candidates for this year’s Miss American Samoa Pageant set for Oct. 19. The venue is to be announced soon. Porotesano, Fale, Unutoa, Maloata and Mativa are five of the six contestants who attended the meeting, which is part of the official introduction of the contestants to the public. [courtesy photo] Not picture here is the sixth contestant, Pauline Aulava.
samoa news, Monday, September 24, 2012
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Inter-Samoa Talks to convene in Pago Pago with extensive agenda
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Police officer in Houston kills double amputee in wheelchair
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen. Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen. At the time, the officer did not know what the metal object was that the man was waving, Silva said. She said the man came “within inches to a foot” of the officer and did not follow instructions to calm down and remain still. “Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon,” Silva told The Associated Press. Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was killed. They had been called to the home after a caretaker there called and reported that the man in wheelchair was causing a disturbance. The owner of the group home, John Garcia, told the Houston Chronicle that the man had a history of mental illness and had been living at the house about 18 months. Garcia said the man had told him that he lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a train. “He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia told the newspaper. Silva identified the officer as Matthew Jacob Marin, a five-year veteran of the department. He was immediately placed on three-day administrative leave, which is standard in all shootings involving officers. Houston police records indicate that Marin also fatally shot a suspect in 2009. Investigators at the time said Marin came upon a man stabbing his neighbor to death at an apartment complex and opened fired when the suspect refused to drop the knife. On Saturday, Marin and his partner arrived at the group home around 2:30 a.m. Silva said there were several people at the house at the time. The caretaker who called police waited on the porch while the officers went inside, she said. “It was close quarters in the area of the house,” Silva said. “The officer was forced into an area where he had no way to get out.”
Leaders of American Samoa and Samoa along with their government representatives will convene next month in Pago Pago for the “Inter Samoa Talks”, which will cover a wide range of mutual issues and understanding between the two sides. Speaking on his weekend radio program, Gov. Togiola Tulafono says the talks are set for Oct. 8 and 9, and hosted by American Samoa as the previous meeting was hosted by Samoa. The governor didn’t specify any particular matters of discussion this year, but he says that there are some new issues that have come up since the last Inter Samoa Talks, which were a while back. He said these new issues require both sides to continue these talks and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will lead his government and private sector delegation. Commerce Department deputy director Lelei Peau and his staff have been putting together an “extensive agenda” for the meeting, with input from other ASG agencies and offices as well as the Chamber of Commerce, said Chamber chairman David Robinson yesterday when contacted for comments if the local business organization is involved with the Inter Samoa talks. “All major issues” regarding the two Samoas are covered in the agenda meeting and among the issues are agriculture, fisheries, transportation, telecommunication, economic development and health, said Robinson, who added that first day of the meeting is currently scheduled at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium. Specific details of the meeting agenda are expected to be released prior to the meeting, with the governor to lead the local delegation of ASG officials and the Chamber. “These inter Samoa talks are very important for both sides and I’m pleased that the private sector is again being given the opportunity to take part,” said Robinson. Samoa News archive records show that the last Inter Samoa Talks were held in 2007 in Samoa, where among the issues discussed was a joint working relationship between the Chambers of Commerce of the two Samoas. Since 2007, government officials of the two Samoas have been holding their own separate discussions on various issues to further improve the relationship between American Samoa and Samoa until the next Inter Samoa talks. There have been some major developments in telecommunications since 2007 and among them is the launching in the summer of 2009 the undersea fiber optic cable owned by the American Samoa Hawai’i Cable (ASH-Cable) LLC, the company that is 33% owned by the territorial government. ASH Cable also owns the subsidiary, Samoa American Samoa LLC, the fiber optic cable line of ASH Cable linking American Samoa and Samoa. Another major telecommunication development occurred in the private sector, in which Blue Sky Communications purchased the majority share of the Samoa government owned SamoaTel.
ASG calls BoH move for interpleader in Marisco Ltd. case “appalling”
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
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The federal court in Honolulu has expedited a hearing date for the Bank of Hawai’i’s urgent plea for its interpleader motion to be heard, while the American Samoa Government wants the bank sanctioned by the High Court of American Samoa for failure to comply with the local court’s preliminary injunction to return the more than $800,000 frozen by the bank — per orders of the federal court. ASG’s response to BoH’s move last week of filing the interpleader motion, which among other things asked the federal court to order that the $811,000 plus, frozen by BOH, be deposited with the clerk of the federal court, was direct and to the point. According to the ASG motion, BoH “continues to manifest its intent to ignore this jurisdiction’s law and order”, adding that BoH has recently filed a motion of interpleader at the federal court. Instead of following the High Court’s order to restore the frozen funds to the government’s account, ASG attorneys say BoH now wants this money deposited with the clerk of the federal court. “Thus is it clear BoH has no intention of rectifying its violation of American Samoa law or even complying with this court’s direct order,” according to the ASG motion filed by Deputy Attorney General for civil division Eleasalo V. Ale and Assistant Attorney General Michael L. Iosua. “Indeed BoH’s actions over the past several months points to nothing but its intent to entirely disregard American Samoa laws, which actions should not be tolerated,” said ASG, who asked the High Court to enforce the preliminary injunction by requiring the bank to immediately restore ASG’s unlawfully frozen bank deposits into ASG’s general fund account in American Samoa and “require BoH to report its compliance to the court within 24-hours.” ASG also asks the High Court to sanction the bank “for its appalling actions”. The BoH interpleader motion was filed last Monday at federal court and comes just days after the High Court denied the bank’s motion for reconsideration of an earlier order to release ASG’s money frozen by the bank, pursuant to a federal court’s writ of execution ordering the bank to pay this money to Marisco, who alleges that ASG failed to pay for services rendered. Last Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi scheduled a hearing on the interpleader motion for Thursday this week and gave ASG until today to file any opposition to BoH motion. BoH last Friday asked the federal court to take notice of the latest move by ASG filed with the High Court: ASG’s Expedited Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction and for Sanctions Against BoH; and ASG’s separate motion for a expedited hearing, which has since been set by the High Court for Oct. 31. Included in the BoH filing is ASG’s expedited motion, which states in part that an “expedited motion is needed in this case because ASG will suffer immediate irreparable harm as a result of BoH’s failure to comply with the Preliminary Injunction”. It also states that the High Court has already determined that ASG stands to suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is not complied with. According to the ASG motion, BoH “continues to manifest its intent to ignore this jurisdiction’s law and order”, adding that BoH has recently filed a motion of interpleader at the federal court.
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Dear Editor, What good is a government when their people are mislead and confused? Just like a flock of sheep gone astray, it’s an issue that I feel very vulnerable about it. A good leader is the one who leads his or her people into good success. A Smart Leader is the one who brings great success into his or her people. Not some broken promises that are only spoken of, but without signs and developments of their leadership. I don’t want to live in the past. The message might be hard to digest by those who are in the leading position, but from weaknesses and failures comes great measures of wealth and fruitfulness of coordination and successful in a government and its people . Not tyranny to gain power over success, but triumph to gain peace and prosperity in making things right. Like a good Captain who coordinates his crew to smooth sailing through a stormy sea, is just as same as a Shepherd who watches his sheep from going astray and from danger. Tala Galo Faasavalu Jr San Francisco, CA.
EDITOR’S NOTE _ An introduction to The Associated Press’ “Why It Matters” series, which explores top issues confronting the nation in this presidential campaign season and their impact on Americans. When you vote for Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney in November, you’ll be voting for more than a president. You’ll be casting a ballot for and against a checklist of policies that touch your life and shape the country you live in. It can be hard to see, through the fog of negative ads, sound bite zingers and assorted other campaign nasties, that the election is a contest of actual ideas. But it is always so. A candidate’s words connect to deeds in office. Roll back to 2008. Obama was the presidential candidate who promised to get the country on a path to health insurance for all. He delivered. If you haven’t noticed one way or another, you soon will. And back to 2000. George W. Bush ran on a platform of big tax cuts. That’s precisely what the country got. A decade later, taxes are lower than they otherwise would have been. That’s not to say you can count on Romney’s checklist or Obama’s to come into full being. You sure can’t. By nature and necessity, the presidency is in large part a creature of compromise and improvisation. The unforeseen happens (the terrorist attacks), or circumstances change (the December 2007-June 2009 recession), or things that the candidate sets out to do run into a buzz saw in Congress (way too many examples to mention). That’s why promises are broken, priorities shift and intentions get swept away by the fistful. Even so, you get what you vote for, probably about as often as not. And a lot of what you get, you will feel in a personal way, for better or worse, no matter how distant Washington seems from your world. The wars called away people in your orbit, if not in your family. The spending that each candidate wants to do — Romney vows military expansion, Obama would put more into education, for starters — is bound to benefit many livelihoods in some fashion, at the risk of even deeper national debt. And read their fine print: Medicare won’t be the same in the years ahead. Perhaps not Social Security, either. (There’s that national debt, after all.) Across the spectrum of issues, Obama and Romney have drawn contrasts and telegraphed divergent ways for the nation to go. You can’t believe everything you hear. But you can believe enough to know that Tuesday, Nov. 6, is a true day of decision. In this series, Associated Press writers who cover subjects at stake in the election look at the positions of the candidates, the underlying issues — and why it matters.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people, by the Associated Press. The issue: People love to talk about the weather, especially when it’s strange like the mercifully ended summer of 2012. This year the nation’s weather has been hotter and more extreme than ever, federal records show. Yet there are two people who aren’t talking about it, and they both happen to be running for president. Where they stand: In 2009, President Barack Obama proposed a bill that would have capped power plant carbon dioxide emissions and allowed trading of credits for the right to emit greenhouse gases, but the measure died in Congress. An international treaty effort failed. Obama since has taken a different approach, treating carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the law. He doubled auto fuel economy standards, which will increase the cost of cars but save drivers money at the pump. He’s put billions of stimulus dollars into cleaner energy. Mitt Romney’s view of climate change has varied. In his book “No Apology,” he wrote, “I believe that climate change is occurring” and “human activity is a contributing factor.” But on the campaign trail last year he said, “We don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” He has criticized Obama’s treatment of coal power plants and opposes treating carbon dioxide as a pollutant and the capping of carbon dioxide emissions, but favors spending money on clean technology. Romney says some actions to curb emissions could hurt an already struggling economy. Why it matters: It’s worsening. In the U.S. July was the hottest month ever recorded and this year is on track to be the nation’s warmest. Climate scientists say it’s a combination of natural drought and man-made global warming. Each decade since the 1970s has been nearly one-third of a degree warmer than the previous one. Sea levels are rising while Arctic sea ice was at a record low in September. U.S. public health officials are partially blaming unusually hot and dry weather for an outbreak of the deadly West Nile virus that is on pace to be the worst ever. Scientists blame global warming for more frequent weather disasters, with the World Health Organization saying: “Climatic changes already are estimated to cause over 150,000 deaths annually.” Others put the toll lower. Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels are trapping more of the sun’s heat on Earth. One study showed that 97 percent of the scientists who publish about climate in peer-reviewed journals say global warming is man-made. So do just about every major science society and institution that has weighed in. But limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal and oil would be costly, with billions of dollars in changes to the U.S. economy only a starting point. Similarly the price of not doing anything is extraordinarily high because of costly and deadly extreme weather. People will pay either way in taxes, energy prices, insurance premiums, disaster relief, food prices, water bills and changes to our environment that are hard to put a price tag on, says MIT economist Henry Jacoby. A NASA study this year found the most extreme type of weather, which statistically should happen on less than 0.3 percent of the Earth at any given time, is now more common. Until recently, the most extreme year was in 1941 when extremes covered 2.7 percent of the globe. From 2006 to 2011 about 10 percent of the globe had that extreme weather, with a peak of 20 percent, the study said. That was before this year’s record extremes started. The issue of man-made global warming is “totally missing” from the campaign between Obama and Romney, says Jacoby. It should be talked about, he says, because “we’re running a serious risk of passing a much-damaged planet to our descendants.”
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Gov. Togiola Tulafono has vetoed two court judgement bills, calling the funding source used by the Fono “a fiction” and urged lawmakers to approve the initial funding sources, which were hikes in business license fees and excise taxes as well as a new corporate franchise tax. The first court judgement appropriates $32,500 to settle a High Court judgment handed down in 2009 over a 2001 accident where a student was injured by a government vehicle around the Pago Pago Elementary School area. The other calls for $321,757 to settle a judgment against ASG for breach of contract by failing to pay for construction services provided by Pacific International Engineering, Ltd. (PIE). In both bills, the source of funding is unbudgeted FY 2012 revenue from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, the governor wrote in his Sept. 19 letter to the Fono leadership, announcing his veto of the two bills. “The notion that unbudgeted FY 2012 revenues from the Tobacco Settlement agreement exist is a fiction and thus both bills lack a viable funding source,” the governor wrote. “Without an actual funding source, the government cannot pay these judgements.” “Signing these bills in to law would only commit the government financially where there are no fiscal resources. On this basis alone, these bills must be vetoed,” he said. It was the Senate who amended the funding source for the two judgements, based on information from ASG witnesses during budget hearings that American Samoa is getting some $6.8 million in the so call unpledged interest from the tobacco settlement. The Senate believes that this money is new and unbudgeted revenue in FY 2012. The House went ahead with supporting the amended funding source. Prior to the governor’s veto letter arriving at the Fono, the Fono joint budget committee had included these two judgements in the final budget of FY 2013. The judgements are listed under Special Programs budget category but with different amounts: PIE is given $329,500 and the accident that injured a student is allocated $42,500. The administration had initially submitted $329,000 plus for PIE but the Senate amended the bill and the House endorsed it, to deduct the $25,000 that the court had ordered the government last month to pay for funeral service of PIE owner, Warren Fisher. In his veto letter to the Fono, the governor pointed out the administration had submitted early last year, bills to increase business fees, excise taxes and a new corporate tax. He said the potential revenue from these bills would have been realized by now and these two court judgements could have been paid if the tax and fee hike bills had been implemented expeditiously. (Initial funding source of the two judgements were the hike in fees, taxes and the new corporate tax.) “Now the government is no closer to satisfying these judgements than it was nearly two years ago,” he said. “While we contemplate whether and how to satisfy these judgements pending against the government, we must not overlook the need for further legislative action to adequately safeguard public funds from similar issued civil judgements,” he said. He also called on the Fono to consider and pass the administration bill which seeks to amend provisions to the Government Tort Liability Act. Among the changes sought by the governor, last year, is to set the ceiling of government liability in a civil suit at $100,000. “Unless the legal protections proposed in that bill (Tort act) are enacted, public funds used to pay for programs and essential public services will continue to be at risk,” the governor said. “Finding viable sources of funding to pay civil judgements against the government is not an easy task. Neither is developing a fair and equitable way to balance harm caused by the government with the services the public requires.” “But it is our duty to take on these tasks and to resolve these issues,” he said and noted that the revenue measures and the amendments to the Government Tort Liablity Act will provide resolution to the two judgements and provide protection for government resources going forward.
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US navy’s new floating base gets a workout in Gulf
ABOARD THE USS PONCE (AP) — A new, key addition to American-led naval efforts to ensure Mideast oil keeps flowing has emerged as an unusual mix of a ship combining decades’ worth of wear and tear with state-of-the-art technology and a largely civilian crew. After winning a reprieve from the scrapyard, the USS Ponce was reborn through a rush retrofit earlier this year and turned into a floating base prowling the waters of the Persian Gulf. It is now getting its biggest workout since refurbishment as the centerpiece for sweeping anti-mine naval exercises under way that serve as a very public warning to Iran. The Islamic Republic has threatened to shut the Gulf’s entrance at the Strait of Hormuz, the route for a fifth of the world’s oil supplies, and would likely use mines to do so. Anti-mine divers on practice drills deployed in small boats off the Ponce’s stern gate early Saturday, and MH-53 minesweeping helicopters launched from the ship kicked up sea spray as they hauled mine-detecting equipment through the water. Later in the day, a U.S. destroyer pulled alongside, fighter jets roared past and gunners fired thunderous rounds from .50 caliber machine guns during a simulated encounter with a hostile vessel. Senior Navy officials in the Gulf are quick to downplay talk of conflict with Iran, which is locked in a dispute with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. The West suspects Iran aims to develop a nuclear weapon; Tehran denies the charges. U.S. military officials in the region insist the exercises, which include forces from more than 30 countries, are defensive and not directed at any country. They prefer to focus instead on the Ponce’s role as an innovative new tool to help ensure security in the region, and on the need to train with allies to keep sea lanes open. Still, the message is clear. “Any extremist group, any country that puts mines in the water would be cautioned” by the exercises, said Marine Gen. James R. Mattis, the U.S. Central Command chief, during his first visit onboard the Ponce since it deployed June 1. “We do have the means to take mines out of the water if they go in. We will open the waterways to freedom of navigation.” Military leaders believe the Norfolk, Va.-based Ponce is central to that mission. More than half the length of most U.S. aircraft carriers, the Ponce can accommodate multiple helicopters on deck and small boats in a well deck below. The ship was originally an amphibious transport dock built at the height of the Vietnam War. Those types of vessels are typically used to carry landing forces of Marines. It’s now known as the Navy’s first “afloat forward staging base-interim,” a name given because the Ponce is meant to be a stopgap until a similar base built from scratch is delivered. That won’t happen until at least 2015. “This will more or less act as a test for using floating platforms in the sea for military operations,” Riad Kahwaji, chief executive of the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said of the reconfigured Ponce. “There’ll be a lot of defense industry officials observing the performance of this.” Much of the original ship remains, including the tight Marine-style bunks stacked four high from floor to ceiling in some parts of the ship. But there are plenty of 21st Century additions too. Berths for around 100 people were removed and replaced with a high-tech joint operations center, where streaming video and data feeds can be shown on flat-screen displays. Powerful MK-38 guns installed during conversion include remotely controlled digital cameras that let operators zoom in on far-off targets of interest. And a ScanEagle surveillance drone launched from and recovered by the ship keeps an eye on the sea for miles around all day long. In its new role, the Ponce is initially intended to be a close-to-the-action support hub for mine-clearing ships, coastal patrol vessels and helicopters. Ships can take on fuel and supplies without having to return to port, and a wide range of repairs can be handled by machinists onboard. That means far less downtime for minesweepers and other vessels using the Ponce as a stopping-off point, according to analysts and Navy officials. The Ponce’s Spartan accommodation can also handle hundreds of additional personnel, such as the French anti-mine divers in distinctive camouflage shorts currently onboard. In theory, special operations forces could also fill bunks aboard the Ponce, which is able to launch the small boats and helicopters they often use. There is also the benefit of not needing to secure approval from allied countries where U.S. troops are based before conducting operations from an offshore staging base such as the Ponce. “A country that’s believed to be friendly to the U.S. could overnight become hostile to the U.S., and this could pose a threat to U.S. operations,” Kahwaji said, citing recent violence directed at American embassies in response to an anti-Islam film. Although it is under the command of a Navy captain, most of the Ponce’s crew are civilians. It has more than 155 civilian crew members from the Military Sealift Command and 55 Navy sailors, according to the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Jon Rodgers. The number of civilian crew can fluctuate depending on who is onboard. The MSC is normally responsible for running about 110 supply ships and other non-combat vessels for the Navy, but the Ponce’s hybrid crew is unusual. Visitors arriving by helicopter are met on the flight deck by some crew in uniform and others in civilian coveralls. Civilian employees keep the floors and toilets clean, and dish out corned beef hash and French toast on the mess deck. Some of the MSC crew members have dreadlocks — a no-no for enlisted sailors — and many are in their 40s or beyond. A handful are older than 60. It’s not just the civilian crew that’s showing its age. The Ponce is among the Navy’s oldest ships. Construction began in 1966, and it was commissioned during the Nixon administration in 1971. Rust is prevalent throughout the ship, and many of the fittings retain a Cold War feel. “Just walk around and you can see,” said Kevin Chavis, 45, a retired Navy electronics specialist from Brooklyn who is now part of the Ponce’s civilian crew. “Yeah, it’s old. 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NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday challenged Wal-Mart to open a store in Libya and help create jobs in the world’s most troubled areas. “If the new president of Libya asked you to open a store in Tripoli, would you consider it?” Clinton asked Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke at the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative. The annual forum brings together leaders in politics, business and philanthropy for three days of brainstorming about the most pressing global problems. Duke was on a Clinton-mediated panel with U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The Wal-Mart executive — jokingly calling the corporate giant a “small company from Arkansas,” Clinton’s home state — said the company already operates in high-risk areas including parts of sub-Saharan Africa. But Wal-Mart has no presence in Tripoli, the Libyan capital Clinton named as a possible location. Newly elected Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif is listed among about 1,000 forum participants, as is Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a leader of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Libya faces more domestic upheaval after the killings of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Libyan city of Benghazi earlier this month. Both Egypt and Libya have seen protests against an anti-Islam film made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. More than 50 current or former heads of state are lined up for this year’s high-power gathering. On Sunday, the audience in the ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel included the former president’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to speak on Monday morning, and President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday. The theme of the 2012 meeting is “Designing for Impact.” Its stated purpose is to consider how the Clinton Global Initiative community “can utilize our abundance of global capacity to invent better tools, build more effective interventions, and work creatively and collaboratively to design a future worth pursuing.” The U.N. secretary-general said the “top priority” is sustainable development — especially for basic needs such as energy, food and water in poor parts of the world. “I’m going to sound an alarm to all the leaders,” he said. “We are living in an era of insecurity, injustice, inequality and intolerance, and what should we do?” He called on powerful businesses like Wal-Mart to not only act for profit but also “for humanity.” The World Bank head noted, however, that even effective efforts such as delivering HIVfighting drugs to impoverished countries with high infection rates cannot succeed unless ways are found to expand help to large numbers of people. “How do you go from promising initiatives to taking things to scale?” Kim asked. One solution is to knock down the average cost of a year’s HIV treatment so it’s more accessible in low-income societies. In four African countries — Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia — the cost averages about $200, compared with $682 in South Africa, according to research by the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Since Clinton created the Global Initiative in 2005, members have made 2,100 “commitments” seeking to improve the lives of people in more than 180 countries. On Sunday, Clinton highlighted a Procter & Gamblesponsored project aiming to provide 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year to save the life of one child per hour in the developing world.
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks as he opens the Clinton Global Initiative, Sunday, (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Sept. 23, 2012 in New York.
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(PRESS RELEASE) — Washington, D.C.— Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is currently accepting applications for Congressional nominations to fill one vacancy at the U.S. Air Force Academy (www.usaf.edu<http://www.usaf.edu/>) in Colorado Springs, Colorado and one vacancy at the U.S. Naval Academy (www.usna.edu<http://www.usna.edu/>) in Annapolis, Maryland for the class entering the academies next summer. He is also accepting applications for Congressional nominations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (www.usmma.edu<http://www. usmma.edu/>) which is located in Kings Point, New York. The deadline for accepting requests for nominations this year is Monday, December 31, 2012. At this time, with the exception of the Merchant Marine Academy which can sometimes accept more midshipmen provided there are vacancies in the national pool, by law, American Samoa is only permitted to have two cadets/midshipmen at any one of the academies at any given time. As such, American Samoa’s two slots at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, are currently filled until 2014. Applicants interested in applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, must apply directly to the Coast Guard Academy since it has its own application process which does not require a nomination from a Member of Congress. Interested applicants may obtain more information about the Coast Guard Academy’s application process and deadline by visiting its online site at www.cga.edu<http://www.cga.edu/>. To apply to the Military Academies, applicants must be of good moral character and meet the following basic eligibility requirements: ➤ An applicant must be at least 17 years of age and must not have passed his/her 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year of admission; ➤ Unmarried, not pregnant and have no obligation to support children or other dependents; and ➤ A U.S. citizen (U.S. nationals may be nominated but must obtain their U.S. citizenship before graduating from the Academy). To request a Congressional nomination, applicants must provide a letter to Congressman Faleomavaega explaining what their goals are and reasons for seeking a nomination to the academy. Letters should be sent via email to Faleomavaega@mail.house. gov<mailto:Faleomavaega@mail.house.gov> and/or by facsimile to (684) 699-8582. The letters should also include the following information and any other pertinent information the applicants wish to share about themselves: ➤ Which academy they are seeking a Congressional Nomination ➤ Whether or not they have opened an official file at that Academy ➤ Their postal mailing address ➤ Telephone number(s) ➤ Email address ➤ High school and grade/class ➤ GPA and ranking in class ➤ SAT and/or ACT scores ➤ Extra-curricular activities (sports, community work, etc) ➤ If they are in good physical condition to meet the physical challenges at the Academy. To meet the high qualifying standards set forth by the academies, Faleomavaega requires applicants to have a minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined verbal and math score of 1,000 or an American College Test (ACT) score of 25 for English, 27 for Math, 26 for Reading, and 26 for Science Reasoning. Please keep in mind that these scores do not automatically qualify an applicant for admission. The final decision as to whether or not an applicant will be offered an appointment or admission will made by the academies. For this reason, it is recommended that all applicants take the SAT and/or ACT more than once if they believe they can improve their test scores. The deadlines for applicants to complete their files with the academies are as follows: ➤ U.S. Air Force Academy: December 31, 2012 ➤ U.S. Naval Academy: February 28, 2013 ➤ U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: March 1, 2013 It is important to note that the Academies will disqualify applications from receiving any further consideration if the application has not been completed and returned on or before the deadlines. Candidates who are successful in gaining admission to one of the service academies, which are ranked among the top rated educational institutions in the United States, can look forward to being challenged academically and physically. They will also receive a four-year education which ranges in value from $350,000 to $500,000, and the opportunity to serve their country as an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. For more information, please contact Faleomavaega’s office in Tafuna at 699-8577.
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wrong direction, Romney huddled earlier in the day with his top advisers, preparing for next month’s debates and crafting a more aggressive strategy. “I don’t pay a lot of attention to the day-to-day polls. They change a great deal,” Romney said. “And I know that in the coming six weeks they’re very unlikely to stay where they are today.” Obama Is launching a new campaign offensive Monday with his first television advertisement targeting Romney’s comments about Americans who don’t pay income taxes. The ad, which was to start running in swing state Ohio, argues that Romney should stop attacking others on taxes and “come clean” on his own. The ad uses Romney’s comments to wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes, believe they are victims and feel entitled to government assistance. It shows Romney saying, “My job is not to worry about those people.” The 30-second spot signals that Obama will keep making the wealthy Romney’s taxes a campaign issue even after the Republican released a second year of information about his personal finances on Friday. Romney and Obama both discussed foreign policy in interviews broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Romney, who has criticized Obama’s response to unrest in Syria and anti-American protests across the Muslim world, broadened his reproach to include Israel. He said Obama’s failure to schedule a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the annual U.N. gathering this week “sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends.” The White House has said scheduling precluded a meeting between the two leaders, who won’t be in New York at the same time. But Obama pushed back on the notion that he feels pressure from Netanyahu, dismissing as noise the Israeli leader’s calls for the U.S. to lay out a “red line” that Iran’s nuclear program mustn’t cross to avoid American military intervention. “When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people,” Obama said. “And I am going to block out any noise that’s out there. “ In a wide-ranging interview conducted the day after U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in an attack on Benghazi, Obama defended his foreign policy successes, noting he’d followed through on a commitment to end the war in Iraq and had nabbed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. He also waxed optimistic that winning a second term would give him a mandate to overcome obstructionism from congressional Republicans whose No. 1 goal, he said, has been to prevent his re-election.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, defending his foreign policy record at a time of anti-American rage in the Muslim world, fired back at suggestions from Republican Mitt Romney that the president has been weak with allies and enemies alike. In an interview airing the night before Obama meets with other world leaders at the United Nations, the president said, “If Gov. Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so.” It was Obama’s most direct rebuttal yet to persistent skepticism by his White House rival on his handling of an unraveling situation in the Middle East. Romney has charged the U.S. stance has been marred by miscalculations, mixed messages and appeasement. The foreign policy arguments come as both candidates sharpen their strategy just six weeks ahead of Election Day. Speaking to reporters on a flight to Colorado Sunday night, Romney acknowledged he was slipping behind Obama in several swing states and said he would spend more time with voters in the coming weeks. “I think the fundraising season is probably a little quieter going forward,” he said following a weekend largely devoted to raising money in California. Facing Republican fears that his campaign is moving in the
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“My expectation is, my hope is that that’s no longer their number one priority,” Obama said. “I’m hoping that after the smoke clears and the election season’s over that that spirit of cooperation comes more to the fore.” Romney, in an interview conducted last week, sought to deflect attention from his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, over their differences in Medicare policy: “I’m the guy running for president, not him.” While reaffirming his commitment to lowering all income tax rates by 20 percent, Romney expressed no unease about his refusal to offer specifics, such as which loopholes and deductions he’d eliminate to pay for the cuts. “The devil’s in the details. The angel is in the policy, which is creating more jobs,” Romney said, adding that he doesn’t want to see overall government revenue reduced. Addressing the seemingly unshakable charge of flip-flopping on policy issues, Romney pointed the finger at Obama, noting his changes of heart on gay marriage and military tribunals for terrorism suspects. “Have I found some things I thought would be effective turned out not to be effective? Absolutely,” Romney said. “You don’t learn from experience, you don’t learn from your mistakes —why, you know, you ought to be fired.” The series of interviews also offered glimpses into both candidates’ personal habits, including their late-night routines. Romney said his nightly prayer is a time to connect both with the divine and with his own thoughts, and said he asks God mainly for wisdom and understanding. Obama, describing himself as “a night guy,” said that after first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters retire around 10 p.m., he hunkers down for reading, writing and occasionally a moment alone on the Truman Balcony, with the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial in view. “Those are moments of reflection that, you know, help gird you for the next challenge and the next day,” Obama said. The “60 Minutes” interviews came as Romney’s campaign strove to turn the page on a week of public stumbles and Republican hand-wringing. On the flight to Colorado, Romney said he’s looking forward to next month’s debates to help reverse his slide, which he attributed to Obama’s aggressive advertising. “He’s trying to fool people into thinking that I think things I don’t,” Romney said of the president. “And that ends I think during the debates.” Romney blamed his fundraising focus on Obama’s decision to bypass traditional spending limits during the 2008 campaign. “I’d far rather be spending my time out in the key swing states campaigning door to door if necessary, but in rallies and various meetings,” he said. “But fundraising is part of politics when your opponent decides not to live by the federal spending limits.”
Frustration and turmoil as world leaders meet
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Democratic uprisings across the Arab world and the Palestinians’ bid for U.N. membership sparked excitement and hope at last year’s meeting of world leaders. But with war raging in Syria, the Palestinian application sidelined, and deadly protests generated by an anti-Islamic video, the mood as this year’s U.N. gathering begins is one of disappointment and frustration. More than 120 presidents, prime ministers and monarchs meeting this week under heavy security at the U.N. General Assembly and in sideline events will also be preoccupied by rising tension over Iran’s nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, al-Qaida’s inroads in the Sahel region of west Africa, especially in Mali, and the first decline in years in international aid to help developing countries combat poverty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon predicted that the ministerial session, which starts Tuesday, will be among the busiest ever, reflecting “the tumultuous time in which we live — a time of turmoil and transition.” It is also taking place “against a backdrop of widespread violence linked to intolerance,” he said. Ahead of the opening ministerial session, which President Barack Obama will address, the U.N. chief has invited leaders to the first high-level meeting on the rule of law on Monday, hoping they “will send a strong signal to the world’s people that they are serious about establishing well-functioning institutions and delivering justice.” Diplomats aren’t expecting any breakthroughs on the deadlock over Syria, which Ban said “will be foremost in our minds,” despite a number of sideline meetings starting Monday when the new U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi briefs the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors on his recent talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other leaders in the region. “To increase pressure and to increase the isolation of the regime of Assad is one of the goals of this week,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters Sunday. The Syrian conflict has bitterly divided the most powerful members of the Security Council, paralyzing the only U.N. body that can impose global sanctions and authorize military action. Russia, Syria’s key protector, and China, have vetoed three Western-backed resolutions aimed at pressuring Assad to stop the violence and start political talks with opponents of his family’s 40-year dictatorship who began demonstrating against his regime 18 months ago. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig, the current Security Council president, said “change in the Arab world” will be uppermost in the minds of the leaders — as was the case at last year’s session. Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist who was sworn in on June 30 after the first democratic elections in the country’s modern history, will be addressing the 193-member assembly for the first time on Wednesday. So too will Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who took office in February following more than a year of political turmoil and is now trying to steer the country’s transition to democracy. Last year, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas stole the spotlight with his submission of an application for Palestine to become the 194th member state of the United Nations. The United States, Israel’s closest ally, made clear that it would veto any application until the Palestinians and Israelis negotiate an end to their decades-long conflict. So Abbas is expected to come to the General Assembly on Thursday with a more modest proposal — to upgrade Palestine’s current status as a U.N. observer to a non-member observer state — but likely putting off the date for submission of a resolution to the assembly, where there are no vetoes, until after the U.S. presidential election in November. The Palestinians expect overwhelming support from the assembly for the enhanced U.N. status, which they hope will give broad international legitimacy to the pre1967 lines as Palestine’s border and grant them access to U.N. agencies and possibly the International Criminal Court. With no sign of an end to the Security Council’s paralysis over Syria, Wittig said Germany chose to focus the council’s ministerial session Wednesday on something new and positive in the Mideast — “the emergence of the Arab League as a regional actor that has proved to be essential for conflict resolution.” The 21-member Arab League has shaken off decades of near total submission to the will of the region’s leaders and is seeking to transform itself following the seismic changes brought about by the Arab Spring. The league has supported the rebels who ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and suspended Syria in response to Assad’s brutal crackdown against his opponents. “This organization is promoting the values that the United Nations is standing for — human rights, rule of law, democracy, pluralism,” the fight against corruption and promoting economic opportunity, Wittig said. Another issue looming large over the ministerial session is Iran’s nuclear program, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convinced that the Iranians are close to developing a nuclear weapon — which Tehran vehemently denies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will step down next year, makes his final speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Netanyahu speaks on Thursday, before a closed-door meeting of senior diplomats, and possibly ministers, from the six countries trying to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Secretary-General Ban met Ahmadinejad on Sunday and “urged Iran to take the measures necessary to build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The U.N. chief also raised the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric “from various countries in the Middle East” and “the grave regional implications of the worsening situation in Syria and underlined the devastating humanitarian impact,” Nesirky said. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said the U.S.-produced film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad will be at the top of the agenda of a ministerial meeting of its 57 members on the sidelines of the assembly. He said the international community needs to unite behind action to implement international law which warns against any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, aggression or violence. There will also be sessions to promote the achievement of U.N. anti-poverty goals by 2015, sustainable energy and an end to polio.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — St. Maarten police on Sunday arrested a suspect in the slayings of a South Carolina couple whose slashed bodies were found in their beachfront condominium on the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory. Police spokesman Ricardo Henson said the male suspect was arrested before dawn Sunday and has not been charged yet. Citing the territory’s privacy rules, Henson declined to give further details about the suspect, saying police will issue a statement “as soon as more information can be divulged.” The bodies of Michael and Thelma King were found Friday in their condominium at the Ocean Club Resort on St. Maarten, a 16-squaremile territory with about 50,000 inhabitants that shares a small island with the French dependency of St. Martin. Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos said both Americans appeared to have suffered fatal stab wounds. The woman was found tied to a chair, and the man was lying on the floor, partially over an overturned chair. Both were in their 50s. Autopsies were expected to be conducted Monday, according to Mos. Relatives of the slain couple have arrived in the territory. Friends say the Kings were part-time residents of St. Maarten and owned several homes. They also owned a condominium in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
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Terry Tamblyn, a resident of South Carolina’s coastal city of Isle of Palms, told The Post and Courier newspaper that King was a retired insurance executive who later started a successful printing business that he sold. He said King also owned a couple of restaurants on St. Maarten. Local restaurant owner Topper Daboul has told The Associated Press that he and Michael King were building a rum factory together on the territory. Daboul said he last saw King on Wednesday afternoon and “some other friends had drinks with them that night.” He said he wasn’t able to reach the Kings on the phone Thursday so he drove to their house the next day and banged on the door. He said he asked a person on the premises to climb over a fence to see if anyone was in the house. Daboul said the person reported a lifeless man leaning over a chair inside the house. Shortly after the slayings were announced, the St. Maarten government said “every government resource is being brought into play to investigate and solve this case.” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said she was “shocked” by the murders. Police said roughly 25 officers were part of the investigative team. The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association said it’s outraged by the murders, which “pains everyone in the community deeply.”
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Carmageddon II” — the sequel — is coming to one of the nation’s most crowded freeways, and authorities are hoping its subtitle won’t be “The Traffic Strikes Back.” Transportation officials say what they would like to see during the last weekend of September is a rerun of last year’s two-day closure, when hundreds of thousands of motorists dodged doomsday predictions by staying away until the busy, 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 reopened. It was one of the lightest freeway traffic weekends anyone in Los Angeles could remember. Hopes are high that next weekend will have the same happy result, as businesses and residents prepare to avoid the roadway that must close again so work can be completed on a bridge. At Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, just outside the Carmageddon Zone, officials plan to house as many as 300 doctors, nurses and other staff members in dorms at nearby hotels so nobody will have trouble getting to work. Some patients, including women in the latter stages of complicated pregnancies, are being encouraged to check in before the freeway closes at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 29. “Everybody, including myself, will be here to man the entire event, just to make sure everything goes safely for our patients and staff,” says Shannon O’Kelley, the hospital’s chief operations officer. A group of art enthusiasts, meanwhile, formed “Artmageddon,” featuring activities at dozens of museums and art-house theaters and listing them on the website artmageddonla.com. People are encouraged to walk or bike. The UCLA campus, with about 41,000 students, has emergency traffic diversion plans in place. In Santa Monica, just down the road, a new emergency operations center opened last month. Authorities say every major transit, law enforcement and emergency services agency in the area has been cooperating in making contingency plans. In the meantime, just what should people do over the weekend when they will hopefully be too afraid to pull out of their driveways? “Eat, Shop and Play Locally,” advises the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, reciting its official Carmageddon II slogan. The agency is partnering with hundreds of restaurants, tourists attractions and other venues to offer discounts to people who can show they used mass transit to get there. If thousands of people hadn’t stayed home on a mid-July weekend last year, authorities say they might have caused a traffic backup so massive it could have spread to connecting freeways, gridlocking the entire city highway system. The result, “Carmageddon,” would have been miles and miles of idling cars filled with thousands and thousands of angry people. “The risk factors are exactly the same as they were last year, so nothing has changed in terms of the heartburn that traffic agency people are feeling right now,” says Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the transportation authority. It’s not just any freeway being shut down, but one that even on weekends, when traffic is relatively light, can carry a half-million vehicles. It’s also the one that links the city’s San Fernando Valley, where 1.7 million people live, to its dense, urbanized West Side and its beaches. As they did for the first Carmageddon, officials have been posting flashing freeway signs for weeks warning people all over the state to stay away. On Labor Day weekend, people driving in and out of the desert resort of Palm Springs, 100 miles to the east, began seeing the signs. “We wanted to get that image of what the stakes were by frankly alarming the public, getting the public’s attention, grabbing everybody by the lapels and saying, ‘This is a real project that is going to cause a real disaster if we aren’t prepared,’” says veteran Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is credited with publicly uttering the term Carmageddon. Although Yaroslavsky says he first heard the word from an aide, he jokes that it will be cited at the top of his obituary as one his greatest achievements. The freeway is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, just ahead of the morning rush hour. Last year it opened 17 hours early, but Sotero says not to expect that again because there’s more work this time. When all the work in the area is completed toward the end of next year, there will be a new, wider and seismically safer bridge crossing the freeway at the city’s scenic Mulholland Drive. The 405 itself will also be wider, making room for a carpool lane through the Sepulveda Pass over the Santa Monica Mountains, where traffic notoriously clogs almost all the time. If the freeway doesn’t reopen on time, that’s when Carmageddon would really kick in. While they insist they don’t expect that to happen, officials say they will be ready if it does.
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from these loan repayments is not being made available to other students who have sought assistance through this program. He said this resulted in concern from parents, who want to sent their children off island for college but their request have been denied. Togiola says he is not sure as to who gave direction to hold on to this money instead of making it available for other students for education loans. Togiola says he has written to the DBAS and scholarship board chairman to make these funds available for loans by students, and said any parent whose request for a student loan is denied due to the lack of funds, should know that he has said to make this money available. He added that the government is making an annual cash infusion through the budget process for the loan program. He said the students can make the loan and upon graduation return home to pay it back into this revolving account. Togiola acknowledged there have been problems encountered by the bank with repayment of the loan money — as some students have entered the workforce but not bothered to repay the loan. To the students who received a loan, the governor said these are public funds — from tax payers — and the loan program was set up to help American Samoa students who do not qualify for a government scholarship or other financial assistance. He appealed to the recipients of the student loan program to repay their loans so there is sufficient money in the fund for other students wanting this assistance. He says the government is not making this a difficult task for parents and students, but added that other students should also benefit and urged parents to work together with the government on this important issue. bUdGEt HEARING — PURPOSE OF tHE SCHOlARSHIP FUNd During the budget hearings several lawmakers suggested that DOE officials along with Scholarship Fund office staff, Luisa Sunia, be excused because the main person who should be the one to answer the many questions about the scholarship and loan programs was off island. However, there were still questions posed to Sunia, who was informed by Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli that the basic criteria of this loan program is to provide financial assistance to students from low income families and students who have C averages. However, Sunia said the regulations which have been in place from the beginning of the loan program is that students who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and up qualify for the loan
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program, but Galeai fired back telling the witness and the scholarship board to go back and read the law and regulations governing the loan program. Sunia, however, insisted that nothing has change from the beginning and it has always been 3.0 and up. Galeai replied that the scholarship board revisit the law and read it correctly and reiterated that the loan program was also to help students from low income families. He also pointed out that the law states that the board has the power to exempt a student from repaying the loan, if the student returns to work for the government for a certain period of time. Galeai also says he has heard there is a lot more money now in the revolving student loan fund, but the question is — what is the board going to do with that money — use it for more students to get loans, or other purposes? Sunia said the agreement for payment of loans is that when a graduate returns to work for ASG, the first year is waived from making payments and in the student’s second year of working in government they would start paying the loan. And after two years, whether the student is working in ASG or private sector, 50% of the loan is forgiven. It was revealed during the hearing that about 29 students in their fourth year of college are under the student loan program and there are 27 of them in their third year in college, for the new fiscal year, with each full time student per semester given $4,000, which is $8,000 a year. Lemapu and Sen. Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson are members of the Scholarship board from the Fono. The two lawmakers are chairmen of the Senate and House education committees. And their names were mentioned briefly during the hearing as board members. Alo said he, like Lemapu, are in the dark about the board of directors and its work, adding that some board members have yet to be confirmed by the Fono and some whose decisions are made as members of the board, are not in accordance with the law. He said it’s being a year since he has been called to a board meeting and didn’t know if there had been any meetings, or who is making decisions on the scholarship board. He agreed with his House and Senate colleagues for the Fono to set a separate time and date to hear directly from the board chairman. Several reports were requested from the Scholarship Office and among those reports is a complete audit of the student loan program and how many students used this program, how many of them have since graduated, and how many have repaid their loans.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran will target U.S. bases in the region in the event of war with Israel, raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other countries to get involved, Iranian state television reported Sunday. The comments by Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Guard’s aerospace division, came amid tension over Iran’s nuclear program and Israel’s suggestion that it might unilaterally strike Iranian nuclear facilities to scuttle what the United States and its allies believe are efforts to build a bomb. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Hajizadeh said no Israeli attack can happen without the support of its most important ally, the United States, making all U.S. military bases a legitimate target. “For this reason, we will enter a confrontation with both parties and will definitely be at war with American bases should a war break out,” Hajizadeh said in remarks that were posted on the website of Iran’s state Al-Alam TV. U.S. facilities in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan would be targeted, he said. “There will be no neutral country in the region,” he said. “To us, these bases are equal to U.S. soil.” The U.S. Fifth fleet is based in Bahrain and the U.S. has a heavy military presence in Afghanistan. The Iranian warning appears an attempt to reinforce the potential wider consequences of an attack by Israel. The message is not only intended for Washington, but to its Gulf Arab allies that are fearful of a regional conflict that could disrupt oil shipment and cripple business hubs in places such as Dubai and Qatar’s capital Doha. It also comes during a major show of naval power in the Gulf by U.S.-led forces taking part in military exercises, including mine-sweeping drills. The U.S. Navy claims the maneuvers are not directly aimed at Iran, but the West and its regional allies have made
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clear they would react against attempts by Tehran to carry out threats to try to close critical Gulf oil shipping lanes in retaliation for tighter sanctions. Despite Israeli hints of a military strike, Iran’s military commanders believe Israel is unlikely to take unilateral action against Iran. The Guard’s top commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said last week that Iran believes the United States won’t attack Iran because its military bases in the Middle East are within the range of Iran’s missiles. Iran has also warned that oil shipments through the strategic Strait of Hormuz will be in jeopardy if a war breaks out between Iran and the United States. Iranian officials had previously threatened to close the waterway, the route for a fifth of the world’s oil, if there is war. Israel believes that any attack on Iran would likely unleash retaliation in the form of Iranian missiles as well as rocket attacks by Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas on its northern and southern borders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says international diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions against Iran have failed to deter its nuclear ambitions, and he has urged President Barack Obama to declare “red lines” that would trigger an American attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, coupling his appeals with veiled threats of an Israeli attack. Obama has rejected these calls, saying diplomacy and U.S.-led sanctions must be given more time and that Iran will never be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. American officials have pressed Israel not to attack Iran unilaterally, a move that could set off regional mayhem just ahead of the November election. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is currently in New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly and could seek to use his speech and meetings later this week to highlight the possible risks — including sharply higher oil prices — if military action is taken.
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money for ASPA for the rest of FY 2012 was rejected by the governor, who sided with ASPA management that the board has the final approval. $6.8 MIllION CHANGES The next big cut is $6.8 million under local revenues and this is amount is the so called unpledged interest for American Samoa from the national Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Due to conflicting testimonies from ASG witnesses as to whether or not this money will actually be received in FY 2013, the Fono decided during joint budget hearings to take $6.8 million from the budget and re-submit it through a supplemental appropriation, which is now moving through the House. During last Friday’s House session some lawmakers questioned the existence of this settlement money, after the governor last week vetoed two court judgements to be funded with “unbudgeted FY 2012 revenues from the Tobacco Settlement Agreement”, calling it a “fiction”. (See separate story on the governor’s veto of the judgement bills) However, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale says his interpretation of the governor’s veto letter is that this tobacco settlement money is not available in the current fiscal year FY 2012, but is available for FY 2013 and therefore the funding source for the supplemental is appropriate. The supplemental appropriation of $6.8 million was approved in second reading in the House and goes through third and final reading today before being sent to the Senate for approval. Departments, agencies, offices and programs affected by cuts from the $6.8 million and resubmitted as a supplemental were previously published in the Sept. 20 edition of Samoa News. According to the amended budget bill, the Department of Information Technology, with a budget of $296,500 and the ASG stimulus office with a budget of $459,500, are not stand- alones, but have been incorporated into the Governor’s Office budget. These two agencies and their funding are included in the supplemental appropriations. MISCEllANEOUS Another major change to the budget is that the Fono cut $1 million from ASG’s $5 million subsidy to LBJ Medical Center and reallocated the $1 million to other services. Beneficiaries of the $1 million reduction in the subsidy, as well as the reason for the $1 Million cut, were also reported in the Sept. 20 edition of Samoa News.
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Afoa & Le’i ready to take on the office of leadership
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
The “Meet the Candidates” with Afoa Leulumoega Su’esu’e Lutu and Le’i Sonny Thompson last Saturday afternoon at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, was where Gov. Togiola Tulafono, in an unschedule speech, said that Afoa is a leader who is ready to take on the office of Governor for American Samoa. “If Afoa steps up to the plate and he gets your blessing he will be a good transition governor, he can do the job, he’s smart, honest and he can do it,” said Togiola, who was not listed on the event’s program as one of the speakers during the function. He spoke after the two candidates scheduled speeches to their supporters, which numbered a 1000 plus during the “Meet the Candidates” event. The event was kicked off with prayers and a sermon message from Reverends Ioane Evagelai of the CCCAS Utulei and Lalomauga Pa’au of the CCCAS Fagaalu with the hymn sung by Arthur Lam Yuen’s family. Entertainment was offered by campaign committees and Chervon Matai. There were also endorsements speeches by member of the community, including, Vesi Matu’u, Carol Baqui, Taimotu Tiauli, and others. lt GOVERNOR CANdIdAtE Lt. governor candidate Le’i, who was first to give his speech, said that a question has been asked if he and Afoa are ready to take on the government. He responded, “Yes! With all out heart we say please give us your blessings, we are ready.” In a rousing speech that at times had supporters banging on tables and enthusiastically clapping in positive agreement to the Lt. governor’s remarks, Le’i said that this election has been very different, because we have been under the same leadership for nearly 16 years and have received more than nine billion dollars from the Federal government in grants and mandated operational funds. According to Lei’, the nine billion dollar question is for less than 60,000 [people] could we have been in a much better position financially. “How about our roads, our schools, jobs or lack thereof infrastructure, social and political status, the list goes on and on. “Making the right decision in electing the right leaders is very crucial to the future of our people, our government and perhaps most importantly that even before and the future of our children and our future generations.” Le’i thanked Togiola and Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia for their efforts in getting the government to where it is today. He extended his appreciation to former governors, Tauese Sunia, A.P. Lutali and Peter Coleman and their teams for their service. “We know it’s not an easy task, to govern let alone trying to govern American Samoa, with its limited natural resources, and constant dependency to the Federal government for money, and our isolated location from the rest of the world.
“For American Samoa, times have changed in the world as we know it today, and it is constantly and rapidly changing in ways that affect us economically, technologically, socially, politically and culturally. Le’i said, “We are the most qualified and experienced leaders, with the know-how and vision, in integrity and courage, to make bold decision and yet savvy enough to exercise democracy, to achieve local and global results, we need leaders with convictions, perseverance, love for our people. “We need people who can say the “but” stops here, we need leaders with a no non-sense attitude who will hold people accountable for their actions, yet at the same time American Samoa, not afraid to say I am sorry, I made a mistake”. “We need leaders who lead by example and possess the determination to help those who are lacking; we need leaders who believe in American Samoa or Samoa for that matter… Samoa muamua le Atua (God First). “We need leaders who promote equal opportunities for all and force their advancements only through a system of merits; anything less American Samoa is unacceptable. “We need leaders who believe that the future of American Samoa truly lies with the development of our today’s younger generation and the same time we need leaders who develop and seek programs to take care of our elders and those with disabilities. “We need leaders who understand that all military veterans and their families are no less important than those who have not served in the military, and must create programs to meet their specific needs. “We need leaders who care about the people of Manu’a and consider the best solutions, to solve their problems.” Le’i said he accepted Afoa’s decision to be his running mate because he trusts him, because Afoa is the best man to be governor at this point and time. “I ask you American Samoa, humbly that you trust and believe in him too. “Afoa has the perseverance, convictions and the courage to be our next governor, combine our Federal and local government work and decision making experiences, private sector employment experiences, cultural, church and family experiences, makes us the best qualified and most experienced leaders who can and get American Samoa moving in the right direction, if elected by you the people into the offices of Governor and Lt. Governor.” Le’i said exercise your voting rights to say enough is enough; you have the power to change what American Samoa is currently on, that power is displayed through your “Afoa and I still and will always vote. believe in American Samoa and the possibility of a brighter future and we ask you not give up hope either — we, the people of American Samoa deserve better, and have the chance now to make a real difference. “Afoa and I will ensure that it’s beneficial to all and not just a few.”
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Governor Candidate Afoa Leulumoega, Su’esu’e Lutu during his siva samoa at the Meet the Candidates held on Friday at the [Photo: JL] Lee Auditorium.
Lt, Governor Candidate Le’i Sonny Thomson while speaking to a crowd of 1,000 plus supporters, who showed up at the Meet [Photo: JL] the Candidates on Friday.
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Chimpanzee Ruben takes a ride on the back of his surrogate mother, Kito, at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Rubenís mother, Rukiya, died just 24 hours after giving birth during a medical procedure. After being hand-raised at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, 7-month-old Ruben arrived at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 30, 2012, and is slowly being (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) introduced to the other members of his chimp family.
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IOE NA IA GAOIA PUSA POVI MAI FAlEOlOA NA FAIGAlUEGA AI O le alii lea na tuuaia i le gaoia o ni pusa povi mai se fale oloa sa faigaluega ai, ua ia tautino i luma o le Faamasinoga maualuga le moni o nei tu’uaiga ua faia faasaga ia te ia. O le alii o Joseph Iakopo na uluai tuuaia e le malo i moliaga o le gaoi atoa ai ma lona taliaina o ni oloa sa ave faagaoi, ae i lalo o le maliliega sa ia sainia ma talia e le faamasinoga, ua ia tali ioe ai i le moliaga o le gaoi ae solofua e le faamasinoga le moliaga o le talia o oloa sa ave faagaoi. Na tautino Iakopo, i se taimi o le aso 28 Iuni 2012 i Nuuuli, sa ia aveesea mai ai ni pusa povi mai totonu o se container e patino i le faleoloa o le YSJ sa faigaluega ai. E tusa ai ma faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o lo o taua ai e faapea, na gaoi e Iakopo pusa povi mai totonu o le container, ma ia taumafai e toe faatau atu i isi tagata, ae ina ua fesiligia o ia e leoleo i le mafuaaga na ia faia ai lea solitulafono, sa ia taua ai e faapea, o lona le fiafia i le latou pule i le faiga o latou totogi. Ua manatu loia o le a faatali le tuuina atu o ni a laua faafinauga mo se faasalaga o Iakopo, sei faitau muamua i le ripoti o le a saunia e le Ofisa Faanofovaavaaia. O lo o taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna le ua molia e faatali ai le aso e lau ai lana faasalaga. FAAtUlAGA FAAMASINOGA AUtU O lEOlEO tOAlUA O leoleo e toalua ia o lo o tuuaia i le ave faagaoi o mea molimau a le malo sa tuuina atu i lalo o le la vaavaaiga, ua la malilie e tuuina atu loa a la mataupu e faataunuu ni a laua faamasinoga iloilo. O i laua ia e aofia ai Talia Seloti lea o lo o tuuaia i le gaoi, ave faagaoi o ni mea totino atoa ai ma le taumafai e faaleaga mea molimau a le malo, ae o Si’ufa’alele Sai o lo o tuuaia i le ave faagaoi o ni mea totino ma le taumafai e faaleaga mea molimau a le malo.
O moliaga o lo o tuuaia ai leoleo e toalua na afua mai ina ua leiloloa IPODS e lua ia na gaoia mai e ni tamaitai se toalua mai le ACE ia Novema 2010, m tuuina atu ia Sai ma Seloti la te vaavaaia ma teu faalelei. O le masina o Fepuari 2013 ua faatulaga e faia ai le faamasinoga iloilo a Seloti, ae o Sai o le masina o Mati. tEENA MERlIN UlI MOlIAGA FAASAGA IA tE IA Ua teena e Merlin Uli moliaga mamafa e fa o le sola ese ao tatala o ia i tua e faigaluega, e pei ona tuuaia ai o ia e le malo, ina ua tulai i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma ua faatulaga ai loa lana uluai iloiloga e faia i le masina fou. O lo o faamoemoe le faamasinoga e oo atu i le masina fou, ua mautu se tulaga o le mataupu a le ua molia, pe tuuina atu e faataunuu se faamasinoga autu, po o le faia o se maliliega ma le malo e faamuta ai lenei mataupu. O tuuaiga faasaga ia Uli na afua mai ina ua osofaia e leoleo le nofoaga o le toese i Tafuna i le masina o Iuni o le tausaga nei, ma latou maua ai ni mea i totonu o le potu o lo o loka ai le ua molia ua talitonu le malo, e lagolagoina ai a latou tuuaiga, sa i ai nofoaga na alu i ai le ua molia i le taimi e tatala ai i tua e alu e faigaluega. Mo se faataitaiga o tuuaiga a le malo, sa maua i le osofaiga se risiti o se tupe sa lafo i fafo i le aso 5 Ianuari 2012 mai le Falemeli i Fagatogo, lea foi o loo i ai ma le saini a le ua molia, o le laisene ave taavale a le ua molia o loo i ai lona ata ma lana saini, lea sa tuuina atu i le aso 14 Setema 2011, faapea ai ma lana ID palota sa tuuina atu i le masina lava lea o Setema, o loo i ai le ata ma le saini a le ua molia. O lo o taofia pea Uli i le toese i Tafuna i le taimi, ona o loo tuli lana faasalaga faafalepuipui e 10 tausaga na tuuina atu i ai e le faamasinoga maualuga, ina ua ta’usala o ia ma lona uso masaga o Marlon Uli i moliaga o le umia lea o fualaau faasaina, ma faasalaina ai loa i laua i le toese mo le umi e tai 10 tausaga.
O le vaiaso na tea nei na toe tatalaina ai le Polokalama o Nonogatupe mo fanau aoga (student loans), ina ua tuuina atu e le afioga i le alii kovana sana tusi i le Komiti Faafoe o Sikolasipi, mo le toe faaauauina o lenei tautua taua mo aiga o fanau aoga o lo o manaomia lea fesoasoani. E le’i faailoa mai e le alii kovana ina ua ia taua lenei mataupu i luga o lana polokalama i le faaiuga o le vaiaso, po o anafea na amata taofia mai ai lea tautua taua. Na pau lana saunoaga, e le iloa po o ai na faia le faaiuga e taofi le polokalame lenei. O lenei polokalama e pei ona faamanino atili e Togiola, o lo o fesoasoani atu ai le malo i aiga o fanau o lo o fia faalautele lo latou tomai i aoaoga i kolisi, ae le o lava le itu tau seleni. Ae e i iai le faamoemoe, afai ae i’u manuia taumafaiga a fanau, ona toe foi mai lea e galulue mo le malo ma maua ai le avanoa latou te toe totogia ai le vaega tupe sa latou nono mai le malo. Na fautuaina e Togiola matua uma o fanau sa teena a latou talosaga i taimi ua te’a, ina ia toe siaki le Ofisa o Sikolasipi. “O se tasi o faafitauli o loo feagai pea ma le malo i le polokalame lenei, ua toe foi mai nisi o fanau ua faamanuiaina a latou aoaoga, ae ua le mafai ona toe totogi mai tupe a le malo. Ae o le talosaga ia te outou uma e faamanuiaina i lenei polokalame, ia outou manatua o tupe nei ua avatu o tupe a le atunuu, e tatau foi ona toe totogi mai ina ia fesoasoani ai foi i isi fanau pei o outou o loo fia maua lenei fesoasoani,” o le fautuaga lea a Togiola i fanau aoga sa faamanuiaina i lenei polokalama. O se tasi o suiga sa faia e taitai komiti o le paketi a maota e lua o le fono faitulafono, o le faatulaga lea o le aofaiga e $100,000 e tuuina atu mo le Faletupe o Atina’e a Amerika Samoa, peitai o lea suiga na teena ina ua talanoaina e maota e lua suiga a le komiti o le paketi. Na taua e le sui fofoga fetalai ia Talia Faafetai Iaulualo lona faateia tele ina ua ia vaai i le $100,000 ua fuafua le komiti e ave mo le Faletupe o Atina’e, ae le’i talanoaina e le komiti lea tulaga, e le’i tuuina atu foi se talosaga a le Faletupe i luma o le Fono e uiga i se vaega tupe mo i latou. Saunoa Talia, na mafua ona ia fesiligia lea mataupu, leaga e le tatau ona tulai mai lea ituaiga tulaga, ma le isi, na te fia malamalama pe na faafefea ona tuuina atu le talosaga a le Faletupe mo se tupe, ae o le a foi le fuafuaga o lo o manatu le faletupe e faaaoga i ai lea tupe. Na faamanino e le alii faipule ia Faimealelei Anthony Allen i luma o le komiti e faapea, o le talosaga e pei ona tuuina mai e le Faletupe, o lo o faamoemoe e fesoasoani ai i le faatupeina o le polokalama o nonogatupe mo fanau aoga, ona ua tele le manaomia e fanau a le atunuu o lenei tautua, peitai ua vaivai le tupe a le polokalama, ona o le tele o nonogatupe sa faia a nisi o fanau ua le toe totogia atu, peitai e le avea lea faaletonu ma auala e taofia ma teena ai talosaga a isi alo ma fanau a Amerika Samoa, o lo o naunau e fia maua lenei fesoasoani mo a latou aoaoga. E lei taliaina e komiti o le paketi a maota e lua le tuuina atu o le $100,000 mo le Faletupe o Atina’e, ona o le latou talitonuga, afai e manaomia e le Faletupe se tupe, e tatau ona talosaga sa’o atu i le Fono, ae le o le faaui atu o le latou talosaga i taitai komiti a maota e lua. O le $100,000 la lea na fuafua e ave mo le Faletupe o Atina’e, ua suia e le Fono e vaevae mo manaoga e pei o le $50,000 e faatau ai vailaau mo falema’i i Manu’a; $10,000 e fausia ai se tane vai mo le aoga tulaga muamua i Aunu’u; ma le $40,000 e faaopoopo i le teugatupe a afioaga (small village fund). Ae na taua e Togiola i luga o lana polokalama e faapea, e lata i le afa miliona le aofai o tupe ua maea ona toe totogi atu e fanau mo a latou nonogatupe sa faia, ae le iloa pe aisea ua taofia ai le polokalame. Na faaiu le saunoaga a le alii kovana i lona fautuaina lea o fanau aoga uma o loo maua le avanoa e nono mai ai i teugatupe a le malo, ina ia alolofa e toe totogi mai tupe sa latou aitalafu ai ina ia mafai ai ona tupu pea lenei polokalame mo isi foi fanau aoga o loo latou fia maua lenei fesoasoani, e pei ona foi ona faamanuiaina ai i latou. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
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tOFIA tOtINO FOU KOMISI FEFA’AtAUAIGA Ua i luma nei o le Fono Faitulafono tofiga a le afioga i le kovana sili, mo totino fou e toatolu o le Komisi o Fefeaatauaiga a le malo. O i latou e toatolu ua tofia e Togiola Tulafono e aofia ai Vaiausia Eliko Yandall, Faalae Tunupopo ma Foinuu Folauoo. I se vaega o le tusi a Togiola na tuuina atu i le peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau o loo ia taua ai e faapea, “Ina ia tusa ai ma le maga 19.0102 o le Tulafono Toe Teuteuina a Amerika Samoa, ua ou tofia ai Vaiausia, Faalae ma Foinuu e avea ma totino o le Komisi o Fela’uaiga a le malo.” Na taua e Togiola i lana tusi e faapea, “e le gata o i latou nei ua loa lo latou tautua i o latou aiga, itumalo ma le atunuu, ae o nisi o i latou nei o loo i ai tomai ma agavaa faapitoa e talafeagai ai ona avea i latou ma totino o le Komisi, e pei o Vaiausia ma Faalae ia sa avea muamua ma faipule mo le maota o sui i le Fono Faitulafono, ma ua i ai lo la tomai faapitoa i mataupu tau fela’uaiga, ae o Foinuu i lona tomai a’o tautua ai i totonu o le malo i mataupu tau i su’esu’ega.” “Ou te talitonu atoatoa o tomai o nei alii o le a fesoasoani lea i le faaleleia o le Komisi o Fefa’atauaiga a le malo,” o se vaega lea o le tusi a le alii kovana. E ese mai i tomai ma agavaa e pei ona taua e le kovana faasaga ia i latou nei, ae o loo i ai foi ia te i latou le tomai ma le malamalama i tulafono e faatatau i taavale la’u pasese, atoa ai ma matafaioi a le Komisi i le pulea leleiina lea o taavale la’u pasese, aua o i latou ia o loo faalagolago i ai le saogalemu o tagata femalagaa’i i totonu o Amerika Samoa. O lo o faapipiii atu ai i tua o le tusi a le kovana faamaumauga o agavaa uma a i latou e toatolu ua tofia nei mo lenei tofiga, ma ua taoto atu nei i le komiti o le faagaioiga o le malo a le Senate tofiga a le kovana, mo le faatulagaina o se iloiloga e fesiligia ai agavaa o i latou nei. tOFIA lEIlUA StEVENSON AVEA PERESEtENE FAlEtUPE AtINA’E Ua i luma o le Senate tofiga a le kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono, e tofia ai Leilua Stevenson e avea ma Peresetene o le Faletupe o Atina’e a Amerika Samoa. I se vaega o le tusi a Togiola i le peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau i le aso 19 Setema, o loo ia taua ai le tele o taimi sa la galulue faatasi ai ma Leiloa o se totino o lana kapeneta, ma ia iloa ai le tele o le tomai ma le agavaa o loo ia te ia e mafai ai ona ia faatinoina lea tofiga taua. O nisi o agavaa o Leilua na taua e Togiola i lana tusi e aofia ai lana matata i mea tau suetusi ma tausi tusi, aemaise ai o ia o se tagata faamalosi i le faatinoina o ona tiute e tofia o ia e galue ai. Saunoa Togiola, ao avea ai Leilua ma Faatonusili o le
Matagaluega o Tautua Lautele, sa ia faatulaiina ai nisi o suiga tetele ua mafai ai ona avea lea matagaluega o se tasi o matagaluega manuia i le taimi nei. “O Leilua o se tasi o aseta mo tagata ma le malo o Amerika Samoa, sa ou musu foi e faailoa ia te ia le tatau lea ona ia tauaveina o lenei tofiga fou, i le maea ai lea ona ia faia suiga tetele i le matagaluega sa galue ai, peitai ou te talitonu tatou te manaomia se tagata e maualuga le agavaa ma lona tomai na te faafoeina le Faletupe o Atina’e a Amerika Samoa i le taimi nei,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. E le gata ua tauaaoina e le maota maualuga le tusi a le alii kovana, ae ua latou tauaaoina foi ma tusi faamaonia o agavaa a Leilua mai galuega ma aoga sa aoga ma galue ai o ia, ma ua taoto atu nei i le komiti a le senate mo le faatulagaina lea o se iloiloga e
fesiligia ai ona agavaa. O le tofia ai o Leilua i lenei tofiga, o le a sui tulaga ai o ia i le tofa Lolo Matalasi Moliga sa ia tauaveina lenei tofiga talu mai le 2009, peitai ua faamavae ona ua faalauiloa lona faamoemoe e fia tauva mo le tofi kovana i le palota a le atunuu o loo loma nei. SAUNI FAIPUlE FESIlIGIA MAtAUPU MO SE FAlEMA’I I AUNU’U E ui o lea ua pasia e le Senate le latou pili e talosagaina ai le fausia o se falema’i mo tagata Aunu’u, peitai o le faaatoatoaina o lenei manaoga taua o le a taoto atu lea i le maota o sui mo sa latou faaiuga. O le itula e 8:30 i le aso a taeao ua faatulaga e faia ai le iloiloga a le komiti o le Soifua Maloloina/ LBJ a le maota o sui, e fesiligia ai le Sui Faatonusili o le Mataga(Faaauau itulau 23)
FA’AMAlUlU KOVANA I lE AU FAIPISINSI Na faamalulu le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono i le mamalu o le aufaipisinisi na aafia, ona o le faamalosia e Ofisa o le malo o lana Faatonuga Faalaua’itele, e aveese mai ai ituaiga fasimoli ia ua masalomia e aafia ai amu ma le ola lelei o meaola i le sami. “O le mea ua tupu, na tuuina atu loa la’u Faatonuga Faalaua’itele, o atu loa Ofisa sa gafa ma le faamalosia o lea poloaiga ma aveese uma ai ma oloa ua leva ona taunuu, peitai ina ua uma ona toe faia sa matou talanoaga ma matagaluega a le malo, ua mafai ai loa ona faamautuina le tulaga lea, o oloa uma lava e saini le Poloaiga ae ua maea ona taunuu mai i le atunuu, pe ua uma foi ona faatau ma ua tietie i luga o le vaa mo le auina mai i Amerika Samoa, o oloa na e le aofia i le faamalosia o la’u Faatonuga Faalaua’itele, e faamalulu atu ai aufai pisinisi sa aafia ona o le auala na faamalosia ai e le malo lea poloaiga,” o le saunoaga lea a Togiola. Na toe faailoa e Togiola i le atunuu e faapea, o le agaga moni o le malo ua mafua ai ona naunau e faamalosia le taofia o oloa nei, ina ia mautinoa e puipui malu le siosiomaga i le sami ona o se tasi lea o vaega o loo tua i ai le tamaoaiga o le atunuu. tAlIMAlO AMERIKA SAMOA FONOtAGA MA tA’ItA’I MAlO SAMOA O le aso 8 ma le 9 Oketopa ua faamoemoe e talimalo ai Amerika Samoa i le la fonotaga faaletausaga ma taitai o le malo o Samoa, lea e faia i tausaga uma lava, mo le talanoaina o mataupu aua le manuia o le va o atunuu e lua. O le fonotaga i le tausaga na te’a nei na usuia i Samoa. Saunoa Togiola, o lo o i ai nisi o mataupu i le va o atunuu e lua e manaomia le talanoaina e taitai o malo e lua, ina ia mautinoa e maua i ai se fesoasoani mo tagata nuu, e pei o tulaga i pemita o lo o ulufale mai ai tagata Samoa i le teritori, faapea ai pemita o lo o ulufale atu ai
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
American Samoa Government
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Tel: (684) 633-5155 FAX: (684) 6334195
September 13, 2012
2013 BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL PERIOD, ILLEGAL BUSINESS RELOCATION & TRANSFERABLE AND BUSINESS SITE INSPECTIONS
The business community is hereby reminded that all 2012 business licenses will expired on December 31, 2012. The renewal period starts on October 1, 2012 for all existing businesses in the Territory. Any business that fails to renew its license by January 30, 2013 is required to cease all business operations or will be subject to prosecution pursuant to Section 27.0211(b) of the American Samoa Code Annotated. Furthermore, the business community is hereby reminded that it is illegal to relocate or transfer your business to a new location without obtaining a new business license for the new location. Pursuant to ASCA §27.0212 and ASCA §27.0213 that every (business) license issued…is personal and shall be issued to the person or persons making the application therefore, and may not in any circumstances be transferred to any other person….Any license conditioned upon the fulfillment of any qualification or prerequisites pertaining to the premises wherein the licensee conducts his business, trade, or profession may not be transferred to another location. In addition, when one person operates or conducts businesses in 2 or more locations in American Samoa, the person is required to obtain a license for each location. The public is hereby informed that the Department of Commerce will be conducting regular on-site inspections of all businesses for CY 2013business licenses. Business owners are advised to post their 2013business license certificate(s) in a conspicuous place on the premises. In the event that the Revenue Office has not yet issued a business license certificate, business owners are asked to present their receipt as proof of payment. Department of Commerce (DOC) officials are authorized to enter any building or premises for the purpose of conducting an inspection with respect to business activities. Interference with DOC officials in the performance of these duties can result in arrest or prosecution. For further information regarding this notice, contact the Economic Development Division of the Department of Commerce at 633-5155. Thank you for your cooperation.
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2012 challenge: Corral undecided likely voters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Mitchell is 100 percent sure she’s going to vote in the presidential race come November. She doesn’t have a clue who’ll get that vote. That makes her a rare and highly sought after commodity: an undecided likely voter. The challenge for President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is how to lay claim to this small but mightily important swath of the electorate. These people are truly up for grabs, claim they’re intent on voting and yet aren’t paying that much attention. With six hard-fought weeks left in the campaign, just 7 percent of likely voters have yet to pick a candidate, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. When combined with those who are leaning toward one candidate or the other but far from firm in their choice, about 17 percent of likely voters are what pollsters consider “persuadable.” That includes 6 percent who give soft support to Obama and 4 percent for Romney. Mitchell, a 68-year-old independent from the small town of Lebanon, Ind., voted for Obama in 2008 but says both candidates this year strike her as “true politicians, and I’m just really down with Washington and politicians.” Like a lot of undecideds, she isn’t sure what’s going to determine her ballot, and she’s in no rush to decide. The triggers for how and when the undecideds will make up their minds are intensely personal. So the campaigns have to hope to pick them off as they pursue swing groups in the most competitive states — segments of voters such as independents, seniors and white working-class voters. People such as Donna Olson, a 66-year-old semiretired truck driver from Oskaloosa, Iowa, who calls herself a former Democrat. Olson expects to wait until November to make up her mind, just as she did four years ago, when her vote ultimately went to Republican John McCain. “I don’t like either one of them,” Olson says of Obama and Romney. She specifically mentions Obama’s support for gay marriage and Romney’s proposed tax breaks for wealthy Americans. So how will she make up her mind? “I’m just trying to watch a little bit of everything,” says Olson. “It probably will come down to November, but I’m open to see what happens between now and then.” At least Olson’s tuned in to the race. One huge hurdle for both sides in the next six weeks will be getting the attention of the undecideds. While 69 percent of likely voters report they’re paying a great deal of attention to the race, the figure drops to 59 percent for persuadable likely voters. Among the larger group of all registered voters, just 31 percent of persuadables show much interest in the campaign. That’s one reason both campaigns are pouring so much money into advertising in the most contested states, and why so many ads focus on the campaign’s central issue, the economy. Persuadable voters are deeply negative about the current state of the economy. Almost two-thirds call it poor, and only 28 percent expect the economy to improve in the coming year. That is far more pessimistic than other voters. Fifty percent of likely voters who have settled on a candidate think the economy will improve in the next year. While the campaigns are trying lock down every vote they can — through early voting whenever possible — there’s always a chunk of the electorate that’s late to make up its mind. In 2008, 4 percent of voters said they didn’t pick their candidate until the last day, and they favored Obama by 5 percentage points. Another 3 percent decided in the last three days, and they skewed toward McCain. A further 3 percent decided sometime in the last week and they were about evenly divided. In 2004, 9 percent of voters reported deciding in the last three days, and they heavily favored Democrat John Kerry over President George W. Bush, who nonetheless won re-election. In general, the persuadables look a lot like other likely voters, and they’re similarly distributed around the country, which makes it tricky for the campaigns to specifically target them. About 52 percent are male and 48 percent female. They do skew slightly Democratic. Thirty-nine percent say they are Democrats or lean that way, 34 percent are Republican or lean GOP, and 27 percent are independent. Among all likely voters, by contrast, just 8 percent are independent and don’t lean toward one party or the other. The campaigns are intent on firming up those persuadables who already lean their way, and then hope to pick off undecided voters in the swing voter groups they’re already making a priority. The campaigns also are hoping their firm supporters can zero in on undecideds within their own spheres of influence. As Obama frequently tells campaign crowds, “Don’t just talk to people who agree with you; reach out to folks who don’t follow politics that closely. Talk to somebody who’s undecided.” In the same secretly recorded speech in which Romney said he had no hope of getting the support of the 47 percent of Americans who are dependent on government and back Obama, he spoke wistfully of those on the fence, saying, “What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like.” Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg says truly undecided voters are particularly hard to come by this fall, attributing that to an increasingly polarized political climate and a race that ramped up unusually early, with big advertising budgets on both sides. “There’s still a fair amount of time left in this election, but the voters don’t act like it,” he said. “They look pretty decided.”
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JERUSALEM (AP) — A deadly shootout last week along Israel’s border with Egypt has shined a spotlight on Israel’s only mixed female and male combat unit, granting some recognition to a group that has faced much skepticism and often been the butt of jokes since its inception. The Caracal battalion’s response to the militant attack on Friday — which left three gunmen dead, including one whom Israeli officials said was killed by a female soldier — marked a major test for the unit that typically handles tame operations. One Israeli soldier also was killed. On Sunday, Israeli newspapers and radio broadcasts glowed over the news that the co-ed battalion played a decisive role in thwarting the assailants’ attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted about the work of the unit — named after a medium-sized cat native to the Middle East and Africa — in his weekly Cabinet meeting. Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz traveled to the scene of the attack and congratulated the soldiers. “If the Caracal force wasn’t there in those critical moments, it’s clear to everyone that we could have faced a difficult attack,” Col. Guy Biton, the commander of the Sagi Brigade that oversees the battalion, told the Maariv daily newspaper. Most Jewish Israeli citizens are drafted into their nation’s defense forces when they turn 18. Women, however, typically serve less time than men and usually away from the battlefield, in administrative or technical positions. A minority serve in combat roles. By contrast, 60 percent of Caracal’s soldiers are women. Women were barred from combat until 2000, the year Caracal was introduced as a way to ease females into combat duty. The unit was positioned in areas along Israel’s borders with Jordan and Egypt. For years, the territory was calm, largely because Israel has peace deals with both neighbors. Soldiers who were there mostly worked to prevent drug and weapons’ smuggling and while they were trained to neutralize an armed threat, they rarely faced one. But in the last year and a half, since the fall of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, Caracal’s usual patrolling area near Egypt has become a hotbed of militant activity. Egypt’s vast Sinai peninsula is home to Islamic extremists who have staged attacks against Egyptian and Israeli targets. The Jordanian border has remained quiet. In the most recent attack, a shootout on the Israel-Egypt border left one Israeli soldier and three assailants dead. The military said the militants were heavily armed and wearing explosive belts when they crossed into Israeli territory and opened fire on soldiers guarding a team of workers who were building a border fence meant to protect against just such attacks. An Israeli forces spokeswoman said the troops quickly returned fire, killing the militants and preventing a major attack — a coup for the women and men of Caracal. The battalion fought on Friday alongside soldiers from Israel’s Artillery Corps. In line with its policy not to discuss troop deployment, the military declined to provide the battalion’s size. “I feel proud to know that finally people are coming to recognize and know what we are worth and what we are able to do,” Amit Epstein, a former Caracal company commander, told Israel Radio. The recognition comes to Caracal after years of challenges. Resolving logistical issues like building separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms were a first hurdle. But the unit has continued to grapple with widespread skepticism from a maledominated military. The female soldiers’ ability to fight alongside men has been questioned. But the battalion’s men also have been stigmatized, written off as too weak to be accepted into a regular unit or distracted by criticism that they would be unable to focus on their jobs while working so closely with women. Skeptics have also wondered how focused young men and women can be when working so closely with the opposite sex. Doron Almog, who served as the head of Israel’s southern command when the battalion was formed, was not surprised by the successful effort. He said the group is prepared for such attacks and expects it to continue to be called on for such dangerous operations. And as the border with Egypt becomes increasingly volatile, Caracal will be able to continue to prove itself, he said. “The best public relations strategy is to have a successful operation and to come and show results,” said Almog.
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➧ Fetufaaiga Kovana…
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tagata Amerika Samoa i Samoa i Sisifo. I fonotaga ua mavae, o le afioga i le alii Palemia o Samoa ia Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi ma nisi o faauluuluga o matagaluega e aofia i fefaatauaiga ma fela’uaiga a le malo o Samoa sa masani ona malaga mai i taimi o fonotaga nei. E lE’I MAUA lAVA SE IGOA MAKEtI FOU FAGAtOGO E oo mai i le taimi nei e le’i maua lava se igoa e faaigoa ai le maketi fou i Fagatogo, talu ona tatalaina le maketi i le tausaga na te’a nei. Na fesiligia e se tootoo le alii kovana i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei, pe aisea ua tuai ai ona faapipii se igoa i luma o le maketi, e pei ona ia saunoa ai, peitai na tali Togiola, ua silia ma le 5,000 igoa ua tuuina atu, peitai e leai ma se igoa o nei igoa e taua ma aoga mo le faamoemoe. Na faailoa e Togiola i le atunuu, o lo o tatala pea le avanoa mo soo se tasi na te fia tuuina atu se igoa e manatu e talafeagai ona faaigoa ai le maketi i Fagatogo. Ina ua faatoa maea le faaulufaleina o le maketi fou i Fagatogo, na tuuina atu ai loa e Togiola i le atunuu le avanoa, e tuuina atu ai ni igoa latou te manatu e tatau ona faaigoa ai le maketi, ma o nisi o igoa sa mafai ona tuuina atu e le atunuu i le kovana e aofia ai; “maota o fefaatauaiga; maota o le aufai faatoaga; maota o feiloaiga”.
Tusia: Akenese ilalio Zec
Agelu A le Ali’i
samoa news, Monday, September 24, 2012 Page 23
➧ TALA MAI LE FONO…
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luega o le Soifua Maloloina e uiga i lenei mataupu. Saunoa le afioga i le taitai komiti ia Puleleiite Tufele Li’amatua Jr e faapea, e ui ua utiuti aso o le tauaofiaga peitai e le taofia ai se faaiuga a le maota i lenei mataupu, ona o se tasi lenei o mataupu taua mo tagata Aunuu, ina ia mautinoa e laina tutusa i latou ma Tutuila ma Manu’a i le tausiga lelei lea o lo latou soifua maloloina. O loo talosagaina i le tulafono taufaaofi lea ua pasia e le Senate se $250,000 e fausia ai se falema’i Faaitumalo i Aunu’u, e fesoasoani ai i le tausiga o le soifua maloloina o tagata Aunuu, ma o lea tupe o loo faamoemoe e maua mai i le Maliliega o le Tapaa sa faia ma le Initeria (Tobacco Settlement).
➧ Corral undecided voters…
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Even independents are “more partisan in their behavior” these days, Greenberg says. Republican pollster John McLaughlin, however, says there’s still plenty of room for volatility in voters’ choices, with the debates yet to come and the race especially close in certain states. He said that to get on track after recent distractions, Romney’s message to undecided voters must be a forward-looking economic pitch — not just that people aren’t better off after the last four years, but that the economy will be much better off after four years under Romney. Overall, the race is neck-and-neck in the AP-GfK poll, with 47 percent of likely voters supporting Obama and 46 percent for Romney. While 84 percent of likely voters overall think it’s been easy to make a decision this year, the undecideds, unsurprisingly, are having a far tougher time. Fifty-six percent of persuadables report having difficulty choosing sides. Michael McGeehan, a 22-year-old from Salem, Ore., thinks that’s the way it should be. McGeehan is leaning toward Obama but says anything is possible because “things can happen.” He adds: “There’s a lot of people who have their minds made up too far in advance.”
VAEGA: 33 Malo lava le onosa’i i tiute ma galuega o lo’o feagai ai ma lo outou mamalu i le aso. Ae alo maia, o le toe fa’aauauina fo’i lenei o la tatou talal fa’asolo Agelu a le Ali’i. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua o ‘ese mai Agelu e to’atolu mai le pasi na ti’eti’e ai ma fa’asavili, ma au tilotilo solo i aga a kama o le ata. O lea la ua o ‘ese mai nei, ae ulufale loa i totonu o le ta’avale la’upasese la’ititi lea e feaoa’i solo nei i luga o le aualatele. Na fetaui lava le ulufale a Agelu nei, ae alu loa ma le talie a le ave taxi ma le fa’afafine ma teine e to’alua. O le fa’afafine o lo’o nofo i le nofo i luma a’o teine e to’alua o lo’o nonofo i le nofoa o loo i tua. Ua tau nenefu alaata a Agelu i le va’ai atu i ofu o lo’o laeina e le fa’afafine, toe liuliu ae i tua i tama’ita’i e to’alua nei, ua tau pogisa atoa le pito i tua o le ta’avale la’upasese i le feilafi o ofu o le to’alua lea. Na lele sa’o lava le Agelu ulavale na felelelelea’i i le va o le aveta’avale ma le fa’afafine. Ae e aunoa ma se iloa e i latou nei, ua i totonu o le ta’avale ia Agelu a le Ali’i e to’atolu. Na fa’alogologo lelei nei Agelu ae fai le sauniga a le fa’afafine. “ioe, kailo lava i gisi ‘ago, a’o le ako a le keige e makua’i maopo lelei e leai gi pu pu.” Ua alu le tali e, a le vaega lenei. Ua tau mafaufau nei Agelu po’o le a le ‘ako lea e talanoa nei i ai tagata o le lalolagi. E pei o le meapu’eata le alu o le faiga a le Agelu ulavale i lea taimi. E mulimuli ane faatoa iloa e Agelu e to’alua le uiga o tala ia e ai, ae ua leva ona pu’e e le Agelu ulavale. Na tilotilo ane nei le Agelu uavale i isi Agelu e to’alua ma ona foliga ua le fiafia. Na genoa ne nei i ai le Agelu muamua lea e fai ma o latou ta’ita’i, ae fa’anunumi ane i ai mata o le Agelu ulavale ma luelue ane i ai lona ulu. “Ua ou iloa lelei
lava le mea lea e talie ai le vaega lea. O le ali’i lea e nofo i luma, e le o se teine mo’i, o le teine ‘afa’afa, ua manatu ane lava o ia o se teine moni.” Ua tau le malie le Agelu o lo’o ta’ita’i i le tala a le Agelu ulavale i lea taimi. Sa toe tuli tatao ane nei e le Agelu numera lua, “o le a la le uiga o ia ituaiga tagata pe afai e ‘afa’afa.?” Na tali le Agelu ulavale, “Se o ituaiga fo’i nei ua fa’asoesa solo i le lalolagi, ma o ituaiga fo’i nei, e lua o latou itu, a lolo’u mai ma se amoga popo, pe liliu ane fo’i i le faiga o le umu, matua’i selau pasese, a tago foi i le teuteuina o le fale, e matua’i selau pasene fo’i.” Ua na o le pulapula vale ane nei o mata o le Agelu numera lua i le Agelu ulavale ma lulu ane i ai lona ulu. Na toe fa’aauau le tala a le Agelu ulavale e fa’apea, “O ituaiga tagata nei, a o’o i le ao, ua tagata, ae a o’o i le po ua pei o ni aitu e savavali solo i le auala.” A’o faia talanoaga a Agelu a le Ali’i, o le taimi lea ua a’apa ane le fa’afafine ma milimili alafau o le ave ta’avale, “E ka’i molemole alafau o Baby…. ua pei o ni alafau o se tama e le i pau…tu’u mai lou lima se i out ago atu e matua’i milimili lelei.” E fai lava tala nei a le fa’afafine ma tilotilo ane i le aveta’avale, ae olo’o tu’i le talie a tama’ita’i o lo’o nonofo i tua. Ua lagona le tiga o taliga o Agelu nei ma na i’u lava ina a’apa atu le Agelu ulavale ma mimilo le foeuli o le ta’avale ma sipa ai loa aga’i i tua ma le auala. Na mou ‘ese vave lava le talie, ae ua lagona le popole o le loto pe o le a le mea ua tupu. Ua na o le pupula to’a ane nei o le Agelu ulavale i isi Agelu e to’alua ma fa’apea ane, “ia o le na, ua ‘oso le me’i ku i le ke’i, o amio lava nei o lo’o fa’anoanoa ai Tama i luga, lea la ua o tatou va’ai lelei lava i ai… se na o ni tagata mata’utia tagata nei…” E faia pea
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➧ Afoa & Le’i are ready…
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GOVERNOR CANdIdAtE Afoa when he spoke opted not to use his prepared speech, noting that other people had already spoken of the message he was about to give. He said during the time he was trying to decide if he was running for office this year, given his past experiences of running for public office, he came up with their slogan, “Please give us your blessing — fa’amolemole to maia lau pule”. “My slogan to me is a prayer in the morning and every time of the day when you feel that you need assistance you ask. “Please Lord give us your blessing, not only for me, but for everybody else and for our government. Why? Because he’s the only God, the only Lord and he’s the only Authority that can give the blessing to us.” He added that he has a plan laid out for the government and it will be in the newspaper each week, announced on the radio each week and on television each week. “Life is not easy, it’s hard, but when you choose a leader, you choose a person with compassion and a person that you can trust, that you can depend on,” said Afoa. At the end of his speech, Afoa recognized special guests that attended the Meet the Candidate event. Turning to Togiola, he thanked him for being present and told him, “You made my day.” He then asked Utu Abe Malae to stand and be recognized for his presence, and also extended his thanks to Sen. Mauga Tasi Asuega for attending the function.
“A’oa’oga mo i latou o lo’o fa’aaogaina vaila’au o’ona”
O le a faia se a’oa’oga mo i latou o lo o fa’aaoga vaila’au o’ona i fa’ato’aga. Afai o lo’o e fa’aaoga vaila’au o’ona ae leai se tusi fa’ataga po’o e fa’amoemoe fo’i e te fa’aaoga i se taimi o i luma, o lou avanoa lelei lenei e te ‘auai ai i lenei a’oa’oga taua. O taimi la nei mo lenei vasega. Aso: Setema 24 - 28, 2012 Taimi: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Nofoaga e fai ai: Potu mo A’oa’oga a le Vaega o Laufanua ma Atina’e a le Kolisi Tu’ufa’atasi ma Alaalafaga o Amerika Samoa. “E leai se totogi o le resitala. Afai e te fia ‘auai ai i lenei a’oa’oga, fa’amolemole ia fa’afeso’ota’i mai Cora po’o Helen i le telefoni 699-1575/2019 FA’AFETAI.
samoa news, Monday, September 24, 2012