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Governor extolls newsletter, calls media 1- sided 3 Man accused of raping wife is acquitted…
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Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash site of a Sita Air airplane near Katmandu, Nepal, early Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. A plane carrying trekkers to the Everest region crashed and burned just after takeoff Friday morning in Nepalís capital, killing the 19 Nepali, British and Chinese people on board, authorities (AP Photo) said.
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
The Election Office Some registered voters appeals to qualified disqualified after voting overseas voters — in Samoa’s ‘11 election Utilize EO website
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono has appealed to American Samoa’s qualified overseas voters to utilize the Election Office’s website to expedite the process of requesting an absentee ballot, and the forms are available online. “Like the rest of the nation, our Election Office wants to assist our overseas voters especially our sons and daughters in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as college students, by making forms available online for easy access,” said Soliai during an interview at his office in Tafuna. The Election Office has received a lot of e-mail requests from overseas voters seeking an absentee ballot but the information is not sufficient “in order for us to verify our records,” said Soliai. “We have a verification process when these requests come through, which includes the person’s signature as well as other pertinent details.” A lot of these e-mail requests are “your normal e-mail messages” and the Election Office then informs the sender of the message to go on the Election Office website, where the forms are provided to request an absentee ballot if the person is already a registered voter, said Soliai.
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Despite warnings from the Election Office, which have been carried by local news media, some American Samoa registered voters still cast ballots in last year’s Samoa election that returned to power the government of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi’s Human Rights Protection Party. As a result of voting in the Samoa election, these American Samoa registered voters cannot cast ballots in the territory’s Nov. 6 general election, as they are “disqualified” and will be purged from the voter roll. “In previous years, prior to Samoa’s election, our office stated publicly, through the news media, as a reminder to our registered voters that they will not be allowed to vote in the local election, if they are found to have voted in Samoa,” Chief Election Officer Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono said yesterday. “Last year, our office made this fact known again, but still there are voters who do not heed our advisory message,” Soliai said in an inter-
view at his office yesterday morning. “So we have identified six registered voters, who voted in Samoa last year and who will be contacted, to let them know that their names will be removed from the voter register and therefore they are not eligible to vote this year.” “Our election laws are very clear, you can only vote in one country, or territory. This is also a federal law,” said Soliai, who said letters will be sent to the disqualified individuals, whose names are not publicly revealed due to local election laws pertaining to confidentiality issues. Because they are now disqualified, these six individuals — if they wish to continue to vote in future American Samoa elections — will need to go through the registration process again, including meeting the residency requirement before being eligible to register to vote, said Soliai. This information was echoed by Election Office legal counsel Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde, who accompanied Soliai during the Samoa
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Park Ranger Samson Atoe from the National Park Service speaking to students from Samoana High School on the importance of keeping our coastal waters clean. The NPS along with other organizations from the Government and private sector were on hand this past Wednesday at Utulei Beach to mark the end of Coastweek 2012. Some of the organizations on hand included the Department of Commerce, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Association of Paddlers (ASAP), American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA), American Samoa Community College & Natural Resources (ASCC/CNR) Forestry Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Boy Scouts of American Samoa, Women Infant Children (WIC) Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, Department of Public Service Marine Patrol and the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency. Activities consisted of canoe rides from the ASAP, swimming demonstrations from the ASAA, blood pressure and sugar levels checks from the DOH, as well as information given out concerning the environment and keeping our coast clean. The highlight of the day was the Fautasi Race that saw the ‘Aeto’ from Pago Pago take 1st place, with Fagaalu’s ‘Fetu o le Afiafi’ coming in 2nd, while the ‘Paepae Ulupo’o’ from the village of Aua took 3rd place. Coastweek is a national celebration of our coastal resources, and this year’s theme was ‘Preservation Builds Generation’.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s use of electronic devices to intercept phone numbers, email addresses and online information has climbed by 64 percent since 2009, according to a study of records released under the Freedom of Information Act. Government data shows that from 2009 to 2011, the combined number of court orders for so-called pen registers and trap and trace devices on phones rose from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Though used far less frequently, the combined number of court orders targeting individuals’ email and network communications data rose from 360 in 2009 to 1,661 through the end of 2011. When combined, the total intercepts represent a 64 percent increase. The civil liberties advocacy group made the FOIA request, analyzed the released documents and issued a report on them Thursday. A pen register records all numbers dialed from a particular telephone line. A trap-and-trace device records the telephone numbers of inbound callers to a suspected criminal telephone. The Justice Department says civil liberties are safeguarded by obtaining court approval to use such surveillance. The devices are not used to capture phone conversations or the content of emails. “In every instance cited here, a federal judge authorized the law enforcement activity,” Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said. “As criminals increasingly use new and more sophisticated technologies, the use of orders issued by a judge and explicitly authorized by Congress to obtain non-content information is essential for federal law enforcement officials to carry out their duty to protect the public and investigate violations of federal laws.” The standard for obtaining a court order for such surveillance requires that the information sought is relevant to an investigation. That standard is far less than the law requires to obtain a warrant to conduct a physical search: probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. An ACLU staff attorney, Catherine Crump, said the process for these less intrusive warrants is a “rubber stamp” devoid of any kind of meaningful court review.
Feds use of surveillance Ceremony to acknowledge ASG devices rises sharply… as ‘TsunamiReady’ set for today
by Samoa News staff
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Three years after the worst disaster in the territory’s history and with around $100 million in federal assistance, American Samoa is now designated “TsunamiReady”, with the official ceremony set for this morning at Utulei Beach. This designation is made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NWS). NOAA says TsunamiReady makes American Samoa more prepared to act in the event of a future tsunami. TsunamiReady designation covers the islands of Tutuila, Aunuu, Ofu, Olosega and Tau and all of the National Park of American Samoa. NWS Pacific Region director Jeff LaDouce said the people of American Samoa know firsthand the devastating impact of tsunamis. “Tsunamis are a real threat to American Samoa since seismic activity can come from the Tonga Trench located just offshore,” said LaDouce in a NOAA news release yesterday. “The TsunamiReady program gives emergency managers the tools to prepare and warn citizens the next time a tsunami strikes, ultimately saving lives.” LaDouce will present Gov. Togiola T. A. Tulafono with a recognition letter and TsunamiReady street signs during today’s ceremony. U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Administrator Nancy Ward arrived last night with other federal officials to attend the ceremony. LaDouce said the designation will be in effect for three years and can be renewed. Additionally, signs will be positioned in places across the island for public awareness. “This begins a state of tsunami readiness on American Samoa that will continue to develop, expand and be exercised on a continuing basis,” said LaDouce. “We hope the efforts here encourage all island countries in the South Pacific to make similar efforts
to prepare for tsunamis.” Since the 2009 tsunami, which was spawned by an 8.0 earthquake, killing 34 residents including a handful of children, FEMA over the last three years has awarded nearly $100 million in posttsunami improvements to American Samoa for lifesaving emergency management systems, said FEMA in a news release yesterday morning. This includes an early warning siren system, 9-1-1 emergency call center and the completion of a formal tsunami hazard plan that proved instrumental in helping the island achieve the coveted status of TsunamiReady, said FEMA officials. To be recognized as TsunamiReady, a community must establish a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, develop multiple ways to receive tsunami warnings and alert the public, develop a formal tsunami hazard plan, conduct emergency exercises and promote public readiness through community education. Given that American Samoa is located 120 miles away from the Tonga Trench, one of the fastest moving subduction zones in the world, tsunami readiness is paramount to the island’s safety posture. “This subduction zone will continue to produce earthquakes and potentially damaging tsunamis,” said Ward in the FEMA news release. According to FEMA, resources have been invested by federal, territorial, voluntary and private sectors partners since the killer wave came ashore in 2009 that have helped the territory to achieve a heightened level of preparedness. “This is a perfect example of the resilience of the Pacific Islanders and the value of government coordination and cooperation. Everyone met this disaster head on and never stopped moving forward,” said LaDouce. “This recognition is something that the people of American Samoa and their many partners can be very proud of.”
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Governor extolls newsletter, calling media “one- sided”
Gov. Togiola Tulafono has again accused the local news media of reporting only bad things happening with government and their employees, but not the good stories about ASG departments and offices. He said it’s a fact that this has happened many times and the reason the government first launched the Tapuitea newsletter was to provide the right information for the community. Taupitea, the ASG newsletter, was first launched more than two years ago, and was previously overseen by the Governor’s Office, but has since been transferred to the Information Technology Department. Togiola was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Open Government Initiative ceremony at the Executive Office Building in Utulei where newsletter was relaunched with feature stories. “Open Government is about sharing with our people what we do, not the other way around,” said Togiola during the ceremony which was taped and aired Wednesday evening on government run KVZK-TV. Togiola then proceeded to address the audience in Samoan, saying that one of the issues that effects this political and campaign season needed to be addressed at this time. He said, as he listened to candidates running for public office and some of the promises being made, the governor said he feels sorry for these candidates, who do not fully understand what is going on in the government at all. Togiola said the promises by some of the candidates of what should be done and what they will do if elected to office, makes it appear that these are new issues — but that’s not true — for the fact that these issues already have in place soluby Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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tions implemented by government. The governor however, didn’t specify any candidates or campaign promises he was referencing. Togiola says he thought about it and asked himself why some of these candidates are not aware of these solutions. So he thought that he is at fault, because most of the time, these developments and achievements in government are not shared with the public. He said this is the reason why cabinet directors are required to provide weekly reports, which outline what departments and offices are doing, and such information is shared with the community. Also to be blamed, said Togiola, are directors — especially directors who do not want to submit their weekly reports. Togiola said the government cannot brief the public on weekly work and performance by all ASG agencies, without reports submitted to the governor’s office. This is the reason Tapuitea was initially launched, he said, so that government information is shared with the public, because the story told by the news media about the government is one-sided. Whether it’s radio news, or the newspaper, they always report only the bad things, Togiola said, adding that it’s only when a government employee does something wrong that it becomes a “headline” in the newspaper — but good things are not reported. He said this has always been the pattern by the news media — both radio and newspaper. “Open government” tells the public what the government is doing and therefore was the reason for the weekly reports by directors and Tapuitea, he said. During this campaign season, the information put out by some of the candidates has saddened him, said the gov-
ernor, who says he is particularly saddened that some statements affect the hard working ASG workforce, who are not praised for their work and what they have implemented and put in place to assist the territory. Togiola said there is only one candidate-team who is fully aware of these achievements and accomplishments of the government already in place. However, the governor said he wouldn’t identify that team, or his speech will be used by others as a political campaign speech — which it is not. Speaking in English, the governor reiterated the goal of the “Open Government Initiative” and the role of the Tapuitea — “so that we can tell the government’s story, so that all the good things you’re doing, in your departments and your offices is told.” “Our media does not highlight your stories,” he told the audience that included ASG cabinet members, officials and workers. “They only tell the stories of the bad things that government employees do. And when you do, you have the headlines, for sure. And that’s always been the case. “So the idea of a government newsletter was so that the greatness and the excellence that you do in your departments is the story… told and made known,”Togiols said. “Open government means sharing what we’re doing for the people with the people. There’s no other way around it.” “And although it sounds like something that we just stood up for, because of the President Obama initiative [in 2009] for open government, this has been the philosophy standing up in our own newsletter,” he said. “We need our people to know and understand what
you’re doing. It’s not about anything else. It’s only about sharing with our people what we’re doing for them.” According to the governor, open government “avoids misunderstanding” and helps people understand their rights and the fact that the government is protecting their assets and the things that ASG needs to do for them. Additionally, it tells the public the kinds of services available from the government, Togiola said, and noted that the Tapuitea will continue to tell the story of ASG departments and offices, and what government employees do for their people. The governor then announced that the Tapuitea has since been transferred to the IT department, whose staff is now doing a better job on the newsletter. He said one of the good features of the new Tapuitea is that it’s “featuring a department, a community person”. He congratulated IT department director Easter Bruce and her staff for coming up with the “great idea”. Back to speaking in Samoan, the governor said that the better the public understands, the less they complain about the government and its service. He also urged all cabinet members to continue to submit their weekly reports, so that information can be shared with the public. He said when there are no reports, that means that department is not doing anything. Of interest, the FY 2013 budget document listed the IT department as a separate department with its own budget, however the Fono put the department back under the governor’s office. Further as it stands, the FY 2013 budget, without the supplemental budget passed does not allocate any funding to the IT department.
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By Keniseli Lafaele
OP ED: E lafulafu tama seugogo #3: “Afoa, you’ll never win unless you become one of us — a politician”
Journalist, catechist, mom, friend Kalameli Timu passes away…
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News reporter
Kalameli Tuitele Malaki Timu passed away at the Washington University Medical Center in Seattle Monday evening. At only 45, she left her mark on many aspects of American Samoa life — daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, journalist and servant of God. Kalameli’s sister-in-law Mariana Timu-Faiai described Kalameli in a Facebook message, as a warrior and steadfast servant of God, a faithful wife, a loving sister and aunt, a woman of many talents and one who possessed the brain of a genius. “Not many are given the chance to bid farewell to loved ones. Some have passed without even saying a word, a nod or just an indication of an expression to say the least. I have witnessed all kinds of passing,” said Mrs Faiai. However with Kalameli, Faiai said she together with all who were in her presence witnessed the love, faithfulness and truthfulness of the Lord. She further said that Kalameli was given time and she took advantage of it.“She made sure her loved ones were prepared to send her off to be with her Lord and Savior without hesitation. “She choreographed the entire production with songs, talks and laughter to name a few as we all know she was always so good at that kind of thing. “We cried, laughed, cried again, laughed, joked around and sang her favorite songs. “We all know that Malaki likes to joke around on her expense but she was still smiling all the way till the end,” said Faiai. She thanked Kalameli’s brothers, the Uti boys for the soothing music and their love for their sister. On behalf of the Pago Pago Diocese Catholic Church, Chancellor Ivona Mauga said Kalameli was a faithful and loyal servant of the Lord, who was always dedicated and committed to her duties and responsibilities within the church. Mauga said Deacon Malaki Timu and Kalameli served in many parts of the Diocese of Samoa- Pago Pago.Their latest service was given at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker in the village of Faga’alu. Kalameli was a very talented individual and was the editor of the Diocesan Newsletter, “Talaiga 2000”. Her experience in news media included being an announcer at the old WVUV Radio Station in Vailoa, a reporter for Samoa News, one of the first editors of the Samoan language newspaper, Le Lali, and a newscaster for the government TV station, KVZK. Kalameli also conducted the 15-minute Catholic Radio Program on KSBS FM. “She will be missed by so many people, the youth especially will sorely miss her.” Mauga said Kalameli was fond of singing and dancing and one of the highlights while Kalameli and Malaki as catechists is that they took a Youth Delegation across the world to Spain.
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In his remarks at the Afoa and Le’i “Meet the Candidates” event last Saturday, Governor Togiola Tulafono advised his lawyer colleague and friend, Afioga i le Aloali’i, Afoa Leulumoega Su’esu’e Lutu, that he would never land the coveted post if he kept shooting straight arrows; and challenged the gubernatorial candidate to join the fraternity of politicians. Although the governor’s remarks were made in jest that drew laughter from the full house, there’s a dark undertone of reality to his words of advice that we have come to realize all too well. The lure of financial opportunities and comfortable life styles winning these elections bring are overwhelming; that our beloved fa’a-Samoa and church are but convenient and essential tools of the (political) trade. Thus playing politicians at all cost to secure victory becomes the battle cry and modus operandi; relevant issues affecting people’s lives are there as decorative ornaments or for fortuity. The governor further encouraged Afoa that once he landed the top job as a politician, then “you do your best for your people”. One can either detect a sense of regret on the governor’s part — that if he could turn back the clock, he might have done some things differently or sooner. This is suggested by the onslaught of his proposed bills some of which are good ideas (some bad), but too little too late. Or one can take his advice to mean in a materialistic swagger, like — “look at me now Afoa, this is what you can be if you become a politician”. I would like to believe the former. Yes, Togiola Tulafono did become lieutenant governor, 16 years ago; and governor of American Samoa eight (and some months) years ago respectively, as a politician. But did he do his best for his people as he advised his friend Afoa? I don’t know; only the governor can answer that question. I know however that if the current state of the territory is his best as the territory’s top leader, he fell inarguably and agonizingly short by the rest of the people, the 99-percenters. The distribution of the spoils of victory in our small island territory is a business and an economy in itself; thus playing politician to win elections has become more than a means to an end. It became the end. Therein lays the danger in heeding the governor’s advice without careful consideration; because the piper needs to get paid and keep satisfied throughout the terms of office. In so doing, public assets and resources become the domain of a few; and dishing out coveted top public positions (already occurring), business opportunities, and post graduate education opportunities to a select few becomes the necessary costs of maintaining the political engine of the elitist economy. That said, is Afoa willing to abandon shooting straight arrows and start firing ones that change direction with the political weather of expediencies; and risk the arrows taking a boomerang turn towards his direction? I throw caution in the wind and suggest that Afoa and all gubernatorial candidates tread these solemn and turbulent waters with respect, because lives of people had and have been adversely affected by policies based on one-eyed politicking. We are all aware that in our Samoan culture, life is sacred. That life is of God and it is our responsibility, especially leaders to nurture life for the people, whether one is a prince or a pauper. Someone wondered how ASG has been able to keep afloat after all these years of wasteful spending. The answer is simple and straight forward like an arrow — the 1-percenters are above water, standing on the shoulders of the 99-percenters at and below water, gasping for air; with the annual federal aid as the floating device. Suffering being experienced by the people runs the range of the spectrum. In a week’s time, ASPA will raise utility rates once again; while the House of Representatives, just this week, approved unanimously a resolution asking ASPA to halt the increase. In an on-going battle with ASPA, the Fono approved only four months of the ASPA 2013 Fiscal Year Budget, while the governor plays an innocent bystander. The people, meanwhile, stand to suffer once again next week; or later if the House of Representative’s band aid resolution (which I believe is aimed at winning votes) is passed. The governor recently approved the funding of one of the three liability cases ASG lost and denied two. One of the denied cases is a local business which had provided construction services and employment in the territory for many years. There’s no doubt the unpaid balance due the company had an impact on the demise of the company and the owners’ ability to provide for their families and employees. The owner passed a few months ago without seeing a penny of what’s owed him. And sadly the spouse had to suffer the embarrassment of appealing to the court publicly to advance some funds of the court awarded amount to help bury her husband (once a proud man). The second case is that of a student injured by an ASG vehicle in 2001. The media didn’t state the age of the victim at the time of the accident; but if the student was a teenager, he or she would have grown to be an adult today (if alive) without the benefit of the court awarded settlement, which could have gone a long way to care for his or her injuries. Contrary to the difficulties the governor and the Fono appear to be having in obtaining funds to satisfy these two local settlements, which affect human life, their resourcefulness to fund the executive pleasure boat (that no longer works), a racing longboat, heritage weeks, a beauty contest, and sending rugby and football teams near and far is amazing. Most amazingly insensitive is the priority the governor and Fono are placing on funding pleasures over alleviating human suffering. The governor’s enthusiasm and proactivity in selecting Ms. Leilua Stevenson to preside over the DBAS is commendable given her educational background and work experience, and for giving local talent the opportunity to head such vital development institution. It would have been fair to all prospective applicants however if the position was advertised, and let the normal hiring process take its course. And it would have removed the stench of politics surrounding this otherwise good appointment. Rumors have it there’s a preferred selection of the next LBJ CEO, and probably that explains the governor’s effort to place a full board as soon as possible. I hope the board however will advertise the job, giving all prospective applicants a chance to apply. But this being the election season, my hope for a fair process is probably in vain. Now, how about leveling the playing field governor and Fono? Why not apply the same keen sense of resourcefulness, enthusiasm, and proactivity to fund the two court approved settlements for these local families who desperately need the money. And how about working together as leaders as should have been done from day one, to resolve the ASPA fiasco and resolve the oppressive utility rates once and for all; for the sake of the 99% of the population. Where’s the love? Where’s the fairness? Where’s the humanity? Where’s the leadership? The message is clear for all candidates and public to see and act upon accordingly. Are we to elect the savviest of politicians and maintain the elitist economy; or spread the “love” among the Public by electing a governor with a loving heart for all people. Jesus Christ, the ultimate Tama Seugogo, taught us not to fear anyone or anything, but have faith in God to do right by the people; and that’s everyone, not just a few. God bless Governor Togiola Tulafono, God bless American Samoa!
Man accused of raping wife acquitted of charges
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telling the jury that he did not rape or force his wife to have sex with him, he was engaging in sexual conduct with his wife whom he’s married to. The defendant further stated that he asked his wife to have sex for the second time and when she refused, he did not pursue it. Assistant AG Philippe told the jury the defendant and the wife were separated when the incident occurred. The prosecutor pointed out the complaining witness was staying at a family member’s house where the defendant went looking for her. She added the victim refused to have sex with the defendant, but the defendant proceeded with taking off his wife’s clothes and had sex with her twice on the day in question. The prosecutor noted the defendant then was walking with the victim down the road near the ANZ bank in Fagatogo, where a man they both know stopped by in his vehicle and the defendant forced his wife to get into the car, while the victim was screaming and yelling for someone to help and the police officers came to her aid. VICtIM’S tEStIMONy The wife testified that her husband always got upset when she refused to have sex with him. She said the incidents started when she was about to head in for work and her husband attempted to stop her from going to work. However later on the same day, her husband came to the canneries while she was having a meal with her friends. The victim claims the defendant told her he went to fetch a gun but he couldn’t find one. She claims the defendant told her that they are to leave the canneries and she was to never see her workplace ever. The defendant then picked up his cell and made a call… a few minutes later a taxi pulled over. The victim said while she was about to enter the taxi, a small voice whispered to her…“run away” so she ran across the street to the gate where the security guard was. Her husband ran after her, and she stumbled and fell in front of the gate and the defendant asked her to get up so they could go home. The complaining witness said the security guard asked her if police should be contacted for assistance. The couple were then transported to the Central Police Station and afterward, the victim was taken to a shelter where she stayed for an entire week. The victim said upon being released from the shelter she stayed with a relative in Fagatogo, where her husband visited her and forced her to have sex with him. She further told the jury that she was scared and frightened when she gave in and had sex with her husband. She added they walked down in front of the ANZ bank where a man from their church stopped by and the defendant held her hand and pushed her inside the car and held his hand over his mouth. She further stated that she screamed and yelled out for help and then a few minutes later police officers showed up at the scene. During cross examination the defendant asked the court on several occasions if he could talk about his wife’s testimony because there were parts of
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A jury of four women and two men in the government’s case against a man accused of raping his wife and holding her against her will rendered their verdict yesterday afternoon following a three day jury trial. The defendant who was initially charged with rape, sexual assault, attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment, was acquitted of rape and sexual assault but found guilty of attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment. Sentencing for the defendant is scheduled on October 19, 2012. Samoa News is withholding the name of the 45-year old defendant to protect the identity of the victim. Presiding over the jury trial were Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr. The government’s case alleges the incident occurred on February 15, 2012. The defendant represented himself; however the court also appointed Matailupe Leupolu to assist the defendant. Prosecuting for the government are Assistant Attorneys General Camille Philippe and Cecilia Reyna. OPENING StAtEMENtS During opening arguments on Tuesday, the defendant initially addressed the jury, claiming that his wife was having sex with a tomboy. The government objected to the defendant’s opening statements, and the defendant and the Assistant AG approached the bench for several minutes. The defendant then proceeded with
her testimony that should be made clear to the jury. Richmond reminded the defendant that he needs to abide by attorney rules for court procedure, because he’s representing himself. The defendant asked this wife — during the 18 years of their marriage if she’s ever seen him with a gun. She replied no. The defendant then asked his wife to name her friend at the canneries who she was having a meal with the night in question. The victim named three people: Fou, Iulia and Leafa. The defendant then asked the victim to tell the jury that Fou is the tomboy she was having sex with. The government objected, and the court ruled for the victim not to answer the question. The defendant turned to the lawyer assisting him and said that the Judge cannot stop his questions because the jury needs to know the truth. The defendant then said he was done with questioning his wife. dEFENdANt’S tEStIMONy Prior to the defendant’s testimony before the Jury, he told the court that he will take not take the oath and swear on the holy bible unless the bible is open and his hand is placed inside the bible, and so the bible was opened up. The defendant told the jury that he did not force his wife to have sex with him but they had sex as a married couple. He added that his wife was crying when she admitted to him that he was
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This image provided by NASA shows shows a Martian rock outcrop near the landing site of the rover Curiosity thought to be the site of an ancient streambed. Curiosity landed in a crater near Mars’ equator on Aug. 5, 2012, on a two-year mission to study whether the environment could (AP Photo/NASA) have been favorable for microbial life.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fastmoving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars — a find that the mission’s chief scientist called exciting. There have been previous signs that water existed on the red planet long ago, but the images released Thursday showing pebbles rounded off, likely by water, offered the most convincing evidence so far of an ancient streambed. There was “a vigorous flow on the surface of Mars,” said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology. “We’re really excited about this.”
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The discovery did not come as a complete surprise. NASA decided to plunk Curiosity down inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator because photos from space hinted that the spot possessed a watery past. The six-wheeled rover safely landed Aug. 5 after a nail-biting plunge through the Martian atmosphere. It’s on a two-year, $2.5 billion mission to study whether the Martian environment could have been favorable for microbial life. Present day Mars is a frozen desert with no hint of water on its radiation-scarred surface, but geological studies of rocks by previous missions suggest the planet was warmer and wetter once upon a time. The latest evidence came from photos that Curiosity took revealing rounded pebbles and gravel — a sign that the rocks were transported long distances by water and smoothed out. The size of the rocks — ranging from a sand grain to a golf ball — indicates that they could not have been carried by wind, said mission scientist Rebecca Williams of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz. Though Curiosity did not use its high-tech instruments to drill into the rocks or analyze their chemical makeup, Grotzinger said scientists were sure that water played a role based on just studying the pictures. It’s unclear how long the water persisted on the surface, but it easily could have lasted “thousands to millions of years,” said mission scientist Bill Dietrich of the University of California, Berkeley. Curiosity chanced upon the dried-up streambed while driving to Glenelg, an intriguing spot where three types of terrain meet. Its ultimate destination is Mount Sharp, a mountain rising from the center of crater floor, but it was not expected to travel there until the end of the year. Finding past water is a first step toward learning whether the environment could have supported microbes. Scientists generally agree that besides water and an energy source such as the sun, organic carbon is a necessary prerequisite for life. While an ancient streambed holds promise as a potentially habitable environment, scientists don’t think it’s a good place to preserve the carbon building blocks of life. That’s why the rover will continue its trek to the foothills of Mount Sharp where there’s a better chance of finding organics.
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In this 2011 photo, founder of the Fest, Tisa Tisa Fa’amuli (center) is on the Tisa’s Tattoo Fest stage with world-class ocean swimmer Bruckner Chase and personality Waika Savusa. [Photo: JD Hall] Both men took away prizes at last year’s fest.
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In its 8th year, Tisa’s Tattoo Fest bigger, better than ever
Are you ready? Tisa Fa’amuli founder of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest tm is ready. She is gearing up for another exciting celebration of the Samoan Tatau Art, scheduled October 26-28 at the world famous Tisa’s Barefoot Bar. The three-day event highlights Samoan Tatau Art of Tufugas and Machine Tattooists, and getting inked by the best of the best local and international tattoo artists. Everyone with ink will have a chance to win cash awards for the best of fest tattoos, awarded on Saturday and Sunday. Soga’imiti and Malu Clubs will have their day during the Fest showing off their skills in traditional Samoan hospitality — the Ava Ceremony. Live entertainment and island cooking is in store for everyone at the beach party celebration of the Tatau. After eight years of building Tisa’s Tattoo Fest tm as a local community event, the yearly ink-in has become internationally known as a must see event. Since its inception in 1993, hundreds of thousands all over the world participate, thanks to the connection with Blue Sky Communications’ webcam, streaming live from the tattoo fest and the Samoa News website. This has put American Samoa on tourism’s radar, with the Fest a proud product of American Samoa. Tisa told Samoa News, “With this kind of growth, we are thrilled to expand the Tattoo Fest stage with a meeting of Cultural Arts and Artists at the 8th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest. The fest is bringing together the best carvers, ukulele and guitarists unplugged, weavers, Samoan language artists, orators, tapa artists, dancers, Tufugas and Machine Tattooist, from Samoa, Tonga and other Pacific Islands. “Most exciting of all, young fashion designers will showcase their latest brand name fashions like Poly Swag and Tattoo Shoes during the Inked Fashion Show. “I want to see and feel the heart beat of our island talent, venture up on stage at the Tattoo Fest event next month. It’s our natural beauty, our love for the arts, alofa for our community and happy people that define our island as Motu o Fiafiaga. Most importantly, the spirit of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is about the people of American Samoa and our Tatau Art celebration,” she said. Tisa said she is inviting the community to build on the success of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest by joining in and participating to preserve the cultural arts and conserve the natural resources for our future generations. “The world-wide recognition will also help boost our economy by showcasing American Samoa as an eco-tourism, cultural experience for visitors — it is a win, win situation for all of us.” Tisa is an advocate of preservation of cultural arts and conservation of our natural resources. Tisa’s mission is based on living a sustainable life, to sustain our planet and ourselves, and to empower our island community to become better stewards of our island environment. “It’s about leaving a smaller footprint on the planet as we pass the torch to the next generation,” she said. “Many skilled leaders in cultural arts have passed away with knowledge and history necessary to maintain our links to future generations. Pass on your cultural wisdom and family history to your children and future generations today, to insure our identity as a people, so one day they won’t have to ask — Who am I?” An example of how Tisa envisions the benefits of the Fest spreading throughout the community is through the documentary that will be videoed during the 3-day event. “This is a good opportunity for ASCC students and professors who have groomed their students in the cultural, visual and performing Arts. We offer the Tisa’s Tattoo Fest venue to showcase the talent of college students at the fest.” Tisa invites volunteers who want to perform and be in the filming of the Tisa’s Tattoo Fest Documentary to email her: tisa@tisasbarefootbar.com or you can phone her at 622-7447 for more information. This year, come to Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, get inked, live, love, and dance! “May I add, Get a Samoan Tattoo,” Tisa said.
(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — Washington, D.C. — Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has informed the Fono about his assessment of NOAA’s Final Rule and Final Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FMP/FEIS). In a letter addressed to the Senate President and Speaker of the House, with copies to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Director of Department of Commerce, Representatives and Senators, the Congressman described some of the key issues in the two documents. Excerpts from the Congressman’s letter are inserted below while the full text can be accessed at: http://www.house.gov/ faleomavaega/ “It is my understanding that NOAA for the most part has responded to the public comments submitted for the rule making record. Some remaining issues, however, need further clarification and may require more discussions between NOAA and our local government. According to NOAA’s response in the Final Rule, a total of six additional meetings were held with the villages of Aunu’u, Vaitogi, Ili’ili, Futiga, and the Manu’a Islands. It is my understanding that NOAA, with the help of the Office of Samoan Affairs, followed culturally appropriate protocols in meeting with these villages and that NOAA has records from these meetings showing support for the additional sites. “As a result of further consultations and public comments, NOAA has made several changes to its original proposal.” “Despite these changes, there are still issues that need further clarification and even some that may require an agreement between NOAA and our local government.” “As you are aware, NOAA’s budget to fully implement the Sanctuary Management Plan over the next 5 years is $8.2 million or about $1.6 million annually (Table 4-1, Page 197, FMP/ FEIS)… In addition, another $8.5 million is estimated over the next 5 years for the acquisition, maintenance and operations of a new vessel that will be used mainly to support all activities proposed in the Action Plans.” “As I alluded to in the rule making record, it is questionable whether additional funding will be forthcoming given the current budgetary climate and fiscal challenges facing our federal government (Letter to NOAA, March 6, 2012). Therefore, the question remains as to what impact this will have on the local government budget.” “I am not aware of any lingering concerns from the public relating to NOAA’s Final Rule and the FMP/FEIS document. I am only aware that the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduled to meet next month and the FBNMS expansion is on their agenda. While I cannot comment on behalf of the Council, they had some serious concerns relating to NOAA’s proposed expansion. Especially, it was the Council’s position that the proposal lacked scientific rationale and that it had potential conflict with the Council’s fishery development goals. The lack of enforcement mandate capabilities, and also given the current federal fiscal situation made the proposal unrealistic according to the Council. “At this juncture in the process, pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA), the final designation will be effective after a review period consisting of forty-five days of continuous session of Congress. During this review period, only the Governor may submit changes to NOAA regarding the Final Rule.” “Similarly, the Act also provides that either the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources or the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation may each conduct a hearing and file a report with the Department of Commerce.” Congressman Faleomavaega concluded by stating, “I thank you all for your continued efforts and support on this important issue.
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Congressman Faleomavaega Eni yesterday acknowledged the efforts of the local Department of Homeland Security “which has truly made preparedness one of their top priorities.” He commended the local National Weather Service for their timely response at the first sign of an earthquake, which was followed by the tsunami. “In the aftermath of the tsunami, American Samoans set their hope on emerging from our tragedy stronger and this recent achievement is a major stepping stone which proves that we are on course to reaching this goal,” said Faleomavaega in a news release. More specific details in the FEMA news release on funding post-tsunami is attached to the online version of this story at www.samoanews.com. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Pago Pago along with Hawaiian Airlines will hold a service at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow to remember the victims.. The service will be held at the Tsunami Memorial Picnic Shelter located at Lions Park. The memorial shelter was constructed through a joint effort by the Rotary Club and Hawaiian Airlines and was dedicated in July last year. The shelter includes a memorial plaque with the names of the 2009 tsunami victims, whose families and friends are invited to attend the memorial service.
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to return home and care for their children, and she was now in love with a tomboy. The defendant said in court that his wife agreed to go with him to their home to try and work things out with their marriage. While the defendant denies raping his wife, he admitted to grabbing his wife on her arms and covering her mouth with his hand when she was tried to scream. The defendant further admitted that he tried to force his wife into a vehicle. He also told the jury that marriage is a sacred vow between a man and woman before God and he takes his vows very seriously. The defendant said only a fool would let his wife go and not do something about it. ClOSING ARGuMENtS Assistant AG Philippe during closing arguments told the members of the jury several times that fear is a very powerful tool, which the defendant used on his wife. The defendant is controlling and he controlled the victim through fear she said. “It’s in his look, his tone of voice, and what he says.” She added that the defendant was blinded by his anger and by his controlling. “How dare she tell him no, how dare she denied to have sex with him, how dare she tried to leave him, she was his lawfully wedded wife.” “She was his to be taken from her workplace whenever he wanted, she was his to push into the car when he wanted, never mind she was crying, never mind she wanted to get out of her marriage.” Assistant AG Philippe told the jury that she does not mean to discredit the sanctity of marriage but the defendant made a vow to love and protect his wife. However in this marriage the defendant wanted to control his wife, which is not an act of a love between the defendant and his wife. The victim did not consent to have sex with the defendant, but it was because she was terrified of her husband that she submitted to what he wanted. “That is the case here”. Philippe said this was a case of an unhappy marriage where the victim was trying to leave the marriage, the defendant was controlling and she was terrified of him. He asked the jury to find the defendant guilty of all the charges against him. The husband told the jury that he’s before the court because of his love for his wife. “I didn’t see anyone of you when the incident occurred, and now you are judging me,” he told the jury. He said he was married to his wife for 18 years and not once did she tell him she was not happy with him. “She should have thought about marriage before she signed those papers and married me, however as time passed she began to acquire more knowledge which caused all of this,” he said. The defendant further stated that when he visited his wife at her workplace, it was not out of anger rather out of love for their children and the love for his wife who made a commitment with him in marriage before God. “There was never a time that I attempted to threaten anyone in this family” said the defendant. He told the jury, in due time his voice will be on radio and he asked members of the jury to call him directly on the radio to ask him anything regarding this case. He added that on the radio he will disclose all that had been prohibited to be told in the court and that is when everything will be clear. The defendant told the jury to have foresight, if they love their children. He added that this will not end in court, this will come out again. He further told the jury how they would feel if this happened to one of them. The defendant said if he contemplated to do anything to his wife as she is claiming he would have done it, but he didn’t. “Love is not something simple” he said. To the judges the defendant told them, “I say to you who are occupying the seats of justice to do justice and I like for you to remember that it was God who sent me here today”. The defendant also quoted scriptures from the bible in support of his closing arguments.
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“Just a simple e-mail message is not going to work,” added Meleisea V. Filiga, the deputy election officer. “So we send reminders to these individuals to go on line to get the right form to request and to receive an absentee ballot.” The website [www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org] provides the form to request an absentee ballot and this is form E0-08 and the second form is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which is the form that military voters are been urged to use as much as possible. All military personnel from American Samoa are further encouraged to check the website, which provides other information for them, such as how to register or reregister to vote. There is a section of the Election Office website dedicated to military personnel. There are two major concerns of the Election Office regarding overseas absentee voters. The first is that the close of business on Oct. 9 is the deadline for registration or re-registration for military personnel; and the second concern is that Oct. 22 is the last day to request an absentee ballot. “We want all our qualified overseas voters to be able to cast ballots in this important election year, and we’ve put all that information online to help them,” he said. Reminders are also provided to overseas absentee voters once the ballot is received. “Before returning the absentee ballot, the absentee voter must make sure that the larger envelope is signed, dated, and fill in the rest of the information on the envelope,” said Soliai, as he showed Samoa News the large envelope, which contains the letter-sized envelopes for each of the races as well as the referendum inside. As of yesterday morning, some 87 absentee ballot requests have been received and sent out. It wasn’t immediately clear if any new requests were received by yesterday afternoon to make it on last night’s Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu. Soliai also said that absentee voters are able to track the status of their absentee ballot through the Election Office website, which now has a new search engine for this activity. “The search engine is new and another avenue for our voters, he said. And this is especially important for military personnel, who are not sure of their voting status. “For example, if you’re military and conduct the search and find out, your name is purged from the voter roll, you can re-register online,” explained Meleisea. Local residents can also check and verify their voter status. So, to test the new search system — I entered my last name, first name, and voter ID Number and there was the reply in red - in capital letters - my voter status: “PURGED - YOU NEED TO RE-REGISTER”. This was the search done around 2:30 p.m yesterday, but my re-registration at the Election Office was done around 8:20 a.m. yesterday. So I’ve decided to wait until next week to conduct another search if my name is still purged from the voter list or should I go back to the Election Office for another chit-chat. This online search comes at a time when today the U.S. and its territories celebrate the National Voter Registration Day — which encourages those who qualify to vote but have not done so, to register to vote and then vote in the Nov. 6th general election. Voter registration in American Samoa ends at the close of business on Oct. 9 and thereafter Soliai will release the updated list of voter registrations.
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There will be a Memorial Service for the 34 Tsunami Victim’s Immediate Family members this Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the Tsunami Memorial Picnic Shelter south of the tennis courts. The program will begin at 11:30 am. This is the third year anniversary of this tragic event. Please come and join the program in remembrance of your lost family member.
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Mauga added that Bishop Quinn Weitzell received a farewell message via email from Kalameli saying,”I luv you Bishop and thanks again for your prayers… Kalameli”. According to Mauga, Kalameli married Malaki on December 13, 1988. Mauga said Kalameli was commissioned a lifetime, full time Catechist for the Diocese of Samoa – Pago Pago on July 18, 1998, and they served at the St. Peter Chanel Fagasa Aulotu and Co-Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph the Worker, Fagatogo. On February 14, 2000 they were appointed as the Administrators for Christ the King Parish. Kalameli served with her husband as director of Youth for Central District and she served on the Diocesan Youth Advisory Board for a year. She also served as Diocesan Audio/Visual Consultant and represented the Diocese at the International level. In 2004 Kalamei was appointed Chairperson of Commissioned lifetime full time Catechists (Servants of the Lord) and three years later appointed as Chaplain for the L.B.J. Medical Center at Faga’alu. In 2009 Kalameli was then assigned to be the Director of Diocesan Youth and in the same year she and her husband then served at the Holy Family Aulotu, Pava’ia’i, St. Paul Parish- Ili’ili. A year later, she was reappointed to Diocesan Youth Director and they last served at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Faga’alu Aulotu. Former Samoa News owner Lewis Wolman said “Kalameli had a great love for the Samoan language and the Samoan people. “She was a leader in the efforts to broaden the scope of the Samoa News to appeal to a wider range of the community.” Wolman said Kalameli brought a smile and a laugh to the newsroom every day, and when she left Samoa News, she carried that smile and laughter to all the other places where she helped define what a great Samoan life looks like in the 21st century.
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Ua tasi le fa’aiuga a le komiti o le Soifua Maloloina/LBJ a le maota o sui, o le a taoto le pili na pasia e le Senate e fausia ai se falema’i tua mo Aunu’u, se’i maea ona toe teuteuina. O le pili a le Senate na faaulu e le afioga i le alii Senatoa ia Fuata Dr. Tagiilima Iatala, e talosagaina ai se Falema’i i Aunu’u, lea o loo faamoemoe e faatupe mai i le $250,000 mai le Maliliega o le Tapaa (Tobacco Settlement) sa sainia mai e le Ofisa o le Initeria. O le faaiuga a le komiti a le maota o sui na faia lea ina ua maea sa latou iloiloga sa faia i le amataga o le vaiaso, lea na auai ai le Sui Faatonu o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina. Ina ua fesiligia e le komiti le sui faatonu ia Seiuli Elizabeth Ponausuia sa ia taua ai e faapea, na te lagolagoina le agaga o le tulafono taufaaofi a le Senate mo se Falema’i i Aunuu, ae e le o tuu lafoaia e le Soifua Maloloina le tausiga o le soifua maloloina o tagata i Aunuu. “O le vaiaso na te’a nei na faatoa fo’i mai ai la matou ‘team’ na malaga e momoli talavai ma siaki le soifua maloloina o tagata i Aunu’u, e aofia ai le faia o siaki mo fanau aoga, vaai o latou oloa ma fai uma tulaga e pei ona moomia i la matou tautua,” o le molimau lea a Seiuli. Na faailoa e Seiuli i le komiti e faapea, sa i ai muamua le Falema’i i Aunuu i tausaga ua te’a, lea foi sa i ai le teine foma’i mai Aunuu lava na tofi e galue ai i le falemai, peitai ina ua litaea le teine tausi ma’i lea, na le toe tatalaina ai loa le fale talavai sa i ai muamua. Na fa’aalia e Seiuli le le lava o le tupe ua faatulaga, mo lenei galuega. Na ia ta’ua afai e mafai ona fau se fale, o lona uiga, ua na o se tama’i fale, e le pei o isi fale talavai lea ua i Leone, Amouli po o Manu’a. Na taua e le afioga i le alii faipule ia Toeaina Faufano Autele e faapea, o le falema’i o lo o i Ofu e na o le $230,000 le tupe atoa na fausia ai lea galuega tele, ae aofia uma ai tulaga e manaomia mo le tausia ma le vaaia lelei o gasegase. Saunoa Toeaina, afai e finagalo i ai le sui faatonu, e mafai ona aumai le ata o le falema’i i Ofu e faaaoga mo le fausiaina o se falemai i Aunuu, e lelei lea e le tau toe faaalu ai se isi tupe ma sefe mai ai lea vaega tupe e fesoasoani e aumai ai ni foma’i faapitoa e galulue i Aunuu. Na fesili le alii faipule ia Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi pe mafai e lona Ofisa ona saili nisi alagatupe e ese mai tupe a le feterale, e fesoasoani i lenei galuega, ae na tali Seiuli e le mafai, leaga o isi alagatupe fesoasoani o loo maua e le matagaluega e pei o tupe mai le Soifua Maloloina a le Lalolagi (World Health Organition - WHO) lea e pei ona maua mai ai le latou $80,000 i le tausaga, e faapitoa mo manaoga e pei o aoaoga (workshop and training) o loo latou ofoina atu i le atunuu, e faailoa ai auala e puipuia ai i latou mai le aafia i faama’i eseese. O lea vaega tupe e pei ona saunoa Seiuli, e le maua sa’o mai e le matagaluega, ae talosaga muamua ona faatoa faamatuu mai lea ma le tuutuuga, a maea ona faaaoga le tupe ona toe tuuina atu lea o le ripoti i le WHO e faailoa atu ai auala sa faaaoga i ai le tupe.
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Na molimau se alii o lo o faagasolo nei lona faamasinoga i luma o le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga, o lona alofa i lona toalua faaipoipo, na mafua ai ona molia o ia i le tulafono. O lenei ali’i, e le o mafai ona fa’alauiloa lona igoa ona o puipuiga i lona toalua, na molia i lona faamalosia o lona toalua faaipoipo faiaiga faamalosi, tagofia o itutinosa o le fafine faapea le taofi faapagota o lenei mafine. E leai se loia o tula’i mo lenei alii, sei vagana ai le fesoasoani a se loia na tofia e le fa’amasinoga. Na faailoa e le ua molia i le vaega iloilo iuga e faapea, “e le tatau ona outou faamasinoina a’u, aua e leai se isi o outou na i ai i le taimi na tupu ai le faalavelave, ou te lei vaai i se isi i o’u luma faapea ai o’u tua, aisea la o le a outou faamasinoina ai fua a’u,?” o le tala lea a le ua molia. “Uso e, o au ou te lei aoga, ae o le Atua na ia faatumu lo’u mafaufau lea ua mafua ai ona ou tula’i i le aso lenei (aso ananafi) ma ou tautala atu i luma o outou.” E tele ni mau o le tusi paia na sii e le ua molia i le taimi o lana faafinauga mulimuli, e lagolagoina ai lona taofi, e le fiafia le Atua i amioga faatiapolo ma faiga faa Sotoma, lea e pei ona aafia ai lona toalua. “O le a sou lagona pe ana faapea o oe ma lou aiga lea e tupu ai le mea lea, faamata o le a sou lagona,?” o le fesili lea a le ua molia i le vaega iloilo iuga. “O la’u tatalo, aua le talaina le faitotoa leaga i tupulaga o loo mulimuli mai, ne’i afaina ai i latou.” Sa ia taua foi e faapea, na ia maua atu lava i le kamupani le tagata o lo o tupu ai le faafitauli i le va o ia ma lona toalua, ma sa i ai foi lona manatu o lona taimi lea na te faatino ai le mea o loo manao ai lona loto, peitai sa manumalo ina ua ia tatalo i le Atua e fesoasoani ia te ia. Fai mai lana molimau, e i ai isi mea e le o mafai ona faaalia i le faamasinoga lenei, o le a ia tautala ai i luga o le leitio i se taimi o i luma, ina ia silafia ai e tagata uma le mea moni sa tupu i le la ulugalii. O se faalavelave na tulai mai i le aso 15 Fepuari 2012 i Fagatogo o lo o afua mai ai moliaga faasaga i lenei alii. Na taua e le loia a le malo o Camil Philippe i lana faafinauga faaiu i le taeao ananafi e faapea, e leai ma se tuuaiga a le malo o lo o tetee i ai le ua molia, e oo lava foi i le molimau a le fafine, sa lagolagoina uma e le ua molia, e pei o le la faiaiga ma lona toalua, faapea ai lona taumafai e unai faamalosi o ia i totonu o se taavale i luma o le faletupe o le ANZ i Fagatogo. Fai mai Philippe, e ui o le fafine na aafia o le toalua faaipoipo a le alii ua molia, e le avea lea ma itu na te pulea ai o ia i taimi uma o lona olaga, peitai o le mea na tupu, na taumafai le ua molia na te pulea lona toalua i soo sana gaioiga e fai, ma avea ai loa ma auala na oso ai le fefe i le fafine. Ae ui i le fefe o le fafine, o lona loto toa ua mafua ai ona ia faia le faaiuga e alu ese ma lona toalua, ae taoto atu i le malo se faaiuga o le la mataupu, peitai na taua e le ua molia i lana faafinauga mulimuli, mai tausaga e 18 o le la faaipoipoga, e lei faatasi ona ia faalogo i le upu lea o le ‘fefe’ i le va o ia ma lona toalua, ona o le la ulugalii o se ulugalii fealofani ma fiafia i aso uma. Ae talu lava ona tulai mai le faafitauli i amioga faa Sotoma ma Komoro e pei ona aafia ai lona toalua, o iina na mafua ai loa ona taumafai lona toalua e alu ese mai ia te ia. O le vaega iloilo e toafa tamaitai ae toalua alii ua taoto atu i ai se faaiuga o lenei mataupu, pe nofosala le ua molia i moliaga ua tuuaia ai o ia pe leai foi. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com.
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Filipino environmental activists dressed as zombies reach out from behind the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, as they hold a protest on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The group said that the alleged government inaction on industrial water pollution is jeopar(AP Photo/Aaron Favila) dizing the survival of Filipinos.
MOlIA JOhN FONOtI — tAMA tA’AlO FOOtbAll uh - I lE FASI AVA Ua fa’ailoa mai i tala tusia i le Associated Press, se ali’i talavou Samoa ua molia i le fa’ao’olima i lana teine, ma ua saisaitia ai o ia e leoleo e tatalia lona fa’amasinoga. O lenei ali’i o John Fonoti, ae o se tasi fo’i sa lauiloa lona ta’alo ai le ‘au Football a le Warriors - UH Manoa i nai tausaga ua mavae. E na’o le 24 tausaga o lenei talavou, ma ua fa’ailoa e le tama’ita’i sa uo ma Fonoti, na tatu’i ia, titinoa ma toe tui ia i le naifi, ae o taumafai atili o ia e sola ese mai lenei ali’i. I le taimi nei, ua molia John Fonoti i le fa’ao’olima ma le fa’asaua, ma ua taofia pea o ia i le falepuipui se’i vagana ua totogia le $25,000. e tatala ai o ia i tua, ae se’i faia lona fa’amasinoga. O Fonoti o le defensive end a le WARRIORS i le tausaga e 2005 se’ia o’o i le 2009. SAIlI MAI lAtOu NA FESOASOANI I PAGOtA Ina ua mae’a maua mai le toe pagota o le to’alima na sosola, ma latou toe osofa’ia le faletupe i le aoauli teatea, ua fa’ailoa mai e ta’ita’i leoleo, o le a sailia nei i latou na fesoasoani i le sosola i tua o pagota, ma le osofa’ia o le faletupe. O le tala mai a le ali’i ta’ita’i leoleo a le Malo o Fiti, Sui Komesina Rusiate Tudravu, “Ua matou iloa nei le vaega o tagata e to’atele sa latou fesoasoani e sosola mai i tua pagota, ina ia fa’ataunu’u le osofa’iga o le faletupe. Ua iloga foi, sa toe fesoasoani fo’i i le toe o ese mai o pagota mai le faletupe ina ua mae’a le osofa’iga.” “O lea e fa’aauau lava le matou galuega saili, ia saisaitia uma mai i latou, ae o le a fa’asolo mai e ali’i pagota nei le lisi ia i matou, e mautinoa lava, e tofusia i latou ma le fa’asalaga mamafa!” Ua mae’a fa’ailoa mai e le sui komesina le fa’asalaga mamafa e tu’uina i le tagata latou te fa’alafi, pe fesaosaoni e fa’asola le pagota mai le to’ese, afai e maua, e 7 tausaga e nofosala ai i le falepuipui. Ua augani mai fo’i o ia i le vasega o tagata lautele, “Ia alofagia, vala’au mai leoleo pe afai e i ai se mea na e iloa ai se tasi o fesoasoani ia sosola pe lalafi mai pagota nei mai le sailiga a leoleo.” FA’AMA’I PEPESI I lE SuAVAI Ua fa’ailoa mai i le ta’amilosaga Kirikiti a le World Twenty i Sri Lanka ua a’afia le to’atele o e na i ai i se fa’ama’i e afua mai le suavai taumafa. Ua iloga, ua fa’asalalauina fa’alaua’itele, Associated Press, e tolu ‘au Kirikiti ua matua le mafafai ona ta’a’alo i a latou ta’aloga lautogia mo lea ta’amilosaga, ona ua masalomia ua inumia e i latou faguvai ua a’afia i siama e afua ai “gastro illness.” Ua le mafai ona fa’ailoa mai e le ICC so latou taofi e tusa ai o fesili na tu’uina atu ia i latou e le ‘au fa’asalalau e tusa o lea fa’aletonu. Peita’i, ua tasi se ‘auga ua iloga mai, o faguvai o le ituaiga e tasi lea sa tausamia e sui o ‘au nei e tolu, lea ua le mafafai ona ta’a’alo uma. Ua mautinoa le mea e tasi, ua fa’atautaia le sailiga a le ICC e ala i leoleo o lea malo, ina ia mautinoa se mea e fa’aalia mo le mamalu lautele o le atunu’u, ae maise ‘au Kirikiti ua afaina. O ali’i fa’ate’a e to’alua mai Ausetalia, Mitchell Stare ma Brad Hogg na a’afia fo’i i lea ma’i e foliga mai o le influenza, ae o le gastro ma le ulu tiga, peita’i, na toe mafai lava ona ta’a’alo i le ta’amilosaga a le West Indies.
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O le isi vaega o lea tupe e pei saunoa Seiuli, sa totogi ai aoga a alo e toalua o le atunuu lea ua i’u mai i le aoga faa foma’i, ma ua galulue nei mo le matagaluega o le soifua maloloina. Ae na taua e le alii faipule ia Faimealelei Anthony Allen e faapea, e taua tele le manaoga ua folasia e le alii Senatoa mo Aunuu, peitai o le faafitauli, afai e maea ona fausia le falemai ae tau su’e se foma’i e galue ai, lona uiga ua leai se aoga na fausia ai le falemai. O le fautuaga a le alii faipule ia Faimealelei lea foi na lagolago e le taiti komiti ia Puleleiite Liamatua Tufele Jr, e sili atu ona lelei pe afai e faaaoga le tupe lea e faatau ai se vaa lelei mo Aunuu, e momoli mai ai tagata mo a latou talavai i le Falemai tua i Amouli, ina ia mafai ai ona foia le faafitauli. O le faaiuga a le komiti na faia lea ina ua maea le iloiloga, ina ia taoto le pili ae sei toe saili pe i ai se isi alagatupe e faatupe ai lenei galuega, ma sei vaavaai pe fia tonu se tupe e manaomia i le galuega, ona o le alagatupe lea o loo faamoemoe e faatupe mai ai le pili, ua maea ona vaevae i ofisa o le malo mo le paketi o le tausaga tupe fou. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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E lua Aso Toona’i ua poloaina e le alii faamasino ia John Ward II e taofia ai le alii faiaoga o Dave Tupua i le toese i Tafuna, mai le 8:00 e oo atu i le 6:00 i le afiafi, ina ua ta’usala o ia i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, e mafua mai i le faalavelave lea na tuuaia ai o ia i lona pa’i atu ai i se teineititi aoga i se auala na fefe ma le mautonu ai le teineititi. O le alii faiaoga mai le aoga a le Manumalo Baptist na uluai tuuaia i moliaga mama e tolu e aofia ai lona taofia faapagota o se tagata i se auala sese, faapea ai ma moliaga e lua o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, ae i le maliliega sa ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga, sa ia tali ioe ai i moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu ae solofua le isi moliaga na totoe ai. A’o le’i tuuina atu le faasalaga a le faamasinoga ia Tupua, sa ia faatoese i le aiga o le tamaitai aoga na aafia faapea ai tamaiti aoga o lana aoga ona o le mea sa tupu. Sa ia taua e faapea, o lana gaioiga sa faia, o ana lava ia auala e faailoa atu ai ona uiga faauo i tamaiti aoga uma lava o le aoga. Ae na saunoa le alii faamasino ia John Ward II e faapea, “e ui o le gaioiga sa e faia ua e masani ai lava mai le tele o tausaga, peitai o loo momoli atu ai ni faailoilo eseese i tamaiti aoga, ma o nisi taimi e faauiga sese ai e fanau aoga i le matutua lea ua i ai na ituaiga amioga.” Na faailoa e Ward ia Tupua, e i ai lava auala e mafai ona faailoa atu ai lona alofa naunauta’i i tamaiti aoga, ina ia le mafai ai ona tulai mai faafitauli faapea, aua o ituaiga amioga nei, e le tatau lava ona faia i totonu o soo se potu aoga. Na faailoa e Ward ia Tupua le tele o tusi mai le atunuu e faailoa mai ai lo latou lagolagoina o lana tautua mo le atunuu i le tele o tausaga o se faiaoga. Sa ia faailoa foi ia Tupua e faapea, o le agaga o le faasalaga a le faamasinoga, e le o le taumafai e faasala, ae ia mafai ona maua se avanoa e toe aoaoina ai se isi lesona ma taofia ai ni gaioiga le talafeagai o loo faia. Ae ina ua maua le avanoa o le tama o le tamaitai aoga na aafia e molimau ai i luma o le faamasinoga, sa ia finau ina ia faasala Tupua i le faasalaga pito i maualuga o lo o faatulaga mai e le tulafono, ina ia momoli atu ai se feau i isi o lo o faia ia ituaiga amioga, e le taliaina nei ituaiga amioga i le
atunuu. E ta’i 15 aso na manatu le faamasinoga e faasala ai Tupua i le toese mo le moliaga e tasi, peitai ua faamalumalu lea faasalaga, ae ua faanofovaavaaia o ia mo le 10 masina i lalo o tuutuuga a le faamasinoga. O nisi o ia tuutuuga e aofia ai lona totogia o se salatupe e $400, faasa ona ia toe taumafai e faafesootai le tamaitai aoga na aafia i soo se auala, aua nei ona toe solia se tulafono, ma ia taofia o ia i le falepuipui i Tafuna mo Aso Toona’i e lua. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN TUITELE, LEILUA WILLIS & KISO SO’OTO - Members on behalf of HEIRS AMELIA VA of LEONE American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as LEGAOA which is situated in the village of LEONE, in the County of FOFO, WESTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names FIALAUIA KIMBERLY SO’OTO ATUATASI as LESSEE. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 19TH day of OCTOBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: AUGUST 20, 2012 thru OCTOBER 19, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S. B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o JOHN TUITELE, LEILUA WILLIS & KISO SO’OTO Suli o AMELIA VA ole nu’u o LEONE, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o LEGAOA, e i le nu’u o LEONE i le itumalo o FOFO, Falelima i SISIFO ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai FIALAUIA KIMBERLY SO’OTO ATUATASI. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 19 o OKETOPA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 08/28 & 09/28/12
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed governmentissued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys who brokered a deal resolving nearly all remaining court claims over elevated levels of formaldehyde in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Roughly 55,000 residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas will be eligible for shares of $37.5 million paid by more than two dozen manufacturers. They also can get shares of a separate $5.1 million settlement with FEMA contractors that installed and maintained the units. Gerald Meunier, a lead plaintiffs’ attorney, said the deal provides residents with “somewhat modest” compensation but allows both sides to avoid the expense and risks of protracted litigation. “Dollar
$42.6 Mil. FEMA trailer settlements approved
amounts alone do not determine whether a settlement is fair and reasonable,” he said. Jim Percy, a lawyer for the trailer makers, said Engelhardt would have had to try cases individually or transfer suits to other jurisdictions if the settlement wasn’t reached. “It was not going to end quickly, and it was going to be even more monumental for all the parties concerned,” he said. Formaldehyde, a chemical commonly found in building materials, can cause breathing problems and is classified as a carcinogen. Government tests on hundreds of trailers in Louisiana and Mississippi found formaldehyde levels that were, on average, about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes. FEMA isn’t a party to the settlements and had downplayed formaldehyde risks for months before those test results were announced in February 2008. As early as 2006, trailer occupants began reporting headaches, nosebleeds and difficulty breathing. Only three plaintiffs have opted out of the settlement with the trailer makers. Engelhardt opened the floor to objections during Thursday’s hearing, but nobody spoke up. The judge said he didn’t receive any formal, written objections, either. But that doesn’t mean the deal isn’t a disappointment for many residents who blame their illnesses on the cramped trailers they occupied for months on end. “We were told not to look for much,” said Anthony Dixon, a New Orleans resident who says he developed asthma while living in a FEMA trailer for two years. Dixon, 58, attended the hearing with his wife and mother to learn more about the deal. “We’re glad to get it over with,” he added. Engelhardt noted he received a letter from a woman whose 66-year-old mother, Agnes Mauldin, of Mississippi, died of leukemia in 2008 after living in a FEMA trailer. Mauldin’s daughter, Lydia Greenlees, said the settlement offers “very little” for what her family considers to be a wrongful death case. “I am saddened about the settlement in that I feel like it makes a mockery of my mother’s life,” Greenlees wrote. “I don’t want anyone to think for one second that I view this settlement as a fair trade for my mother’s life. I do not.” Dan Balhoff, a courtappointed special master, will determine the plaintiffs’ awards. Up to 48 percent of the total settlement money will be deducted for attorneys’ fees and costs. Payments are expected to go out late this year or early next year. Engelhardt presided over three trials for claims against FEMA trailer manufacturers and installers after he was picked in 2007 to oversee hundreds of consolidated lawsuits. The juries in all three trials sided with the companies and didn’t award any damages. Plaintiffs’ lawyers have accused the trailer makers of using shoddy building materials and methods in a rush to meet FEMA’s unprecedented demand for temporary housing. Meunier, however, said it was difficult for plaintiffs’ attorneys to prove a link between formaldehyde exposure and residents’ health problems because many trailers couldn’t be tested until months or even years after the fact. Many residents never sought treatment for their symptoms, he added. A group of companies that includes Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Forest River Inc., Vanguard LLC and Monaco Coach Corp. will pay $20 million of the $37.5 million settlement with the trailer makers. Shaw Environmental Inc., Bechtel Corp., Fluor Enterprises Inc. and CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. are among the FEMA contractors that agreed to pay shares of the separate $5.1 million settlement. Only a handful of formaldehyde-related claims are still pending, including those against FEMA by a group of Texas residents.
HIGH COURT OF AMERICAN SAMOA TRIAL DIVISION
CIVIL ACTION NO: 66-09 CONTINENTAL TRANSPORT COPORATION AND TONY TOGIA’I, AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE OFFICER, Plaintiffs vs MAKERITA PU’E and E.F.V.J. TRUCKING INC., Defendants
NOTICE OF MARSHAL’S SALE
By virtue of a writ of execution directed and delivered to me as Marshal of the High Court and issued out of the High Court of American Samoa, Territory of American Samoa, have levied on all in the following personal property, to wit: CA #66-09
1. 2001 Ford Pick-up truck F-150 Super (red) 2. Pool Table 3. Washer 4. Dryer 5. Computer desk 6. Water Heater 7. Queen size Bed complete 8. Leather Recliner (white) 9. 19” color t.v. 10. Weight sets 11. Golf clubs with bag 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. China sets Sofa sets 3 piece “L” sofa sets 45” TV Glass stand case Metal Stand Case Dinner table marble top Refrigerator Mack Truck engine Bulk of scrap metal Bedroom sets
Public notice is given that I, the undersigned, as Marshal of the High Court of American Samoa of the County of Maoputasi, will on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. of such day at the High Court of American Samoa, in the village of Fagatogo, Territory of American Samoa, promptly, there on that day and time to meet and then to travel to a warehouse storing the personal property listed herein, and there and at that time to sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, all the right, title and interest of the above-described personal property. Items sold As Is, Where Is, Bids instructions will be given by the Marshal. If you have any questions, please contact Marshal Nix 733-1583/633-4131. Dated: Sept 19, 2012 MICHAEL NIX, MARSHAL OF THE HIGH COURT OF AMERICAN SAMOA
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Police in Anaheim earned $1.7 million in overtime for extra hours worked to quell violent protests that broke out in the Orange County city after two police shootings. The Orange County Register reports Thursday that police worked the overtime during a four-week period this past summer. The average hourly overtime wage was $69. Two fatal police shootings in July — including one of an unarmed man — roiled the city that is home to Disneyland and exposed simmering economic tensions. Demonstrators took to the streets in protests that led to small fires, shattered store windows and some looting just miles from the amusement park. It’s too early to tell if the overtime payment will affect the department, which has a budget of nearly $115 million and 536 full-time employees.
Anaheim police bill $1.7 Mil. in overtime for riots
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Vaega: 36 Taeao manuia i le mamalu o le atunu’u. Malo le soifua, malo fo’i le faitau, ae alo maia o le toe soso’oga fo’i lenei o la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai. ina ua uma le faiga a le Agelu numera tolu lea na maua taitaia ai si fa’afafine, na manatu ai loa le Agelu numera muamua po’o le ta’ita’i fo’i lea o le vaega lenei, e sili pe fai sa latou fono. Ua i ai le manatu o le Agelu ta’ita’i lenei, e fia iloa po’o fea o le a aga’i i ai a latou su’esu’ega. O le isi itu, se i tau fai si malologa, ua matua’i gapatia lava i faiga nei e fai e tagata o le atunu’u lenei. Na tonu nei i le manatu o le Agelu numera muamua e sili pe a o i le Paka a Liona i Tafuna e malolo lelei ai ma talatalanoa ai pe o le a le isi tulaga o le a o latou faia. Ua manino fo’i i le ta’ita’i, e leai lava se feso’ota’iga o faia mai e Kapilielu ia te ia, pe ua i ai se mea ua tupu i le toeina i luga, pe ua fa’ama’ima’i, pe ua oso fo’i gugu o le toeaina ma lona toto maualuga ua le feso’ota’i mai ai. Na geno ane nei le Agelu numera muamua i ana soa e to’alua, ma felelei sa’o loa i le Paka a Liona. Na va’aia e Agelu nei le matagofie ma le mama o le Paka, ae maise ai o le matagofie o le la’au o le pulu o lo’o tu tonu lava i le ogatotonu o le Paka. Na tonu nei i le manatu o le ta’ita’i, e sili pe a nonofo i luga o le la’au lenei ona e ‘ese le matagofie i le va’ai ma e malu fo’i mo i latou. O le isi lea tulaga na fetomumui ai Agelu ona o le vevela tele o Samoa, peita’i, o mea uma lava ia e o’o i ai i lenei vaitau o le tausaga. A tele mai fa’alavelave ua matua’i vevela lava, a tau feololo mai fa’alavelave ua tau mafanafana, ae a leai loa ni fa’alavelave ua matua’i to’a lelei le tau latou e le toe minoi lava. Ua i luga nei o le pulu i le Paka a Liona ia Agelu a le Ali’i ma ua tilotilo ifo nei i tagata o lo’o nofonofo, o nisi o lo’o savalivali, o nisi fo’i o lo’o tae’ele i le sami. Ua le iloga se mea e au tilotilo i ai le Agelu ulavale i lea taimi, na fetaui lava le tilotilo ane a le Agelu lenei, ma le vaai atu loa, o lo’o sau le solo a le tama ma le teine o lo’o u’u lima mai. Na mata’i lelei lava e le Agelu lenei ia faiga ia ua fai nei. O le mea ua tupu e ui tonu ane lava i lalo o le la’au lea o lo’o malolo ai nei Agelu a le Ali’i. Na iloa lelei atu lava e le Agelu ulavale le fusifusiga lea e fai nei ma savavali mai i lalo o le la’au. Ua le tautala le Agelu o lo’o ta’ita’ia le malaga lenei a
Agelu, ua na o le tilotilo ane nei ma le fa’anoanoa i nei tamaiti ua sili ona laiti ma nei amioga o lo’o fai nei. Ua le mau tonu le Agelu muamua, ae ua na o le tilotilo ane nei i le Agelu ulavale, ne i te’i fo’i ua fai se mea ofoofogia ae le iloa atu. E moni lava manatu o le Agelu o lo’o ta’ita’i, e le i umi lava ae va’aia loa e le Agelu ta’ita’i le lele ‘ese o le Agelu numera tolu ma fa’aifoifo tonu lava i le va o le tama ma le teine. Ua na o le lulu o le ulu o le Agelu ulavale ma fa’apea lona manatu, “Oka, se leitioa lava a fa’apenei lenei lalolagi, o le matua’i mata’utia lava, a o’o mai fo’i la galulolo, ua fetamo’eai solo i le fia feola, a’o lenei, oka, oka, se mea a le manuia.”
These kids were waiting their turn to ride in a canoe with the American Samoa Association of Paddlers this past Wednesday at Utulei Beach Park during the closing of Coastweek 2012.
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Ua ou tu lili’a i le to ae maniti tino i pisaga, e pei o le fetalaiga i le vaifanua o le Saofa’apito ma Salevalasi, e fa’apoipoi lili’a fo’i fa’aalofisa o tupu na i Malaeolevavau ma ou tapui le tapu a Tupolesava e pei o le Fetalaiga i le Taoto lima a le Tuiatua Galumalemana, aua e taliu ae popo’e, o si o ta lima lava e pa’ia ai si o ta mata. Ae lilifa lava se lagona o lo’o ala le mafua-ali’i aua lau fa’afofoga’aga le paia e, o Tutuila ma Manu’a, o oe lava ole Va’a fa’aufigata. Ou te fa’atulou ai i le Motu-sa, aua le afio o le Laau na Amotasi, afifio ali’i Fa’atui ma le Faletolu, aua To’oto’o o le Faleula ma upu ia te oe le Manu’a-tele. E fa’atulou fo’i i le Nofo a Ma’opu ma le Faleagafulu aua Sua ma le Vaifanua, o Fofo ma Aitulagi, Itu’au ma le Alataua, Saole ma Saleaaumua ma le Launiu-na-saelua. O ou paia na Samoa i Sasa’e i ou papatuloto ma ou lumafatutoto. Ae le ufitia ai fala o le tamaitai aua ou paia faale-Malo, le afio o lau Afioga i le Kovana Sili ma lau Masiofo, afio le Lutena Kovana faapea lou auva’a o Sui o le Kapeneta aua lau Faigamalo. E le galo Afi’a i si ona vao aua Fa’aao o Maota e lua, lau Afioga i le Peresetene ma le Maota o le Senate faapea lau Afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai ma le Maota o Sui, o le tafatolu lava lea o Faigamalo i le Afio o lau Afioga i le Faamasino Sili ma le Pulega tau Fa’amasinoga. E le liua le vai o Sina, afio lau Afioga Lefiti Pese, Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, afifio Kovana o Falelima ma le Manu’a Tele, afifio Alii Mautofi ma Pulenu’u ma le loaloa o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa. E le sopoloa le silasila aua le susu o Taitai o Ekalesia Kerisiano e fia, o Sui vaaia ua fa’au’uina mo le Sakalameta o le Upu, a o tausi mea a le Atua Silisili Ese, e ou le Tala Lelei, tainane le mamalu tele o le aupalota mo le filiga i le tai o se agavaa’a aua sui mamalu o lau Fono Faitulafono mo le Faiga Palota tele ia Novema 2012, o le tausaga nei. E le mafai ona si’i lo’u va’a i le tai, ae ou te le’i utuvai i le vaigagana ma se’i o’u tofu i le vai o le tama na momo’o iai le Tuiatua nai Mulinu’u ma Nu’uausala, aua ou te le mafaia se mea pe a aunoa ma lau fa’amanuia aemaise ai o tatou apepele i le loto e tasi ma le alofa ua feulua’i. Ua na’o a’u o se ugapepe, e lolo gofie i le agi a le matagi, ae ua ou fa’aoia le vao i Fagalele ma ou tatalo i le la’i se’i molia si o’u mana’o, o le tagi lava a le Pu-mate, ua ta fia pa’i i le vai o le tama, ua ta fia galue se’i aoga lo’u ola ma lo’u tagata e tautua mo oe lo’u atunu’u pele e ala i le Itumalo Palota o le Vaifanua Tele #3. O le paia lava lea aua le mamalu o le au palota ma lo’u Itumalo Pele, ou te ofo atu, e pei o la Isaia, ia auina atu a’u. Le mamalu e, o le Itupa o Tina, Faletua ma Tausi, Sa’oao ma Tama’ita’i; ua ou tapa la outou palota e pei ona tapa e Tulia le tata tatou te saili malo ai aua upufai o le malo e ala i le
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NEW YORK — When U.N. staffers on peacekeeping missions were accused of misconduct or corruption over the last couple of years, more than two-thirds of them were exonerated by the U.N.’s internal tribunal system, according to research provided to AP by a whistleblower-protection group. Extensive interviews conducted with current and former U.N. staffers in eight peacekeeping forces who lodged complaints against higher-ups found widespread frustration over “managers who committed misconduct and were rarely sanctioned,” said the Washington-based organization, Government Accountability Project (GAP). The U.N.’s tribunal system was reformed under SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, at the insistence of the General Assembly, in 2009 but appears to be worse at rooting out mismanagement than the old procedures, according to the GAP study, which was being released publicly Friday. After the reforms adopted higher standards of evidence and proof, GAP found 19 cases of misconduct allegations against peacekeeping staff over two years, of which 13 were exonerated -- 68 percent. GAP’s study showed, however, that in a 2 ½-year period before the reforms, nine misconduct cases were filed against peacekeeping staffers and just four were exonerated -- a 28.6 dismissal rate. “Too often, bad apples are getting away with misconduct that they commit in the peacekeeping missions, at the expense of citizens across the globe,” GAP international program staffer Shelley Walden, co-author of the study, told The Associated Press. The United Nations is pledged to uphold justice worldwide. But as an international institution, its 75,000 staffers worldwide are ruled by an internal U.N. tribunal system that judges complaints of mismanagement, harassment or corruption. National courts do not have jurisdiction over U.N. employment issues. GAP’s research focused on the problems of whistle-blowers in the U.N. system who spoke out against mismanagement, corruption or harassment that can go as far as death threats and assault. The most serious crimes are dealt with by having the United Nations discharge the staffer and send them to their home country for possible prosecution. This is how the U.N. handled several notorious cases of U.N. peacekeepers accused of rape or soliciting prostitution in Congo and Haiti. Ban’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said in a statement late Thursday that the new system in place since 2009 is an important part of the “architecture” of accountability at the U.N. and is closely monitored with the intent of strengthening managerial accountability. “The system is still evolving and, as such, it would not be prudent, at this point, to draw firm conclusions about the direction of the emerging jurisprudence,” he said in the statement. Part of the problem with the 2009 reforms, Walden said, is that it raised the standard of proof of misconduct, making it harder for whistle-blowers to make their complaints stick. A report by Ban to the General Assembly in July verified that, saying that many cases “failed to meet the higher evidential and procedural standards” of the new tribunal system. These also led to long delays in investigating some cases, Ban said. Some complaints were deemed not credible. And some cases were not pursued because managerial changes had already been made. These “factors resulted in cases that were not pursued as disciplinary matters or closed with no measure,” Ban said. Walden said that “They are not pursuing as many cases, so the pendulum has swung back the other way.” The GAP report said that U.N. tribunal judges “have been hesitant to refer cases to the Secretary-General for possible action to enforce accountability.” In almost tribunal 500 cases the GAP study examined, over a range from disputes over severance pay to actual threats and assaults, judges had asked Ban for enforcement only four times, and it was unable to find out if he had actually taken action in those four cases. “The secretary-general has not upheld the rule of law within the organization,” Walden said. The appeals process “is almost never effective when it is higher level staff, I think that’s a political problem within the insutution,” George G. Irving, a private attorney who is a consultant to the U.N. Staff Union, told the AP. He was one of the experts interviewed by the GAP study. “The tone at the top is really a problem -- you might get accountability at the lower levels,” Walden said.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations (AP Photo/Richard Drew) General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In his most detailed plea to date for global action against Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday the world has until next summer at the latest to stop Iran before it can build a nuclear bomb. Netanyahu flashed a diagram of a cartoon-like bomb before the U.N. General Assembly showing the progress Iran has made, saying it has already completed the first stage of uranium enrichment. Then he pulled out a red marker and drew a line across what he said was a threshold Iran was approaching and which Israel could not tolerate — the completion of the second stage and 90 percent of the way to the uranium enrichment needed to make an atomic bomb. “By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage,” he said. “From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.” Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat, citing Iranian denials of the Holocaust, its calls for Israel’s destruction, its development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for hostile Arab militant groups. Iran’s deputy U.N. ambassador took the floor at the General Assembly late Thursday to categorically reject Israel’s “entirely baseless allegations,” insisting that the country’s nuclear program is purely peaceful. Eshagh Al Habib accused Netanyahu of using “an unfounded and imaginary graph” to justify a military threat against Iran. “Iran is strong enough to defend itself and reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against any attack,” he said. Al Habib urged the international community to exert pressure on Israel to end its “irresponsible behavior” and to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon party and put all its nuclear facilities under U.N. safeguards. Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons but has never acknowledged it. Neither the U.S. nor any of its international partners are ready to abandon diplomacy in favor of military or other actions to resolve the decadelong standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. On Thursday, six world powers decided to lay the groundwork for another round of negotiations with Iran, a senior U.S. official said, but they want a significantly improved offer from
PM netanyahu draws his “red line” for Iran
the Islamic republic. The new hope for negotiated end came after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — powers that have sought, over several rounds of talks, to persuade Iran to halt its production of material that could be used in nuclear weapons. The latest stab at a diplomatic compromise collapsed this summer after Iran proposed to stop producing higher-enriched uranium in exchange for a suspension in international sanctions, which Clinton has termed a “nonstarter.” The U.S. official said Iran would have to bring a much better offer to the table this time, but stressed that nations were seeing some signs for optimism and that diplomacy remained “far and away the preferred way to deal with this issue.” No date was set for the possible resumption of the so-called P5+1 talks with Iran, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to comment publicly about the closed-doors meeting at the United Nations. After looking for a diplomatic solution there, Clinton met later Thursday with Netanyahu at a New York hotel where she was expected to hear the alternative argument for possible military action. Their face-to-face occurred just hours after the Israeli presented his case to the world just why a nuclear armed Iran would be a danger to many countries. Casting the battle as one between modernity and the “medieval forces of radical Islam,” Netanyahu said deterrence would not work against Iran as it had with the Soviet Union. “Deterrence worked with the Soviets, because every time the Soviets faced a choice between their ideology and their survival, they chose survival,” he said. But “militant jihadists behave very differently from secular Marxists. There were no Soviet suicide bombers. Yet Iran produces hordes of them.” Netanyahu has repeatedly argued that time is running out to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power and that the threat of force must be seriously considered. Israeli leaders have issued a series of warnings in recent weeks suggesting that if Iran’s uranium enrichment program continues it may soon stage a unilateral military strike. This week Iranian leaders suggested they may strike Israeli preemptively if they felt threatened, stoking fears of a regional war.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A third former Fullerton police officer has been charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man after a violent confrontation with police last year, prosecutors said Thursday. Former officer Joseph Wolfe was arraigned in Orange County on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of use of excessive force. He pleaded not guilty and surrendered on $25,000 bail, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. A grand jury indicted Wolfe, 37, on Monday, prosecutors said. He was released on bail, his attorney said, and is due back in court Nov. 2. Wolfe was one of six officers involved in a violent clash with 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in July 2011 during an investigation into a report that Thomas was trying car doors at a Fullerton transit hub. Thomas died five days later. The clash was captured on surveillance video and digital audio recorders worn by some of the officers. It stoked protests by residents, the recall of three councilmembers and an FBI investigation, in addition to criminal charges filed against two other officers last year. Former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and former Fullerton Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault or battery by a public officer in Thomas’ death. Both have pleaded not guilty. Since then, several of Thomas’ supporters have urged Orange County prosecutors to charge Wolfe, who is seen on the video swinging his baton at Thomas’ leg. Wolfe’s employment at the Fullerton police department — along with that of Ramos and
3rd Calif. officer charged in homeless man’s death
Cicinelli — was terminated earlier this year. Wolfe’s defense attorneys Michael Nasatir and Vicki Podberesky said in a statement Thursday that their client should not have been charged. “Whether this change in course is the result of well-meaning but misguided external pressure upon the district attorney’s office, or a political effort to quell perceived public unrest, we are confident that when the evidence is presented in a court of law, Mr. Wolfe will be exonerated of all criminal wrongdoing,” the statement said. Last July, police began questioning Thomas at the transit hub in a conversation that escalated into a physical confrontation with officers pinning Thomas to the ground as he moaned that he could not breathe. Prosecutors said Wolfe, a 12-year veteran of the Fullerton police department, hit Thomas in the leg with his baton and tackled him to the ground with Ramos. Authorities said Wolfe kneed and punched Thomas and used his body weight to minimize Thomas’ movement until other officers arrived. Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas’ father, said he had hoped prosecutors would file stronger counts against Wolfe but was pleased he was charged in the case. “I’m very grateful for what the district attorney has done,” he said. The grand jury heard testimony from 10 witnesses and examined 113 exhibits of evidence before returning an indictment, prosecutors said. The district attorney’s office declined to discuss further details of the proceedings because transcripts are sealed. If convicted, Wolfe could face up to four years in prison, prosecutors said.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who told police he boiled his wife’s body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of seconddegree murder. David Viens showed no reaction as the verdict was read. The sister of his victim burst out sobbing. In a recorded interrogation presented by prosecutors during the trial, Viens, 49, can be heard saying he cooked the body of his 39-year-old wife, Dawn Viens, in late 2009 until little was left but her skull. “He treated her like a piece of meat and got rid of her,” said Karen Patterson, the couple’s best friend who spoke to reporters outside court. She was the key witness in Viens’ trial and the person who prodded police to investigate her friend’s disappearance. At a news conference, she tearfully warned others to take heed of domestic violence among friends and call police. She apologized for failing to call 911 when Dawn Viens called her during an incident of abuse but begged her not to call police. “Maybe you have to go beyond your friend’s trust and try to save lives,” she said. Juror Tal Erickson said it was Viens’ own words in two confessions that convinced them of his guilt. The chef spoke to authorities from a hospital bed in March 2011 after leaping off an 80-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes. Authorities say he jumped after learning he was a suspect in her disappearance. The trial relied heavily on recorded interviews with authorities in which the chef acknowledged the crime in detail. “I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days,” Viens could be heard saying on the recording. Viens, who attended his trial in a wheelchair, said in the interview that he stuffed his wife’s body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water and kept it submerged with weights. He said he mixed what remained after four days with other waste, dumping some of it in a grease pit at his restaurant in Lomita, and putting the rest in the trash. He said he stashed his wife’s skull in his mother’s attic in Torrance. But a search of the house turned up nothing, nor did an excavation of the restaurant. Erickson told reporters the gruesome evidence shocked jurors. “A few of us had a hard time sleeping at night,” he said. “I would think about it and ask, ‘Why?’” If there was any question about the guilt of Viens, it was wiped out by his plunge off the cliff, Erickson said. “My opinion was if he was innocent, he wouldn’t jump off a cliff,” the juror said. On the recording played in court, Viens was asked what happened on Oct. 18, 2009, the
Chef guilty of murder in ‘boiled body case’
night his wife disappeared. He said he had noticed money missing from his restaurant and suspected his wife. They got into an argument, he said, and he forced her onto the floor where he wrapped her up and put a piece of duct tape over her mouth before going to bed. He awoke to find her dead, and he panicked, he said. Viens was charged with firstdegree murder, which means the killing was premeditated, but jurors had the option of convicting him of that or second-degree murder or manslaughter. The six men and six women on the panel deliberated for about five hours before reaching the verdict. Erickson said the jury did not believe the killing was premeditated, even though Viens had threatened to kill his wife after finding the money missing. “Anyone can say that and not
follow through,” the juror said. Viens’ lawyer, Fred McCurry, declined comment on the way out of the courtroom except to say he planned to appeal. Viens is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 27. He could face 15 years to life in prison. Dawn Viens’ sister, Dayna Papin, said, “There’s no happy ending. Two families have suffered tremendously. This is a man I’ve known for 20 years who was like a father to me.” Patterson, the longtime friend, said she would like to visit Viens in prison. “Even through all this, he is still my friend,” she said. “I struggle with the lovely person who killed another lovely person. I would remind him of how much Dawn loved him.” She said she was satisfied with the second-degree murder verdict, “Murder is murder.”
NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor’s house during what appeared to be an attempted late-night burglary and then discovered it was his son, state police said. Police identified the dead boy as 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano, who was shot at about 1 a.m. Thursday in New Fairfield, a town along the New York line just north of Danbury. A woman who was alone in the house believed someone was breaking in and called the teen’s father, who lives next door, and he grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate, police said. The father confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing and then fired his gun when the person went at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said. When police officers arrived, the father was sitting on the grass next to the woman’s home and the teen was lying in the driveway with gunshot injuries. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The teen’s father, Jeffrey Giuliano, a fifth-grade teacher in town, hasn’t returned a message seeking comment on what happened. The teenager was a student at New Fairfield High School, a short walk from the neighborhood where he was killed. Superintendent of Schools Alicia Roy sent parents an email about what happened, Danbury’s The News-Times newspaper reported. “Our district has experienced a tragedy that has affected us deeply,” she wrote, adding that students weren’t told of the killing because all the facts weren’t clear. No charges have been filed. State police are investigating. An autopsy on the boy is planned.
Man kills masked boy, finds out it’s his son
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President Barack Obama greets supporters during a rally in Virginia Beach, Va., Thursday, (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Sept. 27, 2012.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged to create many more jobs and “make the middle class secure again” in a campaign-closing appeal on Thursday — more than five weeks before Election Day — to voters already casting ballots in large numbers. Republican Mitt Romney, focusing on threats beyond American shores, accused the commander in chief of backing dangerous cuts in defense spending. “The idea of cutting our military is unthinkable and devastating. And when I become president we will not,” declared the challenger, struggling to reverse a slide in opinion polls.
Romney decries cuts to military; President Obama talking jobs
Romney and Obama campaigned a few hundred miles apart in Virginia, 40 days before their long race ends. They’ll be in much closer quarters next Wednesday in Denver — for the first of three presidential debates on the campaign calendar and perhaps the challenger’s best remaining chance to change the trajectory of the campaign. In a race where the economy is the dominant issue, there was a fresh sign of national weakness as the Commerce Department lowered its earlier estimate of tepid growth last spring. Romney and his allies seized on the news as evidence that Obama’s policies aren’t working. There was good news for the president in the form of a survey by The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation suggesting he has gained ground among older voters after a month-long ad war over Republican plans for Medicare. The pace also was quickening in the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate. Prominent Republican conservatives pledged financial and political support for Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri. That complicated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s bid for re-election. But it also left Romney, running mate Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP hierarchy in an awkward position after they tried unsuccessfully to push Akin off the ballot in the wake of his controversial comments about rape. Farther west, in Arizona, Republican Rep. Jeff Flake unleashed an ad calling Democratic rival Richard Carmona “Barack Obama’s rubberstamp.” It was not meant as a compliment in a state seemingly headed Romney’s way, a response for sure to Democratic claims that the Senate contest was unexpectedly close. In the presidential race, early voting has already begun in Virginia as well as South Dakota, Idaho and Vermont. It began during the day in Wyoming as well as in Iowa, like Virginia one of the most highly contested states. Early voters had formed a line a half block long in Des Moines before the elections office opened at 8 a.m. Campaigning in Virginia Beach, Obama said, “It’s time for a new economic patriotism, an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class.” It was a line straight from the two-minute television commercial his campaign released overnight.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Get in line, Medicare and Social Security. Seniors, like just about everyone else, have money on their minds. Who wins the trust of seniors, a group that votes at a higher rate than any other, will be a deciding factor in the presidential election. That should be good news for Mitt Romney, because those 65 and older have backed the Republican candidate in both of the last two presidential elections. But President Barack Obama has been pounding Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, on their plan for Medicare. Those attacks are starting to bear fruit for Obama, who is gaining ground among seniors in two key battlegrounds: Florida and Ohio. Still, Romney has the edge nationally among seniors — in no small part thanks to seniors’ concerns about Obama’s handling of the economy. Nowhere will the senior vote be as powerful or as prominent as in Florida, where Romney and Obama are competing fiercely. “It’s not just the cookie cutter that every senior here is totally dependent on Social Security and Medicare,” said Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida. “As the FDR generation has passed and generational replacement has occurred, you get a more divided senior electorate.” More seniors say the economy is extremely important to their vote than Medicare, says a poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. A recent Associated PressGfK poll shows 7 in 10 seniors say taxes and the federal deficit are important to them. Even for those well into retirement, a feeble economy affects older Americans in ways you might not realize. Many have had to bail out adult children who have lost their jobs and turned to their aging parents for help. And those who lived through the Great Depression as children relate intimately to the perils of an over-indebted nation. Just ask Dominic Santoro, an 81-year-old retiree from Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., who said it’s different for seniors than it is for younger Americans, who have years to make up what was lost during the recession. “That’s very nice, but what about the poor senior citizen that’s no longer working and can’t replace that money?” said Santoro, who plans to vote for Romney. But if seniors’ concerns extend beyond entitlements, those seeking the White House don’t seem to have caught on. Obama and Ryan both hewed closely to themes of Medicare and Social Security in their speeches last week to an AARP summit in New Orleans. Ryan, who was loudly booed for vowing to repeal “Obamacare,” offered assurances that he and Romney wouldn’t alter Medicare for those in or near retirement. “Medicare is a promise, and we will honor it,” Ryan said. “A Romney-Ryan administration will protect and strengthen Medicare — for my mom’s generation and for my kids and yours.” Not so, said Obama, warning seniors that Ryan and Romney want to replace Medicare with vouchers that wouldn’t keep up with health care costs. It’s an admonition echoed in a television ad Obama’s campaign started airing Friday in Florida, Colorado and Iowa. Both Ryan and Romney invoked their late grandmothers in working to convince AARP members that they understand what seniors go through. “She was a great citizen who lived up to her responsibilities,” Obama said. “And after a lifetime of hard work, what she hoped for in return was to be able to live out her golden years with dignity and security, and to see her grandchildren and her great grandchildren have a better life.” Although far from a monolithic bloc, seniors by and large have sided with Romney throughout this year’s election and favored the former Massachusetts governor 52-41 in a national AP-GfK poll in September. While Romney has lost his edge among overall voters on handling of the economy, seniors are the holdout, preferring Romney by 10 points over Obama on that issue. But in competitive states that could determine the election’s outcome, seniors’ attitudes are on the move. Over the past month, Obama has climbed 9 points in Florida and 4 points in Ohio, giving him an edge over Romney in both states, according to a new Quinnipiac University/ CBS News/New York Times poll. It’s the opposite in Pennsylvania, where Obama has lost his edge among seniors and now trails Romney 45-50. Older voters will make up a dramatically larger part of the population in the coming decades, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences. Americans are living longer, working longer and waiting until later in life to have children. In the near term, that shift may work in Republicans’ favor, offsetting some of the boost that Democrats are expected to enjoy from the growing minority population. Those who witnessed a postDepression resurgence tend to fondly recall FDR’s New Deal and may be more likely to vote Democratic, said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. But as time marches on, they’ll be replaced by their younger counterparts. “The ones who came up since then, the so-called ‘Silent Generation, has moved more conservative on fiscal issues,” said Frey. They came into their own in the 1950s and 1960s, saved their money and want to know those savings will still be there when it’s time to draw them out. Their children, the baby boomers, are more fragmented when it comes to their financial situations and living arrangements. Many had fewer children than their parents’ generation and now, facing retirement, have less support from their sons and daughters. Some have solid pensions and are in good shape. Still others are female heads of household with little savings. And for many of those who grew up in an America marked by the turbulence of World War II, global unrest and anti-American rage may be all the more disconcerting. “I used to be proud to be an American,” said Diane Fritz, a 69-year-old Romney supporter from Port Charlotte, Fla. “We don’t even look like we’re a strong country anymore.” Barbara Kelleher, 66, an Obama supporter, put it another way: “Suddenly you think, ‘What’s going to happen and how is this going to affect my grandchildren’s future?’” said Kelleher, of Loveland, Colo. “You want the world to be a safe place.”
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This combination of two photos shows on the left, a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci representing Mona Lisa, displayed during a presentation in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 and on the right a 2004 file photo of the Mona Lisa painting by Da Vinci hanging in the Louvre in Paris. The Mona Lisa Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Zurich, Thursday presented what it claims is a predecessor of the world’s most famous portrait. But even the experts brought in (AP Photo/Keystone, Yannick Bailly, Gregory Payan) by the foundation weren’t sure about that claim just yet.
➧ PM netanyahu draws his “red line”…
President Barack Obama has vowed to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power but has rejected Netanyahu’s demands for setting an ultimatum past which the U.S. would attack. His administration has urgently sought to hold off Israeli military action, which would likely result in the U.S. being pulled into a conflict and cause region-wide mayhem on the eve of American elections. Netanyahu’s 2013 Israeli deadline could be interpreted as a type of concession, but Israeli officials insisted action was still needed immediately and that in his speech Netanyahu was referring to the absolute point of no return. Netanyahu appeared to be trying to soothe his differences with the White House when he thanked Obama’s stance, adding that his own words were meant only to help achieve the common goal. And he thanked the U.S. and other governments that have imposed sanctions which, he said, have hurt Iran’s economy and curbed its oil exports but have not changed Tehran’s intentions to develop the capacity to build nuclear weapons. “I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down. This will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether,” the Israeli prime minister said. “Red lines don’t lead to war, red lines prevent war.” Netanyahu did not detail what should be done if his “red line” was crossed, but the insinuation was clear. In perhaps his final plea before Israel felt the need to take matters into its own hands, Netanyahu pounded away at the dangers posed by Iran. “To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed al-Qaida,” he said. “Nothing could imperil the world more than a nuclear-armed Iran.” Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but Israel, the U.S. and other Western allies suspect otherwise. Four rounds of U.N. sanctions have already been placed on Iran. A U.N. report last month only reinforced Israeli fears, finding that Iran has moved more of its uranium enrichment activities into fortified bunkers deep underground where they are impervious to air attack. Enrichment is a key activity in building a bomb, though it has other uses as well, such as producing medical isotopes. While Israel is convinced that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, American officials believe Iran has not yet made a final decision to take the plunge and that there is still time for diplomacy. Netanyahu argued Thursday that “Iran uses diplomatic negotiations as a means to buy time to advance its nuclear program.”
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NOTICE is hereby given that PAEPAE TUITAMA, FATA T. S. MOE & KAMUTA LAUFISO MALOSEUGA-members on behalf of SAVEA FAMILY of MAPUSAGA FOU American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as LEMOLI-A which is situated in the village of MAPUSAGA FOU, in the County of TUALAUTA, WESTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names TA’AVILI TUITAMA & IMELDA TUITAMA as LESSEES. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 22ND day of OCTOBER, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: AUGUST 23, 2012 thru OCTOBER 22, 2012 SIGNED: TAITO S. B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o PAEPAE TUITAMA, FATA T. S. MOE & KAMUTA LAUFISO MALOSEUGA - Sui ole Aiga Sa SAVEA ole nu’u o MAPUSAGA FOU, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o LEMOLI-A, e i le nu’u o MAPUSAGA FOU i le itumalo o TUALAUTA, Falelima i SISIFO ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai TA’AVILI TUITAMA & IMELDA TUITAMA. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 22 o OKETOPA, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 08/28 & 09/28/12
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Israel’s timeline for military action is shorter than that of the United States, which has far more powerful bunker-busting bombs at its disposal, and there is great suspicion in Israel over whether in the moment of truth Obama will follow through on his pledge. “Each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency. And that’s why everyone should have a sense of urgency,” Netanyahu said. “The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb.” Netanyahu has a history of fiery speeches about Iran before the U.N. General Assembly. In 2009, he waved the blueprints for the Nazi death camp Auschwitz and invoked the memory of his own family members murdered by the Nazis while making his case against Iran’s Holocaust denial and threats to destroy Israel. And last year, he warned about “the specter of nuclear terrorism” if Iran were not stopped. While the bulk of Netanyahu’s speech dealt with Iran, he also rebuked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who spoke shortly before him to the U.N. General Assembly and accused Israel of ethnic cleansing for building settlements in east Jerusalem. “We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the U.N.,” Netanyahu said. “We have to sit together, negotiate together and reach a mutual compromise.” Israel captured the eastern part of Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 Mideast War and later annexed it in a move that hasn’t been recognized internationally. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state along with the Gaza Strip and the rest of the West Bank. In his speech, Abbas also said he had opened talks on a new bid for international recognition at the U.N. The Palestinians will apply to the General Assembly for nonmember state status, in stark contrast to last year’s failed bid to have the Security Council admit them as a full member state. If Palestine does become a U.N. observer state, it will not have voting rights in the world body but will have international recognition as a “state.” This could enhance the possibility of the Palestinians joining U.N. agencies and becoming parties to treaties including the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court. Abbas insisted that the new quest for recognition was “not seeking to delegitimize Israel, but rather establish a state that should be established: Palestine.”
➧ Romney decries cuts to the military…
He said that if re-elected he would back policies to create a million new manufacturing jobs, help businesses double exports and give tax breaks to companies that “invest in America, not ship jobs overseas.” He pledged to cut oil imports in half while doubling the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, make sure there are 100,000 new teachers trained in math and science, cut the growth of college tuition in half and expand student aid “so more Americans can afford it.” He also touted a “balanced plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion,” but he included $1 trillion in reductions that already have taken place, and he took credit for saving half of the funds budgeted for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that no longer are needed. Obama also said he would “ask the wealthy to pay a little more,” a reference to the tax increase he favors on incomes over $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. It is perhaps his most fundamental disagreement on policy with Romney, who wants to extend expiring tax cuts at all levels, including the highest. Obama’s campaign put out a second, scathing commercial during the day based on Romney’s recorded comments from last May that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes and feel they are victims entitled to government benefits. Romney added that as a candidate his job is not to worry about them. In the ad, Romney’s by-now well-known comments are heard as images scroll by of a white woman with two children in a rural setting, a black woman wearing workplace safety goggles, two older white men wearing Veterans of Foreign Wars hats; a Latino, and finally a white woman with safety goggles — each of them meant to portray millions whom Romney described dismissively in the appearance before donors four months ago. Romney countered with two new ads of his own, including one that appeared designed to minimize political fallout from the videotape. “President Obama and I both care about poor and middle-class families,” he says in a direct appeal to voters. “The difference is my policies will make things better for them. We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. We should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a goodpaying job.” The second ad pointed to comments Obama made four years ago when he said he would support proposals to raise the cost of business for facilities than run on coal. “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them,” the then-presidential candidate is seen saying. The narrator adds: “Obama wages war on coal while we lose jobs to China, which is using more coal every day. Now your job is in danger.” Romney campaigned at an American Legion hall in Springfield, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., accusing Obama of supporting cuts in the defense budget that would be detrimental to the nation’s military readiness. “The world is not a safe place. It remains dangerous,” he said, referring to North
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Korea, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “The idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable and devastating.” Appealing for support from his audience, he said, “You realize we have fewer ships in the Navy than any time since 1917. ... Our Air Force is older and smaller than any time since 1947, when it was formed. This is unacceptable. And the idea of shrinking our active duty personnel by 100,000 or 200,000 — I want to add 100,000 to active duty personnel.” To have a strong military, he said, it’s imperative to have a strong economy, yet he added that growth in China and Russia is stronger than in the United States. He predicted that under Obama, there would be no improvement. “So two -- two very different paths. One is the path the president’s proposed, which is the status quo. His is the path of -- well, he calls it ‘forward.’ I call it ‘forewarned.’ All right? All right? The $1 trillion Romney mentioned in defense cuts had the support of Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress, although he says GOP lawmakers made a mistake in voting for the reductions and several now want to prevent them from taking effect.
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Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Fagasa Fagatele Beach across boat house • Aua stream mouth near bridge • Aua beach across from A&M Video Store • Alega stream mouth • Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS • Amouli Beach across Health Clinic • Tula Beach • Onenoa Beach
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➧ U.n. misconduct…
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Ban’s report summed up staff problems that had actually resulted in firing or other discipline over the past year, including: ➤ seeking sexual favors from a job applicant. ➤ making derogatory and sexual comments on fellow workers and storing pornography on a U.N. computer. ➤ verbal abuse including threats to kill a supervisor. ➤ beating a spouse, who was a U.N. volunteer, with a table, causing multiple injuries requiring hospitalization. ➤ theft and sale of U.N. computers, radios cameras, and rolls of copper wire. ➤ a “long-running and widespread” scheme to use forged U.N. airline vouchers for travel by unauthorized persons “and companies.” ➤ submission of phony dental care claims to the U.N.’s health insurance plan. ➤ leaking information involving internal UN investigations “to the press and outside government agencies.” It appeared that even criminal activity may go unpunished. Ban’s report said the U.N. had reported seven “credible” cases of criminal conduct by U.N. officials or experts on U.N. missions to national authorities, but he “is not aware of any action taken in respect of such cases by the Member States themselves.” On the Web: Government Accountability Project: www.whistleblower.org U.N. chief’s report on staff discipline: www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol(equals) A%2F67%2F171&Lang(equals)E A U.N. guide to the tribunal system: www.un.org/en/oaj/dispute/faq.shtml?faq1
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER PROGRAM
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NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK: Powering Healthier Communities
The Dept. of Health Community Health Center Program would like to acknowledge the following Individuals and Businesses for the great contribution to the “National Health Center Week” celebrated on August 5-11, 2012. This annual activity would not be a success without your full support. The following Individuals and Businesses are:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Rev. Elder Leatulagi Faalevao Attorney General Fepuleai & Mrs. Marie Ripley CCCAS Amouli Kanana Fou Theological Seminary (Gym) ASCHC Governing Board Representative Vaamua Henry & Mrs. Margaret Sesepasara Representative Larry Sanitoa Tagaloa Letuli, TFHC Governing Board Mrs. Leuga Turner, Director of Women & Youth Mrs. Marie Alailima Salu & Savusa Gubernatorial Candidates Save & Sandra Gubernatorial Candidates Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Solaita Fuata Family (Amouli) ACE Industry Company KS Mart Origin Energy Samoa News CCCAS Kanana Fou KVZK TV ASCC Land Grant National Park LBJ/EMS Program LBJ/Dental Program DOH MCH Program DOH HIV/STD Program DOH BCCP Program DOH/CHC Outreach Leone Again, Thank you so much for the endless community support. We appreciate any community commitment and ownership for all Health Activities to promote “Healthy Living”. DOH/CHC Outreach TFHC DOH/CHC Prenatal SEIULI E. PONAUSUIA DOH PHEP Program Acting Director of Health
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