StarKist’s plans
applauded by the
Chamber chief 5
Collection called
“tortuous path”
by Marisco… 3
Dr. James J Stragand MD, PHD & Linda
Stragand BSN. BS, CGRN will be leaving American Samoa next week Monday after two weeks of
volunteer service at the Ear, Nose & Throat clinic
at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Dr. Stragand
and Mrs. Stragand are originally from Oregon but
are currently working in Honolulu, Hawaii at the
Straub Medical Center. Pictured above with Dr.
Stragand and Linda is Dr. Akapusi Ledua, Chief
[photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Medical Officer of LBJ.
Notre Dame to
Te’o: Time to
speak up… B1
Senatoa Fa’agata: E
le Tatalaina le Maketi
i le Aso Sa… 10
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Confirmation hearings for 4
nominees set for next week
By B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Nominees for directorship positions for four
ASG departments are scheduled for confirmation hearings next week in the Senate and House
of Representatives. The nominees are Le’i
Sonny Thompson for the Department of Human
Resources, Dr. Ruth S. Matagi Tofiga for the
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources,
Falema’o M. “Phil” Pili for Treasurer of American Samoa, and Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin
Finau for the Department of Education.
Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau
Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Scholarships Rep. Vaetasi Tuumolimoli S. Moliga has set a confirmation hearing
for Dr. Hunkin-Finau for Wednesday, Jan. 23,
2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Vaetasi has called upon the entire House
membership to be present for the hearing to
confirm Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau as
the Director of Education, saying that each district has school(s) and therefore, every faipule
should be in attendance.
On the Senate side, Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Education Sen. Faumuina Tagisiaalii has scheduled Dr. Hunkin-Finau for a
confirmation hearing in the upper chamber 30
minutes later on the same day at 9 am.
In a Jan. 14 letter to House Speaker Savali
Talavou Ale and Senate President Gaoteote
Palaie Tofau from Gov. Lolo Moliga, the Governor submitted the name of his nomination for
DOE director and urged the Fono leaders and
(Continued on page 14)
The Criminal Investigation Division has been instructed by
the Acting Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck to
investigate the alleged stabbing of an inmate inside the Tafuna
Correctional Facility on Thursday.
Responding to Samoa News queries, Haleck confirmed that
an argument had broken out between two inmates which led
to the stabbing. In the meantime the wounded inmate has been
admitted to LBJ Hospital and is undergoing medical treatment
for his wounds while the other inmate has been detained in maximum security. Haleck could not comment on the status of the
inmate who was hospitalized, but he did confirm that a homemade sharp device had been used.
“The sharp object was created by the inmate from bits and
pieces of what he could find inside his cell. “It was not something that was brought into the jail from outside, rather it was a
man-made object” said the Acting Commissioner.
Commander of the CID Lavata’i Taase Sagapolutele declined
to comment on the issue. Samoa News understands that the
inmates involved in this incident are housed together and they
are co-defendants in several burglary cases for which they are
currently serving time.
(Continued on page 14)
American Samoa observes
Martin Luther King Holiday
intersection with presidential inauguration
by Samoa News staff
Local government and federal offices will be closed Monday
in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Gov. Lolo
Matalasi Moliga this week issued a memo declaring (Monday)
Jan. 21 an ASG holiday.
Lolo says ASG employees required to work on the holiday
will be paid wages in accordance with rules and regulations.
U.S. President Barack Obama reminded the nation that every
year, Americans mark this day by answering Dr. King’s call to
service. “In his memory, let us recall his teaching that ‘we are
caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single
garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all
indirectly’,” said Obama in a memorandum declaring Monday
a federal government holiday.
“In keeping with Dr. King’s example, let us embrace the
belief that our destiny is shared, accept our obligations to each
other and to future generations, and strengthen the bonds that
(Continued on page 15)
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samoa news, Saturday, January 19, 2013
it’s at in
American Samoa
Cows stand in a burn out paddock after wildfires swept through the township of Seaton, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
Wildfires raging across southern Australia have killed one man and destroyed several homes.
Police say the body of a man was found Friday in a burned-out car near the small town of
(AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu
Samoa News Reporter
Ioane Faimata is charged in two cases filed by
the government, in connection with burglaries
in Pavaia’i and Faleniu. The first case alleges
that Faimata burglarized the Pelene Store in
Pavaia’i in May of last year, while the second
case accuses Faimata of burglarizing the Bell
Mart Store in Faleniu in May, 2012. The defendant is charged with first degree
burglary and stealing in each case. The defendant has entered a guilty plea to second degree
burglary which was amended from burglary first
degree and stealing.
Upon his guilty plea the defendant admitted
that in the early hours of May 16, 2012 he broke
into Pelene’s store, a break-in that he and kids
from his village planned to do after the store
closed, because he was the only one in the group
that could fit into a hole they created at the back
of the store. He admitted they took several items
such as chips, beer, footwear and numerous rolls
of quarters valued at $600. The store owner reported to the police that cash
taken from the store was $1,050. The defendant
also admitted that he and another man planned to
burglarize the Bell Mart Store on May 8, 2012
when they were in a drinking session. Faimata
said the other suspect told him that he was aware
of an open space at the back of the store where an
air conditioner is to be mounted. The defendant admitted that he pulled both
sides of the plywood to gain entrance while
the other suspect waited outside the store. The
defendant said he took items including $240 and
coins which were in the amount of $900 then
they divided the money amongst themselves. The defendant has also agreed to pay restitution to the victims in these cases. Associate Justice
Lyle L Richmond accepted the plea agreement and
scheduled sentencing on February 15, 2013.
A Filipino man charged in connection with a
sexually related case that was set to go to trial
has now entered a guilty plea. Victor Liwan
Tacloloy was initially charged with first degree
sexual abuse, resisting arrest, third degree assault
and private peace disturbance.
However in a plea agreement, the defendant
pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a class D felony
which is punishable by up to five years in jail,
a fine of up to $5,000 or both— while the government moved to dismiss the remaining three
charges. The plea agreement was accepted.
Upon his guilty plea the defendant admitted
that he resisted arrest when police attempted to
place him under arrest.
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond who was
accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge
Mamea Sala Jr informed the defendant that if the
court accepts his guilty plea, and the court renders sentencing that was not recommended by
both parties, he may not change his guilty plea.
Richmond then accepted the plea agreement
and scheduled sentencing for February 15, 2013.
The charges against the defendant were initiated after the defendant engaged in a drinking session with an underaged girl and it’s alleged after
the party, he touched the minor inappropriately.
Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop is prosecuting this matter while the defendant is represented by Public Defender Ruth Risch Fuatagavi.
Jovian Toloa, who’s facing second degree
assault, public peace disturbance, and endangering the welfare of a minor, will enter into a
plea agreement with the government. The defendant, who appeared before Chief Justice Michael
Kruse yesterday for his pre-trial conference, has
taken the government offer in a plea deal. Toloa is charged together with Nisani Euini
and a male juvenile, however the co-defendant’s
cases are pending in the District Court, on misdemeanor charges. The incident stemmed from
a misunderstanding, where the victim was giving
Toloa’s girlfriend a ride home, however Toloa
and his co-defendants assumed the girl was in
a relationship with the victim and allegedly
assaulted the victim in his vehicle while the victim’s daughter was present. Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin
informed the court that a plea agreement has
been reached and signed however the proper
paperwork has yet to be filed. Details of the plea
agreement have yet to be disclosed.
According to the government’s case, Toloa
struck the victim with a PVC pipe on the face
which resulted in the victim losing a tooth, and
suffering a swollen lip. The victim’s daughter
was in the car and the defendant was told by the
victim, but the defendant continued to hit the
victim with the pipe.
It’s alleged that the victim managed to get a
hold of the pipe and threw it in the back seat and
tried to hold his daughter down for her safety. Court filings state that the victim told the police
that his daughter was screaming out loud but the
defendants did not stop beating the victim.
(Continued on page 3)
Judgement collection called
“tortuous path” by Marisco,
who reject further mediation
by Fili Sagapolutele
Samoa News Correspondent
Following long delays by
the American Samoa Government to pay an outstanding debt
of more than $800,000, Marisco is no longer in any mood to
negotiate the final court judgement in the case, now before a
federal court appeal’s panel.
The Honolulu-based shipyard
Marisco made the revelation in
answers provided to a mediation
questionnaire from the Mediation Office of the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco
where ASG appealed two orders
of the Honolulu federal court in
the legal battle between ASG
and Bank of Hawai’i.
ASG is appealing the
lower court’s order to garnish
$811,000 held by BoH in the
ASG account as well as the
court’s order to deposit the garnished funds into the federal
registry of the court.
The garnish amount was the
Honolulu federal court judgement against ASG for failure to
pay services provided by Marisco, who sought a garnishment
order, arguing that ASG has a
history of not paying its debts.
would allow the appeal court as
well as the two parties to state
whether such a matter should
be resolved through federal
answers in the questionnaire, it
is appealing the lower court’s
orders because they “violate
American Samoa’s sovereign
immunity and its laws barring
garnishment of its funds” and
because the orders were “based
on the erroneous conclusion
that Hawai’i courts would not
employ the separate entity rule
to find that its situs of ASG
funds to be American Samoa
and not Hawai’i.”
ASG had argued in documents filed with the lower court
late last year, that it’s the High
Court of American Samoa, and
not the federal court, that has
jurisdiction over the ASG bank
account, which was opened at
the BoH in Utulei.
In its questionnaire, ASG
said it “believes mediation would not be productive
because ASG seeks reversals”
on the lower court’s orders
“to avoid their potential effect,
to correct the various errors
capable of repetition and to
permit ASG and its courts to
enforce American Samoa laws
within its borders.”
For Marisco, the company
informed the mediation office
that Marisco and ASG had
agreed to a binding Arbitration
agreement, mediated by a federal arbitrator, who rendered a
decision in favor of Marisco for
the total amount of $811,631 plus costs and interest.
“This post judgement collection effort has had a tortuous
path,” said Marisco’s attorneys.
“At one point, Marisco agreed
to accept a reduced amount of
$720,000 if it received assurances of payment. ASG tentatively agreed but then refused.
ASG claims it cannot settle
without approval of its Fono.”
Marisco also states that it is
understood that an appropriation
bill to pay the judgement is going
thru the legislature but is unaware
of the current status. (ASG
included in the FY 2013 budget
$1 million set aside to pay Marisco but this allocation and others
were cut by the Fono before the
final budget was approved.)
Continued from page 2
The government alleges that Euini and the juvenile were
punching the victim. The juvenile is alleged to have punched
the rear window where the victim’s daughter was sitting, and the
window shattered.
Glass pieces were found in the victim’s daughter’s hair and
clothes. It’s alleged the victim pushed the juvenile from the car and
turned the ignition back on, backed up and drove away when Toloa
threw a beer bottle at the car, hitting the hood of the car. Toloa has
been incarcerated since November with bail set at $5,000. Prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde.
ATTACKER ENTERS GUILTY PLEA The government case against Lealofi Laulu has been settled
over a plea agreement. Laulu was charged with second degree
assault and public peace disturbance; however he struck a plea
with the government and pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of
third degree assault while the PPD count was dismissed. Upon his guilty plea Laulu admits that he struck another man’s
face with a beer bottle during curfew. Associate Justice Lyle
Richmond accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and scheduled
sentencing on February 11, 2013.
According to the government’s case the incident was reported
to the police by the victim who said the defendant struck him
on the face. The victim told police he approached the defendant
and his friends to go home because it was close to village curfew
time in Leone. The government claims after the victim told the
defendant, he was struck in the face with a beer bottle and then
the defendant took off on foot.
“Marisco has no objection
to mediation; however, given
the ASG track record and
responses, it is unlikely that
ASG has anyone in authority to
settle without Fono approval,”
the company said. “Due to the
delays of ASG, Marisco is not
willing to now compromise on
the judgement.”
Federal appeals court records
do not show any responses from
BoH and it also does not state as
to when all parties in this case
are to file their appellate briefs.
Meanwhile, ASG’s two
separate lawsuits against BoH
remain pending in the High
Court of American Samoa following an order by the Honolulu federal court barring ASG
and its representatives from
any further proceedings on this
matter until the federal appellate court issues a ruling.
BoH on the other hand is
set to close down local operations by Mar. 15 and Gov. Lolo
M. Moliga told lawmakers on
Monday that he will “petition” to
delay its departure from American Samoa. “A marriage of 43
years must not end so suddenly
without consideration of the
needs of either party,” said Lolo.
samoa news, Saturday, January 19, 2013 Page 3
Notice for Proposed Registration of Matai Title
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 6.0105 of the Revised Code of American Samoa
that a claim of succession which has been filed with the Territorial Registrar’s office for the
registration of the Matai Title TUANA’ITAU of the village of PAVA’IA’I by MALAKI TOGIOLA of the
village of PAVA’IA’I, county of TUALAUTA, WESTERN District.
THE TERRITORIAL REGISTRAR is satisfied that the claim, petition by the family and certificate of
the village chiefs are in proper form.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that anyone so desiring must file his counterclaim, or objection to
the registration of this matai title with the Territorial Registrar Office before the expiration of 60 days
from the date of posting. If no counterclaim, nor any objection is filed by the expiration of said 60
days, the matai title TUANA’ITAU shall be registered in the name of MALAKI TOGIOLA in accordance
with the laws of American Samoa.
JANUARY 15, 2013 thru MARCH 18, 2013
Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar
Fa’aaliga o le Fia Fa’amauina o se Suafa Matai
O le fa’aaliga lenei ua faasalalauina e tusa ma le Maga 6.0105 o le tusi tulafono a Amerika
Samoa, e pei ona suia, ona o le talosaga ua faaulufaleina mai i le Ofisa o le Resitara o Amerika
Samoa, mo le fia faamauina o le suafa matai o TUANA’ITAU o le nu’u o PAVA’IA’I e MALAKI TOGIOLA
o PAVA’IA’I faalupega o TUALAUTA, falelima i SISIFO.
Ua taliaina e le Resitara lea talosaga, faatasi ma le talosaga a le aiga faapea ma le tusi faamaonia
mai matai o lea nu’u, ma ua i ai nei i teuga pepa a lea ofisa.
A i ai se tasi e faafinagalo ina ia faaulufaleina sana talosaga tete’e, po o sana faalavelave tusitusia i
le Ofisa o Resitara i totonu o aso e 60 mai le aso na faalauiloa ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai o lea leai se
talosaga tete’e, po’o se faalavelave foi e faaulufaleina mai i aso e 60 e pei ona taua i luga, o lea
faamauina loa lea suafa matai i le igoa o MALAKI TOGIOLA e tusa ai ma aiaiga o le tulafono a
Amerika Samoa.
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samoa news, Saturday, January 19, 2013
“Support your Local Faipule”
“A little bit of experience upsets a whole lot of theory.”
“Setting a good example for our children takes all the fun out
of being middle aged.”
Good morning to all good friends, Loyal Readers, and long
time fans of Hawkeye. “HOWZIT?”
Hawkeye was reading with the gleefulness of a school boy
the article about the Roads in greater Wonderland. Especially
the Airport Road which is undoubtedly one of the most traveled Highways in the all of Hooterville. The Tualauta County
Rep. has sought to work on our road situation for months to no
avail. Hawkeye hereby gives a whole bunch of Kudos to Larry
Sanitoa for his efforts to seek methods of improvement for our
motoring public.
It has long been noted that while our off island contractors
are committed to serving we the people of Wonderland, that they
cannot take it much further than the “Commitment Stage” without
some sort of Monetary compensation.This is where the newly
found checks & balances will come in to effect, along with complete honesty and accountability within our new administration.
From these humble beginnings, we will soon be reaping rewards
beyond the comprehension of the great Homo-sapien Race. One
good turn will lead to another and therefore ensuring we the fine
upstanding citizenry of Paradise that all will be well from here on
in, or out, whichever comes first.
The bottom line is that all of the fine Homo-sapiens of Paradise
will once again feel the rewards of a Moa, (Chicken) in every
pot, and a bright shiny new “Hummer” in every driveway. Thus
we can once again take it a day at a time, and stop, look, and
listen before we attempt to cross the railroad twacks! So we the
people must get behind our local Faipule and watch him or her
lead the “Solofanua” (Horses) to water. The fun part will be when
we attempt to make them “Drink!”
But, the bottom line is for everyone to remain calm even when
the wheels of our chariots drop off into potholes three plus feet
deep! Just keep one thing in our sights: We are headed for a better
future Folks, because it couldn’t possibly get any worse! Over!
Hawkeye has been enjoying the wet weather that we are experiencing these days’ fans. It has been a far cry from the heat wave
that we have just endured. The cooler temperatures caused by
overlying cloud cover will give us a breather on our utility bills.
Hawkeye will remind everyone while we are on the subject, to conserve all the common necessities that we normally take for granite.
A little bit of austerity will go a long way in a near crisis? It is
called teaming up and pulling together. {Or Security in numbers.}
If one Homo decides to tell the Boss where to get off at, that
Homo will likely be looking for employment elsewhere. If all the
employees band together and tell the Boss where to get off at,
they will all most likely all still have a job while their employer
has a chance to take a look at himself and wonder if everyone
could be wrong. Thus he has an honest look inside his own head,
and what conscience he has left, and quite possibly can have an
employee’s meeting and ask: Where did we go wrong, and what
can we do to correct it?
Hawkeye has worked for some real ding-a-lings in his lifetime.
It is often hard to hold one’s temper when he or she is right 100%
of the time like Hawkeye! This makes for a direct “Head-OnCollision” with the derelict Boss. Some of these Homos exhibit
the “Little Person” complex as they feel as though the shortest of
the Employees are looking down at them. While this may be true
in most cases, the boss’s inability to absorb it will inadvertently
lead to Bumps or potholes in the road of employment! Over.
One would suppose that this could be considered a sign of the
times, but there in essence is no excuse for a Supervisor being
Obnoxious or Belligerent in the workplace. When a supervisor
tells an employee that he expects them to be held to the letter in
regards to company policy, it could leave the boss sitting out on
a limb that is being hacked off by the employee who is in possession of the chain saw!
This will leave the Smart-Assed Boss holding the bag when
the employee goes ahead and adheres to strictly enforced company policy leaving the supervisor to explain to his supervisor
what went wrong. The problem in most cases is that the Company
will side with the Supervisor, right, wrong or indifferent, leaving
the employee strung out for doing what he was instructed to do
to the letter!
There is a general article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice that covers all situations not covered in the code of conduct.
This is a built in “fix it” for such situations just mentioned.
With that, Hawkeye will sweep up Sweet Leanor and speed off
for a wild weekend in Happyville!
Keep the Home Fires burning and take care of the Dumb and
downright stupid! In most cases they cannot help it.
Love, Hawkeye & Sweet Leanor
Compiled by Samoa News staff
In his State of the Territory of Address this
week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed that a
total inventory count of ASG vehicles is 700-plus,
saying that this is only for the Executive Branch.
“This count does not include the ASG authorities and other entities of government,” said Lolo,
speaking in Samoan about some of the cost containment measures he has implemented due to
uncertainty in the current fiscal year 2013 budget
and a possible deficit at the end of the fiscal year.
“A vehicle use policy was set and disseminated to curb spending on fuel, repairs, and joyriding,” said Lolo about the policy that went into
effect on Jan. 11, in which all ASG vehicles are
to be turned into the Motor Pool Compound in
Tafuna after working hours, unless the vehicle is
given a 24/7 permit for use.
Exempted from the policy are vehicles
assigned to certain executive branch agencies,
the Fono, Judiciary and the authorities.
Lolo says that if this policy is fully enforced,
the administration is looking at savings of
between $3,000 and $5,000 a month in unnecessary expenditures, such as gasoline.
Lolo has also issued a policy that will have
ASG employees be responsible for the purchase
and monthly charges of cellular phones and other
electronic devices unless a department head provides justification for the use of such devices.
Lolo said this policy will also provide savings to the government. He said that it was found
during the review of records that cell phone bills
for some departments have reached more than
$50,000 and these departments and agencies
don’t know how such debts are to be paid.
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has moved to
terminate the contracts of two ASG workers in
Washington D.C. who had been with the government for several years representing the interest
of the previous administration.
In an effort to cut down on costs, Lolo said the
two contractors have been informed about the termination and his office will utilize Congressman
Faleomavaega Eni when it comes to issues pertaining to American Samoa that are raised in the
nation’s capital and other federal agencies.
At the same time, he said, his administration
will review the need for such ASG representation in D.C. to see if it’s necessary to establish
an office there permanently— depending on
available funds.
According to the fiscal year 2013 budget for
the Governor’s Office, ASG’s Washington D.C.
legal counsel is contracted for $80,000 to provide
legal representation and services on various issues
including minimum wage, White House initiatives, congressional initiatives and other issues.
The second contract worker, is the governor’s Washington D.C. representative who provides lobbying and contract services between
the governor and the federal government, and is
not limited to the U.S. Department of Interior,
according to the budget document.
Air Force
Airman Siaupiu
Vaovasa graduated from basic
military training at
Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio,
The airman
completed an
intensive, eightweek program that
included training in
military discipline
and studies, Air Force core values, physical
fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four
credits toward an associate in applied science
degree through the Community College of the
Air Force.
Vaovasa is the son of Sania and Lotutamaiti
Vaovasa of Pago Pago.
He is a 2010 graduate of Nuuuli Voc-Tech
High School.
Air Force
Airman 1st Class
Kathleen T.
Tupuola graduated from basic
military training at
Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio,
Texas. The airman
completed an
intensive, eightweek program that
included training
in military discipline and studies, Air Force
core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare
principles and skills.
Tupuola is the daughter of Maselusi
Saelva of Pago Pago, and sister of Natasha
Saelva-Siufanva of Marlton Avenue, Los
Angeles, Calif.
She is a 2003 graduate of Leone High
School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008
from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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StarKist plans applauded by the Toilet paper given
Chamber of Commerce chairman on behalf of Ohio
by Fili Sagapolutele
Samoa News Correspondent
Chamber of Commerce chairman David
Robinson applauds the decision by StarKist
Co., not to build a cold storage facility in the
town area, and is also pleased with the company’s plan to expand local operations, which
will mean more local jobs.
As reported by Samoa News on Monday,
ASG and StarKist are looking to identify a
new site for StarKist Samoa to build its proposed cold storage facility, which was initially planned for the approximately 42,000
square foot parcel that lies directly between
the Port Administration building and the
inter-island dock.
“It is pleasing to note that Starkist management has decided against the proposed construction of a cold storage facility on the main
dock in town and now favors negotiating with
authorities for a suitable site in Satala,” said
Robinson, who was among the critics of the
initial plan announced by the Togiola Administration in 2011.
Robinson, who is also vice chairman of the
American Samoa Shipyard Service Authority,
supported moving the facility to Satala, around
the shipyard area.
The cold storage plant as well as the cannery’s local plans for expansion were discussed
during a meeting last week between Gov. Lolo
Matalasi Moliga and officials of StarKist.
“The Chamber is pleased to hear of StarKist
plans which could lead to the hiring of additional staff due to the proposed expansion of
their production facilities,” said Robinson
StarKist spokesperson Mary Sestric said last
week that the plant expansion discussed with
the governor “reflected potential plans, and is
dependent on a number of significant factors,
both at the plant and company level.”
“Whilst there are some issues to be resolved
and considered in any new plan such as the
minimum wage and the federal 30A tax benefit,” Robinson says, “the federal 30A Tax
benefit increased job creation is a major part
of the new Administration’s plans to reach out
to the private sector by strengthening working
“The Chamber is most supportive of this
initiative and it will do all it can to provide
any assistance required in order to achieve the
objective of having as many people employed
in the workforce as is practical.”
Lolo said he will appoint a task force to
focus its attention on preparing a comprehensive justification package to petition the U.S.
Congress through Congressman Faleomavaega
Eni “to settle the minimum wage issue once
and for all by reverting to the traditional practice of reviewing our minimum wage with control granted to American Samoa.”
“This is a disincentive and a deterrent to
American Samoa’s efforts connected with
attracting foreign investment,” he said.
Prior to the federal mandate of automatic
wage hikes for American Samoa, the U.S.
Department of Labor had appointed a special
industry committee to review local wages
taking into consideration local economic
Local leaders, including former Gov.
Togiola Tulafono, support returning to the
special industry committee. Currently the next
minimum wage hike is set for September 2015,
after it was deferred twice, by Congress.
$1 Million winner
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Charmin is providing some
toilet paper relief on behalf of one of Ohio’s newest milliondollar lottery winners. Regina Jackson has vivid memories of
the aid received from Reach Out Lakota when she was out of
work for seven months in 2008. The nonprofit organization
provides food, clothing and other necessities to the needy in
Butler County in southwest Ohio.
After winning $1 million in a New Year’s Raffle by the
Ohio Lottery, she said she’d like to donate a truckload of toilet
paper, or at least enough cash for one, to Reach Out Lakota.
Jackson, age 60, recalled that she and her 81-year-old mother
had to ration the two rolls they got each month while she
was laid off. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Procter &
Gamble Co. executives saw her comments.
“When we heard about Regina, we were just inspired to
give back,” said Charmin spokeswoman Laura Dressman.
The Cincinnati-based consumer products company will
donate 5,000 rolls of Charmin, with a retail value of more than
$4,000, in Jackson’s name.
Reach Out Lakota gave out 5,500 rolls last year. The donation means Jackson’s own $5,000 donation will go to food and
clothing instead.
“I couldn’t wish for anything better,” Jackson said.
Reach Out Lakota says it helped 2,445 needy families last
year. Jackson recalled being reluctant to ask for aid, but found
it was a major help until she got called back to her customer
service job.
“In the beginning, I didn’t want to come, but it ended up
being a godsend because it took a lot of weight off my shoulders,” she said. After winning the lottery — which will net
her a lump sum of $710,000 after taxes — she immediately
thought about giving back.
Jackson also plans donations to a church that helped out
and also to animal protection groups.
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Four years in —
shifts in Obama
strategy, outlook
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago he was the fifthyoungest president to take the oath of office. Now Barack
Obama is 51, his hair more gray, his face more lined.
He’s the parent of a teenager and a tween. (Insert your own
joke about teens and gray hair here.) His blood pressure has
ticked up a bit, although it’s still excellent. He’s quit smoking.
He’s a pet owner.
And the changes in the president aren’t just physical. As
he enters Term Two, he is sounding more confident, vowing
a harder line on negotiations, relying more on trusted allies,
promising less and expressing more cynicism about the grip of
partisanship on Washington.
And perhaps most important, he seems more convinced of
a need to keep the public with him, coming full circle to his
people-driven 2008 campaign.
“You can’t change Washington from the inside,” he said
during his re-election campaign. “You can only change it from
the outside.”
On the best days of his presidency, Obama has been witness
to the power and possibilities of the office he holds. On the
worst, he’s seen its limitations.
He has celebrated passage of his mammoth health-care
overhaul. And mourned the lost children of Newtown.
He has savored the nail-biter news that Osama bin Laden at
last had been brought down. And stood vigil over the remains
of fallen soldiers returned to Dover, Del.
Between the highs and lows came the daily grind of a
daunting job whose demands never end. There is always one
more negotiation. One more legislative tussle. One more economic soft spot. One more natural disaster.
By all accounts, Obama’s style and his character remain
largely unchanged. But every chapter of his presidency — the
gasp-inducing early economic crisis, the battle over health
care, the midterm congressional shellacking, the mass shootings in the past year, the endless negotiations over debt and
deficit, the re-election brawl — has helped to mold him and to
shape his perspective.
“Four years in, he has a very good sense of the job,” says
senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “He has a great sense of what is
possible if you do have the American people behind you and
willing to push with you to make change.”
The president himself, in remarks here and there, has laid
out plenty of first-term takeaways that reflect the difficulties
he’s faced:
➤ “Everything takes a little longer than you’d like.”
➤ “I underestimated the degree to which, in this town, politics trumps problem solving.”
➤ “The mistake of my first couple of years was thinking
that this job was just about getting the policy right.”
➤ “No choice you make is without costs.”
➤ “We’ve got to break the habit of negotiating through
crisis over and over again.”
To be sure, there’s a large dose of self-exoneration in the
lessons Obama has taken from the job, as if he had little hand
in Washington’s obstinacy and all the scheming political operatives are on the other side.
Republicans largely blame wrong-headed presidential policies and unyielding tactics. And some in the president’s own
party wonder whether his new, tougher rhetoric truly will
result in firmer stands.
“He hasn’t changed nearly as much as either Democrats or
Republicans wish,” says Calvin Jillson, a political scientist at
Southern Methodist University.
The public, for its part, has revised its own assessment of
Obama over the past four years.
Polls show the president is still regarded as a good communicator, friendly, well-informed, caring, trustworthy. But
there’s been a significant slide in the share who see him as a
strong leader and as someone who can get things done.
Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center thinks Obama’s
numbers on that count are due to rebound somewhat, given
recent improvement in his approval ratings. His approval
numbers are back in the mid-50s after dipping into the 40s at
times in 2011 and 2012. But they’re still nowhere near the 60s
and 70s of his first few months in office.
The president himself came out of his re-election victory
convinced he has a stronger hand, and eager to use it before
power inevitably ebbs later in his second term. He says he
won’t negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt limit.
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Marco Borges, front right, a bodyguard coach from Portugal, shows trainees how to advance with
an assault rifle during a training session at the Genghis Security Academy in Beijing Friday, Jan. 18,
2013. Nearly three dozen recruits took target practice and conducted evasion and extraction drills
as part of preparations to provide security for the growing number of Chinese businesses investing in
turbulent regions of Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. The academy is one of several bodyguard
schools in China that offer protection for the countryís growing number of wealthy businessmen and
(AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
women, but in its case, the focus is on the international market.
State Dept.: one American
dead in Algerian standoff
WASHINGTON (AP) — One American
worker at a natural gas complex in Algeria has
been found dead, U.S. officials said Friday as
the Obama administration sought to secure the
release of Americans still being held by militants on the third day of the hostage standoff in
the Sahara.
How Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident,
died was not noted in a statement from State
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
A spokesman for the Buttaccio family in the
Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, declined to
“We express our deepest condolences to
his family and friends,” Nuland said. “Out of
respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”
It was not immediately clear whether Buttaccio was the only American killed in the hostage standoff.
U.S. officials told The Associated Press that
Buttaccio’s remains were recovered Friday.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity
because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
said she spoke by telephone with Algerian
Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to get an
update on Americans and others in danger at the
sprawling Ain Amenas refinery 800 miles south
of Algiers. She said the “utmost care must be
taken to preserve innocent life.”
Beatification process
of Brazilian girl begins
Catholic archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro are
launching a process aimed at putting a Brazilian
girl on the path to sainthood.
Archbishop Orani Tempesta and Vatican
representatives on Friday began the process to
beatify Odette Vidal de Oliveira, who was 9
when she died of meningitis in 1939.
The Rev. Joao Claudio Loureriro do Nascimento is a historian and member of the archdiocese commission that studies potential candidates for sainthood. He says the next step is to
obtain proof of miracles attributed to Oliveira.
One miracle is needed for beatification and
a second for canonization — the process of
declaring a person a saint.
Nascimento says one miracle attributed to
Oliveira was the recovery of a woman who suffered a serious hemorrhage after giving birth.
SAfrican Lira dedicating
Zulu love song to Obamas
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African
singing sensation Lira says she will dedicate
a Zulu love song to United States President
Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, when
she performs at Monday’s inaugural ball in
Washington, D.C. Lira says she is blown away
by the invitation. She told South African talk
show host Redi Tlhabi her career has “gone way
beyond my wildest dreams ... I’m extremely
excited, it blows my mind.”
On Talk Show Radio 702 this week Lira
promised to dedicate a song of her own composition called “Ngiyazifela” to America’s first
couple. “It talks about being so in love with
one’s partner and I think Michelle and Obama
are such an inspiring couple, I just want to pay
a tribute to that.” Ngiyazifela is Zulu slang for
being madly in love.
ESPN interviewing manti Te’o
about dead girlfriend hoax
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Manti Te’o is
doing an interview with ESPN in which the network says he will answer questions about the
fake dead girlfriend hoax.
ESPN announced Friday night it was interviewing the star Notre Dame linebacker off
camera and that audio clips of the session would
be available on the network later.
Earlier, Notre Dame athletic director Jack
Swarbrick said during the taping of his weekly
radio show that Te’o has to explain exactly how
he was duped into an online relationship with
a woman whose “death” was then faked by the
perpetrators of the scheme.
Skeptics have questioned the versions of
events laid out by Te’o and Notre Dame, wondering why Te’o never said his relationship
was with someone online and why he waited to
come forward about being duped.
French encircle key
Malian town of Diabaly
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French troops
encircled a key Malian town on Friday to stop
radical Islamists from striking closer to the
capital, a French official said. The move to
surround Diabaly came as French and Malian
authorities said they had retaken Konna, the
central city whose capture prompted the French
military intervention last week.
The United Nations warned that some
700,000 civilians could be displaced by the
fighting in Mali, where the French-led interna(Continued on page 7)
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An Egyptian youth yells at riot police during a protest held by Muslim Salafi groups against
the French military attacks in Mali, in front of the French embassy in Cairo, Egypt Friday, Jan.
18, 2013. France launched airstrikes on Jan. 11, to help the government of Mali defeat al-Qaida(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
linked militants.
tional force is fighting to oust the rebels from
power in the north.
The French forces moved around Diabaly to
cut off supplies to the Islamist extremists, who
have held the town since Monday, said a French
official who spoke on condition of anonymity
to be able to discuss sensitive security matters.
Bahrain forces fire tear
gas in capital clashes
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Anti-government activists in Bahrain say police have fired
tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds
of protesters in the Gulf kingdom’s capital,
Manama. There were no immediate reports of
injuries in Friday’s clashes. Other demonstrations
later sprung up in parts of the Gulf kingdom.
The protests were the latest attempt by
demonstrators to confront security forces in
the capital, which was the hub of an uprising
nearly two years ago. Bahrain’s majority Shiites have been seeking a greater political voice
in the Sunni-ruled country, which is the home to
the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. More than 55 people
have been killed in the unrest.
Jail for ex-teacher who
hugged & kissed student
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former
Southern California teacher has been sentenced to a year in jail for hugging and kissing a
14-year-old female student.
Orange County prosecutors say 33-yearold Joshua Alexander Evans pleaded guilty on
Thursday. Besides jail, the judge placed the man
on three years’ probation and ordered him to
register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Investigators say the English teacher had a
two-month relationship with the girl.
Prosecutors say Evans groomed the victim
by sending her text and email messages.
They met at least three times at another student’s home while he was teaching English at
El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim Hills.
New E.U. fish quota deal
bodes well for fishermen
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union
and fisheries nations say a deal with Norway
on fish quotas in the North Sea is further
proof of a move toward more efficient and
sustainable fishing. European Commission
spokesman Oliver Drewes said the deal, on top
of a December agreement on many other stocks
within the EU itself, “is a win-win for everybody. You see this very seldom.”
The EU and Norway said fish stocks in the
North Sea were developing so well they could
approve increases of up to 18 percent on such
species as haddock, saithe, whiting, plaice and
herring. Cod quotas were maintained at their
current level. The increases, similar to those in
December, were welcome news for fishermen
after years of continued cuts.
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Falkland Islanders schedule
vote on their future
STANLEY, Falkland Islands (AP) — The
Falkland Islands government has scheduled a
referendum on the islands’ political status and
arranged for outside observers to show the
world that it is free and fair.
Argentines claim British forces stole the territory from them 180 years ago and have ruled
it as a colony ever since.
The islanders now have a democratically
elected assembly, overseen by an emissary of
the Queen of England. They also have a sizeable British military defense, ever since Argentina’s failed 1982 occupation.
The vote on March 10-11 will be a simple
yes or no question: “Do you wish the Falkland
Islands to retain their current political status as
an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”
Islanders have predicted an overwhelming
vote for “yes.”
Prince to be honored at
2013 Billboard Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince will be honored with an Icon Award during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
This year’s show will be broadcast live May
19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas.
Prince also will perform on the Don Mischerproduced show, a rare televised appearance for
the 54-year-old genre-bending singer whose
hits include “Purple Rain,” ‘’1999” and “Kiss.”
Previous Icon winners include Stevie
Wonder and Neil Diamond.
High court to hear appeal
in case of jilted woman
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme
Court will hear an appeal from a jilted woman
who was convicted under an anti-terrorism
law for spreading deadly chemicals around the
home of her husband’s mistress.
The justices said in an order Friday that they
will revisit the case of Carol Anne Bond, a
Pennsylvania woman who was given a six-year
prison term for violating a federal law involving
the use of chemical weapons.
In 2011, the court unanimously sided with
Bond to allow her to challenge her conviction
despite arguments from federal prosecutors and
judges that she shouldn’t even be allowed to
appeal the verdict. Lower courts subsequently
rejected the appeal.
Bond, from Lansdale, Pa., near Philadelphia,
says she is in prison over a domestic dispute that
resulted in a thumb burn for a onetime friend
who became her husband’s lover. Bond was
convicted in federal court of trying to poison the
woman by spreading toxic chemicals around
her house and car and on her mailbox.
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In this image released by the White House, first lady Michelle Obama greets David Hall, one
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Companies donate security
technology to Newtown
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut company said
Friday it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security
equipment at a school to which students were moved after the
deadly Newtown school shooting.
Thomas Marino Jr.’s father owns Advanced Security Technologies in Stratford, which provides security services to Newtown High School and was told to remotely lock down buildings on December 14, the day of the massacre at Sandy Hook
Elementary School.
“It was hard for us to realize what was happening,” Marino
said. In an effort to provide some peace of mind to Sandy Hook
students, staff and parents, he decided to reach out to about a
dozen security manufacturers and ask whether they’d donate
equipment if his father’s company contributed the labor to install
it at the new school in Monroe.
“Nobody said no,” he said.
Ex-cops to stand trial for beating death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two former Fullerton police
officers must stand trial for the death of mentally ill homeless
man Kelly Thomas. City News Service says an Orange County
judge refused Friday to throw out charges of second-degree
murder and involuntary manslaughter. He set a June trial for
Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli.
Another ex-officer, Joe Wolfe, has a pending hearing on a
motion to dismiss a manslaughter charge.
All three have pleaded not guilty to killing Thomas, a 37-yearold schizophrenic who was beaten, Tasered and pinned to the
ground in a July 2011 confrontation with six officers.
Video shows him screaming that he couldn’t breathe.
He died days later from chest compression that cut off his
oxygen. His death sparked protests, the recall of three City
Council members and an FBI investigation.
Fla. man bites off girlfriend’s thumb
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a man bit off
his girlfriend’s left thumb during a fight while he was driving
her to work. Florida Today reports that hospital officials called
police after the woman arrived for treatment Wednesday.
Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says
35-year-old Ricardo Marquis Davis confessed to biting off the
thumb and spitting it onto the floorboard.
He told police they had gotten into an argument and she had
pushed his head while they were driving. Martinez says doctors
were not able to reattach the woman’s thumb. She says police
victim advocates are working to help her. Davis is being held in
the Brevard County Jail on aggravated battery charges.
Sheriff: Calif. burglar was using sauna
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern
California say a man arrested in nothing but a trench coat and
socks after a break-in told investigators he had been using the
homeowner’s sauna.
Calaveras County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old
Robert London this week after they responded to a report of a burglary at a home in San Andreas. He pleaded not guilty Thursday
to charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Hewitt says arriving deputies found the
homeowner on top of a nearly naked London on the driveway.
The homeowner said he discovered London going through
his kitchen cabinets and chased him out the door.
Hewitt says London told investigators he thought the house
was vacant, and he had used the sauna there in the past.
Brazil officer shot dead in fake holdup
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say an officer playing
a prank on a colleague by simulating a holdup has been shot
and killed. A police spokeswoman in the city of Rondonopolis
said by telephone on Friday that an officer was pulling out of his
garage to go to work when his friend rode up on a motorcycle
and announced a holdup.
The officer in the car drew his gun and fired several shots
into the stomach of the friend, whose face was helmet. When he
realized who the man was, he rushed him to a hospital, where he
died. The police spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity
because she was not authorized to discuss the case. The incident
took place late Thursday.
Lengthy jail term for road-rage killing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 77 years to life in prison for killing a Los Angeles
pizza deliveryman during a road rage incident last year.
Jose Beltran was previously convicted of one count of
second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for
opening fire on Juan Vazquez and two co-workers Vazquez was
driving home from work last August.
A bullet struck Vazquez in the head.
Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein, who sentenced Beltran
on Friday, called the crime “a callous killing.”
Authorities say Beltran began pursuing Vazquez’s car after
the 25-year-old deliveryman passed him at a stop sign.
At one point Vazquez pulled over to let Beltran pass but he
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Se vaaiga i meamata a ni isi o le aufai faatoaga o lo o taatitia i luma o le maketi i Fagatogo ao
[ata: AF]
tapuni ai le maketi i le Aso Sa, 6 Ianuari 2013.
tusia Ausage Fausia
Ua lapataia e le afioga i le alii Senatoa o le
afioaga o Fagatogo le mamalu o le aufai faatoaga o lo o naunau e tatala le maketi i aso Sa,
e le tatalaina se maketi i se aso Sa, e le tupu foi
se mea faapea i totonu o le afioaga o Fagatogo.
“O la’u tala i le aufai faatoaga ia e naunau
e tatala le maketi i le aso Sa, e le tupu le mea
lea o lo o latou taumafai i ai, ae afai foi e tupu
i se auala faamalosi, o le a faatonu le aumaga
a le afioaga nei e o atu e leoleo le maketi ina
ia mautinoa e usitaia le faaiuga a le afioaga,”
o le saunoaga lea a le afioga i le alii Senatoa ia
Faagata Mano i se talanoaga ma le Samoa News
i le taeao ananafi.
Saunoa Faagata e faapea, e fou i lana faalogo
le mataupu e pei ona vavao ai le aufai faatoaga
ma le pulega o le maketi i le amatagao le masina
“E fou i la’u faalogo lenei mea ua taumafai
i ai ni isi o le aufai faatoaga, ma ua sauni foi le
afioaga e tuuina atu sa matou faatuiese i le afioga
i le alii Kovana Sili e uiga i lenei mataupu,” o le
saunoaga lea a Fa’agata.
Na taua e le alii Senatoa e faapea, e le o se
mea talafeagai le soli o le Aso Sa i totonu o le
afioaga, leaga o iina e auala mai ai malaia i le
atunuu i le le ava i le aso e tapua’i ai i le Alii.
“Afai e le lolotu le aufai faatoaga, aua la le o
mai fua e soli totonu o le afioaga i le Aso Sa, pe
afai e le o solia i o latou afioaga le Aso Sa,” o le
isi lea saunoaga a le alii Senatoa.
O le mataupu e faatatau i le tatalaina lea o le
maketi i le Aso Sa, na tulai mai i le lua vaiaso
talu ai, ina ua fiu ni isi o le aufai faatoaga e talosaga i le alii o lo o i ai le ki o le maketi e alu atu
ma le ki sei tatala ai le maketi, ae se’i faatulaga
a latou laulau ma latou meamata mo faatauga o
le aso Gafua e sosoo ai.
Ina ua fiu le aufai faatoaga e faatali le tatalaina
o le maketi, na iu ai loa i lo latou faafesoota’iina
o le afioga i le alii kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi
Moliga, ma afio atu ai le alii kovana i le po lava
lea ma taumafai e saili se fofo o le faafitauli.
Na taua e se sui o le aufai faatoaga i le Samoa
News o Taimane Johnson e faapea, e mafua ona
latou mananao e tatala le maketi i le Aso Sa, ina
ia faa faigofie ai le tapenaina o a latou laulau
mo faatuaga i le aso Gafua e sosoo ai, peitai na
saunoa le alii Senatoa ia Faagata, “tusa lava poo
a mafuaaga e ala ai ona mananao le aufai faatoaga e tatala le maketi, e tasi lava le faaiuga a
le afioaga, e le tatalaina le maketi.”
I le alala ai o le alii Senatoa i lona afioaga o
Fagatogo i aso uma o lona soifua, sa ia taua ai
e faapea, talu mai lava le uluai taimi na faatu ai
le maketi tuai i Fagatogo seia oo mai i le maketi
fou lea ua i ai nei, e lei tatalaina lava se maketi
i se Aso Sa.
O lona talitonuga, o le Aso Sa e o ai tagata
i le lotu ae le faatauina ai ni meamata, “fai mai
foi le Tusi Paia, e 6 aso e galue ai ae o le aso 7
o le Sapati lea i le Alii,” o le saunoaga lea a le
alii Senatoa.
tusia Ausage Fausia
Na faaiu i le falema’i le fusuaga a ni alii pagota se toalua i le
aso Tofi na te’a nei, ina ua faaaoga e le isi pagota se mea maai e
tui ai le isi pagota ma manu’a tigaina ai.
Na faamaonia mai e le Komesina tofia o le Matagaluega o
Leoleo ia William Haleck i le Samoa News e faapea, e toalua alii
pagota na fufusu i le toese i Tafuna i le vaiaso nei, ma manu’a ai
le isi ina ua faaaoga e le tasi alii se mea maai e tui ai o ia.
Saunoa Haleck, o le alii na manu’a o lo o taofia i le falema’i
mo togafitiga, ae o lo o faaauau pea le taofia ai o le isi alii pagota
i le toese mo se isi faaiuga e faia i ai.
E lei mafai e le alii komesina ona faamaonia mai i le Samoa
News igoa o alii pagota na aafia i lea faalavelave, peitai na taua e
se molimau i le Samoa News e faapea, o pagota e toalua na aafia
i le faalavelave lea na tulai mai i le vaiaso nei, sa tuuaia i tuuaiga
o le gaoi ma le talepe fale.
O le alii ua manu’a o lo o tuuaia i le talepeina ma le gaoiina
o le faleoloa o FJ & P Kruse i Leone i le 2009, atoa ai ma lona
mauaina o se computer na gaoi mai e ni isi tagata i le aoga a
Leone i le amataga o le tausaga na tea nei, ma o lo o faaauau pea
lana mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga.
O le alii o lo o tuuaia i le tuiina lea o le isi pagota, o lo o tuli
sona faasalaga faafalepuipui i le taimi nei, ina ua tausala o ia i
moliaga o le gaoi ma le talepe fale, e mafua mai i lo latou osofaia
lea ma ni isi alii ni faleoloa i Leone i le amataga o le tausaga na
tea nei.
E le o se taimi muamua lea ua tulai mai ai ni faafitauli faapenei
i totonu o le toese i Tafuna, e le gata i le sosola o pagota ae o
tulaga foi i le taua’imisa ma manunu’a ai ni isi o pagota.
Na taua e Haleck e faapea, o se tasi o fuafuaga vaai mamao
ua ia fuafuaina, o le fausia lea o se falepuipui fou e sui tulaga i le
falepuipui tuai o lo o i ai nei, o lea fuafuaga ina ia mafai ai ona
siitia le maualuga o le puipuiga o le saogalemu o pagota o lo o
taofia i le toese.
O le fausiaina o se falepuipui fou i Tafuna, o se mataupu na
amata faatula’i mai e le Komesina o Leoleo sa i ai i le nofoaiga
ua maea atu nei, le tofa Tuaolo M. Fruean, i le tuana’i ai lea o le
tele o faalavelave e faatatau i le sosola i tua o pagota mai le toese.
I se faatalatalanoaga a le Samoa News ma le tofa Tuaolo e
uiga i lenei mataupu i le tausaga na tea nei, sa ia taua ai lona
faanaunauga, e tatau ona fausia e falepuipui fou, ina ia le toe
mafai ai e se pagota ona sola i tua.
O le taimi nei, ua maea ona fausia le falepuipui fou mo
tamaitai, sei vagana ai le vaega o alii o lo o tumau pea ona o
latou faaaogaina falepuipui tuai.
Na taua e Haleck, e faapea, o le gaioiga muamua o le a faia,
o le fausia lea o se falepuipui le tumau e tuu i ai pagota ae faagasolo ai loa le fausiaina o le falepuipui fou.
Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia [email protected]
tusia Ausage Fausia
O alii e toalua ia na auai i se kegi e to’afa na o latou
gaoiina ni pusa oloa mai le fale teuoloa a le kamupani o
le O & O i Nuuuli i le tausaga na te’a nei, ua la tautino
i le faamasinoga maualuga, e faamaonia tuuaiga a le
malo faasaga ia te i laua.
O Johnny Talia ma Mosaiah Olo na ulua’i molia
i moliaga mamafa e lua o le talepe fale i le tulaga
muamua ma le gaoi, ae i lalo o maliliega na latou sainia
ma le malo, ua la tali ioe ai i le moliaga o le gaoi ae
solofua le isi moliaga o lo o totoe ai.
I le tali ioe ai o le au alii ia e toalua i le moliaga o
le gaoi, na la tautino ai i le faamasinoga e faapea, i se
taimi o le aso 8 Fepuari 2012 i Nuuuli, na latou aveesea
mai ai ma isi alii ni pusa e tumu i oloa, mai autafa o le
fale teu oloa a le kamupani o le O & O i Nuuuli, ona
latou nana lea o pusa oloa nei i se togavao e latalata ane
i le nofoaga e i ai le fale teu oloa ma le faamoemoe,
latou te faatauina atu nei pusa oloa i ni tagata ina ia
maua mai ai se tupe mo i latou.
Ina ua fesiligia e le faamasinoga i laua nei na taua ai
e Olo e faapea, o le maea ai o le latou evaga ma ni isi o
ana uo, na latou savavali atu ai ma o latou vaaia ni pusa
o lo o taatitia mai i lalo o le fasitepu o le fale teuoloa,
o lea na o latou o atu ai loa ma ave pusa nei ma nana i
le togavao.
O pusa oloa na ave e le au alii ia e aofia ai pusa
‘downy’ e 3; pusa vai laau e tata ai lavalava e 3; 2 pusa
ga’o fai meaai; ma pusa bowl saimini e lua.
O se alii leoleo suesue e nofo i tafatafa o le fale
teu oloa a le kamupani na ia faailoaina i leoleo lenei
Na faailoa e le alii leoleo suesue i leoleo e faapea,
ao malolo i le latou fale i le aso lea, sa faafuasei ona ia
vaaia ni alii se toafa o latou amoina atu ni pusa oloa mai
le fale teu oloa a le kamupani, ma agai atu i se togavao
e le mamao ese atu mai le vaega e i ai le fale teu oloa.
O le igoa o Olo ma Talia na faailoa e le alii leoleo
suesue lea i leoleo, o alii ia na te iloa o la igoa ma
masani ai foi.
E 10 pusa oloa na mafai ona toe maua e leoleo, ae
taofia ai loa i laua nei i le toese ina ua molia e le malo.
O le aso 15 Fepuari lea ua faatulaga e lau ai le faasalaga a i laua nei i luma o le faamasinoga.
O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L.
Richmond o lo o taulimaina le mataupu a i laua nei, i le
lagolagosua a afioga i alii faamasino ia Mamea Sala Jr
ma Muasau Tasina Tofili.
Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia [email protected]
samoa news, Saturday, January 19, 2013 Page 11
NOTICE is hereby given that SUA AVAOLAGI MATA’UTUIA of AFONO, American Samoa, has
executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as FALEVAEAEGA
which is situated in the village of AFONO, in the County of SUA, EASTERN 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 RICKY NOMURA & FALETAU NOMURA as
Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land
Commission before the 11TH day of MARCH, 2013. It should be noted that any objection must
clearly state the grounds therefor.
JANUARY 10, 2013 thru MARCH 11, 2013
Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar
O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o SUA AVAOLAGI MATA’UTUIA ole nu’u o AFONO,
Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o FALEVAEAEGA, e i le nu’u o
AFONO i le itumalo o SUA, Falelima i SASA’E 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
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 11 o MATI, 2013. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma
lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai.
01/19 & 02/19/13
Roosters attack each other during rooster fight as part of Jonbeel festival near Jagiroad, about
47 miles east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Tribal communities like Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi,
and Jaintia from nearby hills participate in large numbers in the festival that signifies harmony
(AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
and brotherhood amongst various tribes and communities. Agelu a
le Ali’i
Tusia: Akenese Ilalio Zec
Vaega: 87
Taeao manuia i le mamalu o le atunu’u i lou alafa’i mai i fanuga lelei i le alofa ma le
agalelei o le Atua Soifua. E i ai pea le fa’amoemoe maualuga, o lo’o aoina pea le masina i lou
soifua laulelei i lenei aso. Fa’afetai ai i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua, ona o Lana tausiga
alofa mo i tatou lea o lo’o tatou ‘oa’oa ai pea i faleseu ma o tatou sa’a ai i ma’a o malie i ana
fa’amanuiaga i aso uma o lo outou soifua fa’apea ma si o’u nei ola vaivai. Ae alo maia, o le a
toe soso’o atu la tatou tala fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai, Agelu a le Ali’i.
Ua fa’asolosolo pea le logoina o auauna fa’atuatua a le Atua le Tama, ma o lea galuega o
lo’o faia e Agelu a le Ali’i, o le mea ua tupu, ua tau sau le musu o le Agelu ulavale i le galuega
lea, ona o le tele o le au fa’atuatua a o’o atu i ai le feau, ae sau le tala po’o fea o i ai Kapilielu,
aua o Kapilielu lava e logoina i latou.
Ua ma’ea fo’i lava ona logo e le Agelu ulavale ia Kapilielu e tusa ai ma le tulaga lea, ma sa
lagona lava le fa’anoanoa o Kapilielu i auauna fa’atuatua a le Atua le Tama, ona sa i ai lona
manatu, afai ua logo atu i latou e tasi lava le mea latou te faia, o le usita’i, e leai lava se isi mea
e sili a’e na i lo le usita’i, a’o lea ua va’ai atu Kapilielu, ua ‘ese uiga ia fa’aali ane e auauna
fa’atuatua a le Atua.
Na liliu nei Kapilielu ma ua alu ane loa i le nofoali’i o le Atua le Tama ma le Alo ma le
Agaga Paia, “Lo’u Atua e, ua ou solivale lou afio’aga paia, i lenei taimi, ona o le mafatia o
lo’u agaga, e uiga i Au auauna fa’atuatua, o lea ua fa’atonu lou fingalo e Agelu e pei ona e
poloa’ia ia o latou faia. O le to’atele o auauna fa’atuatua, e o’o atu i ai Agelu a Lau Afioga,
ae toe fesiligia i latou, o lea fo’i lava ua o’o mai ia te a’u, ua lagona ai le vaivai o lo’u agaga,
pe aisea ua fa’apea ai le au fa’atuatua, ma e foliga mai ua fesiligia e i latou le poloa’iga na e
fetalai ina ia usita’ia e i latou uma.”
Ua silasila ane fofoga o le Atua le Tama i lana Agelu fa’amaoni ma lana auauna paia, “La’u
auauna fa’amaoni Kapilielu, ua loa ona ou iloa tulaga ia, ma o le ala fo’i lea ou te nofonofo
ai ma ou va’ava’ai atu i ai, ae ui lava i lea ua ou talitonu i lou fa’atuatua mai ia te a’u, ae se o
tatou feiloa’i a taeao ona ou folasia lea o lea mataupu ma logo i latou ia ‘aua ‘aua lava ne i toe
fesiligia sa’u poloa’iga e tasi.”
E le i o’o atu Kapilielu ae sau ma le fa’amatalaga a le Agelu ulavale, “Kapilielu, malie oe
le toeaina, ua tau le mau fo’i le ‘afa latou, anusa, o lo’u alu atu lava sau le tala po’o fea o i
ai oe, o oe e tatau ona alu atu e logo latou, ae po’o le a la le aoga o matou nei, se leitioa fo’i
le Atua le Tama a fai fai alu i ai galulolo, o mafu’ie ma afa i si aso, ona o lea o uiga nei o le
tagata e ‘ese le mata’utia. O uiga fo’i nei sa o matou molimauina a’o matou i ai i le lalolagi,
o le faigata ia o tagata.”
Ua ifo atu nei Agelu a le Ali’i ma ua toe fa’aauau loa le galuega. O le fale muamua lava na
taunu’u i ai le Agelu ulavale, o le fale foi lea se manu e tupu ai le fa’alavelave, o le fale o si
lo’omatua o Elisapeta le aiga o le Tina Paia o Maria, le tina o Ioane le Papatiso. E o’o atu le
Agelu a le Atua, o lo’o faia le vi’iga a Elisapeta i le Atau Soifua i lea taimi, na tu’u fa’afuase’i
lava ae tali ane i le feau e pei ona o’o atu ai le Agelu a le Atua. “Elisapeta, ua ou o’o mai e
logo mai oe le tina fa’atuatua, ona o le a usuia le fonotaga a le au fa’atuatua uma lava ma le
Atua le Tama, ma le Alo ma le Agaga Paia i le aso a taeao, e tatau ona outou i ai uma lava i
lea fonotaga.”
O le fesili muamua lava na fai e Elisapeta, “A’o fea Kapilielu, o ia lava e logoina matou
i feiloa’iga nei e pei ona masani ai, a’o lea ua outou o mai e logo mai matou e le masani ai.”
Ua le tautala le Agelu ulavale, ae ua na o le pupula to’a atu nei ia Elisapeta, ma ona mata
fa’asiasia. “Elisapeta, ia fa’afofoga lelei mai lava oe le lo’omatua, leitioa fo’i a ‘oso’oso Ioane
i totonu o lou manava, talutalu ai lou tautala, va’ai oe, so’o se tina lava e fa’apena ona uiga, e
pei lava o se faleolo tutulu, a le o lena fo’i ua pei o se tama’ititi e ta’ele ae tau pisipisi, a sau
loa le poloa’iga ia faia loa, ae le o le toe fesili mai ma le tele o le tautala, ia e i ai i le fonotaga
lea taeao.”
Ua lele ‘ese nei le Agelu a le Ali’i ma tomumu, “O Elisapeta ua toe to ua matua, talutalu ai
le le fa’atuatua, a’o la ua avea ma tagata fa’atuatua. Se na o le tiga o agaga o tagata se i uiga
o nei tagata, ia onosa’i ia e pei o le onosa’i a Iopu.”
E faia pea…
Tafaoga i Matafaga?
O matafaga nei UA LE malu puipuia mo ta’elega ma fagotaga ona ua
maua ai ni siama e ono lamatia ai le soifua maloloina. E le tatau ona
toe ‘au’au pe fagotaina nei ogasami se ia toe logo atu.
Amanave Beach, across Church • Western Utumea Beach • Asili
Beach, across LMS Church • Leone Pala, near bridge • Leala
Sliding Rock Taputimu • Fogagogo Beach, adjacent resort
Gataivai Beach, across Laundromat
Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream • Afono stream mouth,
adjacent cricket field • Vatia stream mouth, 2nd bridge • Aua
beach across Pouesi Mart • Aua stream mouth near bridge • Aua
beach across from A&M Video Store • Lauli’i Tuai stream mouth
• Alega beach adjacent resort • Alega stream mouth • Auto
Beach across store • Faga’itua stream mouth, across DPS •
Masausi stream mouth • Alofau stream mouth, 1st bridge,
Asasama • Aoa stream mouth • Onenoa Beach
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Manava Toe Taliu
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
O le aso Gafua ua mae’a fa’atulaga e toe taliu ai nisi o foma’i
aoga tele mo le tatou atunu’u, ae sa na’o le 2 vaiaso sa o’o mai ai
ma va’aia gasegase i le tatou falema’i tele, ae le totogia i latou.
O i la’ua nei o Dr Charles mo le ENT, e foma’i fa’apitoa mo
taliga, isu, ma le ua. Ae o le ali’i foma’i fa’apitoa o le Manava,
puta ma le laualo o James Stragand MD,PHD ma le faletua o
Linda Stragand BSN, BS, CGRN.
O i latou nei sa faia latou talavai fa’apitoa e va’aia ai nisi sa
sulufa’i atu i le falema’i ona o le tiga tutui o le manava mo se
taimi umi! I le fa’amatalaga a le ali’i foma’i ma le tausima’i
agava’a tele i gasegase tau le manava, sa ia fa’apea ai, “O le
tatou atunu’u, olo’o to’atele nisi e ao ina va’aia le ituaiga foma’i
lea e i ai i ma’ua. Ua mae’a va’aia i le masini e foliga mai o
fa’ata, ae leai o lo’o ua maimoaina i luga o le masini, le afaina o
i ai i le manava o ia ma’i, ma ua avea fo’i i fafo nei ata mo sailiga
i vaifofo tonu e talafeagai ma gasegase ia!”
Mai le 9 aso na va’aia ai e Stragand ma’i i le LBJ, ua lava
lea na te faia ai se fa’ai’uga e toe o mai fo’i, ona o le alolofa
tele i le mamalu lautele o le tatou atunu’u. I sana tala mai, “O
tagata Samoa e tino lelei, ma e malolosi fo’i, peita’i, o lo’o
lautele na’ua le latou fofoga taumafa, e tele ituaiga mea’ai lelei e
fa’atupu malosi o lo’o taumafa e i latou, ma ua avea fo’i ma ala
e tino tetele ai i latou.”
I le tulaga o le so’ona puputa o laualo, “E mafua lava ona o le
tele o tausami i apainu o lo’o tele ai le ‘ea ma le inu vai ‘aisa. Ua
tatou masani ai, ma ua faigata fo’i ona tu’ua!”
Ina ua fesiligia pe na fa’apefea ona manatu e asia i tatou mo
lenei malaga, e aunoa ma se tupe a le LBJ o totogia ai i la’ua,
ae fa’ailoa se fa’amatalaga a Stragand ma Linda o se tausima’i
fa’apitoa fo’i o ituaiga gasegase taumanava, sa ia fa’aalia ai, “Na
mafua ona o’o mai ona o lana uo mamae o Dr Jams Dill MD
sa masani ona asiasi mai fa’apea, ma togafitia tagata o Samoa i
latou ma’i tau manava, peita’i, ua maliu o ia i Iulai 2012, ae ua
ia manatua ai e tatau ona ia fa’aauau se galuega lelei sa faia e Dr
Dill mo Amerika Samoa ma ona tagata.”
O le agaga lea o le fa’afetai, e fa’aosofia e le Atua tagata
agava’a mo le tautuaina o i tatou, i saga maua e nei uso foma’i
le manuia o le atamai fa’apitoa mai le Atua e fesoasoani mai ai
ia i tatou.
Tulaga o Mafutaga
Galuega auala malae va’alele
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
Ua mae’a ona talanoa mai le ali’i ua silia ma le 3 masina o
tu’u i ai le Konekarate o le Fausia o le Alatele o le Malo e aga’i
atu i le Malaeva’alele e o’o lava i le magatolu i Nuuuli. O lana
tala ina ua fesiligia, pe le toe alofa ane lava ua tauau ina atoa
le itula e tau sau ai mai le Magatolu i le Malaeva’alele ona o le
omoomo ae fai mai, “O lea e tatali le fa’atagaga mai le Administration, ona fa’ato’a amata lea o galuega a le Whitehorn ma
ana pa’aga fa’akonekarate e fausia le alatele lea!”
E le’i lelei le va’ai a le tusitala, aua e fai mai le tala lea, ae
sa i ai o ia i le tatalaga o ana galuega e amata ia Oketopa 2012.
Na toe tali mai, “Ioe, o le konekarate sa tu’uina mai ia Oketopa, ae o lea e taofi e le o toe tatala maia ia te a’u e faia le
galuega!” Alofa ia le Administration, tatala ane le avanoa se’i
fa’atino galuega a le Kamupani, a leai toe se’i ese ae fai e tama
tuai, ua fa’atetele ma fa’aumiumi ai fo’i le fa’alelei o le alatele
[Sosoo ane loa lau faitau i le tatou tala faasolo
mo lenei vaiaso, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na tea
nei i le taimi lea na vaaia ai e Kati ma ana leoleo
le taavale a le Taitai Fitafita ua agai atu i le isi
auala e seasea ui ai ni taavale.]
E le’i toe alu ese le taavale a Kati i le auala lea
o lo o agai atu i ai le taavale a le Taitai Fitafita
ma ana fitafita faapitoa e toafa, ae ua mulimuli ai
lava i lona fia iloa o le nofoaga lea o le a aga’i i ai,
ae manatua foi, o lea ua maea ona logo e Kati le
Ofisa o Leoleo mo nisi taavale leoleo e fesoasoani
ia te ia ma ana leoleo e toalua ia o lo o suesueina
le mataupu faasaga i le Sui Komesina ma ana
faiga faasolitulafono o lo o fai i totonu o le malo.
Na toe fesootai Kati i le Ofisa tutotonu o Leoleo
ma talosaga i ai e avatu se faa fanua o le nofoaga
lea ua agai atu i ai le taavale a le Taitai Fitafita,
ma vaai le auala lea pe o se auala e fesootai i se isi
nofoaga pe o se auala e gata lona alu.
E lei umi ona tuu i lalo le telefoni a Kati ae toe
fesootai mai loa le Ofisa o Leoleo ma faailoa atu
i ai, o le auala lea e gata, ae o le ogatotonu o le
auala lea e alu ai le auala agai i lalo ma fesootai ai
ma le auala o nofoa afi o lo o i lalo o le palapala.
Na ona maea lava ona tuuina atu e le ofisa o leoleo
o le faa fanua ia Kati, tuu atu loa e Kati ma le faa-
tonuga ina ia logo leoleo o lo o galulue i le vaega
tonu lea e fesootai ai le auala lea ma le auala o
nofoa afi e taofi le Sipi lanu uliuli o lo o alu atu,
ma faamuamua le saogalemu. Na ona tuu lava e
Kati o lana telefoni i lalo, oomi loa lana uaealesi i
ana leoleo faapitoa e toalua o lo o mulimuli atu i
ona tua, ma faatonu ina ia aga’i sa’o loa e tuliloa
le Sipi o lo o o atu ai le Taitai Fitafita.
Na ona taunuu atu lava o le Sipi a le Taitai
Fitafita i le auala lea e afe ai i lalo o le auala
e fesootai ma nofoaga o nofoa afi, afe loa i le
itu i sisifo ma agai atu ai lava i lalo, peitai e
fetaui lava le taunuu atu i le faitotoa e fesootai
ai ma auala o nofoa afi ae vaaia loa le poloka a
leoleo o lo o laina mai ai ma a latou fanae, ma e
fetaui lava le taumafai o leoleo e taofi le Sipi a
le Taitai Fitafita ae matala loa ma faitotoa pito i
tua o le Sipi ma tafana mai ai e fitafita o lo o i ai
leoleo e toafa sa tiute i le nofoaga lea ma feoti
ai. E fetaui lava le tupu o le faalavelave lea ae
taunuu ma le taavale a leoleo faapitoa a Kati, ma
la tafanaina loa ma le Sipi ae o le taimi foi lea
na agai ese atu ai le Sipi mai le nofoaga lea ma
fai loa ma a latou tuliga, ae o le taimi foi lea ua
fesootai atu ai leoleo faapitoa ia ia Kati atoa ai
ma le Ofisa autu o leoleo mo se fesoasoani.
[E toe faatalofa atu i le mamalu o le au faitau i lenei taeao, malo le soifua maua malo foi le onosa’i, ae
alo mai loa o le toe sosooina lenei o le tatou tala faasolo lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le taimi lea
o lo o faaauau ai lava le talanoaga toalua a Lisati ma le tamaitai o Lasela i autafa o le malae voli.]
E ui e logo malie i le faalogo a le tamaititi o Lisati le faaupuga a Lasela e i ai le taimi e fai ai lo
la aiga, peitai o le itu o lo o popole ai, o le 3 tausaga lea e fai mai le tausala la te valavala ai ona o
lana aoga, o lo o faailoga fesili i lona mafaufau, ina nei i ai se isi e toe faalavelave i lo la va. Na iloa
e Lasela le faanunumi o le muaulu o Lisati pei e i ai se mea o lo o faaletonu i lona mafaufau, ona toe
fesili lea o le tamaiti, “Aisea e te soona mafaufau ai faapena, ua e le fia alu i lau aoga,?” e fai lava tala
a le tamaitai ma ata ae o Lisati ua na o le valu o lona ulu ma fai mai, “E leai, o lea e tau faavasega e
lo’u mafaufau le polokalame a le tatou vasega taeao i le åiga faamavae,” o le tala lea a Lisati ma valu
lona ulu, “Oi, e sa’o fo’i oe, ua uma la ona faatau mea e fai ai le keke ma le pie na e ofo ai,?” o le toe
fesili atu lea a le tamaitai, “O lo o pisi ai si o’u tina i le kukaina o mea na mo le åiga taeao,” o le tali
atu lea a Lisati i le tamaitai, ona la tutu lea i luga ma la såvali loa agai i le faleoloa lea foi ua tumutumu
mai ai evaga a le tupulaga ma faaauau ai loa tafaoga o le afiafi.
E malu ane loa le afiafi ae taunuu loa ma le tamaitiiti i le fale mo faigalotu o le afiafi, ma o iina foi na
maua ai le avanoa e talatalanoa atu i ai nai ona matua e faatatau i lana aoga lea o le a sauni atu i ai mo
Niu Sila mo le isi 3 tausaga, aemaise ai o le sailiina lea o sona lumana’i lelei. O Lisati lava na mulimuli
i totonu o le latou vasega i le aso o le åiga, ona o lea sa o atu faatasi ma lona tina e momoli atu lana
keke ma lana pie mo le åiga fiafia a lana vasega e faamavae atu ai i tamaiti aoga o le a le toe foi atu i le
isi tausaga ona o aoaoga i fafo. O se aso na matua tumu ai loto o le fanau i le fiafia, e le gata e leai ma
ni aoga na faia ai, ae ua maua ai foi le avanoa e mafuta faatasi ai tamaiti o le vasega, e le gata i taaloga,
o pese ma siva, ae na faaiu foi i le åiga faamavae. E toalua tamaiti o le vasega lea e le toe foi mai i le
tausaga fou, o Lisati ma le alii o Matini, lea ua maua lona avanoa i le aoga faa faifeau i Piula, ina ua
pasi lana suega ulufale sa alo atu i ai. O upu faamavae na tuu atu e le faiaoga i lana vasega e faapea,
“afai e te saili ma loimata, e te selesele ma le alaga fiafia ina ua faai’uina ma le manuia lau sailiga.”
Tala i Vavau o Samoa
O se tasi lenei o tala ofoofogia
e pei ona talitonu i ai Faleupolu, i
le auala na maua ai le matupalapala o Misa ma Aiono i soo se
mea fai i le loaloa o le atu Samoa,
ona o le latou feiloaiga ma le
tamaitai, poo le Tupu Tafa’ifa o
Samoa, le tamaitai o Nafua. Fai
mai le tala, o le feiloaiga lenei na
amata ina ua tuu atu e le tamaitai
lana palo poo lana tupua i le aualii
lenei o Misa ma Aiono e amata ai
le latou feiloaiga, ma o taimi ia o
loo tau saili ai se malo o Samoa,
ae o loo avea le tamaitai o Nafua
ma Tupu Tafa’ifa i ia ona po, ma
o le pogai lea o le saili malo i ai
o Misa ma Aiono, ma o le mau
la lenei faa faleupolu e tusa ai o
lenei feiloaiga. O totonu o le nuu
o Tufutafoe i le motu o Savaii, o
loo i ai le vai lea e taua o le Vai
o Nafanua lea o loo faaigoaina o
le “Fusi Potopoto” poo le “Vai
a Nafanua.” Fai mai o iina na
feiloai ai Misa ma Aiono ma le
tamaitai o Nafanua.
Fai mai o le aano o le malaga
a Misa ma Aiono, o le la sailiga
malo ia Nafanua peitai e taunuu
atu le malaga a alii, o loo faamalu le tamaitai. Fai mai e lei toe
faatali Misa ma Aiono ina ua la
tau atu i le tamaitai o loo faamalu
mai i lona vai, lea ua avea nei o
se tasi o Vavau iloga o Samoa i
le motu o Salafai, ae ua la faailoa
atu i ai le auala o le la savali,
aemaise ai o le faanaunauga ina ia
maua se ao mo Samoa. Ua maea
ona faailoa e Misa ma Aiono le
la savali i le tamaitai ona faapea
mai lea o le tamaitai, “Ua lelei o
le mea sili ua ou maua atu le auga
o le lua savali, ae o mai sei o tatou
tauva poo ai e umi le taimi e nofo
ai i lalo o le vai, sa usitaia e Misa
ma Aiono le talosaga a le tamaitai
ma ua faapea loa ona latou tauva
maulu. Fai mai le tala, ua amata
le tauvaga maulu a alii nei ma le
tamaitai, ma ua agai atu i le faliu o
le la i lona nofoaga, o loo faia pea.
O le mea ua tupu, ua amata ona
le tau le totofu Misa ma Aiono
ona ua la lagonaina le vaivai o la
tino. Ua iloa e le tamaitai le mea
ua tupu, ona ia fesili lea i alii, pe i
ai se mea ua tupu ua mafua ai ona
la le toe totofu.
Sa tali mai Misa ma Aiono,
“Ioe lau afioga Nafanua, atonu
ua e silafia lava, silasila foi oe, ua
faliu le la i lona nofoaga, ma ua oo
mai foi le vaivai o ma tino, ona e
lei maua lava se faamalositino talu
ona ma taunuu mai iinei.” Ona
faapea atu loa lea o le tamaitai o
Nafanua, “Ua lelei, ua ou iloa lava
e lei faia se tali o le lua malaga, ae
ui o lea, faita lava lua te ausulusulu mai iinei, e te lua saili i Ao o
Malo, ao lenei o palapala malo.”
Fai mai o iina na faatoa maua ai
loa le matu palapala o Misa ma
Aiono i soo se mea e fai i le loaloa
o le atunuu ma Satuala.
samoa news, Saturday, January 19, 2013 Page 13
Republicans consider new election laws
BOSTON (AP) — After
losses, Republicans in key states
want to change the rules to make
it easier for them to win.
From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who
control legislatures in states
Barack Obama are considering
changing state laws that give the
winner of a state’s popular vote
all of its Electoral College votes,
too. Instead, these officials want
Electoral College votes to be
divided proportionally, a move
that could transform the way the
country elects its president.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
endorsed the idea this week, and
other Republican leaders support
it, too, suggesting that the effort
may be gaining momentum.
There are other signs that Republican state legislators, governors
and veteran political strategists
are seriously considering making
the shift as the GOP looks to
rebound from presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Electoral College shellacking and
the demographic changes that
threaten the party’s long-term
political prospects.
“It’s something that a lot of
states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking
at,” Priebus told the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel, emphasizing
that each state must decide for
Democrats are outraged at
the potential change.
Obama won the popular vote
with 65.9 million votes, or 51.1
percent, to Romney’s 60.9 million, or 47.2 percent, and won
the Electoral College by a wide
margin, 332-206 electoral votes.
It’s unclear whether he would
have been re-elected under the
new system, depending upon how
many states adopted the change.
While some Republican officials warn of a political backlash,
GOP lawmakers in Michigan,
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are
already lining up behind proposals that would allocate electoral votes by congressional district or something similar.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
told The Associated Press on
Tuesday that he “could go either
way” on the change and doesn’t
plan to push it. But he said it’s
a reasonable issue to debate
and that he prefers that leaders
discuss it well before the next
presidential election.
“It could be done in a
thoughtful (way) over the next
couple years and people can
have a thoughtful discussion,”
Snyder said.
Republican leaders in the
Michigan Statehouse have yet
to decide whether to embrace
the change there. But state Rep.
Peter Lund, a Republican who
introduced a bill to change the
allocation system two years ago,
said some Republicans might
be more receptive to his bill this
year following the election.
“We never really pushed it
before,” he said, adding that the
bill wasn’t designed to help one
party more than the other.
Democrats aren’t convinced.
And they warned of political
consequences for Republicans
who back the shift — particularly those governors up for reelection in 2014, who include
the governors of Michigan,
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,
among others. “This is nothing
more than election-rigging,”
said Michigan Democratic
Chairman Mark Brewer.
Each state has the authority to
shape its own election law. And in
at least seven states — Michigan,
Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Florida and North Carolina — Republicans control both
chambers of the state legislature
and the governor’s office.
Nebraska have moved away
from a winner-take-all system
to one that allocates electoral
votes based on congressional
district. “This is a concept that’s
got a lot of possibility and a lot
of potential,” said Washingtonbased Republican strategist Phil
Musser, acknowledging that the
debate would “incite different
levels of partisan acrimony.”
Musser also predicted that more
pressing economic issues would
likely take priority in most
Republican-led statehouses.
In Pennsylvania, Senate
Republican leader Dominic
Pileggi this week renewed his
call for the Republican-controlled
Legislature to revamp the way it
awards electoral votes by using a
method based on the popular vote
that would have given Romney
eight of the state’s 20 votes.
Democrats quickly criticized
it as partisan scheme.
“It is difficult to find the words
to describe just how evil this plan
is,” said Pennsylvania state Sen.
Daylin Leach, a Democrat. “It is
an obscene scheme to cheat by
rigging the elections.”
Gov. Tom Corbett, who supported a related proposal from
Pileggi last year, had not seen
the new plan and could not say
whether he supports the new version, the Republican governor’s
spokesman Kevin Harley said.
In Wisconsin, Republican
Gov. Scott Walker has said that
changing how electoral votes are
allocated was an “interesting idea”
but that it’s not one of his priorities, nor has he decided whether
he supports such a change.
It’s gotten a lukewarm
reception in the Republicancontrolled Legislature as well.
No proposal has been introduced yet and no lawmaker has
announced any plans to do so,
but the state Assembly speaker,
Robin Vos, first proposed the
change back in 2007.
“I am open to that idea,” Vos
said in December as lawmakers
prepared for the start of their
session. “But I would have to
hear all the arguments.”
All 10 of the state’s Electoral
College votes went to Obama
last fall under the current system.
If they were awarded based on
the new system, the votes would
have been evenly split between
Obama and Romney.
Mayor Tom Barrett sent an
email plea urging people to sign
a petition against the change:
“We can’t sit silently by as they
try to manipulate the democratic
process for political advantage,” Barrett wrote. “We can’t
let them attack the very democratic institutions and rights that
others have sacrificed so much
to gain — just because they
don’t believe they can win in a
fair election fight.”
So far, Republicans have
only advocated for the change in
states that have supported Democrats in recent elections. The
view is predictably different
in states where the Republican
nominee is a cinch to win.
“The Electoral College has
served the country quite well,”
said Louisiana GOP Chairman
Roger Villere, who doubles as
a national party vice chairman.
He continued: “This is
coming from states where it
might be an advantage, but I’m
worried about what it means
down the road. This is a system
that has worked. That doesn’t
mean we can’t talk about
changes, but we have to be very
careful about any actions we
might take.”
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their colleagues to confirm Dr. Hunkin-Finau as
the director of the Department of Education.
According to Lolo, Dr. Hunkin-Finau
recently acted as the co-director of the American Samoa Department of Education Research
and Development Project. She is also a former
dean and president of the American Samoa
Community College, and has taught at the high
school, college, and university level.
Dr. Hunkin-Finau holds a doctorate degree
in education from the University of Hawaii Manoa and according to Lolo, “her passion
for educating students in American Samoa and
helping them achieve academically is evident in
the career path she has chosen.”
Dr. Hunkin-Finau started as a teacher at Leone
High and since then, she has served in various
capacities in the ASDOE, including positions
as a school administrator, coordinator, program
director, deputy director, and acting director.
Lolo said of Dr. Hunkin-Finau, “Her experiences at the American Samoa Department of
Education have made her well aware of the challenges it faces. She is committed to improving
the quality of education in the schools of American Samoa and to ensuring that our children
succeed academically.”
Le’i Sonny Thompson
The second confirmation hearing has been
scheduled by the Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Human Resources/Human and
Social Services, Sen. Magalei Logovi’i for
Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8 am. to confirm Governor Lolo’s nomination of HTC Le’i
Sonny Thompson as the Department of Human
Resources director. That same day at 8:30 am,
Le’i will appear before the House Committee
on Government Operations chaired by Rep.
Faimealelei Anthony Allen.
In a January 15 letter to the Fono leaders,
Governor Lolo submitted his nomination of Le’i
and wrote: “HTC Le’i’s service to his family,
village, country and to the people of American
Samoa, coupled with his leadership, educational background and professional experience
make him an excellent choice to manage and
direct the Department of Human Resources.”
Le’i served as the director of the Department of Administrative Services during the
Togiola/Faoa administration, at which time he
had charge over the AP Lutali Executive Office
Building’s Special Program, and the Job and
Growth Act Program.
He holds a baccalaureate degree in education
from Southern Illinois University and a master’s
degree in Human Resources and Management
Development from Chapman University. Le’i
is a retired Air Force Major, who was formerly
the director of personnel at the Los Angeles
Space and Missile System Center and the Chief
of Personnel and Readiness Officer at the Little
Rock Air Force Base where he was responsible
for the training and professional development
of thousands of military personnel.
Falema’o M. ‘Phil” Pili
Governor Lolo’s nomination for Treasurer
of American Samoa Falema’o M. “Phil” Pili is
scheduled for a confirmation hearing before the
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
and chairman Sen. Laolagi Fonoti Savali Vaeao
on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8 am.
Chairman of the House Ways and Means
Committee Rep. Fatulegae’e Mauga has scheduled Falema’o for a confirmation hearing in the
lower chamber for Thursday, January 24, 2013
at 11 am.
In his letter to House Speaker Savali Talavou
Ale and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie
Tofau submitting his nomination of Falema’o,
Governor Lolo wrote, “Mr. Pili is a long-time,
faithful public servant who has a proven record
of sound financial management. He possesses
the skills and judgment required of the position
I have appointed him to. I ask for your support
and urge you and your colleagues to confirm
Mr. Falema’o M. ‘Phil” Pili as the Treasurer of
the American Samoa Government.”
Since 2010, Falema’o has been the executive director of the Territorial Office of Fiscal
Reform (TOFR). In his capacity he has had
financial management authority over a number
of federal programs including FEMA funds for
disaster related projects, capital improvement
projects funds from the US Department of Interior, airport improvement funds from the Federal Aviation Administration, and funds available through the State Small Business Credit
Initiative and the US Department of Treasury.
“He was also instrumental in selecting and
implementing upgrades to TOFR’s financial systems and is an expert in governmental
accounting,” Lolo wrote.
Prior to his tenure at TOFR, Falema’o was
the Chief Financial Officer at the American
Samoa Community College where he oversaw
all college financials and received an unqualified opinion (where auditors had no reservations with respect to any of ASCC’s financial
statements) for three consecutive years.
Falema’o was also the Chief Financial
Officer for the LBJ Tropical Medical Center
and is a former member of the House of
Dr. Ruth Matagi Tofiga
The fourth confirmation hearing has been
scheduled for the Governor’s nomination of Dr.
Ruth Matagi Tofiga as director of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources by the
Chairman of the Senate Rules/Marine Wildlife
Committee Sen.Nua Saoluaga for Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8 am
Chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations Rep. Faimealelei Anthony
Allen has scheduled Tofiga for a confirmation
hearing in the House that same day at 8:30 am.
Of his nomination, Governor Lolo wrote to
the Fono leadership, “With strong leadership
skills, a penchant to achieve, and a broad background in teaching science and biology at the
secondary and tertiary institutions, I know that
Dr. Matagi-Tofiga is well suited to serve as the
director of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.”
Currently, Tofiga is the acting assistant
director of the Teacher Quality Division of the
American Samoa Department of Education.
She holds a baccalaureate degree in biology
from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in education from the University
of Hawaii - Manoa, and a doctoral degree in
education with specialization in leadership
in educational administration from Capella
Formerly, Tofiga was the program director
of Teacher Certification and the principal at
Tafuna High School. She taught biology classes
at the high school, college, and university level.
Other House hearings
The Chairman of the House Committee on
Public Works, Rep. Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava has scheduled acting Public Works director
Faleosina Faiai Voight to appear before the
House next Tuesday for a hearing aimed at discussing the current road conditions and what
plans are in store for the territory’s potholeridden highways.
➧ Problems at TCF…
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In other news from the TCF, the Acting Commissioner said
the government is in the process of preparing to build a new
correctional facility at the same location.
“There is funding available from the Department of Interior
for the new facility and they are currently working on building
a temporary jail to house close to 200 inmates. The temporary
jail should be completed by the end of this year, and that will
be phase one.
“The second phase will be underway next year, 2014 and
this will be a state-of-the-art jail. There will be 100 cells with
bunk beds and only two inmates will be in one cell, not more
than that. “This new building will come with furniture and
much more for the inmates” he said.
Haleck added that not all who are held at the jail are inmates
serving sentences; some are incarcerated while their cases are
pending, and they are unable to post bail.
Last year Chief Probation Officer Tauili’ili Silivelio Iosefo
informed the court that illegal drugs such as marijuana/methamphetamine and homemade brew were found at the TCF.
The Chief Probation Officer was giving testimony to the
court after he recommended that two inmates be released
from jail to the probation office, given the crowded situation
at the jail.
“In the recent past there have been, I believe two or three
drug tests of certain inmates in the TCF, and I was fairly surprised to find that a majority of those inmates were tested and
found positive with either marijuana or methamphetamine.
“There was also an indication that two inmates tested positive and had the presence of the oxycodone drug, which is considered a controlled substance in the territory”.
The Chief Probation Officer also relayed the fact that there
are currently no counseling or drug rehabilitation programs
for anger management or drug and alcohol abuse available at
the TCF.
“TCF is not a drug-free place” he said. Some inmates who
went into jail having had no dealing with drugs were coerced
into smoking marijuana by cell mates who had been in there for
a lengthy period of time he said.
The Chief Probation Officer said that there are examples of
some who came into prison and remained there for a lengthy
period of time, who came out much worse than they went in.
He also noted when he was visiting an inmate in jail, that
inmate was placed in maximum security for 20 days for participating with his cell mates in drinking a homemade brew.
“This is a startling revelation— I never thought that beer
can made in any prison but I was told by that probationer (the
inmate) that the owner of the brew is serving a very lengthy jail
sentence for a serious offense, and just because he was a cell
mate in that unit, he was in one way or another coerced into
partaking of the homemade brew”.
Chief Justice Michael Kruse noted that from the testimony of the Chief Probation Officer, the so-called correctional facility is becoming less and less a correctional facility.
He noted that walking away from an issue will not solve an
issue…. “The correctional facility is less of a correctional
facility— but more of a warehouse where bodies are taken in
and we forget about them”.
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This April 4, 1984 black-and-white file photo shows President Ronald Reagan faces reporters
at the beginning of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Second
presidential terms are never easy. More often, they’re fraught with peril, frequently marred by
scandal, failure, hubris, and burnout and souring relations with Congress. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)
➧ Four years in, shifts in Obama strategy…
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He’s used his executive powers to act unilaterally to try to reduce gun violence.
That emboldened re-election outlook is
coupled with a determination to stay above the
day-to-day fighting and to keep the public with
In announcing a package of proposals this
week to reduce gun violence, the president did
what he could on his own, but also acknowledged that the most important provisions require
congressional approval, and said it would take a
demanding public to make that happen.
“His audience has become much more the
American people than the people who live
within the confines of Washington,” says former
Obama spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki.
The Brookings Institution’s William Galston,
who served in the Clinton White House, says
Obama seems to have concluded that “getting
into the weeds is a mistake.”
The way he handled the latest negotiations
over taxes “might be seen as a new paradigm,”
Galston says.
“The president is not spending a lot of time
with his sleeves rolled up, face to face with
people who disagree with him.”
Nor is he making as many promises. After
making more than 500 specific promises in
his first campaign — more of them kept than
broken — the president served up far fewer reelection pledges and has displayed a more measured view of what’s possible.
He’s a “happy warrior” the president says of
himself, but he also admits to disappointment
that he hasn’t gotten more cooperation from
Some liberals who complained that the
president wasn’t tough enough in the first term
look at his recent decision to give more ground
than expected in extending Bush-era tax cuts to
some wealthier Americans and wonder if he’s
really stiffened his spine for term two.
“The guy can’t seem to help himself,” says
Norman Solomon, an activist on the left. “He
swears off caving in like some people swear
off smoking, and the next day you see another
lethal product in his mouth.”
The president’s renewed determination to
leverage public support appears to be coupled
with a willingness by the no-drama president
to show more emotion when matters of public
policy are also personal to him.
Hours after the massacre of 20 children in
Newtown, Conn., a tearful Obama showed raw
grief in his first comments on the attack. His
temper flared after Republicans criticized U.N.
Ambassador Susan Rice over the deaths of four
Americans during an attack on a U.S. Consulate
in Libya, insisting her critics “should go after
me” instead.
There’s been less drama, though, within the
president’s staff. Former aides who describe
the early years of his presidency as marked by
personnel disagreements and internal strife say
that dynamic has given way to a more cohesive
Obama team with time.
There’s been recent concern that the president’s early choices for his second-term Cabinet and top advisers are less diverse than past
personnel picks, and that he and his team are
too insular. Give it time, says Obama, insisting
he’ll build a well-rounded team.
➧ American Samoa observes MLK holiday…
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hold together the most diverse Nation on earth,”
he said. ( full text of Obama’s proclamation can
be found on )
Monday is both Inauguration Day and the
federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights
leader. It is only the second time the two have
fallen on the same day. Some say it’s only fitting the celebrations are intertwined.
According to The Associated Press, President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that
belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as
he takes his oath of office, a powerful symbol
of this year’s rare intersection of the civil rights
movement and the nation’s first black president.
“It’s almost like fate and history coming
together,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who
worked alongside King in the fight for civil
rights during the 1950s and `60s and plans to
attend the inauguration. “If it hadn’t been for
Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no
Barack Obama as president.”
Many local businesses including the two
commercial banks will be closed Monday and
the U.S. Post Office will have the day off as
well. StarKist Co. spokesperson Mary Sestric said the StarKist Samoa plant will also be
closed Monday.
More details about Dr. King, this holiday and
his legacy can be found on
Samoa News will not publish Monday
in observance of the holiday and will return
Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Bailee Madison
Old school grandfather Artie, who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his
match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane agree to babysit their three
grandkids when their parents go away for work. But when 21st century problems
collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and
old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend - and not holding your ground - that
binds a family together.
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The Last Stand
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left
him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens moved out of Los
Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy
border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered
when Gabriel Cortez, the most notorius, wanted drug kingpin in the western
hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner
convoy straight through Summerton Junction. At first reluctant to become
involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his
small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into
his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
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Stabbing highlights problems at TCF