drastic LbJ fee hikes prompting ASG action… 5 Xoxoxo Xoxox xoxoxoxox xox xoxoxox 3 The Seahawks pull away for 30-13 win over Rams… B1 C M Y K The war in Iraq nearly over, says Pres. Obama 2 During the Bluesky 4G wireless broadband mobile Launch Ceremony, yesterday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium (fale laumei), Gov. Togiola Tulafono (ctr) and Bluesky Communications CEO Adolfo Montenegro (right) using one of the new elements of the 4G wireless technology, with the first official video calls on island to the villages of Amanave and Sailele. The launch ceremony began the day-long series of celebration, which included a donation at the LBJ Hospital Pediatrics Ward — “Hands Up Bluesky”, the “Bluesky Christmas Carnival” at Utulei Su’igaulu Beach Park for the public, and was set to end with the “Bluesky Christmas Extravagant Fireworks Show” above the Pago Harbor bay area. (See story inside, with more photos) [photo: THA] online @ samoanews.Com Daily CirCulation 7,000 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA TuESdAy, dECEMbER 13, 2011 $1.00 ASG and StarKist MOU Lali 10 confirms cold storage Misa ma le teine, lavea ai le ta’avale facility slated for dock Le LOkA MO LE 41 ASO I LE fALEPuIPuI tusia Ausage Fausia E 41 aso ua faÕ asala ai e le faÕ amasinoga ia le aliÕ i 19 tausaga o Jack Banse, i le falepuipui, ona o lona faÕ afoe o se taÕ avale e le i faÕ ataga ona fealuaÕ i i luga o le alatele, aÕ o faÕ asuaava, ma lavea ai le taÕ avale ma manunuÕ a ai ni isi. Sa saunoa le alii faamasino o John Ward II, na aveÕ ese e Banse se laisene o le isi taavale ma faÕ apipiÕ i i se taÕ avale e lei faÕ ataga ona fealuaÕ i i luga o le alatele, ona alu ai lea ma piki ana uo mo se tietiega, a’o ia tagofia le ava malosi. O se vevesi na tulai mai i le va o Banse ma lana uo teine aÕ o alu le taavale, na mafua ai ona soÕ ona alu saoasaoa le taÕ avale e pei ona saunoa Ward, ma iu ina lavea ai ma manunuÕ a ai i latou sa i totonu e aofia ai ma le ua molia. Ò E laki e lei oti se tasi i le faalavelave lea na mafua mai ona o lau gaioiga faatamala sa fai, aua o le mea moni lava, o le a e ala mai lava i le falepuipui i aso uma o lou ola ma e faapea ai, sa i ai se tagata na oti ona o oe,Ó o le saunoaga lea a le alii faamasino, ao lei tuuina atu le faÕ asalaga a le faamasinoga. Na faÕ ailoa e le faamasinoga ia Banse, o le faÕ asalaga lea o le a tuÕ uina atu ia te ia, o le a aÕ oaÕ oina ai lona mafaufau mai le solitulafono sa ia faia. (Faaauau itulau 13) C M Y K by Samoa News staff The American Samoa Government and StarKist Samoa signed yesterday afternoon a Memorandum of Understanding, which notes the intent of the two sides to enter into a lease agreement for a parcel of land immediately adjacent to the Port Administration building on the Fagatogo dock for a cold storage facility. Togiola cited the signing of the MOU, during meetings between ASG and StarKist officials, as one more example of government working with private sector to expand and improve operations in the Territory, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The parcel of land in question lies directly between the Port Administration building and the inter-island dock, it says. Ò ASG in collaboration with StarKist will be working together to secure a ground lease for the approximately 42,000 square foot parcel for the construction of a cold storage facility,Ó the governor said in a statement. “While a final agreement has yet to be worked out, we are earnestly pursuing a suc- The Penina Tausala Dance Group were on hand to bid the Te Vaka Group farewell at the airport [Photo: Busta Popo Events] Sunday afternoon, after a highly successful set of performances on island. cessful negotiation of the terms and conditions of such an agreement,Ó he said. Ò The bottom line is to help our canneries remain competitive.This also means potential jobs for dozens of people in the Territory.Ó Specific details of the MOU have yet to be released. Samoa News reported in yesterdayÕ s edition on protest comments that have been called in to the newspaper about environmental concerns, such as waste water seepage into the bay waters, as well as flies and odor — if the cold storage area is built on the main dock area. Other concerns about cruise ship arrivals, crowded work areas for official port duties, and transportation of the fish ‘across town’ were also voiced. Togiola made the official announcement of the MOU as part of his remarks at the launching yesterday of Blue Sky CommunicationÕ s Ò 4G networkÓ at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, underscoring ASGÕ s commitment to work with private sector wherever possible to ensure healthy competition and foster collaboration. (Continued on page 14) This year the Rotary Club of Pago Pago decided to erect one of the beautiful Christmas trees from their shipment, at the airport, along with a sign welcoming folks to American Samoa and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The fresh wreaths and trees are an annual tradition in American Samoa, with funds raised from their sale to the public going 100% to Rotary Club Community Service events. The club notes special thanks to Hamburg Sud and Cost U Less for helping them bring this year’s 16th [courtesy photo] Annual Christmas Tree Sale event. Page 2 samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 FOR SALE One Of A Kind Resort Ocean Front View Lot near Vaitogi Owner wants it SOLD, Priced at $59,900, .25 Acre, private road, Great Neighbors. Directions: Take road to Roy Hall’s house, The property is located right off of that road on the right hand side about a quarter mile from the turtle and shark site. Another landmark is it’s located behind Birdie Alailima’s home. Look for concrete wall and a driveway going down to the property, Vaitogi village, Gatai area. All Inquires & Offers Please submit to: Mark Meredith, GRI, CSP Direct Line tel:435-229-3382 Email Inquiries: mailto:[email protected] (ANSWER ON PAGE 14) War nearly over, Obama says Iraq won’t stand alone STRANGE BUT TRUE By Samantha Weaver ✖ It was American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison who made the following sage observation: Ò Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.Ó ✖ If youÕ re planning a trip to Peru to ring in the new year, you might want to bring along some yellow underwear. In that country it’s considered lucky to wear it on the first day of the new year. ✖ Another story to add to the file on clueless criminals: In 2010, two men in Portland, Ore., went to a supermarket and started removing price tags from items and filling their backpacks with the loot. However, they didnÕ t even make it out of the store with their ill-gotten gains. It seems that the would-be crooks decided to do their shoplifting during a Ò Shop With a CopÓ promotion, and there were 60 police officers already in the store -- in uniform. ✖ You may be surprised to learn that the Statue of Liberty is not located in New York. While it is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, itÕ s technically within the territorial waters of Jersey City, N.J. ✖ If youÕ re going to be traveling to California anytime soon, you might want to keep this in mind: In that state, shooting game from a moving vehicle is illegal -- unless the animal youÕ re aiming for is a whale. ✖ A baseball will travel farther on a hot day than on a cold one. ✖ The oldest bakery yet uncovered was found by archaeologists digging in the Egyptian city of Giza in 2002. They say that the baking trays, bread molds and ovens there date back to 2500 B.C., right around the time the pyramids were being built. • • • • • • • • • • • • • ThoughT for The Day • • • • • • • • • • • • • Ò Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isnÕ t.Ó Ñ Mark Twain WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to put the long and divisive Iraq war to rest, President Barack Obama declared Monday Ò those days are overÓ with the last American troops heading home, but he pledged the U.S. would remain committed to the fledgling government they leave behind. He and IraqÕ s leader somberly saluted AmericaÕ s war dead at Arlington National Cemetery. Ò A war is ending,Ó the president said, standing with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House. U.S. troops are leaving Ò with honor and with their heads held high,Ó said Obama, who strongly opposed the war as a candidate for the White House. The last American troops are to be out of Iraq by Dec. 31. Thousands of others are still in Afghanistan. Just 6,000 remain in Iraq, down from 170,000 at the warÕ s peak in 2007. The withdrawal will cap a war in which nearly 4,500 Americans were killed, roughly 32,000 were wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars were spent and the American political debate was consumed until economic woes brought attention back home. Obama had already said weeks ago that he was pulling all troops by yearÕ s end, leaving his appearance with al-Maliki to focus instead on whatÕ s next - a relationship both leaders described as rich in shared interests, from education to oil, politics to security. To the Iraqi people, who still face massive challenges in rebuilding a society ripped apart by nearly nine years of war, Obama said: Ò You will not stand alone.Ó The United States, in fact, needs the help of Iraq in dealing with the volatile Middle East and two of neighbors in particular, Iran and Syria. In getting out of Iraq, Obama emphasized that Ò our strong presence in the Middle East enduresÓ and the United States wonÕ t soften in its defense of its interests. In the midst of a re-election run, Obama is using the warÕ s end to both honor the military’s sacrifice and to remind the nation the unpopular war is ending on his watch. He is to deliver his war-is-over message in TV interviews on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday in remarks to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C. (Continued on page 14) samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 3 ARE YOU READY FOR THE PARTY SEASON? Here at Cherries, we are going to help you save money so you can enjoy the holiday festivities even more, while looking your best! Before you check out, you’ll receive the chance to draw from our Mystery Discount Box and get some of our best deals in the house! Come by Cherries located on Fagaima Road in Tafuna or call us at 699-5665 for an appointment. “Happy Holidays American Samoa” FA’ASALALAUGA Ford F-150 is Motor Trend’s “2012 Truck OF The Year” uNbEATAbLE COMbINATION Of TOP fuEL EffICIENCy ANd CAPAbILITy (BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — DEARBORN, Mich, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire — 2012 Ford F-150 has been awarded the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year¨ award. It is the fourth time F-150 has won the accolade; with the F-150 winning the award more times than any other truck. The F-150 outshone all other contenders in various tests that evaluated the truckÕ s design, engineering, performance, efficiency, safety and value, and established a new standard for full-size pickups with best-in-class fuel efficiency and capability. Ò The 2012 F-150 is a nocompromise solution that can be tailored to fit virtually every customerÕ s needs, and the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award further reinforces that this is truly the best choice for AmericaÕ s truck owners,Ó said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. Ò We are proud to receive this award and even more pleased that our F-150 customers have additional validation of their top choice.Ó This is the fourth time the F-150 has won the award — the most awards for any truck since Motor Trend began presenting its Truck of the Year award in 1989. The Ford pickup received the magazineÕ s prestigious award for previous groundbreaking new models in 1997, 2004 and 2009. Motor Trend editors applauded F-150 because, they said, Ò F-150s are built to work and felt better the more they were challenged. Ford offers an enormous variety of configurations and designs, making the truck tailorable to just about any need. ItÕ s the combination of advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and the performance of intended function that has earned the Ford F-150 the title of Motor TrendÕ s 2012 Truck of the Year.Ó With more than a half-million sales through November and a lead of almost 150,000 sales versus the nearest competitor, the Ford F-Series is on track this year to extend its streak of truck leadership to 35 straight years. Helping spark the F-150Õ s continued success is the powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost¨ engine, which now accounts for more than 40 percent of F-150 retail sales and is on pace to exceed 100,000 sales in less than a year on the market. MORE CAPAbILITy, More TeChNoLogy The 2012 F-150 offers customers plenty of technologies that boost capability, performance, driving enjoyment and fuel efficiency. One such technology is the class-exclusive electric powerassisted steering (EPAS). The system has been carefully tuned with sophisticated speed mapping to deliver accurate responses at high speed while remaining light and manageable in parking maneuvers. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks. EPAS contributes about a 4 percent fuel-economy benefit compared with conventional hydraulic systems. A 4.2-inch LCD message center that features information related to fuel economy, towing performance and offroading, SYNC¨ AppLinkª and SiriusXM Travel Link also are among the customer conveniences available. New features for 2012 include: 36-gallon fuel tank on 4x4 F-150 EcoBoost-equipped units providing best-in-class 756 miles of driving range Two-speed automatic 4x4 system on Lariat, King Ranch , Harley-Davidson and Platinum models for improved allweather traction Hill Start Assist, which helps keep the truck from rolling backward at a stop, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill, especially when towing Best-in-class payload capability of 3,120 pounds Fuel-efficient and powerful offerings All of the changes for the 2012 model year complement a powertrain lineup that debuted in 2011. The powertrain lineup delivers a mix of best-in-class (Continued on page 15) “For a Matai family issue. Uiagalelei family, came out Friday...” Answering the fa’asalalauga from Friday Dec 9th paper... Before it gets into the court situation.. Just beginning. “Ou te faatulou atu i ou pa’ia Samoa i le amata mai Saua se’i paia Analega. 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New fleets are constantly appearing in the area having been displaced from or departed on their own accord from other Northern Pacific and Indian Ocean Fisheries. Whilst stock assessment models indicate that the albacore fishery is in a relatively robust state, scientists have warned for some time that increased catch will come at the expense of economic viability. Experience at sea shows that this is already happening. Recent years have shown both a decrease in catch per unit effort (CPUE) and fish size. Practice shows that there has been a fast local depletion regardless of the perceived state of the overall stock. Whilst it is acknowledged that the management of the bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks has, of necessity, been a priority for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) there is now increased urgency in addressing the southern albacore situation. PITIA wishes to extend its support to requests from FFA members, Te Vaka Moana participants, that a closer look at the position of southern albacore be given higher priority within the WCPFC agenda, and seek the support of distant fishing water nations when the issue is considered. In particular, PITIA supports the call from TCC7 for a comprehensive report on the fishery that integrates all available data sources in order to ensure a common understanding of the magnitude of this problem. WCPFC must give adequate recognition to the rights and aspirations of small island developing states in this fishery, and the constraints and opportunities of the small scale domestic fleets that they manage, PITIA said. PITIA strongly supports the push by FFA members in the last few WCPFC meetings for establishment of zone based, rather than flag Based limits in the longline fishery. This is to address the emerging increase in effort that the sheer numbers of vessels relocating to this area has created. The association highlights that these vessels are nomadic in nature and will depart as soon as stocks are depleted. It is then left to those resident Pacific island fishing companies and associations to seek out an existence on low CPUEÕ s until the stock recovers. Whilst the new fleets have albacore as their target species there is the inevitable catch of bigeye and yellowfin and given the vessel numbers the catch of these two species will not be insignificant. PITIA cannot over-emphasise the gravity of the situation and trust that the Commission will take appropriate notice and act accordingly, it said. (Source: FIS —Fishing Information & Services website) © OSini FAleAtASi inc. reServeS All riGhtS. dba Samoa News is published Monday through Saturday, except for some local and federal holidays. Please send correspondences to: OF, dba Samoa News, Box 909, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799. Contact us by Telephone at (684) 633-5599 Contact us by Fax at (684) 633-4864 Contact us by Email at [email protected] Normal business hours are Mon. thru Fri. 8am to 5pm. Permission to reproduce editorial and/or advertisements, in whole or in part, is required. Please address such requests to the Publisher at the address provided above. NOaa proposal does not include complete fishing ban, says Gov. IT’S ALL AbOuT CONSERvING RESOuRCES by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Gov. Togiola Tulafono has urged members of the community to read in full detail the proposal by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to expand the current Fagatele Marine Sanctuary to include five additional sites, saying that there is no recommendation to completely ban fishing grounds under the proposal. Speaking on his weekly radio program, Togiola says he has heard a lot of discussion about the NOAA proposal and it appears many in the community have not read the report in detail, nor have they read the recommendations. Currently, NOAA is gathering public comments on the proposal, which would add Larsens Bay, waters around Swains Island and Muliava (also known as Rose Atoll) and some of the waters around AunuÕ u and Tau islands to the sanctuary. These reports and recommendations were based on information gathered some four years ago, during public scoping meetings, he said. According to the governor, some of the comments objecting to the proposal came from recreational fishermen, adding that there are two big issues pertaining to these objections. He said one is that the people of ManuÕ a are opposed to the closure of waters around Rose Atoll and people need to understand that the reason for the proposed closure, Ò is to provide a sanctuary for fish to breed... and to prevent the disturbance to the coral animals and breeding within that area so that we can see the impact around the fringes.Ó “Because the fact of the matter is.. the fish that go into this area do come out of the area and the large pelagic fish that breed and traverse the Pacific... never stay forever inside the 50-mile zone that is proposed [by NOAA],” he points out. “The purpose for the conservation is so that the fisheries just outside will be enhanced.Ó “And you all know, that in the ‘fa’asao program’ (conservation program) around the villages, the longer you keep it from being fished, the bigger the fish and the more abundance of fish,” he said, adding that people from villages under these fa’asao programs have affirmed the abundance of fish, when there is long term conservation. He said villages are also saying that they have found some fish, which were not there for a while, have returned, which is great news for the conservation program as well as the villagers. The other objection, is the proposal for the island-village of AunuÕ u, said Togiola, who explained that the proposed area for the sanctuary Ò is a long strip from the coral reefs in front of Utumea and Alao [villages] and stretching out to the eastern side of AunuÕ u, is to be set aside as an area to study the impact of fisheries outside and what happens if you keep the areas from being fished out and allowing a zone for fish to go in there to breed.” “And that’s the whole reason for it. It’s not because we do not want you to fish. You can fish around the fringes — there is no restriction. But allow an area to study the impacts of what we do as people,Ó he said. According to NOAA, the AunuÕ u unit would be divided into two zones: a Multiple Use Zone, where limited fishing would be allowed, and a Research Zone, where all consumptive uses would be prohibited to provide a control area as a mechanism for research activities. Ò I urge all of you to please read the [NOAA] report. I know you are all reacting to what is being published, but the way I read the objections and the comments that are floating into this, it occurs to me, you have not read the report,Ó said Togiola. The governor says people are reacting to what others are saying about too many restrictions being proposed, but Ò anything we can do in the name of conservationÓ is very important. Ò What little the federal government programs and American Samoa departments are trying to do in the name of conservation is to ensure these resources will last a long time into the future,Ó he said. Samoa News notes that comments against the sanctuary expansion proposal have been focused on the process and not the plans in themselves. Reach the reporter at [email protected] Drastic LBJ fee hikes prompt ASG movement samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 5 by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Gov. Togiola Tulafono and Fono leaders will meet again this week to discuss ways to financially assist the LBJ Medical Center, who plan to hike facility fees by up to 400% on Christmas Eve, and the proposed rates are the subject of two House hearings this week. The first meeting was held last week following a letter from the governor to Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau and House Vice Speaker Talia FaÕ afetai Iaulualo about the rate hikes and requested a meeting to examine what the hospital is proposing and determine how the government can best respond and assist the hospital. Ò While I can appreciate the need of the authority to survive and continue to provide essential critical services to our people, I am afraid that the degree of increases may discourage many of our residents from seeking medical attention at the medical center,Ó the governor wrote in a Dec. 5 letter to the Fono leaders, adding that the hospital is proposing Ò very drastic increasesÓ Ò I am prepared to support some level of reasonable increase but it may require that we as a government, also contribute financial assistant to keep the cost to our people at [a] reasonable level,Ó he said. On his weekend radio program, the governor asked the public to be patient at this point while he and the Fono leaders work on ideas and solutions to financially assist LBJ. He says that following a meeting last week, the Fono leaders are now working on ideas and solutions with both sides to meet again this week. As to critics of the proposed fee hikes, Togiola said the hospital cannot be fully operational unless they come up with sufficient funding. He said the hospital has a plan in place for low income families as well as all patients with varying income status. He acknowledged that the proposed rates are a drastic hike when compared to the local economic conditions, which is something that needs to be taken into consideration. A caller to the program outlined her research into the cost of hospital services off-island, which are much higher than what LBJ is proposing and she also noted that there is also insurance to help pay for the costs at the hospital. Togiola thanked the caller for the information and noted that Ò I always believe that we need to pay our way. But there is also—as I am very much aware—limitation” because not everybody in the community has the same ability to pay high fees. Ò For us here, unfortunately, this is the only facility we can go to, so we all have to end up at LBJ. So we have to support our hospital, we have to support their work, but we also realize they cannot operate without [necessary] funds,Ó the governor said. Ò So itÕ s reasonable to expect that we will have pay some of the services, but we also must expect that the rates have to be compatible with economic conditions in the territory,Ó he said, adding that whatever the administration and the Fono comes up with, they will be rates and rules and policies that are consistent with life in American Samoa. He said there is a good portion of the population that will require some attention “and it is our duty— if we are doing [financially] well— all of us who make more money, have an obligation to look after the unfortunate ones in our community.Ó He said medical services are not free and there has to be portion for the public to pay. He said the last solution is to hike taxes, but that will fall right back to the public. According to the governor, the administration and the Fono are working on ideas and recommendations to ensure that no lives in the territory are affected due to the proposed rate hike. LBJÕ s rates are the subject of two House hearings this week with the first one set at 9a.m. today for the House Health/LBJ Committee and witnesses being called to testify are LBJÕ S chief executive officer, Mike Gerstenberger and the chief financial officer, Viola Babcock. Tomorrow at 9 a.m. is the House Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing and witnesses to testify are ASG Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i and Budget and Planning Office director Malemo Tausaga. Meanwhile, the local non-profit group Pualele Foundation and its community partners are holding an Ò Open Forum RallyÓ at the Fagatogo Malae on Dec. 22 regarding the fee hikes. “Come and express your concerns toward the rising ‘Health CostÕ at LBJ. ItÕ s an issue close to our heartsÕ health,Ó according to a news release from group, which was established in 2005 to provide services to the community in stress management and (Continued on page 14) MYSTERY DISCOUNTS 5%, 10%, 20%, 25%, 50% Reach into the box and draw your own discount. WE ARE OPEN SUNDAY , December 18th from 10am to ? at Nuuuli! Sale started Dec. 5th HOLIDAY HOURS Happy Holidays AMERICAN SAMOA! December 21st to December 24th 8:30am to ??? Page 6 samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 BlueSky launches 4G wireless broadband mobile communications service TouTs serviCe as The “MosT aDvaNCeD broaDbaND NeTwork iN The souTh PaCifiC” By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter Part of the Malaeloa Methodist Youth performance yesterday at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium was with dance they showcased the high speed of the 4G wireless broadband mobile [photo: Jeff Hayner] capability during the Bluesky 4G Launch Ceremony. Bluesky Communications staff were in full force to showcase their 4G wireless broadband mobile service, which was formally launched yesterday at the fale laumei. The Launch Ceremony began the day long of special events to celebrate the company’s achievements in the territory and [photo: Jeff Hayner] its community relationships. of 2 1 S DAY Christmas Christmas Sale On the 2nd day of Christmas... Rockford Fosgate 12” Prime Subwoofer Model Number R2D4-12 Dual 4 ohm Voice Coils 500 Watts Samoa’s only Authorized Rockford Fosgate Dealer Reg. Price $115.00 Sale Price $90.00 External Portable Hard Disk Drives 320GB to 1TB 2.5” Portable 500GB to 3TB 3.5” Desktop 20% OFF Discount Electronics • Fa’atamalii Center Malaeimi 699-4274 Sale items limited to stock on hand no rain checks Sale price good thru Monday December 14, 2011 Bluesky Communications launched its 4G wireless broadband mobil communications service here in the territory yesterday afternoon at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium, which began its day-long celebration of the ‘most advanced broadband network in the South Pacific’. The event was well attended by both private sector and government officials. Special remarks were offered by BlueSky CEO Adolfo Montenegro, with Gov. Togiola Tulafono as the keynote speaker. The term 4G refers to the fourth generation of cellular phone network technology, succeeding the previous third generation (3G) standard. It is commonly used as a marketing term by cellular phone network service providers to describe upcoming improvements to the existing cellular network, according to information released by BlueSky. Montenegro noted in his remarks that the introduction of the most advanced 4G network by BlueSky is fitting, considering the companyÕ s long history of innovation in American Samoa. Ò Our mission is clear, and you all played a lead roll in the broadband revolution. It is our responsibility and our commitment to our customers.Ó The CEO was proud to announce that Ò there were no grants, nor funding, this is strictly the result of our mission and our companyÕ s commitment to American Samoa.Ó He said, Ò We are making broadband for everyone our priority. 4G is about performance... itÕ s time to deliver speed and it is fundamentally about consumer experience. 4G can average between 4 to 10 time faster than a working 3G network.Ó In his keynote address Togiola said, Ò Communication is the one empowering tool that advances any society significantly in every aspect of its life,Ó adding that Ò to achieve this level of high technology into our territory, far away from the metropolitan centers of the world, is a huge and... significant day for American SamoaÉ Ó “I congratulate BlueSky in its fine leadership. We cannot do all that we do without good communications,Ó he said. According to Wikipedia, a 4G system is expected to provide a comprehensive and secure all-Internet Protocol (IP) base mobile broadband solution to laptop computer wireless modems, smartphones and other mobile devices. Facilities such as ultrabroadband internet access, IP telephony, gaming services and streaming multimedia may be provided to users. The launch event included a performance by the Malaeloa Methodist Youth, which highlighted in their dance the transition of 3G to 4GÕ s higher quality, higher speed wireless broadband performance. At the event, Togiola was also the first to officially use one of the 4G wireless technology capabilities being offered by Bluesky — video calls were made to the villages of Amanave and Sailele. Reach the reporter at [email protected] Papua New Guinea court rules Michael Somare the leader PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) -- The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court has ruled the election of Prime Minister Peter OÕ Neill is unconstitutional and restored his predecessor Sir Michael Somare as the South Pacific nation’s leader. The decision was handed down in a 3-2 ruling on Monday hours after OÕ NeillÕ s government passed a series of retrospective laws legalizing its decision to dump Somare from office while he was in Singapore recovering from a heart condition. The court found that there was no vacancy in the office of prime minister on Aug. 2 and that the vote of 70 to 24 lawmakers that elected OÕ Neill was illegal. The court also said that 75-year-old Somare was still a member of parliament, overturning a mid-August decision by Speaker Jeffery Nape to unseat him. Somare had been in Singapore for five months between late March and Sept. 6, when he returned to parliament after undergoing three heart operations. He is expected to be sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin said he was Ò deeply concernedÓ by political developments in the former Australian colony. Ò There are heightened political tensions within Port Moresby with, as it were, two alternative prime ministers,Ó Rudd told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Tuesday. canada pulls out of kyoto Protocol TORONTO (AP) -- Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change Monday, saying the accord wonÕ t help solve the climate crisis. It dealt a blow to the anti-global warming treaty, which has not been formally renounced by any other country. Environment Minister Peter Kent said that Canada is invoking its legal right to withdraw and said Kyoto doesnÕ t represent the way forward for Canada or the world. Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year it will not accept new Kyoto commitments, but withdrawing from the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997. The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming. Canada’s previous Liberal government signed the accord but did little to implement it and Prime Minister Stephen HarperÕ s Conservative government never embraced it. Ò The Kyoto Protocol does not cover the worldÕ s largest two emitters, United States and China, and therefore cannot work,Ó Kent said. Ò ItÕ s now clear that Kyoto is not the path forward to a global solution to climate change. If anything itÕ s an impediment.Ó KentÕ s announcement comes a day after marathon climate talks wrapped up in the South African port city of Durban. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed on a deal that sets the world on a path to sign a new climate treaty by 2015 to replace the first Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of next year. Kent said the Durban agreement does represent a path forward. DurbanÕ s accord envisions a new treaty with binding targets for all countries to take effect in 2020. Ò It allows us to continue to create jobs and growth in Canada,Ó Kent said. MondayÕ s announcement was not a surprise. Canada faced international criticism at the recent climate talks in South Africa amid reports it would pull out of Kyoto. Kent had said previously that signing the Kyoto Protocol on climate change was one of the previous governmentÕ s biggest blunders. The accord requires countries to give a yearÕ s notice to withdraw. Kent said the move saves Canada $14 billion in penalties for not achieving its Kyoto targets. Ò To meet the targets under Kyoto for 2012 would be the equivalent of either removing every car, truck, ATV, tractor, ambulance, police car and vehicle of every kind from Canadian roads or closing down the entire farming and agriculture sector and cutting heat to every home, office, hospital, factory and building in Canada,Ó Kent said. HarperÕ s Conservative government is reluctant to hurt CanadaÕ s booming oil sands sector, which is the countryÕ s fastest growing source of greenhouse gases and a reason it has reneged on its Kyoto commitments. Canada has the worldÕ s third-largest oil reserves, more than 170 billion barrels. Daily production of 1.5 million barrels from the oil sands is expected to increase to 3.7 million in 2025. Only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have more reserves. But critics say the enormous amount of energy and water needed in the extraction process increases greenhouse gas emissions. Kent said Canada produces Ò barely 2 percentÓ of global emissions and said the previous Liberal government signed onto Kyoto in 1997 without any intention of meeting its targets. He said the Kyoto Protocol originally covered countries generating less than 30 percent of global emissions and now it covers just 13 percent. He said Canada is committed to addressing climate change in a way thatÕ s fair. Canada insists any agreement has to cover all nations. He said he would not be surprised if other countries follow Canada in pulling out of Kyoto. KentÕ s announcement drew immediate criticism from environmental groups. Mike Hudema of Greenpeace Canada said in a statement that it is further signal that the Harper government is more concerned about protecting polluters than people. Hannah McKinnon of the Climate Action Network Canada said formally withdrawing from Kyoto after the Durban, South Africa conference is a slap in the face of the international community. Ò ItÕ s a total abdication of our responsibilities,Ó McKinnon said. Opposition New Democrat lawmaker Megan Leslie disputed the dollar figures involved and said there are no penalties under Kyoto. Leslie said pulling out saves the Conservatives from having to report that Canada is falling short of its Kyoto targets. Ò ItÕ s like weÕ re the kid in school who knows theyÕ re gonna fail the class, so we have to drop it before that actually happens,Ó Leslie said. Scientists say that if levels of greenhouse gases continue to rise, eventually the worldÕ s climate will reach a tipping point, with irreversible melting of some ice sheets and a several-foot(meter) rise in sea levels. They cannot pinpoint exactly when that would happen, but the two-decade-long climate negotiations have been focused on preventing global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius) above current levels by the end of this century. samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 7 Amir Seifi, an Iranian who lives in Dublin, Ireland, waves a flag along with other protestors outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will meet at the White House Monday to discuss the future relationship between the two countries after the U.S. troop pullout at the end of the year. The meeting is expected to focus heavily on how the U.S. and Iraq will continue to cooperate on secu(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) rity issues without the presence of American troops. 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Ò The truckers are still here, but thereÕ s nobody here to unload their stuff,Ó protest organizer Boots Riley said. Ò We shut down the Port of Oakland for the daytime shift and weÕ re coming back in the evening. Mission accomplished.Ó Organizers hoped the Ò Shutdown Wall Street on the WaterfrontÓ protests would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks and send a message that their Occupy movement isn’t finished. The closuresÕ economic impact, however, wasnÕ t immediately clear. The longshoremen’s union did not officially support the protests, but its membership cited a provision in its contract that allowed workers to ask to stay off the job if they felt the conditions were unsafe. Some went home with several hoursÕ pay, while others left with nothing. Oakland Longshoreman DeAndre Whitten was OK with it. Ò I hope they keep it up,Ó said Whitten, who lost about $500. Ò I have no problem with it. But my wife wasnÕ t happy about it.Ó Others, such as the truck drivers who had to wait in long lines as protesters blocked gates, were angry, saying the demonstrators were harming the very people they were trying to help. Ò This is joke. What are they protesting?Ó said Christian Vega, who sat in his truck carrying a load of recycled paper. He said the delay was costing him $600. Ò It only hurts me and the other drivers. Ò We have jobs and families to support and feed,Ó he said. Ò Most of them donÕ t.Ó From Long Beach, Calif., to as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia, protesters beat drums and carried signs as they marched outside port gates. Rain dampened some protests. Several hundred showed up at the Port of Long Beach and left after several hours. The movement, which sprang up this fall against what it sees as corporate greed and economic inequality, is focusing on the ports as the Ò economic engines for the elite.Ó It comes weeks after police raids cleared out most of their tent camps. The port protests are a Ò response to show them that itÕ s going to hurt their pocketbooks if they attack us brutally like that,Ó Riley said. Protesters are most upset by two West Coast companies: port operator SSA Marine and grain exporter EGT. Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc. owns a major stake in SSA Marine and has been a frequent target of protesters. They say they are standing up for workers against the port companies, which have had high-profile clashes with union workers lately. Longshoremen in Longview, for example, have had a longstanding dispute with EGT, which employs workers from a different union to staff its terminal. The longshoremenÕ s union says the jobs rightfully belong to them. Ò Disrupting port activities makes it harder for U.S. manufacturing, the farm community and countless others to sell to customers and contribute to our nationÕ s economic recovery,Ó EGT chief executive Larry Clarke said. While the demonstra- tions were largely peaceful and isolated to a few gates at each port, local officials in the longshoremen’s union and port officials or shipping companies determined that the conditions were unsafe for workers. In Oakland, several hundred people picketed before dawn and blocked some trucks from going through at least two entrances. A long line of big rigs sat outside one of the entrances, unable to drive into the port. Police in riot gear stood by as protesters marched in an oval and carried signs. Shipping companies and the union agreed to send home about 150 of the 200 morning shift workers. Protesters cheered when they learned about the partial shutdown and then dispersed. Ò ItÕ s disappointing that those union folks were not able to go to work today and earn their wages,Ó said Bob Watters, spokesman for SSA Marine. Ò We think that everything is pretty well in hand and operations are moving along pretty well now.Ó Scott Olsen, the Marine Corps veteran who was struck in the head during a clash between police and Occupy Oakland protests in October, led nearly 1,000 people marching back to the Port of Oakland on Monday evening. A spokesman for the longshoremenÕ s union said shippers at the port would typically request 100 to 200 workers for the overnight shift but werenÕ t asking for any Monday due to the ongoing protests. Port spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur said the move would bring nighttime operations to a virtual halt. Ò Operations have continued throughout the day after sporadic interruptions due to the morning protest activities,Ó she said. Ò As for the rest of the day and overnight, the port anticipates very limited terminal activity.Ó In Seattle, police used “flash-bang” percussion grenades to disperse protesters who blocked an entrance to a Port of Seattle facility Monday evening. Officers moved in after protesters tried to set up a makeshift barrier using scraps of wood, aluminum debris and any other material they could scrape together. After the grenades went off, the protesters scattered. Earlier, police reported Ò multipleÓ arrests at a nearby terminal after about 100 occupy protesters stopped traffic for about 20 minutes. In Portland, a couple hundred protesters blocked semitrailers from making deliveries at two major terminals. Security concerns were raised when police found two people in camouflage clothing with a gun, sword and walkie-talkies who said they were doing reconnaissance. Port officials erected fences and told workers to stay home, port spokesman Josh Thomas said. He said port officials didn’t know early Monday afternoon the full economic impact of the blockade. Kari Koch, an Occupy spokeswoman, said the two people taken into custody were not part of the demonstration. Ò We do not send out folks with guns,Ó Koch said. The decision to shut down the two terminals was relayed to about 200 workers from the longshoremenÕ s union, which said it sympathized with the goals of the movement but disagreed with shutting down operations that would deprive its members of pay. Longshoremen at the Longview port went home over concerns for their health and safety, union spokeswoman Jennifer Sargent said. A port spokeswoman, Ashley Helenberg, said the port and the union made the decision jointly. If union workers participated in the protest, Sargent said, they did so as individuals, not as part of the union. samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 9 An ‘Elvis’ monkey, psychedelic gecko found in Se asia by Samoa News staff C M Y K C M Y K fELETI NIuE The High Court has continued to next week a status hearing for Feleti Niue, whose attorney requested postponement so that the defense could find the details on why Niue hadnÕ t reported to the Probation Office. The court had issued a bench warrant for NiueÕ s arrest after he failed to appear for probation review hearings scheduled in October. During last weekÕ s status hearing, NiueÕ s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin, said the defense is putting together information and details to be presented to the court for review in this matter, and requested a continuance which has since been set for Dec. 19. Niue was sentenced in January this year for an incident that occurred last year — aiding and abetting the possession of marijuana. After serving the required jail time, Niue was required by the court to visit the Probation Office but never showed up. He also failed to show for two probation hearings in July. Probation Office told the court late last month that Niue hadnÕ t complied with conditions of his five year probation, and had failed to visit the Probation Office. If the allegation of probation violation is proven true, the court could order NiueÕ s probation be revoked. Niue is currently being held without bail. SATELE GALu SATELE SR. The District Court last week granted the governmentÕ s motion to dismiss misdemeanor charges against Satele Galu Satele Sr and two Vailoatai chiefs Muliaga Muliaga Jr. and Popese Tupea. Satele, the Western District Governor, was charged with encouraging others to violate the law, a misdemeanor, while the other two were charged with property damage and trespassing for going to the complaining witnessÕ place and damaging the grave — both charges are also misdemeanors. The trio appeared Thursday in District Court for their pre trial conference hearings where Assistant AG Camil Phillipe moved to dismiss the charges; however, in the case of Satele, the government will continue its investigation and if additional information surfaces that require legal action, new charges will be filed. District Court Judge John Ward II explained to the defendants the governmentÕ s request, saying that the government still has a chance to refile charges against Satele, if the ongoing investigation warrants such action. And if the government does refile any charges, Satele will be informed through a court summons on when to return for court, said Ward. The ASG alleges in court filings that Satele told a police investigator that he instructed the other two defendants to damage a grave belonging to the complaining witness. Satele has denied ever making such a statement to police. The complaining witness told police that he built the concrete grave for his father and he later learned that it was damaged by someone. Further, the witness told police that it was on the following day after discovering the damaged grave, that the witness ran into Satele, who allegedly claimed that he had directed two people to dismantle the grave. The witness alleges Satele was unhappy with the the height of the grave, which is higher than other graves in the area. fOuR WOMEN ChargeD wiTh ASSAuLTING WOMAN The government on Friday filed felony charges against four women, accused of assaulting another woman at Fatumafuti beach area on Thanksgiving Day and each defendant was ordered held under $18,000 bail. Serrah Mauga, Evelyn Mauga, LeÕ alai Mauga and Simaima Mila — who are related to each other — are each charged with assault in the first degree, a felony. This (Continued on page 15) HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A psychedelic gecko and a monkey with an Ò ElvisÓ hairdo are among 208 new species described last year by scientists in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, a conservation group announced Monday. The animals were discovered in a biodiverse region that is threatened by habitat loss, deforestation, climate change and overdevelopment, the WWF said in a report. The newly described species include a Ò psychedelic geckoÓ in southern Vietnam and a nose-less monkey in a remote province of Myanmar that looks like it wears a pompadour. Ò While this species, sporting an Elvis-like hairstyle, is new to science, the local people of Myanmar know it well,Ó the Switzerland-based group said in its report. The region is home to some of the worldÕ s most endangered species, including tigers, Asian elephants, Mekong dolphins and Mekong giant catfish, the group said. Ò This is a region of extraordinary richness in terms of biodiversity but also one that is extremely fragile,Ó said Sarah Bladen, communications director for WWF Greater Mekong. Ò ItÕ s losing biodiversity at a tragic rate.Ó The Mekong flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In October, WWF announced Vietnam has lost its last Javan rhinoceros, making the 40 to 60 Javan rhinos living in Indonesia the last remaining members of their species. Page 10 samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 LLa Lali ali al a li Le Le O le afiafi o le Aso Sa na se’i mavae atu, na faia ai se fa’atasiga a le pulega aoao a le Ekalesia Fa’apotopotoga Kerisiano a Amerika Samoa, i lo latou laumua i le Kanana Fou. E fitu ni pulega na auai i lenei fuafuaga fa’aleagaga, lea na faia ai ni fa’afiafiaga fa’aevagelia. O se va’aiga lea i le [ata: F. Leota] autalavou o le EFKAS Aoloau, a’o sauni atu aua so latou sao i lenei fuafuaga. TALA mai SN/Le Lali TO’ATOLu MALILIu I fA’ALAvELAvE I LE vAIASO E TASI O se turisi mai i Siamani, na maliu i le vaiaso ua mavae, ina ua alu sana savalivaliga i luga o matafaga i Lalomanu. Na maua atu le tina matua e 71 tausaga, ua maliu i luga o matafaga i tafatafa o le Litia Sini Beach Resort, i le Aso Faraile o le vaiaso, e pei ona faÕ amaonia e le sui Komesina o Leoleo, le susuga LeÕ aupepe Fatu Pula. Na taÕ ua e LeÕ aupepe e faÕ apea, o si nei tina matua, na fuafua e malaga ese ma Samoa i le aso lava na maliu ai. Ma na maua i a latou suÕ esuÕ ega ia ni faÕ amaumauga o lo o taÕ ua ai le feagai o lenei tina ma ni gasegase. Ae o le a faÕ ataunuÕ u pea se suÕ esuÕ ega a fomaÕ i e faÕ amautu ai le mafuaÕ aga tonu na maliu ai o ia. Na taÕ ua e le Konesula a Siamani i Samoa, o Arne Schreiber, o lo o latou faÕ atali i se ripoti mai i leoleo ae le gata i lea, mo le faÕ afesoÕ otaÕ iga o le aiga o lenei tina, i Siamani. I seisi faÕ alavelave na tulaÕ i mai i le vaiaso ua mavae, o le Aso Tofi, na maliu ai se tamaloa Letogo aÕ o faia sana tuliga puaÕ a (seÕ i tulou). O lo o masalomia le oso o se maÕ i fatu o lenei tamaloa. Ma seisi foÕ i faÕ alavelave na tupu i le Aso Lulu, lea na maliu ai se tamaititi e 17 tausaga, ina ua malemo i Mulifanua, aÕ o fagogota ma ni isi o lona aiga. MANuMALO TAuSALA fITI I LE TAuvAGA TAuSALA PASEfIkA 2011-2012 O le po o le Aso ToÕ onaÕ i na seÕ i mavae atu nei, na faÕ apaleina ai le tamaÕ itaÕ i e 24 tausaga, mai i le motu o Fiti, o Alisi Rabukawaqa, e avea ma Tausala o le Pasefika 2011-2012, e sui tulaga i le tausala o le Atu Kuki, o Joyana Meyer, lea sa avea ma Tausala o le Pasefika 2010-2011. SAMOA O le tausala mai Hawaii, le tamaÕ itaÕ i o Kawena Ka-Malamalama-O-Nalani Souza, sa na ia maua le tulaga lua, ona sosoÕ o ai lea ma le tausala mai Tonga, o Liberty Afeaki. O le tulaga fa na maua e le tausala mai i Papua Niu Kini, o Sarah Kila Karo ma le tausala a le Atu Kuki, o Uirangi Bishop, lea na maua le tulaga lima. O isi fa’ailoga lautogia o le afiafi, na maua ai e le tausala mai i Fiti ia le faÕ ailoga o le laÕ ei faÕ aleaganuÕ u ma le vaega o Fesili ma Tali. Na maua e le tausala mai Hawaii ia le faÕ ailoga o le tamaÕ itaÕ i sili ona aulelei i puÕ eaga ata faÕ apea le faÕ ailoga mo le ofu savili. O le tausala mai Papua na maua le faÕ ailoga mo le tausala na sili ana palota i luga o le initeneti. O le tausala mai Tonga, sa na maua le faÕ ailoga o le tamaÕ itaÕ i sili ona uiga tausa’afia ma le fa’ailoga o le Turisi. Ae o le faÕ ailoga o le taleni na maua lea e le tausala o le Atu Kuki. MALILIu PEPE E To’aLua i Le ‘TyPhoiD’ Ona o se faÕ alavelave na tulaÕ i mai i totonu o se aiga i Malie, lea na maliliu ai ni a latou pepe fou se lua, ua lapataÕ ia mai ai e le tina ia Temukisa Sefo, ia tagata o le atunuÕ u ina ia faÕ apuna a latou suavai ma faÕ amama mea e gasese ai taumafa, ae e leÕ i faÕ aaogaina. O le masina ua mavae, e toÕ a iva lelei tagata o le aiga a Auimatagi Tovia, na maua i le gasegase o le ‘typhoid fever’, lea na i’u ina maliliu ai ni a latou pepe fou e toÕ alua, ina ua maua tina o nei pepe i lenei gasegase. Na faÕ aalia e Temukiso, na amata ona pisia lo latou aiga i lenei faÕ amaÕ i, ina ua maua ai se tasi o le fanau, le aliÕ i 13 tausaga, o Falaniko. Na leÕ i manatu mamafa i ai le aiga, ona sa ave (Faaauau itulau 11) Sauni Togiola ma taitai Fono saili se fofo faafitauli Falema’i TOGIOLA: O TuA ATu O SI’ITAGA A LE LbJ, O LE OTI tusia Ausage Fausia O le vaiaso nei lea ua faamoemoe e toe feiloai ai le afioga i le kovana sili o le malo ma taitai o le Fono Faitulafono, mo le tuu faatasia o ni a latou fautuaga e tusa ai o le faÕ aiuga ua tuÕ uina mai e le Komiti FaÕ afoe ma le Pulega a le falemai o le LBJ, i le faÕ amamaluina o a latou siÕ itaga i pili i le po o le kerisimasi o lo o lumanai nei. O le feiloaiga i le vaiaso nei lea ua faÕ amoemoe e tauÕ aÕ ao atu ai e ta’ita’i o le fono sa latou fautuaga ua mae’a ona ‘autasi i ai, ona tuÕ u faÕ atasi foi lea ma se saÕ iliga o le a tuÕ uina atu e le kovana ma le malo, ina ia mafai ai ona maua se fofo o le fa’afitauli tau tupe o lo o feagai ma le falemai, ma tau’a’ao atu ai loa fautuaga nei i se latou feiloaiga ma le Pulega a le Falemai i le vaiaso nei lava. Na faamaonia mai e le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono i luga o lana polokalama i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na tea nei, o le toatele o le atunuÕ u ua amata ona latou faitio i le malo, ona o le taumafai e taofiofi sili a le falemai ae le o mafai lava ona taofia siitaga a le ASPA, o nisi foi ua faitio i le leai o se faaiuga amiotonu a le malo e faia ina ia foia ai nei faafitauli ua tutupu mai. Saunoa le alii kovana, tusa lava pe oso i luga pili a le ASPA, e mafai lava ona alu le toeaina ma le olomatua e faÕ atau mai lana fagu karasini ona faÕ amumu ai lea o le moli fagu ina ia malamalama ai totonu o le fale, peitai afai e sii pili a le falemai i le $50, e leai lava se gaioiga a le atunuu e mafai ona faia i ai i le tulaga lea, sei vagana ai lava le nofonofo i le fale, ua leai se tupe e totogi ai le pili a le falemai. Ò O le eseesega lena o mataupu ia e lua, aua o tua atu o siitaga a le ASPA o le moli matagi ma le fagu karasini, ae o tua atu o siitaga a le falemai o le oti,Ó o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana, ma ia fautuaina ai le atunuu o loo faitioina o ia ma le malo i lenei mataupu, ina ia aua foi nei matele na o le faitio, ae faitio ma avatu ni fautuaga e fesoasoani ai i le malo i le taumafaiga o lenei mataupu. Ò Taumafai e faitio atamai, afai ete faitio, fai ma aumai ai ma sau fautuaga, ae le na o le faitio aua o le upu a le tusi paia, e poto lava le tagata i ona mafaufauga ao le Atua na te silafia le loto o le tagata,Ó o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. O le aso Lulu na tea nei na feiloai ai le afioga i le kovana sili ma taitai o le Fono Faitulafono, i le soalaupuleina lea o se auala e mafai ona fesoasoani atu ai le malo i le manaoga tau tupe lea ua tulai mai i le falemai i Fagaalu. O lea fonotaga na aofia ai le alii kovana, le peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, ma le sui fofoga fetalai ia Talia Faafetai Iaulualo, ina ua tauaao e taitai o le fono se tusi mai le alii kovana, lea sa faailoa atu i ai e Togiola sona finagalo e tusa ai o siitaga a le falemai lea ua faalauiloa mai. Na faailoa e Togiola i taitai o le fono, e ui na te lagolagoina le manaoga tau tupe e pei ona tulai mai i le falemai i le taimi nei, e i ai foi sona popolega ina nei avea siitaga o pili a le falemai ma itu e faavaivaia ai manatu o tagata e saili fofo i le falemai mo togafitiga. Na faafetaia e nisi o le atunuu le alii kovana e tusa ai o taumafaiga ina ia foia ai siitaga a le falemai, ae o nisi foi sa latou faailoa i ai, e leai lava se isi faatuatuaga o le atunuu i le taimi nei, (Faaauau itulau 13) Se vaaiga i le feiloaiga mulimuli a sui o le aufaipese lauiloa o le Te Vaka ma nisi o le aiga o le afioga Afoa Moega Lutu i le maota i Tanumaleu, i le taeao o le Aso Sa, ae e lei toe tuuvaa ese atu, i le mae’a ai o se latou faafiafiaga i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na [ata AF] tea nei. samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 11 American Samoa O le po o le Aso Faraile o le vaiaso ua mavae, na faia ai se sa’iliga Tausala ma Manaia a le vasega fa’ai’uaso a le a’oga maualuga a Kanana Fou, ma sa fa’atumulia ai le fale ta’alo a le a’oga, i aiga, uo, ta’ita’i o le ekalesia EFKAS, ta’ita’i o le a’oga, faiaoga ma fanau a’oga, mo le sapasapaia o lenei fuafuaga a le fanau. O se va’aiga lenei i tausala ma manaia a le vasega 9, 10 ma le 11. [ata: A. Tuna] Faila moliaga faasaga i le vaa fagota lea na taofia i le teritori faaliliu Ausage Fausia O le vaa fagota lea na taofia i le teritori i le masina o Iulai na tea nei, ua maea nei ona faila e le feterale ni moliaga se fitu faasaga i le kamupani o loo pulea lea vaa fagota i Niu Sila, ona o tuuaiga i lo latou soliina lea o tulafono tau i le puipuiga o ogasami mai le lafoai i ai o lapisi. Afai ae faamaonia moliaga ua faia faasaga i le kamupani a le Sanford Ltd, e ono oo atu i le $500,000 le sala tupe mo le moliaga e tasi, poo le faaluaina foi lea o lea aofaiga, e pei ona taua mai i faamaumauga a le Matagaluega o Faamasinoga a le malo tele, ma o lea salatupe e ono atu i le $24 miliona. Na faamaonia mai e Lt. Steven Caskey lea o loo faauluulu i ai le Ofisa o le U.S Coast Guard i Amerika Samoa e faapea, o le vaa fagota o le San Nikunau lea na taofia ina ua masalomia i le aafia ai o le ogasami mai le suauu o le vaa, na mafai ona faamaonia ina ua faia i ai se suesuega. I faamaumauga a le feterale e uiga i lenei mataupu, o loo taua ai le sasaa e nisi o le auvaa o kalone suauu i le sami i taimi o a latou fagota, talu mai le tausaga e 2007. O loo faapea foi ona tuuaia e le feterale le kamupani a le Sanford Ltd i lo latou faatamala lea e fai ni a latou faamaumauga i luga o le vaa, atoa ai ma le tuuina atu lea o ni faamaumauga sese i le vaega suesue. I se pepa o faamatalaga na tuuina mai i le kamupani mai Niu Sila, o loo taua ai lo latou mauaina lea o le kopi o lenei tagi tauala atu i le latou loia, ma ua amata a latou suesuega e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, e pei ona faamaonia mai e Eric Barrat le faatonu a le kamupani. Na taua e Barratt lo latou sauni e teena uma tuuaiga ua faia faasaga i le kamupani, e tusa ai o le faalavelave o loo tuuaia na tulai mai ia Iulai 2011. Na taua e Barratt, o se tasi o a latou matafaioi o le mautinoa lea e saogalemu gaioiga uma o loo latou faia i luga o le sami, latou te puiopui foi i ogasami, latou te le mafai ona faia ni ituaiga gaioiga faapea. Sa ia taua foi, talu mai le 10 tausaga talu ai, o loo tumau pea le tausia lelei e le kamupani o le siosiomaga mai ana faamaumauga, ina ia mautinoa e le aafia ogasami. O le tausaga 2011 na tauaaoina ai e le kamupani se faaiuga taualoa mai le ACCA (Global Association of Chartered Accountants) i totonu lava o Niu Sila, ina ua latou tuuina atu se ripoti maeaea i tulaga o atinae. E tasi le vaiaso talu ona maea le failaina e le loia a le kamupani o Jennifer Joneson o se tagi i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, faasaga i le Teutupe a le malo ia Magalei Logovii, ma le Pule o le Ofisa o Tiute ia Glen Lefiti, e tusa ai o le taofiga o le vaa i le masina o Iulai, ae faila loa e le feterale a latou moliaga faasaga i le kamupani. I le tagi na faaulu e Joneson o loo taua ai, o se faatanaga mai le malo ina ia faataga ona tuua e le vaa le teritori na tuuina atu, lea na mafai ai loa ona faaauau le malaga a le vaa. O loo finau le kamupani latou te lei soliina se tulafono a le malo o Amerika Samoa, lea ua mafua ai fua ona faia lenei tagi faasaga i le vaa fagota. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] ➧ Tala mai Samoa… Falaniko i le falemaÕ i ma sa fautuaina matua e tusa ai ma le auala e taofi ai le pesia o le siama. Ae peita’i, sa le’i taofia ai le pepesi o le faÕ amaÕ i, i le aiga potopoto e silia ma le 40 ona tagata, lea e nonofo i fale e iva i luga o se fanua e tasi le eka. Na taÕ ua e Temukisa le faÕ apopoleina o i latou, ona e na’o le to’atasi na ma’i ae a’afia uma ai lo latou aiga. Ma o i latou na maua i le faÕ amaÕ i, sa fai o latou tui ae o leisi vaega uma o le aiga, o lo o inu fualaÕ au. Sa taÕ ua foi e Temukisa, o le mea na pito sili ona faigata, o le tau taofiofi o le fanau i totonu o fale. Ma o se tasi o tulaga na matuaÕ i faÕ afetaia e lo latou aiga, ona o se tasi o tina matu ao le aiga, Mai itulau 10 e 98 tausaga, o Auimatagi Tovia, e le’i a’afia i lenei gasegase. E toÕ alua nisi o le fanau iti, e taÕ i fa tausaga, o Sefo Sefo ma Fuamai Tovia, ua faÕ asolosolo manuia i laÕ ua. MALO SE TAMALOA SALE’IMOA I SE TuPE E $11,000 Ua faÕ amanuiaina nei le kerisimasi a le aliÕ i o Pati Tuavae mai i SaleÕ imoa, ina ua malo i se taÕ aloga a le kamupani telefoni o le Digicel, i le Aso ToÕ onaÕ i ua mavae, i se vaegatupe e $11,000. Ua faÕ amanuiaina foi Tisiga Pelesauma mai i Moamoa, i le $3,000 ina ua malo foÕ i i seisi taÕ aloga a le Digicel. [samoaoberver.ws] Tofaga Malu Casket Gallery Funeral Services Located in Ili’ili Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 8am - 12pm 699-5998 770-6536 WORD OF FAITH BOOKSTORE (across from Shoe Tree), Tue-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-2. Call 699-8327 or 733-5863 for more information. RELOCATED ACROSS FROM SHOE TREE NEW ARRIVALS - COME CHECK IT OUT! 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A lea ua tatou tuvae nei i talutaluga fou o le soifuaga, ma ona suiga, ina ua alafaÕ i mai i le manuia le tamaÕ itaÕ i o Loimataoapaula mai i ona tofaga. Ua faÕ apena faÕ alogona ua oÕ o ifo i le loto ma le mafafau, o faigata ma puapuaga o le olaga sa savalia mai e o tatou tuaÕ a, aÕ o lenei ua o tatou saÕ a i maÕ a o malie i le pule faÕ asoaosa a le Atua Soifua i le ola ma le soifua o le tagata i aso uma. O suiga o le olaga e pei ona i ai nei, ua iloa ma ua molimauina ona ua fai i lagi folauga a tuaÕ a ma ua lagomau mau nei i tiÕ a sa, aÕ o ala o le vavau sa o latou asaina, ma o latou tautiga ai, o lea ua o tatou oaoa ai nei ma o tatou saÕ a ai i maÕ a o malie Ua le toe nofoia le nofoa o Taviti e matua ma aiga o Tagiilima, ua le toe vaÕ ai foÕ i o latou foliga pe toe faÕ alogo i o latou leo. O galuega mamana ia a le Silisili ‘Ese i le ola ma le soifua o le tagata na Ia gaosia i lona faÕ atusa. Ina ua maliu le loÕ omatua o Naomi, na vaÕ aia ma molimau e tagata ae maise o lona aiga, le alofagia ma le amanaia e tagata. O se maliu ua moni ai le upu, ua oloa luÕ uluÕ u, ona o le tamaoaiga ua maua e lana fanau, faÕ apea Tagiilima ma Lameko, lea ua faÕ atino ai faÕ alavelave o le aiga. E faÕ apena foÕ i faÕ alavelave na tulaÕ i mai i totonu o lo latou lotoifale, ua leai se toe tau faÕ asoasoa, ua lima malolosi fanau e faÕ atino fuafuaga uma. Ina ua tuÕ ua le malo e le tama o Tagiilima le SaÕ o o le aiga, le toeaina o Puleimeauma, na faÕ apea foÕ i le tulaga sa i ai, ona ua tagolima fanau, ua maua le tamaoaiga e faÕ atino ai mea uma, ina ia sao ma uli le aso o lo latou tama. Ua avea le aiga o Lameko ma nofoaga tumau mo Tagiilima ma lana fanau, ae e i ai lava aso e maua ai le avanoa, e asiasi ai i si ona aiga i tua, ae maise o taimi o faÕ alavelave e feagi ma lona aiga. E le gata i lea, ae o loÕ o teu fatu i le loto ma le mafaufau o Tagiilima ia fautuaga a lona tina i le aso mulimuli na o la feiloaÕ i ai, ma o la toe faÕ amavae ai. O aso la nei, ua le toe i ai se tulaga faÕ apea e sefulu tatalo ma pese lotu e fitu fa’atoa taunu’u le pasi, ua leai, ua laulelei auala e fai malaga ma feafioa’i ai le mamalu o le atunu’u o loÕ o alaala ma papaaÕ ao i nuÕ u ma alalafaga i tua. Ua le toe faÕ alogoina le faÕ asalalauga le totogia e fai mai e le ave pasi, pe a tuanuÕ u i luga o le mafa e pei ona masani ai, ua leai, ua alu faÕ asasao lava le tama ua le toe malolo. O le vaitaimi lenei, e fai fai fo’i ‘auala o le sa’olotoga o lo’o i Amelika, e le maua auala i aso nei, o lea ua soÕ o ai alalafaga, ma ua ta’amilo i afio’aga i tua o le atunu’u. O le aso fanau o LoimataoapaÕ ula, lea na alu ane ai lona tama ma lana meaalofa o le api tele lea, ua faÕ aaoga e le teine e faÕ amaumau ai mea uma na tutupu ia te ia i lea aso ma lea aso. O le taunuÕ u ane o le loÕ omatua o Maselina e talaÕ i saoga e fai mo le maliu o le aiga o Lameko i le afiafi, lea ua fai nei le talatalanoaga ma Tagiilima. Ina ua manava ane le galuega a Lameko, i le afiafi lava lea, e le i faia e Tagiilima se faÕ aiuga, ae sa ia lagona o le tulaga e tatau ona fai, o le faÕ atali lea se i taunuÕ u ane Lameko ona fai lea o le tala i a Maselina e tusa ai ma lana savali. Ua ‘ata’ata Loimata ma savali i totonu o lona potu, ma faÕ apea ifo i lona loto, maÕ imau e, pe ana tutusa pea aso o le olaga, e pei ona i ai lona va’ai atu i ona matua o fiafia, ae a o’o loa i aso leaga, ua na o le felelei solo o ipu ma ufi o ‘ulo i faiga a lona tina, o aso la ia e le fia manatua e le tama’ita’i. E le i umi ona taunuÕ u Loimata i totonu o lona potu, ae alu atu ma le tauvalaÕ auga a lona tina. Ò Loimata, Loimata, o fea oe, oi, o le a e alu e te lafi i totonu o le potu, a’o ai e faia mea ia, faÕ avave mai nei i fafo, ae ou te le i oÕ o atu e futi faÕ atata mai lou ulu.Ó Ua na o le moeiÕ ini o mata o le toeaina o Lameko i lea taimi. Ua le tautala Maselina, ae ua tilotilo ane i a Tagiilima ma ona mafaufauga e faÕ apea, o se tagata se ua sili ona saua lenei tagata, peitaÕ i, ua masani tagata o le auaiga o Lameko i uiga ia o Taigiilima. Na savali mai nei i fafo le teine mai i lona potu, na fetaui tonu ma le manava ane o le galuega a lona tuagane o Eteuati. Ò Loimata, o le a foÕ i le mea ua vavao atu ai le loÕ omatua, e le mafai lava ona maua se to’afilemu, tiga ona iloa o lea e i ai tagata i le fale, ae fai lava ia.Ó Ua le tautala le teine ae ua faÕ agaioi loa le faiga o le vaiinu ma le meaÕ ai a lona tama lea ua manava mai, faÕ atasi ai ma ona tuagane, lea ua i ai nei i totonu o le fale. Na liliu nei Eteuati ma fesoasoani i lona tuafafine i le fa’amautuina o le meatausami a o la matua. upu Fou - Fatua’iupu? Fa’aaoga i le Gagana Samoa: O lenei taumafaiga ina ia mafai ona faÕ aopoopo nisi upu i le tatou gagana samoa, ina ia mafai ona fa’afaigofie ma fa’apu’upu’u le taumafaiga e fa’aliliu mai tala fa’aperetania i le gagana samoa! Ia faÕ aoÕ o mai lou lagona e ala i se tusi e faÕ aoÕ o mai i le FaÕ atonu, poÕ o le Imeli toasavili@ yahoo.com tatou te feutaga’i ai i nei galuega lelei mo i tatou uma lava! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Upu - BOAT FLEET - VaÕ a Folau. Upu Fou FaÕ asamoa: FUAVAÓ A : FaÕ aaoga pea i tusitusiga le fa’asamoa o i luga, ae fa’aalia mai sou finagalo e talia gofie ai o tatou taofi. Fa’ailoa mai, tatou feutaga’i ma le fa’aaloalo lava! A O ? I A M N Se!!! T L ailo Ae K fALEPuIPuI JACkIE SELEbI O AfERIkA I SAuTE saunia: Leua Aiono Frost O le susuga Jackie Selepi, o se sui sinia o le Vaega FaÕ aÕ upufai a Aferika i Saute o lo Õ o tutulaÕ i i la latou faigamalo, ua faÕ afalepuipuia nei, ona ua togitupeina o ia e se tasi e lalamua i le faÕ atau atu o FualaÕ au FaÕ asaina. O le aso Faraile talu ai na le talia ai e le faÕ amasinoga le faÕ atalosaga a le susuga Selepi e faÕ apea ai, o lo ua faigata tele lona gasegase aua ua matua foÕ i, ma o lo Õ o faÕ aaogaina foÕ i le nofoa faÕ ataÕ avalevale e feÕ aveaÕ i ai lenei tama. Ina ua teÕ ena se talosaga ina ia toe tolopoina ai le amatalia ona nofo faÕ afalepuipuia o ia mo le 15 tausaga seÕ ia maua se malosi, ona faÕ atonuina saÕ o lava lea o ia e toso mai lona nofoa faÕ ataÕ avalevale lea i le falepuipui i lea lava aso. O Jackie Selepi sa mua’i ‘avea ma Ta’ita’i o Leoleo o lea malo, Aferika i Saute, ae ina ua ioe o ia i lona moliga o le talia o tupe faÕ anana mai se tasi o aliÕ i taÕ utaÕ ua e faÕ atau fualaÕ au faÕ asaina i totonu o le atunuÕ u, lea la ua afua ai ona faÕ aoÕ o lea sala ia te ia, 15 tausaga i le ToÕ ese. O Selepi fo’i sa ‘avea ma Peresetene o le Interpol po Õ o le vaega o leoleo nana faÕ avaomalo a le lalolagi, ma na faÕ ailoa mai, ina ua auina atu o ia mo togafitiga i le falema’i, o i’ina na oso ai loa lona fatu ma matapogia ai, lea lava e leÕ i toe foÕ i ai i se lelei lona gasegase. O se lipoti mai le televise a lea malo, ua faÕ ailoa ai, na oÕ o ane lava lenei tama matua o le atunuÕ u i lona nofoa faÕ ataÕ avalevale i le falepuipui e talia lona faÕ asalaga. O le falepuipui lea ua lauiloa o le Pretoria. I le iloiloga o le tama i le faÕ amasinoga na faÕ aalia ai e loia a le Malo, o le aofaÕ iga o tupe na talia e lea TaÕ itaÕ i Leoleo a le Malo, Jackie Selepi, e $156,000 po Õ o le 103,000 Pauni Peretania mai le aliÕ i o lo Õ o ua faÕ amaonia foÕ i lona faÕ ataua o FualaÕ au faÕ asaina i totonu o le atunuÕ u, Glenn Agliotti, ae o le leaga la, ua fiu le vasega o leoleo e taumafai ona taofia fa’atauga a le vaega leaga lea, ae ua le aloalo mai le taÕ itaÕ i leoleo, Jackie Selepi, e unaÕ ia ma faÕ ataunuÕ u tiute o lana matagaluega. O Selepi foÕ i o le sui totino pito i matua lea o le Vaega FaÕ aÕ upufai o lo Õ o tulaÕ i nei i le faigamalo, Afican National Congress[ANC], ma o ia fo’i o le sui pito i matua lea ua faÕ afalepuipuia e le Malo o Aferika i Saute ona o ni moliga tau solitulafono faÕ apenei e faÕ avaivaia ai le puipuigamalu a le malo i ona tagata lautele. I le taimi na muaÕ i molia ma faÕ amaonia ai moliga ia Aukuso 2010, na faÕ ailoa mai ai e le afioga le Fa’amasino Sili, “O Jackie Selepi ua ia faÕ ataunuÕ uina atoatoa lava le solitulafono matuia e faÕ asagatau i le Malo, ma ua faÕ ailoa ai le tulaga maulalo tele o lo Õ o mau ai lana faÕ autaga poto e ao ina taÕ itaÕ ia ai le Malo o Aferika i Saute.Ó Na faÕ ailo foÕ i lagona o ni isi o le atunuÕ u lautele, ma ua fai mai ai, Ò Ua fai si leva o oÕ otia le Malo ma ona tagata lautele i faÕ atauga o nei fuala’au fa’asaina i le atunu’u, ma ua ‘avea ma mea e afaina ai le tele o ola o le tupulaga talavou, ae maise aiga ua a’afia i sauaga ma le leaga o a’afiaga o nei fuala’au fa’asaina malolosi tele sa fefaÕ atauaÕ i e nei tagata faipisinisi leaga. Ua faigata atili ai foÕ i i faigamalo ona toe soloÕ ia vave faÕ aletonu ua mauaÕ a ona ua leva o fai mai nei faiga solitulafono i ona ‘ele’ele.” Ua suia nei foÕ i la Selepi e le susuga Gen. Bheki Cele, ae ua toe molia foÕ i lea sui i lona faÕ atauga i ala sese ma o se solitulafono foÕ i, o meatotino a le Malo. I le aso Tofi talu ai, na taua’ao mai ai se faÕ aiÕ uga a le faÕ amasinoga ina ia soloia ai foÕ i le tofia o Pres.Jacob Zuma e ‘avea ma Loia Sili a le Malo, ona o loÕ o fesiligia foÕ i lona sui i ni mea faÕ aletonu tau le tulafono o lo Õ o ua faÕ ailo ane foÕ i i le faÕ amasinoga. O se va’aiga i nisi o le fanau ma tama’ita’i o Aiga ua latou tautuaina le Maota sa api ai le Aifaigaluega Mamalu o le EFKAS lea sa masi’i atu i le toe sauniga o le tina matua “Se’eitalaluma [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] Lago’o” o Faga’alu. samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 13 NEW ARRIVALS tusia Ausage Fausia LT. RAyMONd NOA Ua taÕ oto atu nei i se faaiuga a le faamasinoga maualuga le talosaga na faaulu e le loia a le alii leoleo o Lt. Raymond Noa, e talosagaina ai le faamasinoga ina ia toe faia se faamasinoga iloilo fou a le ua molia. O le Aso Faraile na teÕ a nei na fofogaina ai lenei mataÕ upu i luma o le faÕ amasinoga, i le maeÕ a ai lea ona taÕ usalaina e se vaega iloilo iuga o Lt. Noa i le masina o Aokuso na teÕ a nei i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, faaleaga meatotino i le tulaga lua, ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. Ona o le faÕ aiuga a le vaega iloilo iuga e tausalaina ai Lt. Noa, na faasala ai loa e le faamasinoga le ua molia i le toese i Tafuna mo le umi e 5 tausaga. O moliaga ua tausalaina ai Lt. Noa na afua mai lea i se faalavelave na tulai mai i luma o le fale kalapu o le Rubbles Tavern lea ua tapunia nei i Nuuuli, ina ua ia faaoolima i le alii o Afa Ò ArthurÓ Blake e ala i lona togiina lea o ia i se fagupia, kiki ma feanu ia te ia aÕ o taoto i lalo, faapea ai ma lona faaleagaina o le tioata o se taavale sa tu ai i le vaega e paka ai taavale a le Rubbles. O lo o taofia pea Lt. Noa i le toese i Tafuna i le taimi nei e tuli ai lona faasalaga faafalepuipui, e faatali ai se faaiuga a le faamasinoga e tusa ai o lana talosaga ua tuuina atu. LAGA TuI O le alii talavou lea na tuuaia e le malo i lona faaaogaina o se agaese e faaoo ai ni manuÕ a i se isi alii i PavaÕ iaÕ i, i le faaiuga o le vaiaso i ona tua atu na tea nei, ua molia nei e le malo i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, le solitulafono e mafai ona faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le olaga atoa, poo le faasala foi i le 10 e oo atu i le 30 tausaga. O loo taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna le alii o Laga Tui e aunoa ma se tupe ua faatulaga e tatala ai o ia i tua, ona o tulaga faaletonu i ona pepa nofomau, e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o loo taua ai, o se feeseeseaiga na tulai mai i le va o le ua molia ma le alii na aafia, na mafua ai loa ona tulai mai lenei faalavelave, ina ua faaaoga e le ua molia se agaese e faaoo ai manua i le tino o le alii na aafia, ma taofia ai loa o ia i le falemai. Na taua e le loia a le malo ia Blake Hanley le matuia o manu’a na aafia ai le alii na manuÕ a i lenei faalavelave. aFa “aRTHUR” BlaKE O le aso 14 Me 2012 lea ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga e fai ai le faamasinoga autu o le alii o Afa Ò ArthurÓ Blake, i le maea ai lea ona tauaao e le faamasinoga o le ripoti lea na saunia e le fomai sa suesueina le mafaufau o le alii o Blake, e iloilo ai pe gafatia e le ua molia ona tulai i le taimi o lona faamasinoga autu. Saunoa le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse, o le faaiuga a le faamasinoga ina ia faatulaga loa le aso e valaauina ai le faamasinoga autu o lenei mataupu, o loo faavae mai lea i le fautuaga o loo i le vaega faaiu o le ripoti a le fomaÕ i na suesueina le mafaufau o Blake. E lei faalauaÕ itele e le faamasinoga vaega faaiu o loo i totonu o le ripoti. O Blake o loo tuuaia i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga muamua, ona o se faalavelave na tulai mai i le tausaga na tea nei, lea sa ia taumafai ai e faaoo ni manuÕ a i se alii e ala i lona taina lea o ia i se agaese i le taimi aÕ o faia se taaloga volipolo, peitai na misi le ta e pei ona taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga. O loo taofia pea i le toese i Tafuna Blake e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e valaauina ai lana mataupu ma le faamoemoe, afai ae i ai se maliliega e ono faia e le malo ma le ua molia e faaiuina ai lenei mataupu, ona toe valaauina loa lea o le mataupu a Blake i se taimi lata mai. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] Melie Mei Langi Trading is proud to announce the arrival of its 1st container from Tonga containing Fresh Swamp Taro Tubers (Talo Tonga), Fresh Taro Tarua (Talo Palagi) & Fresh Giant Taros (Ta’amu). Perfect for any faalavelave. Office hours are from 8am to 4:30pm on Monday - Sat For more detailed information, please contact our friendly staff at the Tonga Market, behind Procurement Office at 699-4423 or 770-5002. FA’ASILASILAGA FA’ALAUA’ITELE PUBLIC NOTICE Afai e iai se tasi o Fanau a Malo Fuga (ua maliu), po’o se tasi e aiga pe masani ma lenei Tina, fa’amolemole fa’afeso’ota’i mai telefoni 699-5997, 699-5995, 731-7568 po’o le imeli: [email protected]. Ofisa Loia - Asaua Fuimaono If you are a child, sibling, relative, friend or acquaintance of Mrs. Malo Fuga (deceased) please call or contact 699-5997, 699-5995, 731-7568 or email: [email protected] Asaua Fuimaono’s Law Office K&K ISLAND STAR FURNITURES CHRISTMAS SPECIALS • CERAMIC TILES • ALUMINUM WINDOWS • CHANDELIERS • FURNITURE (SOFAS, BEDS, ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS, DINING TABLES etc...) LOW LOW....PRICES!!! 10% - 30% Discounts on Everything Call 699-3666 for more information Next to Pacific Sales - Industrial Park Tafuna ➧ misa ma… Mai itulau 1 Na faailoa e Ward i le ua molia, e foliga mai sa fai tuÕ u tiaÕ i lava o ia e fai toatasi ana faÕ aiuga, e aunoa ma se faÕ amalumaluga a se tagata matua, peitaÕ i o le taimi lenei, o le a taumafai le faÕ amasinoga e tulimataÕ i ana faÕ aiÕ uga uma o le a faia, ina ia mautinoa o ia faÕ aiuga o le a fesoasoani ai i le toe faÕ atulagaina aemaise ai o le faÕ aauauina o lana aÕ oga. E tusa ai ma faamaumauga a le faamasinoga na taua ai, o le 2008 na valavala ai matua o lenei alii talavou, ma avea ai loa lea o se mafuaga e lei faaumaina ai lana aoga, e lei faauuina foi lana vasega 12. Ò O lou avanoa mulimuli lenei e faailoa mai ai i le faamasinoga le suiga i lou olaga e pei ona e taua, afai ae toe molia mai oe, o le a le toe i ai loa se isi avanoa e tuuina atu mo oe,Ó o le lapataiga mulimuli lea a le faamasinoga na tuuina atu ia Banse. I lalo o se maliliega na sainia e Banse ma le malo, sa ia ioeina ai le moliaga mamafa o le ave taavale ‘ona lea na mafua ai ona oo ni manuÕ a ia te ia, ae solofua e le faamasinoga isi moliaga uma sa totoe ai. E 4 tausaga na manatu le faamasinoga e faasala ai Banse i le falepuipui, peitai ua faamalumalu lona tuliina o lea faasalaga, ae o le a faanofovaavaaia o ia mo le 5 tausaga i lalo o poloaiga a le faamasinoga. O nisi o ia poloaiga e aofia ai le faasa lea ona ia toe tagofia le ava malosi i totonu o le 5 tausaga, auai i ni aoaoga e fesoasoani ai i aafiaga o le ava malosi i lona olaga, ia lesitala lona igoa i le Kolisi Tuufaatasi mo le aveina o le mataupu o le GED, ina ia maua ai lana Tipiloma o le Vaega 12, e fesoasoani ai i le agai i luma o lona olaga aoaoina, ma saili ai se galuega e fesoasoani ai i ona matua. E 41 aso lea ua poloaina e le faamasinoga e loka ai Banse i le toese i Tafuna, ma o ia aso o le a toese mai ai aso e 11 ia ua uma ona ia tuliina, ona totoe ai loa lea o aso e 30, ma o le afiafi o le Aso Tofi na tea nei i le itula e 6:00 na amata tuli ai le faasalaga faasalaga. Ua poloaina foi o ia na te totogia le salatupe e $100. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] ➧ Togiola… Mai itulau 10 ua na o le kovana lava ma taitai o le Fono Faitulafono, o i latou ia o le a maua mai ai se faamama avega o lenei mataupu. O siitaga a le falemai lea ua faamoemoe e faamamaluina i le po o le kerisimasi o loo lumanai nei, e aofia ai le sii mai i le $10 i le $50 pe afai e fia vaai le fomai i soo se fale talavai, atoa ai ma le sii atu i le $40 le tau o le fagu fualaau e tasi. O le potu failele lea ua sii atu i le $200, o le potu e taofia ai gasegase ua sii atu i le $100 i le po e tasi, ma le fale faamama toto ua sii atu i le $250. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] Page 14 samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 ➧ iraq War nearly over, obama says… Continued from page 2 Obama opposed the war from the start and eventually rode that stand to the White House. In a 2002 speech during the months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began, when Obama was a U.S. senator from Illinois, he that Ò What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.Ó On Monday, speaking as a commander in chief, Obama put the focus on IraqÕ s future. Ò I think history will judge the original decision to go into Iraq,Ó Obama said. WhatÕ s clear, he added, is that because of the huge sacrifices by American soldiers and civilians and the courage of the Iraqi people, Ò we have now achieved an Iraq that is self-governing, that is inclusive and that has enormous potential.Ó Said al-Maliki: Ò Anyone who observes the nature of the relationship between the two countries will say that the relationship will not end with the departure of the last American soldier.Ó AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ASCC PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2012 American Samoa Community College will offer the ASCC Placement Examination for all interested individuals wishing to enroll in courses at the Community College spring semester 2012 at 9:00 a.m. and l:00 p.m. on December 27 and 28, 2011 Fee is $10.00. Report to the ASCC Office of Admissions and Records on or before December 27 or 28th with the following documents in order to apply for admission to ASCC. 1. All applicants are required to submit the following: • Social Security card (if available) • Passport • Note: If a passport is not available, provide A birth certificate and American Samoa identification card 2. Applicants under the age of 18 must submit any ONE of the following in addition to number 1 above: • High School diploma or General Education Diploma • Secondary School Certificate if entering from The British System 3. Non-U.S. Citizens/Nationals must also provide (in addition to number 1 above) • Alien Registration identification card from the American Samoa Government Immigration Office (must have one) and Immigration Board authorization document (letter) to attend ASCC. After you have been admitted, you will go to the ASCC Business Office and pay the required $10.00 placement test fee. Keep your receipt and bring it to the Testing Room and present it to the Testing Officials. BRING TWO NO. 2 PENCILS. A late Placement Test will be given on December 29, 2011. The fee is $20.00. Early signs of how Iraq may orient itself could come from how it handles troubles in Syria, where the United Nations says 4,000 people have been killed in a government crackdown. The crisis has exposed differences in the U.S. and Iraqi positions: Obama says Syrian President Bashar Assad must step down. Al-Maliki has not. Ò I do not have the right to ask a president to abdicate,Ó said al-Maliki. He suggested anew that AssadÕ s removal could lead to a civil war in Syria that could spread across the region and be difficult to control, calling for some other solution that would Ò avoid all the evils and the dangers.Ó Obama said he and alMaliki had Ò tactical disagreementsÓ on Syria but shared the goals of free expression there without violence. Obama said he had no doubt that Iraq was acting in its own interests and not under the meddling influence of Iran. Tehran is SyriaÕ s main backer. Obama also acknowledged that the United States is pressing Iran to return a U.S. surveillance drone captured by the countryÕ s armed forces. State TV in Tehran reported Monday that Iranian experts were in the final stages of recovering data from it. The president would not comment on the national security implications for the United States, citing classified intelligence. But he said of the drone: Ò We have asked for it back. WeÕ ll see how the Iranians respond.Ó Obama spoke repeatedly of Iraq as a nation demanding respect, describing it as a sovereign country and an equal partner. And al-Maliki said his nation still welcomed help, such as in drawing on American and other outside expertise so that Iraq can better exploit its own wealth, particularly in oil. Yet significant questions remain over the details of the security relationship between the U.S. and Iraq once all Americans troops are withdrawn. Iraqi leaders have said they want U.S. military training assistance for their security forces but have been unable to agree on what type of help theyÕ d like or what protections they would be willing to give American trainers. About 1 million U.S. troops have cycled through Iraq since the war began. Following their meetings at the White House, Obama and al-Maliki paid respects to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. At times, ObamaÕ s language had the echoes of President George W. Bush, particularly in the potential for Iraq to help transform its part of the world. Ò Our goal is simply to make sure that Iraq succeeds, because we think a successful, democratic Iraq can be a model for the entire region,Ó Obama said. To all those who served in Iraq and to their families, Obama said the United States maintains a Ò moral obligation to all of them - to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.” ➧ Drastic lBJ fee hikes… Continued from page 5 crisis counseling. Ò The health cost open forum rally is for our citizens to express positive suggestions in lending a helping hand to our local hospital, lawmakers and the present administration in assisting the... community into a new year of hope, goodwill and a balanced cost of health care for all,Ó the foundation says. bACkGROuNd In its press release announcing the hospital fee hikes early this month, LBJ noted that Ò the expenses for the Hospital are regular and predictable. We cannot guarantee the availability of patient services without a regular and predictable revenue stream.Ó LBJ will work with Gov. Togiola Tulafono and the Fono to Ò identify sustainable sources of income to assure that LBJ will be here when you need us,Ó the statement said. Ò However it is clear from government at all levels that a component of that sustainability needs to be a greater personal responsibility for patients to fund their own medical care,Ó it said. Reach the reporter at [email protected] If you have taken the SAT, your scores may be substituted for the ASCC Placement Examinations. Your TOEFL score may be used for your English Placement; however, you will need to take the Math Placement Examination. ➧ aSG and StarKist moU… STUDENTS MUST PAY A $50.00. REGISTRATION FEE BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO REGISTER Students with disabilities who need assistance in taking the examinations should contact the Admissions and Records Office at least 3 weeks prior to registration. If you have any questions, please call the Admissions & Records Office at 699 9156, ex 411, 412 or 379 If you are a veteran or a veteran’s dependent, please contact Mrs. Fualaau Lancaster, ext. 426. The MOU comes on the heels of Star Kist Samoa annual board of directors meeting held last week in the territory and attended by Jae-chul Kim, chairman of the board of South Korea-based Dongwon Industries, owner of StarKist. It is the first such board meeting to be held locally and cited as a ‘historic momentÕ by the company. Togiola has praised and thanked Kim for his excellent decision to hold the meeting in American Samoa where the cannery and government have conducted business for over 40 years. Continued from page 1 Reach the newsroom at [email protected] samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Page 15 American Samoa Samoa Solar Sky • Ceramic Tiles • Solar Lights • Sofa (3 piece) Set • Grout – 55lb/bag • Aluminum Windows • In Low, Low Prices 733-3368 Protestors sit on top of a container truck after blocking the Port of Oakland, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which sprang up this fall against what it sees as corporate greed and economic inequality, focused on the ports on Monday, hoping the day of demonstrations would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks and (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach) send a message that their movement was not over. ➧ HiGH coURT BRiEFS… is besides the misdemeanor public peace disturbance charge after they were first arrested. Information revealed in court indicates that the alleged assault started from comments between the defendants and the victim, posted on the social network, Facebook. According to a court affidavit, the defendants allegedly assaulted the woman while swimming at Fatumafuti with her relatives. It alleges that the defendants shouted profanities to the victim and ordered her to get out of the ocean. Simaima then got in the water and pushed the victim to shore. When the woman resisted, Simaima punched her and the other co-defendants joined Simaima in assaulting the victim, the affidavit alleges. Serrah then ran up to her house and grabbed a cricket bat but police were able to stop her from using it. When the victim was on her way to her car, the defendant ran up to the victim allegedly to punch the victim. The government also alleges that the defendants attempted to drown the victim and one of them choked the victim during the fight. The defendants were warned, that if they were able to post bail, they were not to make Continued from page 9 any contact with the victim or her family. A police officer says that this is not the first time problems have occurred between these defendants and the victim. PIO fAGAAuTAu A man accused of breaking into the home of a relative in Amaluia and allegedly stealing family belongings is now charged with burglary in the first degree and stealing, both felony charges. Court information states that it was around 5 a.m. on Dec. 8 that defendant Pio Fagaautau broke into a relativeÕ s home and took off with a cell phone, shoes and cash. A relative sleeping in the home woke up to find the defendant in the house. During his initial appearance last week, the District Court set bail at $15,000 and — if he is able to post bail — he is ordered not to go to the relativeÕ s home or make any contact with the relatives. The court has set for this Thursday, the defendantÕ s preliminary examination hearing. Samoa News reporters Ausaga Fausia and Fili Sagapolutele contributed to this report. Reach the newsroom at [email protected] ➧ “2012 TRUcK oF THE YEaR”… fuel economy, horsepower, torque and capability. Ford is also the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup truck lineup with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission as standard. 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Fagatogo Square Shopping Center THE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS “OCEANVIEW” MOVE-IN SPECIAL NO RENT Until 2012 Call (684) 633-4200 or (684) 252-7092 Page 16 samoa news, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 C M Y K C M Y K Cpl Robert Iauualo, a member of 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, sends his love and wishes everybody back home a Merry Christmas from the Sangin District, [courtesy photo] Helmand Province, Afghanistan.” 2 students shot, wounded at Texas middle school EDINBURG, Texas (AP) -- Authorities suspect hunters may have shot two South Texas middle school students who were wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon while trying out for a basketball team. Two boys - ages 13 and 14 - were shot, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Classes were not in session at Harwell Middle School when the shooting happened around 4:45 p.m., but the school complex was immediately placed on lockdown. Edinburg school district spokesman Gilbert Tagle said a number of after-school activities were going on besides the basketball tryouts, including a concert and a faculty meeting. He estimated as many as 200 children could have been on campus. One of the wounded boys was in critical condition Monday night with a bullet embedded in an organ. The other was stable and awaiting X-rays, Trevino said. At the time of the shooting, one of the boys was going for a layup. The other was waiting his turn to try out, Trevino said. The sheriff said it was too early to say whether the students were targeted or if the shooting was accidental. Investigators believe the shots may have come from hunters on adjacent farm property, Trevino said. The shots did not come from the campus and were not a result of a drive-by, he said. Harwell Middle School opened just this year on the rural property northeast of Edinburg, which is about 50 miles northwest of Brownsville. Homes line the road approaching the school, but open fields stretch out behind it and to the north. Investigators have spoken with owners of surrounding farms and the land was being leased to deer hunters, Trevino said. Authorities interviewed some hunters who were found on adjoining properties. The outdoor court where the shooting took place was north of the school complex at an athletic facility that includes a football field, track and tennis courts, said Oziel Garcia, a 14-year-old eighth-grader. Annette Vargas Ugalde, a 15-year-old eighth grader, said she was about to board her bus near the gym after school when school officials started rushing students indoors. Ò They told us to, `Get inside, get inside,Õ Ó she said. She said she heard no shots but saw a group of people on the outdoor court standing near one boy on the ground. A school nurse tended to him while another boy was sitting up. Annett said she boarded her bus and it left. Samuel Cepeda, a 15-year-old eighth-grader, said gangs have been a problem at the school, and he has worried about security. However, Trevino said investigators do not believe the shooting was gang related. Classes will go on as scheduled Tuesday, but with increased security and counselors available to speak with students, said Tagle, the district spokesman.