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StarKist announces
interim president
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Pittsburgh-Based StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa
cannery in Pago Pago, has a new leader, who will take over the
post effective Thursday this week.
In a company announcement yesterday, StarKist said Sam
Hwi Lee, a StarKist board director has been named interim president of the company upon the accepted resignation of In-Soo
Cho, the outgoing company president and chief executive officer.
Cho, who joined StarKist in early March last year, “is
moving on to pursue new opportunities,” according to the
announcement. It’s understood that Cho’s last day is today.
Lee is the former president of Nestle Korea and has held
executive posts with Dole Food Co. and Armour Foods. He will
be be based in company headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. StarKist
and StarKist Samoa are owned by South Korean conglomerate
Dongwon group, who will search for a permanent successor.
StarKist corporate spokesperson Michelle Faist told Samoa
News that StarKist Samoa general manager Brett Butler and
his team have been informed about the change. There was no
(Continued on page 14)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
More people earning
$75,000 and above
Most people lose purchasing power
By Lewis Wolman, special correspondent
The number of American Samoa households
with income of $75,000 or above has more than
doubled from 2000 to 2010. (see chart)
There were 916 households in American
Samoa that took in at least $75,000 when the
2010 census takers did their work two years.
Ten years earlier, only 397 households did
so well.
In 2010, households with at least $75,000 in
income accounted for almost 10% of American
Samoa’s households. Ten years earlier, the
households with that much income accounted
for only 4%.
The 2010 census also shows that about half
the households with incomes of at least $75,000
took in less than $100,000, while 449 households took in $100,000 or more.
The census has not yet released figures
showing any further breakout.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale,
the number of households earning less than
$15,000 took a sharp drop from 2000 to 2010,
which is good news.
Whereas in 2000 there were almost 3,900
households in that low income category, in
2000 the number had dropped to less than 3,000
households. Thus the percentage of very low
income households in the community dropped
from 42% to 31%.
Of course, $10,000 in 2000 purchased a lot
more goods and services than the same amount
of money in 2010, so the fact that there are 900
fewer households at that low level doesn’t mean
that things are much better for the low income
households in the territory.
The number of households earning between
$15,000 and $25,000 was unchanged from 2000
to 2010, but the buying power of those house(Continued on page 14)
Tisa’s Tattoo Fest ended Sunday, with prizes given in a variety of categories. One of the categories was for the Best Sogaimiti, with focus on the tradition Samoan
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Man allegedly uses
vehicle as battering
ram in fit of temper
Faces first degree assault &
child endangerment charges
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
A man from Faleniu is facing charges of first degree assault,
endangering the welfare of a child and property damage second
degree on allegations the defendant rammed his vehicle into the
victim’s vehicle twice, while she and her daughter and granddaughter were in the vehicle.
Paea Patu made his initial appearance in the District Court
yesterday and is being held on $10,000 bail.
The assault count is a class D felony punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of $5,000, or both. Endangering
the welfare of a child is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by
imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both and
property damage a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both.
According to the government’s case on Aug. 15, 2012 the
West Substation received word about a fight near the Mormon
Chapel in Faleniu and requested assistance.
Police proceeded to the call where they met with the victim
who told police she was sitting in her vehicle when she was
approached by the Patu on foot.
The defendant was upset with the victim and while Patu
was talking to the victim he was pointing his finger at her and
The government claims the defendant was upset because he
got into an argument with the victim’s son earlier in the day at
the Chapel.
The victim told police the defendant blamed the victim
for not “doing her responsibility” as the parent with regard to
keeping her children in check.
The government alleges the defendant tried to punch the
victim twice while she was sitting in her car, but he missed.
It’s alleged the defendant then got into his vehicle and rammed
his vehicle into the victim’s car damaging the right side of the
(Continued on page 12)
Forum for congressional candidates
on Family Violence, hosted by MDT
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu
Samoa News Reporter
The first Congressional forum in the territory
on family violence hosted by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) touched based on many
issues such as the increase of sexual related cases
within the past years, statutory rape, child abuse,
SORNA or Sex Offender Registry Notification
Act, sex education and laws pertaining to those
convicted of sexual crimes against minors.
The forum, held earlier this month, is part of
MDT’s active campaign to break the silence and
heighten the awareness on all aspects of family
violence in American Samoa.
The forum was held at the Gov. Rex Lee
Auditorium and was attended by all five congressional candidates: Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, Rosie Fuala’au Tago Lancaster, Aumua Amata, Kereti Mata’uti’a Jr., and
Fatumalala Leuluaiali’i Atualevao Al-Shehri.
Vice Chairperson of the MDT, Ipu AvegalioLefiti said family violence is a social ill that until
recently was pretty much not addressed at all.
“It wasn’t until the enactment of the Public Law
in 2004 that the problem of family violence, or
more commonly referred to as Domestic Violence, was taken out of the closet.
“Since 2005, more and more people have been
prosecuted for violence in the home,” she said.
Lefiti noted it is very important to address
problems surrounding Domestic Violence and
hosting the Forum for the Congressional Candidates is one way to address these issues.
Moderator was Nu’nu’uimalo Toleafoa Apesoloma from the Am. Samoa Community College.
Two interesting questions asked were about
the increase of sexual related crimes in the territory and the role of sex education in the schools.
The moderator noted that according to the
warden of the Correctional Facility, 85% of
crimes for which people are jailed are sex related
crimes. Given that there are no professional programs or counseling available for sex offenders,
what can you do to address this problem?
Aumua said local leaders should work
closely together with the federal government for
instance, the SORNA or Sex Offender Registry
Notification Act, to establish it in the territory.
She said we also have to work with local lawmakers to enact laws that give strict penalties
against the offenders, she said.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country’s
most densely populated region upended man
and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21stcentury lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power
Tuesday as thousands who fled their watermenaced homes wondered when — if — life
would return to normal.
A weakening Sandy, the hurricane turned
fearsome superstorm, killed at least 50 people,
many hit by falling trees, and still wasn’t finished. It inched inland across Pennsylvania,
ready to bank toward western New York to
dump more of its water and likely cause more
havoc Tuesday night. Behind it: a dazed, inundated New York City, a waterlogged Atlantic
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— from unmoored shore-town boardwalks to
submerged mass-transit systems to delicate
presidential politics.
“Nature,” said New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, assessing the damage to
his city, “is an awful lot more powerful than
we are.”
More than 8.2 million households were
without power in 17 states as far west as Michigan. Nearly 2 million of those were in New
York, where large swaths of lower Manhattan
lost electricity and entire streets ended up underwater — as did seven subway tunnels between
Manhattan and Brooklyn at one point, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
The New York Stock Exchange was closed
for a second day from weather, the first time
that has happened since a blizzard in 1888. The
shutdown of mass transit crippled a city where
more than 8.3 million bus, subway and local
rail trips are taken each day, and 800,000 vehicles cross bridges run by the transit agency.
Consolidated Edison said electricity in and
around New York could take a week to restore.
“Everybody knew it was coming. Unfortunately, it was everything they said it was,” said
Sal Novello, a construction executive who rode
out the storm with his wife, Lori, in the Long
Island town of Lindenhurst, and ended up with
7 feet of water in the basement.
The scope of the storm’s damage wasn’t
known yet. Though early predictions of river
flooding in Sandy’s inland path were petering
out, colder temperatures made snow the main
product of Sandy’s slow march from the sea.
Parts of the West Virginia mountains were
blanketed with 2 feet of snow by Tuesday
afternoon, and drifts 4 feet deep were reported
at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on
the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
With Election Day a week away, the storm
also threatened to affect the presidential campaign. Federal disaster response, always a
dicey political issue, has become even thornier
since government mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And poll access and voter
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Prices on gasoline
edge upward going
into Election Day
Expect continued rises
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Gasoline will see an increase when the new maximum
allowable price (MAP) becomes effective tomorrow (Nov. 1)
while the rest of the other petroleum products will get a slight
hike in their MAPs.
Data released by the Office of Petroleum Management
(OPM) shows that the new MAP for gasoline will be $3.91 per
gallon, an increase of 6 cents per gallon, as American Samoa
heads into the Nov. 6 general election. The next MAP will be
released on Nov. 16.
The hike will put the retail price of gasoline over the $4.40
per gallon mark.
The national average price is $3.55 per gallon while the
average in Hawai’i is at $4.36 per gallon, according to the
website which tracks daily gas prices in
the Aloha State.
As a point of interest, at this time four years ago, when
American Samoa was heading into the 2008 general election
— which included the gubernatorial race — the MAP dropped
by 24 cents, putting the retail price at $3.63 per gallon.
Regarding the other petroleum products, Sione Kava with
OPM said that effective tomorrow, the new MAP for kerosene
and jet fuel will be at $3.90, an increase of 3 cents per gallon.
The new MAP has road diesel at $4.11 per gallon; boilers/
generators (used by the Tafuna Power plant) at $3.79 per
gallon; commercial fishing vessel diesel at $3.66 per gallon
and other marine diesel at $3.72 — an overall increase of one
cent per gallon, said Kava.
According to OPM, there is a two-cent per gallon hike for
the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), which is used for the
eleven generators at the American Samoa Power Authority’s
temporary power generation system (TPGS) in Satala, and the
ULSD road diesel used by Education Department school buses.
Kava reminds local residents that American Samoa receives
petroleum products from Singapore and explained that the
Singapore analysis of petroleum shows that in the 3rd quarter
price analysis, Platt’s Dated Brent crude oil refined in Singapore for the Pacific region remained between US$95 a barrel
and US$108 barrel, with the monthly average at just over
US$102 a barrel. This is an increase of US$7.03 a barrel from
the previous month, he said.
He also said that the mixed picture of recent developments
in world oil demand has possibly become even more extreme
during the past couple of months.
“While demand in Europe, particularly in Mediterranean
countries, continues to weaken as the economic situation
deteriorates, it still appears to be holding up relatively well in
the US,” Kava said. “In contrast, in Japan and South Korea,
demand has recently been very strong versus a year earlier.”
At the same time, the sanctions against Iran’s crude exports
which came into effect at the beginning of July have slashed
Iran’s total exports. “We have a slower yet still rising supply,
but a relatively strong demand,” he said.
As for gasoline, Kava said, Asia’s outright benchmark gasoline price rose by US$9.03 a barrel in July and an average
of US$110 barrel for the month. He said the surge in prices
is being attributed to renewed import demand by Indonesia,
Thailand, and South Asia as well as the shutdown of Thailand’s Bangchak refinery due to fire.
Regarding jet fuel and kerosene, he said prices rose by 6.5%
averaging just over US$117 for July. The rise is the result of
production cuts, refinery maintenance and outages as well as
sustained efforts to move cargo west, drawing down supplies
in Asia. Additionally, there was a slight hike in July — by 5%
in freight cost.
“Overall, with the rise in petroleum produce prices and
freight rates, fuel prices are expected to rise,” he said.
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OP ED: “On the Importance of
Education in American Samoa”
by Anita Spencer, local student
Education in American Samoa is an important matter, and if it is not thought of as one of the
most serious issues we face, the bright future that our island desires will never be met.
There are debates on our education because of its mistakes and they seem to extend to all walks
of life. We need to understand that a well-educated and skilled workforce can be of great use to
our island. Education is the most important tool to help us meet the requirements of the first point.
As a product of education, I’ve seen it become a weak link within our territory and it can be
very discouraging. We must search for a solution to all of the pros and cons within our education system and fix it. The solution should allow all walks of life to excel in the education realm.
After all, the children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.
My idea of education is simple. Education should not only be a concern, but also be an action
that should be taken in a more professional matter. It is very crucial that not only the students
take education seriously, but the leaders that guide them along the way as well.
Education is not a ‘one way’ matter. Efforts from both ends of the classroom must be exerted
to full capacity to well prepare students for post-secondary opportunities and broaden their range
for better career opportunities as well.
In doing this, we should look into new of creating motivational programs that will attract the
attention of students of all ages and eligible teachers that are ready to take the job. After school
programs can help students that need tutoring on a certain subject or students that lack help from
home. Counselors have a lot of impact on students and their education.
It is time for us to treat children with the belief that we are working with precious resources
when we seek to educate young people.
Many people find themselves questioning the importance of a college education. They ask
themselves, “Why is it important to go to college or have an education?” One answer is extremely
evident in today’s economy. In order for one to succeed in life with little or no financial struggles, one has to have an education that will later lead them to the career of their choice. A college
education or having an educational background serves as an open door to better options and
more opportunities.
My reasons for education do not begin and end with the financial aspect. When students
seek post-secondary education, we have an opportunity to read books and experience lectures
from top experts. This encourages students like me to think in different ways, ask questions and
explore new ideas, which allows additional growth and development as well as providing an
edge in the job market compared to those without a higher education.
“One of the reasons I want education to become a well structured learning aspect is because
it encourages and contributes to the belief that life is orderly, that things happen when they are
controllable.” For me, a personal satisfaction and having the feeling of accomplishment is one
that cannot easily be topped. A college education proves you to be qualified for your future path.
It is there where we will learn how to grow as people, students, and as the future business professional we want to become.
For any future business professional in training, a good, solid facility is needed. These facilities of training, better known as school buildings, have to be provided as well. No education or
learning can go smoothly without, as was mentioned earlier, a ‘controllable’ environment that
our students can use to focus on their work, tasks and goals.
The facilities need to be up to par with standards not only on island, but also on a national
level. This will guarantee that we are getting the best of the best for ‘our’ best of the best. This
also begs the question whether or not we are properly funding our school buildings. Obviously
noticeable on our island are the many government buildings being built and renovated. For
years, many of our school buildings, most of them government buildings, have not had their
conditions improved in order to suit the learning conditions of our students.
Nothing can be done if it is left to only one side to come up with all the solutions. Students,
teachers, and our government need to perform as one in order to achieve the full educational
potential of which we are more than capable.
* American Samoa Dept. of Education. N.p., 2001. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <>.
* Educational Resources for American Samoa. N.p., 2001. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://>.
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Elderly man pleads guilty
to “homicide by vehicle”
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
The bus driver who operated an aiga bus that struck an elderly
man which led to his death back in August entered a guilty plea in
High Court yesterday morning.
Reino Esera who remains in police custody was initially charged
with homicide by vehicle, careless driving, general duty of drivers
and failure to yield right of way for pedestrians.
However in a plea agreement with the government, the defendant pleaded guilty to the homicide count while the government
moved to dismiss the remaining charges.
Homicide by vehicle is a class D felony which is punishable up
to five years in jail, a fine of $5,000 or both jail time and fine.
According to the plea agreement that was read in open court,
upon the defendant’s guilty plea he admits that on Aug. 25, 2012 he
unintentionally caused the death of Tufue Malele Forsythe.
The victim was crossing the street in the crosswalk in front of
CBT when he was struck by the bus and the victim died from injuries he suffered as a result. The defendant said he fell asleep while
driving and accidentally struck the victim.
Esera has also agreed to pay restitution of $4,238.83 for hospital
and funeral related expenses incurred by the victim’s family.
According to the plea agreement the government and the defendant are free to make their own sentencing recommendations to the
court. Also the defendant understands and accepts that sentencing
recommendations by counsel are not binding on the court, which
has the sole responsibility for determining an appropriate sentence
within the limits of the law.
Chief Justice Michael Kruse who was accompanied on the bench
with Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele accepted the plea agreement between the government and the defendant. Prior to accepting
the plea deal, Kruse told the defendant he cannot come back later
and withdraw his guilty plea if the court decree’s a different sentence than what was recommended by both parties. The defendant
noted he understood the terms of the plea deal. Sentencing for the
defendant has been scheduled on Dec. 6, this year. The Chief Justice
also ordered a probation pre-sentence report for this matter.
According to the government’s case, witnesses at the scene
said the victim was crossing the road using the crosswalk and was
struck by an aiga bus that was heading east bound early Saturday
morning. Police attained written statements from three witnesses
who saw the incident. One witness who was sitting in front of the
CBT store said the victim had almost gotten to the other side of the
crosswalk when the aiga bus, which was allegedly speeding, struck
the victim with the bar handles attached to the bus.
The defendant told police that when he was approaching the
Laufou Shopping Center, he fell asleep behind the wheel while the
vehicle was still in motion. He said in an instant he heard a loud bang
sound from his bus and it appeared to be something that struck the
bus. A passenger told the bus driver that he had struck an old man.
The defendant got out of the bus and saw the victim lying
unconscious on the main road, where he rendered aid to the victim.
The government claims 72-year old Tufue Malele Forsythe was
pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. at the LBJ hospital.
Bank of Hawaii asks ASG to
abstain from further proceedings until appeal is resolved
by Fili Sagapolutele
Samoa News Correspondent
Bank of Hawai’i has asked the High Court
of American Samoa to abstain from enforcing
its preliminary injunction order against the bank
in its ongoing legal battle with the American
Samoa Government, while awaiting the outcome
of the federal case at the Ninth Circuit Court of
A hearing on ASG’s motion to enforce the
injunction is set for today in the High Court,
which has already ordered the bank to restore the
more than $800,000 it froze in the ASG account.
The frozen money has since been deposited with
the federal court clerk in Honolulu, while ASG
appealed the Honolulu federal court’s order to
garnish the money from the bank. The garnishment order was based on a motion by Marisco
Ltd., who sought the payment after ASG allegedly failed to pay its outstanding debt.
Last Thursday the bank filed a 10-page motion
opposing ASG’s Expedited Motion to Enforce
Preliminary Injunction against BoH.
Rather than enforce the preliminary injunction, BoH requests the High Court to “abstain
from further proceedings”, referencing the federal Colorado River case “doctrine and principles
of comity and judicial economy,” according to
the motion. BoH says the same issues raised in
this litigation were fully raised and briefed in
the Marisco v. ASG case in the Honolulu federal
court, which ASG has appealed.
“As it did here, ASG presented arguments
to the [federal] court relating to the application
of American Samoa law to Marisco’s garnishment of ASG’s bank account” in the territory, the
bank said. “Those legal issues are pending in the
Ninth Circuit where ASG will have a full and fair
opportunity to have them resolved.”
The Honolulu federal court and the High Court
“have concurrent jurisdiction over BoH and ASG
in this matter” and given that the Honolulu case
was initiated long before the local action, BoH
requested the High Court abstain from taking
any further action in this matter, according to the
bank’s motion.
“When a concurrent jurisdiction problem
arises, the proceedings of one court will usually
be stayed or dismissed, often through the use of
the abstention doctrine,” said BoH, citing the
Colorado River case.
Additionally, the doctrine of abstention is
applicable to cases in which both American
Samoa courts and the U.S. federal courts have a
claim of jurisdiction, the bank said and cited the
federal case of Richard Majhor vs. Kempthorne
in 2007 (when Majhor’s case was pending here
and he, at the same time, filed a suit with the federal court in D.C.)
“It has been held that the court first assuming
jurisdiction may exercise its jurisdiction to the
exclusion of other courts,” said BoH. “In assessing
the appropriateness of dismissal in cases where
there is concurrent jurisdiction, it is appropriate
for a court to consider in which jurisdiction it was
obtained by the concurrent forums.”
BoH also pointed out that the U.S. Supreme
Court has stated that “the authority of a federal
court to abstain from exercising its jurisdiction
extends to all cases in which the court has discretion to grant any relief.”
In addition to abstention, the doctrine of
comity may, in numerous circumstances, permit
or require a court to stay or dismiss one action in
favor of other litigation, said BoH.
“It would be premature for this court to
enforce the preliminary injunction against BoH
now,” the bank argued and stated that the High
Court “should abstain in favor of ongoing proceedings” in the Ninth Circuit of Appeal and the
Honolulu federal court.
Or alternatively, modify the preliminary
injunction and defer any enforcement until all
substantive issues have been fully adjudicated in
the High Court, the bank said.
Meanwhile, the federal court in Honolulu has
taken under advisement BoH’s motion to enjoin
ASG and its attorneys from instituting or continuing any proceedings before the High Court
with respect to the more than $800,000 deposited
at the federal court registry. Oral arguments were
heard last Friday.
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➧ Disarray, millions with no power in “Superstorm” Sandy’s wake…
Continued from page 3
A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30,
2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
are impacted by the storm,
could help shift the outcome
in an extremely close race.
As organized civilization
came roaring back Tuesday
in the form of emergency
response, recharged cellphones and the reassurance
of daylight, harrowing stories
and pastiches emerged from
Maryland north to Rhode
Island in the hours after Sandy’s howling winds and tidal
surges shoved water over seaside barriers, into low-lying
streets and up from coastal
storm drains.
Images from around the
storm-affected areas depicted
scenes reminiscent of bigbudget disaster movies. In
Atlantic City, N.J., a gaping
hole remained where once a
stretch of boardwalk sat by
the sea.
In Queens, N.Y., rubble
from a fire that destroyed as
many as 100 houses in an
evacuated beachfront neighborhood jutted into the air at
ugly angles against a gray sky.
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In heavily flooded Hoboken,
N.J., across the Hudson River
from Manhattan, dozens of
yellow cabs sat parked in
rows, submerged in murky
water to their windshields.
At the ground zero construction site in lower Manhattan, seawater rushed into
a gaping hole under harsh
One of the most dramatic
tales came from lower Manhattan, where a failed backup
generator forced New York
University’s Langone Medical
Center to relocate more than
200 patients, including 20
babies from neonatal intensive
Dozens of ambulances
lined up in the rainy night and
the tiny patients were gingerly
moved out, some attached to
battery-powered respirators
as gusts of wind blew their
In Moonachie, N.J., 10
miles north of Manhattan,
water rose to 5 feet within 45
minutes and trapped residents
who thought the worst of the
storm had passed.
Mobile-home park resident
Juan Allen said water overflowed a 2-foot wall along a
nearby creek, filling the area
with 2 to 3 feet of water within
15 minutes. “I saw trees not
just knocked down but ripped
right out of the ground,” he
said. “I watched a tree crush
a guy’s house like a wet
In a measure of its massive
size, waves on southern Lake
Michigan rose to a recordtying 20.3 feet.
High winds spinning off
Sandy’s edges clobbered the
Cleveland area early Tuesday,
schools and flooding major
roads along Lake Erie.
Most along the East Coast,
though, grappled with an
experience like Bertha Weismann of Bridgeport, Conn.—
frightening, inconvenient and
financially problematic but,
overall, endurable.
Her garage was flooded and
she lost power, but she was
grateful. “I feel like we are
blessed,” she said. “It could
have been worse.”
The presidential candidates’ campaign maneuverings Tuesday revealed the
delicacy of the need to look
presidential in a crisis without
appearing to capitalize on a
disaster. President Barack
Obama canceled a third
straight day of campaigning,
scratching events scheduled
for Wednesday in swingstate Ohio, in Sandy’s path.
Republican Mitt Romney
resumed his campaign with
plans for an Ohio rally billed
as a “storm relief event.”
And the weather posed
challenges a week out for how
to get everyone out to vote.
On the hard-hit New Jersey
coastline, a county elections
chief said some polling places
on barrier islands will be unusable and have to be moved.
(Continued on page 12)
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 9
Three Tafuna High School freshmen students received free Hollywood Theatre movie tickets from Samoa News, following the THS American Samoa History
Class field trip to the Legislature last week to learn about the history and workings of the Fono, including the Senators and Representatives.
After the field trip their history teacher Pogai Coffin instructed the 60 plus students who attended to write up ‘reflection papers’ on their Fono experience. Samoa
News in partnership with Coffin choose three of the best essays from the 44 essays that were submitted and those essays were published in last Saturday’s edition.
The three winning students are Virginia Siatu’u, Johnny Toma and Simitioata Tuiolosega who are pictured here with Samoa News Advertising Marketing Manager Terry Custodio Auva’a and Coffin of THS. Coffin on behalf of Tafuna High School thanked Samoa News for recognizing the students and their hard work. “Not
every student has the opportunity to have his or her essay printed in the paper and these students were fortunate,” she said. Coffin also thanked Principal Lentoy
Matagi for her efforts in support of her class field trip.
The THS teacher noted the importance of youth learning who their government leaders, senators and representatives are, and where the laws are proposed and
passed, as well as the history of the legislature. Coffin said this is something the students will take with them everywhere they go in life.
[Photo: JL]
The three students expressed thanks to Samoa News for publishing their essays in the paper and for the free Hollywood Theatre movie tickets. Police: Karate student decks man in apartment
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man got an early morning beat
down after being pummeled by a karate
student who found him drunk in her
Jannine Ramirez had just won a
karate competition when she arrived
at her Fresno apartment early Sunday
and heard someone in the bathroom.
Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder
through a shower door.
She continued with an onslaught
of kicks and punches until Wilberto
Zapata, 18, was outside her apartment.
“We didn’t recognize him,” Ramirez
said. “Me and my mom live in the apartment, so no guy whatsoever should be
in there.”
Zapata recently moved into the
apartment complex and mistakenly
went into the wrong apartment unit,
police told the Fresno Bee.
Ramirez has a yellow belt — a step
above beginner — and expects to be
promoted to orange belt next month at
during a competition in Fresno
She has been a karate and Muay
Thai kick-boxing student for a year.
Saturday was her first competition.
“I was actually more nervous in the
competition than I was trying to get this
intruder out of my house,” said Ramirez,
who attends Fresno City College and
plans to study physical therapy at Fresno
State University. “I literally kicked him
Saturday, November 3rd, Faga’alu Park • 8:00 am
all the way through my house.”
Police said Zapata was drunk and
thought he had broken into his own
apartment. He was cited for unlawful
entry into a home and released. A phone
listing for Zapata could not be found.
Ramirez has no regrets.
“I had to protect my mom and protect myself and get this intruder out of
my house,” she said. “He sort of did
deserve it. If he hadn’t broken into my
house, it wouldn’t have happened.”
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Brian Hajeski, 41, of Brick, N.J., reacts after looking at debris of a home that washed up on to
the Mantoloking Bridge the morning after superstorm Sandy rolled through, Tuesday, Oct. 30,
2012, in Mantoloking, N.J.
Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. Scientists look at
climate change,
the superstorm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research
come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York.
Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor
reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods
in New York City would soon happen every three to 20 years. He
blamed global warming for pushing up sea levels and changing
hurricane patterns.
New York “is now highly vulnerable to extreme hurricanesurge flooding,” he wrote. For more than a dozen years, Oppenheimer and other climate scientists have been warning about the
risk for big storms and serious flooding in New York. A 2000
federal report about global warming’s effect on the United States
warned specifically of that possibility.
Still, they say it’s unfair to blame climate change for Sandy
and the destruction it left behind. They cautioned that they cannot
yet conclusively link a single storm to global warming, and any
connection is not as clear and simple as environmental activists
might contend.
“The ingredients of this storm seem a little bit cooked by
climate change, but the overall storm is difficult to attribute to
global warming,” Canada’s University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said.
Some individual parts of Sandy and its wrath seem to be influenced by climate change, several climate scientists said.
First, there’s sea level rise. Water levels around New York are
a nearly a foot higher than they were 100 years ago, said Penn
State University climate scientist Michael Mann.
Add to that the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean, which
is about 2 degrees warmer on average than a century ago, said
Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
Warm water fuels hurricanes. And Sandy zipped north along a
warmer-than-normal Gulf Stream that travels from the Caribbean
to Ireland, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for the private
service Weather Underground.
Meteorologists are also noticing more hurricanes late in the
season and even after the season. A 2008 study said the Atlantic
hurricane season seems to be starting earlier and lasting longer
but found no explicit link to global warming. Normally there are
11 named Atlantic storms. The past two years have seen 19 and
18 named storms. This year, with one month to go, there are 19.
After years of disagreement, climate scientists and hurricane
experts have concluded that as the climate warms, there will be
fewer total hurricanes. But those storms that do develop will be
stronger and wetter.
Sandy took an unprecedented sharp left turn into New Jersey.
Usually storms keep heading north and turn east harmlessly out to
sea. But a strong ridge of high pressure centered over Greenland
blocked Sandy from going north or east, according to the National
Hurricane Center.
Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, an expert in how a
warming Arctic affects extreme weather patterns, said recent
warming in the Arctic may have played a role in enlarging or prolonging that high pressure area. But she cautioned it’s not clear
whether the warming really had that influence on Sandy.
While components of Sandy seem connected to global
warming, “mostly it’s natural, I’d say it’s 80, 90 percent natural,”
said Gerald North, a climate professor at Texas A&M University.
“These things do happen, like the drought. It’s a natural thing.”
On Tuesday, both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they couldn’t help but notice that extreme
events like Sandy are causing them more and more trouble.
“What is clear is that the storms that we’ve experienced in
the last year or so, around this country and around the world, are
much more severe than before,” Bloomberg said. “Whether that’s
global warming or what, I don’t know. But we’ll have to address
those issues.”
Cuomo called the changes “a new reality.”
“Anyone who says that there’s not a dramatic change in
weather patterns I think is denying reality,” Cuomo said. “I told
the president the other day: ‘We have a 100-year flood every two
years now.’”
For his published research, Oppenheimer looked at New York
City’s record flood of 1821. Sandy flooded even higher. This week’s
damage was augmented by the past century’s sea level rise, which
was higher than the world average because of unusual coastal geography and ocean currents. Oppenheimer walked from his Manhattan
home to the river Monday evening to watch the storm.
“We sort of knew it could happen, but you know that’s different from actually standing there and watching it happen,”
Oppenheimer said from a cell phone. “You don’t really imagine
what this looks like until you see it.”
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 11
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Our own American Samoa-born Tulsi Gabbard is heavily favored to become the
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All impartial political analysts agree that Republicans will continue to be the
majority party in the next Congress and, thanks to redistricting, perhaps for years
to come. Seniority is nice; being in the majority is even better.
Amata pledges to collaborate with Tulsi to make the case for Hawaii’s needs in
the House Republican Conference with confidence she will do the same for
American Samoa in her House Democratic Caucus.
The next Congress will be critical for American Samoa because it will not be the
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➧ In Sandy’s wake…
Continued from page 8
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“This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever had,” said George
R. Gilmore, chairman of the Ocean County Board of Elections.
By Tuesday afternoon, there were still only hints of the economic impact of the storm.
Forecasting firm IHS Global Insight predicted the storm will
end up causing about $20 billion in damages and $10 billion to
$30 billion in lost business. Another firm, AIR Worldwide, estimated losses up to $15 billion — big numbers probably offset
by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to longer-term
“The biggest problem is not the first few days but the coming
months,” said Alan Rubin, an expert in nature disaster recovery.
Airports were shut across the East Coast and far beyond as
tens of thousands of travelers found they couldn’t get where
they were going. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New
York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey will
reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday with limited service, but LaGuardia
Airport will stay closed, officials said.
Sandy began in the Atlantic and knocked around the Caribbean — killing nearly 70 people — and strengthened into a
hurricane as it chugged across the southeastern coast of the
United States. By Tuesday night it had ebbed in strength but
was joining up with another, more wintry storm — an expected
confluence of weather systems that earned it nicknames like
“superstorm” and, on Halloween eve, “Frankenstorm.”
It became, pretty much everyone agreed Tuesday, the
weather event of a lifetime — and one shared vigorously on
social media by people in Sandy’s path who took eye-popping
photographs as the storm blew through, then shared them with
the world by the blue light of their smartphones.
On Twitter, Facebook and the photo-sharing service Instagram, people tried to connect, reassure relatives and make sense
of what was happening — and, in many cases, work to authenticate reports of destruction and storm surges.
They posted and passed around images and real-time updates
at a dizzying rate, wishing each other well and gaping, virtually,
at scenes of calamity moments after they unfolded.
Among the top terms on Facebook through the night and
well into Tuesday, according to the social network: “we are
OK,” ‘’made it” and “fine.”
By Tuesday evening, the remnants of Sandy were about 50
miles northeast of Pittsburgh, pushing westward with winds of
45 mph. It was expected to turn toward New York State and
Canada during the night.
Although weakening as it goes, the storm will continue
to bring heavy rain and flooding, said Daniel Brown of the
National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Atlantic City’s fabled Boardwalk, the first in the nation, lost
several blocks when Sandy came through, though the majority
of it remained intact even as other Jersey Shore boardwalks
were dismantled. What damage could be seen on the coastline
Tuesday was, in some locations, staggering — “unthinkable,”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said of what unfolded along
the Jersey Shore, where houses were swept from their foundations and amusement park rides were washed into the ocean.
“Beyond anything I thought I would ever see.”
Resident Carol Mason returned to her bayfront home to carpets that squished as she stepped on them. She made her final
mortgage payment just last week. Facing a mandatory evacuation order, she had tried to ride out the storm at first but then
saw the waters rising outside her bathroom window and quickly
“I looked at the bay and saw the fury in it,” she said. “I knew
it was time to go.”
➧ Vehicle as battering ram…
Continued from page 2
The victim told police she was in her vehicle when this
happened, along with her daughter and her three-year old
Police interviewed the victim’s daughter who corroborated
the same information provided by her mother to police.
The government’s case further alleges after the defendant
rammed into their vehicle the first time, they were afraid and they
drove off to a nearby field to wait for police officers to arrive.
It’s alleged after several minutes since the first impact, while
they were waiting in their car in the field, the defendant caught
up with them and again rammed his car into the victim’s vehicle.
This second impact caused damage to the left side of the victim’s vehicle.
Police took photographs of said damages which are said to
exceed more than $100 worth. According to the government’s
case the defendant admitted to police crashing both into the left
and right side of the victim’s car.
The defendant is scheduled to have his preliminary examination in the District Court later this week.
The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender
Karen Shelley while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General
Camille Philippe.
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 13
Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – Si’itia Uma Va’a e Peau o le Tai
Fa’amoemoe mo le Tofi Faipule i Uosigitone
Ua folasia nei i malae l’ou fa’amoemoe e tauva mo le tofi Faipule i Uosigitone. O le atugaluga, ua atagia mai i ni
tulafono Feterale le fa’afitauli o loo tulai mai i le taimi nei. Fa’apei o ni galu e le fati, o le a le mafai ai ona si’i uma i
luga va’a. O lona uiga, e faigata ona si’itia le tulaga o le soifuaga o tagata uma o le atunu’u pe a le fausiaina ni tulafono
e talafeagai ma fuafuaga aua le atina’eina o le tamaoaiga i le Teritori.
Basis for Seeking Congressional Office
I have decided to run for U.S. Congress because I am deeply concern about the plethora of unbalance federal policies
towards American Samoa. While I support federal policies that serve the public interests; however, the representative
to congress must weighedthe risks and benefits of federal policies that runs counter or paradox to local policies.
Mr. Mata’utia was in private business. Born in Vatia, American Samoa he attended
• Manu’a High School (Diploma, 1984);
• American Samoa Community College (A.A. 1986);
• United States International University, San Diego, California (B.A. Pre-Law, & B.A. International Relations, 1998 - 1990);
• Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu Hawaii (M.A. Human Resource Management, 1996);
• John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Executive Program in Healthcare Policy, 1999);
• University of Phoenix, Honolulu Hawaii (M.B.A. Business Administration, 2003);
• Juris Doctor’s Degree in Law, Southern California Institute of Law, Santa Barbara, CA, (J.D., 2005 – 2009).
During his business career, Mr. Mata’utia served as a:
• Professional Human Resource Consultant (1996 – 2005);
• Facilitator American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (1996 – 2000);
• LBJ Tropical Medical Center (1999 – 2000);
During his government service, Mr. Mata’utia served as a:
• College Professor, and Instructor Remington College, Honolulu, Hawaii (2000 – 2003) & American Samoa Community College
(1997 – 1999);
• Human Resource Director, LBJ Tropical Medical Center (1999 – 2000) & American Samoa Community College (1996 – 1999);
• Grants Analyst, American Samoa Power Authority (1993 – 1994);
• Special Assistant, Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Washington, DC (1992 – 1993);
• Researcher & Legislative Assistant, American Samoa Legislature (1990-1992);
During his business & government service, Mr. Mata’utia continued public service in a variety of posts, including:
• Member Pacific Island Healthcare Reform Initiative (1993 - 1994);
• Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (2000 – Present);
• Member of the Hawaii Business Organization (2000 - Present);
• Member of the John F. Kennedy Harvard University Healthcare Alumni (1999 - Present);
Mr. Mata’utia’s professional studies included written works in organizational model and corporate culture (2003 & 1996).
Paid for by the committee to elect Kereti Mata’utia, Jr., for U.S. Congress P.O. Box 6211, Pago Pago, As 96799 – Ph 256-4606
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➧ More people earning $75K… ➧ Forum for congressional candidates…
Continued from page 1
holds, like all households, dropped about 70% over the decade,
so by staying still, those middle-income households experienced
a decrease in their purchasing power.
The number of “middle-class” households earning between
$25,000 and $50,000 grew from 2000 to 2010, and now encompass about 27% of all households in the territory.
In 2000, half of all households had incomes that were less than
$18,200 and half had incomes that were higher than $18,200. By
2010, the median household income mark (half above and half
below) had risen to about $23,500. While that sounds good, in
reality the 29% increase in the median income was far less than
the 72% increase in the cost of living over the decade, meaning
that the purchasing power of the vast majority of American
Samoa households declined significantly.
Moreover, things have probably gotten worse since the
census was taken in April 2010, as local prices have gone up
due to higher utility and freight costs, but local wages have been
In the rest of the US, median household income rose 20%
from 2000 to 2010, but after adjusting for inflation, US median
household purchasing power fell by 8%.
Household Income
2000 Census
2010 Census
Less than $10,000
$10,000 to $15,000
$15,000 to $25,000
$25,000 to $50,000
$50,000 to $75,000
$75,000 and above
Total number of households
Continued from page 2
The law is there and has been since 2004 said
Faleomavaega. However, these issues should be
addressed to the government leaders, starting
from the Governor who should work with the
Fono. He said then the congressman awaits a
request from the government leaders on what
the Federal level can act on.
“There are laws already in place; it is a the lack
of enforcement and the lack of resources that the
government has to provide in order for the women
and children to be protected against abuse, sexual
assault and domestic violence,” he said.
She noted that there are a lot of issues that she
wants to address regarding the increase of sexual
related crimes. “I am trying to see how to separate the church and the law… given that the very
seal of the government, Samoa Muamua Le Atua
(Samoa, God Comes First) is being violated.
“My perspective is that, it is most appalling
that at the time where there is a great advancement in intellect, wisdom and a time to gain an
understanding in our degrees and education,
how can this number increase? Surely there is
something not done right. People are not going
back to the basic roots of their foundation —that
is right back to God, this is the problem and why
the 80% is increasing.”
Kereti said if he’s elected he will look into
this very important issue from a Federal level.
He added he believes that the Domestic Violence issue is critical because it affects everyone.
“We have churches in our community and yet
we have an 85% of sexual crime offenders? If
I’m successful, I will involve churches organizations and schools, and we also need to approach
this from a cultural perspective. Another best
approach is to look into the laws again and clean
it up so it can be applicable to the situation in
American Samoa.”
She said from a federal government perspective, laws have been in place since 2006 and yet
American Samoa is not in compliance. “These
are sensitive issues because it involves family,
culture, and communities.”
“The federal law is there to protect the victims
but our people need to come together and work
with local leaders… together, to help address
these issues and help the victims. The funding
as far as to help the victims is there but we do
cannot tap into it due to local law. If I’m elected,
I will work together with our local leaders, let’s
find courage to address this issue.”
Do you think we should teach Sex Education
in our schools? Why or why not?
Amata said our children need to find out in
terms of how their lives will be affected and there
are ways to do it. She suggested that the church,
families, law and culture need to work together
in cooperation. Amata said if the children are not
taught about the birds and the bees from a good
source, they will find out from people who don’t
(Continued on page 15)
➧ Pittsburgh-based StarKist announces…
Continued from page 1
mention of any possible changes to StarKist
Samoa’s operations or management team as a
result of the change or resignation. Faist also
said that the American Samoa Government officials are being updated about this news as well.
StarKist Samoa employs some 2,000 workers
and is currently working on a project to build a
large cold storage facility in the town area.
Cho has visited American Samoa at least
twice during his tenure and the last time he visited was December of last year, when the the
StarKist board and officials of Dongwon were
Note: Due to inflation and increases in the cost of living, a in Pago Pago for a StarKist board meeting.
While on island the officials met with local
person in American Samoa needed $1.72 in 2010 to have the
leaders as well as a holding a news conference
same purchasing power as provided by $1.00 in 2000.
Sources: 2010 U.S. Census, 2011 ASG Statistical Yearbook. emphasizing the importance of continuous col-
laborative efforts between the two companies
(Dongwon and StarKist) and the territorial government as well as the local community in order
for American Samoa to be more competitive in
the global tuna processing industry.
During his first visit in late March last year to
the territory, Cho told reporters that he is “very
impressed with the Fa’aSamoa.”
“The hospitality and the respect and the
smile of Samoan people is really something
very impressive and I am very pleased to visit
here,” said Cho at the time.
“StarKist has been in American Samoa for
48 years. I’ve told this to our employees and the
governor as well — StarKist is more Samoan
than anything else,” he said.
(Paid for by the committee to Re-elect Faleomavaega for U.S. Congress, PO Box 44669, wash. DC 20026)
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 15
Members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) with congressional candidates following
the first forum held on family violence for the congressional participants. The forum was held
at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium and was attended by Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin,
Rosie Fuala’au Tago Lancaster, Aumua Amata, Kereti Mata’uti’a Jr., and Fatumalala Leuluaiali’i
[Photo JL]
Atualevao Al-Shehri.
➧ Forum for congressional candidates…
Continued from page 14
know much about the subject at hand… like their
friends who are the same age as they are. She suggested that religious leaders should work together
with the Department of Education to make sure
that this education is done within perimeters of the
culture, family and within the laws.
He said this is not an easy subject, because
since the foundation of our culture the female
is always known to be the sacred ones in a relationship between a man and woman. He added
that in our culture it is deeply held that you know
what you are not suppose to do.
Faleomavaega pointed out that he did not
depend on his father to teach him about this
subject. He added that he was taught to be very
respectful of women… any woman.
He further stated that there is a very serious
relationship in our culture that needs to be
emphasized and there is no need for a palagi
version of this subject taught within schools
because it is already part of our culture.
“I have a very different perspective about
teaching sex education I think this is something
that is inherited in our culture, that we have a
very positive way of addressing it,” he said.
She took issue with the name of this subject, “sex education” it’s like saying its only sex
which she found offensive to her ears and her
understanding. This subject should be called
‘reproduction education’ because it points to the
process that God created.
It needs to be taught, but to be given the name
sex education just does not sits well with her.
Kereti said from a Federal perspective he can
only play a supporting role and noted that he’s
afraid that the federalization of school programs
would tell our local education system to teach
sex education within schools which is good
for the national standards. However it should
be locally established and initiated and then be
included in the local curriculum.
Rosie was against having sex education
within the school system, and noted that the
parents should teach their children to respect
themselves and others— but to be exposed to
sex education is something she’s against.
Rosie noted that parents have a close relationship with their children and should teach
them what they need to know but as far as sex
education to be taught in public she does not
support it.
The Multi-Disciplinary Response Team
(MDRT) is dedicated to minimizing the trauma
to victims of child abuse, domestic violence and
sexual assault by creating protocols and policies
that will unite various government agencies and
non-governmental agencies in American Samoa
in their efforts to protect, intervene, educate,
investigate, and prosecute these types of crimes.
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malo o Fiti.
E tusa ai ma le fa’amatalaga a le sui o le SPREP sa auai
mai i le tatalaina o le ofisa o le ASEPA, sa ia fa’ailoa ai, “O
le ulua’i maota lenei ua fausia fa’apea, ma o se fa’ata’ita’iga
lelei lea mo le lumana’i i ituaiga fausaga e ao ina matele o
tatou malo e fa’amalosia mo le fausaga o fale nofo o aiga,
ae ia muamua ona fausia ai maota o matagaluega ta’itasi o le
Malo, ia matua salalau ai le tala, o maota nei e mafai ona silia
ma le 50% o au tupe e fa’aalu i tau o le eletise ma le suavai mo
lou aiga atoa i le masina e tasi.”
I le polokalama na fa’atautaia ai le tatalaga o lea fale, sa
tofusia ai sui mai le USEPA, SPREP ma Kovana Togiola
Tulafono ma le avanoa e saunoa ai e tusa o le galuega. “O le
galuega lenei e tolu ona vaega ma’oti o aofia ai:
i/ taumafaiga a Amerika Samoa e fausia se Si’omaga mo le
soifua maloloina o ona tagata i le taimi nei ma a taeao.
ii/ o le fa’amau fa’ailoga fo’i i le taotoga o le atamai ma
sailiga o auala e fa’asao ai le Siomaga o le atunu’u i le taimi
nei ma fa’asolo atu ai i le lumana’i, ia gafatia ona tausia lelei
ai ona tagata.
iii/ Fa’ailo o se ta’ita’iga lelei ma le atamai ua i ai nei
le malo e tusa ai ma tima’iga ma galuega e fa’asao ai le
Si’omaga, fa’asao le Enetia ma ia maua ala eseese e maua
ai le malosi’aga fa’aeletise i le toe fa’aaoga o oloa ua mae’a
I lana folasaga lea, ua fa’ailoa mai ai, sa auai le afioga i le
Kovana Sili i le fa’ataotoga, afuafua ma le fa’ataunu’uina o
lea fuafuaga ia fausia lenei Maota e fa’ailo ai mea nei e tolu
ua ia fa’amamafa mai.
“Ia tatou manatua, e le’i tu’uina e le Atua Atamu i le
fa’ato’aga e na’o na ‘aina fua o le lau’ele’ele, ae sa ia tu’uina
i ai, e galue ina ia fua atili mai le fa’ato’aga e ‘aina e ia ma
lona aiga!”
Pe afai tatou te matamata i lenei galuega ua mae’a, ia tatou
manatua lea fo’i mau, “Fa’asao le Enetia ia toe fa’aaoga, ma ia
le fa’amoemoe i le malosi’aga fa’aeletise e afua mai le suau’u
lea ua utiuti ma ua taugata tele i lenei vaitaimi, ae ua tatou
fa’aaoga sa’o ai le malosi’aga o le La, ua tatou maua e aunoa
ma se totogi. Fa’asao fo’i le suavai ma ona alavai tatafe ia le
tafea ai ma le palapala e aga’i atu i le sami ma fa’aleagaina ai
tatou a’au ma le ‘amu o le gataifale.”
Ua fautuaina fo’i e le Kovana sili, le vasega o faipule, o
ta’ita’i o lenei vaitau ma le lumana’i, ia fa’aauau lenei manulauti aoga tele, ia mafai e Amerika Samoa ona sapaia ola o ona
tagata i o tatou laufanua.
Sa ia fa’ailoa mai, “Ua matele i tatou uma i lo tatou fiafia e
talisapaia mea lelei ua tatou ola ai i o tatou taimi, ae o le fesili,
e mafai ona fa’aauau nei manuia i tupulaga o lo’o fa’asolo mai
o le atunu’u, pe tatau ona faia loa e tatou nei tapenaga aoga,
mo i latou e le’i soifua mai o le tatou malo!”
O sui e to’atolu sa tele i ai le fa’afetai a le Fa’atonu o le
ASEPA, Fanuatele Dr To’afa Vaiaga’e, o le sui mai le USEPA,
ma o le pasifale fo’i lea sa galulue fa’atasi ma i latou i lea lava
galuega e o’o mai i lona fa’ai’uga, Michael Wolfram. Peita’i
o le fausaga o lea fale ma le inisinia o fale tetele fa’apenei sa
i ai lava i lona fausaga atoa, Brian Rippy, sa ia ta’ita’ia fo’i
le asiasiga mamalu i le taualuga o le fale o totoina ai le mutia
lanu meamata, ma le nofoaga o panele mo le miti’ia o ave o le
La mo le gaosia o le eletise fa’aaoga mo le maota atoa.
Ua tele tala i manu, ae itiiti i mala i lea fo’i fa’atasiga, ma o
se tasi lea o ta’iala ua lalamua ai fo’i le igoa o si tatou malo i
le tatou atuvasa, aua ua tutula’i se pine fa’amau, “O le fale ua
fausia ia amana’ia le tulaga o le Si’omaga Mama ma le lelei
mo le sapaia o le soifua maloloina o ona tagata, ia toe fa’aaoga
mea ua i ai i lou si’omaga, aua le maumau!”
O le ‘aiga fiafia na talimalo ai le EPA ina ua mae’a o’otia
le Lipine o le Maota e le Fa’atina o le atunu’u, Maryann Tulafono, ma tatala aloaia faitoto’a mo le maimoaga i ona fogafale
e lua, ma lona taualuga lanumeamata! O le tau o le fale atoa
e $4.9 miliona.
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 17
O se va’aiga i nisi o Faipule ma Fa’atonu sili ua auai fa’atasi i luga o le Maota fou o le EPA lea
ua lalamua nei i lona fausaga ua fa’asaoina ai le enetia ma ua fa’aaogaina panele e aoina ai ‘ave
[ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
o le La mo le sapalai o le latou eletise!
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Le taimi na faamatamata ai e se sui o le kamupani a le Tri Marine le afioga i le kovana sili
ia Togiola Tulafono, i i’a o lo o faatau atu e le aufai faiva ma le faamoemoe e la’u i maketi i fafo
le aano fou (fresh fish) e faatau ai, ae maua e le aufai faiva tupe e fesoasoani ai i le atina’eina o
(ata AF)
a latou pisinisi o va’a fagota. O le ata lea sa pu’eina i le aso 26 Ianuari 2012.
Manuia ni isi o faifaiva i i’a
o lo o fa’atau i maketi i fafo
tusia Ausage Fausia
Talofa Video
Avengers • Samaritan • Soldiers of Fortune
Pavaiai 699-7206 • Nuuuli 699-1888 • Fagatogo 633-2239
Ua molimauina e ni isi o le aufai faiva tulaga
manuia ua mafai ona maua i le taimi nei, e afua
mai i le i’a lea o lo o la’u e le kamupani a le
Samoa Tuna Processors Inc (STP), o se lala lea
o le kamupani a le Tri Marine International lea
ua latou toe faagaioiina le nofoaga tuai sa i ai le
kamupani a le COS Samoa Packing ua tapuni e
faatau i maketi i fafo.
O le faaiuga o le tausaga na te’a nei na amata
tatala ai le tautua fou lea a le STP mo le la’uina
o le aano o le i’a ma faatau atu i maketi i Hawaii
ma Kalefonia, mo le faamoemoe e gaosi ai le
taumafa o le ‘sashimi’ i faleaiga i fafo.
O ni isi o le aufai faiva na mafai ona talanoa
ma le Samoa News e uiga i lenei mataupu, sa
latou taua ai le faamanuiaina o i latou i tupe o
lo o mafai ona maua mai i lenei polokalame
fou, ma ua fesoasoani malosi ai i le faaleleia o a
latou pisinisi o vaa fagota.
Na taua e le susuga ia Mapu Ieti e faapea, o le
tulaga lelei o le polokalame fou lenei a le kamupani o le STP, ua unaia ai ni isi o le aufai faiva e
fagogota ma la’u atu i’a e faatau i le kamupani.
“Ua i ai lava se suiga feololo i tulaga tau tupe
ua mafai ona maua mai i i’a o lo o faatau atu,
ma o lea suiga e sili atu nai lo le mea muamua
sa i ai, e i’u lava ina toe ma’imau i’a i totonu o
le pusaaisa, ona e leai se mea e mafai ona la’u e
faatau ai,” o le molimau lea a Ieti na lagolagoina
foi e le susuga ia Tele’a Amituana’i, o se tasi o
alii faifaiva.
“O le taua o le polokalame lea, e le na o le
tasi se ituaiga i’a e mafai ona faatau atu i ai, lona
uiga, o a lava i’a e maua mai i le faiva, e le toe
popole poo fea o le a ave e tau faatau ai aua o
lea ua mautu le kamupani e ave aga’i i ai,” o le
saunoaga lea a le susuga ia Ieti.
O le polokalame lenei e pei ona viia e ni isi o
le aufai faiva a le atunuu, na afua mai i se finagalo
o le kovana sili ia Togiola Tulafono ina ua maea
ona feutana’i ma sui o le STP i le tausaga na te’a
nei, mo se auala e mafai ona fesoasoani ai i le au
fagogota a le atunuu, talu mai le taimi na tapunia
ai le kamupani o le COS Samoa Packing, lea sa
mafai ona la’u i ai i’a e faatau ai.
Na taua e le afioga i le kovana i se tasi o ana
saunoaga e faapea, o le vaalele lea o lo o malaga
mai i vaiaso uma e aumai le meli i Amerika
Samoa, e toeititi lava leai se uta e toe foi ma le
va’alele lea, peitai afai e mafai ona faaofi ai ma ni
uta o le aano o le i’a e la’u i fafo e faatau ai, o se
auala lelei lea mo le atunuu ma lona tamaoaiga.
O lea moemitiga na faataunuuina loa ina ua
tatala le polokalame fou lea a le STP i le tausaga
na te’a nei, e le gata ua maua ai se fesoasoani
tau tupe mo le aufai faiva, ae ua tatala ai foi ma
avanoa faigaluega mo ni isi o le atunuu i le faamamaina lea o le aano o le i’a o lo o la’u i fafo.
Saunoa Ieti, e le gata la ua maua le polokalame e la’u i ai i’a a le au faifaiva i le STP, ae o
isi i’a e totoe ai e mafai ona la’u i fale’aiga o lo
o manaomia le i’a i le atunuu, ma ua le toe i ai
se i’a e ma’imau aua o lea ua tatala faitoto’a e
tele mo le au faifaiva a le atunuu.
Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia
[email protected]
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 19
Born in Vailoatai Village, American Samoa
Son of Eni Faaua’a and Taualai Hunkin of Vailoatai
Holds traditional orator chieftain title, “Faleomavaega” of
the Faiivae Family, Leone, American Samoa
Married to Hinanui Bambridge Cave of Papeete, Tahiti-five
children and six grandchildren
Vailoatai and Laie Elementary Schools
Diploma, Kahuku High School, Hawaii - 1962
Student Body President
Co-Captain, Football Team; Linebacker, Fullback
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Brigham Young University, Provo,
Utah, Political Science/History - 1966
Juris Doctor (JD), University of Houston Law School,
Texas, 1972
Master of Law (LLM), University of California - Berkeley,
Boalt Hall School of Law, 1973
Member of Congress, American Samoa Representative to
the U.S. Congress (1989 - present)
Lieutenant Governor, Government of American Samoa
(1985 - 1988)
Deputy Attorney General, Government of American
Samoa (1981 - 1984)
Staff Counsel, House of Representatives Committee on
Interior & Insular Affairs (1975-81)
Administrative Assistant/Chief of Staff, to
Paramount Chief A.U. Fuimaono, American Samoa’s first
elected Representative to Washington D.C.
(1973 - 1975)
United States Army, Honorable Discharge 1966-1969,
Vietnam Service (1967-1968)
Member, 100 Battalion 442nd Infantry Reserve Unit, Ft.
DeRussy, Hawaii (1982-1989)
Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps,
United States Army Reserve
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific,
& Global Environment
Member, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Member, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and
Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Member, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Member, Native American Caucus
Member, National Guard and Reserves Components Caucus
Author, Navigating the Future: A Samoan Perspective in U.S.Pacific Relations, 1995
Crew Member, Voyaging canoe “Hokulea” which sailed
from Tahiti to Hawaii (1987), Polynesian Voyaging Society
Musician/Recording Artist, Released three CDs of
Traditional Samoan Songs
Palota Mo
(Totogi e le Komiti O Lo’o Lagolagoina Faleomavaega Mo Le Tofi Sui Aoao
P.O. Box 44669, Washington, D.C. 20026)
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Calif woman wants
roadside memorial
to honor dead fish
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Animal activists want a California
roadside memorial sign to honor fish killed during a container
truck crash.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals volunteer Dina
Kourda told Irvine’s street maintenance chief the sign would
remind drivers that fish value their lives and feel pain.
About 1,600 pounds of saltwater bass died on Oct. 11 when
the truck hauling them to market got into a three-way crash.
Kourda’s letter acknowledges roadside memorials traditionally honor humans, but she hopes an exception will be made.
Irvine spokesman Craig Reem says there won’t be a fish
But PETA spokeswoman Asheley Byrne said they will go
back and ask again. It’s not the first time PETA has asked to
post a memorial for animals killed on their way to slaughter.
They’ve tried to honor pigs killed in Virginia and cows
killed in crashes in Illinois, Kansas, and Manitoba, Canada,
Byrne said, but none have been approved.
It’s their first fish effort. They will continue trying for memorials when trucks carrying animals to slaughter are involved in
crashes and there is a heavy death toll.
“They are on their way to slaughter, which is, of course,
pretty hellish. To suffer an accident on the way and be left in
the middle of the street is unthinkable,” Byrne said.
Ioe ave pasi lona faatamala
na maliu ai tama 72 tausaga
tusia Ausage Fausia
O le alii ave pasi lea na
aveina le pasi na so’aina se
tama e 72 tausaga le matua i
Nuuuli i le masina o Aokuso
na te’a nei, ua ia tautino i luma
o le faamasinoga maualuga
i le taeao ananafi e faapea, o
lona faatamala na mafua ai ona
maliu Malele Forsythe ina ua
so’a e lana pasi, a’o kolosi o ia
i luga o le laina kolisi i luma o
le CBT.
O le alii o Reino Esera,
35 tausaga le matua na ulua’i
tuuaia e le malo i moliaga e
fa, peitai i lalo o le maliliega
lea sa ia sainia ma le malo ma
talia e le faamasinoga maualuga ananafi, sa ia ioeina ai le
moliaga muamua o le maliu
lea o se tagata i le taavale sa
ia faafoeina, ae solofua ai isi
moliaga laiti e tolu o lo o totoe
ai i le pepa o tagi sa faaulu e
le malo.
I le tali ioe ai o Esera i le
moliaga e pei ona ta’usalaina ai
o ia e le faamasinoga, sa ia tautino ai e faapea, i se taimi o le
aso 25 Aokuso o le tausaga nei
i Nuuuli, sa ia faatupu ai i se
auala na te le’i faamoemoeina
le maliu ia Forsythe, ina ua
so’a e lana pasi o ia a’o kolosi
o ia i luga o le laina kolosi
i luma tonu o le faleoloa o le
CBT i Nuuuli.
Na tautino Esera e faapea,
sa faafuase’i ona moe a’o alu
pea lana pasi, ma faafuase’i ai
loa ona so’a e le pasi Forsythe
a’o kolosi i luga o le alatele ma
mafua ai lona maliu.
Ua malie le alii ave pasi
o le a ia totogiina le tupe e
$4,238.83 ia Pepesina Tofili,
mo le pili o le falema’i a Forsythe faapea ai ma le toe totogiina o tupe na faaalu mo le
Tualauta- Itumalo Palota #15
Ou te mua’i si’i le fa’afetai ma le viiga i le Atua, i Lona Alofa ua tatou taunuu ai i le manuia, i lenei
vaitau taua- o palotaga o taitai o le malo o Amerkia Samoa.
O paia ma mamalu o Samoa e le o’o iai se leo o le auauna fa’atauva’a. Ua iai i latou ua totofi e
faia upu ia; ma puipuia sa ma faiga o Samoa. Tulou, Tulou, Tulou Lava.
Mo si o’u Itumalo o le Tualauta: Afio mai lau Afioga a le Punefu; susu mai le nofo-a-Sa’o; ma e na
taimatali’i i le Tualauta; Mamalu mai upu i nofo-a-Pule o le Alataua. Tulou, Tulou, Tulou Lava.
O a’u o Esther Faleupolu Fonoti Fiatoa Wall. O lo’u tina of Tafa’ifa Ilaoa Fonoti o Tafuna ma
Leone; o lo’u tama o Fa’agata Pupuali’i Eneliko Fiatoa o Fagatogo. O le tina o lo’u tina o
Faleupolu Tausaga Soasa’ali’io Vaitogi; o le tama o lo’u tina o Fonoti Vili Ilaoa o Tafuna ma Leone.
E avea lenei avanoa fa’a-auro ou te fa’a Talofa atu ai i lo’u Itumalo Palota #15, o le TUALAUTA; e
aofia ai Afioaga o Iliili, Vaitogi, Pavai’ai, Faleniu (aofia ai Mapusaga ma Mesepa), ma Tafuna.
Talofa, Talofa, Talofa Lava!
I le ava ma le migao e tatau ai, ua ou ofoina lo’u nei tagata e tauva mo le tofi faipule o lo tatou
Itumalo- e pele ia te a’u. E le’i faigata ona a’e se manatu e si’i lo’u lima e tautua oe le TUALAUTA.
Ona o mafuaga ua ta’ua i lalo, ua ou tatalo ai i le Atua e faamanuia mai le taumafaiga a le auauna,
ona o le fia tautua i lo tatou Itumalo o le Tualauta- aua so tatou manuia fa’atasi, ae vi’ia ai le Atua:
1. O le TUALAUTA, o le Ituamalo e pito i tele i le faigamalo a Amerika Samoa, ae le o lagona
lona leo i totonu o upufai a le Teritori. E logoitino le fa’anoanoa ona o tama o le
TUALAUTA, ua fai i lagi le folauga, sa avea ma ta’ita’i iloga ma aloa’ia o le Fono faitulafono i
tausaga e fia ua mavae. O auala ma vai lepa i totonu o le Tualauta ua leva ona fa’atuatuana’i
iai le malo; ona e le o lagona leo o Faipule o le Itumalo o lo’o iai nei.
2. O measina a aiga Samoa, e iai fanua, ua amata ona mou atu ma e tatau ona malu puipuia
aua fanau i le lumana’i. O le fa’atauina atu o fanua o aiga e le Sa’o o le aiga, fa’apea le
fa’aaogaina of fanua e totogi ai loia, e aunoa ma le soalaupule o le aiga potopoto o se tulaga e le talafeagai. O fanua fo’i o aiga ua le o
fa’aaogaina e le malo, ma ua faipisinisi ai isi pisinisi- ua tatau ona toe aiaia ona ua tupu olaola aiga o Amerika Samoa, ma toe fa’afo’i i aiga.
3. O avanoa fa’a pisinisi, galuega e mana’omia ai tomai fa’apitoa, e o’o lava i galuega fai fa’atoaga fuala’au, ua avea ma mea totino a tagata e
faimalaga mai fafo- e le o ni sitiseni, nesionale, po’o tagata nofomau o Amerika Samoa.
4. E le o feso’ota’i tulaga o a’oa’oga i le Teritori ma galuega ma pisinisi mana’omia mo le atina’eina o le Teritori; ma ua maualuga ai le faitau
aofa’i o i latou e leai ni galuega.
5. O le fa’atupeina o le tausiga o le soifua maloloina i le Teritori e le o mausali lona fa’avaeina. O lo’o mamafa pito tasi le avega o tauave nei e
le Au Faigaluega (payroll and wage tax); ae ti’eti’e fua le to’atele.
6. O se pili taufa’aofi a le Maota o Sui e fa’avaeina ai se polokalame inisiua mo le soifua maloloina a le Malo mo le Teritori atoa ua leva ona
ta’atia; e pei e foliga mai ua le aiaia ona o se fa’alavelave a se kamupani inisiua o pulea e se tasi ali’i mautofi (o le ofisa o le Kovana) ma
lona faletua. E foliga mai ua fa’ataua tele lenei kamupani ma lea aiga, ae tuana’i le manuia o tagata lautele o le atunu’u.
7. Va’ai toto’a i le Vaega o le Uila ma le Vai (ASPA), mo auala e taofiofi ai si’itaga le alofa ua iai nei. O se vaega ea o nei si’itaga ua fa’aaoga e
totogi ai penefiti a le au faigaluega ma le puleaga a le ASPA- e iai inisiua o le soifua maloloina, ma inisiua o le ola? Ae fa’apefea le loaloa o le
atunu’u, ae maise nai aiga matitiva?
8. Ia avea le Fono Faitulafono ma vaega tuma’oti e pei on fa’ata’atia ai i le Fa’avae o le Malo, aua le manuia o tagata uma o Tutuila ma Manu’a,
fa’apea le TUALAUTA; ae le ua na o se vaega o le malo e talimana’o i le Kovana ma lana au taupulega. Ia amata mea fo’i le Fono, ‘ae le na o
le fa’atalitali i le Kovana e fa’aulu mai ni pili e ta’ita’ia ai le Malo.
9. Ia fa’ataua e ali’i ma tama’ita’i Faipule tagata o Itumalo ma le Atunu’u,ae le o kamupani tua o faigaluega ai i latou. Ia taga’itoto’a i le
polokalame o le soloia o lafoga mo kamupani (tax exemption), o loo faigaluega ai nisi o Faipule; fa’apea ai ma le lafoga o fa’atauga (sales
tax) o lo’o te’ena pea e isi Faipule o faigaluega i kamupani, e tete’e i ia faiga; atoa ai ma le fa’atupeina o kamupani o faigaluega ai nisi o
Faipule. Aua le avea Tofi mamalu o Itumalo ma a’upega a fai pisinisi ai ma manuia ai i latou; ae fa’atuatuana’i ai i faiga mo le manuia
lautele o tagata o Itumalo ma le Atunu’u.
10. Ia iai se leo iloga ma aloa’ia o aiga ma tagata mafatia ma le matitiva; i latou ua leai ni aiga; ae maise le fanau laiti ma tina o mafatia mai
sauaga o le tino ma le mafaufau. Aua le fa’apitoa manu ia Tasi, ne’i fa’agalo Afi’a i si ona vao.
O ni manatu autu ia o la’u Folasaga, oute fia tautua ai mo oe le TUALAUTA. O lea oute fa’atagisia ai lau Pule, ma lo’u fa’aaloalo e tatau ai- e ala i
lau Palota mo a’u.
Totogia e e o lo’o sapasapaia Esther Fiatoa Wall mo le Maota o Sui o le Fono Faitulafono a Amerika Samoa
maliu o Forsythe.
Na faailoa e le alii faamasino sili Michael Kruse ia Esera
e faapea, o le solitulafono o le
maliu o se tagata i se taavale,
e faia e se ave taavale pe afai
e lei usitaia e le ave taavale
tulafono i luga o le alatele,
ma mafua ai loa le maliu o se
tagata na aafia.
Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona
saunoa Kruse sa ia taua ai e
faapea, o lo o i ai le tiute o le
ave taavale, na te tuu atu ai le
saolotoga i le tagata savali e
kolosi ai i luga o le ala kolosi,
a’o tu le taavale e le alu, peitai
o le mea sa tupu na mafua ai
le maliu o Forsythe e pei ona
saunoa le alii faamasino, ua
faatamala le ua molia i se
auala na te lei faamoemoeina,
ma mafua ai loa ona so’a e
lana pasi le na aafia ma maliu
E ui o lo o i ai le avanoa e
finau ai loia i le faamasinoga
mo se faasalaga mo Esera,
peitai ua malamalama le ua
molia ma ia iloa, e mafai lava e
le faamasinoga ona teena fautuaga a loia e tuuina atu mo se
faasalaga mo ia.
Ua malamalama foi le ua
molia, e le mafai ona toe suia
lana tali ioe ua tuuina atu i le
faamasinoga, pe afai e tuuina
mai se faasalaga a le faamasinoga ae le tusa ai ma lona
O le solitulafono lea ua
nofosala ai Esera, e mafai ona
faasala ai se tasi i le toese mo le
umi e le silia ma le 5 tausaga,
pe faasala foi i se salatupe e
le silia ma le $5,000, poo le
faasala foi i faasalaga uma ia
e lua.
O le te’a laititi o le itula e
6:00 i le taeao o le aso Toonai,
25 Aokuso na tulai mai ai le
faalavelave, ina ua so’a e le
pasi a Esera ia Forsythe, ma
faanatinati atu ai lona tino
i le falemai i Fagaalu mo
togafitiga, peitai na maliu
ai lava o ia i ni nai minute
mulimuli ane ai.
O Forsythe e pei ona taua
i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, o se tasi o tama ua litaea
mai le Matagaluega o Leoleo a
le malo, e pei ona galue ai i le
tofiga o le Commander.
O lo o taofia pea Esera i le
toese i Tafuna ina ua le mafai
ona ia totogiina le $15,000 sa
faatulaga e tatala ai o ia i tua,
e faatali ai le aso 28 Tesema
lea ua faatulaga e lau ai lona
O le alii loia fautua ia
Michael White sa tulai mo
Esera i lenei mataupu, ae o
Kimberly Hyde sa tula’i mo le
O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse na
taulimaina lenei mataupu, i
le lagolagosua a le afioga i le
alii faamasino lagolago ia Faamausili Faasua Pomele.
Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia
[email protected]
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Family Pet Male Dog
Stafordshire Bull Terrier
O le ali’i foma’i nifo o Dr. Roger ma Julian o le tama’ita’i e tima’i mai i le tausiga lelei o ou
foliga, lou tino ma ia amata mai le fiafia i lou loto o le atoaga lea o lou tagata lalelei! O i la’ua o
lo’o tautuaina so’o se tasi i le la’ua falefa’i nifo o le Ekalesia o le Au Pa’ia o Aso e Gata AI i Pesega,
Samoa, ae o lo’o i Amerika Samoa mo le la’ua malologa tafafao ma asiasi mai! [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
• Color: Brindle (brown & black stripes)
• Answers to the name ZEUS
• Red and white striped flea collar & red collar
around neck
• Last seen in family yard on Saturday, Oct 13 in
the Ottoville/Fatuoaiga area
• Reward offered for return or information leading
to the return of our dog.
Please call 258-5946 or 699-1417
Alamai Building - Leone
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
O se lapata’iga matagofie na o’o mai ma le susuga le ali’i
foma’i nifo lauiloa i le setete o Utah, Elder Roger Roth ma
lona faletua o Sister Juliann Roth i lo la’ua fa’ato’a ulufale mai
i Amerika Samoa ma fa’aaoga sina taimi e maimoa ma asiasi
solo ai i lala o le la’ua Ekalesia o lo’o galulue ai pea, Ekalesia
o le Au Pa’ia a Iesu Keriso o Aso e Gata Ai.
O le la’ua fe’au e matagofie tele mo le lautele o tupulaga
talavou ae maise le fanau iti, aua ua fai fo’i si tuai mo i latou ua
tino matutua o le atunu’u, ae aoga lava fo’i i ai! “Ia tausia lelei
ou nifo, ia matagofie lau ‘ata, pe ia lalelei mai lau ‘ata!”
O i la’ua o nisi ua leva ona faia a la’ua Ofisa Foma’i Nifo
i le setete o Utah, ae o se mea sili ua mafai ona la’ua faia, ina
ua litaea mai lea galuega tele sa la’ua faia, ma ua tali nei o
la’ua saogalemu, ua la’ua filifili e toe o e faia se la’ua galuega
fa’amisiona i le la’ua Ekalesia LDS, ma ua filifilia ai e i la’ua
le Lotoa i Pesega.
Ua silia ma le 7 masina talu ona la’ua galulue i le Potu Fa’i
Nifo i Pesega, ma ua atili ona tinou i la’ua e fa’ataunu’u le
la’ua misiona i taimi uma, ona o le tele na’ua o talavou, ua
sulufa’i atu mo le la’ua talavai, aua e le o totogia.
Ina ia tima’i fo’i i matua o fanauiti e le’i afaina o latou
nifo ona ua leai se puipuiga tele o faia e matua i lea itu, o
lea ua mae’a saunia ai e i la’ua se ata video, e mafai ona
fa’amatala auiliili ai i le fa’aperetania ma le fa’asamoa fo’i,
togafitiga ae maise o aga e fai ina ia mautinoa ua tausia lelei
ou oloa.
O nei ata video ua mae’a tu’ufa’atasia, ma ua feoa’i solo
lava ma i la’ua i’inei i Amerika Samoa. I le ulua’i taimi na
to’ai taunu’u ai Dr Roger ma Juliann i Amerika Samoa, o le
la’ua malaga e fa’atutu i Samoa, peita’i, ua toe asiasi mai,
ina ia maimoa lelei i Tutuila ma ua la’ua fa’ailoa mai ai, “O
ni tagata lalelei tele tagata Samoa na lua. Peita’i, o lo’o i ai
le fa’afitauli lenei, e ao ina mua’i fa’afo’ia, ma ia aoga fo’i i
ma’ua i se ma’ua misiona ua tala’ia i’inei, ia fa’asaoina oloa
o le atunu’u, ma ia fa’amatagofie atili ai le foliga mai o tagata
Samoa fa’atasi ai ma lona si’omaga!”
I le la’ua video ua mae’a tu’ufa’atasia, ua mae’a fa’ailoa
ai aga uma e ao ina faia e puipuia ai ou nifo mai fa’ama’i, pe
palagia! “Ia mautu lelei ou lagona e te fia suia le va’aiga a
tagata lautele ia te oe, ia fa’amatagofie muamua lava oe, aua o
oe o le malumalu o le Atua na filifilia!”
O le tama’ita’i o Juliann Roth, o se tasi e pasi lelei ana
a’oa’oga o le tausia lelei o foliga, pa’u ma ou nifo fo’i, o le ala
lea e galulue fa’atasi ai lava i la’ua, ina ia togafitia e le tasi oloa
o le lautele, ae fesoasoani le tasi e tima’ia i latou i aga e ao ina
faia, ia mautinoa, ua va’ai lelei oi nifo ma lou foliga mai!
Afai e te fia maua se fesoasoani mai lea fo’i misiona aoga
tele, e mafai ona e fa’afeso’ota’i le susuga Kalili Hunt mo se
DVD e fa’aaoga e lou aiga e tima’ia ai i tatou matua i ituaiga
mea’ai e ao ina fagaina ai le fanau, ma amioga fo’i ua le toe
faia e i tatou a’o fa’asusuina a tatou fanauiti e afua mai lava a’o
pepe meamea se’ia o’o ina matutua ma ua mafai e i latou ona
fufuluina latou nifo.
Pe afai e uma lenei asiasiga a le ali’i foma’i nifo ma le faletua, ona toe o fo’i lea e fa’aauau le la’ua galuega misiona e
fa’aleleia atili nifo o le autalavou ma le fanauiti i Samoa.
O nisi nei o misiona sili ona aoga mo le atunu’u, ma ua
fa’afiafiaina nei misiona ona o le aoga o le la’ua galuega i
tagata lautele.
• Sofa sets
• Dining Sets
• Coffee and End tables
• Bunk beds
• Recliners
• Rocking chairs
• Bedroom sets
Come see for yourself!
Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday from 9:30am - 2:30pm
Ae ou te le’i pa’i i le vai o le
Malietoa nai le Tuamasaga na
momo’o i ai le tupu, ou te
faapoipoi lili’a faa la’au tuvanu i
ou Sa ma Faiga. E faigata oe
Samoa o le Ao Mamala i le
fa’asouga o ao ma le atu folasa.
Nu’unu’u atu ia faatini o tausala
ou paia ma ou sa Samoa e le o’o i
ai se upu, aua o oe o le i’a e
iviivia e leai se poto na te mafai
ona auauina. Ae avea ia lenei
taimi ou te faamaualalo atu ai i le
mamalu o le Itumalo Tualauta
numera 15, ou te fa’apea atu ai
Tu’u maia lou faatuatuaga ae se’i ou tautua mo oe e ala i le tofi Faipule. Ou te tatalo
i le Tama Faalelagi ia foa’i manatu sa’o e faia ai filifiliga sa’o aua le lumana’i o
Samoa mo a Taeao.
I lo’u ava ma lo’u fa’aaloalo tele lava. Manuia le alo atu i le tatou palota, Samoa.
[email protected]. 258-8167
Ala’iasu Steven Lotonu’u Si’ufanua Paid for by the supporters to elect Ala’iasu Steven Lotonu’u Si’ufanua to the House of Representatives
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$5.25 - Bargain Matinees All Shows Before 6pm
$5.25 - Senior Admissions All Day
$4.25 - All Day For Kids
$6.75 - Adults
Saunia: L.A.F./Naenae Productions
FUN SIZE – Rated: PG
Starring: Chelsea Handler, Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence, Thomas Middleditch
Wren, a sarcastic high school senior, is eager to distance herself from her dysfunctional family
by going off to college. Before that can happen, Wren’s mother, Joy, insists that she watch her
little brother Albert on Halloween night, so Joy can go to a rager with her much younger
boyfriend. When Wren gets distracted by an invitation to the party of the year, Albert
disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. Frantic to locate him before their mother discovers
he’s missing, Wren enlists the help of her sassy best friend April, as well as Peng, an aspiring
ladies man and co-captain of the debate team, and Peng’s best friend, Roosevelt, a sweet nerd
whose crush on Wren clouds his better judgment. This unlikely foursome embarks on a highstakes, all-night adventure to find Albert, crossing paths with outrageous characters every step
of the way.
Friday: — 4:15 7:15 9:30
Saturday: 1:15 4:15 7:15 9:30
Sunday: 1:15 4:15 7:15 —
“Discount Tuesday”:
— 4:15 7:15 —
— 4:15 7:15 —
TAKEN 2 – Rated: PG-13
Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija
Bryan Mills is the retired CIA agent with a “particular set of skills” who stopped at nothing to
save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed
swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help
them escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and
systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.
Friday: — 4:00 7:00 9:30
Saturday: 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:30
Sunday: 1:00 4:00 7:00 —
“Discount Tuesday”:
— 4:00 7:00 —
— 4:00 7:00 —
Ua avea nei le palemia o Samoa, le susuga
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
ma taitai muamua o se malo o le lalolagi, ua ia
faafuga uma ese lona lauao e lagolago ai taumafaiga a le Sosaiete o le Kanesa a Samoa, ma fesoasoani ai i sailiga seleni mo le taua o lo o faia
nei ma lea faamai oti i totonu o le atunuu.
E $80,000 le tinoitupe na mafai ona tuufaatasia i le vaiaso ua te’a ao faafugaina le lauao o
le alii palemia e le susuga i le alii otiulu o John,
i le fogafale lima o le maota o le malo i Matagialalua. Na matauina le faatumulia o le maota o le
malo e le gata i le fogafale sa faafuga ai le lauao
o le alii palemia, ae faapea i latou sa faatalitali
atu i lalo i le fia maimoa i le ao o le alii palemia.
Na faaalia le agaga faafetai o le Sosaiete o le
Kanesa a Samoa i le fesoasoani a le taitai o le
malo i le latou sailiga seleni. O le aofaiga atoa na
mafai ona tuufaatasia i lea taumafaiga na amata
faagasolo mai i le amataga o le masina nei, lea
sa faafuga ai lauao o nisi o tamalii e lata i le toa
30, e $107,00, faaopopo i ai ma le $80,000 mo le
faafugaina ese uma o le lauao o le alii palemia,
ona maua ai lea o le aofaiga maoa’e e $187,00.
Na ioe se alii ma se tamaitai i o la moliaga o
le faiaiga ae o lo o la silafia lelei lava, o laua o
le tuagane ma le tuafafine moni na fananau mai i
matua e tasi. O i laua ia sa tulai i laua i le Faamasinoga Maualuga e tali i moliaga e 14 o le faiaiga
faasolitulafono po o le mataifale.
E le i mananao i laua e tulai se loia e fesoasoani ia i laua i lea mataupu. O lenei mataupu sa
fofogaina lea i luma o le afioga i le Faamasino
Sili, le afioga Patu Tiavaasu’e Falefatu Sapolu.
Na faafofoga le faamasinoga e faapea, o nei
soligatulafono na amata mai i le masina o Setema
2012 seia oo mai i le aso 3 o Oketopa o le tausaga
nei lava. E lei faailoaina i luma o le faamasinoga
le tagata na faauluina le tagi i lenei mataupu. O lo
o taofia uma i laua ua molia i lalo o le vaavaaiga
a leoleo seia aulia le aso 5 o Novema, 2012 lea ua
fuafua e faia ai le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga. Ua
poloaina foi e le Faamasino Sili se lipoti mai le
ofisa faanofovaavaaia mo le fuaina o le faasalaga.
O lo o faataotolia i le maota gasegase i Motootua se tina e 39 tausaga, o le faletua o se faifeau
AOG o le afioaga o Sataua i le motu tele i Salafai,
faapea nai ona alo laiti, ma se tamaititi e 14
tausaga, mo togafitiga i manua na mafua mai i se
faalavelave tau taavale i le amataga o le vaiaso ua
te’a i le afioaga o Sataua, lea na maliu ai se tama e
54 tausaga le matua o lea lava afioaga, ina ua taia
e le taavale se pikiapu sa malaga atu ai lea tina
ma lana fanau. O lo o faia pea suesuega a leoleo
i le mafuaaga o lea faalavelave ua oo ai le maliu
i se tasi o tama o lea lava afioaga, ma ono faia ai
ni moliaga mulimuli ane faasaga i le faletua. I se
isi mataupu, ua taofia nei foi e leoleo se alii 19
tausaga le matua mai le afioaga o Toamua i le ave
taavale faatamala ua mafua ai le maliu o se alii e
22 tausaga le matua mai le afioaga o Apia, e aoga
i le iunivesete aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala.
O le aso Faraile ua te’a na tatala aloaia ai le leitio
fou a le vasega tau tusitala ma le au faasalalau i le
Iunivesete Aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala, o le
105-FM. Na o nofoaga lalata ane i le aoga o loo
mafai ona maua manino ai faasalalauga a lea leitio
fou e pei o Vaivase, Faatoialemanu, Magiagi ma
Toomatagi. O lea alaleo na faamatuu atu e le ofisa
o le pule faatonu, e le mafai ona soo ai Samoa, ae
nao le nofoaga lava o lo o i ai le aoga, ina ia mafai
ona aoaoina ai alo ma fanau o le atunuu i le faatinoga o polokalama ma faasalalauga tau leitio, ae
lei agai atu i tua mo galuega mo le lumanai.
O lo o aoaoina ai foi le tulaga o le pueina o
ata i le televise, tusitusiga o tala ma le pueina
o ata mo le lolomiga i luga o nusipepa. O le 10
tausaga talu ai na faatuina ai le polokalama lenei
a le malo i le iunivesete i se talosaga sa tuuina
atu i luma o le alii palemia mo le faaleleia atili ai
o le matata tau tusitala ma faasalalauga i Samoa.
Ua maea tatalaina aloaia nei ia maota o le
Vaaimamao a le Kolisi o le Matata Eseese a Ausetalia I Samoa, le Australia Pacific Technical
Institute (APTC), i le laumua o le Iunivesete
Aoao o Samoa i le Papaigalagala. O le taitai o le
atunuu, le afioga I le alii palemia, le susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi na saunoa i
le saunoaga autu e tatala aloaia ai lea faamoemoe
i le vaiaso ua te’a. O le maota o le Vaaimamao po
o se tasi o mataupu fou ua faaopopoina i mataupu
aoaoina a le APTC, e aoaoina ai i latou o le a avea
ma faiaoga e gafa ma le aotauina o alo ma fanau o
lo o i ai manaoga faapitoa i totonu o le atunuu. Ua
mafua lea tulaga ona o lo o moomia lea matata i
le tele o aoga ma faalapotopotoga o lo o gafa ma
le aotauina o fanau ma manaoga faapitoa.
I lana saunoaga autu, na faaalia e le alii palemia
lona lagolagoina malosi o lea aoga, ma lona naunautaiga ina ia faailoa atu ia Ausetalia le taua tele
o le faatuina o lea ituaiga aoga i totonu o Samoa
faapea isi atunuu o le Pasefika. Ua momoli atu ai
foi le agaga faafetai a le malo i le galuega taua a
le APTC o lo o faia i totonu o le atunuu.
Na saunoa Tuilaepa, o ia se tasi sa muai lagolagoina malosi le faatuina o le APTC i totonu o
le atunuu ina ua faatuina e se tasi o palemia o
Ausetalia i le fono a taitai o malo o le Pasefika.
Fai mai a ia, o lea ua fua mai ai nei le tele o taua
o lea aoga ua manuia ai le tele o alo ma fanau o
le atunuu. O le itu sili o tusi pasi o lo o faauuina
ai alo ma fanau o lo o aotauina ai aua e aloaia foi
i totonu o Ausetalia ma isi atunuu o le lalolagi
pe a saili galuega ai i atunuu i fafo.
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 23
1. Help the economy by creating new improved jobs for our local work force through boosting the private sector
2. Strengthen our educational system with emphasis on offering instruction relevant to the needs of our society
3. Help our teachers find federal funds to earn their four-year degrees and help local students earn college scholarships and
increase educational opportunities
4. Improve our health care delivery system by working with LBJ Tropical Medical Center, the Department of Public Health and
assure Medicare and Medicaid is available for our seniors, children and our disabled.
• Established Samoan Womens Health Project (1993), an
affiliate of National Breast Cancer Coalition
• Leadership Staff Member, U.S. House Republican
Conference 1999-2005
• Donated to LBJ Tropical Medical Center’s breast cancer
screening project a $10,000 check presented to LBJ CEO
Utu Abe Malae
Volunteer, LBJ Hospital Womens Auxilliary
• Member, Business and Professional Women of American
• Member, Nuuuli Catholic Church and Pago Pago
Catholic Church
• Restored ASCC’s Upward Bound Program funding
eliminated by U.S. Department of Education that year, when
normal channels failed
• Helped 70 students earn college scholarships worth $2.5
million dollars with more scholarships on the way
• Helped LBJ Hospital and Department of Public Health
bring free medical and dental services by The Flying Doctors
and Dentists of America
• Her Guam Jobs Initiative brought job search
opportunities to 2000 permanently laid off tuna cannery
• Married 40 years to Fred Radewagen of Washington,
DC, three grown children, one grandchild
• Eldest daughter of Gov. High Chief Tali (Tei o le
Ma’oputasi) and Mrs. Peter Tali Coleman of Pago Pago
• Granddaughter of Amataupuilevasegaotupu Aumua,
Pago Pago
• Great granddaughter of Tagoilelagi Tu’i Tupua Aumua,
Vatia, Fagasa, Aasu
• Holds orator title “Talileleia” serving Lavata’i Family,
• Holds registered traditional orator title “Aumua” serving
the Tali Family, Pago Pago. The first registered Aumua title
dates back to Oct 6, 1906
St. Francis School, Lepua
St. Mary’s Primary School, Savalalo
Fiailoa School, Utulei
A’oga Samoa (Faife’au’s School, Nuuuli)
Sacred Hearts Academy graduate
• University of Guam graduate with additional coursework
at Marymount College Palos Verdes and George Mason
Give Amata your blessing.
• U.S. Rep. Philip M. Crane, Chairman House Trade
Subcommittee 1996-1999
• Executive Assistant to Paramount Chief A.U. Fuimaono,
American Samoa’s first elected Delegate-at-Large to
Washington, while HTC Va’alele T. Ale served as Legislative
Director 1970-1972
Government Affairs Advisor, ASPA 1995-1996
• Advisor, Chairman, Senate Government Operations
Committee, Fono (pro bono)
• Member for American Samoa, Western Pacific Fishery
Management Council Pelagics Advisory Panel 1992-1993
• Member, American Samoa Delegation to South Pacific
Conference (SPC) 1981, 1983; Advisor to U.S. Delegation to
South --Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders 1985
• Member, Republic of the Marshall Islands Delegation to
Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, U.S. Department of
State, Washington DC
• Member, Republic of Nauru Delegation to INTELSAT
• Advisor, U.S. Presidential Delegation to Pacific Island
Leaders Summit, East-West Center 1990
• Advance Coordinator, Vice President’s Visit to American
Samoa 1989
• Federal Service on U.S. Peace Corps/Micronesia
Staff (CNMI), U.S. Department of the Navy (Guam), U.S.
Department of the Interior (Trust Territory of the Pacific
Islands HQ Saipan), U.S. Executive Office of the President
(OEO), Confidential Assistant to Secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare
• Commissioner, President’s Advisory Commission
on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Presidential
Appointment) 2001-2004, Chairman, Community Security
Subcommittee (credited with including a chapter devoted
solely to Pacific Islanders in Commission’s Report and
recommendations to the President on AAPI Health Care
needs and disparities)
• Member for American Samoa, Republican National
Committee, first in seniority among 168 RNC Members;
first elected 1986, reelected 1988-92; 1992-96; 1996-2000;
2000-04; 2004-08; 2008-12; reelected 2012 to present
• 2003 “Outstanding Woman of the Year” Award recipient
from National Association of Professional Asian American
Women; NAPAAW’s preceding awardee was U.S. Rep.
Patsy T. Mink (D-HI)
• Recipient, International Leadership Foundation’s
“Visionary Award” along with Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) and
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (CA)
• Member, American Council of Young Political Leaders
Alumni Council; participant ACYPL’s Australia Study Tour
Paid for by The Friends of Aumua Amata for Congress. Renee Sagapolutele, Treasurer. [email protected]
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A pumpkin carved by Anton Tymoshenko is displayed at Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley,
Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Tymoshenko had carved the pumpkin during a demonstration over the weekend as Halloween
approaches. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, David Royal)
US: Iraqi audit
pointing to huge
money laundering
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi
auditors believe as much as
$800 million in U.S. dollars is
being sent out of the country
illegally each week, draining it
of hard currency, according to
a report by American inspectors released Tuesday.
The findings point to widespread money laundering and
could focus further attention
on oversight at Iraq’s central
bank, which is at the heart
of a probe into alleged financial wrongdoing involving its
former governor and other top
The U.S. Special Inspector
General for Iraq Reconstruction said in a report that
auditors in Baghdad fear
up to 80 percent of an estimated $1 billion leaving the
country weekly lacks proper
The American watchdog
said that Iraq’s top auditor,
Abdul-Basit Turki, disclosed
the findings about the extent
of the alleged money laundering to American officials
last month.
Turki also raised concerns about “what he called
a triangle of sectarianism,
corruption and violence, in
which each element feeds off
the others in a dynamic that
threatens the well-being of the
state,” according to the SIGIR
Turki’s office, the Board
of Supreme Audit, recently
carried out a probe into Iraq’s
central bank and daily auctions it holds to exchange Iraqi
dinars for dollars.
To Maia Lau Pule Fa’atupu
Please Vote for
Fagasa, Matu’u, Faganeanea ma Nu’uuli
Paid for by the supporters to elect Valasi Lavata’i Gaisoa to the House of Representatives
Commercial banks sell
their dinars to the central bank
and then pass on the dollars
they receive to customers for a
fee. Those customers are supposed to provide documentation to the banks before transferring the dollars abroad, but
Iraqi auditors have found that
most of the transactions are
based on fraudulent paperwork, according to the SIGIR
A spokesman for the Iraqi
audit board, Imad Ismail,
acknowledged that a meeting
was held with American officials in recent weeks, but
said he didn’t immediately
have details about the audit.
Turki was not available for
Earlier this year, deputy
central bank governor, Mudhhir
warned that Iraq had seen a
sharp increase in demand for
U.S. dollars it sells.
He blamed the spike on
Iraqi traders reselling the
greenbacks to customers in
Iran, which is being squeezed
by U.S. and international sanctions, and in civil war-wracked
The American report’s
release comes two weeks after
the longtime governor of Iraq’s
central bank was removed
from office after he and other
bank officials were targeted in
an investigation into alleged
financial wrongdoing.
Turki, the audit board head,
has been named as the bank’s
interim chief.
Specific details about the
allegations against the ousted
bank governor, Sinan alShabibi, have not been made
clear. But comments from
lawmakers and other officials
familiar with the investigation
suggest that the charges are
linked to alleged irregularities
involving the foreign exchange
auction and improper currency
transfer documentation.
Al-Shabibi is considered
to be a politically independent economist — a point
the SIGIR report highlighted
by noting that he “is widely
viewed as personally honest
and professionally effective.”
The allegations against him
have raised concerns of political interference in the bank.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki has tried to distance
himself from suggestions that
the case is politically motivated, saying his administration was not behind the investigation that led to the arrest
Also on Tuesday, Iraqi
government spokesman Ali alDabbagh said that the date for
upcoming provincial elections
has been set for April 20. Iraq
last held elections for its local
governorates in January 2009.
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 25
Stepmother: Boy, 10, shot his neo-Nazi father
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The
10-year-old son of a neo-Nazi leader
told his younger sister that he planned to
shoot their father, then a day later took
a gun from his parents’ bedroom and
fired one bullet into his father’s head as
the man slept on a couch, a prosecutor
alleged Tuesday.
The boy’s father, Jeff Hall, was an
out-of-work plumber who also was a
regional leader of the National Socialist
Hall, 32, joined the group and organized rallies at synagogues and a day
labor site after his sister-in-law was
killed about six years ago by a hit-andrun driver who was an illegal immigrant.
In opening statements at the boy’s
murder trial in juvenile court, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney
Michael Soccio dismissed the notion
that Hall’s neo-Nazi beliefs “conditioned” the child to kill. Instead, Soccio
said, the boy was a violent and angry
child who’d been expelled from multiple schools.
He also said the boy, now 12, suspected his father was going to leave
his stepmother and he didn’t want the
family to split up.
“You’ll learn that (the child) would
have shot his father even if he’d been a
member of the Peace and Freedom Party.
It made no difference,” Soccio said,
before showing the court photos of Hall
playing tea party with his young children.
“They lived a relatively normal life.”
The Associated Press is not identifying the child because he is a juvenile.
The boy with light brown hair sat
quietly in court next to his attorney and
wore a purple polo shirt and glasses.
He showed little emotion when the
prosecution flashed photos through a
projector of his blood-spattered father,
and he appeared to be taking notes in a
spiral-bound notebook.
On several occasions, the boy asked
his attorney how to spell the name of a
witness taking the stand.
Defense attorney Matthew Hardy
countered in his opening statement that
his client had grown up in an abusive
and violent environment and learned it
was acceptable to kill people who were
a threat. Hall taught his son to shoot
guns, and took him to neo-Nazi rallies
and once to the Mexican border to teach
him how to “make sure he knew what to
do to protect this place from the Mexicans,” Hardy said.
“If you were going to create a monster, if you were going to create a killer,
what would you do?” he said. “You’d
put him in a house where there’s
domestic violence, child abuse, racism.”
The defense also suggested that
the boy’s stepmother, Krista McCary,
goaded the child into killing Hall
because her husband planned to leave
her for another woman. McCary told a
police officer at the scene that she had
killed her husband, but later recanted
and said she lied to protect her stepson,
who she’d raised since infancy.
McCary has pleaded guilty to one
felony count of child endangerment
and criminal storage of a firearm in the
case, said John Hall, district attorney
Prosecutors maintain that the boy
intended to kill his father and saw an
opportunity when Hall came home late
after a day of drinking and fell asleep
on the couch. The boy got a gun from
his parent’s room and shot Hall at near
point-blank range behind his left ear on
May 1, 2011, Soccio said.
“He held the gun about a foot away
and, as he explained, he took four fingers and put them into the trigger and
pulled the trigger back, and the gun dis-
charged,” Soccio said, showing images
of a bloodied Hall on the couch covered
by a blue blanket.
Several police officers testified that
the boy and at least one of his siblings
voluntarily gave statements immediately after the shooting that indicated
the boy had killed his father.
One younger sister asked the boy why
he hadn’t shot their father in the stomach,
as he said he planned to do, according to
Officer Robert Monreal, who picked up
the exchange on a belt recorder.
The two siblings talked about the
shooting as they played on a swing set
a day before the attack, Soccio told the
Another officer testified that the boy
was held in a patrol car at the scene and
began to talk almost nonstop from the
Officer Michael Foster said the child
acknowledged shooting his father and
began to show remorse.
“He was sad about it. He wished he
hadn’t done it,” Foster recalled. “He
asked me about things like, do people
get more than one life, things like that.
He wanted to know if he was dead or if
he just had injuries.”
McCary testified that she and Hall
hosted a monthly meeting of the National
Socialist Movement the day before the
shooting and drank whiskey shots with
their guests into the afternoon.
Hall left to drive some guests home
and sent McCary three profanity-laced
text messages while he was gone telling
her he wanted a divorce and ordering
her to move out. The couple argued
when he returned home because he was
seeing another woman, McCary said.
Sometime later, McCary said she
awoke to a loud noise and came downstairs to find her husband lying on the
couch bleeding from the head. Her
stepson came downstairs almost immediately, stopped halfway down the staircase and confessed, she said.
“He said, ‘I shot dad.’ And I said,
‘Why?’” she said. “He didn’t answer.”
The boy has a history of being
expelled from school for violence,
starting at age 5 when he stabbed a
teacher with a pencil on the first day of
kindergarten, Soccio said. He also tried
to strangle a teacher with a telephone
cord a few years later, he said.
His stepmother said the boy had
severe learning disabilities and frequently was the target of Hall’s wrath
when her husband had been drinking or
was high. “He had mood swings, and
you were never sure which Jeff you
were going to get,” she said.
Hall had said he believed in a white
breakaway nation and ran for a seat on
the local water board in 2010 in a move
that disturbed many residents in the
recession-battered suburbs southeast of
Los Angeles.
Hall and the boy’s biological mother
previously slugged through a divorce
and custody dispute in which each
accused the other of child abuse. Social
service workers visited Hall’s home
more than 20 times but never removed
the children from his custody.
Kathleen M. Heide, a professor
at the University of South Florida in
Tampa who wrote “Why Kids Kill Parents,” said children 10 and under rarely
kill their parents and that only 16 such
cases were documented between 1996
and 2007. Heide also said parenting and
home life undoubtedly would play a
role in the boy’s development.
If a judge finds he murdered Hall, the
boy could be held in state custody until
he is 23 years old.
The state currently houses fewer
than 900 juveniles.
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Tusia: Akenese ilalio Zec
Agelu a
le Ali’i
Vaega: 60
Malo le soifua manuia, i le mamalu o le atunu’u, e i ai pea
le fa’amoemoe maualuga, o lo’o aoina pea le masina i lo outou
soifua laulelei i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua. ia manuia le alo
faiva i feau ma tiute o lenei aso. A’o le i fa’aauauina la tatou tala,
se i vavae fo’i a tatou toe i sina a tatou maea la’ititi, ona fa’aauau
ai lea o la tatou tala. Na fai se misa a nisi o tama i totonu o le malae
va’alele, ma o le taimi fo’i lea ua sauni e malaga mo le malo o
Samoa, aua fo’i nai fa’alavelave o aiga o lo’o fa’atali mai.
O tama nei, o le isi e matai, a’o le isi e le i matai, ae o lo’o
fa’atalitali mai i Samoa le anoano o matai o le aiga. O le finauga la
lea ua fai nei, e mana’o lava le taule’ale’a lea, ina ia fai e le matai
lea la te o atu le aso, ona o lona manatu o la’ua ua folau mamao atu.
“Se Malumai, se ‘aua e te pala’ai, tele lou loto, se ou te va’ai
atu, ta te le i o i le va’alele, ae ua e tete i lou pala’ai, o tagata lae e
i o, e le i taitai lava i mea nei, a’o tatou i Tutuila nei, o tama sasa’o
lava tatou, alo la’ia i ou faiva. O le a ou finau malosi fo’i e fai e
ta’ua upu o le aso, ‘aua e te popole i se mea e tasi pe lua, sauna, o
ou ma ma na, alo i ou faiva, ae o le a ou tapua’i.”
Ua na o le punou o le matai, ua tau mafaufau pe o le a fa’afefea
ona ia faia le aso, ae afe ma afe matai o lo’o fa’atali mai i Samoa.
Ua le tautala le matai ae ua na o le nofo lava.
E le i mapu le fautua a le taule’ale’a i lea taimi, ua na o le pa pa
lava o ana fana, ua le mafai lava ona toe ‘alo si matai. Ua taunu’u
le malaga i Samoa, ma ua fai loa upu a le aiga. O le taimi lea, ua
matua’i sauni lelei le matai e fai ana upu, ina ia taunu’u ai si o la
fa’amoemoe e pei ona malaga atu ma la’ua i Tutuila nei. Ua o’o nei
le fa’atau i le matai na malaga atu i Tutuila, ma ua liliu ane nei e
sauni lana fa’atau po’o ai e faia le aso. Na fa’apea upu o le lauga a
le matai, “Ua ou tu nei i fala gatete, ma ou sausau i moana loloto.”
Na ona uma lava o upu ia a le matai, tomumu le leoa loa ma le
taule’ale’a lea na o la o atu, “isa, la le ua tete e le i o’o i le taimi e tete
ai…e sa’o ai le faleaitu a Sumeo ma Petelo… moemoe lava keke..
ae pe ga sau e sausau i moaga, se ga o mea gau lava, lea ga ma o mai
gei ma le $10,000 US, ae va’ai aku, e koe fo’i, ga o le ako fa’afafa.”
Ua fai nei le tonu a Agelu a le Ali’i, o le a o latou asia le ofisa o
lo’o feagai ma galuega lautele a le Malo, se i va’ai fo’i po’o a fo’i
galuega o lo’o fa’atino e le matagaluega a le Malo, ma ua fa’apena
lava ona fai. E taunu’u ane le malaga a Agelu a le Ali’i i le matagaluega lea, o lo’o fai le fono a le ta’itai ma ana tagata faigaluega. O
le ‘auga o lea fonotaga, o le tau sa’ilia lea o se vaifofo mo auala a
lea atunu’u ua matua’i maomoomo. Ua le iloa e le ali’i ta’ita’i, pe
o le a se faiga e tatau ona fai ina ia fo’ia ai lea fa’afitauli.
O lea la e taunu’u ane ai Agelu a le Ali’i, o lo’o tau vevela le
fonotaga lea, ma sa o latou iloa lelei lava le tulaga e o’o i ai, e
uma ane fo’i, ua le fetufaa’i manatu ma mafaufauga lelei, ae o le a
feave’ai fo’i lima o tama. E faia pea…
tusia Ausage Fausia
O le taeao ananafi na ioeina
ai e le alii o Mika Aasa i luma
o le faamasinoga maualuga lona
togiina o le alii o Ethan Mauga i
se ma’a ma laulua ai le isi itu o
lona ulu, e mafua mai i lona ita
tele ia Mauga ona o lona fasiga
o le isi alii.
O le aso Faraile o le vaiaso
nei lea ua tolopo e toe faaauau
ai le fofogaina o le maliliega
ua uma ona saini e Aasa ma le
malo, ina ua finagalo le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse,
e tatau ona malamalama le ua
molia i ni isi o faaupuga o lo
o taua i totonu o le maliliega,
e faatatau i ituaiga manu’a na
aafia ai Mauga.
Ae o le maliliega a Aasa ma
le malo lea na fofogaina i le
taeao ananafi, ua tali ioe ai le
ua molia i le moliaga mamafa o
le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, ona
o le faalavelave lea na manu’a
ai Mauga i le aso 10 Aokuso i
I le tali ioe ai o Aasa i le
moliaga o le faaoolima i le
tulaga lua, sa ia tautino ai e
faapea, i se taimi o le aso 10
Aokuso o le tausaga nei, sa auai
ai i se misa na tulai mai i Petesa
ma i’u ina la fufusu ai ma le alii
o Mauga.
O le iuga o lea fusuaga na ia
togiina ai Mauga i se ma’a, ma
laulua ai se itu o lona ulu ae le’i
aafia ai lona faiai (tulou).
Na taua e Aasa e faapea,
o lona ita tele ia Mauga i lona
fasiga o le isi alii na mafua ai
ona ia togiina lona ulu i le ma’a.
Ua malie Aasa o le a ia totogiina le $320 ia Mauga e tusa
ai o lana pili o le falema’i, ina
ua taofia ai o ia mo togafitiga e
mafua mai i le faalavelave na ia
togiina ai lona ulu i le ma’a.
Ua uma ona totogi e Mauga
le $170 o lana pili o le falemai,
ma o le vaega o le tupe lea o
le a totogi e Aasa e alu sa’o ia
Mauga, ae o le isi $150 o lo o
totoe ai o le a alu sa’o e faauma
ai le pili o le falema’i.
O lo o taofia pea Aasa i le
toese e faatali ai le aso Faraile
lea o le a toe tulai ai i luma o
le faamasinoga maualuga, mo le
toe faaauauina o le latou maliliega ua uma ona saini ma le
O le alii pagota lea ua toe
molia e le malo i le sola ese ao
tatala o ia i tua e faigaluega, ua
faatulaga lana ulua’i iloiloga
e faia lea i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga i le faaiuga o le
masina o fou, ina ua ia teena le
moliaga e tasi o lo o tuuaia ai o
ia e le malo ina ua tulai i luma
o le faamasinoga maualuga i le
vaiaso nei.
O le loia a le alii o I’umalo
Seiuli ia Karen Shelly na faaleoina lana tali tete’e, lea foi
e le’i faatuiese i ai le loia a le
O le moliaga fou ua tuuaia
ai Seiuli, na afua mai i le taimi
a’o taofia ai o ia i le toese mo
le tuliina o lana faasalaga faafalepuipui, ona o le solitulafono o
le umia o mariuana na ta’usala
ai o ia e le faamasinoga.
A’o i ai o ia i le toese mo le
tuliina o lona faasalaga lea, sa
talia o ia i lalo o se polokalame
a le pulega o le Falepuipui e alu
ai e faigaluega ma toe foi atu e
tuli faauma lana faasalaga.
O le avanoa la lea e pei ona
tuuaia e le malo Seiuli na alu ai
asi lona toalua ma lona aiga i
Seetaga, ina ua tatala o ia e alu
e faigaluega i le kamupani a le
Sili’s Burger and Car Wash.
O ni isi o tuutuuga o le tatala
ai o Seiuli e alu e faigaluega,
o le faasa lea ona alu i se isi
nofoaga, sei vagana ai lava le
alu atu sa’o i le falepuipui agai
i le nofoaga o lo o faigaluega,
ma toe fo’i sa’o atu i totonu o le
toese pe a manava.
O lo o taofia pea Seiuli i le
toese i le taimi nei mo le tuliina
o lana faasalaga faa falepuipui o
lo o tuli, e faatalitali ai taualumaga o lana mataupu fou e pei
ona faagasolo i le taimi nei.
O le aso 17 Tesema lea ua
faamoemoe le faamasinoga
maualuga e tatau ona oo atu i
ai, ua maea ona sainia se maliliega i le va o le malo ma le alii o
Juby Kolio poo Junior e pei ona
silafia ai o ia, ma faamuta ai loa
le mataupu i le va o le malo ma
le ua molia.
O le taeao ananafi na
valaauina ai le ulua’i iloiloga o
lenei mataupu, peitai na faailoa
e le loia a Kolio o Michael White
i le faamasinoga e faapea, ua
toeititi lava maea talanoaga o lo
o faia ma le malo mo se maliliega, ma tuuina atu loa i luma o
le faamasinoga lea maliliega pe
a maea ona sainia.
O Kolio o lo o tuuaia i
moliaga o le faia lea o amioga
mataga i se tamaititi e 11 tausaga
le matua i Fagasa, ina ua ia faamalosia lea tamaitiiti la te faia
ni uiga mataga faafeusuaiga.
(Faaauau itulau 30)
Toe Palota
(Paid for by the committee to Re-elect Faleomavaega for U.S. Congress, PO Box 44669, wash. DC 20026)
samoa news, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Page 27
Storm’s cost might K&K ISLAND STAR FURNITURE
hit $50B; rebuilding HOLIDAY SALE
to ease econ. blow
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“Tafuna Industrial Park - next to Pacific Sales”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy will end up
causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion
to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global
Insight, a forecasting firm.
In the long run, the devastation the storm inflicted on New
York City and other parts of the Northeast will barely nick the
U.S. economy.
That’s the view of economists who say a slightly slower
economy in coming weeks will likely be matched by reconstruction and repairs that will contribute to growth over time.
The short-term blow to the economy, though, could subtract
about 0.6 percentage point from U.S. economic growth in the
October-December quarter, IHS says. Retailers, airlines and
home construction firms will likely lose some business.
The storm cut power to more than 8 million homes, shut
down 70 percent of East Coast oil refineries and inflicted worsethan-expected damage in the New York metro area. That area
produces about 10 percent of U.S. economic output.
New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air.
The superstorm overflowed the city’s waterfront, flooded the
financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to hundreds
of thousands. Power is expected to be fully restored in Manhattan and Brooklyn within four days.
The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular
trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days. There’s
no evidence that the shutdown had any effect on the financial system or the economy. But Jim Paulsen, chief strategist
at Wells Capital Management, said further delays might have
rattled consumers and dampened their spending.
“It’s about confidence,” Paulsen said. “We’re watching these
horrific images of the storm, and people are thinking whether
they should ahead with that big purchase ....It doesn’t do any
good to have another day with headlines saying the U.S can’t
figure out how to open its stock exchange.”
Most homeowners who suffered losses from flooding won’t
be able to benefit from their insurance policies. Standard homeowner policies don’t cover flood damage, and few homeowners
have flood insurance.
But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they will offer help to
borrowers whose homes were damaged or destroyed, who live
in designated disaster areas and whose loans the mortgage giants
own or guarantee. Among other steps, mortgage servicers will
be allowed to reduce the monthly payments of affected homeowners or require no payments from them temporarily.
Across U.S. industries, disruptions will slow the economy
temporarily. Some restaurants and stores will draw fewer customers. Factories may shut down or shorten shifts because of a
drop in customer demand.
Some of those losses won’t be easily made up. Restaurants
that lose two or three days of business, for example, won’t necessarily experience a rebound later. And money spent to repair
a home may lead to less spending elsewhere.
With some roads in the Northeast impassable after the storm,
drivers won’t be filling up as much. That will slow demand for
gasoline. Pump prices, which had been declining before the
storm, will likely keep slipping. The national average for a
gallon of regular fell by about a penny Tuesday, to $3.53 —
more than 11 cents lower than a week ago.
Shipping and business travel has been suspended in areas
of the Northeast. More than 15,000 flights across the Northeast
and the world have been grounded, and it will take days for
some passengers to get where they’re going.
On Tuesday, more than 6,000 flights were canceled,
according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware. More than
500 flights scheduled for Wednesday were also canceled.
The three big New York airports were closed Tuesday. New
York has the nation’s busiest airspace, so cancellations there
drastically affect travel in other cities.
Economists noted that the short-term hit to the economy was
worsened by the size of the population centers the storm hit.
“Sandy hit a high-population-density area with a lot of
expensive homes,” said Beata Caranci, deputy chief economist
at TD Bank.
Hurricane damage to homes, businesses and roads reduces
U.S. wealth. But it doesn’t subtract from the government’s calculation of economic activity.
By contrast, rebuilding and restocking by businesses and
consumers add to the nation’s gross domestic product — the
broadest gauge of economic production. GDP measures all
goods and services produced in the United States.
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Project Notification & Review System
Legal Notice
November 7, 2012
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce/American Samoa Coastal
Management Program has received a Land Use Permit Application from the
following individuals.
1. ASPA C/- Dave Dacanay
Federal Consistency Certification; construction of a water booster station with
utilities - Aoloau
2. Faresa Moala
Proposal to convert and repair residential structure for a Laundromat with
utilities - Mapusagafou
3. Tumua’i Kim
Construction of new apartment building (75’x 35’) with utilities and sewer line Tafuna
Lagofaatasi Faaola
Proposal to construct an extension to retail store for a Laundromat - Amaluia
5. Sale Young
Proposal for a new construction of an above ground (Diesel) storage tank Vaitogi
6. Sarai Fanene Lemalu
Proposal for clearing, construction of a retaining wall and filling - Malae’imi
Persons interested in or affected by a proposed project, are invited to review the
project file and provide comments based on environmental issues, by contacting
Marvis Vaiaga’e at 633-5155, at the Department of Commerce in Utulei during
regular ASG hours. Public comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2012. Interested individuals are also invited to attend a Public
Hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 07, 2012 at DOC Conference Room, on the
2nd Floor of the Executive Office Building in Utulei.
O lo’o iai ile Ofisa o Fefa’atauaiga ni talosaga mo Pemita e Fa’atagaina ai le
Fa’aaogaina o Fanua ma Laueleele e tusa ma ala ole Tulafono. A iai se tasi e Fa’asea
pe fia tusia se molimau i ni Afaina ole Si’osi’omaga pe a galueaina nei Galuega,
telefoni mai Marvis Vaiaga’e i le 633-5155. E mafai fo’i ona e auai i le Fono a le
Komiti Fa’afoe ia Novema 07, 2012, ile itula e 9 i le taeao.
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Japan spent rebuilding money on unrelated projects
SENDAI, Japan (AP) —
About a quarter of the $148
billion budget for reconstruction after Japan’s March 2011
tsunami and nuclear disaster
has been spent on unrelated
projects, including subsidies
for a contact lens factory and
research whaling.
The findings of a government audit buttress complaints
over shortcomings and delays
in the reconstruction effort.
More than half the budget is
yet to be disbursed, stalled by
indecision and bureaucracy,
while nearly all of the 340,000
people evacuated from the
disaster zone remain uncertain
whether, when and how they
will ever resettle.
Many of the non-reconstruction-related
loaded into the 11.7 trillion
yen ($148 billion) budget were
included on the pretext they
might contribute to Japan’s
economic revival, a strategy
that the government now
acknowledges was a mistake.
“It is true that the government has not done enough and
has not done it adequately. We
must listen to those who say the
reconstruction should be the first
priority,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in a speech to
parliament on Monday.
He vowed that unrelated
projects will be “strictly wrung
out” of the budget.
But ensuring that funds
go to their intended purpose
might require an explicit
change in the reconstruction
spending law, which authorizes spending on such ambiguous purposes as creating
eco-towns and supporting
“employment measures.”
Among the unrelated projects benefiting from the reconstruction budgets are: road
building in distant Okinawa;
prison vocational training in
other parts of Japan; subsidies
for a contact lens factory in
central Japan; renovations of
government offices in Tokyo;
aircraft and fighter pilot
training, research and production of rare earths minerals,
a semiconductor research
project and even funding to
support whaling, ostensibly
for research, according to data
from the government audit
released last week.
A list of budget items and
spending shows some 30 million yen ($380,000) went to
promoting the Tokyo Sky Tree,
a transmission tower that is the
world’s tallest freestanding
broadcast structure. Another
2.8 billion yen ($35 million)
was requested by the Justice
Ministry for a publicity campaign to “reassure the public”
about the risks of big disasters.
Masahiro Matsumura, a politics professor at St. Andrews
University in Osaka, Japan,
said justifying such misuse by
suggesting the benefits would
“trickle down” to the disaster
zone is typical of the political
dysfunction that has hindered
Japan’s efforts to break out
of two decades of debilitating
economic slump.
“This is a manifestation of
government indifference to
rehabilitation. They are very
good at making excuses,”
Matsumura told The Associated Press.
Near the crippled Fukushima
Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, where
the tsunami set off the worst
nuclear accident since the 1986
Chernobyl accident, recovery
work has barely begun.
More than 325,000 of the
340,000 people who had to
flee tsunami-hit areas or the
evacuation zone around the
nuclear plant remain homeless or away from their homes,
according to the most recent
figures available.
In Rikuzentakata, a fishing
enclave where 1,800 people
were killed or went missing as
the tsunami scoured the harbor,
rebuilding has yet to begin in
earnest, says Takashi Kubota,
who left a government job in
Tokyo in May 2011 to become
the town’s deputy mayor.
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The tsunami destroyed
3,800 of Rikuzentakata’s 9,000
homes. The first priority, he
says, has been finding land
for rebuilding homes — on
higher ground. For now, most
evacuees are housed, generally
unhappily, in temporary shelters in school playgrounds and
sports fields.
“I can sum it up in two
words — speed and flexibility
— that are lacking,” Kubota
said. Showing a photo of the
now non-existent downtown,
he said, “In 19 months, there
have basically been no major
changes. There is not one
single new building yet.”
pledged to spend 23 trillion
yen ($295 billion) over this
decade on reconstruction and
disaster prevention, 19 trillion
yen ($245 billion) of it within
five years.
But more than half the
reconstruction budget remains
unspent, according to the government’s audit report.
The dithering is preventing
the government, whose debt is
already twice the size of the
country’s GDP, from getting
the most bang for every buck.
“You’ve got economic malaise and political as well. That’s
just a recipe for disaster,” said
Matthew Circosta, an economist with Moody’s Analytics
in Sydney.
Part of the problem is the
central government’s strategy
of managing the reconstruction from Tokyo instead of
delegating it to provincial governments. At the same time,
the local governments lack the
staff and expertise for such
major rebuilding.
The government “thinks
it has to be in the driver’s
seat,” Jun Iio, a government adviser and professor at
Tokyo University told a conference in Sendai. “Unfortunately the reconstruction
process is long and only if the
local residents can agree on a
plan will they move ahead on
“It is in this stage that
creativity is needed for
rebuilding,” he said.
(Continued on page 29)
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In this Oct. 10, 2012 photo, a yellow crane sorts out the rubble of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at the rubble collection site near the Arahama
beach in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Japan’s accounting of its budget for reconstruction from the disasters is crammed with spending on unrelated projects, while
(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
all along Japan’s northeastern coast, dozens of communities remain uncertain of whether, when and how they will rebuild. ➧ Rebuilding…
Continued from page 28
Even Sendai, a regional
capital of over 1 million
people much better equipped
than most coastal communities to deal with the disaster,
still has mountains of rubble.
Much of it is piled amid the
bare foundations, barren fields
and broken buildings of its
oceanside suburb of Arahama.
Sendai quickly restored
disrupted power, gas and
water supplies and its tsunamiswamped airport. The area’s
crumbled expressways and
heavily damaged railway lines
were repaired within weeks.
But farther north and south,
ravaged coastal towns remain
largely unoccupied.
More than 240 ports remain
unbuilt; in many cases their
harbors are treacherous with
tsunami debris.
Like many working on the
disaster, Yoshiaki Kawata
of Kansai University worries that the slow progress
on reconstruction will leave
the region, traditionally one
of Japan’s poorest, without a
viable economy.
“There is almost no one
on the streets,” he said in the
tiny fishing hamlet of Ryoishi,
where the sea rose 17 meters
(56 feet). “Building a new
town will take many years.”
Even communities remain
divided over how to rebuild.
Moving residential areas to
higher ground involves cumbersome bureaucratic procedures and complicated ownership issues. Each day of delay,
meanwhile, raises the likelihood that residents will leave
and that local businesses will
fail to recover, says Itsunori
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port town of Kesennuma, which
lost more than 1,400 people in
the disaster. “Speed,” he says, is
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Mae’a a’oa’oga mo le
aufai palota le tumau
fa’aliliu Ausage Fausia
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intends to foreclose on that certain mortgage, recorded in the Office of the Territorial Registrar on
February 20, 2003, in Volume No. LT 6 p. 719-720, and that the property subject to the mortgage will
be sold at a public auction.
Property to be Sold: All of the mortgagor’s interest in that certain parcel of land, structures and
improvements on that certain parcel of real property situated in the village of Vaitogi, County of
Tualauta, American Samoa, Land Square 31, Unit C, more particularly described as follows:
All that certain real property situated in the Village of Vaitogi, County of Tualauta, Island of Tutuila,
American Samoa, being a portion of land called “Aloipiu” together with all tenements, hereditament and
appurtenances thereto belonging and all rights, title, interest, if any of Grantor in and to any streets,
roads, pathways and easements abutting the premises, said premises being more fully described as
Beginning at the southeast corner, of this lot, the coordinates of said being X=
237804.02 and Y=275652.09 referenced to the American Samoa Survey Datum of
1962. Run thence on azimuth 273 ° 01’ 06”, 110.0 feet to a point, thence on
azimuth 02 ° 17’ 02”, 99.0 feet to a point; thence on azimuth 93 ° 01’ 06”, 110.0 feet
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Ua faalauiloa mai e le Komesina o Palotaga a le atunuu, afioga
Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono le mae’a aloaia lea o aoaoga sa faia mo
i latou ia ua avea nei ma tagata fai palota le tumau, mo le palotaga
tele a le atunuu lea ua faamoemoe e faia i le aso Lua o le vaiaso fou.
O se tasi o vaega o lea aoaoga e pei ona faamaonia mai e Soliai
i le Samoa News, o le toe fautuaina malosi lea o i latou uma ia
ua maea nei ona talia e avea ma tagata fai palota le tumau, ina ia
taumamao mai le aafia i faiga faatosina poo ni isi lava foi gaioiga
i le taimi o le palota.
“Ua uma ona ou faailoa ia te i latou uma lava ia ua faa faigaluegaina nei, ou te faamaloloina le tagata ma le toe talia i soo se
nofoaga e faia ai palota, pe afai ou te maua o lo o aafia lea tagata i
ni faiga faatosina mo soo se sui tauva o lo o tauva i le palota,” o le
saunoaga lea a Soliai.
O le faasilasilaga lava foi lea na taua e Soliai sa ia tuuina atu i le
fonotaga a lona ofisa, faatasi ai ma pulenuu ma leoleo o nuu ina ua
talanoaina lenei mataupu. Na taua e Soliai lona talosagina o le Ofisa
o Mataupu Tau Samoa mo le sailia mai o se isi tagata e fesoasoani i
le aufai palota i fale palota taitasi, pe afai e maua ane o lo o aafia se
pulenuu poo se leoleo nuu i faiga faatosina e pei ona ia taua.
“Ua uma ona ou faailoa ia i latou uma lava ua lautogia mo le
faatautaia o le palota i lenei tausaga, ina ia faatumauina pea le taua
o le tiute a le Ofisa o Palotaga, e pei ona tutoatasi ai lava e le aafia
i soo se faiga i taimi o le palota,” o le saunoaga lea a Soliai.
“E tatau ona faatinoina la tatou palota i auala talafeagai e aunoa
ma le aafia i faiga faapolokiki poo faiga faatosina, ina nei nenefu
ai foliga moni o la tatou faigamalo faatemokarasi,” o le isi lea
saunoaga a Soliai.
O le taeao o le aso Lua o le vaiaso fou, aso 6 Novema lea ua
lautogia mo le palotaga lautele a Amerika Samoa, e filifilia ai le
tofi kovana ma le lutena kovana, o le sui mo le konekeresi i Uosigitone, o sui mo le maota o sui a le fono faitulafono, ma le fesili pe
faamata e tatau ona tuu atu i le Fono le malosi e toe sui ai le malosi
o lo o i le kovana na teena ai se pili na pasia e le Fono.
I le alo atu ai o le atunu mo lana palotaga i le vaiaso fou, ua
talosagaina ai e Soliai sui tauva uma ina ia tuuina atu i lona Ofisa
lisi o latou sui o le a i ai i fale palota taitasi, mo le mataituina o le
faagasoloina o le palotaga i lea aso.
Saunoa Soliai, e le faatagaina ni isi sui o komiti a sui tauva
ona nofo i totonu o le fale palota, sei vagana ai le tagata lea o le a
tuuina atu lona igoa i le lisi mai sui tauva.
E na o le taitoatasi sui o sui tauva e faataga ona nofo i totonu
o le fale palota, peitai o lo o talosagaina e Soliai le tatau lea ona
toatele atu igoa e tuuina atu i le lisi, fuafua lea a i ai se mea e tula’i
mai e fia alu i ai le tagata muamua, ae o lo o i ai le isi ona sui o lo
o faaleoleo.
Na faaiu le saunoaga mai le Komesina o Palotaga i lona talosagaina lea o sui tauva uma mo le tofi kovana ma le lutena kovana
sui mo le konekeresi faapea ai faipule mo le maota o sui, ina ia tautuana ma i latou lea aso tuupoina, ina ia maua e Amerika Samoa
se palotaga filemu ma le sologa lelei e aunoa ma se faaletonu e
tulai mai ai.
Ua toe faamanatu e Soliai i le au palota e faapea, o le aso 5
Novema i le 4:00 i le afiafi e tapunia ai le toe faafouina o ID palota
pe afai ua maea le aoga, poo le toe pueina o se ID fou pe afai ua
leiloa le ID palota muamua. Talu mai le aso 9 Oketopa lea na faamuta ai le lesitalaina o tagata palota, e toa 17,774 le aofai o tagata
ua maea ona lesitala mo le palota.
➧ Tala o Fa’amasinoga…
Mai itulau 26
O lo o taua i faamaumauga a le faamasinoga le fasi e Kolio o le
tamaititi na aafia ina ua musu e faatino lana faatonuga, e ala lea i
lona poina o lona gutu.
Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia, sa ia ioeina ai e faapea,
e faalua ona ia faatonuina le tamaititi na aafia na te faia ni uiga
mataga faafeusuaiga. O lo o taofia pea i le toese Kolio e faatali ai
le aso lea ua faamoemoe e toe valaau ai lana mataupu.
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Obama warns Americans
the storm ‘is not yet over’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to project
command in a crisis, President Barack Obama
told storm-stricken residents along the East
Coast that “America is with you” but warned
that the disaster “is not yet over.”
As the countdown to Election Day reached
the one week mark, Obama immersed himself
Tuesday in his official duties. He convened conference calls with state and local officials, held
briefings in the White House Situation Room and
dropped by Red Cross headquarters in Washington. “My instructions to the federal agencies
has been, ‘Do not figure out why we can’t do
something; I want you to figure out how we do
something,’” Obama said. “There’s no excuse
for inaction at this point.”
Obama said there still were risks of flooding
and downed power lines and called the storm
“heartbreaking for the nation.”
The White House also announced that Obama
was scrapping a third consecutive day of campaigning and instead would travel to New Jersey
on Wednesday to view the devastation from superstorm Sandy. His tour guide was to be New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Christie’s political affiliations, however,
didn’t stop him from showering praise on Obama
for the president’s response to the huge storm that
battered his state and several others. “The president has been all over this and he deserves great
credit,” Christie told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
‘’I’ve been on the phone with him, like I said,
yesterday personally three times. He gave me his
number at the White House, told me to call him if
I need anything, and he absolutely means it. It’s
been very good working with the president.”
With Obama back in Washington, the White
House, which had taken a backseat to the presidential campaign for months, suddenly was the
hub of activity. Aides described the staff, especially those who had been sidelined by the reelection campaign, as reinvigorated by the challenge of coordinating the storm response.
Obama made phone calls to local officials
well into the early morning hours Tuesday.
He also convened a conference call with 13
governors and seven mayors in states impacted
by the storm.
The officials, speaking in geographical order
from south to north, briefed the president on the
storm’s impact and the status of recovery efforts
in their areas. The president played the role of
facilitator, trying to arrange for officials in places
where the storm’s impact was minor to send
resources to hard-hit areas.
Obama planned to turn his attention back to
campaigning Thursday, with stops scheduled in
Nevada, Colorado and Ohio. Campaign officials
said the president may try to make up for lost
time by adding more events to an already busy
schedule this weekend and into next week.
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Continued from page 27
Paul Ashworth, chief U.S.
economist at Capital Economics,
expects the storm to shave 0.1
to 0.2 percentage point from
annual economic growth in the
October-December quarter. He
thinks the economy will grow at
an annual rate of 1.5 percent to
2 percent in the fourth quarter. It
grew at a 2 percent annual rate
last quarter.
But Ashworth said any
losses this quarter should be
made up later as rebuilding
boosts sales at building supply
stores and other companies.
“People will load up on
whatever they need to make
repairs — roofing, dry wall,
carpeting — to deal with the
damage,” he said.
But she noted that the storm
should help the construction
industry, which shed millions
of workers after the housing
bust. Many who lost construction jobs were skilled
employees with disproportionately high pay, and the loss
of those jobs hit the economy
Major retailers began trying
Tuesday to ramp up their operations before the critical holiday shopping period.
Sears Holdings Corp., which
operates Kmart and Sears, said
80 of its stores were still closed
at midday Tuesday, down
from 187 Monday. Wal-Mart
Stores Inc., the world’s biggest
retailer, said it was working to
reopen the 168 stores it closed.
And Darden Restaurants Inc.,
parent of Olive Garden and
Red Lobster, by Tuesday afternoon had reopened roughly
160 of the 260 restaurants it
closed Monday.
Retailers collect up to 40
percent of their annual revenue
in November and December.
Retailers, excluding restaurants, could lose at least $25
billion in sales this week, estimates Burt Flickinger III of
retail consultancy Strategic
Resource Group. Because of
the storm, he’s reduced his
forecast for holiday sales to
a 2.1 percent increase over
last year from the 3.2 percent
increase he had predicted
Reopening is often difficult
after a storm. Because New
York’s subways and buses
remained closed Tuesday, it
was hard for many employees
to get to work. Macy’s and
Saks Fifth Avenue flagship
stores stayed closed Tuesday
— bad news for those retailers,
because major department
stores can derive 10 percent of
annual sales from their Manhattan locations.
Still, those stores that could
open for business did. A Westside Market in Manhattan
remained open 24 hours a day
throughout the storm, even
though only about 20 percent
of workers managed to show
up Monday and Tuesday.
“They found a way to get
here — I don’t know how,”
store manager Jay Bilone said.
Insured losses from the
superstorm will likely total $5
billion to $10 billion, the forecasting firm Eqecat estimates.
Insurance losses are typically a
fraction of the overall cost.
Chubb, Allstate and Travelers are the insurers most
likely to suffer losses, said
Greg Locraft, an analyst at
Morgan Stanley. Those companies claim a major share of
the affected areas.
Economists expect actual
property damages from Hurricane Sandy to exceed those
caused last year by Hurricane
Irene, which cost $15.8 billion.
Irene had little effect on the
nation’s growth.
Sandy will likely be among
the 10 costliest hurricanes in
U.S. history. It would still be
far below the worst — Hurricane Katrina, which cost $108
billion in 2005.
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