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1 Buckle up! Fatalities CraSHES LOCAL HIGHWAYS to date office of highway safety LOCAL HIGHWAYS to date A salute to season s JV Football Players of the Week B1 The Two Samoas Health Summit tasked with examining the challenges of NCDs ended successfully yesterday with resolutions coming following collaboration between health officials from the two Samoas. Both DOH Director Motusa Tuileama Nua and Samoa s Ministry of Health Executive Director Palinitina Tupuimatagi Toelupe commended the commitment of health professionals from both Samoas to find effective solutions to the NCD Challenge. (L-R) LBJ Hospital CEO Joseph Davis Fleming; DOH Director Motusa and Dr Leausa Take Naseri, Assistant Chief Executive Officer with the Ministry of Health in Samoa. [photo: JL] samoanews.com C Y M K Talosaga Rocky Tua toe faa faigaluega i le Ofisa Leoleo 18 Daily Circulation 7,000 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA Friday, November 15, 2013 $1.00 Fautasi race is moved to Thanksgiving week Keep up the spirit of Motu o Fiafiaga by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent A fautasi race originally set for tomorrow as the culmination of the American Samoa Government sponsored People, Air, Land and Sea (PALS) activities, has been postponed to Thanksgiving week following a request by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. The postponement of the race was learned at a scheduled news conference on Wednesday where fautasi boats captains were in attendance in order to go through the race route with media. However, an official of Commerce Department, the lead ASG agency overseeing the race, informed Samoa News that the news conference had been cancelled and the race postponed, after a request from the governor. The official referred questions to DOC director Keniseli Lafaele. Responding to Samoa News questions asking him to verify the postponement and the reason for the change Lafaele first pointed out, At the conclusion of any Samoan fiafia, the taualuga is danced. In these three months of festivities starting with the Coast Weeks in September, adopt a stream in October, and now the Farmers Fair in November - Governor Lolo thought it only appropriate to highlight the conclusion of PALS activities with the taualuga of all water sports in the Samoas the faigamea i le tai, the fautasi or long boat race, he said. We deeply regret the inconvenience this short notice may have caused the captains and crews who have been preparing for the race this Saturday. But we believe the final prizes will be worth the wait, he said Wednesday afternoon. (Continued on page 14) DPS raids business to collect paperwork related to Customs by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent Officers from DPS Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Affairs Unit accompanied by Deputy Police Commissioner Leseiau Laumoli executed a search warrant yesterday morning at Samoa Marketing, located on the ground floor of the Fagatogo Square. Samoa News understands the search warrant was for paperwork, particularly customs declaration forms for incoming containers with merchandise for the business. According to Samoa News sources, the investigation was launched after police discovered, during a raid earlier this year, questionable paperwork at the Customs Office in Fagatogo. The paperwork confiscated yesterday pertained to invoices from Samoa Marketing that were offset by Customs in lieu of Samoa Marketing paying excise taxes, which under the law is allowable. (A.S.C.A Setoff Against Money Owed Government says: The Treasurer of American Samoa may deduct from any amount, which the government owes to any person the amount of any tax, license fee or other sum, which such person owes to the government.) However, according to investigators, the probe is focused on items that were offset but did not go through the proper procurement process. For example, according to Samoa News sources, there are items that were released to Customs and not tagged by the Office of Property Management (which is the standard procedure for all government assets - including equipment such as laptops, computers, scanners, desks, chairs, etc.). According to the source, the question then becomes, How many items are being taken home for personal use? Because as far as the government is concerned, these items don t exist because there is no paperwork... But a Customs agent says that, as far as he knows, everything for ASG that comes in through Samoa Marketing is tagged and accounted for and sources at Customs state that they have been instructed to offset certain items for certain companies and agencies to which ASG owes money. A source close to the case says the only thing that is allegedly presented to the Treasury Department itself is a receipt for what the company is paying in cash or by check and it does (Continued on page 14) C Y M K Fund drive for victims of typhoon set for tomorrow By Jeff Hayner, Samoa News Reporter The Filipino community in American Samoa is stepping up to the plate to raise funds for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda). Operation Bayanihan for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan has already commenced with the distribution of solicitation letters to the local community and a radiothon live on KHJ 93.1 airs tomorrow (Saturday) November 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be six collection stations to receive donations in front of the Ulalei/Western Union store in Leone, Cost-U-Less, Ace Hardware in Malaeimi, Laufou Shopping Center, Utulei Park and in front of the Uele s residence in Utusia (Faga itua area). News reports from around the world have stated that this super storm was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded with winds upward of 195 miles per hour, terrible storm surges and flooding that wiped out entire villages. Nearly 600,000 people have been displaced with 9.5 million people affected across the Philippines, according to the United Nations. Show your alofa and support Operation Bayanihan. Here are some phone contacts for donations: / / , and more will be made available during the radiothon. DPS Internal Affairs officers and CID investigators, along with Deputy Commissioner Leseiau Laumoli executed a search warrant at Samoa Marketing located inside the Fagatogo Square yesterday morning, to confiscate paperwork, including customs declaration forms for an investigation that involves offsetting ASG debts with the company. [photo by B. Chen]

2 Page 2 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 NOW SERVING BREAKFAST & Lunch MON-SAT From 7am - 2pm Oasis for Fine Dining MONDAY-SATURDAY 5PM TO 9PM MEAT/PASTA LOVERS MENU CATCH OF THE DAY CLASSIC KOREAN MENU DESSERT DELIGHTS PRIVATE PARTY & BANQUET ROOMS AVAILABLE BAR & RESTAURANT MON thru SAT 7AM-2AM LOCATED IN SAMOA SPORTS BUILDING, AIRPORT RD Fagatogo rugby players charged in assault case by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent punch by an unknown Fagatogo player landed on Two players with the Fagatogo Rugby club the right side of his jaw, knocking him unconscious which caused him to fall to the ground. have been charged with the assault of a player from an opposing team, in an incident that is said During the course of the investigation, police to have occurred during an Oct. 26 match for the retrieved a video recording and still photos taken Mosooi Festival Rugby Sevens tournament, and during the match and it was from there that the alleged attack landed a man in the surgical police were able to identify the defendants by the ward of LBJ Medical Center. numbers on their rugby jerseys. Rugby players Talofa Faimoa and Fatutoa Police learned that Levi was the main instigator of the brawl and alleged that Levi had Levi have each been charged with second-degree assault, a felony punishable by up to five years in thrown the first punch that struck the victim, jail, a fine of $5,000 or both. Each defendant is adding that it was learned that a few seconds also charged with misdemeanor public peace disturbance, according to court documents, adding allegedly seen punching the victim in the jaw, later, during the fight that ensued, Faimoa was that bail for each defendant is set at $5,000. which caused the victim to fall to the ground. Levi s case is with the High Court, where he Due to the alleged assault, the victim suffered entered a not guilty plea yesterday, with pre trial swelling on the lower right side of his face and conference set for Dec. 12. Faimoa appears today jaw, court documents say, and noted that LBJ in District Court for his preliminary hearing. physician Dr. Leute Pio Leota later diagnosed Court documents state that police were contacted on Oct. 30 by LBJ personnel saying that the right side of his face and this was confirmed the victim with a mandibular angle fracture to a victim was at the surgical ward due to injuries by an x-ray of the victim, who required surgery sustained as the result of an assault. When interviewed by police, the victim who is with the As reported last week by Samoa News, the as a result of the injuries he sustained. Mapusaga Fou rugby team alleged that he was American Samoa Rugby Union board was to assaulted by two unknown rugby players from meet to discuss what penalties, if any, would be the Fagatogo team during a match between the handed out against the players involved in the two teams at Veterans Memorial Stadium. alleged assault. ASRU chairman Togiola Tulafono left early this week for an off island rugby The victim alleged that he had been punched in the facial area by two rugby players when a meeting and Samoa News will have in Monday s fight broke out during the match; and the last edition an update on the ASRU decision. (all ANSWERs ON PAGE 14)

3 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 3 Three young men implicated in burglary in Puapua, Leone by Joyetter Feagaimaali i-luamanu Samoa News Reporter Hatred towards the police was the reason given by one of three young men who allegedly broke into the Ulalei sewing shop and Western Union office two weeks ago in Puapua, Leone. Semurana Leaumoana and Amosa Ilalio are each held on bail of $20,000 on charges of firstdegree burglary, stealing, underage consumption of alcohol and property damage third degree in connection with the burglary of the Ulalei Fashions sewing shop and the Western Union office. The pair made their initial appearance in court last week. A third young man, a minor is also involved. The burglary count is a class B felony punishable with five to 15 years in jail, stealing count is a class C felony which carries a jail term of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 while the two remaining charges are misdemeanors which carry jail terms of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. According to the government s case, on October 25, 2013 police were called to the site of a burglary at the Western Union and Ulalei Fashions in Puapua. Upon arrival, police observed that the side door had been forcibly opened, and there were also footprints near the entry point. Court filings say that the sewing shop and the Western Union Office were ransacked with drawers open, items scattered all over the floor, clothes in the sewing shop all over the floor and it appears that the burglars had tried to open the vault that was inside the shop. Police spoke to an employee of the sewing shop who said the sewing shop is right next to the Western Union office, and when she entered, she saw both places had been vandalized. Court filings say, aside from the items scattered all over the place, the burglars managed to turn off the video surveillance camera. One employee told police that there was a young man who was later identified as Amosa who had come to the sewing shop the day before, sat around and asked to use the computer. While using the computer Amosa was looking all over the shop and scanning every corner. The government claims that owners of the sewing shop and the Western Union office reported that roughly $3,930 worth of items was missing after the burglary, including $2,000 in cash and $200 in coins. Chargers for smart phones were also taken, along with a wireless router, an electric fan, sunglasses, speakers, food items and two donation boxes for Red Cross and the Filipino Community. Court filings say that later that day, police interviewed Ilalio who said he had consumed beer with Leaumoana on the night in question. After the drinking session Ilalio, along with MT (a juvenile) and Leaumoana walked towards the sewing shop/western Union. Ilalio said all three of them went into the building and rummaged through everything and did not find anything useful, so they exited the building and loitered outside before returning home. MT told police that everything started the evening before when a police officer came and argued verbally with Ilalio, who came up with the idea to break into the building and ransack it because of his hatred towards the police officer. MT said he watched Ilalio and Leaumoana both trying to carry the safe that was inside the Western Union Office. Court filings say that MT admitted to taking $3 that was on top of the radio. It s unclear at this time if the government has filed criminal charges against MT, the juvenile in this case. Pa. couple plead no contest in 2nd child s death PHILADELPHIA (AP) A fundamentalist Christian couple who believe in faith-healing over medicine pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the death of their infant son, nearly four years after they were put on probation for the similar death of another child. The 10-year probation term in the 2009 case required Herbert and Catherine Schaible to seek immediate medical help if another of their children became sick or injured. But Philadelphia prosecutors said the couple instead prayed over their 8-month-old son, Brandon, before he died of pneumonia in April. Assistant District Attorney Joanna Pescatore said Thursday s pleas were not entered under any agreement, and she can argue for any sentence up to the 20- to 40-year maximum prison term when the Schaibles return for sentencing in February. It s no holds barred, Pescatore said. The Schaibles were on probation because they had previously been convicted by a jury of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 pneumonia death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. Herbert Schaible, 45, remained jailed Thursday, unable to post $250,000. His 44-year-old wife has been free since members of their church raised 10 percent of the same bail amount to secure her release. She s confined to her parents home, except for court hearings, lawyer appointments and supervised visits with the couple s remaining children, who have been in foster care since their brother died. The no-contest plea has the same legal effect as a guilty plea, but it means the couple didn t admit wrongdoing and chose not to contest the evidence against them. Catherine Schaible s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, said she s hopeful the plea will let her develop a fuller explanation of the Schaibles beliefs at sentencing. Herbert Schaible s attorney, Bobby Hoof, said his client didn t want to go to trial. Hoof had previously argued there was no malice a necessary ingredient in third-degree murder noting the infant died just three days after developing cold and flu symptoms. A judge rejected that argument and refused to dismiss the murder charge. The Schaibles are third-generation members and former teachers at the First Century Gospel Church, a small, insular congregation in northeast Philadelphia.

4 Page 4 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Flu vaccines offered for free by the DOH get yours today! by B. Chen Samoa News Correspondent The Department of Health has received the flu vaccine for and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, especially women who are pregnant, those who receive dialysis treatments, people with diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, elderly folks 65 years and older, and infants and children older than six months. The flu vaccine is available at any one of the four local health centers in Fagaalu (Physical Clinic and Well Baby Clinic), Amouli, Leone, and Tafuna. The DOH mobile van is also parked in different locations around the island in an effort to get everyone vaccinated. The flu vaccine has been offered by DOH every year for over ten years now, thanks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who supply it to the territoryt. The vaccines are free of charge and everyone is urged to take advantage of the program. In addition to the supply from the CDC, DOH also received this past June, Excess Flu Vaccine Supply from the US Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Excess DOD Vaccine Program. For the past seven years, the excess supply of flu vaccines has been donated to the DOH Immunization Program for the people of American Samoa. The USAPI DOD Vaccine Program is a public-private partnership that delivers excess DOD seasonal influenza vaccine to the USAPIs, which includes American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. American Samoa and other USAPIs receive their influenza vaccine through the CDC, but not in sufficient quantities to achieve the level of immunization necessary for herd immunity. That is why JTF-Homeland Defense steps in and assists the islands in ensuring excess flu vaccines are collected and sent to all island jurisdictions. For 2013, under the USAPI DOD Vaccine Program, American Samoa received more than 12,000 doses for its people, which is worth over $100,000. This was the first year DOH received such a huge supply of flu vaccine but unfortunately, 2013 is the last year for this particular vaccine program. This is separate from the CDC-supplied vaccines that are currently being offered. The influenza virus or the flu is a serious and contagious disease that is spread through coughing, sneezing and nasal secretions. Anyone can get the flu, but infections are highest in children and people with certain illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, renal dialysis and asthma. Pregnant women are also at higher risk for the flu. It is the undying duty of the Department of Health to ensure that our community receives the flu vaccine through its distribution to the clinics and various health outreaches in the Mobilized Immunization Clinic Van, said Yolanda Masunu-Faleafaga of the local DoH Immunization Program in an initial interview. Vaccination is by far the best health tool ever, used to protect our people from diseases. DOH Director Tuileama Motusa Nua encourages our people, village leaders, and congregations to join DOH in promoting flu vaccinations to help protect our people from the flu virus, especially our babies who cannot be vaccinated. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older, including health care workers. Those who want to schedule vaccinations for their agencies and/or villages can call or the DOH Immunization Program at /8465 for more information on how this can be done. Seasonal influenza is a deadly disease that kills 36,000 Americans, on average, every year. Receiving the flu shot protects not only the recipient, but also all those people who work closely or live with the vaccine recipient. DOH reminds everyone The flu ends with u. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Samoa News welcomes and encourages Letters to the Editor. Please send them to our Box 909, Pago Pago, American Samoa Contact us by Telephone at (684) Contact us by Fax at (684) Contact us by at Normal business hours are Mon. thru Fri. 8am to 5pm. Permission to reproduce editorial and/or advertisements, in whole or in part, is required. Please address such requests to the Publisher at the address provided above. Op-Ed: Looking back & looking forward to the 10th Tattoo Fest by Tisa Fa amuli As Tisa a Annual Tattoo Fest grows, so does the interest in our community to return to the joy of being Samoan, living in our island paradise and celebrating the Traditional Tatau art and its diversity on Tutuila Island. Clearly, I witnessed an emergence of a new generation of American Samoans who are coming of age in their various arts forms from the tatau and Ava ceremony to the latest locally produced (and first American Samoa comedy film) SEKI A OE set to be released next month and previewed at the Fest. Wood carving, clay art, and fashions designed by young entrepreneurs were impressive and a very welcome addition this year. The ink was well judged by professionals in the field. Most participants were college students and young professionals with families celebrating le Tatau A Samoa as well as enjoying the perfect beach weather on the east side. I noticed a much bigger interest in Samoan cultural arts this year among the young people and a willingness to try things that are cool about being Samoan in the motherland. The celebration of the Tatau Art at Tisa s Tattoo Fest is a soft landing spot and feel-good experience for newcomers and visitors. If they choose to look deeper into the sacredness of the Fa asamoa, welcome to Motu O Fiafiaga! Gotta do the Tautua first! Visitors loved being able to purchase gifts and art stamped with the made in Amerika Samoa label. And to leave Tisa s Tattoo fest with permanent skin art of the Samoan Tatau is a cool way to own bragging rights about a visit to Pago Pago. They told me Motu of Fiafiaga is one of the most hospitable and peaceful islands of the South Pacific. Feeling safe was the most common comment from all visitors in recent years. Looking forward to the 10th Annual Tisa s Tattoo Fest next year, I feel confident our island community is ready to step up our efforts in maintaining our island s environment with low impact and sustainable island style development, to share with those who share our interest to save our planet from further destruction. We have a great opportunity to grow our economy with Eco Tourism development. Caring for our planet is a realistic move for our survival and the protection of the natural resources of our beautiful island s environment and culture. As an advocate of the environment, and conservationist of natural resources, it s encouraging to see that American Samoa leaders are enlightened to do the right thing, and many of us are proud to be a part of this. Worldwide interest in our cultural arts is growing with each tattoo fest year, and we are grateful for the support of the business community that supports Tisa s Tattoo Festival every year. Lastly, thank you to my district, family, and Alega village for your support. Amerika Samoa are you ready for the 10th Annual Tisa s Tattoo Festival? Mark your calendar for Oct , 2014! Osini Faleatasi Inc. reserves all rights. dba Samoa News is published Monday through Saturday, except for some local & federal holidays. Please send correspondences to: OF, dba Samoa News, Box 909, Pago Pago, Am. 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6 Page 6 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 NOTICE OF UNCLAIMED BANK DEPOSITS Laeli Tauala/ITF Peter L. Faga Manuele Alefosio/Koreti S. Alefosio Silupe Moeai Roger Laranjo Jay J. Jennings Lolo Semeni Kyung Jin Kim Sailiata Tunupopo/ITF Loise Sailiata Vinesh Jee Taulelea Masefau Claims must be made in person at the Utulei Branch. Island Technologies Inc 1997 Faleniu Village Ph: Fax: Cell: XMAS Air Conditioning SALE! CHIGO 9,000btu Split Unit Aircon $ CHIGO 12,000btu Slit Unit Aircon $ CHIGO 18,000btu Split Unit Aircon $ CHIGO 24,000btu Split Unit Aircon $1, CHIGO 36,000btu Split Unit Aircon $1, Call us for more info. Limited stock. CASH ONLY. by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent The Trial Division of the High Court has found that the American Samoa Government had overpaid a contractor for the Fono roofing project by close to $200,000 and ordered a judgment in favor of ASG. The contractor, Talia Toa, dba, International Roofing, sued the government in 2006 for breach of contract, alleging that ASG failed to make full payment on the contract for the repair of the Fono building roof and the Samoan Guest Fale. However, ASG argued that, due to clerical and accounting oversights, it actually paid more than the total invoices submitted by the plaintiff. A trial on the matter was conducted for two days in April and one day in May this year. According to court documents, the original contract was for $78,000 in 1994 and upon undertaking initial repairs, the plaintiff discovered substantial problems with the Fono building roof and the Samoan Fale. After the parties agreed that plaintiff would complete all necessary repairs regardless of the additional cost, ASG officials at the time authorized nine change orders submitted by International Roofing between 1995 and These change orders increased the contract price to $987,183, according to the judges, who pointed out in a footnote in the decision, that due to mislabeling allegedly incorrect change order amounts and inconsistent factual allegations submitted by both parties it s not clear whether there were eight, nine or ten change orders. Shem Han Born: October 10, 2008 Departed: November 1st, 2013 Service Date: November Service: Fagaima Road & River of Life Christian Church 9:00am Final Resting: Faleniu next to Chen Brothers Store 12:00 noon g{tç~ çéâ 9 ZÉw UÄxáá Peng Han & Haixia Li Parents Nov Court ruling finds ASG overpaid contractor suing the government The final invoice for the job, submitted December 1997, claimed the plaintiff had performed repairs totaling $900,345 and received $603,000 in payment, leaving a balance due of $297,345. But a final change order for $198,500 included with the final invoice increased the total outstanding balance to $495,845. ASG continued to make payments on the contract and final invoice until early 2001 when officials realized ASG had substantially overpaid. However, after payments stopped, plaintiff claimed it had only received about $387,000 of the $495,845 outstanding balance. According to the plaintiff, it attempted to collect the outstanding balance for about six years beginning in 1999 and in December 2005, plaintiff s attorney wrote to then Senate President Lolo Matalasi Moliga demanding full payment. Although the difference between what the plaintiff claimed was received and the outstanding balance due was less than the $117,120 demanded by the plaintiff, Lolo didn t dispute the figure demanded and instructed the plaintiff to seek payment from Treasury Department. Instead the plaintiff wrote to the Attorney General at the time, but received no further payment, resulting in the lawsuit. The court noted that plaintiff didn t explain why he had contacted the Attorney General instead of Treasury Department. DISCUSSION Despite extensive discovery proceedings, a number of contracts and account statements admitted in evidence, and a full trial, neither party has presented a particularly compelling case, according to the Nov. 13 decision signed by Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond and associate judges Mamea Sala Jr. and Muasau T. Tofili. Ultimately, this shortcoming weighs against the plaintiff who bears the burden to provide his case by preponderance of evidence, the decision states. Furthermore, what limited credible evidence before the court indicates that ASG has in fact overpaid on the contract, the judges said. The judges also pointed out that plaintiff submitted what is at best an incomplete accounting record with the final entry made on May 1997 and this record does not appear to identify the last change order included with the final invoice on Dec. 11, 1996 and provides yet another total invoice amount of $978,888. Moreover, the plaintiff s written closing arguments present three possible calculations for ASG s arrearage, any of which plaintiff would accept as final payment. that plaintiff cannot establish a firm number from his own evidence is indicative of the muddled evidence before the court, the judges said. Overall, plaintiff has sabotaged his own case through inconsistent and deficient evidence that fails to meet the burden of proof. When considered in conjunction with the evidence presented by ASG, plaintiff s case erodes even further, the judges point out and reemphasize that neither party presented an entirely persuasive case with sufficient evidence to reach a definitive conclusion as to the amount owed or paid on the contract. However, based on what evidence is available, our best conclusion is that ASG overpaid the contract, the judges noted. Based on evidence - invoices including change orders - presented to the court, the judges said ASG s total contractual obligation came to just over $1.18 million while ASG has made a total payment of over $1.36 million - leaving an overpayment by ASG to the tune of $180,225. In conclusion, the court entered a judgment in favor of ASG, represented by Assistant Attorney General Jay Sayles, while Matailupevao Leupolu Jr. represented the plaintiff. The destruction of Brazil s Amazon jumps 28 percent BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Brazil s government reported Thursday that annual destruction of its Amazon rainforest jumped by 28 percent after four straight years of declines, an increase activists said was linked to recent loosening of the nation s environmental law meant to protect the jungle. However, the destruction was still the second-lowest amount of jungle destroyed since Brazil began tracking deforestation in The increase in deforestation came in the August 2012 through July 2013 period, the time when Brazil annually measures the destruction of the forest by studying satellite images. The country registered its lowest level of Amazon felling the year before. The Amazon rainforest is considered one of the world s most important natural defenses against global warming because of its capacity to absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide. About 75 percent of Brazil s emissions come from rainforest clearing, as vegetation burns and felled trees rot. That releases an estimated 400 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, making Brazil at least the sixthbiggest emitter of the gas.

7 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 7 Doctors present a picture of diabetes in the Territory It s not a pretty picture by Joyetter Feagaimaali i-luamanu Samoa News Reporter The LBJ Hospital spends $2.6 million, on a yearly basis for the treatment of diabetes, according to Tamasoali i Dr. Joseph Tufa, who spoke at the Two Samoa s Health Summit together with Dr. Seakerise Tuato o and Dr. Richard Ripley. The summit that ended yesterday (Friday Samoa time) is focusing on the challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in both countries. According to Tamasoali I, American Samoa s annual budget for LBJ is about $3.3Million, and of that amount, $2.6Million (nearly 80%) is spent on problems associated with diabetes. Globally, diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable diseases. It is a chronic metabolic disorder, characterized by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood and it occurs either because the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin, or through a combination of the pancreas having reduced ability to produce insulin alongside the body being resistant to its action. Tamasoali I presented some statistics on diabetes in American Samoa: * in in -7 people were obese, 3000 had diabetes * in in- 3 are obese, with 8000 known diabetics and 6000 estimated undiagnosed There are also somewhere around 10,000 pre-diabetics. This is about 24,000 with diabetes or pre-diabetes which is more than 1/3 of our population. He also noted that policy makers should be convinced that NCD is a Public Health issue where action must be taken, not by a few but the whole-of-society. Lastly he noted that diabetes has a causal relationship to heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputation. He also said that in 2011 there were 151 deaths in the territory, of which 85 died of diabetes and its complications. In 2012, with 138 deaths, 72 had diabetes and its complications. The three doctors discussed three levels of prevention: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Tamasoali i explained that primary prevention means limiting the occurrence of a health problem, generally by preventing exposure to known risk factors. For example, reducing levels of malnutrition through social and economic reforms that increase access to adequate healthy food; or preventing lung cancer through legislation and education to discourage young people from starting to smoke. Secondary prevention involves action to limit the adverse consequences of disease by intervening before symptoms have occurred or during their early stages. This involves action such as early detection (and possibly screening) or curative action like reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering high blood pressure and controlling diabetes. He said tertiary prevention aims to limit the damage caused by the established disease and to optimize the quality of life of those affected. An exercise and training program to help a stroke victim regain speech, cognitive, or motor functions would be an example of tertiary prevention. TYPES OF DIABETES Dr Tuatoo said diabetes is sometimes diagnosed in children and young adults this is known as juvenile diabetes, or Type 1 Diabetes and those who have the disease in their youth must learn early to manage their condition carefully in order to live a long and healthy life. However with Type 2 Diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, and presents itself in adulthood, the body does not use insulin properly and in time, your body is not able to make sufficient insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems the first occurs immediately, and your cells starve for energy. In time, high blood glucose levels damage your body, affecting your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. Symptoms include urinating often, feeling very thirsty, feeling very hungry, even though you are eating, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal, weight loss, even though you are eating more, and tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet. He also pointed out that there is a form of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women called gestational diabetes. This type often has no symptoms, which is why it s important for at-risk women to be tested at the proper time during pregnancy. National Diabetes Month November, 2013 Theme: A Day in the Life of Diabetes Overview of Diabetes Month 2013 One of the primary objectives of our leading national association, the American Diabetes Association is to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. We as providers at the medical center also operate on the similar objectives. Overall Messages Diabetes doesn t stop. It is 24/7, 365 days a year. People with diabetes are faced with numerous challenges in managing their diseases on a daily basis. Diabetes professionals in every health care setting strive to provide the necessary tools to assist those with the condition to live a productiv e life. About Diabetes Prevalence Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes; another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes Here in our islands diabetes progresses at an average rate of 15 new cases/month; with a growing number of those with prediabetes ; overall it is estimated about 7,000 people with diagnosed diabetes, yet still a large number out there yet to be diagnosed. Remember, we have a high volume of people with obesity. The Toll on Health Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults The rate of amputation for people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems. Cost of Diabetes Taking care of an inpatient diabetic is very, very costly with length of stay tends to be prolonged due to multiple complications such as infection, surgery, delay in healing process, etc. Majority of inpatients at any given time on our medical/surgical units are diabetics; those with complications tend to require a lot of different medications, supplies and require the help of a multipdisciplinary team: Program: On every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00am diabetes education will be provided (in the waiting area outside of pharmacy) by a diabetes educator. Free blood glucose testing and blood pressure checks will be provided by LBJ diabetes education, and its partners. More personalized counseling and further assessment will be provided for those at risk or those with significant high sugars and blood pressures. Polokalame mo le lautele: O le masina o Novema ua faatauaina ai le gasegase ole suka ma e taalo atu ai i le mamalu ole atunuu o loo feafioa i i le maota o gasegase ia faaavanoa lou taimi e faalogologo ai ini aoaoga taua, mo lea gasegase i Aso Lua ma Aso Tofi o vaiaso taitasi i le itula e 9:00 i le taeao. Ma le Faaloalo, Faafetai LBJ Tropical Medical Center

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9 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 9 Typhoon-hit town feels forgotten as aid passes by C Y M K MARABUT, Philippines (AP) Helicopters crisscross the skies constantly above this typhoon-wrecked Filipino town. In the ruins below, hungry residents look up anxiously every time they pass. The choppers have yet to drop off any aid, and the desperate residents of Marabut are starting to wonder if they ever will. We feel totally forgotten, local government official Mildred Labado said, staring across the ruins of her once-picturesque town. Medical supplies are so short here that the injured are covering their wounds with masking tape instead of gauze. Women are using shattered wooden planks of homes for cooking fires. Help me! some children in Marabut shouted to a journalist. Put me on Facebook! People are still in a state of shock, Labado said. They don t know what to do. They don t know where to start. They re only thinking about survival, about food and water. They can t even begin to think about what comes next. Marabut is across San Pedro and San Pablo Bay from Tacloban, the eastern Philippine city where Typhoon Haiyan wreaked its most gruesome destruction last week, killing hundreds of people. The storm reduced both Marabut and Tacloban to grim junkyards of rubble, but here the death toll was much lower. Mayor Percival Ortillo Jr. said every one of Marabut s 15,946 homes was destroyed in the typhoon, and more than 2,000 people were injured, but only 20 people are confirmed dead and eight others are missing. He said the death toll was relatively low because most people managed to take refuge in concrete buildings the only structures standing amid a sea of wooden debris and five caves set high in hills. The United Nations says the storm affected 11 million people in all, more than 670,000 of whom lost their homes. (Continued on page 14) Villagers, isolated by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the area a week ago, scramble for relief goods being dropped by Philippine Air Force Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at La Paz, south of Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country s eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) C M Y K

10 Page 10 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 ASCC/TTD Carpentry apprenticeship offers modern approach to ancient craftmanship A fire on Tuesday destroyed this three-bedroom house in Laulii (Aumi side) belonging to a young couple who lived there with their three small children. According to eyewitness accounts, the house caught fire while the mother was doing laundry outside in the backyard and her young children were sleeping in the house. DPS Fire Bureau was contacted a little past 12 noon and relatives scrambled with water hoses and buckets to quench the fire and rescue the children before firemen arrived. According to sources, the blaze spread rapidly and consumed the entire structure in less than an hour. The homeowner s aunt lives only a few feet away and luckily, her house was not affected, thanks to quick action by concerned neighbors and family members. Had nothing been done to contain the fire, two homes could have been lost that day. Witnesses say firemen arrived just in time to take over the firefighting efforts, as the water pressure was getting low. Investigations are ongoing into what caused the blaze. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. [photo by B. Chen] AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Samoan Studies Institute EMPLOYMENT O PPORTUNITY Position Title: ASSISTANT ETHNOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHER Employment Status: Full Time/Career Service General Description: Under the general director of the Director of the Samoa Studies Institute, the incumbent assists in the performance of field and archival research in oral history and ethnography; recording and editing of research and program materials that are of interest to SSI, students and ASCC; record activities of SSI and ASCC and compile reports thereon as directed; maintaining and repair of equipment; coordinating field research / trips by staff and / or students; anthropological logging and planning and other duties directed by the director. Job Duties and Responsibilities: Assist in the performance of field and archival research in oral history and ethnography; Record and edit research and program materials that are of interest to SSI, students and ASCC; Record activities of SSI and ASCC and compile reports thereon as directed; Maintain and repair equipment Coordinate field research/trips by staff, faculty and/or students; Anthropological logging and planning; Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director. Minimum Qualifications: Incumbent must have an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and at least four years of ethnographic and video recording, with a demonstrated portfolio of fieldwork. Incumbent must also be able to demonstrate ability to perform film/video editing, and formulation of raw research materials into completed programs. Salary: $16, $20, Application Deadline: November 29, 2013 at 04:00 pm Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office. Phone Ext. 403/335/436 or Silaulelei Saofaigaalii at or Roxanne Moananu at An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer And A Drug-Free Workplace By James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer Now in its second month, the Apprenticeship Program offered by the Trades & Technology Division (TTD) of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has attracted a broad cross-section of tradesmen from the local workforce seeking to upgrade their skills. Apprenticeship Coordinator Fred Suisala has reported that one of the more popular areas of the Apprenticeship Program has been the Carpentry class taught by Mr. Tom Hardy. Asked his opinion of what accounts for the enduring interest in the field of Carpentry, Hardy said that this craft, easily the oldest of all the trades, by necessity combines traditional practices with modern technology and theory. Carpentry is still basically the same as when Jesus was a carpenter, explained Hardy. Since wood is still the main building medium used by carpenters, the same basic skills have been required for a carpenter since early times, but technology has evolved as far as tools, layout, methods of fastening, and safety. Modern tools allow a carpenter to do a job much quicker. There have been very few new tools invented, but technology has improved on the ones carpenters have always used. These innovations have been driven by competition. For a contractor, time is money, and the contractor with the best trained crew using the latest tools can get the job done quicker, safer, and more efficiently. Hardy says a modern professional carpenter should have the same basic training as carpenters have had for the last fifty years. A knowledge of tools and how to use them safely is essential, along with familiarity with blueprints and building plans, and an understanding of basic building practices according to the latest building codes, specifications, and techniques. Carpenters in American Samoa need a much wider range of knowledge of the entire building, since there are no specialty contractors who do only electrical, plumbing, drywall, concrete, roofing, and painting, he said. Hardy, whose current apprenticeship class is Plans, Building Codes, and Specifications, enjoys being able to take a different teaching angle than he would to students new to the profession. The apprentice is working at his/her respective vocation during the day and attending classes in the evening to learn more about their vocation, he said. We do not get into the skills part of the apprentice training, but we help them to understand how and why they do what they do. Understanding a plan as it relates to an overall structure presents one challenge, but attention to details in a building project often involves mathematics. I feel they grasp the math better when they see an immediate need to understand and apply what they are being presented, said Hardy. I also help them to understand how to use a tape measure to figure and understand fractions. Fractions are used constantly in carpentry and the students once again seem to grasp the concept when they see where it applies in real life and work. Hardy also familiarizes his students with building codes, which sometimes differ from one country or region to another. Currently there is the UBC or Uniform Building Code and there is the IBC or International Building Code, Hardy explained. After the tsunami, FEMA conducted several classes and clinics on building. FEMA has adopted the IBC building code for all future construction they will be involved with. ASG Public Works in in the process of upgrading to the IBC for all projects. IBC regulations are basically the same as UBC regulations, except many of the IBC rules are more detailed and result in a stronger structure. The format of both code books is identical, so my main emphasis is on that format. I know nobody can memorize everything in the code book, so I train the student on how to look up anything they might need to know. All of these aspects of construction I go over with them hopefully give them a better understanding of what they are building when they look at the prints on the job. While the complexity of the course information may sound daunting, Hardy has dealt with the same construction and carpentry issues routinely during his many years as a professional contractor. He says his students are hardly shying away either from the many details and theories his class covers. They already possess many skills and are very eager to learn more about their vocation, Hardy reflected. These students are enrolled because they want to learn more and advance in their field. Because of this motivation, they are excellent students. As a teacher, these students make us feel like we are getting through. They re not afraid of asking questions, and because they already work in carpentry, my explanations make more sense to them. I hope all the students go back to work with a better understanding of what they do. For more information on the ASCC Apprenticeship Program, call ASCC at and ask for Fred Suisala at ext. 353 or Tom Hardy at ext. 459.

11 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 11 NEWS IN BRIEF Philippines typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 3,621 MANILA, Philippines (AP) A top Philippine civil defense official says the death toll from last week s Typhoon Haiyan has risen to 3,621. That s a jump of more than 1,200 from the previous toll of 2,360 that was announced earlier Friday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Its executive director, Eduardo del Rosario, told reporters that the latest death toll from all the provinces hit by the typhoon is 3,621. He did not give details. An official at the agency later said its website will be updated with the latest toll later Friday. The new figure has surpassed the estimated 2,500 deaths that President Benigno Aquino III had predicted earlier this week. Pipeline explodes in North Texas; town evacuated MILFORD, Texas (AP) A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas on Thursday and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff s Office. Officials said the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas. A Chevron crew punctured a 14-inch line, and company spokesman Justin Higgs said the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline. Milford, which has about 700 residents, was evacuated after Chevron requested a 1½-mile evacuation zone. Deputies went door to door advising people to leave, said sheriff s spokesman Lt. James Saulter. Those residents were expected to remain out of their homes until Friday, said sheriff s spokeswoman JoAnn Livingston. Residents with no place to stay were directed to the high school gymnasium six miles northeast on Interstate 35E in the town of Italy. Prince Harry gears up for Antarctica trek LONDON (AP) Britain s Prince Harry has praised the courage of wounded servicemen and women who are gearing up for a race across Antarctica to the South Pole. Harry will join a team of four injured British soldiers in the 200-mile (320-kilometer) Walking With the Wounded charity trek. Three days ahead of the team s departure from Britain, Harry appeared in London s Trafalgar Square on Thursday with members of the three teams from Britain, the U.S. and the Commonwealth and spoke of the courage on display going into the challenge. He said the men and women alongside him have achieved so much just to get here. The 29-year-old prince said the trek will prove that even after suffering traumatic events like losing limbs, you can achieve pretty much anything. Baby illnesses tied to parents nixing newborn shot ATLANTA (AP) Health officials are reporting four Tennessee cases of a rare infant illness that have been linked to parents refusing a routine shot for newborns. The four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach bleeding earlier this year. Their parents had declined vitamin K shots, which have routinely been given to newborns since The shots improve blood clotting and prevent internal bleeding. All four children were treated with vitamin K and survived. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the illnesses were the first tied to parents opting out of the shots; reports of vitamin K deficiency are rare. The CDC said the parents cited a belief that the shots weren t necessary or cause leukemia. Officials say neither is true. Obama naming physician Murthy as surgeon general WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is nominating a Harvard Medical School physician as the nation s next surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, an organization that says its mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care. He also started a nonprofit that focused on HIV/AIDS education in India and the United States. The surgeon general serves for a four-year term and is the nation s top spokesperson on public health issues. If confirmed by the Senate, Murthy would replace acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak. Pet kangaroo gets loose and causes stir in West Texas MIDLAND, Texas (AP) Officers in West Texas who answered calls about a kangaroo hopping along a road helped capture the pet and return the animal to its owner. Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says deputies thought dispatchers were crazy when calls came in Tuesday night from people who said they saw a kangaroo. Patrol car video shows some of the chase along a rural highway near Midland. Deputies helped corner the 4-foot-tall kangaroo as the owner offered a treat to the animal, then grabbed the pet. Painter said Wednesday that Midland County has an exotic animals ordinance and owners must notify the sheriff s office. Authorities are checking to see if a pet kangaroo falls under that category. Former detective held in $10 Million burglary case MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) A former New York City police detective was part of a burglary ring that pocketed approximately $10 million in loot over several years, including $3 million worth of sunglasses, prosecutors announced Thursday. The ex-detective, Rafael Astacio, 41, of Copiague, and four others were scheduled to make court appearances Thursday in federal court in Central Islip. Astacio s attorney did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. The proceeds of the burglaries included the sunglasses taken from a Plainview, N.Y., business and $2 million in cash stolen from a plastic surgeon s office, prosecutors said. The five men were charged with conspiracy and transporting stolen property across state lines. Astacio also was charged with illegally accessing an FBI database while working as a detective. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Astacio, a 20-year veteran who was assigned to the special victims division, was fired this month following an Internal Affairs investigation. (Continued on page 12) 18th Annual Christmas Tree Sale Rotary Club of Pago Pago Faafetai Tele Lava to 100% of Proceeds Go To Community Service Projects FOR SALE 6-7 Trees $65 Prepaid around Thanksgiving $75 After Arrival WREATHS $25 FOR INFORMATION: Dennis Wellborn at Or Bill Maxey at Going to the beach? East: Fagasa Fagalea Beach near stream Afono stream mouth, adjacent cricket field Aua stream mouth near bridge Lauli i Tuai stream mouth Faga itua stream mouth, across DPS Masefau stream mouth For more information: http//portal.epa.as.gov/beaches/ Beach Advisory: November 13, 2013 American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) ADVANCE PURCHASE LOCATIONS: Tool Shop Sadies by the Sea Transpac Bank of Hawaii Trees will be available at TOOL SHOP - Tafuna DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY SATURDAY 10AM 6PM

12 Page 12 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Domed refuge now cauldron of misery for storm survivors A man observes a sinkhole has swallowed parts of two houses in Dunedin, Fla. on Thursday, Nov. 14, Dunedin Deputy Fire Chief Trip Barrs said the hole appeared to be about 12-feet wide when officials arrived on the scene. Residents of the neighboring houses also were evacuated as a precaution. There are no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Luke Johnson) NEWS IN BRIEF Astacio s actions make clear that he was a police officer in name only, having sold his badge and his honor in exchange for his share of their ill-gotten gains, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement. Myanmar police fire rubber bullets at protesters YANGON, Myanmar (AP) A lawmaker says police fired rubber bullets on protesters who gathered at a roadblock near a copper mine in northwestern Myanamar, injuring seven. Nine police were hurt in the scuffle. Khin San Hlaing, a lawmaker from prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi s party, said the incident occurred in the Monywa division of Sagain region late Thursday. Tensions have been mounting in the area since police set up a roadblock near a massive copper mine a joint-venture between a Myanmar military-controlled holding company and China s Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd earlier this week. Ex-Mormon bishop admits sex crimes with teens RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) A former Mormon bishop has pleaded guilty to two felony sex crimes involving teen girls who attended his Menifee church. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Todd Edwards entered guilty pleas Wednesday to sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, the 49-year-old would receive three years in prison and be ordered to register for life as a sex offender. Sentencing is set for Dec. 11. Edwards, who was bishop of the Menifee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was arrested May 28 at his home in Murrieta. Prosecutors said the victims were 16 and 18 years old at the time of the crimes. Edwards declined to comment. Cops: Pa. man stole backhoe and drove miles to Philly PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he stole a $125,000 backhoe from a suburban construction site then drove it about 30 miles to a scrapyard in Philadelphia where he intended to sell it. Police estimate it would have taken 33-yearold William Michael Pusey about 2½ hours to make the trip to Philadelphia from Shainline Excavating of Phoenixville, where the backhoe was stolen Sunday. State police say the backhoe s owner was able to locate it because of a global-positioning device in it. Police say Pusey was arrested in Philadelphia where he had heard someone wanted to buy a backhoe. Court records don t list an attorney for Pusey, of Columbia, who has been returned to the Lancaster County Prison because he faces an outstanding unrelated arrest warrant for theft there. Continued from page 11 5 women charged under Senegal s anti-gay law DAKAR, Senegal (AP) A prosecutor in Senegal says five women have been charged under the country s anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up to five years for homosexual acts. Mamadou Thiam confirmed the charges late Wednesday, two days after the women were arrested during a birthday party at a restaurant in Dakar s Yoff district. Senegalese President Macky Sall has said the country is not ready to decriminalize homosexual acts. The women s rights group Women s Smile says the latest arrests highlight a hostile environment for lesbians, who it says are being targeted more frequently by police. The suspects include an assistant director of Women s Smile, the only group in Senegal to advocate for lesbians rights. Debris from lost NY-based drone recovered onshore FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) A search of Lake Ontario s eastern shore has turned up some pieces of a multimillion-dollar, New York-based military drone that crashed during a training flight this week. Maj. Sandra Stoquert of the Air National Guard s Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing says initial reports of debris were reported through local authorities and 174th personnel were dispatched to recover it. The type of debris was not disclosed. The drone took off from Fort Drum in northern New York and crashed into the lake Tuesday about 12 miles from the eastern shore and 20 miles northeast of Oswego. The U.S. Air Force is convening two investigation boards to determine the cause of the accident. The company that makes the Reaper says the cost of a new drone starts at $10 million. Plea deal for N.Y. mother in lewd birthday party case MOREAU, N.Y. (AP) Charges will be dropped against a 34-year-old upstate New York mother who hired exotic dancers for her son s 16th birthday party if she completes 50 hours of community service and stays out of trouble for six months. Local media outlets report that Judy Viger of Gansevoort agreed to a plea deal Thursday that could lead to dismissal of the five misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Viger had been charged after two women did lewd dances for five teens under the age of 17 during the party at a bowling alley last November. Viger s lawyer has said she thought they d only perform singing bikini-grams and was trying to stop them when things got out of hand. Gansevoort is about 40 miles north of Albany. (Continued on page 15) TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) Close your eyes and hold your breath, and you could imagine you are in a normal sports stadium. You hear a ball bouncing and the children s cheers echoing under the cavernous dome. Open your eyes and you see rain-soaked trash littering almost every inch of the ground and exhausted refugees sprawled across seats. A sign taped on the wall next to a small, dank room by the stairwell tells people in rough terms not to relieve themselves there. It is clear from the stench that many have ignored this advice. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great hall with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed the eastern Philippines last week. Evacuated from their homes along the coast in time, they had a place to hide from the furious winds and gigantic water surge. But along with shelter, their constant companions now are misery and hunger. It s been six days since the typhoon struck but no aid has arrived at the Astrodome. Not a single relief worker is in sight. What can we do? There s nothing we can do! said Corazon Cecleno, a volunteer with the village council who had handed out food stamps to the occupants stamps for food that has yet to arrive. We really want to know why the distribution of help is so slow. The people staying here find water wherever they can from a broken water pipe on the side of the road, from a tarp in a former office building nearby. The water tastes bad salty but there is nothing else available and they are desperate. Just as New Orleans residents took refuge in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Filipinos are squatting here: inside the stadium, in the ruined shops and restaurants that line it, and under tarpaulins on the grass outside. Maria Consuelo Martinez, 38, is nine months pregnant and jammed in an abandoned restaurant at the dome along with five families. Her naked 2-year-old son, Mark, sits next to her on a piece of plywood. She has only one outfit for him, and it is drying after a wash. Her 5-year-old daughter, Maria, stares vacantly. Sodden laundry hangs from ropes crisscrossing the room. Flies are everywhere and the tiled floor is slick with filth. Her husband wanders around, begging for food. Some friends found sacks of ocean-soaked rice at a warehouse and gave the family one. They are drying the grains in the sun on a blue tarp, hoping it will be edible, knowing it will be salty. They have a bottle of well water to cook and wash with, but it tastes like the ocean and they aren t convinced it s safe. They drink it anyway. We have no choice, says Moses Rosilio, a neighbor who is squatting in the restaurant with Martinez. Her baby is due by the end of the month. She has no idea where she ll deliver. I m feeling nervous, she says. There are no clothes for my baby.... I don t know, I don t know. Maybe I ll give birth here. In the wreckage of a discotheque next door, facing the street in front of the stadium, a few men have built a small fire to cook noodles. The pot will need to feed a dozen people today. Nearby, Vicky Arcales, 38, uses a hand-crank charger for her mobile phone. She shakes her arm in exhaustion; she s been at it for three hours. She knows she won t get a signal anyway, but charges it nonetheless. Just in case. Behind her, a family has crafted a makeshift baby cot out of a pink-and-white-striped sheet, strung up by cords. It cradles a month-old boy in a shirt, but no diaper; they have none, and no other clothes. Nor do they have food for his mother, who is starving. The baby stares up at visitors and urinates, the urine seeping through the sheet onto the floor below. A few feet away, a 1-year-old girl wails, her face covered in a red rash. There is no medicine for her. Inside the dome, Erlinda Rosales lies on a steel barrier propped atop the railing and stadium seats, next to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is their makeshift bed. They are cooking a little nearby on a small burner borrowed from a friend. Rosales, 72, is one of the lucky ones: Her family has finally received the first supply of relief food. But it was only because her granddaughter has walked every day to their village council to see if the supplies are there. On Thursday s walk, the food was finally available. They got 3 kilograms (7 pounds) of rice and three cans of sardines. I wonder when they will bring food here, she says. Daniel Legaspi has less than Rosales, but more than some other people. The 16-year-old holds up a packet of squeezy cheese, powdered biscuits and cream. We don t have bread, but we have the fillings, he says with a laugh.

13 DEVELOPMENT BANK OF AMERICAN SAMOA I MPORTANT NOTICE samoa news, Friday, March 1, 2013 Page 13 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 13 TO ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN RENTING SECTION 1602 LOW INCOME HOUSING The The Development Bank Bank of American of Samoa Samoa (DBAS) (DBAS) wishes wishes to encourage to low low income income persons persons and and families families seeking seeking affordable affordable housing housing to to take advantage of of the Section 1602 Program for quali ed qualified low income tenants.. If you believe you are qualified quali ed to to apply, you you are are encouraged to to contact or visit the following project owners if if their their Section units units located in the in the villages villages listed, listed, are available are available for rent. for You rent may. You obtain may obtain tenant tenant applications applications from the from 1602 the project 1602 project owners owners or the DBAS or the website DBAS ( website HYPERLINK ( HYPERLINK from Tavai or from Ieremia Antonina and Su e Elizabeth at the Paopao DBAS at Loans the 1602 Department Compliance at the Monitoring Second Floor Unit at of the the Second Lumanai Floor Building of the Lumanai at Fagatogo, Building Mondays at Fagatogo, Fridays, Mondays 8am to to 4pm, Fridays, telephone 8am to 4pm, telephone Income and rent restrictions Income and apply. rent The restrictions law prohibits apply. discrimination The law prohibits against discrimination tenant applicants against on tenant the basis applicants of race, on color, the basis sex, national of race, origin, color, sex, religion,disability national origin, and religion,disability family status. Note: and family Landlord status. must Note: pay Landlord all utilities must (not including pay all utilities phone (not and cable including tv). phone and cable tv). *INCOME & RENT LIMITS FOR 2013: SIZE 1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people 60% 25,800 29,520 33,180 36,840 39,840 42,780 45,720 48,660 Rent Limit 0-BR 1-BR 2-BR 3-BR 4-BR 5-BR 60% $645 $691 $829 $958 $1,069 $1,179 Please contact the project owner of your choice, according to the following list: PROJECT OWNER: VILLAGE: PHONE: : 1 Mauga, Syliva Sonoma Afono / Leasoon, Lupi & Fa atonu Alao / Vaouli, Sam Alofau / / Taifane, Niualama Amanave Afalava, Eliki Aoloau Grohse, Pio & Christine Aua / Pouesi, Siuleo & Sonja Aua / Anesi, Alo & Marilyn Fogagogo / Stevenson, Alo Paul Fogagogo / Sualevai, Elisapeta Fogagogo Jamias, Mapu S. Fogagogo Jennings, Rowena Fogagogo / / Pese, Atiulagi F. Fogagogo / Sunia, Andrew Fogagogo / / Utu, John Fogagogo / / Vee, Miriama Fogagogo / Taimalie, Falaniko & Cecilia Fogagogo / Butler, Brett & Sherrie Iliili / Letuligasenoa, Soli Iliili Ahoia, Dennis Iliili / Ale, Savali & Sakala Iliili / Ausage, Gloria Iliili / Avalos, Gloria & Falesa Poasa Iliili / Lutu, Afoa Iliili Malepeai, Mausa Iliili / Moafanua, Miriama Iliili / / Perri, Elizabeth Iliili / Solaita, Esther Pelefoti Iliili / Steffany, William Iliili / Tofiga, Daniel & Ruth Iliili / / Tuala, Robert & Erica Iliili / Ahoia, Fred Iliili / Nuusa, Vainuupo Iliili / Fruean, Eddie & Bernadette Leloaloa / Fetoai, Falaniko Leloaloa Langkilde, Hans Leloaloa Laumoli, Angela Leone / / Ulugia, Kalala Leone / Afalava, Carlene Leone / Filemoni, Mealefu Leone / Hunt, Kalili & Tupu Leone / Pritchard, Jason & Louise Leone Purcell, Sauimoana Leone / Tausaga, Malemo Leone / Timu, Kalameli Leone / Toelupe, Robert Leone / Uhrle, Mina & Samuel Leone / Young, Albert Leone / Faletogo, Lance Malaeimi Fanene, Tuitogamatoe Malaeimi / Gebauer, Keith J. 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14 Page 14 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 President offers way for public to assist typhoon victims WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says the typhoon that devastated the Philippines is a heartbreaking reminder of the fragile nature of life. Obama says U.S. military personnel and relief workers are on the ground to help the victims get access to food, water, medicine and shelter. He says the USS George Washington aircraft carrier is aiding recovery efforts and more help is on the way. Authorities say more than 2,000 people died in the typhoon, but that figure is expected to rise. If people want to help, Obama is directing them to this website whitehouse.gov/typhoon It will offer links to organizations working on the ground to help with the recovery. Employment Opportunity Phone: Town feels forgotten Continued from page 9 The enormity of the task of helping them all has pressed the resources of the Philippines hard. Survivors in all the worst-hit areas have complained that aid has been far too slow to come. On Thursday morning for the first time, pallets of international aid lined the grass runway at Tacloban. In Guiuan, another blown-out city east of Marabut, U.S. Osprey helicopters dropped off French medics and boxes of American food aid in a soccer field. But far less aid has come to Marabut, a four-hour drive from Guiuan, the closest town. Only places like Tacloban are getting attention, Labado said Thursday. But we are also victims. We also need help. Shortly after she spoke, a helicopter landed in a field in Marabut for the first time, and hundreds of people rushed to the spot. But soldiers aboard only disgorged a few sacks of rice to supply a small military unit occupying a ruined home to boost security. Minutes later, three trucks filled with sacks of food from the provincial government arrived outside the destroyed municipal headquarters, a two-story building with its roof and windows blown off that now tilts forward slightly. Crowds quickly surrounded the delivery, and a rifle-toting soldier wearing a belt of grenades across his chest stood atop dozens of sacks of rice. Ortillo welcomed the delivery, but said it was enough only to last a day or two. It s just not enough, he said. Fear that supplies will run out have left the town on edge. When a mayoral aide handed out a plastic bag filled with buns to a small crowd of people, they nearly ripped it apart. A few of the town s water taps still function, but people are afraid to drink the water and use it only for washing. The long-term future looks equally grim. More than 80 percent of the population in this region makes a living from coconut products, and tens of thousands of denuded palm trees were literally snapped in half or uprooted by winds as high as 315 kph (195 mph) including the on vast hills that surround Marabut on all sides but the sea. The trees will take five to 10 years to grow back, if not more, Ortillo said. The typhoon also destroyed fishing boats, another important source of income. The real problem is the people here have no more means of making a living. Their livelihoods have been taken away from them, Ortillo said. For now, people are salvaging what they can from what is left of their homes and placing these shards of their lives outside the wreckage: family photographs, trophies, seashells and soiled teddy bears. Fautasi race is moved Continued from page 1 We encourage all crews and captains and village supporters to upkeep the happy spirit of Motu o Fiafiaga and in appreciation of the spirit of Thanksgiving to conclude our PALS 2013 activities with a bang, he said, adding that the fautasi race is now set for Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving The 2013 Territorial Farmers Fair, hosted by the Department of Agriculture, to be held at the Su igaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei is also set for Nov. 27 from 8a.m.-5pm. and will continue on Nov. 28. from 8a.m. - 12noon. The fautasi race route will be identical to the one used in the 2013 Flag Day Fautasi Regatta competition, with the starting point in Pago Pago (fronting ASCO Motors) - heading out to the mouth of the harbor to the buoy off the Aua village coast line, where boats makes a turn towards the buoy off Lauli i coast before turning again, heading back into the starting point, which is also the finish line. Other ASG entities working with DOC on the PALS events and activities are the AS-EPA, DWMR and Agriculture. DPS raids business Continued from page 1 not include paperwork for the items that were used as an offset for excise taxes. Samoa News contacted an official at Samoa Marketing who stated that their company is doing nothing illegal, as offsetting is allowable under the law and they engage in the same practice with other companies, in addition to ASG. According to the company official, ASG owes Samoa Marketing an estimated $150,000 and offsetting is the only way they can collect on their debts. The official told Samoa News that when equipment and supplies are needed, ASG takes the items from Samoa Marketing without up-front payment (on credit) and instead of paying the company; Customs waives the duty and excise taxes for the company s incoming shipments of merchandise to offset the debt. He said offsetting is being conducted between them and Customs, at the discretion of the Treasury Department. But police investigators say otherwise, claiming that the Treasury Dept. is not fully aware of what s going on at Customs, and the issue is not a new one, as it goes back many years.

15 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 15 Where it s at in American Samoa 1 A young girl walks amid ruins of houses in a neighborhood badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country s eastern seaboard on last Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) NEWS IN BRIEF the 20-year US-Russian nonproliferation program ends ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) A 20-year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants ended Thursday, with the final shipment loaded onto a vessel in St. Petersburg s port. The U.S. Energy Department described the program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts, as one of the most successful nuclear nonproliferation partnerships ever undertaken. The agreement, signed in 1993 shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and always scheduled to end in 2013, gave Russia the financial incentive to dismantle thousands of nuclear weapons. The initial aim was to help keep the vast stockpiles of weapons-grade uranium out of the hands of terrorists and to make sure Russia s nuclear workers got paid at a time when the country was nearly bankrupt. Under the program, 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, the equivalent of about 20,000 nuclear warheads, was converted into fuel for U.S. nuclear reactors. During the past 15 years, the fuel has generated 10 percent of U.S. electricity, or nearly half of all commercial nuclear energy. For two decades, one in 10 light bulbs in America has been powered by nuclear material from Russian nuclear warheads, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement. Motorcycle crash kills 2 Arizona prison workers PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say two Arizona prison employees are dead after a motorcycle crash in suburban Phoenix. Maricopa County Sheriff s officials say the victims in Wednesday night s crash in Tolleson were 35-year-old John Ollis and 30-year-old Skye Orozca. They say Ollis and Orozca were Department of Corrections employees. They who worked at the Lewis state prison complex, about 35 miles west of Phoenix. Sheriff s officials say Ollis was driving a motorcycle with Orozca as a passenger when the motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer that was turning onto a main road from a private drive. They say Ollis was wearing a helmet and Orozca wasn t. Authorities say the two were struck by three passing vehicles, and their bodies were dragged for several hundred feet. Sheriff s officials say it s too early to determine if any charges will be filed or citations issued in the crash. Continued from page 12 Typhoon to drag Philippine growth below 7 percent MANILA, Philippines (AP) The Philippine government says damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan may reduce economic growth this year to less than 7 percent. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the government forecasts growth of between 6.5 percent and 7 percent, down from its previous estimate of 7.3 percent. He says the economic aftermath of the typhoon, which killed more than 2,300 people in the eastern Philippines, may linger into next year. It caused widespread damage to agriculture in the worst hit areas. Balisacan says fourth quarter growth will slow to 4.1 percent from 7.1 percent last year. The Philippines had become one of the fastest growing countries in Asia under policies to clean up corruption and alleviate poverty. Czechs in quandary over legal medical marijuana TYN NAD VLTAVOU, Czech Republic (AP) Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it s good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his multiple sclerosis-stricken daughter. Majzlik faces a thorny dilemma: The Czech Republic legalized medical marijuana use this year, but maintained strict restrictions on growing, selling and importing it. For Majzlik, the solution is breaking the law to grow pot for his daughter. She s my child and it is my duty to take care of her, Majzlik said, standing in front of a cannabis plant in his garden. I do what I have to and I will continue doing so. I have no other option. Medical marijuana is legal in a number of European countries, Israel and 20 U.S. states as well the District of Columbia. 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18 Page 18 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Le lotoa o a oga o le a fa afaigaluega ai mo le polokalama a le TAMM (Toe Afua Mai Matua), lea e fesoasoani i fanau i totonu o aoga maualuluga a le malo. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] A otauina TAOA: Faigaluega i A oga tusia: Leua Aiono Frost O le potu fono o le Ofisa o Palotaga i Tafuna o lo o fa atino ai a oa oga fa apitoa ina ia lava tapena tama ma tina matutua o lo o ua aofia i le polokalama a le TAOA, o i latou o le a avea ma sui e galulue i le Toe Afua Mai Matua (po o le TAMM) i totonu o a oga maualuluga, e fa autagia fanau ia amio pulea. O lenei mana oga fa apitoa o le Matagaluega o A oga, na ala ona fa atula ia, ona o le tele o vevesi e tutupu mai le va o fanau a oga e afua i ta aloga, peita i, e ese mai lea tulaga, e i ai fo i ma misaga e tutupu i le va o fanau a oga i totonu o a oga ta itasi e afua lava i finauga ma e faigata ai ona aluga lelei galuega a nai faia oga i aso ta itasi. O i latou nei o le a feagai ma le fa ato a filemuina o agaga o le fanau, aua e fai matua lava alo o le atunu u. O se tima i lea a le tina o Valasi Gaisoa i lana folasaga amata i le mataupu o le aouli na tomuli i ai tima iga o le aso ananafi mo matua. O le matagaluega o Alagamanuia mo Tagata Lautele i le Lala o Tautua Fealoa i mo Fanau ma Aiga, sa fa atautaia le mataupu mulimuli mo le aso Tofi i lea vasega. O le latou mau: O ala e ao ina mataituina e matua i uiga fa aali o le fanau, ia fesoasoani ai i le fanau e fa ailo ni mafatiaga i o latou olaga i totonu o aiga. O le afuaga fo i lea o le tele o fa aletonu, pe afai e sau le tamaitiiti o lo o afaina, ma ona tiga, i totonu o le mafutaga i le a oga, ae taumafai ai e fa aleo i uiga le taupulea, pe foliga mai e le o toe kea lona olaga i se mea e tasi, ae maise ai o a oa oga o lo o tautiga ai faia oga. A mataituina nei fa afitauli, e ao ina taumafai matua matutua nei, e feso ota i ma i latou, a o le i tutupu mai nisi fa afitauli. O le ala fo i lea le fa atepa ma fa ailoa i matua nei, nisi o mea e ao ina Lali O se va aiga i le to atele o sui mai le TAOA ua a otauina e tapena ai i latou mo tiute fa atino i latou nofouta i ai, i olaga o le fanau i nei vaitaimi, a o le i tu uina atu lea matafaioi fita i o latou tau au. O lenei a oa oga e tolu aso ua fa atulaga e faia ai, ae eseese matagaluega e o o ane ma latou folasaga mo matua ina ia latou iloa ala o tautua, ia le sasi fo i se latou fa ai uga e faia a o feagai ai ma le fanau. O nisi o vaega taua sa fa amanino e lea vaea i matua nei, o fanau uma o i ai i aoga maualuluga, e le i uma le pule a matua, ma e tausia lelei lea aia tatau e le malo. O ituaiga sauaga eseese e ono molia ai matua e fanau, e matua va ai toto a i ai le malo, aua o fanau o lo o i lalo o le tulafono lea mo fanauiti, e tatau ona amana ia e le malo i taimi uma e tau omia ai o latou fa alagona. O sui sa fa atautaia lea a oa oga o le tama ita i o Ina Vaina ma Genevieve Ta ele, ae fa amalumalu pea le tama ita i pule o lea fo i itu Celestine Nix. Ua va ai toto a le fa amasinoga i le tulaga o le vave tu ua o le mafutaga mafana e matua matutua nei, ae leai se tasi e fa amoemoe i ai le tamaitiiti na fa atamafai i ona lagona ma lona tausiga lelei. E tatau ona lava le malosi i le tino ma le mafaufau o le matua matutua e fa ao o ai le tamaitiiti i le 18 o tausaga o lana tama, a o soifua pea, o se tasi ia o faaalia i le a oa oga. O le isi itu, ua amata ona va ai matua matutua i tulaga o tupe maua o penefiti mo le fanau tausi mai latou saogalemu, ae le o le fa afitauli maoa e lena, o le tulaga o le leai o se tasi e tausia lelei le tamaitiiti lea, pe a o o ina leai uma ona matua matutua, ae toe fo i le tamaititi e toe fa asaga mai le fa amasinoga e toe saili nisi ona matua. O le aso o le a o o atu ai le vasega o le Soifua Maloloina mo a latou fo i tima iga, aua e mautinoa lava, o le a i ai ni fa aletonu e tutupu, ono fa amanu alia nisi, e tatau ona iloa patino e matua nei, po o le a le gaoioiga e ao ina fa atino a o i ai le taimi e togafitiga ai na tulaga. O se va aiga i le taimi ua fa atautaia ai le a oa oga fa apitoa mo Matua i le TAOA i le potu fono o le Ofisa o Palotaga i Tafuna mo le fa aso. O lenei aso o le a o o ai lea a oa oga i le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, ina ia mautinoa, e mataituina fo i e matua lo latou soifua maloloina lelei, ma nisi o mea e tima ia ai i latou ina ia taumafai e fesoasoani ai i le fanau, pe a latou va aia o tutupu ia i latou i totonu o a oga. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] Talosaga Rocky Tua toe faa faigaluega i le Ofisa Leoleo tusia Ausage Fausia Ua i luma o le Faamasinoga o Mataupu Tau Pulega se talosaga na faaulu e le alii leoleo o le toese ia Rocky Tua ma lana loia fautua ia Matailupevao Leupolu Jr, e talosagaina se poloaiga a le alii faamasino ia Toetagata Albert Mailo e toe faa faigaluega ai Tua i lana galuega sa galue ai, ma ia toe maua lona totogi, faatasi ai ma le totogiina atu o aso sa livi ai, atoa ai ma le toe agavaa lea i isi uma penefiti mai lana galuega. O le talosaga a Tua na afua mai lea ina ua tuuina atu se tusi a le afioga i le Komesina o Leoleo ia William E. Haleck i le masina o Oketopa, 2013, ma faailoa atu ai le faamalolo o ia mai lana galuega sa galue ai, o se leoleo o le toese i Tafuna, i lalo o le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Lautele. O Tua na faamalolo le tumau mai lana galuega talu mai le masina o Oketopa 2012, ina ua faila e le malo se tagi faasaga ia te ia ma le isi leoleo o le falepuipui, ona o tuuaiga i lona fesoasoani lea e faasola se alii pagota, atoa ai ma lona faataga o se alii pagota e sola ese mai le toese. O le aso 11 Oketopa, 2013 na tuuina mai ai e se vaega iloilo iuga la latou faaiuga, e le nofosala Tua i moliaga uma a le malo faasaga ia te ia. O le aso 12 Oketopa, 2013 na tusi ai loa Leupolu Jr ia Haleck ina ia toe faa faigaluega Tua i lana galuega, ina ua maea lana faamasinoga autu ma le faaiuga e le nofosala o ia. Sa talosagaina fo i e Leupolu Jr. le alii komesina o leoleo ina ia totogi Tua, maua penefiti o lo o agavaa ai mo lana galuega, a ia maua fo i lona totogi mo le tausaga atoa na faamalolo le tumau mai ai i lana galuega. E lima aso na tuuina atu e Leupolu Jr i le alii komesina e tuuina atu ai sana tali e tusa ai o lana talosaga, a o le i la a i le isi la asaga e tusa ai ma ala o le tulafono, o le faauluina lea o se talosaga i le Faamasinoga o Mataupu Tau Pulega mo le iloiloina ai o lenei mataupu. O kopi o le tusi lea a Leupolu Jr sa tuuina atu i le Loia Sili ia Afoa L. Suesue Lutu; Sonny Thompson le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega, atoa ai Tua. I le aso 21 Oketopa, 2013, na tauaao ai e Tua se tusi mai ia Haleck e faailoa atu ai le faaiuga ua ia faia e faamalolo mai ai o ia mai lana galuega o se leoleo o le toese. Na taua e Haleck i lana tusi e faapea, i faamaumauga uma e tusa ai o suesuega sa faia e le Ofisa o Leoleo, ua tuuina atu ai sana fautuaga i le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega, ina ia faamalolo o ia mai le toe avea ma tagata faigaluega o le Matagaluega o Leoleo, ona o nisi o amioga sa ia faia e le tusa ai ma ona tiute faaleoleo. Na taua e Haleck e faapea, i le aso 19 Iulai 2012 pe tusa o le itula e 7:00 i le afiafi, a o faatinoina ai tiute o Tua, sa faatamala i le vaaia lelei o ki o le sela o lo o loka ai pagota, ae sa ia tuu le ki i le alii pagota o Val Ofoia o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faafalepuipui i le moliaga o le talepe fale. Na taua e Haleck le faatonu e Tua o Ofoia e tatala le sela o lo o loka ai le alii pagota o Veli Tagaleoo, ona ia faatonu lea o Tagleoo e alu i le faleoloa e faatau mai ni pia. Fai mai Haleck, o le faia e Tua o lea gaioiga, ua ia le usitaia ai le faatonuga a le Pule o le Falepuipui, e tatau ona loka uma pagota amata mai i le 6:00 i le afiafi e oo atu i le 6:00 i le taeao, sei vagana ai pagota e galulue i le umukuka e tatau ona tatala i le 5:00 i le vaveao. I suesuega na taua ai le vaaia e se isi leoleo o le toese o Tagaleoo o lo o faatau i se faleoloa i Nuuuli, tusa e 200 futu le mamao mai le toese, ae ina ua fesiligia o ia poo fea na alu ai, na tali Tagaleoo na faataga o ia e Tua e alu i tua e faatau pia. O lo o taua foi e Haleck i lana tusi ia Tua le mataupu sa ia faataga ai le alii pagota ia Jason Te i e alu i tua e faatau mai ni pia, ae o lea alii o lo o tuli sona faasalaga faafalepuipui i le talepe fale. Talu ai o tulaga uma e pei ona maua i suesuega a le Ofisa o leoleo, sa faailoa atu ai loa e Haleck ia Tua, le le tatau lea ona toe faaauauina lana auaunaga mo le Ofisa o Leoleo. Na taua e Leupolu Jr i lana tusi ia Haleck i le 23 Oketopa, 2013, o faamatalaga uma o lo o ia taua ua faavae ai le faaiuga e faamalolo Tua mai lana galuega, o faamatalaga uma ia sa faavae ai moliaga a le malo faasaga ia Tua, lea na faaleaoga e le vaega iloilo iuga, ina ua latou tuuina mai le faaiuga e le nofosala Tua i moliaga faasaga ia te ia. Na taua e Leupolu Jr e faapea, o tuuaiga e faatatau i pagota sa tuli e Tua e faatau, atoa ai ma le pagota sa ia tuu i ai le ki, e leai ma se tuuaiga o nei tuuaiga na faamaonia e le vaega iloilo iuga. E foliga mai i le agaga o lau tusi ua e finagalo e faasala Tua i se gaioiga na te le i faia, o se vaega lea o le tusi a le alii loia ia Haleck. Sa ou manatu lava a u, i le avea ai o oe ma Komesina, e te silafia lelei lava, afai e le nofosala se tagata i ni tuuaiga sa faia faasaga ia te ia, lona uiga o lena tagata e le ta usalaina, o le saunoaga lea a Leupolu Jr. I le tuuina atu ai e Leupolu Jr o lenei mataupu i luma o le Faamasinoga o Mataupu Tau Pulega, ua ia talosagaina ai se iloiloga faavavevave mo lenei mataupu, ma ia totogi atu le $10,266 mo le totogi a Tua e lei maua i le tausaga atoa na faamalolo le tumau ai o ia a o faagasolo lana mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga.

19 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Page 19 Solofua moliaga ave taavale ona faasaga ia Sala tusia Ausage Fausia O se maliliega na sainia e le malo ma le itu a le susuga ia Michael Sala i le aso Lulu, na tautino ai Sala e le tete e o ia i le moliaga mama o le ave ta avale fa atamala ma faasala ai o ia e le faamasinoga maualuga i le $150, ae solofua e le faamasinoga le moliaga o le ave taavale ona. O le aso Lulu lava lea na amata ai le faamasinoga autu (Bench Trial) a Sala i luma o le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond, ona o moliaga mama e lua o le ave taavale ona ma le ave ta avale faatamala sa tuuaia ai o ia e le malo, e mafua mai i le faalavelave lea na ia so aina ai se ali i e 19 tausaga a o savali i luga o le auala i Laulii, i le aso 22 Ianuari, Ina ua maea ona valaau e le malo ana molimau e to atolu i luma o le nofoa molimau, e aofia ai ma le alii na aafia, sa faia ai loa le maliliega e pei ona talia e le faamasinoga. A o faagasolo le fesiligiaina o molimau a le malo, na taua e le loia a le malo ia Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei i le faamasinoga e faapea, e i ai le isi molimau autu a le malo ua le mafai ona auai i le iloiloga, ona ua malaga o ia i fafo. O lea molimau, o se tamaitai sa faigaluega i le fale talimalo o le Sadies by the Sea, ma o ia lea sa tuuina atu mea inu ia Sala i le taeao o le aso na tula i mai ai le faalavelave. MOLIMAU A LE NA MANU A O le alii na manu a i lenei faalavelave, o Clinton Tumua Fereti mai le afioaga o Laulii, o lo o galue nei o se kamuta i se tasi o kamupani fau fale i le atunuu. I le aso na tula i mai ai le faalavelave, sa nofonofo ai Fereti, o ona tausoga ma nai ona tei laiti i le fale faatali pasi o lo o i Tafananai, le nuu o lo o i le ogatotonu o le Paka i Onesosopo ma Lauli i. Pe tusa o le itula e 2:00 i le aoauli o le aso lea, na savali mai ai Fereti mai le fale faatali pasi i Tafananai, e aga i atu i le faleoloa i Lauli i e faatau mai ai ni latou apa inu ma meaai, ae o lona toe fo i atu ai i Tafananai ina ua uma lana fa atau, na tula i mai ai loa le fa alavelave e pei ona taia ai o ia e le ta avale a Sala. Na taua e Fereti i lana molimau e faapea, a o savali i luga o le sidewalk aga i atu i luga o le a ega i Laulii, sa ia vaaia ai se pikiapu lanu uliuli o lo o aga i mai i luga o le a ega, o lo o alu atu i luga o le sidewalk o lo o savali mai ai o ia. Na ou taumafai ou te oso ese peitai na sau le side mirror o le ta avale ma taia ai lo u fatafata, ma ou pau ai i lalo ina ua se e lo u vae, ma ou pipi i atu ai i le niu sa tu i ou tafatafa, o se vaega lea o le molimau a Fereti i luma o le faamasinoga. Na fesili Uiagalelei i le molimau, pe sa ia iloaina le tagata na aveina le ta avale, na tali le molimau ioe. Na toe fesili Uiagalelei i le molimau, po o i ai lea tagata i totonu o le potu faamasino, na toe tali le molimau ioe, ma tusi lona lima i le itu o lo o saofa i mai ai Sala i tafatafa o lana loia fautua ia David Vargas. Na taua e Fereti i lana molimau e faapea, e le i tu le taavale a Sala ina ua uma le faalavelave, ae sa faaauau pea ona alu aga i i Laulii, pau lana gaioiga sa fai o le maitau lea o le lanu o le taavale ma numera o le laisene. Na fesili Uiagalelei pe sa ia maitauina le lanu o le taavale ma le numera o le laisene, na tali le molimau ioe, o le pikiapu lanu uliuli, ma le numera o le laisene o le 7318, ma o faamaumauga nei na mafai ona tuu atu e Fereti i leoleo i le aso lea, na afua ai loa ona aga i atu leoleo e tau saili le taavale, ma latou maua ai o le ta avale a Sala. E le matuia se manu a na aafia ai Fereti i le aso lea e pei ona taua i lana molimau, sei vagana ai lona fatafata sa ia lagona le tina, o lea na toe tu ai loa i luga ma toe faamaopopo mai lana faatau apa inu na salalau solo ina ua taia o ia e le taavale, ma toe faaauau loa lana savaliga aga i i le fale ma le faamoemoe, na te fia maua se telefoni e vili ai le Ofisa o Leoleo e tusa ai o le faalavelave na tulai mai, peitai e o o atu loa i luga o le tumutumu o le a ega lana savaliga, ae faafuase i loa ona toe tu atu le ta avale a Sala, ma fesili atu po o OK o ia, na tali i ai le molimau, ioe, ae ina ua toe fesili Sala ia Fereti pe mana o e ave o ia i le falema i ae na tali le molimau leai. Na taua e Fereti e lua aso o ia lagona le tiga o lona fatafata e mafua mai i le taimi na taia ai o ia e le taavale. Ina ua fesiligia e le loia a Sala o David Vargas le molimau pe moni na ta u atu e Sala lona igoa ia te ia atoa ai ma lona tuuina atu o le numera o lana telefoni ina ua faatoa uma ona tupu le faalavelave, na tali le molimau e leai. Na taua e Fereti ina ua fesiligia e Vargas, na mafua ona fai ia Sala e le manao e ave o ia i le falema i, ona sa naunau e fia o o i le latou fale e aumai ai le telefoni e vili ai le Ofisa o Leoleo. Na fesili Vargas ia Fereti, pe moni e lua aso talu ona tuana i le faalavelave ae faatoa o atu leoleo ave o ia i le falema i, na tali le ua molia ioe, ae ina ua toe fesiligia e le loia le molimau, pe moni sa fai i leoleo i le aso na tula i mai ai le faalavelave e le fia alu o ia i le falema i, na tali le molimau ioe. O se va aiga i le tama ita i na vala aulia e si ona tina, le tama ita i o Kuuipo Trepanier ua tautua nei o se tasi e fa auluina alo o Amerika Samoa i le Maligi, ua pue ina le latou ata ma le tama ita i faia oga Dorothy Fui ava ma ona alo ina ua mae a le polokalama matagofie a le Manumalo Baptist na fa ataua ai Vetereni taeao o le aso Faraile ua te a. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] American Samoa Power Authority An Equal Opportunity Employer * A Drug Free Workplace Human Resource Department, Tafuna PO Box PPB, Pago Pago American Samoa Phone No: (684) Fax No: (684) Engineering Apprentices The American Samoa Power Authority announces an excellent opportunity for young technically minded individuals who want a challenging, profitable career in American Samoa. ASPA is looking for its next generation of engineers and technicians to lead the utility in the 21st century. Over the next few years, ASPA will be developing young technicians and engineers for key positions within the organization. It needs skilled specialists in a number of fields. ASPA will provide employment and professional training for successful applicants in several engineering and technical areas. Apprentices will receive training both on the job and in formal apprenticeship classes. Qualified apprentices may also receive an all expense paid education at a technical school or university in New Zealand. Applicants must be willing to commit to spending 2-3 years off-island in pursuit of a degree or certificate in engineering or related field. Applicants must have the following qualifications: Educational Requirements: High school graduate (minimum); Associate degree or better preferred. Must have maintained at least a B or better grade average in the following courses: (1). Physics, Chemistry, General Science. (2). Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus (3). English (TOEFL score of 500 or better) Skills and Aptitudes: Citizenship: Testing: Intermediate level computer skills. Ability to work independently, disciplined, self-starter, technically minded (confirmed by required references). US National or Citizen. All applicants will be required to complete ASPA s internal testing for science and math ability. Salary will be based on the technical area and job duties assigned. Applicants must complete an ASPA Employment Application Form and provide two written references. The form is available at ASPA Human Resource Office in Tafuna or via ASPA s Website: All application information, including school records and references, will be subject to verification as part of the screening process. Deadline for submitting applications is 4pm,December 2nd, 2013,

20 Page 20 samoa news, Friday, November 15, 2013 Tu umalo fa afuase i le tofa Lauti Simona Se i tatou va ai atu i le lolofi mai o le fanau a oga Kanana Fou e fa afetai ma pu ea fa atasi le latou ata ma le fofoga o le latou polokalama na fa atautaia mo Vetereni uma o le tatou malo i le aso Faraile na te a nei. Le tama ita i o Rosie Tago Lancaster - sa ia molita i se fe au taua mo le fanau, ia latou manatua fa afetai i a latou Vetereni i o latou aiga, ekalesia, ma latou a oga! [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] O le Sone Vevela Fa aliliu: Akenese Ilalio Zec Vaega: 38 Malo le soifua, taeao manuia i le mamalu o le atunu u, tatou fa afetaia pea le Atua Silisili Ese, ona o Lana tausiga alofa mo i tatou i aso uma lava, lea o lo o tatou maua ai pea le ola ma le soifua maloloina. Ae alo maia o le a toe fa aauau atu la tatou tala fa asolo mo lenei aso. Ae ia manuia lava le alo faiva o le atunu u i feau ma galuega o lenei aso. Na muta mai la tatou tala i le tau fa amatalaina o le uiga o le virusi, o le a fo i lona tupu aga, a o fea fo i o le tino o le tagata e fiafia le virusi e nofonofo ai. O lea la ua o tatou iloa nei, e fiafia tele si ali i e nonofo i totonu o le isi ona e mafai ai ona ola ma fa atama ia ai lea mea. E fa apena fo i la pe afai o le a a afia le tino o le tagata i le virusi. O sela, (cells) o le tagata o le a a afia tele, ona o iina e fiafia le virusi e nofonofo ai. Afai o le a tele sela (cells) o le tagata o le a a afia i le virusi, o lona uiga o le a oti le tagata pe mate ai fo i meaola. Ae, e le mana o le virusi i lea tulaga, aua a mate loa, o lona uiga o le a mate ai fo i ma le virusi latou, ae se i vagana ua osofa ia e le virusi se isi tagata po o se meaola, ona fa aauau ai lea ona sosolo ma a afia ai tagata ma meaola. Fai mai le fa amatalaga a le ali i tusi tala o Richard Preston, o le virusi e faigata lava ona iloa, ma o le virusi o le Ebola, e foliga mai ua leva ona i le lalolagi nei, pe a i le fa ma le afa piliona tausaga talu ai. O se virusi fo i ua matua lava ma a tonu o le virusi muamua lava lenei i le lalolagi. (Tatou toe fo i i le su esu ega a le ali i foma i o Johnson ma Nancy Jaax lea ua amata nei ona fai i manuki ia sa tui e le ali i foma i i le virusi o le Ebola) A o faia pea su esu ega a Johnson ma Nancy, o lo o manatua pea e Nancy le manatu e fa apea, Ia fa amama, ia fa amama, ia aua nei i ai se toto e sao ese, ia aua fo i nei ai se toto e pipi i i ona lima. O taimi uma fo i e faia ai ta otoga o manu, e tatau lava ona siaki e le tasi le isi, po o matala se mea o le suti lanu moana, pe ua pu se pito o le suti, ae pe ua lavea fo i se tasi i se mea ma ai. O le taimi fo i lea, o lo o siaki e Johnson ia Nancy pe i ai se mea o fa aletonu. Ua o o nei le su esu ega a Johnson ma Nancy Jaax i le ulu o le manuki, sa tau mafaufau le ali i foma i po o le a le ituaiga mea faigaluega o le a fa aaoga, ona afai e fa aaoga se isi lava mea, o lona uiga o le a tele vaega o le atigi ulu o le manuki o le a pisi solo, o le ala lea na o la fa aaogaina ai le palaea e tata e ai le atigi ulu o le manuki. Ua ave ese mai i fafo le fai ai ma mata o le manuki ma tu u i totonu o se fagu tele lava ua uma ona ave i ai vaila au. Na tu u ane nei e Johnson ia Nancy le fai ai ole manuki, ae ua fa ate ia Nancy ina ua tusitusi ane le lima o Johnson ma fa asino ane le totigilima o lo o i lona lima taumatau. Na tilotilo nei Nancy i lona lima ma ia iloa ai, ua matua i lofia uma i le toto, ae ua ia iloa atu ua pu le totigilima. Na sasae ese nei e Nancy le totigilima lea ma ua aliali mai ai le totigilima o le suti lanu moana. Na toe siaki nei e Nancy ma ia toe iloa ai, ua a afia fo i le totigilima lea i le toto. Na toe siaki fo i le isi totigilima lea e pito i totonu, ma ia iloa ai fo i, o lo o i ai fo i le toto i totonu o lona totigilima lea. E faia pea tusia Ausage Fausia O le taeao o le aso Lulu nei pe tusa o le te a laititi o le 7:00 i le taeao, na tu umalo fa afuase i ai le tofa Lauti Simona i lona laoa i Vatia, e pei ona faamaonia mai e nisi o ona alo i le Samoa News ananafi. O le tuumalo ai o le tofa Lauti na faateia ai lona aiga, uo ma le afioaga i Vatia, faapea ai lana aufaigaluega i le Fono Faitulafono, ma le toatele o isi tagata sa masani ma iloa o ia. E tu umalo le tofa Lauti ua 75 tausaga o lona soifua, ma o lo o mafuta mai pea o ia ma ona alo e to atolu, fanau a lana fanau e to a 10, ma le to atasi o le fanau a fanau a se tasi o nai ona alo. O le tofa Lauti, ua lauiloa i le toatele o tagata o le atunuu i lana tautua sa ofoina atu mo le teritori, e pei ona avea ai o ia ma pulesili o le Ofisa sa gafa ma le tuufaatasia o polokalame, i le taimi na sauni atu ai Amerika Samoa e talimalo, i le faaaliga o Tu ma Aganuu a le Pasefika i le E le gata i lana tautua mo le Festival of Pacific Arts i Amerika Samoa, ae ua lauiloa fo i o ia i lana tautua i totonu o lona afioaga o Vatia, o lana ekalesia Metotisi, atoa ai ma totonu o lona aiga. O ia fo i o se tasi ua silafia e le toatele i lana galuega mo le Fono Faitulafono mo le umi e lima tausaga, e pei ona avea ai o ia ma Faaliliu upu mo galuega a le Fono. Na tumu tumu le falema i i Fagaalu i uo ma aiga o le tofa Lauti, lea na lolofi atu e auai i le ulua i sauniga lotu sa faia i le taeao lava na maliu ai o ia. Na taua e se tasi o ona alo i le Samoa News e faapea, e le i gasegase lona tuaa pe na taofia fo i i le falema i, aua o ia o se tagata e toaga e savali ma faamalosi tino i le tele o aso, o se tagata fo i e soifua maloloina. O le taeao o le aso Lulu na te a nei ina ua alu atu si o u tei laititi e fafagu le toeaina e ala i luga e alu e faigaluega, ae matou tete i ai ina ua fiu e fafagu ua le ala mai le toeaina, sa matou taumafai e fesoasoani atu i ai peitai ua siliga tali i seu se lavea i mo ia, ua maliu lava si o u tama, o le saunoaga lea a se tasi o ona alo na faailoa mai i le Samoa News. I le toe tepa ai i le mafutaga ma le tama o le aiga, o ia o se tama e faagalo gata ona uiga, e loto alofa ma lima foa i, o se tama fo i e faamuamua ia te ia lona aiga. O se tama e lima mafola i lona aiga, e le mana o e tuu ni mea lelei ae ave ni mea faaletonu i le nuu, ekalesia po o le aiga potopoto fo i, ma o nisi nei o uiga matou te manatua ai pea lo matou tama, o le molimau lea a se tasi o ona alo. A o le i tuumalo Lauti, sa taua e nisi o lona aiga e faapea, sa fiafia lava o ia i le aso Lua na te a atu, sa auai fo i i le leoleoga a le Aumaga a le nuu i le afiafi o faiga lotu masani, ina ua manava atu i lana galuega i le Fono. Na taua e se tasi o ona alo e faapea, o nisi o fuafuaga faataoto a Lauti sa fuafua mo lona aiga, o le malaga lea i Upolu i le tausaga fou e faalauiloa le isi itu o le latou aiga, peitai o nei fuafuaga uma ua le taunuu ina ua valaau faafuase i lona matai ia te ia. O le ulua i galuega a le tofa Lauti i le malo o Amerika Samoa, o le avea lea ma Sui Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, i le nofoaiga a Kovana Lutali, ona sosoo ai loa lea ma le avea o ia ma Faatonusili o le Ofisa o Tautua ma Auaunaga a le malo, i le nofoaiga a Kovana Tauese. O le mae a ai o lana auaunaga i lea ofisa a le malo, na tofia ai loa o ia e avea ma Pulesili o le Ofisa a le Arts Council a le malo, mo le faamaopoopoina o foa i, aua le Faaaliga o Tu ma Aganuu a le Pasefika sa faia i le 2008, mulimuli ane ai galue o ia i le Fono Faitulafono seia o o mai lava i le taimi nei. I lana tautua i totonu o lana ekalesia Metotisi i Vatia, sa avea ai o ia ma Failauga i ni taimi ua mavae atu, sa avea fo i o ia ma sui o le Komiti Tumau a le Sinoti a Amerika Samoa. O le a misia le tofa Lauti e uo ma aiga faapea ai le atunuu ona o lana tautua ma ona uiga taufaasia. E fa amaise atu le Samoa News i aiga ona o le tu umalo o le tofa ia Lauti. Feso ota i mai i le tusitala ia In The High Court of American Samoa TRIAL DIVISION PR No In the Matter of the Estate of DELEGATO MALOUAMAUA FUIMAONO, BY: LENTOY F. MATAGI, Petitioner EX-PARTE MOTION TO CONTINUE HEARING TO ANOTHER DATE AND ORDER Petitioner, LENTOY F. MATAGI, by and through her attorney, hereby moves ex-parte to reschedule the hearing on the Petition For Letters of Administration Intestate For The Estate of Delegato Malouamaua Fuimaono, presently set for November 6th, 2013 and to have the matter rescheduled for another date in December, 2013 or on a date convenient for the court. The reason for the continuance is that the undersigned counsel is unavailable, because of unexpected circumstances. The ex-parte motion herein is based upon this motion and the pleadings on file. DATED: ROY J.D. HALL, JR. Attorney for Petitioner LENTOY F. MATAGI ORDER The court having reviewed the Ex-Parte application to continue the hearing date from November 6, 2013, it is hereby, ORDERED that the above-entitled matter is hereby continued to December 3, JUSTICE Published 11/8, 11/15, 11/22

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