1 Buckle up! Fatalities CraSHES LOCAL HIGHWAYS to date office of highway safety LOCAL HIGHWAYS to date Rising MMA star CJ Floor steps into steel cage on Saturday B1 Le atele Elementary School K5 student Sionelatu Eteaki displaying his project Aquarium Counting Concept in the Geometric Sculptures and Models category yesterday morning at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium during the Dept. of Education s Math-In-Art competition for the Elementary level. This year s theme is Math is a Colorful Fabric of Creation. [photo: Jeff Hayner] samoanews.com C Y M K Maofa Lolo i le fa aletonu o fale taofia ai pagota i Tafuna 9 Daily Circulation 7,000 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA Thursday, December 5, 2013 $1.00 C Y M K Video of fight goes online and sparks fury and concerns by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent A video of a fight between three Tafuna High School girls that took place during lunch time this past Tuesday has gone viral online, after it was uploaded on to facebook and viewed by numerous people both here and off island. THS principal Beauty Tuiasosopo confirmed yesterday that the video was uploaded on to facebook by a male teacher, who will be dealt with accordingly. Tuiasosopo called the action by the teacher unprofessional and it is a matter that definitely will be addressed. It is unclear whether the teacher will be suspended or terminated. When contacted for comments, Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau told Samoa News yesterday that her office was not aware of the situation, as they were never contacted about the incident. Tuiasosopo said the issue was dealt with immediately after it occurred, and there was no need to drag it out any further. She said the fight was not a major one and added that it was sparked as a result of differences between the kids. She said the problem was resolved that same day and the parents of those involved were called in and notified. The THS principal said that according to the by-laws, suspension is the punishment for fighting and that is what she imposed on those involved. In the nearly minute-long video, which was tagged to the Samoa News facebook page by several of our local and offisland readers, girls are seen fighting as a crowd of students stand by and watch. Not one person was seen trying to step in to stop the fight, and students can be heard cheering and asking the girls to start the fight over. (Continued on page 15) A screenshot of the Tafuna High School girls fight that was taken from a video uploaded to Facebook by a THS teacher. The girls have since been suspended and the teacher is yet to be dealt with. ASCC moves forward to secure Pell grants by Samoa News staff the US Department of Education (USDOE) American Samoa Community College that states for the purposes of financial aid (ASCC) students taking Bachelors level education courses may soon be eligible for Pell Grant assistance, and the grants will likely be retroactive for the school year. ASCC has received word from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges eligibility, a US institution of higher learning may be accredited by either the ACCJC or the ACSCU, but not both. The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (ACSCU) has already approved our Bachelors in Education (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association (B.Ed.) program, said Dr. Kolhoff-Belle, but for Schools and Colleges (WASC) that after a the USDOE requires that a college have only commission review, the ACCJC has approved a one primary accreditor as the gateway for Substantive Change request by ASCC. Title IV financial aid or Pell grant eligibility. This comes after a November visit to ASCC This ruling by the USDOE affects community by ACCJC Vice President Dr. Susan Clifford colleges developing four-year programs. and representative Dr. Tim Brown to review the four-year Teacher Education program at ASCC. ASCC Accreditation Liaison and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Kathleen Kolhoff-Belle explained that the College s By getting ACCJC approval of the B.Ed., in addition to the ACSCU, students in our 300 and 400 level courses will have access to Pell grants, said Dr. Kolhoff-Belle. The ACCJC is authorized every five years by USDOE as a Substantive Change request to WASC/ACCJC regional accrediting body, she said. As part to include ASCC s Bachelors in Education program in its oversight, stems from a ruling by of their renewal this year, they are asking the (Continued on page 14) Governor Lolo visits jail, calls living conditions unbelievable by Joyetter Feagaimaali i-luamanu Samoa News Reporter Part of the problem at the jail is that it s a dumping ground for the police department, said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga during a briefing with DPS officials about the problems at the Tafuna Correctional Facility when the governor visited the jail yesterday. Governor Lolo was referring to personnel changes within Public Safety, referring to the fact that when a police officer does something wrong they are assigned to the jail. Instead, the governor said, those who work at the jail should be certified and trained to work with inmates. The governor was accompanied by his key staff during this visit. Media were invited to tour the jail along with the governor. During his visit Lolo saw first hand how 47 male inmates are all housed in one small building, with 4-5 inmates in one cell and there is a total of 13 cellblocks. In a briefing given by former Warden Lumana i Maifea (who s now assigned to the DPS records office), Maifea said the jail is overcrowded, and there are close to 100 foreigners who were sentenced to depart the territory, yet they have no proper documents to leave. According to Maifea, there are also inmates, who have finished serving their time, yet refuse to leave jail; and, those who are mentally challenged and are serving time with regular inmates, instead of being housed at a mental facility. These are just some of issues the jail faces and contributes to the poor conditions at the prison, he noted. Acting Warden Foifua Foifua Jr said the government should go after the immigration sponsors of inmates who are incarcerated, because under statute, it s the sponsors who are financially responsible for these inmates for their medical expenses, as well as for their food. He said it s costly for the government to be paying for these foreigners in prison. Commissioner William Bill Haleck told the governor that the problem at the jail is not with the inmates; rather it s the correction officers who do not uphold their sworn oath when becoming correction and police officers. He assured the governor that an internal investigation has been conducted and those (Continued on page 13)
2 Page 2 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Salon Sophia Let us get you looking and KATIE s & MIAH s Chemical Specials include cut and style: All Chemicals, Highlites, Lowlites, Curly Perms, Relaxers 20% Off Thermal Japanese Straightening 20% Off * We also offer wedding hair/make-up packages in Salon or your place of choice ** Coming Soon * SENIORS ONLY DAY OF PAMPERING Holiday Greetings and a Huge Fa afetai, Faafetai tele lava for your support for the past 15+ years of our service Call: or feeling your best. HOLIDAY SPECIAL MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel On Dec. 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published Poor Richard s Almanack. The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America. On Dec. 17, 1843, Charles Dickens classic story A Christmas Carol is published. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are David Copperfield (1850), Great Expectations (1861) and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). On Dec. 18, 1912, after three years of digging in the Piltdown gravel pit in Sussex, England, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announces the discovery of two skulls that appear to belong to a primitive hominid and ancestor of man. On Dec. 21, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle, but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old. Descended from a long line of military men, Patton graduated from the West Point Military Academy in On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. She went on to become a mother, grandmother, and in 1996, a great-grandmother to Timu, the first surviving infant gorilla conceived by artificial insemination. Colo is still alive today. On Dec. 16, 1960, two airliners collide over New York City, killing 134 people aboard the planes and on the ground. A miscalculation by the pilot of the United flight put his plane directly into the path of a TWA Super Constellation. Christmas presents carried by the planes passengers were strewn all over the streets. On Dec. 20, 1989, the United States invades Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges. Noriega s Panamanian Defense Forces were promptly crushed. Local CoC signs MOU with Samoa s CoC and Small Business Enterprise Center by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent The local Chamber of Commerce has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with their counterparts in Samoa in an effort to facilitate trade and promote the service industry between the two Samoas, according to CoC chairman David Robinson. Robinson signed the MOUs with the Small Business Enterprise Center and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry while in Samoa last week for the two-day Trade Fair held in front of Government House in Apia. The main purpose of the MOUs is to progressively facilitate two way trade between Samoa and American Samoa, to promote service industries and to provide opportunities for businesses to showcase their products and services, Robinson said. The MOU is a statement of commitment to achieve productive business outcomes, he told Samoa News yesterday, adding the MOUs were signed on the final day of the fair. (He also provided copies to Samoa News). According to the MOUs, a major focus will be to develop two-way trade that benefits both countries economies and this will also extend to capacity building,education and training. Objectives of cooperation between the two Samoas include building business capability through appropriate education and training programs; providing opportunities for businesses to showcase their products and services, mainly through networking, seminars, expos, and trade missions; and undertaking and facilitating any other activities that can enhance business mutually. The MOUs further state that all parties agree that these MOUs are not intended to create binding legal obligations, but to be a Statement of Commitment that focuses our collective energies and objectives to productive business outcomes. As for the fair, Robinson said it was well organized and offered an opportunity for small and medium size local companies to exhibit their products and services and establish trade contacts with other small and medium size businesses in Samoa and American Samoa. It was promoted as a stepping stone to grow and develop exports for bigger markets, he said, adding that American Samoa s representation at the fair was small by comparison to that of the Samoa business community with only the local Chamber of Commerce, the Visitors Bureau, the Shipyard Services Authority, StarKist Samoa and ANZ Bank being represented. He also said StarKist did an excellent job promoting their new Fa alavelave and Meaalofa tuna packs and they gave out free samples during both days of the fair. The organizers in Samoa plan to hold another Trade Fair next year and the Chamber will be invited to participate again, said Robinson, who does not plan to seek another term as head of the local business association. 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3 Governor denies rumors that he will advertise for new AG by Joyetter Feagaimaali i-luamanu Samoa News Reporter Afoa, who was a candidate for Governor in the last General Election was appointed Samoa News has continued by Governor Lolo as the Territory s to receive queries about the Attorney General, position of Attorney General and was the first political whether or not, the current appointee announced by the AG Afoa L Su esu e Lutu new administration. would be stepping down as Governor Lolo said he and reported in September of this Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti year, and would the position be advertised. Governor Lolo Matalasi Mauga are looking at different candidates to take over the leadership of the AG s Office Moliga has dismissed rumors upon Afoa s departure from circulating that the position among the qualified candidates they have in mind but for the Attorney General will be advertised when AG Afoa released no names. steps down in January to take The Governor s Executive the senate seat for Fagatogo. Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Lolo told Samoa News this Pereira said the AG position Is position will not be advertised very much on the mind of the and said, I have several people on my mind for this position. In September Afoa accepted the offer to take the Senate seat Governor and the Lieutenant Governor and pointed out that this post is different from the other cabinet positions from which was initially endorsed the perspective that not only for High Chief Tiumalu must that person meet the Telesia Scanlan. At the time, required qualifications, but he Afoa confirmed that he took up the offer presented by Tiumalu or she must have the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor s during a meeting held in the full faith and trust. village council on the matter. Samoa News points out The senatorial seat at issue that the three cabinet positions represents the villages of Fagatogo, Fagaalu and Utulei. which were not advertised were Attorney General, Public Palolo failed to rise in November No surprise, October swarm was plentiful by B. Chen Samoa News Correspondent The stats are in and according to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, the more than 1,300 anxious palolo hunters who were hoping for a second swarming of the local delicacy last month went home empty-handed. DMWR s Yvonne Mika told Samoa News yesterday that between palolo hunters lined the territory s shores each night on Nov. 23 and 24, anticipating a second rise of the sea worms but it was weak, she said, adding that fishermen on alia fishing boats who went out to the deep end in hopes of scoring big reported seeing palolo, but it was scattered, meaning it wasn t strong enough to be scooped up and taken home. As was predicted by some, a second palolo rise was not to be, as the initial swarming in October netted a big number of palolo being caught both close to shore and out in the deep. (It was sold on the street at $20-$30 for a fist-sized portion.) The general consensus is palolo will rise every year either in October or November, and sometimes during both months. However, if the palolo swarm is strong in October, as was the case this year, then chances are there will be no palolo in sight the following month; or, it will be a weak showing. But locals were optimistic, lining the shore in truck loads with flashlights, mosquito netting, and cheese cloth in hand with the hope of getting a second shot at savoring the edible part of the polychaete worm (aka Eunice viridis). For the Manu a Islands, Mika reported that no palolo was caught last month, and residents of the island group did enjoy an abundance of palolo in October. Based on data collected from 60 people who were interviewed by DMWR, October s palolo rise resulted in 7.7lbs. of palolo catch per person. No palolo survey was conducted by DMWR last year because of the weak swarm. Mika explained that the purpose of the palolo survey is to collect data on the relative harvest of the palolo spawning in volume. She added, this information will assist DMWR s long term monitoring of fisheries and the palolo trends through the years. Safety Commissioner, and the Secretary of Samoan Affairs. Instead, these positions were filled with those appointed by the governor, while with other directorship positions, the candidates filled in applications. Afoa will take up his senate seat in January 2014 for the third regular session of the 33rd Legislature. Prior to being appointed as AG, Afoa was in private practice where he specialized in land and title matters, and is currently the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in the territory. He was also the Executive Director for the Constitutional Convention Office. Afoa has served as Chief Legislative Counsel and Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau ( ); Special Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the House ( ); Special Legal Counsel for Senate President ( ) and from served in the House of Representatives, from District 7- Ma oputasi (villages of Utulei, Gataivai and Fagaalu). Earlier in his career ( ) he served as the Attorney General for ASG and was also Chief Legal Counsel for the American Samoa Constitutional Convention (1986) and an Instructor of Juvenile Justice at ASCC. Afoa received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai i, and his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University Law School. He first opened private law practice in the territory in samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 3 E valani s Book Your Christmas Parties & Special Events NOW. Motu o Fiafiaga Motel December Room Rates Special $50/night (deposit required) Party Plans To Fit Your Budget Discounted Drinks & Beer Specials Extended Happy Hours in Pago No House Fee Karaoke & Disco Dancing Live Band By Request Call / / BOXING! 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4 Page 4 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Emergency Siren Test to be conducted tomorrow (PRESS RELEASE) Department of Homeland Security / TEMCO Division wishes to remind the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for the month of December will be conducted this Friday, December 06, 2013 at 12 noon. This is the monthly siren test which is held on the first Friday of every month. Do not be alarmed if you hear the emergency sirens this Friday at noon. It is only a test. The public is encouraged to call and report results of siren testing this Friday from different siren location sites. ******************************************* Ua fa ailoa mai e le matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Lotoifale, le Homeland Security, o le a faia le fa ata ita iga faa-le-masina i sailini, po o fa ailo,i motu o Tutuila, Aunu u ma Manu a i le Aso Faraile o le vaiaso nei, le aso 06 o masina o Tesema, i le itula e 12 i le aoauli. O lenei fa ata ita iga ua na o se fa ata ita iga e faia i masina ta itasi i sailini fa ailo mo fa alavelave fa afuase i. Aua le fa apopoleina le mamalu o le atunuu u pe a fa afofogaina le fa aleoina o sailini i le Aso Faraile nei e na o se fa ata ita iga! E fautuaina le vala au mai I le Ofisa e lipoti mai lagona ma ni tulaga fa aletonu o fa ata ita iga i fa aleoina o sailini I le aso Faraile nei o fa ata ita iga. Fa afetai tele. O le pule aga o le matagaluega o le Homeland Security, Ofisa o le TEMCO / Fa alavelave Fa afuase i. Americans applaud President Obama on Immigration Policy Honolulu, Hawaii President Obama addressed the topic of immigration during his visit to the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco, last week. In June of this year, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) joined with other national native organizations calling for immigration reform. As the first people of the lands across the United States, said Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President, we collectively, whether Hawaiian, American Indian or Alaska native, know well what it means to be fully engaged in the American democracy and to get there, we had to fight the injustice of being denied our rightful place at the table. We know the significance of family and extended family. We support and applaud President Obama for being a champion for the millions of men, women and children that are invisible and wait for a solution. First Americans for New Americans (FANA) is a national initiative of Native leaders, across the country, that support comprehensive immigration reform. CNHA joined in the initiative in June of 2013, when meeting with leaders from the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). We are even more convinced after speaking to tribal leaders during the White House conference on tribal nations, Kauhane said. So many tribal leaders agree that comprehensive reform creates a path forward to advance the economies in their regions. CNHA will continue its support of FANA and encourage Native leaders across the nation to encourage comprehensive immigration reform, supporting work toward a more navigable path to citizenship and a goal of improving our nation s economy. CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at , toll-free at , by at or at (source: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement) Osini Faleatasi Inc. reserves all rights. dba Samoa News is published Monday through Saturday, except for some local and federal holidays. Please send correspondences to: OF, dba Samoa News, Box 909, Pago Pago, American Samoa 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. Hannah and Tom Hepner of Quincy, parents of identical triplets, hold, from left, Abby, Laurel and Brindabella in a self care room at Sutter Memorial on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The triplets were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Nov. 22, 2013 (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randy Pench) NEWS IN BRIEF Calif. couple conceives rare identical triplets SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has CAlif. man arrested for biting parents DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) A Bay Area man is facing charges after authorities say he given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived viciously attacked his parents after they refused identical triplets. to allow him to see the family cat. San Mateo The Sacramento Bee reports Abby, Brin County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy. The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three. when 26-year-old Yevgeniy Bolshakov of Daly City came home from an outing Saturday, he asked his parents about the cat. When they told him it was recovering from surgery and that he couldn t see the animal, Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women s Wagstaffe says, Bolshakov punched his Services, says the odds of producing iden- 64-year-old father in the head, biting the older tical triplets without fertility drugs range from man on the arm and ripping off a piece of flesh, 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million. He said the before biting and punching his mother. Bolshakov rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault, mayhem and making criminal threats. Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 The San Francisco Chronicle reports Bolshakov pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. The triplets are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly. Amid political violence, Thai king urges stability is in county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Obama to tell feds to boost RENEWAble electricity to 20% WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable BANGKOK (AP) Thailand put politics sources for electricity by Obama says aside Thursday to celebrate the 86th birthday the plan will help reduce pollution that causes of the country s revered monarch, who used his global warming, promote American energy annual birthday speech to call for stability but independence and boost domestic energy made no direct reference to the crisis that has sources that provide thousands of jobs. deeply divided the nation. Violence and street battles between antigovernment Obama is to announce the plan Thursday as part of his wide-ranging, second-term drive protesters and police were put on to combat climate change and prepare for its hold as both sides observed a truce to mark the effects. A plan announced in June would put 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, first-time limits on carbon pollution from new who has often served as a unifying figure in times of crisis. and existing power plants, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and prepare Vast crowds dressed in the royal color of communities to deal with higher temperatures. yellow lined the roads in the seaside town of The Associated Press obtained an advance Hua Hin, to catch a glimpse of the frail and copy of the executive order on renewable aging monarch. Many shouted Long live the energy, which applies to all federal agencies, king as his motorcade drove slowly to Klai civilian and military. Kangwon Palace, which literally means Far From Worries. Onlookers wept as the king began to speak, taking great effort and pausing for long stretches between words. Our country has long experienced happiness because we have been united in performing 20 now under arrest over Huntington Beach melee HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) Police say they ve now arrested 20 people in connection with a night of violence that followed a surfing contest in Huntington Beach. The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday our duties and working together for says police have announced an additional six the good of the whole country, the king said, arrests since the July 28 melee. The violence dressed in a ceremonial golden robe and seated began when a crowd surged through downtown on a throne before an audience that included streets following the U.S. Open of Surfing. The Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her mob broke windows, damaged police cars, Cabinet ministers, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and the leaders of the armed forces. All Thais should consider this very much and focus on doing their duties... which are the security and stability of the country. fought and looted, causing several injuries and thousands of dollars in damage. The six people arrested since the melee include three juveniles and they re suspected (Continued on page 6)
5 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 5 10 whales dead, dozens stranded in Everglades EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) Wildlife workers in boats struggled unsuccessfully Wednesday to coax nearly four dozen pilot whales out of dangerous shallow waters in Florida s Everglades National Park, hoping to spare them the fate of 10 others that already had died. The workers suspended their efforts after dark, but planned to return Thursday morning to try again, said Kim Amendola, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is taking part in the effort. Six of the whales were found dead, and four of the whales had to be euthanized Wednesday, said Blair Mase, coordinator for NOAA s marine mammal stranding network. At least three could be seen on the beach, out of the water. The whales are stranded in a remote area near Highland Beach, the western boundary of Everglades National Park and about 20 miles east of where they normally live. It takes more than an hour to reach the spot from the nearest boat ramp and there is no cellphone service, complicating rescue efforts. We want to set the expectation low, because the challenges are very, very difficult, Mase said. Park spokeswoman Linda Friar said rescuers were trying to surround the whales, which were in roughly 3 feet of salt water about 75 feet from shore, and herd them back to sea. They are not cooperating, Friar said. Workers also tried to nudge the whales out to sea earlier in the day with no success. The short-finned pilot whales typically live in very deep water. Even if rescuers were able to begin nudging the 41 remaining whales out to sea, Mase said they would encounter a series of sandbars and patches of shallow water along the way. This particular whale species is also known for its closeknit social groups, meaning if one whale gets stuck or stays behind, the others are likely to stay behind or even beach themselves as well. It would be very difficult for the whales to navigate out on their own, Mase said. Federal officials were notified about the whales Tuesday around 4 p.m. Because of the remote location, workers were unable to access the site before dark. They arrived Wednesday morning and discovered 45 whales still alive. There were some that were very compromised and in very poor condition, Mase said. Four were euthanized with sedatives, and more could be put down Thursday if their condition deteriorates, Mase said. She described the remaining whales as swimming and mobile but said scientists don t know how long they have been (Continued on page 14) In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, photo provided by the National Park Service, pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla. Federal officials said some whales have died. The marine mammals are known to normally inhabit deep water. (AP Photo/National Park Service)
6 Page 6 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 New Zealand s plan for faster Net hits snag First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., loses her balance when she was greeting Sunny, one of the presidential dogs, as children of military families participate in a holiday arts and crafts event in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) NEWS IN BRIEF of crimes ranging from failing to disperse to assault with a deadly weapon and taking part in a riot. Air Force Academy defends use of cadet informants COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The Air Force Academy defended its use of confidential informants after a cadet said he was expelled because of misconduct linked to providing information. The academy said informants provide vital information about criminal activity, the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://tinyurl.com/ nuxsvme) reported Tuesday. They are instructed to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while helping the Air Force Office of Special Investigations gather information on drug use, sexual assault and other cadet misconduct, the newspaper said. Cadet Eric Thomas, who was expelled from the academy this year, said he became an informant when he was pressured by OSI agents after he attended an off-campus party that was raided by police. Thomas, 24, said OSI ordered him to infiltrate academy cliques by wearing recorders, setting up drug buys, tailing suspected rapists and feeding information to investigators. He said he was regularly directed by agents to break academy rules. Jamaica scientist launches medical marijuana firm KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) A prominent Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur is launching a company that aims to capitalize on medical marijuana, a growing global industry that he asserted Wednesday could be a boon for the island s chronically limping economy. Henry Lowe, a researcher who specializes in medicinal chemistry and the chairman of an institute that develops therapeutic and cosmetic products from various plants in Jamaica, is calling his new venture Medicanja. It will focus on isolating medicinal compounds in the cannabis plant, known locally as ganja, and Lowe said the research will not violate any local laws or international conventions. Lowe said Jamaica could become a powerhouse in the nascent medical marijuana industry, health tourism and the development of innovative pot-derived items. Local scientists already have a history of creating marijuana-derived products, such as Canasol, which helps relieve pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients. This is a big opportunity for us, Lowe said in a phone interview. Continued from page 4 two dead and 1 wounded in shooting near NC college WINGATE, N.C. (AP) Police say two men were shot and killed and a third man wounded in a shooting that led to a lockdown at a North Carolina university. Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay said no students or employees of Wingate University were involved in Wednesday s shooting, which happened on a street near one of the entrances to the campus. Wingate University is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Charlotte. Gay said the men s identities are being withheld until their families are notified. He said a search is underway for a suspect. Campus officials issued the lockdown order about 6:15 p.m., and lifted it at 8:30 p.m. DC Council unanimously approves minimum wage hike WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to an increase in the District of Columbia s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one of the nation s highest. The 13-member council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance the bill. It will have to clear one more vote before going to Mayor Vincent Gray s desk. The Democratic mayor supports raising the minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $10 an hour, but not higher. However, he said Tuesday he wants to continue working with the council to find consensus on the appropriate wage increase. Last month, suburban Montgomery and Prince George s counties also approved raising their minimum wages to $ It follows a national trend in which localities and states are addressing the minimum wage in the wake of federal inaction. Russia: Iran deal ends need for missile defense BRUSSELS (AP) An international deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons will in the long run eliminate any need for a missile defense system in Europe, Russia s foreign minister said Wednesday. American officials have said the missile defenses they want to install in Europe will protect NATO allies and counter any threat from Iran. Russia has long opposed the plan, and sees the system as a threat to the viability of Russia s own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent. In Geneva last month, leading world powers reached a deal with Iran to ensure that its nuclear program remains peaceful. (Continued on page 12) WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) A plan by the New Zealand government to upgrade the country s notoriously slow Internet service has hit a snag after accountants confirmed the main contractor is facing financial problems. The government agreed to spend $1.1 billion over the next six years to lay fiber cable throughout much of the country to replace existing copper cables. But Communications Minister Amy Adams said Thursday that accountants at Ernst & Young have told her that infrastructure company Chorus is at risk of not fulfilling its contract. A recent report by technology company Akamai found New Zealand s Internet speed averaged 4.6 megabits per second, placing it 49th in the world rankings and behind most developed and tech-savvy nations. South Korea topped the rankings at an average 13.3 Mbps while the U.S. was ranked eighth at 8.7 Mbps. Adams said the government remains committed to its plans and she hopes the agency overseeing the work can amend existing Chorus contracts without costing taxpayers more money or delaying the rollout. She said that options include paying Chorus earlier and changing some technical specifications of the cable network. At this stage, I m hopefully optimistic that they will find a way through, but that s for them to now work through and come back to us once they have the final and full numbers, Adams said. Chorus blames it difficulties on a recent decision by New Zealand s Commerce Commission to make Internet connections cheaper for most people next year. The commission decided that Chorus will be able to charge Internet service providers a maximum $28 per month for each copper line connection, down from $37 a month. The commission sets the price because Chorus owns a near-monopoly on the cable infrastructure. Commissioner Stephen Gale said the price was based on comparisons with other countries, in particular Sweden. But Chorus said the price reduction means it will have to sell connections below cost. The company said the decision will cost it more than $100 million a year in lost revenue and lower the amount it can borrow to build infrastructure. Lesbian victim testifies of alleged 08 gang rape MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) Five years after a Northern California woman said she was gang-raped while her attackers taunted her for being a lesbian, the trial of one of the four men charged in the assault has gotten underway in a Contra Costa County courtroom where the 33-year-old victim is testifying. Humberto Salvador, 36, of Richmond, is charged with 15 felonies that include kidnapping, street terrorism, carjacking, and gang rape in the Dec. 13, 2008, attack that started on a residential street in Richmond and ended outside an abandoned apartment building where the victim was left naked and injured, The Contra Costa Times reported. Prosecutors are presenting the case as a hate crime that was driven in part by the woman s sexual orientation. Defense lawyer Linda Fullerton told jurors in her opening statement that while she does not dispute the victim was raped, she plans to prove it was not a gang rape motivated by sexual orientation. The woman, who is not being named because she s the victim of an alleged sexual assault, took the witness stand Tuesday on the trial s first day. She described how she had just parked her car, which was decorated with gay pride symbols like a rainbowcolored necklace and decals, when Salvador approached her, demanded her keys and wallet, and split her head open with a flashlight, the Times said. I was thinking material things don t have the same value as life itself, she said. Prosecutor Melissa Smith said in her opening statement that after striking the woman, Salvador ordered her to take off her clothes and said to her, You like men now, don t you? Tell me you like men. To avoid being spotted, Salvador and others forced the woman back into her car and drove her to the apartment building, where she was repeatedly raped, Smith said. Two of the attackers who were teenagers at the time participated along with Salvador in order to prove themselves to the street gang Salvador belonged to, the prosecutor said. Of those two, now 20 years old, one pleaded guilty to forced oral copulation and the other is awaiting trial. A 26-year-old man who did not assault the woman pleaded guilty to carjacking and robbery and is scheduled to testify against Salvador, the Times said.
7 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 7 OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR PAGO PAGO AMERICAN SAMOA EXECUTIVE ORDER MORATORIUM ON TAKING AND REMOVING SEA CUCUMBERS Preamble WHEREAS, the American Samoa Government aims to promote the sustainable use of marine resources to protect an d foster the environment and culture of the Territory; and, WHEREAS, the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources of the American Samoa Government ( DMWR ) is tasked with managing, protecting, preserving and perpetuating the marine and wildlife resources of the Territory; and, WHEREAS, scientific research shows that sea cucumbers are important in cleaning and turning over sand on the sea floor, which serves to help recycle nutrients and assists with breaking down waste matter on the reef; and, WHEREAS, recent scientific research proves that sea cucumbers play a vital role in reducing the harmful impa ct of climate change on coral reefs, particularly the problems associated with ocean acidification; and, WHEREAS, several varieties of sea cucumbers grow slowly and reach reproductive maturity only after several y ears; and, WHEREAS, DMWR fish catch monitoring records show that a new commercial fishery for export of sea cucumber ha s developed in the territory in the last several months; and, WHEREAS, in order to determine the level of risk posed to sea cucumbers in American Samoa, DMWR needs to con duct various surveys regarding their population size and density; and, WHEREAS, the population pool for sea cucumbers needs to remain constant in order for DMWR to effectively con duct such surveys for population size and density; and, NOW, THEREFORE, I, Lolo M. Moliga, Governor of American Samoa, hereby issue the following Executive Order: Section 1. Authority This Executive Order is issued under the authority granted to the Governor in Article IV, Sections 6 and 7 of the Revised Constitution of American Samoa and the American Samoa Coe Annotated Section and Section Section 2. Moratorium on Taking and Removing Sea Cucumbers. a. For the purposes of this Order, moratorium means the cessation of all acts that are in any way rel ated to a prohibited activity for a prescribed period of time. b. There will be a moratorium on the taking and removing of sea cucumbers in American Samoa, and its E xclusive Economic Zone for a period of six (6) months. c. This moratorium applies to all individuals, boats, vessels, corporations, organizations, and any oth er public or private entities with the sole exception of DMWR to carry out its duties and responsibilities described in Section 2 below. Section 3. Duties and responsibilities of DMWR during Moratorium. a. During this moratorium, DMWR shall conduct surveys to investigate the population size and density of sea cucumber species that inhabit American Samoa and its Exclusive Economic Zone. These surveys must be conducted to determine whether it is necessar y to regulate the harvest of sea cucumber for conservation purposes. b. Upon the completion of these surveys, DMWR shall provide the Governor with a report regrading their findings, and if necessary, propose regulations regarding the harvest of sea cucumbers. c. If DMWR fails to complete its surveys within this 6 month period, it may request an extension of thi s moratorium from the Governor. Section 4. Penalties. a. A violation of this order will be treated as a violation of the American Samoa Fishing regulations, A.S.A.C. section et seq., and shall be subject to the fines and penalties listed in A.S.C.A. section b. Any sea cucumbers discovered in violation of this Order shall be confiscated by the government and s hall be delivered to DMWR. Section 5. Effective Date and Expiry. This Executive Order shall be effective immediately and unless extended will expire six (6) months f rom the date provided below. Dated: December 04, 2013 FOLAFOLAGA FA ALAUA ITELE TESEMA 2013 FA ASAINA LE AVE ESEINA SO O SE ITUAIGA LOLI TALU AI, o le fa amoemoega a le malo o Amerika Samoa ia fa atua le fa atupula ia o le tamaoaiga o Gataifale e ala lea i le puipuia ma fa asaoina le si osi omaga o le teritori; ma TALU AI, o le Matagaluega o AlaManuia o le Sami ma le Vaomatua a le malo o Amerika Samoa ua tofia e fa atul afonoina, puipuia, fa asaoina le Gataifale ma le Vaomatua o le teritori;ma TALU AI, o su esu ega a saienisi ua fa amaonia ai le tua o lea figota e ala lea i le fa amamaina o le oneone e mafua ai ona mam le sami ma a au; ma TALU AI, ua maua fa amaumauga a le Matagaluega o AlaManuia o le Sami ma le Vaomatua ua fa ateleina le aveese ina o ia figota ma ave i atunu u i fafo i masina ua mavae atu; ma TALU AI, o le iai pea o ia figota i totonu o le Gataifale o le a faigofie ai ona fa ataunu uina su esu ega a le matagaluega; ma O LE MEA LEA, o a u Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Kovana o Amerika Samoa, oute fa alauiloa atu fa alaua itele lenei tulafono: FA ASAINA LE AVE ESEINA SO O SE ITUAIGA LOLI Mo le fa amalamalama atili o lea tulafono, Fa asaina o lona uiga ua taofia so o se ituaiga fa atin oga o lo o fa asaina mo se taimi ua fa atulagaina i lenei tulafono. O le a fa asaina le aveeseina o ia ituaiga loli mai ogasami e fa asino ia Tutuila ma Manu a mo le ono (6) masina. O lea tulafono ua fa asino mo tagata uma, va a, so o se fa alapotopotoga, kamupani ma le atunu u atoa ma le maliliega a le Matagaluega o AlaManuia o le Sami ma le Vaomatua i le fa atautaia lea o galuega ma matafaioi e pei ona ta ua i le vaega o lo o i luga. Aso e amata ai le fa amalosia o lenei tulafono; Tesema 04, 2013 LOLO M. MOLIGA Governor of American Samoa
8 Page 8 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 C M The annual Department of Education Math-In-Art competition for the elementary school level conducted by DOE s Office of Curriculum and Instruction is being held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium yesterday and today. This year s theme is Math is a Colorful Fabric of Creation. Our students have learned so many math concepts in the classroom, and what they re doing today is showing the public how they can use the mathematical concepts to express their ideas in the art forum, said DOE s math coordinator Mr. Varghese. He said that there were 19 elementary schools participating in the program yesterday with three different categories that included posters, geometric sculptures or models and tessellations. There were three different clusters levels K through 2nd grade; third through fifth grade; and grades six through eight. This morning they will hold the awards ceremony at the Lee Auditorium. Pictured are some of the students displaying their projects to parents and family members. [photo: Jeff Hayner] Saunia: L.A.F./Naenae Productions LALAU E LE FAIFEAU LE GAOI O LE TIAKONO Ua tolopo nei le faamasinoga o se alii faifeau o lo o molia i le lafo o ni upu taufaamatau i se tasi o sui o lana ekalesia. Na talia e le alii Faamasino Fesoasoani ia Fonoivasa Lolesio Ah Ching le talosaga a le alii loia o lo o tulai mo le alii faifeau e toe tolopo le mataupu ona o lo o gasegase le ua molia. O moliaga faasaga i le alii faifeau e mafua mai i se feeseeseaiga i lo la va ma se tasi o tiakono o lana ekalesia lea sa ia lalauina ai le gaoi o lea alii tiakono. O le alii tiakono o lo o aafia i lenei mataupu sa avea muamua ma komesina lagolago o le Matagaluega o Leoleo ma Falepuipui ma na malolo litaea o ia i le amataga o le tausaga nei. Ua faamavae nei o ia mai lea ekalesia. O le tupe o lo o fesiligia na maua mai se sailiga seleni a le ekalesia i Niu Sila lea e masalomia e i ai se vaega tele o lea tupe ua toesea. E lei mafai ona faamautu mai e leoleo le aofaiga o le tupe o lo o fesiligia ma mafua ai ona oo mai lea mataupu i luma o le Faamasinoga. Ua tolopoina nei lea mataupu i le aso 26 o Fepuari o le tausaga fou. MAEA ILOILOGA A LE KOMISI SUESUE Ua faamaeaina nei ia iloiloga a le komisi suesue filifilia o le mataupu e faatatau i tuuaiga faasaga i le komesina o Leoleo ma Falepuipui ia Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, faapea le komesina lagolago o lo o pulea le toese i Tafaigata, Sala Uili Seaga Lafaele, ia o lo o faamalolo mo se taimi le tumau. Na faailoa e le tamaitai loia o lo o fesoasoani i le suesueina o lenei mataupu, le susuga ia Sine Lafaialii Koria, ua tapunia aloaia nei suesuega i le maea ai o le fesiligia o molimau ma i latou uma sa tuuina mai a latou talosaga mo ni avanoa e faia ai a latou folasaga e uiga i lenei mataupu. Na ia faaalia, o le aso Faraile o le vaiaso na tea nei sa faatalatalanoa ai le komesina o leoleo ma o ia foi le tagata mulimuli sa suesueina e le komisi. Talu ona amata mai suesuega i le aso 20 o Setema seia oo i le aso 29 o Novema, e to a 122 molimau sa suesueina e aofia ai i laua o lo o tuuaia. O le to a 40 sa molimau o pagota, o le toafitu o pagota ua magalo, 56 malu o le malo ma nisi o le atunuu lautele sa faia a latou folasaga. Ua alo atu nei le komisi suesue e tuufaatasia se lipoti e tuuina atu I luma o le kapeneta ma ona o le toatele o I latou sa molimau ma suesueina, ua tuuina mai ai le fa masina e tapena ai lea lipoti. TATALA LE OFISA O LE A.C.O.P.A Ua tatala aloaia nei le ofisa tutotonu o le Faalapotopotoga o Tama ma Teine Tuai o le Kolisi o Avele po o le Avele College Old Pupils Association (ACOPA) i Malifa, i maota lisi a le afioga ia Teo Taito Faitele Afamasaga. Ua faatuina lea ofisa i se taumafaiga ua amatalia a le faalapotopotoga aua tapenapenaga mo le faailogaina o le atoaga o le 90 tausaga o le Kolisi o Avele talu ona faatuina i le tausaga e I se sauniga faapitoa i le afiafi o le aso Lulu na sei mavae atu nei, na saunoa ai le afioga i le peresetene o le faalapotopotoga ia Su a Mulitalo Henry Fruean i le taumafaiga o lenei faamoemoe ma ia faafetaia sui o le asosi o lo o gapatia i le faamaopopoina o le (Faaauau itulau 12) Evalani s is inviting everyone to celebrate holidays with them by B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent Thinking of hosting a holiday bash, an office party or just a fun get-together with family and friends? Then give the folks at Evalani s a call today. Since 1976, Evalani s has become a household name in the territory, known for offering tasty food items, a comfortable atmosphere, and superb customer service. All special events held at Evalani s come with no house fees, meaning they won t charge you to use their facilities, and they thrive on offering party plans that fit any budget. Located in the heart of Pago Pago, Evalani s is open every day except Sundays and can host events for up to 200 people. A live band is available by request. Enjoy dinner, dancing and karaoke while their staff takes care of the rest. They are currently offering discounted drinks and beer specials, and happy hour has been extended from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. If partying isn t your thing, stop by for breakfast starting at 7 a.m. and get your day started with scrumptious menu items that will awaken your senses and ensure you will come back for more. Lunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. while dinner items are offered beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy a top sirloin steak dish or grilled fish entree for $19.95 Food items are served until 2 a.m. when the bar closes Monday through Saturday. Check out their mouth watering Mexican menu items including burritos and tacos which are priced at 5 for $5. What a deal! And if you have guests arriving from off island or if you just want to get away during December, stop by the Motu o Fiafiaga Motel and take advantage of their special room rates: $50 per night (deposit required). From dancing, dining, and karaoke to relaxing in the motel and enjoying a night out with loved ones, Evalani s is the place to be this holiday season. Book your Christmas parties and special events now. Call / / or for more information. FOR SALE 2002 Ford F cylinder standard 4.2 Liter Engine 1. Stereo w/two power boosters 2. Air Condition 3. New Paint 4. New Fuel Pump 5. New clutch kit 6. New Tires & Wheels $14,000 OR BEST OFFER Y C Y K M K
9 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 9 Maofa Lolo i le fa aletonu o fale taofia Le Lali ai pagota i Tafuna C Y C Y M K M K tusia Ausage Fausia Na maofa le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga i le tulaga o lo o i ai fale o lo o taofia ma tausi ai pagota i le toese i Tafuna, ina ua alu atu sana asiasiga faapitoa i le taeao ananafi, faatasi ai ma nisi o sui o lana kapeneta. I lea asiasiga na maua ai le avanoa o le alii kovana e asia ai totonu o sela o lo o taofia ai pagota o lo o faatali le taimi e lau ai faaiuga o a latou mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga, faapea ai ma pagota o lo o tuli faasalaga ua maea a latou faamasinoga. Ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News le alii kovana i le mae a ai o lana asiasiga e silia i le itula o faagasolo, i sona finagalo e tusa ai o le tulaga sa ia molimauina, na soisoi Lolo ma faapea mai, e matua faaletonu lava fale o lo o nonofo ma tausi ai pagota. E ui i le tulaga faaletonu, na taua e Lolo lona fiafia ina ua maua le avanoa na te asia ai le toese ma vaai tino i faafitauli ma manaoga o lo o tula i mai. O le popolega muamua e mafai ona oo mai ia te a u, poo lelei ona tatou puipuia aia tatau o tagata uma nei i lalo o le tulafono; lona lua, e tatau ona lelei fale e tausi ma nonofo ai latou, e tusa ai o le tiute o le malo, o le isi lea ana saunoaga. O le te a laititi o le itula e 10:00 na taunuu ai le alii kovana ma nisi o sui o lana kapeneta i le toese, mo le faataunuuina o lana asiasiga. Sa faapea foi ona auai le afioga i le Komesina o Leoleo ia William E. Haleck, o le sui komesina ia Leseiau Laumoli, o le pule tuai o le Falepuipui ia Cpt. Lumana i Maifea, faapea ai ma le pule fou lea ua i ai nei ia Cpt. Fo ifua Fo ifua Jr. O le maea ai ona faailoa e le pulega o le toese o faafitauli ma nisi o lu itau o lo o fetaia i ma le nofoaga a le alii kovana, na amata ai loa le savaliga mo le asia o fale o lo o nonofo ai pagota, e aofia ai mea e fai ai a latou meaai. Na asia totonu o le umukuka ma maitauina ai e le Samoa News pagota e to aono, o lo o pisi i le kukaina o meaai a pagota mo le aoauli, e aofia ai le falai vaemoa ma le supo. E to a 215 le aofa i o pagota o lo o taofia i le toese i le taimi nei, ae na o le 6 laulau ai ma nofoa o lo o i ai, ae na taua e le susuga Cpt. Maifea e faapea, e le o atu faatasi pagota i le taimi e tasi e aai, ae faasolosolo atu i latou i fale o lo o nonofo ai. O le nofoaga a le Bravo Units lea o lo o taofia ai pagota e le i mae a a latou mataupu i luma o le faamasinoga na muamua asia e le alii kovana. E taunuu atu le asiasiga o lo o pe-le suipi nisi o pagota, ae o isi o lo o momoe, ma sa maua le avanoa e faamalo ma ofo alofa atu i ai le alii kovana i nisi sa mafai ona valaau ane i lana asiasiga. O le faafitauli i totonu o le Bravo Units lea o lo o taofia ai pagota e to a 76 i le taimi nei, e pupuni loa atoa le fale, e le sao atu i ai se ea, ma o lo o faaaoga ili tetele pe tusa ma le 7 na faatau atu e le pulega a le toese e faaalu atu ai se ea i alii pagota. (Faaauau itulau 10) Mae a le fono itumalo Tualauta mo se isi latou Senatoa tusia Ausage Fausia O le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te a nei na fono ai le itumalo o Tualauta, mo le sailia o se isi na te faaauauina le isi nofoa o le itumalo lea na nofoia e le afioga i le Sa o ia Letuligasenoa Soli ua tu umalo. Na faatumulia le maota fono a le afioga i le fa alupega ia Fonoti Tafa ifa Aufata, i faauluuluga o le itumalo i le aso To ona i na te a nei, mo le tau sailia o se tasi e tula i mai i le nofoa o le itumalo. I se faatalatalanoaga ma le afioga i le ali i Senatoa ia Magalei Logovi i i le amataga o le vaiaso nei, na faamaonia mai ai e Magalei le mae a o le fono a le itumalo, ma ua i ai le manatu o le afioaga o Vaitogi lea o le a filifili mai ai se tasi e nofoia le nofoa. Na taua e Magalei e faapea, o i laua e toalua ua tuu atu i ai le filifiliga poo ai e sau mai Vaitogi e aofia ai le afioga ia Ulugaono W. Tonumaipe a Allen ma le afioga ia Gaea Perefoti Failautusi. Ae talu ai se faafitauli o lo o tulai mai, ona e le i lesitalaina le suafa matai o le afioga Ulugaono, ua taoto atu ai le faaiuga ia Ulugaono e pei ona saunoa Magalei, e tatau ona lesitala muamua lona suafa matai ona faatoa mafai lea ona ia tauaveina le nofoa. Afai e mae a le kerisimasi ae le i lesitalaina lava le suafa matai o Ulugaono, lona uiga o le a tula i mai Gaea na te tauaveina le nofoa o lei tumalo, o le saunoaga lea a Magalei. Sa ia taua fo i e faapea, e le toe fono le itumalo i le mataupu lenei, ae o le tuana i ai o le Kerisimasi o lo o loma nei ona faalauiloa loa lea o le ua sauni e faatauto mo le nofoa o le itumalo, pe a tauaofia le fono i le masina fou o Ianuari, Lali Le afioga i le Kovana Sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga i le taimi na feiloa i ai ma le Komesina o Leoleo faapea ai le pulega o le Falepuipui i Tafuna i le taeao ananafi, ina ua faia lana ulua i asiasiga e vaavaai le tulaga o lo o i ai fale o lo o nonofo ai pagota. [ata: AF] O le Sone Vevela Fa aliliu: Akenese Ilalio Zec Vaega: 51 Fa atalofa atu i lou alafa i mai i le manuia i lenei taeao fou i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua Soifua, e ala lea i Lana tausiga alofa mo i tatou, lea o lo o tatou maua ai pea le ola i aso uma lava. E ao ai ona o tatou fa apea ifo, Lo matou Tama e, oi le lagi, ia paia lou Suafa, ia o o mai lou malo ia faia Lou finagalo i le lalolagi e pei ona faia i le lagi, Amene. Ia manuia le alo faiva o le atunu u i galuega o le a feagai ai i le aso. Na muta mai la tatou tala ina ua maua nei e le vaega o le C.D.C i Atlanta le virusi lea na maua i le tino o le Tama ita i Sa. O lea la ua amata ona faia su esu ega a ali i ma tama ita i foma i i Amerika, po o le a auga o lea fa ama i, ae po o a fo i a afiaga o le tagata e o o i ai pe afai e maua i le virusi. Manatua fo i, e le i o o lava i Amerika le virusi lenei, ma o le ala fo i lea sa naunau ai ali i foma i i le C.D.C ina ia maua mai se toto e fai ai a latou su esu ega. I totonu o le nofoaga po o le lotoa a le C.D.C, o lo o i ai se ali i foma i su esu e e igoa ia Fredrick A. Murphy, o le ali i foma i sa galue e su esu e le virusi o le Malburg. O ia fo i sa pu eina ata o le virusi lenei, ma e o o mai i le taimi nei o lo o fa aalia ana ata i totonu o le fale mata aga i Amerika. Na taumafai le ali i foma i e pu e ni ata o le toto lea na avane i le C.D.C mai Aferika mo a latou su esu ega. O le Aso 10 o le masina o Oketopa, le aso tonu lea na saofa i ai le tama ita i tausi ma i o Mayinga i le falema i i Kinshasa- o le aso fo i lea na tu u ai i luga e le ali i foma i o Murphy le sela (cell) i luga o le fa ata fa apitoa ma taumafai e pu e ai ata pe iloa o lo o i ai ni virusi i totonu. Ina ua faia su esu ega ia a le ali i foma i o Murphy, sa le i talitonu le ali i foma i i le mea ua ia va ai nei i ai. O le toto lea na avane mo a latou su esu ega mai le falema i i Porton Down, ua matua i fa atumulia i le virusi. O le toto ua mago e foliga mai o se maea po o se manoa ua fili fa atasi. Ua tau le manava le ali i foma i o Murphy i lea taimi, ua matua i fa ate ia lava ma ua le mautonu. E tasi lava lona manatu, o le virusi o le Malburg. Ua ese fa alogona o le ali i foma i o Murphy i lea taimi, o lona uiga o le potu tui toto lea sa faia ai ana su esu ega ua matua i vevela lava, ma ua i ai nei i totonu le virusi lenei. Na savali fa anatinati nei le ali i foma i i totonu o le potu tui toto, ma ua a apa atu nei i le fagu Clorox ma fufulu ai uma le potu. Ina ua ma ea lea, na savali loa ma su e le tama ita i foma i o Patricia Webb, ma logo loa e uiga i le virusi ua ia va aia. Na vala au nei le tama ita i foma i i lona to alua, lea o lo o ta ita ia le vaega su esu e a le C.D.C, ina ia vave ona alu ane ona o lea ua maua e Murphy le virusi i totonu o le toto lea na avane mo a latou su esu ega. Na amata nei ona faia su esu ega, ma na o latou iloa ai, e foliga mai o ni anufe, a le o lena fo i o ni tama i gata e foliga mai o lo o pipi i fa atasi, ma tula i mai ai le mata itusi o le Y. I le aso na soso o ai na faia ai loa su esu ega a le tama ita i foma i o Patricia Webb e uiga i le virusi, ma na iloa ai e le tutusa ma le virusi o le Malburg, ma e le tutusa fo i ma isi ituaiga virusi. Ua o latou mautinoa ai loa, o se virusi fou le virusi lea, ina ua maua e le C.D.C le virusi lea, o lona uiga ua mafai e i latou ona fa aigoa le virusi lea, ma na manatu ai loa le ali i foma i o Carl Johnson e fa aigoa i a Ebola. Ua leva ona tu ua e Carl Johnson lana galuega i totonu o le C.D.C, ma o le taimi tusi ai le tusi lenei, o le taimi lea o lo o alaala i lona aiga i Montana. E Faia Pea.
10 Page 10 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 O se va aiga ia Robert Toilolo [2nd mai le agavale] ma le Komiti Fa afoe o le ASBF i le po na ia tu ua ai le atunu u mo le Ta amilosaga fusu i Almaty, Kazakhstan - o malo i totonu o le atu Eropa. Ua taliu mai o ia, ma o se ta amilosaga na fa alautele atili ai lona tomai i le fa agatama. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost] Maimoa i Fusu aga Aso To ona i Nei tusia: Leua Aiono Frost Ua mae a faia le fonotaga a le Komiti Fa afoe ole Asosi Fusu a Amerika Samoa (ASBF), ma ua fa ailoa mai ai le mana oga tupito ua galulue punoua i i ai le vasega o fa atonu ma faia oga o latou Kalapu Fusu e 6 ua i ai nei, ia faia le ta amilosaga fusu i le aso To ona i nei. O le fa amoemoe, ia fa aauau pea ona lelei le fanau fusu, ia le na o taimi e tapena ai mo ta amilosaga fusu fa avaomalo, ae ia tapenapena lava i taimi uma. O se tala lea a le susuga Tau Tanuvasa, le failautusi o le ASBF. O le fa atuai ona faia o lenei ta amilosaga fusu mo le Moso oi i lenei tausaga, ona o ni fa alavelave le ma alofia i le tulaga o le ta amilosaga a le Oceania lea sa tu u e talimalo ai Niu Sila. Ua tolopoina lea ta amilosaga, ma o le a toe fa ailoa mai le aso patino mo lea fa amoemoe. O le isi itu, sa i ai mea na fa alavelavetia ai sui iloga o le Komiti Fa afoe, ma ua fa amatu u ai lea fa amoemoe se ia toe fa atino i le vaitaimi lenei o aso fiafia, aua ua fa atasia ai le tele o aiga. O lenei ta amilosaga, o le a fili ai fo i paga e tutusa le mamafa ma fetaui, a mae a o ai e manumalo, e koleni fa apitoa e avea ma ulua i tofiga i ni fusu aga fa avaomalo o soso o mai. O le lelei lena o fusu aga fa apenei, e iloga ai lava le tama fusu ma le teine fusu e alualu lona taumafai i le fa agatama, ma e muamua lava piki e avea ma sui o le atunu u i a latou paga i fusuaga fa avaomalo. O se tala lea mai le ali i failautusi. O le aso To ona i nei e faia ai le ta amilosaga fusu lea i le Fale Tuai o le VA i Tafuna, e amatalia i le itula e 1:00 i le aoauli. Ua vala aulia fa apitoa le mamalu lautele, ae maise i latou o lo o fusu o latou alo, ina ia auai ma fa amalosi au i le fanau a o tauva. E leai se totogi mo lenei tauvaga, ae ua mo omia lava e sui tauva i faipelega, le auai mai e sapaia lo latou fa amoemoe. O lo ua taliu mai fo i le susuga Robert Toilolo o Pava ia i mai lana taumafaiga sa malaga ai e fusu i Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan - o malo i totonu o le atu Eropa. E ui ina e le i manumalo, ae ua ou iloa nei, e le o faigofie lava le tauva i le faipele i na malo, e malolosi tele o latou tama ta a alo, ma e tele lava se iloa i le fa agatama ua ou maua i la u lea malaga. O sana fa amatalaga lea. O le auai atu o Toilolo, sa malaga lava na o ia, ona sa fa alavelavetia le ali i Taitaifono o le Komisi o Talavou ma Tagata fusu a le AIBA sa fa amoemoe e i ai i le taimi e fusu ai lea alo o le atunu u. Lona lua, e le i mafai fo i ona auina atu se ali i fa atonu pe o se faia oga o Toilolo la te malaga i lea fa amoemoe, ona e matua silia ma le $15,000 le totogi o le pasese ma le nofo ai i le faletalimalo mo lea ta amilosaga. O lo o fusu lea alo o le atunu u i lenei ta amilosaga i le aso To ona i, ma e matagofie fo i le maimoaina e le mamalu lautele o lona tomai ua i ai i le fa agatama. Ua fa ailoa mai e silia i le sefulu ni paga o le a maimoaina i lea aso, ma e taumafai lava e i ai ni paga a tama ita i pe lua i le tolu. Maofa Lolo i le fa aletonu o fale taofia ai pagota i Tafuna O le isi nofoaga na asia o le fale e taua o le General Populations, o le fale lea o lo o loka ai pagota o lo o gafa ma le faia o galuega i totonu o le toese, e pei o le kukaina o meaai a pagota, fai ma umaga ma togalaau aina, atoa ai ma le moaina o le vao. E to a 47 alii pagota o lo o nonofo i totonu o le fale lea e 10 sela o lo o i ai, ma e ta ito a 4 i le ta ito a 5 pagota i totonu o le sela e tasi. E i ai le latou TV ma le latou kapeta fou, o mea ia na faatau lava e i latou e pei ona faamaonia e Cpt. Maifea i le alii kovana. E faapena fo i le fale o le Charlie Units lea o lo o loka ai pagota na ta usala i solitulafono e aofia ai le faia Molia se ali i i lona faia uiga mataga teineititi 5 tausaga tusia Ausage Fausia Pe a ma le 40 tausaga o se ali i ua taofia nei e le malo i le toese i Tafuna, ona o tuuaiga i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se teineititi e 5 tausaga le matua. E tusa ai ma faamaumauga a le faamasinoga, e nonofo faatasi le ua molia ma le aiga o le teineititi na aafia. O moliaga ua faia faasaga i lenei alii e aofia ai le moliaga o le faia o uiga faasotoma, faia o uiga mataga i fanau laiti, faapea ai ma le moliaga mama e tasi o lona faia lea o ni gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le ola saogalemu o fanau laiti. O le mataupu lenei na tofu atu i le Ofisa o Leoleo i Tafuna, ina ua faila e le tina o le teineititi na aafia sana tagi i le aso 28 Novema faasaga i le alii ua molia, i lona faia lea o uiga mataga i lana tama, ma tofia ai loa le alii lieoleo ia Lawrence Sagapolutele na te su esu eina lenei mataupu. Na taua e le tina o le teineititi i leoleo e faapea, na amata ona popole lona mafaufau o lo o i ai se mea o lo o tupu i le va o lana tama ma le ua molia, ina ua fo i atu i le fale sa alu e fai lana tagamea, ae faafuase i ona oso ese le ua molia mai luga o le nofoa (couch) o lo o i le potu malolo o le fale sa la nonofo to alua ai ma lana tama. O iina na amata ai loa ona fesiligia e le tina lana tama, pe sa i ai se mea sa tupu i le va o ia ma le ua molia, ae sa tali le teineititi e leai se mea, ae ina ua tauanau pea e le tina lana tama e aua le fefe e ta u atu ia te ia le mea sa tupu, na i u ai loa ona faamatala e le teineititi i lona tina, sa tago tago atu le ua molia i lona itutinosa (tulou), faatasi ai ma isi uiga le taupulea. Na faamatala e le teineititi i leoleo e faapea, na te i ina ua alu atu le ua molia i totonu o le potu malolo o le latou fale, ona saofa i atu lea i ona tafatafa a o nofo i luga o le sofa, ona aapa atu lea o lona lima ma tago i lona itutinosa, pe tusa e faa fa ona fai lana amio lea, ae pe tusa ma le ta i 2 minute le umi o le taimi e tuu ai lona lima i lona itutinosa (tulou). Ina ua uma ona siaki e le fafine lana tama i le aso lea, sa auina atu loa o ia i le falema i mo le faia i ai o se isi siaki, faapea ai ma lona logoina o le Ofisa o Puipuia Fanau laiti (CPS) e tusa ai o le mea ua tupu. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia e tusa ai o lenei faalavelave, sa ia ioeina ai lona faia o nei uiga mataga i le teineititi na aafia. Na taua e le ua molia i leoleo e faapea, a o fai lana falai i a i le afiafi lea, sa ia vaaia le teineititi na aafia o lo o nofonofo mai na o ia i le potu malolo o le latou fale, e le i umi ae ona toe vaaia le teineititi ua taoto i luga o le sofa, o lea na savali ane ai loa e vaai o ia. Ina ua oo ane i le vaega o lo o taoto ai le teineititi, na oso a e loa iina ma ni lagona ese ia te ia i le taoto mai o le teineititi, ma aapa atu ai loa ua tuu lona lima i lona itutinosa, ina ua maea, sa ia toe savali i tua i le umukuka ma faaauau le kukaina o lana meaai. E le i umi ae savali atu loa le tina o le teineititi ma fesili atu ia te ia, pe sa ia tago i lana tama, ae sa ia tali i ai e leai. Na taua fo i e le ua molia i leoleo e faapea, e le o le taimi muamua lea na ia tago ai i le teineititi, sa ia tago ai foi i le masina o Oketopa a o lumana i le Lotu Tamaiti na te a nei, ma pe tusa o vaiaso uma lava o le masina lea e faatasi ai lava ona ia tago tago i le teineititi, ae o isi fo i taimi na te faia ai uiga mataga nei i le teineititi pe afai na o laua i isi taimi. O le aso Lua na te a nei na tula i ai le ua molia i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga, ma ia teena ai moliaga faasaga ia te ia. I lona teena ai o tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia, ua faatulaga ai loa lana ulua i iloiloga e faia i le masina fou o Ianuari, 2014, ma o lo o taofia pea o ia i le toese, sei vagana ua totogi le $50,000 ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga ona faatoa mafai lea ona tatala o ia i tua. o amioga mataga i tama ita i, e to a 49 pagota o lo o loka ai, e i ai fo i le latou TV e matamata ai i le aso atoa. O le faafitauli e pei ona taua e Lolo i le Samoa News ua ia maitauina, ua toatele naua pagota i totonu o le nofoaga ae le lava toe leaga fale o lo o nonofo ai. Na taua e Lolo e faapea, o le fuafuaga ina ia fausia se falepuipui fou i Feso ota i mai i le tusitala ia Mai itulau 9 Tafuna, e le gata e foia ai le faafitauli i le leaga ma le toatele o pagota i totonu o le fale e tasi, ae taofia ai fo i le faafitauli o le sosola i tua o pagota. O se taimi muamua lenei i tausaga e tele ua fano ua mafai ai ona auai le au tusitala ma le vaega faasalalau i se asiasiga i totonu o le toese, lea sa faasaina ai ona pu e ni ata o pagota.
11 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 11 F a afetai! F a afetai! F a afetai T ele L ava! Fata ia i mauga o ao ou pa ia Samoa, o ou pa ia ma ou mamalu e amata mai le Matasaua se ia pa ia Agalega, matou te fa atulou, tulouna lava. Pa ia o lau Faigamalo Tutuila ma Manu a i on a Tafa Ma oti e Tolu matou te fa atulou atu. Pa ia o le Atua i maota tapua i ma fata faitaulauga eseese i totonu o nu u ma afioaga, matou te fa atulou, tulouna lava. Magalo pea so matou leo, ae avea ia lenei avanoa matou te momoli atu ai le fa afetai tele ma le fa amalo i le pa ia o le atunu u, aiga, uo ma e masani, e le gata i Samoa nei ae o atunu u mamao o lo o taputapua i mai ai, tainane ekalesia eseese ma kamupani sa agalelei mai mo lenei fa amoemoe, ua a e malo ai le faiva sa taumafai iai le Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano i le afioaga i Leone. O I LATOU NEI UA FA AMANUIAINA I LE TATOU FA AMOEMOE: 1.Mitchell Ve ave a # $30,000 2.Nai # $20,000 3.S.S.T. # $20,000 4.Leifi # $20,000 5.LJ Fiso # $10,000 6.Ailua Mose (Tacoma, WA) # $10,000 7.Fuatino # $10,000 8.Mitchell # $10,000 9.Mele # $10, B.M. (Honolulu, Hi) # $10,000 E vala au atu ma le fa aaloalo ia i latou ua fa amanuiaina, fa amolemole tala a ao mai i le afiafi o le Aso Faraile, Tesema 6, i le 6 i le afiafi i le Laoa o Fiu i Leone, o le a tu u aloa ia atu ai lau fa ailoga ma se fa afetai mai ta ita i o le Ekalesia. Tau aao mai fo i pepa ma tulaga masani e fa amaonia ai lau numera ua manumalo. Le atunuu pele Samoa, o lau pule lea. Fa amanuia pea le Atua pulepule tetele e toto mai le ua o fa amanuiaga i luga o le tatou atunu u, aiga, uo ma e masani, ekalesia ma kamupani, on a o lou aao mafola ma lau silasila i le galuega pa ia a le Atua, o lo o matou punonou atu ai i le afioaga i Leone. Ma lo matou agaga fa atumulia i le fa afetai, ma le ava tele e tatau ai. Susuga i le Fa afeagaiga, Laulau Fono a le Ekalesia, ma le mamalu o le Ekalesia i Laloifi, Falesau ma le Faleomavaega.
12 Page 12 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 GHC Reid Aluminum Can and Plastic Bottle Recycling Competition July 2nd to December 31, RULES: Only school and youth groups can register Register with Department of Youth and Women s Affairs Only aluminum beverage cans are acceptable Only plastic beverage bottles are acceptable All aluminum beverage cans and bottles must be weighed in at the GHC Reid Company building in Tafuna. Original receipt of pounds recorded at GHC Reid must be submitted to DYWA office for NEWS IN BRIEF Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after a meeting Wednesday with NATO counterparts there s no reason for the missile defense plan if that deal is implemented fully. His German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, also noted a connection between the Iran nuclear agreement and the missile defense. Ill Nelson Mandela putting up courageous fight JOHANNESBURG (AP) Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not doing well but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his deathbed, members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview. His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, told SABC television news: Tata is still with us, strong, courageous. Even, for a lack of a better word... on his deathbed he is teaching us lessons; lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance. Every moment I get with him I m amazed. There are times where I have to pinch myself that I come from this man who is a fighter even though you can see he is struggling, but fighting spirit is still there with him. Mandela spent almost three months in a Pretoria hospital after being admitted in June with a recurring lung infection. The 95-yearold liberation struggle icon was discharged in September and has been receiving home-based medical attention since then. Since June the Presidency has consistently described his condition as critical but stable. Thief makes off with New Mexico church on wheels ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A brazen thief has made off with a New Mexico pastor s church on wheels, taking about $40,000 in equipment and dozens of donated toys. KRQE- TV reports the New City Church in Albuquerque is a portable church that uses a trailer to store everything it needs for Sunday services, including speakers, cords and microphones. It has a small office in northeast Albuquerque. New City Pastor Nate Bush says a man with a red pickup cut the lock on a fenced parking lot Sunday and towed away the church s trailer. He says the trailer was loaded with the church s equipment and supplies, along with toys for an upcoming charity event. Bush says the trailer and its contents were insured. He says the theft is frustrating and one of the reasons he plans to move New City into a permanent space. tallying within two days after weighing. GHC Reid will pay $0.25 per pound of aluminum cans. GHC Reid will pay $0.00 per pound of plastic bottle. Individuals and/or family members participating can give pounds recorded to youth group of their choice. Pounds of aluminum cans and bottles collected by each youth group will be made known every Friday through media outlets; First Prize... $1, Second Prize... $ Third Prize... $ Fourth Prize... $ Fifth Prize... $ th to 10th place Prizes $75 and consolation prizes for all participants. Complimentary prizes for all other participating youth groups to be donated by the business community and indviduals. For more information, contact Roy Ausage at Continued from page 6 Albanian police arrest teenager in school shooting TIRANA, Albania (AP) Albanian police arrested a 15-year-old boy Wednesday as a suspect in the fatal shooting of another boy at a high school near the capital Tirana earlier in the day. The 17-year-old boy died after a suspect armed with an automatic rifle opened fire in the school in the town of Shkozet, 20 kilometers (12 miles) west Tirana. Police said they arrested the 15-year-old in a bar in the nearby city of Durres after the boy s family cooperated with authorities. The exact motives of the killing were not immediately clear, but police said preliminary evidence indicated the shooting occurred after an argument between the two boys. 15 arrested in takedown of Central CA drug ring SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) Authorities say 15 people have been arrested in the takedown of a drug trafficking ring suspected of dealing large amounts of heroin in San Luis Obispo County. The county sheriff s office said officers from multiple agencies participated in Wednesday s raid, and they seized an unspecified amount of narcotics, guns and money. The raid was the culmination of an investigation in which detectives had already seized about 2 ¼ pounds of heroin and an ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $100,000. Authorities said the ring operated out of Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and several other cities in the area, and had direct ties to Mexican drug cartels. Obama hopes youth not discouraged by health woes WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says he hopes young people don t get discouraged by how hard it has been to implement health care reform. Obama spoke Wednesday to an audience of young leaders at a White House youth summit on health care. He told the participants that it has never been easy to make big changes in the United States, citing the civil rights movement and efforts by women to win the right to vote. The president also urged participants to help other young people enroll in insurance through the new health law s exchanges. He says insurance coverage will cost most young people less than $100 per month. (Continued on page 13) Foia faafitauli na feagai ma Aunuu tulaga tau Eletise tusia Ausage Fausia Mai le tele o tausaga o feagai pea tagatanuu o le motu o Aunuu ma tulaga pagatia i tulaga faaletonu tau eletise, o le vaiaso nei lea ua faai uina ai ma le manuia galuega mo le faafouina o pou uila uma lava i totonu o le motu, e aofia ai le fausia o isi pou uila fou faataamilo i le motu atoa ma aga i atu ai i luga o le mauga, le nofoaga e le i o o muamua i ai le eletise. Na taua e nisi o le motu o Aunuu na valaau mai i le Samoa News, le faafiafiaina o i latou ona o le suiga ua i ai le tautua a le Puleaga a le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) mo le motu, e le gata ua malamalama atoa le motu, ae ua le toe tupu fo i le faafitauli sa i ai muamua, o le oo atu i taimi o faigalotu a aiga i le afiafi ae tape atu afi eletise, faatoa toe faaola i le isi aso e sosoo ai. E le o toe tupu le faaletonu lena i le eletise i Aunuu i le taimi nei, e le gafa ua ola faasoloatoa afi eletise, ae ua malamalama faasoloatoa tulimanu uma o le motu i le malolosi o le susulu o moli, e muliga ai fo i taulaga o atunuu i fafo i le tulaga lea ua i ai Aunuu, o le saunoaga fiafia lea a se tasi o tagatanuu o le motu i le Samoa News. Na taua fo i e le molimau e faapea, na avea le agaga fiafia o tagata o le motu i le tulaga lelei ua siitia i ai auaunaga a le ASPA, ma itu na faaalia ai e tagata uma le agaga talimalo ma le loto alofa, e ala i le taimi o fafaga a aiga ta itasi a o feagai ai tama faigaluega ma le faatinoina o le galuega. E tolu vaiaso na galulue ai sui o le vaega o le Laina (Line Crew) a le ASPA mai Tutuila nei mo le toe fesuia iina o pou uila uma lava i totonu o le motu o Aunuu, e aofia ai ma le faapipiiina o moli fou ma isi pou uila fou, e pei ona faamaonia mai e se sui o le ASPA e le faataga ona talanoa i tusitala i mataupu faapenei. Na taua e le sui o le ASPA e faapea, o le aufaigaluega mai Tutuila sa faatinoina lenei galuega, sa i lalo lea o le taitaiga a le susuga ia Pulemau Sei ma Elia Iese, faatasi ai ma le alii onisinia ia Dave Pu a. O galuega sa faatinoina e aofia ai le faapipiiina o moli fou uma lava i totonu o le motu, ma faasolo atu ai le tautua i le faapipiiina o moli i luga o le mauga, le vaega o lo o fai ma sulufaiga a le motu i taimi o faalavelave faalenatura e pei o galulolo, o le saunoaga lea a le molimau, atoa ai ma lona faamaonia mai o le le toe i ai o se faaletonu i afi eletise, e le o toe motusia fo i le eletise e pei ona i ai i tausaga ua mavae, ae ua ola faasoloatoa. Ina ua fesiligia le afioga i le Faipule o le itumalo e tusa ai o lea tulaga, na faamaonia mai ai e le afioga ia Talaimatai Elisara Su a suiga lelei ma le matagofie ua i ai tautua a le ASPA i totonu o Aunuu. O le taimi nei ua ola uma moli i totonu o le motu, ua faafou uma fo i pou uila ma ua oo atu lava le eletise i luga o le mauga, e le gata o le ala savali ae faapea fo i luga o le auala taavale, o le saunoaga lea a le alii faipule. Na faafetaia e le afioga a Talaimatai le afioga i le alii faatonu o le ASPA ia Utu Abe Malae ma le Fono Faafoe, aemaise ai lava alii sa galulue i le faaleleia o le auaunaga o le eletise i Aunuu, ona o le galuega ua matagofie ma manaia. O le taimi nei, e le o toe motusia le eletise e pei ona masani ai i aso ua te a, se i vagana lava ua fesuia i afi ona faatoa motusia lea o le eletise mo sina taimi puupuu, o se tala fiafia fo i lea mo le isi lea vaega o si o u itumalo, o le saunoaga lea a le alii faipule. Feso ota i mai i le tusitala ia TALA MAI SAMOA Mai itulau 8 faalapotopotoga aua le faamoemoe o le kolisi i le tausaga fou. O le aso 12 o Iuni, 2014 e atoa i ai le 90 tausaga talu ona faavaeina le Kolisi o Avele i Vailima. O lo o i ai le faamoemoe e auai mai nisi o tama tuai o le kolisi mai isi atunuu e pei o le faaao o le malo o le Atu Kuki faapea le fofoga fetalai o le malo Niue. O tausaga ua mavae sa sikolasipi mai ai tama aoga mai ia atunuu faapea Tuvalu ma Toelau e aotauina i le Kolisi o Avele. FAAULUFALE FALEAOGA FOU O le aso Lulu na faaulufale ai le galuega tele a le Kolisi o Avele i le fausia lea o ni faleaoga fogalelua se tolu faapea se maota faapitoa mo le aoaoina o le tusia o ata o fale e faaaoga ai mea faigaluega o tekonolosi faaonaponei, faapea le aoaoina o mataupu tau saienisi tau faatoaga. E le gata i ia faleaoga fou ua fausia, a ua toe faaleleia foi faleaoga o lo o i ai nei i le kolisi. O nei galuega na faatupeina i le fesoasoani mai le Faletupe o le Atinae o Asia, le ADB, o malo Ausetalia, Niu Sila, Iapani faapea le malo Samoa e ala i se polokalama faapitoa o lo o galulue faatasi ai mo le fausia ma le toe faaleleia o faleaoga a aoga maualuluga i totonu o le atunuu. O le tau aofai o le galuega e silia ma le $5 miliona tala.
13 NEWS IN BRIEF Continued from page 12 The White House needs young, healthy people to sign up for insurance in order to offset the cost of covering people with health issues. Puerto Ricans honor Paul Walker and cause chaos SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Puerto Rico police have issued more than 100 tickets to drivers who organized a caravan to honor Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker and created massive traffic jams across the island s capital. Walker had traveled to Puerto Rico in mid-2010 to film the movie s fifth installment in San Juan and nearby areas. Police traffic coordinator Jorge Hernandez told reporters Wednesday that officers issued at least 72 speeding tickets and detained six people suspected of drunk driving. He said drivers late Tuesday closed down a tunnel in San Juan and a bridge near Puerto Rico s main international airport. He said two main highways also became heavily congested. Autopsy: Actor died from impact and fire in crash LOS ANGELES (AP) Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by injuries from both the impact and subsequent fire when the Porsche his friend was driving smashed into a light pole and tree, according to an autopsy released Wednesday. The actor died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner s office. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was dead from multiple traumatic injuries before the car exploded in flames, the autopsy said. Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks. Walker starred in all but one of the six Fast & Furious blockbuster films that glorified fast cars and dangerous driving. Sheriff s investigators are still trying to determine what caused Rodas to careen out of control Saturday. They have said speed was a factor in the crash about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files lawsuit TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is filing a lawsuit against the Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs and two defense contractors in federal court in Florida. The lawsuit on behalf of the family of Mary DeLorenzo Knight was filed Wednesday morning. A lawyer for the family said during a news conference that the Navy and the contractors that employed Aaron Alexis ignored red flags about his deteriorating mental health. Knight was one of 12 people gunned down by Alexis on Sept. 16 before he was killed in a shootout with police. The lawyer also said that if the Navy had a metal detector in place, Alexis would have never been able to bring a gun onto the property. Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list TOKYO (AP) The United Nations cultural organization has added traditional Japanese food to its cultural heritage list, making it only the second national cuisine to receive the prized designation. A UNESCO committee announced the decision Wednesday at a meeting in Azerbaijan. Previously only French cooking had been distinguished as a national culinary tradition. UNESCO has also recognized specific dishes from Mexico and Turkey, and added the Mediterranean diet the tradition of sharing food and eating together at this week s meeting. Known as washoku, Japan s traditional cooking embraces seasonal ingredients, a unique taste and a style of eating steeped in centuries of tradition. Japan hopes that UNESCO recognition will both send a global message and boost efforts to save washoku at home. Purists fear that Japanese are turning away from the often time-consuming traditional cooking, as fast food and western cuisine become more popular and people lead busier lives. Masanori Aoyagi, the commissioner of Japan s Cultural Affairs Agency, told the UNESCO committee that washoku gives Japanese a feeling of social cohesion. He said that it s lowcalorie and healthy, but quipped that it doesn t work in his case, because I take always double portions. three plead not guilty in S. Cal grandma murder plot LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) A Northern California couple and their alleged hitman have pleaded not guilty to plotting the death of the woman s mother, who was beaten with a baseball bat in her Long Beach home. City News Service says Holly Ramos, her husband Frank Haverly and Keith Phillips entered pleas Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges. Prosecutors say Phillips tried to bludgeon, suffocate and strangle 62-year-old Elizabeth Wells in October. Wells had sought to foster her young grandchildren after Ramos was arrested in Monterey County on narcotics and child endangerment charges. Wells also filed a fraud complaint against her daughter for allegedly forging checks on the mother s bank account. Prosecutors say Phillips got into the mother s home by posing as a social worker wanting to talk about the children. (Continued on page 14) from TCF who failed to carry out their duties are being held responsible for their actions. Two officers have been terminated, while others are on suspension. We are slowly addressing the issues of officers, he told the governor. Regarding the meals, former Warden Maifea told the governor that TCF inmates are the most spoiled inmates because they are well fed. Currently we have in stock, ground beef, chicken wings, turkey tails and wings, sausages and saimin, which they have for dinner, he said. (Samoa News should point out that the community is known to fondly refer to the prison as Tafuna Hilton making note of it s excellent meals and accommodations for its guests.) The governor was also informed that currently the TCF does not have butane gas to cook their food and they are using a Samoan cooking house (umu) to cook their meals. In response to Samoa News queries, the governor said visiting the jail was among his top priorities, however he had to tend to other critical areas when he first took office, like fixing the roads and the classrooms. He said there are a lot of issues within the jail and he wants to assure that inmates rights have not been violated while they are in the custody. He said the conditions at the jail are not livable and the inmates deserve to live in more decent living conditions; it s just unbelievable. samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 13 Governor Lolo visits the territorial jail Continued from page 1 Department of Youth and Women s Affairs Public Notice Another issue the governor looked at was programs the government can provide to help the inmates when they leave prison and return home and seek employment. We have not really been paying attention to the inmates and yet we should, Lolo said. Just because they violated the law does not mean they are to be treated this way. In regards to over-crowding at TCF for male inmates, Governor Lolo has order DPW Director Faleosina Voight to act upon constructing the new jail which is to be located between the juvenile facility and the TCF. At the same time, he has stopped a move by the Department of Public Works and DPS to build a temporary jail to house inmates while they work on a permanent jail. Lolo said this would cost the government money that they don t have. The governor said he will meet with the key people on this project: Acting AG Eleasalo Ale, PD Douglas Fiaui, Governor s Executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua, Governor s Legal Counsel Steve Watson, the DPS Commissioner and DPW Director to have the new permanent jail underway. Also at this meeting the governor said he s looking at having the AG and PD s office look at what needs to be done to assure that foreigners who are stuck at TCF due to the lack of proper documents are able to depart the territory, as soon as possible. The Department of Youth and Women s Affairs will host a Women s Bazaar on December 20, 2013 at 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m., and a Pre-Christmas Variety Show and Concert at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We are inviting all women who attended and completed training (s) in sewing, culinary, flower arrangement, fine mats weaving, handcrafts making, and hair styling, to display any items for sale. Event: Women s Bazaar Date: Friday, December 20, 2013; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Venue: Su igaula o le Atuvasa The Bazaar will display all items created by women throughout this year and the public are welcome to view and purchase. Event: Pre-Christmas Variety Show and Concert Date: Friday, December 20, 2013; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Venue: Su igaula o le Atuvasa Local artists will showcase their talents in promoting the month of December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. Please register if interested to participate in our events by contacting Saini Vele or Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. at Registration will close on Monday, December 9, 2013.
14 Page 14 samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 ASCC President Dr. Seth Galea i (right) welcomes Dr. Susan Clifford and Dr. Tim Brown of the WASC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges during their November site visit. [photo: J. Kneubuhl] ASCC moves to secure Pell grants Continued from page 14 USDOE to increase their scope of authority to include community colleges with one or two Baccalaureate programs. According to Dr. Kolhoff-Belle, ASCC will continue to have ACSCU accreditation and this poses no problem for USDOE as ACCJC will be the gateway accrediting body with authority over their community college level classes and their developing Baccalaureate program. BACKGROUND The problem with the dual accrediting was first reported by Samoa News in August of last year when it came to light that the USDOE planned to stop the Northern Marianas College (NMC) baccalaureate program from receiving federal assistance after a finding that dual accreditation is not in accordance with USDOE policy and that this policy would also affect ASCC. Originally, when the four-year program in Teacher Education was established, ASCC negotiated a joint accreditation agreement with WASC whereby the ACCJC would continue as the accrediting body for the College s two-year programs, while the ACCJC would accredit the four-year program in Teacher Education. The USDOE subsequently ruled that for the purposes of financial aid eligibility, a US institution of higher learning may be accredited by either the ACCJC or the ACSCU, but not both. SITE VISIT The site visit this month to ASCC by Dr. Clifford and Dr. Brown of the ACCJC involved a review of the B.Ed. program to verify the evidence provided in the Substantive Change Proposal by ASCC. The ACCJC representatives conducted extensive interviews with faculty and students in the Teacher Education Department (TED), toured its facilities, observed classes in progress, and even visited Pavai ai Elementary School to observe the interaction between ASCC student teachers and their classes. They observed both the inner-workings of the TED as well as how the B.Ed. program aligns with the rest of the curriculum at ASCC. THE NEXT STEP According to Dr. Kolhoff-Belle, the USDOE will rule on the ACCJC s request within the next days. If the ACCJC s expansion of scope is approved, then ASCC students will be eligible for Pell grants retroactively for the academic year. As soon as ACCJC receives approval, we will file the amended financial aid request, she said. The USDOE has approved this plan and offered technical assistance to assure our students get retroactive financial aid if all the ACCJC pieces are in place this spring, said Dr. Kolhoff-Belle. Sources: ASCC media release and Dr. Kolhoff-Belle NEWS IN BRIEF Continued from page 13 judge s wife charged with poisoning him ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) A county judge s wife of 45 years has been charged with poisoning him with antifreeze. Carla Hague, the 71-year-old wife of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Juvenile-Probate Judge Charles Hague, was charged Monday with felonious assault, according to Municipal Court records. She also will face an attempted murder charge, said Sheriff William R. Johnson. Carla Hague, described by The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon as a retired nurse, is being held in jail in adjacent Lake County. No court date has been set. Charles Hague was hospitalized Sept. 15 at the Cleveland Clinic and has been on medical leave since September, according to the newspaper. Johnson said he believes the judge has been checking in with his staff periodically. The judge has been on the bench since Dodie Mattson, who campaigned for Hague when he ran for election, was shocked by the allegations. They re wonderful people, she told the newspaper. I can t believe it. The judge s staff referred questions about his health to the court administrator s office, where a message seeking comment was left Wednesday. The poisoning allegations came 2½ weeks after a Cleveland woman was sentenced to life in prison for killing her fiance by putting antifreeze in his iced tea. Body still buried at collapsed silo ROY, Wash. (AP) Emergency crews are working into the night to vacuum up tons of spilled corn from a collapsed grain silo in hopes of recovering the body of a buried feed mill worker. A giant metal mesh screen attached to an excavator has been brought in as crews Wednesday tried to stabilize the damaged area at the Wilcox Farms feed mill in Roy, Wash. The man in his 50s was an employee of Wilcox Farms. He was doing routine maintenance when the silo collapsed Monday. South Pierce Fire Chief Bob Vellias describes the scene as like a mountain of sand. The grain silos mix chicken feed for the company that produces eggs sold throughout the Northwest. Philly teen pleads guilty to Twitter intimidation PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Philadelphia teenager pleaded guilty in juvenile court to using his Twitter account to intimidate a crime victim. The Philadelphia Inquirer said the 17-yearold Martin Luther King High School student pleaded guilty Wednesday in Family Court to witness intimidation and terroristic threats. He used Twitter to post a photo of the victim and copies of secret investigative documents related to a 2012 attempted shooting. Police initially suspected the teenager was linked to a nowdefunct anonymous Instagram account called rats215, which posted witness photos next to statements they gave police. Prosecutors said the investigation continues but the teen isn t accused in that case. Assistant District Attorney Jan McDermott said she would ask for a significant period of confinement to a juvenile treatment facility when he is sentenced Dec. 16. Yoko Ono recounts her own hunger during war in Japan TOKYO (AP) Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger s Imagine There s No Hunger campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. The 80-year-old widow of John Lennon said Thursday that she believes he would be happy to see his song Imagine used by WhyHunger and Hard Rock to raise support for their child nutrition and sustainable farming efforts in 22 countries. Like Ono, many Japanese fled Tokyo during wartime bombing raids. Ono said some she knew starved to death. She sometimes went to school without lunch, and just told classmates she wasn t hungry. Pilot whales stranded Continued from page 5 out of the deep, colder water they are accustomed to and could be impacted by secondary consequences, such as dehydration. I don t think we have a lot of time, Mase said. Necropsies were being done Wednesday on the deceased whales. Scientists will look for disease or other signs to indicate how whales got stuck in the shallow Everglades waters. As workers tried to coax the animals to deeper water, at least one could be seen a few feet from shore floating upside down with its head bobbing up and down. Three to four more could be seen on the beach bleeding. Twenty-two pilot whales became stranded in Florida s Avalon State Park in Fort Pierce in Residents, state and national officials attempted to rescue them, but only five could be saved. It s not uncommon, Friar said. But it s not something that happens a lot. Mase said NOAA was consulting with experts in different counties with experience in herding whales to see if there were other options, but said she was not optimistic. The outlook ultimately does not look good, she said.
15 Stolen cobalt-60 found abandoned in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) A Federal police and military The driver, Valentin Escamilla missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Ortiz, told authorities units on the scene put up a cordon of 500 meters (yards) he was sleeping in the truck Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in around the site. The cargo truck hauling the cobalt-60 was stolen from a gas when two men with a gun approached him. They made him get out, tied his hands and central Mexico, the country s station Monday in the neighboring feet and left him in a vacant lot nuclear safety director said. state of Hidalgo, about nearby. The highly radioactive 40 kilometers (24 miles) from When he was able to free material had been removed from its container, officials where the material was recovered, Jimenez said. Authorities himself, he ran back to the gas station to get help. had put out an alert in six said, and one predicted that Eibenschutz said the trans- anyone involved in opening the central states and the capital port company did not follow box could be in grave danger looking for it. proper procedures and should of dying within days. The truck was taking the have had GPS and security The cobalt-60 was left in a cobalt to a nuclear waste rural area about a kilometer (a facility in the state of Mexico, with the truck. The driver also lacked half a mile) from Hueypoxtla, which is adjacent to Mexico common sense because an agricultural town of about City he decided to park along a 4,000 people, but it posed no The material was used in highway so he could sleep, threat or a need for an evacuation, obsolete radiation therapy Eibenschutz said. said Juan Eibenschutz, equipment that is being The company couldn t director general of the National replaced throughout Mexico s immediately be located for Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards. public health system. It was coming from the general comment. One Mexico City company called Transportes hospital in the northern Ortiz said the truck was not Fortunately there are no people where the source of border city of Tijuana, Eibenshutz said. radioactivity is, Eibenschutz theirs and they had nothing to do with the incident. said. Commission physicist Mardonio Before the container was found, he said the thieves most Eibenschutz had said early in the day that direct expo- Jimenez said it was the likely wanted the white 2007 sure to cobalt-60 could result first time cobalt-60 had been Volkswagen cargo vehicle in death within a few minutes, stolen and extracted from its with a moveable platform and but Jimenez said the pellets container. The only threat was crane. involved were sealed. to whoever opened the box Eibenschutz said there was The health risk depends on and later discarded the pellets nothing to indicate the theft of time of exposure and distance of high-intensity radioactive the cobalt was intentional or in to the pellets, said Dr. Fred material that was being transported any way intended for an act of Mettler, a University of New to a waste site. It had terrorism. Mexico s radiology professor been used in medical equipment for radiation therapy. On average, a half dozen and a U.S. representative to the thefts of radioactive materials U.N. on radiation safety. The person or people who are reported in Mexico each If you hold the source in this took out are in very great year and none have proven to your hand for five or six or risk of dying, Jimenez said, be aimed at the cargo itself, he eight minutes you are probably adding that the normal survival rate would be between one and said. According to the complaint going to get enough radiation to your whole body that may three days. of this theft, a truck marked well kill you, he said. But if He said there was no word Transportes Ortiz left somebody is across the street, so far of anyone reporting to Tijuana on Nov. 28 and was they are not going to enough to area hospitals with radiation headed to the storage facility really make them sick. exposure. He said those who when the driver stopped to exposed themselves to the rest at a gas station in Tepojaco, in Hidalgo state north of pellets could not contaminate others. Mexico City. Video of fight goes online Continued from page 1 Comments made online about the video clip are shocking, in that several people praise the attacker for her actions, saying she did great and that they were proud of her, and giving props to her Tongan roots. Other comments include people saying they were going to upload more videos of the fight and call the victim an alien. While others encourage the attacker, telling her that she should have beat the other girl s head into the cement and smashed her face in. The video has also netted s from concerned parents, wondering if their kids are safe to go to school and asking if such actions are condoned by the DOE, considering the video was uploaded by a school teacher, who, in his role as a teacher, should have stopped the fight and kept the matter contained, instead of putting it out there for the world to see. Samoa News readers from off island expressed their own concerns, with one lady saying she sees violence like this in stateside schools almost everyday and she is sad that such actions are being blasted online through social media, and such actions shouldn t be tolerated. THS principal Tuiasosopo said she was told that the video was uploaded as part of a joke but she found no humor in it. She offered her apologies for the incident and said she will do what she has to, in order to make sure it doesn t happen again. (Samoa News is not sure if she is referring to the fight or to the incident being uploaded to Facebook for all to see.) samoa news, Thursday, December 5, 2013 Page 15 V ehicles F or S ale ANZ Guam, Inc. - American Samoa has the following vehicles for sale 1999 Toyota Tacoma Pick up Minimum Bid: $2, Toyota Highlander Minimum Bid: $2, Nissan Frontier Pick Up Minimum Bid: $2, Sealed bids are invited for the purchase of the above vehicles on an as is basis. Vehicles may be inspected at ANZ Guam, Inc. Americn Samoa (Tafuna Branch) on November 06, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please address all bids to: ANZ Guam, Inc. - American Samoa Asset Management Unit P.O. Box 3790 Pago Pago American Samoa Bids close at 4:00 p.m. on December 10, 2013 For more information contact: Naomi Fale, Isara Uelese or Peni Meleisea at ext 362 or 341 PUBLIC NOTICE from the We live in your world... OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF AMERICAN SAMOA The Secretary of American Samoa wishes to inform all residents interested in obtaining a Notary Public Commission, or in renewing a Commission, that the next course on Notary Law and Ethics will be offered at the American Samoa Community College, Room TED 2, on Tuesday, December 10th, Wednesday, December 11th, and Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. As is required by the Notary Act of 2007, Public Law 30-18, as amended, anyone who wishes to obtain a Notary Public Commission must undergo and successfully complete a Course of Notarial Law, Procedure and Ethics. Please contact Melesete Haleck or Sally Faumuina at the Office of the Governor at to register and for more information, or visit the website and click on the Secretary of American Samoa hyperlink to find out more. 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