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O le taumafai ina ia toe teuteu ma fa’asa’o ni isi o vaega laiti ma faigofie o le gagana Samoa,
ua tauau ina fefiloi ma afaina atu ai le gagana autu, o le autu lea o le tusi ua fa’aulutala ‘Timata
le Gagana’ sa fa’alauiloa i le aso ananafi i totonu o le atunu’u, lea na tusia e le tofa Fofo Iiga
I.F Sunia.
I se fa’atalatalanoaga ma le tofa Fofo e tusa ai o lenei galuega tele, sa ia fa’amanino mai ai i
le Samoa News e fa’apea, o le galuega tele lenei e silia ma le 10 tausaga le umi o taumafai e ao
ao mai manatu ma lagona e tu’u fa’atasi i totonu o le tusi ua fa’alauiloa nei.
“E silia ma le 10 tausaga o taumafai e ao ao mai manogi o le lolo mo lenei galuega tele, ona
o le naunau lava ia maua se auala e fesoasoani ai i le toe teuteuina o ni isi o vaega o le gagana
ua maitauina le sasi sasi i le auala e fa’aaoga ai i aso nei”, o le saunoaga lea a Fofo.
Saunoa fo’i Fofo e fa’apea, o le a
aoga tele le tusi lenei e fesoasoani ai i le
to’atele latou te le o iloa le sa’o o vaega
o le gagana e tatau ona i ai, aemaise ai
i latou o lo o iloa lava le tulaga sa’o e
tatau ona i ai le gagana ae ua fiafia lava
i le lanu pulepule ua fa’aaogaina ai e ni
isi i ona aso nei.
“O ni isi o vaega o lo o fa’amamafa
e le tusi o le Timaga le Gagana, o vaega
laiti e pei o le toe fa’aaloalo lava o le
tagata ia te ia lava, ae o le tulaga sa’o
e tatau ona i ai, e tatau ona e ave le upu
fa’aaloalo i le isi tagata”, o le saunoaga
lea a Fofo.
“O le tele o taimi ua ou fa’alogo o
fa’apea gagana a ni isi tagata pe a fesiligia, ‘o a’u ou te alala i Tafuna’, ‘o
lo’u suafa o Simi’, ‘o le igoa o lo’u alo
matua lea o Toma”.
O ni isi fo’i taimi e pei ona saunoa
Fofo ua feavea’i ai e tagata le fa’aaogaina
o upu o le gagana, e pei o le upu o le ‘ifo’
ma le ‘a’e’, ina ua fa’apea ni isi o tagata,
“ou te ola ifo lava i totonu o le matou
aiga mai le tele o tausaga ua mavae e leai
ni suiga fa’apea na tutupu mai ai”.
Saunoa Fofo, o vaega laiti nei toe
faigofie o le gagana e tatau ona mataala
i ai le atunu’u, ina ne’i avea le le manatu
mamafa i auala e fa’aaoga ai upu sa’o o
le gagana ma auala e mou atu ai le taua
o le gagana a le atunu’u.
Sa ia taua fo’i se tasi o vaaiga ua maitauina i ona aso nei i ni isi o matua talavou, i lo latou
naunau lea e a’oa’o a latou fanau e tautala i le gagana peretania, ona latou te talitonu, a iloa e le
tama po o le teine nanu lona uiga ua poto ma atamai.
“E le sa’o lea manatu”, o le saunoaga lea a Fofo. “O le taumafai o ni isi o matua e a’oa’o
fanau e tautala i le gagana peretania, ua latou taofia ai fanau mai lo latou iloa o le ‘oa o le
gagana Samoa, aua o le gagana Samoa, o le measina taua a le atunu’u, e fa’apelepele ma tausi
fa’alelei i ai tagata Samoa uma”,o se tasi lea o finagalo o le Matua o Faiva sa ia tapenaina lenei
galuega tele.
O isi a’afiaga i le gagana i ona aso nei e pei ona taua e le Matua o Faiva, o upu e a’e
fa’avaitaimi, e pei o le upu o le ‘kusa’ lea ua tele ina fa’aaoga e tagata e amata ai a latou fuaiupu,
atoa ai ma le fefiloi o le gagana Samoa ma le gagana peretania i upu tautala.
“O le tele o taimi ua ou fa’alogo o fa’apea gagana tautala a isi tagata, ‘kusa la o le fafine le
la o le uso laititi o lo’u tina”, na taua e Fofo e fa’apea, o le sa’o o le gagana e tatau ona fa’apea,
“O le fafine le la o le uso laititi o lo’u tina.”
I le fa’aiuga o le fa’atalatalanoaga ma le tofa Fofo, sa ia saunoa ai e fa’apea, e le o tautala le
Timaga le Gagana i le gagana loloto fa’a failauga, ae o le gagana fetufaa’i i aso fai soo ia lelei
ma teuteu i soo se taimi e fa’aaoga ai.
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Falema’o remembered
for his dedication and
“unselfish service…”
by Samoa News staff
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has expressed condolences
and sadness on behalf of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga over the
sudden passing of ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili,
who served in the post since January of last year.
“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce
the sudden passing” of the ASG Treasurer, said Lemanu in
a statement issued yesterday afternoon. Pili passed away
Thursday, in Provo, Utah, surrounded by his wife Ali, children
and family during his final hours.
“Treasurer Pili will be remembered for his dedication and
unselfish service to the people of the territory.
He was a dedicated father who was a leader in our government, community, and his faith – the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints,” said Lemanu, who is also the acting
governor.
(Pili is a Patriarch of the Pago West Stake of the Mormon
Church)
Dr Falema’o Phil Pili speaking in June 2013 at the Filipino
Community’s celebration of Philippine independence. [SN file photo]
“His leadership speaks volume by the progress which is evident through his guidance and determination for success and a
better way of life for the people of American Samoa,” Lemanu
pointed out.
Dr. Pili “will be sorely missed as a colleague, a leader and
friend. On behalf of Governor Lolo Moliga and First Lady
Cynthia, Pohakalani and I and the people of American Samoa,
we extend our sincerest condolences on the loss of a great
leader and dear friend,” Lemanu said.
The late ASG Treasurer is survived by his wife Alice ‘Ali’
Pili, children - Pursonna, Paula, Falema’o, Priscilla, Pennylynn, Pamela, Fa’aifo - their spouses, children and their families, according to the statement.
“We pray that Heavenly Father will bestow his comfort
and tender mercies on his wife – Ali, children, families and
friends,” Lemanu said.
Funeral services will be announced as details become
available.
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Tausala fa’a Tutuila Café Nofo va’ava’aia
Tausala fa’a Tutuila Café offers a wonderful selection of
dishes for breakfast and lunch on
Saturdays and Sundays.
le tina fai pisinisi visa malaga
tusia Ausage Fausia
Come meet Gemini, our Chef and taste for yourself
our wonderful delicious food.
For this weekend only, we will validate your parking....
so come. Join us. Our hours are from 7am to 6pm.
Fa’afetai tele,
O le tina fai pisinisi visa malaga lea na ta’usala e le
fa’amasinoga i le amataga o le vaiaso nei i moliaga mama e lua o
le gaoi, ua nofova’ava’aia o ia mo le 2 tausaga i lalo o ni tuutuuga
fa’apitoa mai le fa’amasinoga maualuga e ao ona ia usita’i i ai.
O ni isi o ia tuutuuga fa’apitoa ua tu’uina atu e le fa’amasinoga
ia Noto Te’o-Utu, 35 tausaga le matua e aofia ai lona toe totogi o
tupe sa ia ave fa’agaoi mai ali’i e to’alua na a’afia i se auala tau
fa’avalea i totonu o le 90 aso; totogi le salatupe e $1,000; atoa ai
ma lona fa’atinoina o ni galuega mo tagata lautele i le umi e 200
itula, i lalo o le ta’ita’iga a le Ofisa Nofova’ava’aia.
Ua poloaina fo’i o ia e le ali’i fa’amasino sili ia Michael
Kruse, ina ia taofi lona toe faia o ni talosaga mo ni visa malaga
pe afai o fa’aauau pea i le taimi nei lana pisinisi lea, se’i vagana
ua i ai mo’i sona laisene pisinisi e pei ona mana’omia mai i lalo
o le tulafono tau pisinisi a le malo.
O le aso Gafua o le vaiaso nei na tali ioe ai Te’o-Utu i moliga
mama e lua o le gaoi, i lalo o se maliliega na latou sainia ma le
malo ma talia e le fa’amasinoga.
I lona tali ioe ai i moliga e lua e pei ona ta’usala ai o ia e le
fa’amasinoga, sa ia ta’utino ai e fa’apea, i se taimi o le masina o
Mati 2013, sa latou tu’u tala ai ma ni ali’i se to’alua, e mafai ona
ia fa’agaioi ni talosaga mo ni la visa e malaga ai i Amerika, ae
tatau fo’i ona la totogi se tupe ia te ia e tusa ai o lana auaunaga.
Na ioe Te’o-Utu i luma o le fa’amasinoga, sa ia fa’atonu ali’i
e to’alua na a’afia la te totogi ni vaega tupe mo le lolomiina o ata
o la alofilima (finger print), e fesoasoani ai i le talosagaina o la
visa malaga, e ui sa ia iloa e le manaomia le faia o ia tautua i le
talosagaina o ni visa malaga.
E tusa ai ma fa’amaumauga a le fa’amasinoga, e ta’i $160 na
totogi e ali’i e to’alua na a’afia i le tina ua molia mo le faia o la
‘finger print’, lea na emo ane le ata e le i taunu’u le faia o ni la
including Brelo, surrounded Russell’s car and ‘finger print’.
O tupe ua poloaina e le fa’amasinoga le ua molia e toe totogi i
fired more than 100 rounds into the vehicle.
ali’i
na a’afia, e aofia ai le $310 i le isi ali’i ae $250 mo le isi ali’i.
McGinty’s motion said the length of time
and the speed of the chase were “excessive
Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected]
by all standards of law and common sense.”
The motion said officers created a nearly 360degree “firing circle” around the car when they
began firing.
“It is quite simply a miracle there were
no additional injuries or fatalities,” McGinty
wrote.
The other 12 officers who discharged their
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Saturday it was disapweapons that night were not charged criminally.
McGinty said after the indictment of Brelo and pointed with a decision by the U.S. State Department to blackthe supervisors that the U.S. Supreme Court list it for its failure to do enough to fight human trafficking but
has ruled officers may use excessive deadly vowed it would keep fighting the scourge.
The United States lowered Thailand to its lowest rank, “tier
force when they fear their lives in danger.
The motion said there was a delay of more 3,” and highlighted trafficking in the country’s sex, seafood
than four seconds between the first salvo and and garment industries, in its annual assessment, released
when Brelo jumped on the hood and continued Friday, of how governments around the world have performed
in fighting trafficking. The downgrade could exact a reputato fire. Brelo discharged 49 rounds that night.
“Brelo went beyond any justifiable action tional cost on Thailand’s lucrative seafood and shrimp indusjumping on the hood of the Malibu and emp- tries, for which America is a key market.
President Barack Obama now has 90 days to determine
tying his service weapon into Russell and Wilwhether to apply sanctions, which could include blocking varliams,” McGinty wrote in his motion.
Russell was shot 23 times and Williams 24 ious types of aid or withdrawing U.S. support for loans from
the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
times.
Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary of Thailand’s
The motion for a gag order cited what attorneys say were McGinty’s prejudicial com- foreign affairs ministry, argued the Southeast Asian country
had stepped up its efforts to combat the trade and hundreds of
ments about police.
The gag order request said that when people had been prosecuted, including state officials.
Thailand’s democratically elected government was overMcGinty was asked about the officers’ actions,
he responded: “The buffalo are coming. They thrown in a May 22 army coup. Sihasak said the junta that
now controls the country has made it a “priority to tackle the
may not be stampeding, but they are coming.”
McGinty asked the judge to reject the gag human trafficking problems.” The downgrading of Thailand to
order because of comments by police union tier 3, which signifies that a country isn’t fully complying with
minimum standards for eliminating trafficking, puts its alongofficials.
He cited in the motion a comment from a side countries such as Iran, North Korea, Russia and Saudi
union official who called the events of Nov. 29, Arabia. A total of 23 countries received that ranking.
The report said there are tens of thousands of trafficking
2013, a “perfect chase.”
Spokesman Joe Frolik said McGinty would victims in Thailand by conservative estimates, the majority of
not comment further about the motion or the which are migrants from Thailand’s neighboring countries who
are forced or defrauded into working against their will in the sex
case.
Brelo’s main attorney, Patrick D’Angelo, trade, commercial fishing, garment production, factories, and
domestic work. Other victims are forced to beg on the streets.
did not return telephone calls Friday morning.
Migrants remain at sea for years, working 20 hours a day, 7
The U.S. Department of Justice has been
conducting an extensive investigation into the days a week, facing threats and beatings. It notes Thai officials
Cleveland police department’s use of deadly profited from the smuggling of Muslims from Myanmar and
Bangladesh, and their sale into forced labor on fishing vessels.
force and pursuit policies.
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Prosecutor says Ohio police
chase should have stopped
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police
should have stopped a car chase in November
2012 long before it ended with officers firing
137 rounds and killing two unarmed people, an
Ohio prosecutor said in court filings.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty
filed a motion in common pleas court Thursday
in response to a request for a gag order by
the attorneys representing Patrolman Michael
Brelo, who was indicted last month on two
counts of voluntary manslaughter. Five supervisors have been charged with misdemeanor
counts of dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase. All have pleaded not guilty.
Attorneys for the 30-year-old Brelo sought
the gag order because they say McGinty’s negative comments about the chase have violated
Brelo’s right to a fair trial.
The motion said many of the comments
were made months before a county grand jury
handed up an indictment.
McGinty responded with a motion opposing
the gag order.
That motion included a number of previously undisclosed details about the chase.
The motion said the pursuit turned into a
“Blues Brothers” situation that ended with
Brelo standing on the hood of a car driven by
Timothy Russell and firing 15 rounds through
the windshield from 5 feet away, shots the
prosecutor alleged killed the 43-year-old Russell and his passenger, 30-year-old Malissa
Williams.
McGinty’s “Blues Brothers” movie comment referenced a scene in the 1980 comedy
that included a police chase involving dozens
of cruisers.
McGinty wrote that supervisors could have
called off the chase and, using the identification of Williams and his vehicle, found him
later. Officers pursued Williams’ car because
they thought they had heard gunshots. Officials
now believe Russell’s car had backfired.
The chase began near downtown Cleveland
and eventually involved 104 officers and 62
police cruisers traveling 20 miles in 23 minutes
on city streets and interstates at speeds reaching
110 mph. It ended in the parking lot of a suburban Cleveland school, where 13 officers,
Thailand ‘dismayed’ by
US trafficking blacklist
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AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY
CANCER COALITION
THANKY OU
by Samoa News staff
EDIP TASK FORCE
CALLS FOR FOREIGN
INVESTOR PACKAGE
The government task force,
which came up with the final
draft of the Economic Development Implementation Plan
(EDIP), that is to help boost
economic growth in American Samoa and thereby provide jobs, has called for the
territory to come up with a
foreign investor package for
those interested in investing in
American Samoa.
Given American Samoa’s
narrow economic base, it is
only prudent that American
Samoa actively seeks direct
foreign investments, the task
force said.
It then recommends the
creation of a “foreign investment package” that would
be posted on the Commerce
Department website; and for
American Samoa to actively
participate in U.S. Commerce Department conferences, seminars, and webinars on direct foreign investment inclusive of regional
or United Nations sponsored
conferences or trade exhibitions in Asia/Pacific region.
LOCAL ‘OLYMPIC DAY’
CELEBRATION TODAY
@veterans STADIUM
The annual Olympic Day
celebration for American
Samoa is underway this
morning at the Veterans
Memorial
Stadium,
with
Zumba as well as the 10K race
and 5K fun walk, with many
expected to participate.
Spearheading the local
event, which is part of a world
wide annual celebration, is
the American Samoa National
Olympic Committee, whose
president J. Victor Langkilde
says this his second Olympic
Day as ASNOC leader “and
it has been such a blessing to
see people starting to come
together such as our very
strong partnership with ASG
and the Lolo & Lemanu
Administration.
“The support ASG has provided especially with allowing
the ASNOC and its National
Sports Federations to occupy
and utilize office and training
space at the Stadium and the
ASG land lease to construct
headquarters and sports faculties is strong testament to the
vision of this administration,”
said Langkilde responding to
Samoa News questions.
Today’s celebration “highlights what the Olympics is
about and what it represents and
stands for. The Olympic Day
also reminds us of Olympism
which is the philosophy of
life combining balance with
the qualities that surround us
everyday, the movement and
how we as ambassadors can
promote values of culture, edu-
cation, leadership, fellowship,
sportsmanship, and respect for
the universal fundamental ethical principles,” he said.
He said ASNOC thanks
the government, the private
sector, the community, and its
16 National Sports Federations
for all the work and collaboration in moving sports in American Samoa.
“There is a saying, ‘it takes
a village to raise a child’ but
I would like to add and say
with where we are today and
what I have seen that, it takes a
country to develop its athletes.
All the best for Olympic Day
2014 as we also wish our government all the best in leading
our country,” he said.
Dept. of COMMERCE
UPDATING CURRENT
INVESTMENT GUIDE
In its fiscal year 2014
second quarter performance
report, DOC says its staff is
working on updating the territory’s guide entitled ‘Briefing
Paper on Investment Guide
in American Samoa’ prior to
sending it to the director for
approval and then to print.
The guide outlines various
benefits and incentives offered
to prospective investors and
developers, as well as outlining existing infrastructure,
services and the new one-day
business license process, pursuant to the governor’s order
last year.
“The guide is a major marketing tool to prospective
investors and developers,” said
DOC in its 2nd quarter performance report for FY 2014.
Further the ASG document, ‘Investment Incentives
and Competitive Advantages
of doing business in American
Samoa & Trade and Investment Business Opportunities’
is being incorporated into the
investment guide as one set of
documents.
Samoa News has received
over the past several months
inquiries on information pertaining to investment opportunities in American Samoa from
both individuals and representatives of off-island companies. These inquiries have been
referred to the DOC website
[www.doc.as.gov] where you
can click on the section called
“Invest in American Samoa”,
which provides a two-page
briefing document.
Listed as investment opportunities are Technology &
Renewable Energy; Cannery
Support Products & Services;
Tourism; Regional Trade &
Transshipment; Light Industry
(Import & Export); Privatization of Local Government Services; Territorial Fisheries; and
Agriculture.
And what does American
Samoa have to offer investors?
Among other things, according
to the briefing document, is an
educated,
English-speaking
workforce; tax exemptions up
to 11 years; no gross receipt,
property, or sales taxes; up
to 50% wage subsidies for
employee training; flexible
government access and support; “and, of course, a relaxed
tropical paradise for your board
meetings.”
FORMER TERRITORIAL LIBRARIAN HEADS
LIBRARY IN FLORIDA
Former
Territorial
Librarian, Cheryl MoralesPolotaivao, has taken up a
new post as executive director
of the Pinellas Public Library
Cooperative in Clearwater,
Florida. She resigned several weeks ago and moved to
Florida where she has family.
In a news statement early
this month, the PPLC board
of directors says MoralesPolotaivao began her new
post on June 9 after working
as Territorial Librarian in
American Samoa where she
created a dynamic public
library system.
She “has been an active
member of every community
where she worked, involving
herself in building community
partnerships from animal and
child welfare to the preservation of essential records,” the
statement says.
Morales-Polotaivao became
the Territorial Librarian, when
the Feleti Barstow Public
Library building in Utulei was
officially dedicated and opened
in April 2000. The Territorial
Librarian position is currently
vacant, while a recruiting process is underway.
On behalf of the Cancer Coalition and the cancer survivors
celebrated during the Celebration of Life activities, we extend
our heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals and
businesses who donated their time and assistance:
Honorable Lolo M Moliga and Mrs. Cynthia Moliga
Honorable Lemanu P. Mauga and Mrs. Pohakalani Mauga
Director Motusa Nua & partners at the Department of Health
Mrs. Tiana Faleali’i Savea
Mrs. and Mrs. Toma Kitiona
Galumalemana Su’a
Mrs. Maria Toese
Mrs. Salilo Julia Foifua
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Gurr and Island Flowers
Morris Scanlan Service
ACE Industries
GHC Reid
Reverend Nafatali Faleali’i
EFKAS Matu’u & Faganeanea
Ms. Sally Fuimaono
Alanoa Petals
Ms. Angie Langkilde
Ms. Ipo Hemaloto & the Get Fit American Samoa team
Mr. Gene Pan
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Employees’ Retirement Fund
June 20, 2014
Dear Retirees:
Many of you have expressed interest in changing the date of your benefit from the 15th of
the month to the end of the month or from the end of the month to the 15th. In order to
maximize the cost of this change, we will have to do the change for everyone at one time.
This will be a one time offer only. If you are interested in changing the date of your benefit,
please come to our office at the Centennial Building, 3rd floor and sign the authorization
form by Friday, July 18, 2014. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
Thank you,
ASG Retirement Fund
Mo le mamalu o le Auritaea:
Talu ai ona o le toatele o lo outou mamalu ua fa’ailoa mai le naunauta’iga ina ia suia le aso
e tauaaoina atu ai a outou siaki ritaea mai le aso 15 o le masina i le aso mulimuli po’o le
aso mulimuli ole masina ile aso 15 ole masina. Ina ia faaitiiti le aofa’i o le tupe fa’aalu i lea
suiga, o lea o le a fa’atulagaina ai le suiga mo e uma e fa’atalosagaina i le taimi e tasi. O
lenei avanoa ua na o le tasi lava le taimi e tu’uina atu ai. O le mea lea, afai ete finagalo e
suia le aso o lau siaki ritaea mai le aso 15 i le fa’ai’uga o le masina, po’o le faaiuga o le
masina i le aso 15, faamolemole e tala mai aao i lo tatou ofisa i le Centennial Building, 3rd
floor e saini le pepa mo le faataunuuina o lea suiga ia le silia le Aso Faraile, Iulai 18, 2014.
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THE BOB FRANKEN COLUMN
Words Backward
By Bob Franken
Growing up in the South, I always marveled at how adept
everyone was at well-mannered hatefulness. If someone made
a stupid comment, the response would never be “What an idiot
you are!” Instead it was “Well, ain’t that nice?” or “Why, bless
your heart.” When it came to social-grace duplicity, we were
the champions.
Or so I thought.
That was before I came to Washington. It takes a little getting
used to, but for the most part, you must accept that people mean
the opposite of what they say. If most say “Nice to see you,”
they are actually looking over your shoulder at someone more
important. The really good ones somehow manage to make eye
contact with you while looking past you at the same instant. It’s
pretty amazing, really.
And anyone who has watched the Senate is well-aware
that the members refer to their most despised enemies as “My
Friend.” That extends far beyond the Capitol. If anyone calls you
his or her “friend,” watch your back.
There’s nothing new about this, and it’s not unique to D.C.
We all have our moments of not meaning what we say. The
normal greeting is “How are you doing?” The automatic answer
is “Fine, thank you.” But let’s face it: We usually couldn’t care
less, and we certainly don’t want to hear when someone is not
fine. The last thing we want is “Actually terrible. My wife has
left me for a younger man, my business is bankrupt, and the bank
just foreclosed on my house.”
What do you say? If you grew up in the South, perhaps you’d
respond with “bless your heart,” in which case you’d mean,
“I’m sorry, did you say something?” Or you’d escape as fast as
you could.
“Thank you for asking” is another one, a deflecting response
to the insincere “How you doing?” greeting. “Thank you for
asking” translates to “None of your business.”
And then there’s flattery. The more someone sings your
praises to your face, the more he changes his tune behind your
back. Perhaps Michael Kinsley is correct, though, with his
observation that insincere flattery is really sincere, because the
person lavishing compliments thinks you’re worthwhile enough
to insincerely flatter.
Again, it’s Washington. Here it’s barely noticed that the same
Republicans who were demanding that the administration bring
back Taliban hostage Bowe Bergdahl at any cost now are raising
Cain about the very fact that a deal was made for his return.
It’s galling how shamelessly these guys flip-flop, and what’s
really infuriating is how President Barack Obama even lets them
bother him. He really should figure out that it’s always “damned if
you do, and damned if you don’t” for him. Deception is accepted
as the norm here, and they never have to eat their words.
Hillary Clinton shows she’s no slouch at this when she
chooses her language. My fakery favorite is the expression “I
wish him well,” which is code for condemning someone to a
miserable life. Bless her heart, in the first of the umpteen TV
interviews she did to promote her new book, Hillary told ABC’s
Diane Sawyer she wished not only Rand Paul well, but also
Monica Lewinsky. Ain’t that nice?
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This undated photo provided by the Nelson family shows four of the five Smith brothers, who
were killed during World War I, pose for a photo in Barnard Castle, England. Clockwise from
bottom left, John W Stout, Alfred, George Henry and Fredrick. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Nelson family)
Before ‘Saving Private Ryan,’
Pvt. Wilfred Smith was saved
by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
BARNARD CASTLE, England (AP) —
Carved into the simple obelisk commemorating
the fallen are the names of five sons of Margaret
and John McDowell Smith.
There’s a story behind the name that isn’t
there — a sixth brother, Wilfred — and a century after World War I a local historian has dug
out the details from archives.
Wilfred Smith’s survival is a story of sacrifice amid a war that demanded so much of it
from virtually every family in Britain.
Because long before there was the fictional
tale of “Saving Private Ryan,” there was the
real-life story of saving Pvt. Smith.
loosing five sons
The people of Barnard Castle have long
known the story of the Smith brothers and that
Wilfred, or Willie as he was known, survived.
But how that happened was largely unknown
until local historian Peter Wise searched the
recently digitized archives of the local newspaper, the Teesdale Mercury. In a minuscule
item buried at the bottom of a long gray column
came the answer: Queen Mary, wife of King
George V, heard about the sacrifice of the
brothers and intervened to send Willie home.
A century later, the news has stirred memories and inspired a mixture of pride and astonishment. “To say it’s been massive is probably
not an understatement,” said Trevor Brookes,
the newspaper’s editor. “Every parent can probably roughly imagine how terrible it would be
to lose a son, but to lose five sons at the risk of
losing a sixth — that’s tragedy. I don’t think
any British family suffered a greater loss.”
Some 9 million soldiers died in the war that
began in 1914 and ended in 1918, and it was
common for families to lose more than one son.
Brothers and friends would join so-called “Pals
Brigades” so they could serve together — and
communities sometimes found that a single skirmish could wipe out a generation of their men.
But even so, this story was different.
joining was an adventure
Wilfred was the youngest son of a chimney
sweep who scraped by in the slums of Barnard
Castle, a market town nestled in a landscape
dotted by herds of deer and turreted castles in
northern England. When Wilfred was 12, there
were 10 members of his family living in three
rooms in Poor House Yard, according to the
1911 Census of England and Wales. While Wilfred was still in school, his 14-year-old brother,
Frederick, was already working in a local mill.
For many poor young men, joining the army
was an adventure, a chance to get regular meals
and pay, especially since recruiters told them the
war would be over in a matter of months. Local
World War I buff John Pringle said the boys
would have been anxious to leave the drudgery
of the flax mill or the shoe-thread factory.
Wilfred didn’t want to go, but did when his
country called. A photograph taken at the time
showed four of the brothers posing in their uniforms with a cute white dog at their feet. The
image would remain on Margaret’s mantel
throughout the war.
Robert 22, died first, in September 1916.
George Henry, 26, died less than two months
later. Frederick, 21, died in July 1917, while the
eldest, 37-year-old John William Stout — who
had their mother’s maiden name because she
was not yet married when he was born — died
in October 1917.
The fifth son, Alfred, died in July 1918.
Margaret’s grief was apparently more than
the vicar’s wife, Sarah Elizabeth Bircham,
could bear. Bircham, who organized care packages for troops in the trenches, wrote to Queen
Mary about the deaths of Margaret’s five sons
and how she had a sixth son still at war.
The Teesdale Mercury reported what happened next, printing the reply of the queen’s
secretary, Edward Wallington.
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Omnibus Territories
Act passes Senate,
unlikely in House…
by Samoa News staff
Dawud Bibbyah teaches children, including Haylee McCullough, to swim at the YMCA, in
Whitehaven (Memphis), Tenn. on Friday, June 20, 2014. The children joined tens of thousands
of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world, who united for the fifth year in a row, to
set a new Guinness World Record(TM). They were attempting to break the global record for The
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended
injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for
children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk
(AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Karen Pulfer Focht)
of drowning. NEWS IN BRIEF
US seeks legal protection
for troops going to Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon
expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an
effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents,
a spokesman said Friday.
“I can assure you we will have those protections,” the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear
Adm. John Kirby, told reporters.
He said U.S. officials are currently consulting
with the Iraqi government about that issue.
Iraq refused to agree to such legal protections
for a much larger number of U.S. troops that the
Obama administration had proposed leaving in
Iraq after its combat mission ended in December
2011. As a result, that residual force was never
deployed.
Kirby said the U.S. does not need a Status of
Forces Agreement of the type it tried to negotiate
with Iraq in 2011.
He was not specific about the type of written
agreement being sought in this case but said he
had no doubt it will be obtained.
“I’m confident that the legal protections that
are needed will be in place,” he said.
The point of having such legal protections is
to ensure that U.S. troops would be subject to the
U.S. military justice system if needed and not to
the Iraqi judicial system.
Militants seize strategic Iraq
border post, kill 30 troops
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials
say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border
crossing after killing some 30 Iraqi troops in a
day of clashes.
The officials said Saturday that the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of
Qaim, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of
Baghdad, after battling Iraqi troops throughout
the previous day.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk
to media.
Sunni militants have carved out a large swath
of territory astride the Iraqi-Syrian border and
seized Iraq’s second largest city Mosul earlier
this month.
Militants have long traveled back and forth
across the porous border, but the control of crossings allows them to more easily move weapons
and heavy equipment to different battlefields.
Mom charged with deliberately
hitting pre-teen son with car
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman
is charged with intentionally hitting her 12-yearold son with her car.
The Billings Gazette reports 34-year-old
Elvira Najar was arrested early Thursday and
appeared in Justice Court on a charge of assault
with a weapon. Her bail was set at $7,500.
Court records say the boy told police he had
been in a car with one of his friends and his
mother, who was upset because she thought he
was spending time with his father. The boy said
he got out of the car and his mother drove up
onto a curb and hit him, knocking him down.
The boy’s friend said Najar told her son: “I
brought (you) into the world ... I can take you
out, and I don’t care if I go to jail for it.”
Obama eyes progress on
Asia-Pacific trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack
Obama says he hopes the U.S. and its negotiating partners can make progress on an AsiaPacific trade pact by the time he travels to the
region later this year. Obama is meeting in the
Oval Office with New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key. The U.S. and New Zealand are part
of the 12-nation group trying to negotiate the
Trans-Pacific Partnership pact.
Key has the distinction of being one of few
foreign leaders who have joined Obama for a golf
outing. They played a round in January while both
were vacationing in Hawaii. Obama says he looks
forward to visiting New Zealand, if not this year,
then before the end of his presidency. Obama is
scheduled to travel to Asia in November.
report of Apparent suicide at
Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Army says
a man found with a single gunshot wound at
Arlington National Cemetery apparently committed suicide. The Army Criminal Investigation
Command says it does not suspect foul play in
the shooting that occurred in the section that contains a memorial to and remains of victims of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Cemetery spokeswoman Melissa Bohan says
military and civilian police responded at about
10 a.m. Friday to reports of a single gunshot.
Bohan says all indications are that the
shooting is “a tragic and isolated incident,” with
no threat to the public. An Arlington County
police spokesman described the man found in
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The U.S. Senate passed late Wednesday night federal legislation, which includes provisions for American Samoa in a Senate
bill sponsored by democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon.
The Omnibus Territories Act of 2013 (S. 1237) now goes to
the U.S. House for their review and consideration, according to
a news release Thursday from Cong. Faleomavaega Eni’s office.
Provisions for American Samoa that Faleomavaega put forward to Wyden include an analysis of the economic effects on
employees and employers of the differentials in minimum wage
rates among industries and classifications in American Samoa.
This would include the potential effects of eliminating such differentials prior to the time when such rates are scheduled to be
equal to the minimum wage set forth in the federal Fair Labor
Standards Act.
There are 18 different industries in the territory, each with its
own minimum wage. Current minimum wage for tuna canning
industry is $4.76 per hour while local government minimum
wage is $4.41 an hour.
Another provision calls for a benefit-to-cost ratio study for projects in America Samoa to assess whether the benefit-to-cost ratio
formulas consider the remote locations in, and the cost of transportation to and from, American Samoa, and other significant factors
that are not comparable to locations within the contiguous States.
Further, to assess - in particular - the use of benefit-to-cost ratio
formulas by the Secretary of Transportation with respect to airport
traffic control tower programs, and by the Secretary of the Army,
acting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with respect to a
harbor project or other water resources development project.
According to the bill, another provision deals with certain
exemptions for fishery endorsements. (Faleomavaega told a
U.S. Senate committee last year that the intent of the language
in this provision is to restore fishery endorsements to U.S. tuna
boats that are 100% U.S. built, 100% U.S. owned, and that offload the majority of their fish in American Samoa.)
“While passage by the Senate is a victory, the Omnibus Territories Act still needs to be passed by the House, and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we try to move this forward,” Faleomavaega said in the press release. “I will keep the
people of American Samoa updated as the matter progresses.”
GovTrack.us, a website that tracks legislation and legislators
in the U.S. government, gives the Omnibus Act a 36% chance
of being enacted.
Canada woman stops for
ducks; guilty in 2 deaths
MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian woman who parked her
car on a highway to help a group of ducklings on the side of the
road was found guilty Friday of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car.
Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on two counts
of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a
maximum life sentence, and two counts of dangerous driving
causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail.
The 25-year-old was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50,
and his daughter Jessie, 16. She wiped away tears when the verdict was delivered to a packed courtroom in Montreal. Quebec
Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault said the 12-member jury
voted unanimously. Czornobaj was released until her pre-sentence hearing on Aug. 8.
Roy’s motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj’s car, which was
stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway south of Montreal in 2010. Czornobaj, a self-professed animal lover, told the
court that she did not see the ducklings’ mother anywhere and
planned to capture them and take them home.
Defense lawyer Marc Labelle said his client was stunned by
the jury’s decision. “The fact that she was involved in the accident in the first place was a hard experience for her,” he said.
“The fact that she had to go through a trial with a lot of publicity
was tough and to be confirmed by 12 citizens, the jury, that the
conduct was criminal is a hard blow.”
Pauline Volikakis, whose husband and daughter were killed
in the collision, briefly fought back tears when she left the
courtroom. “I don’t wish misfortune on anyone,” Volikakis
said. “It’s time that we go on. This will not bring (back) my
loved ones.”
Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a message for motorists. “What we hope is that a clear message is sent to society that
we do not stop on the highway for animals. It’s not worth it.”
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the cemetery’s Section 64 as “elderly,” but his name has not been
released. The site is adjacent to the Pentagon.
IRS: the Inspector general
probing hard drive crash
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS says his agency’s inspector general is investigating a hard drive failure in connection with a congressional probe. The probe is about whether
the IRS singled-out tea party groups for tax-exempt status.
Commissioner John Koskinen (KAHS’-kihn-ihn) is testifying
before the House Ways and Means Committee. He says eight
federal employees experienced hard drive failures. That means
emails related to the investigation could be unrecoverable.
Koskinen is telling lawmakers that a hard drive belonging to
former IRS executive Lois Lerner was recycled and presumably
destroyed after unsuccessful efforts to recover information on it.
He says the inspector general is investigating that.
A week ago, the IRS acknowledged it could not produce some
of Lerner’s emails because her computer crashed in 2011.
13 shot dead after attacking
police building in west China
BEIJING (AP) — Police in China’s western Xinjiang region
shot dead 13 assailants who drove one or more vehicles into a
police office building and set off explosives in an attack Saturday
that injured three officers, the news website for the regional government said. The Tianshan website said in a one-line report that
no civilians were hurt in the attack in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang’s southwest. The official Xinhua News Agency said one
vehicle was used, though it did not provide specific details.
Officials in the region contacted by phone either said they were
unclear about the situation or refused to comment.
It was the latest in a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest
in the sprawling region of Xinjiang, where the native Muslim
Uighur people want more autonomy from Beijing. Last month, a
market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi.
Authorities blamed the attacks on extremists bent on overthrowing Beijing’s rule. The government says the assailants have ties
to Islamic terror groups abroad, but provides little direct evidence.
Hot grits attack leads to
attempted murder charge
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged
with attempted murder after throwing a pan of hot grease and grits
at a man who was on his front porch. Edward Holley told investigators that he had gotten into an argument with Darryl Blacknell
on Tuesday night. When he saw Blacknell on his porch the next
day, he says he took the hot pan from his stove and threw it on the
man. Orlando police say Holley told them they should just arrest
him because “next time I am going to kill him.”
Investigators say Blacknell is in the hospital with second- and
third-degree burns. He told them he was playing cards with Holley’s cousin when he was attacked. Holley remains in the Orange
County Jail, charged with attempted second-degree murder.
Records do not list an attorney for him.
Snowden rejects German
panel’s Moscow meeting plan
BERLIN (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward
Snowden is rejecting calls to meet in Moscow with a German parliamentary inquiry into the extent of surveillance by the U.S. and
its allies. Lawmakers from the inquiry panel had hoped to travel
to Moscow soon for an informal meeting with Snowden. The plan
emerged after opposition parties demanded that Germany allow
Snowden to come to Berlin to testify but the government said
doing so would hurt relations with the U.S.
Snowden’s German lawyer, Wolfgang Kaleck, wrote to the
committee Friday that he discussed the matter with Snowden and
there is “no room or need for an oral, ‘informal’ meeting’ where the
American has temporary asylum, the news agency dpa reported.
He argues substantial testimony is only possible in Germany.
Murder charge still pending
against 102-year-old woman at
BOSTON (AP) — Nearly five years after a woman was
charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still
pending against her at the age of 102. Laura Lundquist, diagnosed
with dementia, was deemed incompetent to stand trial after she
was charged with strangling Elizabeth Barrow, who was found in
her bed with a plastic bag tied around her head.
Since then, the oldest murder defendant in the state’s history
has been held at a psychiatric hospital. Prosecutors say they don’t
expect the case to ever go to trial, but just in case, the murder
charge remains on the books. Barrow’s son, Scott, says he has
never pushed for Lundquist to be prosecuted. “It would be like
prosecuting a 2-year-old,” he said in an interview Thursday.
“It’s just an awful thing that happened. How could she be held
accountable for this when she’s not in her right mind?”
After Lundquist was indicted in 2009 at age 98, Bristol County
District Attorney Sam Sutter said prosecutors pursued a seconddegree murder charge because they didn’t believe Lundquist had
the cognitive ability to form premeditation, which must be proven
in a first-degree murder case. Sutter’s spokesman, Gregg Miliote,
said the case remains open.
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In this Monday June 16, 2014 photo, a sign is posted where the highest wind speed was recorded
on the top of Mount Washington. A new Extreme Mount Washington museum recently underwent a $1 million transformation from a modest collection of artifacts behind glass to a modern
(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
facility packed with hands-on exhibits. AMERICAN SAMOA
COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Human Resources Office
EMPLOYMENTO PPORTUNITY
Position Title:
Employment Status:
HUMAN RESOURCES TECHNICIAN I
Full Time/12 Months (Career Service)
General Description:
The incumbent reports directly to the Human Resource Manager. The incumbent will assist in the
daily operations of the ASCC Human Resources Office, which include frequent interaction with the
ASCC faculty and staff, and the general public.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for the accuracy of data entered into the Datatel Payroll system.
• Track and distribute monthly leave statements. Compile quarterly reports on employee
leave balance.
• Responsible for the maintenance of all employees files to ensure current documentation
and required information is filed and noted accordingly.
• Maintain training records of ASCC employees.
• Maintain a daily account of all HR purchase orders, and track the budget fo daily
submission to the HR Director for review.
• Receive, log and route correspondences to and from the Human Resource Office, with
weekly follow-up.
• Assist in addressing daily requests from faculty and staff.
• Assist in payroll when gathering and collecting timesheets for the spreadsheet process and
for updating leave balances.
• Update the directory for all ASCC employees.
• Answer incoming calls and take messages.
• Assist in organizing activities and functions for ASCC as requested by the HR Director and
President.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the HR Director or Manager.
Minimum Qualifications:
• AA Degree with one (1) year of office/clerical support experience.
• Knowledge of office operation, organizing files & tracking correspondences.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, ability to maintain
confidentiality, and conduct daily duties in a professional appearance and manner.
• Knowledge of administrative functions.
• Skills in written and oral communications and computer software programs.
• Abilities in organizing files and keeping accounts of employee leave balances.
Salary: GS 12; 3-5; $15,073-$17,673
Application Deadline: June 23, 2014
Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office
(699-9155 Ext. 477/335/436) or by emailing Silaulelei Saofaigaalii at [email protected]
or Lipena Samuelu at [email protected]
“An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
And A Drug-Free Workplace”
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FESILIGIA LE FAAIUGA
A LE PALEMIA
Ua fesiligia e le alii Minisita
lagolago o le Ofisa o Aoga ia Tuu’u
Anasi’i Leota le fa’aiuga ua faia e le
alii Palemia ia Tuilaepa Lupesoliai
Sailele Malielegaoi, ina ua ia tuu le
avanoa ia Faumuina Liuga e malaga
ai i Amerika e fai ma sui o Samoa i
se fonotaga o lo o faia ai, ae o lea e
nonofo isi sui sinia o le kapeneta e
agavaa i lenei avanoa.
I le fesiligia ai e Tuu’u o le faaiuga
a le alii palemia, ua ia fesiligia ai foi
le mafuaaga ua ala ai ona faapitoa
faapenei faaiuga e faia mo Faumuina,
ao lea e lei umi atu nei ona talia e le
palemene lana faamavaega mai le
tulaga Teutupe o le malo.
O le fonotaga lea e faia i Amerika,
o le fonotaga e talanoaina ai mataupu
e faatatau i auala e puipuia ai siosiomaga o atunuu o le lalolagi ma le
pasefika.
Na taua e Tuu’u e fa’apea, ina
ua faatoa ulufale atu Faumuina i le
palemene, sa tuu i ai e le alii palemia
le tofi minisita, i lona tausaga lona
lua i le palemene, sa tofia fo’i o ia e
avea ma minisita, e faapena foi i lona
tausaga lona tolu, ma e foliga mai e i ai
se mafuaaga faapitoa e ala ai ona maua
e lenei sai o le HRPP faiga faapitoa nei
mai le alii palemia.
E lei maua se finagalo o le alii
palemia ina ua taumafai tusitala i
Samoa e fesiligia o ia e tusa ai o lenei
mataupu.
FESILIGIA KONEKARATE
A SE ALI’I MA LE EPC
Ua teena e le Taitaifono o le Komiti
Faafoe o le Faalapotopotoga o le
Pulega Tau Eletise a Samoa (EPC)
ia Fa’aolesa K. Ainuu le i ai o sona
sootaga ma le mataupu e faatatau i le
sainiga o se konekarate ma se vaega
e taua o le Fa’aolataga Lawn Maintenance and Land Surveying.
O le mataupu lenei na fesiligia ai e
tusitala i Samoa ia Fa’aolesa, ona o se
tusi i le Fa’atonu o lo o fesiligia ai le
i ai o se fete’enaiga o ia mai lana galuega i le EPC, atoa ai ma le tu’uina atu
o lenei konekarate.
Ae na taua e Fa’aolesa le leai o
sona sootaga ma le mataupu e pei ona
fesiligia ai o ia, e talitonu fo’i o ia o
se feteenaiga lona pulea o se pisinisi
faapea ma galue pea i le Komiti
Fa’afoe o le EPC.
Na taua e le Ta’ita’ifono e fa’apea,
o le pisinisi o lo o fesiligia e le o
se pisinisi, ae o se vaega fai paaga
na fa’atula’i e ni tagata sa galulue
muamua i le EPC.
Na taua fo’i e le ta’ita’ifono e
fa’apea, o le fuafuaga a le EPC ina ia
fausia lea faiga paaga ma le vaega e
pei ona fesiligia, o se auaunaga lea a
le EPC e fesoasoani ai ia i latou nei sa
galulue muamua i le Fa’alapotopotoga
o Eletise.
FA’ASOLOSOLO MANUIA LE
TAMA’ITA’I TONGA NA MANU’A
Ua fa’asolosolo ina toe fo’i atu i
tulaga manuia le tama’ita’i Tonga lea
na taofia i le falema’i i Motootua, ona
o manu’a tuga na a’afia ai lona tino,
e mafua mai i le fa’alavelave lea na
osofa’i ai o ia e lana uo tama Samoa
i se agaese.
E ui o fa’asolosolo manuia manu’a
o lenei tama’ita’i, peita’i o le a tumau
pea i lona tino ma’ila na mafua mai
ona o le agaese na manu’a ai.
Na taua e le Peresetene o le
Fa’alapotopotoga o To’omaga mo e
Puapuagatia ia Lina Chang le malosi o
le lagolago atu o le Fa’alapotopotoga
a Tagata Tonga i Samoa, i le lagolago ma le fesoasoani i le tama’ita’i
na a’afia, ae o lo o fa’apea fo’i
ona malosi le fesoasoani a le latou
Fa’alapotopotoga i le fa’atinoina o
auaunaga uma e fesoasoani ai i lea
tama’ita’i.
O lo o taofia pea i le falepuipui
i Tafuna le ali’i o lo o tu’uaia i le
fa’atinoina o lenei solitulafono, e
fa’atalitali ai taualumaga o lana
mataupu o lo o fa’agasolo i luma o le
fa’amasinoga maualuga.
TOLOPO ILOILOGA A LE
ALII TUUAIA FAAPAINA FANA
Ua toe tolopo le iloiloga o le
mataupu fa’asaga i le alii lea o lo o
tuuaia i lona faapaina o se fana i le
pamu kesi i Vailoa, ina ua talia e le
faamasinoga maualuga faafinauga a
loia e toe tolopo le iloiloga na fuafua
e faia i le vaiaso nei.
O le alii o Junior Filifili Pritchard
o lo o tuuaia i lona faapa o se laau
malosi i nofoaga faitele, e mafua mai i
le faalavelave lea na tulai mai i ni nai
masina e lei mamao atu.
Na finau le itu a le malo e le tatau
ona taliaina le talosaga e tatala ai lea
alii i tua, ona o le matuia o tuuaiga o
lo o faia faasaga ia te ia, e le gata i lea,
sa i ai foi uluai moliga sa tuuaia ai o ia
e le malo.
Ae na finau le loia o lo o tulai mo le
alii ua molia, e ui i le matuia o tuuaiga
faasaga i le alii lenei, o nei tuuaiga ua
na o ni tuuaiga, e leai ma se tuuaiga ua
faamaonia e le faamasinoga.
O le vaiaso fou lea ua faamoemoe e
toe fofogaina ai le mataupu a Pritchard
i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni (middle top row) pictured here Wednesday with students, teachers, parents and chaperones of the territory’s National History
Day delegation that traveled to Washington D.C. The delegation visited the Congressman where they enjoyed lunch, Q&A with Faleomavaega and a tour of the
U.S. Capitol. The students also shared with the Congressman their project topics and experience in Washington D.C.
This week our students competed against their peers from across the U.S. in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland
at College Park. Faleomavaega congratulated our local students who were selected to compete this year in the National competition.
Here is a list of students, teachers, parents and chaperones in no particular order in this photo: Laralena Aab; Freylana Aab; Ronald Turituri; Joe Turituri;
Mara Numi Filemoni; Akenese Saleutogi; Naomi Galeai; Eua Matautia; Theresa Too; Lei Pele; Mika Aga; Glysa Blanco; Tamara Tialavea; Gwen Langkilde; Steven
[photo: Faleomavaega’s Office]
Misaalefua; June Tanielu Malufau; Oreta Crichton; Vaasa Simanu; Leutuva F. Lokeni; Ronald Turituri.
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Fa’amanino TAOA
mataupu fa’asea ai
ni isi tagata matutua
tusia Ausage Fausia
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O le vaiaso nei na
fa’amanino mai ai e se sui sinia
o le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua i
le atunu’u, se mataupu o lo o
fa’asea ma tu’u fesili ai ni isi o
tagata matutua, i le fa’a faigaluega lea o tagata e le i atoa le
ta’i 60 tausaga le matutua i le
polokalame e talitonu i latou e
na o tagata ua ta’i 60 tausaga
ma luga atu e agava’a ai.
E tolu ni Tusi i le Fa’atonu
na tauaao e le Samoa News
talu mai le vaiaso na te’a nei,
ma ni isi o tagata matutua o
lo o galulue i le polokalame a
le TAOA, o lo o fa’aalia ai lo
latou fesiligia o le mafua’aga
ua ala ai ona fa’amalolo tagata
matutua mai le polokalame ae
fa’a faigaluega atu tagata e le
i agava’a o latou tausaga i le
polokalame.
Mo se fa’ata’ita’iga e pei
ona taua e se tama e 68 tausaga
le matua sa ia tusia le isi Tusi i
le Fa’atonu e fa’apea, e to’alua
ni tina e ta’i 55 tausaga le matutua ua fa’a faigaluega i le isi
polokalame a le TAOA, ae ua
fa’amalolo nai tina matutua e
ta’i 65 tausaga le matutua na
galulue muamua ai.
Ae na taua e le isi Tusi i
le Fa’atonu na tusia e se tina
matua e 63 tausaga e fa’apea,
o le taumafaiga a le TAOA e
eu eu ese tagata matutua mai
le latou polokalame o lo o
fa’atupe mai e le feterale, o se
taumafaiga lea ua atagia mai
ai le le tausisia o aiaiga ma
le fa’aaogaina o tupe mai le
feterale.
“Afai o se taumafaiga
ina ia fa’amanuiaina ai isi
tagata matutua e le i agava’a
i le polokalame, e tatau la ona
fa’amanino lelei mai i tagata
matutua, ina ia matou nofo
malamalama i le tulaga tonu ua
mafua ai nei suiga”, o le saunoaga lea a se tama matua i se
fa’atalatalanoaga ma le Samoa
News i le vaiaso nei.
Ae ina ua fesiligia se
finagalo o le ofisa o le TAOA e
tusa ai o lenei mataupu, na taua
ai e se sui sinia o le TAOA ia
Tafia Taimalelagi e fa’apea, e
le sa’o fa’asea a tagata matutua
fa’asaga i le polokalame.
“O le polokalame o lo o
fesiligia e tama ma tina matutua, e agava’a ai tagata matutua e amata atu i le ta’i 55
tausaga ma aga’i atu i luga, e
le fa’apea fo’i e tumau ai se isi
i le polokalame, ae a uma lava
le taimi e galue ai le tagata
ona fa’amalolo lea ae fa’asolo
mai isi tagata o lo o i ai o latou
suafa i le lisi fa’atalitali”, o le
saunoaga lea a Taimalelagi e
fai ai o ia ma sui o le Ta’ita’i
o le polokalame e le i avanoa i
le taimi o le fa’atalatalanoaga.
O le polokalame lea e maua
ai e tagata matutua ua ta’i 55
tausaga le matutua e galulue ai
i avanoa faigaluega i le TAOA
(Employment program), e to’a
147 le aofa’i o tagata matutua
e mafai ona galulue ai mo
le umi e ta’i fa tausaga, ona
fa’amalolo lea o i latou ua atoa
le ta’i fa tausaga ae sui atu le
isi lisi.
“E le tutusa le polokalame
lea o le ‘Employment’ ma le
polokalame o ‘Pepa Taumafa’
lea ua suia nei i ‘Taumafa
vela’, e na o tagata ua atoa le
ta’i 60 tausaga ma le aga’i atu
i luga e agava’a ai”, o le saunoaga lea a Taimalelagi.
Na fa’amanino atili fo’i e
Taimalelagi e fa’apea, afai e
atoa le fa tausaga o le tagata
matua e galue ai i le polokalame, e mafai fo’i ona toe talosaga mo se isi avanoa.
Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia
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E te fia
Poka?
OU TE OFO LAVA
Te’i le fafine o Susi ina ua tago atu lona lima i le pito o lo o moe ai le tamaloa e leai se isi o i ai,
nofo loa i luga ma alu e vaai le tamaloa o Siaosi, poo fea ua alu i ai. E masau atu i luma o le potu lea
e moe ai le pepe, o la e tu mai ai e totonu o le potu ma matamata i le moega a le pepe, savalivali atu
loa le fafine ‘opo mai le tamaloa, fai atu loa i ai, “E ‘ese le manaia o le moe a si o ta pepe a ‘honey’
?…ua sefulu lua tausaga o tau su’e lava a’o lenei ua maua, a ea ‘honey?”.
“O ‘au la lenei ou te ofo lava i le manaia……” ae ‘oso mai le fafine, “Ioe e so’o uma lava i ou
mata…” ia ae tau faauma atu lava tala a le tamaloa, “Ou te ofo lava i le taugofie o lenei moega-pepe
e na’o le $46.00, ae taugata o le laau nei e fai ai.” sa tu le fafine ma tilotilo i le tamaloa, “Oi na o
le pa’u lena o le mea na e te mafaufau i ai, na’o mea tau tupe. Ia ae sa’o foi, e le oe o se tama o le
pepe…..Ia ua lelei, ai lava e te mana’o e ta’u atu e le o oe o le tama o le pepe, ia ai o le mea lena e te
mana’o i ai..!!!.” Fai mai loa le tamaloa, “Ua leva ona ou iloaina, faapea la oe o ai lea na faa’oso mai
ina Freddie…UA LEVA ONA UA ILOA…..UA MA LA….!!!!!.”
O OE O LOU TAMA?
Ua ma’i tagata le fafine o Sandra, manava mai loa le tamaloa o Steve, ia sau le tamaloa i le fale, alu
loa ta’ele sau loa i luma nofo loa i le nofoa matamata le TV, ia savali mai loa le fafine nofo i talaane o
le tamaloa ia taoto loa i le fatafata o le tamaloa o Steve, fai atu loa Steve, “Ua fai se leva ta te le’i toe
momoe a suga ?.” Fai mai Sandra, “Leaga ua popole nei te’i o le lavea le pepe.” fai mai Steve, “Oe o
le a ‘oso fua a lavea ai le pepe ?.” tauanau ai lava e Steve si fafine o Sandra.
Ia oo loa i le aso na ave le fafine e faafanau, fanau mai loa le pepe i le lalo fesili mai loa i le foma’i,
“O oe o lou tama ?” fai atu le fomai, “E leai.” fesili atu i le fafine o Sandra, “O oe o lou tama ?.” fai
le fafine, “O ‘au o lou tina.” Ae fetaui ma le savali mai i totonu o le potu o le tamaloa o Steve, fesili
atu loa le pepe, “O oe o lu tama ?.” e tali fiafia mai le i ai si tamaloa, “Oi atalii……..” ae ‘aapa mai
le pepe, futi atu le ulu, faafetoai faalima lava ulu (head butt) ma fau loa i ai, “E A FAAPEA OE E
LELEI OU MEA NA FAI ATU IA TE ‘AU…!!!!”.
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Tulimanu O KATI LE LEOLEO NANA
o le
fa’aolataga
O AI SO’O O IESU?
O Iesu o le Alo o le Atua, o ia na afio mai e saili ma taumafai e
ta’u atu i tagata o le lalolagi ae maise o tagata Iutaia le mea moni ma
le fa’amaoni o mea e sa’o i le malo o le Atua.
E fetaui le oo mai o Iesu o pulea e le malo o Roma le lalolagi i
na vaitaimi, e afio mai Iesu a ‘ese le mea na fai e tagata Iutaia i le
fefefe ma matatau i le tulafono a Roma, toe fai o le fefefe i tulafono
a Iutaia. O le tulafono faa-Roma, (1) e aua ne’i e malamala e te foua
le Malo a Roma, e pei o le si’itau atu lea i le mea ai, e fai mai e ita
ai le Kaisara, (2) e fai lafoga i le malo o Roma, (tax) ia usita’ia uma
mea e faatonu mai ai le Kaisara. (3) e sa ona e fulitua i mea uma e
mana’o ai le Senate.
O le tulafono a Iutaia, (1) ia usutaia ma tausi i tulafono e sefulu a
Ieova, lea na aumai e Mose i luga i le mauga o Sinai, (2) o isi tulafono na toe fai i lalo o le mauga o Sinai, e puipui mai ai le olaga o le
tagata Isaraelu, (3) o tulafono e fai ina ia mausali ai le ola o le tagata.
Ae afio mai loa Iesu i lona vaitaimi, ua 99% ua talitonu ma
mulimuli ai i tulafono a le ‘au osi taulaga sili ma le ‘au faresaio ia na
a latou so’o, na afio mai Iesu ma tau amata loa lana galuega o le taumafai e ta’u atu le mea moni i le Malo o le Atua, ae le o le tulafono
a Mose. Ia piki mai tamaiti atamamai o le ‘au Iutaia e amata mai i
latou i tausaga ua avea i latou a’oa’oina se’i oo lava ina matutua
ma avea foi i latou farasaio, e pei o Paulo a’o igoa ia Saulo, ae le’i
taiaina i le ala i Tamaseko i lona malamalama, ma suia ai le igoa ia
Paulo, lea na fai ‘mai ave ipu o le talalelei’ i nuu ‘ese.
Ua afio mai Iesu ma amata lona tala’iga, ae le’i amataina ae
muamua filifili ona so’o o tagata e le faia uma ni ta’i toalua, vanaga
ai Peteru, ona e i ai le mafuaga, e le se galuega e faigofie o le a latou
fetaia’i nei. E le mano’amia la se so’o e toe tau popole i sona toalua,
poo i ai se mea e ‘aai ai ma tamaiti, i manatu i lona atalii le la ua
ma’i, e te’i ua alu atu ua sosola le fafine ma se isi tamaloa. E mano’a
Iesu i lana ‘au soo e o lava e le toe tepa i tua.
Tagai foi e mea na fai e le Faaola, na amata lava i le tagata
mama’i, e le faamalomaloina o e e mama’i, faapupula i latou na
tauaso, savavali i pipili, o ma’i uma lava na pologa ai le toatele o
tagata sa le’i iloa e se tasi o le a manuia.
Le galuega na faia e le Iesu, ae tilotilo lava i ai lana ‘au soo mo
le tolu tausaga na ia faia ai ona faatilotilo uma i ai le ‘au faresaio, ua
toe afio Iesu i le Lagi e nofo i le itu taumatau o lona Atua.
Ua ia fai mea uma, e pei o le satauro lea na fefefe uma ai tagata
Iutaia, aua a faasala loa se tagata Iutaia ina ua soli le tulafono a
Roma, ona avea lea i le faamasinoga a maua ane ua iloa le ‘iuga o le
a mu foaga, ona sauni loa lea e amo lana satauro i Kalevario.
O iina o le ave le tagata Iutaia e faa-satauro ai, ma tuu ai pea e luga
iina se’i ua lana ola, le mea na fetalai ai Iesu, “Afai e amo lau satauro
ae le mulimuli mai ia te a’u, e le tatau ona taua o ia ma sou so’o.”
Le mea na fefefe uma ai le ‘au Iutaia, o le faa-satauro, aua na
faapea e leai se isi ola e i luma atu o le ola lenei tatou te i ai, lea na
maliu ai Iesu na toe tu mai i le aso tolu, ina iloa ai uma e tagata e
faatuatua ia te ia, e i ai le ola i tua atu o lenei ola.
Ua le toe i ai ni so’o a Iesu i le lalolagi lenei, ae o tatou le ‘au
Kerisiano o tagata ua filifili Iesu e fai ma faataitaiga i o latou soifua,
o so’o moni lava lena a Iesu, pe a e faatuatua moni ia te ia.
Uso e le iloa e oe o le tupe o le mea e pala, o mea a le lalolagi e
tuu i lalo iinei, ae maua e i tatou le nofo fealofani ma le feoeoea’i
o le mea sili lena e fia silasila i ai le Alii, o le fealofani e tupu ai
lou ola faalagolago i le Alii, o lou ola faalagolago e tupu ai lou ola
talitonu i le Atua.
E tau le avea oe ma tagata e ‘auauna’ i le ‘oa, e te le auauna i se
‘oa, se e te alu e SAILI le tupe e mea e faia ai mea e te mano’a i ai, e
te le AUAUNA i ai, a oo loa ina e naunau i le ‘oa ma lou tu’inanau
lena, e te fano i lau ‘auaunaga’ i le ‘oa.
A’o le so’o moni a Keriso, o i tatou nei ua taua o le Kerisiano,
ia tatou faia mea uma e pei ona faata’ita’i mai e le Keriso. E silafia
lelei e le Alii, lou tagata Kerisiano ma lona faatuatuaga, e le iloa oe
e tagata soifua, ae silafia oe e le Iesu i totonu o tatou agaga ma o
tatou finagalo. Amene.
[Sosoo ane loa lau faitau i le tatou tala faasolo
mo lenei vaiaso, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na tea
nei i le taimi lea ua iloa ai e le malo o Enelagi, o
le ulugali’i o lo o latou tau sailia o lo o i lalo o le
puipuiga malu a le malo o Italia.]
O le galuega fa’a Leoleo nana i totonu o atunu’u
i Europa, o se tasi o galuega e pei e tauva i ai atunuu
eseese nei, po o ai le atunu’u e pito atamamai atu a
latou Leoleo nana i le fa’atinoina o galuega su’esu’e
fa’alilolilo, ae pei o le atunu’u lava lea o Italia e
numera tasi i le atamamai ma le lelei ona a’oa’oina
o a latou Leoleo nana, aua o iina lea na afua mai ai
ituaiga galuega fa’a leoleo nei. Ua manatu le malo
o Enelagi, o le a auina atu i Italia ni a latou leoleo
nana se to’alua mo le taumafai ina ia toe maua
mai le uluali’i lea ua nonofo mau nei i Italia, ina ia
mafai ai ona maua ni nai fa’amatalaga e fa’atatau i
le tagata lenei o Kati, pe fa’amaonia ana gaioiga sa
fa’atinoina i totonu o le malo, ma le fa’alavelave lea
na fasiotia ai le ali’i faipisinisi tautaua o Tomasi.
E tasi le vaiaso talu ona tuana’i taumafaiga a le
malo o Enelagi e fa’asufi taitai o le malo o Italia
ina ia toe fa’afo’i atu le ulugali’i matutua lenei i lo
latou atunu’u, ae taunu’u loa i Italia Leoleo nana e
to’alua mai Enelagi, ae manatua fo’i le au faitau, o
le taimi lea o lo o taumafai malosi ai lava le ali’i o
Kati e saili se auala e mafai ai ona fa’asao mai le
ola o le tama’ita’i o Mena lea o lo o taofia i totonu
o le falema’i a Fitafita i Enelagi, ina ia faigofie ai
ona la sosola atu i lona atunu’u.
O Leoleo nana e to’alua mai Enelagi lea ua
taunuu i totonu o Italia, o ni ali’i ua tele tausaga
o galulue i le galuega, ma ua lava fo’i lo la tomai
i auala eseese e fa’atino ai le suesueina o mataupu
fa’alilolilo, peitai e le taitai faatusatusa i le tomai
ma le iloa lea o lo o maua e le alii o Kati, ona ua soo
atunuu o le lalolagi o taamilo ai le alii o Kati i le suesueina o mataupu eseese, ma ua tele ana mataupu
ua malaga e suesue e i’u manuia e aunoa ma se aafiaga i lona ola. Na ona taunuu lava o Leoleo nana e
to’alua mai Enelagi i totonu o Italia, aga’i sa’o loa
i se tasi o fale talimalo tele lava i le isi tama’i aai o
le atunuu ma faamautu ai, peita’i o ripoti na mafai
ona maua e Kati ao i ai i totonu o Enelagi na ia iloa
ai, e to’alua Leoleo nana mai Enelagi lea ua malaga
atu i totonu o Italia e saili matua o Mena ina ia toe
fa’afo’i i Enelagi, ma ua logo fo’i e le tama le latou
ofisa autu i Italia e fa’ailoa i ai le tala ma Leoleo
nana e to’alua mai Enelagi lea ua taunu’u i totonu
o le atunu’u, ina ia fa’aeteete i ai a latou gaioiga,
ma ia mautinoa e malu puipuia le nofoaga o lo o
i ai matua o Mena, ina nei ave faanana e Leoleo
nana ona tula’i mai ai loa lea o se fa’aletonu. O le
vaiaso lava fo’i lea na mafai ai e Kati ona aveese
mai Mena mai totonu o le falema’i a le Militeli lea
na taofia ai o ia, ma la aga’i atu loa i se nofoaga e
fa’amautu ai, e tau saili ai se isi gaioiga e tatau ona
fai mo le la solaaga i Italia.
ALOFA E OO I LE OTI
[E fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le aufaitau i lenei vaiaso, malo le onosa’i, malo fo’i le soifua
laulelei, ae alo maia, o le vaega lua lenei o le tatou tala fa’asolo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a
nei i le taimi lea ua taunu’u ai le tamaloa o Veli i le malae lakapi lea e tupu ai taaloga a le tupulaga.]
“Malo ali’i, o le aiga o ai eke sau ai?”, o le fesili fia iloa lea a ni isi o ali’i o le tupulaga Palisi ia
Veli ina ua vaaia le tino o le ali’i i le malae lakapi i le isi afiafi. “Ou ke sau mai le fale o Lapa”, o le
tali lea a Veli a o saofa’i i luga o le pa ma’a lea e afe ai le auala aga’i i totonu o le malae lakapi. E
ese fo’i le vaaiga lea ua vaaia e Veli i le ituaiga olaga o lo o ola ai tamaiti o le taulaga i Apia, o afiafi
uma lava a o lei ta le 4:00 ua leva ona tumu le malae lakapi i tupulaga. E leai se tamaititi e te vaai i
ai e sulu ie, e ofuvae pupuu uma tagata, e tofu fo’i ma le se’evae lakapi.
“Le iloa po o iinei lea na afua mai ai le igoa ta’atele lea ua fa’aigoa ai tagata Samoa i soo se vaega
o le lalolagi e aga’i i ai, fai mai o le malo o le au sulu ie ..” o mafaufauga fai vavale ia o le ali’i o Veli a
o nofo nofo ma matamata i le pisi o taaloga lakapi a le tupulaga, ae na te’i ina ua valaau atu se tamaititi
i lona igoa. “Veli! Veli!” ua tu le tamaloa i luga ma tau autilo po o ai lea e valaau atu i lona igoa, ae
na te’i ina ua ia vaaia le tuagane laititi o Tania, le ali’i o Kome lea ua oo atu i ona tafatafa. “Sole Veli,
fai mai Lapa eke alu aku, fai mai poo a au pa’u pa’u e fai i i i le malae lakapi ae ua e le alu aku e fai
se saka o le afiafi”, o tala ia a le tamaititi o Kome na fai ia Veli, ona toe liliu loa lea ma toe tamo’e i le
fale. E lei nofo lelei i le loto o Veli upu ia ua ta’utala atu ai le tuagane laititi a lona to’alua, ae ui i sona
le fiafia, sa nana mea uma ae ua usita’i i le fa’atonuga ma ia tu ai loa i luga ma savali aga’i i le fale.
“Sole Veli, ia o aga ga a ai eke faia, o fea gi mea ua e ku aku lava i luga savali i le malae lakapi
ae ua e le kiagi age i le umukuka la le se’i fai se kakou saka misiluki o le afiafi, ga e masagi ai i gi
malae lakapi ..” o le ote fa’aumiumi lea a le olomatua na matua le fia fa’alogo a le tamaloa, ona
savali punou lava lea i tua i le umukuka ma amata loa ona fofo’e le au lua lua misiluki o lo o ta’atia
ai mo se saka o le afiafi. Na pei o le emo o le mata gaioiga a le tamaloa mai Savai’i i le gaseseina o
le saka, ae na te’i ina ua sauni e tatau le pe’epe’e o le fa’alifu ae ona fa’alogoina se leo o se tagata
e le’i fa’alogo muamua ai o fa’apea atu ia te ia, “a fa’apea uma le vave o gaioi o fai’ava Savai’i e
leai se mea o le a koe kuli ai e le aiga ..” Na faliu Veli i tua ma ia vaaia ai se tama’ita’i o lo o tu mai
i le isi itu o le umukuka, mulimuli ane la masani, o Makala lona igoa, o le fafine mai le itu Asau e
nofotane i le aiga lea latou te tuaoi i le isi itu o le fanua.
Tala i Vavau o Samoa
O LE VAIPUNA O ALAPE I SA’ANAPU
O se tasi lenei o tala e uiga na toe fo’i ai loa Sina i Upolu ma
ese foi lona fa’amatalaina i tal- ave lana pepe lea, e fetaui lava la
atuu a le atunu’u. Fai mai o gauta le taunu’u atu o Sina i Sa’anapu o
o le afio’aga o Sa’anapu e i ai lo o pisi le nuu i le fausiaina o le
le vaipuna e igoa o “Alape”, e maota o Fa’alalauina po o Anapu,
ta’atia ai i tafatafa o le vaipuna ona tago ai loa lea o le tama’ita’i
le ma’a e i ai omoomo i luga, na nana lana pepe i le togavao.
fai mai o le ma’a lea e tu’u i ai
Ua aga’i atu tufuga fau fale e
mea manogi a le ali’i o Logona, saili mai ni laau e fau ai le fale,
e fa’amomosi ai lona tino pe ae latou lagona atu ai le pepe o lo
a taele, o le mafua’aga lena e o tagi mai, ona latou saili lea po o
naunau ai tama’ita’i lalelei o fea o lo o tagi mai ai le pepe, ma
Samoa e fia nonofo i le ali’i.
ina ua latou maua, sa latou fiu e
Fai mai le tala tuu o le alii o saili po o ai lona tina. Fai mai ua
Logona, o le manaia o le atu Safata ave e tufuga fau fale le pepe i tai
i ona fo’i taimi, o se ali’i e lalelei ona latou fa’aigoa lea i le tama
tele, o le mafua’aga lea e fai ai o ia ia “Logonaitiga”, e faamanatu
ma fili o le ali’i o Tunavaetele le ai le taimi na latou lagona atu ai
manaia o Vaimauga, ma Vaovasa- lana tagi i le taimi o le taga laau
manaia le manaia o Manono. O le sa alu, ae o le igoa o le tama na
ali’i lenei o Logona, o le tama a le faaigoa ai e le aiga o lona tama
teine o Sina mai Upolu, ae o lona i Manu’a, o “Logonaifanuga”,
tama o Tuimanu’a Tulele, fai mai ona o le tama fa’atoa ala lava
ina ua tete’a Tuimanu’a ma Sina, pe a fafagu. Fai mai ua avea
nei Logona ma alii o Sa’anapu,
o ia fo’i o se taule’ale’a lalelei
ma momosi lona tino i lona fo’i
augatupulaga.
Fai mai le tala ina ua oo i le isi
aso, sa vaaia ai i le atu Safata le
folau ane o le ali’i o Vaovasamanaia ma lona faletua lona 100, e
faafeao ane e paopao ma le fua e
selau foi paopao, e lei taitai oo le
fua i Sa’anapu ae ua lagona atu e
Logona le alalaga ma le pisa mai
o tagata, ma na iloa mamao atu e
Logona se tama’ita’i lalelei o lo
o ti’eti’e mai i luga o le va’a. Ina
ua latalata mai le fua i Saanapu,
na faatoa lagona lelei atu ai loa
e Logona le alalaga a tagata fai
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➧ NEWS IN BRIEF…
Tony the Tiger stays put
at Louisiana truck stop
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s
governor has signed a law that the owners of
a truck stop where Tony the Tiger lives think
is grrrrrrr-eat! Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature
grants an exception to Louisiana law that lets
the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete
(TATE) truck stop.
The bill becomes Act 697.
Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was
not good for Tony. Truck stop owner Michael
Sandlin asked Jindal to keep the tiger in the only
home he’s ever known.
The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rick Ward III,
a Republican from Maringouin, applauded the
governor’s decision Friday. Sandlin told Nola.
com/The Times-Picayune that he was relieved
the threat of Tony being taken away is gone.
Car hauler crashes into
restaurant; 1 person killed
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A tractor-trailer
hauling cars has crashed into an upstate New
York restaurant, killing one person, causing multiple injuries and collapsing part of the building.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says it isn’t initially clear if the person killed was a pedestrian
or in Simeon’s restaurant when the truck hit at
about 4 p.m. Friday.
He says four people taken to a hospital have
injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening
and other people have been treated at the scene.
A crane has been brought in and Myrick says
the tractor lodged inside the building is expected
to be towed out soon. He says the driver is cooperating with police and no charges have been
filed. The investigation is continuing.
Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca
College, is 45 miles south of Syracuse.
Putin speaks to Iraqi PM,
expresses russia’s support
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken by phone to Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki, expressing Moscow’s
support for his action against the militant offensive. The Kremlin said in a statement that alMaliki informed Putin on Friday about his government’s steps to combat the “terrorist groups in
the north of the country.” It added that the insurgency threatens security of the entire region.
Putin confirmed Russia’s “full support for
the Iraqi government’s action to quickly free
the territory of the republic from terrorists,” the
Kremlin said, adding that Putin and al-Maliki
also discussed bilateral cooperation.
Putin’s expression of support for the embattled Iraqi prime minister comes as al-Maliki’s
rivals have mounted a campaign to force him
out of office, with some angling for support from
Western backers and regional heavyweights.
Continued from page 7
Nigerian fishermen reject
Shell’s $50 million offer
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for “some of the
largest oil spills in history,” their British lawyers
said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling.
Shell already accepts responsibility for paying
compensation and cleaning up spills caused by
its own failures. But the London High Court
decided that Shell can be held legally liable for
spills caused by oil thefts, if it fails to provide reasonable protection for its pipeline infrastructure.
The court case involves one of Nigeria’s
worst environmental disasters. Amnesty International called it “a shot across the bows for Shell”
and said the ruling “paves the way for Shell to
finally be held accountable for devastating oil
pollution in the Niger Delta.” Shell played down
the judgment, saying in a statement that it was
favorable in limiting litigation to “an assessment
of actual damages sustained” in spills.
The oil company, Nigeria’s biggest petroleum
producer, claimed that the court found Nigerian
law “does not hold pipeline operators responsible for damage caused by oil theft.”
the DNC outraises RNC,
whittles down its debt
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making progress at
whittling down a once-enormous debt, the Democratic National Committee on Friday reported
it had raised more than its GOP rival in May and
cut its red ink to less than $5 million for the first
time since July 2012.
The DNC raised almost $8.8 million in May
but still owed $4.9 million to vendors who produce campaign ads, mail and data providers.
The central party also reported it had $7.9
million in the bank.
The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, raised almost $8.2 million in May,
according to its Federal Election Commission
filings. It was carrying no debt and had an almost
2-to-1 advantage over the DNC, with $13.5 million in the bank. The RNC has outraised the
DNC in 10 of the last 17 months.
“Strong fundraising, a winning message and
an unpopular president are the key ingredients for victory in November,” RNC Chairman
Reince Priebus said in a statement.
The DNC amassed significant debt as it spent
heavily on President Barack Obama’s successful
re-election bid in 2012. At the end of July 2012,
the DNC reported almost $4.8 million in red ink.
That number ballooned to a high of almost $23
million in March of 2013 as bills came due and
donors tired of giving.
The DNC has raised $107 million since January 2013. The RNC has raised $123 million in
that same period.
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Man sentenced to
35 years for fatal
OH sleepover fire
A Palestinian man walks inside a crater made by an Israeli airstrike as others watch in Gaza
City on Friday, June 20, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out airstrikes on in Gaza overnight, in retaliation to several rockets fired by Gaza militants at Israel. The army said it targeted
sites from where rockets had been launched and a weapons storage facility. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
➧ NEWS IN BRIEF…
Stray bullet kills Florida
man from 200 feet away
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A new father
in Florida was killed by a stray bullet that traveled more than 200 feet from a neighbor’s house
and hit him in the back of the head.
Bay County Sheriff’s officials were quoted
by the The News Herald of Panama City as
saying that 33-year-old Steven Justin Ayers was
killed instantly during a family gathering he and
his wife, Jessica, were having at their home to
celebrate the birth of their 3-day-old son, born
on Father’s Day.
Police say Ayers’ 62-year-old neighbor
Charles Edward Shisler is accused of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigators say Shisler told them the 9 mm
pistol accidentally discharged when he picked it
up inside his home Tuesday night.
The bullet traveled through Shisler’s window
and into the Ayers home.
Hot air balloon lands at
Oregon women’s prison
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Inmates were
sent indoors when a hot air balloon landed in the
parking lot of an Oregon women’s prison, but it
wasn’t an escape attempt.
The Oregonian reports that the pilot told officials at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
that he was taking part in a balloon festival
Thursday morning but was running low on fuel
and battling strong winds.
Prison spokeswoman Vicki Reynolds says
the pilot decided the parking lot of the facility
south of Portland was the safest place to land.
No one was hurt.
Reynolds says inmates who were in the recreation yard were sent inside for about a half hour
while the balloon was removed.
She says the parking lot is far enough from
the main prison that officials “felt confident in
assuming this wasn’t an inmate escape attempt.”
Woman pulled from water
dies at Honolulu hospital
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Medical
Examiner’s Office is attempting to determine
the cause of death of an 80-year-old California
woman pulled Tuesday from ocean water. The
Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Joan Crowder
of Cambria, California, was found at about 6
p.m. in the water off the Outrigger Canoe Club.
The Honolulu Fire Department says people at
the private beach club and a lifeguard pulled her
from water in front of Michel’s restaurant and
tried to revive her with a portable defibrillator.
An ambulance rushed Crowder to a hospital,
where she died.
Continued from page 11
New Jersey building collapse
kills 1 worker; 2 unharmed
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A building that
was being demolished in southern New Jersey
has collapsed and killed a worker.
The collapse occurred Friday afternoon at the
site of a former Blockbuster video rental store in
Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb.
Cherry Hill Fire Director Patrick Kelly says
the building was almost fully demolished already
but the last section of it fell on top of the worker.
He says the worker likely died instantly.
A person operating a backhoe and another
worker were uninjured.
Kelly says the contractor had all the necessary permits to demolish the building. The identity of the contractor hasn’t been disclosed.
two enter not guilty pleas in
Washington fake kidnapping
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Two
people accused in a fake kidnapping that alarmed
people at a Sequim (skwim) park pleaded not
guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct charges.
Jason Holden and a relative, Shellie Baskins,
were arraigned in Clallam County District Court
in Port Angeles. A third person, Jesse Holden,
was scheduled to be arraigned, but the hearing
was postponed until next Thursday to allow him
time to find another lawyer.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the three
could face nearly a year in jail or a $5,000 fine
if convicted. The Holdens wore ski masks and
grabbed Baskins’ 4-year-old son April 13 at
Carrie Blake Park and drove off in a van. They
later said they were making a video to promote
child-abduction awareness. Parents and other
witnesses were outraged.
Bullet-shattered window
hurts NYC hospital patient
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a
patient has been treated for minor facial cuts
after a bullet partially shattered a New York City
hospital window.
Police went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side around
5:45 a.m. Friday following reports of a shooting.
Hospital spokeswoman Elyse Bernstein says
the 30-year-old patient was in a room facing 71st
Street on the building’s eighth floor.
Bernstein says hospital staff immediately
called 911. The woman is in stable condition.
Police say crime scene investigators have
been extracting a possible bullet fragment from
between two windowpanes.
Police haven’t yet determined whether the
bullet was intended for the patient’s room.
(Continued on page 13)
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man twice convicted of killing a
woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover in the city’s
deadliest house fire was sentenced Friday to 35 years in federal
prison.
Antun Lewis, 30, had asked the judge in U.S. District Court
in Cleveland for mercy and expressed condolences to the families of the victims, some of whom he knew.
He said someone committed the crime “but it’s a lie that
person was me.”
Lewis, a convicted drug dealer, was deemed ineligible for the
death penalty because of a mental disability.
His attorneys presented evidence he has an IQ of 70 or less.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could have been sentenced to life for his arson conviction.
The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a birthday sleepover
on May 21, 2005.
Carter’s mother, Evelyn Martin, also spoke at the hearing,
recounting the horrific events of that late night and early morning.
Six of the eight children who died were Martin’s grandchildren.
She said she rushed to the house when she learned of the fire,
pushed through a crowd and screamed one question over and
over: “Where are my babies?”
“I had to stand there and watch them bring them out one by
one,” Martin said. She recalled seeing some of her grandchildren zipped in body bags and the horrible sight of skin falling
off one of her grandsons, who later died.
“I hope you live long enough so all the skin falls off your
damned body,” she said, glaring at Lewis, who did not look at
her.
Authorities said Lewis, upset over a drug debt, doused the
three-story building’s first floor with gasoline.
Judge Solomon Oliver said he had trouble believing Lewis
set the fire over a drug debt and called the case the toughest he
has heard in 20 years on the federal bench.
He said he had to weigh various factors, including the public’s safety and Lewis’ disabilities, in deciding on an appropriate
sentence.
“This will keep him off the streets for a very long time,”
he said.
Lewis has long maintained he was at home, several blocks
away, when the fire started.
His attorneys have said that there was no drug debt and that
he passed two polygraph tests.
But after the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach
called Lewis a “coward in the night.”
“Nothing can ever erase the pain this defendant caused,”
he said.
Cleveland fire Battalion Chief Patrick Mangan stood in the
middle of the courtroom and gave a victim’s statement, graphically describing what confronted him and his colleagues when
they rushed into the home hoping to save lives.
The images, he said, still haunt him.
“There’s no answer on this Earth for what happened that
night,” he said.
Rosalind Golden, whose 13-year-old grandson, Miles Cockfield, was killed in the fire, looked at Lewis and told him he had
deprived the world of a wonderful person.
“I don’t mean to cry every day,” she said, fighting back tears.
“I pray to God just not to cry today.”
The judge presided over Lewis’ first trial, in early 2011.
While a jury convicted Lewis of a count of arson, the judge
overturned the verdict because of concerns about the reliability
of jailhouse informants who testified against him.
The defense portrayed the jailhouse snitches as witnesses
willing to say anything in return for lighter sentences.
The 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s
ruling in February 2012 and ordered that Lewis be given a
new trial.
The appellate judges pointed out that one witness had a
30-year criminal record and a sixth-grade education, bipolar
disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder and had spent half
his life between state hospitals and prisons.
That witness also gave numerous inconsistent and contradictory statements about the night of the fire to investigators and at
trial, and phone records showed some of them were inaccurate,
the judges said.
Prosecutors used some of the witnesses during the second
trial, in December 2013, and a jury returned another guilty verdict. Lewis testified in his own defense at the second trial.
samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 13
1
Where
it’s at in
American Samoa
Kimberly Iosefo has a lot to celebrate. A 2014 graduate of Tafuna High School, Kimberly is
the recipient of a $10,000 Regents Scholarship to attend Chaminade University, a $46,000 Dean’s
Scholarship from Hawaii Pacific University, a Dean’s Scholarship of $48,000 to attend the University of St. Mary, a $4,000 Cougar Academic Award from Washington State University, and a
$9,000 Faculty Scholarship from Pacific Lutheran University. Kimberly is pictured with her sib[photo: B. Chen]
lings and proud parents: Julianna and Silivelio.
➧ NEWS IN BRIEF…
Great white shark numbers
are surging, study says
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A report that
scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their
numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern
U.S. and Canada after decades of decline — bad
news if you’re a seal, but something experts say
shouldn’t instill fear in beachgoers this summer.
The study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, published this
month in the journal PLOS ONE, says the population of the notoriously elusive fish has climbed
since about 2000 in the western North Atlantic.
The scientists behind the study attribute the
resurgence to conservation efforts, such as a
federal 1997 act that prevented hunting of great
whites, and greater availability of prey. The species is listed as vulnerable by the International
Union for Conservation of Nature.
Great whites owe much of their fearsome reputation to the movie “Jaws,” which was released 39
years ago Friday. But confrontations are rare, with
only 106 unprovoked white shark attacks — 13 of
them fatal — in U.S. waters since 1916, according
to data provided by the University of Florida.
They are, though, ecologically critical. They
are apex predators — those at the top of the food
chain — and help control the populations of
other species. That would include the gray seal,
whose growing colonies off Massachusetts have
provided food.
Report: Half of veterans
with PTSD got treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about half
of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD last year
after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received
the recommended therapy despite efforts by the
Department of Veterans Affairs to beef up its
mental health staffing, the Institute of Medicine
said in a report released Friday.
About 53 percent of the veterans whose primary diagnosis was PTSD got at least eight psychotherapy sessions within a 14-week period
in 2013. But that is significantly short of the
department’s target of 67 percent, according to
the report.
The Institute of Medicine also found issues
with the way active members of the military
dealing with PTSD are treated. It described the
Department of Defense’s treatment programs as
“ad hoc, incremental, and crisis-driven, with little
planning devoted to the development of a longrange approach to obtaining desired outcomes.”
Together, the two departments spent nearly
$3.3 billion in 2012 to treat patients with PTSD.
And while both are making strides to identify
and treat people with PTSD, many obstacles
remain before they will have an “integrated and
higher-performing” system, the report said.
Continued from page 12
german Doctors satisfied with
rescued caver’s condition
BERLIN (AP) — Doctors say they’re satisfied with the condition of a cave researcher
hauled out of Germany’s deepest cavern after
sustaining head injuries, though he will need a
few months to recover fully.
Johann Westhauser was flown to the Murnau
Trauma Center following his rescue from the
Riesending cave Thursday, nearly two weeks after
being hit by a falling rock. Doctors said Friday
the 52-year-old sustained skull and eye socket
fractures, and some internal bleeding. In a video
shown at a news conference Friday, Westhauser
appeared to have some difficulty speaking but the
hospital said he won’t need neurological surgery.
Medical director Volker Buehren said Westhauser likely will stay two to four weeks at the
clinic, then will need further therapy — with the
healing process lasting three to six months.
Colombia warlord
could go free July 1
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A paramilitary
warlord recently sentenced to 40 years in prison
for his role in hundreds of murders could go free
as early as July 1 because he surrendered in a
deal with the government. Ramon Isaza would
be the first major paramilitary released from
prison from a batch who surrendered during
Alvaro Uribe’s 2002-2010 presidency under the
so-called “Justice and Peace” law. It offered a
maximum of eight years in prison to paramilitaries who surrendered — but only if they confessed to all their crimes. Isaza surrendered in
2006 but was only sentenced on May 29.
Rights activists say the 73-year-old Isaza has
barely cooperated. While others led authorities
to mass graves, Isaza claimed memory problems.
Authorities blame the paramilitaries for more
than 150,000 killings since 1980.
Jury wants life sentence
for Ohioan in 4 slayings
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of
killing four people in a crime rooted in Ohio’s
growing heroin epidemic should spend the rest
of his life in prison without the chance of parole,
a jury recommended on Friday. The jury that
convicted Derrick Brantley, 22, decided against
recommending the death penalty.
Brantley didn’t testify during the four days
of testimony in the sentencing hearing. His
attorney, John Greven, said they were pleased
the jury opted not to choose a death sentence
and that there will be an automatic appeal of the
conviction. Brantley was convicted last week
of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults, who were shot in their
heads during a drug-related robbery of an Akron
townhome.
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Continued from page 13
In this Oct. 4, 2013 file photo, members of Korea’s SK Telecom T1 team celebrate with their
trophy after defeating China’s Royal Club at the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship Final, in Los Angeles. A small private university in Chicago is offering hefty scholarship for
players of League of Legends, which has become one of the most popular games for organized
team competitions. Robert Morris University Illinois announced its new program this month and
said it recognizes the growing legitimacy of what are known as “eSports.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
➧ Pvt. Wilfred Smith was saved…
“I am commanded by the queen to thank you
for your letter of the 16th instant, and to request
you to be good enough to convey to Mr. and
Mrs. Smith of Bridgegate, Barnard Castle, an
expression of Her Majesty’s deep sympathy
with them in the sad losses they have sustained
by the death of their five sons.
“The Queen has caused Mr. and Mrs.
Smith’s request concerning their youngest son
to be forwarded for consideration of the War
Office authorities.”
So Wilfred went home to Barnard Castle
— though little is known about exactly how
that came about. He suffered the lingering
respiratory effects of a mustard gas attack and
newspaper reports suggested he was temporarily blinded. But once home, he worked as a
chimney sweep and a stone mason.
At the Bowes Museum, a memorial was
erected to residents who fell in the Great War,
including Wilfred’s brothers. His mother laid
the first wreath at its dedication in 1923 —
chosen by the war veterans for the honor. Wilfred was at her side.
He went on to become a devoted husband,
father and grandfather who liked to laugh and
took joy in simple things. His granddaughter,
Amanda Nelson, recalls going to his home for
lunch on weekends, where he would delight
the little ones by racing snails or other bits of
silliness.
His daughter Dianne Nelson said he doted
on her and that, as the youngest, she got away
with everything.
Now 70, she said her reserved father never
talked about his experiences in the war, even
when she needed to write a childhood essay on
the topic and asked him to tell her about it. The
family had heard about the queen and the letter,
but it was simply a hazy oral tradition.
Amanda Nelson made a point of seeing the
Steven Spielberg film, “Saving Private Ryan.”
The 1998 Oscar-winning film depicts the fictional account of a World War II rescue mission
for a single American soldier whose brothers
have been killed in the fighting.
“It was as if they knew the story of us —
except they are called the Ryans and not the
Continued from page 4
Smiths,” she said.
Although Margaret Smith once told a relative “Don’t have boys. They’ll just end up being
cannon fodder,” Amanda Nelson stressed that
Margaret believed she did the right thing by
allowing her sons to serve.
“She would gladly send them again to fight,”
Amanda Nelson said. “For king and country.”
___
In this community, where people often live
not far from where their ancestors lived, the
Smith story seems very real despite the passage
of time. There’s a sense of connection to the
past that Brookes, the newspaper editor, feels
strongly.
Earlier this month, he lifted a dusty, faded
red book from an upstairs shelf that holds fullsized bound copies of the paper: the volume
labeled 1918. He pushed his finger down the
page, to the final sentences of a long column of
newsprint, below an item on a produce sale for
the War Prisoners Fund.
Brookes has wondered why such a unique
and tragic tale would garner so little attention
in the paper.
His guess was that by 1918, people had wearied of war — so many had lost so much. But
he also speculated the plight of the Smith family
might have been deemed less newsworthy
because they were members of the town’s
underclass.
“If not for ‘Private Ryan,’ it might be lost to
history,” he said, crediting the Spielberg movie
as having offered a contemporary connection.
___
Wilfred Smith lived until 1972, when he
died at age 74. He was a frequent visitor to the
monument at the Bowes Museum that bears his
brothers’ names.
In “Saving Private Ryan,” the now-older soldier stands before the graves of the men who
saved him and recalls their sacrifice, saying
he tried to live the best life he could. Wilfred
Smith’s family believes that he, too, could hold
his head high as he scanned the names of his
brothers at the Bowes obelisk.
“He was a good dad,” Dianne Nelson said
with pride. “He was a true person.”
Maryland teens win marbles championship
WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Two teenagers from Maryland
have taken all the marbles.
Marilyn Fisher and Dominic Rudakevych of Middletown
Valley won the 91st annual National Marbles Championship in
Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday.
Forty-two boys and girls competed in the event, in which contestants shoot 13 target marbles outside a circle while trying to
keep the shooter marble inside the ring.
Fisher defeated Kelsey Baran of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to become queen of the tournament. Her brother was boys’
champion last year. Rudakevych beat Luke Gaffigan.
Rudakevych tells The Press of Atlantic City suspense is his
favorite part of the game.
Fisher appreciates the skill needed to win.
The 13-year-olds received $2,000 scholarships, watches, trophies and crowns.
Man convicted of assault recorded crimes
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 39-year-old Orange County
man has been convicted of sexually assaulting two boys and using
a video camera to record the incidents.
The Los Angeles Times reports Oscar Manuel Vaquera of
Anaheim was convicted Thursday. Sentencing was set for Aug. 8.
Prosecutors say he assaulted an 11-year-old boy once between
2007 and 2008 while the victim was visiting a family member at
a home where Vaquera lived.
Prosecutors say the victim was sleeping at the time and that
Vaquera recorded the sexual assault with a video camera.
Vaquera also was convicted of sexually assaulting a boy who
was between 9 and 11 years old and recording that incident.
Anaheim police launched an investigation after tracing a
download of child pornography to Vaquera’s home.
He faces up to 33 years to life in prison.
7,500 gallons of oil spills in Colorado river
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A storage tank damaged by
floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre
River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream, but apparently not affecting any
drinking water, state officials said Friday.
The bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was
undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and
break a valve, Todd Hartman of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources said in a statement.
The tank released all of its contents, which was 178 barrels of
crude oil, or roughly 7,500 gallons, Hartman said.
Police in California shoot, kill suspect
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in
the Northern California city of Redding shot and killed a man
in the front yard of a home and then found a person slain inside.
Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the home a little
before 2 a.m. Friday.
Shasta County Sheriff’s officials say the suspect was in the
front yard and brandished a large butcher knife at them when they
got there, prompting three officers to open fire. The suspect was
struck multiple times and later pronounced dead.
Sheriff’s officials say officers were told by witnesses at the
scene that the suspect had stabbed another person. They found a
man dead from multiple stab wounds inside the home. The relationship, if any, between the men or what prompted the stabbing
was not immediately known. The men have not been identified.
Rare foul flower spreads
stench in Orange County
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The stench of blue cheese
and dead bodies at a Southern California college is not repelling
visitors but drawing them in. A huge, rare and famously putrid
Indonesian flower is blooming this weekend, spreading its stench
across Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
The school said in a statement that the stench of the so-called
corpse flower has been compared to rotting flesh, and the greenhouse where it’s unfurling its blossom is open to members of the
public who want to take a whiff.
The flower uses flies instead of bees to spread its sticky pollen.
It produces two sulfurous chemicals within its leaves that the flies
find attractive.
The plant at the college is about 5 feet tall and growing fast.
➧ Vavau a Samoa…
Mai itulau 10
mai, “O Vaovasamanaia lenei ma lona faletua lona selau”, ma ua
avea alaga ma itu na tiga ai le loto o Logona, e foliga mai e tau
fai fai le alaga lenei ia te ia, e le gata i lea, e foliga mai e ua sili
atu le lalelei o Vaovasamanaia nai lo ia.
Na te’i Logona ina ua ia fa’alogoina le alaga mai o le
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fa’alumaina fa’apenei i aso uma, anusa toe toe lava o aso uma e
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S. Korean ferry operator
CEO blamed for sinking
GWANGJU, South Korea
(AP) — Prosecutors on Friday
said the CEO and four employees
of the operator of a sunken
South Korean ferry caused the
accident by overloading the ship
with poorly stowed cargo after
a risky redesign and neglecting
safety by spending less than $2
last year on crew training.
The defendants countered that
the cause of the April disaster
that left more than 300 people
dead or missing wasn’t yet clear.
The five had been expected to
verbally enter pleas at a preliminary hearing Friday at Gwangju
District Court, but their lawyers
said they needed more time and
would submit written pleas later.
Another hearing is scheduled in
three weeks.
The CEO and four executives
or managers at the operator,
Chonghaejin Marine Co., faced
a decidedly less hostile reception
Friday than the 15 crew members charged with negligence
had at their hearing last week.
Family members of the dead
heckled and screamed at the
crew members throughout that
hearing. The spectators Friday,
many of whom were reporters,
listened quietly as prosecutors
read the indictment. When Judge
Lim Joung-youb asked if there
were relatives of the victims
present, no hands were raised.
Prosecutors indicted the company officials for alleged professional negligence and violating
a law on measures required for
safe maritime navigation.
The Sewol, a 6,825-ton car
ferry purchased in Japan for
800 million yen ($7.8 million)
in 2012, was redesigned to add
cabins and create an exhibition room after its purchase,
according to the indictment. The
ship became top heavy as a result
of the rework, so the Korean Register of Shipping approved the
ship on the condition that it substantially reduce its cargo limit.
Chonghaejin is said to have continued to overload the ferry with
cargo even though the company
knew the ship’s redesign made it
top heavy and unstable. By routinely overloading the Sewol,
Chonghaejin made an extra $3
million in profit in last year,
according to the indictment.
The CEO of Chonghaejin,
Kim Han-sik, 71, did not deny
that the ferry was overloaded
with cargo and had been redesigned, but contended that it was
questionable whether those factors led to the sinking, according
to his lawyer, Kang Seok-won.
Defendant Nam Ho-man,
who headed Chonghaejin’s
cargo team, never told workers
to load as much cargo as possible, didn’t know the ferry’s
cargo limit and didn’t know how
much cargo was loaded on the
day of the accident, according to
his lawyer, Kim Jun-seong.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Park
Jae-eok said the five defendants
neglected the passengers’ safety
in return for economic benefits
and must be held responsible.
Kim, the CEO, encouraged
managers at a weekly gathering
to meet the ferry’s cargo goals
even as he sought to sell the ship
because of instability caused by
the redesign, mounting losses
and too much cost, Park said.
If the cargo goal was not met,
the weekly meeting was used to
caution employees, he said.
The prosecutor also said that
the employees at Chonghaejin
were responsible for the captain
and crew’s abandonment of the
sinking ship and the failure to
protect passengers because they
did not oversee sailors’ emergency training and spent only $2
on training last year. That money
covered the fee for issuing a
paper for a sailor who received
education elsewhere, Park said.
The Sewol sinking has
caused widespread grief and
fury here and has prompted
South Korea to reassess its long
history of disregarding safety
as it pursued economic growth.
President Park Geun-hye has
publicly apologized and reshuffled her Cabinet.
All but one of 15 crew members responsible for navigating
the ferry have pleaded not guilty
to charges linked to their alleged
failure to protect passengers,
who were mostly high school
students on a school trip.
The crew members, including
the captain, said through their
lawyers that their employer
was responsible for the ship’s
sinking because sailors had no
control over cargo. They said
the coast guard was responsible
for rescuing the passengers.
A total of 292 bodies have
been recovered and 12 people
are still missing from the sinking,
one of the most deadly peacetime disasters in South Korea.
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the Summer Youth Employment Program
(SYEP) that if they send the students to get
their coffee or run their errands and not train
them, HR will pull back the students.
Thompson said it is a known fact that American Samoa has an aging work force and it is
getting to that point where if “we don’t wake
up, train and help the younger generation, we
are going to be left out there with inexperienced
and in some cases non-productive workers to
carry this government forward.”
The plea to train our youth was made during
an orientation conducted earlier this week
by HR for organizations participating in the
Workforce Investment Act program.
Samoa News notes that 500 slots have been
made available by ASG and the private sectors
for the local students who are eligible for the
SYEP.
More than 50 people attended this orientation held at the Agriculture Department conference room on Wednesday.
The orientation covered the SYEP opening
ceremony; worksite agreements; work readiness component; working hours/wage/duration of SYEP; payroll/time sheets/check distribution dates; job placement dates; employer
evaluation and SYEP certificates with closing
and follow up.
Thompson said under this administration
the focus is on the people and employment
development.
Thompson said that recently he and HR
Deputy Director of training development
attended three consecutive conferences with
state governors and Federal Departments covering employment development.
“Many times we overlook the importance
of employment development just because of
habit and how we do things. As you are already
aware, at the present time, we have several programs spearheaded by Governor Lolo Mata-
lasi Moliga and Lt Govenror Lemanu Peleti
Mauga, to identify areas where this government can find opportunity for our sons and our
daughters or those whom we send to school
with the focus to come back to the territory and
carry this government forward.”
He said he found at the conferences he
attended that the problems other places are no
different from American Samoa. “The illness
of society is across the board, unemployment
issues — it’s the same thing out there.”
Thompson said even if someone graduates with a BA in science they would have a
problem getting a job if you do not have some
form of training or experience in the technology field, because the big companies will
not hire people without experience.
“Hence that’s why we are meeting here this
morning, we need to face the problem head
on. The people we are about to give you or
those whom you have asked for, you should
spend the time training them, not sending
them around to make your coffee or run your
errands.”
“I find it very discouraging that there are
people who call me and say ‘I’m sitting here
doing nothing, getting paid 23K/27K and I’m
not doing anything. Give me something to
do’.” He urged the attendees to train the young
ones that will be placed with them.
“No task is so small or unimportant — not
only do you need to train them on your company’s routines or computer programs, but the
employees need human to human interaction,”
said Thompson.
He said the motor behind this year’s SYEP
is inspiring young minds today for a successful
work force tomorrow.
He said over 800 students graduated from
high school recently and the question is what
are we going to do with them. He also told the
DOE officials who attended the orientation
that they need to beef up the ASVAB tests for
the students to have options.
He briefly touched base on work ethics,
which he said are really bad, but did not further elaborate.