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Lolo replaces senior immigration officials
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PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA
Garry: A blow for
the MLK holiday
by Samoa News staff
The end of the three-day MLK holiday weekend was punctuated with a gale warning for Tutuila and Aunu’u while the
Manu’a Islands came under a storm warning.
Tropical Cyclone Garry started out as a tropical depression
about 300 miles west of Pago Pago and was first reported by
the National Weather Service early Sunday morning.
By yesterday morning Garry was upgraded to a tropical
cyclone and by midday had moved to within 115 miles of Pago
Pago with winds expected to be in the range of 40-50 mph on
Tutuila by last night. On Manu’a winds were forecast to pick
up today, in the range of 55-65 mph.
At 7 pm last night the satellite image showed Garry at its
closest point to Tutuila, approximately 100 miles north.
Wind speed had started to picked up in the Manu’a island
group, as Tropical Cyclone Garry neared American Samoa,
said two individuals via telephone from Ta’u island
Manu’a was expected to get the brunt of the storm, according
to the National Weather Service in Tafuna.
Meteorologist Mase Akapo said the track of the Category
One storm as of 6p.m. was about 120 nautical miles northwest
of Manu’a and moving at about 7mph. On its current track,
the storm was expected to be at its closest point to the Manu’a
islands by this morning with winds of 60-70mph
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Lolo replaces senior
immigration officials
to “improve the integrity” of office
by Fili Sagapolutele
Samoa News Correspondent
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has moved to
“improve the integrity” of the Immigration
Office by replacing the top three senior immigration officials, including the chief immigration officer, which has now been assigned to
Dennis Fuimaono Lutu.
“We’ve got problems at Immigration office
and we’re trying to clean it up,” said the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph
Pereira when asked why Lolo issued last week
to Attorney General-appointee Afoa M.S. Lutu
a memo which replaced chief immigration
officer Ufuti Fa’afetai Ieremia.
The Jan. 16 memo does not identify Ufuti
by name or the other senior officials, but Iulogologo confirmed their names Friday. Also
being replaced are deputy chief immigration
officer Kolumane Fuimaono and senior officer
Kalama Sekio.
Asked what will happen to these three
employees, Iulogologo said they will remain
with the Immigration Office for now until Afoa
makes a final decision. Replacing Kolumane
and Sekio are Limutau C. Limutau (a former
House member) and Fuala’au Unutoa.
Reached Friday for reaction to news about the
changes, Ufuti said around 9:30 a.m. he had heard
reports about the changes but had not received or
seen the actual memo. He also said that he has
told this staff to continue to do their work “honestly, in serving the public with a smile.”
Later in the day, when contacted again, Ufuti
— who has held the post for some 10 years —
said he had seen the governor’s memo and he
expects a decision from the Attorney General’s
Office to come out this week regarding his
status with the immigration office.
Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Kolumane said he has not received a memo about
being replaced and he along with Sekio are still
working at the Immigration Office. He added
that Sekio was at the dock clearing a vessel.
The Jan.16 memo by the governor shows
the move to replace the top three immigration
officials followed his meeting with Afoa that
morning where Lolo disclosed his wish to “take
immediate action” to remove existing immigra(Continued on page 15)
Avamua Dave Haleck heading
up efforts to launch new bank
There were long lines of pick-up trucks and cars close to one
mile long, each way, on the sidewalk on both sides of the ASPA
entrance, waiting to get into ASPA with their recyclable rubbish
Saturday morning. A line also formed on the side road where
NAPA Samoa is located and on grassy areas across from the
ASPA power plant. Samoa News saw the line beginning to form
Friday afternoon (around 4:30 p.m.) and by 3 a.m. Saturday
morning the mile long lines were apparent. There are rumors
that Saturday was the last day of the recycle credit program —
where the credits are applied to your power bill — which may
[photo: Jeff Hayner]
have accounted for the long lines.
Press Release — January
20, 2013 — A group of local
citizens headed up by businessman Avamua Dave Haleck
is seeking federal approval to
open a new bank in American
Samoa later this year.
“We believe an American
Samoan solution is the only
answer to American Samoa’s
banking problems,” Haleck
said, explaining why he and
others are trying to launch a
community-based, full-service
bank. “We must pull together
and do it for ourselves.
Frankly, we don’t believe an
outside bank is going to come
in to replace BOH.”
Haleck, who served 10
years on the board of directors of Amerika Samoa Bank
before it was sold to ANZ, said
that a locally-owned and controlled bank can do a better job
of serving local customers, and
will not leave the territory to
pursue profits elsewhere.
“There are many challenges to tackle before a new
federally-insured bank can be
chartered to serve American
Samoa,” said local attorney
Marshall Ashley.
Ashley, who has been
working with Haleck on the
project for the past year, led a
group of five people who met
last week with the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation
(FDIC) in San Francisco. “As
a result of that meeting, we
can now publicize our efforts
and engage the community
directly,” Ashley said.
Governor Lolo Moliga was
briefed on Friday regarding
the progress of the Community Bank of Amerika Samoa
(IO) as it seeks to gain all the
necessary approvals to conduct business in the territory.
Governor Lolo reiterated his
full commitment and said his
administration would assist
in any way possible. He also
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samoa news, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Another foreign
company pleads
guilty to polluting
$200,000 fine is proposed as
community service payment
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
(ANSWER on page 14)
STRANGE BUT TRUE
By Samantha Weaver
✖ It was German-born theoretical physicist (and sometime philosopher) Albert Einstein
who made the following sage observation: “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.”
✖ According to research conducted at Rutgers University, graduate students who are
studying business are more likely to cheat than students in any other field of study.
✖ You’ve almost certainly heard of Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black American to serve as such. You might not know, though, that he was
known to call a court recess at 1 p.m. so he could watch the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.”
✖ Cheese has been around for a long time, and it can last longer than you may think. In
Ireland 25 years ago, a hunk of cheese was discovered that dated back 1,700 years -- and
it was still edible.
✖ If you’re like the average person, the hair on your head takes two to three months to
grow 1 inch.
✖ At the 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis, it was particularly hot. An ice-cream vendor
was doing so much business that he ran out of the cups in which he was serving the ice
cream. He looked to the other foodsellers to see if they had any spare containers that
would be useful, but he had no luck.
Finally, desperate not to lose any more business, he bought some waffles from a nearby
vendor and wrapped one around each scoop of ice cream as he sold it. The result was even
more popular than ice-cream in a cup, and thus the ice cream cone was born.
✖ The most common surname in Germany is Schultz.
• • • • • • • • • • • • • Thought for the Day • • • • • • • • • • • • •
“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” — Katharine Hepburn
The marine sanctuaries and coral reef preservation in American Samoa stand to benefit from a fine of $200,000 being proposed as a community service payment from another foreign
company who will plead guilty at federal court for violating
pollution laws in the waters surrounding the territory, according
to a plea agreement filed Thursday with the federal court in
Washington D.C.
Charges against Singapore-based Pacific International
Lines Inc., (PIL) stems from its freighter Southern Lily 2,
which was detained in American Samoa last June by the local
U.S. Coast Guard for possible violation of international pollution and U.S. laws.
At the time the vessel was detained, Lt. Steven Caskey, was
in charge of the local Coast Guard marine safety detachment unit
and the USCG in Honolulu, which oversees American Samoa,
was also alerted about this case.
ASG Customs Office was contacted by the federal agency to
place a hold on the vessel, which was finally released in early
July, as the USCG investigation was carried out and the probe
was later referred to the U.S. Justice Department for review and
prosecution.
When the Southern Lily 2 arrived in Pago Pago on June 22,
last year, USCG boarded the vessel and conducted an annual
Port State Control (PSC) Safety and Security examination. It was
discovered that the vessel’s Oil Water Separator (OWS) pump
was inoperable and there was no entry in the Oil Record Book
of the pump being inoperable, according to the plea agreement
More problems of violation of international pollution regulations were found when the USCG expanded the examination of
the 13,497 gross ton container vessel, which engages in international commercial maritime operations and provides supplies
from New Zealand to Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, and
other South Pacific islands, said court documents.
According to the 19-page plea agreement, the defendant shall
plead guilty to three counts: failure to accurately maintain an Oil
Record Book; operating a vessel in the navigable waters of the
United States without proper functioning pollution prevention
equipment; and making and using a false writing by presenting
a materially false Oil Record Book to the USCG.
Under the plea agreement, which must be accepted by the
court, the defendant agrees to pay a total criminal penalty of $2.2
million of which $2 million is the criminal fine and $200,000
will be community service payment to two organizations.
One half of the payment goes to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for use in the Fagatele Bay National Marine
Sanctuary (FBNMS) in Pago Pago to support the protection
and preservation of natural resources located in and adjacent to
FBNMS and the other half to the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to fund projects for the preservation and restoration
of coral reefs in or near American Samoa.
“The explicit goal of the defendant’s required community
service is to fund environmental projects and initiatives designed
for the benefit, preservation and restoration of the coral reefs of
American Samoa,” the agreement states.
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Confirmation hearings set for
Savusa, Haleck, and Poumele
By B. Chen
Samoa News Correspondent
Confirmation hearing dates
have been scheduled for the
Governor’s cabinet nominees for Commissioner of the
Department of Public Safety
William E. Haleck, Department of Homeland Security
director Utualii Iuniasolua
Tului Savusa, and director of
the Department of Port Administration Taimalelagi Dr. Claire
Tuia Poumele.
Governor Lolo M. Moliga is
urging the Fono leadership and
the lawmakers in both chambers to confirm his nominees.
William E. Haleck
The Governor’s nomination
for police commissioner, William E. Haleck is scheduled
to appear before the House
Committee on Public Safety/
Homeland Security, chaired
by Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli
Jennings on Tuesday, Jan. 29
at 8:30 a.m.; while Chairman
of the Senate Committee on
Homeland
Security/Public
Safety Sen. Faletagoa’i Tuiolemotu has scheduled Haleck
to appear for a confirmation
hearing in the Senate later this
week on Friday, Jan. 25.
An exact time is not known,
as Haleck will be questioned
immediately following the
Senate’s confirmation hearing
for Homeland Security director
nominee at 9 a.m. the same
day, before the same Senate
committee.
For the past two years,
Haleck has been the general
manager of the Tradewinds
Hotel, a local business owned
by his family. Before that, he
retired from service in the
federal government, having
served as a federal security
director in the Transportation
Security Administration of the
US Department of Homeland
Security, a special agent in
the National Insurance Crime
Bureau, and a criminal investigator and senior special agent
for the US Drug Enforcement
Agency.
Lolo wrote, “With thirtyfour years of law enforcement experience, numerous
awards and commendations
for outstanding contributions,
exceptional performance and
achievement in federal service, and specialized training
in thirty different areas of the
law, the American Samoa
Department of Public Safety
and the people of American
Samoa will be fortunate to
have Mr. Haleck as their
Commissioner.”
Lolo pointed out that Haleck
was “born, raised, and began
his remarkable career in law
enforcement here in American
Samoa.” He added, “Though
he spent many years serving
elsewhere, he has returned
home and brought with him
not only desire to give back to
our people, but a litany of valuable skills and an abundance of
knowledge and experience.”
Utualii Iuniasolua
Tului Savusa
The Governor’s nomination
for director of the Department
of Homeland Security, Utualii
Iuniasolua Tului Savusa will
appear before the House Committee on Homeland Security/
Public Safety and Chairman
Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings on Monday, Jan. 28 at
8:30 a.m.
Before his House appearance, he will appear on Friday,
Jan. 25 before Chairman Sen.
Faletagoa’i Tuiolemotu of the
Senate Committee on Homeland Security/Public Safety
at 9 a.m. for his confirmation
hearing.
Utualii retired after nearly
thirty-seven years of service
in the US Army with the rank
of Command Sergeant Major.
At his last post, he was a command senior enlisted leader of
the United States Pacific Com-
mand where he was an advisor
to senior military leaders as
to matters affecting enlisted
personnel.
Utualii also counseled and
advised enlisted personnel
regarding objectives and
directives given by senior
commanders. He played a key
role in organizing and coordinating training and assistance
to peace keepers and military
leaders from other countries.
Utualii has also been an essential part of US military and has
led humanitarian efforts in the
wake of natural and manmade
disasters.
Lolo wrote, “With tried
and proven leadership ability
and the skills to coordinate,
achieve, and maintain large
scale safety-related objectives
and tasks, I am convinced that
Utualii will excel in faithfully and dutifully fulfilling
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samoa news, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Birdseye view of Our houses are much more
sex crimes in AS grandiose than 30 years ago
by Ipu Avegalio Lefiti, Advocate against family violence & child abuse
Sexual violence on children, domestic abuse and hangings
are competing with the clamoring bells ringing in the New Year.
Having seen the steady increase of these crimes in 2012, it is quite
predictable and unfortunate 2013 will see much more.
We started off the New Year with the most bizarre and perverted
cases being reported just two weeks into January.
From a spouse assaulting his wife for reporting his fetish of
sniffing an aunty’s underwear to dating violence, and a hanging.
Taking the lead are incestuous sexual crimes. For example,
fathers were reported committing sexual crimes against their daughters ranging from the ages of 11-14. At the top of the list is the father
who admitted exposing his 11 y/o daughter to pornographic movie
videos then demonstrating it on each other. Other fathers, reported
to have raped their 12 y/o’s now are asking for mental health evaluations. There are two uncles raping their nieces, fathers fondling their
sleeping daughters, brothers having sex with sisters.
What sears the mind is many of these children have been
exposed to all forms of rape from anal to oral sex and terrorized
into submission. Those who have been exposed to pornographic
movies to heighten the fathers sexual drive are beyond vile. Group
rapes under the guise of a child being “promiscuous” is increasing
without remorse, shame, conscience or regret. We cannot deny the
fact that everything done to our children has been left up to the
imagination. Who would have ever thought that a child would be
raped on the seas between Upolu and Pago by a sailor employed on
the Lady Naomi who indicated it was his practice?
With the increase of sexual crimes against children, their cries
to be rescued are being drowned out by the last administration’s
lawmakers attitudes. There was no interest or desire in hearing,
reviewing, modifying or amending the laws on punishment for
these crimes. There is no separation of punishment for raping children from the adult victims. Neither the House of Representatives
nor the Senate accepted the implementation or a hearing on the Sex
Offenders Register Notification Act (SORNA).
Currently, serving 1/3 of a sentence qualifies a sex offender for
parole. Free eight hours a day on work release is the biggest scam
under the justice system as reported. There is still no Child Abuse
law. How much longer do we the people have to suffer before our
Faipule and Senators make this a priority? How much longer do we
have to be exploited and tolerate these forms of perversion?
Make no mistake, there is a dramatic increase of sexual crimes
against our children. There are more of them, than all the blue collar
crimes put together. More so the unreported that are suffering in
silence, fear and shame.
The blue-collar criminals that the Fono/SIC/special committees
keep tracking down are not going anywhere. Our victimized children are going through the most brutal torture of all… what are WE,
the adults, law enforcers, legislators, Justice system, Church leaders
and non-government organizations doing about it to rescue them?
I, as an advocate against family violence cannot help but to think,
unless ‘The authorities of our nation and churches unite to combat
this situation, they are just leading us into the depths of depravation’.
Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR thinking about it…
Commentary by Ti’otala Lewis Wolman
This is one in a series of articles concerning data included in the 2010 Census of American
Samoa, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Warning: there are a lot of numbers to digest.
A man’s home is his castle, if you own it, and about 70% of the households in American Samoa
are living in their own homes.
About 27% of those castles have a value of more than $100,000. Another 27% live in more
humble quarters, with a value of $50,000 or less.
In 1980, half of the owner-occupied homes in the territory were worth less than $11,200 and
half were worth more than that. In the language of statistics, $11,200 represents the “median value”
(half the results were higher and half the results were lower).
In 2010, the median value of an owner-occupied home had increased from $11,200 (1980) to
$68,175 (2010). That’s a huge increase. If we adjust the 1980 figure for inflation, in order to make
this analysis credible, the 1980 figure rises to $30,000 (in 2010 dollars), which suggests that the
typical American Samoa house in 2010 was more than twice as grandiose as the typical American
Samoa house in 1980. (By contrast, an inflation-adjusted typical California house in 2010 was only
10% more grandiose than its 1980 counterpart.)
I would have expected that the root cause of this spectacular increase in the value of a typical
American Samoa home was due to the increased availability of mortgage financing over the past
few decades. Mortgage financing allows people to borrow money to build a nice house now and
then repay the money over 20-30 years. Without mortgage financing, people are limited to using
available cash to build their homes.
Thirty, forty and fifty years ago, mortgage financing was not readily available in American
Samoa, because local banks did not want to extend mortgages to houses built on communal land.
But mortgage financing became more widely available in the 1980s and 1990s. Or so I thought.
But the 2010 Census shows that very few home owners have a mortgage in American Samoa. In
fact, 90% have no mortgage, while only 10% have a mortgage loan to be repaid. Half of the people
who pay a mortgage owe the banks $900 a month or more.
(Compared to the United States, more housing units in American Samoa are owner-occupied
and fewer are mortgaged. We have 70% of our housing units owned by the occupants themselves,
while in the U.S., the comparable figure is 63%. But the contrast is much greater when looking at
the percentage of owner-occupied homes that are being financed with a mortgage. Only 10% of
American Samoa homes have a mortgage, while 68% of U.S. houses have a mortgage requiring
monthly payments to the bank).
Because so few homeowners have a mortgage, half the home-owning household devote 10% or
less of their income to pay for their homes. But a mortgage can be expensive. Half the people with
mortgages pay $900 a month or more on their mortgage loans.
Not everyone rents of course. About 30% of local householders are considered renters because
they live in homes they don’t own. But in the Samoan way of life, that doesn’t mean they pay rent.
In fact half of the “renters” pay no rent in the conventional sense. Of those who pay rent, half
pay at least $500/month and half pay less than that amount.
About half of us live in houses or apartments that we moved into since 1990, while the other half
have been living in the same house even longer than that.
Only 10% of the population has been living in their present house since 1980.
How long have our homes been around? Check out the chart below. It shows that 58% of our
housing is less than 20 years old. It also shows that there are almost 300 houses that are more than
50 years old!
Eni unanimously elected as
Ranking Member for House
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
(PRESS RELEASE) — Congressman Faleomavaega
announced today that on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 he was unanimously elected as Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The Subcommittee now
includes India and Pakistan and has oversight for U.S. foreign
policy affecting more than 60% of the world’s population.
“I thank my colleagues for their support of my bid for Ranking
Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific,” Faleomavaega said. “I look forward to working with my Republican counterpart, Chairman Steve Chabot, to address the complex issues
facing this important region of the world, especially at a time when
the Obama Administration has made clear that U.S. foreign, economic and security policy must ‘pivot’ toward Asia.”
“For years, I have called for greater U.S. engagement with
Asia-Pacific countries, and I am hopeful that the U.S. is finally
serious about advancing peace, stability and prosperity in this
region of the world. I am especially pleased that South Asia has
been moved back into the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
where it rightfully belongs, and I also intend to shine a light on
the needs of those living in this area.”
ASPA now supplies water to 88% of local households. I don’t have the historical figures, but
that is a huge increase over the situation 30 years ago.
Almost half of the households (44%) are now hooked up to the ASPA sewer system, while the
majority are hooked up to septic tanks or less desirable wastewater systems (e.g., old-style cesspools). Air-conditioning can be found in 35% of local houses or apartments.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
American Samoa Government
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
Tel: (684) 633-5155 FAX: (684) 633-4195
PUBLIC NOTICE
REMINDER
January 7, 2013
2013 BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL PERIOD, ILLEGAL BUSINESS
RELOCATION & TRANSFERABLE AND BUSINESS SITE INSPECTIONS
The business community is hereby reminded that all 2012 business licenses expired on December 31, 2012. Any business that fails to renew its license by
January 30, 2013 is required to cease all business operations or will be subject to prosecution pursuant to Section 27.0211(b) of the American Samoa
Code Annotated.
Furthermore, the business community is hereby reminded that it is illegal to relocate or transfer your business to a new location without obtaining a new
business license for the new location. Pursuant to ASCA §27.0212 and ASCA §27.0213 that every (business) license issued...is personal shall be issued to
the person or persons making the appplication therefore, and may not in any circumstances be transferred to any other person...Any license conditioned
upon the fulfillment of any qualification or prerequisites pertaining to the premises wherein the licensee conducts his business, trade, or profession may
not be transferred to another location. In addition, when one person operates or conducts businesses in 2 or more locations in American Samoa, the
person is required to obtain a license for each location.
The public is hereby informed that the Department of Commerce will be conducting regular onsite inspections of all businesses for CY 2013 business
licenses. Business owners are advised to post their 2013 business license certificate(s) in a conspicuous place on the premises. In the event that the
Revenue Office has not yet issued a business license certificate, business owners are asked to present their receipt as proof of payment.
Department of Commerce (DOC) officials are authorized to enter any building or premises for the purpose of conducting an inspection with respect to
business activities. Interference with DOC officials in the performance of these duties can result in arrest or prosecution.
For further information regarding this notice, contact the Economic Development Division of the Department of Commerce at 633-5155.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Lelei Peau
Acting Director
FA’AALIGA
Ianuari 7, 2013
FA’AFOUINA O LAISENE PISINISI 2013, FA’AFOEINA O PISINISI ISI NOFOAGA MA
ISI TAGATA AUNOA MA NI LAISENE O LE SOLITULAFONO MA ASIASIGA I PISINISI
E fa’asilasila atu i le mamalu o le ‘au fai pisinisi, e fa’amutaina uma le aoga o laisene pisinisi o le tausaga 2012 ia Tesema 31, 2012. O pisinisi uma foi e le’i
fa’afouina laisene pisinisi talu mai Ianuari 30, 2013, o le a taofia lona fa’afoeina pe molia fo’i le le tulafono Maga 27.021(b) o le Malo o Amerika Samoa.
E fa’amanatu atu i le mamalu o le ‘au fai pisinisi, e tusa ai ma ala o le tulafono o le Malo o Amerika Samoa, maga ASCA §27.0212 ma le maga ASCA
§27.0213, o le toe fa’atuina pe fa’afoeina o lau pisinisi i se isi nofoaga po’o se isi tulaga e ese mai i le tulaga na fa’atagaina ai muamua, o le solitulafono lea.
Fai mai maga ASCA §27.0212 ma le ASCA §27.0213, o laisene pisinisi uma ua fa’atagaina e patino lava i le na talosagaina lea laisene pisinisi ma e le mafai
ona ave i se isi lava tagata na te fa’aaogaina...o ia laisene pisinisi uma fo’i, e le mafai ona fa’aaogaina pe ave i se isi lava tulaga e ese mai i le mea na
fa’atagaina mai ai. I le ma lea, o se e toatasi o lo’o faia sana po’o ana pisinisi i ni tulaga eseese e 2 po’o le sili atu fo’i i totonu o Amerika Samoa, o ia lena e
tatau ona tofu tulaga ta’itasi uma ma laisene pisinisi.
E fa’alauiloa atu i le mamalu lautele, o le a fa’atautaia asiasiga a le Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga i pisinisi uma i le teritori. Talosagaina pisinisi uma ia
fa’apipi’i 2012 i se tulaga e fa’afaigofie ai lea fa’amoemoe. Afai e le’i tau’a a’aoina atu lau laisene ua uma ona fa’afouina, fa’amolemole ia saunia le risiti e
fa’ailoa ai ua uma ona totogi.
O sui o le Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga ua iai le fa’atagana e asiasia ai so’o se pisinisi, maota ma laoa, mo le fa’afoeina o galuega su’esu’e. O se e
fa’alavelave i le fa’afoeina o nei asiasiga e mafai ona molia e tusa ai ma ala o le tulafono.
Fa’amolemole fa’afeso’ota’i mai le Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga i numera telefoni 633-5155, mo se malamalama’aga i fuafuaga ua ta’ua i luga.
Ma le Fa’aaloalo,
Lelei Peau
Fa’atonu Letumau
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samoa news, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
A look at the McConnell Dowell crew as they worked on the road between the market place
and Fagatogo Square building over the weekend. They also paved over the worst of the pothole
ridden areas on the road to the LBJ hospital and the road in front of the ASB- ANZ Amerika
Samoa Bank, Sen. Daniel Inouye Industrial Park. Potholes have plagued the territory’s aging
roads, as the lack of money to pay for the much needed infrastructure fix has been said to be the
[photo: AF]
problem. (See Fono/ House briefs for update on Airport Road project)
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu
Samoa News Reporter
SECOND MAN CHARGED IN O&O
BURGLARY ENTERS GUILTY PLEA
Mosaiah Olo, one of the two men charged in
connection with a burglary of the O&O Warehouse in Petesa in February last year has entered
into a plea agreement with the government. Olo
is charged together with co-defendant Johnny
Talia who already entered a guilty plea last week. Olo was initially charged with first degree
burglary and stealing charges, which are felonies,
however in the plea agreement in Olo’s case,
he has pled guilty to stealing while the government moved to dismiss the burglary charge. The
stealing count is a class C felony punishable by
imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine of up
to $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain
from the commission of said crime up to a maximum of $20,000, or both fine and imprisonment.
With his guilty plea, Olo admits that they
removed the items and hid them somewhere so
they could be sold later to get cash. The defendant
told the court that he was the one who piled up the
boxes that were taken from the O&O warehouse.
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond accepted
the plea agreement. According to the government’s case on Feb. 8, 2011, a police detective,
who lives next to the O&O warehouse, reported
to the police the burglary in progress. The total value of the stolen items was $600
and the products were photographed and returned
to O&O. Three of the four suspects have made
admissions to police in this matter.
Another defendant in the case, Talia is to be
sentenced on Feb. 15.
UTU FEO TO BE SENTENCED
A plea agreement has been reached between
the government and Utu Feo a woman accused
of assaulting her niece with a pipe last year. Feo,
who is out on bail of $5,000 last week entered a
guilty plea as part of the plea agreement with the
government. Feo is facing a PPD and one count
of second degree assault, but she pleaded guilty
to third degree assault which was amended from
the felony assault and PPD.
The third degree assault and PPD are both
misdemeanors, with each count punishable up to
one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
According to the government’s case, on Nov.
16, 2011 police received a call from a 19-year old
girl claiming that she was assaulted by her aunt
with a pipe. The alleged incident occurred in Aua
where the defendant resides.
Police spoke with the defendant who admitted to
beating the victim with a pipe because the victim had
run away from home for four days. The defendant
told police that she knew what she did was wrong.
BAKER WHO FAILED TO PROVIDE
WEDDING CAKE IN HIGH COURT
A baker, who allegedly failed to deliver a
wedding cake she was paid to bake was arraigned
in the High Court yesterday morning, where she
denied the stealing charge against her. Sianini
Foster— who remains behind bars on bail of
$1,500 — is represented by Assistant Public
Defender Leslie Cardin.
The government alleges that Foster was paid to
make a wedding cake, but on the wedding day the
family was told there was no cake and the defendant
could not be reached. Police were able to locate the
defendant, who confirmed that the victim did pay
her for a wedding cake for the victim’s nephew.
STEP FATHER IN SEX CASE TO
FIGHT CHARGES IN JURY TRIAL
The 58-year-old step-father from Fagasa
charged with sexual abuse and third degree
assault has asked the High Court to set his case
for a jury trial. This request was made through his
lawyer Assistant Public Defender Mike White,
last week Friday when the defendant was in court
for his pre-trial conference.
Samoa News is withholding the name of the
defendant to protect the identity of the victim in
this case. The sexual assault count is a class D
felony, which is punishable up to five years in
jail, a fine of $5,000 or both while the assault
count for offensive or provocative behavior is a
class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year
in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
According to the government’s case, on Dec.
16, 2012 a 27-year-old girl filed an official complaint with the Department of Public Safety
against her step-father, alleging sexual assault.
The victim told police the defendant has done
this to her in the past but she never reported the
incident and her mother always told her to forgive her step-father.
Court filings say the victim was shocked when
her eight-year-old son told her that he he saw the
defendant touching himself. The victim claims
that she also has a six-year-old daughter and she
is worried for both her children’s safety.
The defendant remains in jail with bail set at
$10,000. Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop
is prosecuting this case.
DPW officials to appear in the House this morning for a
hearing on growing pothole problem
Acting Director for the Department of Public Works Faleosina Faiai Voight is scheduled to appear before the House Committee on Public Works this morning to field questions about the
growing pothole problem in the territory.
With the recent rainy weather conditions, new and deeper
potholes are popping up everywhere along the main highway
all over the island. Local residents have complained about the
problem, prompting lawmakers to address the issue sooner
than later.
Chairman of the House Committee on Public Works Rep.
Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava has scheduled Voight to appear in
the Fono’s lower chamber this morning at 8:30 a.m. at which
time the DPW acting director will be questioned about what
Public Works is doing to address the problem; and what long
term plans there are, if any, for repairing and restoring the roads,
rather than the usual quick ‘patch-up’ jobs.
Additionally, Voight is also expected to provide a report
on projects already completed, projects that are in store for the
next couple of years, and of course, the availability of funds and
funding sources.
Another issue expected to be raised is the status of the long
anticipated Airport Road Project which was awarded to Whitehorn Construction last year, but has been halted as the land use
permit had expired.
Samoa News spoke to the head of the PNRS Board Marvis
Vaiaga’e who confirmed that the land use permit for this particular project had indeed expired, but he released a new one last
week Wednesday.
According to Vaiaga’e, land use permits are generally
good for two years, but only if the project commences within
a year’s time. This means if the project does not begin within
that first year, a new land use permit will have to be issued.
He also explained that for federally funded projects, it is the
responsibility of Public Works to initiate the project proceedings, including the acquisition of a land use permit.
Tualauta faipule requests financial report for ASG and House
of Representatives
During the House regular session last week, Rep. Larry Sanitoa requested the financial report for the House of Representatives be made available for review.
The request was made to House Speaker Savali Talavou
Ale. Sanitoa said there is no ulterior motive for his request, and
he personally felt that the availability of the financial report
will ensure that there is transparency in the Fono. In addition
to the Fono’s lower chamber, Sanitoa is also requesting that a
copy of the government’s latest financial statements be made
available.
He said the ASG’s fourth quarter performance report did
not include a detailed report from the Treasury Department
and therefore, the government’s true financial situation is not
known.
Besides financial reports, Sanitoa also reminded his fellow
lawmakers that the Fono is yet to resolve the budget for the American Samoa Power Authority, as the previous legislature only
approved a 4-month budget for the semi-autonomous agency. The
Tualauta faipule is calling on the House Speaker to consult with
the Senate President about ways to address the situation.
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Te’o not alone in claiming
wishful thinking – online
CHICAGO (AP) — It
started out a stunner: The
Heisman Trophy runner-up
had told heartbreaking stories
about a dead girlfriend who
didn’t exist. Then it became
unreal: The All-American linebacker said he had been duped,
and theirs was a relationship
that existed only in phone calls
and Internet chats. The reaction
was predictable: Unbelievable.
Couldn’t happen.
People speculated he must
be a straight-laced Mormon,
naive and unfamiliar with
modern-day dating hazards. Or
he must be part of an elaborate
hoax designed to bolster his
image. Because no big-time
college football player, beloved
on campus and adored by millions, could have a girlfriend
he’s never ... actually ... met.
Yet even people who really
ought to know better say what
Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o says
happened to him has happened
to them, and they believe it
happens far more often than
people care to admit.
“If we shake the tree, we
would find hundreds of thousands of people falling out
of the tree who are experiencing something like this,”
said Robert Epstein, a senior
research psychologist at the
California-based
American
Institute
for
Behavioral
Research and Technology.
It’s just human nature,
Epstein said, something known
formally by psychologists as
“confirmation bias.” We watch
the news that matches our
political beliefs. We discount
viewpoints we don’t like. We
ignore good advice and miss
red flags, so we can continue
believing in something we
want to be true.
In Epstein’s case, it was
believing he’d made a real
connection with an attractive
Russian woman named Ivana
he met online. In fact, she was
nothing more than a computer
bot someone had set up to
respond to queries on an online
dating site. “A lot of people
still make fun of me,” he said.
Today’s social networking
sites, such as Facebook and
Twitter, make it easy to “meet”
someone without ever doing
more than chatting online or
exchanging emails.
The same tools that allow
for such casual contact also can
be used by impostors to create
intricate personas that exist
only on the Internet.
All of it simply makes it
that much easier to delude
ourselves. “After a generation
of kids growing up with Facebook and decades of online
life, you’d think we wouldn’t
be so easily duped, but I think
these people who do the duping
are more inventive than people
who use the technology,” said
Steve Jones, a communications
professor and online expert at
the University of Illinois at
Chicago.
It’s been happening since
people first began mingling in
chat rooms more than 20 years
ago. In 2006, one mom in Missouri, Lori Drew, created a
MySpace page for non-existent teenage boy so she could
“romance” — and strike back
at — a girl she thought was
spreading rumors about her
daughter. Humiliated, the targeted girl later killed herself.
“As far back as the 1980s,
men were impersonating
women, kids were pretending
to be adults, and all kinds of
relationships with non-existent
or phony people flourished
online,” says Paul Levinson,
a professor of communication
and media studies at Fordham
University, who studies social
media. Now, he says, “the rise
of Twitter and Facebook have
only made that easier.”
Those behind Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend, for instance,
created more than one Twitter
account for her and appear to
have used photos lifted from a
California woman’s Facebook
page to make it look that much
more real.
“In retrospect, I obviously
should have been much more
cautious,” Te’o said in a statement earlier in the week. “If
anything good comes of this,
I hope it is that others will be
far more guarded when they
engage with people online than
I was.”
Te’o has company. As
Notre Dame rose to No. 1 in
the AP Top 25, sport writers
nationwide recounted the
story of the heroic, grieving
athlete who persevered on the
field after a girlfriend named
Lennay Kekua was diagnosed
(Continued on page 14)
In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o
pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in
Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te’o maintains he was never involved in
(AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones)
creating the dead girlfriend hoax.
Happy 1st Birthday to our lovely Girl
Ms. Taufagapiu Matelina Elisapeta Lealali Luvu
AND
(Jan 20, 2012)
Happy Be-lated Birthday to our lovely Boy
Mavaegaa’aigaimalaeolefusi Matanisiga La’auoleola Lealali Luvu
(Jan 20, 2012)
Our Fa’afetai to our Heavenly Father for bringing both of you into our lives. We thank Him for guiding you two and the
many family members celebrated their birthdays this month. WE LOVE YOU TWO~ God Bless and be with you always!!
AND Happy Be-Lated Birthdays to all my FAMILIES
Jan 01
Jan 03
Jan 05
Jan 07
~ Aunty Julie Bird Mavaega
~ Late Uncle Tepatasi Solipo Vaeao
~ Uncle Latu Seumanu Taufaiula Mavaega
~ Mom…Lefua Amio Mavaega-Luvu
Jan 11
Jan 13
Jan 14
Jan 15
~ Cousin Marvin Leo Mavaega
~ Ms. Fa’atoialemanu Areta
~ Aunty Naomi Vaeao
~ Cousin Destiny Lalotoa Vaeao (WSU, Washington)
Alofa’aga, Papa and Mama, families here and abroad, the boys Taufaiula
Mavaega II, Reuelroy Mafutaga FDS esp. Rueben Peter & Dad in Samoa
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning the page on years of war
and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided
nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden
equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the
world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second
term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.
“America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the
qualities that this world without boundaries demands,” the 44th
president declared in a second inaugural address that broke new
ground by assigning gay rights a prominent place in the wider
struggle for equality for all.
In a unity plea to politicians and the nation at large, he called
for “collective action” to confront challenges and said, “Progress
does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of
government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time.”
Elected four years ago as America’s first black president,
Obama spoke from specially constructed flag-bedecked stands
outside the Capitol after reciting oath of office that all presidents
have uttered since the nation’s founding.
The events highlighted a day replete with all the fanfare that
a security-minded capital could muster — from white-gloved
Marine trumpeters who heralded the arrival of dignitaries on the
inaugural stands to the mid-winter orange flowers that graced the
tables at a traditional lunch with lawmakers inside the Capitol.
The weather was relatively warm, in the mid-40s, and while
the crowd was not as large as on Inauguration Day four years
ago, it was estimated at up to 1 million.
Big enough that he turned around as he was leaving the inaugural stands to savor the view one final time.
“I’m not going to see this again,” said the man whose political
career has been meteoric — from the Illinois Legislature to the U.S.
Senate and the White House before marking his 48th birthday.
On a day of renewal for democracy, everyone seemed to have
an opinion, and many seemed eager to share it.
“I’m just thankful that we’ve got another four years of democracy that everyone can grow in,” said Wilbur Cole, 52, a postman
from suburban Memphis, Tenn., who spent part of the day visiting the civil rights museum there at the site where the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
The inauguration this year shared the day with King’s birthday
holiday, and the president used a Bible that had belonged to the
civil rights leader for the swearing-in, along with a second one
that been Abraham Lincoln’s. The president also paused inside
the Capitol Rotunda to gaze at a dark bronze statue of King.
Others watching at a distance were less upbeat than Cole.
Frank Pinto, 62, and an unemployed construction contractor,
took in the inaugural events on television at a bar in Hartford,
Conn. He said because of the president’s policies, “My grandkids
will be in debt and their kids will be in debt.”
The tone was less overtly political in the nation’s capital,
where bipartisanship was on the menu in the speechmaking and
at the congressional lunch.
“Congratulations and Godspeed,” House Speaker John Boehner,
a Republican, said to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as he
presented them with flags that had flown atop the Capitol.
Outside, the Inaugural Parade took shape, a reflection of
American musicality and diversity that featured military units,
bands, floats, the Chinese American Community Center Folk
Dance Troupe from Hockessin, Del., and the Isiserettes Drill &
Drum Corps from Des Moines, Iowa.
The crowds were several rows deep along parts of the route,
and security was intense. More than a dozen vehicles flanked the
president’s limousine as it rolled down Pennsylvania Avenue,
and several agents walked alongside on foot.
As recent predecessors have, the president emerged from his
car and walked several blocks on foot. His wife, Michelle, was
with him, and the two held hands while acknowledging the cheers
from well-wishers during two separate strolls along the route.
A short time later, accompanied by their children and the vice
president and his family, the first couple settled in to view the
parade from a reviewing stand built in front of the White House.
A pair of nighttime inaugural balls completed the official proceedings, with a guest line running into the tens of thousands.
Obama addressed cheering crowds at the Commander in Chief
Ball, speaking by video to thank a group of troops in southern
Afghanistan. Then he introduced his “date,” Michelle Obama,
who danced with her husband in a ruby chiffon and velvet gown
while Jennifer Hudson sang “Let’s Stay Together.”
(Continued on page 16)
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Obama girls to hitting teen
milestones in White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — That’s how it goes with kids. You hardly notice how fast
they’re growing up, then suddenly big sis is nearly as tall as Mom and the little one is a
tween, gently sassing Dad.
On the inaugural platform again four years later, a more mature Malia Obama, 14, and
Sasha, 11, smiled, sometimes giggled, and chatted with their cousin Avery Robinson as they
awaited their father’s arrival.
Sasha bounced on her feet a bit as if chilly; later at the parade she danced in her seat to
the beat of passing drummers.
Malia, rivaling her mother’s 5 feet 11 inches, looked poised in calf-high black boots.
Like any girls their age, they whipped out their smartphones in the reviewing stand to take
photos.
Both daughters appeared relaxed and oblivious to their global TV audience, unaffected
by their rare status, unfazed by the fuss over their father.
Meanwhile, fashion-watchers were tweeting about the girls’ coats in vibrant shades of
purple. For the record: Malia wore a J. Crew ensemble, Sasha’s was Kate Spade, and first
lady Michelle Obama was in a Thom Browne coat with a navy print like a man’s silk tie.
Such attention to the Obamas’ clothes, their Hawaiian vacations, their hair — Michelle
lit up Twitter last week by adding bangs — will continue as they charge into a time of turbulence for so many American families: the teen years.
In the second term Sasha, who arrived in the White House as a second-grader, moves on
to high school. She expressed her pre-teen spirit Sunday, when Barack Obama took his official, nonpublic oath of office. After giving Dad a “Good job!” she added a reminder of his
flubbed words four years ago. “You didn’t mess up,” Sasha teased the commander in chief.
For Malia, the milestones to come are many — she’ll be hitting the years when typical
teens start driving, dating and applying to colleges. How normally can any of this go at 1600
Pennsylvania Ave.?
Life in the White House is bound to feel different to a teen than it does to a second-grader.
Seven-year-old Emanuel Coleman’s grandmother positioned him on the steps of the
National Gallery of Art to watch the swearing-in on a giant outdoor screen Monday. The
Durham, N.C., boy thought life for a White House kid must be cool, because the president
has “his own private limo, helicopter and lives in a really big house.”
“It would be fun to fly in the presidential helicopter,” Emanuel enthused.
Sixteen-year-old Colleen Casey isn’t so sure.
“They have to live their life in their dad’s shadow,” said Casey, part of a group of Girl
Scout volunteers who came to the inaugural from nearby Woodbridge, Va. “You can’t be
your own person.”
That’s the struggle for White House youngsters, said author Doug Wead, who has interviewed 19 sons and daughters of former presidents and wrote about them in “All the Presidents’ Children.”
“When your mom’s the first lady, and all your classmates are oohing and ahhing over her,
it’s hard to compete with that,” Wead said. “At any given time, half the country hates your
father and half the country loves him. It’s hard to establish a separate identity.”
Just last week, the National Rifle Association referred to the Obama daughters in an ad
berating their father for opposing a proposal to put armed guards in all schools, while his
children get Secret Service protection.
And the president’s been criticized for sending Sasha and Malia to the private Sidwell
Friends School.
Even the great stuff — traveling the globe, meeting rock stars, mingling with world
leaders — can go to a girl’s head.
Mrs. Obama says she strives to give the girls a normal life — homecoming dances,
playing basketball, trick-or-treating, slumber parties — and also to keep them respectful,
responsible and down-to-earth.
There’s been lots of speculation that Mrs. Obama, who turns 50 next year, may design
her own transformation in the second term, when she’ll be freed from worries about her
husband’s re-election. Will the first lady who dubbed herself “mom-in-chief” add to her
portfolio of family-centered causes? The White House isn’t yet saying.
Some feminists want to see the Harvard Law School grad take on a more forceful public
role. Not all her fans are so sure.
“I like the roles she’s taken on with troops, with health, with children,” said W. Faye
Butts, 68, an enthusiastic Obama supporter who traveled from Macon, Ga., for the inaugural. No need to try to do more: “She has a family to raise, that’s her first priority.”
Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele
A time and date for Lolo’s nominee for Director of the
Department of Port Administration, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire
Tuia Poumele to appear before the House of Representatives is
yet to be scheduled.
However, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation/Port/Airport Sen. Letuligasenoa Soli has scheduled
Taimalelagi for a confirmation hearing on Thursday, Jan. 24
at 9 a.m.
Most recently, Taimalelagi was the director of the American
Samoa Department of Education under the Togiola/Faoa Administration. Among other degrees and certifications, Taimalelagi
holds a doctorate degree in education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She also received her master’s of education and bachelor of science in secondary education degrees
from the University of Portland.
In his letter to the Fono leadership, the Governor notes that
as ASDOE director, Taimalelagi managed and had oversight
over all public schools in American Samoa.
“During her tenure, Dr. Poumele oversaw curriculum
development, and implemented key instructional programs,
including the evaluation of teachers. She also spearheaded
development of a long range building plan to ensure the needs
of her department were accommodated. Under her supervision,
ASDOE maintenance, renovations, and new construction projects remained on track.”
Lolo concluded, “Dr. Poumele’s leadership abilities and
management style will be an asset to the Department of Port
Administration. I am confident that she will bring a fresh perspective, a keen eye for efficiency, superb judgment, and the
ability to effectively complete projects for the department.”
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Both sides also recommended that the defendant be placed
on three year’s probation under several conditions, which
include that all of the vessels operated, managed and/or controlled by the company that trade in ports of the United States
shall be subject to the Environmental Management System
Compliance Plan - which is also being provided to the court
for approval.
Provisions of the environmental plan require that just eight
vessels belonging to Pacific International — identified by name
in the plea agreement—operate in U.S. waters including American Samoa.
Southern Lily 2 is among the vessels allowed in US waters
under the agreement. The defendant is required to first notify the
USCG if it wants any other PIL vessels to operate in US waters.
The agreement was signed by U.S. Justice Department
attorney Howard P. Steward with the Environmental Crimes
Section, Cpt. Pradeep Desawar, general manager of Pacific
International and the defendant’s attorney John Cox.
Court records do not show as to when the defendant will be
sentenced.
This new case comes a little more than a week after New Zealand based Sanford Ltd., was sentenced by the federal court in
Washington D.C. to pay total monetary judgement of $2.4 million — with $500,000 to benefit the national marine sanctuaries
in American Samoa.
Sanford was found guilty last August of environmental
crimes in territorial waters, along with obstruction of justice, by
a federal court jury. The charges stemmed from the company’s
vessel San Nikunau, fishing in waters of the territory.
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Block Grant – Decent Affordable Home Loan Program (CDBG-DAHLP) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Community Planning and
Development (CPD). For PY2011 to PY2015, HUD has approved for ASG to conduct a DAHLP Lottery. This will be a first-ever DAHLP lottery in the Territory. DAHLP applicants MUST
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Time:
10:00 a.m.
All applications must be received and date stamped by DBAS loan manager no later than Friday, February 22, 2013. Applications that do not meet this deadline will not be
processed. All applicants will receive a written response from DBAS regarding their application after the review process is complete. Successful applicants will then have 15 days
following the notification to comply with all approval conditions. It is estimated that construction will begin by March 2013.
ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO:
RUTH S. MATAGI-FA’ATILI
DBAS Loan Manager
Development Bank Office, Fagatogo
FALETUPE O ATIINA’E O AMERIKA SAMOA
FA’ASALALAUGA FA’ALAUA’ITELE
POLOKALAMA FAATUPU (INIVESI) FAAPAAGA MO FALENOFO
FAAALIGA O TUPE UA IAI NEI
POLOKALAMA MO LE TAUSAGA 2011-2012
Ua faia lenei fa’asalalauga e tusa ai ma le Fuafuaga Auai o Tagatanu’u ua faavaeina e le malo o Amerika Samoa ma e fa’atatau mo le Polokalama o le Community Development Block
Grant-Decent Affordable Home Loan ua fa’atupeina e le Matagaluega o Fale ma Atina’e o Nu’u o le Iunaite Setete (HUD), Ofisa o Fuafuaga ma Atina’e o Nuu. Mo tupe maua mai o le
DAHLP tausaga 2011-2015, ua tu’uina mai ai le fa’atanaga e le malo tele e faia ai le lotto mo lea polokalama fa’apitoa. O i latou e mafai ona talosaga mo nei noga tupe e aofia iai
nesionale Amerika, sitiseni Amerika po o e ua nofomau i Amerika Samoa.
E fa’amoemoe e maua mai e le Faletupe o Atiina’e ma le Ofisa o Fefa’atauaiga ma Alamanuia mai le Polokalama Faatupe mo Falenofo le aofa’i e tusa ma le $431,500 mo le polokalama
lenei a le feterale mo tausaga polokalama 2011-2012. O le a fa’amaopoopoina e le Faletupe o Atiina’e ni faatasiga mo le mamalu lautele e tufaina ai pepa ma fa’amalamalama ai
auiliiliga o Polokalama mo Falenofo. O nofoaga la nei ma aso faatulagaina ua ta’ua i lalo:
Aso mo Semina TUTUILA:
Ianuari 22, 2013 (Aso Lua)
Taimi:
9:00 a.m.
Nofoaga:
Sasa’e- Fale Laumei i Utulei
Sisifo – Fale o le Ekalesia Katoliko i Iliili
Aso mo Semina & Tufaina o Pepa Lotto i MANU’A:
Taimi:
Nofoaga:
Ianuari 24-25, 2013 (Aso Tofi & Aso Faraile)
9:00 a.m.
Ta’u/Faleasao – Laoa a Lesi’i Salesa
Fitiuta – EFKAS a Fitiuta Hall
* O i latou uma o lo’o nofo mau i Manu’a ua le mafai ona auai i aso o lo’o taua i luga, e mafai ona e auai i aso ua fa’atulagaina i lalo.
Taimi:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Nofoaga:
Fale Laumei, Utulei
Tufaina o Pepa Lotto:
Aso Gafua, Ianuari 28
A to G
Aso Lua, Ianuari 29
H to N
Aso Lulu, Ianuari 30
O to T
Aso Tofi, Ianuari 31
U to Z
Aso o le Lotto:
Fepuari 11, 2013 (Aso Gafua)
Nofoaga:
Fale Laumei, Utulei
Taimi:
10:00 a.m.
Mo tagata uma ua faamanuiaina i le lotto, e tatau ona faataunuuina mai i totonu i le Faletupe o Atina’e pepa talosaga uma ae le’i o’o i le Aso Faraile, Fepuari 22, 2013.
O ni talosaga uma e le fa’autagia lenei aso o le a le fa’aaogaina. O le a maua atu se tali tusitusia mo talosaga uma mai le Malo o Amerika Samoa Faletupe o Atina’e ina ua mae’a ona
iloiloina. O talosaga uma e talia e tuu atu i ai le 15 aso e amata mai le aso o le faaaliga e faautagia ai uma tulaga o le a taliaina. O loo fuafuaina e amata galuega ia Mati 2013.
O TALOSAGA UMA IA FAATAUNUU ATU IA:
RUTH S. MATAGI-FA’ATILI
DBAS Loan Manager
Development Bank Office, Fagatogo
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collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and
old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend - and not holding your ground - that
binds a family together.
Friday:
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Sunday:
“Discount Tuesday”:
Wed-Thurs:
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THE LAST STAND – Rated: R
After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left
him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens moved out of Los
Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy
border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered
when Gabriel Cortez, the most notorius, wanted drug kingpin in the western
hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner
convoy straight through Summerton Junction. At first reluctant to become
involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his
small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into
his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.
Friday: —
Saturday: 1:00
Sunday: 1:00
“Discount Tuesday”: —
Wed-Thurs: —
4:00
4:00
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Governor submits three more
names for Fono confirmation
By B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Governor Lolo M. Moliga has written to the
Fono leadership submitting the names of three
more cabinet nominations for confirmation. The
three nominees are Keniseli Faalupe Lafaele as
the director of the Department of Commerce,
Faleosina Faiai Voight as the director of the
Department of Public Works, and Taeaoafua
Dr. Meki Solomona as the director of the
Department of Human and Social Services.
He urges Fono leadership and their colleagues to confirm his nominees.
Confirmation dates for the trio are yet to be
scheduled, as their nominations must first be
drafted into resolutions and introduced in both
Fono chambers.
Keniseli Faalupe Lafaele
Presently an independent financial advisor,
Lafaele is Governor Lolo’s nomination to head
the Department of Commerce.
Lafaele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
economics from George Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree in economics
with an emphasis on economic development
from the University of Hawaii – Manoa. For
the past five years, Lafaele has provided financial planning services to the public as an independent financial advisor. Before that, he was
a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., a local business where he spent 26
years.
“He specializes in the areas of financial
planning for risk management, education,
investments, and retirement,” Lolo pointed
out. Lafaele is also a former member and vicechair of the American Samoa Medical Center’s
Board of Directors.
“Mr. Lafaele has government experience
in addition to his many years in the private
sector,” Lolo added.
The Governor wrote, “With a keen eye for
developing economic policy, many years of
experience providing the public with sound
financial planning advice, and the formal education necessary to execute the duties and
responsibilities of this important post, I know
that Mr. Lafaele will play a significant role
in moving the economy of American Samoa
forward.”
Faleosina Faiai Voight
The Acting Director of the Department of
Public Works Faleosina Faiai Voight is Lolo’s
nominee to be Public Works Director. Voight,
a DPW engineer for 20 years, spent the last
eight years as the Chief Engineer for the DPW
Civil Highways Division and served as deputy
director for the department.
She holds a Professional Engineering
License from the State of Hawaii and also a
bachelor’s degree in engineering from Idaho
State University.
“Mrs. Voight has been instrumental in
developing a strategic plan for the highway program in American Samoa, and implementing a
territory-wide transportation improvement program,” Governor Lolo wrote. “She was tasked
with overseeing and administering federal
highway programs and has negotiated agreements between the Federal Highway Administration and her department.”
Lolo concluded, “Mrs. Voight has spent
her entire professional life serving American
Samoa and almost her entire career at the
Department of Public Works. She knows well
the strengths of her department and the areas
that will improve because of her leadership.”
Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona
Lolo has submitted the name of long-time
cannery official Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona
to be the director of the Department of Human
and Social Services.
For the past two decades, Taeaoafua has
worn many leadership hats at StarKist Samoa.
Most recently, he was the manager of government relations and plant communication.
Prior to that, he was the manager of the human
resources department, and the total quality
management department. He was also a plant
superintendent for the production department,
and served as a translator/trainer for the whole
plant.
Before working in the private sector,
Taeaoafua was appointed as the director of the
Department of Commerce, and was once the
special assistant to the director of the Department of Education, and also served as the principal of Samoana High School.
Taeaoafua holds a doctorate degree in education administration and a master’s degree
in secondary education, both from Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah. He also holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law from the
University of California – Riverside.
“With many years of experience in the public
sector and in private industry, strong educational qualifications, and a proven penchant for
leadership and management, Taeaoafua is well
suited to this appointment,” Lolo wrote.
samoa news, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Page 13
Nation honors King on day of Obama inauguration
ATLANTA (AP) — Commemorative events for the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. slid seamlessly into celebrations of
the swearing-in Monday of the nation’s first black president,
with many Americans moved by the reminder of how far the
country has come since the 1960s.
“This is the dream that Dr. King talked about in his speech.
We see history in the making,” said Joyce Oliver, who observed
King Day by visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in
Memphis, Tenn., built on the site of the old Lorraine Motel,
where King was assassinated in 1968.
In Atlanta, at the 45th annual service for the civil rights
leader at the church where he was pastor, those gathered in
the sanctuary were invited to stay to watch President Barack
Obama’s second inauguration on a big-screen TV.
As the nearly three-hour service closed at Ebenezer Baptist
Church, organizers suggested forgoing the traditional singing
of “We Shall Overcome” because the inauguration would
begin. But the crowd shouted protests, so the choir and congregation sang the civil rights anthem before settling in to watch
the events in Washington.
In the nation’s capital, dozens took pictures of the King
statue before walking to the National Mall for the inauguration.
Nicole Hailey, 34, drove all night with her family from
Monroe, N.C. She attended Obama’s first inauguration four
years ago and was carrying a commemorative Metro ticket
from that day with Obama’s face on it.
She and her family visited the King memorial before the
swearing-in.
“It’s Martin Luther King’s special day,” she said. “We’re
just celebrating freedom.”
At the ceremonial inauguration, Obama took the oath on
a Bible once owned by King. He called it “a great privilege.”
The King Bible was one of two used; the other had belonged
to Abraham Lincoln.
In Columbia, S.C., civil rights leaders paused during their
annual King Day rally to watch the inauguration on a big
screen. Most of the crowd of several hundred stayed to watch
Obama’s address.
“You feel like anything is possible,” Jelin Cunningham, a
15-year-old black girl, said of Obama’s presidency.
“I’ve learned words alone can’t hurt or stop you, because
there have been so many hateful things said about him over the
past four years.”
At the Atlanta service, King’s youngest daughter, Bernice
King, said the country had been through a difficult year, with
divisive elections, military conflicts and natural disasters.
“We pray that this day will be the beginning of a new day in
America,” she said.
“It will be a day when people draw inspiration from the life
and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It will be a day when
people realize and recognize that if it were not for Dr. King and
those who fought the fight fought in that movement, we would
not be celebrating this presidency.”
She stressed her father’s commitment to nonviolence,
saying that after the 1956 bombing of the family’s home in
Montgomery, Ala., her father stood on the porch and urged
an angry, armed crowd to fight with Christian love — not
guns.
“This apostle of nonviolence perhaps introduced one of the
bravest experiences of gun control that we’ve ever heard of in
the history of our nation,” she said.
The service also kicked off a year of celebrations of the
50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington. Students led by King’s
great-niece Farris Christine Watkins delivered sections of the
speech in turn.
By the end, the crowd was on its feet, shouting, “Free at
last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
The keynote speaker was the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a socially conservative evangelical association. It marked
the first time a Latino had been invited to deliver the King Day
address at Ebenezer Baptist.
He urged the audience to complete King’s dream.
“Silence is not an option when 30 million of our brothers
and sisters live in poverty,” he said. “Silence is not an option
when 11 million undocumented individuals continue to live in
the shadows.”
Around the country, parades, service projects and memorials marked the holiday.
Visitors from as far as Europe thronged the National Civil
Rights Museum in Memphis. In Detroit, students beautified
schools. Others painted murals honoring King in Arkansas,
donated items to a food bank in Texas, and conducted a community health fair in Pennsylvania.
More than 500 people rallied outside the Alabama Capitol
in Montgomery, where state employee Jessie Harris declared
Obama’s presidency was a sign of progress in “living the
dream” that King spoke about.
“We have come far, but the struggle is not over,” Harris
said.
President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during their dance at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presiden(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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➧ Haleck heads up efforts to launch bank…
Continued from page 1
urged Avamua and his partners to accelerate
their efforts, which had previously included
negotiating, unsuccessfully, to buy out Bank of
Hawaii’s operations in American Samoa.
Haleck, who will be the acting Chairman of
the Board for the new bank, said the bank will
open in the second half of 2013 if the necessary funds can be raised and federal approval
is granted. He said the federal review process is
lengthy and strict, especially in the wake of the
2008 financial crisis.
In order to meet the stringent FDIC requirements, the new bank will need to raise in excess
of $10 million in equity capital, a significant portion of which must come from local investors and
investors with close ties to American Samoa.
“We have spoken with about 20 local businesspeople to gauge their interest in investing
in a local bank. Based on the response, we are
confident that we can raise the funds needed,”
Haleck said. “In the near future, we will provide
residents of American Samoa the opportunity to
purchase shares in the bank.”
Ti’otala Lewis Wolman has joined the Community Bank (IO) team and will be responsible
for communicating with investors, government
officials, the private sector and the public.
Wolman, former Samoa News publisher and
co-CEO of Blue Sky, said the FDIC wants to see
evidence that the community supports creation
of Community Bank (IO) and he will therefore
be meeting with stakeholders throughout the
territory to explain the group’s plans and obtain
expressions of moral and financial support.
“Community Bank (IO) needs the support
of everyone in American Samoa, especially
the individuals, families, and businesses who
have prospered here and want to ensure a bright
future for their family, friends and customers.
“This bank won’t belong to Dave Haleck,”
Wolman said. “Although Dave is the originator
and driving force for this initiative, the bank
needs widespread support from many others in
the community.”
Haleck will be a major shareholder and the
initial board chairperson. As chair, Haleck will
ensure that Community Bank (IO) treats its customers with the respect they deserve and provides the banking services they need.
FOLLOWING IN TE’O
ANNESLEY’S FOOTSTEPS
The Haleck family, led by Dave’s parents
Otto and Dorothy Haleck, was an initial shareholder in Amerika Samoa Bank (ASB), which
opened its doors in 1979 after local businessman
Te’o Gus Annesley spearheaded efforts for local
residents to invest in their own bank.
According to the Annesley family, Te’o
worked to launch ASB after becoming frustrated
with how locals were treated by the commercial
bank then operating here.
Te’o Annesley believed that a bank owned
and patronized by locals would better understand and respond to the unique challenges of
our island economy, and would stick with the
community through good days and bad.
Avamua Haleck said Te’o’s belief is as valid
now as it was 35 years ago.
And just as Te’o Annesley offered shares in
Amerika Samoa Bank to the general public in
the 1970’s, Community Bank will offer shares
to the general public in the near future.
Haleck said he was proud to announce that
the Te’o and Vera Annesley family is among
the first to confirm its intention to invest in
Community Bank (IO). [Te’o Annesley passed
away in 1981; the Annesley family is the owner
of the Samoa News.]
OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE
BANK’S PROSPECTS
While acknowledging the poor state of the
local economy at present, Avamua said the new
bank’s business plan is based on very conservative assumptions, and the group’s feasibility
analysis shows a reasonable expectation for
profitability even after factoring in a slow economic recovery.
Avamua said he is confident that American
Samoa’s economy will improve soon due to the
new administration’s emphasis on promoting
economic development and encouraging new
businesses and higher private sector employment.
Haleck, who oversees wide-ranging business
interests in American Samoa and Samoa, said he
and his family firmly believe: “Better days are
ahead for American Samoa. We are investing
our money to make that belief a reality, and I
encourage others to do the same.”
➧ Te’o not alone in wishful thinking…
Continued from page 7
with leukemia. Te’o and his family provided
them with plenty of stories about the relationship, and no one figured out it was fiction until
Deadspin.com broke that news this past week.
In his first interview since, Te’o told ESPN
he had lied to his father about having met
Kekua. To cover that up, he apparently lied to
everyone else.
“That goes back to what I did with my dad.
I knew that. I even knew that it was crazy that
I was with somebody that I didn’t meet,” Te’o
said during the off-camera interview Friday. “So
I kind of tailored my stories to have people think
that, yeah, he met her before she passed away.”
The fact is that many people don’t like to admit
that they find love online, let alone that they might
be misled by someone they’ve met that way.
For a young woman in Chicago, it started last
February when a potential love interest responded
to a personal ad she’d posted in the Craigslist
“W4M” section. They communicated for several
months online, first by email, and then instant
messaging and then online voice chat.
She sent him her photo. He delayed sending
his, again and again, and put off meeting in
person. He wasn’t ready, he told her. It bothered her, but she was so taken with the ease and
intimacy of their long, daily conversations —
about their lives and their jobs, their family and
friends, even sex.
After this went on for eight months, he
abruptly deleted his email and Yahoo Messenger
accounts, the only means she’d had to reach him.
She didn’t even know his last name and wouldn’t
know him if he passed her on the street.
“It all sounds ridiculous when you’re not
immersed in the situation, but when you are, it’s
incredibly easy to get sucked in and not want out,”
said the 23-year-old, a young professional who
shared her story on the condition of anonymity,
still hesitant to admit how truly heartbroken she
was over a person she’d never met in person.
Te’o offered similar details Friday, telling
ESPN he never met Kekua face-to-face and
when he tried to speak with her via Skype and
video phone calls, the picture was blocked. Still,
he said he didn’t figure out the ruse.
After he was told Kekua had died of leukemia in early September, Te’o admitted he
misled the public about the nature of the “relationship” because he was uncomfortable saying
it was purely an electronic romance. Skeptics
remain, including some young adults accustomed to making connections on the Internet
and by text message.
“Maybe I’d be more inclined to buy it if he
was an everyday ‘Joe Schmoe,’ but with his
fame, I can’t imagine it happening,” said Jennifer Marcus, a 26-year-old New Yorker who
blogs about dating and other topics. “To me it
seems like he did it for sympathy, or maybe has
a few screws loose like a ton of people in this
world. People go to great lengths to fit in.”
For the 23-year-old Chicagoan, her experience
online hasn’t led her to swear off using Craigslist
and the OkCupid website to find dates. She has,
however, started heeding the red flags she once
ignored, she says, and cuts off communication
with anyone who won’t meet with her in person.
“I don’t want my time wasted again with
someone who isn’t willing to give the same
amount of transparency and availability that I am,”
she said. “I’m planning a third date with someone
who is very much the person he claimed to be.”
samoa news, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Page 15
Where
it’s at in
American Samoa
SAMOA AUTOMOTIVE
TIRE SALE
TOE NOFO SAUNI AMERIKA SAMOA MO LE AFA O GARRY — Se vaaiga i ni isi o pisinisi
ua maea ona puipui i laupapa, ao sauni ai le atunuu e faafeiloai le afå o Garry lea ua faamoe[ata: AF]
moe e taunuu mai i le atunuu i le taeao nei, e pei ona taua i ripoti o le tau.
➧ Lolo replaces immigration officials…
Continued from page 1
tion officials “to afford the opportunity to implement required mitigation strategies.”
He said he is “highly confident” that the
new chief immigration officer “possesses the
leadership and management skills to improve
the integrity of this important agency” of
ASG and the assistance of the other two
newly appointed individuals, “will improve
the capacity of the office to implement needed
mitigation actions.”
Lolo acknowledged statutory authority
which grants the attorney general specific
powers by the governor to appoint the chief
immigration officer.
“...nevertheless this issue is a politically
sensitive issue which necessitated the appointment of individuals I trust will do a good job
resolving the public complaints questioning the
integrity of this [immigration] office,” he wrote.
“I look forward to seeing the prompt resolution of our current challenges and it is my hope
that new policies will be established to preempt
fraudulent behavior from being repeated in the
future,” he said. “As I have impressed upon
you, the commitment of this administration is
to transparency and total accountability.”
Lolo also says that he is in the process of
reconstituting the Immigration Board and “will
appoint business and community leaders whose
personal characters and integrity are beyond
reproach.” He said a memo will be issued soon
appointing a new board.
Under local law, the Immigration Board,
consists of five at-large members, who are U.S
nationals of American Samoan ancestry. They
are appointed by the Governor with the consent
and approval of the Legislature. They are to
serve 5- year terms, but for no more than two
consecutive terms.
Members are to serve on the Board until a
successor is approved; and shall elect their own
chairperson annually.
Lolo revealed in his State of the Territory
Address last Monday that he has instructed the
Attorney General to redefine all immigration
policies, not only to streamline the process, but
also to stop immediately all illegal practices
which are severely diluting the composition of
our population with the majority composed of
undocumented immigrants.
He also said the Immigration Board would
be reconstituted with instructions to the new
board to develop polices to govern its activities
and to ensure strict adherence to existing immigration laws.
BACKGROUND
In January 2010, The Immigration Office
was the subject of raids at its main immigration
office located in the EOB building and its office
at Pago Pago International Airport. They reportedly carted off large plastic bins and a cabinet
filled with immigration documents. The raids
were conducted by about 20 local law enforcement agents, including one FBI agent, and were
seeking evidence of human trafficking in a case
that could involve victims from China, the Philippines and South Korea, authorities said.
The Immigration Office is suspected of
helping to illegally bring Asians into the South
Pacific territory through neighboring Samoa,
Lieutenant John Cendrowski of the Office of
Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement said in a search
warrant that was executed on Thursday. To
date, no charges have been filed in this case.
In December 2012, a local immigration
officer was arrested in connection with an
immigration ID scam, involving two Chinese
nationals and a Samoan woman.
The two Chinese women told police they
were not aware that their immigration IDs were
fake. The pair, who have not been not charged,
are expected to be witnesses for the government
if the case proceeds to a trial.
➧ Garry: A blow for the MLK holiday…
Continued from page 1
“The storm continues to intensify” as it
moves near the territory, said Mase.
A storm warning was in effect for the
Manu’a island and a gale wind warning for the
rest of the territory.
A resident of Faleasao village reached by
phone from Tutuila said their village mayor
walked the village after 1p.m. yesterday to alert
residents to start preparations as the storm was
heading towards American Samoa.
“Since then people have been boarding up
their homes, buying necessary items such as
canned food, chips and bottled water,” said
the female resident, who asked not be identified by name.
A resident on Ofu island said winds didn’t
start picking up until around 4p.m. and residents were making preparation for high winds.
None of the radio stations from Tutuila are
heard in Manu’a so residents depend on their
families on Tutuila as well as their own village
mayor for weather information. Certain areas
of Manu’a pick up the KVZK-TV telecasts
from Tutuila.
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➧ Obama takes 2nd oath…
Continued from page 9
President Barack Obama hugs daughter Malia as first lady Michelle Obama and daughter
Malia watch after Obama was officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts, not pictured, in
the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington,
(AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. In his brief, 18-minute
speech, Obama did not dwell on
the most pressing challenges of
the past four years. He barely
mentioned the struggle to reduce
the federal deficit, a fight that
has occupied much of his and
Congress’ time and promises the
same in months to come.
He spoke up for the poor
— “Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do
very well and a growing many
barely make it” — and for
those on the next-higher rung
— “We believe that America’s
prosperity must rest upon the
broad shoulders of a rising
middle class.” The second reference echoed his calls from
the presidential campaign that
catapulted him to re-election
“A decade of war is now
ending. An economic recovery
has begun,” said the president
who presided over the end to
the U.S. combat role in Iraq,
set a timetable for doing the
same in Afghanistan and took
office when the worst recession
in decades was still deepening.
“We will support democracy
from Asia to Africa, from the
Americas to the Middle East,
because our interests and our
conscience compel us to act on
behalf of those who long for
freedom,” he said in a relatively
brief reference to foreign policy.
The former community
organizer made it clear he
views government as an engine
of progress. While that was far
from surprising for a Democrat,
his emphasis on the need to
combat global climate change
was unexpected, as was his
firm new declaration of support
for full gay rights.
In a jab at climate-change
doubters, he said, “Some may
still deny the overwhelming
judgment of science, but none
can avoid the devastating
impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.” He said America
must lead in the transition to
sustainable energy resources.
He likened the struggle for
gay rights to earlier crusades
for women’s suffrage and
racial equality.
“Our journey is not complete
until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else
under the law — for if we are
truly created equal, then surely
the love we commit to one
another must be equal as well,”
said the president, who waited
until his campaign for re-election last year to announce his
support for gay marriage.
His speech hinted only
barely at issues likely to spark
opposition from Republicans
who hold power in the House.
He defended Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security
as programs that “do not make
us a nation of takers; they free
is to take the risks that made
this country great.”
He referred briefly to making
“the hard choices to reduce
the cost of health care and the
size of our deficit,” a rhetorical
bow to a looming debate in
which Republicans are seeking
spending cuts in health care
programs to slow the rise in a
$16.4 trillion national debt.
He also cited a need for
legislation to ease access to
voting, an issue of particular
concern to minority groups,
and to immigration reform and
gun-control legislation that he
is expected to go into at length
in his State of the Union speech
on Feb. 12.
But his speech was less a list
of legislative proposals than a
plea for tackling challenges.
“We must act, knowing that
our work will be imperfect,”
he said, and today’s “victories
will only be partial.”
There was some official business conducted during the day.
Moments after being sworn in,
the president signed nomination
papers for four new appointees
to his Cabinet, Sen. John Kerry
for secretary of state, White
House chief of staff Jacob Lew
to be treasury secretary, former
Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel
for defense secretary and White
House adviser John Brennan to
head the CIA.
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SAUNI FONO E TOE ILOILO LE PAKETI A LE ASPA
Ua i ai le finagalo o taitai o le Fono Faitulafono, o le a latou
toe iloiloina le tulaga o le Paketi a le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) ao lei maea le masina lenei, lea e
atoa i ai masina e fa o le paketi sa tuuina atu e le Fono mo le
ASPA, e faatautai ai galuega mo le kuata muamua o le Tausaga
Tupe 2013.
I luma o le Maota o Sui i le vaiaso nei, na fesiligia ai e le alii
faipule ia Larry Sanitoa le Fofoga Fetalai, po o i ai se fuafuaga
a le Fono e toe iloilo le paketi a le ASPA ina ia mautinoa e
sologa lelei pea le faatinoga o tautua a le ASPA mo le atunuu.
Saunoa Sanitoa e faapea, e taua tele le silafia e afioga i sui
mamalu o le maota o le tulaga o lo o taoto ai gaioiga a le ASPA
mo lenei tausaga, aemaise ai foi o lea ua maea ona tofia le
Komiti Faafoe fou e faatautaia galuega a le ASPA.
I luma o le maota maualuga na saunoa ai le alii Peresetene
o le Senate e faapea, ua maea ona tuuina atu le tusi i le komiti
faafoe fou a le ASPA ina ia sauni mai i le fono mo le talanoaina
o le tulaga o le paketi.
Na taua e Gaoteote Palaie Tofau e faapea, ua maea ona ia
faailoa i le Komiti Faafoe a le ASPA ua tofia nei, e na o le 4
masina o le paketi sa tuuina atu e faatinoina ai galuega a le
ASPA mo le tausaga tupe lenei.
E lei faamautuina mai se aso e feiloai ai le Fono ma le pulega
fou a le ASPA mo le talanoaina o le latou paketi.
AMATA ILOILOGA A LE FONO
I TOFIGA A LE ALII KOVANA
O le aso a taeao lea ua faatulaga e amataina ai iloiloga a
maota e lua mo tofiga a le kovana i Faatonusili o Ofisa ma
Matagaluega a le malo.
E 7 tofiga a le afioga i le kovana sili ia Lolo Matalasi Moliga
ua taunuu i luma o le Fono, ma o tofiga foi nei ua sauni le Fono
e fesiligia.
I le maota o sui, o le itula e 8:30 i le aso a taeao o le a iloilo
ai e le Komiti o Aoga/Sikolasipi o lo o taitai ai Vaetasi Tuumolimoli Moliga tofiga mo Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau e avea ma
Faatonusili o Aoga.
O le aso Tofi i le 8:30 o le a iloilo ai e le komiti o le
Faagaioiga o le malo o lo o taitai ai Faimealele Anthony Allen
tofiga mo Le’i Sonny Thompson e avea ma Faaatonusili o le
Matagaluega o Tagata Faigaluega a le malo; a’o le itula e 11:00
e iloilo ai e le komiti o Sailiga o Alamanuia o lo o taitai ai Fatulegaee Mauga tofiga mo Falema’o Phil Pili e avea ma Teutupe
a le malo.
O le aso Faraile i le 8:30 i le taeao ua faamoemoe e fesiligia
ai e le komiti o le Faagaioiga o le malo o lo o taitai ai Faimealelei, tofiga mo Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga e avea ma Faatonusili
o le Matagaluega o Alamanuia o le Vaomatua ma le Sami.
Ae mo le maota maualuga, o le aso a taeao i le 8:00 e fesiligia ai tofiga a le kovana mo le Teutupe, sosoo ai ma le iloiloga
o le Faatonusili o aoga i le itula e 9:00.
O le aso Tofi e iloilo ai tofiga mo le tofa Le’i i le itula e 8:00,
a’o le 9:00 e iloilo ai tofiga mo Dr. Claire Poumele e avea ma
Faatonusili o le Pulega o Uafu ma Taulaga, ma faaiu ai loa i
le aso Faraile i iloiloga mo Dr. Ruth, o le Komesina filifilia o
Leoleo ia William Haleck ma Utualii Iuniasolua Savusa i le
tofi Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu
Lotoifale.
SAUNI FAIPULE FESILIGIA PULE O
GALUEGA TULAGA FAALETONU O AUALA
O le uluai iloiloga talu ona tatala le tauaofiaga a le fono
faitulafono, o le a fesiligia ai e le komiti o Galuega Lautele a
le maota o sui le Faatonusili tofia o le Matagaluega o Galuega
a le malo, i le tulaga o lo o i ai auala i vaega taitasi o le atunuu.
O lea iloiloga na faatulagaa i le maea ai lea ona faaleo e
ni isi o afioga i faipule o faasea i luma o le maota, i le tulaga
pagatia ua i ai auala i le atunuu, aemaise ai foi o le fia malamalama i le tulaga ua oo i ai galuega o lo o faatupe mai e le
feterale ua maea ona faataoto e le matagaluega talu mai le tele
o tausaga ua mavae.
I le tofia ai e le alii kovana o Faleosina Voight lea ua tele
tausaga o avea ma sui faatonusili o le matagaluega e avea ma
Faatonusili, ua manatu ai afioga i faipule, o se avanoa lelei
lenei e faafofoga ai le komiti i se molimau a Faleosina i le
tulaga o lo o i ai auala i le atunuu.
Ae mo le iloiloga sa tau fuafua a le Senate i le mataupu lava
iauala, ua toe tolopo sei maea le iloiloina o tofiga a le kovana i
le faatonu filifilia ona faatoa faataunuuina lea.
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Le fale lea na poloina e le alii kovana le Faatonu filifilia o le Matagaluega o Galuega a le malo,
ina ia tala i lalo i se vaitaimi lata mai. Saunoa le alii kovana, o le isi lea auala o lo o faatuai ai le
atina’e o turisi i le atunuu, ona o vaaiga le manuia nei o lo o fai ma taulaiga o le vaai a tagata o
[ata: AF]
lo o malaga maimoa mai i le teritori.
Taula’i Faigamalo fou i auala
e faaleleia ai le tamaoaiga
FILIFILIA KENISELI LAFAELE AVEA MA FAATONUSILI FEFAATAUAIGA MA ALAMANUIA
tusia Ausage Fausia
O le faaopoopoina o galuega i le teritori,
o le itu lea ua manatu Kovana Lolo Matalasi
Moliga ma le Lutena Kovana ia Lemanu Peleti
Mauga, o le a ave i ai la laua faamuamua mo le
faaleleia o le tamaoaiga, ina ua laua talitonu,
o le fatu lea o le manuia o aiga ma pisinisi i le
atunuu.
Na taua e le alii kovana e faapea, “E le mafai
ona tupu le tamaoaiga pe afai e leai ni tupe e
maua e tagata e faatino o latou manaoga,” ma
ia taua ai se tasi o a laua faanaunauga, o le galulue faatasi ma pisinisi tumaoti i le atina’eina o
avanoa faigaluega mo le atunuu.
O fuafuaga foi ia na taumafai i ai le alii
kovana ua maea atu, peitai e lei manuia se isi
vaega o lea fuafuaga ina ua tapuni le kamupani
i’a o le Samoa Packing i le 2009, ma faaopoopo
ai le aofai o tagata e leai ni galuega i le teritori,
e ui na toe suia ina ua maua galuega i polokalama na faatupe mai e le feterale ina ua tuana’i
le galulolo i le 2009.
O le faataunuuina o ia moemitiga, ua manatu
ai Lolo e toe faatulaga tiute tauave a le Matagaluega o Fefaatauaiga ma Alamanuia, ina ia
taula’i i le atina’eina o pisinisi ma le tamaoaiga.
O le vaiaso nei na faalauiloa ai e Lolo lona
filifilia o Keniseli Faalupe Lafaele e avea ma
Faatonusili o lea Matagaluega.
O ni isi o taumafaiga e unaia ai le tamaoaiga
o le atunuu, o le vaavaai lea i atina’e e pei o
turisi ma faalelei pisinisi lotoifale, e pei ona
manatu i ai ni isi o le aufai pisinisi i le atunuu.
I le faauuga o alii mautofi i le vaiaso na tea
nei, na faalauiloa ai e Lolo lona faatonuina o le
Faatonusili tofia o le Matagaluega o Galuega
Lautele a le malo, ina ia fai se fuafuaga i le
fale tuai o lo o i ai nei i Pago Pago, le Chinatown hall, ona o le isi lea auala o lo o taofia
ai le toatele o turisi e agai mai e fia maimoa i
Amerika Samoa, ona o ituaiga vaaiga faapenei.
I le naunau ai o le Fono Faitulafono latou
te fia iloa le tulaga o lo o i ai le tamaoaiga o
le atunuu i le taimi nei, ua talosagaina ai e le
afioga i le alii faipule ia Larry Sanitoa le komiti
o le Paketi a le maota, mo se avanoa e maua mai
ai ni ripoti o galuega a le malo mo le kuata fa o
le tausaga tupe ua maea atu, atoa ai ma se ripoti
i tupe maua a le malo mo le kuata muamua o le
tausaga tupe lenei o le a mae’a.
Na taua e Sanitoa e faapea, o le taua o le tulaga
lea e mafai ai ona malamalama le tino i le ituaiga
malosi o lo o i ai le tamaoaiga o le atunuu.
E toatele ni isi o le atunuu sa o latou talosagaina le alii kovana ua mavae atu Togiola
Tulafono i luga o lana polokalame i faaiuga o
vaiaso, ina ia fai se fuafuaga e tatala ai i lalo le
fale lea, ona ua mataga ma foliga le manaia i
totonu o le taulaga.
Sa maitauina e le Samoa News i ni isi o
taimi e ulufale mai ai vaa meli e malaga mai
ai turisi i le atunuu, le toatele o turisi latou te
pu’eina ata o le fale.
Saunoa Lolo, o le atina’e o turisi, o le isi lea
alagatupe malosi mo le tamaoaiga o le teritori,
pe afai e lelei ona atina’e ma fuafua lelei.
O le masina nei lea ua amata faagasolo ai
le faatutumuina o pepa mo avanoa faigaluega
i le kamupani i’a o le StarKist Samoa, ma ua
toatele le atunuu ua lolofi atu i ai mo le sailia o
ni a latou galuega.
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O se va’aiga i le fa’afanua o Amerika ma o setete e lanu efuefu, e iloa ai setete e le o gaua’i i le
a’oa’oga a le Common Core - e aofia ai Texas ma Alaska. Ua fa’ailoa mai e Cox, “O Texas ua leva
ona suia e i latou le latou ala o a’oa’oga, e matua maualuluga lava togi o fanau i lea setete talu ai
le latou polokalama ua leva ona fa’atautaia, a’o Alaska ua matua tutusa lelei le latou polokalama
ua loa fo’i ona fa’atautaia, ae ua fa’ailogaina e i latou o le Alaskan System!” O setete ia e tele na’ua
[ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
le tupe e fa’aaoga mo latou polokalama o a’oa’oga, ona e tele ai fo’i le suau’u.
Si’itia Tulaga o A’oga i Amerika!
tusia: Leua Aiono Frost
Lea ua mafuli le Matagaluega o A’oga ina ia auai Amerika Samoa i le 46 setete ma teritori
o Amerika ua so’ofa’atasi ia laugatasia i latou i le ituaiga o fa’atulagaga o A’oga a le fanau
mai le Level k5 - Level 12.
Ua fa’aatoatoa fo’i i ai le taumafaiga a Amerika Samoa e mulimulita’ia lea faiga e mautinoa
ai, po’o fea lava le setete e fia auai i ai lou alo i Amerika, o lo’o soso’o pea a latou a’oa’oga i
mea sa tu’ua ai a’oga i’inei.
O se mea sili ona fa’afiafiaina ai le agaga o afioga i Kovana uma o le Iunaite Setete, aua o se
latou i’ugafono ua ata mai, ma ua iloga fo’i e aoga tele mo le tupulaga o Amerika atoa, fa’atasi
ai ma le toe si’itia o le tulaga o Amerika i le fa’asologa o A’oga i le lalolagi, lea e tulaga 21 ai
le Iunaite Setete o Amerika.
Na tula’i le ali’i Dean o Tamaiti A’oga i le Iunivesite o South Dakota, lea sa tofia fa’apitoa
e auai i le vaega o i latou e su’esu’e auiliili le mafuaga o lo’o tulaga muamua ai Finland, tulaga
lua Singapore i le maualuga o tulaga o le Numera o i ai a’oa’oga i nei atunu’u.
Sa ia fa’ailoa ai mea nei:
• E le so’ona tele mataupu e a’otauina ai fanauiti mai le vasega muamua ma le lua, ua na’o
le ta’ilua lava, ae ia mautu ua malamalama i latou i nei mataupu.
• Fa’ato’a a’oa’oina lava le valu o mataupu ile fanau ae ua o’o i le vasega lima.
Pe afai ae va’ai ane i le fa’agasologa o le Numera i le tele o Setete o Amerika, e mafai ona
matauina ai, e a’otauina lava le fanau i mea uma e valu mai le amataga o le olaga a’oa’oina
se’ia o’o i le mae’a o le vasega 8, o se ‘ese’esega tele lea ua taumafai nei le Common Core e
fa’ata’ita’i ai i le faiga i Finland, Singapore ma Korea lea e tulaga maualuluga i le numera i le
lalolagi.
O le fa’atautaiga o A’oga i Amerika e fa’aaoga ai le fa’atulagaga a le Comon Core, ua
mautu ai le mau, ina ia gafatia uma e le fanau ona ulufale i Kolisi pe a mae’a a’oga maualuluga, ma ia gafatia fo’i e fanau ua pasi mai Kolisi ona maua tomai ma agava’a e faigaluega
ai i’inei ma so’o se isi lava setete sa latou fa’aaogaina lea lava fa’atulagaga e a’oa’o ai fanau
- Common Core!
O le toe aso o lenei semina na fa’atautaia e Kathy Cox mai le Pulega Sili o le Common
Core i Uosigitone, ma Rick Melmer mai South Dakota, sa faia lea ina ia fa’ailoa i matua ma
sosaiete a Matua ma Faia’oga lea faiga fou, ma ua mafuli le 46 o setete ma teritori o Amerika
e fa’aaoga mo a’oga a le fanau.
“Ua le gata i fanau a’oga ia laugatasia le a’oa’oina mai level K5 se’ia o’o i A’oga maualuluga, ae ua fa’apea fo’i ona aoga tele i faia’oga, o le a tutusa lelei le fa’atulagaga o vasega i
aso ta’itasi i le Igilisi, Numera ma le Saeanisi.” O se tala fiafia lea a Kathy i le fa’apotopotoga
na auai o matua ma faia’oga ae maise o pule a’oga.
O ai e fa’alagolago tele i ai lenei polokalama ia fa’atautaia ia matua aoga mo i tatou, e
afua mai lea i le Pule a’oga ma Faia’oga aua ua mae’a saunoa le tama’ita’i fa’atonu sili, Salu
Hunkin i lea taeao, “O ia te le agaga fiafia, e tatou te galulue fa’atasi ai mo lenei fa’amoemoe
lelei, ma ua iloga mai, e faigofie atili ai ona si’itia le tomai ma agavaa i le olaga a’oa’oina ma
ulufale i galuega o alo o le atunu’u atoa ae maise ai le Iunaite setete o Amerika.”
E tele na’ua fa’amaumauga matagofie sa fa’ailoa ai e sui nei mai le ofisa autu o le Common
Core sa malaga mai, e fa’amaonia ai le afuaga o le eseesega tele i le ala sa a’otauina ai alo o
Amerika ma le faiga sa a’oa’o ai fanau i atunu’u ua tulaga muamua, lua ma le tolu i le lalolagi.
Ua i ai fo’i ma le ala fou e fa’amaumau ai la’asaga uma e tusa o le tatou fa’atautaia o le
Common Core mo tatou a’oa’oga, ma e ao ina leai se la’asaga e tasi e le fa’atinoina. Peita’i,
ina ia su’ea le su’ega e fa’ailoa ai so tatou tulaga ua ausia talu ona ua fa’aaogaina e i tatou le
Common Core, ua fa’atulaga e faia i le 2015.
Atugalu Galea’i tulaga o lo o
i ai olaga o aiga lima vaivai
tusia Ausage Fausia
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TALIA FA’AMASINOGA TALI IOE A SE ALI’I FILIPAINA
Ua mae’a ona ioe se alii Filipino i tu’uaiga o lona tagofia o
itutino sa o se tamaitai sa la inupia faatasi, ae ua faaleaoga e le
faamasinoga moliaga, i lona taumafai e tete’e atu i leoleo a’o
latou taumafai e ave faapagota o ia.
O lo o taofia pea Victor Liwan Tacloloy i le toese i Tafuna e
faatali ai le aso lea ua faamoemoe e tuuina atu ai le faaiuga a alii
faamasinoga e tusa ai o lana mataupu.
O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili lagolago ia Lyle L. Richmond o lo o taulimaina le mataupu a le ua molia, i le lagolagosua a afioga i alii faamasino ia Mamea Sala Jr ma Muasau
Tasina Tofili.
IOE LAULU I TUUAIGA A LE MALO
Na molia Lealofi Laulu i le moliaga mamafa o le faaoolima i
le tulaga lua ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele.
Ae i lalo o le maliliega ua ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e
le faamasinoga, ua ia tali ioe ai i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le
tulaga tolu lea ua toe teuteu e le malo, ae solofua le moliaga o le
faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele.
I le tali ioe ai o Laulu, sa ia tautino ai i le faamasinoga e
faapea, sa ia faaaoga se fagupia e ta ai foliga o le alii na aafia.
O lo o taofia pea Laulu i le toese i Tafuna e faatali ai le aso 11
o Fepuari lea ua faamoemoe e lau ai lona faasalaga.
FA’AMAONIA TUUAIGA FA’ASAGA IA JOVIAN TOLOA
Ua ta’usala nei e le Faamasinoga Maualuga le alii o Jovian
Toloa i le moliaga o le faaoolima i le tulaga lua, i le maea ai ona
talia e le faamasinoga o le maliliega na sainia e le ua molia ma
le malo, lea foi na tolaulau i luma o le faamasinoga i le vaiaso
na tea nei.
I le tausala ai e le faamasinoga o Toloa, ua faatulaga ai loa le
lauina o lona faasalaga i le masina fou.
O lo o taofia pea Toloa i le toese i Tafuna e faatali ai le tuuina
atu o lona faasalaga i le masina fou.
O le afioga i le alii faamasino sili ia Michael Kruse na taulimaina le mataupu a le ua molia, i le lagolagosua a afioga i alii
faamasino ia Logoai Siaki ma Faamausili Pomele.
O le vaaia o se vaega to’atele o ni isi o aiga o le atunu’u mai afioaga eseese o lo o nonofo i
fale tau soosoo e puipui i atigi pusa ma nai laupapa, na taua ai e le afioga i le alii Senatoa mai
Manu’a ia Galea’i Tuufuli e faapea, e le o ni meaola tagata nei e nonofo ai i nei ituaiga fale.
O le alia’e ai o vaaiga faamomoi loto nei e pei ona saunoa le alii Senatoa i luma o le maota
maualuga i le vaiaso nei, na talosagaina ai le Peresetene o le Senate ma le Fofoga Fetalai o le
Maota o Sui, i se avanoa e faia ai sa latou talanoaga ma le Kovana Sili ma le Lutena Kovana,
ina ia saili se auala e ofo atu ai e le malo ni fesoasoani mo aiga nei.
Na taua e Galeai e faapea, i sana asiasiga i ni isi o afioaga o le atunuu, na ia molimauina ai
tulaga faaletonu nei i fale o lo o nonofo ai ni isi o aiga.
“E le o ni ituaiga fale nei e nonofo ai tagata Samoa po o ni tagata soifua fo’i,” o le saunoaga
lea a Galea’i ao ia faamatala i luma o le Senate foliga o fale sa ia vaaia o lo o nonofo ai ni isi
o aiga, e fausiaina i ni laupapa ma ni apa, ae fausia i pepa atigi pusa ma laupapa e maua mai i
pisinisi.
“E foliga mai o ni meaola tagata nei ma nei ituaiga fale e nonofo ai, ou te iloa foi e leai se
isi o outou afioga i Senatoa e manao i sona aiga e nofo i ituaiga fale nei,” o le isi lea saunoaga
a Galea’i.
O se tasi o vaaiga faamomoi loto na taua e Galea’i i le vaaiga sa ia molimauina, o se tasi o
fale e pei ona ia taua, e nonofo ai se ulugalii ma le la fanau, e le gata e leai se isi o le ulugalii e
faigaluega, ae o lavalava foi e oofu ai tamaiti e mata’utia le leaga.
“E mata’utia le tulaga na ou vaaia i lavalava o tamaiti, e oo foi i mea e momoe ai, e momoe
i luga o le sofa e leai se fala poo se faamalu e fofola ai, ailoga e i ai se tagata ola o lo o soifua i
lenei atunuu e fia oo i le ituaiga olaga lea,” o Galea’i lea.
“O le tele lava o taimi tatou te talanoa ai i isi mataupu e faatatau i le malo ma lona atina’e, ae
galo ai lava ia te i tatou tagata nei o lo o nonofo i fale e leai se isi o tatou e fia nofo ma ola ai,”
o le isi lea saunoaga a Galea’i.
E ui i tulaga pagatia e pei ona molimauina e le alii Senatoa, ae maualuga lona talitonuga o le
faigamalo fou lea ua tulai mai a Lolo Matalasi Moliga ma Lemanu Peleti Mauga, o le a mafai
ai ona maua se fesoasoani mo nai aiga nei, aua o le la manulauti foi lea, ia faamuamua tagata.
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ia faitau ai i le nusipepa, e mafai ona fesoasoani e fausia ai ni fale mo nai aiga nei, e pei o fale
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Agelu a
le Ali’i
Tusia: Akenese Ilalio Zec
Vaega: 88
Fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le atunu’u, ae maise o le au
faitau i lenei taeao fou, taeao manino, taeao toto’a, ua alafa’i
mai ai i le manuia i le alofa ma le agalelei o le Atua. Malo
le soifua, malo foi le onosa’i i faiva a tiute o lo’o feagai ai
i lenei aso, ae alo maia, o le a toe fa’aauau atu la tatou tala
fa’asolo e pei ona masani ai.
Ua fa’aauau pea le tala’iga o le fonotaga e pei ona fai
nei e Agelu a le Ali’i, ma ua avea le le malilie o auauna
fa’atuatua a le Atua i le tuli atu e Kapilielu o ana Agelu ma
ala na o’o ai loa le manatu i le toeaina e sili ia pe a alu ma
ia e tala’i le feiloaiga lenei, ma ua fa’apea loa ona fai. Na
muamua lava ulufale Kapilielu i totonu o le afeafe o lo’o i ai
le Au So’o o Peteru ma Paulo.
I totonu o le Tusi Paia, o lo’o o tatou silafia uma ai le
tala ina ua alu le faiva o le Asu So’o ma lo tatou Ali’I o Iesu
Keriso. Ma ina ua alu le faiva lenei, ua sousou le sami, ma
ua le mafai ai ona lafo le upega. O lea lava taimi o lo’o tofa
Iesu i totonu o le va’a, ma e foliga mai e le o ano ane lava i
le faiva lea o lo’o fai nei a Peteru ma nisi o ona au so’o. Ua
va’ai atu le Au So’o o Iesu, o mea masei mea ia ua o’o mai,
ua malualua le va’a ma ua toe titi a goto ifo i le sami. Ua
lagona le fefe ma le popole o le Asu So’o i lea taimi, aua ua
va’ai atu nei, ua sau lava e oti, ona o le agi malosi mai o le
matagi ma ua sou tele ai le vasa. O lea na o latou fe’ei ane ai
ia Iesu ina ia alofa ane ia i latou.
Ua ala a’e Iesu i luga ma ua va’ai atu i le matata’u o lona
Au So’o, ma ia fetalai atu, “O le a le mea ua outou matatau
ai, ua pei outou o ni tagata ua leai ni fa’amoemoe.” Ua
tula’i i luga Iesu ma fetalai atu i le matagi ma le sami ina
ia fifilemu, ona fa’apea lava lea ona fai. Ua to’a filemu le
matagi ma ua to’a fo’i peau fati o le sami.
O tatou i lenei olaga o lo’o tatou ola ma soifua ai, e ‘ese
le tele o sousou o le olaga, e ‘ese fo’i le feagai ‘ai solo o le
matagi i mea uma lava o lo’o o tatou faia, peita’i, ia o tatou
maua pea le to’a fimalie ma le loto tele, ma ia fa’aeaea o
tatou ulu ma o tatou alaga atu i le Ali’I, aua o Ia o lo tatou
papa ma lo tatou olataga.
O le lu’i lea na tu’u mai e le Atua i le tagata soifua, o
faigata, o puapuaga, o ma’i, o fita o le soifuaga nei, ina ia
tofotofo ai i tatou po’o tumau lo tatou fa’atuatua ia te Ia
i taimi uma. O nisi o i tatou a tutupu loa fa’alavelave ua
fa’apea ifo, ua le alofa mai le Atua ia te a’u, o nisi a fai ua
le maua le mea o lo’o mana’o i ai, ua fa’apea ifo, ua le toe
manatu mai le Atua ia te a’u, ae ia tau mamao ma i tatou ia
ituaiga manatu, aua o manatu na o le tagata, ae ia o tatou
manatua pea, o ala o le Atua e fa’aleagaga, e le fa’aletino.
O lona finagalo fo’i, e le o o tatou manatu ia. Tatou tutu
fa’atasi ma o tatou fa’apea atu, le Atua e, o Oe lava o le
Mataisau o mea uma lava, ia alofa ma fesoasoani mai i lo
matou vaivai, ma ia fa’atupu teleina pea lo matou talitonu
ma lo matou fa’atuatua ia te Oe, aua o Oe, o le Alefa ma le
Omega, o Oe o le Amataga ma le Muta’aga o mea uma lava,
Ia vi’ia pea Oe e fa’avavau, fa’avavau lava, Amene.
A’o le i taunu’u atu Kapilielu i le fale o Peteru ma Paulo,
na muamua lava fetu’una’i e Kapilielu pe fa’apefea ona
ia momoli atu le feau taua e pei ona poloa’iga ai o ia e le
Atua le Tama, ae ui lava i lea sa ta mau pea ia te ia, o lona
malosi’aga e mai ia Ioeva lea.
Na iloa mamao mai lava e le au so’o o le Atua le Alo
le lele atu o le Agelu Fa’atuatua a le Atua le Tama, ma
ua ifo to’ele nei Peteru ma Paulo i lea taimi, ae taofi atu e
Kapilielu.
“Fa’atali, ia oulua fa’alogo lelei mai lava ia te a’u, e
to’atasi lava e te lua ifoifo ma auauna i ai, ua na o le Atua le
Tama, o a’u, ua na o se auauna e pei lava o oulua, ua a la le
na, na fiu lava le Atua le Alo e fa’atonu atu oulua e tu’utu’u
le upega i le loloto, ae lua fetagofi lava velo i le papau, ia o
lena ua atili ona papa’u ai lua fai’ai. Ia oulua manatua lelei
lava le tulaga lena, e tasi lava le Atua e te lua ifoifo ma lua
fa’aaloalo ma lua vivi’I I ai I aso uma ma taimi uma lava e
o’o mai le fa’avavau, fa’avavau Amene
E faia pea
Riders pass a mural as they take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Monday,
Jan. 21, 2013, in San Antonio.
The nation honored civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the same day as it
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
celebrated the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.
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barrack Obama stumbles on
“states” during swearing in
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John
Roberts got it right this time -- but President
Barack Obama appeared to stumble over the
word “states” during his ceremonial swearing
in. In front of hundreds of thousands gathered to
watch, Obama stammered briefly over “states”
as he repeated back the words “the office of
president of the United States.”
Obama had already been officially sworn in
for a second term on Sunday, in accordance with
the Constitution, which requires presidential
terms to begin on Jan. 20.
In 2009, it was Roberts who famously flubbed
Obama’s official swearing in. As a result of
that mistake, Roberts and Obama repeated the
presidential oath in a private ceremony to ensure
there were no constitutional issues.
Ex-President George H.W.
Bush sends Obama regards
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President
George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are
congratulating President Barack Obama as he
begins his second term. The 88-year-old former
president issued a statement Monday saying,
“Barbara and I send President and Mrs. Obama
— and their wonderful girls — our best wishes
and prayers on this historic day. May Almighty
God bless them and our wonderful country over
the next four years.”
Bush was released a week ago from a Houston
hospital where he was treated for nearly two
months for a bronchitis-related cough and other
health issues. He served two terms as Ronald
Reagan’s vice president before he was elected in
1988 to his only term as the nation’s 41st president. He was inaugurated Jan. 20, 1989.
Yemen: US drone strike
kills 3 al-Qaida militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone airstrike on a vehicle Monday east of Yemen’s
capital of Sanaa killed three suspected al-Qaida
militants and wounded two others, according to
security officials. The airstrike was the third to
target al-Qaida militants in the area since Saturday and indicated an uptick in the U.S. military
battle against the terror organization in Yemen.
On Saturday, two U.S. drone strikes killed eight
people, including two known al-Qaida militants,
in Marib province.
The security officials said the five targeted
Monday were traveling in a pickup truck when it
was hit in Marib, about 40 kilometers (25 miles)
outside its main city with the same name. Two
were killed on site, while another died hours
later of his wounds, according to the officials,
who spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to brief the media.
Sao Paulo helicopter
crash kills 1, injures 3
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities
say a helicopter has crashed into a house in Sao
Paulo, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers, but not hurting anyone on the ground.
It’s not clear what caused the Monday crash.
A light rain was falling over most of Sao
Paulo during the crash, but there were no reports
of heavy downpours typical during the South
American summer.
A spokesman for Brazil’s air force says the
aircraft that crashed was a Bell 206 helicopter
that can carry up to seven passengers and a pilot.
It was being operated by as an air taxi. Sao
Paulo has one of the world’s largest private fleets
of helicopters, used as a means of bypassing
extremely congested roads.
12 people cited or arrested
in SF after 49er’s win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco
police say a dozen people have been cited or
arrested following a celebration marking the
win that sent the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday that nine
of the 12 incidents in the city’s Mission District
on Sunday involved public drunkenness. One
person was arrested on an outstanding warrant,
another for driving under the influence and a
third for assault with a deadly weapon.
The spontaneous gathering did not, however,
spark the kind of vandalism that accompanied
the San Francisco Giants’ World Series win in
October. The 49ers claimed the NFC championship title in Atlanta on Sunday. Atlanta police
reported that a Falcons fan was stabbed in the
neck after getting into a fight with a 49ers fan
following the game.
Obama thanks troops at ball
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack
Obama has thanked the troops during an inaugural ball honoring the military, and says their
nation is behind them.
Obama appeared at the Commander in Chief
Ball on Monday night and spoke to several
troops in Afghanistan by teleconference. The
crowd at the ball cheered the troops overseas.
Obama told them the biggest cheer he got during
his inaugural speech to the crowd on the National
Mall was when he spoke about — quote — “the
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extraordinary men and women
in uniform” who are keeping
the country strong.
He told them they should
know that — quote — “You
will be on our minds tonight
and every single night until
our mission in Afghanistan is
completed.” He promised them
they would get the equipment
and support they need.
Air Force sending
two B-2 stealth
bombers to Guam
JOINT BASE PEARL
HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii
(AP) — Two B-2 stealth
bombers based in Missouri will
deploy to Guam late this month
to maintain the U.S. strategic
bomber presence in the region.
The planes from the 509th
Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air
Force Base in Missouri will
temporarily operate out of
Andersen Air Force Base in the
U.S. territory.
Pacific Air Forces said in a
statement Friday the deployment will allow airmen to
become familiar with operating
in the Pacific. The U.S. military started rotating bombers to
Guam in 2004.
Doing so allowed the military to compensate for the
diversion to the Middle East
of U.S. forces assigned to Asia
and the Pacific. The military
has also rotated the B-1 and
B-52 bombers to Guam.
Report: Strong
quake kills one
in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)
— A strong, shallow earthquake has rocked parts of
western Indonesia, reportedly
killing a young girl.
The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit Aceh
province around dawn on
Tuesday.
Local media said it was felt
strongly in the capital Banda
Aceh and surrounding districts.
Serambi newspaper and
other local outlets reported that
one girl was killed and several
other people were injured.
Aceh on the western tip of
Sumatra Island is often rocked
by earthquakes.
In 2004, a monster temblor
off its shores triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people
across Asia. Most of the deaths
were in Aceh.
Calif. prison
escapee caught
after 17 years
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) —
Authorities say they have captured a 42-year-old man who
had escaped from a California
prison 17 years ago.
Fontana police said Monday
that Jose Ochoa was found late
last week living in a basement
at a home in nearby Colton.
Ochoa didn’t have any form
of identification but a fingerprint check revealed Ochoa’s
identity.
Police say Ochoa was convicted of possession of a controlled substance for sales and
escaped from a state prison in
Tulare County in 1996.
Ochoa was arrested and
taken to the California Institute
for Men in Chino.
‘’Holy windfall”:
Batmobile sells
for $4.2 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) —
“Holy windfall, Batman!” The
Batmobile just sold for $4.2
million.
The original 19-foot-long
black, bubble-topped car used
in the 1960s “Batman” TV
show sold at auction Saturday.
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
revealed the selling price but
says the winning bidder has not
been disclosed.
The car’s owner — auto
customizer George Barris, of
Los Angeles — transformed
a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln
Futura concept car into the
sleek crime-fighting machine.
It boasted lasers and a “Batphone” and could lay down
smoke screens and oil slicks.
The iconic car was used
by Adam West who starred
as the Caped Crusader and by
Burt Ward, his sidekick Robin
known for exclamations begin-
ning with —”Holy.”
Barris’ publicist says his
client is pleased with the auction result.
Canadian kills two
in Philippine court,
is shot dead
MANILA,
Philippines
(AP) — A Canadian man
facing charges of illegal possession of firearms opened
fire in a Philippine courtroom
Tuesday, killing two people
and wounding a prosecutor
before police fatally shot him,
officials said.
The suspect, John H. Pope,
appeared in court in central
Cebu city, where he resided,
to face the charges when he
pulled out a gun and shot a
lawyer and a physician who
filed a case against him, police
said. He then fired at a prosecutor in the hallway of the
building before responding
police fatally wounded him,
said Cebu police chief Mariano
Natuel.
Regional police director
Marcelo Garbo said Pope
ignored orders to surrender and
tried to fire at police.
Police said they were investigating Pope’s background.
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Local media mentioned
Pope in 2011, when he was
held by police on charges of
illegal possession of firearms.
The same physician who was
killed in Tuesday’s shooting
accused Pope, his neighbor,
of brandishing a weapon and
threatening him and other residents in their condominium.
Calif teen parents
are suspected of
cruelty to infant
APPLE VALLEY, Calif.
(AP) — Two teenage parents
have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse after their
5-month-old girl was taken to
a Southern California hospital
with broken bones and weighed
just 9 pounds.
San Bernardino County
sheriff’s officials said the infant
suffered fractured ribs and
limbs and was malnourished
and dehydrated when she was
brought to the hospital in Apple
Valley on Thursday.
Her 16-year-old mother was
booked into a juvenile detention center for investigation of
child abuse and willful cruelty
to a child.
Her 18-year-old father,
Daniel William Wescott, was
booked into jail for investigation of the same offenses.
His bail was set at $100,000.
Vegas officer, wife
and son dead in
murder-suicide
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A
Las Vegas police lieutenant,
his wife and son are dead after
an apparent double murder, suicide and arson at their home in
Boulder City, authorities said
Monday.
Clark
County
Sheriff
Douglas Gillespie and other
officials didn’t immediately
identify the police officer or
the family members, pending
positive identification and the
release of names by the Clark
County coroner.
“There was an incident
today involving one if Metro’s
lieutenants,” a somber Gillespie
said in a 2 1/2-minute statement to reporters at a hastily
called news conference. “Several bodies were discovered.”
Coroner Michael Murphy
said after investigators left the
fire-charred home Monday
afternoon
that
identifications would probably be made
Tuesday.
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Afghans look at the Kabul traffic police headquarters buliding, unseen, which was attacked by
militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Police say a Taliban raid of the Kabul traffic police headquarters is over and that three police
officers and at least five insurgents have been killed in the hours-long fighting.
(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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India gang-rape trial opens Thursday
NEW DELHI (AP) — The trial of five men accused of the
rape and murder of a student aboard a bus in New Delhi will
begin Thursday and should have none of the long delays commonly associated with India’s justice system, a defense lawyer
said after a brief hearing.
Judge Yogesh Khanna denied a defense motion to make the
proceedings public, ruling that the courtroom must remain closed
because of the sensitive nature of the crime, said V.K. Anand, the
lawyer for one of the defendants, Ram Singh.
The extreme brutality of the attack has sparked weeks of protests and focused global attention on India’s rarely discussed
crisis of violence against women. Monday’s hearing was the first
since the case was moved to a new fast-track court set up specifically to handle such crimes.
The five defendants’ faces were covered by woolen scarves as
they arrived in the court, surrounded by a phalanx of police. A
sixth suspect in the attack claims to be a juvenile and his case is
being handled separately.
Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Armed men have hijacked
a tanker carrying 5,000 tons of jet fuel from an Ivory Coast port
and taken it off the coast of Ghana, though its precise whereabouts are unknown, government authorities and maritime officials said Monday.
The Panamanian-flagged vessel ITRI was first seized
Wednesday as the tanker was preparing to deposit the Jet A1
fuel at the port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital,
according to a statement Monday from Ivory Coast’s government — its first communication on the case.
It said officials had located the vessel off neighboring Ghana,
without specifying.
Shipowner Brila Energy, a petroleum distributor based in
Nigeria, said it was monitoring the situation.
Man cited for riding camel at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Police cited a man for riding a
camel and obstructing traffic in Park City, Utah, as attendees of
the Sundance Film Festival packed the town.
Jason Andreozzi was promoting a movie he directed that
didn’t make it into the festival lineup.
Park City police cited Andreozzi for riding the camel along
Park Avenue and Main Street on Friday afternoon.
Police say they also gave him a warning about distributing
flyers.
Andreozzi says he wasn’t impeding traffic while riding the
camel, and he says he wasn’t handing out flyers.
Andreozzi’s film looks at Egypt during the Arab Spring, and
he says he chose a camel because people identify the animal with
the country.
The Sundance Film Festival began last Thursday and continues through Jan. 27.
Kim Dotcom’s Mega site
struggles under mega demand
SYDNEY (AP) — Indicted Megaupload founder Kim
Dotcom admits his new file-sharing site is struggling to keep up
with massive demand.
Dotcom launched the “Mega” site with a lavish party on
Sunday, the anniversary of his arrest on racketeering charges
related to his now-shuttered Megaupload. Dotcom says 500,000
users registered for Mega within 14 hours.
On Tuesday, Dotcom apologized on Twitter for “poor service” and said the launch party — which featured a reenactment
of last year’s police raid on his mansion — led to huge publicity
and huge demand.
Dotcom tweeted: “Lesson learned... No fancy launch event
for Megabox.”
Dotcom plans to launch his Megabox music service in about
six months.
U.S. prosecutors accuse Dotcom of facilitating massive online
piracy with Megaupload.
Dotcom says he’s innocent and remains free on bail.
Official: turnout above 800K, maybe 1M
WASHINGTON (AP) — An inauguration planning official
says turnout was “definitely above 800,000” and possibly up to
one million people.
Chris Geldart, who directs the District of Columbia’s homeland security and emergency management agency, says early and
unofficial estimates of the number of people on the National Mall
indicate a turnout higher than 800,000. That’s based on aerial
views of how the crowd filled sections of the mall.
Officials initially anticipated as many as 800,000 visitors,
but lowered the projections to 500,000 to 700,000, based partly
on an updated number of charter buses and restaurant and hotel
reservations.
But Geldart, who’s also co-chairman of the district’s presidential inaugural committee, said the event benefited from relatively mild weather.
About 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s
first swearing-in in 2009.
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Governor attends funeral
for fallen police officer
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown
joined hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the
state Monday in honoring a Sacramento-area police officer who
was killed in the line of duty last week.
Funeral services were held in Monday for Kevin Tonn, a K-9
unit officer with the Galt Police Department. Tonn, 35, died
Tuesday after he was shot while trying to question a potential burglary suspect. The alleged gunman, Humphrey Kenneth Gascon
Jr., 30, turned out not to have been involved in the duplex burglary, but Sacramento County authorities said he turned his gun
on himself after slaying Tonn and shooting at another officer. A
motive hasn’t been disclosed.
trains crash head-on, 41 people injured
VIENNA (AP) — Two trains packed with morning commuters crashed head-on Monday on Vienna’s outskirts after a
state railway employee apparently forgot to activate a signal.
Railway officials said 41 people were injured, five seriously.
A statement from OBB, Austria’s state railway, said initial
investigations show that a supervisor neglected to trip a signal
after manually activating a rail switch. The switch usually works
automatically and sets off the signal but was stuck due to snow
and ice. The accident occurred with the two trains heading in
opposite directions on a single set of tracks. The signal would
have normally warned one of them to wait on another set of
tracks until the other one passed.
Joshua Tree spider species named for Bono
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — It
appeared Bono and arachnids didn’t mix when his “Spider-Man”
musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didn’t keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer.
Jason Bond of Alabama’s Auburn University has identified
33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in
the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park. The park’s
namesake is featured in the title and cover of U2’s 1987 album,
“The Joshua Tree.”
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that Bond named two
of the spiders after Indian tribes and one, A. bonoi, after Bono.
Bond has named other spider species after Angelina Jolie,
Cesar Chavez and Stephen Colbert.
The trapdoor spider, found in the Southwestern U.S., is sonamed because it makes a hatch to hide from prey.
Las Vegas-bound flight
aborts takeoff in Denver
DENVER (AP) — Southwest Airlines officials say the pilot
of a Las Vegas-bound flight aborted takeoff from the Denver airport after a warning light indicated a fire onboard, causing three
tires to blow out as the plane stopped abruptly.
Company spokeswoman Olga Romero told The Denver Post
that no fire was found but that the pilot stopped the Monday afternoon flight as a matter of procedure. Romero says mechanics
were trying to determine why the warning light came on.
The plane was departing Denver International Airport with
137 passengers and five crew members. No one was injured, and
passengers were moved to a later flight.
Airport spokeswoman Cyndi Karvaski says it is common for
brakes to overheat and tires to blow out when a pilot stops a plane
quickly before takeoff.
Jurors will hear shooter’s recordings
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t call
a jailhouse informant to the stand in the trial of a man charged
with murdering eight people in a 2011 Seal Beach beauty salon
shooting. Court documents filed Friday indicate prosecutors do
plan to play several audio recordings of some of conversations
suspect Scott Evans Dekraai had with the informant, according
to the Orange County Register.
Investigators covertly recorded more than 100 hours of conversations a week after Dekraai was arrested following a midday
massacre at Salon Meritage on Oct. 12, 2011, where his ex-wife
Michelle Fournier worked as a stylist. They had argued earlier in
the day about custody of their son.
The conversations captured several instances of Dekraai
talking about the shootings, the Register reported.
In an 18-page filing, Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner
said Dekraai made the remarks without prompting or quizzing
from the informant, who was in a nearby cell.
lawmaker freed from jail in threat case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada lawmaker was freed from
jail following his weekend arrest on a felony charge of threatening to harm a state Assembly party leader at a home in North
Las Vegas, a police spokeswoman said Monday. Democratic
Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, was held a little more than 24
hours before his release from the Las Vegas city jail Sunday evening, North Las Vegas police officer Chrissie Coon said.
A judge had set bail at $100,000 on a charge of intimidating
a public officer by threat of physical violence before, Coon said.
The first court date is Jan. 28, one week before the legislative session begins. If convicted, the charge could get the lawmaker one
to five years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali, some 320 miles north
of the capital Bamako Monday Jan. 21, 2013.
French and Malian troops were in the city whose capture by radical Islamists prompted the
French military intervention. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
AMERICAN SAMOA
COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Human Resources Department
EMPLOYMENTO PPORTUNITY
Position Title:
Employment Status:
ASSISTANT CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Full Time 12 months/Career Service
General Description:
The Assistant Chief Information Officer (ACIO) reports directly to the Chief Information Officer
(CIO). The ACIO performs managerial functions and functions as an extension of the CIO to
ensure smooth operation of the office of the CIO, as well as the Management Information
Systems (MIS) Department.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Oversees Higher Education Administrative Suite Implementation (Colleague and
supporting software) and Support.
• Oversees supervision and support of all MIS offices in the absence of the CIO, and as
assigned when CIO is present.
• Oversees major technical projects as assigned by the CIO.
• Resolves day-to-day difficulties so that the CIO can operate in a strategic manner.
• Advises CIO of technological and organizational issues that arise.
• Acts as a representative and spokesperson for the CIO, when CIO is not available.
• Prepares drafts of policies and submits required reports.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by the CIO.
MinimumQ ualifications:
• A Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in technology related field from an accredited
university, community or technical college, or equivalent combination of relevant
education and experience. At least five (5) years of experience in computer-related
profession. At least three (3) years of managerial or supervisory experience.
Knowledgeable in using Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Vista Business/7 Pro,
Microsoft Office 2003/2007/20010 Professional (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access,
Publisher, Outlook). Mac OSX or higher, Microsoft Server 2-003/2008, SQL 2005,
Colleague Administrative Suite, and SharePoint 2010.
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with degree and experience.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 no later than 4pm.
Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office
at 699-9155 Ext. 403/335/477 or email 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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