A Section Sat 05-31-14

Poloa’i CJ Kruse se
isi nofoaga taofia ai
se ali’i pagota… 3
Polynesian canoe Hokulea
departs Hawaii to begin
its worldwide voyage… 5
The Heat returning
to NBA Finals, top
Pacers 117-92… B1
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Fa’afetaia fa’apitoa tautua matavela tama ma
tina matutua atunu’u…
tusia Ausage Fausia
Se tasi o tina matua i le taimi na sa’asa’a ai i le taeao ananafi,
i le fa’amanatuina o le aso mo tagata matutua i totonu o le teritori, lea na fa’ataunu’uina i le malae o le Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa
[ata: AF]
i Utulei.
DPS wants Tualauta
residents to be proactive for protection
O lagona o le fa’afetai ma le fa’amalieina o
le agaga na mafai ona fa’aaoga e le malo i le
taeao ananafi, e fa’aleo ai le agaga fa’afetai i
tama ma tina uma o Amerika Samoa, e tusa ai
o le latou tautua matavela sa faia mo le atunu’u
mo le tele o tausaga o lo latou soifua tautua, ina
ua tu tu fa’atasi ta’ita’i o le malo, ekalesia ma
le atunu’u atoa, e fa’amanatu ma fa’ataua le aso
mo tagata matutua i le taeao ananafi.
E ui o se polokalame e fa’atasi ona tupu i
le tausaga, peita’i na vaaia le sagi sagi fiafia
atu o nai tama ma tina matutua e fia auai i le
fa’amanatuina o lo latou aso fiafia, ma ua atili
matagofie ma maualuga ai le aso fa’amanatu
i siva ma pesega na mafai ona fa’atinoina i le
taimi atoa o le polokalame.
O le afioga i le kovana le tumau, le tofa a
Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona na fai ma sui
o le malo e fa’afetaia le tautua a tama ma tina
matutua, o ia fo’i lea na saunoa i le saunoaga
autu o le aso, a o fa’agasolo ai le polokalame i
le taeao ananafi i le malae o le Su’iga’ula a le
Atuvasa i Utulei.
Na amata le polokalame i le solo tele a tama
ma tina matutua mai luma o le Fale Laumei i
Utulei, lea na ta’ita’ia mai e le sui kovana le
tumau ia Taeaoafua, o le Fa’atonusili o le Ofisa
o Tagata Matutua, le tofa Ale Tifimalae, atoa
ai ma ni isi o sui o le kapeneta a le kovana, ma
aga’i sa’o atu ai loa i le nofoaga e fa’ataunu’uina
ai le sauniga e tatala ai le fa’amoemoe, lea sa
faia i luma o le Fale Samoa i Utulei.
O se malologa puupuu sa faia mo le au
valaaulia fa’atasi ai ma le malu taeao, sosoo ai
loa ma le amataina o le polokalame i se tatalo na
saunoa e le Faifeau malolo a le Ekalesia Asofitu
o le Toe Afio mai, susuga Pr. Luafitu Tuliatu,
ina ua tuai atu le ali’i faifeau sa fa’atulaga na
ta’ita’ia le sauniga lotu, susuga Elder Rev.
Pesaleli Poufa.
E tusa ai o le polokalame sa fuafuaina, o
le itula e 9:00 i le taeao na fa’atulaga e amata
aloaia ai le sauniga lotu, peita’i e taunu’u le ali’i
faifeau ua ta le itula e 8:36 i le taeao, ae o le
taimi lea ua mae’a ai le saunoaga autu o le aso
na saunoa i ai le kovana le tumau.
Saunoa Taeaoafua e fa’apea, e anoanoa’i
igoa eseese o lo o fa’aigoaina ai e le atunuu, aiga
ma le malo tagata matutua i totonu o se aiga ma
le atunu’u, ma o nei igoa eseese ua vavala mai
ai le tele o le sao a tagata matutua o lo o faia mo
le manuia o aiga, nuu ma le atunu’u.
(Faaauau itulau 14)
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck is
calling on the Tualauta residents, to ban together with their
neighbors if possible to organize and create for themselves a
“Neighborhood Watch Program” for added protection, and to
assist the DPS by reporting any suspicious activities right away
to 911, including strangers in their respective areas that don’t
belong there.
Haleck was responding to Tualauta Faipule Larry Sanitoa’s
letter raising concerns over a reported series of break-ins earlier
this month in the Tualauta area, and asking what DPS was doing
to address the issue.
In response, the Commissioner wrote the faipule in a letter
dated May 15, 2014, that he’s aware of these reported break-ins
and “our Tafuna Sub-station West is doing the best they can to
deal with this situation.”
According to Haleck, on the same day the letter was written,
he met with Chief of Police Vai Maiava, who is currently in
charge of the Tafuna Sub-Station West, and Captain John Cendrowski, who is in charge of the Traffic Division for DPS, “to
review these reported break-in cases and address your concerns
with them to insure that DPS is doing all we can for the safety
of our community, homes and property.”
(Continued on page 14)
Fogavai Tufanua Maae of Kanana Fou High School with a huge smile, after receiving her Congressional Award yesterday morning during their Commencement ceremony that saw 70 Stallions
officially approved as the KFHS Class of 2014. (See story and photos in Monday’s Issue – videos and
[photo: TG]
photos can be seen online at samoanews.com or on our Samoa News Facebook page.)
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2 cops fired for not
acting in rape case
Pictured here on her graduation day, is Anastasia Ioane, who graduated from the Naval Academy
in Annapolis, Maryland on May 23, 2014 as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Twenty-one-year old, she is the daughter of Maselino and Antonina Ioane. Anastasia gave her
“First Salute” to her cousin, 30-year-old Staff Sergeant Thomas Salina (L) also in the Marine Corps.
The picture of the happy occasion was submitted to Samoa News by her cousin, Fatu Jr. Salima,
who said, “We are all proud of her and wish for her other family members to share in the moment.”
[courtesy photo]
Samoa News extends congratulations to Anastasia and her family and friends.
Compiled by Samoa News staff
The floating lantern ceremony next week
Friday will cap off the weeklong Rip Current
Awareness week. The ‘sharing’ ceremony seeks
to send remembrances and prayers from families whose loved ones have perished at sea and
includes those lost in the September 2009 tsunami, which killed 34 people in American Samoa.
This is according to organizers of the event,
jointly sponsored by the local Department of
Homeland Security and the National Weather
Service in Tafuna, along with their local partners.
Among the messages to be included is
that from the Fagatogo family of Eric Joseph
Scanlan, the first Samoan lieutenant governor for
the territory during the tenure of Gov. Rex Lee,
says Elinor Lutu-McMoore, with the National
Weather Service.
According to an Associated Press dispatch
published by the Kansas City Times newspaper,
dated Aug. 13, 1962, then Governor H. Rex Lee
sent a message to Honolulu saying that Scanlan,
who was also the Secretary of American Samoa,
had died while swimming at Pago Pago.
Lee’s radiogram said Scanlan was playing
with his 2-year-old daughter in the surf when a
strong current swept him out to sea, the newspaper said, adding that Mrs. Scanlan saved the
little girl but was unable to reach her husband.
In addition, the organizers of the Rip Current event received a request from Leone village, where 11 people died in the 2009 tsunami,
to be included in the ceremony — with their
11 floating lanterns with messages from Leone
families for the victims of the tsunami, LutuMcMoore told Samoa News yesterday.
She said Leone village is building their own
lanterns for the ceremony, which is set to begin
around 5p.m. next Friday in Pago Bay — behind
the Market Place area — with the release of the
lanterns around 6p.m.
“We have also reached out to Korean community and any other member of the community
whose loved ones were taken by the tsunami to
join us during the ceremony,” she said, adding
that organizers will provide the floating lanterns.
For residents who have lost someone at sea
and during the tsunami, “it’s an opportunity for
closure,” she said. Anyone wanting to join the
floating lantern ceremony with a message for a
loved one who died at sea or during the tsunami,
to please call Lutu-McMoore at 256-1334.
(The floating lanterns ceremony has become
a way to send remembrances and prayers of lost
ones in wars and disasters and is held in Hawai’i,
annually. It is Buddhist in origin, with the first
one happening in Hawaii in 1999.)
Department of Public Safety stats show that
between 2011 and 2013 there were 27 incidents
relating to rip currents, and of that number, 18
were rescued or saved and nine were found
deceased or never found.
Monday is the official opening ceremony for
the Rip Current Awareness week at Utulei Beach
and the public is invited to attend. See yesterday’s
advertisement in Samoa News for more details.
Three government employees — Magdalene
Petaia-Suisala, Leifiloa Tanoi and Salamasina
Satele — have been accepted into the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP),
which is funded by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and managed
by The Graduate School USA’s Pacific Islands
Training Initiative.
The ELDP selection process is highly competitive and merit-based, and the Department of Commerce Director, Keniseli Lafaele commended
these young professionals for their efforts.
“ELDP is designed to help insular governments
develop and retain highly qualified staff; identify
a cadre of professional staff that can be promoted
into leadership positions; help ensure continuity
in areas such as accounting, budget, finance, procurement, and audit, as senior officials retire; build
cross-departmental and cross-governmental networks and cooperation, and; create and support the
government human resource infrastructure to lead
government to the next level of performance, and
into the future,” Lafaele said.
He explained that participants from all Pacific
Insular jurisdictions will attend four separate
classroom sessions over the course of one year.
The one-week classroom sessions will be held
on Guam, American Samoa, Palau and Hawai’i.
As a result of ELDP, participants will develop
their skills in leadership, management, government finance, procurement and auditing.
He said so far, American Samoa has nine
ELDP alumni currently working in leadership
and management positions in ASG: ELDP Class
(Continued on page 12)
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Facing relentless media attention
and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north
India have fired two police officers for failing to investigate the
disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and
later found hanging from a tree.
But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual
violence, the firings Friday also came as the state’s top official
mocked journalists for asking about the attack.
“Aren’t you safe? You’re not facing any danger, are you?”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in Lucknow,
the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”
The gang rape, with video of the girls’ corpses hanging from a
mango tree and swaying gently in a breeze, was the top story Friday
on India’s relentless 24-hour news stations. But in just the past few
days, Uttar Pradesh has also seen the mother of a rape victim brutally attacked and a 17-year-old girl gang-raped by four men.
Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state, with nearly 200
million people.
Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every
year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. But activists say that
number is very low, since women are often pressed by family or
police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.
Indian police and politicians, who for decades had done little
about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the
December 2012 gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a
moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage
over the treatment of women.
On Friday, the state’s former chief minister lashed out at the
ruling government.
“There is no law and order in the state,” said Mayawati, who
uses only one name. “It is the law of the jungle.”
Hours later, the chief minister ordered that suspects in the
attack be tried in special “fast track” courts, to get around India’s
notoriously slow judicial system.
The girls, who were 14 and 15, were raped in the tiny village
of Katra, about 180 miles (300 kilometers) from Lucknow.
Police say they disappeared Tuesday after going into fields near
their home to relieve themselves, since their house has no toilet.
The father of one girl went to police that night to report them
missing, but he said they refused to help.
When the bodies were discovered the next day, angry villagers
silently protested the police inaction by refusing to allow the
bodies to be cut down from the tree.
The villagers allowed authorities to take down the corpses
after the first arrests were made Wednesday. Police arrested two
police officers and two men from the village, and were searching
for three more suspects.
The girls were Dalits, from the community once known
as “untouchables” in India’s ancient caste system. The fired
policemen and the men accused in the attack are Yadavs, a lowcaste community that dominates that part of Uttar Pradesh. The
chief minister is from the same caste.
On Thursday, officials suspended two local police officers for
ignoring the father’s pleas for help. They were fired Friday.
Top state official Anil Kumar Gupta said the two policemen
had been charged with criminal conspiracy for refusing to file a
complaint or take any action.
Meanwhile, the chief minister’s mocking comments to
reporters were not a surprise to many in India.
Last month, Yadav’s father — a former chief minister and head
of the state’s ruling party — told an election rally that the party
opposed a law calling for gang rapists to be executed. “Boys will
be boys,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. “They make mistakes.”
Kavita Krishnan, a women’s rights activist, said such comments make clear to police that rape isn’t taken seriously by officials. She called the chief minister’s Friday comments “a trivialization of rape.”
While sexual assaults are reported across India, there have
been a string of high-profile attacks in just the past few days in
Uttar Pradesh. On Thursday, police arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to
withdraw her complaint.
The attack, in the town of Etawah, followed the May 11 rape
of the woman’s teenage daughter. A local man was arrested after
the mother filed a complaint with authorities.
Five men — including the father, a brother and a cousin of the
man accused in the rape — followed the victim’s mother away
from her house on Monday and beat her relentlessly, demanding
she drop the accusation, said Dinesh Kumar, the town’s police
superintendent. The mother was in critical condition in a hospital,
with numerous broken bones and internal injuries.
Police arrested three men Thursday for the attack and were
looking for two others.
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old woman was attacked in a field
and raped by four men in southwestern Uttar Pradesh, police said.
One man has been arrested.
Poloa’i CJ Kruse se isi nofoaga taofia ai se ali’i pagota
tusia Ausage Fausia
Ua poloaina nei e le afioga
i le fa’amasino sili ia Michael
Kruse le Sui Komesina le tumau
o le Matagaluega o Leoleo ia
Save Liuato Tuitele, ina ia saili
se isi nofoaga e ese mai i le toese
i Tafuna, e tuli ai le fa’asalaga a
le ali’i pagota o Leuma Malala,
ina ia mautinoa ai le tulaga saogalemu o lenei ali’i.
O lea poloaiga mai le ali’i
fa’amasino sili, na tu’uina atu
lea i le afioga a Save lea fo’i sa i
ai i totonu o le potu fa’amasino
i le taeao ananafi, ina ua mae’a
ona fa’ailoa e le ali’i pagota ia
Malala le fasiga o ia e ni leoleo
o le falepuipui fa’apea ai ni isi o
pagota, ma ia talosagaina ai loa
le fa’amasinoga mo se auala e
mautinoa ai lona saogalemu, pe
afai ae tu’uina atu se fa’asalaga
fa’a falepuipui mo ia.
Ina ua mau e Malala le
avanoa e fa’atoese ai i le
fa’amasinoga e tusa o lana solitulafono sa faia, sa ia fa’atoese
ai loa i ali’i fa’amasino fa’apea
ai le malo o Amerika Samoa,
ona o le solitulafono sa ia faia.
Sa ia fa’atoese fo’i i lona
aiga aemaise lona to’alua na
a’afia i lana gaioiga, ina ia
fa’amagalo o ia.
A o fa’atoese Malala i luma
o le fa’amasinoga, na fa’afuase’i
ona ee le ali’i fa’amasino sili ma
valaau mai i se tasi o ali’i leoleo
o le falepuipui pe aisea e ata ai,
pe mana’o e fia ofu i le ofu lanu
moli lea o lo o laei ai pagota o lo
o i totonu o le potu fa’amasino,
na tali le ali’i leoleo e leai.
O le mataupu ua ta’usalaina
ai Malala, na afua mai i se
fa’alavelave na tula’i mai i totonu
o lona aiga, i se la vevesi ma lona
to’alua faapea ai ma le tuagane
o le fafine, ma ia taumafai ai e
fa’alele se fana ina ia fa’afefe ai
lona to’alua ma lona tuagane, ae
fa’afuase’i ai ona pa le fana ma
manu’a ai lona to’alua.
Na umi se taimi na fa’aalu e
le ali’i fa’amasino sili e talatalanoa ai i le mataupu a Malala,
lea na ta’usala i moliaga
mamafa e lua o lona umia
fa’asolitulafono o se a’upega
malosi e le fa’atagaina i le teritori, fa’apea ai ma le moliaga o
le fa’ao’olima i le tulaga lua.
Na talosaga le loia a Malala o
Michael White i le fa’amasinoga
ina ia fa’anofovaavaaia le ua
molia, ina ia mafai ai ona maua
le avanoa e toe fo’i atu ai i lona
aiga, peita’i na finau le loia a
le malo o Tiffany Oldfield i le
fa’amasinoga ina ia fa’asala
Malala i le toese i Tafuna mo le
umi e 10 tausaga, ona o le matuia
o le solitulafono sa ia faia.
Na umi se taimi o iloilo e
ali’i fa’amasino se fa’asalaga
mo Malala, ma i’u ina valaauina
ai le ali’i pule o le Ofisa
Nofova’ava’aia e fa’atatau i
se mataupu sa molia ai Malala
i luma o le fa’amasinoga
fa’aitumalo i le 2012.
A o le i tu’uina atu e le
fa’amasinoga le fa’asalaga mo
Malala i le tuana’i ai o se taimi
umi o iloilo e ali’i fa’amasino
se fa’asalaga, na muamua fesili
Kruse i le ali’i leoleo o le toese
sa ata po o ai lona igoa atoa, na
tula’i le ali’i leoleo ma fa’ailoa
i le fa’amasinoga, o lona igoa o
Lauolo Fuimaono.
Ina ua nofo i lalo le susuga
a Fuimaono, na saunoa ai loa
Kruse e fa’apea, i le mae’a ai
ona iloilo e le fa’amasinoga o
fa’amatalaga uma e fa’atatau
ia Malala, ua maitauina ai o ia
o se tagata e ita e faigata ona
fa’atonutonu lona ita. Na taua
e Kruse e fa’apea, i le faila a
Malala na aumai i luma o le
fa’amasinoga fa’aitumalo, o lo
o taua ai se mataupu na tula’i
mai i le va o ia ma lona to’alua,
ma aga’i atu ai loa leoleo mo le
taumafai e foia lea fa’afitauli.
Ina ua taunu’u leoleo ma
su’esu’eina le mea sa tupu, na
maua ai e leoleo i totonu o le
tama’i ato a Malala se pulu sila o
se fana mata’utia toe malosi, ma
molia ai loa o ia i le moliaga mama
o lona umia fa’asolitulafono o se
pulufana e fa’asaina i luma o le
fa’amasinoga fa’aitumalo.
Na taua e Kruse e fa’apea,
ina ua fesiligia o ia e le ali’i
fa’amasino o le fa’amasinoga
fa’aitumalo e uiga i le fana e
fa’aaoga i ai le pulu fana sa
maua ia Malala, na tali ai le ua
molia, ua uma ona ia tia’iina le
fana, peita’i o lea tali sa ia tuuina
atu e pepelo e pei ona saunoa
Kruse, ona o le fana lava lea o
lea ua toe molia ai o ia i luma o
le fa’amasinoga maualuga.
Na taua fo’i e Kruse e fa’apea,
e ui sa fa’asa e le fa’amasinoga
fa’aitumalo ia Malala ona ia
toe umia se a’upega mata’utia
po o ni pulufana, peita’i ina ua
toe tula’i mai fo’i le isi vevesi
i le va o ia ma lona to’alua ma
a’afia atu ai ma le tuagane o lona
to’alua, na alu ai loa le ua molia
ma toe eli mai le fana sa ia nana
i totonu o lona ma’umaga ma ia
taumafai e fa’afefe ai le fafine
ma lona tuagane, ae na avea ma
itu na pa ai le fana ma lavea ai
lona to’alua.
“O le matou fa’aiuga la lea ua
faia i le mataupu lenei, o le ali’i
o Malala, o se tagata e mata’utia
pe a oo ina ita, o ia fo’i o se tagata
e le mafai ona faatonutonu lona
ita i le taimi e oso ai le ita, lea
lava ua i’u ina manu’a ai ma
lona to’alua,” o le saunoaga lea
a Kruse e fai ai o ia ma sui o alii
faamasino lagolago ia Logoai
Siaki ma Fa’amausili Pomele
sa latou iloiloina se fa’asalaga o
lenei mataupu.
I le isi la itu o le mataupu
lenei i le saogalemu o Malala
pe a taofia i totonu o le toese i
Tafuna, o se tasi lea o mataupu
na umi fo’i se taimi o talatalanoa i ai le ali’i fa’amasino
sili, ma ia fesiligia ai le loia a le
malo po o fea e tatau ona tuli ai
le faasalaga a Malala pe afai ua
le toe saogalemu le alii pagota i
le toese i Tafuna.
“Afai la o lea ua lamatia le
saogalemu o Malala i le toese i
Tafuna, ao lea ua e finau mai e
loka o ia mo le 10 tausaga, o fea
la le nofoaga talafeagai e tatau
ona tuli ai lana fa’asalaga?”, o
le fesili lea a Kruse i le loia a
le malo o Oldfield. “Lona uiga
ea o lou taofi e toe fa’afo’i i o
i le nofoaga lea ua molimau
mai Malala ua le toe maua ai se
saogalemu mo ia?”, o le isi lea
fesili a Kruse ia Oldfield.
E 7 tausaga lea ua poloaina
e le fa’amasinoga ia Malala e
nofovaavaaia ai o ia, i lalo o
tuutuuga e ao ona ia usita’i i ai.
“O se tasi o tuutuuga o lau
nofovaavaaia, o le taofia lea o
oe mo le umi e 28 masina i se
nofoaga e ese mai i le toese i
Tafuna, ma ua poloaina oe le
Sui Komesina le tumau ina ia
saili se isi nofoaga e ese mai
i le toese i Tafuna e tuli ai le
fa’asalaga a Malala, ia fa’asa
fo’i ona feso’ota’i o ia ma leoleo
o le toese po o pagota fo’i”, o le
fa’atonuga lea a Kruse ia Save.
O isi poloaiga mo le nofovaavaaia a Malala e aofia ai
lona totogiina o le salatupe e
$5,000, auai i ni aoaoga e fesoasoani ai i le tulaga o le ita, ma
ia aua nei ona toe umia ni pulufana po o se aupega mata’utia.
Latalata ina mae’a le
iloiloga a Malala, ae toe tula’i
le loia a le malo ma talosaga i
le fa’amasinoga, pe mafai ona
taofia pea o ia i le toese i Tafuna,
ae ese lava le sela e loka ai o ia,
ona e le iloa e le malo po o fea
se isi nofoaga lelei e tatau ona
tuli ai lona fa’asalaga, ae na tali
Kruse e fa’apea, o le faaiuga sa
faia e se tasi o fa’amasino sili ua
mavae ina ua tula’i mai fo’i se
mataupu faapenei, sa ia faatonu
ai le komesina o leoleo i lena
vaitaimi e totogi se potu i le fale
talimalo o le Rainmaker hotel e
tuli ai le fa’asalaga a se pagota,
ina ua le iloa po o fea se nofoaga
lelei e tuli ai le fa’asalaga.
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Real American Hustle
By Bob Franken
We’ve all seen the pharmaceutical ads on TV -- you know,
the ones that typically offer relief from something like, say,
itchy elbows. Once you get past the narrative and the video,
which shows the deep shame that anyone feels when scratching
his elbow and introduces the blessed relief of some medication named Arm-Bend-numb or whatever, we get the long
disclaimer: “Do not use Arm-bend-numb within 16 hours of
eating. Arm-bend-numb can cause feeling of deep depression,
a variety of cancers and problems with your immune system
that can result in death.”
I don’t know about you, but by the time that’s through, I’ve
decided to take my chances with the itchy elbow. The drug
companies probably hate the disclosures that cut into their
profits, but we get to decide whether relief is worth it.
Right now, we get some sort of disclosure from the airlines,
which are required to tell us the full cost of flying from here to
there, listing their base price, along with the mandatory taxes
and fees. Luggage and just about everything else are extra.
Currently, the airlines need to inform us about all that when we
are looking for the best fares.
They’re not happy about it, so in true American corporate
fashion they’ve influence-peddled members of Congress to try
to introduce legislation allowing airlines to advertise only the
base price, and add the other charges once you’ve gone several
steps into the booking process. The deceit even extends to the
title of the bill. It’s the Transparent Airlines Act of 2014.
Notwithstanding the shameless dishonesty, the airlines do
make one semi-valid point, and that is that other biggies in
the travel industry, such as hotels and car-rental companies,
are allowed to get away with the same subterfuge. We’ve all
bristled at the car-rental counter when we’re informed that the
rate we’ve been quoted “excludes” a long list of fees that often
exceed the advertised rental rate.
And how many of us have been outraged when our hotel
adds on all the taxes, fees and, my personal favorite, the facility
charge for just being in the building. Our stay ends up costing
not just an arm and a leg, but another limb as well ... probably
the one with the itchy elbow.
Yes, the airlines have a right to be treated equally. But the
answer is not to allow their flimflam, but to require hotels and
car rental companies to end theirs and make clear what we’re
really going to pay when we select one.
After a while, it gets truly wearisome that we live in such
a caveat emptor society, where we have to expend so much
energy trying to avoid the legalized swindle.
The reason it’s not a crime is because usually our lawmakers are receiving financial incentives from those who want
to get away with their chicanery.
Maybe our campaign ads should come with a disclaimer
like the drug commercials. Something like, “Electing this candidate may do serious harm to this country and have a negative
effect on your own life.” Because these days, when it comes
to all the rhetoric, more and more people just aren’t buying it.
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Se vaaiga atu lena i le faitoto’a e ulufale atu ai i le toese i Tafuna.
[ata: AF]
Fesiligia Kruse ta’iala fa’afoe ai puleaina toese Tafuna
tusia Ausage Fausia
O le tutupu mai pea o fa’alavelave e a’afia
ai pagota ma leoleo i le toese i Tafuna, ua fesiligia ai e le afioga i le fa’amasino sili ia Michael
Kruse ta’iala o lo o fa’atautaia ai le pulea ma le
vaavaaia o pagota i totonu o le toese i Tafuna i
aso ta’itasi.
Na fa’ailoa e Kruse i le Sui Komesina
le tumau o Leoleo sa i ai i totonu o le potu
fa’amasino i le taeao ananafi, afai e le suia le
ituaiga amioga o lo o fa’aauau pea ona tupu i
totonu o le toese i Tafuna, e fa’aauau pea ona
tula’i mai le tele o fa’aletonu o lo o a’afia ai
pagota e pei o le fa’ao’olima i ai o leoleo.
O le fia malamalama atili o Kruse i ta’iala
o lo o fa’afoe ma pulea ai le vaavaaia o pagota
i le toese, sa ia poloaina ai loa le afioga Save
Liuato Tuitele ina ia feiloa’i ma le Pule o le
Ofisa Fa’anofovaavaaia a le Fa’amasinoga,
mo le fa’ailoaina atu o ni isi o vaaiga sa mafai
ona molimauina e sui o lea ofisa, i ni isi o taimi
na latou asia ai le nofoaga o lo o i ai le toese i
“O se tasi o fa’afitauli sa mafai ona maitauina
i se tasi o asiasiga a le Ofisa nofovaavaaia, o le
taimi e o mai ai i fafo pagota ma toe fo’i atu i
totonu o le toese, ona o ni isi o ia taimi e le faia
ai e leoleo o le toese la latou galuega o le siaki o
pagota i le taimi e toe fo’i atu ai i totonu, po o a
mea o lo o o atou ma latou i totonu”, o se vaega
lea o le saunoaga a Kruse ia Save.
Na taua fo’i e Kruse e fa’apea, o le isi lea
mafua’aga e ala ai ona maua le anoanoa’i o mea
e le tatau ona maua i totonu o le toese e pei o
fualaau fa’asaina, ona e le o lelei le fa’atinoina
o galuega a leoleo o le falepuipui i le vaavaaia
lea ma le siaki o pagota i soo se taimi e o i fafo
ma toe fo’i atu ai i totonu.
O le isi auala sa fia iloa e Kruse mai le afioga
a Save, po o a ni isi auala e tatau i le ofisa o
leoleo ona faia ina ia mautinoa ai le saogalemu
o pagota o lo o taofia i le falepuipui ona o
poloaiga a le fa’amasinoga.
“E tele naua se galuega e manaomia le faia
ina ia fa’aleleia atili ai le puleaina o le toese
i Tafuna, ina ia mafai ai ona taofia le tutupu
mai pea o mataupu e aafia ai le va o leoleo ma
pagota,” o le saunoaga lea a Kruse ia Save.
Mo se fa’ata’ita’iga, e i ai taimi e o ai
pagota ma ave fa’atau o meaai mai o latou aiga,
pe a mae’a a latou iloiloga e faia i luma o le
fa’amasinoga, peitai o lea faiga na taofia e Save
ananafi, ina ua ia faatonu leoleo o le toese e
taofi se taga pepa sa avatu ai e se aiga meaai
mo le latou tina o lo o taofia i le toese, lea na
momoli atu i totonu o le potu fa’amasino ae na
toe fa’afo’i i fafo ina ua fa’atonu e Save se sui
o le aiga e toe ave i fafo le taga pepa meaai, e
fa’asa ona avatu ni mea fa’apea i totonu o le
potu fa’amasino.
Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona taua e le alii faamasino sili, o le mataupu lea o lo o i luma nei o
le fa’amasinoga fa’aitumalo, fa’asaga i se ali’i
leoleo o lo o tu’uaia i lona fasiga o se isi pagota
i luma o le isi leoleo o le toese.
“O le mea moni lava, e i ai le pagota o lo
o i totonu o le toese o lo o pei se sifi ma ana
mea o lo o fai ai, e fai uma fo’i e leoleo mea e
mana’o i ai le pagota lea, e aunoa ma le tu tu
o leoleo e fa’atino a latou galuega na mafua ai
ona tofia i latou e galulue i le toese”, o le saunoaga lea a Kruse i le loia a le malo o Tiffany
Oldfield, lea na tula’i mo le itu a le malo i le
taimi na fofogaina ai le fa’asalaga a le ali’i o
Leuma Malala.
E le i mamao atu na maua ai e le Samoa
News se ripoti e fa’atatau i se ali’i pagota o lo
o tuli sona fa’asalaga fa’a falepuipui i le toese i
le taimi nei, i lona fa’aaoga lea o se mea maai e
fa’ao’o ai manu’a i le isi pagota.
I se ripoti na tuuina mai i le Samoa News, na
taua ai le fa’aaoga e le alii pagota o se naifi e tui
ai le itu o le isi pagota, a o taele le pagota i le
paipa e taeele ai pagota i fafo o le falepuipui, i le
mae’a ai lea o le tula’i mai o se isi fo’i mataupu
i luma atu, lea fo’i o lo o tu’uaia ai fo’i le pagota
lava lea i lona faaoolima i se isi alii pagota sa ia
lafo atu ni upu mataga ia te ia.
I se ripoti sa tuuina mai i le Samoa News e
faatatau i le mataupu lea sa taua ai e fa’apea, na
tatala e se alii leoleo o le falepuipui le faitoto’a
o le sela lea sa loka ai le pagota na a’afia, ina ia
mafai ai ona alu atu le pagota matua e fa’atino
le fasiga o ia.
O saunoaga mai ia Kruse na alia’e mai ina
ua talosaga le ali’i pagota o Malala i luma o le
fa’amasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi se fesoasoani mo ia, ona ua lamatia lona saogalemu
ao taofia ai o ia i totonu o le toese.
Na taua e Malala e fa’apea, e fa’atolu ona
fasi o ia e ni leoleo ma ni isi o pagota, ma ua
atagia mai ai le le toe saogalemu o lona ola i
totonu o le falepuipui.
Na taua e le loia a Malala o Michael White i
le Samoa News e fa’apea, na avea manu’a tuga
na a’afia ai Malala mai le fasiga o ia e leoleo ma
pagota, na taofia ai o ia i le falema’i, ma ua tatau
fo’i i le itu a le malo ona sailiili atili i le talosaga
a le ua molia.
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Hokulea departs Hawaii to
begin a worldwide voyage
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Voyagers have set
out on a journey that will take them around the
world in a double-hulled canoe. The Hokulea left
Hawaii Friday to begin its three-year, 47,000mile odyssey. Its crew members are sailing
without modern navigation equipment. They
will observe the motion of the waves and the
position of the stars to guide their path.
Hundreds of spectators gathered in Hilo to bid
aloha and farewell to the crew. They sang and
shared hugs and lei. Bags of fresh produce hang
in nets over the side of the boat. Crew members
wave and paddle as they venture out of Hilo.
The Hokulea will visit 85 ports in 26 countries. Its voyagers will teach the public about the
ancient style of navigation.
Obama reveals daughter
Malia attended first prom
WASHINGTON (AP) — A teenage rite
of passage has come to the White House, with
President Barack Obama revealing that daughter
Malia recently attended her first prom.
Obama wouldn’t say whether his older
daughter had a date or went with friends. He
joked it’s “classified information” during an
interview airing Friday on the talk show “Live!
With Kelly and Michael.”
But the president said he doesn’t think he’d
been too intimidating for any boy who might roll
up to the White House to pick Malia up.
Obama said it was “a little bit jarring” to see his
15-year-old 10th grader in heels for the first time.
He said Malia looked beautiful. The president said
he and the first lady were worried that growing up
in the White House would give their daughters “an
attitude.” But he expressed pride that they have
remained respectful, kind and considerate young
women and gave credit to his wife.
IMB says Thai tanker
may have been hijacked
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A
Thai tanker carrying diesel failed to make its
scheduled arrival at an Indonesian port two days
ago and contact with the vessel has been severed,
in what may have been a hijacking, a maritime
watchdog agency said Saturday. The International Maritime Bureau said the ship’s owner lost
contact with Mt Orapin 4 and its 14 crew members after it left Singapore on Tuesday. It was due
at the Indonesian port of Pontianak on Thursday.
Noel Choong, who heads the bureau’s piracy
reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said on Saturday that the ship was classified as missing and
a “possible hijack.” The IMB urged ships to be
on the lookout for the missing vessel and for
pirates. Last month, a Thai ship and a Singapore
tanker carrying diesel were attacked by pirates
after they left Singapore. Pirates stole the cargo
before releasing the ships.
Cross-country flight
diverted after dog poops
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cross-country
fight had to make an unscheduled landing when
a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening
passengers with the odor.
US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said
the May 28 US Airways flight from Los Angeles
to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled stop
in Kansas City, Christie called the episode a
“rare and unfortunate situation.”
The flight continued after the mess was
cleaned up on the ground. The passenger and
service dog were rebooked on another flight.
Jim Kutsch, president at The Seeing Eye
guide dog school in Morristown, New Jersey,
tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that such incidents are rare, but that dogs occasionally get sick
on planes, too.
Julia Collins wins 20th
victory on ‘Jeopardy!’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Collins can
count another “Jeopardy!” victory and another
The TV game show said Collins won her 20th
game Friday, putting her alone in second place
for most consecutive non-tournament victories.
When she scored her 19th win on Thursday,
she was in a second-place tie with season 22 contestant David Madden.
The top “Jeopardy!” player is Ken Jennings,
who won 74 straight games in season 21 for a
total of $2.5 million in prize money.
The 31-year-old Collins already has set a
record as the winningest female “Jeopardy!” contestant ever, both in money and number of games.
A business consultant from the Chicago area,
Collins had raked in $428,100 as of Friday.
She’ll be back on the pre-taped show Monday as
she bids for win No. 21.
Obama: Clinton would be
a very effective president
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack
Obama says Hillary Clinton would be a very
effective president if she decides to run.
Obama says in a television interview that
he and Clinton are “buddies” and he’s long
admired her.
They fought in the long-running 2008 primary
for the Democratic presidential nomination. But
Obama says she couldn’t have been more effective and loyal as his secretary of state.
The president says he’s been blessed to have
her work for him, along with Vice President Joe
Biden and his chief of staff Denis McDonough.
The president’s comments are in an interview
taped Thursday, the same day he and Clinton had
a private lunch at the White House. His interview was broadcast Friday on the talk show
“Live! With Kelly and Michael.”
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Toddler badly
burned in drug
raid in Georgia
President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing
that Carney will step down later next month, during a surprise visit to the Brady Press Briefing
Room of the White House, Friday, May 30, 2014. The president announced Carney’s departure in
a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday. He said principal deputy
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.
Man pushing shopping cart
full of meat is arrested
SEATTLE (AP) — Police say the sight of a
man pushing a shopping cart full of meat down
a south Seattle street in the middle of the night
drew an officer’s attention. Under questioning,
the man said he was taking the cart full of steak
and ribs to a friend’s house.
When a second officer checked with a nearby
grocery store, staff there said a man had just left
without paying for his 13 packages of meat.
Police said they arrested the 50-year-old man
Wednesday night.
And the $263 worth of meat? Store employees
had to discard it because it had been removed
from the store.
Woman attacks a girl, 9, with
hammer at elementary school
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco
Bay Area woman is accused of attacked a 9-yearold girl with a hammer at the girl’s elementary
Oakland Unified School District spokesman
Troy Flint says the woman, who authorities
declined to identify, sneaked the hammer onto
the campus of Lafayette Elementary School on
Friday and attacked the girl inside a bathroom.
Flint says the woman’s own child attends the
school and that she frequently volunteers there.
The Bay Area News Group reports that Flint
says the girl was taken to a hospital with injuries but that she was conscious and expected to
The woman, who is believed to be feuding
with the victim’s family, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Roadside bombing kills
12 civilians in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan
official says a roadside bombing in the country’s
east has hit two cars, killing 12 civilians.
The attack took place on Saturday morning
in the eastern Ghazni province, in Giro district.
Shafiqullah Nang, the spokesman for the provincial governor, says the casualties were all
civilians — seven women, three children and
two men. He says the victims were traveling to
a wedding.
No one immediately claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Roadside bombings are a major threat to both
Afghan security forces and civilians across the
Such attacks have escalated as the Taliban
intensify their campaign ahead of the U.S.-led
foreign forces’ withdrawal by the end of 2014.
Continued from page 5
Man returns $125,000 that
fell from armored truck
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Salvation Army
worker in California is being rewarded for his
decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that
fell from an armored truck.
Joe Cornell tells The Fresno Bee that he
found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck
pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left
the sack behind.
“I started crying and shaking,” Cornell said.
“Everything was going through my mind — the
good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?”
Thoughts of the imminent arrival of his fourth
grandchild soon helped him decide.
“I thought, ‘What would I want her to think
of me?’ That made up my mind right there,”
he said. “I got on my radio and called my boss.
‘Hey, I found a bag of money.’ “
Cornell, 52, is in a Salvation Army substanceabuse rehabilitation program.
His duties for the organization include
working on donated trailers.
“I went down there carrying the bag like I was
Santa Claus,” Cornell said.
Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham said he
isn’t sure how the truck lost the money, and he
called the incident a security issue.
The company will give Cornell a $5,000
reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to
the Salvation Army.
Complaint says Cook licked
sandwiches, served officers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cook at a
New Mexico facility that trains state corrections
employees faces battery charges after authorities
say she secretly licked sandwiches then served
them to probation and parole officers.
KOAT-TV reports Yolanda Arguello was
charged this week following witness interviews
into the bizarre allegations at the South Valley
New Mexico Women’s Recovery Academy in
According to a criminal complaint, witnesses
told investigators that the 59-year-old would
take a piece of cheese, lick it and put it on sandwiches at the academy.
Another witness told authorities Arguello was
seen sucking on an ice cube and putting it back
into a cup before handing it to a staff member.
She is charged with three counts of battery on
a peace officer.
A phone listing for Arguello was disconnected, and it was unknown if she had an
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ATLANTA (AP) — Officers raiding a Georgia home in
search of a drug suspect used a flash grenade not knowing children were inside, severely burning a toddler who was sleeping
just inside the door, authorities and the boy’s family said.
Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said the officers were
looking for a suspect who may have been armed and followed
proper procedure by using the device, which creates a bright
flash and loud bang to distract suspects.
A lawyer for the family said he believes the officers acted
improperly and he would like to see them prosecuted.
“It’s a tragic incident,” Terrell said.
“The baby didn’t deserve this.”
Alecia Phonesavanh told local news media her son was
sleeping in his playpen when the raid began Wednesday morning.
“The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking
first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his
pillow right in his face,” Phonesavanh told WSB-TV.
Phonesavanh said the boy’s face was severely burned, and
he was in a medically induced coma in a hospital. She said her
family had been visiting from out of town and were all sleeping
at the house in Cornelia, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta,
when the raid happened about 3 a.m.
The toddler’s family was staying with family in Georgia after
their home in Wisconsin recently burned down, Terrell said. In
an interview with investigators, the toddler’s mother said she
knew methamphetamine was being sold out of the home and
tried to keep her four children away from any drugs or drug
activity, Terrell said.
If there had been any indication that there were children in
the house, the officers would have used a different door and
would not have used the flash grenade, Terrell said.
The officers were looking for Wanis Thonetheva, 30, who
lives at the home with his mother and had recently sold drugs to
an informant at the house, the sheriff said.
A judge granted them a no-knock warrant because Thonetheva had a recent prior arrest involving a gun and drugs,
Terrell said.
When the officers arrived at the home, they found the door
locked and used a ram to get it open enough to toss in the flash
grenade, Terrell said.
The officers then pushed their way in and found the injured
child in a playpen that had been pushed up against the door, Terrell said. A medic with the team took the child, who was taken
to Atlanta for treatment.
Thonetheva was not at the home, but officers found methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia in his room, Terrell
said. Thonetheva was arrested a few hours later at another location and charged with distribution of methamphetamine. He was
being held Friday on $15,000 bond, and it wasn’t immediately
clear if he had a lawyer.
The officers involved are very upset and they and their families have been receiving death threats, Terrell said.
There is no continuing investigation, and the officers involved
are still on duty, he said.
It will be up to the local prosecutor to decide whether the case
merits further investigation, the sheriff said.
Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman told
WSB-TV his office will review the incident and witness statements to determine whether charges should be filed.
The boy’s family disputes the sheriff’s claim that the playpen
was pushed against the door, said lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis,
who’s representing them.
“That’s a flat out lie,” he said, adding that the playpen was
six or seven feet from the door. “It’s not even logical for them to
block the door with a playpen with their son in it.”
A lawsuit is possible, Davis said, but right now the family
is focusing on doing everything possible to encourage further
investigation and to push for criminal prosecution of the officers.
“It’s unbelievable those officers continue to be on the street
and continue to be employed after the way the family was treated
and the son was injured,” Davis said.
Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby, whose officers were also
involved in the raid, didn’t immediately return a call from The
Associated Press on Friday. He told WSB-TV that officers were
distraught over what happened.
“You’re trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and
in this case the greatest thing went wrong,” Darby told the station. “Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes
ma’am, it is. It’s gonna make us double question.”
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Tucker Dismukes, also known as The Cardboard Patriot, prepares for the maiden voyage
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section of the lake. This year’s event featured 70 boats made of only cardboard, masking tape,
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caulk and paint. VA’s Shinseki resigns amid
vets’ health care problems
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beset by growing
evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki
resigned from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried
as a “lack of integrity” in the sprawling health
care system for the nation’s military veterans.
Obama, under mounting pressure to act
from fellow Democrats who are worried about
political fallout in the fall elections, praised the
retired four-star general and said he accepted his
resignation with “considerable regret.” But the
president, too, focused on increasingly troubling
allegations of treatment delays and preventable
deaths at veterans hospitals around the country.
Emerging from an Oval Office meeting with
Shinseki, a stone-faced Obama said the secretary himself acknowledged he had become a
distraction as the administration moves to
address the VA’s troubles, and the president
agreed with him.
“We don’t have time for distractions,”
Obama said. “We need to fix the problem.”
One of Shinseki’s last acts as secretary was
to hand the president an internal accounting
that underscored just how big the problems
have become. It showed that in some cases, VA
schedulers have been pressured to fake information for reports to make waiting times for medical appointments look more favorable.
“It is totally unacceptable,” Obama said.
“Our vets deserve the best. They’ve earned it.”
The president appointed Sloan Gibson, the
No. 2 at the Veterans Affairs Department, as
temporary secretary as the search for a permanent successor began.
Obama also asked Rob Nabors, a top White
House aide who has been dispatched to the VA
to oversee a broad review, to stay for the time
Gibson, who has been Shinseki’s deputy for
about three months, was formerly president and
chief executive officer of the USO, the nonprofit
organization that provides programs and services to U.S. troops and their families. Gibson
is the son of an Army Air Corpsman who served
in World War II and grandson of a World War I
Army infantryman.
Republicans in Congress said the shake-up
wasn’t enough to solve problems at an agency
that has been struggling to keep up with a huge
demand for its services — some 9 million
enrolled now compared to 8 million in 2008.
The influx comes from returning Iraq and
Afghanistan veterans, aging Vietnam War vets
who now have more health problems, a move by
Congress to expand the number of those eligible
for care and the migration of veterans to the VA
during the last recession after they lost their jobs
or switched to the VA when their private insurance became more expensive.
“One personnel change cannot be used as an
excuse to paper over a systemic problem,” said
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who had
held off in calling for Shinseki’s resignation. “Our
veterans deserve better. We’ll hold the president
accountable until he makes things right.”
The massive bureaucracy at the VA has come
under intense scrutiny over the past month,
following allegations that 40 patients died
while awaiting care at a Phoenix hospital where
employees kept a secret waiting list to cover up
On Wednesday, the VA inspector general
reported that 1,700 veterans seeking treatment
at the Phoenix facility were at risk of being “forgotten or lost.”
After that scathing report, a cascade of Democrats on the ballot in the fall midterm elections
joined dozens of Republicans in calling for
Shinseki to step down.
Administration officials said the combined
pressure of the VA investigator’s troubling findings and the extreme focus on Shinseki’s status
led Obama to conclude that the secretary would
probably need to resign.
But they said the president wanted to first
allow Shinseki an opportunity to submit his own
report to the White House, set in motion a series
of firings in the agency, and speak to veterans at
a long-planned appearance Friday morning.
In his speech to the National Coalition for
Homeless Veterans, Shinseki said, “I extend an
apology to the people whom I care most deeply
about — that’s the veterans of this great country
— to their families and loved ones, who I have
been honored to serve for over five years now.
It’s the calling of a lifetime.”
The 71-year-old Shinseki said he had been
“too trusting of some” in the VA system. He
then headed to the White House to offer his
resignation to the president during a 30-minute
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O le aso Tofi o le vaiaso nei na
faataunuu ai le sauniga lotu faapitoa
e tatala ai le feagaiga a le Ekalesia
Faapotopotoga Kerisiano i Samoa i
le afioaga o Moata’a ma le latou faafeagaiga tauilelagi, le susuga Rev. Dr.
Taipisia Elisara.
O lea sauniga na taitaia e le susuga
i le Toeaina o le Pulega, le susuga
Peteru Tone. Ua ono nei tausaga o
galulue le susuga i le faafeagaiga
ma le faletua ia Ramona i Moata’a
ma ao alu le la faiga malologa e pei
ona i ai faiga faavae a le ekalesia i le
maea ai o le ta’i ono tausaga, sa faia
le filifiliga a le ekalesia i Moata’a ma
autasi ai o le a tatala le feagaiga ma
lo latou faafeagaiga ae toe saili se i si
O le a taitaia mai e le Palemia o le
malo o Niu Sila, le afioga ia To’oletai
John Key, se aumalaga a lea malo e
asiasi mai i Samoa i le amataga o le
vaiaso fou.
O le a ia auai mai i sauniga i le faailogaina o o le Tutoatasi o le atunuu
i lenei foi tausaga, ma le faamoemoe e
feiloai atu i le taitai o le malo ma asia
nisi o poloketi o lo o faatupeina ma
fesoasoani mai ai Niu Sila i atinae
eseese i le atunuu. Faailoa mai e
Tooletai John Key, o le a ia asia
Samoa, Toga faapea ai ma Niue mo le
vaiaso atoa o loma nei, ma o se malaga
e atagia ai le mafana pea o le mafutaga
a Niu Sila ma ia atunuu, ma le maualuga o le faataua o lo o ave i ai i lea
Na sola le sa o le Tolotolo o Tamauli mai Salelologa ma le tulaga
muamua o faigamea i le tai o le Tutoatasi o lenei tausaga i se tuuga taufao i
le taeao ananafi.
Na maitauina le vava lalata o sa e
ono sa tausinio ma e oo mai le tuuga i
le penisula i Mulinuu, o lo o tulaga lua
le i si sa mai Salelologa o le Uluai La
O Le Talalelei, ae tuli tatao mai e le
Digicel Segavao.
O gataifale o le maketi i Savalalo
na taumafai ai loa le Digicel Segavao
e tipi i tua le Uluai La O Le Talalelei,
ae sa faasasa e le Uluai La.
Sa seu i le itu i tai e le kapeteni le
latou sa ina ua poloka e le Uluai La
le itu i uta, ae sa taumafai foi le Uluai
La e toe poloka le alavaa o le Digicel
Peitai sa alu loa lava le Digicel
Segavao ona ua popole le kapeteni i
pa’ulia lona sa i le a’au ma sa faapea
ona filivaa ai loa, ma iu ai ina u i uta le
taumua o le Uluai La O Le Talalelei.
Sa faapea ona sao atu ai loa le
Digicel Segavao ma ausia ai le tulaga
lua, tulaga tolu i ai le sa o le Lulu O
Le Aoa mai Sinamoga, tulaga fa le
Aviivii mai Toamua, tulaga lima le sa
o le La O Samoa mai Lepea sa aloina
e tama aoga o le Kolisi o Pesega, ae
tulaga ono ai le Uluai La O Le Talalelei mai Salelologa.
Ua tuuina aloaia mai nei le tali a
alii palemia, le susuga Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, i le
finagalo faaalia o se tasi o alii faiaoga i
le Iunivesete o Otago i Niu Sila, le alii
o Dr. Iati Iati.
Ua faailoa e lea alii le tatau ia
Samoa ma atunuu o le pasefika, ona
faateletelegese le faatinoga o atinae,
ia ua peiseai ua tulaga le manuia ai le
avea o a tatou atu motu o parataiso.
Na ia saunoa, e manaia pe ana
faapea e tumau le faitau aofai o tagata
o le pasefika i tausaga uma, peitai o
le mea moni, o lo o faatupulaia pea le
fuainumera o tagata, ma e moomia ai
le fausia pea o ia atinae, e i ai faleaoga
mo le aoaoina o le fanau o lo o siitia
pea le toatele, fausia falemai mo le
siitia foi o le toatele o tagata gasegase
mai i le taumafaina o lau mamoe mai i
Niu Sila, fausia auala tetele mo taavale
foeuli taumatau, fausia uafu mo vaa a
lalo ma malae vaalele e agai mai ai
aiga o lea alii o Dr. Iati Iati.
“O lona uiga, e tatau pea ona
fa’aauau atiae, atinae ma saga atiae
pea seia oo i le faavavau,” o le finau
lea a Tuilaepa.
E te fia
Toleafoa Haserota Auvaa
Savali mai le fafine o Ana fai ia Samuelu, “Ou te iloa ua pe le taavale, ai ua tumu vai i totonu
o le kapalaika.” a’o la lava e matamata le TV a Samuelu, toe fai atu le fafine, “Ou te iloa ua pe
le taavale ua o vai i totonu o le kapalaika…!!!!.” ua tau amata ona si’isi’i i luga le leo o le fafine.
“E faafefea ona te’ite’i a alu fua lena vai i totonu o le kapalaika ?.” fai mai le fafine,
“Leaga ou te malamalama lelei i ai.” faasagasaga mai loa o Samuelu i le fia su’esu’e lava o le
mafauaga. “E te malamalama ea i le mea e igoa o le kapalaika ?.”
“Ou te le’i iloa lelei, ae ou te malamala i le mea ua pe ai le taavale, ae ou te le iloa poo i
fea o le afi e tu ai lena mea o le kapalaika.” ‘oso mai loa Samuelu, “O fea le taavale ?.” tali loa
le fafine, “Ia vaai lea i ai, o le ituaiga fesili lena ua leva ona e tatau ona e fesili mai ai, o la e i
totonu o le sami!”
Sa fai se fono i Niu Ioka e finau ai le mataupu po o ai le galuega ua leva o le lalolagi, na auai
le Foma’i, o le Inisinia, Faifeau ma le loia, na tau fai faaali manatu i le galuega na muamua i
le lalolagi.
Fai mai le Foma’i, “Ou te manatu lava ‘au ia o le Foma’i, aua a manatu i le taimi lea na
faamoe ai Atamu, ae se’i lona ivi asoaso e fai ai le fafine, ia ona ou mafaufau lea, o le Foma’i
le galuega pito muamua i le lalolagi.”
“E leai….ou te manatu lava ‘au ia o le Faifeau, silasila foi na mana’o loa le Atua e alu se
feau ia Atamu ma Eva, e manaomia manatu e faasino i amio faa-Faifeau, ina sui mai lea o
Siufofoga o le Atua i saunoa mai ia Atamu ma Eva ‘i le leo faa-faifeau’ ou te manatu la o le
Faifeau e fetaui i ai le galuega muamua”.
Ia ae ‘oso mai le Inisinia, “Faatali la….e leai, a tatou mafaufau i ai, na fai mai le Tusi Paia,
na fau e le Atua le lalolagi i aso e ono, o ai la vave na te fauina le lalolagi i na aso e ono, na’o le
INISINIA, le mafaufau na fausia ai le lalolagi, a leai se mafaufau faa-INISINIA e le mafai ona
fai le lalolagi i aso e ono, na e fai mai le Tusi Paia, sa soona NUNUMI le lalolagi…..”
Ia taufai patipati uma le isi ‘au usufono i le manaia o nei manatu ua folasia i luma o le mamea,
ae te’i lava i le tu lemu ae a o le Lawyer, “Le upu lena na ou faatalitali i ai, o le NUNUMI o ai
ma te ta’u mai ina ia te ‘au, o ai le mafaufau na so’ona NUNUMI le lalolagi i le amataga ?. A’o
ai e toe nofo ma toe faamafolafola, O LA’U GALUEGA LENA, O LE NUNUMI O SE MEA,
AE NOFO MA TOE FAAMAFOLAFOLA, o lona uiga o le mafaufau faa-LAWYER a le Atua
na amata ai ona faia le LALOLAGI…”
“A tonu e lelei foi pe afai e afio mai
lea alii o Dr. Iati e aumau i Samoa mo
sina taimi, sei tofo i le soifuaga o lo
o tatou i ai i meafai a le lotu, o fono
a le nuu ma togi maa i faalavelave o
Ua taliaina nei e le asosi a fitafita a
Amerika i Samoa se fesoasoani tupe e
$10,000, e tapena ai lana malafoni mo
le tutoatasi i le vaiaso fou.
O lea tamoega o le a auai mai ai
nisi o tagata iloga i lea foi taaloga mai
i atunuu mamao, lea e oo atu i le toa
15 i latou o le a malaga mai i Niu
Sila ma Ausetalia. I se feiloaiga ma
tusitala na tauaaoina aloaia atu ai lea
fesoasoani tupe e le faauluuluga o le
Bluesky le afioga ia Toleafoa Douglas
Creevy, ma taliaina aloaia e le Faatonu
o lea taamilosaga, o le alii peresetene
foi o le Asosi o Fitafita Tuai a Amerika
i Samoa, le susuga ia Mark Moors.
Saunoa faafetai le afioga ile alii
peresetene, ma ia faailo le tele o aoga
o lenei tauvaga.
O se tauvaga o lo o faasalalauina
faavaomalo, ma o le a fesoasoani i
le uunaia o le atinae o tagata tafafao
maimoa mai i le atunuu.
E le gata i lea, ae o le a fesoasoani
le tauvaga i le koleniga o le au afeleti
a le atunuu, aua tamoega mamao i nisi
o taaloga faavaomalo o lo o sauni atu i
ai o le a faia i le atunuu o Take ma isi.
UK to count prostitution,
drugs in measuring GDP
LONDON (AP) — Britain is putting a price on vice.
Prostitution and the import, manufacture and consumption
of illegal drugs like crack cocaine and heroin will be included
in the official estimates of the country’s economy, the national
statistics agency said Friday.
Some of these activities, like prostitution, are legal in certain European Union countries, and comparable figures are
needed. All member states need the same standard because
they are used to assess a member state’s contribution to the
EU budget.
The new estimates also simply seek to get a more realistic
picture of the economy — warts and all.
At the moment, the only illegal activities included in Britain’s GDP are estimates on alcohol and tobacco smuggling.
“As economies develop and evolve, so do the statistics
we use to measure them,” said Joe Grice, the chief economic
adviser to the Office of National Statistics.
“These improvements are going on across the world and
we are working with our partners in Europe and the wider
world on the same agenda.”
Illegal drugs and prostitution are already measured in
Estonia, Austria, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden and Norway, the
ONS said in a report.
In Britain, they would add approximately 10 billion pounds
($16.7 billion) to gross domestic product in 2009, the ONS
said. That remains a very small portion of the overall GDP,
which now stands at 1.5 trillion pounds.
Nonetheless, calculations may prove challenging.
To measure prostitution, statisticians will have to tabulate up the value of things like brothel rental, condom sales,
makeup and the clothing of sex workers.
For illegal drugs, the ONS will examine production and
sales of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, cannabis,
ecstasy and amphetamines.
Growing drugs will be classed as “production,” buying
them for home use, “expenditure,” while selling them as
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o le
(Isaia 35:1 [f.1]) “E olioli ona a ia latou le vao lafulafua, ma
le nuu naumati; e fiafia le toafa, ma fua mai e pei o le aute.”
Le (Kenese e 12:2), “Ou te faia oe ma nuu tele, ou te faamanuia foi ia te oe, ou te matua faamanuia lou igoa; e manuia foi
oe. Ou te faamanuia atu ia te i latou o e faamanuia ia te oe, ou te
faamalaia atu foi ia te i latou o e fetuu ia te oe, e manuia foi ia te
oe, o aiga uma o le lalolagi.”
O le faamanuiga lena na fai ia Aperaamo mo ia ma lana fanau
uma e fananau mai ia Aperaamo, Isaako, Iakopo ma Iosefa ma
faasolosolo mai lava, e oo ina faia le nuu tele o Isaraelu.
E ui ina ua faasalaina Isaraelu e le Atua ia Isaraelu poo le a le
mea e fai i ai, e leai lava sa tatou feau poo pisinisi poo se tatou
aia e faiga a le Atua i ona tagata ona ua agasala.
E leai se tatou mea e fesoasoani i ai, na o le tatou faitau i lana
Afioga ma tatou malamala i ai, le Silisili Ese o le Atua e oo i
tulaiga uma o lenei lalolagi, e pule aoao o ia, e mea uma lava mai
i le amataga i oo i le gataaga.
Le Afioga o le Atua lea na oo ia Esekielu, ua faapea ai, “Ua
aina e tama o vine moto, ae magiagia ai nifo o le fanau ? o loo
Ola ia Ia, o loo fetalai mai le Alii le Atua, e le toe fai lava e outou
lena faatusa i Isaraelu.
Faauta, o agaga uma, o o’u lava o latou, e pei o le agaga o le
tama ona fai mo’u, e faapea foi le tagata e agasala e oti ai. A e
afai e amiotonu le tagata , ma ua faia e ia le amio e tatau, ma le
amiotonu, ua ia le ‘ai i luga o mauga, ua ia le amio e tonu ma sa’o
lea i luma o le Silafaga o le Atua.
E pule aoao le Atua ma lona nuu, e faatafea ona o le faalogogata, e pei o le tama ma sona atalii, “Ua le iloa poo le a le isi mea
e fai ia oe ? ua uma taavale ua e faaleaga, ua uma aoga na ave i ai
oe, e tuli mai oe i lou le usitai, o lea, tuu ia oe e te alu i le lalolagi
tele lena e fai ai lou loto. Ua ou musu a e toe fasi oe, e nei tulafono, alu ia oe, pule oe….”
A’o le faapologaina a le Atua i lona nuu o Isaraelu, e pei o se
Atua Fua e ‘ino’ino pe a silasila atu ua o i se isi Atua lona nuu ae
vaai ua mulimuli i auala leaga a le tiapolo.
E te’ite’i lava a leaga le nuu a le Atua, e le leaga i se isi, na o le
tiapolo lava lea na faaleagaina mai i le amataga i le ulua’i tagata,
e oo mai ina faia Iakopo ma lana fanau e toa sefulu lua ae sefulu
tolu i le teine, lea na mafua ai le nuu o Iakopo, poo Isaraelu, ua
na’o le tiapolo e faa’oso mai ia tagata.
Na faaleaga le ola faatalitonu o tagata o le a nuu i faiga o le
tiapolo, na nofo le tiapolo ma liliu ‘ese tagata i le mea e ola ai i le
Ola e Faavavau, e le mano’a o ia ia liliu ‘ese mai le Atua.
E fai uma nei mea e le Atua ma lona iloa, e i ai le isi paoa lena
i ai i le lalolagi lenei.
E olioli ona o i latou le vao lafulafua, ma le nuu naumati;
e fiafia le toafa, ma fua mai e pei o le aute. E fua tele mai lava
ia, e fiafia foi ma le fiafia tele, ma le alaga, e avatu i ai le lalelei
o Lepanona, ma le matagofie o Karamelu ma Sarona, latou te
vaavaai i le pupupla o le Alii.
Le afio mai o le Faaolataga, o Iesu le Mesia mo le Lalolagi
atoa, lea na fai mai ai Iesu, (Luka 12:4-5) “A ou te fai atu ia te
outou a’u uo, aua tou te matatau ia te i latou o e fasioti le tino, a
mavae lea, ua leai se toe mea latou te mafaia. A e ou te faasino
atu ia te outou i le tou te matatau i ai, ia te outou matatau ia te
ia, a mavae ona fasioti e ia, e ana le pule e lafo atu i Kena; e
moni ou te fai atu ia te outou, ia e moni, ou te fai atu ia te outou
matatau ia te ia.”
O le mea moni e alofa le Atua i lona nuu o Isaraelu, poo le a
ita o Ie Atua i lona nuu, ia ae le uma le alofa ia Isaraelu, ma lona
malumalu o Siona. Amene.
[Sosoo ane loa lau faitau i le tatou tala faasolo mo lenei vaiaso, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso
na tea nei i le taimi lea ua salalau solo ai tala i
luga o televise, o le Leoleo nana mai Italia na
fasiotia le ali’i faipisinisi lauiloa o Tomasi i
totonu o Enelagi.]
E le i atoa se itula talu ona mae’a le ulua’i suesuega o Kati ae salalau solo tala i totonu o Enelagi,
o le Leoleo nana mai Italia lea ua masalomia i le
fasiotiina o le ali’i faipisinisi lauiloa o Tomasi, ma,
na avea lea ma itu na maua ai e le malo o Italia
ripoti i luga o televise e faatatau i le mea o lo o tupu
ia Kati, ma fa’atulaga ai loa e le ofisa autu o Leoleo
nana i totonu o Italia auala e mafai ai ona faia ni
feutanaiga ma le malo o Enelagi, ina ia mafai ona
toe fa’asa’oloto mai ai Kati i lalo o ni tuutuuga
fa’apitoa. E le i umi ae tatagi loa le telefoni a le
Peresetene o le Ofisa autu o Leoleo nana a Italia,
ma ia vaaia ai le numera o lo o vili atu ai le tagata,
e le o se telefoni mai totonu o Italia, ae o le telefoni
mai fafo atu, ae leai fo’i se isi e nofo i se isi atunu’u
na te iloa lana numera.
“Hello!” O le tali atu lea a le Peresetene o le
Vaega o Leoleo nana a Italia i lana telefoni i lona
leo gatete ma le le mautonu, po o ai lenei tagata
ua vili atu i lana telefoni. “Talofa i lau susuga i
le Ta’ita’i, o Kati lea e i luga o le laina ...” na te’i
le ta’ita’i ina ua ia fa’alogoina le leo o Kati i le
telefoni, ona ia fesili lea i ai pe faapefea ona toe
tatala o ia i tua, a o lea ua salalau tala i le lalolagi,
o ia na fasiotia le alii faipisinisi lauiloa i totonu o
Enelagi, ae na ata Kati ma fai atu i le ta’ita’i, “O
le aikia lea ua fai ina ia mafai ai ona ou sao mai i
tua, ae tuua’i uma le fa’alavelave i le tama’ita’i o
Mena lea sa ma to’alua, ao lea ua ou sauni e saili
se auala e fa’asao mai ai o ia i tua ona ma o atu
loa lea iina i se taimi lata mai lava.
Ua savali le lua vaiaso o i ai Mena i le ofisa taofia
o leoleo e faatalitali ai suesuega o lo o faagasolo,
ae o Kati i le taimi lea, ua sui fo’i ana teuga ma ua
faigata fo’i ona iloa o ia i totonu o Enelagi, ua le toe
fa’aaoga e le ali’i ana teuga masani e pei ona iloa
ai o ia, a o lea ua suia nei i le isi teuga lea e masani
ona ia fa’aaoga e pei ai o ia o se ali’i faipisinisi mai
Arapi, o lana atopa’u, o le ie e fa’ata’amilo i luga o
lona ulu, atoa ai ma lana ava uliuli lava toe uumi, lea
e masani ona ia fa’aaogaina i le taimi na fa’atoa la
masani ai ma Mena i totonu o le fale talimalo lea na
ia fasiotia ai le tamaloa leaga o Tomasi.
O le atoa ai o le masina talu ona taofia Mena i
le ofisa taofia o leoleo, na aafia ai o ia i se gasegase
ma auina atu ai loa o ia i le falemai a le Militeli e
togafiti ai lona gasegase, ma o iina na maua ai loa
ma le avanoa o Kati e fesoota’i ai i le tama’ita’i e
ala i lona alu e asi, ma fa’atulaga ai loa e le tama
se avanoa na te ave faamalosia ai Mena i se auala
e le mafai e foma’i a le Militeli ona toe maua o ia.
E fetaui loa le taunuu o Kati i le vaega tonu lea ua
fa’amoemoe e faia ai lana osofaiga ae suluia loa o
ia i moli o le loli a le Ami ua aga’i mai.
[E fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le aufaitau i lenei vaiaso, malo le onosa’i, malo fo’i le soifua
laulelei, ae alo maia, o le vaega lua lenei o le tatou tala fa’asolo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na
te’a nei i le taimi lea na pei ai o se pese malie i le fa’alogologo a le tamaloa o Veli upu faamomoi
loto a si ona to’alua i totonu o le faleoo lea o lo o la talatalanoa ai.]
Na pei o se pese malu o lo o ta mai e se fa’ili malie fa’amatalaga fa’amomoi loto a Tania i
le loto o le tamaloa mai Savai’i, ma ua galo atu ai i le mafaufau o le tamaloa uiga tu fanua ma
amioga le tau pulea a le olomatua lea na fa’aali atu i le taimi na fa’atoa la taunu’u mai ai ma
Tania i le fale i ni nai itula ua mou atu. Ua amata ona aga’i atu le la i lona nofoaga masani, o luga
lea o atumauga e malolo ai aua galuega masani o le isi aso fou, e fa’apena fo’i i le fetu o le afiafi,
ua amata ona oli oli e aga’i atu i lona nofoaga e pei ona i ai i afiafi ta’itasi, ma ua ese fo’i le vaai
a le tamaloa i le si’osi’omaga ma le ea malu o Palisi i lea afiafi, e le pei o lau fanua palapala ua
masani ai lana vaai i si ona aiga i Amouta i Savai’i. Na fa’afuase’i ona fa’agaulua Tania i le isi itu
o le faleo’o lea o lo o la talatalanoa ai ma si ona to’alua o Veli, ma ua pei ai lana moe, o le moe
a se tagata ua ao le po o aoina i se ta’aloga poka, e augapiu ma se sene enaena na maua mai ai.
O Veli i le taimi lea, ua nofonofo ma au tilo tilo solo ona mata i le laufanua o lo o nonofo ai
le aiga o Tania, ona maofa lea o lona loto i le tele o lenei fanua, ae o Palisi e tele i fanua fa’atau a
le Ekalesia LMS ma le Metotisi, ae afai fo’i e i ai se fanua e uu saoloto e se tagata, a tele pe na o
se tasi le eka pe afa eka fo’i, ae o le fanua lea ua ia vaavaai atu i ai, e sili ma le 20 eka le tele, ma
e fa’asolo aga’i i luga o atu mauga le mamao. A tau le mafaufau o Veli i lona olaga fai fa’atoaga
sa ola mai ai i Salafai, ona pei lea e ati gu ona nifo e pei ua lagona le vaivai ma ua tau sau fo’i le
ola matanana i le olaga fai fa’atoaga, ae a tau lona mafaufau i le upu, ‘APIA’ lea ua la taunu’u
mai i ai ma si ona to’alua, ona pei lea e ata ata ona foliga ma lagona lona fiafia, ma ua pei ai lava
o se ata fa’asolo i lona mafaufau gaioiga uma o lo o tau atu i ai lana vaai, ae fa’afuase’i loa ona
taia lana fa’alogo i se leo o fesili fa’apea, “A o ai la e momoe mai i le faleo’o.”
Na vave le faliu a Veli i lona fia iloaina o le tagata lea o lo o fesili, ma le au tilo atu, o se
tamaloa lapo’a o lo o tu mai ma sona ova lola lanu uliuli, ma ona seevae soloatoa lanu uliuli o lo
o see. E le i lagona e Veli po o le a le tali lea o lo o fai atu ai le tagata o lo o tali i le fesili, pau le
isi fesili sa ia toe lagonaina o le faapea atu o le tagata lapo’a lea e fesili, “Alu se isi e fafagu mai
Kagia ma loga ko’alua e o mai iigei sei kakou kalagoa, ma se’i o’u vaai aku i foliga o le kamaloa
pe fa’apei.” E le i umi ae tu atu le tamaititi i le faleoo ma fai atu ia Veli, “Sole kamaloa, fafagu
Kagia i luga la e maga’o mai i ai Papa.”
Tala i Vavau o Samoa
O ni isi nei o vavau i le motu o Salafai o lo o
mafai ona maua i Falealupo ma Tufutafoe.
le vavau lenei, e taoto i luga o le sami i gatai o
Tufutafoe, ma, pe afai e te agai atu i le nuu lea, e
te maitauina ai ni papa i gatai o le sami, ma o ia
papa e agai atu lava i luga ma agai atu ai lava i le
manava o le sami ma le iloa atu ai. Fai mai le tala
faaanamua, o aso ua mavae, o Tufutafoe lava sa
tele ina fono ai Saualii poo aitu a Samoa i aso ua
te’a, ma o ia fonotaga e masani ai ona agai atu
Saualii mai Upolu ona ui atu lea i le ala lea e taua
o le ALA O UPOLU, ae o Saualii a Savaii, e ui
atu foi i latou i le ALA O SAVAII.
Fai mai le tala ua oo i se tasi aso ona fono lea
o Saualii ma ua le tasi o latou loto i le mataupu
sa talanoaina, ma, o iina na maua ai le isi vavau
e taua o le LUALOTO O ALII, ua lua ai loto pe
ua le tasi sa latou manatu i ni mataupu sa talanoaina, ma o iina na mafua ai loa ona foliga mai ua
malepe le fono faa faletui sa masani ona faia e
Saualii a Samoa i aso ua mavae.
E eseese foi manatu e tusa ai o le vavau lenei
o le LUALOTO, ona e taofi nisi o le atunu’u, o
i na tuu eseese ai loto o Saualii o Samoa, ua tuu
ese ai loto o Tamalii tuu ese ai loto i tufanua, ona
faatafea lea i le sami, fai mai a oo atu i le vai e taua
o le Vaiola ona toe ola mai lea. O le nofoaga foi
lea na mafua ai le isi vavau e taua o le FAFA O
SAUALII, poo se nofoaga faapitoa e faapotopoto
uma i ai Saualii o Samoa. Ma o le tele o taimi e te
faafofoga ai i ni faasalalauga i luga o le leitio pe
afai o se mataupu taua o le a fuafua se aiga e talanoaina, ona faapea lea o upu e masani ona faaaoga
e faleupolu, “O paia o le atunuu, e afua mai i le tai
samasama o le Tuimanu’a seia paia le Lualoto o
Alii na tauilo ai manu o malo.” O lona uiga, e taua
tele le tulaga o le i ai o vavau nei e pei ona aofia
ai i faaupuga mo le faalagilagiina o paia o Samoa.
(Faaauau itulau 14)
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A child poses with Thai soldiers guard near Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday,
May 30, 2014. An anti-coup activist called Friday for a weekend rally to defy the military government’s ban on demonstrations, urging those opposed to the takeover to wear masks and be ready
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
for cat-and-mouse chases with soldiers in the capital. ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF…
five New Jersey students
charged in bogus bills case
NEW MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Five northern
New Jersey high school students are facing
charges stemming from a counterfeiting scheme.
Counterfeit $20 bills with the same serial
numbers began surfacing at businesses in and
around the city of New Milford over a four-week
period beginning in April. Police reviewed security video and identified the students.
Police Chief Frank Papapietro tells The
Record newspaper that officers discovered the
bogus bills were made by a student on his home
printer and were given to the others who distributed them. Two of the students are charged
with passing forged bills, possession of forgery
equipment and theft by deception. The others are
charged with theft by deception.
Police say all were charged as juveniles and
released to their parents. Their names have not
been released because they are minors.
‘Ferris Bueller’ glass house
sells for $1.06M
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago-area home
where Ferris Bueller’s friend Cameron famously
“killed” his father’s prized Ferrari finally has a
new owner. Crain’s Chicago Business reports
that the modernist home in Highland Park sold
Thursday for $1.06 million.
Craig Hogan is regional director at Coldwell
Banker Previews. He wouldn’t say who bought
the four-bedroom, steel-and-glass house built on
the edge of a wooded ravine.
The house, built in 1953 by Mies van der
Rohe-protege A. James Speyer, was first put on
the market in 2009 listed at $2.3 million. The
sleek house was featured in John Hughes’ 1986
film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as the home of
Cameron Frye, played by Alan Ruck. After the
Ferrari crashes through the glass into the ravine,
Ferris tells Cameron: “You killed the car.”
Sierra Leone reports 2
Ebola deaths, 12 cases
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health
officials in Sierra Leone say there have been two
deaths from Ebola and a dozen other cases of the
deadly disease. The deaths have now been confirmed by the country’s health minister.
However, another official, Dr. Amara Jambai,
said Friday that other suspected cases in the capital turned out to be negative.
Teams from the World Health Organization
and Doctors Without Borders are expected in
Sierra Leone in the coming days.
The Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone follow an
outbreak in neighboring Guinea that also led to
cases in Liberia earlier this year. It was the first
crisis of its kind in West Africa.
Ebola causes a high fever and severe bleeding.
The mortality rate has been close to 70 percent,
according to the WHO.
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Drunken driving DNA test
leads to rape conviction
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County
prosecutors say a man whose DNA tied him to
the kidnapping and rape of a 19-year-old woman
in 2001 has been convicted of sexual assault.
The Orange County Register reports a jury on
Thursday found 34-year-old Raul Moreno-Perez
guilty of felony counts of kidnapping to commit
a sexual offense and forcible oral copulation. The
initial attack happened at a bus stop in Orange in
November 2001, but the case went cold.
But when Moreno-Perez was arrested in 2012
for drunken driving he was required to provide
a sample of his DNA. It was run through the
district attorney’s database and Moreno-Perez
was connected to the rape. He is scheduled to
be sentenced on June 18. He faces a maximum
sentence of 34 years to life in state prison.
Los Angeles sues JPMorgan
Chase over foreclosures
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is suing
JPMorgan Chase for mortgage discrimination that
the city says led to a wave of foreclosures that
blighted neighborhoods, reduced property taxes
and increased the need for costly city services.
The city attorney’s lawsuit, filed Friday in federal
court, says the bank gave black and Latino borrowers predatory home loans that they couldn’t
afford — leading to foreclosures when the housing
bubble burst and they were denied refinancing.
JPMorgan says it’s disappointed the city
attorney is taking what it calls an “adversarial
approach” to problems caused by an economic
downturn that were beyond the bank’s control. The
city attorney filed similar lawsuits in December
against Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. They have all denied the allegations.
Hagel: Russia aggressive
actions galvanized NATO
SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel says Russia’s aggressive action
in Ukraine was -- quote -- “a jarring gong of
reality” that galvanized NATO allies.
Hagel tells an international security conference in Singapore that Russia’s provocative actions, which include the annexation of
Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the placement
of thousands of troops along Ukraine’s border,
will force NATO nations to take another look at
their defense budgets.
U.S. leaders have pressed NATO allies to
increase defense spending and broaden efforts
to cooperate and coordinate more on security.
Hagel says NATO partners such as Poland have
increased some defense capabilities. Hagel is
expected to attend a meeting of NATO defense
ministers next week. Russia’s actions have worried NATO nations and spurred more military
training and fighter jet patrols in the region.
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of 2009 – Carri-Lee Magalei (Treasury), Heidi Leasiolagi (Treasury) and Siitia Soliai-Lemusu (Public Health); Class of 2011
– Florence Haro-Ale (Treasury), Jason Betham (Development
Bank) and Petti Matila (Governor’s Office); Class of 2013 –
Nathan Ilaoa (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management
Council), Ruth Matagi-Faatili (Development Bank) and Tapuitea
McMullin (AS OIA-Field Office).
Lafaele on behalf go ASG extends its appreciation and gratitude to the DOI’s local field representative Lydia FaleafineNomura for her assistance in making this opportunity available
to young and future leaders of American Samoa.
Young government professionals are highly encouraged to
apply for ELDP every year.
To apply for the next ELDP class, visit www.eldp.pitiviti.org
or contact any of its alumni on island.
The U.S. government has sent a congratulatory message to
the people and government of Samoa in celebrating the country’s
52nd Independence Day, which is officially marked on June 1 —
celebrations get underway next Monday.
“The United States and Samoa enjoy a warm friendship,
strengthened by our cooperation in advancing our shared values
and interests,” U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry said in the
message to Samoa released yesterday.
“We are working together to protect the environment and
oceans, promote sustainable economic development, strengthen
democratic institutions, combat the effects of climate change,
and reinforce the rule of law in the Pacific region,” he said.
“The United States looks forward to further deepening our
partnership with Samoa.
“We wish all Samoans around the world a joyous celebration and peace and prosperity over the coming year,” said Kerry
on behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the
United States.
PARKS and RECreations LACKS
In its fiscal year 2014 second quarter performance report,
the Department of Parks and Recreation states that its FY 2014
budget did not have enough funds in the “program area to support all the projects currently being worked on.”
Therefore, “managers have to use personal funds to purchase
needed supplies to get the work completed,” the report says but
didn’t provide the amount of money that managers had to fork
out of their own pockets.
However, the department “was so lucky” that it had some
funds through the Governor’s Special Programs as well as subgrants from other government agencies, plus Parks and Recs’
10% retention, which was used to purchase not only equipment,
maintenance supplies, but also used for some major renovations
for the director’s office, maintenance storage room, as well as
the main office.
(The 10% retention was implemented across the board for all
executive branch offices and agencies.)
Meanwhile, the report says the department still lacks workers
in its maintenance division, as well as those with the necessary
skills in certain classifications, such as carpentry, plumbing and
➧ VA’s Shinseki resigns…
Continued from page 7
Obama appeared to take no comfort in ousting Shinseki, a
disabled Vietnam veteran and former Army chief of staff who
has overseen the VA since the start of the Obama presidency. He
called him “a good person who’s done exemplary work on our
Shinseki is among the few high-level officials pushed out
a job by Obama, who has shown a preference for sticking by
advisers during a crisis.
He allowed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius to stay on the job six months while she faced similar management and competence questions during the disastrous rollout of the enrollment website for Obama’s signature
health law.
Problems at the VA date back well before Shinseki took the
helm. The VA inspector general has issued 18 reports since 2005
that identified deficiencies in scheduling at both the national and
local levels.
Congressional lawmakers are working on legislation that
would seek to address those problems.
Including a bill passed by the Republican-led House that would
give the VA greater ability to fire up to 450 senior executives.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is likely to debate a different version championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
In his final remarks as secretary, Shinseki asked Congress to
support Sanders’ legislation. He also announced that the government would not give any VA performance bonuses this year and
would use all authorities it has against those “who instigated or
tolerated” the falsification of wait-time records.
Security guards march onto a bridge, where a man crashed an SUV and set the vehicle on fire
after driving through a crowd of tourists, killing a Chinese visitor and a tourist from the Philippines
along with the driver himself, his wife and mother-in-law last year, in front of Tiananmen Gate in
Beijing, China, Saturday, May 31, 2014. China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in
connection with the attack on the iconic Tiananmen Gate on Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
45 hurt in China quake
along Myanmar border
BEIJING (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake in southwestern China has injured 45
people and forced thousands to seek shelter in
an area near the border with Myanmar, Chinese
authorities said Saturday.
Residents fled buildings during Friday’s
quake and students evacuated schools that had
already been damaged by another quake in the
same area of Yunnan province last week.
Eight people were seriously injured, and 184,
678 were moved to more than four dozen temporary shelters, according to a notice Saturday from
the Dehong prefectural government in Yunnan.
The quake in Dehong’s Yingjiang county was
registered at magnitude 6.1 by China’s earthquake monitoring agency, but at 5.9 by the U.S.
Geological Survey.
Electricity was cut to some areas in the quake
zone, but communications were not affected.
Warrant: Woman leaves
son, 11, home alone 3 days
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a
North Carolina woman left her 11-year-old son
home alone for about three days while she took
a trip to Florida.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office says
34-year-old Laurel Clayton Schwartz is charged
with misdemeanor child abuse. According to the
arrest warrant, she went to Orlando from May 23
through May 26.
The warrant also says the social services officials said the child didn’t eat on one night and
that his room “was an environment injurious to
his welfare.”
The woman surrendered to deputies and was
scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
She is being held on a $5,000 bond, and
jail records don’t indicate whether she has an
State orders users to stop
pumping from streams
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For the first
time in nearly 40 years, drought-stricken California has ordered more than 2,600 water agencies and users in the Sacramento Valley to stop
pumping water from streams.
The Sacramento Bee reports Friday that the
State Water Resources Control Board imposed
the curtailment notice this week.
The notice affects water agencies, farms,
cities and other property owners with so-called
“junior” water rights, or those issued by the state
after 1914. It extends to the Sacramento River
and its many tributaries.
Major urban water providers such as the city
of Sacramento are included, though most of the
affected users are farmers and large irrigation
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The newspaper reports water cuts on this
scale have not been ordered in California since
the drought of 1977.
McDonald’s to the Thais —
No arches in protest signs
BANGKOK (AP) — McDonald’s is not
loving it in Thailand.
The burger chain’s famous golden arches
have become part of the iconography of anticoup protests and it is warning activists to “cease
and refrain” from using its trademark.
One of the McDonald’s stores in Bangkok
has become a gathering place for protests following the May 22 military takeover because of
its central location. Some protesters have used
the McDonald’s logo in their anti-coup signs,
replacing the “m’’ in democracy with the yellow
McThai, which operates McDonald’s restaurants in Thailand, said it is maintaining a “neutral
stance” amid political turbulence in the Southeast Asian kingdom famous for its ornate temples, vibrant nightlife and white sand beaches.
The company said it could take “appropriate
measures” if protesters continue to appropriate
its logo.
Thailand’s army seized power after six
months of protests in Bangkok aimed at ousting
the elected government.
Police: Man stole Sandy
Hook memorial signs
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who
believes the Sandy Hook school shootings were
a hoax has been charged in the theft of two
memorial signs in New Jersey and Connecticut
dedicated to victims of those shootings, police
said Friday.
Andrew Truelove, 28, who was renting a
room in Herndon, has been charged in Fairfax
County with possession of stolen property,
Herndon Police said.
Police say the blue and purple vinyl signs,
one depicting a peace sign, were stolen from
playgrounds in Mystic, Connecticut, and Mantoloking, New Jersey. They were dedicated to
Grace McDonnell and Chase Kowalski, two of
the 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 massacre.
At a press conference, Herndon Police Chief
Maggie DeBoard said Truelove does not believe
the Sandy Hook shootings actually occurred.
“It’s hard to explain the ‘why’ because from
our perspective it doesn’t appear rational,”
DeBoard said.
After the Mystic sign was stolen, a man called
the McDonnell family to taunt them, claiming
responsibility for the theft and claiming the
shootings were a hoax.
(Continued on page 13)
District: Officer ‘dumped’
student from wheelchair
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area school
district has fired a high school security officer who faces a felony
charge after he repeatedly slapped a handcuffed, wheelchairbound student suffering from cerebral palsy and dumped him
onto the floor, authorities said.
The May 19 attack at Oakland High School was caught on
surveillance footage that shows the officer wheeling the student
down a hallway, leaning down toward him and then winding up
and striking him three times before pushing him to the ground.
The officer appears ready to strike the student another time before
another officer grabs his arm and pushes him away.
The district identified the officer as Marchell Mitchell and said
on Thursday he was fired immediately after the incident. Mitchell
pleaded not guilty on May 22 to a charge of corporal injury to
a child, said Stephanie Chan, a spokeswoman for the Alameda
County District Attorney’s Office. Chan said she did not know
whether he had an attorney.
Mitchell has posted $10,000 bail, according to county records
online. The officer, later identified as Mitchell, was encouraging
students lingering in a hallway to go to class on the morning of
May 19 and began wheeling the victim when he either refused or
was slow to move on, school Principal Matin Abdel-Qawi said in
a letter to parents.
The student attempted to slap away Mitchell’s hands,
prompting Mitchell to handcuff him, Abdel-Qawi said. Mitchell
was continuing to wheel the student to class when the student spit
on him and Mitchell attacked, the principal said. “I’m shocked
and deeply hurt by this behavior and apologize on behalf of the
staff at Oakland High,” Abdel-Qawi said in the May 20 letter.
The student, Francisco Martinez, 17, told KTVU-TV he suffered a scar under his chin. He said he had been going to therapy
to strengthen his legs so he could try to walk.
Martinez acknowledged spitting at the security officer, but he
said he was handcuffed and had no other way to defend himself.
“He slapped me. He hit me so hard, it threw me out of my
chair,” he told the station.
Mitchell was a not a sworn peace officer and did not carry a
weapon, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint
said. He was hired last November and had passed a background
check that showed he had no prior convictions or arrests.
CHP looks into allegations
of CA firefighter’s behavior
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway
Patrol is investigating whether state firefighters had sex with a
woman who later was stabbed to death in the home she shared
with a battalion chief, a claim made during the subsequent homicide investigation.
The report, which is so far unsubstantiated, arose during the
manhunt for Orville Fleming, a former state battalion chief and
training officer who was arrested in connection with the death of
the woman, a former escort who became his girlfriend. Fleming’s
estranged wife told sheriff’s investigators and reporters that she
had viewed a video showing the victim, Sarah June Douglas, 26,
having sex with her husband and other firefighters on fire trucks.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
said this week that it has asked the California Highway Patrol to
investigate, although authorities say they have not found a video.
Department spokesman Daniel Berlant said the request was
made after Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies completed their
investigation and arrested Fleming on May 16, two weeks after
Douglas’ body was discovered in the home they shared.
Homicide Detective Brian Meux said then that investigators
had not found any such video, and Sgt. Lisa Bowman said that is
still the case. “If, by chance, something comes up on an electronic
device they may have seized as evidence, then it will be turned
over to CalFire,” she said in an email.
“There is nothing to substantiate the allegations that were
made. But still, given the seriousness of the allegations that were
made, we thought we had to investigate it,” Berlant said. “If it
turns out to be true, we will absolutely take action.”
The Sacramento County district attorney’s office and Orville
Fleming’s attorney, Peter Kmeto, said they had no information
about a video. Kmeto took the case this week and said information is only beginning to trickle in to his office.
Fleming, who is scheduled to appear in court July 8, has not
yet entered a plea to the single charge of murder.
Terry McHale, a spokesman for CDF Firefighters, the union
representing employees, supported the decision to ask for a California Highway Patrol investigation. “I have no idea if a tape exists
and as far as the membership, I have not heard anyone saying that
one does,” he said. “But we’ll just let the investigation take place.”
As a matter of agency policy, California Highway Patrol
spokeswoman Fran Clader would not confirm that an investigation
is underway or say when it might be completed. “On any investigation, we would say it will take as long as necessary,” she said.
samoa news, Saturday, May 31, 2014 Page 13
This Dec. 1970 image provided by NASA shows Apollo 15 astronauts training on the Big Island
of Hawaii. Before many Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they came to Hawaii to train on the
Big Island’s lunar landscapes. Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up
(AP Photo/NASA)
Hawaii’s soil and riding across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle. ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF…
Kentucky VA agency appoints
former Miss America
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A veterans
advocate and former Miss America has been
appointed commissioner of the Kentucky
Department of Veterans Affairs.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Heather
French Henry’s appointment Friday.
A few months after she was named Miss
America in September 1999, French started the
Heather French Foundation for Veterans, which
works with other organizations to help veterans.
She is married to former Lt. Gov. Steve
Henry. On July 1, she’ll replace current veterans
affairs director and former U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas.
Beshear said Lucas will oversee construction of
a veterans nursing home in Radcliff, Kentucky.
Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian says the
change at the state agency is unrelated to the resignation of federal Veterans Affairs chief Eric
Shinseki. Shinseki stepped down Friday amid
widespread problems with veterans’ health care.
Decades-old photos emerge of
Apollo training
HONOLULU (AP) — Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to
train on the Big Island’s lunar landscapes.
Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of
astronauts scooping up Hawaii’s soil and riding
across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle.
The Pacific International Space Center for
Exploration Systems is displaying the photos at
its Hilo headquarters. The Hawaii state agency’s
executive director Rob Kelso found the images
at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Kelso says astronauts from Apollo missions
13 through 17 trained in Hawaii as did some
back up crews. Some training was on Mauna
Kea volcano, where glacial runoff crushed and
refined rock into power. Astronauts also trained
on recent lava flows. Today, robots are tested on
the Big Island for moon and Mars missions.
Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ hits
2 billion YouTube views
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s 2 billion and
counting for Psy and his irrepressible “Gangnam
Style.” The South Korean pop star’s surprise hit
has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2
billion views, crossing the mark around shortly
before midnight EDT Friday. The unlikely viral
star holds the record for most overall views
and most views in a day with 38 million for his
“Gangnam Style” followup “Gentleman.”
No other video comes close to “Gangnam”
on the streaming service’s list of top videos.
Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is the only other billionplus video at 1.04 billion views. Cute kid video
“Charlie bit my finger - again!” is a distant third
with 711 million views.
Psy has three of the top 15 videos on the site.
Continued from page 12
US concerned over China
blogger who met Kerry
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has
expressed deep concern about the reported firing
of a Chinese blogger who had met with Secretary of State John Kerry and urged the U.S. to
challenge China’s Internet restrictions.
Zhang Jialong reported on finance for Tencent Finance, part of China’s largest social
media company. He wrote in a blog last weekend
he was fired after being suspended for “radical
expressions” he made when he and several other
bloggers met Kerry in Beijing in February.
Zhang had mentioned imprisoned dissidents
and urged the U.S. help to “tear down the great
Internet firewall” in China. The State Department
said Friday it would be very troubling if a private
employee was fired for publicly expressing his
views. The U.S. also voiced concern over China’s “continuing crackdown” on free speech.
Chicago’s Willis Tower bays
reopen after cracks
CHICAGO (AP) — Popular observation ledges
at Chicago’s Willis Tower have reopened after the
towering glass bays were closed for inspection
when they appeared to crack beneath visitors’ feet.
The Willis Tower temporarily limited access to
the bays, known as The Ledge, on Thursday for
routine inspection. The rest of the Skydeck on the
103rd floor of the building formerly known as the
Sears Tower remained opened.
The glass itself didn’t crack Wednesday and
officials say visitors were never in danger. Instead,
a protective coating covering the glass produced
the spider web of cracks. A spokesman says Friday
that all four bays are open. The ledges first opened
in 2009 and attract visitors in part because walking
onto them allows the disconcerting feeling of stepping onto air, hundreds of feet above ground.
Pakistani police arrests four
suspects in woman’s stoning
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police said
Friday that they have arrested four more people
in connection with the killing of a pregnant
woman who was beaten and stoned to death by
her family for marrying without their permission.
The police arrested the four men late Thursday
from their village in the Nankana district, said
Nayab Haider Rizvi, the police spokesman in
Lahore. Police have already arrested the woman’s father and say he has confessed to the
killing. They are looking for two of her brothers.
The 25 year old was on her way to court with her
husband on Tuesday when they were attacked by a
group of her relatives who objected to her marriage.
During the assault she was hit on the head with
bricks from a nearby construction site and died.
The shocking case has focused attention on
violence against women in Pakistan as well as
the country’s legal system.
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➧ Fa’afetaia fa’apitoa tautua…
Mai itulau 1
Le isi vaaiga matagofie i nai tina matutua o lo o sa’asa’a i le fa’amanatuina ai o le aso fa’apitoa
[ata: AF]
mo tagata matutua i le aso ananafi.
➧ Tualauta residents need to be pro-active…
Continued from page 1
(Samoa News understands DPS has beefed
up their patrol in the affected areas)
Haleck pointed out that he stressed with his
officers “the need for us to provide more police
presence, with more frequent DPS patrols in
these areas.”
In his letter to Sanitoa, the Commissioner
pointed out “to keep in mind that they are also
very concerned about this sort of activity and
they are doing their best to bring this matter
under control.”
Haleck stated that he was personally contacted by an employee at the Tradewinds Hotel
reporting that his apartment in Ottoville had
been broken into with items stolen. “In this case,
someone left the security gate below his apartment unlocked and this is how the culprits got
into the area.”
He said across the hall from this same
apartment, another Tradewinds employee
told the police that “two teenage boys opened
the door of his apartment and walked in and
were startled when they saw him on his couch
reading a book. He asked them what they
wanted and they quickly asked if their friend
…lived there. The man replied no and the
boys were escorted out.”
Haleck reiterated that these teenage boys
were able to access the apartments through the
unlocked security gate, which one of the tenants
failed to lock, and noted that while “we do have
an ongoing Neighborhood Watch program with
our community at this time … it appears that we
are not doing enough.
“Therefore I will meet and address this
issue once again with our Community Relations leaders, High Talking Chief Pagofie and
High Chief Levu assigned to our Community
Relations Program, to make sure that they
do their part in addressing this issue with the
respective leaders of the affected areas in that
community in order to find a solution to this
problem quickly”
Haleck further pointed out that “these breakins and burglaries are nothing new in the Tafuna
area. So given this reoccurring problem, DPS
will do its part in finding a solution to this
problem as best as we can. In doing so however,
we will also be requesting the assistance of the
residents of that community through our Police
Community Relations efforts there.
“We will be asking them [the residents] to
be more vigilant themselves to insure that their
homes and property are more secure and protected such as not leaving their doors and windows unlocked.”
He then went on to encourage creation of
a Neighborhood Watch program by banding
together for added protection and to assist DPS.
“By being proactive in policing and taking these
precautionary measures themselves, it will
surely assist DPS in dealing with these suspicious activities which will also help DPS in identifying those individuals responsible,” the Police
Commissioner stated.
Sanitoa in an email to Haleck yesterday pointed
out his appreciation to know the Neighborhood
Watch program is moving forward. “Given that
this is not an isolated problem only in Tafuna as
there have been reported cases in Iliili, Vaitogi and
throughout the Tualauta district, may I suggest an
aggressive campaign to begin now in the media (ad
campaigns, KVZK talk shows, Radio talk shows,
etc) on preventative measures that the community
can do to protect their properties as well as for their
safety and security.”
He gave an example, “installing personal
security lights around their homes, locking their
vehicles at night even when parked at home,
keep doors and windows shut or locked at night,
having relatives stay at homes when leaving the
island for vacation… etc.
“The awareness and education of the general
public can only help keep people on guard and
be alert and in turn help DPS with prevention of
such incidents,” said Rep Sanitoa.
“Afai o e alala mai i le taeao nei o oe o se tagata matua, o le
aso faapitoa lenei mo oe, o lou aso fiafia fo’i lenei, ua fa’atauaina
ai lau tautua matavela i totonu o lou aiga ma le atunu’u”, o ulua’i
saunoaga ia a Taeaoafua.
“E tele naua igoa eseese o lo o fa’aigoaina ai outou e le atunuu,
fai mai ni isi o outou e toma’aga atu i ai le atunuu ma aiga; fai mai
isi o outou e saili atu i ai le tofa i mataupu fai a aiga; ae fai mai fo’i
ni isi o la outou tofa e manuia ai filifiliga fai a aiga ma le atunu’u,
o igoa eseese na ua mafai ai ona fa’aalia le taua o la outou galuega
o lo o fa’atinoina i le aso ma le po mo aiga ma le atunu’u”, o le
saunoaga lea a Taeaoafua.
Na taua e le alii kovana le tumau e fa’apea, o le tautua matavela sa faia e tuaa i aso ua mavae, lea lava o lo o mulimuli ta’i i ai
tagata matutua o aso nei, ma ua avea fo’i lea ma alafua e savavali
ai tupulaga o ona po nei, ina ia avea i latou ma tagata matutua ae
o lo o tumau pea nei fa’ataitaiga lelei.
Na fa’afetaia e Taeaoafua le tautua a tama ma tina matutua
uma o lo o galulue i totonu o aiga, o ni isi i totonu o pisinisi
ma kamupani, o isi i totonu o le malo, ma ni isi o lo o tautua i
Ekalesia, nu’u, itumalo ma le atunu’u, o lo o fai tatalo i le ao ma
le po ma le manuia o Amerika Samoa.
“O la outou tatalo lea ua manuia ai ta’ita’i o le atunu’u, o la
outou fautuaga lea ua manuia ai fanau, o la outou titi faitama lea
ua mafua ai ona manuia Amerika Samoa atoa, malo tautua”.
E pei ona masani ai i tausaga ta’itasi e fa’amanatu ai le aso mo
tagata matutua, e tolu fa’ailoga fa’apitoa e masani ona tuuina atu
mo tagata matutua ua agava’a mo nei fa’ailoga fa’apitoa.
O le fa’ailoga fa’apitoa muamua e pei ona tu’uina atu i le taeao
ananafi, na saunia lea e le Ofisa o le afioga i le ali’i Faipule i le
Konekeresi ia Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, mo le tagata matua e
pito sili ona matua i totonu o le atunu’u o lo o soifua pea, lea na
tu’uina atu i le susuga ia Ioramo Ioramo o Amouli, ina ua ia aulia
mai i le tausaga nei le 95 tausaga o lona soifua.
E le i auai le susuga a Ioramo mo le taliaina o lana fa’ailoga
taualoa, lea na fai ai le susuga a Eti Saaga ma sui o le ali’i faipule ia
Faleomavaega, ae o lona alo tama’ita’i matua ia Veli Veli Kelemete
na fai ma sui o lona tuaa na te tauaaoina lea fa’ailoga taualoa.
O le fa’ailoga taualoa lona lua na saunia e le kalapu a le Liona
a Amerika Samoa, e tu’uina atu i le tagata matua e tusa ai o lana
tautua i le atunu’u, ma fa’amanuiaina ai le afioga i le Alo o Aiga
ia Asuega Fa’amamata Lauvai, 83 tausaga o lona soifua mai le
afioaga o Pago Pago. Na fa’afetaia e Asuega le kalapu a le Liona
ona o le meaalofa taualoa ua mafai ona taualoaina ai o ia ma lana
tautua i lona aiga, nuu ma le malo.
O Asuega, sa avea muamua ma Senatoa mo le afioaga o Pago
Pago i le nofoaiga ua mavae atu. O le fa’ailoga taualoa lona tolu
na saunia e le kalapu a le Rotary Club a Amerika Samoa, lea na
tu’uina atu i le tagata pito i matua o lo o tautua pea i totonu o
le ofisa o tagata matutua, ma fa’amanuiaina ai le tina matua ia
Iloimalo Talapisi, 83 tausaga le matua o lona soifua mai Manu’a.
Na fa’afetaia fo’i e le fa’atonusili o le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua
le afioga i le kovana sili, ona o se vaega tupe sa fa’amatu’u mai
e fa’atino ai le polokalame o mea taulima e gaosi lava e tama ma
tina matutua, lea ua 2 masina talu ona amata.
Na faafetaia e ni isi o tama ma tina matutua le alii kovana ma
le faigamalo, i le faaauau pea o le lagolagoina o polokalame e
manuia ai i latou i totonu o le atunuu.
Na taua e Ieremia Unasa e fa’apea, so o se atunuu e i ai tama
ma tina matutua, o le atunu’u manuia lena, aua o lo o i ai le tofa
ma le fa’autaga loloto e tua i ai le faigamalo i ana fa’aiuga fai.
I le fa’aiuga la o le polokalame, na fai meaalofa atu ai loa tama
ma tina matutua i le afioga i le kovana ma le lutena kovana, e ala i
mea taulima sa latou gaosia e pei o tootoo ma fue, e fa’ailoa ai lo
latou faafetaia o le vaega tupe sa tuuina atu e fa’atupe ai le latou
polokalame, ma fa’ai’u ai loa le polokalame mo le aso o tagata
matutua i fa’afiafiaga na saunia e ausiva a autalavou e fa sa lautogia mo fa’afiafiaga.
➧ Tala i Vavau o Samoa…
Mai itulau 10
Fai mai le isi mau, afai lava o le ala na ui atu ai Saualii mai
Upolu e agai atu i le fono, o le ala foi lena e toe foi mai ai pe a
uma le fono, e faapena foi i Saualii Savaii, ma o le malae sa usuia
ai nei fonotaga e taua o le Malaeolevavau, ma o le malae lenei e i
tua tonu ane lava o le ana lea e taua o le Ana o Vaatausili, le uso
o Vaea lea ua liua nei e avea ma mauga, ma o Vaea lea sa nonofo
ma le tamaitai o Apaula, le tamaitai mai Fiti.
PA LE SOPOIA- O le isi lenei vavau taua e pei ona faamatalaina mai e le aufai lauga o le atunuu, lea foi o loo taoto ai i totonu
o le nuu o Tufutafoe, ona fai mai le tala, o le pa lenei, e i ai ona ‘ai,
ma, a a le usitaia e se tasi, e le manuia se gasegase e sii atu. O le pa
lenei e fausia i maa ma e le maualuga tele lona fausiaina, ma, fai
mai le mau a Tufutafoe o le pa lenei e sau mai lava i Tufutafoe ui
mai ai i lalo o le sami ma oo atu ai i Manu’a. I aso ua mavae, fai
mai le tala a oo ina sii mai se gasegase mai se tasi nuu e pito atu i
tua, e le mafai ona sopoia le pa lenei e se gasegase sii atu. Fai mai
afai o se gasegase tigaina, e tatau ona sii faatolu atu ma tau i le pa
ona toe sii mai lea, faatoa mafai ai ona sopoia le pa, ma e le mafai
ona manuia le gasegase pe afai e lei uia ‘ai o le pa e pei ona i ai.
samoa news, Saturday, May 31, 2014 Page 15
Man charged with stealing
human skin from hospital
by Joyetter
Samoa News Reporter
A man, who admitted to
having marijuana in his possession when police pulled over
his vehicle because they suspected he was driving under
the influence, will be sentenced
next month.
Fitiao Fa’atui entered into a
plea agreement with the government, where he pleaded
guilty to unlawful possession
of the controlled substance of
marijuana and DUI.
During his plea agreement
the defendant admitted that on
New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014
in Amaluia he drove a vehicle
while intoxicated. According to
the plea agreement, the defendant admitted when he was
pulled over by the police he
underwent field sobriety tests for
drunk driving, which he failed.
Prior to conducting the tests,
the police asked the defendant
to come out of his vehicle and
that’s when the police saw a
medicine bottle that contained
marijuana. He said when the
police asked him about the
drugs, the defendant admitted
he had received one marijuana
cigarette from a friend and he
placed it in a medicine bottle
and left it in his car.
The court accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and scheduled
sentencing for next month. The
defendant has been incarcerated
since New Year’s Day.
The Attorney General’s
office has charged Vilitoni Tuia
in another stealing case, accusing
him of stealing a cell phone from
a store. This new case arose on
Dec. 24, 2013 out of Ili’ili. The
other stealing case against the
defendant stems from an incident at Bluesky Communications, where the defendant is also
accused of stealing a cell phone.
Tuia was arraigned in the
High Court yesterday morning,
where he denied the criminal
charge in this new case. His
pre-trial conference is now
scheduled for July 14, 2014.
Tuia also known as “Sony”
has been charged with one count
of stealing in the latest case.
Another case against the
defendant was brought in the
District Court last month, where
he’s charged with public peace
disturbance and third degree
assault. In the assault case,
the defendant pleaded guilty
to third degree assault while
the government moved for the
court to dismiss the PPD count.
During that case, District
Court Judge John Ward asked
the defendant why he assaulted
the inmate; the defendant
responded that the inmate was
making too much noise. Ward
in this case sentenced the defen-
dant to 90 days in jail.
A man who assaulted his wife
earlier this year was sentenced to
12 months probation in the High
Court earlier this week. This
was after the defendant admitted
to his criminal conduct during
his change of plea hearing last
month. In the interest of protecting the identity of the victim
in this case Samoa News will not
name the defendant.
The defendant was facing
charges of second-degree
assault and public peace disturbance. However in the plea
deal with the government, the
defendant pleaded guilty to
third degree assault, which
was amended from the felony
assault. The government moved
to dismiss the PPD count.
Associate Justice Lyle
L. Richmond sentenced the
defendant to one-year probation under certain conditions.
The defendant is ordered not
to assault his wife and cannot
threaten his wife verbally or
The defendant
apologized for his actions to the
court, government and his wife
who was present in the court.
According to the plea deal,
upon the defendant’s plea of
guilt, he admitted that on Feb.
7, 2014 he assaulted his wife.
He told the court that he was
angry, which led to the assault.
Assistant Public Defender
Karen Shelley also told the
court the victim has stated that
they have already sorted out
their differences and she wishes
to reunite with her husband.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A medical company sales representative was charged with stealing more than $350,000 worth
of human skin over a period of several years.
Gary Dudek, 54, of Wallingford, was arrested Monday and
charged with theft, receiving stolen property and tampering
with records.
Authorities say he worked until September as a sales representative for a regenerative medicine firm, managing accounts
for the bioscience department of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
In that role, Dudek was allowed to order the skin grafts for the
hospital whenever he wanted.
Authorities said the hospital only needed a few grafts at a
time. Dudek, however, ordered more than 200 without authorization from November 2011 through July that the hospital never
received, investigators said.
Philadelphia police said they do not know the motive or what
happened to the grafts, which were valued at $1,700 each.
Dudek was released Tuesday after posting 10 percent of
$10,000 bail. His attorney, Eugene Tinari, told WCAU-TV in
a statement that the hospital has yet to prove his client did anything wrong, and the case should be handled as a civil matter.
“To take this into the criminal arena against a man who has
been nothing but hard-working and law-abiding his entire life is
a bit draconian, in my view,” he said.
Dudek worked for Canton, Massachusetts-based Organogenesis. As a sales rep, he would have had no use for human
skin grafts, company spokeswoman Angelyn Lowe told the
Philadelphia Daily News.
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Happy 25th Birthday
David Talitiga Letuli
June 1, 1989
May our Heavenly Father bless you
with many more years to come.
Although you’re not home with us to
celebrate your special day, we will
always love you no matter what.
Happy Birthday!
Love your parents;
Fogatia & Fiapapalagi
Siblings: Johnathan, Jeanette,
Daniel, Rico, Sam, Fulisia, So’o
Kids; Bubbles, Sa’olotoga & Dalynn
Especially your wife; Koreti Letuli