Before ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ Pvt. Smith was saved 4 PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA Nofo va’ava’aia le tina fai pisinisi visa malaga… 2 World Cup of big surprises smiles on Americas… B1 Saturday, June 21, 2014 $1.00 ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ C M Y K Fesoasoani tusi ‘Timata le Gagana’ i le fa’asa’oina o le gagana Samoa tusia Ausage Fausia C M Y K O le taumafai ina ia toe teuteu ma fa’asa’o ni isi o vaega laiti ma faigofie o le gagana Samoa, ua tauau ina fefiloi ma afaina atu ai le gagana autu, o le autu lea o le tusi ua fa’aulutala ‘Timata le Gagana’ sa fa’alauiloa i le aso ananafi i totonu o le atunu’u, lea na tusia e le tofa Fofo Iiga I.F Sunia. I se fa’atalatalanoaga ma le tofa Fofo e tusa ai o lenei galuega tele, sa ia fa’amanino mai ai i le Samoa News e fa’apea, o le galuega tele lenei e silia ma le 10 tausaga le umi o taumafai e ao ao mai manatu ma lagona e tu’u fa’atasi i totonu o le tusi ua fa’alauiloa nei. “E silia ma le 10 tausaga o taumafai e ao ao mai manogi o le lolo mo lenei galuega tele, ona o le naunau lava ia maua se auala e fesoasoani ai i le toe teuteuina o ni isi o vaega o le gagana ua maitauina le sasi sasi i le auala e fa’aaoga ai i aso nei”, o le saunoaga lea a Fofo. Saunoa fo’i Fofo e fa’apea, o le a aoga tele le tusi lenei e fesoasoani ai i le to’atele latou te le o iloa le sa’o o vaega o le gagana e tatau ona i ai, aemaise ai i latou o lo o iloa lava le tulaga sa’o e tatau ona i ai le gagana ae ua fiafia lava i le lanu pulepule ua fa’aaogaina ai e ni isi i ona aso nei. “O ni isi o vaega o lo o fa’amamafa e le tusi o le Timaga le Gagana, o vaega laiti e pei o le toe fa’aaloalo lava o le tagata ia te ia lava, ae o le tulaga sa’o e tatau ona i ai, e tatau ona e ave le upu fa’aaloalo i le isi tagata”, o le saunoaga lea a Fofo. “O le tele o taimi ua ou fa’alogo o fa’apea gagana a ni isi tagata pe a fesiligia, ‘o a’u ou te alala i Tafuna’, ‘o lo’u suafa o Simi’, ‘o le igoa o lo’u alo matua lea o Toma”. O ni isi fo’i taimi e pei ona saunoa Fofo ua feavea’i ai e tagata le fa’aaogaina o upu o le gagana, e pei o le upu o le ‘ifo’ ma le ‘a’e’, ina ua fa’apea ni isi o tagata, “ou te ola ifo lava i totonu o le matou aiga mai le tele o tausaga ua mavae e leai ni suiga fa’apea na tutupu mai ai”. Saunoa Fofo, o vaega laiti nei toe faigofie o le gagana e tatau ona mataala i ai le atunu’u, ina ne’i avea le le manatu mamafa i auala e fa’aaoga ai upu sa’o o le gagana ma auala e mou atu ai le taua o le gagana a le atunu’u. Sa ia taua fo’i se tasi o vaaiga ua maitauina i ona aso nei i ni isi o matua talavou, i lo latou naunau lea e a’oa’o a latou fanau e tautala i le gagana peretania, ona latou te talitonu, a iloa e le tama po o le teine nanu lona uiga ua poto ma atamai. “E le sa’o lea manatu”, o le saunoaga lea a Fofo. “O le taumafai o ni isi o matua e a’oa’o fanau e tautala i le gagana peretania, ua latou taofia ai fanau mai lo latou iloa o le ‘oa o le gagana Samoa, aua o le gagana Samoa, o le measina taua a le atunu’u, e fa’apelepele ma tausi fa’alelei i ai tagata Samoa uma”,o se tasi lea o finagalo o le Matua o Faiva sa ia tapenaina lenei galuega tele. O isi a’afiaga i le gagana i ona aso nei e pei ona taua e le Matua o Faiva, o upu e a’e fa’avaitaimi, e pei o le upu o le ‘kusa’ lea ua tele ina fa’aaoga e tagata e amata ai a latou fuaiupu, atoa ai ma le fefiloi o le gagana Samoa ma le gagana peretania i upu tautala. “O le tele o taimi ua ou fa’alogo o fa’apea gagana tautala a isi tagata, ‘kusa la o le fafine le la o le uso laititi o lo’u tina”, na taua e Fofo e fa’apea, o le sa’o o le gagana e tatau ona fa’apea, “O le fafine le la o le uso laititi o lo’u tina.” I le fa’aiuga o le fa’atalatalanoaga ma le tofa Fofo, sa ia saunoa ai e fa’apea, e le o tautala le Timaga le Gagana i le gagana loloto fa’a failauga, ae o le gagana fetufaa’i i aso fai soo ia lelei ma teuteu i soo se taimi e fa’aaoga ai. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] Buckle up & CRASHES Save a Life! LOCAL HIGHWAYS 01-01-14 to date 515 Falema’o remembered for his dedication and “unselfish service…” by Samoa News staff Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has expressed condolences and sadness on behalf of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga over the sudden passing of ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, who served in the post since January of last year. “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the sudden passing” of the ASG Treasurer, said Lemanu in a statement issued yesterday afternoon. Pili passed away Thursday, in Provo, Utah, surrounded by his wife Ali, children and family during his final hours. “Treasurer Pili will be remembered for his dedication and unselfish service to the people of the territory. He was a dedicated father who was a leader in our government, community, and his faith – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” said Lemanu, who is also the acting governor. (Pili is a Patriarch of the Pago West Stake of the Mormon Church) Dr Falema’o Phil Pili speaking in June 2013 at the Filipino Community’s celebration of Philippine independence. [SN file photo] “His leadership speaks volume by the progress which is evident through his guidance and determination for success and a better way of life for the people of American Samoa,” Lemanu pointed out. Dr. Pili “will be sorely missed as a colleague, a leader and friend. On behalf of Governor Lolo Moliga and First Lady Cynthia, Pohakalani and I and the people of American Samoa, we extend our sincerest condolences on the loss of a great leader and dear friend,” Lemanu said. The late ASG Treasurer is survived by his wife Alice ‘Ali’ Pili, children - Pursonna, Paula, Falema’o, Priscilla, Pennylynn, Pamela, Fa’aifo - their spouses, children and their families, according to the statement. “We pray that Heavenly Father will bestow his comfort and tender mercies on his wife – Ali, children, families and friends,” Lemanu said. Funeral services will be announced as details become available. FATALITIES LOCAL HIGHWAYS 01-01-14 to date 2 office of highway safety Page 2 samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Tausala fa’a Tutuila Café Nofo va’ava’aia Tausala fa’a Tutuila Café offers a wonderful selection of dishes for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. le tina fai pisinisi visa malaga tusia Ausage Fausia Come meet Gemini, our Chef and taste for yourself our wonderful delicious food. For this weekend only, we will validate your parking.... so come. Join us. Our hours are from 7am to 6pm. Fa’afetai tele, O le tina fai pisinisi visa malaga lea na ta’usala e le fa’amasinoga i le amataga o le vaiaso nei i moliaga mama e lua o le gaoi, ua nofova’ava’aia o ia mo le 2 tausaga i lalo o ni tuutuuga fa’apitoa mai le fa’amasinoga maualuga e ao ona ia usita’i i ai. O ni isi o ia tuutuuga fa’apitoa ua tu’uina atu e le fa’amasinoga ia Noto Te’o-Utu, 35 tausaga le matua e aofia ai lona toe totogi o tupe sa ia ave fa’agaoi mai ali’i e to’alua na a’afia i se auala tau fa’avalea i totonu o le 90 aso; totogi le salatupe e $1,000; atoa ai ma lona fa’atinoina o ni galuega mo tagata lautele i le umi e 200 itula, i lalo o le ta’ita’iga a le Ofisa Nofova’ava’aia. Ua poloaina fo’i o ia e le ali’i fa’amasino sili ia Michael Kruse, ina ia taofi lona toe faia o ni talosaga mo ni visa malaga pe afai o fa’aauau pea i le taimi nei lana pisinisi lea, se’i vagana ua i ai mo’i sona laisene pisinisi e pei ona mana’omia mai i lalo o le tulafono tau pisinisi a le malo. O le aso Gafua o le vaiaso nei na tali ioe ai Te’o-Utu i moliga mama e lua o le gaoi, i lalo o se maliliega na latou sainia ma le malo ma talia e le fa’amasinoga. I lona tali ioe ai i moliga e lua e pei ona ta’usala ai o ia e le fa’amasinoga, sa ia ta’utino ai e fa’apea, i se taimi o le masina o Mati 2013, sa latou tu’u tala ai ma ni ali’i se to’alua, e mafai ona ia fa’agaioi ni talosaga mo ni la visa e malaga ai i Amerika, ae tatau fo’i ona la totogi se tupe ia te ia e tusa ai o lana auaunaga. Na ioe Te’o-Utu i luma o le fa’amasinoga, sa ia fa’atonu ali’i e to’alua na a’afia la te totogi ni vaega tupe mo le lolomiina o ata o la alofilima (finger print), e fesoasoani ai i le talosagaina o la visa malaga, e ui sa ia iloa e le manaomia le faia o ia tautua i le talosagaina o ni visa malaga. E tusa ai ma fa’amaumauga a le fa’amasinoga, e ta’i $160 na totogi e ali’i e to’alua na a’afia i le tina ua molia mo le faia o la ‘finger print’, lea na emo ane le ata e le i taunu’u le faia o ni la including Brelo, surrounded Russell’s car and ‘finger print’. O tupe ua poloaina e le fa’amasinoga le ua molia e toe totogi i fired more than 100 rounds into the vehicle. ali’i na a’afia, e aofia ai le $310 i le isi ali’i ae $250 mo le isi ali’i. McGinty’s motion said the length of time and the speed of the chase were “excessive Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] by all standards of law and common sense.” The motion said officers created a nearly 360degree “firing circle” around the car when they began firing. “It is quite simply a miracle there were no additional injuries or fatalities,” McGinty wrote. The other 12 officers who discharged their BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand said Saturday it was disapweapons that night were not charged criminally. McGinty said after the indictment of Brelo and pointed with a decision by the U.S. State Department to blackthe supervisors that the U.S. Supreme Court list it for its failure to do enough to fight human trafficking but has ruled officers may use excessive deadly vowed it would keep fighting the scourge. The United States lowered Thailand to its lowest rank, “tier force when they fear their lives in danger. The motion said there was a delay of more 3,” and highlighted trafficking in the country’s sex, seafood than four seconds between the first salvo and and garment industries, in its annual assessment, released when Brelo jumped on the hood and continued Friday, of how governments around the world have performed in fighting trafficking. The downgrade could exact a reputato fire. Brelo discharged 49 rounds that night. “Brelo went beyond any justifiable action tional cost on Thailand’s lucrative seafood and shrimp indusjumping on the hood of the Malibu and emp- tries, for which America is a key market. President Barack Obama now has 90 days to determine tying his service weapon into Russell and Wilwhether to apply sanctions, which could include blocking varliams,” McGinty wrote in his motion. Russell was shot 23 times and Williams 24 ious types of aid or withdrawing U.S. support for loans from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. times. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary of Thailand’s The motion for a gag order cited what attorneys say were McGinty’s prejudicial com- foreign affairs ministry, argued the Southeast Asian country had stepped up its efforts to combat the trade and hundreds of ments about police. The gag order request said that when people had been prosecuted, including state officials. Thailand’s democratically elected government was overMcGinty was asked about the officers’ actions, he responded: “The buffalo are coming. They thrown in a May 22 army coup. Sihasak said the junta that now controls the country has made it a “priority to tackle the may not be stampeding, but they are coming.” McGinty asked the judge to reject the gag human trafficking problems.” The downgrading of Thailand to order because of comments by police union tier 3, which signifies that a country isn’t fully complying with minimum standards for eliminating trafficking, puts its alongofficials. He cited in the motion a comment from a side countries such as Iran, North Korea, Russia and Saudi union official who called the events of Nov. 29, Arabia. A total of 23 countries received that ranking. The report said there are tens of thousands of trafficking 2013, a “perfect chase.” Spokesman Joe Frolik said McGinty would victims in Thailand by conservative estimates, the majority of not comment further about the motion or the which are migrants from Thailand’s neighboring countries who are forced or defrauded into working against their will in the sex case. Brelo’s main attorney, Patrick D’Angelo, trade, commercial fishing, garment production, factories, and domestic work. Other victims are forced to beg on the streets. did not return telephone calls Friday morning. Migrants remain at sea for years, working 20 hours a day, 7 The U.S. Department of Justice has been conducting an extensive investigation into the days a week, facing threats and beatings. It notes Thai officials Cleveland police department’s use of deadly profited from the smuggling of Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladesh, and their sale into forced labor on fishing vessels. force and pursuit policies. Tausala fa’a Tutuila Café Management & Staff Pago Pago International Airport Tafuna • 699-7007 Prosecutor says Ohio police chase should have stopped CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police should have stopped a car chase in November 2012 long before it ended with officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people, an Ohio prosecutor said in court filings. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty filed a motion in common pleas court Thursday in response to a request for a gag order by the attorneys representing Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was indicted last month on two counts of voluntary manslaughter. Five supervisors have been charged with misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase. All have pleaded not guilty. Attorneys for the 30-year-old Brelo sought the gag order because they say McGinty’s negative comments about the chase have violated Brelo’s right to a fair trial. The motion said many of the comments were made months before a county grand jury handed up an indictment. McGinty responded with a motion opposing the gag order. That motion included a number of previously undisclosed details about the chase. The motion said the pursuit turned into a “Blues Brothers” situation that ended with Brelo standing on the hood of a car driven by Timothy Russell and firing 15 rounds through the windshield from 5 feet away, shots the prosecutor alleged killed the 43-year-old Russell and his passenger, 30-year-old Malissa Williams. McGinty’s “Blues Brothers” movie comment referenced a scene in the 1980 comedy that included a police chase involving dozens of cruisers. McGinty wrote that supervisors could have called off the chase and, using the identification of Williams and his vehicle, found him later. Officers pursued Williams’ car because they thought they had heard gunshots. Officials now believe Russell’s car had backfired. The chase began near downtown Cleveland and eventually involved 104 officers and 62 police cruisers traveling 20 miles in 23 minutes on city streets and interstates at speeds reaching 110 mph. It ended in the parking lot of a suburban Cleveland school, where 13 officers, Thailand ‘dismayed’ by US trafficking blacklist samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 3 AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY CANCER COALITION THANKY OU by Samoa News staff EDIP TASK FORCE CALLS FOR FOREIGN INVESTOR PACKAGE The government task force, which came up with the final draft of the Economic Development Implementation Plan (EDIP), that is to help boost economic growth in American Samoa and thereby provide jobs, has called for the territory to come up with a foreign investor package for those interested in investing in American Samoa. Given American Samoa’s narrow economic base, it is only prudent that American Samoa actively seeks direct foreign investments, the task force said. It then recommends the creation of a “foreign investment package” that would be posted on the Commerce Department website; and for American Samoa to actively participate in U.S. Commerce Department conferences, seminars, and webinars on direct foreign investment inclusive of regional or United Nations sponsored conferences or trade exhibitions in Asia/Pacific region. LOCAL ‘OLYMPIC DAY’ CELEBRATION TODAY @veterans STADIUM The annual Olympic Day celebration for American Samoa is underway this morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, with Zumba as well as the 10K race and 5K fun walk, with many expected to participate. Spearheading the local event, which is part of a world wide annual celebration, is the American Samoa National Olympic Committee, whose president J. Victor Langkilde says this his second Olympic Day as ASNOC leader “and it has been such a blessing to see people starting to come together such as our very strong partnership with ASG and the Lolo & Lemanu Administration. “The support ASG has provided especially with allowing the ASNOC and its National Sports Federations to occupy and utilize office and training space at the Stadium and the ASG land lease to construct headquarters and sports faculties is strong testament to the vision of this administration,” said Langkilde responding to Samoa News questions. Today’s celebration “highlights what the Olympics is about and what it represents and stands for. The Olympic Day also reminds us of Olympism which is the philosophy of life combining balance with the qualities that surround us everyday, the movement and how we as ambassadors can promote values of culture, edu- cation, leadership, fellowship, sportsmanship, and respect for the universal fundamental ethical principles,” he said. He said ASNOC thanks the government, the private sector, the community, and its 16 National Sports Federations for all the work and collaboration in moving sports in American Samoa. “There is a saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ but I would like to add and say with where we are today and what I have seen that, it takes a country to develop its athletes. All the best for Olympic Day 2014 as we also wish our government all the best in leading our country,” he said. Dept. of COMMERCE UPDATING CURRENT INVESTMENT GUIDE In its fiscal year 2014 second quarter performance report, DOC says its staff is working on updating the territory’s guide entitled ‘Briefing Paper on Investment Guide in American Samoa’ prior to sending it to the director for approval and then to print. The guide outlines various benefits and incentives offered to prospective investors and developers, as well as outlining existing infrastructure, services and the new one-day business license process, pursuant to the governor’s order last year. “The guide is a major marketing tool to prospective investors and developers,” said DOC in its 2nd quarter performance report for FY 2014. Further the ASG document, ‘Investment Incentives and Competitive Advantages of doing business in American Samoa & Trade and Investment Business Opportunities’ is being incorporated into the investment guide as one set of documents. Samoa News has received over the past several months inquiries on information pertaining to investment opportunities in American Samoa from both individuals and representatives of off-island companies. These inquiries have been referred to the DOC website [www.doc.as.gov] where you can click on the section called “Invest in American Samoa”, which provides a two-page briefing document. Listed as investment opportunities are Technology & Renewable Energy; Cannery Support Products & Services; Tourism; Regional Trade & Transshipment; Light Industry (Import & Export); Privatization of Local Government Services; Territorial Fisheries; and Agriculture. And what does American Samoa have to offer investors? Among other things, according to the briefing document, is an educated, English-speaking workforce; tax exemptions up to 11 years; no gross receipt, property, or sales taxes; up to 50% wage subsidies for employee training; flexible government access and support; “and, of course, a relaxed tropical paradise for your board meetings.” FORMER TERRITORIAL LIBRARIAN HEADS LIBRARY IN FLORIDA Former Territorial Librarian, Cheryl MoralesPolotaivao, has taken up a new post as executive director of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative in Clearwater, Florida. She resigned several weeks ago and moved to Florida where she has family. In a news statement early this month, the PPLC board of directors says MoralesPolotaivao began her new post on June 9 after working as Territorial Librarian in American Samoa where she created a dynamic public library system. She “has been an active member of every community where she worked, involving herself in building community partnerships from animal and child welfare to the preservation of essential records,” the statement says. Morales-Polotaivao became the Territorial Librarian, when the Feleti Barstow Public Library building in Utulei was officially dedicated and opened in April 2000. The Territorial Librarian position is currently vacant, while a recruiting process is underway. On behalf of the Cancer Coalition and the cancer survivors celebrated during the Celebration of Life activities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals and businesses who donated their time and assistance: Honorable Lolo M Moliga and Mrs. Cynthia Moliga Honorable Lemanu P. Mauga and Mrs. Pohakalani Mauga Director Motusa Nua & partners at the Department of Health Mrs. Tiana Faleali’i Savea Mrs. and Mrs. Toma Kitiona Galumalemana Su’a Mrs. Maria Toese Mrs. Salilo Julia Foifua Mr. and Mrs. Pete Gurr and Island Flowers Morris Scanlan Service ACE Industries GHC Reid Reverend Nafatali Faleali’i EFKAS Matu’u & Faganeanea Ms. Sally Fuimaono Alanoa Petals Ms. Angie Langkilde Ms. Ipo Hemaloto & the Get Fit American Samoa team Mr. Gene Pan Talofa Video “KOREAN, FILIPINO, MEXICAN DRAMA SERIES NOW FOR RENT” NEW RELEASES: 1. 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE 2. WINTER’S TALE 3. REPENTANCE 4. WOLF CREEK 2 5. BLOOD TIES Pavaiai 699-7206 • Nuuuli 699-1888 • Fagatogo 633-2239 American Samoa Government Employees’ Retirement Fund June 20, 2014 Dear Retirees: Many of you have expressed interest in changing the date of your benefit from the 15th of the month to the end of the month or from the end of the month to the 15th. In order to maximize the cost of this change, we will have to do the change for everyone at one time. This will be a one time offer only. If you are interested in changing the date of your benefit, please come to our office at the Centennial Building, 3rd floor and sign the authorization form by Friday, July 18, 2014. Please contact our office if you have any questions. Thank you, ASG Retirement Fund Mo le mamalu o le Auritaea: Talu ai ona o le toatele o lo outou mamalu ua fa’ailoa mai le naunauta’iga ina ia suia le aso e tauaaoina atu ai a outou siaki ritaea mai le aso 15 o le masina i le aso mulimuli po’o le aso mulimuli ole masina ile aso 15 ole masina. Ina ia faaitiiti le aofa’i o le tupe fa’aalu i lea suiga, o lea o le a fa’atulagaina ai le suiga mo e uma e fa’atalosagaina i le taimi e tasi. O lenei avanoa ua na o le tasi lava le taimi e tu’uina atu ai. O le mea lea, afai ete finagalo e suia le aso o lau siaki ritaea mai le aso 15 i le fa’ai’uga o le masina, po’o le faaiuga o le masina i le aso 15, faamolemole e tala mai aao i lo tatou ofisa i le Centennial Building, 3rd floor e saini le pepa mo le faataunuuina o lea suiga ia le silia le Aso Faraile, Iulai 18, 2014. Page 4 samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 THE BOB FRANKEN COLUMN Words Backward By Bob Franken Growing up in the South, I always marveled at how adept everyone was at well-mannered hatefulness. If someone made a stupid comment, the response would never be “What an idiot you are!” Instead it was “Well, ain’t that nice?” or “Why, bless your heart.” When it came to social-grace duplicity, we were the champions. Or so I thought. That was before I came to Washington. It takes a little getting used to, but for the most part, you must accept that people mean the opposite of what they say. If most say “Nice to see you,” they are actually looking over your shoulder at someone more important. The really good ones somehow manage to make eye contact with you while looking past you at the same instant. It’s pretty amazing, really. And anyone who has watched the Senate is well-aware that the members refer to their most despised enemies as “My Friend.” That extends far beyond the Capitol. If anyone calls you his or her “friend,” watch your back. There’s nothing new about this, and it’s not unique to D.C. We all have our moments of not meaning what we say. The normal greeting is “How are you doing?” The automatic answer is “Fine, thank you.” But let’s face it: We usually couldn’t care less, and we certainly don’t want to hear when someone is not fine. The last thing we want is “Actually terrible. My wife has left me for a younger man, my business is bankrupt, and the bank just foreclosed on my house.” What do you say? If you grew up in the South, perhaps you’d respond with “bless your heart,” in which case you’d mean, “I’m sorry, did you say something?” Or you’d escape as fast as you could. “Thank you for asking” is another one, a deflecting response to the insincere “How you doing?” greeting. “Thank you for asking” translates to “None of your business.” And then there’s flattery. The more someone sings your praises to your face, the more he changes his tune behind your back. Perhaps Michael Kinsley is correct, though, with his observation that insincere flattery is really sincere, because the person lavishing compliments thinks you’re worthwhile enough to insincerely flatter. Again, it’s Washington. Here it’s barely noticed that the same Republicans who were demanding that the administration bring back Taliban hostage Bowe Bergdahl at any cost now are raising Cain about the very fact that a deal was made for his return. It’s galling how shamelessly these guys flip-flop, and what’s really infuriating is how President Barack Obama even lets them bother him. He really should figure out that it’s always “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” for him. Deception is accepted as the norm here, and they never have to eat their words. Hillary Clinton shows she’s no slouch at this when she chooses her language. My fakery favorite is the expression “I wish him well,” which is code for condemning someone to a miserable life. Bless her heart, in the first of the umpteen TV interviews she did to promote her new book, Hillary told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she wished not only Rand Paul well, but also Monica Lewinsky. Ain’t that nice? (c) 2014 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Synd., Inc. © Osini Faleatasi Inc. reserves all rights. dba Samoa News is published Monday through Saturday, except for some local and federal holidays. Please send correspondences to: OF, dba Samoa News, Box 909, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799. Contact us by Telephone at (684) 633-5599 Contact us by Fax at (684) 633-4864 Contact us by Email at [email protected] Normal business hours are Mon. thru Fri. 8am to 5pm. Permission to reproduce editorial and/or advertisements, in whole or in part, is required. Please address such requests to the Publisher at the address provided above. This undated photo provided by the Nelson family shows four of the five Smith brothers, who were killed during World War I, pose for a photo in Barnard Castle, England. Clockwise from bottom left, John W Stout, Alfred, George Henry and Fredrick. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Nelson family) Before ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ Pvt. Wilfred Smith was saved by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press BARNARD CASTLE, England (AP) — Carved into the simple obelisk commemorating the fallen are the names of five sons of Margaret and John McDowell Smith. There’s a story behind the name that isn’t there — a sixth brother, Wilfred — and a century after World War I a local historian has dug out the details from archives. Wilfred Smith’s survival is a story of sacrifice amid a war that demanded so much of it from virtually every family in Britain. Because long before there was the fictional tale of “Saving Private Ryan,” there was the real-life story of saving Pvt. Smith. loosing five sons The people of Barnard Castle have long known the story of the Smith brothers and that Wilfred, or Willie as he was known, survived. But how that happened was largely unknown until local historian Peter Wise searched the recently digitized archives of the local newspaper, the Teesdale Mercury. In a minuscule item buried at the bottom of a long gray column came the answer: Queen Mary, wife of King George V, heard about the sacrifice of the brothers and intervened to send Willie home. A century later, the news has stirred memories and inspired a mixture of pride and astonishment. “To say it’s been massive is probably not an understatement,” said Trevor Brookes, the newspaper’s editor. “Every parent can probably roughly imagine how terrible it would be to lose a son, but to lose five sons at the risk of losing a sixth — that’s tragedy. I don’t think any British family suffered a greater loss.” Some 9 million soldiers died in the war that began in 1914 and ended in 1918, and it was common for families to lose more than one son. Brothers and friends would join so-called “Pals Brigades” so they could serve together — and communities sometimes found that a single skirmish could wipe out a generation of their men. But even so, this story was different. joining was an adventure Wilfred was the youngest son of a chimney sweep who scraped by in the slums of Barnard Castle, a market town nestled in a landscape dotted by herds of deer and turreted castles in northern England. When Wilfred was 12, there were 10 members of his family living in three rooms in Poor House Yard, according to the 1911 Census of England and Wales. While Wilfred was still in school, his 14-year-old brother, Frederick, was already working in a local mill. For many poor young men, joining the army was an adventure, a chance to get regular meals and pay, especially since recruiters told them the war would be over in a matter of months. Local World War I buff John Pringle said the boys would have been anxious to leave the drudgery of the flax mill or the shoe-thread factory. Wilfred didn’t want to go, but did when his country called. A photograph taken at the time showed four of the brothers posing in their uniforms with a cute white dog at their feet. The image would remain on Margaret’s mantel throughout the war. Robert 22, died first, in September 1916. George Henry, 26, died less than two months later. Frederick, 21, died in July 1917, while the eldest, 37-year-old John William Stout — who had their mother’s maiden name because she was not yet married when he was born — died in October 1917. The fifth son, Alfred, died in July 1918. Margaret’s grief was apparently more than the vicar’s wife, Sarah Elizabeth Bircham, could bear. Bircham, who organized care packages for troops in the trenches, wrote to Queen Mary about the deaths of Margaret’s five sons and how she had a sixth son still at war. The Teesdale Mercury reported what happened next, printing the reply of the queen’s secretary, Edward Wallington. (Continued on page 14) samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 5 Page 6 samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Omnibus Territories Act passes Senate, unlikely in House… by Samoa News staff Dawud Bibbyah teaches children, including Haylee McCullough, to swim at the YMCA, in Whitehaven (Memphis), Tenn. on Friday, June 20, 2014. The children joined tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world, who united for the fifth year in a row, to set a new Guinness World Record(TM). They were attempting to break the global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Karen Pulfer Focht) of drowning. NEWS IN BRIEF US seeks legal protection for troops going to Iraq WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents, a spokesman said Friday. “I can assure you we will have those protections,” the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told reporters. He said U.S. officials are currently consulting with the Iraqi government about that issue. Iraq refused to agree to such legal protections for a much larger number of U.S. troops that the Obama administration had proposed leaving in Iraq after its combat mission ended in December 2011. As a result, that residual force was never deployed. Kirby said the U.S. does not need a Status of Forces Agreement of the type it tried to negotiate with Iraq in 2011. He was not specific about the type of written agreement being sought in this case but said he had no doubt it will be obtained. “I’m confident that the legal protections that are needed will be in place,” he said. The point of having such legal protections is to ensure that U.S. troops would be subject to the U.S. military justice system if needed and not to the Iraqi judicial system. Militants seize strategic Iraq border post, kill 30 troops BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border crossing after killing some 30 Iraqi troops in a day of clashes. The officials said Saturday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Baghdad, after battling Iraqi troops throughout the previous day. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media. Sunni militants have carved out a large swath of territory astride the Iraqi-Syrian border and seized Iraq’s second largest city Mosul earlier this month. Militants have long traveled back and forth across the porous border, but the control of crossings allows them to more easily move weapons and heavy equipment to different battlefields. Mom charged with deliberately hitting pre-teen son with car BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman is charged with intentionally hitting her 12-yearold son with her car. The Billings Gazette reports 34-year-old Elvira Najar was arrested early Thursday and appeared in Justice Court on a charge of assault with a weapon. Her bail was set at $7,500. Court records say the boy told police he had been in a car with one of his friends and his mother, who was upset because she thought he was spending time with his father. The boy said he got out of the car and his mother drove up onto a curb and hit him, knocking him down. The boy’s friend said Najar told her son: “I brought (you) into the world ... I can take you out, and I don’t care if I go to jail for it.” Obama eyes progress on Asia-Pacific trade deal WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes the U.S. and its negotiating partners can make progress on an AsiaPacific trade pact by the time he travels to the region later this year. Obama is meeting in the Oval Office with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The U.S. and New Zealand are part of the 12-nation group trying to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact. Key has the distinction of being one of few foreign leaders who have joined Obama for a golf outing. They played a round in January while both were vacationing in Hawaii. Obama says he looks forward to visiting New Zealand, if not this year, then before the end of his presidency. Obama is scheduled to travel to Asia in November. report of Apparent suicide at Arlington National Cemetery ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Army says a man found with a single gunshot wound at Arlington National Cemetery apparently committed suicide. The Army Criminal Investigation Command says it does not suspect foul play in the shooting that occurred in the section that contains a memorial to and remains of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Cemetery spokeswoman Melissa Bohan says military and civilian police responded at about 10 a.m. Friday to reports of a single gunshot. Bohan says all indications are that the shooting is “a tragic and isolated incident,” with no threat to the public. An Arlington County police spokesman described the man found in (Continued on page 7) The U.S. Senate passed late Wednesday night federal legislation, which includes provisions for American Samoa in a Senate bill sponsored by democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon. The Omnibus Territories Act of 2013 (S. 1237) now goes to the U.S. House for their review and consideration, according to a news release Thursday from Cong. Faleomavaega Eni’s office. Provisions for American Samoa that Faleomavaega put forward to Wyden include an analysis of the economic effects on employees and employers of the differentials in minimum wage rates among industries and classifications in American Samoa. This would include the potential effects of eliminating such differentials prior to the time when such rates are scheduled to be equal to the minimum wage set forth in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. There are 18 different industries in the territory, each with its own minimum wage. Current minimum wage for tuna canning industry is $4.76 per hour while local government minimum wage is $4.41 an hour. Another provision calls for a benefit-to-cost ratio study for projects in America Samoa to assess whether the benefit-to-cost ratio formulas consider the remote locations in, and the cost of transportation to and from, American Samoa, and other significant factors that are not comparable to locations within the contiguous States. Further, to assess - in particular - the use of benefit-to-cost ratio formulas by the Secretary of Transportation with respect to airport traffic control tower programs, and by the Secretary of the Army, acting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with respect to a harbor project or other water resources development project. According to the bill, another provision deals with certain exemptions for fishery endorsements. (Faleomavaega told a U.S. Senate committee last year that the intent of the language in this provision is to restore fishery endorsements to U.S. tuna boats that are 100% U.S. built, 100% U.S. owned, and that offload the majority of their fish in American Samoa.) “While passage by the Senate is a victory, the Omnibus Territories Act still needs to be passed by the House, and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we try to move this forward,” Faleomavaega said in the press release. “I will keep the people of American Samoa updated as the matter progresses.” GovTrack.us, a website that tracks legislation and legislators in the U.S. government, gives the Omnibus Act a 36% chance of being enacted. Canada woman stops for ducks; guilty in 2 deaths MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian woman who parked her car on a highway to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road was found guilty Friday of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car. Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death, a charge that carries a maximum life sentence, and two counts of dangerous driving causing death, which comes with a maximum of 14 years in jail. The 25-year-old was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16. She wiped away tears when the verdict was delivered to a packed courtroom in Montreal. Quebec Superior Court Justice Eliane Perreault said the 12-member jury voted unanimously. Czornobaj was released until her pre-sentence hearing on Aug. 8. Roy’s motorcycle slammed into Czornobaj’s car, which was stopped in the left lane of a provincial highway south of Montreal in 2010. Czornobaj, a self-professed animal lover, told the court that she did not see the ducklings’ mother anywhere and planned to capture them and take them home. Defense lawyer Marc Labelle said his client was stunned by the jury’s decision. “The fact that she was involved in the accident in the first place was a hard experience for her,” he said. “The fact that she had to go through a trial with a lot of publicity was tough and to be confirmed by 12 citizens, the jury, that the conduct was criminal is a hard blow.” Pauline Volikakis, whose husband and daughter were killed in the collision, briefly fought back tears when she left the courtroom. “I don’t wish misfortune on anyone,” Volikakis said. “It’s time that we go on. This will not bring (back) my loved ones.” Prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse had a message for motorists. “What we hope is that a clear message is sent to society that we do not stop on the highway for animals. It’s not worth it.” samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 7 ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF… Continued from page 6 the cemetery’s Section 64 as “elderly,” but his name has not been released. The site is adjacent to the Pentagon. IRS: the Inspector general probing hard drive crash WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS says his agency’s inspector general is investigating a hard drive failure in connection with a congressional probe. The probe is about whether the IRS singled-out tea party groups for tax-exempt status. Commissioner John Koskinen (KAHS’-kihn-ihn) is testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee. He says eight federal employees experienced hard drive failures. That means emails related to the investigation could be unrecoverable. Koskinen is telling lawmakers that a hard drive belonging to former IRS executive Lois Lerner was recycled and presumably destroyed after unsuccessful efforts to recover information on it. He says the inspector general is investigating that. A week ago, the IRS acknowledged it could not produce some of Lerner’s emails because her computer crashed in 2011. 13 shot dead after attacking police building in west China BEIJING (AP) — Police in China’s western Xinjiang region shot dead 13 assailants who drove one or more vehicles into a police office building and set off explosives in an attack Saturday that injured three officers, the news website for the regional government said. The Tianshan website said in a one-line report that no civilians were hurt in the attack in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang’s southwest. The official Xinhua News Agency said one vehicle was used, though it did not provide specific details. Officials in the region contacted by phone either said they were unclear about the situation or refused to comment. It was the latest in a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the sprawling region of Xinjiang, where the native Muslim Uighur people want more autonomy from Beijing. Last month, a market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi. Authorities blamed the attacks on extremists bent on overthrowing Beijing’s rule. The government says the assailants have ties to Islamic terror groups abroad, but provides little direct evidence. Hot grits attack leads to attempted murder charge ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after throwing a pan of hot grease and grits at a man who was on his front porch. Edward Holley told investigators that he had gotten into an argument with Darryl Blacknell on Tuesday night. When he saw Blacknell on his porch the next day, he says he took the hot pan from his stove and threw it on the man. Orlando police say Holley told them they should just arrest him because “next time I am going to kill him.” Investigators say Blacknell is in the hospital with second- and third-degree burns. He told them he was playing cards with Holley’s cousin when he was attacked. Holley remains in the Orange County Jail, charged with attempted second-degree murder. Records do not list an attorney for him. Snowden rejects German panel’s Moscow meeting plan BERLIN (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is rejecting calls to meet in Moscow with a German parliamentary inquiry into the extent of surveillance by the U.S. and its allies. Lawmakers from the inquiry panel had hoped to travel to Moscow soon for an informal meeting with Snowden. The plan emerged after opposition parties demanded that Germany allow Snowden to come to Berlin to testify but the government said doing so would hurt relations with the U.S. Snowden’s German lawyer, Wolfgang Kaleck, wrote to the committee Friday that he discussed the matter with Snowden and there is “no room or need for an oral, ‘informal’ meeting’ where the American has temporary asylum, the news agency dpa reported. He argues substantial testimony is only possible in Germany. Murder charge still pending against 102-year-old woman at BOSTON (AP) — Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102. Laura Lundquist, diagnosed with dementia, was deemed incompetent to stand trial after she was charged with strangling Elizabeth Barrow, who was found in her bed with a plastic bag tied around her head. Since then, the oldest murder defendant in the state’s history has been held at a psychiatric hospital. Prosecutors say they don’t expect the case to ever go to trial, but just in case, the murder charge remains on the books. Barrow’s son, Scott, says he has never pushed for Lundquist to be prosecuted. “It would be like prosecuting a 2-year-old,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’s just an awful thing that happened. How could she be held accountable for this when she’s not in her right mind?” After Lundquist was indicted in 2009 at age 98, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said prosecutors pursued a seconddegree murder charge because they didn’t believe Lundquist had the cognitive ability to form premeditation, which must be proven in a first-degree murder case. Sutter’s spokesman, Gregg Miliote, said the case remains open. (Continued on page 11) In this Monday June 16, 2014 photo, a sign is posted where the highest wind speed was recorded on the top of Mount Washington. A new Extreme Mount Washington museum recently underwent a $1 million transformation from a modest collection of artifacts behind glass to a modern (AP Photo/Jim Cole) facility packed with hands-on exhibits. AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Human Resources Office EMPLOYMENTO PPORTUNITY Position Title: Employment Status: HUMAN RESOURCES TECHNICIAN I Full Time/12 Months (Career Service) General Description: The incumbent reports directly to the Human Resource Manager. The incumbent will assist in the daily operations of the ASCC Human Resources Office, which include frequent interaction with the ASCC faculty and staff, and the general public. Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Responsible for the accuracy of data entered into the Datatel Payroll system. • Track and distribute monthly leave statements. Compile quarterly reports on employee leave balance. • Responsible for the maintenance of all employees files to ensure current documentation and required information is filed and noted accordingly. • Maintain training records of ASCC employees. • Maintain a daily account of all HR purchase orders, and track the budget fo daily submission to the HR Director for review. • Receive, log and route correspondences to and from the Human Resource Office, with weekly follow-up. • Assist in addressing daily requests from faculty and staff. • Assist in payroll when gathering and collecting timesheets for the spreadsheet process and for updating leave balances. • Update the directory for all ASCC employees. • Answer incoming calls and take messages. • Assist in organizing activities and functions for ASCC as requested by the HR Director and President. • Perform other duties as assigned by the HR Director or Manager. Minimum Qualifications: • AA Degree with one (1) year of office/clerical support experience. • Knowledge of office operation, organizing files & tracking correspondences. • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, ability to maintain confidentiality, and conduct daily duties in a professional appearance and manner. • Knowledge of administrative functions. • Skills in written and oral communications and computer software programs. • Abilities in organizing files and keeping accounts of employee leave balances. Salary: GS 12; 3-5; $15,073-$17,673 Application Deadline: June 23, 2014 Applications are available from American Samoa Community College, Human Resources Office (699-9155 Ext. 477/335/436) or by emailing Silaulelei Saofaigaalii at [email protected] or Lipena Samuelu at [email protected] “An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer And A Drug-Free Workplace” Page 8 samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 T ALA mai brought to you by SAMOA tanoa tusitala hotel, apia, samoa fa’aliliu: AF FESILIGIA LE FAAIUGA A LE PALEMIA Ua fesiligia e le alii Minisita lagolago o le Ofisa o Aoga ia Tuu’u Anasi’i Leota le fa’aiuga ua faia e le alii Palemia ia Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, ina ua ia tuu le avanoa ia Faumuina Liuga e malaga ai i Amerika e fai ma sui o Samoa i se fonotaga o lo o faia ai, ae o lea e nonofo isi sui sinia o le kapeneta e agavaa i lenei avanoa. I le fesiligia ai e Tuu’u o le faaiuga a le alii palemia, ua ia fesiligia ai foi le mafuaaga ua ala ai ona faapitoa faapenei faaiuga e faia mo Faumuina, ao lea e lei umi atu nei ona talia e le palemene lana faamavaega mai le tulaga Teutupe o le malo. O le fonotaga lea e faia i Amerika, o le fonotaga e talanoaina ai mataupu e faatatau i auala e puipuia ai siosiomaga o atunuu o le lalolagi ma le pasefika. Na taua e Tuu’u e fa’apea, ina ua faatoa ulufale atu Faumuina i le palemene, sa tuu i ai e le alii palemia le tofi minisita, i lona tausaga lona lua i le palemene, sa tofia fo’i o ia e avea ma minisita, e faapena foi i lona tausaga lona tolu, ma e foliga mai e i ai se mafuaaga faapitoa e ala ai ona maua e lenei sai o le HRPP faiga faapitoa nei mai le alii palemia. E lei maua se finagalo o le alii palemia ina ua taumafai tusitala i Samoa e fesiligia o ia e tusa ai o lenei mataupu. FESILIGIA KONEKARATE A SE ALI’I MA LE EPC Ua teena e le Taitaifono o le Komiti Faafoe o le Faalapotopotoga o le Pulega Tau Eletise a Samoa (EPC) ia Fa’aolesa K. Ainuu le i ai o sona sootaga ma le mataupu e faatatau i le sainiga o se konekarate ma se vaega e taua o le Fa’aolataga Lawn Maintenance and Land Surveying. O le mataupu lenei na fesiligia ai e tusitala i Samoa ia Fa’aolesa, ona o se tusi i le Fa’atonu o lo o fesiligia ai le i ai o se fete’enaiga o ia mai lana galuega i le EPC, atoa ai ma le tu’uina atu o lenei konekarate. Ae na taua e Fa’aolesa le leai o sona sootaga ma le mataupu e pei ona fesiligia ai o ia, e talitonu fo’i o ia o se feteenaiga lona pulea o se pisinisi faapea ma galue pea i le Komiti Fa’afoe o le EPC. Na taua e le Ta’ita’ifono e fa’apea, o le pisinisi o lo o fesiligia e le o se pisinisi, ae o se vaega fai paaga na fa’atula’i e ni tagata sa galulue muamua i le EPC. Na taua fo’i e le ta’ita’ifono e fa’apea, o le fuafuaga a le EPC ina ia fausia lea faiga paaga ma le vaega e pei ona fesiligia, o se auaunaga lea a le EPC e fesoasoani ai ia i latou nei sa galulue muamua i le Fa’alapotopotoga o Eletise. FA’ASOLOSOLO MANUIA LE TAMA’ITA’I TONGA NA MANU’A Ua fa’asolosolo ina toe fo’i atu i tulaga manuia le tama’ita’i Tonga lea na taofia i le falema’i i Motootua, ona o manu’a tuga na a’afia ai lona tino, e mafua mai i le fa’alavelave lea na osofa’i ai o ia e lana uo tama Samoa i se agaese. E ui o fa’asolosolo manuia manu’a o lenei tama’ita’i, peita’i o le a tumau pea i lona tino ma’ila na mafua mai ona o le agaese na manu’a ai. Na taua e le Peresetene o le Fa’alapotopotoga o To’omaga mo e Puapuagatia ia Lina Chang le malosi o le lagolago atu o le Fa’alapotopotoga a Tagata Tonga i Samoa, i le lagolago ma le fesoasoani i le tama’ita’i na a’afia, ae o lo o fa’apea fo’i ona malosi le fesoasoani a le latou Fa’alapotopotoga i le fa’atinoina o auaunaga uma e fesoasoani ai i lea tama’ita’i. O lo o taofia pea i le falepuipui i Tafuna le ali’i o lo o tu’uaia i le fa’atinoina o lenei solitulafono, e fa’atalitali ai taualumaga o lana mataupu o lo o fa’agasolo i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga. TOLOPO ILOILOGA A LE ALII TUUAIA FAAPAINA FANA Ua toe tolopo le iloiloga o le mataupu fa’asaga i le alii lea o lo o tuuaia i lona faapaina o se fana i le pamu kesi i Vailoa, ina ua talia e le faamasinoga maualuga faafinauga a loia e toe tolopo le iloiloga na fuafua e faia i le vaiaso nei. O le alii o Junior Filifili Pritchard o lo o tuuaia i lona faapa o se laau malosi i nofoaga faitele, e mafua mai i le faalavelave lea na tulai mai i ni nai masina e lei mamao atu. Na finau le itu a le malo e le tatau ona taliaina le talosaga e tatala ai lea alii i tua, ona o le matuia o tuuaiga o lo o faia faasaga ia te ia, e le gata i lea, sa i ai foi uluai moliga sa tuuaia ai o ia e le malo. Ae na finau le loia o lo o tulai mo le alii ua molia, e ui i le matuia o tuuaiga faasaga i le alii lenei, o nei tuuaiga ua na o ni tuuaiga, e leai ma se tuuaiga ua faamaonia e le faamasinoga. O le vaiaso fou lea ua faamoemoe e toe fofogaina ai le mataupu a Pritchard i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga. Congressman Faleomavaega Eni (middle top row) pictured here Wednesday with students, teachers, parents and chaperones of the territory’s National History Day delegation that traveled to Washington D.C. The delegation visited the Congressman where they enjoyed lunch, Q&A with Faleomavaega and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The students also shared with the Congressman their project topics and experience in Washington D.C. This week our students competed against their peers from across the U.S. in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. Faleomavaega congratulated our local students who were selected to compete this year in the National competition. Here is a list of students, teachers, parents and chaperones in no particular order in this photo: Laralena Aab; Freylana Aab; Ronald Turituri; Joe Turituri; Mara Numi Filemoni; Akenese Saleutogi; Naomi Galeai; Eua Matautia; Theresa Too; Lei Pele; Mika Aga; Glysa Blanco; Tamara Tialavea; Gwen Langkilde; Steven [photo: Faleomavaega’s Office] Misaalefua; June Tanielu Malufau; Oreta Crichton; Vaasa Simanu; Leutuva F. Lokeni; Ronald Turituri. C M Y K C M Y K Fa’amanino TAOA mataupu fa’asea ai ni isi tagata matutua tusia Ausage Fausia C M Y K C M Y K O le vaiaso nei na fa’amanino mai ai e se sui sinia o le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua i le atunu’u, se mataupu o lo o fa’asea ma tu’u fesili ai ni isi o tagata matutua, i le fa’a faigaluega lea o tagata e le i atoa le ta’i 60 tausaga le matutua i le polokalame e talitonu i latou e na o tagata ua ta’i 60 tausaga ma luga atu e agava’a ai. E tolu ni Tusi i le Fa’atonu na tauaao e le Samoa News talu mai le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma ni isi o tagata matutua o lo o galulue i le polokalame a le TAOA, o lo o fa’aalia ai lo latou fesiligia o le mafua’aga ua ala ai ona fa’amalolo tagata matutua mai le polokalame ae fa’a faigaluega atu tagata e le i agava’a o latou tausaga i le polokalame. Mo se fa’ata’ita’iga e pei ona taua e se tama e 68 tausaga le matua sa ia tusia le isi Tusi i le Fa’atonu e fa’apea, e to’alua ni tina e ta’i 55 tausaga le matutua ua fa’a faigaluega i le isi polokalame a le TAOA, ae ua fa’amalolo nai tina matutua e ta’i 65 tausaga le matutua na galulue muamua ai. Ae na taua e le isi Tusi i le Fa’atonu na tusia e se tina matua e 63 tausaga e fa’apea, o le taumafaiga a le TAOA e eu eu ese tagata matutua mai le latou polokalame o lo o fa’atupe mai e le feterale, o se taumafaiga lea ua atagia mai ai le le tausisia o aiaiga ma le fa’aaogaina o tupe mai le feterale. “Afai o se taumafaiga ina ia fa’amanuiaina ai isi tagata matutua e le i agava’a i le polokalame, e tatau la ona fa’amanino lelei mai i tagata matutua, ina ia matou nofo malamalama i le tulaga tonu ua mafua ai nei suiga”, o le saunoaga lea a se tama matua i se fa’atalatalanoaga ma le Samoa News i le vaiaso nei. Ae ina ua fesiligia se finagalo o le ofisa o le TAOA e tusa ai o lenei mataupu, na taua ai e se sui sinia o le TAOA ia Tafia Taimalelagi e fa’apea, e le sa’o fa’asea a tagata matutua fa’asaga i le polokalame. “O le polokalame o lo o fesiligia e tama ma tina matutua, e agava’a ai tagata matutua e amata atu i le ta’i 55 tausaga ma aga’i atu i luga, e le fa’apea fo’i e tumau ai se isi i le polokalame, ae a uma lava le taimi e galue ai le tagata ona fa’amalolo lea ae fa’asolo mai isi tagata o lo o i ai o latou suafa i le lisi fa’atalitali”, o le saunoaga lea a Taimalelagi e fai ai o ia ma sui o le Ta’ita’i o le polokalame e le i avanoa i le taimi o le fa’atalatalanoaga. O le polokalame lea e maua ai e tagata matutua ua ta’i 55 tausaga le matutua e galulue ai i avanoa faigaluega i le TAOA (Employment program), e to’a 147 le aofa’i o tagata matutua e mafai ona galulue ai mo le umi e ta’i fa tausaga, ona fa’amalolo lea o i latou ua atoa le ta’i fa tausaga ae sui atu le isi lisi. “E le tutusa le polokalame lea o le ‘Employment’ ma le polokalame o ‘Pepa Taumafa’ lea ua suia nei i ‘Taumafa vela’, e na o tagata ua atoa le ta’i 60 tausaga ma le aga’i atu i luga e agava’a ai”, o le saunoaga lea a Taimalelagi. Na fa’amanino atili fo’i e Taimalelagi e fa’apea, afai e atoa le fa tausaga o le tagata matua e galue ai i le polokalame, e mafai fo’i ona toe talosaga mo se isi avanoa. Feso’ota’i mai i le tusitala ia [email protected] samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 9 E te fia Poka? OU TE OFO LAVA Te’i le fafine o Susi ina ua tago atu lona lima i le pito o lo o moe ai le tamaloa e leai se isi o i ai, nofo loa i luga ma alu e vaai le tamaloa o Siaosi, poo fea ua alu i ai. E masau atu i luma o le potu lea e moe ai le pepe, o la e tu mai ai e totonu o le potu ma matamata i le moega a le pepe, savalivali atu loa le fafine ‘opo mai le tamaloa, fai atu loa i ai, “E ‘ese le manaia o le moe a si o ta pepe a ‘honey’ ?…ua sefulu lua tausaga o tau su’e lava a’o lenei ua maua, a ea ‘honey?”. “O ‘au la lenei ou te ofo lava i le manaia……” ae ‘oso mai le fafine, “Ioe e so’o uma lava i ou mata…” ia ae tau faauma atu lava tala a le tamaloa, “Ou te ofo lava i le taugofie o lenei moega-pepe e na’o le $46.00, ae taugata o le laau nei e fai ai.” sa tu le fafine ma tilotilo i le tamaloa, “Oi na o le pa’u lena o le mea na e te mafaufau i ai, na’o mea tau tupe. Ia ae sa’o foi, e le oe o se tama o le pepe…..Ia ua lelei, ai lava e te mana’o e ta’u atu e le o oe o le tama o le pepe, ia ai o le mea lena e te mana’o i ai..!!!.” Fai mai loa le tamaloa, “Ua leva ona ou iloaina, faapea la oe o ai lea na faa’oso mai ina Freddie…UA LEVA ONA UA ILOA…..UA MA LA….!!!!!.” O OE O LOU TAMA? Ua ma’i tagata le fafine o Sandra, manava mai loa le tamaloa o Steve, ia sau le tamaloa i le fale, alu loa ta’ele sau loa i luma nofo loa i le nofoa matamata le TV, ia savali mai loa le fafine nofo i talaane o le tamaloa ia taoto loa i le fatafata o le tamaloa o Steve, fai atu loa Steve, “Ua fai se leva ta te le’i toe momoe a suga ?.” Fai mai Sandra, “Leaga ua popole nei te’i o le lavea le pepe.” fai mai Steve, “Oe o le a ‘oso fua a lavea ai le pepe ?.” tauanau ai lava e Steve si fafine o Sandra. Ia oo loa i le aso na ave le fafine e faafanau, fanau mai loa le pepe i le lalo fesili mai loa i le foma’i, “O oe o lou tama ?” fai atu le fomai, “E leai.” fesili atu i le fafine o Sandra, “O oe o lou tama ?.” fai le fafine, “O ‘au o lou tina.” Ae fetaui ma le savali mai i totonu o le potu o le tamaloa o Steve, fesili atu loa le pepe, “O oe o lu tama ?.” e tali fiafia mai le i ai si tamaloa, “Oi atalii……..” ae ‘aapa mai le pepe, futi atu le ulu, faafetoai faalima lava ulu (head butt) ma fau loa i ai, “E A FAAPEA OE E LELEI OU MEA NA FAI ATU IA TE ‘AU…!!!!”. Page 10 samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Tulimanu O KATI LE LEOLEO NANA o le fa’aolataga O AI SO’O O IESU? O Iesu o le Alo o le Atua, o ia na afio mai e saili ma taumafai e ta’u atu i tagata o le lalolagi ae maise o tagata Iutaia le mea moni ma le fa’amaoni o mea e sa’o i le malo o le Atua. E fetaui le oo mai o Iesu o pulea e le malo o Roma le lalolagi i na vaitaimi, e afio mai Iesu a ‘ese le mea na fai e tagata Iutaia i le fefefe ma matatau i le tulafono a Roma, toe fai o le fefefe i tulafono a Iutaia. O le tulafono faa-Roma, (1) e aua ne’i e malamala e te foua le Malo a Roma, e pei o le si’itau atu lea i le mea ai, e fai mai e ita ai le Kaisara, (2) e fai lafoga i le malo o Roma, (tax) ia usita’ia uma mea e faatonu mai ai le Kaisara. (3) e sa ona e fulitua i mea uma e mana’o ai le Senate. O le tulafono a Iutaia, (1) ia usutaia ma tausi i tulafono e sefulu a Ieova, lea na aumai e Mose i luga i le mauga o Sinai, (2) o isi tulafono na toe fai i lalo o le mauga o Sinai, e puipui mai ai le olaga o le tagata Isaraelu, (3) o tulafono e fai ina ia mausali ai le ola o le tagata. Ae afio mai loa Iesu i lona vaitaimi, ua 99% ua talitonu ma mulimuli ai i tulafono a le ‘au osi taulaga sili ma le ‘au faresaio ia na a latou so’o, na afio mai Iesu ma tau amata loa lana galuega o le taumafai e ta’u atu le mea moni i le Malo o le Atua, ae le o le tulafono a Mose. Ia piki mai tamaiti atamamai o le ‘au Iutaia e amata mai i latou i tausaga ua avea i latou a’oa’oina se’i oo lava ina matutua ma avea foi i latou farasaio, e pei o Paulo a’o igoa ia Saulo, ae le’i taiaina i le ala i Tamaseko i lona malamalama, ma suia ai le igoa ia Paulo, lea na fai ‘mai ave ipu o le talalelei’ i nuu ‘ese. Ua afio mai Iesu ma amata lona tala’iga, ae le’i amataina ae muamua filifili ona so’o o tagata e le faia uma ni ta’i toalua, vanaga ai Peteru, ona e i ai le mafuaga, e le se galuega e faigofie o le a latou fetaia’i nei. E le mano’amia la se so’o e toe tau popole i sona toalua, poo i ai se mea e ‘aai ai ma tamaiti, i manatu i lona atalii le la ua ma’i, e te’i ua alu atu ua sosola le fafine ma se isi tamaloa. E mano’a Iesu i lana ‘au soo e o lava e le toe tepa i tua. Tagai foi e mea na fai e le Faaola, na amata lava i le tagata mama’i, e le faamalomaloina o e e mama’i, faapupula i latou na tauaso, savavali i pipili, o ma’i uma lava na pologa ai le toatele o tagata sa le’i iloa e se tasi o le a manuia. Le galuega na faia e le Iesu, ae tilotilo lava i ai lana ‘au soo mo le tolu tausaga na ia faia ai ona faatilotilo uma i ai le ‘au faresaio, ua toe afio Iesu i le Lagi e nofo i le itu taumatau o lona Atua. Ua ia fai mea uma, e pei o le satauro lea na fefefe uma ai tagata Iutaia, aua a faasala loa se tagata Iutaia ina ua soli le tulafono a Roma, ona avea lea i le faamasinoga a maua ane ua iloa le ‘iuga o le a mu foaga, ona sauni loa lea e amo lana satauro i Kalevario. O iina o le ave le tagata Iutaia e faa-satauro ai, ma tuu ai pea e luga iina se’i ua lana ola, le mea na fetalai ai Iesu, “Afai e amo lau satauro ae le mulimuli mai ia te a’u, e le tatau ona taua o ia ma sou so’o.” Le mea na fefefe uma ai le ‘au Iutaia, o le faa-satauro, aua na faapea e leai se isi ola e i luma atu o le ola lenei tatou te i ai, lea na maliu ai Iesu na toe tu mai i le aso tolu, ina iloa ai uma e tagata e faatuatua ia te ia, e i ai le ola i tua atu o lenei ola. Ua le toe i ai ni so’o a Iesu i le lalolagi lenei, ae o tatou le ‘au Kerisiano o tagata ua filifili Iesu e fai ma faataitaiga i o latou soifua, o so’o moni lava lena a Iesu, pe a e faatuatua moni ia te ia. Uso e le iloa e oe o le tupe o le mea e pala, o mea a le lalolagi e tuu i lalo iinei, ae maua e i tatou le nofo fealofani ma le feoeoea’i o le mea sili lena e fia silasila i ai le Alii, o le fealofani e tupu ai lou ola faalagolago i le Alii, o lou ola faalagolago e tupu ai lou ola talitonu i le Atua. E tau le avea oe ma tagata e ‘auauna’ i le ‘oa, e te le auauna i se ‘oa, se e te alu e SAILI le tupe e mea e faia ai mea e te mano’a i ai, e te le AUAUNA i ai, a oo loa ina e naunau i le ‘oa ma lou tu’inanau lena, e te fano i lau ‘auaunaga’ i le ‘oa. A’o le so’o moni a Keriso, o i tatou nei ua taua o le Kerisiano, ia tatou faia mea uma e pei ona faata’ita’i mai e le Keriso. E silafia lelei e le Alii, lou tagata Kerisiano ma lona faatuatuaga, e le iloa oe e tagata soifua, ae silafia oe e le Iesu i totonu o tatou agaga ma o tatou finagalo. Amene. [Sosoo ane loa lau faitau i le tatou tala faasolo mo lenei vaiaso, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na tea nei i le taimi lea ua iloa ai e le malo o Enelagi, o le ulugali’i o lo o latou tau sailia o lo o i lalo o le puipuiga malu a le malo o Italia.] O le galuega fa’a Leoleo nana i totonu o atunu’u i Europa, o se tasi o galuega e pei e tauva i ai atunuu eseese nei, po o ai le atunu’u e pito atamamai atu a latou Leoleo nana i le fa’atinoina o galuega su’esu’e fa’alilolilo, ae pei o le atunu’u lava lea o Italia e numera tasi i le atamamai ma le lelei ona a’oa’oina o a latou Leoleo nana, aua o iina lea na afua mai ai ituaiga galuega fa’a leoleo nei. Ua manatu le malo o Enelagi, o le a auina atu i Italia ni a latou leoleo nana se to’alua mo le taumafai ina ia toe maua mai le uluali’i lea ua nonofo mau nei i Italia, ina ia mafai ai ona maua ni nai fa’amatalaga e fa’atatau i le tagata lenei o Kati, pe fa’amaonia ana gaioiga sa fa’atinoina i totonu o le malo, ma le fa’alavelave lea na fasiotia ai le ali’i faipisinisi tautaua o Tomasi. E tasi le vaiaso talu ona tuana’i taumafaiga a le malo o Enelagi e fa’asufi taitai o le malo o Italia ina ia toe fa’afo’i atu le ulugali’i matutua lenei i lo latou atunu’u, ae taunu’u loa i Italia Leoleo nana e to’alua mai Enelagi, ae manatua fo’i le au faitau, o le taimi lea o lo o taumafai malosi ai lava le ali’i o Kati e saili se auala e mafai ai ona fa’asao mai le ola o le tama’ita’i o Mena lea o lo o taofia i totonu o le falema’i a Fitafita i Enelagi, ina ia faigofie ai ona la sosola atu i lona atunu’u. O Leoleo nana e to’alua mai Enelagi lea ua taunuu i totonu o Italia, o ni ali’i ua tele tausaga o galulue i le galuega, ma ua lava fo’i lo la tomai i auala eseese e fa’atino ai le suesueina o mataupu fa’alilolilo, peitai e le taitai faatusatusa i le tomai ma le iloa lea o lo o maua e le alii o Kati, ona ua soo atunuu o le lalolagi o taamilo ai le alii o Kati i le suesueina o mataupu eseese, ma ua tele ana mataupu ua malaga e suesue e i’u manuia e aunoa ma se aafiaga i lona ola. Na ona taunuu lava o Leoleo nana e to’alua mai Enelagi i totonu o Italia, aga’i sa’o loa i se tasi o fale talimalo tele lava i le isi tama’i aai o le atunuu ma faamautu ai, peita’i o ripoti na mafai ona maua e Kati ao i ai i totonu o Enelagi na ia iloa ai, e to’alua Leoleo nana mai Enelagi lea ua malaga atu i totonu o Italia e saili matua o Mena ina ia toe fa’afo’i i Enelagi, ma ua logo fo’i e le tama le latou ofisa autu i Italia e fa’ailoa i ai le tala ma Leoleo nana e to’alua mai Enelagi lea ua taunu’u i totonu o le atunu’u, ina ia fa’aeteete i ai a latou gaioiga, ma ia mautinoa e malu puipuia le nofoaga o lo o i ai matua o Mena, ina nei ave faanana e Leoleo nana ona tula’i mai ai loa lea o se fa’aletonu. O le vaiaso lava fo’i lea na mafai ai e Kati ona aveese mai Mena mai totonu o le falema’i a le Militeli lea na taofia ai o ia, ma la aga’i atu loa i se nofoaga e fa’amautu ai, e tau saili ai se isi gaioiga e tatau ona fai mo le la solaaga i Italia. ALOFA E OO I LE OTI [E fa’atalofa atu i le mamalu o le aufaitau i lenei vaiaso, malo le onosa’i, malo fo’i le soifua laulelei, ae alo maia, o le vaega lua lenei o le tatou tala fa’asolo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le taimi lea ua taunu’u ai le tamaloa o Veli i le malae lakapi lea e tupu ai taaloga a le tupulaga.] “Malo ali’i, o le aiga o ai eke sau ai?”, o le fesili fia iloa lea a ni isi o ali’i o le tupulaga Palisi ia Veli ina ua vaaia le tino o le ali’i i le malae lakapi i le isi afiafi. “Ou ke sau mai le fale o Lapa”, o le tali lea a Veli a o saofa’i i luga o le pa ma’a lea e afe ai le auala aga’i i totonu o le malae lakapi. E ese fo’i le vaaiga lea ua vaaia e Veli i le ituaiga olaga o lo o ola ai tamaiti o le taulaga i Apia, o afiafi uma lava a o lei ta le 4:00 ua leva ona tumu le malae lakapi i tupulaga. E leai se tamaititi e te vaai i ai e sulu ie, e ofuvae pupuu uma tagata, e tofu fo’i ma le se’evae lakapi. “Le iloa po o iinei lea na afua mai ai le igoa ta’atele lea ua fa’aigoa ai tagata Samoa i soo se vaega o le lalolagi e aga’i i ai, fai mai o le malo o le au sulu ie ..” o mafaufauga fai vavale ia o le ali’i o Veli a o nofo nofo ma matamata i le pisi o taaloga lakapi a le tupulaga, ae na te’i ina ua valaau atu se tamaititi i lona igoa. “Veli! Veli!” ua tu le tamaloa i luga ma tau autilo po o ai lea e valaau atu i lona igoa, ae na te’i ina ua ia vaaia le tuagane laititi o Tania, le ali’i o Kome lea ua oo atu i ona tafatafa. “Sole Veli, fai mai Lapa eke alu aku, fai mai poo a au pa’u pa’u e fai i i i le malae lakapi ae ua e le alu aku e fai se saka o le afiafi”, o tala ia a le tamaititi o Kome na fai ia Veli, ona toe liliu loa lea ma toe tamo’e i le fale. E lei nofo lelei i le loto o Veli upu ia ua ta’utala atu ai le tuagane laititi a lona to’alua, ae ui i sona le fiafia, sa nana mea uma ae ua usita’i i le fa’atonuga ma ia tu ai loa i luga ma savali aga’i i le fale. “Sole Veli, ia o aga ga a ai eke faia, o fea gi mea ua e ku aku lava i luga savali i le malae lakapi ae ua e le kiagi age i le umukuka la le se’i fai se kakou saka misiluki o le afiafi, ga e masagi ai i gi malae lakapi ..” o le ote fa’aumiumi lea a le olomatua na matua le fia fa’alogo a le tamaloa, ona savali punou lava lea i tua i le umukuka ma amata loa ona fofo’e le au lua lua misiluki o lo o ta’atia ai mo se saka o le afiafi. Na pei o le emo o le mata gaioiga a le tamaloa mai Savai’i i le gaseseina o le saka, ae na te’i ina ua sauni e tatau le pe’epe’e o le fa’alifu ae ona fa’alogoina se leo o se tagata e le’i fa’alogo muamua ai o fa’apea atu ia te ia, “a fa’apea uma le vave o gaioi o fai’ava Savai’i e leai se mea o le a koe kuli ai e le aiga ..” Na faliu Veli i tua ma ia vaaia ai se tama’ita’i o lo o tu mai i le isi itu o le umukuka, mulimuli ane la masani, o Makala lona igoa, o le fafine mai le itu Asau e nofotane i le aiga lea latou te tuaoi i le isi itu o le fanua. Tala i Vavau o Samoa O LE VAIPUNA O ALAPE I SA’ANAPU O se tasi lenei o tala e uiga na toe fo’i ai loa Sina i Upolu ma ese foi lona fa’amatalaina i tal- ave lana pepe lea, e fetaui lava la atuu a le atunu’u. Fai mai o gauta le taunu’u atu o Sina i Sa’anapu o o le afio’aga o Sa’anapu e i ai lo o pisi le nuu i le fausiaina o le le vaipuna e igoa o “Alape”, e maota o Fa’alalauina po o Anapu, ta’atia ai i tafatafa o le vaipuna ona tago ai loa lea o le tama’ita’i le ma’a e i ai omoomo i luga, na nana lana pepe i le togavao. fai mai o le ma’a lea e tu’u i ai Ua aga’i atu tufuga fau fale e mea manogi a le ali’i o Logona, saili mai ni laau e fau ai le fale, e fa’amomosi ai lona tino pe ae latou lagona atu ai le pepe o lo a taele, o le mafua’aga lena e o tagi mai, ona latou saili lea po o naunau ai tama’ita’i lalelei o fea o lo o tagi mai ai le pepe, ma Samoa e fia nonofo i le ali’i. ina ua latou maua, sa latou fiu e Fai mai le tala tuu o le alii o saili po o ai lona tina. Fai mai ua Logona, o le manaia o le atu Safata ave e tufuga fau fale le pepe i tai i ona fo’i taimi, o se ali’i e lalelei ona latou fa’aigoa lea i le tama tele, o le mafua’aga lea e fai ai o ia ia “Logonaitiga”, e faamanatu ma fili o le ali’i o Tunavaetele le ai le taimi na latou lagona atu ai manaia o Vaimauga, ma Vaovasa- lana tagi i le taimi o le taga laau manaia le manaia o Manono. O le sa alu, ae o le igoa o le tama na ali’i lenei o Logona, o le tama a le faaigoa ai e le aiga o lona tama teine o Sina mai Upolu, ae o lona i Manu’a, o “Logonaifanuga”, tama o Tuimanu’a Tulele, fai mai ona o le tama fa’atoa ala lava ina ua tete’a Tuimanu’a ma Sina, pe a fafagu. Fai mai ua avea nei Logona ma alii o Sa’anapu, o ia fo’i o se taule’ale’a lalelei ma momosi lona tino i lona fo’i augatupulaga. Fai mai le tala ina ua oo i le isi aso, sa vaaia ai i le atu Safata le folau ane o le ali’i o Vaovasamanaia ma lona faletua lona 100, e faafeao ane e paopao ma le fua e selau foi paopao, e lei taitai oo le fua i Sa’anapu ae ua lagona atu e Logona le alalaga ma le pisa mai o tagata, ma na iloa mamao atu e Logona se tama’ita’i lalelei o lo o ti’eti’e mai i luga o le va’a. Ina ua latalata mai le fua i Saanapu, na faatoa lagona lelei atu ai loa e Logona le alalaga a tagata fai (Faaauau itulau 14) samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 11 The Leone Church of Christ (Across from Midkiff Elementary) INVITES YOU TO A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION FOR COMMON PEOPLE Dates: Friday June 20th to Thursday June 26th Speaker: Keith Sharp Mountain Home, Arkansas 49 years preaching the Gospel Time: 5:30pm – 6:00pm Singing 6:00pm – 7:00pm Lesson 7:00pm – 7:30pm Question & Answer In this Dec. 2, 2010 photo, a bengal tiger rests in its cage while on display at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signed an exemption to Louisiana law, Friday, June 20, 2014, that lets the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete truck stop. Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was not good for the tiger. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Patrick Dennis. File) ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF… Tony the Tiger stays put at Louisiana truck stop BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s governor has signed a law that the owners of a truck stop where Tony the Tiger lives think is grrrrrrr-eat! Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature grants an exception to Louisiana law that lets the tiger stay in his quarters at a Grosse Tete (TATE) truck stop. The bill becomes Act 697. Animal rights groups had pressured the governor to veto it, saying the environment was not good for Tony. Truck stop owner Michael Sandlin asked Jindal to keep the tiger in the only home he’s ever known. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rick Ward III, a Republican from Maringouin, applauded the governor’s decision Friday. Sandlin told Nola. com/The Times-Picayune that he was relieved the threat of Tony being taken away is gone. Car hauler crashes into restaurant; 1 person killed ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling cars has crashed into an upstate New York restaurant, killing one person, causing multiple injuries and collapsing part of the building. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says it isn’t initially clear if the person killed was a pedestrian or in Simeon’s restaurant when the truck hit at about 4 p.m. Friday. He says four people taken to a hospital have injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening and other people have been treated at the scene. A crane has been brought in and Myrick says the tractor lodged inside the building is expected to be towed out soon. He says the driver is cooperating with police and no charges have been filed. The investigation is continuing. Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, is 45 miles south of Syracuse. Putin speaks to Iraqi PM, expresses russia’s support MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken by phone to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, expressing Moscow’s support for his action against the militant offensive. The Kremlin said in a statement that alMaliki informed Putin on Friday about his government’s steps to combat the “terrorist groups in the north of the country.” It added that the insurgency threatens security of the entire region. Putin confirmed Russia’s “full support for the Iraqi government’s action to quickly free the territory of the republic from terrorists,” the Kremlin said, adding that Putin and al-Maliki also discussed bilateral cooperation. Putin’s expression of support for the embattled Iraqi prime minister comes as al-Maliki’s rivals have mounted a campaign to force him out of office, with some angling for support from Western backers and regional heavyweights. Continued from page 7 Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million offer LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for “some of the largest oil spills in history,” their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling. Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures. But the London High Court decided that Shell can be held legally liable for spills caused by oil thefts, if it fails to provide reasonable protection for its pipeline infrastructure. The court case involves one of Nigeria’s worst environmental disasters. Amnesty International called it “a shot across the bows for Shell” and said the ruling “paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta.” Shell played down the judgment, saying in a statement that it was favorable in limiting litigation to “an assessment of actual damages sustained” in spills. The oil company, Nigeria’s biggest petroleum producer, claimed that the court found Nigerian law “does not hold pipeline operators responsible for damage caused by oil theft.” the DNC outraises RNC, whittles down its debt WASHINGTON (AP) — Making progress at whittling down a once-enormous debt, the Democratic National Committee on Friday reported it had raised more than its GOP rival in May and cut its red ink to less than $5 million for the first time since July 2012. The DNC raised almost $8.8 million in May but still owed $4.9 million to vendors who produce campaign ads, mail and data providers. The central party also reported it had $7.9 million in the bank. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, raised almost $8.2 million in May, according to its Federal Election Commission filings. It was carrying no debt and had an almost 2-to-1 advantage over the DNC, with $13.5 million in the bank. The RNC has outraised the DNC in 10 of the last 17 months. “Strong fundraising, a winning message and an unpopular president are the key ingredients for victory in November,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. The DNC amassed significant debt as it spent heavily on President Barack Obama’s successful re-election bid in 2012. At the end of July 2012, the DNC reported almost $4.8 million in red ink. That number ballooned to a high of almost $23 million in March of 2013 as bills came due and donors tired of giving. The DNC has raised $107 million since January 2013. The RNC has raised $123 million in that same period. (Continued on page 12) Tafaoga i Matafaga? 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The Israeli military said it carried out airstrikes on in Gaza overnight, in retaliation to several rockets fired by Gaza militants at Israel. The army said it targeted sites from where rockets had been launched and a weapons storage facility. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF… Stray bullet kills Florida man from 200 feet away PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A new father in Florida was killed by a stray bullet that traveled more than 200 feet from a neighbor’s house and hit him in the back of the head. Bay County Sheriff’s officials were quoted by the The News Herald of Panama City as saying that 33-year-old Steven Justin Ayers was killed instantly during a family gathering he and his wife, Jessica, were having at their home to celebrate the birth of their 3-day-old son, born on Father’s Day. Police say Ayers’ 62-year-old neighbor Charles Edward Shisler is accused of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say Shisler told them the 9 mm pistol accidentally discharged when he picked it up inside his home Tuesday night. The bullet traveled through Shisler’s window and into the Ayers home. Hot air balloon lands at Oregon women’s prison WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Inmates were sent indoors when a hot air balloon landed in the parking lot of an Oregon women’s prison, but it wasn’t an escape attempt. The Oregonian reports that the pilot told officials at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility that he was taking part in a balloon festival Thursday morning but was running low on fuel and battling strong winds. Prison spokeswoman Vicki Reynolds says the pilot decided the parking lot of the facility south of Portland was the safest place to land. No one was hurt. Reynolds says inmates who were in the recreation yard were sent inside for about a half hour while the balloon was removed. She says the parking lot is far enough from the main prison that officials “felt confident in assuming this wasn’t an inmate escape attempt.” Woman pulled from water dies at Honolulu hospital HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office is attempting to determine the cause of death of an 80-year-old California woman pulled Tuesday from ocean water. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Joan Crowder of Cambria, California, was found at about 6 p.m. in the water off the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Honolulu Fire Department says people at the private beach club and a lifeguard pulled her from water in front of Michel’s restaurant and tried to revive her with a portable defibrillator. An ambulance rushed Crowder to a hospital, where she died. Continued from page 11 New Jersey building collapse kills 1 worker; 2 unharmed CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A building that was being demolished in southern New Jersey has collapsed and killed a worker. The collapse occurred Friday afternoon at the site of a former Blockbuster video rental store in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb. Cherry Hill Fire Director Patrick Kelly says the building was almost fully demolished already but the last section of it fell on top of the worker. He says the worker likely died instantly. A person operating a backhoe and another worker were uninjured. Kelly says the contractor had all the necessary permits to demolish the building. The identity of the contractor hasn’t been disclosed. two enter not guilty pleas in Washington fake kidnapping PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Two people accused in a fake kidnapping that alarmed people at a Sequim (skwim) park pleaded not guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct charges. Jason Holden and a relative, Shellie Baskins, were arraigned in Clallam County District Court in Port Angeles. A third person, Jesse Holden, was scheduled to be arraigned, but the hearing was postponed until next Thursday to allow him time to find another lawyer. The Peninsula Daily News reports the three could face nearly a year in jail or a $5,000 fine if convicted. The Holdens wore ski masks and grabbed Baskins’ 4-year-old son April 13 at Carrie Blake Park and drove off in a van. They later said they were making a video to promote child-abduction awareness. Parents and other witnesses were outraged. Bullet-shattered window hurts NYC hospital patient NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a patient has been treated for minor facial cuts after a bullet partially shattered a New York City hospital window. Police went to the Hospital for Special Surgery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side around 5:45 a.m. Friday following reports of a shooting. Hospital spokeswoman Elyse Bernstein says the 30-year-old patient was in a room facing 71st Street on the building’s eighth floor. Bernstein says hospital staff immediately called 911. The woman is in stable condition. Police say crime scene investigators have been extracting a possible bullet fragment from between two windowpanes. Police haven’t yet determined whether the bullet was intended for the patient’s room. (Continued on page 13) CLEVELAND (AP) — A man twice convicted of killing a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover in the city’s deadliest house fire was sentenced Friday to 35 years in federal prison. Antun Lewis, 30, had asked the judge in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for mercy and expressed condolences to the families of the victims, some of whom he knew. He said someone committed the crime “but it’s a lie that person was me.” Lewis, a convicted drug dealer, was deemed ineligible for the death penalty because of a mental disability. His attorneys presented evidence he has an IQ of 70 or less. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could have been sentenced to life for his arson conviction. The fire killed 33-year-old Medeia Carter, four of her children and four other youngsters attending a birthday sleepover on May 21, 2005. Carter’s mother, Evelyn Martin, also spoke at the hearing, recounting the horrific events of that late night and early morning. Six of the eight children who died were Martin’s grandchildren. She said she rushed to the house when she learned of the fire, pushed through a crowd and screamed one question over and over: “Where are my babies?” “I had to stand there and watch them bring them out one by one,” Martin said. She recalled seeing some of her grandchildren zipped in body bags and the horrible sight of skin falling off one of her grandsons, who later died. “I hope you live long enough so all the skin falls off your damned body,” she said, glaring at Lewis, who did not look at her. Authorities said Lewis, upset over a drug debt, doused the three-story building’s first floor with gasoline. Judge Solomon Oliver said he had trouble believing Lewis set the fire over a drug debt and called the case the toughest he has heard in 20 years on the federal bench. He said he had to weigh various factors, including the public’s safety and Lewis’ disabilities, in deciding on an appropriate sentence. “This will keep him off the streets for a very long time,” he said. Lewis has long maintained he was at home, several blocks away, when the fire started. His attorneys have said that there was no drug debt and that he passed two polygraph tests. But after the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach called Lewis a “coward in the night.” “Nothing can ever erase the pain this defendant caused,” he said. Cleveland fire Battalion Chief Patrick Mangan stood in the middle of the courtroom and gave a victim’s statement, graphically describing what confronted him and his colleagues when they rushed into the home hoping to save lives. The images, he said, still haunt him. “There’s no answer on this Earth for what happened that night,” he said. Rosalind Golden, whose 13-year-old grandson, Miles Cockfield, was killed in the fire, looked at Lewis and told him he had deprived the world of a wonderful person. “I don’t mean to cry every day,” she said, fighting back tears. “I pray to God just not to cry today.” The judge presided over Lewis’ first trial, in early 2011. While a jury convicted Lewis of a count of arson, the judge overturned the verdict because of concerns about the reliability of jailhouse informants who testified against him. The defense portrayed the jailhouse snitches as witnesses willing to say anything in return for lighter sentences. The 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s ruling in February 2012 and ordered that Lewis be given a new trial. The appellate judges pointed out that one witness had a 30-year criminal record and a sixth-grade education, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder and had spent half his life between state hospitals and prisons. That witness also gave numerous inconsistent and contradictory statements about the night of the fire to investigators and at trial, and phone records showed some of them were inaccurate, the judges said. Prosecutors used some of the witnesses during the second trial, in December 2013, and a jury returned another guilty verdict. Lewis testified in his own defense at the second trial. samoa news, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Page 13 1 Where it’s at in American Samoa Kimberly Iosefo has a lot to celebrate. A 2014 graduate of Tafuna High School, Kimberly is the recipient of a $10,000 Regents Scholarship to attend Chaminade University, a $46,000 Dean’s Scholarship from Hawaii Pacific University, a Dean’s Scholarship of $48,000 to attend the University of St. Mary, a $4,000 Cougar Academic Award from Washington State University, and a $9,000 Faculty Scholarship from Pacific Lutheran University. Kimberly is pictured with her sib[photo: B. Chen] lings and proud parents: Julianna and Silivelio. ➧ NEWS IN BRIEF… Great white shark numbers are surging, study says PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline — bad news if you’re a seal, but something experts say shouldn’t instill fear in beachgoers this summer. The study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, says the population of the notoriously elusive fish has climbed since about 2000 in the western North Atlantic. The scientists behind the study attribute the resurgence to conservation efforts, such as a federal 1997 act that prevented hunting of great whites, and greater availability of prey. The species is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Great whites owe much of their fearsome reputation to the movie “Jaws,” which was released 39 years ago Friday. But confrontations are rare, with only 106 unprovoked white shark attacks — 13 of them fatal — in U.S. waters since 1916, according to data provided by the University of Florida. They are, though, ecologically critical. They are apex predators — those at the top of the food chain — and help control the populations of other species. That would include the gray seal, whose growing colonies off Massachusetts have provided food. Report: Half of veterans with PTSD got treatment WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about half of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD last year after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan received the recommended therapy despite efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to beef up its mental health staffing, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Friday. About 53 percent of the veterans whose primary diagnosis was PTSD got at least eight psychotherapy sessions within a 14-week period in 2013. But that is significantly short of the department’s target of 67 percent, according to the report. The Institute of Medicine also found issues with the way active members of the military dealing with PTSD are treated. It described the Department of Defense’s treatment programs as “ad hoc, incremental, and crisis-driven, with little planning devoted to the development of a longrange approach to obtaining desired outcomes.” Together, the two departments spent nearly $3.3 billion in 2012 to treat patients with PTSD. And while both are making strides to identify and treat people with PTSD, many obstacles remain before they will have an “integrated and higher-performing” system, the report said. Continued from page 12 german Doctors satisfied with rescued caver’s condition BERLIN (AP) — Doctors say they’re satisfied with the condition of a cave researcher hauled out of Germany’s deepest cavern after sustaining head injuries, though he will need a few months to recover fully. Johann Westhauser was flown to the Murnau Trauma Center following his rescue from the Riesending cave Thursday, nearly two weeks after being hit by a falling rock. Doctors said Friday the 52-year-old sustained skull and eye socket fractures, and some internal bleeding. In a video shown at a news conference Friday, Westhauser appeared to have some difficulty speaking but the hospital said he won’t need neurological surgery. Medical director Volker Buehren said Westhauser likely will stay two to four weeks at the clinic, then will need further therapy — with the healing process lasting three to six months. Colombia warlord could go free July 1 BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A paramilitary warlord recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in hundreds of murders could go free as early as July 1 because he surrendered in a deal with the government. Ramon Isaza would be the first major paramilitary released from prison from a batch who surrendered during Alvaro Uribe’s 2002-2010 presidency under the so-called “Justice and Peace” law. It offered a maximum of eight years in prison to paramilitaries who surrendered — but only if they confessed to all their crimes. Isaza surrendered in 2006 but was only sentenced on May 29. Rights activists say the 73-year-old Isaza has barely cooperated. While others led authorities to mass graves, Isaza claimed memory problems. Authorities blame the paramilitaries for more than 150,000 killings since 1980. Jury wants life sentence for Ohioan in 4 slayings AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of killing four people in a crime rooted in Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic should spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole, a jury recommended on Friday. The jury that convicted Derrick Brantley, 22, decided against recommending the death penalty. Brantley didn’t testify during the four days of testimony in the sentencing hearing. His attorney, John Greven, said they were pleased the jury opted not to choose a death sentence and that there will be an automatic appeal of the conviction. Brantley was convicted last week of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults, who were shot in their heads during a drug-related robbery of an Akron townhome. (Continued on page 14) (on Lion’s Park Road) OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER 9:00AM-10:00PM BAR OPEN UNTIL 12:00MN SATURDAY BREAKFAST OPEN 7:00 A.M. 10% US MILITARY DISCOUNT 10% SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT CAKES, CATERING & RESERVATIONS, Call 699-2901 TAKE-OUT ORDERS, Call 699-5099 Evalani’s in Pago ARE YOU PLANNING A PARTY? BOOK YOUR PARTY WITH US!! • Graduation • Office/Staff Party • Birthday • Shower • Farewell • Anniversary • Just Because! We’ve Got You Covered! Choose from our different PARTY PLANS! Great for your Budget! Come in or Call us @ 633-7777/254-6444. 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Robert Morris University Illinois announced its new program this month and said it recognizes the growing legitimacy of what are known as “eSports.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) ➧ Pvt. Wilfred Smith was saved… “I am commanded by the queen to thank you for your letter of the 16th instant, and to request you to be good enough to convey to Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Bridgegate, Barnard Castle, an expression of Her Majesty’s deep sympathy with them in the sad losses they have sustained by the death of their five sons. “The Queen has caused Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s request concerning their youngest son to be forwarded for consideration of the War Office authorities.” So Wilfred went home to Barnard Castle — though little is known about exactly how that came about. He suffered the lingering respiratory effects of a mustard gas attack and newspaper reports suggested he was temporarily blinded. But once home, he worked as a chimney sweep and a stone mason. At the Bowes Museum, a memorial was erected to residents who fell in the Great War, including Wilfred’s brothers. His mother laid the first wreath at its dedication in 1923 — chosen by the war veterans for the honor. Wilfred was at her side. He went on to become a devoted husband, father and grandfather who liked to laugh and took joy in simple things. His granddaughter, Amanda Nelson, recalls going to his home for lunch on weekends, where he would delight the little ones by racing snails or other bits of silliness. His daughter Dianne Nelson said he doted on her and that, as the youngest, she got away with everything. Now 70, she said her reserved father never talked about his experiences in the war, even when she needed to write a childhood essay on the topic and asked him to tell her about it. The family had heard about the queen and the letter, but it was simply a hazy oral tradition. Amanda Nelson made a point of seeing the Steven Spielberg film, “Saving Private Ryan.” The 1998 Oscar-winning film depicts the fictional account of a World War II rescue mission for a single American soldier whose brothers have been killed in the fighting. “It was as if they knew the story of us — except they are called the Ryans and not the Continued from page 4 Smiths,” she said. Although Margaret Smith once told a relative “Don’t have boys. They’ll just end up being cannon fodder,” Amanda Nelson stressed that Margaret believed she did the right thing by allowing her sons to serve. “She would gladly send them again to fight,” Amanda Nelson said. “For king and country.” ___ In this community, where people often live not far from where their ancestors lived, the Smith story seems very real despite the passage of time. There’s a sense of connection to the past that Brookes, the newspaper editor, feels strongly. Earlier this month, he lifted a dusty, faded red book from an upstairs shelf that holds fullsized bound copies of the paper: the volume labeled 1918. He pushed his finger down the page, to the final sentences of a long column of newsprint, below an item on a produce sale for the War Prisoners Fund. Brookes has wondered why such a unique and tragic tale would garner so little attention in the paper. His guess was that by 1918, people had wearied of war — so many had lost so much. But he also speculated the plight of the Smith family might have been deemed less newsworthy because they were members of the town’s underclass. “If not for ‘Private Ryan,’ it might be lost to history,” he said, crediting the Spielberg movie as having offered a contemporary connection. ___ Wilfred Smith lived until 1972, when he died at age 74. He was a frequent visitor to the monument at the Bowes Museum that bears his brothers’ names. In “Saving Private Ryan,” the now-older soldier stands before the graves of the men who saved him and recalls their sacrifice, saying he tried to live the best life he could. Wilfred Smith’s family believes that he, too, could hold his head high as he scanned the names of his brothers at the Bowes obelisk. “He was a good dad,” Dianne Nelson said with pride. “He was a true person.” Maryland teens win marbles championship WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Two teenagers from Maryland have taken all the marbles. Marilyn Fisher and Dominic Rudakevych of Middletown Valley won the 91st annual National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday. Forty-two boys and girls competed in the event, in which contestants shoot 13 target marbles outside a circle while trying to keep the shooter marble inside the ring. Fisher defeated Kelsey Baran of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to become queen of the tournament. Her brother was boys’ champion last year. Rudakevych beat Luke Gaffigan. Rudakevych tells The Press of Atlantic City suspense is his favorite part of the game. Fisher appreciates the skill needed to win. The 13-year-olds received $2,000 scholarships, watches, trophies and crowns. Man convicted of assault recorded crimes SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 39-year-old Orange County man has been convicted of sexually assaulting two boys and using a video camera to record the incidents. The Los Angeles Times reports Oscar Manuel Vaquera of Anaheim was convicted Thursday. Sentencing was set for Aug. 8. Prosecutors say he assaulted an 11-year-old boy once between 2007 and 2008 while the victim was visiting a family member at a home where Vaquera lived. Prosecutors say the victim was sleeping at the time and that Vaquera recorded the sexual assault with a video camera. Vaquera also was convicted of sexually assaulting a boy who was between 9 and 11 years old and recording that incident. Anaheim police launched an investigation after tracing a download of child pornography to Vaquera’s home. He faces up to 33 years to life in prison. 7,500 gallons of oil spills in Colorado river FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado, slickening vegetation a quarter-mile downstream, but apparently not affecting any drinking water, state officials said Friday. The bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve, Todd Hartman of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. The tank released all of its contents, which was 178 barrels of crude oil, or roughly 7,500 gallons, Hartman said. Police in California shoot, kill suspect REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in the Northern California city of Redding shot and killed a man in the front yard of a home and then found a person slain inside. Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the home a little before 2 a.m. Friday. Shasta County Sheriff’s officials say the suspect was in the front yard and brandished a large butcher knife at them when they got there, prompting three officers to open fire. The suspect was struck multiple times and later pronounced dead. Sheriff’s officials say officers were told by witnesses at the scene that the suspect had stabbed another person. They found a man dead from multiple stab wounds inside the home. The relationship, if any, between the men or what prompted the stabbing was not immediately known. The men have not been identified. Rare foul flower spreads stench in Orange County COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The stench of blue cheese and dead bodies at a Southern California college is not repelling visitors but drawing them in. A huge, rare and famously putrid Indonesian flower is blooming this weekend, spreading its stench across Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The school said in a statement that the stench of the so-called corpse flower has been compared to rotting flesh, and the greenhouse where it’s unfurling its blossom is open to members of the public who want to take a whiff. The flower uses flies instead of bees to spread its sticky pollen. It produces two sulfurous chemicals within its leaves that the flies find attractive. The plant at the college is about 5 feet tall and growing fast. ➧ Vavau a Samoa… Mai itulau 10 mai, “O Vaovasamanaia lenei ma lona faletua lona selau”, ma ua avea alaga ma itu na tiga ai le loto o Logona, e foliga mai e tau fai fai le alaga lenei ia te ia, e le gata i lea, e foliga mai e ua sili atu le lalelei o Vaovasamanaia nai lo ia. Na te’i Logona ina ua ia fa’alogoina le alaga mai o le isi toeaina Sa’anapu e igoa ia Fili’afa fai mai, “E!, ta le lava fa’alumaina fa’apenei i aso uma, anusa toe toe lava o aso uma e sau ai le alaga, o Vaovasa lenei ma lana ‘ava fou, o lona uiga ea ua leai se manaia o Sa’anapu latou ia”. Fai mai e fai le tala lenei a le toeaina o Filiafa ae na lagona lelei atu lava e Logona, ma sa avea ai loa ma lu’i i le loto o le ali’i. S. Korean ferry operator CEO blamed for sinking GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday said the CEO and four employees of the operator of a sunken South Korean ferry caused the accident by overloading the ship with poorly stowed cargo after a risky redesign and neglecting safety by spending less than $2 last year on crew training. The defendants countered that the cause of the April disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing wasn’t yet clear. The five had been expected to verbally enter pleas at a preliminary hearing Friday at Gwangju District Court, but their lawyers said they needed more time and would submit written pleas later. Another hearing is scheduled in three weeks. The CEO and four executives or managers at the operator, Chonghaejin Marine Co., faced a decidedly less hostile reception Friday than the 15 crew members charged with negligence had at their hearing last week. Family members of the dead heckled and screamed at the crew members throughout that hearing. The spectators Friday, many of whom were reporters, listened quietly as prosecutors read the indictment. When Judge Lim Joung-youb asked if there were relatives of the victims present, no hands were raised. Prosecutors indicted the company officials for alleged professional negligence and violating a law on measures required for safe maritime navigation. The Sewol, a 6,825-ton car ferry purchased in Japan for 800 million yen ($7.8 million) in 2012, was redesigned to add cabins and create an exhibition room after its purchase, according to the indictment. The ship became top heavy as a result of the rework, so the Korean Register of Shipping approved the ship on the condition that it substantially reduce its cargo limit. Chonghaejin is said to have continued to overload the ferry with cargo even though the company knew the ship’s redesign made it top heavy and unstable. By routinely overloading the Sewol, Chonghaejin made an extra $3 million in profit in last year, according to the indictment. The CEO of Chonghaejin, Kim Han-sik, 71, did not deny that the ferry was overloaded with cargo and had been redesigned, but contended that it was questionable whether those factors led to the sinking, according to his lawyer, Kang Seok-won. Defendant Nam Ho-man, who headed Chonghaejin’s cargo team, never told workers to load as much cargo as possible, didn’t know the ferry’s cargo limit and didn’t know how much cargo was loaded on the day of the accident, according to his lawyer, Kim Jun-seong. Meanwhile, prosecutor Park Jae-eok said the five defendants neglected the passengers’ safety in return for economic benefits and must be held responsible. Kim, the CEO, encouraged managers at a weekly gathering to meet the ferry’s cargo goals even as he sought to sell the ship because of instability caused by the redesign, mounting losses and too much cost, Park said. If the cargo goal was not met, the weekly meeting was used to caution employees, he said. The prosecutor also said that the employees at Chonghaejin were responsible for the captain and crew’s abandonment of the sinking ship and the failure to protect passengers because they did not oversee sailors’ emergency training and spent only $2 on training last year. That money covered the fee for issuing a paper for a sailor who received education elsewhere, Park said. The Sewol sinking has caused widespread grief and fury here and has prompted South Korea to reassess its long history of disregarding safety as it pursued economic growth. President Park Geun-hye has publicly apologized and reshuffled her Cabinet. All but one of 15 crew members responsible for navigating the ferry have pleaded not guilty to charges linked to their alleged failure to protect passengers, who were mostly high school students on a school trip. The crew members, including the captain, said through their lawyers that their employer was responsible for the ship’s sinking because sailors had no control over cargo. They said the coast guard was responsible for rescuing the passengers. 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Human Resources Director Sonny Thompson has issued a stern warning to businesses and government agencies working with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) that if they send the students to get their coffee or run their errands and not train them, HR will pull back the students. Thompson said it is a known fact that American Samoa has an aging work force and it is getting to that point where if “we don’t wake up, train and help the younger generation, we are going to be left out there with inexperienced and in some cases non-productive workers to carry this government forward.” The plea to train our youth was made during an orientation conducted earlier this week by HR for organizations participating in the Workforce Investment Act program. Samoa News notes that 500 slots have been made available by ASG and the private sectors for the local students who are eligible for the SYEP. More than 50 people attended this orientation held at the Agriculture Department conference room on Wednesday. The orientation covered the SYEP opening ceremony; worksite agreements; work readiness component; working hours/wage/duration of SYEP; payroll/time sheets/check distribution dates; job placement dates; employer evaluation and SYEP certificates with closing and follow up. Thompson said under this administration the focus is on the people and employment development. Thompson said that recently he and HR Deputy Director of training development attended three consecutive conferences with state governors and Federal Departments covering employment development. “Many times we overlook the importance of employment development just because of habit and how we do things. As you are already aware, at the present time, we have several programs spearheaded by Governor Lolo Mata- lasi Moliga and Lt Govenror Lemanu Peleti Mauga, to identify areas where this government can find opportunity for our sons and our daughters or those whom we send to school with the focus to come back to the territory and carry this government forward.” He said he found at the conferences he attended that the problems other places are no different from American Samoa. “The illness of society is across the board, unemployment issues — it’s the same thing out there.” Thompson said even if someone graduates with a BA in science they would have a problem getting a job if you do not have some form of training or experience in the technology field, because the big companies will not hire people without experience. “Hence that’s why we are meeting here this morning, we need to face the problem head on. The people we are about to give you or those whom you have asked for, you should spend the time training them, not sending them around to make your coffee or run your errands.” “I find it very discouraging that there are people who call me and say ‘I’m sitting here doing nothing, getting paid 23K/27K and I’m not doing anything. Give me something to do’.” He urged the attendees to train the young ones that will be placed with them. “No task is so small or unimportant — not only do you need to train them on your company’s routines or computer programs, but the employees need human to human interaction,” said Thompson. He said the motor behind this year’s SYEP is inspiring young minds today for a successful work force tomorrow. He said over 800 students graduated from high school recently and the question is what are we going to do with them. He also told the DOE officials who attended the orientation that they need to beef up the ASVAB tests for the students to have options. He briefly touched base on work ethics, which he said are really bad, but did not further elaborate.
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