Little is known of Fagali’i Airport except what you can see when you fly in. Tucked away in a tropical paradise, surrounded by beautiful scenery and lush green vegetation, Fagali’i Airport is a site of beauty and of controversy.
Since its first documented opening Fagali’i Airport has been in the middle of much criticism, the once Samoan Government owned and grass only airstrip was paved and re- opened in 2002, only to be decommissioned in 2005 due to the locals concerns over safety and noise.
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During that time the airport was overgrown and nonfunctional, with many repairs needing to be made. According to dohop.com, after four years of pushing to get the airport back into working order, and a list of prospective buyers looking to purchase the airport and its land, the Polynesian Airlines finally succeeded and had the airstrip reopened in 2009, still to the disapproval of the surrounding villages. Upon reopening the Polynesian requested a committee be formed, the committee consisting of the Attorney General, MWTI, and the STA, along with members of the Polynesian airline company itself, came together to insure that there was nothing illegal about the airport being run and functioned by the Polynesian company according to wikipedia.org.
Still the local villagers continued to worry of the effect that the airport would have on their environment with vast majority of the area being farmland. Villagers voices concern over the burden that the airport would bring to them should it fail, due to the location of the airport only a five minute drive to the largest city in Samoa, busses and taxis are often serviced by locals and have provided a source of income in an otherwise poverty stricken area. Fagali’i Airport is listed as the second largest airport in Samoa and with the airport bringing tourist in daily, it is hard to argue the negatives about the small one building terminal and the effects that it may be having on the local environment and its population.
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A problem has been plaguing the prison system of this country as well as those abroad and it is sinister. The problem is: prison inmates can use cell phones inside their cells to call somebody outside their prison walls to do their bidding, good or bad. If the errand of the inmate is bad, it infringes on the rights of those outside the prison walls and may even endanger people’s lives. This is just what happened to Robert Johnson who was shot by an ex-convict on the orders of a thug who is still behind bars.
Robert Johnson of South Florida is a consultant of Securus Technologies. He was a former correction officer whose main task is to investigate and confiscate contraband’s from prison inmates. My research showed that it is his former job that endangered his life and the problem of illegal use of cell phones inside the prison almost cost him his life. On orders of a prisoner, Sean Echols, an ex-convict, barged into his home and shot him several times. It is a miracle that Johnson survived the shooting to tell his story.
It seems that there are certain prisoners who did not like what Johnson is doing and put out a contract for his life. Because of this, he vowed to prevent prisoners from using their cell phones to do their nefarious deeds outside of their cells. I also found out that Johnson’s current job at Securus is that of a security consultant. In this capacity, he is working to perfect a system that will prevent prison inmates from using their cell phones for criminal activities, or even prevent them from getting their hands on any cell phone for that matter.
The state of Florida has contracted Securus Technologies to provide their prison system paid telephones calls for the prison inmates. Since it is very likely that convicted criminals will use their calls for criminal activities, Securus has installed its Wireless Containment System. This system manages and controls phone calls made by the inmates. It can detect the unauthorized use of the cell phones, and more importantly, it can stop the calls outright.
A company spokesman explained that the system has the capacity to determine what needs to be done in a certain cell phone call. He revealed that the system only connects authorized numbers and never let those unauthorized calls to complete their contacts. In using this system, the spokesman revealed that they have already blocked around 1.7 million calls of the prisoners.