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by DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer
Denver Broncos become the top team in AP poll
The highly anticipated match-up between the Tafuna Warriors (pictured) and the Samoana Sharks in this year’s 2013-2014 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) girls softball league, took place yesterday afternoon. Samoa News was not able to retrieve the score as of press-time. For the Warriors, who brought a record of 3 wins and 1 loss to the game yesterday, went into the game with a little bit of revenge on their minds, as their only loss was to the Sharks, and that was on opening day Sept. 5th. The Sharks only loss was to the Leone Lions. Yesterday’s other game was between the Fa’asao Marist Cougars and the Faga’itua Vikings. The defending ASHSAA champions, Cougars are sitting in the middle of the pack in third place at this time, but with two weeks left before the start of the playoffs, it is still anyone’s ball game. Tomorrow’s games will see the Lions versus the Warriors and the Vikings versus the Sharks. Weekday games have a scheduled starting time of 4:30 p.m. while the weekend games on Saturday, have a scheduled starting time of 8:00 a.m. All games are played at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. [photo: Jeff Hayner]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Smith is still winning in red. He’s just doing it for the Chiefs these days. Mike Wallace is finally happy in Miami, Anquan Boldin is making everyone happy in San Francisco, and that’s just the start of the new faces in new places making a splash this season. Wes Welker went from hauling in passes from Tom Brady in New England to doing the same from Peyton Manning in Denver — how’d he get so lucky? Steven Jackson’s legs are churning in Atlanta, Darrelle Revis is defending passes in Tampa Bay and Elvis Dumervil is putting heat on quarterbacks for Baltimore after a bizarre end to his time with the Broncos. “I feel amazing,” said Dumervil, who actually agreed to a restructured contract to remain in the AFC West, only for the paper work to arrive late at the league office. Denver was forced to release Dumervil to avoid having the $12 million he was set to make this season become guaranteed. Dumervil still considered staying in Denver, but ultimately signed with the Ravens. “It’s always nice to get a guy in there who can bring new ideas to you and new ways of doing things and Elvis has certainly done that,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s latched on with the things we’re doing, and it’s been a great mesh.”
New faces & new places marks start of NFL season
It’s been a happy marriage for a lot of other high-profile players, too. After Smith was benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick during San Francisco’s NFC championship run last year, he began looking elsewhere to play this season. The 49ers worked a trade in February to send him to Kansas City, and now Smith is running the offense for new coach Andy Reid. He’s doing it well, too. Smith has thrown four touchdown passes without an interception in beating Jacksonville and Dallas, matching the Chiefs’ entire win total from last season. “From about mid-season last year I was thinking about where my next opportunity was potentially going to come,” Smith said, “and when this presented itself, I jumped at it.” He wasn’t alone in jumping on the Chiefs bandwagon. Reid climbed aboard after 14 seasons leading the Eagles, and veteran defensive backs Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson were signed in free agency. Together, they’ve helped turn around a franchise that heads to Philadelphia on Thursday night seeking its second 3-0 start in a decade. “The one neat thing about the business is everybody has a personality,” Reid said of his team, more than half of which is new this year. “That’s the way it is in life. So if you’re going to get that full player, they need to express
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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning’s younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants. The strong start helped the Broncos hold off the Seattle Seahawks for the top spot in this week’s AP Pro32 power rankings, released Tuesday. The Broncos moved up one spot from second after receiving eight first-place votes. “Denver looks Super Bowl good right now,” Newsday columnist Bob Glauber said. After their commanding win over San Francisco on Sunday night, the Seahawks swooped in to take the other four first-place votes and settle in at No. 2. The 49ers, after tallying seven firstplace votes last week, fell two spots to third. Seattle, which was fifth last week, settled the debate until the rematch in December about which bitter NFC West division rival is better by beating the 49ers 29-3. The Seahawks managed that even with a rough game by quarterback Russell Wilson, further highlighting their aggressive, punishing defense that’s still missing cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive ends Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin because of injuries. “Can anyone go into Seattle and get a win?” asked voter Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com and SiriusXM satellite radio. Voters have even begun to envision a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl, as far ahead as February might be. “I’m not convinced Peyton can beat Seahawks’ secondary,” wrote John Czarnecki of Fox Sports. Houston and Green Bay rounded out the top five. NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy raised a question about the Texans. “Two come from behind wins. Is that good or bad?” the former Colts coach asked. New England and New Orleans tied for sixth. Chicago was eighth, Atlanta finished ninth, Kansas City jumped seven spots to 10th, and Miami made the same leap to 11th. The Dolphins were the lowest of the eight unbeaten teams.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A 12-year-old boy died after apparently having a severe allergic reaction to ant bites he suffered while warming up during halftime of a South Texas middle school football game, officials confirmed Tuesday. Cameron Espinosa died days after being bitten multiple times by fire ants, officials said. The boy used a water bottle to try to flush away the ants Sept. 11 before eventually losing consciousness, said Lorette Williams, spokeswoman for the Corpus Christi Independent School District. While medics are assigned to high school varsity football games in Texas, that is not the case with middle school games, Williams said. However, coaches are trained in first-aid and use of CPR and a defibrillator, she said. A defibrillator was used on Cameron at the field before he was taken to the hospital by ambulance, she said. The eighth-grader at Paul R. Haas Middle School remained hospitalized in critical condition until his death Monday, Williams said. The game resumed after Cameron was taken away but was later halted when the severity of his condition became apparent, Williams said. The boy was unaware that he was allergic to ants, and the school district had no record of allergies for the boy, she said. Williams said school administrators are receiving suggestions on ways to memorialize Cameron.
Texas football player, 12, dies after ant bites
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Game of blind baseball helps players “cope”
ATLANTA (AP) — In the game of blind baseball, players use their sense of sound to make up for their lack of sight. They play the game known as Beep baseball with an oversized softball that beeps and bases that buzz. The National Beep Baseball Association was founded in 1975. Teams have been formed nationwide and compete annually in a World Series. In east Atlanta, a team called the Atlanta Eclipse plays at a local park. Players wear blindfolds to ensure fairness since each person has a varying degree of blindness. The pitcher and the catcher are sighted and play on the same team as the batter. On a hit, the batter runs toward the buzz of either the first or third base, which is decided by an official. There is no second base. A run is scored if the batter tags the base before the fielder can pick up the ball; otherwise the batter is out. In this adapted version of America’s pastime, cheering is not permitted until the play is over. For the players, the game is about much more than physical activity; It helps them cope with the challenges of being blind. Here are the stories of three players in Atlanta and surrounding areas whose lives have been improved by what happens on the baseball diamond. ‘PROVE YOU WRONG’ Dee Butler, 55, began experiencing problems with her sight as a teenager, and in school would ask to sit near the front of the class. At 24, she was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy, a progressive disease that causes the deterioration of the retina and leads to blindness. She took up blind baseball a few years ago after a tumultuous relationship with a now ex-husband. “I have an ex-husband I call my ‘wasband,’” said Butler, standing in the convenience store she used to run in Hapeville, an Atlanta suburb. “For a long time, he used to make me feel so down. I was always never good enough for anything. I was ugly. I was fat. I couldn’t do anything.” She heard it so often, Butler said she became depressed. “And then I just started getting mad. He would always tell me I couldn’t do anything by myself,” she said. “And so I looked at him right in the eye, and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to prove you wrong.’” She packed up her 9-year-old twin girls and 11-year old son, and left. On the suggestion of a friend who knew about the Atlanta Eclipse, Butler decided to give the game a try, although she doubted she could master it. She showed up time after time, struggling to hit the ball, with every swing a miss. Even when she could see, she had never been athletic. “As a child, I was always like a girly girl,” she said. When she hit the ball for the first time, and made her first run, she was hooked. “I enjoy it. I love getting out there and hitting that ball and making them runs, doing everything that I didn’t think I could do before,” she said. ‘LIGHTEN UP MY DARKNESS’ Jimmie Burnette, 44, took up Beep baseball after suffering a brain tumor in 2010 that left him blind. “I wanted to give up. When I first got home, I felt real alone. I couldn’t see anything. My initial reaction was ‘run away,’” said Burnette, sitting in his living room next to his wife, Tiawanna. “At times, it’s almost like total dark. It’s gloomy. But I have to find things to lighten up my darkness.” From the hospital bed to the baseball field, Burnette’s journey has been filled with challenges: rehab after the surgery, Braille classes and training sessions on how to get around as a blind person, from crossing the street safely to taking public transportation. Through it all, he feels he has lost his independence and role as provider for the family. “I was brought up with the attitude of a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re not a man anymore, you’re not a man anymore,’” said Burnette, a former FedEx driver and hobbyist model airplane builder who is now unemployed and on disability. “BEEP baseball is helping me out. It takes away from me thinking about I’m less than a man.” “Now I realize I’m still the same man, just have to do things differently now,” he said. ‘DO THE IMPOSSIBLE’ Roger Keeney, 67, has played Beep baseball for 38 years, making some 20 World Series appearances. Growing up, Keeney’s sight was considered “low vision.” He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to a decrease in vision over the course of several years. Through college, Keeney was still driving and riding motorcycles legally, but that changed in 1990 on his farm in New York. A piece of machinery broke and hit him in the head. When he woke up, he couldn’t see.
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Chicago White Sox right fielder Jordan Danks catches a fly ball hit by Minnesota Twins’ Plouffe during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Chicago.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each and the Texas Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The Rangers pulled even with the Rays at the top of the AL wild-card race. The Rangers, who held the No. 1 wild-card spot or the AL West lead for most of the summer, won for only the fourth time in 17 games. Kinsler hit Jeremy Hellickson’s first pitch for his 12th home run, breaking a streak of seven homerless games for the Rangers, their longest in 23 years. The 1-0 lead marked the first time Texas has led in a game since its last victory, on Sept. 8. Kinsler added a two-run single in the Rangers’ four-run third, driving in three runs on the first two pitches he saw from Hellickson (11-9). Andrus followed with his third home run of the season to put the Rangers up 5-0. Alexi Ogando (7-4) won in his first start since Aug. 13, giving up two hits in five innings ORIOLES 3, RED SOX 2 BOSTON (AP) — Danny Valencia tripled to stop closer Koji Uehara’s streak of 37 consecutive outs and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla scored on Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Baltimore over Boston. The Orioles overcame a 2-0 deficit on Brian Roberts’ run-scoring groundout in the fifth and Chris Davis’ 51st homer of the season in the sixth that tied the score 2-2. Davis broke the club record set by Brady Anderson in 1996. Uehara (4-1) fell four outs short of Bobby Jenks’ major league record for a reliever of 41 consecutive retired batters set in 2007 and Mark Buehrle’s mark for all pitchers of 45 in 2009. The run was the first off Uehara in 30 2-3 innings and ended a streak of 27 scoreless outings since July 9. TIGERS 6, MARINERS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and Detroit held off Seattle despite a short-handed bullpen. The AL Central-leading Tigers were ahead 3-2 when they escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth while playing without closer Joaquin Benoit and left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. They were both given the night off. Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings, but the Mariners tied it at 2 against him in the seventh, forcing Detroit’s relievers into action. Al Alburquerque (3-3) got out of the seventh, and Phil Coke and Jose Alvarez made
Rays lose 7-1 to Rangers and fall into wild-card tie
(AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
it through a dodgy eighth. Alvarez got two outs in the ninth, and Jose Veras finished. Yoervis Medina (4-6) took the loss. BLUE JAYS 2, YANKEES 0 TORONTO (AP) — R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis homered and Toronto handed slumping New York its fourth straight loss. The Yankees came in 2½ games behind Texas in the AL wild card race and lost for the eighth time in 12 games. The Yankees have 11 games remaining. Dickey (13-12) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight. The knuckleballer retired the final 11 batters he faced and 15 of the last 16. Dickey has not lost since the Yankees beat him in the Bronx on Aug. 21. He’s 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts since. Sergio Santos pitched the eighth and Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances. INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Cleveland rallied against Kansas City’s stingy bullpen to remain a half-game behind Texas and Tampa Bay in the AL wildcard race. The Indians were shut out until the sixth by Yordano Ventura, who made an electric major league debut. They tied the game 3-all in the seventh off reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Cabrera’s double off Wade Davis (7-11) in the eighth scored Drew Stubbs and gave Cleveland the lead. Michael Bourn added a homer in the ninth to provide a cushion. Meanwhile, Cody Allen (6-1) was among six Indians relievers who kept Kansas City off the scoreboard the final 4 1-3 innings. Chris Perez handled a perfect ninth for his 25th save. The Royals are 3½ games adrift in the wildcard race. ATHLETICS 2, ANGELS 1 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning and Oakland beat Los Angeles to decrease its magic number to clinch another AL West title to six. Donaldson delivered his third career gameending hit — all this season — in Oakland’s eighth walkoff victory this year. Grant Balfour (1-3) struck out the side in order in the ninth for the win.
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Journeyman Chris Clark is Manning’s newest ‘protector’
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chris Clark has a message for all those Denver Broncos fans fretting that their Super Bowl aspirations could be derailed by Ryan Clady’s foot injury: Relax, I got this. “There it is,” Clark said with a wink and a smile. “There it is.” Clady, the three-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and former first-round draft pick who has protected Peyton Manning’s blindside since the four-time MVP arrived in Denver last season, is expected to miss at least a couple of months with a sprained left foot. Clark, a fifth-year journeyman who went undrafted and spent his first two NFL seasons on the practice squad, will get his first career start at left tackle Monday night when the Broncos (2-0) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1). Anybody would be a downgrade from Clady, who allowed just one sack in more than 1,100 snaps as Manning’s blindside protector last season. Clark, whose only career starts came at tight end during the Tim Tebow era in Denver, promises, however, that he’s not going to be the weak link. “That’s what drives me. I don’t want to be THAT guy,” Clark said. “... So, my preparation, I try to be A-1 with it, just staying on course just to make sure the offense doesn’t miss a beat.” While the team hasn’t specified the exact nature or extent of Clady’s injury, it’s believed to be a Lisfranc sprain, which usually involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot and requires an arduous rehab after a minimum of six weeks in a cast. Clady was hurt in the closing minutes Sunday when Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on him while the Broncos were trying to run out the clock in their 41-23 win. The Broncos are still contemplating their options with Clady. Among them: placing him on season-ending injured reserve or on IR with a designation to return, which would keep him out a minimum of eight weeks. That’s a special one-time-only provision of IR that would allow Clady to return to practice in six weeks and rejoin the roster in Week 11, at the earliest. Either way, their new left tackle is Clark, who went undrafted out of Southern Miss and spent his first two years in the NFL on Minnesota’s practice squad. A measure of Denver’s confidence in him came over the weekend when he agreed to a two-year extension through 2015, which he signed Monday. “I think they like me here,” Clark said. Clady wasn’t in the locker room Tuesday, but Clark said he’s talked to him and his spirits are high. However, he didn’t ask him how long he expects to be out. “You know why? It really doesn’t matter,” Clark said. “I’m here to do a job and if my job is to start for however long, that’s how it’s going to be. Like I said, I’ve always viewed myself as a starter. In this league you can’t view yourself as a backup, so I prepare as if I’m going to play every week.” The Broncos moved into the top spot in The AP Pro32 power rankings this week, thanks mostly to Manning, the first NFL quarterback ever to throw for nine touchdowns with no interceptions in the first two weeks of a season. Denver leads the league with 90 points and the Broncos are only the third team in the last three decades to score 40 or more points in each of their first two games. The others are the 2009 Saints and the 2001 Colts, who were led by Manning. Manning can thank Clady for his comfort zone and clean jersey, but now it’s Clark who’s his personal protector. Clark said serving as Clady’s backup for three seasons has prepared him for this moment. “I’ve been behind Ryan for a while now and I’ve learned a lot, so I can pick his brain without even talking to him,” Clark said. “Just trying to do things the way he does things, mimic things he does, but put my own twist on it is pretty much the way I play. I feel everything will be OK.” Plus, Clark put in plenty of work with Manning this offseason while Clady, whose dominance and durability led to a $52.5 million, five-year contract, was recuperating from right shoulder surgery. “That definitely helped a lot,” Clark said. “You get a chance to learn different things, snap counts, learn his rhythm.” Clark is confident, not cocky. He said his sole aim is to make sure the Broncos don’t miss a beat now that he’s the Broncos’ starter, something he’s been preparing for ever since Denver claimed him off waivers from the Vikings on Sept. 5, 2010. “It’s not about filling a guy’s shoes for me,” Clark said. “... My thing is just protecting Peyton and pushing forward.” Notes: FS Duke Ihenacho (sprained right ankle) tweeted that he’ll definitely play Monday night. He leads the team with 18 tackles.
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Cassie Mahuka of the Fa’asao Marist Cougars Girls Softball team takes a swing at the ball in a game against the Leone Lions in this year’s 2013-2014 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Softball League. The Cougars who are the defending champions, are sitting in a comfortable third place posi[photo: Jeff Hayner] tion at this time in the win/loss column with the playoffs just two weeks away.
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Poloa’iga Fa’alaua’itele
TALUAI, o Setema 2013, o le Masina e Fa’alauiloa ai le Taua o le Fa’aitiitia o le Tino Puputa o le Fanau; ma TALUAI, i le fa sefulu tausaga ua mavae, o lo o alu pea i luga le tulaga o le puputa o tagata uma i so’o se tupulaga/matutua, ma e sili atu i le fa’afaina i fanau mai i le 6 e o’o atu i le 11 tausaga matutua; ma TALUAI, e to’atasi mai i le to’atolu o fanau ma tupulaga talavou e i le 2 e o’o atu i le 19 tausaga le matutua i le Iunaite Setete e puputa pe lapopo’a, o se fa’amaumauga ua talitonu tagata popoto ma atamamai fa’apitoa fa’a-foma’i ma fa’a-soifua maloloina o se fa’ama’i matuia, ogaoga, mata’utia ma ua a’afia ai tagata e to’atele; ma TALUAI, i totonu o Amerika Samoa, e to’atasi i le to’alua fanau ma tupulaga talavou e i le 2 e o’o atu i le 19 tausaga le matutua e puputa pe lapopo’a; ma TALUAI, o a’afiaga tautupe o le tino puputa o le fanau, ua fai ai ma lu’i tau tupe i le tamaoaiga o le Iunaite Setete fa’apea le tausiga o le soifua maloloina, ona ua fa’aaoga pe fa’aalu e tagata e tusa o le 9 pasene o le tau atoa mo gasegase i le togafitiga o gasegase e feso’ota’i ma le puputa o tino; ma TALUAI, o a’afiaga tau tupe o togafitiga o fa’ama’i le pipisi, e tasi le a’afiaga o le tino puputa o le fanau, ae totogi e Amerika Samoa le tusa ma le $9.2 miliona i le tausaga; ma TALUAI, o tupulaga talavou puputa a o laiti e 80% le avanoa e lapopo’a pe puputa ai pe a matutua nai lo fanau laiti sa talafeagai o latou mamafa, ma o le a tele le avanoa e ono afaina ai i fa’afitauli o le soifua maloloina o tagata matutua e aofia ai le ma’i fatu, ma’i suka ituaiga 2, tulimoe pe matamoe, ma’i supa, isi ituaiga o kanesa, ma ma’i o ponaivi po o so’oga o ivi; ma TALUAI, ona o se vaega o le fa’ama’i o le tino puputa o le fanau, 1 i le 3 (30%) o le fanau i Amerika ma e lata i le 1 i le 2 (50%) o fanau na soifua mai i Amerika Samoa i le tausaga e 2000 o le a maua i le ma’i suka ituaiga 2 i se vaega o o latou olaga pe afai e fa’aauau pea le tulaga o le soifuaga o lo o iai nei; ma TALUAI, o nisi o i’uga po o taunu’uga o le tino puputa o le fanau ma tupulaga talavou e a’afia ai le mafaufau, fa’apea le ola feso’ota’i ma e ono afaina ai le ola a’oa’oina ma le ola fegalegalea’i po o le feso’ota’i ma fa’aauau atu ai i le avea ma tagata matua; ma TALUAI, e taua tele le ‘auai o fanau ma tupulaga talavou i fa’amalosi tino ma isi gaoioiga, ma e aoga e le gata i le mamafa o le tino, aemaise fo’i le toto maualuga fa’apea le malolosi o ponaivi; ma TALUAI, e taua tele le taumafa maloloina (tatau po paleni) mo fanau a o le i fananau mai fa’apea le olaga atoa ona e taua le taumafa maloloina (tatau pe paleni) mo le soifua maloloina, fa’apea le mamafa o le tino, ma e taua fo’i le puipuia mai i gasegase tumau, ma TALUAI, o le tino puputa o le fanau e mafai ona fa’aitiitia ma taofia, ae peita’i e foliga mai e le o mafai ona fa’aitiitia; ma TALUAI, o vaega o le malo, nu’u ma ekalesia, fa’apotopotoga tuma’oti, pisinisi ma kamupani i le Iunaite Setete ma Amerika Samoa o lo o galulue e fa’aitiitia le tino puputa o le fanau e ala i taumafaiga ma polokalama e aofia ai folasaga fa’alea’oa’oga, fa’asalalauga faatosina i televise (TV), leitio/la’au fa’alogologo, nusipepa, upega o feso’ota’iga, faiga fa’avae/tusitusiga, o le tele o taumafa maloloina (tatau po o le paleni) ma le tele o avanoa ma nofoaga mo fa’amalositino gaoioiga. O LENEI, O LE MEA LEA, O A’U, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Kovana Sili o Amerika Samoa, ua ou poloaiina ai le Masina o Setema 2013 o le MASINA E FA’ALAUILOA AI LE TAUA O LE FA’AITIITIA O LE TINO PUPUTA O LE FANAU i totonu o le Teritori o Amerika Samoa, ma ou te tima’i ma talosaga atu i fa’alapotopotoga, nu’u, ekalesia, a’oga, sosaiete, pisinisi, isi falapotopotoga ma tagatanu’u uma o Amerika Samoa ina ia fa’amanatu ma aloa’ia le Masina e ala i polokalama ma gaioiga uma talafeagai i le fa’amoemoe e fa’ataua ia taumafa maloloina (tatau ma paleni)
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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
WHEREAS, September 2013 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month; and WHEREAS, during the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing more than fourfold among children ages 6 to 11; and WHEREAS, one in three children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 in the United States are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic; and WHEREAS, in American Samoa, one in two children and teenagers ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight; and WHEREAS, the financial implication of childhood obesity pose a financial threat to the U.S. economy and health care system, with people spending about 9 percent of their total medical costs on obesity-related illnesses; and WHEREAS, the financial implications of non-communicable diseases - one consequence of childhood obesity - cost American Samoa up to $9.2 million per year in direct health care costs; and WHEREAS, obese young people have a 80 percent chance of being obese adults and are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteocarthritis, and WHEREAS, due in part to to the childhood obesity epidemic, 1 in 3 (30%) US children and nearly 1 in 2 (50%) American Samoa children born in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lifetime if current trends continue; and WHEREAS, some consequences of childhood and adolescent obesity are psychosocial and can hinder academic and social functioning and persist into adulthood; and WHEREAS, participating in physical activity is important for children and teens as it can have beneficial effects not only on body weight, but also on blood pressure and bone strength; and WHEREAS, proper nutrition is important for children before birth and through their lifespan as nutrition has beneficial effects for health and body weight, and is important to the prevention of chronic diseases; and WHEREAS, childhood obesity is preventable, yet does not appear to be declining; and WHEREAS, public community-based, and private sector, organizations and individuals throughout the United States of American Samoa are working to decrease childhood obesity rates through a range of efforts including educational presentations, media campaigns, websites, policies and healthier food options, and greater opportunities for physical activity. NOW, THEREFORE, I, LOLO M. MOLIGA, Governor of American Samoa, do hereby proclaim the Month of September 2013 at NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH in the Territory of American Samoa, and encourage organizations, localities, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of our Territory to observe the Month with appropriate programs and activities with the goal of promoting healthy eating and physical activity and increasing awareness of childhood obesity among individuals of all ages and walks of life. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my Signature and the Seal of my Office on this 6th day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen.
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The Saints continued their creep toward the top, catching the eye of the panel with an uncharacteristically stout defense. “My hat is off to Rob Ryan and the defensive product he’s putting on the field,” Kirwan wrote, praising the coordinator. “The Saints have given up 31 points in two games. Last year they gave up 75 points in the first two games.” Added Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com: “Who Dat?!? The Saints’ defense wasn’t supposed to play this well in 2013.” Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Diego, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit and Tennessee filled out slots 12 through 20. The Chargers made the biggest jump, advancing nine spots from 25th after a 33-30 victory on the road over the Eagles. The bottom third comprised Arizona, Buffalo, the Giants, Minnesota, Washington, the Jets, Pittsburgh and Carolina, with Oakland and Tampa Bay tying for 29th. Then came Cleveland, one of eight teams without a win. Finally, for the second straight week, Jacksonville was a unanimous choice for last place. The Jaguars have scored 11 points over two games. The next AP Pro32 rankings will be released on Sept. 24.
➧ New faces & new places…
Fans reach for a home run ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Phoenix.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 to sweep a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, ensuring the Braves leave Washington without the NL East title. Roark (7-0) allowed just two hits, struck out six and retired the final 13 batters he faced. Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run, Ian Desmond an RBI double and Adam LaRoche an RBI single in the eighth inning. Steve Lomardozzi had a second-inning RBI single off Freddy Garcia (1-2). Washington entered the nightcap, which followed the Nationals’ 6-5 win in the makeup of a series opener postponed by a shooting rampage a day earlier at the nearby Navy Yard, within 4½ games of Cincinnati for the NL’s second wild-card berth. The Nationals, who have won 10 of 11, have 11 games remaining. Craig Kimbrel had converted 37 consecutive save chances since early May, and Andrelton Simmons began the day with the second-best fielding percentage among National League shortstops. But they conspired to blow a threerun lead in the ninth inning of the first game. Kimbrel (3-3), who leads the major leagues with 47 saves, blew a save chance for just the fourth time this season. CARDINALS 11, ROCKIES 4 DENVER (AP) — Matt Holliday had four hits, including a two-run homer, to help St. Louis take over sole possession of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals entered the night tied with Pittsburgh, which lost 5-2 at home to San Diego. St. Louis reduced its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to five with 11 games remaining. Joe Kelly (9-4) allowed three hits over five sharp innings before turning a 10-0 lead over to the bullpen. Juan Nicasio (8-8) lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowing eight runs, which tied a career high. Holliday led an 18-hit night by the Cardinals, who had seven players with at least two hits. Holliday finished 4 for 4 with a walk, double and two-run homer against his former team. He drove in three runs and scored twice. The Cardinals ran away with the game in the third when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six times. Daniel Descalso had a tworun triple in the inning, while Holliday added a
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double and an RBI single. Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer finished 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI to raise his average to.331, which is tops in the NL. PADRES 5, PIRATES 2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jedd Gyorko blasted a three-run homer among his three hits for San Diego. Ronny Cedeno added three hits for San Diego, which beat the Pirates for the second straight game and dropped Pittsburgh one game behind St. Louis in the NL Central. The Cardinals beat the Rockies 11-4. Luke Gregerson worked the ninth for his fourth save. Eric Stults (9-13) allowed two runs over five innings to pick up his first win in more than two months. Stults struck out five and walked one. Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 3 and Marlon Byrd drove in both of Pittsburgh’s runs. Jeff Locke (10-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three. PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 4 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs and Roy Halladay tossed six effective innings for Philadelphia. Halladay (4-4) allowed one run and four hits in his fifth start after returning from right shoulder surgery. The two-time Cy Young Award winner didn’t top 88 mph and relied on guile to get outs. The top three hitters in Philadelphia’s lineup — Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Utley — were 8 for 12 with four RBIs and six runs. Jonathan Papelbon allowed an RBI single to Giancarlo Stanton before finishing for his 28th save in 35 chances. Marlins starter Brian Flynn (0-2) gave up six runs and 11 hits in six innings. Juan Pierre, pinch-hitting for Flynn in the seventh, hit a double to right for his 2,215th career hit, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for 175th on the all-time list, according to STATS. GIANTS 8, METS 5 NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco’s Angel Pagan homered, tripled and drove in three runs on a perfect night at the plate against his former team. Pagan went 3 for 3 with two walks and scored twice from the leadoff spot for the Giants, who have won four straight and seven of nine. His tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning made a winner of Yusmeiro Petit
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themselves, I think. That’s what we do.” Wallace has had no qualms with expressing himself in Miami. The former Steelers wide receiver was miffed that he caught only one pass in the opener, but came back to match a career high with nine catches against the Colts on Sunday. He was acquired to give Miami a badly needed deep threat, and so far he’s helped the Dolphins to a 2-0 start. “He’s a guy that’s really intellectual when it comes to football,” fellow wide receiver Brian Hartline said. “Probably doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for it, but he really understands the game, wants to learn more about the game and like I said, has a rare skill set.” Sounds like many of the same qualities Boldin has brought to San Francisco. The 49ers acquired him from the Ravens for a sixth-round pick, and he’s helped them overcome the loss of Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles tendon. Boldin was shut down last week by Seattle, but had 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win over the Packers. “It’s my job to catch the ball. And anytime (Kaepernick) throws the ball my way, I’m going to make sure to catch it,” Boldin said. “For me, it’s a business. I come out to do my job.” Wallace and Boldin weren’t the only high-profile wide receivers who found new digs. Welker spent six seasons in New England before signing with Denver this past offseason. Strange as it is to see Walker in a new uniform, though, it may be stranger to see Jackson wearing Falcons threads. The veteran running back had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Rams, and is now trying to help Matt Ryan and Co. pursue an elusive Super Bowl. “He adds an incredible amount of leadership to this football team,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said, “and his combination of on and off the field abilities and passion for this game is right in line with how we feel we build this football team and have built this football team the last few years. In our minds we couldn’t have a more ideal fit right now.”
➧ Game of blind baseball…
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These days, hitting a ball he can’t see comes easier to Keeney than finding a paying job. The father of two has a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation and is working on his doctorate in adapted physical education. He is the founder and volunteer executive director for a non-profit group that organizes adapted sports activities in Athens and surrounding areas. Keeney hopes that as the group’s funding increases, he’ll be able to draw salary. Keeney said he has often passed over for jobs because he’s blind. “Blind folks can do nearly any job that you can do except for maybe drive down the road. It is hard for employers to believe that we can do the job,” said Keeney from his home in Athens, a college town about 70 miles east of Atlanta. “On paper, I’m number one or number two every time I apply for anything. But as soon as I walk through the door of the office to the interviewer with my white stick, you can feel the mood in the room change,” he said. “You can physically feel the change. And the attitude is prevalent that this person can’t do the job they’ve applied for.” Many afternoons, Keeney practices in his front yard, swinging a baseball in the air. No ball is thrown, no bases are run. It’s just Keeney with his 9-year-old daughter Alexis yelling “ball!” to emulate the words of the pitcher before the windup. Keeney approaches the sport as seriously as he would a job, hooked on the belief that he can achieve things that at first may have seemed unachievable, even to him. “It’s hard to believe that you’re going to be able to stop that ball out in the field with your body and pick it up when it’s been hit and it’s rolling hard or flying hard across the field,” said Keeney, smiling. “It’s a rush you will never forget. Do the impossible and then nothing is impossible.”
ND seeks to match its longest home streak in 15 years
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame Stadium is a tough place to play again, thanks in part to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” Coach Brian Kelly has made the “House that Rockne Built” a tough win after nearly a decade of mediocrity. The 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish (2-1) enter Saturday’s game against Michigan State (3-0) on a nine-game home winning streak, the longest such streak at the school since winning 10 straight under Bob Davie in 1997-98. Kelly made some subtle changes in how the team prepares for games, such as moving the pregame Mass from the morning of the game to a day earlier. Some other small schedule changes were made to help the players, he said. “It’s given them the opportunity to regroup a little bit, focus in on the game and not all the other things that are going on around the campus,” he said. The school helped out by trying to enliven what is known as a quiet stadium by piping in music during the game, such as “Crazy Train” — a staple when the opponent is facing third down — and playing Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” before the opening kickoff. The university first started piping in music when Notre Dame played its first home night game in 21 years, a 31-17 loss to USC two years ago. The Irish haven’t lost at home since, going undefeated at home last season for the time since 1998. “They like that extra energy of the music,” Kelly said. Michigan has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 17 games, while South Carolina and Georgia are tied for second at 13 and Notre Dame’s streak is tied for sixth longest in the nation. Kelly got off to a rough start at Notre Dame Stadium, going 6-5 in his first 11 home games, including stunning losses to Tulsa and South Florida. But the problems started long before Kelly arrived. His predecessor, Charlie Weis, was just 19-14 at home — a 57.6 winning percentage. Under Weis, the Irish lost to Navy twice at home, and also fell to Air Force and Syracuse, the first eight-loss team to beat the Irish, and sustained the second worst loss in stadium history, a 38-0 defeat to Michigan in 2007. Before that, Tyrone Willingham was a mediocre 11-7 at Notre Dame Stadium, including a 37-0 loss to Florida State. Kelly believes the biggest change is the Irish players have taken on a tenacious attitude at home. “I’ve always wanted our teams to play hard for four quarters and just fight really hard and we’ll figure out a way to win the games,” he said. The streak, by Notre Dame standards, isn’t all that impressive. After all, Notre Dame won 40 straight at home from 1907 through 1918 and 38 straight under Knute Rockne, whose teams were 45-1-2 in South Bend. But after nine years of struggle, it’s a welcome change even for those who aren’t big fans of Ozzy Osbourne. NOTES: Starting defensive end Sheldon Day sprained his ankle against Purdue and is wearing a protective boot. Kelly said he hopes to return to practice on Wednesday
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Arizona Cardinals NFL football mascot Big Red warms up students at Vista del Sur Traditional School as students participate in the Cardinals Junior Training Camp on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Laveen, Ariz. The program works with students on teamwork, physical fitness, friendly competition, and (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) students get to take part in various football skill drills.
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RFQ No: RFQ-061-2013
RFQ No: RFQ-061-2013 Issuance Date: September 17, 2013 Date & Time Due: October 01, 2013 No later than 2:00 p.m. local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for the: “Construction Management Services for the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility at Ofu Airport” Submission: Original and five copies of the Statement of Qualifications must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “RFQ: Construction Management Services for the ARFF Faciltiy Ofu Airport.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, October 1, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any Statement of Qualification received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as being non-responsive. Document: The RFQ document outlining the qualification requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Qualification data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all Statements of Qualification and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted qualifications that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
Super Bowl’s “premium” tickets double to $2,600
NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl fans can prepare to pay double for the best seats. The NFL expects the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats for the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That’s more than twice the $1,250 cost for similar tickets at last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. “We are looking to close the gap between the face value of the ticket and its true value as reflected on the secondary market,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday. “The uniqueness of the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey is also driving unprecedented demand and buzz.” The next tier of seats is expected to go for $1,500 compared to $950 in New Orleans. About 40 percent of general admission seats will be under $1,000, McCarthy said. The capacity of MetLife Stadium is 82,000, but it will be trimmed by about 5,000 seats to make room for media, cameras and security. The priciest seats will have access to indoor restaurants, where fans can warm up during the outdoor game. The lowest-priced ticket fell from $650 last year to $500. Some 30,000 fans entered a lottery that closed in June, and 1,000 winners — double from 500 — will be notified this fall. In an attempt to ensure those fans don’t resell tickets above face value, the NFL for the first time will require ticket holders to go to a gate to pick up those tickets as they enter the stadium. They won’t be allowed to return to the parking lot, McCarthy said.
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Diehl Langkilde is selected to participate in OSEP
(PRESS RELEASE) – The American Samoa Basketball Association is pleased to announce the acceptance of high school & national coach, Diehl Langkilde, into the Oceania Sporting Education program. The program will be held in Apia, Samoa from September 23 to October 4, 2013. Langkilde will be attending the Community Educators Training that is sponsored by the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) in association with the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC). The course is a two week program where coaches or administrators from different islands & federations will participate in the course. The OSEP Community Educators course is expected to develop incountry community educators with high quality presentation and assessment skills who can deliver and assess the Sport in Communities Administrator (SiC) and Community Coach & Official (CC&O) courses. The goal is to have quality sport clubs and competitions within the sport community. When asked about this opportunity, Langkilde commented, “This is another great opportunity to help further the sporting community with structural competitions & development of clubs in each federation. It’s also another great opportunity for me to further my knowledge already received from previous programs that is already being utilized in American Samoa to further develop our sporting communities. I am very humbled to be participating in this community educator course.” Langkilde was also selected in 2011 for the International Coaching Education Certification Program (ICECP), where he attended class sessions in developing his project, The Development of Grassroots Basketball in American Samoa: Empowering Coaches. This coaching curriculum focuses on level 0 coaching and how to develop young athletes and coaches. The program also empowers coaches to train other coaches and to create a domino effect in having more coaches develop other coaches. The ICECP is a joint effort between the USOC and the University of Delaware that is headed by Dr. Mathew Robinson. Milton Taufa’asau, President of the American Samoa Basketball Association, stated that he is proud of Diehl’s application to OSEP and acceptance and looks forward to implementing his work not only into basketball, but for all federations that will benefit from this. He also mentions that if anyone is interested in applying for coaching education programs, sporting curriculum studies, etc., that are welcome to come and speak with the President of ASNOC, Victor Langkilde, or the Secretary General, Erika Radewagen at 699-8855. Diehl will depart the territory on September 21st and return home on October 4th. He will also be conducting courses for coaches & administrators in October & November. Langkilde coaches nationally for American Samoa and five years at Fa’asao Marist High School. He was also elected earlier in 2013 to be Secretary-Treasurer for the American Samoa Basketball Association. (Source: ASBA)
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(4-0) in his second start since nearly pitching a perfect game. Pagan homered off Sean Henn (0-1) leading off the seventh to give the Giants a 5-4 lead. It was his first home run since an inside-the-park shot that ended a 6-5 victory over Colorado on May 25. Pagan spent four seasons with the Mets before they traded him to San Francisco in December 2011. Hunter Pence of the Giants singled home a run in the ninth for his 20th RBI in his last seven games. DODGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 3 PHOENIX (AP) — Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez homered and Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings as Los Angeles inched closer to clinching the NL West title. One day after coming off the disabled list, Matt Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs. The Dodgers, who once languished in last place 9½ games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on Wednesday night. Greinke (15-3) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 in his last nine starts. Patrick Corbin (14-7) gave up six runs and seven hits in two innings plus three batters, his shortest outing of the year. After starting the season 12-1, Corbin is 2-6 in his last 10 starts.
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Aaron Hill hit a solo home run for the Diamondbacks. Hanley Ramirez, who had missed the Dodgers’ previous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs. BREWERS 4, CUBS 3 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer dropped a suicide squeeze bunt with the bases loaded in the ninth to give Milwaukee the wine. Aramis Ramirez walked to open the inning off Justin Grimm (0-2), who came on to start the ninth. Jeff Bianchi pinch-ran for Ramirez and advanced on Carlos Gomez’s single to center. Grimm then mishandled Scooter Gennett’s sacrifice bunt for an error to load the bases. After Caleb Gindl popped out, Schafer put down a slow roller toward the mound, scoring Bianchi. Jim Henderson (5-5) allowed a leadoff double in the top of the ninth, but retired three straight for the win. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in seven innings, giving him 203 strikeouts in 201 2-3 innings this season. Gomez drove in three runs for Milwaukee with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly. Brewers starter Marco Estrada had allowed just two singles before the Cubs scored three runs in the seventh inning.
➧ American League Baseball Roundup…
Alberto Callaspo singled to start the bottom of the ninth against Michael Kohn (1-3) and Jemile Weeks entered as a pinch-runner. Weeks advanced on Stephen Vogt’s fly to left and pinch-hitter Jed Lowie was intentionally walked to bring up Coco Crisp. Crisp walked on the 10th pitch he saw to load the bases. WHITE SOX 4, TWINS 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Dayan Viciedo had three hits and drove in two runs and Jose Quintana pitched six effective innings to lead Chicago over Minnesota. Quintana (8-6) won for the first time since he last faced the Twins, on Aug. 16. He allowed one run while scattering eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks. After a 2-15 stretch, the White Sox won the first two games of the series against the Twins for their first series victory since Aug. 27-29 against the Astros. They have won five straight against the Twins. White Sox closer Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 38th save in 44 oppor-
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tunities, benefiting from Alejandro De Aza’s leaping catch of Trevor Plouffe’s flyball against the center-field wall. Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (5-13) went 4 1-3 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits. INTERLEAGUE REDS 10, ASTROS 0 HOUSTON (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and Cincinnati handed Houston its 100th loss. Cincinnati is 4½ games ahead of Washington for second NL wild card. The Astros are the first major league team to lose at least 100 games in three straight seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Reds got to work early, with Zack Cozart driving in two runs in a four-run first inning. Cincinnati was up by five in the fourth before Bruce’s towering slam to the Crawford Boxes in left field pushed the lead to 9-0 and chased Jordan Lyles (7-8). Leake (14-6) allowed five hits over eight innings and struck out six with two walks.
Shipper will pay for molasses spill cleanup in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The chief executive of the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers. Matson Navigation Co. CEO Matt Cox said Monday that he is sorry for the spill, and the company won’t ship molasses until it’s confident a similar spill will not occur. “We’ve let you down, and we’re very sorry,” Cox said. Cox said it’s too early to know how much the spill will cost to clean up. He spoke after taking a boat tour of the harbor and nearby waters with state officials, lawmakers and reporters. Crews working the water and shorelines have collected about 25,000 dead fish and other animals from surrounding waters since the spill was discovered Sept. 9, officials said Monday. The spill happened in Honolulu Harbor in an industrial area west of downtown, where Matson loads molasses and other goods for shipping, about 5 miles west of Waikiki. Some 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled from the leaky pipe as the sugary substance was moved from storage tanks to ships sailing to California. Chris Lee, a safety and security manager at Matson, told reporters during the tour that Matson learned of the spill from one of its neighbors who noticed something in the water on Sept. 9, one day after Matson finished pumping the molasses and sent its boat to Oakland, Calif. “Once the ship was full, we didn’t have any indication that there was any problem,” Lee said. In a phone interview, Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said it’s clear lawmakers have to look at how the system run by Matson Navigation Co. is regulated by federal and state officials. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that that’s one of the things that we’re going to have to take a look at,” Schatz told The Associated Press when asked about Matson’s lack of a spill plan and oversight of the underground pipes connected to Hawaii’s waters. “It’s clear that this wasn’t just a mechanical failure of a pipe but also a systems failure,” Schatz said. Glenn Okimoto, director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for overseeing Matson’s use of the harbor, said the state didn’t require Matson to report anything about the molasses pipe. “We’ve never asked,” Okimoto said. “It kind of went under the radar.” Cox reiterated that Matson did not plan for the possibility of a spill. “With the benefit of hindsight, we should have,” he said. A U.S. Coast Guard unit that specializes in responding to hazardous spills is joining the effort to clean up and assess the damage. But the full extent of the damage and how long it might last are unclear, though state officials say conditions are improving compared with last week, when dead fish were popping up in droves and a plume discolored the water. “All of us who care about the south shore of Oahu are sick about this,” Schatz said. “But we don’t really know the status of the ecosystem and we won’t until we have scientists in the water collecting and analyzing data.” The Coast Guard’s Pacific Strike team includes more than 70 people. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also have responded, along with state agencies. Company and state officials say the leak happened when molasses seeped into a section of pipe that was supposed to be sealed off. Schatz said officials are focusing on assessing and containing damages right now, and can focus on how things went wrong afterward. “That’s going to take research and resources, and this is a current problem in the ocean right now,” Schatz said. “We have to have all hands on deck in mitigating it while we still can.” Cox said the company is also reviewing what went wrong and plans to make its findings available once it’s done. Matson has the largest market share of any company shipping goods between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Fluctuations in Matson’s shipping rates can have a large effect on Hawaii, which imports about 80 percent of its consumer goods from out of state. Matson’s stock closed Monday at $27.35, up 15 cents or less than one percent. The stock has largely declined since hitting $28.71 the day the spill was first reported last week.
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August 19, 2013 FY13.1139.WHSE-TD Purchase and Delivery of Transmission and Distribution Inventory Supplies CLOSING DATE: September 25, 2013: 2:00 p.m. American Samoa Time The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) hereby issues an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for the purchase and delivery of Transmission and Distribution Inventory Supplies. The complete description of required deliverables is listed in the attached Scope of Work (“SOW”). A complete bid package may be picked up from ASPA Materials Management Office in Tafuna. You may also view this IFB online at ASPA’s website, www.aspower.com. For more information about this IFB, please contact: Sose Palemene, Purchasing Agent sose@aspower.com 684-699-0105 Qualified bidders must submit bids in a sealed enclosure clearly marked with the date and time of the bid opening to the Materials Management. An original, one electronic PDF copy, and five (5) hard copies of the bid must be received at the Materials Management Office at ASPA Tafuna Compound no later than September 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Late submittals will not be opened or considered and will be designated as non-responsive. The American Samoa Power Authority reserves the right to: 1. Reject all Bids and reissue a new or amended IFB; 2. Request additional information from any Bidder; 3. Select a bidder(s) for award based on meeting terms, conditions and required Specifications as specified in the SOW; 4. Issue a Purchase order(s) to the bidder(s) selected for award; and/or 5. Waive any non-material violations of rules set up in this IFB at its sole discretion. Approved for Issuance: Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director, ASPA
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 059-2013
Issuance Date: Septmber 10, 2013 Date & Time Due: Septmber 24, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
““Rex Lee Auditorium Janitorial & Maintenance Services”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Rex Lee Auditorium Janitorial & Maintenance Services.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Tuesday, September 24, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
“Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action”
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
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Employment Opening
Two Oahu prison guards accused of beating inmate HONOLULU (AP) — Two prison guards in Oahu are accused of beating an inmate last year after the prisoner refused to take a shower. Hawaii News Now reports that the two Oahu Community Compensation for this full-time position will be $55,000 to Correctional Center guards did not show up in $75,000 per annum with a range of employee benefits. court in Honolulu on Monday, earning a scolding from Circuit Judge Patrick Border. “Let me give Please email or mail a letter of interest, resume and the names you a good rule of thumb: Never, never do that,” and contact details of three references to: Border told Randall Hironaka, an attorney for Kevin Ignacio, one of the guards. Barry Rose, Managing Partner Ignacio and Ismael Castro are accused of ROSE JONESON VARGAS punching and kicking inmate Jeffrey Diaz in barry@rjvlaw.com October 2012. Diaz is in prison on an assault P.O. Box 3501 conviction. Both guards have pleaded not guilty Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges. Deputy Attorney General Albert Cook said All applications will be received and held in strict confidence. in a court filing this month that the two assaults occurred within minutes of one another. Application deadline is September 20th, 2013. The attorney general’s office says several guards testified they saw Ignacio hitting Diaz, ROSE JONESON VARGAS is an equal opportunity employer while prison cameras caught Castro kicking the inmate. Ignacio is also accused of encouraging other inmates to harass and attack Diaz before punching the prisoner while he was handcuffed. Hironaka said he thinks the evidence will exonerate Ignacio. “It’s going to show a lot of things ... about the behavior of the complainant at this point,” Hironaka said. Hironaka said Diaz has a history of violence. The guards are on leave during the trial. If convicted, they face up to one year in jail. The attorney general’s office is moving to combine the two criminal cases, but Border said Monday that he couldn’t rule on the motion without the guards there. “In effect, you’re not asking me to waive their presence,” Border told Ignacio’s lawyer. “You LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (NR) 700 PM waived their presence by having them not show up. So I can’t do anything. My order would be PACIFIC RIM (PG-13) (400 PM) for those people to appear immediately.” FBI releases files on the late Sen. Daniel Inouye DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) (415 PM) 715 PM HONOLULU (AP) — The FBI has released thousands of documents from its file on U.S. Times For Wednesday,September 18,2013 © 2013 Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, some of which show the late lawmaker was the target of racially and politically motivated threats of violence. The documents also mention unsubstantiated allegations of bribery. The Honolulu StarAdvertiser and other news media requested the FBI’s files on Inouye shortly after the senator died last December at age 88. The FBI publicly posted the documents Monday in The Vault, the bureau’s online reading room, which also contains once-private files on other prominent politicians, celebrities, gangsters and fugitives. Office Hrs. 9am to 2pm During the Watergate hearings in August 1973, (684) 633-0179 a telephone caller told the Baltimore Morning Sun he was going to kill Inouye, the Star-Advertiser Family owned & operated since 1998. We are reported. “I fought those people in WW II and American Samoa’s only full time Pest Control simply don’t like them,” the said caller, who finished with obscenities and a claim that Inouye Company. We provide a very affordable and friendly would be shot, according to the FBI’s report. service. In July 1987, during the Iran-Contra hearings, an anonymous caller left a message on the Do you have ROACH, ANT, FLEAS, TICKS, answering machine in Inouye’s Hilo office: “If you TERMITE, RATS, AND OTHER PEST PROBLEMS? hurt North, we’re going to kill you.” Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, who was celebrated by conser• Call for a FREE PEST EVALUATION OR NO vatives as a hero, was at the center of the scandal. OBLIGATION INSPECTION Jennifer Goto Sabas, who was Inouye’s chief of staff in Honolulu, says Inouye declined extra • We do GROUND TERMITE TREATMENT & security and did not publicize the threats because he did not want to further politicize the IranCONSTRUCTION PRE-TREATMENTS Contra hearings. “He was concerned that it would • We provide services for Houses, Boats, Cars, just heighten all of the national tension and divisiveness over the issue,” she said Monday. Offices, Warehouses, Storage, Restaurants, The FBI files showed federal agents invesFurniture pieces, stores and cafeteria and health tigated claims of bribery, including allegations clinics made anonymously, but found nothing to substantiate the charges.
The law firm of ROSE JONESON VARGAS is seeking to expand and diversify our practice. We are looking for a motivated Associate Attorney with a strong work ethic to join our firm. Prospective candidate must be licensed to practice in American Samoa, possess excellent writing skills and be interested in practicing in the Lands and Titles Division of the High Court. Courtroom experience and fluency in Samoan is preferred, but not required.
Honolulu police identify body found in Oahu HONOLULU (AP) — Police have identified a body found by a Hawaii couple who stopped along the side of a road over the weekend to collect cans and bottles and discovered a man’s remains in a plastic garbage bag. Police said Tuesday the name of the deceased is Alex Gonzales. His dismembered body was found Sunday by Sheer Sotero of Waianae and her husband, Joseph, who called police after finding body parts spilling out of the trash bag along Mililani Cemetery Road on Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Police released Gonzales’ name on Twitter and posted a photo of him wearing a green shirt. Photos issued by police showed tattoos of a cross and distinctive, angular lines on a large upper arm. The words “Evil,” ‘’Pain” and “Hatered” were tattooed in a band around the man’s wrist, according to police. Sheer Sotero said she and her husband had visited her grandmother’s grave Sunday afternoon and afterward decided to pick up recycling items along the hillside road. About 15 feet off the road, over a guardrail, they saw a garbage bag with an upper torso and an arm sticking out, Joseph Sotero told Hawaii News Now. A black suitcase was next to the body. They called 911 and waited for police. Suspect arrested in Maui bank robbery HONOLULU (AP) — Bail of $50,000 has been set for a 22-year-old Lahaina man charged with robbing a local bank. The Honolulu StarAdvertiser reports Turner Terry is charged with the robbery Thursday at Territorial Savings Bank. Maui County police reported last week that a man at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday walked into the bank, stepped to a teller’s counter and walked off without speaking. The man returned 20 minutes later and used a note to demand cash The man took the money and the note and fled on foot. Construction resumes on Honolulu rail project HONOLULU (AP) — Work has resumed on a $5.26 billion Honolulu rail system after a nearly 13-month delay. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports construction resumed Monday on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation project with work on concrete columns that will hold track. Just 16 of 422 columns planned for the East Kapolei-Aloha Stadium segment when work stopped last year. The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the city to conduct archaeological studies throughout the 20-mile Kapolei to Ala Moana route The State Historic Preservation Division several weeks ago approved completed archaeological plans. The Honolulu City Council last week approved a special management area use permit that allowed construction to resume. Oahu ceremony to honor prisoners of war, missing HONOLULU (AP) — A ceremony to recognize prisoners of war and servicemen missing in action will be held this weekend at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Former Air Force pilot Guy Gruters will deliver the keynote address during Saturday’s program marking National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Gruters was a prisoner of war for five years during the Vietnam War. He was captured in 1967 after his plane was shot down for the second time during the war. He was released in 1973. There will be a wreath laying ceremony, speeches and a rendition of taps in honor of former prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command commander Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague will lead the program.
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1994 HYUNDAI SONATA 4 door, not working, needs transmission, free. Call 699-7084. [09/24] 2001 FORD RANGER Lic good until July 2014. Asking $4,200 OBO. Call 252-7826. [09/19] MUST GO! 2 Door Cooler used. One (1) A/C 35000 BTU, used. Call 699-4091 or 2586188. [09/20]
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URGENT NEED OF Carpenter, Block Layers, Concrete Workers, Electrician, Plumber, Computer Technician/ Encoder. E-mail resume to: land_devs2010@yahoo.com [09/19] DDW BEACH CAFE Needs Part-time cook & helper. Must have valid ID & Health Card. Application forms available at DDW Restaurant. [09/19]
2 STORY DUPLEX HOUSE 2 bath ea, fridge. heater, stove, A/C all rms. Unit 1 3-Bdrm, Unit 2 2-Bdrm. Clean & secure with fence. See to appreciate. 688-2115 or 770-5353. [09/21] 3BDRM 2 BATH Fully furnished with A/C Master Bdrm, great neighborhood in Ottoville behind Tradewinds. Available now. More info & to view call 733-4906 [09/20] WANTED 3BDRM & 4 BDRM HOUSE available in Nu’uuli. Call 733I”M LOOKING FOR A SMALL 9434 or 258-4543. [09/19] USED CAR to buy, in good 4 BDRM 2 BATH Hot watr, AC, condition, automatic, working located in Sogi, Leone. $650 per month. Call 252-8972 or AC. Call 254-4401 [09/23] 731-6057 [09/18]
Happy Trucking & Construction is currently seeking qualified HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS and DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS. Must have a social security number & valid Immigration ID for employment. Salary will commensurate experience. Must apply at our main office in Futiga or call 688-7551 only for directions.
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LICENSE MARINE ENGINEER or DDE Duty Designate Engineer or QMED Endorsement for 2000 HP or 3,000 KW near costal or oceans. Send resume to: General Manager of Marine Operations, PO Box 94, PagoPago, AS 96799 [09/20]
Employment Opportunities
Samoa Tuna Processors, Inc. in Atu’u has an immediate opening in the Fish Receiving and Cold Store Department for Fish Sizing Operator Labors. Required and desirable abilities, skills and experience include: • High school graduate or equivalent experience required. Basic English communication ability and effective Samoan communication ability preferred. • Acceptable police record and Public Health clearances required. • Physically able to lift up to 50 lbs. and stand for extended periods of up to 8 hours per day. • Good employment and attendance record. • Knowledge of species and fish sizing advantageous. Competitive compensation commensurate with qualifications. For consideration, bring or send a copy of your resume including, relevant certifications, references, ASG Immigration clearances (not required for US Nationals, US Citizens or AS permanent residents) and complete application by September 27, 2013 to (applications may be obtained at): Samoa Tuna Processors, Inc. Attn: Samoa Mauga - Personnel Manager P.O. Box 957 Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Ph: (684) 644-5272/Ext. 349 / Fax: 644-2290 E-Mail: smauga@trimarinegroup.com
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MEETING for all Island ARTISTS Sat. Sept 21st 12noon-1pm Su’igaula Faletele, Utulei, to discuss Art organization & upcoming exhibition. More info 699-9155 ext 360 LEONE HS PTA Meeting Thurs. Sept 19th 5pm school library. UTULEI BEACH & STREAM CLEANUP Sat. Sept 21st 8am-4pm. Stay for the Entertainment scheduled for after the cleanup hosted by the village of Utulei & Am.Samoa 350 Environment Club. More info 733-2014 SEXY MAGO-FALA! Raw & Vegan Support Group. Learn how a plantstrong diet can strengthen a depressed immune system, rebuild itself & allow the body to heal naturally! Upcoming: Cooking Labs, Raw Juicing & Power Walking. Email for info at ProjectSaveSamoa@live.com. COASTWEEKS EVENTS Celebrate the importance of our coastal resources by participating in a variety of planned activities starting Sept 16 - 28. More info 633-5155. SAMOANA HS BOOSTER CLUB Meeting every TUESDAY evening at the SHS gym to discuss matters on game day. WALK AWAY THE POUNDS “Happiness, Spirit, Body” 4:30am Tues & Thur. Blue Bldg, Malaeloa Intersection. TAFUNA JETS SOCCER CLUBS: Anyone interested in playing for the women or men’s division, come join us at NAPA Soccer Field 4-5:30pm. Call Naomi 770-5939 or Beulah 252-7819 AA MEETINGS Held at Catholic Social Services. Samoan version - Tues. & Thur. 11:00am. English version - Tue. & Fri. 5-6pm (Hope House)More info 699-6611/5683 or 258-6302 TAFUNA HS BOOSTER CLUB Weekly Meeting every Tuesday @ 5:30pm in Coach’s room at the school. GROUP SUPPORT HANNAH to rebuild strength, to restore wisdom & understanding & working together side by side to overcome any obstacle, please call and join us. Pua 770-6938 or 633-2855 SURVIVORS TAKING ACTION THROUGH SHARING Meeting every Saturday. Open Fellowship, everyone welcome @ Lion’s office by Showers of Blessing. Elizabeth 770-2504 or 699-0272 (Victiims of Violence) YANA If you are feeling lonely & need someone to talk to, we are here for you. Please contact us at 252-YANA(9262) 24/7 CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Have you been diagnosed with cancer & need someone to talk to? Call Stella 731-8606. SCUBA FISHING BAN It is unlawful to possess any spear while using SCUBA. Marine & Wildlife Resources. 633-4458 / 252-0445. WOMENS HOSPITAL AUXILIARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS of all ages to help in the Fale. Support your hospital, donate your free time by calling 633-1222 Ext. 199. All proceeds from Fale sales donated to purchase equipment for LBJ.[till]
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”
Seeking experienced DELIVERY DRIVER with the following qualifications: • • • • • • • • High School Diploma or obtained a GED Must be able to read & write in English Must be computer literate Holds a valid ID and a SSN Must have a valid Private & Commercial Driver’s License Clean driving record Must be in good health & capable of lifting 70lbs Agrees to random drug test
All interested candidates may fill out an application at our Tafuna Showroom location in person.
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Universal Crossword
Edited by Timothy E. Parker September 18, 2013
ACROSS 1 Students no more 6 Medicinal morsel 10 Box a bit 14 Transmit payment 15 Not be victorious 16 Counterspy 17 This puzzle’s theme 20 Switching device 21 Rootless sea life 22 Find a purpose for 24 Cindy Brady had one 26 Back on board 27 Brunei monarch 29 Bumbling fellows 31 Virginia hrs. 32 Partner of “ready” and “willing” 33 What mechanics do 35 Blue Marlin, for one 40 Linger aimlessly 41 It precedes kissing and making up 43 It’s eight hrs. later than PST 46 Tip jar bills 47 “The ___ Queene” 49 Ridicules from a dais 51 Store window word 53 Furor
54 She was the Little Mermaid 55 Insertion mark 57 Dorm deliveries, often 63 Rich soil 64 Desperately needing rain 65 Pro basketball setting 66 Kournikova of tennis fame 67 Bills on birds 68 Florida’s Key ___ DOWN 1 “ ... wherefore ___ thou Romeo?” 2 Grazing area 3 It goes up in a downpour 4 League fraction 5 “A Streetcar Named Desire” character 6 Red herrings 7 Item in an electric discharge 8 Drug that causes tripping 9 What you might bow your head to get 10 Silver fish 11 Soft, thin silk cloth 12 Church platforms 13 Nurse a grudge 18 Genesis brother 19 ___ Central (French
plateau) 22 Gp. with 50 members 23 Depth charge targets 25 Dickinson, Plath or Millay 26 Where strangers may come from 28 Break the news 30 He sincerely flatters 33 Parking lot posting 34 Bring up the rear? 36 Play the piccolo 37 First number in season records 38 Wine bar choice 39 Broadway hit of the ’60s 42 Tiger’s smallest wood
43 Liquor in an Italian restaurant 44 Heavy upholstery fabric 45 1966 James Clavell novel 47 Envelope closer 48 Obsolescent roof topper 50 Dividing membranes, as in noses 52 Tummy upsetters 56 Pound of verse 58 Was a coward 59 Metal in rocks 60 Pen end 61 “Brokeback Mountain” director Lee 62 ___ Francisco (Brazilian river)
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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Happy Birthday: Face pending problems and clear the air so you can move forward with your plans. Embrace change and target your goals. Strive to stay in step and execute impeccable timing. Jump at opportunities being offered. Talk the talk and walk the walk, and you will gain the confidence and support of those you want on your team. Your numbers are 8, 17, 25, 27, 30, 42, 45. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t deviate from your plan, or you will indicate that you are inconsistent. You can rely more on your allies than you realize. Keep your life simple and moving forward at a steady pace. A challenge will keep you on your toes. 3 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Work with your peers, and you will gain popularity and advancement. A day trip or conference will add to the information you require to reach your goals, and the relationship you develop will enhance your future prospects. 4 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make changes at home that will benefit you and help you do something that will benefit your community or a cause you care about. The time spent working to benefit others will change your life and the attitude others have towards you. 2 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make personal changes that make you feel confident and able to compete with anyone who challenges you. Love is on the rise, and taking the first step to ensure that you spend time with someone you think is special will pay off. 5 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Be ready to act fast if faced with an aggressive reaction from someone you encounter. Keep your distance from anyone or anything that might pose a problem for you. Keep a lookout for anyone trying to take advantage of you. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t give in to emotional meddling when everything hinges on reaching your goals. You will get your way if you
stand your ground. Changes within a relationship are likely, but don’t worry -- whatever unfolds will be to your benefit. 3 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): People will gravitate toward your peaceful nature. Focus on whatever makes you feel good about the way you look and the things you do. Don’t give in to peer pressure, and be sure to practice moderation in all that you do. 3 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You can make things happen. Turn on your charm or relentlessly pursue whatever goal you set. Show passion and determination, and you will impress someone you love to have by your side. Make positive changes to your domestic situation. 5 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Refrain from embellishing a situation, or you will be questioned and probably hurt your reputation. Emotional matters are likely to leave you in an awkward position, and you will have to be quick if you want to avoid a costly problem. 2 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Voice your opinions and put your professional plans into motion. You can attract interest in what you are doing as well as drum up support and respect for the way you handle personal, financial and professional deals. Love is highlighted. 4 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t make physical alterations or get involved in a lifestyle that can lead to poor associations or the end of a partnership with someone you need in your life. Use your head when it comes to legal, financial or medical matters. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): List your concerns and discuss your intentions, and you will get worthwhile suggestions that will benefit you when it comes to contracts or agreements that influence your income. A relationship can be altered and a promise made. 3 stars Birthday Baby: You are feisty, outspoken and courageous. You are intense and compassionate.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: I’m a 14-year-old girl who just started high school. I started to notice boys when I was in middle school, and I’d like to start dating soon. The problem is I’ve never had a close friend who was a boy, and the idea isn’t natural to me. How can I ask a boy out if I don’t even grasp the concept of being friends with one? I’m frustrated over this, especially because I really like one particular guy. The only advice I have been given is, “Get over your fear and just TALK to him.” This isn’t very helpful to me. I want to know how to get over my fear! Abby, your thoughts would be appreciated. -- CAN’T FIND THE NERVE IN OHIO DEAR CAN’T FIND THE NERVE: I’ll gladly share some thoughts. The first is I hope you realize how many girls and guys your age feel EXACTLY the same way you do. Social skills don’t come naturally to everyone -- but they can be learned. And like any learned skill, they take practice. The surest cure for shyness -- which is the “fear” you are experiencing -- is to forget about yourself and concentrate on the other person. Smile and introduce yourself if the guy doesn’t know you. If you share a class with him or know an activity he’s involved in, ask a question about it. He’s not good at sports? Not musical? Ask him about a class assignment. You don’t have to be brilliant or witty. Try leading off with a friendly remark or a compliment. (“Nice shirt, cellphone,” etc.) I know very few people who don’t appreciate a compliment. Overcoming shyness takes practice, so don’t go after the boy you “really like” at first. Make a point of smiling and saying hello to everyone. It’s friendly, it’s welcoming. Keep in mind that the majority of people have the same insecurities you do. Many of them will respond positively because they appreciate being noticed. That’s how you make friends of both genders. I have a booklet that offers even more suggestions. The title is “How to Be Popular,” and it contains hints for polishing social skills for people of all ages. It can be ordered by sending your name and address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. Remember, you don’t have to be the prettiest or smartest girl in school. But you CAN be one of the nicest. Show an interest in others. Be honest but always tactful. Cultivate your own interests so you will have something to talk about with others. If there are clubs at your school, join the ones that interest you. It’s another way of making friends of both sexes. Most young people go out in groups these days. So, if you and some friends plan to do something (and after you have been friendly and let the young man you like notice you), smile and ask if he’d like to come along. If he’s shy, it’s a way of making HIM feel less self-conscious, too. Good luck!
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