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“Tebowmania” grabs headlines from Tom brady
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- For his latest trick, Tim Tebow is making three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady disappear from the headlines. Now, with Tebowmania in full force, the Denver Broncos hope to make the New England Patriots vanish from the playoffs when they meet Saturday night. Photos of the devout, much doubted Denver sensation kneeling on the turf in prayer are a weekly occurrence. There are plenty of shots of him with arms thrust in the air after a scoring play. But where are those pictures of Brady posing with supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen or with the Patriots title trophies? That’s what happens when Tebow leads the Broncos to four overtime wins in one season, capped by last Sunday’s wild-card victory over Pittsburgh. For Brady, coming off one of the best of his 12 seasons, greatness is expected and not often celebrated. “I’m never surprised at what gets talked about anymore,” Patriots left tackle Matt Light said with a smile. “I think I saw a seven-minute (video) piece on a girl that ate M&Ms while doing a handstand. That was interesting. I mean, I got into it for a while. “I think it’s just any time there’s anything new - he’s obviously new (and) he’s done some incredible things this season. I think the hype is justified.” If Tebow can stun the odds makers who have made the Broncos 13 1-2-point underdogs, the attention will grow heading into the AFC championship game. Forecasters are predicting the coldest day of the winter with temperatures in the single digits Saturday night. Tebow, who played four seasons at Florida, hasn’t been in many games below 20 degrees. “I’d say probably a handful,” he said, “not as many as Mr. Brady has, probably.” The Patriots, winners of eight straight games but losers of their last three in the playoffs - the last two at home - beat the Broncos on Dec. 18 in Denver, 41-23. New England (13-3) gave up 167 yards rushing in the first quarter and trailed 16-7 early in the second. But three Denver turnovers in that quarter were costly. Defensively, the Broncos controlled receiving stars Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, but were hurt by the Patriots’ other tight end, Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots gave up the second-most yards in the league this season, but, with Brady, they scored the third most. So pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil must get to him early and defensive backs must cover as long as necessary. Tebow won’t have leading receiver Eric Decker, who hurt his left knee against Pittsburgh. But Willis McGahee ran for 1,199 yards and Tebow added 660 this season on the NFL’s top rushing team. “We can learn a little bit from our last game against them, but this is a whole new deal,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “They’re a tough team to prepare for. They give you a lot of looks on both sides of the ball.” Tebow brought the Broncos (9-8) back from a 1-4 start all the way to the playoffs despite completing 46.5 percent of his passes with a flawed motion and losing the last three regularseason games. But the hype soared after last Sunday’s playoff victory. On the very first play of overtime, Pittsburgh had no deep safety. All Demaryius Thomas had to do was catch Tebow’s 18-yard pass over the middle and run the rest of the way for an 80-yard touchdown and a 29-23 win. That cranked up the Tebowmania volume on postgame shows but not among his teammates.
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Fetuao Fa’asavalu to attend Snyder College (Texas) on a full ride volleyball scholarship
by T. Gasu Samoa News Sports Correspondent
Star athlete Fetuao Fa’asavalu (left) island this past Thursday to attend Snyder College on a full ride Volleyball Scholarship. Fetuao Fa’asavalu (left) seen here with her father Evangelist Luaao Soli (center) and her long-time coach brother Junior Luaao (right) during her farewell party that [photo: TG] was held at their family residence this past Thursday.
One of American Samoa’s best female athletes left island to attend a Western Texas College, this past Thursday, on a full ride Volleyball Scholarship. Fetuao Fa’asavalu was one of Tafuna High School’s finest female student athletes who ate and slept volleyball. Fa’asavalu captained the Warriors volleyball team for two years, during her time at Tafuna High School, and also co-captained the American Samoa Girls Volleyball All Star team that faced California and Hawaii in the Samoa Bowl VII. Fa’asavalu graduated last year but continued her passion for volleyball with her church volleyball club, that participated in local tournaments, which gained her more experience on the court. Samoa News was fortunate to gain a brief interview with Fetuao’s father, Evangelist Luaao Soli at a Fetuao’s farewell gathering in Nu’uuli.
“Fetuao’s talent was nurtured from the beginning at a very young age. We are very proud of her. As you know, my job is to push our youth to join in sporting events, and keep themselves busy doing something, preventing them from hanging out around the village like majority of the young generation that we see all over the place.” He added, “our church coordinates our own volleyball tournaments all year round, aside from some of our church clubs attending some of the major volleyball tournaments on island, we try to keep our youth in shape, and we try to build the experience in these youths lives. That’s how Fetuao’s skills came about, she loves to play volleyball, even after graduating, she never gave up on her talent, she continued to challenge her skills with the competition held within our church leagues.” Evangelist Luaao told Samoa News, that the development of Fetuao’s talent began at home, “Fetuao’s volleyball skills and talent, started right here at home. We have a vol(Continued on page B5)
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Kobe goes for 40+ points again as Lakers beat Cavs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in his third straight 40-point performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a big early lead before hanging on for their fifth straight victory, 97-92 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who won their eighth consecutive game at Staples Center since Christmas. Until Bryant took charge, Los Angeles allowed a 19-point lead to dwindle to three in the final minutes of coach Mike Brown’s first meeting with the Cavaliers since they fired him in 2010. Bryant managed just seven points in the fourth quarter but hit two big jumpers down the stretch, giving him three straight 40-point games for the first time since March 2007, when he had five straight. Kobe is third in NBA history with 110 40-point games, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and Ramon Sessions added 12 for the Cavaliers, who have played eight of their first 11 games on the road. BuLLS 88, CELTICS 79 BOSTON (AP) — Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence to score 25 points and help Chicago hold off a second-half charge and beat Boston. The Celtics had trimmed a 52-33 halftime deficit to 67-66 on a 3-pointer by Mickael Pietrus with 10 minutes left in the game. Then Boston missed its next two shots, while Rose scored four straight points. Kevin Garnett responded with a short jumper, but Rose came through again with a 3-pointer for a 74-68 lead with 7:30 remaining. Rose, who missed Wednesday’s 78-64 win over the Washington Wizards with a sprained left big toe, scored 12 points after Boston cut the lead to one. Ray Allen scored 16 for Boston and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists. TIMBERWOLVES 87, HORNETS 80 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kevin Love scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio hit the tiebreaking free throws in his first career start, and Minnesota beat New Orleans. Rubio finished with 12 points and nine assists. Love had 17 points in the third quarter and also grabbed 15 rebounds for his 11th consecutive double-double. The Timberwolves finished 33 of 38 from the foul line and Love sank his first 17 before missing one in the last minute. Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 20 points for the Hornets, who rallied from a 14-point deficit to the tie the score three times in the fourth quarter before losing for the eighth time in nine games and their fifth in a row at home. Emeka Okafor contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jarrett Jack had eight points and nine assists. SPurS 99, TraIL BLaZErS 83 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 20 points to help San Antonio beat Portland and stay unbeaten at home. Parker shook off a slow start as the Spurs (8-4) improved to 8-0 at home, their best start since the 2007-08 season when they started 13-0. Portland (7-4), meanwhile, lost its second straight game and for only the second time in its last 10 games against San Antonio. Tiago Splitter scored 14 points for the Spurs, and DeJuan Blair and Danny Green each added 13. Rookie Kawhi Leonard had 11. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 29 points. The Blazers lost veteran center Marcus Camby to a sprained ankle in the loss. NuGGETS 117, HEaT 104 DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson returned from a sprained right foot to score 24 points, and Denver sent Miami to its third straight loss. LeBron James had 35 points for the Heat, who have lost their last 10 games in Denver.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker, left, and small forward Omri Casspi, center, of Israel defend during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The Lakers won 97-92.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was admitted to the hospital Friday for observation due to minor complications from cancer treatments, his family said. In a statement released to The Associated Press, his family said that the 85-year-old Paterno continues to undergo a “regimen of treatments” after being diagnosed two months ago with what they have termed a treatable form of lung cancer. The family hoped his latest stay would be brief. He most recently was in the hospital last month after re-breaking his pelvis following a fall at home. That stay also allowed Paterno to continue taking his cancer treatments, which have included radiation and chemotherapy. Paterno had previously hurt his pelvis when he got accidentally hit in practice in August, forcing him to spend most of the regular season coaching from the press box. “Although these issues have been challenging for Coach Paterno and his family, he has total confidence in his doctors and is determined to make a full recovery,” the family said in the statement. School trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Paterno, a witness before a grand jury investigating Sandusky, is not a target of the criminal investigation. Sandusky has denied wrongdoing. He is out on a bail and confined to house arrest while awaiting trial. The trustees’ firing of Paterno has come under scrutiny from several former players, as well as some alumni critical at meetings this week with school President Rodney Erickson about the motivation to oust Paterno. Others have slammed trustees for what they have called a lack of communication and transparency during a crisis in which Erickson has promised Penn State would be more open and transparent. Paterno initially announced his retirement at the end of the season on the morning of Nov. 9. That day, he called the scandal “one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” The trustees fired him about 12 hours later in a hastily called news conference. In a statement Thursday, trustees cited the serious allegations and “extraordinary circumstances” in referring to the board’s unanimous decision “that Coach Paterno could not be expected to continue to effectively perform his duties and that it was in the best interests of the University to make an immediate change in his status.” Paterno remains employed as a tenured faculty member, and details of his retirement were being worked out and would be made public when finalized. The university intends to honor Paterno’s contract as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 football season, the trustees said. In response, Paterno’s son Scott said in a separate statement that “As has become apparent, the termination on November 9, with no notice or hearing, was not handled well. “Joe Paterno has reiterated from the beginning that the first priority in this crisis is to serve the best interests of the victims,” Scott Paterno continued. “He believes strongly that everyone involved is entitled to due process.”
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Ravens have got what they wished
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
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Ray Lewis hugged coach John Harbaugh and barked: “They’re coming through Baltimore.” Yes, they are, Ray, at least this weekend. The divisional round of the NFL playoffs will make a stop at the Inner Harbor on Sunday when the Ravens host the Houston Texans. It’s the first home playoff game under Harbaugh, who led the team to a wild-card berth in his previous three seasons. While the Ravens (12-4) don’t have home-field advantage for the entire AFC playoffs unless New England loses Saturday night to Denver, it’s a cozy start for Baltimore, which won all eight games at M&T Bank Stadium in 2011. “If you look at wild-card weekend, I don’t think that there was one home team that lost the whole weekend,” Lewis said accurately. “When you get into that, it plays a big momentum. It’s a big momentum swing for you. It’s just hard to win on the road. I don’t care who you are, I don’t care how good you are, it’s hard to win on the road. “For us to work as hard as we did, get 12 wins, do the things we were supposed to do, and now get this home playoff game, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right place. Now we have to go finish it.” The divisional round begins Saturday with New Orleans (13-4) at San Francisco (13-3). It ends with the New York Giants (10-7) at defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay (15-1). Houston lost 29-14 at Baltimore in October, when the Texans were healthier than they have been for the last six weeks. But they’ve dealt with their injuries so well that they won their first division crown and, last week in their postseason debut, beat the Bengals handily. So if hosting a playoff game is relatively new for the Ravens - they have done it three times, but haven’t won one since 2000, the year they took the Super Bowl - being in one is totally new this year for the Texans. Also new would be a win over the Ravens, who are 5-0 against Houston. “It’s been pretty one-sided so, we’ve got to get on the board,” tackle Eric Winston said. “At the same time, you’ve got to look back on it and I don’t think a lot of that stuff is going to have a lot of bearing on this game either, though. So, there’s different guys, there’s a different situation and we all know from past experiences that playoffs, funny things happen in the playoffs and games turn out a lot different than they did in the regular season. So hopefully we can hold true to that.” The Packers also have a regular-season win over their opponent, a 38-35 victory at the Meadowlands. It was one of Green Bay’s most difficult games. The Giants have won four of five since that loss, including manhandling Atlanta 24-2 last weekend. Their pass rush has come alive and the running game has awakened. So the Giants believe they match up pretty well with the NFL’s best team. So much so that All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is predicting victory. Then again, is he supposed to predict defeat? “It comes from the heart. Who in his right mind is going to say the team is going to lose?” he said with a wide smile. “Nobody wants that. We’re trying to go all the way, win the tournament.” No one has won at Lambeau Field since Miami on Oct. 17, 2010. The Giants were blown out 45-17 in Game 15 of that season when they were in position to make the playoffs. But New York shocked the Packers in the 2007 NFC championship game, then pulled off an even bigger upset by taking down the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. Green Bay is wary - as wary as a 15-1 team needs to be. “There is a reason why we are both playing in this game. We are two of the last four teams in the NFC,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “They are playing well and they wouldn’t be here if they were not, so to me, that is to be expected. I think they are playing better than when they played us and earlier in the season they had some tough defeats also. It is playoff football and they are a very good football team.” San Francisco makes its return to the postseason after an eight-year absence and gets quite a challenge: the potent Saints and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees. New Orleans was unstoppable in the second half against Detroit in the wild-card round, but the 49ers’ defense is immensely better than the Lions’ unit. “They’ve got everything going for them right now,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said of Brees and company. “They’ve got a great quarterback who’s got great weapons to throw to. He’s got a great offensive line in front of him. The guy’s only been sacked 24 times in the regular season, and that’s off of 700 times they’ve thrown the ball, dropped back to pass. So, that’s impressive in and of itself, and to top it off, they’ve got a great scheme. They really give you a lot of offense to prepare for.”
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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2011, file photo, Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis rallies the crowd in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore. Houston Texans’ Arian Foster was in his first season as a starter in 2010 when the Texans hosted the Ravens, and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis grabbed the running back after a play. Lewis had already become a fan and told Foster: ‘I love the way you play this game.’ Since then the pair have become friends off the field and shared their mutual admiration for each other this week as (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) Houston is scheduled to face Baltimore on Jan. 15, 2012, in the playoffs.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 040-2012
Issuance Date: January 12, 2012 Date & Time Due: January 26, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
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Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Behavioral Health Services Consultancy for DHSS (Re-bid).” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Thursday, January 26, 2012: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attn: Ivy V. Taufa’asau, 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 being non-responsive. Documents: 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.
IVY V. TAUFA’ASAU Chief Procurement Officer
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Sparano says Jets’ offense will be physical, explosive
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tony Sparano sat in front of Rex Ryan and rattled off his offensive philosophies and thoughts on how to be a winning football team. He said exactly everything the New York Jets coach needed to hear. “It was like, ‘Wow!’ I was blown away,” Ryan said Friday. “This is the guy I wanted.” So did general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson. After the team and Brian Schottenheimer decided to mutually part ways early in the week, they knew Sparano was the perfect fit to be the Jets’ new offensive coordinator. “This is a physical football team,” Sparano said during a conference call. “I like playing a physical style of offense. I think anybody that knows me knows I want to be physical.” Yep, just the way Ryan likes his offense to be. Sparano wants the Jets to focus primarily again on the running game, but wants to also get the ball down the field - an element New York sorely lacked this season. The Jets had just three plays of 40 yards or more all season, tied with St. Louis for fewest in the NFL. “We’ll be explosive,” Sparano insisted. Sparano was hired Wednesday, just more than 12 hours after New York announced that Schottenheimer told the Jets he wouldn’t return next season despite having two years left on his contract. Schottenheimer was highly criticized for the Jets’ inconsistencies as they ranked 25th overall in offense. He also took a lot of the blame for quarterback Mark Sanchez not progressing as expected in his third year. New York was a “Ground-and-Pound” offense during Ryan’s first two seasons, riding that style to two straight AFC title games. But when the Jets re-signed Santonio Holmes and brought in Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, they became enthralled with the passing game and wanted Sanchez to air out the football a little more. When that didn’t work, Ryan insisted the Jets go back to running it - but that came along slower than expected. Suddenly, New York didn’t know what type of team it was on offense anymore. “I’m a guy who believes you have to form an identity,” Sparano said. “I want to have an identity here offensively. I want our players to be able to walk into the meeting room and not be surprised about things that are going in the game plan each week, because they believe that we’re going to do them really well.” The Jets considered offensive line coach Bill Callahan to replace Schottenheimer, but Sparano changed all that during his meeting with Ryan, Tannenbaum and Johnson. “I think we’re definitely like-minded people and like-minded coaches,” Ryan said. “We believe in running the football and protecting the quarterback, and I think those are the two biggest things in my opinion.” Sparano, fired as Miami’s coach last month, is high on Sanchez, despite lots of talk by fans and media insisting the Jets need a change at quarterback. A few players were also anonymously quoted saying similar things. From afar, Sparano has liked a lot of what he has seen from Sanchez. “Having to prepare for Mark Sanchez was always difficult,” Sparano said. “He has a lot of good qualities.” Sparano highlighted Sanchez’s ability to get out of trouble with his legs and athleticism, along with a good release and being able to make all the necessary throws. Sparano has been involved with the process of developing quarterbacks before - Tony Romo in Dallas and Chad Henne in Miami - and believes he can do the same with Sanchez. “We’ll be able to help Mark in a lot of ways,” Sparano said. “Once he gets in here, we’ll through some of the basics and fundamentals at the position and go from there.” As far as the negative talk in the locker room about Sanchez, and rifts that involved wide receiver Santonio Holmes and the offensive line, Sparano isn’t concerned. “I’m kind of a show-me guy,” he said. “This is a show-me business, a show-me game. Once the players get here, it’ll be a blank piece of paper as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s a positive. Sometimes, change is good.” Sparano’s Dolphins teams were perhaps the league’s biggest proponents of using the wildcat offense with running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Schottenheimer liked to use it some, too, with Brad Smith the last few seasons and Jeremy Kerley this past season, but there’s a good chance the wildcat will be seen more frequently under Sparano. The 50-year-old Sparano is a first-time offensive coordinator, but did make play calls while he was in Dallas in 2006 and said he was always involved in the offensive meetings during his nearly four seasons in Miami. “We hired Tony because of what he brings to the table,” Ryan said. “Tony is a guy I have extreme confidence in. I have complete confidence in Tony.” Even though Ryan said that he wanted to be more involved in the offense, he will allow Sparano to have full control - just as Schottenheimer did. “We don’t want me coaching the offense,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to all of the sudden think I’m Don Coryell. I’m not going to hold him back.”
Cousins of slain soccer player Francisco Rodriguez, left to right, Mary Salazar, Nancy Ortega and Jannette Nuno react to the victim’s death outside the Rodriguez home Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. Rodriguez, a high school soccer player, was lured outside his Los Angeles home Jan. 11, and (AP Photo/Nick Ut) shot to death shortly after a game between two San Fernando Valley schools.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rex Ryan wants the sniping to stop. The New York Jets coach insists Mark Sanchez has the support of the organization, and the embattled quarterback shouldn’t feel uncomfortable when he returns to the locker room. Some teammates and members of the organization anonymously questioned Sanchez’s work ethic and leadership abilities in a Daily News story this week. “I’ll say this, I don’t know how many don’t feel confident in Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on a conference call Friday introducing new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. “I’ll tell you this, if it’s not all of them, it’s the majority that have a great deal of confidence in Mark Sanchez. And when he walks through that door, his head is going to be held high. There’s no question about it. That’s what I know.” The season ended on a sour note for Sanchez and the Jets (8-8), who failed to make the playoffs for the first time in Ryan’s three years as coach. Sanchez struggled down the stretch with seven interceptions in the Jets’ final three games - all losses. He had been criticized all season by fans and media for not progressing as much as many expected, and then came the report Wednesday in which a few unidentified players bashed him. “We do have an open-door policy and we encourage our players to express themselves,” Ryan said. “Saying things and not putting your name on it? That’s not being a Jet. So, that’s going to change without question.” General manager Mike Tannenbaum believes the hiring of Sparano will help Sanchez’s progress. “We are going to fill this locker room with gym rats, and that’s what Mark is,” Tannenbaum said. “He has all the attributes and traits we want which is hard work, a love for football. He needs to be more consistent and he will be the first one to tell you that. With that said, he has done a lot of good things over three years and we are going to learn where he could be better and we will move forward with coach Sparano here.” Ryan regrets not having more of a feel for what was going on with the team off the field, particularly as tensions started to rise in the locker room. Things reached a boiling point in the season finale, when wide receiver Santonio Holmes was benched late in the game for arguing with teammates in the huddle. Even rookie backup quarterback Greg McElroy said in a radio interview last week that there was a “corrupt mindset” in the Jets’ locker room. “I tried to lay back and be maybe more of a head coach than being true to myself,” Ryan said. “I need to be in the locker room. I need to be around more, be involved more in the day-today, like right there in the meeting rooms and everything else, and that’s what I plan on doing.” Ryan attributed some of the team’s issues to the fact it wasn’t as close of a group as it had been in previous seasons. “I misjudged it this year,” he said. “I’ve taken full responsibility for that and that will not happen in 2012.”
Jets’ Ryan defends Sanchez and vows to “restore order”
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The 49ers offense did just enough all season, thanks to the running of Frank Gore and the overall offensive efficiency: just 10 turnovers all season. San Francisco also led the league with 38 takeaways and a plus-28 turnover differential. New England has been maligned for a defense that gives up tons of yards, ranking 31st, ahead of only - get this - the Packers. It hasn’t mattered much as the Patriots (13-3) won their final eight games, including a 41-23 victory at Denver last month. While much of America is marveling over Tim Tebow’s heroics for the Broncos (9-8), the response in New England isn’t quite so awe-filled. “You know they had some good things and some bad things,” defensive back Sterling Moore said, “so you kind of just want to take the good things that they did and kind of avoid the bad things that they did. But it’s one of those games where you’re going to have to be mentally sharp and know your assignment and do your assignment only.”
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The 49ers defense looks to ➧ Fetuao Fa’asavalu… stop brees, red-hot Saints
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Drew Brees piled up points, yards and accolades in a record-setting season for the New Orleans Saints. Much of the time, Alex Smith did just enough to get the San Francisco 49ers back in the playoffs for the first time in nine years while a dominant defense and kicking game did the rest. Everybody is curious to see which of the contrasting styles works best in a classic playoff matchup. Does that old notion that defense wins championships still hold up these days? “We’re going to find out,” 49ers punter Andy Lee said. Brees and the Saints (14-3) come to sold-out Candlestick Park on Saturday afternoon riding a nine-game winning streak after gaining 600 yards in each of their last two games, including a playoff-record 626 yards in last Saturday night’s 45-28 win over the Lions. Brees threw for 466 yards and completed 33 of 43 passes. Since the merger in 1970, a team had gained 600 yards in a game only 11 times in the regular season or playoffs before the Saints did it the past two weeks. The San Francisco defense knows it will have to keep Brees off the field and pressure him at every chance to slow down these Saints. “They’re built a little bit differently. They’re typically a lot bigger, they’re more physical,” Brees said. “You look at them statistically, No. 1 against the run, they’re putting all kinds of pressure on the quarterback. ... They rarely miss tackles.” The fact that Lee is such an important figure for the 49ers shows just how different these teams are. The Saints didn’t punt once in their playoff opener. San Francisco (13-3) also relied on David Akers’ singleseason NFL record of 44 field goals to return to the playoffs under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers stunned the New York Giants 39-38 at home in the NFC wild-card game back in January 2003. “This is a game where the better defense will definitely win the game,” New Orleans linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said. “It’s about us stopping them from doing whatever they want to do. They have to play a different brand of ball and we have to play good in all three phases of the game.” There have been several noteworthy playoff games featuring teams with opposing styles. In the NFC championship game after the 1999 season, St. Louis’ “The Greatest Show on Turf” group of Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce and Marshall Faulk held on for an 11-6 victory over the defensive-minded Buccaneers. In the 1991 Bills-Giants Super Bowl, New York’s talented defense held off Jim Kelly and the Bills’ “K-Gun” offense for a 20-19 win. More recently, a Giants defense led by Michael Strahan pulled off a 17-14 victory over the undefeated Patriots’ Tom Brady and Co. to win the 2008 Super Bowl. San Francisco’s dominant D has no flashy nickname, just a balanced attack featuring All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith, rookie Aldon Smith and talented linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. And, in the secondary, Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson have six interceptions apiece. “With two good defenses, I don’t think it’s going to be high scoring,” Rogers said. “That’s what everybody wants to see because it’s the Saints. We don’t give up a lot of points.” The Saints scored three rushing touchdowns against the Lions, two by Darren Sproles and another from Pierre Thomas. That’s as many as San Francisco gave up during the season, all in the last two games. New Orleans is three-point favorites and can already envision that premier matchup with defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay in the NFC championship game next weekend. Yet Saints coach Sean Payton insists his team found out the hard way last year and doesn’t want to fall in another upset after losing the wild-card game to Seattle. “When you finish the season and you finish with a tough loss, that’s something you remember and you really remember forever,” Payton said. “There are certain things you learn from. You understand the finality of this time of the year and you never take things for granted. All of us, players and coaches, will all carry that tough loss with us, just as we will the really good wins we have.” The 49ers plan to stick with what got them this far. They should be fresh and healthy after a week off as the NFC’s No. 2 seed. The Saints chased them late in the year hoping to steal the second spot. One thing these Niners don’t do is make many mistakes. They had 38 takeaways to only 10 turnovers for a plus-28 turnover differential, which matched the 2010 Patriots for the second-best mark in NFL history since 1941. “All the major statistics, they rank very high,” Saints wideout Marques Colston said. “I think the No. 1 thing they do is cause turnovers. So obviously that’s going to be first and foremost for us this week.” Alex Smith, the 27-year-old 2005 No. 1 overall pick, took care of the ball and threw for 3,150 yards and 17 touchdowns - hardly Brees-like numbers. “I really don’t care. I’m looking to outscore him. He can throw for however many yards he wants to,” Smith said. “A lot of different ways to win games in this league. Obviously offensively, they’re doing a lot of great things right now. Recordsetting offense. It’s kind of what you aspire to get to, no question. ... It is what it is. It still comes down to scoring more points than the other team and that’s what we’re looking to do.” San Francisco turned things around at last with Coach of the Year favorite Harbaugh running the show and doing things his way. His message this week: “Don’t overcook it.” “Like a burnt piece of meat, that doesn’t taste real good,” said Harbaugh, whose Niners have lost the last six to the Saints. “Trust their own instincts. Trust their gut. Make it about the team. Trust the team. A guy doesn’t have to do too much. I think our team goes into this game confident and bold.” Running back Frank Gore gets it. “What got us here. I think that’s what it’s going to take,” Gore said. Way back at the start of this journey, the Niners took a 24-3 thumping against New Orleans in the Superdome in the teams’ August exhibition opener. The Saints blitzed all day and finished with six sacks. It’s still plenty fresh for the 49ers. “I’m sure they slept well that night because they really got after us,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “The Saints, if they choose to be, can be one of the best blitzing teams in the league.” While the 49ers feature only eight players with playoff experience to 39 for the Saints before last weekend, they are loose and unfazed. “There’s no pressure in this locker room,” Rogers said. “We’re not supposed to be here. We’re supposed to be going home.”
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leyball court in front of our house, and Fetuao plays volleyball every single day. She has impressed me throughout the years of playing, but what impressed me the most, was when she came home one day and told me that she was joining the school’s volleyball team at Tafuna High School. She pushed her skills, she was captain at her school team, and she was more competitive when she was part of the American Samoa All Star last year.” The young star from Nu’uuli told Samoa News how blessed she is with this opportunity to travel off island on a volleyball scholarship, “I feel very excited for this blessed opportunity that God has given me, I feel that I have a very bright future ahead of me not only for myself, but for my family.” She added, “I started very young playing volleyball with my siblings, but as I grew up, I kept going at it, and I never stopped playing. Now that I am at where I am at, my number one tenet to live by is practice makes perfect. I try to practice more and more every single day, and with the bonding that I have had with my past coaches and teammates, I feel very experienced and proud of myself to be where I am at today.” With her volleyball roots here on island, Fetuao told Samoa News that she is very thankful for those who have helped her get this scholarship, “I have to say thank you brother Junior Luaao and brother Bill Evens, Luaao Soli, my family and my church, for helping me and teaching me this sport that has helped me grow into what I have never expected to be.” She concluded, “I would also like to thank my families and friends all over the island, thank you for believing in me, and thank you for excepting me the way I am. I am sorry if I ever offended anyone and I never got the chance to apologize for my actions, but I just want to thank everyone out there who I have known and everyone who have supported me throughout my life.” Fetuao’s advice to all the young female athletes who are still vying for a scholarship opportunity such as this; “just be patient, have a humble heart, and play hard when you get the chance. And always remember, practice makes perfect.” With the talent that she has now, Fetuao would’ve never been able to encounter such a scholarship, without the help of her coach and family member, brother Junior Luaao, who told Samoa News about the story of his coaching career with Fetuao, “what really brings joy to my heart, is to see one of our players make it out there, especially the people from the island, making it academically, and with the help of some of the coaches that were down here, it brought a lot of great joy to us.” He added, “throughout my coaching career, I have seen some ups and downs for my players, the talent is there, but the most struggles we have here on island is academic. Our goal for both myself and brother Bill from both congregations, was to have the players expose themselves the best physically, mentally, and spiritually. As you all know, college life is full of temptations, but to have that spiritual goal and putting God first in your life will definitely have you accomplish the goals in life.”
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The Olympic flag is hoisted during the opening ceremony of the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.
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Nene added 17 points for the Nuggets. Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each had 15 points. Lawson, who was held out of Wednesday’s game against New Jersey, also had nine assists. Dwyane Wade scored 12 points before landing awkwardly on his right ankle after trying to block a shot with 7:24 remaining. He lay on the floor for several moments before gingerly making his way to the bench. He did not return. MaVErICKS 102, BuCKS 76 DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki went over 23,000 career points, Vince Carter had his highest-scoring game in Dallas and the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to four games. The defending NBA champion Mavericks (7-5) are finally on a roll after an 0-3 start. Dallas has won its last five home games since lopsided losses on consecutive days there to open the season nearly three weeks ago. Carter had 11 of his 16 points in the first 6½ minutes of the game. Jason Terry led Dallas with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Brandon Jennings had 19 points and Shaun Livingston 15 for the Bucks (4-7), who are undefeated at home but now have an NBAhigh seven road losses. Milwaukee was without 7-foot Andrew Bogut, who was out because of concussion-like symptoms. rOCKETS 103, KINGS 89 HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry’s 25 points led five double-digit scorers and Houston beat Sacramento. The Kings led at halftime, but Houston used a strong third quarter to take the lead and Sacramento never really threatened after that. Former King Samuel Dalembert added 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Luis Scola also had 21 points and grabbed 11 boards. Tyreke Evans scored 27 points for Sacramento, which has lost five of seven. Evans has scored at least 25 points in four of the last five games. DeMarcus Cousins’ streak of four straight double-doubles was snapped with a tough night. He finished with four points and four rebounds, going 1 of 7 after missing all of his six field goal attempts in the first half. NETS 110, SuNS 103 PHOENIX (AP) — Deron Williams had 35 points, his most since coming to New Jersey at last season’s trade deadline, and 14 assists as the Nets held off short-handed Phoenix for just their third victory in 12 games this season. Phoenix, playing without Steve Nash and Grant Hill because of injuries, was down by three at the half before the Nets pulled away with a barrage of 3-pointers. A rally in the final minutes by the Suns fell short.
Williams tied a career high with six 3-pointers. MarShon Brooks scored 20, Anthony Morrow 16 and Kris Humphries 15 for the Nets, who snapped a three-game skid. Ronnie Price scored a career high 18 in Phoenix’s third loss in a row. 76ErS 120, WIZardS 89 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jodie Meeks tied a career high with 26 points, Lou Williams had 19 and Spencer Hawes added 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Philadelphia beat Washington. Led by their usual balanced offense, the Sixers led by 34 points in the third quarter and crushed the NBA-worst Wizards. All five starters reached double-digit scoring for the Atlantic Division leaders. They won for the seventh time in eight games overall and improved to 5-0 at home. While the Sixers dominated the entire game, the real damage was done in the third quarter. They made 16 of 23 shots from the floor and outscored the Wizards by 20. Meeks finished 10 of 11 from the floor and 6 of 7 from 3-point range. PaCErS 95, raPTOrS 90 TORONTO (AP) — Tyler Hansbrough made two key free throws with less than 15 seconds to play and Indiana overcame the ejection of leading scorer Danny Granger to beat Toronto. George Hill scored a season-high 22 points for the Pacers, while Roy Hibbert fouled out with 15 points and nine rebounds. Hansbrough and David West each scored 13. Indiana has won two straight and four of five. DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 20 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and five or six. PISTONS 98, BOBCaTS 81 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and Detroit won the race to three victories against Charlotte. Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks: the Bobcats having lost five straight and the Pistons six in a row. The Pistons were able to snap their streak behind the inside play of Jerebko and Greg Monroe, who chipped in with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Pistons dominated inside, scoring 50 points in the paint through the first three quarters to open a 78-59 lead. Byron Mullens led Charlotte with 18 points, the eighth time in 10 games he’s reached double digits. Mullens, making his second start at center, had 12 points in the first half on 7 of 14 shooting.
“For the most part, it’s not like it’s something that you ask for,” Tebow said. “You care about going out there and trying to get better every day and trying to be a great teammate.” And his teammates don’t focus on the hype. “It’s nowhere in the locker room,” safety Quinton Carter said. “Everybody else outside of here can have fun with that. We’re here to work. We’re here to win. We don’t think about it.” Tebow also has gotten plenty of attention for displaying his religious views by Tebowing - the description for his kneeling and referring to his faith. Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater also is deeply religious. “I think he’s doing the right thing,” Slater said. “I think that he’s challenging other believers across the league to maybe be more open about their beliefs as well.” Brady rarely discusses his personal feelings. He prefers to focus only on football. But there are similarities in how he and Tebow began their careers, both facing doubts about their NFL prospects. The Patriots didn’t draft Brady until the sixth round in 2000 and he became a starter in the third game of 2001 after Drew Bledsoe was injured. Tebow won two national championships and the Heisman Trophy at Florida but wasn’t drafted until the 25th pick in 2010 and started just three games as a rookie amid doubts about his passing skills. “I think everybody has a story to tell. Every player who has made it this far has had to overcome some adversity,” Brady said. “It could be injuries or a lack of opportunities or you’re stuck behind someone else. There are very few people that get brought to the NFL ushered in on a red carpet. “I think everybody has to fight through some things, which really, you can see kind of someone’s strength of character and what they’re made of when they’re faced with adversity.” Then there’s the parallel between each quarterback’s first playoff game. Ten years ago, on Jan. 19, the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders 16-13 in the “Tuck Rule Game.” Brady appeared to lose a fumble with 1:43 left, but officials ruled the replay showed his arm going forward. That made it an incompletion even though Brady appeared to be trying to tuck the ball into his body. Adam Vinatieri then tied the game with a 45-yard field goal in the snow with 27 seconds to go in regulation and won it with a 23-yarder midway through overtime. Unlikely? Definitely. “That was a long time ago,” Light said. “I think that where we are now is drastically different than where we were then.” But more unlikely than Tebow’s 80-yarder to Thomas? Another similarity: both quarterbacks strive to be just one of the guys, unselfish players who blend in. In 2005, Brady posed for GQ Magazine holding a baby goat. His teammates razzed him. And now, Tebow says his teammates tease him about his fame. “Hopefully, they see you as a friend and as a teammate,” he said. “The rest of it is something that we laugh at and, sometimes, they make fun of you for.”
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open. Every closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over Carl Pettersson (67) and David Hearn, who kept the Canadian presence on the leaderboard with his second straight 66. Brendon de Jonge shot 62 and Pat Perez was solid again with a 67 to finish three shots behind, along with Doug LaBelle, a Monday qualifier at the Sony Open for the third time. Steve Stricker made double bogey from a bad lie in a bunker that stalled his momentum. He had to settle for a 69 and was five shots back in his bid to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep the Hawaii events. Every, however, dominated the day on and off the golf course. He made news in the summer of 2010 when he was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor drug possession charge after agents were called to a casino hotel because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room he was in. Every confirmed he was suspended for three months, returning in time for the last event, leaving him little hope of keeping his card. The 28-year-old Floridian said he has put it behind him. He is married, and his wife is expecting their first baby in June. But it didn’t keep him from talking about how the case was handled, how he is perceived and the company he keeps. “I don’t do drugs. It was a crappy deal, man,” Every said. “Wrong place, wrong time, perfect storm. And you know, I got three months out of it. It’s over with. I’m not mad at the tour. They did what they had to do. I totally understand it. But it’s over with.” Every said he is not a “party animal.” “I still hang out with the same people,” he said. “I have great friends, man. If one of my friends likes to smoke marijuana every now and then, I’m not going to say, `Well, you can’t be my friend anymore.’ Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana. I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say, but it’s the truth.” Asked about the outcome of the charge, Every said he had to “stay out of trouble” for a year. One of his agents at Goal Marketing, Kevin Canning, declined comment when asked how the case was disposed. As for golf, Every made it sound as though it was just another day on manicured fairways. “Just played good,” said Every, who was at 10-under 130. “I just didn’t make many mistakes and made some good putts, hit some good irons, just kind of normal stuff.” His normal stuff was enough to put him atop the leaderboard through 36 holes for the first time on the PGA Tour, not bad for a guy who took four years to get to the PGA Tour, and is starting his second full season. Every said he is behind where he should be, attributing that to a troublesome rookie season in 2010. He broke his finger in April, keeping him out for six weeks, then ran into trouble with the marijuana charge at the John Deere Classic. He returned to play seven more tournaments before he was suspended, and wound up 160th on the money list. “I kind of feel like a rookie out here,” Every said. “My rookie year ... I almost kept my status and played half the tournaments that everybody else played. I feel like it was a pretty good year for me. I just didn’t get to play much.” After his rookie season, he didn’t get through Q-school and spent another year on the Nationwide Tour, where he finished 18th on the money list to get one of the 25 spots back on the PGA Tour. “It’s easy to get lulled to sleep out there because the towns you go to and it’s just so hot,” Every said. “Every week, you’ve got to shoot 6 under every round. You can get depressed out there pretty fast. So now I am hungry, but when I was out there, I was just really fighting to stay interested, you know?” Graham DeLaet, the first-round leader at 63, had consecutive double bogeys at the start of his round and rallied for a 72, putting him five shots out of the lead. The Kona wind that picked up slightly in the afternoon provided an unusual scene on the par-5 ninth. Firm fairways and a tail wind made the 504-yard play to an average score of 3.957 - and it’s a par 5. Erik Compton took advantage, hitting to 4 feet for eagle on his last hole to make the cut on the number at 1-under 139. Pettersson hit a big drive that left him only a sand wedge for his second shot. “It felt weird,” Pettersson said. “I freaked out. I said to my caddie, `Are you sure?’ It just didn’t feel right.” Stricker was tied for the lead when he birdied the 18th hole at the turn. On the opening hole, among the toughest on the course, he got through the hard part with a drive down the middle of the fairway. His 3-iron into the increasingly strong wind came up a yard short and plugged into a bunker, and he knocked that over the green for a double bogey. “From that point, I struggled to get any momentum going,” he said. “But I’m OK.”
K.J. Choi, of South Korea, tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Sony Open (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Honolulu.
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• • • • • • • • • “There isn’t any one Canada, any average Canadian, any average place, any type.” -MiriaM Chapin • • • • • • • • • aN ENGLISH LaNGuaGE TEaCHEr SHarES HEr ExPErIENCE aS a CaNadIaN • • • • • • • • • As an English as a Second Language teacher for adult newcomers to Canada, I am one of the first “Canadians” my students have sustained contact with. As their unofficial ambassador to Canada, I see my job as much more than teaching them grammar and vocabulary. I teach them about Canada and Canadians, beginning with myself. I talk about myself and my family and invite my students to ask questions, so they can see how a fairly typical Canadian lives. One of the first questions they ask is: “Where are you from?” “I was born in Montreal,” I say, “but I’ve lived in Toronto for years. I’m a thirdgeneration Canadian of Eastern European descent.” The European students pick up their heads. “What country?” they ask. “From several,” I say. “My father’s parents were from Romania. My mother’s mother was from Austria, but her father was from Lithuania. They met here in Canada. So, I’m a mixture -- bit of this and a bit of
that.” The Europeans smile. Then I add, “My sister’s husband is from China. One of my nieces married a man whose family was originally from the Netherlands; the other is dating someone from Peru.” I pause to let them take in all the names of the countries, before continuing. “We are definitely a multicultural family.” Now it’s the Asian and South American students who are smiling. The questions come faster. “Are you married? Do you have any children?” “No, I’m not married, like about 20 percent of Canadians. I don’t have any children, but I do have several cats.” This information often leads to spirited discussions on the pros and cons of marriage, divorce and having children. On another day, we talk about food and cooking. “What’s a real Canadian food?” they ask. “You mean apart from hamburgers and pizza?” I think for a moment. “I’d have to say maple syrup, all kinds of berries and salmon.” A woman calls out. “What’s salmon and how do you make it?” I smile. “Salmon is a fish. As for how to make it, first you open a can.” “But canned food isn’t fresh,” they say. “You should shop and cook every day.” “If I had to eat what I made, I’d starve. Most of my cooking goes right from the stove to the garbage can. For me, it’s easier, cheaper and much better tasting just to open a can of something.” Laughter greets my comment. Then I describe the food my grandmother used to cook. “She used every part of the animal, from cow’s tongue to chicken feet. None of which I’d eat, but my mother still eats those foods.” That sparks a discussion about what people eat or don’t eat in different countries and why. For major holidays, I bring in the traditional foods -- pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, candy canes for Christmas, hot cross buns for Easter, and unleavened bread for Passover. “You don’t have to like the food,” I tell them, “but you do have to try it.” I invite students to do the same with their holidays and associated foods. By the time they leave my class, my students have had a chance to get to know at least one Canadian. In comparing themselves to me, they learn about the similarities and differences between Canadian culture and many other cultures. For these students, I am Canada -- something I consider both an honor and a privilege. Although I take my job as teacher and role model seriously, I’m not above having some fun. If you ever meet a new immigrant who thinks salmon grows in cans or you can’t become a Canadian citizen until you own at least one cat, the chances are I was his or her teacher. Say “Hi” for me.
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BIGGEST WINNER INITIATIVE (Formerly Biggest Loser) starts Jan 21st thru Apr 14th (12 wkd); Pre-register now at ASNOC office, Tasi Street, in Tafuna; e-mail: biggestwinnersamoa@gmail.com for more info. AS GOLF ASSOC. MEETING Wed. Jan 18th 5pm Golf Course 19th Hole. Agenda: Prepare for hosting of 35th Annual All Samoan Golf Tourney. New members & all those interested welcome to attend. MANUMALO BAPTIST SCH w/ K.K. Park & Gear Up Program will begin after school math tutoring for 1st grade to Hi School students starting Jan. 17th. Placement test is required for students grades 7th thru High Sch Sat. Jan 14th 9am @ Manumalo. More info 699-9512 or visit Manumalo sch office. PRAXIX TEST Sat. Jan. 14th Samoana HS Math Bldg. Registered applicants report by 7:30am. Applicants taking WRITING TEST ONLY, report at 10:30am. ASVBA Will host inter-National Volleyball Championshp Tourney, Apr 12-16. Team confirm to participate. 8 Teams (Samoa) 2 Teams (Australia) 2 Teams (NZ) 8 Teams (AS) Info 699-5936, 256-0866, 733-6143 ASVBA Meeting For Flagday League Championship, Wed, Jan 25th 4:30pm President Guest House, Tafuna. More info 699-5936, 256-0866, 733-6143. SURVIVORS TAKING ACTION THROUGH TALKING Group Meeting every Saturday this month. Starting Sat. Jan 7th 9am, Tafuna, main road, 103 Radio Station - upstairs. Info Liz 254-3336. AA MEETINGS Held at Catholic Social Services. Samoan version - Tues. & Thur. 12noon. English version - Tue. & Fri. 5-6pm (Hope House)- More info 699-6611/5683 or 258-6302 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
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We invite all college graduates with a Bachelors in Marketing & Bachelors in Finance to apply. Position: LOAN OFFICER Responsibilities: 1. Interview potential borrowers to consider loan requests and discuss DBAS Direct and Federal loan programs, alternatives, credit criteria, interest rates, etc. 2. Review loan applications using the “4 Cs of Credit” and complete appropriate worksheets for each loan application. 3. Promote the federal and local commercial loan programs – EDRLF, CSBG, CDBG and DIRECT. 4. Monitor DIRECT, EDRLF, CSBG, and CDBG commercial accounts 5. Establish a business relationship with the EDA, DOC, USDA, etc. to secure funding from these different agencies. 6. Complete Semi-Annual Report for the EDRLF loan program 7. Assist loan staff with other local and federal consumer and mortgage loan programs – DIRECT, HUD HOME, CDBG-DAHLP, VA, Student loans. 8. Establish a Business Relationship with the Private Sector and ASG QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Experience: BachelorsDegree in Marketing, Finance or related field with five to eight (5-8) years of experience. Skills/Abilities: • Strong analytical, public relation and writing skills • Be familiar with the basics of loan underwriting and documentation • Proficient with Microsoft Office 2007 programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) etc. • Ability to use a computer, adding machine, copy machine, and basic business equipment • Must be able to communicate fluently in English and Samoan If you meet the above requirements, please submit a detailed Resume to our Administration Office located on the 2ndfloor of the Lumana’i Building. Deadline Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm Please, No phone calls.
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ACROSS 1 Shortestnamed continent 5 Missile with a feathery flight 9 Viola’s staff leader 14 Dynasty of Confucius 15 Cookie many take apart 16 Scarlett’s surname 17 Three black things 20 Tip for test takers? 21 Anonymous plaintiff 22 Words of comprehension 23 Place for a Barcalounger, perhaps 24 Vacation at Vail 26 Leave speechless 28 High-hat 30 Not take “no” for an answer 34 Patriot’s end? 37 Ending for “psych” 39 “Divine Comedy” poet 40 Three black things 44 Marquetry feature 45 Cast aspersions on 46 Hold the deed to 47 Flower’s pol-
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker January 14, 2012 len producer 49 Class ring inscription 51 Forehead 53 Casino cube 54 ___ Lanka 57 Boyfriend 60 That woman 62 Hunting dog 64 Four black things 67 Some high school math calculations 68 Describe in drawing or words 69 Present-day Persia 70 They may be refried 71 Kin of 28-Across 72 ___ terrier (Scottish breed) DOWN 1 Yearned 2 Portion 3 Corn Belt denizen 4 Birds that look a bit like penguins 5 Necessity for an opening act? 6 Triceps locale 7 Bassoon or clarinet 8 Hullabaloos 9 It comes after “dot” 10 Lumberjack’s tool 11 Doesn’t keep pace 12 Buffalo’s waterfront 13 Confront 18 Word with “pool” or “pit” 19 Abominable snowman 25 Very small amounts 27 Put back the way it was 29 Type of goat 31 “China” intro 32 Meat-andvegetable entree 33 Fork-tailed shore bird 34 Wader with a curved bill 35 Text message status 36 ___ fide (in bad faith) 38 Like crossword puzzles 41 Malayan tree bearing red fruit 42 Miss Clairol user 43 It’s done a lot in church 48 Overly curious 50 Fishing-rod attachment 52 Young dog or wolf 54 Proverbial baby deliverer 55 Race with a baton 56 “Fame” singer Cara 57 Let the cat out of the bag 58 Blarney Stone land 59 Sailing the ocean 61 Eastern potentate 63 That counterpart? 65 Letter on Superman’s chest 66 Start of Cain’s famous question
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BLACK POWER By Troy Benning
HaPPy BIrTHday: You have everything in place except your emotions. Don’t ruin a good thing by letting someone’s unpredictable nature undermine your ability to make a good decision. This can be a great year with lots of perks if you can separate your personal sentiments from your business dealings. Think, delineate and dive in. Your numbers are 9, 14, 18, 20, 32, 44, 48. arIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll be prone to making impulsive decisions that will be detrimental to your future. Don’t let anyone force you out of a position or convince you to take on something that is riddled with uncertainty. Do your research. ✸✸✸ TauruS (April 20-May 20): You’ll be in the right place at the right time. Your desire to help others will bring you added benefits. Travel if it will help you develop or gain knowledge imperative to something you want to accomplish. Expand your horizons. ✸✸✸ GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t get angry, get moving. You have everything to gain by keeping a sound mind and an active body. Your ability to adapt to adversity will help you bypass obstacles that a competitor or jealous acquaintance throws at you. ✸✸✸✸✸ CaNCEr (June 21-July 22): Get whatever you need to finish out of the way. Complaints will be voiced if you neglect your chores or you aren’t attentive to the needs of others. Avoid emotional outbursts by being attentive and focusing on love, romance and family. ✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Spice things up. Do something unique. Venture into unfamiliar territory. The more you do to stimulate your mind and to challenge yourself physically, the better you will feel. Let your heart lead the way and you will reach personal goals. ✸✸✸✸ VIrGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t sit around waiting for others to make plans for you. Step up
and be the one to get things started. Networking, travel and interacting with people who share your interests will lead to an interesting turn of events. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸ LIBra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Proceed with caution, especially with home and family matters. An opportunity is likely to upset someone you care about. Be diplomatic and gentle in the way you handle others to avoid unwanted turmoil. ✸✸✸ SCOrPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Share your experiences with friends, relatives or neighbors. What you learn in the process will come in handy when you want to ask for favors. A plan you have can expand your professional future. Love is in the stars, and romance is highlighted. ✸✸✸✸ SaGITTarIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Get together with peers or people who can help you flush out a moneymaking idea you want to pursue. Getting a conservative view will help you scale down and perfect your strategy, helping you find a successful way to move forward. ✸✸ CaPrICOrN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Whatever you touch will turn to gold. Invest in you and your property. A fortunate situation will develop that will enhance your chance to monopolize something you have to offer. Share your success with the ones you love. ✸✸✸✸✸ aQuarIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will reach your goal, slowly but surely. A plan to alter your residence will pay off and aid you in getting some of your other dreams, hopes and wishes off the ground. You’ll gain greater security and support by taking action. ✸✸✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Enhance your look or take on a creative project to boost your reputation or to win favors from someone who can help you get a dream off the ground. ✸✸✸ BIrTHday BaBy: You are sensitive, unpredictable and protective. You strive for justice and fairness.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
dEar aBBy: My boyfriend, “Cole,” and I have been together since college -- several years now. We have a loving relationship, but the problem is distance. My job sometimes requires me to take short-term (two- to five-month) contracts in other cities and overseas. Even though it is difficult to be apart, I handle long-distance relationships relatively well while Cole does not. This began in college when I studied abroad for a semester. Cole tries to be supportive and wants me to be successful, but he takes it personally when I have to leave. For me, it’s just about a job, but Cole doesn’t see it that way. I would support Cole wherever and in whatever he needed. Although it would be ideal to be together all the time, I realize that sometimes it isn’t possible. Am I being selfish, or do we simply need different things out of a relationship? -- GLOBETROTTER IN DES MOINES dEar GLOBE-TrOTTEr: Are you being selfish, or is Cole being selfish? Are you willing to give up a career you have prepared for and work in so that he will no longer suffer separation anxiety? While your relationship is a loving one, the two of you have serious differences, and you must rationally decide which is more important to you. After that, everything will fall into place. dEar aBBy: Please tell me the proper etiquette for gift-giving. My in-laws often leave the price tags on gifts, especially if the gift was expensive. I believe price tags should be removed. Shouldn’t a gift come from the heart and not be a monetary statement? -- OFFENDED IN WISCONSIN dEar OFFENdEd: Yes, it should. Leaving a price tag on a gift implies that the giver is also “giving” the recipient a burden of gratitude. And the burden of gratitude can weigh so heavily that it diminishes the pleasure of receiving a gift. dEar aBBy: My wife died nine years ago after a long illness. We have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren. I met “Lucille” two years ago at a basketball game that involved both our grandsons. Slowly, we began dating. Lucille has been a widow for many years and has five children. We are now engaged and planning a wedding for about 60 people after Lucille retires next year. We want to include our families in the ceremony. Lucille’s two eldest sons plan to give her away. Two of her granddaughters will be flower girls. I asked my son to be my best man and he refused. He said he is happy for us and will attend the wedding, but he prefers not to stand up for me. He feels it would be disloyal to his mother’s memory. He is adamant. I never imagined my son would act this way. I didn’t mean to offend him. I’m not trying to replace his mother. We just want to bring both families together. Abby, your opinion, please. -- WELLMEANING DAD ON THE EAST COAST DEAR DAD: It’s a shame that your son feels unable to support you as you enter this new phase of your life. If he is offended at the idea that after nine years you would want to remarry, the problem is his. Do not make it yours. I’m sure your late wife would want your life to be fulfilling. Ask your daughter or a close friend to stand up with you and let nothing spoil your day. You and Lucille have earned your happiness. Bless you both.
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A look at some of this year’s ASHSAA Boys Basketball League that kicked off this week. Featured here are the Marist Crusaders, Fagaitua High School, Samoana Sharks, and Manumalo.
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