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American Samoa Baseball Association (ASBA) president J. Victor Langkilde (middle) bidding farewell to Jason Laolagi (left) and Leuma Fualefau Jr. (right), [courtesy photo] who departed Sunday night to attend school and play baseball for Bacone College in Oklahoma. The student-players are members of ASBA.
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
Two local youths get baseball scholarships
Two main players with the American Samoa Baseball Association (ASBA) left the territory Sunday night for Bacone College in Muskogee, Okalohoma to attend school and play baseball. Association president Victor Langkilde explained that Jason Laolagi, 19, and Leuma Fualefau Jr., 19, received scholarship money from the college on top of their other financial aid to attend and play baseball at Bacone College, which is affiliated with the American Baptist Church. Both student-players graduated in May last year with Laolagi, who as been with ASBA for 10 years - from Samoana High School and Fualefau - who has been with ASBA for two years - from Marist Fa’asao High School. Asked about his hopes are for these two student-players from American Samoa, Langkilde told Samoa News yesterday that, “overall it is to get an education to come back home and serve our community and territory.” “The bonus is to come back with additional baseball skills to play for our national baseball team and assist with ASBA in teaching our younger kids in the Little League program,” said Langkilde, who acknowledged that baseball could be another avenue for local graduates to receive off-island sports schoarlships to fund their education. ASBA plans to be active with pursuing scholarships for students who want to play baseball and use it as a vehicle to get an education and most of all a college degree. This definitely will be another means or avenue to get a college scholarship,” he said. According to the sporting association president, the two players were members of the American Samoa National Team to the 2011 Pacific Games hosted by New Caledonia and in the 2011 Samoa Bowl Games. Lankilde said ASBA expressed sincere ‘thank yous’ to many individuals in the territory for their continued support of ASBA over years, including Gov. Togiola Tulafono and First Lady Mary Ann, local sporting organizations, government departments and the American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau as well as ASBA supporters. He also commended organizers of the Samoa Bowl event for a successful program, which this year included baseball.
By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Sports Reporter
Good & controversial news in local boxing
The American Samoa National Amateur Boxing Council (ASNABC), chaired by Henry Tavake is once more making the news — good and controversial. The good is that the chair of ASNABC, who is also a coach and trainer in the sports organization will be taking five of its boxers today to Savai’i for what Tavake calls ‘Goodwill’ matches against boxers from Samoa. The matches will take place on Saturday. The controversial is that Tavake, who is the coach/trainer of the ASNABC’s top fighter, Super Heavy Weight Alapati A’asa Jr. has not been appointed by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) to take the fighter to the Oceania qualifiers in March for the 2012 Olympic Games; and according to Tavake, if he does not go, neither will his fighter. THE GOOD NEWS “First of all, I just want all of the boxing fans out there to know about the amateur fights that I call ‘Goodwill’ matches that will be taking place this coming Saturday in Savaii,” said Tavake. He said, “We were invited over to Savai’i to take part in local matches…The fights will be taking place on Saturday and I will take 5 of my best… One Tuala- Welterweight, Ioane Failauga- Light Heavy Weight, George TanoaMiddleweight, Riley Tuala- Heavyweight and Alapati A’asa- Super Heavyweight.” Tavake noted that “we still train at the Department of Parks and Recreation grounds at the Tafuna Industrial Park, thanks to the kindness of
the Director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a.” Kelepi Fata, who was the 132 lb Lightweight Champion in the ‘All Samoa Mosooi Amateur Boxing Championships’ on October 29 of last year, will not be making this trip due to a shoulder injury, Tavake said. He said of the Goodwill matches that “I have to keep these boys active. We just can’t practice, practice, practice all of the time, we need fights. These are good guys that have trained hard and are ready.” CONTROVERSIAL NEWS Tavake said he was less than pleased with the decision of the ASBF to take another coach/ trainer to the Oceania qualifier, and not him. “I can’t believe this. How they can make a decision like this. I have been with Alapati going on three years now, training him, coaching him and working with him and now the federation wants to appoint someone else to go with him to Australia for the Oceania qualifiers for the Olympics,” said Tavake. “Alapati has a real good chance to make it to the Olympics in London, England. That is how good he is. If you send him with someone else to a big event like this, with someone who knows nothing about him, he might end up getting hurt really bad. I have been working with him for a while now and know what to do, to help guide him to the top. I am taking this personally. A coach should stay with his fighter,” he stated. “We have a possible world champion in our midst and if you don’t do things right, then it can ruin him forever in boxing. This kid is special.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — At the end of last season, Doug Smith never imagined his son would play for the San Francisco 49ers again, not after hearing the quarterback get booed out of Candlestick Park and yet another coaching change on the way. Alex Smith sat down with his father to seek advice ahead of free agency. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick was intrigued by new coach Jim Harbaugh, an offensive guru at Stanford and a former NFL quarterback who embraced Smith instantly. Still, the quarterback had his apprehensions about staying in San Francisco. “It’s easier to say, ‘Well, the grass has got to be greener somewhere else,’” Doug Smith said by phone this week from his home in La Mesa, Calif. “As I reminded Alex, if he’d have turned the clock back two years to the post-Mike Nolan era, ‘If they’d have hired Harbaugh instead of (Mike) Singletary, you’d have been doing backflips at that point, Alex. You wouldn’t have had any qualms. You would have been anxious. You would have been eager.’ “So I said, ‘OK, you had some bad years there that went nowhere. But here it is. What do you do? You could try it somewhere else. Here’s a guy that’s finally offensively oriented.’” Every step since has been more surprising than the next. Smith has started to shed his draftbust label and turned around his career under Harbaugh, leading the 49ers (13-3) to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. They’ll host the New Orleans Saints (14-3) in the NFC divisional round Saturday at Candlestick, a place fans smothered Smith with boos so often in the past.
Smith has turned boos into cheers as 49ers QB
“There are so many quarterbacks but they don’t have that it factor. I’m starting to see a lot more of that in him right now and it probably has a lot to do with Jim Harbaugh because he played that position,” said former 49ers receiver and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Smith has been by far the most surprising player for the NFC West champions. The former Utah quarterback threw for a career-best 3,144 yards and 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions, anchoring Harbaugh’s version of the West Coast offense with recordtying efficiency. San Francisco finished with 10 total turnovers, equaling the 2010 New England Patriots for the fewest in NFL history. Smith, who has played under a different coordinator each season and only one previous offensive-minded coach in Norv Turner, has even started to sound like Harbaugh — refusing to relish any vindication and deflecting attention back to the team. “I had a great season up to this point, but like I said, just got us a ticket to the dance like everybody else,” Smith said. Those who know Smith best believe the NFL lockout might’ve helped more than hindered the quarterback despite a shortened offseason and a new coaching staff. Certainly, he had little chance to move elsewhere in free agency. Before he even signed a one-year deal, Smith hosted a pair of informal minicamps at San Jose State during the lockout that some 49ers dubbed “Camp Alex,” forcing him to assume a leadership role. Smith organized practices, led classroom sessions to teach Harbaugh’s playbook and even played the part of security guard and public relations coordinator with fans and reporters. Smith sought out advice on how to organize practices from his father and uncle, John, the former Michigan State coach. By the time training camp began, the 49ers had about as much of the offense installed as players could without Harbaugh’s guidance. Even still, he debuted with a preseason debacle at New Orleans — with six sacks in all by the Saints, including two on Smith — in San Francisco’s 24-3 loss. There haven’t been many hiccups since. “I just see a guy that doesn’t really care too much what people think,” said kicker David Akers, who made an NFL-record 44 field goals this season. “He’s broken records where people think, ‘OK, well it’s just passing.’ Well, how about not turning the ball over? How about moving the ball down the field and having some long, sustaining drives where it wears down the defense, gets you in scoring opportunities? If we’re able to have all the field goal opportunities, that means we’re still moving the ball.” Smith also credits his approach this season to his expanded family. His son, Hudson, turned 8 months old Wednesday. Smith split time with his wife tending to Hudson late at night during the lockout, inspiring him to reach out to the rest of his family with the uncertainty surrounding his football future. “I think family helps keeps things in perspective for Alex, and that’s the important thing,” Doug Smith said. “Life deals you a whole bunch of cards, and some of those cards you can do something with, and some of them you can’t. Family shows him there are
FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2011 file photo, San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith looks downfield during the second half of an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks, in (AP Photo/Kevin Casey, File) Seattle. Smith lead the 49ers back into the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
bigger things in life.” During a family vacation in Santa Barbara for his father’s 60th birthday July 13, Alex and his older brother, Josh, convinced their dad that they should all get matching tattoos. The Smith men had an artist ink a Serbian-style cross with a symbol around each corner in a tribute to Alex’s great grandfather, an Austrian immigrant of Serbian descent who immigrated through Ellis Island at age 12. The cross means “father” in Serbian. Alex has one on his back. Doug has a smaller one on his right thigh with ski crosses on each corner, one of his favorite hobbies — besides watching 49ers games. Sisters Abbey and MacKenzie are expected to follow. “It’s painful. I’m not doing that again,” Doug Smith said. Same might’ve been said for another go-around at Candlestick for the Smith family. After being the punching bag for the franchise’s failures, the 49ers have trumpeted Smith’s season — Harbaugh believed the quarterback should’ve made the Pro Bowl — and are already talking about bringing him back for the long haul. Games for the Smith family, which normally tries to “stay incognito,” are understandably more enjoyable these days. Even for the quarterback, too. “We never would have thought he’d been there this year, to be honest with you, after what he had gone through last year,” Doug Smith said. “It was kind of a surprise to us that he’s even at the 49ers this year. But Alex is the kind of guy, he’s a pretty loyal guy. A high level of determination is one of his best assets. He wanted to see this through.”
BOSTON (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left and leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Dallas led most of the game, but Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85 with 25 seconds to play. Former Celtic Delonte West dribbled the clock down to about 10 seconds before giving it to Nowitzki. The NBA finals MVP cut to the basket past Garnett and picked up a foul from Brandon Bass while floating the ball into the basket. Rajon Rondo scored 24 points for Boston and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds. The Celtics have lost two straight since winning four in a row. Dallas has won three straight to improve to 6-5. BuLLS 78, WIZARDS 64 CHICAGO (AP) — John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured Derrick Rose and Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights. Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of MVP Rose, who was out with a sprained big left toe. Lucas played 45 minutes, had eight assists, eight rebounds and hit 11 of 28 shots. Kyle Korver added 14 points, and Luol Deng had 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulls are tied for NBA lead with Oklahoma City at 10-2. Jordan Crawford had 14 points for Washington. The Wizards dropped to 1-9 a night after beating Toronto for their first victory. THuNDER 95, HORNETS 85 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first 8 minutes to help the Thunder extend a two-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within four early in the fourth, but never threatened after that. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which won its fifth in a row to improve to 10-2. Chris Kaman and Carl Landry had 17 points each for New Orleans, which lost for the seventh time in eight games. KNICKS 85, 76ERS 79 NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and the nine rebounds, and New York won its fourth straight game and snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak. Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks improve to 6-4 — the first time they’ve been two games over .500 this season. Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points for the 76ers, who were playing from behind nearly the entire way while trying to become the second team this season to win three games in three nights. They outscored opponents by 16 points per game during their 7-2 start, but trailed by 17 in this one. PACERS 96, HAWKS 84 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump, and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta. The Pacers improved to 7-3, matching their best start since 2005-06. Indiana also is 4-0 at home for the first time since winning its first seven home games in 2002-03. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 16 points, and Joe Johnson had 15. Granger was 9 of 16 from the field, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Granger and Hibbert scored all the points as the Pacers, up 53-50 at the half, put together a 16-2 run in the third quarter to make it 71-54 with 5:07 to go in the period. KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91 TORONTO (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to help Sacramento beat Toronto for its first road victory of the season. Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Jimmer Fredette had 10 for the Kings. Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 24 points for Toronto. The Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto dating to February 2004.
NBA ROUNDUP Dirk leads Mavs to 90-85 victory over the Celtics
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Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) makes contact with the fist of Boston Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal (7) as he drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Dallas won 90-85.
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Ross & Giants secondary are ready for Packers sequel
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants secondary has a message for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this time around: It’s not going to be as easy as last time. The communication problems and blown assignments that allowed Rodgers to hit a wide-open Donald Driver in the first half and lead a last-minute, game-winning field goal drive in a 38-35 victory in early December have been fixed, and everybody is seemingly healthy. Aaron Ross, who had to leave Sunday’s 24-2 win over Atlanta in the NFC wild-card game with a head injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and said he would play Sunday in Green Bay in the NFC divisional round. What’s more is there is a sense a confidence and a belief that the Packers can be beaten. “To me, it’s another game,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “I don’t put any opponent on a pedestal. I understand they have a lot of weapons on this team and they are an awesome opponent, and so are we.” The Giants (10-7) have evolved over the past month from an inconsistent defense that gave up big plays both on the ground and in the air to one that suddenly has found itself. The last three opponents - the Jets, Cowboys and Falcons - have combined for 30 points, with the Giants offense contributing two to that total with a safety last week. A big part of the transformation has been getting the defensive line back. Osi Umenyiora has returned from an ankle injury. Justin Tuck has overcome neck, groin, ankle and toes woes. Combine those two with All Pro Jason Pierre-Paul and the front line is harassing opposing quarterbacks. What’s also different is the play of the back seven, particularly the secondary. The talent has been there with Ross, Rolle, cornerbacks Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara, and safeties Kenny Phillips and Deon Grant. However, getting them and the linebackers on the same page in pass coverage has been a yearlong effort that finally has everyone reading the same lines. “We’ve come a long way,” linebacker Michael Boley said. “Early on, we were so up and down, the linebackers and the secondary. One week, one thing would hurt us and the next week it would be something else. The last couple of weeks, we’ve brought everything together, not really simplified things, but made sure that everyone was on the same page.” Grant said the Giants weren’t doing that the day they played the Packers for a number of reasons. Umenyiora didn’t play that game. Tuck was limited by injuries. Boley was just coming back from a hamstring injury and was only 70 percent. Phillips sprained a knee in the first half and Amukamara, who was still working his way back into shape after breaking his foot in training camp, ran out of gas, and was replaced in the second half by recently signed Will Blackmon. “The first game we had to move around so much, it was hard to get a key because we were playing different positions,” Grant said, noting the he had to take over at safety for Phillips and Ross had to play the nickel, something he hadn’t done much. Still, the Giants were competitive with the league’s highest scoring team. “After that game, our confidence level just went sky high,” Phillips said. “It was the undefeated team that was supposed to be the best team in the league and we were right there with them. There is no such thing as a moral victory, but we got a lot of confidence from that game.” Rodgers threw four touchdowns in that game, hitting 28 of 46 passes for 369 yards. He also ran four times for 32 yards to keep a couple of drives alive. “He’s an elite quarterback, one of the best,” said Ross, who passed the concussion protocols even if he was not certain whether he actually suffered a concussion. “His balls are pinpoint. He has the receivers to get the ball to and he’s a smart quarterback.” Rodgers also should have his full compliments of receivers. Greg Jennings, who tore a ligament in his left knee the week after playing the Giants is ready to return to the lineup, bolstering a receiving corps that includes Jordy Nelson, Driver and tight end Jermichael Finley. “Playing them the first time, I think they understood what challenges we presented,” Rolle said. “I think we could have helped ourselves out in certain situations, but we were a step away. It
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Serena Williams of the US prepares to make a backhand return during a practice session for the Australian Open tennis championship in, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
It’s official: Heisman Trophy winner RG3 jumping to NFL
WACO, Texas (AP) -- When Robert Griffin III arrived at Baylor four years ago with new coach Art Briles, the Bears had never even had a winning season in the Big 12. Standing in the confetti celebration last month after the Bears won their first bowl game in nearly two decades for a 10-win season, the exciting dual-threat quarterback knew in his gut it was time to move on to the next level. Griffin made it official Wednesday, announcing he would skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft after a college career in which he set or tied 54 school records in 41 games. It was a month and a day after RG3 became the first Baylor player to win college football’s highest individual honor. “Obviously you want to leave something better than you found it,” Griffin said. “I can say we’ve done that.” It was nearly 2 1/2 minutes after Griffin started talking during his campus news conference that he finally said he was going to the NFL. But, like he said, he has never been good at good-byes. “It’s see you later,” he said. His public announcement came right after meeting with teammates to inform them of the decision, and Griffin said he broke down in tears after telling them. Griffin had told Briles of his decision when they spoke Tuesday, following up on a conversation from the previous day. “Neither of us broke down, surprisingly,” said Griffin, though Briles quickly added with a smile, “Not on the outside.” Despite losing the best quarterback in Baylor history, Briles called it a day of celebration for all that Griffin has meant and stood for at Baylor, both on and off the field. “He’s ready, it’s time,” Briles said. “I’m excited, and I’m happy for Robert, for the way he’s conducted himself for four years and the journey he has in front of him.” Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, and Griffin are likely to be the first two quarterbacks drafted in April. “It’s just a tough decision, I love the people at this university,” Griffin said. “I love my coach for giving me the chance of being a quarterback and doing the things that we’ve done.” The Bears tied a school record this season with 10 wins - the other 10-win season was in 1980 during Mike Singletary’s senior year. They won their last six games in 2011, and the record-setting 67-56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl was their first bowl victory since 1992. Baylor finished ranked No. 13, the first time since 1986 that the Bears were in the final AP poll of the year. When Griffin walked out of the room after his news conference, he was greeted in the hallway by an embrace from school president Ken Starr, who expressed how proud he was of the quarterback. “He is priceless. He’s just matchless in terms of the combination of goodness of character, greatness of skill and his commitment to his university and his teammates,” Starr said. “The nation has found Robert to be this very endearing and, as someone said, he’s the most interesting person in perhaps all of athletics, but interesting in a positive sense. It’s all good, and there’s a goodness of character that makes Baylor proud.” There are also the goofy socks. RG3 created a frenzy that led to people paying several hundreds of dollars to get a pair of Superman socks like the ones he wore at the Heisman ceremony Dec. 10. Griffin opted Wednesday for the purple Barney character socks. “It’s an emotional day, but I love everybody, so today I decided to wear Barney socks,” he said, drawing laughter and a couple of quips from Briles. “Get on E-bay, Barney socks just went up,” Briles said. “Get them now.” Griffin arrived at Baylor as a 17-year-old freshman in January 2008 after graduating from high school a semester early. He completed an undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010 and has been working on his master’s degree in communications, which he said he will complete with a thesis either this spring or summer. Baylor’s career passing leader completed 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a Bears quarterback. He had another season of eligibility remaining because he got a medical redshirt after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the 2009 season. He said any fear of getting hurt again had no impact on his decision to leave. Griffin completed 291 of 402 passes (72 percent) for 4,293 yards and 37 TDs with only six interceptions this season, when he also ran for 699 yards and 10 more touchdowns. He was the nation’s second-most efficient passer with a 189.48 rating, just behind Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, whose 191.78 rating came with 93 fewer pass attempts. “We definitely brought a lot of excitement here to Baylor that’s been warranted for a long time,” he said. “We’ve gotten to new heights at Baylor that haven’t been seen in a long time, but the climb isn’t over. ... I will always be a Baylor Bear, no matter what.”
(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Reggie McKenzie answers questions next to owner Mark Davis, at left, during his introduction as the general manager of the Oakland Raiders NFL football team, during a news conference in (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012.
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Tim Tebow and the Broncos passed one huge test. Now comes an even bigger challenge. If the Broncos stunned the football world and they did everywhere outside of the Rockies - with their thrilling overtime victory against the Steelers, they could set the universe spinning out of control by beating the top-seeded Patriots. New England isn’t nearly as strong as it was in winning three Super Bowls and going undefeated on its way to a fourth NFL title game. Although the Patriots went 13-3 to secure AFC home-field advantage this season, winning their final eight, they have major issues on defense. Plus, they’ve lost their last three postseason games: the 2008 Super Bowl to the Giants, then at home against the Ravens and Jets. “To me it’s not ‘where,’ it’s more ‘who,’ ‘’ Broncos coach John Fox said. “They are a very good football team; they’ve got a lot of playoff experience. We will have to deal with crowd noise; that’s always a little bit of an issue but it won’t be the first time this season we’ve had to do that. It’ll be a huge challenge and when you get to this point in the playoffs that’s kind of how it always is.” New England snapped Denver’s six-game winning streak with a 41-23 win in the Mile High City a month ago. So the Patriots are plenty familiar with Tebow and company. “It’s always challenging to go up against an offense like this because you can do so many things,” Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “You can’t just say, ‘When they get in this formation, this is going to happen,’ or ‘When they do this, look out for (this).’ You can’t do that because you can be attacked and blindsided from so many different ways. “This game is going to come down to disciplined football for us.” The Patriots always seem to be hosting January games in Foxborough, ever since the “Tuck Rule” win over the Raiders 10 years ago. Because recently they’ve been vulnerable at home in those situations, and because Denver (9-8) has performed some, uh, miracles, there’s a line of thought that the Broncos will surprise the Patriots on Saturday night. The oddsmakers don’t think so: The Patriots are 13 1/2-point favorites, a massive line for the playoffs. We agree with the oddsmakers. BEST BET: PATRIOTS, 38-20 New Orleans (minus 3 1/2) at San Francisco, Saturday For all those folks who’ve already put the Saints (13-4) in the NFC title game at Green Bay, which would be a reprise of the season
opener, the 49ers (13-3) have two choice words: Hold on. San Francisco has the best defense in the conference, if not the league, a versatile group that can cover, rush the passer, and force turnovers. The 49ers had a plus-28 turnover margin, were tops in takeaways (38) and fumble recoveries (15). New Orleans was minus-3. The Niners also protect the ball better than anyone, with 10 giveaways all season. All of San Francisco’s strengths will be severely tested, though, by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, who has been virtually unstoppable all season. The Saints also are experienced at this juncture of the schedule, while the 49ers most decidedly are not. “It’s special being in the playoffs,” Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I want them to feel that, understand what this is all about. You get one shot. They’ve earned a right to be here. But understand that we’re not trying to get every ounce of pleasure out of this thing. We’re focused on what we need to do and that’s prepare for the New Orleans Saints.” Take the experience - and the better offense in this high-scoring season. SAINTS, 24-20 Houston (plus 7 1/2) at Baltimore, Sunday And take the defense in this one. Of course, both teams have solid units. The Ravens (12-4) swept their home games and are far more fearsome in Baltimore than on the road. Key here is whether dynamic RB Ray Rice can break free for big gains against the Texans (11-6), and how well the Ravens’ secondary can handle WR Andre Johnson. Just well enough, we say. RAVENS, 17-14 New York Giants (plus 7 1/2) at Green Bay, Sunday The last time these two met in the playoffs at Lambeau, it was frigid, yet Giants QB Eli Manning outplayed Brett Favre and New York won 23-20 in overtime. For the Giants (10-7) to replicate that, they must unleash the pass rush and make Aaron Rodgers uncomfortable. With their defense vastly improved since Green Bay’s 38-35 win at the Meadowlands on Dec. 4, that could happen. What also could - and will - happen is Rodgers still making enough plays for the defending champions Packers (15-1) to squeeze through. PACKERS, 27-24 Against spread: 2-2 (overall 128-109-5); straight up 2-2 (overall 171-89). Best Bet: 3-15 against spread, 12-6 straight up. Upset Special: 11-7 against spread, 8-10 straight up.
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Varsity, THS-LHS action 663 Tafuna Warriors’ Tutasi Smith takes a shot at goal against the Leone Lions in the ASHSAA 2011-2012 Girls’ Varsity Soccer League’s [photos: FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio] opening game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Staium.
JV THS-LHS action 644 Leone Lions’ goalie runs in for a stop against Tafuna attackers during the ASHSAA 2011-2012 Girls’ Junior Varsity Soccer League opening game on Saturday, Jan. 7, [photo: FFAS MEDIA/Brian Vitolio] 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
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The ASHSAA Girls’ Soccer competition kicked off with two games on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. Leone’s J-V and Varsity teams took on the Tafuna Warriors in the only games played. Matches between the Samoana SharksKanana Fou Stallions and Faga’itua Vikings- Nu’uuli VocTech Wildcats were forfeited in favor of the Sharks and Vikings. “Good luck to all the teams in the competition and I hope more girls join their schools soccer teams because it is great exercise, great fun and don’t forget we have scholarships to offer at the end of the school year to ASCC,” said FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet, who was on hand to watch the games last Saturday. VARSITy WARRIORS 2, LIONS 0 Tafuna, 2nd place finishers last year, started off their 20112012 campaign with a 2-0 win over a short-handed Leone. The Lions only had seven on the field but still gave the Warriors a tough fight, holding Tafuna to only a goal apiece in either half. Tutasi Smith scored both goals for the Warriors. There are eight teams competing in the varsity division — Leone, Tafuna, defending champs Samoana, Faga’itua, Kanana Fou, Nu’uuli Voc-Tech, Fa’asao-Marist and Iakina Adventist Academy. The competition will go through two rounds followed by the playoffs for the top four teams. JuNIOR VARSITy WARRIORS 2, LIONS 0 Tafuna got off to an excellent start of their season with a 2-0 win over the Lions.Only four teams are competing in the division — Tafuna, Leone, defending champs Samoana and Faga’itua. There will be two rounds with the team finishing the season with the best record crowned champions.
ASHSAA Girls’ Soccer kicks off
➧ Local boxing news…
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He has what it takes. Some of the best fighters of all time had a special bond with their trainers and coaches.” Tavake then said, “If I don’t get to go with him, then he is not going. I am not thinking of myself and being selfish. I am thinking of the well being of my fighter.” He concluded, “If we don’t go together, then I have plans in turning Alapati professional, with plans on having professional bouts here in the territory and then taking him to train with Freddy Roach in California (Wild Card Boxing Club). He is one of the most well known trainers in the world.” Alapati A’asa, who is considered one the best boxers in Oceania at this time in the Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight class and a possible future world champion, has a record of 21 wins, 2 loses, with 12 knock outs. The last fight A’asa fought in was on October 29, 2011, when he knocked out Galuega Mareko of Samoa in two rounds, to win the “All Samoa Mosooi Amateur Boxing Championship’ in the Super Heavyweight class, to bring his record to where it stands at this time. Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
A ‘long road’ to tour for 40-year-old Englishman
HONOLULU (AP) -- Gary Christian is among 11 players at the Sony Open who are playing on the PGA Tour for the first time. It’s a route to the big leagues unlike the others. He worked as a pension administrator outside London when he finished high schools, two miserable years spared only by the fact his office was down the street from a pub, where he could extend his lunch hour. He somehow landed at Auburn, where he couldn’t understand the fascination of “alleged amateur American football” until he was invited to his first tailgate party. When he decided to see if he was good enough to play golf for a living, he supported himself by going door-to-door selling steak knives. And after toiling 15 years in the minor leagues, the 40-year-old finally gets his shot. It all began to sink in Tuesday when he went out to the range and found himself next to Vijay Singh, a threetime major champion. “He’s a big bugger, isn’t he?” Christian said. Christian is not lacking a sense of humor, or any measure of perspective. He attributes that to his heritage. “English people tend to be more realistic,” he said. “They don’t have as many people telling them how great they are. Usually, they have people telling them how bad they are. At the end of every year, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘Am I getting better?’ And every year, without hesitation, I said, ‘Yes.’ “I would have never kept playing the game if I knew I couldn’t progress beyond a certain level,” he said. “If my goal was to make the Nationwide Tour and make the cut a few times, I would have quit 10 years ago. My goal was specific - to get to the Nationwide Tour, play well, win, develop tools necessary to get on the PGA Tour, and stay on the tour.” Now that he’s finally here, there’s only one step left. The Sony Open begins Thursday as the first full-field of the 2012 season. Mark Wilson is the defending champion. Steve Stricker is coming off a three-shot win last week at Kapalua. The buzz along the shores of Waikiki comes from so much optimism, mostly from players who are just starting out after getting their cards through Q-school or the Nationwide Tour. Harris English has one thing in common with Christian - this is his first PGA Tour event. Christian was pouring drinks in a pub at the same age English was winning a Nationwide Tour event as an amateur. English went on to fulfill his dream of playing in the Walker Cup last year, then barely broke a sweat in both stages of Q-school to earn his card. Even though his win gave him Nationwide Tour status for 2012, English didn’t even bother with the PGA Tour until he had his card. “I didn’t feel like I deserved it, or that I had earned it,” he said. “I wanted to get my gears ready, I made it through second stage of Q-school, played well in the final stage, and here I am.” Christian vaguely remembers a moment like that. He went from selling knives to working at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., where the head pro saw enough promise in his game to give him a job. His scores while playing with members were 71s and the occasional 67, then 67s and the occasional 65. When his visa was about to expire, he was made the membership director, and the slight improvement continued. Christian’s first big year was on the old TearDrop Tour in 1998, when he won four times. He made it onto the Nike Tour the next year, and was on his way. “I thought this was going to be a dawdle,” he said. “I’d play a year on the Nike Tour, and then be on the PGA Tour. It didn’t quite work out that way.” He never cracked the top 10 that year, and it took seven more years just to get through the second stage of Q-school and return to what by then had become the Nationwide Tour. It took him six more years of work just to get the big leagues. Indeed, Christian might be the epitome of a late bloomer. About the time he really got interested in golf, he was working as a pensions administrator, which he described as a “job only slightly more boring than it actually sounds.” Unable to hone his game without supporting himself, he stumbled into a scholarship program that sent him to Wallace State Community College, where he was teammates with Brett Wetterich, and then on to Auburn. The highlight was tailgating. “I didn’t know what that meant,” he said. “My friend said they park and have a good time. You drink and eat. I was on a small budget, didn’t have a lot of money for food or beer, so I thought, ‘Yeah, why not?’ I had a girlfriend back then and I told her, ‘I’ll see you in about an hour-and-an-half. I’m going to tailgate.’ “It wasn’t anything I was expecting,” he said. “There were a bunch of 50-year-old men in orange trousers, women with orange earnings and whatever else. I thought, ‘Well, I’m not going to enjoy this.’ About five hours later ... I got what it was about.” It was while tailgating that he met a couple from Birmingham who offered him a place to stay while he chased his dream. For work, Christian answered a classified ad offering $11.88 an hour to sell knives, but he wasn’t very good at that. “I found it hard to see someone parting with $800 for steak knives,” he said. Eventually, he moved on to Inverness and slowly worked his way to where he wanted to be all along. The turning point came last summer, when he took his wife and two sons home to England. Playing golf at his old club with friends, who had seen his action over the years, they told him he was ready. And as he says, the English don’t just toss around praise. Within a few months, he won a Nationwide Tour event that helped him lock up his card. On Thursday, he will be introduced on the 10th tee at Waialae as a full-fledged PGA Tour member. “The nerves haven’t hit me yet,” he said. “I’ll have to work 100 percent on relaxing and breathing, my tempo and rhythm, and trust the hard work I’ve done.”
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Villanova’s Tyrone Johnson (3) goes up for a shot over Syracuse’s Baye Moussa Keita (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Philadel(AP Photo/Matt Slocum) phia. Syracuse won 79-66.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 033-2012
Issuance Date: January 6, 2012 Date & Time Due: February 3, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
“E-Rate Year 15 – Cellular Services for the Department of Education”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ERate Year 15 Cellular Services.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, February 3, 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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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) throws a pass during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are scheduled to play an divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, John Leyba)
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 035-2012
Issuance Date: January 6, 2012 Date & Time Due: February 3, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
“E-Rate Year 15 – Web Hosting Services for the Department of Education”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ERate Year 15 Web Hosting Services.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, February 3, 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
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Reggie McKenzie began his playing career as a linebacker with the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s. He returns to the franchise as general manager after having been schooled for nearly two decades in the ways of the Green Bay Packers. It’s that model that he will try to replicate in Oakland as he aims to restore the Raiders to a level they haven’t reached during a nine-year playoff drought. McKenzie signed his contract with the Raiders on Tuesday and immediately fired coach Hue Jackson. His next task will be to bring in a new coach that he hopes he can work with in a fashion similar to the relationships between Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy that led to Super Bowl titles in Green Bay. “I only know one way,” McKenzie said at his introductory news conference. “I’ve been working at it for the last 18 years and it started with Ron Wolf, what he implemented in Green Bay. I saw how it works. That’s the only way I saw and that’s the only way I know.” McKenzie said he already has a short list of potential coaching candidates and would like to fill the position as soon as possible. But with some current Packers assistants such as linebackers coach Winston Moss, secondary coach Darren Perry and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, possibly on that list, McKenzie may need to wait until Green Bay’s season ends to make a move. McKenzie has made plans to interview Todd Bowles, who had been Miami’s secondary coach before taking over as interim coach for the final three games of the season, a person with knowledge of the plans said on condition of anonymity because the team was not making interviews public. ESPN first reported Bowles’ candidacy. Under late owner Al Davis, the Raiders had hired exclusively offensive coaches to run the team, starting with Tom Flores in 1979. Davis himself was always deeply involved with the defense, with some considering him the de facto defensive coordinator. Those past criteria are no longer an issue with McKenzie put solely in charge of this hire by Davis’ son, Mark, the team’s new managing general partner. “We just want a winner, a guy we feel can lead this team and move it forward as we embark here on this new era,” McKenzie said. “The next coach will be a coach that we all feel will lead us to our ultimate goal, and that is winning championships. Offense or defensive coordinator types really will play no influence. The No. 1 thing is he can lead, motivate and move our players and our team to victories.” The new coach will be the seventh in 10 seasons in Oakland as Davis had been unable to find the right man for the job ever since Jon Gruden left for Tampa Bay following the 2001 season. Bill Callahan took the team Gruden built to the Super Bowl the following season but was fired after going 4-12 in 2004. Norv Turner had two years at the job, followed by a year for Art Shell, one-plus season for Lane Kiffin, two-plus seasons for Tom Cable and this past year under Jackson. Jackson’s 8-8 record made him the only coach in that span to leave the job without a losing mark, but he also was unable to get the Raiders to the playoffs. The Packers had only four coaches during McKenzie’s entire tenure in Green Bay, a level of stability he hopes to bring to Oakland. “Consistency played a big part, but Mark Davis has told me that he wants long-term success, and we’re going to start it right now,” he said “To begin, we’re going to have to build. That’s where our mindset is.” Along with finding the head coach, McKenzie needs to bulk up a thin personnel department and scout his own roster to determine which players to keep and what holes need to be filled. He praised quarterback Carson Palmer, who figures to remain the starter after Oakland gave up a 2012 first-round draft pick and conditional 2013 second-rounder to acquire him from Cincinnati in October. Palmer is owed $12.5 million in 2012 with $5 million guaranteed. That trade left the Raiders with picks only in the fifth and sixth rounds in next year’s draft, although they are expected to get compensatory picks for losing free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery and Thomas Howard. McKenzie said he would like to have more picks but understood why the trade was made. He said there are many other ways to acquire talent, specifically pointing to undrafted free agents, the waiver wire, and lower-level free agents, as opposed to big ticket signings. There could also be trade possibilities as some key players may not fit in as well if the team changes schemes under a new coach.
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McKenzie bringing Packers experience to Oakland Raiders
‘Idol’ Kelly Clarkson to sing the anthem at Super Bowl
(AP) — “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson is set to perform at America’s most popular sporting event: the Super Bowl. Clarkson has been chosen to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship game at Indianapolis on Feb. 5, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The league is expected to reveal the anthem singer later this month. Since becoming the first winner of “American Idol” a decade ago, Clarkson has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and had more than a half-dozen singles reach the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. Among her hit songs: “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Her latest album, “Stronger,” was released last year. Clarkson is currently on tour and appeared as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend. Also slated to participate in the Super Bowl pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium: country music couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, singing “America the Beautiful.” Grammy-winner Lambert released her latest album, “Four the Record,” last fall. Shelton is a judge on “The Voice,” a singing competition on NBC, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl this year. The NFL announced in December that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Madonna will perform at halftime of the league’s title game. At last year’s Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers in Dallas, pop star Christina Aguilera flubbed a line while belting out the national anthem. When she was supposed to sing the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” Aguilera instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation - drawing plenty of attention on social media such as Twitter. Afterward, Aguilera released a statement saying: “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” Others who have performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl include Carrie Underwood - like Clarkson, an “American Idol” product Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Beyonce and Mariah Carey.
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NOTICE is hereby given that TUITELELEAPAGA P.F. IOANE of LEONE American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as TUA’ULA which is situated in the village of LEONE, in the County of FOFO, WESTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names FLORINA K. SCANLAN as LESSEE. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 6TH day of FEBRUARY, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: DECEMBER 7, 2011 thru FEBRUARY 6, 2012 SIGNED: Samuel B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o TUITELELEAPAGA P.F. IOANE ole nu’u o LEONE, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o TUA’ULA, e i le nu’u o LEONE i le itumalo o FOFO, Falelima i SISIFO ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai FLORINA K. SCANLAN. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 6 o FEPUARI, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 12/12/11 & 01/12/12
Pacific Island Center for Educational Development
PiCED Opens for SPRING 2012 Spring Services
• SAT Prep Course -- For March SAT Test. Registration begins January 10th. First come first serve. Classes start January 30 to March 9; 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily plus Saturday simulations. • College Counseling: Students can speak to a Student Services Coordinator one-on-one about the college application process and receive help with applications, financial aid, and scholarships • Fundamentals of Math: Assessment Required. Assessment and Registration starts January 10th 27th. Class begins Monday, January 30th - February 24th. Mondays -Thursdays for four weeks from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Elementary level math basics and vocabulary to teach skills needed to succeed in higher math classes: math computations in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, simplifying fractions and arithmetic of decimals. • Reading & Writing: Assessment Required. Assessment and Registration starts January 17th 27th. Class begins on February 27th – March 9th. Mondays to Fridays for two weeks from 3:00pm – 4:30 pm. Elementary level elements of English grammar, focusing on grammatical concepts, language, and sentence-level writing. Also Available : – Computer Lab ( Monday – Friday – 9am – 6pm; Saturday – 8am – 2pm – Mac Computer Lab – Printing services – Faxing and Scanning
Pacific Islands Center for Educational Development Ph: 684-699-6094 • Fx: 684-699-6098 www.piced.org 5770 Nu’uuli Rd • Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 PiCED is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
➧ Packers experience…
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“There will be no quick decisions at all because the last thing I would want is to let go of someone and he turns out to be a Pro Bowl type player,” McKenzie said. “Mistakes will happen. They happen because of haste and I don’t want to act in haste. So we’ll evaluate all our personnel and when the time comes, when it’s time to make a move, if we have to, we will.” While McKenzie was raised as an executive in the Packers organization, his mentor was a former Raiders executive who helped Al Davis build Super Bowl champions in Oakland. Wolf recommended McKenzie for the job and Mark Davis interviewed no other candidates. McKenzie still considers himself a Raider from his four years playing with the team after being a 10th-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 1985. Several of his former teammates came to his news conference and cheered him on, glad to have one of their own back running the show in Oakland. “I’m happy about it,” said former linebacker Rod Martin. “He’s talked about the old school and he’s from the old school so he understands how the game is supposed to be played. I think he’s going to be going out there aggressively, getting the right personnel to come in here and make this turn around.”
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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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was minor things that led to big things that led to a couple of touchdowns. “We’re a different team right now. We understand that and we’re going to keep that focus and keep that drive. We’re going to keep playing at that same level and we’re going to pick it up a bit. We’re coming in here expecting to win this game that is going to be our mindset and stay our mindset. No one is going to tear that away from us.” Rodgers has seen the difference. “They are not just letting guys run free, they are in their rush lanes getting after the passer and they are making plays,” he said. “They are tackling well and they are doing everything really well. I have a lot of respect for that defense because they play hard, play well, they play within the whistle and they have respect for the game. “It is going to be a tough challenge for us.” NOTES: RB Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice because of back spasms. ... WR Victor Cruz became a father for the first time on Monday. His girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl. All are healthy. ... Coach Tom Coughlin said that when the Giants coaching staff learned of the drowning of the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the room went “absolutely silent.” “Many guys know Joe Philbin. You have tremendous empathy, but you can’t (have) anywhere near the feeling that his family’s going through. Just tragic.” ... The Giants have scored 84 points on their threegame winning streak.
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M.D. Anderson’s Houston Main Building is imploded Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Houston. Opened in 1952, the 20-story building was the regional headquarters for Prudential Insurance (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Nick de la Torre) Company. Prudential sold the building in 1975.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 037-2012
Issuance Date: January 6, 2012 Date & Time Due: February 3, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
“E-Rate Year 15 – ISP Services for the Department of Education”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ERate Year 15 ISP Services.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, February 3, 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
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Firing on all engines, NASA’s latest rover to Mars executed a course adjustment Wednesday that put it on track for a landing on the red planet in August. Deep space antennas monitored the one-ton rover nicknamed Curiosity as it fired its thrusters in a choreographed three-hour maneuver. “We’re a big step closer to our entry point at the Martian atmosphere,” said Arthur Amador of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The course correction is the most important task Curiosity will perform during its 352-million-mile trip to Mars, but it’s not unprecedented. Previous robotic explorers have had to adjust their paths several times en route to landing. As NASA celebrated Curiosity’s latest milestone, Russia’s space agency grappled with its doomed Phobos-Ground probe. Bound for a Martian moon, Phobos-Ground became stranded in Earth orbit soon after launching in November. After several failed attempts to put it back on course, pieces of the probe could plunge through Earth’s atmosphere as early as this weekend. Meanwhile, Curiosity had racked up 80 million miles and was traveling at 10,200 mph relative to the Earth. The action began Tuesday when engineers uploaded commands to Curiosity’s on-board computers. On cue, it refined its trajectory without human interference - thrusting 200 times in short bursts Wednesday and increasing its speed by 12 mph. “It was pretty darn flawless,” Amador said. The team will spend the next week testing the spacecraft’s communication system and other components. A second smaller path adjustment was planned for March. If Curiosity did not tweak its route, it would miss Mars altogether because it was initially not aimed at the planet. Engineers did this by design to prevent the upper stage of the rocket that launched the spacecraft from hitting Mars. Now that Curiosity has separated and is on its way, the team has several chances to fine-tune its path before touchdown. During the interplanetary cruise, the rover is tucked in a shell that will protect it during its plunge through the upper Martian atmosphere. Curiosity, whose formal name is the Mars Science Laboratory, is aiming for a 96-mile-wide crater near the Martian equator that boasts a towering mountain in the center. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover planned to drive to the lower flanks and examine the layered deposits to determine whether the area once had conditions capable of supporting microbial life. Armed with a toolkit including a laser to zap into bedrock and a jackhammer, Curiosity is more sophisticated than previous Mars surface spacecraft. Despite its capabilities, it won’t be able to detect life. Instead, it will hunt for the chemical building blocks of life during its two-year, $2.5 billion mission. Since Curiosity is too heavy to use a cocoon of airbags or rely solely on its parachute to safely reach the planet’s surface, NASA will attempt a new type of landing using a so-called sky crane system. The parachute will detach and a rocket-powered platform will fire its engines, then lower the rover to the ground on a tether similar to the way hovering heavy-lift helicopters lower huge loads at the end of a cable. Even before arrival, Curiosity has not been idle. Several weeks after launch, it turned on its radiation detector to monitor high-energy particles streaming from the sun and exploding stars. Once at Mars, it will measure radiation levels on the surface.
Mars-bound NASA rover adjusts course to famed red planet
ABSECON, N.J. (AP) -- A mini Yorkshire terrier from New Jersey is now in the Guinness Book of World Records. Tiny “Lucy,” who weighs just 2 1/2 pounds, was named the world’s smallest working dog last week, bumping out a 6.6pound police dog in Japan. Three-year-old Lucy works as a therapy dog through the Cherry Hill program Leashes of Love. She was headed for a pound two years ago when a woman brought her into the Paw Dazzle pet boutique in Smithville. Shop owner Sally Leone Montufar decided to keep her. She tells The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill the Yorkie was lethargic then. But Lucy was brought back to health and has been trained for her therapy work. She visits hospitals, nursing homes and special schools, often wearing dresses and bonnets.
NJ mini terrier named smallest working dog
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Flanked by business executives, President Barack Obama urged employers Wednesday to create jobs in the U.S. rather than ship them overseas and offered to propose tax incentives to help them. “I’m incredibly optimistic about our prospects,” Obama said about the economy after meeting with more than a dozen corporate and small business leaders whose firms have succeeded, to one degree or another, in bringing jobs back to the United States. A day after his Republican adversaries competed in the New Hampshire primary, Obama sought to grab back the spotlight and underscore his focus on the economy by convening a highprofile White House forum on how to increase employment and stem the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have been sent overseas. Obama did not mention any of his potential Republican challengers during his public remarks. But two participants in the forum, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, compared Obama favorably to Mitt Romney, who on Tuesday won the New Hampshire Republican primary and solidified his lead over the GOP presidential field. Gerard said his union represented workers in companies that had been acquired by Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, and that eventually shut down. “From our point of view, this president from day one has tried to create jobs not cut jobs,” he said. As a result, the day had all the feel of a presidential counterpunch to the Republican candidates, and particularly to Romney, who has sought to portray Obama as a foe of free enterprise. Obama highlighted big and small firms ranging from Ford to a North Carolina specialty furniture company as examples of enterprises that have invested in the U.S. rather than abroad. He called on other companies to do the same with the help of government incentives. The White House says the president will propose $12 million in his 2013 budget to promote business investment from overseas in the United States. Obama has already proposed tax incentives, including a cut in employers’ Social Security taxes, to encourage more hiring. Congress has not acted on those measures. As if to underscore the political stakes, Obama called for new jobs to take root, not in China or Germany, but “in places like Michigan and Ohio and Virginia and North Carolina,” all crucial states in his bid for re-election. “Right now, we’re at a unique moment, an inflection point, a period where we’ve got the opportunity for those jobs to come back,” Obama said. “And the business leaders in this room, they’re ahead of the curve, they recognize it.” But among the causes behind the new spate of hiring is the lack of wage growth in the United States over several years - a fact that Obama often cites as an impediment for those wishing to rise to the middle class. Indeed, Hal Sirkin of Boston Consulting Group, a participant in the forum, told reporters that not only are U.S. workers more productive than Chinese workers, wages in countries such as China are rising at rapid rates. “It’s a simple mathematical equation. It’s changing,” he said. “And it will mean that it is a lot easier to retain jobs in the U.S. and it will be a lot easier to attract jobs back to the U.S. It’s not about the patriotism - although I know everybody on stage with me here is just as patriotic. But it is about the underlying economics. And the economics are favoring the U.S. at this point at this time. And by 2015, we expect to see the beginning - and these people are the absolute beginning - of the wave of ‘reshoring’ back to the U.S.” But any move towards insourcing is fighting a powerful trend: U.S. multinational corporations have been adding jobs overseas partly because that’s where an increasingly large share of their sales are. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index now earn more than half of their revenue from overseas. That has fueled a shift in jobs, with large U.S. multinational corporations reducing their U.S. employment while adding jobs in other countries. U.S. multinationals cut more than 800,000 jobs in the United States in 2000-2009, according to the Commerce Department. They added 2.9 million overseas in the same period, the most recent data available. The Great Recession and the sluggish recovery may have blunted that trend. Labor costs have fallen, particularly in manufacturing, as unions in many industries have accepted lower pay to preserve jobs. At the same time, businesses have cut costs and boosted efficiency. Productivity grew at the fastest pace in 18 months in last year’s third quarter. “The U.S. is becoming a pretty reasonable place to manufacture,” said Gary Clyde Hufbauer, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “We are more competitive.”
President aims to reward businesses that “invest in US”
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In this photo provided by the US Coast Guard, the cutter Healy, left, breaks ice around the Russian tanker Renda in the Bering Sea Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska. The two vessels departed Dutch Harbor for Nome on Jan. 3, 2012, to deliver more than 1.3 million (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis) gallons of petroleum products.
American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
RFP No: RFP 036-2012
Issuance Date: January 6, 2012 Date & Time Due: February 3, 2012 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide:
“E-Rate Year 15 – Wireless ISP Services for the Department of Education”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “ERate Year 15 Wireless ISP Services.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Friday, February 3, 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
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Wednesday approved a settlement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports that clears the way for the sale of the team. The settlement, reached late Tuesday and quickly approved at a brief court hearing Wednesday morning, ends a contentious legal battle between the ball club and Fox. “The agreement with Fox clears the path for the Dodgers to sell the team on schedule and to maximize the value of the debtors’ estate,” Dodgers attorney Sid Levinson told Judge Kevin Gross. Fox Sports attorney Greg Werkheiser said Fox was glad to have resolved its differences with the Dodgers, and attorneys for Major League Baseball and the Dodgers’ committee of unsecured creditors told Gross they support the settlement. Gross quickly signed off on the settlement, saying it was in the best interest of all parties in the Dodgers bankruptcy case. The settlement was reached with the help of a court-appointed mediator after a federal district court judge said last month that Fox likely would win an appeal of a ruling by Gross that authorized the Dodgers to begin a process to market the media rights to future games starting in 2014. Fox Sports Net West, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., claimed that the media rights marketing plan violated its rights under an existing telecast contract with the Dodgers. Under the settlement, the Dodgers will abide by the terms of the existing contract with Fox. That contract gives Fox an exclusive 45-day period starting in October to try to negotiate a contract extension with the Dodgers. The contract also prohibits the Dodgers from talking to other potential buyers of the media rights before Nov. 30 and gives Fox a limited right of first refusal on competing offers received after that date. Gross had ruled that those “no-shop” provisions were unenforceable in bankruptcy and approved a marketing process that moved up the exclusive negotiating period by about 10 months. That would have forced Fox to try to strike a new deal with the Dodgers this month and made any agreement subject to approval by the successful bidder for the team, a condition Fox said would decrease its leverage in negotiations. But the Dodgers and the creditors committee insisted the media rights needed to be marketed in conjunction with a sale of the team itself to maximize value. The Dodgers backed away from that position after U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark, granting a stay in an appeal by Fox, indicated that Gross likely erred in approving the media rights marketing process. Stark’s decision threatened plans to sell the team by an April 30 deadline called for in an agreement between the Dodgers and Major League Baseball. “We’ve learned that the bidders for the team fully appreciate how lucrative the team’s future media rights are in the current market,” Levinson said Wednesday, adding that the Dodgers are far more confident now than they were last year that the full value of the media rights will be reflected in the sale price for the team. The Dodgers sought bankruptcy protection in June after baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a new TV deal with Fox that team owner Frank McCourt was counting on in order to make payroll and keep the franchise solvent. After the bankruptcy filing, attorneys for Selig successfully fought to force the Dodgers to accept bankruptcy financing from Major League Baseball, arguing at the same time that McCourt had looted more than $180 million from the team for his own use and for business reasons not related to baseball and should be forced to sell the team. The Dodgers, meanwhile, threatened to seek court permission to sell the media rights in bankruptcy without the approval of MLB. But after battling for several months, MLB and the team reached an agreement in November that called for a sale of both the team and the media rights. The April 30 sale deadline in the settlement coincides with the deadline for McCourt to pay $131 million to his ex-wife, Jamie, as part of their divorce settlement. The judge also approved the settlement with MLB on Wednesday, with Fox having agreed to drop its objections to it. In opposing the settlement between the Dodgers and MLB and the media rights plan, Fox argued that a sale of the team itself without the media rights would generate enough money to pay Dodgers creditors in full without subjecting the team or its new owner to damages for breaching the existing contract with Fox. As part of the settlement, McCourt still owes Fox $30 million that he borrowed in April to make the team’s payroll. Fox also retains the right to object to any purchase of the team by any entity owned directly or indirectly by Time Warner Cable or affiliated with Time Warner. Initial bids for the team are due by Jan. 23. Among potential buyers who have expressed interest in the team are groups that include former Dodgers players Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey, former team manager Joe Torre, former owner Peter O’Malley and former general manager Fred Claire.
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KAumEyER HIRED AS HAWAII’S NEW DC HONOLULU (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars assistant defensive backs coach Thom Kaumeyer is the new defensive coordinator at Hawaii. New Warriors coach Norm Chow announced the hiring on Wednesday. The former NFL safety, who played with Seattle (1989-90) and New York Giants (1991-92), has more than 20 years of coaching experience. Kaumeyer has spent the past four seasons with the Jaguars. Before Jacksonville, he coached at Kentucky, Tulane and San Diego State. Kaumeyer also spent two seasons on the Atlanta Falcons staff (2000-01), serving as the defensive quality control coach. He also coached in Japan. Chow says Kaumeyer is a tremendous defensive mind and will be a great tutor to younger defensive coaches. uSDA ANNOuNCES ExPORT Of PAPAyA TO JAPAN HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s genetically modified papaya has received approval for commercial shipment to Japan. USDA officials said Wednesday the Japanese government will allow Rainbow papaya to be imported for the first time. The announcement means papaya growers in Hawaii will regain access to a country that was once a major market. USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse said in a statement the shipping of papaya was even better news for American agricultural exports in general. “This announcement will ensure that Hawaii’s papaya producers help to drive our agricultural economy by expanding exports, creating jobs, and strengthening our nation’s competitiveness,” Scuse said. In 1996, annual sales of Hawaiian papayas in Japan totaled about $15 million. That figure dropped to $1 million by 2010 as U.S. exporters waited for Japan to approve the genetically enhanced papaya. The majority of papayas sold in Hawaii are genetically engineered to protect crops after an outbreak of the papaya ringspot virus in the 1990s. Scientists at Cornell University, the University of Hawaii and the USDA developed the Rainbow papaya using biotechnology. Proving resistant to the virus, Rainbow papaya was commercialized in the U.S. in 1998. USDA officials have said these papaya are no different chemically from naturally grown papaya. The news of Japan’s decision marks the end of a 10-year approval process. uS fINES SOuTH KOREAN SHIPPER fOR HAWAII OIL DumP HONOLULU (AP) — A South Korean shipping company has been ordered to pay a criminal penalty of $1.15 million for dumping oil into waters off Hawaii. Federal prosecutors in Honolulu said Keoje Marine Co. Ltd. pleaded guilty to three felonies in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The violations include dumping oil in the form of oily bilge waste, covering up the dumping by falsifying the oil record book of the ship Keoje Tiger, and obstructing justice during a U.S. Coast Guard inspection. Two engineers from Keoje Tiger also pleaded guilty to some violations. More than 20 percent of the fine will be used to protect and restore Hawaii’s coral reefs. Prosecutors say crewmembers routinely discharged oil from March to October. The Coast Guard uncovered the practice after receiving a tip from a crewmember.
OAHu RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICITy RATES fALL IN JANuARy HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Co. says residential electric rates on Oahu fell in January for the first time in four months. But the utility says fuel prices will keep rates high in the near term. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday HECO’s residential rate fell to 32.6 cents per kilowatt-hour this month from a record-high 35.1 cents last month. At this rate, the typical bill for customers using 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month drops to about $204 from about $219. HECO officials attributed the decline to the utility’s ability to generate more electricity from lower-cost power plants. Oahu’s only coal-fired plant returned to full production in January after being partially out of service last month for maintenance. NAACP HONOLuLu TO RECOGNIZE fRuIT fLy RESEARCHER HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is awarding its lifetime achievement award to a leading researcher in fruit fly eradication. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Ernest J. Harris will be honored at a NAACP gala in Waikiki on Saturday. Harris has worked in the field of entomology, the study of insects, since 1962. He has published more than 100 peerreviewed articles. The 83-year-old is now retired but still serves as a biological science collaborator for the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Honolulu. Chapter president Alphonso Braggs says most NAACP awards across the nation are for education or justice or politics. He says the Honolulu chapter is extremely proud to be able to recognize someone in the field of science. uH TO CLOSE DOWNTOWN RAINBOWTIquE LOCATION HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s official store is closing its downtown Honolulu location on Fort Street Mall. The school said Tuesday Rainbowtique will mark down all merchandise by at least 30 percent “to bid aloha” to its customers. The store’s last day will be Jan. 31. Rainbowtique will continue to sell Hawaii T-shirts, baseball caps and other items at four spots in Honolulu: Ward Centre, the Waikiki Beach Marriott and Spa, the Stan Sherriff Center, and the Manoa campus bookstore. The school also has an online store. Proceeds from Rainbowtique sales support the school’s educational mission. LEAf TO ASIA-PACIfIC CENTER fOR SECuRITy STuDIES HONOLULU (AP) — The former number two at the U.S. Pacific Command has been selected to be the new director of a Defense Department academic institute in Waikiki. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf will take over at the helm of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies next Tuesday. Leaf served as U.S. Pacific Command deputy commander from 2005 to 2008. He then retired after more than 33 years in the Air Force. Most recently, Leaf has been vice president of full spectrum initiatives at defense contractor Northrop Grumman Information Systems. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies is in Fort DeRussy in Waikiki. Uniformed and civilian representatives of U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations attend classes, professional exchanges and outreach events at the center.
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The American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Shipyard Mechanic. Responsibilities/Qualifications/Experience Requirements: • Routine servicing, maintenance and overhauling of all diesel and/or gas engines; • Inspect machinery and engines, troubleshoot and detect any malfunctions; • Replace engine parts and appropriately assemble the same; • Maintain records of servicing and engine repairs; • Check electrical systems and transmission parts and ensure functions of the same; • Must be able to supervise a team when necessary and delegate tasks to complete major overhauls/ repairs and conduct training activities when necessary; • Follow all industry safety regulations and standards of working; • Maintain and be responsible for inventory of tools, spare parts and placing necessary orders; • Ensure proper handling of all testing and repair tools; • Should have excellent written and verbal communication skills; • Sound understanding of all repair tools, equipment and testing machinery; • Required to have a high school diploma or equivalent with certification of completed training in field; • Must have current tradesmen licenses and updated certifications along with at least 10 years of experience as a mechanic; • Previous experiences working in shipyard facilities or aboard ships a plus. Please submit application with resume, trade certificates and references IN PERSON to:
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TAFUNA HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS Distribution of reports cards is today, Thur, Jan 12th from 1-4pm in front of Main Office. Come to discuss any issues or review your child’s progress. 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. ISLANDWIDE VOLLEYBALL ASSOC. Meeting will be Thur. Jan 12th 4:30pm at the Nu’uuli meeting place next to Shoe Tree. 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 6995936, 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. AS TRACK & FIELD ASSOC. Training for Olympics. Must be a sprinter, expremely fast & in good shape. NO exceptions. Call Deanna 770-1037, Valusia 770-8292. Deadline Jan. 10th, 2012. 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 WOMEN’S AFTER-HOUR CLINIC at Tafuna Family Health Cntr (Mon & Wed) & LBJ OB/GYN Clinic (Tues & Thur) will be CLOSED for 3 weeks starting Dec. 19th thru Jan 6th for Xmas & New Years. Clinics will resume Week of Jan. 9th, 2012. Info 633-2135 or 633-4606.
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker January 12, 2012 47 Object of blind devotion 49 Actor’s gig 53 Flow steadily 55 Remedy taken in pairs 58 No big deal, to a bird? 61 Winter covering 63 Close with 64 Blooming loop 65 Decreases, as pain 66 Engraved pillar 67 Made use of a chair 68 Passage in a log 69 Nobel-winning chemist Frederick 70 Bridge expert Culbertson DOWN 1 Fireplace floor 2 Shining brightly 3 You, right now 4 Half-man/ half-goat creatures 5 ____-Saxon 6 You may have seen them before 7 Acquire 8 Killer of the deep 9 Ladybug prey 10 Ballroom dance 11 Thanksgiving Day guests, e.g. 12 Blow up, as a photograph (Abbr.) 13 ___ Moines, Iowa 21 Inheritance of the meek 22 Astringent in red wine 25 Long-tailed rodent 26 Prior to, to Prior 29 Address similar to “sport” 30 Surreal ending? 33 “For ___ a jolly good fellow” 34 Central Washington city 36 Evaluate by experiencing 38 Like the cheapest seats 39 Word with “first” or “financial” 40 Hard on the eyes and nose 41 Burro 42 You can have a blast with it 46 It blows off steam 48 Hit the ground 50 “... if you want to avoid trouble” 51 Like a direct descendant 52 Something or someone 54 Uneasy 56 Call on the carpet 57 Like some forest smells 59 Dame Myra 60 Dividing word 61 Cost for services 62 Bled in the laundry
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BIRD-BRAINED By Harper Dantley
HAPPy BIRTHDAy: You must take advantage of privileges that are given to you. Dealing with settlements, contracts or investments will eventually work in your favor, as long as you diligently pursue your objective. This is an excellent year to put your experience and knowledge to the test. Your numbers are 1, 6, 13, 21, 24, 36, 40. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Expect someone to confuse you or misrepresent you. You are best to take control and refrain from letting anyone speak on your behalf. You may have to take on more, but in the end you will face less controversy. ✸✸✸ TAuRuS (April 20-May 20): You will fall heir to valuable information if you attend a conference or seminar, or just listen to what someone with experience has to say. Your ability to learn and masterfully apply what you discover will lead to advancement. Love is in the stars. ✸✸✸✸✸ GEmINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t let emotions or the people you love stand in your way. You have to pick your battles wisely and protect your money and your status from anyone trying to damage your reputation or take your cash. ✸✸ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Talk to close friends or your partner about your future plans. Getting an outside opinion as to how you should proceed professionally will give you greater insight into the best way to prepare for the future. Impulsiveness is the enemy. ✸✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Time spent working toward a professional goal will pay off. Don’t give in to someone trying to talk you out of finishing what you start. Being responsible will make a good impression on someone looking for a partner. Invest in you. ✸✸✸ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Make plans to attend an event that will allow you to expand your interests and your friendships. Your ability to interact intelligently will attract someone who
wants to help you develop a project that can boost your reputation. ✸✸✸ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Spending time with children or getting together with someone you love will help you form a closer bond. Taking time to enhance your image or to gain greater confidence is highlighted. Don’t let anyone push you into something you don’t want to do. ✸✸✸ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Look to the past for answers that will help you out now. The experience you have had with someone will give you insight into how to handle a situation you currently face. Don’t let emotion cloud your vision. Act on principle. ✸✸ SAGITTARIuS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll have to face the music if you have been evading issues that keep coming up in conversation. Covering up an incident that needs to be addressed or trying to avoid hurting someone’s feelings will only make matters worse. ✸✸✸ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can handle whatever you are up against. Keeping your plans a secret until you are ready to put them into motion will allow you to avoid opposition. The element of surprise will give your plan added appeal. ✸✸✸✸✸ AquARIuS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Form an alliance with someone you trust. You can stabilize your life personally, financially and medically by doing what’s best for you. A positive change at home and to your lifestyle should be your goal. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Play to win. You have all the right moves and will outshine anyone who competes with you. A partnership from your past can be revisited with a different set of rules. What hasn’t worked in the past can work now with minor adjustments. ✸✸✸ BIRTHDAy BABy: You are smart, savvy and shrewd. You are dedicated, determined and progressive.
Dear Abby
by Abigail Van Buren
information at www.pflag.org.
DEAR ABBy: I am a very feminine 23-yearold woman who lives at home with my father. I am completely uninterested in getting married or having children now or in the future. I don’t believe it’s the end of the world to be a woman and not want children, but my dad and my grandmother act as though I’m abnormal. Dad says he blames himself for “failing to raise me right.” He also blames himself for the fact that I’m not interested in guys. The thought of being intimate with a guy is disgusting to me. I identify as mostly asexual, although I have had passing infatuations with women. Dad takes this personally like HE is responsible for my desires, or lack thereof. Grandma is worse. She constantly makes excuses to my male friends about how I’m just “not ready yet” and that they should be “patient.” Abby, I know nothing I say will change their minds, but is there something I can do to make them understand they didn’t fail? This is who I AM. How can I end the guilt trip and keep the peace? -- BORN THIS WAY IN NORTH CAROLINA DEAR BORN THIS WAy: People who have no sexual feelings are asexual. People who are attracted to members of the same sex are gay, and they, too, are born that way. It has nothing to do with the way they are raised. You cannot live your life trying to please your father and grandmother, and you have nothing to apologize for. If you need help explaining why you are the way you are, contact PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), an organization that can provide you with literature that will explain it to them. You can find more
DEAR ABBy: I’m a 37-year-old wife and mother of three. My mother visits us when she’s in town during work-related trips, so it’s not like she’s around all day, thank heavens. But when she’s here she constantly corrects my children (ages 8, 14 and 18) and instructs my husband and me how we should spend our money. She also doesn’t like it when I swear (which I usually don’t do unless she’s around) or mention what I think of people she has sent my way who have burned me. By the time she leaves -- usually four days -I am so stressed and emotional that I cry at the drop of a hat. I cannot, nor do I want to, continue to have her here when she doesn’t respect my rules. I respect her rules when I visit her home. Obviously, there is much more, but I’m stressed to the max and nearly at the point of being done. Abby, can you give me any pointers to deal with this? -- VISIT OR NOT? DEAR VISIT OR NOT?: After you have calmed down, and before your mother’s next “raid,” write her a letter. Explain that while you love her, her visits are taking a significant emotional toll on you. Say she is welcome as long as she refrains from correcting your children because that’s YOUR job. Say also that she must stop telling you what to do with your money and correcting your language because you’re an adult now. Remind her not to send any more people your way, and why. If she can accept those terms, she’ll be welcomed with open arms. Some people need ground rules spelled out for them, and your mother appears to be one of them.
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