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VIDEO: Alapati A’asa Heat Man’s 6th Pro Win

Tillman earns respect of crowd for delivering a good fight
tony@samoanews.com

Finally the “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa found a worthy opponent that gave him good competition in the ring, as Clarence Tillman out of New Zealand put on quite a show for the people of American Samoa this past Saturday August 16, 2014, at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna.
 
The Professional Bout was the Main Event of the night, scheduled to go six rounds — which to the surprise of the crowd — is exactly how long it lasted. While, “Heat Man” was declared the winner of the bout, Tillman was declared a crowd favorite by the cheers and applause he received during and after the fight.
 
Samoa News was backstage with both Tillman and A’asa, who were meeting and greeting the public, taking photos in the open pool hall with locals hanging out. 
 
The fight was held just next door and was jam packed with over 1,000 spectators.
 
Some people who bought tickets for the fight had to sit on the floor, and a majority without seats were literally squeezed in all together. There was barely enough room for the  fighters to make their way to the ring – a majority in that room showered in their own sweat, as breathing was uncomfortable and the high room temperature was unreal.
 
Cars filled the whole Sports Complex parking lot, spilled onto the sidewalk, going past the ASPA complex, and stretched towards McDonald’s, where they were also illegally parked.  The former KFC and Island Pizza’s parking lots were also filled, with no one expecting such a large turnout, according to some who attended.
 
Before the fight, Tillman was trying to ‘psych’ himself into focus mode, as this was the first time he had to concentrate and focus with people all over the place. He told Samoa News that it’s different from what he’s been doing throughout his past fights, where “we have private rooms that no one can enter before the fight. That helps us focus, and we lock into that game mode leading up to the fight entrance.”
 
While Tillman was in a meditative state, A’asa was across the hall loosening up with warm up speed drills, combination drills and everything that he’s use to doing within minutes before the fight. His side was also crowded by the youth, and elders on island for a view of his work out before the fight.
 
In comparison, Tillman’s side was empty as anyone glancing from a distance saw the American Giant had his eyes closed, head down, as if he was praying or sleeping.
 
The ring of the bell to start round one sent the crowd roaring the Heat Man’s name, as A’asa came out to look for Tillman’s weak spots for the power combination knockout to end the fight – that was the same thing that the crowd was expecting, and basically came out to see— Alapati knocking out Tillman in the first or second round.
 
Their expectations were crushed by Clarence Tillman.
 
After surviving Alapati’s power combinations in the first round – Tillman was shaken, but he never went down, nor was the fight broken up by the ref for a countdown. Tillman absorbed all of Alapati’s power shots and combinations within the first two rounds, leading onto round three. Tillman was starting to release his big blows and surely dazed the Heat Man throughout the fight.
 
Onward to the final round, both fighters looked like they could barely punch one another, as a majority of their landed throws became useless in impact power, but still counted as points. They had their share of power punches throughout each round, but those exciting episodes lasted less than ten seconds from both fighter – these are the usual performances by the top world ranked pro-fighters in the 12th round.
 
Samoa News witnessed that A’asa had the upper hand in all rounds as to landed throws and thrown punches, as Tillman brought a tough competition, but shaped out more of a conservative fighter that would release damaging shots for a short period of time, then back to defense – and the judges scored the fight unanimously in points to American Samoa’s Heat Man , awarding him his 6th professionally win for the world records (now 6 wins, 5 KOs, 0 loss, 0 draw).
 
The American Giant was a crowd pleaser for his strong performance throughout all rounds of the fight – earning the people’s respect and he was approached and acknowledged by numerous locals at the end of the fight. As Tillman made his way out of the ring, he yelled out to the crowd “Thank you Samoa, thank you for having me here” as he was applauded by the locals. 
 
During Samoa News’ interview with Tillman upon his arrival in American Samoa last week he said that he hoped the locals would want him to come back, and that, “I just might come back and live here, and teach boxing — who knows what will happen in the future.”
 
On the A’asa Facebook page online, there are photos of A’asa and Tillman at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, eating together and hanging out.

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VIDEO: Alapati A’asa Heat Man’s 6th Pro Win

Tillman earns respect of crowd for delivering a good fight
tony@samoanews.com

Finally the “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa found a worthy opponent that gave him good competition in the ring, as Clarence Tillman out of New Zealand put on quite a show for the people of American Samoa this past Saturday August 16, 2014, at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna.
 
The Professional Bout was the Main Event of the night, scheduled to go six rounds — which to the surprise of the crowd — is exactly how long it lasted. While, “Heat Man” was declared the winner of the bout, Tillman was declared a crowd favorite by the cheers and applause he received during and after the fight.
 
Samoa News was backstage with both Tillman and A’asa, who were meeting and greeting the public, taking photos in the open pool hall with locals hanging out. 
 
The fight was held just next door and was jam packed with over 1,000 spectators.
 
Some people who bought tickets for the fight had to sit on the floor, and a majority without seats were literally squeezed in all together. There was barely enough room for the  fighters to make their way to the ring – a majority in that room showered in their own sweat, as breathing was uncomfortable and the high room temperature was unreal.
 
Cars filled the whole Sports Complex parking lot, spilled onto the sidewalk, going past the ASPA complex, and stretched towards McDonald’s, where they were also illegally parked.  The former KFC and Island Pizza’s parking lots were also filled, with no one expecting such a large turnout, according to some who attended.
 
Before the fight, Tillman was trying to ‘psych’ himself into focus mode, as this was the first time he had to concentrate and focus with people all over the place. He told Samoa News that it’s different from what he’s been doing throughout his past fights, where “we have private rooms that no one can enter before the fight. That helps us focus, and we lock into that game mode leading up to the fight entrance.”
 
While Tillman was in a meditative state, A’asa was across the hall loosening up with warm up speed drills, combination drills and everything that he’s use to doing within minutes before the fight. His side was also crowded by the youth, and elders on island for a view of his work out before the fight.
 
In comparison, Tillman’s side was empty as anyone glancing from a distance saw the American Giant had his eyes closed, head down, as if he was praying or sleeping.
 
The ring of the bell to start round one sent the crowd roaring the Heat Man’s name, as A’asa came out to look for Tillman’s weak spots for the power combination knockout to end the fight – that was the same thing that the crowd was expecting, and basically came out to see— Alapati knocking out Tillman in the first or second round.
 
Their expectations were crushed by Clarence Tillman.
 
After surviving Alapati’s power combinations in the first round – Tillman was shaken, but he never went down, nor was the fight broken up by the ref for a countdown. Tillman absorbed all of Alapati’s power shots and combinations within the first two rounds, leading onto round three. Tillman was starting to release his big blows and surely dazed the Heat Man throughout the fight.
 
Onward to the final round, both fighters looked like they could barely punch one another, as a majority of their landed throws became useless in impact power, but still counted as points. They had their share of power punches throughout each round, but those exciting episodes lasted less than ten seconds from both fighter – these are the usual performances by the top world ranked pro-fighters in the 12th round.
 
Samoa News witnessed that A’asa had the upper hand in all rounds as to landed throws and thrown punches, as Tillman brought a tough competition, but shaped out more of a conservative fighter that would release damaging shots for a short period of time, then back to defense – and the judges scored the fight unanimously in points to American Samoa’s Heat Man , awarding him his 6th professionally win for the world records (now 6 wins, 5 KOs, 0 loss, 0 draw).
 
The American Giant was a crowd pleaser for his strong performance throughout all rounds of the fight – earning the people’s respect and he was approached and acknowledged by numerous locals at the end of the fight. As Tillman made his way out of the ring, he yelled out to the crowd “Thank you Samoa, thank you for having me here” as he was applauded by the locals. 
 
During Samoa News’ interview with Tillman upon his arrival in American Samoa last week he said that he hoped the locals would want him to come back, and that, “I just might come back and live here, and teach boxing — who knows what will happen in the future.”
 
On the A’asa Facebook page online, there are photos of A’asa and Tillman at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, eating together and hanging out.

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Video preview: Heatman still undefeated

tony@samoanews.com

Alapati "Heatman" A'asa won his 6th professional fight Saturday night, Aug 16, 201 when he took on American Giant clarence Tillman at the Samoa Sports Center in American Samoa.

The main event took place before a packed arena after some exciting preliminary amateur bouts.

More videos and full details on Monday.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

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Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

tony@samoanews.com

Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

tony@samoanews.com

Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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Video: “Power of Play” comes to AmSam

DYWA donates indestructible One World Futbols
tony@samoanews.com

This past Thursday at the old Pacific Products building located in Lions Park in Tafuna, a huge donation from the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs — over 1,000 Indestructible One World Futbols— were given out to different government agencies and private sector companies in American Samoa, for the sole purpose of keeping the youth and people of American Samoa physically active in order to prevent obesity, heart disease, and health related illnesses.
 
According to DYWA Director Jonathan Fanene, one ball alone is worth 39 euros, which is equivalent to $52.00 in American currency for purchase online. “The One World Futbol is a soccer ball designed to be very difficult to destroy. It is made of the same material that is used to make Croc shoes, which allows the ball to re-inflate after being punctured.”
 
Fanene added, “We have already given out 600 balls to the Football Federation of American Samoa (FFAS), 300 balls to the Department of Education's Physical Education Program, and 200 balls to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and we still have more to give out. We are looking to give some cases of futbols out to any non-profit organizations or church groups who are willing to create activities and programs for the youth and people of American Samoa, to promote the prevention of obesity and health related illnesses — as we are known for being the number 2 most obese country in the world.”
 
Fanene noted that the One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat “Yes, it will never go flat. Even when punctured multiple times, or whether used on the street, beach, at home, or on the roughest, toughest landscapes, a single One World Futbol can outlast over a hundred regular balls. It can survive the harshest of environments. It was designed with a lower bounce for recreational play on harder surfaces such as streets, rocky landscapes, school yards, dirt, but works great on grass and turf.”
 
He added, “the One World Futbol is the same size and weight as a standard soccer ball, but it can also be used for netball, volleyball, basketball, or rugby, knowing our youth here in American Samoa are willing to improvise on any shape and size ball, to adjust to the type of sport they are looking to play.”
 
He thanked the major sponsor of the donation of One World Futbols — Chevrolet — for bringing the “Power of Play” to the islands of American Samoa.  "We would also like to acknowledge and thank Polynesian Shipping for their assistance in bringing this shipment on island.
 
Acknowledgements and thanks also went out to Tutuila Store for "giving us a place to store the numerous cases of balls while we seek out more organizations where we can donate these futbols."
 
 On that note, said Fanene, if there are any non-profit organizations out there, or private sector groups as well as government agencies in American Samoa who are willing to join in on the promotion of physical activities or basically create programs for the youth and people of American Samoa that will help decrease the level of obesity and health related illnesses on island through sports — please contact our office at 633-2835.”
 
Before the event closed, Valusia Talataina of DOE acknowledged and thanked the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs for this generous donation.  "On behalf of the Department of Education, I want to give my outmost thanks and appreciation to director Jonathan Fanene and his department for this donation of Futbols, which will be a major help in the prevention of obesity, knowing that a majority of Samoans are overweight and out of shape because of lack of exercise and physical activities.”
 
He concluded, “we will give out these balls to the different schools on island, to help out their physical education programs, and hopefully lower the number of obese youth and children in American Samoa.”

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Video: “Power of Play” comes to AmSam

DYWA donates indestructible One World Futbols
tony@samoanews.com

This past Thursday at the old Pacific Products building located in Lions Park in Tafuna, a huge donation from the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs — over 1,000 Indestructible One World Futbols— were given out to different government agencies and private sector companies in American Samoa, for the sole purpose of keeping the youth and people of American Samoa physically active in order to prevent obesity, heart disease, and health related illnesses.
 
According to DYWA Director Jonathan Fanene, one ball alone is worth 39 euros, which is equivalent to $52.00 in American currency for purchase online. “The One World Futbol is a soccer ball designed to be very difficult to destroy. It is made of the same material that is used to make Croc shoes, which allows the ball to re-inflate after being punctured.”
 
Fanene added, “We have already given out 600 balls to the Football Federation of American Samoa (FFAS), 300 balls to the Department of Education's Physical Education Program, and 200 balls to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and we still have more to give out. We are looking to give some cases of futbols out to any non-profit organizations or church groups who are willing to create activities and programs for the youth and people of American Samoa, to promote the prevention of obesity and health related illnesses — as we are known for being the number 2 most obese country in the world.”
 
Fanene noted that the One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat “Yes, it will never go flat. Even when punctured multiple times, or whether used on the street, beach, at home, or on the roughest, toughest landscapes, a single One World Futbol can outlast over a hundred regular balls. It can survive the harshest of environments. It was designed with a lower bounce for recreational play on harder surfaces such as streets, rocky landscapes, school yards, dirt, but works great on grass and turf.”
 
He added, “the One World Futbol is the same size and weight as a standard soccer ball, but it can also be used for netball, volleyball, basketball, or rugby, knowing our youth here in American Samoa are willing to improvise on any shape and size ball, to adjust to the type of sport they are looking to play.”
 
He thanked the major sponsor of the donation of One World Futbols — Chevrolet — for bringing the “Power of Play” to the islands of American Samoa.  "We would also like to acknowledge and thank Polynesian Shipping for their assistance in bringing this shipment on island.
 
Acknowledgements and thanks also went out to Tutuila Store for "giving us a place to store the numerous cases of balls while we seek out more organizations where we can donate these futbols."
 
 On that note, said Fanene, if there are any non-profit organizations out there, or private sector groups as well as government agencies in American Samoa who are willing to join in on the promotion of physical activities or basically create programs for the youth and people of American Samoa that will help decrease the level of obesity and health related illnesses on island through sports — please contact our office at 633-2835.”
 
Before the event closed, Valusia Talataina of DOE acknowledged and thanked the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs for this generous donation.  "On behalf of the Department of Education, I want to give my outmost thanks and appreciation to director Jonathan Fanene and his department for this donation of Futbols, which will be a major help in the prevention of obesity, knowing that a majority of Samoans are overweight and out of shape because of lack of exercise and physical activities.”
 
He concluded, “we will give out these balls to the different schools on island, to help out their physical education programs, and hopefully lower the number of obese youth and children in American Samoa.”

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Video: “Power of Play” comes to AmSam

DYWA donates indestructible One World Futbols
tony@samoanews.com

This past Thursday at the old Pacific Products building located in Lions Park in Tafuna, a huge donation from the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs — over 1,000 Indestructible One World Futbols— were given out to different government agencies and private sector companies in American Samoa, for the sole purpose of keeping the youth and people of American Samoa physically active in order to prevent obesity, heart disease, and health related illnesses.
 
According to DYWA Director Jonathan Fanene, one ball alone is worth 39 euros, which is equivalent to $52.00 in American currency for purchase online. “The One World Futbol is a soccer ball designed to be very difficult to destroy. It is made of the same material that is used to make Croc shoes, which allows the ball to re-inflate after being punctured.”
 
Fanene added, “We have already given out 600 balls to the Football Federation of American Samoa (FFAS), 300 balls to the Department of Education's Physical Education Program, and 200 balls to the Department of Parks and Recreation, and we still have more to give out. We are looking to give some cases of futbols out to any non-profit organizations or church groups who are willing to create activities and programs for the youth and people of American Samoa, to promote the prevention of obesity and health related illnesses — as we are known for being the number 2 most obese country in the world.”
 
Fanene noted that the One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat “Yes, it will never go flat. Even when punctured multiple times, or whether used on the street, beach, at home, or on the roughest, toughest landscapes, a single One World Futbol can outlast over a hundred regular balls. It can survive the harshest of environments. It was designed with a lower bounce for recreational play on harder surfaces such as streets, rocky landscapes, school yards, dirt, but works great on grass and turf.”
 
He added, “the One World Futbol is the same size and weight as a standard soccer ball, but it can also be used for netball, volleyball, basketball, or rugby, knowing our youth here in American Samoa are willing to improvise on any shape and size ball, to adjust to the type of sport they are looking to play.”
 
He thanked the major sponsor of the donation of One World Futbols — Chevrolet — for bringing the “Power of Play” to the islands of American Samoa.  "We would also like to acknowledge and thank Polynesian Shipping for their assistance in bringing this shipment on island.
 
Acknowledgements and thanks also went out to Tutuila Store for "giving us a place to store the numerous cases of balls while we seek out more organizations where we can donate these futbols."
 
 On that note, said Fanene, if there are any non-profit organizations out there, or private sector groups as well as government agencies in American Samoa who are willing to join in on the promotion of physical activities or basically create programs for the youth and people of American Samoa that will help decrease the level of obesity and health related illnesses on island through sports — please contact our office at 633-2835.”
 
Before the event closed, Valusia Talataina of DOE acknowledged and thanked the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs for this generous donation.  "On behalf of the Department of Education, I want to give my outmost thanks and appreciation to director Jonathan Fanene and his department for this donation of Futbols, which will be a major help in the prevention of obesity, knowing that a majority of Samoans are overweight and out of shape because of lack of exercise and physical activities.”
 
He concluded, “we will give out these balls to the different schools on island, to help out their physical education programs, and hopefully lower the number of obese youth and children in American Samoa.”

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Hurricane Iselle closes in on Big Island of Hawaii

Iselle weakened slightly but is still on track to slam into Hawaii island Thursday with damaging winds, torrential rain and coastal flooding.

Hawaii island is under a hurricane warning; Maui County, Oahu and Kauai County are under tropical storm warnings and the entire state is covered by a flash flood watch as two hurricanes head toward the islands.

Hurricane Iselle was about 255 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 460 miles east-southeast of Honolulu at 8 a.m. Thursday, moving west-northwest at 17 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and stronger gusts. Hurricane force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend up to 140 miles.

"Conditions will steadily deteriorate over the Big Island this afternoon, with tropical storm conditions expected to arrive well before dark. Hurricane conditions are expected for portions of the Big Island tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected over Maui county tonight, and for Oahu late tonight and Friday. Tropical storm conditions are expected for Kauai county later Friday," forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.

The Big Island and Maui could see 5 to 8 inches of rain, with some areas getting up to a foot of rain, possibly causing flash flooding and mud slides. Winds of 60 to 70 mph with gusts to 85 mph are forecast for Thursday night on the Big Island.

"Some damage to building structures could occur, primarily to unanchored structures, such as school portables. Some damage is likely to poorly constructed signs. Loose items left outdoors will become projectiles, causing additional damage. Persons struck by wind-borne debris risk injury and possible death," forecasters warned.

"Numerous large branches of healthy trees will snap. Some trees will be uprooted, especially where the ground is saturated. Many areas will likely experience power outages with some downed power poles.

"Gusts will be strongest over mountainous terrain, though passes and where winds blow downslope. Winds affecting the upper floors of high rise buildings will be significantly stronger than those near ground level," forecasters said.

The storm is expected to weaken into a tropical storm after it passes over the Big Island, hits the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa and encounters wind shear.

But Maui County residents can still expect winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph and heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.

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