On the heels of their recent album release, heavy metal titans Metallica have announced a major North American tour running throughout the Spring and Summer. From May 10th through August 16th, the band will be hitting venues throughout the United States and Canada, bringing a hard rocking good time wherever they go.Fans of Metallica will note their below average performance at the Grammys last night, plagued by technical difficulties but also redeemed by the inclusion of Lady Gaga on vocals. Though Ms. Gaga won’t be joining Metallica on tour, the band is sure to master their production to full effect.The band is on the road in support of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, their 2016 album release. Fan Club tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 14th, with the general on sale on February 17th. Check out more information on the band’s website, and see the tour schedule below.Metallica 2017 Tour Dates:03/01 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/03 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/05 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol03/25 – São Paulo, BZ @ Lollapalooza Brazil03/31 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina04/01 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile05/10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium *^05/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field *^05/14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium *^05/17 – Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum ^05/19 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium ^05/21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range06/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium ^06/07 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field *^06/11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium *^06/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome *06/16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium *06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field *07/05 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium *^07/07 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium *^07/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park *^07/12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park *^07/14 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival D’Ete07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre *^07/19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau *^07/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl *+08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium *+08/06 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park *+08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field *+08/14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place *+08/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium *+* = w/ Avenged Sevenfold^ = w/ Volbeat+ = w/ Gojira[Photo by Jeff Yeager / Metallica]
Talking #HUDat50 with @Harvard President Faust and former ATL Housing Authority president Renee Glover at @Ctr4CHR. pic.twitter.com/F7rRg8Vdwc— Julián Castro (@SecretaryCastro) November 4, 2015 ATLANTA — In the midst of the 50th anniversary year of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), officials from HUD, Harvard University, and elsewhere took time today to reflect on the government agency’s longtime fair-practices efforts in one of the cities where it has had its greatest recent impact: Atlanta.In that city, the Center for Civil and Human Rights played host to a collection of current and former political leaders, housing officials, and researchers whose work to establish mixed-income housing developments has led to better lives for many residents.Among those on hand were HUD Secretary Julian Castro, J.D. ’00, and Harvard President Drew Faust, who discussed the holistic approach that is required to break the country’s ongoing cycle of poverty and to battle increasing economic inequality.Castro said his stewardship of HUD has provided him with a chance to pay forward the opportunities that he and his brother had growing up in San Antonio — where he would later become mayor. He said that his experience has shown him that give-and-take with local leaders is vital to ensuring effective and fair housing policy.Looking forward, Castro said he hopes that two changes will bolster the department’s efforts to sustain fair practices: increased resources from Congress and an overarching strategy to tackle quality-of-life issues. He said that key concerns include the facts that “40 percent of the people who live in public housing are children” and that roughly 10,000 units of public housing are lost each year.As Harvard’s president, Faust represents a university whose researchers and professors have long studied housing policy, income disparity, education policy and administration, transportation concerns and design, and racial injustice.Faust said she had her own special bond with HUD. Decades ago as a recent college graduate and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement, she got her first job as an intern for the nascent department in its Philadelphia office.After that rewarding experience, Faust said, she moved from housing to education. She evoked civil rights activist Nannie Burroughs, who famously said, “Education is democracy’s life insurance.”A university like Harvard has a kinship with an organization like HUD, Faust suggested. “Universities are building the framework of opportunity that HUD sees as a goal,” she said, including universities’ efforts to study the myriad issues affecting fairness and the programs that train leaders in fields that can create positive social change.Faust lamented that conversations on economic challenges often don’t include housing concerns, such as the dramatic rise in the number of Americans for whom housing accounts for half or more of their income.Castro also would like to see housing policy discussed more often, particularly as an issue in the 2016 presidential election, but he noted that “the challenge is that this is not a glamorous issue.” He suggested that local institutions and constituents press the candidates to understand these concerns.The opening conversation at the Atlanta session focused on housing efforts within that city. But it quickly became clear that the Southern city had lessons for national leaders as well. Providing effective housing policies involves much more than spurring construction projects, speakers said in a common refrain.Renee Glover, the former president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority who served as moderator, stated from the start that “housing policy is education policy, and education policy is housing policy” — words later echoed by Faust.Local real estate developer Egbert Perry supported Glover’s comment, noting that school conditions were one of the primary hurdles in getting financially secure families to return to the city.But while the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 sought to reduce the disparity in housing that resulted in increasingly segregated neighborhoods throughout the country, Perry’s focus was different. He saw the resulting segregation as a result of “the people who had no choice” being left behind.Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin credited HUD with being an integral partner in empowering local leaders and activists to break the cycle of substandard housing, but she also cautioned, “As long as areas stay isolated, then the problems won’t be addressed.”Even providing fairer housing can prove a slippery slope. Georgia Tech economist Thomas Boston wondered if mixed-income initiatives and other housing policies were really having the desired effect. “I was in disbelief,” he said, regarding the discrepancy between “what was stated and what were the outcomes.”He studied the progression of families over a number of years on the housing front, and found that those who were granted housing vouchers were one and a half times more likely to be employed than those who remained in public housing. For those who received a coveted slot in mixed-income developments, their employment likelihood was four times greater.
Student senate covered a broad agenda during titsmeeting Wednesday and discussed plans for voter registration and education, a disaster relief fund and the upcoming Stanford pep rally in Purcell Pavilion. Social Concerns chair Pat McCormick said efforts for voter registration and education kicked off Monday with a standing-room-only crowd for the lecture “Pizza, Pop and Politics: Midterm Elections 2010.” “The way that we have developed [voter registration] in terms of an action plan splits into three tiers,” McCormick said. “We have spent a lot of time researching this because it is really a priority.” The plan includes education on election issues for all voters, voter registration for residents of Indiana and encouraging out-of-state students to participate in midterm elections in the best way possible, McCormick said. Those students who are not residents of Indiana may legally switch their residency to Indiana and vote in local elections, but this change could be problematic when transitioning back to their home state, McCormick said. “State laws vary in terms of switching your permanent residency,” McCormick said. “We are encouraging everyone who is thinking about switching their residency to Indiana to register here to meet with someone who can give them legal specifics.” Oversight chair Paige Becker said her committee is planning a disaster relief fund that would help the University reach out financially after a crisis. “The fund would act somewhat like a church charity fund,” Becker said. “It would be a continuous charity fund to be accessed in the event of a national or international disaster.” Student clubs could also petition to use the fund to finance projects and trips to areas in need of aid, Becker said. Senators also talked about the details of the upcoming home game weekend. The Stanford pep rally on Friday will bring the student body back to Purcell Pavilion, student body president Catherine Soler said. Each dorm will not have a designated seating area, so students should arrive as early as possible with their residence hall before the pep rally begins at 6 p.m., she said. “We will definitely have good conversations next week about what format we like best for pep rallies,” Soler said. Feedback from the Stanford pep rally will continue efforts to host pep rallies that are more oriented toward students, Soler said.
Douglas urges special session over Safe Communities legislation(July 21, 2008) Official Statement of Governor Douglas on a Special Session and Senate Hearings on Safe Communities Legislation:I met this afternoon with Senator Shumlin and Speaker Symington to urge them to support a special session to pass a civil confinement law to prevent the release of violent sexual predators, an expanded sex offender registry to empower parents with more information and a Jessica’s Law for Vermont to ensure convicted pedophiles are off our streets and behind bars for a very long time.We should take immediate action in these areas. Unfortunately, progress is impeded by a lack of support from Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin.Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin believe our response should be limited to the details of Brooke Bennett’s case. On the other hand, I believe our response should be about preventing future cases in every way possible-including taking immediate action where it is necessary and appropriate.I agree that we must learn from the tragedy of Brooke Bennett’s death, there is much we must do to prevent those horrible circumstances from occurring again. That is why my administration will work with Senator Sears to advance a comprehensive package of reforms when the Legislature returns in January. While our thoughtful bipartisan review takes place, however, we should also take immediate steps to protect our communities from violent, sexual predators.While civil confinement, an expanded sex offender registry and a Jessica’s Law may not have prevented Brooke’s death, each of these reforms would prevent future crimes against children. That alone should be enough reason for Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin to support a special session. I had hoped that they would be willing to join with me to pass these reforms in the same spirit of bipartisanship with which my administration has embraced Senator Sears’ process.Our meeting today made it very clear that they oppose civil confinement, a meaningful sex offender registry and a Jessica’s Law for Vermont.I want Vermonters to know that I have heard them loud and clear. I will continue to fight for civil confinement so we can keep dangerous predators off our streets and away from our kids. I will continue to insist on an expanded registry so that parents will know where convicted sex offenders live and where they work. And I will push for a Jessica’s Law for Vermont so that those who harm are children are removed from our communities for very long periods of time.###
Fitch: Solar capacity in U.S. could jump by 100 gigawatts by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Fitch Solutions Macro Research has released a report, Midwest U.S. Set To Experience Strong Growth In Solar Sector, which makes some very bold predictions about the future of the solar industry in America’s heartland.Chief among those bold predictions, Fitch states that it expects the region to contribute heavily to the 100 GW of solar power capacity expected to come to the United States over the next 10 years. This astronomical, gargantuan, whichever word of scope you use to describe, prediction is supported mainly by the region’s large proposed solar project pipeline, with a total potential added capacity of a smidge under 79 GWac that are registered within the MISO, SPP and PJM generation interconnection queues – the grid operators that cover the region.Fitch expects that this unprecedented development will be driven by the strengthened renewable energy targets of Midwest states, cities and utilities. Chiefly among these targets, Fitch references Wisconsin’s 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 goal, the 100% renewable electricity pledges made by Chicago, IL and Madison, WI, DTE and Xcel’s plans for carbon neutrality by 2050 and the litany of renewable energy-based requests for proposals sweeping the region.Strangely, the report doesn’t address the trend of large corporations increasingly adopting renewable generations to fulfill their power needs. The report, however, also attributes the projected growth to year-over-year improvements in the technologies associated with solar projects, the ever-falling costs of developing and installing solar and the expanding adoption of community solar initiatives in the region.That last point is an especially interesting one, as in 2019 utilities in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska all launched their first community solar programs, with most being so successful that they led to over-demand and filled their capacities nearly immediately.These projections by Fitch paint an incredibly bullish view on the future of solar development, one more optimistic than the projections made by Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. These two organizations are currently projecting a 2019 solar market of 12.6 GW, with Fitch estimating an annual Midwest average growth of 83% of that figure. Obviously, the expectation is that those annual additions would increase exponentially so that the biggest additions are being made at the end of the decade. The 79 GW project pipeline only includes projects to be completed through 2023, so, if even a third of that goes on-line, that would lend major credence to the optimistic projections of the region as a whole.More: The Midwest’s solar future will be unlike anything seen before
December 15, 2005 Regular News Briefs Briefs JAMES M. DOUGLAS, interim dean of the Florida A&M University College of Law, recently presented the 2004–2005 Labor and Employment Law Section scholarship to Sherri Hubbard. Working full- time as a case manager for a local law firm, Hubbard is a fourth-year student in the law school’s part-time evening program. The scholarship is given annually to the student with an interest in a career in employment law who has also demonstrated outstanding performance in the college of law’s employment law related course. The $1,000 scholarship is funded by the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar.HECTOR R. RIVERA was recently sworn-in by 11th Circuit Chief Judge Joseph P. Farina as president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida at its Third Annual Dinner and Installation. Other officers include Tony Cabassa, vice president, Tampa; Luis Figueroa, VP, Orlando; Yesenia Collazo, VP, Miami-Dade; Jose Negroni, VP, Broward; Nydia Menendez, treasurer; and Natasha Cortes, secretary. Pictured from the left are Francisco R. Angones, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors; Richard R. Robles, outgoing president of the PR Bar; Attorney General Charlie Crist; Rivera; Raymond Torres, chair of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida; and Florida Bar President Alan Bookman.THE ORANGE COUNTY BAR’S Young Lawyers’ Section recently presented its annual scholarships to two deserving Orange County High School graduates. Princess Innocent, a graduate of Jones High School, and Joshua Montalvo, a graduate of Colonial High School, will each receive a total of $15,000 toward books and tuition at Valencia Community College and then at a four-year Florida public school of their choice. The scholarship is primarily funded by the annual YLS Charity Golf Tournament. Pictured from the left are Shiela Rene (sister of Ms. Innocent), Skyla Williams (daughter of Ms. Innocent), Princess Innocent, YLS President Tom Zehnder, Joshua Montalvo, Michael Montalvo (brother of Joshua Montalvo) and Scholarship Committee Chair Chelsie Roberts.ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAWand the Law Offices of Joshua J. Hertz recently sponsored a charity fundraiser to benefit the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. This year the school raised over $1,500. Approximately 100 guests attended the event, held at Gordon Biersch Bar and Restaurant on Brickell Avenue in downtown Miami. The guest list included not only St. Thomas alumni, but also current faculty, students, Marines, and administration. They all brought toys or made cash donations that will purchase toys for underprivileged children of the community. The toys will be handed over to the Marines for distribution during the holidays. The Toys for Tots program can be traced back to the 1940’s, but was officially recognized by the United States Marines Corps in August 1991 by the Secretary of Defense. Based on this approval, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation became an operational organization in September 1991 and has been fundraising and supporting the organization for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program ever since. Joshua Hertz is a member of the St. Thomas Alumni Council and has been actively involved in alumni and community events since his graduation in 2001. “I feel that this year’s second fundraiser was a great success for the St. Thomas alumni and I look forward to next year’s event that promises to be even bigger.” Pictured are J. Hertz, second from the left, Dean Bob Butterworth, and a few good marines.THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR recently selected the first recipients of its Minority Initiative Program, created to give minority students an opportunity to receive on-the-job experience with prominent firms. Eight students from the top half of their classes from four South Florida law schools, including Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, University of Miami, and Florida International University are participating. The firms involved include Boose Casey Ciklin Lubitz Martins McBane & O’Connell; Lytal Reiter Clark Fountain & Williams; Gunster Yoakley & Stewart; Greenberg Traurig; Ruden McClosky; and Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson; along with the Fourth District Court of Appeal and the clerk and comptroller for Palm Beach County. Firm representatives standing from the left are V. Lynn Whitfield, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson; David Prather, Lytal Reiter Clark Fountain & Williams; Meenu Sasser, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart; Denise Coffman, Clerk & Comptroller’s Office; Theodore Leopold, president of the Palm Beach County Bar; Sharon Bock, Clerk & Comptroller for Palm Beach County; Nisha Wright, Ruden McClosky; Al Malefatto, Greenberg Traurig; and Marc Matthews, Greenberg Traurig. Students, seated from the left, include Patrick McKinley, UM; Barbara Petit-Homme, St. Thomas; Jessica Menjivar, St. Thomas; Sue-Anne Robinson, FIU; Gabriel Mejia, NSU; Cleve Glenn, UM; and Shelly Springer, UM. Not pictured is Armando Edmiston from Nova Southeastern.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The remnants of the first tropical storm of the season is expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain on LI.The remnants of a tropical storm churning up the East Coast could dump up to 4 inches of rain on Long Island through Saturday, meteorologists said.A flash flood watch has been issued for LI from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service. The heaviest rain should subside by the time horses sprint out of the gates for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.“The biggest thing we’re concerned about is heavy rain,” said NWS meteorologist David Stark. “Most of the wind is going to remain off shore.”Showers are forecast Thursday evening with more widespread rain arriving Friday, meteorologists said. The heaviest rain is expected Friday afternoon.Forecasters are predicting between 2 to 4 inches of rain, with maximum hourly rates possibly reaching 1 to 2 inches. Widespread rain should end around 5 a.m. SaturdayThe rain could lead to flash flooding of urban and poor drainage areas, the NWS said.Tropical Storm Andrea, the first major storm of the season, is made landfall in Florida on Thursday, but will lose steam as it moves up the coast, meteorologists said.The Atlantic Hurricane Season kicked off June 1 and runs through Nov. 1.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This is what we get for mocking Mother Nature all through December.The National Weather Service in Upton is warning of potentially “life threatening” wind chill values and recording-breaking temperatures starting late Saturday—a significant deep freeze that increases the chances of hypothermia and frostbite. Long Island could see subzero temperatures along with wind chill values ranging from -20 to -30 degrees, forecasters said.The arctic blast has prompted the weather service to issue a wind chill advisory, starting 4 p.m. Saturday and continuing until noon Sunday.Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the teens throughout the day before it plummets to dangerously cold levels when the sun goes down.The most brutal wind chills will begin late Saturday, forecaster said.“Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions,” the weather service warned.Meteorologists recommend residents not only take of their bodies but also be mindful of pipes freezing due to plunging temperatures.If you dare to brave the bitter, bone-chilling cold, make sure you wear several layers of clothing and a hat and gloves, the weather service advised. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering, the weather service said.To prevent pipes from freezing, the agency recommended homeowners run water at a trickle and keep cabinet doors open.“Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes,” the agency warned, adding, “Many house fires result from these practices.” Drivers are urged to check the status of car batteries and monitor tire pressure. If you’re traveling, make sure to bring a blanket and warm clothes in the event a car break downs.Long Islanders will get a taste of things to come Friday evening as temperatures are expected to be in the single digits.In preparation for the deep freeze, Nassau is opening up warming centers across the county that will be operational through the weekend. Love-struck couples enjoying Valentine’s Day festivities will have to bundle up Sunday as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-teens. A much-needed reprieve will come early next week, forecasters said. The mercury is expected to climb to around freezing on Monday and—wait for it—50 degrees on Tuesday.Bundle up, folks! Here are some cold weather safety tips: What’s the wind chill?
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A resurgent Joe Biden was projected to win seven large states on Tuesday, and front-runner Bernie Sanders captured two states with several others too close to call on the biggest day of voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating race.Edison Research and the main television networks declared Biden the winner in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama based on exit polls on Super Tuesday, when Americans in 14 states voted for a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.Fox News projected Biden would also win Oklahoma. The Associated Press projected he would also win Arkansas and Minnesota. NBC News reported that Bloomberg would reassess whether to stay in the race on Wednesday, but a campaign official said it was inaccurate to suggest his White House bid could end on Wednesday. The official said the campaign reassesses everyday.Biden, former President Barack Obama’s vice president, has enjoyed a burst of momentum since a blowout win in South Carolina on Saturday, which led to endorsements from a flood of prominent party officials and former rivals.Broad Biden coalition He entered Super Tuesday hoping to muscle aside Bloomberg and consolidate support from moderates in Tuesday’s voting, turning the race into a one-on-one contest against Sanders.Biden’s showing in the Super Tuesday states was fueled by strong support among a broad coalition of voters including women and men, white and black, those with or without college degrees, and those who considered themselves liberal or moderate.With 100% of the precincts reporting in Virginia, Biden was winning more than half of the votes in that southern swing state, well ahead of Sanders. In Alabama, he was winning 69% of the vote, and in North Carolina he was winning 34%.Edison Research forecast a record turnout of 1.3 million voters in Virginia, well ahead of 986,203 in 2008 and 785,041 in 2016.Early exit polls by Edison Research showed Biden was winning large majorities of African-American voters in the South, including 72% in Alabama, 71% in Virginia, 63% in North Carolina and 62% in Tennessee.In Virginia, Biden won the votes of more than four of 10 white college educated women, compared to about two in 10 each for Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts.Bloomberg was a wild card heading into the voting, as he joined the competition for the first time. In early results, he was winning more than 15% of the vote, enough to pick up some delegates, in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado and Arkansas.The moderate Bloomberg skipped the first four contests and bombarded Super Tuesday and later voting states with ads, but saw his poll numbers slip after coming under fire during Democratic debates over past comments criticized as sexist and a policing policy he employed as New York’s mayor seen as racially discriminatory.Biden is trying to build a bridge between progressive Democrats’ desire for big structural change and more moderate Democrats yearning for a candidate who will be able to win over enough independents and Republicans to oust Trump.Fresh momentum That effort gained fresh momentum on the eve of Tuesday’s voting as moderate presidential rivals Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, endorsed Biden after withdrawing from the race.The pace of the Democratic race begins to accelerate after Super Tuesday, with 11 more states voting by the end of March. By then, nearly two-thirds of the delegates will have been allotted.Sanders headed into Tuesday with 60 delegates to Biden’s 54 in the state-by-state nominating fight. Sanders managed a virtual tie with Buttigieg in Iowa and wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.Besides leading in polls in California, Sanders also is ahead of Biden by a smaller margin in polls in Texas. Sanders’ strength with Hispanics should pay dividends in that state, where Latinos comprise one-third of the Democratic electorate.Biden, whose South Carolina win affirmed his popularity with black voters, hoped to win five states where African Americans make up at least a quarter of the Democratic electorate: Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas.Democrats living abroad began voting in a primary set to run until March 10. The last polls will close in California at 8 p.m. PST (0400 GMT on Wednesday).The next contests, on March 10, will be in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state. Topics : Sanders was projected to win in Colorado and his home state of Vermont, expected outcomes for the self-described democratic socialist and independent senator who hopes to take a huge step toward winning the nomination on Tuesday.More than one-third of the delegates who will pick the eventual nominee at a July convention are up for grabs in primary elections on Tuesday that could provide some clarity at last in a muddled race for the White House.Early results showed Sanders holding a narrow lead over Biden in Texas, while Biden had a narrow lead in Massachusetts and Minnesota.The rush of early results left Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor who spent more than half a billion dollars on advertising, largely out of the running, with his only victory coming in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.