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ON THE COVER Lydia Tan
MOTHER’S DAY FEATURE
WAY OFF BROADWAY MHS students tour NOAA’s Oscar Elton Sette
TALK OF THE TOWN Guam National Guard inducts 27 new soldiers
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TALK OF THE TOWN ARC raises $60,000 Guam National Guard welcomes new soldiers SPORTS PAGE New Zealand coach guides NMI’s basketball squad
ABOUT THE COVER Beach Road Magazine is pleased to have Lydia Tan and her daughter on the cover. Lydia and Nathania pose with their pets at their residence on Navy Hill. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hideo Honda www.marianas-way.com HAIR AND MAKEUP BY Serenity Salon & Spa
TALK OF THE TOWN The 24th Annual American Red Cross walkathon raises $60,000
SPORTS PAGE New Zealand Coach believes victory for NMI in basketball is not a long shot
Vol. IX No. 6
Maureen N. Maratita
Alexie Villegas Zotomayor
Contributing Writer Carmen Rojas
Rudy L. Armenta • Monie B. Erasga
Account Manager Susan Marchitti
Managing Director Marcos Fong
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Lydia leads an inspired life BY ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR
For 12 years, Lydia Tan’s life revolved around ten-pin bowling and she breathed competition. Each day on the bowling lanes, she focused on getting to a competitive level until she retired her bowling shoes and pursued other personal goals. Some women –– either forced by the circumstances or by their own choosing –– set aside personal goals when a baby comes along. But for Lydia, active as she was for most part of her life, she never had difficulty arriving at a decision to set aside everything for her daughter. When Nathania came along on July 1, 2001, Lydia realized nothing could be more fulfilling than being a mother. While others
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see motherhood as encumbering with all its concomitant responsibilities, Lydia takes it in her stride and enjoys the responsibilities. She welcomed her new role with anticipation. As soon as Nathania arrived, Lydia says she dropped everything right off the bat. She says, â€œOf course it changed my life. I quit everything just to babysit her. I did breastfeeding for about a year. I adore her and love being with her.â€? For Lydia, to have her daughter is the greatest feeling there is in the world. But, she has found a way to work around motherhood and do some of the pastimes she used to do as a single person. Long before motherhood beckoned, Lydia
READY, SMILE!. Lydia, who recently started dabbling in photography, works with her daughter Nathania at the pool side.
was a household name in Malaysia, having competed in international events with some successes, most famous of which was her goldmedal finish in the 1994 Asian Games in bowling. Although she has also been a familiar face in the Southeast Asian Games, looking back, Lydia says bowling was only a demonstration sport in the Olympics during her prime as a bowler. Athleticism has always been integral to Lydia’s way of life. She says she’s always been active in sports every since she was in grade school. She’s a former member of Malaysia’s international team for ten-pin bowling and was active for 12 years. Aside from bowling, she also plays golf and lawn tennis. Now a mother to Nathania who’s eight years old, Lydia says they’re inseparable. She says, “I am really close to her. She’s with me all the time. She goes with me wherever I go.” Although motherhood kept her busy and kept her sporting activities at bay, Lydia says as Nathania grew older, she’s able to find time to do her passions. She usually starts her day by waking up her daughter, preparing her breakfast and bringing her to school. After dropping her off to school, she says that’s the time when she can prepare for tennis.
WARM-UP FOR MICRO GAMES. The former Asian Games gold medalist in bowling is now actively playing tennis. She’s preparing to try out to represent the CNMI in the Micro Games to be held in Palau this year. 6
“I do my tennis in the morning for two hours, go to the gym and work out and take a break after 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.,” says the sporty mom. When she takes the break, she says, that’s the time she can check her emails. She also finds time to volunteer and help out the youth in the football league on island. She says she helps organize and schedule the youth league. Lately, she’s been practicing on the court to try out and represent the CNMI in the Micronesian Games. Lydia says she practices for two to three hours. When she has the time for it, Lydia also dabbles in photography. She says purchase of a new DSLR camera brought out the shutterbug in her; however, she says, she does photography only to while away her time and have fun. Although motherhood has changed her life, her active and healthy lifestyle makes her fulfill better her roles as mother, wife, and the family’s caregiver. Lydia’s a fine example too that motherhood should not be a reason for a woman to set aside her life, her ambitions, her goals. Having children should instead challenge a woman to do better and make time for things that make her happy and fulfilled. And that’s what Lydia did. She challenged herself. As she keeps a balancing act between motherhood and sports, Lydia’s active and healthy lifestyle has become a good model not only to other parents but also to her own daughter. BRM
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Paeans to motherhood BY ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR
A mother’s life is a mansion with so many rooms full of memories, which started piling up from the time she gave birth. For a mother, nothing in the world could have been more pleasant, and motherhood brings her joy that could not be more inexpugnable. Her child’s happiness is her happiness. Her child’s sorrows are also her sorrows. A mother will even pass up an opportunity to survive only to give her child the opportunity to live. As Beach Road Magazine celebrates womanhood and motherhood this month, we once again honor the mothers the world over who have made living worthwhile. We once again bring to the fore two mothers whose stories others can relate to.
Mireille Hoang Babauta Full-time mom
Anne Morrow Lindbergh once said, “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.” Although vacationless and working fulltime at home, Mireille Hoang Babauta revels in the company of her two children — Skyler and Lereille. Fulltime motherhood may not be as financially rewarding, but for Mireille, the joys that her four-year-old son and her newborn baby give her are the perks money can’t buy. She admits motherhood came at an inopportune time. Born and
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FULL-TIME MOTHER. Mireille enjoys every moment she spends with son Skyler and daughter Lireille.
raised in Hawaii, Mireille went to an all-girls private school and had been dreaming of going to college in California. “However, when I realized I was pregnant, that dream just fell apart,” she says. When Skyler was born in 2006, Mireille found a new direction in life. “Everything changed since then.” She also acknowledges being a teenage mother is not easy. “I had work in the morning, was a part-time student in the afternoon, and a full-time mom in the evening. My schedule was always packed and loaded but I somehow managed with the help of my mom and my husband.” She says becoming a parent at a young age has made her a better person. She no longer thinks of herself; instead, she thinks of her kids first. “Every day I wake up early morning to dress my son, prepare him breakfast, and pack his snack for school. Even though this has been a routine for the past three years, I enjoy every second of it. Seeing him grow big and strong every day, makes me happy knowing that he’s healthy.” But contrary to the circumstances surrounding her first pregnancy,
n when she became pregnant with her second child, she brimmed with excitement as she had the support of her family, relatives, and friends. Mireille admits that she and her husband were more prepared for the responsibilities of parenthood when she gave birth to Lereille on April 4. Now with two kids, Mireille’s routine starts with preparing her son for school, then doing household chores, doing laundry, sanitizing baby bottles, cooking lunch, cleaning the house, and spending one or two hours of quiet time for herself. Although this has been her routine, Mireille says she enjoys every moment of it. She tells Beach Road Magazine, “This I believe is the biggest sacrifice for becoming a parent.” Despite becoming a mother in her teens, Mireille has now blossomed into a responsible and content woman excited every day to provide a nurturing home to Skyler and Lireille.
Almira A. Tengco Working mom
For Almira “Myra” A. Tengco, 39, a chef in one of the busier restaurants in Garapan, the best thing that ever happened to her is becoming a mother and a parent. She’s never felt as fulfilled and as complete. Married in 1994, she waited five years for the opportunity to become a parent. When she gave birth to her daughter Sam, she was filled with overwhelming joy. “I was so overjoyed when I saw my daughter for the first time. I could hardly explain the feeling,” says Myra. As fate would have it, Myra had to leave her daughter three years hence in pursuit of a greener pasture on Saipan. For Myra, that was the hardest part –– to leave her. Never a day passed by that she didn’t think of her daughter. Although her busy schedule at work somehow drowned the loneliness and the longing for her child, she made sure she called her and checked on her as soon as she returned home from work. For Myra, the two years she spent separated from her were the two long and
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HAPPY TOGETHER. Working mom Almira is happy to be spending quality time with her son Gelo and daughter Sam.
most difficult years of her life. When the opportunity to bring her to Saipan came knocking, she didn’t pass up the chance. Six years down the road, Myra is now a mother of an 11-year-old daughter and a fouryear-old son. She relishes the thought that they are now together regardless of her busy working schedule. Although Myra admits she regrets not being with her children all the time, being a working mother, something’s got to give. “We couldn’t even hear mass together as a family nor go to the beach together. I couldn’t give them as much attention and care as I would give them if I were a full-time mother. I wanted to give them my full attention and guidance but I couldn’t,” says Myra. Being a full-time working mother has its “motherhood penalty.” Working mothers like Myra need to make the sacrifices so their children can have a better life. But it’s a matter of perspective. For a working mother like her, no time is wasted. She makes sure that every time she’s at home, she provides her children with the quality time that they deserve. She gets up at 6 a.m. to prepare her kids for school, cook and serve them breakfast. She also prepares their lunch early. During her break time, she
manages to play with them and care for them. “It’s really tough but you do what you got to do,” says Myra who considers every moment with her children time well spent. She and her husband, she says, are doing the best they can to give them a good education and a good future. “That is all we can give them aside from a good name.” BRM
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Career choices at NOAA
Of infinite possibilities BY ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR
One trip is all it takes to discover a variety of interesting career choices available to the islanders. A contingent of 83 students from grades 9-12 accompanied by four teachers with Bryan Jones at the helm, toured the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Oscar Elton Sette recently. Bryan Jones, a member of the Friends of the Marianas Marine Monument, found out through Allen Tom – whom Jones met at the Monument Office on Saipan –– that a NOAA vessel was heading to this side of the Pacific. Aware of a scientific research vessel pulling into harbor, Jones requested for his students to be allowed to tour the ship. For Jones, the tour would expose his students to the various careers and jobs in the marine sciences and oceanography field. When the ship arrived, arrangements are
made for the Marianas High School students and their teachers to visit the ship. Jones is joined on the ship by conservationist and chemistry teacher Ken Kramer, social studies teacher Ron Hodges, and English teacher Sarah Douglas. Oscar Elton Sette, NOAA’s vessel that supports scientific missions of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Science Center based in Honolulu, Hawaii, is outfitted with an upgraded oceanographic system, according to the NOAA website. Named after Dr. Oscar Elton Sette –– recognized in the scientific community as pioneer in the development of fisheries oceanography –– the NOAA vessel operates across the central and western Pacific and conducts fisheries assessment surveys, physical and chemical oceanography, marine mammal projects and coral reef research. It’s scheduled
AWESOME. Marianas High School students stand in awe of the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette. 10
to sail 243 sea days a year and can remain at sea for 30 days before returning to port to secure provisions. On the day of the tour, surprise becomes the students as they are led from one chamber to another seeing all the equipment and meeting the staff on board the 224-foot-long research vessel. The staffers are available to slake the students’ curiosity considering it’s their maiden visit to a research vessel. The students, in appreciation for the eye-opening tour, express their gratitude to Commander Anita Lopez and the ship’s crew for accommodating them and showing them the manifold opportunities that await them. Letters in their own handwriting are drafted by the students to show the ship crew and officers how much they have enjoyed the tour and how they are looking forward to filling out job applications.
FALL IN LINE. MHS students file orderly as they climb aboard the NOAA research vessel.
Emilia Marlyn Itibus Yiftheg is one of the students surprised to find out that the ship’s captain is a woman. In her letter to Commander Lopez, Emilia hails Commander Lopez’s example and how proud she is of being a woman. Another student, Monique, writes about her admiration for the Commander Lopez and her crew for their dedication to their job and their sense of responsibility. One student wrote, “I think it is a great career being in the NOAA Corps….They do a lot of research and observe marine life which is fun.” Moreover, Hernie Agulto acknowledged in a letter that more people are needed to take interest in studying the oceans “after all, we all live on an island.” Jomar Brant, instead of sending a letter to Oscar Elton Sette, took the liberty to consign to paper his impressions of the ship –– not in writing but in a piece of drawing. Meanwhile, according to their website, Oscar Elton Sette communicates with students on a semi-weekly basis. Through http://atsea.
EQUIPPED. A crewmember discusses with the students the capabilities of their equipment.
nmfs.hawaii.edu , students can follow Oscar Elton Sette’s daily operations. Although students can follow the ship wherever they go in the Pacific, lucky are the 83
MHS students who toured the ship and met the crew personally. In one day, their lives changed, impressed with the many job possibilities that are available to them. BRM
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Guam National Guard Enlistment Ceremony
CNMI and Guam: Two peas in a pod Text and Photos BY ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR
OATH OF ENLISTMENT. New soldiers of the Guam National Guard recite the Oath Of Enlistment led by Maj. Gen. Donald A. Goldhorn.
What began as a search for band members ended in the recruitment of soldiers. Maj. Gen. Donald A. Goldhorn, adjutant general, Guam Army National Guard, at the enlistment ceremony for the Guam Army National Guard, says they were impressed with the Saipan band that dominated the Tumon Bay Music Festival that they considered to recruit band members in the Northern Mariana Islands. But as they looked to tap the musical talents of the community, serendipity led them to discovering the interest in the CNMI among the youth to join the Guam Army National Guard. The search for band members evolved into the enlistment of new soldiers. All the hard work invested by the recruitment officers paid off in the culminating event — The Enlistment Ceremony — where Maj. Gen. Donald A. Goldhorn is joined by Governors Benigno R. Fitial and Felix P. Camacho, Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Anthony M. 12
Babauta, and CNMI’s first delegate to the United States Congress Gregorio Kilili Sablan. Making the event a poignant chapter in the lives of the newly recruited soldiers is the presence of families and friends whose dedication and support to new recruits is commendable. Lt. Col. Crisostimo acknowledges that support in his speech that evening. He expresses his gratitude to families and friends of the soldiers for “the many years of nurturing and guidance. He says, “Only through that guidance can an individual make a sound and informed decision about the course of his or her future.” WO1 Bernard L. Aguon, officer strength manager, mirrors Maj. Gen. Goldhorn’s statement as he acknowledges the support from the community. He says, “The support we have received from the local community in the CNMI has been tremendous.” The enlistment ceremony held at Taga Hall of Saipan World Resort on March 26 has history written all over it. It’s the first time
that the Guam Army National Guard recruited soldiers in the CNMI through the memorandum of agreement signed by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial and Gov. Felix P. Camacho of Guam in February 2010. Gov. Camacho hails the recruitment efforts as the coming together of the Marianas. He says, “We can come together as one Marianas. Who knows, in the future, we may be called the Marianas National Guard.” NMI Gov. Fitial also acknowledges the event as another milestone that paved way for newfound opportunities for the people of the islands. He also says the partnership with Guam Army National Guard enables the CNMI and Guam to utilize shared resources during incidents of natural and man-made disasters. Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta extends his gratitude to the men and women in uniform for their sacrifices while the nation is at war. He says just as his father served in the military, he knows first hand the enourmous
GREAT JOB. Major General Goldhorn,left, acknowledges the hard work of the recruiting officers.
strain it places on families, immense sacrifices made, and hardships that arise when families are separated. Addressing the men and women in uniform in the hall, Babauta says in spite of it all, they get the job done and they remain stalwart in their mission. Because of them, Babauta says, the country is a safer place and the world—more secure. Twenty-seven young men and women join Maj. Gen. Donald Goldhorn and Officer Bernard Aguon on stage to recite the oath of enlistment. To be able to gather 27 recruits for the ceremony speaks volumes on the work of the Guam Natioanal Guard recruiters. Aguon says their leadership in the Guam National Guard is very impressed with their efforts on Saipan and commended the their team for a job well done. With the first enlistment ceremony behind them, Officer Aguon is looking forward to doing another ceremony for the next batch of recruits. “We have approximately 30 more applicants that we need to process that have already completed the 2 major requirements of passing the ASVAB and medical physical,” Aguon tells Beach Road Magazine. He adds that the Guam Army National Guard will continue its efforts to seek qualified personnel to fill the ranks. He says, “I would highly encourage anyone remotely interested to contact SFC Gonzalo Fernandez for more information by calling 989-1237.” With the CNMI residents now eligible to join the Guam National Guard, it will be interesting to note how Guam and CNMI are like two peas in pod. Soon, Gov. Camacho’s vision of a united Marianas may come true and the combined forces of the region will be called Marianas National Guard. BRM May 2010
cruisinâ€™ on beach road
BIRTHDAY BOY. Jai (third from left) celebrated his first birthday at Aquarius Beach Tower with his dad and friends.
BEACH PARTY. Ayumi is flanked by her parents and family friends during her birthday beach party. COKE AND SHELL PROMO. Martin Igitol, center, receives his Coca Cola inflatable chair and dome tent from Gerry Hemley of CCBM, left, and Jeff Boyer of Shell Marianas.
PEACE. Rio Laniyo, right, joins a friend in a tent during the trek up Mt. Tapochau.
NEW SOLDIER. Major Gen. Donald A. Goldhorn joins a new recruit and her family of Guam Army National Guard during the Enlistment Ceremony.
HEARTY LUNCH. Digital Motionâ€™s Edwin Sta. Theresa, Hapi Gabriel and Erwin Suguitan enjoy a good lunch at Revolving Restaurant 360 with Eden, Jenny, and Chef Hubert Friedle.
FAMILY DAY. Families enjoy their time together during the walkathon-fundraiser.
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ALL FOR JAI. Jai (not in photo) celebrated his first birthday at Aquarius Beach Tower with Ninang Mhay, Ninong Al, Ninong Ryan, and friends from Elite Printing.
BIRTHDAY AT GUALO RAI. Eva (second from left) celebrates her birthday with family and friends on April 14.
CHRISTENING. Happy Christening to Skyler and Lirielle Jewel Babauta. Greetings from Grandma Marie Babauta. DADDY’S GIRL. For Hermie Ablog, nothing could be better than a day off with his only daughter.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Samantha Tengco turns 11 years old on May 4. Greetings from Mom, Dad, and Gelo. FIRST WALKATHON. Students, teachers, and parents of Green Meadow School pose for a group photo at Minatchom Atdao during their first annual walkathon.
COMMUNITY SERVICE. Members and officers of MDX Radio Group prepare for another community work. PARENTS UNITED. Parents of Green Meadow School students show their unity in support of the school’s fundraising efforts to improve the playground.
A LONG AND LASTING LOVE. Robert and Angie Pacala celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with their loved ones at Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant.
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THE 24TH ANNUAL AMERICAN RED CROSS WALKATHON
Walking with heroes
BY ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR PHOTOS BY RUDY ARMENTA & ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR It’s a walk that blurs all lines. Neither man nor woman is richer or poorer. But definitely, those who helped make the 24th Annual American Red Cross Walkathon have become richer in spirit as they selflessly devoted their time in advancing the manifold life-saving programs of the American Red Cross. John Hirsh, executive director, American Red Cross-CNMI Chapter, welcomes the generous support from the members of the community who helped raise $60,000 in support of ARC’s life-saving mission. Hirsh says, “We are humbled by the community’s support. We all know how difficult times are now but our community has trust in the Red Cross. We feel privileged to have that kind of trust.” He acknowledges the coordinators’ enthusiasm to help raise funds for the Red Cross however difficult it seemed. He also heaped praises for the students whose efforts are worth the recognition. Owing to the invaluable support of the community, Hirsh says it behooves them to be all the more concerned with the stewardship of the money. He says, “We don’t want to be wasteful.” He also appreciates the work put in by the Board of Directors ensuring that the money is well spent on programs that go back to helping the community. Based on preliminary reports, close to 3,000 participants joined the walkathon on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota and proceeds exceeded by 20 percent of last year’s total of $50,000.
SUCCESS! The numbers speak for themselves. People from various sectors of the community came out in full support of the walkathon-fundraiser.
For Hirsh, the “tremendous success” of the walkathon can be attributed to keeping the event “fresh, new, and innovative.” He says part of the reason they started to do well is they started offering new things they have not done in the past. They also keep changing the incentives t o the participants, doling out interesting prizes year after year. This year, prizes include laptops, cellphones, and other special prize packages. Moreover, Hirsh says ARC expresses its gratitude to all sponsors of the event, including Coca Cola, Foremost, Subway, and Glimpses for their continuous support. He says ARC is proud to be associated with these sponsors who contributed to making the walkathon a huge success. He looks forward to continuing the association as they go forward. The islands maybe small but the outpour of support from all corners make the islands unique. Everyone who walked on March 26 or spent their time providing assistance at the booths or cheered for the participants is a hero. To walk the six-mile stretch from Kilili Beach to Garapan Fishing Base is a privilege for anyone who –– unknowingly –– walked with unsung heroes of the islands. BRM 18
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FOR THE KIDS. Children of various age groups enjoy the fun activities of the 24th ARC walkathon.
A SUCCESSFUL WALK
Members of the community continue to throw their support behind ARCâ€™s life-saving mission.
CONGRATULATIONS! Owing to their hard work and commitment, Roxanne Ferrer, left, and the other officers and volunteers of the American Red Cross deserve praise for the successful walkathon.
FREE SANDWICHES AND DRINKS. Transpac volunteers gather at the food and beverage stations for a souvenir photo.
HEALTH FAIR. Residents wait in line for free blood sugar test and blood pressure reading.
MY FAVORITE COLOR. A young girl sits patiently as an artist works on her face paint.
FRIENDS. Nene, center, poses with he r daughters and her friends at the Civic Ce nter grounds. AN APPLE A DAY. Children mill about the WIC booth to avail of a emergency management healthy snack. ON CALL. Firefighters and walkathon. the specialists are on hand during
BROOM! BROOM! Taga Riders wow the crowd with their toys for the big boys.
KUNG FLU FIGHTING. A father and his son wait for their turn to get free flu vaccination.
O ur E nvironment
Ridge to Reef 2010 Summer vacation is just around the corner. The weather is getting hotter and students (and teachers) are looking forward to a well deserved break. This year, for a fun, educational, and earth friendly opportunity for your kids, consider signing them up for â€œRidge to Reefâ€? 2010. Ridge to Reef is a free educational program that takes learners out into the field to make the connection between land and sea. During the Ridge to Reef experience, participants visit watersheds, wetlands and marine protected areas; and engage in handson activities, discussions and field visits centering on the Ridge to Reef theme. Ridge to Reef is sponsored by the CNMI Coral Reef Initiative through funding
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For more information about this program please contact: Lisa Eller, Division of Environmental Quality, 664-8510 Brooke Nevitt, Coastal Resources Management Office, 664-8305
Ridge to Reef 2010 Who: Students entering 5th through 8th grades Where: Saipan, Tinian, and Rota (sites to be determined) When: July and August 2010
Kiwi coach: Victory’s not a long shot Text and photos by ALEXIE VILLEGAS ZOTOMAYOR
KEEP IT UP. Standing close to the players on the basketball court, New Zealand coach Kevin Smith talks to the players, citing ways by which they can improve their game.
“Their defense and off ball screening have improved.” This is visiting New Zealand Coach Kevin Smith’s assessment of the women’s basketball players he conducted clinics with during his weeklong stay on Saipan in April 2010. Smith, who was on Saipan last year for the FIBA Oceania tournament, flew to Saipan in
April straight from junior national tournaments in Europe. Despite being plagued with jet lag, Coach Kevin buckles down to work. In an interview, he says he sees big potential among the young women players of the CNMI basketball squad with whom he worked. At the Ada Gym, Coach Kevin joins Coach
Bill Sewell on court for several sessions to evaluate the game of the CNMI women players and make recommendations on the further development of their game. While he watches their game, Coach Kevin works with every player on ways to work on improving some of her skills. As the players play defense or take a shot, Coach Kevin
is there on court to offer his judgment and advice on how they are doing on the court both individually and as part of the team. Although he only has a few days to work with the players trying out for the national squad to compete for Micro Games, Coach Kevin is eager to come back to share his expertise and follow through on what he started. He also speaks favorably of Coach Bill whom he says can hone the young squad’s skills further. In an interview with media representatives, Coach Kevin offers a ray of hope for the players as they prepare for the Micro Games. He says, “Everybody is beatable. Regardless of who’s on the other side of the court, any team has a fighting chance if they work cohesively as a team.” He also shares that in drafting players for a team, he usually looks for physical athleticism, the ability to work hard, the ability to learn, and the key ability to work as part of a team. He assures that height is not critical. “Work with what you’ve got,” he says. “Height may determine how you play the game, and lack of height will drive you to a different style of play.” In preparing players for a game, Coach Kevin says he usually tells them to stay focused. He says, “Focus on the now. Basketball is a collection of nano seconds, and in each one of these seconds each individual has a job to do. Focus on doing the right thing well in each nano second before you worry about the next one.” To psyche up the players for a game, he says motivation mostly comes from inside a player. “While you can appeal to the things that drive individual players, the actual drive has to come from inside them, from their will to perform at a high level for their own reasons”. BRM
COMPARING NOTES. Coach Kevin Smith discusses with Coach Bill Sewell his observations as the players listen.
GREAT IMPROVEMENT. The players prepare to follow Coach Kevin Smith’s suggested moves.
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When I dip, you dip, we dip! by Carmen Rojas No, not the dance craze! It’s an exercise that is great for the arms and can be done at virtually any fitness level. This month we are going to talk about one of my favorite exercises for the upper body. In the past we have discussed pull ups, and push ups as exercises to get the muscles toned, strong, and if you want, ripped. Dips also belong in that category because, it is easy to adapt to any fitness level. It works not just one muscle group but the entire upper body, and because you don’t need a ton of equipment to rock this to the max. First, remember the anatomy. Triceps and shoulders are the predominant muscles used to carry out this exercise. Back, pecs, abs, and even biceps have a role to play in this killer exercise as well. If you have upper body injuries to the shoulders, wrists, elbows etc. you definitely want to talk to your doctor before starting this routine. For Beginners: All you need is a strong, stable surface to place your hands on. Your
office chair or a coffee table is perfect (just don’t forget to lock the wheels of the chair if you have them!). Put your hands at your side with your knuckles facing out from your body. Grip the chair or table and scoot your feet out and tip your toes up so your heels are the only part of your feet touching the floor. Your butt should be off the floor. For starters, just try holding yourself in this position. Hold for a count of 5, and then sit back down. Repeat for a set of 5 counts of 5. Once you have mastered this position you can then vary from how far out your feet are extended from your body, facing your knuckles forward, the depth of the dip, etc. For Intermediates: At this point having some gym equipment may be helpful. But you don’t have to spend oodles of money. Take your same chair and add some weight or resistance to your legs. You can use a medicine ball, or actual weights, but if you don’t have those items at your disposal, try a sack of rice (it tends to mold to your lap and stay put, rather than roll around) or some canned food to add weight. Change to rep counting and try complete sets of 10. You may find that you are sore, and stiff after a including this exercise into your workout. Drink plenty of water, stretch and listen to your body! For the experts: I always laugh inside when I see guys dipping with the chain and loads of weights swinging from it. This modification exercises the ego more than the arms. The theory works but for it to work you have to maintain good posture (NO BOWING!!), and control your speed. I have found that working the eccentric (descent rather than ascent) can vary the workout and get that burn you want in a safer and more challenging way. Try doing a 10 count on the way down and a quick up. Most would struggle to complete more than 6 reps of this. If you can do more than 2 sets then you have my permission to go for that chain and some weights. For next month we will look at the do’s and don’ts that will make the most of your arms. Remember, push yourself, listen to your body, and stay hydrated. BRM
Photographer works There was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which `lived’ there was feared by all. However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains et al. He told the ghost “I mean no harm - I just want your photograph”. The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines - he posed for a number of ghostly shots. The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed. So what’s the moral of the story? The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.
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Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 23): A fairy-tale ending may take longer than you’d like to arrive, but you need to be patient. if you jump into something without thinking it through, it’s sure to be more trouble than it’s worth.
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18): Are you venturing into alien territory when it comes to your emotions? Be sure to ask lots of questions of those who have gone before you. Most importantly, trust your deepest instincts.
Cancer (June 22 - July 22): A new cutie asks for an honest opinion. If you’re not ready to give it -- or you don’t think your answer is helpful -you should say just that. Don’t feel pressured into replying.
Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 21): That awesome tension between you and a certain someone is just about to be released. Take things slow, no matter how quickly you want to push things forward. Anticipation is an important part of the pleasure.
Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20): Take all the time you need to heal that emotional rift that has been keeping you apart from love. You have a deep capacity for intimacy, but you sometimes sacrifice yourself for the sake of a relationship.
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Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19): Certain restraints are emerging on your love life, but arguing doesn’t help you get rid of them. Your energy just needs you to slow down and look at all the factors that are coming into play.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19): Romantic anxieties should fade when you get wind of a surprising but welcome development. It’s a relief, but there are a few more complications accompanying the news. Err on the side of safety!
Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20): Your perseverance is a definite asset, but holding onto someone that isn’t right starts to look perverse. It’s past time to get new perspective on this situation and your current actions.
Leo (July 23 - Aug 22): The time is ripe to develop a connection with a new love interest -you agree, right? Just let things unfold naturally under this new, stable influence. It’s better than any scenario you try to create consciously. Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22): Someone needs your understanding, but they might not quite deserve your forgiveness -- yet. There’s nothing wrong with legitimate anger, so don’t pretend you’re fine with the situation.