He has a thin Polynesian ponytail that flicks against his broad shoulders and an ornate Samoan tattoo that covers his right arm. ... On the pitch, Tuilagi is a rampaging bundle of teak-hard muscle. His pace and power stem from his compact, low-slung thrust.
Tuilagi's practices his "low-slung thrust" in a few more spono-tastic images AFTER THE JUMP ...
President Barack Obama will nominate David Huebner, currently serving as the general counsel for GLAAD, as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, The Advocate reports:
Huebner is a partner in the Shanghai law office of Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton and heads the firm’s International Disputes practice and its China practice. Huebner co-chaired the board of directors of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in 1997 and has served as legal counsel. He has also taught international business and intellectual property classes at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
Huebner becomes the first gay man nominated to an ambassadorship in the Obama Administration. The first two: James Hormel, ambassador to Luxembourg during the Clinton Administration, and Michael Guest, ambassador to Romania during the Bush Administration.
"It measured 7.9, just shy of the size of earthquake that sparked [the] tsumani. ... Health Ministry crisis centre head Rustam Pakaya warning it could exceed 1,000 in the city of close to one million residents. Thousands of people were trapped as buildings, roads and bridges collapsed. The earthquake also triggered a landslide which cut power and telecommunications, resulting in further confusion."
The Padang Fault is the same fault line that triggered the catastrophic December 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000.
This was the main road in the downtown area of
Fagatogo, American Samoa. A towering 15-foot
tsunami triggered by a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake swept ashore on
American Samoa and the neighboring independent Samoa, flattening
villages and killing dozens of people.
Many others are missing at devastated National Park Service
A Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued after the massive undersea quake struck near American Samoa. There were "reports of a small tsunami reaching New Zealand and rising sea levels in several South Pacific island nations," says the New York Times. Japan braced for a possible tsunami and small tsunami waves were sighted on the Hawaiian coast.