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Hawaii surfing, swimming and driving through the storm

Lifeguards have done three dozen rescues on the southern shore of Oahu alone as Hurricane Ana passes the islands to the south.

Ocean safety officials told HNN's Ramsay Wharton there were three rescues at Makapu'u Point, the far eastern point of Oahu, eight rescues at often treacherous Sandy Beach near Hawaii Kai, and 24 rescues in Waikiki.

Lifeguards also took an estimated 80 preventative actions at Makapu'u, 80 at Sandy Beach, and more than 500 in Waikiki. This refers to warning swimmers or surfers against going out in the water.

Ebola protection supplies arriving in Pacific

The World Health Organisation says it is working with Pacific governments to distribute Ebola protection gear around the region.

The head of the WHO in Vanuatu, Jacob Kool, says Pacific health sectors must be more prepared for the possibility the virus will reach the region.

Dr Kool says that includes having more supplies.

Tupa’i hails N.Z’s victory in New York

A special friend of Samoa, New Zealand, has done it.

This past week, it secured a historical seat on the United Nations' most powerful body, the UN Security Council.

New Zealand had Samoa’s support all along.

In the aftermath, that country’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’i Murray McCully is vowing to follow through on New Zealand's bid to reform the Security Council.

Samoa warned about fake currancy being passed

A man from Luatuanu’u, Pauli Mika, has warned members of the public to be on the look out for people using fake international currency to con them of their Samoan tala.

Mr. Mika approached the Weekend Observer yesterday to alert other people after a man at a petrol station tricked him with fake Australian money.

He said the man approached him, asking for help.

“He told me that he really wanted to go home but he had no money. All he had was foreign currency – an Australian $5 dollar,” said Mr. Mika.

“I felt sorry for him and I quickly got out $10 and gave it to him.”

Samoan travel agent pleads guilty in second fraud case


A Samoan travel agent, who already pled guilty at a federal court in Missouri for defrauding a high school marching band, has pled guilty to wire fraud in Arkansas for defrauding another high school marching band.
Both marching bands had wired money to Calliope R. Saaga for travel to Honolulu for separate trips in the summer 2012 but the defendant used the money for his own benefit. In total, federal prosecutors says Saaga, who resides in Sarasota Springs, Utah where one of his two travel businesses is located, stole $632,500 combined from both marching bands.

Samoa gets new power sub-station

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has just opened a multi-million dollar power sub-station at Fuluasou.

The new system will allow the Samoa Electric Power Corporation to monitor its key assets on Upolu and Savaii.

It will also ensure cheaper, more efficient and more reliable delivery of electricity around the country.

The system, which cost just over seven million US dollars, has been funded by the Asian Development Bank, Japan, and AusAID.

Ebola fear for Samoa peacekeepers based in Afrika quashed

The Acting Commissioner of Police, Nafo’itoa Tala’imanu Keti, yesterday dispelled fears about the possibility of ebola entering the country through returning Police officers who have been on peacekeeping mission.

The Commissioner was contacted for a comment after an official raised concerns about police peacekeepers from Samoa who have been working in Northern Africa, namely Sudan.

“Africa is a big place and the officers are on the other side,” said Nafo’itoa. “So far there is no ebola in Sudan. If there was any ebola in the area (Sudan) we would’ve withdrawn them.”

Flash flood watch on all Hawaii Is

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service in Honolulu has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau and Oahu until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Ana of 3 to 6 inches with locally up to 8 inches. In addition to possible flash flooding, excessive runoff may result in rock and mudslides in steep terrain.

Hurricane Ana will continue to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Big Island today. Heavy rain and thunderstorms area also expected to affect the remainder of the area through the day Sunday.

Ana storm watch expanded to include all Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ana has intensified into a weak Category 1 hurricane and remains on a forecast track south of the islands. A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the entire state.

Island nations shouldn’t be left to drown from climate change

Rising sea levels will have dire consequences for Pacific island nations unless Australia and other countries take action

Islanders from the Tulun Atoll where forced relocation is presently underway are reporting what some believe is the beginning of the end. Breadfruit trees have been destroyed, the soil isn’t good enough to grow crops. The sea water is eating away at the land.

Tulun Atoll is not alone. Across the Pacific islanders are reporting similar changes as the sea is creeping up. Given that sea level rise is not uniform across the world (forget the bathtub that fills evenly!) it’s not surprising that in some island communities the impacts are becoming more quickly apparent.

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