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Exhumation begins for unidentified remains from USS Oklahoma

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials are starting to exhume the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific spokesman Gene Maestas says four caskets were dug up last week and six this week.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the exhumation in April. It says advances in forensic science and genealogical help from families make it possible to identify remains nearly 75 years after the attack.

2015 could be breaking point for Pacific tuna

Scientists are warning stakeholders in the Pacific tuna fishery they could lose the resource altogether if they do not crack down on overfishing and tighten conservation management measures, reports Radio New Zealand.

The warning came after the Pacific Island and distant-water fishing nations failed to agree on conservation measures to protect endangered species such as bigeye tuna, in last December's meeting of the Tuna Commission.

Scientists emerge from isolated dome on Hawaii volcano slope

HONOLULU (AP) - Six scientists who have been living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

The crew stepped outside the dome that's 8,000 feet up the slopes of Mauna Loa to feel fresh air on their skin Saturday. It was the first time they left without donning a space suit.

The scientists are part of a human performance study funded by NASA that's tracking how they work together as a team. They've been monitored by surveillance cameras, body movement trackers and electronic surveys.

'Samoan Heroes' book launched

A book about high achieving Samoans has been launched with the hope that it will inspire Pasifika youth to aim for greatness.

'Samoan Heroes' is a collection of stories which includes contemporary figures like Tana Umaga, David Tua, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and neuroscientist Associate Professor Donna Rose Addis as well as historical figures, and myths and legends.

Leilani Momoisea was at the book launch at the Tupu Library in the Auckland suburb of Otara.

Chief election officer in AS returns to Senate

American Samoa's chief election officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is returning to the Senate after being selected by traditional leaders of the Pago Pago Village Council.

A former territorial senator, Tuaolo will fill the seat vacated by Mauga Asuaga, who became the Secretary of Samoan Affairs in April.

Tuaolo has previously served in the Senate for two consecutive four year terms, from 2001-2008.

In 2009 he served as police commissioner during the Togiola Administration and was selected in 2013 to serve as Chief Election Officer, in the first year of the Lolo Administration.

5 Pacific Countries to gain residency in New Zealand

Nuku‘alofa – Monday 15 June 2015 9.39am, (FM89.5)/RNZI: The results of a ballot which gives people from five Pacific countries an opportunity to gain residency in New Zealand were being announced last Friday.

More than 22,000 applications were received this year under the Samoan Quota and Pacific Access Category.

This year more than 9,000 Samoans applied under the Samoan Quota, where 1,100 places are available.

Nearly 2,500 applications were received from Tonga, for which just 250 places are allowed.

ASTCA Goes Live with O3b Networks

St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands/Pago Pago, American Samoa - 15 June, 2015 – O3b Networks today announced that the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) has deployed its O3bTrunk. The contract includes a commitment for 1.2Gbps which more than doubles its backhaul and Internet capacity for the entire Samoan archipelago and provides a safety net in the event of a failure of its submarine fiber system. Prior to the O3b launch American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa were serviced only by the aging American Samoa Hawaii (ASH) submarine cable.

Egg Shortage Alarms Local Market

A shortage in the supply of eggs has become a real concern to grocery stores who have not been able to meet the demand for the past couple of weeks. Locally, the main egg supplier is Ah Liki Wholesale, who owns the biggest poultry in Samoa. Eggs are also produced by Farm Supplies, the University of the South Pacific at Alafua and Maxkar.
Chan Mow wholesale imports eggs from the United States of America and then Fiji, but haven’t done so in a month.

Malietoa heirs meet to discuss title

In Samoa, the three factions of the Malietoa paramount title will meet in Sapapalii, Savaii island today for the last round of discussions to find a holder of the title.
The late Malietoa Tanumafili II died eight years ago but the three clans of the Malietoa title have been in disagreement since on whom to choose, an issue which has also been before the courts.

Health officials tell US doctors to watch for MERS

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reminded doctors to ask patients with severe respiratory illness if they recently traveled.
Officials are now urging testing for MERS in very sick patients who had visited a South Korea hospital within two weeks of falling ill.

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