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Posters warning about measles in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan family of a two-year-old boy, who died of suspected measles a week ago, is now also mourning the death of his one-year-old sister, who is also thought to have died from the virus. The family held a double burial on Saturday for the siblings, who first went to Apia's...
Some of the thousands of marijuana plants confiscated in Samoa late last week.
Apia, SAMOA — Police rounded up the biggest drug bust operation in Samoa with about 10,000 marijuana plants, military firearms, methamphetamine utensils and cash seized at Faleatiu. The operation in the deepwoods of Faleatiu Thursday morning saw six suspects being arrested in relation to the bust...
Fire and Emergency Services Authority attending the injured
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fire and Emergency Services as well as the Samoa Police responded to a fatal car accident which has claimed the life of a passenger and left 3 more with serious injuries at Motootua hospital. Captain Christian Tooala who had driven past the scene soon after the...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa Ministry of Health yesterday issued a followup of their “Measles Prevention” public notice sent out last week, advising that they are continuing to reinforce the immediate closure of all pre-schools and child daycare facilities “to further prevent the spread of...
Anne Fatialofa as she receives the award
Tokyo, JAPAN — If you grew up in Samoa and Auckland rugby circles then the chances are, you’ve visited the home of the late Papaliitele Peter “Fats” Fatialofa and his wife Anne. 21 Kerrs Road, Wiri near Manukau bears many memories of rugby history both on and off the field for Fats and Anne, their...
Stephanie Westberg
Apia, SAMOA — A woman who arrived on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland on the 11th of April 2019 this year and was caught with drugs has submitted a late application through her lawyer for a discharge without conviction. Stephanie Westberg had entered an early guilty plea after marijuana was...
CNMI Governor Ralph Torres
Saipan, CNMI — The office of the Northern Marianas governor Ralph Torres has been searched by FBI agents. The FBI also carried out several other search warrants on the operator of the operator of the territory's casino, Imperial Pacific. Mr Torres's house and vehicle are also understood to have...
Wellington dancer and choreographer, Tupe Lualua
Apia, SAMOA — “Aumaga”, a dance work inspired by the role of taulea’ale’a (untitled men) and the aumaga (social class of taule’ale’a) is set to be performed on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the National University of Samoa. The dance work has been developed over the course of three months by Wellington...
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Manila, THE PHILIPPINES — Some of the world's biggest tuna fishing fleets are set to meet "face to face" next week to discuss the current market crisis.  An oversupply of skipjack tuna has led raw material prices for delivery in Bangkok, Thailand to dive from $1,600 per metric ton in March to $900/...
A woman working at Bluesky wearing a surgical face mask
Apia, SAMOA — Strict visiting restrictions are in place at Samoa's hospitals and clinics in an effort to curb the spread of the highly infectious measles virus. Taupou Tauvela, 28, was breastfeeding her 17-month baby Neoalina on an outside bench seat as she waited for her husband to seek treatment...

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