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Researchers in New Zealand will reach a turning point this year with a longitudinal study focusing on Pacific babies born in the year 2000. The Pacific Island family study follows the lives of around 1400 Pacific babies born at south Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Auckland University of Technology...
Dengue fever continues to be a problem in Samoa with more than 1700 cases reported since October. The Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri told the Samoa Observer that the number of people with dengue has steadily increased since the outbreak began. He said the group most affected were...
A former Manu Samoa Sevens player, national Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and four other Samoan players have been caught in the middle of a brewing controversy involving New Zealand Rugby. According to an investigation carried out by The NZ Herald, Danny Kayes was among players the New Zealand Rugby...
P.M. REJECTS CALL TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA  Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has flatly rejected a call for the government to consider legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Speaking during his weekly media session yesterday, Tuilaepa said the government would never entertain...
Samoan police have thanked members of a family at Vaiusu, a village west of Apia, for their swift action which led to the capture of one of two escaped prisoners. Aniseko Vaelei was spotted by the family members who gave chase. They restrained the prisoner while the police were called. The police...
The Northern Marianas is sending four linesmen and administrative staff to Puerto Rico to help with the island's restoration efforts after being hit by Hurricane Maria in September last year. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Executive Director Gary Camacho said the CUC was asked by the...
BABY TIARA SAMOA’S FIRST FOR 2018  Mother Chara Fatu welcomed her newborn baby, Tiara New Year-Fatu, with family and hospital staff sharing in on the joy. Baby Tiara was Samoa’s first baby of 2018, born at the stroke of midnight. And because Samoa is among the first countries to welcome the new...
A Nutrition Workshop, hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC), took place at late November in Nadi, Fiji. Nutritionists from 20 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), together with development partners and other stakeholders gathered to review the updated Pacific Guidelines for a Healthy...
New Year’s Day is a big celebration, worldwide but just how much do we know about it? New Year’s Day was first celebrated in 45 B.C. Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. He thought it would be a good idea to make...
The New Year has officially begun, as midnight passed in Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati, the first places in the world to welcome in 2018.  The last places on Earth to see in the New Year are minor outlying US islands like Baker Island and Howland Island - although these are uninhabited...

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