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Tonga has declared a dengue outbreak following the death of a New Zealand girl in the country last week. The 12-year-old had been visiting family in Tonga over the Christmas holidays. The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Health said there were 19 confirmed cases of dengue in the country, all...
Water rising in Marshall Islands. [Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson]
The World Health Organisation is launching a programme to address the health effects of climate change in Small Island Developing States, including Fiji. Fiji was represented by Philip Davies, Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Services, in negotiating the agreement during a meeting of...
Dr Rebecca Levine running a workshop on a new mosquito app [Photo: US Consulate Auckland]
Some Pacific nations have been briefed on innovative tools they could use to try to combat mosquito-borne illnesses. A recent TechCamp conference in Auckland brought together a variety of stakeholders to discuss new technology, from a NASA-developed GLOBE APP that can see minute details of any...
StarKist & Co is expressing gratitude over legislation that could help make it easier for its workers at tuna processing facilities in American Samoa to travel between islands. US senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who recently announced he will retire at the end of the year, introduced S....
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A Member of Parliament in Samoa has warned the government of a commercial black market for turkey tails. The MP for Faleata West, Leala'ilepule Rimoni Aiafi, raised concerns over the lifting of a ban on importing turkey tail meat for personal consumption. Leala'ilepule said the ban had resulted in...
Footage of the incident's aftermath shows the bus crashed on the roadside without a roof and sides, and its seats badly damaged. [photo: Samoa Observer via MSN.com]
A tragic accident at Faleula Saturday afternoon, where a speeding bus flipped several times landing on its roof, claimed three lives.    This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Sunday Samoan.   “A total of 46...
Australia will finance a new high-speed internet cable between it and Solomon Islands, after security concerns were raised about a Chinese company contracted to build the project. The ABC reports the Solomon Islands government signed a deal with Huawei to build the underwater internet connection...
Footage of the incident's aftermath shows the bus crashed on the roadside without a roof and sides, and its seats badly damaged. [photo: Samoa Observer via MSN.com]
The bus travelling from Apia to Falelatai collided with an oncoming car and smashed into two pieces, the Samoa Observer reported. According to a bystander at the scene, the driver apparently lost control of the bus. It's understood the bus was fully loaded with passengers, some of whom remain in a...
LtoR , Fealofani Bruun and Schannel van Dijken, crew members of The Samoan Voyaging Society. [Photo / Michael Craig]
Surrounded by the launches, ocean-going yachts and catamarans moored at Orakei Marina, one of the Pacific's most valuable boats is almost camouflaged from view. She is Va'a Gaualofa, Samoa's traditionally-inspired 22-metre, twin-hulled voyaging canoe (waka hourua in te reo), which sails across...
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The Samoan Ministry of Health is looking at working with hospitals in India to reduce costs for specialist patient care overseas. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Indian chain Apollo Hospitals which would allow patients to be transferred to India and also an exchange programme...

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