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As the world's oceans heat up with climate change, coral reefs are increasingly under threat. Bleaching events—defense mechanisms against high temperatures that turn corals white—have become more frequent.   From 2010 to 2016, UCLA researchers studied corals off the coast of American Samoa in...
The ground breaking for a new hospital expected to serve the needs of over 50 thousand people living in the area, has taken place in Samoa this week. Scheduled for completion in February 2019, the government has decided to rebuild Satupaitea District hospital. About 50 years ago the hospital closed...
A young Queensland mother has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two employers and splashing the cash on a luxurious and extravagant lifestyle including flights to her overseas wedding for her family. Christine Tupu, 26, siphoned more than $341,000 from her employers...
Samoa's Lands and Titles Court have accepted a request to expedite the hearing of a village council petition to have a family removed. The Samoa Observer reported the Ministry of Justice Papali'i confirming the request was granted to the Satapuala Village Council . The family up for removal is...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...

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