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PACIFIC OCEAN — Pacific weather forecasters say an expected El Nino weather system in the region has not eventuated and meanwhile below average rainfall predicted for American Samoa. Looking at data from December NIWA's Island Climate Update found that sea surface temperatures have remained above...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard appears to have “called out” U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono over her questioning of a judicial nominee, accusing her and others of religious bigotry. Conservative media groups have been covering Sen. Hirono’s questioning of judicial nominee Brian Buescher for...
 Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has urged unmarried senior civil servants to find a husband in 2019. Mr Pohiva hosted a meeting and prayer service for staff this week to kick off the new work year. According to a government press release, Mr Pohiva closed the event with...
Participants at the training for weather information emergency managers
Nadi, FIJI — The Pacific RANET Working Group in collaboration with the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) is commencing training January 7-11, 2019 at the FMS headquarters in Namaka, Nadi. Mr. Randall Fitisone is representing American Samoa on behalf of the AS Department of Homeland Security. ...
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Saipan, CNMI — Three years after same-sex marriages were legalised in the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Mayor's Office say that they have topped heterosexual marriages on the island. The figures are based on the marriage licenses issued by the municipality. From January through September 2018, the...
 The NDMO director, Anare Leweniqila
Suva, FIJI — Over 600 people have taken shelter in 15 evacuation centres around Fiji as Cyclone Mona continues to approach Vanua Levu and surrounding smaller islands. The National Disaster Management Office said four centres had been opened in the Central Division, seven in the Northern Division,...
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Washington, D.C. — The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the nation's food stamp program --...
Men from the village have joined Police and F.E.S.A. officials to search for the missing man.
Apia, SAMOA — Tragedy has struck the village of Luatuanu’u at the beginning of 2019 with a young man dead and the families keeping vigil, hoping the body of another young man who has been missing at sea since Thursday, is found. The deceased man was among three men who went out for a “casual swim”...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand has cleared a backlog of Samoa-bound passengers that was caused by an issue with runway lights at Faleolo International Airport in Apia. Two Air NZ flights - one from Auckland to Apia yesterday afternoon, and the return journey - were cancelled. A company...
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.
Suva, FIJI — Predator priests will face the full force of the law, Catholic bishops in the Pacific say. In Papua New Guinea, Fr Giorgio Licini said any cases of priests abusing children would be dealt with severely. Fr Giorgio said an office had been established to deal with the matter. Meanwhile,...

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