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Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Honolulu, HAWAII — Heads up, aspiring singers and dancers! Royal Caribbean International is looking for a few good stars for its cruise ship shows. Auditions are set for this month at the Aloha Dancesport Center at 350 Ward Ave., Suite 200. To apply, you must be 18 years or older to apply...
The Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Tonga
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The state funeral for the late Prime Minister of Tonga is to be held on Thursday, with an accompanying public holiday and national day of mourning. 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died in Auckland on Thursday after being hospitalised with pnuemonia, had been the longest serving MP in Tonga...
Lauli’i boy  pointing out the spot on the beach where the body of the 6 month old baby washed up.
Apia, SAMOA — Babies who are abandoned and left to die is an ongoing tragedy the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted as longstanding.  But he was careful at suggesting how to stop it, when the issue was put to him during his weekly media session on national radio yesterday. The...
The Asian tiger mosquito
Hagåtña, GUAM — A case of dengue fever in Guam is believed to be the first to be contracted locally in the last 75 years. Pacific Daily News reports the sick person has no travel history outside of Guam, with all previous dengue cases imported from off-island. The Department of Public Health is...
Wesley Samoa, Lama Lauvao, and Natisha Tautalatasi
Kona, HAWAII — The two people found guilty earlier this year in the brutal beating of a Big Island security guard have been sentenced to life behind bars with the possibility of parole. Kona Circuit Judge Melvin Fujino sentenced Natisha Tautalatasi and Wesley Samoa on Thursday. A third...
ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao (middle) with Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi (right) and ADB Director General for the Pacific Ms. Carmela Locsin (left)
Apia, SAMOA — The Asian Development Bank is to give Samoa a grant of more than $US62.26 million to enhance the safety, security and sustainability of Apia Port. An ADB transport specialist, Alexandra Pamela Chiang, said improved climate and disaster resilience at the port along with better border...
The late Tongan prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. 'A beacon of democracy': RNZ's obituary for Mr Pohiva, who...
 Jose Sousa-Santos, third from left, with Papua New Guinea, Australian and New Zealand police advisors
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Police forces around the Pacific have been caught off guard by the growth of the methamphetamine trade in the region. That's the view of a specialist in transnational crime and drug trafficking in the Asia-Pacific. The deportation policies of Australia, New Zealand and the...
Police car at Tafaigata Prison gate.
Apia, SAMOA  — The Samoan woman who dumped her new born baby in a restroom rubbish bin in Kuala Lumpur, has been returned home to face charges. She was accompanied by Samoa’s Consul General in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Talamua that negotiations between...
Prescription bottle of Oxycodone
Washington, D.C. — A US federal agency has directed nearly $US2 million in funding to three Pacific states to fight an opioid crisis. The money is part of a $US932 million government package given to US states and territories to combat drugs. Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and American...

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