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Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (center-left) meets with Samoa PM
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan Church Ministers from the EFKS denominations are stepping up as key players in public health. Reverend figures like Rev Elder Victor Pouesi from Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Magele I Sasa'e I Puaseisei, have long been vocal advocates for their...
Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit (REMUS)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Working alongside Royal Australian Navy forces on the east coast of Australia, disposing of Second World War bombs in Vanuatu, marching in a street parade in Tonga and surveying areas of the sea floor in Ha’apai has kept the Royal New Zealand Navy Littoral Warfare Force...
Fiji’s new patrol boat
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fiji's brand new patrol boat has finally been pulled off the reef at Fulaga where it ran aground three weeks ago. The Guardian Class Patrol Boat RFNS Puamau, gifted to Fiji by Australia in March, had only just arrived in the country in May and was on its maiden patrol...
Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Coast Guard is slated to continue solidifying its Pacific footprint with new funds from Congress as the service plays an increasingly prominent role in Washington’s regional strategy. The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in June approved measures funding...
money and drugs
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A rise in drug-related crimes in Samoa has been raised by several MPs in Parliament. One MP highlighted the escalating involvement of youth in drug offenses, and another MP underscored the urgent need for enhanced security measures in light of increasing crime rates....
Waylon Muller, the most-medaled athlete in Marshall Islands history
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Micronesian Games kicked off in Majuro Saturday night with a gala celebration that featured sports delegations from the 10 islands in the sub-region parading in uniform with flags and banners along a newly opened track field. Participants also saw rarely performed...
Samoa Airways twin otter that is being retrofitted
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa Airway’s twin otter aircraft that is being retrofitted in Canada will return in November as the old parts are being removed and new ones fitted. The aircraft, registered under Samoa Airways as 5W-FAW, is now under the care of Unity Aviation Canada Ltd. “This week,...
MV LADY NAOMI
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The passenger ship, the MV Lady Naomi, which sailed between Samoa and American Samoa, has been intentionally sunk off the coast of Apia after 26 years of service. With a length of 46.5 meters and a width of 11.43 meters, it was a significant presence on the waters...
Dr. Michael Fusi Ligaliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Dr. Michael Fusi Ligaliga is assistant professor and program lead of Pacific Island Studies at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. He spoke this week during a Nevada National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) workshop in Carson City. “One of the things I am extremely...
AirCalin plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Commercial flights from Nouméa's international airport have resumed on Wednesday on a limited basis. The Nouméa-La Tontouta International Airport had been closed to the public since violent and destructive riots broke out in New Caledonia on May 13. This was mainly due...

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