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plane crash debris being lifted from the sea
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A motor glider flown by retired Captain Philip Meredith crashed into the sea just off the coast of Vaitele on Monday (Samoa time) and the incident claimed the life of Mr. Meredith. According to the police, Mr. Meredith took off with the glider just behind Vaitele and...
Papalii Sia Figiel
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Details are emerging after a well-known Samoa playwright was charged with murder on Monday (Samoa time) for allegedly stabbing a woman in Vaivase-uta on Saturday.  Award-winning playwright Papalii Sia Figiel, 57, was earlier charged with manslaughter on Sunday, however...
young Pacific woman
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A new report released by Te Hiringa Mahara — Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission paints a grim picture of Pacific peoples wellbeing in New Zealand. The 'Achieving equity of Pacific mental health and wellbeing outcomes' report found Pasifika reported being worse off in...
The elders in the Christchurch Samoan community
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — New coral designed to thrive in warming waters is now in place off Maui. The Maui Ocean Center’s Marine Institute has moved 420 coral fragments and 11 coral colonies to the waters there. It’s part of the “Restore with Resilience Project,” which looks to strengthen reefs...
dengue mosquito
Apia, SAMOA — Nearly 400 dengue cases have been recorded in Samoa from November last year to 12 May and currently the majority of cases are those aged under 10 and over 60. RNZ Pacific is reporting Samoa's Ministry of Health announced 62 new cases of dengue-like illness, and 36 lab-confirmed cases...
SCREENSHOT OF THIEF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A wave of burglaries targeting businesses in Moto'otua has been attributed to a gang specializing in thefts and break-ins. The businesses are concerned over the surge in burglaries and appealing to the public to assist police in apprehending the culprits and curb the...
U.S. Federal District Court House, Honolulu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A California man made his initial appearance in the District of Hawaii on Thursday, May 16, 2024 to face charges related to his role in the murder of another man in connection with drug trafficking, according to a release issued by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Court...
I'umalo Clayton Simamao from the Samoa Farmers Association with solar panels
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan farmers are profiting from solar generators. I'umalo Clayton Simamao from the Samoa Farmers Association said those who once had to travel long distances to charge their phones now had reliable access to power. In a news release, the Samoa government said improved communication...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Beneath the still blue Pacific Ocean, a threat is silently unraveling. Once-vibrant coral reefs teeming with fish life are suffering the impacts of bleaching and sea temperature increases. Tuvalu’s three reef islands and six atolls are made of reef platforms, and they...
Samoa Police Commissioner, Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man wanted by police in connection with a shooting incident in Samoa last month surrendered on Tuesday evening and is now in police custody. This was confirmed by the Police Commissioner, Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo in response to queries.  Auapa'au confirmed that he...

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