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Kennedy Pola and Troy Polamalu
Apia, SAMOA — En route to delivering 50 Luminaid Solar Lanterns for the Fiji Red Cross, Cool Stuff got to enjoy October 26, 2019 as a normal hectic Apia Saturday. I battled the bank lines at BSP, enjoyed shopping the new fashions at Eveni Carruthers, rewarded myself with Pinati’s vaimoa, stirfry,...
The burned out car where the bodies were found.
Anchorage, ALASKA — A husband and father, previously convicted of manslaughter and theft in unrelated cases, has been jailed on 16 different counts including multiple charges of murder and tampering in the horrific deaths of his wife and 13-year-old daughter. Cecilia Tuuaga, 30, and Nevaeh Tuuaga,...
Mothers and children waiting at a hospital in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Some parents of children with measles in Samoa appear to be panicking over the care their infants are receiving, with at least three families reportedly taking their children out of hospital against medical advice. New Zealand Red Cross nurse Karen Page, who has been based in Apia...
Participants of the recent Historic Preservation Grants training
Hagåtña, GUAM — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Insular Affairs, the National Park Service, and the Guam Preservation Trust hosted a World Heritage Opportunities Workshop and Insular Areas State Historic Preservation Officers training from December 3–6 on Guam. Over 75 insular...
 A protest over the cartoon in Dunedin with people holding flags.
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND — Leaders from Dunedin's Samoan community have met with management of the local paper to express the hurt and harm caused by a cartoon making light of the Samoa measles epidemic. They said they were pleased the Otago Daily Times acknowledged the racism of the cartoon - but ODT...
 Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, (left), with Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Hawai'i's Lieutenant Governor has applauded the Samoan government's moves to boost the country's vaccination coverage, saying it is saving lives. Today was the final day of a nation-wide shut down while vaccination teams visit households to administer shots in an effort to stem a...
Miss Samoa Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Port Moresby, PNG — The next Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in 2020 will be held in Apia, after Samoa won the bid to bring the pageant home to celebrate 34 years since its establishment. It didn’t come easy for Samoa, as it had to overcome a tough competition from Fiji, which also vied to host the...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — A US-based Samoan man has been jailed in Samoa for three years after being found guilty of possession and importation of the drug methamphetamine. Tafuna Tauialo, 45, was arrested after being found with 25.8 grams of meth upon entering Samoa. Customs and police officers using a...
Vaccinate your child billboard in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — As the death toll due to measles rises to 55 the Samoan Government has announced further measures to combat the disease.  On Tuesday evening (Samoa time) the Government announced a complete shutdown of the private sector. The move comes a day after the Samoan Prime Minister announced...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — There have been another two deaths in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 55. It's the seventh day the death toll has risen, with children making up almost all of the dead. In the past 24 hours, there were another 153 cases of measles recorded, bringing the total to more...

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