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A woman walking on the street in Apia wearing a mask
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,995 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 75 recorded in the last 24 hours. There are currently 176 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of...
Woman receives a measles vaccination in Fiji
Apia, SAMOA — Another person has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 71. Samoa's Ministry of Health said the death occured within the last 24 hours. During that time 83 more cases of measles were recorded, taking the total number for the outbreak to 4898. The...
 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren
Washington, D.C. — US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has just made commercial fishing a higher profile issue in the 2020 race for the White House, introducing a “Blue New Deal” that includes several proposed changes that commercial fish harvesters and wholesalers will love and a few others...
Measles epidemic poster
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan anti-vaccination advocate has been granted bail with strict conditions after his first court appearance this week. Edwin Tamasese has been charged with incitement against the government vaccination order last week after he allegedly published a post on social media against...
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...

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