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Joseph Auga Matamata in court
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A man’s been jailed for 11 years for luring vulnerable people here from Samoa over more than two decades in New Zealand’s first slavery case. Joseph Matamata was found guilty in March of 13 charges of dealing with slaves and 10 of human trafficking. His convictions are the...
Tialavea Tionisio Hunt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister of Police and Prisons says he wants to bring back corporal punishment for rapists. Tialavea Tionisio Hunt told the Samoa Observer newspaper he was sickened by incidents of rape and sexual abuse against women and children. He said corporal punishment would serve as a...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Maui County is now under a hurricane warning as Douglas closes in on the islands early Sunday. Meanwhile, Kauai and Oahu are also under a hurricane warning. With it, its bringing the threat of damaging winds, flooding rains, and large surf at a time when the islands are...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government’s plan to ban Facebook ahead of the General Election next year is not only “dangerous” it encroaches on fundamental human rights around freedom of speech. So warns a Social Media expert when her opinion was sought on reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’...
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Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — COVID-19 has taken an especially steep toll on communities of color. In LA County, the vast majority of cases and deaths are among Latinos. However, the highest rate of infection among any racial or ethnic group is taking place among LA’s Pacific Islander community. They’...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A tropical storm watch has been issued for Kauai County on Saturday morning as Hurricane Douglas continued to barrel towards the state, bringing the threat of strong winds, drenching rain and big surf to the islands this weekend. A tropical storm warning was also issued late...
Track of Hurricane Douglas as of Thurs morning
Honlulu, HAWAII — Hurricane Douglas is continuing to strengthen as it barrels toward the Central Pacific and could move over or near portions of the state over the weekend. While the forecast track is still subject to change, forecasters say that Hawaii residents should prepare now for the threat...
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Washington, D.C. — The US Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (DOI-OIG) has found that the Office of Insular Affairs (DOI-OIG took “prompt and immediate action in its allocation” of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to Insular Area government. This is...
Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA — With countries in lockdown due to Covid-19 and strict travel restrictions in place across the Pacific, the reigning Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, has confirmed that she will continue her reign for a second term. This is the first time in the...
Hawaiian plane on reef runway at HNL with Diamondhead in the background
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines has further extended its flight suspensions on long-haul routes. This comes as Hawaii has delayed its reopening for mainland tourists amid a surge in coronavirus cases. In turn, the move has pushed the state’s leading airline to push its flight resumptions....

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