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New York Army and Air National Guardsmen pack food parcels at Feeding Westchester, a food pantry in Westchester County, N.Y.
Washington, D.C. — Defense officials announced restrictions on domestic travel yesterday (Saturday) for service members, Defense Department employees and family members in response to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist signed a memorandum halting all...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines on Friday announced it will reduce flight capacity systemwide in April and May in response to declining demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The network adjustments will reduce Hawaiian’s capacity by 8-10 percent in April and 15-20 percent in May, compared...
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Apia, SAMOA — There have been posts on social media falsely reporting a Coronavirus case in Samoa. These statements are not supported by any evidence, and all ongoing investigations have found no Coronavirus cases (no suspected and no confirmed). The result of these false social media statements is...
Joseph Auga Matamata,
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — The jury in the trial of a Samoan chief accused of slavery has been urged to consider whether he treated 13 Samoans as his property. Hastings resident Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, denies 24 charges of human trafficking and slavery between 1994 and 2019. Some of the complainants...
An empty Saipan International Airport
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — On Saipan, the tourist area resembles a ghost town. Restaurants are being shuttered; shops reducing hours, resorts and water parks sit empty. The Northern Marianas, a US territory in the North Pacific, is meant to be humming at this time of year. March is normally the height...
A container ship at sea
Apia, SAMOA — Some Samoan wholesalers have started rationing as delays in shipping related to Covid-19 restrictions cause disruptions to the supply of poultry and meat. Last week, a container ship carrying meat produce was turned away after failing health inspections although it has not been...
Samoa Supreme Court
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a Chinese businessman in October. The Supreme Court will sentence 18-year-old Gogosina Leilua in three weeks after he changed his not guilty plea to guilty. Three other men, including one of his brothers, who have already pleaded not...
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HONOLULU — Members of the public concerned about the coronavirus can participate in this week's 181st meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council by web conference. The public may also participate in person in the March 10 to 12 meeting 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the YWCA...
Court House Mulinuu
Mulinuu, Samoa — A district court judge in Samoa has accepted an extradition application for Tulisi Leiataua who is facing 29 sexual charges in New Zealand. The application was filed by the New Zealand Crown Law office on behalf of the government there. Tulisi Leiataua has been charged with nine...
Planes lined up on tarmac
London, ENGLAND — Certain airlines are wasting vast quantities of fuel by flying empty aircraft to various destinations in order to maintain rights to their slots. These flights, nicknamed ‘ghost flights’ are being carried out due to rules around airport slots – something that is especially...

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