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American Samoan workers at the turkey plant in Moroni holding America Samoa flag
Moroni, UTAH — Scores of American Samoan migrant workers who originally came to the mainland for job opportunities at the turkey processing plant went on a labor strike last week. Dozens of migrant workers gathered outside the Pitman Family Farms-owned Norbest turkey processing plant in Moroni on...
Nurse preparing to administer a vaccination
Apia, SAMOA — Two more children have died in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 75. Both fatalities were under five years old - that age group makes up almost all of the dead. According to the latest update, 5331 measles cases have been reported in total with 64 cases in the past 24...
 A sign directs people to the tsunami escape route on Samoa's Lalomanu Beach.
Apia, SAMOA — New Zealand's climate and ocean science agency (NIWA) has started deploying a new tsunami warning system around the Pacific. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters revealed while in Apia, Samoa, on Friday that NIWA's ship Tangaroa is on a mission to position the first four of 15 hi-tech...
 The father of Ferolini Mala with members of the ASA Foundation
Apia, SAMOA — Another baby has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 73 people. Ferolini Mala, a one-year-old baby girl, died on Sunday at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital in Apia, the 73rd victim of the epidemic in Samoa. To date, 5267 measles cases have been...
John Fitisemanu, in the background holding his U.S. National passport
Woods Cross, UTAH — John Fitisemanu woke up early Friday morning, got dressed and finally completed one of the tasks on a more than 20-year-old to-do list: He registered to vote. For less than a day, Fitisemanu, who was born in American Samoa, was legally considered a full-fledged American citizen...
Samoan girl receiving a vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer is reporting that there have been no fatalities in the last 24 hours ending Sunday night (Samoa time) as new measles cases continue to drop in Samoa, according to the latest Government update. It is the third consecutive day without fatalities and all new measles...
U.S. Federal District Court for Western Dist. of Washington logo
Seattle, WASHINGTON — The federal court in Seattle, Washington has scheduled a jury trial early next year for a Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits. Charges against thirty-nine-year old Iliganoa...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and its education committee members are pleased to announce the availability of up to three undergraduate or graduate scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year — the deadline is March 2, 2020. These scholarships support...
Samoa Government Building
Apia, SAMOA — The state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has been extended to 29 December 2019. It was due to have ended on Sunday, 15 December. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it had been extended so as to administer vaccinations to the remaining...
Maa Nonu with Tofiga Fepuleai
Apia, SAMOA — New Zealand born Samoan, Maa Nonu, one of the New Zealand All Blacks all-time best utility player in the backs is in the country as a “Son of Samoa,” Maa Nonu with world renowned stand-up comedian Tofiga Fepuleai is part of a delegation of Samoans overseas here to distribute gifts to...

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