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Saipan in the Northern Marianas.
Saipan, CNMI — A public health expert is warning that the Northern Marianas is at risk of a measles outbreak. Warren Villagomez, who is the public health and hospital emergency preparedness programme director, said due to its proximity to countries harbouring the disease, the CNMI was vulnerable to...
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Apia, SAMOA — The minimum wage increase in Samoa, which came into effect on 1 January, has been welcomed by the local association of manufacturers and exporters. Last year, Cabinet approved an incremental increase from $WST2.30 per hour to $WST3.00 per hour. Association president Tagaloa Eddie...
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa measles epidemic has claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to 83. The latest deaths were confirmed by the Health Emergency Operation Centre in a statement issued on Monday night (Samoa time). The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a cumulative total of 5,697 measles...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways regrets to inform our customers that all flight services from today (Sunday 5th January 2020) through to Wednesday 8th January have been rescheduled due to operational reasons caused by weather related issues in Sydney, Australia. Passengers affected by the disruption to...
Nadi, FIJI — Fiji's electricity supplier says 82 percent of the main island's power supply has been restored. Energy Fiji Ltd said at 6 o'clock on Thursday night 90 percent of the Viti Levu Central Division including the capital Suva once again had power. Electricity supply around the island was...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service continue their pursuit to keep Samoa free of illegal substances and criminal activity with six arrests made over the weekend at Faatoia. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed that guns and...
Samoas first baby of 2020 pictured with her grandmother Lavenia Pouli.
Apia, SAMOA — A baby girl born at 12.30am at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital weighing 7lbs 8ozs is Samoa’s first baby of the new decade. Born to Angela and Faletoa Moli from Falefa, the little princess is her parent’s third daughter and possibly the first baby born this decade if Christmas Island...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health mental health unit has warned of the growing psychological impact of the measles epidemic and is urging people to seek help. Seiulialii Dr George Leao Tuitama has told the Observer the unit had been working behind the scenes and so far had seen more than 600...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The center of Tropical Cyclone Sarai is now passing over Tonga's main island. The cyclone has weakened to a category one storm, with forecasters saying Tongatapu can expect winds rising to gale force of up to 90 km/hr, with isolated thunderstorms. Similar conditions are expected...
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Anchorage, ALASKA — A Samoan man residing in Alaska will go on trial early next year at the federal court in Anchorage for robbing a bank of more than $2,000, according to court records. Totoe Opeti Sakaria, Jr., 22, was first charged in a federal felony complaint filed Dec. 9th but 10 days later...

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