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Rescuers attempting to locate Perez after he dived into the pool at Togitogiga Falls
Apia, SAMOA — Tragedy struck a family’s Christmas holiday tafaoga when a 20-year-old boy named Perez from Malie, did not emerge from making the jump into the popular plunge pool at Togitogiga Falls. The Togitogiga multi-layered Waterfalls in O Le Pupu Pue National Park at Saleilua village is a...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has banned passengers who originate from or transit through the United Kingdom (U.K.) and South Africa from entering the country effective 27 December 2020. The ban was announced through a Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) document titled “Special Travel Advice and...
Person leans against front of wrecked white car
Apia, SAMOA — A Fasitoo-uta youth who got drunk and took his family car for a joy ride didn’t get far before he crashed into another vehicle, driven by an unlicensed driver. The youth, in his 20s, escaped with minor injuries despite his vehicle ending upside down from the force of the crash, just...
A film crew working on the streets of Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — Casting directors in Hawaii are looking for an actress to star in an upcoming Disney film. Katie Doyle Casting is seeking a Hawaii resident for the role, though no previous acting experience is required. The character’s name is Lola, a Filipino or Filipino-American woman between...
Christmas steamed pudding on a white plate
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without steam pudding for our whānau. Unless we're back home at our marae for a special occasion, Christmas is the only time we're guaranteed to have this treat. Steam pudding is traditionally an English dessert with a long history of use in...
Tongan Lu involves taro leave, onions, meat and coconut cream
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — When I think of Christmas, I'm reminded of the Tongan dishes that my parents and siblings prepare for our big lunch feast on Christmas day. Growing up, I would help my mum with a dish called lu sipi. Lu sipi are parcels of goodness. You start off by preparing around two to four...
Downed trees over a roadway with vehicle stopped
Apia, SAMOA — More than 50 people are staying at two of three evacuation sites set up around the Samoan capital of Apia after the flash flooding on Friday. The National Emergency Operations Center Chairman, Agafili Shem Leo, said 25 people were hosted at the National University of Samoa campus and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government has made some significant changes to the State of Emergency Orders for the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet has decided that supermarkets can be open on Sundays from 3pm till 10pm. They have also been allowed to open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Saturday each week...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoan traditional knowledge in medicine is proving valuable for SROS- the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa’s exploration of local native plants. At the frontline of the SROS scientific research of Plants and Postharvest Technologies division at Nafanua, is...
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PACIFIC ISLANDS — Covid-19 vaccinations begin in the Northern Mariana Islands this weekend, but it's not yet clear when other Pacific countries will have access to a vaccine. The Northern Marianas, which is a US territory, was expecting 5,000 doses of the The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to...

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