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Samoa Police, Fire and Emergency Services treating people during voter registration in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The scene was chaotic as thousands of people flocked to the EFKS Youth Hall at Mulinuu in the hope to process last-minute voter registrations before the official closure of electoral rolls, six months out from next year’s April 2021 general elections. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'...
Polevia Sioli
Victoria, AUSTRALIA — A fake tax agent ripped off his close-knit community when he secretly filed fake claims on their behalf and kept tens of thousands of dollars for himself. Polevia Sioli was given a two-year good behaviour bond by the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday and told to pay back $...
Edwin Tamasese
Apia, SAMOA — A man on trial in Samoa for posting comments online last year attacking the government's measles vaccination program is seeking the recusal of yet another judge presiding over his case. Edwin Tamasese's defense lawyer has applied for recusal of Justice Alalatoa Rosella Papalii because...
Spraying by EPA staff of mail and cargo
Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — The first group of Marshall Islanders from a location with widespread Covid-19 could be repatriated later this month. The groundwork for several hundred islanders stranded in the United States to return home could begin soon. Government officials confirmed that planning...
Electoral commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio
Apia, SAMOA — Voters in Samoa have been told they must register with the electoral commission by Thursday 8 October or face a fine. Electoral commissioner Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio told TV1 Samoa 12,000 new voters have registered so far. "Going on figures from the last census, we had targeted...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Member of Parliament for Lotofaga, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has called for a vote against the leadership of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) in the 2021 General Election to prevent them from reshaping the judiciary, threatening the rule of law in Samoa. In an...
The first Covid-19 Repatriation Flight from Australia
Apia, SAMOA — Over 300 passengers who arrived on the first Covid-19 repatriation flight from Australia Friday night are now on mandatory quarantine for 21 days. The passengers included returning Samoan scholarship students from China and Japan and Samoan nationals who were stranded in Australia due...
Air New Zealand logo
Sydney, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand operated its first repatriation flight from Sydney, Australia to Apia, Samoa on Friday (Samoa time). Flight NZ1960 departed Sydney around 11:00am AEST. The flight is Air New Zealand’s first repatriation flight to Samoa from outside New Zealand. Air New Zealand...
 Solomon Islands PM, Manasseh Sogavarewith aids
Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS — Solomon Islands have recorded their first case of Covid-19. The case was a student who had been repatriated from the Philippines earlier in the week. He tested positive upon arrival, despite passing three earlier tests before departure while awaiting his flight. The...
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — The state of Hawaii's pre-travel testing program will launch on Oct. 15, allowing trans-Pacific travelers to bypass quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before arriving. While the tests for travelers are slated to be available through Walgreens, CVS, Kaiser Permanente...

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