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Surge testing site on Oahu where medical personnel are beside a car
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii reported four new COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday, pushing the death toll from the virus in the islands since the pandemic began to 79. All of the deaths — two men and two women — were on Oahu. Officials said all of those who died were elderly, with the youngest in the...
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's next repatriation flight from New Zealand has been scheduled for September 11 with the first flight from Australia scheduled to bring back students from China and Japan as well. Next Friday's flight from New Zealand follows the cancellation of a previous flight on August 28...
Joseph Auga Matamata
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The first person jailed for human trafficking and slavery is appealing his conviction, while the Crown is appealing his sentence. The Hastings-based Samoan chief, Joseph Auga Matamata, was last month sentenced to 11 years in prison for illegally bringing 13 Samoans to New...
A fisherman releases a tagged yellowfin tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII  — More than 100 people participated in the Western Pacific Regional  Fishery Management Council's first virtual Fishers Forum and review of Hawaiʻi small-boat fisheries management Aug. 27, 2020. The theme for the forum was fishermen, particularly non-commercial fishermen,...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister is considering further Covid-19 restrictions despite the country remaining coronavirus free. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi told his weekly radio show that extended quarantine for returning citizens was on the cards along with increased social distancing. Tuila'...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's annual Teuila festival showcasing the country's culture, traditions and music will be a digital event this year due to Covid-19, and the government's State of Emergency regulations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will highlight iconic performances and...
Samoa  Government building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended its State of Emergency to 27 September. It was due to end today on Monday but the extension was announced by the government today. Last week the government suspended all international flights and cancelled a repatriation flight from Auckland due to the resurgence of...
Clock tower in Apia, Samoa painted with Vodafone  logo
Apia, SAMOA — The use of the iconic clock tower in Samoa's capital, Apia as a giant billboard for a telecommunications company has been called disrespectful. The clock tower commemorates the Samoan soldiers that died in the First World War, and is the site of ANZAC commemorations. The tower was...
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
Guam's Governor has extended her lock-down order for another week and cancelled primary elections as the US territory continues to see a spike in Covid-19 cases. Hagåtña, GUAM — A record number of cases have been recorded over the past two days with the total count now at 1,232, including 10...
 A child inspects tomatoes
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Pacific households are being surveyed to find out how food security is being affected by the pandemic. The World Food Programme (WFP) is contacting people by phone in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and plans to expand the survey to other countries. Director of WFP's Pacific Multi-Country...

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