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Mikaele Oloa who creates popular TikTok videos
PACIFIC ISLANDS — More than 58,000 TikTok users have watched Mikaele Oloa slice a banana leaf to make an ula laufa'i, a traditional Samoan necklace. The 29-year-old has also filmed himself performing a fire knife dance called the siva afi, inspiring some of his followers to try out the Samoan...
Seasonal workers in New Zealand
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific people will not be punished for being in New Zealand without a valid visa if their immigration status is revealed during Covid-19 testing, the health minister says. Hundreds of seasonal workers have been stranded in New Zealand over recent months, some with...
 Dr Vincent Lebot
Port Vila, VANUATU — A genetic scientist and tropical root and tuber crops expert says the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Pacific countries to return to traditional food sources. Vincent Lebot recently published a second edition of his book on the crop production science and horticulture...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa this week signed a $1.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Samoa’s Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Honorable Sili Epa Tuioti signed the agreement today at...
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Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, when the delegate counts for the party's next presidential nominee were read out, the DNC touted its roll call as representing “all 57 states and U.S. territories.” Next week, the Republican National Convention will do...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Director General of Health says the country remains free of Covid-19 so the public shouldn't believe rumors to the contrary. Leausa Dr Take Naseri held his first Covid press conference since March on Tuesday and spent the time highlighting the government's work to prevent the...
One of the quarantine halls at Poutasi village
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is trying to secure the services of a forensic pathologist to ascertain the cause of death of a 27 year old repatriated seasonal worker. The man died almost a month after being released from quarantine. The Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri, told TV1...
Aaron Tuitelapaga
Honolulu, HAWAII — CrimeStoppers and Honolulu Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating 25-year-old Aaron Tuitelapaga.  He is wanted for a $1,000,000 Warrant of Arrest for Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree,and three firearms offenses. Tuitelapaga has no...
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Apia, SAMOA — The official cause of death to a male reported Saturday 15th August 2020 at the Leulumoega District Hospital is subject to an official Coroner’s Report contrary to claims posted on Social Media that the COVID19 virus is the confirmed cause of death, clarified the Ministry of Health (...
Drive up testing in Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaii has the fastest-growing infection rate in the country, according to several statistical models that try to estimate how many people an infected person will spread the virus to. While public health experts warn of the limitations of some of these models, they also say other...

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