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Street vendors in Apia around a bus.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has further relaxed its Covid-19 State of Emergency restrictions for church services and allowed more than one gathering allowed on their sabbath. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced the easing of restrictions on Wednesday which included the return of street...
Local alias in Pago Pago harbor.
Honolullu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund allows the Council to implement projects contained in the three-year American Samoa Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) developed by the governor. Two of the MCP objectives include fisheries development and education and outreach....
Map of Pacific Islands
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND — An epidemiologist says he would have no problem with quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and most Pacific Islands. This week New Zealand confirmed there were no active cases of Covid-19, and there have been no new cases for nearly three weeks. That's increased calls...
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech applauded the Island Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) on the conclusion of the first virtual summer conference, which took place from May 26 to May 27, 2020...
Two protestors wearing Aloha Shirts
Richland County, SOUTH CAROLINA — A strange and disturbing new trend has emerged involving aloha shirts at Black Lives Matter protests. In a Washington Post article entitled “Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests,” white supremacists and far-right...
Black Lives Matter protest group in Auckland.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The killing by police of unarmed black man George Floyd in the US has galvanised activism around the world including an outpouring of support from the Pasifika community in New Zealand. Advocates say Pacific people can relate to the targeting and harassment by police that...
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Reston, VIRGINIA — FirstNet is America’s public safety network. That means first responders in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are gaining access to the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for them....
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Contrary to renewed calls to allow Samoans residing overseas to vote in General Elections, government under no circumstance is stopping any Samoan eligible to vote to be part of the democratic election process, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. Opening the...
Mufi Hannemann applauds the action at Aloha Stadium
Honolulu, HAWAII — The head of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association spoke exclusively to KITV-4’s Annalisa Burgos on Sunday about why he’s entering the mayoral race, saying the state's economy is "broken" and Hawaii needs a "strong leader" to bring back jobs to recover from the fallout of the...
Samoa's new Parliament bldg.
Apia, SAMOA — The Journalists Association of Samoa has expressed surprise that the government has not included a press gallery in plans for a new parliament. The JAWS President Rudy Bartley said he is surprised after years of planning and millions of Australian aid dollars spent on the Fono...

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