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Washington, D.C. — While COVID-19 vaccines roll out in limited supply, distribution is determined in direct proportion to the nation’s adult population 18 years and older. The pro rata method was approved Nov. 6 by the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “We considered several approaches...
Samoa Shipping Services General Manager Lautimui’a Afoa Uelese Vaai
Apia, SAMOA — Addressing the recent insurgence of misinformation on social media by a disgruntled Samoa seafarer, Taulapapa Pa’o — Samoa Shipping Services General Manager Lautimui’a Afoa Uelese Vaai at a Press Conference rubbished the claims. (The following is an English translation by Savali...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's two imported Covid-19 cases have been discharged from quarantine isolation and released to their families following negative test results on Monday. They are the last of 274 passengers who were quarantined for 21 days following both positive and negative test results for the...
Pacific bluefin tuna.
San Diego, CA — There's a call for a Pacific tuna management agency to call an emergency meeting after it failed to agree on regulations for the coming year. The failure by the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission means tuna stocks in the eastern Pacific are facing an unprecedented threat. The...
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Saipan, CNMI — With the Covid-19 pandemic grounding the tourism industry, the Northern Marianas is looking to internet gaming to revive its ailing economy. Last week, the islands' Senate passed a bill allowing internet gaming in the CNMI. Introduced at the House of Representatives, the bill said...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's remaining 297 seafarers working and stranded overseas have been given the green light to return home in a repatriation flight next month. This includes five who had contracted Covid-19 in April and one sailor in custody in Florida for allegedly assaulting another sailor....
Dr James Fong
Suva, FIJI — The Fiji Times is reporting two sailors on board the freighter, MV Island Chief, that is currently berthed at the Suva Harbor have gone into quarantine after they were tested positive for COVID-19. Originally the vessel was expected in Samoa on Monday, Dec. 7 as its next port and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Sunday approved US$25 million in grants to support Samoa’s social and economic response and recovery from COVID-19 and boost efforts to build resilience to climate change, natural disasters and health-related risks. This financing...
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Apia, SAMOA — On the Friday, 4th December 2020, the Joint K9 Unit of the Ministry of Customs & Revenue (MCR) and the Ministry of Police & Prisons (MOPP) had intercepted a shipment of illicit marijuana imported from the United States of America, through a joint effort to combat illicit...
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has shared an emotional response to a 5-year-old New Zealand-Samoan boy campaigning to end domestic violence. Earlier this month, Angelou Brown appeared in a video posted by the She Is Not Your Rehab group, which aims to build violence-free...

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