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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Travellers arriving in Samoa on planned repatriation flights are being warned to comply with State of Emergency orders or face fines of up to $US700 which is equivalent to $WST2000. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said any passengers intending to travel to Samoa need to...
Kauai County Councilman Mason Chock
Kauai, HAWAII — A cluster of four suicides in seven days on Kauai has raised the alarm on the Garden Isle among mental health professionals and community advocates. The four deaths were all young men in their 20s or 30s with no known connection between them. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has sparked...
Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister says he has deep reservations about reopening borders. Samoa was one of the first to lock down because of Covid-19, fearing a repeat of last year's measles epidemic which killed 83 people. The country's tourism industry has been hard hit by the shut down, and...
Samoa Ministry of Health logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has approved four Air New Zealand flights into the country this month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Radio 2AP he knows of more than 900 people who are wanting to return to Samoa, either because they're stranded or because their New Zealand...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has approved four Air New Zealand flights into the country this month. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told Radio 2AP he knows of more than 900 people who are wanting to return to Samoa, either because they're stranded or because their New Zealand...
Small baggies of methamphetamine and cannabis seized by Tongan police
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —  Twelve people in Tonga have been charged with methamphetamine and cannabis-related charges after a series of raids on Tongatapu. Nine men and three women, whose ages range between 20 and 41, are due to appear in court. Tonga police say they've seized 20 grams of methamphetamine...
Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula
Honolulu, HAWAII — About two weeks ago, an Arkansas resident who worked at a Tyson Foods factory died of COVID-19. The death was one of tens of thousands across the nation due to the coronavirus pandemic. But to Melisa Laelan, the loss was especially worrisome. That’s because the person who died...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Arriving airline passengers in the age of the new coronavirus will face a new form along with a new TSA-type inspection system that originally cost $35 million just at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport — a price tag that lawmakers rejected as too high. Hawaii has “already...
Around 100 people protesting
Apia, SAMOA — The leader of the opposition Samoa First Party says she was surprised at the numbers who turned out to protest against three controversial bills before parliament. Unasa Iuni Sapolu said the vehicle-based procession went 30 kilometres from Faleolo Airport to parliament. They were...
U.S. Attorney Kenji Price of Hawaii
Honolulu, HAWAII — If profiteers look to make a buck on others’ misfortune during times of crisis, the last couple of months have been open season. “When people are desperate, they’re more ripe to be taken advantage of,” said Stephen Levins, executive director of the Hawaii Office of Consumer...

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