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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...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — All international air travel to and from Samoa has been temporarily suspended, effective immediately. The amendment to the State of Emergency includes repatriation flights and coincides with an extension of Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Level in the New Zealand city of Auckland. Samoa's...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii governor has approved another sweeping “stay-at-home” order for Oahu starting Thursday in a dramatic bid to rein in a surge of new COVID-19 cases. The order, which was described as similar to the one issued in March, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa on Thursday 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 at the...
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...

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