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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government’s plan to ban Facebook ahead of the General Election next year is not only “dangerous” it encroaches on fundamental human rights around freedom of speech. So warns a Social Media expert when her opinion was sought on reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’...
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Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — COVID-19 has taken an especially steep toll on communities of color. In LA County, the vast majority of cases and deaths are among Latinos. However, the highest rate of infection among any racial or ethnic group is taking place among LA’s Pacific Islander community. They’...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A tropical storm watch has been issued for Kauai County on Saturday morning as Hurricane Douglas continued to barrel towards the state, bringing the threat of strong winds, drenching rain and big surf to the islands this weekend. A tropical storm warning was also issued late...
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Honlulu, HAWAII — Hurricane Douglas is continuing to strengthen as it barrels toward the Central Pacific and could move over or near portions of the state over the weekend. While the forecast track is still subject to change, forecasters say that Hawaii residents should prepare now for the threat...
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Washington, D.C. — The US Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (DOI-OIG) has found that the Office of Insular Affairs (DOI-OIG took “prompt and immediate action in its allocation” of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to Insular Area government. This is...
Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu
Apia, SAMOA — With countries in lockdown due to Covid-19 and strict travel restrictions in place across the Pacific, the reigning Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, has confirmed that she will continue her reign for a second term. This is the first time in the...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines has further extended its flight suspensions on long-haul routes. This comes as Hawaii has delayed its reopening for mainland tourists amid a surge in coronavirus cases. In turn, the move has pushed the state’s leading airline to push its flight resumptions....
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Apia, SAMOA — A report by TV1Samoa details Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi saying that many people had complained about the popular social media platform and how it was being used to hurt people. "I am thinking about this a lot especially how it is being used to make defamatory...
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Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — An Auckland immigration advisor was dishonest, negligent and unprofessional in his dealings with two Samoan brothers, a tribunal has found. Salesa (Charles) Aioloupotea was paid thousands of dollars by the brothers in early 2018 to prepare and submit an application for New...
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Salt Lake City, UTAH — There has been an upswing in Covid-19 infections among Pacific Islanders in the American state of Utah. The state is home to the largest Pacific Island community on the United States mainland - it is made up mostly of Polynesians but also includes a significant number of...

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