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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...
Air New Zealand logo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Four Air New Zealand flights will leave Samoa in May to bring stranded Kiwis home. A spokeswoman from Air New Zealand confirmed the Samoan government had granted permission to the airline to operate four return services from Auckland to Apia this month. "The permission...
A Samoa police vehicle patrolling the highway
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist minister in Samoa has been removed from a Savaii parish while investigations continue into his apparent involvement in the death of a 16 year-old. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports the suspension was confirmed by the General Secretary of the church, Reverend Dr Eteuati...
Screenshot of 4 people in a zoom chat
Honolulu, HAWAII — As people deal with stress from the pandemic, many are also experiencing so-called "Zoom fatigue." Employees working from home and students doing online learning may have a tough time adjusting to the sudden increase in screen time. “It really is a lot more mentally...
Sixteen-year-old So'otaga
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of a deceased 16-year-old boy in Savai'i who is alleged to have been harmed by a Church Minister is pleading with the Police to release her child's body so he can be laid to rest. The deceased who has been identified as So’otaga Viliamu passed away on 29 February 2020.  But...

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