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New York, NEW YORK — Shipping containers are the lifeblood of world trade: Virtually every product and part that circulates through the global economy travels across the seas, railroads, and highways ensconced in their corrugated metal embrace. But lately, those all-important containers are in...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
La'auli Leuatea Polataivao
Apia, SAMOA — The chair of Samoa's government-elect, the FAST party, claims there has been deliberate misinterpretation about comments he made this week on television. The way the controversial remarks on EFKS TV were run appeared be a threat of sexual violence to women by the chair, La'auli...
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WASHINGTON D.C. — At the Department of Labor, we strive to support workers, improve their working conditions, and ensure their work-related benefits and rights. At the heart of all those efforts are the workers themselves. Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins famously said, “I came to...
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United Nations, NYC — A Secretariat of the Pacific Communities (SPC) project about the potential of deep sea minerals mining in the Samoa islands first began around 1983, with a definitive study done in 1990 by Japan-SOPAC. The surveys were done in the EEZ of Samoa islands, only — nothing was done...
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Menlo Park, CA — Facebook says it has launched a public education campaign to combat health-related misinformation in the Pacific Islands region. In a time of critical public vaccination efforts, Facebook says its campaign will help people in five Pacific Island countries and territories learn how...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Another by-election is looming in Samoa after a further two MPs agreed to drop their electoral petitions, this time in the Falealupo seat. The caretaker HRPP government's electorate winner and the FAST party candidate have agreed to drop claims of bribery and treating against each...
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Port Moresby PNG — Unexplained deaths spark sorcery claims, torture and murder, as fears build of a COVID-19 'time bomb' in Papua New Guinea. (WARNING: This story contains graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.) When a young boy died suddenly in Tatape Village in Papua New Guinea's (...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has ruled that the FAST party's swearing in at parliament on May 24th was illegal. But it has also ruled that parliament must sit within 7 days, giving FAST the ability to declare government and be sworn in. Currently FAST has 26 seats, while the caretaker HRPP...
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Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawaii will lift quarantine and pre-travel testing requirements for domestic travelers from the mainland who can show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination early next month, Gov. David Ige said Thursday. The governor also announced he would ease restrictions on social...

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