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P&O cruise ship
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has issued a blanket ban on all cruise ships wanting to visit as part of its on going prevention plans against the novel coronavirus. In the latest travel advisory issued by the Ministry of Health on Friday, it said all cruise ships will not be granted entry into Samoa until...
Participants at listening session
HONOLULU —The seventh stop of a nationwide listening tour on fisheries management issues was held this past Friday in Honolulu. Initiated by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Waters, Ocean and Wildlife, the session was hosted by Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawai'i) with Huffman...
Delegates at the Pacific Heads of Nursing meeting
Suva, FIJI — The growing nursing shortage in the Pacific is sparking conversation over the industry's future in the region. Heads of nursing and midwifery from 13 countries and territories across the Pacific met for the first time in Fiji last week to discuss health emergencies and education. Other...
Track of TS Wasi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government has activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Wasi. A tropical cyclone warning remains in effect for all of Samoa. "Heavy rain warnings remain in effect for Samoa; landslides are possible for vunlerable areas,"...
Joseph Auga Matamata.
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan man the Crown says was trafficked to New Zealand and used as a slave says he was put to work within hours getting off the plane and was constantly beaten for working too slowly. He is one of 13 complainants to give evidence at the trial of Joseph Auga Matamata, 65, at...
House in Sogi village in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has issued an order supporting the eviction of families living on government land in Sogi village. The Samoa Lands Corporation has been trying to move families to new settlements at Tafaigata and Falelauniu for years. Several families have already left but the 20...
House with roof damage in Fagatogo
Thursday afternoon, seen in this photo, part of the roof of a home on the Fagatogo mountainside was missing due to damaging winds and heavy rain faced by American Samoa since the weekend.  [photo: Leua Aiono]
Pusi Urale.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan artist in her eighties, who is currently exhibiting in Auckland, hopes to encourage more Pasifika to explore their creative talents. Pusi Urale, 81, is celebrating the female form in her exhibition Mafine being held at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in West...
A flooded road in Samoa's Pesega
Apia, SAMOA — A storm system west of Samoa could turn into a cyclone in the next 24 hours, Samoa's weather service says. At five o'clock on Wednesday evening (Samoa time) the tropical disturbance was about 260 kilometres west of Apia. The service said the system, which was moving southeast, had a...
Tugia Tuliau
Apia, SAMOA — A former Samoa Methodist church minister has been jailed for four years and ten months for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Togia Tuliau pleaded guilty last year to eight charges of sexual connection and one charge of indecent assault. The victim, a member of Tuliau's church,...

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