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Storage tanks for contaminated water at the Tokyo Electric Power Company'
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Consensus has been reached by Pacific leaders with Japan to address the controversial release of treated nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. In August last year, Japan began discharging waste from about 1000 storage tanks...
AIR VANUATU OFFICE
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Vanuatu Civil Aviation Authority says it is working to ensure domestic flights grounded since May can resume this month. Acting director Wilfred Makaba told local media they were conscious the crisis at the national airline is affecting the people of Vanuatu. He said...
Abigail Bernstein
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press conference that they need help in their search for the Bernstein family. Abigail Bernstein and her two sons, Koa Kai and Kush Kohole, were last seen at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor back in October 2022. They had been...
Current and proposed Google trans-Pacific cables
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pacific civil society is raising concerns over Tonga's involvement with Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML). The company, a subsidiary of the Metals Company, is interested in deep sea mining in Tongan waters. An informational document has been issued by the Civil...
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (center-left) meets with Samoa PM
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan Church Ministers from the EFKS denominations are stepping up as key players in public health. Reverend figures like Rev Elder Victor Pouesi from Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Magele I Sasa'e I Puaseisei, have long been vocal advocates for their...
Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit (REMUS)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Working alongside Royal Australian Navy forces on the east coast of Australia, disposing of Second World War bombs in Vanuatu, marching in a street parade in Tonga and surveying areas of the sea floor in Ha’apai has kept the Royal New Zealand Navy Littoral Warfare Force...
Fiji’s new patrol boat
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fiji's brand new patrol boat has finally been pulled off the reef at Fulaga where it ran aground three weeks ago. The Guardian Class Patrol Boat RFNS Puamau, gifted to Fiji by Australia in March, had only just arrived in the country in May and was on its maiden patrol...
Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Coast Guard is slated to continue solidifying its Pacific footprint with new funds from Congress as the service plays an increasingly prominent role in Washington’s regional strategy. The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in June approved measures funding...
money and drugs
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A rise in drug-related crimes in Samoa has been raised by several MPs in Parliament. One MP highlighted the escalating involvement of youth in drug offenses, and another MP underscored the urgent need for enhanced security measures in light of increasing crime rates....
Waylon Muller, the most-medaled athlete in Marshall Islands history
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Micronesian Games kicked off in Majuro Saturday night with a gala celebration that featured sports delegations from the 10 islands in the sub-region parading in uniform with flags and banners along a newly opened track field. Participants also saw rarely performed...

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