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Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea
Apia, SAMOA — A senior doctor has revealed that Samoa’s first and so far only official case of Covid-19 who arrived into Samoa with his mother as repatriated citizens in February 2021, had actually travelled from Samoa to the US just two months prior, in December 2020. The Clinical Director of the...
Two election officials and a voter
Apia, SAMOA — After the first day of pre-polling in Samoa's general election, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party leads the preliminary count over new party Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi Party. About 8,000 voters can cast their ballots over four days before Friday's election. The...
Apia, SAMOA — An interdenominational "March for Jesus" was held in front of the Government Building on Saturday uniting churchgoers from different faiths. The event kicked off with a parade starting from the Vaisigano Bridge to the Government Building with the members of the different churches...
Stations of the Cross
Apia, SAMOA — The usual hustle and bustle to end the working week was yesterday morning replaced with a peaceful pause across Samoa, as a nation founded on God paused to commemorate Good Friday.  Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, preceding Easter Sunday....
Longtime Wespac Executive Director Kitty Simonds
Honolulu, Hawaii — Days after taking office, President Joe Biden signed a sweeping new executive order to conserve 30% of the nation’s total land area and 30% of all waters it controls by 2030.  It’s not yet known how the so-called “30 by 30” plan — a bold if daunting goal to protect more of the...
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Menlo Park, CA — With just over one week until Samoans head to the polls, Facebook will launch an Election Day Prompt encouraging voters to get out and vote ahead of the General Election on 9 April. The prompt will be available in Samoan and English and will encourage Samoans to vote and direct...
3 QAnon members inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Honolulu, HAWAII — QAnon is often viewed as a group associated with conspiracy, terrorism and radical action, such as the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. But radical extremism and terror may not be the real concern from this group. QAnon followers, who may number in the millions, appear to believe a...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is predicting his ruling Human Rights Protection Party will retain government reins after the 9 April General Elections. He told a radio audience this week that his party will garner no less than 45 of the 49...
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Apia, SAMOA —  Samoan authorities have laid out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, listing people who will receive the incoming Astra Zeneca vaccine by consent. The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said the age group of 18 years and older would be vaccinated, but not those aged 85...
Two tuna fishermen working on deck
THE PACIFIC — A new report has found that tuna fishing companies in the Pacific are doing little to stop slavery on their boats. The canned tuna industry is rife with allegations of modern slavery in its Pacific supply chains, with little protection for workers from forced labor. The Business and...

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