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Apia, SAMOA — A family who lost their 16 year old son in a sporting accident at a college in Samoa wants answers on how it happened. The Samoa Observer reported the incident happened at St Joseph's College last Friday when David Manuele fell on a concrete floor during a ''sack race'' and hit his...
Covax facility allotment of the AstraZeneca vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — With Samoa's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out slated to start in April, some in the tourism sector aren't sure they'll be in business when borders eventually re-open. While the tragedy of the measles epidemic of 2019 prepared the country to act fast and avert another health crisis, it couldn...
Alec Toleafoa, Tigilau Ness, Melani Anae, and Will 'Ilolahia (L-R).
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Pacific social justice movement is calling on the New Zealand government to formally apologize for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s. The Labour and then National governments of the time authorised police raids on Pasifika homes and work places, to check for overstayers; even...
Judith Collins
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and Nationals Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.  National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free...
PFF coordinator, Mrs. Leanne JorarI
Apia, SAMOA — In two more press releases issued on Thursday (Samoa time) through the Samoa Attorney General’s office, the Samoa government reiterates its support for media freedom and notes that the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) made comments in support of the Observer — saying “It...
Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has apologized to families of those who have been kept in morgues, some for more than 12 months, while awaiting post mortems. Speaking on his weekly television program, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said the government had finally secured a pathologist to come...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues the month-by-month extension to its State of Emergency status in efforts to protect its borders and remain community Covid-19 free against the global pandemic. Although 80% of infected cases do recover, the pandemic has claimed over 2.6 million lives and there are 21,...
drummer at earlier festival
Honolulu, Hawaii —  The 2021 Honolulu Festival, like so many other events around the globe, was forced to re-invent itself after the coronavirus pandemic. Initially scheduled to take place across Oahu over several days beginning March 12, The Honolulu Festival: Pacific Harmony Through Cultural...
Parker finding his range against Junior Fa
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — International boxing star Joseph Parker can now be named as the high-profile sportsman allegedly connected to a global drug syndicate. Parker was named during the trial of a trio found guilty of importing methamphetamine from California at the High Court in Auckland in 2019...
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Canberra, AUSTRALIA — The telecommunication sector in the Pacific region has experienced growth in the uptake of mobile technology since roughly 2005, fuelled by market liberalisation, network expansion, and products and services tailored for low-income customers. Nonetheless, user uptake remains...

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