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A fisherman releases a tagged yellowfin tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII  — More than 100 people participated in the Western Pacific Regional  Fishery Management Council's first virtual Fishers Forum and review of Hawaiʻi small-boat fisheries management Aug. 27, 2020. The theme for the forum was fishermen, particularly non-commercial fishermen,...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's prime minister is considering further Covid-19 restrictions despite the country remaining coronavirus free. Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi told his weekly radio show that extended quarantine for returning citizens was on the cards along with increased social distancing. Tuila'...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's annual Teuila festival showcasing the country's culture, traditions and music will be a digital event this year due to Covid-19, and the government's State of Emergency regulations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will highlight iconic performances and...
Samoa  Government building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended its State of Emergency to 27 September. It was due to end today on Monday but the extension was announced by the government today. Last week the government suspended all international flights and cancelled a repatriation flight from Auckland due to the resurgence of...
Clock tower in Apia, Samoa painted with Vodafone  logo
Apia, SAMOA — The use of the iconic clock tower in Samoa's capital, Apia as a giant billboard for a telecommunications company has been called disrespectful. The clock tower commemorates the Samoan soldiers that died in the First World War, and is the site of ANZAC commemorations. The tower was...
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
Guam's Governor has extended her lock-down order for another week and cancelled primary elections as the US territory continues to see a spike in Covid-19 cases. Hagåtña, GUAM — A record number of cases have been recorded over the past two days with the total count now at 1,232, including 10...
 A child inspects tomatoes
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Pacific households are being surveyed to find out how food security is being affected by the pandemic. The World Food Programme (WFP) is contacting people by phone in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and plans to expand the survey to other countries. Director of WFP's Pacific Multi-Country...
Samoa PM, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — All international air travel to and from Samoa has been temporarily suspended, effective immediately. The amendment to the State of Emergency includes repatriation flights and coincides with an extension of Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Level in the New Zealand city of Auckland. Samoa's...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii governor has approved another sweeping “stay-at-home” order for Oahu starting Thursday in a dramatic bid to rein in a surge of new COVID-19 cases. The order, which was described as similar to the one issued in March, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and...
Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa on Thursday signed a $1.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help fund the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Samoa’s Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Honorable Sili Epa Tuioti signed the agreement at the...

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