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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues to be under COVID-19 State of Emergency as the Orders have been extended for another month to 01st August 2021. The extension has been approved by the Head of State on a recommendation from Cabinet according to the Press Secretariat. Meanwhile, an amended Travel...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The state is set to hit a new benchmark on Thursday, allowing people vaccinated on the mainland to fly in without testing or quarantining. It’s the latest stage of the state’s Safe Travels Program as Hawaii continues to see a flood of tourists from the continent. Those vaccinated...
Haunani-Kay Trask
Honolulu, Hawaii —Iconic Native Hawaiian scholar and activist, Haunani-Kay Trask died Saturday morning, according to family, friends and the University of Hawaii. In a statement Jonathan Osorio, Dean Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge said: “Our teacher, colleague and friend, Haunani Kay...
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Apia, SAMOA — A New Zealand based Samoan academic has questioned the statement by Samoa's Head of State that only he has the power to call parliament to convene Sunday night (Samoa time) the Head of State went against a Supreme Court ruling for parliament to meet by Monday at the latest. The...
Container ship
New York, NEW YORK — Shipping containers are the lifeblood of world trade: Virtually every product and part that circulates through the global economy travels across the seas, railroads, and highways ensconced in their corrugated metal embrace. But lately, those all-important containers are in...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
La'auli Leuatea Polataivao
Apia, SAMOA — The chair of Samoa's government-elect, the FAST party, claims there has been deliberate misinterpretation about comments he made this week on television. The way the controversial remarks on EFKS TV were run appeared be a threat of sexual violence to women by the chair, La'auli...
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WASHINGTON D.C. — At the Department of Labor, we strive to support workers, improve their working conditions, and ensure their work-related benefits and rights. At the heart of all those efforts are the workers themselves. Former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins famously said, “I came to...
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United Nations, NYC — A Secretariat of the Pacific Communities (SPC) project about the potential of deep sea minerals mining in the Samoa islands first began around 1983, with a definitive study done in 1990 by Japan-SOPAC. The surveys were done in the EEZ of Samoa islands, only — nothing was done...
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Menlo Park, CA — Facebook says it has launched a public education campaign to combat health-related misinformation in the Pacific Islands region. In a time of critical public vaccination efforts, Facebook says its campaign will help people in five Pacific Island countries and territories learn how...

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