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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's remaining 297 seafarers working and stranded overseas have been given the green light to return home in a repatriation flight next month. This includes five who had contracted Covid-19 in April and one sailor in custody in Florida for allegedly assaulting another sailor....
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Suva, FIJI — The Fiji Times is reporting two sailors on board the freighter, MV Island Chief, that is currently berthed at the Suva Harbor have gone into quarantine after they were tested positive for COVID-19. Originally the vessel was expected in Samoa on Monday, Dec. 7 as its next port and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Sunday approved US$25 million in grants to support Samoa’s social and economic response and recovery from COVID-19 and boost efforts to build resilience to climate change, natural disasters and health-related risks. This financing...
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Apia, SAMOA — On the Friday, 4th December 2020, the Joint K9 Unit of the Ministry of Customs & Revenue (MCR) and the Ministry of Police & Prisons (MOPP) had intercepted a shipment of illicit marijuana imported from the United States of America, through a joint effort to combat illicit...
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Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has shared an emotional response to a 5-year-old New Zealand-Samoan boy campaigning to end domestic violence. Earlier this month, Angelou Brown appeared in a video posted by the She Is Not Your Rehab group, which aims to build violence-free...
Apia, SAMOA — Director General of Health and Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health, Leausa Samau Dr Take Naseri, released this week an update on the status of the two returning citizens who tested positive for the coronavirus after entry into Samoa late last month. 1ST CASE:  23 YR OLD...
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Apia, SAMOA — A former CEO of Samoa Airways Fauo'o Fatu Tielu says the airline is technically bankrupt. Fauo'o, who is running for parliament next year, told the Samoa Observer newspaper that according to the company's annual report 2018-19 it accumulated losses of $US25 million. The report...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's two positive test results of Covid-19, have been declared as historical cases and non-infectious. A 23 year old sailor who had been working in Italy and a 70 year old man who had travelled from Australia had both produced mixed tests, including a positive result for the...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The University of Hawaiʻi has received nearly $1 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) towards developing and evaluating community engagement strategies meant to help increase COVID-19 testing and to better understand the infection patterns among non-Native...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa reiterated over the weekend that the quarantine period for all passengers from the flight of the 13th November 2020 from New Zealand has been extended for another week. This was a collective decision made to ensure that the country is protected from a potential...

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