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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pacific civil society is raising concerns over Tonga's involvement with Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML). The company, a subsidiary of the Metals Company, is interested in deep sea mining in Tongan waters. An informational document has been issued by the Civil...
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Amherst, MA — The promised artificial intelligence revolution requires data. Lots and lots of data. OpenAI and Google have begun using YouTube videos to train their text-based AI models. But what does the YouTube archive actually include? Our team of digital media researchers at the University of...
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (center-left) meets with Samoa PM
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan Church Ministers from the EFKS denominations are stepping up as key players in public health. Reverend figures like Rev Elder Victor Pouesi from Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Magele I Sasa'e I Puaseisei, have long been vocal advocates for their...
Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit (REMUS)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Working alongside Royal Australian Navy forces on the east coast of Australia, disposing of Second World War bombs in Vanuatu, marching in a street parade in Tonga and surveying areas of the sea floor in Ha’apai has kept the Royal New Zealand Navy Littoral Warfare Force...
citizenship deliberations
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The window for oral submissions has closed on the Samoa Citizenship Bill's first reading in Wellington. It is now a step closer to becoming actualised following the end of public consultations on Green MP Teanau Tuiono's Members bill Restoring Citizenship Removed by...
clean up effort
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) has yet again emphasised the practice of preventative measures following 10 new lab-confirmed dengue cases, according to reports from the Samoa Observer. The declaration of the new confirmed cases was published in its most recent surveillance...
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Suva, FIJI – Pacific Island nations, recognizing the vital role of fishing in their livelihoods and economies, are taking decisive action to combat labor abuses and create a safer, fairer fishing industry. This commitment was reinforced during a recent workshop in Fiji, led by the Pacific Islands...
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa's Supreme Court has issued a warning for those who abuse custom and tradition, especially the ifoga, to get reduced jail time. It follows the recent sentencing of a man for manslaughter. The Samoa Observer reported Judge Justice Vui Clarence Nelson told the man the...
Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Coast Guard is slated to continue solidifying its Pacific footprint with new funds from Congress as the service plays an increasingly prominent role in Washington’s regional strategy. The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in June approved measures funding...
money and drugs
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A rise in drug-related crimes in Samoa has been raised by several MPs in Parliament. One MP highlighted the escalating involvement of youth in drug offenses, and another MP underscored the urgent need for enhanced security measures in light of increasing crime rates....

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