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05 июня, 02:57

No entry: Samoa's new parliament has no place for the press

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Funded by Australia, the multi-million dollar building does not include a space for journalistsSamoa’s multi-million dollar parliament house, funded by the Australian government, was built without a press gallery, despite pleas from local media for a space to effectively cover proceedings.Currently, Samoan journalists are seated in the public gallery, when they are allowed to enter by authorities guarding the parliament. Continue reading...

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03 апреля, 22:00

Slavery in New Zealand: inside the story of the Samoan chief who abused power for profit

Joseph Auga Matamata lured villagers to his adoptive country promising work and study, reaping ‘bags of cash’ from their unpaid forced labourWhen Loto* saw the police arrive at the rural property in New Zealand where he had been held captive for nearly two years, the man who had imprisoned him there told him to run. Instead, Loto quietly waited to be discovered by police.Loto had spent 17 months being held as a slave on a property in Hastings on New Zealand’s North Island. He was never paid for his work and was subject to cruel beatings from Joseph Auga Matamata, a 65-year-old Samoan chief, or matai. Continue reading...

23 марта, 06:12

Papua New Guinea declares state of emergency after first coronavirus case

A foreign mine worker is confirmed as the country’s first case, as Guam records the Pacific region’s first Covid-19 deathPapua New Guinea will enter into a two-week state of emergency on Tuesday after the country confirmed its first case of Covid-19, as the Pacific region recorded its first death from the virus.The Papua New Guinea government confirmed late on Friday evening that its first case of coronavirus is a foreign mine worker who entered the country on 13 March and travelled to Lae. Continue reading...

16 марта, 08:38

Coronavirus: cruise passengers stranded as countries turn them away

Thousands in limbo around the world as vessels seek a port at which to dockCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs countries scramble to close their borders in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of cruise ship passengers are stranded on the high seas while their vessels seek a port at which to dock.The Norwegian Jewel, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, has been refused permission to dock in French Polynesia, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, and is piloting to American Samoa to refuel. Continue reading...

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18 декабря 2019, 02:58

'These babies should not have died': How the measles outbreak took hold in Samoa

The unprecedented health crisis has claimed 76 lives, mostly children. Now questions are being asked about how it came to this“Every time I visit my baby, I see a morgue full of dead babies,” says a mother sitting at Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital in Apia, the capital of Samoa.The woman’s one-year-old died in the measles outbreak that has wracked the Pacific nation over the past two months. She now comes to the morgue day after day, awaiting the release of her child’s body. Continue reading...

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07 декабря 2019, 07:56

Samoa measles outbreak: 100 new cases as anti-vaccination activist charged

Nation lifts two-day curfew amid rise in mandatory vaccinations and arrest of ‘anti-vaxxer’Samoa has said nearly 90% of eligible people have been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.There were, however, 103 new cases of measles reported since Friday, Samoa’s health ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Continue reading...

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05 декабря 2019, 07:14

Samoa measles outbreak: families fly red flags to request vaccinations

Workers told to stay home during two-day drive to control virus that has killed 62 peopleSamoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.The government told most public and private workers to stay home for two days and shut down roads to nonessential vehicles as teams began going door-to-door to administer vaccines. Continue reading...

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03 декабря 2019, 20:48

Measles Outbreak Leads to Shutdown of Public Services in Samoa

Dozens of people have died and thousands more have been infected in the country since the disease began spreading in October.

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03 декабря 2019, 08:17

New Zealand newspaper publishes cartoon mocking Samoa measles crisis

Otago Daily Times criticised for cartoon joking about measles outbreak that has killed 55A New Zealand newspaper has caused outrage for publishing a cartoon that made light of the measles crisis engulfing Samoa, which has killed 55 people so far, most of them children under the age of four.The Otago Daily Times published the cartoon in Tuesday’s newspaper from artist Chris Tremain, which depicted two white women walking out of a travel agent, one saying to the other: “I asked ‘What are the least popular spots at the moment?’ She said: ‘The ones people are picking up in Samoa.’” Continue reading...

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29 ноября 2019, 23:00

'There are no words': Samoa buries its children as measles outbreak worsens

In six weeks, a measles outbreak has infected 3,000 people out of a population of 200,000, killing 42, mostly childrenFa’aoso Tuivale sleeps on her children’s grave during the day, when she misses them most.She and her husband, Tuivale Luamanuvae Puelua, are sitting on the newly-dried concrete that mark the graves of their three-year-old Itila and 13-month-old twins, Tamara and Sale, talking about the week that has passed since they buried them. Continue reading...

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28 ноября 2019, 03:30

Samoa measles outbreak: WHO blames anti-vaccine scare as death toll hits 39

UN agency says fall in vaccination rates has paved way for ‘huge outbreak’ in Pacific island nationA measles epidemic in Samoa has killed 39 people, with the World Health Organization (WHO) blaming an anti-vaccine messaging campaign for leaving the Pacific island nation vulnerable to the spread of the virus.The UN health agency warned that a steep decline in vaccination rates in Samoa had paved the way for a “huge outbreak”, with almost 3,000 in a country of just 200,000 people. Continue reading...

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23 ноября 2019, 11:51

Samoa measles epidemic kills 20

Children under five account for all but one of the deaths as suspected cases double to 1,644 Deaths related to measles have risen to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said, eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak.The island state of 200,000, located south of the equator and halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, declared a measles epidemic late in October after the first deaths. Continue reading...

24 сентября 2019, 17:16

Pacific islands seek $500m to make ocean's shipping zero carbon

Coalition of six nations aims to raise funds and achieve full decarbonisation by 2050A coalition of Pacific island nations wants to raise $500m (£400m) to make all shipping in the Pacific Ocean zero carbon by the middle of the century.The Pacific Blue Shipping Partnership, announced on Tuesday by the governments of Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, has set an emissions reduction target of 40% by 2030, and full decarbonisation by 2050. Continue reading...

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03 сентября 2019, 09:00

'The silence is suffocating': family abuse 'epidemic' uncovered in Samoa | Eleanor Ainge Roy

The beautiful Polynesian island is home to a fiercely traditional society rife with domestic violence Blood on the walls. Bruises like smashed plums. As long as Sefina* can remember, family violence has been part of her life. She watched her mother routinely attacked by her stepfather. “Sorry,” her mother would whisper afterwards to the children.Then, Sefina’s elder sister was nearly killed by a group of male relatives for breaking the curfew. “Sorry,” her sister told her as she later left the island for good. Continue reading...

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12 июня 2019, 04:20

Backlash in Samoa over 'hypocritical' Rocketman ban

Activists accuse censors of ‘selective morality’ in nation where transgender women are widely acceptedThe banning of Rocketman, a biographic film about the life of musician Elton John, in Samoa has prompted criticism by human rights activists of “selective morality” in a country where transgender women are widely accepted.The public found out about the ban through the cancellation of a screening by the only theatre in the country, Apollo Cinemas Samoa, on Monday. Continue reading...

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11 июня 2019, 15:17

Samoa bans Elton John biopic Rocketman over gay scenes

Pacific nation’s censor says homosexual activity depicted on screen violates its lawsThe Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic Rocketman because of its depictions of homosexuality.About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional. Under Samoa’s 2013 Crimes Act, sodomy is deemed an offence punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties consent. Continue reading...

01 января 2019, 00:01

New Year's Eve 2018: celebrations around the world - live

Follow all the celebrations as the clock strikes midnight and countries see out 2018 to welcome in 2019Edinburgh prepares for HogmanayNew York to celebrate journalists with ball drop 5.48am GMT And with that, we’ll be wrapping up our live blog of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world. From Samoa to Sydney to Santiago, it’s been 20 hours of ringing in 2019.Who had the best fireworks? Is it ever worth donning a diaper to stand in Times Square? Just how embarrassing is it that Sydney projected 2018 onto the Harbour Bridge? Questions abound. 5.44am GMT And finally, pictures of the big moment from New York: Continue reading...

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19 ноября 2018, 10:30

Has the ‘New Zealand dream’ turned sour for Auckland's Pacific Islanders?

Touted as the world’s most Polynesian city, Pacific Islanders make up 15% of Auckland’s population. But does the dream of a better life match reality?It’s Thursday morning in Auckland and the Tongan Older Persons Group is gathering for lunch. Stuffed kūmara (sweet potato) is on the menu. So is a presentation on bowel cancer, and then a few rounds of bingo – using peanuts, fruit and Oreo biscuits instead of cash.Meleane Mafi, 85, leads a song with lyrics speaking of a longing for palm trees and white shores. Continue reading...

18 сентября 2018, 17:56

Asia Needs More Access to Financial Services to Grow

By  Sarwat Jahan, Elena Loukoianova, Cormac Sullivan and Yongzheng Yang September 18, 2018 中文, 日本語 A customer pays at a supermarket using her smartphone in Bangkok, Thailand: urban and rural areas in the region widely use mobile […]

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31 августа 2018, 05:04

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

Tuilaepa Sailele berates leaders who fail to take issue seriously, singling out Australia, India, China and the USThe prime minister of Samoa has called climate change an “existential threat ... for all our Pacific family” and said that any world leader who denied climate change’s existence should be taken to a mental hospital.In a searing speech delivered on Thursday night during a visit to Sydney, Tuilaepa Sailele berated leaders who fail to take climate change seriously, singling out Australia, as well as India, China and the US, which he said were the “three countries that are responsible for all this disaster”. Continue reading...