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  • Saturday 22 July 2017 3:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Four young athletes are representing Tonga at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) that opened on 18 July in the Bahamas. From two sports, boxing and swimming, they are Noelani Day, Finau ‘Ohuafi and Iki Tu’itavake Jr, with a boxer Tu’ihalangingie Vea.
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  • Saturday 22 July 2017 2:48pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : ‘Inoke Afeaki (44) former 'Ikale Tahi captain has been recruited as Director of Operations for Team Tonga by the Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC).
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  • Saturday 22 July 2017 2:00pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A single extreme weather event can wipe out progress for Pacific Islands, while much of the financial cost of loss and recovery is borne by the Private Sector. Dame Meg Taylor told the Green Climate Fund Structured Dialogue in Nuku'alofa this week, that "involving the private sector to help shape climate and disaster resilient development is crucial."
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  • Auckland, New Zealand
    : The Tonga Under-19 Women’s Soccer team is attracting attention for having the youngest player, Napa Talasinga (15), at the OFC U19 Women’s Championship 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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  • Friday 21 July 2017 1:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An exhibition of traditional Japanese crafts and artwork was launched on 20 July by the Acting Minister for Tourism, Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nuku'alofa.
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  • Friday 21 July 2017 1:37pm


    Melbourne, Australia
    : The Melbourne Rebels have honoured Amanaki Mafi with an award for best player for the season. The award was voted on by all members of the Melbourne Rebels team. The former Tonga College boy only started playing for the Melbourne Rebels this year.
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  • Thursday 20 July 2017 5:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A private gift of around 5000 pairs of shoes from Japan are being distributed by the Tonga Red Cross this week to young students at various schools in Tongatapu.
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  • Wednesday 19 July 2017 7:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Vava’u has been struck with a serious shortage of benzene this week forcing tourism operators and businesses to look for other sources of fuel - or to cut back heavily on their operations. The shortage will not be eased until the domestic ferry arrives tomorrow, followed by a delayed fuel tanker that will not unload until next week.
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  • Wednesday 19 July 2017 5:57pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A towering 12-year-old boy of Tongan descent, Petelo Lemeki, was the centre of attention last week at an under-13’s rugby tournament in New Zealand. Petelo reportedly stands 6’2" tall (188 cms) and weighs 121 Kilos, and wears size-14 rugby boots..
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 19 July 2017 11:20am


    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    : Science fiction has long explored the terrifying possibility that we are devoid of free will, and that some unpleasant creature could control our minds or turn us into plodding zombies. But mind control is not just a literary trope. It is also a common method by which parasites gain access to environments where they can grow, reproduce, and complete their life cycles. By Robbie Rae.
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  • Monday 17 July 2017 1:48pm


    Princeton, USA
    : When Americans are asked what percentage of US government spending goes to foreign aid, the median answer is 25%. The correct answer is 1%. No wonder, then, that when President Donald Trump justifies cutting aid on the grounds that other countries need to step up because they are not paying their fair share, many people believe him. By Peter Singer.
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Sports

  • Friday 21 July 2017 1:30pm


    Dunedin, New Zealand
    : French Rugby Club, RC Toulonnais (Toulon) has announced the signing of Malakai Fekitoa. The signing comes after weeks of speculation by New Zealand media that Fekitoa would move to France.
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  • Monday 17 July 2017 11:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi have successfully qualified for the 2019 World Rugby Cup in Japan after coming second place in the Pacific Nations Cup which ended on Saturday after Fiji defeated Samoa 38 -16 in Apia.
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Pacific Islands

  • Wednesday 12 July 2017 6:18pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : “As Pacific islanders, we have been made custodians of our greatest assets – our people, our culture, our land and our oceans, by our forefathers. A duty we need to fulfill because if we are not careful, we will not only lose our home but we will lose the economic benefits that sustains our livelihoods,” said Christopher Cocker, CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event held last week in Suva, Fiji.
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