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  • Education
    Wednesday 25 July 2007 1:25pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • From the Courts
    Tuesday 24 July 2007 6:35pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    SIONE Halafuka Vea (75) of Haveluloto, Tongatapu pleaded not guilty to one charge of sedition at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today, July 24.

    Sione is alleged to have made a seditious remark at Pangai Si’i on November 15, 2006 when he said in a loudspeaker that, “tomorrow I will go into Parliament and bring two heads. You women bring your weaving knife, we will be in the house, we will surely be there and there will be screaming, pleading and groaning.”

  • Politics
    Tuesday 24 July 2007 12:58pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    Editor,

    I am concerned about the obsessive bitterness that your correspondent, Mele Payne Lynch, seems to harbour towards the Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Feleti Sevele, which in turn tends to prejudice everything she has to say in her frequent letters to your column.

    Here is a sampling of what I am referring to from her most recent letter, entitled “Building Tonga with Doing-Less-Harm Approach,” which was posted on your site on 23 July:

  • Government
    Monday 23 July 2007 5:29pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    HON ‘Afu’alo Matoto the Minister for Public Enterprises was appointed as Tonga’s first Minister of Information on Friday, July 20.

    The Prime Minister’s office in a statement today, July 23 confirmed that the appointment. ‘Afu’alo was firstappointed at the Minister for Public Enterprises in October last year.

  • Politics
    Monday 23 July 2007 12:34pm

    Moss Beach, California
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    Editor,

    The situation in Tonga is precarious. As the Minister of Finance is feverishly trying to bounce the economy back with ambitious policies, the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians look for equilibrium in opposite directions, which explains the same old arguments, same old excuses and lack of domestic achievements.

  • Culture and Society
    Saturday 21 July 2007 5:52pm

    San Francisco, USA
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    Editor,

    Readers who were responding to my comments on “Children and Obscenity” appeared not to fully comprehend my position. So once again, I hereby want to make my position clear. My position is my wish that something is done to prevent children of a certain age from watching shows like the Miss Galaxy Pageant which are perhaps too obscene and/or pornographic for them to handle.

  • Business
    Saturday 21 July 2007 5:06pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries INC. conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 19/07/2007 at the EuroAsia Bar and Restaurant.
  • Economy
    Friday 20 July 2007 7:12pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • From the Courts
    Friday 20 July 2007 7:00pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Court of Appeal ended its 2007 session at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today, July 20. The Court remitted two civil cases for a retrial, and reduced two criminal imprisonment terms.
  • Pacific Islands
    Friday 20 July 2007 1:57pm

    Apia, Samoa
    : Lui Bell (left), Marine Species Officer with SPREP and his working team from Tuvalu. Lui Bell, the Marine Species Officer with SPREP has returned from Tuvalu where he began the initial process of developing a marine turtle conservation (monitoring) programme for the small island nation. This falls in line with SPREP’s regional Marine Turtle Action Plan 2003-07.
  • Agriculture
    Friday 20 July 2007 12:53pm

    Geneva, Switzerland
    : The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging all countries to strengthen their food safety systems and to be far more vigilant with food producers and traders.
  • Pacific Islands
    Friday 20 July 2007 12:37pm

    London, United Kingdom
    : Top public and private sector executives in Tonga on 18 July 2007 completed a three-day meeting aimed at formulating a new export strategy for the Pacific island state.
  • Culture and Society
    Friday 20 July 2007 5:25am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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    Editor,
    The answer to the issue whether ages birth to 15 years should watch Miss Galaxy, varies. But as parent, you and I have the final decision to prevent our children. The shows starts from 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm., I don’t find this time appropriate for my children to be awake? As a parent, I have the rights to question the contents, time frame in regards to my children’s vicinities.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Thursday 19 July 2007 6:43pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Highly-acclaimed Tongan artist Filipe Tohi is hoping to contribute his artistic talent to the reconstruction of the Nuku’alofa central business area if asked to do so.
  • Environment
    Thursday 19 July 2007 1:18pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Thousands of citizens across all faiths, and various community groups and organizations and businesses, will unite on Saturday July 21 to begin a two month long, nationwide clean-up campaign initiated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Editorials
    Thursday 19 July 2007 10:03am

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The decision by the Tonga Legislative Assembly to select three People’s Representatives, Clive Edwards, ‘Akilisi Pohiva and ‘Uliti Uata to be members of a Tripartite Committee to vet political reform proposals for Tonga is as much a set back in our strive for political reform in Tonga in the 21st century as was the destruction in Nuku’alofa on November 16 last year. Editor’s Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Culture and Society
    Thursday 19 July 2007 8:59am

    San Francisco, USA
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    Editor,

    In regard to Ms.Telesia Finau’s letter about the rights of the so-called “fakaleitis”, I hereby want to let her know that this is not the issue. The issue is whether or not the young children, say between birth and 15 years of age, should be allowed to watch the Miss Galaxy Pageant shows.

  • Rugby
    Wednesday 18 July 2007 7:13pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Firepower ‘Ikale Tahi 40-man squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup was announced today by the Tonga Rugby Football Union.
  • From the Courts
    Wednesday 18 July 2007 6:57pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The five People’s Representatives who face criminal charges relating to the destruction of Nuku’alofa on November 16, 2006, appeared at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for the first time this morning to make their pleas.
  • Earthquakes
    Wednesday 18 July 2007 3:01pm

    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An earthquake measuring 6.3, epicentred about 600km south of Tonga this afternoon, was not felt in Tongatapu.

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