Victims of domestic violence will have easy access to free non-judgmental counseling and also to a police officer and a registered nurse, who will be stationed at the Women and Children Crisis Centre in central Nuku‘alofa as part of a new “one-stop-shop” crisis service that was launched today.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA has become a new partner to the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility PRIF, the Asian Development Bank ADB announced today, 26 November.
A workshop for Town and District Officers, all men to lead the drive to eliminate violence against women, was launched this morning, 25 November by Lord Vaea at the Davina House, Nuku’alofa.
A civil-jury trial hearing claims brought by Tonga’s former Attorney General John Cauchi against the Government of Tonga is nearing an end as the evidence of witnesses called by the defendant was completed on 25 November, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
Tonga’s public service will break for the Christmas and New Year vacation for two weeks between Monday 23 December and Friday 3 January 2014.
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Sevele, a witness at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this afternoon, denied suggestions that his government had tried to “freeze-out” the former Attorney General John Cauchi.
A former Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet Busby Kautoke told the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa this afternoon, that he was not aware of any move by government to force John Cauchi to resign from his Attorney General position in 2010.
A call by the Welsh forward coach, Shaun Edwards for referee Mike Fraser, a New Zealander, to protect the Welsh team and to clamp down on “illegal” and “over the top” tackling style of the Pacific Islanders was considered by the ‘Ikale Tahi captain, Nili Latu an insult to himself and his team, as they prepare for Friday’s match against Wales. (Tonga, Saturday 23 November, 8:30am).
The case against 151 accused, including 147 students from Tupou College and four adults charged in relation to the violent attack on a home in Tofoa in July was further adjourned to February 2014.
Tonga’s former Attorney General John Cauchi accepted that the Government of Tonga had created circumstances that forced him to resign, which was the basis of his evidence in chief given at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa, on Wednesday November 20.