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A Mu’a Community Police Station constructed at a cost of $976,353 pa’anga was opened by Prince Tungi on March 10 at Tatakamotonga.
Four new bucket trucks were added to Tonga Power Ltd’s vehicle fleet to help upgrade the electricity distribution network of 33 villages in Tongatapu over the next five-years.
A 44-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl at Hofoa on February 8. The accused was remanded in custody as a police investigation continues.
A 45-year-old man from Navutoka died from decompression on March 5, while hookah diving at Kelefesia Island in Tongatapu. Another man has been charged with manslaughter by negligence in the diving fatality.
Tonga remains at high risk for dengue fever after two cases were reported in Tongatapu last month, said the Director of Health. He advised the public to become more vigilant in prevention efforts, while the weather is warm. Tonga’s near neighbour, Fiji, is currently facing its worst outbreak of dengue in 16-years with eight reported to have died there since February 28.
Tonga A has won its second game of the Pacific Rugby Cup with a convincing victory over ACT A 29 – 20 in Canberra, Australia yesterday, Sunday, March 9.
In spite of the rain that was driving away their customers, the women vendors at Nuku‘alofa’s central Talamahu Market looked cheerful on International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8, 2014. But here in the heart of the capital, only a stone’s throw away from the new cruise ship berth at Vuna Wharf, the Talamahu Market is a place where women’s real status in Tonga is on display for all to see. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
A review of the safety of Tonga’s Transport Sector, to be led by the World Bank and supported by the New Zealand government, could end a stand-off between the two countries over the safety of a Chinese MA60 aircraft that has been operating in Tonga since August last year.
Amid growing concern over the escalating schools violence in Nuku‘alofa, Tonga Police beefed up their patrols around the seafront bus station and CBD today following yesterday’s street fight and the arrest of two men.
The MS Pacific Princess cruise ship made an emergency stop in Nuku‘alofa yesterday afternoon March 6 because two people needed urgent medical attention. A male crew-member is recovering at Vaiola Hospital after surgery, while an elderly woman passenger was airlifted to Australia.
The Tongan Government will host the Sixth Meeting of the Pacific Island Countries (PIC) Network of Ozone Officers, and a Joint Meeting of National Ozone and Training of Custom Officers, next week 10-14 March, 2014.
The European Commission last week has announced that free-visa travel will soon be granted for nationals from 19 third-world countries, including ten Pacific Island countries.
Donations of food, clothing and building materials continue to flow in for the people of Ha’apai, in Tonga, whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Ian in January. The Tongan community in Hilo, Hawaii this week shipped a container of goods.
A 40-year-old man died early yesterday morning Wednesday March 5 after falling overboard during a boat collision at Nafanua Wharf in ‘Eua. Another man remains in hospital for minor injuries.
“Foul” is the only way to describe a container-load of around 10 tonnes of rotten chicken, dumped onto a picnic spot on Tongatapu’s scenic Hufangalupe coastline last week. The maggoty mess has disgusted locals and remained a stinking issue this morning.
Tonga’s public servants were awarded a 5% pay rise in mid-February, back-dated to January, said Tufui Faletau, the acting CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP).
Twenty Tongan nurses, who are the first to be trained in Non-Communicable Diseases, graduated last week and will be on the frontline of treating NCDs, which have accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in Tonga in 2008.
Tonga A will play its first match of the 2014 Pacific Rugby Cup tomorrow, Tuesday March 4, 2014, against Samoa A in Sydney, Australia.
Tropical Cyclone Kofi brought heavy rain and gusts of up to 48 knots (90kmph) to Tongatapu early this morning as the system moved to the southwest of Tonga. The Fua‘amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre has downgraded the cyclone warning this morning, while a gales warning remains in force for Tonga waters, with an extreme high tide advisory continuing for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha‘apai can expect damaging gale force winds of 35 knots with gusts up to 50 knots overnight as Tropical Cyclone Kofi moves southeast through southern Tongan waters. On its current track the centre is expected to lie about 205km west-southwest of Nomuka or 140km west of Nuku‘alofa about midnight tonight, Saturday. The Fua’amotu TCWC warns that damaging gale force winds may occur several hours before the Cyclone centre passes. (FTCWC Advisory 3:00pm).