A former senior Tongan Immigration officer and a woman co-accused were jailed today in relation to the attempted forgery of two Tongan blank passports by a Supreme Court judge who said that corrupt scams goes the heart and impugn the integrity and security of Tonga’s passport regime and machinery of border control - which has the potential to bring Tonga into disrepute in the eyes of foreign countries.
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Sammisano Joshua Talai ‘Otuhiva, a five-month old baby boy from San Francisco who has Tongan and Samoan parents, is being recognized as the largest baby ever born in the American state of California.
The Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour has announced greater fuel prices for March-April 2014, to be effective from Sunday February 16.
Two policemen charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of ‘Inoke Pepa (20) in 2012 will appear on April 1, at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court.
Tonga A defeated the Waratahs A team (NSW Gen Blue) 29 – 21 in Sydney, Australia yesterday March 13.
“Hardship” is the new word describing poverty in the Pacific Islands, where “the label of poverty is considered culturally inappropriate,” according to a report released by the World Bank this week, that highlights the increasing concerns over the vulnerability of many people living in its 11 member countries.
Five men, identified as Liahona ex-students, have been arrested and charged in connection with a school fight in Nuku‘alofa on March 6. Another eight suspects were to be arrested today, according to Tonga Police.
Tonga’s Legislative Assembly 2013 session will resume on March 24 to discuss outstanding bills before it closes to re-open on June 5.
Police are still seeking two Tongan men in relation to the homicide death of a Chinese shopkeeper on Friday, February 21. No arrests have been made.
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.
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.
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 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.