Seven contestants for the Miss Heilala crown 2014-15 met today for the Pageant orientation at Joe’s Kahana Lagoon in Nuku‘alofa.
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Tonga is the world’s most overweight country, according to a study published yesterday by a well-known medical journal, The Lancet.
Tonga’s first Practice Parliament for Women is a crucial milestone and a very positive step forward for Tonga, said Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho in opening the event today, April 7 in Nuku’alofa.
The removal of a Tongan girl by deception from her guardian in Tongatapu, apparently with the assistance of a US Embassy staffer from Fiji and the Tonga Police on 8 March 2013, has come under the scrutiny of a Cabinet Investigative Committee, headed by the Minister of Police, Hon. Siosifa Tu‘utafaiva.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.