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Friday 28 July 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Drones will be trialled for the first time in the Pacific to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu starting in August. The trial will test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to be used on a regular basis.
Thursday 27 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine male police officers have been suspended from Tonga Police for criminal and disciplinary matters. Another 16 criminal investigations are currently underway against other police officers.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Staff of Tonga's Office of the Auditor General are undergoing training to improve the standard of public financial management.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Stanford,California, USA
A health survey conducted by Stanford University reveals how physically active populations around the world are, and Hong Kong is rated as having the most active citizens in the world walking 6,880 steps daily on average. Although Tonga was not included in the survey, the findings somewhat correlate to some of its issues such as obesity and physical activity.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prominent Australian economist, Dr Patricia Ranald, has called the Pacer-Plus agreement a “failed” regional agreement, because it excluded Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
The Tonga Under-19 Women’s Soccer team have finished at the bottom of the 2017 Oceania Football Confederation tournament after losing their final game to New Zealand (0 – 9) last Tuesday July 24, in Auckland.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
A New Zealand court has sentenced a 22-year-old Tongan man, Finau Tuitupou, to 2 years and nine months’ imprisonment for the assault of a senior New Zealand police constable. The sentencing took place last week at the Manukau District Court. Another 18-year-old Tongan man has been accused of participating in the assault and is due for sentencing later this year.
Thursday 27 July 2017

Ha'apai, Tonga
In Ha'apai, 191 primary school students have competed in a district Soroban competition that aims to strengthen their mathematical skills. The students from Classes 3 – 5 at six Government Primary Schools took part in the competition at the Ha’apai High School Hall on Thusday, July 20.
Wednesday 26 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga Ltd. today bought 16.6% of Tonga Government’s shares in Tonga Cable Ltd., which amounted to USD$4.19 million equivalent to $9.1 million pa’anga, that will be used to assist in financing the extension of the fibre optic cable network to Vava’u and Ha’apai.
Wednesday 26 July 2017

Toronto, Canada
Land that was once frozen in the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada is becoming agriculture friendly due to global warming and is being offered for free to small farmers. The Yukon borders on Alaska and its government has already given away nearly 8,000 acres of farmland over the last 10 years, with a dozen applicants currently being considered.
Wednesday 26 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seventeen young Tongans were awarded Work Readiness Training Program certificates last Friday, 21 July after completing the two-week course with The Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE).

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 70-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter by negligence for the death of an eight-year-old boy, whom he allegedly ran over with his van while reversing at a bush allotment in Veitongo on Tuesday, July 25.
Wednesday 26 July 2017

Stanford, USA
When a tortoise is sitting on a post, you know it didn’t get there by itself. The reappearance of the same four arguments developed a quarter-century ago by an industry that benefits from delaying climate policies – arguments used with great success precisely because their origin and true purpose were hidden from the public – looks a lot like the tortoise’s four wiggling feet. The same arguments – and people – used by the fossil fuel industry to block climate policies decades ago are back. By Benjamin Franta.
Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nanise Fifita, the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission, has been unsuccessful in an attempt to challenge a decision of the Minister of Public Enterprises in the courts, after her contract renewal was voided by government.
Tuesday 25 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Economic growth in the Pacific is expected to remain at 2.9% in 2017 followed by 3.3% in 2018, according to the ADB's Asian Development Outlook 2017 supplement.
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ikale Tahi prop Siosiua Halanukonuka has signed with Scottish Rugby Club, the Glasgow Warriors. In the last two years, Halanukonuka has made 14 appearances for the Otago Highlanders, and has six caps representing Tonga.
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u will travel to Hawaii on 1 August with a group of Kanokupolu dancers who will perform at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival in Honolulu.
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Monday 24 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened the 'Eua Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Tonga-Made Show 2017 on Saturday, July 22.
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Monday 24 July 2017
Suva, Fiji
Concerns over El Nino impacts in the Pacific region during the planet's warmest half-year year on record between January to June 2016 is leading to better preparedness for coordinating humanitarian responses to disaster affected people in the Pacific.
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Monday 24 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A male police officer was suspended from duty on Friday, July 21, after reports that he assaulted another man in Nuku'alofa on Sunday night, July 16.
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