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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
The Pacific Games Council (PGC) will suspend Tahiti for political interference in Tahitian sporting bodies, following the completion of the 2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu this Friday 15 December. The suspension was announced by PGC president Vidya Lakhan yesterday 11 December at a press conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
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Wednesday 13 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Legal action against Tonga for withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games has been given full support by members of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) General Assembly at a meeting held last Sunday 10 December, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The PGC has instructed its legal counsel in Tonga to proceed with an action for damages, which may amount to millions.
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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Princeton, USA
A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food. - Peter Singer.
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Tuesday 12 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The dissolution of the Tongan Parliament on 24 August carried a hope that new members of parliament and a new Prime Minister with a new government might be elected to advance the Tongan democratic reform that was introduced in 2010. But that hope faded with the results of the November 16 snap General Election, when voters re-elected 21 of the 26 members of the dissolved parliament.
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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has stepped up its efforts to curb domestic violence with a new ‘Access to Justice Project’ legal centre launched last Friday, 8 December, that will provide free legal advice and support to survivors, as complaints of domestic violence continue to rise. It is the first in the Pacific Islands.
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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tonga’s national 7s and tennis teams have won bronze medals at the 2017 Vanuatu Mini-Games.
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Monday 11 December 2017

Nadi, Fiji
Tonga will host the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands pageant, which is usually held around the first week of December.
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Monday 11 December 2017

New York, USA
Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US in recent years has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.
Saturday 9 December 2017

Canberra, Australia
Mate Ma’a Tonga star hooker Siliva Havili has been signed by the Canberra Raiders on a one-year-deal. The Auckland born 24-year-old was instrumental in Tonga’s success at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, setting up numerous plays and scoring a try against England.
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Saturday 9 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A massive mural of the Tongan Lupe (pigeon), painted by five artists over the last four days, graces a wall at the back of the Tanoa Hotel, visible from Tupoulahi Road at Fasi.
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Saturday 9 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A donation of $5100 pa’anga was made to the Alonga Adult Disabled Centre, at Pea on December 8. Tongan artist Uili Lousi collaborated with the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Sarah Walsh in this initiative and presented the cheque to Lavinia Satini, the center’s coordinator with residents present. The amount was raised from the sales of artwork by Lousi.
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Friday 8 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-five students from five secondary schools in Tongatapu completed Kaliloa, a Tonga Youth Leadership Program on December 8, at the Police Headquarters in Longolongo.
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Friday 8 December 2017

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Finetu’ui Moala won Gold for Tonga in judo in the men's 100kg division at the Pacific Mini Games 2017, in Vanuatu on December 8.
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Friday 8 December 2017

Manila, Philippines
A new Tropical Tunas Bridging Measure was adopted in the early hours of this morning, after a marathon session by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in the Philippines this week. The Chair and the Executive Director today issued a joint statement on the outcomes of the 14th annual meeting of the Commission, which also include a Conservation and Management Measure on Pacific Bluefin, bycatch mitigation strategies and conservation measures on marine pollution.
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Friday 8 December 2017
Manila, Philippines
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) have threatened to pull out of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) if the fishing nations and coastal states who make its membership fail to agree on new rules for all-important tropical tuna. Current rules for the fishery – known as the Tropical Tuna Measure – expire at the end of this year.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of five waste management trucks to be used in Vava'u and Ha'apai were handed over on December 7, to the Waste Authority Ltd from the Government of Japan in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 7 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One nomination for a Prime Minister designate was received by Office of the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tangi on December 5.
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Thursday 7 December 2017

Beijing, China
The US has talked itself into Kim Jong-un’s trap of exaggerating how much power his rocketry gives him. If the US could deter a much stronger Soviet Union from taking an isolated West Berlin for three decades, it can deter North Korea. - Joseph S. Nye.
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Land Court ruled that a private money lender, the Wallaces, had no legal interest in the lease or in the proceeds of sale of a property lease held by Lucy Ana Ilaiu. In making the ruling the President of the Land Court, Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen warned that it is not open to persons to use legal processes, such as the procedure for lodging caveats, unreasonably or for improper purposes.
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Wednesday 6 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 200 graduates from two Government tertiary institutes received their certificates and diplomas from HM Queen Nanasipau'u on December 6 during a Combined Awards Ceremony, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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