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Friday 10 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large haul of illicit drugs seized in Vava’u from a yacht called 'JeReVe' in 2012 was destroyed by authorities in Australia, Tonga's Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell confirmed today in response to allegations raised in Parliament by Lord Tu'ilakepa. He said the comments by MPs were unfounded and attacked the reputation of the police.
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Friday 10 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A national awareness campaign, 'Read with your Child' under a Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning program (PEARL) was launched on 31 January, by Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku'aho, who encouraged families and parents to read to their children for 10 minutes daily because reading strengthens minds and opens up opportunities. Tonga, where 35% of children are not being read to at home, is the first country in the Pacific to benefit from this program.
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Thursday 9 February 2017
Singapore
As the world faces uncertain times, Small Island States must remain open and connected to global networks in order to survive and thrive, urged Singapore’s Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan as he addressed Ministers and senior officials from 14 Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste, including Tonga’s Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva, on a High Level Study Visit in Singapore.
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Thursday 9 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Warnings of heavy rain, flash flooding, and strong to gale force winds for all of Tonga tonight, have been issued by Tonga Met as a tropical depression located around 465km west, northwest of Nuku’alofa is moving slowly toward Tonga.
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Thursday 9 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Breast Cancer Society received a donation of USD$600 from India's High Commissioner to Tonga HE Mr Vishvas Vidu Sapkal on Wednesday, February 8 in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 8 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Whole House Committee of the Tonga Parliament today amended Clause 33 of the National Reserve Bank Act, to enable government to access $27 million in the Reserve Account of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vailele Taukitoku the owner of the FV Losemani Fo'ou and one of six Tongan fishermen who were rescued by the German cruise ship The Albatros south of Tonga on Saturday, February 4, is thankful for their rescue and his safe return home to Tonga last night, but he's very sad that he's lost his little boat, and his fishing livelihood. "If we were given the batteries we could have fixed our boat and returned home. The sea - how it was rough at that point -was normal to us," he said. By Linny Folau
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A container full of 298 Emergency Response Kits valued at NZ$178,000 is ready for an emergency situation in Tonga thanks to the efforts of combined New Zealand Rotary Clubs and Rotary Club Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa's journey to become the first Tongan world champion has reached a crucial point after signing a 3-year-contract with one of boxing's biggest promoters Lou DiBella - who announced the signing three days ago, stating ""The physically imposing Junior Fa has the size and skills to make an impact in an era of heavyweight giants".
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah-USA
A 21-year-old man of Tongan descent, James Afuakimoana Tamoua, has been arrested follwing an armed robbery and police chase in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. The accused along with a 15-year-old boy are accused of robbing a shop and holding up the store clerk at gunpoint.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the Minister of Justice, Hon. Vuna Fa’otusia told the Tongan Parliament today that government ministries did not break any law, by employing daily paid labourers for 10 to 20 years without a working contract, the Speaker reminded the House that Tonga is the "Friendly Islands". From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Speaker of Parliament Lord Lasike, who was removed from parliament in 2012 is to be paid $223,385 pa’anga in remuneration by the Kingdom of Tonga, in lieu of a salary that he would have earned as a member of the Legislative Assembly and as Speaker from July 9, 2012 to November 24, 2014, ruled the Lord Chief Justice on February 2.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Describing economic globalization as a double-edged sword that should be viewed comprehensively, China's President Xi Jinping said in Davos in January that we should pay attention to its deficiency but "not give up eating for fear of choking" or simply attribute the problems like the financial crisis and refugees to globalization, let alone protectionism. China views globalization's general trend as right. In May this year, China will host the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes. By H.E. Huang Huaguang.
Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four marine search and rescue operations saved 20 people in Tonga, while one life was lost, during unsettled windy weather over the weekend. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 09F lies slow moving to the far west northwest of Tongatapu and a Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for all of Tonga. .
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Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 46-year old man, Sione Feleti Kinikini drowned on Saturday, February 4 at Ha’atafu when he jumped off a fishing boat fearing it would capsize after being hit by a big wave, during a fishing trip.
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Monday 6 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga Limited has become the third shareholder of Tonga Cable Ltd (TCL), joining the Government of Tonga and Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) after finalizing an agreement at a signing ceremony on Friday, 3 February 2017.
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Monday 6 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of six men on board the fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou when it left Nuku'alofa on January 30 at around around 3:00pm in the afternoon, were confirmed by the Ports Master's Office in Nuku'alofa today. The rescue of the men at sea was filmed by passengers and crew on board the Albatros who sent in new photos of the rescue. "The ocean does not like carelessness," one told Matangi Tonga.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The failure of hundreds of Form 5, 6 and 7 students in their 2016 end of the year examination was one of several controversial issues that the Tongan Parliament heard when it opened for its 2017 session last week on Monday, 30 January. The Popua Park earthworks and Pacific Games infrastructure delays were other hot issues.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After leaving Nuku'alofa, passengers on the cruise ship Albatros witnessed the rescue of six Tongan fishermen from the distressed fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou yesterday afternoon in big swells south of Tonga. Photos by Dr. Gudrun Berger and others on the Albatros.
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Saturday 4 February 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
The Albatros cruise ship saved six men from a sinking fishing boat in southern Tongan waters this afternoon. The cruise ship bound for Auckland diverted 300km to find the fishermen who had not had water for three days and their boat, Losemani Fo'ou, was taking on water.
 The men will stay on the Albatros until it berths in Auckland on Monday evening.
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