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Monday 7 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ngani Laumape (of Tongan descent) has finished the 2017 Super Rugby season as the tournament’s top try scorer, having scored 17 tries for his team, the Wellington Hurricanes.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The “Tongan Bear” Loni Uhila will play in France for ASM Clermont Auvergne in France’s premium rugby tournament, the Top 14 (Ligue Nationale de Rugby). The move makes the 28-year-old prop a strong prospect for the ‘Ikale Tahi jersey.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Apia, Samoa
Alama Ieremia has resigned as Head Coach of Manu Samoa. The former All Black confirmed his resignation on Saturday in an official announcement by the Samoa Rugby Union.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Children at Ahi moe Vunga Kindergarten of Kolomotu’a were happy to receive over $1,000 pa’anga worth of school materials donated by the Tonga China Student Alumni Association at the Matavaimo’ui Stake Center at Kolomotu’a on Friday, 4 August 2017.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Milan, Italy
National and international institutional frameworks must continue to guard against destructive actions by political leaders. In the final analysis, confidence in these institutions’ resilience – and in an eventual end to the current political dysfunction – is what markets seem to be banking on. by Michael Spence.
Sunday 6 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When confronted with revelations in the 2015-16 Annual Report of the Auditor General of unpaid debts, unrecorded assets, improper record of revenues and even separate bank accounts of government ministries, the Tongan Parliament was thrown into turmoil when it resumed its 2017-18 session on 1 August. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Sunday 6 August 2017

Vava'u, Tonga
Twisted ankles, severe dehydration, and even a bite from a gigantic Golden Orb Weaver spider were just a few of the maladies a medical team from the Nevada Air Guard treated in Vava'u, during Exercise Tafakula, a biennial, multi-national military exercise hosted by the Kingdom of Tonga in late July. The medics were requested by Tonga to also evaluate medical readiness of HMAF.
Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will hold a Sevens Rugby Tournament, the Kingdom 7's for both men and women set for October 6-7 at the 'Atele rugby grounds.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a week of severe flour shortages impacting bakeries, caterers and food businesses in Nuku'alofa, it’s back to business as normal today with the arrival of new flour supplies this week.
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Friday 4 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 36-year-old man died on Thursday night, August 3 at Kolomotu’a when he was electrocuted outside his home as they were getting tents ready for his father’s funeral.
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Friday 4 August 2017
Dalian, China
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the new industrial revolution offers greater promise in fostering inclusive growth. Driven by Internet, digital and intelligent technologies, it has created new supply and demand, greatly expanded development space and brought unprecedented opportunities for equal participation. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017 in Dalian recently, he said China is ready to work with all countries to achieve inclusive growth in economic globalization, but promoting inclusive growth requires the hard work of countries themselves.
Friday 4 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The owner of Super Cheap, a car dealer in Nuku’alofa has been charged with obtaining money by false pretence from a client.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A female teller has been charged with embezzlement of around $7,000 pa’anga from the Bank of South Pacific Tonga Ltd in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nausaimone Kitekei’aho, a man in his 50s, who was convicted of possession of 3,800 grams illicit drug cannabis and bribery of a Tongan Police officer, will be sentenced on 31 August at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. This was a case where the marijuana and photographs of it were lost by police - but neither the defence nor prosecution made much of it.
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Friday 4 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year-old boy remains in police custody after he was charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Fahefa.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Sydney, Australia
A towering 7-year-old Tongan boy in Australia, Vaka Tuitupou, is gaining media attention for his strength and physical prowess. A recent video captured the youngster playing in an Under-8s Rugby league game where he was seen running through his opposition players like a champion.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's USP Campus at 'Atele organized a “ ‘Katoa ki Olokava”, joining USP campuses around the Pacific in their annual “Open Day”, to showcase what the USP has to offer.
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Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new customs duty and excise tax introduced last year has driven import prices up causing inflation to hit significantly high levels in Tonga. Annual inflation rose by 10% over the year to May 2017 - well above the National Reserve Bank of Tonga's reference rate of 5%.
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Thursday 3 August 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Ports Authority Tonga was elected as the new President of the Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance for the next three years, at PMTA's Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. The Chairman of the Transport Shared Board of Directors, Mr Stephen Edwards accepted the role on behalf of Ports Authority Tonga.
Thursday 3 August 2017

Los Angeles, USA
Despite the falsehoods that some politicians peddle, facts still matter, and getting those facts right is essential for survival. I know, because I regularly see the deadly consequences of getting facts wrong. ... When we glibly dismiss fact-checked articles in reputable news sources as “fake news,” we fail to use evidence to support our conclusions. In politics as in science, when we dismiss revealed truth, we increase the likelihood of catastrophically bad outcomes. By Daniel T. Blumstein.

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