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Wednesday 1 November 2017

Geneva, Switzerland
Perhaps the most enduring lesson of Luther’s call for a scholarly debate – and his use of technology to deliver his views – is that it failed. Instead of a series of public discussions about the Church’s evolving authority, the Protestant Reformation became a bitter battle played out via mass communication .... The question today is how we can ensure that new technologies support constructive debate. The world remains full of heresies that threaten our identities and cherished institutions; the difficulty is to view them not as ideas that must be violently suppressed, but as opportunities to understand where and how current institutions are excluding people or failing to deliver promised benefits. By Nicholas Davis.
Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A recent amendment to Tonga's Electoral Act in early September makes it possible for five life peers to stand as candidates for the Tongan Parliament when nobles elect their nine representatives on 16 November, the Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki told an Election Reporting Workshop this morning. Nobles and Life Peers are not subject to the same scrutiny given to the nominations for the People's Representatives.
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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen students from the Tonga Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), received scholarships from the Tonga Development Bank CEO, Leta Havea-Kami on Monday October 30.
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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand court has sentenced a 26-year-old Tongan, Malachi Tuilotolava to 24 years’ imprisonment for his commanding role in a drug trafficking haul last year 2016. Malachi was found guilty of supervising the unloading 501 kilograms of Methamphetamine from a boat on a beach in the Northland region of New Zealand. The haul is reportedly the largest importation of drugs into New Zealand.
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Monday 30 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongan women panelists from different sectors agreed that "integrity", "good moral character" and "following the rule of law" were basic qualities expected in public life and leadership positions. "If a government is not prepared to follow the law then we will go back to the jungle and that's not my expectation of a government or a candidate or an MP," said 'Alisi Taumoepeau.
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Monday 30 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An election reporting workshop for journalists, alongside media presentation training for women candidates in Tonga's 2017 general election, is being held from October 30 to November 3, in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 30 October 2017

Rugby Union
Australian Wallabies star fullback Israel Folau was awarded the prestigious John Eales Medal at an Australian Rugby Awards ceremony in Sydney, on Friday October 27. The annual award recognises the best Rugby Union players in Australia. The 28-year-old was the top try-scorer for this year’s 2017 Rugby Championship, scoring five tries in six games.
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Sunday 29 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outcome of Tonga's November 16 General Election could be a game changer for the slow-moving democratic parliamentary reform that was begun in 2010. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 29 October 2017

Cairns, Australia
Mate Ma’a Tonga thrashed Scotland 50 - 4, scoring 9 tries. The big win is an excellent start for the Mate Ma’a Tonga in their opening game of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Mate Ma’a Tonga will face Toa Samoa on Saturday, November 4.
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Sunday 29 October 2017

New York, USA
For the last 40 years, China has implemented a national strategy that, despite its many twists and turns, has produced the economic and political juggernaut we see today. It would be reckless to assume, as many still do in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, that China’s transition to global preeminence will somehow simply implode, under the weight of the political and economic contradictions they believe to be inherent to the Chinese model. ...When China does become the world’s largest economy over the next decade, the current rule-based international order will not remain immune from this fundamental geo-economic and geopolitical change....To believe otherwise is willfully to ignore the deep changes that are now afoot. By Kevin Rudd
Friday 27 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
World Maritime Day was marked in Tonga today with a campaign for safety at sea. Ships and boats cruised on the Nuku’alofa waterfront urginf maritime stakeholders to be well-prepared, ready and safe at sea.
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Friday 27 October 2017

Suva, Fiji
With the intensity of disasters increasing in the Pacific region, the risk of gender based violence in emergencies (GBViE) for women and children is also increasing, said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) at a five day Pacific Regional Workshop on GBViE this week, 23-27 October, in Suva, Fiji.
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Friday 27 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI and HM Queen Nanasipau’u this week attended the funeral of the late King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year at the age of 88. The late King was cremated last night, 26 October, after a funeral procession through the Thai capital, Bangkok.
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Friday 27 October 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 37-year-old man lost five teeth in an alleged assault at Dupincia Bar in Ma'ufanga on October 18.
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Friday 27 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three robberies at various homes in Tongatapu have targeted valuable Tongan mats, stolen by thieves who are still on the loose.
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Thursday 26 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day workshop on "reporting for elections" was held this week ahead of Tonga's General Election on November 16.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga needs to elect the right people and voters need to carefully consider what type of candidate they want to vote into parliament, HRH Princess Pilolevu said this morning, in opening a National Dialogue on Democracy Symposium at the Fa'onelua Centre. "We utterly need to elect the right people. We need those that would not change their colours like an octopus," the Princess said.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Beijing, China
A leading University in China, the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), last week officially launched a Tongan Language Program, the first of its kind to be offered by an education provider in China.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Manila, Philippines
Urging countries to conserve and protect Blue Sharks, delegates from Samoa and Sri Lanka are defending the future of the migratory species at a conference on conserving wild animals held in Manila, Philippines from October 23-28.
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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
MP Jenny Latu Salesa of the New Zealand Labour Party, will become the first Tongan-born New Zealand Cabinet Minister tomorrow October 26, when her party leader Jacinda Ardern assumes office as the newly elected Prime Minister of New Zealand, replacing the outgoing Prime Minister Bill English. Ardern announced her 21-member cabinet last Friday, including Jenny Salesa.
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