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Friday 11 August 2017

United Kingdom
Former All Black centre, Charles Piutau (25) has reportedly signed a massive £2 Million deal with English club, Bristol Rugby. Piutau is reportedly set to become the world’s highest paid rugby player as soon as Dan Carter’s £1.2 Million per season salary expires next year with French blub, Racing.
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Friday 11 August 2017

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Meteorological services in the Pacific Islands have common challenges, and these will be discussed at the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting in Honiara next week, says the chairman 'Ofa Fa'anunu, who is looking to strengthen communications services. By Linny Folau in Honiara
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Friday 11 August 2017

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Pacific journalists are in Honiara this week for a Pacific Islands Media and Meteorological Services Training in preparation for two important regional climate and weather meetings next week.
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Friday 11 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 49-year-old man from Kolomotu’a has been charged with manslaughter over the death of Isileli Palu (36), who was electrocuted while erecting tents at a family home in Kolomotu’a last week. Isileli, a New Zealand citizen, was visiting Tonga to attend his father’s funeral and was helping out with preparations.
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Friday 11 August 2017

British Columbia, Canada
A Tongan basketball team, “IATE Tonga National Team”, have won their opening game of the 2017 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge in Canada. They defeated a Native Canadian team “Gitxsan”, 99 – 74.
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Friday 11 August 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have arrested a man who works at the airport in relation to a complaint of theft filed by a passenger who arrived from New Zealand.
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Thursday 10 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two U.S Army veterinarians who were in Tonga last month, evaluating the state of animal health care, urged Tongans to be more caring of their animals.
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Thursday 10 August 2017

Hagatna, Guam
The Governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo, yesterday dismissed statements made by the North Korean military threatening to attack Guam with long range missiles. The threat was made by a North Korean Army Spokesman on Wednesday only hours after "fire and fury" threats were made by U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Wednesday 9 August 2017
Suva, Fiji
Identifying opportunities the blue economy offers to Pacific Islands, so that they can sustainably manage and conserve their ocean resources to benefit their economies and people will be the focus at the first high level Pacific Blue Economy Conference to be held on 23-24 August 2017, in Suva, Fiji.
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Wednesday 9 August 2017

Istanbul, Turkey
Over the next few months, the 12,000 employees based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California will complete their move to an extravagant new campus. The “spaceship,” covering 2.8 million square feet, includes a two-story yoga studio, running paths, and even revolutionary pizza boxes that keep slices crisp. One thing it does not have, however, is daycare. By Bharati Sadasivam
Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After some fiery exchanges in the House today, the Speaker called for Tonga's parliament to close until Monday August 14, giving government time to address concerns over their allegedly illegal collection of revenues from a levy and tax that was intended to raise funds for the Pacific Games. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Leicester, United Kingdom
Valentino Mapapalangi has been signed by a UK club, the Leicester Tigers. The 24-year-old ‘Ikale Tahi back-rower has six caps for Tonga and has played professionally since 2015 for the Manawatu Turbos in New Zealand’s national provincial tournament.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga College ‘Atele has dominated this year’s Tonga Secondary School’s Rugby competition, winning five of the competitions eight grade divisions. Tonga College won the Senior Grade final last Friday, narrowly beating Tupou College Toloa 23 – 17.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Sydney, Australia
An Australian jury has found a Tongan man, Sateki Siale (26), guilty of murdering his neighbour in south-western Sydney during a drunken altercation. He will be sentenced at a later date.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 43-year-old man from Kolofo’ou has been charged with using forged documents to obtain two passports. He was arrested last Wednesday 2 August after police executed a search warrant.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Emergency response equipment valued at $3 million pa’anga will help Tonga to be better prepared for disasters. Donated by the Government of Japan, the equipment was handed over to Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) yesterday, 7 August 2017.
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Tuesday 8 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 25 people learned to make sushi rolls with Japanese Chef Mr Endo at the Tanoa International Hotel yesterday, 7 August 2017, as part of an initiative of the Embassy of Japan to introduce Japanese food culture to Tonga.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A nine-year-old boy went missing after being swept by a strong current at a beach in Vaotu’u on Saturday, August 5.
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Monday 7 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two people remain hospitalized at Vaiola after a road crash early on Sunday morning, August 6 at Te’ekiu.
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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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