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Sunday 7 August 2011
San Diego,USA
Sio ki he 'enau ta'eufi 'ikai ke nau toe fie hoko atu konituleki 'a e palangi kae ngaue'aki pa'anga tokoni ne ha'u mo e palangi ke fai'aki e ngaue?. Mou hange tofu pe ko e kau kilia 'i he toko hongofulu ne ma'a honau kili, 'ikai ha hounga mo toka'i 'a e mana kuo fai ki he 'enau mo'ui. - Lou 'Uhila.
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Sunday 7 August 2011
Kotu, Ha'apai
Two years ago today, a floating coffin was sent out from Nuku'alofa, which resulted in the death of 74 of our kainga. Today again is a very sad day for the people of Tonga and its police force as Commissioner Kelley leaves the country under some controversial circumstances as challenged by the Lord Privy Seal. - Pita Taufatofua.
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Wednesday 3 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Government has become the first donor to pledge budget support to Tonga, when the New Zealand High Commissioner HE Dr Jonathan Austin and Tonga's Minister of Finance Hon Sunia Fili, signed a Letter of Intent for the provision of $3 million in Nuku'alofa today, August 3.
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Wednesday 3 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A proposal by Cabinet that would deprive the King in Council of certain powers of appointment has been strongly challenged by the Lord Privy Seal this evening, in a statement that says Cabinet is acting outside of the law in not renewing Police Commissioner Kelley's contract.
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Wednesday 3 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
His Majesty in Council was at no time consulted by either the Police Minister or the Prime Minister with regard to their decision to act independently of the provisions of the law by not renewing the contract of the Police Commissioner Commander Kelley. - Lord Privy Seal.
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Wednesday 27 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first Police Commissioner Chris Kelley will have his final day in office next Friday, August 5 before leaving Tonga the following day, after the Minister of Police in a letter, stated that the Commissioner's contract would not be renewed.
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Sunday 10 July 2011
London, UK
Financial Aid programmes are designed by rich countries to assist poor countries like Tonga. The reality, of course, is sadly but truly that, as described by Katalin in her letter – "someone from THC have to attend and participate in these meetings to defend and advance Tonga's interests and hopefully maximize our share of the cake". Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen, we have become a professional beggar. – Senolita Swan.
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Friday 8 July 2011
Fasi mo e Afi,Nuku'alofa,Tonga
Tonga not ready for major tsunami. Who or what is not ready? The equipment, the people, or the authorities? I claim: the authorities. They are not ready. - Firitia Velt.
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Sunday 3 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Broadcasting Commission is celebrating its 50 Years Golden Jubilee in Nuku'alofa on July 1-4, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the instalment of a new national AM Medium Wave Transmission Mast at Popua – to replace a 50 year old mast operating since the inception of the service in 1961.
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Friday 1 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A controversial report on the Nuku'alofa Central Business District Reconstruction, known as "The Prime Minister's Report" was submitted to Cabinet on Friday, June 24, the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Busby Kautoke, confirmed yesterday.
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Friday 1 July 2011
London, UK
We are living in an age of austerity, and responsible government must without fail act swiftly to stave off being sucked into the bottomless black hole of debt. We all have to sit up and re-think the way we work; locations of offices and official premises; travelling expenses and even our pensions are being looked at. – Senolita Swan.
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Friday 1 July 2011
Pango Pango, Amerika Samoa
The cost-cutting or cost-saving measures that I am suggesting is not about improving the economic life of the Kingdom. I believe that at this stage we should try to "stop the bleeding first" until such time the economy recovers enough to get us back to normal operation. – Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa.
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Thursday 30 June 2011
Pango Pango, Amerika Samoa
It is irresponsible for Tonga to continue funding all these off-island offices at this time. I think that the EU and other lending institution will find Tonga financially responsible if it cuts down on its expenses. – Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa.
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Sunday 26 June 2011
Pango Pango, Amerika Samoa
In this tough economic times, a country is to cut down on expenses. We are at a desperate time and it calls for desperate measures. – Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa.
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Friday 10 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The critical task of downsizing Tonga's civil service has been deferred until next year while the government is trying to figure out how to make the cuts that have defied resolve for over a decade. By Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 7 June 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
With all due respects, however, His Majesty is wrong on promoting another bureaucratic appointee called the Lord Chancellor. Borrowed from an old English practice, which has been abolished, the independence of the Judiciary Branch cannot be guaranteed by the office of the Lord Chancellor. Only parliament can be the guarantor of Judiciary Independence, as in the American political system. Unlike the British, Australian, nor the New Zealand political systems, Tonga has a head of state with Veto Power similar to the US President. – Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Thursday 19 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister has not received an application by the Fijian government for the extradition of Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara from Tonga, said Busby Kautoke, the Tonga government Chief Secretary and the Secretary to Cabinet today.
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Wednesday 13 April 2011
Phoenix, Arizona,USA
I read Hon. Edwards's speech to the Public Enterprises Directors. Why didn't we hear about the good news of the other five profit-makers in the program? Hon. Edward may learn that businesses are more productive when offered good economic news. When threatened with bad news, businesses will mitigate the risks, and downsize to avoid losses. - Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
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Sunday 13 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dismayed by the very low return from Government investment in Public Enterprises, the Minister for Public Enterprises, this week reminded directors of their responsibilities.
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Sunday 6 March 2011
Ma'ufanga,Nuku'alofa,Tonga
My point is that local business needs to be defended by government, and Revenue Services needs to stop using the legitimate business operators as their sole source of revenue. Inflating revenue totals by penalties is not helping the country and putting so much pressure on local businesses that they consider shutting down is not helping the country. - Harry Garrahy.
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