Tonga has numerous vibrant national resources that are fast asleep when they should be generating revenues and driving enterprise. Looking at the trade development of the small Pacific island countries one wonders whether Fiji is one of those that became birds, while Tonga remains among those still crawling.
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Thursday 4 May 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Women need policies that support their active participation in the emerging green economy, including better education, skills training, and protections against workplace discrimination. Because the clean-energy industry is so new, it could help draw women into non-traditional higher-paid jobs like engineering. Enabling all citizens to meet their economic potential – will require active efforts to promote women’s social and political inclusion. Closing the gender gap is the right thing to do for women and the planet. It is also smart economics. Let’s not miss this opportunity. By Isabella Lövin and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Saturday 29 April 2017
Vitamin D helps our bodies regulate levels of calcium and phosphate – nutrients that keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. Often, sunlight on our skin can be enough to enable us to produce all the vitamin D we need. But when sunshine is lacking, vitamin D must be ingested, and it can be difficult to meet the recommended levels from food alone. This matters because the health benefits of adequate vitamin D intake may be even greater than previously thought. Even obesity may have connections to vitamin D- which aids weight loss.
Tuesday 18 April 2017
London, United Kingdom
On April 22, scientists from around the world will mark Earth Day by participating in an unprecedented “March for Science.” The aim of the march will be to “celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies.” It is important to understand why the usually sedate community of scientists will take to the streets in a global demonstration of concern.
Monday 17 April 2017
In 2015, an estimated 85,000 women died of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth across the Asia-Pacific region – 28% of the global total. Up to 90% of those deaths, which were concentrated in just 12 countries, could have been prevented. Papua New Guinea has
Thursday 13 April 2017
I frequently travel overseas, and invariably my foreign friends ask, with varying degrees of bewilderment: What in the world is going on in your country? Here is what I say. By Joseph S. Nye.
Monday 10 April 2017
Author, Le Hong Hiep predicts that the US president will extract few if any concessions from his Chinese counterpart. In ancient times, Chinese emperors never traveled to another country to meet its new ruler. Rather, that ruler, or his envoy, would visit China’s imperial capital to request investiture from the Son of Heaven.
Saturday 8 April 2017
With the exception of launching a nuclear war, it is hard to think of anything a US president could do that is liable to harm more people than last month’s order canceling rules issued under former President Barack Obama to freeze the construction of new coal-fired power plants and shut down many old ones. President Donald Trump’s order followed his pledge to rescind stricter fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and his announcement that he wants to slash spending on climate science. By Peter Singer.
Friday 10 March 2017
With Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands (DPFI) in power, Tonga has to restructure its political system. Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 26 January 2017
Should Casinos be allowed in Tonga? Matangi Tonga asked five members of the public for their opinions in a random survey.
Friday 13 January 2017
The inaugural declaration by the UN General Assembly for 2017 as the first International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a great incentive for Tonga and a time for some serious reflection on why we are failing to build a more sustainable tourism industry - one that can prosper and create more jobs. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua
Friday 4 November 2016
What has happened to the Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva and his government? It's a question that many people have been asking after the Tongan Parliament ended its 2016 session on Thursday, 27 October.
Tuesday 20 September 2016
The latest Asian Development Bank Report on our country shows that twenty-two and one-half percent (22.5%) of our people in Tonga live below the poverty line!! That is a national shame! Shame on our government! Shame on our rulers! Shame on us as people! – Peni Katoa.
Friday 9 September 2016
David Tilton on Facebook said: Why not start now? I'm tired of bags of filthy nappies being dropped off on our road. Why can't those bags be picked up in the weekly trash? Why do people feel compelled to drop off their filth in someone else's neighborhood?
Tuesday 23 August 2016
Oxfam supports a recommendation that there be no decision on PACER-Plus until there is a fully-funded, no bias, independent assessment to allow Pacific people to make an informed decision about exactly what the agreement means.
Sunday 14 August 2016
The Fiji Sevens victorious gold medal win and defining moment in Olympic history showcases a real display of what can be achieved for all Pacific Islanders, in particular our young Tongan men and women. - Chris Chapman
Monday 25 July 2016
Out of all of the corruption, malfeasance, bribery and incompetence in Parliament that we have all witnessed over the past 100 years; None of it was done by a woman! Congratulations ‘Akosita Lavulavu and thank you for being willing to serve. – Peni Katoa.
Monday 25 July 2016
While the world trashed monarchy as evil, and idolized democracy as the best form of government, Tonga proved otherwise. While world trashed the Church as detrimental to politics, Tonga proved that the Church has immensely and positively supported politics. - Senituli Penitani.
Friday 22 July 2016
The public has a right to know about MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu’s state of mind while her husband was misusing his authority. Was she just a silent partner who went along for the ride? – Sione Mokofisi.
Sunday 17 July 2016
Senituli Penitani contrives to cover-up the evils of non-separation of Church and State. He further sugar-coded Tongan Christian history as corruption-free, unlike European Christian churches. There’s enough historical evidence to show that the joint Church religious influence and Government political authority corrupts. – Sione Mokofisi.