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  • Wednesday 18 September 2019 11:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Multi-million dollar grants for Tonga, aimed at developing clean renewable energy sources, and also to improve the delivery of social services, were signed by the ADB Director General for the Pacific, Ms Carmela Locsin and the ADB Executive Director Mr Syurkani Ishak Kasim on behalf of the Government of Tonga at the ADB’s headquarters in Manila on 16 September.
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  • Wednesday 18 September 2019 11:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A reckless impatient driver caused the death of a child by overtaking and travelling at a speed through Tatakamotonga village in a vehicle that he knew had faulty brakes, The 28-year-old man was sentenced to two years six months imprisonment, which was fully suspended by the judge, who urged drivers to exercise more care and attention, “and most importantly restraint and patience,” with so many vehicles are on Tonga's roads.
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  • Wednesday 18 September 2019 10:53pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : New Zealand’s oldest school, Wesley College, is trying to track down former students from Tonga to join in celebrations of its 175th anniversary in Auckland on 26-27 October.
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  • Tuesday 17 September 2019 7:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The cortege of Prime Minister Hon Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva arrived at Fua'amotu International Airport on September 17 and was conveyed to the St George Government Building, where the Prime Minister Lies in State for two nights of vigil.
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  • Tuesday 17 September 2019 5:28pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A team of 35 medical professionals from Open Heart International (OHI) in Australia are currently in Tonga performing open heart surgery on locals with rheumatic heart disease. The lead surgeon stressed that Tongans need to try and prevent acute rheumatic fever, a disease that occurs from having tonsillitis that is not treated with antibiotics early enough.
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  • Tuesday 17 September 2019 12:00am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan Parliament will begin the process of electing a new Prime Minister by calling for nominations, after the funeral of the late Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is over. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A female body that was found washed up on a beach in 'Eua on September 12 has not yet been identified. Tonga Police are awaiting a report from a pathologist.
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  • Monday 16 September 2019 10:53pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : On 22 September, Tonga’s national rugby team, the ‘Ikale Tahi, will play England – the world’s largest rugby nation – in their first game of the 2019 World Cup. The Kingdom of Tonga is the competition’s smallest nation, officially registering just under a thousand rugby players compared to England, which registers nearly two million. By Finau Fonua.
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Opinion

  • Monday 16 September 2019 11:24am


    London, United Kingdom
    : The global transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuels to cleaner, more reliable renewables like wind and solar is already well underway. But the big question – for the 2020s and beyond – is how fast it will happen. A slow transition would mean that energy-sector incumbents continue to flourish, and we would all but certainly miss the emissions-reduction targets enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But if the transition is rapid, incumbents will experience varying degrees of disruption – the price of keeping the Paris targets well within reach. As matters stand, both scenarios are possible, representing two paths that lie before us.
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  • Tuesday 20 August 2019 4:00pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Dear Australian Deputy PM ... Your fruit grows with the phosphate taken from the islands...where they can no longer bear fruit. Yuki Kihara 2019.
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Sports

  • Monday 9 September 2019 9:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The ‘Ikale Tahi have two weeks to drastically improve their form, after a disappointing 92 – 7 loss against the All Blacks, before they face their first World Cup adversary England on 22 September.
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  • Friday 6 September 2019 6:58pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga National Rugby League Board (TNRLB) confirmed at a press conference in Nuku’alofa this afternoon Mate Ma’a Tonga Coach Kristian Woolf was let go on Wednesday 4 September. Mate Ma’a Tonga with Kristian Woolf as coach reached the semi-finals at the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, the highest achievement ever reached by a Tongan Rugby League Team.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 1 August 2019 1:17pm


    Nadi, Fiji
    : A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared by Pacific Island States, including Tonga, after signing the Nadi Bay Declaration earlier this week, calling on developed countries to urgently address climate change including phasing out coal mining and fossil fuel use and production.
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