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  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 7:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The death of a 22-year-old man, whose body was found at a home in Houma, Tongatapu on October 19, has been ruled a suicide.
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  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 6:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A home school trial has been set by the Ministry of Education on November 8, a public holiday in Tonga, in the event of a school closure due to COVID-19 reaching Tonga.
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  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 4:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Ministry of Health is in a race against time to inoculate 13,738 teenagers with Pfizer before the precious vaccines expire in 28 days time. Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola urges parents to ensure their 12 to 17-year-old children are inoculated “or they will miss out”.
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  • Monday 25 October 2021 8:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : At least 1,090 students aged 12 to 17 years-old have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to date, since the roll-out to schools in Tongatapu began on October 21, confirmed the Ministry of Health today.
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  • Monday 25 October 2021 8:40pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s Health State of Emergency has been renewed for another month to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting from 8:00pm today until 8:00pm November 22, the Prime Minister announced.
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  • Monday 25 October 2021 6:28pm


    Melbourne, Australia
    : Australian telecommunications company, Telstra, announced today it will acquire Digicel Pacific for US$1.6 billion, in partnership with the Australian Government. Telstra plans to retain the same Digicel brand and the current Digicel Pacific management team will continue to lead the business.
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  • Sunday 24 October 2021 9:32pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Ana Waalkens spent a week in Auckland City Hospital's intensive care unit after falling ill days after a growing Delta outbreak was discovered in Auckland in August - and before the 38-year-old was eligible to be vaccinated. Waalkens is telling her story because she wants everyone, especially fellow Pasifika - she has Tongan heritage - to get vaccinated so they don't suffer as she and her family had. Waalkens was fighting for her life. "My family and friends all thought I was going to die,” she said. By Cherie Howie, Reporter NZ Herald.
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  • Friday 22 October 2021 6:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The inoculation of 12-17 years-old with the Pfizer vaccine at schools in Tongatapu continued today to Tonga High School senior students to protect them against COVID-19.
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  • Friday 22 October 2021 6:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Penisimani Angilau received a suspended sentence today for causing serious bodily harm to another man, when he hit him with a piece of timber fracturing his left hand during an argument at a petrol station at Vaini. The Supreme Court judge ruled this as a case of special circumstances because the offender was provoked when the complainant jumped into the queue at the petrol station and refused to back off.
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  • Friday 22 October 2021 12:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A claim by 'Ikani L. Taliai against the Ministry of Internal Affairs and others for breach of contract seeking a sum of $140,000 and general damages of $80,000, was dismissed by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Parliament struggles with wording for death penalty clauses in illicit drugs bill  - 1 comment
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So at the end did they vote in favour or against the death penalty? In the way it is described in the article, those parliamentarians did not want and yet they did because it got so late.

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World

  • Friday 15 October 2021 11:06am

    Brussels, Belgium
    : This year’s worldwide mountain of waste electronic and electrical equipment will total an estimated 57.4 million tonnes – greater than the weight of the Great Wall of China, the world’s heaviest artificial object, said the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Forum (WEEE), on International E-Waste Day, yesterday. By weight discarded big appliances such as stoves and refrigerators constitute the largest component or e-waste. These large appliances contain steel, copper and aluminium.

Opinion

  • Monday 25 October 2021 9:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fakatapu ki he Hau ó Tonga mo e Fale ó Haámoheofo. Houéiki ó e fonua, Fale Alea mo e Puleánga kae úmaá á e Tonga kotoa. Fakamolemole kae fakaaú atu á e kií fietokoni koéni naá áonga ki he kakai pea mo e kau fakafofonga Falealea temou fili mai í Novema 2021 ki hono langa hotau fonua. - Samiuela T. Tukuafu.
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  • Friday 22 October 2021 7:35pm


    Sydney, Australia
    : The Pacific has demanded that world leaders at the upcoming COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow must draw a line under new coal, oil and gas projects and immediately end fossil fuel subsidies if the Pacific islands are to remain above the sea with their cultures preserved. The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, which is made up of civil society groups from across the Pacific, including Greenpeace, has outlined its demands for a successful COP26 climate summit and near the top of the list is an immediate end to fossil fuel projects and subsidies.
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  • Sunday 26 September 2021 3:07pm
    2010 King Tupou V


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The call for Tongans to be sensible and to select parliamentary representatives who will use their money wisely, is a message that we have heard repeatedly since the first election under our new system of government that was introduced in 2010. Campaigning is underway for the upcoming General Election on November 18, 2021, which will be the fourth General Election under our so-called “More Democratic System of Government”. But most interestingly, after 11 years, we find ourselves still living in Disneyland, with politicians promoting many different interpretations of the system of government and encouraging everyone to go along for the ride. By Pesi Fonua
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Sports

Pacific Islands

  • Friday 22 October 2021 7:09pm
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    Apia, Samoa
    : The Pacific is likely to experience a rare occurrence of what is called a double dip La Niña in the coming months, Climate models and predictions tools used by Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological services (NMHSs) show. As a result, Pacific Island countries in the Central Pacific region such as Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu may experience below normal rainfall during this period, while islands in the South West Pacific will experience higher than normal rainfall, such as Fiji, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
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