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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll in terms of human lives and health, jobs, growth, and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. Donors have pledged more than $4 billion to replenish Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant funds for the region during a virtual meeting on 16 September.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tinitale Finau (45) was sentenced today at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended for cultivating 54 cannabis plants in 'Eua.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:13pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Four men have been arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis at three different locations in Tongatapu in an ongoing operation by Tonga Police.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:10pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongamoa Kakau (32) was found guilty today of serious indecent assault committed on a 21-year-old woman in the early morning hours, at her home in Houmakelikao.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:06pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Court of Appeal second session, which will hear Lord Tu’ivakano's appeal against his conviction is deferred to start on October 19 in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 6:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Forty-five people repatriated from Fiji and Kiribati tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now in home quarantine for seven days after completing their 14 days quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel.
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  • Friday 18 September 2020 1:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tongan economy has been struggling to recover from the impact of two severely destructive cyclones, Gita in 2018 and Harold in 2020, followed by a long-term border closure, and extended CoVid-19 restrictions. Economic outlooks are so depressing in the region, that policy makers now need to consider mental and physical wellness alongside economic recovery planning. The September Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, is sub-titled: “Wellness in Worrying Times”.
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  • Wednesday 16 September 2020 6:27pm


    Bundaberg, Australia
    : A Tongan fruit-picker was fined $650 after punching a backpacker from Vanuatu in a consensual fight in Australia.
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  • Wednesday 16 September 2020 6:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three men who caused the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) by stomping on his head at and outside the Tali‘eva Bar in the Nuku'alofa CBD in 2019, were today found guilty of manslaughter. They are detained in police custody for sentencing in October.
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  • Wednesday 16 September 2020 5:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The price of petrol has increased, while kerosene, diesel and LPG prices have decreased effective today, 16 September.
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 16 September 2020 7:02pm


    New Delhi, India
    : The World Bank should no longer publish its Doing Business index, owing to its flawed design and vulnerability to manipulation. The Bank also owes the developing world an apology for all the harm this misleading and problematic tool has already caused. By Jayati Ghosh.
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  • Wednesday 9 September 2020 2:40pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : In many Tongan households in Aotearoa where the children have lost their Tongan reo, it is likely to be because the parents, despite their fluency in the reo, do not use it with their children at home. But Tongan is never irrelevant because it carries thoughts and feelings, knowledge and understanding, world-views and identities, dreams and aspirations – and what it means to be a Tongan human being. By Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau for Tongan Language Week 6 – 12 September 2020.
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  • Friday 28 August 2020 5:17pm


    Abuja, Nigeria
    : Growing evidence shows that COVID-19 survivors can suffer from long-term health effects, not least heart-related complications. All countries with high rates of obesity should be considering programs encouraging weight loss, healthier eating, and physical activity. The more we can reduce the heart-related and other complications of COVID-19, the more lives we will save. By Ifeanyi M. Nsofor.
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Sports

  • Monday 14 September 2020 7:44pm


    New South Wales, Australia
    : The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship, scheduled for November in New Zealand, has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. However, Tonga is scheduled to play Samoa in a Rugby World Cup Repechage Qualifier match in November in Auckland.
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  • Thursday 10 September 2020 6:31pm


    Dunedin, New Zealand
    : Former Crusaders’ utility back Fetuli Paea (26) has signed with the Highlanders in Dunedin.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 10 September 2020 6:36pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : The World Health Organization is urging countries to eliminate industrially produced trans-fat (TFA), from the global food supply by 2023, due to its link to heart disease and death. In Tonga, 1.71 % of coronary heart disease deaths is due to trans-fat intake. Trans-fats raise our bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Examples of foods that may contain trans-fat include doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes.
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  • Thursday 3 September 2020 7:16pm


    Canberra, Australia
    : Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho is looking for creative artwork or photos and stories that symbolise and celebrate Tonga's 50 years relationship with Australia - and three cash prizes are offered for the top submissions.
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  • Thursday 27 August 2020 6:36pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Seven countries including Tonga have ratified the PACER-Plus agreement which will come into effect 60 days after the eighth country ratifies it.
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