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  • Friday 22 January 2021 5:50pm


    Nuku'alofa,Tonga
    : Two projects to improve the Tonga Fire and Emergency Services and the Healthy system, will be funded by Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, after grant contracts were signed on January 22 in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Friday 22 January 2021 5:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : 152 seasonal workers left Tonga on a chartered flight for Tasmania in Australia this afternoon, January 22.
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  • Friday 22 January 2021 5:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sesilia Uaisele was found guilty on possession of 0.02 grams of methamphetamine, seized inside her co-accused vehicle at the bus station in Nuku'alofa. “A substantial amount of money was found in her bag and purse. Empty plastic packs were also found in the car. All these items are consistent with items possessed by someone dealing or using drugs,” said the judge, in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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  • Thursday 21 January 2021 7:52pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga is among seven Pacific Island Countries, facing strong headwinds from COVID-19, that will see significant declines in their GDP growth reported for 2020, says a new World Bank report. Recovery in 2021 remains uncertain.
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  • Thursday 21 January 2021 6:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tevita Talia’uli Fatongiatau was found guilty of three counts in the seizure of methamphetamine inside his vehicle at the bus station in Nuku’alofa.
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  • Thursday 21 January 2021 5:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Siaosi Makaafi was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for possession of a cannabis plant, which weighed 48.33 grams. The sentence was fully suspended on conditions, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 8:58pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Tag Tournament by Talitha Project will be held next week in Ha'apai aimed to increase young girls participation. A community outreach program is being held this week to encourage youths to sign up.
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  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 7:29pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Le-ata Fashion Boutique & Gift Shop has been ordered by the Supreme Court to vacate the property it rented on Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku'alofa, CBD, as a result of a civil claim brought by the plaintiff, Cocker Enterprises Ltd., the sub-lessee. Lord Chief Justice ordered the defendant to pay the plaintiff damages in the sum of $11,000 and costs of the proceedings.
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  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 6:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Similati Tupou was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.01 gram of methamphatamine and 94 blank .22 ammunitions without a license, seized at his home in Pahu.
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  • Tuesday 19 January 2021 7:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Touliki Public Swimming Pool, is currently under reconstruction by the Ca’Bella Pacific Construction (Tonga Ltd) for a new venture called the Tonga Aquatic Sports, a personal project of the Ca’Bella general manager, Paea Pau’u.
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Tonga renews health state of emergency and CoViD-19 restrictions  - 1 comment
Shane says:

The Laws “in force” are not consistent. Every month the National COVID-19 Restrictions are renewed and the directions posted.

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World

  • Thursday 21 January 2021 8:09pm

    Washington D.C., U.S.A
    : New York Times reporting: Inauguration Day 2017, four years ago, was notable, in part, for who wasn’t there: There were vast empty spaces on the National Mall, which the Trump Administration would soon deny in the opening shot of its four-year war on truth. The inauguration of President Joe Biden was also defined by absences. But this time they were intentional, and — for better or worse — they were the point. By James Poniewozik
  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 4:13pm

    Washington D.C., U.S.A
    : New York Times reporting: President-elect Joe Biden will propose far-reaching legislation Wednesday to give the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally a chance to become citizens in as little as eight years, part of an ambitious and politically perilous attempt to undo the effects of President Donald Trump’s four-year assault on immigration. The president-elect is counting on support from religious and business groups who have long backed a more robust system of immigration making it more generous to current immigrants and people from other parts of the world.

Opinion

  • Monday 4 January 2021 12:20pm


    Tofoa, Tonga
    : At the current pace of repatriation it will take over a year to return home all of those abandoned abroad. We run the risk of slipping into the depths of economic and mental depression, and we may see the fragmentation of our society, both at home and abroad, if we don’t immediately grasp the advent of vaccines and start building the bridges. At Easter it will be a full year from the closing of the border. It is time to prepare for the “new beginning”, the new life. By Paul Karalus.
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Sports

  • Thursday 24 December 2020 3:14pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The World Rugby Sevens Repechage where national teams, including Tonga Men’s Rugby Sevens, will play for their chance to qualify for the Olympic Games, will be held in Monaco on 19-20 June 2021.
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