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  • Monday 19 April 2021 7:38pm


    Nuku'alofa
    : A 12-year-old boy is in police custody following the death of an 18-year-old male from Lapaha in an alleged firearms incident on Saturday night, 17 April, at Kolomotu'a in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Monday 19 April 2021 6:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hundreds of people in Tongatapu received their first COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccinations today, April 19, following a total of 1,536 frontliners and others who got vaccinated last week. “I am happy I got it. It did not hurt and the injection was fast," said Tevita Kata Nau (75) at Hala-'o-vave.
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  • Monday 19 April 2021 6:01pm


    Nadi, Fiji
    : Nadi and Lautoka in Fiji have gone under lockdown this morning, April 19 after a border quarantine employee tested positive for COVID-19.
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  • Monday 19 April 2021 5:48pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : The first two-way quarantine-free commercial flights between Australia and New Zealand started today, April 19.
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  • Monday 19 April 2021 5:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The completion of an Aquatic Sports Project to develop the ocean swimming pool at Touliki, was celebrated on Friday evening, 16 April. A new cafe will open at the location tonight, 19 April.
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  • Monday 19 April 2021 11:10am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Training in the building and maintaining of Popao (outrigger canoes) is being held in ‘Eua, starting on April 14, with the aim to complete 20 canoes within two weeks. This initiative invests in indigenous knowledge for resilient communities.
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  • Friday 16 April 2021 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s roll-out of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine continued on its second day, with more than 500 people vaccinated as of this afternoon. Acting Health CEO Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa said today, there had been no cases of major adverse effects reported nor any hospitalisations from those that have been vaccinated so far.
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  • Thursday 15 April 2021 7:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita was the first person vaccinated in the Tonga roll-out of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, receiving her first dose along with frontline workers, at Falemasiva Hall in Havelu, Tongatapu today. Acting CEO for Health Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa said it was “a day of hope.”
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  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 6:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : People who reside in Kolomotu‘a and Kolofo’ou districts, in Tongatapu, and are in the priority groups, can get their COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccinations at various venues next week, 19–23 April. The priority group includes those who are 45-years-old and over, those who are over 18-years-old with non-communicable diseases and / or with disabilities.
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  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 6:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita will be the first person vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine along with frontliners at Falemasiva Hall, Havelu, tomorrow 15 April.
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World

  • Monday 19 April 2021 12:09pm

    Thimphu, Bhutan
    : New York Times reporting: As of Saturday, Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom that has emphasized its citizens’ well-being over national prosperity, had administered a first vaccine dose to more than 478,000 people, more than 60% of its population. The Health Ministry said this month that more than 93% of eligible adults had received their first shots. That rate was ahead of those of the United Kingdom and the United States, more than seven times that of neighbouring India and nearly six times the global average. Bhutan’s health minister, attributed its success to “leadership and guidance” from the country’s king, public solidarity, a general absence of vaccine hesitancy, and a primary health care system that “enabled us to take the services even to the most remote parts of the country.”
  • Tuesday 13 April 2021 2:36pm

    New York, USA
    : The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine has been deployed against COVID-19 in at least 115 countries, some of them for several months now. But it was not until a few cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder — some fatal — emerged within the past month or so that many European nations began to rethink its use across all age groups. Public health experts, however, have expressed concern that publicity surrounding the rare vaccine-related reactions will fuel hesitancy. They continue to emphasize that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine’s benefits far outweigh the risks. In many nations, it is the only vaccine available.

Opinion

  • Monday 19 April 2021 11:28am


    London, United Kingdom
    : The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband to the queen, was long celebrated (or parodied) for his distinctive personality. Before his death on April 9, at the age of 99, he was the United Kingdom’s grand, grumpy, and eccentric uncle – a man totally out of step with the modern world. To take just one of many notorious examples, Philip couldn’t understand why servicemen today would need therapy. Back in World War II, he observed, “We didn’t have counselors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, asking ‘Are you all right? Are you sure you don’t have a ghastly problem?’ You just got on with it.”
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Pacific Islands

  • Friday 2 April 2021 12:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Henry Puna, the former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, will take over from Dame Meg Taylor as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum in May, the PIF Secretariat in Suva confirmed. Dame Meg will remain in office until the end of April.
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  • Saturday 10 April 2021 4:38pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The following information is to correct any misinformation regarding the Ministry’s partnership with the Beijing Machinery Repair Company Limited.... Oku tuku atu ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala ko eni koe’uhi ke fakatonutonu ‘a e ngaahi fakamatala hala fekau’aki pea mo e fengaue’aki ‘a e Potungaue pea mo e Beijing Machinery Repair Company Limited.... Media Statement from the Tonga Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF).
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  • Thursday 25 March 2021 1:49pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Bank South Pacific Tonga Limited made a net profit after income tax of $9.881 million pa'anga for the year ending 31 December 2020, the Directors declared in a key disclosure statement summary today. This compared to a profit of $11.155 million in 2019. Net Operating Income declined during the year 2020 under COVID-19 restrictions.
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