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  • Friday 30 October 2020 9:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A massive national roads project that aims to tarseal 2,149 kilometers of roads throughout Tonga, is underway with a $15 million pa'anga allocation in the government's 2019-2020 national budget. It's a fraction of the $300 million that is needed to complete the task. The work is slowly getting into motion, says Hekisou Fifita, the Acting Director of the Civil Engineering Division of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Manager of government road projects. By Pesi Fonua.
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  • Friday 30 October 2020 7:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Princess Pilolevu Tuita opened the Tonga National Museum on the first floor of the Queen Salote Memorial Hall on October 30.
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  • Friday 30 October 2020 7:08pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A senior police officer has been suspended from Tonga Police duty for allegations of assault against a police recruit.
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  • Friday 30 October 2020 6:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : After completing eight and a half-years as a Supreme Court Judge of Tonga, Hon. Mr Justice Charles Cato was appointed as a King’s Counsel, during a formal but heartwarming farewell in Nuku'alofa today. By Linny Folau.
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  • Friday 30 October 2020 6:23pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A repatriation flight to Tonga from Auckland, New Zealand with 172 passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, 30 October.
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  • Friday 30 October 2020 5:54pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Eleven-year-old Sosaia Vea from Ha’ateiho won a speech competition in New Zealand urging Pacific students to stay in school. His headmaster at Remuera Intermediate School said Sosaia’s speech was incredibly powerful and he delivered it flawlessly and with great pride and passion.
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  • Thursday 29 October 2020 7:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first repatriation flight to Tonga from Brisbane, Australia with 80 passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, 29 October.
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  • Thursday 29 October 2020 3:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Team Tonga is showcased in the grand final tonight in Season 2 of the Pacific Island Food Revolution, a regional televised series promoting healthy Pacific cuisine. The team of two Tongan cooks, Tuituiohu Mafi and 'Amelia Asi, competed hard to get to the final with Team Fiji vying for the coveted title.
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  • Thursday 29 October 2020 2:34pm


    Apria, Samoa
    : For the first time the 2020 Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Change Conference underway this week is being held as a virtual conference. Another large virtual event - the Pacific Islands Nature Conference will be held in November, attracting hundreds of virtual participants, reports SPREP. Pacific Islands Forum Leaders also will soon meet virtually to discuss regional priorities, the highest of which are COVID-19, climate change, and oceans.
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  • Wednesday 28 October 2020 7:02pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is still mulling over who will be appointed as its new Secretary General, as incumbent Dame Meg Taylor nears the end of her term of office on 15 January 2021. Selectors also have to contend with Micronesia's insistence that their candidate should be selected for the top job this time.
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World

  • Friday 30 October 2020 5:22pm

    Tampa-Fla, USA
    : New York Times reporting: That old political heartbreaker, the presidential battleground of Florida, lured the two White House contenders to the same city on Thursday, as President Donald Trump and Joe Biden confronted some of their biggest political vulnerabilities in a state that is once again shaping up as the most elusive prize in next week’s election. By Katie Glueck and Patricia Mazzei
  • Thursday 29 October 2020 5:57pm

    New York, USA
    : New York Times: France announced a second nationwide lockdown, and Germany moved to the very edge of one on Wednesday, testing their pandemic-weary populations as they tried to stop a mounting new wave of coronavirus infections from swamping hospitals and undoing hopes of economic recovery. Meanwhile, Australia’s second-largest city emerged from one of the world’s longest and most severe lockdowns Wednesday.

Opinion

  • Thursday 29 October 2020 1:12pm


    Ann Arbor-MI, USA
    : Unlike the old superpower contest between the United States and the Soviet Union, the incipient cold war between China and the US does not reflect a fundamental conflict of unalterably opposed ideologies. Instead, today’s Sino-American rivalry is popularly portrayed as an epic battle between autocracy and democracy. ...The idea that we can choose only between freedom in an American-style democracy and order in a Chinese-style autocracy is false. The real aim of governance is to ensure pluralism with stability – and countries everywhere must find their own path to this goal. By Yuen Yuen Ang
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  • Tuesday 27 October 2020 3:34pm


    London, United Kingdom
    : For those who have only ever known America as a champion of democracy and the rule of law, it has been tragic to witness the country's descent into corruption and bad-faith partisanship. And nowhere is the rule of "dark money" more evident than in the rushed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court. By Chris Patten.
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  • Thursday 22 October 2020 9:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Law Society is deeply concerned at the amendment to the Constitution of Tonga passed unanimously by Parliament on 15 October 2020. In bypassing the consultation process, Parliament has denied the Tongan people the most fundamental right to be heard on a matter of elemental importance to every Tongan subject. - Sione Tu'itavake Fonua, President, Tonga Law Society
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  • Monday 26 October 2020 10:37am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : This increase in fuel prices during the quarter has resulted in an increase on our electricity tariff from the current electricity tariff of 61.02 seniti per kWh to 63.82 seniti per kWh and was approved by the Tonga Electricity Commission to be effective on 1 November 2020. / Na’e palani ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ke kamata ngaue’aki e totongi ‘uhila fo’ou ko’eni ‘i ‘Okatopa 2020, ka ‘oku toloi ke toki ngaue’aki he ‘aho ‘uluaki ‘o Novema 2020, tu’unga he ngaahi ngaue na’e fakahoko ki hono fakapaasi e totongi ‘uhila fo’ou. - Tonga Power Ltd.
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  • Friday 23 October 2020 4:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The aid in equipment is China’s commitment to the cooperation in agriculture and fisheries with Tonga and China’s support to Tonga in response to Covid-19. Speech by H.E. Cao Xiaolin, the Chinese Ambassador, at the Handover Ceremony of the Farm Tractors and Fishing Boats from Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China, to the Tongan Government.
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