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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 9:58am


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : Facing three days of strike action by aircraft engineers, Air New Zealand stated this morning that, at this stage, no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the three days of proposed strikes by aircraft maintenance unions next week and normal fare conditions remain.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 7:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The National Reserve Bank of Tonga aims at securing Tonga’s Foreign Reserves at a level of about $457.3 million, equivalent to more than seven months of imports, with the enforcement of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 on 1 November. The Act requires Tongan exporters to repatriate at least 60% of their export proceeds. And, if the economy fails and the foreign reserves drop below the threshold, - then the Act gives the government the right to try and force Tongans who have invested overseas to repatriate their funds to Tonga. The Act was passed at the time Tonga expected to start repaying its loans to China.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 5:58pm


    Sydney, Australia
    : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) welcomed the United States as the newest member of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) during a PRIF agency member leaders meeting today, 11 December.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 5:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 22-year-old man from Fahefa was arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis in a car without a number plate in Hofoa on December 11.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 5:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Sunia Tuiaki (25) is the driver who died on Saturday night, December 8 during a head on collision with another vehicle on Taufa’ahau Road in Ha’ateiho.
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  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 2:33pm


    Canberra, Australia
    : Tonga's King and Queen attended the graduation of the Crown Prince Tupouto'a-'Ulukalala at the Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra, on Friday.
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  • Monday 10 December 2018 8:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : On a worldwide expedition, a futuristic looking vessel powered by the sun, water, and wind, named ‘Race for Water’, is in Tonga raising awareness about new innovative solutions to preserve our ocean and to combat the rising tides of plastic in our oceans. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Monday 10 December 2018 8:17pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 25-year old man driving a government vehicle died on Saturday night, December 8 during a head on collision with another vehicle on Taufa’ahau Road in Ha’ateiho. This is the 21st road death for the year, the highest recorded in Tonga.
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  • Monday 10 December 2018 8:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A man who admitted purchasing and smoking meth, after pleading guilty to possession of illicit drugs, was discharged without conviction after a judge found he had 0.52 grams of methamphetamine left in a small bag, when police searched his trousers pocket. In acquitting Maika Maile (38) Justice Niu considered the amount of meth was “so infinitesimal”.
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Pacific aims to increase access to healthy food  - 1 comment
bertie says:

This is the age of fast junk food. Why you would ask? One can see the problems, fuel for cooking used to be wood not anymore gas is now in use or electricity both cost money and expensive.

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New Foreign Exchange Control Act to secure Tonga’s Foreign Reserves  - 1 comment
kaloni j says:

A both terrible and immoral legislation. Terrible in that it is ineffective.

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Opinion

  • Thursday 6 December 2018 8:26pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : Each year, some 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections worldwide. But superbugs also pose a threat to the effectiveness of modern medicine; if left unaddressed, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could make more infections untreatable, cancer therapies ineffective, routine surgeries impossible, and even childbirth unsafe. By Seth Berkley and Jeremy Farrar
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  • Thursday 6 December 2018 8:04pm


    Sydney, Australia
    : The establishment of renminbi-based oil trading at a time when China and many other economies confront aggressive US tariffs, and possible further development of renminbi-based trade in other commodity markets, suggests that the US dollar could face an unprecedented challenge to its hegemony. It may in the near future no longer be seen as the anchor of the international monetary system, bringing to an end to what Valéry Giscard d’Estaing famously called the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the US as a result of the dollar’s centrality in international trade. By John A. Mathews and Mark Selden.
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Sports

  • Thursday 22 November 2018 12:31pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The World Rugby Council awarded full membership to the rugby unions of Fiji and Samoa on 14 November. World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement that it was a “just reward” for the two countries because of their World Cup performances and development efforts. Both Fiji and Samoa had endorsed “Mandatory Governance Principles” and rolled out reforms for good governance.
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  • Tuesday 20 November 2018 6:46pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Jamaica’s “Reggae Warriors” have successfully qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup after defeating the United States 16 – 10. The historic win makes Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Rugby League world cup.
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