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  • Friday 14 December 2018 6:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A new marine navigation chart survey of the waters of Ha‘apai and Nuku‘alofa, has discovered uncharted marine volcanoes that are big enough to sink a cruise ship. Tonga's marine charts, among the oldest still in use, are being updated using airborne laser, metric sonar and an unmanned submarine- enhancing Captain Cook's fathoms measurements made by ropes in the 18th century. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 6:20pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two kilograms of cannabis found in a bag at Nafanua Wharf in ‘Eua was seized by Tonga Police on Thursday, December 13.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An appeal by Tonga's Attorney General is challenging the decision by a Supreme Court judge to discharge a man who possessed meth.
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  • Friday 14 December 2018 10:27am


    Suva, Fiji
    : Water is a critical resource and USP is committed to ensuring that it is managed in a sustained manner for the benefit of the Pacific people, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra said this week on signing an MOU with Australia's Griffith University to establish a Pacific Water Centre at USP.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 7:03pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A thin layer of brown scum has appeared on the surface of the public swimming pool at the waterfront in Touliki this week, raising concerns on the water quality of the popular site. It's particularly noticeable on the northern edge of the pool when the water is flat in the morning. By Eleanor Gee
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The successful relocation of Tukuraki, a Fijian village in the highlands of Ba, Viti Levu, to a new site is a prime example of the future of climate resilience, a reality faced by communities vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters in the Pacific. Their new houses were built to withstand Category 5 cyclones and cost less then FJD$26,000 each with bathrooms. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A sixteen months old girl died on Tuesday, December 11 when she was accidentally run over by a reversing vehicle at her home in Ngele‘ia.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 6:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment after he broke into a house, abducted a girl at night and committed serious indecent assault on the child, in June this year at Navutoka. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said the offending was truly abhorrent.
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  • Thursday 13 December 2018 12:34pm


    Sigatoka, Fiji
    : Disaster relief in the Pacific would be more effective if post-natural disaster relief donors opened up conversations with local women's groups on the ground, the director of the Tonga Women and Children Crisis Centre, 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki told a regional women's meeting this week.
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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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  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 4:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A total dividend and tax of $3.5 million pa'anga for the Financial Year 2017/18 was paid to the government shareholder by the Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises this week. Chairman Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa reported that Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) continued to maintain their combined net profit before tax above the $8 million mark. The dividend is 25% of net profits and the remaining 75% of net profits after taxes will support the Transport Sector's critical projects.
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