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Thursday 31 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone alert is now in force for Niuatoputapu and Vava'u, as Tropical Cyclone Ula (Category 1) is currently moving south-southwest across the north of Tonga and expected to bring strong and gusty winds to the groups over the next two days. The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre issued the first alert for Tonga at 3:00pm today, Thursday 31 December 2015 and will continue to update their advisories this evening.
Tuesday 8 December 2015

Suva, Fiji
USP will be welcoming one Commonwealth Scholar to the University’s Laucala campus in Fiji in 2016, to study an MSc in Climate Change. Another scholarship will be offered to start in February 2017.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Suva, Fiji
PACER-Plus is shaping up as an agreement that won't fit into the Pacific reality, will have weak protections for Pacific businesses and undermines the ability of governments to enact policies to support and nurture vital Pacific industries. ...Ask any Pacific businesses person and they will tell you how hard it can be to run a business in the Pacific. ...An updated analysis shows that tariff revenue losses will actually be more than previously calculated: Pacific countries are set to lose more than USD 200 million per year (Tonga USD$6million).- Adam Wolfenden (PANG).
Tuesday 8 December 2015
Paris, France
Before it has even been agreed upon, the world is already failing the current proposal for the new Climate Change agreement to reduce global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. While the Pacific islands call for the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the reality is the combination of all national pledges now on the table takes it to over 3 degrees Celsius. - SPREP
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Monday 7 December 2015
Paris, France
During the final round of talks on climate change in Paris, France, Tonga is the latest country to submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), joining over 150 Parties who have submitted their INDCs.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan citizens will now benefit with a short-stay visa free travel to European Countries (EU) after a Schengen Visa Waiver Agreement was signed on 20 November in Brussels.
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Thursday 12 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-days workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Region began at the Scenic Hotel, Pelehake, Tongatapu this morning 12 November.
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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Nadi, Fiji
The University of the South Pacific Council has appointed Mr Winston Thompson as its new Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council for three years, starting from January 2016. The meeting noted its Strategic Plan 2013-18 "sets out an ambitious path to transform USP from good to an excellent University.”
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Tuesday 20 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kleines Boot, a 21 feet catamaran made from ‘Eua offcuts wood took three hours to sail from ‘Eua to Tongatapu.
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Monday 28 September 2015

Bangkok, Thailand
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) estimates that the Asia-Pacific region will need to invest between $2.1 trillion and $2.5 trillion per year to fund a comprehensive agenda for sustainable development. Shamshad Akhtar.
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Wednesday 23 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Multilateral armed forces came together during final military operations for Exercise Tafakula on Tongatapu from September 9-11 that included security patrols and seeking mock enemy in difficult terrain.
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Monday 24 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan fruit pickers are taking part in two leadership and training programs launched on Monday, 24 August in Nuku'alofa.
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Sunday 23 August 2015
Jaipur, India
India is pushing for deeper cooperation with 14 nations of the strategically-located Pacific region. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a number of initiatives, including setting up of a space station in any of the countries and developing capacities in disaster management, The Times of India reported on 22 August.
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With Tonga currently experiencing El Nino drier than normal conditions is expected over the next three to six months and people are advised to conserve water. El NIno brings cooler nights, with 13.2C on July 19 at Fua'amotu the lowest temperature recorded for July.
Wednesday 12 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The extravagant venture of the Tongan government to pay US$130,000 ($274,165.93 pa'anga) for an advertorial in the June 29 issue of Forbes Magazine has re-emerged as a verbal slinging match between the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance.
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Monday 27 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ending violence against women is not Tonga’s problem alone nor is it unique to the Pacific. “It is a problem that affects all of our communities and our countries,” the Australian High Commissioner Mr Brett Aldam said in launching a new information resource for women in Nuku'alofa on Saturday July 25.
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Friday 10 July 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A show of fantastic creative island costumes, colourful sarong wear and talented performances, delighted a full house at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall last night, during the final judging events of the Miss Heilala 2015 Pageant, before the crowning takes place tonight Friday, 10 July.
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Tuesday 2 June 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Equipment worth $3.6 million pa’anga to assist Tonga's development efforts and improve disaster preparedness was handed over from Japan today, 2 June in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 18 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A call for proposals for a European Development Fund grant of $162,000 (EUR) available for private sector and civil society projects in Tonga focused on trade, public finance management, energy and gender policies development, was launched on Thursday 14 May.
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Monday 18 May 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first photovoltaic solar facility to introduce a stabilising capacitor and micro-grid control system was technically handed-over as the Nanyo Boeki Kaisha Ltd., Japanese-lead consortium of contractors and project consultants, signed an agreement with Tonga Power Ltd. to mark the completion of the project.

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