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Monday 29 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first small wind turbine project is expected to start operation in mid-May at Nakolo village, in a Tonga Power Ltd project that aims to collect data and prove experience in wind generation.
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Monday 29 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new donor-funded programme aims to develop the skills of parliamentarians in order to improve law-making processes in Tonga and to strengthen the ability of the government to build democracy.
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Monday 29 April 2013
Suva, Fiji
Combating human trafficking in the Pacific islands was the focus of a three day regional workshop held from April 23-25 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop was organised by the United States Embassy based in Suva who invited the participation of 27 legal officials, prosecutors, customs and immigration officers from Tonga, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
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Wednesday 27 February 2013
Apia, Samoa
Dr Vili Fuavao will take up a new appointment as the Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, on13 March 2013.
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Tuesday 26 February 2013
London, United Kingdom
On Monday 18 February, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was introduced to the Commonwealth Essay Competition as part of a workshop for students aged 12-18 years-old held at the Pitt Building in Cambridge.
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Sunday 3 February 2013
Whistler, Canada
Tonga could have its first Winter Olympian next year at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This according to Mathias Ilhe, promoter of Tonga’s first ever luge athlete, “Bruno Banani”
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Wednesday 23 January 2013
Suva, Fiji:
The recurrence of abundant “seaweed blooms” are a growing concern on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji as beaches become increasingly affected with the algae. A Pacific-wide discussion by internet forum is underway this month, January 2013, to find out how far this problem extends across Pacific communities to help determine if it is caused by climate change.
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Thursday 27 December 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Matson Inc., a leading US carrier in the Pacific will take over the services that Reef Shipping has been providing for Tonga and other Pacific islands nations in the New Year.
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Tuesday 4 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In Niuatoputapu on Saturday December 1, Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano handed over 34 new houses for the people of Niuatoputapu who lost their homes during the tsunami that followed the Great Samoa-Tonga Earthquakes of 29-30 September 2009. Supported by the World Bank, a total of 73 new houses were constructed as part of the Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Project,
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Tuesday 13 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The villages of Ha'asini and Hamula on Tongatapu now have access to new banking services with the launching today of in-store banking in their community by the Westpac Bank of Tonga.
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Saturday 3 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Development Bank has announced a 50% reduction in loan repayments rates to help its clients to meet obligations during the current financial and economic challenges in Tonga.
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Thursday 18 October 2012
Pangai, Ha'apai
SPBD Microfinance has opened a new office in Pangai, Ha'apai, its third branch in Tonga, providing unsecured credit to low-income families.
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Thursday 23 August 2012
Sydney, Australia:
The Pacific Ocean faces threats from over-fishing, pollution and climate change. Annually more than 786,000 tonnes of fish are illegally taken from the Pacific and its tuna fisheries are in danger of being over exploited. “The Pacific Ocean unites all the countries in the region,” said Marea Hatziolos, Senior Coastal and Marine Specialist for the World Bank. “Tremendous progress has been achieved regionally in fisheries agreements and conservation, but the battle is not yet won. This is a timely focus, at a critical juncture for Pacific Island populations.”
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Monday 14 May 2012
Majuro, Marshall Islands
The Pacific bloc of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping has urged the European Commission (EC) to officially respond to its proposals on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).
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Monday 14 May 2012
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Tonga’s Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries, Hon. 'Isileli Pulu moved at the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting at Majuro, Marshall Islands on May 11 for school fees and the right for a temporary jobs for students from Forum Island Countries in Australia and New Zealand to be incorporated into the PACER Plus free trade agreement negotiation that is still in progress.
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Tuesday 21 February 2012
Sydney, Australia
On February 17 the World Bank and the Government of Tonga signed a US$27 million grant to make air travel safer and more efficient for people travelling to and from Tonga. The investment is part of the World Bank's regional Pacific Aviation Investment Program, and will support rehabilitation of Fua'amotu International Airport and Vava'u Airport to ensure both meet minimum international safety and security standards.
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Saturday 17 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Islands Tuna Association (PITIA), in expressing serious concern over the rapid buildup of the Southern Long Line fleet, is reiterating the unease being felt by its members.
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Monday 7 November 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
Heads of government, ministers and ambassadors from 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and Australia, France, New Zealand and the USA are meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia for the 7th Conference of the Pacific Community, which starts on Monday 7 November.
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Sunday 16 October 2011
Suva, Fiji
Ambassador Frankie A. Reed presented her credentials to the President of Fiji, H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, earlier today (13 Oct), following her arrival in Fiji to be the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji. Ambassador Reed will serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.
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Monday 11 April 2011
London, UK
The Kingdom of Tonga was centre stage in London last week after the competition to find the World's "Maddest" Rugby Fan was officially launched at London's prestigious New Zealand House.
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