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Sunday 25 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament passed six Urgent Bills before it closed for the week on Wednesday 21 October. The push to amend the Illicit Drug Control Act is an effort by government to counter the usage of an illicit drug methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Saturday 24 October 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting- More than 79,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the United States Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead.
Saturday 24 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tragic death of a local businessman, Tausinga Taumoefolau (46), in December 2019 was caused by the drunken driving of a criminal psychiatric patient, who was released because the Vaiola Hospital Psychiatric Ward was overloaded. “This case is an extremely tragic illustration and reminder of the effects on individuals and the community at large when this aspect of public health is not adequately resourced,” Lord Chief Justice M. H. Whitten QC observed yesterday, 23 October, in sentencing the offender, Lemoto Lemeki Manu (34).
Friday 23 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongamoa Kakau (32) was sentenced to two-years six-months imprisonment for serious indecent assault committed on a 21-year-old woman in the early morning hours, at her home in Tongatapu. “ I have no doubt that this offending was caused by him drinking himself into a stupor,” said the judge.
Friday 23 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans who want to learn about food safety, how to print tapa, and make jewellery, can now access free online training courses run by Tonga Skills.
Friday 23 October 2020

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.
Friday 23 October 2020

Melbourne, Australia
With the exception of decent New Zealand and arguably Australia, the rich, European ethnicity countries of the US Alliance have been involved in intentional Gerocide (mass killing of the elderly) in which their deliberate Covid-19 pandemic policies have resulted in “Covid-19 deaths per million of population” 10-180 times greater than in New Zealand (5). Expression of a deliberate intention to cause avoidable death of large numbers of people, and specifically of elderly people, would be unacceptable in politically correct Western democracies. But, unspoken and publicly unacknowledged, Gerocide is what has been happening in North America and Western Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. By Dr Gideon Polya.
Friday 23 October 2020

Kingston, Jamaica
Digicel, on October 20, launched itself as a Digital Operator, marking the occasion by delivering simply more through a suite of eight apps and a promise of powerful digital experiences.
Thursday 22 October 2020

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
Thursday 22 October 2020

Dubai, UAE
Tonga has signed an agreement on air transport services with the United Arab Emirates on October 19, at the General Civil Aviation Authority headquarters in Dubai. This is aimed at strengthening bilateral air relations between the two countries.
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Thursday 22 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by Lord Tu'ivakano against his conviction is now awaiting judgment from Tonga's Court of Appeal.
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Thursday 22 October 2020

Bangkok, Thailand
New York Times: In a conciliatory speech Wednesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand acknowledged that the country cannot become “a better society through the use of water cannon” and said he intended to withdraw an emergency decree cracking down on pro-democracy protests. In recent months, a movement for democracy has been building, inspired in part by outspoken student leaders willing to risk prison by criticizing the government and the monarchy. By Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono.
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Thursday 22 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The stoppage of Tongan watermelon exports to New Zealand and kava exports to Australia is having a drastic impact on the Tongan economy, Lord Tu'i'afitu told the Tongan Parliament this week. Desperate growers are now trying to sell thousands of export quality watermelons along Tonga roadsides for only a few pa'anga each. Quality control was lost when Tonga's expert agricultural advisers left the country, and with a continuing border closure it will take a long time to replace them. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who caused the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) by stomping on his head outside the Tali‘eva Bar in the Nuku'alofa CBD in 2019 were sentenced to imprisonment today, October 21.
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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights are scheduled to bring 200 passengers in total to Tonga from Brisbane and Auckland next week, on 29 and 30 October the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola confirmed today.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Beijing, China
New York Times: As most of the world still struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, China is showing once again that a fast economic rebound is possible when the virus is brought firmly under control. The Chinese economy surged in the July-to-September quarter compared with the same months last year. By Keith Bradsher.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 girls came together to celebrate the International Day of Girl Child on October 17 under the theme ‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’ at Faonelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu 5 Youth Council want to tackle water and coastal issues to ensure a better future for Hihifo communities, after electing a working committee last week. They have support from the Tonga IW Ridge to Reef (R2R) project and local MP.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Chicago, USA
For all the hand wringing over Donald Trump's authoritarian rhetoric, the 2020 US election is not really about the incumbent. It is about deep-seated suspicion regarding the national government's role, which makes populism a recurring feature of American political history. By Eric Posner.
Tuesday 20 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven men, including four teenagers, have been jailed for charges that included jointly cultivating 2665 cannabis plants (99.6 kgs) at a tax allotment in Holonga, Vava’u.
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