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Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2020 Dux of Tonga High School is the Head Girl, ‘Alunga Lily Mary Vermanda Tupou (18), from Ha'avakatolo, who received her awards during the government secondary school’s prize giving ceremony today, December 3.
Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Above average rainfall is forecast across Tonga up to January 2021, according to the latest climate update from Tonga Meteorological Service. Tonga Met is also using traditional knowledge indicators to forecast tropical cyclones and so far, our mango trees, the birds and the bees and bananas are not indicating cyclones.
Thursday 3 December 2020
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e konga ‘o e lea tefito ‘i he fepōtalanoa‘aki ‘a e Paati Kominiusi ‘a Siainá mo e ngaahi paati politikale ‘a māmaní ‘i he fakataha mā‘olunga na‘e fai. Posted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga
Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At present, the COVID-19 is still raging around the world, with many countries facing the second wave of outbreak. And the world economic recovery is encountering major difficulties. Against this backdrop, the leaders of the major economies gathered together last month to convene the 12th BRICS Summit, the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, and the 15th G20 Leaders' Summit, to exchange views on important topics including COVID-19 response, economic recovery and optimizing global governance.
Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, Tongan Laureate, is a recipient of the prestigious international Prince Claus Award 2020 for her lifelong contribution to the ongoing vitality of women's textile arts, an integral part of Tongan culture. The 2020 Laureates were announced this morning [Tonga time] in The Kingdom of the Netherlands by HRH Prince Constantijn.
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three new classroom buildings for Takuilau College were commissioned by Australian High Commissioner HE Adrian Morrison today, 2 December.
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Muimui He Lotu ‘Amaka (33) and Sione Moli (34) were sentenced to nine-months imprisonment each for possession of 0.25 grams of methamphetamine and 0.24 grams of cannabis at Nukunuku.
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Harris Isbell Satini (45) was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 1.32 grams of methamphetamine seized at Vaini.
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The shock of COVID-19 has pushed the number of people who need humanitarian assistance worldwide to a record high – up by 40 per cent compared to the same time last year. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday that humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen and called for the world to mobilize resources and “stand in solidarity with people in their darkest hour of need." Multiple famines loom on the horizon for poor countries.
Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building for ‘Apifo’ou College at Ma’ufanga was commissioned on December 1 in phase two of a reconstruction program under the Pacific Resilience Program. By Linny Folau.
Tuesday 1 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Last week saw the first decline in newly-reported cases globally since September, said World Health Organisation Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on 30 November, while warning that gains can easily be lost. He cautioned holiday makers that being with family and friends “is not worth putting them or yourself at risk”.
Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All repatriated passengers from Brisbane tested negative to CoViD-19, said Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa this morning. There are tentative plans for two more repatriation flights to Tonga this month, one from Fiji and one from Auckland.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) pleaded guilty last week to causing the road death of ‘Aisea Kaifa (66) on Hihifo Road at Sia'atoutai in August this year.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Feinga ki he Lotu Fanguna who was convicted of importing a .22 rifle without a licence, which he ordered from the United States was fined $500 pa’anga, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. He had applied for a licence which was issued to him, after he was arrested on this offence.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou Le’okava Tafuna (38) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.4 grams of methamphetamine seized at Longolongo.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Sydney, Australia
A TV show celebrating athletes of Pacific Island heritage achievements in sports around the world, was launched in Australia last week, hosted by Tiana Penitani, who is of Tongan heritage.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
New York Times reporting: An unexpected contest over the 2021 presidency of the U.N. Human Rights Council is pitting some of the United Nations' most powerful member states against tiny Pacific Island nations and is playing out as U.N. members jockey for influence in anticipation of a new, more engaged U.S. administration.
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Monday 30 November 2020

San Francisco, USA
New York Times science reporting: Take a moment to marvel at the full moon. Do you notice anything different? It’s subtle, but on November 30 (Sunday night if you’re on the U.S. west coast) [Monday night in Tonga], the full moon should appear a bit darker than usual. That’s because you’re witnessing a penumbral lunar eclipse, a celestial occurrence in which the moon dips behind Earth’s faint, outer shadow, or penumbra.
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Friday 27 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dux of Queen Salote College was awarded to Senolita Yarnville Faka'osifolau (18), while dux of St Andrew's High School dux was awarded to Luseane Liuono (18), at the two secondary schools prize giving ceremonies on November 27.
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Friday 27 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving, more than 1 million people in the United States got on planes, marking the second day that more than 1 million people have flown since March. Nearly 3 million additional people have flown in the days since. For some, the desire to see family is worth the risk of potentially getting the coronavirus while traveling.
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