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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Losana Siale (17) was named as the Dux of Tupou High School this year, during a prize giving ceremony at Vaololoa on November 24.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
117 repatriated passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport from Brisbane, Australia this afternoon. Tongan seasonal workers boarded the return flight to Brisbane.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nineteen water supply and reservoir stations servicing 16 villages in the Tongatapu 5 electorate were cleaned by the Hihifo youth council on Satuday 21 November, to ensure communities have safe access to water. “The youth is here to help, but everyone else in the community has a role to play,” says Lopeti Tufui.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
The highly anticipated matchup between heavyweight boxers Uaine Fa Jnr and Joseph Parker, has been officially postponed in a statement released today by organisers of the professional bout - Duco Events.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Emily Murphy, the administrator of the US General Services Administration, on Monday formally designated Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the US presidential election, providing federal funds and resources to begin a transition and authorizing his advisers to begin coordinating with Trump administration officials.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
State funding for fasters raised an unanswered question in Tonga's parliament yesterday, when the House resumed its proceedings after a month-long break for the Prime Minister's ongoing national prayer and fasting schedule. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 23 November 2020

Emerald, Australia
The 152 Tongan fruit pickers who arrived in Emerald, Australia, on 29 October were able to work during the two weeks of quarantine on a farm, under a pilot trial, that has saved fruit from rotting. Queensland was the first state in Australia to allow farmworkers to work while quarantining.
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Monday 23 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The President of the Tokaikolo Church, Rev Dr Liufau Vailea Saulala (75) passed away on Thursday, November 19 at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.
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Monday 23 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Declaration of a State of Emergency has been renewed from 8:00pm 23 November to 8:00pm 21 December due to the continuous spread of CoViD-19 around the world. National CoViD-19 restrictions have also been renewed for the same period.
Monday 23 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: At the end of a tough year, spiritual leaders offer some ways to prepare yourself for whatever comes next. By Erik Vance.
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Saturday 21 November 2020

Fasi mo e Afi, Tonga
The first question of course is: what are Tongan traditions or traditional customs? Traditions in any place at any time are continuously subject to changes, especially in, what Chinese call, 'interesting' times. One thing is clear: you had in pre-missionary times chiefs and commoners. The commoners were essentially slaves, and any chief could do with them as he pleased. Briefly: the word of the chief was the law. So no need any more of judges, laws or even a Constitution. And after this law change we do not need churches any more, as they are not traditional, and all the faifekau will be fired. And, of course, most parliamentarians are commoners. - Firitia.
Friday 20 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas activities organized by Digicel Tonga marked the beginning of the festive season, with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Digicel Square in the Nuku’alofa CBD this afternoon, 20 November.
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Friday 20 November 2020
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Despite the hard time that the Tongan economy is going through at the moment, there are some signs of new investment taking shape at the Small Industries Centre at Ma'ufanga. But most of the 64 businesses in operation at the SIC are reeling from the impact of the events of 2020. Recently, the Tonga Asset Managers and Associates Ltd. TAMA has identified a 67% average drop in sales by businesses located at the SIC and only two of the businesses are exporting. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 20 November 2020

Suva, Fiji
Pacific senior police executives are learning new leadership and development opportunities in a partnership between the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and the Pacific Faculty of Policing.
Friday 20 November 2020

London, United Kingdom
For much of its life, the United Nations has hidden behind the comfortable maxim that, “If we didn’t have it, we would have to invent it.” Now at the venerable age of 75, the organization still enjoys widespread approval in global opinion polls. But beneath the surface, the UN faces difficulties that cannot be ignored. The Security Council will remain ineffectual until it is reformed, which is a distant prospect. But there are ways around this paralysis. By Mark Malloch-Brown.
Friday 20 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One hundred and seventy-five repatriated passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport from Auckland, New Zealand yesterday, 19 November, confirmed Tonga Police this morning.
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Thursday 19 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An administrative decision by the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon 'Akosita Lavulavu to decline whale watching licenses for six licenced operators was quashed by Lord Chief Justice Whitten, who found her decision had erred in law and “it was so manifestly unreasonable, no reasonable minister could have reached it”.
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Thursday 19 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 200 students received certificates in a combined graduation ceremony for the Tonga Maritime Polytechnical Institute and Tonga Institute of Science and Technology, on November 19.
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Thursday 19 November 2020

Melbourne, Australia
COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on public health and to rattle the global economy with structural shocks. The pandemic has now killed more than one million people, while the International Monetary Fund estimates that global GDP will shrink by 4.4% in 2020. But, strange as it may seem, the current crisis could offer developing countries a path toward greater economic self-reliance. By Syed Munir Khasru.
Thursday 19 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The United States passed a grim milestone Wednesday, hitting 250,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the number expected to keep climbing steeply as infections surge nationwide. Experts predict that the country could soon be reporting 2,000 deaths a day or more.
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