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Friday 13 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Master Tome Suasau [39] was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of .48 grams of methamphetamine, at 'Umusi. The court heard the door to the workplace was opened by the accused and police restrained him and started the search. Also inside were accused persons, Kuliti Tongamoa and 'Epeli Taione.
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Friday 13 November 2020

Suva, Fiji
Fiji Airways and the South Pacific Cruise Alliance (SPCA) have been appointed to the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Board of Directors.
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Friday 13 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The New York Times and other news media outlets have not anointed Biden the winner of the presidential election but have just done the math: the former vice president has won enough states by enough votes that Trump cannot overcome those deficits through legal challenges or recounts. Most states are set to certify their election results and declare winners by the end of November.
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Thursday 12 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 38-year-old year old man died while driving a loader in Vava'u on Tuesday, November 10.
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Thursday 12 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toio Lauteau (43) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for causing serious bodily harm, when he hit his wife twice on the head with a hammer in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua. The cut on the forehead exposed the bone of the skull.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The Tongan Nurses Choir was given the World Health Organization Director General Award after performing through a video at the opening of the 73rd World Health (WH) Assembly, to mark the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, on 9 November in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seventeen people are now in managed quarantine in Samoa, after a CoViD-19 infected container ship passed through Apia on the weekend. Meanwhile, Vanuatu has recorded its first CoViD-19 case, and Solomon Islands has seen more COVID cases arriving.
Wednesday 11 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma (29) was sentenced to 15-years imprisonment at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for possession of 3 kilograms of methamphetamine at his home in Fahefa in 2019.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 73-year-old man was sentenced to four and a half-years imprisonment for seven counts of indecent assaults on a teenager.
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Wednesday 11 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The voter fraud, perpetrated Monday in New Zealand, was real. And the contenders were, er, fowl. As the citizens slept, a hacker slipped more than 1,500 fake votes into an election database, sending one flightless bird to the top. The scandal has roiled Bird of the Year 2020, an online popularity contest among the native birds of New Zealand. ...
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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Board of the Tonga Rugby Union has agreed to reform the structure of the dysfunctional organisation, that has faced financial disarray.
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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Team Tonga, Tuiohu Mafi and ‘Amelia Asi were recognized today for placing second in the regional Pacific Island Food Revolution (PIFR) cooking show competition.
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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosiua Totau [25] was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for possession of 400.37 grams of cannabis, seized at his home in Tofoa earlier this year.
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Tuesday 10 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Moala aka Kenny [51] from Tokomololo was sentenced to four-years and nine-months imprisonment for possession of 25 grams of methamphetamine. $16,000 in drug proceeds was forfeited to the Crown.
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Monday 9 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal has acquitted Lord Tu'ivakano on two charges of making a false statement to obtain a Tongan passport and perjury, after quashing the convictions in a 22-pages written judgment released in Nuku'alofa on Friday.
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Monday 9 November 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Hakula Tonga women’s rugby league team proved too strong for Niue Rugby League winning 66-8 in the ‘Clash of the Pacific’ test on 8 November in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Monday 9 November 2020

Pittsburg-PA, USA
New York Times reporting: Hours after President-elect Joe Biden declared the coronavirus a top priority, the magnitude of his task became starkly clear Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter of the pandemic yet. An astonishing number — 1 in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.
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Monday 9 November 2020

Nuku'alofa. Tonga
As the second largest economy, the social and economic development of China is of great significance to other countries, including Tonga. According to statistics, the total trade between China and Tonga for 2019 is US$29.57 million, with a growth rate of 18% over the previous year. However, there are still great potentials to be tapped in the bilateral trade, especially in Tonga’s export to China. The two countries should explore new areas for cooperation, such as science and technology, to improve Tonga’s manufacturing and processing capacity so as to increase the added value of Tongan agricultural products and make them fit into the need for green and high-quality agricultural products of the Chinese market. By H.E. CAO Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga.
Sunday 8 November 2020

Melbourne, Australia
Joe Biden has won the US presidency, but he will have a hard time restoring ethical concerns in a country with so many voters who have become indifferent to the well-being of those outside their immediate communities. Donald Trump has been defeated, but the election showed that more Americans than ever have come to identify with his narcissism. By Peter Singer
Sunday 8 November 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory in the US Presidential election. “The campaign by the President-elect has also shown the shared interests we have in addressing global challenges like Covid-19 and climate change.” she said in a statement today, “the message of unity from Joe Biden positions us well to take those challenges on.”
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