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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Finau Finefeuiaki Penitani (27) was sentenced to two-years four-months imprisonment for the theft $66,500 pa’anga from customers at the ANZ Bank.
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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siliako Matangi To’aho was sentenced at the Supreme Court to three-years imprisonment for serious bodily harm, when he fractured the bone on his wife's hand with a hammer. The repeat offender has anger management issues.
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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sustainable energy courses will be offered in the first semester of 2021 to support Tonga’s ambitious targets in achieving 70% renewable energy by 2030.
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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
An action plan to ensure Pacific learners and families achieve their educational dreams and aspirations was released today by Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa.
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Monday 20 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan health officials will cautiously assess procedures around the first repatriation flight including quarantine, and ensure issues are addressed before the second repatriation flight arrives in Tonga. By Eleanor Gee.
Monday 20 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Filomila Kaufusi (28) who pleaded guilty to cultivating 17 cannabis plants at a tax allotment at Hauloto in Tongatapu, received a suspended sentence at the Supreme Court, on July 17.
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Monday 20 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uasila’a Halasima was found guilty at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku'alofa for extorting $200 pa’anga from two men of Chinese origin, at Tanoa Hotel in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 20 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been set for 23 July 2021 after the games were postponed this year due to CoViD-19.
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Monday 20 July 2020

New York, USA
Even if one or more vaccines emerge that promise to make people less susceptible to COVID-19, the public-health problem will not be eliminated. But policymakers can avert some foreseeable problems by starting to address key questions about financing and distribution now. The toughest political question of all, though, is likely to concern access. Who should receive the initial doses of any vaccine? Who determines who is allowed into the queue and in what order? By Richard N. Haass
Saturday 18 July 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Shot-putter, Dame Valerie Adams has been honoured with a Barbie doll made in her likeness, after she was chosen as New Zealand’s Barbie Role Model for 2020. The doll is dressed just like Valerie.
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Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two urgent bills to amend the Traffic Act and the Roads Act, as well as a Petition alleging unfairness in awarding government roads deals, stirred a few aggressive exchanges in the Tongan parliament on Monday and Tuesday this week. There was an objection that the urgent bills had not gone to the Standing Committee on Legislation before they were tabled.
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Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were jailed by the Supreme Court for serious causing bodily harm to a victim whose jaw they fractured by kicking him.
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Friday 17 July 2020

Sydney, Australia
The Oceania Rugby Men’s XV Championships to be held in August in Papua New Guinea has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. Postponed fixtures include the Oceania Rugby Women’s Repechage qualification between Samoa and Tonga.
Friday 17 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
A total of $24.2 million has to date been provided by the United States to support efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands, through support for humanitarian partners, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and UN World Food Program (WFP).
Friday 17 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, 93% of Pacific businesses reported that not knowing how long the crisis will last is their main challenge. In Tonga 47% of businesses surveyed said they were not very confident in business survival after CoViD-19. Another 33% said they were somewhat confident, but only 20% of businesses in Tonga were very confident that their business would survive the CoViD- 19 crisis.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Like the humpback whales born in Vava'u, Vaiufia Makatu'u Latu, a young Tongan mariner sailing on a tall ship, has worked her way across the Southern Ocean to reach the frozen waters of Antarctica. Now she longs to return to the Port of Refuge. By Mary Lyn Fonua
Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matariki Art Trail exhibition featuring work by Tongan and New Zealand artists, including Visesio Siasau and Serene Tay, was launched by New Zealand High Commissioner HE Tiffany Babington last night at the Waterfront Restaurant and Lodge, Ma’ufanga.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Palmerston North, New Zealand
A study led by Massey University to look at the barriers to self-management of asthma in Pacific children has been awarded $971,541 by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Pacific people are three times more likely to be hospitalised with asthma than Europeans or other New Zealanders, said Principal Investigator Dr Sunia Foliaki.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was found guilty at the Supreme Court on two counts of rape committed on a young girl in Tongatapu. He will be sentenced in August.
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Thursday 16 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'sParliament will remain closed until August 3, the House decided, voting unanimously 21-0 to extend parliament's closure for another two weeks from July 13. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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