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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s aim to reach 50% renewable energy by the end of 2021 may be delayed further as border restrictions due to CoViD-19 continues to hinder projects.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight people have been arrested and charged in the seizure of cannabis and methamphetamine at different locations in Tongatapu, during Tonga Police holiday operation, which began on December 21.The police holiday operation, which ends on January 4 next year has 278 Tonga police officers working around the clock to ensure people's safety and public order.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The death of a 19-year-old boy whose body was found at a home in Folaha, Tongatapu on Christmas Day, has been ruled a suicide.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ata Inia, a rising soccer star in Cambodia, South East Asia is Tonga’s first professional soccer player, according to the Khmer Times, a Phnom Penh media outlet.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

London, United Kingdom
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was common to divide countries and their responses according to their political systems, with many attributing China’s success in controlling the virus to its authoritarianism. As of late 2020, however, it is clear that the real dividing line is not political but geographical. Regardless of whether a country is democratic or authoritarian, an island or continental, Confucian or Buddhist, communitarian or individualistic, if it is East Asian, Southeast Asian, or Australasian, it has managed COVID-19 better than any European or North American country. The fact remains that you were much likelier to die of COVID-19 in 2020 if you were European or American than if you were Asian. - By Bill Emmott
Wednesday 30 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Worldwide, COVID-19 has killed more than 1.5 million people, sickened millions more and short-circuited economies. Of all the industries reeling from its destructive impact, the travel industry was upended like no other. It’s unclear just which changes to the travel landscape will be in place a year from now — or 10 years on — but some answers are starting to come into focus.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
A Fiji $2 million grant to help Fiji recover from the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasa was dispatched by the Asian Development Bank on 24 December. Damage assessments indicated that about 93,000 people, or 10% of the population were directly affected.
Tuesday 29 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s health officials are keeping their “eyes and ears open” as they closely monitor the spread of a new more contagious CoViD-19 variant in England and other countries. Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said today they would closely study how this new variant evolves and adapt quickly to any new threat as it develops.
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Tuesday 29 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 19-year-old boy was found dead at a home in Folaha, Tongatapu. Police alleged it was a suicide but an inquest will be held this week to confirm the cause of death.
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Tuesday 29 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 19-year-old youth has been charged with manslaughter in the death of another 19-year-old boy on Christmas morning at a home in Longolongo.
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Tuesday 29 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All 286 repatriates from Auckland and Fiji who are currently in-home quarantine for seven days will be released in time to join in celebrations welcoming in the New Year, confirmed Tonga's Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa this afternoon.
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Tuesday 29 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Electricity Commission as required by the Concession Contract, has approved a tariff adjustment amounting to a total increase of 7.58 seniti/kWh from 63.82 seniti/kWh in electricity tariff, to be effective on 1 January 2021. Meter reading shall commence on 4 January 2021. Ko e totongi ‘uhila kamata koe seniti ‘e 71.40 ki he kilouati, ko e totongi ‘uhila fo’ou ia ‘e kamata ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila pea ‘e vakai’i fakakuata ‘o fakatefito ‘i he feliliuaki ‘i he totongi ‘o e lolo pea mo vakai’i fakata’u ‘o fakatatau ki he feliliuaki ‘i he totongi koloa.- Tonga Power Ltd.
Monday 28 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prince Claus Award 2020, an international recognition, honouring outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development, was presented to the Dowager Lady Tuna Fielakepa tonight, at a special ceremony held in Nuku'alofa, hosted by the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The award was presented by HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita.
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Monday 28 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A documentary film about mental health and the different approaches to the treatment of mental illness in Tonga, was awarded the best feature film award for 2020 by the American Society for Visual Anthropology in December. The Healer and the Psychiatrist” is the work of a British anthropologist Dr Mike Poltorak who used a video camera as part of his 20 years of medical anthropological research in Vava‘u and Tongatapu.
Monday 28 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel, the largest mobile business in the Western Pacific, owned by the Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien, “is being crawled over by buyers who see an opportunity to buy the key infrastructure, which is suffering from high debt levels and weak earnings because of the pandemic”, reported the Australian Financial Review on 18 December.
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Thursday 24 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Last minute shoppers packed the seafront open-market on Vuna Road in Ma’ufanga on Christmas Eve.
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Thursday 24 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Rugby Sevens Repechage where national teams, including Tonga Men’s Rugby Sevens, will play for their chance to qualify for the Olympic Games, will be held in Monaco on 19-20 June 2021.
Thursday 24 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toomas Liiv from Estonia was sentenced by the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended on charges, including possession of 67.12 grams of cannabis seized at Puke in 2019.
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Thursday 24 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Communications Corporation celebrates the festive season with the TCC Kava Idol 2020/21, highlighting Tongan Faikava and family participation, with various districts competing for the anticipated grand prizes of $200,000 for the final event, to be held early next year.
Wednesday 23 December 2020

Cambridge, England
New York Times reporting: On a recent evening, the 16 boys and 14 men of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, stood in the gothic chapel where they perform, spread out in the flickering candlelight. A few of the choristers gazed at the vaulted ceiling about 80 feet above them. Then Daniel Hyde, the choir’s music director, signaled that he was ready to begin, and all slipped off the masks they had been wearing to sing “I Saw Three Ships,” a sprightly carol that will be heard by about 100 million people Thursday.
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