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Friday 24 July 2020

Gainesville-Florida, USA
A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the line-up of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction. New research into fossils shows that ‘Tongoenas burleyi’, a newly described genus and species, inhabited the Pacific islands for at least 60,000 years, but vanished within a century or two of human arrival around 2,850 years ago. The size of a large duck, ‘T. burleyi’ was likely capable of swallowing fruit as big as a tennis ball, said study lead author David Steadman.
Friday 24 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court ordered the registration of a tax allotment in 'Utulau to a plaintiff in a land dispute. The plaintiff went to the court when he discovered that the same lot he had applied for was granted to another person, in the estate of Tupouto'a.
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Geneva, Switzerland
A new song featuring the Tongan Nurses Choir and other singing nurses from around the world, was released by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on 22 July, with the hope that it will become the anthem for nurses globally.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Talia’uli Fatongiatau who was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and cannabis has been arrested, after he failed to turn up at the Supreme Court on July 10.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was sentenced at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment for serious indecent assault committed on a young girl in Tongatapu. The judge suppressed information that might reveal the victim's identity.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talia’uli Prescott who pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing the illicit drug methamphetamine was sentenced at the Supreme Court to a good behaviour bond, and is to live where directed.
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific region, including Tonga, is requesting access to a vaccine currently being developed to fight COVID-19, said the Minister for Health Hon ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu today. They are talking to the World Health Organisation and taking part in preliminary discussions with the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. It is hoped that by the end of 2021 there will be enough vaccine to immunise 20% of the population, starting with front line workers.
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Netball has qualified for the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup for the first time confirmed Tonga Netball Association CEO, Salote Sisifa today. It is scheduled to be held in Fiji sometime next year.
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Manchester, United Kingdom
Tonga will kick off their Rugby League World Cup campaign against Papua New Guinea on 26 October 2021 at Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, UK, and could meet England in the semi-finals for a rematch of their epic 2017 RLWC game.
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A husband and wife who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphatamine were sentenced at the Supreme Court on July 20. One received a suspended sentence, while the other was placed on a good behaviour bond. The Chief Justice warned if they continued to live a lifestyle or associate with others that might tempt them to use drugs again, they should “just look at their children and think what it would be to lose them.”
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a few countries cornered the vaccine market, leaving the vast majority of the global population with no vaccine at all until the outbreak was effectively over. This scenario must be avoided at all costs during the current crisis – and, thanks to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, it can be. By Seth Berkley, Richard Hatchett, and Soumya Swaminathan.
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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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

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