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Tuesday 5 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament has been juggling with its working agenda since yesterday, Monday 4 March, going from one thing to another and back again. The House is trying to deal with a Petition tabled into Parliament as well as the Prime Minister's corrections to a letter informing the House that six Bills tabled into Parliament were urgent and that the House has to pass them before it continues with its proceedings. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 5 March 2019

Brisbane, Australia
A recent study of four ancient bone tattoo comb tools, found in Tonga in 1963-64, has revealed they are the oldest confirmed in the world, and surprisingly two are made from human bone, say researchers in Australia. Radiocarbon dating determined the tools to be 2,700 years old
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Tuesday 5 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new patrol boat named Ngahau Koula (Golden Arrow), currently being built in Australia, is expected be handed over to His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) in June.
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Monday 4 March 2019

Malibu, CA, USA
To raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean, South African swimmer, Sarah Ferguson will attempt to become the first person in the world to swim the perimeter of Easter Island, in waters which contains one of the highest concentrations of microplastics in the world.
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Monday 4 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd (Tongasat) will have to pay $15,000 pa'anga for security of costs to the Supreme Court, before their appeal against a ruling of the Lord Chief Justice can be heard.
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Sunday 3 March 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States
Uaine Fa Jnr needed only one round to dismantle top-notch French-Algerian boxer Newfel Ouatah in the city of Columbus in Ohio, United States. The victory extends Junior Fa’s undefeated record to 17 wins. Newfel Ouatah entered the bout with a professional record of 16 wins and 2 losses.
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Saturday 2 March 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
For some activities, the involvement of a machine spoils the experience. Consider social media. Facebook and Twitter cannot reduce loneliness, because they are designed to serve up a biased sample of social experience. Like digital sugar, they can make a social interaction instantly gratifying, but they always leave an empty feeling behind. By offering merely a simulation of social experience, they ultimately make us lonelier.
Saturday 2 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tonga Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce raid seized 31 packs or 14.53 grams of methamphetamine and 1 pack or 0.72 grams of cannabis from a home in Kolomotu'a on Thursday night. Two men were arrested.
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Saturday 2 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Bills, tabled into parliament by Cabinet and labelled “urgent” by Tonga's Prime Minister, stirred fierce debate on Wednesday and Thursday. The House rejected a motion for public consultation over the proposed changes to the Constitution being debated. From the House By Pesi Fonua
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Friday 1 March 2019
Apia, Samoa
Samoa signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising its support for the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Regional Aerial Surveillance Program on February 28.
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Friday 1 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cylcone Pola (Cat 4) has moved away from Tongatapu and was located 615km south southwest of Nuku’alofa at noon today, Friday. The hurricane warning has been cancelled for Tele-ki-Tonga and Tele-ki-Tokelau coastal waters in the far south of Tonga.
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Friday 1 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Moa Taufa (26) is the passenger who died after the vehicle he was travelling in collided a power pole at Fatai, on February 28.
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Friday 1 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cruise ship Europa 2 overnighted in Nuku’alofa after delaying its arrival on Thursday, February 28 due to a tropical cyclone warning.
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Friday 1 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man from Nukunuku died early this morning, February 28 when the vehicle in which he was a front passenger collided with a power pole at Fatai.
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Friday 1 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are investigating two reported break-ins at homes in the Nuku’alofa area, where Tongan valuables were stolen earlier this month.
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Friday 1 March 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 45-year-old man has been charged in relation to the seizure of a supply of liquor and beer, which he had no license to sell in Ma'ufanga.
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Kingston, Jamaica:
Tonga has been elected as Council Vice-President for Asia Pacific at the International Seabed Authority 25th Session held in Jamaica on February 25.
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ombudsman Office is carrying out an investigation into a series of allegations of maladministration in the Boards of Public Enterprises.
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Pola Category 2 was located about 315km west of Ha’apai, 285km west northwest of Nomuka, 325km west of Ha'apai or 290km northwest of Nuku’alofa, at 5:00pm this afternoon. TC Pola is expected to develop into a Category 3 in the next 6 to 12 hours, according to Tonga Met's Tropical Cyclone advisory this evening.
Wednesday 27 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Parliament passed the Foreign Investment Bill 2019 yesterday, 26 February with votes of 15-3, after a hot debate on whether or not to take into account the concerns of the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and the business community. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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