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Friday 9 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was convicted at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for indecent assault and sexual domestic violence of a young girl in Tongatapu. He is detained in police custody for sentencing on October 29.
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Friday 9 October 2020

Kigali, Rwanda
Health-care delivery in nearly every country has been disrupted by policymakers’ mistaken initial assumption that health systems would quickly win the fight against COVID-19. As the pandemic’s caseload and death toll are increasing daily, it is often stalling or reversing hard-won progress on minimizing the impact of other diseases, from diabetes to malaria. By Anatole Manzi.
Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Cabinet has approved fees for CoViD-19 testing for outbound passengers travelling from Tonga to another country, confirmed Attorney General Linda Folaumoetui today.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine farm tractors and eight fishing boats donated by China, were handed over to Tonga today at an official ceremony at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) office, Ma’ufanga.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 57 people were issued with new infringement notices and penalties in Tongatapu for not wearing seatbelts, the use of mobile phones while driving and other offences between October 1-4. A total of 1,900 vehicles were stopped during this Tonga Police operation. Two received notices for causing excessively loud music while driving.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new building for Tonga Post was opened on October 6 in Neiafu, Vava'u, next to the Governor's Office.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The European Union has approved the disbursement of EUR 2.15 million (approx. 5.8 million pa'anga) to the Tongan Government to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Thursday 8 October 2020

New York, USA
Without a vaccine, COVID-19 won't "go away" through a strategy of herd immunity. Two scientific case studies have already confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can reinfect an individual and that our immunity to coronaviruses is alarmingly short-lived. I have previously called herd immunity a “reckless and ineffective strategy.” Now that COVID-19 reinfections are not just a possibility, but a reality, I would add “lethal” to my description. By William A. Haseltine
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Both matches in the Trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup battle between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies will be broadcast live in Tonga on October 11th and 18th, Digicel TV announced today.
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
COVID-19 is likely to have less impact on world trade in the Asia Pacific region than elsewhere in 2020, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Loketi Malie (39) is serving one-year three-months imprisonment for seriously harming a 56-year-old man, whom he hit on the leg with a piece of sandalwood in Futu, ‘Eua.
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Wednesday 7 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 29-year-old Police Constable who was arrested and charged with the rape and indecent assault of an 18-year-old young woman while she was in police custody, remains detained and will appear in the Magistrate's Court on October 12.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Junior Fa and Joseph Parker will go to battle this December 11 in Auckland, New Zealand. The fight was confirmed this morning in Auckland at a press conference attended by both fighters and their promoters.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police have arrested and charged a total of 3,023 people to date, since the start of the Police COVID19 Operation on March 28, when the State of Emergency was declared in Tonga. This included 1,380 arrests for breaches of the National Emergency Lockdown Notice and the Restriction Notice.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 141 seasonal workers will be repatriated to Tonga from Christchurch, New Zealand, on a chartered flight on Friday, 9 October, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma'u last night.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were ordered by the Supreme Court to serve community work or in default serve terms of imprisonment, for seriously damaging a vehicle and unlawful possession of a .22 rifle.
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Tuesday 6 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament yesterday 5 October with a majority vote of 16-0 passed a number of old Government Ministries Annual Reports, some going back to 2009, that had never been tabled into Parliament. Today, 6 September parliament sat for a half-day, because after lunch it did not have a quorum. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 5 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa informed members of Parliament this morning that he would brief Parliament weekly on what government had achieved, before he released information to the media. Government will soon table into parliament a new Communication Offences Bill, “to address the misuse of social media”. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 5 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building for Mo'unga'olive College at Kolonga was commissioned on October 2, under a recovery project after the school was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018.
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Monday 5 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
500 soroban abacus from Japan were handed over to the Ministry for Education on October 5 at Pahu.
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