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Thursday 19 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rizvi Jurangpathy whose employment contract was terminated by Tonga Communications Corporation in 2017, was awarded $165,000 pa'anga in damages by the Lord Chief Justice, who found he was subjected to unfair treatment when he was under investigation for the allegations against him. The employer had relied on “inaccurate and inadequate” information and breached its obligations.
Wednesday 18 December 2019

Bogota, Colombia
Samoan fine mats, or the ‘le Samoa, is one of 15 cultural practices worldwide that has joined UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 12 December.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s national men’s team will participate at the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in February next year.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple has been convicted of serious sexual crimes of rape, sodomy and serious indecent assault of a woman in Neiafu earlier this year.
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Wednesday 18 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer sustained injuries to his hand and foot while apprehending an alleged burglar at a residence in Kolomotu’a on Sunday, 15 December.
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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven biomedical engineering students from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC) are spending 10 weeks in Tonga’s hospitals and clinics to repair life-saving medical equipment and to engineer biomedical solutions, as part of a work experience pilot program.
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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD, have pleaded not guilty on December 17 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by a Tongan delegation led by the new Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. ‘Akosita Lavulavu and a Chinese aircraft manufacturer to enable the MA60 aircraft that has been grounded in Tonga since 2018, to come back into operation within the next six months.
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Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petroleum prices for Tonga have increased starting today December 16 to January 2020.
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Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu was a far different place 3000 years ago, one few of us can imagine today. The sea was higher, almost 1.4 m higher. Much of the land on which the city of Nuku‘alofa now sits was not land at all. It was about 900 BC when voyaging canoes first arrived from a homeland to the west. These kalia carried a small group of people and all of the necessities they would need to settle new found islands. They were the first Tongans. By David Burley
Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Christmas cheer was spread to the residents at the Alonga Adult Disabled Centre on December 16, by HMAS Brass Band.
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Monday 16 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were arrested after methamphetamine and cannabis were seized on December 13 at a mechanic shop in 'Umusi.
Friday 13 December 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recovered today the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island. They stated NZDF will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others, in the hope there is resolution for those families
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Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An invention by a Tongan-Australian called “The Reviver”, an exercising apparatus that enables a person to straighten his or her spine, ease the pain in the hips, and helps an aged person to walk without pain, arrived in Tonga this week and was put through its paces at the Royal Palace. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Electoral Commission has enlisted the assistance of Tonga Police to investigate a complaint lodged by a voter on behalf of Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua, alleging electoral irregularities and malpractice in the Tongatapu 1 by-election.
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Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year-old male driver whose van collided and seriously injured a motorcyclist on December 2 has been released on bail. His case was adjourned to January, 2020.
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Friday 13 December 2019

Sydney, Australia
The funeral for the former Honorary Consul General for Tonga, the late William (Bill) Waterhouse (97), will be held in Sydney, Australia, next week. In lieu of flowers, the family are requesting donations to Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Charity for the Aged in Tonga.
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Thursday 12 December 2019

Madrid, Spain
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa said the time for climate action is now, during the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) currently underway in Spain.
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Thursday 12 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six arrests were made after the seizure of illicit drugs in various locations in Tongatapu over the past two-weeks.
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Thursday 12 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Secondary School Entrance Exam results for class six students this year have revealed that Government Primary Schools (GPS) and church primary schools are struggling, with less than 50% of students passing key national examinations. Less than half passed English and Mathematics, while over half passed Tongan studies (Lea Faka-Tonga) and Science. Remedies suggested include investing in teachers, expanding kindergartens, encouraging families to make sure children eat breakfast to enhance concentration; and promoting reading at home.
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