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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total dividend and tax of $3.5 million pa'anga for the Financial Year 2017/18 was paid to the government shareholder by the Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises this week. Chairman Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa reported that Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) continued to maintain their combined net profit before tax above the $8 million mark. The dividend is 25% of net profits and the remaining 75% of net profits after taxes will support the Transport Sector's critical projects.
Wednesday 12 December 2018

Auckland, New Zealand
Facing three days of strike action by aircraft engineers, Air New Zealand stated this morning that, at this stage, no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the three days of proposed strikes by aircraft maintenance unions next week and normal fare conditions remain.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The National Reserve Bank of Tonga aims at securing Tonga’s Foreign Reserves at a level of about $457.3 million, equivalent to more than seven months of imports, with the enforcement of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 on 1 November. The Act requires Tongan exporters to repatriate at least 60% of their export proceeds. And, if the economy fails and the foreign reserves drop below the threshold, - then the Act gives the government the right to try and force Tongans who have invested overseas to repatriate their funds to Tonga. The Act was passed at the time Tonga expected to start repaying its loans to China.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Sydney, Australia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) welcomed the United States as the newest member of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) during a PRIF agency member leaders meeting today, 11 December.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 22-year-old man from Fahefa was arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis in a car without a number plate in Hofoa on December 11.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sunia Tuiaki (25) is the driver who died on Saturday night, December 8 during a head on collision with another vehicle on Taufa’ahau Road in Ha’ateiho.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Canberra, Australia
Tonga's King and Queen attended the graduation of the Crown Prince Tupouto'a-'Ulukalala at the Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra, on Friday.
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Monday 10 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On a worldwide expedition, a futuristic looking vessel powered by the sun, water, and wind, named ‘Race for Water’, is in Tonga raising awareness about new innovative solutions to preserve our ocean and to combat the rising tides of plastic in our oceans. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 10 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 25-year old man driving a government vehicle died on Saturday night, December 8 during a head on collision with another vehicle on Taufa’ahau Road in Ha’ateiho. This is the 21st road death for the year, the highest recorded in Tonga.
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Monday 10 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who admitted purchasing and smoking meth, after pleading guilty to possession of illicit drugs, was discharged without conviction after a judge found he had 0.52 grams of methamphetamine left in a small bag, when police searched his trousers pocket. In acquitting Maika Maile (38) Justice Niu considered the amount of meth was “so infinitesimal”.
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Sunday 9 December 2018

Katowice, Poland
Fiji will be launching its Low Emission Development Strategy in Katowice, Poland on December 13 during the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji’s Prime Minister, Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama stated while their Presidency may have come to an end, Fiji is determined to be at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change.
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Sunday 9 December 2018

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s Under-20’s rugby team won the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20 Trophy Saturday, 8 December after narrowly defeating Samoa 27 – 20 in their hometown Apia.
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Saturday 8 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A container load of wheelchairs and walking aids has been gifted to Vaiola Hospital in time for Christmas. Elder ‘Aisake Tukuafu of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, handed over the equipment to Reynold ‘Ofanoa, the Deputy CEO Ministry of Health on 30 November.
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Saturday 8 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty drivers from various companies in Nuku’alofa were awarded certificates after completing forklift training, recently, aimed to prevent accidents in workplaces.
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Saturday 8 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-seven Tongan citizens received scholarships to take up university studies starting next year in Australia and the Pacific region.
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Friday 7 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Holiday Market Festival Thursday and Friday, at the Tonga Development Bank in Nuku'alofa showcased products of the bank's customers in a Microfinance Scheme and attracted Christmas shoppers. The scheme aims help improve the incomes of the 22.1% of Tonga’s population who live below the National Poverty Line.
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Friday 7 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sami Likiliki Fisilau (52) was sentenced to two and a half-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to serious bodily harm and domestic violence committed on his 44-year-old wife in Vaini last year. “Domestic issues are no justification or excuse for violence and domestic abuse will be met with firm penalties," Mr Justice Cato told him.
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Friday 7 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bid by the Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Rugby Unions to set up a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has failed after competition organisers decided it was not commercially viable, the Fiji Rugby Union said on Thursday.
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Thursday 6 December 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
Each year, some 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections worldwide. But superbugs also pose a threat to the effectiveness of modern medicine; if left unaddressed, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could make more infections untreatable, cancer therapies ineffective, routine surgeries impossible, and even childbirth unsafe. By Seth Berkley and Jeremy Farrar
Thursday 6 December 2018

Sydney, Australia
The establishment of renminbi-based oil trading at a time when China and many other economies confront aggressive US tariffs, and possible further development of renminbi-based trade in other commodity markets, suggests that the US dollar could face an unprecedented challenge to its hegemony. It may in the near future no longer be seen as the anchor of the international monetary system, bringing to an end to what Valéry Giscard d’Estaing famously called the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the US as a result of the dollar’s centrality in international trade. By John A. Mathews and Mark Selden.

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