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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A gift from Japan of emergency relief equipment worth $1.24 million pa'anga was handed over to Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) at Vaololoa on August 13.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Transforming education to make it more inclusive and accessible for all youths, was at the forefront of a National Youth Dialogue held in Nuku'alofa, today 14 August. In Tonga, more than one third of the population is under 15-years-old. By Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Climate Change Donor Roundtable started on August 14 at the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, and focused on Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management 2018-2028.
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Wednesday 14 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament continues to have problems with its working schedule and agenda, while many members are absent. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Customs have seized over 1 million illegal smuggled cigarettes with an estimated street value of $1.19 million pa‘anga - their largest confiscation in a decade, in a joint operation with Tonga Police, involving 100 law enforcement officers on August 10.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An award recognizing the sport of table tennis used to promote and protect the health of its members including people with disabilities in its ‘Smashing Down Barriers with Table Tennis’ initiative, was handed over by Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akauola to Tonga Table Tennis Federation (TTTF) CEO Netina Latu at Vaiola Hospital today, 13 August.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen girls from different schools took part in a Cyber Safety Co-Design program in Nuku’alofa from July 31 to August 8. The program targeted cyber safety initiatives for young women and girls in Tonga and the Pacific region.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for possession of 20.4 grams methamphetamine seized during a Police search at Te'ekiu.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A German tourist (40) remains missing at sea in ‘Eua, after she went out diving with others on Sunday, August 11.
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finding a quorum to enable the Tongan Parliament to proceed with its 2019 session has been an issue since it was scheduled to resume on 5 August. There is much work for the House to do. The Ministry of Education presented its annual reports from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 12 August 2019

London, United Kingdom
On the eve of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting taking place in Tuvalu this week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland recognises the existential threat which climate change poses to Pacific Islanders. She calls on governments across the globe to urgently meet the terms of the Paris climate change agreement, if we are to save our Pacific Islands, as the rising sea levels could literally engulf thousands of islands in the region by 2100.
Monday 12 August 2019

Cambridge-MA, USA
Digital technology has transformed how we communicate, commute, shop, learn, and entertain ourselves. But the current problems afflicting social media are a perfect example of what can happen when uniform rules are imposed with no regard for social context and evolved behaviors. The rich and variegated patterns of communication that exist off-line have been replaced by scripted, standardized, and limited modes of communication on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. As a result, the nuances of face-to-face communication, and of news mediated by trusted outlets, have been obliterated. Efforts to “connect the world” with technology have created a morass of propaganda, disinformation, hate speech, and bullying. By Daron Acemoglu.
Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A search is being carried out for a woman who was reported missing at sea off ‘Eua on Sunday, August 11.
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has come away with 13 of the 14 titles at the Oceania Junior Table Tennis Championships held in Tonga at ‘Atele Indoor Stadium on 7 – 10 August. By Eleanor Gee
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Naitoko (59) had his case adjourned for two-weeks after it was mentioned at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on August 12.
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Multi-national militaries have come together for the 2019 Tafakula Exercise held on Tongatapu from August 12-24, focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training scenarios.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nurses at Vaiola Hospital impressed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus with their singing during a ceremony to welcome him this morning, 9 August, so much, that he invited them to Geneva, Switzerland next year.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga's National Meteorological Service needs reforming in order to manage an increasing number of climate related hazards and projects, 'Ofa Fa'anunu, told the 5th Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Samoa this week, when he presented Tonga's country report.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Naitoko (59) was ordered to be released on bail but under very tough conditions after a hearing at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa on August 9.
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Thursday 8 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Friendship, fun and fine football were all on display as Tonga Under 19 Women hosted Australia’s Westfield Junior Matildas in a historic international at the Tonga Football Academy on Tongatapu today.
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