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Saturday 25 April 2020

Ampthill, England
‘Ikale Tahi veteran loose forward Maama Molitika has retired from professional at the age of 45. He leaves his English club Ampthill after seven seasons.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Most activities have been re-opened so why are bars and kava clubs still restricted? The answer can’t be to ensure that we adhere to social distancing – instead it must be an attempt to regulate the social activities to make sure we stay away from alcohol and kava, an unstated goal of the police and health ministries for years. It might be time to consider the positive side of these businesses as they provide a more healthy outlet for people than drinking in the streets or cars and they pay wages that help keep the economy going. - Dean Bishoprick
Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The national CoViD-19 restrictions are extended for another week to Friday, 1 May, the Prime Minister Hon Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa announced today, 24 April. Some CoViD-19 testing kits arrived on an Air New Zealand flight yesterday and Tonga's CoViD-19 Testing Machine will be in operation soon.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who boarded an Air New Zealand flight at Fua’amotu International Airport yesterday, 23 April, was removed due to a New Zealand Immigration travel ban “technicality”, and ended up in quarantine at the Fua'amotu Taliai Camp instead, where he will have to stay for 14 days.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano was sentenced today to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals. He was also fined $4,000 for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license. In sentencing, the Chief Justice also took into consideration the potential ramifications of s.37 of the Land Act, clause 23 of the Constitution and s.386 of the Companies Act. (If the prison sentence was more than two years the noble would lose his hereditary rights.)
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Friday 24 April 2020

Washington, USA
Overseas remittances are predicted to fall by 13 percent in the East Asia and Pacific region this year affecting countries such as Tonga, due to the economic crisis caused by CoViD-19, according to the World Bank. Migrant remittances to Tonga in 2019 made up 37.6 percent as a share of GDP.
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Big-hearted American-Tongan pro golfer Tony Finau has donated $100,000 to ‘Project Protect’, an initiative to provide $5 million face masks to frontline healthcare workers in the United States. The country is the worst affected by CoViD-19, with over 42,000 Americans having died from the disease so far.
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
DeepGreen Metals Inc., a Canadian-based seafloor mining developer, has taken over the Tonga Offshore Mining Ltd, and expanded its footprint of mining for Polymetallic nodules in the central Pacific. They are planning to extract cobalt and other battery metals from the seafloor.
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD is to start on August 31, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dry weather has been forecast for most of Tonga from April to June, except for the Niuas where rainfall is expected to be average, according to Tonga Meteorological Service.
Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no tsunami threat from an earthquake 5.5 magnitude, felt in Nuku'alofa this morning, the Tonga Meteorological Service advised. The earthquake epicenter was located 121km SSE of Nuku'alofa at 11:31am Tonga local time.
Wednesday 22 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's tourist industry hit hard by Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold and CoViD-19 lockdowns this month will soon be allowed new duty free and CT free imports of building materials, along with other incentives, while all businesses are allowed an extension of time for filing some tax returns, Tonga's Revenue and Customs Services told the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries yesterday.
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Wednesday 22 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have made 568 arrests nationwide during a national lockdown and ongoing curfew operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wednesday 22 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Personal Protective Equipment consisting of 50,000 KN95 facial masks and 20,000 protective masks donated by the Jack Ma Foundation arrived in Nadi, the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19, reported yesterday.
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Wednesday 22 April 2020

Paris, France
The COVID-19 crisis comes at a crucial moment: the beginning of the last decade that we have to act on climate change. Governments are about to spend trillions of dollars to soften the blow from COVID-19. We must not let that money go to waste. When one is being buffeted by a storm of this magnitude, the worst thing one can do is lose one’s compass. But we must use that compass to chart a new course toward an economic model that places human and environmental sustainability at its center. By Bertrand Badré
Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matamoana, a uniquely whale-shaped vessel, is the latest creation from master craftsman Sitiveni Fehoko, launched at Faua Wharf on April 20.
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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Air New Zealand flight bringing medical equipment from Auckland to Tonga on Thursday, 23 April has been approved to leave the Kingdom with passengers confirmed Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei today.
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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian citizens and permanent residents who wish to leave Tonga are being advised by the Australian High Commission (AHC) to register with their office.
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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The second CoViD-19 testing machine and testing kits are among medical supplies due to arrive in Tonga on Thursday, 23 April on an Air New Zealand flight.
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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Government has extended the application due date to May 1 for local registered businesses to apply for assistance, under a COVID-19 Business Economic Emergency Relief Fund.
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