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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The world has been planning for the future in the mistaken belief that it will resemble the past. But as COVID-19 coincides with cyclones in South Asia and the Pacific and vast locust swarms in East Africa, the need to prepare for a world of unexpected shocks has become clearer than ever. Epidemics, floods, storms, droughts, and wildfires are all expected to become more frequent and severe, affecting hundreds of millions of people each year. By Jagan Chapagain and Andrew Steer
Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The CoViD-19 pandemic restrictions are creating long lasting economic damage to businesses in Tonga with loss of jobs and incomes, a statement from the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed today. They also expect negative impacts to worsen when CoViD-19 arrives.
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Monday 6 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government is chartering a Fiji Airways ATR72 aircraft to repatriate 58 Tongans who have been stranded in Fiji since Tonga locked down its border on 23 March 2020. They aim to bring them home on Thursday July 9.
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Monday 6 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first Joint Maritime Coordination Centre was launched on July 3 at the Masefield Navy Headquarters, with equipment worth $75,000 pa'anga, funded under Australia's Defence Cooperation Program.
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Monday 6 July 2020

Suva, Fiji
Today, the Pacific governments, together with donor partners, launched the Health Care on Air Pacific training to be aired on radio and other communication platforms for front-line healthcare workers across 14 Pacific Island countries. One of the greatest challenges currently facing healthcare systems in the Pacific is how to provide front-line healthcare workers with training on managing COVID-19 infections when they arise
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Monday 6 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Locally produced seaweed, Limu Tanga'u, featured in a food and cocktails tasting event presented at The Top Restaurant on Friday night, in collaboration with the South Pacific Mozuku and the youth-led TYEE Go Green programme in Nuku'alofa.
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Saturday 4 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An American sailing yacht that was denied entry to Tonga is heading to Tongan territory anyway, expecting to anchor at Minerva Reef (Tele ki Tonga and Tele ki Tokelau) tomorrow, Sunday July 5. Tonga's patrol boat VOEA Neiafu is currently at Minerva Reef, the HMAF Navy confirmed today. By Mary Lyn Fonua.
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Saturday 4 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of the world’s most exposed countries to climate change and natural disasters, according to an International Monetary Fund and World Bank assessment report of Tonga’s Climate Change Policy.
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Friday 3 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI will celebrate his official birthday on Saturday, July 4, in private with some members of the extended Royal Family, at The Villa Royal Residence. The King who was born on 12 July 1959 will be 61 years old this year. Starting at 10:00am HMAF and Tonga Police bands will march through central Nuku'alofa to the Royal Palace, but there will be no public holiday this year.
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Friday 3 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men were rescued by Police Search and Rescue in two separate calls for assistance in Tongatapu waters, due to engine failure.
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Friday 3 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men and one woman were arrested with illicit drugs at two different locations in Tongatapu.
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Friday 3 July 2020

Bonn, Germany
Oceania has been ranked second in the world for e-waste generation per person at 16.1kg per capita, behind Europe with 16.2kg, according to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report released today. Tonga is reported to have generated 0.3 kt of e-waste in 2019, which amounts to 3.3kg per person. E-waste generation worldwide has increased by 21 per cent in just five years.
Thursday 2 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Animal Welfare Society (TAWS) has been busy providing much needed animal care advice since opening to the community last month in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 2 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL), a new rugby league governing board, has applied for full membership of the International Rugby League (IRL).
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Thursday 2 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An heir lost his claim in a land dispute against his younger brother and the Minister of Lands. This was after, the Land Court found that when he did not claim it, the land reverted back to the estate holder and there was nothing he could claim as heir.
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Thursday 2 July 2020

Brussels, Belgium
On 22 June, the first summit took place between the new EU leadership team, headed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel, and China’s President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, but there was little time for small talk. One official remarked, ‘the gloves were off from the start’ with no attempt to secure a traditional joint statement, let alone a joint press conference. The EU side accepted that EU–China relations ‘were crucial in many areas’ but at the same time stated that ‘we have to recognise that we do not share the same values, political systems, or approach to multilateralism’. The Chinese side appeared surprised at these blunt words but they stemmed from the March 2019 EU policy document which stated that China was a ‘systemic rival’ in certain areas. By Fraser Cameron. East Asia Forum.
Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two people who pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine at Hofoa in 2018 received suspended sentences, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Sydney, Australia
Ko e taha e fehu‘i tefito hotau fonua he ‘aho ni ko e fatongia ‘o e Hou‘eiki mo e Nopele ki he Fa‘unga Pule ‘o e ‘aho ni. Pea ko e hoha‘a ‘oku ma‘alifekina pe kohai ‘oku nau fakafofonga‘i ‘i Fale Alea. Pea he ‘ikai teu toe lave ki he faikehekehe ‘o Nopele mo e Hou‘eiki Tauhi Fonua he ko e kupu si‘i mo e lahi ‘o e me‘a tatau.. ‘Inoke Fotu Hu‘akau.
Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 51-year-old man was found guilty of rape, while a 22-year-old was guilty of indecent assault committed on a young girl, under the age of 12 in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The duty for fuel has been increased by the Tongan Government by 10 seniti/litre from 65 to 75 seniti/litre, resulting in the rise of petrol and diesel prices starting today 1 July.
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