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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timote ‘Asa was sentenced to a deterrent sentence of six-years imprisonment for numerous charges, including rape and abduction of a young woman in Tongatapu. In sentencing at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 18, the Chief Justice protected the identity of the complainant.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual Tax Week, September 21-27, was launched by Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, under a theme of resilience. It aims to inform and raise awareness on the Ministry's services.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of women who formed a backyard vegetable gardening group called Green Fingers, presented their harvest to Princess Pilolevu Tuita at her residence, last week.
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Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Iasinito Mataele Toke (38) who pleaded guilty to serious fraudulent conversion of $39,596 pa'anga from his employer Pacific Energy Ltd. was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment.
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Saturday 19 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new children's book was launched at a reception for the 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Tonga and New Zealand on Friday evening, 18 September 2020.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll in terms of human lives and health, jobs, growth, and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. Donors have pledged more than $4 billion to replenish Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant funds for the region during a virtual meeting on 16 September.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tinitale Finau (45) was sentenced today at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended for cultivating 54 cannabis plants in 'Eua.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men have been arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis at three different locations in Tongatapu in an ongoing operation by Tonga Police.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongamoa Kakau (32) was found guilty today of serious indecent assault committed on a 21-year-old woman in the early morning hours, at her home in Houmakelikao.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal second session, which will hear Lord Tu’ivakano's appeal against his conviction is deferred to start on October 19 in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty-five people repatriated from Fiji and Kiribati tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now in home quarantine for seven days after completing their 14 days quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan economy has been struggling to recover from the impact of two severely destructive cyclones, Gita in 2018 and Harold in 2020, followed by a long-term border closure, and extended CoVid-19 restrictions. Economic outlooks are so depressing in the region, that policy makers now need to consider mental and physical wellness alongside economic recovery planning. The September Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, is sub-titled: “Wellness in Worrying Times”.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

New Delhi, India
The World Bank should no longer publish its Doing Business index, owing to its flawed design and vulnerability to manipulation. The Bank also owes the developing world an apology for all the harm this misleading and problematic tool has already caused. By Jayati Ghosh.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Bundaberg, Australia
A Tongan fruit-picker was fined $650 after punching a backpacker from Vanuatu in a consensual fight in Australia.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who caused the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) by stomping on his head at and outside the Tali‘eva Bar in the Nuku'alofa CBD in 2019, were today found guilty of manslaughter. They are detained in police custody for sentencing in October.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol has increased, while kerosene, diesel and LPG prices have decreased effective today, 16 September.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Suva, Fiji
With increasing State powers declared in most Pacific Island countries under national states of emergencies and public health emergencies, it is crucial that the processes of enforcement of these emergency measures always adhere to key democratic principles, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Tonga and other Pacific states said yesterday, on the International Day of Democracy. “Responsive, transparent and accountable COVID-19 responses are critical to democracy,” Mr Sanaka Samarasinha said.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Toio Lauteau (42) was convicted today at the Supreme Court of serious causing bodily harm, when he hit his wife twice on the head with a hammer in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua. He will be sentenced on November 10.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Talikivaha Palei Posoni was acquitted of possessing cocaine at Te'ekiu, after a Supreme Court judge found that the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond reasonable doubt the offence. There were discrepancies in the evidence because the analyst's report about the substance she received did not match the substance found by police at the accused's house.
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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The VOEA Neiafu on its final voyage from Tonga, arrived safely in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia on 14 September, and will be handed over to the Australian Authorities for disposal.
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