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Thursday 1 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A search has not located a 19-year old male teenager who went missing at sea at Fua’amotu Beach on July 29.
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Thursday 1 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fraud trial against Vava'u People’s Representative to Parliament, ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, which was to start in September has been delayed.
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Thursday 1 August 2019

Nadi, Fiji
A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared by Pacific Island States, including Tonga, after signing the Nadi Bay Declaration earlier this week, calling on developed countries to urgently address climate change including phasing out coal mining and fossil fuel use and production.
Thursday 1 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s multi-million pa'anga whale watching and swimming tourist attraction is challenged by the findings of a new study by the Auckland University of Technology.
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Thursday 1 August 2019

Suva, Fiji
Domestic and sexual violence is costing Fijian employers almost 10 days of work per employee each year, reveals a new study by the IFC. It showed companies can make a real difference with simple, helpful approaches to improve employee well-being.
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Wednesday 31 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's medalists at the recent Pacific Games in Samoa, were awarded prizes last night, 30 July, at a formal ceremony hosted by the Government of Tonga, at the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf, Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 31 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Michael Hargreaves Whitten QC from Australia has been appointed as Tonga’s new Lord Chief Justice and is expected to join the Supreme Court in Nuku‘alofa on September 2.
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Wednesday 31 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese proverb goes: “Yāo Xiǎng Fù Xiān Xiū Lù” (“If you want to get rich, build a road.”) This can be updated as: “If you seek prosperity, build connectivity.” By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu, Secretary General of the Tonga China Friendship Association.
Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The success of Tonga’s athletes at the recent Pacific Games held in Samoa where 29 medals were won, will now see Tonga Sports Council (TSC) planning for more sports development - so Tongan athletes can reach 100% performances in the future.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Lord Chief Justice, Owen Paulsen, has been appointed as an Associate Judge at New Zealand's High Court to preside in Christchurch.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Tu’itavake (34) of Malapo was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, found on him during his arrest in the Nuku'alofa Central Business District in 2018.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma (28) who is charged in relation to the seizure of three kilograms of methamphetamine at his home in Fahefa, had his case adjourned to September.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A seven member Tongan delegation attended the 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, from 15-26 July, to discuss and formulate a seabed mining code and other matters. Tonga presented a discussion paper on issues related to Small Island States and sharing of financial proceeds from mining of deep seabed minerals.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old man was sentenced to one-year nine-months imprisonment, after being convicted in the Supreme Court of making a false statement and dealing with a forged birth certificate in order to obtain a Tongan passport.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr. remains in police custody after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court today, July 29.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer charged in relation to a bribery charge allegedly involving the Sione Filipe Jr. case was released on bail today, July 29.
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Monday 29 July 2019

New York, USA
How did the world’s two most venerable and influential democracies – the United Kingdom and the United States – end up with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson at the helm? Trump is not wrong to call Johnson the “Britain Trump” (sic). Nor is this merely a matter of similar personalities or styles: it is also a reflection of glaring flaws in the political institutions that enabled such men to win power. By Jeffrey D. Sachs.
Saturday 27 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, Tonga's Tonga’s High Commissioner to Canberra, visited the Philippines last week to present her Letters of Credence to President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace, Manila.
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Saturday 27 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. ‘Akau’ola presented his letter of credentials as the Tongan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate UAE to Zaki Nusseibeh, the UAE Minister of State at Abu Dhabi on 25 July.
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Saturday 27 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The opportunities for Tongans to get a better paid job in New Zealand and Australia under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) and Australia’s Seasonal Workers’ Program (SWP) has been hailed as a blessing by family members and the government, but at the same time it is regarded as a stumbling block to local Private Sector growth. Local Tongan businesses that can't compete with the overseas pay rates are experiencing shortages of semi skilled and skilled labour. By Pesi Fonua.

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