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Monday 7 December 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Unilever New Zealand said it would begin a one-year experiment to allow all 81 of its employees to earn their full salaries while working one day fewer per week, a move the company said might actually boost productivity and improve employees’ work-life balance. Some business and productivity experts say the concept may finally get a serious look amid a pandemic that has altered how billions live and work around the globe.
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Monday 7 December 2020

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD$45 million grant to help rehabilitate and upgrade the international port at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, ADB announced on December 4.
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Monday 7 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Free Trade Agreement Plus (PACER Plus) comes into force next week on 13 December 2020, introducing new trade rules, Tonga will face a major financial difficulty of countering big trade deficits with two of its main trading partners, Australia and New Zealand. By Pesi Fonua
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Sunday 6 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
Two crew members of the cargo ship MV Island Chief that arrived in Fiji on 2 December 2020 have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation at the Navua Hospital. Fiji officials who boarded the vessel and their close contacts are also in quarantine, Fiji's Dr James Fong said today. The vessel's last port of call was Nuku'alofa in Tonga on 30 November,
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Sunday 6 December 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand Army Unimog truck parts, for His Majesty’s Armed Forces, and personal protective equipment (PPE), including medical gowns, were delivered to Tonga on 4 December, by an RNZAF Hercules.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongans have been named to start in the first ever Moana Pasifika rugby team taking on the Maori All Blacks tomorrow, Saturday 5 December, at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided AUD$2.885 million towards Tonga’s outer islands solar power project, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to help reduce reliance on diesel for power generation.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today is the anniversary of King George (Siaosi) Taufa’ahau Tupou I, Tonga’s first Christian King and founder of the modern Kingdom of Tonga, which will be observed with a public holiday on Monday 7 December.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All repatriated passengers from Auckland were released from quarantine yesterday after testing negative for CoViD-19, confirmed Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa today.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were arrested with methamphetamine at a home in Haveluloto on December 3.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongans can now ship watermelons to New Zealand after temporary permits were issued to exporters under special conditions, according to Radio New Zealand.
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Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2020 Dux of Tonga High School is the Head Girl, ‘Alunga Lily Mary Vermanda Tupou (18), from Ha'avakatolo, who received her awards during the government secondary school’s prize giving ceremony today, December 3.
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Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Above average rainfall is forecast across Tonga up to January 2021, according to the latest climate update from Tonga Meteorological Service. Tonga Met is also using traditional knowledge indicators to forecast tropical cyclones and so far, our mango trees, the birds and the bees and bananas are not indicating cyclones.
Thursday 3 December 2020
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ko e konga ‘o e lea tefito ‘i he fepōtalanoa‘aki ‘a e Paati Kominiusi ‘a Siainá mo e ngaahi paati politikale ‘a māmaní ‘i he fakataha mā‘olunga na‘e fai. Posted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Tonga
Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At present, the COVID-19 is still raging around the world, with many countries facing the second wave of outbreak. And the world economic recovery is encountering major difficulties. Against this backdrop, the leaders of the major economies gathered together last month to convene the 12th BRICS Summit, the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, and the 15th G20 Leaders' Summit, to exchange views on important topics including COVID-19 response, economic recovery and optimizing global governance.
Thursday 3 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, Tongan Laureate, is a recipient of the prestigious international Prince Claus Award 2020 for her lifelong contribution to the ongoing vitality of women's textile arts, an integral part of Tongan culture. The 2020 Laureates were announced this morning [Tonga time] in The Kingdom of the Netherlands by HRH Prince Constantijn.
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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three new classroom buildings for Takuilau College were commissioned by Australian High Commissioner HE Adrian Morrison today, 2 December.
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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Muimui He Lotu ‘Amaka (33) and Sione Moli (34) were sentenced to nine-months imprisonment each for possession of 0.25 grams of methamphetamine and 0.24 grams of cannabis at Nukunuku.
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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Harris Isbell Satini (45) was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 1.32 grams of methamphetamine seized at Vaini.
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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The shock of COVID-19 has pushed the number of people who need humanitarian assistance worldwide to a record high – up by 40 per cent compared to the same time last year. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday that humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen and called for the world to mobilize resources and “stand in solidarity with people in their darkest hour of need." Multiple famines loom on the horizon for poor countries.

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