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Thursday 12 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All of the 152 passengers who arrived from New Zealand on 28 July have tested negative, in results obtained yesterday for their second test, the Chief Medical Officer for Public Health, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa confirmed this morning.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cocaine haul seized in Vava’u has been weighed at just over 14 kilograms, with an estimated street value over $5 million pa’anga, Tonga Police said today. Twelve people have been charged in relation to the haul.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A consignment of 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Tonga on Tuesday, August 10. This will enable the vaccination roll out to reach the outer islands of Ha'apai and the two Niuas.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Brisbane, Australia due to arrive in Tonga on 25 August has now been postponed to 25 September due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, quarantine free travel to New Zealand from Tonga is being considered.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Parliament got off to a slow start yesterday, 10 August after its four weeks break. At first it did not have a quorum, so it went into recess for 10 minutes. In fact, the House was scheduled to resume on 2 August. However, it did not get rolling until yesterday morning. Government had tabled several Bills to the House only the day before the House resumed its proceeding. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four of the seven accused in Vava'u, including three foreign nationals were denied bail at the Magistrate's Court in Neiafu on August 9. They remain in police custody as investigations continue. Meanwhile, Tonga Police made more arrests last week in relation to the cocaine packages that washed up on Vava'u beaches recently.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
Fiji has recorded 603 new COVID-19 cases over 24-hours ending at 8:00am on August 9. There were 18-new deaths due to the virus between August 4-9.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

St Helens, UK
Tongan rugby league international star, Will Hopoate has signed with St Helen’s in the UK for two years starting in 2022.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

Canberra, Australia
The Pacific faces huge challenges should the world warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius by the early 2030s, warns an Australian climate change expert after a UN scientific report was released yesterday.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Young Girls Music Festival to encourage young talents in music was held on Friday evening, August 6 in Nuku'alofa. The festival was more than just music, it was a platform where the girls expressed issues that were important to them, said Talitha Project Founder Vanessa Heleta today.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
Tonga, Samoa, and Tuvalu have begun immunizing children to protect them against cervical cancer, pneumonia, and rotavirus, under a project financed by the Asian Development Bank.
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Tuesday 10 August 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Some devastating impacts of global warming are now unavoidable, a major United Nations scientific report found. But there is still time to stop things from getting even worse.
Monday 9 August 2021

Christchurch, New Zealand
Four members of Tonga's Olympic team arrived safely in Christchurch yesterday, on their way home to Tonga, ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, the Chef de Mission of Team Tonga, told Matangi Tonga tonight. They will spend a total of five weeks in quarantine in New Zealand and Tonga.
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Monday 9 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was no well-oiled Pita Taufatofua at the Olympic closing ceremony last night, but it seems he has set a trend as three shirtless Samoan athletes showed up for the final athletes parade at Tokyo 2020.
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Monday 9 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped his adult daughter has been sentenced to nine and a half-years imprisonment, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 9 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan
New York Times reporting: World records are bound to fall at every Olympics, when the world’s greatest athletes compete on one stage and are pushed further and faster by advances in technology. Yet many also wondered whether the impact of a year’s delay would hinder the expected monumental performances. But athletes persevered and world records were shattered in a smattering of sports.
Monday 9 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
US border agencies will detain tuna and other seafood harvested by the Hangton 112, a Fijian flagged and owned fishing vessel, under a Withhold Release Order issued by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which claims the use of forced labour on the vessel. Flag states need to uphold international standards and perform proper oversight and safety of their ships, says the chair of a migrant workers union.
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Saturday 7 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bank of South Pacific Tonga Limited (BSP) will reduce interest rates across a number of lending and deposit products, effective 6 September 2021. New rates will apply for Unsecured Personal Loans - now 13% (reduction of 5.50%), Secured Personal Loan – now 12.3% (reduction of 1.70%). Rate changes will also apply across some Demand Deposit and Term Deposit accounts – as follows:
Friday 6 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two hundred homes on 'Eua and Tongatapu have been repaired in a Manaaki Shelter Resilience project funded by the New Zealand Government. The NZD$2.1million project over two years was led by Caritas Tonga in partnership with Habitat for Humanity New Zealand.
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Friday 6 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A consignment of 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled to arrive in Tonga next Tuesday, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola today. More COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer doses, will follow to inoculate youth and pregnant women. He said the risk of the Delta variant entering Tonga was increasing. If a Delta outbreak happens in Tonga it might be too late to vaccinate some people to protect them.
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