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Monday 23 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
DNA testing has identified eight people who died in the fire that gutted the Shoreline building on November 16, 2006 and the youngest was a boy of 13 years old, the Tongan Police confirmed today.
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Monday 23 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's small Muslim community of about 100 people are aiming to build a new boarding school on Tongatapu before 2010.
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Monday 23 April 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
The Chair of the Tongan Advisory Council Melina Maka today expressed concern at a lack of detail about how the new Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme will ensure a fair deal for both New Zealand employers and Pacific workers. While the intention behind the scheme is good, there are concerns about the process and lack of real engagement with Pacific communities. "In the rush to develop this initiative, the lessons from similar policies and initiatives in the past may have been overlooked," said Mr Maka.
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Sunday 22 April 2007
Honiara, Solomon Islands
There is increasing urgency for more effective combating of corruption in the Pacific according to the Pacific chapters of Transparency International, from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand, and the TI Secretariat from Berlin. TI called for the promotion of good governance to be given the highest priority by Pacific governments, civil society organisations and citizens.
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Sunday 22 April 2007
Apia, Samoa
Va‘aiga Tuigamala (37), who made his name as 'Inga the Winger, was bestowed his father's chiefly title Tuigamala, at his village Sa'anapu, Upolu, Samoa in March.
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Sunday 22 April 2007
Sydney, Australia
I simply wish to thank you for your continuous coverage of the cases involving those PRs who by all means sought to identify themselves with the destruction of Nuku'alofa on 16/11. There is a sense in which the PRs directly involved with the events of 16/11 ought to be extremely thankful that their rights as Tongan citizens have been apparently upheld throughout the current situation in our country. I would think that if the claim that the Tongan government has been dictatorial and oppressive was to be substantiated in any way, that their treatment could have been altogether different from what they are given up to now. - Rev Dr Ma'afu'otu'itonga Palu
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Saturday 21 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Upolu Samoa was beaten 18-13 by the Tautahi Gold at Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa, this afternoon in the fourth round of the IRB Pacific Cup Tournament.
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Saturday 21 April 2007
Geneva, Belgium
The World Health Organization (WHO) and key partners are meeting on Thursday and Friday (April 19-20) to demonstrate an unprecedented commitment to combat the so-called neglected tropical diseases. This commitment comes from political leaders and ministries of health in affected countries, from development agencies and banks, foundations, scientists, and some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.
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Saturday 21 April 2007
Geneva, Belgium
Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 24 years, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report, Youth and Road Safety, says that nearly 400 000 young people under the age of 25 are killed in road traffic crashes every year. Millions more are injured or disabled.
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Thursday 19 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On the eve of the signing of a New Zealand Regional Seasonal Employer (RSE) work scheme, the wisdom of encouraging thousands of Tonga's best agricultural workers to leave the country has been questioned by commercial farmers here.
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Thursday 19 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the third week of the 2007 Pacific Rugby Cup tournament the two Tongan rugby teams Tau'uta Reds and Tautahi Gold won both their matches last weekend.
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Wednesday 18 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of three street protesters, 'Akilisi Pohiva, Tu'i Uata and Semisi Sika, ended at the Fasi-moe-afi Police Magistrate's Court yesterday.
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Wednesday 18 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justice Anthony Ford ordered 'Aimini Tu'ivai, yesterday to serve a one-year prison sentence for a default in the payment of a $20,000 fine that was imposed on him on January 26, 2006.
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Wednesday 18 April 2007
Apia, Samoa
The Samoa Government says it will send back home a seasonal worker from the first group who left in early March to work for the Mr Apple company in New Zealand, Radio New Zealand International reported.
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Wednesday 18 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I humbly request the following correction to your report entitled, "Economic Summit sets the pace for Tonga development" that appeared on 17 April. - Lopeti Senituli
Wednesday 18 April 2007
USA
Ka 'i ai ha faka'ilonga mahino (tekeutua) ke fakatokanga'i 'i ha vaha'a 'o ha sosaieti 'oku pule'i (pulepule'i) pea mo ha founga 'oku tau'ataina, 'e mahalo ko e faikehekehe 'i he vaha'a 'o e ongo fo'i lea 'e ua: Fakamalohi'i pea mo e fakaloto'i. - Siosaia Moimoiangaha
Tuesday 17 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the end of day one of Tonga's first National Economic Summit, the one thing that is clear, is that government has diligently mapped out the direction of the summit, aiming to create new economic and trade policy making bodies.
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Monday 16 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King George Tupou V will fly to Pago Pago, American Samoa tomorrow Tuesday, crossing the dateline to attend the country's annual Flag Day celebrations on April 17, American Samoan time.
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Monday 16 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liahona High School, unofficially, is the winner of the 2007 Inter-college Sports Competition with a total of 68 medals, 23 gold, 22 silver and 23 bronze.
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Sunday 15 April 2007
Sigatoka, Fiji
Fullback Jo Tora kicked a penalty goal deep into injury time to give the Air Pacific Fiji Barbarians a last-ditch 24-23 victory over Savai'i Samoa at Laqawa Park in Sigatoka on Saturday in the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup.
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