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Saturday 16 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prominent on the front pages of the Kalonikali, the Kele'a and the Talaki this week was the Inter-College Sports, and the Talaki also reported a move to form a People's Democratic Party. While the front pages of the two issues of the Taimi 'o Tonga this week featured Tongan-New Zealand stories.
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Friday 15 April 2005
San Francisco, USA
Tonga is caught between a rock and a hard place. Its poor economic status and its leaders drive to re-appropriate what is left for themselves, will be definitely the death of the kingdom as we know it. No, don...’t push the panic Oh My God! button just yet. I am talking about 30 to 50 years from now. This seems to be a long time, but it is not. It may be sooner if the king fails to change how the island kingdom is governed.
Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heavy rain fell over Tongatapu last night and early this morning causing flooding in many areas and early closure of schools for the day.
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Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 23 candidates have registered to run in Tonga's by-election on May 5 for the two vacant People's Representative seats in the Legislative Assembly. When the registration of candidates closed yesterday, April 14, 18 candidates had registered for Tongatapu - nine new candidates and nine who previously contested the seat.
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Friday 15 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the conclusion of the 2005 Inter Collegiate Athletic Sports Competition held last week, Liahona High School of the LDS church dominated the medal tables for the second year winning 21 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze medals.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Starting today, April 14, the DC3 of the Peau Vava‘u Airways the sole operator of the domestic air service, ceased serving the outer islands of Tonga.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Durban, South Africa
Uruguay beat Tonga last night April 13, by 19-12 in their semi final match at the Durban High School ground, Durban, South Africa.
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Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: The saying today in Tonga that some people can get away with million dollar day-light robberies, while others may be sent to jail for stealing the neighbour’s chicken, is very true if you look at what has been happening during the past few months. The March parliamentary election has stretched some people’s imaginations to the limit so that they do things that an ordinary bible-carrying, big ta'ovala wearing Tongan would not do, which is simply cheating in order to get a few votes. - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua
Thursday 14 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 11:26 Turtle meat as a delicacy is becoming very popular again, not only on the outer islands of Tonga but also on the main island of Tongatapu. These turtles were pictured at Ha'afeva, Ha'apai, last week as they were being loaded onto the MV Pulupaki for shipment to consumers in Ma'ufanga and Puke on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 13 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga'’s Minister for Tourism, Hon. Cecil Cocker, and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Gao Shanhai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding this morning, April 13, allowing Chinese Tour Operators to bring Chinese tourists to Tonga. 2005-04-13 17:47:00 +1300
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Tuesday 12 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sangstar Saulala, the editor of the Tonga Star, appeared in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court this week to answer a claim by the new Minister of Labour and Commerce, Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, that he failed to honor and pay an out-of-court settlement that they agreed to in 2003.
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Tuesday 12 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Radio Australia is expanding its operation in the Pacific Islands with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the South Pacific.
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Tuesday 12 April 2005
USA
As I read the March 17th edition of The New Zealand Herald, I finally realized how close Tonga is getting to another "Civil War". Professor Futa Helu was quoted as saying, "The King is decrepit and the Crown Prince has no other interests but his own businesses. If the Prince continues to abuse his power, there will be a popular revolt, maybe bloodshed" These are strong predictions from Yoda, the wisest of the Jedis (masses of the Star Wars). -Tama Foa
Monday 11 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
You might be interested in the following issues with which I am assisting Shoreline - Peter P. Goldstern
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Monday 11 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The local papers this week, 4-8 April 2005, were dominated by the death of Pope John Paul II. A few corruption stories were also prominent.
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Monday 11 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The top four teams in Division B are Samoa, Tonga, Uruguay and Italy. On Saturday April 9, Samoa demolished Russia 27-0 to maintain its place at No. 1. Tonga took out the USA 39-10 to remain at second place. Uruguay blew away Chile 44-0 to hold on to the No. 3 position, and Italy battled and overcame Namibia 27-17 to claim the No. 4 position.
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Monday 11 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight new track and field records were set on April 7, at Teufaiva Stadium during the first day of the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Sports competition. The first two records set for the day were in the Midget Boys 80 metres hurdles by Vili Takau of Vava'u setting with a new record of 12.64 seconds, followed by Manase Folau of Tupou College with 12.88 seconds.
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Sunday 10 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A farewell Mass for John Paul II was held this evening, Sunday April 10, at St Mary...’s Cathedral, Ma'ufanga led by Bishop Soane Lilo Foliaki of Tonga, and attended by King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho, the Crown Prince Tupouto'a and the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata.
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Friday 8 April 2005
North Harbour, New Zealand
Tongan juries often bring in verdicts of manslaughter (killing by an unlawful act such as assault, without the intent to kill) rather than murder (intentional killing of another, or recklessness as to the outcome of a grievous assault) when the facts clearly support a finding of murder. -David Garrett
Friday 8 April 2005
Suva, Fiji
Forum Secretary General, Greg Urwin, has again expressed concern about shipments of radioactive materials which transit through parts of the Pacific region.
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