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Friday 28 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Domestic air services to the northern remote islands of Niuafo'ou and Niuatoputapu are expected to resume by the second week of February. There have been no regular air services to the Niuas since 17 May 2004, when the Royal Tongan Airlines ceased operation.
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Friday 28 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The lengthy explanation of HRH Tupouto'a confirms in detail his knowledge of what was going on, his involvement and participation. These explanations contradict what he previously said viz: ...."I was opposed to the anti-media laws on the grounds that they were not our style of doing things in this country".... How can HRH be opposed when he allowed the Bills to go through and presided over meetings where he gave advice and directions on how to maintain a united front to secure enactment of the Bills? - Clive Edwards.
Friday 28 January 2005
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
The heavy artillery for the ongoing misleading assault was provided by the former Minister of Police who also signed the agreement that transferred the operations of the Tonga Electric Power Board to Shoreline, while he was in government. - Sitiveni Finau
Friday 28 January 2005
Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands
Why are we still exporting vanilla beans in its raw form, squash in green form, fish, seaweeds, Kava, and many more? We can easily process them and export to earn higher value (value adding). Why are we importing frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, etc? Processing and preservation of these products can be easily done in Tonga. We need to invest more in applied research and product development.-Edgar Cocker
Friday 28 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over $974,000 pa'anga in aid was pledged by Japan on Tuesday to help fund schools projects and other community projects in Tonga.
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Wednesday 26 January 2005
Los Angeles, USA
Leafa Mataele Wawryk, is truly a lady with a big heart. When in December she heard that HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, Hon. Tuita and their children, Hon. Fanetupou Vava'u, Hon. Halaevalu Moheofo, Hon. Frederica Fatafehi Lapaha, Hon. Sione Ikamafana and their cousin, Hon. 'Etani Tuku'aho were on holiday in Los Angeles, Leafa decided to host a private 21st birthday party for Hon. Frederica.
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Wednesday 26 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Semisi Takelo (16) a Form 4 student from the Liahona High School is the recipient of the first Tonga Australian Football Association scholarship to attend an Australian Secondary School for a year.
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Wednesday 26 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government Printing Department is the latest of government's semi-commercial operations to be corporatised.
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Tuesday 25 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no confusion on my part as to what transpired in the Cabinet Meetings and I shall leave it at that. The only other witnesses are the other Cabinet Ministers and I have no intention of dragging them into this debate because I do not need their help to defend myself from the likes of Clive Edwards. - hrh
Tuesday 25 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the Privy Council Meeting which was held before the vote over the Media Bills were about to come up in Parliament, I alluded to the fact that that this had become a cause célèbre among large sections of the public and I knew that there was dissent within the Cabinet ranks. ... Clive Edwards made an impassioned submission in support of the legislation. hrh
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Tuesday 25 January 2005
Saipan, Northern Marinanas Islands
Did Clive Edwards really have power to intimidate commoners? Was it really a power or was it a "Kakala Pe"? That essence has just gradually faded away as time goes by. -Edgar Cocker
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Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Communications Corporation has accumulated a loss of $50,000 during the five days that its international, inter-island telephone, and internet services were disrupted last week.
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Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Hon. Dr Tevita Hala Palefau (47), today took up his post as Tonga's new Minister of Education.
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Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After Government had lost the first set of actions against it by the media, it looked at the Prohibited Publications Act and the Customs Act. I recall what was said and it’’s a matter of words whether it was proposed, suggested, implanted or hinted that Government should look at the American situation on the media and adopt it here. After that, Crown Law engaged Senior Counsel from overseas to put in place what would be appropriate legislations. - Clive Edwards
Monday 24 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Regrettably I must again write to inform you of another of Clive Edwards's lies. He said to you that I had announced that there was a plot for a coup by some ministers. The real story is as follows. - hrh
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Saturday 22 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mangoes for breakfast, mangoes for lunch, and mangoes for dinner - we have mangoes dropping on our heads and squashing under our feet in Tongatapu this month.
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Friday 21 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I read in Clive Edwards's interview that he accused me of proposing the Media Operator's Act. This is wholly untrue but as Edwards is running for parliament his wild accusations are, I suppose, understandable. I was opposed to the anti media laws on the grounds that they were not our style of doing things in this country. - hrh
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Friday 21 January 2005
Glasgow, Scotland
It was good to see the two Siones are playing in England. I hope the other guys who stayed on are making their way in the rugby world. -Alex.Mack
Thursday 20 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga hopes to complete its accession process to the World Trade Organisation WTO by the end of the year, announced Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Cecil Cocker on January 19 at the Prime Minister's office, Nuku'alofa during the signing of a bilateral Market Access Agreement between Tonga and the People's Republic of China.
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Thursday 20 January 2005
Vienna, Austria
Oil futures prices surged above $49 a barrel Tuesday - their highest levels since the end of November - amid plunging temperatures in the United States and fears of supply cuts. - AP
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