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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament has gone into recess again, after the Prime Minister withdrew 16 bills “to have another look” at them. The PM also told the House that Tonga’s State of Emergency to counter the Coronavirus Pandemic had been extended again from 12 September to 12 March 2021. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will observe a public holiday on Thursday, September 17 for the 35th birthday of Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice has remitted a traffic case to be retried at the lower court, after setting aside a Senior Magistrate’s decision who acquitted a man of obstructing a driver.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The verdicts on four men charged in the death of Sione Feimoeafi (49) trial will be delivered on Wednesday, September 16 at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 14 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An agreement to improve training and employment opportunities for students at the Tonga Institute of Science and Technology (TIST) was signed with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) on 4 September, in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 14 September 2020

New South Wales, Australia
The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship, scheduled for November in New Zealand, has been cancelled due to CoViD-19. However, Tonga is scheduled to play Samoa in a Rugby World Cup Repechage Qualifier match in November in Auckland.
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Sunday 13 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The commitment of the Asian Development Bank to finance the proposed USD$55 million Fanga’uta Lagoon Bridge, will be confirmed next year, according to Mr Masayuki Tachiiri, Pacific Regional Director of the ADB’s Office in Fiji.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An upgraded classroom building for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training facility at Queen Salote College was handed over today from the Government of Japan.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drivers and all front seat passengers over 12 years old must wear seat belts while driving in Tonga, under a new Traffic Act 2020 that came into effect on August 31. New penalties will be enforced from October 1 for a range of traffic offences, including holding mobile phones while driving and causing loud noises while driving.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Medical supplies will arrive in Tonga on September 15 in a container onboard a Royal New Zealand Navy dive hydrographic vessel, HMNZS Manawanui, in a contactless port visit.
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Friday 11 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights are being planned for next month to return around 300 people from Christchurch, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The World Health Organization is urging countries to eliminate industrially produced trans-fat (TFA), from the global food supply by 2023, due to its link to heart disease and death. In Tonga, 1.71 % of coronary heart disease deaths is due to trans-fat intake. Trans-fats raise our bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Examples of foods that may contain trans-fat include doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Dunedin, New Zealand
Former Crusaders’ utility back Fetuli Paea (26) has signed with the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilimoa Afu (35) was sentenced at the Supreme Court to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for possession of 0.11 gram of methamphetamine, at Ngele’ia.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaipulu Ikamanu was discharged on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, a .22 rifle and 6,801 ammunitions alleged to have been smuggled in a box from the United States last year. He said, he was only asked to collect it. The judge said S.117 of the act was inconsistent with the Constitution “and I therefore find that S.117 is void.”
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is looking at providing CoViD-19 tests for outgoing passengers at a fee says the Ministry of Health, but until a regulation is amended, foreigners who are stuck in Tonga will not be able have departure tests. This may take two weeks or more to sort out.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two visitors from New Zealand have started collecting rubbish left scattered on Tongatapu beaches this month. They remove bag loads of dirty diapers and other waste, so the beaches are “all clean and safe for everyone to use and enjoy,” and to protect marine life.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sioeli Tapueluelu was jailed for nine-months imprisonment for possession of 3.37 grams of methamphetamine, at the Supreme Court last week.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Talivakaola was discharged at the Supreme Court on charges relating to the importation of prohibited goods, namely a shotgun and 900 ammunitions, alleged to have been smuggled to Tonga in a shipment from the United States last year. He found that the indictment against the accused was faulty.
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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Enforcement of the new Employment Relations Act 2020 should be deferred “until we are able to recover from the effects of this global pandemic.”, Tonga's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. stated today, stressing that the timing is wrong.
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