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Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building for ‘Apifo’ou College at Ma’ufanga was commissioned on December 1 in phase two of a reconstruction program under the Pacific Resilience Program. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 1 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Last week saw the first decline in newly-reported cases globally since September, said World Health Organisation Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on 30 November, while warning that gains can easily be lost. He cautioned holiday makers that being with family and friends “is not worth putting them or yourself at risk”.
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Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All repatriated passengers from Brisbane tested negative to CoViD-19, said Chief Medical Officer (Public Health) Dr Reynold 'Ofanoa this morning. There are tentative plans for two more repatriation flights to Tonga this month, one from Fiji and one from Auckland.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) pleaded guilty last week to causing the road death of ‘Aisea Kaifa (66) on Hihifo Road at Sia'atoutai in August this year.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Feinga ki he Lotu Fanguna who was convicted of importing a .22 rifle without a licence, which he ordered from the United States was fined $500 pa’anga, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. He had applied for a licence which was issued to him, after he was arrested on this offence.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupou Le’okava Tafuna (38) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.4 grams of methamphetamine seized at Longolongo.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Sydney, Australia
A TV show celebrating athletes of Pacific Island heritage achievements in sports around the world, was launched in Australia last week, hosted by Tiana Penitani, who is of Tongan heritage.
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Monday 30 November 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
New York Times reporting: An unexpected contest over the 2021 presidency of the U.N. Human Rights Council is pitting some of the United Nations' most powerful member states against tiny Pacific Island nations and is playing out as U.N. members jockey for influence in anticipation of a new, more engaged U.S. administration.
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Monday 30 November 2020

San Francisco, USA
New York Times science reporting: Take a moment to marvel at the full moon. Do you notice anything different? It’s subtle, but on November 30 (Sunday night if you’re on the U.S. west coast) [Monday night in Tonga], the full moon should appear a bit darker than usual. That’s because you’re witnessing a penumbral lunar eclipse, a celestial occurrence in which the moon dips behind Earth’s faint, outer shadow, or penumbra.
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Friday 27 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dux of Queen Salote College was awarded to Senolita Yarnville Faka'osifolau (18), while dux of St Andrew's High School dux was awarded to Luseane Liuono (18), at the two secondary schools prize giving ceremonies on November 27.
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Friday 27 November 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving, more than 1 million people in the United States got on planes, marking the second day that more than 1 million people have flown since March. Nearly 3 million additional people have flown in the days since. For some, the desire to see family is worth the risk of potentially getting the coronavirus while traveling.
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Friday 27 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of young students from various Government Primary Schools in Nuku'alofa today performed in a cultural dance competition, at the Tonga High School field. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 27 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fakamolemole pea hufanga he fakatapu ki he Hau e ‘Otu Tonga, Hou’eiki, Pule’anga ‘o Tonga mo hono Falealea kae ‘umaa e Tonga kotoa. Kae fai atu mu’a ha fakatalanoa hei’ilo na’a tokoni ki he’etau langa fonua. - ‘Inoke Fotu Hu'akau.
Friday 27 November 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
Up to 2,000 experienced seasonal workers from the Pacific will be allowed into New Zealand in 2021 to address labour shortages in the horticulture and wine growing sectors. But countries wanting to send workers must agree to take back not only their new workers coming under the border exception but also other RSE employees already in NZ when the 2020/2021 season ends.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The three urgent Bills that were tabled into Parliament on Monday, 23 November by the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr Rev Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa are yet to be reintroduced and passed by the House. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Penisimani Angilau was sentenced to nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.75 grams of methamphetamine seized at Tokomololo. He told the Court he is homeless and was delivering the illicit drug for a friend.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finau Pomale (47) was sentenced to eight-months imprisonment for possession of 0.6 grams of methamphetamine and 8.40 grams of cannabis at Fatai this year. The sentence was fully suspended on conditions.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

Pangai, Ha'apai
A billboard displaying a Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) toll-free phone number to enable women and girls to access support services was launched in Pangai, Ha’apai, on 25 November.
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Thursday 26 November 2020

London, United Kingdom
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, revealed in a deeply personal essay in The New York Times Opinion section on Wednesday that she had miscarried her second child with Prince Harry in July, bringing light to an experience shared by many grieving families who often suffer in silence.
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Wednesday 25 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice has awarded damages to a private business and its director, after ruling that Tongan Police officers and civil servants from the Ministry of Fisheries held an unlawful search for sea cucumbers, alleged to have been illegally harvested during the closed season. The police had acted on unreliable and inaccurate information and nothing was found during the search.
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