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Friday 6 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 23,641 people have received the second dose of the COVID-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine in Tonga, since the second roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa. This is nearly a quarter of the population.
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Friday 6 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Magistrate’s Court in Neiafu is expected to hear the cases of those arrested in relation to the cocaine haul that washed up on Vava'u beaches. The cases will be mentioned on Monday, August 9.
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Friday 6 August 2021

London, UK
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 has now officially been postponed to 2022 by organisers and the UK Government yesterday. Tongan players will use the break as an off-season to rest and recover before resuming their World Cup campaign.
Thursday 5 August 2021

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Pacific Civil Society, including youth, has called on Vanuatu’s Prime Minister to raise a proposal on climate change at the upcoming virtual Pacific Island Forum Meeting, on August 6.
Thursday 5 August 2021

Neiafu, Vava'u
Tonga’s first Life Vest Loaner Station was opened at Houmelei Wharf in Vava'u last week.
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Thursday 5 August 2021

Canberrra, Australia
Ms Rachael Moore has been announced as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Tonga.
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Thursday 5 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A training program encouraging qualified and experienced electricians to do business legally and get licensed, as well as understand the laws and regulations governing electrical contractor work, is underway this week in Nuku’alofa. Currently, only 28 electrical contractors are properly registered to service Tonga Power Ltd’s 25,000 customers on Tongatapu, with only one for the whole of Vava'u and none in Ha'apai.
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Thursday 5 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three people have been arrested in Neiafu and 2kg of cocaine seized by the Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce, in relation to the cocaine that washed up on Vava'u beaches recently.
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Thursday 5 August 2021

Melbourne, Australia
Laws requiring people to be vaccinated if they are going to be in places where they could infect other people are restricting one kind of freedom in order to protect the freedom of others to go about their business safely. Car crash survivors who were injured because they were not wearing seat belts recognize and regret their irrationality – but only when it is too late. We are now seeing a very similar situation with vaccination ...too many people make decisions that they later regret. They cry. And they say they didn't know. By Peter Singer.
Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More arrests have been made in relation to the cocaine haul in Vava'u last week. Matangi Tonga understands today the latest arrests included that of a foreign national in Tonga.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Sione Vuna Fa’otusia is now set for September 16 on two charges, relating to interference with the course of justice and use of threatening language to a government servant, during a cow row in 2019.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tipiloma Funaki (52) from Fua’amotu has been jailed for possession of 0.25 grams of methamphetamine and 108.33 grams of cannabis, seized at a house in Hauloto.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan kava clubs in Mangere, New Zealand, donated $2,000 pa’anga to the ‘Ofa Tui mo ‘Amanaki (OTA) centre in Tongatapu today, 4 August.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

The 2019-20 Annual Report of Foreign Affairs division sparked comments in Parliament yesterday, 3 August, when it was reported Tonga's overseas offices faced many problems. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 4 August 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The rise of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus has raised new questions about how the vaccinated can stay safe and avoid breakthrough infections. We asked the experts for advice. As long as large numbers of people remain unvaccinated, vaccinated people will be exposed to the Delta variant. “Vaccinations give you that extra protection you wouldn’t normally have,” says Dr. Erin Bromage. “But when you hit a big challenge, like getting near an unvaccinated person who has a high viral load, that wall is not always going to hold.”
Wednesday 4 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is set to introduce compulsory inoculation against coronavirus disease. A Bill to amend the Public Health Act to enforce inoculation of the public against COVID-19, was among seven Bills that government tabled into parliament yesterday, 3 August. The Bill was carried unanimously on its first reading and passed on to a Standing committee. Full details of the amendment have not been released to the public. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Kuinini Manumu’a, Tonga’s first female Olympic weightlifter finished in eighth place last night in the +87kg category event at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siueli Angilau (42) was today found guilty of possession of 0.55 grams of methamphetamine seized by Tonga Police after received they information that illicit drugs were being sold from a little house in Fanga.
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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Filo ‘Aholelei Vaiangina (55) was sentenced to 46-months imprisonment for possession of 19.31 grams of methamphetamine, seized inside his van at Pahu.
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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan
New Zealand’s Dame Valerie Adams, who is of Tongan heritage, won a bronze medal in Shot Put at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, August 1.
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