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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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Thursday 7 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 58th Annual Inter-Collegiate Athletic Sports competition began today with top athletes finally meeting up close to compete in the three day track and field events, filling Teufaiva Stadium with a capacity crowd of over 10,000. The morning began with joyous marching from 15 sports teams from Tongatapu's local high schools, and three teams from the outer islands of Vava'u, Ha'apai and ‘Eua, in sunny weather with a light breeze. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Thursday 7 April 2005
Sydney, Australia
Religion has been one cause of conflict and separation. There are signs that exclusive and conservative religious groups are still a danger to the peace of the world, writes a highly-regarded Pacific theologian Bernard Thorogood, who asks some questions for Christian people. Introduction by Ron Crocombe.
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Wednesday 6 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School students will be moving back to their home ground on July 2, 2005, after the People's Republic of China officially handed-over a new $10 million pa'anga school campus to the Government of Tonga today.
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Wednesday 6 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today US Peace Corps representatives presented the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), Women's Youth Caucus, with a cheque for TOP$3,490 to fund the Kemi 'Uluakaua: Gender, Health, and HIV Leadership Camp for Female Youth to be held from 1-8 June 2005, in Ha'apai.
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Wednesday 6 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's top teenage athletics from four island groups will line up tomorrow for the national Inter ...– College Sports 2005, with three days of track and field events at the Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa from April 7-9.
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Monday 4 April 2005
USA
Though I vigorously believe that there is hardship poverty (but not extreme poverty) in Tonga, the important question remains why poverty exists at all on an island blessed and endowed with important assets and commercial resources like the latest technological tools, such as satellite transmissions and the internet dot to domain. These are communal resources should be shared by all, instead of being the privilege of the elite few in the country. -Dave Tonga
Monday 4 April 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 16,000 Catholics throughout Tonga began nine days of mourning on the death of Pope John Paul II in Rome on April 3, and they have invited King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV to join them for the funeral mass later this week.
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