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Monday 29 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifty-Seven girls graduated last Friday evening, November 26 from the Saint Joseph Business College. During the Graduation Ceremony at the Patelesio and Sir Sofele Kakala Hall, 'Apifo'ou, Ma'ufanga the 57 graduates were awarded with certificates in Computer and Secretarial Studies by the guest of honour, Bishop Soane Lilo Foliaki.
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Monday 29 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The export of the seaweed Angel's Hair, to Japan this year is expected to bring in $6 million worth of foreign currencies earnings for Tonga.
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Monday 29 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the last squash ship left Nuku‘alofa early this month for Japan it concluded the 2004 squash season. Tonga exported a total of 13,00 tones to Japan this year.
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Thursday 25 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rea Noponen from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Suva was in Tonga to run a three-days workshop to develop Safe Blood strategies for Tonga. The workshop ran from November 22-24 and was attended by 20 participants from non-government organisations, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Police.
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Thursday 25 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The official Foreign Reserves held by the National Reserve Bank for October increased by $8.1 million from $79 million to $87.1 million, an amount equivalent to 5.4 months of imports of goods.
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Thursday 25 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice A. Ford of the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, on November 17 passed a decision over a dispute over Taxation of Cost.
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Thursday 25 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
he evolution of political reform in Tonga made a giant leap earlier this month. On November 10 the Prime Minister, Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata announced that four new ministers will be appointed by the King following the Parliamentary Election in February next year, 2005.
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Wednesday 24 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first Aussie Rules school team will leave for Samoa tonight, November 24, where they will play two games, the first on November 26 followed by a test match on November 28.
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Wednesday 24 November 2004
Suva, Fiji
The PINA executive members were pictured following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on November 19 at the Forum Secretariat Office Suva, merging the Pacific Islands News Association PINA and the Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association PIBA. The new organisation will be called PINA.
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Wednesday 24 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Government offices will be closed from Wednesday 22 December 2004 and public servants will not resume duty until Monday 3 January 2005.
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Tuesday 23 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The German Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Eric Riedler, presented a gift of 800 copies of the new book Songs and Poems of Queen Salote to principals of all schools in Tongatapu on November 22, during a function hosted by the German Consulate at the Queen Salote College Hall .
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Tuesday 23 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Proposals for votes for 18 year olds, for the establishment of a Department of Youth, and for a National Youth Policy, were among seven proposals made by the 2004 session of the Tonga Youth Parliament that ended on November 19. The 2004 session of the Tonga Youth Parliament ended on November 19 with seven proposals including a resolution proposing that Government establish a separate Department for Youth.
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Tuesday 23 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sentencing of two 20 year olds for theft of nearly $2,000 worth of goods was postponed by Chief Justice Robin Webster to December 2, awaiting a mental health report on one of the offenders.
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Saturday 20 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As a new generation of young Tongan Royals are coming of age, it raises the question of how can Tonga keep the Royal blood blue, while the number of people who are eligible for the Royal offspring to chose their spouses from is shrinking.
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Saturday 20 November 2004
Canberra, Australia
Free trading between the USA and Australia will come into force on 1 January 2005.
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Friday 19 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A day of Royal Birthday Celebrations on November 17 included a Black-tie dinner for about 1,200 guests at Liukava, the residence of the Prime Minister, HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata and Princess Nanasipau'u, at Kolovai.
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Wednesday 17 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Hon. 'Ana Seini Tupouveihola 'Ikaleti-olo-'I-Fangatapu Phaedra greeted guests in the grounds of the Royal Palace, following her christening this morning by Rev. Penisimani Fonua.
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Wednesday 17 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The third session of the Tongan Youth Parliament began on Tuesday November 16 at the Parliament House, Nuku'alofa, and will run until November 19. The Patron of the National Youth Congress, Princess Latufuipeka Tuku'aho officially opened the Tongan Youth Parliament for 2004, on Monday evening at the International Dateline Hotel.
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Wednesday 17 November 2004
Canberra, Australia
Australia has lodged a submission with the United Nations to confirm the extent of its maritime jurisdiction over vast areas of continental shelf beyond the 200 nautical mile limit. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a coastal state is entitled to areas of shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from its coastline where the shelf is part of the submerged landmass.
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Tuesday 16 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On November 17 the Tongan Royal family will celebrate a double birthday.
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