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Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Miss Galaxy Queen 2019-20, Marina Cocobutter (Miss Kingsland NZ), was crowned last night, July 18, in a colourful rainbow show at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

New York, USA
Blaming manufacturing-job losses on low-wage foreign competition, or, increasingly, on automation has become a staple of populist politics in developed countries. Nowhere is this truer than in the United States, where President Donald Trump campaigned on the issue in 2016 and has since launched a trade war with China. But US workers have long faced another source of competition much closer to home: prison labour.
Thursday 18 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s taekwondo team have won Gold in both the Men’s and Women’s team events at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
Thursday 18 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Heavyweight judoka Finetu’ui Moala won two medals for Tonga, securing Bronze in the over 100kg weight category and Silver in the open heavyweight category of the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. A second bronze model was won by Sailosi Ealelei in the under 100kg weight division.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simi Moala (28) was found guilty by a jury of reckless driving that caused the death of a five-year-old boy at Tatakamotonga last year.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Hafoka (24) who was convicted of serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at around $20,000 from a home at Pili, received a fully suspended sentence at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first large scale Battery Energy Storage System to be built at the Popua Power Station is expected to be operational in May 2020, contributing to Tonga’s 50% Renewable Energy target.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifty students at the Nuku‘alofa Government Primary School received new Japanese school bags gifted by the people of Kuroshio Town in Kochi and presented on July 18.
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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
High jump athlete Mosese Foliaki was a class ahead of his competition on day eight of the Pacific Games July 16, clearing a jump of 2.06 metres compared to the 1.99 metres jumps cleared by second placed Malakai Kaiwalu (Fiji) and Peniel Richard (PNG).
Wednesday 17 July 2019

Ha‘apai, Tonga
King Tupou VI opened the Ha'apai Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show 2019 at Lea’aetohi grounds in Pangai, where an abundance of the island group’s seafood was displayed on July 16.
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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 43-year-old man from Matangiake who went into Tonga College grounds carrying an unloaded airgun, after firing it at a bush area to scare students in an incident last year, was fined a total of $1000 by a Supreme Court judge in Nuku'alofa today.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The construction of a multi-storey building on the Nuku‘alofa waterfront by a new entity the “Oriental Investment Development Bank” has been quietly proceeding following a ground breaking ceremony on April 4. But according to Tongan regulators, the bank does not hold a licence to operate a bank in Tonga. By Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr. was arrested on Monday, July 15 in relation to illicit drugs, Tonga Police confirmed this afternoon.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siua Sekona is a co-accused charged with Sione Filipe Jr in relation to the seizure of 242 grams of cannabis seeds brought into Tonga, at Fua’amotu International Airport in March, confirmed Police Prosecution.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A report from Samoa that Tonga “is putting its hand up to host the 2027 Pacific Games” was refuted by TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau this morning. “We haven't put in a bid and haven't indicated that,” he told Matangi Tonga.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Olympic prospect ‘Atamaama Tu‘utafaiva claimed Tonga’s third Gold medal with a near-record-breaking performance in the shot put event at the 2019 Pacific Games yesterday, 15 July.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5km “Colours Fun Run” to raise public awareness over the state of Autism in Tonga was held at the Nuku’alofa waterfront on Saturday morning, 13 July. Over 40 youth in Tonga have been identified with autism.
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Monday 15 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against a Magistrate's decision, which granted a bail variation to Minister of Justice, allowing him to travel outside of Tonga. The Crown alleges that proper procedure for his application was not carried out according to the law. The Minister who is currently facing criminal charges related to wrongful interference in a cow row, is on bail.
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Monday 15 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga has won two Gold medals at the Pacific Games during the first week, and yesterday ranked 11th in the medal tally, out of 22 competing nations.
Monday 15 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s champion weightlifter ‘Aisake Tu‘itupou caused a big upset at the 2019 Pacific Games after he beat 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist David Liti (New Zealand) and silver medalist Lauititi Lui (Samoa) to win two golds for Tonga in the highest division (Over 109kg) of the weightlifting competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa on Saturday 13 July.

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