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Guidelines unveiled to prevent hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

Geneva, Switzerland – February 14, 2019: 3.40pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem.

Brain drain from Fiji Health service stopped: Dr Waqainabete

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete accompanied by Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka during break between session at the Parliament complex in Suva on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Suva, Fiji – February 14, 2019: 3.10pm (FBC NEWS): Fiji’s  Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says the public health sector is going through a revitalization with attrition rates now below 10 percent.

Drugs found on driver


Auckland, New Zealand – February 14, 2019: 2.50pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Police found drugs on a driver who had crashed onto a post at Fonongahina on Tongatapu on Monday.

Only the best for Tonga at Pacific Games

TASA GS Takitoa Taumoepeau

Auckland, New Zealand – February 11, 2019: 12.10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Only the best athletes will represent Tonga at the upcoming Pacific Games in Samoa in July.

PNA working group aims to complete FAD Tracking and Registration

PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru

Majuro, Marshall Islands – February 11, 2019: 11.45am (PNA): A Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) working group meeting of legal and technical specialists that opens Wednesday in Majuro aims to complete drafting of a new PNA fish aggregating device (FAD) Tracking and Registration Measure.

758 unlicensed drivers recorded in Tonga in 2018

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Nuku’alofa -January 17, 2018: 9.55pm (Radio/TV Tonga): Police recorded 758 cases of unlicensed drivers in Tonga last year, most of those charged while driving in the Nuku’alofa Area.

Police seize drugs in busts

Meth or Ice

Nuku’alofa – January 17, 2018: 9.45pm (Matangi Tonga): Drug busts by a Tonga Police Drugs Taskforce in December last year seized methamphetamine and cannabis packed ready for sale, after some arrests were made on the main street in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District of men allegedly attempting to sell the illicit drugs.

Marine resources make their return in Vava’u

Members of the Ovava community in Vava'u after their meeting with the Marine Spatial Planning team late last year. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

By ILIESA TORA     NEIAFU, Vava’u – January 7, 2019: 9.55am (Nuku’alofa Times): Mullets were caught on the shorelines of islands around Vava’u around 50 years ago.

OPINION: Free press important pillar of democratic society

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We can all agree that a free press reporting the news without political control is one of the important pillars of a democratic society. Take this away and democracy will erode into dictatorship. It is also the first line of defense against government corruption and tyranny. By ANA TAUSINGA NUKU’ALOFA – January 7, 2019: 9.45am (Nuku’alofa Times) The new slogan of the influential U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post, “Democracy Dies In The Dark” caught my attention.

Mona on way out

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Cyclone poses no direct threat to Tonga NUKU’ALOFA – January 7, 2019: 9.27am (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Mona, which changed directions almost at will in the last week on its way to Fiji, poses no real threat to Tonga on its current track.