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October, 2017


State interference continues as Tongan journalists moved into sales

Better times..PM Pohiva with TBC's senior staff (from left) Viola Ulakai, Laumanu Petelo and former GM Nanise Fifita

NUKU’ALOFA – October 11: 3.55pm (RNZI/Nuku’alofa Times): Government’s interference in the operation of Radio and Television Tonga is continuing with the State-appointed Board Chairman now moving two senior journalists our of the newsroom to sales and marketing.

‘Unity’ greatest driver for Fiji’s progress: President

Fiji's President Konrote

NADI, Fiji – October 11 3.51pm (FBC NEWS/Nuku’alofa Times): Fijian President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, says ‘unity’ has been the single greatest driver for our progress.

Disaster risk outpaces resilience in Asia-Pacific, warns UN regional commission

Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Shamshad Akhtar. Photo: ESCAP

BANGKOK, Thailand – October 11: 3.45pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): Disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific and putting people in this most disaster-prone region at risk of being pushed back into poverty, the latest report from a United Nations regional commission has revealed.

No room for politics in climate change, says former Kiribati President Tong

Former President Tong planting mangroves with youths in Kiribati

BENGALURU, India-October 10: 4.15pm (NEW INDIAN EXPRESS): Some four years ago, headlines about a country “sinking into the sea” drew the world’s attention to the Republic of Kiribati, an island in the Central Pacific, over 5,000 km northeast of Australia.

League in Tonga on the rise with World Cup tilt and promising new academy

Former NRL star Brent Kite (L) and others are trying to set up an academy to nurture Tongan rugby league talent.

By Jodan Perry SYDNEY, Australia-October 10: 3.55pm (ABC): The upcoming Rugby League World Cup received a huge hit of publicity when Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita turned their backs on the Kiwis and Kangaroos respectively to play for Tonga.

Huge earthquake rattles Tonga – Pacific Ring of Fire on alert

Tonga has been hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake

A HUGE earthquake has hit Tonga, putting the Pacific Ring of Fire on alert. By JOEY MILLAR LONDON, England-October 10: 3.45pm ( Tonga was hit by the earthquake at 3.04am local time.

Kangaroos captain takes a swipe at Tonga-bound Andrew Fifita

Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith

BRISBANE,Australia-October 10: 3.35pm (BRISBANE TIMES): Australian rugby league captain Cameron Smith has taken a swipe at Andrew Fifita’s last-minute change of allegiance, but said he would welcome the Tongan forward back in the green and gold next season if he was selected.

Samisoni pays tribute to late Eddie Waqa

Samisoni Asi receives his prize from Hon Fane Tupouvavau at the Haalano Grounds. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-October 8: 10.40am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Kingdom 7s tournament’s Player of the Tournament Samisoni Asi of the Toloa Old Boys yesterday paid tribute to the late Eddie Waqa, a former Tonga 7s head coach.

Kingdom 7s a success says sponsor

Digicel boss Ben Kealy with rugby refs at the Haalano ground including Avii from Samoa. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-October 7: 10.10am  (Nuku’alofa Times): The first-ever Kingdom 7s tournament completed its matches at the Ha’alano Grounds in Kolomotu’a today, with major sponsors Digicel already committing to continue their sponsorship next year.

Marist wins men’s title at Kingdom 7s

The Marist 7s team bow before Hon Fane Tupouvavau before receiving their prize this afternoon. Photo: NUKUALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-October 7: 10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Marist took home $10,000 after winning the first-ever Kingdom 7s tournament at the Ha’alano Ground in Kolomotu’a here in Tonga earlier today.