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Sunday, February 18th, 2018


Pita achieves goal at Winter Olympics

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga crosses the finish line during Friday's 15-kilometer cross-country ski competition. His goal, he'd said earlier, was to finish the race — and not hit a tree. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images,

By MERRIT KENNEDY PYEONGCHANG, Korea-February 18, 2018: 8.50pm (National Public Radio/US): Pita Taufatofua, who lit the Internet on fire with his coconut-oiled, shirtless walk as Tonga’s flag-bearer during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony, had two goals for his cross-country skiing event on Friday.

Tonga is down but not out as rebuilding continues

The newly built Sabrina building in Kolofo'ou was destroyed by Gita. Photo: PAULINI NAIOROSUI

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-February 18, 2018: 4.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The people of Tonga, both locals and expats, have come together to rebuild following the short, disastrous visit hereby Cyclone Gita on Monday night.