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February, 2019


Pola to pass through Tonga as Cat 3 cyclone

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Nuku’alofa – February 27, 2019: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Pola is intensifying as it heads towards the Tonga group today.

Cyclone Pola on the way through Fiji and Tonga

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Nuku’alofa – February 27, 2019: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): Cyclone Pola is breezing through Fiji and Tongan waters as a Category 1 with all possibility that it will increase to a Cat 2 by tonight.

Tropical Depression 11 can turn into a cyclone

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Nuku’alofa – February 26, 2019: 3.05pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The possibility of the current Tropical Depression 11F deveoping into a cyclone remains high at this time, the Tonga Meteorological Services said this afternoon.


Tongan swimmers in New Zealand. Photo: SUPPLIED

Auckland, New Zealand – February 20, 2019: 10am (TS): Tongan Swimmers got off to a shining start in January with stellar performances at two competitions in New Zealand.

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.