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Pogba determined to win Premier League with Man Utd

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Pogba determined to win Premier League with Man Utd

- The France international, who left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012, was brought back to United for a then world-record fee by Jose Mourinho last year. United and Pogba won three trophies - the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League - last season, but they struggled to a sixth-place finish. However, after more spending in this off-season, Pogba is looking to lead United in a title charge against champions Chelsea and rivals Manchester City
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Tonga introduces a rewards system for taxpayers

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Tonga introduces a rewards system for taxpayers

- The Heilala Tax System gives priority services and benefits to those who conform with tax and customs laws. The ministry has selected their top 10 taxpayers, which include banks, a wholesaler and a church group, to be given access to additional services and benefits. These include TV and internet access at both tax and customs offices, priority when processing tax and customs requests and VIP lounge access at the Fua'motu International Airport
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Lukaku will thrive at Manchester United, says Rafael

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Lukaku will thrive at Manchester United, says Rafael

- United finalised a reported £75million deal for Lukaku on July 10 and the 24-year-old has enjoyed an encouraging pre-season, scoring against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga. Rafael, who won three Premier League titles in a successful seven-year spell at Old Trafford, recalls Lukaku scoring a hat-trick for West Brom in a 5-5 draw with United in 2013 in Alex Ferguson's final game in charge of the club
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Visiting Tongan man in critical condition after he was assaulted in Auckland CBD

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Visiting Tongan man in critical condition after he was assaulted in Auckland CBD

- A man on holiday from Tonga remains in a critical condition in Auckland City Hospital after he was assaulted in the CBD. The 42-year-old received serious head injuries in the assault, which occurred on Kitchener St around 3.40am on Saturday, a police spokeswoman said. Police have reissued an appeal on Monday for witnesses to come forward. The cause of his injuries was not yet known, the spokeswoman said
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Hayne's Titan days look numbered
Hayne's Titan days look numbered The Titans board will reportedly meet today to determine whether to sack coach Neil Henry and dump Hayne after another tumultuous week at the club. The Gold Coast board met for three hours on Monday to discuss much publicised talk of a feud between Hayne and Henry but deferred a decision until next week. Pressure was building on the Titans board after speculation a major sponsor who pays a third of Hayne's hefty salary was threatening to cut ties with the Gold Coast due to the controversy   Read More ...
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Tonga remains vigilant despite elimination of elephantiasis
Tonga remains vigilant despite elimination of elephantiasis The World Health Organisation announced last month had won its battle against the mosquito borne disease also known as elephantiasis. It leads to severe disfigurement, pain and disability and had at times affected up to 50 percent of the Tongan population, according to the WHO. Reynold 'Ofanoa said Tonga's drug and assessment programme was worth it. "That was a costly exercise because we needed to travel, either by air or by boat to the communities in order to conduct this work, but we are very fortunate that there were no adverse incidents during the process," Dr 'Ofanoa said   Read More ...
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$1.1m for Tonga hostel, hall
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Tonga's disaster and emergency alert siren stolen
Tonga's disaster and emergency alert siren stolen The siren donated by Japan was installed at the TCC mast, 25 metres from the ground. The Director of NEMO, Leveni 'Aho said such crime was not carried out by one person, because it will take time to climb up the mast and steal the siren. Police say it is believed the siren was stolen to be used as amplifier in a vehicle   Read More ...
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Tonga remains vigilant despite elimination of elephantiasis
Tonga remains vigilant despite elimination of elephantiasis The Chief Medical Officer for Public Health in Tonga has warned against complacency about lymphatic filariasis which has been finally eliminated from the kingdom. The World Health Organisation announced last month had won its battle against the mosquito borne disease also known as elephantiasis. It leads to severe disfigurement, pain and disability and had at times affected up to 50 percent of the Tongan population, according to the WHO   Read More ...
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Tokelau in dire need of Met Service help
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Solomons fishing industry gets $US10m boost
Solomons fishing industry gets $US10m boost The loan will go towards a new fishing vessel for the company National Fisheries Developments and maintenance of its fleet in Noro. The IFC's Tom Jacobs said the loan would promote sustainable fishing and employment in the Solomons. "What we're trying to do with our investment is to promote livelihoods, sustainable livelihoods, for Solomon Islanders and help contribute to the security and sort of equity in the country," Mr Jacobs said   Read More ...
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Sonny Bill returns from suspension
Sonny Bill returns from suspension Williams was sent off during New Zealand's second Test against the British and Irish Lions, after shoulder charging Lions wing Anthony Watson. His comeback from the resultant ban came last weekend, when he played an hour for a Counties Manukau B outfit. The divisive code hopper has been included in the All Blacks' squad for the Bledisloe Cup opener and is expected to be unleashed at ANZ Stadium on Saturday   Read More ...
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Sierra Leone flooding: Nearly 400 dead, thousands homeless
Sierra Leone flooding: Nearly 400 dead, thousands homeless Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the "devastation was overwhelming us". Nearly 400 people have been killed and hundreds more are missing after muddy rubble swept through the Regent area near the capital, Freetown, on Monday. A mass burial of victims is planned to free up space in mortuaries. Dozens more bodies were discovered on Tuesday, as rescue efforts to recover people from destroyed houses in the area continue   Read More ...
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Polota-Nau focused on Wallabies
Polota-Nau focused on Wallabies Polota-Nau is one of six Western Force representatives in a 34-man Wallabies squad who are still coming to terms with the Australian Rugby Union's decision to axe them from Super Rugby. Although RugbyWA has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court of NSW, the thought that the Force could cease to exist next year has impacted players privately. But worrying about things out of his control is something Polota-Nau has made clear he cannot afford to do, for if he is not 100 per cent committed to the task of upsetting the All Blacks, then he would be doing a disservice to those alongside him in a gold jersey   Read More ...
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Pacific Met Services increasingly vital - SPREP
Pacific Met Services increasingly vital - SPREP Meteorological officials from around the Pacific are meeting in Honiara this week ahead of a meeting by ministers in charge of met offices. Kosi Latu said one issue that has been discussed is the need to extend or improve forecasting services to some of the smaller countries such as Tokelau and Niue. He said these islands will need resources to build capacity which is now more likely given international interest in improving forecasting   Read More ...
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Christian Lealiifano thanks fans, family and teammates after cancer fight
Christian Lealiifano thanks fans, family and teammates after cancer fight The inspirational Brumbies captain opened up on Tuesday about his rugby comeback, the people who inspired him to beat cancer and his hunger to win a Super Rugby championship. It was an emotional 30-minute press conference and he hopes others fighting the blood cancer can use his story to find strength in their journey. Lealiifano is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia in August last year, but doctors have told him to keep fighting for at least two years   Read More ...
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Timani likely to start at No 8
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Forging Forum foreign policy difficult - academic
Forging Forum foreign policy difficult - academic To counter new risks facing the Pacific, the ministers discussed seeking a new collective approach to security in the region. Anna Powles of the Massey Centre for Defence and Security Studies said common ground might be found on climate change, but this would be more difficult in matters like the Papua issue on which the Forum was divided. Dr Powles also said new ways needed to be found to deal with transnational crime, but she said this also raised questions   Read More ...
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Taufa'ao Filise still going at 40
Taufa'ao Filise still going at 40 At 40-years-old Filise has signed another one-year deal to keep playing professionally for Welsh club the Cardiff Blues in the United Kingdom. The prop was born in Tonga but moved to New Zealand to link with Bay of Plenty, who he played for in 2000. After brief stints at Super Rugby level for both the Chiefs and the Blues he headed overseas to play for Bath in 2005   Read More ...
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Pogba determined to win Premier League with Man Utd
Pogba determined to win Premier League with Man Utd The France international, who left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012, was brought back to United for a then world-record fee by Jose Mourinho last year. United and Pogba won three trophies - the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League - last season, but they struggled to a sixth-place finish. However, after more spending in this off-season, Pogba is looking to lead United in a title charge against champions Chelsea and rivals Manchester City   Read More ...
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St Paul’s Christian Tuipulotu named SAS College Rugby League Player of the Year
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Five-game ban for Ronaldo
Five-game ban for Ronaldo The Portugal star played out a dramatic cameo at Camp Nou, coming off the bench to score a stunner before getting booked for removing his shirt in celebration. He took a tumble in the box just two minutes later and earned a second yellow card for an apparent dive, but Ronaldo allowed his anger to get the better of him as he then pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos   Read More ...
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Tonga Cabinet Ministers approve pay rise
Tonga Cabinet Ministers approve pay rise The increase approved on 4 August is effective from 1 July, 2017. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says this is the first salary adjustment applied for the Ministers since their admission to their respective positions. In 2015, His Majesty’s Cabinet resolved that it was only the Civil Servants that would be awarded with a 5% COLA. The Ministers’ similar entitlements were put on hold for now two years   Read More ...
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Tongan young women define peace, human security
Tongan young women define peace, human security Savieti is one of 15 young women who participated at a Human Security Peace Education consultation held yesterday (Monday 14th August) in Nukualofa. The event was led by femLINKpacific in collaboration with the Talitha Project as part of the regional Gender Inclusive Conflict Prevention and Human Security programme of Global Partnership of the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Pacific supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Non State Actors programme funded by the European Union   Read More ...
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Tags: Women |  Young Women | 
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Tonga takes delivery of inter-island ferry
Tonga takes delivery of inter-island ferry The new ferry has an average speed of 24 miles per hour, which is similar to the MV Maggie that operated in Tonga last year. MV Maui was initially meant to arrive in Tonga during the Royal Agriculture show last month but was deferred for technical reasons. The vessel is estimated to cost about TOP$1.7 million and is being jointly funded by the people of ‘Eua and a loan from the Tonga Development Bank   Read More ...
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Nadal to return to world number one
Nadal to return to world number one Federer was beaten by Alexander Zverev in the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday, his limited mobility leading to concerns over his fitness ahead of the US Open. The Swiss, who has already triumphed at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, reported only "aches and pains" after the tournament. But the 19-time grand slam champion's condition is bad enough for him to pull out of a competition he was won seven times   Read More ...
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Wallabies settle in the west
Wallabies settle in the west Staying in Penrith for the first part of the week, the Wallabies are removed from the usual Moore Park surrounds of other Sydney weeks, a change skipper Michael Hooper is enjoying. “The facilities are fantastic out here, so we're able to stay and walk to our grounds and really have that focus on footy and connect with the people out here,” he said   Read More ...
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All Blacks won't be caught out again
All Blacks won't be caught out again The British and Irish Lions used a rush defence to great effect in their drawn series against the All Blacks but first five eight Beauden Barrett said they will ready to counter if the Wallabies adopt the same tactic in Saturday's opening Rugby Championship test in Sydney on Saturday. The All Blacks, romped through last year's tournament with an average of six tries per match on the back of a fast-paced, high-skilled game with Barrett pulling the strings   Read More ...
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The mistake Titans made in signing Hayne
The mistake Titans made in signing Hayne It was a day of high drama on the Gold Coast on Monday as both Hayne and coach Neil Henry were summoned to individual interviews with Titans CEO Graham Annesley and chair Rebecca Frizelle that were described as "open, frank and honest" before an emergency meeting of the board was convened. That almost three-hour meeting was adjourned and an agreement reached that a final decision on the outcomes be delayed until all the information was received yet just an hour later reports emerged that Henry could be sacked in the coming days   Read More ...
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New inter-island ferry commissioned in Tonga
New inter-island ferry commissioned in Tonga The King of Tonga has officially commissioned a new inter island ferry for the island of 'Eua. The MV Maui arrived at Nuku'alofa Harbour on Saturday. The chairman of the 'Eua Sea Transport Council Paula Vehituai, said the Maui double-hull ferry was initially due in Tonga for last month's Royal Agriculture show, but there were technical holdups. Radio Tonga reports the 750-thousand US dollar double-hulled vessel has been jointly funded by the people of 'Eua and the through a loan from the Tongan Development Bank   Read More ...
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Over 2000 Dengue cases in Fiji in first half of 2017
Over 2000 Dengue cases in Fiji in first half of 2017 It said six people had died of the mosquito born disease in Fiji in 2017. The health minister Rosy Akbar told the FBC the laboratory confirmed cases showed dengue remained a threat in Fiji. Last week, the Australian government announced it would invest more than $US6 million in a pilot programme to combat mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said dengue fever affected about a million people a day around the world   Read More ...
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Hundreds feared killed in Sierra Leone flooding
Hundreds feared killed in Sierra Leone flooding The worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district, on the outskirts of Freetown, where dozens of houses were submerged when a hillside collapsed after heavy rains about 6am GMT (6pm NZT) on Monday. It is understood whole families were buried alive as they slept, when a river of mud rushed through the town in the early hours of the morning   Read More ...
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Ben Smith: Bledisloe 'massive'
Ben Smith: Bledisloe 'massive' The fact Ben Smith still wants to play test rugby when his sabbatical expires might have had something to do with his reluctance to comment on Steve Hansen's acting career. Smith, who will play the upcoming Bledisloe Cup tests in Sydney and Dunedin before sitting out the rest of the season, is contracted to NZ Rugby through to 2020 with an option of terminating the deal after the 2019 World Cup   Read More ...
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Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months
Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months At least 1,975 people have died since the waterborne disease began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The WHO said the overall caseload had declined since July, but that 5,000 people a day were still being infected. The disease spread due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions to the water supply. More than 14 million people are cut off from regular access to clean water and sanitation in Yemen, and waste collection has ceased in major cities   Read More ...
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Teen's death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger
Teen's death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger The 18-year-old had allegedly sustained multiple injuries, and the centre's director and staff members have been held by police, according to reports. The incident took place earlier this month in eastern Anhui province. China has seen a proliferation in so-called "boot camps" aimed at treating internet and gaming addictions. Some are known for their military-style discipline and have been criticised for overly harsh practices   Read More ...
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Tonga introduces a rewards system for taxpayers
Tonga introduces a rewards system for taxpayers The Heilala Tax System gives priority services and benefits to those who conform with tax and customs laws. The ministry has selected their top 10 taxpayers, which include banks, a wholesaler and a church group, to be given access to additional services and benefits. These include TV and internet access at both tax and customs offices, priority when processing tax and customs requests and VIP lounge access at the Fua'motu International Airport   Read More ...
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Tonga’s Hango Agricultural College launches seed centre
Tonga’s Hango Agricultural College launches seed centre Funded by SPC and FAO, the seed centre supports a strengthened seeds system on Eua, Tonga through the Hango Agricultural College. The seed centre involves climate-resilient crops from the SPC Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) and open-pollinated vegetable seed centre to support sustainable seed production in Tonga. A mixed cropping system using fruit trees and other resilient root crop varieties will be part of the seed centre   Read More ...
Categories: Farming | 
Tags: Horticulture |  Crops |  Seeds | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Tonga |  ʻEua | 
Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm
Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm Its head Wang Chen, who again met top leaders in Tahiti, had been expected to announce the date of when construction would start on the fish farm which was originally projected to have 3,000 fish cages. The investors have secured the permits and are forecast to need two years to set up the facilities. Two years ago, the company expected to be able to employ about 10,000 people, but the project had since been scaled back   Read More ...
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Tags: Farms |  Fish farming |  Fish farms | 
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'Matador' Fury taunts Parker
'Matador' Fury taunts Parker Parker defends his title against Fury in the UK city of Manchester on September 23. A war of words has been simmering in the buildup to a fight that has had plenty of ill-feeling to it after Fury failed to front for the original clash in Auckland in May, citing a back injury. Parker has questioned Fury's Spartan-styled training camp and claimed he saw fear in the lanky Brit's eyes when they finally met at a promotion in Manchester in July   Read More ...
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Tonga Rugby League targets funding boost
Tonga Rugby League targets funding boost Mate Ma'a head coach Kristian Woolf said a lot of behind the scenes work has been going on to generate more money via sponsorship and support from the government. He said having the World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere is helpful for Pacific nations while there is extra money up for grabs from the government after the Kingdom pulled out of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games   Read More ...
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Springboks eye two test teams
Springboks eye two test teams South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux raised that possibility as former Super Rugby outfits the Southern Kings and Cheetahs get set to play in Europe's Pro 14 championship. "From a rugby point of view, we now have the opportunity to adapt to conditions in the north quicker. The first game of the autumn is really a tough test match because of not being used to those conditions and the environment," Roux told The Telegraph   Read More ...
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Warriors lose sixth straight
Warriors lose sixth straight The 36-16 loss to the Raiders at a rainy Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon typified all that's gone wrong this year. Some good effort in patches, but it wasn't converted into points and errors and sloppy defence proved costly. Kearney blasted his players after their loss to the Knights last weekend for not trying. That wasn't as much a factor in this game, more a case of them being outclassed and having no confidence   Read More ...
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