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‎Tonga‏ 's proposed ban on women 's rugby angers critics

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- An order from Tonga's education ministry banning girls from playing rugby at the Pacific nation's only public high school has been condemned by Tongan community leaders and a high-profile Olympic champion. A letter signed by Education Minister Penisimani Fifita told staff

ESPN - 2018-03-21 11:20:00

Pangai brushes NSW , backs ‎Tonga‏ for 2018

State of Origin may be considered the pinnacle but New Zealand international Kodi Nikorima believes Brisbane NRL teammate Tevita Pangai's decision to brush NSW for Tonga shows the international game may soon rival it. Nikorima applauded Pangai's surprise call to ignore overtures from Brad Fittler's

DAILY MAIL - 2018-03-21 07:33:41

‎Tonga‏ bans girls playing rugby , boxing

Two-time Olympic shotput champion Valerie Adams, born in New Zealand but proud of her Tongan heritage, said Tonga's ban on girls participating in rugby and boxing was a "misguided and stubborn misinterpretation of the Pacific island nation's culture" Tonga's government has banned girls from particip

DAILY MAIL - 2018-03-21 06:17:09

‎Tonga‏ bans schoolgirls from rugby and boxing ` to preserve dignity '

Shot put champion Valerie Adams said: 'Rugby, like any sport, ought to be embraced by our Tongan women.' Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images The Tongan government has banned schoolgirls from playing rugby or boxing because the sports are deemed undignified and not in keeping with the island'

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-03-21 03:58:47

Girls Banned From Rugby In ‎Tonga‏

In a recent letter, the Ministry of Education in Tonga has banned girls playing rugby at state school. Banned: Girls have been banned from rugby in government state schools in Tonga (Matangi Tonga Online) Shockingly, a letter signed on the 15th of March by Tonga's Ministry of Education and Trainin

RUGBYWORLD.COM - 2018-03-20 13:30:02

Being prepared helps ‎Tonga‏ recover from Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February, destroying homes and severely damaging infrastructure on the most populated island of Tongatapu. About 80 percent of the population was affected and over 4500 houses being damaged or destroyed. Government and NGOs have been quick to mount a coor


Moderate earthquake , 5.1 mag has occurred near ‎Tonga‏

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, South of Tonga (0 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, longitude -175.9933 West, latitude -24.6033 South, depth = 41.1 km. The temblor wa


‎Tonga‏ : Griffin 's donated food products for affected families in ‎Tonga‏

15th March, 2018 Food products worth approximately TOP 30,000 from Griffin's, an Auckland-based food company were handed over by the Managing Director of Narottam Company Limited Mr. Lopeti Khatri to the Director of NEMO Mr. Leveni 'Aho yesterday morning at NEMO Warehouse, Vaololoa. The products inc


Anger at ‎Tonga‏ women 's rugby ` ban '

There's anger in rugby-mad Tonga over a government letter that apparently bans women from playing the sport in public schools. Tonga's Ministry of Education and Training confirmed to Matangi Tonga news website that it had issued the edict, in order to "preserve the dignity of Tongan women and hold

BBC - 2018-03-20 11:11:47

Outrage in ‎Tonga‏ over apparent ban on girls playing rugby

There has been outrage among Tongans over an official letter purporting to ban girls at the country's state school from playing rugby and boxing. The letter from the Ministry of Education informed staff at Tonga High School that the girls shouldn't be playing such sports because it goes against youn

RADIONZ - 2018-03-19 23:13:06

Tevita Pangai Junior pledges ‎Tonga‏ commitment over New South Wales

Still dirty after losing Greg Inglis to their arch rivals, New South Wales have let another fine talent slip through their hands with Broncos sensation Tevita Pangai Junior pledging his allegiance to Tonga. Named in New South Wales' 2018 Emerging Blues squad, Pangai Jr. told Channel Nine the honour


‎Tonga‏ : Food quality , education concerns weeks after Gita hit ‎Tonga‏

Authorities in Tonga are concerned about the quality of the food items in the shops since Cyclone Gita hit last month. Read more on Radio New Zealand International Authorities in Tonga are concerned about the quality of the food items in the shops since Cyclone Gita hit last month. Read more on Radi


‎Tonga‏ : Grant from ILO for ‎Tonga‏ Gita victims

Nineteen farmers in the Tongan village of 'Utulau have received a $US10,000 grant from the International Labour Organization to help them recover from last month's Cyclone Gita. Read more on Radio New Zealand International Nineteen farmers in the Tongan village of 'Utulau have received a $US10,000 g


‎Tonga‏ : EU steps up humanitarian assistance to victims of Cyclone Gita in ‎Tonga‏

We were at #COP22, reporting from the Global Landscapes Forum. Follow #ThinkLandscape on Twitter and check out our updates Suva, 13 March 2018 - The European Commission is allocating a further 300 000 (TOP 790 860) in humanitarian funding to Tonga in order to enable the delivery of emergency assista


OFC President Chung visit ‎Tonga‏

OFC President David Chung (second from right) visited Vava'u this weekend (Photo credit: Tonga FA) The head of football on the continent made a historic first trip to the island to check up on the progress of building a regional technical centre to help the progression of football. The Vava'u island


Rugby-obsessed ‎Tonga‏ shaken by apparent ban to keep girls from playing the sport

Tonga's women's national rugby sevens team in 2017. (Fehoko Tu'ivai) Upon hearing the words "Tonga" and "athlete," the first thing that most likely comes to mind is an image of Olympian Pita Nikolas Taufatofua in all his oily, muscular glory. Taufatofua competed in taekwondo. But, the Pacific nation

WASHINGTON POST - 2018-03-21 10:51:00

‎Tonga‏ bans rugby , boxing for girls ` to preserve dignity '

Wednesday Mar 21, 2018 NUKU'ALOFA: Tonga's government has banned girls from participating in rugby and boxing, drawing criticism from two-time Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams and New Zealand's proudly feminist Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The government edict came to light last week when

GEO.TV - 2018-03-21 08:18:27

Sport : ‎Tonga‏ A fitness will be tested

The coach of Tonga A, Isi Fatani, says his team's fitness will be tested in today's final game of World Rugby's Pacific Challenge. The four team tournament concludes in Suva with Samoa A meeting Junior Japan and the Fiji Warriors taking on Tonga. After losses to Japan and Samoa, Fatani said his side


‎Tonga‏ 's health minister appointed to global NCD commission

Tonga's health minister has been appointed to an independent global commission on non-communicable diseases which the World Health Organisation (WHO) hopes will help combat the epidemic. Tonga Minister of Health Dr Saia Piukala. Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox As one of the commissioners, Saia Piukala


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