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03/01/2011 | Tonga
Congratulations to Stephen Paea from Vava'u, Tonga and has played for the Oregon State Beaverw, for setting an NFL record for the bench press with 49 reps of 225 pounds as seen here in this video.
08/08/2009 | Tonga
As written here, Semisi Fetokai Potauiane a Tongan architecture postgrad wins a Commonwealth Arts Residency award in the coveted Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residencies programme.
07/31/2009 | Tonga
As written in this article Kava Kuo Heka, a Tongan Cultural Heritage Exhibition opened for three days at Fa'onelua Convention Centre.
06/25/2009 | Tonga
Congradulations to Sione Posesi Bloomfield who recently graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Sione has been credited to be the first person of Tongan ancestry to achieve this degree from Harvard.
05/11/2009 | Tonga
As written in this article, Tonga begins reconstruction of Nuku'alofa.
04/30/2009 | Tonga
As written in this article the Princess of Tonga Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, hosted Madame Li-Xiaolin in a continued effort of good relations between Tonga and China.
04/10/2009 | Tonga
As written in this article King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho Tupou V of Tonga is considered to be the only official Sovereign of the only Polynesian Kingdom. As the ruler of the the Kingdom of Tonga, a constitutional monarcharchy, is working toward having an elected Parliament in Tonga which would bring changes to the goverment of Tonga and the role of the Tongan monarchy.
Historically the Tongan empire under the rule of Tui Tonga ruled over much of Polynesia yet throughout history maintained strong ties with the Kings of Samoa and Fiji. After the time of European contact, Tongans pride themslves as the Polynisian Kingdom to never br conquered, occupied, or colonized by a Western foriegn nation especially during the 19th century when such events occured in Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaii, and other Polynesian nations. In modern times although it has had strong political ties with the UK as a British UK protectorate many consider to be the Last Polynesian Kingdom. With such a rich tradition and history at the head of which is the Tui Tonga (King of Tonga), it's definately important news to Toangans that their current monarch wants to shift policital powers of his position with an elected Parliment.
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03/20/2009 | Tonga
As seen in this article, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Tonga did not produce a dangerous tsunami on the shores of Tonga, Samoa or Fiji and the tsunami alert for these island chains was cancelled.
Although small earthquakes are frequent, it's also good to note that the geographic features of Tonga not only the volcanic Islands above the water but volcanoes below the surface of the ocean apart of the Tonga-Kermadec arc which is an Intra-oceanic arcs that have oceanic crust on either side. The islands are considered to be in the priximity of the Pacific ring of fire an area know to have frequent volcanic activity. Other sub ocean suface Tongan geograhpy includes the Tonga Trench one of the word's deepest cen Trenches at approx. 10800m or 35,424ft which means at it's deepest point, the Tonga Trench is deeper below the sea level than Mt. Everest is above sea level at approx. 29,028 ft.
This is a video of the gases from the undersea volcano near the Isles of Tonga rising above the surface of the ocean,