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Archive for April 18, 2009

A snipet of news…

So here were the two main stories in the Nuku’alofa newspaper this week.
1) A man was acquitted by a magistrate Court Judge of a quite horrendous domestic violence charge because his wife “provoked him” into brutally beating her with hedge clippers.
2) A primary teacher, to break up a fight, hit a child 20 times with the leg of a table. Her punishment: buy the kid $50 of candy.

In lighter news, 900 high school athletes (from the islands of Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai) competed in Tonga’s 86th Inter-Collegiate Sports Athletic competition this week. Even though I am incredibly un-athletic, it was really inspiring to see the dedication and skill of these students. It was especially humbling (and a bit heartbreaking) to watch dozens of students race and compete in the track and field events with no shoes. Fantastic photos are available at My students are the teenagers dressed in the royal blue and white uniforms.  The website gives a real sense of the crowds and energy around the competition. It is truly one of the largest and most festive annual events in Tonga.

We are settling back into our routines here, after our incredible New Zealand vacation. The second school term begins on Monday and Scot is hoping to be involved with a South Pacific Regional Energy Conference that is taking place next week. We put up some more NZ photos under 2009 pictures on this blog. Check them out if you get a chance:)