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Pacific Games case against Tonga progresses

Legal action was launched in May over the government's withdrawal from hosting the region's biggest sporting event.

The lawyer for the Pacific Games Council and Tonga's Olympic Committee applied for a default judgement in their favour after the government appeared to have missed various deadlines to respond to the action.

The sporting bodies are suing for damages incurred due to Tonga's belated withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

States sue Trump administration

Democratic attorneys general from states including Washington, New York and California launched the lawsuit.

The legal action objects to the policy of refusing entry to asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Mike Pence has warned undocumented immigrants not to "risk the lives of your children" by trying to enter the US illegally.

At a news conference in Brazil, Mr Pence said he had a message "straight from my heart" for those planning a journey to America: "If you can't come legally, don't come at all."

US judge orders 30yo to move out of parents' home

A New York judge has ordered 30-year-old Michael Rotondo to move out of his family home after his parents spent several months trying to evict him. 

The Tuesday hearing only lasted 30 minutes and saw Mr Rotondo argue that he needed six months notice before his parents could kick him out.

"I am just so outraged," he told the outside of court. 

Mr Rotondo's parents, from Syracuse, had given their son five eviction letters in an attempt to get him to leave.  

Tonga sued for millions of dollars because of Games withdrawal

The government pulled out of their hosting agreement last year, citing financial difficulties.

The Supreme Court has issued a Summons of Writ which the government has 28 days from issuance, (May 15), to answer.

The Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue said the body was seeking damages for the losses that it suffered as a result of the unilateral decision to withdraw without consultation.

TASANOC is seeking the same.

Mr Minogue said the claim was for three parts of the damages that were being sought as far as the council was concerned.

Wife launches legal action in MH370 mystery

Danica Weeks waved goodbye with her two young children to her 38-year-old husband Paul Weeks on March 8, 2014, as he headed for a flight to take him to work at a Mongolian mine site.

The New Zealander would board Malaysia Airline flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur for the next leg of the flight to Beijing.

But that airline, along with its 239 passengers, disappeared into thin air and has never been found.

Pacific Games Council to begin legal action against Tonga next year


Tahiti is suspended after they boycotted the Vanuatu Mini Games over disagreements on who should represent them in boxing.

Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue say both decisions reflect the council's mandate for autonomy in sports without political interference.

"We'll go through a process with them in the early part of next year hopefully, to try and reach some agreements around the respective independence and autonomy of the sporting body.

Samoa now has the hosting rights for the 2019 Pacific Games.


Blac Chyna sues the Kardashian family

She claims the "vindictive" family wants to destroy her.

Blac Chyna's attorney confirmed to the BBC that Kris Jenner is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

A representative acting on behalf of the Kardashians has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment.

The lawsuit follows the break-up of Blac Chyna's relationship with Rob Kardashian, during which time they had a daughter.

Legal action against Tonga for Pacific Games withdrawal

The Kingdom won the bid to in 2012 before withdrawing their hosting rights earlier this year due to financial reasons.

Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue says dealing with Tonga's withdrawal has cost them a lot of money.

"The additional costs that the council has had to incur in going through this process of finding a new host and the damage to the brand and the lost opportunity with potential sponsors and so forth."

PRN reports Minogue believes the Tongan government also owes TASANOC money as a result of the withdrawal.

Tongan Heritage Society to take govt to court over Popua site

Preparation has begun in Popua to build a golf course, a park and canals.

RNZI reports Society president 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki said the site was where Tongan royalty was established, where the Lapita people arrived, and where Captain James Cook and his crew were welcomed.

Dr Taufe'ulungaki also said the area hosted ancient royal pigeon snaring grounds and played a large part in Tongan mythology.

In 2015, Parliament accepted a petition and agreed to protect the site but Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is now leading developments there.

Nadal takes action against doping claims

RNZI reports Nadal is upset with comments made by Roselyne Bachelot, who was formerly Minister for Health and Sport.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner says he will sue anyone else who alleges "something similar in the future".

Nadal says he is tired of the allegations and is no longer prepared to let them pass unchallenged.