Vanuatu

April 2014

Deadly Lusi claims 11 lives in Vanuatu

Tony Wilson

Vanuatu is still reeling from monster cyclone Lusi that took at least eleven lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to gardens and properties early March. Yet in this rare instance, the cyclonic winds were not the central villain in the plot. Cyclone Lusi was first noticed as a ...

Joining efforts for integrated sustainable land and coastal management in Vanuatu

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The Government of Vanuatu, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has allocated funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the implementation of the Integrated Sustainable Land and Coastal Management (ISLCM) project in the country.

Poverty in our own backyard

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

Samoan-Kiwi comedian Oscar Kightley travelled to Vanuatu with World Vision to see how the other half lives. Writing exclusively for the Weekend Herald, he describes the hardship and hope he found there.

SPC and Vanuatu reaffirm their relationship

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu -----Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with Moses Amos, Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem Division paid a courtesy visit to Honourable Edward Nipake Natapei, Deputy prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade on Tuesday ...

Students and public learn more of MSG on MSG Day

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Secondary School students around Port Vila and members of the public were able to visit for the first time the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat in Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu at an open day organized by the Secretariat to mark the celebration of 26 years of ...

Vanuatu's council of women rejects stricter penalties on mothers call

Wed 19 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----- Vanuatu's council of women is rejecting a call from a Tanna chief for stricter penalties on mothers who kill their new born babies.

Chief trade advisor says 'premature' to speculate over PACER Plus

Wed 19 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----- The Pacific's chief trade advisor says he believes the proposed PACER Plus trade deal will benefit Vanuatu and other Pacific countries, despite comments to the contrary.

Vanuatu disaster officials fear more deaths from Lusi

Fri 14 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----- Vanuatu's Disaster Management Office says the death toll could rise as it establishes the full extent of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Lusi.

Cyclone Lusi claims one life in Vanuatu

Wed 12 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Cylone Lusi has already claimed one life in North Pentecost.

Cyclone Lusi claims one life in Vanuatu

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Cylone Lusi has already claimed one life in North Pentecost.

Cyclone Lusi claims one life in Vanuatu

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Cylone Lusi has already claimed one life in North Pentecost.

Vanuatu tap into Chinese tourism market

Mon 03 Mar 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu is likely to break into the Chinese tourist market in a few years from now and the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) is confident that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Vanuatu will increase.

Vanuatu Opposition rejects government offer

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The Vanuatu Opposition has rejected the government offer of four ministerial portfolios to be given to any individual MP or a political bloc within the Opposition.

Vanuatu PM convincing opposition against motion of no confidence

Tue 25 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses says ministerial portfolios are on offer to opposition MPs who vote with the government to stop a motion of no confidence against him.

Vanuatu MPs postpone no confidence vote after failing to meet quorum

Mon 24 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA,Vanuatu --- A motion of no confidence in the government of Vanuatu's Prime Minister Moana Carcasses has been postponed after a quorum was not reached this morning.

Natapei Group confirms support for Vanuatu PM Carcasses ahead of motion

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu government allies Thursday reaffirmed that it remains united behind Prime Ministership of Moana Carcasses Kalosil.

'Cutting edge' disaster response in Vanuatu

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Vanuatu’s disaster communications plan has been given a ground-breaking overhaul, supported by VSA volunteer Simon Donald.

Punjas 500 rice bags confiscated by Vanuatu Authorities

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Rice importer and distributer, Punjas, has been stopped from shipping 500 18.5kg bags of expired rice from Port Vila to Santo.

No confidence Motion in Order: Vanuatu Speaker

Wed 19 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Vanuatu Parliament will meet Monday next week at 8.30am to debate the Opposition-sponsored Motion of No Trust against Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses.

Vanuatu opposition claims backing of tthree cabinet ministers

Tue 18 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Reports from Vanuatu say three cabinet ministers have resigned and are supporting a motion for a vote of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses.

ANDREW STUART Diplomat 30-12-1928 — 27-1-2014

Mon 17 Feb 2014 -

Andrew Stuart, who has died aged 85, oversaw the fraught transfer to independence of the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) during the so-called “Coconut War” with France; he also had long experience as an African colonial and post-colonial administrator, and was later Britain's Ambassador to Finland.

MSG Secretariat signs MOU with the USP Law Students Internship Program

Mon 17 Feb 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The USP Law Students Internship Program have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat that will enable law students from the University of the South Pacific School of Law to undertake internships at the MSG Secretariat.

February 2014

Memory loss linked to starch and sugar-laden diets

Davendra Sharma

Forget weight gain—long-term spatial memory loss has now been linked to starch and sugar-laden diets as a warning to Pacific islanders over their lifestyle of high fat traditional foods.

Brazil coffee oversupply to hit PNG/Vanuatu

Davendra Sharma

As global supply exceeds demand for coffee for a fourth straight year, small world producers like Papua New Guinea and to lesser extent Vanuatu will feel the pinch of exports dwindling in 2014 in the US$70 billion world market.

MSG cohesion in doubt?

‘…Vanuatu is forcing the rest of the MSG to take a stand on West Papua—something that is bound to test the integrity of the grouping in the months and years to come. Its boycott of the leaders’ visit to Indonesia, which incidentally has observer status in the MSG grouping—is rooted ...