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Vanuatu activates provincial disaster offices

February 15, 2018

VANUATU authorities have stepped up a gear as Cyclone Gita tracks towards its southern islands. Gita was upgraded to a the highest Category 5 level this morning and is moving in from the east after hitting Fiji’s southern islands. Vanuatu weather authorities are expecting the system to weaken before it enters Vanuatu’s waters.

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Municipal election budget reduced

February 15, 2018

A DRAFT budget of VT 20 million proposed by the Electoral Office to cover the Port Vila Municipal Elections has been reduced to VT 13 million without a reason being given. The Principal Electoral Officer (PEO), Charles Vatu, said he doesn’t know why the budget was reduced and that the move has been done by the Ministerial Budget Committee. “We submitted our budget through to the Ministerial Budget Committee (MBC), they have the cri ...

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Cyclone Gita not yet a threat to Vanuatu

February 13, 2018

CYCLONE Gita is not a threat to Vanuatu at this stage, says the Meteo. Speaking to the Independent Online this morning, a spokeswoman from the Weather Forecast section in the Vanuatu Meterology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) said at this time, Cyclone Gita is not a threat to us. “We have been looking at the outlook but there is a low to moderate chance for the cyclone to affect us,” she said.

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Vanuatu to commemorate 19th Lini Day

February 13, 2018

THIS month Vanuatu will commemorate 19 years of the passing of the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Father Walter Lini, who died at the Vila Central Hospital on February 21, 1999. His body was later laid to rest on his home island of North Pentecost. Every year, national leaders gather at two venues to commemorate Lini Day.

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Medic sees need for nutrition advice in Pacific

February 09, 2018

A VOLUNTEER doctor working in Vanuatu says there’s a big need for education about a good diet to combat diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Derek Allen has spent the past 30 years working in remote parts of the world where professional health care is lacking. He is working for two months in Lamap on the Vanuatu island of Malekula providing medical care alongside nurses at the small local hospital.

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First noni factory-Santo

February 09, 2018

SANTO will be the first island in Vanuatu to have a factory processing noni fruits. During this week, the PM, Charlot Salwai had the chance to visit ‘Waike group’ company who are now building this new noni factory and heard about this new project at Velit Bay in East Santo. Hillare Bule, Prime Minister(PM) PRO, said the delegation that travelled to Santo heard that the noni plant can generate sales of around VT 6million.

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ACTIV celebrating 10 years of empowering communities

February 08, 2018

THE ACTIV (Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu) Association is 10 years old, and to celebrate this event a large exhibition is being staged. Information on all the projects achieved by the organization for the last decade are displayed alongside ACTIV’s large own brand AELAN products range, which was developed with communities and small-scale producers from the Vanuatu archipelago. The AELAN products range from handicrafts to award ...

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New Zealand and UNDP support Vanuatu Parliament

February 01, 2018

VANUATU has become the fifth country in the Pacific to receive support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the New Zealand Government’s Aid Program. The UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) was initially a NZ$3m funded project providing support to the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

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More flights, more flexibility with Air Vanuatu

February 01, 2018

AIR Vanuatu has announced additional capacity on international routes with an agreement to lease a Boeing 737 from Nauru Airlines during peak season ongoing until January 2020. The additional aircraft will operate new services between Brisbane and Santo and Vila on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays each week commencing mid June 2018. “Leasing this aircraft allows our own 737 to increase services to Sydney and Auckland,” chief execut ...

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Public Land Transport Authority in control – Massing

February 01, 2018

THE Public Land Transport Authority (PLTA) will control the amount of buses/taxis in Port Vila. Speaking to the Independent Online, Donald Massing, President of the Public Land Transport Association in Port Vila said the PLTA will control permits and monitor situations at the wharf. “At first the Municipal and other car dealers were buying permits for VT10,000 and selling them for VT 60,00O plus the price of the Korean Hyundai buses, ...

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