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A celebration of unity in diversity - 40 years on

July 29, 2020

This time every year we celebrate our freedom with pride. The COVID-19 pandemic has succeeded in halting some major events, but not the celebration of the birth of our country’s independence. The main street from Tagabe area to Independence Park in Port Vila was thoroughly packed with people on July 23 for the Victory parade, a day of national pride. advertisement It was a day full of excitement and sentiments as people filled th ...

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Vanuatu borders to reopen in September

July 26, 2020

The Council of Ministers (CoM) decision No. 103 on July 16 has approved the commencement of negotiations for the travel bubble, now officially known as the Tamtam Bubble. CoM approved and recommended that Vanuatu borders will reopen on September 1st, 2020. The ministers have indicated that they would open up the country’s borders to allow safe but strict movement of people and goods from Australia, New Zealand and other countries whi ...

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VT61M UPGRADED INDEPENDENCE GRANDSTAND OPENS

July 21, 2020

The renovated Independence Grandstand was declared officially open yesterday, ready to host the main independence celebration in Port Vila where everyone will be gathering to sing the national anthem while the national flag is raised to honor Independence Day. Repair and extension works at the grandstand were undertaken by Island Construction Ltd, starting on early June at a cost of Vt61million. The upgraded Independence Grandstand was ...

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City Council Blames Tree Roots for VT1M Water Bill

July 15, 2020

City, many of whom posted comments on social media, denouncing the move by the Port Vila City Council for removing the trees. However, Mayor Festa explained the reason why the Port Vila City Council had taken the decision to remove the sea oak trees that have been there well before Vanuatu became independent in 1980. advertisement “The reason why the Port Vila City Council had taken the decision to remove the sea oak trees is becaus ...

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Last Repatriates Exit Quarantine

July 08, 2020

ng Civil Status and the staff and management of the approved quarantine facilities. Today, the Minister of Health Silas Bule is expected to make a statement to officially close the quarantine process for the first repatriation phase. An occasion will be held at Holiday Inn to officially release over 60 repatriates today, where the minister will make his statement. Repatriates usually obtain quarantine certificates prior to their rel ...

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RETIREMENT AGE EXTENDED FROM 55-60

June 19, 2020

The retirement age has been increased from 55 to 60 years. Prime Minister Bob Loughman made the parliamentary amendment when he presented the Bill for the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act No. of 2020 in Parliament yesterday afternoon. “Parliament will increase the retirement age from 55 to 60 years,” he said. “This is in accordance with improved health facilities and awareness by health officials. Our life expectancy ha ...

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Stand united with the people for progress: President

June 17, 2020

President Tallis Obed Moses has called on all 52 Members of Parliament (MPs) to put God first in all things and stand united with the people for progress. The Head of State made the call in his official address during the opening of the First Ordinary Session of Parliament yesterday morning. He reminded the new Members of the 12th Legislature that during the last session of the 11th Legislature he reminded that Vanuatu has travelled a ...

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Fresh fish for communities that received contaminated tinned fish

June 12, 2020

The Fisheries Department, Under the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, has recently been on Tanna to distribute fresh fish from seas around Tafea to the people affected by Yasur volcano ash fall. A total of 500 kilograms of fish was handed by the Fisheries Department team to the Tafea Provincial Government, represented by Secretary General Joe Iautim. The fish will be distributed by the province as part of the second push of food d ...

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Airports Vanuatu Ltd launches formal Media Policy

June 10, 2020

Confiscating and deleting photos of the repatriation flight captured by the journalist was without a clear reasoning and clear contradiction to the declaration by the UN Secretary General, Dr. Antonio Guterres on the importance of the media in this battle against COVID-19," MAV stated. In a phone call to personally apologize to the photographer yesterday, AVL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jason Rakau, said what the security officer did w ...

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MINISTER WANTS SHIPWRECKS REMOVED

June 05, 2020

The Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jay Ngwele, has written to the Harbour Master and Operations Manager of Ports and Harbour Department instructing them to make an Order for the removal of vessels that are stranded or have sunk in Port Vila on Efate, Luganville on Santo and other ports in Vanuatu. In his letter sent to the senior government officials on Tuesday, Minister Ngwele state, “It is one of the main priorities ...

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