2 Vanuatu seasonal workers killed in car crash

The men were employed by Trevelyan Pack and Cool Ltd under the Vanuatu Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme.

According to James Trevelyan, managing director Trevelyan Pack and Cool Ltd, the men “were tragically taken in a motor vehicle accident on No 1 Rd, Te Puke.”

"We are currently supporting the remaining team in this trying time and our thoughts and sympathies are with the extended families back in Vanuatu."

According to a NZ Herald report, Trevelyan said staff were supporting their Vanuatu employees and were feeding about 60 people from their campsite.

8th Heads of Mission meeting held in Port Vila

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External stated that the meeting is an annual event that will bring all ambassadors, high commissioners and consul-general to discuss foreign and development policy objectives of the country. These discussions will involve ministries and key relevant Government line agencies. Ambassadors will report on their achievements for the year 2018 and the Government will provide new directions for the second half of 2019 and 2020.

Port Vila Scholarship Scheme opens

Ni-Vanuatu students enrolling in Foundation courses at the USP Emalus Campus in Semester 2, 2019, who are residents of Port Vila can apply.

Scholarships will only cover tuition fees for one Foundation course per student per semester.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance including Secondary School results for students beginning Foundation-level studies and GPA for continuing Foundation-level students.

Additional criteria, to be applied at the discretion of the Selection Committee, are gender and financial circumstances of the applicant.

Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano remains at level 2

The Volcanic Alert Level remains at level 2.

New scientific analyses suggest that the volcanic activity is likely to continue at this level.

VMGD stated that open cracks in the South-East Ambrym area during the December eruption 2018 may continue to open due to erosion. Major seismicity could continue to affect these cracks and weak layers or areas around the active craters.

Minister supports Vanuatu table tennis team to Pacific Games

Vanuatu Table Tennis team achieved gold in the Van2017 games in Vanuatu and Mr Napuat has called on the team to maintain its status quo and make Vanuatu proud by winning more gold medals.

“We feel it is important that we support our local and national sporting organisations and are honoured to continue our commitment to the sport,” he said.

The Vanuatu Table Tennis team will depart Port Vila next week to compete in the Pacific Games from the 8 – 13 July 2019.

Vanuatu celebrates International Seafarers Day

The Vanuatu Mobile Force led a parade in the morning from Fatumaru Bay to Sea Front Park.

Chief Executive Officer of Vanuatu Seafarers Union Captain Jeneck Patunvanu says the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has chosen gender equality as the main campaign theme for the day to emphasis on the importance and value of women with professional ranks throughout the maritime world.

Vanuatu founder rails against passport sales

His comment follows revelations that more than 4000 Vanuatu passports have been sold to foreigners under the citizenship program.

Under the programme, foreigners can pay to become honorary citizens of Vanuatu which entitles them to hold passports.

Mr Sokomanu called on the government to find other means of generating income, to stop passport sales and to move away from being a tax haven.


South Sea Islander MP visits Vanuatu

Mr Andrew is a fifth generation South Sea Islander, as the Australian descendants of Pacific island plantation workers are known.

They were kidnapped or recruited in the 19th century to labour on Queensland's sugarcane plantations.

The Queensland MP was accompanied by the Queensland Speaker of Parliament, Curtis Pitt.

The Daily Post reported Mr Andrew, who has relatives on the island of Ambae, was given a custom welcome by Ambaean chiefs when he arrived in Port Vila.

The delegation is expected to travel to Ambae where the MP will be given a chiefly name.

Rotary and UNICEF team up to vaccinate the Pacific

The "Give Every Child a Future" project is the major international focus of civil society group Rotary as it celebrates 100 years of service in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Rotary will partner with the United Nations children's agency UNICEF to support the introduction of three vaccines in the region.

Vathinee Jitjaturunt of UNICEF Pacific said the vaccines targeted three diseases.

"This project I think it will be able to prevent diarrhoea, pneumonia and cervical cancer. These three diseases are high in the Pacific."

Vanuatu teachers get pay deal

The Commission said the Ministry of Education would release the first tranche of $US1.3 million to cover the outstanding salaries of 576 teachers.

A further 585 teachers would be paid in the next instalment of approximately US$3.2 million.

The Daily Post reported salary anomalies for 1161 teachers throughout the country would be addressed through the government's $US4.3 million supplementary budget which was approved by parliament.