Vanuatu

Vanuatu PM 'open to standing down' following Appeal Court decision

Last week the court ruled the positions were 'void and of no effect', finding they went against the constitution.

Mr Salwai has finally broken his silence regarding the decision, telling local media that he is ready to step down as Prime Minister if the court proves that he has committed a crime by spending public funds to pay for the positions.

The Prime Minister said the post of Parliamentary Secretary was created in good faith, but was then politicised

Business Link Pacific Portal to launch across the Pacific in unique four-country event

The Business Link Pacific Portal is an innovative online platform designed to connect quality business advisors with small and medium-sized growing businesses in the Pacific.  

To mark the launch of the Portal, Business Link Pacific are co-hosting four launch events, one in each country, which are open to small and medium sized businesses and free to attend.  

Vanuatu welcomes first British High Commissioner in 15 years

Karen Bell presented her credentials to Vanuatu President Talis Obed Moses this week.  

Bell was welcomed this week by the first all women guard of honour.

The Daily Post newspaper reports that in a number of requests to the foreign diplomat, President Moses, asked her to support Vanuatu's application to have West Papua added to the United Nations' Decolonisation List.

Bell is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

Vanuatu celebrates Public Service Day

Martin Mahe made the remark to commemorate the Public Service Day celebrations in Port Vila today.

Solomons nurses due to start work in Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Public Service Commission board approved their names on 19 July.

The nurses were due to arrive in Vanuatu this week.

The PSC said the nurses will help strengthen and streamline medical and health services from Torress to Aneityum.

“They will be stationed in their respective postings for a period of 2 years contract and there is provision to renew their contracts. This decision is made in the best interest of the people of Vanuatu and via the strategic development framework of the Melanesian Spearhead Group(MSG),” the public commission said.

Warning to keep politics out of EU-funded projects in Vanuatu

The Daily Post reported Jotham Napat saying the fund must be used in a transparent manner.

Mr Napat wants the fund to be dedicated to the country's development priorities.

He has called on directors within the trade and agriculture ministries to show him how they were going to spend the money.

Mr Napat said it is not good enough that the money has been sitting there unused for the last seven months.

He has instructed the directors to make sure the second tranche of $US4.3 million is used in a timely manner.

     

Internal Affairs Minister recognises New Zealand for RSE impact in Vanuatu

Napuat highlighted this in his official opening address at the opening of the RSE Conference held in Port Vila.

“Vanuatu is fortunate to host this conference and sees it as a reflection of the success of our workers and Vanuatu’s ranking as the top sending country in the Pacific region. By moving this conference to our shores is yet another achievement for us in that we are seen as a committed partner.”

RSE is a golden opportunity for many basic and low-level skilled Ni-Vanuatu workers, who have contributed their earnings towards developing their respective communities.

Vanuatu runner socks it to the competition by winning gold without shoes

Kuras secured victory in one hour 29 minutes and 55 seconds in Apia, 15 seconds ahead of Solomon Islands' Dianah Matekali - who was wearing shoes.

After the race, the 20-year-old champion told the Pacific Games News Service: “Yes, I won it with only socks on.

“Wearing socks is a personal decision that I made because I had never run with shoes on before, so I didn’t feel comfortable running in shoes at these Games.

"When I tried the shoes on, my feet felt too heavy and I didn’t like it.”

Vanuatu wins gold in women’s half marathon

Kuras was followed by Solomon Islands duo Dianah Matekali and Sharon Firisua in second and third place respectively.  

The women’s half marathon was the last event for Vanuatu at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

Fiji’s Avikash Lal won the men’s event.

Samuel Aragaw of Tahiti won the silver medal and Derek Mandell of Guam won bronze.

 

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Cook Islands to face Tonga for netball gold

Cook Islands booked a place in the final by defeating Papua New Guinea 58-31 at the Multisport Centre, Faleata, urged on by their boisterous fans.

“This is great for Cook Island netball. Last time we were in a gold medal match was 1991. We have a huge support base, both here and at home,” said coach Suzanne Evans.

Both teams entered the game undefeated from pool matches. Cook Islands took the lead and kept PNG goaled for the first four minutes.