Vanuatu aid fraudster jailed for 8 years

Rory had fraudulently received $US130,541.

The Daily Post newspaper said when he was the chief negotiator for European Union Aid Funds, 48-year-old Rory transferred the money to his private account.

Justice Oliver Saksak rejected Rory's application for special consideration on health grounds and found him guilty on all 40 grounds.


Photo file Vanuatu Judiciary  

Chinese nationals deported from Vanuatu

The six people, some of whom are said to hold Vanuatu passports, were detained this week during an operation by law enforcement agencies from both countries.

They're accused of operating an internet scam, but it's not known if they've been charged or what the details of the case are.

The case has raised concerns in Vanuatu, as the people did not appear before a Vanuatu court and were reportedly held without charge.

Vanuatu’s Shepherd Islands farmers encouraged to increase produce

SMAS was a very important event where participating farmers were observed and evaluated by technical officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Industry and Cooperatives to measure the level of production of farmers and what the farmers should do in preparation for the next Shepherds Mini Agriculture Show.

Improved quality water access for 10 Vanuatu rural communities

Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) WASH Team has teamed up with the Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and Shefa Provincial Environmental Health to conduct the Drinking Water Security and Safety Planning (DWSSP) with the community.

As part of its auxiliary role to the public authority provided under the Act of Vanuatu Red Cross Society, the National Society will assist 10 rural communities identified in Shefa Province to develop its “Drinking Water Security and Safety Plan” or DWSSP.

Vanuatu’s Lycee School signs agreement with DARD

An agreement was signed by Acting Principal Agriculture Officer (South), Peter Iesul, on behalf of the Director for DARD and the Acting Principal for Lycee LAB to facilitate this.

Lycee School has expressed interest in working with DARD to ensure their agriculture students have the opportunity to do practical work relating to the lessons they have learned in the classroom.

This is the second MOA signed between DARD and two well- known schools in Port Vila.

The first agreement was signed with Malapoa College in 2018 and the second agreement with Lycee School.

Save the Children Vanuatu helps DARD to improve livelihoods on Ambae

The initiative is aimed at ensuring that children have a balanced diet and enough food.

Families on Ambae have had their lives disrupted by the active volcano on the island.

Save the Children Vanuatu and DARD have helped the residents by distributing vegetable seeds to households.

Families will be able to harvest vegetables in two-months and improve their livelihoods.

Root crops like cassava and taro will be harvested early next year.


Photo supplied Caption: Sweet potato plot demonstration in Ambae


Amicable resolution sought over disputed Matthew and Hunter Islands

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported that last month the two countries concluded a second round of maritime boundary negotiations in Belgium.

The disputed islands lie south-south-east of Vanuatu and New Caledonia and have been the cause of recent tensions after a French naval mission landed in January and planted their flag.

Vanuatu claims sovereignty over Matthew and Hunter.

Dominion of the islands includes the surrounding ocean and seabed with its commensurate commercial prospects.

Chinese scammers arrested in Vanuatu being held at motel - report

Citing police sources, the Daily Post newspaper reported the group were released from police custody on Friday and transferred to a motel.

The paper had earlier said Chinese law enforcement officials had helped Vanuatu police with the arrests in Port Vila.

The Vanuatu government is finalising their deportation and in the meantime paying for their accommodation expenses.


Vanuatu DARD acknowledges its officers

Director for DARD, Antoine Ravo, commended the officers for their support for the SMAS event.

Mr Ravo encouraged all DARD officers including officers in the province to continue to work as a team throughout this year despite the difficulties and challenges faced.

"I want us all to maintain the Team Spirit, great working relationship to continue to work as a team to implement all activities that are yet to be carried out for this year 2019," he said.

Vanuatu chiefs want end to govt sale of honorary citizenship

Since its introduction in 2016 the Vanuatu honorary citizenship development support programme has grown in popularity with an estimated 1800 successful applicants in 2018 alone.

That's almost five new honorary citizenships granted each day.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported the president of the council, Willie Grey Plasua, said he understood the government needed to generate revenue to provide services to the people of Vanuatu.

But he said that doesn't mean it has to sell the national identity.