Football programme for Luganville children

The programme is initiated by retired FIFA referee based with the Oceania Football Confederation, Trevor Johnson.

Jonson made recommendations to the Vanuatu Football Federation to fund the programme.

Every Saturday, boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12 years meet to learn football skills.

They are supported by members of the community and Luganville Football Association referees.

Johnston said, “Over 50 kids are attending the programme and I want to promote this programme to other provinces in Vanuatu.”

Luganville wins Vanuatu National Schools Netball final

The team defeated SANMA 47-31 to win gold in the senior grade main final.

Luganville also finished strongly in the junior grade after displaying an entertaining performance when they defeated Tafea 21-16.

MALAMPA took third place in the senior girls’ division following a close 38-36 encounter with SHEFA 2.

It was a close battle for both teams as they showcased an entertaining attacking game but MALAMPA having crowd support advantage pulled out a winning game plan at full time.

Vanuatu’s COVID-19 vaccination drive to move to Luganville

Health Promotion Officer, Casimir Liwuslili said they are still in the process of registering names of the vaccine recipients.

“Once the list has been finalized, it will be sent to the Department of Public Health in Port Vila to order more batches of vaccines.”

Liwuslili is appealing to the public to stop spreading misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccines, especially in rural communities.

Mariculture hatchery opens in Vanuatu

Breeding programmes have begun and fingerlings are available for people who may be interested in prawn aquaculture, as well as restocking invertebrates to the wild.

The 20 million vatu facility is funded by the Vanuatu Government with the support of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture (which includes freshwater aquaculture) involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean of offshore aquaculture.

Fire destroys butcher on Luganville in Vanuatu

Eye witnesses and a staff of a takeaway outlet that is in the same building said the fire may have started in the kitchen.

The fire happened around 7pm on Saturday. 

Firefighters attended to the scene and managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.


Light earthquake reported near Luganville, Vanuatu

The earthquake hit early morning on Monday 7 December 2020 at 2.22 am local time at an intermediate depth of 116 km. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.

Volcano Discovery monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.

Vanuatu’s Luganville hosts traditional canoe festival

Coordinator for the Canoe Festival, Jacques Tronquet, who is also the person behind this initiative, explained that the objective is to revive the traditional use of canoes with sails and at the same time promote canoe use for tourism purposes.

“We will have representatives from all the nearby islands to part take in this event.

According to Tronquet, those that are interested to participate were required to bring with them their canoes from their island or province of origin, or could just use a canoe on Santo.

Vanuatu Bureau of Standards establishes laboratory in Luganville

Until April 28 2020, all quality tests undertaken for food, drinks and other bi-products are done in the Port Vila laboratory.

According to VBS Chief Executive Officer Ruth Amos, the lab based at Agriculture College will benefit most producers up North, especially kava producers who export their products overseas.

Upon VBS request, the Board of the Vanuatu Agriculture College gave the go- ahead to use an empty laboratory at the college to house VBS equipment, which will be used to conduct quality tests.

Port Vila Lord Mayor Festa presents supplies to Luganville

“The shipment of goods should have arrived on Monday but the lockdown in Malekula following the COVID 19 scare forced the crew and the captain of the Pacific Star to be put in quarantine for nearly four days,” Mr Festa explained.

Before the delivery he thanked Port Vila based companies like Au Bon Marche, Vila Hard Ware, Vate Beverage, Leong Hardware, Wilco Harware, Computer World, Vila Distribution and Cellovila for donating the items.

Port Vila and Luganville established sister city relations in 1997.

Families in Vanuatu’s Luganville evacuation centres receive food

The ministry has begun distributing 1.2 tonnes of cassava and 211 trays of eggs to families that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold last week.

The cassava was sourced from the Agriculture farm and the eggs from Port Vila.

The National Disaster Management Office is expected to distribute imported food such as rice and canned meat Tuesday (today).

The MALFFB team will only distribute locally sourced food items. The same goes for other islands affected by TC Harold.