Vanuatu

Electro to take on Siaraga in Vanuatu’s SHEFA Basketball Games opener

The competition will kick start with the women’s game between Electro and Siaraga.

This is followed by the men’s game between Tropical All Stars and VMF Juniors at 7:15pm.

The third game of the evening will be between Phoenix and Mix Stars at 8.30pm.

 The final match will begin at 9:15pm between VMF and Sevens.

Meanwhile in the women’s division games last week, Electro defeated Sevens 39-18 and VMF edged out Siaraga 38-33.

     

Port Vila Darts Association confirms semi-finals draws

NBV Avengers, BRED Team One Liveup, VIB AON and NBV Legends will be competing for top place in the A grade.

In grade A Reserve finishing in top four are Tupuji, Corona V, NF Jets #1 and design Impax.

Port Vila Darts Association executive Stu McEwen confirmed A Reserve playoffs will be held next week on Wednesday.

Tupuji meet Corona at Retreat Seaside while NF Jets meet Design Impax at Warhorse Saloon.

The top four in each grade have qualified for the semi-finals.

The semifinals will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

     

3 boys missing in Vanuatu waters spotted alive in their boat

The boys aged 11, 14 and 16 were last seen in an aluminium boat on Friday afternoon.

They had reportedly gone fishing.

A search party on Friday failed to locate the boys.

An aerial search was carried out but heavy rain, lightning and thunder hampered the search carried out by mission pilot and Doctor Mark Turnbull in his small aircraft.

A full day of search was carried out yesterday and the aircraft was grounded at Motalava airstrip due to bad weather.

Large turnout for frontline workers COVID-19 awareness sessions in Vanuatu

Since the Government has approved the rollout of a safe and effective vaccine, the ministry’s Health Risk Communications Team has been working with the Shefa Provincial Health Team to deliver the sessions to relevant organisations to ensure a successful and peaceful rollout of vaccination programme.

The team held a training of trainer’s course for nurses practicing on Efate Island and provided them with COVID-19 up-to-date information.

Health workers on Efate as frontline workers are amongst the first priority group to receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Vanuatu orders AstraZeneca doses

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Russell Tamata said Vanuatu will import this batch in addition to 12,000 already ordered from South Korea.

The doses are expected to arrive this month

The government expects that 20 percent of Vanuatu's population will be vaccinated during the first rollout phase.

Frontline workers are expected to be first in line for the shot.

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Division over NZ's RSE worker boost, Pacific reacts

New Zealand's Government announced this month about 2400 more migrant workers will be allowed into the country for seasonal horticultural work, many from the Pacific Islands.

Pacific governments remain keen to get as many of their workers into New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, scheme, as possible

But Unions and economists say fruit and vegetable pickers from the Pacific Islands suffer high costs and poor pay and are often left with almost no money to send home.

Ifira and Ovins dominate Vanuatu’s Indigene 7s

Ovins Women beat Ifira 7-0 to win the final.

Island Warriors women’s team finished in third place defeating Tanvasoko 17-5 yesterday.

In the Men’s division, USP rugby beat Shepherds and finished off in third place.

The USP forwards were too tough for Shepherds to handle with the likes of Wise Tabua, who continuously destroyed Shepherds defence line and attacking line.

Ifira One finished in first place and Ifira Two finished in second place.

 The tournament also featured Police who proved themselves in the Labour 7s with their agility and speed.

New Motalava Market House boosts income generation opportunities for community

The Market House, the first of its kind will increase income generation for farmers and members of the community.

The Australian High Commission said the market is the result of a collaboration between the Torba Skills Centre, through the Vanuatu Skills Partnership, and the Department of Agriculture Vanuatu, as well as the Motalava Area Council.

Vanuatu Government signs agreement with private company for quarry extraction

Minister for Infrastructure and Pubic Utility, Jay Ngwele signed the agreement with company this week.

A statement from said the two parties have agreed that Milai Limited only give access to the government to the land leased to the company but custom land owners royalties must be paid by the government.

Vanuatu community leaders and provincial stakeholders approve establishment of community climate centres

Community leaders in Torba and SANMA Provinces in Vanuatu have given the final clearance for Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) and Van-KIRAP to establish the climate information hubs inside their communities, realising the benefits to their security, livelihood, and wellbeing.