Vanuatu hit by aftershocks

 The local Geo-Hazards Department says the tremor was centred west of Port Vila at a depth of around 37km.

The department said it was one of a number of aftershocks from a previous 5.3 earthquake felt early on Monday morning.

There have been no reports of damage but staff from the department said it was strong enough to shake buildings.


Grant to help Vanuatu primary schools respond to impacts of Covid-19 and TC Harold

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) confirmed that the grant has been deposited in the bank accounts for all Government registered and non-government assisted primary schools.

The grant will assist a total of 407 primary schools and 53,519 students.

Funds disbursed will help schools meet their priority needs, as outlined in their School Improvement Plan, or to conduct other activities that will benefit the community, in consultation with school councils and school community associations.

New campaign to help Pacific islanders tackle online fraud and keep remittances flowing

The ‘Get Safe Online Pacific’ guidance provides essential tips and information for people across the Pacific to help make sure their experience of sending or receiving money overseas is successful, safe and economical.

Sending and receiving remittances to and from Pacific Island countries has become hugely important to the very survival of island nations throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the World Bank, in 2017 alone nearly 20% of Tonga’s GDP came from remittances.

Vanuatu Climate Change Minister appears in court

Bruno Leingkon is alleged to have been drunk on his way back to Port Vila last year while on a chartered aircraft from Santo in the northern part of Vanuatu.

It's claimed Leingkon continued to consume alcohol inside the aircraft and harassed a female pilot, resulting in her returning to land at Pekoa Airport five minutes after taking off.

Leingkon was on an official visit with Prime Minister Bob Loughman but he missed the official flight and he ordered staff to charter the private aircraft for him to return in Port Vila.


Vanuatu’s South Santo road project to commence soon

Six engineers from Korea Consultants International Co Ltd,  the project designer have arrived in the country and completed the quarantine requirement in Port Vila.

Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works Media Officer, Antoine Malsungai said the team will be traveling to Santo for the scoping works.

The road is a critical link connecting children to school, women to health services and farmers to the Luganville Market and other essential services.

5.3 magnitude earthquake near Port Vila

According to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, the earthquake was recorded at 6.42am (local time) at a depth of 27km.

There was ‘no tsunami threat for this event.”

However, VMDG has warned that more aftershocks are expected.

Some Port Vila residents shared their experience on social media saying it felt like earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or 8.


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Vanuatu public servants called 'lazy' by MP

"Many government projects are delayed because public servants are incompetent in carrying out their duties," Mr Koanapo said.

The Daily Post Newspaper reports the Minister is delivering the criticism in his capacity as Chairman of the National Co-ordinating Committee of Projects.

The Committee was set up to follow up on outstanding government projects with funding that have not taken off the ground.

MSG Secretariat hosts historical MOU for Vanuatu and PNG

The signing Friday was done by James Melteres, Acting Secretary of the Public Service Commission’s Vanuatu Institute of Public Administration and Management (VIPAM), and Michael Barobe, Chief Executive Officer of PNG’s Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG), the government training institute for public servants.

The MOU sets a framework to improve public service delivery through a number of ways like capacity-building and relevant short courses, among others.

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.

Concern growing popularity of seasonal workers programme poses threat to Vanuatu economy

While the majority of those who attended were either out of work or laid off, a significant number were people who are already employed but believe they can earn better money picking fruit in Australia.

There are now fears of shortages in the teaching and nursing sectors, if professional workers are allowed to take up seasonal jobs overseas.

Vanuatu's former minister for internal affairs, Andrew Napuat, who presided over the seasonal workers programme in the previous government, is urging the current administration to take steps to restrict who can make the trip.