Author: Sista Magazine

Mamas produce and diversify

President of Ni Vanuatu Arts and Craft Association, Josephine Peter says her members have started to network with the islands to bring in their products for sale in Port Vila. They recently displayed a table filled with freshly made products from the islands of Tanna, Ambrym, Pentecost Ambae as well as mama residents in Port Vila, to prove what they have on offer. The president says they are confident of attracting different types of products from all islands in the country to sell to visitors. “Once we are comfortable, our next objective is to set up in all six...

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Ni-Vanuatu Australian singer to perform at SHaRM’s Charity evening

SHaRM Foundation, a locally registered charity is honoured to host in conjunction with Reefers Restaurant & Bar — “Danielle Matthews’ ” first professional performance in Vanuatu. Matthews, whose family are also local ni-Vanuatu from Devils’ Point, Efate will sing for members of her family as well as dinner guests at a Charity Evening to be held on Thursday, 21st of September 2017 at the Reefers Restaurant & Bar. She is a very polished and accomplished performer, a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the inaugural winner of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Award. In 2013, Matthews recorded her debut album “Dream Song” with Move Records and more recently “La Belle Epoque”, for the in-game soundtrack to one of the world’s most popular video game series, Assassins Creed Unity. She will be joined during the evening by local keyboard specialist, David Andrews, a talented musician and songwriter in his own right. It has the makings of a fantastic evening with two high caliber entertainers. This Charity Evening will assist in SHaRM Foundation’s upcoming projects for 2017-2018. Since Cyclone PAM, initially four ladies from Devils Point Road commenced SHaRM Pikinini Ecole Foundation (“SHaRM Foundation”) – Steph Neilson, Helen Collier-Kogtevs, Robin Culph, Stu and Deb Friend, Rod Neilson and Ed Kogtevs, all have varied skills and backgrounds making it a formidable team. They have implemented and completed some 17...

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ERATAP FIRE TRAGEDY

Three boys, all under the age of 13 have died in a tragic fire, which razed their home at Eratap on Friday night. They were reportedly fast asleep, when flames engulfed the building. Daily Post was told the three victims are cousins. Their mothers, from Tanna are biological sisters and left the boys under the care of their younger sister that night. Relatives close to one of the victim’s father said the mother of two of the victims went to visit a relative, who had been medvaced from Tanna to Port Vila, at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and the other mother was at work. They say the younger sister, who was entrusted to look after the children stayed with them, and when they fell asleep; she went to sleep in another house. They mentioned the cause of the fire is yet to be determined but confirmed the victims used a candle that night. The father of one of the victims was reportedly drinking kava at Second Lagoon, at the time of the fire. Sources said that after having his kava, the father was dropped by a transport at the Eratap main road and when he reached home, the flames were still high and the children were trapped inside. Relatives at the scene said he attempted to batter down the front door with his fists, in attempts to save...

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Entrepreneur needs network

“One of the most important things that I am going to talk today (on Monday) is about creating a network and how you get people behind you and help you to move forward. You have to have a strong plan. The next thing is what are the ways and steps to put the plan in place; just like building a house or having a family, it does not happen overnight. There are different steps that you need to be able to do, the same thing as starting a business. It may sound like a big task but if you...

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2,500 people in Erromango access safe water

Communities benefit from improved water supplies Port Vila, 15 September 2017: Today, about 2500 people in Erromango will access safer and more secure water supplies, thanks to the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and CARE, officially handing over repaired and improved water and sanitation infrastructure to communities across Erromango. “The Government’s collaboration with its partners in the recovery phase post Cyclone Pam is underpinned by the principle of ‘Building Back Better,’ especially in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector,” stated Minister...

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Vanessa Quai by Lava Photography

Vanessa Quai, Vanuatu’s most famous singer who has been singing internationally since she was a young child, shines in this stunning photo shoot by Stephanie Ephraim Lekal of Lava Photography. Vanessa sings mostly gospel but is also able to sing R’N’B and pop music and will be releasing a new album in 2017. She can also sing in a range of languages.With makeup by Joshua Aru and styled by Tropicool fashion Boutique, the fashion shoot took place at Honey Moon Beach, Pango. Follow Vanessa Quai on Facebook and be part of her musical journey. MORE PICTURES Follow Lava Photography on...

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Behind the scenes of Sista Gat Style with Diana Lauto

This month we celebrated the Ni-Vanuatu/Fijian mixed race Diana Lauto at Iririki Island Resort. The aspiring economist and lover of fashion and jewellery was a pleasure to work with.  With no past experience in professional modelling, Diana took to the camera with ease. She turned up to the shoot in a timely matter and acted like a true professional, walking up the Iririki’s hillside with no complaints and unafraid to experiment with poses. The creative duo Victoria Lister and Gilbert Mermer assisted with artistic direction and identified potential locations on the island. They also assisted Diana with how to...

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Diana Lauto – Sista Gat Style

Diana Lauto is a true island girl – the ‘tropical fruit salad’ celebrates her Vanuatu and Fijian heritage at Iririki Island Resort with clothing from Pacific Island Art. Embodying class with the right amount of cheeky islander sass, the ever so sweet Diana knows how to roll with the crowd and when to turn it up. And today she turned it up and took things to a whole new level with this fashion shoot! Check out the never seen before photos of the stunning Diana Lauto  Name Diana Lauto Age 22 Occupation I work at DHL as the Imports...

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NOT GUILTY PLEAS IN MARAKI MURDER

The War Horse Saloon Bar manager, Ronald Vudui and Bar Attendant Jackson Willie both entered not guilty pleas to charges laid against them in the alleged murder of the late Maraki Robson on the night of June 24, 2017. The duo appeared before the Supreme Court this week. Vudui, 40, denied one charge of intentional homicide contrary to section 106 (1) (a) of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135], with an additional charge of intentional assault against section 107 (d) also of the Act. Willie, 30, is facing one count of complicity to intentional homicide charge under section 106...

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Maria Pietri Exhibition Opening Friday 15th September 2017

An exhibition featuring the works by Maria Pietri and the creative outcomes of a current workshop with “Gotz” will be opening on Friday 15th of September, 5pm at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery on Pango Rd. Maria Pietri has been exhibitiong thoughout the USA, France and Vanuatu for 27 years. Maria’s current exhibition “Fishes and Birds” sees her exploring the technique of monotypes on paper with a gelli plate. The gelli plate is a soft printing surface made out of gelatin which does not make the use of a press necessary. “I love the recyclability and fragility of paper. It...

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Communities on Epi, Lamen and Emau islands benefit from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and trainings

A ceremony was held on 31 August 2017 to celebrate the handover of completed Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure on the islands of Epi, Lamen and Emau, as part of the Tropical Cyclone Pam Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Recovery Project. As a result of the support from The Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Oxfam Vanuatu, at least 1,700 people in 31 communities and 10 schools on the islands will directly benefit from improved water systems as well as improved knowledge on sanitation and hygiene. “The principle of ‘Building Back Better’ underpinned much of the Government’s collaboration with partners in the recovery phase after Cyclone Pam, including in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector,” Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu stated. “This is to ensure our vision of sustainable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation set out in Vanuatu’s national water strategy is achieved,” he added.                       UNICEF Chief of Vanuatu Field Office, Andrew Parker, said, “While it is critical to deliver safe water and sanitation to vulnerable children and their families, emergencies provide UNICEF and our partners an opportunity to focus on building more resilient communities to ensure protection of children, especially those under five...

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Empawa Hour – Climate Change, Resilience and Gender

The fourth episode of Empawa Hour focused on Climate Change, Resilience and Gender. At FM107’s new office next to TVL, the show featured Sam Suenderman, Island Reach, Risu Kalotiti, Solwota Sista, Priscilla Samson, VCAN network and Yasmine Bjornum, ActionAid with host Faithy. It was the first time Faithy had hosted the show and it was a great opportunity for each guest to share the work of their agency. Who is Island Reach? Island Reach partners with local communities and regional groups to build social and environmental resilience from ridge to reef. The project is a practical and applied response to crises...

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Mary Kalsrap named as SPC ’70 Inspiring Pacific Women’

“I wish that one day that all mothers will use our products and it will reduce sickness and they will spend less on disposable pads. I want our daughters to be able to go to school and not have to come back home because she doesn’t have any sanitary products to use.” Mary Kalsrap Reproductive Rights Champion, Vanuatu Mary is the coordinator and a founding member of Mamma’s Laef, a social enterprise run by six ni-Vanuatu women in Port Vila. Mamma’s Laef sew washable sanitary pads that they distribute to communities across Vanuatu, where women often do not have...

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Woman Rapes Boys

A 40-year-old woman was sent to prison for raping two boys on two separate occasions. Sandrine Nemtem from North East Malekula was sentenced to 7 years and 2 months imprisonment with immediate effect in both cases. The victims in these incidents were a 15-year-old boy and another still attending primary school in grade 5. The woman who claimed that her husband is too old to consent for sex, admitted to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse contrary to section 97 (2) of the Penal Code and two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, contrary to section 90 and 91 in two separate incidents. She also admitted one additional count of act of indecency with a young person, contrary to section 98A of the Penal Code. But she was discharged from another count of act of indecency with a young person in one of the two cases. After his final judgment on the cases Chief Justice (CJ) Vincent Lunabek claimed that a total appropriate sentence of 11 years imprisonment as a starting point on both cases in respect of the offences of sexual intercourse without consent. “You are also sentenced to three years imprisonment as a starting point for the offence of act of indecency without consent in count two of the information in Criminal Case No.17/1145,” he said. “Your total sentence of 11 years should be run concurrently with...

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Vanuatu comes third in Jurakai Surf Invitational

Congratulations team Vanuatu on coming 3rd behind Australia and New Zealand at the Juraki Pacific Teams challenge held at Fingal Head Main beach, Australia on August 2017. The Juraki Surf Invitational will see Indigenous Australia’s best surfers come together to share surf and culture. Surf, Culture, Food, Market Stalls, Learn to Surf, Music and more. Special acknowledgments to the Vanuatu Surfing Association platinum sponsors Law Partners, Pacific Advisory and gold sponsors Dynamic Supply Company Vanuatu and Azure Pure Water. GO VANUATU GO! Follow Solwota Sista on...

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14 YEARS FOR RAPE

A man has been given 14-years and six months to be served behind bars after he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. This sentence reflects changes that took place earlier this year when Justice Minister Ronald Warsal lifted the penalties of the crimes that mainly deals with morality — that involved sexual related offences as outlined in the Penal Code Act [CAP 135]. Wycliff Boesel from Maewo was giving money to his victim to cover up his offending and the matter only came to light when the woman got pregnant as a result of the unprotected sexual encounters. Justice James Paul Geoghegan said that Boesel pleaded guilty on the third day of the trial when the victim went through the ordeal and recounted the moments she was facing until she got pregnant. Mr Justice Geoghegan said that Boesel changed his plea from not guilty to guilty plea in the middle of the trial. The victim went to live with Boesel and his wife after her father died in 2014. She was offered a position of housemaid. The Court stated that at the time the victim was vulnerable and needed to support her children and looked to Boesel and his wife as her parents. Justice Geoghegan said that the offence happened in February, March and April 2015 when Boesel knew that the victim was alone at...

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Free education roll out begins

The government is set to roll out free tuition fee for Early Childhood Care and Education(ECCE) and year 7 of junior secondary cycle beginning with the third term of this year (2017). The governments of Australia and New Zealand are providing Vt37 million to finance the government’s free tuition policy this year, the Minister of Education and Training (MOET), Jean Pierre Nirua, announced yesterday. An amount of Vt14,375,000 has been allocated towards free early childhood education. It will benefit 5,750 children of ages 4 to 5 in 252 kindergartens that are attached to government and government assisted primary schools. Each child will receive Vt2,500 covering 10 weeks of term III. The total fund allocated for year 7 is almostVt23 million. It will benefit 4,399 children in 85 secondary schools and 47 centre schools. Each student will receive Vt5,143 as part of tuition fee. Minister Nirua said extending free tuition to early childhood education and junior secondary level will ease the financial burden of parents. This free tuition fee policy excluded private schools. The government, under its free primary education model introduced in 2010, gives a subsidy of each learner a year. Parents will have to meet fees for uniforms, boarding fees, administrative and sundry fees. Parents, teachers and education stakeholders welcomed the announcement last year and again this year on Children’s Day by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai that the...

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COUPLE FACES RAPE CONSPIRACY CHARGE

A Tanna couple have been rearrested and sent back to jail after allegations that they raped another victim. Timothy Kavila has already been convicted on a similar offence that he admitted to the court for raping a 20-year-old girl earlier this year with allegations that his wife was another party to the offence. But the wife denied the allegations distancing herself from the first case where she will stand trial on serious sexual related offences on a date to be set. Police said that the duo was under bail on the first case but they are now placed behind bars on the second case that is now under investigation. Allegations surrounding the case revealed that Kavila allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl at Teouma Bridge area around July and August. At all material times she was under his care and protection. Police confirmed the girl sought refuge at Kavila’s home away from her own home allegedly for a similar issue with her biological father. The girl has reportedly told police to also arrest her biological father for being the reason she is now a rape victim. Police said that the victim was allegedly, raped by Kavila on multiple occasions and threatened not to tell anyone what happened to her. They said that the man’s wife is facing two charges of aiding and abetting with an additional count of act of indecency...

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Rosemary Leona named as SPC ’70 Inspiring Pacific Women’

Ni-Vanuatu businesswoman Rosemary Leona is living proof that Pacific women can stake a claim in the region’s male-dominated business scene. The fifty-four-year-old native of Pentecost Island has made a name for herself in two of Vanuatu’s key industries: tourism and kava. She is the proud owner of the recently launched Vila Rose Hotel in the heart of Port Vila. Rosemary has also run a successful kava export business called ‘Vanuatu Wise’ for the last two years. Prior to setting out on her own, Ms Leona was a senior lending officer with ANZ Bank in Vanuatu for many years, where...

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Inter-island handicraft trading

Inter-island trading in the tourism sector is becoming a reality through the handicraft sector. The islands of Vanuatu establishing trade relations with each other is one of the things the Government, through the Department of Industry and Business Development, wants to see happen. Just recently, some women doing handicraft business from Malekula in Malampa Province went to Aneityum in Tafea Province, to sell their products to cruise ship vendors of Mystery Island. They sold a variety of baskets, shell necklaces and carved jewellery. These women are members of the Malampa Handicraft Centre on Malekula. Their product were well received...

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Opinion: a call for a tolerant, understanding and caring Vanuatu

MP Andrew Napuat’s recent statement on the supremacy of Christian principles in Vanuatu society raises important issues that leaders throughout Vanuatu should deliberate and consider carefully. It is true that the founding fathers and mothers of this country were primarily Christian. This is a testament to the important role Christian churches played in educating and training the leaders that would take the then colony of New Hebrides to independence in 1980. It is understandable then that our national motto and the preamble to our Constitution make specific reference to God as the inspiration behind the struggle for political independence...

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Manage forests now or suffer: Minister Seremaiah

Vanuatu will suffer if it fails to manage its forests sustainably to meet society needs, said the Minister responsible for Forest, Matai Seremaiah. “If we are not careful, we will destroy all our trees and become like (some cities in) China which is struggling for oxygen and investing a lot to restore forestry. “Unlike China, we would not be able to meet the cost of replanting if we exploited our forest. “We must take action now, although our forest are not disappearing at an alarming rate,” he said. Minister Seremaiah was speaking during the opening of the National Forestry...

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Bills to introduce ID cards, Breathalyzer and control mobile use

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, says three Bills that will go before Parliament in November, once passed, will be implemented immediately. Expanding on the purposes of the Bills, Minister Maoh, explained that the first Bill on ID Cards will require every citizens of this country to be issued with National Identification (ID) Cards. This, he explained, will not mean restricting citizens on movements within the country because the constitution does not allow that. He said the ID cards will be used, for example, for banking purposes, passport checks, or as may be required by government authorities or shown on demand by authorized personnel under specified circumstances. The second Bill is on introducing Breathalyzer test to estimate the blood alcohol content from a breath sample. The minister explained, this will be used to control drivers from consuming alcohol and driving. He said with the current rate of road accidents caused by speeding and drunkenness in Vanuatu, especially Port Vila, this will assist the police to quickly apprehend drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol. The third Bill will address the issue of use of mobile phones by drivers when driving. This will apply to all drivers on all vehicles, Maoh told the Daily Post. “We need disciplined citizens so that our nation can always remain a peaceful nation and a better place to live by citizens, residents...

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Empawa Hour – Breastfeeding

The second episode of Em Pawa Hour featured Alison Harris, founder and president of WINGS Vanuatu, Emmett Ilaisa, breastfeeding advocate and midwife, and Nerida Hinge, Acting Nutrition Coordinator of Ministry of Health. The theme of the show was ‘Breastfeeding’ and explored the benefits of breastfeeding, Vanuatu’s first ‘Mama’s Melek Lefet’ on Monday August 7th 2017 and how National Breastfeeding week will be a reminder every year from now on, to encourage mothers to breastfeed their baby. Topics included: The Law – Did you know A female staff member who is breastfeeding is entitled to a break of half an hour...

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The infantilization of women who work at night

Whether spoken or unspoken, it is common in Vanuatu for women to be perceived as dependants rather than independents. From the personal home to the parliament house, women are seen as in need of being taken care of and are often left out of the decision-making process. When people find out that I am a single mother and not looking for a partner, most of them are horrified. But can you blame me when most of my female friends are being controlled by their partners and are expected to be nothing more than obedient and domesticated wives, daughters or...

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Public concerns over alleged aggressive behavior by police during operation

Increasing public concerns are being raised about alleged aggressive behavior by members of the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) during operations also involving members of the Municipal wardens and the Department of Customs and Rates and Taxes on the roads of Port Vila to check vehicles. The most recent of those operations was held Friday night last week to check vehicles mainly for possession of valid documents – insurance, driver’s licence, road tax and vehicle registration. Vehicles found without the valid documents were confiscated by the operations teams that included the Vanuatu Mobile Force, the police traffic unit, and the Port Vila Municipal. The operation also included officers of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue. The confiscated vehicles, many times in their hundreds, were taken to the Port Vila cemetery and locked away there until the driver or owner produces the valid documents and pays the fines. A torrent of public concerns are being voiced, many in the social media, about what many of those affected in these confiscation of vehicles describing the behaviors of the VMF members particularly as “very aggressive” and “very scary”. Some alleged the VMF, the police and members of the operation team were very uncompromising and would not listen to reasons but act aggressively toward the drivers. There were reports that a number of elderly people were allegedly dragged out of their vehicles and...

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Bail Breached

The Magistrates Court has issued an arrest warrant for Henriette Yatibu, the accused in a traffic collision which resulted in the death of a young man from Tanna at Tagabe in July this year. Miss Yatibu was charged with: (i) Causing death by reckless driving, contrary to section 13 of the Road Traffic (Control) Act [CAP 29]; and (ii) Unintentional harm causing death, contrary to section 108 (c) of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135]. The warrant was issued on August 17, 2017 to all Police Officers in Vanuatu, after the Court was informed that Miss Yatibu allegedly breached...

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Student’s Thesis focuses on violence in Vanuatu

Vanuatu has a high rate of violence due to technology advancement. A third year student at Marmara University, Nişantaşı Kampus in Turkey, Mr Brian Tete is pursuing a Masters Degree in Media Economics for the past three and a half years and is currently in country to do his thesis on the rising violence in Vanuatu and is an advocate for the most vulnerable part of the society. “I have done comparisons between Vanuatu and Turkey and have found that though Turkey is bigger a country with diverse race of people and cultures, they look after themselves and the...

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Waste Management should be practiced at a young age

The initiative to ban the use of plastic is a way forward for Vanuatu’s Solid Waste Management (SWM). Pollution Control Officer at the Department of Environment, Mr Rontexstar Mogeror said that waste management should be a practice taught to young children. “I have attended a training for three weeks in Japan in Enhancement of Solid Waste Management Capacity, and i have observed how the Japanese control their waste even the young children know separation of waste,”he said. “The children at kindergarten level have waste management as part of their school curriculum, and so they learn and do practical activities...

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Drone trials for vaccine delivery in remote Vanuatu to take place early 2018

Port Vila, 16 August 2017: The Government of Vanuatu, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will launch the drone trials in early 2018, an adjustment from initial August plans. The drone trials aim to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAVSs), more commonly known as drones, to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote Vanuatu communities.  At least 13 drone companies from different countries applied to participate in the self-funded drone challenge in August, of which eight were issued with formal invitations to demonstrate capabilities of their drones in Vanuatu. Whilst nothing new to communities in Vanuatu, the logistical challenges and costs of participation encountered by participants caused the majority to withdraw resulting in a delayed start to the trials in early 2018. “The Government looks forward to working with its partner, UNICEF, together with the drone companies to identify solutions to logistical challenges involved in getting vaccines to children in remote rural communities,” said Director General of the Ministry of Health in Vanuatu, George Taleo.  The objective of the challenge remains unchanged with an end-goal of greater and more efficient vaccination of children. The drone industry continuously evolves with advances through research and development. Refinement of the Vanuatu challenge with the benefit of industry inputs will reflect and explore flexibility in cargo carrying advances with a focus on vaccine supply...

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Kanegai says no room for enemies in business

“To become a good leader in business, there’s no room for enemies. You lead by example by setting up relationships with the people around you. Be strong, be determined, be a good manager, improve your management skills and be a great leader, a great business woman”. Coordinator of Ambassador Tourism Programme of the Department of Tourism Development, Nadia Kanegai has made the statement in her congratulatory message to the business mamas of Pango and Ifira (who own booths at the Main Wharf) on their graduation from a business management workshop in Pango Village recently. She says mamas are moving...

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Esmie Island Art

Looking for a unique gift? Check out Esmie’s Jimmy handpainted peices, ranging from glasses to aprons to island dresses. Esmie also has a selection of scrubs and beauty products available using tamanu oil. You can buy Esmie’s peices at Lotus Day Spa or you can contact her directly yourself on...

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Empawa Hour – Women’s Leadership in Sports

Thursday 8 – 9am, FM107 On Thursday 10th August,  ‘EmPawa Hour’ was launched on FM107 and focused on ‘Women’s Leadership in Sport’. Hosted by Heather Maraki, Empawa Hour is an all female radio show by Van2017 as part of Van2017’s commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in Vanuatu. The first show featured: Relvie Poilapa Community Relations and Special Events Supervisor of Van2017 + First woman President of the Vanuatu Hockey Federation, and current Secretary General of VHF. Mary Estelle Mahuk Assistant office administrator Van2017 + known as the ‘Golden Mama’ of Vanuatu as she has won more than...

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Behind the scenes of Sista Gat Style with GG Baxter

In the August edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style magazine, Sista Gat Style celebrated the confident and fierce GG Baxter. The LGBT rights activist and Executive Director of Vpride Foundation breaks barriers yet again with this stunning fashion shoot in Port Vila town. The Sista team chose to shoot in a public space as an affirmation to all LGBT persons that they have a right to claim their space. GG’s photoshoot was met with criticism, particularly on social media where people abused GG using religious and cultural rhetoric to justify their discrimination. Even a couple of...

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GG Baxter – Sista Gat Style

GG Baxter is a transgender Ni-Vanuatu woman and LGBT rights activist. After appearing in Wan Smol Bag’s ‘Love Patrol’, GG has become Vanuatu’s most widely known transgender woman and is continuing to break barriers and challenge stereotypes through her work with Vanuatu’s first LGBT organization Vpride Organization. Fashion is not just about flaunting how much money you have or looking good – to GG, it is much more than that. Fashion has been a platform to express her identity as a transgender woman and to reclaim her space. In this photoshoot, we chose to shoot in public spaces as...

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Profile of a staff member of Van2017

Van2017 is proud to introduce to you a new member of its staff: Jessica Carlot Van2017 is pleased to welcome the newly appointed Sports Delivery Officer, Jessica Carlot, who has joined the team. Jessica’s role is to assist the Sports Competition Managers (SCMs) and National Federations under the direction of the Van2017 Sports Delivery Supervisor Lilon Bongmatur and Van2017 Sports Manager William Worwor in creating sports delivery plans. Her role also includes collecting information from SCMs for their volunteers and following up with sports training sessions run by the technical delegates from various sports, as well as collecting data...

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Father and daughter sent to prison for incest

A father and his daughter have been ordered to serve three years and eight months imprisonment on separate counts of incest based on section 95 (2) of the Penal Code Act CAP 135. The father said in his pre-sentence report that he groomed to have sex with his daughter since 2006 and shifted a part of the blame to his wife claiming she was sick and was unable to accept his sexual desires. The daughter said that she was having consensual sex with her father because they were living together and their close relationship made easier to give in for sexual intercourse. She said in her pre-sentence report that she is very sorry and that made her now moved out and reside in a different place. She said that she now realised that she should not have offended that way and described the offence as very serious for a daughter to enter a sexual relationship with her father. Justice Daniel Fatiaki said that the offending was aggravated by its repetition over many years, unprotected that led to the daughter impregnated with two infants that both died. Justice Fatiaki said that incest is an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and is a very serious offence. He said that incest has a biblical prohibition that set out in Leviticus 18:8 – 18 and 20: 11 –...

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Girls rowing program numbers growing rapidly

The Port Vila Rowing Club’s Girls Rowing Program is rapidly growing in numbers under the coaching of Jessica Richardson. Jessica Richardson is a volunteer from the Australian Volunteers International Development, working at VASANOC (the Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee). She is working as an Equity Officer, coordinating and supporting programs to promote gender and disability inclusion in sport. Just coincidentally, Jess is an experienced, qualified rowing coach. She has volunteered her services after work and on Saturdays to support the women’s rowing programs. We have always had girls and women rowing but it was not training...

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Computer Savvy Market Vendors

Tuesday 8 August 2017 (Vanuatu) – “This is the first time for us to use a computer,” said Eslin Solomon, President of Vanuatu’s Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association (MVA). “It’s really hard, however, we are trying our best to learn how to use the computer and I feel like I can do this,” Eslin said. The MVA executive members usually hand-write official letters and document market records, but will now be able to use their new computer skills – and office equipment funded by the Australian High Commission Vanuatu’s Direct Aid Program – to more professionally administer the MVA....

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Foreign life and style promoted contrary to Christian principles and Cultural values: MP

The Member of Parliament for Tanna, MP Andrew Napuat, has raised concern over an article in local media last Saturday which featured a “transgender” ni-Vanuatu under the ‘Vanuatu Life & Style’ publication. In a statement he said Vanuatu’s Christian Principles and Melanesian Cultural values must always be respected. He added that the article is contrary to the founding principles of this nation of Vanuatu and its motto ‘In God We Stand’, as well as contrary to the “plan of God for a man and a woman”. He stated: “When God created Adam who is a man in his image, God brought to him a woman, the Bible says male and female, he created them, not another man according to a Biblical verses in Genesis 1: 27 and 28. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply”. “So the will of God in a relationship is between a man and a woman to fulfil the divine plan of God as according to the scriptures. We cannot change this to say man and man or woman and woman.” The member of parliament is questioning if the women of Vanuatu, as a Christian nation, are accepting such publicity that any transgender woman is a sister...

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Fest’Napuan Groups Must Have Female

One of this year’s criteria for local participants in the annual Fest’Napuan music festival is that all local bands must have a female performing with the group. The organising committee of Fest’Napuan 2017 stated this yesterday in a reminder to all Vanuatu musicians and bands to submit their application to perform at the festival. The music festival is normally held annually around the month of October, but in 2017 only the Fest’Napuan will be held in December to coincide with the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games. This year Fest’Napuan has partnered with Van2017 to hold the event as part of...

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Ambassador congratulates Sisters Helping Sisters

Tuesday 8 August 2017 (Vanuatu) – Women from Silae Vanua and Marobe Tanvasoko Market Vendor Associations (MVA) welcomed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, as she unveiled new office equipment for the Silae Vanua MVA. The Silae Vanua MVA’s new office equipment is funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program in Vanuatu. The MVA applied for the funds – and is receiving training to use the office equipment – thanks to assistance from UN Women’s Markets for Change team, principally funded by the Australian Government. Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls,...

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EmPawa Hour – Van2017’s female radio show on FM107

“Empowered Women Empower Women” On Thursday 10th August, the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games will be launching ‘EmPawa Hour’ on FM107. Empawa Hour is an exciting new venture led by Van2017 as part of Van2017’s commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in Vanuatu. Leading up to the Pacific Mini Games, listeners can tune in to FM107 from 8 – 9am every Thursday and expect to hear discussions about women’s rights and issues with different guests every week. Hosted by Heather Maraki and co-hosted by Relvie Poilapa, Van2017, and Jill Aru, Vanuatu Women’s Center, with the support of Yasmine...

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Mamas liken business training to mirror

“We the mamas at the wharf are the first ones to meet the tourists as soon as they disembark from the cruise liner, and we are the first ones to touch the beautiful feel of their dollars as they spend their money at our booths. But regardless of how many dollars we earn, immediately following our sales, our earnings become like water seeping through our fingers due to lack of management and book keeping skills. We have no report of cash out and cash in and on the next tourist boat call, we have no products to sell.” Speaking...

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Women vow to petition PM

All Members of the outspoken Women Against Crime and Corruption (WACC) Group have unanimously voted in favour to take their “Zero Tolerance Petitions” on violence against women, to the Prime Minister this time, due to alleged lack of action by the 52 members of parliament, following their break-through march on parliament on March 21 last year. WACC accepts the Family Protection Act has been strengthened but that much more has to be done by the Government to stop the abuse of women and their killing like animals, after a mother of four was stabbed to death by her partner...

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Wanem hemi rape? Wanem hemi consent?

I gat fulap man mo woman wea olgeta hemi no save wanem hemi rape mo wanem hemi consent. Taem wan man hemi silip wetem wan woman mo woman tu hemi wantem silip wetem hem, hemia CONSENT. Taem wan man hemi silip wetem wan woman be woman ia hemi no wantem silip wetem hem, hemia RAPE. I gat fulap man wea olgeta hemi stap rapem wan woman afta olgeta hemi ting se fasin blong olgeta hemi no rape. Olgeta hemi ting se hemi ol raet blong makem fasin olsem ia from woman hemi drong or hemi stap wearem wan ‘sexy’...

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Battle in the sand thrills local children

FRIDAY was a great day for beach volleyball in Port Vila, as Vanuatu’s leading female players took on one of Australia’s top pairs in an exhibition game which thrilled the crowd at the beach volleyball home courts. The event was organised by the Japanese JHK TV documentary makers who are following the journey of the Vanuatu women all the way to Tokyo 2020. The battle on the sand was tightly fought and at one-set-all the gathered crowd of local fans were in full voice supporting Linline Matauatu and Loti Joe. Joining the onlookers were representatives from VASANOC, the Australian...

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Reproductive Health is vital post disaster: VFHA

Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) in collaboration with the Department of Health have carried out the Minimal Initial Services Package (MISP) response in the islands affected by TC Dona. VHFA Program Manager, Mrs Julianne Aru who is a midwife by profession said that many times post disaster responses overlooked reproductive health of victims affected. “This year in light of TC Dona, the Health Cluster has enabled us to carry out the MISP with Reproductive Health in the end of June to the beginning of July, though it was a bit late after the cyclone had passed but it was a success,” she said. “VFHA dispatched three teams consisting of 6 members in the three provinces affected in TC Dona, which are the Torba, Sanma and Malampa provinces focusing on the Torres islands, Malekula and Santo in the remotest areas.” Mrs Aru said that during the response, the teams carried out clinical services as well as reproductive health awareness, family planning services, methods and services (teenage pregnancy and STIs). “MISP should be an urgent activity right after a natural disaster and usually comes with ‘Dignity kits’ to be distributed to families, especially to mothers should they loose everything in the disaster but due to insufficient budget we were not able to hand out these dignity kits this time around,” she said. “I led a team to the Torres Islands where...

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Stop killing: Tahi

“Are we waiting for more thousands of killings, and murders to take place before we act?”, was the first question to the Government, the chiefs, and churches by the Coordinator of the Vanuatu Women’s Centre, Merelyn Tahi, yesterday morning after the report of another female victim, came out in the Daily Post. She condemned the latest killing of a female in Port Vila as “brutal, insane, insensible and irresponsible that deserves full force of the law of the land”. She said: “We have repeatedly said for many times and over and over again that ‘enough is enough’ of crime against women and brutal killings and inhumane harms and treatments done to women and children of this country over the 37 years of independence, yet more killings are still taking place and, will there be more hundreds if not thousands of killings going to happen before real actions are taken?” She questioned. She went on to state that: “It’s a total disgrace in the face of the nation and the world and sadly and worst of all is that lives are taken away before the eyes of the national authorities that is including the government, the chiefs and the churches and all leaders at all levels of Vanuatu communities. “Every day we receive 6-10 complaints in our office about crimes against women and children. “There is just lack of respect...

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Suspect in Ohlen Freswin stabbing arrested

The suspect in the stabbing of the woman at Ohlen Freswin in Port Vila Thursday morning resulting in death has been arrested. The arrest has been confirmed by Police Acting Chief-of-Staff Colin Kalwatman, who referred the Daily Post to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for more details. The Acting Officer-in-Charge of CID Port Vila, Inspector Davies Paravanua, says the man, named as Raymond Bakoa of Makira/Emae parentage, was arrested by the police on Thursday evening in Ohlen Freswin, not far from the scene of the killing, and held in police custody. Inspector Paravanua adds that on Friday afternoon the suspect was to appear before the court for remand while police investigation continues into the incident. “Once the investigation is completed, a preliminary hearing will be held before the magistrate’s court and if there is a case to answer, the matter will be committed to the Supreme Court,” he adds. The suspect, Raymond Bakoa, was arrested about 14 hours after the woman he was living with, Flora Jerry, of Emae, was brutally stabbed in the neck at about 10 minutes to 5 on Thursday morning and died soon after from stab wounds at Ohlen Freswin. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST...

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Harrassed, then sacked

In a letter dated July 28 2017, Vanuatu National Provident Fund chairman Alain Lew informed Doreen Lango, Manager of Member Services at the fund, that she had been dismissed. No reasons were provided in the letter, but Ms Lango insists that her dismissal is related to a sexual harassment complaint she raised against her superior, former General Manager Viliame Baleitavua. A related criminal complaint and investigation resulted in a decision by the State Prosecutions office to drop the charges and to close their file. Ms Lango alleges that Mr Baleitavua approached her outside a bar on October 30, 2016...

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Coop eyes basket for plastic bag

The Bulvanua Art & Handicraft Cooperative Society is planning a promotional meeting to attract new members ahead of its nationwide plan, to mobile women in the islands to weave baskets to replace plastic bags, which have become a national threat to the environment. While the date and venue have yet to be confirmed, the President of BAHCS, Rosalie Vatu says this is an exciting time for its members, to mobilise rural women throughout the country to implement the call by the Prime Minister, by providing a safe, disposable alternative. The call is vital to safeguard the natural beauty of...

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Man found dead in Teouma

Investigation is now underway by police after a man was found dead in Teouma. Police said they attended the scene with medical personnel before the body was transferred to Vila Central Hospital for autopsy. The man was identified as Pedro (other name not supplied) and his body was taken to the morgue. Police is calling on members of the public who might have any information about his death to step forward and provide that information to assist in their investigation. People living near the area said that Pedro is a man who likes drinking and he was last seen drunk before his death. It is understood that a woman was on her way to the garden and saw him sleeping beside the road and she thought the deceased was just sleeping because he drank too much during the celebration. Pedro was well known as he used to pass by along the road almost every weekend when he was drunk. Police said that there is no lead yet on how Pedro died but said that he had swollen eyes when his body was found in a secluded area behind Teouma Shopping Centre. They said that a postmortem will be conducted at the Vila Central Hospital to determine the cause of death. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Fatal Stabbing

Police have confirmed the death of a woman at Ohlen Freshwind suburb of Port Vila Thursday morning from a fatal stab wound. The Acting Police Chief of Staff, Senior Inspector Colin Kalwatman, says the woman was from Emae, and her body is currently at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) morgue awaiting an autopsy to be carried out as part of the police investigation into her death. A team from the night duty police responded to a call for help and found the woman already dead from a sharp metallic implement that had been thrust through her neck. Her body...

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Vanuatu Commander says gender training essential for police officers

“Gender based violence is an issue that we Police really need to have a deeper understand of,” said Inspector Jack Tallis, a Commander of the Criminal Investigation Department South, of Vanuatu. “With Vanuatu at the 4th highest rate of intimate partner violence in the Pacific, sitting at 60%, it has become a real concern for me as a Police Commander in my cohort. “As Police we require a good understanding of why violence against women happens if we are to critically address the issue with the aim of seeing a reduction in the next ten years,” he continued. With...

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28 graduate with certificate in Climate Change Disaster Risk Reduction

Twenty-eight students are the first ever in Vanuatu and the Pacific to have graduated with a certificate 1 on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction offered by the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) Tuesday this week. Minister for Climate Change, Ham Lini was there to witness this very important milestone in Vanuatu history. During his official remarks, Director for Education Services, Roy Obed, confirmed that this program is unique and marks history in the Vanuatu Education system as it is the first of its kind ever developed in country and the Pacific region as well. Director Obed was speaking on behalf of the Minister for Education, Jean Pierre Nirua, who was away on official tour. Obed applauded long time pioneer of the Vanuatu education sector, Professor Charles Pierce who designed the course material in both English and French languages in which the minister made special attributions to. “It is indeed a joy to see that the course materials are developed in line with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education & Training language policy in promoting bilingualism in the schools. “This, again is an historical milestone in the Vanuatu Education sector.” Professor Pierce took four long years to actually develop the course to see that it is workable and approved to be used as a national syllabus in the Vanuatu Education system particularly, in the TVET sector. “I am happy to...

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Handover of water system to Lamap community

At least 1,499 people access safe water and sanitation Port Vila, 2 August 2017: The Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with ADRA Vanuatu, today handed over the completed water supply system to the community of Lamap on the south eastern tip of Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu stated, “This project has pulled together some key partners of the government to address the crucial need for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the community of Lamap in line with the National Water Strategy’s vision of sustainable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation for the people of Vanuatu.” With the goal of providing safe water and sanitation in Vanuatu and promoting good hygiene and sanitation, the Lamap WASH Infrastructure Project is part of the Water and Sanitation Sector Strengthening Project, a collaboration between Vanuatu Government and partners.  “It is critical for us to be able to deliver safe drinking water to vulnerable children and their families. Water acts as a lifeline for children and we continue to work with Government and partners to respond to this urgent need,” stated UNICEF Chief of Vanuatu Field Office, Andrew Parker. The construction of four large water supply projects, including that of Lamap, started in June 2014...

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Medal at last

It has taken Amy Selwyn Binihi almost 20 years to disclose her secret, that she and her late husband, Selwyn Binihi had to breach custom protocol by hiding then Father Walter Lini under their marriage bed from the French Army Search Team that was determined to snatch him during the heat of the country’s political uprising. Surely it was this brave deed along with her long string of contributions towards the development of Vanuatu that the latest Head of State, President Obed Moses Tallis honoured her with her well-deserved Independence Medal during the 37th Presidential Cocktails last Sunday. Amy...

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PLASTIC BAN

Plastic bags and bottles will be banned in Vanuatu. The government has decided to address plastic waste disposal which is causing huge environment impacts and serious problems. Therefore, the government will be creating a ban to phase-out the use of bottles and plastic bags nationwide, the Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, declared when he was addressing the nation on Independence Day. PM Salwai said the government will ban the use and importation of bottles and plastic bags, which cannot be reused. Vanuatu will be the first country in the pacific region to be implementing this if it becomes a...

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Dr. Pushpa Nasair elected new President of PSRH

Dr. Nasair from the Fiji Islands, an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fiji National University, is the new President of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH). She was elected at last week’s 12th Biennial Conference of the PSRH held in Port Vila. Dr. Nasair teaches the final year MBBS students and she also teaches the post graduates in obstetrics and gynecology. She works at Fiji’s biggest hospital, the Colonial War Memorial in Suva. She spoke with the Daily Post in an interview about her plans for the next two years in the position. “First of all...

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Citizens’ Needs A Priority: PM

The needs of Vanuatu citizens must be the priority of the Government. Equal opportunity in society, access to education for all, health services, employment and business opportunities must be the basis of government policies. These are what the nation wants to achieve in the next years as reflected in the National Sustainable Development Plan. The Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, stated this yesterday when was addressing the nation on Independence Day at Independence Park in Port Vila. Vanuatu needs a strong security system to ensure its citizens are safe and for others to live in and work peacefully, he...

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Investing in Women’s Health – Vanuatu’s Experience

The above heading is the title of the speech by the Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, when he officially opened the 12th Biennial Conference of the Pacific Society of Reproductive Health at the National Convention Centre in Port Vila on Sunday. He said over the last 37 years of independence, Vanuatu has made great progress in national development, despite the many struggles and challenges. One is that Vanuatu’s average life expectancy is now 72 years. “For more than three decades, we have invested in women’s health through a national Maternal and Child Health Program, focusing on the survival and...

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Azure Pure Water launches “Give me 5” recycling program.

Shaun Gilchrist, CEO of Azure Water, has announced that Azure Water will be offering a recycling solution for its plastic bottles.  After six months of extensive research and consultation with waste management specialists, Azure Pure Water is pleased to offer to it’s customers a recycling solution for our Vanuatu Natural bottles. For a long time we have recognised that waste management and plastic bottle disposal in Vanuatu is a challenge, and we recognise our responsibility as a manufacturer in Vanuatu to be providing viable and sustainable solutions for the management of the waste which we produce so as to...

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Cricket’s fast-growing new female frontier

As women’s cricket enjoys unprecedented growth in popularity and participation, Vanuatu has emerged as an unlikely new frontier for the sport. In a country where soccer is king, cricket is making impressive inroads and inspiring a new generation of young sportswomen. While the sun sets over Port Vila on a Tuesday afternoon, Vanuatu’s next generation of female cricketers are being put through their paces by current members of the women’s national team. Not that the established players are a great deal older. While the keenest of the bright young hopefuls are 10 and 11-year-old sisters, two of the leading...

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“Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu” Portrait Prize/Exhibition opens early August

“Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu” Portrait Prize/Exhibition opens Wed 2nd Aug, 5pm at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery Throughout art history the portrait has been a means for the artist to record stories of people, place and the subject’s impact on their life during that time. Today, considering the barrage of negativity found on mainstream media everywhere and a human thirst for tales of scandal, “Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu” portrait exhibition attempts to show and tell positive stories of people from Vanuatu from artist’s point of view, The gallery invited artists to participate in the exhibition/prize by submitting portrait/s...

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Joyce Napuat named as SPC ’70 Inspiring Pacific Women’

Starting Monday 24th July, each day for 70 days a new profile of an inspiring Pacific woman will be published to mark SPC’s 70th anniversary, and to lead up to the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women in Suva (Fiji) from 2nd to 5th October 2017. Joyce Napuat knows first hand what it’s like to live with a disability. Born with one leg on the island of Tanna, she’s had to overcome many challenges throughout her life. Growing up, Joyce had to walk on crutches over long distances of rugged terrain simply...

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Vanuatu announces drone trial participants to assess vaccine delivery in remote islands

Port Vila, 27 July 2017: The Government of Vanuatu, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), announced today the selected participants who will take part in the first phase of the Vanuatu drone trial in August.  Remotely Piloted Systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are being trialled for the first time in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in Vanuatu.  “To ensure consistent availability of vital supplies at health facilities is an ongoing challenge for Vanuatu due to geography, logistics and high costs. This trial is an important step in exploring options for dealing with some of these challenges to providing healthcare to these vulnerable communities,” said Director General of the Ministry of Health in Vanuatu, George Taleo.  A committee including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities and UNICEF completed a screening process to select the final six applicants to participate in the first phase of the trial. The candidates selected to participate in the trials are: Volans-i inc., Martek Marine Ltd, JAR Aerospace Pty Ltd, Colugo Systems, Finish the Call LLC, and Firetail Bormatec JV. These six self-funded candidates will travel in August to Vanuatu from countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Israel and Australia to demonstrate the performance of their drones. “UNICEF is pleased to partner...

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Record Number of Women attend Vanua’tai Resource Monitors Network Annual General Meeting

A changing climate and environment affect us all. Sea level rise, the decline in biodiversity and health of our marine and terrestrial ecosystems, erosion, flooding, an increase in overall temperatures, landslides, and food insecurity: these impacts target everyone. Women, just as much as men are feeling the impact of a changing climate, in their domestic and communal duties and in their sense of needing to provide for their husbands, children and extended family. Involving women in conversations and actions about the environment and climate change response is not a secondary measure, it is essential to ensure families, communities, and...

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Man sent to prison for raping seven year old girl

A man was ordered to serve seven years jail term after he admitted to raping a seven-year-old girl multiple times in the absence of his wife. Harry Daniel, from Tanna, is currently serving a term of three years and four months for another rape case involving the victim’s elder sister who was 12 years of age when the incident occurred. Daniel first admitted to raping the elder sister. Chief Justice, Vincent Lunabek ruled out an application from the Public Solicitor’s Francis Tasso for the sentences to be concurrent. “I refuse and reject that submission as nonsense,” he said. “The sentence of three years and four months was subsequent to the complaints of the elder sister of the victim girl in this case, while this current sentence is in respect to the complaints of the younger sister is seven years old at the time of the offending. “They were two separate complaints made at the same time to the police.” The rapist pleaded guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent contrary to section 90 and 91 of the Penal Code Act CAP 135. He also admitted another count of Act of Indecency against section 98A of the Act. The prosecution stood down with an alternative charge of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse. He said that the man was 31 at the time of the offending and there was an age...

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Chairman Sumptoh wants people to wear national colours

Chairman of the Port Vila Independence Celebrations, Lord Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh, is appealing to everyone who wants to participate in the Independence Celebrations “to please wear Vanuatu’s national colours”. “When people dress up in our national colours they tell a story about the struggle of Independence with the colours that are in the National Flag,” Chairman Sumptoh said. Today, many parents and their children do not know what the red, green, yellow and black (Vanuatu flag) mean. But when people start wearing the national colours every 30 July they learn the meaning of the colours and develop a sense...

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Pastor draws line between marriage and custom

Pastor Jacob Vula of Living Water Church has said a Christian marriage must remain Christian and a custom chief should not be used to resolve any social issues that arise during the marriage, not even spilling the blood of animals to resolve issue(s) because that would not be Christian. He said God performed the first marriage in the Garden of Eden and therefore marrying a man and woman “to become one flesh” belongs to God. For this reason the couple must return to the pastor to allow Jesus to find the solution to their problems as it is the...

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Gov’t supports TVL-WSB initiative to combat street crime

Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) and the Wan Smolbag Yut Senta are set to make Street Dance Battle an annual event to help reduce street crime among young people in Port Vila. The government, through the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, has welcomed the announcement. It is important the activity is conducted to stop youth involving in street crime happening a lot lately in Port Vila, the minister said. Street crime refers to any criminal offense in a public area like murder, theft and assault. It includes vandalism to public properties. An example of vandalism can be found at...

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Vanuatu Society for People with Disability moves into brand new headquarters

Life is about to become a little bit easier for people living with a disability in Vanuatu following the official opening of the Australian-funded Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSPD) headquarters on Rue Colardeau. Opened on 21 July by the Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ralph Regenvanu and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Chairman of the Pam Recovery Committee Johnny Koanapo, the VSPD will be equipped to better support people living with disabilities. The building, funded through the Australia Vanuatu Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery Program,...

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Behind the scenes of Sista Gat Style with Margreth Romone

In the July edition of Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style magazine, we celebrated the sweet and stunning Margreth Romone, widely known as Maggie among her friends. Maggie says she’s not afraid to experiment with her look and try different styles. Maggie’s hair, nails and makeup were done by Vanuatu Spa and she used her own clothes and borrowed a few outfits for this shoot. The photo shoot was done at Tanna Russet building, both at the car park and at the cinema, with photography by Nicky Kuautonga. Nicky, as usual, doesn’t just take photos – he also assisted...

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Knowledge of sickness and healing, medical pluralism, and health seeking in Vanuatu

Knowledge and belief systems combining Christian and indigenous spiritual contexts are often central to causal explanations for illness and death in Vanuatu. As throughout the Pacific region, these are linked to a heavy reliance on what are typically described in public health and related development literature as “traditional healers.” Even so, very little systematic research has been done on the diversity of healing approaches and practices that fall under this broad term, or how and why people seek out and use such services in addressing problems of health and wellbeing (see e.g., Tynan et al 2011, Viney et al...

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Behind the scenes of Sista Gat Style with Jemila Theuil

In the Vanuatu Daily Post’s June edition of Life and Style magazine, the fashion feature Sista Gat Style celebrated  Jemila Theuil. Dressed by Carla’s Boutique and styled by Mel Rose, Jemila had her hair and nails done by HeadHunters. The calm and cool Jemila has modelled before and says that she enjoys getting dressed up for the camera and striking a few poses. The team, including photographer Nicky Kuautonga, headed out to Club Hippique to do the shoot. Here are a few behind-the-scene shots of Jemila getting dolled up at HeadHunters and during the photo shoot. See the final look...

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8 ting ting yumi no shud talem long ol boe blong stopem ol difrens bitwin boe mo gel

1.Yu mekem hemia olsem wan gel (Yu ran olsem wan gel, yu crae olsem wan gel, yu stronghed olsem wan gel, yu stadi matematics olsem wan gel, yu pleple futbol olsem wan gel...) Taem yu talem tok tok olsem ia, hemi minim se gel oli wik, oli no gud lo spot mo saens, oli mo emotionol bitim boe mo pawa (phyiscal mo mental) hemi blo boe nomo. 2.Boe oli boe Taem yu explainem se vaelens (faet, insults, o jikim gel) hemi se fram ol boe hemi olsem ia, hemi minim se vaelens hemi natural blong boe mo oli no...

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Police will not be held responsible for stolen items on seized vehicles: Police

Police in the Capital have declared that they will not be held responsible for any items removed from any vehicles seized and placed at the holding yard. Police said they will not be accepting any further complaints in relation to this issue. The announcement came following reports of several incidents which saw items including road tax stickers, valuable items and parts of trucks were removed and stolen from detained vehicles. Drivers are responsible for their properties on their vehicles and police and other law enforcement agencies are seizing vehicles for safety and security reasons for public road users, police said. In a statement issued to the media, Police Media Desk confirmed that prior to removing vehicles from the hands of the drivers; they always remind drivers to remove any removable items from their vehicles. On this note, police is reminding vehicle owners and drivers to make sure to have all legal documents with them to avoid such incidents. Police has rights under the road traffic control act laws to detain unworthy vehicles for possibilities of causing danger to public road users. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Call For Calm

The Commissioner of Police, Albert Nalpini, along with Tanna’s Nikoletan Council of Chiefs are calling for calm among the people of Tanna in Port Vilaafter the release of an audio recording of what is deemed to be a rap song, full of obscene language aimed at people from Tanna island. This homemade audio recording was alleged to have been done by a young man reported to be from Tongoa but living at Seaside in Port Vila. It is not clear at this stage as to why the recording was made and distributed, including online dissemination, but in the audio recording, two other young people were heard clearly laughing in the background at the swear words uttered. Tension among the people of Tanna was high yesterday at a meeting held at Blacksand, organised by people from Tanna. The meeting was attended by Nikoletan Council of Chiefs representatives and the Commissioner of Police who went, after hearing of the meeting, to calm the situation. Police Superintendent, Jackson Noal, who accompanied the Commissioner thanked everyone at the meeting for ensuring that no problem occurs. He said the words in the rap song were provocative and unacceptable to all Tannese but leaders within the communities have shown that they can manage the situation from spilling out of control. The meeting resolved that the matter be given to Tanna’s Nikoletan Council of Chiefs to...

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Woman charged after accident resulting in death of young man

The woman that was allegedly involved in a fatal accident at Tagabe, Ms Hariett Yatipu, has been formally charged for traffic offences contrary to section 12 and 16 of the Road Traffic (Control) Act CAP 29. Section 12 covers the issue of ‘causing death by reckless driving, and provides that “a person who causes the death of another person by driving a motor vehicle on the road recklessly shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding VT500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both”. Section 16 covers ‘driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs’. This sections says “it is an offence for any person to drive on the public road when under the influence of alcoholic liquor or a drug to such an extent that the driver is incapable of properly controlling his vehicle. “A police officer shall be empowered without warrant to arrest any person contravening this section.” It was alleged that Yatipu was traveling from Black Sand on her way to the airport and instead of going around the roundabout she took the opposite direction of the lane and hit the victim. Commander South, Superintendent George Songi confirmed that Yatipu was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and after the impact she failed to stop. Mr Songi said that...

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Legacy of Disability Inclusion – Leave No One Behind

The Vanuatu Civil Society Disability Network (VCSDN) has pledged to support Van2017 in creating an inclusive and accessible 2017 Pacific Mini Games. A joint assessment to provide recommendations to the Van2017 organising committee to increase accessibility for people with disability was conducted at the Pacific Mini Games venues, on Thursday 7th July, 2017. These recommendations will encourage Van2017 and the Government of Vanuatu to look at building a legacy of inclusion and accessibility. The Vanuatu Civil Society Disability Network, coordinated by Oxfam in Vanuatu, were joined by Knox Morris from the Disability Desk at the Ministry of Justice, Margaret...

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Sponsors wish SMART Sistas all the best

The Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), Dalsie Baniala, has sent a message to the three SMART Sistas girls in Washington, DC and their mentor wishing them good luck for the FIRST Global robotic challenge that will start in a few hours. In her email address to their mentor and guardian, Rodney Philemon, who is accompanying the girls, Ms Baniala said “I wish you all the best, good luck and enjoy the competition.” TRR is one of the main sponsors for Team Vanuatu, paying for accommodation for the team members at George Washington University. “This is a great event to...

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First Ni-Van Pathologist Breaking New Ground

Vanuatu now has its very first ni-Vanuatu pathologist, Dr Crystal Garae from Ambae. Ms Garae completed her studies last year from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). She will begin doing histapathology (study of changes in tissue caused by disease) work this week after all the equipment needed for this important service arrived in Vanuatu. ACCF (Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation) raised the $40,000 AUD (around Vt3.3 million) needed for the equipment from a major fundraiser in Brisbane at which the Brisbane Sullivan Nicolaides Laboratory, a long term supporter of Vanuatu, was the major sponsor. Professor Ian Frazer, was...

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Nurses happy with explanation, return to work

Nearly 300 nurses throughout Vanuatu have decided they were happy with the explanation given by senior government officials for the delay to increase their salaries in today’s government payday and the assurance given that this increase will be made in their next pay on July 28, 2017. The assurance was given by a representation of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Willie Tokon – the Director of Hospital and Curative Services, a representative of the Minister of Finance and the Secretary of the Public Service Commission, Jacques Gideon, when they met with over 100 nurses at the Vila Central Hospital...

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Music – the untouched heart of Vanuatu

From storytelling in the home to singing at a church, music is a natural part of everyday life in Vanuatu. Rising local reggae singer, Tujah, discovered his love of music by going to church. Raised on Anietyum by his grandmother and grandfather, a pastor, Tujah says he liked going to church just to sing. ‘I loved hearing everyone sing together in harmony,’ he says. ‘Even if I didn’t know the words, I would love to sing along.’ Growing up in rural Vanuatu, Tujah’s exposure to music was restricted to whoever in the village had a cassette player. ‘Back in...

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Margreth Romone – Sista Gat Style

Margreth Romone, also known as Maggie, isn’t afraid to experiment with her look. The aspiring singer encourages all young women to be who they are and not be afraid to wear what they want.   Name Margreth Romone Age 18 Occupation I am a waitress and bartender at The Lookout (at Oceanview Apartments, the old ‘Menzies’), which just re-opened in June last month. I left school in year 10 because we couldn’t afford school fees. Last year I took a short course at Central Primary School. It was an employability course that taught customer service, financial literacy and computer...

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A heartbreaking welcome home

The bodies of the late Ioan Malas, Bridly Kere and Veta Elten Bong Vantegon – the three ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers who died in a road accident in Australia three weeks ago arrived in Port Vila Tuesday evening on the Air Vanuatu flight from Brisbane. Family members and relatives from Mele, Ambae and Ambrym were at Bauerfield Airport to receive the bodies. Also at the airport were the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, the Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin and the Acting Commissioner of Labor, John Tasso, and his staff. Addressing families, relatives and friends gathered to receive...

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Family Planning a cost effective development investment

In the advent of the global 2030 Development Agenda, as countries around the world roll-out the 17 aspirational Sustainable Development Goals, it is opportune to see family planning, beyond human rights, but also through the lens of saving human lives and cost effectiveness to national socio-economic development. Informed choice of couples and individuals regarding the number of children they desire and when, as well as improved access to contraception, have much potential to reduce poverty and hunger, avert one third of maternal deaths and nearly 20 percent of child deaths, contribute substantially to women’s empowerment and thus contribute significantly...

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Paama Sharks and Ifira Black Birds through to Women’s Independence Knockout Semi-finals

Paama Sharks and Ifira Black Birds have secured their spot in the women’s Independence knockout semi-finals ahead of the last quarter final round which will be played this Saturday the 15th of July. Paama Sharks took on Asia-Pacific Totalisator Dolphins in the first quarter final round of the women’s Independence knockout last Saturday the 8th of July at Club Hippique Adventure Park in what would be another semi-final qualifier for the team. Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat first sending in skipper, Meriel Kenni and Rachel Tari to open the batting for their side. Kenni and Tari...

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DIA OL PAPA MO OL BOE

This poem illustrates how narrow gender views in Vanuatu can be harmful. Ol papa mo ol boe blo Vanuatu, strong tingting blong masculinity emi stap hurtem yufala tu. Sapos you wantem yu save laekem blo kivim hug. Sapos yu wantem storian wetem mama blo yu, ol anti, ol sista, hemi oraet! Sapos yu wantem wokbaot wetem ol fren blo yu we oli ol gel, hemi oraet! Wan papa hemi gat responsibiliti blo lavem mo tekem kea lo famili blong hem. Sapos yu laekem blo kuk, hemi oraet. Hemi oraet sapos yu no kakai mit. Sapos yu laekem blo lukaotem...

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Items lost in vehicles seized by police

The police is now being blamed after some items were reported missing on vehicles seized and detained by police, at the Port Vila cemetery last Friday. Angry drivers were reportedly complaining at the police station at the weekend after they received calls and text messages from friends, tipping them off their buses doors were left open until morning after the alleged robberies. A bus driver who called Daily Post yesterday and wanted to remain anonymous said that his Pioneer GM-D8601 Class D Mono Amplifier with Wired Bass Boost Remote worth more than Vt40,000 was removed from his bus and none of the officers were aware of it. The police are reportedly making effort to retrieve the items. The driver said that his other colleagues had their music deck ripped off the dashboard and some lost their bus batteries and other valuable items. He claimed that some of the spotlights that were bolted on the top of their vehicles are missing. He said no one was hired to watch over their vehicles after they were seized. He added that the drivers relied upon the police officers to look after their buses after the arrest and they were expecting the release upon paying some fines but realised that their buses have been seriously damaged. The driver mentioned that police was supposed to give them some answers this week. Police authorities who...

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Dad and daughter admit lengthy sexual relationship

A father and his biological daughter admitted a sexual relationship this week in Supreme Court in what is known as ‘a 20-year hidden relationship’, and they are to be sentenced on August 4, 2017. The father is 61 years old and his daughter is 38. They are from Saama Village, North Efate. The Court was told that the hidden relationship between them began since the ‘90s when the daughter was only 18 years old. That time the father was 44 years old. The man and his daughter entered an early guilty plea this week when the charge of incest was put to them. Judiciary sources told Daily Post that the outcome of the case will be interesting on what the Court decides after it looks like both the father and the daughter were the willing participants in the act. The fact that was agreed with in court was that the close relatives were having suspicions that the duos were having an affair but they kept on denying it. The court heard that the chief had to call a meeting asking them but they kept on denying any sexual relations. Prosecutor Michelin Tasso told the court that it was until January 10, 2017 when an eyewitness found them in the act in the bush. Ms Tasso said that the witness went looking for mangoes early in the morning with his...

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Man sent to prison for rape

A man has been sentenced to four years and seven months imprisonment after admitting to the Court he raped his 14-year-old niece on two occasions. Simion Kalo, 21, from Walaha Village, Ambae agreed that he raped his niece on the absence of her parents who took her grandmother to Port Vila on medical grounds. Chief Justice (CJ) Vincent Lunabek said that the man admitted two counts of sexual intercourse contrary to section 90 and 91 of the Penal Code Act CAP 135. He said that on June 26, 2017 the man pleaded guilty on both counts as charged. CJ Lunabek said the first incident occurred on October 23, 2015. He said that the victim was 16 years of age on March 13, 2017 when the second incident occurred and at the time she was attending year 9 at Apostolic College in West Ambae. He said that both happened in her bedroom after the man entered and sexually attacked her against her will. He said that on the second occasion she was so afraid and reported the matter to a relative who was around at the time and later the report was launched with the authorities and the man was arrested and he admitted the attack. A witness who visited the complainant at that time also saw what happened. The Chief Justice said sexual intercourse without consent carries up to...

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First ever bronchoscopy service in Vanuatu through NPH and ACU partnership

The Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) set another landmark for health services in Vanuatu by receiving the donation of a bronchoscope from the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Ms. Maree De Pellegrin, President of the ACU Midwifery Society, who were responsible and raised the funds for the purchase of the bronchoscope, said it was a great honor to see all of their hard work come to fruition. “We heard an appeal from the Head Nurse in Children’s Ward, to purchase a bronchoscope for the purposes of diagnosing and treating airway and lung problems in children,” she recalled. “And we have fundraised...

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Drones and development

Can Drones Solve Development Issues? In June 2017, Vanuatu launched the first drone trial in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines. The trial will be conducted in three phases and is led by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund. Using innovative solutions to solve development issues can be difficult for the average ‘man-bush’ to comprehend. Can a flying box delivering vaccines really be the way forward to sustainable development? Isn’t that a bit too tech-savvy when...

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Women can be leaders: Mermer

Mrs Caroline Mermer says women in Vanuatu can become national leaders. The elderly outspoken woman made the comments in response to the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs that Vanuatu is not ready to elect a female candidate. Ms. Mermer is usually very humble when sharing her views and most of her opinions are always related with biblical texts. “Women are very special in many ways. “If we look at the bible they are the ones that give birth to a leader and the last one to wait on the cross of Calvary. “This country is founded with Christian Principles therefore we have to consider biblical examples. “I am not criticizing anyone but i want to make it clear that women are formed from the other rib of men which i believe women is equal to men. “Being a leader is being able to inspire other people and i don’t see anything that could stop women from holding such high position.” Caroline mentioned women leaders around the world such as Queen Elizabeth and Germany’s Angela Merkel saying Vanuatu must accept the changes in the society and if any women candidate is nominated for the presidential position men leaders must accept the change because she believes everything that happens is always God’s plan. She said women always respected men in the society and the custom system but men must start to...

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Police Role Questioned

A member of the public and football coach, Moise Poida, has questioned the role of police as law enforcers as to whether they are friends as they always claim to be or the society’s enemy. This was raised after three people were allegedly assaulted by more than 10 officers in their (victims) own yard during a joint operation of Police and Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) on Saturday at around 4am. This operation was confirmed by police as Zero Tolerance Operation to crack down on drunkards and check vehicles’ operating documents. Poida whose relatives were badly beaten in front of...

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PTI invites local jewellers

Jewellery dealers in Vanuatu are invited to participate in the Sydney International Jewellery Fair from August 26 – 28. Manager Export Services of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, Teremoana Kenneth Mato says they are constantly looking for ways that they can facilitate opportunities for Pacific Island businesses in international markets. PTI have extended the deadline for applications for the Sydney International Jewellery Fair until Friday July 14. “This is an amazing opportunity for jewellers to showcase their work and gems to international buyers”, the Manager says. The Manager worked closely with former Trade Commissioner Donald Pelam. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Crime Clamp Down

The Government, through the Minister of Internal Affairs, has expressed concern over recent happenings, particularly in Port Vila. As the minister responsible for security, Alfred Maoh confirms that there are already tough measures in place and also drastic measures are taken into consideration in an effort to crack down on criminal activities. Speaking to the local media yesterday, Minister Maoh says with Vanuatu approaching its 37th Independence Anniversary at the end of this month, and including other important upcoming events such as the ACP-EU Parliamentary meeting which is also taking place this month, and the Pacific Mini-Games in December, Vanuatu will be expecting visitors, tourists, dignitaries, therefore, peace, respect and harmony must prevail. As he conveys his condolences to the loved ones of both young people who lost their lives to alleged murder, Maoh admits that the recent killings has shown that people are lacking the value of respect and these barbaric actions cannot continue to happen, therefore, extreme measures must be adhered to in order to address these issues. Following consultation with relevant authorities on these escalating crimes, a joint operation comprising of the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF), Port Vila Municipality (PVMC), Department of Customs, and Shefa Provincial Government Council has been established to deal with the law and order issues. The joint operation became effective as of last weekend and will continue until the Government is satisfied...

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