Author: Sista Magazine

Respect in School Curriculums

Dear Editor, As a young, growing and concerned woman, I feel there is a need to signify the importance of respect and gender equality in school curriculum. Today, it has become a norm for men, to ‘cat-call’, comment and sexually...

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16-MONTH-OLD BABY DIES IN FIRE

A 16-month-old baby girl has tragically died after a fire broke out in her home at the Tagabe Area on Thursday. The baby was reportedly home alone sleeping as her parents reportedly locked the door of the house and went to the...

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Medicine Shortages

Hospitals across Vanuatu are experiencing medicine shortages. Concerns are mounting over the shortage of certain medicines, particularly amoxicillin to treat body infections and the failure of the Government to ensure sufficient...

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Health Ministry takes issue seriously

The Ministry of Health through its superiors is currently addressing the issue involving a nurse at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) Eye clinic who has been accused of asking sex from a female patient. Confirming that the nurse...

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VCH SILENT ON HARASSMENT CLAIMS

While the introduction of a new Eye Facility at Vila Central Hospital is a plus for those with eye problems, Minister of Health, Jack Norris Kalmet, has reportedly been advised of an allegation that a male member of staff has...

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2 YEARS, 10 MONTHS FOR INCEST

The Supreme Court has sentenced a 38-year-old father to two years and 10 months behind bars for committing incest with his 13-year-old daughter. The offence was committed in a village on West Epi in June 2018. It was revealed in...

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STEPFATHER’S RAPE APPEAL DISMISSED

A father who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping his 7-year-old stepdaughter has had his appeal dismissed by the Court of Appeal. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on seven charges of aggravated sexual...

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Man sent to prison for rape

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to three years and nine months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl. His name has been withheld for security reasons. The facts showed that the defendant agreed...

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DISPOSABLE DIAPERS AND MORE TO BE BANNED

The Government of Vanuatu has agreed to ban a list of manufactured products made of plastic in Vanuatu, based on a research to reduce marine litter by the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP). The decision was announced by...

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Napangasale School Still Closed

While schools around the nation have begun their academic year, approximately 300 students at the Napangasale Junior secondary school on Tongoa, still have not begun their classes. This comes about after the school principal,...

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CRIMINAL CASE FILED AGAINST WACC AND OTHERS

Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Martin Mahe, Commissioner of Labour (COL) Murielle Meltenoven and their respective spouses have lodged a formal complaint on criminal defamation and unlawful discrimination under section...

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Potential for tropical low to intensify

There is now a moderate to high chance that the tropical low located at west southwest of Santo will intensify further and move into Vanuatu in the next 24 to 48 hours. If it forms into a cyclone, it will be named Tropical...

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Zero Tolerance For Student Abuse

In the wake of the rape allegations against the Napangasale Junior Secondary School Principal on a student of his, some parents and members of the public in general are now asking themselves whether schools are still safe and...

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21 NEW, 15 FORMER DIRECTORS APPOINTED

The appointment of six women as Directors in six respective Government Departments and one occupying the position of Commissioner of Labour marks a milestone in the history of Vanuatu. They are: Meriam Seth Toalak — Director of...

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Accused Principal’s Wife Speaks Out

The wife of the principal whose story shocked the nation when he was accused of raping one of his students – placing several questions on the ethics of principals and teachers in Vanuatu’s education system – has...

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PRINCIPAL REMANDED ON RAPE CHARGES

The Principal of the Napangasale Junior Secondary School on Tonga is now on remand after allegations that he raped one of his students in their science lab classroom. It is alleged that he obtained her consent through...

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Reported increase in criminal activities

Police have reported that crime has increased rapidly across Port Vila and Efate over the past five months. Burglary is up by a third mostly in expats’ residences, according to police sources. The police sources said that there...

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PRINCIPAL ACCUSED OF IMPREGNATING STUDENTS

A principal at a Junior Secondary School in Tongoa has been accused of impregnating two students. One of them died during pregnancy last year. The principal has denied the accusation, saying he has already responded to the...

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