Vanuatu daily news digest | 28 December 2012Posted: December 28, 2012
A tropical cyclone may be developing to Vanuatu’s north. The low pressure system has a high chance of developing into a cyclone, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. It is currently forecast to pass west of Vanuatu and below New Caledonia early next week.
MP Morgan Stevens intending to table a private member’s Bill to prevent non-indigenous persons contesting general elections. He says he agrees with some of the points raised by non-indigenous MP Robert Bohn Jr. on the issue, but says the rural areas “are not safe from people with money who can brainwash voters and rob the honesty of ni-Vanuatu,” Post quotes Stevens as saying. Apparently this is an industry reserved for indigenous ni-Vanuatu.
The April 12 2012 amendment to the Representation of the People Act enabled Bohn to stand in Epi, having been “adopted by law or custom into a family originating from that rural constituency”, even though he does not himself originate from that constituency.
An Australian investor has been fined VT 1.1 million for breaching Customs regulations. Thomas Wasson pleaded guilty on all 4 counts with which he was charged. He was reported by a former employee landing materials undeclared from his yacht Midnight Fox on Aore island. As well as Customs breaches, he was charged with landing at an unauthorised port. The court recorded the defendant “deliberately and blatantly not complying with provisions of the Customs Act”, says Daily Post.
27 newly-graduated nurses will start work at hospitals and clinics in 2013, reports Radio Vanuatu news. This follows three years of study at the Vanuatu College of Nursing Education. Finally, some good news for a change from the nepotism-plagued Ministry of Health.
The Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) now has the school syllabus for Years 1 to 3 approved by the National Education Commission. Education Director Roy Obed told Daily Post the syllabus will now be presented to the partners of the Donor Pool (the countries which generously assist Vanuatu’s education needs) and will be launched when MPs are present, said Obed, so they can have a sense of ownership.
Democracy is proving expensive in Vanuatu with the provincial elections to cost VT 44 million, Radio Vanuatu News announced this morning. These are now just over a month away.