Vanuatu daily news digest | 18 July 2014

Filling you in on stories missed for the last couple of days … and today …

The opening of the Ombudsman House by Prime Minister Natuman, in the presence of Ombudsman Pacific Alliance members and Vanuatu’s past and present Ombudsmen, further indicates the Vanuatu Government current stated determination to curb corruption in national politics.

The Labour Department is telling seasonal work recruiters they are not entitled to require fees of the labourers they employ for overseas fruit picking and other tasks. Anyone encountering such demands must report the illegal matter to the Employment Services Unit of the department.

The registrar of the Intellectual Property office in Port Vila is reported in Daily Post saying that ten individuals on Pentecost claim ownership of the Naggol. Registration Officer Leona informed a meeting of an Artifact Producers Workshop in Port Vila accordingly.

Pacific Melanesian Youth are in the forefront of pressure groups calling for the independence of West Papua from Indonesia. The Pacific Network on Globalisation’s (PANG’s) Joey Tau and Lice Cokanasiga learned of the concern of youth groups in Port Vila for their brothers and sisters in West Papua whilst here for an initiative of the youth members of the Pacific Conference of Churches. Its object is to raise awareness of the West Papuan case for independence. The PANG visitors are now concentrating their efforts on stopping sea-bed mining.

Appointing a journalist to head the Radio Vanuatu (VBTC) Board, in a move to replace political appointees to this position, is positive and likely to be highly commended by fellow scribblers.

A spelling bee for children of selected English- and French-medium schools in Port Vila has begun and continues as a lead-up to Children’s Day 24 July, just a week away. It is an initiative of the Justice Ministry and is hoped to give children greater confidence in public speaking and an encouragement to more reading on the part of the young students. Ecole Centreville and Vila North won the inaugural Port Vila Spelling Bee. Well done teachers and pupils alike.