Vanuatu daily news digest | 4 November 2014

No heavy news today, VBTC morning bulletin largely given over to news of classes sitting important examinations, and on the importance of education. There was also a pleasing ecumenical message from Catholic Bishop John Bosco Barames.

Today’s Daily Post carries the court ruling on the Airports Vanuatu (AVL) case. The former AVL Board was effectively re-instated by the decision of Justice Oliver Saksak. He also found a so-called shareholder’ meeting of 11 February was not legal, and its decisions in appointing new Board members in breach of AVL’s articles of association. There were said to be ulterior motives.

Daily Post today also carried news of the first marriage performed by Port Vila Lord Mayor Ulrich Sumptoh yesterday. It was quickly followed up by his second such ceremony with tourists, the first one being with media colleague Cathy Nunn, of the Right to Information project and the Media Association (MAV), and Fred Nembu of Ambrym.

Yesterday’s late arriving Daily Post (a technical problem) carried Foreign Minister Kilman acknowledging government’s appreciation of the German lifting of the court ban on kava to that country. "This is seen as a positive step for the kava farmers of Vanuatu and the kava industry in the Pacific," he said.

Former Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Maurice Michel has a case challenging the legality of his removal from the PSC before the Appeal Court. The Appeal Court is presently sitting,