Vanuatu daily news digest | 5 November 2014Posted: November 5, 2014
The ordinary sitting of Parliament, albeit the budget sitting, is scheduled for 18 November. That said, Radio Australia this morning continued to broadcast the locally sourced news that "a motion" is still under consideration, the Opposition allegedly offering floor crossers a million vatu without Opposition having given a reason for such a motion.
The official report on the landing-craft MGY shipping disaster near Lelepa in August was officially handed over yesterday afternoon. Head of the investigating team was Richard Coleman, CEO of the Vanuatu Maritime College. Minister Esmon Sae accepted the report and it was said it will go immediately to the DCO before consideration by the Council of Ministers. It will not be released until all branches of government have given it their consideration. Daily Post today has a photo of the overturned vessel.
Government is advising the owners of vessels wrecked on Vanuatu reefs that they must do their best to remove such wrecks. Notices to this effect are being sent out and are based on the Pollution Control Act the Director of the Environment Department Albert Williams advised VBTC News. There are substantial penalties applying for those who fail to fulfill their responsibilities under the law..
Acting PM and Minister for Climate Change James Bule says there are representatives from the Pacific region taking part in establishing national climate change adaptation plans for their 13 countries. The planning sessions are taking place in Port Vila, says VBTC News. And the Port Vila based regional body, the Pacific Aviation Safety Office, PASO, has also been holding its annual meeting here.
Torres islands coconut crabs are legally available again following the end of the ‘closed’ season.
The members of the technical team from China responsible for the planning of the new Malapoa College campus completed their work last week, after a week here. There was much discussion between the visitors and education officials. Tertiary level studies are also being considered by the education planners, Principal Reginald Garoleo pointed out.