Vanuatu daily news digest | 14 November 2014

The arrival of the new ATR72 of Air Vanuatu has led the news in the daily bulletins. The plane is called Betty Emma after the first woman plane passenger from Tafea in the ‘Sixties. A splendid welcome ceremony for the new plane took place at Bauerfield and was entertained by Prime Minister Natuman’s re-telling of the Betty Emma story.

Yet another change, in less than a week, to the board of AVL, which looks after airports, has been reported in Daily Post. Alain Lew voluntarily resigned as Chairman and his board members quickly followed suit, reported new Chairman Maxwell Maltok of the Ministry of Infrastructure. More information is to be given to the public very soon according to Maltok. The new board met yesterday.

Violence against women has been a theme taken up by VBTC News reporting the US Ambassador to Vanuatu on the topic and the Vanuatu Women’s Centre’s Vola Matas revealing some alarming statistics in Daily Post. Six out of ten women have suffered from physical and sexual violence and three out of ten girls experience sexual abuse before reaching the age of 15, she revealed. These facts emerged in the ‘Break the Silence – End the Violence’ campaign this week.

The Public Works’ more sustainable traffic and pedestrian management plan can be viewed today at the Seafront, as part of the Port Vila Urban Development project. The project is funded by Australian Aid and the Asian Development Bank.

Radio Vanuatu reports three new airstrips which can receive the SDA Flying Doctor plane opening in Torba Province: one at Tegua, one at Motalava and one at Mota. The service is acknowledged as particularly helpful in the province.