Vanuatu daily news Digest | 20 February 2015

Yet again, not a lot of news. But then it’s easy to compete with Radio Vanuatu News for which service the top story was Saturday 21 February being Walter Lini Day. Not really news however you look at it. What is news every day for everyone, but maybe they don’t realize it, Radio Vanuatu quite often fails to give – the weather. It seems it is now up to the announcer on duty whether he or she will give it or not. At least we were given it today. Nothing special. But VBTC Task Force, please note: the weather is important for everyone, Torres to Umaenupne, and announcers must give it. They must.

NISCOL has fired its accountant Fijian CEO over allegations of "fraudulent practices" Post reports. Further into the story he is accused of "gross misconduct, failure to comply with the resolutions endorsed by shareholders, insubordination, incompetency, lack or professionalism and failure to provide an audited report." Could politics be involved? This story surely has a long way to run yet.

Another which will run and run is the Akham witchcraft and homicide case. Post said 13 have lodged pleas of guilty and four have been freed "nolle prosequi".

The Faith Bandler state funeral in Australia will take place on Tueday 24 February, 11 am at the Great Hall, University of Sydney, Science Road, Camperdown, NSW. It is to be hoped Vanuatu will honour this distinguished campaigner for indigenous rights with the presence of a leader known to be of similar ideals.

There will be a Law and Society lecture at the USP Conference Room Tuesday 24 February 10 – 11 am which will be of considerable interest. Christopher Pryde will speak of Criminal Prosecutions in Fiji and the Public Interest. Pryde is presently the Director of Public Prosecutions in Fiji. He has also been Secretary for Justice and Anti-Corruption there. The public is welcome to attend. There will be time for questions.

Women can be pleased the cervical cancer screening programme has re-started Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the women’s health clinic, VCH, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Santo Hospital. Today’s Daily Post gives the detail, times and other locations.