Vanuatu daily news Digest | 3 March 2015

Provincial presidency elections led news bulletins today. Daily Post carried the news of East Efate and the Graon mo Jastis Pati taking the Shefa presidency – not South Efate as confidently predicted by that area. Councillor Johnny Max won for GJP.

Radio Vanuatu’s mid-day news bulletin had the Tafea presidential election yesterday erupting in chaos and having to be postponed until later today. The poll is still to take place.

News just in says GJP’s councillor William Fred Tasso has win the Malampa presidency.

Of considerable interest beyond our shores was Daily Post reporting a recovery unit from Hawaii to dive and seek the remains of the two who died in wartime when the US troop carrier President Coolidge struck US mines in the well protected Santo harbour area. Over five thousand men got safely ashore. The Coolidge sank off Million Dollar Point.

Both major media news outlets report the Ambrym alert level being reduced from 3 to 2.

Japan is to fund five projects with a total value of VT 38 million. They comprise a new fire fighting facility for the Vanuatu Maritime College at Santo and a garbage compactor truck, also for Luganville, as well as school renovations at Lenakel, Rentabau and Tautu. (Daily Post, today.)

The hospital Outreach Programme providing clinics and minor operations, Post reports, operated on 13 patients at Lenakel on Tanna last week. Doctors on the first such visit to Tafea said they hope to be able to make a return visit in about a month to continue to provide such treatment where it is needed.

MSG central bank governors have decided to set up an emergency and stabilisation fund at a meeting here in Port Vila last week. It was previously discussed in 2013. It seems to be mostly concerned with emergency relief. (Radio Vanuatu News.)