Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 26 May 2015

Again a missed day and stories which are not much more than headlines. So here are two days in one.

The government has asked the University of the South Pacific to enable secondary teachers to have further training in their subjects of preference. This is to ensure they have a suitable qualification. USP has responded it will be able to provide an upgrade programme in Education from Semester 2.

The Central Office of Information has advised the government there will be a need to protect children by law from much of the internet offering on-line.

The Port Vila Municipality is laying off staff to save the present huge expense of salaries. From ten million vatu a month, the mayor hopes to reduce personal emoluments to 3.6 million vatu to help the council out of its financial crisis. Port Vila Municipal Council is henceforth allowing salvage of recycled or salvageable material from the Bouffa landfill, but not of food stuff.

The Department of National Development and Tourism is urging the government to enforce the Act which sets building standards. It is said there is special need because of the post-Pam reconstruction.

Parliament meets on Friday for the first extra-ordinary sitting. It will be followed by the first ordinary sitting for the year.

The Patunvanu claim for malicious prosecution was overturned by the Appeal Court. Damages of VT 6 million plus interest have been reduced to half a million vatu with no interest by the Appeal Court

Daily Post yesterday carried important new information concerning the four seats for women in the up-coming Luganville elections. Unlike in Port Vila there will be no voting twice. But still four seats are reserved for women.

Resilience is the key word in the VT 46 billion Japan is providing to Vanuatu to prepare for later disasters and the worst aspects of climate change. 55 billion yen will be provided over three years Japanese PM Shinzo Abe promised Vanuatu PM Natuman in Japan.

Today’s Daily Post has Mele village giving squatters 3 months to harvest their produce and vacate lands they have been occupying. Mele Land Trustees Chairman Chief Dick Namata wants squatters to leave peacefully.