Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 9 November 2015

The Court of Appeal has started hearing submissions and will end its sitting on 20 November. There are 21 appeals to be heard, including those of the MPs in Correctional Services. Bribery Case hearings will be on Thursday this week. The Speaker Pipite’s appeal against the President’s revocation of his pardons of himself and his colleagues will be heard on Monday. Eight judges are in attendance. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Prime Minister has announced that the Head of State will possibly need to find "another course of action, if the politicians are unable to find another way forward, this week or the next." He was of the opinion that he and MP Ham Lini could then go back to President Lonsdale and inform him of their efforts to form a Government of National Unity (GNU) and their progress so far. Prime Minister Kilman claims evidence that senior civil servants and police officers have become involved in politics during the present "situation in which Vanuatu finds itself today." In Radio Vanuatu lunchtime news today, PM Kilman, a former commander of the Police and VMF, saw it as very serious that law enforcement officers carry out their work according to the law. He said politicians interfering in the work of the law enforcement officers must stop doing so. "Politicization of the Police Force must stop. I have given instructions to the Police Commission."

Prime Minister Kilman was also expected to announce on Radio Vanuatu after the lunchtime news that the 2015 budget sitting will be held in March next year. Further details will be given in later Digests.

18 councillors of Sanma Province are looking forward to its elections on 17 December and have prepared the provincial budget for the coming year. Council President William Malon was proud of goals achieved, he told the Council on the eve of its dissolution. Tourism continues its priority. (Radio Vanuatu)

Daily Post today headlines Vanuatu European Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy claiming kava has "no linkages, no correlation with liver toxicity and heart problem that has been claimed," in an international meeting in Barbados. "We have now proven beyond reasonable doubt that kava consumption has no health related problems and subsequently the ban by the Germans has been uplifted. This followed technical studies by a German laboratory. Other media are carrying a similar story following a Vanuatu delegation’s attended at the Caribbean Pacific Agri-Business Forum in Bridgetown.

Havana Resort of North Efate has won an international award again as the Leading Tourism Resort of Vanuatu. The judging took place in Hong Kong at the end of October and the hotel’s owner, Greg Pechan, was present to receive the award.

The Bastien Foundation will usher in the season of peace and good will with a Christmas Fair. Leading artists have produced paintings, engravings and woodcuts, along with Christmas cards. The official launch is on Wednesday.