Vanuatu to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030, says GovtPosted: April 28, 2016
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai’s address at the signing of the Paris Agreement in the United Nations in New York — available to view here — emphasizes that Vanuatu wants fossil fuel emissions significantly reduced by 2050. Salwai also committed Vanuatu to the maximum 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase as required by the Agreement. Vanuatu’s people, he said, could not accept further delays in limiting temperature rise. Vanuatu is working by every possible means to be using only renewable energy sources for electricity supply by 2030, and 60% renewable energy by 2020. (Radio Vanuatu News)
The tragic death of a teenage girl, jumping from a bus after allegedly being sexually harassed by the driver, has been reported by most media today. The incident took place near the Man Ples market, Saturday morning. The injured girl was picked up by a police car travelling behind the bus and taken to hospital. She died yesterday. The bus driver is being held in custody.
Vanuatu is said to have a high rate of retinopathy. Some 200 sufferers are being treated for the diabetes-related disease by the visiting Pacific Eye Institute team from Fiji. Vanuatu has no resident ophthalmologist at VCH, whilst Dr Johnson Kasso is undergoing studies at the Institute in Fiji, but on his return the hospital will be able to do laser and cataract surgery. In the meantime, patients are delighted at the free service provided by the visitors. (Daily Post)
Graduation took place yesterday for those of the first intake for the bachelor’s degree in social and economic administration at AUF, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie opposite VIT. Teaching at AUF is all in French. Some of the new graduates have found work already. (Radio Vanuatu)
Luganville town council has a new Mayor following elections this morning. He is Onan Gaviga of the NUP political party. (Radio Vanuatu)
Six seasonal hospitality workers going to Australia will be holding jobs in Broome, far north-western Australia. Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat told Daily Post they will be working at the Cable Beach Club Resort. Other fields in which Kaluat hopes to place Ni-Vanuatu going overseas are aged care, construction and fisheries. (Daily Post)