Ni-Vanuatu businesswomen: apply now to take part in Women Trading Globally awards

All ni-Vanuatu women business owners are invited to participate in a short course ‘Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally’.

The course is offered to Pacific women with their own business who have the potential to become ‘export ready’, and is offered by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with the Export Council of Australia.

This program will enable you to grow your business and expand internationally. During the course participants will:

  • learn about doing business in and with Australia
  • connect with other women entrepreneurs from across the Pacific and Australia
  • enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

This two-week residential Australia Awards short course is funded by the Australian Government. The inaugural course is scheduled for 12‒24 November in Brisbane and Sydney. All costs (flights, accommodation, incidentals, study fees) are funded by the Australian Government.

For more information, program dates and eligibility requirements, please visit this website, and also download these two forms:

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Tanna’s Yasur volcano yields valuable information about volcanic bombs

Researchers in front of a volcanic explosion at Yasur volcano in Vanuatu, which is ejecting volcanic ballistic projectiles and a small ash plume. Photo: AGU's Eos/Marco Albano

Researchers in front of a volcanic explosion at Yasur volcano in Vanuatu, which is ejecting volcanic ballistic projectiles and a small ash plume. Photo: AGU’s Eos/Marco Albano

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics revealed new insights into the flight patterns of solid and molten debris flung out of volcanos during explosive eruptions, writes Jacopo Taddeucci in Eos:

“When volcanos erupt they can spew out a range of substances from viscous lava and hot gas to ash clouds and rock fragments, each of which behave in different ways. A recent review article published in Reviews of Geophysics focused on the larger fragments of solid and molten material ejected from volcanos, and described an innovative new study of the flight paths of these projectiles.”

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ADB provides additional funds to repair roads affected by Cyclone Pam

Road damage on Efate following Cyclone Pam. Photo: ADB/file

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors is providing Vt 840 million (US$8.2M) in total additional financing to continue the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and climate-proofing of roads affected by Cyclone Pam.

The additional funding consists of a Vt 420 million loan and a Vt 420M grant from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and the Asian Development Fund, respectively. The Government of Vanuatu is also contributing Vt 124 million to the project.

“Climate change adaptation remains a main feature of ADB’s support in the Pacific region involving building strong and building back better,” said Emma Fan, Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney. “The extra funding will help the government upgrade and strengthen the resilience of targeted infrastructure under the project.”

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Apply now: 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award now open

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday's ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

This could be you: Queen Elizabeth greets 2016 Ni-Vanuatu Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award winner Mary Siro at Buckingham Palace, London, 23 June 2016. Photo: BCA

Applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award of 2018 are now open. The Queen’s Young Leaders’ Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

Mary Siro of Wan Smolbag is a past winner of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award – could the next winner be you?

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‘Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ portrait prize exhibition opening 2nd August at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery

'BJ' by Arlene Bax

‘BJ’ by Arlene Bax

Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu — a new portrait prize and exhibition — will open Wednesday 2nd August, 5pm at the Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery on Pango Rd, Port Vila.

Throughout art history the portrait has been a means for the artist to record stories of people, place and the subject’s impact on their life. Today, considering the barrage of negativity found in mainstream media everywhere and a human thirst for tales of scandal, the Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu portrait exhibition attempts to show and tell positive stories of people from Vanuatu from artists’ point of view.

'Vev (Mum)' by Phillipa Sivehi

‘Vev (Mum)’ by Phillipa Sivehi

Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery invited artists to participate in the exhibition by submitting portraits of Read the rest of this entry »


Happy 37th birthday, Vanuatu!

Vanuatu MPs march this morning to celebrate Vanuatu's 37th anniversary of Independence. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, MP

Vanuatu MPs march this morning to celebrate Vanuatu’s 37th anniversary of Independence. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, MP


New automated weather stations launched in southern islands

A kastom ceremony lanuches the new Automated Weather System in Anelcauhat, Aneityum. Photo: UNDP

A kastom ceremony lanuches the new Automated Weather System in Analgahaut, Aneityum. Photo: UNDP

Various international bodies have helped Vanuatu in its bid to begin operating automated weather stations (AWS). Vanuatu is the first Pacific island country with Read the rest of this entry »