Its Pacific cyclone season – please sign this petition and help save lifesaving shortwave radio to our islands

Animated satellite images taken from March 13 2015. Photo: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The ABC’s shortwave radio broadcasts helped many in Vanuatu during Cyclone Pam in 2015.

As you read this, a cyclone is forming east of Vanuatu. As people in Vanuatu are well aware, up-to-date information is critical when preparing for a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, in the middle of the Pacific cyclone season, Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, says it will end shortwave radio broadcasts to the Pacific Islands by 31st January.

This decision puts lives at risk in Vanuatu and the rest of the Pacific. The ABC’s shortwave service provide lifesaving information during cyclones and other disasters as well as playing an important role in ensuring media freedom. Here in Vanuatu, during Cyclone Pam in 2015, ABC shortwave broadcasts helped people outside of the range of FM radio and cellular phone towers keep up to date with cyclone warnings. The service undoubtedly helped ni-Vanuatu people prepare and may have even saved lives.

The Pacific Freedom Forum has organised a petition to let decision-makers in Australia know how vital the ABC’s shortwave radio services are for us in the Pacific. Will you please help?

Please click this link to sign the petition.

Thank you.


Cyclone season begins: 2–3 cyclones expected in Vanuatu this season, warns Meteo Dept

Cyclone Pam wind chart

File graphic of 2015’s Cyclone Pam. With 2-3 cyclones predicted for Vanuatu this season, the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards Dept is urging everyone to start their cyclone preparations NOW.

Vanuatu can expect 2 to 3 tropical cyclones in the 2016/2017 cyclone season, according to Vanuatu’s Meteorology and Geohazard Department (VMGD), which is predicting a normal to elevated risk of cyclones passing through the Vanuatu archipelago between now and April 2017.

Under the present weak La Niña conditions, Vanuatu is more likely to experience a Category 3 cyclone, and less likely to experience a Category 4 or 5 cyclone, says VMGD.

However, they emphasise that all communities should stay alert and be well prepared for the possibility of a severe tropical cyclone, and now is the right time to begin preparations.

The current La Niña event is elevating sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific, and this is likely to be Read the rest of this entry »

Art exhibition opening today: ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’

Opening Thursday 6 October 17:00–21:00 at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery, Pango, is ‘Sik Plastik Long Solwota’ an exhibition addressing the critical impacts of rubbish, particularly plastics, on ocean ecosystems. From October 6 until November 26. More info at the Fondation’s Facebook page.

From the 'Sik 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition: 'Slippery Fish' by Daniel Owens.

From the ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’ exhibition: ‘Slippery Fish’ by Daniel Owens.

Poster for 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition by Julie Sauerwein

Would you like to swap lives with someone from the UK for two weeks, all expenses paid?


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Launching tonight: Ni-Vanuatu-made documentary series ‘The Last New Hebrideans’

The last New Hebrideans launch flyer

A new documentary series, The Last New Hebrideans: Voice of the Voiceless, about the daily lives of the people who live in the interior of southern Espiritu Santo, launches tonight in Port Vila.

Featured previously here on Vanuatu Daily Digest, the 10-episode documentary was filmed and documented by ni-Vanuatu production company Island Sun pictures with funding from the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS).

The launch will take place at 6pm tonight in the reading room of the National Library.

DVDs of the documentary will available for purchase at the launch, and money raised will be used to buy water tanks and pipes to supply water to the villages featured in the documentary.

Come and support local filmmaking!

Aujourd’hui à l’USP : colloque « Le Vanuatu, oscillation entre diversité et unité »

Le Vanuatu, oscillation entre diversité et unité –colloque à l'USP L

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Le premier Salon du livre de Port-Vila : Pirogue 2016

Pirogue 2016

Animation par Little by Little

Pirogue est le premier Salon du livre de Port-Vila, du 20 au 24 avril à Alliance française de Port-Vila. Pirogue propose des rencontres avec des auteurs calédoniens et calédoniens: Claudine Jacques, Leopold Hnacipan, Anne-Cerise Luzy, Patricia Simeoni, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Frédéric Ohlen, Marcel Melthérorong, Paul Tavo, Bergmans Iati… mais aussi des conteurs, slameurs, et lecteurs venus de France, d’Algérie, d’Italie et d’ailleurs: Kamel Zouaoui, Marilena Crosato, Myriam Malao, Sylvain Lorgnier, Erwan Botrel et des illustratrices Julie Sauerwein et Sophie de Garam. Ainsi que des éditeurs et des professionnels du livre.

Pirogue 2016

Pirogue est organisé par l’Alliance française de Port-Vila avec le parrainage de la Coopération régionale Vanuatu / Nouvelle-Calédonie / France et le soutien de l’Ambassade de France, la Maison du Livre de Nouvelle-Calédonie et Aircalin.

L’ouverture officielle de Pirogue 2016 est le mercredi 20 avril à 17h, en présence de Monsieur le Ministre de l’Education et de la Francophonie, Jean-Pierre Nirua.

Le programme complet est disponible sur le site web de l’Alliance française de Port-Vila.