The Customs Department is asking for an extension to the payment period for road tax. Since 31 March is currently the legal deadline, the end of June is being requested. Cyclone Pam enabled a similar extension, and Customs being a Government service one would imagine it is all likely to Read the rest of this entry »
President Baldwin Lonsdale, Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare are travelling to the Banks Islands today to sign the historical new border treaty with Solomon Islands. The leaders will participate in a cultural festival at Motalava until late today, and Vetande Island is being declared a cultural marine park. Negotiations between the two countries for a border agreement began in 1983 and are being completed according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the first such agreement for Vanuatu and similar future boundary decisions are Read the rest of this entry »
The weekend press was full of stories of violence. The Independent: Killer gets seven years in jail. Daily Post: Lengkon Assault: three drivers acquitted. Saturday’s Daily Post also had a Man charged over alleged attack on expat chef. Today’s Daily Post: Alleged Assault – an expat pilot claims he was assaulted by drunken police officers.
Today’s Daily Post has Chairperson of the Women Against Crime and Corruption Jenny Ligo saying the acquittal of the bus and taxi drivers confirms Vanuatu has many dishonest individuals. However, there was a lack of sufficient evidence to strengthen any case against the drivers. Ligo claims “women will continue to be denied their right to justice.”
Decentralisation to see Vt 20M budget for each Area Council, says MP Williams; Air Vanuatu passes IATA Operational Safety AuditPosted: August 19, 2016
The big news at lunchtime today with the national broadcaster is the Salwai Government to make payments directly to area councils to improve the administration of rural affairs, starting next year. The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Albert Williams, revealed Read the rest of this entry »