Kava exporter produces evidence to counter tampering accusations

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Peter Colmar, owner of Santo kava export business Sarami Plantation has responded to criticism of what were labelled as his “tainted” kava exports a week ago. The allegations of impurities in Sarami shipments were made by European kava expert Dr Mathias Schmidt in Germany and Vanuatu’s European Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy in Belgium. Colmar has angrily rejected the accusations of a week ago as “lies”, Daily Post reported on the weekend, and he produced gas chromatography data showing that his exported kava was a derived from a noble variety and contained only roots. There was some sympathy shown for Sarami and the Colmar position by the Agriculture Minister when contacted by Daily Post. He felt a cancellation of the exporter’s licence was not appropriate if the kava exported was of good quality. However, he said Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu community organisations petition Australia over its support of Indonesian military units involved in killings of Papuans

Video still of Detachment 88 troops firing live rounds at civilians attending the Third Papuan People’s Congress, October 19, 2011. Photo: West Papua Media

Video still showing members of Detachment 88 firing live rounds at civilians attending the 3rd Papuan People’s Congress, October 19, 2011. Photo: West Papua Media

The Vanuatu’s leading national community-based organisations are petitioning the Australian Government to “stop the killing [of] Melanesian people in West Papua” by way of providing financial support and military training for elite Indonesian Kopassus and Densus (Detachment) 88 military and police units, made possible through Australian bilateral military cooperation with Indonesia. Apart from the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, organisations signing the petition include the Malvatumauri, VNCW, VANGO and the National Youth Council. All bodies remain convinced that indigenous peoples have an inalienable right to freedom and sovereignty over their national territory. The Australian Government is petitioned to respect all the instruments on Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. (Daily Post)

Government will ensure stability in the maintenance of services to the people. This was another of the points made Wednesday evening in the Prime Minister’s Read the rest of this entry »


Vt 20 billion budget for 2017 approved unanimously by Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament budget 2017

Parliament passed the Government Estimates yesterday – unanimously. The 2017 budget is more than Vt 20 billion, a Vt 5 billion increase on 2016. The second ordinary sitting of Parliament resumes this evening at 6 o’clock, for today, and continues Read the rest of this entry »


Disaster strikes as Port Vila runs out of kava; Parliament session closes after numerous Bills passed

Laet i no laet tunaet? Hopefully this very serious situation will be resolved before this evening. Photo: Graham Crumb/Imagicity.com

Laet i no laet tunaet? Hopefully this very serious situation will be resolved before this evening. Photo: Graham Crumb/Imagicity.com

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Zika and Dengue – how to protect yourself and others

Although there hasn’t been an outbreak of Zika virus yet this year in Vanuatu, it pays to be prepared, especially since the same mosquitoes that spread Zika can also spread Dengue and other illnesses. Here’s some information that may help you and your family to prepare.

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Protect yourself and others from mosquito bites

Sick with Dengue or Zika?

 

More information on Zika virus can be found here and here.