Second no-confidence motion lodged against Government of PM Salwai

PM Charlot Salwai… to decide Vanuatu's position on PACER Plus shortly. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

PM Charlot Salwai. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com

The Speaker of Parliament has received a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, the second in two weeks. Nine MPs of the Opposition bloc lodged the motion yesterday. The Opposition was absent from Parliament yesterday morning, prompting a delay to next Monday of the second ordinary sitting. The Prime Minister, however, has asked for Read the rest of this entry »

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An amazing coincidence: earthquake strikes during discussion of disputed maritime boundary

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. Map: NASA

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. The line to the west of Vanuatu is where the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates meet. Map: NASA

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Large earthquake off Hunter Island, tsunami threat cancelled, numerous aftershocks

Map showing location of today's large earthquake off Hunter Island in the far south of Vanuatu. Map: USGS

Map showing location of today’s large earthquake off Hunter Island in the far south of Vanuatu. Map: US Geological Survey

A large earthquake struck the seabed off the coast of Hunter Island at around 12:26pm today. Initially measured at 7.6 on the Richter scale, it was later downgraded to 7.2 and a precautionary tsunami warning that had been issued was cancelled. So far, six aftershocks have been recorded in the vicinity.

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VBTC launches first digital television channel; new island forms off Malekula

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7.0 earthquake hits off Malekula; West Papua supporters march on MSG Secretariat

Supporters of West Papua full membership of MSG were out iin force in Port Vila this morning. Photo: AWPA

Supporters of West Papua full membership of MSG were out in force in Port Vila this morning. Photo: AWPA

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West Papua’s Morning Star flags were on prominent dislay this morning in Port Vila. Photo: Makereta Komai

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A new generation of activists for West Papua marching this morning. Photo: AWPA

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Drug bust on Tanna; Earthquake, tsunami and potential cyclone (!) danger passes; Visa-free visits to NC; VBTC money goes walkabout

Tafea Police Patrol in the marijuana plantation in Middle Bush, Tanna. Photo: Vanuatu Police Force

One kind of Cyclone Pam recovery: Tafea Police Patrol in the cannabis plantation in Middle Bush, Tanna. More on this story below. Photo: Vanuatu Police Force

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