Sik Plastik long Solwota 2017 – new art exhibition opening tomorrow

Elsa Ariki modelling her plastik fashion with artwork 'Slippery Fis'

Elsa Ariki modelling her plastik fashion with artwork ‘Slippery Fis’

A new art exhibition with an environmental theme, Sik Plastik long Solwota 2017, open tomorrow 11th October at 5pm at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery, Pango Road, Port Vila.

Now in its second year, the exhibition is a creative and informative artist/community response to addressing the impact of waste, particularly plastics, on our Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu will not permit other nations to conduct extralegal police operations on its soil, says Govt

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Nadi to China last week. Photo: CCTV

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Fiji to China last week. Photo: CCTV

Some 77 alleged members of a Chinese online fraud syndicate were detained and flown out of Fiji this week on a plane full of Chinese police. Fiji has no extradition treaty with China, meaning Fiji allowed the police force of another nation to operate on its soil outside of the checks and balances provided for by Fijian law. This is of concern for Fiji’s neighbours, including Vanuatu, because it indicates that China is willing to bypass the sovereign legal systems of our nations and conduct security operations on our soil whenever it suits them.

The Acting DG of Foreign Affairs has told the media it could not happen Read the rest of this entry »


Study aims to reveal sources of plastic waste on Efate’s coastline

USP students from Port Vila's Emalus campus conduct a transect of Eton Beach, Efate looking for plastic waste. Photo: SPREP

USP students from Port Vila’s Emalus campus conduct a transect of Eton Beach, Efate looking for plastic waste. Photo: SPREP

Following on from yesterday’s item that the Salwai Government is planning to ban the import of plastic bottles and bags, comes this welcome news: USP students from Port Vila’s Emalus campus are engaged in a study of the micro and macro plastic waste found on Efate’s Eton Beach. The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is leading the research in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and USP. USP’s Bachelor of Science students majoring in chemistry and biology are being trained at Eton Beach in the correct sampling and collecting methodology for studying marine plastic waste. The study aims to determine whether the waste is of local or foreign origin, and to study the ‘plastic life cycle’. International marine waste expert Dr Thomas Maes of CEFAS emphasises how fish consume plastic waste in the oceans, and that we need to make every effort to remove plastic waste from their diet, or it joins Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu mulls import ban on plastic bags and bottles

Vanuatu PM Salwai says Govt is looking at implementing a plastic ban – please show your support by signing this petition!

PM Salwai says Govt is looking at implementing a ban – please show your support by signing this petition!

Almost all of us, whether urban or rural, knows Port Vila to be considered a place of great beauty, praised by visitors from overseas and locals alike. And it is being made more and more attractive all the time with the Seafront development and Fatumaru Bay project, which will bring the tourists in. There is really good news ahead: the Prime Minister has committed Vanuatu to a ban on plastic bags and bottles. In his Independence Day speech, PM Salwai recognised the efforts of a number of concerned individuals who started the No Plastik Bag Plis campaign so very recently. A paper and online version of this petition for stronger regulation to minimise plastic pollution still needs signatures, and Vanuatu Digest encourages everyone to sign. Luganville is also intended as a municipal partner in this project. And it is hoped it can become a nationwide campaign. Vanuatu will likely become the first island country in the Pacific region to implement a policy like this. (Daily Post)

PM Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, also in his official Independence Day speech, once again repeated the mantra that Vanuatu could not really be free until every country seeking independence in the Pacific is truly Read the rest of this entry »


Campaign to ban plastic bags gains momentum

no plastic bags for vanuatu campaign

Best of all news presently: the petition to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in Vanuatu. Congratulations Georges Cumbo, Christelle Thieffry, Myriam Malao and Marcel Melterorong for creating a Facebook page to educate users about the environmental effects of plastic bags. The No plastik bag plis page on Facebook now has 3,600 followers. Please sign the online petition.

The Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering has been quite firm about the 13 Bills before the First Extra-Ordinary Sitting of Parliament which deal with money laundering. Equally positive have been the Read the rest of this entry »


Chinese bidder CCECC awarded Bauerfield International airport upgrade contract

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

The Bauerfield runway upgrades go to CCECC: it’s official. There had been disagreements between the World Bank and Government, but the World Bank is happy the processes have now followed the appropriate procurement procedures. It adds “the good news now is that all bidders have been formally notified of the completion of the evaluation process, with contract negotiations to be scheduled by the government in thew coming days.” CCECC is well-known in Vanuatu for a number of big projects, from roads to the new Korman sports facilities being constructed for the Mini Games. (Daily Post)

The Bauerfield runway repair delay is holding up the codesharing agreement with Qantas, it seems. Air Vanuatu CEO Joseph Laloyer says the codesharing 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