US Navy deploys in Vanuatu waters as part of regional maritime law enforcement push

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour. The vessel is deployed in support of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour this week. The vessel is deployed as part of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

The USS Rushmore, a United States amphibious dock landing ship, disembarked maritime law enforcement personnel last week and provided tours of the ship for invited Port Vila guests. The commanding officer said personnel are assisting regional maritime security enhancement “and keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all.”

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Vanuatu remains without a Head of State

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The Electoral College sat again this afternoon but was unable to reach a final choice for President. They will now meet again tomorrow, Thursday morning, to choose the new President following the death of Fr Baldwin Lonsdale. Chief Justice Lunabek has continued as Returning Officer for the poll. This afternoon Tallis Obed Moses achieved Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s latest hospital theatre opens in north Pentecost

The brand new Mauna operating theatre, opened yesterday in Abwatuntora, Pentecost. Photo: Gabriel Vusi Lai via Facebook

The new Mauna operating theatre, opened yesterday in Abwatuntora, Pentecost. Photo: Gabriel Vusi Lai/Facebook

Vanuatu’s latest hospital, the Mauna operating theatre in Abwatuntora on Pentecost was opened yesterday and has already seen its first patient, a patient who had reportedly travelled several times previously to Vila without being treated successfully. The man has now been operated in the new theatre on is home island and is Read the rest of this entry »


New hydrographic maps produced of three Tanna harbours

File photo of Lenakel wharf, Tanna. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/PhillipC

File photo of Lenakel wharf, Tanna. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/PhillipC

New hydrographic survey maps of three harbours on Tanna have been completed. They have been done, Radio Vanuatu said, because of the tourist potential of the areas concerned. Lowanatom in the west and Waisisi and Sulphur Bay in the east are the ports. The British Government has funded the survey work, and British High Commissioner David Ward (based in Honiara) said safety in the sea, protection of the marine environment and national development will be enhanced through the availability of the survey. George Borugu, as acting director for tourism, spoke of the huge potential for cruise tourism to these Tannese ports. (VBTC)

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Korman area squatters served eviction notice

Residents of a squatter settlement recently established in the Korman area of the capital have been given two weeks to move out. Police issued the notice to the people living behind the Read the rest of this entry »


Customs Dept requests roadworthiness compliance extension for older vehicles

A public transport bus passes by Port Vila market house. Photo © Vanuatu Digest

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 »


Vanuatu’s women – bold for change on International Women’s Day

Bold for change – Vanuatu's women can do anything! Photo: Vanuatu Surfing Association/Facebook

Bold for change: Vanuatu’s women can do anything! Photo: Vanuatu Surfing Association/Facebook

Happy International Women’s Day! The work and achievements of women around the country are being celebrated, Doresday Kenneth Watson, head of Women’s Affairs, explained today. A peaceful demonstration took place organised by Pro-Active Mamas (PAM) between Anchor Inn and Saralana. “Be Bold for Change” is this year’s message. The Silae Market Vendors Association has been prominent in International Women’s Day events and are anxious to point out how women globally dominate the informal economic sector, where Read the rest of this entry »