Nurses to get pay rise under new Ministry of Health salary structure

Vila Central Hospital: pregnant women forced to sleep on the floor in maternity ward

The Health Ministry is getting appointments right with some 292 nurses being transferred to the new structure and on higher pay from tomorrow. Another 101 nurses will receive an increase shortly. There were plans for strike action at Vila Central Hospital recently, but they came to nought. And as of Tuesday this week, nurse transfers  have been completed. More senior staff—the doctors and specialists —are now being moved to the new schedules. And, what’s more, it is all being effected in the island services, too: Torba, Penama, Sanma, Northern Provincial Hospital, Malampa and Tafea.

If only Vanuatu Broadcasting Corporation could have Read the rest of this entry »


Breaking news: 2-0 at half-time in World Cup U20 Vanuatu v Venezuela match

Adalberto Penaranda of Venezuela holds off a challenge from Gregory Patrick of Vanuatu. Photo: Alex Livesey/FIFA.com

Adalberto Penaranda of Venezuela holds off a challenge from Gregory Patrick of Vanuatu. Photo: Alex Livesey/FIFA.com

Vanuatu v Venezuela in the FIFA Under 20s World Cup in Korea is Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu journalists mark World Press Freedom Day in Port Vila

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Today is World Press Freedom Day. This morning, the Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) organised a march in support of media freedom through downtown Port Vila. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai addressed the journalists and producers in attendance. A free press is critical to a functioning democracy, and something worth fighting for.

The retrial of the Conspiracy case has been adjourned until 6 June. The former MPs Read the rest of this entry »


Senior management of national broadcaster suspended

VBTC has suspended its General Manager and its Financial Controller. VBTC Chairman Jonety Jerety suspended GM Fred Vurobaravu and FC Roy Mariasua last Friday. Jerety says financial mismanagement is the main reason for the pair’s suspension – VBTC has been operating outside of its budget for some time. Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism industry alarmed by lack of progress on airport upgrade as World Bank strengthens partnership with Govt

An architectural rendering of the proposed new terminal building for Bauerfield International Airport.

An architectural rendering of the proposed new terminal building for Bauerfield International Airport.

The tourism sector is alarmed by delays in the announcement of the successful bidder for the upgrade of Bauerfield international airport. Tourism operators have complained that Read the rest of this entry »


Announcement: We’ve moved to vanuatudigest.com

vanuatudigest.com new logo

Dear readers, after almost five years of publishing, we are moving to our own domain name, vanuatudigest.com.

The URL change will come into effect some time later today. The name change is now in effect.

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What does this mean? For readers, very little — you may need to update your browser bookmarks, but the old website address will automatically point you to vanuatudigest.com in case you forget.

We’ve also updated our Facebook page address and our Twitter account to reflect the name change.

 

Thanks for continuing to visit our website,

The Vanuatu Digest Team


Govt hopeful that legislation will get Vanuatu off international financial grey list

Will legislation passed last year by Vanuatu's Parliament be sufficient to remove Vanuatu from the grey list?

Will legislation passed last year be sufficient to remove Vanuatu’s financial sector from international grey listing?

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