Cyclone Donna reaches Cat 4 strength offshore: alerts remain in place

TC Donna is now a Category 4 cyclone, with winds at the centre of 165km/h and gusts up to 235km/h. It stretches the full length of the country. Damage to buildings and crops have been reported in the Torres and Banks islands. All domestic flights in the country are cancelled.

Cyclone Donna continues to wobble out at sea, but nevertheless remains extremely dangerous. The track forecast by Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Dept shows it weakening and heading away towards New Caledonia. However, the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center warns that Cyclone Donna’s full intensity may not be felt for another 48 hours, and its path will remain erratic.

Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru Palau and the Marshall Islands delivered a hard-hitting joint statement on the plight of West Papua to the 79-member Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States meeting at ministerial level this week in Brussels. Authored by MP Johnny Koanapo, Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, the packed council room was trans-fixed as he described Indonesia’s violations and the West Papuan slow-motion genocide. (Daily Post). 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 »

Vanuatu opens new Hong Kong consulate to strengthen commercial, diplomatic ties

Vanuatu's new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong

Vanuatu’s new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu consulate opens in Hong Kong. PM Salwai was in Hong Kong for the event, together with Foreign Minister Leingkon and Vanuatu’s new Consul General, Andrew Leong. The three Vanuatu personalities jointly cut the ribbon for the opening of the consulate.

The Vanuatu Permanent Residence Programme was launched in Hong Kong in 2011, and Minister Leingkon said the success of the program is Read the rest of this entry »

Salwai Govt celebrates first year in office

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

The Salwai Government is today celebrating one year in office with a Read the rest of this entry »

Good governance called into question by police appointment, greylisting of financial system

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Two big issues for Vanuatu lead today’s news and need quick resolution to restore confidence in the current administration. There are legal and political sides to both controversies.

The first major outstanding issue is that of Read the rest of this entry »

Market vendor strike ends; MPs receive Vt 290M gratuity payment

Back in business today: Port Vila's main market house. Photo: Wikimapia

Back in business today: Port Vila’s main market house. Photo: Wikimapia

Yesterday’s market vendor strike lasted just a day. Port Vila fresh produce markets are all open today. There sound to have been multiple misunderstandings, and the Vanuatu Daily Digest will await clarification by saying nothing more at this time.

The 52 members of the tenth legislature have received Vt 290 million between them as their gratuity for their term in office. The ex-politicians currently in prison for taking bribes also receive the termination severance fee. (Daily Post)

GJP MP for Tanna Andrew Napuat has publicly presented the accounts of his MP allocation to constituents, and like other GJP politicians he has invested heavily in school fees. In 2016, the MP spent Vt 1.3 million, contributing to the education of 36 students. His transparent financial reporting is said to be the Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Vanuatu Daily Digest!

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Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to all of our valued readers! Vanuatu Daily Digest will take a few days break and will resume after Family Day. Thank you for visiting us in 2016, we hope to see you next year. Meanwhile, in today’s news…

The revelations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) continue. Daily Post reveals today that a Fijian national was recruited to become VNPF General Manager early last year, without a valid work permit. This created rifts between VNPF staff. He had previously worked for Westpac Bank in Vanuatu and discussions concerning his subsequent employment were pushed by certain VNPF Board members before the post was actually advertised. The COI investigations have now drawn to a close after 26 interviews, and the Commission’s final report is soon to be released to government.

Two MPs of the Graon mo Jastis Party (GJP) were sacked from the party this week. They are Read the rest of this entry »