Canoe Festival for Luganville; Cyclone Pam recovery, climate change on EU/NZ agenda

Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

Self-sufficient: Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

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Vanuatu misses out on Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam; World War II museum gets go ahead in Luganville

Traditional canoes at yesterday's opening ceremony of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hagåtña, Guam. Photo: Edward B. San Nicolas via Facebook

Vanuatu should have been represented: Traditional canoes at yesterday’s opening ceremony of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hagåtña, Guam. Photo: Edward B. San Nicolas via Facebook

Politicians are blamed for the loss of the budget for Vanuatu to attend the 12th Pacific Arts Festival taking place in Guam. Cultural Centre (VKS) Director Lazaire Asal tells Jonas Cullwick in today’s Daily Post that the budget Read the rest of this entry »


Agius tax evasion case uncovers Vt 476 million in defrauded taxes

On a day with not a lot of news, Robert Agius being jailed for nearly 9 years is the main story in Daily Post. The Sydney Morning Herald is their source, as for our breaking news last night.

Agius, 62, was a high-profile target of the multi-agency task force Project Wickenby, and was charged over conspiring to defraud the Commonwealth between 1997 and 2006. Some A$5 million (Vt 476 million) in Australian tax liabilities had been evaded.

Agius’s co-accused, accountant Kevin Zerafa, 37, was described by Justice Carolyn Simpson as “falling into a different category.” He was ordered to serve a 500-hour community service order. He was led by the “unscrupulous, amoral and overpowering employer,” Owen Daniel, in a “one-man war against the tax office,” said the judge.

Daily Post has Auditor General John Path in interview concerning the VNPF audit. Path promises the audit will be carried out by Read the rest of this entry »