Vanuatu daily news digest | 9 June 2014

Much of the news of the last week has concerned high risk prisoners on the run. They are, however, all now back in custody.

September 2 is the last day in office for Head of State President Abbil. The Electoral College must then decide on his successor.

The nation farewelled the Vanua’aku Pati strategist Willie Nakat who died in China. His body was brought back to Port Vila where leaders paid tribute, and was later forwarded to Tanna for burial.

The coffee season on Tanna and Efate has begun well and prices are being maintained despite a world drop in price. More Efate growers are reporting success.

The Vanua’aku Pati has announced its next congress will be held in the school holidays in August in Port Vila.

Government has announced its intention to review the water concession contract for the capital, presently held by Unelco, there being provision to do so in the contract.

Port Vila Municipality has been at pains to point out that garbage collection has nor been affected by the seizure of municipal vehicles by the sheriff.

Three executive of the INIK Co-operative on Tanna are being investigated over missing cooperative funds.

New bank notes have been launched by the Reserve Bank to values of VT 2,000, VT 1,000 and VT 200. They are on polymer printing paper and more durable.

Eight newly graduated nurses, after three years of training, have complained to the press after not receiving any pay two months into their jobs. They have been working at Northern District Hospital. Their VCH colleagues have been paid.

Over VT 3 million worth of contraband cigarettes was seized and destroyed by Customs.