Vanuatu daily news Digest | 24 February 2015

Daily Post today reports …

Prime Minister Natuman was awarded the chiefly title of Tarimulei on Pentecost on Lini Day, last Saturday, and Post carries a full report of his address and tribute to the leadership of the united Vanua’aku Pati by the late Fr Walter Lini which led to the country’s Independence. Natuman called on the People of Pentecost to support the desire for political stability through the re-unification process bringing the four parties which originally formed the VP together again. He said the basic foundation is already enshrined in Vanuatu’s Constitution that embraces cultural and Christian principles and Melanesian values. The four Presidents of the four political parties seeking re-unification also spoke at the ceremony arranged on Pentecost and Chief Viragogona assured PM Natuman the people of Pentecost support his wish for unity. The custom title Tarimulei means Re-unifier.

This is what you were to receive yesterday afternoon but something went wrong and it didn’t seem to matter all that much …

NISCOL firing its Fijian CEO, Pravinesh Chand, continues to be the news of utmost importance to VBTC this morning. And Chand complains concerning the Luganville Town Clerk and NISCOL board member, Peter Sikita, over unpaid rent and other allegedly unlawful expenses.

The Natural Disasters and Management Office (NDMO) and Geo-hazards Division continue to warn against people getting too close to the increased volcanic activity on Ambrym. It followed a major earthquake near Paama.

The Lini Day event at the Anglican Church at Tagabe was widely reported, especially Minister Ralph Regenvanu’s concern that the country’s youth take up the leadership challenges as did Fr Walter Lini and the other then young leaders who achieved Vanuatu’s Independence.

Daily Post announces FAO funding an important livestock surveillance project which is re-examining animal health and trying to maximise export potential for Vanuatu livestock products.

Then as for today’s news …

VBTC only had two items and the whole bulletin was over in less than 4 minutes. They started with:

The NDMO has no reports yet on the effects of the ash plume continuing over Marum and Benbow on Ambrym. A further survey took place yesterday it was reported. The communities have been rehearsing their emergency plans.

Vanuatu will be holding discussions with New Caledonia concerning the aid programme for the years since 2006. Foreign Minister Kilman is in Noumea for discussions with High Commissioner Bouvier. He will also be visiting the scientific research stations and police training academy.

The lead items for Daily Post started with Agriculture Minister Tosul urging the "yellow card" countries to do more about illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) in the region. Minister Tosul was addressing an ACP / EU workshop concerned with overcoming technical barriers to trade especially in the sector of fisheries. He saw Vanuatu’s "yellow card" as a major wake-up call and explained that many requirements to avoid IUU were being implemented.

South Efate chiefs are seeking leadership of the Vaturisu Council of Chiefs of Efate on 2 March.