VNPF inquiry learns of zero return from Vt300M investment in Club Vanuatu

VNPF Building, Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

VNPF Building, Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

The official inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund has learned that the VNPF’s failed investment in the now defunct Club Vanuatu cost the Fund over Vt 300 million and earned zero returns for members. There would appear to be a wide level of Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s leading female surfer launches country’s first board shaping business

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A young girl took to the waves every day with her bruised and battered surfboard. She was told not to go into the ocean to play in the waves.

If she was a boy, things might have been easier. But she couldn’t change who she was and, more to the point, she didn’t want to. She often wondered about the board she tucked under her arm as she waded into the clear blue waters of Vanuatu. Where did it come from? Who made it? Why didn’t it sink? It took this little girl twelve years to understand the secrets of her first surfboard.

Resmah Kalotiti won’t tell you that she is the best female surfer in Vanuatu, but she is. At twenty years old, she has a unique style both in and out of the water. It’s the style of a trailblazer. It’s the style of someone who is quietly confident, not only with herself but in the universe playing out her destiny.

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Filariasis completely eliminated from Vanuatu; womens’ achievements celebrated on International Day for Rural Women

No longer in Vanuatu: Filariasis. Image: CDC/Alexander J. da Silva, PhD/Melanie Moser/CDC Public Health Image Library

No longer in Vanuatu: Filariasis. Image: Alexander J. da Silva, PhD/Melanie Moser/CDC Public Health Image Library

The news is just out today. Vanuatu has eliminated filariasis. The World Health Organisation (WHO) DG for the Western Pacific made the announcement in the Philippines with Health Minister Toara Daniel present at a reception honouring the achievement. Cambodia and the Cook Islands have also eliminated the disease, also known as elephantiasis, or in Bislama as big leg. A campaign to eradicate the disease has needed regular drug applications, a singular success in a small country with so many islands. (Daily Post)

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Govt to reveal position on PACER Plus following briefings, says PM

PM Charlot Salwai… to decide Vanuatu's position on PACER Plus shortly. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

PM Charlot Salwai… to decide Vanuatu’s position on PACER Plus shortly. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific visits; Supreme Court ruling in conspiracy case due

Australian Senator Fierravanti-Wells visited the Malampa handicraft centre in Lakatoro today and saw how Australian aid has assisted women in small business on Malekula. Photo: Australian Govt/Twitter

Australian Senator Fierravanti-Wells visited the Malampa handicraft centre in Lakatoro today to view how Australian aid is assisting women in small business on Malekula. Photo: Australian Govt/Twitter

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Government interference with Public Service hinted at in wrongful dismissal cases

Port Vila's roads – soon to get an upgrade. Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

Port Vila’s roads – soon to get an upgrade. Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

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Vanuatu womens’ advocate receives official recognition from US Ambassador

Dorosday Kenneth with US Ambassador

Dorosday Kenneth with US Ambassador to Vanuatu Ebert-Gray, Minister Regenvanu (L) and husband Watson Lui. Photo: Adlyn Rambay

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