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Impact of Paradise Papers leak on Vanuatu hard to predict: expert

An Australian academic says it is too early to say what impact the release of the Paradise Papers will have on the four Pacific nations so far involved. According to Anthony van Fossen, Griffith University Associate Professor, two Marshall Islands shipping companies had been linked with Russian leaders by the leak, reports RNZI. He said tax havens in the Cook Islands, Samoa and to a lesser extent Vanuatu, may also be affected by the activities of Asian City Trusts and its clients. Anthony van Fossen also noted Pacific Island tax havens tend to be more scapegoated by global financiers...

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New project to increase insurance of climate-related disasters launched at COP23

A global initiative was launched Wednesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23),in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of providing insurance to hundreds of millions of vulnerable due to climate change people by 2020, and to increase the resilience of developing countries against the impacts of climate change. The InsuResilience Global Partnership is a major scaling-up of an initiative started by the G7 in 2015 under the German Presidency. It aims at meeting the pledge of providing cover and support to an extra 400 million vulnerable people by 2020. The Global Partnership now brings together G20 countries in...

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Former president of Vanuatu seeking cooperation with Turkey

Vanuatu is seeking opportunities for more cooperation with Turkey, primarily in the fields of the economy, education, and culture. That is according to Ati Sokomanu, Vanuatu’s former president who made these remarks in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in Istanbul. Sokomanu was in Turkey for last week’s summit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya. Sokomanu said Turkey can help his country a great deal in social development and education. “Economically and politically, Turkey is a very big country, it has also an ocean but not...

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Scandal: VASANOC Asks Government Not to Interfere in Van2017 Athletes Selection

Vila Times’s exclusive. In the run-up to the Pacific Games, VASANOC President asks Vanuatu Government not to interfere in the selection of athletes for Pacific Games, after Vanuatu Sports Minister requested to include previously banned local sprinter Dickey Mael in Team Vanuatu. In a letter dated 20th October, Minister of Youth and Sports had urged the Vanuatu Association of Sports And National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) to lift the ban on the local sprinter, Dickey Mael. Mael, who impressed during the National Championships in the 100M and 200M, was left out of the training squad for Van2017 due to the...

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New large Crowne Plaza hotel to be built in Fiji

Fiji is about to get a big island resort, according to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which has announced plans to build a new Crowne Plaza hotel on Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji’s archipelago. The property — Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach — is scheduled to open in 2020 and will be Fiji’s largest hotel, according to IHG. “As the most popular travel destination in the South Pacific, the islands of Fiji accounts for close to 40 percent of travel to the South Pacific, a figure that continues to grow annually. In 2017 alone, Fiji recorded an increase...

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Expert: climate change increases dengue fever risks

Fijian Ministry of Health believes climate change is closely linked to the increase risk of mosquito-borne diseases especially dengue fever in the country. National Adviser for Communicable Diseases, Aalisha Khan says Pacific countries are going through unexpected weather patterns and need to take proactive measures to prevent another dengue outbreak, FBC News reports. “In May was the peak of the outbreak and that is outside our normal rainy season which is November to April every year, so this just highlights that our climate is changing and so climate change is happening. So with our Government being in Bonn for...

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PM Salwai told Pope Francis about climate change in Melanesia and violations in West Papua

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai spoke on behalf of the Melanesian region during the meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican on Saturday. “The volatility in economic growth trends across the region have been further exacerbated in recent years by the unprecedented frequency of strengthening natural disasters which have crippled island economies – an example being my island home Vanuatu which was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone in 2015,” said Charlot Salwai. “Globally, the rise in the number of migrants seeking to escape increasing inequality and poverty brought on by environmental degradation is indeed tragic. In...

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Vanuatu and Estonia to play friendly match in Port Vila next week

VFF and PVFA have announced that Port Vila will host an international friendly game between Vanuatu and Estonia on the Thursday, 23rd November, at PV Stadium. This international friendly game is a preparation game for Team Vanuatu before their first game against New Caledonia at the Pacific Mini Game 2017. And also an opportunity for football fans to discover and support the Final Squad of Team Vanutau. Entrance fees: 1000VT – Grand Stand 500VT – Open air...

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PayPal founder wants to build the world’s first floating city in the Pacific

The world’s first floating nation is set to appear in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti in 2020. A handful of hotels, homes, offices, restaurants and more will be built in the next few years by the nonprofit Seasteading Institute, which hopes to ‘liberate humanity from politicians’. The radical plans, bankrolled by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, could see the creation of an independent nation that will float in international waters and operate within its own laws, Daily Mail reports. In a new interview, Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute, said he wants to see ‘thousands’ of...

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OFC to strengthen connections with South American Football Confederation

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) in Auckland, New Zealand. The signing ceremony formalises the cooperation between OFC and CONMEBOL, establishing a framework to strengthen collaboration and encourage knowledge exchange. “This MoU represents an important step for Oceania as we continue our efforts to advance football across the region,” President Chung said. “Not only are we strengthening the bonds with our South American friends, but we are facilitating increased opportunities for football exchanges for our respective Member Associations and their national teams. Our Confederations are...

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