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OFC Champions League 2018 schedule revealed

Oceania Football Confederation has revealed OFC Champions League 2018 match schedule. Group A in Vanuatu will kick things off with the winner of this month’s OFC Champions League Qualifier opening the Group Stage against Papua New Guinea club champions Lae City Dwellers before the host club and competition newcomers Nalkutan FC take on Fiji veterans Ba FC on 10 February at Korman Stadium in Port Vila. Group B gets underway on 10 February (11 February NZT) also, with Stade Pater gearing up to host a group for the second season in-a-row. The opening match in Tahiti has Vanuatu’s Erakor...

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Weekly exclusive interview – Vila Times issue 153

Weekly exclusive interview ‘Vanuatu should focus on unique selling proposition to attract tourists’ Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) housed at the World Trade Organization, in this exclusive interview for Vila Times, talks about EIF’s projects in Vanuatu, the development of tourism, resurgence of interest in electronic commerce and Vanuatu’s most effective governmental...

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Vanuatu faces considerable debt repayment pressures: expert’s analysis of China’s aid in the Pacific

After Australian International development Minister, Ms Fierravanti-Wells, accused China of building “useless buildings, white elephants and roads to nowhere” in the Pacific, Lowy Institute’s Jonathan Pryke wrote a new article with the analysis of the good and bad sides of China’s aid in the Pacific.   The Pacific region is making headlines across Australia after Pacific and International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells harshly criticised Chinese aid in the region. ‘Useless’ is how Fierravanti-Wells has described Chinese aid projects, leading countries to take on debt they can’t afford. While her concerns are legitimate, her blunt delivery hasn’t been constructive and...

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NZ unions protest for Fijian airport workers

50 people protested outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington on Friday as part of an international mobilisation for 200 ground handling workers at Nadi airport who have been locked out by Fiji Government-controlled Air Terminal Services. The rally was attended by members of several Wellington unions and their supporters and representatives of Fiji community groups in Wellington. “We were dismayed and angered to hear that after workers returned from their emergency shareholders’ meeting on 16 December, a meeting addressing issues of management of the company, sexual harassment and an 11 year pay freeze, they were locked out,” NZ...

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Chinese investors bring employment and other benefits to the economy: Samoa’s PM

Samoa’s Prime Minister believes that if people stopped looking at Chinese as foreigners buying into Samoa and more at the positive and collective benefits to the economy, then it would be clear that they are only in the country to help. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was responding to a question if his government was concerned at the number of local businesses being sold to Chinese interests, RNZI reports. Major sales of Samoan businesses to Chinese interests include the two Sheraton Aggie Greys resorts and the Tree House Hotel at Malololelei. And more recently the Catholic church has sold a major...

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What is The Rainbow City Project at Narpow Point, Efate?

The developer of the Narpow Point construction project says it will bring Vanuatu countless economic and social benefits, denies any connections with China’s government, and promises to hire and train more Ni-Vans.   On Friday, January 5, FPF Company Ltd, the developer of the Rainbow City Project at Narpow Point, Efate, has published its first press release with official public information about the project, following the increased public attention to this development in social media. According to the press release, Rainbow City is an ambitious real estate project, new modern city with all the necessary infrastructure for life and...

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Three Canadian players from MLS joined Ba FC for the Champions League

A trio of Canadian players have joined Ba FC in time for the Oceania Champions League. Вefender Troy Watson, striker Nathan Brown and midfielder Amal Singh have arrived from Toronto after playing in the MLS in America, OceaniaFC reports. Coach Alvin Singh says they will join the Ba squad immediately. The players will be given time to train with the team before the decision to field them in the Oceania Champions League in February is made. Singh told FijiLive: “We want to field them in the Vodafone Premier League but this will depend on their transfer from the US....

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Van2017 donated unused biodegradable containers to food vendors in Port Vila

On Wednesday, January 10, Van2017 in conjunction with the Government of Vanuatu provided some unused biodegradable products to the food vendors at the Mamas Market in Port Vila. On hand from the Government of Vanuatu was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu. The Minister highlighted that the products that Van2017 provided breakdown and disappear in the landfill within 90 days and are made of bamboo, whereas Styrofoam containers last for years and are made from oil. As part of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games initiatives, Van2017 took steps very early to provide a “Greener Games”. Van2017 CEO Clint Flood...

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