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PNG coach: Alwin Komolong to play at top level in Germany

The coach of the Papua New Guinea soccer team, Flemming Serritslev, said he is in no doubt that defender Alwin Komolong will be the first player from PNG to play in Germany’s top division, the Bundesliga. He signed his first professional contract last month with a lower league side in Stuttgart, but coach Serritslev says bigger clubs are monitoring Komolong’s progress, Pacific Beat reports. The PNG player’s switch to Europe has been followed by the captain of Vanuatu’s under 20 World Cup team, Bong Kalo, being offered a trial with the top flight Spanish club, Leganes. And Flemming Serritslev...

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Nguna and Pele chiefs attended leadership training

Chiefs from the islands of Nguna and Pele attended an Adaptive Leadership Workshop facilitated by Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) and the Pacific Leadership Program (PLP). Over 20 Chiefs participated in an engaging one day workshop at Piliura Village on the island of Pele on the 14th of August. With the ever increasing flow of social changes, traditional structures on the two islands are facing a new trend of challenges. Made up of over 15 villages, both islands are experiencing rapid growth in numbers. Similarly, there is an increasing number of people from the two islands who are now studying...

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Guam to host Pacific Games 2019 for US$8.5 million

The Pacific Games in 2019, which the Kingdom of Tonga declined to host, could become Guam’s financial responsibility at a cost of US$8.5 million. Governor Eddie Calvo announced that he supports the Guam National Olympic Committee’s bid to host the 16th Pacific Games in 2019, The Guam Daily reports. The governor wrote to the Pacific Games Council, based in Fiji, on Aug. 21 that Guam’s “executive branch, with the cooperation of the Guam Legislature, will work to provide the necessary support and legislation to fund the cost of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.” The Guam National Olympic Committee, which...

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Theme of the Pacific Week of Agriculture launched in Port Vila

Minister for Agriculture Matai Seremaiah Nawalu officially launched the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) Logo and theme at the Vanuatu National Convention Centre – the venue of the one-week regional event in Port Vila. Speaking prior to the launch, Minister Matai Seremiah congratulated the organising committee and its team for coming up with an exciting theme for PWA, such as Pacific CROPS, which stands for Culture, Resilience, Opportunities, Products and Sustainability. “The government believes the theme fits in well with much of what Pacific countries are trying to achieve in the agriculture sector through their national agendas, and for...

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Vanuatu signed the United Nations Pacific Strategy plan for 2018-2022

Today, August 24, Charlot Salwai, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Osnat Lubrani jointly signed the United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) for 2018-2022. The UN Pacific Strategy responds to the national priorities of 14 Pacific Countries and Territories, focusing on six priority areas of work, where UN agencies are committed to working jointly to help countries achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Vanuatu reports. Areas include: Climate Change, Disaster Resilience, and Environmental Protection; Gender; Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment; Equitable Basic Services, focusing on Health, Education and Social Protection;...

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Tuvalu and Kiribati are the least-visited countries in the world

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation recently published a new report, revealing 15 least-visited countries in the world. Tuvalu and Kiribati appeared on the top of that list. Only 1000 people visited Tuvalu last year, which makes it the least-visited country in the world. 4000 people visited Kiribati in 2016, which puts it on the second spot in the list. San Marino, mountainous nation flanked by northern Italy, is the least-visited place in Europe. “With its flawless beaches and vivid turquoise waters, it is surprising indeed that the South Pacific paradise of Tuvalu is not popular with the masses....

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John Aeta from Solomon Islands is the 5th youngest football international in the world

The Solomon Islands defender John Aeta, 16, is the fifth youngest active international player in the world. Marist FC centre-half John Aeta is just 16 years old and only Dominic Szoboszlai of Hungary, Rahzir Jones of Bermuda, Andre Knoll or St Maarten and Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies are younger, reports OceaniaFC. And there are signs that John Aeta could be one of the best young footballers to come out of Solomon Islands. The defender, who can also play left back, has been known for a while in Oceania football circles. In January 2017 he was named captain of the...

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Opposition: no police confirmation of PM’s residence break-in report

The Vanuatu Opposition today, August 24, provided additional comments in regards to the Government’s response to opposition’s initial statement on inappropriate use of the official residence of the Prime Minister of Vanuatu in Port Vila. According to the Opposition, the Prime Minister’s Office ‘must be held responsible’ for this damaged property, and denying the responsibility is ‘utter foolishness and stupidity.’ “Should the PMO deny that the official PM premises has not been ransacked and used for any other purposes other than what it was intended for, as the residence of the Prime Minister, the Opposition will gladly produce witnesses...

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Private island in Vanuatu close to Santo on the market for $US 1.6 mln

The Castaway Island, a part of the Vanuatu island chain, is now for sale for almost $US 1.6 million. Private tropical island Castaway features a 500 square meter mansion, and located North of the Santo Island, reports Daily Mail. According to the sales agent, the island’s location is perfect as it is far enough away from bigger Vanuatu islands, so it does not suffer from mosquitoes. “It’s everybody’s dream to have their own private tropical island – however few people can make the dream into reality. The reality is that it is easy to buy the island – then...

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