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Olympic torch auction in Port Vila raised VT 1.3 mln

The auction of an iconic Olympic torch has raised VT 1.3 million towards supporting athletes involved in this year’s Pacific Mini Games. Up to 225 people turned up at the Carbine Club luncheon and auction held recently at the Warwick Le Lagon Hotel in Port Vila, Van2017 organising committee reports. Vanuatu2017 and VASANOC (Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee) auctioned the 2000 Olympic Games Torch signed by Olympic Gold Medallists Cathy Freeman of Australia in Athletics and Barbra Kendall of New Zealand in Sailing. “There was a lot of interest in the torch; the bidding went exceptionally...

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PM’s office: official residence problem is a legacy of previous administration

The Office of the Prime Minister of Vanuatu recently came up with official comments in regards to the statement of the Opposition published yesterday, addressing the inappropriate use of the official residence of the Prime Minister of Vanuatu in Port Vila. According to the PM’s office, these allegations from the opposition in relation to the current Prime Minister Charlot Salwai are not fair, as this house had been damaged already during past years, with the case of the missing property has been reported to the police. “The problem of this property did not occur during the current government. You...

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New hotel under construction in Luganville

People of the northern town of Luganville in Santo are now witnessing the construction of new building sites in their town. This includes the construction of a new hotel next to the market which is said to change the face of the market place, reports the Government of Vanuatu. Two more buildings are being built, one next to the Unity Park while the other is close to John Lum Store. Another construction site is also being cleared near the wharf. The residents of Luganville town have stated that with the new wharf and the construction of these buildings, the...

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Prime Minister’s official residence used for parties with girls and alcohol

Opposition to address inappropriate use of Prime Minister’s residence in Port Vila. _Vila_Times_Exclusive_ The Vanuatu Opposition in its new open statement intents to address the inappropriate use of the official residence of the Prime Minister of Vanuatu in Port Vila. According to the opposition, current Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is now living in his own house, and not using the official residence, which is a governmental property, for himself. Instead the residence has been frequently used by his associates and political fellows as a place for parties and weekend getaways. They are damaging or taking away furniture and other...

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ColourFest founder: we want to bring people to the northern side of Efate

Last week we have met with Tahnia Cook, managing owner of Le Life Resort, to ask her about preparations for the Colour Festival, new event hosted by Le Life Resort on the northern side of Efate, to take place on 30 September 2017.   Hi Tahnia. So tell us a little bit about the ColourFest and what it’s all about. It’s an amazing event, it’s something that is first in Vanuatu, and possibly the largest of its kind in South Pacific. We only starting it with bringing one thousand people for the event, but it’s going to be an...

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USP to build new Solomon Islands Campus

The University of the South Pacific (USP) will hold an official ground-breaking ceremony for its new Solomon Islands Campus in Honiara. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands will be attending the event with other dignitaries including Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson, and representatives of USP’s development partners, at the KGVI Basketball Court on 24 August, 2017. The new campus when completed, according to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, demonstrates the firm commitment of the Government of Solomon...

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Government hired NZ company to supervise Bauerfield airport project

The Government of Vanuatu recently announced it signed supervising engineer contract with New Zealand-based engineering group GHD Ltd for VAIP project. Minister Napat congratulated GHD for their successful selection before the signing, stating that the government will rely on their expertise to ensure that the project is implemented successfully. “We are delighted that we can source a company like yours to supervise this critically important project. This appointment is long overdue. We hope GHD can settle in quickly and commence the task at hand,” he said. Minister Napat added that with the appointment, the contractors should expedite their preparatory...

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Vanuatu hosts Basic Umpire Course

ITTF-Oceania Technical Director Graeme Ireland is at VASANOC Haus conducting a Technical Workshop for Umpires. (Photo: Courtesy of VASANOC) ITTF-Oceania Technical Director Graeme Ireland was recently in Port Vila, Vanuatu. His main purpose for the visit was as Technical Delegate for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in December, to observe the preparations for the table tennis event at the Games. During this time, Graeme Ireland took the opportunity to run a Basic Umpire Course. Vanuatu currently has no trained umpires, but requires a number to officiate at the Pacific Mini Games. The course had 12 participants, the majority of...

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Pregnant ni-Vanuatu woman died on Santo during TC Donna

In May 2017, Tropical Cyclone Donna tore through the northern provinces of Vanuatu, with torrential rains and winds of over 300 kilometres per hour – the strongest out-of-season cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere – destroying and damaging homes, crops, livestock and water systems, and forcing thousands of people into evacuation centres and caves. Amid the chaos, a pregnant woman on the western coast of Santo Island died on her way to a health facility, in a region marked by particularly daunting terrain where the few clinics that do exist can only be accessed by boat, The United...

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PNG: 150 villagers homeless after a big fire

An estimated 150 villagers left homeless after a blaze destroyed 15 homes belonging to Port Moresby’s traditional landowners on Saturday afternoon. Families in Hanuabada Village, just five minutes from downtown Port Moresby, are living under makeshift shelters, reports Pacific Beat. The villagers affected had to leave everything behind as they fled the fire, with authorities still unsure what caused it. These customary landowners of Port Moresby are forced to live in squalid conditions with their land used for development. Relief appeal center was set up by National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, who urged city residents to donate cash...

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