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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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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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