Francophone schools in Vanuatu receive equipment boost

Francophone schools in Vanuatu have received a welcome boost for the start of their academic year with the delivery of new computer equipment courtesy of Ecoles Pikinini Nouvelle Caledonie.

The assistance is a continuation of the organisation’s re-mapped project set up to assist 55 Francophone schools around the country damaged by Cyclone Pam.

A co-ordinator for New Caledonia’s Ecoles Pikinini, Sonia Couprie, said the programme aimed to not only re-equip but also improve the facilities and resources in these schools.

“It’s computers but it is also books and its paper and furniture, so it is anything that could be missing due to the cyclone and that had to be replaced or re-equipped that Ecoles Pikinini is focusing on providing to those schools.”

Sonia Couprie said under the project more than 100 computers have been sourced for distribution to schools.

Source: Radio New Zealand.

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Pacific Mini Games head calls on Vanuatu government for support.

The chairman of the organising committee for next year’s Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu is calling on the new government to engage with him and his team immediately, so that funds for the event can be released as soon as possible.

Preparations for the Games have been hampered first by Cyclone Pam, and then by government stagnation in the midst of the corruption crisis last year.

The Pacific Games Council is due to visit Port Vila for a progress update in May, and the organisers are keen to have something positive to show them.

Games Chairman Mark Stafford says despite the many setbacks and a lack of facilities at the present time, everything will be ready once the Games roll around.

Children are being advised to bring with them a bottle of water to school

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All children are being advised by the Ministry of Education to bring with them a bottle of water to school as the country is still in the El nino period.

The ministry is appealing to all schools and parents to avoid allowing children playing out in the hot sun and making sure that school children should have enough water and food in school.

The ministry is making this appeal following the current hot situation that the country is now facing due to the el nino phenomenon which is predicted by the meteorology department to come to an end sometimes middle of this year.

US congratulates new Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai

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The United States government has congratulated newly elected Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

The Embassy of the United States of America issued the statement from Ambassador-Designate Catherine Ebert-Gray.

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer my sincerest congratulations to the Honorable Charlot Salwai on his election as the next Prime Minister of Vanuatu.

The United States looks forward to continuing our close cooperation with Vanuatu through Prime Minister Salwai’s new government.

“The partnership between our nations is built on a foundation of shared values, deeply-rooted history, and mutual interests. That partnership is demonstrated daily through the ongoing commitment of our dedicated Peace Corps volunteers who work hand-in-hand with their Ni-Vanuatu friends and co-workers. The United States seeks to further deepen this relationship through continued cooperation on a wide range of issues, including international security, economic development, human rights, and environmental protection, including addressing the challenges of climate change, said the US Government statement.

SOURCE: VANUATU LOOP/PACNEWS

Benny Wenda Congratulate the newly elected Prime Minister of Vanuatu

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Benny Wenda, the Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua has wrote a letter to congratulate the newly elected Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai,on behalf of the people of West Papua, The United Liberation Movement for West Papuan.

Mr. Wenda wrote, as West Papuans always closely follow the lives of their Melanesian brothers and sisters and they are all very happy to have witnessed the free and democratic election in the Republic of Vanuatu.

As Melanesian’s, they know that the Republic of Vanuatu has always taken a noble lead in supporting the West Papuan and speaking out against the suffering and oppression in West Papua.

Police Commissioner Challenges suspended.

Daily Post report the Commissioner of Police, John Taleo has filed a constitutional case against the Police Service Commission over his suspension last year, 2015.

According to Daily Post, Mr. Taleo was suspended by the Prime Minister following recommendation from the Police service commission March last year after he was involved in a road accident that saw him crashed an official police car on the side walk.

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Taleo’s case is still in conference stages and it is yet to seen how far it will get since he has already been reinstated as police commissioner.

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Author:

Daily Post.

Vanuatu runway repairs hoped to be done by April

eight_col_xlarge_DSCN1384-Edit.jpgVanuatu’s new government has announced a contractor for the emergency upgrade of the country’s main international airport, with work expected to begin within weeks.

Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin Australia last month stopped flying to Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport citing concerns about the runway’s safety.

The new prime minister, Charlot Salwai, says repairing the runway is one of his top priorities, and the public utilities ministry yesterday awarded the contract to New Zealand company Fulton Hogan.

The government is seeking a World Bank loan to carry out the work, which is estimated to cost about US$1.2 million.

The ministry says it hopes to have the runway repaired by early April, when the country’s peak tourist season begins.

Author: 

Radio New Zealand.