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No expired drugs in Vanuatu health system - Minister

Vanuatu's health minister Jerome Ludvaune has denied that hospitals and clinics are treating people with expired drugs. Photo: 123RF A public outcry followed a recent report that a doctor at the Vila Central Hospital had prescribed medication that was two weeks past its expiry date. The Vanuatu Dail

RADIONZ - 2017-11-22 00:45:04

Vanuatu pushes standardisation of kava industry

Vanuatu is leading a move to create a regional standard of quality control for kava. Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate-Cox Biosecurity Director Tim Tumukon said collaboration was an important part of improving the kava trade. Mr Tumukon said kava exports earned the country nearly $US11 million last year.

RADIONZ - 2017-11-21 01:50:25

Tuvalu and Vanuatu asked to firm Abkhazia ties

Tuvalu and Vanuatu have been asked to join a parliamentary group to lobby on behalf of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia. President of Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba and Nauru President Baron Waqa Photo: Government of Abkhazia website The region's president Raul Khajimba

RADIONZ - 2017-11-21 01:05:14

Tsunami waves hit alert New Caledonia and Vanuatu after big quake hits Pacific

Tsunami waves have been detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck. Reuters reported the waves hit at 12.35pm (NZT). There was no word on damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves as high as 1 metre (3.3 ft) above the high-tide mark were forecast to hit N


Fiji kava taskforce holds talks in Vanuatu

Fiji Kava Taskforce delegations in Vanuatu to discuss steps for progressing the regional standard for kava. Photo: SUPPLIED. A delegation from Fiji was in Vanuatu this past week to discuss the next steps for progressing the regional standard for kava. The delegation was greeted officially by the Dir

THEJETNEWSPAPER.COM - 2017-11-20 08:00:00

Vanuatu parliament adjourned amid opposition boycott

Vanuatu's parliament has been adjourned for three days after the opposition boycotted a sitting this morning. The speaker, Esmon Simon, said there were only 31 government MPs in the chamber on Tuesday morning. The deputy prime minister, Ham Lini, was also absent -- still in Germany for international

RADIONZ - 2017-11-20 22:23:43

History of Vanuatu's President Coolidge Shipwreck

The SS President Coolidge was a luxury liner that became a gigantic scuba divers' playground after it struck a mine and sank off Vanuatu during World War II. The Lady and the Unicorn is a porcelain relief panel that once adorned the Coolidge's first-class smoking lounge. The SS President Coolidge wa

SCUBADIVING.COM - 2017-11-20 22:56:00

M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 h


Vanuatu: Shelter Cluster Vanuatu: Ambae Mass Evacuation 2017 Response Review

We were at #COP22, reporting from the Global Landscapes Forum. Follow #ThinkLandscape on Twitter and check out our updates The entire population of Ambae Island (10,869 people / 2,912 households) was evacuated mainly to the three adjacent islands: Espiritu Santo in Sanma Province; and Pentecost and

HUMANITARIANNEWS.ORG - 2017-11-20 14:40:00

Massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Vanuatu, New Caledonia

New Caledonia and Vanuatu have been cleared of any Tsunami threats after after a 7.0 magnitude earthwuake struck the pacific. Monday's quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck at a shallow depth of 10 km about 82 kms east of New Caledonia, and was the second major tremor in the same area i


Light earthquake, 4.5 mag strikes near Isangel in Vanuatu

A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 84 kilometers (52 miles) from Isangel in Vanuatu on Saturday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was reported at 04:58:13 / 4:58 am (local time epicenter). Event id: us2000bhx


DroneLogbook and Vanuatu Cultural Centre Launch Pacific Islands Tourism Drone Compliance Platform

DroneLogbook ( www.dronelogbook.com ) a leading provider of commercial drone compliance software was chosen by Vanuatu Cultural Centre (VKS ) (www.drone.vu ) a leader in the new world of drone tourism to provide compliance services for the fast growing drone tourism marketing. As part of this implem


Death prompts calls for improved road safety in Vanuatu

The death of a toddler after being hit by a bus on a Port Vila street has prompted the mayor of the Vanuatu to call for speeding drivers to be mindful of pedestrians. Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo: RNZI Ulrich Sumptoh also wanted the government to install barrier and speed limit signs. The tragedy on th


Team Samoa gears up for Vanuatu

Team Samoa will be competing in 11 sports at the upcoming Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu next month. This was confirmed by the Team Samoa General Manager for the Vanuatu Mini Games and Commonwealth Games, Tuala Mathew Vaea, yesterday. A press conference was held at S.A.S.N.O.C's headquarters at Tua


Vanuatu MP resigns post in protest over Ambae spending

Vanuatu's Special Envoy on Climate Change, MP Jay Ngwele of Ambae, has resigned from the post in protest at what he says is the government politicising his island's volcano disaster. People being evacuated from Ambae. Photo: Nixon Garae Tambeana Mr Ngwele said of the $US1.85 million dollars approved


South Pacific's Vanuatu seeks stronger ties with Turkey

ISTANBUL The South Pacific nation of Vanuatu is seeking opportunities for more cooperation with Turkey, primarily in the fields of the economy, education, and culture, according to the country's founding leader. Ati Sokomanu, Vanuatu's former president and the only one to serve two terms, made the


Volunteers are homeward bound from Vanuatu

It's been almost two years since Stephen and Carolyn Soole farewelled family and friends in Kaipara and headed off on a volunteer assignment at Port Vila in Vanuatu for Volunteer Service Abroad. Soon they will be homeward bound. Their return is with mixed feelings - both enjoyed their time on the is


Japanese cafe owner keen on Vanuatu coffee

A Japanese investor with a string of coffee shops throughout Japan is taking a sample of Vanuatu coffee for his customers to taste. Japanese cafe owner Jun Sugimoto looks over Vanuatu coffee plants Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post/Len Garae A Japanese investor with a string of coffee shops throughout Japan


Volcanic cone grows in Vanuatu

Photographic evidence from Vanuatu's Ambae volcano over the past week confirms a volcanic cone island has been built in the lake on Manaro Voui. The Ambae volcano in September Photo: RNZ / YouTube The volcanic crater is growing in height and size and the style of the activity has changed with more f


Reconciliation 3 years after sorcery murders in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the population of about 500 on the island of Akhamb in Malekula has reconciled with the families of two elderly men who were hanged by the community three years over allegations of sorcery. Photo: 123 RF The men had been blamed for the deaths of 35 people. The hangings had been approved