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Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack

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Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack

- Vanuatu's widely revered President, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after suffering a sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. Mr Baldwin, who had served as President since September 2014, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. Dan McGarry, media director at the Vanuatu Daily Post, said hundreds of people had stood in a vigil held after Mr Lonsdale's death to pay their respects to the highly regarded head of state

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Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal

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Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal

- The region's trade body says Vanuatu's sudden decision to not sign the PACER-Plus agreement came as an absolute shock. The regional free trade agreement, which had been negotiated for nearly a decade, would be signed by the region's trade ministers in Tonga this week. But on Thursday, Vanuatu's government said it would not sign the agreement, joining two of the Pacific's other large economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, in refusing to do so

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World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu

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World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu

- The World Bank has announced that 45,000 people in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are set to get access to renewable energy. In an announcement on Wednesday, the World Bank said its board of executive directors had approved $4 million for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II, or VREP II, which will be co-funded by the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and the government of New Zealand

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Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades

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Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades

- The Vanuatu Government has today signed a second contract with two Chinese companies for airport upgrades - this time at two key provincial airports. The contract for Santo's Pekoa and Tanna's Whitegrass involves upgrades that are being funded by the World Bank. The two companies, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group, two weeks ago also signed a contract for the much bigger rebuild and restoration of Port Vila's Bauerfield Airport

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Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade

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Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade

- Vanuatu's government has signed an agreement for rehabilitation works at the country's beleaguered international airport. The contract was signed with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group. Under the World Bank-funded upgrade, the work will see the runway, taxiway and aprons at the Port Vila airport reconstructed. The upgrade was hurriedly negotiated last year, after Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia cancelled their servies to Vanuatu, citing safety concerns

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Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed

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Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed

- Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale has handed a letter of appointment to the new Police Commissioner Albert Nalpini at the state house in Port Vila. The official appointment follows the court settlement of attempts, going back to last year, to delay Mr Nalpini's appointment. President Lonsdale urged the new commissioner to make one of his priorities uniting all force members and to ensure there is discipline

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Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

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Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

- Tropical Cyclone Donna passed just to the west of Vanuatu over the weekend bringing flooding rains and damaging winds. The storm is now in the process of drifting just east of New Caledonia. The winds may have eased significantly, but it is still capable of causing extensive damage and widespread flooding is inevitable. At its strongest, Donna's winds reach 215 kilometres an hour with gusts of up to 260km/h

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, wind gusts hit 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, wind gusts hit 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

- Wind gusts from Cyclone Donna - the strongest May cyclone ever to hit Southern Hemisphere - hit 300kmh, reports say. After battering Vanuatu at the weekend, Donna has gone on to become a Category 5 storm, CNN's Severe Weather Team said on Monday morning (NZT). Gusts close to the centre had been estimated to be as strong as 300kmh on Monday night, according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards department, with the storm projected to make landfall late on Tuesday

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

- Wind gusts from Cyclone Donna - the strongest May cyclone ever to hit Southern Hemisphere - have hit 300kmh, reports say. After battering Vanuatu at the weekend, Donna has gone on to become a Category 5 storm, CNN's Severe Weather Team said on Monday morning (NZT). Gusts close to the centre were estimated to be as strong as 300kmh, according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards department, with the storm projected to make landfall late on Tuesday

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Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of Britain's Prince Philip

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Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of Britain's Prince Philip

- TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu (REUTERS) - The retirement of Britain's Prince Philip from public life led world headlines on Thursday (May 4), but his most devout and remote followers have only just heard the news. A tribe in Vanuatu was shocked and dismayed to discover on Saturday that the man they pray to as the son of an ancestral local mountain god will likely never return to their Pacific Island home

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Cyclone Donna bears down on Vanuatu

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Cyclone Donna bears down on Vanuatu

- Holiday-makers have been warned to reconsider their travel plans to Vanuatu as an out-of-season cyclone bears down on the Pacific nation. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said international and domestic flights are expected to be disrupted because of Cyclone Donna from Friday. Cruise ships won't be able to enter Vanuatu waters. "Strong winds, heavy rains and storm surges may occur in coastal areas," the DFAT travel advice update said

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Tropical Cyclone Cook hits Vanuatu, strengthens

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Tropical Cyclone Cook hits Vanuatu, strengthens

- A tropical cyclone which formed over Vanuatu is strengthening and heading towards New Caledonia. Cyclone Cook is now a category two storm with its centre about 50 kilometres to the northwest of Vanuatu's main island, Efate. The cyclone is slow moving and is forecast to strengthen to a category 3 storm overnight as it crosses towards New Caledonia whose main island is expected to be hit tomorrow

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Vanuatu farmer sings merits of growing yams

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Vanuatu farmer sings merits of growing yams

- A yam farmer in Vanuatu has convinced his two adult sons to stay home and plant yams, telling them they would earn the same amount of money as they would if they went to New Zealand as seasonal workers. Several thousand ni-Vanuatu go to New Zealand each year as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employer programme. Rao Abel Yalu told the Daily Post that he had shown he could earn a significant income each week by selling at the Port Vila market

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Ni-Vanuatu RSE workers and Marlborough vineyard contractor embroiled in contract dispute

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Ni-Vanuatu RSE workers and Marlborough vineyard contractor embroiled in contract dispute

- Pacific Island vineyard workers thought coming to New Zealand would be a blessing, but after a season of low pay and broken promises they don't think they will be back. They say the pay rates set out in the contracts they signed back in Vanuatu have been ignored, leaving them around $300 a week short of what they were earning the season before

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Nurse concerned at what Vanuatu hospital lacks

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Nurse concerned at what Vanuatu hospital lacks

- An Australian volunteer nurse, who's been working at Lamap Hospital on Vanuatu's Malekula, says there needs to be immediate action over a lack of electricity and water there. Helen O'Sullivan, who has now returned to Australia, said she had had to deliver babies by torch light at the hospital. She said it also had no running water, creating a threat of infection. Ms O'Sullivan also said there is an acute

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Our Pacific neighbours in Vanuatu are dying for a drink

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Our Pacific neighbours in Vanuatu are dying for a drink

- "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink," goes the famed line from the Coleridge poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It's about a thirsty sailor aboard a becalmed ship in a giant, salty, undrinkable ocean, but it could just as easily apply to New Zealand's northern neighbours, blissfully ensconced in their lush green paradise, and dying for a drink. On Vanuatu's northern islands, rainfall averages between two to

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Vanuatu mourns death of President Lonsdale
Vanuatu mourns death of President Lonsdale Funeral preparations are underway after the sudden death of Vanuatu's Head of State, Baldwin Londsale, on Saturday. 67 year-old President Lonsdale, who was an Anglican priest, was Vanuatu's seventh head of state. His body will lie in state at the State House in Port Vila on Monday and Tuesday with a funeral service to be held at Parliament House midweek. Our correspondent in Vanuatu Len Garae said the country was in mourning   Read More ...
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Vanuatu steps up security at Parliament after shotgun cartridge found
Vanuatu steps up security at Parliament after shotgun cartridge found Strict security measures will be introduced at Vanuatu's parliament after the discovery of an unspent shotgun cartridge in the public gallery two weeks ago. The Daily Post reports the cartridge was found in the public gallery during the first ordinary session of parliament. The acting clerk of parliament, Leon Teter, said the incident underscores the urgent need for security to be beefed up in the house during parliament's sittings   Read More ...
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Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale dies
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale dies Mr Lonsdale, an Anglican priest who was appointed to the largely ceremonial role in September 2014, died in Port Vila, the Pacific Island nation's capital, early on Saturday, the newspaper said. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Mr Lonsdale had suffered a heart attack. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Twitter she was saddened to hear of his death. "Condolences to his family, the government and people of Vanuatu," she said   Read More ...
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Vanuatu president dies of heart attack: report
Vanuatu president dies of heart attack: report WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) -- The president of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died of a heart attack, the Vanuatu Daily Post reported Saturday. He was 67.Lonsdale, who sacked his government two years ago over a massive corruption scandal, passed away in the Pacific island nation’s capital of Port Vila.“National Flag is at half-mast early this morning. His body is reportedly at the Vila Central Hospital,” the newspaper said   Read More ...
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Vanuatu president dies of heart attack: report
Vanuatu president dies of heart attack: report The President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died of a heart attack, the Vanuatu Daily Post reported Saturday. He was 67. Lonsdale, a civil servant before becoming an Anglican priest, was elected to the presidency in 2014. HOPE. Although the role was considered largely ceremonial, Lonsdale became a symbol of hope for Vanuatu when Cyclone Pam caused severe damage in the country in early 2015   Read More ...
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Vanuatu. Décès du président Lonsdale, emporté par une crise cardiaque
Vanuatu. Décès du président Lonsdale, emporté par une crise cardiaque Le président du Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, est mort subitement d'une crise cardiaque à l'âge de 67 ans, a annoncé samedi le quotidien Vanuatu Daily Post. Baldwin Lonsdale, qui avait limogé son gouvernement il y a deux ans à la suite d'un énorme scandale de corruption, est décédé à Port Vila, la capitale de l'archipel du Pacifique, situé au nord-est de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (France)   Read More ...
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Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Dies Of Heart Attack: Report
Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale Dies Of Heart Attack: Report Wellington: The President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died of a heart attack, the Vanuatu Daily Post reported Saturday. He was 67. Lonsdale, who sacked his government two years ago over a massive corruption scandal, passed away in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. "National Flag is at half mast early this morning. His body is reportedly at the Vila Central Hospital," the newspaper said   Read More ...
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Rais wa Visiwa vya Vanuatu afariki dunia
Rais wa Visiwa vya Vanuatu afariki dunia Vanuatu. Rais wa visiwa vya Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale amefariki dunia kwa kile kinachodaiwa kuwa ni mshtuko wa moyo leo. Lonsdale ambaye pia ni Kasisi wa Anglikana amekuwa kiongozi wa kisiwa hicho cha Pacific kwa miaka miwili tangu Septemba 2014. Gazeti la Daily Post nchini Vanuatu limesema kuwa Lonsdale alifariki ghafla kwenye mji mkuu wa Port Vila usiku wa kuamkia leo. Akiwa rais, Lonsdale aliongoza ujenzi mpya wa maeneo ya kisiwa hicho kufuatia uharibifu uliosababishwa na kimbunga cha Pam kilichosababisha watu 75,000 kukosa makazi mwezi Machi mwaka 2015   Read More ...
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Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale dies after heart attack
Vanuatu president Baldwin Lonsdale dies after heart attack The president of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after a heart attack at the age of 67. Mr Lonsdale, an Anglican priest, had been leader of the Pacific archipelago since September 2014. The Vanuatu Daily Post said he died suddenly in the capital Port Vila shortly after midnight on Saturday. Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said Mr Lonsdale "served the people of Vanuatu with dignity and humility, and was much loved"   Read More ...
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Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale dies: reports
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Vanuatu's president dies after sudden heart attack
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Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack
Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack Vanuatu's widely revered President, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after suffering a sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. Mr Baldwin, who had served as President since September 2014, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. Dan McGarry, media director at the Vanuatu Daily Post, said hundreds of people had stood in a vigil held after Mr Lonsdale's death to pay their respects to the highly regarded head of state   Read More ...
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Baldwin Lonsdale, President of Vanuatu, dies
Baldwin Lonsdale, President of Vanuatu, dies Vanuatu's president, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died suddenly in Port Vila. Father Lonsdale was rushed to Vila Central Hospital late last night, but died in the early hours of this morning. Baldwin Lonsdale has been Vanuatu's persident since he was chosen for the role by an electoral college in September 2014. Before then, he was an anglican priest and then the general secretary of Torba province   Read More ...
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Vanuatu parliament unites in opposition to PACER Plus
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Drone vaccine delivery trial for island nation Vanuatu
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Vanuatu govt applauds Iririki resort switch to solar power
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Trade advisors shocked by Vanuatu action on PACER-plus
Trade advisors shocked by Vanuatu action on PACER-plus The region's trade body says Vanuatu's sudden decision to not sign the PACER-Plus agreement came as an absolute shock. The regional free trade agreement, which had been negotiated for nearly a decade, would be signed by the region's trade ministers in Tonga this week. But on Thursday, Vanuatu's government said it would not sign the agreement, joining two of the Pacific's other large economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, in refusing to do so   Read More ...
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Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal
Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal The region's trade body says Vanuatu's sudden decision to not sign the PACER-Plus agreement came as an absolute shock. The regional free trade agreement, which had been negotiated for nearly a decade, would be signed by the region's trade ministers in Tonga this week. But on Thursday, Vanuatu's government said it would not sign the agreement, joining two of the Pacific's other large economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, in refusing to do so   Read More ...
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Vanuatu not ready to sign PACER Plus
Vanuatu not ready to sign PACER Plus The Vanuatu government has announced it will not sign the PACER Plus trade and development deal next week in Tonga. Radio New Zealand's correspondent in Vanuatu said the Council of Ministers had issued a statement saying it intended to sign eventually, but not until it had a more thorough look at the 1000 page document - the text of which has only just been made public   Read More ...
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After deaths, Vanuatu president questions cyclone response
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Multi national military team fixes buildings in Vanuatu
Multi national military team fixes buildings in Vanuatu New Zealand Defence Force engineers have helped fixed several key buildings in Vanuatu as part of a multi-national exercise led by the French military. The Land Component Commander, Brigadier Mike Shapland, said New Zealand engineers and tradesmen worked with French, United States and Vanuatu personnel as part of Exercise Tropic Castor 17. The multi-national team fixed buildings on Malekula, including the sole medical clinic and a primary school   Read More ...
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World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu
World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu The World Bank has announced that 45,000 people in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are set to get access to renewable energy. In an announcement on Wednesday, the World Bank said its board of executive directors had approved $4 million for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II, or VREP II, which will be co-funded by the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and the government of New Zealand   Read More ...
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Canberra says Vanuatu interference claim wrong
Canberra says Vanuatu interference claim wrong The Australian Government has denied reports it is delaying a deal between Tasmania and the Vanuatu Government for 10,000 Vanuatu workers to work on farms in Tasmania. An official at the Australian High Commission in Port Vila, Malcolm Paterson, said the Australian Government had not sought any delay. He was responding to claims by two Vanuatu MPs, John Sala and Andrew Napuat, that bureaucrats in Canberra had interfered   Read More ...
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Vanuatu president says security personnel suffering
Vanuatu president says security personnel suffering The president of Vanuatu, Father Baldwin Lonsdale, has told members of parliament that the security of their country is a priority that leaders need to address. He made the statement before the opening of the first ordinary sitting of parliament today. President Lonsdale said the Vanuatu Police Force and the Vanuatu Mobile Force are understaffed, under resourced and poorly paid. He says MPs need to ensure the officers are appreciated and that their morale is lifted   Read More ...
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Vanuatu president calls for security
Vanuatu president calls for security The president of Vanuatu, Father Baldwin Lonsdale, has told members of parliament that the security of their country is a priority that leaders need to address. He made the statement before the opening of the first ordinary sitting of parliament today. President Lonsdale said the Vanuatu Police Force and the Vanuatu Mobile Force are understaffed, under resourced and poorly paid. He says MPs need to ensure the officers are appreciated and that their morale is lifted   Read More ...
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Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades
Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades The Vanuatu Government has today signed a second contract with two Chinese companies for airport upgrades - this time at two key provincial airports. The contract for Santo's Pekoa and Tanna's Whitegrass involves upgrades that are being funded by the World Bank. The two companies, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group, two weeks ago also signed a contract for the much bigger rebuild and restoration of Port Vila's Bauerfield Airport   Read More ...
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México ganó 'in extremis' a Vanuatu       (3-2) en su debut en el Mundial Sub-20
México ganó 'in extremis' a Vanuatu       (3-2) en su debut en el Mundial Sub-20 20 de mayo de 2017 12:33 México ganó 'in extremis' a Vanuatu (3-2) en su debut en el Mundial Sub-20 La Selección de México Sub-20 hizo honor a su papel de favorita y se impuso al débil equipo oceánico de con un gol 'in extremis', este sábado en la primera fecha de la llave B del Mundial de Corea del Sur   Read More ...
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México gana 3-2 a Vanuatu en su debut en el Mundial Sub-20
México gana 3-2 a Vanuatu en su debut en el Mundial Sub-20 La selección de México Sub-20 hizo honor a su papel de favorita y se impuso a la débil selección oceánica de Vanuatu (3-2), este sábado en la primera fecha de la llave B del Mundial de Corea del Sur. Sin embargo, el triunfo 'azteca' se produjo merced a un gol en los estertores del partido del defensor Edson Álvarez (90+4). Pocos apostaban antes del partido por otro resultado que no fuese el triunfo de México, y menos cuando en el minuto 24, el 'Tri' superaba a Vanuatu por 2-0 en el minuto 24   Read More ...
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Vanuatu and China to mark 35 years of links
Vanuatu and China to mark 35 years of links China is to send three naval vessels to Vanuatu to mark 35 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations on July 30. China's Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang, who is on a visit to Vanuatu, said the ships will be on their way home after active duty protecting international waters from pirates off the coast of Somalia. There are to be cultural activities to reflect the strengthening of ties between China and Vanuatu   Read More ...
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Over a third of Ni-Vanuatu don't have access to banks
Over a third of Ni-Vanuatu don't have access to banks A new survey from the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu has found more than a third of the adult population do not have access to banks. The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the results of a survey were released at an economic symposium in Port Vila this week. Acting Prime Minister, Ham Lini, said the government would be working with the Reserve Bank on policies to address barriers to financial inclusion in Vanuatu   Read More ...
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Qantas to resume services to Vanuatu
Qantas to resume services to Vanuatu Qantas is to resume its services to Vanuatu - 16 months after it suspended them over the state of the runway at Port Vila International Airport. Since then there has been extensive temporary rehabilitation work carried out while a full rebuild of the airport is set to start by July. From 15 June Qantas will resume its codeshare arrangements with Air Vanuatu   Read More ...
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'Huge needs' in Vanuatu following Cyclone Donna
'Huge needs' in Vanuatu following Cyclone Donna A helicopter manager in Vanuatu said assessment of the damage from Cyclone Donna has revealed huge needs in the Torres Islands where about 1,200 people live. Vanuatu Helicopters took an assessment team to the five islands that make up Torres - Toga, Loh, Tegua, Metoma and Hui - over the weekend. The operations manager Andy Martin said there was very little food as all the crops were destroyed, houses were ruined and the water was tainted   Read More ...
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Vanuatu fundraising drive following Cyclone Donna
Vanuatu fundraising drive following Cyclone Donna People from Vanuatu's Torba Province have come together in Port Vila to start their own fundraising drive for people affected by Cyclone Donna. The storm impacted many of the northern islands last week. Marielo Laloyer, who is from Torba Province but now lives in Port Vila, said she hoped businesses in the capital would help with supply relief materials that can be sent north within the week   Read More ...
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Fast growing seeds for Vanuatu cyclone victims
Fast growing seeds for Vanuatu cyclone victims Oxfam in Vanuatu has distributed fast growing seeds to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Cyclone Donna in the northern Torba Province. The director Lisa Faerua said that strong gale force winds and flooding destroyed many food gardens and Oxfam's contribution was part of the government's recovery strategy. She said the organisation sent seeds that grow fast such as corn, beans and bok choy   Read More ...
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More emergency supplies for Vanuatu following Cyclone Donna
More emergency supplies for Vanuatu following Cyclone Donna emergency supplies including bottled water and medical equipment are being shipped to the areas in Vanuatu worst affected by Cyclone Donna. A number of vessels were sent to the Torres Islands over the weekend and more ships will depart today, including a French Navy vessel. National Disaster Management Office director Shadrack Welegtabit said they were utilising stakeholders and humanitarian groups already in Vanuatu to assist   Read More ...
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Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade
Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade Vanuatu's government has signed an agreement for rehabilitation works at the country's beleaguered international airport. The contract was signed with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group. Under the World Bank-funded upgrade, the work will see the runway, taxiway and aprons at the Port Vila airport reconstructed. The upgrade was hurriedly negotiated last year, after Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia cancelled their servies to Vanuatu, citing safety concerns   Read More ...
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Teams assess cyclone damage in northern Vanuatu
Teams assess cyclone damage in northern Vanuatu The northern islands of Vanuatu will today be undergoing an aerial and ground assessment following Cyclone Donna which struck a week ago. Gale force winds hampered relief efforts this week as the cyclone continued to be felt while it moved towards New Caledonia. The National Disaster Management Office said it was not aware of injuries or deaths. Its director Shadrack Welegtabit said he hoped families who lost their homes could return and start rebuilding   Read More ...
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Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed
Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale has handed a letter of appointment to the new Police Commissioner Albert Nalpini at the state house in Port Vila. The official appointment follows the court settlement of attempts, going back to last year, to delay Mr Nalpini's appointment. President Lonsdale urged the new commissioner to make one of his priorities uniting all force members and to ensure there is discipline   Read More ...
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6.8 magnitude quake in Vanuatu
6.8 magnitude quake in Vanuatu An earthquake measuring 6.8 has occurred in Vanuatu. The quake was recorded at a depth of 175 km and was located about 115 km north of Vanuatu's Santo island just before 2 am New Zealand time, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of damage or casualties.   Read More ...
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Quake of 6.8 magnitude strikes off Vanuatu in South Pacific: USGS
SINGAPORE An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck north of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was recorded at a depth of 175 km (108 miles) and was located about 115 km (71 miles) north of Vanuatu's Santo island, the USGS said. There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of damage or casualties   Read More ...
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