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Welcome to a new series of articles where I focus on next year being a year of success. To begin our journey of success we need to start by looking back on this year, 2022, and identifying what we have learned and what we can build on into 2023. This process is called reflection.

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Welcome to a new series of articles where I focus on next year being a year of success. To begin our journey of success we need to start by looking back on this year, 2022, and identifying what we have learned and what we can build on into 2023. This process is called reflection.

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I am now at the end of this series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the last few weeks, I have been exploring tools for exploring and developing ideas, what it means to ‘think outside the box’ and ‘get out of your comfort zone’…

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Long term visitors to Vanuatu have always taken the opportunity to buy the local beer when they land at Port Vila Airport. I myself don’t drink beer, but my husband ‘Smiling Steve’ loves beer and his favourite beer in the world is Tusker.

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Welcome to this series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment, he…

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Welcome to this series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment, he…

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Welcome to this series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment, he…

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Welcome to this series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment, he…

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Welcome to this new series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment…

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Welcome to this new series on ideas, what they are, how we get them, what we do when we have them and how we grow them. Over the next few weeks, I will explore tools for exploring and developing ideas and then focus on ideas in particular situations – land, water, food, transport environment…

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Around 4:30pm on Friday 25th of February this year, two high ranking chiefs from north Ambae – Chairman of the Port Vila North Ambae Area Council of Chiefs John Atkins Arukelana and paramount Chief John Tarilama – paid an important visit to the esteemed Director General (DG)of the Ministry o…

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Small and medium size businesses are the backbone of all Pacific Island cultures – without them the economy would not survive or thrive. In this series I look at different ways in which we can grow and develop our small businesses sustainably.

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Last weekend in Suva a coalition of civil society organisations – including my own Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change – attached a floating banner to a traditional vaka spelling out in large red letters on the ocean surface: Endorse the AO! In Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and even …

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Small and medium size businesses are the backbone of all Pacific Island cultures – without them the economy would not survive or thrive. In this series I look at different ways in which we can grow and develop our small businesses sustainably.

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As we watch the parade and the race of ambition, for wealth, power, authority and popularity unfold before our very eyes, I can’t help but think of the story of one man – Steve Jobs. He was no ordinary American, but one hell of an entrepreneur, inventor, business magnate, media proprietor, a…

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Small and medium size businesses are the backbone of all Pacific Island cultures – without them the economy would not survive or thrive. In this series I look at different ways in which we can grow and develop our small businesses sustainably.

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The notion of the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary is fundamental to Vanuatu’s constitution. Each ‘arm of government’ operates separately from the other with its own separate and distinct role in the democratic system we have. For the judiciary, t…

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How about a massive PARADE on the 1st of July to mark two important things: one, international Border Re-Opening, and two, comparative COVID-19 resilience? Comparative to who? The graph below says it all.

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Every young person, however humble his or her past or present circumstances may be, can make their mark in society. Any society. Including ours. For the past few weeks the political campaign trail across the Australian continent was fiery-hot. As 9 News precisely put it, after those huge pro…

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Wealth, riches, fame and status in society are fatuous in the overall scheme of life, more so in times of health crises – which the world will experience an escalation of in the coming years.

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There is an elephant in the room, in a lot of our homes today. This expression refers to a ‘large, obvious, and important thing that people choose to ignore and which no one wants to address because the problem is uncomfortable to deal with. Writer Rodger Duncan once wrote, ‘Is There An Elep…

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The Vanuatu Electoral Office (VEO) has done a tremendous job thus far in voter registrations across all provinces, though listening to what people are saying, a lot more work still needs to be done and we’re running out of time. The major one has to do with voter ID card registrations.

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While Australia gradually reopens to the world, some of its closest Pacific neighbours are still struggling with low COVID-19 rates of vaccination and new waves of infection. But after two years of lessons learnt fighting the global pandemic, governments across the region are better armed to…

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We are a very resilient people, so we’ve almost boasted for years. Our self-confidence inspired the envy of others across the region to follow suit, only up until March 2020 when all hell broke loose.

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Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, legendary rocker John Fogerty released an anti-war anthem called ‘Long Dark Night’ in 2007 to protest against the Bush Administration’s support and military backing of the war in Iraq. The opening Lyrics go like this:

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We are presently dead worried about the spread of the Omicron/Covid variant since last Saturday (5th of March) when Port Vila first descended into ‘lock down’ mode due to community transmission. Ever since, ‘Health’ has emerged as the No.1 subject of widespread discussion by everybody.

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European history is littered with bloody wars, since time immemorial, over numerous conflicting agendas. Power struggle is possibly the key driving factor. These wars have not just been about politics or economics, but religio-geopolitical ones as well, such as their involvement in the Frenc…

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Think of our crippled economy as a major casualty of a dreadful accident in March 2020. It had to be raced into the emergency department for immediate attention and treatment, and is now slowly recovering. Not until we fully accept and understand this analogy can we better and more sympathet…

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To our primary, secondary, vocational and university students who have just returned to classes as we commence another school year, this article is meant for you! Others who may have already graduated and yet who have a hard time communicating effectively in their various areas of work, you …