Pigs must have taken flight because the national minimum wage will finally increase!
I spoke with the Air Vanuatu boss during the week, it was an interesting conversation. The perception I initially received of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atu Finau was that he was very intimidating. This was the common denominator shared with a lot staff in the company, and they all ha…
On the first day of the Bob Loughman Government formation, some MPs needed a bit more than dear old patriotism to endorse him — no, the love of one’s country, countrymen and women wasn’t quite cutting it, once he threw in a Ministry then an agreement was made.
New recruitment for the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) ended yesterday and when an online story highlighted that the LGBTQ community was interested in applying, the majority of the comments were negative, abusive and outright immature, why is that?
For those of you who may have missed it, Solomon Islands and China have a security agreement but the details of this pact remain unknown, which is making our Australian, New Zealand and US friends a bit anxious.
Fuel price has increased by VT22. In January last year benzine was VT144 per litre, now it’s VT195, that’s a 35% increase in 15 months and it’s not going to stop either. The reason for this increase has been reported across the globe and explained to everyone already, it has to do with the t…
Police brutality. We’ve all seen the video, read the comments and shared our opinion on the matter. We here at the Newsroom attempted to quantify this controversial topic by asking social media users what their thoughts were on ‘how these officers should be disciplined?’ through a survey.
Schools in four provinces have opened their doors and students after almost a month of studying from home are now finally going back into their classrooms, students aside from EFATE and Santo that is.
The Blue Pacific defines who we are as Pacific people and our relationship with the vast oceans that make up our environment and the place we call home.
The Government announced that public gatherings are not allowed. This goes for funerals, cinemas, nightclubs and more importantly, one that has received a lot more controversy than the others – Churches. As you know, the reason for preventing large gatherings is to control the spread of Omicron.
The Price Control Bureau (PCB) has showed signs of life. They have had a few stories in the papers and are advising citizens to lodge complaints if any businesses are profiteering during this crisis. This is good, just as the Ombudsman has encouraged us private citizens to keep our leaders a…
People in Port Vila now know well the implication of the national lockdown after the border closure, but people in the rural communities throughout Vanuatu’s six provinces are just coming to terms with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fact that omicron is less severe than its earlier strains has relaxed precautionary measures in some parts of the country. Three weeks into COVID-19 and temperature guns at supermarkets are no longer in use, curfews have been extended and some nakamals are back to operating a pay-per-she…
Home-school Packages (HSPs) are being provided by public and private schools to ensure the continuity of learning at home. Teachers prepare these HSPs for each term, parents continue to pay full school fees and are tasked with teaching their children.
I have been receiving many questions from the public which I don’t know the answers to. I have tried asking people in Government but most of the times I have rang or emailed officials, I do not get a response.
Traditional therapies in combating COVID-19 symptoms are becoming quite popular in the country. In Pentecost, over 600 hopeful citizens had taken a traditional tonic to counteract the symptoms brought on by omicron.
Imagine if the Government and the Opposition agreed to sit at a table and strategically discuss a COVID-19 recovery plan – say, for up to six months. Plan on how to rebuild our economy and accept the fact that COVID is real and it is here for the long-haul under our ‘new’ normal.
Isolation numbers grow every day. Korman is officially one of Vanuatu’s hotspot for the third strain of the global Corona Virus ‘Omicron’. While more and more people are transported to isolation, how sure is the Ministry of Health that it can contain it at Korman?
VANGOV scholarship students have taken matters into their own hands and voiced their concerns on social media regarding late allowances, unpaid school fees and their annoyance with the Vanuatu Scholarship Board in not resolving these issues that’s posted on their personal Facebook accounts i…
With the scandal of the Vanuatu Provident Fund General Manager Parmod Achary rocking the country, the financial institution that safeguards its members pension fund has gone suspiciously quiet.
On Monday, Vanuatu social media woke up to a morning of panic after reading a notice which highlighted that there was a suspected COVID-19 case in the emergency ward of Vila Central Hospital (VCH). The emergency physician, Dr Vincent Atua, placed this notice as a necessary precaution for the…
At this dark hour, when we see Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and massive disinformation campaigns and information manipulation, it is essential to separate lies - invented to justify what cannot be justified -- from facts.
Yesterday, I saw a post on Facebook about a young adult who attempted to take his own life by leaping towards oncoming traffic in Freswota.
Panic is in the air. Citizens asking questions that cannot seem to be answered — “Do we have an outbreak? Is there a community case?” Questions like these were being flung around social media and were met with speculation that was born out of fear.
Isn’t it strange that the sale of streetlights is getting the country excited? I guess in other countries this service is provided by the public authorities who look after these places but in Vanuatu, it’s a different story.
Since the beginning of this global pandemic numerous doctors, scientists and experts have been the subject of character assassinations, vilification and defamation all over the world. Did we not hear reports that some disappeared mysteriously? Absolutely mindboggling!
For those of us who have chosen international aid work as a profession, living far from homes and families is part of our livelihood. Some of us relocate to a new country without the family, while some might take their partner and children with them.