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Sometimes, seemingly small changes in a health measurement can make a very large difference to people’s well-being. Such is the case with the effect on blood pressure of the essential nutrient sodium, the problematic half of the popular flavoring agent sodium chloride, commonly known as salt.

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It has been 18 months since Covid came crashing into our lives causing Vanuatu to close its borders and ruining the livelihoods of most people in Vanuatu.

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The bewildered primary school kid standing immediately next to him had to take a second, very puzzled look at the guy with the ice-cream to ensure the latter hadn’t lost his mind and that he wasn’t mad? He literally painted ice-cream all over his face, nose and beard as he danced away to the…

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In a move that surprised us all, immediately after the Independence anniversary celebrations, on the 6th of August, the Prime Minister, with the endorsement of the Council of Ministers wrote to the Speaker of Parliament requesting a special extraordinary session of Parliament to sit from Aug…

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Our ATR-72 flight touched down on Whitegrass Airport’s breezy tarmac just before 11am on Monday 9th of August: EOs MALFFB and Trade, and this writer. Yes, it was nearing lunchtime. But this delegation representing the NWA Technical Advisory Committtee (TAC) had to find comfort under the suns…

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It would be a natural reaction for anyone reading the Guardian’s article (published on 16 July in the Daily Post) entitled “Citizenship for sale: fugitives, politicians and disgraced business people buying Vanuatu passports” to simply shake their head in dismay. Here we go again – another ar…

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Welcome to a new series of articles all about business growth. Over the last year or so we have all been focused on COVID-19 and the challenges to be faced over the years ahead. It has not been a particularity happy time for many. While some businesses have had to close or reduce staff, many…

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At around 2:20 a.m. on the cold and freezing morning of 15th April 1912, the following message came blistering across the airwaves, “We have struck iceberg … sinking fast … come to our assistance.” The ‘unsinkable’ Titanic was doomed ‘as it slowly sank into its watery grave’, according to au…

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I had heard about him as one of the brightest young stars my dad had taught at primary school. He was by now a budding young employee in a company in Port Vila having successfully completed his education at the BSS (now Malapoa College). Uncle LV met me in Santo near the old Post Office on a…

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I had just joined the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce (as it used to be called in the early-mid-1990s) when I heard my then Director scold a particular colleague with a very weird phrase – ‘You are Turtle Slow’. Initially I did not really understand what that meant. We had only on…

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs recently released a notice of proposed changes that would vastly expand the list of reserved occupations.

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Our nationwide LDC graduation celebrations today will enter our history books by sunset. But when we awake tomorrow morning, we will still be staring face-to-face with the massive illiteracy rate that keeps haunting us, our children and our educational system like a horror movie that won’t s…

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During this series of articles, I am highlighting the passions, visions, and missions of young Pacific entrepreneurs and how they are turning these into sustainable and resilient businesses with the hope that these stories will inspire others! It is a privilege and a pleasure to be working w…

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When we graduate from our LDC status next Friday (4th Dec), will we, as individuals and as citizens of this reinvigorated nation also be ‘graduating’ and walking away from our dismal status as one of the top 10 type 2 Diabetic countries on the face of the entire planet?

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When public policy is driven by motives other than reason, proper evidence-based research and consultation, our well-meaning policies, intentions and plans are bound to fail miserably.

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The proverb ‘out of sight, out of mind’ refers to a situation where you soon forget people or things that are no longer visible or present. We commit this crime all the time with provincial development.

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On the partly sunny/cloudy afternoon of 15th Sept – the eve of Penama province’s Silver Jubilee – the former Secretary General (SG) of the Malampa Provincial Government (MPG) Pr. Keith Mala thundered the above words to his very own people of Penama on Saratamata’s historic provincial grounds…

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