Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vanuatu In The World News

Vanuatu Regional And International News Reports - A handy index of news items mentioning Vanuatu from all round the world.

  • 20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm


    Land found for evicted Vanuatu squatters
    Radio New Zealand
    Vanuatu's Minister of Lands says land has now been secured for the more than 300 residents who were evicted from an illegal settlement near the Port Vila airport on Monday. Ralph Regenvanu says he made an appeal to the court last month to put the ...

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  • 20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm


    Vanuatu squatters shifted quickly
    Radio New Zealand
    Vanuatu residents who have been evicted by police after settling illegally near the Port Vila airport say the police gave them only one hour to take down their homes before they enter in to demolish. Police yesterday begun enforcing an eviction order ...
    Vanuatu President igat bikpela interest long lukim sokaRadio Australia

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  • 20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm


    New style gambling proposed for Vanuatu
    Radio New Zealand
    Reports from Vanuatu say an entertainment company with interests in China is to offer a new style of gambling to Vanuatu. The Daily Post Newspaper reports Amax International Holdings plans to offer live-dealer online gambling to high-rollers in the ...

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  • 20 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm


    Mua Voyage pauses in Vanuatu, with Australia next on the horizon
    Solomon Star
    IUCN – The three vaka canoes sailing on the Mua Voyage have arrived in Port Vila, Vanuatu, and will soon re-launch with southeastern Queensland, Australia, the next destination to hear their message on people, oceans and climate change. The Marumaru ...

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  • 20 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am


    Squatters evicted from near Vanuatu's main airport
    Radio New Zealand
    Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport. Efate custom landowners were granted an eviction order to have the residents -- who began residing there in 2006 -- removed ...

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  • 19 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm


    Squatters expelled near main Vanuatu airport
    Radio New Zealand
    Police in Vanuatu have begun enforcing an eviction order against about 300 people living illegally near Port Vila's airport. Reports say police have arrested ten people for erecting road blocks and cutting trees in a bid to stop the security forces ...

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  • 19 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm


    Princess on private visit to Vanuatu this week
    Radio New Zealand
    Reports from Vanuatu say Princess Anne will be visiting the country sometime this week on a private trip. The Vanuatu Daily Post says Princess Anne is expected to be in the country for about a week, but her itinerary has not been revealed. It will be ...

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  • 16 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm

    S'pore firm in Vanuatu airport saga clears the air - AsiaOne


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    S'pore firm in Vanuatu airport saga clears the air
    AsiaOne
    A Singapore firm mired in controversy after landing a mega deal to build a new airport in Vanuatu says it has done nothing wrong. Since July last year when Singapore-registered Vanuatu Trade Development agreed, in a deal with the South Pacific republic ...

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  • 15 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm

    Amax gets Vanuatu licence, aims to lure Macau VIPs - GGRAsia


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    Amax gets Vanuatu licence, aims to lure Macau VIPs
    GGRAsia
    Hong Kong-listed gaming investor Amax International Holdings Ltd says it has completed the purchase of a 60 percent stake in Forenzia Enterprises Ltd, a firm that has access to an online gaming licence for the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The deal ...

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  • 14 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm

    Vanuatu discusses Deep Sea Minerals Policy - Māori Television


    Māori Television

    Vanuatu discusses Deep Sea Minerals Policy
    Māori Television
    The Republic of Vanuatu has commenced with national consultation on a Deep Sea Minerals Policy. This is the first in a series of consultation meetings to be held in every province. Studies have revealed that Vanuatu waters contain large amounts of ...

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Vanuatu PM's tenuous grip on power | ABC Radio Australia - Radio Australia

Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman's grip on power will be tenuous, after he secured a loose, multiparty coalition in Parliament.

Mr Kilman's Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) is one 16 parties in Parliament and it won just six of the 52 seats.

Vanuatu Independent editor Tony Wilson said the win demonstrated Mr Kilman's negotiating skills.

"Obviously he's very proficient at number counting and number crunching and persuading MPs that he is the way to go," Mr Wilson said.

"The sad news for the people of Vanuatu is that given the state of things, it's highly unlikely that we'll see that government in situ for the next four years.

"We can probably expect to see, perhaps even a number of changes where MPs are persuaded for various reasons to switch camps."

Ralph Regenvanu was one of the successful candidates in the Port Vila constituency and his newly formed Land and Justice Party had a strong turnout in the polls.

He said the election of Sato Kilman was a "disappointing result for almost all of Vanuatu".

"I don't think many people want to see this old government get back in. It's unfortunate that outside is not able to maintain the numbers."

Mr Regenvanu said it was likely there would be a challenge to Sato Kilman's leadership before the end of the year.

"If the opposition decides to put a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, they have until the 20th of December to do that, which means it has to go within the next couple of weeks to qualify the notice time."

Mr Kilman's ruling coalition includes veteran MP George Wells, the new Speaker of Parliament, and former prime minister Ham Lini, who will serve as Deputy Prime Minister.

His cabinet also includes Alfred Carlot and Marcellino Pipite, who are still facing charges they illegally boarded a super yacht, the Phocea, before it had been processed by customs.

But Tony Wilson said the return of so many veteran MPs has many in Vanuatu scratching their heads.

"It seemed likely we were going to see some significant change and that didn't happen."

He said part of the problem was that people in isolated outer islanders do not have access to media and communications required to find out what their representatives are doing in Parliament.

"Each election these people return to their islands - often it's the only time they've been seen since the last election - and they come with the promise of bush knives and grass cutters and solar panels, which are gratefully accepted by the people in the villages in these islands who think that's what an election is all about."

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