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It was Clare Moloney who originally came up with the initiative for ProMedical Rescue to be proactive in raising awareness for Road Safety rather than just attending vehicle accidents when called upon.

  • Commentary by Witold Redel, France
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Elena and I got married on the second last day of 2015, just a few days before she began her MBA in January. We had met four years earlier, in London, at an expats meeting, and we’re now living in Paris where I work and where she would be studying.

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Vanuatu’s annual tourism survey is funded by the Inter-national Finance Corporation, the commercial arm of the World Bank, and compiled and analysed by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute and AUT

  • Dan McGarry
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The Department of Finance and Treasury publishes regular financial reports, and perhaps the most useful for average voter are the monthly budget summaries. They provide a useful yardstick to measure the government’s performance overall.

  • Opinion by Harrison Selmen,
    Suva, Fiji
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Vanuatu’s public assets will lose their beauty and value and continue to deteriorate and depreciate to a poor state if people continue to vandalise public assets without being cautious and responsible enough to care for them.

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The Port Vila Urban Development Project—or the most publicly visible parts of it, at least—have been subjected to withering criticism of late. Recently, the government has taken steps to bring the project’s many stakeholders into line, and to avoid letting the situation deteriorate any further.

  • Commentary by Harrison Selman, Suva, Fiji
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Respecting women in our society is not about making women superior over men but it is simply about treating women equally and fairly as men.

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On the way to work last week, a Jeep was festooned around a lamppost at a busy junction. Its license plate suggested that at least at some point in its existence, it had belonged to a boutique car rental agency. It had no roadworthiness sticker.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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In April 2016 a young girl died after jumping out of a moving bus in Manples, Port Vila, to escape sexual harassment from a bus driver. Barely a year later, a bus driver has raped a teenage girl on the road near Stella Mare while traveling to Teouma last week.

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Emily Bell, head of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, is one of a vanishingly small number of people who really gets the bigger picture of technology and journalism.

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There’s an increasingly commonly refrain circulating these days. It was best summed up by US President Donald Trump in a recent speech: “as you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”

  • By Tess Newton Cain, TNC Pacific Consulting
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In my recent ‘Pacific Predictions’ I noted that in 2017, the Government of Australia will prepare and release a white paper on foreign policy.

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Back in 2004, I got trapped on the island of Ambae by cyclone Ivy. Over the course of about 48 hours, the storm managed to pinball its way down nearly the entire Vanuatu island chain. I spent a very long day and night in a rather aged—and wet, by the end of it—cabin with three good friends. …

  • By Tess Newton Cain, Principal
    of TNC Pacific Consulting
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There have been a couple of stories recently about kava exports and one of the questions that comes up is monitoring exports to make sure that the material that is leaving the country is of the right standard. The following extract from one such story stood up and waved a big red flag in my face:

  • By Douglas R Patterson DirectorIsland Property
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In the 28th December 2016 issue of the Daily Post, an article referred to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF)’s so called under performing investments, in particular the Ranch de la Bouffa purchase and management of the property since it was acqu…

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  • Nikunj Soni
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“SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS – WHAT HAVE WE DONE?”

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The last year or two have been a tough time for this country. We survived a cyclone that directly disrupted the lives of more than half the population.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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Vanuatu’s public transport system has many issues with two of the biggest concerns being the lack of regulation and public safety.

  • By Daniel J. Mitchell
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Vanuatu is one of the few places in the world that doesn’t have an income tax. This means no personal income tax, no corporate income tax, no capital gains tax, and no death tax.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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The history of Vanuatu’s beauty pageants dates back to 1980 when Ms. Alice Garae was crowned Miss Vanuatu Independence on July 30th 1980 — the very same day that Vanuatu gained independence.

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By all accounts, this current administration seems committed to stability, responsiveness and responsibility. Government agencies and institutions need to reshape themselves to support these efforts.

  • By Tess Newton Cain
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Now that Donald Trump has been declared president-elect of the United States of America, pundits and commentators have been re-reading the ‘100 day plan’ that he issued in October.

  • By Mark O’Brien
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Why it is that Governments, Donor countries and Aid Agencies think they have a right to bully Vanuatu into accepting development in return for huge contracts that get milked right back to nothing?

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The story of the city mouse and the country mouse dates back to ancient times, about 600 B.C.

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‘Kastom’ is a handy portmanteau, a catch-all term. Often, it’s used to distinguish between everything Melanesian and things that come from elsewhere. All too often, the term is used to divide us, not unite us.

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It’s worthwhile every now and then to do a bit of a stock-take. Where we are we as a country? How far have we come? Are we headed in the right direction?

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Last week’s courtroom confrontation between chief Viraleo Boborenvanua and Justice David Chetwynd is not nearly so simple as it seems. It’s about more than respect; it’s about authority.

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Is World War III just around the corner? Will nukes fly if America doesn’t vote for Trump? Is Fox News’ host Megan Kelly a traitor?

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Governments throughout the world need effective consultation to be publicly accountable.

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It’s always someone else’s fault. Even when we were kids, it was always little brother or sister who stole the cookies, spilled the milk or woke the baby. Then you went to school, and it was the kid at the desk behind you.

  • By Mark O’Brien
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Tax is a very important part of the social fabric. It is supposed to facilitate governments and institutions, finance social projects and public services. It finances the law and order that people have come to expect in a ‘western’ society.

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The Pacific Islands Forum has come and gone, and people here in Vanuatu could not care less. There are few Pacific conclaves that generate less interest than this meeting.

  • By Mark O’Brien
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A press statement was released by the Government pertaining to tax.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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In March this year, Florence Lengkon, manager of Vanuatu Helicopters, spoke out on social media against the aggressive behavior of bus drivers after rocks were thrown at a tour bus full of overseas passengers.

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This is part two in a series of Daily Post analyses, examining differing views on how to raise government revenues. This article makes the argument for an income tax.

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This is the first in a series of Daily Post analyses, examining differing views on how to raise government revenues.

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What do Britain’s EU exit vote, Donald Trump and Vanuatu have in common? Too much, actually....

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‘No taxation without representation’ was the rebels’ rallying cry during the American War of Independence. Business owners in Vanuatu are worried that they too may be asked to carry a greater tax burden without being allowed adequate input into the framing process.

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On Wednesday this week, Airports Vanuatu Ltd, or AVL, quietly published a quarter-page advertisement in the Daily Post requesting expressions of interest to construct new international and domestic terminals at Bauerfield airport, along with what they coyly refer to as ‘associated infrastruc…

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National ICT Days are once again upon us, and the Daily Post is proud to be participating. We’ve been selected as a finalist for the ICT innovation award, thanks to an interactive tourist information product we built in collaboration with vSolutions. It’s a great example of the technological…

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