Council of Ministers to approve Hola, Ambae disaster fund

THE Vanuatu Council of Ministers (COM) is due to meet today to endorse disaster funds relocate families affected by volcanic ash on Ambae and meet the needs of others affected by cyclone Hola. While the Director General of the Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Jesse Benjamin, could not confirm how much money has been recommended, he said relocating […]

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Melanesian Arts Festival goes online

Information about the 6th Melanesian Arts Festival is now online after the launch of the website at the National Art Gallery on Monday. The website which features high impact images from around the pacific can be viewed on www.macfest2018.com. Speaking during the launching Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Andrew Nihopara said the website will be the […]

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Indonesia collects US$756m in state revenue from Freeport in 2017

The government collected US$756 million in revenue from gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) last year, of which 19.9 percent came from non-tax revenue (PNBP) and 17.85 percent from dividend. PTFI paid $151 million in PNBP and $135 million in dividend to the government in 2017. Furthermore, it also paid $82 million in export duty, $108 million in […]

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Strengthened Tropical Cyclone Hola batters Vanuatu, likely to hit New Zealand

A third cyclone heading for New Zealand this year has intensified to Category 4, with damaging winds striking Vanuatu. Tropical Cyclone Hola crossed islands in the South Pacific country overnight – and will make a path to New Zealand, MetService said. The Fiji Meteorological Service said Hola had intensified to Category 4 strength between 6am and 7am (NZT). It had […]

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Cyclone Hola moving slowly

TROPICAL Cyclone Hola is moving slowly past Vanuatu as it becomes increasingly likely the storm will hit New Zealand on Sunday or Monday. At 8am local time today, the Category 3 cyclone was located about 195km west southwest of Malekula and 280km west northwest of Efate. The Vanuatu Meteo reported that in the past 3 hours, Severe Tropical Cyclone Hola […]

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