Ambrym, South Pacific Ocean   

Sentinel-2A takes us to the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, roughly 1700 km east of Australia.

The islands we see are Pentecost to the north and Ambrym to the south.

Looking closely at the coastline, the white of breaking waves is more evident on the east coasts of the islands than on the west coasts. This is a common observation on islands that lie in the zone of the trade winds blowing mainly from south-easterly directions in the southern hemisphere.

Zooming in on the dark area on Ambrym, red-hot lava lakes can be seen through the clouds. This volcano has two active volcanic cones and we can see smoke drifting out over the ocean to the west.

The last time the Ambrym volcano erupted was in 1913, prompting the evacuation of nearby towns.

Ambrym’s 12 km-wide caldera was created around 50 AD by a large Plinian eruption – also called  a ‘Vesuvian’ eruption because of the similarity with the explosion of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These types of eruptions are marked by columns of gas and ash that extend high into the stratosphere. They also eject large amounts of pumice.

The volcano’s slopes appear black owing to the presence of basalt. As we move further away from the volcano the land becomes greener owing to the increased vegetation cover.

Sentinel-2 is able to systematically map different classes of cover such as forest, crops, grassland, water surfaces and artificial cover like roads and buildings. This information can be used to manage natural resources, to check rates of deforestation, reforestation and areas affected by wildfires. It can also help governing bodies and commercial enterprises make informed decisions about how best to manage, protect and sustain our important forest resources.

This image, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme, was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 24 June 2016.


          Earth from Space: Ambrym   

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In the 234th edition Sentinel-2A takes us to the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean.

See also Earth from Space: Ambrym to download the image.


          Pacific Beat AM Podcast 30th June 2017   
The 2019 Pacific Games will go on - we hear from Council chief Andrew Minogue who promises they'll be held somewhere in the Pacific even though it now definitely won't be a home games for Tongan athletes and a host of Ni-Vanuatu put up their hands to be the country's next president as the country moves to replace the late Baldwin Lonsdale who died just two weeks ago.
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          Vanuatu: Ralph Regenvanu on why he was sacked   


 
"Media statement from MP Ralph Regenvanu in response to his termination as a Minister on Monday 16th January 2012"

I acknowledge that the Prime Minister has the Constitutional right to appoint and dismiss any Minister.

I am disappointed, however, that my termination was by way of a letter delivered to my office and that the Prime Minister did not have the courtesy to meet me in person to tell me that I was being terminated and the reasons for my termination.  Considering my long-time support for him over the entire life of this legislature, I feel this failure to meet me in person to terminate me is disrespectful and not appropriate conduct on his part.

Since the Prime Minister never spoke to me, the only reason that I have been given for my termination is in the letter, which says:
“Your continued actions and support for issues that have been contradictory to the collective policy decisions of the Council of Ministers and your choice not to stand by these collective decisions has caused serious concern and raised serious questions of loyalty within the Council and members of the governing coalition.”

Less than ten MP’s in the current Parliament and only two Ministers in the current Government have stood by the the Hon. Sato Kilman since the 2008 elections until now, and I am one of them.  Even several members of his own party have deserted him over the term.  On the issue of my “loyalty”, then, I believe there is no “serious question”.

As to my “actions and support for issues that have been contradictory to the collective policy decisions of the Council of Ministers”, the most obvious one is my vote against the bill to join the World Trade Organisation, both in the Council of Ministers and in Parliament.  It seems apparent to most observers that this is the reason for my termination, as I believe I am the first Minister in Vanuatu’s history to vote against a Government bill.

I also did not support the recent Council of Ministers decision to appoint Mme Titam Ghoiset as Roving Ambassador to Russia with a 15% commission on any money she obtains for Vanuatu, so this may be another of my transgressions.

I have also spoken publicly, in political awareness campaigns, about my opposition to the use of Government funds to increase the salaries and benefits of politicians.  In November 2010 I was the only MP to vote against the Bill for the Parliament Members’ Expenses and Allowances (Amendment) Act, which increased MP's annual salaries by two million vatu by removing this amount from the MP allocation and transferring it into MP salaries.  I have also publicly stated my opposition to the recent decision (in November last year) by the Parliamentary Management Board (of which the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Speaker of Parliament are members) to provide new cars at Government expense to four MP’s: the First and Second Deputy Speakers, the Leader of Government Business and the Government Whip; and to create a new position of 2nd Second Political Advisor to the Speaker, at a time when many teachers and nurses are still waiting to receive outstanding salaries owed to them.  This may be another of my transgressions.

Also, in December last year, I wrote to the Prime Minister asking that Vanuatu not enter into any further relations with Indonesia given the massive human rights violations being committed by the Indonesian army in West Papua in that same month: a few days after receiving my letter the Prime Minister traveled to Indonesia to sign a Development Cooperation Agreement with that country which purports to prevent the Vanuatu Government from talking about the issue of West Papuan independence.  The signing of this Agreement has not been endorsed by the Council of Ministers.  Perhaps my opposition to establishing further relations with Indonesia is another reason for my dismissal.

Despite my many differences with the policy decisions of the Prime Minister, I have remained faithful to his Government and have been able to implement many changes in the three Ministries I have held over the past year.

In the Ministry of Ni-Vanuatu Business, I was able to remove the long-standing power of the Minister to politically appoint the Registrar of Cooperatives and have this position appointed on merit instead.  I was also able to have a policy restricting the location and manner in which foreigners could establish retail and wholesale shops in Vanuatu passed by the Council of Ministers: unfortunately I was reshuffled out of the Ministry before the policy could be implemented and subsequent Ministers and the Government in general have failed to implement this policy.


          Vanuatu Government must walk with its people on WTO decision ‐ PCC   


PRESS RELEASE: For immediate Release Vanuatu Government must walk with its people on WTO decision ‐ PCC

( PCC is the biggest civil society body in the Pacific with a membership of approximately 6.5mill out of the 8.5 million in the Pacific )







The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) is urging the Government of Vanuatu to reconsider its decision to silence the church body and other ni‐Vanuatu voices trying to fulfill their rightful responsibility as fellow burden‐ sharers in such an important decision.

PCC’s Acting General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae said, the Government of Vanuatu has repeatedly heard the call of its communities, the traditional chiefs and civil society organisations, including the Church body, to refrain from continuing on its current path towards joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“In recent months, the call has taken to the streets because the voices of a people would not be heeded,” he said
While recognising the value and necessity of trade regimes and economic development, their very purpose is for the benefit of the human person; on their own, no system is self‐justifying. The concern for the human person, especially the poor and marginalized, is a central concern of our Christian faith. The question, therefore, is whether joining the WTO will enhance the wellbeing and opportunities for the poor or will it deepen poverty and increase inequality.

According to Rev.Francois, the voice of opposition by the churches, NGOs and community groups, including their chiefs, are both genuine and justifiable given that joining the WTO, whilst offering no clear advantages, will have profound risks to peoples’ livelihoods and to their future. “The binding and far‐reaching conditions of joining the WTO accentuate the inextricable link between what the government decides and the wellbeing of all ni‐ Vanuatu.”

“Concerns stem from what ni‐Vanuatu see as a basic lack of meaningful consultation on the implications and benefits of WTO membership, through to outright rejection of current accession conditions. Such a decision can only be made through meaningful, informed and participatory dialogue with the people, which, apparently, was not the case.Clearly, Vanuatu’s accession to the WTO under current provisions does not have the support of a significant part of Vanuatu society.”
“Opposition to the direction the Government is taking has also offered much constructive criticism in pursuit of more favourable participation in global trade. Alternative view points have been offered by members of the ‘Say No to WTO’ campaign comprising various Vanuatu community groups, local CSOs and international NGOs, which have freely invested valuable resources to inform discussions.”

According to Rev. Francois, this expression of public courage and will by the people to accompany their government in negotiations with the WTO is therefore to be celebrated, not stifled.“Limiting the people’s ability to freely organize in a civil manner and to express opposition to the existing WTO accession package is counterproductive to the very foundation upon which the Vanuatu Government seeks to govern, to serve, and indeed to ensure sustainable security.”

“Rather than stifle opposition to the current WTO accession process through restricting civil organisation, the Government is encouraged to respect and embracethe opportunity being extended by the people to heed their views and to profit from their contributions, technical and otherwise.”

“Beyond the technicalities and specifics involved, whether these concern trade rules or the economicsand legalities of issues associated with WTO accession discussions, it is the firm view of the PCC that there is a key message from this experience requiring discernment.” According to Rev. Francois, the Church, traditional leaders, communities, CSOs and individuals have joined in expressing a common desire ‐ that the Government of Vanuatu heedits people and walk with them.


Ends....

For more information please contact the Communications Officer, Losana McGowan, Phone: +679 3311 277, Mobile: +679 9068118




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          Dateline Pacific evening edition for 30 June 2017   
Thousands farewell the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in Honiara; the Fiji government promises wage and benefit increases in its budget for the coming year; a children's rights advocate in Vanuatu says an abuse case highlights glaring deficiencies in the country's child welfare system; the over-representation of New Zealand's Pacific people in negative statistics will be targeted at an event in Porirua and the Bougainville Government says it will not give way to a landowner group opposed to the return of Bougainville Copper Ltd to the troubled Panguna mine.
          Abuse case highlights deficiencies in Vanuatu child protection   
A children's rights advocate in Vanuatu says an abuse case that has outraged the nation also highlights glaring deficiencies in the country's child welfare system.
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          Final list of Vanuatu presidential candidates released   
Former prime ministers, politicians, chiefs, priests, teachers and public servants are among the names on the final list of candidates for Vanuatu's presidency.
          Call to look beyond Lonsdale's legacy in Vanuatu   
As Vanuatu is nearing Monday's presidential election, the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs has called for electoral college to look beyond the legacy of Father Baldwin Lonsdale, who died this month.
          Vanuatu workers claim mistreatment by Chinese firm   
Workers renovating Vanuatu's Malapoa College went on strike on Wednesday for the second time, alleging they had been mistreated by their employer.
          Calls for Vanuatu govt to consider child welfare system   
A child rights advocate in Vanuatu says an abuse case that has outraged the nation highlights glaring deficiencies in the country's child welfare system.
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          Final list of Vanuatu presidential candidates released   
Final list of Vanuatu presidential candidates released An electoral college will meet at Vanuatu’s parliament (pictured) on Monday to elect a new president. Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana Former prime ministers, politicians, chiefs, priests, teachers and public servants are among the names on the final list of candidates for Vanuatu’s presidency. An electoral college will meet on Monday to decide a replacement for President Baldwin Lonsdale, who died of a heart attack two weeks ago. The electoral commission released a list of the final 16 candidates on Friday night, which includes some prominent names. Among them are former prime ministers
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          Sea Change Radio: Nev Hyman: Shelter From The Storm (re-broadcast), Segment 1   
Many people living in Pacific nations, like Vanuatu, Indonesia, and the Philippines, struggle to find adequate shelter, a challenge compounded by the elevated risk of structure-destroying cyclones. Meanwhile, miles off their coasts, plastic waste floats in the ocean, contaminating the marine food chain and threatening the world’s largest ecosystem. Our guest this week is Nev Hyman, an avid surfer who saw these two seemingly unrelated problems and devised a solution. His company, Nev House, uses recycled plastic to build low-cost, fire- and cyclone-resistant, solar- and water sanitation-equipped houses for people living in developing nations. He tells us about how Nev House partners with charities to actualize their business model, how he feels the emergency shelter system should be streamlined, and how this small company will upcycle 3 million tons of plastic waste over the next four years.

          Official candidate list for Presidential election released   
The head of the Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs, Chief Teni Mao Tirsupe, on the eve of the arrival of the members of the Vanuatu Electoral College in the capital, urged the college members to well consider the character and example of the recently deceased Head of State, President Fr Baldwin (Womtelo) Lonsdale who had […]
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