Yesterday’s record-ed weather variables(8am-8am)
E/NE winds 12/17 knots expect-ed over the northern and central waters while E/SE winds 12/17knots over the channel andsouthern waters; light to mod-erate seas to 1.0 metre.
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other countries around the worldto celebrate this year 2011 asthe International Day o Forests.The launching will be ociatedtoday at the Le Lagoon Resort inPort Vila.The launching will kick startactivities that Vanuatu will beimplementing to raise aware-ness about the three main goalsthat have been identied to bepromoted; importance o the or-est, ways to protect and developorests and their resources, theimportance o reorestation, andthe proper ways to plant trees.
The importance of forests
Forest which covers a thirdo our planet’s land ullls many roles such as providing renew-able raw materials and ener-gy, maintaining biodiversity,and protecting land and waterresources. To mention a ewmajor ones, orest is the sourceo ood, clean water, clean air,shelter, shade, irewood, etc… According to acts, the live-lihoods o 1.6 billion peopledepend on orests, over 40% o the world’s oxygen is producedby rainorests, orests are hometo 80% o the world’s terrestri-al biodiversity, more than a quar-ter o modern medicines, worthan estimated US$ 108 billion a year, originate rom tropical or-est plants.
Protect and develop the forest
Due to their importance,orests have to be protectedto ensure the sustainability o its benets. To mark the Inter-national Year o Forest peopleare encouraged to take careo the orests by minimizingorest clearance. Avoid mak-ing gardening on hilly plac-es, because cutting down treesin such areas can lead to land-slides. Trees along riverbanksand river mouth should not becut down.
Reorestation is the restock-ing o existing orests andreplanting o tree that havebeen depleted, an eect o deorestation. Reorestationcan be used to improve thequality o human lie by soak-ing up pollution and dust romthe air, rebuild natural habitatsand ecosystems, mitigate global warming since orests acilitatebiosequestration o atmosphericcarbon dioxide, and harvest orresources, particularly timber.2011 was declared as Inter-national Year o Forests by theUnites Nations General Assem-bly to raise awareness onsustainable management, con-servation and sustainable devel-opment o all types o orests.
Vanuatu to celebrate people and forest
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He said the Council o Minis-ters has agreed in principle thatthe persons that will be in theCOIs will be proessionals andknow what they are doing butnot those who have conficts o interest or have outstanding inthe institution that will compro-mise their position.These he said may includeacademics and those who haveknowledge o the Companies Act, which companies such asNISCOL are registered under.He said i this independentCOI inds that there are areasthat need needs the attention o the law then so be it as no oneis above the law.In the area o press reedom, Vohor said being one o theleaders who initiated Compre-hensive Reorm Program (CRP)o which one o its principles isgood governance, the peoplemust be shown a good exampleo how a country is governed where people know that theirrights are protected. He said itis true that media must alwaysbe balance in their reporting buthe is one o those that supportspress reedom.He said reports that a mediaorganisation is looking at bring-ing in an overseas prosecutorto deal with its case is a seriousissue that does not refect wellnot only on the government butthe law-enorcing arm o thegovernment.He said i there are set-backs, especially in the judicialsector that prevent the law totake its ull course then he willmake sure these obstacles areremoved.
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Motalava in Torba provincehave realised the importanceo natural disaster preven-tion, preparedness and miti-gation.The community disasteraction work was taken placeduring the second week o April in the village o Neren-ingman and in Rah Island.The activities carried out were: the replant o trees onthe coastal line, the diggingo drainage in lood proneareas and the creation o rub-bish disposal.Chie Laurent Jean, chair-man o Motalava council o chies, said that Vanuatu RedCross engagement with hispeople in Motalava is crucialas it helps educate the com-munity to not only ocus ondevelopment but also to con-sider disaster risk that thecommunity is exposed to aspart o their own develop-ment. The community disas-ter action plan are integratedinto the chie’s 10 years work plan and thus much ocus isnow put in place to ensureull completion o the actionplan implementation.The three targeted com-munities in Motalava haveinserted the action plan intothe chie yearly plan. Thedays allocated to the chiesare Monday and Friday.However, the chies haveagreed that the action planbe implemented as soon aspossible to increase the com-munity resilience. The com-munities o Motalava areoverwhelmed with commu-nity commitments and it isor these reasons the chieshave allocate a day to thecommunity to work on theiraction plan. All Community Disas-ter Committee’s Chairmen work closely with the chiesto ensure that the chies are well inormed o the activi-ties. It then becomes the duty o the chies to make theannouncement in the villageto make people aware. Thelast announcement is doneon Sunday during the churchservice by the church repre-sentatives.The people o Motalavaare known or their willing-ness and enthusiasm when itcomes to community activi-ty. The people highly respectand cherish the chie’s deci-sions which thereore becomea bond o solidarity betweenthe chies and their people.The community, withthe strong support rom thechies, is very involved inthe implementation o theiraction plan.The involvement o womenduring the implementation o the action plan varies accord-ing to the intensity o the workload. However, womenexpress their participation indierent ways such as pre-paring o oods or men who work or they would bring water to men when they arethirsty, etc.The chies o the communi-ties in Motalava acknowledgeand praise the Vanuatu RedCross or supplying to themthe disaster tools which thecommunity was able to use toimplement the disaster actionplan. The chies encouragethe community to always pri-oritise and consider the dis-aster action plan o the threecommunities to ensure that itis being implemented or thebenet o the community.This project, unded by the European Commission’sHumanitarian Aid Depart-ment, has the objective o limiting the vulnerabili-ty o outlying, inaccessibleand resourceless commu-nities.
Motalava implements its Disaster Action plan
The community of Rah working on their newly evacuation route
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“The urgent (amended) con-stitutional application led on27 April, raises important con-stitutional and undamentalrights in the constitution,” theChie Justice said.“In particular the execu-tive government and legisla-tive branch, warranting urgentattention by the Supreme Courthence the ollowing manage-ment orders are issued:“The Appellant’s counsel toserve in sequential relevancethe amended urgent constitu-tional application.“The Appellant’s counselshall ile and serve a urtheramended urgent constitution-al application, with the con-stitutional provisions that arealleged to have been inringedin relation to the irst appli-cant by 5pm Thursday (yester-day).”“The 2nd Applicants in theamended application are nolonger parties in the nature o this constitutional case,” and“The respondents’ legalcounsel will ile their swornstatement(s) and ile theirresponse at 10am today.”