Budget question: WHISPERS hears that at the recent annual meeting of the OCO (Oceania Customs Organisation) in Tonga, there were many questions raised about its audited account. One such question was how 30% of its 2012 budget, totalling a little over $1 million, was used for personal expenses without any ...
Who will be the next CEO? The million-dollar question being whispered around the corridors or tarmac of Fiji’s international airport is, who shall it be? The new boss of its national carrier to be exact! Interestingly, amidst all the pomp and ceremony associated with the arrival of Air Pacific’s (soon ...
Pacific Plan or Problem? Interesting comments are now surfacing regarding the Pacific Plan, touted as a vision for Pacific development which was delivered by leaders in 2005. And the team reviewing the plan headed by former PNG Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta is getting it left, right and centre. One ...
Oz Pacific view: Is that how Australia thinks of Pacific workers? That they are only good enough to be fruit pickers? That they are not skilled enough to fill shortages in Australia in jobs such as electricians and plumbers?
Going by the book: Solomons Islands Governor-General is going by the books. Anything he has to sign or is required to sign or any correspondence will have to go first to Buckingham Palace in London for sighting before he can put his signature to it, unlike previous governor-generals. Take for ...
Who’s replacing Noonan? Some say it’s the region’s best kept secret…who is replacing Dr Chris Noonan as the new PACER Chief Trade Adviser in Port Vila, Vanuatu?
Newcrest protest: Australian mine giant Newcrest got an early wake-up call at their proposed mega-copper and gold mine site in Fiji when landowners staged a quiet protest. Mine executives, accompanied by the region’s paramount chief had visited the landowners at a village deep in the jungle of the main island, ...
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