New national minimum wage of Vt30,000 per month comes into effect

The new minimum wage of Vt 30,000 a month and Vt 170 an hour is now effective as of last Monday. This was when it was gazetted. The Commissioner of Labour, Lionel Kaluat, appeals to all employers to start using the new rate. There will be an inspection of all businesses in the near future to ensure new rates are being applied, Radio Vanuatu News reported Wednesday night.

The Port Vila Scholarship Scheme of MP Ralph Regenvanu has welcomed 12 new students to its ranks. Seven women and five men were selected by the committee on a basis of academic record and continuous improvement in performance, says Daily Post. Regenvanu urged the successful scholarship winners to remain committed to their studies.

The Vanuatu National Statistics Office has revealed statistics relating to education which will surprise many in the field of education. Vanuatu has 61 who have graduated at the level of doctorate, of whom 42 are men and 19 women.  At the masters level there are 522 ni-Vanuatu graduates (of whom 345 are men and 177 women). And at bachelor level approximately 1,000 men and 800 women.

Daily Post leads today with Minister Marcellino Pipite confirming boarding the super-yacht Phocea but denying he received any money. He says he will not sue the Daily Post and TBV if they publicly and prominently apologise to him for defamation of character. Daily Post editor Royson Willie maintains that the report carried in the weekend issue referred to by the Minister was not politically motivated, as Pipite claims. The report was based on ongoing police investigations.

Toktok Vanuatu 2012 is targeting travel to Santo and Tanna this year and is taking place in these destinations as well as in Port Vila. About time, really.