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Cabinet of Solomon Islands[edit]

Hi. You recently edited the article Cabinet of Solomon Islands, changing "Ministry of Women, Youth and Sports" to "Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs". I've reverted your edit. The source for the information on Cabinet says that it's now called the Ministry of Women, Youth and Sports, even though it used to be called Ministry of Women, Youth and Children's Affairs under Derek Sikua. Sikua is no longer PM, and Philip seems to have decided to rename the Ministry. Unless Island Sun has got it wrong, but in that case we need a reliable source telling us that the Ministry still has its old name. Aridd (talk) 08:37, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

  • Hi there - thanks for the info! The name was "Ministry of Women, Youth and Sports" back in 2002 and was the portfolio of Father Augustus Geve [1]. The Ministry was changed to "Women, Youth and Children" under Peter Tom and Johnson Koli [2]. I can't find any indication that the Ministry was changed back to include "Sports" since then. As for reliable sources, the CIA currently lists Onika as "Min. of Women's, Youth, & Children's Affairs", [3], and the Island Sun itself has published an article three days after the one you cited that lists him as "Minister for Women, Youth and Children Affairs" [4]. Is that good enough?  :) Dracunculus (talk) 17:47, 15 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes, that's absolutely fine, of course. :) The original Island Sun article must have been wrong. Aridd (talk) 20:08, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

re: Cabinet of Tuvalu - Namoliki Sualiki[edit]

Hi. The reference to Sualiki comes from this source - specifically, the audio report by Silafaga Lalua (from the Tuvalu government media department). Aridd (talk) 19:58, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

No problem. :) Aridd (talk) 20:08, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Current Cabinet of Vanuatu[edit]

Hi. Thanks for the edits to Council of Ministers of Vanuatu. But I have to say, I'm not certain the current Cabinet line-up you've included is correct. I can't find any up-to-date list of current ministers, but Alfred Carlot was removed in December just a few days after being appointed, so unless you have information that he's back in Cabinet, he shouldn't be in the current list. Also, you have Iauko listed as Minister for Infrastructure. That was his initial position, but then he was reshuffled to Lands. Then Reganvanu got Lands, and I haven't seen any report as to what happened to Iauko. Ousted, or moved to another ministry? I don't know. It's frustratingly difficult to keep up in absolute detail with all the reshuffling. But unless we have sources to compile full and precise information, I can only see two options: Either we give an incomplete list (labelling it as such), or we give no list at all. That's why I chose to give the list of Kilman's initial Cabinet, along with text body indications on reshuffles, with as much detail as I could find. Currently, it may be difficult to provide a full, accurate and up to date list of present ministers. Aridd (talk) 21:14, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

OK, I see you've fixed those two. :) I suppose the list is now as accurate as we can make it... It's difficult to be sure whether it's entirely accurate, though, in the absence of any source providing full details. Aridd (talk) 21:33, 23 February 2011 (UTC)
Hi there!
  • I did not create the "Current Cabinet Lineup", you did that yourself in this revision here: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Council_of_Ministers_of_Vanuatu&oldid=405719627 (i.e. this is the revision where you added Alfred Carlot as Minister of Justice).
  • I only made changes to the table based on the information in the referenced RNZI articles about the last cabinet changes, i.e. updates to Ministers of Education, Agriculture, Cooperatives & Ni-Vanuatu Business, & Lands and Natural Resources. (also, I see you just noticed my last revisions to Justice and Infrastructure)
  • there are several others on the table that I agree are probably incorrect, but I only made changes that I was sure of.
  • are you aware that you made a duplicate Previous Cabinets section in your last edit? :)
Dracunculus (talk) 21:39, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Gah! Fixed the duplicate. Hmm... As I said, I'd avoided having a list of current ministers, due to uncertainty. So the list of ministers I put in the article was intended to be (and was labelled as) the original line-up of Kilman's Cabinet, in December. When you updated it, it was no longer the original Cabinet. So I had to create a second list, to differentiate between the initial Kilman Cabinet (December 2010) and the present one (February 2011). My question, really, is whether we should have an up to date list if we're not sure that it's fully correct... I don't object to having one; I'm just slightly hesitant. (Incidentally, I think Esmon Sae is probably an MP for Efate. On the Parliament website, he's not included among MPs, but there's a vacancy for Efate. Presumably, he came to Parliament in a bye-election when that seat became vacant. But that's just an assumption.) Aridd (talk) 21:59, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi again! That all makes sense. Sorry my edits were confusing :) Um... okay, just IMHO, (and looking at Cabinet of Canada for inspiration) I think we should:
  • only list the current cabinet
  • list previous cabinet lineups in a different page
  • leave portfolios blank if we can't confirm the minister in charge
  • avoid including the MP's constituency in the table
But I'm also happy to leave it as it is ;) Dracunculus (talk) 19:44, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Shershah Syed[edit]

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Stephen Ibaraki[edit]

Hi Dracunculus--you may be interested in some edits I made to the resume. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 18:24, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

  • Thank you! That was a huge list of references you had to sift through :) Dracunculus (talk) 19:08, 6 April 2011 (UTC)