Councillor welcomes new health centre

CITY councillor for Vura Ward Reginald Ngati has thanked the Australian people and government for funding the new Naha Birth and Urban Health Center. “As the Councillor representing the Naha communities, on behalf of my people and the City residence, I would like to thank the Australian Government through DFAT for the gift during the…

Sale of land in Honiara

PERHAPS, the easiest place to own land is Honiara.   This is not because one is allowed to settle as he/she chooses rather, can be easily swindled if one has a few bucks to spare.   Sale of land is never far and free of corruption in Honiara.  Kickbacks (commission as it known locally) are the determining…

Gov’t policy needs to be costed: Wale

OPPOSITION leader Mathew Wale says the Government needs to know how much its policies will cost in order to prioritise them. He made the comment in a lengthy and explosive speech delivered in parliament yesterday in response to the speech from the throne. “The lack of policy costing gives the pretention that government is able…

DCGA focuses on achieving projects

THE Government is both determined and committed to implement policies that will provide the appropriate “redirection” and that there will no longer be “business as usual”. That’s according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare when he launched his government’s policy document, Friday. “We have reprioritized, and will be focusing on projects that are achievable, and can…

Pathfinders urged to prepare for camporee

Pathfinders throughout the country are being urged to prepare well for the much anticipated upcoming Trans Pacific Union (TPU) Pathfinder camporee this end year. Solomon Islands Mission (SIM) of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church will host the TPU Pathfinder camporee from 16th to 21st December 2019. Speaking during a press conference at the SIM…

SICCI attends Pacific tripartite forum in PNG

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) was part of a local delegation that attended the Pacific tripartite high-level forum on climate change and decent work last week from 24-26 July in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). SICCI was represented by Board Member and Manager of local company Star Supplies, Hilda Lamani…

First batch of nurses Vanuatu-bound

THE first batch of 28 local nurses recruited by the Vanuatu Government jetted out of the country on Monday to take up their new jobs. Most of them will spend two years under a contract working in various clinics and hospitals around Vanuatu. The recruitment of local nurses will fill the huge retirement gap left in…

GG: private sector the driving force of economy  

THE Governor General (GG) His Excellency Reverend, David Vunagi says the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) recognises that the private sector is fundamental in driving our economy forward. Rev. Vunagi made the statement when delivering the throne speech in Parliament to mark the commencement of the 2nd meeting of the 11th Parliament. “The sustainable…

Stop the handout mentality

GOVERNOR General Rev. David Vunagi says Solomon Islanders must stop the habit of relying on aid donors or politicians to provide cash handouts. Vunagi made the statement when he delivered his first speech from the throne yesterday to start off the second meeting of the 11th Parliament. He said the Government believes that the way…