Package for ex-militants

Dear Editor – The news about the government going to settle some payments with the ex-combatants have been received with mixed reactions. Some say this is too much given the need to provide funds to support our medical and education needs. Others say, its important for the government to fullfil its obligation being promised a…

Maelanga assist sick patients

Patients at Kilu’ufi Hospital, Malaita Province have received Christmas presents from the Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga on Thursday. Mr. Manasseh Maelanga had donated a total of 90 parcels of Christmas gifts as presents for sick patients.  Staff nurses, Julie Hatai and Glen Hornby took delivery of the presents.  Both staff members acknowledged MP Maelanga…

Manele calls for unity

OPPOSITION Leader, Jeremiah Manele re-emphasised the need for a ‘united nation’ despite the country had faced many challenges since it gained Independence in 1978. Manele made this sentiment during his Christmas message to the nation last Thursday. “My good people, our Founding Fathers built our nation on the principles of Christianity, and our laws are…

Road blocks to ask for money, a concern

Road blocks being erected to ask money from passing vehicles remains an issue in North West Guadalcanal. And there had been concerns being raised about this. Last Thursday, a group of men have set up road block in one of the bridges just further down after the Aruligo area who asked for money from passing…

Ngali-nut growers closer to gain organic certification

The Baniata Community Organic Ngalinut -growers of Rendova Island, Western Province are a step closer to having their traditionally baked ngali nuts certified under the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community  (POETcom) Participatory Guarantee System  (PGS)  standards  fortnight ago. This followed a four day visit by (POETcom) certifying agents from Kastom Gaden and the intending…

Visible presence of police must be commended

LAST week leading up to the Christmas Day, Honiara city was very much busy with people rushing here and there conducting their last minute shopping before heading to the provinces by boat for their holiday. Along the streets, shops, market area, and wharves people were everywhere. Its the time of the year, when people are…

PM’s Christmas visits successful

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day with patients at two of the nation’s hospitals. On Christmas Day, he visited and presented gifts to those at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. On Boxing Day, he travelled to north Guadalcanal to visit and spent time with patients at the Good Samaritan…

Ex-militants to be paid $300m

THE Government has agreed to pay ex-militants from Malaita and Guadalcanal $300 million, well-placed sources from the Prime Minister’s Office say. Up to 2,000 ex-combatants are likely to benefit, with each receiving $150,000 each. Members of the now defunct Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) received part of this package last Thursday when Cabinet approved $3 million…

Call to support Opposition & Independent office

Parliamentary Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele has urged the government to create a separate budget for the two constitutionally established offices, namely the Opposition’s office and the Independent group. Manele highlighted this during the sine die motion in the national parliament last week that resourcing of these two institutions is critical for a vibrant democracy in…