Query on employment data

The Commissioner of Labour (COL) Josiah Manehia assures the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that his division will work on establishing an employment data, to identify number of people formally employed in the country. This came after PAC members were told there was no  any data of employment population in the country. PAC members said, having…

Temotu man wants trade issue sorted

A concerned man from Temotu Province is calling for the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government to prioritize trade between Temotu and Vanuatu as part of its effort to boost economic development in the rural areas. Mark Temapi from Reef Island raised his concern to the media last week claiming he is speaking on behalf…

Minimum wage scrutinized at PAC

Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Makira Nestor Ghiro has raised the alarm on the long persisting minimum wage rate during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing into the 2015 budget for the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration (MCILI). Speaking during the question session of the PAC meeting, Ghrio asked the question of…

April flood victims mark occasion

Families who have lost their loved ones during the April flash flood in Honiara last year organised a commemoration service last Sunday to remember those who were died. The remembrance ceremony was took place at the Saint Baptism Church at April Valley in East Honiara. An Anglican Priest officiated at the solemn occasion. Clera Waisiwa…

It really is an Easter surprise

NOT many of us realise this but everyone’s watching us.  For example, the article which appeared in this newspaper last Wednesday is now beginning to catch the attention of some in the international community. The article in question is the announcement of sorts by the Democratic Coalition for Change [DCC) Government that a raft of…

TSI applauds MOFT: Procedures must be followed

EFFECTIVE award and management of government contracts is critical for quality service delivery and achieving development outcomes. Recently, a public procurement notice was published by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) declaring that contractors used to provide the service and maintenance of Honiara International Airport and the 21 provincial airports have expired since September…

Garu charged with office misconduct

Member of Parliament (MP) for West Guadalcanal and former Minister of Mines and Energy, Moses Garu is the latest MP to be charged for misconduct in office. According to the national broadcaster, SIBC, the Leadership Code Commission (LCC) formally charged him last Thursday. Chair of the Leadership Code Commission (LCC) Francis Luza said the charge…

Dovele community celebrates Easter

HONIARA based Dovele community of North Vella La Vella, Western provinces celebrated Easter in style on Sunday as part of raising much needed funds to support a health centre in their area. The one day event featured a number of games, race, fun games and sales of food. Chairman of the program Conrad Rore said,…

Maranatha SDA choir visits Auki

Maranatha Church Choir from the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) in Honiara has toured Auki, Malaita province over the Easter break. The choir was led by George Tango. They arrived in Auki on Good Friday and were accommodated at the SDA head quarter in Auki. Speaking to this paper choir master Mr Tango said, as part…