Ausaid cut affects local budgets

RURAL Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) has seen a drop of AusAID funding on its budget from $13 million to $6 million this year. The huge drop could be attributed to Australian government’s move to slash its foreign aid to the Pacific this year by further 3 billion US dollars in addition to a…

WASH prepares to roll out projects

THE Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is embarking on implementing about 40 plus outstanding projects from 2013-2014 this year. WASH could not implement these projects last year due to the $10 million scandal that rocked the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and delay of materials, which arrived in the remaining half of…

Malaita premier election set for Friday

MALAITA province will hold the election of a premier this Friday, an insider said. A member within the newly elected Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPAs) said clerk to the assembly has confirmed election of a speaker was scheduled for tomorrow after which nomination for the premier’s post will open.  “A speaker must first be elected so…

Chief stresses importance of cooperation

Acting paramount chief of Visale John Batista Kaoni says Guadalcanal needs change, as he urges the newly elected parliament members and community leaders to work together. Mr Kaoni told a gathering in Visale people and community leaders must have a new mind-set, cooperate and make careful decisions that are in the best interest of people.…

Fears of landslide as rain continues

AS fears of flooding deepens amidst the heavy rain warnings, residents of the Hatanga Company housing estate at Independence Valley have raised their fears of a landslide. A resident in the area said land in front of their building had already dropped and continuous rain will be very dangerous for the family. “The front area…

NW Guadalcanal people call for traffic awareness

VEHICLE owners residing in northwest Guadalcanal are calling on traffic police to conduct awareness on traffic in their communities. This call was made following increased illegal activities relating to road use. Northwest Guadalcanal Solomon Star stringer John Toki said a number of youths during the festive period did a lot of activities that prevented vehicles…

Stop cheating passengers, boat owners urged

PASSENGERS traveling from Auki-Honiara have expressed concern over paying of hefty sea-fares for uncomfortable traveling. A good number of passengers who traveled on-board the passenger boats said they pay fares only to be squeezed in overloaded boats. “That is not fair. It is the responsibility of boat owners to control the number of people allowed…

Malaita provincial members urged to show commitment

FORMER Malaita premier Edwin Suibaea has urged the newly elected members of the Malaita provincial government to show commitment towards provincial businesses. Mr Suibaea made the appeal following a poor turn out on several meetings held in recent days. “New members must not possess the disease that affected old members. There were many absentees during…