Non-payment of rentals looms

‘Gov’t officers worry’   The plight of government workers rentals hangs in the balance.  If the government cannot afford to meet the remaining rentals of public servants for the last quarter of this year and the first of next year, some will be forced out by landlords for non-payment of rentals. This is of great…

Wale maintains call for publication of ESP payout list, says improvements needed on ESP website

Opposition Leader, Hon. Matthew Wale has asked the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) Committee to make available, the list of beneficiaries who have received payments from the package, and other details, including amounts received. The Opposition Leader made this statement following the launch of the ESP website, which appears to only feature the list of applications…

CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL LAND DEALINGS LOOMS

A major crackdown on alleged illegal land dealings in the offing   A major crackdown on alleged illegal land dealings in Honiara is in the offing, the Commissioner of Lands, Alan McNeil, revealed on Tuesday. The proposed crackdown could result in forfeitures of public land, which were granted years ago to large companies and individuals…

Forestry clarifies its stand

The Ministry of Forestry and Research clarifies claims made by Guadalcanal Provincial Government that Sino Capital (SI) Limited has no timber rights over various customary lands in the East Central Guadalcanal. In an issued statement, it says there are records of timber rights conducted by the Guadalcanal Provincial Executive in 2007 which led to the issuance of a…

MUP Premier sacks his deputy in a reshuffle

The Premier of Makira Ulawa Province, Julian Maka’a has sacked his Deputy Premier and Minister of Planning, Joe Calvin Takeli as well as his Minister of Commerce and Investment, Henry Perongo. And in the same move, Mr. Maka’a also reshuffled two Ministers and appointed two new ones. In the reshuffle, Ramsey Sirai who until December…

Gizo packed as festive fever hits

WITH the festive season now here and Christmas is going to be celebrated this weekend, more and more people are now traveling back to their provinces to spend the last two weeks of this month to celebrate Christmas and New Year in their villages. Western Province is no exception. Since last week the Western Provincial…

Gov’t pleased with public servants

Recuperation leave granted   THE National Government under the leadership of Manasseh Sogavare is aware of the challenges faced by all public servants, therefore, granted an additional 3.5 days recuperation leave to all government workers. He made the announcement in his COVID-19 weekly nationwide address yesterday. “2020 had been a challenging year. “The National Cabinet…

Call to explain Mewa’s removal

The Opposition Leader, Hon. Mathew Wale calls on the prime minister to tell the truth and explain the reasons for the sacking of Hon. Commins Mewa from the forestry portfolio.  “There have been conflicting statements by the media about this saga and the public has the right to the truth.  “It would be a real…

WORK ON NEW FUTSAL HOME

Work on the construction of the 2023 Pacific Games Multi-Purpose Futsal Stadium has officially commenced, Monday. The commencement of work was officially declared during a groundbreaking ceremony officiated by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The ceremony was held at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Panatina campus sports ground in East Honiara. A number of guests,…

SBD $114.5m ESP yet to be used: Kuma 

  MINISTER of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma says around $114.5m from the $309m estimate budget for the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) announced by the Prime Minister in March, is still to be injected into the economy. Mr. Kuma announced this on the floor of Parliament during the recent Sine-die motion after declaring that $184.5million…