PM looks after finance

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare will be in charge of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury portfolio for short while. Rawcliff Ziza, Deputy Private Secretary of Government House, confirmed the PM yesterday advised the Governor General to assign the responsibility of this portfolio to him for time being. Mr Ziza said the advice is for the…

Japanese volunteers ready to leave

Four Japanese volunteers who have spent two years in the country have completed their assignment and will leave the country early next month. They are Masayuki Iino, Yasuko Chiba, Ai Tanabe and Toshiaki Kono. The four came into the country in 2013 under Japanese International cooperation Agency (JICA) and spent their time teaching and helping…

Church to host Christmas celebration

THE South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) in Honiara will be hosting a Christmas celebration next week. The program will be held at SSEC central church on Wednesday evening. SSEC Central Church senior pastor Clyde Soai said many activities will be feature during the Program. “The following activities are singing, children’s talk on Christmas stories and…

Final float parade hit the streets

Honiara streets have been flooded with supporters of intending candidates contesting the Honiara city council election. On Tuesday, along the roads candidates and their supporters conducted their final campaign through a float parade.   Supporters came out in numbers by loading vehicles, shouting, chanting their candidates name and symbol while traveling in convey of vehicles through…

Gold Ridge LOs call on DCC

THE CHAIRMAN of the Gold Ridge Community and Landowners’ Association is calling on the DCC Government to seriously consider their outstanding issues. “As the government settles down and ready to kick start its business, I want to remind government to consider our outstanding issues,” Dick Douglas said on Tuesday. He said former NCRA government has…

Man jailed for stabbing partner

A YOUNG man who stabbed his de-factor partner with a knife after a night out early this year is now serving an 18-month jail term. Dickson Kwaimani, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful wounding. He is also facing other charges of larceny from a person, common assault, and two counts of simple larceny…

Support for gender equality in PNG

POST COURIER- The Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea have announced a five year plan to promote gender equality in PNG. The plan, delivered through an Australian Pacific women’s development initiative, will focus on creating leadership and economic opportunities for women and effectively reducing family and sexual violence. Australia and PNG recognise that women…

Mother jailed for burying baby alive

THE woman who buried her baby alive in a shallow grave last year at Kaibia, Honiara, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Justice Francis Mwanesalua sentenced the 34-year-old Malaita mother in the High Court. Nelly Waitai had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder. The maximum penalty for…

Call to solve Gizo water crisis

CONCERN citizens group Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is calling on the new DCC government to consider the prevalent water situation in Gizo. A Gizo resident yesterday sent a message to FSII expressing her ordeal caused by the water problem in Gizo. The resident said all water tanks are now empty and residents are now…

Seaweed farmers undergo training

MORE than 240 seaweed farmers in Choiseul and Malaita Provinces have undergone a training aimed at equipping them with financial knowledge on how to manage their finance gained from their seaweed farms. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), with support from the New Zealand Government, through the Mekem Strong Solomon Island Fisheries (MSSIF)…