Four domestic airports in upgrading priority list

THE MINISTRY of Communication and Aviation is planning to upgrade four provincial airstrips under its priority list. They are Lata (Temotu province), Kirakira (Makira Ulawa), Taro (Choiseul) and Gwounoru’u in Malaita province. Permanent secretary, Francis Lomo said the ministry wants to tar-seal these airstrips because of the demands on their traffic routes by the travelling…

Allowance increase for USP, Fiji students

THE Government (SIG) will increase allowances of students studying at the University of South Pacific (Fiji) this year. Solomon Islands National Training Unit (NTU) Director Clement Tito during a meeting with students this week assured students they are expecting an increase in their study allowances. Mr Tito said that the increase will be around $300…

Why the silence? Manele asks PM

THE Parliamentary Opposition has questioned the Prime Minister as to why he remained tight-lipped over the cost and justification of the 39 political appointees. In a statement, Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele said the silent treatment is an indication that the Prime Minister is guilt-ridden over the fact that the lists of names of the appointees…

Parliament row an internal matter: PS

THE Ministry of Public Service will deal with the petition by staff of the National Parliament against resigned clerk Taeasi Sanga and her deputy Florence Naesol internally. This came after the staff demanded the government not to reinstate Mrs. Sanga and remove Mrs Naesol. Permanent secretary of Ministry of Public Service, Nego Sisiolo said a…

Charity calls for support

Local charity group, Hearts Of Hope (HOH) is calling for support to assist the group’s programme and activities. The call was made during a meeting of Rotary club members at Honiara Hotel when HOH members, Janet Aihari and John Misite’e did a presentation about the group. During the presentation, the two members shared the group’s…

CJ says lateness is a problem

CHIEF Justice Sir Albert Palmer says absenteeism and punctuality is a common problem in the legal and court offices. Sir Albert made the comments during the opening of the Legal Year on Monday this week held at the High Court. “Of great concern is when the courts are not sitting on time as scheduled because…

MAL to impose strict rules on funding

THE Minister for Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has pledged to ensure the ministry’s funding for farmers is utilised properly from this year onward. Augustine Auga said he will strive to ensure right farmers benefit from the funding allocated under his ministry. “I would like to make this clear to the public that we will be…