Hou releases figures on gov’t finances

CARETAKER Finance and Treasury minister Rick Hou has released information about Government expenditure up to the end of June, 2014 prior to deliberations of the recent Supplementary Budget Bill by Parliament in the past two weeks. Minister Hou outlined that consolidated expenditure for the first half of 2014 was $1,621.8 million against revised pro rata…

Kilu’ufi gets new cruiser

Kilu’ufi hospital in Auki, Malaita province has taken delivery of a new land cruiser last week which has solved their transport dilemma. Malaita provincial health director Dr Huddie Namo said the new vehicle will ease the burden of his staff looking for transport to pick them up for work and for dropping them off after…

One death from measles in Malaita

MEASLES cases in Malaita province continues to rise with the Kilufi’i hospital recording one death last Tuesday. Reports said the measles related death involved a 20 years old female. A nurse in charge at the Kilufi’i outpatient said the death occurred last week after the patient was recovering. “The rash on her body disappeared and…

Judge: Its time to act

“You have the power to mould your communities in a way that large countries or big cities do not have.” High Court judge, Justice Pallaras QC made this remark on Sunday when he was giving an awareness talk based on the topic on how to treat women and children in our community at an Anglican…

Water is life

Dear Editor – Please insert this short note of mine about how the Japanese Government must have felt in relation to the handing over ceremony that occurred on Wednesday the 3rd September 2014. Indeed, from the Japanese Government’s point of view, it must have been really disgusting to them that important government dignitaries who were…

Ninth parliament

Dear Editor – The 9th parliament naturally died Monday this week and as we prepare to elect the 10th, it is always good to reflect on the 9th parliament so that their strength and weaknesses can be used to decide who to elect this time round. Well, the 9th parliament is a very interesting house…

Overcharging

Dear Editor – Last week, my Fruit Juice blender equipment could not function after only using it once since it was bought in April of this year. I then decided to have it fixed from any local electrical firms in town. After visiting a number of electrical firms, it was Guadalcanal electrics that decided to…

Business Excellence Award 2014

Dear Editor – There was a Business Excellence Awards 2014 Gala Night held at Heritage Park Hotel on Saturday 30th August 2014. Somehow, unexpectedly and surprisingly, the Isabel Development Company Limited won the Prime Minister –Gordon Lilo’s, Special prize, the second highest award in the litany of awards announced at the gala night. When the…

Blame yourself, Maelanga!

Dear Editor – I write in response to the statement made by the deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga on the Malaita Province’s second appointed day at Malu’u during which he told Malaitans to blame themselves for the lack of development in the province. As a Malaitan resident, I see the statement as factually wrong because…