SIFF demands accountability,  good governance 

The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) President William Lai is demanding all its member associations to uphold accountability, transparency and good governance during this challenging time of the coronavirus pandemic.  The SIFF president urged football leaders to practice these core values to maintain a good reputation to all football stakeholders, partners and sponsors, a statement…

PM opens games office

A NEW office space to prepare for the 2023 Pacific Games was unveiled in Honiara yesterday by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The new PG 2023 office is located at the old Sea King Restaurant premise Speaking during the ceremony, Sogavare said the office will be the home of the National Hosting Authority and its partners…

Russell fisheries body launches mandate

Regardless of the current covid-19 impacts on the country at large, fishing communities in Russell Islands in Central Islands Province (CIP) have moved another step ahead with their intention to develop and advance fisheries as source of revenue earner for their people. The Russell Islands Fisheries Association or RIFA for short was formally established with…

ESP brings hope to Russells

RECENTLY established government’s Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) has brought much hope to rural farmers and fishers in the Russell Islands in the Central Islands Province.  This followed an awareness programme hosted at Louna Island on Sunday, a statement from Government Communication Unit said. Officials from the ESP awareness team headed by Member of Parliament…

Valuation roll workshop staged

A one-day workshop was held this week in Honiara involving practising land valuers and other related professionals. The training aims to to discuss and agree on the unimproved land values for different zones across Honiara, a statement from the Ministry of Lands said. The workshop was funded through the Ministry of Lands Development Budget and…

Govt issues more fishing licenses

Govt issues more fishing licenses annually Types of fishing activities here Govt issues more fishing licenses annually   The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) approved and issued between 180 to 235 licenses to foreign and local vessels fishing each year in the country over the past five years from 2014-2018. Director of Fisheries…

SoPE too long says Wale

THE further extension of the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) to four months is too long for the second emergency period.  The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale expressed this on Wednesday in response to announcement by the Prime Minister. MR Wale said the government has had six months since January 2020 to prepare for covid-19.…

Kuku, Titiulu in charge of Independent Office

Former Attorney General (AG) Billy Titiulu is now Secretary to the Parliamentary Office of the Leader of Independent. He replaces Sam Alasia, who stepped down after the former Leader of Independent Group, Robertson Galo, lost his South Choiseul Seat of the National Parliament following a recent High Court ruling of an election petition against his…

Isabel Diocese prepares for synod

THE Diocese of Isabel Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) is currently hard at work preparing for its synod set to be staged next week in Kia, at the western end of Isabel. Speaking to the paper in Buala early this week, Isabel Mothers Union President Selina Lonamei said some of the officials and delegations from…

126 arrive in 5th repatriation flight

A total of 126 stranded nationals have arrived in Honiara on Tuesday evening from Brisbane, Australia. A statement from National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) said Solomon Airlines special flight IE690 arrived in Honiara from Brisbane at 7:15pm Tuesday evening. “This marks the 5th batch of government coordinated repatriation of stranded nationals overseas and dozens of…