Sanitation project for Pamua 

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) owned school in Makira Ulawa province St Stephen Pamua College has taken ownership of a new girls’ sanitation project. The project was funded under the Melanesian Mission United Kingdom (MMUK) from England. The project started off over the past few years after the need for sanitation for the girls…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Firimolea to take plea* Disclosures for accused received Firimolea to take plea A man accused of two separate break-ins in Honiara and Guadalcanal is likely to take his plea on Monday next week. Frank Firimolea appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court yesterday for the charges of store break-in and office break-in. He was supposed…

Tovosia on mining

MINES minister Bradley Tovosia says he’s well aware of the problems the mining industry faces and pledged to fix them for the good of the country. He was answering a question from the leader of Opposition Mathew Wale in parliament, Monday. Wale pointed out that issues the mining industry faces, which he said must be…

Panga found guilty of abusing office

FORMER PREMIER IN POLICE CUSTODY By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN FORMER Guadalcanal premier Stephen Panga is in police custody after he was found guilty of abuse of office, last Friday. He has been remanded awaiting sentencing tomorrow. Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika in his judgment said Panga appeared to have fulfilled his intention to obtain $10,000 from a client.…

KAVA FARMERS BENEFIT

LOCAL kava farmers in the country are benefiting financially from the lucrative kava industry due to global demand. Last week farmers from from Umulana village at the border of West Kwara’ae and Fataleka in the highlands of Malaita received $46,950 from Varivao Holdings Ltd on Wednesday. During the same week local kava farmers from Santa…

Manele visits Taipei

THE Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday announced a 5-day visit by Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele beginning September 8 amid speculation of a possible switch in political allegiance by Honiara to Beijing. “MOFA warmly welcomes Jeremiah Manele, foreign minister of the Solomon Islands, our Pacific ally, who is scheduled to…

Rodgers: gov’t remains focus

THE Sogavare-led government remains focus as they continue to wait for the report from the bi-partisan taskforce on whether to switch from Taiwan to China. Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rodgers stated this when he appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) hearing on the issue, Wednesday. “I believe Prime Minister Sogavare is aware…

Wale: MSG failed West Papua

THE Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has miserably failed its members and the Melanesian people of West Papua who are fighting for their freedom. That’s the view of Opposition leader Mathew Wale. Wale joined a local gathering of West Papuan supporters in Honiara yesterday to call for the liberation of West Papuans from Indonesian rule. The…

Appointment of former lands chief condemned

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has condemned and expressed concerns over the appointment of Silver Dunga and Fred Soaki to the Ministry’s Lands Board. In a statement on Wednesday the Opposition stated that these appointments especially, the appointment of Mr. Dunga is strongly being condemned for he was implicated in some of the…

$433m infrastructure improvement project launched

A new roads and aviation project worth $433M that is set to benefit the country was officially launched by the government and donor partners in Honiara yesterday. The Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Project (SIRAP) will upgrade Malaita’s road network and provide improvements to Honiara international airport and Munda airport in Western province.  The project is…