China eyes SI resources

‘Can we manage China’s appetite for our natural resources?’ By ANDREW FANASIA CHINA is certainly eyeing Solomon Islands raw materials to boosts its economy and sustain its 1.4 billion people but are we capable of managing it? This question was raised during the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday when the head of ministerial delegation…

Kuma launches budget 2020

The Minister of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma has launched the 2020 budget process on Monday. At the same time he called for wide-ranging support from development partners, the private sector, NGOs and ordinary people to support the Government in this endeavor. This is the first National Budget since the formation of the Democratic Coalition…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Officer jailed for bribery* Police questioned on delay of case* Submission on armed robbery case Officer jailed for bribery THE on-suspension police officer, who accepted a $200 bribe from bus driver and his conductor back in 2015, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Nelson Isogeto was convicted of one count of accepting bribe after…

Equal partners

Dear Editor – In Melanesia, women are often regarded as inferior to men. But according to the moral law, men and women are always equal in the eyes of God.   In the Book of Genesis, the first man God made was Adam. He then put Adam into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs…

Quotable quotes

Dear Editor – The late Bart Ulufa’alu, former Prime Minister once said: “The Government is like a 23-headed monster [the number of Ministries at the time], each head had its own ideas and wanted to go its own way, which made governing almost impossible”. And: “The Nation is like a sick human body. There are symptoms,…

AGOVAKA: WHY WE MUST SWITCH

ESTABLISHING diplomatic relations with China may lead to a boost in the local economy, Communication and Aviation minister Peter Shanel Agovaka claims. Agovaka, who led a controversial ministerial delegation to China recently, appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) inquiry yesterday. The FRC is inquiring into why Solomon Islands should severe its diplomatic ties with…

Kurukuru appeals

The country’s national men’s futsal team Solomon Kurukuru is appealing to all its supporters and fans to pledge and support them in their preparations towards the OFC world cup qualifiers next month.  According to a statement posted on Team Kurukuru’s Facebook page, the team is undergoing a very tough preparation in terms of strength and…

Taiwan youth ambassadors visit Parliament

THE visiting 28 youth ambassadors from Taiwan yesterday paid a brief visit to Parliament and the Speaker of Parliament Patteson John Oti. The visiting ambassadors are in Solomon Islands from the 1st September to 5th September to engage in youth exchange programs on the theme; ‘Youth Diplomacy Brings Taiwan to you.’ The youths consisted of…

Varley urged to act  

  A CONCERNED man from Malaita is calling on the Police Commissioner Mathew Varley to act immediately and investigate allegations concerning his officers in Auki, Malaita province. The man who wants his name withheld for personal reasons said its sad to learn about the illegal actions of some police officers in Auki. He said the…

Solomon Water hits out at Sasako report

SOLOMON Water Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ian Gooden has refuted recent statements published on Island Sun on “Minister Tovosia accused of ‘misinforming’ parliament on water situation in Honiara” by Alfred Sasako 3 September 2019 as –  misleading.  Gooden said he was disappointed that his personal correspondences with Frank Short was somehow obtained, selectively edited and…