Logging machines burntdown in dispute

FIVE logging machines have been burnt down at Ono logging camp in East Are’Are, Malaita Province. The machines included three bulldozers and two excavators. According to a concern village elder of Naorea village who declined to be identified said the incident occurred yesterday and the cost of damages run into thousands of dollars. The suspects…

Sikua’s cup enters quarter final

Eight football clubs from North East Guadalcanal advance for the quarter final of the Sikua’s Cup 2018 after winning the top eight matches at King George Six field, Tuesday. The teams are Geza A, Geza B, Balanga A, Balanga B, Green Snails A, Green Snails B, Tayg A and Poison Dust. They will meet for…

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SIFF fills three key positions By CROFTON UTUKANA THE Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has filled three very important positions in their office this week. SIFF formally appointed Leonard Paia as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eddie Rukumana as its new Youth Development Officer (YDO) and Robert Sulimae as a new Referee Development Officer…

Mua back in court today

THE matter of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Savo/Russell Dickson Mua accused of converting $3million intended to purchase a ship for his constituency in 2013 will return to court again Wednesday. Mua had his bail condition varied on the last court date allowing him to travel to Australia to under a medical review. He…

Rukumana vows to deliver

THE newly appointed Football Youth Development Officer (YDO) Eddie Rukumana vows do his best and deliver his responsibilities and YDO. Rukumana uttered this during his first press conference with the local media yesterday shortly after receiving his official appointment as YDO for the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) on Monday this week. “I know the…

PM defends 2019 Budget

‘This budget is credible’ By ANDREW FANASIA THE Prime Minister Rick Hou has defend his government budget after it was heavily criticised on the floor of the Parliament, Tuesday. Chairman of the Bills and Legislative Committee Mathew Wale came out strongly to criticise the budget in his debate yesterday. Mr Hou in his response said…

‘NO WEST PAPUA POLICY’

SIDCCG is neutral, says Hou By IAN MCDONALD THE Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change (SIDCC) Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rick Hou has no policy statement in dealing with the issue of West Papua. Mr Hou stated this, when asked by a journalist over the government’s stand on West Papua, in a…

$1m mysterious payment

THE one million ($1m) in shipping grant that was supposed to be received by Didao Development Cooperation remains a mystery and untraceable since documents related to the payment were missing from the Ministry of Finance. The payment was made between 2015 and 2016. Didao Development Cooperation never received the payment. According to the Auditor General’s…

Sigimanu: I did not lie

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Ethel Sigimanu has hit out at media reports she lied to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about the claims of government lawyers. “I did not lie,” Mrs Sigimanu retorted, Wednesday in response to the accusation levelled at her by a spokesperson for the Government…