Dr Rodgers is new SPM

Former Director General of the Noumea-based Secretariat of the South Pacific Community Dr Jimmy Rodgers is the new Secretary to the Prime Minister. He was seen accompanying the Prime Minister Rick Hou last Saturday night during the official opening of the Bred Bank Solomon Ltd. Early this month the Ministry of Education and Human Resource…

BRED Bank opens

Prime Minister Rick Hou on Saturday officially launched the operations of the country’s fourth commercial bank, BRED Bank. BRED Bank expanded its operations into the country since last year. “I am pleased that BRED Bank has ticked all the boxes and met our entire licensing requirement,” Hou said. He added BRED has worked tirelessly to…

Our Telekom to reduce workforce

Staff plan to protest By ANDREW FANASIA Staff of Our Telekom are planning to stage a sit-in protest this week following the company’s move to undertake a redundancy exercise. Sources within Telekom revealed the plan after the nation’s biggest telecommunications firm told its workers around 100 employees will be affected. “The management does not want…

Officers told to utilise new skills

OFFICERS of the Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) are urged to utilise their newly acquired skills. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Police, National Security and Correctional Services (CSSI) Karen Qalokale made the reminder on Friday. This was when more than 20 officers were awarded with certificates after completing their Queensland corrective services studies. “I am…

Students want allowances sorted

GOVERNMENT sponsored students studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are calling on the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education to address their outstanding allowances. Students demand the PS must take into consideration and act accordingly to address their semester one allowance issue. A group of students studying at the SINU School of…

Kwarea CHS hosts cultural day

A CULTURAL day was hosted by Kwarea Community High School, in West Kwara’ae, Malaita Province. The 2018 Kwarea CHS annual cultural day show was hosted with the theme “Culture Endangered”. It was held successfully at the school compound, despite the pouring rain on Wednesday.   Speaking during the event, the Kwarea CHS principal Godfrey Angisia said…

$7m MACFest preparation

The 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MAFCEST) 2018 preparation is on the right track as the committee is working under a very tight budget of $7 million sourced from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the MACFest chair Andrew Nihopara told the local media on…

ON A MISSION

History as two female officers leave on UN duty to Sudan By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN MINISTER for Police and National Security Moses Garu says the deployment of two female officers to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, is an inspiration and motivation for other female officers. Mr Garu made this sentiment on Thursday at…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

*Medical report yet to be given to court*Suspended officer on trial for fraud*Magistrate withdraws from rape hearing*Accused challenges police interview Medical report yet to be given to court THE medical report in relation to the case of a man accused of using an axe to strike another man’s head at White River area, West Honiara in…