Gov’t defends police chief’s appointment

THE Government has defended the appointment of Australian Matthew Varley as the country’s police commissioner. This came after journalist Alfred Sasako published an article in the Island Sun newspaper that claimed the appointment was made under duress. But in a statement issued yesterday, the government said Mr Varley was appointed because the government has confidence…

More GP CITREC graduates in Canada

Vancouver, CANADA: TWO more Graduate’s of Guadalcanal Province & Canadian International Training & Education Corp [CITREC] program have been admitted into Canada with opportunity for jobs and Permanent Residence nomination. Grace Delight Sutahi arrived in Canada late last week and was granted Canadian nomination for Permanent Residence. Ms. Delight is employed as a cook and…

MoFT staff hailed for commitment, effort

STAFF of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) staff received acknowledgment for their commitment and effort rendered towards the Ministry and in facilitating government services this year. Deputy Prime Ministry (DPM) and the Minister of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) Manasseh Sogavare made the acclamation during the Ministry’s (MoFT) 2017 Christmas Party held at the…

‘Lets move beyond business as usual’

IN ORDER for the country to make any progress economically it must move beyond business as usual and make deliberate policy choices. That was according to the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) Manasseh Sogavare. Mr Sogavare was speaking during the Ministry of Finance &…

PROTEST FAIL

The wished-for protest to oust the regime of president of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) William Lai and his executive by a vocal former national midfielder and founder of West Honiara Royals Football Academy Joel Moffat Konolifilia was unsuccessful. Konofilia’s long time cry and demand for SIFF president to step down hit the brick…

MINING PROTEST

AN anti-mining group in Lata, Temotu province has protested against a mining talks in Lata, Temotu province over the weekend. As a result three local mining officials were turned back at the Lata airport last Sunday. The Pacific Bauxite Mining official arrived at Lata for mining talks with land owners and provincial leaders when they…

DOCTORS STRIKE

SIMA decline public service offer, move to commence strike By CHARLEY PIRINGI  A NATIONWIDE strike by members of the Solomon Islands Medical Association (SIMA) will kick off this Friday. This came after medical doctors who are members of the association refused the counter offer by the Government through the Ministry of Public Service after their…

Savosavo Bible translation to start

ABOUT 30 representatives from Catholic and ACOM churches around Savo Island gathered at Kalaka Community School last Sundayto discuss a plan for the start of a Bible translation in the Savosavo language. This was the third meeting held this year on the island to discuss the idea and participants expressed strong support for a Savosavo…

SOCCER PROTEST

Konofilia turns down SIFF request By CARLOS ARUAFU A former national mid-fielder and founder of the West Honiara Royals Kids Football Academy, Joel Moffat Konofilia has turned down Solomon Islands Football Federation’s (SIFF) request to have talks instead opted for a protest against the SIFF president. A protest against the president of SIFF, William Lai…