$10M LAND PURCHASE

PM clarifies purchase of land intended for new Choiseul township By AATAI JOHN Government’s decision to purchase Choiseul Bay for the relocation of Choiseul Provincial headquarter on Taro island worth $10million was based on an agreement by the landowners. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavarerevealed this in Parliament, Monday. About 532 hectares of land at Choiseul Bay…

THUGS STILL AT LARGE

THE search for the two ‘dangerous’ men who escaped lawful police custody last week is still on. The two men Frank Firimolea, 29 and Eric Nathaniel, 24 both from Malaita Province were arrested in connection with a violent home invasion incident at Panatina Ridge in Honiara on 13 October 2017. The two men were charged…

READ SI packs books for 116 villages

READ SI has started Phase 2 of the National Literacy Campaign. After impacting 33 villages in Phase 1 (June and July) now the READ SI teacher trainers are going out for October through December training village teachers and helping to set up classes and libraries.  In Phase 1 only two provinces were not visited and…

Statistics hit back at critics, explains role

THE Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) within the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) is the Government Central Statistics Agency and has the mandate to release and report on key official economic statistics/indicators in the country. That’s according to the Government Statistician Douglas Kimi. Mr Kimi was responding to commentators on social media questioning…

MASI launches social media policy

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) now has a social media policy to ensure the integrity of its members when using social media. The policy launched at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara last Saturday was put together by an Australian volunteer working with the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Nick Sas. The social media…

Economic boost for Western province

THE recent signing of the SIPA- Maersk-Tri Marine Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to bring more economic opportunities for people in the Western province. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his remarks during the signing ceremony in Honiara last week highlighted the importance of the partnership. “These trade partnerships will not only increase economic activity…

‘OFFICIALS IGNORANT’

THE current mess in the bêche-de-mer industry is a result of ignorance by the senior officials of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR). Ontong Javanese medical practitioner and entrepreneur Dr Reginald Aipia revealed this on Sunday following seizure of illegally harvested beche-de-mer stocks last week. Dr Aipia said the reports of illegal harvests…

Wanted men

Have you seen these two ‘criminals’? By LYNNISSHA RUNA  Police are hunting down two “dangerous men” who escaped lawful custody at the Honiara Magistrates Court last Wednesday. The two are: FRANK FIRIMOLE, 29, from Malaita. Police believed he’s residing in the Green Valley area of east Honiara. He is described as 168cms tall of medium…

Police ‘Zero Tolerance Operation’ underway

POLICE in Honiara have started their Zero Tolerance Operation in the capital to ensure members of the public are safe as the country prepares for the Christmas festivities. “We started this operation last weekend with great success,” Commissioner of Police Matthew Varley said. “Thirteen suspects were arrested and nine drivers were arrested for drink and…