Indonesia is cementing control over West Papua

By NITHIN COCAFreelance Journalist  EARLIER this month, the Indonesian military raided and destroyed the offices of the West Papuan National Committee, a separatist group in the country’s easternmost region, which has long agitated for independence.  The raid came amid allegations that the military had used chemical weapons in airstrikes on separatists in West Papua in…

A step in the right direction

CREATING a collaborative environment where young entrepreneurs can develop business ideas, improve technical skills and learn from like-minded young business people is a step in the right direction to help address the high youth unemployment rate in the country. Coordinator of the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI), John Wopereis made the statement when speaking…

MOVE TO RETRIEVE LAND

‘Suspected fraud in Henderson land dealing’ By ANDREW FANASIA   THE Commissioner of Lands Allan McNeil said that his office will retrieve a controversial Fixed Term Estate (FTE) allegedly sold by its suspended Commissioner to an Asian while the court is dealing with the newly constructed building next to the airport runway at Henderson. Mr…

Gina requests border management plan

WESTERN Province has requested a Movement Management Plan for our Country’s Western Boarder with the Autonomous Province of Bougainville. Western Province Premier, David Gina is calling on the national Government to design a management Plan on the sea border that lies between the North Solomon’s Province of Papua New Guinea along with Western and Choiseul…

SHAKY TIES

DAP to review diplomatic relationship with Taiwan By ANDREW FANASIA DEMOCRATIC Alliance Party (DAP) will review the nation’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan if it comes to power after this year’s election. That’s according to the party’s manifesto, which was launched in Honiara on Tuesday. “We will embrace a ‘look north’ foreign policy while reviewing our…

Polling date finalised

SOLOMON Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has already decided on the date for this year’s national election. But Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala said they will have to wait for next month for Governor General Sir Frank Kabui to officially announce it. He revealed this when he opened three-day training for election awareness officers SIEC is…

Para workshop sets to roll

THE Solomon Islands National Paralympic Committee (SINPC) is organizing a three-day Agitos Workshop and Athletics coaching course for parents of para-athletes, coaches and medical personnel. The course will start 9am today, ending January 25. It will be held at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) conference room. Christopher Nunn, Project Coordinator of the Oceania Paralympic…

HOU’S BIG PROMISE

We’ll end ‘political prostitution” By ANDREW FANASIA CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou says he’ll bring in new laws to stop “political prostitution” if he returns to power in this year’s election. He was speaking at the launch of his Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) in Honiara, Tuesday. “DAP believes a strong and stable political party system…