Locals get their Canadian PR

TWO Solomon Islanders from Guadalcanal Province created history when they were handed their employment permit for Canada on Thursday. The duo Amelia Muse and Careka Volly are the first two Solomon Islanders to have been granted the permit under the Canadian government’s Immigration nomination program. They touched down at the Vancouver International Airport and were…

Private Sector meets with ADB President

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) and other private sector representatives were privileged to meet the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao in Honiara this week. According to SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett the visit by Mr Nakao to Solomon Islands “signifies and reinforces ADB’s ongoing high-level support to Solomon Islands”. “Because…

Ministry takes stand on ‘political’ scholarships

MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) will no longer extend their influence into the selection process for students awarded with scholarships under their respective constituencies starting next year. Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Dr Franco Rodie revealed this to the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting yesterday. Dr Rodie…

MASI appoints new CEO

THE Media Association Solomon Islands (MASI) welcomes the appointment of Hilda Lamani to the position of CEO of MASI. The President of MASI, Deli Oso, previous press secretary to the Prime Minister and now a sub-editor for the Solomon Star newspaper, believes that Ms Hilda Lamani will bring a wealth of business management and financial…

$400k to destroy blue boats

BLUE boats destruction cost the government $400,000, according to information revealed during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting on Tuesday. Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) Dr Christian Ramofafia said the lowest bidder for the destruction of the boats is $400,000, thus government opted for the cheapest bidder to dispose…

PM meets ADB chief

THE visiting President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao officially meets Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara late on Tuesday. Mr Nakao arrived on Tuesday afternoon. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed areas of common interests, including, ways to progress sustainable development in Solomon Islands. A statement from the Government Communication Unit…

GOV’T CUTS OFF AMA UNI

THE Ministry of Education will as of next year stop sending students to AMA University in the Philippines. Permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie revealed this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday. “We have finally decided to discontinue sending students under government scholarship to study at AMA as of next year,” Dr…

Integrity

Welcome to our discussion and this week we will look at the topic “Integrity” under our main theme “The essentials of Life.” In the light of recent developments of sacking and termination of high profile officers within the public service, I believe, this is a topic worth looking at for our discussion. In all our…

Consultation on tax review coming up

Tax Review Consultation Programme will be launched in Honiara this Friday August 25. A statement from the Government Communication Unit said, the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Snyder Rini will officially launch the event. “Following the launch, the Tax Review Consultation Committee (TRCC) will conduct and open consultation session. “Attendees will be able to…