MID minister resigns

MINISTER of Infrastructure Development (MID) Jimmy Lusibaea has resigned from the current ruling Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week. Mr Lusibaea the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Malaita tendered his resignation last Friday. A copy of the letter was cited by this paper yesterday, dated Friday…

Yow Out!

Court orders controversial CEO out of SIPA premises THE game may be over for Colin Yow. This came after the High Court ordered the former controversial Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from entering the premises of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer issued the orders after the SIPA board, represented by the…

New approach on project development gains result

THE soon reopening of the Gwaunaru’u Airport in Malaita Province resulted from the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG’s) new project delivery approach in the province, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told Parliament on Thursday. He was responding to a question by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Jeremiah Manele during question and answer time regarding…

Manele: We must not wait for the court

OPPOSITION Leader Jeremiah Manele says he believes that the passing of the Lands and Titles Amendment Bill 2016 this week is a long overdue legal issue that parliament failed to rectify since 1978. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Hongrano/Kia/Havulei uttered this, when presenting his statement during the passing of the Bill, Wednesday this week.…

Bainimarama pulls out of MSG summit

RNZI – Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, won’t be attending next week’s Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in Vanuatu. Instead, he has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that he will be going to the Queen’s birthday celebrations in London. The MSG summit in Port Vila is to revisit the appointment of Fiji’s Amena Yauvoli as the…

Hospital theatres to reopen soon

MINISTER of Health and Medical Services, Dr Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u says work on the two operating theatres at National Referral Hospital have completed. Dr Kaitu’u confirmed this when asked by Member of Parliament for West Makira, Derrick Manu’ari in Parliament on Thursday on the status and cost to repair the theatres. He said so far…

PM to launch new gov’t vision

THE country’s National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016 -2035 will be officially launched today. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister for Development Planning and Aid Co-ordination, Hon Danny Philip will officially launched the document. The event takes place at the Heritage Park Hotel. NDS will be unveiled with its national vision “Improving the Social and Economic…

Valuers bill passed

PARLIAMENT on Thursday passed the Valuers (Amendment) Bill 2016 yesterday after much scrutiny in the committee of supply stage. The Bill, when becomes an Act, is to reform the membership of the Valuers Board, limit registration of valuers to only Solomon Islands citizens, impose additional qualification requirements for temporary registration of valuers, widen the scope…

Rape case in Renbel back to court

The case of a man accused of raping a woman at Renbell Province last year will return to the court again on May 2. This is for the accused to enter his plea to the charge of one count of rape against him. A committal hearing will followed thereafter. He appeared in court on Thursday…

Students urged to excel

GRADUATING Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students have been challenged to further their education and achieve more even though they have successfully completed part of the dream this year. SINU Vice Chancellor Glynn Galo highlighted this when addressing the 1541  students graduating from the national institution yesterday. He said, this qualification should lead the students…