PNA in safer hands

PNA: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is in safer hands despite the departure of its chief executive officer of six years Dr Transform Aqorau. Solomon Islander Aqorau will leave the Marshall Islands-based organization in August this year. He will be succeeded by Papua New Guinean Ludwig Kumoru, whose appointment was announced last week.…

A leaf hut of clothes

How a mother earns her income Inside a small hut on the eastern end of Lungga bridge, Winnifred Nanau and her daughter Emma neatly displayed sewn and used clothes for sale. This little clothing shop may look insignificant but to Winnifred, this is her family’s bread and butter. Winnifred, who comes from Malaita, is one…

Malaita teachers query pay

Teachers in Training (TNT) in Malaita say they are yet to be paid by the government since January this year. And they urged the Ministry of Education and Human Resources to explain why their salaries have not been paid. Spokesman Albert Donga said they have been living on debt for the last three months and…

Ika is new SINTA president

Solomon Islands National Teachers’ Association (SINTA) has a new president. He is Philip Silas Ika, who was elected last week.  Ika was elected during SINTA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Prior to his election, he was SINTA’s vice-president. Hailed from east Kwaio in Malaita, Ika is a teacher at Mbua Valley Community High School in Honiara.…

Medical staff upset at closure of 2 theatres

Medical staff working at the National Referral Hospital are upset at the lack of commitment by hospital authorities to ensure the reopening of the two operating theatres that were closed since December 2015. The Labour Division closed the theatres due to their poor condition. The decision resulted in the scale down and suspension of surgical…

Ramohia defends comments

Malaita premier Peter Ramohia has defended his comments made on the slow implementation of national projects in the province. This followed accusations certain Malaitans levelled at him over the comments he made in the media. Certain Malaitan groups said Ramohia’s comments were misleading and did not help with the national government’s plans to implement projects…

West Are’are landowners open land for new school

Plans to build a senior national secondary school at Ohoraha in west Are’are, Malaita, are progressing smoothly. That was according to vice-chairperson of the Ohoraha landowners association Channel Nori. “We have met and signed consent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) through permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie,”…

Committee meets on way forward

The Honiara Public-Private Cooperation Committee has met on progresses of the working groups to ensure Honiara is kept clean with conducive environment. The committee is setup under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded LEAF project. It comprised of representatives from various stakeholders, including the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and the Honiara City Council. City…

Group defends actions

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has defended its involvement in local politics. The group’s secretary and legal adviser Charles Ashley said there’s no law stopping them from involving or commenting on political issues. “Politics is everybody’s concern and nobody has the right to shut out others from involving in political matters,” Ashley said. He was responding…

DPI meeting in India elects Fa’asala

Casper Joseph Fa’asala, who is the current President of the People with Disabilities in the Solomon Islands and also Advocator for Women in Leadership in the country, holding the position of Women in Leadership Desk Officer with the Solomon Islands National Council of Women has been added additional responsibilities as the new Co-Vice chairperson to…