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…

ACE educators’ conference successful

MORE than a hundred teachers from Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) schools in the country have been awarded with certificates after completing a two-day Solomon Islands ACE Educators’ conference last Friday. The conference was held and facilitated by Slabbert Pretorius and Mrs Anna Marie Pretorius at the Harvest Academy, Henderson area, East Honiara. The conference was…

Highway road work starts mid-year

WORK on the Kukum Highway Upgrading Project is expected to start mid this year, according to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Henry Murray. Japan is funding the multi-million dollar road project, which will see the upgrading of the three kilometre road from Honiara City Council to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources head…