Melanesian Festival

Government through the ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) will send ten local artists to participate at the 5th Melanesian festival of arts and culture that will be held in Papua New Guinea next month. The festival will be held over two-week from 28th June – 11th July.  Port Moresby will stage the major event…

Candidates accused of buying votes

Transparency Solomon Islands has heard allegations that the new biometric registration system designed to reduce election fraud is being abused by candidates. The group is calling on the government to make it illegal for anyone to buy or collect voter registration cards.  Transparency chief executive Daniel Fenua has received reports of one candidate buying official…

New commissioner for oaths, Malaita

A senior labour officer Simon Suku was recently appointed as a commissioner for oaths in Solomon Islands. The two years appointment was made by Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer on the 20th May 2014 and it took effect from that date until 20th May 2016. Simon Suku is a senior labour officer who had served…

SPO plans fuel facility in Noro

South Pacific Oil Ltd (SPO) is planning to establish a fuel depot in Noro, Western province in partnership with Soltuna and National Fisheries Development (NFD). As part of the new set up SPO general manager Carson Korowa is currently in Noro to discuss with the management of Soltuna and NFD about the partnership deal which…

Burns Creek leaders urged to do more

Outspoken pastor and chief of Burns Creek in East Honiara appeals to community leaders to unite and do more to reduce criminal activities in their community. Pastor Seti Iromea said it is sad to see some of their leaders are part of the recent riot in east Honiara. Pr Iromea said leaders within Burns Creek…

GOVT ACCUSED

A former top government minister has accused the national government of not living up its word in the land accusation process. And further warns the national project involving the Tina River hydro-project will not be successful if government fails to follow the right procedures. Walton Naezon who is the current provincial member for Malango ward…

Onika pleased with second reading of Bill

Minister of lands and housing Joseph Onika has thanked members of parliament (MP) for their positive contribution and support towards the 2014 amendment of the Lands and Titles Bill. Speaking in Parliament yesterday minister Onika said he was very pleased with the level of support and regard that MPs have in support towards the Bill.…

Bekabeka had a surprise visit

The Bekabeka community high school (CHS) on Gatokae island, Marovo, Western province has a surprise visit from the Western provincial government executive late last week. The delegation was led by the Western provincial premier Robert Pae Kuve, the MPA for East Gatogae Wayne Maepio and few other executive members. The surprise visit was to see…

Forestry farmers showing less interest

Farmers engaging in reforestation activities in Baegu and Fataleka, Malaita province are showing lack of interest in forestry related training. Thats according to a Malaita forestry extension officer who wished to have his identity withheld. He said based on observation there were poor turn outs from forestry farmers when trainings are being offered for them…