PROTEST THREAT

JUST as Honiara-based members of the Solomon Islands Nurses Association (SINA) have returned to work after a two-day lightning sit-in protest, another group of frontline workers has threatened staging a similar sit-in protest. Police officers on frontline duties in the emergency zone, which covers the area between Alligator Creek in east Honiara to Poha River…

Bech-de-mer seized 

Ontong Javans livelihood snatched again By ANDREW FANASIAHoniara Newsroom BECH-DE-MER valued at over $500,000 was confiscated in the early morning hours of yesterday at the Honiara wharf by officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. This paper was tipped by a lawyer on Tuesday night that…

HCC rubbish collectors demand payment

CONTRACTORS engaged to collect rubbish around Honiara City are demanding Honiara City Council (HCC) to pay their bills. A contractor responsible for rubbish collection in Vura and Panatina Wards said it had been over five months since their last payment. “We have families and need money to put bread on the table and yet the…

Experience nurses are needed

Or the health system spiral down By ANDREW FANASIANewsroom, Honiara THE negative comments made by the government officials and certain individual doctors do not speak well of their capacity as government officials and medical Doctors. Some nurses spoken to this paper who wish to hide their identity said that sentiments like ‘they do not need…

Parliament to resume next week

PARLIAMENT will resume next week on Monday the 9th of November according to the Deputy Clerk to parliament, Jefferson Hallu. Asked whether the government has already made known its business for the sitting, Mr. Hallu said, “At the moment we haven’t received any indication of government business for next week’s sitting.”  He further added that…

Four years in prison for HCC break-in

THE man who broke and entered the Honiara City Council (HCC) head office in 2018 and stole a perfume has been sentenced to four years in prison, Tuesday. Frank Firimolea was convicted after a trial on one count of office break-in. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea said believes this sentence will again provide another opportunity…

Agriculture projects for Malaita

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has approved 47 projects at the value of $587,082 to boost agriculture productivity within the country this year. Minister of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Senley Levi Filualea said this is to assist cocoa, coconut, oil palm, coffee, kava, root crops, and tree crop farmers and processors under the…

GOV’T UNDER FIRE 

Over its ESP approach and payout By Alfred SasakoNewsroom, Honiara   THE tax-payer-funded $320 million Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) is nothing more than a ‘slush fund’ for politicians and their cronies, is the latest blasting of the Government by social media commentators. The accusation comes as the first ‘unofficial’ list of recipients began circulating on…

High court welcomes new judge

THE High Court has welcomed a new judge to the Bench to fill the gap left by the retirement of one of its long-serving judges who also retires this week. Howard David Minett Lawry of New Zealand is not a new face, having worked in the country since 2013. He initially started as a legal…

Candidate want to build on father’s legacy

The biggest problem with the nation today is good leadership. That’s according to Michael Saru who is adamant that he has what it takes to go all the way in Central Honiara’s upcoming by-election.  Despite other more established candidates, Saru is unfazed about the much-hyped popularity around some of them, money politics or scholarly attributes. …