New twist: Renbel elects new premier

IN a new twist, Renbel Assembly yesterday elected a new premier in a meeting embattled premier LenceTangosia boycotted. Timothy Johnston was elected during the meeting held at the Pacific Casino Hotel. Renbel Provincial Speaker Norman Sao confirmed the election, saying Mr Johnston took his oath immediately after he was elected to power. Early this week,…

Kerry pays tribute here

UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry has paid tribute to Coastwatchers and US Marines who fought and lost their lives during the Second World War here. “If it hasn’t been for the coastwatchers and the scouts, we would be bastards in ten minutes,” Mr Kerry said during a wreath laying ceremony at the Solomon…

World youth day theme highlighted

THE theme of this year’s International Youth Day was underscored during celebrations marking the event in Honiara on Tuesday. Vice chair of Honiara City Youth Council Jessica Parapolo said the theme “Youth and Mental Health” provided the perfect opportunity to turn the spotlight on challenges that upset the balance between all aspects of life –…

Youths end celebration is style

YOUTHS in Honiara wind up celebrations marking International Youth Day in style, Tuesday night. Youths taking part in the event showcased their talents in singing and dancing as the celebrations come to its close. Despite technical problems faced by the committee, the programme continued undisrupted to the end. One of the youths Charlie Leua said…

Students renew allowances call

SOLOMON Islands students studying in Papua New Guinea’s institutions have renewed their calls for the national government to immediately release their last tranche of allowances for the second semester. It was revealed most of the students received the first tranche since mid of last month but since then nothing has come through. Those studying at…

Students join ‘brush up’ day

EARLY Childhood Education (ECE) and primary students of Burns Creek Adventist school, in East Honiara, on Tuesday joined the tooth brushing day celebration. The day was initiated by the dental department within the Ministry of Health and Medical Service (MHMS) in partnership with Colgate Palmolive Limited of Fiji. The event was marked in Honiara on…

Gov’t blamed for Gold Ridge trouble

FORUM SOLOMON Islands International (FSII) says it would have been a different story if Prime Minister Lilo and his government took a professional approach to deal with St. Barbara’s forced majeure situation. “The April flash floods which forced St. Barbara to abandon the Gold Ridge mine project created personal interests and conflict of interests amongst…