Hou queries China flight 

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Small Malaita Rick Hou has questioned the government whether is it worth taking the risk to operate a charter flight to China.  He raised this question in parliament on Tuesday after learning the government organizing a special flight to pick nineteen Chinese nationals directly from China to work on the 2023…

CHANGES TO CDF LAW

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says his government, through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury is currently working on amending the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Act and Regulations. He made this assurance during his nationwide address, Monday. Sogavare said the amendment of the CDF Act and finalization of the Regulation is the priority task of this…

Plea next for Djokovic 

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare’s Chief of Staff Robson Djokovic will be entering his plea to the traffic case against him next Thursday. Djokovic who is facing a charge of careless driving did not appear in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court, Thursday. This was because he is currently in Western and Choiseul Provinces on government’s businesses…

OUR NEW POLICE CHIEF

Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau has been named the country’s new Police Commissioner. Mangau in his early 50’s from Ontong Java, Malaita Province was sworn in before His Excellency the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi during a brief ceremony held at the Government House yesterday morning. His appointment as police chief was done by the Governor-General,…

Maka’a wants faithful staff 

The Premier of Makira Ulawa Province Julian Maka’a says he wants to see provincial workers carry out their various duties with dedication and diligence. He said since taking up office in January, he has noticed provincial workers arrive late for work in the mornings and take off early from their duties in the afternoons. Mr…

Russell fisheries body launches mandate

Regardless of the current covid-19 impacts on the country at large, fishing communities in Russell Islands in Central Islands Province (CIP) have moved another step ahead with their intention to develop and advance fisheries as source of revenue earner for their people. The Russell Islands Fisheries Association or RIFA for short was formally established with…

Valuation roll workshop staged

A one-day workshop was held this week in Honiara involving practising land valuers and other related professionals. The training aims to to discuss and agree on the unimproved land values for different zones across Honiara, a statement from the Ministry of Lands said. The workshop was funded through the Ministry of Lands Development Budget and…

SoPE too long says Wale

THE further extension of the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) to four months is too long for the second emergency period.  The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale expressed this on Wednesday in response to announcement by the Prime Minister. MR Wale said the government has had six months since January 2020 to prepare for covid-19.…

Kuku, Titiulu in charge of Independent Office

Former Attorney General (AG) Billy Titiulu is now Secretary to the Parliamentary Office of the Leader of Independent. He replaces Sam Alasia, who stepped down after the former Leader of Independent Group, Robertson Galo, lost his South Choiseul Seat of the National Parliament following a recent High Court ruling of an election petition against his…