Councillor welcomes new health centre

CITY councillor for Vura Ward Reginald Ngati has thanked the Australian people and government for funding the new Naha Birth and Urban Health Center. “As the Councillor representing the Naha communities, on behalf of my people and the City residence, I would like to thank the Australian Government through DFAT for the gift during the…

Sale of land in Honiara

PERHAPS, the easiest place to own land is Honiara.   This is not because one is allowed to settle as he/she chooses rather, can be easily swindled if one has a few bucks to spare.   Sale of land is never far and free of corruption in Honiara.  Kickbacks (commission as it known locally) are the determining…

Gov’t policy needs to be costed: Wale

OPPOSITION leader Mathew Wale says the Government needs to know how much its policies will cost in order to prioritise them. He made the comment in a lengthy and explosive speech delivered in parliament yesterday in response to the speech from the throne. “The lack of policy costing gives the pretention that government is able…

DCGA focuses on achieving projects

THE Government is both determined and committed to implement policies that will provide the appropriate “redirection” and that there will no longer be “business as usual”. That’s according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare when he launched his government’s policy document, Friday. “We have reprioritized, and will be focusing on projects that are achievable, and can…

First batch of nurses Vanuatu-bound

THE first batch of 28 local nurses recruited by the Vanuatu Government jetted out of the country on Monday to take up their new jobs. Most of them will spend two years under a contract working in various clinics and hospitals around Vanuatu. The recruitment of local nurses will fill the huge retirement gap left in…

Stop the handout mentality

GOVERNOR General Rev. David Vunagi says Solomon Islanders must stop the habit of relying on aid donors or politicians to provide cash handouts. Vunagi made the statement when he delivered his first speech from the throne yesterday to start off the second meeting of the 11th Parliament. He said the Government believes that the way…

LOGGING TRAGEDY

Two killed in horrific vehicle accident By WILSON SAENIin Auki   TWO logging workers were killed in a horrific vehicle accident in east Fataleka, Malaita, last Saturday. The deceased – a local and an Indonesian – were employees of Malaysian logging firm Samlimsan.  A third worker, a local, survived by jumping off the back of…

WALE: GOV’T FAILS PEOPLE

CURRENT struggles and difficulties Solomon Islanders face are a result of Government failures, Opposition leader Mathew Wale says. He stated this in a lengthy and explosive speech he delivered in parliament yesterday in response to the speech from the throne. “The oppressors have taken over everything from the oppressed ordinary Solomon Islanders, leaving them behind…

Honey can be a major source of income here

BEE-KEEPING can be a major source of income for Solomon Islanders. That’s according to Dr Yue-Wen Chen, one of Taiwan’s foremost experts in honey-bee, who had been in the country in the last eight days. “You have some of the best honey-bees here in the world,” Chen said before he flew back to Taiwan yesterday.…

Central Market to open 7 days a week

The Mayor Wilson Mamae and the Executive of the Honiara City Council have passed a resolution to allow the Honiara Central market to open it’s services for 7 days a week. This means the Central market will open during it’s normal official hours, Monday to Sunday from 6am to 6pm. This is to allow the…