Bus drivers warned

Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Matthew Varley appeals to drivers of public buses to use bus stops merely to drop and pick up passengers and not to spend too long at the bus stops causing traffic jams in the centre of Honiara City. Commissioner Varley explains: “The bus stops are provided…

GOV’T TO LIMIT PAs

Appointees to sign contracts next week By ANDREW FANASIA THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) will limit the number of Political Appointees (PA). And those appointed are expected to sign their contracts next week. That’s according to the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Albert Kabui. He confirmed yesterday that the Government has…

NEW ADVISER TO MAYOR?

Sore may get new role in city council By ANDREW FANASI   A NEW post will be created within the Honiara City Council Office to accommodate an adviser to the city mayor, sources have disclosed. And they say controversial high-profile former public servant and political appointee Rence Sore will be given this new post. Sore…

PM meets Singapore’s envoy 

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has received a courtesy visit from Singapore’s Ambassador to the Pacific Island Forum, His Excellency Verghese Matthews at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Monday. The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm Singapore’s continuous support to Solomon Islands and to strengthen relationships between the two countries. His…

Marine disaster looms for Namuga

THE marine ecological system in Star Harbour will be highly polluted and destroyed if nothing is done to remove the sunken MV Takana from Namuga in East Makira last week. The $3 million dollar un-seaworthy ship was laid to rest in the once beautiful Star Harbour. MV Takana a scrap metal look alike ship was…

GOV’T, SFA PAY FOR CHINA TRIP

THE Government and Solomon Forest Association (SFA) jointly funded the controversial government trip to China. That’s according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. He was responding to questions raised over the trip and who funded it. Two ministers and a government back-bencher, plus officials from the Ministry of Forestry and Finance were on the trip. Solomon…

Building road humps is illegal: Varley

BUILDING or putting humps along the road to slow down traffic is unlawful, says Police Commissioner Mathew Varley. Varley clarified the issue when asked following the increase of the practice in and outside of the Honiara city boundary. Just last week, complaints were raised by drivers and vehicle owners on a number of humps being…

FIRST LADY MPA  

For Tasiboko ward, North East Guadalcanal BY BRYAN LUVENA Rose Tala has created history by being the first woman Member for Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Tasiboko ward in North East Guadalcanal. The form three leaver was elected into power during last week’s Guadalcanal Provincial Election. She was the only woman candidate to contest the ward…

Alleged con man refused bail 

THE court has on Friday refused bail for a man accused of obtaining a total of $10,000 from five Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students under false pretences. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea said he had doubts Junior Wane will observe bail if he is released on bail. This was after he considered the sworn statement…

Ramohia unseated

FORMER Malaita Provincial Premier Peter Ramohia has lost his Ward 24 seat after being voted out during Wednesday’s Provincial election. The election has seen new comer Peter Taraumae a former Malaria senior officer in Malaita province being elected as the new member for the Ward in the west Are Are constituency.  Mr Taraumae polled 847…