PS Finance refutes TSI article on ESP

THE Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, McKinnie Dentana has clarified the misleading statement made by TSI alleging that public officers have been qualified for the ESP payment.  The article, which was based on leaked information, is misleading and can amount to defamation of character to those that have appeared on the list.  “I…

Suidani: You are the future

YOU are the future of this province and your knowledge and skills will be depended upon to move this province forward. This sentiment was echoed by Premier Daniel Suidani when addressing Auki Community High School Students yesterday.   In today’s world, one must acquire the relevant skills and knowledge in order to survive and make a…

18 new lawyers admitted to practice 

EIGHTEEN new local lawyers have taken their oaths of admission yesterday before Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer. Sir Albert in his remarks during the ceremonial event yesterday said in taking the oath of allegiance and legal practitioner’s oath, they have subscribed to two fundamental duties. “……one owed to your clients and the other more important…

Malaita gifted with new garbage truck

THE Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Island has announced that his government would provide an ISUZU garbage truck under its grassroots project to Malaita Provincial Government.  H.E. Yasuhiro Morimoto revealed that the garbage truck costs SBD$642,000.  The Malaita Provincial Government and the Japanese Embassy yesterday signed the grant contract agreement to formalize the project.  During the…

IS THE ESP A “TOTAL GIVE-AWAY”?

QUESTIONS are being asked as to whether the initial design of the Government’s Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) took into account strategic considerations critical to long term returns on the overall tax-payer-funded $320 million investment. “Has the initial design for example embraced target sectors, the level of the proposed investment and returns from those sectors, the…

Politicians $1.8m richer

MPs await RCDF funds from China By ANDREW FANASIANewsroom, Honiara THE politicians will pocket their shares of the Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF) contributions of SBD$1.8 million from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) anytime soon. This was revealed by a reliable source within the government. The source who spoke to this paper in anonymity…

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…