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…

The fight against Rhino beetle in Rennell rages on

The Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock, through their Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI) Department, assisted Rennell Islands last month to fight the threat of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB).  The CRB, which destroys coconut plantations, is threatening the livelihoods of Rennell Island communities and Solomon Islands farmers. To respond to this serious threat BSI sent two…