Report: $172 million deficit recorded

THE recently released 2015 Annual Report from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) shows a record deficit of $172 million for the year on the fiscal front. This was revealed by the Governor Denton Rarawa during the launch event yesterday. He said the deficit resulted from an increase in government expenditure in the second…

Solomons takes part in Arms Trade workshop

SOLOMON Islands recently participated in a four day workshop on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 3-6 May. The workshop, which was organized by Control Arms, Nonviolence International Southeast Asia (NISEA) and the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) with funding support from the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, was…

Is it the end for Yow?

IS it the end for Colin Yow – the Singaporean-born high flyer who took on the establishment and lost, the man who confused reforms for rice and noodle sales? Legal experts spoken to said it is the end for Mr Yow in terms of his fight to remain the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the…

SI set to host Melanesian 2018 Arts Festival

THE GOVERNMENT will ensure it will successfully host the 2018 Melanesian Arts Festival. This was highlighted by the Minister of Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo on Friday during the successful staging of a mini-festival in Honiara. He said, the Solomon Islands was also successful it is bid to host the Melanesian Arts Festival in 2018.…

Chancellor speaks on corruption

Corruption is rife in our very own society, education institutions, public and government organisations, almost in every works of life here in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This is according to Chancellor of Goroka University, Joseph Sukwaianomb. “Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea is no different in many ways and the norm to corruption…

Cattle shipped to West

The Government run Tenavatu cattle farm in Central Guadalcanal has again live up to its expectation by shipping more than 100 plus cattle herds to one of the distributing cattle farms in the Western province named Ilolo. The shipment occurred yesterday afternoon. The shipment is part of the country’s National Cattle Rehabilitation Programme to rehabilitate…

Govt to import more cattle

THE GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) will import more cattle herds from Vanuatu this year. This was revealed by the Director of Livestock and Veterinary Services Rarney Keqa in an exclusive interview over the weekend. Mr. Keqa said the country was supposed to get more cattle last year the country, but…

Airline summit ends here

MORE than 80 delegates attended the 34th annual general meeting of the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) from May 4 to 6 in Honiara. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially opened the bi-annual conference, which focused on the theme “Aviation & the Environment”. Mr Sogavare commended the work of ASPA in providing the ideal forum…

Accused forgets his lawyer’s name

A 24-YEAR-OLD man facing an incest charge is yet to confirm which lawyer from the Public Solicitor’s Office is representing him. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his elder sister, appeared on Thursday in the Honiara Magistrates Court for mention. He confirmed in court that he now has a lawyer…