Valuers bill passed

PARLIAMENT on Thursday passed the Valuers (Amendment) Bill 2016 yesterday after much scrutiny in the committee of supply stage. The Bill, when becomes an Act, is to reform the membership of the Valuers Board, limit registration of valuers to only Solomon Islands citizens, impose additional qualification requirements for temporary registration of valuers, widen the scope…

Rape case in Renbel back to court

The case of a man accused of raping a woman at Renbell Province last year will return to the court again on May 2. This is for the accused to enter his plea to the charge of one count of rape against him. A committal hearing will followed thereafter. He appeared in court on Thursday…

Students urged to excel

GRADUATING Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students have been challenged to further their education and achieve more even though they have successfully completed part of the dream this year. SINU Vice Chancellor Glynn Galo highlighted this when addressing the 1541  students graduating from the national institution yesterday. He said, this qualification should lead the students…

Gwaunaru’u to reopen Monday

GWAUNARU’U airport in Malaita Povince is expected to re-open on 2nd May, says Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Mr Sogavare announced this in Parliament, Thursday as part of the new approach taken by the government to engage Malaita provincial government as the implementing agency. He was responding on a questioned asked by Opposition Leader, Jeremiah Manele,…

Shut your door

Newly opened casino told to close ‘illegal’ operation THE Gaming and Lotteries Board has served a stop notice to the newly opened mini casino Cyber King Limited. The stop notice, which was issued yesterday, ordered that Managing Director of Cyber King Limited Ting Kwong Hing close the business effective as of yesterday. Members of Gaming…

MMF calls for deportation of Sy

THE Malaita Ma’asina Forum is calling on the infrastructure Minister Jimmy Lusibaea to ensure Johnny Sy is removed from the country. MMF said it was surprising how a foreigner with a logging background could make his way easily up into the top domestic jobs. “Johnny Sy is a logger and how he ended up being…

AG seeks order to remove Yow

ATTORNEY General James Apaniai is seeking a court order to permanently remove chief executive officer of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Colin Yow from office. Mr Apaniai took that action after Mr Yow continued to defy his sacking and orders not to return to the SIPA premises. “An application for a court order to remove…

Police set to acquire arms

POLICE are in the process of acquiring new weapons under the Staged Limited Rearmament Project. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security, Edmund Sikua, said under the exercise only three units within the force are being trained to handle the arms. They are the Police Response Team, the Close Protection Unit, and…

Many still favour SIPA rice, noodle

DESPITE many criticisms against the SIPA rice and noodle, many families living in the rural areas in and around the country have enjoyed its availability and continuous supply in the city. Most are from the low wages and salary earners living in the outskirts of the capital, Honiara. Lately, residents of Gilbert Camp, East Honiara…

Anti-Corruption Bill gets rural support

The Anti-Corruption Bill that will go before parliament this Friday gets its full support across the nation especially the rural populace. Marau Bay Development Association (MBDA) is one, pledging their full support that this Bill be the way forward for the country. MBDA Interim Chairman, Chief John Usuha’asua said this is history to this nation…