Yow blasts investors

SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive Officer, Collin Yow has attacked multi-national companies investing in the country describing them as ripping off more money from people of this country. Some of the companies are Solrice, Guadalcanal Plains and Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) and National Fisheries Development. Speaking during the public forum at Heritage Park…

SIPA forum successfully held

The public forum organised by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) to clarify issues surrounding the SIPA reform was successfully held yesterday at the Heritage Park Hotel conference room. Hundreds of people attended the meeting with presentations from members of the SIPA team including the controversial Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Collin Yow. The forum was…

GP needs to pass budget today

THE Guadalcanal Provincial government led by newly elected premier Anthony Veke has only today to pass their 2016-2017 budget. According to Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening law, every budget of the nine provincial governments must be passed before March the 31st. This was to allow the Minister to endorse it before the province…

Western Assembly supports rearmament

The Western Provincial Assembly (WPA) acknowledged and appreciated the assistance provided by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in restoring law and order after the ethnic tension which affected the country from 1998 to 2003. “Solomon Islands must now take care of its own security. RAMSI cannot stay forever. We must accept responsibility…

It’s illegal

SIPA sells rice without license Selling of rice and then noodles by Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is illegal because SIPA did not pay any business license to the Honiara City Council. An immediate stop notice was issued by HCC Law Enforcement Division, Charles Aiwosuga. “Unless SIPA follows HCC business ordinances, the council sees its…

Case delayed for accused to get lawyer

The case of the three young alleged robbers has been further adjourned to allow one of them to get legal representation. The trio including a 17 year-old juvenile were accused of a robbery a taxi in September last year. The juvenile has already pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge while his co-accused 20-year-old Atley…

New charges laid against three suspects

Three men accused of damaging properties of more than $500,000 at Tamone Settlement, east of Honiara will plea to the new charges against them. Fred Sikini, 50, Anthony Justin, 33, and Chris Suimae have already pleaded not guilty to the charges of two counts of malicious damage, one count of criminal trespass and another of…

Dam treatment underway

THE DEWATERING treatment for the Gold Ridge Mining Ltd Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) at Gold Ridge in central Guadalcanal is currently underway, starting at around 6pm on Tuesday. This came after the government, through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology granted approval on the 19th of this month, for the dewatering…

Australia Awards Scholarship applications closing soon

Up to 30 Australia Awards Scholarships are on offer for interested and eligible Solomon Islanders to study in Australia and across the region from 2017. The Australia Awards will provide successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development in Solomon Islands. Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, has…

Veke is new Guadalacanal premier

Anthony Veke, provincial member for Tangarare Ward has elected as Premier for Guadalcanal Province. He replaced Bartholomew Vavanga who was ousted in a no confidence motion, and outnumbered his colleague contestant, Rolland Seleso by twelve to nine at a secret ballot box yesterday. Veke who has held the Premier’s position a few times already with…