PACER Plus awareness rolled out in Malaita

THIRTY participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, private sector, and line government ministries were present as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET),in collaboration with Customs Division,carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki on Wednesday. The awareness program is part of Solomon Islands’…

Conserving for the future

DAOLUSU Community of Ward 30 in Malaita Province will soon embark on a project to rehabilitate their mangrove forests and conserve the marine eco-system of their mangroves.  This has been a dream for George Faubata and his young people of the community for quite a long while.  Faubata, a youth worker of the community, graduated…

New wheelchairs for hospitals, clinics

UP to 90 new wheelchairs will be delivered to hospitals and health centres across the country. These were donated by the Loving Care Group of Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland (BLIAQ) and were handed over to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Minister of Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua,NRH Superintendent Dr John…

Family survives landslide

  HEAVY rain in the Western province over the weekend has caused several damages to properties in Gizo. Apart from the tragedy that occurred early Tuesday morning claiming the life of a mother, a family living close to Gizo primary school have also experienced landslide resulting in damage to their home and semi-permanent kitchen. Speaking…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Rioter to be sentenced today* Sentencing date set for Irofinao* Former MP’s trial starts Rioter to be sentenced today   A MAN who confesses to taking part in the April riot after the election of the Prime Minister will be sentenced today. Magistrate Ishmael Kekou will deliver his sentence on the matter of Winston…

Wale: budget disappointing 

OPPOSITION leader Mathew Wale says the 2019 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2019 perpetuates the status quo as it represents “business as usual”. He was speaking in parliament on Wednesday. “The Bill continues the tradition from years past and in these, it is disappointing,” Wale stated.  “And in the face of the significant threats the economy is…

Taiwan ‘useless to us’, says PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has declared Taiwan “is completely useless to us”, and suggested China could be a better diplomatic partner because it could stand up to Australia. As the Solomon Islands prepares to decide whether to recognise China or maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Sogavare — a longtime advocate of the Taiwan relationship —…

Farewell RSIPV LATA 

As the sun set over the Maritime Aola Base on the foreshores of the capital Honiara, the faithful lady, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel 03 LATA ended its service to the Government and the people of Solomon Islands. The ship’s colours bearing the green, yellow and blue strips of the National Flag have been…

FRC ends maiden inquiry

THE Foreign Relations Committee last week completed its maiden inquiry into the question of severing of Solomon Islands existing ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan).   There has been a rich discussion surrounding the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) efforts to review its current policy including conduction of examinations and analysis on its existing…

Officer recalls landslide ordeal

A Correctional Service Officer (CSO) on duty yesterday morning has recalled the moment the landslide occurred at Gizo, Western province that claimed the life of a mother. The incident occurred just after 7am in the morning as a result of heavy rain throughout the weekend. As a result of the heavy showers a portion of…