PM reveal contracts

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has admitted he secured an airport contract to maintain cleanliness outside the domestic terminal. He admitted this yesterday in parliament when he spoke on the issue of “Civil Aviation Airport Contracts”. It was also revealed other MPs have also secured airport contracts. They include deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga, North-East Guadalcanal…

PM meets top Australian indigenous leader

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian indigenous leader and prominent businessman Warren Mundine met yesterday to discuss opportunities for economic growth in Solomon Islands. Mr Mundine, who is currently Chair of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Nyungga Black Group, is here for the Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards to be…

Rini on submarine cable

MINISTER of Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini says the government is considering the costs and benefits of the planned new submarine cable project. According to Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC), the total cost, including financing cost, civil works, supporting studies, legal costs, project management costs and contingencies, is expected to be in the range of…

Byrne hails new graduates

TWENTY-NINE Solomon Islanders from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the private sector yesterday received internationally recognised Certificate IV qualifications in Civil Construction Supervision and Materials Testing. This is the first time these qualifications have been delivered in Solomon Islands. They are critical for strengthening the quality of repairs, upgrades and maintenance of roads, bridges…

Aust-SI ties strengthen through 32 scholars

Thirty-two students from Solomon Islands have been granted prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships to study at universities in Australia and the Pacific in 2016. Sixteen of the students will go to Australia, whilst another 16 will study at institutions in Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, in fields including law, fisheries, commerce, health and engineering.  Australian…

REP staff ends gender training

RAPID Employment Project (REP) staff have completed a one-day Gender Equality workshop led by the World Bank Gender Consultant Kathy Cusack. The workshop, which was held on Wednesday, came as a second part following the first workshop held last April 1-2 this year. Honiara City Council City Clerk Charles Kelly in his opening remarks at…

Maelanga: Stop use of God’s name

DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga had warned the Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Mathew Wale to refrain from using God’s name in his speeches during debates on the floor of Parliament. Mr Maelanga said the use of God’s name during debates amounts to abuse of the divine ruler in the form of a joke…

PM: I’ve no interest in airport contracts

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has dismissed accusations he had vested interests in the contractual jobs at Henderson Airport. Former Aviation and Communication minister Commins Mewa claimed Mr Sogavare removed him from the ministry because of vested personal interest. But Mr Sogavare told the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview yesterday he has no vested interest…

New bishop for Santa Isabel

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia has a new bishop for the Diocese of Isabel. The Diocesan Electoral Board of the Anglican Church of Melanesia elected the Reverend Ellison Quity as the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Ysabel. The meeting, which was preceded by a retreat yesterday,took place at Tete Ni Kolivutu, East of Honiara.…

Leni says he’s the reappointed SIPA chair

CHAIRMAN of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board, Nollen Leni has defended his re-appointment. This came after insider sources claimed newly appointed Minister for Infrastructure Development, Jimmy Lusibaea plans to appoint new board members due to some allegation leveled against Leni. The former SIPA board under the leadership of Mr Leni had finished their term…