Opposition: Is ICAC another propaganda?

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Prime Minister to inform this nation of the current status of the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). In a statement yesterday, the Parliamentary Opposition says this might just be another propaganda by the current Government as the Prime Minister has failed to live up to his promise.…

Sikua urges govt to address issues in aviation

National Parliamentary Independent Leader Dr Derek Sikua has urged the government to address important issues remain unattended by the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA). He was speaking in his second reading debate on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill in Parliament. Dr Sikua said essential items such as the fire engine had not been maintained; the…

FSII case returns to court, Monday

THE case between the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) and Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Airlines Ron Sumsum will return to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court again Monday next week. That is when the court will know whether the hearing into the case will continue that day or a date to be fixed for the continuation…

Ashley differentiate MMF from FSII

General Secretary of Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) Charles Ashley says there is a big difference in how MMF and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) involved in political issues, despite both being registered under the Charitable Act. MR Ashley told the Solomon Star that FSII Facebook page is an unregulated medium used by the group to…

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…