Education Act under review

THE final round of consultation for the new Education Bill should be done by the end of October this year says the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development under secretary, James Bosamata. Mr Bosamata said the Ministry is currently engaging in consultations with its stakeholders to revise the current Education Act that was described…

Fire sends shock waves through Chinatown

A mysterious fire that razed down the Vuvula Poultry building in Chinatown yesterday sent shock waves through the popular shopping district. Fire fighters arrived when the building was already covered in smoke and were incapable of putting it off. Business owners in nearby buildings were on their feet as flames engulfed the Vuvula building. “It…

National Herbarium to be relocated

The National Herbarium at the Honiara Botanical Garden will be relocated next year. This was confirmed by the National Herbarium Chief Forestry officer, Julia Amaea,who said a new site for relocation had already been identified. She said the reason for relocating the national herbarium is because the current site at the botanical garden behind Rove…

Yow pledges to bring changes

Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), Colin Yow,has vowed to make a difference in improving the lives of Solomon Islanders through his reform programs. Yow made the assurance in response to criticisms by critics opposed to recent increases imposed on import and export trade goods tariffs. He said SIPA alone is not…

Fire fighters incapable

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) fire fighters yesterday came under scrutiny from the public when they failed to put off a fire that razed a two-storey building in Chinatown. Members of the public said it’s obvious the Fire Service is incapable of handling big fires. One eye-witness said slow reaction, lack of capability and…

Kabui to Taiwan

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui and his wife are invited to attend Taiwan’s Double-Ten celebrations this year. Kabui and his delegation will leave on Monday. He was among foreign dignitaries Taiwan has invited to its national day celebration this year in Taipei. It’s understood Taiwan is meeting the airfares and other expenses of Kabui and…

Malaita delegation now in town

Malaita Provincial delegation to participate in the Premiers conference in Honiara arrived in the capital yesterday. The one week conference officially starts tomorrow. The delegation is led by Premier Peter Channel Ramohia and his Provincial Secretary Rodney Fono. It includes the full Executive members of the Provincial Government. Premier Ramohia said the conference gives a…

Airline announces new service to Fiji

Solomon Airlines has announced it will commence operation of a new direct Honiara-Nadi service effective Wednesday November 4. This is still subject to Government approval. The Solomon Islands’ national carrier will utilise its flagship Airbus A320 on the route which is scheduled to operate Honiara on Wednesdays and Nadi on Thursdays. The new service builds…