New SIPA board now in Singapore

Newly-appointed Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board is reported to have left the country for Singapore on a business trip. They left Thursday on a trip fully funded by SIPA. The trip is aimed at giving the new board the opportunity to understand how air service Singapore operates as SIPA eyes venturing into airline business.…

Critics question new diplomatic selections

Designate appointees to fill three vacant diplomatic posts overseas have been described as “a laughable joke”. Local veteran journalist Alfred Sasako has claimed in a newspaper article yesterday that Doreen Kuper has been picked for the Taiwan office, Dr Fred Isom for the United Nations, while Warren Paia for Canberra. Sasako claimed in the article…

Central explains Teachers’ postings

Central Islands Provincial Education Authority says the posting of teachers this year was made on the basis of re-aligning individual staff teachers to their correct academic levels. The Provincial Education Authority said the re-alignment was necessary since a good number of teachers were teaching at grade levels above their eligible academic correct levels. This in…

Gov’t seals diplomatic relations with Pakistan

SOLOMON Islands has established diplomatic relations with Pakistan last Friday. Foreign Affairs and External Trade minister Milner Tozaka and Pakistan’s High Commissioner designate to Solomon Islands, Naela Chohan signed the Communiqué in Honiara to formalise the ties. “It is with great enthusiasm that I sign this agreement between our two nations, an enthusiasm that comes…

PM in Noumea for talks

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to meet with leader of the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS). He is travelling there as chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The FLNKS meeting is part of his 13-day round of meetings with leaders of the MSG. The FLNKS is…

New MSSIF team leader takes office

THE Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) new team leader Dr Anne- Maree Schwarz has started in her new role on Tuesday last week. She takes over from Simon Diffey, whose three-year contract ended this week and has since left the country to return to England. In welcoming the incumbent MSSIF Team Leader, Ministry of…

Media training on parliamentary reporting ends

A TRAINING workshop to improve the standard of reporting Parliamentary meetings in Solomon Islands and Fiji ended successfully in Honiara on last Thursday. British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Chris Trott thanked all the participants, trainers, Patrick Gregory and Steve Taschini and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Suva for funding the workshop. Gregory…