MPs urged to be use shipping grant wisely

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga had urged Members of Parliament who were given shipping grants to purchase vessels for their respective constituencies.  Maelanga, who is also MP for East Malaita, made the call during the commissioning of Temotu Vatud Constituency’s new ship, MV Vatu, yesterday. Maelanga said that while many MPs are seeking funding assistance…

MSG steps in to assist Fiji

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will reactivate its existing arm to help member countries in times of disasters and more so to Fiji now after the impacts of cyclone Winston which had devastated the country with massive destruction. Prime Minister and MSG chair, Manasseh Sogavare said this on return from a tour to Vanuatu, New…

State funeral yet to be finalised

The government will conduct a full state funeral in honour of statesman and the country’s first Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea. Sir Peter died last Thursday at the National Referral Hospital, age 72. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Manasseh Maelanga told the Sunday Star a committee within his ministry is working on…

Vatud Star ready to take on the waters

Temotu Vatud constituency on Saturday commissioned its new passenger and cargo vessel, MV Vatud Star. The ceremony was held at Point Cruz wharf, Honiara. The vessel arrived Monday last week. Member of Parliament for Vatud Constituency Freda Tuki said the vessel will provide sea transport for Vatud constituents who live in the outer islands of Temotu.…

World Bank pays tribute to Sir Peter

THE World Bank says it is saddened by the passing of Solomon Islands first prime minister and statesman Sir Peter Kenilorea in Honiara yesterday. “The World Bank country team is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Peter,” said Anne Tully, the World Bank’s Country Representative for Solomon Islands. “As Solomon Islands first prime minister,…

PMO sacks 3rd political appointee

THE Office of the Prime Minister has sacked a third political appointee. Director Political Administration for Government Caucus, Barry Samson was given his marching orders this week, according to government insiders. His termination followed earlier termination of chief of staff George Kuper and Policy Secretary, Sectoral Reform Productive Sector Dr Gabriel Titili. The two senior…

Chamber pays tribute to Sir Peter

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it is saddened to learn of the death of Sir Peter Kenilorea. “Sir Peter was a founding father of Solomon Islands,” the chamber said in a statement. “He was Chief Minister during the period when independence from Britain was negotiated, and became the first Prime Minister…