Mapuli is new Central Province premier

NEW Premier of Central Islands Province, George Selwyn Mapuli has stood unopposed in the election at Tulagi last Wednesday. This came after five members led by former Premier, Patrick Vasuni boycotted the second round of the premier’s election. Eight members voted for Mr Mapuli in the absence of the other five members. There are 13…

Gov’t says development projects are its priorities

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government says the implementation of its comprehensive development policy intentions and the effective delivery of government services will be the prominent features of the national budget during its tenure in office. It said this following assertions by the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) that the DCC Government prioritises the…

PM lauds Sir George’s contribution

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described the late Sir George Lepping as a meritorious statesman and commended the people of Pirumeri in the Shortland Islands for the service he rendered to the state. Mr Sogavare made the remarks yesterday when paying tribute to the late Sir George at a state funeral held for the country’s…

Fatai is new city mayor

HONIARA City Council has a new mayor. He is Alfrence Fatai of Vura ward. Mr Fatai polled 16 votes against his contender, Charles Cheka Aiwasuga, who received only two votes after round one of voting. One vote was rejected after the councillor did not ink the x sign on it. Former city mayor, Andrew Mua…

State funeral for Sir George today

THE state funeral for the Late Sir George Lepping will take place today. Sir George died on Christmas Eve after a long illness. The late Sir George was Governor General from July 7th 1998 to 6th July 1994. The funeral programme will begin with the viewing of the body of the late Sir George from…

Three vie for mayor’s job

THREE candidates will contest the Honiara City Council (HCC) mayor’s post today (Tuesday). They are former mayor Andrew Mua and two newly elected councillors Alpheus Fatai (Vura ward) and Charles Cheka Aiwasuga (Naha ward). City clerk Charles Kelly declined to disclose the names of the candidates when nominations closed at 6pm yesterday, but the Solomon…

Call to rebuild Auki clinic

THE incoming Malaita Provincial government has been urged to build a new clinic in Auki. The call was made by members of the Auki public during a public forum held at the provincial capital with the newly elected members last week. One of the speakers said the existing clinic needs to be relocated because it…

FADs linked to food security, livelihoods

A NEW study by WorldFish, the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the University of Queensland provides information on the role of near-shore fish aggregating devices (FADs) for food security and livelihoods in Solomon Islands. In Solomon Islands, it is projected that coastal fisheries will not be able to supply the fish…

Parents told to educate their children at home

PARENTS of Malo Primary School in Temotu were reminded of their role to educate their children at home. The school’s head teacher Wilson Yamalo made the reminder during their end year graduation ceremony recently. “The process of education begins at home,” Mr Yamalo told the parents. “Parents, adults, relatives and community leaders are the first…

Hearts of Hope to host big fundraiser

A LOCAL non-government organisation established to assist widowers, orphans, and elderly people is hosting a major fundraising on New Year’s eve in west Kwaio, Malaita. Heart of Hope (HOH) will stage the fundraiser at Bina village. The organisation’s founder and president Janet Justice Aihari said many activities will be featured during the event. These include…