NZ assists rural training centres here

THE New Zealand government is assisting the country’s rural training centres through Caritas, under a five-year partnership between New Zealand and Solomon Islands Association Vocational Rural Training Centre (SIAVRTC). The first two centres to benefit are Vanga Teachers College in Western Province and Kaotave Vocational Rural Training Centre in east Guadalcanal. A SBD$843,056 in assistance…

Mua is SIPRA’s new wing leader

ONE of the coalition partners of the parliamentary Opposition, Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA), has a new parliamentary wing leader. He is the Member of Parliament for Savo/ Russels, Dickson Mua. Mr Mua replaces MP for East Malaita, Manasseh Maelanga, who resigned from the party earlier to become the leader of the Independent…

Bulk Shop opens new outlet in Chinatown

THE BULK Shop on Tuesday opened its fourth outlet in the heart of Chinatown – bringing itself to direct competition with mostly Chinese shops in this popular shopping district. It was not only the fourth, but also the biggest outlet of the three and located in the company’s newly built building. Company director Adam Bartlett…

Opposition questions Shanel appointment

THE Office of the Leader of Opposition is calling on the Prime Minister to explain the logic behind the appointment of his new Police minister. In a statement on Tuesday, the Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Police, National Security & Correctional Services Chris Laore said the appointment of MP for Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel, as the…

Shops running low on Christmas items

A GOOD number of shops in Honiara reportedly run out of Christmas items as shoppers went on shopping sprees. For the past few days’ people have been flooding the shops in town, looking for Christmas wear, items and gifts for their loved ones to celebrate the festive season with. Most shops at Point Cruz and…

PM’s promise reassuring: Maeaba

MALAITA has welcomed Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s promise to pursue national development projects in the province. Caretaker premier Alick Maeaba said Mr Sogavare’s promise, made in parliament last Friday, was reassuring. He said there’s an urgent need to develop Malaita so that its people could remain home and develop their province. Mr Maeaba retained his…

Auki police to launch operation

AUKI police will launch an operation targeting anti-social behaviour this Christmas. Provincial Police Commander Alfred Uiga said the operation will start today and continue on for the next two weeks. Mr Uiga said the aim of the operation is to monitor anti-social behavior during the festive season and ensure everyone enjoys their celebrations. He added…

Another WCPFC failure

AT a recent meeting in Brisbane of the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) executive the meeting noted with grave concern and disappointment the failure,yet again, of the 11th annual session of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to make any substantive progress in considering pressing issues relating to Pacific tuna fisheries management. Despite the…

Temotu to elect premier next month

TEMOTU Province will elect its new premier next month. That’s according to deputy provincial secretary Sam Kafukese.  Mr Kafukese said provincial members elected in the December 10 elections are now in Lata lobby to form the next government. He said two camps have been formed. One camp prefers provincial member for Temotu Neo ward Nickson…