Guale executive stripped of powers, not dissolved

GUADALCANAL Provincial Secretary James Taeburi has been given powers to run the province. This was after the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Silas Tausinga ordered the transfer of functions and powers from the Guadalcanal Provincial Executive to the Provincial Secretary. Permanent Secretary of Provincial Governments Stanley Dick Pirione said the Government has…

Kola in hot water again

DEPUTY Police Commissioner Walter Kola has found himself in hot water again after damaging an official vehicle her was driving in an early morning accident on Friday. An eye-witness told the Solomon Star, Mr Kola slammed the government vehicle he was using into a post in front of the central police station. “I can say…

EPA negotiation delayed

THE start of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) negotiation was delayed mainly because Pacific countries were working on their market access offers, says the European Union. In reaction to critical remarks made at the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific trade and fisheries meeting on EPA negotiations with the EU, Delegation of the EU for the Pacific head…

PNG plans to register SIM cards

A GOVERNMENT agency will begin monitoring the use of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards because of the abuse of telecommunication services, an official says. National Information and Communication Technology Authority chief executive officer Charles Punaha said since the PNG telecommunication market was opened up for competition in 2007, there had been no control measures in…

SIPA urged to build passenger terminal

THE Member of Parliament for South Guadalcanal, David Day Pacha says the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) should build a proper passenger terminal at Point Cruz Wharf in Honiara. He said for many years, wharves at Point Cruz have been used for loading and unloading both cargo and passengers. Mr Pacha said fortunately not many…

Students appeal to MPs for meet tuition fees

THE People’s Alliance Party has been told students from the Solomon Islands National University have sent out appeal letters to Members of Parliament to help meet their tuition fees and allowances. Party’s Media Officer, George Atkin reports the news was relayed to the weekly meeting of the PAP National Executive in Honiara. The meeting was…

Priest calls for Solovisu in North, Central Guale

AN Anglican priest of the Church of Melanesia, Father Benedict Garemane says now the Solovisu Program has ended on the Weather-Coast, a new one should start on North and Central Guadalcanal. He said the government and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands should now start thinking about reconciling villagers of the two constituencies who…