Malaita premier election set for Friday

MALAITA province will hold the election of a premier this Friday, an insider said. A member within the newly elected Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPAs) said clerk to the assembly has confirmed election of a speaker was scheduled for tomorrow after which nomination for the premier’s post will open.  “A speaker must first be elected so…

Chief stresses importance of cooperation

Acting paramount chief of Visale John Batista Kaoni says Guadalcanal needs change, as he urges the newly elected parliament members and community leaders to work together. Mr Kaoni told a gathering in Visale people and community leaders must have a new mind-set, cooperate and make careful decisions that are in the best interest of people.…

Fears of landslide as rain continues

AS fears of flooding deepens amidst the heavy rain warnings, residents of the Hatanga Company housing estate at Independence Valley have raised their fears of a landslide. A resident in the area said land in front of their building had already dropped and continuous rain will be very dangerous for the family. “The front area…

Stop cheating passengers, boat owners urged

PASSENGERS traveling from Auki-Honiara have expressed concern over paying of hefty sea-fares for uncomfortable traveling. A good number of passengers who traveled on-board the passenger boats said they pay fares only to be squeezed in overloaded boats. “That is not fair. It is the responsibility of boat owners to control the number of people allowed…

Members sworn in

TWENTY-ONE members of Malaita’s new assembly on Tuesday took their oaths at the assembly’s green house. Clerk Matthew Maefai said of the total of 33 members, only 21 have attended the swearing in ceremony. Mr Maefai said it is important that all members take their oaths of allegiance to qualify them to partake in the…

Miss Samoa crowned Miss Pacific Islands

Miss Samoa, Latafale Auva’a, is the Miss Pacific Islands 2014 and 2015. The 21-year-old Ms. Auva’a was crowned by the outgoing Miss South Pacific, Teuira Napa, at Tuana’imato on December 20th last year where the pageant was held. The Otago University student overcame competition from seven other contestants to secure the title. And in doing…

PNG women flee witchcraft accusations

So many women in Papua New Guinea have fled their villages because of allegations of witchcraft that it’s creating a refugee problem. That’s according to Ruth Kissam, youth coordinator for the Western Highlands provincial government. The case of four women in the Hewa language area of Enga province hit the headlines last week, when it…

Preparation for QYL programs underway

THE Queen’s Young Leaders is a unique initiative which recognises that young people have the ability to make a huge impact in their communities. The programme was launched in Honiara last July and Solomon Islands was lucky to be selected among six Commonwealth countries for the award. According to QYL initiative, through its programme, they…