OUR NEW POLICE CHIEF

Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau has been named the country’s new Police Commissioner. Mangau in his early 50’s from Ontong Java, Malaita Province was sworn in before His Excellency the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi during a brief ceremony held at the Government House yesterday morning. His appointment as police chief was done by the Governor-General,…

Maka’a wants faithful staff 

The Premier of Makira Ulawa Province Julian Maka’a says he wants to see provincial workers carry out their various duties with dedication and diligence. He said since taking up office in January, he has noticed provincial workers arrive late for work in the mornings and take off early from their duties in the afternoons. Mr…

Russell fisheries body launches mandate

Regardless of the current covid-19 impacts on the country at large, fishing communities in Russell Islands in Central Islands Province (CIP) have moved another step ahead with their intention to develop and advance fisheries as source of revenue earner for their people. The Russell Islands Fisheries Association or RIFA for short was formally established with…

ESP brings hope to Russells

RECENTLY established government’s Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) has brought much hope to rural farmers and fishers in the Russell Islands in the Central Islands Province.  This followed an awareness programme hosted at Louna Island on Sunday, a statement from Government Communication Unit said. Officials from the ESP awareness team headed by Member of Parliament…

Valuation roll workshop staged

A one-day workshop was held this week in Honiara involving practising land valuers and other related professionals. The training aims to to discuss and agree on the unimproved land values for different zones across Honiara, a statement from the Ministry of Lands said. The workshop was funded through the Ministry of Lands Development Budget and…

Govt issues more fishing licenses

Govt issues more fishing licenses annually Types of fishing activities here Govt issues more fishing licenses annually   The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) approved and issued between 180 to 235 licenses to foreign and local vessels fishing each year in the country over the past five years from 2014-2018. Director of Fisheries…

SoPE too long says Wale

THE further extension of the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) to four months is too long for the second emergency period.  The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale expressed this on Wednesday in response to announcement by the Prime Minister. MR Wale said the government has had six months since January 2020 to prepare for covid-19.…

Kuku, Titiulu in charge of Independent Office

Former Attorney General (AG) Billy Titiulu is now Secretary to the Parliamentary Office of the Leader of Independent. He replaces Sam Alasia, who stepped down after the former Leader of Independent Group, Robertson Galo, lost his South Choiseul Seat of the National Parliament following a recent High Court ruling of an election petition against his…

126 arrive in 5th repatriation flight

A total of 126 stranded nationals have arrived in Honiara on Tuesday evening from Brisbane, Australia. A statement from National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) said Solomon Airlines special flight IE690 arrived in Honiara from Brisbane at 7:15pm Tuesday evening. “This marks the 5th batch of government coordinated repatriation of stranded nationals overseas and dozens of…

In court with Assumpta

Sent subs, mitigation next for con-man Trial dates for alleged fraudster in Oct, Nov Sent subs, mitigation next for con-man   THE man who was found guilty of obtaining more than $66,000 from three people under false pretences in 2018, will return to court next week. This is for the sentencing submissions and mitigation on…