Importance of tourism in SI highlighted

THE Australian High Commission Counsellor for Economic Andrew Scholoeffel says tourism is a really an important sector to the development of Solomon Islands. Mr Scholoeffel made the statement during the recent launch of the Tourism Trail by the Strongem Bisnis together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Tuesday. He said the Australian High…

GVB workshop ends

A THREE-DAY Gender Based Violence (GVB)workshop that started on Monday ended on Wednesday in Honiara. Participants at the workshop include youth agents of change from the Side by Side program, members of the Kurukuru national futsal team and members of White River Rookies basketball team. The key objectives of the workshop are to help young people…

Nauru Airlines stops Solomons flights

NAURU Airlines has announced it will stop flying to Pohnpei and Honiara at the end of the month. The carrier said the destinations have been withdrawn because of low passenger numbers, making the flights commercially non-viable. It said ceasing the Honiara stop will create a quicker, direct service between Nauru and Brisbane. The airline said…

Sogavare rules with ‘iron fist’, says Hou

MOST Caucus members who voted in support of the China switch did so because they were threatened by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. That’s according to Rick Hou, who Sogavare sacked yesterday to refusing to support the diplomatic switch. “The switch vote was made under threats from Sogavare and his advocators inside the Caucus,” Hou claimed.…

Nieng clarifies reports on NHA

CHRISTIAN Nieng has confirmed the National Hosting Authority (NHA) is yet to have an Executive Director. He was responding to some claims that he was appointed few weeks ago as the Executive Director without going through the proper recruitment process. It’s understood that out of the four applicants interviewed, no appointment has yet been made.…

UAE keen to support SI

MINISTER for Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua has met with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for State & International Cooperation Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi at the margins of UNGA, Wednesday. Both ministers during the bilateral meeting acknowledged the friendly relations and recent active engagements through visa waiver arrangements and World Expo 2020…

USP top officials meet PM

TOP officials from the University of the South Pacific (USP) on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Prime Manasseh Sogavare. The USP delegation included the Vice- Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Pro- Chancellor Winston Thompson and the USP Solomon Islands Campus director. Its the first time for Vice- Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia to meet Mr Sogavare…

New ministers sworn in

HOURS after sacking two of his senior ministers, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wasted no time to bring in their replacements. Fataleka MP Rex Ramofafia is now the new Minister for National Planning and Development Coordination. He replaces Rick Hou, a former prime minister and MP for Small Malaita, who got his marching orders yesterday morning.…

Manele engages in India-Pacific dialogue

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs & External Trade Jeremiah Manele on Wednesday has addressed the India Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in New York. The India Pacific Islands Leaders Dialogue was attended by Prime Ministers and Ministers of different pacific island countries and organised by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking during the occasion Minister Manele…