Pressure mounts to disclose ESP list

McKINNIE Dentana – the man in the centre of the increasingly controversial $320 million Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) – is coming under mounting pressure to publish the list of ESP recipients and related payments. Mr. Dentana is the Chairman of the ESP Oversight and Implementing Committee (ESPOIC) as well as the Permanent Secretary of the…

Tourism Solomons calls on SI Government to reconsider proposed facebook ban

NTO stresses reliance on social media platform to promote tourism Tourism Solomons has called on the Solomon Islands Government to urgently reconsider a proposed ban on Facebook. Responding to a government announcement on Monday, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said like many Solomon Islands-based businesses and the wider community, the organisation was heavily dependent…

Suidani on proposed FB ban

Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani weighs in on the Cabinet’s suggestion for a possible ban on the most popular accessed social media platform Facebook (FB) from the country.  Premier Suidani in a statement in the light of the Cabinet’s decision favoring the ban of Facebook from the country said the proposed ban of Facebook is…

Peaceful by-election

THE by-election for Central Honiara Constituency and North East Guadalcanal Constituency (NEGC) was dubbed ‘peaceful’ despite minor changes with the inclusion of COVID-19 measures in the voting process. All polling stations opened their doors at 7 am in the morning. The majority of the voters flocked in to cast their votes in the morning. By…

In Court with Assumpta

Woman jailed for concealing birth released Accused to get letter from Priest Woman jailed for concealing birth released   A WOMAN who was sentenced to two months in prison for secretly giving birth and bury the stillborn baby at a beach in Northwest Guadalcanal has been released yesterday. Rose Mae was sentenced after pleading guilty…

Families reconciled

TWO families met in reconciliation on Tuesday at Auki Police Station, Malaita Province to end their differences following a murder incident at Sisikwae Village, West Kwara’ae in September. The family representing the man allegedly involved in the murder incident presented 10 shell money (tafuliae) and $10,000 cash to the family and relatives of the victim.…

Business operators urged to pay up licenses

Small and medium enterprises in the Western Province have failed to pay up their business licenses. This was revealed by the Provincial Treasury Division after visiting all the business operators between Marovo and Shortlands last month. Western Provincial Government (WPG) Provincial Secretary, Jeffrey Wickham in an interview on Tuesday said the treasury staff visited businesses operating…

Businesses on proposed Facebook suspension

Struggling businesses have expressed concerns over Government’s proposal to temporarily ban the world’s biggest social networking site ‘Facebook’ in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), as the peak body representing the private sector in the Solomon Islands, is particularly concerned with the negative impacts this decision will have on…