SI commends the outgoing MSG DG

THE Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has highly commended the good work done by the outgoing Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat, Ambassador Amena Yavoli for the past 4 years.  Speaking during the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva on Wednesday this week, Minister Manele acknowledge and…

CONFLICT OF INTEREST, SAYS TSI

WOMAN MP GRANTS CONSTITUENCY SCHOLARSHIP TO SPOUSE; CORRUPT CONDUCT Transparency Solomon Islands commends the media for keeping the public informed about the action/decision of the member of Parliament for Gizo/Kolombangara Hon. Lanelle Tanagada awarding her husband one of the six Constituency Scholarships allocated to the Constituency. What is of concern and more disturbing to note…

MHMS’s operation plan launched

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) on Wednesday launch its consolidated Annual Operation Plans (AOP) for the year 2020. Speaking at the launching Permanent Secretary Pauline McNeil said the 2020 AOP and Budget sets forth the focus of efforts and Ministry’s organisational commitments for the current fiscal year. “Consistent with our National Health Strategic…

Chief defends MP 

A Village Chief has applauded the woman member of Parliament (MP) for Gizo/Kolombangara Constituency for her continuous recognition and support towards human resource development plan for all zones within the her constituency.  Chief Joseph expressed this despite the criticisms against the lady MP on social media and the print media. In a statement yesterday he…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Pre-trial conference defers * Young man re-arrested, remanded * Kwaio murder case committed to High Court Pre-trial conference defers  PRE-TRIAL conference on the case of a man accused of faking his own death and obtained $76,000 from a local pharmacist in Honiara last year has been deferred to February 19. Peter Fakaia is facing three counts…

Remove discretion powers from MPs

THE use of ‘discretion powers’ by the members of parliament has given them more avenues to roam without fear of voter repercussion and should be totally stripped off. Speaking in the condition of anonymity to this paper an officer within the government circle said that this ‘discretion power’ has created rooms for most ministers of…

FAKE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

A NETWORK involving the illegal production of fake scholarship award letters have been uncovered. This came after National Training Unit (NTU), the body responsible for issuing scholarships under the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) discovered a copy of the fake scholarship award letter, Wednesday. Reports reaching the paper said a student was…

SDA host bush fire fundraisings

The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church has organised a series of fundraising drives in Honiara following the request by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) for Christian denominations in the country to support the government assist Australian bushfire victims.  A special steering committee headed by Pr Robinson Diosi district…

Rodie on International Education Day theme  

THE theme of the 2020 International Education day is ‘Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace’.   Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development  Franco Rodie said the theme reiterates that education and learning enables is humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirm the role of education as a fundamental right and a…