Red carpet welcome for PM in Taipei

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has been accorded a red carpet welcome in Taipei, Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan. The Prime Minister was given a guard of honour at a state ceremony held at the presidential palace on Monday. Prime Minister Houenipwela also held bilateral talks with the ROC Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The Prime Minister…

8 arrested for damage, kwaso brewing

   Police in Malaita Province arrested eight people on 19 May 2018 for alleged damage of properties, using abusive words and brewing of kwaso. It is alleged that on Saturday 19 May 2018, six men in their 20’s and 30’s damaged a kitchen house and a kindergarten school building at Aenakafo, near Malu’u, North Malaita.…

Road work at Independence Valley clarified

WEST Honiara Constituency office on Tuesday has clarified that repair works on the road and drainage system at Independence Valley, White River, West Honiara was made possible through the intervention of the Member of Parliament (MP) Namson Tran. The clarification came following report in the paper yesterday claiming, the work was made possible through a…

Gizo/Kolo go to the polls

The eligible voter of Gizo/Kolombangara constituency in Western Province will cast their votes to choose their Member Parliament, Wednesday. The constituents have been without a Member of Parliament since last November when Jimson Tanaganda lost his seat in an election petition against his 2014 victory. A woman is among the five candidates who will contest…

Lilo plans come-back as polls open, Wednesday

FORMER prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says he’s contesting the Gizo-Kolombangara by-election to restore the constituency’s integrity, dignity, respect and recognition of its leadership. Mr Lilo was speaking in his final campaign rally in Gizo town yesterday ahead of today’s polls. He is one of five candidates contesting in the by-election. Close to 1,000 supporters…

Drug shortage crisis

GOV’T UGED: SACK THE PS By CHARLES KADAMANA    OPPOSITION leader Manasseh Maelanga has called for the sacking of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health & Medical Services in the wake of the drug shortage crisis in the country. Mr Maelanga blamed Dr Tenneth Dalipanda for bungling of the procurement of medicine which he…

Malaita supports Traditional Governance Bill

Malaita Provincial Government has expressed its full support towards the Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill 2018.  Malaita Provincial Premier Peter Ramohia assured the consultation team and chiefs at Buma community in West Kwara’ae, Malaita Province on Tuesday. “Malaita Provincial Government executive is fully supportive of the Bill.”  Premier Ramohia described the Bill as a…

NRH changes sea-fare policy

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) as of this week won’t be responsible for the repatriation of sick patients being referred from the provinces. This means payment of seafares by NRH account department to sick patients being discharged from the hospital will cease. However, all payments will be handled by the provincial health services. This was announced…

MINISTER DEFENDS ACTION

  Manetoali: I did it for my people By ANDREW FANASIA   FORESTRY minister Samuel Manetoali has defended his decision to exempt a logging operation in his constituency, which he is a party to, from going through the process of Timber Rights Hearing. Timber Rights Hearing, under the Forest Resources and Timber Utilisation Act, is…

‘I’ll address Gizo water issue’

Intending candidate and a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Kenneth Bulehite assures the people, business houses and Gizo residents that his paramount task is to restore the water problem in Gizo. He made this statement during his two hours campaign in front of a good number of crowd and market vendors in Gizo…