THE $850m TRIGGER

How and what triggers the political rumblings on Malaita   MALAITA Province seems to be on an irreversible course – for bad or worse – is anyone’s guess. But pinning down what triggered such determination is also difficult, if not very difficult until now that is. Now that things have settled somewhat, snippets of what…

IMF: SI economy hit hard by Covid-19

THE COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout has hit hard on the country’s economy. Head of International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Solomon Islands Jarkko Turunen during the IMF virtual press conference yesterday said while the government stringent measures are required to contain and suppress the pandemic to protect lives, these measures will also increase the…

Wale refutes PM’s position on Malaita

THE Leader of Opposition, Matthew Wale has refuted the Prime Minister’s recent declaration of innocence towards Malaita as not true. Responding to his announcement, Wale held that the Prime Minister’s recent statement does not match his actions when it comes to Malaita province. Far from having no issue with Malaita, Hon. Wale insisted, the Prime…

Western Province meeting, 29th November

THE Western Provincial Full Assembly meeting will now convene at the end of this month instead of Thursday. This followed a high court ruling on Tuesday in relation to an order issued by the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Rollen Seleso last week. Minister Seleso on Friday ordered that the Western Provincial…

Embezzlement claims refuted

WESTERN Provincial Secretary (PS) and former Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) has refuted claims of embezzlement over royalty payments intended for the Ziata Landowners in Munda, Western Province. This follows a report claiming that Jeffery Wickham who was the then SPM under the Gordon Darcy Lilo government collected the payment in 2014. The sum of…

ADB supports Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will contribute a $5 million grant to a program that will help restore and accelerate inclusive, private sector-led economic growth in Tonga. The Economic Recovery Support Program will help the government progress ongoing reforms to foster Tonga’s economic recovery from the downturn caused by the coronavirus disease…

Diplomat: SI gov’t should be recognised for strong border policies

The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Sally-Anne Vincent says the Solomon Islands Government should be recognised and congratulated for its strong border policies. The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Vincent stated this during the launch of Western Province Investable Sites Report and Solomon Islands Tourism Investment guide, last Friday. Ms. Vincent said the strong border…

Premier Sade pays courtesy visit to PM

Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare on Friday met with the Premier of Guadalcanal Province Francis Sade during a courtesy visit to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Premier Sade’s visit was purposely to inform the Prime Minister on his government’s ongoing developments and undertakings as well as some challenges to which he has…

DIVER DIES

While out diving for bech-de-mer in Vella La Vella A young man in his mid 20s has lost his life during a trip to dive for the lucrative sea cucumber (beche-de-mer) product at Dovele in North Vella La Vella, Western Province. The tragic incident occurred last week next to one of the logging camps situated…