Malaita supports new proposed voting system

MALAITA Province has expressed overwhelming support for the new Limited Preferable Voting (LPV) system following a two day consultation programme on election system and electoral legislation reform in Auki this week. Speaking at the closing of the programme on Tuesday, Malaita Premier Chanel Ramohia confirmed Malaita’s support for the LPV system. Mr Ramohia said Malaita…

Political impasse over

THE political impasse that shook the nation few weeks ago has calmed down following calls from political leaders to have the matter settle. A source within the government confirmed that “the impasse is over”. Therefore, he said there will be no disturbance to parliament proceedings, currently underway. The source thanked the Opposition group and other…

Women’s professional network launched

Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop joined women in Honiara in marking the first ever networking association for women of Solomon Islands on Tuesday. Pioneering members of the Solomon Islands Professional Women’s Network (SIPNET) –a platform for women to network, establish relationship, support each other and work towards common goals – were honoured…

More students graduate from PAU

Eleven (11) students from Solomon Islands have graduated at Pacific Adventist University (PAU) on Sunday 4th December 2016. Those who successfully graduated with their respective degrees were; – Alex Mamaka from Choiseul Province (Bachelor in Business- Accounting & Computing),; – Leecrish Joseph from Western Province (Bachelor in Secondary Education); – Rosemary Tobani from Guadalcanal Province(Bachelor…

Q3 visitor arrivals continuein positive mode

THE country’s tourism industry has closed off Q3 in positive mode with international visitor arrival figures for the nine-month period January – September showing a solid 4.5 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2015. Official figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office this week show a total of 16,381 visitors arrived…

Council issued stop notice to Fangs development

THE Honiara City Council has issued a stop notice to Fangs Company’s development off Mataniko Bridge. Honiara City Town and Country Planning Board chairperson and City Mayor Andrew Mua said the board issued the stop notice to make way for the Kukum Highway Project. “We want the Kukum Highway Project to proceed without disturbance because…

Opposition: Increase agriculture allocation

OPPOSITION Leader, Jeremiah Manele says the government needs to increase its allocation in the 2017 budget to the agriculture sector. Manele pointed this out in Parliament yesterday after the government allocated only $45m to the sector. He said they need to increase the budget allocations to the agriculture sector especially for cocoa, coconut and kava…

Archaeologists find huge amounts of lithic products in East Are’Are

THE Solomon Islands National Museum is proposing a special exhibition for materials excavated from a site at Apunirereha, East Are’Are in Malaita Province. These materials were excavated under an archaeological cooperation project between the Solomon Islands National Museum (SINM) and the Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures of the German Archaeological Institute which started in…