New rice here

ABOUT 2,490 bags of ten kilogram rice have been arrived in the country. They are being imported by Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Trade and Industries of Solomon Islands (ICCTISI) from Vietnam. It cost ICCTISI about $345,500 to purchase the long grain rice. The bags of rice have been unloaded from two containers yesterday and ready…

New Western premier

The Western province has a new provincial government premier who was duly elected yesterday. He is former deputy premier Wayne Maepio. He was elected through a secret voting session by the Western provincial assembly yesterday at the XL building in Gizo. The final votes showed Maepio to have come out on top with 16 votes…

SIPA reform inquiry nears end

THE three-months investigation into the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) reform program is nearing completion as Commission of Inquiry (CoI) now picks up its final week of hearing commencing Monday 8th. The inquiry which started on Monday 13th June comprised of chairman, Tony Hughes; Luke Forau, Dr Patricia Rodie, Florence Tagini, Wayne Morris and Florence…

A call for respect

WOMEN at Gilbert Camp area in east Honiara are calling on the youths to show respect towards their facilities along the road sides. They said it has becoming a normal practice that some young people under the influence of alcohol when moving round disturbed them when they sold their markets and sometimes destroyed their small…

Top Aust official visits RAMSI base

Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on Tuesday visited the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) base at GBR in East Honiara. In a media statement she said, the 15-nation RAMSI has been a major success and demonstrates what Pacific countries can achieve when working together. “RAMSI has been critical to re-establishing and maintaining peace…

Battle for top post

Its between Maepio or Talasasa for Western premier The Western Provincial Assembly will be electing the province’s new premier this morning. And its between former deputy premier Wayne Maepioh up against outspoken provincial member for Nusa Roviana Ramrakha Talasasa. Before lunch time today, the province will know who will lead the province. Most of the…

Some officers yet to receive allowance

Some members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIP) have voiced out their concern about the delay in their Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payment. Information reaching this paper claimed that while some officers have already received their allowance payments during the last payday, others are yet receive theirs. One of the affected police told…

RSIPF to honour new recruits

THE Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) will honour its 70 new recruits with special treat on Friday 12th August The graduation ceremony will be held at the Rove Police Headquarter in Honiara. It is understood the 70 new police officers will be deployed to various provinces after the graduation. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said…

Long surviving veteran honoured

A NINETY-TWO year old surviving Second World War veteran from Australia has been honoured with a medal during a ceremony in Honiara last Sunday. Bill Quinn was the highlight at the event to honour the local scouts and coast-watchers during the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Trust organized the event which…