PMO apologises over statement

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yesterday issued an apology as it retracted a press statement regarding the Court of Appeal decision between Axiom KB Ltd and Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) Ltd. A statement from the PMO said the Government Communication Unit on the sole advise of the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister issued a…

Dr Billy Fito’o, PhD in education

Solomon Islanders in Suva were in tears on Wednesday when the newest Solomon Islander doctorate degree holder, Dr Billy Fito’o was capped at The University of the South Pacific graduation ceremony. Dr Fito’o from Kwara’ae in Mala’ita Province did his research on citizenship education in Solomon Islands.In congratulating Dr Fito’o, one of his mentors, Solomon…

$7M Demand

Water source landowners demand payment of arrears Kongulai water source landowners’ trustees are demanding the government more than SBD$7 million in outstanding arrears for land rental. They want this to be paid up by this Friday, 25th March. Trustees claim the amount of $7,565,655 is to yet to be paid from $10,565,665 as arrears payable…

Japan hands over new clinic to Polo

POLO community, Polo ward, Choiseul Province has been officially handed over a newly built clinic on Thursday last week. Funded by the Japanese government with support from Choiseul Province Health division, the project was signed between the two parties in 2013 and has just been completed. More than $840,000 of funds was used to complete…

Importance of forests highlighted

Minister for the Ministry of Forests and Research Chris Laore highlighted the importance of forest and water to the livelihood of people, during the celebration of the international day of forest and water in Honiara on Monday. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Shortland islands told the participants that without forest and water, life would…

Weather office to mark day today

Our climate is changing. This is not just a future scenario. It is happening now. The Climate will continue to change over the coming decades as more and more heat-trapping greenhouse gases emitted by human activities accumulate in the atmosphere. Director of Solomon Islands Meteorological Services in a statement yesterday said, “For the past several…

Vehicle slips into sea

AUKI police is investigating a case where a vehicle slipped into the sea near Auki wharf, Malaita province early this week. According to Auki police operation manager inspector David Wate, he said, the incident occurred late Monday night where the Suzuki brand vehicle slipped into the sea. “We do not know the actual fact that…

PM’s Office, PS ‘disrespectful’ of Speaker

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has described the statement made by the Office of the Prime Minister &Cabinet (OPMC) regarding the Red House as disrespectful and belittling to the Speaker of Parliament. The Opposition Group was referring to the OPMC statement which quoted the Ministry of Infrastructure Permanent Secretary Henry Murray stating that the Red House…

MMF defends Ports

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has rubbished claims by some of the largest foreign companies investing in the country that they have been affected and incurred losses as a result of the ongoing reform by Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). President Charles Dausabea speaking to the paper yesterday argued that National Fisheries Development (NFD), Solrais and…