Central, highest betel nut chewers

The use of betel nut is more predominant in Central Province with 63% of the population recorded as heavy chewers. The 2012-2013 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) Provincial Analytical report revealed. Only 37% of the population were recorded non-chewers or users of betel nut. Following is Isabel province with 60% and Temotu with 59%…

No principal yet for Aligegeo

PARENTS and students of Aligegeo Provincial Secondary School have called on the Malaita Province Education Authority to prioritise the appointment of a new school principal. This comes after the delay by Malata provincial Education Authority in posting staff teachers to many schools in the province even though the school’s academic year for 2016 had already…

Six men arrested over Vanikoro logging row

Police arrested six young men from Vanikoro island in relation to a bitter logging dispute that saw the burning down of logging machines in the past week. The dispute is between foreign loggers and their local supporters on one side and those opposing the operation on the other. Temotu Provincial Police Commander Police Commander Frank…

MP applauds gov’t

Member of Parliament for Small Malaita Constituency Rick Hou has commended the Democratic Coalition for Change Government for their continuing assistance to his constituency. Hou said he was pleased that through the Ministry of Rural Development, the Afio Economic Growth Centre project continues to feature in the government’s development plan and programmes. “This is the…

Sogavare congratulates new Vanuatu PM

PRIME Minister and Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Manasseh Sogavare has congratulated the newly-elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai. In a congratulatory message to his Vanuatu counterpart, Mr Sogavare said:  “I write with great pleasure and gratitude to sincerely congratulate you on your election as the new Prime Minister…

Lands, worst rated ministry

THE Public Sector Satisfaction Survey found that the public have seen positive changes over the last 18 months in the area of Information Technology and political stability. It was also found that overall services have improved since the last Financial Year from: Justice Sector (73%), Electricity Authority or Solomon Power (68%), Ports Authority (67%), Ministry of…

ANZ launches mega campaign

ANZ Solomon Islands last Friday launched its mega campaign, joining other ANZ branches across the Pacific to give its customers the opportunity to win a new brand Toyota hilux. Present to officially launch the mega campaign are Chief Executive officer (CEO) of ANZ Solomon Islands, Geoffrey Buchanan and Toyota Solomon Islands CEO, Democrito Sayman. The…

Nation prepares to be part of Guam FOPA

AS Guam launches its 100 days countdown towards the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA), Solomon Islands is again preparing itself to showcase its cultural richness and diversity when it attends the festival in May this year. February 12 marks 100 days until the world gathers in Guam to witness the Pacific Island region’s diverse…

PM urged to sack under performing PAs

THE Parliamentary Opposition has reiterated its call for the Prime Minister to sack his underperformed political appointees. In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition said the critical comments made by the Prime Minister about his disappointment with some of his political appointees for confusing their roles with that of the ministries must not be taken lightly.…

Kouhota is new court judge

A NEW High Court Judge was sworn-in at the Government House last Friday. Justice Emmanuel Kouhota was sworn-in as one of the latest puisne judges of the High Court of Solomon Islands. The ceremony was conducted by Governor-General Sir Frank Kabui in the presence of the Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer, Judges of the High…