Famous radio announcer retires

FAMOUS radio announcer Bartholomew Basia has called it quits after serving 37 years with the national broadcaster, Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC). Well known as Bart Basia, and now in his early 60’s, Mr Basia started his career as a radio announcer with former Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service in the late 70’s. Mr Basia’s unique…

NTU deadline today

THE deadline for Form 7 students to hand in their academic transcripts to the National Training Unit (NTU) office at Panatina campus expires on Wednesday. This requirement is to allow the NTU to deliberate on the academic transcripts to be able to determine students’ academic potential for the awarding of scholarship to respective universities this…

Villagers end hostilities

VILLAGERS of East Makira settled their differences in a peace and reconciliation ceremony held at Nareke community on 2 January 2016. This followed an argument where two youths fought and one got admitted in Kirakira Hospital and later died the next day in April 2015. The families of the deceased retaliated and wanted to pay…

Taiwan ICDF scholarship now open for application

THE 2016 Taiwan ICDF Scholarship, a study grant provided by Taiwan International Cooperation Fund, is now open for international application until March 15. The 2016 Taiwan ICDF Scholarship comprises 31 programs for bachelor, master and Ph. D. degrees provided by 21 Taiwanese universities in study areas including tropical Agriculture, business administration, international studies, technology management,…

JFK’s heroic link to the Solomons

November saw the 52nd anniversary of the assassination, in 1963, of US president John F. Kennedy. Twenty years earlier, Kennedy, then a US Navy lieutenant, was in command of a torpedo patrol boat sunk by a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands. Travel writer JOHN BORTHWICK looks back:  ‘DON’T mention the war,” shrilled John Cleese…

Police raid settlement

Kwaso, marijuana seized POLICE confiscate thousands of litres of kwaso and dozens of marijuana plants during a raid they conducted at Taba’a settlement in central Honiara, last Saturday. The police’s Christmas and New Years’ Special Operations Team carried out the raid. “The success of this operation is another significant symbol of the community working together…

2016 New Year’s honors and award announced

The Governor General has announced the honors and awards for the New Year 2016 on behave of her majesty the Queen. The awards were as follows: 1.      Order of British Empire OBE _Robinson S Fugui- Service to the government in the area of environmental health and community development 2.      Members of the British Empire MBE…

Governor General on employment

We all have to build Solomon Islands, its economy and protect its reputation as a country of progress, peace, stability and vision. These are the words of the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, when delivering his New Year’s speech last week. He said that, we are all aware that there is high unemployment in our…

Kama: report corrupt customs officers to me

Comptroller of Customs and Excise Division Nathan Kama has reiterated his call to the public to report any form of demand imposed by Customs officer in exchange for the execution of their mandated duties. Mr Kama made the call in respond to reports alleging that some customs officers have demanded payment charges from owners of…

Opposition questions $3m payout

THE Parliamentary Opposition has questioned the Government’s approach in remunerating former combatants of the Malaita Eagles Force (MEF). The $3 million payment which was done on the eve of Christmas last year was described by the Opposition as unfair to the citizens of this country, especially the victims of the ethnic tension including those who…