Culture Bills to Parliament

TWO important Bills related to the development of culture are expected to be presented to Parliament this coming session before the end of the year. Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, John Wasi revealed this when he officially opened a cultural and tourism workshop in Honiara this week. Called traditional knowledge and expression…

One dead after coconut tree slammed on vehicle

A MAN died while others are in critical condition after a coconut tree slammed onto the vehicle they were travelling in north Malaita, Wednesday. The incident occurred at Ubere, further south of Malu’u substation in the To’abaita region. Reports from Malu’u said the group was travelling in a vehicle on their way to Kwaiana for…

PM arrives from UN

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his delegation to the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York have arrived back in the country, Wednesday. Mr Sogavare was met on arrival at Honiara international airport by the Deputy Prime Minister Douglas Ete, Commissioner of Police Frank Prendergast and the Secretary to Prime Minister Joseph…

Premiers urged to speak out boldly

CHOISEUL Provincial Premier Jackson Kiloe has urged his Premier colleagues to speak out and raise issues to the national government during the conference this week. Jackson Kiloe was one of the premiers that spoke yesterday at conference proper. “As a premier who has attended such conferences since 2007 until now, I see that there is…

ULMWP hails leaders for support at UN

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has commended the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, Hon. Akilisi Pohiva, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, for supporting West Papua at the recent 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York. ULMWP spokesperson, Benny Wenda, expressed his deepest gratitude…

Uni students’ plea for help

STUDENTS studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) under self-sponsorship are appealing for financial support towards salvaging them from the financial constraints they are currently facing at the moment. According to the student’s task-force chairman Dickson Koke, the appeal is made to the general public, business houses, Non-Government Organizations, and other stakeholders. “Your support…

Ngiumoana denies quotes

PROVINCIAL Secretary of Renbel Rubin Ngiumoana has denied quotes attributed to him in yesterday’s paper. He said the quotes from the article which appeared on page 2 with the title “Premier is not biased” was not his actual words. “I never mention those words that were attributed to me and I have no idea why…

Gov’t appoints new PSs

THE Government, through the Public Service Commission, has appointed new Permanent Secretaries to the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Ministry of Communication and Aviation, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, and the Ministry of Mines Energy and Rural Electrification. They are:     – Justus Gaeti  Denni as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of National Unity…

Government sells APID logs

THE Government has gone ahead to sell logs felled illegally by Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) at its controversial operation in west Rennell. The action follows a seizure notice the Ministry of Forestry and Research served on APID on 24 September 2015, threatening confiscations by the Crown of more than 25,000 cubic metres of round…

Police boss clarify delay

Commissioner of Police, Frank Prendergast has clarified why fire trucks were delayed to attend to a building burnt to ground at Chinatown last weekend. Vuvula poultry, a two storey building near the old Mataniko Bailey Bridge at Chinatown was razed to the ground after attempts by firefighters to quell the blaze. Commissioner Prendergast said, it…