$1.2m deal to use fuel pipe

THE Western Provincial Assembly over the weekend has signed a USD$1.2million (SBD$9m) deal with the South Pacific Oil Limited (SPOL) for the use of its pipeline in Noro, Western province. The two years contract was signed so that SPOL can use the pipeline at Noro for fuel supply purposes. The property is owned by the…

Belgium , EU envoy visit Don Bosco

On Friday His Excellency Leoniadas Tezapsidis, Ambassador of the European Union and  High Excellency Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium,  paid a courtesy visit to Don Bosco Henderson at 3.00 PM. They were welcomed by the school community as they assembled to close school for the week.  Both the Ambassadors gave short messages to the school.…

PM says sorry

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has apologised to the Renbel Provincial Government (RPG) and its people following the unannounced visit by the Forestry Minister and Permanent Secretary to the province last week. Last Monday Minister Bartholomew Parapolo and his PS Vaeno Vigulu visited Asia Pacific Investment Development Ltd’s (APID) agro forestry on Rennell Island without informing…

Stakeholders reaffirm support for hydro project

A three days national stakeholders consultation meeting in Auki has ended last Friday with a strong re-affirmation and support for the development and implementation of the Fiu Hydro Project on Malaita. The stakeholders meeting was attended by more than 100 people  consisting of Senior Government officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,…

Leni defends SIP ‘big pay’

Yow is highest paid state-owned enterprise CEO SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board chairman Nolen Leni has defended the lucrative pay package SIPA is paying its Singaporean-hired chief executive officer. Under his current contract, Collin Yow draws a net salary of USD$500,000 (approximately $4 million) a year. He was also entitled to a serviced apartment…

Police say domestic violence increasing

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has recorded an increase in family domestic violence around the country. Statistics showed more than 400 cases were recorded in 2014. From January to August this year, the cases have increased to more than 500, the police media unit said. “These statistics come as a result of the…

Malaita pursues ‘sovereignty’

MALAITA Province has appointed a special select committee to pursue its intention to become a “sovereign nation”. Premier Peter Ramohia revealed this on Friday. He said the move followed the announcement he made last month of “the intention to declare a sovereign nation of Malaita”. Mr Ramohia said the taskforce has been assigned to draw…

CDO discourages hand-out mentality

CONSTITUENCY  Development Officer (CDO) for Ulawa Ughi  Alvin  Brian Pelu  has strongly condemned what he described as the cargo-cult mentality whereby constituents expect  their respective members of Parliament to provide free handout of cash ,food and  wealth materials to them. Mr Pehu blamed former and some current members of parliament for initiating such cult mentality.…

MID sets to finalise consultation

THE Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) is in its final stages of consultation with all its stakeholders on the proposed Infrastructure Management Bill. Director CPIU, Harry Rini says, “a team of consultants has travelled to all nine provinces holding consultations on the proposed new law which will effect a lot of changes in the…

PS clarifies delay to highway project

NEWLY appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Henry Murray says a number of agreements need to be finalised before work on the Kukum Highway Project starts.  “There are a number of binding agreements relating to this project with relevant companies and owners of land along the road that need to be sorted…