Mayor’s call to China United

The Honiara City Mayor Alfrence Fatai has called for the failed Sol-Plaza contractor China United to cooperate with the work of the Town & Country Planning Board. Speaking to this paper, the City mayor express disappointment after learning the claims made by China United, stating that the project is complete and they receive no notice…

Hou blasts $3.7M bill

Government not compel to pay compensation Member of Parliament (MP) for South Malaita Rick Hou has condemned recent Cabinet’s endorsement for $3.7 million to compensate Sun Express for the damages and boat hiring to Mbike Island, on the days before the election victory by the DCC government. In an exclusive interview with the former Finance…

Council extends REP project

Honiara City Council (HCC) has extended the Rapid Employment Project (REP) for another five years with the World Bank. The decision was made after the full council meeting last week. This was confirmed by the deputy City Mayor Eddie Ngava. “After our meeting last week, we come up with a resolution to extend another five…

Independent Group welcomes AG appointment

THE Independent Leaders has thanked the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government on the declaration of the new Attorney General (AG) which was announced last month. Speaking to members of the local media in a press conference on Monday, the leader of the independent group Manasseh Maelanga acknowledged the government for finally announcing the new…

Australia supports damage assessment

Australia will support the deployment of provincial assessment teams following cyclone Raquel. A statement from the Australian High Commission office in Honiara said, the teams will assess the level of damage to households, livelihoods and infrastructure caused by the cyclone. “Australia is very pleased to support the deployment of provincial assessment teams, as a crucial…

Vanuatu’s PM breaks silence over West Papua

PACIFIC SCOOP – Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has spoken for the first time since being voted back into office three weeks ago and the vote by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit on the West Papuan application for membership at their meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands, nearly two weeks ago. Kilman broke his…

‘Get rid of underperformed PAs’

THE Government must get rid of its underperformed Political Appointees (PA) says the leader of the parliamentary Independent Group, Manasseh Maelanga. He highlighted this when speaking to members of the media in a press conference early this week. Mr Maelanga made the call after hearing reports in the media previously that some political appointees are…

Airlines partners with Booking.com

Solomon Airlines has partnered with Booking.com to enable the airline’s passengers the opportunity to directly book their Solomon Islands accommodation at the same time as booking their flights via the www.flysolomons.com website. Under the arrangement the airline’s passengers can now book accommodation at a total of 14 Solomon Islands properties currently available on Booking.com, with…