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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


HCC clamps down on Business licences

HONIARA City’s Deputy Mayor and Chairman for Finance Division Charles Aiwosuga has made a stern statement for business houses and public transport owners. It is a reminder for those who are yet to pay their business licences – it is a breach of the Council’s ordinance if licences are not payed. “I would like to remind the general public, especially business and public transport owners that operating a business without an approved business license from the council is illegal. “It has come to our attention that some business owners haveRead More

Dash-8 engine arrives, service expected soon

SOLOMON Airlines has confirmed that the replacement engine for the Dash-8 arrived in Brisbane on Saturday January 28 and was ferried to Honiara on Monday January 30 on the Airline’s Airbus A320. The Airline spokesman further confirmed that engineers will conduct a straight engine swap under very stringent safety engineering procedures to ensure a quick return to service. The Solomon Airlines acknowledges the patience of its valued passengers during the grounding of the dash 8 and sincerely apologises for the inconvenience this may have caused. “Our passenger’s safety is ourRead More

Govt pushes hard for GRML


THE government has poured all efforts to systematically address risks posed by the Gold Ridge Mine tailing dam with the help of the new GRML management. Prime Minister’s Office Chief of Staff Mr Robson Djokovic said the government and new GRML management along with stakeholders have been working closely in managing the situation, ensuring monitoring and evaluation of the tailing damp are carried out regularly. He said the new GRML management has been involved in facilitating and managing GRML storage facility. Mr Djokovic explained that there are always risks inRead More

Near-death lightning strikes raises concerns for safety

SIX villagers barely escaped with their lives after being zapped by lighting near a BeMobile tower on January 20, in Malaita. This happened in Gwaiau village, looking over Malu’u station, which has left all hospitalised with one in near-critical condition with serious burns. Latest reports say they are all well and recovering. Report received from Tony Orosago, who is one of the victims, confirmed that the incident occurred when they took shelter underneath the tower from heavy rains that Friday morning. He said this is the second lightning strike onRead More

Premier Kiloe to retire this year

ONE of the country’s prominent provincial leader is set to retire at the end of this year. After leading Choiseul Province for the past 17 years, Premier Jackson Kiloe has considered not to contest the upcoming Provincial elections in October. The Premier made his intentions known to Island Sun as well as on social media yesterday. “I have decided not to contest the upcoming provincial elections for this year.” While his immediate plans for the future could not be disclosed, the highly commended provincial leader has not ruled out aRead More

Gizo residents call for removal of slack public servants

CONCERNED Gizo people are calling on the Western province’s director for the town’s council to discipline officers who are not doing their jobs. They claim that this lack of duty execution is why Gizo town has not improved for years. An example is seen in the Gizo market, they said. “The town market is currently not properly organised, overcrowding and unplanned; therefore we are questioning the Gizo town Clark and his market fee collectors for not improving the market. “Who are the fee collectors who always collect five $5 dollarsRead More

Man yet to obtain defence lawyer

A man who is facing a number of charges including allegedly disobeying, resisting arrest and escaping police custody is yet to get a lawyer to represent him. Allen Seleau told the Magistrates yesterday he made requests on previous occasion but there has not been any response from the Public Solicitor’s office. Seleau is facing charges in relation to an incident earlier this year. He faces one count each of drunk and disorderly, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, damaging property and escaping lawful custody. Police Prosecutor Ethel Maeue told theRead More

Young people reminded not to risk their lives

RECTOR of St Alban Parish Fr Ben Devi urges young people not to risk their lives by taking the deadly drink kwaso. He told the congregation at St Alban Parish on Sunday that most young people are engaging themselves in drinking kwaso and taking other illegal drinks that spoil their body. “Your body should be respected because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit,” Fr Devi said. Fr Devi said last week he attended a funeral service of a young man who died as a result of drinking tooRead More

GPRDCL announces $7.7m shareholders payment

GUADALCANAL Plains Resource Development Company (GPRDCL) is pleased to announce to its shareholders a dividend payment of $7,701,300. The declaration is made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPRDLCL, Mr Eliam Tangirongo. In a statement yesterday Mr Tangirongo said the company is pleased to announce to its shareholders a dividend payment of $7,701,300 for the year 2015 after tax and other diligent have been done. “GPRDCL will start doing the payments as of Thursday 2nd February 2017,” Mr Tangirongo said. GPRDCL owns Tanuli Royal Plains Motel, PointRead More

More scrubs for Honiara

STREETS in Honiara is expected to undergo more scrubbing. This is according to Honiara City Council’s (HCC) plans for its Works and Environment Divisions A Works Division staff yesterday said currently HCC is gearing up towards the plan. He said the plan is gaining momentum and has already been piloted, thus the council is throttling speed to beautify the streets of Honiara. “Looking at the front of Museum area beside the main road and in front of Art Gallery area, this is some of the street scrubbings HCC is planningRead More