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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017


UN says youths drive 17 SDGs

THE Head of the United Nation Joint Presence in Solomon Islands describes Youths as drivers for 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Ms Azusa Kubota, the Head of UN Joint Presence in Solomon Islands in a National Youth Forum yesterday highlighted issues surrounding youths are gaining momentum, and the world is waking up finally to realise this. Ms Kubota said in order to achieve human development and sustainable development goals; “we must work with youths, and invest in them”. She said in Asia and the Pacific, there are 717 million young peopleRead More

Ethical Reporting

DEAR EDITOR, a recent statement from the Prime Minister’s Office called on journalists to uphold media ethics and to always ensure balanced and accurate reporting rather than making speculative assertions. I fully support the need for truthful reporting and can say that in the past, especially at the time of the onset of the tragic events we have come to know as the ‘ethnic tension,’ many untruthful, racially slanted and border line defamatory reports were filed by two foreign journalist in particular which fell far below the standards expected ofRead More

Marist names final squad

MARIST Football Club has named its final travelling squad for the O-League. This came after the Head Coach, Juliano Schmeling released the named of his 23-man squad yesterday morning. The selected squad consists; (GK) Philip Mango, Santus Kabini and Michael Kouma. Defenders; Martin Saleimanu, Natanela Bero, Michael Steven Boso, Robert Laua, Koriak Upaiga, John Rofeta, Andre Ribeiro Morosini and Jamees Egeta. Mid-fielders; Timothy Bakale, Reuben Douglas, Atkin Kaua, Djair Veiga Francisco Junior, Jeffrey Bule and Thomas Taloga. Forwards; Mathias Ian, Joackim Kairi, Joel Paka, Abraham Iniga, Tuti Zama and GuilhermeRead More

Marist too good for Honiara select

MARIST FC yesterday ousted the brilliant Honiara select side by three goals to nil. The O-League side who wants to keep their fans on a positive mood proving themselves to keep the hope among their fans as they did it. It also went well according to Juliano’s expectation, as collecting a win is his total hope for the match yesterday. His boys made it in the first 20 minutes when Abraham Iniga registered the opening goal. The Honiara Select Side led by Dennis Ifunaowa, searching for retaliation shortly after theirRead More

Green light for Anti-corruption Bill

THE Prime Minister has given the green light for the much anticipated Anti-Corruption Bill, saying that Caucus has agreed to table the bill. Hon Manasseh Sogavare made the announcement when Parliament debated the Land and Survey Bill (now Act) last week. The Prime Minister said that Caucus has agreed that the Bill’s strategic requirement must be completed before the Bill is tabled in Parliament. “We want to bring the National Anti-corruption strategy and regulations before members of parliament to debate and that the Caucus has agreed to draft the bill’sRead More

MOI MP accused of sending expired food to Sikaiana

CONCERNED people of Sikaiana are outraged that their Member of Parliament has opted to send them rations which contained expired food items. The cargo had been meant as food rations for the people of Sikaiana, sent them by their Member of Parliament, Hon Martin Kealoe, on board MV Ortega. The rations included 500-plus SIPA rice, all of which were alleged to have emitted tell-tale odour of being stale, and cartons of SIPA noodles which were also alleged to be expired. Bringing their complaints to Island Sun, few Sikaiana men sayRead More

Opposition leader calls for better process in drafting bills

THE Leader of Opposition has called on the government to strengthen the bill drafting process and procedures. Hon Jeremiah Manele said there is a need to create a more inclusive regime of procedures to assist the country’s law making processes. He adds that there is a need to further enhance the capacity of parliament to be able to draft suggested amendments into any bill before it reaches parliament. Hon Manele the recommendation will provide substantial recommendation to the parliament but not mere recommendation as normally experienced. “I strongly reiterate thisRead More

Parliament adjourned to Monday next week

‘MPs to attend late Lady Selina Palmer’s funeral service’   YESTERDAY the Prime Minister moved a motion of special adjournment to Parliament reconvene on Monday March 6, 2017. The motion of special adjournment was done without notice on the grounds of national urgency as it is required under Parliamentary Standing Orders that motions be given three clear days’ notice. A motion without notice can also be done under Parliamentary Standing Orders and was the basis of the motion moved by Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare yesterday to have Members ofRead More

Solomon Islanders rescued at sea by Korean boat

A 45-year-old woman, 22-year-old man and a six-year-old girl have cheated death after drifting in the open sea for weeks. Ms Elise (45), Mr Kevin (22) and little Dursela (6) believed to be from Makira/Ulawa province were rescued by a Korean Fishing vessel on Monday this week. Report stated that the trio were then transferred to another fishing boat called FV Hanara which was heading to Honiara for transhipment. According to Ms Lindsay Keliara, an Inspector and Compliance officer of the Ministry of Fisheries and Research, the FV Joon DiscoverRead More

SSPM and SPM post to be announced soon

TWO senior posts of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) will be announced soon. Chief of Staff (COS) of the OPMC, Robson Djokovic made the assurance to Island Sun yesterday. Djokovic made a brief statement in response to queries sent to him via email on the progress of the two senior posts of Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) and Secretary to the Prime Minister (SPM) as they have been vacant for a while to date. The COS exclusively told Island Sun yesterday that the PublicRead More