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Monday, April 10th, 2017


Gizo Youth@Work stages first intern graduation

OVER 100 interns graduated from the Gizo Youth@Work programme on Friday, in Western Province. The Phase 1 and 2 interns, including the YEC who began the programme in March this year, celebrated their achievement at an official graduation ceremony at the PT109 restaurant. Gizo Youth@Work Provincial Coordinator, Hika Gonne addressed the graduates saying they were the best to go through the programme around Gizo for the first time since Youth@ Work Gizo was established last year. “Many youths have been motivated, courageous and hard working and are changing the wayRead More

Solo students safe in Vanuatu

SOLOMON Islands students in Vanuatu are reported safe as tropical cyclone Cook ravages the country. Denver Newter, undergoing studies at the Australian Pacific Technical College, said almost every campus has been shut down and students advised to stay indoors for safety reasons. This alert was given as the cyclone began building up last week Friday. “We are safe here in Port Villa and currently our classes are temporarily shut down so we are staying indoor for the past two days. “We have been advised to stay indoor as the cycloneRead More

MPs urged to attend seminar

MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to attend an important seminar scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April 2017. Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for East Areare Andrew Manepora’a announced this on the floor of parliament on Friday. He said the objective of the seminar is to increase MPs understanding on the role of parliament in promoting development objectives. “Such as commitments to achieve sustainable development objectives goals and address climate change. “Honourable members are therefore asked to please attend,” he said. Prime Minister Manasseh SogavareRead More

Parliament passes motion to amend preamble of constitution

PARLIAMENT has passed the motion to direct the Constitutional Review Committee to inquire into an Amendment to the Preamble of the Constitution which will have the effect of declaring that ‘Solomon Islands is a Christian Country.’ Member of Parliament for Aoke-Langalanga, Mathew Wale when moving the motion on Friday said this motion is brought to the house for its blessing, or otherwise that the Constitutional Review Committee to further inquire into. Mr Wale who is also the Chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee said “Firstly Solomon Islands is a ChristianRead More

Selwyn College to celebrate landmark event in June

ANGLICAN Church of Melanesia owned Selwyn College will celebrate 46 years of education with a focus on 25 years at its Maravovo site, prelude to 50 years anniversary in 2020. Chairman of the Organsing Committee Robert Iroga said the occasion is a momentous opportunity for the former students to celebrate an institution that has contributed so much to their professional development. He said former students of Selwyn College commonly known as SOSA (Selwyn Old Scholars Association) have been looking forward to the occasions since it was mooted early this year.Read More

SI delegation secure multi-million dollar fundung for Tina hydro power

THE Solomon Islands Government is pleased to announce that two Solomon Islands delegations attending commercial negotiations and the 16th meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board in South Korea have secured cornerstone finance with USD$86-Million for the Tina Hydro Project. The first delegation was comprised of officials from the Tina Hydro Project Office within the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification as Senior Government Officials and Representatives of the Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands and Solomon Power. The second delegation consisted of the Deputy Prime Minister Hon ManassehRead More

Is the shipping grants a source of kickbacks?

AN alleged network involving senior officials of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) appears to have turned the controversial shipping grants into a source of kickbacks, documents obtained by Island Sun have revealed. Up to three senior government ministers allegedly received kickbacks totalling $2 million in 2016 alone, according to that year’s record of disbursements. An applicant who received $4.5 million from that year’s grants paid the three ministers the money. One minister received $1 million, while the other two were paid $500, 000 each, the documents show. But theRead More

Lack of opportunities discourages youths: Lopoto

WESTERN province Deputy Premier Malloney Lopoto says youths are discouraged from job-search by lack of opportunities in Solomon Islands. Speaking during the Gizo Youth@Work graduation on Friday, he said this dilemma denies the economy from tapping into the full potential of the country’s youth population. He said lack of employment opportunities has a wide scope of impact; from young people to their families, from the local economy to the national economy. “This has the potential to marginalise young people and to cause a range of negative consequence including increased riskRead More

US$1M undersea water project for Gizo

A USD$1-million project will begin in August to pipe undersea water supply from Kolombangara to Gizo Town. Western Province Deputy Premier Hon Maloney Lopoto says an ADB consultant will plan the project and make a BOQ so that they can supply water across from Kolombangara. “So this is one of the good news for the province. Although to some of us it will only be a dream but for me at this point of time, that dream is behind me,” said Hon Lopoto. “In relation to water progress, it hasRead More

East Guale opens new bridge

EAST Guadalcanal Constituency has achieved another milestone with the opening of the Hunivatu Bridge last Friday. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Member of Parliament (MP) for East Guadalcanal and MP for East Central Guadalcanal were at the site to witness the official opening of the bridge. The bridge was built by people from the constituency spearheaded by their MP, Bradley Tovosia through funds from the Solomon Islands Government. The reconstruction of the Hunivatu Bridge is part of the current road upgrade and maintenance which has started atRead More