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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


2 students win laptops from SME essay competition

TWO students yesterday walked away with a laptop each, thanks to the SME essay competition. Javen J Lilivae, form 5 student from Mbokonavera Community High School, and Heizzy Baega, form 2 at Lungga Community High School, received brand a new laptop each yesterday. They are winners of the essay competition under the SBEC and SICCI’S theme: “Inspiring Small Business growth through inclusive participation”. According to Master of Ceremony, Mr Rodney Suibaea, the ceremony is a continuation of the open day held last week. Manager for SBEC, Mr Ben Ngibabule, duringRead More

New rubbish compactor purchased for Gizo Town

A new rubbish compactor for Gizo Town has been purchased under the Western Province Ministry of Tourism. This is according to the Minister of Tourism for Western Province Hon Chris Mesepitu at the provincial assembly when answering the MPA for Ward 11 on which location within and around Gizo Town has his division erected facilities for visiting cruise ships. “Out of the SBD $2,236,159 fund under the Ministry of Tourism, SBD$1.9 Million has been allocated to the tourism ministry in Western Province,” said Hon Mesepitu. From that fund, SBD $480,000Read More

New RSIPF recruits attends opening ceremony

SIXTY-NINE new Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Recruit officers attend opening ceremony at the RSIPF Operational Safety Training Faculty building in Rove Police Head Quarters. The ceremony occurred yesterday at 10.25am officially opened by Supervising Commissioner of Police, Ms Juanita Matanga and witnessed by former politician Mrs Hilda Kari, Acting Commander Darren Boyd Skinner and other senior ranking officers of the RSIPF. The Supervising Commissioner of Police Ms Juanita during in her opening speech highlighted, “The selection of right people for the police recruitment is not an easy taskRead More

New clinic strives to provide quality service

CITY Centre private medical clinic formally opened yesterday. The new clinic is located at Mokolo building near the Chinatown bus stop. Among the attendees at the small occasion, Opposition leader and Member of Parliament for Hograno, Kia and Havueli Hon Jeremiah Manele was also present to witness the opening of this new clinic. He congratulated the doctor and staff stating that the clinic will help people greatly in terms of the medical services offered and wished them well in providing their services to people. Mr Manele added that the location ofRead More

Banks just need to lift their games

HE was screaming at the top of his voice over the phone. “This must be on the headline. It is not good enough,” he said. What’s not good enough, I interjected. “The services provided by the banks,” he said. “It’s bad inside the banks, but even worse at the ATMs outside. Sometimes one wonders whether they have any management at all,” as he fumed over the phone. I think everyone who deals with any of the three commercial banks in Honiara know exactly what my friend is talking about. TheRead More

Renovation projects underway at Biulah PSS

THE Western Provincial Education Division has submitted renovation projects for Biulah Provincial Secondary School (PSS) in which work are already underway. The Western Province Minister of Education and MPA for Ward 12 Hon John Hopa during the provincial assembly meeting was glad to inform that the initial allocated funds through the PCDF has completed work on four boys dormitory blocks and ablutions. “A second tranche has been paid and work on Biulah PSS water supply has started as well,” said the minister. According to Hon Hopa, additional work on bothRead More

2016 Bad academic year for Biulah PSS

WESTERN Province Minister of Education Hon John Hopa said their division cannot deny that 2016 has been a very bad academic year for Biulah Provincial Secondary School (PSS). This is in terms of its performances which reflected in the national examination result scores of the students. According to the minister, the examination results were as follows; Form Three student’s scores ranged from 148 to 224 out of the total score of 400. Twenty-three students out of the total of thirty-one who sat for the Form Three national examination were selected forRead More

West Papua not overlooked

‘Police MOU should not be a worry to country’s stand’ PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the nation that the issue of West Papua has not been sidelined or overlooked in terms of the proposed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Indonesia and Solomon Islands on policing. Sogavare made the assurance in his statement when winding up the sine die motion he moved in Parliament last week. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Milner Tozaka previously clarified that the nation should not be worried about Solomon Islands’ standRead More

North East Guadalcanal Constituency with new fisheries centre

NORTH East Guadalcanal Constituency has completed the construction of their fisheries centre. Speaking in Parliament last week, Leader of Independent Parliamentary Group and Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal Hon Derek Sikua said construction of the Centre was completed early this month. He said his constituency is waiting patiently for the government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource for advises on required task to do next before opening the fisheries centre. Hon Sikua stressed that the building has all the required components fitting for the purpose ofRead More

We need cohesive economic policy: Hon Wale

MEMBER of Aoke/Langalanga says the country needs cohesive economy policy to guide the government in the sense of direction and priority, especially in the fiscal policy. Speaking on the Sine Die motion last week, Hon Matthew Wale said there is lack of cohesive economic policy informing Government’s development efforts. He explained that the country has the national development strategy but the way the strategy finally end up in the budget is questionable. “Because of this apparent gap, the Central Bank is left in a situation where they use monetary policyRead More