Thursday, January 19th, 2017


New fire station opens today

THE Fire service within the Royal Solomon Island Police force will today receive a new world class facility from the Participating Police Force. The building, funded by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands through the Participating Police Force, will be a boost to the facilities the Fire Service has. Commissioner Frank Prendergast said the new station is a world class facility and will be a major step-up for the fire service and people of Honiara and its surroundings. He said details regarding total costs for the new development shouldRead More

Angry parents demand answer as hundreds stand to miss out on scholarships this year

HUNDREDS of students who have successfully completed their foundation or preliminary year studies last year are likely to miss out on further studies in 2017 because the government could not afford it. Of an estimated 600 7th-formers who completed their studies this year, only 91 were picked for government scholarships this year. The final number could dwindle even further, given politicians normally decide who goes and who does not. Some suggest that only 60 students would end up going for further studies under government scholarships in 2017. The situation drewRead More

FSII urges Govt to urgently bring anticorruption bills to Parliament

MEMBERS of the outspoken Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) have strongly urged the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) to Parliament to lessen corrupt conducts and encourage citizens to bring forward evidence of suspected corruption. This statement was made in light of the current text message correspondences of the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the mining official of the Bintan SI Limited on bauxite to be zero-dutied and backdated. FSII executive hosted a press conference yesterday and stated that once the Anticorruption Bill and the Whistleblowers Protection Bill isRead More

No timeframe for PM to step aside

Peaceful protest anticipated.   CONCERNED citizens of Solomon Islands through the outspoken Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) have called for the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare to step aside. No time frame to this call has been set. According to the FSII Vice President Ishmael Nori, the call for the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare to step aside is simply “a test of conscience”. This, FSII added in a press conference yesterday, came about following the decision of members to have the Prime Minister step aside to let relevant authoritiesRead More

SIPA secret board meet to decide directors’ fate

THE fate of some directors at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is believed to be high on the agenda of a secret meeting the SIPA Board is convening in Noro, Western Province this week. All Board members left Honiara yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon, except Mr Johnny Sy who is still away overseas. The two-day meeting is expected to end on Friday. Among other things, two issues are high on the agenda for the Board’s two-day meeting, which begins in Noro today, insiders said. These are the preparations for the arrivalRead More

UK travel writer in the country

AN international travel writer from the United Kingdom is in the country and will stay for nine days. The international travel writer, Mr Julian Ryall is here under arrangements with the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau. In an interview with this paper during his arrival at the Henderson International Airport yesterday, he expressed his excitement in visiting the country. “Delighted, delighted to be here and thank the organisations who have made it possible for me to be here in this great destination. “Now it’s up to me to get as manyRead More

Ryall hopes to influence more American and Japanese tourists

AN international travel writer who is currently in the country hopes he will influence more American and Japanese tourists to the Solomon Islands. He made the statement to local media in an interview yesterday, saying there are lots of potential things which can attract Americans and Japanese to the Solomon Islands. Mr Julian Ryall said as part of his visit he will travel several key WWII battle fields, talk to people about the war and other interested areas in the country. He said one of his intentions is to highlightRead More

IRENA awards concessional loan for Tina Hydro

SOLOMON Islands has been awarded a USD15 million concessional loan for Tina Hydro Project by the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA. The award was announced during IRENA’s 2017 Assembly in Abu Dhabi last weekend. It is the first concessional loan to be approved in support to Tina Hydro, which is the largest renewable energy project ever in Solomon Islands and the largest renewable project currently being developed in the Pacific. The Tina Hydro will provide access to renewable energy for more than 100,000 people in the greater Honiara region andRead More

SIVB kicks off 2017 media programme with key travel writer visit

THE Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has got its 2017 International Media Visitation Programme off to a big start with UK travel writer Julian Ryall visiting Hapi Isles yesterday. Mr Ryall writes for the world-famous Daily Telegraph newspaper in London, of the UK’s big national newspapers. He also writes for prestigious Hong Kong based South China Morning Post and the biggest travel industry publication in Asia, Travel Trade Gazette. Mr Ryall is visiting the Solomon Islands to discover and write about the country’s unique culture, history and natural beauty, diving andRead More

No budget for NRH relocation plan

THE plan to relocate the National Referral Hospital will not be forthcoming this year as the government has failed to allocate funds for the important development. Even the budget for health and medical service programmes this year is less compared to previous years. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Service Dr Tenneth Dalipanda said the Ministry’s budget for 2017 is around 29 million – a subtraction of 2 million compared to 31 million the ministry normally receives from the government for its operations in the previous years.Read More