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Friday, January 27th, 2017


SIVB pushes for visitors’ arrival

THE Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is uniting all effort to increase visitors’ arrival in the country. Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) Josefa “Jo” Tuamoto said SIVB has undergone major transformation in its operation setting to carry out this plan. He said SIVB has appointed officers to look after the country’s niches markets regionally and also at the international level. Mr Tuamoto said Solomon Islands Tourism niche market overseas includes; Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia. He said the task at hand is trying to increaseRead More

Is there a second pre-service list NTU?

THE Ministry of Education (MEHRD) and its national training unit (NTU) is being questioned by concerned students whether there are any scholarship opportunities for pre-service left for this year. Foundation students at USP Honiara campus asked the questioned upon information they received that there will be a second list of pre-service scholarship to release soon. The student said according to speculations they received last week, NTU is still working on the second list of pre-service scholarships for this year. The students said it was good news for the students, sinceRead More

Defence lawyers urged to appear in court

DEFENCE lawyers representing men alleged to have been involved in the Auki BSP bank robbery incident are asked to appear in court. Principal Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi yesterday said that all defence lawyers must attend the next court appearance before she can deliver her ruling on the bail application made. The five men are represented by lawyers from both private and the Public solicitor’s office. Ms Taeburi told the prosecution to inform the private lawyers to appear in court. The men – John Kiki, Nelson Ausolo, Solomon Wadily, Patrick Talo andRead More

RSIPF limited rearmament soon

REARMING of special units within the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will be effective as soon as February. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, speaking of some of the achievements made by the Former Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast, said one of the major achievements is the discussion on finalisation of preparations for the rearmament of the RSIPF with the Cabinet signing off on rearmament at the end of last year. “Other milestones including Cabinet endorsement of Stage 2 of the rearmament Project, which will see the RSIPF rearmed as soon as FebruaryRead More

SIVB to promote honeymoon and wedding

SOLOMON Islands Visitors Bureau is working with tourism operators to promote honeymoon and wedding for tourists. Senior Officer in charge of honeymoon and wedding promotion, Mrs Stella Lucas, said Solomon Islands has all the natural beauty to host honeymoon and wedding for tourists or foreigners. “So far we have successfully host two foreign couples’ wedding here in the country. “These two wedding ceremonies took place in Papatura Resort in Isabel Province and one at the Heritage Park Hotel,” she said. Ms Lucas said her office encourages the development of thisRead More

CBSI clarifies POB changes

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has clarified the air surrounding the Pan-Oceanic Bank (POB) recent issue with tis directors. In a short media release, the CBSI said that it is aware of recent media reports regarding changes to Pan Oceanic Bank (POB)’s board positions that may have caused unease and anxiety in the market especially to POB clients. “The CBSI assures POB customers and clients that the changes to Board positions does not affect the stability and operations of POB. “POB is managed by experienced professional staff atRead More

Prosecution to provide specification on bail condition on PS Sikua’s case

CASE against the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security has again been adjourned for February 1. This is to allow time for the prosecution to inform the court on specific and limited areas the accused is restricted to enter while he performs his duty as permanent secretary. In the previous occasion, defence lawyer Gabriel Suri made an application to vary his client’s bail condition. This is due to the fact that his client (PS Sikua) was not suspended from his job and that he still hasRead More

SI needs bail Act: Chief Magistrate

CHIEF Magistrate John Numapo has revealed in court yesterday that there is no law to govern and regulate bail proceedings. He said the only law that makes some reference to bail is the Constitution and the Criminal Procedure Code, but they are only general provisions stating the right to bail. “We need an Act of Parliament that is specific on bail and a Bail Act would serve that purpose,” Magistrate Numapo said. Because in granting and/or refusing bail, the courts need a law that provides the legal basis, he added.Read More

USP SI foundation students want explanation on scholarship selection

FOUNDATION students studying at the USP Campus in Honiara are seeking explanations from the office of NTU regarding selections made on the SIG pre-service scholarship for this year. Many are unhappy that the pre-service awards is dominated by students who come directly from form-7s in schools, with only a handful of students from the USP campus. The students who request anonymity share their frustrations with the media, saying that it is utterly unfair for the struggling foundation students at the USP SI campus. The students say that they feel neglectedRead More

Minister Tozaka attends 3rd IPALM meeting in Japan

SOLOMON Islands was among the 16 members of the Pacific Islands Forum that attended the 3rd Interim Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (IPALM) which was held in Tokyo on January 17, 2017. The Solomon Islands delegation was headed by Hon Milner Tozaka – Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade; accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Joseph Maáhanua and Assistant Secretary for Asia Branch, Mr Joseph Atkin Tada The Interim Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (IPALM) was a ministerial forum between members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) andRead More