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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


Head coach pleased

SI-Vanuatu friendly next week THE senior men’s soccer has kicked off their preparations for their Oceania, 2018 World Cup qualifiers match against New Zealand with a 3-1 over the Solomon Cup All Stars team yesterday. Goals from Henry Fa’arodo, Micah Lea’alafa and Gagame Feni saw the national side defeating the All Stars, after Clement Baegeni pulled a goal back for the All Stars in the second half. Solomon Islands national football coach Felipe Vega Arango- Alonso said he was pleased with the result and performance yesterday, as they wait toRead More

Has the Government stayed within its 2017 budget strategies?

BY next week the Government is expected to bring down its second supplementary budget – its second this year – to ensure minimum basic services are maintained. In view of that, this Column thinks it is worth revisiting the 2017 Budget Preparation, which Finance Minister, Snyder Rini, launched on 15th August 2016. The Budget Outline will be presented in two parts. Here is the first. Introduction 1)         Permanent Secretaries, representatives from development communities, and government officials, I must first of all convey my sincere apology for deferring the launch ofRead More

GTC urge Gizo public to be responsible for wastes

GIZO Town Council workers have urged residents and visitors to Gizo town to be responsible when it comes to waste disposal in Gizo Town. A spokesperson from the GTC said people should be mindful and take ownership to help GTC clean the town. “Most of the venders at the main Gizo market have carelessly thrown all their rubbishes at the wrong places, but we need their helping hand through working together and partnership to clean all our wastes at the main market. “We cannot meet the right criteria for keeping GizoRead More

DBS Centres will go down to constituencies: Mesepitu

DEVELOPMENT Business Service Centres (DBSC) will not only be built in provincial capitals but within constituencies as well said the Ministry of Commerce Under-secretary Technical Mr Reilly Mesepitu. The Under-secretary Technical clarified this during the closing dinner hosted by the Ministry of Commerce last week at PT 109 in Gizo Town marking the new opening of the Gizo DBS Centre. “The Minister of Commerce will continue to push in next year’s budget as we are trying to implement the objectives,” said Mr Mesepitu. “So this programme will continue as itRead More

Women equipped with printing skills

NINE women passionate about arts have undergone a training on screen printing and stencil cutting at the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s All Saints Parish. The one day training was well received by the participants who appreciate being empowered with new skills and knowledge on screen printing. Participants comprised women who resided in Honiara along with a few who have travelled in from Western province. Mrs Ester Lodu from Simbo in the Western province said she travelled far as the training is important for her and the women’s association she represents.Read More

Tutu village a forgotten rescue spot

TUTU Village, Northwest Choiseul is one of the forgotten spots in Solomon Islands where an American war air pilot was found and rescued during World War II. He was rescued by the local men of the area after his plane was shot down by the Japanese causing it to crash into the sea outside Tutu Harbour. According to Mr Nerio Ulemiki the media coordinator for Christ the King Parish at Voruvoru Northwest Choiseul, the soldier swam ashore onto the reef and sat on a rock to dry himself with theRead More

Dozens homeless in Laro, Reef islands

FAMILIES have been left homeless at Laro, in the Reef Islands after 30 homes were pulled to the ground. It was reported that this followed an advice from constituency officers from the Temotu Pele Constituency. Reports reaching this paper had it that the Constituency Development Officer (CDO) and Constituency Project Officer (CPO) have ordered the people at the community to dismantle their houses to be rebuilt with permanent houses under the Constituency’s Housing Scheme fund. “This is inhuman. People are now residing in thatch roof kitchen or makeshift shelters, whichRead More

Prime Minister Sogavare step down: Chief Peter U’si

A prominent Chief in Honiara has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to step down immediately, saying there is “no record to his name in development” in the last three years. “The only record that the people of Solomon Islands have witnessed is that corruption has run rampant at the top echelon in government,” Chief Peter U’si told Island Sun in an exclusive interview yesterday. “The people of Solomon Islands have seen nothing except heard promises after promises and they are tired. They have rejected him, particularly in the ruralRead More

Rick Hou urges landowners to cooperate

LAND owners and resource owners in Small Malaita have been urged to cooperate and open up their land for development in order for the Constituency to develop. The sentiments were echoed by Hon Rick Hou in his key note address during a ground breaking ceremony last month. “I have to confess that it is frustrating sometimes when we are ready to go, someone or something has always happened to frustrate the implementation of our programmes. It is very disheartening that after having spent so much time, effort and financial resourcesRead More

A positive helping hand for the good

I often wonder what my many letters to the local media do in bringing to notice social issues affecting people, particularly those in need, the sick, the displaced, the orphans, widows and the requirements of the MOHMS, especially the NRH. It is easy to become discouraged when I highlight incidences of great need and month or years later see me writing about the same problems because the situations remain unchanged. I took some comfort this morning, however, when I received the newsletter of the NZ based ‘Take My Hands’ CharityRead More