$1.3B FOR SALARIES

Budget papers: Gov’t to spend $1.3billion on salaries this year   SALARIES will eat up a quarter of this year’s $4 billion-plus budget, leaked budget papers obtained by Solomon Star have revealed. The Government is also ploughing more money into scholarships and rentals this year, other documents have shown. According to the Summary of Payroll…

88 still in quarantine stations

EIGHTY-eight (88) people are currently in our quarantine stations to date. This was both confirmed by Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare and the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Pauline McNeil. Speaking in his weekly nationwide address, Sogavare said that we currently have 88 persons who are still in quarantine stations serving…

No employment data fumed Wale

THE Ministry for Finance and Treasury was told to seriously mainstream job tracking and dedicate a function within MoFT to keep track of the jobs in the country. The issue was raised by the Leader of the Opposition and a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Mathew Wale last week. The Permanent Secretary for…

Malaita assembly ends meeting

THE Malaita Provincial Assembly has successfully concluded its meeting including the 2021/2022 budget session, Tuesday. Malaita Province Deputy Premier Randal Sifoni in his sine die motion speech reminded the assembly members of the importance of maintaining personal credibility and continues to face challenges when it’s come to dealing with critical issues and decisions. He said…

Guangzhou China flight set 

The flight from China, Guangzhou to bring in 24 workers to build the University of South Pacific (USP) Campus has scheduled for 5th April.  Secretary to Prime Minister, Dr. Jimmie Rodgers has highlighted this during the fortnightly talkback show on the 28th March on the national broadcaster.  Dr. Rodgers said the flight will bring in…

One year jail for man who sold fake scholarship 

THE man who sold a fake scholarship offer letter for $2,000 to a Solomon Islands National University (SINU) student last year had received a one-year jail term. John Folia, 31, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of false pretence. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi when sentencing Folia said the amount of $2,000 is substantial.…

Bosamata encourages school leaders and teachers in western border to get vaccination 

Deputy Secretary to Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) encouraged school leaders and teachers in the western border to get AstraZeneca vaccines when their turn comes.  MEHRD, Deputy Secretary Mr. James Bosamata has made this call during the fortnightly talkback show on Sunday.  He stated after the 7,000 doses are completely administered here…

I ALMOST DIED FROM THE INJECTION: WOMAN SAID

A 38-year-old Ministry of Health and Medical Services worker said she almost died after receiving the AstraZeneca injection at the National Referral Hospital on Monday morning. “I received the injection at 10 am on Monday. I felt alright, but it was shortly after I had walked back to my workplace at the Ministry that I…