SCHOLARSHIP FRAUD CASE 

Alleged scholarship fraudster’s trial in March   A MAN accused of selling fake government scholarship offer letters and obtained $12,000 from four people last year will go through a trial in March this year. John Folia faces four counts of false pretence. He pleaded guilty to one count and pleaded not guilty to the other…

COVID-19 vaccine coming

In terms of our preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has already drafted a policy document on the vaccines and that will be submitted to the government Caucus and then to Cabinet this week. Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil said during the radio talkback…

MHMS on bed shortage 

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) through the National Referral Hospital (NRH) management is working on a plan to sort out bed shortage at the country’s main hospital. This followed a report that the Emergency Department (ED) at the NRH sees 60 to 100 patients per day with only 20 beds available. As…

BIG PLANS FOR ‘CROWN LAND’

Major projects earmarked for government land in Gizo   A meeting of the Elders’ Council in Gizo has been told of plans for a number of major infrastructure projects being developed on government land in the Provincial capital. These include a Campus of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), a new Western Provincial Assembly Chamber,…

‘MAN UP’ CHALLENGE IS BACK

Date set for popular Rugby contest   ORGANIZERS of the popular annual Man Up Rugby Challenge has confirmed the kick-off date for this year’s edition. According to a statement from the organizers, the Henderson Hammerheads (HHH) Rugby Club the competition is confirmed to kick-off on Saturday March 6th 2021. The Man Up Challenge is an…

M4D welcomes US establishment in Auki

MALAITA for Democracy (M4D) President Knoxly Atu last Friday welcomed the Deputy Chief of Party for Winrock International Solomon Islands Dr. Morgan Wairiu. The brief welcome ceremony was held at the Auki Central Market at 2 pm and was attended by members of the public.  During the brief welcome ceremony, Dr. Morgan was asked to make some…

SINPF confirms new deal for Tavanipu

THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) has confirmed it is considering a management proposal it has received for the Tavanipupu Island Resort (TIR). The confirmation which came in the form of a letter, published yesterday by Solomon Star, however, did not come from the Management. Instead, it came from “SINPF Media”.  It was in…