New Gizo betelnut market takes shape

THE newly built betel-nut market for Gizo, Western Province is progressing well with only final touches needed before it will open for vendors and the public. The CAUSE (Community Access Urban Sustainability Enhancement) Project under the World Bank is constructing the new market.   It is located at Banana Valley. According to the CAUSE Project Manager,…

Janus still active

POLICE chief Mostyn Mangau says the joint taskforce Janus is still active but at a slow pace due to the Covid-19 operation distractions. However, Mangau assured the nation that now that the country is familiar with Covid-19, Janus is ready to return to its normal pace. “Some good results will come out this year,” Mangau…

Suspect surrenders to Police 

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station have arrested another suspect in relation to Winwin robbery incident in Central Guadalcanal after he surrendered himself to police on 14 January 2021. A 31-year-old suspect was arrested following an arrangement made by the investigation team to surrender himself to the police. …

11 rescued at sea between Choi, West

Eleven people have been rescued after drifting at sea between Choiseul and Western Province on Sunday, 10 January 2021. Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RISPF) at Gizo Police Station in Western Province made the timely rescue, a statement from Police Media Unit said. Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau said the eleven people…

ESP roll-out continues 

The Government’s ESP Committee continues to progress the implementation of the ESP support program into the new year despite media reports about the fund. A statement from the Prime Ministers Office said, more than 2,000 applications have been approved so far and have received their support. The Committee confirmed that the process has begun with…

‘Plant and Play’ program for youths

MEMBER of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Ward 29 in Malaita plans to introduce an initiative known as ‘Plant and Play’ program this year. Felix Bosokuru stated this in a statement on Wednesday. The statement explained the ‘Plant and Play’ program is a new strategy that will be promoted by Ward 29 development committee for…

CBSI: Gov’t records $196m deficit

  THE government has recorded a deficit of $196 million in November following a $97 million deficit the previous month.  That’s according to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) November report. The report stated this outcome mirrored an upsurge in the expenditure by 32% to $426 million and a 2% increase in total revenue…

Govt’s Facebook suspension 

The Government’s decision to suspend Facebook has both good and bad sides. Whilst it hinges on the rights of individuals, the government of the day has a right too to make decisions for the good of the nation.  Administrator for popular and one of the biggest Facebook forum groups in the country Benjamin Afuga told…