Banning Facebook

Dear Editor – The Government’s determination to ban Facebook in the Solomon Islands is rather bemusing. On the one hand, it is true that a ban will not curb our people’s fundamental freedom of expression as provided for in our Constitution. But on the other hand a ban may unnecessarily cause hardship to many of…

Solomon-Cup official draw 

THE ten participating provincial teams for the Solomon Cup (S-CUP) tournament are being drawn into two pools of five. The official draw for the group phase of the Solomon Cup tournament was done at the SIFF Academy Conference room on Monday afternoon. Pool A, dubbed as the pool of death comprises the defending champion Malaita…

SINA’s action illegal

THE sit-in protest by the Solomon Islands Nursing Association (SINA) was prohibited and illegal.  This stern comment was echoed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers during a talk-back show over the national broadcaster.  Mr. Rodgers said that under the COVID regulations; there is a provision that gives the Prime Minister Powers…

Boso calls for public support

OUTSPOKEN citizen Peterson Boso is calling on the general public to support his legal challenge against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s and the government to temporarily ban Facebook in Solomon Islands. Speaking to this paper last night he said he wants to challenge the government’s decision in court. Sogavare had recently announced in Parliament that his…

Wale: Gov’t must address our economy

OPPOSITION Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale urges the government to seriously address the country’s economy in this unprecedented time. He made these sentiments after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare issued a statement on the ‘Government’s Redirection Policy and the 2021 Budget’ in the Parliament yesterday.  “While we welcome the statement…

STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED

THE country is now under a third State of Public Emergency (SOPE) that will run for the next four months. This followed a declaration by Governor-General, His Excellency, Sir David Vunagi last night to further extend the SOPE. The extension was declared after the expiry of the country’s second SOPE yesterday – November 24, a…

Four more quarantine stations for West, Choiseul

The Government has approved four additional Quarantine Stations for Choiseul and Western Provinces.  The newly declared Quarantine Stations are Noro Lodge, Red Devil Transport-Nusatupe, Takuho Bungalows-Tuha in the Western Province, and Supizae Bungalows in Choiseul Province. The additional Quarantine Stations will add capacity to the existing Quarantine Station located at the Gizo Hospital in Western…

Gilbert Camp’s crime free initiative

GILBERT Camp, once rated as a hotspot for unlawful activities in Honiara, is changing its image for the better following the implementation of G-Camp Community Policing in July. G-Camp Community Policing Taskforce chairman Clement Oikali said since the establishment of community policing all eight zones that made up Gilbert Camp are manned by the taskforce. …

PM congratulates the two new elected MPs

PRIME Minister Manasseh on Monday officially welcomed the two new elected Members of Parliament after their victory during the recent bye-elections. The two new MPs are Honourable Ethel Vokia of North East Guadalcanal Constituency and Honourable Alfred Efona of Central Honiara Constituency. “I would like to join the many thousands of citizens around the country on…