2021 scholarship available

THE national government will next year offer scholarships for those interested to do further university studies. Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Permanent Secretary Dr. Franco Rodie confirmed this during the Sunday talk-back show. He said the scholarship applies for both form seven (7) and other citizens who are interested and would like…

Justice Mwanesalua retires

After serving the country 40 years as a lawyer, the country’s first local Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and then a judge, Justice Francis Mwanesalua CBE retires. One of the famous criminal cases that Mwanesalua prosecuted, was the case commonly referred to as “ the Jeanette Diana case” in 1984. The Deputy Chief Justice’s retirement…

Nurses unhappy

MEMBERS of the now-suspended Solomon Islands Nursing Association (SINA) have expressed disappointment over the way the government has handled their issue. A spokesperson for the ‘Nurses Solidarity Members’ told the paper in an interview last night that they are unhappy with the way the government suspended the Solomon Islands Nurses Association (SINA). “The nurses were…

Govt fast-track nurse recruitment

To boost the capacity of the medical services provided at the various clinics and hospitals in Honiara, the government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is currently recruiting all new nurses who have graduated recently. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Pauline McNeil…

2020 national exams set

THE 2020 national examination for forms 3, 5, and 6 is confirmed for this month. It would run for two weeks starting from 9th until 20th November 2020. Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Permanent Secretary Dr. Franco Rodie yesterday confirmed this during the weekly talk-back show. Dr. Rodie said if there are…

Dr. Rodgers: nurses nation needs you  

Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) has issued an appeal to all nurses that the nation needs their services.  Dr. Jimmie Rodgers who is also the Chairman of the Oversight Committee called on the nurses yesterday the COVID-19 talk-back show.  Since Friday the nurses staged a sit-in protest. On Sunday Dr. Rodgers in a statement appealed to…

One Link boss refused bail again  

A HONIARA magistrate has again refused another bail application made for One Link Pacifica boss Gerrad Tauohu. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea refused the bail after he was not convinced the grounds relied upon by Gerrad Tauohu in this subsequent bail application amount to exceptional circumstances. “In the exercise of my discretion, the application for…

Student bullied, cuts himself, hospitalised

A STUDENT of St Stephen Pamua College in Makira Ulawa Province is under medical observation after seriously cutting himself with a knife.  The self-inflicted wound incident occurred at the school on Tuesday over an alleged bullying issue. It was revealed the male student is a form three student from Guadalcanal. The unfortunate incident came about…

PROTEST ON HOLD

THE proposed sit-in protest by 500 members of the Solomon Islands Nurse Association (SINA) scheduled for this morning has been called off after authorities turned down the request. SINA General Secretary Steven Maitani in a statement last night issued the decision to call off the peaceful protest. The protest is over the delays to the…