$20m to fight COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $20 million to help the Government of Solomon Islands combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on the country’s economy. The support comprises a $10 million concessional loan and a $10 million grant and will go toward preventing the disease from entering the country and for mitigating…

EXPAT PILOT FINED

For breaching state of the emergency law By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN OWNER of Helicopter Support Solomon Islands Limited who confessed to entering the country during the State of Emergency order in May has been fined $5,000 yesterday. Paul Hubbard, 59, from Australia had pleaded guilty to one count of the prohibition of entry of non-citizen, contrary…

Suidani hits back at Sasako 

The Malaita Provincial Premier says although an injunction against a number of loggers have been lifted they still have a case to answer. Daniel Suidani was responding to an article authored by Alfred Sasako and published by the Island Sun newspaper this week.  Premier Suidani told this paper that the article by Mr.Sasako is not…

RVV program launched

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) yesterday launched the Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) program at White River Clinic, West Honiara.  Speaking during the RVV official launching, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Mrs. Pauline McNeil said that the launch marked yet another milestone in the history of immunization…

NGATI NABBED

HONIARA City Council (HCC) councilor Reginald Ngati was arrested on Wednesday by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for allegedly stealing $20,000. Police media confirmed the arrest was done by Naha police officers. Councilor Ngati is charged with Larceny by Servant and will appear in court on July 13. The arrest was made following reports…

Humanitarian aid is never a crime, says Kenilorea

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for East Are Are and Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee has reminded local authorities that “humanitarian aid is never a crime”.  Peter Kenilorea Jnr’s reminder follows in the wake of recent media reports of the confiscation of medical equipment sent by Taiwan to assist in the ongoing efforts to…

 Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer received latest legal books 

Chief Justice, Sir Albert R. Palmer CBE today received a consignment of books covering the latest legal developments across the Commonwealth.  The texts cover issues including gender equality, rural development, land reform, green energy, legislative drafting and tourism development.  Receiving the books, Chief Justice Palmer said they are important resources for judges, magistrates, lawyers and…

Solomons nationals in Canada labelled  ‘modern-day heroes’

SOLOMON Islands Honorary Consul General to Canada and CITREC Chairman Ashwant Dwivedi has  commended Solomon Islands nationals working in Canada labelling them as “modern-day heroes.” Dwivedi in an address to Solomon Islanders in Canada said that despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, Solomon Islands nationals across Canada have collectively stood together with Canadians.  “Whether it…