Malaita gives loggers seven days to pay up

EIGHTEEN logging companies currently operating in Malaita Province have seven more days left to pay up their license fees for 2020 or they’ll be shown the exit door. The Malaita Provincial Government last Wednesday issued out a 14-day notice for the logging companies to pay up their dues. Lack of compliance with the notice will…

Malaita MPAs take $100 pay cut

MEMBERS of the Malaita Provincial Assembly have agreed to have $100 deducted from their salaries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The deducted monies will go towards Malaita’s COVID-19 preparedness. Malaita has 33 Assembly members. The provincial executive passed this resolution during their meeting in Auki last week. Premier Daniel Suidani told the Solomon…

Border crossers arrested, charged

TWO police officers from Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been arrested and charged in PNG for crossing the border between Bougainville and Shortland Islands in Western Province. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said the two officers from Bougainville crossed over to Shortland to deliver food to a brother of a police officer who was married…

COVID-19 medical kits arrive

THE COVID-19 medical kits donated by the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) have finally arrived in the country on a special flight operated by Solomon Airline airbus, Wednesday. The equipment was part of the US$300,000 (SBD2.5m) assistance from China which was signed by the Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele and His Excellency Yao Ming of…

Special passenger flight next week

NATIONAL flag carrier Solomon Airlines will operate a one-off commercial flight on 30 April following consultation with the Solomon Islands Government and foreign High Commissions. The Airbus A320 flight will travel from Brisbane to Honiara as a cargo-only service on Wednesday 29 April and will depart Honiara International Airport early Thursday morning 30 April returning…

Pirione dismisses claims

THE Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) has denied having any knowledge of allegation the national government is architecting the removal of Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani from office. A senior government official has claimed the national government wants Suidani removed from office over his recent comments against the COVID-19 kits China is…