Western schools warned against grants abuse

SCHOOLS in the Western Province are advised to spare their school grants as the country enters into an extended state of Emergency (SOE). In an address to educational institutions in the province, Chief Education Officer Hopeful Piosasa advised all school principals and headteachers in the province against mismanaging of government grants. He said that according…

Ships operators and captain

DEAR EDITOR – As a student and a concerned citizen of Solomon Islands, I urge that all shipping operators must comply with the Maritime safety laws of the country. Ships that travel in bad weather without complying with maritime safety law are a threat to human lives.   Some of our ship operators and captains knew…

Power of resurrection

DEAR EDITOR – Grateful if a revelation after the Easter Celebration is put on your column. Lest one forget, there is hope amidst fear of coronavirus. This is it. It’s the power of the resurrection.  As Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ disciples found that the tomb was empty, they believed that the Romans soldiers removed Jesus’…

China’s US$100k help for cyclone rehabilitation

THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has handed over a total amount of US$100,000 which is equivalent to SBD$800,000 to the government of Solomon Islands as part of its assistance towards rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Counsellor Yao Ming of the Republic of China Embassy made the official handover yesterday to…

Ecosystem & human health

DEAR EDITOR – Last week I wrote briefly telling the story of the Barana Nature and Heritage Park which had been established with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through its Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) project. I should have mentioned the Wagina community project which had also…

West steps up COVID-19 preparedness

THE Western Province is stepping up efforts in its preparedness strategy to tackle COVID-19 which will see the closure of shops within central areas in the province during the weekend. All commercial houses and shops in Gizo, Ringgi, Noro, Munda, and Seghe that regularly operate during weekends will now be expected to only open half…

$2.5M FOR COVID-19

THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has formally handed over $2.5million (US300k) in a donation to support the country prepare for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele yesterday received the funding support of US$300,000 (SBD2.5m) from Counsellor Yao Ming of the Peoples Republic of China Embassy in Honiara. The…