Suidani: Don’t accept Coronavirus kits from China 

MALAITA Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has recently cautioned the National Government not to accept Coronavirus kits from China in light of the government’s plea for assistance in safety and protective equipment to fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic. Premier Suidani made the call in an exclusive interview with Solomon Star Auki following two news items that…

SICCI: Virus has serious impact on economy

THE coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on businesses and the economy, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) says. That’s In addition to the serious implications for people’s health and the healthcare services, it added. “As the peak body representing the private sector in the country, SICCI is focusing on business…

Locals in Fiji urged to stay at home

SOLOMON Islanders residing in Fiji have been urged to keep safe and stay at home as Fiji announces two new positive cases of the coronavirus in Suva yesterday. The new cases have increased the number of positive cases up to 7 while the Government has imposed a curfew in the greater Suva area to control…

High demand for betel-nut pushes up inflation 

The country’s inflation better known as the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) has rose +5.1 percent to 112.4 in January 2020 with rising demand for betel-nut coupled with a general rise in prices of main goods and services have propelled the upturn. The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) revealed in its…

MV Taimareho: Sea Tragedy

Dozens still missing at sea By Ian Kaukui Dozens of people are still missing at sea after West Are’are constituency chartered vessel MV Taimareho was hit by cyclone Harold on its way from Honiara to Malaita. The ship left Honiara wharf on Thursday evening despite bad weather warnings with passengers eager to flee to their…

Call to fix Tomba bridge 

Communities in North West Guadalcanal have called on their Member of Parliament (MP) and responsible ministry to fix the Tomba bridge that has been damaged by heavy rain.  The communities are Tandai, Savalu, Savulei, and Tangarare. The bridge was destroyed by the heavy rain on Wednesday the 1st of April.  Therefore communities from these wards…

$70M HELP

Australia reaffirms support to fight virus THE Australian Government has vowed to assist Solomon Islands to combat the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) by allocating SBD$70million. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has assured Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during a telephone conversation on Wednesday 1 April. Mr. Morrison told his counterpart that Australia’s support for the Solomon Islands in…