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…

Wale concerns over NPF’s crowd

The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale condemns the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) and the government on the manner the approved emergency payments for members is being handled. Over the last few days, members flooded the NPF office and on being directed to follow the normal process for making withdrawals, members are now forced…

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD

Businesses brace for another challenging year Members of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) say local businesses are bracing for another challenging year. In a statement issued by the SICCI Media Unit on Thursday, its members expressed sentiments that the past twelve (12) months have been some of the most challenging.  “During these…