In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Casino operator’s trial set to start tomorrow Indecent assault case set for August Casino operator’s trial set to start tomorrow TRIAL on the case of a foreigner accused of operating an illegal casino in 2018 will commence tomorrow in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Ngie Kwong Pau from Malaysia is facing trial for one count of unlawful…

Australia funds testing machine 

The Australian Government is funding the procurement and delivery of a new COVID-19 testing machine to enable in-country testing in the Solomon Islands. The machine is expected to be ready for mobilisation from Australia this week.  The Australia High Commission, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) are working together…

RSIPF arrests a director of Onelink Pacifica

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have arrested one of the Onelink Pacifica directors on 30 March 2020 following a complaint raised by mentors and customers who are struggling to have their shares paid by the director. Provincial Police Commander Honiara City Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo says, “The director was…

Malaita pays over $100k in retirement packages 

Malaita Provincial Government on Tuesday paid a sum of $112, 249, 62 to 14 provincial workers who voluntarily retired under the current provincial retirement exercise.  According to the Malaita Provincial Human Resource Manager Richard Misi, the 14 provincial workers put up their hands when the province sent a request for those within retirement age who…

Manetiva on COVID-19 strategies

CENTRAL Islands Premier Stanley Manetiva says that his province is looking at certain emergency regulations under the emergency powers following the state of emergency declaration with regards to the threats posed by COVID-19.  Manetiva said that they are looking at an immediate medium-term strategy that involves intra-provincial cooperation arrangements between Central Province, Isabel Province and…

Emergency leave for public servants

THE Solomon Islands Government (SIG) has on Tuesday authorised that all public servants serving under non-essential services will have to take emergency paid leave of absence as part of its strategy to mitigate local transmission of COVID-19 once it reaches Honiara and other provincial headquarters. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Nego Sisiolo in…

Guangdong to send masks, protective garments

GUANGDONG Province of the People’s Republic of China has expressed its commitment to provide support to the government and people of Solomon Islands. The pledge of support was made in light of the proactive but necessary measures taken by the Solomon Islands Government to fight against the potential entry and/or spread of the COVID-19 into…

HCC scales down operation

The Honiara City Council (HCC) is scaling down its non-essential services based on the assessment of the City Clerk. This was resolved during the Full Council Meeting on Friday 27th and the scale down has commenced as of Monday 30th, 2020, a statement from HCC Media Unit said. “This is part of the Council’s preparedness…

COVID-19 BATTLE

PRC donates USD $300K for laboratory equipment THE Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has donated USD$300,000 (SBD2.5m) to the government and people of Solomon Islands. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet said this funding donation would enable the Solomon Islands Government to strengthen and improve its capability…