How Strong Democratic Values Help Defeat a Pandemic   

If ever the world needed a reminder of the critical importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is it.  The coronavirus knows nothing of national boundaries, race, religion, nationality, or politics.  We are at risk simply because we are human. But we can – and we will – defeat this virus using the strengths that respect for human…

RESHUFFLED MINISTERS SWORN-IN

FOUR ministers of the current Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) have been sworn-in before the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi at Government House on Wednesday morning. The swearing-in ceremony now formalized their appointments to the respective ministries they have been assigned to look after as ministers, a statement from the Government Communication Unit said. Former Education…

Donors dismiss Sasako report

AUSTRALIA, European Union, and the United States have dismissed a report journalist Alfred Sasako wrote in the Island Sun newspaper on Sunday. Sasako claimed that European countries Australia and the United States will provide a €250 billion humanitarian grants program to the Solomon Islands.  He cites unnamed sources in his “unsubstantiated” article. In a joint…

Power shutdown affect water supply

THE shutdown of the logging-affected Kongulai water source last week followed by a major power outage on Monday has affected Solomon Water’s production level causing low water supply and no water to many Honiara residents.  That’s according to Solomon Water in a statement issued on Tuesday. “It was unfortunate as our water network system was…

LEGAL BID

Curfew order unnecessary says PSO By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN RULING as to whether the legal issue regarding the curfew matter will be dealt with in the Magistrate’s Court or transferred to the High Court will be made on May 4. This followed further submissions from both the prosecution and the defence on Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Emma…

NZ’s $15M medical support

THE New Zealand Government through its embassy in Honiara has delivered NZ$3m (SBD$15m) to the country to prepare Gizo and Kilu’ufi hospitals for a possible infiltration of COVID-19. NZ High Commissioner Her Excellency Georgina Roberts during the handing over of the letter of support to the Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers said that…

Surveying of Noah Hill underway

A land surveying company Azimuth Surveys is contracted to undertake a topographical and cadastral survey of Noah Hill community, also known as Nine Ridges above Marble Street in Honiara.  The work has been made possible thanks to funding assistance by the Australian Government to the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Survey.  The work has already…