Unhappy patient

Dear Editor – I refer to the article ‘Unhappy Patient’, published in your newspaper on 20 March 2017. The article called on the responsible authority to ensure that medical teams visiting the Solomon Islands are able to carry out their tasks responsibly. As the responsible authority for registering and supervising doctors and dentists in the…

Kuma: Extra scholarship unbudgeted for

The issue of increasing demand for tertiary scholarships every year is pressurising the government to exhaust its limited funds, which contributes to low cash flow in the treasury. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) Harry Kuma when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday.…

PMO backs San Isidro

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has financially supported the Catholic owned San Isidro centre in Aruligo, Northwest Guadalcanal with $497,357 to ensure the country’s deaf and mute students can learn trade and life skills. This was revealed during the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing into the 2016 supplementary budget 2017 yesterday. Delegation from PMO revealed in…

Landowner threatens to close Tamboko bridge

North-West Guadalcanal landowner, Daniel Kikele, threatens to temporarily shut down the Tamboko bridge if the government fails to settle their remaining payments this week. Landowner Kikele on Thursday told the Solomon Star that he will temporarily shut down the access bridge today because Ministry of Lands didn’t pay their land damage claims. “The Permanent Secretary…

Finland envoy vows to promote ties

THE newly appointed Finland ambassador to Solomon Islands Lars Backstrom says he will do his best to promote relations between both nations. Mr Backstrom was speaking at the Government House in Honiara when presenting his credentials before the Acting Governor General Jasper Nasiu on Thursday. “As Ambassador of Finland to the Solomon Islands I will…

Lack of capacity to draft PFM regulation

The Public Finance Management Act (PFM) is said to be inactive, as regulations are still to be drafted. This is because the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) lacked the capacity to draft the regulations. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary (PS) Harry Kuma during the hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into…

Top school lay off staff

ELEVEN staff from Woodford International School were made redundant Wednesday last week due to the financial situation currently experienced by the school. A source within Woodford International School told Solomon Star that those made redundant include one teacher, two teaching assistants, five ancillary staff and three admin staff. The source said the main reason was…

Gov’t: Sun report misleading

THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has described yesterday’s front-page article by the Island Sun alleging the ‘Government goes through backdoor to borrow from worker’s (SINFP) savings’ as unfounded and misleading. A statement from the OPMC said contrary to what the author of the article, Alfred Sasako has claimed, the Government went…

CBSI to lead GMW event down West

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) in collaboration with the National Fisheries Development Credit Union Fund (NFDCUF) and the SolTuna Trust Credit Union Fund (STCUF) will be hosting a series of events between 27 March – 2 April to celebrate the 2017 Global Money Week (GMW), in Western Province. A statement from the bank…