MINING FEUD

Disgruntled Renbel landowner takes law into own hands A disgruntled landowner on Rennell has taken the law into his own hand by taking possession of a heavy dump truck said to be owned by Bintan Mining (SI) Ltd, claiming he was owed money by the company. The unnamed man decided to ship the dump truck…

Premiers support USAid, refutes PM’s statement 

The Premier of the two popular provinces in the country, Guadalcanal, and Malaita have come together and rebutted a statement issued by the Prime Minister on US Aid-funded projects in the country. Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare was briefed on US-funded development programs in the country by the Port Moresby-based US Deputy Chief of Mission Bernard…

Manetoali applauds Church-Gov’t partnership policy

Minister for Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA) Hon Samuel Manetoali has praised the Government’s policy to recognize and support the roles of ecclesiastical institutions in the country. Speaking during his 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021 debate speech in Parliament, Friday, Minister Manetoali said by recognising and supporting the roles played by ecclesiastical institutions, is…

PRINCE PHILIP PASSES ON

Solomon Islands joins Royal Family to mourn loss The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip has died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle in England, at the age of 99. Governor-General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi formally announced the death of His Royal Highness, in a broadcasted message last night. Sir David said…

Man jailed for showing private body part

  A MAN who showed his private body part to a married woman at a Village in Isabel in 2019 will serve four months in prison after his eight months imprisonment term was partially suspended. Watson Hiro was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of indecent assault. He will only serve four months in…

Ete: NRH needs and independent board 

CHAIRMAN of the Public Accounts Committee and Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Douglas Ete re-echoed the argument to have an independent board to oversee clinical and corporate governance of the National Referral Hospital. Ete who is also a former Chief Executive Officer of NRH said this argument has been on the radar for more…

MHMS: CT scan project ongoing

THE Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical, Mrs. Pauline McNeil informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that works on the CT Scan project is ongoing and the ministry aims to complete the project this year. She told the PAC when the Committee enquired into the status of the project and its completion date. The Permanent…

18 yrs over to be jabbed by end year

The Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) says Government is hoping to vaccinate the country’s entire population above 18 years by the end of 2021.  Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM), Dr. Jimmie Rodgers made the statement during the National Oversight Committee public forum held at the National Auditorium last week.  He said the whole population needs…

SBD $200M FOR PRODUCTIVE SECTOR

THE Government has allocated a total of SB$209.8 million in the 2021 budget to boost the productive sector ministries. This allocation, according to the Minister of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma is necessary to support the government’s economic recovery initiatives, stimulate growth and create investment opportunities.  Of the total budgetary allocation, the Ministry of Agriculture…