MMF hits back

MALAITA Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has hit back at Grassroots Association of Solomon Islands (GASI) after it defended its director, Johnny Sy. MMF last week called on the government to remove Sy from Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board after it allegedly used his influence to import Pacific rice from overseas. However, Grassroots Association of Solomon…

PNG High Commissioner welcomes new Chief Magistrate

The PNG High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, H.E. Mr. Fred Yakasa officially welcomed John Numapo as the new Chief Magistrate of Solomon Islands at a welcome reception hosted by the High Commissioner at their new Chancery Office in Honiara on Thursday. The reception was attended by Mr Numapo, Permanent Secretary for Justice,Mr.Freddy Mesa,the Deputy Chief…

Grassroots group defends call to remove Sy

The Grassroots Association of Solomon Islands says the call by MMF President Charles Dausabea to remove Director Johnny Sy from the SIPA Board has no grounds. “There absolutely are no grounds at all,” Association President Henry Maniasi said in an interview on Sunday. Mr Maniasi was responding to a call by Mr Dausabea for the…

Trainee doctors fail exam

MOST of the Solomon Islands medical students who have graduated from Cuba and are currently on probation at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) have failed their Medical Dental Board (MDB) exam. The test was conducted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) after months of attachment at the hospital. Once they pass this…

Truthfulness in communications and reconciliation the only ways forward

Last week the Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare, launched the Information Technology Society of Solomon Islands (ITSSI) when he said the establishment of ITSSI provided an excellent opportunity for the Solomon Islands Government to obtain its professional views on the draft National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy. Prime Minister Sogavare, added during the official…

Local athletes ready for triathlon champs

After postponing last month’s Pacific Triathlon Championships, over 15 international athletes from Fiji and PNG are ready to fly in to Honiara this week, ahead of the Championship races on the 3rd and 4th of September. The five weeks of extra training due to the postponement has paid off, with Solomon Islands athletes in peak…

Just Play shortlisted for award

The OFC Just Play Emergency Programme was shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Innovation Award.  One year on from the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam and six months on from Tropical Cyclone Winston, the Just Play Emergency Programme has been shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Innovation award in recognition of the work in both Vanuatu and…

Manuopo Health Clinic

Dear Editor – A news bulletin on Monday’s SIBC news claimed the Manuopo Health Clinic in the Reef Islands would be better closed as the conditions at the clinic are now so bad it is unfit to be used by sick patients and nursing staff. The report was initiated by Richard Bapo, the Balipa Community…

Road ground-breaking date set

The ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the Kukum High Way Road Upgrading Project will start on September 14. The Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) confirmed this in a statement. MID previously set the ground-breaking ceremony for 1st September but now it has been moved to 14th next month. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will…

Parents rally for school

Please don’t close Aligegeo! Parents of Aligegeo Provincial Secondary School in Malaita have united to urge the national and provincial governments to see to the severe water problem at the school. The school’s water situation has reached critical level, with warning by the school principal that he will close down the school in two weeks’…