GeneXpert calibration kits & cartridges arrive for COVID-19 testing in provinces

On 22 December The Australian Government and World Health Organization (WHO) officially handed over three additional GeneXpert calibration kits and 600 GeneXpert cartridges to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to enhance COVID-19 testing in the provinces.  GeneXpert machine cartridges and calibration kits are essential components in the installation and operation of the machine…

N-DOC suspends privileges in quarantine stations

The Camp Management Sector Committee of the National Disaster Operations Committee (N-DOC) has suspended privileges that allowed families and relatives to bring in food and other items for persons in Quarantine Stations (QS) for an indefinite period as of today, Wednesday 23rd December 2020.   The suspension of this privilege came about after it was…

Community lead conservation encouraged

MEMBERS of the Totoku Community on Simbo Island, Western Province are being encouraged to take up the leading role in conservation efforts to protect their marine resources. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) last week rolled out four (4) Community-based Fisheries Management Plan, In-shore Fishing Aggregating Devices (IFAD/Rafter), and Financial Inclusion Initiative. A Management…

Kwaso producer escapes arrest

One of the main Kwaso producers along the South Road in Malaita Province has escaped police arrest this week following a raid of his home. During the raid, police confiscated 77 gallons of the illegally brewed alcohol commonly known as Kwaso from the suspect’s home.  According to Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) for Malaita Province…

Ramosea, acting Malaita PCC

Inspector Michael Ramosea is the Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) until the return of PPC Stanly Riolo who is currently on leave.  This was confirmed by both Mr.Ramosaea and Riolo to this paper during an interview, Tuesday. Acting PPC inspector Ramosaea will be now in charge of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) operations in…

Non-payment of rentals looms

‘Gov’t officers worry’   The plight of government workers rentals hangs in the balance.  If the government cannot afford to meet the remaining rentals of public servants for the last quarter of this year and the first of next year, some will be forced out by landlords for non-payment of rentals. This is of great…

Wale maintains call for publication of ESP payout list, says improvements needed on ESP website

Opposition Leader, Hon. Matthew Wale has asked the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) Committee to make available, the list of beneficiaries who have received payments from the package, and other details, including amounts received. The Opposition Leader made this statement following the launch of the ESP website, which appears to only feature the list of applications…

CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL LAND DEALINGS LOOMS

A major crackdown on alleged illegal land dealings in the offing   A major crackdown on alleged illegal land dealings in Honiara is in the offing, the Commissioner of Lands, Alan McNeil, revealed on Tuesday. The proposed crackdown could result in forfeitures of public land, which were granted years ago to large companies and individuals…