‘No time for politics’

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare says the last thing this country needs in light of the current health pandemic is ‘petty politics.’ He highlighted this on Monday in an appeal to leaders of the Opposition and Independent Groups to work closely with the government in the fight against COVID-19.  Speaking during his weekly nation-wide address over…

Djokovic fined $1,700 for careless driving

CHIEF of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Robson Djokovic has been fined $1,700 on Monday for careless driving after hitting a brick wall in front of the Iron Bottom Sound Hotel on July 4.  This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi refused to exercise her discretion under section 35 of the Penal Code…

VANUATU COMMUNITY THANKS SOLOMONS GOVERNMENT HOSPITALITY

The Vanuatu-Solomons community has expressed gratitude towards the Government and people of Solomon Islands for hosting their nationals working and residing in the country during celebrations to mark Vanuatu’s 40th Independence Anniversary over the weekend. Ni-Vanuatu nationals with friends of Vanuatu gathered in Honiara to mark this milestone event in their country’s political history at…

BIG DROP IN FINANCE

THE Solomon Islands Government (SIG) is experiencing a cash flow problem and a big drop in finance collection due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Public Emergency (SoPE). Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury McKinnie Dentana confirmed this yesterday during the weekly talk-back show over the national broadcaster.…

CHINA TRIP CLARIFIED

SECRETARY to the Prime Minister (SPM) has cleared the air following criticisms regarding the government’s decision to allow a repatriation flight into China and return.   Dr. Jimmy Rodgers made the clarification from concern members of the public during the weekly talk-back show yesterday over the national broadcaster. In response, he said China is not so…

Ngati thanks Auditor General’s office

THE Office of the Auditor General (AG) has finally presented the first draft of its spot on audit to the Honiara City Council (HCC) on Thursday. Councilor for Vura Ward, Cr. Reginald Ngati told the paper yesterday said the presentation was made in the presence of the Honiara City Mayor, his clerk and heads of…

BLOOD SHORTAGE NOT NEW

Doctor clarifies blood shortage By ESTHER NURIA  National Referral Hospital (NRH) Medical Superintendant and Chief Executive Officer (acting) Dr. John Hue has clarified the blood shortage issue at NRH.  Dr. Hue confirmed to this paper that the blood shortage issue at the Hospital is not true. “If the hospital runs out of blood, it should…