Australia’s Direct Aid Program supports 12 more communities

 The Australian Government, through the Direct Aid Program (DAP), is pleased to fund 12 additional community-led projects, taking the total number of DAP-funded projects to 19 for the 2021 calendar year. On 12 November, Counsellor (Political) Kevin Playford and DAP Manager Laura Wilson congratulated the successful project applicants during a handover ceremony at the Australian High Commission. The 12 projects in this round will support communities across Solomon Islands, including in Isabel, Western, Choiseul,…

HOME RAZED OVER BECHE-DE-MER ROW

AN argument between a father and his son over the lucrative beche-de-mer product has led to the burning of a home in small Ngella, Central Province. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Central Province, Superintendent David Soakai in a statement issued by Police Media Unit said the incident happened after an argument between the suspect (father) and…

‘DECEPTIVE SCHEME’

 Wale accuses PM of misleading nation to extend life of parliament Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s recent statement confirming Government’s intention to extend the life of Parliament has been dubbed by Opposition Leader as purely ‘deceptive.’ Matthew Wale in a statement on Wednesday insisted that the Prime Minister has been misleading the public in his statements…

‘MPs most corrupt’

According to Global Corruption Barometer – Pacific 2021 MEMBERS of Parliament (MP) have been allegedly viewed as the most corrupt institution or group in the Pacific. This was highlighted on Tuesday at the launch of the Global Corruption Barometer-Pacific 2021 report at SIBC Leaf Hut in Honiara. The Vice Chairman of Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI)…

In court with Assumpta Buchanan

Closing subs on firearm defers to Nov 26 Closing submissions on the matter of a man accused of possessing firearm in his vehicle in Honiara last June had been deferred to November 26. The hearing of the closing submissions was supposed to be made on Monday. However, Principal Magistrate Felix Hollison who had just returned…

PFIZER IS HERE

US provide 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Solomons  THE country on Tuesday finally received the 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the United States Government through the COVAX Facility. This was made possible through a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and…

Report on Malaita MPG minister’s appointments misleading

The Ministry of Provincial Governments and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) dismisses a newspaper report by reporter Eddie Osifelo in the Island Sun newspaper who claimed that Minister Rollen Seleso delays the endorsement of MARA Government appointments. The MPGIS has already engaged in the process of formally appointing new ministers submitted by Premier Daniel Suidani. But unlike…