Bougainvilleans end quarantined in Gizo 

RECENTLY quarantined duo apprehended for crossing the SI/PNG maritime border in Shortland, Western Province have been released and currently in Honiara to serve due process for their negligence of border laws set in place during the State of Public Emergency (SOPE). Danny Ruel of the National Disaster Management’s Western Office explained about the turn of…

Ugi road work progressing well

ROAD construction on Ugi Island in Makira Ulawa Province is progressing well. That’s according to the Member of Parliament (M) for Ulawa Ugi Constituency William Bradford Marau. Work is currently in its first phase starting from the recently completed wharf at Selwyn Bay to Erere constituency warehouse, he said. “The first phase of the first…

Men accused of attacking MP to take pleas, Friday

THE men accused of damaging properties belonging to the North Malaita MP Senley Levi Filualea will be taking their pleas to the remaining charges against them this morning. Iki Olomea, Simon Safusi, Arnold Emarald, Chris Lusibaea, George Lusibaea and two male juveniles, both aged 17 will plea to the charges of criminal trespass and wilful…

8 VILLAGERS QUARANTINED

ANOTHER eight people have been quarantined at Gizo, Western Province, authorities say. The eight are villagers from Vella La Vella island. Deputy Provincial Secretary, Western Province, Patrick Toiraena said the action was taken after the eight returned from neighbouring Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. “They went across to Bougainville by way of a permit granted…

MUP wants to hold Kira Kira land titles 

THE new Makira Ulawa Provincial Government says it wants to hold the titles of all Government lands in Kira Kira, the provincial capital. The Makira Ulawa Province’s Deputy Premier Joe Takeli revealed the intention at a recent meeting he had in Kira Kira with the new executive of the Makira Ulawa Football Association. He responded…

SICTU weighs in on SINU saga

SOLOMON Islands Council of Trade Unions (SICTU) will meet in Honiara today to discuss the current staff dispute at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU). Staff at SINU are demanding the removal of vice-chancellor Fijian Dr. Ganesh Chand. SICTU president David Tuhanuku said the SINU saga will be the main agenda of today’s meeting. “All…

Securities at NZ High Com residence demand PPE

SECURITY personnel manning the New Zealand High Commission residential premises at Panatina Ridge (Tanakake) that currently houses seven New Zealand expatriates on self-quarantine are demanding PPE (Personal Protective  Equipment) from responsible authorities. Liberty Protection Services provides security personnel on a 24-hour shift with three officers per shift. Speaking to this paper, a group of security…

Cyclone affected communities in Makira plea 

COMMUNITIES within the Weathercoast region of San Christobel Island in Makira Ulawa province that are badly affected by the cyclone Harold a few months ago are still waiting for the government to send them the relief suppliers promised.    Chief Hudson Haotai from Marou village in the Haununu district told the paper on Wednesday there were…

Waimapuru faces food shortages

THE state-owned Waimapuru National Secondary School in West Bauro of Makira, Makira Ulawa Province will likely face food shortages as African snails are infesting its food crops and vegetables. The school’s chief cook Margaret Suzie said in Kira Kira, the provincial capital that the African snails are also feeding on the school’s fruit trees like…