Gov’t urged to monitor package

THE Government is being warned that if proper monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are not in place, the $309 million stimulus package will neither achieve nor fully satisfy its intended objective. Whilst praising the government and its leadership for launching the Economic Stimulus Package, the country must not repeat the same old story of misusing public…

Gov’t re-allocates resources

ALL government ministries have recently conducted a reprioritization exercise under the Resource and Productive Sector. This, according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, was taken in light of COVID-19. Sogavare highlighted this in his national address last Friday. He said under the reprioritization exercise, ministries are reallocating funds to identify priority areas and related projects. “Where…

In Court with Assumpta

Woman escapes possible jail term Male 23, jailed for public disorder ‘Stealing is a result of laziness” Woman escapes possible jail term A WOMAN who stole $10,000 from her employer in retaliation for the bad, shameful and demeaning words uttered to her by her employer has escaped jail yesterday. This was after the 12 months jail term…

Bus driver, owner charged

POLICE at the National Traffic Centre have charged the driver and the owner of a bus involved in a traffic accident in Honiara 4 May 2020. The accident happened opposite the Wesley United Church in central Honiara when the bus ran into the centre traffic barrier after one of its tyres flew off.  There were…

SINU told to review date of resumption 

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale calls on SINU (Solomon Islands National University) to review the decision to delay the resumption of classes to 3rd August 2020.   This call came after it was announced that SINU will resume classes on 3rd August 2020.    “There are no reasonable grounds to delay the resumption of classes at SINU,” Wale…

AXE UP FOR SUIDANI?

• Wale warns against suspending Suidani gov’t• Malaita to respond to letter from Minister By ESTHER NURIA MALAITA Province is expected to respond in the coming days to letter from the national government that threatens to suspend its current government. Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening Rollen Seleso issued the letter to the province…

Suidani: Respect the Auki communiqué

MALAITA Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has called on the national members of Parliament (MPs) to respect the Auki Communiqué. The Premier made the call after learning that a national MP has sneaked in China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to do a road visibility study in North East Malaita. Premier Suidani shared his disappointment in…

Country ready for broader COVID-19 testing

BY the end of next week the country should be in a position for broader testing of COVID-19 at the National Referral Hospital (NRH). This assurance was echoed by the Secretary to Prime Minister Doctor Jimmy Rogers during a talkback show over the national broadcaster on Sunday 3rd May 2020. Dr. Rogers said that since…

PM launches economic stimulus package

THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has launched the much-awaited first round Economic Stimulus Package (ECP) of $SBD309 million to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his keynote address on Monday stated that the ECP is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to address the negative economic…

Work on quarantine sites in Malaita to start

WORK on COVID-19 quarantine sites in Malaita Province starts this week says Malaita Provincial Health Director Dr. Henry Kako. Dr. Kako said that they have already identified two quarantine sites, one will be at the Auki Clinic and the other at Kilufi Hospital and work to renovate them will start this week. This is to…