Gina wants shipping liner halted

The Premier of the Western Province (WP) David Lani Gina has expressed big disappointment over why responsible authorities has seen it right to allow a Maesrk Container liner, Conship-Way  to dock at Noro port amid ongoing  concern over the global COVID -19 pandemic. The ship arriving in Noro last week has already created fear among the…

Prime Minister’s nation-wide address

This is the speech by the Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, delivered on Friday, 1st of May, 2020.   Introduction Fellow Solomon Islanders, it is an honour to stand before you once again, to update you on the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused great distress throughout the world.  Since the…

Govt clarifies vessel issue

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) wishes to clarify to the public that the MV Worship Light entry into the country did not breach any COVID-19 measures. The OPMC confirms that the MV Worship Light with regards to COVID-19 entry protocols was fully compliant.  With regards to the Standard Operating Procedure, all…

MUP gov’t leads Kirakira clean-up

Makira Ulawa Provincial Government has spearheaded two days of clean-up of Kirakira, the provincial capital last week. The clean up days, April 28 and 29 was the result of an earlier call by a school teacher from FM Campbell School for the provincial government to set aside a day or two to clean up the…

Mua calls on his people to develop constituency

MINISTER for Health and Medical Services and Russel/Savo MP Dickson Mua has called on his people, non-voter and voters to leave aside their differences and work together for the betterment of their constituency. He made the call following the dismissal of the election petition case lodged against him in the High Court, Friday. The petitioner…

$8.7m for Cyclone Harold relief efforts

The Government has allocated SBD$8.7 million for food relief efforts caused by the recent tropical cyclone Harold.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare revealed this during his weekly nationwide address, Friday. “Fellow citizens, whilst we continue to maintain our fight against COVID-19 the government have not disregarded the impacts tropical cyclone Harold had on our country.  “The…

Airport upgrade in limbo

Covid-19 threatens project, could be terminated: Virivolomo By ESTHER NURIA   The multi-million dollar Japanese funded Honiara airport upgrade is now in limbo and is currently being suspended following the threats of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), says the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Communications & Aviation. This project aims to reduce aircraft turn around, provide…

Men urged to respect women

ACTING police chief Mostyn Mangau is appealing to men in our communities to have respect for our women. He made the call following the recent incident at Gwaiau Village in North Malaita where a man allegedly killed his pregnant wife during a row. “I also appeal to men in our community to understand that women…

OBMs rule the waters

PRIOR to the abundance of Outboard Motors (OBM), shipping across the Iron Bottom Sound strait was profitable and rewarding.   Back then, ships were able to make ends meet because the option was limited and only ships could be seen ferrying between the islands.   Whilst distance is a hindrance to enjoying the same transportation mode by…

Aust funds COVID-19 activities for our police

AUSTRALIA has funded the installation of extra wash basins at Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Stations in Honiara including at the Central Watchhouse, Kukum Traffic Centre, Henderson and Tetere Stations.  The wash basins are part of a broader COVID-19 preparedness support package being provided by the Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP).  This includes…