Concern over yacht handling

THE latest removal of a New Zealand Yacht at the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (SI/PNG) marine border has raised concerns over procedures on how to handle such scenarios. The concern was raised by Alex Tapu of Gizo, Western Province saying he is not alone in sharing empathy for the family onboard the vessel…

City Councillor speaks up

WHY MAYOR SACKED ME By ESTHER NURIA    HONIARA City Council’s Chairman for Finance Billy Abae says he was sacked this week from his position for questioning an advance request mayor Wilson Mamae forwarded to his office for approval. And Abae claimed his dismissal was unfair because he was simply doing his job. “The primary…

It’s here! qPCR machine arrives in Honiara

A qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) machine funded by the Australian Government arrived safely in Honiara last night (30 April). The new machine will enable COVID-19 tests to be done locally in-country. The procurement and delivery of the machine is the culmination of work and coordination between the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

Census ‘unpaid claims’ payout process clarified

The Census Office within the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) would like to clarify concerns raised in the print media regarding census outstanding payments/claims for the conduct of the 2019 National Population & Housing Census. The concerns appeared in the Solomon Star newspaper lately demanding the Census Office for a quick release of payments. …

TONGS SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT

Tongs Builders Warehouse a locally owned company has provided free of charge a warehouse at its Henderson compound to support the government in its operations for COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold. The property is a huge general-purpose warehouse capable of holding tons of supplies for safekeeping while the arrangement is made for distribution to impacted…

Suidani donates 400 knives 

Member of the Malaita Provincial Assembly for Ward 5 and Premier for Malaita Province Daniel Suidani has donated 400 knives to households in West Fataleka. Premier Suidani donated the knives and grading files to Ward 5 Ward Development Committee (WDC) yesterday in Auki. The premier said the donation is part of the MARA government measures…

West steps up covid-19 preparedness

PREPARATION by the Western Provincial Government (WPG) disaster committee is at a high level says Chairman of the National Camp Management Sector Committee (NCMSC), Karl Kuper. This was during his visit with heads of WPG and disaster operations counter-parts in Gizo on Monday. Having made the statement, Kuper said the people of Western Province should…

USAID assists cyclone victims

UNITED States Government representative Keithie Saunders and World Vision Response Manager Shupayi Mpunga-Direen visited Lelea Lau and Rurete communities in East Honiara this week to hand over needed relief supplies for the victims of Tropical Cyclone Harold. The assistance is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) US$400,000 commitment to support the…

Wale: include fees in stimulus package

The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale calls on the government to take a broad approach in its deliberations today on the proposed stimulus package. This call came after the announcement that Cabinet is going to meet today to discuss the stimulus package proposed to help keep the local economy afloat in these trying times, a…