Aus Awards scholarships deadline extended to June 30

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline for applications for the Australia Awards 2021 intake has been extended from 30 April 2020 to 30 June 2020. Successful applicants will (travel restrictions allowing) commence study in Australia in mid-2021 or early 2022. Australia Awards Scholarships provide successful Solomon Islanders with the skills and knowledge to…

Call for inquiry

MEMBERS of the public are rallying support calling for a commission of inquiry (COI) to be established to find out why the ill-fated trip by MV Taimareho was allowed to set sail at the eve of a cyclone on Thursday evening. Many have expressed their desire for this inquiry on social media over the weekend.…

 Human cremation concern

Community members at Mount Austen in East Honiara are calling on the Honiara City Council (HCC) and health authorities to stop the human cremation which has been ocurring frequently. This was after two bodies were burnt in front of the Japanese War Memorial at Mount Austen on Saturday. The two bodies were of two Asians…

PROPOSED STIMULUS PACKAGE TO CABINET NEXT WEEK

The Government’s proposed stimulus package to cushion any negative impacts on the national economy is expected to be presented to Cabinet next week. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced this measure in his national address on COVID-19 on Friday. While the Government is in the process of preparing and responding to the emergency phase of this…

27 Confirmed Missing 

A TOTAL of 27 people have been confirmed missing as of yesterday afternoon believed to be washed overboard M.V Taimareho on its way from the capital Honiara to West Area’are in the early hours of 3rd April 2020. Deputy Director Operation of the Solomon Islands Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Brian Aonima said those missing include…

Suidani: Don’t accept Coronavirus kits from China 

MALAITA Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has recently cautioned the National Government not to accept Coronavirus kits from China in light of the government’s plea for assistance in safety and protective equipment to fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic. Premier Suidani made the call in an exclusive interview with Solomon Star Auki following two news items that…

SICCI: Virus has serious impact on economy

THE coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on businesses and the economy, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) says. That’s In addition to the serious implications for people’s health and the healthcare services, it added. “As the peak body representing the private sector in the country, SICCI is focusing on business…

Locals in Fiji urged to stay at home

SOLOMON Islanders residing in Fiji have been urged to keep safe and stay at home as Fiji announces two new positive cases of the coronavirus in Suva yesterday. The new cases have increased the number of positive cases up to 7 while the Government has imposed a curfew in the greater Suva area to control…

High demand for betel-nut pushes up inflation 

The country’s inflation better known as the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) has rose +5.1 percent to 112.4 in January 2020 with rising demand for betel-nut coupled with a general rise in prices of main goods and services have propelled the upturn. The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) revealed in its…