Two nurses sent to Samoa

THE Government has deployed two nurses to Samoa to assist in the measles outbreak there. The death toll from the outbreak has reached 75 as of Tuesday, while hundreds of cases were reported. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil revealed the deployment while speaking at the commissioning of 71…

Strahan is new Aust High Commissioner

DR Lachlan Strahan is the new Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne made the announcement yesterday.  “Today I announce the appointment of Dr Lachlan Strahan as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands,” said Minister Payne.  “Australia and Solomon Islands enjoy strong relations…

Manele defends China switch

ESTABLISHING relations with China in September this year puts us on the right side of history by joining 121 countries in upholding the UN resolution 2758. That’s according to Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele. He was speaking in parliament yesterday on the motion of sine-die. Manele said the people and parliament must be informed that…

New female MP to take her oath 

NEWLY-ELECTED Member of Parliament for East Makira Constituency Lily Mafane Maefai will take her oath of office in parliament this morning. Maefai, who arrived back in Honiara yesterday, scored a landslide in the December 11 by-election against her eight rivals. Speaking to the Solomon Star, Maefai, 44, credited her overwhelming victory to the supporters of…

Tina sets to go

The national government on Monday announced the formal completion of a financing agreement for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project, which will see the country move from virtual total reliance on imported diesel to majority renewable energy that will significantly cut power costs and emissions. The financing package for the project, worth over US$200 million, through…

More local nurses commissioned 

WHILST more local experienced nurses were recruited to work in Vanuatu this year, about 71 new registered nurses were commissioned as qualified health professionals in Honiara, Monday. This was after they attended  a Registration Ceremony and Commissioning program at the South Sea Evangelistic Church (SSEC), Central Honiara under the theme “Nurses: A voice to lead,…

Pyramid scheme warning

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is strongly advising the general public to avoid investing in a new pyramid scheme that is currently being promoted as “One Link Pacifica.” CBSI and the Solomon Islands Financial Intelligence Unit (SIFIU) issued the warning due to the nature and quick expansion of the scheme in the country.  …