Gov’t praised for repatriation

THE Government was commended for repatriating the first batch of citizens that were stranded in other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. This commendation was echoed by family members of returning nationals on the specially arranged repatriation flight on Tuesday.  “I’m finally at peace because a member of my family has returned safe and…

Gov’t sets to pay SINU student allowances

GOVERNMENT sponsored students studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) will receive their allowances next week.  The Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOF) confirmed this, Wednesday.  “The listing of outstanding first semester allowances has been finalized and printed and students concern are expected to receive their allowances by next week,” said a MOF Treasury…

SORE: DEAL IS A ‘TRIAL’

More controversy over council fire extinguisher By IAN M. KAUKUI HONIARA city clerk Rence Sore says the controversial procurement of fire extinguishers by the council was not put to tender because it was “just a trial”. Because of this, there’s no need to put it out on tender, he added. The city council purchased two containers…

Stranded citizens in Fiji, Vanuatu arrive today

NATIONALS who have been stranded in Fiji and Vanuatu are expected back in the country today on a special Solomon Airlines flight. Chair of COVID-19 Oversight Committee, James Remobatu, confirmed this on Tuesday. “Solomon Airlines will be operating special flights to Vanuatu and Fiji purposely to repatriate stranded nationals overseas,” Remobatu said.  “The first repatriation…

Why no masks?

WHILST the arrival of the stranded nationals at the Henderson International Airport sends ripples of uneasiness amongst the public, some government officials are seen on the tarmac without protective gear especially masks. Standard protocols and health safety were not practiced at the tarmac by certain government officials when our nationals coming from the COVID-19 stricken…

In court with Assumpta

Two foreigners to face court Illegal casino case back to court June  Two foreigners to face court TWO foreigners accused of attacking a local man last August at Lungga, East of Honiara are intending to bring in a lawyer from Australia to represent them in their trial. This was revealed yesterday in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court…

Malaita schools introduce F6/7

MORE Community High Schools in Malaita Province have adopted forms six and seven this academic year 2020 which is a good sign for education in Malaita Province, says Premier Daniel Suidani. Premier Suidani said that education remains a priority for the MARA government as clearly stated in its policy statement and translation. He said that…

PM urged to embrace criticisms

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale urges the prime minister to embrace criticism of government decisions made under the state of emergency powers and not to resort to threats or intimidation to silence critics.  The call was made in response to the PM’s speeches delivered on 20th and 22nd May 2020. In his speech, Prime Minister Sogavare…

YECSI initiates new innovation program

GIVEN the current global COVID-19 pandemic situation dwindling and affecting ‘business-as-usual’ activities, the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI) has come up with an innovative approach to use technology to deliver its services and their new in-house programme “Ennovation Blo Iumi”.  With support from Strongim Bisnis, an Australian Government initiative working with the private sector…