Journos told: Do more probing stories

LOCAL journalists attending a week-long Anti-Corruption Reporting, Promotion of Integrity, Transparency and Accountability training in Honiara were being told to write more investigative stories. Vice President of the Media Association Solomon Islands (MASI) and Press Secretary to Prime Minister Douglas Marau reminded the journalists on their ‘watchdog’ role, when speaking at the close of workshop…

Suavanao airfield in Isabel reopened

Suavanao Airfield in Isabel Province was re-opened last Saturday following the successful rehabilitation of the airport’s deteriorating runway which has forced the Government to close it in September this year. Representatives of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) and Solomon Airlines conducted a test flight using…

NCDs, a big threat, says PM

NON Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is a huge health cost to the government and poses the single biggest threat to the future development aspirations of our people and country. That’s according to Prime Minister Rick Hou, when delivering his statement at the High level Roundtable Meeting on the NCD Policy Roadmap, at the Heritage Park Hotel…

Malaita ambulance drivers end training

Ambulance drivers in Malaita Province have reached a milestone after they completed a defensive driving training. The Malaita Provincial Health Director Dr.Henry Kako told participants that they have reached a milestone in trying to achieve safe driving which they covered under the defensive driving training. Dr.Kako encouraged the ambulance drivers in Malaita Province to apply…

PM DECLARES WAR ON NCDs

The trend must be reversed, says Hou By ANDREW FANASIA THE Government has now taken up the battle to fight against Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Prime Minister Rick Hou declared this at the High Level Roundtable Meeting on the NCD Policy Roadmap in Honiara, Monday. “This group, this government, we must declare war on NCDs,”…

Gov’t on lawyers strike

THE National Government is currently on shaking ground as they tried their best to carefully handle the plight of the Government’s Lawyers Association (GLA) by giving them some increase to their demands. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Ethel Sigimanu confirmed before the Public Accounts Committee (PEC) last week. Mrs Sigimanu…

DRUG STOCK IMPROVE

Dr Dalipanda: Drugs, medical supply levels is improving THE current situation facing drugs and medical supplies at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and National Medical Store (NMS) has improved significantly. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr Tenneth Dalipanda in a statement last week. “Whilst…

Platform Movement clarified

After making headlines in the media last year, members of the much debated Platform Movement have spelled out the whole notion behind its formation. This was the talk of the country, when Police arrested a member of the Movement for allegedly injuring a member of the Melanesian Brotherhood (Tasiu) in West Makira. When the Platform…

Sikua refused bail

Former Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS) Edmond Sikua has been refused bail yesterday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi in her ruling yesterday said there are no exceptional circumstances in this case for her to grant him bail. “This case is just the…