Vaccination turnout still ‘low’

THE turnout of frontliners for vaccination at the Central Field Hospital in Honiara remains poor with only 400 people last week taking the total to around 3044 since the rollout of the vaccination more than a fortnight ago. Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Pauline McNeil revealed this on…

Exam fee exempted

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Education and Human Development Resource (MEHRD) says students in forms five and six will not be paying their exam fees this year. Deputy Secretary at MEHRD James Bosamata announced this on Sunday during the talk-back show. He said the decision was agreed to by the education office based on their decision…

SINOPHARM DOSES ARRIVE

We are the first Pacific nation to receive Chinese made vaccines   THE much anticipated fifty thousand (50,000) doses of SinoPharm vaccines have arrived around midnight last night from China making the country the first in the region to receive the Chinese-made doses. The doses which are donated by the Peoples Republic of China (PRC)…

MINING FEUD

Disgruntled Renbel landowner takes law into own hands A disgruntled landowner on Rennell has taken the law into his own hand by taking possession of a heavy dump truck said to be owned by Bintan Mining (SI) Ltd, claiming he was owed money by the company. The unnamed man decided to ship the dump truck…

Premiers support USAid, refutes PM’s statement 

The Premier of the two popular provinces in the country, Guadalcanal, and Malaita have come together and rebutted a statement issued by the Prime Minister on US Aid-funded projects in the country. Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare was briefed on US-funded development programs in the country by the Port Moresby-based US Deputy Chief of Mission Bernard…

Manetoali applauds Church-Gov’t partnership policy

Minister for Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA) Hon Samuel Manetoali has praised the Government’s policy to recognize and support the roles of ecclesiastical institutions in the country. Speaking during his 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021 debate speech in Parliament, Friday, Minister Manetoali said by recognising and supporting the roles played by ecclesiastical institutions, is…

PRINCE PHILIP PASSES ON

Solomon Islands joins Royal Family to mourn loss The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip has died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle in England, at the age of 99. Governor-General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi formally announced the death of His Royal Highness, in a broadcasted message last night. Sir David said…

Man jailed for showing private body part

  A MAN who showed his private body part to a married woman at a Village in Isabel in 2019 will serve four months in prison after his eight months imprisonment term was partially suspended. Watson Hiro was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of indecent assault. He will only serve four months in…

Ete: NRH needs and independent board 

CHAIRMAN of the Public Accounts Committee and Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Douglas Ete re-echoed the argument to have an independent board to oversee clinical and corporate governance of the National Referral Hospital. Ete who is also a former Chief Executive Officer of NRH said this argument has been on the radar for more…