Dose roll-out pending WHO approval

THE roll-out of the Sinopharm vaccination which arrived in the country last night is pending approval from the World Health Organisation (WHO). That’s according to the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil yesterday during a radio talk-back show. Mrs. McNeil clarified the doses will only be rolled out…

Education News in brief

* School heads urged ‘get vaccinated’* Local PNG students safe* Exam fee exempted School heads urged ‘get vaccinated’ DEPUTY Secretary of Education encourages school teachers and leaders located within the borders to get their vaccine when the vaccine is rolled out at the borders. These border territories are the Western border, Choiseul, and Malaita Outer Islands (MOI).…

Police border operation progresses

POLICE remain vigilant to maintain security along the national border in Western Province, Choiseul, and Malaita Outer Islands (MOI). That’s according to Assistant Commissioner Police Simpson Pogeava during the talk-back show over the national broadcaster, Sunday. He said police continue to monitor the border to ensure no one crosses the border. He added police continue…

More Chinese engineers 

ABOUT 120 engineers to help with the construction of the 2023 Pacific Games stadium and other facilities in Honiara have arrived in the country last night. The full flight from China saw all the engineers and technical people disembarked just before midnight before going through immigration formalities. They were whisked away to their quarantine stations…

COVID cases hit 20

  THE country has recorded an additional new Covid-19 positive case bringing the total to 20. Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare in his weekly nationwide address yesterday said the person is a 56-year-old male that arrived from the flight from Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Friday 9th April. He said the individual has fulfilled our…

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…