Australia and Solomon Islands tackle COVID-19 together with a boost to testing capability and laboratory facilities

Australia has delivered a new GeneXpert machine and 400 testing cartridges to assist the National Referral Hospital’s (NRH) molecular laboratory to diagnose COVID-19. This machine can return COVID-19 test results within an hour. It can also test four times the number of samples at any one-time compared to previous GeneXpert machines in use, providing rapid…

New Isabel premier to be officially declared

THE new Premier for Isabel Provincial Government (IPG) will be officially declared today after nomination closed yesterday. The position became vacant following the resignation of former Premier Leslie Kikolo on Sunday. Mr Kikolo faced a motion of no confidence ahead of yesterday’s Full Assembl Meeting. However, he decided to resign rather than facing the motion.…

Kukum Highway road project resumes

PHASE two of the $243million Kukum Highway Project resumes today with road clearing. The project will cover the 6.3 kilometre road from the Ministry of Fisheries at Kukum to Honiara International Airport at Henderson. The project component will include 4 lane roads to Lungga Bridge and a 2 kilometre 2 lane road from Lungga Bridge…

Police refute Atu’s claims

COMMISSIONER of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Mostyn Mangau has refuted claims by Malaita for Democracy president Knoxly Atu that police are taking directives from the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA). In a statement today (21st March) Mr Mangau said the RSIPF is an independent organisation and is not taking directives from…

Vokia’s case in court today

FIVE people including the Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal Constituency Ethel Vokia and her husband Jaime Vokia will appear in the Magistrates Court today in what is believed to be the first ever election-related bribery allegations. The others are the Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly MPA, Rose Tala, Beason and Polycarp. According to the charges,…

Some of the people from Shortlands who travel with their baked fish to sell at Buin market. Photo supplied.

‘REOPEN THE BORDER’

Chiefs on Bougainville appeals based on humanitarian ground CHIEFS in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG) have called on the Government of Solomon Islands to consider the plight of the Shortlands islands people, Western Province and consider reopening the border based on humanitarian grounds. This came after people from Shortlands were denied access to some essential…

Students China-bound

ABOUT 90 local students who have been awarded scholarships by the Chinese Government will leave the country today bound China to take up their studies in various universities there. Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) and Vice Chairman of the National Oversight Committee (NOC) Dr Jimmie Rodgers announced the date fortnight ago. He said about 90…