Dengue kit shortage

Diagnostic testing kits for dengue fever has ran out at the Kilu’ufi hospital in Malaita province. Reports reaching the paper on Monday said, the kits were out of stock since last week. However suspicious cases related to the mosquito borne disease continued to be received by the hospital with a couple of patients being admitted.…

TAX-FREE CAMPAIGN

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Unions (SITCU) will be announcing a range of actions it would pursue in a national campaign against the recent awarding of tax-free salaries to Members of Parliament (MPs). This would will be done through an external live broadcast in Honiara on Tuesday afternoon. A statement issued yesterday said, this…

Youth Market is back

THE famous Youth Market which was normally hosted by the Youth@Work through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is back again this week at the National Art Gallery grounds. This was announced by the Youth@Work team based in Honiara with the theme for the event. ‘Solidarity through Culture’ is the theme for the two…

Dolphins freed after raid

A joint-operation over the weekend has led to the release of 27 dolphins held captive from floating cages at Mbungana, Central Islands province. The raid involved Compliance Officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). This operation was conducted by the Ministry of Fisheries following reports…

Grossmith is our new Miss Solomon

Miss King Solomon Hotel’s Camilla Grossmith is the new Miss Solomon. She took the crown after winning the 2016-17 Pageant show early this morning at the Coral Sea Resort & Casino. ·        First runner-up is Miss Solomon Islands National University’s Elizabeth Makini ·        Second runner-up is Miss Anolpha Shipping’s Zinna Leamana ·        Third runner-up is…

NRH beds fully occupied

MOST of the beds within the National Referral Hospital (NRH) wards are fully occupied. NRH, CEO Dr. Steve Aumanu revealed this in a health press conference on Wednesday. “The hospital is fully occupied,” he said. He said bed occupancy rate at 100 per cent  most of the time in most wards making it a significant…

FORUM ON TAX-FREE

Three options to counter MPs’ entitlements A PUBLIC forum held yesterday in Honiara came up with three strategies to deal with the tax-free award and other entitlements granted to MPs. Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) organized the forum after last Friday’s Court of Appeal ruling that validated the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission’s (PEC) decision to exempt…

STOLEN WATER PUMP RETRIEVED

Auki police arrests suspect THE water pump that was stolen from Kilu’ufi hospital, Malaita has been recovered by police and the suspect arrested over the weekend. In a successful collaboration with Malu’u police, Auki police launched an operation in the heart of Mbaelelea and retrieved the stolen pump and arrested the suspect who is believed…