ESP roll-out continues 

The Government’s ESP Committee continues to progress the implementation of the ESP support program into the new year despite media reports about the fund. A statement from the Prime Ministers Office said, more than 2,000 applications have been approved so far and have received their support. The Committee confirmed that the process has begun with…

Govt’s Facebook suspension 

The Government’s decision to suspend Facebook has both good and bad sides. Whilst it hinges on the rights of individuals, the government of the day has a right too to make decisions for the good of the nation.  Administrator for popular and one of the biggest Facebook forum groups in the country Benjamin Afuga told…

NRH isolation wards under maintenance 

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) isolation ward is currently undergoing maintenance.  This was revealed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his first nationwide address early this week.  Mr. Sogavare said that following the transfer of the remaining positive patients to the field hospital, the NRH isolation wards one and two are now undergone urgent maintenance…

No health services at Ughele clinic

UGHELE health centre in Rendova, Western Province is still without a registered nurse after the officer serving at the clinic left last year due to lack of a staff house. The clinic serves the entire community of Ughele and the surrounding communities. Lack of a staff house for nursing officers has been an ongoing issue…

BORDER THREAT

Border crossing still happening   REPORTS reaching this paper last night had it that people on both sides of the border are still crossing illegally despite the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) in Solomon Islands. This was reported by a local intel source from the Western Border. “As far as we know, I can confirm…

PRC envoy meets Catholic head

THE Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Li Ming has paid a courtesy call on the head of the Catholic Church in Solomon Islands, Archbishop Christopher M Cardone.  The brief visit took place in Honiara yesterday, Wednesday 13th January 2021.  Both men later attended a hand-over ceremony…

Release of school results next week

EXAMINATION and placement results for new intakes this year will be made available next week. This was announced by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) in an issued statement yesterday. “The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development would like to inform students, parents/guardians, school principals and teachers, education authorities and other…

FB offline plan withdrawn

Facebook (FB) users and the general public at large welcomed the decision by the government not to suspend Facebook in the Solomon Islands, Wednesday. As first reported by leading online news Solomon Business Magazine the government through the Minister for Commerce and Aviation Peter Shanel Agovaka said, Facebook will not be suspended. The Solomon Star…

WP clerk vacates office

THE Clerk to the Western Provincial Assembly Kevin Paia has vacated his office having received instructions that his fixed-term contract had ended and would not be renewed. His departure has raised speculations among a number of provincial government officers and observers as to whether or not the action to vacate the office is procedural. In…