$40M GRANT DEAL

Solomon Islands Government (SIG) last week signed a US$5 million (SBD$40m) contingent disaster financing grant under the third phase of the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program.   The grant agreement was signed on Friday, 11th December between the Minister of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma and an Asian Development Bank (ADB) representative in Honiara.  A statement from…

COVID-19 test results soon

THE first test results for our citizens arriving from Manila and Port Moresby on Saturday will be announced soon. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his nationwide address early this week. Sogavare said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has prioritised the first tests for those that arrived on Saturday…

WHO supports SI with GeneXpert machine

Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) remains grateful for the continuous support from its partners in its ongoing efforts against the COVID-19 global pandemic.  On Wednesday MHMS Deputy Secretary Health Care and Incidence Controller (acting), Dr. Gregory Jilini received the GeneXpert and a laptop on behalf of the National Public Health Laboratory, from the…

Roviana icon competition ended successfully

THE 2020 Roviana Icon competition organised by Solomon Telekom to coincide with the Lagoon festival had ended successfully last week. The event took place at Munda, Western Province with the first elimination round of 16 contestants occurred on Wednesday night and the eight finalists were then further reduced to 4 winners on Thursday night. The…

PM hails new SITESA website

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is pleased to note that the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development has made history by launching its Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) website. Speaking during his nationwide address on Monday, Sogavare said the MHMS new SITESA website contains the 2021 SIG Training Plan and…

Friends of Kilu’ufi made huge donation to hospital

Kilu’ufi Hospital in Malaita Province boosted with hospital equipment thanks to the group called  “Friend of Kilu’ufi Hospital” for the kindhearted donation, which now makes a positive impact at the Hospital.   Friends of Kilu’ufi hospital Honiara based representatives John Kwaita, Benjamin Afuga together with the Malaita based representatives Joseph Au, and Withlam Saeni formally handed…

Claims DCGA attempts to weaken MARA gov’t 

THE DCGA government is working behind the scenes to have Malaita Provincial Secretary Fredrick Fa’abasua either returned to Honiara or sacked even. A reliable source revealed that DCGA though the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) is doing everything in its capacity to have PS Fa’abasua return to Honiara or kicked out as…

SINCW realigns with gov’t  

The Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW) wants more adequate funding to enable it to implement women’s programs and activities that are in-line with the national government’s reprioritization program. SINCW President Ella Kauhue on behalf of her executive and members personally conveyed this to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during a courtesy call on Friday. …