BNE, AKL, HIR repatriation flight set

Subject to regulatory approval, the national flag carrier will operate a further repatriation flight in early December to bring more stranded Solomon Islands citizens home via New Zealand. Solomon Airlines in a statement said the repatriation flight will operate as follows: 6 December – Flight IE630 Brisbane-Auckland-Honiara will depart Brisbane at 9.15 am arriving in…

Inmate pleads: stay away from crime

AN inmate who was invited to speak at the launching of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and domestic violence has made an emotional plea to men and boys to stay away from crime and prison. “Life behind the bar is life without freedom. It is stressful,” Ben Sale Tofalu told the gathering…

11 doctors graduate from Internship Bridging Program with support from Australia 

Eleven young Solomon Islands doctors graduated today (26 November) from the Bridging Internship Program in a special ceremony held at Honiara’s National Referral Hospital (NRH). The program ensures that medical graduates who have returned from overseas study are properly prepared before they commence formal medical intern training.  The Bridging Internship Program, run by the Solomon…

HCC, Plan International, YWCA seal deal

PARTNERSHIP Agreements aimed at promoting “Safer Cities for Girls” have been signed-in a tripartite arrangement involving the Plan International Solomon Islands (PISI), the Honiara City Council (HCC) and the Young Women’s Christian Association, (YWCA). City Clerk Rence Sore and the Country Program Manager of Plan International Solomon Islands, Ella Kauhue signed the first accord last…

MP farewells, backs PLS workers

East Are’Are workers employed by Australian companies under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) got a farewell from their Member of Parliament, Peter Kenilorea Jnr at the East Are Are Constituency Office (EACO) on Tuesday.  Six workers from the constituency will travel to Australia under the labour scheme. Mr. Kenilorea encouraged the workers, all of whom…

Wale: extending SoPE not the  answer

LEADER of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale says, the government has to accept that Covid-19 is going to be here for a while, and the country needs to adjust to it and return to normalcy, instead of relying on State of Public Emergencies to deal with the effects brought about by the global pandemic. Earlier, officials…

PM challenges media

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare is again calling on the local media to be responsible. He issued the call after he moved the sine-die motion in the parliament yesterday. “Mr. Speaker Sir in my last sine-die speech I call on the media to be responsible and I want to reiterate this call again because they…

Logging picks up

LOGGING performs stronger than expected in the third quarter despite global restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was revealed in parliament by the Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma. Logging is one of the country’s key exportation commodities. He said logging shipments have been strong, recording 1.7 million cubic metres of…

Seasonal workers Australia bound

175 local seasonal workers jetted out of the country yesterday for Australia to join other Pacific countries to formally join the restart of Australia’s labour mobility programs. The workers flew out of the country at 5 pm on Wednesday on a special chartered flight operated by Virgin. They will undergo quarantine clearance before being allowed to…