Philippines flight delayed

THE scheduled Philippines flight that is expected to bring about 40 students from Manila is being delayed. This was revealed by the Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) Dr. Jimmy Rodgers on Sunday at the fortnightly talk-back-show. He explained the flight is being delayed to accommodate more people from all over the world coming on the same…

TEST FEE JUMPS

For mandatory pre-departure test   THOSE wishing to travel overseas will now have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to pay for the pre-departure test fee. The new amount which will come into effect today is $1500 per test from the previous amount of $500. This was announced by Attorney General John Muria…

NEW PATROL BOAT

To be named ‘Patrol Boat 06 Taro’ coming May   THE Australian Government will provide Solomon Islands with its sixth brand-new Guardian-class Patrol Boat named RSIPV Taro in May. The support comes just over a year after it supplied Patrol Boat Gizo in November 2019. This changeover will happen when RSIPV Auki completes its cycle…

ESP OFFICER DISCIPLINED

AN officer working under the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) has been disciplined for discrepancies in the implementation of the funds. This was revealed by the Chairman of the ESP Committee McKinnie Dentana on Sunday during the fortnightly talk-back show. He said, the officer was reassigned to another department after his was caught. He reminded the public…

NZ envoy pays PM a visit

New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Her Excellency Georgina Roberts on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The meeting was held at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC), a statement issued by the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. High Commissioner Roberts during the meeting commended PM for his…

Dala Bridge in worst state

Villagers help out to fix Dala Bridge in west Kwara’ae, Malaita province. THE current deteriorating state of the Dala Bridge in west Kwara’ae has denied vehicles and passengers from east and northern regions of Malaita from reaching Auki town. It was reported that the bridge was damaged as a result of the continuous heavy rain…

New Twin Otter aircraft here

Solomon Airlines has taken delivery of the latest aircraft to join the national carrier’s fleet, a 19-seat De Havilland Twin Otter registration H4-SIC which will operate on domestic routes in the Solomon Islands. The refitted aircraft from Ikhana Aircraft Services touched down at the Honiara International Airport en route from California, United States via Honolulu…

DETTKE NOW A FREE MAN

Court acquits Dettke of traffic offences THE Member of Parliament for Northwest Guadalcanal, Bodo Dettke, is a free man. The Magistrate’s Court acquitted Mr. Dettke of traffic offences which landed him in court in the first place. Magistrate Emily Zazariko Vagibule last Tuesday acquitted Hon Dettke of one count of careless and inconsiderate driving after…

FAKE SCHOLARSHIPS UNCOVERED

Sponsorship pulled from SINU 2020 final year students   SOME 200 or more students at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have had their sponsorships pulled from under their feet on allegations their two-year sponsorships granted by the National Scholarship Division (NSD) in 2019 were “fake”.  They are now faced with arrears of up to…

Kava farmers hail visit by DBSI

RURAL Kava farmers in West and Central Kwara’ae constituency, Malaita Province have acknowledged the visit by the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) Tukana Bovoro to Malaita last week. Speaking on behalf of the Kava farmers at Gwariagalu, Central Kwara’ae Dudley Ramo acknowledged the visiting saying; “This is the…