CITY AUDIT UNDERWAY

Minister orders check on council finances By IAN M.KAUKUI A SPECIAL audit of Honiara City Council (HCC) books is underway following allegations of widespread financial mismanagement and illegal borrowings. The office of the Auditor General is conducting what it called a ‘Spot on Audit’ at the directives of the Minister of Home Affairs Chris Laore. “….yes,…

Ugi wharf ready to open

THE wharf project at Selwyn Bay on Ugi Island in the Makira Ulawa Province has been completed and ready to be officially opened. Member of Parliament for Ulawa/Ugi Constituency William Marau confirmed the official opening will take place next month.  “Ugi’s new wharf is now completed and is ready for the official opening,” Marau said.…

PM: gov’t is serious against COVID-19

ACTIONS taken during presence of three foreigners at the Yacht Club on the 20th June have demonstrated the government’s seriousness and heighten alert to combat COVID-19.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated this in his weekly nation-wide address, Friday. Sogavare said on the 20th June the Government received a report of the presence of the three…

SASAKO AXED

Newspaper sacks senior and prominent journalist By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN ISLAND Sun newspaper on Friday sacked its most senior and prominent journalist Alfred Sasako. The paper took the decision amidst calls from critics and social media commentators for Sasako’s removal. It’s not clear last night the basis for Island Sun’s decision. But a company spokesman said:…

New SINU education complex awaits opening  

THE state of the art Solomon Islands National University (SINU) new Faculty of Education and Humanities complex at the Panatina campus is now complete. However, it is yet to be officially opened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Corporate John Usuramo said. “The complex is now 98.5% complete but due to the COVID-19 lockdown its…

Djokovic questioned by police

POLICE are now waiting to finalise their investigation into Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s Chief of Staff Robson Djokovic. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau yesterday said they had already interviewed Djokovic last Saturday and are now looking at finalising the investigation. “Investigation is progressing very well, my officers are looking at finalising investigation and getting a…

$20m to fight COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $20 million to help the Government of Solomon Islands combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on the country’s economy. The support comprises a $10 million concessional loan and a $10 million grant and will go toward preventing the disease from entering the country and for mitigating…

EXPAT PILOT FINED

For breaching state of the emergency law By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN OWNER of Helicopter Support Solomon Islands Limited who confessed to entering the country during the State of Emergency order in May has been fined $5,000 yesterday. Paul Hubbard, 59, from Australia had pleaded guilty to one count of the prohibition of entry of non-citizen, contrary…

Suidani hits back at Sasako 

The Malaita Provincial Premier says although an injunction against a number of loggers have been lifted they still have a case to answer. Daniel Suidani was responding to an article authored by Alfred Sasako and published by the Island Sun newspaper this week.  Premier Suidani told this paper that the article by Mr.Sasako is not…

RVV program launched

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) yesterday launched the Rota Virus Vaccine (RVV) program at White River Clinic, West Honiara.  Speaking during the RVV official launching, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Mrs. Pauline McNeil said that the launch marked yet another milestone in the history of immunization…