NPF board pays off $60M gov’t bond

SOLOMON Islands National Provident Fund Board (SINPFB) says it has purchased the remaining $60 million of the government’s $120 million COVID-19 development bond on Friday 19 June 2020.  The other $60 million were earlier purchased by Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) and Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA).   In accepting the payment, the Minister of Finance…

In court with Assumpta

Sentencing submission for curfew case today  Central island’s assault case continues Central island’s assault case continues A MAN accused of breaching the curfew on April 11 in Honiara will appear again in court today. This is for the sentencing submissions and mitigation. This was after Alwyn Soeasi, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of restriction…

Suidani hits back at MFAET

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has lashed out at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade’s (MFAET) clarification of ‘Diplomatic Pouch’ as a piece of plagiarism that lacks credibility.  Premier Suidani said the ministry is careless in handling the issue saying that the response does not speak well of the ministry.  The premier maintained that…

AG:  An act of defiance

WHAT led to the impounding of the Taiwanese supplied medical equipment was not because of the ‘suspicious nature’ of the consignment, but rather, an ‘act of defiance of a government decision’. This was according to Attorney General John Muria Jnr. in a letter addressed to Comptroller of Customs and Acting Police Commissioner on Wednesday 10…

MAYOR’S CLAIM CHILDISH: ABAE

Councillors at war of words again By IAN M.KAUKUI HONIARA City councillor Billy Abae says that the statement by the City Mayor Wilson Mamae alleging that his action and that of his colleague Cr Reginald Ngati breached their bail conditions is “laughable”. Mamae claimed that the attempt by the two councillors on Thursday of last…

Request to ease of social distancing at schools

THE Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) is yet to respond to a request to ease social distancing at schools. Social distancing rule was applied mainly in schools within the emergency zones like in Honiara.  After visiting those schools and conducting awareness to school leaders, MEHRD has encouraged schools within the zone to…

CAREFUL CONSIDERATION

Dr. Rodgers: why we should not suspend SOPE quickly By IAN M.KAUKUI THE decision to suspend or extend the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) in the Solomon Islands will have to be made with careful consideration.  Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers made the statement during the weekly talkback show yesterday over the national…

CSSI moves to improve inmates menu, food suppliers

The Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) Dietetics & Nutrition department is working to improve inmates’ menu and local food suppliers.   Dietetics & Nutrition Officer and Dietetics Counseling Officer Ms Stacy Kofela revealed this during a recent presentation to CSSI executive, a statement from CSSI Media Unit said. Ms Kofela explained the standardised menu are formulated…

Malaita keen on carbon trading

The MARA government’s bold stand against the logging industry operation in Malaita Province has attracted the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a bilateral United States foreign aid agency. A local representative from MCC Dr. Philip Tagini visited Malaita last week where he met with the Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani to discuss support Malaita Province could…