Manele thanks Australia for help

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Jeremiah Manele has thanked the government of Australia for ensuring locals who are stranded in Australia due to travel restrictions following the declaration of COVID-19  pandemic are safe. Manele made the statement before the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands His Excellency, Dr. Lachlan Strahan at the…

Police probe armed robbery attempt

POLICE at the Henderson Police Station are investigating an alleged attempted armed robbery incident that occurred at the Galego Resource Company Bahomea logging camp in Central Guadalcanal on 2 May 2020.  It is alleged that a group of men entered the logging camp and fired gunshots and attempted to rob the Asians working at the…

EXAM CLASSES RECALLED

All Honiara Schools to resume, May 25: Dr. Rodie By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN ALL examination classes in Honiara and in parts of Guadalcanal will resume classes, on May 18. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Educational and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Dr. Franco Rodie made this announcement, Thursday. This was during a joint press conference with…

Suidani: threat has no basis

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani says the threat the national government issued against his government has no legal basis. He stated this in his reply letter to that of the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Rollen Seleso, who threaten to suspend the Malaita Provincial Government if Suidani does not work together with the…

Australia release $71M COVID-19 support 

THE Australian Government has provided additional funding support of $71 Million to help Solomon Islands implement its health and economic response to COVID-19. Australian High Commissioner Dr. Lachlan Strahan signed the funding support document with Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele, Thursday. Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday, Australian High Commissioner Dr. Lachlan Strahan…

$70m for recovery measures 

A TOTAL of $70 million is allocated for immediate recovery measures 2 under the Economic Stimulus Package third component to address the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy. The prime minister announced on Monday that the government’s $70 million package proposes equity injection into government-owned or partly owned companies to enable them to…

Gov’t told to reconsider ‘suspension’ threat

A GOVERNMENT threat to suspend Malaita Provincial government is a slap on the face of the people of Malaita and their premier. Hence this “ill-conceived” decision must be reconsidered by the Minister responsible. This sentiment was echoed by a former government political appointee, who asked not to be named.  “It is not in anyone’s interest…

PM on -4.9% GDP decline prediction  

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says preliminary predictions by CBSI and the Ministry of Finance indicate that Covid-19 is ‘likely to have a considerable negative impact on the economy’.   Sogavare made the statement at the launching of the Economic Stimulus Package this week in Honiara. He said the country is now heading towards recession in the…