Wale: include fees in stimulus package

The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale calls on the government to take a broad approach in its deliberations today on the proposed stimulus package. This call came after the announcement that Cabinet is going to meet today to discuss the stimulus package proposed to help keep the local economy afloat in these trying times, a…

Relief supplies to be dispatched soon

THE Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service (MECDM) will soon start dishing out relief supplies to affected communities by the recent tropical cyclone Harold. Permanent Secretary Melchior Mataki said the ministry has already completed the assessment on the damages caused by tropical cyclone Harold is ready for the dishing out of…

Australia gifts second high-speed vessel to RSIPF

The Australian Government has gifted the second of two special purposes, fast pursuit vessels to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for maritime patrol and response operations. The first RSIPF boat which is already undertaking operations on the Western Border was handed over at a ceremony at Rove in October last year. Australian High…

Schools in non-emergency zone to resume

NON-examination classes in both the primary and secondary schools throughout the provinces will join the rest of the secondary examination classes to proceed with their normal classes as of the 4th of May 2020. Under Secretary and Chair of COVID-19 Communications Committee in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development James Basamata confirmed this…

RESHUFFLED MINISTERS SWORN-IN

FOUR ministers of the current Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) have been sworn-in before the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi at Government House on Wednesday morning. The swearing-in ceremony now formalized their appointments to the respective ministries they have been assigned to look after as ministers, a statement from the Government Communication Unit said. Former Education…

Donors dismiss Sasako report

AUSTRALIA, European Union, and the United States have dismissed a report journalist Alfred Sasako wrote in the Island Sun newspaper on Sunday. Sasako claimed that European countries Australia and the United States will provide a €250 billion humanitarian grants program to the Solomon Islands.  He cites unnamed sources in his “unsubstantiated” article. In a joint…

Power shutdown affect water supply

THE shutdown of the logging-affected Kongulai water source last week followed by a major power outage on Monday has affected Solomon Water’s production level causing low water supply and no water to many Honiara residents.  That’s according to Solomon Water in a statement issued on Tuesday. “It was unfortunate as our water network system was…

LEGAL BID

Curfew order unnecessary says PSO By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN RULING as to whether the legal issue regarding the curfew matter will be dealt with in the Magistrate’s Court or transferred to the High Court will be made on May 4. This followed further submissions from both the prosecution and the defence on Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Emma…

NZ’s $15M medical support

THE New Zealand Government through its embassy in Honiara has delivered NZ$3m (SBD$15m) to the country to prepare Gizo and Kilu’ufi hospitals for a possible infiltration of COVID-19. NZ High Commissioner Her Excellency Georgina Roberts during the handing over of the letter of support to the Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers said that…