Western schools warned against grants abuse

SCHOOLS in the Western Province are advised to spare their school grants as the country enters into an extended state of Emergency (SOE). In an address to educational institutions in the province, Chief Education Officer Hopeful Piosasa advised all school principals and headteachers in the province against mismanaging of government grants. He said that according…

China’s US$100k help for cyclone rehabilitation

THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has handed over a total amount of US$100,000 which is equivalent to SBD$800,000 to the government of Solomon Islands as part of its assistance towards rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Counsellor Yao Ming of the Republic of China Embassy made the official handover yesterday to…

West steps up COVID-19 preparedness

THE Western Province is stepping up efforts in its preparedness strategy to tackle COVID-19 which will see the closure of shops within central areas in the province during the weekend. All commercial houses and shops in Gizo, Ringgi, Noro, Munda, and Seghe that regularly operate during weekends will now be expected to only open half…

$2.5M FOR COVID-19

THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has formally handed over $2.5million (US300k) in a donation to support the country prepare for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele yesterday received the funding support of US$300,000 (SBD2.5m) from Counsellor Yao Ming of the Peoples Republic of China Embassy in Honiara. The…

Repatriation fuels food shortage 

THE on-going repatriation exercise undertaken by the national government in its efforts to prevent, mitigate and possibly contain the spread of COVID-19 to the rural areas has put extra pressure on families to feed their relatives. Davidson Sepo of Kolofe village in North Malaita said that the heavy influx of relatives has resulted in food…

Solbre issues free hand sanitisers for staff

  Solomon Breweries has taken positive steps to boost their staff’s COVID-19 preparedness when they officially handed out their own produced hand sanitisers to all their employees.  Solomon Breweries (SolBrew) stated that giving hand sanitisers to their staff was a small way to help them outside of the workplace as for some maintaining COVID-19 hygiene…

Makira to set up isolation centre

MAKIRA-ULAWA Province will set up its isolation centre at Waimapuru National Secondary School as part of its coronavirus preparedness exercise. Premier Julian Maka’a announced this at provincial capital Kirakira, Monday during the launch of the province’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) Awareness Program. Maka’a said his Government had agreed to set up the Quarantine and Isolation Centre at…

Police officers accused of acting unlawfully

SOME members of the Central Response Unit (CRU) at the Central Police Station enforcing the weekend curfew have been accused of entering family homes at Kukum and removed betel nut bags and taking cash. The families affected have questioned whether the emergency powers allowed police to enter family homes and remove their belongings. “They not…