Wale concerns over NPF’s crowd

The Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale condemns the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) and the government on the manner the approved emergency payments for members is being handled. Over the last few days, members flooded the NPF office and on being directed to follow the normal process for making withdrawals, members are now forced…

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD

Businesses brace for another challenging year Members of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) say local businesses are bracing for another challenging year. In a statement issued by the SICCI Media Unit on Thursday, its members expressed sentiments that the past twelve (12) months have been some of the most challenging.  “During these…

More heads back to the West

PACKED boatloads of people are returning to the Western Province following orders by the Governor-General and the Prime Minister. Following the declaration of a state of emergency and closure of schools and businesses, more people are heading back to their home islands in the province. Early this week hundreds of people arrived onboard passenger vessels…

Maka’a commends MP for Ugi Wharf 

The Premier of Makira Ulawa Province Julian Maka’a has commended the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ugi/Ulawa William Bradford Marau for his push to get the national government to fund the building of the Ugi wharf at Selwyn Bay. He said the MP and Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey needs commendation from the Makira…

Local students in Taiwan study under strict measures

LOCAL students in Taiwan are continuing with their studies despite the threat from the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, they do so under extra precautionary measures to ensure they are COVID-free in-spite of the contagious nature of the disease, reports reaching the paper said. President of the local student association in Taiwan, Desmond Tige told this paper…

MPs Ete, Iduri and Fika petition cases dismissed

EAST Honiara MP Douglas Ete, MP for West Kwara’ae Sam Iduri and West Kwaio MP Titus Fika have retained their seats following the dismissal of their petition cases in the High Court. Deputy Chief Justice Francis Mwanesalua had dismissed all allegations against Ete yesterday morning after the petitioner decided to withdraw the petition. Ete is…

PAY-OUT PROCESS CRITICISED

NPF should have done better, say members By IAN M.KAUKUI THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) has not responded to heavy public criticisms of its handling of the coronavirus emergency payout to members. The fund started dishing out applications, Wednesday. But the large crowd that turned up and congregated at the fund’s Town Ground…

PROVINCES BEEF UP COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS

All ten Provinces have beefed up their preparedness to counter any possible outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. According to the latest situation report, preventative measures taken by provinces are in alignment with the National Government’s measures to mitigate possible importation of COVID-19. Currently, awareness of COVID-19 is ongoing in all provinces…

KG VI School dormitories ready to accommodate quarantine persons

After a week of clean-up and renovation, King George Sixth (KG VI) National Secondary School dormitories has been repurposed to accommodate persons who is compelled to undergo the compulsory 14-days quarantine. The Infrastructure Sector Committee (ISC) established under the National Disaster Management plan 2018 responsible for the coordination of infrastructure developments has assessed all the…