No new COVID case

SOLOMON Islands did not record any COVID-19 cases this week and the number of positive cases in quarantine is also reduced to eight. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare confirmed this during his weekly nation-wide address on Monday. He said all passengers from Kiribati and Fiji were tested negative in their first tests and if their second…

Late PNG envoy farewelled

THE Late Papua New Guinea (PNG) Acting High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Dr. John Balavu was formally farewelled before being flown back to his home country, Monday. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele, Chief Justice Albert Palmer, and other ministers of the crown, senior government officials, and members of the Diplomatic…

Inflation drops by 0.7% in August

The National Consumer Price Index (CPI) has dropped 0.7 percent to 105.1 in August 2020 and rebounded by 0.3 percent to 105.4 in September 2020. The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) revealed in its latest NCPI statistical report. Releasing the NCPI report on Friday 27th November, Government Statistician and Census Commissioner, Douglas Kimi said…

MASI concern over Facebook suspension

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) is concerned with the intention of the government to suspend Facebook. MASI, in a statement, has reminded government that it will be removing a basic right of all Solomon Islanders to speak or write freely. MASI, therefore, joins other stakeholders in calling on the government to reconsider its…

RIFT RESOLVED

Purakiki 3G Tower dispute resolved   TWO disputing parties in East Guadalcanal have finally reconciled following a disagreement over the construction of a Telekom 3G tower at Purakiki. The short reconciliation ceremony was held during the launching of the 3G Tower at Purakiki. The two parties included Vungana against Tetekangi and. Chief of Vungana Reginald…

HOTEL COST 

THE Government is spending close to $2million in hotel costs to accommodate our students studying in the Philippines. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury McKinnie Dentana on Sunday during the weekly talk-back show over the national broadcaster. He told the show, that government is spending just over…

JUNIOR OFFICERS HIJACK MINISTRY

Community leader calls for urgent investigation into hijacking of ministry by junior officers AN outspoken Community leader has called for an urgent investigation into the functions of the Ministry of Forests and Research, claiming junior officers have hijacked the work of the Commissioner of Forests. “Please institute an investigation now before it is too late,”…

GRCLC calls for review of agreement

THE Gold Ridge Community and Landowners Council [GRCLC] has called for an urgent review of a subsidiary agreement it signed with Gold Ridge Mining Ltd in 1996. Among other things, the agreement provides for $10 million in infrastructure community projects such as roads and water supplies over five years from 1996. That’s $2 million a…