B’Ville referendum dates confirmed

THE polling dates for Bougainville Referendum will start in Papua New Guinea as scheduled on 23 November 2019. For the Bougainvilleans voters residing in the Solomon Islands the polling stations would be based in Gizo and Honiara and would take place on 25th to the 29th. A statement from the PNG High Commission in Honiara…

Measles alert

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is on alert in the wake of the measles outbreak in a number of Pacific Island countries. Health officials say they are now conducting a mass immunization campaign of children under six years, increased surveillance for the disease at ports and airports, and information for travelers entering…

Wale: Deal with Taiwan scholarship saga

THE Leader of Opposition, Mathew Wale has called on the government through the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) to quickly deal with our Solomon Island students studying in Taiwan, who are now affected by the decision to switch diplomatic ties to China. In a statement from the Opposition Office said Wale’s call…

PM returns from Australian tour

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has returned on Tuesday from his weeklong tour to Australia. Mr Sogavare travelled as guest of the government of Australia. The highlight of his official visit was receiving the Guardian Class Patrol Boat from the Australian Government, meeting with the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy and Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston MLA…

NPF’s credit bank approved

MEMBERS of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) will soon have access to loan and other credit scheme. This follows the granting of an interim license to Solomon Finance Limited (SFL) to operate banking service in the country. SFL is a subsidiary of SINPF, a statement from SINPF said.  “The Central Bank of Solomon…

GINA: PORTS CEO MUST GO

THE Western Provincial Government (WPG) is calling for the immediate termination of Solomon Ports Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eranda Kotelawala over his involvement with Noro Port in the Western province. In a statement issued by the Office of the Western Provincial Premier and on behalf of the people of the Western province Premier David Gina…

Advocating for gender equality

Bibao joins the show LOCAL music artist Lester Kisina, who performs on stage as Bibao, is now using his singing and musical talents to inspire fellow youths nationwide with positive messages on the theme: ‘Women and Equality.’ The 30-year old of mixed Western Province and Ren/Bell parentage has signed up to be an Agent of…

China warns its investors

CHINESE investors are urged to respect the laws and people of Solomon Islands when doing business here. The warning came from the Envoy for China-Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue Wang Xuefeng. He made the call in Honiara on Friday after he learned about an agreement that was signed by a Chinese company, China Sam Enterprise Group…

A STEP CLOSER TO W’CUP

Kurukuru to meet Futsal Whites in grand final By CARLOS ARUAFU SOLOMON Islands Kurukuru is one step closer to the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania, after booking a grand final play-off against the New Zealand Futsal Whites yesterday. This was possible after they beat the host, New Caledonia in a thrilling semi-final at…