Waita Ben: Ex-PMs should not be given govt houses

EX-PRIME Ministers Sir Francis Billy Hilly and Allan Kemakeza should not be ‘offered’ government houses at the expense of senior public servants, a former Speaker of the National Parliament said this week. Waita Ben was reacting to a report in the Solomon Star last week that the Office of the Prime Minister is finalising arrangements…

PM to Buala for Isabel’s big day 

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare will leave for Buala, Isabel Province this morning to attend the province’s 2nd Appointed Day celebrations. The event will be held tomorrow in Buala. The Prime Minister and his delegation will travel onboard the Patrol Boat, a statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. The Isabel provincial government and communities…

TRIP MAY BACKFIRE

Premier Suidani’s trip to Taiwan could bring his own downfall   THE controversial travel to Taiwan by Premier Daniel Suidani is reportedly turning into a nightmare and could abruptly end the man’s tenure as Malaita Premier prematurely, inside sources told Solomon Star last night. Its understood the Malaita Executive is considering an emergency sitting, angry…

SI, Morocco sign deals

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Robert Sisilo, and the non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Mr Karim Medrek, signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and an Agreement to enhance the countries’ bilateral cooperation in Canberra last week.  The two MOUs are on diplomatic training and…

CEMA re-engages with rural farmers 

The Commodities Exports Marketing Authorities (CEMA) is stepping up its operation to re-engage in trading activities with local farmers in and around the country.  This is following the launch of the CEMA Revitalisation and Recapitalisation Strategy 2021 – 2027 in Honiara yesterday, a statement issued by the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. Chairperson of the…

PM congratulates new MP

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare has congratulated the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) for South Choiseul Sammy Qalo.  Qalo won the South Choiseul by-election recently in Choiseul Province. He is the son of the former MP Robertson Qalo. Mr. Sogavare congratulates Qalo when he addresses the nation on Covid-19 update speech over the national broadcaster,…

Dengue threat 

WESTERN Provincial capital Gizo is facing a threat from a rising number of dengue fever cases being reported at the Gizo Hospital last week. Director of Western Provincial Health and Medical Services, Dr. Dickson Boara revealed this on Friday during the launch of a partnership deal with Plastic Wise Gizo and Positive Change for Marine…

SI still COVID free

SOLOMON Islands has been COVID-19 free now for more than a month.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced in his nationwide address on Monday afternoon. The Prime Minister said health authorities have completed the follow up on 18 of the 20 former infected individuals.  “These 18 people have now been released.  The final two people are still being…

ESP check to roll

PERMANANET Secretary (PS) for Finance and Treasury McKinnie Dentana says the monitoring of the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) will begin this June. In a radio talk-back show yesterday, Dentana said those who have received support have to prepare as they will be visited by the monitoring team at their home as stated in their project…