328 graduate today 

A TOTAL of 328 nationals, technical assistants (TA), and diplomats will graduate today from the quarantine centers.  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Pauline McNeil stated this during the Sunday talkback show live on SIBC.  “We have two repatriation flights this week, a total of 328 people in quarantine.   “In…

Wale wants thorough investigation

THE Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale calls on the Commissioner of Police Acting to commence investigations into the manner in which the recent traffic accident involving the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Robson Djokovic, was conducted.  Mr. Wale at the same time also calls on the PM to immediately suspend Mr. Djokovic. “I commend the…

Ngati accused of getting $40k extra 

THE Councillor for Vura Ward Reginald Ngati has been alleged to have received SBD 40 thousand dollars, beyond what each councillor should have received as ward advisory grant. A statement issued by the Honiara City Council (HCC) Media Unit claimed, Tuesday. The statement said each councillor is entitled to 60 thousand dollars during the beginning…

Superbug under control

TESTS conducted on patients suspected to have contracted Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) or superbug have returned negative with the situation now under control. The National Referral Hospital (NRH) management revealed this yesterday in a statement to clarify an article published on 9 July carrying the headline ‘Superbug at NRH.’ The statement said NRH had conducted repeated…

$400 per inmate a day

IT costs the national government $400 per day to feed and meet the welfare of each inmate serving at the Correctional Centres around the country. This was highlighted by the Commissioner of Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) Gabriel Manelusi during a peace restoration ceremony held at Sughu Village in the Tasimauri Region, Weather Coast of…

Ulawa better off with infrastructure

A leading motel operator in Kira Kira, the provincial capital of Makira Ulawa Province Noel Mamau has described Ulawa Island as being better off with infrastructure development than other parts of the Province. But he said it is lacking economic activities which are the main reasons for the government to build the Arona Airport, the…

Master plan for Auki-Bina corridor 

PLANNING is a legally mandated responsibility of Malaita Provincial Government (MPG) in relation to any development in the province including the Bina Harbor tuna processing plant. This statement was echoed by Premier Daniel Suidani during the signing of the historical memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Malaita Provincial Government (MPG) and the Ministry of Fisheries…

Councilors’ case adjourned 

THE case of the two Honiara City Councilors accused of intimidating Honiara City Clerk Rence Sore at the Councils headquarters has been adjourned to tomorrow. Councillor for Vavaya Ward Billy Abae and Vura Ward Councillor Reginald Ngati are facing charges of intimidation. Their matter was listed before Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti yesterday for mention but…

FFA coordinates maritime surveillance of Solomon Islands fisheries with NZDF assistance

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft is currently conducting three days of aerial surveillance over Solomon Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a task coordinated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). The targeted maritime surveillance patrol was requested by Solomon Islands Government in order to monitor the activities of tuna…