SORE DISAPPOINTS PAC

Hearing reveals that HCC Clerk acted on his own to make decisions for the council   THE Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk, Rence Sore has disappointed members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after last week’s inquiry discovered that his administrative role at the Council did not reflect his capabilities as an experienced public servant.…

BIG LOSS

COVID affects tourism & aviation, holiday deal launched   THE country lost more than $350million in revenue from overseas visitors last year due to international border closure. This was highlighted by Fiona Teama, Head of Marketing and Sales at Tourism Solomons on Sunday during a panel discussion. The discussion which was aired live over the…

 PM’s OFFICE TIGHT-LIPPED

……. on Djokovic’s high court ruling The Office of the Prime Minister is keeping its silence on the impact of the ruling by the High Court on Friday, which has literarily stripped the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Robson Djokovic of his citizenship. Djokovic, who has announced through his lawyer he would appeal the decision,…

Malaita Chief wants east Road fixed 

A concerned chief in Malaita has called on responsible authorities to fix the east road as soon as possible. The road is badly damaged by the bad weather that is currently hitting the Solomon Islands. Chief John Tori of Fouba village said Aluta, Koiabu, and Koare roads are the areas that are badly damaged at…

Gov’t needs SBD$11m to activate CT scan 

The government through the Ministry of Health & Medical Services (MHMS) will need another SBD$11 million dollars before the Computer Tomography (CT) scan at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) is operational, it was revealed. This was heard when the Parliamentary Health and Medical Services Committee (HMSC), Chaired by Parliamentarian, Charles Sigoto held discussions with key…

HMAS Maitland is here

Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Maitland is in Solomon Islands to support regional fisheries operations and Solomon Islands’ maritime and border security efforts.  As part of Australia and Solomon Islands security partnership, and at the request of the Solomon Islands Government, HMAS Maitland will conduct maritime surveillance support as Solomon Islands prepares to receive its…

Damaged Dala Bridge to be fixed 

The damaged Dala Bridge in West Kwara’ae will be fixed soon, says the Ministry of Infrastructure Development. This was possible after the Malaita Provincial Secretary (PS), Fredrick Fa’abasua discussed with the Ministry last week. It was reported that the Dala Bridge continues to cause hiccups to the travelling passengers of the North and East Road…

SIBA president under the spotlight to step aside

THE President of the Solomon Islands Law Association (SIBA), Eran Soma, has been asked to “step aside” from representing Pamela Kimberly, the Respondent in cc417 of 2006 or “expose himself to serious consequences”, it was warned, Friday. The warning was contained in an email sent to Mr. Soma by an Australian couple, Fred and Gloria…

Djokovic to appeal citizenship ruling

CHIEF of Staff Robson Djokovic who was stripped of his citizenship by the High Court said he would appeal the ruling, which declared him as an indigenous Solomon Islander but not a citizen. His lawyer Wilson Rano said after the ruling his client could no longer enjoy some of the rights only a citizen can…

SURVIVORS WERE IN SEARCH OF FOOD

IT has emerged that five Temotuans who were adrift at sea for 15 days last month were on their way to collect food from Utupua in the Reef Islands when they met rough seas. “I understand they went to Utupua Island to bring food to their atoll island of Nifiloli where food is scarce occasionally…