New correctional officers appointed

SEVENTEEN of the Newly Enlisted Correctional Officers (NECO) have received their confirmation of appointment on Tuesday this week. A statement from Correctional Services Solomon Islands (CSSI) said the 17 were among 40 officers that undergo two years probationary assessment under the Correctional Service Training Centre (CSTC) since October 2020. The statement said 11 of the…

KHY area sealed off from vendors

THE controversial KHY Buni market in Gizo, Western Province has been sealed with high visibility police presence. This came after two days of public awareness conducted by the Provincial Disaster Operations Committee (PDOC) on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) together with Gizo Police Officer yesterday began guarding the site in two…

SI COVID cases 16,441

SOLOMON Islands total number of COVID-19 positive cases now stands at 16,441 after it recorded another 560 new cases in the past four days. Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) permanent secretary Pauline McNeil said of the 560 new COVID cases, 366 are recorded in Honiara. Other…

RURAL DEVELOPMENT IS THE KEY TO DEVELOPMENT

Prime Minister Honorable Manasseh Sogavare acknowledged that the strength of the country lies in the rural areas. PM Sogavare made the acknowledgement when he officially opened a cocoa and copra buying center at Pakera, Central Makira, Makira Ulawa Province. The buying center is the initiative of Commodities Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) under its revitalization and…

Equipment handover celebrates Solomon Islands-Australia parliamentary partnership

In line with its longstanding partnership with the National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Australia recently handed over a range of equipment to support the parliamentary business of Solomon Islands. The equipment, including audio headsets, wax sticks and heavy-duty embossing materials, will strengthen the capacity of staff from the ICT and procedures departments to carry out…

Govt remains committed to US

THE Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Collin Beck says Solomon Islands remains committed to the United States (US). Mr Beck was speaking at a press conference yesterday in response to a question on whether Solomon Islands will be changing its stance on the security pact with China, given that…

COVID-19 cases in provinces increasing

COVID 19 cases are slowly increasing again in Malaita Province. This was confirmed by Malaita Province Health director Dr Rex Maukera. With the increasing cases, Dr Maukera is again calling on those who are yet to get vaccinated to visit the vaccination fixed sites immediately to get their vaccines. He also reminded the Malaita public…