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Mataniko death medically related

THE Police Commissioner has confirmed that cause of death in relation to the dead corpse found at the Mataniko River last week was medically related. Mr Matthew Varley revealed this during the Police weekly media conference yesterday. He said according to information gathered by police there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Mr Varley said examination was conducted on his body and found that no injuries had caused the death. He said at this time the police is working with his family to identify anything to do with hisRead More

Gov’t slams report on students deferring studies

THE Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) has rebutted the front page article, headlined Students to defer studies, of Island Sun Newspaper, Thursday 20 July 2017, as misleading, false and unsubstantiated. In the article, the Opposition Press Release claimed that “they have been informed that the Education Ministry has advised the Education Attaché in Suva to inform our local students in Fiji to defer their studies if they wish to. We are aware that an email has been sent by the Attaché to advise students that the financialRead More

Dccg intensifies efforts to address RIPEL impasse

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government’s efforts to find a lasting solution to the Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) impasse has culminated into a multi-party Communiqué signed at Marulaon Village Friday last week. The Marulaon Communiqué was signed by top representatives of the former RIPEL workers, the Lavukal Tribal Chiefs and the Settler Communities in the Russell Islands in the presence of Prime Manasseh Sogavare and Central Islands Premier Patrick Vasuni. Prime Minister Sogavare was invited to receive the document when he officiated at the Central Islands Province’sRead More

WPG slowly addressing shortage of Staff house issue

WESTERN Provincial Government Minister of Planning Hon Carlos Kesiana assures provincial workers that his Ministry is working on addressing the issue regarding shortage of Staff houses for the province. According to the Minister, within a quarter of the PCDF Budget yearly will always be for Staff houses and its infrastructures. “It is the plan of the government to work on this issue and that every year must have the budget for its progress,” said the Minister. “We have already started building Staff houses at Seghe, Noro and in Gizo. FencingRead More

Police beef up security for next month events

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is beefing up security for a number of regional events that will be staged in Honiara next month. Police Commissioner, Matthew Varley informed the media about their preparations to provide security operations during the events. “We have a number of events coming up next month that includes the 75 anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Guadalcanal which is in early August. “Adding that in mid – August there is also the Pacific Countries Meteorological Meetings that is from 14 – 18 and theRead More

Drink-driving still an issue: Varley

THE Police Commissioner has stressed that drink-driving still remains an issue in Honiara. Matthew Varley made the statement following a huge number of people tested positive for being drunk behind the wheels within the last two months. He said from 1st July to 16th the traffic recorded 11 case of positive breath testing in Honiara and around the venue of the Solomon Cup. Mr Varley said in June they recorded 28 cases and 36 cases in May, adding that the number shows the message is not getting through. “We stillRead More

Junior Robotics team highly ranked in Washington championships

ACCORDING  to the SIBC last night, Thursday, the Solomon Islands Junior Robotics team finished with a high, ranking of 31 out of 160 countries in the first ever Global 2017 Robotic Championships held in the US State of Washington DC. Quoting the SIBC bulletin it read – “Four students from Woodford International School represented the team, finishing the competition with four wins, and two losses in the three-day robotics competition. “The competition was held to address the issue of water security globally, which participating countries asked to work with roboticsRead More

Financial support for ‘READ SI’

A recently established literacy organisation in the Solomon Islands has been acclaimed by the Prime Minister, the Hon Manasseh Sogavare, for its mission to battle the country’s high illiteracy rate by providing literacy classes and libraries in 600 villages across the country by April 2018. As a result, “READ SI” which stands for “Resources for Education to Advance Development in Solomon Islands” was been given a SB$2 million assistance boost under a partnership programme between the Solomon Islands Government and the Republic of China, ROC (Taiwan) . On Wednesday, theRead More

Thousands face food shortage

UP to 3000 people from the recent cyclone-Dona-affected islands of Vanikoro and Utupua in Temotu province are reportedly facing food shortage. This is according to a primary school teacher at Vanikoro who relayed this via a HF Radio. The teacher said over the past months, people face food shortage after the category two cyclone with a central pressure of 977 Hectopascals tore through Temotu province early May this year. Chris Ashley, a Vanikoro elder said people have ventured into creating new gardens, but adds, it could take another three toRead More

Recruitment on hold

—–Gov’t freezes employment of Doctors and Nurses   NEW job recruitment this year by the SIG Public Service of doctors and nurses are now faced with an uncertain future. Directly affected in this Job freeze exercise are newly graduated Cuban trained doctors and 200 nurses who graduated from Atoifi, Helena and SINU in 2015/16 respectively. Newly graduated employment prospects for the doctors and nurses under the Ministry of Health cannot be considered and catered for since the Sogavare led DCCG government is now faced with a growing deficit budget. ReportsRead More