One confirmed death from Meningitis in Solomons

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the public to seek immediate medical care if they have fever, vomiting or severe skin rash. Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) undersecretary Dr Gregory Jilini made this statement after a blood sample from the three death cases reported between December 29th and January 6th…

Beneteti sworn in as new magistrate

A female lawyer has joined the magistracy after being sworn in as a Principal Magistrate yesterday in the High Court. She is Tearo Beneteti from Wagina in Choiseul Province. Ms Beneteti first joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2008 right after graduating from law school in Vanuatu. After almost four years there,…

Caucus chairman clarifies bauxite zero duty

Chairman of the Government Caucus Jackson Fiulaua says sound investment incentives are important to the country’s economic development. Mr Fiulaua, who is also Member of Parliament for Central Kwara’ae, made the statement in light of criticisms against a Cabinet decision to impose a zero duty on bauxite exports from the country. “Sound investment incentives will derive…

SI Red Cross distributes more non-food items to quake-hit Makira

Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS) continues to distribute Non-Food Items (NFIs) to the affected communities in Makira province. This is following a dispatch of additional NFIs on Friday 4th January 2017. The NFIs, which comprised of Shelter kits, hygiene kits, Kitchen sets, linens, buckets and water containers, were shipped to Makira last fortnight to…

Sisilo commissioned, take up UN posting

Robert Sisilo, the country’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was commissioned yesterday. Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, George Milner Tozaka, officiated the ceremony. The ceremony, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET), was witnessed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Joseph Ma’ahanua and senior officials from the ministry.…

MAL donates to Makira quake victims

  The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) yesterday donated over $29,000 worth of farming tools and seedlings for the earthquake victims in Makira Ulawa Province. The donation was presented by MAL permanent secretary Jimmy Saelea to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Loti Yates. Mr Saelea said this assistance was part of MAL’s…

Saelea hits out at MAL abuse claim

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has maintained that it has at all times ensures compliance with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and other subsidiary legislations which includes Financial Instructions (FI) that provides general procurement limits. Permanent Secretary Jimi Saelea made the clarification when responding to a front page article…