HCC shake-up

Councillors’ ploy to destabilise Mamae-gov’t revealed By ANDREW FANASIA  Certain city councillors are scheming to dismantle the current HCC Executive led by Mayor Wilson Mamae for their own political gains, according to insiders. They said the barrage of allegations and claims levelled against the council administration and the City Clerk are mere political ploys to…

FIRST TEST NEGATIVE

THE first in-country testing for COVID-19 has turned out negative. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare revealed this on Friday in his weekly nation-wide address. “From all the passengers that returned on the two flights this week, three passengers were red-flagged,” Sogavare said. “One of the three was sent to triage at the National Referral Hospital upon arrival,”…

PM clarifies exemption concern

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has clarified that no foreign personnel’s are exempted from the 28 days quarantine. Sogavare made this clarification following misleading statements published in the social media recently. He said the foreign personnels that arrived in the country on the repatriation flights this week are in quarantine and they will remain there for…

Mangau denies knowledge of new money scheme

POLICE have denied receiving information relating to any police officers or anyone setting up a scheme called “Crowd One”. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau made this response when asked by a reporter of rumours that one of his officers had started the Crowd One scheme. “I have no information of that scheme,” Mangau said. “…….…

Gov’t told to act on Taimareho tragedy

THE Malaita Provincial Government is calling on the national government to take action on the MV Taimareho sea tragedy in April that killed 27 Malaitans at sea.  In a statement, Premier Daniel Suidani said he has been closely following the issue since day one and urged the government to act quickly to settle the matter…

Mangau says behaviour of accused unacceptable

ACTING Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau has described the incident where a 42-year-old man had sexual intercourse with his 13-year-old nephew at Gizo, Western Province as “sad and inappropriate”. Speaking to reporters yesterday Mangau said the incident is not appropriate with our traditional norms and values. “This sort of behaviour is not acceptable in our community,”…

Young Samuel saves turtle from slaughter

Eleven years old Samuel Jason Voda Marsh, a fifth-grader at Honiara International School (Woodford) on Thursday joined officer from the Ministries of Environment and Fisheries to tag and release back into the wild, a juvenile Green Marine Turtle (Species name – Chelonia mydas).  Young Samuel through his family contacted our team on Monday to find out…

ON POLICE RADAR

Commentator probed over published articles By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   POLICE are investigating several people including a prominent female commentator Wendy Amangongo for articles published in recent weeks on both print and social media. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau confirmed this during his weekly press conference yesterday. “There are reports received and investigators are still investigating that…

Gov’t praised for repatriation

THE Government was commended for repatriating the first batch of citizens that were stranded in other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. This commendation was echoed by family members of returning nationals on the specially arranged repatriation flight on Tuesday.  “I’m finally at peace because a member of my family has returned safe and…

Gov’t urged to bring Honiara students back

THE national government is being urged to start chartering ships to bring back Honiara students who were sent home as a result of its mass repatriation exercise last month. Honiara resident Renceley Wane made the call following the government’s decision to reopen schools in Honiara. Wane said most of the students have left Honiara with…