PM on contact tracing

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare says following the detection of the third Covid-19 positive case, contact tracing to identify close and casual contacts of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positive cases had been conducted. Speaking during his nationwide address yesterday, Sogavare said this process is important as those in close contact with the index cases…

Public transport excluded from ESP

THE Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) only welcomes applicants for transportation that relates to tourism activities and not public transportation such as buses and taxis.  Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury as well as Chair of the ESP Committee McKinnie Dentana confirmed this during the talkback show on Sunday in response to…

Call to halt logging operation on Abarafi land 

ABARAFI Tribal Landowners Association Incorporation wants logging company Chia Tai Enterprises Solomon Islands to halt its logging operation on Abarafi tribal land. The call came after license holder Ishmael Lalifu and Chia Tai Enterprises allegedly changed the original agreement with the landowners and entered what the landowners described as a “dubious agreement” with another group…

‘BE HONEST’

AG urges students to be truthful in answers ATTORNEY General (AG) John Muria Jnr has called on students who are currently in quarantine centres, to tell the truth when they are being asked questions by responsible and authorised officials. Mr. Muria highlighted this following the second case of COVID 19 and subsequent detection of a…

GOOD NEWS

18 Covid-19 positive cases now negative in Philippines By ANDREW FANASIAHoniara Newsroom PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare says all 18 students who first contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines have tested negative and are now in government arranged accommodation, waiting to be repatriated home. Mr. Sogavare made this positive news during his weekly nationwide address yesterday…

Suidani responds to allegations

MALAITA province premier Daniel Suidani has responded to serious allegations raised at the recent motion of No-confidence again him and his government. He made these responses in his revised budget 2020/2021 speech on the floor of the Provincial assembly on Friday 16th October. He said the announcement of 25 million US dollars was made by…

Malaita steps up COVID preparation

The Malaita Province Health Emergency Operation Centre has been in process of preparedness for deadly COVID 19. Speaking at the handing over of Anololo community water supply in central Kwara’ae, Friday last week, Malaita Province Health Director and Chairman of the Provincial Health Emergency Operation Centre, Dr Henry Kako updated the community of Anololo that…

Philippines still with 4 COVID-19 cases 

LOCAL students studying in the Philippines and have contracted the COVID-19 still stand at four as of Sunday. Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) Dr. Jimmy Rodgers confirmed this during the weekly talkback show yesterday. Dr. Rodgers said the numbers have already reached 22 in total who have tested positive but the other 18 have already…

112 in quarantine

THERE is so far 112 personnel undergoing quarantine in the various quarantine stations in the country. Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil stated this during the weekly talkback show on Sunday. Mrs McNeil said the 112 comprise of the 91 students from the Philippines, a St John Ambulance…

Amended COVID regulation now in force

THE new amendment to the COVID-19 Regulation has already been gazetted and come into effect as of last week. Attorney General John Muria Junior confirmed this during the talkback show yesterday. Muria said the amendment was made to allow front liners to effectively do their work especially given the country has recorded three positive cases.…