Closure of roadside markets

DEAR EDITOR – I had the misfortune to travel the West Kola’a road on Monday and Tuesday. It would appear cigarette, betel nut and ring cake sales are exempt from the ban.  Also the roadside [not private land] temporary canteens are exempt, the further I went along West Kola’a the more I’ve seen. Also I…

Let’s live for each other at this time

AS we wait for the Government to announce further actions it will take to combat the coronavirus during the state of public emergency, let’s be vigilant and on alert. Yes, were are yet to record a case. But this may be only a matter of time. With the way the virus has been spreading, the…

‘SINPF must step in’

AN economist and former top public servant say the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) should allow members to withdraw part of their savings with the fund. George Kosui made the call in light of the threats from the deadly coronavirus, which has already reached neighbouring countries. Kosui in a statement on Thursday said the coronavirus…

Guadalcanal chiefs ban Vehicles entries 

FOLLOWING the ‘State of Emergency’ declaration made by the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi on Wednesday chiefs in North West Guadalcanal have restricted vehicles traveling from Honiara to the region. The North West Guadalcanal chiefs yesterday issued a restriction notice to all vehicles who usually travel to North West Guadalcanal purposely to buy betel nut.  North…

It’s not a lockdown: AG

ATTORNEY General of Solomon Islands, John Muria Junior says the declaration of State of Emergency here is not a lockdown, as it is happening in other neighbouring countries that have contracted the coronavirus. Mr Muria made the clarification after the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi declared the State of Public Emergency for the Solomon Islands over…

Parents unhappy with Rodie’s report 

CONCERNED parents of local students studying in Fiji were not satisfied with the response given by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Dr Franco Rodie regarding the safety and health condition of their children. Speaking on behalf of the parents, John Deve told this paper yesterday that they did…

NEOC in full activation mode

The National Disaster Operations Centre (NEOC) based at the National Disaster Management Officer (NDMO) is now on “Full Activation” mode following the announcement by His Excellency the Governor Generals declaring a “State of Public e-Emergency” in the Solomon Islands as of 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon.  A measure was taken by the Government in response…

Athletics optimistic

DESPITE the cancellation of most of the sporting events in the country due to coronavirus precautionary measures, Athletics Federation of Solomon Islands is still certain their planned national championship proposed for this year will still take place.  The federation’s Secretary General Chris Walasi confirmed this to Star Sports, Thursday. “The Easter half marathon that is…

COVID-19 WATCH

45 in quarantine centres By ANDREW FANASIA   UP to 45 locals are currently being quarantined at various locations in east Honiara. That’s according the Minister for Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua in an interview, Thursday. Mua said those quarantined were returnees from Australia. He said Guadalcanal Beach Resort, the former RAMSI base, hosts…