COVID-19 reaches the Pacific

COVID-19 is now present in the Pacific islands region.  There are around 30 confirmed cases in the region, with the first death having occurred in Guam.  A number of countries have declared states of emergency, including Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea.  In addition, many countries have effectively closed their borders with international flights…

Race for an effective treatment for COVID 

DEAR EDITOR – Quoting an article published by Janelle Ward in ‘You’re Life Choices.’  I hope the following news will give added hope to all in the Solomon Islands currently facing the threat imposed by coronavirus. The race to produce an effective treatment for COVID-19 pneumonia continues across the globe, with the World Health Organisation…

Coronavirus saga & NPF Contribution

DEAR EDITOR – All the Government Ministries have been updated on the Government strategy and preparedness for this deadly virus that almost holds the whole world’s attention.  It goes as far as the declaration of the state of emergency by the GG, throughout the country as well as locking down.   Any lockdown is going to be…

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…