NCW calls for flight ban

THE Government is urged to impose a total ban on international flights in and out of the country within the next 30 days. Solomon Islands National Council of Women (NCW) made the call on Wednesday in the wake of the widespread fear of the coronavirus entering the country. “In the recent international arrivals into Honiara, we…

Wale hits hard on DCGA

LEADER of the Opposition Mathew Wale’s debate on the “speech from the throne” motion hit hard on the prime minister causing exchanges of words on the floor of the parliament, Wednesday. Wale started off his debate by echoing the freedom of speech sentiments and stated that his office takes their role and mandate very seriously…

MUP raises over $60k for Aust bushfire victims

FUNDRAISING efforts towards the bushfire victims of Australia by people in Makira Ulawa Province and those from the province in Honiara have raised more than $60,000. The Honiara-based Makira-Ulawa Bushfire Fundraising Committee in its two fundraising drives raised more than $30,000, the first one on March 7 raised $20,000 and on March 15, it raised…

DSE advices its NGO members to suspend travel plans

Development Services Exchange (DSE) calls upon all its member NGO organizations in the Solomon Islands to suspend any international travel plans in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It continues to spread quickly and widely around the world.  The Solomon Islands Government has placed…

PM calls for calm, unity in fight against COVID-19

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on all Solomon Islanders to remain calm to work together with the government in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Prime Minister Sogavare said together we could overcome adversities such as the COVID-19 pandemic and prove our resilience and ability to move our country forward.…

Council schools to take early break

HCC ACTS ON VIRUS By ESTHER NURIA HONIARA City Council (HCC) schools will take an early holiday break starting Monday as fears of the coronavirus set in. The decision comes as the first sample of one of the three suspected cases the Ministry of Health sent to Australia last week was proven negative. In a public…

Ugi wharf is a national project, not MUP initiative

THE wharf construction underway at Selwyn bay in Ugi island is not the Makira Ulawa provincial (MUP) government wharf as reported on Sunday Star newspaper on Sunday by Mr. George Atkin from Kirakira. Member of Parliament (MP) for Ulawa-Ugi William Bradford Marau said the wharf is a national government-funded project intended for the constituency. “The…

Konofilia says it’s unfair

ROYALS Football Academy founder Joel Konofilia says SIFF is unfair with their decision for not quickly responding to the incident involving a Solomon Warriors FC player and Henderson Eels player. Konofilia was responding to a recent clarification from the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF).  “Firstly the question that needs answering is, why did the SIFF…