Japan announces $216M funding

THE Government of Japan on Tuesday announced a USD$25.8 million ($216 million) in COVID 19 emergency assistance to the country. Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Shigeru Toyama revealed during his final courtesy call to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.  “My government has not yet pledged any emergency assistance against Coronavirus, but responding to your efforts…

Rodgers plays down repatriation fears

THE repatriation of nationals from Australia on Tuesday via a specially arranged flight is creating uneasiness amongst citizens who feared some of the returnees may be COVID-19 carriers. Members of the public raised their fears during the weekly talkback show held on the national broadcaster last Sunday.  But in response, Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr.…

Conflict of interest hits satellite markets

THE Government and the Honiara City Council’s intention to establish satellite market outlets in the city has been hit by claims of conflict of interest by some councillors who wished to gain from this arrangement. That’s according to City Clerk Rence Sore. Following the Governor General’s Public State of Emergency declaration and the Prime Minister’s…

Locals stranded in the US

EIGHT young Solomon Islanders who have been attending a one-year International Leadership Program in the United States are still stranded in the State of Georgia. Charity Titiulu, a Solomon Islander living in Washington, USA, told the Solomon Star last night.  “They were stranded, hungry, and slept in the cold terminal for days but my friends…

Final petition dismissed

WEST Are’are Member of Parliament John Maneniaru has retained his seat after the petition lodged against him was dismissed on Tuesday. This was the final case of the 28 petitions filed in relation to last year’s National General Election. Justice Francis Mwanesalua dismissed the allegation relating to the use of Rural Constituency Development Fund’s (RCDF) outboard…

GRANT US OUR WISH

Premier Gina wants statehood now for province   PREMIER of Western Province David Gina has renewed his call for the national government to urgently implement the State Federal System.  At the same, he said if the national government continues to drag its feet on the issue, Western Province should be immediately granted its federal status.…

Can we keep a COVID-19 clean sheet?

CAN Solomon Islands continue to maintain its COVID-19 free status after the arrival of the first group of stranded nationals in Australia today? This is the question that all Honiara residents, let alone the country, are asking.  The Solomon Star was able to speak to dozens of people on the streets of Honiara and especially…

KURUKURU STEP UP

National Futsal squads head into online training By CARLOS ARUAFU THE country national Futsal men’s team, Kurukuru is currently engaging in online training sessions to help maintain their level of fitness as part of their preparation for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania next year. Team captain, Elliot Ragomo told Star Sports yesterday that…