Emergency leave for public servants

THE Solomon Islands Government (SIG) has on Tuesday authorised that all public servants serving under non-essential services will have to take emergency paid leave of absence as part of its strategy to mitigate local transmission of COVID-19 once it reaches Honiara and other provincial headquarters. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Nego Sisiolo in…

Guangdong to send masks, protective garments

GUANGDONG Province of the People’s Republic of China has expressed its commitment to provide support to the government and people of Solomon Islands. The pledge of support was made in light of the proactive but necessary measures taken by the Solomon Islands Government to fight against the potential entry and/or spread of the COVID-19 into…

COVID-19 BATTLE

PRC donates USD $300K for laboratory equipment THE Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has donated USD$300,000 (SBD2.5m) to the government and people of Solomon Islands. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet said this funding donation would enable the Solomon Islands Government to strengthen and improve its capability…

Malaita to appoint a day of prayer

Malaita Province will soon assign a day in August as a day of prayer for the province. Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani confirmed this in an interview over the weekend. “One day on the month of August will be declared as a day of prayer for the province,” he said. Premier Suidani said August is…

New order from PS Rodie

SCHOOLS CLOSED DOWN By ESTHER NURIA   SCHOOLS across the country have been ordered to close as of yesterday in the face of the imminent threat the coronavirus poses to the nation. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Dr. Franco Rodie issued the directive, Monday. This came after the ministry…

‘Stigma can increase spread of virus’

The Ministry of Health has warned members of the public to not discriminate against people who may have the coronavirus (COVID-19) because this may further spread the disease. In a statement the ministry said COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus and this virus can infect anyone.  “It does not choose who it wants…

Quarantined passengers taken care of

The more than 60 incoming passengers who are currently undergoing the compulsory 14-days quarantine at the Institutional Quarantine Sites were well taken care of since its establishment on 25th March 2020.  Solomon Islands bound passengers were chaperoned from the arrival lounge and transported directly to the quarantine sites (Guadalcanal Beach Resort, VIMO Apartment and Solomon…

Hash House Harriers supports Red Cross

MORE than 80 people dressed up in 1980’s costume recently to support the Honiara Hash House Harriers club fundraiser in support of the Red Cross Special Development Centre.  $3,600 was raised through the generous support of revellers and the Honiara Golf Club who allowed the use of their clubrooms.  This donation will be used to…

Govt to financially support students

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured our students overseas that the government will provide financial assistance to ensure their safety and comfort in their host countries amidst the current Covid-19 global pandemic. Mr. Sogavare further assured parents that the government is in active contact with host governments as well our diplomatic missions overseas to monitor…