Gov’t boosts efforts to combat COVID-19

A STATE OF EMERGENCY By IAN M.KAUKUI THE Government has now got the emergency powers to deal effectively with the threats the coronavirus poses to the nation. It came with the state of public emergency Governor-General Sir David Vunagi declared for the nation yesterday. “The state of public emergency Regulations will empower the Prime Minister…

MHMS SENDS MORE SUSPECTED COVID-19 SAMPLES TO AUSTRALIA

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services on Wednesday 25 March confirmed three persons are being investigated for possible suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. One suspected sample has been taken and sent on Tuesday (Yesterday) and arrived in Australia today (Wednesday). In addition two (2) more samples were taken and will be sent tomorrow (Thursday), giving…

Lockdown a possibility, says PMO chief of staff

THE Government is likely to lock down the country in an event the first COVID-19 case is confirmed. That’s according to the Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office Robson Djokovic. He was speaking at a round-table discussion on the COVID-19 the Tourism Department organised at Honiara Hotel on Tuesday for frontline agencies and stakeholders. The…

SIMA calls for total ban

THE Government, without exceptions, should stop all foreigners coming into the country if it is to prevent the coronavirus from reaching our shores. That’s the view of the Solomon Islands Medication Association (SIMA) in a position statement issued on Tuesday. The Government over the weekend imposed a ban on all foreign nationals from entering Solomon…

COURT ACTS ON COVID-19

Chief Justice imposes new measures By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   THE Judiciary has taken urgent practical steps as of yesterday to keep judges, magistrates, staff litigants, practitioners, accused and public court users safe from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer said the judiciary is also taking steps to protect its staff, court users, lawyers,…

Kenilorea, Maelanga, petitions dismissed

EAST Are’Are and East Malaita Member of Parliaments Peter Kenilorea Jnr and Manasseh Maelanga have had their cases dismissed on Monday at the High Court. This was after High Court judges Maelyn Bird and Terrence Higgins made the order for the dismissal of the two petitions, Monday Kenilorea’s judgment came after a trial was conducted…

ONE LINK FURORE

Members angry over delayed payment By LACHLAN EDDIE POLICE were again forced to mediate between frustrated members of the pyramid scheme One Link Pacifica and its operators, yesterday. This came after disgruntled members demanded their payments from the operators for funds they’ve invested in December 2019 and January this year. Operators of the pyramid scheme…

KGVI School to be used for Quarantine: Rodie

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education has confirmed that King George Sixth School will be used as a Quarantine Center for suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.   Dr Franco Rodie confirmed this when asked if King George Sixth School will be used for quarantine center to those travelling in the country. “The King George Sixth…

Malaita passes $33m budget

Malaita Provincial Government has passed 2020-2021 budgets of $33,976,285 on the floor of the Malaita Provincial Assembly last Thursday.  Speaking to the Sunday Star, Malaita Province Deputy Premier and acting Minister of Finance Randol Sifoni confirmed that the Malaita Provincial Assembly has successfully passed the 2020-2021 annual provincial budgets. However, the budget is less of…

Gov’t to evacuate students

Pending formal approval from the cabinet: Rodie By ESTHER NURIA    The Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development (MEHRD) has revealed its plans for students studying overseas in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak.  Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr. Franco Rodie told local Journalists in a Press Conference last Friday that his ministry…