SINU shuts down for five weeks

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) will be calling off classes for five weeks beginning Monday 30th March as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.  SINU made the decision in response to the State of Public Emergency announced by the government in its efforts to combat the introduction and the possible spread of the disease in…

PM ASSURES NATION 

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reassured the nation that government authorities have been working around the clock to manage this COVID-19 pandemic.  He made the assurance yesterday when he announced the next steps forward following the Governor General’s declaration on the State of Public Emergency this week. Sogavare made the proclamation yesterday pursuant to section…

ORDERS EFFECTIVE NOW: PM

Honiara declared emergency zone By ANDREW FANASIA PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare had ordered that all the night clubs and pubs within the city boundary shut down temporarily. He made the following orders under the power vested on him when he addressed the nation yesterday in response to the escalation of COVID-19 threat that it poses…

‘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…

NEOC in full activation mode

The National Disaster Operations Centre (NEOC) based at the National Disaster Management Officer (NDMO) is now on “Full Activation” mode following the announcement by His Excellency the Governor Generals declaring a “State of Public e-Emergency” in the Solomon Islands as of 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon.  A measure was taken by the Government in response…