West wants ‘mask wearing’ mandatory

WESTERN Provincial Government (WPG) is planning on to request the Government to gazette an order to ensure wearing of masks becomes mandatory in the province. This was revealed by the Western Provincial Disaster Committee (PDC) Chairman Jeffrey Wickham. This proposal was agreed on after a meeting was held between the PDC and Provincial Health Emergency…

Couple to face court again, Mar 21

THE case of a couple accused of collaborating to rape a girl in Ngella, Central Islands Province will be brought again before the High Court on March 21 for mention. George Solopoto and his wife Elizabeth Koka are facing the charge of compelled sexual intercourse. A trial was already conducted before Justice Leonard Maina and…

Vax policy affects rural services

THE Government’s ‘No Jab, No Job’ Policy is beginning to affect service delivery in some rural parts of Malaita province. Reports reaching the Solomon Star said few health workers manning rural health centres in the province who are still unvaccinated are now on half salary. The situation has forced these affected health workers to scale…

SHORTLAND COMMUNITIES PROTEST

Locals want access to services, food, calls for SI-PNG border to open SEVERAL communities in Shortland in the far end of Western Province have staged a peaceful protest on Monday over lack of access to services, lack of food and the need to reopen the border. Reports reaching the paper said the protest came about…

SCHOOLS REOPENING GUIDELINES UNDER REVIEW

The COVID 19 Oversight Committee is currently reviewing the ‘School Reopening Guideline’ with the target to slowly reopen schools by April.  The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to draft the Guidelines which was submitted to the Oversight Committee last week.   The Oversight Committee…

PNG doc pays $10k fine

PAPUA New Guinea (PNG) Dr Miane Asapo has paid an administrative penalty fee of $10,000 for his spouse and himself before returning to PNG on Friday 4th March 2022. The court has acquitted Dr Asapo of his case against illegal border crossing during the lock down period when covid_19 Emergency law are enforced. The amount…

Temotu steps up control measures

IN light of the growing threat of COVID-19 in the country, Temotu, the only province that is still COVID-free, is now preparing measures towards a possible detection of the virus in the province. In a statement yesterday Temotu Provincial Secretary Alan Agassi said Temotu is very fearful and therefore had already placed certain preparatory measures…