New COVID-19 regulation effected

THE COVID-19 Oversight Committee has finalized a new 2020 COVID-19 Regulation 2 to replace the existing one. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said that the new regulation was developed following a review on the implementation of the old regulation which was gazette by the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi over the last few months. Sogavare said upon…

Resumption of classes disrupt Social Distancing 

TEACHERS and students particularly those in the declared emergency zones such as Honiara are likely to face an uphill battle when classes commence this month. That’s according to some teachers expressing their concern to Solomon Star last night. It was understood that Honiara was declared an Emergency Zone by the Government in response to the…

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

Chinese shops caught in illegal beche-de-mer trade By WILSON SAENI In Auki   FIVE Chinese shops in Auki were now forced to close down after being caught engaging in illegal beche-de-mer trades in Malaita.  The seizer was made as a result of a collaborative effort from the Malaita Provincial Fishery Office and Auki Police found those…

DEALER EXPOSED

Appointed Councilor refuse being owner of the private entity By IAN M.KAUKUI FOLLOWING weeks of mudslinging between the Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk, Rence Sore, and sacked Chairman for Finance Councilor Billy Abae, inside sources have revealed the owner of the controversial private entity that is supplying fire extinguishers to the Council. The sources within…

Wale dismiss PM’s probe call

THE Leader of Opposition Matthew Wale has dismissed the statement by the Prime Minister’s office that they are referring him to the police for investigation under the emergency Covid-19 regulations.  In a statement from the Opposition desk, Wale described the report by the PMO as a knee-jerk reaction betraying a juvenile attitude. The Opposition Leader…

Mua: Aust $44m health support to benefit all

THE Minister for Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dickson Mua says the SBD$44million provided by the Australian government would benefit all the provinces including Honiara. Mua said that a huge chunk of Solomon Island’s population is in the rural areas and that the aim is to bring the benefits to everyone by way of improving…

Marau: media must promote unity here

VICE-President of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) Douglas Marau has reminded journalists to continue to promote national unity during this current COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the opening of the COVID-19 PACMAS Awareness Training in Honiara, Marau said media plays an important role in disseminating correct information during this time. The theme of the…

School heads told of proper hygiene

DRINKING water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools are very important for child health, wellbeing, education, and developed outcomes. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Dr. Franco Rodie told school principals, leaders and education authorities during a one day workshop on Thursday. The workshop was held with the school…

Garo rules she can hear case

CHIEF Magistrate Emma Garo has yesterday ruled that she has the jurisdiction to hear the curfew related matters. This was after she rejected all the submissions made by the lawyer of three of the 63 people who were accused of breaching the curfew on April 10. Garo also refused the defence application to transfer the…

Police yet to get report on: MISSING $2,000

DETAILS of a $2,000 that had gone missing under police custody in relation to a larceny case in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court is yet to reach the Police Commissioner’s Office. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said that he is yet to receive an update on that particular matter from the Magistrates’ Court. This was when…