Petition against Tran dismissed

WEST Honiara MP Namson Tran and his constituents are now celebrating after the news to withdraw the petition against him was conveyed through their lawyer, Thursday. West Honiara Constituency Officer and spokesman for Tran Brian Taupiri told the Solomon Star the news brought relief to Tran. The petitioner was former Attorney General James Apaniai who…

Suidani vows to commit resources to save lives 

THE MARA led government is prepared to commit resources to save lives with the limited resources at hand should the deadly coronavirus reaches the shores of Malaita Province. Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani made the statement in the light of the threat posed by coronavirus after the World Health Organization declared it as a pandemic.…

Air Niugini, Virgin announce suspension

TWO airlines operating services into Honiara will temporarily suspend their international services into Honiara towards the end of this week. In a statement, agents for the two airlines Guadalcanal Travel Solomons (GTS) said Virgin Australia made its final service from Brisbane to Honiara and return Thursday. Virgin Australia Group made the decision in response to the…

Selwyn students safe to return: EA

STUDENTS studying at the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) owned Selwyn College in West Guadalcanal are safe to return to the school, the Church’s Education authority has confirmed. This was possible after the authority assessed the damages caused by last week’s heavy rain and flooding which forced the students to be evacuated. The authority has…

MARA recognises chiefs, leaders

MARA government recognizes the contributions from tribal chiefs and community leaders who hold authority within the community and over their resources.  Premier Daniel Suidani said these groups of people are significant and must be consulted and invited to be part of his government decision-making process and development.  He said these people have power over land…

NRH RESTRICTS VISITORS TO HOSPITAL

National Referral Hospital (NRH) is implementing special emergency measures to respond to the threat of the new Coronavirus (COVID–19). Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr. John Hue said all non-urgent clinics and Hospital services are suspended until further notice. Under the NRH Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) protocol, there is an urgent need to control the movement…

‘Shut us out’ 

A HONIARA resident has urged relevant authorities including the national government to completely close off all international airports and seaports in light of the growing threat from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).  Kemuel Mauta stated COVID-19 is a global threat thus the government, relevant authorities and other stakeholders should not just limit international flights and ships…