Ports offers free berth for ships

SOLOMON Ports has announced it will completely remove all domestic charges to all local vessels berthing at the Honiara domestic terminal for one month.  The fee waiver will come into effect as of next Monday 30th March 2020, Ports said in a statement.  “The removal of all domestic charges will be in force for one…

‘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…

COVID-19 WATCH

45 in quarantine centres By ANDREW FANASIA   UP to 45 locals are currently being quarantined at various locations in east Honiara. That’s according the Minister for Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua in an interview, Thursday. Mua said those quarantined were returnees from Australia. He said Guadalcanal Beach Resort, the former RAMSI base, hosts…

PM to address nation today

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare will address the nation today on the coronavirus. This is to announce the next steps forward, which the Government will be undertaking following the Governor-General Sir David Vunagi’s declaration on the State of Public Emergency, Wednesday this week. “This will be done in the best interest of our nation and its…