Gov’t defends Taiwan trip

THE GOVERNMENT Caucus has defended the 16-member delegation Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is leading to Taiwan. “Who says diplomacy is cheap,” Caucus chairman Jackson Fiulaua asked on Thursday when defending the trip, which has been heavily criticised. The total cost of the trip to tax payers is $1.6 million, which the Opposition and other government…

HCC, Consumer Affairs on expired goods

THE Honiara City Council health division together with the Consumer Affairs division within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration says the task in ensuring shops do sell unexpired goods in the city is ongoing. This was in response to concerns raised to the Solomon Star this week by members of the public on…

Munda Airport to get upgrade

THE Government this week signed a co-funding agreement with New Zealand to give the runway at Munda Airport an international upgrade. A statement from the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara said currently, all international flights into Solomon Islands are required to land at Henderson Airport – the country’s only International airport. “This means that…

Battlegrounds for mini festival set

THE Battlegrounds Mini Festival is now set for Saturday 6th August, at the Solomon Mutual Insurance (SMI) grounds, in Honiara. According to the event’s organisers, the mini festival is a fundraiser for the winning Solomon Islands hip-hop dance crews who will be representing the country in this year’s World Supremacy Battlegrounds in Sydney Australia, from…

Live-stream judging for dance comp

THE judging panel for the Battlegrounds mini festival dance competition next week will be more advanced, says the organisers. Simon Chottu, the Director of Hailie’s entertainment (host) said all dance groups that will be part of the competition will be filmed live through Facebook and judged from a panel of judges in Sydney, Australia. “This…

Tuva pledges support for chiefs, people

GUADALCANAL provincial ward member for Saghalu ward Brian Tuva has assured chiefs and people in his division his commitment in supporting them until his term in office lapses. Mr Tuva assured this in his remarks during the occasion to elect a new paramount chief for the ward at the Visale Mission Station in North West…

APTC supports skills development in Kiribati

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is contributing towards the development of skilled workers in targeted sectors across the Pacific, including those in Small Island States such as Kiribati. This week, APTC celebrated the success of 38 i-Kiribati students who graduated with APTC qualifications. This adds to the growing pool of more than 330 Kiribati citizens…

Our position on Taiping Island

THE Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Honiara would like to explain its government’s position on the award rendered by the tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague concerning the South China Sea arbitration brought by the Philippines. The ROC government stresses that it is entitled to all rights over…

Youths need to build peace here

PEACE cannot be achieved without the participation of young women and men, a peace-building workshop was told on Thursday. Statesman, former politician, and former Speaker of Parliament Sir Paul Tovua was opening the half-day UN Peacebuilding Programme, ‘Supporting Peaceful and Inclusive Transition in Solomon Islands’, in Honiara yesterday. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised…