New claims against SIPA

Overseas shipper withdraws service here ESCALATING costs in tariffs and port handling charges at the Point Cruz Wharf would be passed on to consumers, a business leader has warned. The warning comes as the saga surrounding allegations of possible money laundering and unapproved expenditures continue to dog the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive…

Fisheries observer, a challenging job

FISHERIES observer job is a challenging one for local observers and those from other Pacific Island countries, says the Solomon Islands Observer Trainer/Assessor Harold Vilia. Mr Vilia highlighted this during his presentation at the Tunanomics workshop at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) headquarters, in Honiara recently. Some of these include personal safety, ignorance,…

Work on SINU fisheries school set to start soon

WORK on a two-storey Fisheries Training Complex for the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) at Ranadi Campus is expected to start soon. This was after the university and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project, Friday. KOICA is funding the project, which will be carried out by Hatanga Construction.…

Opposition: Kick out Skyline too

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has commended the Government on its decision to discontinue any further association with the Nazar Group.  However, it says the Government must do the same with the Skyline Investment Group. In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition said whilst welcoming the Government’s decision to terminate the contract signed with Nazar, it strongly…

Muaki denies using alias facebook name

SPECIAL Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Andrew Muaki has dismissed claims he used an alias facebook account to attack his colleagues at the Prime Minister’s Office. The facebook account “Bart MV” used Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) to launch serious allegations against former SSPM Rence Sore and press secretary Deli Oso. FSII has since…

Telekom supports city clean-up

OUR Telekom has thrown its support behind a planned clean-up of Honiara today and tomorrow. Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is organising the clean-up of the streets and highway. Our Telekom’s Public Relations Officer Lawrence Nodua confirmed the company donated 20 cartoons of water, 250 baggage bag, 15 beach umbrella, and 100 red hot T’-shirts…

Sogavare happy with Suva meetings

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described his meetings with his Fijian counterpart Frank Baenimarama and Foreign Affairs minister Ratu Inoke Kabuabola in Suva, Fiji, as ‘very successful.’ Prime Minister Sogavare is visiting Suva in his capacity as the Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to discuss with his Fiji counterpart issues facing the MSG including…

PM visits Winston ravaged Fiji village

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare was flown by an Australian defense force helicopter on Thursday for a visit to Fiji’s Nakodu Mudu village – one of the hardest hit areas by Cyclone Winston. All buildings in the village situated in Fiji’s northern island of Koro – homes, church and school buildings and classrooms – as well…

Smoker kicked out of public bus

AN ill-mannered smoker was kicked out of a public bus this week after fellow passengers bitterly complained to the driver and his conductor. The Solomon Star was told the male passenger was smoking his cigarette when he entered the bus heading from the eastern side into the city. Passengers in the bus voiced their dissatisfaction…

SI launches gender assessment report

With the theme ‘Promise to fairness, zero discrimination’ International Women’s Day was celebrated in Honiara on Tuesday. It also marks the launch of the country gender assessment report supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Minister for women, youth, children and family affairs – Honourable Freda Soriakomua Tuki, when officiating at the celebrations today…