Body of Pr Solly returned home

THE body of doctoral student, Solly Fa’amoana Tingili, has been returned to his home island of Rennell for burial. A Seventh Day Adventist Church pastor, Pastor Tingili, 50, was doing his final year doctoral studies in theology in the Philippines when he died on January 5 of cancer. His body arrived back Tuesday in Honiara,…

Calls to resolve tuna dispute

AS Pacific countries and top fishing authorities race against time to try to resolve an impasse with the US tuna fleet, there are growing calls for a more flexible and permanent solution. The US reneged on a deal worth US68 million, agreed to last year, because some members of the American fleet say they can…

Melanesians assured of rights

MELANESIAN communities around Fiji were reassured of their identity as Fijians and their entitlement to enjoy every right any Fijian must have. Speaking at Naviavia, Savusavu, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said their days of suffering from discrimination was over. “Equality is the most basic principle of my Government and we are all equal citizens of…

Hilly leaves for MSG election observer job

THE head of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Observer Mission to the Vanuatu snap election, Sir Francis Billy Hilly, left for Vanuatu last Friday ahead of the January 22 polls. The snap election, necessitated by the conviction and imprisonment of 14 of the republic’s Members of Parliament in October 2015, is scheduled for the 22nd…

Election workers waiting for pay

A GOOD number of workers involved in the recent provincial elections for Makira Ulawa Province are still waiting to be paid their allowances. One worker who asked not to be named said many workers feel frustrated; since they have yet to be remunerated for the work they did during the recent Makira Ulawa provincial elections…

Gov’t sponsored students urged to excel in studies

STUDENTS who are awarded Government scholarships to study in tertiary institutions this year have been urged to excel in their academic studies. Education authorities have encouraged the lucky 300 students to perform to public expectations by excelling in their academic studies.  Director of National Training Unit NTU Clement Tito told the students: “You are so…

Police hail Makira public

KIRAKIRA police have commended the public of Makira for good behavior during the Christmas and New Year festive season and the elections of the new provincial premier and Speaker. Provincial Police commander Richard Hane said the police greatly appreciated the respect and good behavior of the people during the entire festive season followed by elections…

Legal year to open Monday

A CEREMONIAL sitting to open the legal year 2016 will be held at the High Court on Monday morning. The event will start after the inspection of the guard of honour by the Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer in front of the High Court. Speeches will then follow shortly inside court room one where the…

Auki market increase vendors’ fee

ADMINISTRATORS of Auki market in Malaita have increased the vendor user fee of $5 to $10 this year. Market manager Betty Kwanairara confirmed the fee increase to the Solomon Star. She said the increase was necessary to allow them maintain the standard of the market this year. “The increase in fee will also enable us…

Airline to temporarily halt Sydney service

SOLOMON Airlines has announced the temporary suspension of its Sydney-Honiara service from 22 February – 25 April 2016 while the carrier’s flagship Airbus A-320 undergoes maintenance in Singapore. All passengers affected by the suspension will be flown between Brisbane and Honiara via the airline’s four direct services which the airline will operate using a Boeing…