Temotu premier accused of taking bribe money

PREMIER of Temotu Province, Nelson Omar Menale has been accused of bribery and corruption by an Asian businessman. The businessman, who wants to remain anonymous, claimed he had paid a total of $90,000 to Premier Menale who had demanded the money to dish out to members of his Provincial Executive Government. The businessman alleged that…

SINU introduces new fee system

SOLOMON Islands National University (SINU) management has introduced a new system of paying fees for this year. Pro-vice chancellor Academic, Professor Basil Marasinghe confirmed that the changes will require students to make separate fee payment for single course units instead of lumping them together for a year’s program fee. He said the new system allows…

Police warn against overloading of truck

TRUCK owners are urged to abide by the traffic safety rules when loading their vehicles. Honiara traffic police commander Vincent U’upwe made the reminder. This was after the Solomon Star exposed an overloaded vehicle along the Prince Philip highway, which led to the arrest of the driver of the vehicle on Tuesday this week. Mr…

Cleansing of illegal businesses explained

GOVERNOR of Northern Province in Papua New Guinea, Gary Juffa has insisted that the actions of his government against certain foreign run businesses do not target a specific ethnic group but all foreign run illegal businesses. He also pointed out that there was a need to protect PNG business opportunities and prevent the loss of…

Papangu church work can now continue

PAPANGU community in North Guadalcanal can now continue with their initial construction of a permanent church building. The community on Wednesday received 40 pieces of corrugated roofing iron and other building materials made possible from constituency funds. Member of Parliament (MP) for North Guadalcanal Samson Maneka hand over the materials to community representatives yesterday. The…

Gov’t supports Bloody Ridge project

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare said the Democratic Coalition for Change Government is committed to ensuring the proposed United States ‘Bloody Ridge Project’ on Guadalcanal is successfully implemented. The Bloody Ridge Project proposes the turning of Bloody Ridge into a US Memorial Park. Bloody Ridge is situated between the Honiara International Airport and Tenaru. The…

Taiwan launches new eVisa system

TAIWAN officially launched an electronic visa (eVisa) application system Tuesday, with citizens of 27 countries, including Solomon Islands, to benefit in the first stage of the system’s implementation, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) officials have announced. Roger Luo, deputy director-general of MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, said the eVisa system is now open to…

School results

Dear Editor – Many of us who waited for hours yesterday to get the form 1 results on the Island Sun newspaper were left high and dry. This is because the paper ran out quickly. I don’t know how many copies of the newspaper were printed, but my guess is it probably less than 2,000,…

Militant police officers

Dear Editor – In July 2003, the national parliament passed the Facilitation of International Act 2003. Following that, the Governor General requested international aid to assist in restoring peace in Solomon Islands after the chaos of the ethnic tension. In 2003 the so called RAMSI was formed which comprised of six island state in the…

PM rewards players

Dear Editor – The following observation is made in respect to the above as per Star Issue No 6076, dated 12/01/16. Whilst these gestures are much appreciated, it should be free from politicization. The way to do it is to have a permanent structure and process for awarding such rewards. This gives the sense that…