Youth jailed for nine years

THE High Court has sentenced the young man who confessed to the murder of a young diplomat outside of the Central Market in 2012 to nine years imprisonment. Justice Francis Mwanesalua imposed a starting point of 12 years imprisonment for the 20 year-old accused. This was after he considered submissions from both the prosecution and…

Artificial cave razed to ashes

One of the spectacular scenery display structures of the Festival of Pacific Arts, the artificial cave, had been razed by fire into ashes, Friday. The structure, which was part of the diverse cultural displays when Solomon Islands hosted the festival in 2012, was burnt to the ground.. A fire service spokesman told the Sunday Star…

PM reshuffles ministers

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare had reshuffled some ministers of his cabinet. In a statement issued, Mr Sogavere said the former Minister for Forestry, Bodo Dettke had been reshuffled as the new Minister for Tourism. He will be replaced by Bartholomew Parapolo MP for Gela constituency. In other changes former minister for Agriculture and Livestock Augustine…

Protest over Ports fee

TRANSPORT operators using the domestic wharf yesterday staged a protest infront of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) head office following a change in the way entry fee is being charged. Previously, vehicles are being charged $5 per day to enter the domestic wharf area anytime through the day to drop or pick up passengers…

Itea: Gua is no trouble maker

AN East Fataleka landowner says claim by Evita Solomon Ltd that William Gua is a trouble-maker is disrespectful. Lynson Itea said Mr Gua is a landowner and a respected man in east Fataleka and for Evita to label him a trouble maker is demeaning. “Whatever names Evita and its local associates wish to call Mr…

Renbel passes new ordinance

Rennell/Bellona provincial government has recently passed a new ordinance for investors to meet a bond payment of $1.5 million for mining companies, logging contractors to pay $750,000.00 and their licensee $550,000.00. This was revealed by provincial secretary (PS) Rubin Ngiumoana. He said they have to apply this new law on companies that invest in Renbel…

Empowering women’s seminar ends

A WEALTH of knowledge has been received putting a smile on the faces a group of local business-minded women who attended a series of interactive workshops and seminars over the weekend. The workshops were presented by U.S Women Entrepreneurship Expert Samira Cook-Gaines in Honiara from the 15th-17th of August.  Women who attended were those in…

KOICA supports fisheries

KOREA International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is committed to supporting fisheries industry in the country. As part of its plan it will implement a project called, ‘Establishment and Capacity Building of Fishery Studies in Solomon Islands (2014-2017/USD 5million),’ by partnering with Pukyong National University (PKNU). A statement from KOICA said, the project includes various components such…