Tasiu murder suspect to enter plea

The man facing the murder of a member of the Melanesian Brotherhood in north-west Guadalcanal last year is likely to enter his plea, July 20. Maelyn Bird of Emerald Lawyers who represents Francis Au confirmed yesterday her client will possibly take his plea on the next court date. She also added that the defence would…

Group demands payment explanation

THE PARLIAMENTARY Independent group has demanded the DCC Government to explain why they are using $3.7 million dollars of tax-payers money as compensation payment to MV Sun Express. Leader of the Independent group, Manasseh Maelanga made the request during a press conference with members of the local media at his office. “I have just heard…

Submarine Cable project progresses

Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC) Robin Russell says that the tender for the main supply of the submarine cable contract will closes on the 17th of July, 2015, which is a first step towards implementation. This was confirmed yesterday in which Russell indicated that advancement in the project is well underway.…

Undersea cable to be sourced from Sydney

The undersea cable project proposed for Solomon Islands will have its source from Sydney in Australia, where it can support high speed communications for over 70% of the Solomon Islands population, says the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solomons Oceanic Cable Company Robin Russell. Confirming this to the Solomon Star yesterday Mr Russell stated that…

Maelanga on DCCG draft federal constitution

THE Leader of the Independent group, Manasseh Maelanga urges the DCC Government improve some areas of the draft federal constitution before it is finalized. Mr Maelanga highlighted this in a press conference with local journalists yesterday to talk on issues that the public needs to be aware of and also the government. He added that…

Biche community hit by landslide

A remote village community in Biche, Gatokae, Morovo Lagoon, Western province escaped catastrophic disaster when they were suddenly awoken by a huge land slide and flash flooding about 2am Sunday morning. Reports reaching the paper said, the biggest from several landslides experienced in the pass just stopped less than 2 meters from their houses. Two…

Dam at risk

Downstream communities warned to stay alert incase of a spill WATER level at the Gold Ridge tailings dam on Central Guadalcanal is reportedly rising following days of heavy downpour posing a threat to communities living downstream. Reports reaching the Solomon Star last Tuesday claimed the water level has reached the top of the wall during…

Its 10 percent interest

A crediting rate of 10 percent totaling SBD$187.5 million will be added to all NPF contribution balances. This was announced by Minister of Finance Snyder Rini during the Fund’s financial year ending yesterday at the NPF boardroom.  “Today (yesterday) I’m pleased to announce a crediting rate of 10 percent, a positive rate of six percent…

Fishermen missing

POLICE officers from Auki and Atori with the help from surrounding communities of Kwai-Ngongosila are still searching for two fishermen who went missing over the weekend. The duo was believed to be brothers that set out to fish behind the Leili Island last Saturday. Reports reaching this paper said the search is still on at…

Tuvalu hosts 11th FFC Ministerial

FUNAFUTI, (FFA) – Pacific ministers for Fisheries from all corners of the region arrived in Tuvalu’s capital Funafuti on the weekend to join local communities for a traditional Sunday to’onai feast. The family-style feast, hosted by Tuvalu’s Minister for Fisheries, Elisala Pita has set the tone for a similarly rich discussion at the 11th Fisheries…