Ashley differentiate MMF from FSII

General Secretary of Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) Charles Ashley says there is a big difference in how MMF and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) involved in political issues, despite both being registered under the Charitable Act. MR Ashley told the Solomon Star that FSII Facebook page is an unregulated medium used by the group to…

PM reveal contracts

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has admitted he secured an airport contract to maintain cleanliness outside the domestic terminal. He admitted this yesterday in parliament when he spoke on the issue of “Civil Aviation Airport Contracts”. It was also revealed other MPs have also secured airport contracts. They include deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga, North-East Guadalcanal…

New centre unveiled to public

MEMBERS of the public have began visiting the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints new district centre building at Talise area, Honiara, as of Friday. The centre will be officially opened today. This follows an invitation extended to members of the public to go and visit and see for themselves what and how the Church…

PM meets top Australian indigenous leader

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian indigenous leader and prominent businessman Warren Mundine met yesterday to discuss opportunities for economic growth in Solomon Islands. Mr Mundine, who is currently Chair of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Nyungga Black Group, is here for the Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards to be…

Rini on submarine cable

MINISTER of Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini says the government is considering the costs and benefits of the planned new submarine cable project. According to Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC), the total cost, including financing cost, civil works, supporting studies, legal costs, project management costs and contingencies, is expected to be in the range of…

Byrne hails new graduates

TWENTY-NINE Solomon Islanders from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the private sector yesterday received internationally recognised Certificate IV qualifications in Civil Construction Supervision and Materials Testing. This is the first time these qualifications have been delivered in Solomon Islands. They are critical for strengthening the quality of repairs, upgrades and maintenance of roads, bridges…

Aust-SI ties strengthen through 32 scholars

Thirty-two students from Solomon Islands have been granted prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships to study at universities in Australia and the Pacific in 2016. Sixteen of the students will go to Australia, whilst another 16 will study at institutions in Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, in fields including law, fisheries, commerce, health and engineering.  Australian…

PM reveals contracts

Dear Editor – “PM reveals contracts”. That was the front page news in the Solomon Star newspaper No. 6025. A day before the same newspaper carried a story, “PM: I’ve no interest in airport contracts”. What is going on here people of this peaceful nation? Is this the reason for not setting up the Independent…

So-called Manaoba landowners

Dear Editor – The Lolo Committee herein wishes to respond to the article carried in the Star issue 6023 by the so called landowners of Manaoba. The ownership claim made by AEBUSU/OKARI committee was misleading, unsubstantiated and media mongering by a desperate group of losers who wish to obstruct development by falsely claiming ownership of…