ADB supports Vanuatu’s recovery effort

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is preparing initial assistance to support the government and people of Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam caused deaths and widespread damage across the South Pacific archipelago over the weekend, ADB President Takehiko Nakao announced yesterday. “I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Vanuatu for the…

Tourism training for Isabel operators successful

A FOUR days training funded by Live&Learn in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) has ended successfully in Isabel Province last week. It was organised at two different venues namely Lololeheo Homestay and Boletei, Havulei Ward and was attended by nearly 42 participants. About 24 participants attended the training held at Lololeheo…

New parish priest for Fau’ala

Anglican Diocese of Malaita has inducted a new parish priest for the newly Fau’ala parish in Central Kwara’ae, Malaita province. Fr.Edmond Gauakalo is now the new parish Priest. Hundreds of people, including priest within Keava region and some members of the Melanesian brotherhood from the Church of Melanesia witnessed the induction program. Theme of the…

Yow: Consultants are paid by ADB

SIPA defends review SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) chief executive officer has defended a Singaporean consultancy firm engaged by the authority to review its activities. Collin Yow spoke out after SIPA workers issued a 28-day strike notice and demanding the termination of consultants International Business Partners (IBP). Workers also claimed SIPA is paying dearly for…

Announcement of political appointees

The Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government has now released the names of its first lot of Political Appointees (PAs). And as part of its policy it will be publishing the names of its Political Appointees in a series of issues in the Solomon Star this week. A statement from the Prime Ministers Office said,…

Alleged dormitory intruder pleads not guilty

One of the five young men who allegedly broke into a girl’s dormitory at Ruavatu Secondary School in Northwest Guadalcanal has denied allegations against him. Casper Sade on Monday pleaded not guilty to one count of house break-in and one count of criminal trespass before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi. His co-accused Alfred Tavoria will take…

US to provide disaster assistance

The Government of the United States (US) expresses its support for the people of Vanuatu, as well as those affected in Solomon Islands, following the distraction wracked by Cyclone Pam. In a statement yesterday the US government said; “We give condolences to the families who lost loved ones due to the cyclone or who have…

Bail denied for Westpac allege robbers

Bail has been refused for the men accused of the Westpac robbery incident. Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo yesterday refused the bail application for the seven men saying evidence shows that all of them are a flight risk. “Whilst I accept and took into account the submissions made by the Learned Defence Counsels on behalf of…