The year 2014 for Solomon Islands

Two minor riots, a flash flood that killed at least 21 people, the national election, and the return of Manasseh Sogavare for the third time as prime minister, were some of the major news events that made 2014 a year to remember. Solomon Star reporter ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN looks back at the events that made the…

Gov’t rejects Bingtang bid

APID gets the nod AN Indonesian mining firm eyeing the rich bauxite deposits on Rennell has had its prospecting licence cancelled. Minister for Mines Samson Maneka informed PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Ltd of the decision in a letter dated 23 December 2014. At the same time, the Ministry of Mines has granted Asia Pacific Investment…

New mayor promises change

NEWLY-ELECTED city mayor Alfrence Inoga Fatai has promised “change” for Honiara as be assumed responsibility yesterday. But he acknowledged change can only be achieved through cooperation. “Let us make changes in the sectors, you want change, I want change; all of us want change,” he said during his victory speech. Mr Fatai said change has…

Tovosia, Veke deny charges

EAST Guadalcanal Member of Parliament Bradley Tovosia and former Guadalcanal premier Anthony Veke yesterday denied the allegations made against them. Tovosia entered not guilty pleas to one count of abuse of office and 13 counts of demanding with menaces while Veke pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of office and one count of…

Guadalcanal premier thanks PM

NEWLY-ELECTED Guadalcanal premier Bartholomew Vavanga has thanked Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his family for their visit to the Good Samaritan Hospital, as part of celebrating their Christmas. Mr Vavanga said although their visit was a surprise to his people, he was sincerely thankful to Mr Sogavare, his wife Emmie and their family, for their…

Kyrgyzstan is our new friend

SOLOMON Islands has entered into diplomatic ties with the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Collin Beck, formalised the relations with his Kyrgyzstan’s counterpart on December 22. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Beraki Jino said the two countries agreed to strengthen…

Mapuli shares plans

NEWLY elected Premier of Central Islands province, George Selwyn Mapuli says RIPEL and Anuha resort are main priorities for his new government to pursue. This comes as he is still to appoint his five ministers and sit down with them to look at their policy direction after winning the premier’s election last Wednesday at Tulagi.…

Mapuli is new Central Province premier

NEW Premier of Central Islands Province, George Selwyn Mapuli has stood unopposed in the election at Tulagi last Wednesday. This came after five members led by former Premier, Patrick Vasuni boycotted the second round of the premier’s election. Eight members voted for Mr Mapuli in the absence of the other five members. There are 13…

Gov’t says development projects are its priorities

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government says the implementation of its comprehensive development policy intentions and the effective delivery of government services will be the prominent features of the national budget during its tenure in office. It said this following assertions by the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) that the DCC Government prioritises the…

PM lauds Sir George’s contribution

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described the late Sir George Lepping as a meritorious statesman and commended the people of Pirumeri in the Shortland Islands for the service he rendered to the state. Mr Sogavare made the remarks yesterday when paying tribute to the late Sir George at a state funeral held for the country’s…