Solomons fail to secure support for candidate

SOLOMON Islands fell short in its bid to get Dr Jimmy Rodgers to head the region’s leading organisation, the Fiji-based Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Pacific Islands leaders meeting in Palau instead selected Papua New Guinea’s Dame Meg Taylor for the top job. Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo had been pushing hard for Dr Rodgers to…

PM flies out to Indonesia

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo left Palau Thursday night after his bid to get Dr Jimmy Rodgers to lead the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat failed. He was accompanied by a few of his officials while his special secretary Dr Philip Tagini was left behind to assist other officials during Friday’s post forum dialogue sessions. Mr…

70 imported cows died in Malaita

SEVENTY cows were reportedly dead at the government’s run Gono Kukufo farm at Mao’a West Kwaio, Malaita Province. Chairman of Gono Kukufo Association Genesis Lae told the Solomon star during a visit to Gono Kukufo this week that the cause of the mass death is yet to be substantiated but added it could be from…

DPM urge provincial government to prioritise people

ACTING Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has urged the Guadalcanal Provincial government to work together as a team. Speaking during the Guadalcanal Province second appointed day celebration at Don Bosco last Friday which, Mr Maelanga said political fragmentation must not be entertained because fragmentation can hinder progress. “It is important to work together for the common…

In court with Assumpta Buchanan

Man admits burning kitchen hut A man who confessed to the burning down a kitchen hut at a Primary School in East Guadalcanal will return to court on August 15. That is when his lawyer will orally present mitigation and sentencing submissions on his behalf. John Sade, set fire to the kitchen hut belonging to a staff…

ANZ, GPPOL dismiss report

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Australian and New Zealand owned Bank (ANZ) and the Guadalcanal Plain Palm Oil limited (GPPOL) denied the reports that the attempt robbery at GPPOL targeted ANZ. A front page article in the Solomon Star on Friday based on information provided by a police assistant commissioner stated that masked men…

‘Stop mafia intrusion’

CRACKING down on organised mafia groups in Europe and Asian countries is always a dangerous job for police. As such, police reacted swiftly to claims of mafia connection, resulting in the arrest of a Taiwanese businessman according to police. A senior police officer said the Taiwanese Michael Mai Yung Fu is being investigated for claims…

RAMSI provides support in preparation for election

APART from their other priority support areas in their current form, the successful RAMSI mission other focus now is on the upcoming national general election. RAMSI is actively engaging the RSIPF in preparation for the election. Speaking during the 11th anniversary of the mission, special coordinator Justine Braithwaite said the election will be a vital…

Matanga urges citizens to act responsibly

THE fight against reducing criminal activities in the city requires everyone’s responsibility. Acting police chief Juanita Matanga said this in response to questions raised about what police will do with the rise in unlawful behaviour of youths on the streets of Honiara. She said all citizens must act responsibly to curb down anti social behaviour…

Integrity questioned

The appointment of the new police commissioner has raised serious questions over Australia’s integrity in its dealings with Pacific island countries and especially Solomon Islands. This came following the appointment of Frank Prendergast an Australian who has been the deputy commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) blamed for manufacturing the riot on Christmas Island…