Former judge heads parole board

JAMES Apaniai – a former judge of the High Court and ex-Attorney General – is now the Chair of the Solomon Islands Parole Board.  The four-Member Board – two women and two men – also included Philemon Riti, a retired Bishop, a Dr. Carol Titiulu, and Sister Veronica Vasethe, a statement issued by the Correctional…

RSIPF secures counting venue after by-election

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) have provided security starting on Thursday at the RSIPF Conference Centre at Rove in Honiara where counting of ballots from Wednesday’s by-elections in North East Guadalcanal and Central Honiara is taking place. Counting commenced on Thursday and is continuing throughout Friday. Operation Commander for the RSIPF By-Election 2020…

$5 GAINS TOP AWARD

THE country’s polymer $5 has attained international acclaim overnight when the banknote’s SUSI Flip™ feature was named Best New Currency Feature or Product by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA).  The award was one of three given out as part of IACA’s Excellence in Currency Technical Awards, which is staged every two years, a…

Counting continues 

THE by-election counting for Central Honiara and North East Guadalcanal Constituencies will continue today at Rove Police Headquarter in Honiara. Counting officials confirmed to the Solomon Star last night. For Central Honiara Constituency they completed batch 3 which includes a total of 9 polling stations. Central Honiara Constituency has a total of 12 batches which…

Horizon band lost female vocalist 

HORIZON Band had lost its female vocalist Caroline Kopana Isa on Wednesday 18 November after a short illness. Caroline, who was often called ‘Caro’ was of Shortland and Malaita parentage.  In 2017, Caro was featured in Paoa FM Buzz Magazine sharing her journey in the music industry.  Perhaps Caroline’s love for music started when she…

New NRH CEO announced

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is delighted to announce that Dr. George Malefoasi is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Referral Hospital (NRH).  Dr. Malefoasi and the Public Service Commission formalized the appointment with the signing of the employment contract this week, a statement from the MHMS said. …

Pressure mounts to disclose ESP list

McKINNIE Dentana – the man in the centre of the increasingly controversial $320 million Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) – is coming under mounting pressure to publish the list of ESP recipients and related payments. Mr. Dentana is the Chairman of the ESP Oversight and Implementing Committee (ESPOIC) as well as the Permanent Secretary of the…

Tourism Solomons calls on SI Government to reconsider proposed facebook ban

NTO stresses reliance on social media platform to promote tourism Tourism Solomons has called on the Solomon Islands Government to urgently reconsider a proposed ban on Facebook. Responding to a government announcement on Monday, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said like many Solomon Islands-based businesses and the wider community, the organisation was heavily dependent…

Suidani on proposed FB ban

Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani weighs in on the Cabinet’s suggestion for a possible ban on the most popular accessed social media platform Facebook (FB) from the country.  Premier Suidani in a statement in the light of the Cabinet’s decision favoring the ban of Facebook from the country said the proposed ban of Facebook is…

Peaceful by-election

THE by-election for Central Honiara Constituency and North East Guadalcanal Constituency (NEGC) was dubbed ‘peaceful’ despite minor changes with the inclusion of COVID-19 measures in the voting process. All polling stations opened their doors at 7 am in the morning. The majority of the voters flocked in to cast their votes in the morning. By…