Officers investigated over Gold Ridge theft

More than 50 police and Correctional officers sent to provide security at the abandoned Gold Ridge mine site are reportedly under investigation for collaborating with locals to steal mine properties. An officer familiar with deployment to the site told the Sunday Star the concerned officers were now subjected to investigation. The relevant police department was…

SINTA credit union board accused of abusing funds

Board members of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) Credit Union are under investigation over alleged misuse of union funds. This came after the resignation of the credit union’s board chairman Donation Houkura and his deputy Lency Bambu. SINTA’s acting general secretary Walter Tesuatai confirmed receiving the resignation letters of the two officials on…

New dental clinic to open soon

Honiara City Council’s newly built dental clinic in Chinatown will open its doors soon to the public. Many people have suffered dental problems since the closure of the Dental Centre at the National Referral Hospital. City mayor Andrew Mau said the main building has been completed. “It’s just the furnishing inside and other minor jobs…

BSP opens 19th ATM

Band South Pacific (BSP) has opened its 19th ATM in the country at the Family Market Pharmacy at Central Market, the country busiest and biggest market, Friday. The 5,000 odd vendors and thousands of shoppers will no longer travel far and spend time and money but conveniently get cash from the ATM for shopping and…

Ministry urged to monitor teachers

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources is urged to monitor the performances of teachers at schools. Isabel premier James Habu made the call last Saturday. Habu said he had heard complaints from teachers about regular absenteeism by certain teachers at some schools in Isabel.  “At some schools, there were no classes for some weeks…

Chance to choose right leaders

The upcoming election provides an opportunity for voters to select leaders who have a heart for the nation. That’s according to president of the National Transformation Party of Solomon Islands (NTPSI) Pastor Ellison Barko. He pointed this out at the launch of his party’s manifesto at Gavagha Tourism site. Barko said the church plays an…

Aust thanked for help to West Papua

The Australia West Papua Association thanks the Australian government for endorsing a petition for greater journalistic access to the Papuan territory under Indonesian administration. “Australia’s action is consistent with its legal obligations under Article 76 of the Charter of the United Nations for trust territories,” the association said in a statement. “We ask Prime Minister…