GOV’T LAND SOLD FOR $2.5k

Land, building under private ownership since 2005 By WILSON SAENI in Auki    PART of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) land in Auki has been under private ownership for the past 15 years. That was after it was transferred for a record low price of just $2,500, in what was described as a “corrupt move…

School fee challenge for parents

PARENTS and guardians are poised for tough times ahead with school fees as schools across the country are scheduled to resume Monday. The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development says examination classes – forms 3, 5 and 6 – will resume May 18 Other classes will start the following week. While students look forward…

SINU to resume, June 1

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Council has endorsed June 1st 2020 as the new resumption date for lectures. This was revealed in a statement issued by SINU on Thursday following SINU Council’s meeting on 13th May 2020. The new resumption date for SINU was endorsed by the Joint Committee of the University Senate and the…

Forau: time to refocus

CENTRAL Bank Governor Dr. Luke Forau says there needs to be a refocus in the country’s development strategy and this is now the right to time to do it. He made the state statement in his speech to launch the CBSI 2019 Annual Report, Tuesday. “Perhaps, this is the opportune time ‘to do things differently’…

Second curfew planned for next week

ACTING Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says a second curfew is likely to happen next week. He revealed this on Thursday at the commissioner’s weekly conference when asked by a journalist to confirm rumours of a second curfew. “We might have a lockdown next week to test our capability in our preparations for COVID-19,” Mangau said. Mangau…

Call to ease restriction on sports

NATIONAL Federations (NFs) and sporting groups in the country are calling on the national government to ease restrictions on sports since Solomon Islands remains COVID-19 free. In a statement to Star Sports yesterday the group said, now that government through the State of Emergency (SOE) under the new 2020 COVID-19 Regulation 2 has given green…

COUNCILLOR THREATENS NEWSPAPER

Apologise, retract or I take you to court By IAN M. KAUKUI HONIARA city councillor and Chinese businessman John Szetu has threatened to sue the Solomon Star after the newspaper revealed his business was the supplier of fire extinguishers to the council under a highly controversial and secretive deal. Early this year, the council under the…