First of its kind

OPMC initiates Govt-Media dialogue A Government-media dialogue has been initiated involving senior government officials and media managers in the media industry. In a first of its kind meeting today, the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Derek Mane who chaired the meeting briefed the media managers on the new initiative undertaken by the Office of…

SI can be a top tourist target: PM

SOLOMON Islands have the potential to develop itself into one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the region.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this during the launching of the Tourism in Focus 2020 at the Heritage Park Hotel today. Prime Minister Sogavare said the tourism industry has the potential to become the main revenue…

Parapolo’s petition dismissed 

THE election petition case lodged against the MP for Gela, Bartholomew Parapolo has been dismissed, Thursday in the High Court. Justice Leonard Maina dismissed the eight grounds of bribery and two counts of undue influence against the Gela MP due to insufficient evidence after a trial. Following the judgment, Mr Parapolo retains his seat as…

Operation ‘Hunt-man’ still on

POLICE are continuing to ask for communities’ assistance in their “Operation Hunt-Man” to locate the two remaining prison escapees. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau at the weekly commissioner’s conference on Thursday said public participation in this operation is required. “The operation is still ongoing,” Mr Mangau told reporters. Mr Mangau appealed to members of the…

Bio-security seize betel-nut bags 

THE Bio-security Division in Western Province has confiscated so far 25 bags of betel-nuts from Bougainvillea bound for Gizo, transported by a Shortland Islander. The Solomon Star was told that a 60 horse-powered (hp) ray boat from the Shortlands has been caught by the Gizo Police officers and Bio-security officer at the shores of Gizo. A…

Impose license for boat operators, say Chief

A CHIEF of Purinabangara, Katupika District in South Choiseul has called on responsible authorities to impose license to boat owners who provide transportation between Western and Choiseul province seas.  Chief Rence Zama made the call after the boat that carried nine people went missing on January 15 in the waters between Western and Choiseul provinces.…

CASINO, HCC SAGA

HCC clarifies licenses hike for Casinos  Pacific Casino refuses to pay up By ANDREW FANASIA SUPREME Casino refused to pay $100,000.00 Casino Business License to the Honiara City Council after the fee was increased $100,000 from $50,000. Honiara City Clerk Rence Sore told Solomon Star yesterday. He pointed out that Business License for Casino increased…

Maelanga hails Australia as SI’s key partner

DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has acknowledged Australia as Solomon Islands’ key strategic development partner. He stated Australia’s support focuses on key priority areas in the country’s nation building, and work in partnership with Solomon Islands to enhance development, sustain peace, security and stability.  Speaking during his remarks to celebrate Australia Day last night,  Maelanga…

NZ community assists Malu’u clinic’s repair 

MALU’U Area Health Centre in North Malaita is currently undergoing refurbishment work specifically with repainting of the entire building facilities. This refurbishment work was supported by the Marlborough community in New Zealand through a Malu’u man David Alifeo, who is married to Bridgette Knox of New Zealand. The couple came two years ago and saw…

Gender equality explained

THE concept of gender equality has been misinterpreted by many Solomon Islanders. That’s according to the Ministry of Women’s Youth, Churches and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) Senior Officer Vaela Ngai. “Many rural people and even some of the educated people think gender equality is about putting women equal with men folks,” Ngai said. “But such misunderstanding…