I’m glad to be here

From the High Commissioner’s Desk Dr Lachlan Strahan  AS Australia’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, I’m delighted to continue the tradition of fortnightly conversations with Solomon Star readers through this column.  It’s an honour to serve here in Solomon Islands, a neighbour with warm and enduring ties to Australia. I take this opportunity to acknowledge…

Local students survive blaze

TWO local students studying at the University of South Pacific (USP) Campus at Laucala, Suva, have survived a blaze on Tuesday night which killed an elderly couple. Dead are Kuar Singh, 79, a retired director of Niranjans Autoport and his wife Ambalika Singh, 74. The Solomon Islands students were tenants Margaret Konata and Sharon Horioa,…

Iyaz sets to amaze Honiara fans tonight 

BRITISH Virgin Islander singer, songwriter Iyaz has arrived in the country yesterday and is ready to rock the stage tonight at the Pacific Casino hotel. The 3x Platinum R&B/Island Pop recording artist is currently doing his Australia Pacific Islands tour for the 10th Anniversary of his worldwide hit song ‘Replay’ with DJ Victor and the…

Mangau: Janus still exists 

ACTING Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says anti-corruption taskforce Janus still exists and continuing with investigations into corruption cases. He stated this on Thursday when asked whether Janus is still active in 2020.  “Janus is one normal unit under the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF),” Mr Mangau told reporters at his weekly press conference yesterday.…

CALL TO ACT

Province urged to control foreign businesses in Auki By SOLOMON LOFANAin Auki  LOCAL business owners in Malaita want their provincial government to control the influx of Chinese business operators into the province. The call came from a business summit held in Auki, Wednesday. Civil society group Malaita for Democracy (M4D) organised the one-day summit. Up…

Ministry of Health prepares for Coronavirus

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is taking proactive action to prevent possible importation of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Solomon Islands, with measures being strengthened at the airport and ports, increased surveillance of influenza like-illness in the Country and at points of entry and information for travelers entering and leaving the country, among…

Gov’t urged to act against coronavirus

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale has called on the Ministry of Health & Medical Services to take preemptive steps to protect Solomon Islands against the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in Wuhan, China and its rapid spread throughout major cities in China. Wale said now with confirmed cases in other parts of the world, Solomon Islands…

CJ calls for speed-up of cases

CHIEF Justice Sir Albert Palmer has called on judicial officers and legal practitioners to avoid unnecessary delays of cases. He said this is to avoid clogging up the court lists and delaying of delivery of judgments. “Make 2020 a year when cases can be disposed of promptly and not prolonged unnecessarily, clogging up the court…

Drums to council for rubbish disposal

SOUTH Pacific Oil (SPOL) on Wednesday handed over 300 empty drums to the Honiara city council (HCC) as part of efforts to clean up the city. SPOL’s Director of the Waste Management & Control Division George Bogese said the drums will be put up along the streets of Honiara for people to dispose off their rubbish. He…