OIL SPILL FEAR

PM asks Australia for help By LESLEY SANGA OIL have started spilling from a vessel that run aground on the shores of east Rennell early this month. MV Solomon Trader had been loading bauxite from Bintan’s mining operation on the island when rough seas pushed it aground at Kangava Bay, on the night of 4…

PM meets postal union Director General

CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou has met with the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Bishar Abdirahman Hussein at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC), Monday. Mr Abdirahman has paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister purposely to brief him on the current initiatives UPU is undertaking around the…

Vessel’s crew accused of theft

OWNERS of Hilltop Institute in Auki, Malaita Province are calling on the Fair West Shipping Company to refund their missing items onboard MV Fair Lady last month. The missing items which included three suitcases and a drum valued at SBD$9,000 went missing on Tuesday 31 January, during its Honiara-Auki trip. Owners of Hilltop Training Institute…

Kwaso brewer jailed

A MAN who confesses to brewing Kwaso at Aekafo, Vara Creek area in Honiara last year has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment on Thursday. Timothy Dau was sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of restriction on making liquor which carries a maximum penalty of a fine of 30,000 units, which equivalent to $30,000.00…

Alleged armed, masked robbers wore police uniform

POLICE uniforms were worn by some of the armed and masked men who allegedly robbed a company at Ranadi, East Honiara last Friday. Supervising Police Commissioner Gabriel Manelusi revealed this at the Police Commissioner’s weekly conference at the Rove Police headquarters. “Some of them wore police uniform and were masked when they committed the robbery,”…

Fewer nominations to date

FIFTY candidates have been nominated as of Wednesday this week to contest the 2019 National General Elections. The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Chief Electoral Officer, Mose Saitala confirmed this at a press conference this week. He said that the figure is not up to their expectations given that its now less than a week…

Malaita govt launch CITREC

MALAITA Provincial Government has launched the Canadian International Training and Education Corp (CITREC) program in Auki, Thursday. The launching was witnessed by Malaita Provincial Assembly Members, executive member and 44 selected students who will be the first Malaita youths to go into CITREC program. Of the 44 students, 12 are females. Speaking at the launching…

Hou meets US govt’s MCC team

CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou has met with the visiting team from the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) mid-week, in Honiara. The MCC team is currently in Honiara to discuss the immediate first steps with the Government to advance the threshold program development with the key coordinating ministries. Prime Minister Hou when welcoming the…

Dausabea unhappy with Payne’s visit

The recent visit by the Australia Foreign Minister Marise Payne to Honiara does not go down well with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) President Charles Dausabea. Mr. Dausabea questioned why the Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison choose not to visit the Solomon Islands and instead sent the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne to visit Solomon…

Improper rubbish dumping a concern

THE continuous negligence by the Honiara City Council (HCC) has seen increasing piles of rubbish being dumped beside the O1 White River bus stop in West Honiara. Chief from Tandai ward one (1) Charles Chilivi told North West Guadalcanal Solomon Star Stringer John Toki that more rubbish have been disposed by those vendors selling goods,…