Japan granted SBD$29 million to SI

THE Japanese Government has granted an aid of four hundred million Japanese Yen (Y$400,000,000) equivalent to around SBD $29 million to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET). The grant aid came under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Programme which is an ongoing assistance by Japan in the area of infrastructure development.…

Logging camp ransacked

A group of people from a village in Shortland Islands has ransacked a logging company and removed some valuable company properties last Sunday. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu said the landowners take the action because they are not happy with the licensee of the company. PPC Lenialu said the landowners claim…

PERMANENT SECRETARIES RE-APPOINTED

The Government has re-appointed two Permanent Secretaries following the end of their contracts recently. Karen Galokale was re-appointed to the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, a position she held for the past four years. Similarly, Riley Mesepitu was re-appointed to the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, a position he held…

Political Instability looms

Sifoni falsely accused Claims MARA executive run by 2 men Top premier advisor defends role   FORMER Malaita Deputy Premier Randol Sifoni says he humbly accepted his termination after receiving a petition letter from the M4D regime and a termination letter. Sifoni told the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview on Tuesday from his home…

DIRE WARNING

PICs can be wiped off from the map, US Senator warns   A UNITED States (US) Senator has warned that Pacific Island Countries (PICs) or nations could be wiped out from the map, urging regional leaders to be more involved in addressing the climate change crisis. Senator Brian Schatz was speaking at a news conference…

Logging ships pose threat

1 new covid-19 case PM assures the nation   WHILE Prime Minister Sogavare is confident in his leadership in the fight against COVID-19 the country had registered one new case of COVID-19 under the category of ships last week. He announced this latest case in his fortnightly nationwide address yesterday. Sogavare confirmed that the positive…

SIFONI FACES TERMINATION

Malaita Province Deputy Premier Randoll Sifoni is expected to receive his marching orders any time this week. Sources within the MARA government confirmed this to Solomon Star Auki over the weekend stating Mr Sifoni will receive his marching orders after going against MARA principles. Lately Premier Daniel Suidani and his Deputy who is currently the…

36-HOUR LOCK-DOWN

THE Government has announced that there will be a 36 hours Lock-down for Honiara City as an Emergency Zone. In a statement on Friday, the Government said this is due to the surge of the deadly COVID-19 delta variant strain globally and in our neighbouring countries. Therefore, there is a need to test and sharpen…

GUN THREATS REAL

Country sitting on a time-bomb with more guns, ammunition still at large   SOLOMON Islands is sitting on a time-bomb with a large number of high powered guns and ammunition still out there in the hands of certain members of the public. The story of an armed group calling on the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare…