16 born on NY’s Day at NRH

SIXTEEN babies were born on New Year’s Day at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. According to records from the Labour Ward, seven are females, while nine are males. The first baby was born at 6am on 1st of January; the last at 11.15pm. This record was only for babies born at the NRH.…

3 still missing

THREE fishermen from Maniate in east Wainoni, Makira Province, are yet to be found after they went missing since 29 December 2018 during a fishing trip. A close relative of the trio told the Solomon Star the men were out fishing after returning from Kirakira but never arrived home. Alick Piringi said he was also…

Tragic loss for Isabel

A PROMINENT leader of Isabel Province tragically lost his life on 28 December while attempting to cross a flooded river. Danstan Woele was the provincial member for Kolotubi ward in the Isabel Provincial Assembly. Reports the Solomon Star received said the late Woele and his friends were attempting to cross the Kolomola River when he…

Cyclone warning for Fiji’s Rotuma

RNZI, 03 JAN, FIJI: A tropical cyclone warning is now in force for Fiji’s Rotuma. The Fiji Meteorological Service said a tropical cyclone alert remained in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and was now in force for Lau and Lomaiviti group. The warning and alert have been sparked by tropical depression…

1 dead, 3 missing

POLICE and villagers are searching for three missing people outside Seghe in Marovo lagoon, Western Province, after their boat capsizedwith eight people on board on 31 December 2018. The Out Boat Motor (OBM) engine travelled from Noro to Seghe with eight people on board during the bad weather experienced across the country. Provincial Police Commander…

Damages caused by current bad weather

There are reports of damages in Malu’u in the Northern region of Malaita province and in Simbo in the Western province, due to the current bad weather being experienced in the country. The Solomon Islands Meteorological service through its Facebook page reported that trees had been uprooted in Malu’u in Malaita province and a building…

Why police arrested Temotu leaders

Police say three Temotu leaders arrested before Christmas improperly accepted inducements or payments for considerations or decisions in their official capacity. The trio are the current member for Tikopia and Anuta Ward 16 Bradley Tau, current member for Nangu Ward 12, Fr Brown Beu, and former provincial secretary Samuel Kafukesa. Police arrested and charge them…

Weather warning

People told to stay in door By CHARLES KADAMANA   The current bad weather is expected to continue in the coming days. And weather forecasters yesterday warned the public to remain indoors and avoid travelling out at sea. “Solomon Islands is now under cover of the current bad weather,” Brian Tom of the National Emergency…

Fisheries PS Suspended

IT’S been confirmed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Christian Ramofafia, has been suspended pending an investigation. Secretary to Cabinet James Remobatu confirmed the suspension, but declined to divulge reasons for the decision. “The decision came from the Public Service Commission,” Mr Remobatu said. “So I cannot disclose the allegations…

SHIPPING GRANTS EXPOSED

It’s a scheme gov’t used to keep its MPs together By ANDREW FANASIA   THE National Transport Initiative Grant (NTIG) is a funding scheme set up to keep government MPs from crossing the floor, a former senior officer within the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) says. According to the officer, the funding, which was administered…