Frontline officers desperate

No fund? MHMS expat paid in full Local workers sacrifice in pain   MANY COVID-19 front line and casual workers are desperately in need after most of them were turned back from the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) Thursday. One of the big questions now is how long the government will and the Ministry of Health and…

In Court with Assumpta

Nehemiah to enter pleas next  Murder charge likely to be reduced to manslaughter  1 year in jail for attempted arson Nehemiah to enter pleas next THE man accused of obtaining a laptop and mobile phones from a shop in Honiara in 2019 under false will be entering his pleas to the allegations against him on…

$2M Tourism deal 

MINISTRY of Culture and Tourism (MCT) and the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) on Thursday signed a $2 million grant agreement of Tourism Support Fund.  The agreement was signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) Permanent Secretary, and the DBSI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at…

MV TAIMAREHO TRAGEDY: 102 CHARGES LAID

MV Taimareho captains, shipping directors, former GM face 102 charges   CAPTAINS of MV Taimareho and the shipping company’s directors and former General Manager (GM) had been charged with 102 charges under the Shipping Act following the incident that claimed the lives of 27 people last April. The vessel’s Master is Michael Roy Galo while…

First taro export from Malaita soon

Goshen Enterprise Limited in Malaita Province eyes its first taro export by the end of this year. Speaking to Solomon Star Auki in an exclusive interview yesterday Goshen Enterprise Ltd Operational Manager Levite Luciano Maesimae said Goshen Enterprise Ltd is supported by 24 out-growers throughout the province. Mr.Maesimae said the aim now is to secure…

FORMER PM’s UNFAIRLY TREATED?

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has told two former Prime Ministers they would be made ‘offers’ on government houses the two ex-prime ministers are occupying in Honiara. Former Prime Minister, Francis Billy Hilly told Solomon Star last night this was the outcome of discussions he and former Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza had with Mr. Sogavare Wednesday…

GG: fun run one way to reduce NCD

Governor General Sir David Vunagi says the annual fun run organised by Rotary Club of Honiara is one way of reducing non-communicable disease (NCD) in the country. Sir Vunagi was invited as the guest at the event and delivered his short remarks. Sir Vunagi said NCD becomes a problem when everyone don’t have much exercise…

PHEB needs to strike balance

THE Public Health Emergency Bill (PHEB) 2021 is still under the scrutiny of the Bills and Legislation Committee but it seems a lot of work needs to be done to improve its current form. Chairman of BLC and Leader of the Opposition Mathew Wale made this comments when the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster…

Gov’t eyes better tax system

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) is fully committed to deliver a fair, simple and broad- based tax system. The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this recently, a statement issued by Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. “The government is aware that the country’s current tax system is complex, expensive to administer, includes distortionary exemptions,…

Talifilu hits back

Celsus Talifilu has hit back at the Permanent Secretary (PS) of Ministry of Communication and Aviation Moses Virivolomo regarding facts surrounding the meeting with MPG Executive on 18 May last week in Auki, Malaita Province.  The government released a press statement with the headline, “attack on PS baseless” to counter claims made by Mr. Talifilu…