Fijians here for 7s

THIRTEEN rugby players from Fiji has arrived yesterday to team up with local teams for the South Pacific Oil Rugby Sevens set to kick off this Friday at Town Ground Rugby stadium. Their inclusion will boost the level of competition and provide an exciting game for rugby fans to enjoy. Out of the total, eight…

Environmental concern following oil spill

An expatriate kayaking offshore in North West Guadalcanal over the weekend raises environmental concern, after he witnessed extensive oil spilled on the seawater surface between Kakabona and Boneghe beach. The forestry expert suspected that the source of “illegal pollution” must have come from a barge floating some distance away from a log pond on the…

Auki plaza deal yet to be signed

The Malaita Provincial Government (MPG) and the Solomon Island National Provident Fund (SINPF) are yet to sign the SBD3.5 million deal that will see SINPF taking over Auki Plaza. Last week the Malaita Provincial Premier Peter Ramohia told the Solomon Star in Auki the $3.5 million deal is expected to be signed anytime this week…

HBA raises $12k for hospital

Honiara Band Association (HBA) have raised SBD$12,132 during a live concert in aid of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) at Rove Police ground, West Honiara on Sunday. About 26 bands, including dancing groups in Honiara performed live on the stage, that attracted families, friends and children to enjoy and spend for a good course. The…

EU envoy farewelled

Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) has farewelled European Union (EU) Ambassador Leonidas Tezapsidis in Honiara, Monday. Minister, Jeremiah Manele, at the farewell reception acknowledged EU for its contribution in political dialogues, fisheries, rural development and water and sanitation projects since 2014. Some of the achievements, Manele, mentioned were the political dialogue in…

Debate on ACB adjourned

THE controversial Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) 2017 has reached 24 of the 70 clauses in the committee of supply in Parliament, Monday. Prime Minister, Rick Hou, tabled the Bill for second reading in Parliament last Thursday. However, the Bill had experienced three adjournments due to lack of quorums by Members of Parliament. Member of Parliament for…

Bill to set up SIMA

A BILL to establish Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMA) as a financially self-sufficient organisations with sufficient resources to carry out its functions was tabled for second reading in Parliament, Monday. The Bill is going to replace the current Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA). Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Stanley Sofu, who tabled the Bill said…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Biliki yet to consult lawyer* Court yet to rule on trio’s trial* Death inquiry into officers’ death* Rape trial to start in Gizo Biliki yet to consult lawyer   John Biliki, who is one of the first people to be charged in connection to the missing $10 million from the Ministry of Health and…

Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

RNZI: Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says he’s lost faith in the Melanesian Spearhead Group because of a lack of consensus and political engagement.   The group had become especially contentious after including Indonesia in 2015, which had clashed with United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which holds observer status.   In an interview with Australian thinktank…