M.A.R.T gov’t eyes smooth transition

THE Malaita Alliance for Reform and Transformation (MART) government under Premier Peter Ramohia is now focusing on putting the house in order, for the remaining months in office. This is to ensure that when the next government comes into power, they will focus on service delivery for the people of Malaita province, instead of starting…

Call to honour vision of nation’s founders

SOLOMON Islanders are urged to honour the vision of the founders of the nation. Central Bank governor Denton Rarawa made the call in his speech during the launch of the new $40 banknote and coloured two dollar coin. “We must honour the vision of the founding fathers of this national by upholding unity, respect, tolerance,…

Police thank Gizo public

PROVINCIAL Police Commander (PPC) Western province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu, thanks the people of the province for a peaceful 40th anniversary of independence celebration from the 4th to the 6th of July, 2018. “This is a very positive outcome for the people here in Western Province especially residents of Gizo Town and visiting people from…

PM share condolences to Japanese flood victims

PRIME Minister Rick Houhas conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the devastating floods and landslide that hit the country. In a letter to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, MrHou expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people that lost loved ones as a result of this tragic event. “On behalf of…

Sikua trial progresses

TRIAL into the alleged corruption case against the former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Edmond Sikua, continues on Thursday. Prosecution is now in the process of extracting evidence from their second witness after completing their first witness on Wednesday mid- morning. The first witness is the Chief Infrastructure…

Mother: Prioritise development in rural areas

THE government needs to redirect much needed economic development activities to rural centres in Solomon Islands, says a Malaitan woman Maria Teikui. Mrs Teikui stated this, as the country commemorate the 40th years of independence last week, in Honiara. She suggested that Solomon Islands is now a mature country in the pacific and should be…

NO NEW WATER FEE

SOLOMON Water has strongly denied introducing any new water fees to its customers. The water authority was responding to an article freelance journalist Alfred Sasako penned in the Island Sun newspaper on Wednesday. “That article was misleading,” General Manager Ian Gooden said in a statement. He said the house deposit referred to in the article…

Woman: police bashed my brother

THE sister of the man police recently arrested for allegedly burning down a police boat in Makira/Ulawa Province is accusing police of mishandling her brother during the arrest. Speaking to the Solomon Star via a mobile phone from Makira, Everlyn Kahia said she witnessed the injuries on her brother’s (Solomon Bea) face when police brought…

40 years on: a private sector perspective

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has congratulated the people and Government of Solomon Islands on the occasion of the country’s 40th Independence Anniversary on 7th July 2018. As the peak body representing the private sector in Solomon Islands, SICCI acknowledged the positive and tremendous changes that have occurred in the economy…

Memories from MACFest lingers on

THE 6th Melanesia Arts and Cultural Festival has ended but memories from the event will remain for two skillful craftsmen from Vanuatu. The duo, James Zepeta and Philemon Jimmys, completed a wood carving associated with traditional culture of Vanuatu. Like father and son, both craftsmen caught the attention of the crowd as they painstakingly worked…