MACFest pays tribute to late Stella Lucas

The Melanesian Arts and Culture Organising Committee has paid tribute to the late Stella Lucas who passed away in a tragic river incident last Thursday. The late Stella was an active and loyal officer who served the country during events such as Arts and Culture Festivals in recent years. A minute of silence was made…

Manele says CDF reaches rural populace

Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination Jeremiah Manele reiterated that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is the only funding that reaches out to the rural populace. He made the statement during the recent parliament meeting which led to the passage of the 2018 budget. “Mr. Speaker, a large portion of the 2018 development budget…

Journalists reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role

LOCAL journalists were once again being reminded of their ‘watchdog’ role, in keeping the government accountable in the fight against corruption. Head of the University of South Pacific (USP) Journalism School, Dr Shailendra Singh told the journalists, in an Anti-Corruption Reporting Workshop in Honiara, Monday. He said, the role of Journalists’ is important to keep…

Vow to take care of new building

Malaita provincial police has promised to take care of a newly opened complex in Auki over the weekend. “We will look after the building and ensure it serves its purpose here in Malaita Province,” said, the Malaita Supervising Provincial Police Commander Timothy Apaesi. He made the assurance in an interview with the Solomon Star in…

Partner in fight against corruption

THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) will merge with a number of non-government organisations (NGOs) to form a partnership in the fight against corruption. This follows the successful training on anti-corruption reporting last week for local journalists in Honiara. MASI President Charles Kadamana uttered this, in his closing speech at the end of the…

Search for missing person progresses

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara are continuing with the search for a missing person who was alleged to be drowned at the Mataniko River on 19 April 2018. Supervising Assistant Commissioner Solomon Sisimia said, “I know there are claims that the RSIPF is doing little in the search for…

Parasi airport reopening likely delay

PARASI airport in Small Malaita will only reopen if a new agreement is signed between the national government and the tribal landowners. That was according to the paramount chief of Abulimali tribes in Afio and Maka’a, John Iro on Monday. In an interview with Solomon Star, the chief indicated his tribe’s willingness to reopen the…

By-election nomination deadline looms

THE deadline for the nomination period given to Gizo Kolombangara constituents to nominate candidates for the By-Election is closing in. The 14-day nomination period started on April 11, 2018 and will close at 4pm on Wednesday April 25, 2018. The Office of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) advised constituents and intending candidates of Gizo…

PORTS GOES DIGITAL SOON

The country’s State-owned Enterprise (SOE) Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) will soon digitalise its daily operations. This came after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, with Brisbane based Pronto Software Limited, Australia. The signing of the deal was held at the SIPA conference room in Point Cruz headquarter. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)…