London office costs $3.5m

The newly established London Mission cost government $3.5 million compared to $1.5 million cost for Brussels and $1.1 million office in New York this year. Speaking on the floor of parliament during the committee of supply, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Milner Tozaka said, the London mission cost $3.5 million because it is…

Parasi airfield sets to reopen

PARASI airfield in South Malaita, which has been closed for the past seven years, is now ready to take-scheduled flights. This was made possible after the government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between three disputing parties that claimed ownership of the airport land in September 2017. “The Airport Taskforce led by the Ministry of…

Seven rescue seven at sea

POLICE in Lata, Temotu Province, rescued seven people, two women and five men, from a motorised boat when it ran aground on a reef at Cape Mendana on Santa Cruz Island in the afternoon of 3 April 2018. “Luckily when the police at Lata Police Station got to the scene after 5pm on Tuesday, the…

Printing error forces Parliament to adjourn

Parliament resumes meeting on Thursday after it was adjourned yesterday morning due to mistakes and printing errors in the copies of the 2018 Appropriation Bill 2018, which were distributed to Members of parliament (MPs). Parliament resolved into the committee of the whole house yesterday to look into the budget clause by clause, but could not…

Appeal for students to behave

PRESIDENT of the Solomon Islands National University Students Association (SINUSA) Reginald Ngati is appealing to students to behave well during the course of their sitting protest today. Mr Ngati said that if SINU council doesn’t want to address their demands, they will stage another peace sitting protest today and he wants every student to behave…

Tenants vacate Auki plaza

THE Malaita provincial government has finally enforced a High Court eviction order and removed all tenants illegally occupying the Auki plaza. The eviction order was enforced by Malaita provincial security officers and deputy provincial secretary. They instructed the tenants, who have been operating shops within the building, to vacate the plaza because it will be…

Gov’t rejects Ramohia accusations

THE Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) has lashed out at the Malaita Province Premier Peter Ramohia following his front page story over the weekend. A statement from MPGIS described the premier’s comments on social media which appeared in the Solomon Star paper last Sunday as ‘irresponsible’. The front page article in the…

Students vow…

PROTEST TO CONTINUE By LESLEY SANGA STUDENTS of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) say their sit-in protest, which started on Wednesday, will continue today. The students staged the protest to demand the SINU Council to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (SINU) that will address issues they’ve raised with the university’s management. They claimed the SINU…

Totori eyes finals

SOLOMON Islands veteran striker Benjamin Totori says he is targeting the semi-finals of the OFC Champions League with Fijian club side Lautoka FC. Totori departed Nadi International airport yesterday with the Fijian champions yesterday for their OFC Champions League quarter-final clash with Tahiti champions AS Dragons. Speaking to local Fijian media pre-departure, Totori is confident…

New fun run champs

The absence of the renowned long distance runners has paved way for other local athletes to add titles against their names during the Easter fun run. Oceania long distance title holder and Easter fun run champion Sharon Firisua’s absence has paved way for long her long-time rival Diana Matekali to scoop the title during the…