PNG pledges to support Pacific Games here

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has initiated a new proposal with his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neil, which will see PNG providing financial support towards the Pacific Games. Both Prime Ministers met Tuesday for bilateral talks and agreed for PNG to redirect a portion of its grant assistance of K40 Million to help build infrastructures and provide…

PM apologises for sour relations within MSG

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela used his hand-over speech to his Papua New Guinea counterpart to apologise for any sour relations with other member countries during its two year as chair of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). “Bilaterally, under our chairmanship over the two years, we may have renewed or soured some relationships with other members…

Vanuatu seeks to recruit nurses again

VANUATU is again seeking to recruit our local nurses to work at its hospitals and health centres. Two officials from the Vanuatu government were reportedly here in Honiara last week to pursue their recruitment drive. Up to 100 local nurses were reportedly interviewed by the two Ni-Vanuatu consultants. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health…

SINU boss dismisses alleged malpractice

MEMBERS of the public are urged to report names of students and staff who may be suspected of collaboration to secure space at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) through nepotism or bribery. SINU’s Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Basil Marasinghe stated this in reply to complaints that alleged SINU’s intake this year was unfair for…

Murray’s trial starts next week

TRIAL on the alleged million dollar fraud case against the former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Henry Murray and his wife Rose will commence next week in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. The matter was brought to the court on Wednesday for the last interim mention and was then adjourned for the…

$2m raked by beche-de-mer export

AN estimated $2million was earned from beche-de-mer exports during the open season that closed at the end of January this year. Under Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ferral Lasi revealed this to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. He said, the beche-de-mer harvest season was open September last…

Top tuna meeting underway in Honiara

A UNIQUE South-South exchange meeting between regional, international fisheries and ocean management agencies is currently underway in Honiara at the Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) headquarters. The meeting was held to help explain how the region has been meeting its challenges of managing tuna resources over the past decades and to share knowledge on what lessons…

MSG ministers end PNG talks

THE 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) concluded in Port Moresby on Tuesday with a number of decisions to be considered by Leaders, who will convene today for their Retreat. Key amongst the decisions are the reform of the MSG Secretariat, its Corporate Plan 2018-2020 and the Work Programme and Budget for 2018.…

GOV’T TOLD TO ACT ON REPORT

Laore reminds leaders of obligation By EDDIE OSIFELO ONE of the surviving members of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is calling on the government to implement the recommendations of their report through political will. This came after successive governments had failed to implement the Commission’s recommendations to date after they presented its…