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…

Parl meet date set

PRIME Minister Hon. Rick Houenipwela has scheduled the date for the next Parliament sitting to Wednesday 28th February, 2018. The date was announced following the issue a letter of notification of commencement of Parliament by the Prime Minister to His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui GCMG CSI OBE, on Monday 12th February…

VEHICLE SHORTAGE

Police only have 100 vehicles, says police chief By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   Police Commissioner Matthew Varley says the police force does not have many vehicles as people think. He was responding a questioned raised by a journalist at his weekly conference last week in relation to complaints made by the public in relation to the…

Allegations against Forest officers clarified

The Ministry of Forestry and Research on Monday stepped in to clarify allegations made against certain Forestry officials that frequented loggers’ offices to demand for cash. The revelations were made over the weekend in the Sunday Star Newspaper issue dated 11th February 2018. In a statement, the Ministry has appealed to those making such an…