China boosts Samoa’s Pacific Games bid

APIA,  (SAMOA OBSERVER) — China has signed over $1.8 billion Chinese Yuan (US$261.8 million) to the Samoan government for the maintenance of the Aquatic Centre and the Sports Complex. The deal was signed between China’s visiting Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zheng Zeguang and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Held at the Prime Minister’s conference…

West to ban plastic bag

THE WESTERN provincial government has put a ban on plastic bag to be used in the province. This was endorsed during an urgent meeting early this week. “I hate plastic bag!, a bolt and provoking statement, that Hon. Wayne Maepioh Premier of Western Province made at a local ministerial and stakeholder holder officials meeting held…

Prime Minister signs second firearms amnesty

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands has signed the second and final firearms amnesty for the country on Monday. The three weeks grace period kicked off yesterday and will end June 9th. A statement from the Police Media Unit said, the amnesty program is implemented by the Royal Solomon Police Force and other stake holders. “The…

Suspect detained in Auki

The second murder suspect in connection to the LGZ shop double murder over the Easter will be transferred over to Honiara from Auki soon. The suspect who is being identified as Raymond Keota is still being detained at the Auki police custody since Sunday night. This was confirmed by the Auki police operational commander Timothy…

Reef robbers’ fine paid

The daily fines for the 40 crews and three captains of the blue boats for illegally staying in the country are now paid. This was confirmed in court on Monday by Immigration Officer Chris Akosawa who appeared on behalf of the matter. He said the total fine of USD$4,300 had been transferred to the Solomon…

No UK calls to Malaita

Dear Editor – Over the past 4 week period, I (now living in United Kingdom but in the past for over 2 years working in the Solomon Islands) have been unable to make telephone calls from UK to numbers in Malaita Province. Over a similar period, my text messages have not been received, although I…

Official response to moderator suspension

Dear Editor – The Office of the United Church in Solomon Islands at Kokeqolo in Munda seeks to clarify recent media statement on the suspension on the Moderator, which appeared in the Solomon Star editions, Thursday 18th, and Friday 19th of May. The Office denies being the source based on the following;(1) That the article…

Squatter settlements

Dear Editor – Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) in a news bulletin Wednesday 17 May, announced that the Solomon Islands Government has created a taskforce to deal with squatter settlements in an around Honiara. RNZI said the taskforce was established following recent unrest to the west of the city after police tried to enact a…

Prime Suspect Nabbed

The prime suspect into the LGZ shop double murder case has been finally arrested in Lau/Mbaelelea, Malaita province in the early hours of Sunday morning. The second murder suspect who was identified as Raymond Keota was successfully apprehended between 4am and 5am, Sunday morning when police shut him down after the suspect____s attempt to evade…

New Tulagi Police Station to service local community

Minister for Police, Correctional Services and National Security Stanley Sofu and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Commissioner Matt Varley and RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin have today officially opened the new state-of-the-art Tulagi Police Station. Also present at the opening was Provincial Premier the Honourable Patrick Vasuni. The $7 million SBD complex is the…