Wate is new NPF head

Michael Wate has been appointed the new general manager of Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF). He replaces Tony Makabo, who has held the post over the last 14 years. Prior to his appointment, Wate was NPF’s deputy general manager, a position he held for nearly 12 years. Deputy chairman of the NPF board, Gideon…

Inmates share gifts with families

Twenty selected inmates at Rove Correctional Centre were given the chance to meet their children and present them with Christmas gifts, last Friday. The annual event, called the ‘Angel Tree Program’ was organised by the Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) in partnership with the Prison Fellowship. Futsal star Elliot Ragomo was invited to give a…

DPP appeals Sae verdict

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is appealing the High Court decision that acquitted Edmond Sae of former police commissioner Sir Fredrick Soaki’s murder. DPP Ronald BeiTalasasa told the Solomon Star he lodged the appeal with the High Court, Friday. “We are appealing the entire decision, including the manslaughter conviction pronounced at the No case…

BUSINESS WARNING

Council wants no more foreign owned fish & chips restaurant By TEDDY KAFO  HONIARA City Council (HCC) has warned foreign owned ‘fish n chips’ restaurant owners of a new measure to regulate the market and business reserves. This new Act will ensure only locals are allowed to operate ‘fish&chip’ or kai-bars in the city. City…

We each carry our own baton

Local entrepreneur MILLICENT BARTY is the winner of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Last Wednesday, she was invited to deliver a speech when the British High Commissioner hosted the Queen’s baton at his residence. I AM privileged to be given this great opportunity to be a recipient of the Queens Young Leaders Award. What…

Melanesian festival dates confirmed

SOLOMON Islands will be hosting the next Melanesian Arts and Cultural festival (MACFest) in July 1st-14, 2018, to coincide with the country’s 40th Anniversary. MACFest is estimated to cost the government $15 million. As normally happened, and agreed upon during this week’s MSG Ministers summit, MSG countries will also provide assistance to support the host…

Only five PAs remain

Only five Political Appointees (PA) serving during the term of the former government remained with the Rick Hou-led administration today, after the second bunch of PAs joined the 31 that left two weeks ago. This was confirmed to the Solomon Star by a terminated PA who received his marching orders last week. The terminated PA…

No allowances yet for AMA students

ABOUT 30 government-sponsored students studying at the AMA University in Philippines have yet to be paid their allowance since September. Students Association president Charles Ha’amori has confirmed this to the Solomon Star in Manila on Thursday. However, he clarified that though it has taken so long for the students to receive their shares, the delay…

FLOOD HITS HARD

Bridges damaged, food gardens swept away By TEDDY KAFO FLOODING in the Guadalcanal plains has swept away one bridge and badly damaged the other. Hundreds of villagers have also lost food gardens during the Monday night floods. The Tinahula River Bridge, which connects Honiara to the Gold Ridge mine site in central Guadalcanal was swept…