Not a cyclone

THE Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) weather desk has confirmed that the current bad weather that is affecting the country since last week is not a cyclone. This came following enquiries received by the Solomon Star from members of the public, especially those in Honiara and the provinces. People have feared that there might be…

Financial status update likely this week

Government through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury is expected to provide a formal statement about the nation’s current financial status sometimes this week. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma in an email sent to this paper said they are done with the statement and await the Minister Snyder Rini…

ROC foreign minister to visit SI

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced the upcoming visit of Dr. David Lee, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), to Honiara. The tour will be from the 20th to the 23rd of June, a statement from ROC said. Dr. Lee’s visit, under the invitation of his counterpart…

Our Fiji-based students get allowance

GOVERNMENT funded students studying at a number of universities in Fiji have finally received a portion of their much awaited allowance for the month of June. Reports reaching the paper over the weekend said, the students only received FJD$600 (SBD$1800) on Friday. The students were supposed to receive FJD$1040 (SBD$3100) per month. However, its understood…

5 DEAD, 11 MISSING

Marau boat tragedy toll rises Five are confirmed dead, while 11 are still missing from the Marau boat tragedy. As the police patrol boat with local boats combed the seas off Marau in the eastern coast of Guadalcanal, hopes of finding the missing 11 alive become slimmer. Four dead bodies were recovered on Friday after…

15 missing, one dead

FIFTEEN people are still missing when their boat capsized in bad weather on Wednesday while traveling from West Are’are, Malaita province to Marau, east Guadalcanal. Police in Marau have so far rescued eight of the 23 people mostly youths that travelled in the boat. The youths traveled in two separate boats. They are from Uhu,…

Why suspend PS?

Dear Editor – Rumours had it, that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development has been suspended by the Ministry of Public Service for some unknown reasons that only the Minister himself knows. Now, as a former member of the Public Service Commission, I am asking the chairman of the public service commission…

Peace building

Dear Editor – Following on Prime Minister Sogavare’s recent call on the United Nations Peace Building Commission (NPBC) to support local collaborative efforts to stabilize peace initiatives in the country, the first UN Peacebuilding Project supported training in peacebuilding and economic livelihood was launched on Monday with 20 youths from communities in North Malaita and…

PACER Plus – a new deal

Dear Editor – According to Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) sources, a region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences. “The deal, known as PACER-Plus, has been hailed by proponents as a new kind of agreement that links development to trade to boost island economies. “Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Niue,…