Mataniko rehabilitation to be launched

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Multi-million landmark plaza ready for tenants

The controversial business complex at Town Ground, West Honiara which is now called ‘Landmark Plaza’ has finally got its occupancy permit last week. The permit was issued by the Honiara city council environmental health division following the Town and Country Planning board’s resolution last week. Documents have confirmed approvals from the division of planning and…

Bill heavily criticised, passed second test

THE controversial Political Parties Integrity Bill 2014 made it through the second reading despite heavy criticisms. Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua ensured the second passage was tested when he interrupted the speaker in accordance with standing order 42, which calls for division. The speaker announced its second passage when 25 members supported the Bill, only…

Why flood victims insist

Leni says repeat of Western and Temotu tsunami problems likely FLOOD victims do not demand money from the government according to interim chairman of the Flood Victims Taskforce Committee Jeffrey Leni. Speaking exclusively to the Solomon Star about the plight of flood victims, Mr Leni said the victims want relocation and fair rehabilitation. “We initially…

Multi-million dollar project

Honiara’s multi-million seaport expansion project is set to start after the signing of the exchange notes and grant agreement (EN/GA) yesterday in Honiara. The project secures a total grant of ¥ 2,681,000,000.00 Japanese Yen (SBD$190 million) for its construction works by the Japanese government that will now begin. This follows the signing of the projects…

Malaita leaders urged to lure Malaitans home

A thread on renowned face book page Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) urging Malaitans to return has attracted overwhelming support from members. Vice president of FSII Ishmael Nori raised the issue because endemic problems in Honiara are often attributed to Malaitans. “It’s time all Malaitan leaders, both national and provincial level come out of their…

Police remain on high alert

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Acting Police Commissioner Madam Juanita Matanga, have urged the people of Honiara in particular, to continue and keep the peace despite the situation on Friday that have shaken our country and disturbed the peace our people have enjoyed over the years. In a statement yesterday police said they…

Panga: Arambola should remain neutral

Former Guadalcanal premier Stephen Panga blamed the Guadalcanal provincial speaker Able Arambola for being responsible for the whole province’s political impasse. He alleged that it was Arambola that was responsible for GP political impasse since 2012. “The issue of political impasse in Guadalcanal province will continue if the provincial speaker does not remain neutral.” He…

Bailey bridge here now

Ministry of infrastructure development (MID) has confirmed the arrival of the Bailey Bridge yesterday. In a statement MID said the Bailey Bridge donated by the New Zealand Government is to replace the old Mataniko Bridge which was washed away during the recent floods. Director of TSCP, CPIU, Harry Rini said, “all stakeholders are working to…

GRML employees: What’s next for us?

Workers who were forced on suspension as St Barbara Mining officials left operations at Gold Ridge are asking the government what options it has not to allow the company to return and clean up its mess. In a letter, dated 6th May 2014 by GRML employees to the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo it seeks…