Sentence on forgery case delayed

NO sentencing submissions have been made yesterday on the forgery case involving the cashing of a government cheque of more than $50,000. The submissions were not made because the presiding judge was said to be busy with other official duties, therefore a new date for the sentencing submissions. The case is awaiting the sentencing submissions…

Suibaea concern over airport closure

Malaita premier Edwin Suibaea has raised concern over the closure of the Gwounaru’u airport which affected a lot of essential services of the province. Speaking to this paper in an interview Suibaea said the closure of the airport has caused a lot of problems especially with health services, the business sector, investor activities, tourism and…

Land issue delays uni plan

Construction work on the new Anglican Church of Melanesia’s university on Central Guadalcanal has been delayed. General secretary of the Church of Melanesian (COM) Abraham Hauriasi said the development of John Coleridge Patteson University has been put on hold due to land issues. “We should have the ground breaking ceremony last year but due to…

MMF maintains resignation call

Malaiata Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has called on the chairman of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) Baoro Laxton Koraua to resign. MMF president Charles Dausabea said the current NPF board chairman should be sacked on the grounds on what he claimed as poor leadership and mismanagement of members’ contributions. Mr Dausabea was referring to…

New vehicle no. plates effective today

The final phase of the new vehicle and driver licensing system administered by Inland Revenue will commence today with the launch of the new vehicle registration plates. The principal licensing officer, Aylton Jamieson, has confirmed that the new plates are ready to be issued from that date. A statement from the Inland Revenue said the…

SISA kicks off independence activities

The Solomon Islands students association (SISA) studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji will kick-off their week-long independence celebration with sporting activities starting today. Reports reaching this paper stated that there would be sporting activities, cultural night performance and feasting being planned for the day. A total of five sporting games…

The Coconut kindergarten

Every week, the parents of children at a small kindergarten in Fiukwai, Malaita, have to pay fees to keep their children in the school. But even though the children come from low-income families, their parents have no problem paying for their children’s education. This is because the ‘fees’ are paid in coconuts. And it just…

Melanesian culture at its best

Melanesia is said by many to be the last frontier, when it comes to culture. Ancient traditional dances, practices and “kustom” remain commonplace, and alive in this part of the world. It’s something that must not be taken for granted, according to Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato. As the fifth Melanesia Arts…

Florida proposes pana festival

Pana festival has been proposed as the next event to be held in Florida Island next year. This was revealed by Director of Pata Sauragi Home stay Peter Sagupari to the Solomon Star during the official closing of the 3rd yacht festival held at Roderick Hideaway accommodation on Friday. Mr Sagupari said the pana festival…