Candidates set to launch campaigns this week

A HOST of intending candidates to contest next month’s National General Elections are set to launch their election campaigns this week. According to reports reaching this paper, both Independent candidates and those affiliated with various political parties will likely launch their election campaigns in Honiara this week. This was following the opening of nominations last…

Fanega’s removal

PERMANENT Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury has been surprisingly removed for delaying Members of Parliament’s (MP) $400,000 terminal grant it was disclosed. Information reaching the paper said Shadrack Fanega was removed from being the PS of Finance and Treasury and replaced by Fred Fakari’i who used to look after the Ministry…

Govt gets tough on funds

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) is taking a tough stand on how it dishes out the tourism funds as of next year. Director of Tourism within the Ministry Barney Sivoro in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star yesterday said as of 2015 tourism operators who wish to apply for the…

Susubona wharf upgraded

Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Susubona wharf on the southern shore of Santa Isabel. The Government of New Zealand is providing additional finance to upgrade the wharf which will involve the demolition of the existing wharf head and causeway and the construction of a new reinforced concrete wharf head-raised to minimize erosion caused…

PNG Chancery to open next year

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Port Moresby says the PNG High Commission Chancery building in Honiara, is likely to open next year. The new complex is currently under construction at the Townground area, West Honiara. According to reports from the MFA, the chancery construction was initially awarded…

USP health week starts today

The University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus in partnership with the Ministry of Health will be hosting this year’s annual USP health week starting today. A statement from the university said the two weeks event will kick off from Monday 13th October-Thursday 23rd October. “The two weeks long event is aimed at…

Police concern over youths’ involvement in drugs

Makira/Ulawa provincial police is concerned with increasing incidence of youths using marijuana and alcohol. Makira Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Richard Hane said his office had received reports from communities regarding youths involving in alcohol and drugs. “We have received reports from communities about the increasing numbers of youths involvement in the selling of marijuana and…

Calls for Wale to explain

A Malaitian man from the Aoke Langalanga constituency, Dilly Wale, calls on out- going member of parliament, Matthew Wale, to come out and explain to the people his involvement in the mining companies on Guadalcanal. Recently Solomon Star has uncovered a report compiled by St Barbara’s legal counsel for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to…

Prendergast makes first visit to Kira Kira

The country’s newly appointed Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast successfully conducted his first visit to Kira Kira, Makira/Ulawa provincial capital last week. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Richard Hane said it was the first visit by Prendergast since taking up the post to lead the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). Mr Hane said the visit last…