Withdraw the Bill 

THE Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) recommends that the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2021 should be withdrawn by the government. Bills and Legislation Committee Chairman and Member of Parliament for West Are’are John Maneniaru told Solomon Star, Thursday. This came after the BLC the Ministry for Communications and Aviation (MCA) Deputy Secretary and Director with the…

In Court with Assumpta

* Man jailed for intimidating former girlfriend  * Former SFA accountant’s sentence, June 7* Murder committal hearing on Friday    Man jailed for intimidating former girlfriend A MAN who admitted intimidating his former girlfriend last month at Henderson, East Honiara has been sentenced to four months in prison this week. Livae Pema was sentenced after pleading…

Wale warns Gov’t

‘Our Gov’t must advocate against Aust agriculture visa proposal’   LEADER of the Opposition and Member of Parliament Mathew Wale says Australia’s new agriculture visa will be a threat to the Pacific Labour Mobility scheme in Australia. “Our Government must collaborate with other Pacific Islands countries to advocate against this agriculture visa proposal.” Wale cautioned…

MPA Fini leads successful protest against MARA govt

THE Malaita Provincial Premier’s office on Wednesday received a petition from the Provincial Assembly Member (MPA) for Ward 3 Martin Fini and his group. During the protest, Mr Fini and his group submitted a petition to the Premier’s office in relation to the Malaita Provincial Executive’s stand on the Fiu Bridge upgrade project. On Friday…

SINU unveils new FAFF Science Research Conference complex 

  Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest (FAFF) on Wednesday officially opens its new Science Research and  Conference Complex at the Kukum Campus.  Attending the official opening was the Minister for Education and Human Resources Development Lanelle Tanangada, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Pro-Vice Chancellor Cooperate, Members of SINU Council, members…

MUP Gov’t penalizes two logging firms

The Makira Ulawa Provincial (MUP) Government has agreed on two resolutions to suspend two logging companies from their logging operations in Makira with immediate effect. The Makira Ulawa Provincial Secretary, James Taeburi has written to the two logging companies, Chia Tai (SI) Ltd and Poly Logging (SI) Ltd about the Makira Ulawa Provincial Executive’s decisions.…

CREW TESTED POSITIVE IN WEST

A POSITIVE COVID-19 test result has been confirmed in Gizo, Western Province after crew members of a general cargo vessel, the MV Vimaru Pearl had undergone their third swab test as part of the 21 Quarantine at Sea (QAS) procedure. During the QAS, all international vessels entering the country will undergo swab tests within a…

MILLION DOLLAR DEAL

..To support SIFF ‘IUMI PLAY’ Grassroots Football Program  A historical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support Grassroots Football Program ‘IUMI PLAY’ worth a million dollar was sealed yesterday. Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) and Solomon Power signed this historical deal in Auki, Malaita Province.  The MOU signing took place at the APS field and was…

China rejects bribery accusations

 THE People’s Republic of China (PRC) has rejected media reports that a certain politician from Malaita Province was offered bribes in order to support the switch of allegiance by Solomon Islands to China in 2019. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Honiara described the allegations as “defamatory and fabricated”, saying Solomon Islands and China…