GOV’T LAND SOLD FOR $2.5k

Land, building under private ownership since 2005 By WILSON SAENI in Auki    PART of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) land in Auki has been under private ownership for the past 15 years. That was after it was transferred for a record low price of just $2,500, in what was described as a “corrupt move…

School fee challenge for parents

PARENTS and guardians are poised for tough times ahead with school fees as schools across the country are scheduled to resume Monday. The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development says examination classes – forms 3, 5 and 6 – will resume May 18 Other classes will start the following week. While students look forward…

SINU to resume, June 1

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Council has endorsed June 1st 2020 as the new resumption date for lectures. This was revealed in a statement issued by SINU on Thursday following SINU Council’s meeting on 13th May 2020. The new resumption date for SINU was endorsed by the Joint Committee of the University Senate and the…

Second curfew planned for next week

ACTING Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says a second curfew is likely to happen next week. He revealed this on Thursday at the commissioner’s weekly conference when asked by a journalist to confirm rumours of a second curfew. “We might have a lockdown next week to test our capability in our preparations for COVID-19,” Mangau said. Mangau…

COUNCILLOR THREATENS NEWSPAPER

Apologise, retract or I take you to court By IAN M. KAUKUI HONIARA city councillor and Chinese businessman John Szetu has threatened to sue the Solomon Star after the newspaper revealed his business was the supplier of fire extinguishers to the council under a highly controversial and secretive deal. Early this year, the council under the…

Bail refused for One Link director 

A BAIL application made for One Link Pacifica’s director Gerrad Tauohu has been refused yesterday, in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea said Tauohu on two occasions had refused to attend two records of interviews with the police. “This is an indication of an unwillingness to co-operate with the police,” Iomea said…

RSIPF arrests suspect in Munda for multiple offences

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the Munda Police Station in Western Province have arrested a male person on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 for committing multiple offences at Sasavele Village in the Roviana Lagoon. Officer Commanding Station (OCS) at Munda Police Station, Sergeant Rachel Lilo says, “The suspect, who was reportedly…

Call to respect provincial government protocols

The Development Services Exchange (DSE) on behalf of its Civil Society Organisations in the Solomon Islands calls on the government to practice the Do No Harm approach when dealing with provincial governments especially when it continues to advocate for unity amongst Solomon Islanders in light of the implementation of the State of Emergency Orders in…

Suidani to Tagini and Ramofafia: YOU BETRAYED US

MALAITA has accused two of its national MPs of betraying the province when they invited and led a Chinese delegation to their respective constituencies early this week. Premier Daniel Suidani said Baegu/Asifola MP Makario Tagini and Fataleka MP Rex Ramofafia’s behaviour is “disrespectful and a betrayal of the provincial government”. Honiara-based China’s acting ambassador to…