USP graduating students arrive

The third batch of local graduating students studying in various universities in Fiji have arrived in the country last night. The government repatriated flight was part of the government’s plan to bring back most of the students who have completed their studies this year. Most of the continuing students have remained on campus since November…

No boats detained 

The Commissioner of Police has confirmed that no boats have been detained during the ‘Operation Safe Boat 2020’. Mr. Mangau made the confirmation during his weekly media conference on Thursday 7 January 2021. He said of the 23 boats boarded by his officers, no boats have been detained.  “There are 23 boats been boarded and…

Sale of cooked food sparks concern

Some members of the Honiara public have raised serious concerns regarding the health, hygiene, and quality of cooked food sold openly at the Central Market’s bus stand.  Solomon star understands that the issue has been continuing for some time and recently, social media has again brought the sale of cooked food to the attention of…

Suidani welcomes US assurance

The Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has welcomed US Ambassador Erin Mckee’s 2021 message of hope and progress to the Solomon Islands.  In an issued statement, Premier Suidani said Ambassador Mckee’s message is welcoming news for the country and he on behalf of the Malaita Provincial Government very much appreciates the news. Malaita Province that…

WHERES THE $1.2M FOR COVID?

THE Ministry of Finance and Treasury has remained tight-lipped about the whereabouts of USD150, 000 (about SBD1.2 million) provided by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to help the Ministry of Health and Medical Services fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Pauline McNeil told Solomon Star in…

Passenger wounded with bush knife in Malaita

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Auki are investigating a wounding incident of a passenger who boarded a passenger vehicle heading to Atori in East Malaita on 5 January 2021.  Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province, Inspector Michael Ramosaea said the incident happened along the east road to Atori on the night…

NEW EDUCATION BILL AFTER 40 YEARS

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, MEHRD, is anticipating a new Education Bill to go before Parliament this year 2021.  This is historic as the current Education Act has been the law for over 40 years. The National Education Board, NEB, has considered and provided advice on matters relating to the draft Education…

Fanega, SINU’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor

A former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Shadrach Fanega is the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU). Mr. Fanega replaced the late John Usuramo who held the position at the time of his passing last year. Mr. Fanega’s appointment has drawn criticisms from members of the public,…

PAY CUT

Teachers call for investigation into salary stoppage     MORE than 500 teachers whose salaries were terminated without explanation are demanding an immediate investigation into why the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development [MEHRD] took such action without forewarning. One of the 574 teachers who were affected told Solomon Star yesterday their salaries were…