Gov’t refutes Sun report

THE Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) has rebutted a front-page story in the Island Sun newspaper, describing it as “‘irresponsible and misleading”. In a statement, the OPMC said ongoing claims in the media that the prime minister has encouraged members of Parliament in Caucus to invest in One Link is nothing but…

SINU boss accused of ‘spying’ on staff emails

NEW CLAIM AGAINST CHAND By ANDREW FANASIA VICE Chancellor of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Dr. Ganeshwar Chand has been reported to have ordered the university’s ICT officers to allow him access official emails of staff. His orders came after reports of his alleged “corrupt activities” were leaked to the media, the university’s ICT…

Fisheries: Beche-de-mer ban will not be lifted

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has issued a statement today saying it will not lift the current ban on beche-de-mer fishery. It made its stance clear following reports of illegal beche-de-mer harvesting in some parts of the country.  An order to ban beche-de-mer harvesting was gazetted and became effective as of May 31,…

Suspicious death of 50-yr-old man probed

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson are investigating the suspicious death of a man in his 50s whose body was found at the junction of the main road and the road to Gold Ridge on the Guadalcanal Plains on Saturday, 29 February 2020. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Guadalcanal Province, Chief…

Third logger leaves Malaita without logs 

A THIRD logging company has left Malaita Province on Monday due to outstanding dues to the province. Woodland Enterprises Logging company was forced to leave on Monday without any round log.  Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, resource owner Max Bobby said Woodland Enterprises loaded its machines and left on…

Court sheriff denies bribery claim

DEPUTY Sheriff of the High Court Bobby Waleferatelia has denied bribery allegations leveled against him in Gizo, Western Province, last week. It was alleged that Waleferatelia had attempted to bribe Western Province officials when he was part of a team including a police officer, reps from the judgment creditor of the controversial KHY area in…

PM opens ICTSU’s new office 

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Monday opened the new office headquarters of the Government’s Information, Communication and Technology Support Unit (ICTSU) and its project initiatives achievements package. “We are witnessing the official launch of this magnificent office building, the Government Data Centre, ICT Technical Training and Learning labs and the ICT Five Year Strategic Plan,”…

Passengers urged to keep trash

A GIZO resident has urged passengers arriving onboard vessels from Honiara to dispose of their trash in the right place. Mary Harley Reggie, a betel nut vendor said a lot of passengers arriving at the wharf have displayed a careless attitude when it comes to disposing of their trash. “They just dump their trash into…

Solar street lights for Luangiua 

WARD 31 in Luangiua of Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) had received its first project involving street -solar lighting system last week. The project was approved by the Ward Development Committee (WDC) following a need for the community to have an improved lighting system in the community. The street -solar light system project is the first…