Bio-security seize betel-nut bags 

THE Bio-security Division in Western Province has confiscated so far 25 bags of betel-nuts from Bougainvillea bound for Gizo, transported by a Shortland Islander. The Solomon Star was told that a 60 horse-powered (hp) ray boat from the Shortlands has been caught by the Gizo Police officers and Bio-security officer at the shores of Gizo. A…

Impose license for boat operators, say Chief

A CHIEF of Purinabangara, Katupika District in South Choiseul has called on responsible authorities to impose license to boat owners who provide transportation between Western and Choiseul province seas.  Chief Rence Zama made the call after the boat that carried nine people went missing on January 15 in the waters between Western and Choiseul provinces.…

CASINO, HCC SAGA

HCC clarifies licenses hike for Casinos  Pacific Casino refuses to pay up By ANDREW FANASIA SUPREME Casino refused to pay $100,000.00 Casino Business License to the Honiara City Council after the fee was increased $100,000 from $50,000. Honiara City Clerk Rence Sore told Solomon Star yesterday. He pointed out that Business License for Casino increased…

Maelanga hails Australia as SI’s key partner

DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has acknowledged Australia as Solomon Islands’ key strategic development partner. He stated Australia’s support focuses on key priority areas in the country’s nation building, and work in partnership with Solomon Islands to enhance development, sustain peace, security and stability.  Speaking during his remarks to celebrate Australia Day last night,  Maelanga…

NZ community assists Malu’u clinic’s repair 

MALU’U Area Health Centre in North Malaita is currently undergoing refurbishment work specifically with repainting of the entire building facilities. This refurbishment work was supported by the Marlborough community in New Zealand through a Malu’u man David Alifeo, who is married to Bridgette Knox of New Zealand. The couple came two years ago and saw…

Gender equality explained

THE concept of gender equality has been misinterpreted by many Solomon Islanders. That’s according to the Ministry of Women’s Youth, Churches and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) Senior Officer Vaela Ngai. “Many rural people and even some of the educated people think gender equality is about putting women equal with men folks,” Ngai said. “But such misunderstanding…

Local students survive blaze

TWO local students studying at the University of South Pacific (USP) Campus at Laucala, Suva, have survived a blaze on Tuesday night which killed an elderly couple. Dead are Kuar Singh, 79, a retired director of Niranjans Autoport and his wife Ambalika Singh, 74. The Solomon Islands students were tenants Margaret Konata and Sharon Horioa,…

Iyaz sets to amaze Honiara fans tonight 

BRITISH Virgin Islander singer, songwriter Iyaz has arrived in the country yesterday and is ready to rock the stage tonight at the Pacific Casino hotel. The 3x Platinum R&B/Island Pop recording artist is currently doing his Australia Pacific Islands tour for the 10th Anniversary of his worldwide hit song ‘Replay’ with DJ Victor and the…

Mangau: Janus still exists 

ACTING Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau says anti-corruption taskforce Janus still exists and continuing with investigations into corruption cases. He stated this on Thursday when asked whether Janus is still active in 2020.  “Janus is one normal unit under the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF),” Mr Mangau told reporters at his weekly press conference yesterday.…

CALL TO ACT

Province urged to control foreign businesses in Auki By SOLOMON LOFANAin Auki  LOCAL business owners in Malaita want their provincial government to control the influx of Chinese business operators into the province. The call came from a business summit held in Auki, Wednesday. Civil society group Malaita for Democracy (M4D) organised the one-day summit. Up…