Tax-payers to foot bill because PM was there

WHY $1M FOR CASINO HOTEL? By ANDREW FANASIA THE Government is paying $1 million in damages to Pacific Casino Hotel because Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was a guest at the hotel at the time of the April riot. That was the explanation officials from the Prime Minister offered when they appeared before Public Accounts Committee (PAC)…

SORE IS NEW CITY CLERK

  A FORMER top government official has been picked as Honiara City Council’s new clerk. Rence Sore, a former permanent secretary and special secretary to the Prime Minister, replaces Charles Kelly, whose contract ended last December. Controversial as it may, the appointment was not a surprise to many. When new city mayor Wilson Mamae came…

Police News in Brief

* RSIPF investigates burning incident in Malaita Province* RSIPF investigates alleged infanticide incident in Makira-Ulawa Province RSIPF investigates burning incident in Malaita Province  Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Auki are investigating a burning incident at Waisisi Village in West Are’Are, Malaita Province on 26 August 2019. Operation Manager at the…

 US Aid reps meet PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his Deputy John Maneniaru met with a high level team from the world’s premier international development agency – USAID led by the Manila-based Regional Director Mr. Sean Callahan. USAID and other major US based Organisations and Agencies including the Millennium Challenge Corporation – MCC, the Peace Corps, and the United…

Aligegeo school resumes classes

ALIGEGEO Provincial Secondary School in Malaita province resumed classes starting this week. The school suspended its classes last week after their dining hall was razed by fire. This has forced the school administration and management to suspend classes and send all students back to their respective homes. Malaita Province Premier Daniel Suidani confirmed to Solomon star Friday…

Bio-security Deal sealed

SI-PNG signs milestone Biosecurity MoU The recently concluded Joint Border Committee (JBC) in Gizo, Western Province has acknowledged the signing of a milestone Biosecurity Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in Honiara on August 27. The signing of the MoU between Biosecurity SI (BSI) and PNG National Agriculture and Quarantine…

Varley: police chiefs forum was a success

THE annual Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Forum that was held in Pago Pago, American Samoa, last week was a successful one for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said the meeting with other police chiefs across the Pacific was productive for our police force. “The theme of that meeting…

WEST BACKS CHINA MOVE

THE Western Provincial Government (WPG) has officially declared its strong stance for the country to formally switch ties from the Republic of China (ROC) – Taiwan to Peoples Republic of China (PRC). In a press statement issued by the WPG media officer Brian Beti over the weekend, the Western provincial executive has announced its support …

Tests show VFresh Water is of ‘quality’

ONE of Honiara’s bottled water companies, VFresh Beverage Production, has been given a clean bill of product quality. Tests the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) carried out on VFresh bottled waters this month confirmed this. “…yes I can confirm that we’ve done tests on VFresh water and the results show they’ve met the health requirement,”…