Malaita care-taker govt in crisis

MAJORITY of direct employees from the reigning Malaita provincial government have lost trust and hope to the current regime, under care-taker Premier Peter Channel Ramohia. This was after employees experienced the lack of support, communication and update of workers salary payments. A senior employee of the Malaita provincial government expressed that most of them are…

Moves to reclaim Aviation land

By ANDREW FANASIA THE acting Commissioner of Lands Alan McNeil has begun the process of resuming state land in the He nderson area that were illegally allocated to an Asian businesswoman. McNeil announced this in a published notice printed in the Solomon Star today. He said the Asian developer, Mindi Zhu, has been given a…

Mua trial adjourned

THE matter of the outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) for Savo/Russell, Dickson Mua has been adjourned to Thursday next week. This was after the completion of the evidence of two prosecution witnesses who were recalled to the witness box, Thursday. Former Constituency Development Officer (CDO), Richard Duva, and former Project Officer, Dennis Akorae were grilled…

Police arrest 39 drivers

POLICE in Honiara have arrested 39 vehicle drivers following a traffic operation targeting drink driving from 23-30 January 2019. Ten drivers were arrested for careless driving, nine for driving an unlicensed motor vehicle, 14 for driving with the presence of alcohol in a person’s blood, one for driving without a driver’s license, one for driving…

TELEKOM SHAKE-UP

NPF to sell shares in Our Telekom to Fijian firm By ANDREW FANASIA THE National Provident Fund (NPF) has confirmed holding talks with Fiji’s biggest telecommunications company to sell part of its shares in Solomon Telekom to them. NPF general manager Mike Wate confirmed this in response to enquiries the Solomon Star made to his…

Manetoali to take plea next

OUTGOING Member for Parliament for Gao/Bugotu, Samuel Manetoali, is likely to take his plea to the conversion charge against him on February 5. His matter was mentioned in court, Tuesday where it was heard that prosecution has now obtained outstanding disclosures. The prosecution had also mentioned they will be particularizing the charge of one count…

GOOD SHOWING

Anti-corruption efforts yield positive results By ANDREW FANASIA SOLOMON Islands is the only country in the Asia Pacific region that improved its score the most from 2017-2018 with plus 5 points in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) That’s according to Transparency Solomon Islands ‘Iron Lady’ Ruth Liloqula. The CPI is a compilation of the results…

Training for election officers underway

A THREE days training for the Election Managers (EM) and Returning Officers (RO) is currently underway in Honiara, leading up to the 2019 National General Elections. The workshop started on Monday.  A total of 10 EM and 50 ROs representing each constituency have participated in the training with other 10 accountant officers for each province. In…

Malaria study making a difference in Guadalcanal

IT is currently the peak time for Malaria transmission. Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates of Malaria in the Pacific Region, according to a 2018 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Transmission rates of malaria are one of the key challenges to meeting the health targets the SIG has committed to in the Sustainable Development Goals…