PM spells out cost cutting measures

PRIME Minister Rick Hou says his government has been able to stabilise the country’s fiscal situation during its tenure in office. Mr Hou assumed leadership late last year after his predecessor Manasseh Sogavare was ousted in a no-confidence vote. Speaking in parliament during his sine die speech, Mr Hou said when he came into power…

Tito: no sale of scholarships

REPORTS claiming certain officials within the Ministry of Educational and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) are selling government funded scholarships to students are “all fabrication”. That’s according to the National Training Unit (NTU) director Clement Tito. Mr Tito said students claiming to be paying for scholarships from NTU officials should not be running to the media…

Communities must join in beetle fight

CHIEF Biosecurity Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Max Kolubalona appeals on all communities to participate actively in the fight against eradicating coconut rhinoceros beetle. In an interview with the Solomon Star he said that the fight is very important that everyone must actively participate in. “Communities must take this seriously and…

Muse awarded ‘Top Employee of the Year’

SOLOMON Islander Amelia Muse who hails from Guadalcanal Province has received the Employee of the year award from her Employer McDonald’s Canada. Ms Muse becomes the first person from Solomon Islands to receive an Employee of the Year Award from a Canadian employer. Adding to the colours of celebration, Guadalcanal’s Thomas Mike picked up an…

Man arrested for rape in Choiseul

POLICE at Taro in Choiseul Province arrested a 26-year-old male suspect for raping a 16-year-old girl at Ghaghara sea side in North East Choiseul on 8 December 2018. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Choiseul Province, Superintendent Vincent Eria said “It is another sad rape incident occurred again in Choiseul Province. To make it worst the suspect…

11 visas in December

Canada grants more work visas for locals The Canadian Government has granted 11 new work visas for Solomon Islanders alone in the month of December – the highest ever under Canada-Solomon Islands labour mobility partnership. These visas have been issued for Dairy Industry, Food Service, Packaging and Nursery jobs. Permits are valid for 24-months. Solomon…

BLOW FOR MINISTER

Manetoali charged on the eve of 10th parliament’s dissolution By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   GAO Bugotu MP Samuel Manetoali’s bid for a fourth term in parliament suffered a huge blow last Friday after police arrested and charged him with one count of conversion. Manetoali, who has served his constituency for the last three consecutive terms, and…