PM share condolences to Japanese flood victims

PRIME Minister Rick Houhas conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the devastating floods and landslide that hit the country. In a letter to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, MrHou expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people that lost loved ones as a result of this tragic event. “On behalf of…

Sikua trial progresses

TRIAL into the alleged corruption case against the former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Edmond Sikua, continues on Thursday. Prosecution is now in the process of extracting evidence from their second witness after completing their first witness on Wednesday mid- morning. The first witness is the Chief Infrastructure…

NO NEW WATER FEE

SOLOMON Water has strongly denied introducing any new water fees to its customers. The water authority was responding to an article freelance journalist Alfred Sasako penned in the Island Sun newspaper on Wednesday. “That article was misleading,” General Manager Ian Gooden said in a statement. He said the house deposit referred to in the article…

Woman: police bashed my brother

THE sister of the man police recently arrested for allegedly burning down a police boat in Makira/Ulawa Province is accusing police of mishandling her brother during the arrest. Speaking to the Solomon Star via a mobile phone from Makira, Everlyn Kahia said she witnessed the injuries on her brother’s (Solomon Bea) face when police brought…

Memories from MACFest lingers on

THE 6th Melanesia Arts and Cultural Festival has ended but memories from the event will remain for two skillful craftsmen from Vanuatu. The duo, James Zepeta and Philemon Jimmys, completed a wood carving associated with traditional culture of Vanuatu. Like father and son, both craftsmen caught the attention of the crowd as they painstakingly worked…

Gov’t urged to help maritime

THE Government is urged to pump in more support to the Aid and Navigation Unit within the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration. This is necessary as part of its investment in tourism because most tourists are coming into the country by ships. The Aid and Navigation Unit’s director Patrick Wamahe expressed these sentiments in an…

US evangelists here to share

US evangelist Kenneth Copeland from the Kenneth Copeland Ministry (KCM) arrived on Tuesday in a private Jet after a 15 hours flight from Dallas USA via Honolulu for his “south Pacific Victory Campaign” in Solomon Islands. Reverend Jessy Duplantis and Reverend Jessy Savelle also from the KCM will be special speakers during the Victory Campaign.…

Vanuatu artist promotes plastic recycling

A VANUATU artist Narsong Taleo promoted recycling of plastic bottles through art at the 6th Melanesian Art and Cultural Festival at Panatina village that ended on Tuesday. Mr Taleo, who has been campaigning against plastic, demonstrated some of his art work to visitors to turn plastic bottles into good use. Some of the art work…

MACFest closes in spectacle and style

DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare thanked all participants as the 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival closed in spectacle and style last night. He said the festival was a huge success. “This is the second time in 20 years Solomon Islands has successfully host this regional event,” the deputy prime minister said. “This is the…

Nihopara clarifies MACFest concerns

ALL Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) member countries have been invited to participate at this year’s festival in Honiara. That’s according to the 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MACFest) National Organising Committee. Committee chair and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Andrew Nihopara, made the clarification amidst concerns and sentiments raised by…