Heads of mission briefed on MACFest

  Diplomatic Missions in Solomon Islands have been briefed on current preparations to host the 6th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFest) in Honiara in July this year. The briefing at Mendana Hotel was conducted by the MACFest National Organizing Committee on Thursday. A statement from the committee said, this was to update the diplomatic…

London office costs $3.5m

The newly established London Mission cost government $3.5 million compared to $1.5 million cost for Brussels and $1.1 million office in New York this year. Speaking on the floor of parliament during the committee of supply, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Milner Tozaka said, the London mission cost $3.5 million because it is…

Parasi airfield sets to reopen

PARASI airfield in South Malaita, which has been closed for the past seven years, is now ready to take-scheduled flights. This was made possible after the government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between three disputing parties that claimed ownership of the airport land in September 2017. “The Airport Taskforce led by the Ministry of…

Appeal for students to behave

PRESIDENT of the Solomon Islands National University Students Association (SINUSA) Reginald Ngati is appealing to students to behave well during the course of their sitting protest today. Mr Ngati said that if SINU council doesn’t want to address their demands, they will stage another peace sitting protest today and he wants every student to behave…

Gov’t rejects Ramohia accusations

THE Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) has lashed out at the Malaita Province Premier Peter Ramohia following his front page story over the weekend. A statement from MPGIS described the premier’s comments on social media which appeared in the Solomon Star paper last Sunday as ‘irresponsible’. The front page article in the…